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  September 2015  
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  •  Our school district is considering a partnership with Greenfield Community College. To inform this decision, GCC is asking us to administer the attached Amherst Site survey. We encourage all community members to fill it out. Thank you. 
  • First Day Celebration--Tuesday, September 1 on the Amherst Town Common from 5:00 - 6:30 pm.  For more information, email or view the front page announcement on the  district's website.
  • Bus routes will appear in the newspaper soon. To view them, click on the links below.
High School Bus Routes AM High School bus routes PM

  • Open House for Rising Ninth Graders and New Students: Open House will be held on Thursday, August 27 from 9:00 - 1:00.  Students may stop in any time and should plan to stay for about an hour.  See the flyer for more detailed information.

  • Office Closed for Training: Our main office will be closed on Wednesday, June 24th from 10:00 am - 12:30 pm and Thursday, June 25th from 2:00 - 3:30 pm for staff training.

  • Dialogue Day 2015: Thursday, June 11 was Dialogue Day at ARHS.  See Mr. Jackson's letter to faculty and staff about the goals of the dialogue.

  • SAT Update: During the June 6 administration of the SAT, there was a nation-wide testing irregularity due to a typographical error.  The College Board has announced that the June 6 scores will count. See  more information from the College Board.

  • ABC Heroes Award Goes to ARHS:  The Amherst Committee for A Better Chance has announced that this year's annual heroes award goes to high school principal Mark Jackson and the faculty and staff of ARHS.  Read about the award in the Amherst Bulletin.

  • Senior Folders: Due to a policy change senior folders (including academic, health, and guidance information) must be held at ARHS for 3 years after graduation.  Therefore, we are unable to release these records to graduates as we have in the past.  Class of 2015 folders can be picked up by the graduate starting in July 2018 and will be destroyed in July 2020.

    Graduates of 2010, 2011, and 2012 can now pick up their academic folders at the ARHS main office.  Unclaimed class of 2010 folders will be destroyed in July 2015.

  • Summer Food Program: The Amherst Survival Center offers the Kids Summer Boost program to provide extra food for families with school-age children.  See also the bus schedule to get to the survival center and the summer schedule for food and nutrition programs.

  • New Interim Assistant Principal for 2015-2016:  Principal Mark Jackson has appointed Ericka Alschuler as an interim assistant principal for the upcoming school year.   Ms. Alschuler replaces Mike Thompson, who will return to the classroom as a chemistry teacher.

  • Important End-of-Year Dates:

    Underclass Awards        June 10 at 7:00 pm in the Auditorium
    Underclass Exams         June 17 - 19
    Last Day of School (exam make-up day)        June 22

    See more detailed graduation information.

  • Master Schedule Final Decision: Beginning in school year 2016-2017, ARHS will follow a new master schedule: 7 Period Semester/Drop 1.  See the letter from Principal Mark Jackson explaining this decision.
  • Summer School Information:   Registration is now open for 2015 summer school at ARHS.  Classes start on Monday July 6th and run through Friday July 31st.  See more information about summer school at ARHS.

  • Class of 1970 Reunion:  The ARHS Class of 1970 is planning a 45th Reunion on August 7th, 2015.  See for details.

  • Consent Week: May 18 - 22 was Consent Week at ARHS.  The goal of the week was to promote a dating culture that prioritizes healthy communication and respect for one another’s wishes and bodies. Read more about Consent Week. (Spanish translation)

  • Master Schedule Recommendation: Mr. Jackson has made a preliminary master schedule recommendation. The schedule is the 7 Period Semester/Drop 1. The next step in the process is for the faculty to consider the recommendation and provide feedback. A final recommendation will made around the first part of May. Please read Mr. Jackson's letter that explains the rationale for his recommendation and the remaining steps in the process. (Spanish translation)

    See also this information from the February 25 presentation to parent/guardians about the different scheduling options:

  • ARHS Math Featured in Amherst Bulletin:   The Interactive Math Program (IMP) at ARHS was featured in a recent article in the Amherst Bulletin.  The article includes photos and interviews with students about their experiences with this approach.

  • Budget Cut Information: See detailed information about proposed cuts to the budget for Fiscal Year 2016.

  • ARHS on Honor Roll Live!  ARHS was recently featured on ABC40's Honor Roll Live with enthusiastic participation by our performing arts groups, clubs, and sports teams.  If you missed the live broadcast, you can see clips at

  • ARHS Math Review Update: The Superintendent has approved the Interactive Math Program(IMP)  to become the high school math curriculum.  The recommendation will take effect this fall with the incoming 9th grade class.

    Parent/guardian meetings: On Monday, December 8, a meeting was held to guide parents/guardians through the math curricula currently under review for adoption at ARHS. The meeting started with a brief presentation of the review process to this point. The majority of meeting was dedicated to a guided exploration of the curricula.

    On Wednesday, December 17, parents/guardians had an opportunity to see potential math course sequences (Integrated or Traditional) and course names for grades 9 to 12. Parents/guardians were asked to provide comments for the ARHS math department.

    On Wednesday, January 21, a final meeting was held to present the math department's curriculum recommendation for the 2015-16 school year and potential course titles.

    To see past presentations, information about the ARHS Math review, and answers to frequently asked questions please visit:

    If you have questions please contact Jane Mudie, ARHS Math Department Head, at

  • 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.

...This guy - his name is Brandon - operates in the same spirit that Pat Romney did with us last October. They've both staked out the position that if, in the grand sense, we want to be working toward each other, listening to each other's stories is the right place start. Thursday's Identity Wheel is the perfect vehicle for this. I'm thankful the kids have brought this to us. Narrative almost always builds empathy, If we listen, the bridge will come. Lots of things contribute to a safe, inclusive school climate. A collective willingness on our part - adults and kids, alike - to see each other dimensionally is certainly one of them.

 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...