2015-2016 Bus Routes
We are happy to welcome our students back to the 2015-2016 school year! Bus routes are complete and available for each of the schools here.
FIRST DAY CELEBRATION 2015
All families, staff and community members are invited to the annual First Day Celebration on Tuesday, September 1 from 5:00-6:30 p.m. on the Amherst town common. Enjoy FREE pony rides, magic shows, disc golf, hula hoops, games, arts and crafts, music, dance and more! Visit the community partner tables to learn about local education, health and safety organizations. UMASS and Amherst College mascots, athletes and cheerleaders will make appearances. School bus tours and bus routes will be available. Local police and fire departments will demonstrate safety equipment, and the Amherst Lions Club will conduct vision screenings. Free parking is available in the large lot at Amherst Regional High School, and the BID Trolley will bring guests to/from the Town Common from 4:45-6:45pm. Bring a picnic dinner from home or a local restaurant and visit with friends, teachers, town officials and school staff. If inclement weather is forecasted, the event will be held in the ARHS Cafeteria (21 Mattoon Street). For more information, view the PSA about this much-anticipated community event here.
CELEBRACIÓN DEL PRIMER DÍA DE CLASES 2015
Todas las familias, personal y miembros de la comunidad están invitados a la celebración anual del Primer día de Clases el martes 1º de septiembre. El evento se llevará a cabo en el Centro del pueblo de Amherst de 5:00-6:30 p.m. Disfrute GRATITUAMENTE de paseos en pony, espectáculos de magia, golf de disco, aros de hula, juegos, artes y artesanías, música, danza y mucho más! VisitE las mesas asociadas de la comunidad para aprender acerca de las organizaciones locales de educación, salud y seguridad. Las mascotas, los atletas y porrista de la Universidad de Massachusetts y Amherst College harán participaciones en el evento. Recorridos en autobús y rutas de autobuses escolares estaran disponible. Los viajes del autobús escolares y las rutas del autobús estarán disponibles. El departamentos de la policía y los bomberos locales estaran disponible para demostraciones de equipo de seguridad y el Club de Leones de Amherst llevará a cabo exámenes de la vista. Aparcamiento gratuito disponible en el lote grande de Amherst Regional High School. El BID Trolley llevará invitados al / desde el Centro del pueblo de Amherst de 4:45-6:45 p.m. Traiga una cena de picnic del hogar o en un restaurante local. Visite con amigos, maestros, funcionarios municipales y el personal escolar. Si se pronostica mal tiempo, el evento se llevará a cabo en la Cafetería de ARHS (21 Mattoon Street). Disfrute del PSA para conocer más acerca de este evento comunitario tan esperado.
Invitation to Participate in Stakeholder Survey
A community-wide survey is currently available electronically and in paper form in order to collect information from our citizens and families about the possibility of consolidating the Regional Middle and High Schools into a single building. The exploration of this possible consolidation is the result of a significant funding gap at the Regional level, as well as a declining student population. Additionally, the study is the result of questions from the leaders of our four towns about when and whether such consolidation might occur.
Representative Ellen Story and the Amherst-Pelham Regional School District will convene a “Hurricane Revisioning Summit” on November 7, 2015 that will bring together community stakeholders from the district towns to participate in facilitated discussions about this proposed consolidation initiative and the financial, educational, and social opportunities and challenges it presents, including repurposing of the middle school building and potential enhancement of educational and community programming. The District has engaged the services of the Massachusetts Office of Public Collaboration (MOPC) at the University of Massachusetts Boston to conduct this community survey and to design and facilitate the Summit. MOPC does not recommend outcomes or solutions, but instead facilitates a neutral and inclusive public process designed to allow everyone to be heard, to be listened to, and to gain a better understanding of the issues.
As part of its facilitation role, MOPC is administering the community-wide survey to collect confidential input that will help frame issues for discussion at the November 7th Summit and help ensure broad participation in the process and inclusion of all perspectives around planning for the future of the schools. This survey is currently available online in English here and in Spanish here.
All Amherst, Leverett, Pelham and Shutesbury residents and other interested stakeholders are encouraged to participate in this confidential survey that will be available through Friday, September 25, 2015.
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.
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.
Director of Information Systems
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.
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 Jane Mudie, ARHS Math Department Head, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.