Aug 222014

New Amity Supt. Charles Dumais

New Amity Supt. Charles Dumais

Dear Amity Community,

I wish to thank you for your patience and support as I transitioned, mid-year, into the position of Superintendent of Amity Regional School District #5. I have learned a tremendous amount about our students, our staff, our schools, and our community. In the last six months, I have seen the commitment, energy, and passion that the Amity staff has for our students. I have seen the support and positive involvement that our community has for our schools. I have seen collaboration, hard work, and imagination that will drive student learning to higher levels.

The student experience that was once realized mostly within the walls of the school building (e.g., seat time, lectures, final exams …) with a focus on “lifelong learning” has shifted to a need to personalize the student experience.  As Joseph Blatt of the Harvard Graduate School of Education describes, an acute awareness of “lifewide learning,” which is an explicit understanding that learning happens in every aspect of a student’s life, will be an integral part of a high quality education. These shifts will require schools and districts to do things differently, no matter how well they are doing them now.

In the Amity schools, with the help of families and community partners, we will be increasing our efforts to personalize the student learning experience and further promote the success of every student. I have asked every teacher, as they develop their annual goals, to think of ways to foster creativity and innovation in the work that we do and the work that we ask students to do. As the landscape of education changes, we will continue to create opportunities for students that will prepare them with the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed.

We are an organization that is continuously learning and growing. I would love to hear how you think that we are doing.

Looking forward to a great year,

Charles Dumais

[email protected]

Aug 182014

vintage_electric_guitarOrange Youth Services hosts “Super Raffle & Prize Bingo Pizza Party, Spot Shot, and Events Orientation” for the Orange new Incoming Seventh Graders at the High Plains Community Cafeteria, Tuesday, Aug. 26 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The event is for Orange’a incoming 7th graders and is funded by the Orange Lions Club.

Get super raffle prizes (new guitars, gift cards from local vendors) and play the winning Bingo cards.

Enjoy pizza and refreshments.

Special board games area also will be set up for all to enjoy.

In addition, a Spot-Shot contest will take place in the gym.

Learn about Youth Services activities. Parent chaperones welcomed.

Parents may e-mail John Ulatowski, Orange Youth Services Coordinator at [email protected] if they have any questions or want to chaperone.

Youth Services sincerely wishes to thank Banko’s of Ansonia, The Guitar Center, Heavenly Donuts, Wal-Mart, and Dip-Top for their participation.

Aug 182014

filled-recycling-binThe Youth Department of the Orange Country Fair has added new categories to the youth project submissions

All of the category descriptions are available in the Fair Booklet that is now available at Town Hall, The Case Memorial Library, Orange Farm Stands and other selected locations. You also may log onto the Orange Country Fair website: www.orangectfair.com.

One of the new contests is called Recycle and Reuse

This contest will be judged by the Orange Recycling Committee.

For this project we ask that you use your thinking cap to come up with a project that best exemplifies the theme: Recycle and Reuse. It could be a craft made
entirely of recycled material, or an invention that reuses on old object in a new way, or any combination of the two.

Projects will be judged on creativity, artistry, and how well the “spirit of the project” was maintained.

Aug 162014

baseballAmity Baseball (the 2013 and 2014 State Championship winners) will be hosting a fundraiser on Saturday August 16 from 5 -9 p.m. at the Orange Ale House.  

Tickets are $25  per person purchased in advance, and $30 purchased at the door and includes 2 drinks per person (draft beer, house wine, or well drinks) and happy hour food (salad, pasta, pizza, & popcorn chicken).

There also will be a raffle.  If anyone has something they would like to donate as a raffle prize, contact Janice Farace ([email protected])

For advance purchase or donation, please make check payable to Amity Baseball and send to, Kathy Sabitsky, 40 Lambert Drive, Milford, CT  06460

Please mark check “donation” or “will attend.”

Originally Published on July 8, 2014 at 22:10

Aug 162014

Screen shot 2014-08-16 at 12.53.34 AMFollowing is the schedule for the First Day of School 2014-2015 (Amity High School)


All students report to homerooms at 7:34.

Classes begin 9:34 following the schedule below:

Class 1      9:34-10:02 (Follow “A” day for 1-6)

Class 2     10:05 – 10:34

Class 3     10:37 – 11:05

Class 4     11:08 – 11:36

Class 5      11:39 – 12:07

Class 6     12:10 – 12:38

Class 7      12:41-1:47 (Follow “B” day for 7-8)

A Lunch



B Lunch


Lunch 1:04-1:24

Class 1:26-1:47

C Lunch

Class 12:41-1:24

Lunch 1:26-1:47

Class 81:50-2:18

Aug 162014

Amity Class Speakers include Link Crew references in their commencement speeches.

Amity Class Speakers include Link Crew references in their commencement speeches.

Link Crew Orientation: Link Crew is Amity’s year-long freshman transition program that pairs specially-trained juniors and seniors with groups of freshmen in order to make their move to the high school smooth and successful.

Link Crew works for a single purpose: to make Amity High School a great, safe and connected place for kids to learn.

Link Crew orientation for all incoming freshmen will be held on Thursday, Aug. 28 from 8 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Parents and guardians are asked to drop off their students at the front entrance to the school by 8 a.m., when the event begins, where they will be greeted by the Link Leaders.

Nut-free snacks and a BBQ lunch are provided before the 1:15p.m. pick-up. Please note, there are no bus runs on this day. Parents and guardians are asked to provide transportation. Amity looks forward to welcoming the Class of 2018.

Link Crew Freshmen Parent Night: On the evening of Tuesday, Aug. 26, all incoming freshmen parents and guardians are invited to attend a brief informational meeting in the Amity High School main gym from 7-8 p.m.

The Link Crew coordinators will be explaining Link Crew and shedding light on Thursday’s freshmen orientation.


Aug 152014

Amity HIgh SchoolWith the first day of school just weeks away, Amity High School Principal Charles Britton wasted no time in getting the first e-mail of the season out to district parents.

Among the things Britton shared in his first e-mail blast was that Amity (Region 5) schools will be using PowerSchool, a new student management software program.

PowerSchool will provide parents and students online access to student schedules, grades, attendance, biographical information and other school records. A letter will be mailed home at the end of this week to parents,  Britton wrote.

The letter will provide information about creating a parent account and linking student accounts to the parent account and it will contain unique IDs and passwords for each student.

Parents who have trouble accessing PowerSchool may call the Amity High School IT Help Desk at 203-397-6025 or by e-mailing the Amity IT Tech Director, Shaun DeRosa at [email protected].

Training for Parents

The Region 5 IT Office is planning a PowerSchool training for parents, Wednesday, Aug. 27, from 12-3 p.m. in the Amity High School media center.

For more information about the training and to RSVP, e-mail  Lisa Lassen, Amity computer content coach, at [email protected].

Aug 142014

Turkey Hill School[tps_footer][/tps_footer]Turkey Hill School Principal Denise Arterbery announced today that the hiring committee has selected two dynamic teachers to fill the fifth and sixth grade openings at Turkey Hill School.

Both candidates went through a rigorous interview process that included first and second interviews, a lesson observation, and a writing sample.

Jennifer Acker, no stranger to Turkey Hill, will be joining the fifth-grade team. She has been a part of the THS community since 2007 as its manager of the School of the 21st Century. Through her position she has built a strong rapport with students, teachers, and families which will be a great asset to her as she joins our teaching team.

Additionally, Acker brings a broad understanding, appreciation, and excitement for technology and the incorporation of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) due to her involvement as Orange’s Lego League Coordinator. Her excitement and motivation to get started is clearly evident; when she was offered the position she asked “when can I come in and get to work on my classroom and curriculum?”

Joining the sixth-grade team is Jennifer Ziegler, who brings more than 15 years of teaching experience in private and public schools to Turkey Hill. She has experience teaching kindergarten, fourth, fifth, seventh and eighth  grades.

Ziegler comes to Turkey Hill from Amistad Academy Elementary School in New Haven. Her rigorous yet enthusiastic personality and teaching style will help prepare sixth graders as they begin the transition from elementary to middle school this year.

Arterbery said, “Throughout the entire interview process Jennifer’s engaging, dynamic, and fun personality was irresistible and I know that she will capture the hearts and minds of our sixth-grade students!


Aug 122014

image003Boys & Girls Village (BGV) today announced that Jon Oddo, M.S., C.A.G.S, has been appointed to Vice President of Educational and Vocational Services at the Charles F. Hayden School. Oddo previously served as Director of Educational and Vocational services at the school, which provides comprehensive educational and clinical services to students from across Connecticut with behavioral or mental health needs.


In his new role, Oddo will focus on the development of educational and vocational school programs with an emphasis on participation with community businesses and organizations.


“My goal is to help our students continue to grow through customized educational and vocational programs that will give them relevant, real-world experience to assist them in their higher education and employment goals,” said Oddo. “I look forward to continuing to work with our amazing students and staff at the Charles Hayden School.”


The Charles Hayden School provides students, ages 6 to 16, with educational programs and clinical services designed to help them achieve emotional, behavioral, and academic growth needed for them to return to a mainstream school setting. BGV provides these students, and their families, with a continuum of care that allows everyone involved access to a broad array of family and mental health services.


Oddo has been with BGV since 2013. Prior to working at BGV, he served as the principal at the Connecticut Center for Child Development in Milford, and worked with the State Department of Children and Families (DCF).


“Jon has been working in the education industry, specifically with special needs children, for more than 15 years,” said BGV President and CEO Dr. Steven M. Kant. “It is because of Jon’s expertise, passion and commitment to helping children heal, learn and grow to the best of their ability that we are proud to announce his promotion to Vice President of Educational and Vocational Services.”


Oddo holds a Sixth Year Degree in Educational Leadership and a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education, in addition to certifications in special education and intermediate administration. He currently lives in Seymour with his wife Lindsay and their two-year-old son Nathan.


Aug 112014

stock photo of Turkey Hill School

stock photo of Turkey Hill School

Turkey Hill area students, are you ready to go back to school?

This Thursday Aug. 14, Turkey Hill School, will host its new student registration from 9 to 11:30 a.m.

On Wednesday, Aug. 27, new student orientation will take place at Turkey Hill School from 7-8 p.m.