- Amherst Regional High School
- 21 Mattoon Street
- Amherst, MA 01002
Principal: Mark Jackson
Frequently Asked Questions
If you have a question about ARHS and you cannot find the information on this site, please contact the webmaster. Check back here in a few days to find the answer to your question.
For questions about attendance procedures, please check the Attendance/Tardiness FAQ.
Courses Not Offered | Yearbook | Website Errors | Discipline Policies | Day Before Thanksgiving | Taking College Courses | Work Permits | Remote Email Access | Study Hall Requirement | Community Service Opportunities | PE Requirements | Experiential Education Option | Weekend Access | Dress Code | Graduation | Last Day of School | Announcements Archive | Finding Specific Information | Transcripts | Registration of New Students | Alumni Database
Does the school maintain a database of alumni? Where can I find information about class reunions?
Kimberly Stender is the contact person for the alumni association.
Registration of New Students
If I am new to Amherst, how do I enroll my student at ARHS?
How do I get a copy of my high school transcript if I have already left ARHS?
You need to fill out a release form and pay a $5 fee (per copy).
Registrar Michaela Tarr is in charge of student records at the high school.
Finding Specific Information
Sometimes I need to find really specific information but I don’t know where to look on the site. How am I supposed to find it?
If you are not sure where to go on the site, you can try the search box located on every page. For example, if you want to know something about the yearbook, type the word "yearbook" into the search box. This will conduct a Google search within the high school site and find all documents related to the yearbook.
A lot of times, you can answer a question by checking the morning announcements. These are also searchable. If you type the word "yearbook" into the search box at the top of the morning announcements, you will see all announcements this year that have included the word "yearbook."
There is also a site index which lists documents and pages alphabetically. A link to the site index can be found at the bottom of each ARHS page.
If none of these searches helps you out, send an email to the webmaster and an FAQ will be posted about your topic.
How do I get to the announcements archive?
To see the announcements for the current day, go to "News" on the top menu bar, and then choose "Morning Announcements." Here is the direct URL to the announcements, should you wish to bookmark it:
Once you get to the announcements, you have a few options. You can use the menu bar at the top to move to announcements for the previous day or the next day, (if they have been entered). You can continue to hit the "Previous Day" or "Next Day" buttons to look at any desired day.
If you are looking for a certain topic--say you need to know when the PSAT will be given--then try out the search feature. Just type the word "PSAT" into the text field, hit the button that says "Search Announcements" and you will find all announcements that have contained that word.
The morning announcements are maintained by Pat Keenan.
Last Day of School
Why do different calendars show a different day for the last day of school?
The last day of school depends on how many snow days we have. The printable (pdf) version of the school year calendar is published at the beginning of the year before we know how many snow days there will be. The monthly calendar on the ARHS website is updated for each snow day and shows the correct dates for exams in June.
Please be aware that the last day of school in the district is a make-up exam day at the high school. There are no scheduled exams and most students do not need to come to school on that day. This is for the high school only.
When is graduation for seniors?
Graduation will be on Friday, June 7, 2013 at 6 pm.
To see all of the important dates for seniors, check our monthly calendar:
Is there a dress-code or guidelines for appropriate dress at ARHS?
This is an excerpt from Section 23a of the Student Handbook:
"Students are expected to dress in a manner consistent with the academic and social goals of our school. Articles of clothing which are distracting or disruptive to the educational process, which violate common standards of decency and modesty, or which contain obscenities, fighting words, or references to gangs, drugs or alcohol are not acceptable. Extremely brief garments or see-through garments are not appropriate for school. Under garments must not be exposed. Any staff member who feels that a student’s attire does not meet these standards may send the student to the Dean for a conference."
Is there any way to get into the school on weekends? I left my homework on my school account.
The high school building is closed on weekends. Sometimes a small section of the building is open for a specific purpose, such as a performance. Even in this case, students would not have access to their lockers or school computers.
How does the Experiential Education Option work?
As an alternative to Directed Studies, or in place of electives, some seniors and juniors may choose to develop a plan for community-based experiential education. A senior or junior may be allowed to have a shorter day in school to be able to do a project in the community. Each rising junior or senior who is interested will meet with a guidance counselor to plan his/her experience. With an approved plan a student could leave school early (E period, or D and E periods) to do an internship or other independent learning experience.
See http://www.arps.org/hs/Academics/Other/ExperientialEducation/ for more information.
Missy Shea coordinates the Experiential Education Program.
What are the PE requirements?
The current requirement is: 2 credits of PE and 2 credits of Health Education. To complete this requirement, students now take one trimester of Physical Education in 9th grade and one trimester of Health Education in the 10th grade.
Students have access to PE courses all four years and may take PE electives multiple times for credit. We encourage all students to maintain their personal fitness by taking PE classes and participating in athletics and other opportunities outside of school.
Jane Ames is the head of the department for Physical Education.
Community Service Opportunities
Can students do community service instead of a study hall?
Yes. This year, we have about 200 students performing a variety of services for the school. Students may act as peer tutors, library aides, office aides, or contribute a special skill, such as assisting with the school web site. They should contact the Guidance Office for information about community service.
Study Hall Requirement
Are study halls required?
No, study halls are not required.
Assistant Principal Miki Lee Gromacki is in charge of the master schedule at ARHS.
Remote Email Access
Why can’t I access my school email account on the ARPS webpage?
In order to access your school email via the web, you need a special password. This password is not related to the password that you already use to log on to the school’s computer network. You set up the special password through Groupwise while you are at school. Once the password exists, you will be able to access your school email by clicking on "ARPS Email Access" from the menu at the bottom of this screen. Go to Room 141 for help in setting up the password.
If you have in fact set up a special password through Groupwise, but you still can’t access your email, there might be a problem with that server. Check back later. If the problem persists, there might be something wrong with your account. Go to Room 141 to report the problem.
Kathy Wilkes in Room 141 helps students use the computer network effectively. She also files work orders to fix problems with a student’s computer account. This assistance is available during the school day, until 2:30 pm.
Who, in the Amherst schools, is responsible for handling work permits?
Work permits are issued by the main office. Students who are 16 or 17 can come to the office and get a work permit application. The application needs to be filled out by the employer and signed by a parent/guardian. Students who are 14 and 15 also need to obtain a work permit application. The application needs to be filled out by the employer and a doctor, and also signed by a parent/guardian. Students then return the completed application to the office in order to receive their work permit.
Contact Terry Ominsky in the main office for more information.
Taking College Courses
Where can I find information about taking college courses?
Students interested in taking college courses should contact their guidance counselor.
Half Day before Thanksgiving
What time is school dismissed on the day before Thanksgiving? Do all classes meet on that day?
School is dismissed at 11:55 am on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. We follow a special schedule, where all five classes meet for a shortened period.
Where can I find a document explaining the school’s discipline policies?
At the beginning of the year, all students receive a copy of the Student Handbook. This booklet includes the school’s discipline code. It is available as a pdf file (1.5 megabytes, may not be suitable for dialup internet connections).. The discipline code is also posted online at http://www.arps.org/hs/Policies/CodeOfConduct.php.
How do I report on error I found on this website?
We are committed to keeping this site informative, up-to-date and correct. If you encounter a problem while navigating the site, please fill contact the webmaster.
Mathematics and Computer Education teacher Nina Koch is in charge of the web site at ARHS.
Where do I find information about the yearbook?
Technology Education teacher Lee Larcheveque is the advisor to the yearbook. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 362-1578.
Courses Not Offered
I’m wondering about certain courses which are not offered this year. Why are the courses not offered? How could I find out more about this?
Some of our courses are offered every other year. As you plan out what you want to take each year, it’s good to look ahead and see when things are offered. For example, you might decide to take something in your junior year because it won’t be offered in your senior year.
In other cases, courses are not offered due to staffing and budgetary considerations. This is especially true for elective courses. Additionally, sometimes courses are offered in the Program of Studies, but then they do not run because not enough people sign up for the course.
Assistant Principal Miki Lee Gromacki is in charge of the master schedule at ARHS.