Category Archives: Parent News

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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Mark Your Calendars

June 5- ARPS SEPAC Virtual Meeting 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 – 6:00 PM … Continue reading

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AEF Stars in Our Schools

Participate in Stars in Our Schools Or you can download this form to send by mail.

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ARPS Special Education Summer Services

Dear Parents/Guardians, While ARPS waits for a determination from Governor Baker regarding the opening of schools during the summer, the District has been working on both options of remote summer services or school-based services as a result of the opening … Continue reading

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Senior Graduation News From Guidance

Hey Seniors! So, yes. This is my penultimate email from Naviance to you. Yup, next to last… I hope you are hanging in there and finishing up your last assignments, AP exams, and the like. You have weathered the final … Continue reading

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Class of 2020 Graduates- 5/27 Parade and Video 6/5

ARHS Graduation 2020 will be on 5/27.  Following is important information: Day 1 May 26 (Students MUST have a face covering to enter the building – No Exceptions) By alphabet and scheduled time Seniors will turn in Chromebooks and all … Continue reading

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Juniors: Teacher Recommendation Information

Teacher Recommendation request period is May 18th – May 29th – early requests are not permitted Juniors will be notified of teachers’ decisions by June 5th Next year, most of you will prepare applications for colleges, technical schools, scholarships, jobs … Continue reading

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ARPS SEPAC Meeting on 6/5

The ARPS SEPAC will meet on June 5, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. LIST OF TOPICS: ARPS Special Education Parent Advisory Council Meeting (SEPAC) Representing: Pelham Elementary, Amherst Elementary, and Amherst Regional Schools as well as students out … Continue reading

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Mark Your Calendars

May 25- Memorial Day May 26- Seniors Only-Return School Materials and get Cap and Gowns (As Scheduled) May 27- Senior Graduation Photos Taken (As Scheduled) June 5- Graduation Car Parade through Towns 3:00 PM – 4:40 PM (Not school sponsored) … Continue reading

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Donate Your Gowns to Gowns4Good

Gowns4Good connects graduation gowns to healthcare workers in need of personal protective equipment (PPE) in the fight against COVID-19. http://www.gowns4good.net

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List of Open Area Businesses

Here is the updated list of area establishments that are open for business (as of 5/19): Link: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MSBFnv08nc7yap2TmBgmyLyUfzEwLixoc1updNS8jxU/edit

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Face Masks Available For Amherst Residents

Are you in the Town of Amherst and in need of a mask for you or a family member? The Town-Wide Initiative:  Masks4All! can help! Call us at 413-259-3002 or fill out the quick form online at http://www.amherstma.gov/getinvolved The mission for … Continue reading

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Free Math Tutoring On Zoom

Juniors and seniors majoring in mathematics from UMass Amherst’s Education Club and Math Teaching Club will be offering free drop- in math tutoring for Amherst High School students via  Zoom. Feel free to join with your friends for group tutoring … Continue reading

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ARHS Theater Co presents the 35th Annual Student-Written Play Festival Tonight!  

Friday, May 15th, 7:00 pm, Youtube https://youtu.be/t0QpWhp7WD0 20 short plays in under two hours, all written and directed by ARHS students. We’re taking the show to a virtual stage to share an evening of short plays.  Youtube:  https://youtu.be/t0QpWhp7WD0

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Grading Information

Parent_Student Communication #1 Parents/Guardians and Students,  We hope that all is well with your families and loved ones. These past few months have been challenging to all in our school as we have transitioned from traditional instruction settings to a … Continue reading

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Important Info for Seniors

Challenging times call for a creative commemoration. Here’s the info on cleaning out lockers, getting awards and diplomas and ways we will celebrate you this graduation: ARHS 2020 Flyer FINAL (1)

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Should I Consider Deferring? Semester or Year?

May 19th at 12:15 until 1:00 PM Join Your Friendly Neighborhood College & Career Advisor and members of the guidance team for a discussion about the pluses and minuses of deferring a semester or a year for college. We won’t … Continue reading

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Attn: Juniors from the ARHS College Counselor

Hello Class of 2021 – Please find a listing of college planning opportunities below to support your college planning process – College Planning Workshops Thrive, More Just Survive the College Planning Process – Week of May 18th – TBD Panel … Continue reading

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AP Exams Continue Next Week

This year’s AP Exams will be exclusively online.  Security protocals for the exams require all students worldwide to test at the same time. The College Board made other changes to this year’s exams, including changes to timing, format, and content … Continue reading

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Free Career Skills Workshops

Free Career Skills Workshops are available to all Amherst High School Students through Connecting Activities and The Collaborative for Educational Services. Matt Rigney is hosting this series of  workshops which will include topics like resume writing, cover letters,  interviewing, and much more. … Continue reading

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From the Jones Library Director

Jones Library staff have been fielding questions about how patrons can access the Library’s physical collection. While we agree COMPLETELY that access to reading material is essential to influencing our quality of life, at the present time, it is the … Continue reading

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Letter from Principal Jones Re: Graduation

May 4, 2020 Parents, We would like to thank all of you in the support that has been provided during this historic and unique time in the life of your child. The impact of this pandemic has prevented your child … Continue reading

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Counselors Corner

Join us Friday, May 8th at 2:15 PM to watch Sherry Balzano & Karen Peters present “Parenting During Anxious & Uncertain Times”. This video will provide tools and strategies to maintain connection & well being for parents within the distri. The … Continue reading

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ARHS Teachers: We Miss You All!

Staff made the following message for students on the Google Classroom https://youtu.be/w7o1fPhmst8   Preview YouTube video ARHS2020 We Miss You All!

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AP Exam Schedule

This year’s AP Exams will be exclusively online.  Security protocals for the exams require all students worldwide to test at the same time. The College Board made other changes to this year’s exams, including changes to timing, format, and content … Continue reading

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ARPS Friends of Performing Arts Meeting 5/12

Spring 2020 Meeting Tuesday, May 12, 7 PM via Zoom Now, more than ever, the performing arts at ARPS need your support!   Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81187703566?pwd=TEM0M0VMYnorcWxLZWJvQzVCS2R2dz09 Meeting ID: 811 8770 3566  Password: 2Yb9PF Activities and accomplishments during our first two … Continue reading

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Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching Awards Honor ARPS Teachers

The Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching Awards program annually honors Western Massachusetts educators and seeks to motivate teachers at all stages of their careers to aspire to excellence. The Amherst Regional Public School winners are: Kelsey Geer Amherst Regional School … Continue reading

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Free Career Skills Workshops

Free Career Skills Workshops are available to all Amherst High School Students through Connecting Activities and The Collaborative for Educational Services. Matt Rigney is hosting this series of  workshops which will include topics like resume writing, cover letters,  interviewing, and much more. … Continue reading

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Mark Your Calendars

May 8- “Parenting During Anxious & Uncertain Times” video 2:15 PM May 11- May 22- AP Exams Administered Online May 12- Juniors: College Essay Writing Workshop –  2-3 pm May 12- ARPS Friends of the Performing Arts Spring 2020 Meeting- … Continue reading

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Amherst Survival Center Services

We’re in this together.  Support the COVID-19 Hunger Response Fund. Thank you to everyone who has contributed so far!  Dear Community, I hope you and yours are safe and well. For those of you who are grieving, my heart is … Continue reading

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Project Earth Through Multi-Arts

Multi-Arts invites young people to participate in PROJECT EARTH,  and contribute in the creation of a play exploring Earth’s healing journey. The project will be a theater production with instrumental music to premiere in the summer of 2020. We will have FOUR meetings on Saturdays … Continue reading

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School (Buildings) Closed for the Reminder of 2019-2020 School Year

Dear ARPS Families: Governor Charlie Baker has announced that all schools in Massachusetts will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.  This was an anticipated decision based on the projected curve of COVID-19 cases across the Commonwealth. … Continue reading

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Distance Learning 2.0 Family Survey 

In last Friday’s weekly ARPS Update  newsletter, the Superintendent shared an online survey the district is doing to get feedback on Distance Learning 2.0 and how it’s going for families and students.  Your feedback will help ARPS make updates and … Continue reading

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Virtual SEPAC Meeting on 5/1

There will be a virtual SEPAC meeting on 5/1/20 at 9:00 am.  The agenda will be: Approve Minutes Impacts of School Closure for Special Education (Questions encouraged). Delivery of services as outlined on IEP’s. Scheduling and logistics of IEP team … Continue reading

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ARPS Budget Process Update

With drasticly declining fiscal projections throughout our Commonwealth, the Regional School Committee is reopening the 2020-2021 budget process.  The Town of Amherst will host a financial indicators meeting with the Town Council, School Commities and Library Trustees on Monday, May … Continue reading

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Managing Children’s Emotional Health Info Session

Last Friday, the district hosted an insightful session with ARPS school counselors from the Elementary, Middle School and High School levels.  The discussion focused on managing the current situation, emotional health and well-being, and your children. You can see the … Continue reading

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Attn Juniors- College Info from Ms Cuffee-Gray

Hello Class of 2021 – Please find a listing of college planning opportunities below to support your college planning process – College Planning Workshops Common Application Workshop on May 5th – 3:30 – 4:30 RSVP Link – https://calendly.com/cuffee-grayd/common-application-overview-for-juniors College Essay Writing … Continue reading

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Attn Seniors: Brief Reminders from Ms Cuffee-Gray

A number of MA State schools have May 1st deadlines – Framingham State University – https://www.framingham.edu/ Worcester State University – https://www.worcester.edu/ Salem State University – June 1st https://www.salemstate.edu/admissions Fitchburg State University Rolling Admissions – https://www.fitchburgstate.edu/admissions/undergraduate/ UMASS Boston – May 15th – https://admissions.umb.edu/ Open Admission (except … Continue reading

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AP Exam Info

Dear Parent, Here’s important information to help guide your child through the AP® Exam day experience. New Resources AP Exam Day Checklist: Your child should complete this checklist (.pdf/513.39 KB) for each AP Exam they’ll be taking this year, and … Continue reading

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SAT New Test Dates and Registration Info

The College Board has announced that SAT administration will be on Saturday, September 26, 2020. This date will be for the SAT only, in the United States and internationally, with no SAT Subject Tests™ available. Sunday testing for religious reasons … Continue reading

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MIAA Announcement on Spring Sports

In accordance with Governor Charles Baker’s announcement last week that Massachusetts schools will be closed to in person learning for the remainder of the school year, the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) regretfully has cancelled all 2020 spring sports and … Continue reading

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Virtual programming for teens at the Jones Library

Teens and tweens (ages 11-17) who participate in our virtual programming will be entered into a weekly raffle to win a $5 gift card to Antonio’s pizza. Each week there will be multiple opportunities to participate! This week you can … Continue reading

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Kendrick Park Playground Update

The Town of Amherst is designing a playground for the children of Amherst, to be located in Kendrick Park.  The Planning Department, LSSE and DPW staff are working together to prepare a design, with input from the public.  During the … Continue reading

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Amherst Blue Light Luminaria in support of our Front Line Workers

The Amherst Business Improvement District (BID) invites the public to join them in honoring first responders, emergency services personnel, and  essential service worker with a town center drive-though event on Friday, May 8. The Luminaria lights will be lit by … Continue reading

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What’s Open?

This “Open for Business” list compiled by the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce & Amherst Business Improvement District (BID) lets community members know what services are available in the community as businesses adapt to the COVID-19 situation. View and Share … Continue reading

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LSSE Kids Art Contest

Hello Artists and Art Enthusiasts, LSSE with the Town of Amherst is announcing a Kids Art Contest. We are looking for art that is inspired by all the helpers we see around us during this strange time in our lives. … Continue reading

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Livestream Today On Students’ Emotional Health

Today from 2:15-3:00 pm, the District will present our first YouTube live stream on the topic of Supporting Students’ Emotional Health and Wellbeing (PreK-12). Please join counselors Tara Luce, Crocker Farm, Hector Santos, ARMS, and Jaime Knox, Summit Academy, along … Continue reading

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ARHS Library News

The ARHS Library is one of the busiest places in our school, with an average of 182 students a day dropping by to study, conduct research, read, and connect with friends, teachers, and library staff on everything from academic projects and college … Continue reading

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Internet Access Campaign Was a Success!

In early April, the ARHS PGO joined with the other ARPS PGOs to organize a fundraiser to ensure that all Amherst and Amherst Regional public school students would have home wifi access during the school shutdown.  Thanks to the generosity … Continue reading

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SEPAC Meeting on 5/1

There will be a virtual SEPAC meeting on 5/1/20 at 9:00 am.  The agenda will be:  Executive Board Meeting Agenda. Approve Minutes. Impacts of School Closure for Special Education (Questions encouraged). Delivery of services as outlined on IEP’s. Scheduling and logistics … Continue reading

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