GenerationQ

GenQ is a social and support group for queer, trans, and nonbinary youth ages 14-21. Due to the COVID-19 lockdown, their programming has shifted from twice a week, in person, to an online drop in-style setting. Recently, this group has been revamped to better meet the needs of its participants. Below is the current programming.
Mondays: Peer Support & Community Connections | 4-6 pm
This time is for youth to receive assistance from staff and their peers, as well as connect to other organizations in the community. It meets on Zoom and the link can be found here.
Tuesdays: Brave Space Weekly Workshops | 4-6 pm
During this time, youth meet with staff on Zoom to participate in youth-led, adult-supported workshops. Youth can suggest and/or host their own activities. The link can be found here.
Thursdays: Peer Support & Community Connections | 2-4 pm
This is the same as Mondays’ programming but held for a shorter period of time and may be hosted by a different staff member. It also meets on Zoom and the link can be found here.
Discord
During the periods where there is no programming, youth can turn to Discord for additional peer support, access to resources, and the opportunity to meet other participants. Staff are often online and available for assistance. The link can be found here.
The staff person to contact about programming and enrollment is Dan Lionheart, our LGBTQIA+ Specialist and their email is tlionheart@communityaction.us.

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Block Schedule Presentation

On Tuesday, ARHS Administration presented a 4×4 Block schedule that will be used for the 2021-2022 Academic Year.

The presentation can be viewed (slides 2-10: https://drive.google.com/file/d/16AVDntYxyVSIJxvcQs-b1JPnm7-94f6i/view?usp=sharing

The Admin Team will be sharing additional information and providing opportunity for community input this Spring.

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Coffee with the Counselors

The ARHS PGO Coffee with the Counselors is scheduled for Wednesday March 24th 6:30pm-7:30pm.  The discussion topic will be ” How the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the mental health of adolescents”. Karen Peters, Sherry Balzano and  Lisa Zephyr will be the counselors speaking at the coffee. 

The Counselors would like to receive in advance questions that parents/caregivers would like them to address at the coffee. Please submit questions to the PGO Coffee Coordinator at joyifill@gmail.com The deadline for submitting questions to Joy is on  Monday March 22nd at noon.

To attend this virtual event, use this link.

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Yearbook Updates

  • Yearbook pre-orders are only open until APRIL 1ST. Order yours now! If you are a senior and are having trouble affording a yearbook, contact Miss Garrity.
  • Families and staff can submit “parent ads” to thank or congratulate students, staff, or faculty. Every ad purchased helps a senior on free/reduced lunch get a yearbook! Submit your ad at arps.picaboo.com
  • All students should submit a portrait to the yearbook through the MyYearbookPhoto app! If you are having trouble uploading your image to the app, you may email it to Miss Garrity at garrityc@arps.org
  • In addition to portraits, we are still looking for candid images to fill our yearbook! Send us photos of you with your friends, family, pets, and projects! Send us photos of your silver linings, your clubs, your joy, your genius! Photos can be uploaded at arps.picaboo.com or emailed to garrityc@arps.org.

On March 17th, students have the day off and some members of the ARHS Yearbook Staff will be available at the high school to take photos from 11am-2pm. Students can stop by to take pictures with friends. Social distancing and masks will be required, hand sanitizer will be available. Parents will be contacted to confirm permission. To sign up, fill out this Google Form: https://forms.gle/CELnjnMzee7CWX9fA

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Attention Seniors

Need money for college? Find over 50 great scholarship opportunities in the Scholarship Book! Keep an eye on emails from Miss Garrity as well for scholarship updates.

Don’t forget to tell us when you are accepted into colleges! Log it in Naviance and fill out this form to get on our 2021 Acceptance Map!

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Calling all student cinematographers and video gurus!

Summit Academy and the Town of Amherst are looking for a few students who are interested in helping create a video/slideshow for a special collaboration project beginning in the next few days. We are looking for students that can start as soon as possible and will work until the end of the school year. Please email Erin Edinson (edinsone1@arps.org) if you’re interested in helping out, or if you have any questions. Thanks

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AP Exams

Reminder that Friday, March 12 is the last day for students to order or cancel AP exams.  Orders and cancellations must be completed by noon on that day. 

For ARHS Updates/Changes/Information regarding the AP exams, please open the following link:


English – https://drive.google.com/file/d/1dpwJ-d3N90xUtUncxoqdK6roRDvILtAi/view?usp=sharing

Spanish – https://drive.google.com/file/d/1E90KxKSg1Rv-iW7M-ihtpfbUrMS0hFzB/view?usp=sharing

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ARPS Statement about School Start Times

The Amherst, Pelham, and Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committees voted on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 to approve a plan to change the school start times for the 2021-22 school year, so that elementary schools will start after 8:00 AM and secondary schools will start no earlier than 8:45 AM. This change is a “flip” of the standard school start times in place prior to the current school year, with elementary schools starting at 8:40 AM and secondary schools starting at 7:45 AM.

In presenting the proposed change, Superintendent Michael Morris said that the “research is conclusive that later start times for secondary students contribute to better outcomes in a variety of areas, including academics and overall well-being.” 

The vote comes after several weeks of community outreach, including multiple information sessions and focus groups with families, staff, and students, and after a similar proposal was explored but not pursued in 2012. The approved plan received overwhelming support in a recent survey of staff, families, and middle school and high school students, with 75% of all respondents favoring the proposed plan over the prior school start times. 

Option A (prior start times)

Secondary 7:30am-2:20pm

Elementary 8:30am-3:10pm

Option B

Elementary 8:10am-2:45pm

Secondary 9:05am-3:30pm 

Chair of the Amherst and the Regional School Committees Allison McDonald commented that “this shift to a later start time for our secondary students will have a tremendous positive impact on their overall wellness and academic performance, and after this challenging school year is even more important.”

The District administration and staff will work through the implementation details, including bus schedules and routes as well as high school schedules, and update the community as plans are finalized.You can link to the complete presentation of survey results (p19-31).

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Mark Your Calendars

Mar 17: All Teachers Curriculum/Work Day (No School) ; Yearbook photo opportunity at ARHS

Mar 24: PreK-12 Early Release (12:00 secondary/1:20 elementary) 

Mar 24: Coffee with the Counselors (6:30pm)

Apr 1: Deadline to Pre-order the 2021 Yearbook

Apr 2: Good Friday (No School—Budgetary Reasons) 

Apr 7: Amherst Art for Clean Action Energy Deadline

Apr 14: PreK-12 Early Release (12:00 secondary/1:20 elementary) 

Apr 16: Q3 Ends

Apr 19-23: Spring Break 

Apr 24: Q4 Begins

Apr 26: Spring Sports Season Begins

May 5 – 14: AP Exams Administered

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

May 31: Memorial Day (No School) 

June 1-3: Senior Exam Period

June 3: Last Day for Seniors

June 11: Graduation

June 19″ Juneteenth Holiday

June 21-23- Final Exam Period

June 24: Last day of school

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Free Virtual Tutoring Thursday Afternoons

The Future Health Leaders Network is a group of UMASS students offering free virtual tutoring via the Jones Library. They’re available to help with homework, study prep, or general college advice on Thursdays from 4-6pm. It’s a free, drop-in session via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84312752297?pwd MnFYekhvOVhic1JDR3k4d1Y2YlQ5UT09

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Great Jewish Books Summer Program

Great summer opportunity for current 10th and 11th graders:  Includes tuition and cost of books.    In the Great Jewish Books Summer Program, students read, discuss, argue about, and fall in love with modern Jewish literature.  The 2021 program will be fully remote, connecting students from across the country and beyond to create a friendly, engaging online community of readers.     The program includes dynamic seminars led by college faculty, a deep-dive into modern Jewish literature and talks with contemporary writers as well as social activities.  For more info:  https://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/educational-programs/great-jewish-books-summer-program.  Application DUE: March 29

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Lizzie Borden: The Mystery Continues

Amherst, MA – We all know the ditty “Lizzie Borden took an ax….” but few people know the actual facts! Join us for Lizzie Borden: The Mystery Continues, an event to be presented by Christopher Daly and hosted by the Jones Library via Zoom on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 7:00 pm. 

Lizzie Borden: The Mystery Continues is a one hour in-depth retelling of the famous double homicide. Extensive research utilizing archival materials, period newspapers and period photographs has been done to create an entertaining, fascinating and informative presentation about America’s favorite mystery.  At the end of the presentation, different theories on the murders will be set forth and the question of “Who done it?” will be put to the audience for further discussion and conjecture. 

Christopher Daley has been lecturing all over New England for over 25 years on historical topics of interest and is currently a history teacher in the Silver Lake Regional School System in Kingston, Massachusetts.  He holds a B.A. and an M.A. from Bridgewater State University in Political Science and History.  Mr. Daley has served as historical consultant on the Sacco-Vanzetti Case for the Travel Channel’s program “Timetraveling with Brian Unger.”  He also appeared in two episodes of the Travel Channel’s “Kindred Spirits” in the capacity of historian on shows about the Lizzie Borden Case. 

To attend this event, please register by sending an email to programs@joneslibrary.org.   You must register with your email address in order to receive the link to participate in this Zoom event. The link will be sent to you by email before the event. You will need a device with audio and/or video and an internet connection to join via Zoom. 

For more information, please visit https://www.joneslibrary.org/ or contact Janet Ryan at ryanj@joneslibrary.org.   

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Jones Libraries.  

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An Update from Principal Sadiq

Hello,

I hope this message finds all of you doing well. We wanted to inform you about some of the things that are going on with the high school. 

As many of you may know, the School Committee passed a motion for the return to in-person learning “for all students who want it”. The date the School Committee set for the high school to return to in-person learning is April 26, the 1st day of the 4th quarter. In the coming weeks we will be sharing details about what in-person learning will look like, and asking families to fill out a survey to find out how many students will choose the in-person option. 

Student leaders in the class of 2021 organized a virtual meeting for the entire class last Friday. I spoke with them about graduation, and the plan to have it outside. Public health metrics and the venue we settle on will have a huge impact on the type of graduation ceremony we will be able to have for them. They also heard from Mrs. Haygood about the prom, and the need to come up with alternative activities and events. They gave us a list of those alternatives, and other activities they are interested in having. You can see the list of those activities here. We’ll be meeting again with the student leaders to finish planning the end of the year events.

We are also planning some in-person outdoor extra-curricular activities for any student to join in. We will be meeting with Club Advisors next week to continue our efforts to finalize what those activities will be, and when they’ll happen. Stay tuned for those details.     

Here are some upcoming events to be aware of:

  • 2021-2022 ARHS Block Schedule Presentation to the Regional School Committee, Tuesday, March 9th @, Ma 7:00pm
  • PGO Coffee with the Counselors – Wednesday, March 25th @ 6:30pm-7:30pm
  • Mid April 2021–Summer School Information will be available (currently under development)
  • Mid-Late April 2021–Course Registration materials will be distributed

Please reach out to use with any questions or suggestions. Thanks and take care.

Talib Sadiq

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ARHS PGO Volunteer Opportunities

We need your help! The ARHS PGO is an all-volunteer organization, and all ARHS parents and guardians are members. Most of the officers have graduating seniors, so please consider stepping up NOW to learn the ropes and take over next year. We need one or two PGO newsletter editors, a secretary, grants committee members, as well as folks to take on occasional projects. And yes, the outgoing officers will provide training and handholding. Many hands make the work light and keeps our ARHS Community strong.

Lead Newsletter Editor (4 hours/month)- This is our lead Communications position.  The tasks include publishing the weekly PGO newsletter, as well updating and maintaining our WordPress website and MailChimp subscription lists.

Newsletter Editor (2 hours/month) – Share responsibility with the lead newsletter editor to publish the PGO newsletter.

Grants Committee (6-8 hours per semester)- Twice a year you’d invite students and teachers to submit grant requests; you’d then work with the ARHS administration to review the applications and select the grant winners.

Secretary (1 hour a month)- organize monthly PGO meetings with the Principal; support the work of other PGO officers.

In addition, we need volunteers for the following occasional projects:

Teacher Appreciation Luncheon – Organize end-of-year teacher appreciation luncheon

Fundraising – Help organize fundraisers as needed.

Many hands make the work light and keeps our ARHS Community strong. And yes, the outgoing officers will provide training and handholding.

Interested or have questions? Email Becky (beckydemling@yahoo.com) or Ellen (ellenlindsey@gmail.com)

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Coffee with the Counselors: Weds March 24

The Coffee with the Counselors is scheduled for Wednesday March 24th 6:30pm-7:30pm.  The discussion topic will be ” How the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the mental health of adolescents”. Karen Peters, Sherry Balzano and  Lisa Zephyr will be the counselors speaking at the coffee. The Counselors would like to receive in advance questions

that parents/caregivers would like them to address at the coffee. Please submit questions to the PGO Coffee Coordinator at joyifill@gmail.com

 The deadline for submitting questions to Joy is on  Monday March 22nd at noon.

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From College & Career Counseling Office – 14 Weeks to Go!!

Check in with the College and Career Advisor – Fifteen Minutes of FUN!!! – link

Looking for employment, still thinking about a GAP Year, did Harvard blow it? Feel free to set a time to check in and think more about Life After ARHS.

Class of 2021 Storytime – Fridays at 12:30 –  link to meeting

Hear the fascinating conclusion of “I’m In Charge of Celebrations” 

Every week Ms. Cuffee-Gray will read a children’s story. Sign in and take yourself back.

Compare Your Award Letters March 8th @12:20pm – link to meeting

Decisions are coming in. Where is the MONEY??? Learn how to use a great tool to compare your award letters! 

Community Foundation of Western MA – Scholarship (March 31st)

This is a REALLY great scholarship opportunity. MONEY DOESN’T GROW ON TREES!!!

https://communityfoundation.org/students/scholarships/

ARHS Scholarships

Ms. Garrity sent you a link and an attachment. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to fund your future. Regardless of your pathway, there may be a scholarship for you.

2021-2022 SChool Calendar Approved

The School Committee has approved the attached 2021-2022 School Calendar.  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1lJifi9kJuG-1aADxI7HEr45gnzf7U-WS/view?usp=sharing

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Student Written Play Festival Call for Submissions

All Students are invited to Submit a play to the 36th Annual Student-Written Play Festival!  We accept all kinds of scripts from all kinds of students for a slate of 10 and 1-minute plays to be performed live this spring.  No experience necessary whatsoever.  Everything you need to know is at: bit.ly/arhssw21 – but feel free to contact Mr. Bechtold (bechtolj@arps.org) with any questions.  Entries due March 14.

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From the Athletics Director

The winter season has come to an end. All teams did a wonderful job following the necessary guidelines in order to make the most of their season. I want to thank all my coaches, staff and parent volunteers who made this season so successful. Please check out the teams records and results below. 

The floating season practices have begun! Please note the practice schedule can be found here as well as on the athletic webpage. The floating season ends on April 25th and we move right along to the spring season on April 26th!

I appreciate all of the community’s support as we continue to work on providing our student-athletes with a safe and positive athletic experience. Home games are live on youtube for your convenience. 

Alpine

Boys Basketball JV 12-0

Boys Basketball Varsity  12-4

Girls Basketball JV 9-4

Girls Basketball Varsity 15-1

Ice Hockey 1-9-1

Nordic 

Thanks,

Victoria Stewart

Director of Athletics

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Stars to Special Education

ARPS SEPAC is now taking NOMINATIONS FOR STARS TO SPECIAL EDUCATION!! The Recognition of Excellence in Special Education is an important way for the community to thank those who through dedication, creativity, patience, and determination help students receiving special education experience success. Nominees are open to all people – any staff, student or community member who have made a meaningful impact on students in Special Education. If you know of a person who you think should be recognized with an award for their work, please submit a nomination by Friday, March 12th, 2021. Share this flyer!

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EAC partnering to offset ARHS paper consumption

The Environmental Action Club has partnered with an organization called Tree-Plenish to plant trees in the Amherst community! Our goal is 230 trees, which will offset the school’s yearly paper consumption. THE NEXT 40 TREES ARE FREE. If you or anyone you know would like to request a tree, go to https://www.tree-plenishevents.org/amherst. Trees are only $5! We’re offering red oak, red maple, or river birch saplings; pictures of these trees are on the website. You can also volunteer for our planting event on April 24th through the same sign up sheet on that website. The deadline for ordering trees is March 24th.

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Mark Your Calendars

Mar 17: All Teachers Curriculum/Work Day (No School) 

Mar 24: PreK-12 Early Release (12:00 secondary/1:20 elementary) 

Mar 24: Coffee with the Counselors (6:30pm)

Apr 2: Good Friday (No School—Budgetary Reasons) 

Apr 7: Amherst Art for Clean Action Energy Deadline

Apr 14: PreK-12 Early Release (12:00 secondary/1:20 elementary) 

Apr 16: Q3 Ends

Apr 19-23: Spring Break 

Apr 24: Q4 Begins

Apr 26: Spring Sports Season Begins

May 5 – 14: AP Exams Administered

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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Amherst Four Building Projects Workshop and Feedback Session

Saturday, March 6, 2021

Join us to discuss possible financing options for  the four major building projects in Town.

The four projects are the $36.3 million expansion and renovation of the Jones Library, for which the town is responsible for $15.8 million; a new $80 million elementary school building, for which the town would cover $40 million of the cost; a new $20 million Department of Public Works headquarters; and a new $15 million fire station in South Amherst.


The conversation can be joined by:

Via Telephone: by calling 1 (646) 876-9923 and typing in the meeting ID # 524 601 364

Via Zoom: https://amherstma.zoom.us/j/524601364 

Can’t make it live? Send your questions in advance to sunrydb@amherstma.govA recording of the session will be posted to our Community Chat Playlist, available at: https://bit.ly/AmherstCommunity

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Virtual Teen Science Café at MIT Museum

MIT Museum is hosting the popular Virtual Teen Science Café again this spring! Please encourage your high school students to join our next event, Teen Science Café: Equity in Healthcare, which is planned and hosted by my peers on the Teen Programming Council. Meet experts in the field of equity in healthcare in this Zoom Webinar, with the opportunity to ask questions and dive deeper into the topic. This is a free event for interested high school students only. The event occurs on Friday, March 5, 5:30-7:30 pm EST. Pre-registration is required. Teens can register and learn more at this link: https://mitmuseum.mit.edu/program/teen-science-caf%C3%A9-equity-healthcare

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Virtual Homework Help at the Jones Library

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Want some extra help with homework or preparing for exams? Students from the Future Health Leaders Network of UMass Amherst are available Thursdays in March from 4 to 6 pm to assist high school students with homework help and test prep. It’s a free, drop-in session.

Email teens@joneslibrary.org for more information and the Zoom link.

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Youth Career & Job Expo

A virtual job fair and career expo for high school students and young adults 14 to 24 years of age in Franklin, Hampshire County, and the North Quabbin region.  One note: Students are not required to attend the orientation in order to attend the various career events.

HEAR FROM CAREER PROFESSIONALS (ALL SESSIONS FROM 3PM-4:30PM): 

HEALTHCARE 3/17/2021 

SOCIAL ASSISTANCE 3/31/2021 

EDUCATION & CHILDCARE 4/14/2021 

CAREER SKILLS WORKSHOPS 4/28/2021 

JOB FAIR 5/5/2021 (TIME TBD) Click the following link to register: https://tinyurl.com/fhnexpo21 Email mattallen@masshirefhwb.org for any questions.

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Spark for German

Come join us and learn some basic German in six differently themed 45-minute interactive virtual sessions. We’ll listen to music, learn about sustainability, explore food culture, and much more.

WHAT: basic German in a fun virtual setting

WHEN: Tuesdays 4.00-4.45 p.m. on these dates 3/9, 3/16, 3/23, 3/30, 4/6, and 4/13

GRADES: 7-12

WHO: Kelly Champine (UMass TA in German Studies), Tyler Dillon (UMass German major) and Ela Gezen (UMass Associate Professor of German and Undergraduate Program Director, and parent to a 5th grader at Wildwood) If you are interested, please register here by March 2nd.

Vengan a aprender alemán elemental en seis sesiones virtuales e interactivas, de 45 minutos cada una. Escucharemos música, aprenderemos sobre sostenibilidad, exploraremos la cultura culinaria y mucho más. QUÉ: Alemán elemental en un divertido entorno virtual CUÁNDO: Martes 4:00 – 4:45 PM, en las siguientes fechas: 3/9, 3/16, 3/23, 3/30, 4/6, y 4/13 GRADOS: 7-12 QUIÉN: Kelly Champine (estudiante graduada de Alemán y asistente de enseñanza en UMass), Tyler Dillon (estudiante de UMass con concentración Alemán), y Ela Gezen (Profesora Asociada de Alemán y Directora del Programa de Estudios Subgraduados en Alemán en UMass, y madre de un estudiante de quinto grado en Wildwood) Si le interesa este programa, por favor regístrense aquí antes del 2 de Marzo. Not a school-sponsored event / Este evento no ésta organizado por la escuela

To view the flyer: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1sdrLRTF7Tgh6KLaKH6aMeb-vNSpNIuvS/view?usp=sharing

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ARHS DESE Report Card for 2020

Dear Families:

Every year, each public school and school district in Massachusetts receives a report card. Just

as your child’s report card shows how they are doing in different subjects, the school’s report

card is designed to show families how our school is doing in different areas. A link to our

school’s report card is available HERE.

The report card includes multiple measures of a school’s performance – more than just MCAS

scores. It represents a new way of looking at school performance, by providing information on

student achievement, teacher qualifications, student learning opportunities, and more.

Report cards are designed to be useful tools for everyone connected to our school. Families can

use the information to have meaningful conversations with us about what the school is doing

well and where there is room for improvement. Community and education leaders can use the

information to better understand how to support students and our school.

You will notice on our report card that we are within a few percentage points of the state

average in every category, except MassCore Completion. The main reason for that is, as a

district we have different graduation requirements than the state does. Being close to the state

averages is “OK”, but we are striving for “Outstanding”, not just OK. Our teachers are working

hard, our students are working hard, and families are working hard to support their children.

I believe that more effective communication and collaboration between the school, students,

and their families is the first step towards improving student performance in our school. That,

along with additional Tier 2 supports, like Targeted Intervention will improve our Grade 9

Course-Passing rates, Graduation Rates, and our Post-Secondary Enrollment.

We encourage you to become involved in helping us improve our school. We see parents as

critical partners in the success of our students and school, and we are grateful for your

continued support.

Finally, if your child attends a school that receives federal Title I funds, you also have the right to

request the following information about the qualifications of your child’s classroom teachers:

  • Whether your child’s teacher is licensed in the grade levels and subject areas they teach,
  • Whether your child’s teacher is teaching under an emergency license or waiver,
  • The college degree and major of your child’s teacher, and
  • Whether your child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications.

If you have questions about our school’s report card, would like to become involved in school

improvement activities, or would like to request information about the qualifications of your

child’s classroom teacher, please contact arhsoffice@arps.org. Click HERE to see our district’s

report card or to search for other schools’ report cards, visit.

Sincerely,

Talib Sadiq

Interim Principal

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1gC5gmKTMVEZ9O_xdEUb1IlmntuaI0sU0/view?usp=sharing

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ARPS School Committee Meetings Next Week

There have 2 joint meetings of the Amherst, Pelham, and Regional School Committees coming up on Tuesday & Wednesday. Among the topics on Tuesday, they will vote on the proposed school start time change, hear about pooled testing for COVID-19, and discuss returning to in-person learning this Spring. A vote on the return to in-person learning this Spring is planned for Wednesday’s meeting.

Submit your public comment by calling 413-345-2949 and recording a voice message, or by emailing mcdonalda@arps.org with the subject line “public comment.” Comments received any time before 3pm Tuesday will be included in Tuesday’s meeting. Comments received after Tuesday @3pm will be included in Wednesday’s meeting. Voice message comments for Wednesday’s meeting may be submitted until 5pm; email comments may be submitted until 3pm (to allow time to compile and post the public comment document for the meeting).

Read the full agendas here: https://arps.org/amhers…/regional-school-committee-agendas

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Senior Class Meeting 9AM on Friday

Class of 2021 Parents, please remind your Seniors they are all invited to a virtual senior meeting on February 26th at 9:00am! You will hear from administrators and other adult leaders regarding prom, graduation, scholarships, senior exemption etc. You will also have the opportunity to network with some of your peers as well. Check your email for the GoogleMeet link.  !

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Floating Sports Season Begins Monday!

Sports registration for the ‘floating season’ is closing on Feb 28! ARPS will be offering ‘indoor track’ (practices only; 9th-12th grade), football (9th-12th grade) and swimming (7th-12th grade).

Please note that ‘indoor track’ will be mostly outdoors unless using the weight room. There is a possibility that we offer practices only, with a chance of a couple outdoor meets towards the end of April. 

Please continue to check the athletic webpage, as it is updated frequently frequently.

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Student Written Play Festival Call for Submissions

All Students are invited to Submit a play to the 36th Annual Student-Written Play Festival!  We accept all kinds of scripts from all kinds of students for a slate of 10 and 1-minute plays to be performed live this spring.  No experience necessary whatsoever.  Everything you need to know is at: bit.ly/arhssw21 – but feel free to contact Mr. Bechtold (bechtolj@arps.org) with any questions.  Entries due March 14.

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Mark Your Calendars

Feb 26: Virtual senior class meeting 9:00am

Feb 28: Deadline to Register for Floating Season Sports

Mar 1: Floating Sports Season Begins

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 7: Amherst Art for Clean Action Energy Deadline

Apr 14: PreK-12 Early Release (12:00 secondary/1:20 elementary) 

Apr 16: Q3 Ends

Apr 19-23: Spring Break 

Apr 24: Q4 Begins

Apr 26: Spring Sports Season Begins

May 5 – 14: AP Exams Administered

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 Homework Help at the Jones Library

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Want some extra help with homework or preparing for exams? Students from the Future Health Leaders Network of UMass Amherst are available Thursdays in March from 4 to 6 pm to assist high school students with homework help and test prep. It’s a free, drop-in session.

Email teens@joneslibrary.org for more information and the Zoom link.

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Youth Career & Job Expo Kick Off

A virtual job fair and career expo for high school students and young adults 14 to 24 years of age in Franklin, Hampshire County, and the North Quabbin region.  One note: Students are not required to attend the orientation in order to attend the various career events.

HEAR FROM CAREER PROFESSIONALS (ALL SESSIONS FROM 3PM-4:30PM): 

MANUFACTURING 3/3/2021 

HEALTHCARE 3/17/2021 

SOCIAL ASSISTANCE 3/31/2021 

EDUCATION & CHILDCARE 4/14/2021 

CAREER SKILLS WORKSHOPS 4/28/2021 

JOB FAIR 5/5/2021 (TIME TBD) Click the following link to register: https://tinyurl.com/fhnexpo21 Email mattallen@masshirefhwb.org for any questions.

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Yelo (Youth Engage Legislators & Officials) Forum

DIAL/SELF AmeriCorps is collaborating with Community Action Youth Programs to bring the annual YELO Forum, 3/31/21 from 4-6pm. YELO = Youth Engage Legislators & Officials. This year will be a virtual forum. Youth and DSAP members will lead an interactive flow of engaging activities to generate dialog around issues such as mental health, climate justice, and racial justice.

Here is a YELO Forum Flyer!

Please share this with any youth you think may be interested in attending. 

To receive the YELO Forum Zoom link, youth must register: https://forms.gle/F3Fr5LtMu1k6Vx4VA 

Registration opens March 1st. The YELO Forum is on March 31st, from 4pm-6pm 

The 1st 30 youth to register (& participate in the forum) will receive an e-gift card.Community Action Youth Programs is hosting 2 pre-YELO Workshops to prepare and collaborate with youth on creating the content of the forum. These will be on Wednesdays 3/3 and 3/17 from 4pm-6pm. For those interested in participating in pre-YELO workshops, please reach out to Allison Scott ascott@dialself.org

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Northampton and Amherst Approved as Collaborative Regional Vaccination Site

The City of Northampton and Town of Amherst join forces to distribute up to 5,000 vaccinations per week  

On Tuesday  it was announced that the Northampton Health Department has been approved as the lead community in a regional collaboration with the Town of Amherst to distribute COVID-19 vaccine to eligible Massachusetts residents. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) will provide up to 5,000 coronavirus vaccines a week to the region. Amherst will be operating at the Bangs Community Center, 70 Boltwood Walk while the Northampton site will be at the Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz Street. Both sites are open to all Massachusetts residents who are currently eligible to receive the vaccine.More info can be found at https://www.amherstma.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?CID=1

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Amherst Four Building Projects Workshop and Feedback Session

Saturday, March 6, 2021

Join us to discuss possible financing options for  the four major building projects in Town.

The four projects are the $36.3 million expansion and renovation of the Jones Library, for which the town is responsible for $15.8 million; a new $80 million elementary school building, for which the town would cover $40 million of the cost; a new $20 million Department of Public Works headquarters; and a new $15 million fire station in South Amherst.


The conversation can be joined by:

Via Telephone: by calling 1 (646) 876-9923 and typing in the meeting ID # 524 601 364

Via Zoom: https://amherstma.zoom.us/j/524601364 

Can’t make it live? Send your questions in advance to sunrydb@amherstma.govA recording of the session will be posted to our Community Chat Playlist, available at: https://bit.ly/AmherstCommunity

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Spark for German

Come join us and learn some basic German in six differently themed 45-minute interactive virtual sessions. We’ll listen to music, learn about sustainability, explore food culture, and much more.

WHAT: basic German in a fun virtual setting

WHEN: Tuesdays 4.00-4.45 p.m. on these dates 3/9, 3/16, 3/23, 3/30, 4/6, and 4/13

GRADES: 7-12

WHO: Kelly Champine (UMass TA in German Studies), Tyler Dillon (UMass German major) and Ela Gezen (UMass Associate Professor of German and Undergraduate Program Director, and parent to a 5th grader at Wildwood) If you are interested, please register here by March 2nd.

Vengan a aprender alemán elemental en seis sesiones virtuales e interactivas, de 45 minutos cada una. Escucharemos música, aprenderemos sobre sostenibilidad, exploraremos la cultura culinaria y mucho más. QUÉ: Alemán elemental en un divertido entorno virtual CUÁNDO: Martes 4:00 – 4:45 PM, en las siguientes fechas: 3/9, 3/16, 3/23, 3/30, 4/6, y 4/13 GRADOS: 7-12 QUIÉN: Kelly Champine (estudiante graduada de Alemán y asistente de enseñanza en UMass), Tyler Dillon (estudiante de UMass con concentración Alemán), y Ela Gezen (Profesora Asociada de Alemán y Directora del Programa de Estudios Subgraduados en Alemán en UMass, y madre de un estudiante de quinto grado en Wildwood) Si le interesa este programa, por favor regístrense aquí antes del 2 de Marzo. Not a school-sponsored event / Este evento no ésta organizado por la escuela

To view the flyer: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1sdrLRTF7Tgh6KLaKH6aMeb-vNSpNIuvS/view?usp=sharing

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Senior Class Meeting

Seniors are all invited to a virtual senior meeting on February 26th at 9:00am! You will hear from administrators and other adult leaders regarding prom, graduation, scholarships, senior exemption etc. You will also have the opportunity to network with some of your peers as well. Check your email after break for the GoogleMeet link.

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ARHS Athletics Update

Sports registration for the ‘floating season’ is now open! We will be offering ‘indoor track’ (practices only; 9th-12th grade), football (9th-12th grade) and swimming (7th-12th grade). Please note that ‘indoor track’ will be primarily outdoors unless using the weight room (This does not replace the outdoor spring season). There is a possibility that we offer practices only, with a chance of a couple outdoor meets towards the end of April.  Please continue to check the athletic webpage, as I do my best to update it frequently.  

I appreciate all of the community’s support as we continue to work on providing our student-athletes with a safe and positive athletic experience. Home games are live on youtube for your convenience. 

Thanks,

Victoria Stewart

Director of Athletics

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Attention Seniors:

Check your email for an email going out 2/12 from Miss Garrity containing the long-awaited Scholarship Book, containing over 50 scholarship opportunities! February break is a great time to start on your applications!

Apply Now for Community Foundation Scholarships: Each year the Community Foundation of Western Mass offers over 140 different scholarships, resulting in over 1,000 individual scholarship awards of approximately $1.4 million. The good news is you just have to submit one application and you will be matched with all of the scholarships for which you’re eligible. 

Two scholarships of note for ARHS students are the First National Bank of America Centennial Educational Scholarship Fund, which is specifically for graduating ARHS seniors, and the Wilbur. H. H. Ward Education Fund, with a preference for Amherst residents attending UMass Amherst. The scholarship application window closes March 31.

MEFA Webinars: Applying for College Scholarships Feb 24, 2021 06:30 PM

https://mefa-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_XhOTMQK7TsKof_2ssbqlUQ

TopicMEFA Webinars: Applying for College ScholarshipsDescriptionScholarships can make a significant impact in helping cover college costs. In this webinar, you’ll learn key scholarship facts, how to use online search engines to find scholarships, and plenty of helpful tips to use in your search. You’ll also learn how scholarships fit into the larger financial aid picture. Live transcription will be available.Time

Feb 24, 2021 06:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Mark Your Calendars

Feb 24: PreK-12 Early Release (12:00 secondary/1:20 elementary) 

Feb 26: Senior Class Council Meeting 9AM

Feb 28: Deadline to Register for Floating Season Sports

Mar 1: Floating Sports Season Begins

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 7: Amherst Art for Clean Action Energy Deadline

Apr 14: PreK-12 Early Release (12:00 secondary/1:20 elementary) 

Apr 16: Q3 Ends

Apr 19-23: Spring Break 

Apr 24: Q4 Begins

Apr 26: Spring Sports Season Begins

May 5 – 14: AP Exams Administered

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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UMass Association of Women in Science Pen Pal Program

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Amherst Art for Clean Energy Call for Submission

Are you interested in publishing your artwork or creative writing, and are you passionate about environmental action? If so, consider submitting your art masterpieces to the Amherst Art for Clean Energy student anthology, co-created by Amherst Sunrise and Amherst Regional High School students. We are compiling written and visual art inspired by nature and/or environmental action, made by Amherst students or residents ages 5-18. After reviewing submissions, we will publish them and sell the final anthology to the general Amherst community. 100% of the profits will go toward converting coal energy to clean energy through the Beyond Coal™ organization. Submit your artwork here: www.bit.ly/artforcleanenergy! The deadline to submit is April 7, 2021. If you have any questions, please email artforcleanenergy@gmail.com.

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Winter Recess Next Week

There is no school next week. Have a safe, restful break.

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Semester 2 Materials

If you do not have your books and materials needed for Semester 2 yet, please let ARHS know if you plan on coming to the school to get them Friday, during your lunch break or after school. Or if you need us to deliver them to your home. If so please email Ms. Rodriguez at rodriguezl@arps.org

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ARHS Athletics Update

Amherst hockey lost to Greenfield Saturday 4 to 2, they face Southwick today at 3pm. The girls basketball team had their first loss on the road losing to Chicopee by three, they turned things back around, winning their next on the road game at Pope Francis. The boys basketball team had two wins this week, beating Chicopee by two and Pope Francis by three. The nordic team had great results from their historical race, competing at our home venue (Cherry Hill) for the first time. Alpine (see results below) will be going on race four today!  

Boys Varsity Alpine Results

Girls Varsity Alpine Results

JV Alpine Results 

Sports registration for the ‘floating season’ is now open! We will be offering ‘indoor track’ (practices only; 9th-12th grade), football (9th-12th grade) and swimming (7th-12th grade). Please note that ‘indoor track’ will be primarily outdoors unless using the weight room (This does not replace the outdoor spring season). There is a possibility that we offer practices only, with a chance of a couple outdoor meets towards the end of April.  Please continue to check the athletic webpage, as I do my best to update it frequently.  

I appreciate all of the community’s support as we continue to work on providing our student-athletes with a safe and positive athletic experience. Home games are live on youtube for your convenience. 

Thanks,

Victoria Stewart

Director of Athletics

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Helen Dalton wins ‘Best in Category Award’

Congratulations to Helen Dalton, ARHS junior, for being awarded the ‘Best in Category Award’ for Editorial Cartoon sponsored by the Herb Block Foundation in the Region of Massachusetts. Helen’s work was judged best in the state after receiving a Gold Key from the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. In addition to a $200 cash prize, Helen’s editorial cartoon will be advanced for national recognition as the Massachusetts entry for the Herb Block Award. Helen completed the cartoon as an assignment on Black Lives Matter for her remote learning ‘Art of Comics’ class. Herb Block was one of America’s foremost political cartoonists. His foundation “seeks to help ensure a responsible, responsive democratic government through citizen involvement,”.

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ARHS Students Accepted in Massachusetts All-State Chorus

Congratulations to Sofie Montti and Ruthie Weinbaum, who were accepted into the Massachusetts All-State Chorus! They scored high enough on their video auditions that they will now be participating in a virtual choral piece conducted by Dr. Jeffery Redding, 2019 GRAMMY Award Music Educator of the Year.

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Amherst Hurricanes Athletic Boosters Meeting

The Amherst Hurricanes Athletic Boosters is having its next meeting via Zoom on Thursday, February 18, 2021, at 5:00pm. Zoom Meeting 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89683277314pwd=MG94dGpQMGpsSVoxbnVxYitQYVMvZz09

Meeting ID: 896 8327 7314

Passcode: GoCanes

Call: 1 646 876 9923  Meeting ID: 896 8327 7314  Password: 4215495 

The Agenda includes: welcome/greetings, review of minutes, Executive board updates, fundraising and other committee updates

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