Mark Your Calendars

Oct 23- Early Release

Oct 23-26- ARHS Theater Company Presents Bing Bong!

Oct 29- School Picture Make-Up Day

Nov 1- LAST Day to request reduce yearbook price

Nov 5- Curriculum Day- No School 

Nov 11- Veteran’s Day- No School 

Nov 13- Coffee with the ARHS College Counselor 7 pm

Nov 14-16 Theater Company presents Briefs

Nov 15 – Deadline to Register for AP Exams

Nov 21 Combined Concert (Wind, Jazz and Symphonic)

Nov 26 Fall Choral Concert (Chorale &  Hurricane Singers) Wesley United Church, Hadley 

Nov 27 -29 – Thanksgiving Recess-  No School

Dec 6 – Merry Maple

Dec 12- Combined Concert (Philharmonia, Symphony Band, Concert Choir)

Dec 13- Dance Program Performance

Dec 20- Senior Yearbook Photos Due

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AEF Trivia Bee Next Thursday 10/24


Enjoy a fun evening that includes costumes, raffle prizes, refreshments, an audience trivia game, and prizes.


Enjoy a fun evening that includes costumes, raffle prizes, refreshments, an audience trivia game, and awards.
We will have a youth-only Trivia Round before the main competition. Teams of players 14 years of age and younger will answer age-appropriate questions. Starts at 6 pm. Wondering about dinner? Pizza and snacks available at reasonable cost!


We are still looking for generous local businesses to sponsor our teams. Many businesses send their own teams, but we can also match your business with a team. Youth and Adult team sponsorships are $300, Round sponsorships are $600, and Event Underwriter is $1200.

If you’d like to play and don’t have a sponsor, we can help you out. We will match your team to a sponsor, and we can even build a team for you to compete with. Our teams have a lot of fun! Contact John or Ben below.

Everyone! Even if you’re not competing, it’s a lot of fun to come and watch and you can participate in the popular Audience Round! The Youth Round is a great way to start off the night! We hope to see you there!

John Page,
Trivia Bee Co-Chairs

Admission is FREE! We encourage donations to Amherst Education Foundation at the door! All proceeds benefit our public schools.​

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ABC 5k Fall Foliage And Cider Run this Saturday

fallciderrun5K Run (or walk) to support Amherst A Better Chance on October 19, 2019 and enjoy a cup of cider at the finish line! The walk begins at 9:30 am and the run begins at 10:00 am. Both start at the Amherst Town Common. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Fun activities continue until 2:00 pm.

The family friendly 5k Fall Foliage And Cider Run is a community celebration of Amherst A Better Chance, a residential high school program that prepares academically talented young men of color from educationally underserved school districts for college and future leadership roles.

Sign up at at

Registration fees: Adults: $25; Kids 12 and under: $15; Families and groups: $60; Seniors (65+) and Students: $20

Learn more at

Have questions? Contact Marzena or Kursten,

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LWV Amherst Candidates Forum

In preparation for Town Elections on November 5 the League of Women Voters is holding a Candidates Forum at the Bangs Center on October 28 at 7:00.

All candidates will be introduced. Library Trustees, who are all running unopposed, will introduce themselves and answer a question posed by the Moderator. School Committee nominees will introduce themselves and answer questions from the Moderator. Amherst Media will film the event.

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Scars of Slavery Program at the Jones Library

Date: October 25, 2019 

Time: 12:15 PM - 12:45 PM

Location: Woodbury Room, Jones Library 

On July 4, 1863, one of the most widely read magazines in the country during the Civil War published an image capturing the abhorrent cruelties of slavery — the side portrait of an escaped slave with terrifying, streaking scars across his back caused by a whipping from his owner. In the latest of our History Bites lectures series, recent research will be presented by Bruce Laurie, professor emeritus of history at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, into two local men who fought for the Union Army during the Civil War era — Henry S. Gere of Northampton and Marshall S. Stearns of Northfield — providing new clues about the true identity of the former slave brought to national attention by Harper’s Weekly. History Bites is held in the Woodbury room of the Jones Library, right next door to the Strong House. The programs begin promptly at 12:15 with seating and refreshments ready just before noon. The lectures are free and everyone is welcome to attend.

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Tales from Mount Washington- Home of the World’s Worst Weather

Amherst, MA – Bitter cold, dense fog, heavy snow, and record winds: Mount Washington is known worldwide for its unpredictable and dangerous weather. For a mountain its size, why is Mt. Washington called the “Home of the World’s Worst Weather”?  Learn the answers in the Woodbury Room of the Jones Library at 7:00 pm on Thursday, November 7, 2019.

Join Mount Washington Observatory’s Will Broussard for an investigation into the unique life and work of weather observers stationed at the observatory year-round. We will explore how the mountain’s weather works and what it can tell us about New England’s own weather patterns. This program will include interactive demonstrations, weather instruments, stunning photography, and video footage from the summit. This exciting program is appropriate for adults and children alike.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Jones Libraries and the Woodbury Fund.


Free and open to the public.  For more information, please contact Janet Ryan at 413/259-3223.

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Meet the ARHS Main Office Staff

IMG_4102Meet the ARPS main office staff members Jammie Bruni, left and Lirey Rodriguez, right.

Lirey is new to the main office this year and works there full-time.

Jammie divides her time between the main office and the central office.

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