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  October 2014  
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  • Please read Mr. Jackson's brief letter about a police matter that involved the high school. Thank you.

  • Early Release Day on October 22:

    • Classes begin at 7:45 and students will be dismissed at noon.
    • All classes will meet for a shortened period and lunch will be served.  After 12:00, teachers will be participating in meetings or workshops and will not be available to work with students.
    • Aside from athletics, there are no club meetings or after-school activities scheduled on early release days.  Students must exit the building by 12:15.
    • Some athletic practices may start earlier on Wednesday.  Athletes should check with their coaches about practice start times.
    • In most cases, athletes should plan to leave the building at 12:15 at return in time for practice.  However, if transportation is an issue, we will provide a quiet work space for students to use after 12:15.  Please note that students who use the work space may not access other parts of the building during this time.  And, once students leave the building, they are not permitted to return until practice begins.
    See a list of all late arrival and early release days for the school year, along with the bell schedule for those days.

  • Calvin Terrell Assembly: 9th grade students attended an assembly with speaker Calvin Terrell on Thursday, October 2.  See a followup letter from Principal Mark Jackson about the assembly.

  • See the presentation from the 9th Grade/New Student Evening Orientation held on Monday, September 8.

  • Incident Reporting: We have established an electronic form for anonymous reporting of any incident that potentially harms the community or members of the community.  The Dean of Students is the immediate recipient of information submitted by the form and has the responsibility to pursue leads and involve the Amherst Police Department, as necessary. To clarify, the dean will not know the identity of those who provide information via the electronic form.

    Reports can also be sent to  Reports sent to this address are not anonymous.

At the broadest level, the model shift distinguishes standard guidance services from crisis services. For the last four years, we have seen annual increases in the number harming ideations and actual instances of self-harming. A persistent challenge of the guidance department has been to address these instances of crisis while, at the same time, maintaining the full range of guidance services intended for the entire student body.

 Read more from Mark Jackson' s journal...


27 ARHS Seniors Named Commended Students by National Merit Scholarship Corporation
Posted on 10/16/2014
27 ARHS seniors have received a letter of commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.  READ MORE...
ARHS Dance Program Featured on AmherstMedia
Posted on 10/16/2014
Teacher Tracy Vernon and senior Xavia Perkins repesented the ARHS Dance Program on a recent episode of Voices from Our Schools.  READ MORE...
ARHS Chorale Featured on Television Special
Posted on 10/13/2014
As top vote getter in season four of WGBY's Together in Song series, the ARHS Chorale earned the honor of their own half-hour musical program on the local public television station.  READ MORE...
ARHS Alum Sings at Fenway Park
Posted on 10/01/2014
Michelle Brooks-Thompson, ARHS Class of 2001, sang the National Anthem at the most recent Yankees-Red Sox game at Fenway Park. She also sang the soul classic "Respect" to retiring Yankee Derek Jeter.  READ MORE...
ARHS Track Stars Compete at Nationals!
Posted on 06/13/2014
Eight members of the Amherst Regional Boys' Track and Field team coached by David Thompson headed to Greensboro, North Carolina, for the New Balance National Outdoor Track and Field Championships from June 13-15.   READ MORE...
ARHS English Teacher Receives Award from Williams College
Posted on 06/09/2014
Sara Barber-Just has been awarded the 2014 Olmstead Prize for Excellence in Secondary School Teaching from Williams College.  READ MORE...
ARHS Art Students Participate in Memory Project 2014
Posted on 06/02/2014
In the Memory Project, art students create portraits for children and teens around the world who have been neglected, orphaned, or disadvantaged  READ MORE...
ARHS Junior Wins National Latin Award
Posted on 05/20/2014
Drake Niedzielski has received the Maureen O’Donnell Oxford Classical Dictionary Award from the National Latin Exam organization.  READ MORE...
ARHS Alum Wins Coveted Pulitzer Prize in Drama
Posted on 04/15/2014
Annie Baker, class of 1999, has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize for her play The Flick.  READ MORE...
ARHS Vocal Ensembles Three-peat at Statewide Competition
Posted on 04/08/2014
Both Hurricane Singers and Chorale won Gold Medals and Superior Ratings at the 2014 MICCA State Choral Festival .  READ MORE...