Autism Speaks 5K

Submitted by Margot on March 10, 2015 - 5:56am

Autism Speaks at UMass would like to invite you and your family to join us on April 12, 2015, for our our 7th annual 5k Run / 3k Walk event benefiting the Autism Speaks organization which provides services for families, research grants, awareness and community support. Last years event raised over $60,000 and had about 3,000 participants! With the recent statistic that 1 in 68 children are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders, we believe it is more important than ever for the community to come together and increase awareness, Throughout the event from 10:30am - 3:30pm their will be a designated kid's corner with friendly tabletop games, prizes, tattoos, face painting, inflatable bounce house, slide and more!


Basic Rights Workshop

Submitted by Janetkbucc on March 10, 2015 - 5:32am

Basic Rights Workshop

sponsored by PAARS Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) and the Federation for Children with Special Needs

WHEN? Wednesday March 18, 2015, 6:30pm- 8:30pm, Professional Development Room, ARMS

WHAT? An introduction to family rights and responsibilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Massachusetts Special Education Law and No Child Left Behind (NCLB).  

Everyone is welcome to attend for free.

 Learn how to be effective partners with the school

 Determine eligibility for special education

 Plan, make decisions and monitor student progress in school


HAIRSPRAY...This Weekend

Submitted by Colleen Osten on March 4, 2015 - 2:35pm

The ARHS Musical this year is Hairspray, and will be performed on March 5th, 6th and 7th at 7:30 p.m. each evening in the ARHS auditorium.  There will also be a family-oriented matinee production on Saturday, March 7th at 2:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in the ARHS cafeteria.  Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors/high school students and $5 for elementary students. You can reserve tickets by email at:

ARHS Boys B-Ball Play in Finals TONIGHT

Submitted by Margot on March 3, 2015 - 7:18am

The No. 2 ARHS Boys Basketball team beat Chicope (No. 3), 73-63,  in the Western Mass Div. I Semifinals this past Monday at Central High School. Read more about the game on MassLive. The team will now face No. 1 Putnam TONIGHT, March 6th at 7:45 pm at the Curry Hicks Cage at UMass. MIAA Ticket prices for the finals are as follows: Adults : $10 & Students : $7

Come Out & Support the 'Canes!!

ARPS PGO Athletic Equipment Swap -This Weekend

Submitted by Margot on March 3, 2015 - 6:38am

All ARPS families can select FREE athletic equipment for their children from 9am-12noon on March 7th in the ARHS Back Gym.   Volunteers will be on hand to help with selections. New or gently used athletic equipment is needed for these sports: Softball, baseball, soccer, disc golf, ultimate frisbee, football, ice hockey, skiing (Nordic & Alpine), lacrosse, dance, field hockey, figure skating, tennis and golf.  Donation Drop Offs can be made on Friday, March 6th from 5-7pm in the ARHS Back Gym. Clean out your closets and help ARPS families and athletes! If you have any questions, contact Christine St. Laurent


Exams for Trimester 2 start Tuesday

Submitted by Margot on March 3, 2015 - 6:07am

This Tuesday, March 10th, final exams for the second trimester will start. ARHS will follow a special schedule. The exam schedule can be found here.

There is a half day on Thursday, March 12th and No School on Friday, March 13th for ARHS students. It is a Teacher Work Day.

Monte Carlo Night is CANCELLED

Submitted by Margot on March 2, 2015 - 3:05pm

Unfortunately, the Hurricane Boosters have had to cancel Monte Carlo Night for 2015. Ticket sales to date were insufficient to justify the event cost, and restrictions on food and changes to the space have made the event more challenging. The Boosters regret this decision, but think it's necessary to ensure that they don't lose money on an event that is supposed to raise it for our teams! If you have already purchased Monte Carlor tickets, please consider making it a 100% donation to the Hurricane Boosters. You can email them at to confirm your generous donations. The Boosters will be considering all options for possible alternative events to support our ARHS athletes.


Project Graduation 2015 Meeting - Monday

Submitted by Margot on March 2, 2015 - 2:43pm

Do you have a senior this year? Or a junior? The kickoff meeting for Project Graduation (formerly known as Senior Party) will be on March 9th at 7:00 pm in Room 13 at the high school and we need all the help we can get from parents of seniors and juniors. The event is an all night celebration for the Senior class the night of graduation. This is a time honored tradition, running for 31 years and counting, but it CANNOT happen without a great group of parent volunteers. It is not a school sponsored event, but it is highly school supported, and something the students look forward to each year.


Student Athletes - NCAA Eligibility Center Website

Submitted by Margot on March 2, 2015 - 6:47am


The NCAA Eligibility Center has launched a new website to help high school student-athletes successfully transition to college. The enhanced online content gives student-athletes and counselors a broad look at the initial-eligibility process and detailed information about common eligibility situations.

ARHS Teachers Travel to Pakistan

Submitted by Margot on March 2, 2015 - 6:26am

Over February break, five ARHS teachers, Geoff Friedman, Chris Gould, Shari Abbott, Sam Camera and Tom Fricke, participated in an exchange program through the Instructional Leadership Institute for Pakistani Educators (ILIPE).The exchange was two-fold--1) to learn about the educational practices in each other's countries and 2) to improve the relationship between Pakistan and the US through education and understanding. Last year, ARHS teachers hosted the Pakistani teachers, who presented lessons about Pakistan to many different ARHS classes. This year, the ARHS teachers visited classes in Pakistan to teach about the United States. You can read more here.

Boys 4x800 Relay Win NEs

Submitted by Margot on March 2, 2015 - 5:17am

Give a big pat on the back to members of the boys indoor track and field 4 X 800 meters relay team. Kelzy Rodrigues, after relay legs by Allen Vance, Rob Sailer, and Connor Evans, overtook his chief competitor with one lap to go and led the team to a New England Championship in a time of 7:53, a new school record and only three seconds off of the all-time New England record. Congrats to you all.

Did you know that covers high school sports? From their home page you can search on Amherst Regional High School and you will find articles about recent games, standings and upcoming games. It is a great way to stay in the loop. Or better yet, send your ARHS sporting news to us at

The Parker Quartet - This Saturday at the Jones

Submitted by Margot on March 1, 2015 - 7:40am

The Parker Quartet will perform at the Jones Library tomorrow, Saturday, March 7th at 2pm as part of the "Amherst Living Room" Concerts for Families. This Grammy Award-winning group is currently in residence at Harvard and will perform a sample from their extensive repertoire. Free Admission in the Woodbury Room at the Jones Library. Families and students are encouraged to attend.

7th Annual Empty Bowls is Monday

Submitted by Margot on March 1, 2015 - 7:34am

Come to The Pub on Monday for the Amherst Survival Center’s signature Empty Bowls dinner which includes delicious soup, salad and bread (donated by local restaurants), a gorgeous selection of handcrafted bowls (donated by area artists and some ARHS ceramic students), and a raffle for a one-of-a-kind bowl designed by renowned artist Josh Simpson. All proceeds support ASC programs serving neighbors in need. Monday, March 9th from 4pm-8pm. Dine in or take out available. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door. You can buy tickets online here.

LWVA - A Conversation: Good Mental Health - Mar 11

Submitted by Margot on March 1, 2015 - 7:19am

All of us know family members or friends who, at some point in their lives, have been challenged with issues of mental health. Do we know how best to respond? Join us for an informative program entitled “Good Mental Health: It Starts with a Conversation” Wednesday, March 11 in the Social Hall of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst from 7:00 – 9:00pm. This program is jointly sponsored by the Western Massachusetts Department of Mental Health (DMH) and the LWVA.


There Oughta Be A Law! - Video Contest

Submitted by Margot on March 1, 2015 - 6:49am

The League of Women Voters of MA is pleased to announce its second annual Student Video Contest, sponsored by the LWVMA Citizen Education Fund. The theme for this year’s contest is “There Oughta be a Law!” We are inviting Massachusetts high school students to send us two-minute videos that suggest a new law that the state legislature should pass in this session. The contest runs through March 31, 2015. Check out this website for more info about this contest.