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  November 2015  
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  •  ARHS is pleased to announce that Sasha Yakub '16 and Nick Hennessy '16 have both been designated as YoungArts national award winners for 2016. 

  • From the YoungArts website:

    From more than 12,000 applications—the largest number to date—819 young artists from 42 states have been selected for their outstanding work and accomplishments across the literary, visual, design and performing arts.Finalists are also eligible to become U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts, as YoungArts is the exclusive nominating agency for this high honor for artistically talented graduating high school seniors

    .   Congratulations Nick and Sasha!

  • Greenfield Community College will offer several courses here in Amherst  during the Spring 2016 term. These initial courses will be offered free of charge at the Amherst Regional Middle School. These courses are open to the entire community. Information sessions to learn about enrollment will be held November 12 and December 2. Enrollment sessions will also be held November 17 and  December 7. Call 413-775-1801 for more information or email  

    Greenfield Community College está llegando a Amherst para la primavera 2016

  • Congratulations to the four seniors who were named as Semi-Finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Competition, Alexander Hajir, Maia Hamin, Ngan (Theresa) Nguyen, and Katya Schwenk.  Read the press release here
  • Revisioning Our Schools:  Engagement Opportunities --The  schedule of programming related to the Wildwood Building Project, 7-12 Consolidation and K-12 Regionalization includes community forums, documentary screening and community listening sessions..
  • If you missed  the 9th Grade and New Family Parent's night on September 10, here is the presentation that outlines the information covered.

Good Morning:

Last Thursday, I spoke with a teacher about the gender identity conversation she had with her E period class. She said the conversation began with a student saying out loud something like: 'can we finish already...teachers have been asking me about this all day...' After I finished laughing, I thought about the implications of the comment. This young man confirmed that we were all in. That we created a common experience for the student body. One that established paying attention to issues of gender identity as a community norm. As we press on the priority of developing a safe and inclusive climate - both in the classroom and school-wide, this was a great way to make the larger point that, when we work in concert with each other, we can establish norms that matter for kids. 

Another interesting twist: I heard from a world language teacher that she posed the gender identity question in the target language. She said it made for great pronoun practice. 

One more: this link is to an article that Pat Romney sent me last week. I read it twice. I encourage you to read it. It connects to us in a several ways. One way is that it confirms our approach to orienting 9th graders. The 9th grade assembly, run entirely by upper class students, directly addresses what the article calls 'belonging uncertainty': it targets the sense kids have that they don't belong here, that this is a place for other kids, but not for them. This confirmation was reassuring. The article also has growth mind set implications. I'm working on distilling some practical applications and will send them to you over the next couple of days. I want to take your feedback on their relevance for us.

 Read more from Mark Jackson' s journal...


ARHS Nets Over $17,000 from Stop and Shop Rewards Program
Posted on 06/15/2015
Congratulations to the ARHS PGO for bringing in $17,398.80 from the Stop & Shop A+ School Rewards program. This total makes ARHS the third highest earner in the state. ​  READ MORE...
FBLA Raises $5000 for Cancer Care
Posted on 06/09/2015
FBLA raised $5000 in this year's 'Canes for the Cure T-shirt fundraiser.  READ MORE...
ARHS Teams Win Big at Engineering Competition
Posted on 06/03/2015
At this year's TEAM+S engineering competion, our Junior Varsity team earned BEST in STATE, finishing first in Massachusetts and 9th in their division nationally, while our top finishing Varsity team finished 3rd in Massachusetts and 11th in their division nationally.  READ MORE...
ARHS Students Participate in Memory Project for 2015
Posted on 05/22/2015
ARHS Latin Students Excel Again
Posted on 05/08/2015
33 ARHS students earned honors in this year's National Latin Exam. Two of those students, Henry Rachootin and Jack Dinsmore, had a perfect score. In addition, Akshat Dhanker and Sasha Yakub were honored for receiving a gold medal for four consecutive years.  READ MORE...
FBLA Nominated for Community Service Award
Posted on 05/07/2015
The MIAA has recognized our Future Business Leaders of America(FBLA) club for outstanding community service.  READ MORE...
ARHS Students Honored at Citizenship Day 2015
Posted on 04/16/2015
ARHS students Juliana Brissette, Emma Gonzalez, Connor Evans, and Zachary Weinberg were honored at the Western Massachusetts Student Athlete Citizenship Day Award Ceremony at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday, April 10.   READ MORE...
Two ARHS Coaches Named Coach of the Year
Posted on 04/14/2015
The Springfield Republican has named Mike Rousseau Western Mass. Hockey Coach of the Year and David Thompson Boys Indoor Track Coach of the Year.  READ MORE...
Two ARHS Juniors Receive National Recognition for Accomplishments in the Arts
Posted on 04/02/2015
The National YoungArts Foundation has named ARHS juniors Sasha Yakub and Nick Hennessy as designated 2015 YoungArts winners.  READ MORE...
ARHS Model UN Team Shines at UMass Conference
Posted on 03/16/2015
Six ARHS students received special recognition recently at the UMass Model UN Conference.  READ MORE...
Six ARHS Students Selected for All-State Music Ensembles
Posted on 02/24/2015
Six ARHS students are among 500 of Massachusetts' top student musicians invited to attend the Massachusetts Music Educators Association All-State Conference in Boston.  READ MORE...
ARHS Teachers Travel to Islamabad, Pakistan
Posted on 02/23/2015
Over February break, five ARHS teachers participated in an exchange program through the Instructional Leadership Institute for Pakistani Educators  READ MORE...
ARHS Junior Wins Violin Concerto Competition
Posted on 11/05/2014
Junior Sasha Yakub has been named winner of the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra's Concerto competition.   READ MORE...