Sustainable Agriculture Expo

Submitted by Colleen Osten on April 9, 2015 - 7:05pm
Learn, Discuss, and Explore the World of Sustainable the Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst
121 North Pleasant St. (downtown) on Sunday April 12 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Events will include activities for children, informational tables, and a raffle with goods donated by local farms and vendors.  The Expo is designed to educate you on the meaning of sustainable agriculture, with answers to questions on how to live a more sustainable life. 



Submitted by Margot on April 2, 2015 - 6:42am

Are you an ARHS parent or guardian who loves community and our high school? There's an opportunity to be more connected to ARHS, meet and work with members of our community, and help out.

The ARHS PGO is looking for volunteers for next year 2015-2016. PGO members meet monthly, host informational coffees, run both a teacher and student grant program, publish this newsletter, maintain a PGO website, and more. There are many ways to help, including options to fit every schedule and any amount of time you have to give.

If you are interested in becoming a PGO volunteer please email and let us know the best way to reach you. Thanks!

MEFA "After the Acceptance" Presentation - April 9

Submitted by Margot on April 2, 2015 - 6:00am

ARHS will host the MEFA “After the Acceptance” Presentation this Thursday, April 9 at 7:00 in the cafeteria.

Senior parents and their students are invited to attend a free presentation about paying for college. The seminar will be held on Thursday, April 9 at ARHS in the cafeteria at 7:00 p.m. An experienced MEFA representative will provide an overview of the college billing cycle, options for paying the bill, and understanding financial aid award letters. All college-bound seniors and their families should plan to attend. MEFA encourages you to visit beforehand to register, download the accompanying e-book, and utilize MEFA’s interactive calculators. Also, remember to bring your award letters with you for a personalized consultation after the seminar.

Master Schedule Survey Results

Submitted by Margot on April 1, 2015 - 4:16pm

The Master Schedule Survey results are in! The purpose of these surveys was 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, they only solicited feedback from students and parents/guardians in grades K-10. The survey results are attached. The administration will share the decision on the Master Schedule and their rational with parents at the next PGO Evening Coffee on Wed., April 29th at 7pm the ARHS Library.


Voices From Our Schools - Latinos Unidos

Submitted by Margot on April 1, 2015 - 2:32pm

Please enjoy the most recent episode of Voices From Our Schools featuring ARHS Seniors, Joycelyne Cruz and Sebastian Stiles-Sieracki, as they discuss the work of Latinos Unidos in the community.

ARHS Transgender Awareness Week

Submitted by Margot on April 1, 2015 - 7:45am

Read the great article about the Gender Sexuality Alliance Club's Transgender Awareness Week at ARHS this past week. For a link to the MassLive article click here.

ARHS Wind Ensemble Showcase - April 8

Submitted by Margot on March 31, 2015 - 6:59am

The ARHS Wind Ensemble will be performing a concert on April 8th at 7:30 pm in the ARHS Auditorium. This Wind Ensemble Showcase will feature small group performances as well as 2 senior concertos. There will also be a Bake Sale to benefit the Performing Arts Department so come hungry! Come, have a delicious baked good and enjoy the wonderful music!



Submitted by Margot on March 31, 2015 - 6:48am

The Strategic Planning Initiative for Families and Youth (SPIFFY), a Hampshire County coalition focused on youth and family well-being, is conducting the Prevention Needs Assessment (PNA) Survey on April 14, 2015. Eighth, tenth, and twelfth graders are surveyed every two years in school districts across Hampshire County. The PNA survey measures alcohol, tobacco, and drug use; as well as a variety of factors that place students at risk for problem behaviors; and factors that protect students from problem behaviors.


Women in Science Initiative Lecture - April 6

Submitted by Margot on March 30, 2015 - 10:13am

CNS welcomes Priyamvada Natarajan, professor in the departments of Astronomy and Physics at Yale University, to present “Gender Matters” as part of the WISI Lecture Series. Natarajan is a theoretical astrophysicist interested in cosmology, gravitational lensing and black hole physics. She is noted for her key contributions to two of the most challenging problems in cosmology: mapping the distribution of dark matter and tracing the growth history of black holes. She is deeply interested in institutional change with regard to gender parity in the academy and is committed to promoting women's development in academic science. Her talk will focus on this issue of national concern and her own efforts to promote gender equity, inclusion, and diversity in science and technology at Yale.


Earth Day Illustrated Poem Contest

Submitted by Margot on March 30, 2015 - 7:51am

The 2015 American Chemical Society Chemists Celebrate Earth Day illustrated poem contest for K12 students has “Climate Science—More Than Just A Weather Report!” as a theme. Last fall, our Local Section took second prize in the national contest! The deadline is April 28, 2015. For more information and entry instructions, please contact: Dr. Sharon Palmer, CCED Coordinator, Connecticut Valley Section at

Voices From Our Schools - Innovative Education Summit

Submitted by Margot on March 30, 2015 - 6:32am

Please enjoy an episode of Voices From Our Schools, featuring the Innovative Education Summit at Amherst College next week. Robert Siudzinski, Megan Lyster, and Dennis Quinn provide great discussion on the many components of this unique event including workshops, site visits, and keynote speakers.

The keynote presentation on Saturday, April 11th featuring Tony Wagner is free and open to the community. The keynote presentation will be held in the Johnson Chapel on the Amherst College campus. Doors will open at 9am and the presentation will begin promptly at 9:30am.

Film Screening & Discussion - April 9

Submitted by Margot on March 29, 2015 - 2:16pm

Join us on Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 7 pm in the Woodbury Room for a screening of Reel Bad Arabs, the seventh in a film & discussion series which looks at issues of race. A facilitated discussion will be held after the screening.


Amherst Together - One Drop of Love - April 15

Submitted by Colleen Osten on March 29, 2015 - 9:09am

Amherst Together presents One Drop of Love on Wednesday, April 15, at 7:00 p.m. at the Amherst Regional Middle School Auditorium.Produced by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, this extraordinary one-woman show by Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni incorporates  filmed images, photographs and animation to tell the story of how the notion of race came to be in the United States and how it affected her relationship with her father. To tell her story, DiGiovanni travels back in time to the first US census in 1790, to cities across the United States, and to West and East Africa, where both father and daughter spent time in search of their racial roots.


Daffodil Fun Run - April 26

Submitted by Margot on March 29, 2015 - 7:33am

The Daffodil Fun Run is a 5k road race in Amherst that raises funds for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County, a program of the Center for Human Development. In this fun and festive community event, participants race past many of the 50,000 daffodils that were planted in celebration of the Town of Amherst's 250th anniversary. The event is held each year at the beginning of spring, when the daffodils are in full bloom.


Nominate an ARMS Educator

Submitted by Margot on March 29, 2015 - 6:02am

Thanks to the Amherst Regional Middle School PGO, there is a brand new opportunity to honor the amazing educators who work at Amherst Regional Middle School and who shape the lives of our children during these special years. The ARMS Educator Award will honor an educator who embodies the ARMS core values and demonstrates their commitment to supporting their colleagues, their students, and their community. Nominations can be made by parents, by other teachers or staff, and by students. Click here for information about the award and to submit your nomination. The nomination form is attached below. The deadline for nominations is April 15th!