UMass Employees- Another Way to Support Our Schools

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Do you work at UMass? Do you want an easy way to make a contribution to the ARHS PGO and help our schools?

The annual UMass-Amherst Community Campaign (UMACC) is now underway. The UMACC program lets UMass employees donate to charitable organizations via paycheck, as little as $1 per pay period.

The Amherst Regional Public Schools PGO (ARPS PGO), is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization consisting of the PGOs for Crocker Farm, Wildwood, the Amherst Middle School, & the Amherst High School. The APRS PGO’s UMACC number is 15250.

UMass employees can signup with their UMass NetID at http://www.umass.edu/umacc/login

Please consider signing up today & giving to the ARPS PGO. Every donation to the PGOs makes a big difference in helping our schools.
The UMACC program makes it very easy to give. Here are the top 10 reasons for giving through UMACC: https://www.umass.edu/umacc/why-give

Thank you for your support.

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ARHS Women’s Rights Club Drive to support Amherst Survival Center- ends 1/1

Menstrual products are often overlooked as one of the most-requested donations for homeless shelters nationwide, and in past years, the ARHS Women’s Rights Club has held a Pad and Tampon Drive to benefit the Amherst Survival Center. This year, to avoid the health risk of collecting physical donations in-person, the club has coordinated with the Center to host an online fundraiser. With your donation, you will receive a free student-designed, WRC-themed sticker! Please considering donating here: https://givebutter.com/zgjCxy/join

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American Mathematics Competition

It is time to sign-up for the  American Mathematics Competition (AMC) that takes place Thursday, February 4th.   It will be taken on-line at home and a guardian will need to be available to proctor.  This is the first in a series of math contests that can lead to the International Mathematical Olympiad.  It is a 25 question, 75-minute multiple choice test.  There are two levels of math contests, one for 9th and 10th grade students with Algebra and Geometry experience, and one for students with experience in Algebra II and beyond (grades 9 through 12).   Go to this link to see the types of questions:   AMC 10/12 Practice Questions.   Have your student sign up on this sheet.  If you have questions, please email Ms. Mudie at mudiej@arps.org.  You will be sent more information once you have signed up. 

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Mark Your Calendars

Jan 4: Classes resume

Jan 4: Winter Sports Night 6PM

Jan 6: Three Kings Day (No School)

Jan 6: Winter Sports Registartion Ends

Jan 9: ARHS Cabaret livestream

Jan 13: PreK-12 Early Release (12:00 secondary/1:20 elementary) 

Jan 18: MLK Holiday (No School)

Jan 22: Last Day to Submit Senior Photos for Yearbook

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

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

Feb 1: Semester 2 (Q3) Begins

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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Call for Submissions: Dreaming the Future! Deadline 1/1

The Forbes, Jones, and Lilly libraries are collaborating with UMass’s Feinberg Lecture Series, and we are asking the young people of Western Massachusetts (ages 5-18) to help envision a future where climate change is mitigated and the world has adapted. The project, Dreaming the Future, asks young people to consider their relationship with the natural world, how they think it might change in the future, what they hope it might be like, and how to help guide humanity toward a more climate-just world. Participants are invited to respond to a variety of prompts and share their work with us; we will then publish the collection as a zine (a limited-edition publication). Participants will receive a physical copy of the booklet and it will also be available online. We are asking for submissions now through January 1st. To view the prompts and find information on how to submit, please visit: https://blogs.umass.edu/feinberg/dreaming-the-future/

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Amherst Recreation Logo Contest- deadline 1/8

Amherst Leisure Services has changed its name to Amherst Recreation, and they will also have a new logo. They are seeking logo submissions from local artists. Submissions will be narrowed down to five or so and the community will then have the opportunity to vote for their favorite. The designer of the logo that is selected will receive a free pool or golf membership, and publicity. Submissions are due by January 8, 2021. They can be sent to Marion Jordan at jordanm@amherstma.gov

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THE ARPS FREE WINTER COAT SWAP IS THIS FRIDAY!

ALL ARE WELCOME!

IN THE AMHERST REGIONAL MIDDLE SCHOOL LOBBY

at 170 Chestnut Street, Amherst 

(One family will be allowed in at a time.)

FRIDAY, DEC. 18, FROM 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

IS YOUR FAMILY READY FOR ANOTHER WINTER? IF NOT, THE AMHERST REGIONAL SCHOOLS’ PARENT & GUARDIAN ORGANIZATIONS (PGOS) MAY HAVE A SOLUTION!

PGOS FROM ACROSS THE DISTRICT ARE HOLDING A JOINT COAT SWAP THIS YEAR.  PLEASE STOP BY THIS FRIDAY, AND TAKE HOME FREE NEW & GENTLY USED COATS, SNOWPANTS , HATS, BOOTS. AND OTHER WINTER GEAR IN A VARIETY OF SIZES, FROM SMALL CHILD TO BIG KID AND ADULT! 

WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU THEN! (Masks are required, and remember to socially distance.)

For additional information, contact arpspgo@gmail.com. *This event is organized by the Amherst Regional Schools PGOs.

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Class of 2023 Merchandise Store Now Open

Dear Amherst Parents and Guardians,

Want to show your ARHS Pride? The Class of 2023’s Council now has a merchandise store open and ready for business! But, the store is only open until December 22nd, so make sure to order soon. Tons of variety between clothing items themselves, such as T-shirts, sweatshirts, and more, as well as design ranging from specific class of 2023 merch to general Amherst Regional High School. Profits allow our class to have more flexibility regarding class-wide activities. Make sure to order now! Link to store: https://pws.atlanticsportswear.com/product-cat/amherst-regional-high-school-grey-black-maroon-2020/

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Class of 2022 Fundraisers

The Class of 2022 is hosting two fundraisers.

The first is a holiday ornament fundraiser! Ornaments are $5 each and handmade by a member of class council! To order, please fill out this form: https://forms.gle/eoqx6eYBHXAwYHVZ7. The deadline to order is December 18th.

Who wants pizza?! They also are hosting a Hillside Pizza Gift Card fundraiser. Help support our class fundraising efforts by purchasing a Hillside Pizza $25 gift card. Proceeds will go to class events like graduation and prom! Please fill out the order form here

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Support our Student Athletes and show our Hurricane Pride

We certainly find ourselves in unprecedented times. Who would have thought as we watched our winter sport teams battle in the playoffs last February that we would not be watching our Canes play again for quite a while!   

While we realize that these are difficult times for everyone, we are reaching out to remind you that the Amherst Hurricanes Athletic Boosters are here, supporting our student-athletes even during the Covid-19 pandemic. We support our student athletes, who might not otherwise be able to participate in sports, with needed equipment, Hudl video recording (especially important when Canes Nation cannot attend games), our annual scholarship program, and many other items that support players, coaches, teams, and the entire athletic department.   

We hear every day about how important sports are to our kids– now more than ever!  We know the support of the Hurricanes Athletics Boosters matters, but you can hear it directly from our student athletes: IN THIS VIDEO.

Because of Covid-19, our 2020 fundraising efforts were severely hampered.  We were not able to hold our annual Golf Tournament, which provides the majority of our funding, Homecoming, or any of our other planned fundraising activities. Now, we are asking for your support of our amazing student-athletes who are seeking opportunities for competitive activities in any way they can this year. As you consider your year-end gifts, please consider a gift to the Amherst Hurricanes Athletic Boosters, which is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization.   

There are many ways to give. You may choose to support the Hurricanes Boosters by: 

Gifting in a general way

Supporting a particular sport or sports

Donating to support the scholarship program

Supporting HUDL, the video software program for live-streaming, scouting, and recruiting

Combining your donation with the ARHS PGO to build new a new trophy case for the MANY awards our teams have garnered. Imagine the kids finally returning to schools to see their hardware proudly displayed. Something to look forward to! 

Please consider donating to Amherst Hurricanes Athletic Boosters at: 

Amherst Hurricanes Boosters (hurricaneboosters.com) – PayPal, Visa, Mastercard, American Express & Discover Accepted)

Send a check made payable to Amherst Hurricanes Athletic Boosters, Inc via mail to:

Amherst Hurricanes Athletic Boosters, Inc

P.O. Box 758 

Amherst, MA 01002

If you would like to donate to a specific team, Hudl or the scholarship program please indicate in the memo/comments.

NEW TROPHY CASE FUNDRAISER

The ARHS PGO is partnering with the Amherst Hurricane Boosters to raise money to purchase a new trophy case for the school. Our athletic teams are champions and we have the trophies to show it. Unfortunately, we have no space to display them.  Help us show our Hurricane Pride for our student-athletes and display our trophies in a sleek new trophy case. We have raised $900 toward our $2,500 goal.

Donate online at https://www.mightycause.com/story/Pgoarhs/

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Do You Bank at Florence Bank?

Do you or someone in your family bank at Florence Bank? If so, you can help support the ARPS PGO through their Customers’ Choice Community Grants program. Everyone in your family with an account can vote and each vote cast helps us win up to $5000. There are two ways to vote:

  1. In person at your local branch
  2. www.florencebank.com/vote, select Amherst Regional Public Schools PGO* from the dropdown menu

Be sure to cast your ballots before December 31.

* The ARPS PGO is a nonprofit comprised of the Crocker Farm, Wildwood, ARMS, and ARHS PGOs;

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Attention Seniors!

COLLEGE BOUND

In a effort to help you be self-sufficient, both now and during the vacation weeks, please find the Application Checklist.

Waiting until the very last minute will not serve you well. If you send an essay for review on the afternoon of December 18th, know that you risk not getting feedback prior to the January 1st deadline. There is a college essay workshop today at 3pm.RSVP link – https://meet.google.com/wcw-iezj-nyw

Ms. Cuffee-Gray has 15 minute slots remaining for this week – if you need a quick check in, please use this link.

Please refer to Ms. Garrity’s email from last week for application guidance and her availabilty.

NOT JUST 4 YEAR COLLEGE!

If you are a student who is applying to a 2 year college, considering a GAP Year, seeking employment, planning on enlisting, or uncertain of your plans, Ms. Cuffee-Gray would like to meet with you during the first two weeks of January. If she can be of assistance in helping you to make a plan, please set an appointment to talk about Life After ARHS!

Checklist for College Apps 1.pdf

Life After ARHS Links for Classes of 2021 & 2022 –

How to Sign Up for Admissions Rep Visits VIDEO 

Recommendation Meeting with Ms. Cuffee-Gray – link

Life After ARHS Meetings with Ms. Cuffee-Gray – link

First Gen Fridays – Life After ARHS – link

Visit the Ms. Cuffee-Gray’s office at this link!
Here’s the ARHS Counseling Office link – connect with school counselors and find resources! Ms. Garrity is excited to help you! 

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From the College and Career Counselor

If you missed the PGO Coffee with the ARHS College and Career Counselor, you are in luck!  You can watch her presentation on ARPSTube Channel:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Qp1QbV7mMg&feature=youtu.be

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ARHS Women’s Rights Club Drive to support Amherst Survival Center

Menstrual products are often overlooked as one of the most-requested donations for homeless shelters nationwide, and in past years, the ARHS Women’s Rights Club has held a Pad and Tampon Drive to benefit the Amherst Survival Center. This year, to avoid the health risk of collecting physical donations in-person, the club has coordinated with the Center to host an online fundraiser. With your donation, you will receive a free student-designed, WRC-themed sticker! Please considering donating here: https://givebutter.com/zgjCxy/join

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Location for Collection Boxes for Survival Center Needed

The class of 2024 would like to collect donations for the Amherst Survival Center. Unfortunately, due to the current pandemic, we have been unable to find a place to set up our collection boxes. We have boxes for non-perishables, toiletries, and new or gently used winter coats. If your family, or a family friend has a local business, and would be willing to let us set up one of our collection boxes at their business, please email me at bow…@arps.org and I can bring the box to your store/business. Much appreciation for any help with the class of 2024’s efforts in being able to help out those less fortunate during this difficult time as we head into the cold winter months. 

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State Seal of Biliteracy

ARPS will be offering the official State Seal of Biliteracy to graduating seniors in spring of 2021, as well as Biliteracy Pathway Awards to students in grades 6 and 8. The Seal of Biliteracy is awarded by the state department of education and local school districts to recognize students who attain proficiency in English (listening, speaking, reading and writing), as well as one or more additional languages learned in school or another setting, as measured by standardized language assessments. This recognition will be included with students’ high school transcripts and diploma, and serves to certify attainment of a student’s biliteracy for employers and universities.

Complete the application form attached if you are interested in joining the program.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdVGPXEkj06lvi08lN2MGkqk0JRUbQv9rpf1rP-FOcADP-WbQ/viewformPlease contact Ms Cisse or Ms Hernandez Duran if you have any questions or visit http://arps.org/sealofbiliteracy

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Mark Your Calendars

Dec 18: ARPS Warm Winter Clothing – ARMS Lobby

Dec 21-Jan 1 : Winter Break

Dec 31- Winter Sports Registration Deadline

Jan 6: Three Kings Day (No School)

Jan 9: ARHS Cabaret livestream

Jan 13: PreK-12 Early Release (12:00 secondary/1:20 elementary) 

Jan 18: MLK Holiday (No School)

Jan 22: Last Day to Submit Senior Photos for Yearbook

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

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

Feb 1: Semester 2 (Q3) Begins

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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AEF Stars in Our Schools

In celebration of teachers and staff, we are excited to announce our winter Stars in Our Schools fundraiser! The Amherst-Pelham School District has been working through unprecedented educational challenges as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. Our teachers, staff, and parents have stayed resilient and creative throughout the year. Please help the Amherst Education Foundation continue to provide grants in support of educational programs in our schools by making a gift in honor of a teacher or staff member. Send your contribution by December 31 and we will mail them a recognition card, letting them know how much you appreciate their dedication, hard work, and expertise! You can make your gift online at amhersteducationfoundation.org/stars-in-our-schools or mail in this form (tinyurl.com/y2xr3fds). Deadline is December 31!

¡Como homenaje a los maestros y al personal escolar, estamos encantados de anunciar nuestra recaudación invernal de fondos de las Estrellas en Nuestras Escuelas! El Distrito Escolar de Amherst-Pelham ha enfrentadoretos educativos sin precedentes debido a la crisis causada por el COVID-19. Nuestros maestros, personal escolar y padres han sido valientes y creativos a través del año. Por favor, necesitamos su aportación -a nombre de un maestro o empleado escolar- para la Fundación para la Educación de Amherst, y así poder proveer subvenciones que apoyen los programas educativos en nuestras escuelas. Les pedimos que nos envíen sus donaciones para el 31 de diciembre o antes. De esa manera nosotros le podremos enviar una tarjeta de reconocimiento a la persona que usted elija, y dejarle saber que usted aprecia su dedicación, ardualabor y experiencia. Puede hacer su donación en línea en amhersteducationfoundation.org/stars-in-our-schools o enviar este formulario (tinyurl.com/y2xr3fds) por correo.

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Free Financial Literacy Program

This is the link to a flyer for a Free Financial Literacy Program that starts on Monday (12/21/20)

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American Mathematics Competition

It is time to sign-up for the  American Mathematics Competition (AMC) that takes place Thursday, February 4th.   It will be taken on-line at home and a guardian will need to be available to proctor.  This is the first in a series of math contests that can lead to the International Mathematical Olympiad.  It is a 25 question, 75-minute multiple choice test.  There are two levels of math contests, one for 9th and 10th grade students with Algebra and Geometry experience, and one for students with experience in Algebra II and beyond (grades 9 through 12).   Go to this link to see the types of questions:   AMC 10/12 Practice Questions.   Please sign up on this sheet.  If you have questions, please email Ms. Mudie at mudiej@arps.org.  You will be sent more information once you have signed up. 

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Virtual Coffee with the College and Career Counselor for Class of 2022

Freshmen and Sophomore parents welcome!

December 15th at 5:30 PM

What does planning for Life after ARHS look like? When should you start exploring options? How and when does your student start preparing for College? Are you terrified of the whole thing? Join the ARHS College and Career Advisor Deidre Cuffee-Gray for a presentation about the process and get your most pressing questions answered. Hosted by the ARHS PGO.

Link: https://youtu.be/4Qp1QbV7mMg

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Winter Sports Registration Now Open

Winter sports registration is now open. Please click to register and dont forget, an up-to-date physical must be on file in order to participate. Any questions please email athletic director, Victoria Stewart at stewartv@arps.org

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ARHS Women’s Rights Club Drive to support Amherst Survival Center

Menstrual products are often overlooked as one of the most-requested donations for homeless shelters nationwide, and in past years, the ARHS Women’s Rights Club has held a Pad and Tampon Drive to benefit the Amherst Survival Center. This year, to avoid the health risk of collecting physical donations in-person, the club has coordinated with the Center to host an online fundraiser. With your donation, you will receive a free student-designed, WRC-themed sticker! Please considering donating here: https://givebutter.com/zgjCxy/join

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Attn Seniors: Yearbook Photos

Don’t forget that Senior Portraits are due on January 22nd! Submit a clear, appropriate photo of yourself with an 8×10 ratio to Miss Garrity at garrityc@arps.org.

Are you a senior in need of a portrait? Yearbook student staff members will be available after school to do outdoor portraits from 3-4pm on Wednesdays and Fridays until the December break. The dates are December 9th, 11th, and 18th. 3 seniors per session- to sign up, email Miss Garrity at garrityc@arps.org!

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Class of 2022 Fundraisers

The Class of 2022 is hosting two fundraisers.

The first is a holiday ornament fundraiser! Ornaments are $5 each and handmade by a member of class council! To order, please fill out this form: https://forms.gle/eoqx6eYBHXAwYHVZ7. The deadline to order is December 18th.

Who wants pizza?! They also are hosting a Hillside Pizza Gift Card fundraiser. Help support our class fundraising efforts by purchasing a Hillside Pizza $25 gift card. Proceeds will go to class events like graduation and prom! Please fill out the order form here

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Class of 2023 Merchandise Store Coming Soon

Dear Amherst Parents and Guardians,

Are you looking for ways to represent your ARHS pride?  Check out Class of 2023’s merchandise store opening December 15th at 4 pm! With a variety of apparel to choose from, you can show your Amherst pride while supporting class of ‘23 this holiday season. Choose from t-shirts, sweatshirts, and more! As well as class of 2023 designs, our merchandise also includes designs for Amherst Regional High school as a whole so you don’t have to be class of ‘23 parents to order! Orders will be accepted until December 24th, so order yours soon! We will share the link in next week’s PGO Newsletter.

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Spring 2021 Musical Meeting

All students are invited to a meeting about the 2021 ARHS Musical on Tuesday, 12/15 at 3pm! (location: https://meet.google.com/lookup/b2gx5el4ca)

The ARHS musical has been one of the school’s long-running annual traditions, and we are committed to producing work together this spring, even as we continue to navigate the very real questions of the pandemic.  Come learn about our current thinking on the show, what is in the works for planning, and how you can be involved.

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Do You Bank at Florence Bank?

Do you or someone in your family bank at Florence Bank? If so, you can help support the ARPS PGO through their Customers’ Choice Community Grants program. Everyone in your family with an account can vote and each vote cast helps us win up to $5000. There are two ways to vote:

  1. In person at your local branch
  2. www.florencebank.com/vote, select Amherst Regional Public Schools PGO* from the dropdown menu

Be sure to cast your ballots before December 31.

* The ARPS PGO is a nonprofit comprised of the Crocker Farm, Wildwood, ARMS, and ARHS PGOs;

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Support our Student Athletes and show our Hurricane Pride

The ARHS PGO is partnering with the Amherst Hurricane Boosters to raise money to purchase a new trophy case for the school. Our athletic teams are champions and we have the trophies to show it. Unfortunately, we have no space to display them.  Help us show our Hurricane Pride for our student-athletes and display our trophies in a sleek new trophy case. We have raised $900 toward our $2,500 goal.

Donate online at https://www.mightycause.com/story/Pgoarhs/

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Mark Your Calendars

Dec 15: Virtual Coffee with the College and Career Counselor

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

Dec 21-Jan 1 : Winter Break

Dec 31- Winter Sports Registration Deadline

Jan 6: Three Kings Day (No School)

Jan 9: ARHS Cabaret livestream

Jan 13: PreK-12 Early Release (12:00 secondary/1:20 elementary) 

Jan 18: MLK Holiday (No School)

Jan 22: Last Day to Submit Senior Photos for Yearbook

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

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

Feb 1: Semester 2 (Q3) Begins

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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RESPECTfully Campaign

The RESPECTfully campaign (www.mass.gov/respectfully), which is focused on promoting healthy relationships (and dating violence prevention), is re-establishing it’s youth advisory group to help inform the next phase of the campaign (new animated videos and social media content). They are currently seeking young men of color (15-18) to join the group. This is a paid workgroup. This flyer contains more information about the engagement, existing campaign content, and contact information. The first group meeting is scheduled for next Friday, 12/11 at 7pm. Those interested should contact JULIA GOULD directly to schedule a quick phone interview. jgould@moreadvertising.com

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2021 Bronfman Fellowship

Applications for the 2021 Bronfman Fellowship are open! If you are intellectually adventurous, Jewish, and currently in 11th grade, apply now for a free, transformative Fellowship-year experience exploring the rich tapestry of Jewish life while making lifelong friends. Application deadline is DECEMBER 14. https://bronfman.org/

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Call for Submissions: Dreaming the Future!

The Forbes, Jones, and Lilly libraries are collaborating with UMass’s Feinberg Lecture Series, and we are asking the young people of Western Massachusetts (ages 5-18) to help envision a future where climate change is mitigated and the world has adapted. The project, Dreaming the Future, asks young people to consider their relationship with the natural world, how they think it might change in the future, what they hope it might be like, and how to help guide humanity toward a more climate-just world. Participants are invited to respond to a variety of prompts and share their work with us; we will then publish the collection as a zine (a limited-edition publication). Participants will receive a physical copy of the booklet and it will also be available online. We are asking for submissions now through January 1st. To view the prompts and find information on how to submit, please visit: https://blogs.umass.edu/feinberg/dreaming-the-future/

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Amherst Recreation Logo Contest

Amherst Leisure Services has changed its name to Amherst Recreation, and they will also have a new logo. They are seeking logo submissions from local artists. Submissions will be narrowed down to five or so and the community will then have the opportunity to vote for their favorite. The designer of the logo that is selected will receive a free pool or golf membership, and publicity. Submissions are due by January 8, 2021. They can be sent to Marion Jordan at jordanm@amherstma.gov

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ARPS Warm Winter Coat Drive

This winter an unprecedented number of Amherst children need warm outdoor clothing. The Amherst Public Schools (ARPS) Family Center is once again organizing a winter clothing drive with the PGOs’ help.

So far we have over 60 coats, many sets of snow pants, and other great donations.  Thank you for your support.  We are still seeking new (or gently used) coats for about 45 Amherst children.  Also still needed are warm winter boots, and water-resistant mittens & gloves. 

You can see the latest list of what sizes are needed most and signup to donate here:  tinyurl.com/coatsneeded 

The link also includes a current list of drop-off locations, including some of Amherst schools (Crocker Farm, Fort River, ARMS, ARHS) and other sites.

Please make sure all clothing is clean, in good condition and put your donations in plastic bags.

If you prefer to give money instead of clothing, you may donate online at tinyurl.com/coats2020 or send a check (payable to ARPS PGO) or gift cards to Tracy Zafian, ARPS PGO Treasurer, 51 Blue Hills Road, Amherst.

Our goal is to finish collecting by Monday, December 14. If you have questions or need someone to pick up your clothing donation, please contact arpspgo@gmail.com.  Thank you.  Collected items will be distributed to families by the ARPS Family Center in December.  The PGOs may have an additional distribution in January. 

*** If you or your children are in need of warm winter clothing, please contact Mildred Martinez at the ARPS Family Center:  martinezm2@arps.org or 413-362-1871.  ***

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ARHS Women’s Rights Club Drive to support Amherst Survival Center

Menstrual products are often overlooked as one of the most-requested donations for homeless shelters nationwide, and in past years, the ARHS Women’s Rights Club has held a Pad and Tampon Drive to benefit the Amherst Survival Center. This year, to avoid the health risk of collecting physical donations in-person, the club has coordinated with the Center to host an online fundraiser. With your donation, you will receive a free student-designed, WRC-themed sticker! Please considering donating here: https://givebutter.com/zgjCxy/join

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Virtual Coffee with the College and Career Counselor

December 15th at 5:30 PM

What does planning for Life after ARHS look like? When should you start exploring options? How and when does your student start preparing for College? Are you terrified of the whole thing? Join the ARHS College and Career Advisor Deidre Cuffee-Gray for a presentation about the process and get your most pressing questions answered. Hosted by the ARHS PGO.

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Yearbook Updates

Senior Portraits

Don’t forget that Senior Portraits are due on January 22nd! Submit a clear, appropriate photo of yourself with an 8×10 ratio to Miss Garrity at garrityc@arps.org.

Are you a senior in need of a senior portrait? Yearbook student staff members will be available after school to do outdoor portraits from 3-4pm on Wednesdays and Fridays until the December break. The dates are December 2nd, , 4th, 9th, 11th, and 18th. 3 seniors per session- to sign up, email Miss Garrity at garrityc@arps.org!

Pre-order your Yearbook now

Reminder to all– you can already pre-order your yearbook at arps.picaboo.com!

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Class of 2022 Fundraiser

Who wants pizza?! The class of 2022 is hosting a Hillside Pizza Gift Card fundraiser. Help support our class fundraising efforts by purchasing a Hillside Pizza $25 gift card. Proceeds will go to class events like graduation and prom!

Please fill out the order form linked below!   

https://forms.gle/JZaKy81i5DQRAS528

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Attention Class of 2021

We are still scheduling Life After ARHS planning meetings. Regardless of your intended path, I want to meet with you to plan! Here’s a link to set a meeting! link

Recommendation Requests & Communication: Please note that you must list the schools with the proper deadlines in order for your teachers, counselors, and Ms. Garrity to have any idea of your deadlines. If you have a custom deadline like a BFA program, contact Ms. Garrity to make the adjustment. Please reach out to your teachers at a minimum TWO WEEKS prior to your first deadline.

School Counselor Recommendation Meeting with Ms. Cuffee-Gray – link

Transcripts: We are only able to send your transcripts if you submit your LIME GREEN FORM. Ms Garrity actually emailed hard copies of the form to students who have not submitted their forms.

When a College Contacts You to Say Something is Missing: Video Explanation – link

If you have done all of the above, it is likely that the materials are at the colleges and haven’t yet been downloaded. Don’t panic. Please log into Naviance and check to see if your materials have been submitted. You are able to see if the admissions office has downloaded your materials as well. If your materials have been SUBMITTED and not downloaded, you can call the admissions office (noting you may have to leave a message), and let them know your high submitted materials via eDocs. If your materials have been SUBMITTED and DELIVERED you can give the admissions office the unique identifying code listed.

Common Application Workshop – December 10  11:50 (1 hr) – Registration link

The College Planning Squad Tuesdays at 2:30pm – Registration link – Weekly Meeting

Early Decision & Early Action Applicants: You will soon start to hear from colleges. Depending on what you hear back you have some decisions to make. If you have any questions, feel free to join Ms. Cuffee-Gray for Office Hours, or set an appointment to talk it through with her.

Scholarships

December Deadlines – link

January Deadlines – link

2021 & 2022 – How to Sign Up for Admissions Rep Visits VIDEO link

Here’s the ARHS Counseling Office link – connect with school counselors and find resources!

Here are number of great resources:

How to Write a Scholarship Essay

More Scholarship Essay Examples

Understanding Your Financial Aid Award Letter

Appealing Financial Aid

Deferrals + Waitlists

Choosing a College

What to Do if You’re Rejected From Every College You Applied to

Thinking About Paying for College? Sponsored by Sallie Mae: Register now for a free webinar: December 9 1-2pm ET or December 10, 8-9pm ET

MA Colleges for Students with Disabilities – December 8th 12:00pm Sponsored by MEFARSVP – link

La admisión a la universidad, presentado en español Tuesday, December 08| 4:00pmRSVP – link

Excellent Help Completing Your FAFSA! Sponsored by MEFA – December 14th 12pm RSVP – link

DIY FAFSA Webinar – Sponsored by MEFA RECORDED

College Vine Online Stuff! https://www.collegevine.com/livestreams/recorded

Sincerely,

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

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Mark Your Calendars

Dec 15: Virtual Coffee with the College and Career Counselor

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 9: ARHS Cabaret livestream

Jan 13: PreK-12 Early Release (12:00 secondary/1:20 elementary) 

Jan 18: MLK Holiday (No School)

Jan 22: Last Day to Submit Senior Photos for Yearbook

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

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

Feb 1: Semester 2 (Q3) Begins

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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Virtual Lighting of the Merry Maple – FRIDAY

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Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards is the nation’s longest-running, largest, most prestigious recognition program for creative teenagers in art and writing.  Any student in Massachusetts can enter the regional competition, often submitting writing they have done in English classes or in art classes (or on their own). This year’s competition will take place via the website www.artandwriting.org. Students are eligible to enter work created in the 2020 calendar year in a variety of categories. For more details about each of these categories, or examples of winning work, please check here.  All entries must be submitted by 11:59 pm ET on Friday, December 11, 2020. Educators will not be required to sign submission forms this year so that we can ensure that all students, even those who are not seeing their teachers in person, are able to enter and participate. Submissions to the Massachusetts region will be judged throughout January and results will be posted online by January 28, 2021. Students are eligible to receive Honorable Mention, Silver Key, or Gold Key in each category. All winners will receive certificates in the mail.

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Call for New Logo Submissions for Amherst Recreation

Amherst Leisure Services has changed its name to Amherst Recreation, and they will also have a new logo. They are seeking logo submissions from local artists. Submissions will be narrowed down to five or so and the community will then have the opportunity to vote for their favorite. The designer of the logo that is selected will receive a free pool or golf membership, and publicity. Submissions are due by January 8, 2021. They can be sent to Marion Jordan at jordanm@amherstma.gov Thanks and good luck!

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Call for Submissions: Dreaming the Future!

The Forbes, Jones, and Lilly libraries are collaborating with UMass’s Feinberg Lecture Series, and we are asking the young people of Western Massachusetts (ages 5-18) to help envision a future where climate change is mitigated and the world has adapted. The project, Dreaming the Future, asks young people to consider their relationship with the natural world, how they think it might change in the future, what they hope it might be like, and how to help guide humanity toward a more climate-just world. Participants are invited to respond to a variety of prompts and share their work with us; we will then publish the collection as a zine (a limited-edition publication). Participants will receive a physical copy of the booklet and it will also be available online. We are asking for submissions now through January 1st. To view the prompts and find information on how to submit, please visit: https://blogs.umass.edu/feinberg/dreaming-the-future/

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2021 Bronfman Fellowship

Applications for the 2021 Bronfman Fellowship are open! If you are intellectually adventurous, Jewish, and currently in 11th grade, apply now for a free, transformative Fellowship-year experience exploring the rich tapestry of Jewish life while making lifelong friends. Application deadline is DECEMBER 14. https://bronfman.org/

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Girls STEM Summit LIVE 2021

Jr.Tech is thrilled to announce registration is open for the Girls STEM Summit LIVE 2021 – a new, live, online format!  This year’s Girls STEM Summit LIVE 2021 will take place on two half-day Saturdays: Saturday, April 3rd, and Saturday, April 10th, from 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM, both days.

The focus is for girls in grades 8-12 who are interested in careers in the STEM fields. As this is a critical time in their education, and college decisions are beginning, Jr. Tech hopes to empower these young women to see the many opportunities available to them within STEM.

Details:

Who: Girls in grades 8 – 12 interested in exploring STEM fields and career choices

What: #GirlsSTEMSummitLIVE2021

When: Hosted online two Saturday mornings via Zoom

Dates: Since the summit will be online, it has been split into two half-day sessions.

            Saturday, April 3, 2021, 8:30am – noon and

            Saturday, April 10, 2021, 8:30 am – noon.

Fee: $65

Register here: https://juniortech.org/girls-stem-summit-live-2021/

Please note that this is not a school-sponsored program

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GivingTuesday Ask from the ARHS PGO and the Hurricane Boosters

Giving Tuesday 2020 Preparations | Getting Ready for Giving Tuesday

GivingTuesday is Tuesday, December 1, 2020. #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.

This year, the ARHS PGO is partnering with the Amherst Hurricane Boosters to raise money to purchase a new trophy case.

Our athletic teams are champions and we have the trophies to show it. Unfortunately, we have no space to display them.  Help us show our Hurricane Pride for our student-athletes and display our trophies in a sleek new trophy case. Our goal is $2,500;

Donate online at https://www.mightycause.com/story/Pgoarhs/

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Support the ARHS PGO Through AmazonSmile

amazon-smileIs your household doing any online shopping through Amazon for the holidays? Did you know you can earn money for the ARHS PGO with each Amazon purchase. Enroll in this passive fundraising to earn money for the Amherst/Amherst Regional School PGOs while you shop!

AMAZON SMILE
Shop at smile.amazon.com/ch/46-4510327 and Amazon donates to Amherst Regional Public Schools Parent Guardian Organization.

To select our as your permanent charity, go to https://smile.amazon.com/ Click Your Account -> Your Amazon Smile -> Change Charity button. Search for “Amherst Amherst Regional Public Schools Parent Guardian Organization” -> Click Select.

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ARPS Warm Winter Coat Drive

This winter an unprecedented number of Amherst children need warm outdoor clothing. The Amherst Public Schools (ARPS) Family Center is once again organizing a winter clothing drive with the PGOs’ help. We are looking for donations of new (and gently used) winter coats for over 90 Amherst children, size pre-K through adult. Also needed: snow pants and boots; hats and waterproof mittens/gloves appreciated, too!

There are dropoff bins located outside the front doors of each Amherst public school and other locations around town. Please make sure all clothing is clean, in good condition and put your donations in plastic bags. Click here for requested clothing sizes and a full list of dropoff locations [link is tinyurl.com/coatsneeded]  

If you prefer to give money instead of clothing, you may donate online at tinyurl.com/coats2020 or send a check (payable to ARPS PGO) or gift cards to Tracy Zafian, ARPS PGO Treasurer, 51 Blue Hills Road, Amherst.

Our goal is to finish collecting by Monday, December 14. If you have questions or need someone to pick up your donations, please contact arpspgo@gmail.com.

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