Hello seniors, congratulations on completing one-third of your senior year! Here are a few items to attend to.
Want FUN? We got it - this Sunday Dec. 7th from 12-3pm with the annual Bombazo i.e. community music/dance jam with a feast of free food! Meet us on the stage of the ARHS auditorium. Bring your children, your elders, and your cheer. See you there!
For Class of 2016 from Myra Ross: Please check your arps.org e-mail account for a letter from her about opening your Naviance account and preparing for your individual college meeting with me this spring. It’s a good idea to become familiar with the useful features of Naviance ASAP. There should be a personalized registration code in your e-mail. If you did not get this e-mail from Myra Ross, ARHS College Advisor, please see a guidance secretary who will help you.
GET HELP WITH YOUR FINANCIAL AID APPLICATION AT MASSACHUSETTS FAFSA DAY on JANUARY 22, in the ARHS Cafeteria at 7:00pm. You will leave with an almost completed FAFSA form!
FAFSA Day is a free program that provides information and assistance to Massachusetts families applying for financial aid for higher education. Financial aid professionals from Massachusetts colleges and universities help families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the required form for students seeking financial aid, including grants and loans.
Don't forget, Dec. 10th is an Early Release Day. Once a month the school operates a partial day schedule, to allow time for teachers to work on curriculum and school-wide issues. On these Early Release Days, school starts at the regular time of 7:45 AM, but students are released at 12:00 PM instead of 2:20 pm. The schedule for these shortened days is available here.
The ARHS African Scholars Program will hold a bookfair on Friday, December 5, from 3 to 9 p.m. at the Barnes & Noble store in Hadley. The event is a fundraiser for the group's exchange program with schools in West Africa. Proceeds will go to the program's scholarship fund, which assists students whose families cannot afford the full cost of the exchange trip.
The fair will include a series of Africa-related events throughout the afternoon and evening: children’s stories, scavenger hunt, friendship bracelet workshop, and African Jeopardy game. In addition, the fair will include free ataya (strong, sweet hot tea) and Africa-themed adult and children’s books to browse.
The "High School Doctor For a Day" Program gives high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to witness the practice of medicine firsthand and observe successful physicians who will be your mentors. Application packets for serious juniors or seniors are available in the Guidance Office. The application deadline is December 19th. You will need 2 reference letters so start early!
"The Twelve Days of Christmas” is a well-known holiday carol, whose familiar verses and repetitions seem to conjure a jolly English holiday party. Yet some scholars think the lyrics hold deeper symbolic meaning and tell a coded story. Dr. Thomas Bernard will lead an historical exploration of the possible hidden meanings behind these verses. Please join us in the Woodbury Room of the Jones Library at 2:30 pm on Saturday, December 13, 2014.
Free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Janet Ryan at 413-259-3223
You are invited to join in the annual public reading of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on Tuesday, December 10, 2014, 6:50 pm on the Amherst Town Common in front of Town Hall (please bring a candle or a flashlight). Each year on the anniversary of its adoption by the UN General Assembly on Dec. 10, 1948, our Amherst Human Rights Commissioners invite community members to join in making a public statement about our belief in "Human Rights for Every Person Everywhere". They will take a few minutes to read the 30 articles included in this Declaration which begins:
Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world,
The nine members of the Fiber Artists of Western MA present Rivers' Flow, an exhibition of work around the theme of the river. The centerpiece is a nine-part display of each artist's interpretation of the theme. Each artist is also showing several pieces representative of her work. Artists' Reception: Thursday, December 4, from 5:00-8:00 pm.
Artists: Nina Compagnon, Sally Dillon, Rebecca Fricke, Martha May, Martha Robinson, Flo Rosenstock, Deborah Slavitt, Margaret Stancer and Nancy Young.
Reminder: there will be no school on Monday, Dec. 1st. It is a Teacher Work Day so students get an extra day off from school. Due to the weather-related closing on 11/26, students will take C and D period exams on Tuesday, December 2. See the special schedule here. Trimester 2 classes will also meet briefly on Tuesday.
Thanks to a grant from the ARHS PGO, there will be a public screening of the film "Oil and Water" on Tuesday, Dec 2nd at 7 PM in the ARHS Library. We will be joined by ARHS Alum DAVE PORITZ to introduce this powerful documentary. This screening features Dave as he travels to Equador and learns first-hand of the threats facing the indigenous Cofan tribe and the work he does alongside local activists to establish a more just future for all the world's people born with oil beneath their feet.
ARHS' Taj-Amir Torres was recognized by the Marine Corps as an All-American with a selection to the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl at the StubHub Center in Carson, California on Jan. 4th, 2015. Torres is one of 100 selected for the nationally televised game. He is the first from Western Massachusetts and just the fifth from the state. This All-American Bowl, proudly supported by the United States Marine Corps, is designed to be different than other bowls.
Attention Seniors who have not started their Common App yet. There will be a Common App Workshop after school on Tuesday, December 9th in Room 202 from 2:30-3:30pm. We will begin the process of applying to college by filling out sections of your Common App. Please sign up with Ms. Cappelli in Guidance 101 by Friday, December 5th, we will only take 8 Seniors for this workshop.
On Thursday, December 4 at 7pm in the Woodbury Room at the Jones Library, please join us for a screening of Latinos Beyond Reel: Challenging a Media Stereotype, a documentary which examines how US news and entertainment media portray -- and do not portray -- Latinos. The film challenges viewers to think critically about the wide-ranging effects of these media stereotypes, and to envision alternative representations and models of production more capable of capturing the humanity and diversity of real Latinos. A facilitated discussion will follow the screening. Co-sponsored by the Jones Library & the Coming Together Project.