The Wildwood Multicultural Fair is looking for school community members willing to showcase their talents while sharing their cultural heritage. Are you or your child interested in performing for our community event? Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
ELA MCAS remaining dates are as follows: Grade 6 on April 28 and May 2.
This 24-hour online giving day allows people throughout the Pioneer Valley and beyond to support hundreds of local nonprofits, including our very own Wildwood School. Don’t delay, support Wildwood PGO today!
With your help the PGO can continue to support our students in ways that are as diverse as the population we serve. We strive to ensure that all children have what they need to thrive while also providing our amazing educators with basic tools for their classrooms. With your help the PGO can continue to support our students in ways that are as diverse as the population we serve. But we can’t do it without you! Check it out:
- $850 ensures every 6th Grade student can participate in the Morse Hill field trip
- $700 pays for a visiting author
- $500 supports Art room clay supplies for the year
- $200 will pay for a Sewing Machine for the Art Room
- $125 supports a Staff Appreciation Breakfast
- $120 buys Soil Testing probes for a 2nd Grade Soil Investigation science unit
- $100 Pays for Moby Max curriculum software licenses for 5th Graders
- $100 Can assist the school to submit mini grants for unique learning opportunities for children
- $50 Will help every child to attend class field trips in the community
- $20 Contributes to teacher classroom supplies so all children have access to pencils and paper
- $10 helps to ensure that each child can have a snack every day
Our school will be stronger with help from you. Please donate what you can today and dig deep this spring. Thank you!
Youth on Broadway is a musical revue performed by area kids and teens. This is a wonderful opportunity to see and support youth in the arts, while taking in some fine entertainment. The show runs May 6 at 1:30 and 7 pm, and May 7 at 1:30 pm at the Amherst Regional Middle School Auditorium.
Tickets at LSSE 413-259-3065 or at the door.
The Daffodil Run 5K Walk/Run & 10K Run
Sunday, April 30, 2017
Kendrick Park, Amherst
Registration costs before April 1st:
5K Run Adult: $25, Student: $18, Child (under 12): $8
Join the fun in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County! The Daffodil Run is a community event for all ages and abilities. Run or walk, enjoy entertainment, food and more. Register before April 1st for early bird rates and an event t-shirt. Registration is live on RaceWire.com. Visit our web site for more details or call 413-259-3345.
Join Us for the 2nd Annual Black Scholars Rising
Celebrating the Diaspora of African-American Culture
Friday, May 5, 2017 | 6:30pm
Amherst Regional Middle School, 170 Chestnut Street Cafeteria & Auditorium
Food will be provided by the ARHS Culinary Arts Program.
See flyers below:
Thank you to the WW community who previously helped the family. Bill’s mom Han mentioned that they need to return to Boston twice a week for the next two months. The family has requested help with transportation to Boston. If you can help, please contact Tu Chu via email email@example.com or phone at 413-549-1332.
Next week they need to return to Boston on Tuesday and Friday.
Amherst, Massachusetts —Think you’ve got game? Think you can take on a UMASS college athlete and win? How about at Bocce?
Saturday April 22, 10 AM – 4 PM on the TOWN COMMON
Join us for a day of family fun, education and entertainment. The Sustainability Festival is in its eighth year and is bigger and better than ever! There is literally something for everyone with over 100 vendors of renewable energy, energy efficiency product suppliers, advocacy groups as well as sustainable crafts and artisans!
Schedule of Stage Performances:
10 AM – Under the Tree Music
11 AM – Chris Scanlon and the Other Guys
Noon – Tuff Riddim International
1 PM – Valley Women Drummers
2 PM – Luke DeRoy Trio
3 PM – Piti Theatre Company
TAKE A SPIN ON THE ORBITRON!
11 AM – David Lovler “Grow, Save and Eat Beans: Complete the Garden Protein Cycle Noon – Megan Brockelbank “Heathy Gluten Free and Sugar Alternatives in Cooking and Baking” 1 PM – Shoshona King “How to Make ‘Plarn’” 2 PM – Emma Hayes – “Growing Wine Caps and Allying with the Fungal Kingdom”
ELECTRIC VEHICLES ON DISPLAY – CENTER COMMON – CHECK OUT TESLA MODELS X and MODELS S!
FACE PAINTING Noon – 3 PM
THE ‘CLIMATE TRANSFORMER’ – NEW THIS YEAR – FEATURED CENTER COMMON! An interactive art installation and exhibit
Don’t forget to bring your clean, used, dry clothing and textiles for the annual Textile Drive sponsored by the Amherst Recycling and Refuse Management Committee! The drop off will be located on Boltwood Avenue across from the Lord Jeff Inn.
5 Recycling Collections this year!:
1. Pellet bags 2. Large Styrofoam chunks (no peanuts)
3. Textiles (No pillows, rugs or carpets please!)
4. Cell Phones and Accessories (working and non-working)
5. Computers and related equipment (printers, laptops, scanners, faxes and modems)
Single-use Plastic Bag Turn-In:
Bring your single-use plastic bags to the festival and turn them in for a really cool reusable folding nylon bag! Turn-in located at the Recycling Booth.
The Amherst-Pelham Regional Schools-School Equity Task Force meets the first Wednesday of each month, form 6 pm to 8 pm, in the high school library. We invite all parents and guardians to attend our meetings. We discuss issues of equity in our schools and how to resolve inequitable obstacles as they confront our youth.
Libraries have long been advocates for reading and literacy for the people in their communities. Another community need now being addressed by libraries in an annual campaign is financial literacy and money management. Money Smart Week®, a public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances, will be observed with programs at the Jones Library during the week of April 22-29, 2017.
On Tuesday, April 25 at 7 pm, join us for a workshop called Identity Theft: Are You Protected? This workshop will help explain the best practices to protect yourself in this world of ever-changing technology. Learn how to minimize the risk of having your identity stolen by managing personal information wisely and cautiously. This program is co-sponsored by UMassFive College Federal Credit Union.
On Tuesday, April 25 at 3:30 pm, teens ages 14-17 are invited to a Money Matters Million Dollar Event, which is designed to share with you some information about how to become a millionaire and retire before you turn 30. Please pre-register at 313-259-3091.
Throughout the week, the story times in the children’s room will talk about money, saving, and much more.
On Saturday, April 29 at 2:30 pm, learn about how to incorporate planned giving into your estate planning at a program entitled Creating a Charitable Legacy. Join Attorney Seunghee Cha, from Bulkley Richardson and Gelinas, and the Community Foundation’s Vice President for Philanthropic Services Ellen Leuchs for a joint presentation on ways you can give through estate planning and how the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts can help you support your favorite causes in our community, including the Jones Library!
Money Smart Week® was created by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in 2002, and is a public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances. This is achieved through the collaboration and coordinated effort of thousands of organizations across the country including businesses, financial institutions, schools, libraries, not-for-profits, government agencies and the media. For more information, visit www.moneysmartweek.org/.
All programs are free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Janet Ryan at 413/259-3223.
Our local libraries make regional museums accessible to their patrons! Borrow a museum pass and get out and visit one of these many community resources. Some of these passes allow free admission and others allow discounted admission. The number of adults and children admitted varies from pass to pass.
Be amazed at the community-based educational opportunities waiting for you and your family!
AMHERST SURVIVAL CENTER HOSTS JOB FAIR
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26, 1-2:30PM
For Release: Immediate
Contact: Tracey Levy, Program Director 549-3968 ext 102
Amherst, MA – The Amherst Survival Center in collaboration with the Franklin Hampshire Career Center will sponsor a Job Fair on Wednesday, April 26 from 1:00 to 2:30pm. The Job Fair will include a dozen employers from the area. This is the third year that the Amherst Survival Center has held a Job Fair. Job Fairs at the Center are open to everyone.
The Job Fair will be held in the Center’s Community Dining Room, at 138 Sunderland Road in North Amherst. The Job Fair will take place at the Center on a day when no other services are available to the public.
Job Fairs are part of the Center’s job search assistance program. The program also includes weekly one-on-one assistance every Thursday from 11:30am-1pm, access to the Center’s public computers, and of course access to interview and employment related clothing through the Center’s Community Store. In addition, the Center has also begun to hold recruitment events with several temporary agencies in the area. The Center holds two Job Fairs a year, and in the late spring also hosts a panel for youth on finding summer employment.
According to Mindy Domb, Executive Director of the Amherst Survival Center, “the response to our Job Fairs has been consistently positive, encouraging us to continue to sponsor them as well as the recruitment events. We’re excited to present these programs, and to work in partnership with the Franklin Hampshire Career Centers and the prospective employers, in order to bring this possible employment service to our participants.”
Participants have shared what they thought was most helpful about past Fairs, including: “It was helpful to meet people from different companies. And to see what jobs they might be hiring for”, and “everyone was very welcoming and informative. And I have made a contact in which I feel positive about.”
“The Job Search Support Program increases our community’s access to employment opportunities and the skills they need to take advantage of them,” said Tracey Levy, Program Director. “The value of this program has been repeated to us by participants and we’re excited to continue to offer job search support in various ways.”
All are welcome to attend the Job Fair. The Amherst Survival Center’s Community Store also makes clothing available for free to participants, including clothing that could be useful in the job hunt scenario. The store is open Monday, Tuesday, Friday from 11am-2:45pm, and Thursdays from 11am-6:45pm.
The Amherst Survival Center connects residents of Hampshire and Franklin Counties to food, clothing, health care, wellness and community, primarily through volunteers.
Amherst Survival Center
P.O. Box 9629, 138 Sunderland Road
North Amherst, MA 01059
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram: @AmherstSurvival
Join UMass’ Dash & Dine 5K Walk/Run on Saturday, April 8 – proceeds benefit the Amherst Survival Center, registration & info here: www.runumass.com
VOICES OF CHILDREN FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
A time to create postcards under the guidance of our professional art teacher
We will deliver them to people in power
Multi-Arts is inviting all children from the community to celebrate EARTH DAY and create artistic post-cards referring to this question: “Why does the environment matter and what can we do to protect it?” Our art teacher will inspire and guide them in the art design of the post-cards. Multi-Arts will deliver them to people in power.
WHEN: Monday, April 17, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
WHERE: Immanuel Lutheran Church
space is limited, please reserve your slot at firstname.lastname@example.org
ONLINE: Children can also participate in this event online, by writing their message at: http://www.multi-arts.org/voices-of-children-for-the-environment.html This web page will be available online through April 21st.
Multi-Arts is extending the invitation to celebrate EART DAY to the adult community. We will make available an ART STATION table with art supplies, post-card paper, and examples of designs and message.
WHEN: Monday, April 17, 10:30 a.m. through 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: The ART STATION table will be located at the entrance hallway of the Immanuel Lutheran Church
for more info visit www.multi-arts.org
Eric Nakajima, Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee Chair, and Anastasia Ordonez, Union 26 School Committee Chair, are pleased to announce that the committees have voted to extend the appointment of Dr. Michael Morris as Interim Superintendent of the Amherst, Pelham and Regional Schools for the 2017-2018 school year. The unanimous vote of both committees occurred at a joint meeting held on Tuesday, April 4, 2017, and the vote is contingent upon successful contract negotiations between Dr. Morris and the School Committees.
Register online at www.RunUMass.com, in the dining commons, or in select retail dining locations by Friday April 11, 2014.
$5 for UMass Community
$15 for Public
First 500 registered receive an event t-shirt. Lunch provided with entry fee
Net proceeds to benefit Amherst Survival Center
Check in at Berkshire DC beginning at 9:00 am
Race begins at 11:00 am
Prizes awarded at noon
$100 American Express Gift cards awarded to:
1st Place Male & Female Runner, 1st Place Male & Female Costume
Lunch to follow
The Charter Commission is zeroing in on a set of recommendations for reshaping Amherst government. We invite you to attend one of our upcoming feedback sessions. These feedback sessions will provide an opportunity for the public to learn about and to comment on the emerging plan. There is still time to have input but as the weeks go by, the chance to influence the plan will diminish. Please join us for one or more of these sessions. You can also participate with a feedback form that you can find on our web site, or by sending us an email.
Web address: https://www.amherstma.gov/2248/Charter-Commission
Feedback Form: https://www.amherstma.gov/FormCenter/Charter-Commission-29/Amherst-Charter-Commission-Draft-Charter-133
Email address: email@example.com
Facebook page: amherst charter commission
All feedback sessions will be held in the Woodbury Room at the Jones Library
· Wednesday, April 5, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
· Tuesday, April 11, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Where: ARHS Library
Wildwood Elementary School Presents a Title 1 and PGO sponsored school-wide math event.
“Play and Take” Math Games
Pizza dinner in the cafeteria: 5:45-6:15
Math games in rooms around school: 6:15-7:15
Grand prize raffle in the cafeteria: 7:15-7:30
*Buses will pick up at entrance (and drop off after the event):
Boulders @ 5:15, North Village @ 5:25, Village Park @ 5:35, Olympia Oaks @ 5:40
Please RSVP for the event.
Victor Nunez Ortiz and the Amherst VFW hosted a pancake breakfast benefit on March 25, 2017 for the Amherst schools to fund school snacks. The 3-hour breakfast raised $600. The money is being shared equally across the 5 Amherst public schools, with $120 going to each school. A big thank you to everyone who helped or stopped by.
March 30, 2017
To: The Amherst Public School District staff and administration and the Amherst community,
From: Phoebe Hazzard, Amherst School Committee Vice-Chair and Dr. Michael Morris, Interim Superintendent
While the proposed new schools building project failed to achieve a two-thirds majority in Tuesday’s referendum vote, our district will continue to move forward and plan for ways to ensure that our schools remain the best teaching and learning environments possible for our students and staff. There is no question that there was a wide range of opinions and feelings about the project in our small community. But the rigorous and passionate debate leading up to the vote reinforced how deeply our community cares about our elementary schools. And, the activity around the referendum has sparked an upswell in civic involvement, with many district parents now engaging as elected participants in our local democratic system.
Though provocative, the conversation around the proposed building project has also made our community increasingly aware of persistent issues that educators, administrators, and school committees have been grappling with for years, particularly the challenging physical environment of the Fort River and Wildwood buildings, uneven socio-economic distribution of our families, lack of affordable preschool, and fiscal challenges. Our educators work every day to provide our children with outstanding educational experiences despite a challenging teaching environment. These problems remain unresolved, and as we move forward we must be committed to continuing to consider how to address them in the most fiscally responsible and timely manner possible.
The Amherst School Committee will hold its next public meeting on April 25th at 6:00 p.m., at which we will likely discuss next steps. Interim Superintendent Dr. Morris will move forward with requests for the town to fund the outstanding capital repairs needed at Fort River and Wildwood, beginning with $500,000 to replace the Wildwood boiler. The district will also request $115,000 to conduct a site and building assessment at the Fort River School to inform discussion about the future potential of that site.
As we begin this next chapter, we’d like to express a sincere thank you to the members of the School Building Committee for their hundreds of hours of work on the proposed school buildings project.
View the monthly calendar of programming for the Jones Library Kids Room. There are interesting events happening over the school vacation week, in case April Showers lead people to indoor activities.
View a flyer for a special evening storytime coming up on April 4th. A grad student from Umass who is part of the school psychologist program is presenting a storytime in honor of World Autism Awareness day (April 2nd) .
Wednesday, April 5, 6:30pm-8pm at the Amherst Survival Center, 138 Sunderland Road, North Amherst on the #33 bus
Michael Knapik, Director of Governor Baker’s Western MA Regional Office
Keith Barnicle, Regional Manager for Congressman Jim McGovern
Michelle Geoffroy, Advocacy, the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts
Additional repairs and retesting will be made on the five fixtures that still tested above the action level on first draw, as well as in a few places outside the classroom and ELL areas of the school. In the meantime, staff will continue to follow the flushing protocol for those five quad fixtures and in areas that still need retesting. All other water outlets in Wildwood School are now operational with no flushing protocols required.
On Tuesday, March 21, the Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee and the Union 26 Committee, meeting jointly, unanimously decided to postpone the search for a permanent superintendent of schools until fall 2017. The committees will name an interim superintendent to serve for the 2017-2018 academic year, with a permanent superintendent to start on July 1, 2018. Dr. Michael Morris has served as interim superintendent during the current academic year.
The committees deliberated about how best to proceed with the search for a new district superintendent following the news last week that the search firm hired to conduct the process on behalf of the district had inappropriately requested criminal background information from applicants. The committees had a thorough and deliberate discussion in which members balanced multiple issues, including the desire for a new educational leader, confidence in the current search firm, resources expended to date, the timing of the search, and the strong need to have a permanent superintendent who has the full confidence of the community and the committees.
The committees strongly believe that postponing the search until fall 2017, which would follow the typical calendar for superintendent searches, gives our district the best opportunity to ensure a better pool of qualified and diverse candidates than if we restarted the search immediately. The committees also intend to work closely with the district’s human resources staff and Ray & Associates, the search firm, to ensure that a new search would adhere to all Massachusetts employment and discrimination laws, as well as achieve a standard of excellence that we expect for a search of this importance. We are committed to bringing regular updates to the committees and the public as we restart the search process during the next few months.
Our committees have expressed how deeply they value input from the community in matters related to the governance of our school district, and continue to be interested in the full participation of the community. We hope that the volunteers who stepped forward to help with the screening of candidates and the broader search will continue to be interested in participating when we pick up this process again in the fall.
We are grateful to interim superintendent Dr. Morris and the district leadership team for their support during this search process. The committees will continue to work with our interim superintendent and other district leaders to ensure that we have a stable, robust educational plan in place for the next school year. We also will continue to work closely with our talented and dedicated educators, principals and other staff to ensure the continued success of our students and schools.
El martes, 21 de marzo, el Comité Escolar Regional de Amherst-Pelham y el Comité de la Unión 26, reunidos conjuntamente, decidieron por unanimidad aplazar la búsqueda de un superintendente permanente de escuelas hasta el otoño de 2017. Los comités nombrarán a un superintendente interino para servir en el año académico 2017 -2018, con un superintendente permanente para comenzar el 1 de julio de 2018. El Dr. Michael Morris ha servido como superintendente interino durante el año académico actual.
Los comités deliberaron sobre la mejor manera de proceder con la búsqueda de un nuevo superintendente de distrito tras la noticia de la semana pasada que la firma de búsqueda contratada, para llevar a cabo el proceso en nombre del distrito, había solicitado de manera inapropiada información de antecedentes penales de los solicitantes. Los comités tuvieron una discusión minuciosa y deliberada en la que los miembros han equilibrado múltiples cuestiones, entre ellas el deseo de un nuevo líder educativo, la confianza en la empresa de búsqueda actual, los recursos gastados hasta la fecha, el momento de la búsqueda y la fuerte necesidad de tener un Superintendente que tenga la plena confianza de la comunidad y de los comités.
Los comités creen firmemente que posponer la búsqueda hasta el otoño de 2017, que seguiría el calendario típico de las búsquedas de superintendentes, da a nuestro distrito la mejor oportunidad de asegurar una mejor reserva de candidatos calificados y diversos, que si volvemos a iniciar la búsqueda inmediatamente. Los comités también tienen la intención de trabajar en estrecha colaboración con el personal de Recursos Humanos del Distrito y Ray & Associates, la firma de búsqueda, para asegurar que la nueva búsqueda se adhiera a todas las leyes de empleo y discriminación de Massachusetts, así como lograr el nivel de excelencia que esperamos para una búsqueda de esta importancia. Estamos comprometidos a llevar actualizaciones periódicas a los comités y al público mientras reiniciamos el proceso de búsqueda durante los próximos meses.
Nuestros comités han expresado lo mucho que valoran el aporte de la comunidad en los asuntos relacionados con la gobernanza de nuestro distrito escolar, y siguen interesados en la plena participación de la comunidad. Esperamos que los voluntarios que se ofrecieron para ayudar con la selección de los candidatos y la búsqueda más amplia sigan interesados en participar cuando retomemos este proceso de nuevo en el otoño.
Estamos agradecidos al superintendente interino Dr. Morris y al equipo de liderazgo del distrito por su apoyo durante este proceso de búsqueda. Los comités continuarán trabajando con nuestro superintendente interino y otros líderes del distrito para asegurar que tengamos un plan educacional estable y robusto establecido para el próximo año escolar. También continuaremos trabajando estrechamente con nuestros talentosos y dedicados educadores, directores y demás personal para asegurar el éxito continuo de nuestros estudiantes y nuestras escuelas.