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  March 2015  
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  • 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.

  • Schedule Survey for Students: All students in grades 9 and 10 are requested to complete the survey about options for the new schedule that will begin in school year 2016-2017.  See also the informational handout that was distributed to students in advisory on Friday, March 20 and the presentation from the scheduling options assembly.

  • SAT Rescheduled: The SAT that was originally scheduled for March 14 has been rescheduled to March 28.

  • Our Runners Are Hurricane Strong! Congratulations to our 4 x 800 relay team of Allen Vance, Rob Sailer, Connor Evans and Kelzy Rodrigues for finishing 3rd in the nation at the New Balance Nationals in New York City and setting an all-time New England record for this race. See a video of the race.

    Also at the Nationals, our 4 x 400 team of Allen Vance, Joseph Tavares, Kelzy Rodrigues, and Taj-Amir Torres won their heat and finished 5th overall.  Both the 4 x 400 team and the 4 x 800 team earned All-American status (top six teams) for their performance at the Nationals.

  • PowerSchool Portal Access: Access to the PowerSchool portal is temporarily closed as teachers complete grades for Term 2.  The portal will re-open on Monday, March 30.

  • Local Vocal Chord Bowl: Come to the 7th Annual Local Vocal Chord Bowl Acapella Benefit Concert on Saturday, March 28 at 7pm in the ARHS Auditorium.  See performances from ARHS Chorale and Hurricane Singers, along with many other college and adult ensembles.  Proceeds from the concert benefit music and arts enrichment programs in the Amherst and Northampton public schools.  See more information about the concert.

  • Class of 2019 Curriculum Information: At 8th Grade Family Curriculum Night on March 11, ARHS administrators and department chairs provided an overview of the academic program and discussed course offerings for the 2015-2016 school year.  See the presentation from the meeting.

  • Master Schedule Discussion: On Wednesday, February 25, we held a meeting with the community to discuss our plans to change the high school master schedule for the 2016-2017 school year.  If you missed the Master Schedule Discussion, you can download a copy of the powerpoint slides and an information packet.  A video of the presentation can be viewed on the Superintendent's blog site.  

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

  • Order Your Yearbook Now: Don't miss the 2015 edition of The Goldbug!  Submit the order form by April 1, 2015.

  • 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

  • School Climate Survey: Students took a school climate survey on Friday, December 12 in Advisory. See a letter about the survey from School Climate Coordinator Maureen Fleming.

  • 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.

I support this recommendation wholeheartedly. Debates about math play out in a predictable way - the jousting revolves around whether kids should be computationally proficient or whether they should be able to use their knowledge in applied, real world situations....I hope you can see where this is going....The real challenge is to enable kids to do both well. In the current math vernacular, this is a 'balanced' approach to math instruction. In my judgment, IMP gives us the best chance to be balanced.

 Read more from Mark Jackson' s journal...


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...
ARHS Senior Selected as National Hispanic Recognition Scholar
Posted on 10/30/2014
ARHS Senior Sebastian Stiles-Sieracki has been selected as a 2015 National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholar.  READ MORE...
ARHS Volleyball Coach Inducted into Hall of Fame
Posted on 10/24/2014
Amherst Regional's Kacey Schmitt was inducted into the Massachusetts Girls Volleyball Coaches Association Hall of Fame on Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014.  READ MORE...
3 ARHS Students Named as Outstanding Participants in the 2015 National Achievement Scholarship Program
Posted on 10/23/2014
Seniors Ethan Bakuli, Sajo Jefferson and Rory Lambert-Wright have been named Outstanding Participants in the National Achievement Scholarship program.  READ MORE...
ARHS Coach Wins 40 in a Row
Posted on 10/22/2014
With a recent defaut of Westfield High School, JVA Boys Soccer Coach Paul Ribeiro has reached a milestone: 40 consecutive wins.  READ MORE...
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...