Fifth Annual Amherst-Pelham Regional Schools Latino Achievement Night

The 5th Annual Amherst-Pelham Regional Public Schools Latino Achievement Nightwill be celebrated on May 20, 2011 at Amherst Regional Middle School,170 Chestnut Street.  The event will begin at 6:30pm and all families,friends, staff and community members are invited to attend. 

Under the direction of Superintendent of Schools, Maria Geryk andDirector of Interventions & ELE, Dr. Marta Guevara, and in keepingwith the Social Justice Commitment of the Amherst-Pelham Regional PublicSchools, the 5th Annual ARPS Latino Achievement Night aspires toward equity of opportunity, inclusion, respect and community-building in and out of the classroom. 

Latino Achievement Night was envisioned 6 years ago with theestablishment of the Latino Initiative. Data revealed that Latinos wereperforming at lower levels than other students in the districts,” statesDr. Marta Guevara. “A series of recommendations was formulated toaddress this critical issue and close the achievement gap.  A resultingstep was the creation of a community event celebrating the achievementsof Latino students paralleling the customs of Latin Americancountries.” 

Latino students in grades K, 6, 8 and 12 are recognized for academicachievement, community spirit, effort, leadership and progress andreceive Certificates of Excellence.

In addition, Amherst Police Department Sergeant Jesus Arocho will behonored for his achievements and commitment to the community. Manydignitaries and special guests will be on hand to join in thecelebration which will feature music and dance performances byelementary, middle and high school students. Refreshments will also beserved.

Superintendent of Schools, Maria Geryk states, “We are thrilled tocelebrate the achievements of our Latino students in such a wonderfulway – with family and friends and the greater Amherst community.”

Please contact Mildred Martinez at or call 362-1871 with any questions or concerns.

The mission of the Amherst-Pelham Regional Public Schools is tocreate a dynamic learning community where students and staff worktogether and where all students are supported and challenged to achievetheir full potential in their intellectual, creative, social and civicendeavors. With parent and community participation, staff and studentsstrive to ensure a safe environment and to promote respect andappreciation for the diversity of individuals, cultures and learningstyles.

Last updated May 12, 2011