You are Invited – ARPS PGO Fall Public Meeting

Tuesday Sept 29 7:15 PM

Google Meet: meet.google.com/rot-ncsn-ejq

Meeting Agenda

Introductions

Individual School Updates

Election of President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Officers

Annual Taxes and State Filings Update

Group Fundraisers: Wi-Fi Hotspots wrap up; UMACC (United Way), Giving Tuesday, Florence Bank, Amazon Smile; Flyer in Superintendent’s newsletter for small fundraisers that we all all do

Other Business not anticipated by the chair

The Amherst Regional Public Schools Parent Guardian Organization (ARPS PGO) is a Registered 501(c)3 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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Are you a new ARHS Family? Do you shop at Stop & Shop?


If so, every time you shop at any Stop & Shop using your rewards card or phone # you will earn A+ Points. These become cash for our school —  at no cost to you! 
There are two easy ways to participate:* Sign in or create an account at stopandshop.com* Go to My Account* Select Rewards and Programs* You may choose two schools – or just pick ARHS 😊

 Or call 877-366-2668 option #1 and sign up to support ARHS by using your phone number – no need to find your S&S rewards card!
If you signed up in the past you don’t need to renew but may want to confirm your selections. Questions? Contact Ellen Lindsey, PGO Treasurer, at ellenlindsey@gmail.com.

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Refunds for Spring 2020 AP Exams

If your high school student did not take an AP exam in Spring 2020 and you are entitled to a refund, email Judi DellaMarco in the ARHS office with the following information. 

Please be sure to answer all questions.

  1. What is the Student’s Name:
  2. What subject(s) is/are the AP exam(s) not taken (If the student missed more than one exam, you can enter multiple subjects):
  3. Whom should the check be made payable:
  4. What is the mailing address to forward the check:
  5. What phone number can we use to contact you if we have a question:

This request will be verified and submitted for payment.  

Thank you for your cooperation and patience.

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Attention Seniors: Update from the College Counselor

Hello Seniors! Your LAST First Week of High School – Whoo Hooo!

I hope you had a solid first week of school (well almost first week). You know what you are in for anyways…

Here’s what I have for you this week:

Maintaining Your Sanity As You Plan for the Future

As you get underway with your classes, and suddenly realize that you have one more year of high school, work on taking care of yourselves. Here’s some wonderful advice from my fav, The College Essay Guy – https://www.collegeessayguy.com/blog/coronavirus-self-care

The SAT is Dead, Long Live the SAT!

At this point the vast majority of colleges and universities are test-optional (www.fairtest.org – here’s the link!). Some of you watched siblings, and older students agonize and/or celebrate their performance on this 2 hour and 45 minute test. This rite of passage is not an issue for the Class of 2021. This is a hard truth for some of you; but it is time to let the SAT/ACT go (some of you actually might be doing cartwheels!). ARHS will not be offering the SAT during the month of September or October. As you read this, admissions reps are working to create evaluations that are not test score driven, and they are looking more closely at your academic GPA, courseload, activities and recommendations. It is possible that “demonstrated interest” is going to be more of a factor, so make sure you visit virtually and take on opportunities to interview when they exist. College admissions officers are evaluating you in the context of a pandemic, so they know the internship at the hospital is not available – activities are going to look different as well. Please don’t travel across state lines just to take the SAT or ACT or Subject Tests. Know that this is true for seniors all over the world!

College Admissions Rep Visits Begin September 28th

Be sure to list the schools that you are interested in on your Naviance account (even remotely interested!), and you will receive notifications when they schedule.

BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR MESSAGES ON A REGULAR BASIS!

Steps:

1. Log in to Naviance

2. Click the “Colleges” tab at the top and go to “Research Colleges.”

3. Select “College Visits” from the menu that appears.

4. Scroll through the list to find the college visits you want to attend. Click “details” for more info, or “Register” to register for the meeting.

5. Alert your teacher if you will be missing class at that time.

Here’s a link to a video tutotrial – https://drive.google.com/file/d/1eFw_GZpCCEDgIyvDB-VUNkScLnE_HRWZ/view?usp=sharing

Senior Life After ARHS Meetings – Scheduling Begins September 28th

Time to meet with your Friendly Neighborhood College and Career Advisor. Talk about your Life After ARHS plans. A parent or guardian is required to join you for this meeting, so plan accordingly. Regardless of your post-graduation plans, I want to meet with you so that I can support you, and give you the resources you need to make a wise decision for yourself.  Stay Tuned – Instructions for Signing Coming Soon

Teacher Recommendations

If you requested your teacher recommendations during your junior year, great. Make sure that you have listed the teachers in Naviance. If you have not requested your recommendations from your junior year teachers, all is not lost. It is important to reach out to the teachers and have a Plan B, and Plan C, in the event that they aren’t available. If you are applying regular decision, consider making a great impression during the first months of school and asking a teacher from your senior year!

If you need support, reach out to your school counselor, me, or Ms. Garrity

October 1st Begins the FAFSA Season

October 1st marks the first day that seniors can submit the FAFSA. This is the form required to apply for financial aid, and merit based scholarships by colleges. Your parents or guardians can use taxes from the “prior prior year” – two tax seasons back. Both you and your parents/guardians should EACH create your FSA ID (link) as an important first step (if you have siblings who attended college, your parent/guardian doesn’t have to create a new one). Here’s a great video explaining: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7ihhGk8mCY. We’ll be offering FAFSA support in October with MEFA (https://www.mefa.org/blog/the-fafsa-step-by-step), stay tuned.

Financial Aid Focus

Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship – October 30th (Need Based) The Cooke College Scholarship Program is an undergraduate scholarship program available to high-achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend and graduate from the nation’s best four-year colleges and universities. https://www.jkcf.org/our-scholarships/college-scholarship-program/

UNIGO Scholarships – Open an account and begin your search! https://www.unigo.com/scholarships/our-scholarships

Two Podcast to Check Out

College List Builder & The Myth of Fit (Full Episode) | The College Essay Guy Podcast https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHnWo1Wowd0

College List Hacking: Better Fit, Less Time, More Fun (Full Episode) | The College Essay Guy Podcast  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTp-Z3bKdL8

The College Checklist Podcast – How to Conduct Virtual College Visits https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/how-to-conduct-virtual-college-visits/id848902813?i=1000489816094

Sincerely, 

Your Friendly Neighborhood College and Career Counselor, Deidre Cuffee-Gray

phone – 413 362-1720

email – cuffee-grayd@arps.org

(email is best these days…)

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Mark Your Calendars

Sept 28- Yom Kippur- Early Release

Sept 29: ARPS PGO Public Meeting (7:15pm)

Oct 2: SEPAC Meeting (9:00-10:30am)

Oct 12: Indigenous Peoples Day (No School)

Nov 3: All Teachers Curriculum/Work Day (No School) 

Nov 11: Veterans Day (Observed) (No School) 

Nov 25-27: Thanksgiving Break

Dec 16: PreK-12 Early Release (12:00 secondary/1:20 elementary) 

Dec 21-Jan 1 : Winter Break

Jan 6: Three Kings Day (No School)

Jan 18: MLK Holiday (No School)

Jan 27 & 28: MS/HS Early Dismissal (HS Exams) 

Jan 29: All Teacher Curriculum/Work Day (No School) 

Feb 15-19: Winter Break 

Feb 24: PreK-12 Early Release (12:00 secondary/1:20 elementary) 

Mar 10: PreK-12 Early Release (12:00 secondary/1:20 elementary) 

Mar 17: All Teachers Curriculum/Work Day (No School) 

Mar 24: PreK-12 Early Release (12:00 secondary/1:20 elementary) 

Apr 2: Good Friday (No School—Budgetary Reasons) 

Apr 14: PreK-12 Early Release (12:00 secondary/1:20 elementary) 

Apr 19-23: Spring Break 

May 12: PreK-12 Early Release (12:00 secondary/1:20 elementary) 

May 31: Memorial Day (No School) 

June 19″ Juneteenth Holiday

June 24: Last day of school (no snow days are included; all inclement weather days will be distance learning) 

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Welcome from the ARHS PGO

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The Amherst Regional High School Parent/Guardian Organization (ARHS PGO) welcomes you to the 2020-2021 Academic Year. We are a volunteer group of parents and guardians, and invite you to join us!

The mission of the ARHS PGO is to:

  • promote communication and understanding among families, staff and the Amherst area community; 
  • foster a spirit of collaboration by providing a forum for participation and the exchange of information and ideas; and 
  • provide financial assistance where needed to enrich all students’ academic and overall experience

Evening Coffees with Principal Sadiq and Others

The ARHS PGO regularly invites the principal and other guest speakers to present on a wide variety of relevant topics. Q&As are a scheduled as part of these sessions. Our first coffee will be announced in the upcoming weeks.

PGO Weekly Newsletter

Our weekly Friday AM email newsletter will inform you about upcoming events, deadlines, news and more. We welcome the submission of information that is helpful to the ARHS community. All families who register students at ARHS prior to August 22 are automatically subscribed. You can sign up to receive the newsletter via email at arhspgonews@gmail.com. The newsletter can also be accessed from the front page of the ARHS website or at www.arhsparentcenter.org.  

Volunteer!

The PGO is a volunteer organization and we need your help for just a few hours a month. Please consider being a blog editor (2 hours /month), Grants Committee (twice a year for 4-6 hours over a semester) or PGO secretary (2 hours/month). Interested? Email us at arhspgoboard@gmail.com.

Please also consider making an online donation to the PGO by going to www.arhsparentcenter.org and clicking on the donation tab. 

Thank you in advance for your help!

The ARHS PGO Board

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ARHS Theater Company Meeting

The ARHS Theater Company’s Fall Season is Here!  Pandemic or no, there are still ways to safely make theater at ARHS, and we are looking forward to welcoming new and returning students alike into our three-show season this fall.  Interested students should attend our next meeting, this Friday, September 18 at 3:30pm via Zoom.  

Please join the Theater Company meeting at this link: bit.ly/becharhs (password is “bech”). 

We’ll share info about the fall season, including our first on-site meeting and audition days on Monday, 9/21 and Tuesday, 9/22.  No experience is needed and we welcome students from all backgrounds to make a home with this wonderful group.  Contact Mr. Bechtold with questions at bechtolj@arps.org.

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Chromebook & School Materials Pick ups

All students who still need to pick up their ChromeBook, Textbook, or other school materials for their 1st Semester or 1st Quarter classes, someone will be at the school for you to do that between 3:00pm-5:00pm, Monday (9/21) – Friday (9/25).

ALSO, if you picked up supplies for a class you no longer have because you just changed your schedule, please return those materials sometime between 3:00pm-5:00pm, Monday (9/21) – Friday (9/25). If you have any questions please send them to arhsoffice@arps.org or call 413-362-1700. This message has been sent directly to students as well. Thanks and take care.

Principal Sadiq

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Fall Sports Tryout Information

Tryout dates and times:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1q00Zi8SCQFtQv6Ir6qFZAQEMwRrSo-6G4sN13TsMmKM/edit?usp=sharing

This schedule can change! Please register to receive updates from the coaches. Remember to wear a mask! 

SPORTTRYOUT DATES AND TIMES MS= Middle School otherwise all practices are at the high schoolPRACTICE DAYS & TIMES
MS= Middle School otherwise all practices are at the high school 
Boys Cross CountryFirst Day→ Friday September 18th 3:15pm-4:40All weekdays at 3:15 PM
Girls Cross Country First Day→ Friday September 18th 3:20pm-4:40pmMonday 6:40 – 8:00 AMTuesday 3:20 – 4:40 PMWednesday 3:20 – 4:40 PMThursday 6:40 – 8:00 AMFriday 3:20 – 4:40 PM
Middle School Cross CountryFirst Day→  Monday September 21st 3:15-4:15pm (MS)Second Day→  Tuesday September 22nd 3:15-4:30pm  (MS)

Coach will communicate practice times via email
Field HockeyFirst Day→ Monday September 21st3:15pm-4:40pmSecond Day→ Tuesday September 22nd 3:15pm-4:40pmCoach will communicate practice times via email
FootballFirst Day→ Friday September 18th4:30pm-5:50pmMonday, Tuesday, Thursday 4:30pm-5:50pm
Girls SoccerFirst Day→ Monday September 21st 3:15pm-4:35pmSecond Day→ Tuesday September 22nd 3:15pm-4:35pmThird Day→ Wednesday September 23rd (MS) 3:15pm-4:40pmCoach will communicate practice times via email
Boys Soccer First Day→ Friday September 18th2:30-2:45pm 11th/12th Grade Player registration 2:45-4:05pm 11th/12th Grade Try-Out 4:30-4:45pm 9th/10th Grade Player registration4:45-6:05pm 9th/10th Grade Try-Out Second Day→ Saturday September 19th3:15-4:35pm Group 1 (Groups to be communicated by coaches)4:50-6:05pm Group 2 (Groups to be communicated by coaches)Third Day→ Monday September 21st (MS) 3:15-4:35pm Group 1 (Groups to be communicated by coaches)4:50-6:05pm Group 2 (Groups to be communicated by coaches)Coach will communicate practice times via email
High School VolleyballNote: Volleyball field is outdoors behind the high school First Day→ Friday September 18thEvery weekday at 3:15pmCoach will communicate practice times via email
Middle School VolleyballNote: Volleyball field is outdoors behind the high school First Day→ Friday September 18thEvery weekday at 3:15pmCoach will communicate practice times via email

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Need help with your student’s Chromebook?

If you have any issues with your ChromeBook, please go to the Student Help Desk: https://forms.gle/3PEQmDn7i2e7febf8 and fill out the form. 

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Are you a new ARHS Family? Do you shop at Stop & Shop?


If so, every time you shop at any Stop & Shop using your rewards card or phone # you will earn A+ Points. These become cash for our school —  at no cost to you! 
There are two easy ways to participate:* Sign in or create an account at stopandshop.com* Go to My Account* Select Rewards and Programs* You may choose two schools – or just pick ARHS 😊

 Or call 877-366-2668 option #1 and sign up to support ARHS by using your phone number – no need to find your S&S rewards card!
If you signed up in the past you don’t need to renew but may want to confirm your selections. Questions? Contact Ellen Lindsey, PGO Treasurer, at ellenlindsey@gmail.com.

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Food delivery schedules

ARPS is continuing to provide breakfast and lunch for pick up at various locations throught town. All meals are free for anyone 18 and younger through 12/31/2020.

Deliveries will be made 9/16-9/30 on Monday, Wednesdays, and Fridays and continue to provide meals seven days a week. We are combining two sites The Brook and Mill Valley will be at Mill Valley and The Boulders and Southpoint will be at Southpoint.

DISTRIBUTION DETAILS:

Boulders/Southpoint 42 Southpoint (office entrance) – 11:45-12:00


Butternut Farm 12 Longmeadow Dr (office entrance) – 12:10-12:25


The Brook/Mill Valley 420 Riverglade Dr (office entrance)- 11:20-11:35


Colonial Village 81 Belchertown Rd (by mailboxes) – 12:10-12:25


ARHS 21 Mattoon Street (side entrance by cafeteria)- 11:15-12:15


Main Street 693 Main Street (behind Apt. 13) – 11:45-12:00


Mill District 75 Cowls Road (front of the building)- 12:10-12:25


North Village/Presidential 950 N. Pleasant St (bus stop at N.V. entrance)- 11:20 11:35

Olympia Drive 57 Olympia Drive (office entrance) – 11:45-12:00


Pomeroy Lane 34 Pomeroy Lane (community room) – 11:45-12:00

Rolling Green/Gatehouse Road 1 Rolling Green Dr (office entrance) – 11:20-11:35


Village Park 497 E. Pleasant St (office entrance)- 11:20-11:35

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SEPAC Meet and Greet 9/24

September 24th, 7:00 – 8:00pm

For families in the district with students on an IEP or 504

The event is hosted by the Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) and is open to all in the community.  Dr. Faye Brady, Director of Student Services, and JoAnn Smith, Student Services Administrator, will be in attendance along with others who support students.  Not only will this be an opportunity for us to meet informally but also will allow SEPAC to share some of what we have planned for this school year.  We welcome your thoughts and ideas!

RSVP if possible to sepac@arps.org or Facebook ARPS SEPAC-org

Please join via Google Meet

meet.google.com/bvh-bcwb-cgf

Phone Numbers (‪US‬)‪+1 617-675-4444‬ PIN: ‪272 446 940 1928#‬

For more information, please see the flyer:

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ARPS Distance Learning Agreement

As part of the distance learning model, ARPS will offer educational opportunities via a virtual platform such as Google Hangouts/Meets.  Many of these platforms have the capability to capture video and sound within range of your child’s computer camera and/or microphone. Prior to engaging in virtual learning, ARPS wishes to clarify expectations around appropriate use of virtual technology for educational purposes as follows:

  1. Participation and access to virtual meetings and classes is limited solely to students who are enrolled in the class unless otherwise allowed by the teacher.  Students and/or their parents/guardians shall not share links or other access information with anyone who is not enrolled in the class.
  2. Students should make every effort to engage in virtual meetings and classes in a quiet, private area in order to minimize background noise and distractions. 
  3. ARPS strictly prohibits students and families to take screenshots, pictures, audio/video recording and distribution of any virtual meeting or class in order to protect student privacy, proactively prevent potential cyberbullying, prevent the distribution of copyrighted materials and comply with Massachusetts law, which makes it illegal to audio record another person without his/her knowledge.
  4. Students are required to adhere to all ARPS policies while participating in virtual meetings and classes including, but not limited to, its Acceptable Network Use Policy (Policy IJNDB), Anti-Bullying Policy (Policy JICFB) and Student-to-Student Harassment Policy (Policy JICF), with the stated consequences to be administered for noncompliance with those policies.
  5. The Amherst, Pelham and Amherst-Pelham Regional Schools and its employees will be held harmless, for any video, audio and digital/online content used for instructional and enrichment activities (“Distance Learning”) that is in any way altered, manipulated, reposted, or reused by a student, a parent/guardian, or someone with whom a student or parent/guardian shared said content with after its original posting on a District approved platform for Distance Learning, from any and all claims or actions, in any way related to said Distance Learning. Your child’s participation in Distance Learning activities indicates your acceptance of the above terms.
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Mark Your Calendars

Sept 18- Fall Sports Start Date

Sept 24- SEPAC Meet and Greet- 7PM

Sept 28- Yom Kippur- Early Release

Oct 12: Indigenous Peoples Day (No School)

Nov 3: All Teachers Curriculum/Work Day (No School) 

Nov 11: Veterans Day (Observed) (No School) 

Nov 25-27: Thanksgiving Break

Dec 16: PreK-12 Early Release (12:00 secondary/1:20 elementary) 

Dec 21-Jan 1 : Winter Break

Jan 6: Three Kings Day (No School)

Jan 18: MLK Holiday (No School)

Jan 27 & 28: MS/HS Early Dismissal (HS Exams) 

Jan 29: All Teacher Curriculum/Work Day (No School) 

Feb 15-19: Winter Break 

Feb 24: PreK-12 Early Release (12:00 secondary/1:20 elementary) 

Mar 10: PreK-12 Early Release (12:00 secondary/1:20 elementary) 

Mar 17: All Teachers Curriculum/Work Day (No School) 

Mar 24: PreK-12 Early Release (12:00 secondary/1:20 elementary) 

Apr 2: Good Friday (No School—Budgetary Reasons) 

Apr 14: PreK-12 Early Release (12:00 secondary/1:20 elementary) 

Apr 19-23: Spring Break 

May 12: PreK-12 Early Release (12:00 secondary/1:20 elementary) 

May 31: Memorial Day (No School) 

June 19″ Juneteenth Holiday

June 24: Last day of school (no snow days are included; all inclement weather days will be distance learning) 

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LSSE Real World Math

We are offering a Real World Math Class for middle school and high school age students.

Class Description:

Basics of everyday real world math.. Learn the basics of starting and running a profitable business with fun real world class exercises and projects. Areas to cover will include business investment, profitability, break-even point, business budgets.

Other topics include banks functions and purpose, interest (simple and compound), measurements including metric system using real work cooking examples. We will talk about budgeting; why it is important and how to live easily within budgets by incorporating real world projects. We will also discuss the topic of taxes, why they are deducted from paychecks, where do taxes go and what they are used for. Additional topics may be covered based on interests of the groups

Register Here:

The Complete list of Fall LSSE offerings can be viewed at: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1S6IjULDSaeRMm-VFzJgMbyOt8E0AKm6S/view?usp=sharing

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Local Library Curbside Pickup

Jones Library System

The Jones Library is offering contactless outdoor pickup of library materials 6 days a week while our buildings remain closed.

To borrow library materials, first place holds through the online catalog by visiting Joneslibrary.org and logging into your account.  You may also call our Reference Staff at 413-259-3096 for assistance placing holds.

 If you are unsure what you’d like to read, let us know and we’d be happy to select some things for you.

When your items arrive and are ready for you to pick  up, we will email you instructions for how and when to pick them up.  Currently, all materials will be outside in front of the library under a tent. 

If you are an Amherst resident and cannot get to the library for any reason, please let me know and we can arrange a delivery for you. 

The Munson Library in South Amherst is also offering outdoor pickup on Tuesday and Friday afternoons.

For more information, please visit https://www.joneslibrary.org/whilewereclosed

We hope to see you soon!

Pelham Library

The Pelham Free Public Library is open for contact-free materials pick-up

Check the online catalog for materials availability (see Notes below) and call (413.253.0657) or email (library.pelham@gmail.com) to make your request. You will be contacted to confirm and arrange a pick-up time. Some items, such as soft toys, will not be available for check-out.

Pickup hours are a reduced version of our regular hours, to allow for set-up and take-down, and will be rescheduled in case of rain.

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 3:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday: 2:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Friday: 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Saturday: 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Notes:

  • Very limited ILL services are available at this time.
  • Please wear a mask and practice social distancing when picking up your materials. Staff will have sanitized their hands and will wear masks when processing your materials. All returns will be quarantined before being checked in.

Leverett Library

Curbside pickup hours:

Saturdays 10am-1pm Tuesdays 3pm-6pm

Wednesdays 10am-12pm

Thursdays 3pm-6pm

Limited inter library ( CWMARS) delivery service resumes 7/20/20. Statewide delivery has not yet resumed.

You may place holds in the catalog again. Curbside hours still in place.

Give us a call at 413-548-9220, or email leverett@cwmars.org to arrange a pick up day.

Please see COVID-19 Updates for more information about our curbside service and current operations.

Shutesbury Library

CURBSIDE PICKUP

The Library is pleased to provide curbside pickup of Library materials.

HOW IT WORKS

  1. Search our online CATALOG to find items you want.
  2. New items are added every week. Subscribe to our Wowbrary email newsletter to see what’s new. Subscribe
  3. Inter-library loan has resumed. Place holds!
  4. Or call or email with your requests. Include the titles/authors/formats in your email and a preferred appointment time from the list below.
  5. We are happy to select books, DVDs, etc., for you based on interest and availability.   
  6. Library staff will collect your items, bag them up and confirm your pickup appointment.
  7. The bag with your initials on it will be placed on the red cart at the appointed time.
  8. Please take the bag. Please don’t leave anything on the cart.
  9. If an order is not picked up on time we will hold them inside and schedule another pickup time.   
  10. Returns can be placed in the book return box.    
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ARHS Opening of School Information and Protocols

General Information for Back to School at ARHS 20-21

Hello ARHS community. We want to provide you with more information about the week leading up to the opening of school. We know there is not consensus in our community about the “right thing” to do regarding how school will be done this year. We recognize there are different ways to effectively address the numerous needs of our students, their families, and all of the adults working in our school. Please know that we are committed to doing everything we can to make this year as meaningful as possible. Part of that process will include reflection on our teaching practices, and listening to your feedback. That may mean that our plan will evolve over the course of the year. 

The official first day of school is Wednesday, September 16th. All classes will begin in a remote environment. All students should check their ARPS email for Google Classroom links to their classes which will be conducted via Google Meet. There will be a help desk at the high school on September 14th and 15th or families can email ARHS Librarian Ella Stocker  stockere@arps.org for support with their email accounts. 

We have reserved September 14th & 15th for schedule, Chromebook and materials distribution. Please see the following link to view the distribution schedule. It is arranged alphabetically, by students last name.

Schedule, Chromebook and Materials Distribution Schedule:

9th GRADE 

10TH GRADE 

11th GRADE 

12th GRADE 

Please contact Terry Ominsky ominskyt@arps.org with questions about materials distribution. If you are unable to pick up materials at your scheduled time, there will be people available for distribution from 5:00 – 7:00PM on the 15th. Please bring a backpack or another bag to carry all your books and materials in. 

Teaching and Learning 

Schedules:

  • The Block Schedule was designed to ensure students had access to their core academic classes with most students having scheduled at least two 45-day elective courses during the 20-21 school year. For students who needed additional courses to stay on track for graduation, a “D Block” class may have been added. 
  • Questions or concerns about student schedules should be directed to the student’s guidance counselor using these forms. The counselor assignments are located on the student schedule. 

Lisa Zephyr : https://forms.gle/1jYZiYMZehEHA6tX9

Alessandra Mucci-Ramos: https://forms.gle/N5u7r9nxyrcJpKNg6

Kelly Larcheveque: https://forms.gle/GXo6nxL8hYDv3TdN9

Sherry Balzano: https://forms.gle/ACmC1FKzxw5uR9Mo7

  • Schedule change priority will be given to students who have errors with  their first semester classes.  
  • Some courses were modified to be taught in a 3×3 Block Schedule. A list of these courses and the course description can be found here: New Course Description.

Attendance:

  • Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each class period: A-period begins at 9:00AM, B-period begins at 10:30AM, and C-period begins at 1:00PM. 
  • Three tardies to class will equal one absence
  • If a student exceeds the absence limit total of 9 per semester in any given course, there will be an Attendance Meeting to determine if the student will receive credit in that course or not.
  • Families will be expected to call the absence line 413-362-1718 if their child will be missing class. Questions about attendance should be directed to Wilnelia Melendez melendezw@arps.org.  
  • ARHS faculty and staff will be connecting with families before a student reaches 9 absences in any given class. Families should also reach out to us as soon as they notice any issues with their child’s attendance. 

Student Engagement:

  • Students will need to check their ARPS email multiple times per day for teacher updates.
  • It is strongly recommended that all students remain visible during the synchronous portions of class. Students who can not have their cameras on should communicate directly with their teacher or talk to their guidance counselor. 
  • Backgrounds are ok, as long as they do not interfere with the ability of the teacher to see you when you speak.
  • Students will be asked to mute themselves when not speaking.
  • Please observe good Google Meet etiquette during class time.
    • Join early – up to 5 minutes before the meeting start time
    • Have your video on unless you are experiencing connection issues, or have spoken with your teacher about having your video off during class
    • Find a quiet space without interruptions / background noise, if possible
    • Have a plain background – avoid backlight from bright windows
    • Have good lighting on your face so you can be seen clearly
    • Adjust your camera to be at around eye level if possible – especially take note of the angle of your laptop screen if using the built-in camera.
    • Mute your microphone when not talking
    • Try to avoid talking over / at the same time as other participants
    • Be aware you are on camera and try to avoid doing other tasks, checking emails, looking at your phone etc

Grading:

  • Students will receive letter grades for their courses
  • Teachers will provide more details about their grading procedures in their course expectations
  • Fall classes will count towards a student’s Grade Point Average, the same way they did before the spring of 2020

Extra Curricular Activities

Clubs: 

  • Clubs will be meeting virtually this year. Liz Haygood, Student Activities Coordinator will be sharing the menu of club offerings and meeting times with students during our virtual club fair in late September/early October. Questions about clubs and activities can be addressed

haygoode@arps.org.

Sports:

  • Cross Country, field hockey, soccer and volleyball will be held outdoors this fall. Some try-outs and practices will begin September 18th. Football will have practices only. All practices and try-outs will be held between 3:15pm-6:05pm.  Practice and game schedules will be shared by coaches. Questions about sports can be addressed by Victoria Stewart, Athletic Director stewartv@arps.org 

Important Links to Stay Connected

  • Do you have questions about technology? Take a look at our Google Site which is full of distance learning resources and tutorials for students and families. Please note that this site is a work in progress and will continue to be added to throughout the coming weeks
  • If you have not already subscribed, please subscribe to the ARHS PGO Newsletter https://arhsparentcenter.org/ that features upcoming events and information about ARHS.
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Fall Sports Registartion is now Open

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Fall sports registration is now open! Please click on links below to register. Please note, some sports and or levels (JV and middle school) competition is limited, if no competition is available practices and inter-school competition will occur. It’s also important to note, a current physical is required to participate. 

High School Registration

Middle School Registration 

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For additional information got to: http://www.arps.org/amherst-pelham-regional-high-school/sports

Please contact Georgia Malcom, MalcolmG@arps.org with questions. 

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Caregiver Technology Training This Friday Morning

Dear Caregivers,

Welcome Back!  We wanted to give you some information about the technology platforms the Amherst Regional School district will be using this year and upcoming trainings on them. 

We will be using Google Meet as our communication platform for all grades PreK – 12.  Here is a video in English and one in Spanish with more information on Google Meet that you can watch with your child(ren).  

In PreK – 2nd grades we will be using Seesaw as our Learning Management System.  Here is a video in English and one in Spanish with more information on Seesaw that you can watch with your child(ren).  

The Learning Management System we will use in 3rd – 12th grades is Google Classroom.  Here is a video in English and one in Spanish with more information on Google Classroom that you can watch with your child(ren). 

If you need help with your Chromebook, please watch this video in English or Spanish with more information.  Students will need their arps.org email address to log into their chromebooks. 

This semester, we will have three Distance Learning Support Specialists, Jayshree KrishnanElla Stocker, and Molly Millay, to help you with your technology questions.  

We will have live trainings this week on:

  • Friday, September 11 from 11:45 am – 12:45 pm – Use this link to access the training.

We will have more trainings as the semester progresses.  We will let you know when these trainings will be.  In the meantime you can visit our website ARPS Distance Learning Resources for more information.

Sincerely,

Jayshree, Ella, & Molly

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Call For School Book To Be Returned

Dear students and families!


We are reaching out to help facilitate a REALLY STRONG collection of: English books, library books, textbooks, art supplies and other borrowed school supplies to kick off the school year. 

When school closed on March 13, the English department alone sent almost 2,000 books home with students in grades 9-12, valued at over $30,000. Although some of our students returned those books in June when they came to return Chromebooks, many students did not return them—and we need those books to teach our courses this year!

Our aim is to collect all the English books and other textbooks and materials you left school with AND all the materials you may have accidentally forgotten to return over the last few years at ARHS. Look under your bed, on bookshelves, in the corner of your closet, in your abandoned backpack, and under your sofa! Bring us your stash of books!

When you return to school on September 14 or 15 to pick up your Chrome book and new textbooks, PLEASE BRING ANY AND ALL ENGLISH BOOKS—and all the other subjects too—WITH YOU!

In English, almost every single student in class borrowed at least one book (some two), but many students working on the honors project brought home 2-3 more.

In the gym, there will be long tables labeled by subject where you can leave your books under signs with teacher names. Please write your name inside the book if you haven’t already or put a post-it on or inside the book with name/teacher.


Thank you so much in advance for returning these valuable materials. It is much appreciated!


Sara Barber-Just

ARHS English Department Head

barber-justs@arps.org

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Mark Your Calendars

Sept 14- Seniors: Diversity on College Campuses Workshop-  12:00 – 1:00pm

Sept 14- Seniors- Common Application Workshop  3:30 – 5:00pm 

Sept 16- First day of distance learning for students in grades 1-12 (half-day)

Sept 18- Fall Sports Start Date

Sept 28- Yom Kippur- Early Release

Oct 12: Indigenous Peoples Day (No School)

Nov 3: All Teachers Curriculum/Work Day (No School) 

Nov 11: Veterans Day (Observed) (No School) 

Nov 25-27: Thanksgiving Break

Dec 16: PreK-12 Early Release (12:00 secondary/1:20 elementary) 

Dec 21-Jan 1 : Winter Break

Jan 6: Three Kings Day (No School)

Jan 18: MLK Holiday (No School)

Jan 27 & 28: MS/HS Early Dismissal (HS Exams) 

Jan 29: All Teacher Curriculum/Work Day (No School) 

Feb 15-19: Winter Break 

Feb 24: PreK-12 Early Release (12:00 secondary/1:20 elementary) 

Mar 10: PreK-12 Early Release (12:00 secondary/1:20 elementary) 

Mar 17: All Teachers Curriculum/Work Day (No School) 

Mar 24: PreK-12 Early Release (12:00 secondary/1:20 elementary) 

Apr 2: Good Friday (No School—Budgetary Reasons) 

Apr 14: PreK-12 Early Release (12:00 secondary/1:20 elementary) 

Apr 19-23: Spring Break 

May 12: PreK-12 Early Release (12:00 secondary/1:20 elementary) 

May 31: Memorial Day (No School) 

June 19″ Juneteenth Holiday

June 24: Last day of school (no snow days are included; all inclement weather days will be distance learning) 

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Summit View Learning Math Instruction Grants

Thanks to a kind donation, Summit View Learning is able to offer free high quality math instruction to 5-10 motivated ARPS students whose families qualify for free/reduced lunch. Sessions are 1 hour long, take place virtually, and will be scheduled 1-2 times per week with experienced mathematics instructors. 

Math instruction grants cover the entire cost of instructional sessions for the Fall 2020 semester with options to extend through the Spring 2021 semester. Grant recipients will be scheduled into individual or small group sessions based on overlap in instructional goals. These goals could include: 

  • Help filling in gaps from previous math classes.
  • Help working on school assignments.
  • Acceleration to higher level mathematics.

We aim to build mathematical confidence so that all students believe in themselves and have what they need to learn math at high levels.

To apply for a math instruction grant for your child, please go to www.summitviewlearning.com/instruction-grant-application to fill out an application. A member of our team will reach out to schedule a brief follow-up discussion and grant recipients will be notified on a rolling basis.

Instruction will begin as soon as applications are accepted.

Summit View Learning is a company started by local educators committed to improving the level of math education for all children. For more information about Summit View Learning to see if we are a good fit for your family, visit www.summitviewlearning.com . If you are interested in donating to support other ARPS children, contact Co-Founder Mike Hayes at mhayes.svl@gmail.com.

****  This is not a school sponsored event ****

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Welcome Letter from Principal Sadiq

Hello Amherst Regional High School families!

For those of you who do not already know, my name is Talib Sadiq and I am the Interim Principal at ARHS this year. I am honored and excited to be in this position. We have a great team of adults working hard preparing to welcome back all of your children to this new learning environment. I also want to let you know about some of the changes going on at ARHS. One of the biggest ones is the student and teacher schedules. 

I have attached an outline schedule  of the new schedule your children will be following this year. We chose to switch from the 7 – Drop 1 schedule we have been using for the past 4 years, to a 3 x 3 + 1 Block schedule. The catalyst for this was the feedback we received from your children and our teachers about how challenging it was to manage six or seven classes for students, and for teachers to teach four or five classes virtually. Another reason for the change is, a high school schedule that includes five or six transitions/cohorts is not feasible from a public health perspective as we are not on a “team” or “cohort” model like the K-8 schools. In addition, this schedule works in a virtual or in-person model. There are many other schools in our area, and across the country that use Block Schedules with success for all stakeholders, Northampton being one of them.

 As we continue  to improve how we do Distance Learning, all of our teachers will be doing a week of Professional Development (PD) with the Global Online Academy. This is a LINK  to a document that summarizes the focus of the PD. In addition to the PD for faculty, Sam Camera, our new Assistant Principal and Ella Stocker our new Distance Learning Coordinator, are leading the creation of a website that will be a hub for online learning support and link to resources for faculty, students and families. As soon as this site is live we will send it to you, as well as listing it on the ARPS website and in each teacher’s Google Classrooms.

Along with that PD, the district is supporting our teachers with ongoing workshops about Dismantling White Supremacist Culture. This is a link to some of the information shared at a recent workshop. This is a link to a Podcast featuring Dr. Gholdy Muhammad, author of the book Cultivating Genuis. We will be incorporating aspects of her educational frameworks into how lesson plans are created and delivered. The goal is to increase our teachers’ ability to effectively educate our diverse population of students in this new environment.

Another goal we have is to distribute student schedules, textbooks, ChromeBooks, and “kits” for some of their classes on Monday September 14th & Tuesday September 15th. Before those dates arrive we will be sending out specific times you can come to the school to get those supplies. We will make individual arrangements with families unable to come to the school at those times.

When your children look at their schedules, they will see some unfamiliar class titles. Some class names and some content had to be changed to work with this new schedule. We did use student requests to make their schedules. So even though the class names and way they will be taught is different, much of the content is what the students, and you, expected it to be. 

 All of us at ARHS are committed to making the best of this year. We all struggled to just make it through the spring. Since then we’ve been working hard to make the fall more engaging and manageable for everyone. We want to partner with all ARHS families, to make this the best educational experience possible for every student this year. Please let me know if you have any ideas to help support us to do that. Thanks and take care.  

Talib

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Fall Sports Update

At the Regional School Committee Meeting on 9/2/20, ARPS Athletic Director Victoria Stewart make the following presentation outlining the Reintegration of Athletics into school:

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1QV5AhKv25180Az2eJEGpDpRuisYOJsl4c61K5HfFYUM/edit?usp=sharing

Massachusetts is requiring a vote of the School Committee to authorize Fall Sports in instances where classes are being held remotely. That vote will take place at the next school committee meeting to be held on September 8th at 6:30 PM. The meeting can be accessed at: http://161.77.57.225/CablecastPublicSite/watch/2?channel=2  or via Channel 15 in Amherst.

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Welcome Letter from SEPAC

Note:

A SEPAC is a Special Education Parent Advisory Council. Every public school district in Massachusetts is required to establish a SEPAC. Massachusetts state law assigns both an advisory and participatory function to SEPACs.

SEPAC is open to all parents of children with disabilities and other interested parties.

Dear SEPAC Families, 

Welcome to the 2020-21 school year!  Through this unusual time, SEPAC is continuing its vital work of advising our district on matters that pertain to the education and safety of students with disabilities.  We need your participation now more than ever so we can better understand how the massive upheavals in our schools are affecting the wide range of our diverse families.  

Here are some ways you can make SEPAC stronger:

Ask a friend to join our mailing list:  

Have them send a note to sepac@arps.org with “subscribe” in the subject line. Parents and/or guardians of children who receive any type of special education services or accommodations in school, such as an Individualized Education Program (IEP), a 504 accommodation or an out-of-district placement, as well as others who would like to deepen their understanding or have an interest in special education are welcome.

Attend a board meeting: 

Meetings will be held (most likely–everything is in flux this year!) the first Friday of the month.  Dates, times and Google Meet instructions for joining can be found here on our website: arps.org/sepac. 

Our first board meeting of the school year will be:

Friday, September 4, 2020

9:00 am – 10:30am 

Join with Google Meet using the link: https://meet.google.com/dhy-wywm-rwd 

or by phone:  617-675-4444‬  PIN: ‪909 286 087 0262‬#

Send us a note:

Our mailbox (sepac@arps.org) is always open. We take confidentiality of the information you provide very seriously, so we hope folks will feel comfortable sharing stories that will help us advocate for improving systems that will enrich our students’ experiences and make our district stronger. If you would like us to share your story at a board meeting during the public comment period, please write, “public comment” in the subject line.  We can read your note with or without your name, just indicate if you would like to remain anonymous. 

Over the summer, in addition to planning for the upcoming school year, your SEPAC board has remained in touch with Dr. Faye Brady, director of Student Services, and our school committee liaison, Peter Demling.  We have advocated to the school committee that, as per DESE guidance, our district open our schools for in-person instruction to the extent that is feasible given the need to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. We are also advising the district on practices that will make remote learning more accessible. Thank you again for your response to our call for public comment to the School Committee that illustrated the diverse needs of the students in our district as they consider how to redesign our schools to be resilient to the pandemic.

Sincerely, 

Heather Sheldon, SEPAC Co-President
Email: sepac@arps.org

Website: www.arps.org/sepac

Facebook: Arps Sepac

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John Bechtold Receives Reba R. Robertson Award

The Childrens Theatre Foundation of America recently named ARHS Performing Arts Director John Bechtold the 2020 Robertson Award Recipient.

The Reba R. Robertson Award for an Outstanding American High School Drama Teacher is presented in memory of Reba R. Robertson, who was a public school teacher of drama, speech, and debate. Her nearly forty-year tenure at Richfield High School in Waco, Texas, was filled with teaching, directing, coaching, mentoring, producing, and administering programs that not only trained students, but also brought the impact of drama and communication into developing community outside the school and encouraging historic preservation. This award honors her memory and teachers who follow enthusiastically in her path.

To learn about Mr Bechtold and his amazing work within our school and larger community, please visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdx-PQ8Mx0M&feature=youtu.be

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Seniors -college planning workshops coming up!

BEFORE SCHOOL STARTS!!! 

Senior College Planning Workshops With You Friendly Neighborhood College and Career Counselor

A number of college planning workshops to get you going before the school year picks up. Use the link to register (note that some of these dates and times are subject to change, because of my professional development schedule for ARHS). College essay, Naviance and Building Your List, Common Application, Financial Aid, Diversity and HBCUs, Q&A Session, and Athletes and the College Planning Process. I am offering morning and afternoon sessions to accommodate you.  These are student focused, know that sessions for the adults in your lives (bossing you around…) are coming. If they boss you around and tell you sign up for these workshops, I’m pretty much okay with that! Please sign up 24 hours prior to the workshop session time.

College Planning Drop-In Q&A Tuesday, September 8⋅12:00 – 1:00pm

Paying for College & Financial Aid Tuesday, September 8⋅3:30 – 5:00pm

College Essay 101 – Brainstorm and Get Started Wednesday, September 9⋅9:00 – 10:30am

Naviance! Yay!: Building a List & Researching Schools Thursday, Sept 10⋅3:30 – 5:00pm

Kamala Harris Went to an HBCU: Diversity on College Campuses Mon., Sept 14⋅12:00 – 1:00pm

Common Application Workshop Monday, September 14⋅3:30 – 5:00pm 

COLLEGE ESSAY GUY FALL WORKSHOPS

ARHS students can join The College Essay Guy’s (you know I looove him!) fall course from September 12th-October 4th at no cost.

Quick info on College Essay Guy:

Ethan wrote the current bestselling book on the personal statement, College Essay Essentials

He’s well-regarded in the college admissions field and is considered one of the go-to resources on college essays

His website has hundreds of free resources for applying to college

He has a cool podcast!

This syllabus maps out what Ethan will cover during the courses.

Can’t make the live course dates? You’ll have access to the courses for a year, and recordings of the sessions will be available to all who sign up. 

Here’s how to register for the course:

A.) Go to this registration page: https://www.collegeessayguy.com/sub-ceg-for-schools-fall-2020

B.) Enter your name and email.

C.) You’re done! Put the date and time in your calendar, and keep an eye on your email with next steps and instructions for the assignments to complete and how to join the live webinar.

The live course sessions will be held on Saturdays and Sundays starting September 12th at 2-3:30pm Pacific Time (5-6:30pm Eastern)

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ARPS Distance Learning Training and Resources

ARPS recently shared an informative website developed for parents/guardians by the District’s  Distance Learning Support Specialists. 

You will find lots of resources, including information about the distance learning platforms we will be using:  Seesaw (grades K-2), Google Classroom (grades 3-12) and Google Meet (all grades).

Please watch your email for details about live information sessions with the Distance Learning Support Specialists coming up next week!

Need More Help? Contact the Distance Learning Support Specialists!

Amherst Regional High School & Summit Academy: Ella Stocker stockere@arps.org

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Letter from Student Services Director

Please click on the link below for a letter from Dr. Faye Brady, Director of Student Services 8.31.20 SE Letter to families .pdf

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Mark Your Calendars

Sept 14- Seniors: Diversity on College Campuses Workshop-  12:00 – 1:00pm

Sept 14- Seniors- Common Application Workshop  3:30 – 5:00pm 

Sept 16- First day of distance learning for students in grades 1-12 (half-day)

Sept 18- Fall Sports Start Date

Sept 28- Yom Kippur- Early Release

Oct 12: Indigenous Peoples Day (No School)

Nov 3: All Teachers Curriculum/Work Day (No School) 

Nov 11: Veterans Day (Observed) (No School) 

Nov 25-27: Thanksgiving Break

Dec 16: PreK-12 Early Release (12:00 secondary/1:20 elementary) 

Dec 21-Jan 1 : Winter Break

Jan 6: Three Kings Day (No School)

Jan 18: MLK Holiday (No School)

Jan 27 & 28: MS/HS Early Dismissal (HS Exams) 

Jan 29: All Teacher Curriculum/Work Day (No School) 

Feb 15-19: Winter Break 

Feb 24: PreK-12 Early Release (12:00 secondary/1:20 elementary) 

Mar 10: PreK-12 Early Release (12:00 secondary/1:20 elementary) 

Mar 17: All Teachers Curriculum/Work Day (No School) 

Mar 24: PreK-12 Early Release (12:00 secondary/1:20 elementary) 

Apr 2: Good Friday (No School—Budgetary Reasons) 

Apr 14: PreK-12 Early Release (12:00 secondary/1:20 elementary) 

Apr 19-23: Spring Break 

May 12: PreK-12 Early Release (12:00 secondary/1:20 elementary) 

May 31: Memorial Day (No School) 

June 19″ Juneteenth Holiday

June 24: Last day of school (no snow days are included; all inclement weather days will be distance learning) 

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A Welcome from Your ARHS PGO Editors

Welcome to the academic year 2020-2021, and the return of the ARHS PGO Parent News! Our newsletter will arrive in your inbox every Friday morning, packed with valuable information about events, deadlines, schedules, sports news, opportunities etc…

If this is your first issue, we welcome you and hope you find the newsletter helpful. If you are the parent of a recent graduate and would like to unsubscribe, there is a link at the bottom of this email. If you were forwarded this email and wish to subscribe, click here.  https://arhsparentcenter.us1.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=b2b66ca8521c3307ea8f3499b&id=8a3d18f86b

Contact us anytime using the link in the right hand column if you have something you would like to submit or a question to ask. We encourage your input. 

We have had some volunteer changes this year- the ARHS PGO News wishes to thank Mare for her many years of service to the ARHS Community and we wish her well as she moves on.  I also would like to thank Liz L. for stepping up as a new editor.  Liz and I are in need of another editor (or two) to help us this year.  If you are willing/ able to volunteer, please email us at arhspgonews@gmail.com.

Your editors,

Becky and Liz

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Free Workshop from Mt. Holyoke for Parents/Guardians

Wondering how to juggle life and learning online? On September 3 at 7:30 p.m., Mt. Holyoke College is offering a free virtual workshop with Lauren Kim with tips, tricks and strategies for a successful transition back to school. Help foster independence in students, cultivate resilience and build a schedule that works.  You can register for this workshop here.  

About Lauren Kim

Ms. Kim has been working in education for nine years. She holds her Master’s degree in Education from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Presently she is working on another Master’s degree in Teacher Leadership at Mount Holyoke College. She currently teaches in Los Altos, California, in the heart of Silicon Valley. Ms. Kim has trained and worked alongside leaders in the field of education and positive discipline. As an educator, Ms. Kim centers her practice on helping her students learn to be kind, wise and resilient. As we navigate new approaches to schooling, we could all use support in cultivating these qualities both in ourselves and our children.

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SEPAC Meeting 9/4/20

ARPS Special Education Parent Advisory Council Meeting (SEPAC), Representing: Pelham Elementary, Amherst Elementary, and Amherst Regional Schools as well as students out of district. Date: 09/04/2020 Time: 9:00am -10:30am. Meeting is open to all in the community!

Date: September 4, 2020

Time:9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Location: Join with Google Meet using the link: https://meet.google.com/dhy-wywm-rwd or by phone: 617-675-4444? PIN: ?909 286 087 0262?#

LIST OF TOPICS:

Executive Board Meeting Agenda:

1. Approve Minutes

2. Updates from Dr. Brady, Director of Student Services/Special Education

3. Updates from School Committee Liaisons

4. Results from SEPAC survey.

5. Responsibilities of Board Members

6. Discussion about forming a SEPAC Advisory Board.

7. Public Comment.

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Flu Vaccine Now Required for all Massachusetts School Students Enrolled in Child Care, Pre-School, K-12, and Post-Secondary Institutions

The 2020-21 school year will see the addition of a new immunization requirement for influenza vaccine for attending childcare/preschool, grades kindergarten – 12 and postsecondary institutions. The documents, FAQ – Influenza Vaccine Requirement for Childcare Attendance for Children 6 Months of Age and OlderFAQ – Influenza Vaccine Requirement for School Attendance, and FAQ – Influenza Vaccine Requirement for Attendance at Postsecondary Institutions, answer frequently asked questions about the new requirement.

Students will be expected to have received a flu vaccine by December 31, 2020 for the 2020-2021 influenza season, unless either a medical or religious exemption is provided. Also exempted are K-12 students who are homeschooled and higher education students who are completely off-campus and engaged in remote learning only. This new flu immunization requirement to enter school in January is in addition to existing vaccine requirements for all those attending child care, preschool, K-12, and colleges and universities in Massachusetts. Elementary and secondary students in districts and schools that are using a remote education model are not exempt.

All students in K-12 must receive the seasonal influenza vaccine annually by December 31. New students entering between January 1 and March 31 must have received a dose of vaccine for the current flu season before entry. 

Depending on the child’s age and flu vaccination history, a second dose of flu vaccine in the same season may be recommended. In these cases, the second dose is not required for school entry.

More information can be found here.

(source: https://www.mass.gov/news/flu-vaccine-now-required-for-all-massachusetts-school-students-enrolled-in-child-care-pre#:~:text=BOSTON%20%E2%80%94%20State%20public%20health%20officials,12%2C%20and%20colleges%20and%20universities.)

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Welcome Back! Registration for college planning workshops coming up! College Planning Resources

Welcome back to one of the most unusual senior years on the planet!

I’m here to support you with your college and career planning needs. In other words, Life After ARHS needs.

This fall, I’m excited to offer students the chance to join a one-month college essay and application course delivered by Ethan Sawyer, AKA the College Essay Guy. Some of you took advantage of this opportunity in the spring. Others attended the College Planning Summer Camp with me, I’m here to offer you a number of opportunities to get going on some of your “pieces of the Admissions Pie,” before school gets underway. You can do both and and, but it is not at all necessary. Basically, you have two ways (well, more than two, really!) to move forward on this process on the early side of the school year. Maintaining (reestablishing…) your mental health and well-being is what is most important. Remember seniors all over the world are experiencing similar levels of disruption to their lives. Less stress good people!

Coming Up – Senior College Planning Workshops Prior to the Start of School;

Virtual Sessions with College Vine;

Diversity Fly-Ins for underrepresented students (BIPOC and women in STEM);

Another Word about SAT and ACT (brief);

NACAC COVID 19 College Admissions Database;

College Essay Guy Workshops – Admissions Process Soup to Nuts;

Senior Life After ARHS Meetings.

BEFORE SCHOOL STARTS!!! 

Senior College Planning Workshops With You Friendly Neighborhood College and Career Counselor

A number of college planning workshops to get you going before the school year picks up. Use the link to register (note that some of these dates and times are subject to change, because of my professional development schedule for ARHS). College essay, Naviance and Building Your List, Common Application, Financial Aid, Diversity and HBCUs, Q&A Session, and Athletes and the College Planning Process. I am offering morning and afternoon sessions to accommodate you.  These are student focused, know that sessions for the adults in your lives (bossing you around…) are coming. If they boss you around and tell you sign up for these workshops, I’m pretty much okay with that! Please sign up 24 hours prior to the workshop session time.

Common Application Workshop Tuesday, September 1 ⋅9:00 – 10:30am 

College Essay 101 Tuesday, September 1 ⋅3:30 – 5:00pm

ARHS Athletes and Planning for the Future Wednesday, September 2⋅12:00 – 1:00pm

REGISTER

Naviance! Yay!: Building a List & Researching Schools Thursday, September 3⋅9:00 – 10:30am

College Planning Drop-In Q&A Tuesday, September 8⋅12:00 – 1:00pm

Paying for College & Financial Aid Tuesday, September 8⋅3:30 – 5:00pm

College Essay 101 – Brainstorm and Get Started Wednesday, September 9⋅9:00 – 10:30am

Naviance! Yay!: Building a List & Researching Schools Thursday, September 10⋅3:30 – 5:00pm

REGISTER:

Kamala Harris Went to an HBCU: Diversity on College Campuses Monday, September 14⋅12:00 – 1:00pm

Common Application Workshop Monday, September 14⋅3:30 – 5:00pm 

REGISTER

COLLEGE VINE – VIRTUAL SESSIONS

Check these out – great way to explore colleges and universities, and/or get support on pieces of the college planning process.

DIVERSITY FLY-INS FOR UNDERREPRESENTED STUDENTS

Students of color and women in STEM have an opportunity to participate in college information sessions (on campus or virtually). A few deadlines are coming up, If you fit the criteria, consider applying for one or two of these weekend sessions.

https://getmetocollege.org/what-colleges-look-for/2019-fall-diversity-visit-programs

ANOTHER WORD ABOUT SAT & ACT (BRIEF) https://www.fairtest.org/university/optional

Do not travel to Alaska to take the SAT!!! Travel to Alaska for hiking or fishing, that is it…

The majority of colleges and universities are TEST OPTIONAL this year, and many colleges that aren’t are adamant that seniors will not be penalized for not having had an opportunity to take one of those exams. This is a bit earth shattering news, but you just have to believe it. Some schools are “test flexible” meaning they may require a graded essay or report in the place of the SAT or ACT. It remains unclear what this reality means for merit scholarships, but the best approach is to contact an admissions office and ask them.

Fair Test is a great listing of schools that are test-optional. Check the admissions pages of the schools you are interested in to verify.

ARHS is not currently offering the SAT – we are in the midst of a pandemic and college admissions offices get that.

https://www.fairtest.org/university/optional

NACAC COVID TOOL 

The National Association of College Admissions Counselors has created a great tool to help you find information regarding admissions. Check it out.

https://www.nacacnet.org/news–publications/newsroom/college-admission-status-coronavirus/

Dowload Version https://awesome-table.com/-M37Rt2oR2WPd-29JOBQ/view

COLLEGE ESSAY GUY FALL WORKSHOPS

ARHS students can join The College Essay Guy’s (you know I looove him!) fall course from September 12th-October 4th at no cost.

Quick info on College Essay Guy:

Ethan wrote the current bestselling book on the personal statement, College Essay Essentials

He’s well-regarded in the college admissions field and is considered one of the go-to resources on college essays

His website has hundreds of free resources for applying to college

He has a cool podcast!

This syllabus maps out what Ethan will cover during the courses.

Can’t make the live course dates? You’ll have access to the courses for a year, and recordings of the sessions will be available to all who sign up. 

Here’s how to register for the course:

A.) Go to this registration page.

B.) Enter your name and email.

C.) You’re done! Put the date and time in your calendar, and keep an eye on your email with next steps and instructions for the assignments to complete and how to join the live webinar.

The live course sessions will be held on Saturdays and Sundays starting September 12th at 2-3:30pm Pacific Time (5-6:30pm Eastern)

SENIOR LIFE AFTER ARHS MEETINGS

Coming soon. You will be able to set an appointment for you and the adults in your life to meet and discuss your plans for life after ARHS. Regardless of your plans, I would really like to meet with you to support you in planning for life after ARHS. A parent or guardian will be expected to attend with you. The process will be much like it was this spring, we’ll have an online sign up. I’m hoping you will have done some introspection and research prior to our meeting. You’ll be expected to attend a 30 minute overview session, prior to signing up. We’ll start the meetings the last week in September. If you have burning questions, attend the College Planning Q & A on September 8th. Stay tuned.

 Thinking of you all,

Your Friendly Neighborhood College and Career Advisor – Deidre Cuffee-Gray

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2020-2021 School Calendar

The 2020-2021 School Calendar has been approved by the School Committee. 

The projected last day of school is June 24, 2021. 

Please note that schools are required to provide 180 days of instruction (no snow days are included; all inclement weather days will be distance learning).

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Mark Your Calendars

Aug 31-Sep 15: All Teacher Professional Development 

Sept 4: SEPAC Meeting 9AM

Sep 7: Labor Day

Sept 8- College Planning Drop-In Q&A  12:00 – 1:00pm

Sept 8- Paying for College & Financial Aid ⋅3:30 – 5:00pm

Sept 9- College Essay 101 – Brainstorm and Get Started ⋅9:00 – 10:30am

Sept 10-  Naviance! Yay!: Building a List & Researching Schools⋅3:30 – 5:00pm

Sept 14- Kamala Harris Went to an HBCU: Diversity on College Campuses  12:00 – 1:00pm

Sept 14- Common Application Workshop  3:30 – 5:00pm 

Sept 14- Fall Sports Tentative Start Date (Vote needed by School Committee 9/1)

Sept 16- First day of distance learning for students in grades 1-12 (half-day)

Sept 28- Yom Kipper- Early Release

Oct 12: Indigenous Peoples Day (No School)

Nov 3: All Teachers Curriculum/Work Day (No School) 

Nov 11: Veterans Day (Observed) (No School) 

Nov 25-27: Thanksgiving Break

Dec 16: PreK-12 Early Release (12:00 secondary/1:20 elementary) 

Dec 21-Jan 1 : Winter Break

Jan 6: Three Kings Day (No School)

Jan 18: MLK Holiday (No School)

Jan 27 & 28: MS/HS Early Dismissal (HS Exams) 

Jan 29: All Teacher Curriculum/Work Day (No School) 

Feb 15-19: Winter Break 

Feb 24: PreK-12 Early Release (12:00 secondary/1:20 elementary) 

Mar 10: PreK-12 Early Release (12:00 secondary/1:20 elementary) 

Mar 17: All Teachers Curriculum/Work Day (No School) 

Mar 24: PreK-12 Early Release (12:00 secondary/1:20 elementary) 

Apr 2: Good Friday (No School—Budgetary Reasons) 

Apr 14: PreK-12 Early Release (12:00 secondary/1:20 elementary) 

Apr 19-23: Spring Break 

May 12: PreK-12 Early Release (12:00 secondary/1:20 elementary) 

May 31: Memorial Day (No School) 

June 19″ Juneteenth Holiday

June 24: Last day of school (no snow days are included; all inclement weather days will be distance learning) 

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Amherst COVID-19 Concerns Line and Email

In an effort to streamline responses, the Town of Amherst has set up a phone line and email address for our community members to share concerns and questions regarding COVID-19. Staff will monitor and direct the calls and emails accordingly. Please do not use this phone line or email address to report emergency situations, which should always be directed to 9-1-1. 

Have a question or want to share a concern related to COVID-19? 

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September 1st State Primary Election Information

What are the upcoming 2020 election dates?

  • The State Primary Election will be held on Tuesday, September 1st. View sample ballots
  • The State (Presidential) Election will take place on Tuesday, November 3rd
  • Polls will be open from 7:00am – 8:00pm on Election Day

Am I a registered voter & what is my party enrollment?

  • The deadlines to register to vote or change your party affiliation are as follows:
    • State Primary – Saturday, August 22nd
    • State Election – Saturday, October 24th  
  • You may register to vote or change your party enrollment online at: www.registertovotema.com
  • Unenrolled (independent) voters will need to choose which primary ballot type they want to vote on.  Voters who are registered in a political party (Democrat, Republican, Green-Rainbow, Libertarian) MUST take that party ballot type

Is my voter status “active”?

  • Per state law, voters must return their signed street list census forms annually to the Town Clerk’s office to maintain an active voter status. Inactive voters are still eligible to vote but will be required to complete additional forms and show an ID at the polls in order to vote. Check your voter status online at: https://www.sec.state.ma.us/VoterRegistrationSearch/MyVoterRegStatus.aspx

How can I vote in 2020 Elections?

  • Vote-By-Mail
    • Voting by mail is available to all registered MA voters for all elections in 2020. You do not need an excuse to vote by mail this year. Ballot return envelopes are postage paid and pre-addressed to the Town Clerk’s Office.
    • If a voter wants to deliver their ballot directly to Town Hall, there will be a new drop box dedicated solely for this purpose by the Main Street entrance of Town Hall
    • You can track your ballot
    • The deadline to submit a vote-by-mail application for the State Primary is August 26th at 5:00 pm
  • In-person Early Voting
    • State Primary: Bangs Community Center, 70 Boltwood Walk, August 22 – 28. The times are as follows: August 22nd 2:00pm – 8:00pm; August 23rd 11:00am – 3:00pm; and August 24 – 28 8:00am – 4:30pm
    • State Election: October 17 – 25
  • In-person Election Day Voting
    • If you have not requested a vote-by-mail application you can vote in person on Election Day or during Early Voting
    • Any voter who has returned a vote-by-mail ballot that has been accepted by the local election office CANNOT vote on Election Day

Interested in becoming a poll worker?

  • Help your community exercise their right to vote and play a vital role in election history! Please complete an election worker application

You can access a PDF version of this notice here. 

Questions? Contact the Town Clerk’s office at 413-259-3035 or via email at townclerk@amherstma.gov 

Pelham Information

Deadline to Register to Vote for the Primary Election:     FRIDAY, AUGUST 22

Town Clerk’s office open for registration during normal working hours: Tuesday and Wednesday, 9 – 2 and Thursday, 9 – 1

And on deadline per MGL C. 51, §26, 28: SATURDAY, AUGUST 22:     2:00 pm – 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

EARLY VOTING

Early Voting by Mail is available now:  See attachment below for Vote by Mail Application

Deadline to apply to Vote by Mail:  WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 26 at 5:00 p.m.

IN PERSON EARLY VOTING HOURS

Saturday, August 22, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Sunday, August 23, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Tuesday, August 25, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Wednesday, August 26, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, August 27: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

ALL IN PERSON EARLY VOTING WILL BE IN THE TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE- 351 AMHERST ROAD

Shutesbury Info

Here’s how:

Download and print a Vote By Mail application from the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s website and mail the application to “Town Clerk PO Box 264 Shutesbury MA”

OR

Put your application in the black drop box in front of Town Hall

OR

Leverett Information

Fall 2020 Elections Voter Options Guide.docx

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Summit View Learning Math Instruction Grants

Thanks to a kind donation, Summit View Learning is able to offer free high quality math instruction to 5-10 motivated ARPS students whose families qualify for free/reduced lunch. Sessions are 1 hour long, take place virtually, and will be scheduled 1-2 times per week with experienced mathematics instructors. 

Math instruction grants cover the entire cost of instructional sessions for the Fall 2020 semester with options to extend through the Spring 2021 semester. Grant recipients will be scheduled into individual or small group sessions based on overlap in instructional goals. These goals could include: 

  • Help filling in gaps from previous math classes.
  • Help working on school assignments.
  • Acceleration to higher level mathematics.

We aim to build mathematical confidence so that all students believe in themselves and have what they need to learn math at high levels.

To apply for a math instruction grant for your child, please go to www.summitviewlearning.com/instruction-grant-application to fill out an application. A member of our team will reach out to schedule a brief follow-up discussion and grant recipients will be notified on a rolling basis.

Instruction will begin as soon as applications are accepted.

Summit View Learning is a company started by local educators committed to improving the level of math education for all children. For more information about Summit View Learning to see if we are a good fit for your family, visit www.summitviewlearning.com . If you are interested in donating to support other ARPS children, contact Co-Founder Mike Hayes at mhayes.svl@gmail.com.

****  This is not a school sponsored event ****

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Lainx Theater and Performance Opportunity

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Fall 2020 Info Session for Olympia Oaks and Village Park Residents

This Saturday at 10 AM – 11 AM

Olympia Place

The ARPS District will be holding an information session in the Olympia Oaks area at 10AM on Saturday, August 15th. Only residents of Olympia Oaks and Village Park apartments and those living at the entrance of Olympia Drive are invited to attend. Social distancing measures will be taken and families should remain 6 ft apart from each other. Face masks will be required for everyone over the age of 5 years old.

The Superintendent, Dr. Michael Morris along with the Director of Student and Family Engagement, Dr. Marta Guevara, school principals and School Committee members will share the plans for the Fall 2020 school year and answer your questions. Traducción al español estará disponible.

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Virtual Town Hall Sessions on Monday 8/17

There will be two virtual Town Hall meeting sessions on Monday, August 17th to discuss the district reopening plan that was submitted to DESE. The first session will focus on secondary students and the second session will focus on elementary students. To participate, please visit the link(s) at the designated time of the meeting you would like to “attend”.

Monday, Aug 17 9-10 AM Secondary Families (Middle and High School)

Or by clicking :Secondary Town Hall

4-5 PM Elementary Students

Elementary Town Hall

Additional information in the flyer below.Town Hall Mtg 8.17.20.pdf

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ARPS Metrics for Monitoring Conditions to Make Sure it is Safe to be Open

Copy/pasted from the 8.13.20 Joint ASC, PSC & RSC Agenda Packet.pdf

Overview of Metrics for September 2020 

✓ Fewer than 70 New Cases per 100,000 people (over seven day period in Hampshire/Franklin Counties*) 

✓ Less than 3% Percent Positive Testing rate (14 day overall combined average in all towns in Hampshire/Franklin Counties) 

Both metrics must remain below these limits for in-person schooling to proceed as proposed. ARPS is using the most conservative metrics being recommended and/or implemented. 

*Calculated with weighting of 0.7 for Hampshire County and 0.3 for Franklin County based on relative populations

Phasing

Same Metrics would apply to increasing the number of students and staff in schools with moving to the next phase, with one additional metric to assess trends: 

✓ Fewer than 70 New Cases per 100,000 people (over seven day period in Hampshire/Franklin Counties*) 

✓ Less than 3% Positive Testing rate (14 day overall combined average in Hampshire/Franklin Counties) ✓ Less than 33% increase from prior weeks’ data on both metrics (even if results are still below the cut-off) 

Current Status

< 70 new Cases Per Week, per 100,000 people 

● As of 8/10/20: 19.5 per 100,000 people ○ Hampshire: 24 ○ Franklin: 9 < 3% Positive Tests (combined, all Hampshire County cities and towns) 

● As of 8/5/20: 1.3% C

Current Status Summary: 2 out of 2 metrics remain below thresholds 

Safety Metrics: Guidance 

● New York State: 5% positive testing rate in region (14 day average). Schools will close if regional infection rate is greater than 9% (7 day average) 

● Centers for Disease Control: 5% positive testing rate in region (14 day average) 

● World Health Organization: 5% positive testing rate in region (14 day average) 

● New York City: 3% positive testing rate in city (14 day average) 

● Harvard Global Health Institute: 3% positive testing rate in the area; 1-10 new cases daily per 100,000 people (7-70 new cases per week per 100,000 people)

● Connecticut: fewer than 10 new cases daily per 100,000 people (less than 70 new cases weekly per 100,000 people) 

● Cambridge, MA: (need 2 of 3 to open): 5% positive rate + less than 25 cases per day (less than 150 new cases per week) per 100,000 people + Sewage Wastewater Monitoring (less than 100 RNA/ml) 

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ARPS Virtual Education Overview/ Draft Schedule

ARPS released a draft remote learning daily schedule: (From the Fall 2020 Planning website- https://sites.google.com/arps.org/school-return-fall2020/families?authuser=0)

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1jeO0_TH4Y0FAm-jBtKN40DnhA4APdnHm/view

Draft ARHS Remote Schedule

Teacher Planning
7:30 – 9:00
● Meetings with students, by appointment
● Family Collaboration and Communication


A-Period
9:00 – 10:20
● Combination of synchronous & asynchronous learning

B-Period10:30 -11:50
● Combination of synchronous & asynchronous learning


Lunch/Study Hall
12:00 – 1:00
● 30 minute lunch break
● 30 minute individual and/or small group work with teacher


C-Period
1:00 – 2:20
● Combination of synchronous & asynchronous learning

D-Period-Full Year
Distance Learning Course
(1.5 hours, flexible meeting times)

– Combination of synchronous & asynchronous learning
● Individual and small group meetings
● Teacher “Office Hours”
● Electives
● Support classes

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Mark Your Calendars

Please Note: ARHS Students-SATs scheduled for 8.29.20 are canceled. 

On 8/13/20, the Amherst and Amherst Regional School Committees voted to approve a new 2020-2021 School Calendar. Changes from the online version are listed below.

Aug 15- Fall 2020 Info Session for Olympia Oaks and Village Park Residents 10 AM

Aug 17- ARPS Secondary Fall Planning Town Hall 9-10 AM

Aug 31-Sep 15: All Teacher Professional Development 

Sep 7: Labor Day Sep 15: All Staff Orientation 

Sept 14- Fall Sports Tentative Start Date

Sept 28- Yom Kipper- Early Release

Oct 12: Indigenous Peoples Day (No School)

Nov 3: All Teachers Curriculum/Work Day (No School) 

Nov 11: Veterans Day (Observed) (No School) 

Nov 25-27: Thanksgiving Break

Dec 16: PreK-12 Early Release (12:00 secondary/1:20 elementary) 

Dec 21-Jan 1 : Winter Break 

Jan 6: Three Kings Day (No School)

Jan 18: MLK Holiday (No School)

Jan 27 & 28: MS/HS Early Dismissal (HS Exams) 

Jan 29: All Teacher Curriculum/Work Day (No School) 

Feb 15-19: Winter Break 

Feb 24: PreK-12 Early Release (12:00 secondary/1:20 elementary) 

Mar 10: PreK-12 Early Release (12:00 secondary/1:20 elementary) 

Mar 17: All Teachers Curriculum/Work Day (No School) 

Mar 24: PreK-12 Early Release (12:00 secondary/1:20 elementary) 

Apr 2: Good Friday (No School—Budgetary Reasons) 

Apr 14: PreK-12 Early Release (12:00 secondary/1:20 elementary) 

Apr 19-23: Spring Break 

May 12: PreK-12 Early Release (12:00 secondary/1:20 elementary) 

May 31: Memorial Day (No School) 

June 19″ Juneteenth Holiday

June 24: Last day of school (no snow days are included; all inclement weather days will be distance learning) 

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September 1st State Primary Election Information

What are the upcoming 2020 election dates?

  • The State Primary Election will be held on Tuesday, September 1st. View sample ballots
  • The State (Presidential) Election will take place on Tuesday, November 3rd
  • Polls will be open from 7:00am – 8:00pm on Election Day

Am I a registered voter & what is my party enrollment?

  • The deadlines to register to vote or change your party affiliation are as follows:
    • State Primary – Saturday, August 22nd
    • State Election – Saturday, October 24th  
  • You may register to vote or change your party enrollment online at: www.registertovotema.com
  • Unenrolled (independent) voters will need to choose which primary ballot type they want to vote on.  Voters who are registered in a political party (Democrat, Republican, Green-Rainbow, Libertarian) MUST take that party ballot type

Is my voter status “active”?

  • Per state law, voters must return their signed street list census forms annually to the Town Clerk’s office to maintain an active voter status. Inactive voters are still eligible to vote but will be required to complete additional forms and show an ID at the polls in order to vote. Check your voter status online at: https://www.sec.state.ma.us/VoterRegistrationSearch/MyVoterRegStatus.aspx

How can I vote in 2020 Elections?

  • Vote-By-Mail
    • Voting by mail is available to all registered MA voters for all elections in 2020. You do not need an excuse to vote by mail this year. Ballot return envelopes are postage paid and pre-addressed to the Town Clerk’s Office.
    • If a voter wants to deliver their ballot directly to Town Hall, there will be a new drop box dedicated solely for this purpose by the Main Street entrance of Town Hall
    • You can track your ballot
    • The deadline to submit a vote-by-mail application for the State Primary is August 26th at 5:00 pm
  • In-person Early Voting
    • State Primary: Bangs Community Center, 70 Boltwood Walk, August 22 – 28. The times are as follows: August 22nd 2:00pm – 8:00pm; August 23rd 11:00am – 3:00pm; and August 24 – 28 8:00am – 4:30pm
    • State Election: October 17 – 25
  • In-person Election Day Voting
    • If you have not requested a vote-by-mail application you can vote in person on Election Day or during Early Voting
    • Any voter who has returned a vote-by-mail ballot that has been accepted by the local election office CANNOT vote on Election Day

Interested in becoming a poll worker?

  • Help your community exercise their right to vote and play a vital role in election history! Please complete an election worker application

You can access a PDF version of this notice here. 

Questions? Contact the Town Clerk’s office at 413-259-3035 or via email at townclerk@amherstma.gov 

Pelham Information

Deadline to Register to Vote for the Primary Election:     FRIDAY, AUGUST 22

Town Clerk’s office open for registration during normal working hours: Tuesday and Wednesday, 9 – 2 and Thursday, 9 – 1

And on deadline per MGL C. 51, §26, 28: SATURDAY, AUGUST 22:     2:00 pm – 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

EARLY VOTING

Early Voting by Mail is available now:  See attachment below for Vote by Mail Application

Deadline to apply to Vote by Mail:  WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 26 at 5:00 p.m.

IN PERSON EARLY VOTING HOURS

Saturday, August 22, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Sunday, August 23, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Tuesday, August 25, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Wednesday, August 26, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, August 27: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

ALL IN PERSON EARLY VOTING WILL BE IN THE TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE- 351 AMHERST ROAD

Shutesbury Info

Here’s how:

Download and print a Vote By Mail application from the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s website and mail the application to “Town Clerk PO Box 264 Shutesbury MA”

OR

Put your application in the black drop box in front of Town Hall

OR

Leverett Information

Fall 2020 Elections Voter Options Guide.docx

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9th Annual Fiddler’s Pantry Chicken BBQ

The Fiddler’s Pantry at Amherst South Congregational Church is once again raising funds for local nonprofits, including the Amherst Survival Center, at their 9th Annual Chicken BBQ on Tuesday, Aug 18. It is contactless take out only. They are following all CDC requirements in the preparation and contactless delivery of the meals. To reserve your chicken dinner and schedule a pick-up time, you can call 253-2977. Thank you for supporting this effort!

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Information Session for Families in the Southpoint Area This Saturday

August 8th at 10 AM – 11 AM

Hosted by Amherst Regional Public Schools

The ARPS District will be holding an information session to discuss the ARPS Fall 2020 reopening plan. in the green area at Southpoint at 10 AM on Saturday, August 8th.  Only residents living in the Southpoint, Mill Valley, Boulders, New Hollister, and Brooks apartments are invited to attend.  You will have the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the plans for the upcoming school year.  . We are committed to providing information to all our families and are reaching out to you, to provide this opportunity in person to your community to do so. We hope to see you there.

Please note: Social Distancing measures will be taken and families should remain 6 feet apart.  Face masks will be required for everyone over the age of 5 years old.

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