Last Day of School: All the snow days have pushed the last day of school, as of now, to Thursday, June 26. Given that there is still a month of winter to go, this date is subject to change. As a result, we want to remind the ARHS community that end of the year exams cannot be taken before their scheduled time period. Please see p.11 of the Student & Family Handbook for details. As families begin to think about their summer plans, please keep this in mind. Your child's counselor is able to answer specific questions.
College Advisor, Myra Ross, recommends an article entitled, "Course Selection" recently published on the Best College Fit Blog by Peter Van Buskirk. This is a good blog to consider subscribing to.
Myra Ross reminds you that although you have already taken the first step in registering for classes for next year, you will still have opportunities to change your initial selections. You will have a private meeting with your guidance counselor in March or April and you can make final adjustments when you get your Course Verification in May.
I am writing to inform you that a district blog, Learning in ARPS, was developed for families at the suggestion of a community member. The purpose of the blog is to share important initiatives and to answer questions posed by the community about the Amherst, Pelham and Regional Public Schools. I encourage parents, guardians, students and community members to visit the blog to learn more about the schools and to submit your own questions. or suggestions. These can be submitted directly to the blog or emailed to Kimberly Stender, Community Partnerships and Volunteer Coordinator, at email@example.comI look forward to a meaningful and informative dialogue about our schools.
The ARHS Library is a vibrant space, where students come each day to work on classroom research projects, check out books, and access technology. Last year, student visits to the library totaled 64,529! (Check out our new info graphic for a breakdown of student visits to the library.)
Reader to Reader and Amherst Regional Public Schools are pleased to be partnering to support literacy worldwide through the Buck in a Book Drive. Here’s how it works: Collect gently used or new books of any subject, any genre, for any age, baby to senior citizen. Please make sure that the books are in very good condition with no mold, mildew or musty smells. Bring your books and bucks to Reader to Reader and they will be sent out to schools, libraries, shelters, and senior centers across the country. If you’d like to support Reader to Reader with a donation, your gift will be put to good use getting library starter kits and classroom sets into schools and supporting domestic and international literacy projects.
ARHS presents Shrek: the Musical! - March 9-8 at 7:30 and a March 8 matinee at 2:00. A big, bright beautiful (and slightly irreverent) world awaits you as everyone's favorite ogre takes the stage at ARHS. Featuring a Tony-nominated book and score for its Broadway run, the show is guaranteed to appeal to adults and kids alike. Tickets are going fast - but you can get them by emailing our producer, Claudia Weinberg, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets are $15 ($10 for students/senior citizens/children) for reserved seating and $10 ($8 for students/senior citizens/children) for unreserved seats. Free/reduced lunch ticket prices available thru ARPS Family Center 413-362-1875.
Monte Carlo 2014 is Saturday, March 15, 6:30 - Midnight!! $25 Tickets are ON SALE!! Click to buy tickets online here or purchase tix or at Hastings, Cushman, Hampshire Athletic Club, Matt's Barber Shop, or Jones Realty. All proceeds benefit ARHS Athletics. Make sure to designate your favorite team(s) to receive $20 of the $25 to offset the costs of gear and equipment.
On February 10th, all ARHS students, during the advisory period, watched a short video of Ms. Carolyn Gardner, an ARHS math teacher, recount and reflect on her experiences of having received a threatening note from a student and, then, the next day, have the sign on her classroom door with her name on it defaced in a racially derogatory way. Attached here is the complete text of Ms. Gardner's statement. From the outset, Ms. Gardner saw her experience as an opportunity for community learning. She believed ARHS could benefit from hearing about how, as a person of color, she was affected. I thought this was a courageous stance and wanted to honor it.
Make sure you register for your course selections by the close of school TODAY! Find all the needed info here: http://arhs.arps.org/academics/course_registration
All parents and guardians are invited to join us next Wednesday, March 5th at 7:00 pm for An Evening Coffee with Principal Mark Jackson. Mr. Jackson will give an overview of what's happening at ARHS this trimester and beyond. As always, bring your questions, network with other parents, and stay connected to ARHS! Refreshment provided by the ARHS PGO. We hope you can join us Wednesday from 7:00-8:00 pm in the ARHS Library.
We would like to introduce Janet Kaplan Bucciarelli, a new contriuting editor to the ARHS Parent Newsletter. We are thrilled to have her on board and look forward to her participation. The more the merrier; if you are interested in working on the newsletter let us know!
The spring sports season starts March 17th. Baseball • Girls/Boys Track & Field • Girls/Boys Lacrosse • Softball • Girls/Boys Ultimate • Girls/Boys Tennis. Ensure a smooth start to your season by registering online (you will need date of last physical) and mailing in your payment to ARHS, 21 Mattoon St. Amherst. Don't forget to put students name and sport in the memo line. The deadline for registration and payment has been extended to Monday, March 3rd due to the recent snow days. Click here to register.
**Please excuse the misprinted registration deadline date in the 2/14 post.
ARHS Yearbook order forms are due TODAY. Order forms were mailed home the first week of January. An order form is attached below. $65 for a print copy and $20 for a full-color digital copy on a USB drive. A handful of print copies may be available in June, but it's better to order one now while supplies last. This may be the last printed yearbook ever! Questions? Email email@example.com.