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Oct 16: PSAT for 10th and 11th gradersOct 20: Early Release DayOct 27: Coffee with the Principal (virtual)Oct 28: AEF Trivia BeeNov 1: End of Quarter 1Nov 2: No school (Teacher curriculum work day)Nov 3: Start of Quarter 2

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Free COVID testing now available through the Town of Amherst

The Amherst Health Department is now offering free COVID testing for asymptomatic individuals ages 4 and older, in collaboration with the University of Massachusetts Amherst. For more information about testing, including how to pick up free tests at the Bangs … Continue reading

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Amherst Education Foundation’s 27th Annual Trivia Bee

Join us on Thursday, October 28 at 6:30pm for our 27th Annual Trivia Bee hosted by State Representative Mindy Domb and Tony Maroulis! It will be a fun night for you to gather around the laptop and play some trivia … Continue reading

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Newsletter reminders/updates

Haga clic aquí para ver los artículos del boletín en español If you don’t wish to receive this newsletter, please click the “Unsubscribe” button at the bottom to be automatically removed from the mailing list. If you received this from … Continue reading

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Oct. 27 Coffee with Principal Sadiq

On Tuesday, Oct. 27 from 6-7 pm the PGO will hold a virtual coffee for parents/guardians with Principal Talib Sadiq. We will send out the link for the virtual meeting closer to the date. If you know what questions or … Continue reading

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Information on COVID testing program from the school nurses

Note: this information was sent via email 10/6/21Thank you for your continued support as we strive to provide the safest possible environment in all of the Amherst, Pelham and Regional schools. Health and safety of students and staff is a … Continue reading

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Superintendent’s update from 10/1/21

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. As I have reported before, on September 9 the Amherst Board of Health … Continue reading

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Oct 11: Indigenous Peoples’ Day (No School)Oct 16: PSAT for 10th and 11th gradersOct 20: Early Release DayOct 27: Coffee with the Principal (virtual)Nov 1: End of Quarter 1Nov 2: No school (Teacher curriculum work day)Nov 3: Start of Quarter … Continue reading

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Community garden event at the Fort River Farm Conservation Area

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Message from the Principal: Open House and Outdoor Activities

ARHS Open House Thursday, October 7th, 6:30pm-7:45pm ARHS will run an open house next Thursday, October 7th. This will be a virtual synchronous evening with individual Google Meet sessions starring your students’ teachers for each class period. The schedule for … Continue reading

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Superintendent’s update from 9/24/21

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 I want to recognize the absolutely outstanding work of our teachers, … Continue reading

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Coming soon: winter coat drive!

As you start to pull out coats for cooler weather, please don’t get rid of those gently-used coats that no longer fit your family! The PGO will be mounting a winter coat drive, and this year more than ever our … Continue reading

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COVID-19 Information Session October 6

Join a virtual discussion with local medical professionals at 8 pm on October 6 to get your questions answered about how to keep your family and community safe this fall and winter. Click here to join the meeting. Esta es … Continue reading

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For Seniors: Job Fair October 6 (plus link to other college/job info)

Let’s Get Hired! Virtual Job Fair  Wednesday, October 6, 202110:00am – 12:00pm  To learn more and pre-register for this virtual event,go to www.masshirefhcareers.org for instructions. For other post-ARHS planning info for the upcoming week, click here for info from Ms. Cuffee-Gray’s latest email.

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Cap & Gown info for seniors

To Families of ARHS Seniors: Balfour, our cap & gown company will be here next Tuesday and Wednesday, October 5 &6 during all lunches, to take measurements for graduation outfits. They will accept both cash and checks on those dates, … Continue reading

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Latino Heritage Month Celebration

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Oct 5 & 6: Cap & Gown orders taken at lunchOct 6: COVID-19 Information SessionOct 7: ARHS Open House (virtual)Oct 11: Indigenous Peoples’ Day (No School)Oct 16: PSAT for 10th and 11th gradersOct 20: Early Release DayOct 27: Coffee with … Continue reading

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Opportunities for teens at the Jones Library

Jones Library Teen Lounge is Back!Starting Friday, October 8 from 4:00 – 5:00 pm If you’re looking for a place to hang out with friends after school on Fridays, come by the Woodbury Room to watch some anime and play … Continue reading

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Message from the Principal

Hello, We need your help dealing with a significant amount of vandalism happening to the bathrooms at ARHS. Already this year we have had to close several of our bathrooms for repairs because of the “Devious Licks” Tik Tok challenge. … Continue reading

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ARHS Open House Oct. 7

Save the Date! The ARHS Open House will happen on Thursday, October 7th at 6:30 PM. This event will be virtual and synchronous. More details will be provided next week.

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Superintendent’s update from 9/17

Click here for a pdf of the full update including announcements Since the school year started, the District has had several cases of COVID across the schools.  The contact tracing process, both here and in other communities, continues to show that … Continue reading

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Update on COVID testing

COVID Testing Binax rapid covid-19 testing is now available, on-site at each school, for students and staff who become symptomatic while in school (please note, people who are home and feeling sick should not come into school for testing).  Information … Continue reading

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Update on district communication

The general feedback the district receives from families is that we send too many emails to families to keep track of.  To address this issue, we ask that you please read the Friday newsletter, ARPS Update, each week for relevant … Continue reading

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New STEM tutoring program

ARHS is launching our first ever virtual STEM tutoring center.  The Amherst Educational Foundation has provided a grant so that high school students who need support with math, science, computers, engineering can request after school tutoring sessions that will take … Continue reading

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School Picture Day 9/28

Reminder: Picture Day is Tuesday, September 28th. The forms were distributed during Advisory this week. You can prepay for pictures at http://www.grynnternet.com. Enter code 3A7W5P4 and click login. If you pay online there is no need to submit anything to … Continue reading

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Senior Photos

SENIORS. Please have your school photo taken at Picture Day on September 28th because this is how you will get a current student ID, which is needed for things like the SAT/ACT tests, employment, and a variety of other senior-year … Continue reading

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For Seniors: MCAS and scholarships

Seniors who DID NOT take the MCAS in May 2021 AND who wish to determine their eligibility for EITHER the John and  Abigail Adams Scholarship or the Stanley Z. Koplik Certificate of Mastery Award MUST register by Wednesday September 29, 2021 AND take the MCAS  on November 9 and … Continue reading

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For Seniors: Early Action/Early Decision Workshop today

Students considering EA and/or ED college applications can join a virtual meeting today, Friday, September 24 · 5:00 – 6:00pm Video call link: https://meet.google.com/zds-dhfo-egw

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For Seniors and Juniors: College visits

College visits to ARHS started this past week. Admissions representatives will be visiting, either in-person or virtually, from all over the country. In-person visits will be happening outside as long as weather permits. Seniors and Juniors receive 3 “admin excused” … Continue reading

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“Stress Less” group for students

The ARHS “Stress Less” group for students starts next week and runs for 7 weeks. It will be run by Ms. Caruso, ARHS adjustment counselor. The aim is to boost skills in managing mild/moderate anxiety. Students will learn ways to identify … Continue reading

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Support group for parents/guardians/caregivers of 9th/10th graders

Raising Teens in Times of Change October 8th through November 12thFriday mornings 8:30-9:30amVirtual group, meeting on Zoom Raising a teenager is hard! Raising Teens in Times of Change is a 6-week support group for Caregivers and Parents of ARHS 9th … Continue reading

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Volunteers sought to help make this newsletter multilingual

In an effort to make our community as inclusive as possible, the PGO would like to follow the district’s practice of providing all content in Spanish as well as English. We are looking for one or more volunteers to help us … Continue reading

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Sept 25: West African takeout food fundraiser for ARHS SGSSept 28: School Picture DaySept 28: Regional School Committee MeetingOct 7: ARHS Open House (virtual)Oct 11: Indigenous Peoples’ Day (No School)Oct 16: PSAT for 10th and 11th gradersOct 20: Early Release … Continue reading

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Next week is Spirit Week!

Brought to you by the Class of 2022 class council:Monday: Pajama DayTuesday: Anything But a Backpack Day (bring your school supplies in anything but a backpack)Wednesday: Color Day–Freshmen wear green, Sophomores wear blue, Juniors wear orange, Seniors wear blackThursday: Beach … Continue reading

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Superintendent’s update from Sept. 10

I want to take a moment to acknowledge and thank our incredible clerical staff across the district for the amazing work they do everyday, but particularly over these past months of the pandemic.  It was the clerical staff who kept … Continue reading

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School pictures

Picture Day is Tuesday, September 28th. The forms will be distributed during Advisory on September 23rd. You can prepay for pictures at http://www.grynnternet.com. Enter code 3A7W5P4 and click login. If you pay online there is no need to submit anything … Continue reading

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Free and Reduced Price Lunch Application

All students are encouraged to fill out a Free and Reduced Price Lunch Application. While lunch is free of cost to all students this year, this application provides access to other benefits such as Test Waivers, Sport Fee Waivers, etc. The … Continue reading

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For Seniors: Week of Sept 20 college planning events

Week of September 20th Tuesday 1st Lunch – Lunching Life After ARHS – Essay Wednesday 2nd Lunch – Lunching on Life After ARHS – Building Your List Thursday 3rd Lunch – Lunching on Life After ARHS – Common Application Brainstorming … Continue reading

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Donate used clothing/textiles and raise money for the PGO

Doing some fall cleaning? Your used clothing and linens can be recycled AND generate some money for the PGO. Bay State Textiles collects used clothing and other textiles through drop boxes outside our schools. They accept items in good condition as … Continue reading

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Sept 18: Amherst Hurricanes Athletics Boosters FundraiserSept 21: Amherst School Committee MeetingSept 23: Regional School Committee MeetingSept 25: West African takeout food fundraiser for ARHS SGSOct 11: Indigenous Peoples’ Day (No School)Oct 16: PSAT for 10th and 11th graders

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Free Wifi Hotspots available from your local library

Both the Munson and the North Amherst Libraries have free hotspots for families that can be checked out for a month at a time and are good for up to 10 devices. The hotspots provide free, unlimited internet access; there … Continue reading

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Superintendent’s Update from Sept. 3

It has been a wonderful start to the new school year!  I have been able to visit every school–many on the first day students returned–and have seen so much excitement and energy.  On Thursday we finally had all students back … Continue reading

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AEF-supported STEM Virtual Tutoring Center

Later this month we will be launching our first ever STEM virtual tutoring center.  Right now we need help recruiting volunteers as well as identifying students who would like to take advantage of evening tutoring sessions in math, science, computer … Continue reading

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Support Group for Parents/Guardians/Caregivers of 9th + 10th graders

Raising Teens in Times of Change September 21st through October 26thTuesday mornings 8:30-9:30amVirtual group, meeting on Zoom Raising a teenager is hard! Raising Teens in Times of Change is a 6-week support group for Caregivers and Parents of ARHS 9th … Continue reading

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Reminders from Morning Announcements

Free breakfast is available to ALL students each day from 8:45-9:00 am If your student still needs a Chromebook, they should email Ms. Rodriguez at rodriguezl@arps.org or stop by the main office to be added to the list of students still in need of a … Continue reading

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PSAT Information for 10th and 11th graders

PSAT’s will be offered at ARHS on Saturday, October 16th. Pre-registration starts on Wednesday, September 8th during lunch. The cost is $20, and there will be a box set up in the cafeteria to drop off the payment. The PSAT Sign-up Form  was … Continue reading

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College and Career Advising Reminders for Seniors

From Ms. Cuffee-Gray: Office Hours: Outside the Cafeteria on SHINE DAYS – Just Outside the Cafeteria on RAIN DAYS. Come join me or I’ll be sitting all by my lonesome. Sign Up or Walk Up AND TALK! – Here’s the LINKTuesdays 1st … Continue reading

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Fundraiser for Sene-Gambian Scholars Program

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Amherst Hurricanes Booster Fundraiser

On Sept. 18 the Hurricanes Boosters are hosting a golf tournament, cocktail party and raffle to socialize and support our student athletes.  Whether you are a golfer or just want to come enjoy some the social party, there’s something for … Continue reading

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Mark your calendar

Sept 16: Early releaseSept 18: Amherst Hurricanes Athletics Boosters FundraiserSept 23: Regional School Committee MeetingSept 25: West African takeout food fundraiser for ARHS SGSOct 11: Indigenous Peoples’ Day (No School)Oct 16: PSAT for 10th and 11th graders

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