Free Zumba Class

Submitted by Margot on February 1, 2015 - 7:29am

There is a ZUMBA class FREE to all ARPS affiliated parents, teachers and staff. It is held in the music room at Crocker Farm Elementary EVERY Thursday from 3:30-4:30 pm. ®ZUMBA is a "fitness-party" made up of Latin-inspired, easy-to-follow, rhythmic and aerobic movements set to international music. It exhilarates the senses and works all major muscle groups in a high-energy cardio blast that leaves you feeling invigorated, refreshed and full of life! It is just want ARPS teachers and parents deserve!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Rebecca Woodland at


Submitted by Margot on February 1, 2015 - 5:19am

Mass Poetry is excited to announce that the May 2015 run of Poetry on the T will be chosen through open submissions. Two spots will be open for a poem by any Massachusetts resident, while one spot will be reserved for a Massachusetts middle or high school student. Our Poetry Partners will vote to help us narrow down the entries and the public will cast the final votes to choose the winners. Voting will be blind.


PGO Coffee - Feb 5th Course Selection

Submitted by Colleen Osten on January 29, 2015 - 5:39pm

All parents and guardians are invited to a PGO Evening Coffee on Thursday, February 5th from 7-8:30pm with Asst. Principal Mike Thompson, and Guidance Dept. Chair Ericka Alschuler, along with several ARHS Department Heads, will review the course registration process and highlighted the many courses offered at ARHS. Please join us in the Chorus Room at ARHS at 7pm on Feb. 5th. Course Registration for the 2015-2016 school year starts on February 23rd. Refreshments will be provided by ARHS Culinary Arts students.

The Administration will also be offering an evening dedicated to course selection for parents of new students and incoming 9th graders on March 11th.

Check Out The Clips of ABC40 Honor Roll at ARHS

Submitted by Margot on January 28, 2015 - 1:57pm

If you missed ARHS featured on Channel40's Honor Roll Live last Friday morning, you can view it here. It showcased ARHS' performing arts, clubs and organizations, as well as our highly successful sports teams. 

ARHS Math Review Update

Submitted by Colleen Osten on January 28, 2015 - 1:37pm

The Superintendent has approved the Interactive Math Program(IMP) to become the high school math curriculum. The recommendation will take effect this fall with the incoming 9th grade class.

Parent/guardian meetings: On Monday, December 8, a meeting was held to guide parents/guardians through the math curricula currently under review for adoption at ARHS. The meeting started with a brief presentation of the review process to this point. The majority of meeting was dedicated to a guided exploration of the curricula.  On Wednesday, December 17, parents/guardians had an opportunity to see potential math course sequences (Integrated or Traditional) and course names for grades 9 to 12. Parents/guardians were asked to provide comments for the ARHS math department.


Poetry Out Loud Rescheduled

Submitted by Margot on January 28, 2015 - 1:26pm

It's not too late to participate!  Our school competition has been rescheduled to Monday, Feb. 2. Browse the selection at and choose two poems to memorize and perform. The ultimate cash prize: $20,000. The best prize: fun! Personal satisfaction! Sign up with Levy or Marr or by Jan 30. Write to them or stop by for details.

National Latin Exam Prep

Submitted by Colleen Osten on January 28, 2015 - 1:25pm

The National Latin Exam is coming up the first week in March.  Join us in 112 on Tuesdays and Fridays to review and prepare.  Especially important for students not in Latin this term.  Per Aspera ad Astra!

College Tidbits 101 for Juniors

Submitted by Colleen Osten on January 28, 2015 - 12:52pm

Myra Ross recently reached out to Juniors with important information. Ask your student about this!  She mentioned:


Step Right Up To Help Edit This Parent Newsletter

Submitted by Janetkbucc on January 28, 2015 - 12:52pm

It is we, your trusty ARHS PGO Newsletter Editors, here from the newsroom reaching out to entice a few of you to step up and replace us for next year.

We are looking for a few volunteers to take over our efforts as we move on to other tasks. We'd train you this Spring; it's pretty easy and low-key, and can be done from home in an hour or two every few weeks (depending on how many editors we have). Plus, it's a fantastic way to stay connected to what's happening at ARHS!

If you're interested, drop us a note by clicking the Contact button on the lower right of our homepage. Thanks! 

Congratulations are in Order!

Submitted by Colleen Osten on January 28, 2015 - 12:51pm

Congratulationss to ARHS Health & PE teacher Elizabeth Haygood on winning the Norma Jean Anderson Civil Rights & Academic Award 2015!

Congratulations to ARHS students Larenz Harris & Shekenah Rocke for being awarded a scholarship for their essay submissions at the Martin Luther King Community Breakfast.

Read the Gazette's article about the celebration here

Donations of School Supplies for Nicaragua

Submitted by Colleen Osten on January 28, 2015 - 12:50pm

Want to get rid of some unused school supplies and help children in Nicaragua at the same time?  A group of ARHS students are going on a service trip to La Paz, Nicagagua over Winter Break and your support would be greatly appreciated.  Bring any gently used children's puzzles, ball, playing cards as well as school supplies to Mr. Fircke's rm, 323 by Feb. 6th!  See Rohan M., Amanda R., or Meghan S. for more information.

Conversation with the ARHS Alums Nominated for Pulitzer

Submitted by Colleen Osten on January 28, 2015 - 12:45pm

The Emily Dickinson Museum presents a conversation between 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama winner 

Annie Baker and 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama nominee Madeleine George. Both are graduates of Amherst Regional High School, and the two will discuss the importance of place in their work.  

Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 7 pm in the ARHS library

New Voices From Our Schools

Submitted by Margot on January 28, 2015 - 12:35pm

Please enjoy the latest episode of Voices from Our Schools. In this show, Kimberly Stender talks with Myles Olmstead and Gabriel Fontes, ARHS Class of 2015 students, about the Student Advisory Council at ARHS. Click here to view the episode on Amherst Media.

Jones Library Documentary and Discussion - "Vincent Who?"

Submitted by Colleen Osten on January 28, 2015 - 12:34pm

Join us on Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 7 pm in the Woodbury Room for a screening of Vincent Who?, the fifth in a film & discussion series being held over several months which look at issues of race.  A facilitated discussion will be held after the screening.


Host Families Needed

Submitted by Colleen Osten on January 27, 2015 - 1:08pm

Peoplelink is coordinating the placement of a group of Japanese high school students from the Happy Science Academy 3/9 through 3/14. Each family needs to provide meals and a place to sleep; a separate room is not necessary. They are looking for families who can host 2 students for that time period, and in return will receive a stipend of $40/day. During the day the students will be shadowing ARHS students, going to Boston and learning about life in Amherst. It's a great opportunity for both the students and Amherst families. For more information please contact Diane Caraker at