Amherst Community (food) Co-Op Kick-Off event - Apr. 12

Submitted by Colleen Osten on April 7, 2014 - 5:35am

The Amherst Community (food) Co-Op Kick-Off event will take place on Saturday, April 12th.  Gary Hishberg, Chairman and Founder of Stonyfield Farms who is also a Hampshire grad, will be the featured speaker, introduced by Jonathan Lash, Hampshire College President.  Also speaking are: Art Ames, General Manager of the Berkshire Co-op in Great Barrington and Angie Gregory and Jessica Montagna of Simple Diaper and Linen.


Science on Screen - Apr 16

Submitted by Margot on April 7, 2014 - 5:32am

Amherst Cinema Presents INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (1978) with Astronomer, Dr. Salman Hameed. Salman Hameed is Associate Professor of Integrated Science and Humanities at Hampshire College. His academic training is in astronomy, but for the past ten years he has been working in the interdisciplinary area of science & religion. He teaches Aliens: Close Encounters of a Multidisciplinary Kind and co-teaches Astrobiology: Ethics to Exoplanets with microbiologist Jason Tor and planetary geologist Darby Dyar. TOPIC: Can we reasonably say anything about the biology or probable intentions of alien beings? Rated PG. Wed, April 16th @ 7pm at Amherst Cinema. for more info and tickets.

Soccerfest Coming Up

Submitted by Janetkbucc on April 6, 2014 - 2:02pm

Love soccer? Love free stuff?  Then, come to Supercuts SoccerFest on April 26th!

Registration forms will be available at lunch on Monday, April 14th for those interested in a day full of soccer, prizes, and fun!

Peter Pan @ UMass this Month

Submitted by Margot on April 6, 2014 - 7:19am

The University of Massachusetts Amherst's Department of Theater is producing Peter Pan from April 10th-19th. ARHS Alum Emma Ayres has been cast as Peter and has written the music for the play. Consider joining her in Neverland where almost everything is possible. Showtimes are April 10, 11, 12 & 18 @ 8:00 pm, Saturdays, April 12 & April 19 @ 2:00 pm and a school matinee on April 17 @ 10am. All performances are at the Rand Theater on UMass Amherst Campus Admission: $16 general, $8 students and seniors. Buy online here.

Hurricane Singers Perform "Landslide" - Click to LIsten!

Submitted by Colleen Osten on April 3, 2014 - 9:58pm

Listen to the ARHS Hurricane Singers vocal ensemble perform their interpretation of Fleetwood Mac's "Landslide" at a recent concert. The Hurricane Singers are conducted by Anita Anderson-Cooper.  This is beautiful!

Congratulations Coach Chris Gould and Assistant Coach Bob Rosen!

Submitted by Colleen Osten on April 3, 2014 - 9:56pm

Coach Chris Gould has been nominated as a Massachusetts State Track Coaches Association WMASS Coach of the Year for Spring Track, Boys.  Coach Bob Rosen was nominated as well for Assistant Coach of the Year.  Both Coach Gould & Coach Rosen were nominated earlier this season.  The MSTCA Executive Board voted both coaches to be this year's recipient.  This is a unique and noteworthy achievement since other coaches, some who are our rivals, did the voting.  Congratulations!

Follow Procedures to Help Prevent Lock Down

Submitted by Colleen Osten on April 3, 2014 - 9:52pm

We would like to refresh the entire community about the high school's sign in procedures. You can help us maintain a secure environment by observing them when you come to the high school. The central expectation is that all visitors must come directly to the main office to sign in and receive a visitor's pass. There are no visits - however short and seemingly straightforward- that allow anyone to bypass this step.  You must sign-out when you have completed your business in the school, and immediately exit the building.  THank you for your cooperation in making our school a safe environment.

Incident Reporting

Submitted by Colleen Osten on April 3, 2014 - 9:47pm

We have established an electronic form for anonymous reporting of any incident that potentially harms the community or members of the community.  The Deans of Students are the immediate recipients of information submitted by the form and have the responsibility to pursue leads and involve the Amherst Police Department, as necessary. To clarify, the deans will not know the identity of those who provide information via the electronic form. 


What is Lock Down? What is Shelter in Place?

Submitted by Colleen Osten on April 3, 2014 - 9:28pm

The following information is meant to provide some clarification.

Lock Down - Lock Down is the terminology used when thers is a potential threat in the vicinity, but the danger is not immediate, Lock Down is a preliminary precaution.  In the case of lock down,  classroom doors are closed and instruction continues.

Shelter in Place - Shelter in Place means there is an immediate threat, and there is a higher level of precaution needed.  Students, teachers and staff position themselves away from doors and windows.  Lights are turned off, and shades are drawn on classroom doorways and windows. 

These procedures have been drilled with students, and are held in coordination with the Amherst Police Dept.  

Chemists Celebrate Earth Day - Poetry Contest

Submitted by Colleen Osten on April 3, 2014 - 9:09pm

As part of Chemists Celebrate Earth Day (CCED) activities, the American Chemical Society (ACS) is sponsoring an illustrated poem contest for students in Kindergarten - 12th grade. All ARPS students are encouraged to apply. For further information, please contact the Connecticut Valley Local Section CCED coordinator, Sharon Palmer (ARHS science teacher),  Illustrated poems are due on April 14.


Red Cross Blood Drive Coming Up

Submitted by Janetkbucc on April 3, 2014 - 1:19pm

Tha Annual Red Cross Blood Drive will be Monday April 7th in the back gym.  There is a sign up at lunches this week for those who are eligible to donate.  Students must be at least 16 years olds to donate. 

The Guidance Office And Your Kids

Submitted by Janetkbucc on April 3, 2014 - 1:16pm

The Guidance Office gets lots of brochures and information about summer programs at colleges and opportunities to travel and do service projects. 

For example:

Amherst College Dining Services needs to hire 40 people to work Commencement and Reunion May 23 -June 1.  Students must be 16 to be hired. 

GCC has manufacturing trainings available for those who are interested in vocational - technical  jobs. 

Information on these and other opportunities is available in the Guidance Office.

Madiba's Gifts: Nelson Mandela's Life and Legacies - A Tribute - Today

Submitted by Margot on April 1, 2014 - 7:43am

Please join the University of Massachusetts Amherst in celebrating Madiba’s Gifts: Nelson Mandela’s Life and Legacies – A Tribute, today, Friday, April 4th from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the Bowker Auditorium, Stockbridge Hall.

A celebration and reflection of the impact of Nelson Mandela’s life and work, this Five College Africa Day event features panel conversations focusing on the South African Struggle and performances by the Amandla Chorus, the Amherst Area Gospel Choir, the Five College West African Music Ensemble, and the Wonberi Dancers. A reception immediately follows the event, which is free and open to the public.


Learning in ARPS Blog

Submitted by Margot on April 1, 2014 - 5:59am

Don't forget to read the district blog, Learning in ARPS, which was developed for families at the suggestion of a community member. The purpose of the blog is to share important initiatives and to answer questions posed by the community about the Amherst, Pelham and Regional Public Schools. You may submitted questions directly to the blog or email Kimberly Stender, Community Partnerships and Volunteer Coordinator, at

Paying for College: What Parents Need to Know - Apr 5

Submitted by Margot on April 1, 2014 - 5:51am

Join us for our first program for Money Smart Week 2014 this Saturday, April 5th! Sally Wendt and Myra Ross will present this program about some of the basics about paying for college, including saving strategies, minimizing costs, and finding financial aid. Are you worried about college costs? The goal of this FREE workshop is for parents to gain a general understanding of what they need to know to prepare to pay for college. It will be most useful to parents of high school sophomores and juniors.