Category Archives: Parent News

Superintendent’s update from 1/7

For a pdf version of the ARPS Update, please click here. Para obtener una versión de la actualización de ARPS en español, haga clic aquí. Para uma versão do ARPS Update em português, clique aqui. Welcome back from the winter break!  We were so excited to welcome our students back … Continue reading

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Local vaccine/booster clinics for students

This information was shared with district families in an email on 1/11. While the first clinic listed is happening today (Friday, 1/14) please read on for information about other options. The Centers for Disease Control now recommends that all individuals … Continue reading

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COVID testing resources

With the current rise in COVID cases in the local community, we know many families are finding it challenging to sort through different testing options and to find the tests they need. The PGO has put together a resource sheet … Continue reading

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Senior photos

Reminder! Senior Photos are due 1/31! Please send jpegs (or any questions) to garrityc@arps.org! Need a photographer? Yearbook students are available to take portraits during lunch hours, plus blocks, and after school!

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Thank-you Thursdays

We know it’s been a long and tough year for teachers and staff – and it’s only January! We would like to show the ARHS staff how much we appreciate them with Thank-You Thursdays – an opportunity for ARHS families to … Continue reading

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Workshop on social media and teen mental health

The ARHS clinician team is offering a workshop for parents and guardians on February 8th and 15th. Click here to see a full-size version of the flyer and registration link.

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Mark your calendar

Jan 17: MLK Day (no school)Jan 19-20: Early release days for 1st semester/2nd quarter examsJan 21: Teacher work day (no school)Jan 24: Quarter 3 starts

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Note from the principal about graduation survey

Hello, I hope that 2022 is off to a healthy and happy start for all of you and your families. I wanted to share the results of the survey that was sent to our seniors and their families, about where … Continue reading

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Health and safety updates

Since there were so many important health and safety updates over the past week or so, we have compiled them all into one google doc you can access here. Note that when school resumes after the Friday snow day, students … Continue reading

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PGO grants for students and teachers

It’s time for Student and Teacher Grants! Thanks to everyone who helped make our first Maroon Envelope Fundraiser a success! We blew past our goal and raised over $3500 for Student and Teacher grants.  If your student is involved in an ARHS … Continue reading

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For seniors

Information about a range of post-ARHS planning tools, sent out by Ms. Cuffee-Gray in an email on 1/4, can be found in this google doc.

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Mark your calendar

Jan 8: Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee MeetingJan 11: Amherst School Committee MeetingJan 17: MLK Day (no school)Jan 19-20: Early release days for 1st semester/2nd quarter examsJan 21: Teacher work day (no school)

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Wishing you a safe and restful break!

The ARHS PGO newsletter will return on Friday, January 7. In the meantime you can check our Facebook page for any time-sensitive announcements.

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Superintendent’s update from 12/17

For a pdf version of the ARPS Update, please click here. Para obtener una versión de la actualización de ARPS en español, haga clic aquí. Para uma versão do ARPS Update em português, clique aqui. I am pleased to share that we have begun a district-wide review of … Continue reading

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Two important reminders for seniors

Seniors, remember to send your senior photos by email to Miss Garrity at garrityc@arps.org! The deadline is January 31st! If you are applying to college for January 1st, please note that Miss Garrity will only be working on the 29th and … Continue reading

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Two easy ways (one free!) to support the all-district PGO

The Amherst Regional Public Schools PGO (ARPS PGO), is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization consisting of the PGOs for Crocker Farm, Wildwood, the Amherst Middle School, & the Amherst High School.  FLORENCE BANK COMMUNITY CHOICE GRANTS — VOTING CLOSES DEC 31In … Continue reading

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Mark your calendar

Dec 24-Jan 2: Winter BreakJan 5: ARHS vaccine clinicJan 6: No school

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Note from the principal

Hello, There are still a significant number of students who are coming into the building after 9:05. These students are walking in from the parking lot, so they are either driving themselves or getting dropped off by their family. We … Continue reading

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Superintendent’s update from 12/10

For a pdf version of the ARPS Update, please click here. Para obtener una versión de la actualización de ARPS en español, haga clic aquí. Para uma versão do ARPS Update em português, clique aqui. Many area school districts have seen spikes in the number of COVID cases … Continue reading

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COVID testing update

It is not too late to add your student to the pooled testing program at ARHS! If you have not given consent for your student to be tested weekly and would like to do so, you can do it here. … Continue reading

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COVID vaccine clinic January 5

The State will be at ARHS on January 5, 2022 for a covid vaccine clinic from 3 – 6 pm.  Click here to register for a vaccine appointment (more information about this clinic will come from the superintendent’s office).

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PGO Grants program for ARHS

The water bottle filling station pictured here was funded by a previous round of grants from the PGO. Our Maroon Envelope fundraiser to provide money for these grants to students and teachers will be active through Dec. 31. Please consider … Continue reading

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Does your student need a winter coat?

Still don’t have a winter coat? Guidance has many coats in a variety of colors, styles, and sizes available for those in need. Stop by anytime between 7:45am and 3:45pm!

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Jobs and more

Is your student looking for a job, volunteer opportunities, scholarships, or summer programs? Check out the Guidance Office’s Opportunities Page to find a variety of resources and opportunities!

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Senior photos

Senior Photos should be emailed to Miss Garrity at garrityc@arps.org by January 31st! Don’t want to pay a photographer? Yearbook staff are offering free senior photo shoots! Sign up for a time slot using this Google Form! https://forms.gle/AcSBgwR3mgRzD9BYA

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For seniors: FAFSA support

Seniors who are applying to colleges and need help filling out financial aid forms (FAFSA and CSS profile) can get help at two upcoming sessions sponsored by FAFSA Day (click on the link to register):Tuesday, January 18, 2022  6:00 – … Continue reading

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AEF Winter Stars in our Schools

Is there a teacher or staff member that has made a difference in your child’s life this year? Say “Thank You!” by making a donation to the Stars In Our Schools Campaign in honor of them and the Amherst Education … Continue reading

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Mark your calendar

Dec 23: Early Release DayDec 24-Jan 2: Winter BreakJan 5: ARHS vaccine clinic

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Message from the Principal

We wanted to make sure that families had this important, but disturbing, information. Earlier in the week the Baystate ER treated two high school youth who smoked marijuana before school, which unknown to them, ended up being laced with fentanyl. … Continue reading

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PGO grants program

The metal T-square being used by the student in this photo was purchased with an Art Department PGO grant in 2019! You can still contribute to the Maroon Envelope fundraiser to support this year’s grants to students and teachers. Venmo @ARHS-PGO or donate … Continue reading

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Environmental Action Club presents Reusable Week

At Amherst Regional High School we are committed to sustainability and environmental action. This is why The Environmental Action Club at ARHS is organizing a reusable week where our students will be encouraged to do the right thing and create … Continue reading

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Superintendent’s update from 12/3

For a pdf version of the ARPS Update, please click here. Para obtener una versión de la actualización de ARPS en español, haga clic aquí. Para uma versão do ARPS Update em português, clique aqui. On Wednesday evening we were fortunate to welcome Dr. Cornel West to ARPS … Continue reading

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Coats available

Thanks to all of your help with the coat drive, any ARHS student who needs a winter coat can visit Ms. Garrity in the Guidance Office to pick one up. These are new or like-new coats, freshly laundered, in a … Continue reading

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Yearbook news for seniors

1. Reminder that senior photos are due on January 31st! Email them to Miss Garrity at garrityc@arps.org. Want a photo taken by yearbook staff instead of hiring an outside photographer? Email Miss Garrity to sign up for a time slot! 2. … Continue reading

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For seniors: Scholarship information

From Ms. Cuffee-Gray’s email 12/9: How are you going to pay for college? Get started now The Big Y Scholarship – https://www.bigy.com/Community/Scholarships Courtesy of MEFA…December Deadlines https://www.mefa.org/blog/scholarships-with-december-deadlinesJanuary Deadlines https://www.mefa.org/blog/scholarships-with-january-deadlines2 Scholarship Coming Up –MY FAVORITE!!! Save the Date https://communityfoundation.org/students/scholarships/ Scholarship search engines: try Fastweb and … Continue reading

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Read the Graphic online

The latest issue of The Graphic, ARHS’s school newspaper, is live. This issue includes lots of student analysis of our current schedule, reflections on pandemic schooling, new-teacher features, and many other great news, sports, opinion, and club stories! Thank you so much for reading … Continue reading

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Mark your calendar

Dec 14: Amherst School Committee MeetingDec 14: ARHS Vaccine Clinic (2nd doses–see Superintendent’s update)Dec 16: Regional School Committee Meeting/Budget ForumDec 23: Early Release DayDec 24-Jan 2: Winter Break

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You can still give to the Maroon Envelope fundraiser

Did you miss the chance to give to the ARHS Grants Program on #GivingTuesday? You’re not alone! We would like to raise a wee bit more money for student and teacher grants, so we are keeping the fundraiser open until … Continue reading

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Coat drive thank-you

The PGO is grateful to everyone who donated coats so our students can stay warm outside this year; we also want to acknowledge the various community members who helped out in the following ways: Collection sites were coordinated by Mia … Continue reading

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Yearbook news for seniors

1. Reminder that senior photos are due on January 31st! Email them to Miss Garrity at garrityc@arps.org. Want a photo taken by yearbook staff instead of hiring an outside photographer? Email Miss Garrity to sign up for a time slot! 2. … Continue reading

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For seniors: MA College Application Celebration

This is an event that has admisisons officers virtually visiting with ARHS seniors for admissions interviews. Students apply using the college’s institutional application beforehand, sumbit an essay, submit a transcript request via Naviance. In some instances seniors will receive an … Continue reading

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Athletics update

Congratulations to the boys’ and girls’ cross country teams for placing 10th and 14th, respectively, in the Division II state championships on Nov. 20!

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Mark your calendar

Dec 8: Early Release DayDec 23: Early Release DayDec 24-Jan 2: Winter Break

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PGO fundraiser ends this coming Tuesday

The ARHS PGO’s One Ask, Please Give! MAROON ENVELOPE FUNDRAISER to support our Student and Teacher Grant Program ends on Giving Tuesday, 11/30. Your gift in any amount will fund grants for art, science and other classroom supplies outside the school budget; yearbooks … Continue reading

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Superintendent’s update from 11/19

For a pdf version of the ARPS Update, please click here. Para obtener una versión de la actualización de ARPS en español, haga clic aquí. Para uma versão do ARPS Update em português, clique aqui. I want to recognize that this week, November 13-15, is Transgender Awareness Week, … Continue reading

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For seniors: a few quick tips for college applicants

From Ms. Garrity’s email before break: Naviance has a new (and frustrating) feature called “One and Done” where it sends your transcript and school info to every school on your Common App list all at once, instead of individually. It does … Continue reading

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Mark your calendar

Nov 29: First day of winter sports practiceDec 8: Early Release DayDec 24-Jan 2: Winter Break

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Message from the principal about drop-off

Hello, During the past few weeks when families are dropping their children off in the morning, some people have been blocking the buses from pulling off and double parking during the drop-offs. This is creating an unsafe situation for those … Continue reading

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Superintendent’s update from 11/12

For a pdf version of the ARPS Update, please click here. Para obtener una versión de la actualización de ARPS en español, haga clic aquí. Para uma versão do ARPS Update em português, clique aqui. This week’s vaccine clinics for students ages 5-11 at Crocker Farm, Fort River … Continue reading

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Support the ARHS Grants Program for Giving Tuesday

The ARHS PGO’s One Ask, Please Give! MAROON ENVELOPE FUNDRAISER is already halfway to our goal. This is a month-long initiative to support our Student and Teacher Grant Program. We promise that this will be the ONLY ASK the PGO will make until spring ’22 graduation … Continue reading

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