"Before You Became Improbable" - Immersive Theater at Emily Dickinson Museum - By John Bechtold 9/25-27

Submitted by Colleen Osten on September 16, 2014 - 12:51pm

"Before You Became Improbable"  An immersive theatrical journey inspired by  Emily Dickinson’s poetry and letters to T.W. Higginson (Premiere) By John Bechtold, produced in partnership with the Emily Dickinson Museum.  Dates:  September 25-27, 2014

After eight years of letters and poems exchanged between the two of them, T.W. Higginson arrived one day in Amherst to finally meet his elusive friend, Emily Dickinson.  Before You Became Improbable reimagines the day of that meeting and allows the audience members to explore it in an intimate, personal way.  


Register Now to Participate in September 28 Hazardous Household Waste Collection

Submitted by Colleen Osten on September 16, 2014 - 12:33pm

Amherst's annual Household Hazardous Waste collection event will be held from 9am-Noon on Sunday, September 28, 2014 at the Amherst Transfer Station.


School Council Nominations - Apply by Sept. 24

Submitted by Margot on September 11, 2014 - 1:20pm

The ARHS School Council is composed of parent/guardians, teachers, community members, students and the principal. The ARHS School Council is responsible for reviewing the annual high school budget and assists in preparing the School Improvement Plan. Your involvement makes a difference! If you are interested in serving on the ARHS School Council please send your name, email address and a 2-3 sentence statement of interest to: or drop it off in the main office by September 24th. We will post the Candidates Statements the week before the School Council Elections which will be held at the Open House on Oct. 2nd.

Club/Activities Fair Today

Submitted by Margot on September 11, 2014 - 6:59am

Parents remind your student about the Club/Activities Fair today, Friday the 12th. Being in a club allows your student to make friends, build interpersonal skills, and explore and broaden their interests. During all lunches today, there will be a Club/Activities Fair with tables set up outside the cafeteria showcasing the different clubs. This will be an excellent opportunity for 9th grade and new students to find out more about the many clubs offered this year at ARHS.

Couldn't Make 9th Grade/New Families Orientation?

Submitted by Margot on September 11, 2014 - 6:38am

No worries! View the presentation from the 9th Grade/New Student Evening Orientation for Parent/Guardians held last Monday, September 8th here.

School Picture Day is Sept. 16th

Submitted by Margot on September 10, 2014 - 7:19am

Picture Day is next Tuesday, Sept. 16th. Help your students avoid a bad hair day by reminding them on Monday night that school pictures will be taken on Tuesday. Picture forms were sent home with students this week. There will be a Picture Retake Day in late October.

The ARHS Yearbook Needs Photos

Submitted by Margot on September 10, 2014 - 6:54am

Senior Parents! Baby pictures of your Senior are due soon. Please email digital copies to Prints can be submitted to the yearbook drop box outside the library.

Also remind your student that the yearbook needs candid photos of your students from the summer of 2014 whether swimming, hiking, or watching the World Cup. Please email them to by Friday, Sept 12th.

Seniors: Essay Writing Workshop - Monday

Submitted by Margot on September 9, 2014 - 8:14am

There will be a FREE college essay writing workshop for high school seniors on Monday, September 15th, from 7 pm to 9 pm, at Smith College in the Carroll Room, in the Campus Center. 

Celebrate Amherst Block Party -Sept. 18

Submitted by Margot on September 8, 2014 - 12:58pm

Celebrate Amherst Block Party, Thursday, September 18th from 5-9 pm. In its third year, this event brings thousands of people to downtown for the lively street fair environment including food booths, multiple main stages with music and circus performers! The streets become your playground in this fantastic community event. Come check it out!

ALSCT's Anne of Green Gables Auditions

Submitted by Margot on September 8, 2014 - 6:59am

This year Amherst Leisure Services Community Theater will present Anne of green Gables: Directed by Kim Overtree, Musical direction by Cindy Naughton & Choreography by Mary Ann Holmes. Auditions are by appointment only. To make an appointment call Amherst Leisure Services at 413-259-3065. Auditions will be at the Bangs Community Center in Amherst on these dates and times:


Learning in ARPS Blog

Submitted by Margot on September 8, 2014 - 5:59am

Don't forget to read the district blog, Learning in ARPS, which was developed for families at the suggestion of a community member. The purpose of the blog is to share important initiatives and to answer questions posed by the community about the Amherst, Pelham and Regional Public Schools. You may submitt questions directly to the blog or email Kimberly Stender, Community Partnerships and Volunteer Coordinator, at

Paper Marbling Demo - Wed 9/17

Submitted by Margot on September 7, 2014 - 10:13am

The UMass Amherst Libraries invite the public to learn the ancient technique of paper marbling on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m., in the Oswald Tippo Library Sculpture Courtyard (or Learning Commons, Lower Level), at the W.E.B. Du Bois Library, at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Paula Hodecker, director of the Student Union Craft Center at UMass Amherst, will teach a basic, easily learned paper marbling process which allows for the production of attractive examples from the first attempt.


Orientation for New ARHS Families

Submitted by Janetkbucc on September 4, 2014 - 10:39am

On Monday, September 8th, all 9th grade & new families are invited to gather in the ARHS Auditorium at 7 p.m. This is a one hour meeting designed to provide parents and guardians of all students new to the high school with an overview of ARHS' policies and procedures. It's a great way to learn about the high school.

Come on out and meet the other 9th grade families and families new to ARHS.

Add-Drop Deadline

Submitted by Janetkbucc on September 4, 2014 - 9:38am

Does your student need a schedule change?

All requests for schedule changes must be submitted by Tuesday, September 9.  This includes schedule changes for terms 1, 2 and 3.  Forms are available in Guidance 101 and Guidance 168.

Wed is a Late Arrival Day

Submitted by Janetkbucc on September 4, 2014 - 9:37am

Once a month the school operates a partial day schedule, to allow time for teachers to work on curriculum and school-wide issues. Wed., September 10 is a Late Arrival Day. On Late Arrival Days, school begins at 10:00 a.m. instead of 7:45 a.m. Buses run approximately two hours later than usual and ARHS follows a special schedule.