Principal Jackson’s Podcast

Here’s the link to Mark’s latest podcast:

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Merry Maple Tree Lighting Tonight!

The Merry Maple Tree Lighting will be held today, Dec. 1 from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm. The tree lighting ceremony is a more than 40-year tradition in Amherst.   The events include:

An open house at the Fire Station at 3 p.m.

Muddy Brook Farm offers horse-drawn carriage rides around the common. Atkins Farms Country Market will offer apple cider and donuts for sale.

The Amherst Regional Middle School chorus, led by David Ranen, performs at 4 p.m. on the steps of Town Hall with the lighting of the tree at 5 p.m.

The UMass marching band will arrive shortly after the tree lighting, according to a press release from the Amherst Business Improvement District, which co-sponsors the celebration along with the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce and TD Bank.  The BID also provided money for the new LED lights that will illuminate the tree.

Santa will arrive with the UMass marching band.  On Friday, Santa will be played by Northwestern District Attorney Dave Sullivan.


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All Star/All State Volleyball Players!

Here are a couple of volleyball accolades for four students: Claire Basler-Chang, Teya Nolan, Natalie Elliot, and Sahar Douglas.

Claire Basler-Chang and Teya Nolan were named to the Division II All State Team by the Massachusetts Girls Volleyball Coaches Association.—meet-the-teams.html

Claire Basler-Chang, Teya Nolan, Natalie Elliot, and Sahar Douglas.were selected by The International Volleyball Hall of Fame to the Western Massachusetts Girls High School Volleyball All-Star Teams.

Natalie Elliot and Sahar Douglas were selected for 2nd team honors; Claire Basler-Chang and Teya Nolan were selected for 1st team honors.—meet-the-all-stars.html

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Senior News

Following are Senior Tidbits from senior advisor Myra Ross:

  • Congratulations on having completed 30% of your senior year!
  • If you have not met with me this year, please make an appointment ASAP.  It is not too late.  You do not need to complete the senior questionnaire in Naviance to make the appointment.
  • If you have not yet met with your counselor regarding your recommendation, you must make an appointment to do that ASAP.  We have a lot of recommendations to write and cannot do all of them at the last minute.  Recommendations may not be written on time if you don’t give us at least two weeks to do them.
  • If you have not already done so, see the teachers who have agreed to write recommendations for you to be sure they have what they need from you.  Their deadline for uploading your recommendations is Monday, December 11.  Please remind them of this deadline.
  • BE SURE TO SEND YOUR TEST SCORES OFFICIALLY FROM THE TESTING COMPANY!  You do not want to be the first kid on your block to be denied because a college never got your test scores.  Believe me, it happens.  If you are taking a December test, you should probably send the scores (four free) before you see them.  If you are on free/reduced lunch and took the test with a fee waiver, you get eight colleges free.
  • Don’t forget to match your Common Application to your Naviance account.  There’s a blue box in “Colleges I’m Applying to” that requires your Common Application e-mail address and confirmation of your date of birth.  You must do the match if you are using the Common Application.  Remember, it will not work until you have put at least one college into the Common Application and completed the FERPA waiver.
  • Remember to turn in your signed lime green release form ASAP or we won’t be able to send anything to colleges on your behalf.  It’s the easiest thing to do, and it’s of critical importance.
  • Do you have any colleges with January 1 deadlines that you have not entered into Naviance “Colleges I’m Applying to?”  If so, it’s almost time to put them in.  The deadline for this is Monday, December 4.  The deadline for listing colleges with January 15 deadlines is Monday, December 18.  Please don’t miss these deadlines.  If you need to add a college after these dates, please tell a Guidance secretary.
  • The UMass regular decision deadline is Friday, January 15.  Deadline for all credentials (including official test scores) is Monday, February 1, no exceptions.  Remember to send scores officially from the testing companies.  Most of you should apply.
  • Remember to list all of your colleges in the Common Application as well as in Naviance.  Both steps are required in order for electronic transfers of school materials to work.
  • If you applied early decision, please be sure to have your back-up plan in Naviance by Monday, December 4.  (Remember that a back-up plan must include several colleges that are less selective than the one you applied to already; you will not need the back-up plan if you are admitted!)  For now, list the colleges but do not request the transcript.  If you are deferred or denied, you will only need to go into Naviance and request the transcript.  It is important for you to know what you will do if your first choice doesn’t work out in December.  Many of your other deadlines will be in early or mid-January.  Experience has shown me that it is better for you to take time to develop the plan now when you are thinking clearly than to try to do it when you are upset after having been deferred or denied.  It’s not fun to think about that, but if it happens to you, you will likely be glad you developed the plan fully.
  • Once you have submitted an application to a college, check its status frequently to see that all materials have been received.  The best way to do that is to log onto the application tracker on their website.  If two weeks have passed since you submitted, you can call the Admissions Office to have them check your file.  If they say they are still missing an item, come into the Guidance Office and we will fax whatever they have not located.  Colleges lose materials all the time.  Don’t worry about this!
  • The financial aid PPT used by Mr. Ellison in last week’s Advisory assembly has been loaded into the Naviance Document Library, under Senior Documents.


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Screening of Backpack Full of Cash

Amherst Regional Middle School, 170 Chestnut Street, Amherst

All are welcome to attend a public screening of the acclaimed documentary, “Backpack Full of Cash”.  This film explores the growing privatization of public schools and the impact it’s having on America’s children.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Barbara Madeloni, President of the Massachusetts Teachers Association; Jean Fay, President of the Amherst-Pelham Education Association; and Max Page, Amherst Parent and MTA Board Member.

Sponsored by the Amherst College Careers in Education Professions Program, the Amherst-Pelham Education Association and the Massachusetts Teachers Association.
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Support the ARHS PGO this GivingTuesday

gt2017On November 28th, ARHS PGO is participating in #GivingTuesday in support of our PGO Presenters Fund!  The ARHS PGO enriches the experience of our students and supports parents by bringing many presenters to campus.  We have recently helped fund classroom and community-wide workshops and presentations in the areas of:

Youth and Addiction    –    Islamophobia    –    Yoga    –    Interview skills    –    Poetry    –    Homophobia    –    Dance    –    Refugees in distress   –    Music

We need your help to continue to fund these types of events.  Please make a gift to the ARHS PGO today!
Thank you for your support of our students.  For more information about the ARHS PGO, please go


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ARHS Cross Country Results

amherst hurricanes logoPioneer Valley Championships:  Amherst Girls win, Sophia Jacobs-Townsley wins.  Amherst boys third, Jack Yanko wins in meet record time of 15:16 for 5K
WMASS:  Amherst Girls win, Sophia Jacobs-Townsley wins.  Amherst boys fourth by one point (top three teams qualify for state championships).  Jack Yanko wins in 16:21.
State Championships:  Amherst girls 15th of 20 teams, Sophia Jacobs-Townsley fourth.  Jack Yanko 29th in a tough race.  Aidan Shea 100th in 17:05, Aiden Foucault Etheridge 124th in 17:24.
Jack and Sophia will run at the FootLocker Regional Qualifier at Van Cortlandt Park, the Bronx on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.
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