Cross Country Coaches Recognized by Peers

Congratulations go out to Coach Gould and Coach Betke-Brunswick!!!  Both Cross Country coaches were nominated as a MA State Track Coaches Association WMASS Coach of the Year for Cross Country!  Peers voted both coaches as this year’s recipients!!!  Congratulations again, well deserved!!!  Thank you for all you do for our student-athletes!  Go Canes!!!

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Mark Your Calendars

Feb 18 – 22- Winter Break
March 6 – Early Release
March 7 – 10 – ARHS Musical “Tuck Everlasting”
March 13- Spring Sports Night at 6:30 PM
March 14- Deadline for sports registration
March 14- All Choirs Concert 7 PM
March 16- JETS Competition
March 26- MCAS ELA;
March 27- All Band Concert
March 28- All Orchestra Concert
April 6- Local Vocal Choral Bowl
April 9 – ABC Benefit Concert featuring Hurricane Singers
April 11- Strings Chamber Concert
April 15-19- Vacation Week- No School
April 6- Local Vocal Choral Bowl
April 9 – ABC Benefit Concert featuring Hurricane Singers
April 11- Strings Chamber Concert
April 15-19- Vacation Week- No School

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Audition For The Pied Piper On 3/4

PIED PIPER horizontalAuditions will be held for the Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT) musical production of THE PIED PIPER Monday, MARCH 4th at the Amherst Middle School Cafeteria from 4:15 pm to 6:15 pm. All those auditioning should arrive at 4:00 pm and plan to stay for the full two hours. Some of those cast in the show will be asked to stay for a rehearsal immediately following the auditions.

What do you do when your town is overrun by ravenous rats? Sara, an orphan girl, and the other Townspeople of Hamelin Town turn to the Mayor of Hamelin and the Council when their town is threatened. They then call on the Pied Piper to save them from the troublesome creatures. The Mayor’s children, staff, and the Cooks also join in the endeavor. Find out what happens when the town chooses not to pay the Piper and the children are led away from the town along with the rats! Follow the original twist on this familiar story as it weaves its way through a landscape full of surprises!

Students from Kindergarten to 12th grade are encouraged to audition. Assistant Directors will also be cast to aid in rehearsals throughout the week, and to take on essential backstage responsibilities. There are 50-60 roles available, with parts in every age group. This is a group audition, and no advance preparation is necessary–though a smile always helps! There is a $55 Registration Fee due at the audition for all those who are cast—additional siblings $30 (fee waivers are available).

The Missoula Children’s Theatre touring productions are complete with costumes, scenery, props and makeup. The MCT Tour Actor/Directors will conduct rehearsals throughout the week from 4:00-8:30 Monday, March 4th – Friday, March 8th. Not everyone will need to be present at every rehearsal.

THE PIED PIPER will be presented on Saturday, March 9th at 1:30 pm and 4:00 pm at the Amherst Middle School Auditorium. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students under 18 and seniors.

For more information, go to “Children’s Theater” at, or call Susan at 413-461-6722

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Softball League Registration

is (1)Registration for the 2019 season of Hadley-Amherst Softball League is now open for players ages 7-14 in Hadley and Amherst.
To register, go to the Amherst Little League (ALL) website Select “Login” from the upper right-hand corner. This link will take you to the ALL login page for Sports Illustrated Play.
Start by entering your information as the parent, then enter your child’s information.
Registration is $125 for the season. Based on age and experience, we’ll place players on U8, U10, U12, and U14 teams. Team placement is generally based on player age as of 12/31/18. Scholarships are available.
If you are interested in coaching, please let me know and register on the site. You’ll need to register with Little League and do a CORI check.
We’ll hold Spring Training in the afternoons of 3/9 and 3/17 (time TBD) at the Coolidge Cage in the Amherst College Athletic Complex. After that, we’ll practice indoors (location TBD) until mid-April, then practice outside. Games start in late April and continue into early June.
Teams at the U10 level and above generally have 3 events (practices and games) per week. Practices and home games will mostly be held at Hopkins Academy in Hadley. Practices are generally 5:30-7; games start at 6 during the week, but times are variable on weekends. The schedule will accommodate school softball schedule.
At all levels we play teams in MA Little League District 2, including Agawam, Easthampton, Gateway, Northampton, Southampton, & Westfield.

Players are expected to provide their own glove, cleats (softball or soccer), & black softball pants. Teams will provide players with a practice shirt, a uniform shirt, & socks.

All players are also required to wear a batting helmet with an attached face mask when batting and running the bases. Teams do have some helmets for players to use, though most players choose to purchase their own for health reasons. Teams also provide bats. Pitchers are required to wear masks, and infielders (U10 and up) are encouraged to wear them as well.

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ARHS Department Heads

With the start of the Second Semester, here is the list of ARHS Department Heads.  The department head helps lead the department both at the curricular and instructional level. When concerns arise that can not be resolved at the teacher level, contacting the department head is encouraged.  Very often the department head can help resolve issues, especially as they relate to curriculum, assessment and instruction. Each department also has an administrative liaison. For a complete list, see below:


Jeffrey Stauder   

Admin Liaison–Miki Gromacki



Sara Barber-Just

Admin Liaison: Talib Sadiq



Jane Mudie

Admin Liaison: Miki Gromacki


Performing Arts:

John Bechtold

Admin Liaison: Talib Sadiq


Health and Physical Education:

Ken Jacque

Admin Liaison: Rich Ferro



Nathaniel Woodruff             

Admin Liaison: Mary Custard


Social Studies:

Simon Leutz           

Admin Liaison: Mary Custard


Special Education :

Raloon Bialek

Admin Liaison: Miki Gromacki

Admin Liaison: Mary Custard



Susan Abdow

Admin Liaison–Miki Gromacki

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Writing Workshops for Students

ARHS Staff will be offering a series of writing workshops for students after school beginning next Tuesday, February 12th, and running every second Tuesday of the month through April. We’re tackling some of the most common reasons students come to the Writing Center and/or the Library for help with essay writing.

Here’s what they’re covering:

  • Tuesday 2/12 @ 2:30-3:00 – Research Questions: What makes a strong research question? Students will practice breaking down complex research questions into smaller strong research questions, writing their own research questions, and make an inquiry plan for research projects.
  • Tuesday 3/12  @ 2:30-3:00 – Starting from Sources: Building a good academic paper starts with finding the right sources, taking detailed notes, and managing citations. Students will practice evaluating resources for relevancy and identifying key ideas for note taking.
  • Tuesday 4/9  @ 2:30-3:00 – Thesis Statements: For our third workshop, we’ll be looking at how to organize a paper around a strong thesis statement.

All workshops will take place in the library; students are welcome at all three or to just drop into one.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out to or

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Spring Sports Registration Now Open

Online spring sports registration opened February 1st. Ensure a smooth start to the spring season by registering NOW. Current sport physical forms should be on file with the school nurse before the first day of tryouts. Please call the nurse’s office at the high school at 362-1743. Questions for middle school registrants please contact the middle school nurse at 362-1975.

REGISTRATION: organizations/search?query= amherst You’ll need to set up an account with FamilyID, if you don’t already have an account. Any technical questions with this program please call the 888# at the top of the FamilyID screen. They are very helpful.

By submitting registration forms electronically you and your child are acknowledging that you have both read the documents and you will adhere to the MIAA/Amherst High School policies on these forms. By registeringelectronically you are fulfilling the signature requirements of registration.


Payment is due right away. Payment is required to try out/practice/participate. If there is a financial hardship, please contact Rich Ferro, the Athletic Director at

Payment can be done online as well at: https://unipaygold. customerid=1211 NOTE: Famil yID and UniPay Gold aren’t linked, they are two totally separate programs. So FamilyID will always show that you have not paid.
VERY IMPORTANT: Clearly write your child’s name and sport in the MEMO of the check when you pay. You can drop off your payment or mail to:
ARHS Athletics
Amherst Regional High School
21 Mattoon Street
Amherst, MA 01002
ATTN: Sports Registration
All sports may begin tryouts on Monday, March 19th. Ultimate is not an MIAA sport. Boys ultimate will begin March 10th and girls ultimate is TBD.
Wednesday, March 13th is Spring Sports Information Night for athletes and their parents/guardian. Time: 6:30 p.m. in the High School Gymnasium

See public/AmhPelA2 for game times and to set up alerts for changes.


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