Parent Training for Children with Disabilities

Submitted by Colleen Osten on March 26, 2015 - 6:56pm

The Federation for Children with Special Needs Is offering


Location:  Belchertown High School
142 Springfield Road
Belchertown, MA 01007
Time: 3:30 pm - 9:00 pm each day
Session Dates:  Tuesdays from April 7 to June 2.

For information contact Linda Surprenant at 413-323-0681 or

Applications available at or


ARHS Indoor Track Shines at New Balance Nationals

Submitted by Margot on March 19, 2015 - 6:42am

On Saturday, the ARHS Boys 4x800 relay team came in third at the Nationals! Allen Vance, Rob Sailer, Connor Evans and Kelzy Rodrigues set a New England record with a time of 7:45.29. Then on Sunday, ARHS Boys 4x400 relay team placed fifth with Allan Vance, Joseph Tavares, Kelzy Rodrigues and Taj-Amir Torres running. All members of these two ARHS relay teams were named All-Americans. Congrats!!


Amherst Area Diaper Drive!

Submitted by Margot on March 19, 2015 - 5:26am

Diapers are essential for parents of young children and diapers are EXPENSIVE.  The Amherst Area Diaper Drive ends this Monday, April 6th. Please consider donating disposable diapers and/or wipes to the Diaper Drive. The Amherst Survival Center Food Pantry will distribute donated diapers to our neighbors in need. 

Please feel free to bring diaper donations directly to the Amherst Survival Center!, 138 Sunderland Road in Amherst or click here to see other locations where you can drop off diapers.

MEFA Presentation for Juniors - March 26

Submitted by Margot on March 18, 2015 - 6:34am

Juniors and their parents/guardians are invited on Thursday, March 26th to a presentation by the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority, (MEFA), the Commonwealth's resource on planning, saving and paying for college. An experienced MEFA representative will provide an overview of college admissions, including building the college list, the college application process, and basics about financial aid. Families will receive a seminar handout and are encouraged to visit MEFA's website for additional resources and tools to assist you in the college admissions process. The presentation will be held in the high school cafeteria from 7 - 8:30 on Thursday, March 26th.

MCAS for Tenth Graders Next Week

Submitted by Margot on March 18, 2015 - 6:31am

IMPORTANT MCAS ELA REMINDER: The MCAS English Language Arts test will be given to all 10th grade students next week at 7:45 a.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, March 24, 25 & 26. Tenth grade students should check the room list on the bulletin board in the front lobby to find out in which classroom you will be testing.

You will not have access to your locker or backpacks during testing time, but may bring water and a snack to have during break, as well as a book to read when you have finished testing (no school books, please). Remember: be sure to get a good night's rest, and eat a healthy breakfast each morning! The MCAS ELAschedule is here.

The Man Pageant - TONIGHT

Submitted by Margot on March 18, 2015 - 5:49am

The 5th Annual Man Pageant, sponsored by Schools For Africa, a comedy spoof of a Ms. America pageant will be tonight, March 20th at 7pm in the auditorium. Come watch contestants from all 4 grades compete for the 6Ft. trophy and for the glory & valor of being crowned Mr. ARHS. Tickets will be $5 at lunches and $7 at the door. All proceeds will go to the Schools for Africa club. You don't want to miss this event. Come see some of the school's most talented young men perform a variety of talents to win the title.

Congrats to ARHS Model UN Team

Submitted by Margot on March 18, 2015 - 5:38am

The ARHS Model UN team competed at UMass Secondary School Model United Nations Conference last weekend. At the conference, ARHS students demonstrated their skills and effectiveness as delegates. Special recognition goes to:

Best Delegate Winners
Rosa Shapiro-Thompson as a journalist in the Press Corps
Joe Konieczny as Cayetano Licciardo in the Falkland Islands Wartime Council

Outstanding Delegate Winners
Tristan Cox as Saudi Arabia in the UN Human Rights Council
Patrick O'Connell as Franco Carraro in FiFA
Akshat Dhankher as Tupac Amaru in the Siege of Tenochtitlán
Ben Gilsdorf as Rafael Carrera in the Bolivarian Revolutionary Council


Academic Calendar for 2015-2016

Submitted by Margot on March 17, 2015 - 8:08am

The Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee has approved the calendar for the 2015-2016 school year. The first day of school for ARHS students will be September 2, 2015. Although there will be early release days, there will be no late start days next year.

Power School Portal Available March 30

Submitted by Margot on March 16, 2015 - 3:25pm

The PowerSchool Portal will be closed to parents and students until report cards are issued on Monday, March 30th. Trimester 2 report cards will be distributed in Advisory that day.

Canes Booster Meeting - April 2

Submitted by Margot on March 16, 2015 - 5:29am

The Hurricane Boosters are having a Booster Meeting. They need to vote in a new board. They are holding their meeting at Johnny's Tavern on 4/2 @ 6:30. Appetizers provided. RSVP with this link.

The Hurricane Boosters is comprised of parents, staff and community members who are dedicated to supporting the ARHS Athletic Program. The Boosters finance major projects such as playing field lighting, sports sounds systems, and scoreboards as well as smaller items for individual teams.

ARHS Yearbooks - Order NOW!

Submitted by Margot on March 15, 2015 - 2:23pm

Less than half of the Senior Class has ordered yearbooks!! Don't wait! The due date has been extended to APRIL 1st! Yearbooks are $65. Students who qualify for reduced price lunch can purchase books for $55 and free-lunch students can buy books for $45. The order form is attached below. Questions, please email Lee Larcheveque at or call 413-362-1579. A few extra books may be available in late May, but the only way to guarantee a book is to order one NOW. Please note: make checks payable to "ARHS Yearbook."


Local Vocal Chord Bowl #7 - Next Saturday!

Submitted by Margot on March 15, 2015 - 1:43pm

Both the ARHS Chorale and Hurricane Singers will participate in this annual Valley event featuring a capella groups from the area on Saturday, March 28th @ Amherst Regional High School at 7pm. As in previous years, this event is a community fundraiser that provides 100% of the proceeds to local non-profit community organizations. This year they are dividing the proceeds equally between the Northampton and Amherst school systems and earmarked for music & arts enrichment!

Tickets available in advance at Hastings and Amherst Books for $12 adult/$8 kids and seniors or at door for $14/$10. See the attached flyer for more info.


ARPS Family Center Juntos We Play - Mar 26

Submitted by Margot on March 15, 2015 - 1:37pm

ARPS Family Center presents CARNIVAL: Juntos We Play on Thurs March 26 at Olympia Oaks Apartments. Juntos We Play is a special outreach program sponsored by the ARPS Family Center and community partners. Parents/guardians who attend are introduced to the services provided at the ARPS Family Center. The Family Center shares tools with adults to build a positive school experience while children engage in activities with their staff and interns. This event will be held at the Olympia Oaks Apartments on Thursday, March 26 from 4:30pm -6pm. Please also check out the winter edition of their newsletter which is attached.


Panel Discussion: Race, Invisibility, and Hyper-visibility

Submitted by Janetkbucc on March 15, 2015 - 7:04am

“Race, Invisibility and Hyper-visibility” will explore issues of race as experienced by people from our own community

WHEN? Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 7 pm in the Woodbury Room at The Jones Library, Amherst

A multi-racial panel of local people will speak from their experiences growing up in, and/or living in, Amherst.  They will share personal stories about being invisible and being hyper-visible, and will engage the audience in thinking about race in the Amherst area.  This will be a rare opportunity to learn how others experience the racial situation in our community.  The panelists include Janaya Collins, Amina Jordan, Victor Nuñez Ortiz, Josh Odam, and David Ke.


Educating the Heart - March 26

Submitted by Margot on March 15, 2015 - 6:30am

Amherst Careers in Education Professions Program welcomes Dr. Daniel Goleman to campus for a public talk about innovative education, leadership, and his next book, "A Force for Good: The Dalai Lama's Vision for Our World", which emphasizes new approaches to education. Thursday March 26, at 8 p.m. - Johnson Chapel. Free and open to the public. Please see attached flyer for more information.