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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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."
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 email@example.com for more information.
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)
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.
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 pledgereg.com or by collecting gently used shoes. ReRun Shoes will donate $0.50 per pair directly to Whole Children. Visit their website here: www.rerunshoes.com
ENTRY FEES $20 online at www.runreg.com Race day registration begins at 9:00 AM
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.
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.