Performing Arts Gala - Tuesday

Submitted by Margot on October 2, 2014 - 6:50am

Don't miss one of the most engaging ARHS evenings of the year. Starting at 6:30pm on Tuesday, October 7th, the Arts Gala is the perfect chance to get a panoramic view of the Performing Arts Department's work in progress for Fall 2014 and to see the wide variety of opportunities our students are offered. Free admission and open to all!  Hope to see you there!

Evening Coffee with the Principal - October 15

Submitted by Anonymous on October 1, 2014 - 4:29pm

All parents and guardians are invited to join us next Wednesday, October 15th at 7:00 pm for An Evening Coffee with Principal Mark Jackson. Mr. Jackson will give an overview of what's happening at ARHS this trimester and beyond. As always, bring your questions, network with other parents, and stay connected to ARHS! Refreshment provided by ARHS Culinary Arts Students. We hope you can join us from 7:00-8:00 pm in the ARHS Library.

Spike It For Life Fundraiser - Oct. 7

Submitted by Margot on October 1, 2014 - 10:59am

Come out in support of 'Canes' Volleyball on Tuesday, October 7th as both JV and Varsity host their first Spike It For Life Event in an effort to raise cancer awareness. Games start at 5pm for JV and Varsity at 6pm vs Belchertown as both high school teams come together to play as one against cancer at ARHS. Come help us "paint the gym in pink" as we celebrate those who have lost the battle, survivors and more. There will be bake sale items and slices of pizza for sale, a 50:50 raffle, gift basket/ gift certificates (donated by local businesses) raffled off, and neon pink commemorative T-shirts for sale. ALL proceeds to be donated to Baystate Mary Lane's Integrated Cancer Program.


The PGO Needs Your Support

Submitted by Margot on October 1, 2014 - 6:25am

If you have not made a contribution to the ARHS PGO, we would like to remind you it is not too late, and no donation is too small! Our programs work to enrich the experience of every student at ARHS, and to keep their families connected and informed. We appreciate your generosity, and will work hard to put donations to good work. There are two easy ways to contribute. Either through the "Donate to ARHS PGO (yay!)" link on the right side of this page or by check. Checks should be made to the ARHS PGO and sent to ARHS PGO, PO Box 566, Amherst, MA 01004 or dropped off in the main office. Please consider a donation today, thank you!

College Rep Visits Next Week

Submitted by Colleen Osten on September 30, 2014 - 2:38pm

Mon October 6th
Earlham College 9:30 AM

Tue October 7th
Hobart and William Smith Colleges 8:00 AM

Wed October 8th
Worcester State University 8:00 AM
Guilford College 9:00 AM
Johnson State College 1:00 PM

Thu October 9th
Greenfield Community College 10:00 AM
Southern Vermont College 1:00 PM

Fri October 10th
Swarthmore College 8:30 AM
Kalamazoo College 9:00 AM
University of Chicago 12:45 PM

Students should pick up a pink pass in the Guidance Office before the class they want to leave to show their teacher to get out of that class. You get 3 freebies, then they count as absences. The meetings take place in the conference rooms in Guidance Office 101 near the Main Office. All the College Rep visits for this year are all listed in Naviance.

2014 PSAT Info - Register by Oct 10

Submitted by Margot on September 30, 2014 - 10:59am

The PSAT test will start at 8:00 am on Saturday, October 18th (Arrive at 7:45am) at Amherst High School. The fee will be $25, waived for students signed up for subsidized meals at school. The deadline to register in Guidance is Friday, October 10th. It is a good idea for juniors to take this practice SAT.


A Better Chance Program - Host Family Needed

Submitted by Margot on September 30, 2014 - 10:56am

Amherst A Better Chance Program is looking for a host family for one of its new scholars, a 9th grade student from NYC. For one weekend each month during the school year, host families provide each ABC Student with an alternative place/home to relax, socialize and study. The scholars are also given the opportunity to forge additional, positive personal relationships with local families. Reciprocally, host families derive the satisfaction of interacting with talented young men who have both a lot to offer and to learn from these broadened social contacts. Host family weekends occur once a month, on a schedule established on a yearly basis by the ABC Board.


Tips from the School Nurse

Submitted by Margot on September 30, 2014 - 7:18am

There are steps you can take in your daily life to help protect you from getting the flu.


ARPS Family Center presents Navigating PowerSchool

Submitted by Margot on September 30, 2014 - 7:14am

On Wednesday, October 8th at 7pm, the ARPS Family Center presents, "Navigating the ARPS PowerSchool Database." Parents & Guardians will learn to access and monitor their child’s academic grades in the district database. All are invited to attend this FREE workshop with ARPS Database Analyst , Dr. Doug Slaughter, in the ARHS Library on Oct. 8th at 7pm


Voices from Our Schools - Know Your Neighbor

Submitted by Margot on September 30, 2014 - 7:02am

Please enjoy the latest episode of Voices from Our Schools, the popular Amherst Media program, this episode features the Know Your Neighbor Coalition. Betsy McInnis and Cynthia Brubaker explain the mission of the recently formed Know Your Neighbor Coalition. KYN is tackling issues in the greater Amherst community including transportation, food insecurity, housing, mental health services and accessibility to community colleges.

June & the Bee at the Iron Horse - Tomorrow

Submitted by Margot on September 30, 2014 - 6:41am

June & the Bee, ARHS’s very own Emma June and Eli “the Bee” Ayres, Olivia Holcomb, and Noah Schmitt, with Sam Stein, will headline at the Iron Horse Music Hall on Saturday, October 4, at 7 p.m. Their live shows blend theatrical art rock with indie music vibe, balanced with a folk nuance. Bring your dancing shoes to enjoy the preview of June & the Bee’s EP release. Show information can be found at

Boston Performing & Visual Arts Fair - Wed. Oct. 8

Submitted by Margot on September 30, 2014 - 6:30am

The Annual NACAC Performing & Visual Arts College Fair will be in Boston on Wednesday, October 8th from 7-9PM. It will take place at Boston University - Fuller Bldg, 808 Comm. Ave, Boston. It’s free and open to the public. 

Schools from New England and around the country offering programs in music, dance, theater, graphic and visual arts will be represented. More info:

Film Screening - The Central Park Five

Submitted by Margot on September 30, 2014 - 6:06am

If you missed this film's screening last February at ARHS, here is another chance. There will be a screening of The Central Park Five, a film by Ken Burns on Thursday, October 9th at 7pm at the Jones Library, Woodbury Room. In 1989, five black and Latino teenagers from Harlem were arrested and later convicted of raping a white woman in New York City's Central Park. The Central Park Five tells the story of that horrific crime, the rush to judgment by the police, a media clamoring for sensational stories and an outraged public, and the five lives upended by this miscarriage of justice. This program is part of a film & discussion series for the Coming Together Project.


Climate Change Forum: Let Your Voice Be Heard! - Oct. 9th

Submitted by Margot on September 29, 2014 - 6:20am

Massachusetts legislators will be on hand Thursday, October 9th from 7 to 9 pm in the ARMS Auditorium to convene a community dialogue on the issue of Climate Change. There will be an overview by each legislator on recent bills and other initiatives they are individually working on, followed by an overview of the recently released Climate Action and Clean Energy Plan from representatives of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission. The floor will then be opened to members of the public to pose questions or to give overviews of their representative group’s efforts.


SAFE Pancake Breakfast & AFD Open House - Oct. 5

Submitted by Margot on September 28, 2014 - 6:29am

Amherst Fire Department Open House & SAFE PANCAKE BREAKFAST: SUNDAY, OCTOBER 5th at the Amherst Fire Dept. North Station. The Pancake Breakfast is to benefit the SAFE (Student Awareness of Fire Education) program in our schools. Pancake Breakfast Donations of $6/adult and $4/children (under 10) are suggested. Breakfast will take place at the North Fire Station, 603 East Pleasant Street from 7:30am-11:30am. Breakfast includes pancakes w/ real maple syrup, sausages & bacon. There is also an Open House from 7:30am - 2:00pm. Come join the fun and learn about safety with displays of fire and EMS equipment. The Open House is free to all.