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

Rafters College Towne Classik 5K & 5M

Submitted by Margot on April 27, 2014 - 6:29am

The RAFTERS COLLEGE TOWNE CLASSIK 5K AND 5 MILE Run is Sunday,  May 18, 2014 @ 10:30 AM and starts at Rafters Sports Bar & Restaurant on University Dr. You can do a 5 Mile Run or 5 K (3.1 mile) Run or Walk. It's the 21st YEAR!!! Help us support our charitable causes, the Jimmy Fund and the Amherst Police Relief Association at this family friendly event. This 5 mile and 5K has a safe and fast course through downtown Amherst. ****Commemorative Tee to 1st 300 Entrants, Age Group Awards, Public Safety Team Award, Professionally Timed**** Post Race Barbecue: Burgers, Veggie Burgers, Dogs, Fruit, Yogurt, Juice, Bagels, Cookies REGISTER ONLINE AT: ENTRY FEE: $25 or $30 RACE DAY.


Nominations for the School Equity Task Force Due Today

Submitted by Colleen Osten on April 26, 2014 - 7:22am

The Amherst Regional School Committee approved the establishment of a School Equity Task Force (SETF). The SETF will study and make recommendations for short- and long-range actions concerning but not limited to the following:


New Audiobooks at the ARHS Library!

Submitted by Margot on April 17, 2014 - 7:11am

Thanks to a Grant from the ARHS PGO, the ARHS Library has updated our audiobooks collection. Forty titles on CD have been added, and each is connected to the English Curriculum at ARHS. Most are required reading for all students. Some titles are on honors and AP lists too.

Audiobooks support ELL students, students who are auditory learners, and everyone! These unabridged audiobooks can be listened to on-the-go, or students can read along with the text. . (The library will also soon have Walkman CD players available to check out with the audiobooks.)

Students and family members can search the library catalog ( from home or at school, to find out which audiobooks are available at the library.


Congratulations to ARHS 'As Schools Match Wits' Team

Submitted by Margot on April 17, 2014 - 6:57am

Congratulations to ARHS's As Schools Match Wits team for making it to the Qualifying Round. Tune in to WGBY 57, next Sat., April 26  @ 7 PM to watch ARHS As Schools Match Wits team competes in this year's qualifying competition. Produced at the studios of Westfield State University and broadcast on WGBY, As Schools Match Wits delivers all of the fun of the classic high school quiz-show and introduces a new generation of high-school students to one of the few public competitions that stresses knowledge over physical ability.

Senior Party Meeting - April 29th

Submitted by Margot on April 17, 2014 - 6:49am

Attention Senior Parents/Guardians! The next planning meeting for the 31st Annual Senior Party will be held on Tuesday, April 29th at 7:00 pm in Room 13 at ARHS. There is a long, 30 year, tradition of parents organizing and staffing a fabulous CELEBRATION. The Senior Party, which helps graduates (our kids) relish this accomplishment all the while staying SAFE! The task may seem daunting, but as prior years have shown, many volunteers working together make this a great success. There are binders and binders passed down from year to year that simplifies the planning. Now we just need parental PARTICIPATION!


Amherst Invitational Ultimate Tourney

Submitted by Margot on April 17, 2014 - 6:17am

Mark your calendars now for the country's most prestigious Ultimate Tournament happening right here in Amherst. Saturday & Sunday May 3-4 at ARHS, ARMS, and UMass. Believe us when we say, it's the most exciting sport you'll ever see! Last call for supporting the team and putting an ad in the Tournament Program (over 1,000 spectators will see your ad) - email Jimmy Ilson at


College Services for Students with Learning Disabilities Panel - May 2

Submitted by Margot on April 17, 2014 - 5:21am

All college-bound students, particularly juniors and seniors, who have a diagnosed medical condition or disability that will entitle them to special services at college, are invited to a special panel presentation on Friday, May 2 from 1:00-2:20. Representatives from disability services offices at four area colleges will describe college support programs and explain what eligible students need to do to get them. Interested students must get a pass in advance from Mrs. Cappelli in Guidance for this panel presentation on college support programs.

NE Young Writers Conference

Submitted by Margot on April 16, 2014 - 2:46pm

Congratulations to Cecelia Bishop and Lukas Cox for being accepted to the New England Young Writers Conference at Bread Loaf, Middlebury College, Vermont. This is a wonderful opportunity for Cecelia and Lukas to engage in an intensive, four day writing workshop with professional writers and other students from around the country.

Human Rights Youth Heroism Awards

Submitted by Colleen Osten on April 16, 2014 - 7:43am

The Amherst Human Rights Comission has as its prime purpose to promote a community of mutual respect and to honor our diversity. We strive to promote attitudes of compassion and concern for our neighbors. To encourage these values in Amherst, we have initiated the Human Rights Youth Heroism Awards, an annual celebration of Amherst area youth. 2014 represents the tenth year of these awards! It is the Commission’s intent to identify and celebrate youth who have shown a special gift from the heart or an ability to love and care for one another. We are looking for young people who have demonstrated acts of kindness, unselfishness, social courage and/or community service within their families, their schools, or the community.


Yale University Free International Relations Conference

Submitted by Colleen Osten on April 16, 2014 - 7:32am

If you areinterested in international relations: there is a FREE one-day conference, Sat., April 19, at Yale University, in New Haven, CT. It is geared towards HS students. You can go as an individual but you must register. For more info about the speakers and workshops, or to register "" Or see Ms. Leopold in room 325