ARHS Alpine Ski Team

Submitted by Colleen Osten on November 15, 2011 - 4:56pm

Coach Pepe Torras will hold an informational meeting about the ARHS Alpine Ski Team on Monday, November 21st, at 2:45 p.m. in Room 117 at ARHS. We invite you and your student to join us, siblings and friends who attend the Amherst Middle School are also invited. All are welcome to participate on the team. Our goal is to assemble the ski team before the Thanksgiving break. Please spread the word.

Western Mass Saves Challenge Update

Submitted by Anonymous on November 14, 2011 - 3:02pm

With just two months left in the Western Mass Saves Challenge, Amherst is within reach of winning the solar panel prize! The goal of a 3% reduction in electric usage in Amherst is attainable since you and your fellow residents have already reduced your usage by 0.8% during this challenge.

Check The Savings Scoreboard
Please visit our Western Mass Saves Challenge Scoreboard to see up to date standings for the four eligible challenge towns.


Amherst Rotary Auction 2011

Submitted by Margot on November 14, 2011 - 3:00pm

Each year as a core component of it's fundraising effort, the Rotary Club runs a television auction involving the entire community. Local businesses donate their products, local celebrities host the TV auction, and the proceeds are returned to the community through our charitable grants to agencies doing good throughout our area. This year's Auction is Friday, November 18 on ACTV 6:00PM-9:00PM and Saturday November 19, 12:00PM-9:00PM

Please visit our web site

Looking to Buy an Affordable Home?

Submitted by Colleen Osten on November 13, 2011 - 9:28am

Learn what it takes to qualify to buy a Habitat for Humanity Home. An information session will be held Nov. 20, 4:00 PM at First Churches - 129 Main Street, Northampton. For more information call 413-586-5430

ARPS School NIghts at the Mullins Center

Submitted by Colleen Osten on November 11, 2011 - 11:15am

UMass Athletics is offering discounted tickets to students, faculty and friends of ARPS for the following two games: UMass Hockey (vs. Maine) Nov 18th and UMass Basketball (vs. St Louis) Jan 28th. Tickets are $6 each. Call 413-577-0340 for more information.

National Honor for ARHS Musician

Submitted by Colleen Osten on November 10, 2011 - 12:36pm

The Performing Arts Department is proud to announce that Carson Marshall ’12 has been invited as a guest performer for NPR’s nationally-broadcast music program From the Top. Currently a violinist and concertmaster for the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, Carson has also represented ARHS in the All-State Orchestra twice and the All-Eastern Music Conference last spring.


Financial Aid Workshop for Parents and Students - Nov. 15

Submitted by Colleen Osten on November 10, 2011 - 12:32pm

College financial aide officials from University of Massachusetts and Amherst College will provide information about financial aid, completing FAFSA and CSS profile, and more. Workshop will be held at 7 PM in the Cafeteria.


Submitted by Colleen Osten on November 10, 2011 - 12:26pm

Congratulations to the Boys and Girls Cross Country teams for coming in first at the PVIAC Championship on Saturday, November 5.Both teams will compete in the Western Mass finals on Saturday 11/12 in Westfield.

Come cheer on our Hurricanes!

Performing Arts Upcoming Events

Submitted by Colleen Osten on November 10, 2011 - 12:25pm

Nov. 15th - The Symphony Band and Wind Ensemble will perform from 7:30 to 9:30 pm in the ARHS Auditorium

Nov. 18th - The Bomba Ensemble and Jazz Workshop will perform from 7:30 to 9:30 in the ARHS auditorium.!

Nov. 22 - The Chorale will perform at 7:30 in the ARHS Auditorium

Come out and support our students

SAFE HOMES sign-up Extended

Submitted by Colleen Osten on November 10, 2011 - 12:18pm

Due to the storm, the deadlline to sign up for SAFE HOMES has been extended to Nov. 14th. Include your name, and join the other families that have pledged to provide a safe environment for all minors visiting their homes. Together we can make a difference. Register online at

First Parent/Guardian Cafe on Monday 11/14

Submitted by Anonymous on November 10, 2011 - 11:29am

All PreK-12 Parents and Guardians are cordially invited to participate in the Amherst Parent and Guardian Cafe, which will take place once a month on the second Monday of each month, from 7:00pm -- 8:15 pm.


News for Seniors

Submitted by Anonymous on November 10, 2011 - 10:56am

Seniors - there are 31 half-hour time slots to sign up for Essay Day on November 17th. Sign up in Guidance!
Also, if it’s getting close to your first college deadline, check with guidance to see if your Common App and Naviance "match". Otherwise it won’t go through!

Special Update - A Letter From Principal Mark Jackson

Submitted by Colleen Osten on November 5, 2011 - 8:42pm

Dear ARHS Parents/Guardians,

I hope this finds you in a warm, well-lit place. My intent here is to provide you with the framework of how we are thinking about transitioning back to school on Monday.

First, a caution. I can’t yet fully certify that schools will be open on Monday. I've spoken to the superintendent and she believes we will be open on Monday, but has a degree of healthy skepticism that something still could get in the way. Her recommendation is that we all check the district’s information line on Sunday (362-1898) for the final word.


Nov. 10th - Evening Coffee with Mark Jackson and College Advisor Myra Ross @ 7pm

Submitted by Anonymous on November 4, 2011 - 10:07am

Do you have an ARHS teen that wants to go to college? When should you start preparing? What courses should your teen take in 10th, 11th, 12th grades? How and when do you prepare for SAT's and ACT's? Are you terrified of the whole thing? Well, we've got good news for you, come on down to the ARHS Library on November 10th at 7pm and join the Parent Center for an Evening Coffee with ARHS College Advisor Myra Ross and Principal Mark Jackson.


Free ELL Classes for Parents and Guardians

Submitted by Colleen Osten on November 3, 2011 - 9:04pm

Improve your communication, pronunciation, vocabulary, fluency and lots more. Classes are open to all district parents, guardians and families. Childcare and homework help will be provided for kids. Classes start Monday, Nov. 7th from 6 - 7 PM in the Middle School Cafeteria. For more information, contact 413-522-6175. Pass this information along to anyone you feel would benefit!