Are you interested in a class ring/class pin? A member of Herff Jones will be at the high school during lunch on Feb.25 and 26.
Congratulations to Lucas Cox and Finneas Scott for being selected for the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) writing contest. Lucas and Finneas will now represent ARHS in a national competition! NCTE's Achievement Awards in Writing is a school-based writing program established in 1957 to encourage high school students in their writing and to publicly recognize some of the best student writers in the nation. Results will be announced in May 2014.
The UMass Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering has a research opportunity for a few high school students. If you have some programming skills (JAVA, C or similar) and would like some experience in a research lab (during the school year and/or summer), see Ms. Blauner (Room 223) or Ms Koch (Rm 202 / 204) for more details.
Youth Action Coalition invites you to our 7th annual fundraiser, "Lights, Camera, Youth Action!" on Sunday, March 23 from 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm at the UMass Amherst, Student Union Ballroom. LCYA will showcase youth artwork through art exhibitions and presentations. We will begin with a silent auction, live music, and hors d'oeuvres. All funds received will go directly to YAC's Arts-for-Change Project. * Exhibition by Arts-for-Change youth members * Presentations by YAC youth and adults * Silent Auction items donated by local artisans and businesses * Live Music by the Amherst Regional High School Jazz Ensemble * Hors D’oeuvres and Desserts by UMass Catering * A Vital Opportunity to Support Youth Action Coalition! Thanks to their support, there is no cost to attend the event.
The Jones Library is holding its second On the Same Page community reading program, this year featuring the novel The Sandcastle Girls by bestselling author Chris Bohjalian. The entire Amherst community is invited to read the book and participate in the upcoming programs and events. A series of programs will be held during the month of March at the Jones Library, and are based on topics and themes from the novel.
The Solarize Mass Amherst program is a cooperative effort between state, local officials, volunteers, residents and small business owners coming together to spread the word on the environmental and economic benefits of solar electricity. It is administered at the state level by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) and the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER).
Thinking of selling your house? Where to begin? Join us for this free workshop with a panel of experienced real estate professionals who will share their valuable knowledge with participants. At this workshop you will learn how to prepare your home for market and position it to sell quickly. Come away with a clear understanding of the selling process. Learn how your local attorney, realtor, appraiser and banker can guide you successfully through this process.
Home Seller’s Workshop: Tuesday, Feb. 25th from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m in the Amherst Room at the Jones Library, Amherst. Free. Pre-registration recommended as space is limited: Naomi Elliott, Key Real Estate Agency. 413-221-2910 or firstname.lastname@example.org
If you missed the PGO Coffee last night with Asst. Principal Mike Thompson, who, along with ARHS Department Heads Kathy McCarthy (Science), John Bechtold (Perf. Arts) and Hannah Hartl (Art) reviewed the course registration process and highlighted the many electives offered at ARHS, the power point is 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 2014-2015 Program of Studies should be available next week.
Note: There has been a temporary change to PowerSchool access.
Please read the attached letter from Mark Jackson to ARHS parents and guardians dated Feb 3, 2014 along with a summary of events (as of Jan. 31).
Here is a link to Amherst Media's coverage of the community info session with Superintendent Maria Geryk and Principal Mark Jackson about the ARHS school closing on 1-27-14. It is also posted on the district website and the twitter feed for the entire community to access.
The Chinese Club and the International Students Club are hosting a Lunar New Year Celebration of the Year of the Horse. TONIGHT, February 7th from 6-8 pm in the high school cafeteria. There will be a Lion Parade, Cambodian-American Dance, Korean rap, Chinese traditional games and delicious food! All are welcome. Admission is $4 for adults, $2 for students and kids are free. Free admission if you bring a dish to share. Happy New Year!
See attached flyer.
ARHS Warrior Week begins Monday, and is a week of activities focusing on social justice, equity and anti-bullying, inspired by the "Coward to Warrior: The Courage to Act" teachings ARHS students learned from Calvin Terrell last fall.
Don't forget that there is a late arrival day on Thursday, February 13th. School starts at 10 am. Enjoy those extra few hours of sleep!
Future Late Start Days are: Thursdays, March 6, April 10 & May 15
Congratulations to all the ARHS Latin students who won prizes at the Pioneer Valley Classics Day 2014. The event was held on January 17th at Mount Holyoke College.
First place in the Advanced Certamen Competition went to the team of Annie Kandel, Sasha Yakub, Brody Lynch and Drake Niedzielski.
Sasha Yakub won First Prize in the Advanced Prose Oral Interpretation Competition with a dramatic recitation of a passage from Caesar's Civil Wars.
First place in the Intermediate Certamen Competition was taken by the team of John Bella Hunter, Will Budington, Sam Boyle & Ciaran Young.
Third place in the Intermediate Certamen Competition went to the team of Shannon Lambert, Marion Carr, Ben Gilsdorf, & Emma Schneider
Seniors Parents/Guardians: If your student is planning to attend STCC or GCC next year or even if you want to include one of them as a financial safety school, your student should come to Decision Day at ARHS. STCC will be here on Tues., Feb. 11th and GCC will visit on Mon., February 10th. Students can sign up in guidance for a fifteen-minute time-slot during your lunch period. Admission representatives will answer your questions and give them an admission packet on the spot!
The ARPS Family Center helps with a variety of issues that will positively affect students in and out of the classroom. The staff addresses student’s behavior, academics, social interactions, mental health, physical health and more. Please read the attached Family Center's January Newsletter to hear more about the sponsored programs.