Math Presentation for Parents - January 21

Submitted by Margot on January 15, 2015 - 6:37am

The ARPS District is preparing to implement a new curriculum for current 8th graders and students currently in Algebra/IMP 1 at ARHS for the 2015/16 school year. If you missed these Math Nights for parents/guardians to see potential math course sequences (Integrated or Traditional), you can find more information here.

Please note: Students currently enrolled in Geometry or IMP 2 and beyond at ARHS will finish out their course sequence as planned. The content of these meetings will NOT affect these students.

The Math Review Night is Wednesday, January 21st at 6:30 – 7:45pm in the ARHS Library. The purpose of this meeting is for parents/guardians to see the recommended math course sequence and curriculum for future grades 9 – 12.

The Good News Assembly - Feb. 10th

Submitted by Margot on January 15, 2015 - 6:30am

The International Students Club is directing/producing an assembly that will highlight the good work that is happening here at ARHS that is student driven/student manifested through after school clubs. The assembly will take place on Tuesday, February 10th during advisory. Each club will present their mission and the work that they are involved in through spoken word, music, dance, theatre, power point etc. ISC Faculty Advisor Tracy Vernon says the basic idea of the assembly is to remind all students what they can get involved with in after school clubs that is positive, fun, and student lead. Some of the clubs that will be presenting are Best Buddies, MSAN, POCU, Latinos Unidos, Environmental Action, Peacejam, Model UN, Schools For Africa, GSA, Women’s Rights, School Climate Control, Urbanology, and more.

ARHS Winterfest Dance - Jan. 23

Submitted by Colleen Osten on January 15, 2015 - 6:14am

The Annual Winterfest Dance for Upperclassmen is almost here!  The dance will take place on Friday January 23, from 7:00 to 10:00 pm.  The dance will be held in the ARHS cafeteria, and is a semi-formal event.  Tickets will be sold at lunch the week prior and at the door for $5. 

Please note that this is an upperclassmen (junior/senior) dance but 9th and 10th graders can come by invitation. An upperclassmen can bring one underclassmen as a "date."  A junior or senior must purchase the tickets. 

Amherst Survival Center Benefit - Supper, Story and Song

Submitted by Colleen Osten on January 14, 2015 - 10:04pm

Monday, January 19th, in the Lewis-Sebring Dining Commons of Valentine Hall, Amherst College will host a community dinner benefiting the Amherst Survival Center and reflecting the values of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. titled "Supper, Story, and Song", the event will feature entertainment by Evelyn Harris, formerly of Sweet Honey in the Rick, college a cappella groups the Zumbyes and Bluestockings': music by a string quartet, Howe Chimes by Aaron Hayden and a talk by Billy McBride, Assistant Director of Athletics and Diversity-Inclusion. A simple but delicious meal of soup, salad and bread wil be served. Parking is available in the Alumni Lot on Seelye Street.


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Breakfast - January 17

Submitted by Margot on January 14, 2015 - 10:15am

Join us on Saturday, January 17th at 9 am in the ARMS cafeteria for the 31st Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Breakfast.

SPEAKERS: Dr. Trevor Baptiste, Chair of Amherst Regional School Committee & Professor Whitney Battle-Baptiste, UMASS Amherst

MUSIC: Whole Children Chorus, Hadley Amherst Area Gospel Choir Amherst Regional High School Jazz Band

MCs will be State Senator Stanley Rosenberg and State Representative Ellen Story.

Tickets are $12 Adults, $10 Senior citizens, $5 Children 12 and under, and can be purchased at Hastings, Global Cuts & the Jones Library in Amherst. Proceeds from the breakfast go to the MLK Scholarship Fund for ARHS seniors heading to college. For information, call 413-230-3129 or email / Thanks for your support!

NEPR Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration

Submitted by Margot on January 14, 2015 - 8:05am

NEPR is proud to sponsor the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration, Monday January 19th 11am to 1 pm at MassMutual Center in downtown Springfield! The day will include performances by the Freedom Choir, Springfield Mass Choir, CMSS String City Youth Orchestra, DREAM STUDIO & MLK Charter School of Excellence Choir. MLK Family Services/Community Music School choral workshop students, oratorical performance by Hector Toledo, Jr., winner of the 2014 Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Oratorical competition, as well as performances by over 200 Springfield Public Middle School students. Sonido Musica. MLK, Jr. Family Services, Community Music School of Springfield, DREAM Studio and United Way of Pioneer Valley are event hosts. This event is free and open to the public!

Author Night with Don Ogden

Submitted by Colleen Osten on January 14, 2015 - 7:41am

Local writer/poet Don Ogden reads from his new book Bad Atmosphere – A Collection of Poetry & Prose on the Climate Crisis on Tuesday, January 20 at 7 pm in the Woodbury Room at the Jones Library.  (The snow date for this program will be Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 7 pm.)


Amherst Parking Forum

Submitted by Margot on January 14, 2015 - 6:12am

You are cordially invited to the second in a series of forums about parking downtown. It will take place on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. at the Universalist Unitarian Society of Amherst, 121 North Pleasant Street. Co-sponsored by the Select Board and Planning Board, the intended outcome of the second forum will be to begin solidifying a set of goals and strategies to start addressing some of the issues related to downtown parking. This step will include beginning to identify the scope, timeline, and process for certain steps and the appropriate regulatory or legislative body responsible for the work.

For more information go to

Author Kevin Powell Speaks at MHC - Jan. 20th

Submitted by Margot on January 13, 2015 - 9:59am

Kevin Powell is one of the most acclaimed political, cultural, literary and hip-hop voices in America today. Kevin is a native of Jersey City, raised by a single mother in extreme poverty, but managed to study at Rutgers University in New Brunswick thanks to New Jersey’s Educational Opportunity Fund. Kevin has gone on to be the author of 11 books.


Valentine Swap - Sign Up Soon

Submitted by Margot on January 13, 2015 - 8:10am

It's that time of the year again! For the past seven years Hilltown Families has coordinated a community Handmade Valentine Swap — and we're doing it again! Making handmade valentines is a great way to push against the commercialization of yet another holiday, while being creative with your family and friends. JOIN US! It's free to sign up and open to all families in western Massachusetts! Deadline to sign up is Thursday, January 29th. On Friday (1/30/15), you will be emailed your assigned names/address of participants to mail your handmade valentines to. Everyone is kindly requested to mail your valentines off by Feb. 7th.

Sign up for free here.

Cyber-Bullying Is a CRIME

Submitted by Colleen Osten on January 7, 2015 - 12:39pm

Cyber-Bullying has been a recent issue at ARHS, and we appeal to all parents and guardians to discuss this issue with their students. 

It is important to emphasize that Cyber-Bullying as described by M.G.L. c. 71, §37O, is a punishable criminal offense.  The law which was put into effect in 2010 includes tough restrictions on young people's, not just students', use of any technology to bully another person.

We need to create a school climate in which every student feels safe - in and out of school. Cyber-Bullying is unacceptable, and we as a community must each do our part to see it end.  If you have any knowledge of this activity, please contact the administration.  Peace. 

Parent Presentation by Calvin Terrell - This Sunday

Submitted by Colleen Osten on January 6, 2015 - 6:21pm

Message from ARPS District sent last night:

Calvin Terrell, founder and lead facilitator of Social Centric, will return to Amherst on Sunday, January 11th. The purpose of this visit will be to re-create the presentation experienced by 7th, 8th and 9th grade students in October. All parents and guardians are invited to attend this free presentation, which is scheduled to begin at 5pm in the ARMS Auditorium (170 Chestnut Street). This presentation is meant for parents and guardians; please refrain from bringing students to this event. If you have questions, please contact Kimberly Stender at 413-362-1825 or


The ARHS Cabaret is This Weekend!

Submitted by Margot on January 5, 2015 - 5:28pm

The Cabaret is back! A showcase of fun ARHS Performing Arts talent. A cabaret/club atmosphere is created behind the curtain on the back stage area of the ARHS auditorium. There is even table service to purchase treats. This is not to be missed! Performances are Jan. 9-11, Fri & Sat at 7:30pm. and Sun. at 3pm. Doors open a half hour before each show. Students/seniors are $5 for unreserved and $8 for reserved seats while adults are $7/unreserved & $10/reserved. Tickets will be on sale in cafeteria at lunch and at the door. Come to the Cabaret! For more info contact Anita Cooper

DTE Trip to MassMOCA - Watch these videos!

Submitted by Colleen Osten on January 5, 2015 - 5:24pm

The recent DTE concert, titled 'Formidable' referenced a song by the extraordinary artist Stromae. According to Tracey Vernon's Director's Notes, Reed Mitchell suggested this title because as defined in French, it was an apt description of this DTE ensemble i.e. wonderful! 


How a Small Town Makes Big Things Happen

Submitted by Colleen Osten on January 5, 2015 - 5:05pm

The Amherst League of Women Voters welcomes Superintendent Maria Geryk and ARPS administrators to participate in the popular series "How a Small Town Makes Big Things Happen".  Topics to be discussed are curriculum, equity and support programs for families.  The community is encouraged to attend this free event on Thursday, January 15 at 7-8:30pm in the Woodbury Room at the Jones Library.