27 ARHS Students - National Merit Recognition

Submitted by Margot on October 15, 2014 - 6:18am

A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, will be presented by the principal to these 27 scholastically talented seniors. The students are: Edward Larson, Brian Vannah, Amanda Riley, Hannah Plummer, Veronica Suchodolski, Gabriel Killough-Hill, Simon Crawford-Muscat, Callum Dunn, Robert Sailor, Samuel Lincoln, Nina Wolff Landau, Anna Normark, Emma Gonzalez, Sophia Berger, Joslyn Sullivan, Alexander Kaltashov, Henry Rachootin, Drake Niedzielski, Gareth Barr, Zachary Weinberg, Dominic Rodgers, Daniel Siegelman, Samson Braun, Raphael Gilliam, Isamu Bix, Zoya Fan, Rosa Shapiro-Thompson.


ARHS Homecoming!

Submitted by Margot on October 14, 2014 - 6:46pm

Tomorrow, October 18th is Amherst Regional High School Homecoming! A day long series of Varsity Games in nearly all sports starting at NOON and ending with a 7PM Football Game UNDER THE LIGHTS vs. Chicopee Comp.

There will be a Fundraising BBQ from Noon to 6PM, along with activities for kids, and ARHS student band & dance performances. ALL DAY TICKETS $7/adults and $5/students/seniors. **Kids 12 and under wearing an Amherst youth sport jersey, accompanied by a paying adult will get in at no charge. Members of the community are welcome to attend these events!


Early Release Day - Oct. 22

Submitted by Margot on October 14, 2014 - 8:25am

The first Early Release Day of the year is on Wednesday, October 22nd: 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

College Admissions Night - Oct 21

Submitted by Margot on October 14, 2014 - 7:43am

On Tuesday, October 21st, there will be a College Admissions Panel for Seniors and their Parents/Guardians from 7:00 - 8:30 pm in the ARHS cafeteria.

This panel is composed of admission professionals from area colleges. They will address questions regarding community college, UMass including the Commonwealth Honors College, what should we know about the Common Application, what to think about regarding your essay, when and how to include supporting information in your application, financial aid and more. Everyone always learns at least one thing they did not know before, sometimes a very important thing! For Seniors and their parents/guardians this Tuesday night in the cafeteria.

Voices from Our Schools - ARHS Dance Dept.

Submitted by Margot on October 13, 2014 - 7:53am

ARHS Dance Program Coordinator, Tracy Vernon, and ARHS Senior Xavia Perkins, appeared on Amherst Media's Voices From Our Schools for a conversation highlighting the ARHS Dance Department. Not to be missed! Please enjoy this episode of Voices From Our Schools.

Latest Edition of The Graphic

Submitted by Margot on October 13, 2014 - 5:49am

The latest edition of The Graphic came out on October 10, 2014. Ask your student to bring home a copy. You can also subscribe to this ARHS newspaper and receive it in the mail (2 per trimester). A one-year subscription is $25.00, which helps to underwrite the costs of the newspaper. Mail a check, made out to "The Graphic" to ARHS, The Graphic, 21 Mattoon Street, Amherst, MA 01002. Please include the name and address of the person you want the newspaper sent to. The Graphic Faculty Advisor is Sara Barber-Just. Info at or call 362-1516.

Monday - Homework Made Simple - A Parent Guardian Workshop

Submitted by Margot on October 13, 2014 - 5:33am

The ARPS Family Center Presents : Tips, Tools & Solutions for Low Stress Homework, a Free Workshop for Parents/Guardians this Monday, 10/20 at 7 PM.

Homework:  no one loves it, but it's here to stay.Dr. Denise Green, Psychologist at the Middle School will review the reasons for homework and discuss strategies for making it a part of the home routine.  Dr. Green will talk about things that get in the way and trouble-shoot possible solutions.  There will be lots of opportunity for conversation and discussion on this important topic!  For more info contact Juan Burns at the Family Center: 362-1875 or burnsj@arp.sorg.                   


ABC Fall Foliage Walk and 5K Run - Tomorrow

Submitted by Colleen Osten on October 12, 2014 - 7:20pm

The Amherst Committee for A Better Chance will hold its 43rd Annual Fall Foliage Event tomorrow, October 18, 2014, including the 3-mile Family Style Walk, and the 5k Competitive Run. An Amherst tradition, the event has annually brought together hundreds of residents and school children to admire the diverse colors of the foliage while they walk or run for diversity in the community.


Love, Care and Racism: Coming Together in Amherst - Monday

Submitted by Margot on October 12, 2014 - 7:01am

A talk by Barbara Love, “Love, Care and Racism: Coming Together in Amherst”, at the Unitarian Universalist Society, social hall - next to Bart’s, Monday, October 20th, at 7PM.

Barbara Love is a dynamic, inspiring speaker who speaks all over the world on issues of racial justice. She is looking forward to addressing her local community here in the Amherst area where she lives. She was a long-time professor in the Social Justice Education Program at UMass. Dr. Love is deeply committed to including people of all racial backgrounds in striving together to have the community and the world we dream of.


Warm Up the Night - FOA Fundraiser -10/23

Submitted by Margot on October 12, 2014 - 6:10am

Warm Up the Night! Eat, Drink and Benefit CHD's Family Outreach of Amherst. Join FOA as they transform a warm and festive tent at The Lord Jeffery Inn into an unforgettable tasting experience on Thursday, Oct. 23 from 5:30-8:30PM.  Wander the room enjoying delicious small bites from an eclectic mix of local food vendors, including Chez Albert, Blue Heron, 30 Boltwood, Lone Wolf, Food 101, Monkey Bar, Black Sheep Deli, Ibiza Tapas Bar, Pengyew Catering, Oriental Flavor, The Pub, Ecudor Andino Store and many more. Sample wine, beer and hard cider from The High Horse & Carr's Ciderhouse.


Shelter Sunday is October 19th

Submitted by Margot on October 11, 2014 - 8:15am

Shelter Sunday is a one day door to door solicitation, historically, organized by Amherst Friends for the Homeless, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The tradition of Shelter Sunday is carried on today by the benefiting organizations. On the third Sunday in October, October 19th this year, volunteers gather in the lobby of the UMass Fine Arts Center and are sent in groups to different neighborhoods in Amherst, Pelham and Hadley. In a few hours they visit over 3,400 residences. Last year over, $27,000 was collected and distributed to local organizations that provide services to the homeless. We need door to door canvassers.


AEF Trivia Bee is almost here - Oct 30

Submitted by Margot on October 11, 2014 - 6:33am

The 20th Annual Trivia Bee is coming! Parents ask your students to join the fun and highlight the brainpower of our ARHS Students!!! There is no charge, costumes are encouraged and you will have a blast. The Bee is on October 30th. Last year's championship team had 2 ninth graders on the team, so let's do it again. Have your student contact the ARHS Main Office, if interested. They will be competing against the Select Board, Teachers, Business teams and many more. Join the fun from 7-9pm on October 30th in the ARMS Auditorium.

5K for Farmland - Oct 19

Submitted by Margot on October 11, 2014 - 5:37am

Sign up for the 6th Annual 5K for Farmland on October 19th at 11 AM! All proceeds help the Kestrel Land Trust preserve local farmland. Runners AND walkers welcome along the scenic farmland and river route (5K run or 2-mile walk). Pre-reg $22, Race day $24, Family $44. More info here

Post-race Farmers Market Festival on the West Street Common in Hadley with unique local food & products, live music, nature exhibits, Trevor the Games Man for kids, and local beer tasting for the adults! Live Hawk Exhibit & Falconry Demo by New England Falconry!

Just One Month Away to Bowl-For-Kids-Sake

Submitted by Margot on October 10, 2014 - 2:53pm

Bowl for Kids' Sake is about helping kids in our community. All proceeds from the event go directly towards matching local children with caring, reliable adult mentors.

Dust off your bowling shoes and join us at Spare Time Northampton (525 Pleasant St.​) on November 1st or 2nd because we will be celebrating Bowl-O-Ween -- every bowler's favorite holiday! We invite you to come dressed in your most creative, colorful, and eye-catching costumes. All are welcome -- costumed or not -- but we'd love to see everyone get into the Bowl-O-Ween spirit.

There will be prizes for best costumes!! Prizes for raising the most money!! Prizes for having the largest team!! And prizes for just showing up!!!

Here’s how to get involved:


Are you Registered to Vote?

Submitted by Colleen Osten on October 8, 2014 - 2:33pm
State Election is on November 4, 2014.  The Last Day to Register to Vote for 2014 State Election - 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 15, 2014!