LSSE Survey on Strategic Planning

Copy of Your Voice, Our Future (2)Amherst Leisure Services & Supplemental Education (LSSE) is working on a new strategic plan! The plan will be based on a shared community vision that sets priorities and prepares us for the future.

If you live in or around Amherst, we want to hear from you about which community recreation and education programs you value most, and how we can better meet you and your family’s needs. This survey is for anybody in the greater Amherst area who is interested in athletics, fitness or education programs. It doesn’t matter if you’ve participated in programs or activities offered by LSSE in the past.

The survey should take about 10 minutes to complete, and is completely anonymous. Please fill it out for yourself and your household, including any children under the age of 18. Youth ages 18 and up are encouraged to fill out their own survey.

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Jones Library Events for Teens

There are a few December events coming up for teens at the Jones Library that I wanted to share.

1)      Teen Metalsmithing Workshop at Jones Library

Tuesday 12/10 4:30-6 PM

Join local artist Heather Beck to learn metalsmithing techniques and create a unique holiday ornament to keep or give as a gift. For ages 11-17. Space is limited so reserve your spot today: or 413-259-3091.

2)      Early Release Teen Lounge at Jones Library

Wednesday 12/11 12:30-3:30 PM

School out early and looking for a place to hang? Come stay warm in the Jones Library for a special Teen Lounge. There will be snacks, a movie, games, and special craft. We’ll making DIY music boxes that you can keep or give as a gift. For ages 11-17.

[We’ll also have our regular weekly Teen Lounges on Fridays 12/6 & 12/20 from 3-4:45pm featuring a movie and games.]

3)      Holidays at Hogsmeade at Jones Library

Thursday 12/19 5:30-7:30 PM

Immediately following the all ages Holiday at Hogwarts party, teens can join us for this special after-party where we’ll make DIY butterbeer and show off our Harry Potter expertise with some rounds of trivia. For ages 11-17. Please pre-register so we know how much butterbeer to have on hand! or 413-259-3091.

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Help ARHS Shine this #GivingTuesday!

Save the Date Twitter 2019There are so many bright stars within our Theater Company, Choral Ensembles, Bands and Orchestras, yet the theater lighting is so outdated that it’s hard to see them! The ARHS PGO and ARPS FPA are hoping to tune up the current stage lighting, add new performance lighting for the front of the house, and retrofit lighting fixtures to brighten the house.
As a friend or supporter of ARHS, the performing arts – or both – please consider donating to this fundraiser and helping our students shine.

The mission of the ARHS PGO is to promote communication and understanding among families, staff and the Amherst Area Community; to foster a spirit of collaboration by providing a forum for participation and the exchange of information and ideas; and to provide financial assistance where needed to enrich the academic and overall experience of all students. All parents/guardians of Amherst Regional High School (ARHS) students are members of the ARHS PGO.

ARPS Friends of Performing Arts is comprised of parents, guardians and community members dedicated to  providing fundraising and volunteer support to the Performing Arts departments in the Amherst Regional Schools.  We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, donations are fully tax deductible.

Thank you for supporting our students.  We encourage you to learn more about the ARHS PGO and the ARPS Friends of the Performing Arts

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ARPS Seal of Biliteracy Program

This year, for the first time, students at ARHS will have the exciting opportunity to earn the Seal of Biliteracy on their diplomas.  The first information session about the ARPS Seal of Biliteracy and associated programming will be held at Wildwood Elementary School on December 3, 2019 from 5:30 PM – 6:15 PM. For more info visit or contact Madame Cissé.

For more information, please see the attached letter and flyer:

Biliteracy Seal Information – English & Spanish



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ARHS Football is the State Championship

The Boys Varsity Football Team will play in the State Championship game on Saturday, December 7 at Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, MA.  Kickoff is at 1:30 PM.

STUDENT FAN BUS will be available- sign up in ARHS guidance office!
Ticket Information
Tickets are currently available online via Ticketmaster and will also be available on game day at the Gillette Stadium Ticket Office. Tickets are $17 for adults and $14 for students/senior citizens. Children 5 years old and younger will receive free admission. The ticket price includes parking, admission to all championship games at the stadium on game day as well as a discount of $3 at the Hall at Patriot Placepresented by Raytheon. Also included in the price of each ticket is a Town of Foxborough Stadium Use Fee.


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Attention Seniors

-Seniors who have not yet met with Ms. Cuffee-Gray! Come to Guidance and schedule a time to meet with her. Finish one of the two Seniors Surveys and make it happen.Your Friendly Neighborhood College and Career Advisor wants to have a conversation about “Life After ARHS” with you! College, Certificate from Community College, Gap Year, Americorps placement, military, employment, confused? Come and let her help you think about your next steps. (Psst..if she doesn’t hear from you, she is going to find you and schedule a time with you in small groups starting next week!)

-Check and Double Check!Please check Naviance weekly for messages from Your Friendly Neighborhood College and Career Advisor. There is important information coming to you!SAT and ACT Scores – Seniors are responsible for sending their scores. If you want your scores to get to colleges, you do have to send them. If you need help, come to Guidance.

-Just a reminder that on Mondays there is College Essay Support – From 2:30-3:30pm in room  Room 141.Come and get your essays and supplemental essays done, after school with Amanda Lewis and Deidre Cuffee-Gray. Common App and scholarship essay support as well!


5 Scholarships with December Deadlines

5 Scholarships with December Deadlines

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Florence Bank Community Grants- Vote Today!

florencebankEach year, Florence Bank gives away $100,000 to community non-profits through its Community Choice grants program. Florence Bank customers vote for the non-profit of their choice & all non-profits getting at least 50 votes receive a grant.  The non-profits receiving the most votes can get up to $5,000.

In past years, the ARPS PGO has received close to 100 votes & over $1,400 per year. Yay!  The grant money went towards classroom support, special projects, field trips & more.

This year, the PGOs of the ARPS PGO (Crocker Farm, Wildwood, Amherst Middle School, & Amherst High School) are campaigning jointly again to maximize our votes & see if we can get even more. Every vote helps.
** Each Florence Bank account holder is eligible to vote once for the community organization of their choice. **
** The ARPS PGO is urging people to vote for the “Amherst Regional Public Schools PGO”, the name of our joint non-profit. **

There are 2 easy ways to vote:
(1) Online – Visit to cast a vote online for the “Amherst Regional Public Schools PGO”.
(2) Paper Ballot (attached).  Ballots are also available at any Florence Bank location.  Ballots should be submitted at the bank or turned in to the PGO.

Voting is open until December 31st. Thank you for your support!

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