Category Archives: Parent News

Summer Meals Continue in August

Summer meals are continuing in August and families can access grab and go meals at more than 800 sites in Massachusetts! Some may be eligible for additional support through programs like SNAP and WIC, or through other local food resources, … Continue reading

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MCAS Moratorium Bill Hearing- Call for Testimony

A public hearing has just been announced for An Act responding to the COVID-19 emergency by instituting a moratorium of the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System. Hearing details: The Education Committee will accept testimony via email only until Monday, August 10 … Continue reading

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Phase-In Proposals Powerpoint

Several people have reached out to request additional information about the Phasing-In Models before they complete the survey sent out to the ARPS community yesterday.  For more details, please see the Powerpoint that was presented to the School Committees on … Continue reading

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Take The Phase-In Model Survey

To assist in planning for fall 2020, we are asking members of the ARPS community to share your thoughts about three potential “phase-in” models for opening schools for in-person instruction.  To complete the survey, please visit the link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XKVFBN7 .  The … Continue reading

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Joint School Committees Meeting 8/4/20

There will be a joint Amherst, Pelham and Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committees meeting on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. https://www.amherstma.gov/Calendar.aspx?EID=21683

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Fill Out Your 2020 Census

The 2020 Census helps decide how much money our community will get for schools, childcare and early learning, health insurance and medical care, early intervention and home visiting programs, food assistance, foster care, housing assistance, and public transport.  Amherst uses … Continue reading

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Amherst BOH Order Re: Face Masks

Amherst Board of Health Emergency Order: Face Masks/Coverings in Part of the Town The Board of Health for the Town of Amherst has issued an emergency order making the wearing of face masks or face coverings in part of the … Continue reading

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Emergency Rental Assistance Available

The Town of Amherst and the Amherst Municipal Affordable Housing Trust Fund announce the availability of short‐term emergency rental assistance available for Amherst renters experiencing a loss or reduction of income due to COVID‐19. Rental assistance is available for up … Continue reading

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Talib Sadiq Named Interim Principal of ARHS

Dear ARPS Community: I am pleased to inform you that Talib Sadiq has been appointed Interim Principal of ARHS for the 2020-2021 school year.  Mr. Sadiq has served as Assistant Principal at ARHS for the past two years, prior to … Continue reading

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*New* Free Friday Suppers for Families

ARPS School Nutrition has partnered with the Town of Amherst to inform people about the 2020 Census We will be offering FREE suppers on Fridays for rest of the summer, thanks to a grant from the Amherst Complete Count Committee … Continue reading

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ARPS School Return 2020 Website

The District has created a website full of information about the Fall 2020 Planning process. It contains survey results, planning guidance and meeting dates. https://sites.google.com/arps.org/school-return-fall2020/home?authuser=0

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SAT Registration for Fall 2020

Dear Parent, We know students are anxious about how the coronavirus crisis will affect their college application process, including taking the SAT. We’re committed to giving students as many chances as we can to show their strengths to colleges, while … Continue reading

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Vote By Mail this Fall

1.    Complete a Vote by Mail Application; or use the pre-addressed paper application card that you may have received in the mail.  2.    Deliver your application to your Town’s Town Clerk or return the pre-addressed paper application card that you may … Continue reading

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Household Hazardous Waste Day 2020

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Saturday, August 15, 2020, 9 AM to Noon Fort River School 70 South East Street,  Amherst, MA PREREGISTRATION IS REQUIRED · Open to all Amherst, Pelham, Shutesbury & Hadley residents.  · Preregister between 7/6/20 and 8/7/20. … Continue reading

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Two Important School Committee Meetings Next Week

JOINT Meeting of the Amherst, Pelham and Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committees 6:00 PM Monday, July 20, 2020 Virtual Meeting NOTES: This meeting will be shown via live-stream http://161.77.57.225/CablecastPublicSite/watch/2?channel=2 and on Amherst Media (Channel 15) Members of the public who would … Continue reading

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Return of School Items/ Locker Items Pickup Dates

On July 22nd from 11:00am-3:00pm students can pick up items they left in their locker and can drop off books and Chromebooks that they have at home. Students should enter through the gym entrance and wear masks.  Also, for students in … Continue reading

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Class of 2021 College Planning Summer Camp – Next Week

Four workshop sessions for seniors in the Class of 2021 in late July which will focus on several pieces of the College Admissions Pie! Tuesday – July 21st – Building Your College List – Target, Reach & Likely School  9am-10:00am … Continue reading

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ARPS COVID-19 Communication & Resources

Did you know that ARPS maintains a website complete with all COVID-19 Communications and a listing of resources for the community. It can be found at: http://www.arps.org/district/news/covid-19-communication-resources

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Amherst Survival Center is Open

The Amherst Survival Center- 138 Sunderland Road, Amherst Onsite services open from 12-3PM M/T/TH/F Free hot lunch. Free produce and bread. Free monthly full grocery shop- onsite pantry open, plus curbside pickup and delivery options. The Food Pantry is available … Continue reading

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Complete Your Census Today

The 2020 Census self response rate in Amherst is currently at 62.5%. We need this number to be much higher to ensure a complete count. Amherst is also at a very high risk of undercounting our young children, according to … Continue reading

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A Letter from Principal Jones

Dear ARHS Families, This year was filled with many unexpected events that gave me a chance to reassess my priorities and reflect on what is truly important in my life. As a result of these reflections,  I have decided it … Continue reading

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Fall Planning Town Halls with the Amherst, Pelham and Regional School Committees

This Thursday, July 2, 2020 Join the Amherst, Pelham and Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committees on Thursday, July 9 for a discussion of priorities for opening of school in the fall. ARPS staff, parents/guardians and community members are welcome! There will … Continue reading

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Student Locker Items Pickup and Chromebook/ Book Drop off Dates

On Tuesday, July 15th and Tuesday July 22nd from 11:00am-3:00pm students can pick up items they left in their locker and can drop off books and Chromebooks that they have at home. Students should enter through the gym entrance and … Continue reading

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Class of 2021 College Planning Summer Camp – July 21st-23rd

Four workshop sessions for seniors in the Class of 2021 in late July which will focus on several pieces of the College Admissions Pie! Tuesday – July 21st – Building Your College List – Target, Reach & Likely School  9am-10:00am … Continue reading

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2020 AP Scores Are Coming This Month

Dear Parent, If your child took an AP® Exam this year, they’ll get access to their AP scores between Wednesday, July 15, and Friday, July 17, depending on their location. Scores will be released at 8 a.m. ET on the … Continue reading

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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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