The Library Thanks You!

Submitted by Colleen Osten on October 8, 2014 - 2:19pm
When it rains, it pours!  Parents have now donated many wonderful games (and many brand new).    These include Scrabble, Chess, Quiddler, Boggle, Big Boggle, Super Big Boggle, Mancala, and Bananagrams.   (Our staff is in the process of cataloging them  and they will be available to be checked-out for use in the library after school no later than Friday, 10/10.)  Thank you to all who came forward to make our library that much better!  Leslie Lomasson

College Visits This Week at ARHS

Submitted by Colleen Osten on October 8, 2014 - 1:45pm

Friday, October 10th:

  • Swarthmore College         8:30 AM
  • Kalamazoo College          9:00 AM
  • University of Chicago       12:45 PM

Tuesday October 14th:

  • Carleton College              8:00 AM
  • University of Redlands     8:30 AM
  • Holyoke C.C                    10:15 AM
  • Mount Holyoke College   12:15 PM

Wednesday, October 15th

  • Wheaton College MA        8:30 AM

Thursday October 16th


PGO Grants Update

Submitted by Colleen Osten on October 7, 2014 - 7:02pm
The ARHS PGO has already awarded grants totaling close to $8,000 to ARHS teachers & staff just this fall. This first round of grants brings items such as new "non-traditional" lighting & sound equipment to the Theater Dept.; graphing calculators to the Academic Achievement Center; dry-erase boards for the Chemistry classrooms; new easels, watercolor sets and photography equipment for the Art Dept.; a visiting performer to the Southeast Campus and much, much more. The PGO grants are offered once per trimester to all ARHS teachers and staff. 

Families Needed to Host Japanese High School Students or Teachers

Submitted by Colleen Osten on October 6, 2014 - 9:22pm

PeopleLink, a non-profit organization is currently looking for friendly families to host a Japanese High School student or teacher from March 22-28th. These students are touring our area as part of cultural exchange program their school does every year. They are hoping to experience our culture first hand by participating in a home stay program. Host families should provide a bed, meals and English conversation. You will receive a $20/30 per night stipend. This is a great opportunity to learn about another culture and make a new friend without leaving your home! Please contact Marie Lauderdale at, or call (413)230-1121 for more information.

Volunteer at Paradise City Arts

Submitted by Colleen Osten on October 6, 2014 - 9:09pm

WGBY invites Amherst-Pelham Regional High School students to get community service hours over Columbus Day weekend at the Paradise City Arts Festival at the 3 County Fairgrounds in Northampton. Volunteers help WGBY manage our daily silent auction. Tasks include soliciting donations from artists, booth sitting, hosting the WGBY auction tables, and more. Volunteers get free admission to the festival on the day of their shift.

Library Needs Board Games Donated

Submitted by Margot on October 2, 2014 - 7:56am

After school each day more than a 100 students come to the library to do homework , meet in study groups, read, or just hang out with friends while waiting for practice and club activities to begin.  The library would love to provide board games as activities for our students.  Can you help us?  We are looking for games such as Scrabble, chess, Bananagrams, and Boggle.  Perhaps you have unused games lying about your house.  If you have any of the above games you would be willing to donate to ARHS library, it would be much appreciated. Thank you!  Please drop off donations to the main office. 



Can You Spare 2 Hours for ARHS?

Submitted by Margot on October 2, 2014 - 6:59am

Many thanks to last weekend's volunteers: Baer Tierkel, Elizabeth Tan and Carla Becker. Thank you for donating your 2 hours!

The funds Stop & Shop awards ARHS annually is limited only by the number of cards we register. The most effective way to register cards is to greet shoppers on their way into the store and ask for their support. A two hour shift at Stop & Shop translates to about $400 at the end of the year for ARHS, which directly benefits your student!

There are still 2-hour shifts available. Can you fill one?


Performing Arts Gala - Tuesday

Submitted by Margot on October 2, 2014 - 6:50am

Don't miss one of the most engaging ARHS evenings of the year. Starting at 6:30pm on Tuesday, October 7th, the Arts Gala is the perfect chance to get a panoramic view of the Performing Arts Department's work in progress for Fall 2014 and to see the wide variety of opportunities our students are offered. Free admission and open to all!  Hope to see you there!

Evening Coffee with the Principal - October 15

Submitted by Anonymous on October 1, 2014 - 4:29pm

All parents and guardians are invited to join us next Wednesday, October 15th at 7:00 pm for An Evening Coffee with Principal Mark Jackson. Mr. Jackson will give an overview of what's happening at ARHS this trimester and beyond. As always, bring your questions, network with other parents, and stay connected to ARHS! Refreshment provided by ARHS Culinary Arts Students. We hope you can join us from 7:00-8:00 pm in the ARHS Library.

Spike It For Life Fundraiser - Oct. 7

Submitted by Margot on October 1, 2014 - 10:59am

Come out in support of 'Canes' Volleyball on Tuesday, October 7th as both JV and Varsity host their first Spike It For Life Event in an effort to raise cancer awareness. Games start at 5pm for JV and Varsity at 6pm vs Belchertown as both high school teams come together to play as one against cancer at ARHS. Come help us "paint the gym in pink" as we celebrate those who have lost the battle, survivors and more. There will be bake sale items and slices of pizza for sale, a 50:50 raffle, gift basket/ gift certificates (donated by local businesses) raffled off, and neon pink commemorative T-shirts for sale. ALL proceeds to be donated to Baystate Mary Lane's Integrated Cancer Program.


College Rep Visits Next Week

Submitted by Colleen Osten on September 30, 2014 - 2:38pm

Mon October 6th
Earlham College 9:30 AM

Tue October 7th
Hobart and William Smith Colleges 8:00 AM

Wed October 8th
Worcester State University 8:00 AM
Guilford College 9:00 AM
Johnson State College 1:00 PM

Thu October 9th
Greenfield Community College 10:00 AM
Southern Vermont College 1:00 PM

Fri October 10th
Swarthmore College 8:30 AM
Kalamazoo College 9:00 AM
University of Chicago 12:45 PM

Students should pick up a pink pass in the Guidance Office before the class they want to leave to show their teacher to get out of that class. You get 3 freebies, then they count as absences. The meetings take place in the conference rooms in Guidance Office 101 near the Main Office. All the College Rep visits for this year are all listed in Naviance.

2014 PSAT Info - Register by Oct 10

Submitted by Margot on September 30, 2014 - 10:59am

The PSAT test will start at 8:00 am on Saturday, October 18th (Arrive at 7:45am) at Amherst High School. The fee will be $25, waived for students signed up for subsidized meals at school. The deadline to register in Guidance is Friday, October 10th. It is a good idea for juniors to take this practice SAT.


Host Family Opportunity for ABC House Scholar

Submitted by Margot on September 30, 2014 - 10:56am

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 will provide the student with a home where he can relax, socialize and study. The idea is for the family to enjoy and learn from interacting with the student and for the student to broaden his Amherst experience beyond ARHS. A great fit would be a family with a boy around the same age.

If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please contact Wendy Kohler at 413-250-0091 or

More info about the ABC House can be found here:

Tips from the School Nurse

Submitted by Margot on September 30, 2014 - 7:18am

There are steps you can take in your daily life to help protect you from getting the flu.


ARPS Family Center presents Navigating PowerSchool

Submitted by Margot on September 30, 2014 - 7:14am

On Wednesday, October 8th at 7pm, the ARPS Family Center presents, "Navigating the ARPS PowerSchool Database." Parents & Guardians will learn to access and monitor their child’s academic grades in the district database. All are invited to attend this FREE workshop with ARPS Database Analyst , Dr. Doug Slaughter, in the ARHS Library on Oct. 8th at 7pm