2016-2017 Schedule Change Survey

Submitted by Colleen Osten on February 25, 2015 - 7:47am

The purpose of this survey is to assist the high school administration in developing a  master schedule proposal for the 2016-2017 school year. Since the proposal will not affect current 11th or 12th grade students, we are soliciting feedback from parents/guardians in grades K-10.


Have A Nice Break!

Submitted by Janetkbucc on February 12, 2015 - 2:23pm

Don't worry about us.

While you are working, running kids here and there, and taking care of your busy lives, we will do what we always do: scour the school and community for breaking NEWS.

Who knows, we may even run into you somewhere in the next week. You'll know it's us. We are the ones with laptops in one hand and snow shovels in the other!

Have a wonderful break!

Your ARHS PGO Newsletter Editors,

Janet, Margot, and Colleen

Budget Cuts - Sad News

Submitted by Janetkbucc on February 12, 2015 - 2:23pm

Just sharing this from the school website.

You can see detailed information about proposed cuts to the budget for Fiscal Year 2016 here or on the attachment.

Overall, class sizes will increase, some electives will disappear, and some faculty/staff positions have been cut.



ARHS Course Registration for 2015-2016 Begins Feb. 23

Submitted by Margot on February 12, 2015 - 2:23pm

Although course registration does not begin until after February Break, the 2015 Program of Studies will be available online for your viewing pleasure starting today, 2/13.

Please click here to access the Program of Studies and to get loads of great information about the process for Rising 10th, 11th, and 12th Graders.

Online registration opens Monday, February 23rd at 10:45 am and closes on Friday, February 27th at 3:00 pm. Students who wish to request permission to take extra classes within an academic department should fill out the Request for Academic Doubles form and bring it to the guidance office by February 27th.

Cell Phones During Classes - Just Don't Text

Submitted by Janetkbucc on February 12, 2015 - 2:23pm

Parents/Guardians, please help reduce distractions in the classroom by not texting your student during school hours.

The ARHS cell phone policy requires that cell phones be kept out of sight and unused from 7:45am 2:20pm.

But, what if my student needs his/her phone as a calculator in math class, you might wonder?

AHA: The school supplies students who forget their own with calculators, so there is no need to use phones as calculators.

Of course, if there is a need to communicate with your student durng the day, please feel free to contact the ARHS Main Office at 362-1700.

Friendly rceptionists are standing by and will gladly relay a message to your student.

Schedule Changes Explored for 2016-17

Submitted by Janetkbucc on February 12, 2015 - 2:23pm

At 7;00 pm, on Wednesday, February 25, 2015, ARHS will hold a meeting in the high school library to discuss with the community its plans to change the high school's master schedule for SY 2016-17.
Since the high school is at the beginning of its process, the meeting will NOT involve an actual recommendation for the new schedule. Instead, the agenda will focus on the following topics:
- The educational implications of a new master schedule
- The current economic realities that bear on the decision
- The feedback-gathering and decision-making processes
- The different master schedule options that are under consideration.

Online Spring Sports Registration

Submitted by Margot on February 12, 2015 - 2:23pm

THINK SPRING! Online spring sports registration is in full swing. Ensure a smooth start to the spring season by registering NOW. The sports that are offered are listed here. Current sport physical forms should be on file with the school nurse before the first day of tryouts. Please call the nurse's office at the high school at 362-1744 or 362-1743. Questions for middle school registrants please contact the middle school nurse at 362-1974.

NEW: Online payment is available!! Click here to pay the registration fee.

ARHS Yearbooks - Order Forms

Submitted by Margot on February 12, 2015 - 2:23pm

Yearbook order forms were distributed to students last week in Advisories. The due date has been extended to March 1st! Yearbooks are $65. Students who qualify for reduced price lunch can purchase books for $55 and free-lunch students can buy books for $45. The order form is attached below. Questions, please email Lee Larcheveque at or call 413-362-1579. A few extra books may be available in late May, but the only way to guarantee a book is to order one NOW. Please note: make checks payable to "ARHS Yearbook."


Saturday - Celebrate Black History Month: Second Annual Event on the Town Common

Submitted by Janetkbucc on February 12, 2015 - 2:23pm
Meet local community members of all ages at the flag pole directly in front of Town Hall to hear the Select Board's 2015 Black History Month resolution, raise the Black History Month flag, and sing the Black National Anthem, “Lift Every Voice and Sing” to commemorate our appreciation and history.
WHEN? TOMORROW, Saturday, Feb 14!
Please help us spread the word!  See Gazette/Bulletin article, below, and program, attached.

Free Vacation Week Camp for ARMS and ARHS Students

Submitted by Janetkbucc on February 12, 2015 - 2:23pm

Please see the attachment for details (including the registration form) for this FREE camp, which will be offered next week.

Classes will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House, 121 N. Pleasant St. in Amherst. Meals & snacks will be served at the Amherst Boys & Girls Club.

Registration is limited, so contact Kathy Edgell (413) 253-1444 or for more information.


Jones Library Focus Group Needs YOU

Submitted by Janetkbucc on February 12, 2015 - 2:23pm

Please join an upcoming Jones Library Focus Group to talk about the Library’s FY17-FY21 Long Range Plan.

This is your opportunity to make a difference in the future of The Jones Library’s services, programs, materials, buildings, finances, technology, etc. Our Group facilitators will be from The Birch Group, out of Farmington, Connecticut. Your comments/concerns/ideas/criticisms/compliments matter!

The last Focus Group meets tonight:

Friday, February 13, 2015  9am-12pm; Woodbury Room (Jones Library)


"Our Town, Our Money" Forum - Feb. 17

Submitted by Janetkbucc on February 12, 2015 - 2:23pm

A forum, Our Town, Our Money, is being planned by the Town Meeting Coordinating Committee for Tuesday, Feb 17th at 7:00 PM in the Town Room of the Amherst Town Hall. The purpose of the meeting is to explain how the Town of Amherst creates its budget and how and when residents can most effectively make budget requests. Presenters will be Finance Director Sandy Pooler, Finance Committee Chair Kay Moran, School Finance Director Sean Mangano, and former member of the Select Board Gerry Weiss. Understanding the town budget and how it is formed is important for members of Town Meeting and all those interested in town government. This forum will be an opportunity to learn about the budget process.


Whole Children Benefit Fun Run

Submitted by Margot on February 11, 2015 - 7:12am

Five College Realtors' Whole Lot of Fun Run is next Saturday, Feb. 22nd at ARHS. New this year: 1-mile run to benefit Whole Children at 11:15am. Proceeds from this year's 10 miler and all proceeds from the Whole Lot of Fun Run will benefit the work of Whole Children. Additionally runners can raise funds through online fundraising at or by collecting gently used shoes. ReRun Shoes will donate $0.50 per pair directly to Whole Children. Visit their website here:

ENTRY FEES $20 online at Race day registration begins at 9:00 AM


Consent Week will be Rescheduled

Submitted by Margot on February 5, 2015 - 8:47pm

Consent Week which was planned for next week, February 9th-13th has been rescheduled. More information will be available at a later date.

Please read the attached letter from Mark Jackson to the speakers.


Course Registration Presentation

Submitted by Margot on February 5, 2015 - 8:52am

If you missed the PGO Coffee last night with Asst. Principal Mike Thompson and Guidance Chair Ericka Aschuler, who, along with ARHS Department Heads Kathy McCarthy (Science), Jane Mudie (Math) and Hannah Hartl (Art) reviewed the course registration process and highlighted courses offered at ARHS, the power point presentation and handouts are attached below. A special thanks to the administrators and teachers who were present, answering many questions from parents about the scheduling process. A link to the 2015-2016 Program of Studies should be available next week on the ARHS Home Page.

This evening presentation was intended as a broad overview of the course selection process and to highlight a few departments not every department, as there are too many to cover in one hour.