ARHS Principal Search UPDATE

Dear ARPS Parents/Guardians, Students, Faculty and Staff:

The interview committee has met with the candidates for the open Amherst Regional High School Principal position, and three highly-qualified individuals are being brought forward to the community.  Below you will find, in order of their interview dates, a brief biography of each candidate as well as the schedule for the week of April 8, 2019.

Alan Strauss

Mr. Strauss currently serves as Principal of Weymouth High School.  He has worked directly with students, parents and staff in every aspect of the school community, across instructional levels and within the greater local community to build programs, create a myriad of opportunities and collaboratively develop academic, civic, global and interpersonal accountability frameworks. Mr. Strauss has a diversified range of curricular experiences and has assisted with the development of globally-based experiences for students and faculty. He re-established, cultivated and implemented the Weymouth High School’s academic, athletic, and community service programs and oversaw the day-to-day operations, including Career and Technical Education (CTE) and all programs.

Shannon Magee

Ms. Magee currently serves as the interim Dean at Amherst Regional High School and was formerly a High School Principal at the British International School in Ghana, West Africa where she oversaw the planning, implementation and evaluation of the school’s curriculum and instructional program. She  also served as a former Director of Academics at Albany Community Charter School. Ms. Magee has worked with and mentored new teachers, and monitored and coached teachers in the use of appropriate classroom management strategies as needed. In addition to her experience in secondary education administration, Ms. Magee is a former Cultural Affairs Academic Specialist for the U.S. Department of State–U.S. Embassy.

Gene Jones

Mr. Jones received a B.A. from Boston University, holds an M.A. from Old Dominion University, has completed Post Graduate work at Old Dominion University and Virginia Tech and, most recently, was enrolled in the Mid-Career Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership at the University of Pennsylvania. He served as principal of Warwick High School in Newport News, Virginia, which was recognized as one of the top 100 high schools in the nation by Newsweek magazine. Mr. Jones was appointed to the Principal position at William Fleming High School in the Roanoke Public City Public Schools, where he increased the four-year graduation rate from 69% to 80%.

Finalist Schedule:

·       Alan Strauss: Monday, April 8, 2019

·       Shannon Magee: Wednesday, April 10, 2019

·       Gene Jones: Thursday, April 11, 2019

Daily Schedule for Each Candidate Task Location
10:30 to 11:00 a.m. Meeting with ARHS administrative team ARHS Main Office
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Available to meet with students Cafeteria
12:10 to 12:40 p.m. Meeting with Superintendent Middle School
12:45 to 2:15 p.m. Lunch  
2:30 to 3:45 p.m. Available to meet with staff Library
5:15 to 6:30 p.m. Available to meet with Parents/Guardians and the community Choral Room

Estimados Padres/Tutores, Estudiantes, Profesores y Personal de ARPS:

El comité de entrevistas se reunió con los candidatos para el puesto de Director de la Escuela Superior Regional Amherst (ARHS), y tres personas altamente calificadas están siendo presentadas a la comunidad. A continuación encontrará, por orden de sus fechas de entrevista, una breve biografía de cada candidato, así como el calendario de la semana del 8 de abril de 2019.

Alan Strauss

El Sr. Strauss actualmente se desempeña como Director de la Escuela Secundaria de Weymouth. Ha trabajado directamente con los estudiantes, los padres y el personal en todos los aspectos de la comunidad escolar, en todos los niveles de instrucción y dentro de la comunidad local en general para crear programas, introducir una gran cantidad de oportunidades y desarrollar en colaboración, marcos académicos, cívicos, globales e interpersonales de responsabilidad. El Sr. Strauss tiene una gama diversificada de experiencias curriculares y ha ayudado con el desarrollo de experiencias globales para estudiantes y profesores. Reestableció, cultivó e implementó los programas académicos, deportivos y de servicio a la comunidad de la Escuela Superior Weymouth y supervisó las operaciones diarias, incluyendo la Educación Profesional y Técnica (CTE por sus siglas en inglés) y todos los programas.

Shannon Magee

La Sra. Magee actualmente se desempeña como Decana Interina en la Escuela Superior Regional de Amherst y anteriormente fue Directora de Escuela Superior en la Escuela Internacional Británica en Ghana, África Occidental, donde supervisó la planificación, implementación y evaluación del plan de estudios y el programa de instrucción de la escuela. También se desempeñó como ex directora de asuntos académicos en la Escuela Autónoma Comunitaria de Albany. La Sra. Magee ha trabajado y asesorado a nuevos maestros, y ha supervisado y orientado a los maestros en el uso de estrategias apropiadas de gestión de la clase, según ha sido necesario. Además de su experiencia en la administración de la educación secundaria y superior, la Sra. Magee es una ex Especialista Académica en Asuntos Culturales del Departamento de Estado de los Estados Unidos – Embajada de EE.UU.

Gene Jones

El Sr. Jones recibió un B.A. (Bachillerato) de la Universidad de Boston, tiene una Maestría de la Universidad de Old Dominion, ha completado el trabajo de Postgrado en la Universidad de Old Dominion y Virginia Tech y, más recientemente, se inscribió en el Programa de Doctorado de Media-Carrera en Liderazgo Educativo de la Universidad de Pennsylvania. Se desempeñó como director de la Escuela Superior Warwick en Newport News, Virginia, que fue reconocida como una de las 100 mejores escuelas superiores de la nación por la revista Newsweek. El Sr. Jones fue designado para ocupar el puesto de Director en la Escuela Superior William Fleming en las Escuelas Públicas de la Ciudad Pública de Roanoke, donde aumentó la tasa de graduación de cuatro años del 69% al 80%.

Horario de finalistas:

·       Alan Strauss: Lunes, 8 de abril de 2019

·       Shannon Magee: Miércoles, 10 de abril de 2019

·       Gene Jones: Jueves, 11 de abril de 2019

Horario Diario para cada Candidato Tarea Ubicación
10:30 a 11:00 a.m. Reunión con el equipo administrativo de ARHS Oficina Principal de ARHS
11:00 a.m. a 12:00 p.m. Disponible para reunirse con los estudiantes Cafetería
12:10 a 12:40 p.m. Reunión con el Superintendente Escuela Intermedia
12:45 a 2:15 p.m. Almuerzo  
2:30 a 3:45 p.m. Disponible para reunirse con el personal Biblioteca
5:15 a 6:30 p.m. Disponible para reunirse con los padres / tutores y la comunidad Salón de Coral


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NEEDED: Parent Volunteers to Help Proctor AP Exams

We’re looking for parent volunteers to help proctor AP exams on Tuesday May 7th, Wednesday May 8th, Monday May 13th, & Tuesday May 14th. If you are interested and available during any of these times, please contact Andrea Dustin at 362-1714 or, or Talib Sadiq at 362-1781 or, for more details. Thank you!

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Volunteers Needed to Coordinate 2019 Senior Class Party


High School graduation can be a dangerous night for our students.  For over 37 years, our community has supported “Project Graduation” – a senior class party that is a collective effort to keep our grads safe on a night when celebration has all too often turned to tragedy in towns across the country.  Your support is needed to create this safe, but awesome, celebration for our ARHS graduating seniors.

The Amherst Regional High School 2019 Senior Class Party will be held June 7th after graduation.  This overnight celebration is a time-honored local tradition that gives our seniors a secure place to celebrate their achievements, have fun, and be together with classmates one last time. Volunteer parents produce and monitor the event, which provides food, music, and entertainment. They also provide rides home for every student and guest.

Planning for this event is underway and I am looking for parent and guardian volunteers to form this year’s graduation party committee.  Volunteers can be from all grades 9 – 12 and there are a variety of positions that need filling such as coordinating food, entertainment, security, transportation, volunteer coordinator, etc.

Rather than tie up people’s time with a lot of meetings, this year we will start the coordination on-line via email and later in the spring have some face-to-face meetings.  

If you are willing to help with this important task, please reach out to me via email via email soon so that I may plan effectively.  My email is:

Tracy Farnham – Project Graduation Coordinator and Senior Parent

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ARMS Science Teacher Jennifer Welborn Receives 2018-19 Educator Award

The Amherst Regional Middle School Educator Award for 2018-19 will be awarded to science teacher Jennifer Welborn. The award, given by the Amherst Regional Middle School Parent Guardian Organization (ARMS PGO), is based on three main criteria: student support, collaboration with colleagues, and contributions to the ARMS community.

Welborn was nominated by a number of ARMS students and parents. In the nomination comments, some themes arose multiple times: her infectious excitement about science; her generosity in helping outside of class hours; her collaboration with colleagues, include field trip organization, regular lunchtime visiting lecturers and a weekly science club; and the interest she takes in the outside lives of her students.

One nominator said, “She often tells people how great they are, and tries to instill a sense of pride in them about how they are smart,” no matter how difficult they may find the work.

According to another nomination, Welborn “makes learning science fun by all the crazy cool activities she does in class,” including crowd-pleasing science experiments with chemical reactions and controlled explosions. She is “always smiling and seems to make everyone laugh when people are having a rough day; she always brings positive energy.”

Welborn’s collaborative instinct is visible not just to fellow teachers, but to her students, who describe her as one of the leaders of the team. “She plans field trips and sets up lots of events at school like goodbye parties for teachers.” Another student said, “She often works with other teachers to connect student learning to what they are working on in other classes,” for example, helping incorporate science into a social studies climate change unit.

Beyond the classroom, she hosts a regular lunchtime “Soundbytes Café” with visiting UMass researchers. The talks are open to all students, the result of a collaborative effort between ARMS science teachers and the Graduate Women In Science (GWIS) organization at UMass Amherst.  Welborn also runs a popular weekly science club for students after school.

Jennifer Welborn, in her 19th year of teaching at ARMS, continues to be a positive force in the community. In an essay she once wrote, Welborn said, “I have the opportunity each and every day to help kids feel like competent, important people.” As one nomination concluded, “she is a phenomenal teacher, and makes science the best part of the day.”

Ms. Welborn will receive a certificate and a $500 award from the ARMS PGO, and her name will be engraved on the Educator Award plaque in the library of the middle school.

Administered annually by the ARMS PGO, Jennifer Welborn is the fifth recipient of this award. Students, parents, and ARMS staff were invited to submit nominations in February. Welborn was one of 16 eligible staff members nominated. A vote was held among fellow staff members, and three finalists were chosen. The final selection was made by the PGO’s Educator Award Committee.

Please contact with any questions.

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MIAA Notification Options

Hurricane Sport Fans, most of you aren’t aware of a feature offered through the MIAA. You can set up email alerts for your favorite team(s)!! Go to the MIAA website, look for the light blue bar, select the team(s) you’d like to receive notifications on. In that same area, select the pencil “Schedule Notification Options.” From there, follow the prompts. You can change your selections at any time.

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The Graphic

Check out the newest issue of our school newspaper–The Graphic.   It covers a lot: workshops to combat anti-Semitism, the new computerized MCAS, Grinspoon award winners, our recent ADA/accessibility study, the musical, a feature on our single snow day, great club news, deep sports coverage, and some brave opinion pieces about gun laws and climate change. Available online at

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Don’t Forget to Order a Yearbook

yearbookReminder to PRE-ORDER YOUR YEARBOOK at as soon as possible! Yearbooks are $45, and the deadline to order is April 19th!

Additionally, we have 24 slots for parent ads in the yearbook! Congratulate your student on another completed year or give props to a grad! $45 per slot, each ad covers the cost of a yearbook for a senior on free/reduced lunch! Submit your ad via this link and bring cash or a check to Crystal Garrity in Guidance to reserve your spot!

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