Buy Jewelry and Support Women's Rights Club - Last Chance

Submitted by Janetkbucc on December 5, 2014 - 5:05am

Today is the last day of the ARHS Women’s Rights Club annual bead sale, Bead for Life. All profits will go toward providing entrepreneurial training and economic support to women in Uganda as they build their own small businesses.

Consider purchasing a necklace, bracelet, or shoulder bag as a meaningful holiday present.

ARHS Walkout-Dialogue

Submitted by Margot on December 4, 2014 - 4:47pm

On Thursday, December 4th at 12:10 PM, hundreds of ARHS students walked out of school in honor of Michael Brown. Students stood together for a four and a half minute moment of silence to symbolize the 4-5 hours Michael Brown's body lay on the streets of Ferguson. The students then marched downtown to participate in dialogue about the events in Ferguson and racial injustice.

You can read more on MassLive here.

Support the ARHS PGO On Valley Gives Day!

Submitted by Colleen Osten on December 4, 2014 - 10:32am

Your donation to the ARHS PGO will help support our work, which includes a weekly newlsetter, a grants program, staff appreciation events, and coffees for the ARHS community. The ARHS PGO grants program directly benefits our students. Grant awards total over $24,000 since September 2013 and recipients have included virtually every department in the school, as well as student initiated grant requests and field trip support.

The mission of the ARHS PGO is to promote communication and understanding among families, staff and the Amherst area Community; to foster a spirit of collaboration by providing a forum for participation and the exchange of information and ideas; and to provide financial assistance where needed to enrich the academic and overall experience of all students. 


Briefs - This Weekend!

Submitted by Margot on December 4, 2014 - 10:20am

Come to Briefs - the ARHS Theater Company's annual production of contemporary short plays. Featuring a cast of over 35 actors and 8 student directors, this is how you'll want to spend your weekend! Tickets are $5 for students/$8 for adults at the door, Thursday-Saturday at 7:30 pm in the Auditorium.


ARMS Chorus Alums Invited to Sing at Merry Maple TONIGHT!

Submitted by Colleen Osten on December 4, 2014 - 10:18am

The Lighting of the Merry Maple will be happening on Friday, December 5th.   The Middle School Chorus would like to once again invite MS Chorus Alumni to come back and sing at this fun town event.  The event begins at 4:30.  Just show up, get music, and sing along with us..  Please remember  to dress warm. 

Senior Tidbits from Myra Ross

Submitted by Colleen Osten on December 4, 2014 - 10:13am

Hello seniors, congratulations on completing one-third of your senior year!  Here are a few items to attend to.


Bombazo! Dec.7th!

Submitted by Colleen Osten on December 4, 2014 - 10:07am

Want FUN?  We got it - this Sunday Dec. 7th from 12-3pm with the annual Bombazo i.e. community music/dance jam with a feast of free food!  Meet us on the stage of the ARHS auditorium.  Bring your children, your elders, and your cheer. See you there! 

Early Release Day - Dec. 10

Submitted by Colleen Osten on December 4, 2014 - 9:37am

Don't forget, Dec. 10th 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

African Scholars Program - Book Fair - Dec. 5th

Submitted by Margot on December 4, 2014 - 8:04am

The ARHS African Scholars Program will hold a bookfair on Friday, December 5, from 3 to 9 p.m. at the Barnes & Noble store in Hadley. The event is a fundraiser for the group's exchange program with schools in West Africa. Proceeds will go to the program's scholarship fund, which assists students whose families cannot afford the full cost of the exchange trip.

The fair will include a series of Africa-related events throughout the afternoon and evening: children’s stories, scavenger hunt, friendship bracelet workshop, and African Jeopardy game. In addition, the fair will include free ataya (strong, sweet hot tea) and Africa-themed adult and children’s books to browse.


Doctor for a Day

Submitted by Margot on December 4, 2014 - 7:51am

The "High School Doctor For a Day" Program gives high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to witness the practice of medicine firsthand and observe successful physicians who will be your mentors. Application packets for serious juniors or seniors are available in the Guidance Office. The application deadline is December 19th. You will need 2 reference letters so start early!

The Twelve Days of Christmas: The Mystery and the Meaning

Submitted by Colleen Osten on December 3, 2014 - 10:08am

"The Twelve Days of Christmas” is a well-known holiday carol, whose familiar verses and repetitions seem to conjure a jolly English holiday party.  Yet some scholars think the lyrics hold deeper symbolic meaning and tell a coded story.  Dr. Thomas Bernard will lead an historical exploration of the possible hidden meanings behind these verses.  Please join us in the Woodbury Room of the Jones Library at 2:30 pm on Saturday, December 13, 2014.

Free and open to the public.  For more information, please contact Janet Ryan at 413-259-3223

Int'l Human Rights Day - Dec. 10

Submitted by Margot on December 3, 2014 - 7:18am

You are invited to join in the annual public reading of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on Tuesday, December 10, 2014, 6:50 pm on the Amherst Town Common in front of Town Hall (please bring a candle or a flashlight). Each year on the anniversary of its adoption by the UN General Assembly on Dec. 10, 1948, our Amherst Human Rights Commissioners invite community members to join in making a public statement about our belief in "Human Rights for Every Person Everywhere". They will take a few minutes to read the 30 articles included in this Declaration which begins:
Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world,


Rivers Flow Artist Reception - Burnett Gallery

Submitted by Colleen Osten on December 2, 2014 - 9:32am

The nine members of the Fiber Artists of Western MA present Rivers' Flow, an exhibition of work around the theme of the river. The centerpiece is a nine-part display of each artist's interpretation of the theme. Each artist is also showing several pieces representative of her work. Artists' Reception: Thursday, December 4, from 5:00-8:00 pm.

Artists: Nina Compagnon, Sally Dillon, Rebecca Fricke, Martha May, Martha Robinson, Flo Rosenstock, Deborah Slavitt, Margaret Stancer and Nancy Young.

No School Monday - Teacher Work Day

Submitted by Margot on November 26, 2014 - 6:39am

Reminder: there will be no school on Monday, Dec. 1st. It is a Teacher Work Day so students get an extra day off from school. Due to the weather-related closing on 11/26, students will take C and D period exams on Tuesday, December 2. See the special schedule here. Trimester 2 classes will also meet briefly on Tuesday.

ARHS Alum's Documentary Screening - Tuesday

Submitted by Margot on November 25, 2014 - 6:20am

Thanks to a grant from the ARHS PGO, there will be a public screening of the film "Oil and Water" on Tuesday, Dec 2nd at 7 PM in the ARHS Library. We will be joined by ARHS Alum DAVE PORITZ to introduce this powerful documentary. This screening features Dave as he travels to Equador and learns first-hand of the threats facing the indigenous Cofan tribe and the work he does alongside local activists to establish a more just future for all the world's people born with oil beneath their feet.