College News

Submitted by Margot on February 4, 2014 - 7:56am

Seniors Parents/Guardians: If your student is planning to attend STCC or GCC next year or even if you want to include one of them as a financial safety school, your student should come to Decision Day at ARHS. STCC will be here on Tues., Feb. 11th and GCC will visit on Mon., February 10th. Students can sign up in guidance for a fifteen-minute time-slot during your lunch period. Admission representatives will answer your questions and give them an admission packet on the spot!


A Conversation with Toni Morrison, Bernice Johnson Reagon and Sonia Sanchez - Feb. 13

Submitted by Margot on February 4, 2014 - 6:36am

Nobel Prize-winning novelist Toni Morrison, singer and social activist Bernice Johnson Reagon and poet and playwright Sonia Sanchez will share the stage in a public conversation about “Black Women in the Arts in the 21st Century” on Thursday, Feb. 13 from 7-9:30 p.m. at the UMass Mullins Center.The evening's program also will include musical selections by The New Africa House Ensemble, the Voices of New Africa Choir directed by Evelyn Harris, and a guest performance by composer and saxophonist Frederick Tillis. Doors will open at 6:15 pm. This event is hosted by the W.E.B. DuBois Afro-American Studies Department.

The event is free and open to the public.

ARHS Home Games This Weekend

Submitted by Margot on February 4, 2014 - 6:17am

5:30PM Girls J.V. Basketball vs. Chicopee Comp
7:00PM Girls Varsity Basketball vs. Chicopee Comp.

Sat 2/08
7:00PM  Boys Ice Hockey vs. Saint Mary's

Mon 2/10
5:30PM  Boys JV Basketball vs. Chicopee 
7:00PM  Boys Varsity Basketball vs. Chicopee 

Remember to wear you 'Canes for a Cure T-shirt to get in free! Good luck to all our traveling athletes as well. Go 'Canes

Winter Fest This Weekend

Submitted by Colleen Osten on February 3, 2014 - 10:27pm

Northamton Community Rowing is Recruiting!

Submitted by Colleen Osten on February 3, 2014 - 9:58pm

Northampton Community Rowing is inviting all interested middle and high school students to check out our rowing program!  Open to all students throughout the Pioneer valley.  Season starts March 3.  Go to for more info.

Amherst Cinema - Family Week - Feb. 14-21

Submitted by Margot on February 3, 2014 - 6:04am

Enjoy great international cinema with the whole family at Amherst Cinema during February Vacation! Two masterpieces from Hayao Miyazaki (Kiki's Delivery Service & Porco Rosso) are playing as Matinees along with a wonderful feature film (The Zigzag Kid)- Matinee tix only $3.00.  Go to for all Family Week movie listings.

Hurricanes Sports Fans - Home Hockey Game Tonight!

Submitted by Margot on January 29, 2014 - 6:53am

Come on out and cheer on the Hurricanes Hockey team tonight at 7 pm at Orr Rink. The Hurricanes will take on the Chicopee Comp. Colts. Never been to an ARHS Hockey game? Check out this two minute video with some highlight from last Friday's game. As promised, $1.00 hot dogs will be on sale tonight. Go Canes!


Amherst Idol - TONIGHT - 7:00 pm

Submitted by Margot on January 29, 2014 - 6:46am

Amherst Idol is TONIGHT at 7pm at ARHS Auditorium. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door. Come hear your favorite ARHS singers and a few guest surprises.

Juniors - NCTE Writing Contest - Deadline Today

Submitted by Margot on January 29, 2014 - 6:22am

The National Council of Teachers of English recognize students cited as excellent writers by judges. Only students who are JUNIORS in the academic year 2013-2014 may be nominated for 2014 awards. To begin, just write or revise a piece of creative writing, poetry, personal essay, or story. The piece must not exceed 6 double-spaced, typed pages. Two students will be selected to write on a theme and then all their writing will be submitted to the national contest. It’s super easy and prestigious! Email it to or today.

Gazette XC Runners of the Year

Submitted by Margot on January 28, 2014 - 6:58am

The Daily Hampshire Gazette has named Amherst runners Anna Kaplan and Ryan Stender as their choice for Girls and Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year. You can read the full article here. Congratulations!

B-Ball This Sunday - Don't Miss It

Submitted by Margot on January 28, 2014 - 6:41am

Looking for something fun to do while supporting your fellow ARHS students? Local Special Olympic Massachusetts community basketball games will be held this Sunday, February 2nd from 10 am -12 noon in the Alumni Gymnasium at Amherst College. Come cheer on the Cardinals and Stingers as they play hosts to other area teams.

Consider Running For Town Meeting

Submitted by Margot on January 27, 2014 - 6:14am

The deadline for getting your name on the ballot as a candidate for Town Meeting is Tuesday, February 4 at 5:00pm. Sign up in the Town Clerk's office in Town Hall. You must be a registered voter in the Town of Amherst. All it takes is one signature. Remember -Town Meeting sets the budget for our schools!

If you have any questions, contact The Annual Town Election takes place on Tuesday, March 25, 2014. 2014 Annual Town Meeting begins Monday, April 28, 2014 at 7:00 pm in the Middle School Auditorium.

See attached flyer from the Town Meeting Coordinating Committee.


The Silver Chord Bowl - Feb. 2

Submitted by Margot on January 27, 2014 - 6:10am

On Sunday, February 2nd - The Silver Chord Bowl - The Best of Collegiate A Capella @ 2 PM in the John M. Greene Hall at Smith College in Noho. General Admission $12 Advance/ $15 Door

This year they will showcase some of the best collegiate groups in the country including local sensations the Smiffenpoofs from Smith College who are fresh off a visit with the President and First Lady. Other local favorites the Northamptones from Northampton High School and the Amherst College Zumbyes, as well as the UMass Dynamics! Mayor David Narkewicz and Smith College President Kathleen McCartney will be on hand as emcees for this classic Northampton event. Sponsored by the Northampton Arts Council. Purchase tickets online:

LWVMA Student Video Contest Launches Feb. 1

Submitted by Margot on January 26, 2014 - 7:35am

What is the "Dear Future Governor..." Student Video Contest? The Massachusetts gubernatorial election is just 10 months away! LWVMA is asking Massachusetts high school students to submit two-minute videos illustrating a problem or issue in their communities that the next Governor should address. First place wins $1000; second place wins $500; and third place wins $250.
Who can enter? The contest is open to any Massachusetts high school student in grades 9-12.
When is the contest? Entries may be submitted online starting Feb. 1. The deadline for submissions is March 31. Judging will take place in April, and winners will be announced in May.

For further information about the contest and to download a flyer,

ARHS Letter from Mark Jackson re: Fire Drill

Submitted by Colleen Osten on January 23, 2014 - 10:04pm

In case you miised the letter from Mark Jackson about the recent fire drill, it can be found here.  As Mark Jackson wrote in his letter, "The unrehearsed moving of 1100 students under less than ideal 
conditions and 'smoothly' is the best way I have to describe it."  Thanks again to all the atudents!