Share your ARHS track and field experiences

The Amherst Hurricanes Athletic Boosters is looking for stories about the current track and field at the high school. Success stories, challenges you have faced using the track or field, and any anecdotes. Submissions may be shared as part of the fundraising campaign for a new track and synthetic turf field. Your story can be submitted anonymously using this link: ARHS Track and Field stories

Posted in Parent News | Leave a comment

Thank-you Thursdays: Volunteers needed for 4/14, 4/28, 5/12 and 6/9

The teachers and staff really appreciate the fruit and delicious treats that families are providing every other week – thank you so much to the families that have signed up to bake or buy goodies/fruit to keep our staff going. Please sign up here to fill slots for the rest of the year.

Posted in Parent News | Leave a comment

Mark your calendar


April 7-9: Hair: the musical
April 15: No school
April 18-22: Spring break

Home games
April 8: Varsity girls lacrosse
April 8: Baseball
April 10: Boys and Girls Track – Pratt Field @ Amherst College
April 11: Baseball
April 11: Girls tennis
April 12: Varsity and JV girls lacrosse; Varsity and JV boys lacrosse
April 12: Softball
April 14: JV girls lacrosse
April 14: Varsity and JV girls ultimate
April 15: Baseball

Posted in Parent News | Leave a comment

Presentation on online safety for children

The Easthampton Healthy Youth Coalition is hosting a presentation with the Children’s Advocacy Center on April 13, from 6-7:30 pm about internet safety for elementary and middle school-aged parents and guardians. The presentation focuses on keeping children safe online by addressing social media and gaming concerns, as well as technology usage.

Please register using the following link: https://forms.gle/pbYQpXTSCXbV5BQP7 and you will be sent the Zoom link on Monday, April 11th. Please reach out to Anne Talley with any questions: atalley@easthamptonma.gov.

Posted in Parent News | Leave a comment

Jones Library Programs for Teens

Homework Help: Wednesday, April 13 from 3:30 – 5:00 pm
Homework Help is back! Our amazing college student volunteer tutors are available on Wednesday afternoons and they’d love to help you with your homework needs! Drop by the Amherst Room to get help with classwork, test prep, and college admissions advice. No reservation required! This program is available for students in grades 4 to 12. For more information, please visit www.joneslibrary.org/hwhelp

Teen Lounge: Thursday, April 14 from 4:00 – 5:30 pm
Get your vacation week started right with Teen Lounge. Come by the Woodbury Room after school on Thursday for some games, crafts, and hanging out with friends! We’ll be playing some Jackbox Games on the big screen with opportunities to win prizes! There will also be origami, magnetic poetry, and button-making crafts. We’ll also have sticker boards available to vote for what teen programming you’d like to see next at the library. No registration required. Email teens@joneslibrary.org if you have any questions.

Young Adult Graphic Novel Book Clubs
We’ve got two great virtual book club programs coming up for young adults (ages 11-25) who enjoy graphic novels. 
Tuesday, April 19th from 4-4:45pm:  We’ll be discussing Sunny Rolls the Dice by Jennifer Holm and illustrated by Matthew Holm. This program is for ages 11 to 14.
Thursday, April 21st from 6-7pm: We’ll be discussing The Adventure Zone, volume 1: Here They Be Gerblins. This program is for ages 15 to 25.Both programs include a fun D&D-inspired Take & Make activity. For the book club kits and Zoom links, please pre-register: teens@joneslibrary.org

Posted in Parent News | Leave a comment

Mensajes en Español

Haga clic aquí para ver los artículos del boletín en español

Posted in Parent News | Leave a comment

Superintendent’s update from 3/25

For a pdf version of the ARPS Update, please click here.

Para obtener una versión de la actualización de ARPS en español, haga clic aquí.

Para uma versão do ARPS Update em português, clique aqui.

As a global community, we have all experienced something unprecedented in our lifetimes over the past two years, so it is understandable that we are seeing unexpected and unacceptable behavior from some individuals.  Since the pandemic began, there has been a disturbing rise in hateful, identity-based rhetoric and harassment nationwide.  However, the use of any identity-based slur is hate speech and not only violates our values and beliefs as a school community, but rises to the level of harassment of a protected class of individuals.  While it is evident to me that the vast majority of our community members find such behavior abhorrent, I want to be very clear that it will not be tolerated anywhere, by anyone at ARPS. 

When the pandemic began, “We are in this together” seemingly became our national motto, repeated so often that it became cliché.  In this instance; however, it is absolutely true.  The collective “we,”—staff, parents/guardians and the broader community—have the privilege of being together in this most important job of nurturing and educating our children.  ARPS has a longstanding reputation for being a community that celebrates diversity and values individuality, and, together, we must work to ensure that those core beliefs are protected and upheld. It is one of the most important things we can do for our children.

Posted in Parent News | Leave a comment

ARHS Rising 9th Grade Curriculum Night

If you missed the ARHS Rising 9th Grade Curriculum Night, here is a helpful slideshow that will help with course registration!

Posted in Parent News | Leave a comment

Recording of virtual coffee on mental health support

The PGO thanks Lisa Zephyr. Hannah Caruso and Rhonda Soto for a really informative virtual coffee about mental health support for ARHS students. Families and caregivers can access a recording of the presentation and Q&A here.

Posted in Parent News | Leave a comment

Very important yearbook news!

The 2022 Yearbook is now available for pre-order! Go to https://store.shopyearbook.com/ARPS to place your order! You can also order parent ads on this site as well to honor your student, a grad, a team, or a staff member! Every quarter-page ad pays for a yearbook for a senior on free or reduced lunch. If you would like to make a donation to help provide yearbooks for all students without buying an ad, you can simply send a check to the high school made out to “ARHS Yearbook.”

Posted in Parent News | Leave a comment

Hair: The Musical

ARHS presents the Tony-Award Winning Musical Hair!  The iconic show about 1960s counterculture, Hair follows the lives of a group of young NYC activists, artists, and war protestors with all of their idealism and shortcomings.  Charged by an incredible music score, Hair is as much a celebration of the power of music and art as it is a reminder of how closely our past and present are linked.  

As in all years, the ARHS musical brings together well over 100 students from all corners of the school to design, build, produce, and perform a massive show together under the guidance of the ARHS Performing Arts staff.  Thanks for supporting the arts at ARHS!  Please note: this show contains mature content and is not recommended for audiences under the age of 14+.  A full content advisory for the show and our COVID audience policy are both available on the ticketing website.

Posted in Parent News | Leave a comment

Time for spring cleaning?

Have you ever noticed the two large white donation bins in the ARHS parking lot? You can help ARHS earn money by recycling your old linens and clothes in these Bay state Textile bins. They accept items in good condition as well as stained clothes, single socks and shoes, worn towels and linens, and other textiles—just make sure they’re clean and dry. You can also recycle stuffed animals, backpacks, pillows… anything that’s soft.   Donations should be put in bags before being dropped off. Thank you for helping the ARHS PGO earn money for our school – at no cost to you!

Posted in Parent News | Leave a comment

Mark your calendar

April 2022 Calendar Leaf. Calendar 2022 in flat style. Vector illustration

April 1: End of 3rd quarter
April 1: Varsity girls’ softball home game
April 4: Varsity boys’ tennis home match
April 6: Early release day
April 6: Varsity girls’ ultimate home game
April 6: Varsity boys’ baseball home game
April 6: JV girl’s lacrosse home game
April 7-9: Hair: the musical
April 8: JV girls’ lacrosse home game
April 14: Varsity and JV girls’ ultimate home game
April 15: No school
April 18-22: Spring break

Posted in Parent News | Leave a comment

2022 Youth Hero Awards

The Amherst Human Rights Commission welcomes nominations for the 2022 Youth Hero Awards. These awards honor young people “who have demonstrated acts of kindness, usefulness, social courage and/or community service within their families, their schools, or the community.”

Click here for more information and a link to the nomination form. The deadline for nominations is April 15.

Posted in Parent News | Leave a comment

Age-Friendly Community Survey

If you are 55 or over, or are a caregiver for someone who is, the Town of Amherst wants you to complete a survey for the town’s Age-Friendly and Dementia-Friendly Communities Initiative. Click here for a flyer with links to the survey.

Posted in Parent News | Leave a comment

Mensajes en Español

Haga clic aquí para ver los artículos del boletín en español

Posted in Parent News | Leave a comment

Superintendent’s update from 3/18

For a pdf version of the ARPS Update, please click here.

Para obtener una versión de la actualización de ARPS en español, haga clic aquí.

Para uma versão do ARPS Update em português, clique aqui.

This week, I just want to thank the entire ARPS community for the supportive way in which everyone has responded to our first mask-optional week in our schools.  Staff and students alike are making their individual choices regarding whether to wear a mask and are being respectful of the decisions made by others.  I appreciate that, as always, we are working together as one ARPS community caring for one another.

Next Wednesday, March 23 I am looking forward to meeting many of our incoming kindergarteners and their families at the in-person informational session at 6:30 p.m. in the Crocker Farm Elementary School cafeteria at 280 West Street.  Many members of our elementary administrative staff will be on hand to share information about the schools, including the Caminantes dual language program.  If you have family or friends who live outside of Amherst or Pelham and are interested in learning about school choice for their rising kindergartner, please share this information so they can come learn more on the 23rd

Posted in Parent News | Leave a comment

March PGO (virtual) Coffee with Counselors: this coming Monday!

The PGO will host our next virtual coffee on Monday March 28th 6pm-7pm. This Coffee with Counselors will be facilitated by Lisa Zephyr ,ARHS School Counselor and  Hannah Caruso, ARHS school adjustment counselor. The counselors will be discussing what teachers have noticed with regards to social-emotional challenges, the tiered level of interventions to support students, and ways students (and parents) can take care of themselves both in and out of school. 

To join the virtual event, use this Zoom link.

The PGO thanks Deirde Cuffee-Gray for a really wonderful February coffee about supporting students as they make their post-ARHS plans. If you were not able to attend that coffee, you can view a recording of it here.

Posted in Parent News | Leave a comment

Rising 9th Grade Course Registration Night for Families

This is an evaluation image and is Copyright Acclaim Images LLC. Do not publish without acquiring a license. Image number: 0071-0907-2807-4104. http://www.acclaimimages.com/_gallery/_pages/0071-0907-2807-4104.html

The Amherst Regional High School Administrative Team will be hosting a live StreamYard presentation to kick off the course registration season for current 8th graders. Tune in at 7pm on Wednesday, March 30th using this link

The presentation will include:
1) A description of the Block Schedule
2) The registration timeline with important deadlines
3) Departmental recorded videos that explain course offerings in all departments 

This event will be recorded and the departmental videos will be available for viewing asynchronously at your convenience  

El Equipo Administrativo de la Escuela Secundaria Regional de Amherst realizará una presentación en vivo de StreamYard para dar inicio a la temporada de registro de cursos para los estudiantes actuales de 8  grado. Sintonice a las 7 p.m. el miércoles 30 de marzo usando este enlace

La presentación incluirá:
1) Una descripción del horario de bloque
2) El cronograma de registro con fechas importantes
3) Videos grabados por departamentos que explican las ofertas de cursos en todos los departamentos 

Este evento se grabará y los videos departamentales estarán disponibles para verlos de forma asincrónica a su conveniencia

Posted in Parent News | Leave a comment

Very important yearbook news!

The 2022 Yearbook is now available for pre-order! Go to https://store.shopyearbook.com/ARPS to place your order! You can also order parent ads on this site as well to honor your student, a grad, a team, or a staff member! Every quarter-page ad pays for a yearbook for a senior on free or reduced lunch. If you would like to make a donation to help provide yearbooks for all students without buying an ad, you can simply send a check to the high school made out to “ARHS Yearbook.”

We are seeking student artists to create our Yearbook cover! The top winner will have their yearbook design on the cover for all to enjoy for the rest of time, plus a $25 Limered gift card! 2nd and 3rd place runners up will also receive slightly smaller gift cards. Deadline to submit is March 31st!

SENIORS can submit nicknames, senior quotes, and baby pictures to this form: https://forms.gle/596WfqTXWHRuxXp3A Deadline to submit is March 31st!

Posted in Parent News | Leave a comment

Thank-you Thursdays: Volunteers needed for 4/14, 4/28 and beyond

The teachers and staff really appreciate the fruit and delicious treats that families are providing every other week – thank you so much to the families that have signed up to bake or buy goodies/fruit to keep our staff going. Please sign up here to fill slots for April and May.

Posted in Parent News | Leave a comment

Hair: The Musical coming April 7-9

Visit this site for information about this spring’s production and to purchase tickets for the event.

Posted in Parent News | Leave a comment

Mark your calendar

April 1: End of Quarter 3
April 1: Varsity girls’ softball home game
April 4: Varsity boys’ tennis home match
April 6: Early release day
April 6: Varsity boys’ baseball home game
April 6: JV girl’s lacrosse home game
April 7-9: Hair: the musical
April 8: JV girls’ lacrosse home game
April 15: No school
April 18-22: Spring break

Posted in Parent News | Leave a comment

Save the date: AEF Mini Golf Fundraiser May 21

The Amherst Education Foundation will be holding its second annual Mini-Golf Fundraiser on Saturday, May 21 from 10am-1pm. It is a fun event for the community to come together and support grants for teachers and staff in the Amherst-area public schools. Please email us at amherstedfound@gmail.com with any questions, or if you know of a business that would like to sponsor the event or donate a raffle item.

Posted in Parent News | Leave a comment

Mensajes en Español

Haga clic aquí para ver los artículos del boletín en español

Posted in Parent News | Leave a comment

Rising 9th Grade Course Registration Night for Families

This is an evaluation image and is Copyright Acclaim Images LLC. Do not publish without acquiring a license. Image number: 0071-0907-2807-4104. http://www.acclaimimages.com/_gallery/_pages/0071-0907-2807-4104.html

The Amherst Regional High School Administrative Team will be hosting a live StreamYard presentation to kick off the course registration season for current 8th graders. Tune in at 7pm on Wednesday, March 30th using this link

The presentation will include:
1) A description of the Block Schedule
2) The registration timeline with important deadlines
3) Departmental recorded videos that explain course offerings in all departments 

This event will be recorded and the departmental videos will be available for viewing asynchronously at your convenience  

El Equipo Administrativo de la Escuela Secundaria Regional de Amherst realizará una presentación en vivo de StreamYard para dar inicio a la temporada de registro de cursos para los estudiantes actuales de 8  grado. Sintonice a las 7 p.m. el miércoles 30 de marzo usando este enlace

La presentación incluirá:
1) Una descripción del horario de bloque
2) El cronograma de registro con fechas importantes
3) Videos grabados por departamentos que explican las ofertas de cursos en todos los departamentos 

Este evento se grabará y los videos departamentales estarán disponibles para verlos de forma asincrónica a su conveniencia

Posted in Parent News | Leave a comment

MCAS information for 10th graders

This information was sent to all 10th graders:

On Tuesday March 22nd and Thursday March 24th you are scheduled to take English Language Arts MCAS.  The test will begin at 9:00am.  You will be assigned a room, which will be posted before March 22nd.  Students in grades 9,11, and 12 will have a 2.5 hour delay that day, but 10th graders are required to report to school on time.  

You will need a CHARGED CHROMEBOOK to take your test. If you need to borrow a school chromebook for testing please fill out this form: Request to Borrow a Chromebook for MCAS 

If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Gromacki or Ms. Gignac in Room 309.

Posted in Parent News | Leave a comment

Superintendent’s update from 3/11

For a pdf version of the ARPS Update, please click here.

Para obtener una versión de la actualización de ARPS en español, haga clic aquí.

Para uma versão do ARPS Update em português, clique aqui.

A sure sign that spring is around the corner is when we begin planning for our students’ three major transitions: from preschool into kindergarten, from elementary school to middle school, and from middle to high school.  To help families plan, I am happy to share information about events and schedules for each of these milestones.

For our incoming kindergarten students, online registration begins on March 16. If your child will be five years old on or before September 1, 2022 (there are no exceptions to this age requirement) and you are a permanent resident of Amherst or Pelham, you can register your child at  https://arps.org/registration/.  The district is also hosting an in-person kindergarten informational session on Wednesday, March 23rd at 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria at Crocker Farm Elementary School at 280 West Street. This event will be an opportunity to meet me, the elementary principals and other school-based and district administrators and to learn more about Caminantes, the Spanish dual language program at Fort River.  Families who live outside of Amherst or Pelham can attend to learn about school choice.

Sixth graders transitioning to ARMS in the fall will have a chance to learn about their next school from seventh grade counselor Luis Gomba.  Mr. Gomba will be visiting each of the elementary schools in late March and early April to share information about the ARMS team structure, class schedules, and exploratory classes.  He will also share welcome videos from Principal Diego Sharon, Assistant Principal Doreen Reid, and other ARMS staff members.  

The ARHS administrative team will be hosting a live StreamYard presentation to kick off the course registration season for current 8th graders. Parents/guardians and students are encouraged to tune in at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 30th using the link https://youtu.be/GYpwpjiCemQ.  The presentation will include:

  1. A description of the block schedule,
  2. The registration timeline with important deadlines, and
  3. Departmental recorded videos that explain course offerings in all departments. 

If you cannot join the StreamYard presentation on the 30th, the event will be recorded and the departmental videos will be available for viewing asynchronously at your convenience. 

Finally, as noted in the email to families regarding the end of the mask mandate as of Monday, teachers shared a brief video message with students regarding the change.  The videos can be found at the following links:

Posted in Parent News | Leave a comment

March PGO (virtual) Coffee with Counselors

The PGO will host our next virtual coffee on Monday March 28th 6pm-7pm. This Coffee with Counselors will be facilitated by Lisa Zephyr ,ARHS School Counselor and  Hannah Caruso, ARHS school adjustment counselor. The counselors will be discussing what teachers have noticed with regards to social-emotional challenges, the tiered level of interventions to support students, and ways students (and parents) can take care of themselves both in and out of school. 

To join the virtual event, use this Zoom link.

The PGO thanks Deirde Cuffee-Gray for a really wonderful February coffee about supporting students as they make their post-ARHS plans. If you were not able to attend that coffee, you can view a recording of it here.

Posted in Parent News | Leave a comment

Very important yearbook news!

The 2022 Yearbook is now available for pre-order! Go to https://store.shopyearbook.com/ARPS to place your order! You can also order parent ads on this site as well to honor your student, a grad, a team, or a staff member! Every quarter-page ad pays for a yearbook for a senior on free or reduced lunch. If you would like to make a donation to help provide yearbooks for all students without buying an ad, you can simply send a check to the high school made out to “ARHS Yearbook.”

We are seeking student artists to create our Yearbook cover! The top winner will have their yearbook design on the cover for all to enjoy for the rest of time, plus a $25 Limered gift card! 2nd and 3rd place runners up will also receive slightly smaller gift cards. Deadline to submit is March 31st!

SENIORS can submit nicknames, senior quotes, and baby pictures to this form: https://forms.gle/596WfqTXWHRuxXp3A Deadline to submit is March 31st!

Posted in Parent News | Leave a comment

Amherst Hurricanes Athletic Boosters Scholarship

The Amherst Hurricane Athletic Boosters will be providing up to five (5) $750 scholarships to graduating student athletes. These scholarships are one-time awards designated to assist student athletes pursuing further education. The scholarships are intended to recognize outstanding graduating athletes of ARHS. Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of their athletic success, dedication, sportsmanship, and leadership, as well as academic effort and character.

Additional details and application link can be found here. The application form is here. The deadline is April 1, 2022.

Posted in Parent News | Leave a comment

Class of 2022 Fundraisers

ARHS Class of 2022 is raising money for prom with two fundraisers.

The first fundraiser is for ARHS merchandise. You can buy hoodies, crewnecks, tote bags, and more using this link. Orders due Friday, March 31st.

The second fundraiser is for a calendar for the month of April where buyers have the opportunity to win a different gift card/prize every day. Some examples of gift cards are to: Trader Joe’s, Glazed, Share Coffee, and more! Sign up for a whole month of raffles in April for only $10 using this link (only accessible to arps email addresses). See the raffle calendar here.

Posted in Parent News | Leave a comment

Mark your calendar

March 22: 2.5-hour delayed start for 9th, 11th and 12th grades
March 23: Early release day
March 24: 2.5-hour delayed start for 9th, 11th and 12th grades
April 1: End of Quarter 3

Posted in Parent News | Leave a comment

Mensajes en Español

Haga clic aquí para ver los artículos del boletín en español

Posted in Parent News | Leave a comment

Message from the principal

Hello,

The Classes of 2020 & 2021 were not able to have their Senior Proms, but we are planning on having one for the Class of 2022! We surveyed our seniors, and they chose Saturday, May 28th as the day they want to have their Senior Prom. The Class of 2022’s Senior Prom will be at The Log Cabin. The deposit that the Class of 2020 left at The Log Cabin was passed to the Class of 2021, who then passed it on to the class of 2022. We are feeling hopeful that the deposit will be put to good use this year! We will share more details about the Class of 2022’s Senior Prom in the coming weeks.

Take care,
Talib Sadiq, Principal

Posted in Parent News | Leave a comment

Important March MCAS dates for all students

Families, take note: there are TWO DAYS (3/22 and 3/24) when 9th, 11th and 12th graders will have a 2.5-hour delay while 10th graders come to school at the regular time to take their MCAS. Details below.

March 22nd--10th Grade students take the first section of English Language Arts assessment 9am-11:30am (students may continue testing through the day as needed). STUDENTS IN GRADES 9, 11, 12 WILL ARRIVE TO SCHOOL AT 11:30AM. Therefore, there will be two bus runs–one at the regular time and one that will be delayed 2.5 hours.

March 23*–Early release day (MCAS make-up testing for students absent on 3/22).  We will run the regular early release schedule.

March 24th— 10th Grade students take the second section of English Language Arts assessment 9am-11:30am (students may continue testing through the day as needed). STUDENTS IN GRADES 9, 11, 12 WILL ARRIVE TO SCHOOL AT 11:30AM. Therefore, there will be two bus runs–one at the regular time and one that will be delayed 2.5 hours.

*The two MCAS days designated by DESE are 3/22 and 3/23 but due to our scheduled early release day, we received written permission to conduct the second session on 3/24. If you have any MCAS-related questions, please contact Assistant Principal Miki Gromacki (email or phone: 413-362-1700).

Posted in Parent News | Leave a comment

Superintendent’s update from 3/4

For a pdf version of the ARPS Update, please click here.

Para obtener una versión de la actualización de ARPS en español, haga clic aquí.

Para uma versão do ARPS Update em português, clique aqui.

As has been widely reported, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education ended the statewide school mask mandate on February 28; however, a local mask mandate is still in effect in Amherst.  Next Thursday, March 10, the Amherst Board of Health is meeting to determine whether to extend or end the local town-wide mask mandate.  We want the ARPS community to be aware of this meeting because, per School Committee policy ECBFA, it will become a personal choice for all students and staff members whether or not to wear a face covering if the Board votes to end the local mask mandate.  If such a vote is passed to lift the mandate immediately, or soon thereafter, the in-school mask mandate would end as of Monday, March 14. In addition, if the mask mandate ends, please note that all other current COVID-related safety measures, such as rapid and pooled testing, availability of free KN95 masks, ventilation, and physical arrangement of desks in classrooms with distancing, will continue.

Given the extended time we have all spent following masking as a Covid mitigation strategy, I understand that this potential change will elicit excitement for some and anxiety for others. Everyone will decide whether to wear a mask or not based on their personal circumstances, and I want to assure all staff and families that those decisions will be respected and honored.  We will update the ARPS community about the Board of Health vote next Friday.      

Finally, I want to end with a huge congratulations to the women’s Hurricanes Swimming & Diving team who are the new State Champions!  This is the first time the team has won the state title, and we couldn’t be prouder of these outstanding athletes and their coaches!  You can read an excellent story about their achievement in the Daily Hampshire Gazette

Posted in Parent News | Leave a comment

Yearbook orders are open

The 2022 Yearbook is now available for pre-order! Go to https://store.shopyearbook.com/ARPS to place your order! You can also order parent ads on this site as well to honor your student, a grad, a team, or a staff member! Every quarter-page ad pays for a yearbook for a senior on free or reduced lunch. If you would like to make a donation to help provide yearbooks for all students without buying an ad, you can simply send a check to the high school made out to “ARHS Yearbook.”

Posted in Parent News | Leave a comment

Spring sports are around the corner!

Spring sports night will take place on March 15, 2022 in the high school gymnasium from 6pm-7pm. Reminder: please register for spring sports here. Once registered more information will be sent out by the coach. Coaches directory can be found here

Posted in Parent News | Leave a comment

Opportunities for students

Is your student looking to keep busy, make money, learn new things, and/or improve their resume for jobs or colleges? Our Guidance Opportunities Page is a living document that features local, regional, and national opportunities for jobs, volunteering, workshops, scholarships, summer programs, pre-college programs, and more. Bookmark this page and check back often for new listings!

Posted in Parent News | Leave a comment

Scholarships for seniors

SENIORS should be looking at all of the local and regional scholarship opportunities featured in the Scholarship Book! Miss Garrity sent an email the day before February break with all of the information. 

Posted in Parent News | Leave a comment

Tree planting by the Environmental Action Club

Students at ARHS, led by The Environmental Action Club, are hosting a tree planting event in the greater Amherst Community to offset some of our carbon emissions and to make up for our school’s paper usage. This year’s event will take place on April 23rd where groups of volunteers, or yourself, will plant trees at homes all over our town. If you would like to make a positive impact on the environment and our community please consider buying tree saplings.

Each sapling costs $5 and can be ordered online at our website here. We are offering three different species: The Pin Oak, Red Maple, and The American Sycamore. Order your trees by March 21st and help celebrate Earth Day by planting trees on April 23rd!

Thanks so much,
Sara Hastie and Shire Thompson, Co-Presidents of The Environmental Action Club

Posted in Parent News | Leave a comment

Mark your calendar

March 15: Spring sports night
March 22: 2.5-hour delayed start for 9th, 11th and 12th grades
March 23: Early release day
March 24: 2.5-hour delayed start for 9th, 11th and 12th grades
April 1: End of Quarter 3

Posted in Parent News | Leave a comment

Mensajes en Español

Haga clic aquí para ver los artículos del boletín en español

Posted in Parent News | Leave a comment

Message from the principal

Hello,

It is my pleasure to share the exciting news that one of our seniors, Rebekah Hong, has been named a 2022 Coca-Cola Scholar! Nationwide there were over 65,000 applicants, and only 150 were chosen to be Coca-Cola Scholars. This is a tremendous honor and a testament to all of Rebekah’s hard work in the classroom and our community. This link provides more information about the Coca-Cola Scholars program. Congratulations Rebekah!

Talib Sadiq
Principal

Posted in Parent News | Leave a comment

Course registration and AP Exams

Today, Friday March 4th is the last day to register for courses for the 22-23 school year.  Guidance counselors will be meeting individually with students to discuss their choices.  Here are the registration letters that were sent to families, in English and Spanish.

Tuesday, March 15th is the last day to order or cancel AP exams.  Here is the letter that was sent home to families of students registered in AP courses.

Posted in Parent News | Leave a comment

Important March MCAS dates for all students

Families, take note: there are TWO DAYS (3/22 and 3/24) when 9th, 11th and 12th graders will have a 2.5-hour delay while 10th graders come to school at the regular time to take their MCAS. Details below.

March 22nd--10th Grade students take the first section of English Language Arts assessment 9am-11:30am (students may continue testing through the day as needed). STUDENTS IN GRADES 9, 11, 12 WILL ARRIVE TO SCHOOL AT 11:30AM. Therefore, there will be two bus runs–one at the regular time and one that will be delayed 2.5 hours.

March 23*–Early release day (MCAS make-up testing for students absent on 3/22).  We will run the regular early release schedule.

March 24th— 10th Grade students take the second section of English Language Arts assessment 9am-11:30am (students may continue testing through the day as needed). STUDENTS IN GRADES 9, 11, 12 WILL ARRIVE TO SCHOOL AT 11:30AM. Therefore, there will be two bus runs–one at the regular time and one that will be delayed 2.5 hours.

*The two MCAS days designated by DESE are 3/22 and 3/23 but due to our scheduled early release day, we received written permission to conduct the second session on 3/24. If you have any MCAS-related questions, please contact Assistant Principal Miki Gromacki (email or phone: 413-362-1700).

Posted in Parent News | Leave a comment

Calculus tutors needed

The ARHS STEM tutoring center is in need of volunteers who can assist students with calculus. The tutoring is virtual, after school hours, and can be a short term commitment. If you are interested, please contact Vanessa Meikle.

Posted in Parent News | Leave a comment

Superintendent’s update from 2/18

For a pdf version of the ARPS Update, please click here.

Para obtener una versión de la actualización de ARPS en español, haga clic aquí.

Para uma versão do ARPS Update em português, clique aqui.

Thank you to all of the families and staff members who signed up to participate in the free rapid COVID test kit program.  Home testing is an important part of our mitigation efforts, particularly since it helps identify asymptomatic individuals.  As you know, the District experienced a significant spike in cases following the winter holidays, and we are asking for the ARPS community’s help in keeping our numbers down after next week’s February break.  If you receive rapid test kits from the district (or have one at home from a different source), please plan to test yourself (for staff) or your children on Sunday morning, February 27 before returning to the school buildings on Monday. If the test is positive, please stay home and notify your school nurse on Monday morning.  The nurses are available at the following numbers:

ARHS: Robbin Suprenant 362-1473 Mary O’Brien 362-1744

I am pleased to share some wonderful news about both students and staff members in this week’s newsletter.  You’ll see stories below about the achievement of our girls swim team, about a well-deserved honor bestowed upon Athletic Director Victoria Stewart, about our Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching Award recipients, and a student-written story about ARMS art teacher Rodney Madison.  I couldn’t be prouder of our amazing students and staff at ARPS and am happy to share such happy news as we leave for break!

Posted in Parent News | Leave a comment

Spring sports are around the corner!

Spring sports night will take place on March 15, 2022 in the high school gymnasium from 6pm-7pm. Reminder: please register for spring sports here. Once registered more information will be sent out by the coach. Coaches directory can be found here

Posted in Parent News | Leave a comment