Junior News

Submitted by Anonymous on March 1, 2012 - 12:40am

If your family income is below $60,000 and if you have at least a 3.6 GPA in a program of almost all honors and AP classes, you might want to attend a presentation about Questbridge ( next Thursday, March 8,  at 2:30 in the Guidance Office.  This organization provides programs and generous scholarships to very high achieving low income students.  The application deadline for their summer programs is in late March.

Performing Arts Events Next Week

Submitted by Anonymous on February 29, 2012 - 1:23pm

Please join us for a week's worth of music and dance. There are performing arts events almost every night next week. Starting on Tuesday with the ARHS Symphony Band. They will perform along with the ARMS 8th Grade Band at 7:30 pm in the ARHS Auditorium. On Wednesday, the ARHS Concert Choir and the 8th Grade Chorus will perform at the ARMS Auditorium at 7:30 pm.


Knitting Classes Coming Soon

Submitted by Colleen Osten on February 29, 2012 - 1:20pm

Knitting is a calming activity that strengthens a person’s concentration and problem solving practices. Peggy Van Dyke, a community member of Amherst and avid knitter, will offer knitting classes at ARHS on Wednesdays during the third trimester. The classes will meet during the first and second periods. All students, beginners and experienced knitters alike, are invited to participate and learn the basics of knitting.


Parents Needed on Screening Committee

Submitted by Anonymous on February 29, 2012 - 1:02pm

Parent/guardians of special education students are invited to join the Screening Committee for the position of Director of Student Services. The committee will review applications, interview candidates as semi-finalists, and recommend finalists to the Superintendent for her consideration and selection. See for information about how to join the committee.

Dont' Forget -Big E College Fair on March 4th - Pre-register

Submitted by Anonymous on February 29, 2012 - 10:42am

Online registration is now available for the Springfield National College Fair at the Big E on Sunday, March 4th. Hours are Sunday 1-4 pm at Eastern States Exposition in the Young Building, 1305 Memorial Avenue, West Springfield,MA


Congrats Joshua Wolfsun!

Submitted by Anonymous on February 29, 2012 - 10:05am

Joshua Wolfsun, ARHS senior, has won two rounds of the American Legion High School Scholarship Oratorical Contest (local and zone) and will be competing at the State Finals this Sunday, March 4. Contestants prepare and deliver speeches on different aspects of the U.S. Constitution. More information can be found here:

Host a Student From Japan This Month

Submitted by Anonymous on February 29, 2012 - 7:27am

PeopleLink, a non-profit organization that coordinates home stay programs for students visiting the USA from abroad is looking for local families to host a Japanese High school student or Teacher from March 22-28. Host families should be interested in cultural exchanges and be able to offer a warm bed, friendly conversation, meals and transportation. You will receive a $20/$30 per night to help with these expenses.


Self Defense Class for Women

Submitted by Colleen Osten on February 28, 2012 - 11:13pm

Self defense is a form of “physical literacy” that should be considered a basic life skill for young women. It includes verbal, emotional, assertiveness and boundary setting skills that can increase safety. The next session will be held on Tuesday and/or Wednesday afternoons in early March at North Star in Hadley. Email for more information.

Fundraiser for Amherst Cinema with John Hodgman - March 11th

Submitted by Anonymous on February 28, 2012 - 9:01am

SCREEN TEST: Movie Trivia Madness, A Movie Trivia Bee - Sunday, March 11th 3:00 p.m. Weinstein Auditorium, Smith College.  

A chance for cinephiles of all ages to test their film knowledge. All proceeds benefit both of our nonprofit independent theaters. With special guest - John Hodgman!Yes, from the Daily Show with Jon Stewart


Mark Your Calendars

Submitted by Colleen Osten on February 20, 2012 - 11:09am

Mar. 2 - Princeton Review Hybrid Test: 8:30-12:30, ARHS

Mar. 6-8 - Trimester 2 Exam Period

Mar. 9 - SAT Reasoning Test:8 am, ARHS

Mar. 11 - No School: Teacher Work Day
Mar. 13 - Family Curriculum Night:7:30 pm, Auditorium

Mar. 14 - Late Start Day

Mar. 14-16 - Winter Musical

Mar. 16 - Monte Carlo Night:6:30, Valentine Hall, AC

Principal Coffee - TODAY at Noon

Submitted by Anonymous on February 16, 2012 - 10:49am

All ARHS parents and guardians are invited to join our continuing discussion about "The Emotional Life of Teen Girls" with members of the ARHS Guidance Department today, Friday, Feb 17th at noon in Room 13. Refreshments will be provided by the ARHS Parent Center.

If you missed the evening presentation, join us at noon today! As always, bring your questions, network with other parents, and stay connected to ARHS!

2012-2013 Course Registration Info

Submitted by Anonymous on February 16, 2012 - 9:41am

Course Registration for the 2012-2013 school year opens Monday, Feb. 27th at 3 pm and closes on Friday, March 2nd at 3 pm.

The ARHS 2012-2013 Program of Studies can now be downloaded from the school website at

Printed copies will be available beginning 2/27 in the Guidance Office and Library for those students who cannot access the electronic version.


Chorale in 'Loves Notes' this Sunday

Submitted by Anonymous on February 16, 2012 - 9:35am

The ARHS CHORALE will perform this Sunday at 3:00 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall at Amherst College in the annual "Love Notes" concert. Also on the program are pianist, Estela Olevsky and the Valley Five. Love Notes is the annual fundraiser hosted by The Amherst Club. Proceeds from the show are distributed to various local non-profits, such as the Amherst Survival Center, Safe Passage and the Amherst Senior Center.


Boys Indoor Track Wins PVIAC Championship

Submitted by Anonymous on February 16, 2012 - 6:45am

Congratulations to the Boys Indoor Track Team for winning the 2012 PVIAC Championship! They will now go on to compete for the state title

African Studies Class

Submitted by Anonymous on February 15, 2012 - 12:08pm

Register for the African Studies one-credit ALP course for spring 2012. Students who register for the course will be eligible to participate in the African Scholars exchange trip to West Africa ( The Gambia and Senegal ), now scheduled for February 2013. If you have any questions, or would like to have the course added to your schedule, please contact Mr. Sarr in room 146 or at