Stars in Our Schools - Deadline Extended

Submitted by Margot on June 15, 2014 - 9:31pm

Recognize teachers and staff with a gift in their honor! Let teachers and staff members know how much you appreciate their hard work, expertise, care and dedication this year. You can strengthen our schools with a tax-deductible gift to Amherst Education Foundation (AEF) in a teacher’s, staff’s or graduating senior’s name. AEF will deliver a personalized recognition card to your honoree/s.

Send your gift or make your gift online at by TODAY for teachers/staff--to guarantee delivery to honorees at school before their last day

Thank you!

For online and mail-in (PDF) form go here:

ARHS Grads Play at the Iron Horse in Noho

Submitted by Janetkbucc on June 15, 2014 - 6:45am
June & the Bee will co-headline with the Gaslight Tinkers at the Iron Horse on June 28th at 7 pm. Consider joining Emma Ayres, Eli Ayres, Noah Schmitt, Olivia Holcomb, all graduates of ARHS, and Sam Stein, a graduate of the Hartsbrook School, in celebration of summer's arrival.
Bring your dancing shoes.

Town Pool Opens Tomorrow

Submitted by Margot on June 15, 2014 - 6:27am

War Memorial Pool will open June 21, 2014 and Mill River Pool will open June 28, 2014. Come cool off! More info available here.

Hot Summer Saturdays Movie Matinees

Submitted by Margot on June 15, 2014 - 6:23am

Stay cool this summer while enjoying feature films for the family almost every Saturday afternoon at the Jones Library. Join us on Saturdays at 2 pm in the Woodbury Room for this summer film series, starting July 5 and running through August 30. There will be no movie on July 12.

This summer’s movies are inspired by the Adult Summer Reading Club theme, "Literary Elements". All the films in this series are based on books, which were then transformed into a motion picture. You may want to borrow the book from the library in addition to coming in to see the film!

This movie series is co-sponsored by the Jones Library and Captain Video.


Taste of Amherst This Weekend

Submitted by Margot on June 14, 2014 - 6:46am

It’s downtown Amherst’s biggest – and tastiest - summer event! For a generation, the Taste of Amherst has provided memories for thousands of residents and visitors. It has grown from its beginnings on the sidewalks of downtown to a multi-day food and music festival on the town’s historic common. The Taste of Amherst has something for everyone, and with blues to rock to jazz to reggae and beyond, the world-class entertainment is no exception. For a full list of entertainment, please visit wrsi.


The Taste will run Friday 5-10 PM, Saturday Noon - 10 PM and Sunday Noon - 4 PM.


Stop & Shop Fundraiser Earns $22K for ARHS!

Submitted by Margot on June 12, 2014 - 1:16pm

Thanks to all of you who participated in the PGO's Stop & Shop card fundraiser, which raised $22,007 for ARHS! This year ARHS was the top earner of all of the schools participating in New England! The giant check for $22,007 was presented yesterday to Principal Mark Jackson and Fundraising Coordinators Jen Veshia and Liz Rosenberry by Stop & Shop Store Manager, Bob Jones.

An enormous THANK YOU goes to Liz Rosenberry and Jen Veshia who spearheaded this fundraiser this year, and to Bob Jones, who has supported our efforts year after year.


Student Support Services Model Shift

Submitted by Margot on June 11, 2014 - 1:32pm

Please take a moment to read Principal Jackson's Journal entry regarding the Student Support Services shift which will take place this coming year at ARHS.

Sojourner Truth Scholarship Winners!

Submitted by Margot on June 11, 2014 - 7:12am

The Sojourner Truth Memorial Committee awarded the 2014 Sojourner Truth Scholarship for Social Justice to Camila Carpio and Angela Ononibaku on May 25 at the Sojourner Truth Memorial in Florence, Massachusetts. Both young women are exemplary examples of the next generation of social justice activists following in Sojourner Truth’s footsteps.


Register Now for Fall Sports

Submitted by Janetkbucc on June 10, 2014 - 2:52pm
Online fall sports registration is in full swing. Ensure a smooth start to the fall season by registering NOW.  Deadline for registration & payment is August 1st.
If there is a financial hardship, please contact Rich Ferro, the Athletic Director at

Athletics has gone green! Register Now Online! then follow directions about sending in your check.

August 18th - first day of football. 

August 21st - all other high school tryouts begin. 

Sept 2 - Middle school sports begin.


Annual ELL Potluck - June 16

Submitted by Janetkbucc on June 10, 2014 - 11:24am

The annual ELL (English Language Learners) Family Potluck Picnic for ARMS and ARHS students, families and staff will be Monday, June 16th at the Groff Park Pavilion from 3:30 to 6:00 pm. Join us to say goodbye and good luck to ELL seniors and students leaving our district and to welcome rising 9th graders!

Celebrate summer and the end of another awesome school year with ELL staff and bilingual interpreters. Please bring a dish to share!

Contact Joan Snowdon at for more information.

Torres Wins State 100-meter Dash Title

Submitted by Margot on June 9, 2014 - 11:50pm

ARHS’ Taj-Amir Torres won the 100m dash (10.68) at All-State Track championships this past weekend. While the Boys 4x400 runners placed third in State ( Rodrigues, Harris,Tavarez, Torres). Also Kelzy Rodrigues placed 11th in the 400 (50.15), Connor Evans placed 11th in the mile (4:24.54) and Ryan Stender placed 13th in the State in the 2-mile (9:39.39). On the girls side, Ariel Christie placed 12th in the State in the 400 hurdles (66.67). CONGRATS to you all!!!


Mark Your Calendars

Submitted by Margot on June 9, 2014 - 11:00pm

Jun 19 - 22 - Taste of Amherst: Town Common

Jun 23 - Retirement Celebration for Sue Dunbar: 7pm, Ft River

Jun 23-26 - Trimester 3 Exams: Schedule

Jun 24-25 - Early Dismissal Day: Noon

Jun 26 - Make Up Exams Day

Jun 26 - Staff Appreciation Luncheon: 11:15 am


Nominations Sought for ARPS Community-Building Award

Submitted by Margot on June 9, 2014 - 6:35am

The district has announced a new annual award, the ARPS Community-Building Award, that will honor two Amherst, Pelham or Amherst-Pelham Regional School District employees who "have helped to foster a sense of belonging among students and have helped to build bridges of understanding and acceptance among them." ARPS students, parents and staff are eligible to nominate someone for this award. Deadline Extended to June 26th. More information about the award criteria is available here and the nomination form is attached below.


Kids Summer Boost @ Amherst Survival Center

Submitted by Margot on June 9, 2014 - 6:29am

If your child/children receive a meal benefit in school, you’ll want to know about a new Amherst Survival Center summer program that gives families with school-age children (5-17 years) extra food in July and August :
Kids Summer Boost
Amherst Survival Center
138 Sunderland Road in North Amherst

Food Pantry Hours
Monday, Tuesday, Friday 11am-3pm
Thursday 11am – 7pm
Summer Saturdays include:
July 19 and August 16, 9:30am – 11:30am


Pride Prom 2014 - Saturday

Submitted by Margot on June 9, 2014 - 6:27am

Pride Prom 2014 presented by North Star: Self-Directed Learning for Teens and the LGBT Coalition of Western Mass. Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 8:00 PM - MIDNIGHT @ North Star, 135 Russell Street in Hadley, MA. Tickets are $10 online only. No tickets at the door. SUBSTANCE-FREE event for ALL teens. Get your sparkle on and come dance. QUESTIONS?