To Amity Parents and Staff Members:
Please know that the weather forecast for tomorrow, Dec. 10, includes snowfall beginning after 9 a.m. and continuing through the afternoon.
It may be necessary to call for an early dismissal.
We will continue to monitor the weather and road conditions throughout this evening and tomorrow morning.
No decision has been made for tomorrow, but we wanted you to be aware of the impending weather conditions.
Readers are reporting a school bus crash that happened on Lambert Road around 1:30 p.m. today.
No injuries were reported.
We will have more information as it becomes available.
UPDATE: 4:02 p.m.
A School Bus carrying 18 Race Brook School 1st through 6th graders home from a half day of school (due to parent-teacher conferences tonight), was struck by a vehicle traveling southbound (toward Route 1) as it crossed from Shepherd Lane to Rogers Avenue around 1:30 p.m. today.
Preliminary police information is that the bus driver was sent to Yale New Haven Hospital for evaluation and the two people in the car were transported to the same hospital for treatment.
According to School Superintendent Lynn McMullin, the bus was tilted slightly to the side from the impact and the children had to escape out of an emergency door.
“Race Brook Principal Mike Gray got there as soon as he heard about it and was there for the children and parents,” she said. “The bus driver also was wonderful, both should be commended.”
As for the children, none of them sustained any injuries, nary a bump or bruise. “They’re all ok. They kept it together and helped one another until they were safe in their parents arms,” she said. “Parents came to the scene and picked up their children. None of the students went home with anyone who was not a parent. If their parents did not come to the accident scene the children were brought back to Race Brook School and picked up there.”
School busses that serve Orange do not have seat belts, but often seat belts cause more harm than good. In this instance all of the children walked away with no injuries whatsoever.
Press release from the Orange Police Department sent 4:47 p.m.
Car vs. School Bus
“While our current Kindergarten program at Mary L. Tracy is very strong, and students are meeting and even exceeding all of the CT State benchmarks; the BOE is nevertheless looking at options for extending the day for those families who would be interested,” McMullin said.
If you have a preschooler, your input is requested.
The survey is open until Monday, Dec. 30, and all orange parents of preschoolers are encouraged to respond.
This is one fundraiser that does not require participants to carry a coupon or voucher, simply dine at Jake’s between the designated hours on Dec. 18 and you will be helping the school.
Amity Middle School released this latest list of honors and citizenship award recipients
Criteria for First Honors
- A or better in four subjects which meet 5 times per week for at least one semester.
- B or better in all other subjects which meet 5 times per week for at least one semester.
- B or better in subjects which meet fewer than 5 times per week or less than one semester.
Criteria for Second Honors
- B or better in subjects which meet 5 times per week for at least one semester.
- B or better in subjects which meet fewer than 5 times per week or less than one semester.
Criteria for Citizenship
In order to achieve Citizenship Honors, student must receive five (5) fours; and the remainder of the citizenship ratings must not be below a three.
Grade 7 First Honors
Jenna Aconfora, Mounisha Anumolu, Talia Barry, Sophie Benjamin, Emily Berkeley, Alexandra Bonat, Emily Bretthauer, Jake Bronson, Angelina Carlino, Danielle Casapulla, Carly Chervenak, Madelyn Ciskowski, Alexa Cofrancesco, Rachael Crow, Ira Einbinder, Dize Eron, Cailey Esposito, Elaina Ferraro, Payton Grande, Alexis Halstead, Lien Har, Allison Hummel, Robert Jaques, Thomas Lee, Erin McCormack, Diane Meng, Jay Moon, Arianna Pargen, Dorothy Parniawski, Madelyn Pickett, Jack Pletter, John Poland, Julia Potter, Unaiza Rana, Shelby Ronan, Jonathan Schachter, Spencer Shepard, Anthony Tom, Madison Tom, Daria Torrenti, Colton Varholak, Garrett Young, Xian-Zheng Zhong, and Clare Zorena
Grade 7 Second Honors
Juliana Amici, Lani Beaudette, Katelyn Blake, Nelson Bordeleau, Gabriella Caruso, Marc Chodos, Logan Corris, Amanda Coscia, Molly Cox, Stephen Delaney, Andrea DelVecchio, Joseph DiBenedetto, Gina Driscoll, Anthony Esposito, Mary Foley, Marcelle Gagnon, Sebastian Gonzalez, Kalynna Hauser, Julia Hoddinott, Kaylee Huber, Chloe Kehlenbeck, Nicole Kisiel, Cole Kuchachik, Hyunbeen Lee, Adam Leszczak, Jacob Lettick, Gabriel Lipsitz, Clarens Lopez, Joseph Moncheski, Amanda Moran, Carlee Mulherin, Rakin Munim, Luke Nemecek, Kenneth Page, Liam Palazzo, Soo-Jin Park, Sandrine Pyne, Kelly Shaw, Napoleon Stardellis, Jacqueline Tran, Connor Visnic, Tucker Wright, and Kevin Zheng
Grade 7 Citizenship Recognition
Mounisha Anumolu, Talia Barry, Gina Driscoll, Dize Eron, Cailey Esposito, Payton Grande, Julia Hoddinott, Julia Hurlburt, Adam Leszczak, Kaitlyn O’Brien, Dorothy Parniawski, Julia Potter, and Garrett Young
Grade 8 First Honors
Nicholas Abrams, Kayla Abreu, Abigail Allen, Samuel Arnold, Alexandra Ashworth, Amelia Bailey-Schetlin, Jack Balocca, Erin Barillier, Bridget Barnsley, Hailey Benedetto, Nitya Bhattarai, Isobel Browe, Catherine Brown, Lauren Canna, Sarah Cartier, David Chen, Isabella Crasilli, Brianna DiRienzo, Vinh Do, Ulada Dubovik, Christina Emmerthal, Joseph Eschweiler, Ann Foley, Ryan Ford, Shayna Goldblatt, Amanda Granados, Courtney Greifenberger, Tyler Holloway, Hannah Hutchison, Carolyn Kaufman, Sara Kelly, Benjamin Kemp, Emily Kilian, Sam Kruger, Vince Li, Arthur Lihar, Justine Luo, Leah Mongillo, David Nizzardo, Haegan O’Rourke, Jessica Paradis, Marissa Proto, Caroline Rafferty, Hannah Rappaport, Sydney Sachs, Nevia Selmon, Yishen Shen, Christina Skerritt, Grace Vocalina, Maren Westgard, Grace Whitman, Jaiden Williams, and Patrick Winkel
Grade 8 Second Honors
Yusaf Ahmad, Anne Marie Allen, George Antonellis, Stone Bragaw, Roberta Buccilli, Brian Carson, Abigail Chamberlain, Ruby Ciskowski, Sam Coury, Peter DeBassio, Carly DeMaio, Carsan Dziczkowski, Jocelyn Eagle, Richard Fagan, Michael Ficaro, Clayton Fischman, Michael Gulia, Jillian Gusciora, Brian Hackenjos, Michael Holloway, Moiz Jabbar, Alexandra Justo, Traci Kingston, Danielle London, Brooke Matyasovsky, Talia Mayerson, Adam Moscato, Maya Oestreicher, Riana Picagli, Veronica Pisano, Gunnar Poulimas, Morgan Ramadon, Gabriela Robles, Ryan Sabo, Melissa Satonick, Joseph Schittina, Alexandria Smith, Emilia Steinbrick, McKenzie Sullivan, Taylor Walsh, and Catherine Whitaker
Grade 8 Citizenship Recognition
Kayla Abreu, Abigail Allen, Anne Marie Allen, Michael Allen, Fady Amro, Alexandra Ashworth, Bridget Barnsley, Catherine Brown, Lauren Canna, Sarah Cartier, Abigail Chamberlain, Michelle Chimid, Ruby Ciskowski, Carly DeMaio, Vinh Do, Ulada Dubovik, Jocelyn Eagle, Christina Emmerthal, Joseph Eschweiler, Jeremy Gustafson, Nicole Hunt, Hannah Hutchison, Alexandra Justo, Benjamin Kemp, Emily Killian, Vince Li, Arthur Lihar, Danielle London, Justine Luo, Taylor Martin, Brooke Matyasovsky, Leah Mongillo, Haegan O’Rourke, Maya Oestreicher, Jessica Paradis, Veronica Pisano, Gunnar Poulimas, Marissa Proto, Morgan Ramadon, Hannah Rappaport, Ryan Sabo, Nevia Selmon, Yishen Shen, Christina Skerritt, McKenzie Sullivan, Grace Vocalina, Maren Westgard, and Catherine Whitaker
Orange’s Kindergarten program at Mary L. Tracy, with a .84 day, is very strong. Based on the data at the close of the 2013 school year, 85% of the kindergarten class met the State’s benchmark and went on to first grade as Level 4 readers or above. Among the same group, 91% were at or above the STAR Early Literacy grade-level expectation.
The math data was even stronger. Among the 156 kindergarten students, 97% met the Math Expressions grade-level benchmark for the end of kindergarten. Additionally, when they moved on into 1st grade and took their beginning of the year math assessment, 58% met the end-of-the-year benchmark for first grade. The data does not support a need to extend our .84 kindergarten day to 1.0 to meet State requirements.
On the other hand, many of our parents – though, we do recognize not all parents — are interested in an extended day kindergarten in Orange. We, too, feel that we can meaningfully extend the day for families who would like to have this as an option. At the same time, we are also considering offering a 21st Century program at MLT which is specifically designed for 4 and 5 year olds in terms of activities, socialization, and equipment. The goals of both changes would be to provide more opportunities for the children and families in this age group. Thus, we are actively pursuing a pilot program for 2014-2015.
To gather more information, we have put together a survey of questions. In the survey, parents will find there are three main options to consider: 1. extended day kindergarten from 1:30 – 2:50; 2. extended day kindergarten from 1:30 – 6:00; and 3. extended day pre-K for 4-year-olds from 3:00 – 6:00.
The survey is available on the oess.org webpage in the pop-up. In addition, a direct link to the survey was also e-blasted to parents throughout the district. We have requested that families of older children forward it directly to others they know. The survey is also available by typing in this web address: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ExtKsurvey.
We urge Orange parents of infants and toddlers to access the survey and respond. We will use the information to help us determine which times, locations, activities, and transportation options make the most sense for our upcoming pre-K 4-year-olds and kindergarteners.
The Sandy Hook shooting REPORT was released today and it is more than disturbing — all 48 pages of it.
Along with step-by-step actions of the shooter on Dec. 14, 2012 when he first shot his mother then, for some unknown reason made his way to Sandy Hook Elementary School and murdered 20 little children and 6 adults.
Adding to the tragedy of losing so many innocent lives is that the gunman was not on drugs, knew what he was doing and had planned the entire thing out in advance.
I refuse to mention his name here because the shooter does not deserve to be recognized.
This was a dark day in American history, and sadly, it involved some of our neighbors and friends who helped out and will be haunted by what they saw there.
Lets think of the victims and all the wonderful things they all could have accomplished and what those children would be like had they been allowed to live.
What happened at Sandy Hook Elementary still haunts me and my friends who were there in any capacity. It was wrong on so many levels and unforgivable.
God bless the victims.
The system is programmed so when it is activated it sets off an automated voice message throughout the school. The message will inform students and staff that there is an intruder in the building and that this is a lockdown.
The message can be heard inside and outside of the school. When the alert is activated the police also are called.
The Orange Police will respond to the lockdown. (Residents, don’t be alarmed).
The whole process should take about 30 minutes. All future drills will be unannounced.
On Oct. 26, Orange Live announced the Amity Middle School Pie and Tea Bread Fundraiser.
Time flies during the holiday season and believe it or not, it’s almost time to receive your orders.
On Tuesday, Nov. 26, you may pick up your pie and tea bread orders between 2:30 and 7 p.m. in the school cafeteria at Amity Middle School, 100 Ohman Ave.
Please make sure you pick up your orders or arrange to have them picked up. Amity Middle School has no refrigeration available to store these items and Wednesday is an early dismissal day.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.