No School Monday - Memorial Day

Submitted by Margot on May 22, 2014 - 5:01pm

There will be no school on Monday, May 26th in observance of Memorial Day.

The Amherst Memorial Day Parade runs from North Common at 9:30 a.m., moving down South Pleasant ending at the War Memorial. Ceremony to follow at 10 a.m. next to the War Memorial Pool. Program to include Invocation, Pledge of Allegiance, Welcome, Flag Raising, Guest Speaker, Music and Readings. Refreshments after ceremony at the VFW.

2014 Senior Party!

Submitted by Margot on May 22, 2014 - 8:08am

Graduation is 2 weeks away! So is Project Graduation (aka Senior Party). Registration information was sent to Senior Parents/Guardians this week via email. Hey Senior Parents: if you have not volunteered yet, please sign up here. If your student is attending, you should claim a 2 hour volunteer shift! We all will have out of town guest! We really need to fill some late-night shuttle driving, entertainment, and security shifts!


ARHS Track Tag Sale! This Weekend!

Submitted by Margot on May 22, 2014 - 7:49am

A HUGE tag sale overflowing with treasures takes place THIS WEEKEND, Saturday, May 24th & 25th at ARHS, 21 Mattoon Street from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine. There will be baked goods, clothing, games, sporting equipment, books, jewelry, vinyl albums, LEGOs, fine china and much, much more. All proceeds benefit ARHS Track! Help send Amherst Track to Nationals!!

Combined Concert - Thursday, May 29th

Submitted by Margot on May 22, 2014 - 6:37am

On Thursday, May 29th at 7:30 pm in the ARHS auditorium the High School Choruses and Symphonic Orchestra will give their spring concert. You will have the opportunity to hear almost 200 of our students in concert and support the performing arts program at Amherst Regional High School. Our students love having you attend performances. Hope to see you there!

ARHS Tennis News

Submitted by Margot on May 22, 2014 - 6:06am

The ARHS girl's tennis team is currently 16-0, they have one more match! The playoffs will begin the end of the next week. Last weekend at the Western Mass Individuals Tournament. Nicole McCann won (and will compete next month in the state semi-finals). This was the third time she won this title and the second year competing against her younger sister Alison McCann. This year's final match was four hours long. In the doubles tournament - Kailey Tobin and Veronica Suchodolski made it to the finals where they lost to the Longmeadow team. On the boys side, they qualified for the playoffs as well. In the Western Mass Individuals tournament..Andy Zyskowski made it to the semifinal where he lost in the third set. Congrats to you all!

ARHS Student Wins National Latin Award

Submitted by Margot on May 21, 2014 - 2:43pm

Junior Drake Niedzielski has been a superb Latin student throughout his ARMS and ARHS Latin career. As a testament to his excellence, Drake won a gold medal, the highest distinction, on each level of the National Latin Exam over the last four years. In addition to his gold medal and Summa cum Laude certificate, Drake received this year an Oxford Classical Dictionary from the National Latin Exam organization. The Maureen O’Donnell Oxford Classical Dictionary Award is given to students who win four gold medals.

AAAA Night Photos Wanted

Submitted by Margot on May 21, 2014 - 2:38pm

The African American Achievement Awards committee is seeking photos for their Facebook page. The Facebook page is called "African American Achievers of Amherst" and is meant to showcase the accomplishments of ARPS students (elem/ms/hs). Parents, guardians, staff and students are invited to post photos from AAAA night, civic awards, ARHS graduation (students in stoles), athletics events, fine & performing arts performances, community service projects, etc. Students should get permission from parents/guardians before posting photos. Additional information can be obtained through Dr. Shirley Whitaker

Yearbooks Are Here!

Submitted by Margot on May 21, 2014 - 2:02pm

The yearbooks are here! The yearbooks are here! Seniors may pick up their preordered yearbooks in the cafeteria after school on Tuesday. If you haven't ordered one yet, you may do so for $65. Underclassmen may pick up their preordered yearbooks in the cafeteria after school on Wednesday. The rest of the week, they are available from Missy Shea in room 143. Questions? Contact

The JETS - Best in State!

Submitted by Margot on May 21, 2014 - 7:15am

For those not in the know, ARHS has a program called JETS (Junior Engineering and Technical Society) that is run by ARHS physicist Dr. Patty Blauner and full of students that are all about applying math and science to our world. Congratulations to this years JET's TEAM+S competitors. A special congrats to Varsity B (Marie Lian, Henry Rachootin, Erin Kavanagh, Samson Braun, Mathena Morrissey, Emma Thibault, and Aditi Patel) and JV B (Solomon Rueschemeyer-Bailey, Michael Kamlarz, Andy Zyskowski, Akshat Dhankher, Brody Lynch, Liam Brandt, Jonathan Hosea, and Inderjeet Badwal) teams for finishing "BEST IN STATE." 

Amherst Racial Equity Organizers Monthly Gathering

Submitted by Margot on May 20, 2014 - 7:19am

Undoing Racism Organizing Collaborative runs a Amherst Racial Equity Organizers Monthly Gathering on the last Saturday of the Month from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm at the Jones Library, 43 Amity Street, Amherst, MA 01002. The next monthly gathering is Saturday, May 31st. Click here for more information. 

Junior Parents - It's Time to Pay It Forward

Submitted by Margot on May 20, 2014 - 7:17am

Hey Junior Parents/Guardians: You thought you could ignore the call for senior parents to volunteer for Project Graduation (formerly known as Senior Party), didn't you? No such luck! There are three reasons we need you to volunteer by clicking here. First, we can't do it without you because some shifts occur while senior parents are at the graduation ceremony itself (so please sign up for Security & Set-Up shifts between 5:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m.). Second, your junior may be invited by a senior as a guest, and you may be curious to observe this legendary event with your own eyes!


State Convention - ARHS Student Volunteers Needed

Submitted by Margot on May 20, 2014 - 6:17am

The Amherst Town Democratic Committee is interested in organizing a group of youth volunteers to attend the State Convention on June 13th & June 14th. The Convention Director is looking forward to having a group of Amherst Youth Volunteers, ages 14 - 18 years participate in the Convention. All Volunteers will be given a guest pass for the Convention for the day they volunteer. If you are interested in the State Convention, Please contact Greg Bascomb at 413-256-6857 or at or Bonnie MacCracken at Youth Volunteers under the age of 18 years old will be required to have written permission from a parent or guardian to participate.

An Afternoon of Music w/ Mister El-Are - May 31

Submitted by Margot on May 20, 2014 - 6:08am

An Afternoon of Music w/ Mister El-Are & Guests: Please join local educator and hip hop emcee, Michael Lawrence-Rideel, aka Mister El-Are on May 31 from 4-6pm at the Florence Community Center, 140 Pine Street in Florence, MA. Performers will include Justin and Christine Eck, Sajo Jefferson, Marcia Gomes and Mister El-Are. This is a benefit concert for Mister El-Are's Music Education Project, using music to connect kids to history and literature. Info:

Looking for Information About Community Activities

Submitted by Anonymous on May 15, 2014 - 10:32pm
Thursday morning, Mark Jackson, Maria Geryk and Scott Livingstone led a meeting for parents and guardians regarding the threatening note received on Wednesday.  At the meeting, school administrators and parents referred to several activities and programs in and around the school that are attempting to address needs and concerns within the community (e.g., racial tensions, communication, school safety, etc.).  For example, as noted in Thursday’s morning announcements, two ARHS students are putting together a documentary film of students talking about racism at ARHS.  The PGO would like to help make the community aware of such activities.  If you have knowledge of any relevant activities in the school or in the community, please send along a brief description and your contact information. As we learn about  efforts being made we will share the information with the our readers.

ARHS Girls Ultimate Wins Big at Northeasterns

Submitted by Margot on May 15, 2014 - 6:55am

UltiPhotos: Sunday Highlights [Girls] - USAU 2014 HS Northeasterns &emdash; Sunday Action, Girls -- USAU 2014 HS Northeastern Championships

ARHS Girls Varsity Ultimate continued their dominance, winning their 5th consecutive regional title with a 13-3 win over BFA Fairfax of Vermont this past weekend in Portland, ME. The ARHS Girls JVA placed third after losing to Varsity in the Semi-finals. The ARHS Boys Varsity team placed fifth. Meaghan McCluskey, Izzi Tripp and Leland Rege-Colt won the Individual Spirit Awards. You can read more about it here. Congrats to you all!!