School Record Destruction Notice
The Student Services Office of the Amherst-Pelham Regional School District will destroy the special education, 504 and ELL records of students born before or during 1988. Any student who wishes to pick up their records must contact the Student Services Office locates in the Superintendent's Office at the Amherst-Pelham Regional Middle School before August 14th, 2015.
Project Backpack & Safe Seats for Kids 2015
In its sixth year and designed around the ARPS social justice commitment, Project Backpack provides income-eligible students in Grades PreK-12 with grade-appropriate school supplies. “Our goal is to help ease the financial burden the start of the school year can mean for many families,” states Superintendent Maria Geryk. “Project Backpack is a great success due in part to the generosity of individuals and community partners. In 2014, over 465 backpacks with supplies were distributed and over 60 car seats were installed. I am deeply grateful for the community’s support of this initiative.”
Back packs and supplies will be distributed on August 20-21 at the ARPS Family Center (located within Amherst Regional Middle School, 170 Chestnut Street) from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. In addition, representatives from the Amherst Police and Fire Departments, University of Massachusetts Police Department and Safe Kids of Western Massachusetts/Baystate Children’s Hospital will install new infant and toddler car seats on August 20 & 21 from 9am-3pm at the ARPS Family Center.
Community members are encouraged to donate to Project Backpack 2015. New backpacks and school supplies will be accepted from June 1-August 15 at the locations listed below. Checks made out to ARPS with Project Backpack written on the memo line can be mailed to the Office of the Superintendent attn: Kimberly Stender 170 Chestnut St. Amherst MA 01002.
Pre-K- Fifth Grade: new backpacks, notebooks, 2-pocket folders, glue sticks, markers, crayons, pencils, pens (blue/black/red), colored pencils, pencil sharpeners, pencil cases, bookmarks, rulers, scissors
6-12 Grade: new backpacks, assignment pads, notebooks, loose leaf paper, 2-pocket folders, 3-ring binders, 3-ring pencil cases, highlighters, post-it notes, index cards, calculators (basic, scientific, or graphing), flash drives, pens (blue/black/red), pencils, combination locks for lockers
Drop Off Locations
ARPS Family Center at 170 Chestnut St.
DeMaio Orthodontics at 23 Pray St.
Jones Library at 43 Amity St.
artALIVE Amherst at 35 S. Pleasant St.
Grace Episcopal Church at 14 Boltwood Ave.
Community Partners Which Support Project Backpack
Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce, Amherst Education Foundation, Amherst Fire Department, Amherst League of Women Voters, Amherst Lions Club, Amherst Media, Amherst Police Department, Amherst Rotary Club, Amherst Survival Center, artALIVE Amherst, DeMaio Orthodontics, Family Outreach of Amherst, Hampshire College Critical Studies Childhood, Youth and Learning, Head Games Beauty Supply, Interfaith Opportunities Network (ION), Jones Library, Reader to Reader, Safe Kids of Western Massachusetts/Baystate Children’s Hospital, State Representative Ellen Story, United Way of Hampshire County and University of Massachusetts Police Department.
For more information please contact Kimberly Stender at (413)-362-1825 or StenderK@arps.org.
Amherst Together Releases Report
Amherst Together has released Perceptions, the report resulting from the "Amherst Together--UMass Engaged" project conducted from August 2014 to June 2015. The data included in the report was gathered through target population activities including a community-wide survey, interviews, and more. The report is available in its entirety here or by visiting the Amherst Together website at http://www.amhersttogether.org.
Google Mail is here!
We have now officially switched to Google Mail for all district email. The email addresses are still the same, email@example.com, but all email is sent and received by Google Mail. I have update all the web site links. If you are using mail on your device, please add a new mail account for Google mail, using yours ARPS email address and password. I will begin migrating email tomorrow.
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Wildwood School Building Project Update
Wildwood School Building Project Update: this letter was sent out to the community June 17, 2015.
Exit Data Summary Report
Beginning in 2010, the district began
asking families to complete an exit survey when they withdraw so staff
will have an understanding of why students leave the schools. A summary of the data from 2010 through April 2015 is available here.
PowerSchool Upgrade over Spring Break
The IS department will be upgrading PowerSchool to the latest version, PowerSchool 8, over the spring break. This version brings a number of changes and improvements to PowerSchool. Expect PowerSchool to be down most, if not all of the week from April 21st to 24th. There will be a number of aesthetic changes, as well as some improvements in functionality. User login credentials should be unaffected. If you have questions, please email them to the IS Department.
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New look for the ARPS web site coming soon
The ARPS and school websites will soon be getting a new look. The new style will be something called a responsive style. This means the site will automatically adapt to the device being used to view it, be it a 60" display to a 4" smartphone screen.
New Feature: TechTalk
We have a new feature called TechTalk. It can be found on the tab above. There you can find technology tips, news and tutorials. Check back frequently. If you have a tip to, please email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
2015-2016 School Calendar Approved
The Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee has approved the calendar for the 2015-2016 school year. The first day of school for students in grades 1-12 will be September 2, 2015 and for Kindergarten students it will be September 4. Click here to view the full calendar.
ARMS PGO Announces New ARMS Educator Award
Thanks to the Amherst Regional Middle School PGO, there is a brand new opportunity to honor the amazing educators who work at Amherst Regional Middle School and who shape the lives of our children during these special years. The ARMS Educator Award will honor an educator who embodies the ARMS core values and demonstrates their commitment to supporting their colleagues, their students, and their community. Nominations can be made by parents, by other teachers or staff, and by students. Click here for information about the award and to submit your choice for the award. The deadline for nominations is April 15th.
Proposed ARMS Schedule Change Presentation
On Thursday, January 29, ARMS, ARHS and District administrators presented information to the Regional School Committee regarding master scheduling and the proposed changes to the Middle School schedule. The full presentation is available here.
Communications of school closings or delays
Based on feedback from families, the district will now send an email to families when there is a school cancellation or delay. We will still be updating the snow line (362-1898) with this information as well as informing local television and radio stations so that there are multiple ways for families to learn about the status of the school day.
ARHS Math Curriculum Review Update
On Wednesday 1/21 a meeting was held to present the math department's curriculum recommendation for the 2015-16 school year and potential course titles. Please click here
to see the presentation.
Please click here
for more information about the ARHS Math Curriculum Review. Once there you can view presentations, handouts, and feedback from the community.
If you have questions please contact Dr. Ian Stith at email@example.com or Jane Mudie, ARHS Math Department Head, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ARHS Math Curriculum Review Update
On Wednesday 12/17 a meeting was held to present potential new Math course sequences for ARHS. Both an integrated course sequence and a traditional course sequence were presented. Participants were asked for feedback. Please go tohttp://www.arps.org/academics/teaching_and_learning/current_curriculum_work
for more information about the ARHS Math Curriculum Review. Once there you can view the presentation, handouts, and feedback from the community.
The next presentation will be on Wednesday (1/21) 6:30 – 7:30 in the ARHS Library. This is change of date from the original 1/14 meeting. The purpose of this meeting is for parents/guardians to see the recommended math course sequence and curriculum for grades 9 – 12.
Nominations Sought for Dr. Norma Jean Anderson Award
Nominations are now being accepted for the Dr. Norma Jean Anderson Civil Rights and Academic Achievement award. More information about the award criteria and the nomination process can be found here.
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.