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Obituary: Andrew Eldredge, 26, Beloved Son, Brother, Amity Grad

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Aug 222016
 

Screen Shot 2016-08-22 at 5.52.55 PMIt is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Amity Grad Andrew Eldredge.

Andrew Eldredge was struck by a motorcycle while walking in New York City on August 29, 2014, just days before he was to begin studies at Harvard Law School.

He was in a coma and hospitalized for a very long time.

Over the past two years, Andrew has touched so many lives. He had such a promising future. Our hearts go out to his family.

Obituary:

 

Andrew Cady Eldredge, 26, of Woodbridge, beloved son, brother, and friend to many, passed away peacefully on August 19, 2016, surrounded by his loving family.

Andrew grew up in Woodbridge, Connecticut, where he attended Amity High School, excelling in academics and participating in varsity sports, theatre, and debate. Andrew attended Colgate University, graduating Magna Cum Laude (’11) with honors in Political Science.

He held leadership positions in both student government and the Colgate Speaking Union. During college, Andrew traveled the world competing in debate and then studied abroad at University of Cape Town in South Africa. While there, he tutored children in shanty towns and received the Lampert Fellowship in Public Affairs to research the political crisis in Zimbabwe.

After graduation, Andrew worked at Orion Consultants, then backpacked with his girlfriend throughout Southeast Asia. Never taking his eye off the goal of quenching his thirst for knowledge, Andrew completed a year at Boston University School of Law before transferring to Harvard Law School.

Andrew was well-known for his zest for life, intellectual curiosity, debating prowess, and humility.

Andrew was fueled by a love of family and friends and a keen sense of wonder and adventure. Cherished time during summer was spent with family in Rockport, MA. Andrew also enjoyed skiing, sailing, listening to music of all genres, and watching the Miami Dolphins (13!).

If he could speak now, Andrew would surely express gratitude for the love and support that he received in the months following his injury and throughout his life. Andrew touched and inspired many people:

A day with Andrew meant a day with a laugh and a sense that he truly cared about each and every one of us.

Andrew is survived and adored by his parents, Stacey and David Eldredge; sisters Lindsay and Madeline; grandparents Sherman and Joyce Cooper, David Eldredge Sr. and Joan Reivich, and Joan Eldredge; uncle Craig Cooper; aunts Robin Cooper (Jimi Lewis), Valerie Cooper and Sharon (Mario) Sanchez; Jenny (Joe) Jones, Karen Reivich (Guy Diamond), and many cousins, extended family and friends.

A Memorial service celebrating Andrew will be held at Congregation Mishkan Israel, 785 Ridge Road, Hamden, at 2 p.m. on Thursday, August 25, 2016.

Family members will greet guests at 1 p.m. A reception will be held immediately following the service.

The family will receive guests on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings (Aug. 25-27) from 7 – 9 p.m.

A fund has been established in Andrews memory at The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven to support his love of debate and global affairs. Gifts can be made in Andrew’s name to CFGNH, 70 Audubon Street, New Haven, CT 06510 or online at cfgnh.org

To sign an online registry book, or to leave a message of condolence visit HERE.

Letter: Amity Principal Tells Students to Make It Happen

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Aug 202016
 

The halls of Amity High School.

The halls of Amity High School.

Welcome back to school! This is the year at Amity Regional High School we plan to “Make It Happen!” We are very excited for the 2016-2017 school year to begin.

This is the weekly newsletter which is distributed to help keep parents, students and community members informed about what is happening at the high school. This first newsletter is being distributed through the Amity Regional High School portal, Bethany Middle School portal, and Orange Middle School portal.

If you are the parent of an incoming freshman, please make sure you enroll in the Amity High School newsletter. Future ARHS Happenings email will only be distributed through the ARHS newsletter portal. Directions for enrolling on the Amity High School newsletter can be found HERE All newsletters are also archived on the main page of the District no 5 WEBSITE.

As mentioned in the mailing you received last week, we will be changing our opening day of school slightly this year so as to highlight the importance of our core values of fairness, respect and passion. We will also be focusing on the concept of building a strong school community and celebrating the start of the school year together.

The Link Crew Freshmen Orientation Day will take place throughout the morning on Monday, August 29. As in year’s past, freshmen will gather in the middle gymnasium with the assistance of Link Crew Leaders at 7:34. From there, they will participate in team-building activities, will become familiar with their schedules and the school building, and get to know their Link Crew Leaders. After having lunch in the cafeteria with their Link Crew Leaders, the freshmen will join the rest of the school community in a brief run through of all 8-classes. The schedule for the first day of school for freshmen can be found HERE.

Sophomores, juniors and seniors will also follow a special schedule on Monday, August 29. After a brief homeroom for attendance and a welcome-back presentation at 7:34, students will attend a speaker series and then watch a documentary film all focused around the Core Values. The speakers are ARHS graduates who have demonstrated fairness, respect, and passion to make their dreams come true. These graduates have overcome obstacles, believed in themselves and relied on their communities for support in achieving their goals.

After the speaker-series, documentary and lunch, students will visit all 8 of their classes briefly to meet their teachers and become oriented to their schedules. The schedule for 10th-12th graders can be found HERE.

This week’s newsletter contains a plethora of back-to-school information. If you have any questions about any of the information below, please do not hesitate to contact the main office where someone will be happy to assist you. Enjoy the rest of the summer and we look forward to welcoming the entire ARHS student body on August 29th at 7:34am!

Sincerely,

Anna N. Mahon
Principal

Parents, Learn About What Link Crew Can Do on Wednesday Night

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Aug 192016
 

Screen Shot 2016-08-19 at 10.22.59 PMAll incoming freshmen parents or guardians are invited to attend an informational Link Crew assembly in the Amity High School main gym on Wednesday, Aug. 24, from 7 to 8 pm.

The Link Crew coordinators will be talking about Link Crew and shedding light on Monday’s Freshmen Orientation. 

For newcomers to the district, Amity High School is located at 25 Newton Road, Woodbridge.

Amity Receives Frontier Communications Grant

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Aug 032016
 

State Senator Joseph Crisco; Dr. Marie McPadden, Director of Curriculum; Paul Quick, SVP/GM for Frontier in Connecticut; Charles Dumas, Ed.D. Superintendent of Schools; Terry Lumas Amity Regional High School and First Selectman Scalettar, Frontier's Joe Ferraiolo.

State Senator Joseph Crisco; Dr. Marie McPadden, Director of Curriculum; Paul Quick, SVP/GM for Frontier in Connecticut; Charles Dumas, Ed.D. Superintendent of Schools; Terry Lumas Amity Regional High School and First Selectman Scalettar, Frontier’s Joe Ferraiolo. (submitted photo)

Frontier Communications awarded a grant in the amount of $ 19,324.50 to the Amity Regional School district to improve technology and classroom learning as part of the Public Educational and Government Programming (PEG) Grant Program. The Grant will make capital improvements to production studios and help Amity Regional High School upgrade the signal transmission system to support multi-camera coverage to connect with a larger audience in surrounding towns.

The PEG program’s goal is to improve the quality and increase the quantity of community access productions and educational initiatives supported by these programs within local school systems.

Amity Regional High School is one of 15 organizations throughout the state which are the recipients of the PEG grants.

“I want to thank Frontier for demonstrating its commitment to our school and our community with this meaningful contribution to Amity’s Media Fine Arts and Video Production programs. It is so important for our children to have access to the latest equipment and cutting edge technology,” said Woodbridge First Selectwoman Ellen Scalettar.

Frontier Communications provides video, high speed internet and voice products and services throughout the state. Frontier is committed to Connecticut and is passionate about investing and engaging with the communities it serves.

“This grant very much aligns with Frontier’s philosophy of supporting programs, organizations and initiatives that make the communities we serve better places to live, work and do business. We are a hometown company – our employees live and work here – we send our kids to school here, and we love to see the company we work for give back to support our communities – especially when it comes to kids and education,” said Joe Ferraiolo Area General Manager for Greater New Haven at Frontier Communications.

Video Production and English Teacher Jeremy Iverson was delighted the grant will allow him and his Amity students to advance learning which will also ultimately benefit the outlying communities beyond the classroom. “The grant is a great foundation for fostering media literacy by sparking interest in both the immediate Amity community and our surrounding towns. Technology is in the palm of everyone’s hands and makes a difference in the way we inform, instruct and entertain.”

Amity Students Make 3D Drone at UNH Camp

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Jul 182016
 

3ddroneTeenagers from several local high schools including West Haven are participating in an engineering camp at the University of New Haven this week and next week.

One of the very visual things they are doing is constructing drones on 3-D printing machines. They will then compete for the best drone – the one that can complete certain tasks.  To do this, they have to learn software used by industry. Camp is sponsored by Sikorsky.

 

There are 25 students participating and they have interesting things to say about their projects. They are from:

Amity Regional High School

Sheehan High School

Foran High School

North Haven High School

Lyman Hall High School

Maloney High School

Cheshire High School

West Haven High School

East Haven HS

Eli Whitney Tech

Trumbull High School

Wallingford Schools

New Canaan

Fairfield Ludlowe High School

and not so local schools:

Fuzhou No.1 High School — China

Eagle Ridge Middle School (Ashburn, Va).

 

There also are five teachers participating in the program. They are from:

Platt Technical High School (Milford)

Joseph Mello Middle School, East Haven,

East Haven High School

Fuzhou No.1 High School (China)

 

 

Amity Graduation: The Thrill of Victory, The Sadness of Saying Good-Bye

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Jun 222016
 

Here are a few photos of our Amity Grads tossing their caps, posing with their families, friends and teammates and saying good-bye to the Black and Yellow forever.

Amity Grad Photos: Students With Diplomas (Last 39) Last Names Th to Zh

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Jun 202016
 

It seemed to take forever, but here are the final 39 photos of the Amity Graduates with their diplomas from the Wednesday, June 15 Commencement Ceremony in Woodbridge.

The last names of these students begin with Th to Zh. Congratulations Class of 2016!

Amity Graduation Photos: Students Last Names Begin With Sc to Te

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Jun 202016
 

One more group to go…

This is the second to the last photo spread of Amity High School grads with their diplomas from the Wednesday June 15 Commencement Ceremony in Woodbridge.

I know that one or two students are missing – that is due to a visibility issue in place this year (never a problem in past years).

The Students in this grouping have last names that begin in the area of Sc to Te. I hope you are included.

Amity Graduation Photos: Students Last Names Begin With Pi to SC

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Jun 202016
 

Almost done

Here is the fifth set of Amity Grad Photos from the June 15 Commencement Ceremony at the High School.

The students pictured here have last names beginning with Pi to Sc.

If you do NOT see yourself (or your son or daughter) in this spread, and he or she should be. it is due to the location in which the professional portrait photographer chose to plant himself which eliminated 99% of the spontaneous photos that I normally would capture and caused the kids to bunch up and/or make a hasty exit after posing with their diplomas.

Orange Rotary Presents Scholarship Awards

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Jun 202016
 

Christopher Hughes, Jenna Ortolova and Stephanie Satonick

Christopher Hughes, Jenna Ortolova and Stephanie Satonick

The Rotary Club of Orange awarded $2,000 scholarships to three recent Amity High School graduates during a luncheon at Race Brook Country Club on Friday, June 17.

The award winners are Christopher Hughes, Jenna Ortoleva and Stephanie Satonick, all Orange residents.

Hughes plans to attend SCSU and become a teacher. Ortoleva will be attending Connecticut College and majoring in one of the sciences. Satonick will attend Eastern Connecticut State University and plans to major in elementary education.

Rotary is an international service organization whose purpose is to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. The Rotary Club of Orange brings that sense of service and ideals to our town by funding these scholarships and other civic and charitable causes.

Congratulations to these fine students and best of luck in your future endeavors.