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.”
ELL Newspaper 2014
Under the guidance of their teacher, Alicia Lopez, Amherst Regional Middle School English Language Learners (ELL) students learned journalism skills as way to learn and practice
the English language. Click here to see the great work of these seventh and eighth graders.
Revised 2014-2015 Calendar
The 2014-2015 School Calendar has been revised slightly to reflect a later end to the first trimester for the secondary schools. This resulted in a change to the high school exam dates in November and to the date of the first Curriculum/Work Day for all teachers. Please download the updated calendar here: 2014-2015 School Calendar.
Parents, guardians and community members are invited to attend the SEPAC PBIS and Discipline Disparity Workshop.
Crocker Farm Preschool Accepting Applications
The Amherst Public Schools are accepting applications for the Early Education Center at Crocker Farm Elementary School for the 2014-2015 school year. The program is an integrated preschool serving children ages 3-5 years old with and without disabilities. Please visit us on-line at www.arps.org or call Janet Ryan, Program Coordinator at 413-362-1610. Classes are in session Monday through Friday. Full tuition is $3500 for the school year but there are a limited number of reduced tuition slots available.
Las Escuelas Públicas de Amherst están aceptando aplicaciones para el Centro de Educación Temprana en la Escuela Crocker Farm para el año escolar 2014-2015. El programa es un preescolar conjunto que sirve a niños con edades entre 3-5 años, con y sin discapacidades. Por favor visítenos en internet en la página www.arps.org o llame a Janet Ryan, coordinador del programa al número telefónico 413-362-1610. Las clases son de lunes a viernes. La matrícula completa tiene un valor de $3500 por todo el año escolar, sin embargo hay un número limitado de espacios disponibles con matricula reducida.
Nominations Sought for ARPS Community-Building Award
At the 2013-2014 Convocation, Dr. Faye Brady announced a new annual award that will honor 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." More information about the award criteria is available here and nomination forms are available here.