Free Workshop: Understanding Services & Benefits for Children & Youth with Special Health Care Needs

Submitted by Colleen Osten on December 11, 2014 - 1:34pm

This presentation is an opportunity to learn from the Department of Public Health and Regional Consultation Program Director about State and Local Resources & Benefits available to support children and youth with special health care needs. Come share your experiences and learn about how others have accessed other care. Wednesday, December 17, ARMS, Professional Development Room

6:30 pm- 8:00 pm - Workshop

8:00 pm -8:30 pm - General Meeting is open to all in the community!

8:30 pm to 9:00 pm - Parent Support Group


Big Concert This Thurs, Dec. 18th

Submitted by Janetkbucc on December 11, 2014 - 1:33pm

The ARHS Symphonic Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Chorale and Hurricane Singers will all be performing this Thurs. Dec. 18 at 7:30 pm in the ARHS Auditorium. These are some of the premier music groups at the high school and it's sure to be a really great night of music.


Amherst Survival Center Winter Program

Submitted by Colleen Osten on December 11, 2014 - 8:57am

In December, the Amherst Survival Center (ASC) Food Pantry is providing families with school-age children (ages 5-17), who live with them, with a “Kids Winter School Vacation BOOST” – extra food for each school-age child in their household. Families can get food from Dec 26-Jan 2.


Seniors - Cap & Gown Orders - TODAY

Submitted by Margot on December 11, 2014 - 1:33am

University Cap & Gown will be at ARHS for the last time today, Friday the 12. Please remind your senior to come to Room  13 to be measured for your Cap & Gown (during all lunches).  The cost is $16.70 - payable by cash or check when you get measured.  Additional tassels will available for $3.00 on that day.  The process takes less than 5 minutes so do not forget.   Remember: Cash or checks - payable to University Cap & Gown - are accepted. Everyone should have a gown that fits for the ceremony, so please remind your senior to go to Room 13 during lunch and take care of this.

**This is the only time the company will be here this year so don’t forget!

How Do You See Amherst?

Submitted by Janetkbucc on December 10, 2014 - 9:00am

The UMass Regional Planning Department and the Amherst Together Initiative would like to invite you to participate in a digital mapping exercise at in which you can write your comments about any location in Amherst, as well as make comments on their blog and Facebook.


ARHS Sports News

Submitted by Margot on December 10, 2014 - 6:01am

Winter sports kick off tonight & tomorrow. Indoor track & girls basketball compete tonight, Dec. 12th. Boys basketball & ice hockey(@UMass-6pm) play Saturday. Remember Saturday's B-Ball UMass Cage games will be a WHITE OUT! Check the MIAA site for game times or the Sports Cancellation & Update Line. Go Canes!


Reminder that the Athletic Department has winter season passes available!
Adult Winter Season - $42.00
Student/Senior Winter Season - $30.00

A season pass will get pass holders in all home games for all winter sport teams. The only exception are MIAA tournament playoff games.


Buy Jewelry and Support Women's Rights Club - Last Chance

Submitted by Janetkbucc on December 5, 2014 - 5:05am

Today is the last day of the ARHS Women’s Rights Club annual bead sale, Bead for Life. All profits will go toward providing entrepreneurial training and economic support to women in Uganda as they build their own small businesses.

Consider purchasing a necklace, bracelet, or shoulder bag as a meaningful holiday present.

ARHS Walkout-Dialogue

Submitted by Margot on December 4, 2014 - 4:47pm

On Thursday, December 4th at 12:10 PM, hundreds of ARHS students walked out of school in honor of Michael Brown. Students stood together for a four and a half minute moment of silence to symbolize the 4-5 hours Michael Brown's body lay on the streets of Ferguson. The students then marched downtown to participate in dialogue about the events in Ferguson and racial injustice.

You can read more on MassLive here.

Support the ARHS PGO On Valley Gives Day!

Submitted by Colleen Osten on December 4, 2014 - 10:32am

Your donation to the ARHS PGO will help support our work, which includes a weekly newlsetter, a grants program, staff appreciation events, and coffees for the ARHS community. The ARHS PGO grants program directly benefits our students. Grant awards total over $24,000 since September 2013 and recipients have included virtually every department in the school, as well as student initiated grant requests and field trip support.

The mission of the ARHS PGO is to promote communication and understanding among families, staff and the Amherst area Community; to foster a spirit of collaboration by providing a forum for participation and the exchange of information and ideas; and to provide financial assistance where needed to enrich the academic and overall experience of all students. 


Briefs - This Weekend!

Submitted by Margot on December 4, 2014 - 10:20am

Come to Briefs - the ARHS Theater Company's annual production of contemporary short plays. Featuring a cast of over 35 actors and 8 student directors, this is how you'll want to spend your weekend! Tickets are $5 for students/$8 for adults at the door, Thursday-Saturday at 7:30 pm in the Auditorium.


ARMS Chorus Alums Invited to Sing at Merry Maple TONIGHT!

Submitted by Colleen Osten on December 4, 2014 - 10:18am

The Lighting of the Merry Maple will be happening on Friday, December 5th.   The Middle School Chorus would like to once again invite MS Chorus Alumni to come back and sing at this fun town event.  The event begins at 4:30.  Just show up, get music, and sing along with us..  Please remember  to dress warm. 

Senior Tidbits from Myra Ross

Submitted by Colleen Osten on December 4, 2014 - 10:13am

Hello seniors, congratulations on completing one-third of your senior year!  Here are a few items to attend to.


Bombazo! Dec.7th!

Submitted by Colleen Osten on December 4, 2014 - 10:07am

Want FUN?  We got it - this Sunday Dec. 7th from 12-3pm with the annual Bombazo i.e. community music/dance jam with a feast of free food!  Meet us on the stage of the ARHS auditorium.  Bring your children, your elders, and your cheer. See you there! 

African Scholars Program - Book Fair - Dec. 5th

Submitted by Margot on December 4, 2014 - 8:04am

The ARHS African Scholars Program will hold a bookfair on Friday, December 5, from 3 to 9 p.m. at the Barnes & Noble store in Hadley. The event is a fundraiser for the group's exchange program with schools in West Africa. Proceeds will go to the program's scholarship fund, which assists students whose families cannot afford the full cost of the exchange trip.

The fair will include a series of Africa-related events throughout the afternoon and evening: children’s stories, scavenger hunt, friendship bracelet workshop, and African Jeopardy game. In addition, the fair will include free ataya (strong, sweet hot tea) and Africa-themed adult and children’s books to browse.


Doctor for a Day

Submitted by Margot on December 4, 2014 - 7:51am

The "High School Doctor For a Day" Program gives high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to witness the practice of medicine firsthand and observe successful physicians who will be your mentors. Application packets for serious juniors or seniors are available in the Guidance Office. The application deadline is December 19th. You will need 2 reference letters so start early!