Wednesday, March 4, 2015

ARHS Musical Starts Thursday!

The ARHS Musical this year is Hairspray. It will be performed this weekend- March 5th, 6th and 7th at 7:30 p.m. each evening in the ARHS auditorium. There will also be a family-oriented matinee production on Saturday, March 7th at 2:00 p.m.
Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors/high school students and $5 for elementary students. You can reserve tickets by email at:, or purchase them at the ARHS cafeteria.
ARHS puts on great musicals, & the shows have big casts including lots of students. This year's show continues that tradition.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

March School Lunch Menu

A link to the menu is also here:  March_Lunch_Menu 
(The Whitson's link wasn't working the last time we checked.)

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MCAS Test Schedule, Grades 3--6

Crocker Farm School – Spring 2015 MCAS Testing Schedule
Testing Window:  March 23th - April 6th and May 4th-19th

March 23


Grade 4: Composition (1&2)
(make up 4/2)


Grade 3: ELA (1)
Grade 5: ELA (1)


Grade 3:  ELA (2)
Grade 5:  ELA (2)

Make ups
March 30


Grade 4: ELA (1)
Grade 6:  ELA (1)

April 1

Grade 4:  ELA (2)
Grade 6:  ELA (2)

Grade 4: Comp.
Make ups

April 6

Last day for make ups


UPS deadline

May 4


Grade 3: Math (1)
Grade 5: Math (1)

Grade 4: Math (1)
Grade 6: Math (1)

Grade 3:  Math (2)
Grade 5:  Math (2)

Grade 4: Math (2)
Grade 6: Math (2)

Make Ups


Grade 5: Science (1)

Grade 5: Science (2)

Make Ups

Make Ups

Make Ups


Last Day for Make Ups

UPS Pickup Deadline

Schedule Changes: 
·         4th grade switches Specials with 1st grade on the following dates:  3/24, 3/31, 4/1, 5/6, 5/8.
o   4th grade Specials will be at 2:20-3:05 and 1st grade will be at 10:35-11:15
·         5th grade switches Specials with 2nd grade on the following dates:  3/25, 3/26, 5/5, 5/7, 5/12, 5/13.
o   5th grade Specials will be at 11:25-12:05 and 2nd grade will be at 9:45-10:25

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Amherst Lacrosse Girls and Boys Teams Now Forming For Spring

Amherst Lacrosse
Girls & Boys teams now forming for spring.
Grades 2 - 8.
Amherst Youth Lacrosse teams include beginners through advanced players with home and away games scheduled through Connecticut Valley Youth Lacrosse League. Teams practice 2 or 3 times a week on local Amherst/UMass fields with our coaches working closely with players to develop their skills. Season runs from mid-March through mid-June.
Equipment can be rented for a modest fee.
Questions? Contact:
Alvie Borell

"Smoke Signals" movie screening at Jones Mar 3

Film Screening & Discussion: Smoke Signals

On Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 7 pm in the Woodbury Room, Jones Library will be showing Smoke Signals, the sixth in a film and discussion series being held over several months which look at issues of race.  A facilitated discussion will be held after the screening.

Smoke Signals is a feature film which debunks stereotypes about native people.  An award winner at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival, the film is based on Sherman Alexie's short story "This Is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona" from his book The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven.

Free and open to the public.  For more information, please contact Janet Ryan at 413-259-3223 or

This film series is co-sponsored by the Jones Library and The Coming Together Project.  More information about The Coming Together Project can be found at

Athletic Equipment Swap March 7th

1st Annual ARPS PGO Athletic Equipment Swap!
Who: All Amherst, Pelham & Regional School Families in need of FREE sports equipment
When: Sat March 7
9am – 12noon
Where: ARHS Back Gym
21 Mattoon St
Cost: All Items Free!

Donation Drop Off:
Fri March 6, 5-7pm
ARHS Back Gym
Volunteers on hand to help
Check out this PSA video:

Contact Christine St. Laurent  for additional info

All ARPS families can select FREE athletic equipment for their children from 9am-12noon.  Volunteers will be on hand to help with selections.
New or gently used athletic equipment is needed for these sports: softball, baseball, soccer, disc golf, ultimate frisbee, football, ice hockey, skiing (Nordic & Alpine), lacrosse, dance, field hockey, figure skating, tennis and golf.
Clean out your closets and help ARPS families & athletes!

Amherst Baseball Leagues registration is open

Please join us this spring/summer for another season full of great instruction, good times and new friendships.
The following information is for parents of children (girls and boys) who are interested in playing: Rookies (ages 5 – 6), Minors (ages 7-9), Majors/Little League (ages 10-12) and Babe Ruth (ages 13-15).
All of our coaches are volunteers – please consider donating your time and your positive energy to this community organization.
Registration for ALL levels of play can be done Online at:
See the flyer for more info.
Los invitamos a jugar béisbol esta primavera y verano. Les ofrecemos una temporada llena de instrucción, lindos recuerdos y amistades nuevos.
La siguiente información es para los padres de niños (hembras y varones) quienes están interesados en jugar beisbol: Rookies (edades 5 – 6), Minors (edades 7-9), Majors/Little League (edades 10-12) and Babe Ruth (edades 13-15). Todos nuestros entrenadores son voluntarios – si Usted desea ser voluntario – agradecemos sus esfuerzos positivos hacia nuestra comunidad.
Registración para todos los niveles/edades se puede realizer por medio de nuestro sitio electrónico:

Musical Summer Camps

Do you love to sing? Well you can "SING!" this summer at a weeklong summer music institute.
SING! for treble voices ages 12 - 18 (July 5 - 10, 2015)
SING! Jr. for boys and girls ages 7 - 11 (July 6 - 10, 2015)
Amherst College
Musical theater, choir, chamber music, a cappella, and more!
Register now at
For more information email

Strings @ Amherst, a weeklong summer music intensive for young string players.
Junior Program: grades 3 - 6
Senior Program : grades 7 - 12
July 5 - 10, 2015
Amherst College
Orchestra, chamber music, individual and group techniquie, musicianship, fiddling, dancing, drumming, and more!
Register now at
For more information, email

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Ms. Z seeking snacks for afterschool rehearsals for the spring show

Healthy, easy to eat & store (no refrigeration needed) snacks needed for the afterschool rehearsals for the spring show.  Snacks can be dropped off with Ms. Z or left in the front office to her attention.  No nut or peanut ingredients please.   Thanks for your help!

More MassLive articles by ARPS Administrators

The series continued this week with these additional contributions:

* Dr Faye Brady (ARPS Director of Student Services) writing about the districts' "systems and structures to promote positive supports and reinforce student behaviors ...conducive to learning."

* Fort River Principal Bobbie Finocchio discussing Response to Intervention (RTI) as a way to meet learners' needs.

* ARMS Principal Marisa Mendosa's commentary on discipline in schools & the districts' use of PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports).

* Monica Hall, ARPS Director of Diversity & Equity, discussing the districts' work to "provide all students with an equitable learning experience."

Box Tops Due This Week - Thank you!

Box Tops are due this week & can be dropped off in the collection box in the foyer or the PGO mailbox in the office.

All those 10 cent clippings really add up: Last year, we earned almost $400. All the money we earn goes back to help Crocker Farm students, staff, & the school community. 

Thanks for your help!

Forum on the Proposed Regionalization for K-12, Tues, Mar 3rd

From the ARPS Central Office:

Please join us at a public forum to learn more, ask questions and make comments about regionalization and the potential of expanding our current region to include our elementary schools.


Amherst School Committee Forum

Tuesday, March 3
MEETING TIME: 6:00-8:00 PM. 
LOCATION: Town Room, Town Hall, 2nd floor
1) Public Forum on amending the current grades 7-12 Amherst-Pelham Regional Schools Agreement between the four towns of Amherst, Leverett, Pelham, and Shutesbury to preK-12. Other members of the Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee and the recent RAWG (Regional Agreement Working Group) are likely to participate. 
2) Topics the chair did not reasonably anticipate 48 hours before the meeting.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Upcoming Forums on the Proposed K-12 Regionalization

Forums on the proposed K-12 regionalization (Amherst, Pelham, Leverett, Shutesbury) have been scheduled as follows:

Amherst Public Forum: Tues, March 3rd, 6:00 pm, Town Room, Amherst Town Hall
Leverett Public Forum:  Thurs, Feb 26th, 7:00 pm, Leverett Elementary School

The dates for the public forums for Shutesbury & Pelham have not been finalized yet.

More information on the proposed regionalization is available on the
Regional School Committee Regional Agreement Working Group (RAWG) web site:  link here

The RAWG presented a report to the Regional School Committee in Jan 2015.  A copy of that report and the current regional agreement can be downloaded here:  RAWG report

Amherst Regional School Committee Meeting, Tues, Feb 24th

6:00 PM, Amherst Regional High School Library
The agenda for the meeting and the meeting materials are posted online here: (agenda_and_materials)

The agenda includes a facilitated discussion on the K-12 regionalization proposal, an update on the FY2015 regional (MS & HS) budget & a vote on the regional budget for next school year.

ARHS schedule changes starting in 2016-17, Meeting Wed Feb 25th

From ARHS Principal Mark Jackson:

At 7:00 pm, on Wednesday, February 25, 2015, ARHS will hold a meeting to discuss with the community its plans to change the high school's master schedule for SY 2016-17.
Since the high school is at the beginning of its process, the meeting will NOT involve an actual recommendation for the new schedule. Instead, the agenda will focus on the following topics:
- The educational implications of a new master schedule
- The current economic realities that bear on the decision
- The feedback-gathering and decision-making processes
- The different master schedule options that are under consideration.
- How the community can provide feedback

Current 9th and 10th graders as well as all students in the middle and elementary schools will attend ARHS with the new master schedule in place.
The meeting will be held in the high school library.
Thank you.