Late Bus Info

The last day that the late bus will operate is Monday, June 19th.

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PGO Grant Funds ARHS Performing Arts

FullSizeRenderThis year the PGO Grant Funded the ARHS Performing Arts.  They had a New Idea Grant awarded to the Theater Company to host the visit of playwright Anne Washburn, who visited the school in May, right on the heels of us producing her play Mr. Burns: a Post-Electric Play.
Anne’s visit combined a student workshop on playwriting with a public talk later that evening on playwriting and contemporary theater.  In addition, Anne had an hour-long Skype meeting in the weeks prior to her visit with the student director of Mr. Burns – Nathan Baron-Silvern ’17.
All facets of the event went terrifically – students got meaningful time with a nationally-recognized and award-winning playwright (Mr. Burns was one of the country’s top 10 most-produced plays a couple of years ago, and her star continues to rise), the public got to come into the school to her a talk with her, and the school has been able to extend its exciting run of hosting high-caliber playwrights in these past 3 years, with the promise of more visits to come.
To that final point, Anne reported a terrific experience while here and – unprompted – made an offer to help us reach out to her professional peers should we wish to host further invitations in the future.  The PGO grant has helped facilitate all of this work.
Thanks again for supporting us!  It’s thrilling to have our students exposed to some of the country’s top talent in the playwriting world and we hope we’ve sown the seeds for future visits.
And – here’s a picture of Anne, the student director of Burns, Nathan, and John Bechtold, Department Chair.
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PGO Grant Funds ARHS Outdoor Program

CIMG7129The ARHS OUTDOOR PROGRAM wishes to thank the PGO for supporting them this year with funds that were used to purchase new tents.

Since approximately 1970, the ARHS Outdoor Program has offered opportunities for students in our district to get outdoors. They lead day hikes, overnight trips, leadership programs, and the chance to push boundaries in the Survival Living program. For almost that long, participants have carried old leaky tents into the field!

The new tents were put to use right away, as we experience heavy rain on the first night of Survival living this year. The students who used these tents reported that they were totally dry the next morning!

The PGO is able to fund this program through the participation of parents/guardians in the Stop & Shop A+ Rewards Program.

The funds raised through this program make it possible to support many initiatives and have made a difference to teachers and students.

If you have not done so, please take a moment to register your Stop & Shop cards for the A+ Rewards Program and help support exciting projects proposed by our students and teachers.

Purchases made at all Stop & Shop stores will benefit ARHS, including purchases at stores in Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island!

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ARPS PGO Spring Public Meeting 6/19/17

The ARPS PGO’s Spring Public Meeting will be on June 19th at 12:45 p.m. at Crocker Farm.



Individual School Updates

Taxes and State Filings

Group Fundraisers

  • VFW Pancake Breakfast
  • UMACC (United Way)
  • Valley Gives
  • Florence Bank
  • Amazon Smile

Other Business not anticipated by the chair


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Compost Coaching for Taste of Amherst

Sign up for Compost Coaching at the Taste of Amherst!

The Taste of Amherst runs from June 15-18, 2017 on the Town Common.

The Taste of Amherst is one of the lowest-waste events in the area because volunteer “compost coaches” help people sort their recyclables and compost. Follow this link to learn more and to sign up your family:

Volunteers receive a free cookie, non-alcoholic drink, and other gifts!

Questions? Contact Anna Moore:

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Graduation Information

class-of-2017Graduation rehearsal will be held at 8 a.m. on June 9 th at the Mullins Center. All graduating seniors must attend this rehearsal, which will last approximately two hours. Please enter the Mullins Center via the ground level doors on the west side of the building (facing the town of Hadley) for rehearsal. Lot 67 is available for rehearsal parking during. Note – University parking regulations are in effect if you park in another lot. Students have been issued tickets in the past.

Doors will open at 5:00 p.m. for the ceremony. Handicapped parking is provided in the metered lot on the N/E corner of the Mullins Center. The Mullins Center staff reports that no balloons of any kind will be allowed in the building. This includes mylar and helium ones as they interfere with lighting and equipment. In order to preserve the dignity and ceremony of the occasion, we ask that parents and guests remain in the seating area during the ceremony, and not climb down onto the floor of the stadium. After the ceremony, the barriers will be removed so families can reunite. Since the Mullins Center staff must break down the facility set-up that evening, we ask that you not loiter on the floor.

Amherst Regional High School is pleased to announce that this year’s Graduation Exercises from the Mullins Center will be live-streamed for those who may be unable to attend in person.

You can access the live-stream by following the link below:

You can also access the live-stream from the School District Web Site here:

Please find the most current information available here in English and Spanish.

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Project Graduation- We need Volunteers!

Friday, June 9, 2017 (tonight!) represents the 36th year of a totally fun Amherst High tradition: Project Graduation (also known as Senior Party).  Every year, on the evening after graduation, parents of both seniors and juniors have organized a great party to celebrate ARHS graduating seniors and give them a final chance to hang out and have fun. This is not a school-sponsored event! It happens every year with a lot of help from parents, business donors, and the entire community.

Project Graduation relies on hundreds of volunteers organized into committees. Parents/ guardians of Juniors are encouraged to pay it forward.  There are a few shifts left- we need you help!

To volunteer, please click HERE and find a shift (or two) that work for you, enter your info, and click the confirmation link when it comes to your email inbox. Committee chairs will follow up with you. Check back later for volunteer spots.


Volunteer today!
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