Have A Great Summer!

The Editors of the PGO blog would like to wish everyone a very happy summer! We will “see” you again in the fall. The newsletter returns mid-August.  The first day of school is Wednesday, August 28, 2019!

Becky, Mare, and Jennifer

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Staff Appreciation Luncheon- Help Still Needed

This Friday, June 14 ARHS parents and guardians will thank the entire staff for their work with a scrumptious lunch catered by Blue Door Gatherings.  There are several ways YOU can show your appreciation for our amazing staff and help with the event. Please sign up using the link below to:

Bring a dessert for 8-10 people

Make a monetary donation to help cover the cost of the meal

Volunteer to help set up, serve, and clean up

To sign up, go to https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E49A9A92AA2F85-arhs1

Any questions? Contact Jen: jnbus@comcast.net

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Join the ARHS PGO Board!

The ARHS Parent Guardian Organization is a volunteer group of parents and guardians, and we invite you to join us!  What do we do? We create this newsletter, administer a grant program for staff and students, host events and Speakers with the Principal and others, and raise funds to make all of these things possible!

There are tasks to fit every schedule and skill set, including opportunities to help coordinate events, serve on our grants committee, serve as Treasurer, represent the ARHS PGO at district-wide meetings, and more! If you would like to volunteer please by contacting us at www.arhspgonews@gmail.com.

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Fall Sports Registration Now Open

Online fall sports registration is now open. Ensure a smooth start to the fall season by registering NOW.   Current sport physical forms should be on file with the school nurse before the first day of tryouts. Please call the nurse’s office at the high school at 362-1743. Questions for middle school registrants please contact the middle school nurse at 362-1975.


https://www.familyid.com/organizations/search?query=amherst   You’ll need to set up an account with FamilyID,  if you don’t already have an account.  Any technical questions with this program please call the 888# at the top of the FamilyID screen.  They are very helpful.

By submitting registration forms electronically you and your child are acknowledging that you have both read the documents and you will adhere to the MIAA/Amherst High School policies on these forms. By registeringelectronically you are fulfilling the signature requirements of registration. 


Payment is due right away.  Payment is required to try out/practice/participate.  If there is a financial hardship, please contact Rich Ferro, the Athletic Director at ferror@arps.org

Payment can be done online as well at: https://unipaygold.unibank.com/Default.aspx?customerid=1211   NOTE:  FamilyID and UniPay Gold aren’t linked, they are two totally separate programs. So FamilyID will always show that you have not paid.

VERY IMPORTANT: Clearly write your child’s name and sport in the MEMO of the check when you pay. You can drop off your payment or mail to:

ARHS Athletics
Amherst Regional High School
21 Mattoon Street
Amherst, MA 01002

ATTN: Sports Registration


HIGH SCHOOL – Football begins Friday August 16th.  All sports other sports begin tryouts on Thursday, August 22nd.  

MIDDLE SCHOOL – Middle School sports will begin the Tuesday after Labor Day.

Tuesday,, August 20th is Fall Sports Information Night for athletes and their parents/guardian.  Time:  6:30 p.m. in the High School Gymnasium.  Meet the coaches, get schedules, find out about practice schedules, etc.  Hope to see you there!


See http://miaa.net/schools/public/AmhPelA2 for game times and to set up alerts for changes.  


Deadline for registration & payment is August 21st for high school athletes and September 13th for middle school athletes.




Cross Country


Chris Gould



Elena Betke-Brunswick




Kacey Schmitt




Carl Vigeland




Chris Ehorn


Boys Soccer


Mike Rudd


Girls Soccer



Field Hockey

Varsity – Girls

Michelle Risch



Field Hockey


Cross Country

Sydney Henthorn


Cross Country

Stephen Bechtold



Sue Adair


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Attn Parents of Spring Sports Participants

The ARHS Athletic Department is hoping you can take a moment to complete the Parent/Guardian Feedback form.  Sharing   your experience this spring season is very helpful.

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Math Curriculum Information

Dear ARHS Parents and Guardians,

On May 28, 2019, the district announced the adoption of a new high school math curriculum, College Preparatory Mathematics (CPM) which includes a traditional sequence of math courses. The ARHS math department will be working this summer to ensure a smooth transition by engaging in CPM professional development which will
include making sure that there are no gaps in mathematical concepts between the former curriculum and CPM.

Below is a chart of courses that students signed up for matched with the new course name. Scheduling for the new course will be done automatically. Advanced Placement Course titles did not change.

2018-2019 Course Titles for Course Registration New Course Title that will appear on 2019-2020 Schedule and Transcript
Topics in Mathematics Topics in Mathematics (same) Topics in Mathematics Topics in Mathematics (same)
Concepts in Algebra and Geometry Concepts in Algebra and Geometry (same) Concepts in Algebra and Geometry Concepts in Algebra and Geometry (same)
integrated 1 (6 credits) Integrated Math (6 credits–will use CPM)
Integrated 2 College Prep. (may include Math Elective 2) Algebra 1 College Prep. (may include Math Elective 2)
Integrated 2 Honors Geometry Honors
Math Elective 2H and Integrated 2 Honors Math Elective 2H and Geometry Honors
Integrated 3 College Prep. (may include Math Elective 3) Geometry College Prep. (may include Math Elective 3)
Integrated 3 Honors Algebra 2 Honors
Math Elective 3H and Integrated 3 Honors Math Elective 3H and Algebra 2 Honors
Integrated 4 College Prep. Algebra 2 College Prep.
Integrated 4 Honors Pre-Calculus Honors
Integrated 5 College Prep. Statistics College Prep. or AP Statistics or Pre-Calculus H

If you have any questions, please contact the math department head, Jane Mudie at mudiej@arps.org.
Miki Gromacki, Ed.D.
Interim Principal

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ARPS PGO Spring Meeting

June 12th at 3:30 PM
Location: The Works, downtown Amherst



Individual School Updates

Taxes and State Filings

Group Fundraisers-

    -UMACC (United Way)

    -Florence Bank

-Giving Tuesday

– Razoo/ Might Cause

    -Amazon Smile

   – Ideas for more group efforts?

Motion by President to move Annual Elections to Fall Public Meeting

Other Business not anticipated by the chair

What is the ARPS PGO?

The Amherst Regional Public Schools Parent Guardian Organization (ARPS PGO) is a Registered 501c3 Massachusetts Charity encompassing the individual PGOs of the Amherst Regional High and Middle Schools, Crocker Farm and Wildwood Elementary.

Our mission is to support the education of children within our schools through fundraising, supplemental programming and volunteer efforts.  We help build community by fostering relationships among the schools, parents, teachers and staff.



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