Amherst Community Day @ Porter-Phelps Museum

Submitted by Margot on June 8, 2014 - 7:26am

The Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum hosts a free Community Day for Amherst residents on Saturday, June 14th from 10am- 4pm. Members of the Amherst community are encouraged to explore the homestead and grounds of one of the founding families of Hadley, and learn about the history of the Connecticut River Valley. All are welcome to the Museum for free tours on the hour. Afterwards, guests can relax on the back veranda with complimentary lemonade and cookies. 130 River Road in Hadley.

Michael Pollan to Speak at UMass

Submitted by Margot on June 8, 2014 - 5:07am

Michael Pollan, best-selling author of “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” and “Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation,” will be the featured speaker at the Tastes of the World: Chef Culinary Conference at UMass.
The conference will feature an on-stage conversation and book signing with Michael Pollan on Tuesday, June 17 at noon in the Campus Center Auditorium. Moderated by Arlin Wasserman, founder of Changing Tastes, the event is open to the public. Limited tickets are available online for $20 at or $25 at the door on the day of the event.

Host Families Wanted

Submitted by Colleen Osten on June 7, 2014 - 9:54pm

HOST FAMILIES WANTED FOR 3 week period in the summer, July 24th through August 16th to host the Doshisha Japanese kids who come every year. The head of Doshisha went to Amherst College, and he donated the beautiful gardens there. Every morning the kids will be dropped off at Amherst College for practice with the English language and customs, and then in the afternoons there are many field trips (your kids and/or you are welcome to come on any of them)- to the Emily Dickinson Museum, Tanglewood, Six Flags, sports days, swimming and much more. You will get one student for a stipend of $20/day.


Class of 2014 Graduation Tonight!

Submitted by Colleen Osten on June 5, 2014 - 11:30pm

Congratulations to the Class of 2014!  The PGO congratulates you for a job well done.  Have a wonderful celebration.  The following is helpful inoformation for planning your attendance.  


Senior Party is Tonight!

Submitted by Colleen Osten on June 5, 2014 - 11:28pm

WHEN: Arrive between 11 PM and midnight on June 6; stay as late as 6 AM on June 7. You can leave early with a parent or in one of the shuttle vehicles that will be driving kids home, but you may not drive yourself to or from the event.


Letter From Mark Jackson About Dialogue Day

Submitted by Colleen Osten on June 5, 2014 - 11:22pm

Dear ARHS Parents and Guardians,

The purpose of this letter is to frame for the ARHS community our plans for the upcoming Dialogue Day, which is scheduled for Thursday, June 12.


SAT Tomorrow

Submitted by Colleen Osten on June 5, 2014 - 11:05pm

The SAT test will be given at ARHS at 8:00am on Saturday June 7. Bring your admission ticket, two number 2 pencils with erasers, identification and an acceptable calculator. For more information on what to bring (or not), see GOOD LUCK!

Student Nominations Sought for Student Advisory Committee

Submitted by Colleen Osten on June 5, 2014 - 10:12pm

We are seeking nominations for five (5) students from the class of 2015 and 2016 to serve on a Student Advisory Committee.  This Committee is an important way for students to share their opinions, ideas and concerns to the elected officials who make decisions for our district.  If interested, please  email nominations to by the end of the school day Thursday, June 5. 

Senior Dance Showcase June 12

Submitted by Janetkbucc on June 5, 2014 - 10:10pm

Senior Dance Showcase is on Thursday June 12 at 7:00 in the dance studio.  It's free and a really fun celebration.  Come, hang out, watch some great dance, and wish all our senior dancers the best!

2014 - 2015 Academic Calendar Available

Submitted by Colleen Osten on June 5, 2014 - 9:37pm

Next year's academic calendar is available here.  Please note that 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.

Congratulations to ARHS Boys Track!

Submitted by Colleen Osten on June 5, 2014 - 9:33pm

Congrats to ARHS Boys Track! Western/Central Division 1 Champions!!! Keep running to States, New Englands & Nationals!  We are proud of you.

Class of 2014 - Academic Folders

Submitted by Colleen Osten on June 5, 2014 - 9:27pm

Graduates of the Class of 2014 can pick up their academic folders (including academic, guidance, and health records) beginning on June 9, 2014.  Students must be over 18 years old or have a signed release from a parent/guardian in order get their records.  Release forms will be given to all graduates at graduation rehearsal and are available in the high school main office.  Unclaimed folders will be kept for 5 years and are available for pick up during regular business hours.

ARHS Art Students Participate in Memory Project 2014

Submitted by Colleen Osten on June 5, 2014 - 8:03pm

The Memory Project is a national charitable organization with many chapters throughout the United States. The program is a unique initiative in which art students create portraits for children and teens around the world who have been neglected, orphaned, or disadvantaged. Given that kids in such situations tend to have few personal keepsakes, we're aiming to provide them with special memories that capture a piece of their childhood - portable pieces of their personal history. As much as possible, we also want to help the kids see themselves as works of art.


Reminder: Late Arrival Day - Monday, June 9

Submitted by Janetkbucc on June 4, 2014 - 11:20am

Important Calendar Change-- New Late Arrival Day on Monday, June 9: In order to make up for the late arrival days that were canceled due to snow this year, we are adding a late arrival day on Monday, June 9th. Classes will begin at 10:00 and buses will run according to the normal late arrival day schedule.

Philharmonia & Symphony Band - June 10

Submitted by Margot on June 4, 2014 - 11:10am

Please join us for a wonderful performance featuring the ARHS Philharmonia and Symphony Band at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, June 10th in the ARHS Auditorium.