Winterfest Dance This Friday

Submitted by Janetkbucc on January 22, 2015 - 9:51am

Just a bit of notice that the WInterfest dance will take place this Friday January 23rd at 7:00 pm in the Cafeteria, featuring D.J.s Lukas Cox and Noah Kayser-Hirsch.  The  dance is for Juniors and Seniors, but Sophomores and Freshmen can attend if invited by an upperclassperson.  

Tickets are $5 and will be sold during all lunches.

Join Hurricane Athletics Boosters

Submitted by Janetkbucc on January 22, 2015 - 9:50am

You are invited to the first Annual Meeting of the Amherst Hurricane Athletics Boosters!

When and where? 5:30pm on January 29 in Room 117 at the High School


Wilderness First Aid Training

Submitted by Margot on January 22, 2015 - 9:49am

Is your student is interested in first aid training? The ARHS Outing Club is sponsoring a Wilderness First Aid course Feb 21-22. This is a professionally led course, and your student will earn a certificate valid for two years when they complete it. The class is offered at a reduced cost to ARHS students. Have your student speak to Mr. Kropf for more information.

Anne of Green Gables - This Weekend

Submitted by Janetkbucc on January 22, 2015 - 9:48am

This year's ALSCT production is Anne of Green Gables. This story has touched millions of readers around the world, and been adapted into feature films and highly successful miniseries.

Through January 25th, the wonderful musical adaptation is coming to life at the Bowker Auditorium at UMass. Bring the family and let the charm and joy of this timeless story brighten your winter and delight your heart!
Get your tickets TODAY.

Fundraiser Working!

Submitted by Margot on January 15, 2015 - 8:02am

THROUGH DECEMBER, $9099.16 HAS BEEN RAISED TO BENEFIT OUR STUDENTS through Stop & Shop A+BonusBucks and the program continues until MARCH. Thanks to all of our parent volunteers and all who have already signed up for Stop & Shop's A+BonusBucks program.

YOU CAN STILL JOIN IN and help enrich ARHS simply by using your Stop & Shop card at absolutely NO COST to you! Each time you shop, Stop & Shop makes a contribution to our High School.


SENIORS - Register ASAP for FAFSA Day

Submitted by Colleen Osten on January 15, 2015 - 6:59am

GET HELP WITH YOUR FINANCIAL AID APPLICATION AT MASSACHUSETTS FAFSA DAY on JANUARY 22, in the ARHS Cafeteria at 7:00pm.  You will leave with an almost completed FAFSA form!

FAFSA Day is a free program that provides information and assistance to Massachusetts families applying for financial aid for higher education. Financial aid professionals from Massachusetts colleges and universities help families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the required form for students seeking financial aid, including grants and loans.


Community College Decision Days in February

Submitted by Colleen Osten on January 15, 2015 - 6:58am

Representatives from HCC and GCC will visit ARHS for an official “Decision Day.”  If you plan to attend one of them, or if you are even considering it, you might want to speak with the representatives.  They will be happy to answer your questions and connect you with professors and other college staff. 


ARHS Participates in the Nation's Report Card

Submitted by Margot on January 15, 2015 - 6:47am

ARHS has been selected to participate in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as The Nation's Report Card. This assessment, administered by the U.S. Department of Education, allows educators, parents, and legislators to compare the student achievement of Massachusetts with other states and the nation. Fifty of our seniors will be assessed in mathematics, reading and science on February 2, 2015. More information available here.

Math Presentation for Parents - January 21

Submitted by Margot on January 15, 2015 - 6:37am

The ARPS District is preparing to implement a new curriculum for current 8th graders and students currently in Algebra/IMP 1 at ARHS for the 2015/16 school year. If you missed these Math Nights for parents/guardians to see potential math course sequences (Integrated or Traditional), you can find more information here.

Please note: Students currently enrolled in Geometry or IMP 2 and beyond at ARHS will finish out their course sequence as planned. The content of these meetings will NOT affect these students.

The Math Review Night is Wednesday, January 21st at 6:30 – 7:45pm in the ARHS Library. The purpose of this meeting is for parents/guardians to see the recommended math course sequence and curriculum for future grades 9 – 12.

The Good News Assembly - Feb. 10th

Submitted by Margot on January 15, 2015 - 6:30am

The International Students Club is directing/producing an assembly that will highlight the good work that is happening here at ARHS that is student driven/student manifested through after school clubs. The assembly will take place on Tuesday, February 10th during advisory. Each club will present their mission and the work that they are involved in through spoken word, music, dance, theatre, power point etc. ISC Faculty Advisor Tracy Vernon says the basic idea of the assembly is to remind all students what they can get involved with in after school clubs that is positive, fun, and student lead. Some of the clubs that will be presenting are Best Buddies, MSAN, POCU, Latinos Unidos, Environmental Action, Peacejam, Model UN, Schools For Africa, GSA, Women’s Rights, School Climate Control, Urbanology, and more.

ARHS Winterfest Dance - Jan. 23

Submitted by Colleen Osten on January 15, 2015 - 6:14am

The Annual Winterfest Dance for Upperclassmen is almost here!  The dance will take place on Friday January 23, from 7:00 to 10:00 pm.  The dance will be held in the ARHS cafeteria, and is a semi-formal event.  Tickets will be sold at lunch the week prior and at the door for $5. 

Please note that this is an upperclassmen (junior/senior) dance but 9th and 10th graders can come by invitation. An upperclassmen can bring one underclassmen as a "date."  A junior or senior must purchase the tickets. 

Amherst Survival Center Benefit - Supper, Story and Song

Submitted by Colleen Osten on January 14, 2015 - 10:04pm

Monday, January 19th, in the Lewis-Sebring Dining Commons of Valentine Hall, Amherst College will host a community dinner benefiting the Amherst Survival Center and reflecting the values of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. titled "Supper, Story, and Song", the event will feature entertainment by Evelyn Harris, formerly of Sweet Honey in the Rick, college a cappella groups the Zumbyes and Bluestockings': music by a string quartet, Howe Chimes by Aaron Hayden and a talk by Billy McBride, Assistant Director of Athletics and Diversity-Inclusion. A simple but delicious meal of soup, salad and bread wil be served. Parking is available in the Alumni Lot on Seelye Street.


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Breakfast - January 17

Submitted by Margot on January 14, 2015 - 10:15am

Join us on Saturday, January 17th at 9 am in the ARMS cafeteria for the 31st Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Breakfast.

SPEAKERS: Dr. Trevor Baptiste, Chair of Amherst Regional School Committee & Professor Whitney Battle-Baptiste, UMASS Amherst

MUSIC: Whole Children Chorus, Hadley Amherst Area Gospel Choir Amherst Regional High School Jazz Band

MCs will be State Senator Stanley Rosenberg and State Representative Ellen Story.

Tickets are $12 Adults, $10 Senior citizens, $5 Children 12 and under, and can be purchased at Hastings, Global Cuts & the Jones Library in Amherst. Proceeds from the breakfast go to the MLK Scholarship Fund for ARHS seniors heading to college. For information, call 413-230-3129 or email / Thanks for your support!

NEPR Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration

Submitted by Margot on January 14, 2015 - 8:05am

NEPR is proud to sponsor the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration, Monday January 19th 11am to 1 pm at MassMutual Center in downtown Springfield! The day will include performances by the Freedom Choir, Springfield Mass Choir, CMSS String City Youth Orchestra, DREAM STUDIO & MLK Charter School of Excellence Choir. MLK Family Services/Community Music School choral workshop students, oratorical performance by Hector Toledo, Jr., winner of the 2014 Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Oratorical competition, as well as performances by over 200 Springfield Public Middle School students. Sonido Musica. MLK, Jr. Family Services, Community Music School of Springfield, DREAM Studio and United Way of Pioneer Valley are event hosts. This event is free and open to the public!

Author Night with Don Ogden

Submitted by Colleen Osten on January 14, 2015 - 7:41am

Local writer/poet Don Ogden reads from his new book Bad Atmosphere – A Collection of Poetry & Prose on the Climate Crisis on Tuesday, January 20 at 7 pm in the Woodbury Room at the Jones Library.  (The snow date for this program will be Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 7 pm.)