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2015 LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR'S TEACHING AWARD NOMINEE, MRS. K. MACKAY

Congratulations are extended to Mrs. Kathy MacKay who was recently nominated for a 2015 Lieutenant Governor's Teaching Award.  Mrs. MacKay was one of 16 NSTU members nominated by her colleagues for the award.

The award celebrates the positive influence teachers have on their students and the communities they serve.  Mrs. MacKay's nominators described numberous contributions she has made to her students and school community, the community at large and/or the teaching profession. 

It is a wonderful honour to be recognized and nominated by your colleagues.  Congratulations on your accolades, Mrs. MacKay.

PISA ASSESSMENTS WRITTEN

Thank you goes out to all students selected to write the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) study, an international  assessment done in cooperation with our Department of Education and Early Childhood Education.  For identified students, this required a day out of regular classes to complete and our students were very accommodating.  Thanks also goes out to Mrs. K. MacKay, Guidance Counsellor, for coordinating the assessment.  This took a fair bit of time to coordinate and Mrs. MacKay rose to the challenge. 

JUNE -- RETURN ALL BOOKS

ALL library books need to be returned this month.  As exams are written, all textbooks need to be returned to your teachers.  If any fees are still owing (Student Fees, Athletic team fees), please pay these ASAP.  Report Cards will be held back on the last day of school until these have been returned/paid.  Please avoid the long lineup and return your books/pay your fees in advance.

Thanks for your support.  Books are costly and if we have to replace books each year, it makes it difficult to invest in new books.

SPORTS' BANQUET, 6:30 pm

Athletes, parents and staff are invited to buy their tickets for the Sports' Banquet.  Come join us as we celebrate the talent and success of our student athletes.

Date: 
Wed, 06/10/2015

DANCE RECITAL, 7 pm

Come out and enjoy some great talent.  Our DANCE11 class will perform at 7 pm under the direction of their Dance 11 teacher, Mrs. M. Stubbert.  All welcome but come early--this has traditionally been sold out.

Date: 
Tue, 06/16/2015

JAZZ CONCERT

Our JAZZ BAND and CHOIR, along with EBC will perform Thursday evening.  It will prove to be a relaxed and enjoyable evening.  Come out and enjoy the talent of our youth.

Date: 
Thu, 06/04/2015

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR TRACK TEAM

Congratulations are extended to our Track athletes who competed in some cold weather this past weekend at the District Track Meet.  Your performance was exceptional -- in many ways.  Thanks for representing yourselves and ARHS with your best effort and skill.

For those of you who will be competing this weekend at the Regional Competition, we wish you the best of luck.

Thanks to our coaches, Ms. G. MacGillivray and Mrs. M. Stubbert.

BAND CONCERT

Our annual Spring Band Concert will take place on Sunday, May 31 at 2 pm and 7 pm in the Susan Taylor Theatre.  Please join us as we showcase the talent of our Gold Standard students and their Band Director, Ms. Mizuik.

Date: 
Sun, 05/31/2015

Lieutenant Governor and our 2015 Recipients

Mackenzie O'Quinn and Ashlyn Brownell with the Lieutenant Governor, The Honourable J. J. Grant.

CEP ACTIVE in the GREAT OUTDOORS

May 15, 2015 -- The BEST class, ever!  Students in CEP 10 were actively engaged in building a shed today in the great outdoors.  The sun was shining and the smiles were plentiful.

Fun in the Sun

May 15, 2015 -- Spring Fling wrapped up today with some fun cafeteria activities at lunch.  For others who wished to get outdoors for some sunshine, they made their own fun.

 

2015 LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR'S MEDAL WINNERS

Thursday, May 15, 2015 -- 28 Top Students received the Lieutenant Governor's medals from  His Honour Brigadier-General, The Honourable J. J. Grant, CMM, ONS, CD (Retired), Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, in a wonderful ceremony at North Colchester High School.  Among the honoured were Ashlyn Brownell and Makenzie O'Quinn.  Congratulations to Ashlyn and Makenzie.  We are very proud of your accomplishments.

 

COPS 'N KIDS LEADERSHIP WEEKEND

On April 24th, 2015, seventy-eight students from six Cumberland County High Schools – Springhill, River Hebert, Pugwash, Parrsboro, Amherst, and Oxford – met at the Tim Horton’s Children’s Camp in Tatamagouche for the 2nd Cumberland County RCMP Cops 'N Kids Leadership Weekend. Over the course of three days and two nights the students engaged in several advisory discussions. The RCMP Commanding Officer in Nova Scotia, Assistant Commissioner Brian Brennan, met with the group on Friday and had interactive discussions with the students. Over the weekend, other discussions were based around healthy relationships, violence in relationships, bullying and cyberbullying, empathy, gender roles, stereotypes, consent, and student leadership. The weekend ended with a reflection on youth engagement, future plans, and acceptance of each other. 

Pictured below is ARHS Youth Representative, Tyson Ogden, with chaperones ARHS Health Nurse, Michelle Richard, and RCMP Officer, Travise Dowe.

AN EXCELLENT EVENING

Stephen Blum, One of 10 Teachers Recognized for Commitment, Dedication at 2015 Excellence in Teaching Awards Ceremony

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 – Truro, NS – Ten teachers employed with the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board (CCRSB) were honoured tonight by CCRSB and the Nova Scotia Teacher’s Union (NSTU) for their unwavering commitment to student success at the 2015 Excellence in Teaching Awards ceremony. Accompanied by family and friends, the 10 teachers were feted for their creativity, kindness and dedication to their craft.

“Tonight’s recipients are unfailingly dedicated to the craft of teaching,” said Trudy Thompson, CCRSB Board Chair. “Innovative classroom practice; the ability to make students care and retain subject matter; participation in extracurricular activities and fundraising events; and acting as a mentor for colleagues and fully participating in Professional Learning Communities. Those are just some of the reasons tonight’s recipients were nominated and are being honoured with an Excellence in Teaching Award.”

Each year, the NSTU and CCRSB come together to recognize those teachers within the school board who truly exemplify excellence in teaching. Each recipient’s nomination must be supported by letters from school administration, a colleague and a member of the local community (this can be a student, parent/guardian or another community member). This is the 17th year for the awards program.

Stephen Blum, Amherst Regional High School
The students and staff at Amherst Regional High hold Stephen Blum in the highest regard. A man of action, he is always on the go, but never too busy to help a student who asks. Stephen is Amherst Regional High’s ambassador for international students. He is well-known for taking the time – ahead of the students’ first day of class – to get to know their backgrounds and culture. He does this so he can connect with them individually, to let them know that he is there to support them in their growth and journey. Stephen’s students have come to expect a high integration of technology in their day-to-day work. Much of his program centers on CCRSB’s Moodle, where students can find their assignments at home or at school. There is no excuse for failure when Mr. Blum is around. A master teacher, Stephen is intelligent, open to learning and always, always focused on student success first.

MR. STEPHEN BLUM, EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AWARD WINNER

May 5, 2015 -- Our 2015 Excellence in Teaching Award Winner, Mr. S. Blum.  Congratulations Mr. Blum.  We are excited to celebrate with you at the ceremony being held on Tuesday, May 5th in Truro.

BAND OF GOLD

 

April 30, 2015 -- Congratulations to our ARHS Band who received GOLD at the Music Festival.  We are incredibly proud of you.

COURSE SELECTION INFORMATION SESSION for PARENTS, 6:30 pm

All parents/guardians (especially of Grade 9 students) are asked to come out to a Course Selection Information Session at 6:30 pm in the Susan Taylor Theatre on Thursday, April 23, 2015.  This is an excellent way to understand the process and how to best help your child(ren) make informed decisions throughout their high school career. 

We look forward to seeing you Thursday.  Please be sure to share the news with other ARHS parents.

Date: 
Thu, 04/23/2015

REPORT CARD NOTICE

Please see the attached report card notice that was sent home with report cards on Monday, April 13.

FRENCH DEBATERS

Students from Amherst Regional High School took part in the Debats l'Acadie on Saturday, April 11 in Dartmouth. This was a bilingual debate tournament which not only has students participating in four rounds of debate, but doing so while continually switching languages.  

INFO SESSION -- CANADA STUDENT LOANS

Students and parents are reminded of the Nova Scotia Student Assistance (Canada Student Loans) presentation Wed. April 15th at 7:00pm in the Amherst Regional High School Susan Taylor Theatre.  All are welcome to attend. 

BADMINTON REGIONALS...NEXT UP, PROVINCIALS

The senior badminton team were in Antigonish on April 10th for the NSSAF team competition. Noah Jacob-Peters, boys singles won 4 of his 6 games. Kam Thitithavoranan, girls singles won 4 of her 6 games and had a challenging game against CEC with 19 to 21 score. Thaddeus Bligh and Dylan Wheaton, boys doubles won 4 games. Sky Shi and Ayaka Suakawa had 3 wins in girls doubles and the mixed doubles team of Anna Celli and Adam Gaudet also had 3 wins. The senior team placed 4th.  The intermediate team saw a 5th place finish overall. Noah Sangster, boys singles had an impressive 4 wins. Savannah Smith, girls singles also had an impressive 4 wins. Matt Allen and Liam Starratt had a close 19 to 21 game against Bible Hill and had 1 win. Hannah Doucette and Kathleen Hicks, girls doubles had 2 wins. Olivia Fletcher and Travis Strickland had 3 wins in mixed doubles.

On April 11th, Anna Celli had 6 challenging games with one win in girls singles. Michael Cormier and Adam Gaudet played boys doubles with their most challenging game a 19 to 21 against North Nova. Unfortunately no wins for them. Dylan Wheaton and Kam Thitithovoranan swept the board with 6 wins and had an intense game end in 21 to 19 against CEC. They will be first place going into Provincials in Yarmouth next week-end. Noah Sangster, boys intermediate singles won one of his 7 games. Savannah Smith, girls singles, won 5 of her 6 games and will move on as second place finish for Provincials in Yarmouth. She had a great game against Parrsboro with a 22 to 20 finish. Olivia Fletcher and Travis Strickland, mixed doubles won 3 games out of 5 and placed 3rd in the Region.
 

ARHS HOSTS BADMINTON DISTRICTS

March 30-31, 2015 -- Congratulations to Mr. White and his team who coordinated the district Badminton play on Monday and Tuesday.  Competitors from Amherst and the County schools came to compete for a chance to represent their schools at Regionals on the weekend of the 10-11th.  It was a great two days of competition.  Congratulations to the winners in each of the categories and good luck to all players who move on to Regional play.

CHEER TEAM WIN FIRST PLACE

March 24, 2015 -- Congratulations to our Cheerleaders who competed and won first place in their first competition of the season at North Kings Educational Center.  We are very proud of our team.

A TOURNAMENT WITH CLASS

Saturday, March 7, 2015:  Congratulations are extended to Provincial Tournament Director, Mark White and his dedicated and hard working team of parents and students who ensured all visiting teams were welcomed into the Amherst community and enjoyed their weekend.  When people of such calibre pull together to create such a fantastic experience for others, it sends a strong message to the sporting community across this province.  Thank you for everything you put into the weekend.

Our skilled, dedicated Vikettes finished the tournament in 4th place, having had strong competition along their journey.  Congratulations on your impressive season.  Hold your heads high -- you provided tough competition for all of the teams you played.  Thanks to your coaches, Gillian Ellis and Kelly Sigut, and your parents.

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