Enroll in Self Defense Course for Teen Women

Submitted by Colleen Osten on December 13, 2011 - 9:17am

Learn to practice safety skills that every woman needs. Increase your capacity for power and peace. Strengthen your body, mind and spirit. Workshops will be held two Saturdays, Feb 4th and 11th at Northstar, 135 Russell St. in Hadley from 3-5 pm. $50 sliding fee. Taught by Lynne Marie Wanamaker. Contact 413-527-8317 or

Upcoming Events at ART Works! ETTA Studio & Gallery

Submitted by Anonymous on December 13, 2011 - 8:54am

Coming soon at ART Works! ETTA Studio & Gallery, 534 Main ST. in Amherst:

You are invited to: A Community Brainstorm: Tonight, Dec. 16 @ 6:00 p.m. Choose your best day to come join in the conversation about: Occupy Art in Our Lives: How does Art influence, soothe, excite and inspire? What would we do without it? We need your input now!


Video Vanguards Preview Screening - Tonight 12/16

Submitted by Colleen Osten on December 13, 2011 - 1:14am

Please join the Youth Action Coalition in celebrating the end of the fall Video Vanguards session and the beginning of the spring session. December 16th at 6pm, Amherst Media will hold a SCREENING, showcasing their work and a sneak preview of what is to come. Email to register

A Warm Welcome Back to Miki Gromacki!

Submitted by Colleen Osten on December 8, 2011 - 11:03pm

ARHS Assistant Principal Miki Gromacki, returned to ARHS this past Monday, after having been out on maternity leave. Our thanks go out to Mike Thompson for having done a great job as interim Assistant Principal in Miki's absence.   It is nice to see her smiling face in the hallways again, welcome back Miki!

Coffee with Principal Mark Jackson - Today @ Noon

Submitted by Colleen Osten on December 8, 2011 - 9:07am

Join us for this month's Coffee with Principal Mark Jackson. This month we will be hosting the Guidance Department. We will also provide an opportunity to discuss the issues raised in the Dec. 1 presentation addressing the emotional life of teen boys. As always, bring your questions, network with other parents, and stay connected to ARHS! Room 13, Noon.

Briefs - Annual Showcase of Contemporary Plays This Weekend

Submitted by Colleen Osten on December 8, 2011 - 9:05am

Don't miss Briefs, our annual showcase of contemporary work, some plays are under a year old. This year 6 of the 9 plays are student-directed, and the cast includes 30 of our ARHS students. Please note: Act I is PG-rated material; Act II uses language that would considered inappropriate in school. While not wildly offensive, we wouldn't recommend the second act for children younger than high school age.


There is Still Time!!

Submitted by Anonymous on December 8, 2011 - 9:00am

In October, over $5,000 in PGO Grants was awarded and the next round of grants will be in January, all for the benefit of our students. Money for these grants comes from our Stop & Shop A+ Rewards fundraiser. With A+ Rewards, at absolutely no cost to the you, Stop & Shop makes a contribution to our designated school each time you shop, but you must sign-up your card for that to happen.


PRISM - 21st Century After School Program Enrolling Now

Submitted by Anonymous on December 8, 2011 - 7:10am

PRISM a 21st Century After School Program and the Social Studies department at ARHS present an after school social studies program open to all CP World Civilizations and CP U.S. History students who would like the opportunity to improve their skills and grades in social studies. Students will receive help with classroom assignments, long term projects, test prep and much more.


Community Thanksgiving Celebration - December 13th

Submitted by Anonymous on December 8, 2011 - 6:58am

The ARHS International Students Club pot-luck Thanksgiving celebration will be the evening of Tuesday, December 13. This is a wonderful event that celebrates the richness of our student body's ethnic and cultural diversity, and it's open to all ARHS students and their families. Come for dinner and experience student talents in music and art. The event runs from 5:30-8:00 pm.


Join Us for Two Concerts Next Week

Submitted by Margot on December 8, 2011 - 6:12am

Please join us next week for two wonderful nights of music.

Tues. Dec. 13 - Symphonic Orchestra and Hurricanes Singers, 7:30 pm, ARHS Auditorium

Thurs. Dec. 15 - Concert Choir and Philharmonia, 7:30 pm, ARHS Auditorium

Guys & Dolls Coming to ARHS this Winter

Submitted by Anonymous on December 7, 2011 - 8:56am

ARHS is excited to announce Guys and Dolls as this year's winter musical,going up March 1st-3rd at the high school. The musical is the largest performance of the year at ARHS and every student is welcome to get involved. While a brief audition is required so we can meet all interested performers, there are NO cuts in casting! Technical work backstage is a huge part of the student work as well and no experience is needed.


Congrats Dr. Palmer!

Submitted by Anonymous on December 7, 2011 - 8:36am

Congratulations to Chemistry teacher Dr. Sharon Palmer, who was recently elected to the executive board of the Connecticut Valley Section of the American Chemical Society.

Congrats XC Runners!

Submitted by Anonymous on December 7, 2011 - 8:23am

Congratulations to ARHS XC runners Audrey Gould, Emmy Zimmerman and MelDevoney. All three were named to the WMass All-Academic XC team.

Double congrats to Audrey - she made the All-State All-Academic team aswell.

Congrats to Mel Devoney

Submitted by Anonymous on December 7, 2011 - 7:53am

Congratulations to Mel Devoney, winner of the Gear for a Year design contest sponsored by Mt. Borah Custom Gear. This national recognition for Mel will also bring $8000 worth of gear to the ARHS Nordic team! Mel Devoney was one of thirty students from ARHS to create a unique uniform, and her design was chosen as a winner by the company. Thanks to Maribeth Courtney for incorporating this special contest into her curriculum.

Honor a Teacher or Staff Member This Holiday Season

Submitted by Colleen Osten on December 6, 2011 - 11:17pm

Looking for a meaningful way to thank your favorite teachers or other school staff members this holiday season? Make a gift to the Amherst Education Foundation in their honor. Your donation this year will go toward our new Excellence Grants program for teacher/school generated initiatives and will positively impact students in Amherst, Pelham, Leverett and Shutesbury.