Chemistry Decisions...

Submitted by Janetkbucc on December 11, 2014 - 1:38pm
New CHEMISTRY Textbook - what will it be?

The administrators and Science teachers at ARHS are in the process of choosing a new textbook for the 11th grade College Preparatory Chemistry course. The three texts that have been identified as the best for the Chemistry course at ARHS are available at the Jones Public Library for public review.

We welcome your feedback in this process. Your comments on content, readability, integration of scientific processes, graphics, writing style, and inclusion of real-life and diverse (other than Western) examples will be helpful to us.


STEM and MATH Update - Voices From Our Schools

Submitted by Janetkbucc on December 11, 2014 - 1:37pm

Enjoy the latest episode of Voices from Our Schools featuring Dr Rhonda Cohen, Director of Teaching & Learning & Dr Ian Stith, STEM Coordinator at ARPS, as they discuss math in the district.

ARHS Idol is Coming on Dec. 12!

Submitted by Colleen Osten on December 11, 2014 - 1:36pm

Come see ARHS students singing their hearts out at Amherst Idol 2014 TONIGHT, Friday December 12 at 7:00 PM, in the ARHS Auditorium.
Tickets are $5 for student and $7 for adults, available during lunch and at the door.

Free Workshop: Understanding Services & Benefits for Children & Youth with Special Health Care Needs

Submitted by Colleen Osten on December 11, 2014 - 1:34pm

This presentation is an opportunity to learn from the Department of Public Health and Regional Consultation Program Director about State and Local Resources & Benefits available to support children and youth with special health care needs. Come share your experiences and learn about how others have accessed other care. Wednesday, December 17, ARMS, Professional Development Room

6:30 pm- 8:00 pm - Workshop

8:00 pm -8:30 pm - General Meeting is open to all in the community!

8:30 pm to 9:00 pm - Parent Support Group


Big Concert This Thurs, Dec. 18th

Submitted by Janetkbucc on December 11, 2014 - 1:33pm

The ARHS Symphonic Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Chorale and Hurricane Singers will all be performing this Thurs. Dec. 18 at 7:30 pm in the ARHS Auditorium. These are some of the premier music groups at the high school and it's sure to be a really great night of music.


Amherst Survival Center Winter Program

Submitted by Colleen Osten on December 11, 2014 - 8:57am

In December, the Amherst Survival Center (ASC) Food Pantry is providing families with school-age children (ages 5-17), who live with them, with a “Kids Winter School Vacation BOOST” – extra food for each school-age child in their household. Families can get food from Dec 26-Jan 2.


Seniors - Cap & Gown Orders - TODAY

Submitted by Margot on December 11, 2014 - 1:33am

University Cap & Gown will be at ARHS for the last time today, Friday the 12. Please remind your senior to come to Room  13 to be measured for your Cap & Gown (during all lunches).  The cost is $16.70 - payable by cash or check when you get measured.  Additional tassels will available for $3.00 on that day.  The process takes less than 5 minutes so do not forget.   Remember: Cash or checks - payable to University Cap & Gown - are accepted. Everyone should have a gown that fits for the ceremony, so please remind your senior to go to Room 13 during lunch and take care of this.

**This is the only time the company will be here this year so don’t forget!

How Do You See Amherst?

Submitted by Janetkbucc on December 10, 2014 - 9:00am

The UMass Regional Planning Department and the Amherst Together Initiative would like to invite you to participate in a digital mapping exercise at in which you can write your comments about any location in Amherst, as well as make comments on their blog and Facebook.


ARHS Sports News

Submitted by Margot on December 10, 2014 - 6:01am

Winter sports kick off tonight & tomorrow. Indoor track & girls basketball compete tonight, Dec. 12th. Boys basketball & ice hockey(@UMass-6pm) play Saturday. Remember Saturday's B-Ball UMass Cage games will be a WHITE OUT! Check the MIAA site for game times or the Sports Cancellation & Update Line. Go Canes!


Reminder that the Athletic Department has winter season passes available!
Adult Winter Season - $42.00
Student/Senior Winter Season - $30.00

A season pass will get pass holders in all home games for all winter sport teams. The only exception are MIAA tournament playoff games.


ARHS Walkout-Dialogue

Submitted by Margot on December 4, 2014 - 4:47pm

On Thursday, December 4th at 12:10 PM, hundreds of ARHS students walked out of school in honor of Michael Brown. Students stood together for a four and a half minute moment of silence to symbolize the 4-5 hours Michael Brown's body lay on the streets of Ferguson. The students then marched downtown to participate in dialogue about the events in Ferguson and racial injustice.

You can read more on MassLive here.

Have You Read the Principal's Online Journal?

Submitted by Margot on December 4, 2014 - 1:37pm

Please see Mark Jackson's most recent post to his online journal here.


Support the ARHS PGO On Valley Gives Day!

Submitted by Colleen Osten on December 4, 2014 - 10:32am

Your donation to the ARHS PGO will help support our work, which includes a weekly newlsetter, a grants program, staff appreciation events, and coffees for the ARHS community. The ARHS PGO grants program directly benefits our students. Grant awards total over $24,000 since September 2013 and recipients have included virtually every department in the school, as well as student initiated grant requests and field trip support.

The mission of the ARHS PGO is to promote communication and understanding among families, staff and the Amherst area Community; to foster a spirit of collaboration by providing a forum for participation and the exchange of information and ideas; and to provide financial assistance where needed to enrich the academic and overall experience of all students. 


Briefs - This Weekend!

Submitted by Margot on December 4, 2014 - 10:20am

Come to Briefs - the ARHS Theater Company's annual production of contemporary short plays. Featuring a cast of over 35 actors and 8 student directors, this is how you'll want to spend your weekend! Tickets are $5 for students/$8 for adults at the door, Thursday-Saturday at 7:30 pm in the Auditorium.


ARMS Chorus Alums Invited to Sing at Merry Maple TONIGHT!

Submitted by Colleen Osten on December 4, 2014 - 10:18am

The Lighting of the Merry Maple will be happening on Friday, December 5th.   The Middle School Chorus would like to once again invite MS Chorus Alumni to come back and sing at this fun town event.  The event begins at 4:30.  Just show up, get music, and sing along with us..  Please remember  to dress warm. 

Senior Tidbits from Myra Ross

Submitted by Colleen Osten on December 4, 2014 - 10:13am

Hello seniors, congratulations on completing one-third of your senior year!  Here are a few items to attend to.