2014-2015 School Calendar
The Regional School Committee has approved the 2014-2015 School Calendar. The first day of school will be Thursday, August 28, 2014.
World Autism Awareness Day
Wear blue this Wednesday, April 2, for World Autism Awareness Day. From the Autism Speaks website:
World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD), celebrated on April 2 annually, was adopted by the United Nations in 2007 to shine a bright light on autism as a growing global health crisis. WAAD activities increase and develop world knowledge of the autism crisis and impart information regarding the importance of early diagnosis and early intervention. Additionally, WAAD celebrates the unique talents and skills of persons with autism and is a day when individuals with autism are warmly welcomed and embraced in community events around the globe. Autism is one of only three health issues to be recognized by the United Nations with its own day.
"World Autism Awareness Day is about more than generating understanding; it is a call to action. I urge all concerned to take part in fostering progress by supporting education programmes, employment opportunities and other measures that help realize our shared vision of a more inclusive world."
Secretary -General Ban Ki-moon
Kindergarten Registration for 2014-2015
Kindergarten Registration for the 2014-2015 school year is April 7-9. For more information please visit...
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:
Grade_8_Math_presentation_January_15_2014.pdf HowAlgebra8and8PlusAlignwithARHSMathCourses.pdf 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.