Public Forums to Meet Fort River and ARMS Principal Candidates
We are pleased to announce that both the Fort River and Middle School Selection Committees have completed their semi-finalist interviews for the Principal positions. They have
selected two finalists for the Principal position at Amherst Regional
Middle School and three finalists for Fort River. The finalists’ names and bios will be released later this week.
community feedback is an essential part of the hiring process, families
and community members are invited to a public forum to meet the
finalists for both schools. For Fort River School, the time to meet the individual candidates will be 6:15, 7:00 and 7:45 p.m. on
Monday, March 17th in the Fort River library. The sessions to meet the individual candidates for the Middle School will be 6:30 and 7:15 p.m. on Monday,
March 24th in the ARMS library. Please mark your calendars for these important events!
Your Opinion Matters - DESE Survey
Each year the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) surveys parents in select school districts to determine how well your child’s school is communicating with you and promoting your engagement in your child’s education. It’s our district’s turn this year.
Click here for more information.
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.
Superintendent's Office launches Blog Site
The superintendent's office is pleased to announce the launch of an information blog site Learning in ARPS. The blog can be found at http:\\blogs.arps.org/learninginarps.
Link to Video of January 24, 2015 Information Meeting
On Monday, January 24 at 7:00 p.m., Superintendent Maria Geryk and Principal Mark Jackson held an information meeting for district parents and guardians to provide information about the closing of Amherst Regional High School that day. They were joined by Amherst Police Chief Scott Livingstone, Dr. Faye Brady, Director of Student Services, and David Slovin, South East Campus Principal. The full video of the meeting on the Amherst Community Television website can be found here.
Helping Students Deal with Crisis--Resources for Parents
For some students, families and staff members, the closing of Amherst Regional High School and South East Campus on January 27 may have raised some concerns and resulted in anxiety. Counseling is available at school, of course, but information is also available to help parents guide their children through traumatic events. Please visit the following links for helpful information:
Grade 8 Math Update
On January 15, 2014,
an informational session was held at Amherst Regional Middle School
regarding the design of eighth grade math courses for the 2014-2015
school year. Dr. Rhonda Cohen, Director of Teaching and Learning, Dr.
Ian Stith, K-8 Math/Science Coordinator, and Jane Mudie, Mathematics
Department Head, provided an overview of the program, and parents were
given an opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback. Beginning in
September 2014, the proposed eighth grade math sequence will offer two
courses to students—Algebra 8 and Algebra 8+. To learn more, please
visit the following links:
FAQ about the Grade 8 Math Proposal.pdf
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.