GivingTuesday is Dec 3rd!

Save the Date Twitter 2019#GivingTuesday is a global giving movement that has been built by individuals, families, organizations, businesses and communities in all 50 states and in countries around the world. Millions of people come together to support and champion the causes they believe in and the communities in which they live.

This year, the ARHS PGO will be partnering with the ARPS Friends of the Performing Arts to raise $15,000 towards new lighting in the High School Auditorium.  More details to come!

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Mark Your Calendars

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 3- GivingTuesday

Dec. 5-7- Theater Company Presents Twelfth Night

Dec 6 – Merry Maple

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

Dec 13 – Dance Program Performance

Dec 20 – Senior Yearbook Photos Due (No Exceptions)

Dec 23- Jan 1- No School Winter Break

Jan 3-5- Cabaret!

Jan 10- DTE Concert

Jan 13 – 16 Semester 1 Exams

Jan 16- Early Dismissal

Jan 17- No School; Teacher Curriculum Day

Jan 20- No School; MLK Jr Day

Jan 21- Semester 2 Begins




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Capital Investments: Community Listening Sessions

The Amherst Town Council will hold four Listening Sessions to collect comments from the public on the need for four major capital investments facing the Town and to provide guidance to the Town Council in setting priorities.  Members of the School Committee and Jones Library Trustees have assisted in development of the information for these sessions and will be present at each session.

The Listening Sessions will be held on the following dates and times:

  • Tuesday, December 3rd at 3:30 p.m. at Bangs Center Large Activity Room
  • Tuesday, December 3rd at 7:00 p.m. at Crocker Farm Elementary School, Cafeteria
  • Monday, December 9th at 3:30 p.m. at Fort River Elementary School, Library
  • Monday, December 9th at 6:00 p.m. at Wildwood Elementary School, Library

The Town has a clear need to make significant investments in four major capital projects –elementary school(s) (Fort River Elementary School and Wildwood Elementary School), Department of Public Works facility, Fire/Emergency Medical Services headquarters, and the Jones Library. These investments could happen through new construction, extensive renovation, or addressing only major repairs.

These needs must also be balanced with the ongoing capital needs of the day-to-day operations of the Town, such as paving roads and replacing or adding sidewalks, maintaining existing buildings, and replacing vehicles as needed.

The goal of the Listening Sessions is to provide the Town Council with insights and opinions from the community that will help inform its planning for and funding significant investments in each of the four capital projects.

The Listening Sessions will be facilitated and structured to provide basic information to the public and offer the opportunity for members of the public to participate in small group discussions that will ensure wide, active participation of all involved. The Town website will also have a dedicated place to view the relevant materials and provide comments (coming soon).

The Town Council and staff will be listening, taking notes, and giving careful consideration to all comments. Please join your fellow residents to helping to shape how these four investment decisions are made.

Questions? Email or

If any accommodations are needed, please contact the Town Managers Office at 413-259-3002. Requests should be made as soon as possible prior to the scheduled meeting.

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LSSE Winter Program Guide

Amherst LSSE has released its Winter Program Guide.  To view it:
Click here.

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The Massachusetts Book Awards Holiday Dozen Valley Edition

Amherst, MA – Celebrate the coming holiday season in the very best way with signed books for everyone on your gift list.  Join us in the Woodbury Room of the Jones Library at 2:00 pm on Saturday, December 7, 2019for this Valley author event, coordinated by the Massachusetts Center for the Book.  Doors will open at 1:30 pm for book browsing and sales.


This event features short performances by recent Massachusetts Book Awards winners, honorees, and long-listers, and attendees will be able to purchase a signed and personalized copy of their award-nominated titles for your favorite book lovers. There will be fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for adults, young adults, and middle graders, plus picture books for the kids. The authors will be on hand to sign their books and chat with readers both old and new.  Book will be made available for purchase at the event by Amherst Books.

Participating authors are Heather Abel, Noy Holland, Sabina Murray, George H. Colt, Anne Fadiman, Lisa Brooks, Ilan Stavans, Dara Weir, Ellen Dore Watson, Jane Yolen, Natasha Lowe, and Richard Michelson.


This special literary event is co-sponsored by State Representatives Mindy Domb, Natalie Blais, and Lindsay Sabadosa, coordinated by Massachusetts Center for the Book, and hosted by the Jones Library.


Free and open to the public.  For more information, please contact Janet Ryan at 413/259-3223.  For more information about the Massachusetts Center for the Book, please visit their website at .

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The Graphic: Principal Jones Excited to Lead ARHS

geneFollowing is an article written by Casey Flueckiger which was published in The Graphic.

New principal Gene Jones said that his first two months at the helm have been “very smooth” and that he’s excited about what the remainder of his first year will bring. “I am honored. I am humbled. And I am ready to serve Hurricane Nation,” said Jones.

Before landing in Amherst, Jones held a variety of school jobs in both New York and Virginia including Director of Teaching and Learning, Executive Director for High Schools, high school principal, middle school principal, and social studies teacher. A former athlete, Jones has also served as a coach for multiple athletic programs.

Jones said that it was the combination of what ARHS already was, and what it could be, that drew his interest.

“This is an excellent opportunity to help to continue to lead the traditions that have been very successful here,” he said. In ARHS, he sees a “passion for student learning and student success” and a vibrant community.

Students, teachers, and administrators seem optimistic about the new change in leadership. Assistant Principal Miki Gromacki said she has “enjoyed working with Mr. Jones” and that he “brings a lot of experience to the position.”

Jones has expressed his intention to use the beginning of the year as a “listening tour”: meeting students and teachers, observing the school, and understanding how it operates. He aims to sit in on a minimum of five classes per day to get a sense of how students interact with their teachers, how policies are enforced, and how classrooms are run. He does not plan to make any major changes during his first year.

However, students have already noticed positive changes in school culture since his arrival. Senior class president Aarti Lamberg said he brings “new energy.” The community is “filled with spirit, pride, and excitement,” said Lamberg. “It’s inspiring to see a person of color in a powerful position.”

Senior Liam Carpenter-Shulman said Jones has contributed to the return of what the athletic community has dubbed ‘the Naysh,’ short for Hurricane Nation.

“There’s an air of excitement and an air of hope,” said Carpenter-Shulman. “[Jones] is doing a good job of not being overbearing on us and letting us drive the ship in this time of transition.”

Jones said his two goals for this year are “to continue to increase student participation in various activities throughout the year” and “to continue to lead the positive climate and culture of the school.” And he wants to emphasize “the importance of student achievement and student growth.”

Sophomore Lily Gleason, said “[Jones] has made this school better in the short time he has been here. Everything seems to be running more smoothly, there’s much less drama and everyone has more respect.”

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Scholarships Available

Local Scholarships

Use Naviance and keep an eye out for ARHS scholarship listing and application.

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