Free CollegeAccess Workshops at the Jones

Submitted by Anonymous on December 6, 2011 - 9:41pm

The Jones Library has teamed up with CollegeAccess to present free information sessions to help students, parents, and other adults take a look at education and training options after high school that will help them start a career and a great future.


UMass ASPIRE Program

Submitted by Anonymous on December 6, 2011 - 10:42am

Want a "hands-on" look at polymer science using state of the art instrumentation? The UMass ASPIRE Program provides high school students with laboratory experience in polymer science and engineering over five Saturdays in January and February. Deadline was Dec. 6, but they are holding some spots for ARHS students.


Housing Fair/Creative Housing Panel - Dec. 12th

Submitted by Anonymous on December 5, 2011 - 9:07am

Does your family member with special needs dream of moving into their own home or apartment?

“Housing Fair/Creative Housing Panel” on Monday, December 12th The fair runs from 3 - 6 pm and the Panel is from 6 - 7 pm at Family Empowerment: Inclusive Community Center located at 41 Russell Street, Hadley, MA


Join the chorus at Merry Maple tonight!

Submitted by Colleen Osten on December 1, 2011 - 6:10pm

The Annual Lighting of the Merry Maple is tonight, Dec. 2nd on the Town Common. The Grade 7 Chorus will be singing at this great event. As always, Mr. Ranen would like to extend an invitation to all ARMS Chorus Alums who would like to come back and sing with the Middle Schoolers. Please show up by 4:30 and join in with the Grade 7 Chorus.

Heroes Night at the Mullins Center - Tonight!

Submitted by Colleen Osten on December 1, 2011 - 5:55pm

UMass Athletics is proud to announce Heroes Night at the Mullins Center! In appreciation of their outstanding service, all Military, Fire, Police, and Medical Personnel along with Teachers and UMass Faculty and Staff are invited to attend the UMass Hockey game vs. Harvard at a discounted ticket rate of $6 per ticket. Puck drop is at 7pm.


Mark Your Calendars

Submitted by Colleen Osten on November 29, 2011 - 10:50pm

Dec. 5 - Start of Second Trimester

Dec. 7 - Regional School Committee: 7 pm ARHS Library 

Dec. 13 - Amherst School Committee: 7 pm Town Hall 

Dec. 15 - Late Start Day

Dec. 15 - Concert Choir and Philharmonia: 7:30 - 9:30 pm

Dec. 15 - CollegeAccess Workshop: 7 pm, Jones Library

Dec. 26 to Jan. 2 - Holiday Break!  Happy Holidays

Opportunity to Host an International Student

Submitted by Colleen Osten on November 29, 2011 - 10:28pm

Save the date: Wed., Jan. 11, 7-8 pm, ILI, 17-25 New South St. (Old School Commons), Rm 113 , Northampton COME TO AN INFORMATIONAL MEETING to learn more about providing a home stay for an international student (18+) who'll be studying English full-time at the International Language Institute (ILI) in downtown Northampton. Stays of 1-6 months, year-round. Stipend paid for hosting. Home must be a short walk or bus-ride to downtown Hamp.


Meet Ombudsperson, Barry Brooks

Submitted by Colleen Osten on November 29, 2011 - 9:46pm

Barry Brooks joined our staff as the Ombudsperson for the Amherst, Pelham and Regional Schools in October 2010. Prior to his role as Ombudsperson, Mr. Brooks was a Guidance Counselor at ARMS until his retirement. The ombudsman role was established to ensure that all members of the districts’community receive fair and equitable treatment in matters of concern or complaint. When established, formal procedures have failed to result in resolution, Mr.


Two NEW features coming soon in the PGO News

Submitted by Barry on November 29, 2011 - 9:03pm

Each month, the PGO News will profile one of the teachers or staff at ARHS. The profiles are written by a student at ARHS and are designed to let us get to know teachers and staff in a more up close and personal way. Who are they? What are the big issues they care about? What do they do when they are not at ARHS? Look for the first profile in the Dec. 16th issue.


Starlight Theatre Auditions - Seussical

Submitted by Colleen Osten on November 28, 2011 - 9:27pm

Starlight’s Youth Theatre, the Valley’s only all youth theater group invites you to audition for: Seussical the musical. Please visit for audition appointments. Rehearsals begin on January 14th, 2012 at Maple Ridge Center, Sunderland. Seussical will be performed April 27-29, 2012 at South Hadley High School.

Who'da Funk It - Iron Horse Tonight!

Submitted by Anonymous on November 23, 2011 - 8:10am

We hold thy remedy for your Thanksgiving Blues! Come see Who’da Funk It open for the ferocious runaway train that is Bella’s Bartok at the Iron Horse, 10 p.m. Friday, November 25. $8. tix in advance/$10.00 door.


Congratulations Coach!

Submitted by Anonymous on November 22, 2011 - 7:49am

ARHS Girls Basketball Coach, Christal Murphy will be honored as a Massachusetts State Basketball Coaches Association Coach of the Year this Sunday.Christal Murphy of Amherst Regional will be one of the six coaches honored at the MBCA's annual banquet at Holy Cross in Worcester. Murphy earned the Division I honor after guiding her Hurricanes to the state finals behind a ferocious defense and solid team play.


Parent Workshop - The Emotional Life of Teen Boys - Dec. 1

Submitted by Colleen Osten on November 21, 2011 - 4:51pm

Got Teens? Get the facts. Ask the experts in the areas of teen psychology, development, and wellness as they share trends, research, and insights on teens today.


Exams for Trimester 1 start Tuesday

Submitted by Anonymous on November 21, 2011 - 11:58am

On Tuesday, November 29th, final exams for the first trimester will start. ARHS will follow a special schedule. The exam schedule can be found at the follwing site:

There is No School on Friday, December 2nd for ARHS Students.

Issues in Excellence & Equity in Education Speaker Dec. 1st

Submitted by Anonymous on November 20, 2011 - 3:08pm

“Issues in Excellence & Equity In K-12 Education in the United States”

Katherine Merseth, EdD, Director of Teacher Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education, will speak on issues related to the commitment of our country to provide access to a high quality education for all K-12 students including No Child Left Behind legislation and its reauthorization, Common Core Curriculum Standards, and charter schools at a program sponsored by the League of Women Voters Amherst.

Thursday, Dec. 1,
7 pm refreshments,
7:30 pm program.
Jones Library Large Meeting Room.