ARHS Volleyball Coach Inducted into Hall of Fame

Submitted by Colleen Osten on October 29, 2014 - 6:08am

Amherst Regional's Kacey Schmitt was inducted into the Massachusetts Girls Volleyball Coaches Association Hall of Fame on Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014.

Schmitt began her 17th season as the Hurricanes coach this fall. She has led Amherst to two Western Mass. Division II titles (1999 and 2005) and six finals appearances. Amherst has qualified for the playoffs for six straight seasons with a 75-36 record over that span.

"I was stunned," Schmitt said upon learning of the honor. " I don't know who nominated me, but thank you to whoever did."

Essay Help for Seniors

Submitted by Colleen Osten on October 28, 2014 - 2:33pm

Stuck? Need help with an essay? We will have an Essay Day on Wednesday, November 5. Trained Amherst College students will assist seniors with their essays at scheduled half-hour appointments beginning at first lunch and continuing until 3pm. Bring a draft for constructive feedback. Sign-up in the Guidance Office for a half hour time slot. First come, first served.

Coming Together Events

Submitted by Colleen Osten on October 28, 2014 - 11:19am

Film Screening November 6 - "White Like Me"  White Like Me, based on the work of anti-racist educator and author Tim Wise, explores race and racism in the U.S. through the lens of whiteness and white privilege. In a reassessment of the American ideal of meritocracy and claims that we've entered a post-racial society, Wise offers a look back at the race-based white entitlement programs that built the American middle class, and argues that our failure as a society to come to terms with this legacy of white privilege continues to perpetuate racial inequality and race-driven political resentments today. Free at the Jones LIbrary at 7pm.

Community Conversation - November 14  An opportunity fot people of all racial backgrounds to come together to tak with facilitiation by Barbara Love and other.  Supper will be provided.  Unitarian Universalits Society of Amherst Social Hall at 5:30pm


Mark Your Calendars

Submitted by Colleen Osten on October 28, 2014 - 10:57am

Nov. 8 - SATs

Nov. 11 - Veterans' Day: No School

Nov. 13 - Athletes and College Recruiting Presentation: 7-8:30pm, ARHS Library

Nov. 14 & 15 - Dance Theater Ensemble: 7:30pm, Auditorium

Nov. 20 - ARHS Financial Aid Night (MEFA): 7pm, Library

Nov. 23 - Bombazzo!: 2-4PM, 

Nov. 24-26 - T1 Exams: Schedule

Nov. 25 - Chorale Concert: 7:30PM, Wesley Church


Trick or Treat at Umass

Submitted by Colleen Osten on October 28, 2014 - 10:53am

Transportation Survey

Submitted by Colleen Osten on October 28, 2014 - 8:50am
The Town has hired Nelson/Nygaard, a town-planning consultant firm, to develop a coherent, multimodal transportation plan for the Town. The Transportation section of the Town’s Master Plan was, by everyone’s admission, not really fleshed out, and can’t serve as a guide to our planning for a multimodal system that will benefit all ‘vehicles’: pedestrians, bicycles, automobiles, mass transit, delivery trucks, etc. 

2015 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

Submitted by Colleen Osten on October 28, 2014 - 8:09am

The deadline for the 2015 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards is November 4th. These are awarded to students in any grade who do a lot of volunteer work. Each year in early May, the 102 State Honorees of The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards are brought to Washington, D.C., with their parents for four days of national recognition events. In addition, 10 of the 102 State Honorees are named America's top youth volunteers of the year at a formal luncheon at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. See the guidance office for details or go to their website:

Writing Workshop at Jones Library

Submitted by Colleen Osten on October 27, 2014 - 11:45am

National Novel Writing Month is fast approaching! Join our writing series at the Jones Library led by local authors, teachers, and lit critics.  This free workshop for young adults ages 12+ (middle and high school) will guide you through the 30-day writing marathon! Wednesdays,Oct 29 - Dec 3, 3:30-4:30pm, Jones Library Woodbury Room.  Contact Garrett Pinder to RSVP 413-259-3091

3 Outstanding Students - National Achievement Scholarship Program

Submitted by Janetkbucc on October 23, 2014 - 11:00am
Congratulations to the following students who are among some 3,100 Outstanding Participants in the National Achievement Scholarship program being referred to US colleges and universities:  Ethan Bakuli, Sajo Jefferson and Rory Lambert-Wright

These students scored in the top 3 percent of more than 160,000 Black Americans who requested consideration in the 2015 National Achievement Program when they took the 2013 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). The National Achievement Scholarship Program was initiated in 1964 specifically to honor academically promising Black American high school seniors.

Macbeth TONIGHT & SAT. at 7 pm

Submitted by Janetkbucc on October 23, 2014 - 10:55am

The ARHS Theater Company invites you to a unique production of Macbeth, at ARHS. Designed for an audience to have the freedom to get close to the action in a variety of surprising settings, the show takes place both indoors and outdoors as it travels around the ARHS campus.

Tickets are $7 for students, $10 for adults. Reservations highly recommended - we expect the show to sell out - and can be had at


Eat Lasagna, Hear Great Music, Support ARHS CHorale

Submitted by Janetkbucc on October 23, 2014 - 10:45am
The ARHS Chorale Lasagna Dinner is the place to be on Monday, October 27th in the ARHS cafeteria, and the entire ARPS community is invited to support this annual event.
Chorale members make and serve the lasagna (garlic bread and dessert, too), AND sing for you afterwards! What more could you want on a Monday night?
Tickets are $10 for Adults and $5 for students & senior citizens; you can buy them at the door or kids can buy them at lucnh at school. Seatings are at 5:00, 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. For more information, contact Anita Cooper at

Picture Re-Take Day - Tues, Oct 28

Submitted by Janetkbucc on October 23, 2014 - 10:44am

All Students who did not have their pictures taken for their I.D.'s should do so on Tuesday Oct 28th. In addition, those who got duds the first time around can get their photos retaken then, as well.  

The cameras will be set up outside the cafeteria during all lunches.  Look your best!


Submitted by Janetkbucc on October 23, 2014 - 10:43am

Come one, come all as we celebrate the 20th anniversary AEF TRIVIA BEE.

Thursday, October 30, at 7:00pm in the Amherst Regional Middle School auditorium.

Last year, AEF raised $8,000.00 at the BEE, with the team from the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office emerging as the winner. They return this year along with a team of School Committee members, Select Board players, teachers, school staff, the As Schools Match Wits team along with many others.

Come on down to support our sponsors, play in a special audience trivia game, and enjoy the festivities. We promise an evening of raffles, goodies, and general hilarity.


A Clipboard and a Smile Leads to $$$ for ARHS

Submitted by Janetkbucc on October 23, 2014 - 10:40am

Many thanks to last weekend's volunteers: Nicola Metcalf and Kathy Layer, Jim and Paul. A clip board and a smile at the entrance to Stop & Shop can lead to hundreds of dollars for the schools. A two hour shift at Stop & Shop translates to about $400 at the end of the year for ARHS, which directly benefits your student! 


The PGO Needs Your Support

Submitted by Margot on October 23, 2014 - 10:35am

If you have not yet made a contribution to the ARHS PGO, we would like to remind you it is not too late, and no donation is too small!

Our programs work to enrich the experience of every student at ARHS, and to keep their families connected and informed. We appreciate your generosity, and will work hard to put donations to good work.

There are two easy ways to contribute: either through the "Donate to ARHS PGO (yay!)" link on the right side of this page or by check. 

Checks should be made to the ARHS PGO and sent to ARHS PGO, PO Box 566, Amherst, MA 01004 or dropped off in the main office. Please consider a donation today, thank you!