Showcase Your Career on 3/5

You are invited to participate in our 5th annual Career Day Advisory on Thursday, March 5th to share your career path story with our 10th and 11th grade students. Participating in our Career Day Advisory requires only a one-hour commitment, from 10:10 a.m to 11:10 a.m.  During your visit, you will be stationed in a classroom with another speaker and will be asked to speak for 10-15 minutes to a group of students who have signed up in advance to hear your presentation. They will then have time to ask questions.

To confirm your participation in our Career Day Advisory, please reply by email to Talib Sadiq and/or Judi Dellamarco,  or call 362-1714 by Friday, January 31st. Please include your name, job title/profession, place of employment, and contact information.  Further details about the event will be sent to participants in mid February.


Talib Sadiq, Assistant Principal

Deidre Cuffee-Gray, College Advisor


cc: Gene Jones,  Principal

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ARHS Athletic Games

JANUARY 17, 2020

Swimming @ West Springfield 4PM
Indoor Track @ Smith College 6PM

JANUARY 18, 2020

Nordic Ski @ Greylock 10AM
Hockey (V) vs.Chicopee 7:30PM
Girls Basketball (JV) vs. Hampshire  12PM
Girls Basketball (V) vs. Hampshire  1:30PM
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Calculate College Costs

Use the college cost calculator below when you receive financial aid award letters to compare the aid you receive and determine your estimated college costs and balance due at each prospective college. Final costs for your selected college will be determined at the time your bill is issued, typically in June or July.

College Cost Calculator

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News for Seniors

As colleges review each financial aid application, they may request family documentation that supports the information reported on the application, a process called FAFSA Verification.

What is FAFSA Verification?

Verification is a process mandated by the Department of Education in which college financial aid offices confirm the accuracy and completeness of the information reported on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®). Students are selected for FAFSA Verification by the Department of Education. Students may also be selected for Institutional Verification, in which a college selects a student to confirm the information reported on the FAFSA and other financial aid applications.

How will I know if I have been selected for Verification?

The Student Aid Report (SAR), the report that students receive after the FAFSA has been processed, will indicate if you have been selected by the Department of Education for Federal Verification. The college will also notify you if you have been selected for Federal or Institutional Verification, and will inform you of documentation needed.

What information will be verified?

The financial aid office may need to verify any of the following: data from the federal income tax return, untaxed income, household size, number of students in college, household resources, child support paid, high school completion status, and identity.

What documentation will be requested?

If you need to verify federal tax data, you will be required to utilize the FAFSA IRS Data Retrieval Tool or submit a tax return transcript or a copy of your signed federal tax return. The IRS Data Retrieval Tool allows you to transmit federal tax data from the IRS to the FAFSA. Families selected for Federal Verification who are not able to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool are required to submit a tax return transcript or a copy of their signed federal tax return to the financial aid office. If the college is verifying non-tax information, the college will notify you of additional documentation needed. You should always forward documentation to colleges as soon as possible.

How do I obtain a tax return transcript?

A tax return transcript can be requested in one of three ways:

  • Online at Click Get a tax transcript. You can choose to receive the transcript online (immediately) or by mail.
  • Phone: Call (800) 908-9946
  • Paper Request Form: Complete IRS Form 4506-T (available on Mail or fax the completed form to the contact information displayed on the form.

If you select to have the transcript mailed, you can expect to receive it within 5-10 days after the IRS receives the request.

What happens if a student is selected for FAFSA Verification but the family does not file taxes?

If a student is selected for Verification and the student and/or parent(s) does not file taxes, the family should follow the instructions provided by the financial aid office.

How can I prepare for FAFSA Verification?

It’s a good idea to start a financial aid file to prepare for Verification, which can include documentation such as income and financial statements used to complete the financial aid applications as well as application log-ins and passwords. Below is a list of items to consider including:

  • Year-end bank statements and account summaries
  • Year-end pay stubs, W2s, and 1099s
  • Most recently completed tax returns and/or tax return transcript
  • Copy of any correspondence with financial aid offices
  • Private scholarship information
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Mark Your Calendars

Jan 20 – No School; MLK Jr Day

Jan 21 – Semester 2 Begins

Jan 30- Chorale Lasagna Dinner

Feb 5- MCAS Retake (Biology)

Feb 6- MCAS Retake (Biology)

Feb 10- S1 Grades

Feb 12- Coffee with the Assistant Principal 7PM ARHS Library

Feb 14- ARPS FPA Valentines Day Gala

Feb 17-21- No School (February Vacation)

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Free Community Dance Class on 1/31

First Congregational Church will host a free community dance class on Friday, January 31 from 6-7:30 pm in the chapel.
“Express Yourself”! is open to kids, teens and adults in the Amherst community. Participants are invited to immerse themselves in the joy of dance through everyday movements, such as gesturing, walking, turning, jumping and posing, all set to natural rhythms and multi-cultural upbeat music and led by M’bewe Escobar.
Wear loose, comfortable clothing and sneakers.
Please enter Church through the back entrance in parking lot. The more the inter-generational mix, the greater the fun!
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Windham Orchestra Concerto Competition

Each year the Windham Orchestra hosts a Concerto Competition for high school age musicians.  2019 marks the 33rd year of this event.  The competition is an opportunity for students of all instruments, including voice, to audition for a panel of judges, receive feedback on performance, and then present the work with the Windham Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Hugh Keelan.

In recent years the Windham Orchestra has performed with local, world music ensembles, and Maestro Keelan wishes to continue such explorations. Originally conceived as a competition for musicians of the Western art-music tradition, any composition normally accompanied by orchestra may be performed. Contestants may prepare and perform single movements or an entire multi-movement composition.  In addition to the winner’s appearance at a Windham Orchestra Concert, open rehearsal performance opportunities are often offered. This opportunity to play their piece in public can be of great value to the student who has worked diligently preparing for the competition.

The competition is open to serious instrumental and vocal music students in grades 9 through 12 who live or attend schools in the following counties:

  • VT:  Windsor, Windham, Bennington
  • NH:  Cheshire, Sullivan, Grafton
  • MA:  Berkshire, Franklin, Hampshire

Any and all eligible students are encouraged to apply. Application deadline is Monday, March 18. The competition itself will be held on Sunday, March 31st at the Brattleboro Music Center, 72 Blanche Moyse Way, Brattleboro VT 05301

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