ARHS Alum Wins Pulitzer Prize for Drama

Submitted by Margot on April 16, 2014 - 7:19am

ARHS Alum, Annie Baker, Class of 1999, has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize for her play The Flick. You can read the NY Times article about her achievement here.

Amherst Farmer's Market Starts Tomorrow

Submitted by Margot on April 16, 2014 - 6:51am

It's back! Did you know the Amherst Farmers' Market has been running for over 40 years! Every Saturday in Amherst Center from April 19th thru November 22nd, 7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.


AEF Spring Sprint - May 3

Submitted by Margot on April 16, 2014 - 6:47am

Get some exercise, see your friends and raise money for the Amherst schools all at the same time! Join the Amherst Education Foundation for a kid's 1-Mile Fun Run and a 5K Run/Walk for adults on Saturday May 3 @ Wildwood School. Check in starts at 9:00am and the races start at 10:00am.

Last year’s AEF grants supported:


Nat'l Prescription Drug Take Back Day - Apr 26

Submitted by Margot on April 15, 2014 - 7:45am

Next Saturday, April 26th from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM in the parking lot of the Wildwood School on Strong Street the Northwestern District Attorney's Office Drug Take Back Event will take place. Do you have a cabinet full of old medication? Dispose of it safely and easily at the free drug/medication take back event. No Questions Asked. Members of the Hampshire County Sheriffs Office and the Amherst Seniors and Law Enforcement Together Council (SALT) will assist in this event. All medications well be accepted for disposal except Liquids, Syringes, IV Equipment or Chemotherapy Drugs. Questions: Cpt. Jennifer Gundersen @ 413-259-3012 or email

Amherst Sustainability Festival - Apr 26

Submitted by Margot on April 14, 2014 - 7:14am

The Amherst Sustainability Festival will be held next Saturday, April 26th on the Amherst Commons from 10 am to 4 pm. Over 100 vendors of sustainable goods, services, crafts along with demonstrations, Live Music and games for the whole family.


Faculty/Staff Talent Show - TONIGHT

Submitted by Janetkbucc on April 10, 2014 - 1:34pm

Ever wonder what the faculty/staff do when they leave school?  Grade papers you say?!!!  A lot of them have hidden talents, so come to ARHS TONIGHT (Friday April 11) and take a peek. Show starts at 6:30.  Tickets will be on sale during lunch on Fri, as well as at the door.

Career Fair for Cape Verdean Students - TODAY

Submitted by Colleen Osten on April 8, 2014 - 9:01am

Please join us for a Career Fair for ARHS Cape Verdean students , co-sponsored by the Collaborative and ARHS.  This event will take place today, April 11th from 5:30-7:00 in the high school dance studio.

Congratulations to our Singers!

Submitted by Margot on April 8, 2014 - 8:44am

Both the ARHS Chorale and the Hurricane Singers won Gold Medals and Superior Ratings at the 2014 Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors Association (MICCA) Choral Festival on April 4th. Both groups are invited to perform at the MICCA Gold Medal Showcase later this month. Both these ensembles are conducted by music teacher Anita Cooper. You can read more about the singing groups here.

Home Sporting Events - This Weekend

Submitted by Margot on April 8, 2014 - 6:29am

Fri 4/11/14
4:00PM Girls (V) Softball Vs. Minnechaug
4:00PM Girls (JV) Softball Vs. Minnechaug
4:00PM Boys (JV-B) Ultimate Frisbee Vs. Northampton High
4:30PM Boys (JV-A) Ultimate Frisbee Vs. Northampton High School

Sat 4/12/14
1:00PM Boys (V) Lacrosse Vs. Tantasqua Reg
1:00PM Boys (JV) Lacrosse Vs. Tantasqua Reg
3:00PM Boys (JV) Baseball Vs. West Springfield
3:00PM Boys (V) Baseball Vs. West Springfield

Come cheer on the 'Canes! For the full sports schedule click here.

An Evening for Juniors and Parents/Guardians - Tuesday

Submitted by Margot on April 8, 2014 - 6:20am

There is an Evening Meeting for Juniors and Parents/Guardians. Current Seniors and their parents/guardians will share their experiences in planning for college. There are sure to be some funny stories! Admission/financial aid and career options will be discussed. This Tuesday, April 15th in the Auditorium from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Also Juniors! Mrs. Ross’ schedule is filling up quickly! If you haven’t made an appointment to meet with her about college planning, fill out the 2 questionnaires on Naviance and make your appointment soon!


ABC's of ADHD/ADD - Wed., Apr. 16

Submitted by Margot on April 8, 2014 - 6:13am

This Family Center workshop will introduce, explain and explore ADHD/ADD in children and teens. Dr. Saline will define ADHD/ADD, explain its causes and diagnoses. She will discuss the relationship between ADHD/ADD, learning disabilities and mental health issues and how to address these challenges most effectively. The presenter, Dr. Saline is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in Northampton, MA.


Letter to Editor - Thanks FOA

Submitted by Margot on April 8, 2014 - 6:12am

Please read the Letter to the editor (posted below) from Marta Guevara, in the Daily Hampshire Gazette, thanking Family Outreach of Amherst for their great work at the ARPS Family Center.

To the editor:

I am writing to thank Family Outreach of Amherst and Case Manager Francine Rodriguez for the amazing help their agency is providing to the families in our school district, especially the families who attend the ARPS Family Center.


MIAA Citizenship Award Recipients

Submitted by Margot on April 8, 2014 - 6:00am

The MIAA, along with the Center for the Study of Sport in Society at Northeastern University, invited ARHS to select four top student-athletes to attend the 12th Annual Western Massachusetts Student-Athlete Citizenship Awards Ceremony. This event is designed to recognize Massachusetts high school student-athletes who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of academics, athletics and citizenship. The event will take place today, April 11th, at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, MA. The four ARHS student-athletes being honored are: Tom Cook, Harrison Wallace, Erin O'Connor & Miriam Lee. Congrats to you all!

Congrats to ARHS Model UN Team

Submitted by Janetkbucc on April 8, 2014 - 5:40am

Congratulations to the Amherst Model UN team for their participation in the Dartmouth Model UN Conference 2014. Amherst student delegates were among 525 diverse students who spent the weekend of March 28-30 researching, presenting and debating pivotal economic, social and cultural international issues and offering solutions.

Special recognition goes to Joe Konieczny who was awarded "Outstanding Delegate" for representing Ivory Coast in the African Union.

Register for Bay State Games

Submitted by Janetkbucc on April 7, 2014 - 1:43pm

Summer Bay State Games are open for registration!! Baseball, Basketball, Field Hockey, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Volley, and 19 additional individual and team sports. Register online at

The Bay State Games is Massachusetts’ own Olympic-style athletic competition held annually since 1982. Each year the 7,000 athletes compete in 27 sports.