News From Across ARPS

The Amherst Police Chief and the Superintendent of Schools would like to remind drivers of the importance of stopping for school buses with red flashing lights. The Amherst Police Department participates annually in programs designed to promote pedestrian safety such as Operation Yellow Blitz, National Walk and Bike to School Day and Safe Routes to School. The police department also works together with the Amherst School Department and local bus companies following up on reports of drivers not stopping for school buses.

The penalties in Massachusetts for passing a school bus with... Read More

Maria Geryk, Superintendent of the Amherst, Pelham, andAmherst-Pelham Regional School Districts, was informed by the Departmentof Elementary and Secondary Education of an upcoming CoordinatedProgram Review that will be taking place this school year. As part ofthis Coordinated Program Review, Department staff will visit thedistrict on February 4-8 2013 for the Amherst Public Schools, January22, 2013 for the Pelham Public Schools and January 8-11, 2013 for theAmherst-Pelham Regional Schools. Such visits are routinely conducted bythe Department to satisfy federal and state requirements for... Read More

Maria Geryk, Superintendent of the Amherst, Pelham, andAmherst-Pelham Regional School Districts, was informed by the Departmentof Elementary and Secondary Education of an upcoming CoordinatedProgram Review that will be taking place this school year. As part ofthis Coordinated Program Review, Department staff will visit thedistrict on February 4-8 2013 for the Amherst Public Schools, January22, 2013 for the Pelham Public Schools and January 8-11, 2013 for theAmherst-Pelham Regional Schools. Such visits are routinely conducted bythe Department to satisfy federal and state requirements for... Read More

An Appeal from Superintendent Maria Geryk:

I am excited to announce the restructured Amherst Afterschool Programin collaborative partnership with the Amherst Public Schools, Town ofAmherst and two non-profit organizations: Capacidad and Marks MeadowAfterschool. This program is designed to meet the needs of allelementary students to ensure equity and accessibility. As you may know,research provides evidence that youth who spend more time inafterschool programs may derive greater academic benefits than youth whospend less time. Perhaps most importantly, evidence shows thatacademically... Read More

An Appeal from Superintendent Maria Geryk:

I am excited to announce the restructured Amherst Afterschool Programin collaborative partnership with the Amherst Public Schools, Town ofAmherst and two non-profit organizations: Capacidad and Marks MeadowAfterschool. This program is designed to meet the needs of allelementary students to ensure equity and accessibility. As you may know,research provides evidence that youth who spend more time inafterschool programs may derive greater academic benefits than youth whospend less time. Perhaps most importantly, evidence shows thatacademically... Read More

The Office of the Superintendent would like to thank our communitypartners and many individuals who contributed so generously to ProjectBackpack and Safe Seats for Kids.  

Nearly 400 backpacks filled with grade-appropriate school supplieswere collected through this community outreach initiative.  On August16 and 17, over 268 backpacks were distributed to income-eligiblestudents.  In addition, 40 car seats were installed by officers fromAmherst Police Department, UMASS Police Department, Holyoke FireDepartment and Springfield Safe Seats.

Many thanks to the Amherst Club,... Read More

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