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Revisioning Our Schools

For news and information on the Wildwood Building Project and the potential 7-12 consolidation project, please visit REVISIONING OUR SCHOOLS.

For news and information about the potential expansion of the current 7-12 Region to a Pre-K to 12 Region, please Pre-K to 12 Regionalization.

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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.”

Welcome to the ARPS TechTalk page. Check here for news, information and tips on technology in our schools. These tips will come from many sources, including the IS staff, tech integration teachers, technology support staff and faculty. If you have a tip you's like to share, email it to me at

GMail tip - Using filters, you can automatically send email to a label, archive, delete, star, or forward your mail, even keep it out of Spam.

Google Apps Tip - Force Make a Copy: As we move closer to implementing Google Apps, we will begin offering some tips on making life with Google easier. I found this fantastic (and easy) tip that forces users to make a copy of a shared document, instead of editing the original.

Youtube Closed Captioning (CC): Youtube CC can be a great tool for increasing reading and understanding. By turning on the closed caption feature the captions come on making it a text to speech feature. This feature exposes students to new vocabulary and printed text while watching the video. Youtube CC It also has the ability to translate if you have students or families whose primary language is not English. Here is a video on how to do it.

Using Tech to start the day: Start your students’ day from the moment they enter the room with a looped PowerPoint! One slide gives directions for preparing for the day, the second has a puzzler. Transition each slide with a simple fade, then click on the “Slide Show” tab and set up the show by looping the presentation. You’ve got time to take attendance and do what you need to do while they get to work!

Laptop Users: Syncing Files for off line availability
This tip applies only to staff using a laptop assigned to you. This does not work if you use a laptop from one of the carts.

When you are at school on the network:
1. Open Computer->H: drive
2. Right-click on Documents and select Always available offline
3. Repeat for Desktop, Favorites and Start menu.
4. Refresh screen (F5). Those folders should now have a green circle with yellow and white curved arrows. 
5. The sync center icon will probably appear in the right corner of the task bar. If it's spinning, it's still syncing.  
Your files will now be available for you to use at home. 

GroupWise Attachments: 
When you open an attachment and have plans to edit it, you should always save it in your H:drive first. BUT, if you forget to do that and you edit it and save it, where does it go? There is a folder in your My Documents named GroupWise.  Take a look in that folder for all attachments that you have edited.  Hooray, they are not lost!

Save files to the network, not the desktop - Using the H: Drive:
Get in the habit of opening your H: Drive in Windows Explorer just as you start up your computer each day. The H: drive is your network folder. It is the place where you should keep all your files.
Here is a quick procedure: 
1.Start up
2.Open Windows Explorer (the folder icon on the taskbar (in the lower left if you keep your taskbar at the bottom of the Desktop))
3.In Windows Explorer, in the left panel, scroll down to the H: Drive (it's got your username on it)
4.Open it and look for all your files in My Documents.
5.Move/Save all your files to this same H: drive 

What's Happening

Thanksgiving Holiday

Dear Parents/Guardians,
This is a reminder that the Thanksgiving break begins on Wednesday, November 25, 2015. All schools will be closed on November 25, 26, 27 and 30. All students return to school on Tuesday, December 1, 2015. Enjoy a restful holiday with friends and family. 

ARMS Students Propose Re-Naming Columbus Day
Recently, several ARMS students presented their ideas about re-naming Columbus Day. Please see the link to this news story. 

Warm Winter Clothing Drive

Please join the ARPS PGOs in collecting warm winter clothing for children and adults in our communities.  Visit this link for more information. 

Elementary Building Project Community Forum Presentation

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.  

Revisioning Our Schools

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 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  

Google Mail is here!

We have now officially switched to Google Mail for all district email. The email addresses are still the same,, 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.Thanks,Jerry ChampagneDirector of Information Systems

Nominations Sought for 2016-2017 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 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.

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