Schedule Change Survey Closes TODAY

Submitted by Colleen Osten on March 11, 2015 - 7:47am

The purpose of this survey is to assist the high school administration in developing a  master schedule proposal for the 2016-2017 school year. Since the proposal will not affect current 11th or 12th grade students, we are soliciting feedback from parents/guardians in grades K-10.


New Episode of Voices from Our Schools

Submitted by Anonymous on March 10, 2015 - 3:04pm

Please enjoy the latest episode of Voices from Our Schools in which Kimberly Stender talks with Crystal Cartwright, ARPS Vocational Counselor-Coordinator, and Laurel Peltier, ARPS Secondary Program Coordinator, about student vocations, college and career readiness.

Interested in Science, Engineering, Math?

Submitted by Margot on March 10, 2015 - 3:04pm

You Too Can Have a Future In Science, Technology, Engineering and Math! Have your students join in a discussion with a diverse group of UMASS students about succeeding in high school, choosing the right college, working in labs and picking a degree. Sign up deadline is today. Sign up in Guidance or see Ms.McCarthy.

Where: The ARHS Library
When: Thursday, March 26th
Time: 5—7:30 pm


Annual Transition Fair

Submitted by Janetkbucc on March 10, 2015 - 3:04pm

Do you have a student 14+ on an IEP?  

If so, please join us at our Annual Transition Fair for a presentation on Building Bridges from High School to Community Life.

March 25 from 5:30-8:30, Northampton High School

5:30 - 7:00 - Presentation on Building Bridges from High School to Community Life

6:30 - 8:30 - Exhibiter Fair

Please join us at this rich, informational event!

Learn About Science at UMASS

Submitted by Janetkbucc on March 10, 2015 - 3:04pm

Registration is open for Science Quest!

When? Saturday, April 11, 2015, 9:30-3:40

What? Participate in hands-on activities, demonstrations, and tours, and meet UMass professors and students.  

Who? Open to 10th-12th graders (and their chaperones). 

The event is free, including lunch!  Register early to ensure your choice of activities.

For more information:


Autism Speaks 5K

Submitted by Margot on March 10, 2015 - 5:56am

Autism Speaks at UMass would like to invite you and your family to join us on April 12, 2015, for our our 7th annual 5k Run / 3k Walk event benefiting the Autism Speaks organization which provides services for families, research grants, awareness and community support. Last years event raised over $60,000 and had about 3,000 participants! With the recent statistic that 1 in 68 children are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders, we believe it is more important than ever for the community to come together and increase awareness, Throughout the event from 10:30am - 3:30pm their will be a designated kid's corner with friendly tabletop games, prizes, tattoos, face painting, inflatable bounce house, slide and more!


Basic Rights Workshop

Submitted by Janetkbucc on March 10, 2015 - 5:32am

Basic Rights Workshop

sponsored by PAARS Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) and the Federation for Children with Special Needs

WHEN? Wednesday March 18, 2015, 6:30pm- 8:30pm, Professional Development Room, ARMS

WHAT? An introduction to family rights and responsibilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Massachusetts Special Education Law and No Child Left Behind (NCLB).  

Everyone is welcome to attend for free.

 Learn how to be effective partners with the school

 Determine eligibility for special education

 Plan, make decisions and monitor student progress in school


HAIRSPRAY...This Weekend

Submitted by Colleen Osten on March 4, 2015 - 2:35pm

The ARHS Musical this year is Hairspray, and will be performed on March 5th, 6th and 7th at 7:30 p.m. each evening in the ARHS auditorium.  There will also be a family-oriented matinee production on Saturday, March 7th at 2:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in the ARHS cafeteria.  Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors/high school students and $5 for elementary students. You can reserve tickets by email at:

ARHS Boys B-Ball Play in Finals TONIGHT

Submitted by Margot on March 3, 2015 - 7:18am

The No. 2 ARHS Boys Basketball team beat Chicope (No. 3), 73-63,  in the Western Mass Div. I Semifinals this past Monday at Central High School. Read more about the game on MassLive. The team will now face No. 1 Putnam TONIGHT, March 6th at 7:45 pm at the Curry Hicks Cage at UMass. MIAA Ticket prices for the finals are as follows: Adults : $10 & Students : $7

Come Out & Support the 'Canes!!

ARPS PGO Athletic Equipment Swap -This Weekend

Submitted by Margot on March 3, 2015 - 6:38am

All ARPS families can select FREE athletic equipment for their children from 9am-12noon on March 7th in the ARHS Back Gym.   Volunteers will be on hand to help with selections. New or gently used athletic equipment is needed for these sports: Softball, baseball, soccer, disc golf, ultimate frisbee, football, ice hockey, skiing (Nordic & Alpine), lacrosse, dance, field hockey, figure skating, tennis and golf.  Donation Drop Offs can be made on Friday, March 6th from 5-7pm in the ARHS Back Gym. Clean out your closets and help ARPS families and athletes! If you have any questions, contact Christine St. Laurent


Exams for Trimester 2 start Tuesday

Submitted by Margot on March 3, 2015 - 6:07am

This Tuesday, March 10th, final exams for the second trimester will start. ARHS will follow a special schedule. The exam schedule can be found here.

There is a half day on Thursday, March 12th and No School on Friday, March 13th for ARHS students. It is a Teacher Work Day.

Monte Carlo Night is CANCELLED

Submitted by Margot on March 2, 2015 - 3:05pm

Unfortunately, the Hurricane Boosters have had to cancel Monte Carlo Night for 2015. Ticket sales to date were insufficient to justify the event cost, and restrictions on food and changes to the space have made the event more challenging. The Boosters regret this decision, but think it's necessary to ensure that they don't lose money on an event that is supposed to raise it for our teams! If you have already purchased Monte Carlor tickets, please consider making it a 100% donation to the Hurricane Boosters. You can email them at to confirm your generous donations. The Boosters will be considering all options for possible alternative events to support our ARHS athletes.


Project Graduation 2015 Meeting - Monday

Submitted by Margot on March 2, 2015 - 2:43pm

Do you have a senior this year? Or a junior? The kickoff meeting for Project Graduation (formerly known as Senior Party) will be on March 9th at 7:00 pm in Room 13 at the high school and we need all the help we can get from parents of seniors and juniors. The event is an all night celebration for the Senior class the night of graduation. This is a time honored tradition, running for 31 years and counting, but it CANNOT happen without a great group of parent volunteers. It is not a school sponsored event, but it is highly school supported, and something the students look forward to each year.


Student Athletes - NCAA Eligibility Center Website

Submitted by Margot on March 2, 2015 - 6:47am


The NCAA Eligibility Center has launched a new website to help high school student-athletes successfully transition to college. The enhanced online content gives student-athletes and counselors a broad look at the initial-eligibility process and detailed information about common eligibility situations.

ARHS Teachers Travel to Pakistan

Submitted by Margot on March 2, 2015 - 6:26am

Over February break, five ARHS teachers, Geoff Friedman, Chris Gould, Shari Abbott, Sam Camera and Tom Fricke, participated in an exchange program through the Instructional Leadership Institute for Pakistani Educators (ILIPE).The exchange was two-fold--1) to learn about the educational practices in each other's countries and 2) to improve the relationship between Pakistan and the US through education and understanding. Last year, ARHS teachers hosted the Pakistani teachers, who presented lessons about Pakistan to many different ARHS classes. This year, the ARHS teachers visited classes in Pakistan to teach about the United States. You can read more here.