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.
Amherst, Pelham & Amherst-Pelham Regional District Brochure
El Folleto del Amherst, Pelham & Amherst-Pelham Regional Districtos
Dear ARPS Community:
This past weekend our nation suffered a tragedy that impacts all of us. Whenever there are hate-driven, intentional acts of violence such as the mass shooting in Orlando, people experience a wide range of emotional responses. At such times, it is important that we be mindful of supporting and caring for everyone in our schools and neighboring community. The Orlando nightclub where the mass shooting occurred is a popular place for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. We have heard from many in our community that this event has made them feel vulnerable. As more information is made available, the emotional effect of such targeted violence may become even more heightened.
Our school community is sensitive to how our LGBT students, staff, and families may be feeling and are here to offer them care and support. As a community that values diversity and acceptance, this is a time for us to be unified and stand strong on our core values. As President Obama stated, “...this is a sobering reminder that attacks on any American -- regardless of race, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation -- is an attack on all of us and on the fundamental values of equality and dignity that define us as a country. And no act of hate or terror will ever change who we are or the values that make us Americans.”
In our schools, our mental health team of counselors and psychologists are available to support any students and personnel who may want or need someone to talk to. To assist parents and guardians in talking with their children about this topic at home, the Mayo Clinic link below has some information on helping children cope:
We appreciate the partnership between our personnel and families to help us come together in these challenging times. Please feel free to contact us if you would like to have any follow-up discussion.
Faye Brady, Student Services Director
Estimada Comunidad de ARPS:
Este pasado fin de semana nuestra nación sufrió una tragedia que nos impacta a todos. Cada vez que hay por actos intencionales de violencia impulsados por odio tales como el tiroteo masivo en Orlando, las personas experimentan una amplia gama de respuestas emocionales. En esos momentos, es importante que seamos conscientes de apoyar y cuidar a todo el mundo en nuestras escuelas y en la comunidad vecina. El club nocturno de Orlando, donde se produjo el tiroteo masivo es un lugar popular para los miembros de la comunidad gay, lesbianas, bisexuales y transexuales. Hemos escuchado de muchos en nuestra comunidad que este evento les ha hecho sentir vulnerables. A medida que se hace disponible más información, el efecto emocional de este tipo de violencia dirigida puede ser aún más elevado.
Nuestra comunidad escolar es sensible a la forma en que nuestros estudiantes LGBT, el personal y las familias pueden estar sintiéndose y está aquí para ofrecerles atención y apoyo. Como comunidad que valora la diversidad y la aceptación, es un tiempo para nosotros estar unificados y permanecer fuertes en nuestros valores esenciales. Como dijo el Presidente Obama, "... esto es un recordatorio aleccionador de que los ataques a cualquier estadounidense - sin importar la raza, el origen étnico, la religión o la orientación sexual - es un ataque contra todos nosotros y a los valores fundamentales de la igualdad y la dignidad que nos define como país. Y ningún acto de odio o terror va a cambiar lo que somos o de los valores que nos hacen Americanos ".
En nuestras escuelas, nuestro equipo de salud mental de consejeros y psicólogos están disponibles para apoyar los estudiantes y el personal que pueda querer o necesitar hablar con alguien. Para ayudar a los padres y tutores en hablar con sus hijos sobre este tema en el hogar, el enlace debajo de la Clínica Mayo tiene alguna información sobre cómo ayudar los niños a enfrentar:
Agradecemos la colaboración entre nuestro personal y las familias para ayudar a unirnos en estos tiempos difíciles. Por favor no dude en ponerse en contacto con nosotros si le gustaría tener una discusión de seguimiento.
Faye Brady, Directora de Servicios al Estudiante
You and your organization play a huge role in the success of Project Backpack & Safe Seats for Kids. This year we hope you will become a community partner and donate to this successful initiative supporting ARPS students. Currently, we are seeking donations of school supplies or money to purchase backpacks. We also welcome your place of business to be a drop off location for community donations. This year, our goal is to distribute 600 backpacks to students in Grades K-12. If you would like to be a part of Project Backpack & Safe Seats for Kids, please contact Ms. Martinez at firstname.lastname@example.org or 413-362-1871.
Project Backpack aspires toward equity of access, inclusion, respect and community-building. New backpacks and school supplies will be accepted from June 1-August 12 and can be dropped off at the locations listed here.
In a joint meeting on Tuesday, March 22, the Amherst and Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committees passed the following resolution regarding students' rights to opt-out of MCAS testing:
By law, students, in consultation with their families, have the right to opt out of state-wide standardized tests such as MCAS and PARCC.
Consistent with prior practice, students along with their families, who choose to exercise a student’s right to opt out of these assessments—either by a statement or a note from parents or guardians—will not be subject to any form of negative consequences from the school district.
Opting out will not have negative implications for grades or class placement of any individual student. High School students should be aware that Massachusetts regulations dictate that a passing score on the tenth grade level MCAS is a graduation requirement. Educators who choose to discuss the right to opt-out with their students or with parents shall not be subject to any form of retribution by anyone in the Amherst or Amherst Regional public schools.
We are pleased to reaffirm that free speech is a fundamental right of all members of our educational community.
Work of Amherst Together Presented at DESE Summit
On Wednesday, February 24, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) hosted an Educational Equity summit at the Assabet Valley Collaborative in Marlborough. The focus of the summit was the equity work being done through the Amherst Together school-community initiative. Carol Ross, Amherst Together Media and Climate Communications Specialist, and Monica Hall, ARPS Director of Equity and Professional Development, presented this work to educators from the 15 member districts of the Assabett Valley Collaborative. The collaborative work of the Amherst, Pelham and Regional schools and Amherst Together includes professional development workshops, out-of-school time opportunities for students, community focus groups and discussions, mentoring opportunities for students of color, and focus on student voices.
ARPS is a member of DESE’s Educational Equity professional learning network (PLN) working to address equity gaps across the state. PLN member districts include ARPS; Boston; Everett; Lawrence; Milton, Needham; Springfield; Randolph; Taunton; and the UP Network, a Massachusetts-based nonprofit school management organization. It was a privilege to share with other educators as we work together to improve the educational experience for students throughout Massachusetts. You can see the full presentation here.
On Tuesday, January 26, 2016, the Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee received a report on the potential 7-12 consolidation of Amherst Regional Middle School and Amherst Regional High School in the high school building. This report is the result of a year-long study of the potential merger. The full report is available here.
If you believe your child has a disability and requires accommodations, related services, auxiliary aids and devices and/or assistive technology; in order to fully participate in the programs offered by the Amherst, Pelham or Amherst-Pelham Regional School District, you may refer your child for an evaluation under Section 504 by contacting the Student Services Office.If you believe your child has a disability and may be eligible for special education services through an Individualized Education Program (IEP), you may refer him/her for an evaluation by contacting either the Student Services Office or the applicable local public school based upon the physical address of your residence.Please note that your child must be a preschool or elementary aged student residing in Amherst or Pelham, or a secondary student residing in one of our member towns of Amherst, Pelham, Leverett, or Shutesbury. Your child may also be an out-of-state resident, who attends a private school at parent expense, in one of our member towns. Once the consent for evaluation has been signed and received, the evaluation will be conducted to assess areas of suspected disability. Upon completion of the evaluation, school staff will meet with you to discuss eligibility, and if your child is eligible, an IEP or 504 Plan will be provided.
Si usted cree su hijo(a) tiene una discapacidad y puede ser elegible paralos servicios de Educación Especial, puede referirle a la oficina de StudentServices para una evaluación. Su hijo(a) debe tener la edad de prescolar o dela escuela elementaria, y debe ser un residente de Amherst o Pelham, o unestudiante secundario que tambien es residente de Amherst, Pelham, Leverett,o Shutesbury.También, si usted cree que su niño tiene una discapacidad y requiereacomodaciones, servicios relacionados, recursos auxiliares y dispositivoso asistencia tecnológica; a fin de participar totalmente en los programasofrecidos por Amherst, Pelham o el Distrito Escolar Regional de AmherstPelham,usted puede referir a su niño para una evaluación bajo la Sección 504.Si usted requiere asistencia con este proceso por favor póngase en contactocon la Oficina de Servicio al Estudiante usando los numerous anotados arriba.Las remisiones se pueden hacer entrando en contacto con la oficina deStudent Services. En cuanto se haya firmado el consentimiento para laevaluación, la evaluación será conducida para determinar si hay inhabilidad.Al terminar la evaluación, el personal de la escuela quedará con usted paradiscutir la elegibilidad para la educación especial. Si su hijo(a) es elegible, seproveerá un “Individualized Educational Program” (un programa educacionale individualizado).
Since 2010, the schools have requested that parents/guardians complete an exit survey when they withdraw their students from the district. A report summarizing the data shared by families through the 2014-2015 school year is available here.
Recently, several ARMS students presented their ideas about re-naming Columbus Day. Please see thelink to this news story.
On October 26, two community forums were held to share information and to hear feedback regarding the Elementary Building Project. Please visit this link to see the complete Powerpoint presentation from the forums.
For answers to frequently asked questions about the Amherst Elementary Building Project or the Merging ARMS & ARHS Project, please use the following links:
Amherst Elementary Building Project FAQ Document
7-12 Consolidation FAQ Document
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.
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 athttp://www.amhersttogether.org.
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 2015-2016 school year were George Graiff, Pelham Custodian, and Kimberly Stender, Community Liaison. Nominations for 2016-2017 will be accepted at any time until June 30, 2016. More information about the award criteria is available here and nomination forms are available here.