December 2014  
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Welcome to THE Amherst-Pelham Regional Public Schools

The Amherst Regional Public Schools are located in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. The area is rich in cultural, recreational and academic activities and opportunities. Our mission is the academic achievement of every student learning in a system dedicated to social justice and multiculturalism.

The school system educates a diverse population of approximately 3000 students, including native speakers of more than 25 languages. Three elementary schools are located in the town of Amherst and one in the town of Pelham. Our middle school and high school are located in the town of Amherst, and draw students from the towns of Amherst and Pelham, as well as Leverett and Shutesbury. The central office for the district is located in the middle school building at 170 Chestnut Street in Amherst. ​

“The School Committees’ policy of nondiscrimination extends to students, staff, and the general public with whom it does business. The Amherst-Pelham Regional District, the Amherst Public Schools, and the Pelham Elementary School do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, economic status, homelessness, political party, or disability in admission to, access to, employment in, or treatment by its programs and activities.”

What's Happening

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.

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.

ARHS Math Curriculum Review Update

On Monday 12/8 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. Please go to  for more information about the ARHS math curriculum review.

The next parent/guardian meeting concerning the ARHS math curriculum review will be held on 12/17, 6:30 – 7:45 in ARHS library. The purpose of this meeting is for parents/guardians to see potential math course sequences (Integrated or Traditional) and course names for grades 9 – 12. Parents/guardians will be asked to provide comments for the ARHS math department.

Family Night Memo

Over the last two years the Amherst Regional Public Schools have undertaken a comprehensive review of the 7 – 12 math curriculum. The purpose of this review has be to align with the 2011 Massachusetts Mathematics Frameworks, improve access to and success in higher level math courses for all students, and to provide  a rigorous, meaningful, and engaging math curriculum for all students. The department is preparing to implement a new curriculum for current 8th graders and students currently in Algebra/IMP 1 at ARHS for the 2015/16 school year.

Note: Students currently enrolled Geometry or IMP 2 and beyond at ARHS will finish out their course sequence as planned. The content of these meetings will NOT affect these students.

Below are Curricula under review:

  • Center for Mathematics Education Project
  • Core-Plus Math
  • College Preparatory Math
  • Interactive Mathematics Program  

All are available for public review in the central office reception area at ARMS.

These curricula are under review based on their alignment with the 2011 Massachusetts Frameworks, historical positive impact on student performance, and our research of curricula currently in use in other school districts.                             

The Office of Teaching and Learning, Principal Jackson, and the ARHS Math Department would like to invite you to three upcoming evening events concerning the Curriculum review.

Monday (12/8)  6:30 – 7:45  ARHS Library

The purpose of this meeting is for parents/guardians to explore the curricula (textbooks), do some of the math, and provide comments for the ARHS math department.

Wednesday (12/17)  6:30 – 7:45  ARHS Library

The purpose of this meeting is for parents/guardians to see potential math course sequences (Integrated or Traditional) and course names for grades 9 – 12. Parents/guardians will be asked to provide comments for the ARHS math department.

Wednesday (1/14)  6:30 – 7:45  ARHS Library

The purpose of this meeting is for parents/guardians to see the recommended math course sequence and curriculum for grades 9 – 12.

If you have any questions please contact Dr. Ian Stith at the Office of Teaching and Learning at or Jane Mudie, ARHS Math Department Head, at


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.

"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.”

2014.07.18 Press Release Town & Schools Launch AmherstTogether.pdf

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.
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