DTE Trip to MassMOCA - Watch these videos!

Submitted by Colleen Osten on January 5, 2015 - 5:24pm

The recent DTE concert, titled 'Formidable' referenced a song by the extraordinary artist Stromae. According to Tracey Vernon's Director's Notes, Reed Mitchell suggested this title because as defined in French, it was an apt description of this DTE ensemble i.e. wonderful! 


How a Small Town Makes Big Things Happen

Submitted by Colleen Osten on January 5, 2015 - 5:05pm

The Amherst League of Women Voters welcomes Superintendent Maria Geryk and ARPS administrators to participate in the popular series "How a Small Town Makes Big Things Happen".  Topics to be discussed are curriculum, equity and support programs for families.  The community is encouraged to attend this free event on Thursday, January 15 at 7-8:30pm in the Woodbury Room at the Jones Library.

Don't Forget About Our Winter Farmer's Market!

Submitted by Colleen Osten on January 5, 2015 - 5:00pm

The Amherst Winter Farmer's Market is a great way to spend a cold Saturday in Amherst!  Every week there are workshops, live music, children's activities, great local items to purchase and a great vibe!  Come out and support your local farmers and artisinal producers.  The market is every Saturday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm in the ARMS Cafeteria.  For more information check out their website. 

Amherst Live - Jan. 17

Submitted by Colleen Osten on January 5, 2015 - 4:27pm

Food for Fines at the Jones Library & Branches

Submitted by Colleen Osten on January 5, 2015 - 4:19pm
The Jones Library and branches will be offering a “food for fines” amnesty period from January 2 – 31, 2015.    Library patrons who bring a non-perishable, non-expired food donation or make a monetary contribution to the Amherst Survival Center when they return overdue library materials during this time will have the fines on those overdue materials forgiven. 

Lions Club Ski, Skate & Snowboard Sale

Submitted by Colleen Osten on January 4, 2015 - 11:42am

The Amherst Lion's Club will be hosting their annual Ski, Skate and Snowboard Sale on Friday Jan. 9th from 6 pm to 9 pm and on Saturday Jan. 10th from 9am to 2pm at the Crocker Farm Elementary School .Great selection and excellent prices. Proceeds go towards supporting important Lions Club causes which include assisting people, places and things in our community and beyond.

Happy Holidays

Submitted by Margot on December 18, 2014 - 6:40am

We wish you and all your loved ones a happy holiday season and a peaceful, well deserved break. See you next year!

Your Parent News Editors,
Margot, Janet & Colleen

After School App - Possible Cyberbullying

Submitted by Margot on December 17, 2014 - 11:58am

Parents, Administrators and the Guidance Department have expressed concerns about cyber-bullying, as noted in the letter Principal Mark Jackson has written to parents regarding the After School app.This app is an anonymous school message board making it a possible venue for cyberbullying. There are many other apps that offer similar anonymous forums. These apps are continually changing and ongoing discussions with your students about appropriate social media use is important., the Yik Yak app and the After School apps are just a few examples and there are sure to be new iterations in the future.


Trimester 1 Grades Available Today

Submitted by Margot on December 17, 2014 - 6:05am

Report Cards will be handed out to students in Advisory today, Friday, December 19th and will also be available on Power School.

Attention Senior Parents

Submitted by Margot on December 16, 2014 - 1:08pm

Many parents of seniors will want to attend FAFSA night (January 22; 7:00; ARHS cafeteria) to get help completing the federal financial aid form. Please sign up right away at It takes 30 seconds. The organizers will cut the number of financial aid professionals who will be assigned to come to this site to assist you if the registrations are low. They already have cut us due to a slow start! Please take care of this ASAP.


First PGO Coffee of 2015 - Jan. 7th

Submitted by Margot on December 16, 2014 - 7:28am

All parents and guardians are invited to join us on Wednesday, January 7th 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! Refreshments provided by our ARHS Culinary Arts students. We hope you can join us January 7th from 7:00-8:00 pm in Room 13.

Have You Read the Principal's Online Journal?

Submitted by Margot on December 15, 2014 - 1:37pm

Please see Mark Jackson's most recent post to his online journal here.


SEPAC December Newsletter

Submitted by Margot on December 15, 2014 - 5:22am

Please check out the ARPS Special Education Parent Advisory Council's December 2014 Newsletter here. SEPAC is looking for ideas for future workshops. Please find even more info at:

Reporting of Incidents

Submitted by Janetkbucc on December 15, 2014 - 5:06am

Incident Reporting: ARHS has an electronic form for anonymous reporting of any incident that potentially harms ARHS or members of the ARHS community.  The Deans of Students are the immediate recipients of information submitted by the form. The deans will not know the identity of those who provide information via the electronic form.

Reports can also be sent to  Reports sent to this address are not anonymous.

Mark Your Calendar

Submitted by Janetkbucc on December 15, 2014 - 5:01am

Jan. 5 - 1st Day Back from Holiday Recess

Jan. 7 - PGO Evening Coffee w/the Principal: 7-8pm, Rm 13

Jan. 9 & 10 - Cabaret: 7:30 pm, Auditorium

Jan. 11 - Cabaret: 3pm, Auditorium

Jan. 14 - Early Release Day; Noon Dismissal

Jan. 14 - Jazz & Symphony Band Concert: 7:30pm, Auditorium

Jan. 14 - District Family Math Night: 6:30pm, ARHS Library

Jan. 19 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: No School

Jan. 22 - FAFSA Workshop - 7pm, ARHS Cafeteria