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Our Mission

The mission of Fort River Elementary School is the development of the whole (intellectual, physical, social, emotional and creative) child in an environment in which all students are appreciated, nurtured, and challenged according to their individual strengths and needs.

A Fort River education will foster students’ desire and provide the skills and strategies necessary for lifelong learning. Students will also develop a strong sense of caring and responsibility for themselves and others, their community, and our natural resources.

We believe:

  • That all children can learn and achieve.
  • That we should hold high expectations for all children (and ourselves).
  • That our environment should be one in which there is unconditional respect and acceptance for all individuals, and that we are members of a professional learning community that extends to all students and families.

Policy AC: Commitment to Nondiscrimination and Educational Equity

The Amherst-Pelham Regional District, the Amherst Public Schools, and the Pelham Elementary School do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, economic status, homelessness, political party, or disability in admission to, access to, employment in, or treatment by its programs and activities.

Principal: Tamera Sullivan-Daley

Assistant Principal: Julio Fernandez


Absence Line: (413) 362-1201

Weather Cancellation Line: (413) 362-1898

*If you find any issues with our site (broken links or empty pages) please contact Sasha Figueroa at FigueroaS@arps.org. Thank you for your help!

Name and Gender Identity Change Form

If a student’s chosen name, pronouns, and/or gender identity have changed since they were initially registered in the District, please complete this form so we can update the information in our student database. Please note that legal name changes cannot be processed using this form. Click on this box to complete the form.

Our Interim Superintendent Dr. Douglas Slaughter

Doug Slaughter has worked in the Amherst, Pelham and the Amherst-Pelham Regional School districts since 2007, first as Assistant Director and Data Analyst for the Information Systems department. In 2020, Dr. Slaughter was appointed as Director of Finance for the three districts. He began serving the Districts as Interim Superintendent in September 2023.

Dr. Slaughter holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Missouri and a doctoral degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts. He holds multiple licenses from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, including Superintendent/Assistant Superintendent and School Business Administrator.

Dr. Slaughter lives in Amherst with his family.

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Our News & Announcements

Girls on the Run

Girls on the Run - Spring 2023 10 week season: Meet twice a week *Coaches needed*

Fort River T-Shirts for Sale

Welcome to the Fort River Elementary School fundraising store provided by Soundscape Merchandise! THANKS FOR SUPPORTING FORT RIVER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL! Visit this website to purchase t-shirts: https://fortriverelementary.itemorder.com/shop/sale/ Opening Date: April 4th,...