Dec 182014

boys swimmingThe Amity Spartans Boys Swim Team went up against Haddam Killingworth in the season opener on Wednesday, Dec. 18.
Although Haddam Killingworth won more events, Amity was victorious by 4 points: 87-83.
Amity’s winning events:
200 yard Medley Relay: A-1:48.45 Dan Madsen, Ben Clemens, Sergey Savelyev, Kevin Zhao
100 yard Freestyle: A- 52.38 Ben Clemens
500 yard Freestyle: A- 5:24.66 Zac Babbitz
Haddam Killingworth’s winning events:
200 Freestyle: HK- 1:55.18 Garrett Mazzioti
200 IM: HK- 2:07.39 Mason Revis
50 yard Freestyle: HK-24.15 Conor Champagne
100 yard Butterfly: HK-55.77 Garrett Mazziotti
200 yard Freestyle Relay: HK- 1:39.29  Connor McLaughlin, Garrett Mazziotti , Mason Revis, Conor Champagne
100 yard Backstroke: HK- 1:00.16 Jake Torello
100 yard Breaststroke: HK- 1:09.12 Mason Revis
400 yard Freestyle Relay: HK- 3:36.77 Garrett Mazziotti, Connor McLaughlin, Jake Torello, Mason Revis
Records: Amity 1-0; Haddam Killingworth 0-1

Dec 152014

10685527_897919656892360_4497852095753010525_nThe Amity Spartans Pee Wee Cheerleaders competed in the National Championships at ESPN Wide World of Sports and won third place in the nation.

Congratulations on a phenomenal job girls! All your hard work paid off.

Hats off the coaches for your fine leadership and to the parents for your unwavering support.

Dec 142014

IMG_7129The 2014-15 Amity Spartans Varsity Hockey Team had some big skates to fill following last year’s phenomenal season.

Sadly, with the graduation of the 2013-14 senior “stars” Goalie Brian Mosher, Adam Shea, Brett McNeil, John Uscilla and Keating Seymour, this is a rebuilding year, with a primarily young team and just five seniors.

Among those seniors are Dalton Luciani, Kevin Ryan and Zachary Shelnitz, whose names we often heard at last year’s games. They have the experience and are good team players, but can they carry the 2015 Spartans on to greatness?

Friday night’s scrimmage games at the Hockey Jamboree in West Haven proved underwhelming.

Last year Brian Mosher was so amazing that any goaltender who follows will have to work ten times as hard to even come close — although of the three who geared up in the $400 goalie padding, Freshman Tyler Cole #30 (Mosher’s old number) shows a lot of promise.

The boys showed spirit and drive and had some good passes but they will have to step things up a bit if they want to get anywhere this year.

Cheshire’s team was tight and blanked Amity 5-0, then Immaculate came out and defeated the Spartans 3-1.

I have faith in Coach Gary Lindgren and Asst. Coach Mike Richetelli and their abilities to pull this team together. Let’s just hope the boys can follow their directions.

Fingers crossed.

Who’s on the team?


William Caracciolo, Dalton Luciani, Cristian Mortali, Kevin Ryan, Zachary Shelnitz


Nicholas Gallucci, Graham Hughes, Timothy Johnston, Anthony Uscilla


Jeremy Cable, Charles Csejka, McGovern Deane, Nicholas DeGennaro, Tyler Johnston, Roger Kergaravat, Zachary White


Jamie Blum, Alexander Leyner, Tyler Cole, Jacob Silliman, Chase Kozak, Adam Moscato, Harrison Silver

Dec 122014

Boys Lax_SAT FundraiserThere is a fully proctored SAT exam at Amity High School on Saturday, December 20. The exam is being provided by CT Speed School Academic Advisors. Students will have the opportunity to take a practice SAT exam, and get a detailed score report outlining strengths and weaknesses.
The cost of this exam has been deeply discounted to $30 for ALL Amity Students!
Furthermore, this opportunity is being provided by the Amity Boys Lacrosse program as a fundraiser. All money collected will go towards offsetting costs of the program.
Coach Brandon Pepe said, “The Amity Boys Lacrosse team is thrilled to have partnered with the CT Speed School to present this wonderful opportunity to Amity students.”
This is a great opportunity for all students to gain wonderful experience taking a practice SAT exam without having to worry about the results being sent to colleges.
The Connecticut Speed School offers a full slate of academic and test preparation tutoring.

Dec 102014

Screen Shot 2014-12-10 at 12.14.30 AMThe Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation and Amity High School Young Adult Book Club hosted a visiting author event on Nov. 25 in the High School Library.

Matthew Dicks is a local teacher and author of the novels “Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend,” “Something Missing” and “Unexpectedly, Milo” and the rock opera The Clowns.

The evening was full of laughter and fun. Matthew discussed how he became a writer, gave away prizes and answered questions.

Dec 092014

Twitter-Adopt-a-FamilyThe Amity PTSO is once again sponsoring a holiday outreach program and “adopting” 3 families for the holidays – one from Bethany, one from Orange, and one from Woodbridge.

Please consider donating a gift card to make a family’s season brighter.

The PTSO welcomes gift cards from Stop & Shop, Target, WalMart, etc… to purchase items on each family’s “wish list” and to prepare a food basket.

For pick up or drop off information, please contact any of the following: Eileen Babbitz (Bethany family) at [email protected], Jeanette Glicksman ((Woodbridge family) at [email protected] or Polly Demirjian (Orange family) at [email protected].

Originally Published on: Nov 28, 2014 @ 20:36

Dec 082014

Screen Shot 2014-12-08 at 11.35.37 PMThe Amity Music Department will present the annual Winter Concert in the Brady Center on Wednesday Dec. 10 at 7 p.m.

This is always a great night of music and song showcasing the talents of Amity’s  Strings Ensemble, Chamber Ensemble, Chamber Singers, Concert Choir, and Symphony Orchestra, Concert Band and Wind Ensemble.  

Some holiday classics and traditional music will be performed such as Carol of the Bells, Hannukah Highlights, The Nutcracker Suite, Angels We Have Heard on High and The World for Christmas.  

Come out and help Amity usher in the Holiday Season!  There will be a 10 minute intermission and goodies will be sold to help benefit the Amity High School Music Department!  

As always, admission to the Winter Concert is FREE.  


Dec 082014

Amity HIgh SchoolParent-Teacher Conferences at Amity High School were cancelled last week due to a plumbing problem.

On Friday, Principal Charles Britton announced that the rescheduled conference date was Tuesday, December 16. 

Today, Britton sent out a new notice, stating: “December 16 is the first night of Chanukah. It would be inconsiderate to hold parent conferences on the first night of Chanukah. So, the new rescheduled date for parent conferences will be Monday, December 15 from 5 – 7:30 p.m. If you are unable to keep your parent conference, please go back into Virtual Paragon by clicking Virtual Paragon, and cancel your appointment so that other parents may access the spot. The master password necessary to register in the system is “studentreport.” I apologize for the confusion.”

Dec 052014

Screen Shot 2014-11-11 at 8.54.42 PMThe Amity Creative Theater (ACT) at Amity High School is ready to take the stage for their fall production of New York By David Rimmer.  The show dates are Friday, Dec. 5 and Saturday, Dec. 6 at 8 p.m.  General admission seats for $10 can be purchased through their website at www.amitytheaterdepartment.com

The plays author David Rimmer, was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for his play Album that opened to great success off-Broadway starring film star Kevin Bacon. 

New York was originally written to raise funds for volunteer psychiatrists dedicated to helping the overwhelming number of patients psychologically affected by 9/11. Depicting the reactions of 15 individuals to the events of that day, the characters all speak to a central psychiatrist. The play has been performed at theaters throughout New York, the United States and internationally to great acclaim. 

The New York Resident called the play “brilliantly written… a thought-provoking event avoiding the sentimental and capturing realistic portraits of how we’re all dealing with it… a touching exploration of the effects of September 11 on the lives of average New Yorkers”. 

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Amity students and Judy Primavera visiting the 9/11 Memorial in New York.

The Amity production is directed by theater teacher Rob Kennedy.  Kennedy said he chose this production for his student actors because, “The oldest of the Amity Students were only four years old when the events of 9/11 occurred and the youngest ones were barely a year old.  I think it’s an important learning opportunity for our school to talk about that time in our countries history and how it changed all of us.”

The cast and crew recently visited the 9/11 Memorial and Museum on a trip sponsored by the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation to get some perspective.  The students had a special guided tour of the museum and spent time with New York’s playwright David Rimmer.  

After the trip, Amity senior Ethan Smith who is playing a fireman named Tom O’Neil said, “It was an incredible experience.  It really put a human face on the part I am playing.  And meeting the author of the play was great too.  We got to ask him questions about the play and the characters we are playing.”  The cast and crew have been working on the show since early September and have been busy rehearsing and creating the technical elements of the play.  

The play also will be shown during school hours to the entire Amity High School student body and the eighth grade classes from the two middle schools, as part of the Spartan Seminar program.  The students will view the play and then have discussions related to the topic afterward. 

Amity Principal Charles Britton said, “The fall play gives us the opportunity to showcase the talent of our students, build a little school spirit and camaraderie, and capitalize on the “teachable moment” offered by the themes of the production. Our students were very young in 2001; we owe it to our nation to keep the memory of 9/11 alive”.  

The Cast Includes Clara Gamsu, Addie Robbins, Ethan Smith, Kahari Blue, Yulia Faryna, Ryan Chizmadia, Alex Cavanagh, Kevin Durkee, Clara Stirling, George Grotheer, Emily Kilian, David Linet, Chris Cassella and Caroline Burkhart.  The crew is led by Stage managers Megan Foley, Sage Saffran and Jacob Okolo.  

For Information and tickets go to the ACT website at www.amitytheaterdepartment.com or call the box office at 203-392-2019.  The ACT production has been made possible by a grant from the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation.  

Originally Published on: Nov 13, 2014 @ 21:34

Second Publishing on: Nov 23, 2014 @ 11:34

Third Publishing on: Nov 30, 2014 @ 20:32

Last Publishing on: Dec 3, 2014 @ 9:52

Dec 032014

The halls of Amity High School.

The halls of Amity High School.

There is a problem with the plumbing at Amity Regional High School.

As a result of the problem, all bathrooms are closed.

Therefore, all after-school activities have been cancelled.

Tonight’s parent conferences are cancelled. The building will be closed to the public at 3:00 pm.

This will provide the Region 5 Facilities Department time and space necessary to remedy the problem.

Information about a rescheduled date for parent conferences will be included in this week’s Friday Highlights.