Mark Your Calendar!

Submitted by Colleen Osten on January 28, 2015 - 12:37pm

Feb. 5 - PGO Evening Coffee w/Mike Thompson: Course Selection, 7-8:30pm

Feb. 6 - Comedy Evening

Feb. 11 - Early Release Day: Noon Dismissal

Feb. 12 - Hurricane Singers & Symphonic Orchestra Concert: 7:30pm, Auditorium

Feb. 16 - 20 - February Vacation Week

New Voices From Our Schools

Submitted by Margot on January 28, 2015 - 12:35pm

Please enjoy the latest episode of Voices from Our Schools. In this show, Kimberly Stender talks with Myles Olmstead and Gabriel Fontes, ARHS Class of 2015 students, about the Student Advisory Council at ARHS. Click here to view the episode on Amherst Media.

Jones Library Documentary and Discussion - "Vincent Who?"

Submitted by Colleen Osten on January 28, 2015 - 12:34pm

Join us on Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 7 pm in the Woodbury Room for a screening of Vincent Who?, the fifth in a film & discussion series being held over several months which look at issues of race.  A facilitated discussion will be held after the screening.


Host Families Needed

Submitted by Colleen Osten on January 27, 2015 - 1:08pm

Peoplelink is coordinating the placement of a group of Japanese high school students from the Happy Science Academy 3/9 through 3/14. Each family needs to provide meals and a place to sleep; a separate room is not necessary. They are looking for families who can host 2 students for that time period, and in return will receive a stipend of $40/day. During the day the students will be shadowing ARHS students, going to Boston and learning about life in Amherst. It's a great opportunity for both the students and Amherst families. For more information please contact Diane Caraker at

Principal's Journal

Submitted by Janetkbucc on January 22, 2015 - 9:55am

Did you know Mark Jackson has an online Journal where he posts information of interest to the school and community? Here is a link to his latest post: Budget Concerns for Fiscal Year 2016. You can check in whenever you'd like; it is on the ARHS website home page.

Info for Seniors Interested in Community College

Submitted by Janetkbucc on January 22, 2015 - 9:54am

Info for Seniors. Please share.

1. If you are planning to attend HCC or GCC next year, now's the time to notify a Guidance Secretary of your intent, and to sign up ASAP in Guidance 101 to meet with a representative from these schools. 

HCC will be here on February 3, and GCC on February 4 for Instant Decision days.

2. Also, if you are thinking about GCC, there will be a field trip on Wednesday, February 25 during probably during B, C, and D.  Sign up in Guidance 101 by January 28.

Junior Parents/Guardians: Look for Email from College Counselor Myra Ross

Submitted by Janetkbucc on January 22, 2015 - 9:53am

College counselor, Myra Ross, sent out an email to all Juniors and their parents/guardians this week. Please check your email and ask your student to check his/her e-mail account for the letter. 

Each student and family should open a Naviance account online and start preparing for  individual college meetings with Myra, which will take place this spring. ACT and SAT test dates are coing up later in the Spring and registration needs to occur over a month before the date you choose. More info at (for SAT registration) or at (for ACT registration).


Seeking Host Family for ABC House Scholar

Submitted by Janetkbucc on January 22, 2015 - 9:52am

Amherst A Better Chance Program is looking for a host family for one of its new scholars, a 9th grade boy from NYC.

For one weekend each month during the school year, the host family provides the student with a home where he can relax, socialize and study. The idea is for the family and the scholar to enjoy and learn from interacting with one another, and to broaden the experiences of both.


Winterfest Dance This Friday

Submitted by Janetkbucc on January 22, 2015 - 9:51am

Just a bit of notice that the WInterfest dance will take place this Friday January 23rd at 7:00 pm in the Cafeteria, featuring D.J.s Lukas Cox and Noah Kayser-Hirsch.  The  dance is for Juniors and Seniors, but Sophomores and Freshmen can attend if invited by an upperclassperson.  

Tickets are $5 and will be sold during all lunches.

Join Hurricane Athletics Boosters

Submitted by Janetkbucc on January 22, 2015 - 9:50am

You are invited to the first Annual Meeting of the Amherst Hurricane Athletics Boosters!

When and where? 5:30pm on January 29 in Room 117 at the High School


Wilderness First Aid Training

Submitted by Margot on January 22, 2015 - 9:49am

Is your student is interested in first aid training? The ARHS Outing Club is sponsoring a Wilderness First Aid course Feb 21-22. This is a professionally led course, and your student will earn a certificate valid for two years when they complete it. The class is offered at a reduced cost to ARHS students. Have your student speak to Mr. Kropf for more information.

Anne of Green Gables - This Weekend

Submitted by Janetkbucc on January 22, 2015 - 9:48am

This year's ALSCT production is Anne of Green Gables. This story has touched millions of readers around the world, and been adapted into feature films and highly successful miniseries.

Through January 25th, the wonderful musical adaptation is coming to life at the Bowker Auditorium at UMass. Bring the family and let the charm and joy of this timeless story brighten your winter and delight your heart!
Get your tickets TODAY.

Jones Library Focus Group Needs YOU

Submitted by Janetkbucc on January 21, 2015 - 10:26am

Please join an upcoming Jones Library Focus Group to talk about the Library’s FY17-FY21 Long Range Plan.

This is your opportunity to make a difference in the future of The Jones Library’s services, programs, materials, buildings, finances, technology, etc. Our Group facilitators will be from The Birch Group, out of Farmington, Connecticut. Your comments/concerns/ideas/criticisms/compliments matter!

The Focus Group schedule is as follows:

Monday, February 9, 2015  6pm-9pm; Woodbury Room (Jones Library)

Friday, February 13, 2015  9am-12pm; Woodbury Room (Jones Library)


Fundraiser Working!

Submitted by Margot on January 15, 2015 - 8:02am

THROUGH DECEMBER, $9099.16 HAS BEEN RAISED TO BENEFIT OUR STUDENTS through Stop & Shop A+BonusBucks and the program continues until MARCH. Thanks to all of our parent volunteers and all who have already signed up for Stop & Shop's A+BonusBucks program.

YOU CAN STILL JOIN IN and help enrich ARHS simply by using your Stop & Shop card at absolutely NO COST to you! Each time you shop, Stop & Shop makes a contribution to our High School.


SENIORS - Register ASAP for FAFSA Day

Submitted by Colleen Osten on January 15, 2015 - 6:59am

GET HELP WITH YOUR FINANCIAL AID APPLICATION AT MASSACHUSETTS FAFSA DAY on JANUARY 22, in the ARHS Cafeteria at 7:00pm.  You will leave with an almost completed FAFSA form!

FAFSA Day is a free program that provides information and assistance to Massachusetts families applying for financial aid for higher education. Financial aid professionals from Massachusetts colleges and universities help families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the required form for students seeking financial aid, including grants and loans.