You don’t need an account to Vote for Amherst Regional Public Schools in Florence Bank Customers’ Choice Community Grants

Florence Bank gives away $100,000 each year to community non-profits through its Community Choice grants program. Florence Bank customers vote for the non-profit of their choice & all non-profits getting at least 50 votes receive a grant.

There are 2 easy ways that people can vote:
(1) Online – Visit https://www.florencebank.com/vote to view the online voting site & can cast a vote online for the “Amherst Regional Public Schools PGO”.
(2) Paper Ballot. Templates attached. Ballots are also available at Florence Bank location.

Voting is open until December 31st.

Last year (2016), the ARPS PGO received got 52 votes & $947.  Some non-profits get up to $5,000 through the program. The $947 received by the ARPS PGO went for classroom support, special projects, & more.

This year, the PGOs of the ARPS PGO (CF, WW, ARMS, & ARHS) are campaigning jointly again to maximize our votes.

Each Florence Bank account holder is eligible to vote once for the community organization of their choice.
The ARPS PGO is urging people to vote (at least consider voting for) for the “Amherst Regional Public Schools PGO”, the name of our joint non-profit.

View Flyer for more details.

Information Related to School Delays or Cancellations

  • Delays or cancellations are posted first on the ARPS School Closing Information line at 362-1898 (with a goal of posting by 5:30 a.m.).
  • Notification is made next to the local television stations.
  • Delays are typically two-hours, although a one-hour delay can be called.  With delays, students are expected to report the appropriate number of hours later than the regular school day and should plan to be at bus stops based on those times, as well.

 

  • Las demoras o cancelaciones se publican primero en nuestra línea de cierre en 362-1898 (con el objetivo de publicar antes de las 5:30 a.m.).
  • La notificación se publica luego a las estaciones de televisión locales.
  • Los retrasos suelen ser de (2) dos horas, aunque podría haber retrasos de solo (1) una hora. Con las demoras, se espera que el personal se reporte de acuerdo el número de horas de retraso a su jornada de trabajo regular. Por ende, si existiera un retraso de una hora, se reportará a su jornada de trabajo una hora más tarde, y no habrá cambios en su hora de salida.

Warm Winter Coat and Clothing Share Amherst Public Schools

To help everyone stay warm this winter, the Amherst school parent & guardian organizations (PGOs) are collecting winter coats & other outerwear for students (preK through 12th grade) & families.

We are seeking donations of clean, gently-used winter outerwear:
in ALL sizes (especially student sizes)
* coats * snow pants * snow boots * hats
* jackets * gloves/mittens *scarves * snowsuits

AMHERST REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL (ARHS) 21 Mattoon Street413-362-1700
Collection: Now through December 1st in the lobby
Distribution: Through the ARPS Family Center, November 20th into December

CROCKER FARM ELEMENTARY 280 West Street413-362-1600
Collection: Now until November 13th, in the lobby & at the preschool entrance
Distribution: November 14thNovember 15thNovember 16th

FORT RIVER ELEMENTARY 70 South East Street413-362-1200
Collection: Now until November 16th, in the lobby
Distribution: November 17th through November 29th(school days only)

WILDWOOD ELEMENTARY 71 Strong Street, 413-362-1400
Collection: Now until November 17th in the lobby
Distribution: November 20th through December 15th(school days only)

AMHERST REGIONAL MIDDLE SCHOOL (ARMS) 170 Chestnut Street413-362-1800
Collection: November 6th through December 1st in the lobby & near the auditorium
Distribution: Through the ARPS Family Center, November 20th into December (as supplies last)

MANY THANKS for your donations. Thank you too to the businesses and community partners who are helping with this effort.

Any winter clothing that is not given out at the schools will be donated to the Amherst Survival Center.

If you have any questions, please contact:
Crocker Farm PGO: Tracy Zafian, tmz23@zafian.com
Fort River PGO: Sarah Cohen, sarah.fortriver@gmail.com
Wildwood PGO: Julie HawkOwl, jhawkowl@comcast.net
ARMS PGO: Amy Sweeting, amysweeting@yahoo.com
ARHS PGO: Becky Demling, beckydemling@yahoo.com
ARPS Family Center: Mildred Martinez, martinezm2@arps.org 413-362-1871

Screening of Backpack Full of Cash

Amherst Regional Middle School, 170 Chestnut Street, Amherst

All are welcome to attend a public screening of the acclaimed documentary, “Backpack Full of Cash”.  This film explores the growing privatization of public schools and the impact it’s having on America’s children.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Barbara Madeloni, President of the Massachusetts Teachers Association; Jean Fay, President of the Amherst-Pelham Education Association; and Max Page, Amherst Parent and MTA Board Member.

Sponsored by the Amherst College Careers in Education Professions Program, the Amherst-Pelham Education Association and the Massachusetts Teachers Association.

Shop at Amazon?

Doing any online shopping through Amazon during the holidays? Did you know you can earn money for the Wildwood with each Amazon purchase. Enroll in passive fundraising to earn money for the Amherst Schools PGOs while you shop!

AMAZON SMILEamazonsmile
Shop for everyone on your gift list this holiday at smile.amazon.com/ch/46-4510327 and Amazon donates to Amherst Regional Public Schools Parent Guardian Organization.

To select Wildwood as your permanent charity, go to smile.amazon.com. Click Your Account -> Your Amazon Smile -> Change Charity button. Search for “Amherst Amherst Regional Public Schools Parent Guardian Organization” -> Click Select.

ARMS Online Merchandise Store Open

The ARMS PGO online Amherst merchandise store is now open.  But act fast, because the store will be closing at midnight on Monday, November 20.  We’ve got lots of great Amherst merchandise, including t-shirts, sweatshirts, jackets, athletic tops, shorts, sweatpants (new!), hats, scarves, caps, bags, socks, and headbands.  Something for everyone on your holiday shopping list. Items will be available for distribution to ARMS students or pickup in the ARMS office on December 8. You can order online at https://amherstregionalmiddleschool.itemorder.com

Volunteers to videotape the Fort River School Building Committee meetings

Looking for volunteers to videotape the Fort River School Building Committee meetings.  Amherst Media will provide training and the necessary equipment, and will broadcast the meetings for the community.

The first meeting is Thursday, November 30 from 4-6pm at the ARMS Professional Development Center and there will likely be one or two meetings per month so it would be great if we had several people willing and able to take turns doing the filming.

Please contact crockerfarmpgo@gmail.com if you or someone you know can help.

Survey Regarding Possible Dual Language/Magnet School

Message from the The Magnet/Dual-Immersion Subgroup of the Enrollment Working Group:


We are part of the Enrollment Working Group,  a group of parents, teachers, administrators, and community members that is in the process of researching educational options for the Amherst Public School district.

Our subgroup is exploring world language opportunities for our students, with a focus on the potential for our district to start a K-6 magnet school. Based on our perception of ongoing interest by the community and our current demographics of ELL (English Language Learners) students and bilingual staff, we are particularly interested in determining the feasibility of creating a English/Spanish K-6 dual immersion program (a dual language school teaches subjects in English and Spanish, with the goal of all students learning both languages). Our goals for this survey are to:

  • Assess interest in a K-6 dual immersion magnet school option by English-speaking and Spanish-speaking families
  • Assess interest in other magnet school themes
  • Assess interest in expanded Spanish language instruction as part of regular (non-dual immersion) K-6 programming.

Please take a moment before November 14 to complete the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GFG7JNX to share your thoughts and opinions.

Thank you for your time!

Sincerely,

The Magnet/Dual-Immersion Subgroup of the Enrollment Working Group
Andrea Battle (ARPS Grandparent)
Irene Dujovne (ARPS Parent)
Margaret Sawyer (ARPS Parent)
Miki Gromacki (ARHS Assistant Principal, ARPS Parent)
Phoebe Hazzard (Amherst School Committee Chair, ARPS Parent)

 

Somos parte del grupo de trabajo de matrícula, un grupo de padres, maestros, administradores y miembros de la comunidad que está en el proceso de investigación de opciones educativas para el distrito escolar público de Amherst.

Nuestro subgrupo está explorando oportunidades de idiomas del mundo para nuestros estudiantes, con un enfoque en el potencial de nuestro distrito para comenzar una escuela especializada de K-6. De acuerdo a nuestra percepción del interés continuo de la comunidad, nuestra demografía actual de estudiantes de ELL (Aprendices del Idioma Inglés) y personal bilingüe, estamos particularmente interesados en determinar la viabilidad de crear un programa de inmersión doble en inglés / español para K-6. (Una escuela de doble idioma enseña materias en inglés y español, con el objetivo de que todos los estudiantes aprendan ambos idiomas). Nuestros objetivos para esta encuesta son:

  • Evaluar el interés en una opción de escuela especializada de doble inmersión K-6 de familias de habla inglesa y de habla hispana
  • Evaluar el interés en otros temas de escuela especializada
  • Evaluar el interés en la enseñanza del idioma español ampliado como parte de la programación regular (inmersión no dual) K-6.

Dedique un momento antes del 14 de noviembre a completar la encuesta en https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GFG7JNX para compartir sus pensamientos y opiniones.

¡Gracias por su tiempo!

Sinceramente,

The Magnet/Dual-Immersion Subgroup of the Enrollment Working Group
Andrea Battle (ARPS Grandparent)
Irene Dujovne (ARPS Parent)
Margaret Sawyer (ARPS Parent)
Miki Gromacki (ARHS Assistant Principal, ARPS Parent)
Phoebe Hazzard (Amherst School Committee Chair, ARPS Parent)

That Volunteer Opportunity May Require a Background Check

We welcome all talents and abilities! To learn more about fun, unique and exciting volunteer opportunities at Wildwood, visit our Volunteering and Contributing page

CORI Background Check: If school or PGO volunteer opportunities bring you into contact with students at Wildwood ES or on a field trip, you must have a CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) check on file. This includes all field trip chaperones and classroom volunteers (e.g. grandparents, aunts & uncles, adult siblings). CORI checks must be done on individual volunteers every three years and are valid for all schools within our district. If you would like to check to see if you are current on your CORI status, please call Sasha in the Central Office at 362-1810.

To request a CORI check, bring your current driver’s license into the Main Office at Wildwood or to the district’s Central Office (located at the middle school) for photocopying and complete the required application well in advance of any volunteer obligations. Questions about the CORI process can be directed to the Wildwood Main Office or Sasha in the Central Office.

Members Sought for the Fort River School Building Committee

At their September 25th meeting, the Amherst School Committee approved the mission statement (available here) for the Fort River  School Building Committee.  The committee also voted to include the following voting members on the Fort River School Building Committee:
  • Fort River Principal or Designee
  • Fort River Teacher
  • Fort River Staff Member
  • Facilities Director or Designee
  • School Committee Member
  • Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) Designee
  • Fort River PGO Appointee
  • Town Finance Representative
  • Community Member with Green Energy Expertise and Architectural Background
  • At-Large Parent/Guardian/CaregiverAt-Large Community Member #1
    At-Large Community Member #2

In addition, the committee voted to formalize their commitment to having a minimum of 50% of the voting membership of the School Building Committee composed of women and persons of color.

Community members are encouraged to complete the application available here for the following positions:  1) Community Member with Green Energy Expertise and Architectural Background; 2) At-Large Parent/Guardian/Caregiver; 3) At-Large Community Member (2 positions).

The deadline for applications is 12:00 Noon on Friday, October 13. All applications will be considered; however, preference may be given to women and people of color, parents/guardians/caregivers, and those with Amherst town government experience.

ARPS PGO Fall Public Meeting, Oct 19 at 3:15PM

The Amherst Regional Public Schools Parent Guardian Organization (ARPS PGO) is a Registered 501c3 Massachusetts Charity encompassing the individual PGOs of the Amherst Regional High and Middle Schools, Crocker Farm and Wildwood Elementary.

Our mission is to support the education of children within our schools through fundraising, supplemental programming and volunteer efforts.  We help build community by fostering relationships among the schools, parents, teachers and staff. 
 

All are invited to attend the ARPS PGO Fall Public Meeting

October 19, 2017 -3:15 PM at the Works

Agenda

  • Introductions
  • Voting on Officers for the 2017-2018 School Year
  • Individual School Updates
  • Taxes and State Filings
  • Group Fundraisers
    • Snack Pantry
    • UMACC (United Way)
    • Giving Tuesday
    • Florence Bank
    • Amazon Smile
  • Other Business not anticipated by the chair
  • Adjourn

Wildwood PGO Meeting & Homework Discussion – Oct 3 at 5:45pm

  • 5.45pm Meet in the library where Interim Superintendent Michael Morris will present the new proposed Homework Policy. A discussion and opportunity to provide feedback will follow.
  • 6.15pm  Meet the new PGO leadership committee and other parents, learn about what the PGO does, hear about upcoming events and ways to take part.
  • 6.45-7pm  Questions, Meet & Greet 

September 19 Deadline to submit topics for Dr. Morris’ presentation,

The Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee and Union 26 School Committee voted at their September 6th meeting to consider the appointment of Interim Superintendent Michael Morris to the post of permanent Superintendent of Schools.

“At the end of the summer, the chairs learned that Interim Superintendent Morris had reconsidered his interest in being a candidate to be permanent superintendent,” said Eric Nakajima, Chair of the Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee. “Given his strong track record as Interim superintendent, the committees felt it worth exploring his appointment through a process that offers extensive opportunities for public discussion and input.”

“Many community members, educators and staff have approached us in recent months to express their interest in our discussion of this topic, and to express their support for Dr. Morris’s work this past year,” said Anastasia Ordonez, Chair of the Union 26 School Committee. “He’s worked hard for our district and shown an ability to deftly manage district budgets, community needs, and student achievement. We’re looking forward to formally considering his candidacy.”

The committees have scheduled a discussion to officially consider the appointment at the September 26th joint Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee and Union 26 meeting with a vote anticipated at either that meeting or on October 10th . The Committees expressed a strong interest in robust public engagement and input into the decision prior to taking that vote. Interim Superintendent Michael Morris will make a presentation at the September 26th meeting that will respond, in part, to questions submitted by the public and the school committees.

The Committees plan extended public comment periods at the beginning of both the September 12th and September 26th school committee meetings to be held at the Amherst Regional High School Library beginning at 6:30 PM.

Please provide the School Committee feedback on the potential appointment of Dr. Morris as permanent Superintendent. We welcome your questions or topics that may be included in a future presentation by Dr. Morris on September 26. The deadline for submissions is September 19. Please email schoolcommittee@arps.org.

More Information

ARPS Committee Seeking Comments on Superintendent

The Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee and Union 26 School Committee voted at their September 6th meeting to consider the appointment of Interim Superintendent Michael Morris to the post of permanent Superintendent of Schools.

“At the end of the summer, the chairs learned that Interim Superintendent Morris had reconsidered his interest in being a candidate to be permanent superintendent,” said Eric Nakajima, Chair of the Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee.  “Given his strong track record as Interim superintendent, the committees felt it worth exploring his appointment through a process that offers extensive opportunities for public discussion and input.”

“Many community members, educators and staff have approached us in recent months to express their interest in our discussion of this topic, and to express their support for Dr. Morris’s work this past year,” said Anastasia Ordonez, Chair of the Union 26 School Committee. “He’s worked hard for our district and shown an ability to deftly manage district budgets, community needs, and student achievement. We’re looking forward to formally considering his candidacy.”

The committees have scheduled a discussion to officially consider the appointment at the September 26th joint Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee and Union 26 meeting with a vote anticipated at either that meeting or on October 10th. The Committees expressed a strong interest in robust public engagement and input into the decision prior to taking that vote. Interim Superintendent Michael Morris will make a presentation at the September 26th meeting that will respond, in part, to questions submitted by the public and the school committees.

The Committees plan extended public comment periods at the beginning of both the September 12th and September 26th school committee meetings to be held at the Amherst Regional High School Library beginning at 6:30 PM.

Please provide the School Committee feedback on the potential appointment of Dr. Morris as permanent Superintendent. We welcome your questions or topics that may be included in a future presentation by Dr. Morris on September 26. The deadline for submissions is September 19. Please email schoolcommittee@arps.org.

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Comité de la Escuela Regional de Amherst-Pelham y Unión 26 Declaración del Comité sobre la Consideración de la Nombramiento Permanente del Superintendente Interino Dr. Michael Morris El Comité Escolar Regional de Amherst-Pelham y el Comité Escolar de la Unión 26 votaron en su reunión del 6 de septiembre para considerar el nombramiento del Superintendente Interino Michael Morris al puesto de Superintendente de Escuelas Permanente.

“Al final del verano, los presidentes de comités escolares se enteraron que el superintendente interino Morris había cambiado de opinión y estaba interesado en ser candidato superintendente permanente”, dijo Eric Nakajima, Presidente del Comité Escolar Regional de Amherst-Pelham. “Dado su sólido historial como Superintendente Interino, los comités consideraron que valía la pena explorar su nombramiento a través de un proceso que ofrece amplias oportunidades para la discusión pública y el aporte”.

“Muchos miembros de la comunidad, educadores y el personal se han acercado a nosotros en los últimos meses para expresar su interés en nuestra discusión de este tema, y para expresar su apoyo a la obra del Dr. Morris el año pasado”, dijo Anastasia Ordonez, Presidenta del Comité Escolar de la Unión 26. “Ha trabajado duro para nuestro distrito y ha demostrado su habilidad para manejar hábilmente los presupuestos del distrito, las necesidades de la comunidad y el logro de los estudiantes, y estamos deseando considerar formalmente su candidatura”.

Los comités han programado una discusión para considerar oficialmente el nombramiento en conjunto el Comité Escolar Regional Amherst-Pelham y la Unión 26 en la reunión del 26 de septiembre con una votación anticipada ya sea en esa reunión o en la del 10 de octubre. Los Comités expresaron un gran interés en una participación pública sólida y contribución en la decisión antes de tomar esa votación. El superintendente interino Michael Morris hará una presentación en la reunión del 26 de septiembre que responderá, en parte, a las preguntas presentadas por el público y los comités escolares.

Los comités planifican extender los periodos de comentarios públicos al comienzo de las reuniones de comité escolar los días 12 de septiembre y 26 de septiembre, que se llevarán a cabo en la Biblioteca de la Escuela Regional de Amherst comenzando a las 6:30 PM. Proporcione al Comité Escolar comentarios sobre la posible designación del Dr. Morris como Superintendente Permanente. Damos la bienvenida a sus preguntas o temas que pueden ser incluidos en una presentación futura por el Dr. Morris el 26 de septiembre. La fecha límite para las presentaciones es el 19 de septiembre. Por favor envíe un correo electrónico a schoolcommittee@arps.org.

DACA Information; Superintendent Statement

If DACA ends, here is what the program recipients need to know:

http://remezcla.com/lists/culture/irli-daca-recipients-rights/

Following is a statement from Dr. Michael Morris, the Interim Superintendent of Schools:

September 5, 2017
Dear ARPS Community: With news of the President’s decision today to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Policy (DACA), which provides assistance and support for undocumented immigrants who came to our country as children, I am reaffirming our district’s unwavering commitment to ensuring the safety and well-being of all students, families, and staff members in the ARPS family.

Over the past year, measures taken by the districts to support our undocumented community included our School Committees’ development and passage of Policy JII: Protection of Undocumented Students. This policy provides clear guidance to ensure that our district provides full support for the safety of students and their records in our schools. All staff members received information and training on this policy before the school year started and are dedicated to supporting all families and students.

Resources on the implications of today’s decision for undocumented families, and on their rights that are currently in place, can be found here in English and here in Spanish. If your child expresses concerns about the decision to rescind DACA, for themselves or others, please be in touch with your child’s counselor at their school. Families may also contact Dr. Marta Guevara, Director of Student and Family Engagement, at 413-362-1871, if they need support or assistance.

The Amherst Regional Public School District will continue to be a welcoming environment for all students, regardless of their immigration status. Every student who walks through ours doors will receive our support, nurturance, and a high-quality education.
Sincerely,

Dr. Michael Morris
Interim Superintendent

Food and Wellness Policy

This year we will be implementing the district’s Food and Wellness Policy which was approved by the Amherst School Committee in 2016. There are many guidelines that will help to promote the health and wellness of our students at school. ***Please note: one specific aspect of the policy that affects Wildwood is that we will no longer be celebrating birthdays with treats at school (see reasons in the policy).***

 

2017-2018 School Calendar

The 2017-2018 School Calendar has been approved by the School Committee, key information:

  • School will start on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 for students in grades 1-12.  Preschool and Kindergarten start on Tuesday, September 5.
  • There will be no school on the day before Thanksgiving.
  • Winter break will begin with an early release day on Friday, December 22.  School will reopen on Tuesday, January 2.
  • The projected last day of school, including five snow days, is June 21, 2018.  One weekday is deducted for each snow day not used, with the earliest possible last day of school being June 14, 2017.
  • Please note that schools are required to provide 180 days of instruction.  While the five snow days built into the calendar are typically adequate to cover closures, any days schools must be closed beyond that must be made-up per Massachusetts Department of Education regulations.  Whenever possible, such days are added to the end of the school year.

Kids, Art & Nature Programs at the LSSE

Watch the magic that unfolds in the studios of Deborah Bazer and Lahri Bond and their young students – Lumps of clay turn into swimming pools and horses, superheros emerge from newspaper and glue, and fantastical stories fill the air. This year, the Kids, Art, and Nature programs start July 10 and take place all-day, Mon.-Fri. through the week of Aug. 21. They’re a great opportunity for kids to explore nature through a variety of themes and artistic media. View Flyer

ARPS Special Education Services Family Survey

Dear Parents/Guardians of Students with Special Education Services,

This year the Amherst, Pelham and Amherst-Pelham Regional School Districts have hired an independent consulting firm, Public Consulting Group, to conduct a survey of our special education services. All parents/guardians of students who are currently on an IEP are asked to provide feedback through an anonymous survey. Please know that your feedback will help to improve special education services across the district. The survey should take approximately 15 minutes to complete. If you have more than one child currently on an IEP, we ask that you complete a separate survey for each child. Please access the survey online until May 26th at: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3532203/Special-Education-Parent-Guardian-Survey

If you have any questions, please check in the main office at your child’s school or call the Student Services Office at 413-362-1834. Thank you in advance for your time and invaluable input.

Sincerely,
Dr. Michael Morris
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Queridos Padres/ Guardianes de Estudiantes con Servicios de Educación Especial,

Este año Amherst, Pelham y los Distritos Escolares Regionales de Amherst-Pelham han empleado a una empresa de consultoría independiente para conducir una evaluación completa de nuestros servicios de educación especial. Se le está pidiendo a todos los padres/guardianes de estudiantes que están actualmente en un IEP que provean su opinión a través de una encuesta anónima. Por favor sepa que su opinión ayudará a mejorar los servicios de educación especial a través del distrito. La encuesta debería tomar aproximadamente 15 minutos para completar. Si usted tiene a más de un niño actualmente en un IEP, pedimos que usted complete una encuesta separada para cada niño. Por favor, tendrá acceso a la encuest a en línea hast a el 26 de m ayo Español:

Español: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3532203/Spanish

Inglés: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3532203/Special-Education-Parent-Guardian-Survey

Si usted tiene alguna pregunta, por favor valla a la oficina general de la escuela de su niño o llame a la Oficina de Educación Especial al 413-362-1834. Gracias de antemano por su tiempo y colaboración inestimable.

Sinceramente,
Dr. Michael Morris

Sugarloaf Youth Track League

Ages: 6-14

Dates: Thursday 5/25, 6/1, 6/8 and Friday 6/16, 6/23, 6/30

Time: 5:00 – 7:00 PM

Location: Amherst Regional High School Track

Price: $49

Boys and girls of all abilities will be placed on a team and can compete in both relap and individual events. First night for Team Assignments & Orientation: Thursday, May 25 at 5:00 p.m. Arrive on first night to group teams, meet coaches & run an informal series of practice races. Meet dates are 6/1, 8, 16, 23, 30. Rain date is 6/27.
Meets at : Amherst Regional High School Track, 21 Mattoon Street, Amherst.
For more info please visit our website at www.lsse.org

Contact Sydney Henthorn, Sugarloaf Track League Director at shenthorn20@gmail.com or

Chris Johnson, Sports Director at LSSE, (413)259-3144 or johnsonc@amherstma.gov

11th Annual Latino Achievement Night (LAN)

Friday, May 19, 2017 at 6:30 p.m
Amherst-Pelham Regional Middle School Auditorium

Under the direction of Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Michael Morris and Director of Family and Student Engagement, Dr. Marta Guevara and in keeping with the Social Justice Commitment of the Amherst-Pelham Regional Public Schools, the 11th Annual Latino Achievement Night aspires toward equity in opportunity, inclusion, respect and community-building in and out of the classroom. All families, friends, staff and
community members are invited to attend.

The Latino Achievement Night was envisioned over 12 years ago by the members of the Latino Student Achievement Initiative. This group, comprised of district students, staff and community members, came together to explore ways to increase the academic achievement of students of Latino heritage. A series of recommendations was formulated to address this critical issue and strengthen the district’s’ efforts to support at-promise students. A resulting step was the creation of a community event celebrating the achievements of Latino Students paralleling the customs of Latin American countries.

All students of Latino heritage will be celebrated in this event and those in transition
years (K, 6, 8 and 12) will be highlighted for their academic achievement, leadership,
community spirit, progress and/or effort. The evening’s program will include spoken
word, music and dance presentations by students and staff of the Amherst/Pelham
Elementary Schools and the Amherst-Pelham Regional Middle/High School. In
addition, ARHS Seniors will be presented with a traditional graduation stole to be worn
over their robes at the graduation ceremony in June.

The evening’s featured speaker will be Dr. Carmen Cosme. Dr. Cosme obtained her PhD
in Hispanic Languages and Linguistics from the Dept. of Languages, Literatures and
Cultures at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and is currently the VELA
after-school program coordinator in our Middle School.

Please contact Mildred Martinez at 413 362-1871 with any questions or concerns.

26th Amherst Invitational Ultimate Tournament – May 13, 14

Come see hucks, bids, scoobers and maybe even a Callahan!  Don’t know what these are? Come find out!  On May 13-14, more than 30 of the top Ultimate frisbee teams in the country — including six teams from Amherst Regional High School and Amherst Regional Middle School — will compete in the 26th Amherst Invitational Ultimate Tournament.  Games run 9am-5pm on Saturday and 8am-4pm on Sunday at both ARHS and ARMS fields.  Championship games start at 1pm on Sunday near the ARHS track.  For more information, stop by the information tent at the Amherst Regional High School (21 Mattoon Street, Amherst, MA) or visit us at https://www.facebook.com/amherstinvitational/.  Admission is free!

Seeking summer garden volunteers!

Our elementary school gardens need your help to have a healthy summer growing season! Families are invited to join Leila Tunnell (Brookfield Farm educator) and Jennifer Reese (school garden coordinator) for an on-site garden volunteer training at your school this June. In the session (under an hour) you’ll  become familiar with the garden space, learn about the plants we’re growing, and learn how to access and use the garden tools. As one of the garden caretakers last summer, I (Jennifer) can attest to the fact that the “work” is fun and kid-friendly. My then 4-year-old, 7-year-old, and I did all that we needed to do in 1-2 hours per week. Families who help care for the gardens are also welcome to harvest (conservatively) from the gardens as crops become ready.
 
Sign ups for summer weeks will take place at the orientation sessions. Volunteers will also be asked to sign a liability waiver, per district protocol.
Please RSVP here if you plan to attend a session so that we can plan accordingly. Thank you!
 
Orientation sessions: 
Crocker Farm: Saturday, June 3rd10-11 am
Fort River: Sunday, June 4th10-11 am
Wildwood: Sunday, June 4th1-2 pm
Questions or comments? Please contact Jennifer Reese (reesej@arps.org) or Leila Tunnell (ltunnell18@gmail.com).

Post-Building Project Presentation, 5/5

Please join us on Friday, May 5th from 12:00-1:00pm in the Green Room at Wildwood School for a  Post-Building Project Presentation with Interim Superintendent Michael Morris

Dr Morris will discuss the post-school vote challenges that our school districts face – Financial, Enrollment, and Infrastructure – followed by a question and answer period.

If mornings work better, Wildwood families are welcome to attend the same presentation by Dr Morris at Crocker Farm Elementary School on Friday 5th May from 9:00-10:15am.

View Flyer in Spanish

View Flyer in English

 

MCAS Testing Dates

MCAS testing has begun. Remaining test dates as follows:

  • ELA MCAS: Grade 6 on May 2.
  • Math MCAS: Grade 5–May 11, 12; Grade 6–May 18,19; Grades 3 and 4–May 23,24.
  • Science MCAS: Grade 5–May 16 and 17.

Valley Gives & Brown Envelope Fundraiser, May 2

The 4th annual Valley Gives Day is THIS WEEKvalleygives-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!

Donate via brown envelope or online at: https://valley-gives.org/designee/wildwood-parent-guardian-organization

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!

Museum Passes Available for FREE at Jones Library

Looking for something to do over the break? Borrow a museum pass.

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!

For more info about activities at the library, visit: www.joneslibrary.org/