Taste of Amherst This Weekend

Submitted by Margot on June 14, 2014 - 6:46am

It’s downtown Amherst’s biggest – and tastiest - summer event! For a generation, the Taste of Amherst has provided memories for thousands of residents and visitors. It has grown from its beginnings on the sidewalks of downtown to a multi-day food and music festival on the town’s historic common. The Taste of Amherst has something for everyone, and with blues to rock to jazz to reggae and beyond, the world-class entertainment is no exception. For a full list of entertainment, please visit wrsi.


The Taste will run Friday 5-10 PM, Saturday Noon - 10 PM and Sunday Noon - 4 PM.


Stop & Shop Fundraiser Earns $22K for ARHS!

Submitted by Margot on June 12, 2014 - 1:16pm

Thanks to all of you who participated in the PGO's Stop & Shop card fundraiser, which raised $22,007 for ARHS! This year ARHS was the top earner of all of the schools participating in New England! The giant check for $22,007 was presented yesterday to Principal Mark Jackson and Fundraising Coordinators Jen Veshia and Liz Rosenberry by Stop & Shop Store Manager, Bob Jones.

An enormous THANK YOU goes to Liz Rosenberry and Jen Veshia who spearheaded this fundraiser this year, and to Bob Jones, who has supported our efforts year after year.


Student Support Services Model Shift

Submitted by Margot on June 11, 2014 - 1:32pm

Please take a moment to read Principal Jackson's Journal entry regarding the Student Support Services shift which will take place this coming year at ARHS.

Sojourner Truth Scholarship Winners!

Submitted by Margot on June 11, 2014 - 7:12am

The Sojourner Truth Memorial Committee awarded the 2014 Sojourner Truth Scholarship for Social Justice to Camila Carpio and Angela Ononibaku on May 25 at the Sojourner Truth Memorial in Florence, Massachusetts. Both young women are exemplary examples of the next generation of social justice activists following in Sojourner Truth’s footsteps.


Annual ELL Potluck - June 16

Submitted by Janetkbucc on June 10, 2014 - 11:24am

The annual ELL (English Language Learners) Family Potluck Picnic for ARMS and ARHS students, families and staff will be Monday, June 16th at the Groff Park Pavilion from 3:30 to 6:00 pm. Join us to say goodbye and good luck to ELL seniors and students leaving our district and to welcome rising 9th graders!

Celebrate summer and the end of another awesome school year with ELL staff and bilingual interpreters. Please bring a dish to share!

Contact Joan Snowdon at for more information.

Torres Wins State 100-meter Dash Title

Submitted by Margot on June 9, 2014 - 11:50pm

ARHS’ Taj-Amir Torres won the 100m dash (10.68) at All-State Track championships this past weekend. While the Boys 4x400 runners placed third in State ( Rodrigues, Harris,Tavarez, Torres). Also Kelzy Rodrigues placed 11th in the 400 (50.15), Connor Evans placed 11th in the mile (4:24.54) and Ryan Stender placed 13th in the State in the 2-mile (9:39.39). On the girls side, Ariel Christie placed 12th in the State in the 400 hurdles (66.67). CONGRATS to you all!!!


Mark Your Calendars

Submitted by Margot on June 9, 2014 - 11:00pm

Jun 19 - 22 - Taste of Amherst: Town Common

Jun 23 - Retirement Celebration for Sue Dunbar: 7pm, Ft River

Jun 23-26 - Trimester 3 Exams: Schedule

Jun 24-25 - Early Dismissal Day: Noon

Jun 26 - Make Up Exams Day

Jun 26 - Staff Appreciation Luncheon: 11:15 am


Nominations Sought for ARPS Community-Building Award

Submitted by Margot on June 9, 2014 - 6:35am

The district has announced a new annual award, the ARPS Community-Building Award, that will honor two Amherst, Pelham or Amherst-Pelham Regional School District employees who "have helped to foster a sense of belonging among students and have helped to build bridges of understanding and acceptance among them." ARPS students, parents and staff are eligible to nominate someone for this award. Deadline Extended to June 26th. More information about the award criteria is available here and the nomination form is attached below.


Kids Summer Boost @ Amherst Survival Center

Submitted by Margot on June 9, 2014 - 6:29am

If your child/children receive a meal benefit in school, you’ll want to know about a new Amherst Survival Center summer program that gives families with school-age children (5-17 years) extra food in July and August :
Kids Summer Boost
Amherst Survival Center
138 Sunderland Road in North Amherst

Food Pantry Hours
Monday, Tuesday, Friday 11am-3pm
Thursday 11am – 7pm
Summer Saturdays include:
July 19 and August 16, 9:30am – 11:30am


Pride Prom 2014 - Saturday

Submitted by Margot on June 9, 2014 - 6:27am

Pride Prom 2014 presented by North Star: Self-Directed Learning for Teens and the LGBT Coalition of Western Mass. Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 8:00 PM - MIDNIGHT @ North Star, 135 Russell Street in Hadley, MA. Tickets are $10 online only. No tickets at the door. SUBSTANCE-FREE event for ALL teens. Get your sparkle on and come dance. QUESTIONS?


Amherst Community Day @ Porter-Phelps Museum

Submitted by Margot on June 8, 2014 - 7:26am

The Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum hosts a free Community Day for Amherst residents on Saturday, June 14th from 10am- 4pm. Members of the Amherst community are encouraged to explore the homestead and grounds of one of the founding families of Hadley, and learn about the history of the Connecticut River Valley. All are welcome to the Museum for free tours on the hour. Afterwards, guests can relax on the back veranda with complimentary lemonade and cookies. 130 River Road in Hadley.

Michael Pollan to Speak at UMass

Submitted by Margot on June 8, 2014 - 5:07am

Michael Pollan, best-selling author of “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” and “Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation,” will be the featured speaker at the Tastes of the World: Chef Culinary Conference at UMass.
The conference will feature an on-stage conversation and book signing with Michael Pollan on Tuesday, June 17 at noon in the Campus Center Auditorium. Moderated by Arlin Wasserman, founder of Changing Tastes, the event is open to the public. Limited tickets are available online for $20 at or $25 at the door on the day of the event.

Host Families Wanted

Submitted by Colleen Osten on June 7, 2014 - 9:54pm

HOST FAMILIES WANTED FOR 3 week period in the summer, July 24th through August 16th to host the Doshisha Japanese kids who come every year. The head of Doshisha went to Amherst College, and he donated the beautiful gardens there. Every morning the kids will be dropped off at Amherst College for practice with the English language and customs, and then in the afternoons there are many field trips (your kids and/or you are welcome to come on any of them)- to the Emily Dickinson Museum, Tanglewood, Six Flags, sports days, swimming and much more. You will get one student for a stipend of $20/day.


Class of 2014 Graduation Tonight!

Submitted by Colleen Osten on June 5, 2014 - 11:30pm

Congratulations to the Class of 2014!  The PGO congratulates you for a job well done.  Have a wonderful celebration.  The following is helpful inoformation for planning your attendance.  


Senior Party is Tonight!

Submitted by Colleen Osten on June 5, 2014 - 11:28pm

WHEN: Arrive between 11 PM and midnight on June 6; stay as late as 6 AM on June 7. You can leave early with a parent or in one of the shuttle vehicles that will be driving kids home, but you may not drive yourself to or from the event.