Thursday, December 5 , 2019

Thursday Day 1
Drop G
D-Period Lunch
  • The Theater Company invites you to Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, running this Thursday through Saturday at 7:30pm on the ARHS stage.  A bright, light, and energetic romp of a play, we promise a fun evening with just the right amount of weird.  Tickets can be bought at the door and are $5 for students/staff.  Free/reduced lunch-priced tickets available by request through Mr. Bechtold as well.  See you there! 
  • Pop Up College Application Shop - Thursday 12/5 Afterschool 2:30-3:30 
    Ms. Cuffee-Gray is staying after school today for a Pop Up College Application Shop! Avoid having to complete your applications during winter break. Get it done NOW! Naviance, College Essay, Scholarships, Common App. Sign up in Guidance with Ms. Garrity or email Ms. Cuffee-Gray. Limited to 8 students.
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          Sincerely,
Your Friendly Neighborhood College and Career Counselor - Deidre Cuffee-Gray

College in the Caf
    • 1st Lunch Monday   
    • 2nd Lunch Wednesday Friday
    • 3rd Lunch Tuesday Thursday
           Students can find Deidre Cuffee-Gray, the ARHS College & Career Advisor, for informal                  conversations about college, career and life after ARHS.
  • "Not school sponsored: The Climate Strike in Springfield is tomorrow, and it’s not too late to join! People from all over Western Mass will gather for a rally, march, and a sit-in to pressure Rep. Richard Neal, the only MA congressman who hasn’t endorsed the GND, to sign the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge and to endorse the GND. It's time for our generation to step up and fight for a livable future. Find a poster in the school or go to bit.ly/dec-strike-wmass to sign up for a bus seat, free of cost. Make sure to have a signed parental note excusing you from classes. See you tomorrow!"
  • Latinos Unidos will be meeting TODAY @ 3 in room 135 !
  • We are excited to formally announce Spring Awakening as this year's winter musical!  Due to the recent snow days, we have rescheduled two important dates for anyone that would like to learn more about being involved on stage or off:

    Monday, December 9, 2:45-3:15 - Audition and tech work info.  This is an important meeting for all prospective actors, dancers, singers, costumers, builders, makeup artists, art designers, and more!  We'll take you through audition dates, tech info, time commitments and everything you need to be involved.  

    Tuesday, December 10, 3:00-3:45 - Auditioning 101.  Learn the details of the audition process and advice for how to have a successful audition.  Beginners and veterans alike will benefit from this.  Not required, but recommended if you plan to audition.

    The goal of the musical is to involve as many ARHS students as possible.  There are no cuts to the cast, and no one is turned away from tech work either.  We want you!   Feel free to stop by the auditorium at any time to speak with Mr. Bechtold with questions of any kind.
  • Interested in attending the football state championship game on Saturday 12/7? Please sign-up for the fan bus in the guidance office!
  • This years Chili Cook-Off will be on December 12th at 5pm. This is a night full of fun filled chili tasting (all you can eat!!), made by our school community members if you like to eat or make chili you should put this event in your calendar and start preparing! Last year's winners were Nico Christakos and Ben Robes-Kenworthy, who will take the best Chili of ARHS title this year??
  • Seniors who have not yet met with Ms. Cuffee-Gray! Come to Guidance and schedule a time to meet with her. Finish one of the two Seniors Surveys and make it happen.Your Friendly Neighborhood College and Career Advisor wants to have a conversation about "Life After ARHS" with you! College, Certificate from Community College, Gap Year, Americorps placement, military, employment, confused? Come and let her help you think about your next steps. (Psst..if she doesn't hear from you, she is going to find you and schedule a time with you in small groups starting next week!)
  • Not school sponsored:Want to learn about the climate crisis and the climate strike in Springfield on Dec. 6th? Stop by the table during lunch today to sign up for or discuss the strike, as well as learn about one of the drivers of the climate fight, a national youth-led movement called Sunrise Movement.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Wednesday Day 7
Drop F
D-Period Lunch

  • The Theater Company invites you to Shakespeare'sTwelfth Night, running this Thursday through Saturday at 7:30pm on the ARHS stage.  A bright, light, and energetic romp of a play, we promise a fun evening with just the right amount of weird.  Tickets can be bought at the door and are $5 for students/staff.  Free/reduced lunch-priced tickets available by request through Mr. Bechtold as well.  See you there!  
  • Interested in attending the football state championship game on Saturday 12/7? Please sign-up for the fan bus in the guidance office!
  • Pineapple Upside Down Cake Day is Wednesday. Please support the POCU Bake Sale!
  •  JETS Club: If you signed up for the TEAM+S competition, you should have heard from your team captain by now (check your email?). If you have not, please email Ms. Blauner.
  • This years Chili Cook-Off will be on December 12th at 5pm. This is a night full of fun filled chili tasting (all you can eat!!), made by our school community members if you like to eat or make chili you should put this event in your calendar and start preparing! Last year's winners were Nico Christakos and Ben Robes-Kenworthy, who will take the best Chili of ARHS title this year??
  • Seniors who have not yet met with Ms. Cuffee-Gray! Come to Guidance and schedule a time to meet with her. Finish one of the two Seniors Surveys and make it happen.Your Friendly Neighborhood College and Career Advisor wants to have a conversation about "Life After ARHS" with you! College, Certificate from Community College, Gap Year, Americorps placement, military, employment, confused? Come and let her help you think about your next steps. (Psst..if she doesn't hear from you, she is going to find you and schedule a time with you in small groups starting next week!)
  • Not school sponsored:Want to learn about the climate crisis and the climate strike in Springfield on Dec. 6th? Stop by the table during lunch today to sign up for or discuss the strike, as well as learn about one of the drivers of the climate fight, a national youth-led movement called Sunrise Movement.
  • Seniors. Check and Double Check!Please check Naviance weekly for messages from Your Friendly Neighborhood College and Career Advisor. There is important information coming to you!SAT and ACT Scores - Seniors are responsible for sending their scores. If you want your scores to get to colleges, you do have to send them. If you need help, come to Guidance.
              Sincerely,
    Your Friendly Neighborhood College and Career Counselor - Deidre Cuffee-Gray

    College in the Caf
      • 1st Lunch Monday   
      • 2nd Lunch Wednesday Friday
      • 3rd Lunch Tuesday Thursday
               Students can find Deidre Cuffee-Gray, the ARHS College & Career Advisor, for informal conversations about college, career and life after ARHS.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Tuesday Day 4
Drop C
E-Period Lunch
  •       Seal of Biliteracy: This year, for the first time, students at ARHS will have the exciting opportunity to earn the Seal of Biliteracy on their diplomas.  The first information session about the ARPS Seal of Biliteracy and associated programming will be held at Wildwood Elementary School on December 3, 2019 from 5:30 PM - 6:15 PM. For more info visit http://www.arps.org/sealofbiliteracy or contact Madame Cissé.
  •      JETS Club: If you signed up for the TEAM+S competition, you should have heard from your team captain by now (check your email?). If you have not, please email Ms. Blauner.
  • This years Chili Cook-Off will be on December 12th at 5pm. This is a night full of fun filled chili tasting (all you can eat!!), made by our school community members if you like to eat or make chili you should put this event in your calendar and start preparing! Last year's winners were Nico Christakos and Ben Robes-Kenworthy, who will take the best Chili of ARHS title this year??
  • Tonight at 7 pm, Chorale and Hurricane Singers will perform a variety of music in the beautiful sanctuary of Wesley United Methodist Church in Hadley. It's a great way to kick off Thanksgiving break and to support some of the talented student musicians here at ARHS. Admission is free!
  • Seniors who have not yet met with Ms. Cuffee-Gray! Come to Guidance and schedule a time to meet with her. Finish one of the two Seniors Surveys and make it happen.Your Friendly Neighborhood College and Career Advisor wants to have a conversation about "Life After ARHS" with you! College, Certificate from Community College, Gap Year, Americorps placement, military, employment, confused? Come and let her help you think about your next steps. (Psst..if she doesn't hear from you, she is going to find you and schedule a time with you in small groups starting next week!)
  • Not school sponsored:Want to learn about the climate crisis and the climate strike in Springfield on Dec. 6th? Stop by the table during lunch today to sign up for or discuss the strike, as well as learn about one of the drivers of the climate fight, a national youth-led movement called Sunrise Movement.
  • Seniors. Check and Double Check!Please check Naviance weekly for messages from Your Friendly Neighborhood College and Career Advisor. There is important information coming to you!SAT and ACT Scores - Seniors are responsible for sending their scores. If you want your scores to get to colleges, you do have to send them. If you need help, come to Guidance.


Sincerely,
Your Friendly Neighborhood College and Career Counselor - Deidre Cuffee-Gray

College in the Caf
    • 1st Lunch Monday   
    • 2nd Lunch Wednesday Friday
    • 3rd Lunch Tuesday Thursday
           Students can find Deidre Cuffee-Gray, the ARHS College & Career Advisor, for informal                 conversations about college, career and life after ARHS.


Monday, November 25, 2019

Monday Day 3
Drop B
E-Period Lunch
  • Students who had their pictures retaken will be receiving them and/or ID's during A Period TODAY! 
  • Menu for French Dinner! Vegetable couscous, chicken kabab (Halal), falafel, chocolate fondue fountain, Moroccan mint tea, Francophone African food sampling, crêpe station, and a student potluck. Amanouz Morrocan Café is catering the event. Buy your tickets TODAY during lunch. $10.00 for students, $15.00 for adults, free for children under five and all student participants! 
  • Seniors who have not yet met with Ms. Cuffee-Gray! Come to Guidance and schedule a time to meet with her. Finish one of the two Seniors Surveys and make it happen.Your Friendly Neighborhood College and Career Advisor wants to have a conversation about "Life After ARHS" with you! College, Certificate from Community College, Gap Year, Americorps placement, military, employment, confused? Come and let her help you think about your next steps. (Psst..if she doesn't hear from you, she is going to find you and schedule a time with you in small groups starting next week!)
  • Monday College Essay Support - From 2:30-3:30pm in room  Room 141.Come and get your essays and supplemental essays done, after school with Amanda Lewis and Deidre Cuffee-Gray. Common App and scholarship essay support as well!  
  • Not school sponsored:Want to learn about the climate crisis and the climate strike in Springfield on Dec. 6th? Stop by the table during lunch today to sign up for or discuss the strike, as well as learn about one of the drivers of the climate fight, a national youth-led movement called Sunrise Movement.
  • FAFSA Day AGAIN! ARHS is hosting it's 2nd night for FAFSA assistance on January 8th at 6:30pm. Save the date! Set up your FSA ID PRIOR to the event - it will be easier! https://www.masfaa.org/fafsa-day-register/
  •            --
    Sincerely,
    Your Friendly Neighborhood College and Career Counselor - Deidre Cuffee-Gray

    College in the Caf
      • 1st Lunch Monday   
      • 2nd Lunch Wednesday Friday
      • 3rd Lunch Tuesday Thursday
                      Students can find Deidre Cuffee-Gray, the ARHS College & Career Advisor, for informal  conversations about college, career and life after ARHS.

Friday, November 22, 2019

Friday Day 2
Drop A
E-Period Lunch
  • Be sure to check out Student Union's table at lunch today to send a candy gram to a friend you're thankful for! Small bags of candy will be a dollar each and will be sent out during A period on Tuesday.
  • Interested in attending the football game on Saturday? Please sign-up for the fan bus in the guidance office!
  • Seniors who have not yet met with Ms. Cuffee-Gray! Come to Guidance and schedule a time to meet with her. Finish one of the two Seniors Surveys and make it happen.Your Friendly Neighborhood College and Career Advisor wants to have a conversation about "Life After ARHS" with you! College, Certificate from Community College, Gap Year, Americorps placement, military, employment, confused? Come and let her help you think about your next steps. (Psst..if she doesn't hear from you, she is going to find you and schedule a time with you in small groups starting next week!)
  • Monday College Essay Support - From 2:30-3:30pm in room  Room 141.Come and get your essays and supplemental essays done, after school with Amanda Lewis and Deidre Cuffee-Gray. Common App and scholarship essay support as well!  
  • FAFSA Day AGAIN! ARHS is hosting it's 2nd night for FAFSA assistance on January 8th at 6:30pm. Save the date! Set up your FSA ID PRIOR to the event - it will be easier! https://www.masfaa.org/fafsa-day-register/
  •            --
    Sincerely,
    Your Friendly Neighborhood College and Career Counselor - Deidre Cuffee-Gray

    College in the Caf
      • 1st Lunch Monday   
      • 2nd Lunch Wednesday Friday
      • 3rd Lunch Tuesday Thursday
                      Students can find Deidre Cuffee-Gray, the ARHS College & Career Advisor, for informal  conversations about college, career and life after ARHS.

  • The Student Advisory Council will meet at 2:30 on TODAY in Mr. Thompson's room (room 239). 
  • The Theater Company is continuing a series of dialogues around race, inclusion, and access in the theater program that began last year - and we'd love you to join us!  Whether you're active in theater already or have never set a foot on the ARHS stage, we'd love you to be a part of it.  Stop by the auditorium after school this TODAY for meaningful conversation, project planning, and a plethora of Trader Joe's snacks with your friends and peers.  See Mr. Bechtold, Serik White, or Kabir Narayanan if you'd like some details.  See you there!
  • Did you know? The average amount of blood a person loses during their period in a lifetime is equal to the blood of four adults?  Women's Rights Club is running a TAMPON AND PAD drive all month! All donations will benefit the Amherst Survival Center so that hygiene products can be available to all that need it! Look for the signs and boxes located at the school to donate what you can.Donations should be in sealed boxes or packages. Drive will be up until the end of the month.
  • The Guidance Office would like to remind the community that ALL students should be signing in to the FRONT of Guidance with Miss Garrity when they visit. We have a new electronic sign in sheet to reduce the amount of paper the office is using and to better support everyone who accesses the Guidance Office resources
  • Not school sponsored:Want to learn about the climate crisis and the climate strike in Springfield on Dec. 6th? Stop by the table during lunch today to sign up for or discuss the strike, as well as learn about one of the drivers of the climate fight, a national youth-led movement called Sunrise Movement.
  • Are you daydreaming of summer on these cold November days? Consider becoming a lifeguard for the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation for the summer of 2020! Must be 16 years of age by June and be able to complete lifeguard training and CRP/First Aid training. Lifeguard positions are 40 hours a week, $15/hour from June 26th-Labor Day. Information available in Guidance.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Thursday Day 1
Drop G
D-Period Lunch
  • Seniors who have not yet met with Ms. Cuffee-Gray! Come to Guidance and schedule a time to meet with her. Finish one of the two Seniors Surveys and make it happen.Your Friendly Neighborhood College and Career Advisor wants to have a conversation about "Life After ARHS" with you! College, Certificate from Community College, Gap Year, Americorps placement, military, employment, confused? Come and let her help you think about your next steps. (Psst..if she doesn't hear from you, she is going to find you and schedule a time with you in small groups starting next week!)
  • Monday College Essay Support - From 2:30-3:30pm in room  Room 141.Come and get your essays and supplemental essays done, after school with Amanda Lewis and Deidre Cuffee-Gray. Common App and scholarship essay support as well!  
  • FAFSA Day AGAIN! ARHS is hosting it's 2nd night for FAFSA assistance on January 8th at 6:30pm. Save the date! Set up your FSA ID PRIOR to the event - it will be easier! https://www.masfaa.org/fafsa-day-register/
  •            --
    Sincerely,
    Your Friendly Neighborhood College and Career Counselor - Deidre Cuffee-Gray

    College in the Caf
      • 1st Lunch Monday   
      • 2nd Lunch Wednesday Friday
      • 3rd Lunch Tuesday Thursday
                      Students can find Deidre Cuffee-Gray, the ARHS College & Career Advisor, for informal  conversations about college, career and life after ARHS.

  • The Student Advisory Council will meet at 2:30 on Friday in Mr. Thompson's room (room 239). 
  • The Theater Company is continuing a series of dialogues around race, inclusion, and access in the theater program that began last year - and we'd love you to join us!  Whether you're active in theater already or have never set a foot on the ARHS stage, we'd love you to be a part of it.  Stop by the auditorium after school this Friday for meaningful conversation, project planning, and a plethora of Trader Joe's snacks with your friends and peers.  See Mr. Bechtold, Serik White, or Kabir Narayanan if you'd like some details.  See you there!
  • We need to make a video promoting our tech classes for ALL students. The second meeting will be TODAY at 2:30 in Mr. Young’s room (202). It’s OK if you missed the first meeting. Everyone is welcome. If you have previous video production experience, even better. We plan to do the majority of the filming at this meeting.
  • Interested in attending the football game on Saturday? Please sign-up for the fan bus in the guidance office!
  • JETS Club: Last chance to sign up for the TEAM+S Competition. Pick up a short form from the bulletin board in the Science Hallway (across from Room 218). Fill it out and return it to Ms. Blauner in Room 223 after school by TODAY.
  • JETS Club Leadership: Students interested in being a team captain or just helping with the planning should come to a mandatory meeting after school TODAY in Room 223. We will begin forming the teams.
  • Did you know? The average amount of blood a person loses during their period in a lifetime is equal to the blood of four adults?  Women's Rights Club is running a TAMPON AND PAD drive all month! All donations will benefit the Amherst Survival Center so that hygiene products can be available to all that need it! Look for the signs and boxes located at the school to donate what you can.Donations should be in sealed boxes or packages. Drive will be up until the end of the month.  
  • The Guidance Office would like to remind the community that ALL students should be signing in to the FRONT of Guidance with Miss Garrity when they visit. We have a new electronic sign in sheet to reduce the amount of paper the office is using and to better support everyone who accesses the Guidance Office resources! 
  • French Dinner! Get tickets now for the French dinner on December 10th! Come enjoy a night of exciting cultural experience and delicious Francophone cuisine presented by the ARHS French students and the French Club. The cultural show will include poetry, music, singing and more! Tickets are $10.00 for students, $15.00 for adults, and free for children under five! For more information, contact Mara Waskiewicz at waskiewiczmj@arps.org or Madame Cissé at cisseo@arps.org 
  • Not school sponsored:Want to learn about the climate crisis and the climate strike in Springfield on Dec. 6th? Stop by the table during lunch today to sign up for or discuss the strike, as well as learn about one of the drivers of the climate fight, a national youth-led movement called Sunrise Movement.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Wednesday Day 7
Drop F
D-Period Lunch
  • Seniors who have not yet met with Ms. Cuffee-Gray! Come to Guidance and schedule a time to meet with her. Finish one of the two Seniors Surveys and make it happen.Your Friendly Neighborhood College and Career Advisor wants to have a conversation about "Life After ARHS" with you! College, Certificate from Community College, Gap Year, Americorps placement, military, employment, confused? Come and let her help you think about your next steps. (Psst..if she doesn't hear from you, she is going to find you and schedule a time with you in small groups starting next week!)
  • Monday College Essay Support - From 2:30-3:30pm in room  Room 141.Come and get your essays and supplemental essays done, after school with Amanda Lewis and Deidre Cuffee-Gray. Common App and scholarship essay support as well!  
  • FAFSA Day AGAIN! ARHS is hosting it's 2nd night for FAFSA assistance on January 8th at 6:30pm. Save the date! Set up your FSA ID PRIOR to the event - it will be easier! https://www.masfaa.org/fafsa-day-register/
           --
Sincerely,
Your Friendly Neighborhood College and Career Counselor - Deidre Cuffee-Gray

College in the Caf
    • 1st Lunch Monday   
    • 2nd Lunch Wednesday Friday
    • 3rd Lunch Tuesday Thursday
                  Students can find Deidre Cuffee-Gray, the ARHS College & Career Advisor, for informal                    conversations about college, career and life after ARHS.
  • The Student Advisory Council will meet at 2:30 on Friday in Mr. Thompson's room (room 239).  
  • The Theater Company is continuing a series of dialogues around race, inclusion, and access in the theater program that began last year - and we'd love you to join us!  Whether you're active in theater already or have never set a foot on the ARHS stage, we'd love you to be a part of it.  Stop by the auditorium after school this Friday for meaningful conversation, project planning, and a plethora of Trader Joe's snacks with your friends and peers.  See Mr. Bechtold, Serik White, or Kabir Narayanan if you'd like some details.  See you there!
  • We need to make a video promoting our tech classes for ALL students. The second meeting will be Thursday at 2:30 in Mr. Young’s room (202). It’s OK if you missed the first meeting. Everyone is welcome. If you have previous video production experience, even better. We plan to do the majority of the filming at this meeting.
  • Interested in attending the football game on Saturday? Please sign-up for the fan bus in the guidance office!
  • JETS Club: Last chance to sign up for the TEAM+S Competition. Pick up a short form from the bulletin board in the Science Hallway (across from Room 218). Fill it out and return it to Ms. Blauner in Room 223 after school by Thursday Nov 19.
  • JETS Club Leadership: Students interested in being a team captain or just helping with the planning should come to a mandatory meeting after school Thursday Nov 21 in Room 223. We will begin forming the teams.
  • Did you know? The average amount of blood a person loses during their period in a lifetime is equal to the blood of four adults?  Women's Rights Club is running a TAMPON AND PAD drive all month! All donations will benefit the Amherst Survival Center so that hygiene products can be available to all that need it! Look for the signs and boxes located at the school to donate what you can.Donations should be in sealed boxes or packages. Drive will be up until the end of the month.  
  • The Guidance Office would like to remind the community that ALL students should be signing in to the FRONT of Guidance with Miss Garrity when they visit. We have a new electronic sign in sheet to reduce the amount of paper the office is using and to better support everyone who accesses the Guidance Office resources! 
  • French Dinner! Get tickets now for the French dinner on December 10th! Come enjoy a night of exciting cultural experience and delicious Francophone cuisine presented by the ARHS French students and the French Club. The cultural show will include poetry, music, singing and more! Tickets are $10.00 for students, $15.00 for adults, and free for children under five! For more information, contact Mara Waskiewicz at waskiewiczmj@arps.org or Madame Cissé at cisseo@arps.org 

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Tuesday Day 6
Drop E
D-Period Lunch
  • Interested in attending the football game on Saturday? Please sign-up for the fan bus in the guidance office!
  • JETS Club: Last chance to sign up for the TEAM+S Competition. Pick up a short form from the bulletin board in the Science Hallway (across from Room 218). Fill it out and return it to Ms. Blauner in Room 223 after school by Thursday Nov 19.
  • JETS Club Leadership: Students interested in being a team captain or just helping with the planning should come to a mandatory meeting after school Thursday Nov 21 in Room 223. We will begin forming the teams.
  • Women's Rights Club TODAY at 2:30pm in room 166! Snacks, new project, etc..
  • Did you know? The average amount of blood a person loses during their period in a lifetime is equal to the blood of four adults?  Women's Rights Club is running a TAMPON AND PAD drive all month! All donations will benefit the Amherst Survival Center so that hygiene products can be available to all that need it! Look for the signs and boxes located at the school to donate what you can.Donations should be in sealed boxes or packages. Drive will be up until the end of the month.  
  • The Guidance Office would like to remind the community that ALL students should be signing in to the FRONT of Guidance with Miss Garrity when they visit. We have a new electronic sign in sheet to reduce the amount of paper the office is using and to better support everyone who accesses the Guidance Office resources! 
  • French Dinner! Get tickets now for the French dinner on December 10th! Come enjoy a night of exciting cultural experience and delicious Francophone cuisine presented by the ARHS French students and the French Club. The cultural show will include poetry, music, singing and more! Tickets are $10.00 for students, $15.00 for adults, and free for children under five! For more information, contact Mara Waskiewicz at waskiewiczmj@arps.org or Madame Cissé at cisseo@arps.org 
  • Interested in learning about the hidden powers of trolls and memes? Join Critical Connections on Tuesday from 7-9 at the Bangs Center to hear from Dr. Whitney Phillips about the use of social media by the growing white supremacy movement.  This discussion is incredibly relevant, especially to our generation. Contact Hanna Hartman or Ms. Camera for more information.       
  • Do you like metal music? Do you play an instrument? Are you looking to join a band? If you play electric guitar/bass, drums, or can sing in the style of thrash metal/hardcore punk, contact Nakos Maroudas-- maroudasna@arps.org --to audition. Our band is called Defcon: Dead, and we could use a few more musicians to help bring thrash back to Hurricane Nation!       
  • Are you daydreaming of summer on these cold November days? Consider becoming a lifeguard for the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation for the summer of 2020! Must be 16 years of age by June and be able to complete lifeguard training and CRP/First Aid training. Lifeguard positions are 40 hours a week, $15/hour from June 26th-Labor Day. Information available in Guidance.