Deidre Cuffee-Gray New College Counselor

IMG_1622Deidre Cuffee-Gray has been named the new ARHS new college and career counselor.

Ms. Cuffee-Gray has been the Department Co-Chair and College-Bound Counselor at The Springfield Renaissance School in Springfield for the past eleven years.  There she built the college planning program which had 10 years of graduates with 100% college admissions. Renaissance is an EL Education school which has daily Crew, or Advisory, and practices restorative justice and circling on a daily basis.

Prior to working at Renaissance, she worked at Brattleboro Union High School in Vermont for three years as the Department Chair of School Counseling; Gay Lesbian Straight Educators Network (a school reform organization); several independent schools in New York City and Connecticut; and at the Hopkins School in New Haven, CT, her alma mater.

MS. Cuffee-Gray has instituted a number of new initiatives in order to increase her accessibility to seniors. Most notable is “College In the Caf” where she is in the ARHS cafeteria one lunch period per day.

Come meet Ms Cuffee-Gray at the PGO’s November Coffee with the College Counselor on November 13th from 7 pm to 8:30 pm in the ARHS Library.

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Victoria Stewart New ARPS Athletic Director

Victoria Stewart has been named Athletic Director for Amherst Public Schools.

Stewart is a 2012 Amherst Regional High School graduate. Stewart, a star basketball player on Amherst Regional’s team and then captain of the University of Massachusetts Amherst basketball squad, holds a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and education from UMass, and is pursuing a master’s degree in education at Merrimack.

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Register for AP Exams by 11/15

The time to register for AP Exams is here. The final deadline, without incurring a $40 late registration fee from the CollegeBoard, is November 15th.

The full cost of each AP Exam is $94, and the reduced fee is $53. To register for an AP Exam, please bring a check made out to ARHS, or cash to Room 207 in the high school by November 11th, we need time to process the orders before the final deadline.

It is important to know that after November 15th, the CollegeBoard also charges a $40 cancellation fee if students change their minds about taking the AP Exam they registered for.

Please contact Talib Sadiq at: sadiqt@arps.org or 413-362-1871, if you have any questions. Thanks and take care.

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Sene-Gambian Scholars Meeting on 10/16

The Sene-Gambian Scholars program, which conducts exchange trips to West Africa, will be holding a meeting for students and parents interested in the Spring 2020 exchange trip to Senegal and The Gambia on Wednesday, October 16, at 6 p.m. in the ARHS library.
Please join us to learn about this life-changing experience. Questions? Please e-mail pennimanb@arps.org.
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ARHS Sports Schedule

Following is the sports schedule for this week and next week:

OCTOBER 14, 2019
Volleyball (V) Tournament @ AIC TBD
Boys Soccer (JV+V) @ Mount Greylock 1pm
Football (JV) vs. Putnam 4pm
Girls Soccer (JV+V) vs. Springfield 4pm

OCTOBER 15, 2019
Golf @ Northampton 3pm
Boys & Girls XC vs. Northampton 3:45pm
Field Hockey (V) vs. Athol Game at Umass Amherst 7pm

OCTOBER 16, 2019
Field Hockey (V) @ Palmer 4pm
Volleyball (JV) vs. Westfield 5pm
Boys Soccer (JV) @ Quabbin 5:30pm
Volleyball (V) vs. Westfield 6:30pm
Boys Soccer (V) @ Quabbin 7pm

OCTOBER 17, 2019
Girls Soccer (JV +V) @ Sabis 4pm

OCTOBER 18, 2019
Boys Soccer (F+JV) vs. Longmeadow 4pm
Field Hockey (V) @ Greenfield 4pm
Volleyball (JV) @ West Springfield 5pm
Volleyball (V) @ West Springfield 6pm
Boys Soccer (V) @ Longmeadow 7pm
Football (V) vs. Pittsfield 7pm

OCTOBER 19, 2019
Girls Soccer (JV+V) @ Northampton 11am
Football (JV) @ Pittsfield 11am

10-14 Game Schedules

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Order Your 2019-20 Yearbook

2019-20 yearbooks are available for pre-order at arps.picaboo.com! If you are on free/reduced lunch and would like to access a coupon code to purchase the yearbook at a reduced price, email Crystal Garrity at garrityc@arps.org.

Do you have pictures from Spirit Week, Homecoming, field trips, or clubs? Send them to the yearbook for review! You can email directly to garrityc@arps.org, share a Google Drive folder with Crystal Garrity, or upload directly to the Picaboo site at arps.picaboo.org!
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ARPS Friends of Performing Arts Fall Meeting on 10/16

The ARPS Friends of Performance Arts will meet on October 16, 2019 at 7 p.m in the library.

In our first year, the FPA held four major fundraisers and raised more than $3500. Come to help envision and plan fundraising events for the 2019-2020 school year. New members warmly welcomed–minimum meetings, maximum action!

We are also in need of someone to serve in the role of Vice Chair and additional people to serve as parent representatives for the orchestra and band.

We are a 501(c)(3) organization of parents, guardians, and community members supporting the performing arts at Amherst Regional Public Schools. We believe that all students should experience the transformative power of the performing arts, and our goal is to provide financial and logistical support to the performing arts department.

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