Welcome, incoming Principal Gene Jones!

Incoming ARHS Principal Gene Jones has “always enjoyed working with kids.” Mr. Jones was born and raised in Virginia, in a “multi-generational house.” His close-knit family emphasized supporting each other. “My great grandmother, my...

Pedro Mendez, restoring justice

ARHS has a new face attached to its restorative justice program, Pedro Mendez, whom you might have seen greeting students at the door in the morning, along with Stephen Bechtold.  Mr. Mendez was hired...

‘Next Gen’ MCAS testing rollout a success

We have turned the corner of MCAS season. All sophomores took the “Next-Generation” MCAS testing, on Chromebooks, starting with the English Language Arts (ELA) portion, on March 26 and 28. This was the first...

Writing workshops offer information, support

When Amanda Lewis, who runs the ARHS Writing Center, and Ella Stocker, school librarian, noticed that students frequently come to them with the same sorts of questions, they decided to create a series of...

Summit Academy: up and running

Over the summer, Summit Academy relocated from its South Amherst location to a corner of ARHS that formerly housed English classes, a Culinary Arts program, and a preschool. Although we now share a building,...

French Dinner delights all

This year’s French Dinner, hosted by the ARHS French Club and Madame Cisse’s classes, was one of the best attended ever. According to Jamie Simonson, the club’s president, planning for the event started in...

Welcome, Dean Akosua

After the resignation of principal Mark Jackson, when Miki Gromacki moved up to the position of principal, Mary Custard moved up to assistant principal. So ARHS needed to hire a new staffer to fill...

Voting, take one

One of the major functions of a democracy is the ability to elect people and effect change through free and fair elections. At age 18, Americans can finally vote. But how much do 18-year-olds...