Give Hair and Hope Next Monday At Amity Middle School

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Mar 272017

Amity Middle School – Orange is gearing up for its 9th annual “Giving Hair and Hope” event next Monday, April 3 at 6 p.m. This annual event raises funds for St. Baldrick’s, an organization that funds childhood cancer research, and participants also donate ponytails to Pantene to make wigs for cancer patients.

The AMSO event continues to grow each year and organizers hope you will consider being a part of this amazing fundraiser.

There are may ways to help. You can “brave the shave” and raise funds for St. Baldrick’s, donate a ponytail, or make a monetary donation. This year they also will raffle off four tickets to see the NY Knicks at Madison Square Garden (please contact Vittoria at Vittoria.Fielosh@reg5.k12.ct.us if you would like to purchase raffle tickets).

You are also invited to come to the event which will take place at the Middle School, 100 Ohman Avenue, Orange, on Monday, April 3, at 6 p.m. Amity’s Pop Warner Cheerleaders will be performing. There will be entertainment for younger children, food, music and more.

For more information, to make a donation, or join the event you can visit the AMSO fundraising page: https://www.stbaldricks.org/events/mypage/1788/2017

This week students will be raising money by participating in “Money Wars” and they will be hosting a volleyball tournament Tuesday, March 28, after school, from 2:30-4:00 p.m. The cost is $3 to play and all proceeds will benefit St. Baldrick’s Foundation. If students do not have a ride home, they are welcome to take the late bus.

ATTENTION: Get Your Tickets For Fiddler On The Roof Before They’re Sold Out

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Mar 272017

The Amity Theater Department JUST made tickets available for its Spring Musical “Fiddler On The Roof” on Feb. 4 and by 7 p.m. the front center section already was pretty much sold out.

We’ve covered many Amity musicals in the past and can state with certainty that when sales are this brisk on opening day, every show will be sold out before you can blink — and that certainly is the case here.

“Fiddler on the Roof” is a beloved classic show that Amity Theater’s Andrea Kennedy calls the “Best musical of all time.”

Today the Amity Theater Department announced that the show is nearly sold out. Click HERE to buy your tickets NOW!!!

Performances will take place at the John J. Brady Center for the Performing Arts
Amity Regional High School, 25 Newton Road, Woodbridge on March 31, April 1, 6, 7, and 8 at 7:30 p.m.

For more information call (203)-392-2019 or e-mail: amityboxoffice@gmail.com

Visit their website at www.amitytheaterdepartment.com

This Production of Fiddler on the Roof has been made possible through generous donations from The Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation, Laticrete International and Caldwell Banker.


Mar 272017

Connecticut author and story-teller Matthew Dicks will visit Amity Regional High School this week to present two master classes in the art of storytelling.

Matthew Dicks is the author of several novels, including Something Missing, Unexpectedly Milo, and The Perfect Comeback of Caroline Jacobs. His book, Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend, has been nominated for a Nutmeg Award. He has performed as a storyteller around the country, and has won the Moth StorySLAM more than twenty times.

Matthew will speak to Amity’s English Language Arts students involved in creative writing and literary analysis, and will discuss the process for creating written and oral narratives.

Students who have prepared stories will have the opportunity to perform and receive feedback from this seasoned story-teller. At the end of the school day, a Storytelling Slam, open to the entire student body, will be held.

The event will be hosted by Amity’s librarians Robert Musco and Cara McConnell, and made possible by the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation. More information about the Foundation’s mission and work can be found at: jamiehulleyartsfund.org

Holy Infant Orangemen Basketball Team Rocked This Season

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Mar 242017

Bottom row: Brett Chodos, Colby O’Connor, Corey Donovan and Jake Genovese.
Back row: Coach Powell Chodos, Macallister Burke, Martin Zhang, Justin Zamkov, Scott Lowder, Coach Jim O’Connor and Coach Jamie Zamkov. Missing: Liam Tassiello

The final seconds ticked off the scoreboard at Jonathan Law High School and with that concluded the Holy Infant-Orangemen’s 7th grade boys basketball season.

But it wasn’t just any season, it was a wildly successful season on all accounts.  “Historically, this has to be one of the best seasons head coach Powell Chodos explained,  “We went 44-11 against  7th grade teams from all over Connecticut, we won the Bristol Christmas Tournament (4-0), we won the Sal Tinari-East haven tournament (4-1), we won the A division of the Fairfield County tournament (3-0) and we won the prestigious Milford Hoopfest tournament (40 seventh grade teams, 6-1 record) I’m not sure if any Orange team has ever accomplished all that.”

Kneeling: ColbyO’Connor. First row: Liam Tassiello, Corey Donovan, Jake Genovese and Brett Chodos. Back row: Coach Jamie Zamkov, Coach Jim O’Connor, Scott Lowder, Justin Zamkov, Coach Powell Chodos, Macallister Burke and Martin Zhang.

Chodos gives credit to his team, “They are a smart bunch, they show up to practice, they play hard, they share the ball and they genuinely love playing together–as a coach that’s all you can ask for”.

Middle School Students Celebrate Pi Day

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Mar 222017

Nolan, Ryan, Joseph, Faith, and Rocco working on their Pi projects.
(photo by Eleanor Stephens)

Team X at Amity Middle School, Orange celebrated Pi Day with activities that were interdisciplinary.

March 14 is recognized as Pi Day because of its connection to the first three digits of Pi, 3.14. Students wrote poems and made artistic creations to explain Pi.

They also had a computer scavenger hunt to learn interesting facts about Pi, one of which was to locate the position of their birthdate in the numbers of Pi.

Mathematically they measured several objects to find the relationship between the circumference and the diameter of their circular object and see how close they could get to 3.14.

Lastly, they made a histogram, identifying how many of each digit there were in the first 50 digits of Pi. Of course, they were also treated to pie and oranges! Many students also made treats for their classmates.

Fundraiser To Benefit Bethany Leapley ASD Scholarship Fund

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Mar 222017

Adam and Dedra Leapley were inspired to create a specialized gym for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) based on their own experience of raising a child with ASD. In May 2014, the ASD Fitness Center, opened at 307 Racebrook Road.
The Center serves families in the greater New Haven area from ages 5 to young adult. The 5,000-square-foot fitness center is staffed by special education teachers with fitness certifications. Trainers provide one to one training with children as well as memberships for families in need and group classes. Scholarships provide children with access to a full gum membership, which includes two or three one-on-one sessions and a group class every week.
Prior to opening the center, Adam and Dedra founded The Bethany Leapley ASD Scholarship Fund.  The charity is a registered 501(c)(3) with the goal being to raise funds for families in need of financial support so they can send their children to the ASD Fitness Center to receive one on one personal training and attend small adaptive group classes.
Their largest annual fundraiser is a Wine and Beer Tasting event.  This year the 4th annual event will take place at St. Barbara’s Church, 480 Racebrook Road, on Saturday, April 22 beginning at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $100 each/ $725 – table of 8/ $900 – table of 10
The event Emceed by Tony Terzi, includes live acoustic music by The Mediums, a silent auction, speakers, fine wine, craft beer, Hors D’oeuvres from OLA restaurant, and desserts from Thurston Foods, Inc.
Tickets can be purchased at WWW.BETHANYLEAPLEYASDFUND.ORG or by check payable to the Bethany Leapley ASD Scholarship Fund, mailed to: Bethany Luna, 17 Cannonball Road, North Haven, CT 06473.
If you are unable to attend but would like to make a donation, click HERE or send a check to the above listed address.

AMSO Students Deliver Valentines to Seniors

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Mar 202017

(stock photo)

Members of Team X at Amity Middle School Orange created  Valentines this year using their English (poems and stories) and artistic skills.

The cards were delivered to Coachman’s Square at Woodbridge, a senior living community.


“The residents were ecstatic to receive them,” according to school administrators. “It truly brightened their day.”

Last Call: The 2017 Thomas J. Williams Scholarship

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Mar 182017

Sikorsky Credit Union is offering five $1,000 scholarships to High School Seniors.

To be eligible, you must be:

  • A high school senior who will graduate in the Spring of 2017.
  • A member of Sikorsky Credit Union
  • Planning to further your education.

To apply, complete a scholarship application and answer the essay question.

Click here for more information and to download an application. All applications must be received by March 31, 2017 to be considered.

Don’t be shut out! Fill out your application today!

High School Students Organize Charity 5K Road Race

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Mar 172017

Amity High School senior Lillian Zhang welcomes everyone to a new local road race for an important cause.
“My club and I are hosting the Woodbridge Be The Match 5K on the Woodbridge Green to raise funds for Be The Match, an organization that provides life saving bone marrow transplants for cancer patients,” Zhang said. “It’s a wonderful community event for all ages and fitness levels.”
The event includes a post race party with food, awards, and a raffle.
About the 5K

Be The Match and Give A Spit are excited to host the 2017 Woodbridge Be The Match 5K that unites communities across Connecticut in support of helping patients in need of a bone marrow transplant. With your support in fundraising as an individual or team, you help more patients afford transplants, add potential marrow donors to the Be The Match Registry®, and make more life-saving research possible.

The Woodbridge Be The Match 5K Walk/Run and the Children’s Fun Run is an event for people of all ages and fitness levels. Take the first step by registering for the Woodbridge Be The Match timed 5K by Thom Jacobs of Paynes Corner Timing.

All proceeds from this event will benefit Be The Match.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! We need your help on race day. Sign up HERE.

Can’t attend on race day? Register for a virtual run that can take place whenever you want while supporting Be The Match.

Click HERE to register, support or join a team.

Don’t Delay, Apply For The Orange Scholarship Fund

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Mar 162017

Orange Scholarship Fund applications for the academic year 2017-18 are now available.
You are eligible for consideration if you live in Orange, are a graduating senior at one of the local high schools (public or private), and will be continuing your education at an academic or technical institution.
Awards are made on the basis of need, scholarship, and service to the community.
Applications must be entirely filled out, with all references and required information supplied, and submitted by April 15. Late or incomplete applications are not considered.
So, if you know you’re going to need help to go on to school next year, get started now.
Visit the Fund’s website, www.orangescholarshipfund.com to download application forms and find out where to submit them.
Don’t miss out!