Junior Parents - It's Time to Pay It Forward

Submitted by Margot on May 20, 2014 - 7:17am

Hey Junior Parents/Guardians: You thought you could ignore the call for senior parents to volunteer for Project Graduation (formerly known as Senior Party), didn't you? No such luck! There are three reasons we need you to volunteer by clicking here. First, we can't do it without you because some shifts occur while senior parents are at the graduation ceremony itself (so please sign up for Security & Set-Up shifts between 5:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m.). Second, your junior may be invited by a senior as a guest, and you may be curious to observe this legendary event with your own eyes!


State Convention - ARHS Student Volunteers Needed

Submitted by Margot on May 20, 2014 - 6:17am

The Amherst Town Democratic Committee is interested in organizing a group of youth volunteers to attend the State Convention on June 13th & June 14th. The Convention Director is looking forward to having a group of Amherst Youth Volunteers, ages 14 - 18 years participate in the Convention. All Volunteers will be given a guest pass for the Convention for the day they volunteer. If you are interested in the State Convention, Please contact Greg Bascomb at 413-256-6857 or at or Bonnie MacCracken at Youth Volunteers under the age of 18 years old will be required to have written permission from a parent or guardian to participate.

An Afternoon of Music w/ Mister El-Are - May 31

Submitted by Margot on May 20, 2014 - 6:08am

An Afternoon of Music w/ Mister El-Are & Guests: Please join local educator and hip hop emcee, Michael Lawrence-Rideel, aka Mister El-Are on May 31 from 4-6pm at the Florence Community Center, 140 Pine Street in Florence, MA. Performers will include Justin and Christine Eck, Sajo Jefferson, Marcia Gomes and Mister El-Are. This is a benefit concert for Mister El-Are's Music Education Project, using music to connect kids to history and literature. Info:

Looking for Information About Community Activities

Submitted by Anonymous on May 15, 2014 - 10:32pm
Thursday morning, Mark Jackson, Maria Geryk and Scott Livingstone led a meeting for parents and guardians regarding the threatening note received on Wednesday.  At the meeting, school administrators and parents referred to several activities and programs in and around the school that are attempting to address needs and concerns within the community (e.g., racial tensions, communication, school safety, etc.).  For example, as noted in Thursday’s morning announcements, two ARHS students are putting together a documentary film of students talking about racism at ARHS.  The PGO would like to help make the community aware of such activities.  If you have knowledge of any relevant activities in the school or in the community, please send along a brief description and your contact information. As we learn about  efforts being made we will share the information with the our readers.

ARHS Girls Ultimate Wins Big at Northeasterns

Submitted by Margot on May 15, 2014 - 6:55am

UltiPhotos: Sunday Highlights [Girls] - USAU 2014 HS Northeasterns &emdash; Sunday Action, Girls -- USAU 2014 HS Northeastern Championships

ARHS Girls Varsity Ultimate continued their dominance, winning their 5th consecutive regional title with a 13-3 win over BFA Fairfax of Vermont this past weekend in Portland, ME. The ARHS Girls JVA placed third after losing to Varsity in the Semi-finals. The ARHS Boys Varsity team placed fifth. Meaghan McCluskey, Izzi Tripp and Leland Rege-Colt won the Individual Spirit Awards. You can read more about it here. Congrats to you all!!

Reporting of Incidents

Submitted by Janetkbucc on May 15, 2014 - 3:06am

Incident Reporting: ARHS has established an electronic form for anonymous reporting of any incident that potentially harms ARHS or members of the ARHS community.  The Deans of Students are the immediate recipients of information submitted by the form and have the responsibility to pursue leads and involve the Amherst Police Department, as necessary. The deans will not know the identity of those who provide information via the electronic form.

Reports can also be sent to  Reports sent to this address are not anonymous.

8th Annual Latino Achievement Night - TONIGHT

Submitted by Margot on May 14, 2014 - 9:15pm

The 8th Annual Latino Achievement Night will take place tonight, Friday, May 16 in the auditorium at Amherst Regional Middle School, 170 Chestnut Street. The free event will begin at 6:30 p.m and the community is encouraged to attend.

Dr. Marta Guevara, Director of Equity and Achievement, coordinates the event with support from ARPS Family Center staff and community partners. Please contact Mildred Martinez at or 413-362-1871 with questions or concerns.

Student Talent Show - TONIGHT

Submitted by Janetkbucc on May 14, 2014 - 9:14pm

The 2014 Student Talent Show is tonight, May 16th at 7 pm in the high school auditorium.  Come and see many wonderful student performers for only $5.  Tickets available at the door. Hope to see you there!

ARHS Student Filmmakers Seek Input - Tomorrow

Submitted by Janetkbucc on May 14, 2014 - 9:55am

Tomorrow, Saturday, May 17, ARHS students, Sam Simonds and Sajo Jefferson, will be hosting open interviews for a short documentary film regarding racism at ARHS, with special consideration to the events of this last school year.

If your student is interested in participating, have him/her please contact or see either of them in person.

ARHS Teacher Receives Award from Williams College

Submitted by Janetkbucc on May 13, 2014 - 7:40am

ARHS English teacher, Sara Barber-Just, is one of just four high school teachers nationwide to win the 2014 Olmsted Prize for Excellence in Secondary School Teaching.

Each year, Williams College seniors nominate high school teachers who were influential in their lives. A committee of faculty, staff, and students then chooses winners. Recipients receive $3,000, and an additional $2,500 is given to each recipient’s school.


Congrats are in order!

Submitted by Margot on May 13, 2014 - 7:32am

ARHS senior, Jeremy Lee, has been accepted to the Champlain College Young Writers' Conference. He was selected from the College's largest pool of applications to date.The Champlain College Young Writers’ Conference (CCYWC), a residential writers’ weekend specifically for high school students, takes place this May 23 - 25 on the hillside campus of Burlington's Champlain College. It is also an opportunity to study the craft of writing with some of New England's most celebrated authors and teachers. Congrats!

Free Presentation On Opioid Addiction for ARPS Parents

Submitted by Janetkbucc on May 13, 2014 - 7:10am

Please join Dr. Ruth Potee on Wednesday, May 21 at 7:30 PM in the ARHS library for her presentation Protecting Your Children: Essential Facts about Narcotics, sponsored by the ARPS Family Center. Dr. Potee will examine the opioid addiction issue facing our community, review adolescent brain development and impulsive behavior, and provide effective communication techniques for parents and teens.

Dr. Potee is a family practicioner in Greenfield who is affiliated with multiple area hospitals. She received her M.D. from Yale and has been in practice for 11 years.

For more information,contact the ARPS Family Center, 362-1875 or

Documentary Film Coming Soon To A Book Store Near You

Submitted by Janetkbucc on May 13, 2014 - 6:20am

“The House I Live In,” a powerful documentary about how the failed “War on Drugs” has made the USA the top incarcerating nation, will be shown on Thursday, May 22 at the Food For Thought Café, 108 N Pleasant St, Amherst.

The event is free and handicapped accessible, with refreshments provided and donations accepted. Contact Rosie McMahan/OPTIMISTIC OPTIONS @ 617-784-1532 for more information.

Free Walk-In Health Clinic

Submitted by Janetkbucc on May 13, 2014 - 5:45am

Free Walk-in Health Clinic at Amherst Survival Center: Mondays 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm and Thursdays 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm. See more information about the clinic.

PGO Grant Spotlight - An All-School Assembly

Submitted by Colleen Osten on May 8, 2014 - 5:44am
The ARHS Gender Sexuality Alliance is thrilled to be able to host an all-school, award-winning assembly He Continues To Make A Difference: The Story of Matthew Shepard,  today, May 9th during B period (8:44am) and C period (9:49), with the support of the ARHS administration and the generous sponsorship of a PGO New Ideas Grant. The assembly will  features Leslea Newman, a local author and speaker,