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  May 2015  
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  • AR[T]HS 2015:   It's time for the exhibit of outstanding student artwork from the 2014-2015 academic year.  Come to the opening reception of AR[T]HS on Thursday, June 4th from 5-8 pm at the Eli Marsh Gallery, 105 Fayerweather Hall, Amherst College, The exhibit will be on display from June 3th through June 11th.  Gallery hours are from 9 am to 5 pm on weekdays, Saturday and Sunday from 10 to 4 pm.  See a flyer for AR[T]HS 2015.

  • 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:

    Senior Exams            May 27 - May 29        
    Last Day for Seniors        May 29
    Cap & Gown Distribution    May 29 during lunch in room 13
    Senior Prom     May 29 at 6:00 pm at the Log Cabin, Holyoke
    Senior Dinner   June 1 at  6:00 pm
    Senior Awards  June 3 at 7:00 pm in the Auditorium
    Graduation Rehearsal  June 5 at 8:00 am at the Mullins Center
    Graduation                June 5 at 6:00 pm at the Mullins Center
    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 info here

  • 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.
  • Prom Update: Please read the following letter from Mr. Jackson regarding the senior prom, which will be held on Friday, May 29th.

  • 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)

  • SEPAC Newsletter: See the April/May newsletter for the Special Education Parents Advisory Council (SEPAC).  A Spanish translation is also available.

  • 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.

The standing room only crowd, I'd estimate, was made up of largely of ARHS graduates and their parents. In the midst of the sorrow, it was hard not to notice all the ties that bind and endure. I'd rather a funeral not be the setting. But there was something heartening about seeing the strength and compassion of the young men and women whose development you were an important part of on display.

 Read more from Mark Jackson' s journal...


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...
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...