Amherst Town Council LGBTQ Pride Flag Raising Ceremony

Please join us at 10:00 AM on June 1,  2021 at the flag pole on the North Common, in front of Town Hall (4 Boltwood Avenue) for the LGBTQ flag raising and reading of the Town Council Proclamation to mark the beginning of PRIDE MONTH. Free and open to the socially distanced public.

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Amherst Juneteenth Community Celebration

On Saturday, June 19th 2021, for the first time, The Commonwealth of Massachusetts will celebrate Juneteenth as an official state holiday. The Town of Amherst, in partnership with The Civil War Tablet Committee and The Mill District, will celebrate Juneteenth with a daylong event spread over four locations. Uplifting African American culture, traditions, and community heroes near and far, including Amherst residents Christopher, John, Henry, James and Charles Thompson who served in the 54th Regiment of the Massachusetts 5th Cavalry among the Soldiers in Texas for the liberation. They are laid to rest in the West Cemetery located in Amherst Center.

June 19th or Juneteenth celebrates the day Major General Gordan Granger led US troops into Galveston in 1865 to take over Texas, one of the final hold out states to admit defeat during the Civil War, enforce the Emancipation Proclamation and formally marked the day that all slaves in the United States were freed. 

Juneteenth is a second Independence Day; a jubilee for African Americans, welcoming all who believe in freedom for all through gathering, art, history, music, food, education and spiritual acknowledgment.   

In 1893 the regional chapter of the GAR- Grand Army of the Republic Veterans Association- commissioned tablets to recognize soldiers from the Amherst region who served in the Union forces, including African Americans from the 54th Regiment and 5th Cavalry. Amherst resident, Dudley Bridges Sr., spent the last years of his life advocating and fundraising to honor these handcrafted memorials with prominent and befitting placement within the community. We are pleased to announce that these handcrafted memorials, which have been hidden from public view for decades, will make a long awaited debut in an exhibit as part of the day’s celebration.

We are honored to be joined by distinguished guest speakers and presenters, including William Harris, President and CEO of Space Center Houston, nephew of Dudley Bridges Sr., grandson of both Christopher Thompson and Gilbert “Gill” Roberts of Amherst, as Master of Ceremony, and grateful for the outpouring of community support that will enable this event to empower our youth, inspire our peers, and serve as record for future generations.

Juneteenth Amherst Event 2021 Snapshot: Saturday, June 19th 

Tribute to our Soldiers 10:00 am at the West Cemetery in Amherst Center

Commemoration and Civil War Tablet Exhibit 11:00 am at the Bangs Center Courtyard (70 Boltwood Walk)

Community Jubilee 1:00 pm on the Amherst Town Common with food and entertainment 

Sunset Reception 6:00 pm at The Mill District in North Amherst featuring an artist collective and fashion show

All locations for this event will follow any relevant COVID-19 protocols and guidance as provided by the State of Massachusetts

Questions? 

Contact Jennifer Moyston at (413) 259-3002 or via email at moystonj@amherstma.gov

All are welcome to this event and we look forward to celebrating with you on Juneteenth 2021

Sincerely, 

The Civil War Tablets Committee        

The Mill District         

The Town of Amherst

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AR[T]HS 2021

The Art Department at Amherst Regional High School is proud to present AR[T]HS 2021, an exhibit of outstanding student artwork from the 2020-2021 school year. This juried virtual exhibit includes work from all of the Art Department’s areas of study. Please join us in celebrating the young artists in our community. 

The exhibition will open this Thursday morning, May 20th. You can use this link to find the show: AR[T]HS 2021

The link will also be posted on the school and district websites.

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BRYT Ready to Launch! – Life After High School Event

The BRYT Family Engagement Team is so excited to host our Ready to Launch event on Tuesday May 25th at 6:30 – 8:00 PM (EST). This event is open to ANY caregiver. They do not need to be a BRYT family. Please share the flyer across your districts and networks. 
You can click HERE or keep scrolling for more information. Hope to see you there!

READY TO LAUNCH! – Life After High School

Do you have a child that is nearing the end of high school and you’re not sure what is next? Are you wondering how your student will manage their wellness in college? Are you wondering if there are other options besides college? Are you unsure if your child is ready for college, a job, etc.?

Please join the BRYT Family Engagement Team and a very special panel of experts for a presentation that will answer all of your questions about life after high school. This will be followed with a question and answer session. Panelists will include: Ruth Carrigan, Director of Guidance at Hanson Whitman High School, Nell Kealy, former BRYT student and current student at Boston College, Malcolm Pradia, Psychiatric Social Worker at UMASS Amherst’s Center for Counseling & Psychological Health.

 This virtual event is open to ALL caregivers and clinicians. 

Tuesday May 25 at 6:30 -8:00 PM EST

Click HERE to join.

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Summer School through Amherst Regional High School

These offerings are in person.

GENERAL INFORMATION 

DATES: Classes run Monday-Friday beginning Monday, July 5th until Friday, July 30th

Last day to register: July 2

Offerings and Other Info: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1iLYE8HPJiog0fclEY0qV43gkmQyhQEyO/view

HOW TO REGISTER: ● Complete Summer Registration Form Summer School Registration Form https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSccnOnucdAr6QZMESwKhzl6-BM0UXyYOqNvLJ0Y6PkFqF89_g/viewform

CONTACT INFORMATION 

For questions about courses and credits, families should contact their child’s guidance counselor For questions about the courses, please email the summer school teacher 

For general inquiries about the program, please contact Assistant Principal Miki Gromacki gromackim@arps.org For Summer ELL courses, please contact Ashleigh Sayer sayera@arps.org

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ARPS COVID-19 Vaccine Town Hall Recording Available

For families and students who may still have questions about the COVID-19 vaccines, ARPS hosted a virtual Town Hall event this past Wednesday night, with medical professionals and State Representative Mindy Domb. The event was recorded and can be watched at:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZeM8lTNBWW0.

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Class of 2022 Fundraiser

On Monday May 24th, the Class of 2022 is collaborating with the Chipotle at 334 Russell St in Hadley. From 4-8 pm, one third of the proceeds from your order will go to the Class of 2022!

You can participate by showing them a printed or digital copy of the flyer in person or by using the online order code of “962AXZ4”. Please come out and show your support!

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Attn: Class of 2021 Final Senior Survey

Please complete the “Class of 2021 Final Senior Survey” in Naviance. Regardless of your path after graduation, you must complete this survey. If you need assistance, please contact Ms. Cuffee-Gray, or Ms. Garrity.

The Class of 2021 is mandatory for all seniors. Meaning this considered an obligation (parents/guardians are able to complete if necessary).

  1. Log into Naviance
  2. Go to About Me
  3. Go to My Surveys
  4. Go to Surveys Not Started
  5. Go To Class of 2021 Final Senior Survey

Here is a video with my melodious voice to guide you: https://watch.screencastify.com/v/gzX8FvlSPErAlBevZ03e

Also, if you need more assistance, or just want to check in to say, “hello!” Please use this link!

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Attn: Juniors

Please find the Class of 2022 Life After ARHS Handbook (college focus).

It is a great idea to review this carefully and discuss with the adults in your life.

Be sure to plan for your teacher recommendation requests next week.

Ms. Cuffee-Gray

Attachments:
2022 Junior Handbookcompressed.pdf

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Senior Week Activities

The Senior Class of 2021 Awards Ceremony will be on Monday, June 7th at 6:30pm.  This ceremony will be virtual and streamed on our ARPS YouTube Channel.  Here is the link: https://youtu.be/L8boLpouxn0

A Car Parade through the center of Town will be held on Tuesday, June 8th at 4PM. Students can meet at 3:00 PM at the ARHS parking lot to decorate their cars.

Graduation is sceduled for Thursday, June 10th at 4:00 PM. Here is a revised copy of the information sent to the Class of 2021

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French Club Movie Night this Friday

Want to end off the week with a vintage movie? Come to the French Club movie night on Friday, May 21 at 7:00 pm! We will be showing a movie called “The Earrings of Madame De…” A film from 1954 that follows a pair of earrings as they change hands during a series of betrayals and romances. The movie is in French, but will have English subtitles. All are welcome!  And attendance is not limited to the ARHS community, feel free to tell friends and family about it!  Here is the meet link: https://meet.google.com/lookup/efzliezbma 

Please contact Milena Sedrakyan or Ms Cissé for any questions.

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Mark Your Calendars

May 21: AP Latin, AP Chinese and AP French Exams Administered

May 21: French Club Movie Night

May 25: AP Statistics Exam Administered

May 25: BRYT Ready To Launch- 6:30 PM

May 26: AP Comp Scince Exam Administered

May 27: AP Bio Exam Administered

May 28: Second Dose Vaccine Clinic at ARHS

May 31: Memorial Day (No School) 

June 1 : Math MCAS Administered

June 1-3: Senior Exam Period

June 2 : Math MCAS Administered

June 4: Last Day for Seniors; Ice Cream Social for Seniors

June 7: Senior Class Awards Ceremony 6:30 PM

June 8: Senior Car Parade 4PM

June 9: AP BC Calc; AP AB Calc and AP Physics Exams Administered

June 10: Early Release; Graduation @ Look Park

June 14: Graduation Raindate #1

June 15: Graduation Raindate #2

June 18: Juneteenth Holiday Observed

June 19: Juneteenth Holiday

June 21-23- Final Exam Period

June 25: Last day of school

July 2: Last Day to Register for Summer School

July 5: Summer School Begins

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Amherst Vaccine Clinic Updates, Walk-In Times Available

The Town of Amherst vaccine clinic located at the Bangs Community Center, 70 Boltwood Walk in Amherst, is now offering walk-in clinic times in addition to regularly available appointments for scheduling.

All those aged 12 and over who live, work, or study in Massachusetts can be vaccinated.

Important Reminders: 

  • If you are uninsured, you can still receive a vaccine. The vaccine is free – there is no cost to you.  
  • Vaccine sites may request documentation, but you are not required to have it to receive the vaccine and you cannot be denied access to the vaccine for not having ID. Documentation is not required to be vaccinated.  Sites will NOT ask for proof of immigration status. 
  •  Any data collected for the COVID-19 vaccination program may only be used for public health purposes – not for civil, criminal, nor immigration enforcement.

All Available Amherst Appointments: You may view and sign up for available appointments at our Amherst Bang Center site by clicking here. New clinics are now added on a continual rolling basis or see below for our walk-in clinic times. 

Walk-In Clinic Info: Dates & Times

  • Mondays from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
  • Thursdays from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Saturday, May 29th & Saturday, June 19th from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Location: Bangs Community Center at 70 Boltwood Walk in Amherst
  • Vaccine Brands: Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer

Questions? If you have registration, clinic, or other vaccine related questions, please contact Public Health at (413) 259-3077Click to schedule your appointment in Amherst

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Drive-In Movie Night at Mercedes-Benz of Springfield

To Infinity and Beyond! family-friendly drive-in movie at the Mercedes-Benz of Springfield Dealership on May 21st featuring Toy Story 4. Join us for a The Toy Story saga continues in its fourth act with the return of all of your favorite characters Woody, Buzz, Jessie, and the whole crew! We are excited to bring people from across Western Mass together for an evening of fun for the whole family. All proceeds to benefit UMass For the Kids.

The mission of UMass For The Kids (FTK) is to encourage collaboration between students, UMass Amherst and the Amherst community by working to raise awareness and funds for local patients and families of Baystate Children’s Hospital, in connection with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Through uplifting and interactive events we will foster a yearlong celebration for the kids.

Tickets are on sale $15 for Adults and $10 for Children 12 and under and available here. We only have 150 so get them before they sell out!

Gates open at 7:00PM and SHOWTIME is at 8:30PM. Arrive early for prime seating! There will be pre-packaged concessions available on site.

To view the flyer, https://drive.google.com/file/d/1gr1AH4aYkpE0HGa0cfitXUX4ABdBc607/view?usp=sharing

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Return to In Person Survey

Please fill out this Survey to let us know if you would like to come back for in-person learning, or if you want to stay remote. Thank you

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Attn: Seniors Graduation Info and Important Survey (Due 5/14)

Graduation will be held at 4pm, Thursday, June 10th at Look Park in Florence, MA. More information is forthcoming

Seniors were sent this survey last week so we can plan graduation day.  Today is the last day (Friday, May 14th).  If you do not fill this out by midnight your graduation guests ticket number will default to 3.  

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSchtrgp5ATNMU4doZ8AfMn6ygjhk9f84MnJAD_E988oc5Q_Uw/viewform?usp=sf_link

Samantha E. Camera

Interim Assistant Principal

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May 18th is the last day to Order Signs Supporting our ARHS Class of 2021

Community members have until Tuesday, May 18th at NOON to order their signs! Signs are just $10 each and can be ordered here:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfNYr4tb_vKkxAop0fqIXFYXQ-XM8Fil2N6Fw6nRl1_YGbRaA/viewform?usp=sf_link . 

Let our seniors know their communities are proud of their achievements! All proceeds will support End of Year activities for the senior class.

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Attn: Juniors

Class of 2022. Check your email for instructions regarding the Teacher Recommendation process that begins next week and lasts through the 28th. Ask for support from Ms. Cuffee-Gray, Ms. Garrity, or your school counselor.Also, schedule your Life After ARHS Meeting with Ms. Cuffee-Gray, if you haven’t done so already. Time is ticking. https://calendly.com/cuffee-grayd/junior-college-planning-meeting

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Important Calendar Change

The early release day scheduled for Wednesday, June 2 is being moved to Thursday, June 10, which is the date of ARHS graduation.  This change will give staff and families flexibility in attending graduation events at Look Park on that day.

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Reminder on Food Pick-Up For Students Learning Remotely

There will now be only one food pick-up per week for those who are continuing to learn remotely.  Food for a week’s worth of meals can be picked up each Friday between 11:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the high school.

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Does your Student Drive Themself to ARHS?

Everyone parking on campus should have a parking permit. Please ask your student to please go to the Deans Office, RM# 168 to submit a parking permit application to receive apermit. Student parking permits are free through the end of this semester.

Staff parking areas include the first 4 rows denoted by the yellow lines in the main parking lot in the front of the school. Student parking are the rows behind staff parking denoted by the white lines. A Staff parking lot is also adjacent to the back gym. The parking spaces adjacent to the Maintenance Dept. are assigned to specific staff. Please do not park there unless you have been assigned a space. Please do not park in Visitor Parking.

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Amherst Hurricanes Athletics Boosters Meeting

Thursday, May 20, 2021, at 6pm

The Amherst Hurricanes Athletics Boosters is a private, non-profit 501 (c)(3), that provides support to our community athletic programs.

We work on fundraising and programming to support our community’s student-athletes and coaches. We’d like to encourage and support community spirit and celebrate the positive accomplishments and hard work of the various teams. We welcome community support in the form of information, networking, ideas, commmunication, collaboration, and certainly donations are encouraged! One area we’re working on is improving our website and communications. Feel free to check out the current website: www.hurricanesboosters.com 

Agenda for May 20th includes updates on the work being done by the various committees. If you’re a parent/guardian, student-athlete, coach, alumni of ARHS, staff of ARPS, athletic enthusiast, or any other type of Canes supporter, you’re welcome to join us! Go Canes!

Mary Klaes is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Amherst Hurricane Athletics Boosters

Time: May 20, 2021 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89274410158?pwd=dW93UXZQUkdVWWZvOGJKMHJzdXJJQT09

Meeting ID: 892 7441 0158

Passcode: 137475

By telephone: 1-646-876-9923 meeting id and pass code above

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Mark Your Calendars

May 17: ELA MCAS Administered

May 18: AP English Lit & Comp Exam Administered

May 19: ELA MCAS Administered

May 20: AP World History Exam Administered

May 20: Amherst Hurricane Boosters Meeting 6PM

May 21: AP Latin, AP Chinese and AP French Exams Administered

May 25: AP Statistics Exam Administered

May 26: AP Comp Scince Exam Administered

May 27: AP Bio Exam Administered

May 28: Second Dose Vaccine Clinic at ARHS

May 31: Memorial Day (No School) 

June 1 : Math MCAS Administered

June 1-3: Senior Exam Period

June 2 : Math MCAS Administered

June 4: Last Day for Seniors; Ice Cream Social for Seniors

June 8: Senior Car Parade 4PM

June 9: AP BC Calc; AP AB Calc and AP Physics Exams Administered

June 10: Early Release; Graduation @ Look Park

June 14: Graduation Raindate #1

June 15: Graduation Raindate #2

June 19″ Juneteenth Holiday

June 21-23- Final Exam Period

June 25: Last day of school

July 2: Last Day to Register for Summer School

July 5: Summer School Begins

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Drive-In Movie Night at Mercedes-Benz of Springfield

To Infinity and Beyond! family-friendly drive-in movie at the Mercedes-Benz of Springfield Dealership on May 21st featuring Toy Story 4. Join us for a The Toy Story saga continues in its fourth act with the return of all of your favorite characters Woody, Buzz, Jessie, and the whole crew! We are excited to bring people from across Western Mass together for an evening of fun for the whole family. All proceeds to benefit UMass For the Kids.

The mission of UMass For The Kids (FTK) is to encourage collaboration between students, UMass Amherst and the Amherst community by working to raise awareness and funds for local patients and families of Baystate Children’s Hospital, in connection with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Through uplifting and interactive events we will foster a yearlong celebration for the kids.

Tickets are on sale $15 for Adults and $10 for Children 12 and under and available here. We only have 150 so get them before they sell out!

Gates open at 7:00PM and SHOWTIME is at 8:30PM. Arrive early for prime seating! There will be pre-packaged concessions available on site.

To view the flyer, https://drive.google.com/file/d/1gr1AH4aYkpE0HGa0cfitXUX4ABdBc607/view?usp=sharing

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Message from Principal Sadiq

It has been great seeing so many students and educators back in the high school. The adjustment to being around so many people again and following the routines of everyday school has its challenges, but is going smoothly overall. 

Teachers continue to work tirelessly to provide high quality educational instruction in this new hybrid teaching model. During this week of learning and reflecting, teachers are sharing the things that have worked well, we’re listening to the feedback we’ve been receiving, and thinking about what adjustments we need to make so the hybrid experience is better for everyone. 

Throughout the week some students and families have been letting us know that their original choice to be in-person or remote no longer feels like the best option for them. The change back to remote from in-person is not a challenge, but we need students and families to either commit to being fully in-person or to make the change back to remote ASAP. This will help us deal with some of the many challenges that come with making the change from remote to in-person. We’re trying to come up with an equitable way for that change to happen for as many students as we can safely accommodate. As soon as we figure that out, we will let families know.

We appreciate the continued support families have been giving to their children and our school during this transition, and throughout the school year. Your feedback, and patience while we make these adjustments are valuable to us. Please continue to let us know what’s working and what isn’t working for your family. Thanks and take care.

Talib Sadiq

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Vaccine Clinic for ARPS students 16-18 yeard old- Friday 5/7

The Town of Amherst’s Health Department is putting together a Health Clinic for ARPS students 16-18 years, to receive the Pfizer vaccine. The health clinic will begin on Friday, May 7th in the ARHS gymnasium from 2:30-3:30 PM. Students will be able to receive the first dose then and be able to sign up for the second dose in late May. Appointments are recommended but walk-ins with guardian consent are also accepted. To register for the vaccine, please use THIS LINK. To download the consent form, please CLICK HERE.

To find the consent form in other languages, you can download your language HEREARHS Vaccine Clinic_Eng.pdf

The Registration Link will bring you to the Town Of Amherst Scheduler Site and prompt you to select the Bangs Center as Location.  Please select that site! The scheduler hasn’t been updated and will ask you to select the Bangs Center. This is OK- students will simply go to the ARHS Gymnasium at the time of their appointment instead.

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ARHS Theater Company Student-Written Play Festival This Weekend

The ARHS Theater Company is celebrating the 36th year of our annual Student-Written Play Festival with a special-edition outdoor production!

About this event

Come see the work of student playwrights and actors as they mount brand new scripts written earlier this year and produced for an outdoor, pandemic-safe show at ARHS!

Featuring work from students brand new to ARHS and the Theater Company to final works by seniors before they graduate this spring. Thanks for supporting us – and for supporting the arts at ARHS!  Tickets Starting at $4.00

  • MAY 7 Fri,  7:00 PM – 10:00 PM EDT
  • MAY 8 Sat, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM EDT

To purchase tickets:  36th Annual Student-Written Play Festival Tickets, Multiple Dates

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ARHS Senior Selected as U.S. Presidential Scholar’s Program Semi-Finalist

I am very proud to congratulate one of our students, Arden E. Lloyd, on becoming one of the 15 semifinalists who has been chosen to represent Massachusetts for the U.S. Presidential Scholar’s Program. Out of the millions of graduating high school seniors from across the country, just over 6,500 students were identified as candidates for this program. Arden is one of only 625 semifinalists selected in the U.S. These semifinalists form the pool from which the 2021 U.S. Presidential Scholars will be chosen in Mid-May.

The Presidential Scholar’s Program recognizes and honors some of our Nation’s most distinguished graduating seniors. We are very proud of Arden, and wish her continued success. 

Talib Sadiq

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Order your Signs Supporting our ARHS Class of 2021

Let’s send the Class of 2021 some love and support as they prepare to say their final goodbye to our schools! Signs are just $10 each and can be ordered here:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfNYr4tb_vKkxAop0fqIXFYXQ-XM8Fil2N6Fw6nRl1_YGbRaA/viewform?usp=sf_link . 

This past year has been without so many of the traditional events that celebrate and recognize our soon to be graduates, and a year of online learning has made it especially challenging for them to feel connected to their friends and school.

Let our seniors know their communities are proud of their achievements! All proceeds will support signs for seniors.

Additionally, fundraising efforts are also underway to fund a several non-school sponsored activities for the Class of 2021. To learn more about the plans and how you can help support them, please visit:  https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/arhsclassof2021/arps-pgos or https://docs.google.com/document/d/1i7Hz247USxQzKNrkrSDC19kyS8oRCQlIf1GMoFX7hcI/edit?usp=sharing.

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May Athletics Schedule

Spring sports season is in swing! To view the schedule for all teams, https://drive.google.com/file/d/1SZDrkWr64OecdgyJoRphjhSLmfceZjMH/view?usp=sharing

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ATTN Juniors

Schedule your Life After ARHS Meeting with Ms. Cuffee-Gray. This is where the fun starts…

Here are the links –
Junior Life After ARHS – https://calendly.com/cuffee-grayd/junior-college-planning-meeting
First Gen Fridays – https://calendly.com/cuffee-grayd/first-gen-fridays-life-after-arhs-junior-meet

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Community Service ALPS Opportunity

Miss Garrity is seeking reliable, hardworking students to do a Community Service ALP (Alternative Learning Plan) for the Yearbook next year!

ALP students would be responsible for:

  • Photographing the community with a focus on trying to get candid shots of every person in the school
  • Learning how to edit photos in Photoshop
  • Learning how to use the Picaboo software
  • Creating backgrounds and collage layouts
  • Homework would include attending and photographing events, performances, etc.

To express interest, please email Miss Garrity at garrityc@arps.org with your reason for wanting to take this course and a brief recommendation from a guidance counselor or a teacher with whom you have taken a class in photography, graphic design, journalism, or other related course. The nature of this ALP requires students to work independently, be quiet and respectful when photographing classes, and be non-discriminatory in the process of taking photos.

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Next Amherst Hurricanes Athletics Boosters Meeting

The Next Amherst Hurricanes Athletics Boosters Meeting will be on Thursday, May 20, 2021, at 6pm via zoom- the link is below.

The Amherst Hurricanes Athletics Boosters is a private, non-profit 501 (c)(3), that provides support to our community athletic programs.

We work on fundraising and programming to support our community’s student-athletes and coaches. We’d like to encourage and support community spirit and celebrate the positive accomplishments and hard work of the various teams. We welcome community support in the form of information, networking, ideas, communication, collaboration, and certainly donations are encouraged! One area we’re working on is improving our website and communications. Feel free to check out the current website: www.hurricanesboosters.com 

Agenda for May 20th includes updates on the work being done by the various committees. If you’re a parent/guardian, student-athlete, coach, alumni of ARHS, staff of ARPS, athletic enthusiast, or any other type of Canes supporter, you’re welcome to join us! Go Canes!

Topic: Amherst Hurricane Athletics Boosters

Time: May 20, 2021 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89274410158?pwd=dW93UXZQUkdVWWZvOGJKMHJzdXJJQT09

Meeting ID: 892 7441 0158

Passcode: 137475

By telephone: 1-646-876-9923 meeting id and pass code above

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Donate Your Old Fabrics to Help Our Schools!

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Mark Your Calendars

May 7: Amherst Vaccine Clinic at ARPS 2:30 – 3:30

May 7: NEW Anti-racist art project submission deadline

May 11: AP Spanish Exam Administered

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

May 17: ELA MCAS Administered

May 18: AP English Lit & Comp Exam Administered

May 19: ELA MCAS Administered

May 20: AP World History Exam Administered

May 20: Amherst Hurricane Boosters Meeting 6PM

May 21: AP Latin, AP Chinese and AP French Exams Administered

May 25: AP Statistics Exam Administered

May 26: AP Comp Scince Exam Administered

May 27: AP Bio Exam Administered

May 31: Memorial Day (No School) 

June 1 : Math MCAS Administered

June 1-3: Senior Exam Period

June 2 : Math MCAS Administered

June 4: Last Day for Seniors; Ice Cream Social for Seniors

June 8: Senior Car Parade 4PM

June 9: AP BC Calc; AP AB Calc and AP Physics Exams Administered

June 10: Graduation @ Look Park

June 14: Graduation Raindate #1

June 15: Graduation Raindate #2

June 19″ Juneteenth Holiday

June 21-23- Final Exam Period

June 25: Last day of school

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Amherst Community Vaccine Clinic- Walk-In Times Available

The Town of Amherst vaccine clinic located at the Bangs Community Center, 70 Boltwood Walk in Amherst, is now offering walk-in clinic times in addition to regularly available appointments for scheduling.

All those aged 16 and over who live, work, or study in Massachusetts can be vaccinated. 

Important Reminders: 

  • If you are uninsured, you can still receive a vaccine. The vaccine is free – there is no cost to you.  
  • Vaccine sites may request documentation, but you are not required to have it to receive the vaccine and you cannot be denied access to the vaccine for not having ID. Documentation is not required to be vaccinated.  Sites will NOT ask for proof of immigration status. 
  •  Any data collected for the COVID-19 vaccination program may only be used for public health purposes – not for civil, criminal, nor immigration enforcement.

You may view and sign up for available appointments at our Amherst Bang Center site by clicking here. New clinics are now added on a continual basis. These appointments will be for the Pfizer vaccine. 

Walk-In Clinic Info: 

  • Mondays from 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
  • Wednesdays from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
  • Thursdays from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
  • Location: Bangs Community Center at 70 Boltwood Walk in Amherst
  • Vaccine Brand: Johnson & Johnson

Questions? If you have registration, clinic, or other vaccine related questions, please contact Public Health at (413) 259-3077

Click to schedule your appointment in Amherst

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Amherst Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Proclamation

The Amherst Town Council voted on May 3rd to proclaim the month of May as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and  invites the community to attend Town’s first Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month virtual celebration on Monday, May 17th, 2021 at 5:00 pm.

PDF of Signed Proclamation

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Free Korean and Japanese 2021 Summer Courses

The ARHS Biliteracy Club is happy to announce an exciting opportunity—Korean and Japanese 2021 Summer Courses!


This summer, Professor Chanyoung Park and Professor Yuki Yoshimura of the East Asian Languages & Cultures program at UMass Amherst, are both offering online language courses in Korean and Japanese.


Enrollment, Registration and Tuition Information:
The East Asian Languages & Cultures Program at UMass Amherst is excited to offer online courses in Korean and Japanese language for Summer 2021 through the University Without Walls! 

Parents & Guardians – please view relevant enrollment information here: https://www.umass.edu/uww/resources/who-can-enroll

UWW’s general registration process: https://www.umass.edu/uww/resources/how-to-enroll-as-a-new-student Visit University Without Walls for registration and tuition information, and for course details! (link https://www.umass.edu/uww/classes/explore)

If you have additional questions please contact:
The East Asian Languages & Cultures Program at UMass Amherst
Phone: (413) 545-0886   Fax: (413) 545-3178   Email: office@asianlan.umass.edu

Remote Office Hours – Mon-Fri, 8 to 4PM

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MCAS Information

We sent the attached LETTER  regarding MCAS testing to all of you a few weeks ago.  If you have already replied to it, thank you.  If you have not responded, please do so by May10th. 

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In-Person Learning Information

If you missed Wednesday’s information session for students and families returning to In-Person learning, the video can be viewed on StreamYard.  

The slide decks from the presentation can be viewed here:

Here is a Virtual Tour of ARHS for students who were unable to attend the School Tours on 4/30..

Bus Routes for those who requested transportation can be found at: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1rDQsR2YSe3V3jnWt_5ME09lC_2bxs6Ss/view

Please note:

  • Some stops have changed and will now require students to walk a little further to the bus stop than they have in the past.
  • Capacity on each bus is greatly reduced because all students have been assigned a seat with appropriate social distancing from students outside their immediate family.
  • Students who requested transportation were assigned to a bus for their primary residence only due to the complexity of developing the routes within a very limited time frame.
  • Since seats are assigned, students who did not sign up for transportation on the family survey will not be allowed to board.
  • Students will not be allowed to ride any bus other than their regularly assigned bus, either to or from school.
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Order your Signs Supporting our ARHS Class of 2021

Let’s send the Class of 2021 some love and support as they prepare to say their final goodbye to our schools! Signs are just $10 each and can be ordered here:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfNYr4tb_vKkxAop0fqIXFYXQ-XM8Fil2N6Fw6nRl1_YGbRaA/viewform?usp=sf_link . 

This past year has been without so many of the traditional events that celebrate and recognize our soon to be graduates, and a year of online learning has made it especially challenging for them to feel connected to their friends and school.

Let our seniors know their communities are proud of their achievements! All proceeds will support signs for seniors.

Additionally, fundraising efforts are also underway to fund a several non-school sponsored activities for the Class of 2021. We have around $2000 left to raise! To learn more about the plans and how you can help support them, please visit:  https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/arhsclassof2021/arps-pgos or https://docs.google.com/document/d/1i7Hz247USxQzKNrkrSDC19kyS8oRCQlIf1GMoFX7hcI/edit?usp=sharing.

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HCC and GCC Options for ARHS 9-11 Grade Students

Current 10th and 11th grade students interested in pursuing full-time Dual Enrollment, meaning taking all of their classes at Greenfield or Holyoke Community College and earning ARHS and community college credits simultaneously, must contact their caseload counselor to discuss next steps soon. The process is relatively simple but takes a few weeks and the deadline to complete the FULL process is May 31st. Therefore, if you are interested, discuss this with parents or guardians first since families need to pay for the classes and provide their own transportation. If this sounds like the right fit for you, contact your counselor soon. 

Interested in taking one free class at HCC in the fall 2021?  Holyoke Community College is offering a free course to students taking their first ever class at HCC. Discuss this at home and then with your counselor during your individual counselor registration meeting in May. Counselors will contact you when it is your scheduled time to meet, but please be assured that every 9-11 grade student already has a designated time put aside for them to review any class registration questions for next year. You will be notified the day of your meeting so stay tuned!

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AP Stats Exam Date Change

There is a change for students who are signed up for the AP Statistics Exam.  The change is the date and type of exam. The AP Statistics Exam has been changed to an in person (paper/pencil) exam to be taken at ARHS on Tuesday, May 25, 2021.  The exam will begin at 12 noon.  The exam date has been moved because the original digital/at home exam was scheduled for June 10 from 12-4 p.m.  This is the same day as the ARHS Graduation.  Please make a note regarding the date change and be prepared to take the exam here at ARHS on that day.  More information will come about the logistics of the exam day prior to the exam.  If you have any questions, email Judi DellaMarco at dellamarcoj@arps.org

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MCAS Testing At ARHS this Spring

Please read THIS LETTER from the Amherst Regional High School regarding the MCAS testing schedule this spring.

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Free Korean and Japanese 2021 Summer Courses

The ARHS Biliteracy Club is happy to announce an exciting opportunity—Korean and Japanese 2021 Summer Courses!


This summer, Professor Chanyoung Park and Professor Yuki Yoshimura of the East Asian Languages & Cultures program at UMass Amherst, are both offering online language courses in Korean and Japanese.


Enrollment, Registration and Tuition Information:
The East Asian Languages & Cultures Program at UMass Amherst is excited to offer online courses in Korean and Japanese language for Summer 2021 through the University Without Walls! 

Parents & Guardians – please view relevant enrollment information here: https://www.umass.edu/uww/resources/who-can-enroll

UWW’s general registration process: https://www.umass.edu/uww/resources/how-to-enroll-as-a-new-student Visit University Without Walls for registration and tuition information, and for course details! (link https://www.umass.edu/uww/classes/explore)

If you have additional questions please contact:
The East Asian Languages & Cultures Program at UMass Amherst
Phone: (413) 545-0886   Fax: (413) 545-3178   Email: office@asianlan.umass.edu

Remote Office Hours – Mon-Fri, 8 to 4PM

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Mark Your Calendars

Apr 30: 9th Grade Students Return to In-Person (AM Only); New Student Tours

May 3: Return to In-Person Instruction at ARHS

May 7: NEW Anti-racist art project submission deadline

May 11: AP Spanish Exam Administered

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

May 17: ELA MCAS Administered

May 18: AP English Lit & Comp Exam Administered

May 19: ELA MCAS Administered

May 20: AP World History Exam Administered

May 21: AP Latin, AP Chinese and AP French Exams Administered

May 25: AP Statistics Exam Administered

May 26: AP Comp Scince Exam Administered

May 27: AP Bio Exam Administered

May 31: Memorial Day (No School) 

June 1 : Math MCAS Administered

June 1-3: Senior Exam Period

June 2 : Math MCAS Administered

June 4: Last Day for Seniors; Ice Cream Social for Seniors

June 8: Senior Car Parade 4PM

June 9: AP BC Calc; AP AB Calc and AP Physics Exams Administered

June 10: Graduation @ Look Park

June 14: Graduation Raindate #1

June 15: Graduation Raindate #2

June 19″ Juneteenth Holiday

June 21-23- Final Exam Period

June 25: Last day of school

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Free UMass Wind Ensemble Concert at Sweester this Saturday

Saturday, May 1 at Noon

Enjoy a free concert concert at Sweetser Park by the UMass Wind Ensemble with Conductor Matt Westgate. Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy! Music by William Grant Still, Hoagy Carmichael, Scott Joplin, Kathryn Salfelder, Alberto Ginastera, Carolyn Bremer, & including special performances of Kim Archer’s Fanfare Politeia, written for Kamala Harris’ inauguration, and John Williams’ Star Wars Trilogy.

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Massachusetts/ Amherst Reopening Update

The Baker-Polito Administration has announced that Massachusetts will reopen some outdoor Phase 4, Step 2 industries effective May 10th and put plans in place for further reopening on May 29th and August 1st. The Administration will also relax the Face Coverings Order for some outdoor settings, effective April 30th. The local Town of Amherst Emergency Order of the Board of Health for the Mandatory Wearing of Masks or Face Coverings in Part of the Town of Amherst remains in effect.  This item will be discussed at the next Board of Health Meeting on May 13th at 5:00pm via zoom.

Face coverings will still be required at all times in indoor public places. Face coverings will also continue to be required at all times at events, whether held indoors or outdoors and whether held in a public space or private home, except for when eating or drinking. This includes events such as commencements, farmers markets, crowded outdoor events like live performances and parades. Face coverings will only be required outside in public when it is not possible to socially distance, and at other times required by sector-specific guidance.

For more information: https://www.amherstma.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2881

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4th Quarter Books and Supplies Distribution

This message is to let you know that books and supplies for the 4th Quarter will be distributed on Monday (4/26) & Tuesday (4/27) in the high school auditorium. You will be able to pick up supplies until 5:00pm on those days. If any of your classes are asynchronous on those days, please come in during those asynchronous class times, if you can. Please call 413-362-1700 or email arhsoffice@arps.org if you need to make other arrangements to get 4th quarter supplies.

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Attn New and 9th Grade Students- ARHS School Tours 4/30

This message is for 9th graders, students who are new to the district this year, and their families. Next Friday (4/30) there will be an opportunity for those students to take a tour of the high school. You will see where your classes are and have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have. If you are interested in taking the tour, please fill out this Google Form by Monday (4/26). This is the link to a Virtual Tour of ARHS for any of you to take at any time.

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