Annual Kwanzaa Celebration - Dec. 2nd

Submitted by Margot on November 24, 2014 - 5:32am

The Malcolm X Cultural Center will host the Annual Kwanzaa Celebration on Tuesday, Dec. 2nd in the UMass Student Union Ballroom from 5:30-7:30pm. This event is one of several signature cultural celebratory events for the UMass campus community and the general public. Its origins date back to Dr. Maulana Karenga, professor and chairman of Black Studies at California State University, Long Beach, who created Kwanzaa in 1966. After the Watts riots in Los Angeles, Dr. Karenga searched for ways to bring African-Americans together as a community. He founded US, a cultural organization, and started to research African "first fruit" (harvest) celebrations.


Eat Out For Art - Dec 3

Submitted by Margot on November 23, 2014 - 7:33am

Visit Lime Red Teahouse between 4-8pm on December 3rd and proceeds will support Youth Action Coalition. Youth Action Coalition promotes youth empowerment through progressive arts and social action projects. We support youth voices and visions in our communities. We believe that by pairing intensive arts immersion with social justice education and action, we help youth foster their natural talents as artists and build their strengths as community leaders and agents of change.

Giving Tree Donations Needed

Submitted by Margot on November 23, 2014 - 6:39am

The Newman Center Giving Tree Project provides clothing for over 500 children throughout the Pioneer Valley this holiday season. Stop by the Newman Center, 472 N. Pleasant St., take a tag and return a gift valued at up to $30 by Sunday Dec. 14th to the Chapel. For more information here. 

Have A Sweet Holiday, Friends

Submitted by Janetkbucc on November 20, 2014 - 12:52pm

Most of the news we have for you this week centers around ARHS sports and announcements from the Amherst community. It seems ARHS is mainly winding down Fall sports, getting ready for the end of the 1st trimester, and for gearing up for exams.

We want to wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and start of WInter. If there is information to share with you before Wednesday, we will send out another newsletter; if not, we will be back with you in December!

With gratitude for our community,

The PGO Newsletter Editors, Margot, Colleen, and Janet

Boy's Soccer State Finals - Tomorrow

Submitted by Janetkbucc on November 20, 2014 - 12:12pm

The History: The ARHS Boys Soccer team defeated West Springfield to win the Western Mass title game last weekend. This is the second Division I title for the team, coached by Mike Rudd. On Tuesday night, they played Algonquin in the State Division I Semifinals and won 3-0.

The Future: The D1 State Championship game will be played tomorrow, Saturday, November 22nd at 5:00 pm at Alumni Stadium, Worcester Polytechnic Institute. This game will be against Needham (18-0-4) and is a rematch of the 2012 state championship game. Go 'Canes!

MIAA cost for admission: $7/students $10/adults. A Fan Bus will leave ARHS at 3:15 pm. The cost is $2. Students should sign up at school on Friday (today).


All-Star Cross Country Runners Announced

Submitted by Janetkbucc on November 20, 2014 - 12:11pm

Another fall cross-country season is on the books, and it was a great one! The Annual Amherst Cross Country Invitational drew a great crowd this past fall, the boys team placed 10th & the girls team placed 14th overall at the State Championships held at Franklin Park last week & the following ARHS boys & girls XC team members were selected as "All Stars." Congrats, Canes!

Valley North Boys
Connor Evans (Amherst)
Nevin Murray (Amherst)
Owen Wright (Amherst)

Valley North Girls
Emma Gonzalez (Amherst)
Lydia Sawyer (Amherst)

Pre-Season Swimming Meeting - Monday

Submitted by Janetkbucc on November 20, 2014 - 12:00pm

Parent/Guardian & student-athlete meeting for winter swimmers will be held on Monday, November 24th @ 6:30 at the ARMS Pool.

Spread the word!

Student-Athlete Feedback Needed

Submitted by Janetkbucc on November 20, 2014 - 11:00am

Please help ARHS collect the end of season Student-Athlete Feedback Forms by asking your student-athletes, who participated on a fall sports team, to complete this task before the Thanksgiving recess.

Please ask your athlete to click on the link noted below (found on the ARHS Website - SPORTS Tab - bottom of the page) and complete this very quick survey. This information is critical in planning ahead for future seasons.

Warm Winter Clothing Donations Needed Now

Submitted by Margot on November 20, 2014 - 9:09am

How wonderful a new warm coat can feel on a cold day! and here are TWO ways to help folks who need warm clothes!

1. Please take a look in your closets for any gently used items for children and adults. We are looking for coats, snow pants, snow boots, hats, mittens, gloves, scarves and snowsuits. Items can be dropped in the box outside the ARHS Guidance Office. If you have any question, contact Lynn Hayes, 


Auditions for Youth on Broadway

Submitted by Janetkbucc on November 20, 2014 - 9:05am

LSSE announces there is one more chance to audition for this exciting, musical theater performance class. If you know any kids in grades 4-12 who are interested, let them know auditions will be held Saturday, Nov 22 from 1-5 at the Bangs Center.

The class will be taught by former NYC professional actress/director/choreographer Becca Greene-Van Horn and award-winning musical director Cindy Naughton, with co-musical director/accompanist/vocal coach Benjamin Durfee.

The class will culminate in a professional quality musical Theater Revue in 3 shows: May 8-10, 2015.

Sign up for an audition by calling LSSE at 259-3065. More info at

Fee reductions and scholarships avaialable.

Seeking Nominatations for Martin Luther King, Jr. Awards - Monday Deadline

Submitted by Janetkbucc on November 20, 2014 - 9:03am

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Awards Committee is seeking Nominations for its 2015 CITIZEN and STUDENTS SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS. Announcement of the award recipients will be made at the 31st ANNUAL COMMUNITY BREAKFAST to be held in Amherst on Saturday, January 17, 2015.

If you would like to be nominated or to nominate someone, see the Guidance Office for information.

Deadline is Monday, November 24.

College Financial Aid Workshop

Submitted by Colleen Osten on November 13, 2014 - 3:20pm

Junior and Senior Parents are invited to a College Financial Aid Night, Thursday, Nov. 20th from 7:00 - 8:30 PM in the ARHS Cafeteria. The seminar will be presented by the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority (MEFA) .  Experts demystify the entire financial aid application process, breaking it down into straightforward concepts that every family can understand. They will explain the nuts and bolts of how financial aid works and offer strategies for smoothly navigating the college financing process from beginning to end. Topics include financial aid applications and eligibility, how colleges determine how much aid to offer, and understanding award letters. - Don't miss out on the chance to gain insight from experts. There will be time for questions.

DTE This weekend!

Submitted by Colleen Osten on November 13, 2014 - 3:08pm

DTE's newest dance concert: Formidable, is this Friday and Saturday Nov. 14 and 15 at 7:30 in the ARHS auditorium. Tickets for sale at lunches and at the door. Come out and support ARHS Dance! So much to celebrate!

Congratulations Minks Writing Contest Winners!

Submitted by Colleen Osten on November 13, 2014 - 3:07pm

The winners of the Minks Arts & Literary Journal's Annual Writing Contest are... drum rolll please... 

Poetry:  Katya Schwenk

Short Story: Forest Carlsen-Neiger


Join Hurricane Boosters

Submitted by Colleen Osten on November 13, 2014 - 3:05pm
There will be a Hurricane Booster Group meeting on Wednesday, November 19th at 6 pm in rm 117 at ARHS. The beginning of the meeting will be a vote by the current board of directors to vote in a set of bylaws.  This will allow the group to officially be tax exempt in the future, allowing people and/or businesses to write off any donations to the group.
Following this portion of the meeting, we will hold the first official Hurricane Booster Group meeting.  The first agenda item will be to vote in a new board of directors, president, secretary, and treasurer.  We will follow this with a debrief of our October 18th Homecoming and a discussion about the 2015 Monte Carlo Night.