College Fairs

Submitted by Janetkbucc on September 3, 2014 - 10:40am

Two college fairs are coming right up, so mark your calendars!

Sunday, Sept. 7, 4-6 PM - The New England Association for College Admission Counseling will sponsor a College Fair at Western New England University. The Fair will be held in the University's Alumni Healthful Living Center. Representatives from about 200 colleges, universities, and other post-secondary institutions will be available to answer your questions. There will also be a financial aid and guidance counselor table to assist you. For more info go to the NEACAC website.  


Class of 2015 Fundraiser

Submitted by Margot on September 2, 2014 - 10:35am

The Class of 2015 is selling Hurricanes Assignment Notebooks. The cost is $5 and the notebooks will be available for sale during lunches. These notebooks are a great way for students to stay organized and on top of their assignments. In addition, unlike comparable products you could get elsewhere, these notebooks are tailored to fit the schedules of ARHS students, complete with Late Arrival Days, days off from school, etc.


The Opportunity Equation Book Reading - 9/6

Submitted by Margot on September 2, 2014 - 10:22am

The Opportunity Equation Book Reading will take place on Saturday September 6 from 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM at the
Jones Library in the Woodbury Room. Join Eric Schwarz, author and Founding CEO of Boston-based Citizen Schools for a reading and discussion on the key themes raised in his new book, The Opportunity Equation. Schwarz will share how he grew Citizen Schools from an early idea into a successful nonprofit organization impacting thousands of students nationwide; what he’s learned about social entrepreneurship; and the critical importance of citizen mentors in the effort to close the achievement gap in our schools.


Survival Center's Trash to Treasures Sale - One Day Only

Submitted by Margot on September 2, 2014 - 8:09am

The Amherst Survival Center's Annual Trash to Treasures Giant Used Furniture Sale is ONE DAY ONLY: Saturday, September 6th from 9am-4pm on the town common. Good deals to be had on gently used tables, chairs, couches, dressers, etc. Spread the word!


Food Bank - Family Volunteer Day - SUNDAY

Submitted by Margot on September 2, 2014 - 6:50am

The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts will be hosting our 2nd Annual Family Volunteer Day September 7th! RSVP Today through our Facebook Event Page! Since September is Hunger Action Month we’re going to be including a whole host of activities throughout the day!

These include:


LSSE Fall Ultimate

Submitted by Janetkbucc on September 1, 2014 - 8:30am

For boys and girls in grades 9-12. This program will provide a fun and competitive venue for students to play Ultimate, League will consist of two games per week with a skills and drills session on Mondays. Games will run Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 3:30-5:30 pm with make-ups on Tuesdays. Players are expected to make a commitment to all practices and games and met their responsibilities to their teammates. Teams are supervised by Tiina Booth. Cost $69/$79. Register at (This is not a school sponsored event).

ALP Community Service Project

Submitted by Margot on August 28, 2014 - 6:53am

Does your student have a directed study this trimester, but would prefer to do something more interesting? Why not apply for an ALPs community service project in the ARHS library? Earn 1 credit, perform community service, and be surrounded by good books and nice people. It's not too late! Come see Ms. Lomasson (ARHS Librarian) to get an ALPs form if you are interested in this opportunity. 

Daily Morning Announcements

Submitted by Margot on August 27, 2014 - 5:22pm

megaphoneIf you want to hear what your student hears each morning, check out the Morning Announcements page on the ARHS website. You can access them from the ARHS home page under the drop down menu "Students & Families" at the top of the home page.

Welcome Incoming 9th Graders and New Families

Submitted by Colleen Osten on August 22, 2014 - 1:26am

We would like to welcome our new subscribers to the ARHS PGO Newsletter! Our newsletter will arrive in your inbox every Friday morning, packed with valuable information about events, deadlines, schedules, community events, sports news, opportunities etc... If you would like to unsubscribe, there is a link at the bottom of this email. Contact us anytime using the link in the right hand column if you have something you would like to submit, or a question to ask. We encourage your input. 

Visit the PGO website at to see past issues.


2nd High School Mailing Coming Soon

Submitted by Margot on August 19, 2014 - 7:38am

mailingsToday, Friday, August 22nd, ARHS will send out the second of two summer mailings. The first mailing included basic start-up information like school and district calendars, bell schedules, and the like. This second mailing will include student schedules and emergency information cards, just in case you need to update your family’s contact information.

The first day of school for all students is Thursday, August 28th. Ninth graders should report directly to their advisories at 7:45am. New Students (grades 10-12) will report to the library at 7:45 am. Returning 10th, 11th & 12th grade students should arrive by 10am and report directly to their advisories.

5th Annual First Day Celebration - Aug 27

Submitted by Margot on August 19, 2014 - 7:31am

A Welcome-Back-to-School Party is scheduled for Wednesday, August 27th on the Amherst Town Common from 5:00-6:30pm. Join friends, teachers and school staff at the community's First Day Celebration for ARPS students & families. All families are invited to attend this event. All activities are free of charge.

In the event of rain, the First Day Celebration will take place at Amherst Regional High School.

Hurricane Open - August 23rd

Submitted by Margot on August 19, 2014 - 7:31am

golf tournamnetSign up for the Hurricane Open Golf Tournament! It’s on Saturday, August 23 at Hickory Ridge Golf Course. For more information on registering as a foursome or individual, still open spots for both. The cost to play is $160/per person $640/ per team.  All proceeds benefit Amherst Hurricans Athletic Programs!! More info here.

Voices from Our Schools - Amherst Together

Submitted by Margot on August 19, 2014 - 6:02am

Please enjoy the latest episode of Voices from Our Schools, the popular Amherst Media program, this episode features Superintendent Maria Geryk, Town Manager John Musante and Media and Climate Communications Specialist Carol Ross discussing the new initiative called 'Amherst Together.'

Support & Subscribe to The Graphic

Submitted by Margot on August 18, 2014 - 7:49am

school newspaper Subscribe to the ARHS newspaper The Graphic and receive the school newspaper in the mail. A one-year subscription is $25.00, which helps to underwrite the costs of the newspaper. The Graphic makes a perfect gift for grandparents or ARHS alumni. Mail a check, made out to "The Graphic" to The Graphic, 21 Mattoon Street, Amherst, MA 01002. Please include the name and address of the person you want the newspaper sent to. The Gaphic is also looking for new editors to take charge. If you know a 9th or 10th Grade student who may be interested in school journalism, please contact The Graphic Faculty Advisor, Sara Barber-Just at or call 362-1516.

We Want Your Furniture

Submitted by Margot on August 16, 2014 - 6:01am

Moving?  Downsizing?  Cleaning out the basement?  Consider donating your gently used furniture to the Amherst Survival Center for their annual "Trash to Treasures" fundraiser on September 6th. They are accepting furniture donations now. All contributions are tax deductible. They even pick up for a small fee.  Email or call 413-549-3968 x308 to arrange a donation.

More information on the Amherst Survival Center at