Category Archives: Parent News

Homework During School Breaks

From Dr. Michael Morris, Superintendent: Students are expected to complete a significant amount of work outside of the school day and throughout the school year. We are committed to maintaining high expectations for our students, and we celebrate the many … Continue reading

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SAT/ PSAT at ARHS Update

Due to the pandemic and safety realities for students and staff, we will not be able to offer the SAT through the winter. We did not offer the PSAT in the fall for the same reason.  The conditions to safely … Continue reading

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ARHS Cabaret

One of the longstanding traditions of the choral program at ARHS is Cabaret, an evening of food and fun as students perform skits and songs in small groups. This year, Cabaret is moving online, and all students may take part. … Continue reading

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ARPS Warm Winter Coat Drive

This winter an unprecedented number of Amherst children need warm outdoor clothing. The Amherst Public Schools (ARPS) Family Center is once again organizing a winter clothing drive with the PGOs’ help. We are looking for donations of new (and gently … Continue reading

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Hurricanes Sports Recap

11/18/20 Cross Country  home vs. Palmer  11/19/20 Girls Soccer @ Palmer Unfortunately this is the last week of fall sports. I appreciate all the support through these times. Even with all of the modifications in place I am thankful student … Continue reading

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Links from the Coffee with the Career and College Counselor

Despite major technical difficulties, we appreciate all who were able to attend Monday’s Virtual Coffee with the Counselor.  Ms. Cuffee-Gray will be holding another Coffee in early December.  As promised, these are the links from her presentation: Ms Cuffee-Gray’s Virtual … Continue reading

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Mark Your Calendars

Nov 24: ARHS Cabaret interest forms due (see above) Nov 25-27: Thanksgiving Break Dec 16: PreK-12 Early Release (12:00 secondary/1:20 elementary)  Dec 21-Jan 1 : Winter Break Jan 6: Three Kings Day (No School) Jan 9: ARHS Cabaret livestream Jan … Continue reading

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Lighting of the Merry Maple

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Girls STEM Summit LIVE 2021

Jr.Tech is thrilled to announce registration is open for the Girls STEM Summit LIVE 2021 – a new, live, online format!  This year’s Girls STEM Summit LIVE 2021 will take place on two half-day Saturdays: Saturday, April 3rd, and Saturday, … Continue reading

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Regional Teen Leadership Program for Healthy Relationships

OPPORTUNITY FOR TEENS: $250 stipends! This Regional Teen Leadership Program will teach leadership skills related to promoting healthy teen relationships.  It is open to grades 9-12 from Hampshire County, has a limit of 14 students total and 4 per school, … Continue reading

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2021 Bronfman Fellowship

Applications for the 2021 Bronfman Fellowship are open! If you are intellectually adventurous, Jewish, and currently in 11th grade, apply now for a free, transformative Fellowship-year experience exploring the rich tapestry of Jewish life while making lifelong friends. Application deadline … Continue reading

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PGO Virtual Coffee with the ARHS College and Career Counselor

November 16th at 5:30 PM LINK:  https://stream.meet.google.com/stream/bcb03453-e3b5-4ce9-8cbb-419d09af3451 What does planning for Life after ARHS look like? When should you start exploring options? How and when does your student start preparing for College? Are you terrified of the whole thing? Join … Continue reading

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First Quarter Ends 11/13

The 1st academic Quarter ends this Friday, November 13th. Please check-in with your teachers and/or Guidance Counselor if you have any questions about your grades, or the books and materials you’ll need for the 2nd Quarter.

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Amherst Hurricanes Weekly Recap

11/5/20 Girls Volleyball @ Westfield 11/5/20 Girls Soccer home vs. South Hadley  11/6/20 Volleyball @ Agawam 11/6/20 Boys Soccer home vs South Hadley 11/9/20 Boys Soccer  (Varsity) @ Pope Francis  11/9/20 Girls Soccer home vs. Ware 11/10/20 Cross Country @ … Continue reading

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Next ARPS JLMSC Meeting

Joint Labor-Management Safety Committee (JLMSC) Date: Friday, November 13, 2020 – 4:00pm to 4:45pm Location: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtexAafrqPA Calendar Name: ARPS District Calendar Agenda Metrics Discussion Facilities Update Future Agenda Planning Any topic(s) not anticipated 48 hours prior to this meeting

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ARPS Distance Learning Surveys Results

Thank you to all of the families, students and staff members who participated in the recent surveys regarding Distance Learning.  We had an excellent response with 1108 participants in the Family Distance Learning Survey, 334 in the Staff survey, and … Continue reading

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Virtual Coffee Event Focused on Wellness to be held Monday

The Virtual Coffee Event about strategies for tolerating and managing the challenges of mood regulation in the midst of change and uncertainty that was planned for this Thursday has been changed to Monday, November 16 at 6:30 p.m.  Join ARPS … Continue reading

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Help Wanted

The PGO is an all volunteer organization.  Our mission is to: promote communication and understanding among families, staff and the Amherst area community;  foster a spirit of collaboration by providing a forum for participation and the exchange of information and ideas; and  provide financial assistance where … Continue reading

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Do You Bank at Florence Bank?

Do you or someone in your family bank at Florence Bank? If so, you can help support the ARPS PGO through their Customers’ Choice Community Grants program. Everyone in your family with an account can vote and each vote cast … 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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Mark Your Calendars

Nov 13: Last Day of the 1st Quarter Nov 15: NEACAC and GoToCollegeFairs Nov 16: 2nd Quarter Classes Begin Nov 16: PGO Virtual Coffee with ARHS College and Career Counselor 5:30 PM Nov 16: Virtual Coffee Event Focused on Wellness … Continue reading

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LSSE is now Amherst Recreation

Hi Neighbor! We have missed seeing all of your faces in our office and at our in-person programs.  We hope you’re all healthy and happy. You might remember that last fall we embarked upon a strategic planning process. The process started … Continue reading

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In Case You Missed Open House

In case you missed Thursday’s Virtual ARHS Open House, you are in luck- it was recorded. The Open House kicked off with presentation by the Administrative Team- Prinipal Sadiq, Assistant Principal Miki Gromacki, Interim Principal Sam Camera and ARHS Athletic … Continue reading

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Second Quarter Materials Distribution and/or Drop-Off 11/9- 11/10

The 1st Quarter ends on Friday 11/13. In preparation for the 2nd Quarter, our next Materials Distribution and/or Drop-Off will be happening on Monday (11/9) and Tuesday (11/10) from 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Please see below for special instructions … Continue reading

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English Book Collection and Distribution, Special Instructions

We are reaching out to help facilitate a REALLY STRONG Quarter 1 English book collection and Quarter 2 book pick-up on November 9 and 10, from 3-6 p.m. in the ARHS gym. (This is also the date for Quarter 2 … Continue reading

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Amherst Hurricanes Weekly Recap

11/2/20 Boys Soccer (JVB) home vs. Belchertown 11/2/20 Cross Country home vs.Monson  11/2/20 Volleyball @ Agawam 11/3/20 Field Hockey @. Belchertown  11/3/20 Boys Soccer (Varsity) home vs. Ware 11/4/20 Boys Soccer (Varsity + JVA) home vs. Belchertown 11/4/20 Field Hockey … Continue reading

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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:  11/06/2020Time: 9:00am -10:30amJoin with Google Meet using the link: https://meet.google.com/dhy-wywm-rwdor by phone:  617-675-4444‬  PIN: ‪909 286 087 0262‬# Meeting is open to all in … Continue reading

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Virtual Coffee Event Focused on Wellness

As we head into winter, it will be even more crucial to have resources available for student well-being.  To help with that, the district is hosting a virtual coffee event that will focus on strategies for tolerating and managing the … Continue reading

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PGO Virtual Coffee with the ARHS College and Career Counselor

November 16th at 5:30 PM LINK:  https://stream.meet.google.com/stream/bcb03453-e3b5-4ce9-8cbb-419d09af3451 What does planning for Life after ARHS look like? When should you start exploring options? How and when does your student start preparing for College? Are you terrified of the whole thing? Join … Continue reading

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ARPS Transition Services Workshop

Hosted by ARPS SEPAC and Crystal Cartwright, M.Ed., Transition Specialist  Amherst Pelham Regional Schools Date: 11/17/2020 Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm Where: Google Meet (click this link) https://meet.google.com/rwq-hiiv-sec Please join us in this workshop to hear an overview about different transition topics, as … Continue reading

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AP Exams

Click here for all things AP. This document includes the form for submitting payment.  Remember to submit payment on or before Thursday, November 12.  If payment is received after this date there will be a $40 late registration fee.  The … Continue reading

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Mark Your Calendars

Nov 6: SEPAC Meeting Nov 9 & 10: English Book Collection and Distribution Nov 11: Veterans Day (Observed) (No School)  Nov 12: Virtual Coffee Event Focused on Wellness Nov 12: Last Day to Register for AP Exams (without late fee) … Continue reading

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Special Meeting of the Town Council, School Committee and Library Trustees – Budget Coordinating Group

Date: November 9, 2020 Time: 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Virtual meeting location: https://amherstma.zoom.us/j/89994349870; join by phone by calling (301) 715-8592; enter webinar ID 899 9434 9870 Link: Click to join the virtual meeting LIST OF TOPICS: Call to Order. Announcements. Presentations … Continue reading

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Dates Set for Virtual Open Houses

Dates are set for virtual open house events at each of our schools.  The ARHS Open House Link will not go live until November 5th. Please reach out to the Main Office at arhsoffice@arps.org  if the link is not working … Continue reading

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Letter from Talib Sadiq

Hello everyone, Unfortunately, we had more technical difficulties with Wednesday evening’s PGO Coffee with the Principal. I know many of you changed your plans to attend, or waited for 15 – 20 minutes and still were not granted access to … Continue reading

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Second Quarter Materials Distribution and/or Drop-Off 11/9- 11/10

The 1st Quarter ends on Friday 11/13. In preparation for the 2nd Quarter, our next Materials Distribution and/or Drop-Off will be happening on Monday (11/9) and Tuesday (11/10) from 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Please reach out to the Main … Continue reading

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Amherst Hurricanes Weekly Recap

10/23/20 Girls Soccer home vs. Granby  10/23/20 Field Hockey home vs. South Hadley  10/23/20 Boys Soccer (JVA) home vs. South Hadley  10/26/20 Boys Soccer (Varsity) home vs. Monson W  10/26/20 Boys Soccer (JVB) @ South Hadley  10/27/20 Cross Country home … Continue reading

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Class 2021 – College Planning

APPLICATION CHECKLIST General Tasks: Complete “Life After ARHS Survey (54 or 22 Qs) for College Conference in Naviance Make appointment with Ms. Cuffee-Gray to talk about plan for after high school (link) Make appointment with your counselor to talk about … Continue reading

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ARHS Theater Company Production this Weekend

The ARHS Theater Company continues its 3-play season this fall of COVID theater-making by inviting you this weekend to Everybody, a 90-minute outdoor production at ARHS.  Written just a couple of years ago by Brandon Jacobs-Jenkins, one of the starts of the … Continue reading

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Mark Your Calendars

Nov 3: All Teachers Curriculum/Work Day (No School) Election Day  Nov 5: ARHS Open House Nov 11: Veterans Day (Observed) (No School)  Nov 12: Last Day to Register for AP Exams (without late fee) Nov 13: Last Day of the … Continue reading

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Annual Ski & Winter Gear Tent Sale – October 31, 9am – 2pm

Saturday at 9 AM EDT – 2 PM Hosted by Amherst History Museum 5th Annual Ski and Winter Gear Sale, returns on October 31, 2020, from 9 am – 2 pm, under the tent at 67 Amity Street, with deals and … Continue reading

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Tuesday, Nov 3 is Election Day!

Amherst: The Town of Amherst is divided into ten Precincts, now organized in to five Districts. See below table to view your Precinct and polling location as well as your corresponding District.  Hours The polling hours for all elections and … Continue reading

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Virtual Coffee with the Principal- New Date

The ARHS PGO’s Virtual Coffee with the Principal has been rescheduled to Wednesday 10/28/20 at 6:30pm. Principal Talib Sadiq will update the ARHS Community on his thoughts and priorities about the year ahead as well as answer questions from the … Continue reading

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ARPS SEPAC- Basic Rights in Special Education- Understanding the IEP

Wednesday, October 28th  7pm – 9pm via Zoom Basic Rights: Understanding the IEP will be held on October 28, 2020 from 7 pm to 9 pm. To receive the online access link, please email sepac@arps.org This free workshop for parents/guardians … Continue reading

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Distance Learning Survey for Parents & Caregivers

REMINDER: THE SURVEY BELOW CLOSES AT NOON TODAY (FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23).  YOU MAY COMPLETE THE SURVEY MORE THAN ONCE FOR MULTIPLE CHILDREN. The District is surveying parents/caregivers to gather input on how they feel distance learning is progressing at this … Continue reading

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No Cost Ways to Support the ARHS PGO

  1. Do You Bank at Florence Bank? Do you or someone in your family bank at Florence Bank? If so, you can help support the ARPS PGO through their Customers’ Choice Community Grants program. We can win up to … Continue reading

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Morning Announcements

If you want an even more information and updates about what’s happening at ARHS, visit the Morning Announcements website at: http://arhsmorningannouncements.blogspot.com/

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Amherst Hurricanes Weekly Recap

10/19/20 Volleyball home vs. Westfield 10/20/20 Field Hockey @ East Longmeadow Since last week’s update we only had two competitions, volleyball and field hockey. Although volleyball lost, the team competed, losing the last set 24 to 26. Field hockey also … Continue reading

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2021 Yearbook Information

ALL HANDS ON DECK! It’s time to get creative! The yearbook is getting started! We need everyone to participate in this year’s yearbook. Show us what learning, clubs, events, sports, and social activities look like for you in this strange … Continue reading

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Bilingual Parent Advisory Council Meeting October 27, 7-8pm

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