African Scholars Book Fair - June 7

Submitted by Margot on June 3, 2014 - 5:20am

Tomorrow!  The ARHS African Scholars Program will hold a bookfair on Saturday, June 7, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Barnes & Noble store in Hadley.  The event is a fundraiser for the group's exchange program with schools in West Africa.  Proceeds will go to the program's scholarship fund, which assists students whose families cannot afford the full cost of the exchange trip.The bookfair will include a series of Africa-related events throughout the day:


Digital Yearbook Still Available

Submitted by Janetkbucc on June 2, 2014 - 11:31am

Hard copies of the 2014 yearbook are gone at this point, but if you'd like a digital copy, you can buy one for $20. 

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Join Crew!

Submitted by Colleen Osten on June 2, 2014 - 6:07am

Join Hampcrew!  High school and middles school students from throughout the Pioneer Valley are invited to join the Hampcrew youth rowing team, Northampton Community Rowing Inc.!  Be a part of this exciting sport!  Recruiting for the fall season NOW!  Go for more information.

GMO Film Screening - Free Event - Jun 10

Submitted by Janetkbucc on June 2, 2014 - 6:01am
Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of our Lives
A Documentary Screening & Discussion
The Jones Library will host a screening of this documentary, which examines the health effects caused by use of GMOs (genetically modified organisms) on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at 6:30 pm in the Woodbury Room of the Jones Library.  The screening will be followed by a question and answer period with Jack Kittredge, from the Northeast Organic Farming Association/Massachusetts Chapter.
GMO (genetically modified organism) labeling is an issue that is being brought before legislative committees this year.  This sometimes shocking film may change your diet and help you protect your family.

Summer Ultimate League of Amherst 2014

Submitted by Margot on June 1, 2014 - 7:05am


Seniors - Pick Up Cap & Gown Today

Submitted by Margot on May 28, 2014 - 3:49pm

Seniors: Caps, gown and tickets will be given out TODAY, Friday, May 30th , during all lunch periods, at the High School. If seniors cannot pick up their caps and gowns that day, please call the main office to make arrangements. Each senior will receive 10 tickets with their cap and gown. PLEASE NOTE-- Caps and Gowns are kept by each graduate, so pictures can be taken at your leisure. Seniors are strongly encouraged to pay their college transcripts, or any other fee owed to ARHS, BEFORE PICKING UP CAPS AND GOWNS.

To find out how much you owe go into Naviance then go to the colleges tab, transcripts, view the status of all my transcript requests. Checks can be made out to ARHS and brought to the Guidance Office - we'll take cash, too!


10th Grade MCAS Science Tests - Monday and Tuesday

Submitted by Janetkbucc on May 28, 2014 - 1:00pm

The MCAS Science/Technology tests will be given starting at 7:45 am Monday and Tuesday, June 2-3.
Students will check the board in the main lobby on Monday morning to find their assigned room.

Parents/Guardians: Please ensure that your students get a good night's sleep, a nutritious breakfast,  and arrive to school on time on those days. 

ARHS Jazz Fest - Bring A Picnic Dinner

Submitted by Janetkbucc on May 28, 2014 - 11:30am

Jazz Fest is Tuesday, June 3rd from 6-8pm in Sweetser Park, across from The Black Sheep deli. It is free and everyone is encouraged to come down, bring a picnic dinner, and enjoy some live music!

Senior Party 2014

Submitted by Margot on May 28, 2014 - 11:29am

Hey Senior Parents: Project Graduation (aka Senior Party) is one week away! If you haven't yet:


Free Workshop on Discipline Disparity

Submitted by Janetkbucc on May 28, 2014 - 11:26am

PBIS and Discipline Disparity

Sponsored by the Amherst-Pelham Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC), this free workshop on Postive Behavioral Intervention and Support will demonstrate how a PBIS framework enables improved academic and behavioral practices, as well as how it can help address disparity in discipline practices at our schools.

June 3, 6:00-7:30 PM in the Professional Development Room at the middle school. This meeting is open to all community members! If you need child care, please contact us 48 hours in advance. More information can be found at and you can also access general information about PBIS at

Fundraiser for ARHS Ultimate - June 3

Submitted by Janetkbucc on May 28, 2014 - 10:40am

Dine at Amherst Brewing Company on Tuesday, June 3rd from 3-11 pm - it's a fundraiser for the ENTIRE ARHS Ultimate Program. For players, friends, families of Girls & Boys Varsity, Boys & Girls JVA and JVB and ARMS! Tell everyone!

Please bring the attached flyer and give to the waitstaff at ABC. Amherst Brewing Company will generously donate 10% of your bill to the ARHS Ultimate Program. Thanks!!

Also, ever wonder what ultimate frisbee is all about? Here's a quick video of our Hurricanes Boys JVA team at the State Tournament:


ARHS Dance Students and The Five College Dance Dept.

Submitted by Janetkbucc on May 27, 2014 - 11:01pm

As an example of its mission to expand partnerships among schools throughout the Pioneer Valley and the dance departments at the five colleges, the Five College Dance Department invited ARHS to take part in Starburst, where 14 ARHS dance students had the opportunity to study with UMass dance professors, and to learn from and teach other students through workshops and Skype.  Starburst "was a WONDERFUL experience for all involved. 

Read more about Starburst and see a video that includes students from all of the schools.

LSSE's "Youth on Broadway" - May 31 & June 1

Submitted by Margot on May 27, 2014 - 9:10pm

For the second year, Amherst Leisure Services (LSSE) will be presenting the “Youth on Broadway” musical theater revue, showcasing the talent of Pioneer Valley youth between the ages of 9-17 and presenting nearly 40 songs and dances from more than 20 Broadway shows. From “Mathilda the Musical” to “A Chorus Line,” “Oliver,” “Wicked,” and many other Broadway productions, the program will present three shows: Saturday May 31, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday June 1, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. All shows will take place at the Amherst Regional Middle School Auditorium, located at 170 Chestnut Street, Amherst.

Da Camera Singers - June 1st

Submitted by Margot on May 26, 2014 - 6:57am

Come hear Bach's Mass in B minor at Sweeney Concert Hall, Smith College, on Sunday, June 1 at 3:00! Soloists Diana Brewer, Justina Golden, Peter W. Shea, Marc Winer and John Salvi will join Da Camera Singers and an orchestra of distinguished instrumentalists in this amazing music. Tickets are $15 each, or $10 for students, available at the door (cash or check) or at World Eye Bookshop in Greenfield, Broadside or Raven Books in Northampton, Amherst Books or A.J. Hastings in Amherst, and Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley. We thank them all for helping us with ticket sales.

Annual New Play Festival - This Weekend

Submitted by Margot on May 22, 2014 - 8:06pm

The Theater Company welcomes you to the 29th Annual New Play Festival. Over 30 actors in 21 short plays, all written and directed by ARHS students - and one of our teachers, too! This Thursday-Saturday at 7:30. Tickets are $5 for students/staff, $8 for adults. Come see where our Pulitzer-winning alumni Annie Baker and Madeline George got started! We’ll sell out Friday and Saturday, so come early for the best seats.