Ninth Grade & New Student Welcome Day

Submitted by Colleen Osten on August 11, 2014 - 10:55am

Ninth graders and new students please join us on Thursday, August 21st to visit ARHS! Drop in anytime between 9am and 1pm, and plan to spend one hour. Students are welcome to bring parents and guardians, or attend alone. Parents and guardians can join the tours, and/or connect with other parents over refreshments. Students will receive their schedules, and tour the building to become familiar with the location of their homeroom, locker and classes. There will be an opportunity to meet the administrators, support staff, upper class students, and parents who will answer questions about student life at ARHS. The ARHS athletic director will be on hand to share information about sports and activities. First day orientation schedules will be distributed, as well as other important handouts.


Registration for Fall Sports - Re-Opened

Submitted by Margot on August 11, 2014 - 10:52am

Online fall sports registration has been re-opened and there is still room in our sports programs!

Register Online! then follow directions about sending in your check. Payment is due right away. If there is a financial hardship, please contact Rich Ferro, the Athletic Director at

Current Sports Physical Form, should be on file with the school nurse before the first day of tryouts. Please call the nurse’s office at the high school at 362-1744 or 362-1743.

2014 - 2015 Academic Calendar

Submitted by Colleen Osten on August 11, 2014 - 10:51am

The 2014-2015 academic calendar is available here.  In an effort to align the professional development initiatives at all schools, there have been changes made to the calendar.  Please note that early release days have been added for ARHS, and a corresponding number of late start days were eliminated.

Don't forget to get those exam dates on your calendar as well!

Paint & Sip FUNdraiser - Aug. 21

Submitted by Margot on August 11, 2014 - 7:30am

The Amherst Human Rights Commission will hold a Paint & Sip "FUNdraiser" Aug. 21st at the Amherst Brewing Co. to raise money for programs including a summit on race and class. The event begins at 5 p.m. with appetizers, and includes painting from 6 to 8 p.m. Food and drinks are available for purchase. An artist will guide participants. All materials, including canvas, paint and brushes, will be included in the $40 cost along with appetizers, cost also includes a donation. The commission will use money to support community activities that also include a film and speaker series. Click here to learn more and to register.

Ciao For Now From Your PGO Newsletter Editors

Submitted by Janetkbucc on June 19, 2014 - 11:18am

This will be our last newsletter for the school year, but it has been a pleasure, as always, to facilitate communication between the school and our families. We appreciate all the input and notifications we receive from our readers. You help to keep this newsletter vibrant! 

We will be back again in mid-August as the 2014-2015 academic year starts to get in gear.  We hope you have a relaxing summer filled with sunshine and family time.

All our best,

Colleen Osten, Margot O'Connor, and Janet Kaplan Bucciarelli

p.s. The first day of school is August 28th with Freshman orientation on Aug. 21. Football starts on Aug 18th and all other Fall sports begin on Aug. 21.

PGO Grant Spotlight - Books in Spanish & Portuguese

Submitted by Margot on June 19, 2014 - 6:20am

Thanks to a PGO New Idea Grant, the ARHS Library was able to purchase new books in Spanish and Portuguese to support pleasure reading in our ELL population. “There are compelling reasons for encouraging recreational reading in the first language for second language acquirers. In early stages, it can profoundly accelerate the development of reading ability in the second language.” (Stephen Krashan, The Power of Reading). As indicated in the quote above, the acquisition of literacy skills by reading in one’s first language will increase literacy skills in a second language. By providing popular young adult titles in students’ native languages, we encourage more reading and increased literacy skills overall.


Last Week of School & Exam Schedule

Submitted by Margot on June 18, 2014 - 10:30am

Exams will start on Monday, June 23rd.  The last day for Late Buses is Tuesday, June 24th. The late buses will leave at 2 pm.

The LAST DAY OF SCHOOL is Wednesday, June 25th (noon dismissal). Thursday, June 26th will be an exam make-up day.

The Spring Trimester Exam Schedule is available here.

Faculty and Staff Comment on This Past School Year

Submitted by Janetkbucc on June 18, 2014 - 10:28am

To address the difficult events of the 2013-2014 school year at ARHS, a group of faculty and staff members met together and wrote a commentary in this week's Amherst Bulletin. We invite you to read it and share it with your student.

Staff Appreciation Lunch - Needs Food Donations!

Submitted by Janetkbucc on June 18, 2014 - 10:26am

If you have not had a chance to get around to it, it is not too late. The PGO needs your help to make this a fabulous celebratory luncheon. On Thursday, June 26th, please join with other parents and guardians to thank the entire staff with a scrumptious lunch. Here are several ways you can help with the event:

**Sign up to bring a dessert or side/salad for 8-10 people.
**Volunteer to help set up, serve, and clean up

Click the link to sign up:


ARHS 4x400 Relay 2nd at Nationals

Submitted by Margot on June 16, 2014 - 2:51pm

Eight members of the ARHS Boys' Track and Field team along with Coach David Thompson were in North Carolina for the New Balance National Outdoor Track and Field Championships last weekend. The Amherst runners ran the 4 X 100, the Sprint Medley, and the 4 X 400. Taj-Amir Torres competed in the 100m Elite Championship Division on Saturday. Complete results are at the portal.

Here are the results for the Hurricanes at Nationals:

100m Championship Division: Taj-Amir Torres 12th of 16 in 10.81 seconds

1600m Sprint Medley Emerging Elite Division: 18th of 42 in a time of 3:39.03 minutes. Xavia Perkins (200), Joseph Tavares (200), Larenz Harris (400), Connor Evans (800)


NE All Star - Baseball

Submitted by Margot on June 16, 2014 - 1:23pm

Please congratulate Jamie Carey for being selected to this year's New England High School Baseball Junior All Star Game. If you wish to attend and cheer his team on, the game is Saturday, June 21 at 2:00 pm at Palmer Field in Middletown, CT.


Pick up Art Work by June 23

Submitted by Margot on June 16, 2014 - 11:25am

All students who had artwork in AR[T]HS must pick up their work by Monday, June 23rd at 3:00. Work that is not picked up will be discarded.

Art Students from Fall, Winter, & Spring trimesters: Don't forget to pick up your art works. Art will NOT be saved for you over the summer. Please stop by the Art department and pick up your drawings, paintings, prints, photographs, sculptures, and ceramics before the end of the year.

ARPS Family Center Summer Hours

Submitted by Margot on June 16, 2014 - 7:52am

We are happy to announce that the ARPS Family Center and Steps to Success staff will be supporting students in the district’s summer programs. We will be open to support families during the following summer hours: Monday to Friday: 8am - 2pm Questions? Please call us at: (413) 362-1875

Estamos felices de anunciar que el personal del Centro de Familias de ARPS y “Steps to Success” apoyarán a los estudiantes en los programas de verano del distrito. Estaremos abiertos para apoyar a las familias durante nuestro horario de verano: Lunes a viernes: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. ¿Preguntas? Llámenos al: (413) 362-1875

Retirement Celebration for Sue Dunbar - June 23

Submitted by Margot on June 16, 2014 - 7:01am

Join us for a RETIREMENT CELEBRATION FOR SUE DUNBAR! Sue Dunbar, our beloved elementary band teacher, will be retiring this June after 38 years of service to the students and families of the Amherst public schools. Please join us at a celebration to show our appreciation for Sue and to send her off in style.The event will be held on Monday, June 23 at 7 pm in the gym at Fort River School. A few parents and staff members will say a few words, Sue will perform a couple of pieces, and then we will all go to the cafeteria for an hors d’ouvres and dessert potluck. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Mary Kiely at Please let her know if you will be bringing food.


2014 ARHS/SEC Grad Celebrates USA Game 1 Win at World Cup

Submitted by Janetkbucc on June 16, 2014 - 6:57am

Not sure how many of you were watching the USA/Ghana World Cup soccer game through 'til the end, but the vignette of the winning goal featured Jacob Lopez, ARHS/SEC Class of 2014, celebrating right after the ball hit the net.