Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Day 7
Drop F
D-period lunch

  • Amherst College's Executive Chef, Chef Jamil, will be sampling a new Healthy Breakfast recipe this Thursday during all lunch periods. This week, he will be featuring a Veggie Frittata, made with local produce! All students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to try a sample and provide feedback.
  • Do you play an instrument or sing? Do you enjoy creating or playing short pieces of music? Well then, you're in luck! We're creating a piece including artists from a variety of backgrounds and the music will accompany live dance.  If you're interested contacted me by Sept. 18 and there are no restrictions on the genre of music. email larnerma@arps.org
  • Students at ARHS are invited to claim FREE tickets to Out! For Reel’s LGBTQ Fall Film Fest! Just email Ms. Barber-Just at barber-justs@arps.org by this Friday or stop by room 172. She will contact the organizers and you can pick up your free tickets at the event. Here are the deets:
    • WHEN: Saturday, September 21, 2019  Films: 7:00 - 9:30pm / Social Hour 6:00-7:00pm  
    • WHERE: Academy of Music Theatre, 274 Main St, Northampton, MA
    • TICKETS: normally $11 Advance / $13 Door / $7 Students w/ID but FREE to ARHS students and their guests (including parents)
    • Check out outforreel.net for more info about the films!
  • Today is Pineapple Upside Down Cake Day. Please support the POCU Bake Sale after school!
  • Seniors: Keep an eye on Naviance for upcoming college visits! Get a pass from Miss Garrity in Guidance to attend!
  • YEARBOOK NEWS!
    -The first meeting of Yearbook Club is Thursday, September 19th from 3-3:45 in Room 107 in Guidance! If you have interest in helping create this yearbook, please come by! No experience necessary!
    -Yearbook is seeking a second yearbook advisor! If you are interested, contact Crystal Garrity! 
  • THE HOMECOMING DANCE IS BACK! Everyone’s welcome, but this year’s theme is Girls Ask! More details to come! Bring back the Naysh!" "Class of 2021"

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Day 6
Drop E
D-period lunch

  • Pineapple Upside Down Cake Day is Wednesday. Please support the POCU Bake Sale after school.
  • Students at ARHS are invited to claim FREE tickets to Out! For Reel’s LGBTQ Fall Film Fest! Just email Ms. Barber-Just at barber-justs@arps.org by this Friday or stop by room 172. She will contact the organizers and you can pick up your free tickets at the event. Here are the deets:
    • WHEN: Saturday, September 21, 2019  Films: 7:00 - 9:30pm / Social Hour 6:00-7:00pm  
    • WHERE: Academy of Music Theatre, 274 Main St, Northampton, MA
    • TICKETS: normally $11 Advance / $13 Door / $7 Students w/ID but FREE to ARHS students and their guests (including parents)
    • Check out outforreel.net for more info about the films!
  • Stop by Room 225 at 2:30 today to learn about the Science Olympiad. Meet the people and learn about the competitions!
  • THE HOMECOMING DANCE IS BACK! Everyone’s welcome, but this year’s theme is Girls Ask! More details to come! Bring back the Naysh!
  • The next round of Theater Company AUDITIONS are next Monday and Tuesday after school - and we want you there!  Come try out for Briefs - our evening of contemporary 10-minute plays going up in November and/or Shakespeare's over-the-top comedy, Twelfth Night, going up in December.  Guess how much experience you need: none!  Additional info is available on the auditorium doors.  We will also offer an optional AUDITION WORKSHOP - open to all - to offer you tips and strategies for a successful audition at ARHS and beyond.  If you're nervous about auditioning but secretly would love to be in a play, consider this a special invitation to come by!  We'll meet this Friday, after school, until 3:45.  We believe the auditions should be low-stress and should always involve cookies.  Come along and be a part of it all.  See Mr. Bechtold for questions.
  • The Sene-Gambian Scholars Program will have its first meeting of year on Tuesday, September 17, at 2:30 in Room 147. Come learn about Africa and maybe go there next spring!
  • There was an error in the previous morning announcement regarding the cost of the PSAT test, which will be administered here at ARHS on Wednesday October 16th.  The cost for the 2019-20 test is $17 (not $16).  Juniors who receive free/reduced lunch do receive fee waivers. Students can register beginning Monday, September 16, in either room 309 or 207 (checks payable to ARHS). Please contact Mr. Sadiq if you have any questions. Thanks.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Day 5
Drop D
E-period lunch

  • There was an error in the previous morning announcement regarding the cost of the PSAT test, which will be administered here at ARHS on Wednesday October 16th.  The cost for the 2019-20 test is $17 (not $16).  Juniors who receive free/reduced lunch do receive fee waivers. Students can register beginning Monday, September 16, in either room 309 or 207 (checks payable to ARHS). Please contact Mr. Sadiq if you have any questions. Thanks.
  • The first Schools For Africa meeting will be on Tuesday, September 17th (tomorrow) in room 150. All are welcome and there will be snacks! Email auerbachah@arps.org for questions.
  • September 23, 2019, is the Puerto Rico Day Celebration and we are encouraging students to participate in the celebration.  If you would be interested in performing or speaking at the event, please contact Mildred Martinez or Marta Guevara at the Middle School in the ARPS Family Center.
  • The Sene-Gambian Scholars Program will have its first meeting of year on Tuesday, September 17, at 2:30 in Room 147. Come learn about Africa and maybe go there next spring!
  • Are you interested in STEM? Want to be part of a team, win competitions, add to your college applications, and have a ton of fun? Then join the Science Olympiad! Come to the informational meeting on Tues, Sept. 17 at 2:30 in Room 225 to learn more about this national organization!
  • The next round of Theater Company AUDITIONS are next Monday and Tuesday after school - and we want you there!  Come try out for Briefs - our evening of contemporary 10-minute plays going up in November and/or Shakespeare's over-the-top comedy, Twelfth Night, going up in December.  Guess how much experience you need: none!  Additional info is available on the auditorium doors.  We will also offer an optional AUDITION WORKSHOP - open to all - to offer you tips and strategies for a successful audition at ARHS and beyond.  If you're nervous about auditioning but secretly would love to be in a play, consider this a special invitation to come by!  We'll meet this Friday, after school, until 3:45.  We believe the auditions should be low-stress and should always involve cookies.  Come along and be a part of it all.  See Mr. Bechtold for questions.
  • Good morning - All students in your grade are members of the class council.  Each class council has class leaders. As the leader of a class, you are responsible for working closely with the school administration and speak on the student's behalf;  assist with upholding the core values of the school community; assist with decisions that are pertinent to your particular grade; promote harmony with your grade and other grades. You are able to better the school environment and do community service to help the broader community and make decisions on fundraising in a goal toward a terrific prom, scholarships and a class gift to the school. If you are interested in being a class council leader, you must come to an important meeting on Monday Sept. 16 at 2:45 in room 117.  Any questions or concerns, please contact Mrs. Haygood at haygoode@arps.org.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Day 4
E-period lunch
Community Day

  • Today is Community Day and we will be following a special schedule. Classes A,B,D & E will meet followed by an Advisory and Outside Activities.
  • The Sene-Gambian Scholars Program will have its first meeting of year on Tuesday, September 17, at 2:30 in Room 147. Come learn about Africa and maybe go there next spring!
  • Are you interested in STEM? Want to be part of a team, win competitions, add to your college applications, and have a ton of fun? Then join the Science Olympiad! Come to the informational meeting on Tues, Sept. 17 at 2:30 in Room 225 to learn more about this national organization!
  • September 23, 2019, is the Puerto Rico Day Celebration and we are encouraging students to participate in the celebration.  If you would be interested in performing or speaking at the event, please contact Mildred Martinez or Marta Guevara at the Middle School in the ARPS Family Center.
  • PSAT’s will be administered here at ARHS on Wednesday October 16th. Pre-registration will start this Monday (9/16) for all of the 11th graders interested in taking them. Students can pre-register in room 207 or room 309. The cost is $16, and checks can be made out to ARHS. Please contact Mr. Sadiq if you have any questions. Thanks.
  • Good morning - All students in your grade are members of the class council.  Each class council has class leaders. As the leader of a class, you are responsible for working closely with the school administration and speak on the student's behalf;  assist with upholding the core values of the school community; assist with decisions that are pertinent to your particular grade; promote harmony with your grade and other grades. You are able to better the school environment and do community service to help the broader community and make decisions on fundraising in a goal toward a terrific prom, scholarships and a class gift to the school. If you are interested in being a class council leader, you must come to an important meeting on Monday Sept. 16 at 2:45 in room 117.  Any questions or concerns, please contact Mrs. Haygood at haygoode@arps.org

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Day 3
Drop B
E-period lunch

  • PSAT’s will be administered here at ARHS on Wednesday October 16th. Pre-registration will start this Monday (9/16) for all of the 11th graders interested in taking them. Students can pre-register in room 207 or room 309. The cost is $16, and checks can be made out to ARHS. Please contact Mr. Sadiq if you have any questions. Thanks.
  • Amherst College's Executive Chef, Chef Jamil, will be sampling a new Healthy Breakfast recipe today during all lunch periods. This week, he will be featuring Harvest Muffins, made with local zucchini and carrots! All students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to try a sample and provide feedback.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Day 2
Drop A
E-period lunch



  • Do you play an instrument or sing? Do you enjoy creating or playing short pieces of music? Well then, you're in luck! We're creating a piece including artists from a variety of backgrounds and the music will accompany live dance.  If you're interested contacted me by Sept. 18 and there are no restrictions on the genre of music. email larnerma@arps.org
  • Amherst College's Executive Chef, Chef Jamil, will be sampling a new Healthy Breakfast recipe this Thursday during all lunch periods. This week, he will be featuring Harvest Muffins, made with local zucchini and carrots! All students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to try a sample and provide feedback.
  • Looking for help with your college essay? The Hampshire County Smith Club is hosting a free College Application Essay Writing Workshop for high school students, transfer students and potential Ada Comstock or Frances Perkins Scholars on Monday, September 16, from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM in the Carroll Room (Rm 208) of the Campus Center at Smith College in Northampton. No registration required. The event is free.


Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Day 1
Drop G
D-period lunch



  • Looking for help with your college essay? The Hampshire County Smith Club is hosting a free College Application Essay Writing Workshop for high school students, transfer students and potential Ada Comstock or Frances Perkins Scholars on Monday, September 16, from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM in the Carroll Room (Rm 208) of the Campus Center at Smith College in Northampton. No registration required. The event is free.
  • Amherst College's Executive Chef, Chef Jamil, will be sampling a new Healthy Breakfast recipe this Thursday during all lunch periods. This week, he will be featuring Harvest Muffins, made with local zucchini and carrots! All students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to try a sample and provide feedback.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Day 7
Drop F
D-period lunch

  • The Theater Company's immersive production of Bing Bong!  has its first rehearsal and tech meeting TODAY from 3-5.   If you missed last week's workshops but would still like to be involved, stop by the auditorium to chat with Bech.  No experience needed. Get pumped!  It's gonna be epic.
  • Senior Upcoming Events:
    • Week of September 9th - Naviance Overview of Post-Secondary Planning for all seniors in Science Classes
    • Week of September 16th - Individual Senior College Planning Meetings Begin
    • Week of September 23rd - 24th ED/EA Workshop 2:30 pm & 26th Admissions Professional Panel 7:00 pm
  • Good morning everyone:  After School News
    • There will be a meeting for all Club and Class Student Leaders today 9 at 2:45 in room 117.  Please have at least one rep present.  We will be discussing the sprucing of our bulletin boards and the upcoming activities fair.
    • We are still in need of staff who are willing to advise the following clubs/activities: Class of 2021, 2022 and 2023, and Anti Semitism Awareness. Please speak to or email Liz Haygood at haygoode@arps.org.
    • There will be a meeting for all advisors (and those interested in advising) on Thursday September 19 at 2:45 in room 117.
    • There will be a mandatory Meeting for any student wishing to run for Class Council on Monday September 16 at 3pm in room 117. 
    • Please be prompt.  
    • Any questions, concerns or issues regarding After School News, speak to or email Liz Haygood.
    • Thanks    
  • Calling all students!  Do you have a great idea for an activity or innovation that will benefit the ARHS community?  Need money to make it happen?  The ARHS PGO offers $200 grants to students twice a year & the next deadline is coming up soon.  The PGO has helped to the Cambodian Heritage mural, instruments for Summit Academy, water bottle fillers, and more! You will find the current application form on the clubs page of the ARHS website. The FALL deadline for completed applications is Friday, October 11th!

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Day 5
Drop D
E-period lunch
  • Students in grades 9-12 can find Deidre Cuffee-Gray, the ARHS College & Career Advisor, for informal conversations about college, career and life after ARHS.
College in the Caf
    • 1st Lunch Monday   
    • 2nd Lunch Wednesday Friday
    • 3rd Lunch Tuesday Thursday
  • Seniors are reminded to complete the "Senior Questionnaire for College Conference 2020" so that they are prepared to schedule individual Senior College Planning Meetings beginning the week of September 16th. And, of course, the lime green form!
  • Calling all students!  Do you have a great idea for an activity or innovation that will benefit the ARHS community?  Need money to make it happen?  The ARHS PGO offers $200 grants to students twice a year & the next deadline is coming up soon.  The PGO has helped to the Cambodian Heritage mural, instruments for Summit Academy, water bottle fillers, and more! 
    You will find the current application form on the clubs page of the ARHS website. The FALL deadline for completed applications is Friday, October 11th!
  • Missed the Theater Company meeting last Friday?  No worries - grab an info sheet from the auditorium doors about our three productions and more this fall!  We'd love to see you!
  • In October ARHS will be hosting students from Australia. We are still in need of 2 more host families. The dates of the visit are October 2nd - October 5th .Any questions, please see Mr. Sadiq. Thank you

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Day 4
Drop C
E-period lunch


  • In October ARHS will be hosting students from Australia. We are still in need of 2 more host families. The dates of the visit are: October 2nd - October 5th.  Any questions, please see Mr. Sadiq. Thank you.
  • Ms. Cuffee-Gray is going to be in the Cafeteria for informal conversations about college planning and Life After ARHS conversations one lunch period a day. Seniors know that they must submit their "Senior Questionnaire for College Conference 2020" for their formal Senior College Planning Meetings and Counselor Recommendation meetings. Open to students grades 9-12Come and say, "Hello!" and chat and chew about college and Life After ARHS with Ms. Cuffee-Gray.
    • 1st Lunch Monday   
    • 2nd Lunch Wednesday Friday
    • 3rd Lunch Tuesday Thursday
  • Last call to get involved in Bing Bong! - the Theater Company's first production of the year!  Aspiring techies and actors: meet after school this Thursday in the auditorium.  Techies will be done by 4:00; actors will be done at 5:00 .  Bing Bong is an epic immersive production that takes place around various corners of ARHS, designed for 1-2 audience members at a time - don't miss out!  No cuts to the cast or tech - and a perfect show for newcomers to join in, even if you've never set foot in a theater before.
  • Missed the Theater Company meeting last Friday?  No worries - grab an info sheet from the auditorium doors about our three productions and more this fall!  We'd love to see you!
  • Come to Mr. Gould's room after school on Thursday, September 5th to try out for two spots on the ARHS As Schools Match Wits team. As Schools Match Wits is a Western Mass quiz show for high schoolers that airs on WGBY. Contact Kabir Narayanan (narayanank@arps.org) with any questions. There will be cookies!