Counselor in Training Opportunity

Submitted by Colleen Osten on April 1, 2014 - 5:37am

The 2014 Multi-Arts Summer Program has openings for Counselors in Training (CIT) for those who enjoy doing artistic activities and are looking to gain work experience as an assistant counselor. The camp runs June 23 - August 8. You can choose one of the 4 workshops (10 days).This program will provide excellent training for those eager to assist counselors in supervising and motivating 4-11 year old campers. To apply you must be at least 14 years old and entering 9th grade in the fall, love working with children, have an interest in theater, art, fashion design, dance, music, or writing, and relate well with peers. "You will learn how to work with others and handle criticism.


Five College Spotlight

Submitted by Colleen Osten on April 1, 2014 - 2:28am

Film Screening and Discussion: Yelling to the Sky - Apr. 8
Yelling to the Sky is a coming of age movie. As her family falls apart, seventeen year old Sweetness O'Hara is left to fend for herself in a neighborhood where her survival is uncertain. Writer-director Victoria Mahoney's semi-autobiographical film Yelling to the Sky deals with multiple issues like addiction, domestic violence, bullying, biracial issues, racism, teen-pregnancy, depression, poverty, drug abuse and death but they are part of, not the sum of the characters' lives.  UMass, 203 New Africa House, 180 Infirmary Way  7PM

The Clothesline Project - Apr 10


ARHS Community Responds to Racist Incidents

Submitted by Margot on March 27, 2014 - 10:31am

Last week, we posted a letter from Mark Jackson to the ARHS community regarding racist graffiti found in the school. On March 21st, Principal Jackson met with students in grades 9th, 11th & 12th during B period and grade 10th during E period (due to MCAS testing). You can view a video of his presentation to the sophmore class here.

Please watch WWLP's footage of Ms. Gardner's statement to the Regional School Committee this past Tuesday.


PGO Evening Coffee - Apr 3

Submitted by Margot on March 27, 2014 - 6:32am

All parents and guardians are invited to join us next Thursday, April 3rd at 7:00 pm for An Evening Coffee with Principal Mark Jackson. Join our informal discussion as Mr. Jackson gives an overview of what's been happening at ARHS. As always, bring your questions and stay connected to ARHS! Refreshment provided by the ARHS PGO. We hope you can join us Thursday from 7:00-8:00 pm in the ARHS Library.

CONGRATS to Molly Huber - Nat'l Art Award Winner

Submitted by Janetkbucc on March 26, 2014 - 9:04am

Molly Huber, ARHS Junior, has been named a National Gold Medal Winner in Drawing for the Scholastic Art Awards. Huber’s drawing “Morning News” was selected from more than 255,000 works of art and writing originally submitted to the Scholastic awards for regional adjudication. Huber’s work is one of only five National Gold Medals presented in the Drawing category for Massachusetts. The drawing depicts the artist’s father reading the newspaper the morning after the Red Sox had won the World Series.


Local College Scholarships

Submitted by Janetkbucc on March 26, 2014 - 8:28am

Parents of Seniors! How are your student's local scholarships apps going!!?? Absolute deadline to email them to is April 1st. Your student can find them on Naviance in the document library. Check it out: If you are planning to go to Salem State, the Alumni Association is offering five $1,700 scholarships to prospective students who are related to a Salem State University alumnus. These scholarships are renewable for a period of up to four years. Applications are available in the Guidance Office and are due April 1st, 2014.

ELL Parent/Guardian Meeting - Apr 1

Submitted by Margot on March 26, 2014 - 7:16am

The ELL teachers at the high school would like to invite all parents of ELL students to a meeting on Tuesday, April 1 from 7:00 to 8:30 PM in the high school library. Please come to learn more about communication with the high school, course registration, high school graduation requirements, state testing, applying to college, the after-school program, summer school, and more. Get all of your questions answered. Translators will be provided.


Power School Portal Available April 2

Submitted by Margot on March 25, 2014 - 8:57pm

The PowerSchool Portal will be closed to parents and students until report cards are issued on Wednesday, April 2nd. Students who need information about incompletes or missing assignments should contact their teachers or an office secretary.

Eating Disorders Presentation - Mar 31

Submitted by Colleen Osten on March 25, 2014 - 8:42pm

Families are invited to a free presentation by Claire Norton which will provide beneficial information regarding a healthy lifestyle and methods to develop a positive relationship with food. Claire Norton is a registered dietitian and licensed nutritionist in the State of Massachusetts. Ms. Norton holds a M.S. in Nutrition Science from Trinity College, Dublin Ireland and is currently a UMASS Nutrition Department faculty member. She is the Clinical Nutritionist at the Adolescent Health Clinic, which uses a family-based treatment approach in the treatment of adolescent eating disorders. The presentation will take place in the ARHS Library on March 31 at 7 pm.


CONGRATS to ARHS Science Olympiad Team

Submitted by Janetkbucc on March 25, 2014 - 3:37pm

Congratuations to the Amherst Science Olympiad team for placing 20th in the state competition.  In individual events, Kahil Henderson and Claire Siege placed 6th, Duncan Crowley and Simon Elliott placed 9th, and Katie Swiercz and Rosa Shapiro-Thompson placed 10th.

House a French Exchange Student? Oui, Oui!

Submitted by Janetkbucc on March 25, 2014 - 7:44am

If you would be interested in housing a French Exchange student from April 8- April 23, please contact Cindy Stankiewicz at  asap.  We still need to find places for two French students.  Merci.

Springfield National College Fair - This Sunday

Submitted by Margot on March 25, 2014 - 5:58am

​Online registration is now available for the Springfield National College Fair at the Big E on Sunday & Monday. Hours are Sunday 1-4 pm and Monday, April 8th from 9-11:30 AM at Eastern States Exposition (The Big E) in the Young Building, 1305 Memorial Avenue, West Springfield,MA

Log onto to register. Students who register and bring their barcode printout with them to the Fair will not have to fill out information cards on site! Registration will be available on-site but avoid the long lines and register online before you arrive. REGISTER NOW!

Almost 200 colleges attend! For a listing of schools attending go to:

Five College Spotlight

Submitted by Colleen Osten on March 24, 2014 - 9:19am

A Poetry Reading for Peace and Justice in a Time of War and Discrimination -April 1  A talented and diverse group of poets--Martin Espada, Adrie Kusserow, Bunkong Tuon, Afaa Michael Weaver, and Teresa Mei Chuc--read from their work on this theme. United by a common interest in promoting peace and justice, these poets write about the struggles of the world's outcasts, immigrants, and working classes.Amherst College Poetry Center, Wright Hall at 7:30 pm FREE


Full-Belly Benefit Dance Party - This Saturday

Submitted by Margot on March 24, 2014 - 8:21am

Dance the night away and help raise money for local food security! Full-Belly Benefit Dance Party tomorrow, March 29th from 8pm – Midnight at the JCA Social Hall, 742 Main St. in  Amherst. Music by the No-No's with special guests (& ARHS Alums) June & the Bee, great food provided by local sponsors, and a cash bar by our local Valley Malt. Raffle of great gifts from our sponsors throughout the night. Bring 3 canned items for a raffle tix. Tickets are $10, and available, in advance, at A.J. Hastings & State Street Fruit Store. Bring your checkbooks to support this year’s recipients Amherst & Northampton Survival Centers & the Kestrel Trust. 

SoccerFest - Deadline April 16th

Submitted by Margot on March 24, 2014 - 6:52am

Looking for some exciting soccer fun? Well, SoccerFest is right around the corner! It is on April 27th. Gather up a team and register. If you register by April 1, the fee is $80. It is $90 from 4/2-4/16 when registration closes. For more information, visit today.