iCan Shine Bicycle Camp Accepting Applications

iCan Shine is a non-profit organization that teaches individuals with disabilities to ride a conventional two-wheel bicycle through it’s iCan Bike program.  This five-day camp, requiring riders to attend only one 75-minute session per day, is taking place August 12th – 17th, 2018 at the Cambridge War Memorial.

iCan Shine is a non-profit organization that collaborates with local individuals to host camps in their communities.  This camp is being hosted by students Nina Katz-Christy and Zaida Block in collaboration with the Cambridge Recreation Department.

iCan Shine uses adapted equipment, trained professionals and volunteers. With 75 minutes of instruction over five days, over 80% of riders learn to ride a conventional bicycle independently by the end of camp.  

To be eligible to enroll, riders must be at least eight years old, have a disability and be able to walk without an assistive device such as a walker or cane.  Riders must be able to side-step quickly to both sides.  Riders must have a minimum inseam measurement of 20 inches and weigh no more than 220 pounds.

To register a rider or for more information, please visit https://icanshine.org/icanbike-cambridge-ma/ and don’t hesitate to email us at icanbikecambridgema@gmail.com with any questions.

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Groff Park Community Forum

The Town of Amherst Groff Park Committee will host a Groff Park Community Forum on

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 7:00 PM in the Cafeteria at Crocker Farm Elementary School, 280 West Street. Residents are invited to comment on concept plans and provide ideas for the improvements to Groff Park. Snacks and Childcare will be provided

For more information, please contact: Nate Malloy, Planning Department, 413-259-3322 or malloyn@amherstma.gov

To view the flyer, Groff Park-Forum Flyer.pdf
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ARHS Sene-Gambian Scholars Program to share exchange experience

The Sene-Gambian Scholars Program at Amherst Regional High School will share experiences from its recent exchange trip to Senegal and The Gambia on Tuesday, April 10, at 7 p.m. in the high school cafeteria. The program is free and open to the public.

Students and faculty who participated in the February/March exchange trip will show photos of West African schools, communities, and cultural sites; offer reflections on the experience of living with families in Dakar, the capital of Senegal, and Gunjur, a village in The Gambia; and present short research projects on topics such as education, gender roles, and environmental challenges.

Registration is not required but would be appreciated. Visit https://tinyurl.com/ARHS-SGS. Refreshments will be provided.

Students who participated in the exchange program are seniors Dalitso Banda and Reilly Lepak; juniors James Cairn, Hattie Carolan, Zaim Elkalai, Liam Felton, Elizabeth Knapp, Rebecca Lee, Yacine Norris-Fall, Michelle Redenz, Pearl Tulay, and Henry Wilhelm; and sophomore Benna Kropf.  Faculty who accompanied the group on the exchange are Momodou Sarr, Bruce Penniman, and Aaron Kropf.

The exchange trip, the culmination of two years’ planning and fundraising, was the third in an ongoing partnership. The first two exchange trips to West Africa took place in 2013 and 2016, and students from Senegal visited Amherst Regional in 2014 and 2017. Student groups from Senegal and The Gambia are expected again in the spring of 2019.

For additional information, e-mail adviser Bruce Penniman at penniman@english.umass.edu.


Sene-Gambian Scholars and advisers visited Gambian president Adama Barrow (center), who was democratically elected in 2016 after 22 years of dictatorship.

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Update on Yesterday’s Water Situation

Good Morning:

Yesterday, during the last period of the day, a pipe burst in the second floor boys bathroom, which cause some commotion.
Our custodial crew did a terrific job cleaning up the considerable amount of water in the hallway and, by the time dismissal rolled around, students were able to get to their lockers and make their buses with minimal delay.
This morning, the district’s plumber is scheduled to be at school before the day begins. Every indication is that the bathroom will be fully functional by the time students arrive.
Please let me know if you questions or concerns.
Thank you.
Mark Jackson
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Don’t Miss the 10th Local Vocal Chord Bowl!

LocalVocalChordBowl2018imageSaturday, April 7th — 7:00 pm — ARHS Auditorium

The Green Street Brew, a local adult acapella group that includes ARHS math teacher Geoff Friedman and ARHS staff Andrea Dustin – under the direction of our very own Todd Fruth – presents the 10th Local Vocal Chord Bowl!

This event takes place at ARHS and features adult, college, and high school a capella groups. It is a joyous intergenerational celebration of making music. And it is a FUNDRAISER for music and arts programs at ARHS and at Northampton High School. In the last three years, the event has raised over $12,000 for the schools.

*Tickets: $12 advance / $14 at the door for Adults & Seniors; $8 advance / $10 at the door for Students & Children



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Graduation Night Party Planners Needed!

gradpartyPlease consider joining in the 35 year-old tradition of throwing a safe Party for the Graduating Seniors and their invited guests.
Date: Monday, April 9th
Time: 7-8 PM
Place: ARHS Room 114
Who: Parents and Guardians of all grade levels
For more information please contact:
Tracy Farnham
413 531 7641

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ARHS Staff Member Receives POW Research Grant

Congratulations to Mary Gorman, a paraeducator at ARHS, who was recently invited to speak about her upcoming nonfiction book about the Andersonville Raiders at the National Prisoner of War Museum in Andersonville, Georgia on November 10, 2018.  Mary is the recipient of the POW Research Grant funded by the Friends of Andersonville and administered by the National Park Service. This grant is intended to add to the existing knowledge of the American Prisoner of War experience. Mary spent a brief period in residence at Andersonville National Historic Site last summer. She hopes that her book will be published sometime in the next year.  

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