Category Archives: Parent News

Schools Out! See You Soon

We made it! The school year officially is over! Mare and Becky, the editors at the ARHS PGO Parent News, want to wish each of you, and your families, a safe, happy and healthy summer. Normally, this would be our … Continue reading

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ARHS Staff Appreciation Luncheon- June 22!

We know everyone is missing their friends and colleagues, and that includes our teachers and staff, who have dealt with a lot with the quick switch to distance learning this spring.  School may be remote but the annual end of … Continue reading

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Updated info on Chromebooks & Textbook Returns; Locker Clean out

.  ARPS IS staff will be collecting school issued Chromebooks at the front entrance of the high school Monday June 22nd and Tuesday June 23nd. Please plan to return your device at that time if you are not participating in … Continue reading

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Free Summer Lunches

We are thrilled to announce that we will continue serving FREE MEALS to ALL children 0-18 through August 28! If you’ve been receiving these meals at our 7 sites, please continue as usual. If you haven’t been receiving meals, please … Continue reading

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Free ACT/SAT Tutoring For ARHS Students This Summer

Hello ARHS sophomores and juniors! This summer is a great time to prepare for SAT and ACT standardized testing. Members of the ARHS community, equipped with experience and success in these exams, are eager to help guide you through this … Continue reading

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Guidance News For Rising Seniors

Hello Rising Seniors- You have negotiated a school year with a tremendous amount of upheaval both in terms of COVID 19, the George Floyd, Breonna Taylor (and countless others) protests and soul searching around Black Lives Matter, and negotiating physical … Continue reading

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Summer School Course Addition- more PE!

Due to the overwhelming demand and our desire to not turn any student away from summer school, we are adding a section of PE during Session 2 to accommodate students wishing to also take a morning class. It will still run … Continue reading

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School Committee Meets 6/25- Fall Planning

There is a joint meeting of the Amherst, Pelham, and Region School Committees on Thursday, June 25 at 6:30pm. It will be broadcast live on Amherst Media as well as streaming on: http://161.77.57.225/CablecastPublicSite/watch/2?channel=2 The meeting will begin the critical planning and … Continue reading

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Virtual Juneteenth Celebration Today At 4:00 PM

Town of Amherst Virtual Juneteenth Celebration “The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of … Continue reading

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Recycle Your Textiles To Benefit ARHS

Many of us have been seriously spring cleaning during the COVID-19 pandemic. Recycle your old and tattered clothes, shoes, and linens and the Amherst PGOs can earn money — at no cost to you. Bay State Textiles collects used clothing and … Continue reading

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It’s Ok To Return Library Books Now @ The Jones

Dear Jones Library Patron, Thank you so much for your patience and for holding onto your library materials during these last 3 months. We’ve missed you. We are happy to report that we are READY FOR YOU TO RETURN YOUR … Continue reading

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Women’s Right To Vote Celebrated 6/25

Thursday, June 25, is the anniversary of Massachusetts ratifying women’s right to vote!!!  In commemoration the League of Women Voters is sponsoring a walk, at noon on this day, from Kendrick Park to the Amherst Town Hall.  Anyone and everyone … Continue reading

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Virtual Summer Arts Camp

Deerfield Academy Summer Arts Camp (DASAC) has shifted to a virtual camp this summer – and we’ve got a few spots left!  Serving Valley teens and pre-teens for 30 years, DASAC is a progressive, wacky, and joyous summer program for the … Continue reading

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Letter to the ARHS Community

Parents and ARHS Community, Over the past several days we have witnessed violent and non-violent reactions to the death of Mr. George Floyd. The recent events of a world pandemic, unemployment, isolation and now the death of Mr. Floyd have … Continue reading

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Joint Statement from Town of Amherst Officials

We are haunted by the searing vision of a Minneapolis police officer kneeling on a subdued man’s neck, as other officers watched the man die. We witnessed Mr. George Floyd’s pleas for help be ignored by the very people who … Continue reading

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ARPS Counselor’s Corner Session Today

We would like to invite all families to this week’s session of Counselor’s Corner. This session’s topics will be around behavioral support, building/maintaining routines, and may also include discussion around summer related strategies for your child and families. This session … Continue reading

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ARHS Listening Circles for students in Grades 9 – 11

Hello ARHS students and  families, In the wake of the murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minnesota police, and the resulting rallies and protests around the world and in Amherst regarding police brutality against Black people and people … Continue reading

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Virtual Tours of All ARPS Schools Now Available

Since students who will be moving to a new school in the 2020-2021 school year cannot have the in-person tours typically offered each spring, they can now see their new school buildings through a virtual tour.  There is a link … Continue reading

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ARPS Fall 2020 Planning

On Wednesday, June 3rd, Superintendent Morris presented the school committee with the district;s considerations and options for Fall 2020 Planning. If you missed it, here is the link to the slideshow: http://www.arps.org/sites/default/files/Fall%202020%20Planning%20%28final%29.pdf

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Post High School Transition and Special Education Webinar Recording

Last week, local Social Service agencies hosted a discussion and info session on Transitioning to adult services during Covid-19 and School Closures. Here are the Autism Connections/Family Empowerment presentation. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1wAZ2RxDckCwj_QjDAwE8VOF10F5BfPrV/view?usp=sharing Should anyone still have questions and feel they would benefit … Continue reading

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Mark Your Calendars

June 12th- Listening Circle – ARHS June 12th- ARPS Counselor’s Corner 2:15 PM June 15th- Listening Circle – ARHS June 18th- Last Day of Distance Learning June 22nd- ARHS Staff Appreciation Luncheon (raindate June 23) All other school events are … Continue reading

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Youth For BLM March And Speak Out

**Not School Sponsered** Friday, June 12 from 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM March begins at the ARHS Football field. https://www.facebook.com/events/571431013805396/ This event is being led by and for black and brown youth of Western Mass who are needing to share … Continue reading

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Governor Baker’s Class of 2020 Commencement Address

In partnership with WGBH, Governor Charlie Baker delivered a commencement address to the Class of 2020 as part of a celebration for graduating seniors from 668 public and private schools across the Commonwealth. https://www.wgbh.org/massachusetts-commencement-2020#:~:text=In%20partnership%20with%20WGBH%2C%20Governor,private%20schools%20across%20the%20Commonwealth.

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Summer Job and Career Skill Building Programs for Teens

The MassHire Franklin Hampshire Career Center (MassHire FHCC) provides employment and training opportunities for In-School and Out-of-School youth and young adults ages 14-24 in collaboration with our community partners in the Franklin, Hampshire and North Quabbin Regions.  To learn more … Continue reading

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AEF Stars in Our Schools

As the end of the school year nears, we reflect on how proud we are of all our teachers, staff, students, and parents and their resilience in adapting to the unforeseen and unique challenges they faced this year. With that … Continue reading

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Be Counted! Participate in the Census Today

Every 10 years, as mandated by the U.S. Constitution, the federal government undertakes a census of the U.S. population to determine the allocation of seats held by each state in the House of Representatives. An accurate census count is also … Continue reading

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What’s Open

Here is the updated list from the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce on what area businesses are open and how to contact them: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MSBFnv08nc7yap2TmBgmyLyUfzEwLixoc1updNS8jxU/edit?usp=sharing

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Recreation & Summer Activities in Amherst

This is an update on Town of Amherst activities this summer. Please note that all activities, if they are happening, will be different than they have been in previous years. We will put in place precautions to minimize the likelihood … Continue reading

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Class of 2020 Parade Today

Friday, June 5, 2020 beginning at 3:15 PM Seniors and your families are invited to decorate their vehicle and join their classmates for a celebratory pre-graduation parade through the streets of Amherst. Please depart from your elementary school at the … Continue reading

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Class of 2020 Graduation Airs @ 6:00 PM

At 6:00 PM today, the Class of 2020 graduation ceremony and parade will be available on: Amherst Media – channel stream for channel 15. http://161.77.57.225/CablecastPublicSite/watch/2?channel=2 YouTube link: https://youtu.be/st8RTR6EFjQ

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SEPAC Meeting 6/5

Please join us virtually at our next meeting: Friday, June 5, 9-10:30am via Google Hangout: use the link: https://meet.google.com/wjk-sgms-vqw or join by phone: +1 402-295-5292 PIN: 833435933# Please RSVP to sepac@arps.org with your phone number, so if we run into … Continue reading

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College Essay Boot Camp

If you signed up for the Personal Statement Boot Camp and haven’t heard back, here’s what you need below: If you didn’t sign up but want to work on your essay, register at this link and use the information below. The week … Continue reading

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Webinar for Parents of Adult Disabled Students

This webinar is for parents and family members of young people with an intellectual or developmental disability, and provides an overview of the legal consequences of reaching the age of emancipation at 18. Discussion will include a description of the … Continue reading

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News for Class of 2021

Class of 2021, First of all, I want to acknowledge that we are in the midst of a pandemic, Distance Learning 2.0, physical distancing, and political and personal unrest in this nation are a lot weighing on our collective psyches. … Continue reading

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Mark Your Calendars

June 5- ARPS SEPAC Virtual Meeting 9 AM June 5- Juniors will be notified of teachers’ recommendations decisions June 5- Graduation Car Parade through Towns 3:00 PM – 4:40 PM (Not school sponsored) June 5th- Graduation Ceremony Video premiere – … Continue reading

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Amherst Educators Solidarity Rally to be held Sunday

Amherst Educators are coming together for a Solidarity Rally to show our support of our students, families, and colleagues.  We will have live speakers, educators will join together in taking the Black Lives Matters At School Pledge together, and we … Continue reading

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Teen Programming Survey@ Jones Library

Let us know what virtual teen programming you would like to see at the Jones this summer by filling out our quick and easy survey!  Teens (ages 11-17) who fill out the survey (and who include their full name and email … Continue reading

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LSSE Virtual Summer Programs

We hope you are all staying healthy and are getting ready for summer. With so much uncertainty surrounding camps, school and activities for kids, we couldn’t wait to share these super fun virtual options with you! Whether your kids are … Continue reading

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Ben Levy Receives ARMS Educator Award

The Amherst Regional Middle School Educator Award for 2019-20 will be awarded to English teacher Ben Levy. The award, given by the Amherst Regional Middle School Parent Guardian Organization (ARMS PGO), is based on three main criteria: student support, collaboration … Continue reading

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Joint School Committee Meeting Wednesday- Fall 2020 Planning

There is a joint meeting of the Amherst, Pelham, and Region School Committees on Wednesday, June 3 at 6:30pm. It will be broadcast live on Amherst Media as well as streaming on http://161.77.57.225/CablecastPublicSite/watch/2?channel=2 The meeting will begin the critical planning … Continue reading

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AR[T]HS 2020 Exhibition Now Open

The Art Department at Amherst Regional High School is proud to present AR[T]HS 2020, an exhibit of outstanding student artwork from the 2019-2020 school year. This juried exhibit – now in its 12th year – includes work from all of … Continue reading

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Updated Special Education summer info reminder – Reply needed by Friday May 29th

Dear Parents/Guardians, This letter is to update you on the planning underway for summer special education instruction and services for your child(ren) for this upcoming summer. Last week, on May 21st & 22nd you received messages from our office with … Continue reading

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Parent Resources Available

ARHS Counselours have created a website full of resources for parents and caregivers of our high school students. In it you will find the contact information of all of the counselors in the school as well as links to resources … Continue reading

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Juniors: From the College Counselor (deadline today for recs!)

Teacher Recommendations Tomorrow is the last day to request teacher recommendations. Please see below for expectations and materials for teacher recommendation requests! Juniors will be notified of teachers’ decisions by June 5th — Parent & Guardian Surveys in Naviance Reminder … Continue reading

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SAT Registration Now Open

Dear Parent, Your teen is now able to register for fall SAT® administrations. All students can register for the November or December administration at this time. Students who registered for (and didn’t cancel) the June SAT and current high school juniors … Continue reading

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Juniors- Get Your College Essay Done!

Subject: Registration for college essay boot camp (w/ action item for you) Hi ARHS Juniors! This June, we’re excited to offer students the chance to join a one-week college essay boot camp delivered by Ethan Sawyer, AKA the College Essay … Continue reading

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Support the ARHS PGO Through AmazonSmile

Is your household doing any online shopping through Amazon? Did you know you can earn money for the ARHS PGO with each Amazon purchase. Enroll in this passive fundraising to earn money for the Amherst/Amherst Regional School PGOs while you … Continue reading

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Final Email for Seniors from the College Counselor

Class of 2020! I didn’t have the opportunity to see you this week as you pick up diploma folders, don and doff cap and gowns, line up your decorated cars, strike a fabulous pose, and dance through your awsome Class … Continue reading

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Updated Graduation Info for Seniors

Senior activities culminate on June 5th On Friday, June 5th our community will celebrate our 2020 ARHS Graduates with a parent sponsored Senior Car Parade at 3:00 PM – 4:40 PM. 1. Professional photographs from Wednesday’s celebration will be available … Continue reading

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Seniors: Deadline Extended for Stanley Koplik Certificate of Mastery

The Stanley Z. Koplik Certificate of Mastery provides a four-year tuition credit to Massachusettspublic universities. The Koplik is awarded to students who at a minimum, have one score on thetenth grade MCAS in the Advanced category and the other two … Continue reading

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