District Feature Stories

Police and School Officials Issue School Bus Safety Reminders

 December 14, 2012

Amherst Police Chief Scott P. Livingstone and Superintendent ofSchools Maria Geryk would like to remind drivers of the importance ofstopping for school buses with red flashing lights. The Amherst PoliceDepartment participates annually in programs designed to promotepedestrian safety such as Operation Yellow Blitz, National Walk and Biketo School Day and Safe Routes to School. The police department alsoworks together with the Amherst School Department and local buscompanies following up on reports of drivers not stopping for schoolbuses.

Last updated December 19, 2012

Coordinated Program Review (La próxima Revisión Programa Organizada)Upcoming for Amherst-Pelham Regional School District

Submitted by kochn on Tue, 11/27/2012 - 3:34pm.

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.

Last updated November 27, 2012

Community Partners Urged to Support Afterschool Program

Submitted by kochn on Thu, 09/20/2012 - 3:07pm.

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 at risk youth may benefit more from participation inafterschool programs than their higher achieving peers.

Last updated September 20, 2012

Project Backpack and Safe Seats for Kids Show Community Spirt of Giving and Caring

Submitted by kochn on Mon, 08/20/2012 - 9:09pm.

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.

Last updated August 20, 2012

Directors Named for After School Programs

Submitted by kochn on Sat, 07/14/2012 - 1:56pm.

Superintendent Maria Geryk and Town Manager John P. Musante arepleased to announce that, through the new Out-of-School Time partnershipbetween the Amherst Public Schools and the Town of Amherst, the AmherstAfter School Programs are poised to serve more children with activitiesand enrichment opportunities that are well-aligned across all programsites beginning with the 2012-2013 school year. These opportunities willinclude visual and performing arts, instrumental lessons, cultural andlanguage activities, outdoor education, health and wellness programs,and academic intervention and enrichment through the Five-CollegesPartnership.

Last updated July 14, 2012

District Launches Project Backpack 2012

Submitted by kochn on Mon, 06/25/2012 - 2:26pm.

The Amherst, Pelham and Amherst-Pelham Regional Public Schools in collaboration with community partners Amherst Club, Amherst College, Amherst Education Foundation, Amherst Lions Club, Amherst Police Department, Amherst Rotary Club, DeMaio Orthodontics, Hampshire College, Interfaith Opportunities Network (ION), Jones Library, Starbucks of Amherst, United Way of Hamp

Last updated August 20, 2012

Ronald Ferguson, Achievement Gap Expert, to Visit Amherst Schools

Submitted by kochn on Mon, 03/12/2012 - 8:42pm.

Maria Geryk, Superintendent of the Amherst, Pelham andAmherst-Pelham Regional Schools, is pleased to announce that Dr. RonaldFerguson will visit Amherst for a full day of events on Wednesday, March28, 2012.  Based at Harvard University since 1983, Dr. Ferguson is anationally renowned expert on the racial achievement gap.

In addition to working with district teachers, administrators andstudents throughout the day, Dr. Ferguson will be the featured speakerat a public forum from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on March 28 in the AmherstRegional High School Auditorium at 21 Mattoon Street, Amherst. Doorsopen at 6:30 p.m. Parents, guardians, students, faculty and communitymembers are encouraged to attend this free event.

Last updated March 12, 2012

Wildwood Students Read to Raise Funds

Submitted by kochn on Wed, 11/09/2011 - 2:25pm. Reporter: Isa Braun


Seven years ago, Wildwood Elementary School Librarian, ElaineDonoghue, realized that she was not able to purchase and sufficientlysupply the school with the necessary books on the budget allotted toher. That year, the book budget was staggeringly cut from $6,000 to amere $1,200!

“I realized that I could never adequately supply the books for the students and staff with this little money,” Donoghue said.

A solution came in the form of student participation. A parentsuggested to Donoghue that they attempt a read-a-thon to raise the moneyneeded and without hesitation the Wildwood Read-a-Thon was born.

Last updated November 09, 2011

First Day Celebration Planned for September 1

Submitted by kochn on Thu, 08/18/2011 - 7:49am.

See also the PSA on AmherstMedia about First Day.

Last updated October 11, 2011

ARPS Partners with Amherst Police Department on Safety Initiative

Submitted by kochn on Wed, 08/17/2011 - 9:23am.

See also the PSA on AmherstMedia about Safe Seats for Kids.

The Amherst-Pelham Regional Public Schools are proud to partner withthe Amherst Police Department to announce a new safety initiative “SafeSeats for Kids”.

New infant car seats and booster seats are available free of chargeto income-eligible families in the Amherst-Pelham Regional PublicSchools. Amherst Police Department will distribute car seats and conductcar safety inspections during the last week of August.

Last updated October 11, 2011

District Launches Project Backpack 2011

Submitted by kochn on Thu, 05/12/2011 - 9:02pm.

See an interview with Kimberly Stender about Project Backpack now airing on Amherst Media and also the PSA about Project Backpack.

Last updated August 02, 2011

Amherst Elementary Schools Rank in Top 25 in Math Competition

Grade 6 students in the Amherst Public Schools recently participatedin the 2010-2011 Mathematics League interschool mathematics competitionwith great success: all three Amherst elementary schools wererepresented in the top 25 out of the 142 participating New Englandschools.

Last updated May 02, 2011

Fifth Annual Amherst-Pelham Regional Schools Latino Achievement Night

Submitted by kochn on Tue, 04/26/2011 - 11:46am.

The 5th Annual Amherst-Pelham Regional Public Schools Latino Achievement Nightwill be celebrated on May 20, 2011 at Amherst Regional Middle School,170 Chestnut Street.  The event will begin at 6:30pm and all families,friends, staff and community members are invited to attend. 

Under the direction of Superintendent of Schools, Maria Geryk andDirector of Interventions & ELE, Dr. Marta Guevara, and in keepingwith the Social Justice Commitment of the Amherst-Pelham Regional PublicSchools, the 5th Annual ARPS Latino Achievement Night aspires toward equity of opportunity, inclusion, respect and community-building in and out of the classroom. 

Last updated May 12, 2011

Amherst Media Seeks Community Input

Submitted by kochn on Thu, 04/07/2011 - 5:41pm.

Please read the following letter from one of our community partners, Amherst Media:

March 31, 2011

Dear Parent/Guardian/Teacher,     

Last updated April 07, 2011

Students Qualify for State Championship Geography Bee

Congratulations to our geography experts! Emma Schneider, 6th graderat Crocker Farm School,  Ian Kaye, 6th grader at Wildwood School andARMS student Gareth Barr qualified for the statechampionship of the National Geographic geography bee, to be held atClark University in Worcester on April 1.

Last updated March 14, 2011

Community Partners Announce "Let's Move" Fitness Event

Submitted by kochn on Wed, 03/09/2011 - 12:09pm.

The Amherst College Swim and Dive Team in conjunction with theAmherst College Athletic Department and the Crocker Farm, Fort River andWildwood Parent Guardian Organizations are pleased to announce theinaugural "Let’s Move Amherst Elementary!"

Last updated March 09, 2011

ARPS to Screen Award-Winning Documentary; Director to Attend

Submitted by kochn on Tue, 03/08/2011 - 9:21am.

Amherst-Pelham Regional Public Schools is proud to present the provocative and award-winning documentary RACE TO NOWHERE: The Dark Side of America’s Achievement Culture.  Thefilm will be shown on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 6pm in the AmherstRegional High School Auditorium. Tickets are $12 and available at http://rtnamhersthighschool.eventbrite.com/

The film’s director, Vicki Abeles, will be on hand to introduce the film and answer questions from the audienceafter the screening.

Last updated March 25, 2011

Public Events Announced for Superintendent Finalist Interviews

Submitted by kochn on Mon, 01/10/2011 - 4:07pm.

Update:  The interview for Candidate #3, Maria Geryk, will go from 6 - 8 pm on Thursday, February 3.   Please note the change in date.

The Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee cordially invites you toattend interviews of the three finalists for the position ofSuperintendent of Schools.

Last updated January 31, 2011

First day of School

Students, staff, and community members had a wonderful first day parade!

Last updated September 23, 2010

Three Amherst Students Participate in Massachusetts Geography Bee

Congratulations to our local geography experts: SolomonRueschemeyer-Bailey, Jonathan Hosea, and Gareth Barr,  who participatedin the Massachusetts Geography Bee, open to only 100 students statewide.

The three students had emerged as their school champions in thisyear's school level GeoBees, held in January.  Solomon is in 6th gradeat Wildwood, Jonathan is in 6th grade at Fort River, and Gareth is a 7thgrader at ARMS. Statewide, each school champ took a  written test, inan attempt to qualify for the state bee, and these Amherst students wereamong the top 100 scorers in the state.  The state bee was held onFriday, April 9 at Worcester State College.

Last updated July 11, 2010