Missing ARHS Student Found Safe
October 29, 2014
Dear ARPS Community,
We learned tonight about the safety of our missing high school student. Please see the attached press release from the Amherst Police Department for further details. We are incredibly grateful to the Amherst and State Police Departments and to the numerous officers who worked tirelessly to bring our student home to his family and community. As Superintendent, I would like to thank the educators and mental health professionals who worked with our students and staff over the past several days to support our compassionate school community. We were also fortunate to have our community partners of mental health professionals who mobilized to volunteer their services to our students, families, community members, and staff. Mostly, we are grateful for the safe return of our student and we send our warm wishes and support to him and his family.
Maria Geryk, Superintendent of Schools
Town and Schools Launch Amherst Together, An Initiative for Community Engagement and Mobilization
(July 18, 2014) Amherst Town Manager John Musante and Superintendent of Schools Maria Geryk today announced the hiring of Amherst resident Carol Ross, an outstanding candidate for the newly created position of Media & Climate Communications Specialist for the Amherst-Pelham Regional Schools, the Amherst Public Schools and the Town of Amherst. She will work to launch Amherst Together, an initiative that will serve as a foundation for building equity in Amherst through community collaboration. The effort aims to bring together a wider range of Amherst community interests to develop a collective vision for serving the whole.
2014.07.18 Press Release Town & Schools Launch AmherstTogether.pdf
"The key to Amherst Together is to research, identify, develop, and implement successful strategies for achieving equity by developing opportunities for communication and collaboration," says Musante.
Ms. Ross has deep roots in the Amherst community. She was raised and lives in Amherst, graduated from Amherst schools, and is a parent of an Amherst public school student. She has a BA from UMass and professional experience as an author, photographer, human resources generalist, producer, documentarian and community organizer. Ms. Ross’s work uses art as a tool for social impact and public discourse and is nationally recognized and locally celebrated. She has eight years of public and educational sector human resources experience with expertise in cross-cultural engagement and conversation facilitation designed to stimulate profound thinking. She is currently a member of the Superintendent’s Equity Task Force and the Town’s Human Rights Commission.
Superintendent Geryk said, “It didn't take us long to realize that a collaborative effort was imperative. The same issues we are facing in our schools are also prevalent in our town. Ms. Ross’s background, her thoughtful approach and her ability to articulate and synthesize current climate issues to project positive outcomes is unparalleled. I believe she is the right individual to assist us in bringing Amherst Together and to achieve our goals of fostering a healthier climate of civility, inclusivity and respect in the community.”
Nominations Sought for 2015-2016 ARPS Community-Building Award
The annual ARPS Community-Building Award honors two Amherst, Pelham or Amherst-Pelham Regional School District employees who "have helped to foster a sense of belonging among students and have helped to build bridges of understanding and acceptance among them." Awardees for the 2014-2015 school year were Tara Luce, Crocker Farm Counselor, and Peter Crouse, Transportation Coordinator. Nominations for 2015-2016 will be accepted at any time until June 30, 2015. More information about the award criteria is available here and nomination forms are available here.