ARHS Math Review Update

Submitted by Colleen Osten on January 28, 2015 - 1:37pm

The Superintendent has approved the Interactive Math Program(IMP) to become the high school math curriculum. The recommendation will take effect this fall with the incoming 9th grade class.

Parent/guardian meetings: On Monday, December 8, a meeting was held to guide parents/guardians through the math curricula currently under review for adoption at ARHS. The meeting started with a brief presentation of the review process to this point. The majority of meeting was dedicated to a guided exploration of the curricula.  On Wednesday, December 17, parents/guardians had an opportunity to see potential math course sequences (Integrated or Traditional) and course names for grades 9 to 12. Parents/guardians were asked to provide comments for the ARHS math department.


Poetry Out Loud Rescheduled

Submitted by Margot on January 28, 2015 - 1:26pm

It's not too late to participate!  Our school competition has been rescheduled to Monday, Feb. 2. Browse the selection at and choose two poems to memorize and perform. The ultimate cash prize: $20,000. The best prize: fun! Personal satisfaction! Sign up with Levy or Marr or by Jan 30. Write to them or stop by for details.

National Latin Exam Prep

Submitted by Colleen Osten on January 28, 2015 - 1:25pm

The National Latin Exam is coming up the first week in March.  Join us in 112 on Tuesdays and Fridays to review and prepare.  Especially important for students not in Latin this term.  Per Aspera ad Astra!

College Tidbits 101 for Juniors

Submitted by Colleen Osten on January 28, 2015 - 12:52pm

Myra Ross recently reached out to Juniors with important information. Ask your student about this!  She mentioned:


Step Right Up To Help Edit This Parent Newsletter

Submitted by Janetkbucc on January 28, 2015 - 12:52pm

It is we, your trusty ARHS PGO Newsletter Editors, here from the newsroom reaching out to entice a few of you to step up and replace us for next year.

We are looking for a few volunteers to take over our efforts as we move on to other tasks. We'd train you this Spring; it's pretty easy and low-key, and can be done from home in an hour or two every few weeks (depending on how many editors we have). Plus, it's a fantastic way to stay connected to what's happening at ARHS!

If you're interested, drop us a note by clicking the Contact button on the lower right of our homepage. Thanks! 

Congratulations are in Order!

Submitted by Colleen Osten on January 28, 2015 - 12:51pm

Congratulationss to ARHS Health & PE teacher Elizabeth Haygood on winning the Norma Jean Anderson Civil Rights & Academic Award 2015!

Congratulations to ARHS students Larenz Harris & Shekenah Rocke for being awarded a scholarship for their essay submissions at the Martin Luther King Community Breakfast.

Read the Gazette's article about the celebration here

Donations of School Supplies for Nicaragua

Submitted by Colleen Osten on January 28, 2015 - 12:50pm

Want to get rid of some unused school supplies and help children in Nicaragua at the same time?  A group of ARHS students are going on a service trip to La Paz, Nicagagua over Winter Break and your support would be greatly appreciated.  Bring any gently used children's puzzles, ball, playing cards as well as school supplies to Mr. Fircke's rm, 323 by Feb. 6th!  See Rohan M., Amanda R., or Meghan S. for more information.

Conversation with the ARHS Alums Nominated for Pulitzer

Submitted by Colleen Osten on January 28, 2015 - 12:45pm

The Emily Dickinson Museum presents a conversation between 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama winner 

Annie Baker and 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama nominee Madeleine George. Both are graduates of Amherst Regional High School, and the two will discuss the importance of place in their work.  

Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 7 pm in the ARHS library

New Voices From Our Schools

Submitted by Margot on January 28, 2015 - 12:35pm

Please enjoy the latest episode of Voices from Our Schools. In this show, Kimberly Stender talks with Myles Olmstead and Gabriel Fontes, ARHS Class of 2015 students, about the Student Advisory Council at ARHS. Click here to view the episode on Amherst Media.

Jones Library Documentary and Discussion - "Vincent Who?"

Submitted by Colleen Osten on January 28, 2015 - 12:34pm

Join us on Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 7 pm in the Woodbury Room for a screening of Vincent Who?, the fifth 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.


Host Families Needed

Submitted by Colleen Osten on January 27, 2015 - 1:08pm

Peoplelink is coordinating the placement of a group of Japanese high school students from the Happy Science Academy 3/9 through 3/14. Each family needs to provide meals and a place to sleep; a separate room is not necessary. They are looking for families who can host 2 students for that time period, and in return will receive a stipend of $40/day. During the day the students will be shadowing ARHS students, going to Boston and learning about life in Amherst. It's a great opportunity for both the students and Amherst families. For more information please contact Diane Caraker at

Principal's Journal

Submitted by Janetkbucc on January 22, 2015 - 9:55am

Did you know Mark Jackson has an online Journal where he posts information of interest to the school and community? Here is a link to his latest post: Budget Concerns for Fiscal Year 2016. You can check in whenever you'd like; it is on the ARHS website home page.

Info for Seniors Interested in Community College

Submitted by Janetkbucc on January 22, 2015 - 9:54am

Info for Seniors. Please share.

1. If you are planning to attend HCC or GCC next year, now's the time to notify a Guidance Secretary of your intent, and to sign up ASAP in Guidance 101 to meet with a representative from these schools. 

HCC will be here on February 3, and GCC on February 4 for Instant Decision days.

2. Also, if you are thinking about GCC, there will be a field trip on Wednesday, February 25 during probably during B, C, and D.  Sign up in Guidance 101 by January 28.

Junior Parents/Guardians: Look for Email from College Counselor Myra Ross

Submitted by Janetkbucc on January 22, 2015 - 9:53am

College counselor, Myra Ross, sent out an email to all Juniors and their parents/guardians this week. Please check your email and ask your student to check his/her e-mail account for the letter. 

Each student and family should open a Naviance account online and start preparing for  individual college meetings with Myra, which will take place this spring. ACT and SAT test dates are coing up later in the Spring and registration needs to occur over a month before the date you choose. More info at (for SAT registration) or at (for ACT registration).


Seeking Host Family for ABC House Scholar

Submitted by Janetkbucc on January 22, 2015 - 9:52am

Amherst A Better Chance Program is looking for a host family for one of its new scholars, a 9th grade boy from NYC.

For one weekend each month during the school year, the host family provides the student with a home where he can relax, socialize and study. The idea is for the family and the scholar to enjoy and learn from interacting with one another, and to broaden the experiences of both.