Sep 012014

Peck Place School

Peck Place School

After a very long weekend, with a dedicated crews of installers and teachers working day and night,  Peck is presentable enough to open tomorrow and welcome your students to a new school year in their nearly-new school building. Most areas look spectacular!

However, there is still a great deal of work that needs to be done. Some teachers did not get their shelves and countertops until Labor Day afternoon. Even teachers who did have some shelves have readied their classrooms, but not organized them the way they want for centers, reading, and small group work. The contractors also have a punch list of items which need to be completed as well.

Therefore, Peck will have three early dismissal days this week. Tuesday, September 2nd will be a full day. On Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, September 3rd– 5th, school will be dismissing at 1:00 p.m.

The 21st Century before- and after-school program will be in session all week until 6:00 pm. Peck families with kindergarteners will receive an additional letter through Principal Kai Byrd with the kindergarten options.

I appreciate your understanding and support for the entire Peck staff as we accomplish this final stage.

— Lynn McMullin

Sep 012014

IMG_0069It’s 6 p.m., on Labor Day and you’re all ready to start school tomorrow, right?

Summer reading assignments are complete. Your backpack is filled and has been double checked to contain everything you need.

If not, you most likely can find a store that’s still open for those last-minute supplies.

Orange public schools do not require uniforms, but there is a dross code of sorts. Lay our all the clothes that you intend to wear for the week and make sure they are clean — this will help ease the stress of last-minute selections.

Know the layout of your school so you don’t have to worry about searching the halls for your classrooms.

Get at least 8 hours of sleep, so if you have to wake up at 6 a.m., make sure you’re in bed by 10 a.m. tonight. Younger kids should shoot for 9 or 10 hours of sleep. You have to alter your summer habits of playing video games or watching tv before bed.

Make sure that you eat a good breakfast tomorrow morning so you don’t feel like you’re starving before lunch.

Have your healthy lunch (according to new OBOE standards) ready and packed so you can just grab it any go before the bus arrives.

If you are a carpool kid, try to get to school early.

Check out the clubs and sports that your school has to offer and join a group that meets your interests.

Be yourself, and don’t lie about yourself in an effort to fit in. Lies have a way of catching up to you. (I knew someone who claimed he was from Canada … something that followed him all the way through High School. His parents, lifelong Amity residents, were very surprised when put on the spot and asked about their lives when they lived in Quebec.)

High Schoolers have the Link Crew Connection, but Elementary and Middle School children are on their own. Don’t worry. Be yourself, find your place and do your best. Everything will be alright.

Aug 302014

dr k reviewRevisiting the Motown Sound and reprising one of modern music’s golden eras, Dr. K’s Motown Review headlines the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation’s twelfth annual Evening for the Arts Gala Benefit on Saturday, Sept. 6,  at Fairfield University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. The performance begins at 7 p.m. and is preceded by an Evening for the Arts reception at 6 p.m., which includes complimentary wine and beer, light hors d’oeuvres and a Silent Auction.

This year’s pre-concert Silent Auction features over 150 items including a vacation getaway, a sunrise hot air balloon ride, vintage, handcrafted & designer items, baskets of treats, theater and sports tickets including Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers tickets, Hollywood and sport memorabilia, and special gifts from the cast of the Broadway Musical “Motown,” the New York Giants, the Boston Red Sox, and Derek Jeter’s Turn2Foundation. Tickets are $40 in advance or $45 at the door and may be purchased through the Quick Center Box office. 

Jamie Hulley foundation.jpgDr. K’s Motown Revue is led by veteran bassist, Paul Korman, whose musical quest was to put together the ultimate Motown tribute band. With Dr. K’s Motown Revue he succeeds in presenting an outstanding array of seasoned musicians and singers taking audiences on a very realistic journey back to the Motown era, when the songs emanating from Motown Records in Detroit filled the radio airwaves. The combination of powerhouse singers and precise musicianship brings an authentic musical punch to the stage, as Dr. K’s Motown Revue present an evening of classic Motown songs – hit after hit after hit – reprised in real time.

According to Judy Primavera, foundation co-founder and president, “It is going to be a night to remember. Not only will Dr. K’s Motown Revue will have the audience dancing in the aisles but our Gala will also showcase some of our own local talent – the young people who are involved in the foundation’s programs. Jared Brown, Artist Director of Square Foot Theatre in Wallingford is Masters of Ceremonies and Rob and Andrea Kennedy, Directors of Amity Creative Theatre, will be wielding the auctioneer’s gavel.”

 The Evening for the Arts Gala benefits the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the educational enrichment and professional development of young artists and early career professionals, and created in the memory of Orange, CT, resident Jamie Alaine Hulley. All proceeds from the Gala go to support the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation, which sponsors scholarships, educational programs and grants in the arts throughout Connecticut, especially in the greater New Haven and Fairfield counties.

The foundation’s presence has its greatest impact in the Orange & Amity schools providing over $20,000 annually in college scholarships, artist in residence programs, and program sponsorship in theater, studio art, music, and film at Amity High School. In fact, since the foundation’s inception in 2002, the foundation has given away over $500,000 in scholarships and educational programs benefiting many thousands of young people and early career professionals.  

The foundation provides educational programs to local public and parochial schools to bring professional artists, musicians, dancers, actors, and authors into the classroom to enhance the traditional curriculum through the arts. Thus far, schools in Ansonia, Bethany, Bridgeport, Derby, East Haven, Fairfield, Hartford, Orange, Manchester, New Haven, North Haven, Stratford, West Haven, Willimantic, and Woodbridge have benefited from the foundation’s educational programs.

The foundation also awards grants to local non-profits such as the Amity Teen Center, the New England Ballet Company for a 20-week school-readiness-through-dance program for Bridgeport preschoolers, the Milford Boys & Girls Club for an after school art program, and the Square Foot Theatre in Wallingford’s youth and adult theater companies. The foundation provides college scholarships in Theatre and in Studio Art as well as scholarships to children for music lessons and summer theater camp. For information on the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation, visit www.jamiehulleyartsfund.org, call (203) 891-8869, or email: [email protected].

 Tickets are available through the Quick Center Box Office: (203) 254-4010, or toll-free 1-877-ARTS-396. (1-877-278-7396). 

Originally Published on: Aug 26, 2014 @ 21:59

Aug 302014

As parents, you know it’s important to have access to a calendar for your child’s school year.

Here is a LINK to the Amity Region 5 calendar.

And, here is a LINK for the Orange School District calendar.

Both Region 5 and Orange have their own websites that you should check throughout the school year for updates and messages.

The Orange District Website can be found at http://www.oess.org/

Individual schools have their own links:

Mary L. Tracy http://www.oess.org/page.cfm?p=1644

Mary L Tracy Bus Information:

Morning Pickup: 
    Refer to the school district in which the student resides for bus stop information.

Afternoon Drop-off:
    School bus will bring the student directly to to the residence in which he/she resides.  A parent or guardian that is registered at the school must be present at the residence or the student will be returned to Mary L Tracy school.


Screen Shot 2014-08-30 at 2.07.23 PMPeck Place http://www.oess.org/page.cfm?p=1645

Peck School Bus Routes: http://tirollobus.com/Peck_Place_Page.html

Screen Shot 2014-08-30 at 2.06.08 PMRace Brook http://www.oess.org/page.cfm?p=1646

Race Brook Bus Routes: http://tirollobus.com/Racebrook_Page.html

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Turkey Hill http://www.oess.org/page.cfm?p=1647

Turkey Hill Bus Routes: http://tirollobus.com/Turkey_Hill_School.html

Open House Dates by school: Race Brook – Sept. 9; Mary L. Tracy – Sept. 16; Turkey Hill – Sept. 18 7-9 p.m. parents only; Peck Place – Sept. 23. 7 pm parents only.

The Amity Region 5 Website is http://www.amityregion5.org/

The link to Amity High School is http://www.amityregion5.org/schools/amity_regional_high_school
The link to Amity Middle School is http://www.amityregion5.org/schools/amity_middle_school-_orange


Amity HIgh SchoolAmity Board of Ed meetings:

Regular meetings of the Amity Regional School District #5 Board of Education are held the second Monday of every month, unless otherwise noted. All meetings, with the
exception of October, 2014, will be held in the designated room at Amity High School, located at 25 Newton Road, Woodbridge, CT 06525. Meetings will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Here is the meeting schedule for Sept – Dec. 2014

Monday – September 8, 2014

Monday – October 20,2014 (Exception) At Amity Middle School, Bethany 190 Luke Hill Rd. Bethany, CT 06524

Monday – November 10, 2014

Monday – December 8, 2014

Orange’s elected representatives on the ABOE are Christopher Browe, Sue Cohen, Diane Crocco, Steven DeMaio, John Grasso, Thomas Hurley and Tracey Russo.


Copy of orangemsAmity Middle School PTSO

The PTSO currently has openings for the President and Secretary posts.

Board members are: Cindy Figuly– Vice President; Kathleen Fuller-Cutler – Second Vice President; Mary Shaw – Treasurer

Cindy Figuly– Vice President; Kathleen Fuller-Cutler – Second Vice President; Mary Shaw – Treasurer

Drop a suggestion, question or ‘issue’ to the PTSO mailbox: [email protected]

Here is the meeting schedule from Sept – Nov 2014

Monday, September 8, 2014
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Orange Board of Ed

All meetings are held in the Upstairs Conference Room located in the Board of Education Offices and begin at 7:30 p.m.

Here is the meeting schedule for Sept – Dec. 2014

Monday, September 8, 2014

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Monday, November 10, 2014

Monday, December 8, 2014

Elected Members of the Orange Board of Ed are: Chairman William Kraut, Vice Chairman Jody Dietch, Keith Marquis, Deanna Pucillo, Karen deFur-Maxwell, Christian Young, Jeffery Cap, Kimberley Browe, Robert Ricciardi, Susan Riccio.


Aug 302014

Amity Sports graphic.jpgThe pre-season Amity High School scrimmage games continue this week both away and at home.

Following is the schedule for Sept. 2 – Sept. 6

Varsity Boys Soccer away at Hopkins Tuesday, Sept. 2, 4 p.m.

Varsity Girls Soccer vs Guilford at Amity, Tuesday, Sept. 2 at 3:45 p.m.

Varsity Girls Soccer vs Bunnell at Amity, Wednesday, Sept. 3, at 3:45 p.m.

Varsity Girls Volleyball away at Foran, Wednesday, Sept. 3 at 5 p.m.

Varsity Football away at Oxford, Thursday, Sept. 4 at 6 p.m.

Varsity Boys Soccer vs Brien McMahon at Amity, Thursday, Sept. 4 at 3:45 p.m.

Varsity Girls Volleyball vs Newtown at Amity, Friday, Sept. 5 at 4 p.m.

Varsity Boys Soccer (Amity Jamboree) at Amity, Saturday, Sept. 6 at 10 a.m.

Varsity Field Hockey vs Masuk at Amity, Saturday, Sept. 6 at 10:30 a.m.

Aug 302014

Amity HIgh SchoolInstructions for Summer Reading 2014: Don’t forget about that summer reading. Summer reading instructions may be accessed on the district homepage on the left hand side with the link to “Summer Reading/Math.” See links below:

Summer Reading Assignment for Grades 9, 10, and 11:  Summer Reading

Summer Reading Tutorial Video for Grades 9, 10, and 11: Tutorial Video

Summer Reading for Grade 10 Honors: Grade 10 Honors

Summer Reading for AP Literature: AP Lit Summer Reading

Summer Reading for AP Language:  AP Language Summer Reading

Helpful lists with book suggestions are located on the Media Center webpage.

Aug 282014

IMG_7221Although 82-degrees and humid is not the best weather in which to play football, the 2014 Varsity teams from Amity and Bunnell came together at Amity for the first scrimmage of the season yesterday.

Not as exciting as an actual game, scrimmages give the teams an opportunity to try out all the plays they’ve been practicing on another team.

With the coaches offering direction from the field (not just the sidelines) both sides played close attention to the athletes and the moves, analyzing the strengths and weaknesses before the season officially begins.

As with every sport, Orange Live will have to get used to the new faces, who’s wearing what number, etc. But we will be there covering the games and shooting photos through to the Thanksgiving rivalry.

Here are a few shots from Wednesday’s scrimmage.


Aug 272014

img_shredded_paper_540x360Amity Regional School District No. 5, as per state guidelines, is disposing of student special education records.

The records are of any student who has received special services are maintained for six years after his or her class graduates.

Former Amity students born in 1989 and 1990, and graduated in 2008, who have received special services at the Amity Middle School, Orange; Amity Middle School, Bethany; or Amity Regional High School may obtain their special education records.

These records may be obtained any weekday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Amity District Office, at Amity High School, 25 Newton Road, Woodbridge.

Before receiving records, students are asked to call 203-397-4820.

If records are not claimed by Sept. 19, they will be destroyed.

Aug 272014

Connecticut Natural Science Illustrators (CTNSI), at the Yale West Campus in Orange is offering art classes in natural science illustration.

The courses are open to all levels and abilities.

CTNSI, located at 230 West Campus Drive, offers the following courses: Beginning Drawing, Botanical Watercolor, Landscape Painting, Drawing and Painting Birds and Mammals, Colored Pencil, Mixed Media Painting and Field Sketching.

For directions and more information: www.ctnsi.com, [email protected], 203-934-0878.

Aug 272014


Jack Damirjian, Sean Grenier and Tyler Burns (screen shot from video) at last year's foodball awards dinner. Matt Attolino was on crutches and did not make it up to the front of the room for the shot.

Jack Damirjian, Sean Grenier and Tyler Burns (Who left Amity to attend Choat this year) at last year’s foodball awards dinner. Matt Attolino was on crutches and did not make it up to the front of the room for the shot.

The Amity Varsity Football team will take the William Johnson Football Field at Amity today in a scrimmage game vs Bunnell at 4:30 p.m. (although it is hot and humid and not quite “football weather”)

Coach Bert Mozealous lost a lot of good players to graduation after last season, but many remain. Quarterback Tyler Burns left Amity to attend Choat this year. 

The 2014 team has 3 captains: Matt Attolino, Sean Grenier, and Jack Damirjian. 

We wish Coach Mozealous, his coaching staff, and the team the best of luck for a tremendous season.