Free Career Skills Workshops

Free Career Skills Workshops are available to all Amherst High School Students through Connecting Activities and The Collaborative for Educational Services. Matt Rigney is hosting this series of  workshops which will include topics like resume writing, cover letters,  interviewing, and much more. There are also  “meet the pro” sessions where students can hear directly from professionals in different fields. The Career Skills workshops happen live on Wednesdays at 4:00 pm and the Meet The Pro sessions happen live on Thursdays at 4:00 pm.

If students are interested in attending the live workshops, they should contact Matt directly by emailing him at If they cannot attend the workshops live, students can access past sessions on the CES website anytime here: Topics covered so far have been resume and cover letters, which are available on the website. There have also been three “meet the pro” sessions which have included a Biomedical Engineer and a Chemical Engineer, and a Plant Biologist which are posted. Next session will be a Behavioral Neuroscientist. If students have an interest in hearing from someone from a specific field, they can request this directly to Matt through email.

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From the Jones Library Director

Jones Library staff have been fielding questions about how patrons can access the Library’s physical collection.

While we agree COMPLETELY that access to reading material is essential to influencing our quality of life, at the present time, it is the job of public libraries across the state to help stop the spread of COVID-19, and to support Governor Baker’s stay-at-home order, which has been extended to May 18, 2020.  The more that people come into contact with other people (and with high-touch surfaces), the higher the risk, thus our priority must be to encourage staff and patrons to stay safe at home.

Let the library come to you!

In the meantime, if you have access to a device and the Internet, we encourage you to make use of our electronic resources such as:

• our databases including Valueline , Morningstar , Consumer Reports , and  

• streaming movies in Kanopy , streaming classical music in Naxos , and eMagazines through RB Digital ;

• eBooks and eAudios through Overdrive/Libby and TumbleBooks ;

• and educational and recreational software such as Muzzy , Gale Courses , Creativebug , and Artistworks .


You can also:

• watch our weekly live author interviews on Facebook ;

• participate in our weekly teen art and cooking challenges ;

• participate in our Munson Memorial Library Zoom book discussions;

• participate in our youth social media photo challenges ;

• and participate in our weekly Ukulele Strum-Alongs with Julie Stepanek.


And if you call or email us , we can:

• issue you a library card;

• answer your reference questions and help you access our digital collections;

• help students with their homework ;

• and provide you with personalized reading lists .

All for free!

Please follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to see what we are up to.  We are also posting our programs to our event calendar found on the library’s website at .  


When we re-open…

When the time is right, the library will re-open for business.  Staff are super excited about being able to get back into the buildings and being with their patrons!  But when it is time for re-entry, it will have to occur in a phased manner.  The American Library Association, Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, and Massachusetts Library System are all working with experts on the safest ways for libraries to reopen.  The Jones Library will follow the science; the phases may look like this:

  • First, we imagine that staff only will come back to the buildings. They will work in staggered shifts, they will wear masks and gloves, and remain socially distant.
  • Next, the return of materials will begin.  We will keep them in quarantine for at least three days, before returning them to the shelves.
  • At some point, curbside pickup will begin.  Patrons will place Holds online or by phone, then staff will check out the items, and bring them outside to patrons.
  • When it is safe, patrons will return to the inside of the buildings. We envision limiting the number of patrons in the buildings at once; having plexiglass shields at the service desks; not allowing computers or in-person programming right away; and constant disinfection of surfaces and bathrooms.  We are also considering having separate open hours for vulnerable populations.
  • Eventually, the use of computers and meeting rooms will be allowed, as well as in-person public programming.

At this time, we have no idea what the timeline for this phased approach would be.

Thank you so much for your support!  We look forward to seeing you in person soon!


Best always,


Sharon Sharry

Library Director

The Jones Library

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Letter from Principal Jones Re: Graduation

May 4, 2020


We would like to thank all of you in the support that has been provided during this historic and unique time in the life of your child. The impact of this pandemic has prevented your child from experiencing a rite of passage of high school commencement. Since our departure on March 13, 2020, we had been hopeful that your child would have the opportunity that comes once in a lifetime. Upon receiving word of the closure of school for the remainder of the year we initiated our contingency plan for a virtual commencement. We took into consideration the safety of all students while at the same time honoring their accomplishment. There has been widespread support from many groups in the community to make this disrupted celebration as honored as possible. Attached to this letter are the initial informational details for Commencement 2020 at ARHS.

The process for departure of our Seniors begins on May 26th, 2020, with students returning textbooks, Chromebooks, and other related materials. Students will receive their cap and gown along with any Senior Awards that they may have earned. We will have a scheduled stagger arrival for the Seniors on this day. There will be more detailed information forthcoming as we get closer to this date.

On May 27, 2020, once again we will have a scheduled stagger for Seniors to take a professional picture in their cap and gown along with their diploma. These pictures will be included in the virtual commencement ceremony. It is required that all students must wear a face mask, no exceptions. They may take their mask off for their picture.

The Valedictorians and Salutatorians will be announced on May 22, 2020. In addition, we are working on a date for Seniors to collect any personal belongings that they may have left in their locker. Attached to this letter is an informational sheet that highlights the events of May 26th and May 27th, 2020.



Gene T. Jones, Jr


4 de mayo de 2020

Estimados Padres,

Nos gustaría agradecerles a todos ustedes el apoyo que nos han brindado durante este momento histórico y único en la vida de su hijo/a. El impacto de esta pandemia ha evitado que su hijo/a experimente el Ritual de Graduación de la Escuela Superior. Desde nuestra partida el 13 de marzo de 2020, teníamos la esperanza de que su hijo/a tuviera esta oportunidad que se da una vez en la vida. Al recibir la noticia del cierre de la escuela por el resto del año iniciamos nuestro plan de contingencia para una graduación virtual. Tomamos en consideración la seguridad de todos los estudiantes y al mismo tiempo honramos sus logros. Hemos recibido un amplio apoyo de muchos grupos de la comunidad para que esta celebración interrumpida sea lo más honrada posible. Adjuntos a esta carta están los detalles informativos iniciales para la graduación de ARHS 2020.

El proceso de salida de nuestros estudiantes de 12° grado comienza el 26 de mayo de 2020, con los estudiantes devolviendo libros de texto, Chromebooks y otros materiales relacionados. Los estudiantes recibirán su toga y birrete junto con cualquier premio que hayan ganado. Tendremos una programación escalonada para la llegada de los estudiantes de 12º grado en este día. Habrá información más detallada a medida que nos acerquemos a esta fecha.

El 27 de mayo de 2020, una vez más tendremos una programación escalonada para que los graduandos se tomen una foto profesional con su toga y birrete junto con su diploma. Estas fotos se incluirán en la ceremonia de graduación virtual. Se requiere que todos los estudiantes usen una mascarilla, sin excepciones. Pueden quitarse la máscara para su foto.

Los “Valedictorians” y “Salutatorians” serán anunciados el 22 de mayo de 2020. Además, estamos trabajando en una fecha para que los estudiantes de 12º grado recojan sus pertenencias personales que puedan haber dejado en su casillero. Adjunto a esta carta hay una hoja informativa que destaca los eventos del 26 y 27 de mayo de 2020.


Gene T. Jones, Jr.


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Counselors Corner

Join us Friday, May 8th at 2:15 PM to watch Sherry Balzano & Karen Peters present “Parenting During Anxious & Uncertain Times”. This video will provide tools and strategies to maintain connection & well being for parents within the distri. The video can be reached at this link:

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ARHS Teachers: We Miss You All!

Staff made the following message for students on the Google Classroom


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AP Exam Schedule

This year’s AP Exams will be exclusively online.  Security protocals for the exams require all students worldwide to test at the same time.

The College Board made other changes to this year’s exams, including changes to timing, format, and content and skills covered. For the latest information, go to our AP Coronavirus Updates site: visit AP Exam Schedule 2020 for course-specific information or Taking AP Exams Online to learn more about how you’ll take exams this year.
The CollegeBoard is allowing students to wait until the actual day of the AP exam(s) they are signed up for to decide if they want to take it or not. Students DO NOT have to notify anyone about their intentions. On the assigned test day, students can either logon and take the test, or not. Refunds for the students who don’t take the test will be issued once we’re back in school.  

Exam Start Times:

Eastern Time Zone

12:00 p.m 2:00 p.m.  4:00 p.m. ET
Mon, May 11 Physics C: Mechanics Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism United States Government and Politics
Tues, May 12 Latin Calculus AB


Calculus BC

Human Geography
Wed, May 13 Physics 2: Algebra-Based English Literature and Composition European History
Thurs, May 14 Spanish Literature and Culture Chemistry Physics 1: Algebra-Based
Fri, May 15 Art History United States History Computer Science A
Mon, May 18 Chinese Language and Culture Biology Environmental Science
Tues, May 19 Music Theory Psychology Japanese Language and Culture


Italian Language and Culture

Wed, May 20 German Language and Culture English Language and Composition Microeconomics
Thurs, May 21 French Language and Culture World History: Modern Macroeconomics
Fri, May 22 Comparative Government and Politics Statistics Spanish Language and Culture

Get Ready for Exam Day

Dear Parent/Guardian,

AP® Exams start next week, and we want to make sure your child is prepared to take their exam(s) online. View the full list of exam dates and times. Please help your child learn when exams will start in your time zone.Dear Parent,

Your child should plan to set aside 80 minutes for each exam. They’ll need 30 minutes to sign in and enter some personal information before the exam starts. And the exam itself will take 50 minutes, which includes time to submit their responses. There are some differences in the exam format across AP courses. Please make sure your child reviews course-specific information for their exams.

Your child will need their AP ID to access the exams. This will be provided on their e-ticket so they can have it handy on test day.

To get your child ready for test day, be sure they complete an AP Exam Day Checklist (.pdf/513.39 KB) for each exam they’ll be taking and use the demo to see the exam experience.

5 Steps for Your Child to Get Ready

Now: Try the exam demo.
Now: Complete exam day checklist.
Now: Verify their email.
2 Days Before Exam: Locate their e-ticket.
Exam Day: Check in 30 minutes early.

View Demo and Key Information

What’s Next?

Two days before each of your child’s AP Exams they’ll receive an email with their unique exam e-ticket that includes their AP ID. This e-ticket should not be shared with others. The link included is how they’ll take their exam during the exam testing window. They should join their exam 30 minutes before exam time. Please make sure they check their email 48 hours before each of their exams.

Test Security

During the exam, your child may not collaborate with any person in any way, and their work must be their own. There are strict protocols in place to prevent and detect cheating, including the use of plagiarism detection tools. Students who give or receive aid will face consequences, including score cancellations, bans from future AP and SAT® exams, and notifications to college admissions offices.

Learn More

For more info about this year’s AP Exams, check out our frequently asked questions. You can also review the AP Exam Terms and Conditions, which your child will need to accept on exam day.


Advanced Placement Program


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ARPS Friends of Performing Arts Meeting 5/12

Spring 2020 Meeting
Tuesday, May 12, 7 PM via Zoom

Now, more than ever, the performing arts at ARPS need your support!  
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 811 8770 3566  Password: 2Yb9PF

Activities and accomplishments during our first two years:
*Co-sponsorship of PGO fundraising efforts for high school auditorium lighting
*Support of the student-led ARPS FPA Valentine’s Gala, which raised significant money for 2020 spring ensemble trip scholarships
*Musical SOS: community outreach to help the 2020 musical recoup losses due to Covid-19 cancellation
*Coordination of event bake sales
*Official 501 (c)(3) status
*Usher and chaperone recruitment for performances
*2019 April calendar fundraiser
*2019 Spring musical water sales

This is our last meeting of the school year, and it’s an important one.  Come to hear updates on our fundraising and to elect officers for the 2020-2021 school year.

Do you know a parent of a performing arts student who might be interested in pitching in?  Send them the link! New members warmly welcomed.

Contact Terri Geffert (
or Richard Weinberg (

ARPS FPA Mission Statement:  The Amherst Performing Arts Boosters is a nonprofit organization of parents, guardians, students and community members committed to supporting high-quality education in performing arts at Amherst Regional Public Schools. We believe that all students should experience the transformative power of the performing arts.  In partnership with the Performing Arts program directors, our goal is to provide financial and logistical support to and advocate for continued investment in the Performing Arts Department.

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Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching Awards Honor ARPS Teachers

The Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching Awards program annually honors Western Massachusetts educators and seeks to motivate teachers at all stages of their careers to aspire to excellence.

The Amherst Regional Public School winners are:
Kelsey Geer Amherst Regional School District Pelham Elementary School
Kristen Iverson Amherst Regional School District Amherst Regional High School
Natalie Rodriguez Rivera Amherst Regional School District Fort River Elementary School
Victoria Munroe Amherst Regional School District Wildwood Elementary School


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Free Career Skills Workshops

Free Career Skills Workshops are available to all Amherst High School Students through Connecting Activities and The Collaborative for Educational Services. Matt Rigney is hosting this series of  workshops which will include topics like resume writing, cover letters,  interviewing, and much more. There are also  “meet the pro” sessions where students can hear directly from professionals in different fields. The Career Skills workshops happen live on Wednesdays at 4:00 pm and the Meet The Pro sessions happen live on Thursdays at 4:00 pm.  If students are interested in attending the live workshops, they should contact Matt directly by emailing him at If they cannot attend the workshops live, students can access past sessions on the CES website anytime here: Topics covered so far have been resume and cover letters, which are available on the website. There have also been three “meet the pro” sessions which have included a Biomedical Engineer and a Chemical Engineer, and a Plant Biologist which are posted. Next session will be a Behavioral Neuroscientist. If students have an interest in hearing from someone from a specific field, they can request this directly to Matt through email.

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Mark Your Calendars

May 8- “Parenting During Anxious & Uncertain Times” video 2:15 PM

May 11- May 22- AP Exams Administered Online

May 12- Juniors: College Essay Writing Workshop –  2-3 pm

May 12- ARPS Friends of the Performing Arts Spring 2020 Meeting- 7 PM via Zoom

May 15- deadline for 9th Grade Course Registrations to be submitted

May 19-
Thriving, Beyond Surviving In College panel for Class of 2020/2021 -2:00-3:00 pm

June 5th- Graduation Ceremony Video premier -6:00 p.m

June 18th- Last Day of Distance Learning


All other school events are canceled

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Amherst Survival Center Services

Thank you to everyone who has contributed so far! 
Dear Community,
I hope you and yours are safe and well. For those of you who are grieving, my heart is with you. As we navigate this painful time, I continue to be inspired and overwhelmed and brought to tears (at least four times a day) by the generosity and beauty of people coming together, caring for each other, and giving in so many ways.
Kevin Gutting, Daily Hampshire Gazette

Effective Monday 5/4 our onsite open hours will begin at 12 noon (instead of at 11am). Lunch, produce, bread, and food pantry pick-ups will be available onsite Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 12-3pm.  

While a bit counter-intuitive, we are reducing onsite open hours in order to provide more food to more people! As I’ve shared, we have been preparing and serving 50% more lunches than before COVID-19, and over the last two weeks have been running out. Due to social distancing, we can only have a few people in the kitchen or packaging groceries for delivery at any one time. This extra hour will allow us to prepare and serve up to 200 lunches per day, prepare more deliveries for additional families, and we are confident we can still serve the same number of people onsite.
Volunteer writing on box of groceries
Groceries for the first delivery to Ware
We have partnered with area organizations to rapidly scale grocery delivery to area residents. Getting to the Center is really hard for some. Some can’t make it due to their own health risks, others can no longer borrow a car or get a ride, and many no longer have childcare. We expect to deliver groceries to between 400-600 people this month!   Organizations such as the Amherst Senior Center and Big Brothers Big Sisters are delivering groceries we package to their clients. And starting last Friday, we are also delivering pre-boxed groceries to area apartment complexes where staff, such as those from Hillside Apartments (Ware) and Wayfinders (Amherst and Hadley), will facilitate doorstep delivery and outdoor distribution. We also offer pre-scheduled curb-side pick-up for individuals in high risk categories for COVID-19.
If you need food, please come. If you can’t get here, please contact us. This crisis is impacting all of us, including many families who are struggling economically in a way they never have. We are here for everyone. We are open. We have food. If you have questions, please reach out. We would be honored to help.
Paper grocery bag and sign that reads Kids Boost_ 1 boost bag_ 1 butter_ 1 shelf milk_ 1 drumstick_ 1 bread
Kids boost, providing extra groceries to all families with kids

If you can give, please do. We have been astounded by the generosity all of you have shown so far. It is your gifts that have allowed for the increase in our operations to date. We continue to scale up to provide more food, and trust that this amazing community is in this with us.

Groceries on table
Part of a food pantry monthly shop
Lastly, a huge thank you to our Mask Makers! We have given out more than 500 masks to participants, and are still collecting and distributing more.  Want to sew? Wonderful. See here for more info. And THANK YOU to the amazing sewers for your beautiful, colorful protective gear!
In solidarity,
Lev Ben-Ezra, Executive Director
For up to date information about our programs and safety measures, please see 
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Project Earth Through Multi-Arts

Multi-Arts invites young people to participate in PROJECT EARTH, 
and contribute in the creation of a play exploring Earth’s healing journey.
The project will be a theater production with instrumental music to premiere in the summer of 2020.
We will have FOUR meetings on Saturdays at 11 AM, by Zoom.
“Even from stuck inside, or from a walk down my street, I can see the changes. There are less planes in the sky, less smoke in the air, and less trash in the grass. PROJECT EARTH is a celebration and investigation of how a community can come together to pave the way for a healthier planet. We want to tell a story about our relationship to the world and the hope we have for it. We will use poetry, art, movement, and music from the Multi-Arts family, inspired by Carl Sagan’s “Pale Blue Dot”.” Maia Kinney-Petruch, lead playwright 
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School (Buildings) Closed for the Reminder of 2019-2020 School Year

Dear ARPS Families:

Governor Charlie Baker has announced that all schools in Massachusetts will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.  This was an anticipated decision based on the projected curve of COVID-19 cases across the Commonwealth. ARPS will continue to utilize Distance Learning 2.0 for the rest of the spring semester.  Discussions are ongoing regarding ways in which end-of-year milestones can be celebrated, including graduation for the Class of 2020. I will continue to share more information as it becomes available

We will follow-up with continued updates on this site.


Michael Morris, Superintendent

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Distance Learning 2.0 Family Survey 

In last Friday’s weekly ARPS Update  newsletter, the Superintendent shared an online survey the district is doing to get feedback on Distance Learning 2.0 and how it’s going for families and students.  Your feedback will help ARPS make updates and provide support as needed.  To complete the survey: 

Note: For parents with multiple ARPS students, you answer the survey once, but can give different answers to individual questions based on different children’s experiences.

Click here to take the survey.

Additionally, the Superintendent said: “Some families have expressed concern about the effect of the school closure on students’ academic progress and the impact it will have in the 2020-2021 school year.  I want to assure our families that the District is taking these concerns into account in planning for the beginning of the new school year.  There are no plans to retain students since they will be supported in catching up on both their academic and social/emotional learning when the new year begins.  In the meantime, students are strongly encouraged to participate fully in the Distance Learning 2.0 work being provided by their teachers. At the High School level, students will receive credit for their courses based on their work prior to the school closure and their participation in distance learning.”

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Virtual SEPAC Meeting on 5/1

There will be a virtual SEPAC meeting on 5/1/20 at 9:00 am.  The agenda will be:

Approve Minutes

Impacts of School Closure for Special Education (Questions encouraged).

Delivery of services as outlined on IEP’s.

Scheduling and logistics of IEP team meetings.

Extended School Year (summer programming for SpEd).

Nominations for SEPAC Board (for vote at 6/5/20 meeting).

Preschool Programming.

Updates from Dr. Brady, Director of Student Services/Special Education.

Updates from School Committee Liaisons. Next Meeting Agenda Planning.

Public Comment.

Join using url: or join by phone: +1 260-577-6929 (PIN: 203375528)

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ARPS Budget Process Update

With drasticly declining fiscal projections throughout our Commonwealth, the Regional School Committee is reopening the 2020-2021 budget process.  The Town of Amherst will host a financial indicators meeting with the Town Council, School Commities and Library Trustees on Monday, May 11 at 5:30 PM.  The Regional Budget Hearing is planned for Tuesday, May 12 at 6:30pm.
To provide input, email  The deadline for input is 3PM.
The Amherst Schools budget hearing will be on Tuesday, May 19 (meeting start time is 6:00pm).
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Managing Children’s Emotional Health Info Session

Last Friday, the district hosted an insightful session with ARPS school counselors from the Elementary, Middle School and High School levels.  The discussion focused on managing the current situation, emotional health and well-being, and your children.

You can see the recorded presentation here:

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Attn Juniors- College Info from Ms Cuffee-Gray

Hello Class of 2021 –

Please find a listing of college planning opportunities below to support your college planning process –

College Planning Workshops

Common Application Workshop on May 5th – 3:30 – 4:30 RSVP Link –

College Essay Writing Workshop – May 12th – Time TBD

Srive Virtual College Exploration 4/27-5/8

Monday, April 27 – Friday, May 8, 2020
With over 100,000 student registrations for the Strive Virtual College Exploration Week, StriveScan has expanded the program two more weeks: Monday, April 27 – Friday, May 8.
Registration for students and counselors is open!

The program features:

  • 200+ college information sessions

  • Institutions from 37 states across the country

  • Monday, May 4 is dedicated to opportunities at international universities

  • Day and evening options

  • Free and open to students nationwide

Boston Globe Discussions

The Boston Globe is looking at what education looks like in the times of COVID 19

Check out the student discussion on April 28th in the article (there is a link to participate)

Life After ARHS Junior Planning Meeting

Meet for your “Life After ARHS Planning Meeting” with Ms.Cuffee-Gray this spring (a parent or gaurdian must attend) –

Here’s the link –

MEFA – Massachusetts Education Financing Authority Webinars

College Admissions – May 21st

College Admissions (Spanish)

Search and Manage Scholarships  May 27th

College Financing –

College Financing (Spanish) –

Understanding FAFSA –


Your Friendly Neighborhood College and Career Counselor, Deidre Cuffee-Gray

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Attn Seniors: Brief Reminders from Ms Cuffee-Gray

A number of MA State schools have May 1st deadlines –

Framingham State University –

Worcester State University –

Salem State University – June 1st

Fitchburg State University Rolling Admissions –

UMASS Boston – May 15th –

Open Admission (except selective programs) – please check with the college admisisons office for placement testing information

Greenfield Community College –

Holyoke Community College –

Springfield Technical Community College –

If you missed the college decision conversation that we sponsored at ARHS MEFA has some great webinars –

After the College Acceptance –

Comparing Loan Options –

College Financing –

College Financing (Spanish) –

Feel free to set an appointment to check in with me if you have questions. If the times do not work, please email me and we’ll figure it out.

Here’s the link –

Please remember to enter the decisions from the colleges you have applied to in Naviance!

I know there have been discussions about graduation and the like. I am definitely thinking so much about how you, as seniors in high school, have been affected.

With Care and Respect,

Ms. Cuffee-Gray

P.S. The Boston Globe is running a series on how COVID 19 has affected school –


Your Friendly Neighborhood College and Career Counselor, Deidre Cuffee-Gray

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AP Exam Info

Dear Parent,

Here’s important information to help guide your child through the AP® Exam day experience.

New Resources

AP Exam Day Checklist: Your child should complete this checklist (.pdf/513.39 KB) for each AP Exam they’ll be taking this year, and keep it next to them on test day.

Explainer Videos: New videos are available to give your child quick, easily accessible information about the test day experience and what they need to do to prepare. Additional videos will be posted to this playlist soon.

AP Exam Demo: On May 4, your child will be able to practice submissions through the exam demo, which will give a click-through practice for the different ways to submit responses to this year’s AP Exams.

We encourage all students to take this important preparation step. This will help your child avoid technical difficulties on the day of the exam. The demo will be generic across subjects, and not a practice exam. See below for info on a specific video and demo for world languages exams.

AP Prep Week: Next week, the online AP Classes and Review Sessions will focus on the exam day experience and sample exam questions.

Two Days Before Exams: Your child will receive an email with their exam e-ticket 48 hours before their exam. Be sure to help your child check what time their exams will start in your time zone.

Portfolio Submissions Due: AP Computer Science Principles, Seminar, Research, and Art and Design submissions are due by May 26, 11:59 p.m. ET.


Information for World Language AP Exams

The world languages exams will be administered using a new dedicated app—the AP World Languages Exam App (WLEA). Students taking these exams must use this app on smartphones or tablets, not on laptops or desktop computers. This free app will be available for download from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store the week of May 11. We’ll email students and their teachers to let them know when the app is available to download. Visit our site for more details.

Accommodations details for the above exams are also available now.

If you’re unsure whether your child can access the app, or if your child doesn’t have a device, you can fill out this survey as soon as possible so we can help support your child (applicable to U.S./U.S. territories)


Information for AP Music Theory Exams

Before exam day, students will need to print or hand-copy the 2020 Music Theory Answer Sheet and have access to an audio recording app or software. Please see more information on the website.

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SAT New Test Dates and Registration Info

The College Board has announced that SAT administration will be on Saturday, September 26, 2020. This date will be for the SAT only, in the United States and internationally, with no SAT Subject Tests™ available. Sunday testing for religious reasons will be on September 27.

Registration for the 2020-21 SAT administrations will open in May. At that point, June registrants will be able to transfer their seat to a 2020-21 administration. All other students in the high school class of 2021 who don’t have SAT scores will also have early access to register for the August, September, and October administrations. This includes students who had registered for March or May and had their registrations canceled and refunded. We’ll email during the week of May 26 with the exact date that registration opens.

Our top priorities are the health and safety of students. Please note we’ll only move forward with the administrations if it’s safe to do so from a public health standpoint.

If you have questions, call Customer Service at 866-756-7346 (domestic) or +1-212-713-7789 (international). We’ll also regularly update our webpage with information.

Thank you for your understanding. Our thoughts are with you during this unprecedented time.


College Board

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MIAA Announcement on Spring Sports

In accordance with Governor Charles Baker’s announcement last week that Massachusetts schools will be closed to in person learning for the remainder of the school year, the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) regretfully has cancelled all 2020 spring sports and spring tournaments.

The decision by the MIAA Board of Directors was difficult, disappointing, and one that was deferred for several weeks as Association staff, Association members from the Tournament Management Committee (TMC) and the Board worked aggressively to construct optional structures to save the opportunity for our MIAA 80,000 student-athletes to enjoy a spring season.

Despite this disheartening but unavoidable action, it is paramount to applaud our constituents, principals, athletic directors, coaches and student-athletes for their positive power of example and cooperation during this unprecedented crisis. The “life lessons” inherent in the games we play will be our resiliency to provide mental and physical strength to focus on the discipline and teamwork to make a difference in the challenging chapters in the Game of Life. #OneTeamOneMIAA

Stay Well.

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Virtual programming for teens at the Jones Library

Teens and tweens (ages 11-17) who participate in our virtual programming will be entered into a weekly raffle to win a $5 gift card to Antonio’s pizza. Each week there will be multiple opportunities to participate! This week you can earn up to 4 raffle entries:

  1. Fortnight Art Challenge: Make a comic! Every two weeks we come up with a new art challenge. The current challenge is making a comic. Choose your favorite medium (pencil, ink, digital, etc) and make a comic. It can be a single panel or a comic strip. It can be about COVID-19 or anything!
  2. Quarantine CuisineWhat’s cooking? What kinds of meals are you making while stuck at home? Are you enjoying any local takeout? Email photos and a brief description and we’ll share in on our social media to help inspire other teens!
  3. Coronavirus Novels: Book reviews Are you reading any good (or bad?) YA novels or graphic novels in your free time? Send us a quick review! It can be written or recorded. We want to hear about what you’re reading!
  4. Fortnight Art Challenge: Throwback! Complete any of the previous art challenges (book cover remix, peep art, a view from your window) and email us your artwork!

Email submissions to and include your full name and age to be entered into the raffle. One lucky winner will be chosen each week and emailed a gift certificate for some delicious local pizza! Follow along with our virtual programming over on our Teen Instagram and watch out for bonus opportunities to get a raffle entry.

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Kendrick Park Playground Update

The Town of Amherst is designing a playground for the children of Amherst, to be located in Kendrick Park.  The Planning Department, LSSE and DPW staff are working together to prepare a design, with input from the public.  During the summer of 2019 the Town of Amherst applied for a PARC grant from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and was awarded $400,000.  In the fall CPAC (Community Preservation Act Committee) and the Town Council voted to match this grant with about $260,000 from town funds to build a playground that will serve Downtown Amherst.   Despite the covid-19 pandemic, work is proceeding, and LSSE and the Planning Department want to hear from you before a design is finalized in the next couple of months!  Please see for more information, including the preliminary design that was presented to the Planning Board  in March, 2020, and a link for submitting comments.
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Amherst Blue Light Luminaria in support of our Front Line Workers

The Amherst Business Improvement District (BID) invites the public to join them in honoring first responders, emergency services personnel, and  essential service worker with a town center drive-though event on Friday, May 8.

The Luminaria lights will be lit by 8 p.m. in downtown. Community members are encouraged to drive through and honk horns in appreciation of our EMTs, restaurant workers, hospital staff, teachers who are teaching online, service workers, shop owners, mechanics and everyone working to keep us healthy, fed, educated and safe.

Community members are encouraged to celebrate townwide and suggest that wherever you are driving to and from to please give a honk (or a bell-ring if you’re on a bike)!

Questions can be directed to: Gabrielle Gould,  Executive Director of the BID at

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What’s Open?

What's Open?

This “Open for Business” list compiled by the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce & Amherst Business Improvement District (BID) lets community members know what services are available in the community as businesses adapt to the COVID-19 situation.

View and Share the “Open for Business” List  »

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LSSE Kids Art Contest

Hello Artists and Art Enthusiasts,
LSSE with the Town of Amherst is announcing a Kids Art Contest. We are looking for art that is inspired by all the helpers we see around us during this strange time in our lives. We want to show the helpers how much they mean to us with a lively and creative display of art. More importantly we want our children to be able to express their gratitude in a way that allows for diverse and creative mediums.
Our event flyer with details about how to submit your entries is attached. Also, check out our video introduction from our Camp and Outreach Coordinator, Nikki Abelli.
Our Facebook and Instagram will have “info and inspo” to help you along, plus you can also tune into our YouTube Channel for more Art Inspiration 💕
We can’t wait to see everyone’s #ArtFromTheHeart
For more information, visit FINAL art from the heart
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Livestream Today On Students’ Emotional Health

Today from 2:15-3:00 pm, the District will present our first YouTube live stream on the topic of Supporting Students’ Emotional Health and Wellbeing (PreK-12).

Please join counselors Tara Luce, Crocker Farm, Hector Santos, ARMS, and Jaime Knox, Summit Academy, along with Superintendent Michael Morris for this informative event. The ARPS counselors, one from each grade level, will discuss common challenges that students may be experiencing during this time of physical distancing and offer strategies to support families.

The last 15-20 minutes of the livestream will be an opportunity for families to ask questions and receive responses from the mental health staff. The link to this live presentation is

Livestream #1 Flyer

Este viernes 24 de abril, de 2:15-3:00 p.m., el Distrito presentará nuestra primera transmisión en vivo de YouTube sobre el tema Apoyo a la salud emocional y el bienestar de los estudiantes (PreK-12). Tres consejeros de ARPS, uno de cada nivel de grado, discutirán los retos comunes que los estudiantes pueden estar experimentando durante este tiempo de distanciamiento físico y ofrecerán estrategias para apoyar a las familias. Únase a los consejeros Tara Luce, Crocker Farm, Héctor Santos, ARMS y Jaime Knox, Summit Academy, junto con el Superintendente Michael Morris para este evento informativo.

Los últimos 15-20 minutos de la transmisión en vivo serán una oportunidad para que las familias hagan preguntas y reciban respuestas del personal de salud mental. El enlace a esta presentación en vivo es

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ARHS Library News

The ARHS Library is one of the busiest places in our school, with an average of 182 students a day dropping by to study, conduct research, read, and connect with friends, teachers, and library staff on everything from academic projects and college applications to finding their next read. And while we couldn’t possibly miss our amazing students any more, our library is as busy and committed to providing library services as ever!

In honor of National Libraries Week, we wanted to highlight just a few of the digital resources students and families have access to from home.

  • Sora – Sora is a free ebook and audiobook app designed for students in K-12 schools. Students can read and listen on almost any digital device, including their Chromebooks, and can sign in using their ARPS Google accounts. Students can also add their public library cards for additional access to materials. Follow the instructions here to get started!
  • Databases – The ARHS Library subscribes to over 50 databases across all subject areas, including many that require no password to access while in Massachusetts. From academic books and journal articles to images and videos, we’ve got it all! For a complete list of databases, visit the ARHS Library website’s database page.
  • Boston Public Library – In addition to the digital resources available directly through ARHS, all residents 13 and older in MA are eligible for a free Boston Public Library electronic card. This is an incredible resource that gives our students (and you!) access to additional ebooks, audiobooks, and databases, world languages resources and training for computer skills, and free video and music streaming services like Kanopy and Hoopla.

Until we can be together again in person, everyone in the ARHS community is encouraged to continue to visit us online at or at the ARPS Libraries K-12 site Please don’t hesitate to contact the ARHS Librarian Ella Stocker at with any questions, concerns, or suggestions.

Stay safe, stay healthy, and keep reading!
Ella Stocker, ARHS Librarian
Emily Coelho and Kristie Morrison, ARHS Library Assistants

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Internet Access Campaign Was a Success!

In early April, the ARHS PGO joined with the other ARPS PGOs to organize a fundraiser to ensure that all Amherst and Amherst Regional public school students would have home wifi access during the school shutdown.  Thanks to the generosity of our community, we raised over $45,000 – enough to cover the costs not only for the rest of this school year, but for next year as well. These funds will help close the digital divide and provide more equitable educational access for all ARPS students.

The PGOs received over 235 donations of all sizes. Our major donors include the Norwottuck Fish and Game Association ($8,000), the Beveridge Family Foundation ($5,000), and the Amherst Pelham Education Association ($2,000), which represents ARPS educators and staff.  Collectively, the elementary and secondary school PGOs gave over $5,500. Thanks to all who supported our fundraiser and helped get the word out.

To see a full list of donors, please visit or

If you are able and would like to give further to support our local community, here are two nonprofits that need help during these challenging times:

Give to the Amherst Survival Center’s COVID-19 Response Fund.  As unemployment reaches record highs, the number of households requesting Survival Center services, including hot meals and groceries, has quadrupled and will no doubt continue to grow. Direct financial contributions give them the flexibility to respond to these increasing needs.

Donate to the Downtown Amherst Foundation Relief and Resiliency Microgrant Program.  The Amherst Business Improvement District (Amherst BID)  has created the Downtown Amherst Foundation and is looking to raise $500,000 to support local small businesses that have been forced to close or reduce services due to COVID-19. In a recent BID survey, two dozen Amherst restaurants and other businesses indicated that they may need to close permanently if they can’t get economic support.

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SEPAC Meeting on 5/1

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Attention Seniors- Coffee with the Principal and Class Survey

On Monday, April 27th at 6:30 PM, ARHS Principal Gene Jones will host a virtual Coffee with the Principal for families of 12th grade students.  The link to attend will be sent to all Class of 2020 parent/guardians via email.
Phone Numbers
PIN: ‪294 921 172#‬
If you have questions you would like answered during the coffee, please submit it via our GoogleForm by 3PM on Monday 4/27


Here is a Survey for students and families of the Class of 2020 to complete to give their input into senior activities contingency plans.

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Guidance Information For Class of 2021

Dear Class of 2021,

I can only imagine that the events connected to COVID 19 and your junior year are frustrating. Here is a brief update on opportunities to stay on top of the college planning process:

  1. Junior College/Life After ARHS Meeting with Ms. Cuffee-Gray – Meet with me for an initial planning conversation (regardless of your plans). Here’s an online link – now that in-person school has been cancelled, the online calendar for meetings will be expanded –
  2. COVID 19 College Admissions Database – National Association of College Admissions Counselors – Track changes to requirements, testing, tours, etc. ––publications/newsroom/college-admission-status-coronavirus/
  3. Test Optional Colleges (expanded list for Class of 2021)- With the reduction in testing dates for SAT & ACT Many schools have dropped or significantly changed their standardized testing requirements –
  4. Teacher Recommendations – We have moved the week for requesting teacher recommendations to May 18th. Please remain an active and engaged member of your junior classes. The suggestion is one Math OR Science teacher AND one English OR Social Studies teacher from your junior year. A detailed outline of the process will be sent the week of May 11th.
  5. School Counselor Recommendation – The four  assigned school counselor and the ARHS College & Career Advisor will write your School Counselor Recommendation. This recommendation is an overview of your growth both academically, and as a community member. Students will have an interview with their counselor, or Ms. Cuffee-Gray prior to the recommendation being written.
  6. Standardized Testing – AP Exams – you’ve been notified by your AP teachers ( SAT – June test has been cancelled – more information – ( & ACT June 13th exam is currently scheduled – ( Fee Waivers are available for eligible students. Contact Ms. Garrity.
  7. Virtual College Fairs – STRIVE SCAN COLLEGE EXPLORATION WEEK – | Coalition for College – April 23rd is closed – sign up for next event – | the BIG Virtual College Fair | College Fairs Online
  8. Webinars – College Vine | College Essay Guy | College Board Webinars for Parents and Guardians | MEFA – Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority –
  9. ARHS College Planning Workshops – Live! With Your Own Peeps! We hosted a college essay brainstorm workshop on April 15th. Expect workshops on Common Application, College Essay, Building Your College List, GAP Year Options in Upcoming Weeks on Google Hangout Meet.

Take Care and Be Well…

Deidre Cuffee-Gray

Your Friendly Neighborhood College and Career Counselor, Deidre Cuffee-Gray

phone – 413 362-1720
email –

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DESE Letter On Special Education

Dear families,

DESE, the Department of Elementary & Secondary Education, is in regular contact with us to offer guidance about how to navigate special education during this period of closure.  Attached is a Letter to Families and a Family Resource Toolkit that they have asked us to share to help support you and your family during this time.  

In addition to this, we encourage you to stay in touch with your child’s SE liaison with any questions you may have.  Within the next week or two, we will start having virtual IEP Team meetings so you may be contacted about this and you will also be receiving written notice with your child’s remote service delivery plan.

We are grateful for your partnership as we navigate our way through this crisis together.  

Stay well and stay in touch.



Queridas familias,

DESE, el Departamento de Educación Primaria y Secundaria, está en contacto regular con nosotros para ofrecer orientación sobre cómo navegar por la educación especial durante este período de cierre. Se adjunta una carta a las familias y un conjunto de herramientas de recursos familiares que nos han pedido que compartamos para ayudarlo a usted y a su familia durante este tiempo.

Además de esto, lo alentamos a mantenerse en contacto con el enlace SE de su hijo con cualquier pregunta que pueda tener. Dentro de la próxima semana o dos, comenzaremos a tener reuniones virtuales del Equipo IEP para que pueda ser contactado sobre esto y también recibirá un aviso por escrito con el plan de prestación de servicios remotos de su hijo.

Agradecemos su colaboración mientras navegamos juntos por esta crisis.

Mantente bien y mantente en contacto.



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Mark Your Calendars

June 18th- Last Day of School

June 27- MIAA Spring Sports Season Ends

All other school events are canceled

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Lawn Signs Honoring Class of 2020 For Sale

This is a strange and difficult time for most students, but especially our seniors. This should have been a spring full of fun and recognition, but they will miss out on many rites of passage.

Parents wanted to come up with some way to honor them. The signs will cost $5 each. Any extra money generated will be donated to the Class of 2020 for future use.

The deadline to order is April 30, 2020.

Class of 2020 Lawn Sign Order Form

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Franklin/Hampshire County Resources

Look4Help is a searchable site for resources and support in Franklin, Hampshire and Hampden counties.

There is a special section related to COVID-19.

Look4Help provides resources concerning food, housing, mental health, addiction and recovery, health care, disability services, money, transportation, clothing, diapers and household goods, legal help, employment and job training, family and children, seniors, adult education and state agencies.

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Local Restaurants Open For Business


Complete list available at

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Attention Class of 2020!

Dear Class of 2020, 

In beginning this communication to you I personally want to thank you for your leadership in bringing back the high level of spirit to ARHS. Whether it was homecoming, sports contests or other related extracurricular activities you were huge in resurrecting the Hurricane Nation. In the academic realm, we excelled in many areas where several of your classmates were recognized for numerous honors. I know that many of you have questions related to the traditional end of the year activities such as prom, senior last day of school, awards night, and of course graduation. The senior class advisors have been meeting with your class officers in efforts to decide how best to honor your accomplishments and recognize the ultimate recognition for every senior, that being graduation. A survey has been developed that asks for your input in helping to decide how to best handle many of the end of year activities. The class advisors, student activities director, class officers, as well as the administration would like your input so that we can best plan in the event that we do not return to school this year. I know that this has not been the way you envisioned your senior year and we are sorry that anyone has to experience this ending, but in the end we are all Amherst Hurricanes. In the coming days more information will be coming forth related to end of the year activities and recognitions. Please be safe and stay healthy.

– Principal Gene Jones


Here is a survey for students and families of the Class of 2020 to complete and give their input into senior activities contingency plans.

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Updated April Break Dates

April Break was scheduled for next week.  ARPS will be changing the dates for this break based on feedback they have received.  It will be shortened to include only Monday, April 20 through Wednesday, April 22. Thursday and Friday, April 23 and 24, will be Distance Learning days.  As a result, the last day of school will now be Thursday, June 18 for all ARPS students.

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Dr Morris’s Thoughts on Potential Reopening for 2019-2020 School Year

On March 16, Governor Baker ordered that schools in Massachusetts would close and would “reopen no sooner than May 4,” which is the language we have been using as a District.  I am hearing increasing levels of concern and stress from students, families, and staff about the May 4 date included in the Governor’s order, especially since the statewide Stay Home order has been extended until that date and guidance from scientists and the medical community indicates that a gradual return to prior activities and structures will be required when the threat of COVID-19 spread has reduced.  In addition, recent modeling and information from the local experts at Baystate Medical Center has indicated that the peak of COVID-19 cases in Western Massachusetts is likely to occur in May or June, considerably later than projections for the Boston area.  

Given these factors, I am changing my statement about when schools will reopen. As of today, Wednesday, April 8, school buildings are now closed until I receive adequate guidance from state and local health officials that makes me confident that it is safe for students and staff to return to school. I am not putting a specific date on the potential return, but it is clear that it will not be May 4.  I also want to clearly state that a return to school during the 2019-2020 school year looks increasingly unlikely given the guidance I have received to date. I know that the uncertainty of this situation is a major challenge, which is why I felt it was important to share this updated information with families and staff. The district will continue to endeavor to provide candid updates to the ARPS community as the situation evolves.


– Superintendent Morris

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From the ARHS Guidance Counselors

Please Note: We sent the below message a couple of weeks ago through a bulk email, but were since told some students and parents did not receive this because it landed in SPAM boxes. In case you did not receive, we are sending this now through Naviance and we welcome all students to join our ARHS Counseling Google classroom for both academic and social emotional information and resources. Unfortunately, due to our technology, only students and staff with ARPS emails are able to access this Google classroom so parents/guardians will need to view through their child’s account. 

Hello ARHS Students and Families,


We have been thinking a lot about our school community and are hoping you all are doing well in this most unusual time.  The counselors have been working hard these last few days putting together an ARHS Counseling Resources, Supports, and Information  Google Classroom to stay connected with you.  It will include important information around course registration, ALP applications, at-home activities, ideas around how to structure your days, and valuable self-care and social-emotional resources and supports. Please remember to check it regularly since we will be updating this Google Classroom with new information weekly. 


The classroom code is:  bdd2ljr


Students: Please remember to be responsible, respectful, and safe as we navigate these new online spaces. Make sure your comments are respectful of other people’s opinions and thoughts as you are responsible for your actions online.  Together we can build a respectful, safe space for all to participate.


To the Parents and Guardians,

Please remind your students to be responsible, respectful, and safe online.  This includes being respectful of other students’ opinions and thoughts. We will be reaching out to families directly if we need additional support.  If you have any questions or concerns please reach out to one of the counselors.

**Note: Although parents are not able to directly access this Google classroom page, only students with arps emails can do so due to our technology, we are including you in hopes you can encourage your child to check the site weekly and you are of course welcome to view it with them through their own link. 


We look forward to connecting with all of you!


Please stay safe.




Lisa Zephyr, Sherry Balzano, Kelly Larcheveque, Alessandra Mucci-Ramos, and Deidre Cuffee-Gray


ARHS School Counselors

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Attention Seniors: CFW Scholarships and Loans- Deadline Tonight

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and subsequent high school and college closings, the Scholarship and Interest-Free Loan Program application deadline has been moved from March 31 to April 17 at 11:59pm to allow students time to acquire the necessary documents to complete the application process.


We will no longer be requiring students to upload transcripts to their application.

Please email with any questions you may have.

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Hurricane Boosters Meeting on 4/23

amherst hurricanes logoThe next Hurricane Boosters meeting will be held virtually through Zoom on Thursday, April 23, 2020 at 7:00 pm.
The link and Instructions are:
Meeting ID: 705 448 409 Password: ifmi3h
The boosters board of directors are:
Mary G. Klaes, President
Angela Mills, Vice President,
Kristin Worgess, Vice President,
Stephanie Hockman, Treasurer,
Stacey MacPhetres, Secretary,
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SAT Update

As the College Board responds to the impact of the coronavirus, our top priorities are the health and safety of students.

Right now, public health officials have made it clear it’s not safe to gather students in one place. Many states have closed their schools for the rest of the academic year, and globally there are widespread school closures across 192 countries. As such, we won’t be able to administer the SAT® and SAT Subject Tests™ as planned on June 6, 2020.

We’ll ensure that students have opportunities to take the SAT to make up for this spring’s lost administrations. If it’s safe from a public health standpoint, we’ll provide weekend SAT administrations every month through the end of the calendar year, beginning in August. This includes a new administration in September, in addition to the previously scheduled tests.

You’ll be notified by email in May when registration opens for the summer and fall administrations. Eligible students will be able to take the exam with a fee waiver.

For each administration, we’re preparing to significantly expand our capacity for students to take the SAT as soon as schools reopen. We’re calling on our member schools and colleges, as well as local communities, to open their doors and provide additional test center capacity so every student who wants to can take the SAT.

In the unlikely event that schools don’t reopen this fall, the College Board will provide a digital SAT for home use, much as we’re delivering digital exams for three million Advanced Placement® students this spring. As we’re doing with at-home AP® Exams, we would ensure that at-home SAT testing is simple; secure and fair; accessible to all; and valid for use in college admissions.

We’re committed to giving students as many chances as we can to show their strengths to admissions officers. As we navigate this evolving situation, we’re working closely with our partners in higher education to ensure students have what they need as they continue on the path to college.

We’ll regularly update our website with new information. Thank you for your understanding. Our thoughts are with you during this unprecedented time.


College Board

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AP Exam Update

The CollegeBoard is allowing students to wait until the actual day of the AP exam(s) they are signed up for to decide if they want to take it or not. Students DO NOT have to notify anyone about their intentions. On the assigned test day, students can either logon and take the test, or not. Refunds for the students who don’t take the test will be issued once we’re back in school.

To view the AP Test Schedule, click here.

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Parent Workshop: Teens, Tweens & Quarantines

“Teens, Tweens & Quarantines” is a presentation for parents and caregivers, focusing on the impact of COVID-19 on our children. In a dynamic fashion, this talk will address:

  • the teen/tween brain
  • explain why this pandemic is so difficult for this age group
  • survey the process of loss
  • discuss issues related to independence, autonomy, and privacy
  • offer perspectives and suggestions that parents and caregivers can implement immediately

In addition, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and get concrete answers for practical steps they can take in real time—who has time to wait?

Join Us Live On Zoom 

Tuesday, April 21 @ 7pm-8pm EDT
Can’t make it? No problem, register anyway! We believe this information is so important to share that we are sending a recording to all registrants.

Meet Your Presenter: Jon Mattleman,

Minding Your Mind New England Clinical Director

Jon’s workshops and presentations are geared to give participants tools they can implement immediately, strategies that work with children and youth, and approaches which have proven to be critical to building healthy relationships. Jon frequently consults with schools, parent groups, mental health organizations, and in workplace settings regarding the issues of anxiety, stress, depression, suicide, parenting, and the emotional consequences of technology. Jon has appeared on numerous radio and television shows lending his expertise on anxiety, depression, suicide, teens, and parenting.

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Downtown Amherst Businesses Open

#AmherstStrong #SupportLocal 

Here is a most up to date list of essential small businesses that are working hard to keep us fed, healthy, safe and sane! Please note that the AACC/ Amherst BID is working every day to touch base with all of the businesses and have compiled this list knowing that ever day brings new challenges, restrictions and changes. Both the @amherstareacc and the BID have a live document on our websites that we invite you to update if you are aware of something we missed or a business that has closed. These are incomprehensibly difficult times for small businesses across America and the world at large. We are here to support our businesses, their owners, and their staff today and ever more so when we can return to some sense of normalcy.

Please Contact the Business as Options Change Daily

List of Open Amherst Area Businesses


Other ways to help:





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Provide WiFi to ARPS Students

In collaboration with all of the other ARPS school PGOs, we launched a fundraiser on April 3 to provide wifi routers and data plans to families in the ARPS district who did not have home internet service. With the community’s support we reached our goal of $25,000 in just 4 days – wow!  We thank everyone who has contributed so generously to our campaign at such a critical time.

However, we now understand that the need for home wifi access for students will extend well beyond this school year, especially for middle school and high school students. After speaking with the ARPS school district, we have extended our campaign goal to $45,000 to help fund this longer-term need. This goal is based on expected costs for next school year.

We know there are many local families struggling right now, as well as other critical needs in our community and are grateful for all donations. We appreciate your helping us close the digital divide and your support for more equitable access to learning at home.  Thank you again!

If you are able to contribute, here’s how you can help (all donations are tax deductible):

*  Sponsor a student by funding a mobile hotspot for at-home distance learning ($110)

* Fund one month of wifi access ($40)

*  Make a monthly, recurring donation to provide ongoing wifi access ($40/month)

*  Make a general donation

Thank you for helping provide all ARPS students with equal access for distance learning.


Donations can be made online  

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Meals to Be Distributed on Monday/Wednesday/Friday

Beginning Monday, April 13, 2020, meals will be distributed on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  On those days, additional breakfast and lunch will be provided for Tuesday and Thursday.   Distribution areas will remain the same.
For further information, see the attached link:


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