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An Update from Principal Sadiq

Hello, I hope this message finds all of you doing well. We wanted to inform you about some of the things that are going on with the high school.  As many of you may know, the School Committee passed a … Continue reading

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ARHS PGO Volunteer Opportunities

We need your help! The ARHS PGO is an all-volunteer organization, and all ARHS parents and guardians are members. Most of the officers have graduating seniors, so please consider stepping up NOW to learn the ropes and take over next … Continue reading

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Coffee with the Counselors: Weds March 24

The Coffee with the Counselors is scheduled for Wednesday March 24th 6:30pm-7:30pm.  The discussion topic will be ” How the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the mental health of adolescents”. Karen Peters, Sherry Balzano and  Lisa Zephyr will be the counselors speaking at the coffee. … Continue reading

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From College & Career Counseling Office – 14 Weeks to Go!!

Check in with the College and Career Advisor – Fifteen Minutes of FUN!!! – link Looking for employment, still thinking about a GAP Year, did Harvard blow it? Feel free to set a time to check in and think more … Continue reading

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Student Written Play Festival Call for Submissions

All Students are invited to Submit a play to the 36th Annual Student-Written Play Festival!  We accept all kinds of scripts from all kinds of students for a slate of 10 and 1-minute plays to be performed live this spring.  … Continue reading

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From the Athletics Director

The winter season has come to an end. All teams did a wonderful job following the necessary guidelines in order to make the most of their season. I want to thank all my coaches, staff and parent volunteers who made … Continue reading

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Stars to Special Education

ARPS SEPAC is now taking NOMINATIONS FOR STARS TO SPECIAL EDUCATION!! The Recognition of Excellence in Special Education is an important way for the community to thank those who through dedication, creativity, patience, and determination help students receiving special education … Continue reading

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EAC partnering to offset ARHS paper consumption

The Environmental Action Club has partnered with an organization called Tree-Plenish to plant trees in the Amherst community! Our goal is 230 trees, which will offset the school’s yearly paper consumption. THE NEXT 40 TREES ARE FREE. If you or … Continue reading

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Mark Your Calendars

Mar 17: All Teachers Curriculum/Work Day (No School)  Mar 24: PreK-12 Early Release (12:00 secondary/1:20 elementary)  Mar 24: Coffee with the Counselors (6:30pm) Apr 2: Good Friday (No School—Budgetary Reasons)  Apr 7: Amherst Art for Clean Action Energy Deadline Apr … Continue reading

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Amherst Four Building Projects Workshop and Feedback Session

Saturday, March 6, 2021 Join us to discuss possible financing options for  the four major building projects in Town. The four projects are the $36.3 million expansion and renovation of the Jones Library, for which the town is responsible for … Continue reading

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Virtual Teen Science Café at MIT Museum

MIT Museum is hosting the popular Virtual Teen Science Café again this spring! Please encourage your high school students to join our next event, Teen Science Café: Equity in Healthcare, which is planned and hosted by my peers on the … Continue reading

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Virtual Homework Help at the Jones Library

Want some extra help with homework or preparing for exams? Students from the Future Health Leaders Network of UMass Amherst are available Thursdays in March from 4 to 6 pm to assist high school students with homework help and test … Continue reading

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Youth Career & Job Expo

A virtual job fair and career expo for high school students and young adults 14 to 24 years of age in Franklin, Hampshire County, and the North Quabbin region.  One note: Students are not required to attend the orientation in … Continue reading

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Spark for German

Come join us and learn some basic German in six differently themed 45-minute interactive virtual sessions. We’ll listen to music, learn about sustainability, explore food culture, and much more. WHAT: basic German in a fun virtual setting WHEN: Tuesdays 4.00-4.45 … Continue reading

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ARHS DESE Report Card for 2020

Dear Families: Every year, each public school and school district in Massachusetts receives a report card. Just as your child’s report card shows how they are doing in different subjects, the school’s report card is designed to show families how … Continue reading

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ARPS School Committee Meetings Next Week

There have 2 joint meetings of the Amherst, Pelham, and Regional School Committees coming up on Tuesday & Wednesday. Among the topics on Tuesday, they will vote on the proposed school start time change, hear about pooled testing for COVID-19, … Continue reading

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Senior Class Meeting 9AM on Friday

Class of 2021 Parents, please remind your Seniors they are all invited to a virtual senior meeting on February 26th at 9:00am! You will hear from administrators and other adult leaders regarding prom, graduation, scholarships, senior exemption etc. You will … Continue reading

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Floating Sports Season Begins Monday!

Sports registration for the ‘floating season’ is closing on Feb 28! ARPS will be offering ‘indoor track’ (practices only; 9th-12th grade), football (9th-12th grade) and swimming (7th-12th grade). Please note that ‘indoor track’ will be mostly outdoors unless using the … Continue reading

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Student Written Play Festival Call for Submissions

All Students are invited to Submit a play to the 36th Annual Student-Written Play Festival!  We accept all kinds of scripts from all kinds of students for a slate of 10 and 1-minute plays to be performed live this spring.  … Continue reading

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Mark Your Calendars

Feb 26: Virtual senior class meeting 9:00am Feb 28: Deadline to Register for Floating Season Sports Mar 1: Floating Sports Season Begins Mar 17: All Teachers Curriculum/Work Day (No School)  Mar 24: PreK-12 Early Release (12:00 secondary/1:20 elementary)  Apr 2: … Continue reading

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Virtual Homework Help at the Jones Library

Want some extra help with homework or preparing for exams? Students from the Future Health Leaders Network of UMass Amherst are available Thursdays in March from 4 to 6 pm to assist high school students with homework help and test … Continue reading

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Youth Career & Job Expo Kick Off

A virtual job fair and career expo for high school students and young adults 14 to 24 years of age in Franklin, Hampshire County, and the North Quabbin region.  One note: Students are not required to attend the orientation in … Continue reading

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Yelo (Youth Engage Legislators & Officials) Forum

DIAL/SELF AmeriCorps is collaborating with Community Action Youth Programs to bring the annual YELO Forum, 3/31/21 from 4-6pm. YELO = Youth Engage Legislators & Officials. This year will be a virtual forum. Youth and DSAP members will lead an interactive … Continue reading

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Northampton and Amherst Approved as Collaborative Regional Vaccination Site

The City of Northampton and Town of Amherst join forces to distribute up to 5,000 vaccinations per week   On Tuesday  it was announced that the Northampton Health Department has been approved as the lead community in a regional collaboration with … Continue reading

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Amherst Four Building Projects Workshop and Feedback Session

Saturday, March 6, 2021 Join us to discuss possible financing options for  the four major building projects in Town. The four projects are the $36.3 million expansion and renovation of the Jones Library, for which the town is responsible for … Continue reading

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Spark for German

Come join us and learn some basic German in six differently themed 45-minute interactive virtual sessions. We’ll listen to music, learn about sustainability, explore food culture, and much more. WHAT: basic German in a fun virtual setting WHEN: Tuesdays 4.00-4.45 … Continue reading

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Senior Class Meeting

Seniors are all invited to a virtual senior meeting on February 26th at 9:00am! You will hear from administrators and other adult leaders regarding prom, graduation, scholarships, senior exemption etc. You will also have the opportunity to network with some … Continue reading

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ARHS Athletics Update

Sports registration for the ‘floating season’ is now open! We will be offering ‘indoor track’ (practices only; 9th-12th grade), football (9th-12th grade) and swimming (7th-12th grade). Please note that ‘indoor track’ will be primarily outdoors unless using the weight room … Continue reading

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Attention Seniors:

Check your email for an email going out 2/12 from Miss Garrity containing the long-awaited Scholarship Book, containing over 50 scholarship opportunities! February break is a great time to start on your applications! Apply Now for Community Foundation Scholarships: Each … Continue reading

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Mark Your Calendars

Feb 24: PreK-12 Early Release (12:00 secondary/1:20 elementary)  Feb 26: Senior Class Council Meeting 9AM Feb 28: Deadline to Register for Floating Season Sports Mar 1: Floating Sports Season Begins Mar 17: All Teachers Curriculum/Work Day (No School)  Mar 24: … Continue reading

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UMass Association of Women in Science Pen Pal Program

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Amherst Art for Clean Energy Call for Submission

Are you interested in publishing your artwork or creative writing, and are you passionate about environmental action? If so, consider submitting your art masterpieces to the Amherst Art for Clean Energy student anthology, co-created by Amherst Sunrise and Amherst Regional … Continue reading

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Winter Recess Next Week

There is no school next week. Have a safe, restful break.

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Semester 2 Materials

If you do not have your books and materials needed for Semester 2 yet, please let ARHS know if you plan on coming to the school to get them Friday, during your lunch break or after school. Or if you … Continue reading

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ARHS Athletics Update

Amherst hockey lost to Greenfield Saturday 4 to 2, they face Southwick today at 3pm. The girls basketball team had their first loss on the road losing to Chicopee by three, they turned things back around, winning their next on … Continue reading

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Helen Dalton wins ‘Best in Category Award’

Congratulations to Helen Dalton, ARHS junior, for being awarded the ‘Best in Category Award’ for Editorial Cartoon sponsored by the Herb Block Foundation in the Region of Massachusetts. Helen’s work was judged best in the state after receiving a Gold … Continue reading

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ARHS Students Accepted in Massachusetts All-State Chorus

Congratulations to Sofie Montti and Ruthie Weinbaum, who were accepted into the Massachusetts All-State Chorus! They scored high enough on their video auditions that they will now be participating in a virtual choral piece conducted by Dr. Jeffery Redding, 2019 … Continue reading

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Amherst Hurricanes Athletic Boosters Meeting

The Amherst Hurricanes Athletic Boosters is having its next meeting via Zoom on Thursday, February 18, 2021, at 5:00pm. Zoom Meeting  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89683277314pwd=MG94dGpQMGpsSVoxbnVxYitQYVMvZz09 Meeting ID: 896 8327 7314 Passcode: GoCanes Call: 1 646 876 9923  Meeting ID: 896 8327 7314  Password: … Continue reading

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Attention Seniors:

Seniors you are invited to a virtual senior meeting on February 26th at 9:00am! You will hear from administrators and other adult leaders regarding prom, graduation, scholarships, senior exemption etc. You will also have the opportunity to network with some … Continue reading

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Amherst Art for Clean Energy Call for Submission

Are you interested in publishing your artwork or creative writing, and are you passionate about environmental action? If so, consider submitting your art masterpieces to the Amherst Art for Clean Energy student anthology, co-created by Amherst Sunrise and Amherst Regional … Continue reading

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Cybersecurity Externship Opportunity

If you are interested in working in this field and can commit to the program  during the month of June, please email me, Deidre Cuffee-Gray (cuffee-grayd@arps.org) with your interest. Here’s the link that will take you to more information about … Continue reading

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Mark Your Calendars

Feb 15-19: Winter Break  Feb 18: Amherst Hurricanes Athletic Boosters Meeting 5PM via Zoom Feb 24: PreK-12 Early Release (12:00 secondary/1:20 elementary)  Feb 26: Senior Class Council Meeting 9AM Feb 28: Deadline to Register for Floating Season Sports Mar 1: … Continue reading

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Teen Lounge Discord Kickoff Party

Friday, February 12th from 3:00 – 4:00 pmTeen Lounge at Jones Library is going virtual! We’re joining up with the teen departments at Chicopee and Forbes libraries to offer a virtual teen lounge for area teens ages 13-18 on our … Continue reading

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UMass Association of Women in Science Pen Pal Program

Do you have questions about college? The UMass Amherst Association for Women in Science (AWIS) can help! We are an undergraduate student group dedicated to inclusion in STEM fields, and we want to help middle school and high school students … Continue reading

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A.I. Camp at WNE University

What does artificial intelligence (AI) have to do with engineering? Come and out at a free virtual AI camp hosted by Western New England University (WNE) on Feb. 15-19 from 3:00-4:15pm. Each day, you’ll hear from WNE faculty about their … Continue reading

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Semester 2 Books and Materials

Families, please email arhsoffice@arps.org or call 413-362-1700 to let us know if you or your children have not been able to get books and materials for the 2nd Semester yet. We have volunteers ready to deliver materials. Thanks and take care -Talib … Continue reading

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BPAC Meeting – Feb 9

OPEN TO FAMILIES OF ENGLISH LEARNERS AND ALL ARPS BILINGUAL FAMILIES Tuesday, February 9, 7- 8:15 pm JOIN US TO DISCUSS OUR PROJECTS TO BUILD A STRONGER BILINGUAL PARENT COMMUNITY AT ARPS, GET INVOLVED IN THE SEAL OF BILITERACY AND … Continue reading

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Hurricanes Weekly Recap

Amherst hockey opponent this week was Chicopee Comp. They played them twice, first losing 3-2 and the second time losing 3-5. Both games were very competitive, last night’s game they were tied up with two minutes to go! The girls … Continue reading

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Class of 2024 collecting for Amherst Survival Center

Help people stay warm this winter! The Class of 2024 has set up a box at Provisions (113 Cowls Road, North Amherst, MA) to collect usable coats, hats, mittens, or any other items to help people stay warm. These items … Continue reading

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From the College and Career Advisors

SENIORS FAFSA Support Please use your resources to complete your FAFSA (you can call the admissions/financial aid office as well). DIY – https://www.mefa.org/blog/all-things-fafsa (great webinar to do it step-by-step) FAFSA Help – February 7th – En Espanol 2:00-3:00pm https://www.mefa.org/events/fafsa-day-ma-event-in-spanish The … Continue reading

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