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Aug 182014
 

Photos of Sam Shekman from his Facebook page

Photos of Sam Shekman from his Facebook page

From a Woodbridge Police Press Release:

A 20-year-old 2012 Amity Grad from Woodbridge reportedly was found dead following a hike in the West Rock Woods on Sunday.

According to the report, Sam Shekman, 20, went for a hike on West Rock early Sunday evening and when he failed to return home by 11 p.m, his family notified Woodbridge police

Woodbridge Police, assisted by members of the Woodbridge Fire Department, Seymour Police Department, Hamden Police Department and the Connecticut State Police, searched West Rock and eventually located Shekman on some rocks in the woods.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.

From the initial investigation, police said Shekman appeared to have accidentally fallen from the mountain/cliff area onto the rocks below.

The investigation is continuing and an autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday in Farmington.

Police said Shekman is a student at Eastern Connecticut State University.

Aug 162014
 

baseballAmity Baseball (the 2013 and 2014 State Championship winners) will be hosting a fundraiser on Saturday August 16 from 5 -9 p.m. at the Orange Ale House.  

Tickets are $25  per person purchased in advance, and $30 purchased at the door and includes 2 drinks per person (draft beer, house wine, or well drinks) and happy hour food (salad, pasta, pizza, & popcorn chicken).

There also will be a raffle.  If anyone has something they would like to donate as a raffle prize, contact Janice Farace ([email protected])

For advance purchase or donation, please make check payable to Amity Baseball and send to, Kathy Sabitsky, 40 Lambert Drive, Milford, CT  06460

Please mark check “donation” or “will attend.”

Originally Published on July 8, 2014 at 22:10

Aug 162014
 

Screen shot 2014-08-16 at 12.53.34 AMFollowing is the schedule for the First Day of School 2014-2015 (Amity High School)

8 PERIOD SPECIAL SCHEDULE September 2, 2014

All students report to homerooms at 7:34.

Classes begin 9:34 following the schedule below:

Class 1      9:34-10:02 (Follow “A” day for 1-6)

Class 2     10:05 – 10:34

Class 3     10:37 – 11:05

Class 4     11:08 – 11:36

Class 5      11:39 – 12:07

Class 6     12:10 – 12:38

Class 7      12:41-1:47 (Follow “B” day for 7-8)

A Lunch

Lunch-12:41-1:02

Class-1:05-1:47

B Lunch

Class12:41-1:02

Lunch 1:04-1:24

Class 1:26-1:47

C Lunch

Class 12:41-1:24

Lunch 1:26-1:47

Class 81:50-2:18

Aug 162014
 

Amity Class Speakers include Link Crew references in their commencement speeches.

Amity Class Speakers include Link Crew references in their commencement speeches.

Link Crew Orientation: Link Crew is Amity’s year-long freshman transition program that pairs specially-trained juniors and seniors with groups of freshmen in order to make their move to the high school smooth and successful.

Link Crew works for a single purpose: to make Amity High School a great, safe and connected place for kids to learn.

Link Crew orientation for all incoming freshmen will be held on Thursday, Aug. 28 from 8 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Parents and guardians are asked to drop off their students at the front entrance to the school by 8 a.m., when the event begins, where they will be greeted by the Link Leaders.

Nut-free snacks and a BBQ lunch are provided before the 1:15p.m. pick-up. Please note, there are no bus runs on this day. Parents and guardians are asked to provide transportation. Amity looks forward to welcoming the Class of 2018.

Link Crew Freshmen Parent Night: On the evening of Tuesday, Aug. 26, all incoming freshmen parents and guardians are invited to attend a brief informational meeting in the Amity High School main gym from 7-8 p.m.

The Link Crew coordinators will be explaining Link Crew and shedding light on Thursday’s freshmen orientation.

 

Aug 152014
 

Amity HIgh SchoolWith the first day of school just weeks away, Amity High School Principal Charles Britton wasted no time in getting the first e-mail of the season out to district parents.

Among the things Britton shared in his first e-mail blast was that Amity (Region 5) schools will be using PowerSchool, a new student management software program.

PowerSchool will provide parents and students online access to student schedules, grades, attendance, biographical information and other school records. A letter will be mailed home at the end of this week to parents,  Britton wrote.

The letter will provide information about creating a parent account and linking student accounts to the parent account and it will contain unique IDs and passwords for each student.

Parents who have trouble accessing PowerSchool may call the Amity High School IT Help Desk at 203-397-6025 or by e-mailing the Amity IT Tech Director, Shaun DeRosa at [email protected].

Training for Parents

The Region 5 IT Office is planning a PowerSchool training for parents, Wednesday, Aug. 27, from 12-3 p.m. in the Amity High School media center.

For more information about the training and to RSVP, e-mail  Lisa Lassen, Amity computer content coach, at [email protected].

Aug 142014
 

Screen shot 2014-08-14 at 5.30.48 PMAmity Class of 1994 20 Year Reunion. Come join our class on September 27 and see how much has changed.

The festivities will get under way, Saturday, Sept. 27th, at 7 p.m. with buffet dinner and DJ at The Woodbridge Club, 10 Milhaven Road, Woodbridge.

Tickets are $60 per person.

Beer and soda will be provided along with a cash bar. Feel free to bring any other “spirits” you’d like to enjoy.Please RSVP and pay online, as early as possible (by Sept. 15).

It is required to RSVP and pay online before the Reunion.

Find all the details here: http://spoch76.wix.com/amityclass1994

Aug 112014
 

STOP! or pay the fine

STOP! or pay the fine

With the first day of school just weeks away, many of our regular readers are looking up information. One of the most popular is this story that we published last February. 

Watch out, Bus drivers are keeping an eye out and police responding to complaints of drivers who do not comply with the laws regarding stopping for stopped school busses.

Orange Board Of Education Vice Chairman Jody Dietch said,  “Coming soon to Orange: if you pass a bus, a camera will take a picture of your vehicle and you will get a summons.”

From the State Website the whole story, including fines:

You want to know the legislative history of the act requiring police, on receipt of a written complaint from a school bus driver, to issue a written warning or summons to a motor vehicle owner for illegally passing a stopped school bus.

For your information, we also have appended a chart showing the disposition of cases in which vehicles failed to stop for a school bus from 2007 through 2011, according to figures provided by the Judicial Branch. We were unable to determine how many of these cases were based on a bus driver’s written report. Representatives of the Chief State’s Attorney’s office and the Judicial Branch said the state does not track those numbers.

BACKGROUND

A motor vehicle cannot pass a stopped school bus displaying flashing red signal lights, but must stop at least 10 feet before or behind such a bus (CGS § 14-279). Under the law, police must issue a written warning or a summons to the owner of a vehicle who illegally passes a school bus “upon a written report from any school bus operator…specifying the license plate number, color and type of any vehicle” the bus driver sees violating the law. The driver’s report must also note the date, approximate time, and location of the violation.

PA 85-71

A provision allowing police to issue a written warning to a vehicle owner on receiving a bus driver’s written report was enacted in 1985 (PA 85-71, originating as HB 5749). The act also allowed anyone over age 18 to submit such a written report.

The Transportation Committee held a hearing on HB 5749 on February 4, 1985. Several people testified in support of the provision, arguing there was insufficient enforcement of the school bus passing law. A Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) representative spoke against the bill.

Sharon Ward, school transportation safety director for a school bus contractor, said “the statute must be changed so that local police and state troopers are required to make arrests when drivers give an adequate amount of information…the marker number, the color and make of the car.”

Another witness, Robin Leeds, executive director of the Connecticut School Transportation Association, said the bill “represents an attempt to address the most serious problem in school transportation, the danger in the unloading zones. Not only do all our fatalities occur here, but our most severe injuries as well. Already this winter, we have seen at least five children hit and seriously injured by motorists who did not stop for the flashing red lights of the school bus. In two of those instances, the motorist said to the officer…I didn’t know I was supposed to stop.”

“It is safe to assume,” she continued, “that those motorists had passed a school bus before. If their license numbers had been turned in by a bus driver and accepted by a policeman…who then sent a written warning…they would have known they were supposed to stop before they hit the children.” She said 20 states already had similar laws.

John O’Connell, DMV’s public transportation administrator, opposed the bill, saying the department had “some…concerns regarding the question of constitutionality and an abuse of such a statute about drivers picking up the plate numbers…”

The House of Representatives considered the bill on April 10, 1985, and passed it after amending it by voice vote to allow, rather than require, police to issue a written warning on receipt of a bus driver’s written report (LCO # 5478).

Speaking in support of the amended bill, Representative Wilber said “the feeling of the [transportation] committee was that most people do not pass school buses intentionally, but they do it forgetfully, and if a warning is issued, they probably will not do it again, or not so likely to do it again.”

Representative Frankel opposed the bill, saying its “fatal flaw” was that it was directed at vehicle owners, rather than the person driving the vehicle when the violation occurred. But Representative Ward, arguing for the bill, said school bus drivers “faced…a dilemma. They see a vehicle pass them illegally…They do not know who the operator is, but they clearly can get a marker number.”

“Nothing in this bill prevents a ticket, if you know who was the driver,” Ward said. “It takes the extra step, however, of allowing a warning to the owner of a vehicle when you cannot identify the operator.”

The House passed the amended bill by a 117 to 32 vote.

The Senate debate occurred on April 17, 1985. Senator Giulietti opposed the measure, saying it did not “really have any teeth” because it allowed, rather than required, police to issue a warning. He also objected to “making school bus drivers or any other person over 18…policemen.” Senator Consoli also objected to giving “non-police personnel” the authority to make a complaint in these cases.

Senator Morano, speaking on behalf of the bill, argued that “any tool…to teach people not to go racing by stopped school buses would be good legislation.” Senator DiBella, also speaking on behalf of the bill, said it would allow a policeman “to issue a warning without being on the scene.”

The Senate passed the bill, as amended by the House, by a vote of 30 to 3.

SUBSEQUENT CHANGES TO THE LAW

PA 85-71 was codified in CGS § 14-279. The statute has since been amended several times, as follows (excluding technical changes):

PA 86-155 changed the law by (1) explicitly requiring vehicles to stop for stopped school buses displaying flashing red signal lights on any highway, private road, parking area, or school property; (2) eliminating the ability of “other persons 18 years of age or over” to submit written reports of vehicles failing to stop; and (3) requiring, rather than allowing, a police officer to issue either a written warning or summons on receiving a school bus driver’s written report.

PA 01-192 expressly required emergency vehicles, such as fire department and police vehicles, to stop at least 10 feet from a school bus displaying flashing red signal lights.

PA 11-255 replaced the fine for a first offense of between $100 and $500 with a $450 fine and allowed video evidence of failing to stop for a school bus.

 Originally Published on: Feb 2, 2014 @ 22:45

 

 

Aug 102014
 

A Meeting of the Finance Committee of the Amity Regional Board of Education will be held on Monday, August 11, 2014, at 5:30 p.m. in the Presentation Room at the Amity District Offices. 

AGENDA

Call to Order

Discussion and Possible Action on Minutes

Finance Committee Meeting – June 9, 2014

Public Comment

Discussion and Possible Action on Recommended Uses of 2013-2014 Year End Available Funds

Discussion and Possible Action on Contracts of $35,000 or More

Fixed Asset Accounting Module

Amity Regional High School Cooling Tower Refurbishment

Conversion to Natural Gas at Amity Middle School – Orange Campus

Engineering Study for Fuel Cell Waste Heat Use at Amity Regional High School

Athletic Training Contract

Discussion of Monthly Financial Statements for Fiscal Year 2013-2014

Director of Finance and Administration Approved Transfers Under $3,000

Fiscal Year 2013-2014

Fiscal Year 2014-2015

Discussion and Possible Action on Budget Transfers of $3,000 or More

Fiscal Year 2013-2014

Fiscal Year 2014-2015

Discussion and Possible Action on New Funding Requests

Other

Update on MicroGrid Project and HVAC Upgrades at Amity Middle School – Orange Campus

Information on Second Quarter 2014 Executive Summary Review of Amity Pension Fund, Sick and Severance Account and OPEB Trust

Adjourn

Aug 092014
 

A regular meeting of the Amity Regional Board of Education will be held on Monday, August 11, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria at Amity Regional High School.

Agenda

1.Call to Order

2.Pledge of Allegiance

3.Recognition of 2014 State Champion Amity Regional High School Baseball Team

4.Approval of Minutes

a.   Regular BOE Meeting, June 9, 2014 (Enclosure)

b.   Special BOE Meeting, July 8, 2014 (Enclosure)

5.Public Comment   

6. Student Report

7. Correspondence

8.Approval of Non-Resident Tuition

9.Approval of Revised Teacher Evaluation Plan (Enclosure)

10.Superintendent’s Report

a.   Personnel Report (Enclosure)

b.   Other      

       

11.Chairman’s Report

    a.   Committee Reports

1.   ACES

2.   CABE 

3.   Curriculum 

4.   Facilities

5.   Finance    

a.   Discussion and Possible Action on Recommended Uses of 

      2013-2014 Year End Available Funds

b.   Discussion and Possible Action on Contracts of $35,000 or More

1.   Fixed Asset Accounting Module

2.   Amity Regional High School Cooling Tower Refurbishment

3.   Conversion to Natural Gas at Amity Middle School – Orange

      Campus

4.   Engineering Study for Fuel Cell Waste Heat Use at Amity 

      Regional High School

5.   Athletic Training Contract

c.   Discussion of Monthly Financial Statements for Fiscal Year 2013-2014

d.   Director of Finance and Administration Approved Transfers Under 

      $3,000

Fiscal Year 2013-2014

Fiscal Year 2014-2015

e.   Discussion and Possible Action on Budget Transfers of $3,000 or 

      More

Fiscal Year 2013-2014

Fiscal Year 2014-2015

f.   Discussion and Possible Action on New Funding Requests

g.   Other

1.   Update on MicroGrid Project and HVAC Upgrades at Amity

      Middle School – Orange Campus  

Information on Second Quarter 2014 Executive Summary 

Review of Amity Pension Fund, Sick and Severance Account 

and OPEB Trust

6.   MicroGrid

7.   Policy

8.   Personnel  

12.Items for the Next Agenda

13.Adjournment

Aug 052014
 

Jeremy saxeThe Jeremy Saxe Memorial Amity Boys Soccer Alumni game will be played Saturday, August 30,  at 11 a.m. on the Amity High School soccer field, with a rain date of Monday, September 1, Labor Day.

Participating Alumni are asked to donate $20 to play, which will include a commemorative game shirt.

A portion of the donations will be going to the Jeremy Saxe Scholarship Fund.

We will also be accepting additional donations for the scholarship.  Please confirm your attendance by August 16 by contacting Coach Marchitto at [email protected].

About Jeremy from the Jeremy Saxe Foundation Website: