Consent Week will be Rescheduled

Submitted by Margot on February 5, 2015 - 8:47pm

Consent Week which was planned for next week, February 9th-13th has been rescheduled. More information will be available at a later date.

Please read the attached letter from Mark Jackson to the speakers.


Course Registration Presentation

Submitted by Margot on February 5, 2015 - 8:52am

If you missed the PGO Coffee last night with Asst. Principal Mike Thompson and Guidance Chair Ericka Aschuler, who, along with ARHS Department Heads Kathy McCarthy (Science), Jane Mudie (Math) and Hannah Hartl (Art) reviewed the course registration process and highlighted courses offered at ARHS, the power point presentation and handouts are 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 2015-2016 Program of Studies should be available next week on the ARHS Home Page.

This evening presentation was intended as a broad overview of the course selection process and to highlight a few departments not every department, as there are too many to cover in one hour.


Naviance Info Session for Junior Parents

Submitted by Colleen Osten on February 3, 2015 - 12:51pm

On Tuesday, February 10 at 7:00, there will be a Naviance informational assembly for parents/guardians, in the ARHS cafeteria.  

As Myra Ross, expressed to the Juniors in a recent email, "About 90% of you will go on to either a two-year or a four-year college.  The task of deciding where you will go, and what your goals are requires some thought.  You will need to gather a lot of information and then make your decision by May 1 of your senior year.  The next fifteen months or so will be exciting, full of discovery and growth, and yes, a little stress.  The next chapter after high school is your movie TO DESIGN.  I hope you will be very involved in creating it."


ABC House Basketball Fundraiser - Saturday

Submitted by Margot on February 3, 2015 - 11:17am

Amherst College Women’s Basketball Team Hosts Fundraiser for Amherst A Better Chance (ABC), The Amherst College Women’s Basketball Team invites the ARPS community to attend their game against Wesleyan University, Saturday, February 7, at 3 PM, at LaFrak Gym on the Amherst College campus.

The team has dedicated this game as a fund-raiser for Amherst A Better Chance (ABC). The money raised during halftime will be used for improvements to the ABC House Study Center. Fans can meet the ABC Scholars and participate in a raffle to win prizes. Admission to the game is FREE and the ARPS community is encouraged to attend.


Early Release Day - Feb. 11

Submitted by Margot on February 3, 2015 - 9:01am

Don't forget, Wednesday, Feb. 11th is an Early Release Day.  Once a month the school operates a partial day schedule, to allow time for teachers to work on curriculum and school-wide issues. On these Early Release Days, school starts at the regular time of 7:45 AM, but students are released at 12:00 PM instead of 2:20 pm. The schedule for these shortened days is available here

'Canes for a Cure T-shirts Available

Submitted by Margot on February 3, 2015 - 6:41am

The ARHS Chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America will be selling the annual 'Canes for the Cure shirts during all lunches this week. Long-Sleeve shirts are $15.00 and Short-Sleeve shirts are $10.00. Wear your shirt to the boys basketball game tonight or the girls basketball game on Feb. 9th to get free admittance. All proceeds will benefit the Cooley Dickinson Cancer Care Fund. More info contact

MSTCA All-Academic Awards for XC

Submitted by Margot on February 3, 2015 - 6:36am

MSTCA (Massachusetts State Track Coach Association) All-Academic Cross-Country 2014 Team were announced last week. From ARHS, for the Boys WMass D1 team, Connor Evans (#2) and Owen Wright (#6) and for the Girls WMass D1 All-Academic XC team: Lydia Sawyer (#7), Emma Gonzalez (#9), Frances Duncan (#16), Meghan Sharick (#18) and Ariel Christie (#20). Congrats to you all!

Concert Next Week

Submitted by Margot on February 3, 2015 - 6:14am

The Symphonic Orchestra and Hurricanes Concert is on Thursday, February 12th at  7:30 pm in the ARHS Auditorium.  Come and show your support. It will be a wonderful evening of music!

New Episode of Voices from Our Schools

Submitted by Margot on February 3, 2015 - 5:05am

Please enjoy the latest episode of Voices from Our Schools in which ARHS student, Noreen Swan, and Amherst College student, Athri Ranganathan, discuss equity programs, social justice initiatives and race on their campuses.

Winter Fest - Saturday

Submitted by Margot on February 2, 2015 - 8:08am

Winter Fest 2015, hosted, in part, by LSSE, will be the biggest party in town this winter. The fun will begin at 1 pm on Saturday, Feb. 7th at Cherry Hill Golf Course (325 Montague Rd, Route 63). Bring your friends, your family, and equipment for snow sculpting, sledding and cross-country skiing. There will be a Chili Cook-Off, "Best in Snow" dog show and the famous Cardboard Classic Sled Race along with much more! Add entertainment and fireworks at 6 p.m. Don't miss out! Admission cost: Kids $5, Adults $8 and Family 3+ is $20.

Town Meeting Wants You!

Submitted by Colleen Osten on February 1, 2015 - 12:38pm

Running for Town Meeting? – The deadline for getting your name on the ballot as a candidate for Town Meeting is February 10, 2015. Sign up in the Town Clerk's office in Town Hall. You must be a registered voter in the Town of Amherst. All it takes is one signature. If you have any questions, contact the Town Clerk at 259-3035, or email the Town Meeting Coordinating Committee (TMCC) at


Free Zumba Class

Submitted by Margot on February 1, 2015 - 7:29am

There is a ZUMBA class FREE to all ARPS affiliated parents, teachers and staff. It is held in the music room at Crocker Farm Elementary EVERY Thursday from 3:30-4:30 pm. ®ZUMBA is a "fitness-party" made up of Latin-inspired, easy-to-follow, rhythmic and aerobic movements set to international music. It exhilarates the senses and works all major muscle groups in a high-energy cardio blast that leaves you feeling invigorated, refreshed and full of life! It is just want ARPS teachers and parents deserve!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Rebecca Woodland at


Submitted by Margot on February 1, 2015 - 5:19am

Mass Poetry is excited to announce that the May 2015 run of Poetry on the T will be chosen through open submissions. Two spots will be open for a poem by any Massachusetts resident, while one spot will be reserved for a Massachusetts middle or high school student. Our Poetry Partners will vote to help us narrow down the entries and the public will cast the final votes to choose the winners. Voting will be blind.


PGO Coffee - Feb 5th Course Selection

Submitted by Colleen Osten on January 29, 2015 - 5:39pm

All parents and guardians are invited to a PGO Evening Coffee on Thursday, February 5th from 7-8:30pm with Asst. Principal Mike Thompson, and Guidance Dept. Chair Ericka Alschuler, along with several ARHS Department Heads, will review the course registration process and highlighted the many courses offered at ARHS. Please join us in the Chorus Room at ARHS at 7pm on Feb. 5th. Course Registration for the 2015-2016 school year starts on February 23rd. Refreshments will be provided by ARHS Culinary Arts students.

The Administration will also be offering an evening dedicated to course selection for parents of new students and incoming 9th graders on March 11th.

Check Out The Clips of ABC40 Honor Roll at ARHS

Submitted by Margot on January 28, 2015 - 1:57pm

If you missed ARHS featured on Channel40's Honor Roll Live last Friday morning, you can view it here. It showcased ARHS' performing arts, clubs and organizations, as well as our highly successful sports teams.