AAAA Night - Tonight

Submitted by Colleen Osten on April 30, 2014 - 8:15am

The 3rd Annual African American Achievement Night will be held tonight, May 2nd, from 6:30-8:30pm in the Amherst Regional Middle School Auditorium. This much-anticipated event honors students of color in Grades PreK-12 for accomplishments in academics, leadership/community service, athletics and fine/performing arts. Last year, over 500 people attended the awards night and enjoyed music, song, spoken word and dance. The entire community is invited to participate.


Cancelled - PGO Coffee

Submitted by Margot on April 30, 2014 - 6:53am

The PGO Coffee with Principal Jackson scheduled for Thursday, May 8th has been cancelled due to scheduling conflicts. Sorry for any inconvenience.

You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown - This Weekend

Submitted by Margot on April 30, 2014 - 6:33am

For the 5th Annual Student Produced Play, the directors wanted to do something a little different. You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown! intends to step away from the more serious, dark comedies that have been done in years past, and present a light hearted, well known piece that could be given a distinct, ARHS stamp. The play itself is a full length musical presented as a series of vignettes, following a day in Charlie Brown's life, and as discovered in the first couple rehearsals, covers many facets of life in a heartfelt, accessible manner. Student leadership has been taken to a new level with not only student directors, but a student musical director and a student accompanists. Shows are May 2nd at 7:30 pm and May 3rd at 3:00 and 7:30pm.


The Ultimate Weekend in Amherst is Here!

Submitted by Margot on April 30, 2014 - 6:21am

ARHS Ultimate fans: our big weekend is here! Be sure to tell your friends to come and spread the word! Check out the AI 2014 Promo Video by Amherst Media! Come watch over 30 teams from across the USA compete in the oldest and most prestigious high school ultimate tournament in the world. On Saturday, games will be played from 9:30am to 5pm at ARHS, ARMS & UMass and on Sunday, all the action will run from 8:30am to 5 pm at ARHS & ARMS. The “Invite” will once again be divided into three groups: Girls and Boys A & B Divisions. The Boys Division A finals will be played Sunday at 1:45 pm at ARHS.


ARHS Chorale - Together in Song Winners!

Submitted by Margot on April 30, 2014 - 5:55am

The ARHS Chorale, under the direction of Anita Anderson Cooper, was chosen as the Grand Prize Winner in the WGBY Together In Song Choral Competition Sunday night. The overall Grand Prize Winner is awarded an amazing opportunity to record their own 30-minute television broadcast highlighting their musical success in the near future at the WGBY Studio in Springfield, MA. Congratulations! For more information, please visit WGBY's website.

Don't miss them live. The ARHS Chorale will be performing a concert on May 6th at 7:30 pm at South Congregational Church. 

Congrats Are in Order!

Submitted by Margot on April 30, 2014 - 5:54am

Congratulations to Lucas Cox, who has been selected as a winner in the 2014 NCTE Achievement Awards in Writing! Out of almost 800 juniors selected from hundreds of schools, only 164 were chosen to receive this honor.

Congratulations to Anna Kaplan. She was named Girls Indoor Track & Field Player of the Year by the Daily Hampshire Gazette. She placed third at All-States and 13th at National in the Emerging Elites division.

32 ARHS students earned awards on the National Latin Exam. Congrats! You can see the complete list of students and their awards here.

Congratulations to you all!

Free College Classes

Submitted by Janetkbucc on April 29, 2014 - 9:37pm

Springfield Technical Commmunity College offers on-campus or online courses free to high school seniors, beginning with the summer sessions after junior year. Some classes have no prerequisites and some require the Accuplacer test. You can literally take up to four college classes free if you begin this summer. See your counselor for information and an application.

Summer Internships Available

Submitted by Janetkbucc on April 29, 2014 - 9:34pm ()

A Full Circle Adoptions in Northampton is taking applications for summer internships from rising juniors, seniors and recent grads. This is great experience for students interested in social work, law, non-profit and/or business. They are especially looking for interns to work in marketing and social media. Get information in the Guidance Office in the Job Book.

Special Ed Parent Advisory Council Meeting - May 6th

Submitted by Margot on April 29, 2014 - 5:22am

The ARPS Special Education Parent Advisory Council has their next meeting on May 6th @ 6:30pm in Room 13 at ARHS. If you are interested in hearing the discussion, we encourage you to come to a meeting. All SEPAC Meetings are open to the public. More info


LWVA 66th Annual Book Sale - May 2-4

Submitted by Colleen Osten on April 28, 2014 - 7:58pm

The Amherst League of Women Voter's annual sale of thousands of used books will take place May 2nd & 3rd from 9am to 7pm and on May 4th from 10am - 4pm on the Amherst Town Common. The book sale is one of the oldest and largest in New England.  It serves as the major fundraiser for the League and helps finance voter service programs and publications.   For additional information, contact the League of Women Voters Amherst at 253-0633 or visit the website

Best Buddies Friendship Walk - May 4

Submitted by Margot on April 28, 2014 - 7:14am

The Best Buddies Friendship Walk is on May 4th, and its going to be a ton of fun!! There are going to be a lot of activities as well as snacks and food so come join us! We are fundraising for our Amherst Chapter, so if you are interested, please go to: to help supprt!!!

2014 Noho Pride Parade - Tomorrow

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

The ARHS Gender Sexuality Alliance welcomes all from the ARHS community to come march with us in the 2014 Northampton LGBT Pride Parade on Saturday May 3! Our meet-up spot is in the parking lot behind the Northampton Brewery. We'll be on the grassy knoll at the back of the parking lot with our sign at 11 a.m. Please join us!!! All are welcome. Participating is a great way to show support for LGBT members of our community.

*You do not have to be a member of the LGBT community to march.
*We will march to the 3 County Fair Grounds and then we will disperse to enjoy the day.
*The event itself is free and all are welcome to attend.

Songbirds of the Northeast - May 8

Submitted by Margot on April 28, 2014 - 6:27am

Naturalist John Root presents a program on Songbirds of the Northeast on Thursday, May 8th at 7pm in the Woodbury Room at the Jones Library. This is a power point presentation featuring both photographs and recordings of our region’s most common songbirds. Audiences learn how to recognize these enchanting birds by their songs and calls as well as by sight. Diet, migration, habitat, life cycles, social behavior, and other adaptations for survival are discussed, and participants learn how to provide attractive habitat for songbirds. Questions and comments are welcome throughout the presentation. Handouts with information about bird clubs, conservation organizations, books, and websites are made available at the conclusion of the program.Jones Library


Science on Screen - May 6 - Fantastic Voyage

Submitted by Margot on April 28, 2014 - 5:32am


Valley Rock Choir - May 3

Submitted by Margot on April 27, 2014 - 7:06am

The Valley Rock Choir will perform Songs of Earth, Sun & New Beginnings this Saturday, May 3 at 7pm at the UMass Fine Arts Center. Tickets are $20/adults, $17/seniors & $10/Students. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Food Bank of Western Mass. Food Bank Donations will also be accepted. Buy tickets online here