ARHS Ice Hockey News

Submitted by Colleen Osten on February 26, 2015 - 10:37pm

The ARHS Ice Hockey team has made it to the Western Mass Semifinals!  They will play the Chicopee Comp this Saturday, Feb. 28 at 1:00 at Olympia Ice Rink, 125 Capital Drive in West Springfield.  Come and show your support!

Videos and Articles on MASSLIVE

Submitted by Colleen Osten on February 26, 2015 - 10:05pm

The Springfield Republican published a series of articles and accompanying videos about the Amherst Regional Public Schools on the MASSLIVE website. These articles showcase the district improvement plan and programs pertaining to curriculum, school climate, PBIS and equity. Use the links below to see these four informative videos

Interview with Maria Geryk regarding the District Improvement Plan

Assistant Superintendent Mike Morris article regarding instruction and rigor


QuestBridge for Juniors

Submitted by Colleen Osten on February 26, 2015 - 8:02pm

QuestBridge is a program that offers the College Prep scholarship, which is designed to give high-achieving low-income 11th graders an advantage in college admissions. And they pay for campus visits, fly-in programs, standardized test prep, college essay help and more!  Ask in guidance 101 for information!

A Big Thanks to the Chamber of Commerce!

Submitted by Colleen Osten on February 26, 2015 - 6:40pm

We are thrilled to announce two generous gifts for ARHS from the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce.  The Chamber has pledged $3,517 toward the high school’s business education program.  The Chamber has also added an additional scholarship this year.  For years, the Chamber, in collaboration with Cooley Dickinson Hospital, has funded scholarships for students planning to study business at UMass.  This year the two organizations will also fund scholarships for ARHS/UMass students hoping to pursue a career in health care.  Thank you to the Chamber of Commerce and Cooley Dickinson for their generosity.

Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher Contest

Submitted by Colleen Osten on February 26, 2015 - 2:38pm

Barnes & Noble Bookstore is sponsoring a "My Favorite Teacher" Contest.  To enter, write an essay, poem or thank-you letter explaining how a teacher has influenced your life and why you appreciate them.  Winning local students and teachers will receive a certificate of recognition and will be honored at the store.  Regional winners will each receive a $500.00 Barnes & Noble Gift Card. The applications and rules are available in the Main Offce.  Deadline is March 1, 2015.

The Jones Library’s Public Survey

Submitted by Colleen Osten on February 26, 2015 - 2:25pm

You are invited  to take part in The Jones Library’spublic survey!  As part of the Library’s Long Range Planning efforts and the upcoming building renovation project, the Library Board of Trustees asks that you complete this online survey.  Tell us what you love about The Jones; what you don’t love about The Jones; and where you think The Jones should be headed in the next five years. Be honest!  The results of this survey will only be as good as the responses we receive.  You are encouraged to complete this survey by Friday, February 27, 2015.

Jones Library On The Same Page Series

Submitted by Colleen Osten on February 26, 2015 - 2:15pm

Join us for our next program in the On The Same Page Series Multiracial Families: The Amherst Experience - A panel of Amherst parents share their personal experiences of parenting biracial and adopted children in our community. The panel will be moderated by Peggy Gillespie, Co-Founder/Director of Family Diversity Projects. Thursday, March 5 at 7:00 pm - Woodbury Room

Join the Community Emergency Response Team "CERT"

Submitted by Colleen Osten on February 26, 2015 - 2:00pm

The Amherst Community Emergency Response Team – CERT – is made up of volunteers who have been trained to safely assist their families and neighbors in the event of a disaster. Amherst CERT, when called upon, will work under the direction of local professional emergency responders, providing immediate assistance to victims. CERT teams are known and trusted resources to emergency responders and their communities. During an incident, emergency service personnel may not be able to reach everyone right away. That’s when CERT members help our citizens with emergency medical first aid and life sustaining needs. They will be trained in emergency medical first aid, evacuation from damaged structures, light search and rescue, making scenes safe by identifying and isolating hazards, providing damage assessment to town authorities, directing traffic and helping with shelter operations.


Hurricanes Updates

Submitted by Colleen Osten on February 26, 2015 - 1:55pm

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.  


Jones Library Film Screening: Smoke Signals

Submitted by Colleen Osten on February 26, 2015 - 12:04am

Join us on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 7 pm in the Woodbury Room for a screening ofSmoke Signals, the sixth in a film & discussion series being held over several months which look at issues of race. A facilitated discussion will be held after the screening. This screening is free and open to the public.

Smoke Signalsis a feature film which debunks stereotypes about native people.  An award winner at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival, the film is based on Sherman Alexie's short story "This Is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona" from his bookThe Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven.  For more information, please contact Janet Ryan at413/259-3223


Have A Nice Break!

Submitted by Janetkbucc on February 12, 2015 - 2:23pm

Don't worry about us.

While you are working, running kids here and there, and taking care of your busy lives, we will do what we always do: scour the school and community for breaking NEWS.

Who knows, we may even run into you somewhere in the next week. You'll know it's us. We are the ones with laptops in one hand and snow shovels in the other!

Have a wonderful break!

Your ARHS PGO Newsletter Editors,

Janet, Margot, and Colleen

Budget Cuts - Sad News

Submitted by Janetkbucc on February 12, 2015 - 2:23pm

Just sharing this from the school website.

You can see detailed information about proposed cuts to the budget for Fiscal Year 2016 here or on the attachment.

Overall, class sizes will increase, some electives will disappear, and some faculty/staff positions have been cut.



Cell Phones During Classes - Just Don't Text

Submitted by Janetkbucc on February 12, 2015 - 2:23pm

Parents/Guardians, please help reduce distractions in the classroom by not texting your student during school hours.

The ARHS cell phone policy requires that cell phones be kept out of sight and unused from 7:45am 2:20pm.

But, what if my student needs his/her phone as a calculator in math class, you might wonder?

AHA: The school supplies students who forget their own with calculators, so there is no need to use phones as calculators.

Of course, if there is a need to communicate with your student durng the day, please feel free to contact the ARHS Main Office at 362-1700.

Friendly rceptionists are standing by and will gladly relay a message to your student.

ARHS Course Registration for 2015-2016 Begins Feb. 23

Submitted by Margot on February 12, 2015 - 2:23pm

Although course registration does not begin until after February Break, the 2015 Program of Studies will be available online for your viewing pleasure starting today, 2/13.

Please click here to access the Program of Studies and to get loads of great information about the process for Rising 10th, 11th, and 12th Graders.

Online registration opens Monday, February 23rd at 10:45 am and closes on Friday, February 27th at 3:00 pm. Students who wish to request permission to take extra classes within an academic department should fill out the Request for Academic Doubles form and bring it to the guidance office by February 27th.

Schedule Changes Explored for 2016-17

Submitted by Janetkbucc on February 12, 2015 - 2:23pm

At 7;00 pm, on Wednesday, February 25, 2015, ARHS will hold a meeting in the high school library to discuss with the community its plans to change the high school's master schedule for SY 2016-17.
Since the high school is at the beginning of its process, the meeting will NOT involve an actual recommendation for the new schedule. Instead, the agenda will focus on the following topics:
- The educational implications of a new master schedule
- The current economic realities that bear on the decision
- The feedback-gathering and decision-making processes
- The different master schedule options that are under consideration.