Climate Change Forum: Let Your Voice Be Heard! - Oct. 9th

Submitted by Margot on September 29, 2014 - 6:20am

Massachusetts legislators will be on hand Thursday, October 9th from 7 to 9 pm in the ARMS Auditorium to convene a community dialogue on the issue of Climate Change. There will be an overview by each legislator on recent bills and other initiatives they are individually working on, followed by an overview of the recently released Climate Action and Clean Energy Plan from representatives of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission. The floor will then be opened to members of the public to pose questions or to give overviews of their representative group’s efforts.


SAFE Pancake Breakfast & AFD Open House - Oct. 5

Submitted by Margot on September 28, 2014 - 6:29am

Amherst Fire Department Open House & SAFE PANCAKE BREAKFAST: SUNDAY, OCTOBER 5th at the Amherst Fire Dept. North Station. The Pancake Breakfast is to benefit the SAFE (Student Awareness of Fire Education) program in our schools. Pancake Breakfast Donations of $6/adult and $4/children (under 10) are suggested. Breakfast will take place at the North Fire Station, 603 East Pleasant Street from 7:30am-11:30am. Breakfast includes pancakes w/ real maple syrup, sausages & bacon. There is also an Open House from 7:30am - 2:00pm. Come join the fun and learn about safety with displays of fire and EMS equipment. The Open House is free to all.


Open House! October 2nd

Submitted by Margot on September 25, 2014 - 2:15pm

This is the big parent event of the year. Come on down to ARHS this Thursday, October 2nd at 6:45pm. You'll get a copy of your student's schedule and follow their day - sit in their classrooms, meet their teachers and find out what's happening. Student schedules will be available at 6:30 pm, and a meeting for parent/guardians starts at 6:45 pm in the auditorium.

Don't worry they give you a floor plan of the school!

Important College Info from Guidance

Submitted by Janetkbucc on September 24, 2014 - 9:25pm

The Hampshire County College Fair is NEXT WEEK! More than 150 colleges will be represented. If you are looking for ideas for colleges, you should attend. Tuesday, September 30 from 6:00-8:00 pm at Northampton High School.

College Reps Are Visiting ARHS. Northwestern, American University and Bates will have reps at school TODAY. Many more are visiting in the coming weeks, particularly on September 29th and 30th. Those two days alone are double booked almost all day. Students should look at the list in Naviance to see who is coming when. Please see the attached file for full listing, but it is also a good idea to check Naviance as visit times change frequently.


Need Your Car Washed? Get It Washed Tomorrow!

Submitted by Janetkbucc on September 24, 2014 - 9:20pm

Your car always appreciates the TLC of getting washed, and your family will appreciate the homemade goodies you bring home. Support the ARHS Boys Soccer at the Annual Car Wash/Bake Sale Fundraiser TOMORROW, September 27th, from 10:00 pm to 3:00 pm, at Ren’s Mobil in Amherst Center.

You can also visit the Apple Harvest Festival on the Common!

Mark Your Calendars

Submitted by Janetkbucc on September 24, 2014 - 8:55pm

Oct. 7 - Arts Gala: 6:30 pm

Oct. 13 - Columbus Day: No School

Oct. 14-17 - SPIRIT WEEK

Oct. 15 - PGO Evening Coffee w/Principal: 7-8pm, Library

Oct 17 - Homecoming Dance - 7 - 10 pm, ARHS Cafe

Oct. 18 - ARHS Homecoming

Oct. 18 - PSATs: 8:00 am, ARHS 

Oct. 21 - ARHS College Admission Night for Seniors: 7-8:30pm, Cafeteria

Oct. 22 - Early Release Day: Noon

Oct. 23, 24 & 25 - MacBeth: 7 pm, Auditorium


Free Racial Integration Film Screening Tonight

Submitted by Colleen Osten on September 24, 2014 - 8:45pm

The UMass College of Education presents a FREE screening of UMASS alumna Dr. Lee Anne Bell’s documentary 40 Years Later: Now Can We Talk? followed by an open discussion about multicultural education with Dr. Bell. “40 Years Later: Now Can We Talk?” is a documentary film project that explores the impact of racial integration in the Mississippi Delta through powerful and moving dialogue with black and white alumni from the class of 1969 as they recall and comment on memories of that time, from their very different racial positions and experiences. Food & refreshments will be served.  Friday 9/26 from 4 to 7pm in the UMass Student Union.


Get Rid of Those Old Pill Bottles Tomorrow

Submitted by Colleen Osten on September 24, 2014 - 7:35pm

A Free Drug Collection Event will be held tomorrow, Saturday, September 27, in the Wildwood Elementary School Parking lot. The drive-up & drop-off event ensures safe disposal of prescription & non-prescription drugs, medications, vitamins & pet medications. Registration is not required for participation. No liquids. syringes, IV equipment or chemotherapy drugs will be accepted.

The Amherst Police Department offers a year-round collection box for unwanted drugs in the station's lobby at 111 Main Street. Liquids. syringes, IV equipment or chemotherapy drugs are also not accepted at this location.

Science Buffs Unite at Amherst Cinema

Submitted by Janetkbucc on September 24, 2014 - 7:27pm

Part of Amherst Cinema’s Science On Screen Film Series, PARTICLE FEVER, will be shown on October 1 at 7 pm with a panel discussion by three UMASS physicists involved in the Large Hadron Collider project.


Community Preservation Act Committee Public Forum -Sept. 30

Submitted by Colleen Osten on September 24, 2014 - 7:25pm

The CPA Committee is developing a prioritization plan for the use of Community Preservation Act funds and is seeking public input and guidance.

Massachusetts’ Community Preservation Act allows towns to raise money to support open space protection, historic preservation, affordable housing and outdoor recreation. Funds are raised locally through a surcharge against real property (currently, in Amherst, set at 1.5% of the tax levy) and matched with additional distributions from a statewide Community Preservation Trust Fund. Since 2001, Amherst has raised over $3M locally and received nearly $2M in state matching funds. CPA funds have helped Amherst:



Submitted by Janetkbucc on September 24, 2014 - 7:18pm

PeopleLink has a group of students from Japan’s Koryo High School coming in November 22nd through November 25th. This is a short stay, great for people who have never hosted before as well as for families who always host. The stipend is $20/day and they have activities during the weekday if you work. Please contact Diane Caraker at if you can help or know of anyone  who can. We have done this for several years and love it - the kids are always so much fun to have! (PeopleLink)

Parking Permit Application Deadline - TODAY

Submitted by Colleen Osten on September 24, 2014 - 1:08pm

The Parking Permit application deadline for this year is TODAY.  Please bring your completed paperwork to room 168 along with your driver’s license, the registration for your primary vehicle and a check or money order made out to ARHS for $75.00.  Seniors, school choice, and students with college classes or jobs have first priority.  

Get Alerts About Your Favorite ARHS Teams!

Submitted by Colleen Osten on September 24, 2014 - 8:10am

Hurricane Sport Fans, are you aware of a feature offered through the MIAA which allows you to set up email alerts for your favorite team(s)!!  From the ARHS MIAA main page, , look for the light blue bar, select the team(s) you'd like to receive notifications on.  In that same area, select the pencil "Schedule Notification Options."   From there, follow the prompts.  You can change your selections at any time.

28th Annual Apple Harvest Festival - TOMORROW

Submitted by Margot on September 22, 2014 - 6:13am

The 28th Annual Apple Harvest Crafts Fair & Children’s Festival is tomorrow, September 27th on the Amherst Town Common from 10:00am ‒ 4:00pm. It is FREE!!! and will happen Rain or Shine

The Apple Harvest Crafts Fair and Children’s Festival benefits the Amherst Family Center, a free drop-in program providing play groups, parent education and support to families of young children. The Amherst Family Center is a program of the UMass Amherst Office of Family Resources.

There will be Family Entertainment all day, including "Without A Doubt" at 2:30 pm. Members of "Without A Doubt" are ARHS Students: Ben Becker, drums; Hunter Juras, guitar; Carolyn Kelly, guitar and vocals & Lucien Woodson, bass.


Upcoming HOME ARHS Sports Events

Submitted by Colleen Osten on September 16, 2014 - 12:58pm

Come cheer on the 'Canes!

TODAY Fri 9/19  4:30PM Girls JV Soccer vs. Holyoke HS  6:00PM Girls Varsity Volleyaball vs Minnechaug Reg.

Sat 9/20  10:00 AM at Hampshire College - Cross Country Invitational with teams from all over NE

Mon 9/22 4:00PM  Boys JV Football vs. S. Hadley HS

Tue 9/23 3:00PM Boys Varsity Golf vs. Chicopee Comp. 4:00PM Girls JV Volleyball vs. Longmeadowl 5:00PM Girls Varsity Volleyball vs. Longmeadow

Wed  9/24 3:00PM Boys Varsity Golf vs. Holyoke  4:00PM Boys Freshman Soccer vs. E. Longmeadow 5:00PM Girls Varsity Field Hockey vs E. Longmeadow