African Scholars Raise Funds to Combat Ebola

Submitted by Margot on October 13, 2014 - 6:57am

The ARHS African Scholars have been planning an exchange trip to Senegal and The Gambia, but it was recently postponed due to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The scholars are channeling their disappointment into action against this deadly disease by bringing back the popular  *WEST AFRICAN TAKE-OUT FUNDRAISER*

Meals (in microwavable containers) will be available for pick-up on Thursday, November 6, 3-5 p.m., at Amherst Regional High School.

The Menu
Vegetarian Thiou: Chunky vegetable stew in a savory sauce, served with jasmine rice.

Chicken Yassa: Chicken cooked with onions, olives, and lime served with jasmine rice and vegetables.


Latest Edition of The Graphic

Submitted by Margot on October 13, 2014 - 5:49am

The latest edition of The Graphic came out on October 10, 2014. Ask your student to bring home a copy. You can also subscribe to this ARHS newspaper and receive it in the mail (2 per trimester). A one-year subscription is $25.00, which helps to underwrite the costs of the newspaper. Mail a check, made out to "The Graphic" to ARHS, The Graphic, 21 Mattoon Street, Amherst, MA 01002. Please include the name and address of the person you want the newspaper sent to. The Graphic Faculty Advisor is Sara Barber-Just. Info at or call 362-1516.

Monday - Homework Made Simple - A Parent Guardian Workshop

Submitted by Margot on October 13, 2014 - 5:33am

The ARPS Family Center Presents : Tips, Tools & Solutions for Low Stress Homework, a Free Workshop for Parents/Guardians this Monday, 10/20 at 7 PM.

Homework:  no one loves it, but it's here to stay.Dr. Denise Green, Psychologist at the Middle School will review the reasons for homework and discuss strategies for making it a part of the home routine.  Dr. Green will talk about things that get in the way and trouble-shoot possible solutions.  There will be lots of opportunity for conversation and discussion on this important topic!  For more info contact Juan Burns at the Family Center: 362-1875 or burnsj@arp.sorg.                   


ABC Fall Foliage Walk and 5K Run - Tomorrow

Submitted by Colleen Osten on October 12, 2014 - 7:20pm

The Amherst Committee for A Better Chance will hold its 43rd Annual Fall Foliage Event tomorrow, October 18, 2014, including the 3-mile Family Style Walk, and the 5k Competitive Run. An Amherst tradition, the event has annually brought together hundreds of residents and school children to admire the diverse colors of the foliage while they walk or run for diversity in the community.


Love, Care and Racism: Coming Together in Amherst - Monday

Submitted by Margot on October 12, 2014 - 7:01am

A talk by Barbara Love, “Love, Care and Racism: Coming Together in Amherst”, at the Unitarian Universalist Society, social hall - next to Bart’s, Monday, October 20th, at 7PM.

Barbara Love is a dynamic, inspiring speaker who speaks all over the world on issues of racial justice. She is looking forward to addressing her local community here in the Amherst area where she lives. She was a long-time professor in the Social Justice Education Program at UMass. Dr. Love is deeply committed to including people of all racial backgrounds in striving together to have the community and the world we dream of.


Warm Up the Night - FOA Fundraiser -10/23

Submitted by Margot on October 12, 2014 - 6:10am

Warm Up the Night! Eat, Drink and Benefit CHD's Family Outreach of Amherst. Join FOA as they transform a warm and festive tent at The Lord Jeffery Inn into an unforgettable tasting experience on Thursday, Oct. 23 from 5:30-8:30PM.  Wander the room enjoying delicious small bites from an eclectic mix of local food vendors, including Chez Albert, Blue Heron, 30 Boltwood, Lone Wolf, Food 101, Monkey Bar, Black Sheep Deli, Ibiza Tapas Bar, Pengyew Catering, Oriental Flavor, The Pub, Ecudor Andino Store and many more. Sample wine, beer and hard cider from The High Horse & Carr's Ciderhouse.


Shelter Sunday is October 19th

Submitted by Margot on October 11, 2014 - 8:15am

Shelter Sunday is a one day door to door solicitation, historically, organized by Amherst Friends for the Homeless, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The tradition of Shelter Sunday is carried on today by the benefiting organizations. On the third Sunday in October, October 19th this year, volunteers gather in the lobby of the UMass Fine Arts Center and are sent in groups to different neighborhoods in Amherst, Pelham and Hadley. In a few hours they visit over 3,400 residences. Last year over, $27,000 was collected and distributed to local organizations that provide services to the homeless. We need door to door canvassers.


AEF Trivia Bee is almost here - Oct 30

Submitted by Margot on October 11, 2014 - 6:33am

The 20th Annual Trivia Bee is coming! Parents ask your students to join the fun and highlight the brainpower of our ARHS Students!!! There is no charge, costumes are encouraged and you will have a blast. The Bee is on October 30th. Last year's championship team had 2 ninth graders on the team, so let's do it again. Have your student contact the ARHS Main Office, if interested. They will be competing against the Select Board, Teachers, Business teams and many more. Join the fun from 7-9pm on October 30th in the ARMS Auditorium.

5K for Farmland - Oct 19

Submitted by Margot on October 11, 2014 - 5:37am

Sign up for the 6th Annual 5K for Farmland on October 19th at 11 AM! All proceeds help the Kestrel Land Trust preserve local farmland. Runners AND walkers welcome along the scenic farmland and river route (5K run or 2-mile walk). Pre-reg $22, Race day $24, Family $44. More info here

Post-race Farmers Market Festival on the West Street Common in Hadley with unique local food & products, live music, nature exhibits, Trevor the Games Man for kids, and local beer tasting for the adults! Live Hawk Exhibit & Falconry Demo by New England Falconry!

Just One Month Away to Bowl-For-Kids-Sake

Submitted by Margot on October 10, 2014 - 2:53pm

Bowl for Kids' Sake is about helping kids in our community. All proceeds from the event go directly towards matching local children with caring, reliable adult mentors.

Dust off your bowling shoes and join us at Spare Time Northampton (525 Pleasant St.​) on November 1st or 2nd because we will be celebrating Bowl-O-Ween -- every bowler's favorite holiday! We invite you to come dressed in your most creative, colorful, and eye-catching costumes. All are welcome -- costumed or not -- but we'd love to see everyone get into the Bowl-O-Ween spirit.

There will be prizes for best costumes!! Prizes for raising the most money!! Prizes for having the largest team!! And prizes for just showing up!!!

Here’s how to get involved:


Are you Registered to Vote?

Submitted by Colleen Osten on October 8, 2014 - 2:33pm
State Election is on November 4, 2014.  The Last Day to Register to Vote for 2014 State Election - 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 15, 2014!

The Library Thanks You!

Submitted by Colleen Osten on October 8, 2014 - 2:19pm
When it rains, it pours!  Parents have now donated many wonderful games (and many brand new).    These include Scrabble, Chess, Quiddler, Boggle, Big Boggle, Super Big Boggle, Mancala, and Bananagrams.   (Our staff is in the process of cataloging them  and they will be available to be checked-out for use in the library after school no later than Friday, 10/10.)  Thank you to all who came forward to make our library that much better!  Leslie Lomasson

College Visits This Week at ARHS

Submitted by Colleen Osten on October 8, 2014 - 1:45pm

Friday, October 10th:

  • Swarthmore College         8:30 AM
  • Kalamazoo College          9:00 AM
  • University of Chicago       12:45 PM

Tuesday October 14th:

  • Carleton College              8:00 AM
  • University of Redlands     8:30 AM
  • Holyoke C.C                    10:15 AM
  • Mount Holyoke College   12:15 PM

Wednesday, October 15th

  • Wheaton College MA        8:30 AM

Thursday October 16th


PGO Grants Update

Submitted by Colleen Osten on October 7, 2014 - 7:02pm
The ARHS PGO has already awarded grants totaling close to $8,000 to ARHS teachers & staff just this fall. This first round of grants brings items such as new "non-traditional" lighting & sound equipment to the Theater Dept.; graphing calculators to the Academic Achievement Center; dry-erase boards for the Chemistry classrooms; new easels, watercolor sets and photography equipment for the Art Dept.; a visiting performer to the Southeast Campus and much, much more. The PGO grants are offered once per trimester to all ARHS teachers and staff. 

Families Needed to Host Japanese High School Students or Teachers

Submitted by Colleen Osten on October 6, 2014 - 9:22pm

PeopleLink, a non-profit organization is currently looking for friendly families to host a Japanese High School student or teacher from March 22-28th. These students are touring our area as part of cultural exchange program their school does every year. They are hoping to experience our culture first hand by participating in a home stay program. Host families should provide a bed, meals and English conversation. You will receive a $20/30 per night stipend. This is a great opportunity to learn about another culture and make a new friend without leaving your home! Please contact Marie Lauderdale at, or call (413)230-1121 for more information.