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June 14th, 2023 Pelham School Newsletter

Dear Pelham Families,

Pelham Elementary celebrates a tradition of excellence in education by setting high expectations for our student’s academic, social, and emotional growth.  Our dedicated highly trained staff and our incredibly supportive parents work together to encourage the development of our students as eager, life-long learners and as compassionate, responsible human beings.

I am looking forward to the 2022-2023 school year and all of the learning, friendships, community, and fun!  My name is Micki Darling and this is my second year as the interim principal of Pelham School.  I am a learning-focused principal and work tirelessly to shape a vision of academic success for all students. Most importantly, I bring a belief that students are at the center of all school-related decisions. I bring my experience, my openness to learn, and my child-centered approach to support all of our students.  

Because the relationships between families and the school are vital to the success of our students, we encourage you to become involved in every way possible. With the goal of continuing the tradition of excellence here at Pelham Elementary School, we are committed to always exploring new ways to meet the needs of all students and to more effectively communicate with parents and community members. There are several ways to get involved and help in these goals; the school council, the PTO, and the Social Justice and Equity Committee. We will be meeting with parents, students, and as a staff throughout the year to identify specific goals in the areas of student achievement, school climate, and parent communication.

Please feel free to reach out to myself (darlingb@arps.org) or Jess (nardizzij@arps.org) if you have any questions.

Your Principal,

Micki Darling

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.

Policy AC: Commitment to Nondiscrimination and Educational Equity

School Cancellation Line: (413) 362-1898

Absence Notification Line: (413) 362-1198

Principal: Micki Darling

School Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:10 AM-2:40 PM

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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.

Event Calendar

April 2024

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
  • K-2 Team Meeting
  • 3-4 Team Meeting
  • 5-6 Team Meeting
  • Resource Team Meeting
  • 5-6 Team Meeting
  • Resource Team Meeting
  • K-2 Team Meeting
  • 3-4 Team Meeting
  • 5-6 Team Meeting
  • Resource Team Meeting
  • 5-6 Team Meeting
  • Resource Team Meeting
  • PTO SpringFair 11:am -5:30pm
  • Spring Fair_Pelham Elementary PTO_Markyta Ables-Micki Darling
  • RAIN DATE_Spring Fair_Pelham Elementary PTO_Markyta Ables-Micki Darling
  • K-2 Team Meeting
  • 3-4 Team Meeting

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