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  April 2015  
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  • 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:

  • Transgender Awareness Week:  See the Springfield Republican's interview  with members of the Gender Sexuality Alliance and their faculty advisors about Transgender Awareness Week, a student-led initiative to empower and educate the ARHS community about transgender issues and identity.

  • Pakistan Exchange Trip:  Over February break, five ARHS teachers participated in an exchange program through the Instructional Leadership Institute for Pakistani Educators (ILIPE). Read about the exchange in this article in the Amherst Bulletin and see a video of the public television show Connecting Point featuring an interview with Samantha Camera.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

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 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...
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...