Student-Athlete Feedback Needed

Submitted by Janetkbucc on November 20, 2014 - 11:00am

Please help ARHS collect the end of season Student-Athlete Feedback Forms by asking your student-athletes, who participated on a fall sports team, to complete this task before the Thanksgiving recess.

Please ask your athlete to click on the link noted below (found on the ARHS Website - SPORTS Tab - bottom of the page) and complete this very quick survey. This information is critical in planning ahead for future seasons.

Warm Winter Clothing Donations Needed Now

Submitted by Margot on November 20, 2014 - 9:09am

How wonderful a new warm coat can feel on a cold day! and here are TWO ways to help folks who need warm clothes!

1. Please take a look in your closets for any gently used items for children and adults. We are looking for coats, snow pants, snow boots, hats, mittens, gloves, scarves and snowsuits. Items can be dropped in the box outside the ARHS Guidance Office. If you have any question, contact Lynn Hayes, 


Auditions for Youth on Broadway

Submitted by Janetkbucc on November 20, 2014 - 9:05am

LSSE announces there is one more chance to audition for this exciting, musical theater performance class. If you know any kids in grades 4-12 who are interested, let them know auditions will be held Saturday, Nov 22 from 1-5 at the Bangs Center.

The class will be taught by former NYC professional actress/director/choreographer Becca Greene-Van Horn and award-winning musical director Cindy Naughton, with co-musical director/accompanist/vocal coach Benjamin Durfee.

The class will culminate in a professional quality musical Theater Revue in 3 shows: May 8-10, 2015.

Sign up for an audition by calling LSSE at 259-3065. More info at

Fee reductions and scholarships avaialable.

Seeking Nominatations for Martin Luther King, Jr. Awards - Monday Deadline

Submitted by Janetkbucc on November 20, 2014 - 9:03am

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Awards Committee is seeking Nominations for its 2015 CITIZEN and STUDENTS SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS. Announcement of the award recipients will be made at the 31st ANNUAL COMMUNITY BREAKFAST to be held in Amherst on Saturday, January 17, 2015.

If you would like to be nominated or to nominate someone, see the Guidance Office for information.

Deadline is Monday, November 24.

Help A UMass Class See Amherst Through Your Eyes

Submitted by Janetkbucc on November 20, 2014 - 9:00am

The UMass Regional Planning Department and the Amherst Together Initiative would like to invite you to participate in a digital mapping exercise at in which you can write your comments about any location in Amherst, as well as make comments on their blog and Facebook.


College Financial Aid Workshop

Submitted by Colleen Osten on November 13, 2014 - 3:20pm

Junior and Senior Parents are invited to a College Financial Aid Night, Thursday, Nov. 20th from 7:00 - 8:30 PM in the ARHS Cafeteria. The seminar will be presented by the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority (MEFA) .  Experts demystify the entire financial aid application process, breaking it down into straightforward concepts that every family can understand. They will explain the nuts and bolts of how financial aid works and offer strategies for smoothly navigating the college financing process from beginning to end. Topics include financial aid applications and eligibility, how colleges determine how much aid to offer, and understanding award letters. - Don't miss out on the chance to gain insight from experts. There will be time for questions.

DTE This weekend!

Submitted by Colleen Osten on November 13, 2014 - 3:08pm

DTE's newest dance concert: Formidable, is this Friday and Saturday Nov. 14 and 15 at 7:30 in the ARHS auditorium. Tickets for sale at lunches and at the door. Come out and support ARHS Dance! So much to celebrate!

Congratulations Minks Writing Contest Winners!

Submitted by Colleen Osten on November 13, 2014 - 3:07pm

The winners of the Minks Arts & Literary Journal's Annual Writing Contest are... drum rolll please... 

Poetry:  Katya Schwenk

Short Story: Forest Carlsen-Neiger


Join Hurricane Boosters

Submitted by Colleen Osten on November 13, 2014 - 3:05pm
There will be a Hurricane Booster Group meeting on Wednesday, November 19th at 6 pm in rm 117 at ARHS. The beginning of the meeting will be a vote by the current board of directors to vote in a set of bylaws.  This will allow the group to officially be tax exempt in the future, allowing people and/or businesses to write off any donations to the group.
Following this portion of the meeting, we will hold the first official Hurricane Booster Group meeting.  The first agenda item will be to vote in a new board of directors, president, secretary, and treasurer.  We will follow this with a debrief of our October 18th Homecoming and a discussion about the 2015 Monte Carlo Night.

Voice Your Opinion

Submitted by Colleen Osten on November 13, 2014 - 2:56pm

Amherst Together was launched in June as a project jointly funded by the schools and town to promote equity and inclusion in Amherst and to bring in new voices and perspectives.

The UMass-led survey — which asks the question “Who are we, really?” — is beginning with a mapping exercise and is available on both the and the websites. Amherst Together’s website goes live on Friday.


Elementary School Bullying Prevention Workshop

Submitted by Colleen Osten on November 13, 2014 - 2:54pm

In this workshop, you will Learn how bullying in the elementary school environment affects children; how bystanders can de-escalate bullying situations; and anti-bullying messaging and strategies. Though geared to the elementary population many of these issues and strategies are applicable to all grades.

The workshop is presented by the ARPS Family Center and will be held at Amherst Regional High School Library on Monday, November 17th at 7:00 PM

Poetry Competitions

Submitted by Colleen Osten on November 12, 2014 - 1:19pm

The Smith College Poetry Prize Competition for High School Girls is accepting submissions until December 1. If you are sophomore or junior female poet, check out the poster on the English Department Bulletin Board outside room 176 or go online to the Poetry Center at A great opportunity for a local, prestigious prize for your writing.

Both the Kenyon Review and the Robert Creeley Foundation are sponsoring poetry competitions for high school students. The first deadline for submission is November 30, the other is January 15. Check out the details on the English Department Bulletin Board outside room 176! This board will continue to feature opportunities for student writers: competitions, publishing venues, and workshops.

Community Conversation on Race

Submitted by Colleen Osten on November 12, 2014 - 1:15pm

An opportunity for people of all racial backgrounds in the Amherst area to come together to talk with facilitation by Barbara Love, Michael Burkart and Ruthie Killough-Hill.  The evening will include a time for people of color and white people to meet separately, followed by meeting all together.  This event is co-sponsored by the Coming Together project, the Amherst Human Rights Commission, NAACP (Amherst Chapter), Citizens for Race Amity Now, and Mass Slavery Apology.


Nominate a Teacher

Submitted by Colleen Osten on November 12, 2014 - 1:12pm

The National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) has begun accepting nominations for the 2015 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year Award, which will present $20,000 to an exemplary teacher engaging families in education. Educators working with families through schools, libraries, and many other community-based organizations will be considered, and nominations are due December 31, 2014. 


Hatgiving 2014

Submitted by Colleen Osten on November 12, 2014 - 1:02pm

Valley Ultimate is very excited to launch our first ever event, the 1st Annual Valley Ultimate Hatgiving tournament! Hatgiving is a single-day Ultimate tournament. The event is open to all levels and ages of players. Every registered player will be assigned to a team prior to the event. Each team will be coed, randomly yet fairly built, and captained by two experienced players. We may have A and B divisions. We are capping the event at 12 teams of 15.