Category Archives: Parent News

Welcome from the ARHS PGO

The Amherst Regional High School Parent/Guardian Organization (ARHS PGO) welcomes you to the 2020-2021 Academic Year. We are a volunteer group of parents and guardians, and invite you to join us! The mission of the ARHS PGO is to: promote … Continue reading

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ARHS Theater Company Meeting

The ARHS Theater Company’s Fall Season is Here!  Pandemic or no, there are still ways to safely make theater at ARHS, and we are looking forward to welcoming new and returning students alike into our three-show season this fall.  Interested … Continue reading

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Chromebook & School Materials Pick ups

All students who still need to pick up their ChromeBook, Textbook, or other school materials for their 1st Semester or 1st Quarter classes, someone will be at the school for you to do that between 3:00pm-5:00pm, Monday (9/21) – Friday … Continue reading

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Fall Sports Tryout Information

Tryout dates and times:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1q00Zi8SCQFtQv6Ir6qFZAQEMwRrSo-6G4sN13TsMmKM/edit?usp=sharing This schedule can change! Please register to receive updates from the coaches. Remember to wear a mask!  SPORT TRYOUT DATES AND TIMES MS= Middle School otherwise all practices are at the high school PRACTICE DAYS & TIMESMS= … Continue reading

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Need help with your student’s Chromebook?

If you have any issues with your ChromeBook, please go to the Student Help Desk: https://forms.gle/3PEQmDn7i2e7febf8 and fill out the form. 

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Are you a new ARHS Family? Do you shop at Stop & Shop?

If so, every time you shop at any Stop & Shop using your rewards card or phone # you will earn A+ Points. These become cash for our school —  at no cost to you! There are two easy ways to participate:* … Continue reading

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Food delivery schedules

ARPS is continuing to provide breakfast and lunch for pick up at various locations throught town. All meals are free for anyone 18 and younger through 12/31/2020. Deliveries will be made 9/16-9/30 on Monday, Wednesdays, and Fridays and continue to … Continue reading

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SEPAC Meet and Greet 9/24

September 24th, 7:00 – 8:00pm For families in the district with students on an IEP or 504 The event is hosted by the Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) and is open to all in the community.  Dr. Faye Brady, … Continue reading

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ARPS Distance Learning Agreement

As part of the distance learning model, ARPS will offer educational opportunities via a virtual platform such as Google Hangouts/Meets.  Many of these platforms have the capability to capture video and sound within range of your child’s computer camera and/or … Continue reading

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Mark Your Calendars

Sept 18- Fall Sports Start Date Sept 24- SEPAC Meet and Greet- 7PM Sept 28- Yom Kippur- Early Release Oct 12: Indigenous Peoples Day (No School) Nov 3: All Teachers Curriculum/Work Day (No School)  Nov 11: Veterans Day (Observed) (No … Continue reading

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LSSE Real World Math

We are offering a Real World Math Class for middle school and high school age students. Class Description: Basics of everyday real world math.. Learn the basics of starting and running a profitable business with fun real world class exercises … Continue reading

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Local Library Curbside Pickup

Jones Library System The Jones Library is offering contactless outdoor pickup of library materials 6 days a week while our buildings remain closed. To borrow library materials, first place holds through the online catalog by visiting Joneslibrary.org and logging into … Continue reading

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ARHS Opening of School Information and Protocols

General Information for Back to School at ARHS 20-21 Hello ARHS community. We want to provide you with more information about the week leading up to the opening of school. We know there is not consensus in our community about … Continue reading

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Fall Sports Registartion is now Open

Fall sports registration is now open! Please click on links below to register. Please note, some sports and or levels (JV and middle school) competition is limited, if no competition is available practices and inter-school competition will occur. It’s also important to … Continue reading

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Caregiver Technology Training This Friday Morning

Dear Caregivers, Welcome Back!  We wanted to give you some information about the technology platforms the Amherst Regional School district will be using this year and upcoming trainings on them.  We will be using Google Meet as our communication platform … Continue reading

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Call For School Book To Be Returned

Dear students and families! We are reaching out to help facilitate a REALLY STRONG collection of: English books, library books, textbooks, art supplies and other borrowed school supplies to kick off the school year.  When school closed on March 13, … Continue reading

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Mark Your Calendars

Sept 14- Seniors: Diversity on College Campuses Workshop-  12:00 – 1:00pm Sept 14- Seniors- Common Application Workshop  3:30 – 5:00pm  Sept 16- First day of distance learning for students in grades 1-12 (half-day) Sept 18- Fall Sports Start Date Sept … Continue reading

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Summit View Learning Math Instruction Grants

Thanks to a kind donation, Summit View Learning is able to offer free high quality math instruction to 5-10 motivated ARPS students whose families qualify for free/reduced lunch. Sessions are 1 hour long, take place virtually, and will be scheduled … Continue reading

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Welcome Letter from Principal Sadiq

Hello Amherst Regional High School families! For those of you who do not already know, my name is Talib Sadiq and I am the Interim Principal at ARHS this year. I am honored and excited to be in this position. … Continue reading

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Fall Sports Update

At the Regional School Committee Meeting on 9/2/20, ARPS Athletic Director Victoria Stewart make the following presentation outlining the Reintegration of Athletics into school: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1QV5AhKv25180Az2eJEGpDpRuisYOJsl4c61K5HfFYUM/edit?usp=sharing Massachusetts is requiring a vote of the School Committee to authorize Fall Sports in instances … Continue reading

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Welcome Letter from SEPAC

Note: A SEPAC is a Special Education Parent Advisory Council. Every public school district in Massachusetts is required to establish a SEPAC. Massachusetts state law assigns both an advisory and participatory function to SEPACs. SEPAC is open to all parents … Continue reading

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John Bechtold Receives Reba R. Robertson Award

The Childrens Theatre Foundation of America recently named ARHS Performing Arts Director John Bechtold the 2020 Robertson Award Recipient. The Reba R. Robertson Award for an Outstanding American High School Drama Teacher is presented in memory of Reba R. Robertson, who … Continue reading

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Seniors -college planning workshops coming up!

BEFORE SCHOOL STARTS!!!  Senior College Planning Workshops With You Friendly Neighborhood College and Career Counselor A number of college planning workshops to get you going before the school year picks up. Use the link to register (note that some of … Continue reading

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ARPS Distance Learning Training and Resources

ARPS recently shared an informative website developed for parents/guardians by the District’s  Distance Learning Support Specialists.  You will find lots of resources, including information about the distance learning platforms we will be using:  Seesaw (grades K-2), Google Classroom (grades 3-12) … Continue reading

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Letter from Student Services Director

Please click on the link below for a letter from Dr. Faye Brady, Director of Student Services 8.31.20 SE Letter to families .pdf

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Mark Your Calendars

Sept 14- Seniors: Diversity on College Campuses Workshop-  12:00 – 1:00pm Sept 14- Seniors- Common Application Workshop  3:30 – 5:00pm  Sept 16- First day of distance learning for students in grades 1-12 (half-day) Sept 18- Fall Sports Start Date Sept … Continue reading

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A Welcome from Your ARHS PGO Editors

Welcome to the academic year 2020-2021, and the return of the ARHS PGO Parent News! Our newsletter will arrive in your inbox every Friday morning, packed with valuable information about events, deadlines, schedules, sports news, opportunities etc… If this is … Continue reading

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Free Workshop from Mt. Holyoke for Parents/Guardians

Wondering how to juggle life and learning online? On September 3 at 7:30 p.m., Mt. Holyoke College is offering a free virtual workshop with Lauren Kim with tips, tricks and strategies for a successful transition back to school. Help foster independence … Continue reading

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SEPAC Meeting 9/4/20

ARPS Special Education Parent Advisory Council Meeting (SEPAC), Representing: Pelham Elementary, Amherst Elementary, and Amherst Regional Schools as well as students out of district. Date: 09/04/2020 Time: 9:00am -10:30am. Meeting is open to all in the community! Date: September 4, 2020 Time:9:00 … Continue reading

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Flu Vaccine Now Required for all Massachusetts School Students Enrolled in Child Care, Pre-School, K-12, and Post-Secondary Institutions

The 2020-21 school year will see the addition of a new immunization requirement for influenza vaccine for attending childcare/preschool, grades kindergarten – 12 and postsecondary institutions. The documents, FAQ – Influenza Vaccine Requirement for Childcare Attendance for Children 6 Months of Age and Older, FAQ – Influenza Vaccine … Continue reading

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Welcome Back! Registration for college planning workshops coming up! College Planning Resources

Welcome back to one of the most unusual senior years on the planet! I’m here to support you with your college and career planning needs. In other words, Life After ARHS needs. This fall, I’m excited to offer students the … Continue reading

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2020-2021 School Calendar

The 2020-2021 School Calendar has been approved by the School Committee.  The projected last day of school is June 24, 2021.  Please note that schools are required to provide 180 days of instruction (no snow days are included; all inclement … Continue reading

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Mark Your Calendars

Aug 31-Sep 15: All Teacher Professional Development  Sept 4: SEPAC Meeting 9AM Sep 7: Labor Day Sept 8- College Planning Drop-In Q&A  12:00 – 1:00pm Sept 8- Paying for College & Financial Aid ⋅3:30 – 5:00pm Sept 9- College Essay … Continue reading

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Amherst COVID-19 Concerns Line and Email

In an effort to streamline responses, the Town of Amherst has set up a phone line and email address for our community members to share concerns and questions regarding COVID-19. Staff will monitor and direct the calls and emails accordingly. … Continue reading

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September 1st State Primary Election Information

What are the upcoming 2020 election dates? The State Primary Election will be held on Tuesday, September 1st. View sample ballots The State (Presidential) Election will take place on Tuesday, November 3rd Polls will be open from 7:00am – 8:00pm … Continue reading

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Summit View Learning Math Instruction Grants

Thanks to a kind donation, Summit View Learning is able to offer free high quality math instruction to 5-10 motivated ARPS students whose families qualify for free/reduced lunch. Sessions are 1 hour long, take place virtually, and will be scheduled … Continue reading

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Lainx Theater and Performance Opportunity

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Fall 2020 Info Session for Olympia Oaks and Village Park Residents

This Saturday at 10 AM – 11 AM Olympia Place The ARPS District will be holding an information session in the Olympia Oaks area at 10AM on Saturday, August 15th. Only residents of Olympia Oaks and Village Park apartments and … Continue reading

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Virtual Town Hall Sessions on Monday 8/17

There will be two virtual Town Hall meeting sessions on Monday, August 17th to discuss the district reopening plan that was submitted to DESE. The first session will focus on secondary students and the second session will focus on elementary … Continue reading

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ARPS Metrics for Monitoring Conditions to Make Sure it is Safe to be Open

Copy/pasted from the 8.13.20 Joint ASC, PSC & RSC Agenda Packet.pdf Overview of Metrics for September 2020  ✓ Fewer than 70 New Cases per 100,000 people (over seven day period in Hampshire/Franklin Counties*)  ✓ Less than 3% Percent Positive Testing … Continue reading

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ARPS Virtual Education Overview/ Draft Schedule

ARPS released a draft remote learning daily schedule: (From the Fall 2020 Planning website- https://sites.google.com/arps.org/school-return-fall2020/families?authuser=0) https://drive.google.com/file/d/1jeO0_TH4Y0FAm-jBtKN40DnhA4APdnHm/view Draft ARHS Remote Schedule Teacher Planning7:30 – 9:00● Meetings with students, by appointment● Family Collaboration and Communication A-Period9:00 – 10:20● Combination of synchronous & … Continue reading

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Mark Your Calendars

Please Note: ARHS Students-SATs scheduled for 8.29.20 are canceled.  On 8/13/20, the Amherst and Amherst Regional School Committees voted to approve a new 2020-2021 School Calendar. Changes from the online version are listed below. Aug 15- Fall 2020 Info Session … Continue reading

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September 1st State Primary Election Information

What are the upcoming 2020 election dates? The State Primary Election will be held on Tuesday, September 1st. View sample ballots The State (Presidential) Election will take place on Tuesday, November 3rd Polls will be open from 7:00am – 8:00pm … Continue reading

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9th Annual Fiddler’s Pantry Chicken BBQ

The Fiddler’s Pantry at Amherst South Congregational Church is once again raising funds for local nonprofits, including the Amherst Survival Center, at their 9th Annual Chicken BBQ on Tuesday, Aug 18. It is contactless take out only. They are following … Continue reading

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Information Session for Families in the Southpoint Area This Saturday

August 8th at 10 AM – 11 AM Hosted by Amherst Regional Public Schools The ARPS District will be holding an information session to discuss the ARPS Fall 2020 reopening plan. in the green area at Southpoint at 10 AM … Continue reading

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Covid- 19 Info Session with Local Medical Professionals

Join ARPS on Wednesday, August 12th for an information session with local medical professionals who will provide evidence based information around COVID-19. This will be an interactive live-stream event. To have the best chance at having your question(s) answered, we … Continue reading

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ARPS 2020-2021 School Opening FAQ

The District has created an FAQ regarding school opening.  It can be viewed here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1tum92k8L_buI6EhK9_rchoqqb3KRkyI-/view

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School Committee Votes Hybrid Learning Model 4

The Amherst, Pelham and Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committees voted last night, August 6th to approve the submission of the fall 2020 plan to DESE. I have attached this document to this email.  The ARPS School Reopening Plan is being translated and … Continue reading

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Mark Your Calendars

Please Note: ARHS Students-SATs scheduled for 8.29.20 are canceled.  Aug 8- Info Session at Southpoint 10 AM Aug 12- Covid-19 Info Session with local medical professionals Aug 15- Fall 2020 Info Session for Olympia Oaks and Village Park Residents 10 … Continue reading

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Stop & Shop A+ Rewards – Sign Up Now!

Hey, Stop & Shop Shoppers – Great news! ARHS is once again participating in Stop & Shop A+ School Rewards fundraising program, which launches on August 7. Join over 2,400 ARHS parents, staff and alumni and help the ARHS PGO … Continue reading

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