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Jaime Hulley Arts Foundation Provides Grant For A Rewarding Learning Experience

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May 042018
 

Jo-Anne Escandon’s 4th grade class at Race Brook School received a grant from the Jaime A. Hulley Arts Foundation for the 2107-18 school year.

The “Wood Working Project” exposed her students to an art form that goes beyond art and digital technology. Under the guidance and instruction of professional contractor and builder, Mark Engelhardt, who shared his expertise by helping the students design a napkin holder, then created a blueprint, and made a template.

The students then used sandpaper and assembled pre-made parts using a nail gun and finally, painted the napkin holder. While the initial project was to create a napkin holder, Mark was so impressed by Mrs. Escandon’s students’ skills, that he also helped them create a key holder, a bookcase and a corn-hole bead toss game for the classroom!

Mrs. Escandon was inspired to write this grant for two reasons. The first was after reading the poem, “Artist Hands,” by Jamie A. Hulley, who wrote, “I hope they (…“smudges…ink stained fingers…”)… never wash off, Because I am an artist And I should have Artist hands.”  In addition in the book, The Tree Farmer, the authors Leavell and Cravotta, teach students to have awareness of how “… natural resources (trees) are important and when used properly can benefit society.”

One of her students, Erica Zhang, wrote, “…When Mark the Builder came to our classroom, we had to solve the problems about the napkins that were all over the table and the keys were thrown on the desk. We solved the problem with the napkins by making a napkin holder and for the keys, we make a key holder. I loved painting both of them… The poem “Artist Hands” can be useful In my life because I know I can be creative and when I have free time I should be creative in everything like in math or reading or even when I am writing. I don’t always have to be creative in art. Everything I learned about measuring and fractions I used in Mark’s project. I can use fractions by knowing how to cut the wood into fourths. Mark also showed us how to make a bookshelf that he donated to our classroom!… Building is so much fun!”

The goal of the Jaime A. Hulley Grants is “ to expose teachers and students to new ways of thinking about the learning process and to embrace the concept of multiple intelligences and collaborative learning.” to broaden students’ appreciation for the vital contribution the visual & performing arts make to our society in a different way.”

Mrs. Escandon’s 4th-grade class sends out big THANK YOU to Mark the Builder for showing them another way to be creative and have fun building!

Apr 302018
 

Here is this week’s Varsity sports schedule for the week of April 30 to May 5.

Monday, April 30

Baseball vs Shelton HOME at Amity 3:45 p.m.

Boys Golf vs Guilford Away Madison Country Club 2:15 p.m.

Boys Lacrosse vs Cheshire Away at Cheshire High Main Game field 7:00 p.m.

Boys Tennis vs Guilford HOME at Amity Tennis Courts 3:45 p.m.

Boys Volleyball vs Lewis Mills HOME at Amity High School 5:15 p.m.

Girls Tennis vs Sheehan Away at Sheehan HS Tennis Courts 3:45 p.m.

Tuesday, May 1

Boys Golf vs Branford HOME The Tradition at Oak Lane C.C. Woodbridge 2:45 p.m.

Boys Outdoor Track vs Cheshire, Guilford HOME – Amity Track 3:45 p.m.
Boys Tennis vs Branford Away – Veteran’s Park 3:45 p.m.

Girls Golf vs Mercy HOME at Race Brook C.C. Orange 3:30 p.m.

Girls Outdoor Track vs Cheshire HOME at Amity Track 3:45 p.m.

Girls Tennis vs Hamden Away Hamden High Tennis Courts 3:45 p.m.

Wednesday, May 2

Baseball vs Xavier Away  Palmer Field 4:00 p.m.

Boys Lacrosse vs Xavier HOME – Amity High School – Field # 3 4:00 p.m.

Boys Tennis vs Notre Dame-West Haven Away UNH Courts 3:45 p.m.

Boys Volleyball vs Joel Barlow HOME at Amity 5:15 p.m.

Softball vs Lauralton Hall Away Lauralton Hall Field 4:15 p.m.

Girls Tennis v. Daniel Hand HOME Amity Tennis Courts 3:45 p.m.

Thursday, May 3

Boys Golf vs Cheshire Away at Farms Country Club 3:00 p.m.

Girls Golf vs Daniel Hand HOME at Race Brook C.C. Orange 3:30 p.m.

Girls Lacrosse vs Cheshire Away at Cheshire field 6:00 p.m.

Friday, May 4

Baseball vs Jonathan Law Away at Law Baseball Field 3:45 p.m.

Boys Lacrosse vs Hamden Away at H High Turf Field #1 5:00 p.m.

Boys Outdoor Track Midnight Meet HOME at Amity Track 5:00 p.m.

Boys Tennis vs Hamden HOME at Amity Tennis Courts 3:45 p.m.

Saturday, May 5

Girls Lacrosse vs Shelton HOME at Amity 10:30 a.m.

Softball vs Daniel Hand HOME at Amity 4:30 p.m.

 

Looking For A Nursery School For Your 3-Year-Old?

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Apr 302018
 

The Orange Congregational Church Nursery School, 205 Meetinghouse Lane, has just a few spots remaining for its 3-year-olds class for Sept 2018!
E-mail occns@yahoo.com for information or to schedule a visit.

Amity Creative Theater 10 Year Anniversary Concert – Don’t Procrastinate! Get your Tickets NOW!

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Apr 272018
 

Oh My God You Guys (“Legally Blonde”) Amity Theater Alum Connor Deane and Kim Simon are gathering up the old gang and organizing a 10 Year Anniversary Concert to celebrate the Theater Department’s super successful run since Rob and Andrea Kennedy arrived.
Tickets went on sale Friday, April 27, for the One-Night-Only show on Saturday, June 9, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. in the John J. Brady Center for the Performing Arts at Amity High School, 25 Newton Road, Woodbridge.
Celebrate the last ten years of Amity shows at this Anniversary Concert! So many of your favorite drama students from 2008 through 2018, including Deane, Simon, Alli Kramer, Ken Adair, Carson Adair and so many more will present musical numbers from all of their great shows; Grease, Rent, Les Miserables, Chicago, Legally Blonde, Sweeney Todd, Tarzan, In the Heights, Into the Woods and Fiddler on the Roof.
Everyone who knows about it is excited for this one night only reunion event that you cannot miss!
Tickets are ONLY $15 each. All proceeds to go to Amity Creative Theater and scholarships for our students.  
The ONLY way you can see the show is to click this link – GET TICKETS – They may be sold out tonight! HURRY!

Congratulations To Amity Middle School’s “The 7’s” Band On Your Big Win

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Apr 252018
 

Orange Band Takes Home Grand Prize at Teen Band Competition!
On Sunday, April 22, four Orange Teens claimed the title of best Middle School Band at the Ridgefield Playhouse 2018 Band Jam. Playing to a packed house, Christopher Carlson, Lucas Ketchian, Oliver Nappi and Declan O’Rourke in their band called “The 7’s,” rocked out in Connecticut’s biggest band competition.
The annual battle of the bands which was started by three Ridgefield boys in order to save the struggling playhouse, has raised more than $100,000 for the Playhouse since it’s inception in 2010. Each year local bands vie for bragging rights as BandJam champion.
Bands are judged on musicianship, quality of sound, and showmanship. In this year’s battle, middle school rockers, the 7’s competed against 2 Minute Minors, Band2 and Sky Bandits. They were joined by high school bands, Abby & The Roadsters, Gilbert, Orbit and Sound Beacon.
BandJam 2018 celebrity judges included Broadway’s Debbie Gravitte, Living Color bassist Doug Wimbish and i95fm’s Ethan Carey.
The 7’s who love ’80’s and ’90’s rock performed Seven Nation Army by The White Stripes and Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana. The judges were blown away by the ‘7’s performance and got quite the compliment when Doug Wimbash said “Well done! I look forward to seeing you guys at Madison Square Garden!” This was the first year The ‘7’s competed and had such a positive experience that they will definitely be doing it again next year.
Who know what lies in the future for The 7’s but right now they are riding the high of being crowned the best middle school band in Connecticut!
Congratulations Boys! Keep playing as long as it’s fun. You make Orange Proud!

NOTICE: Amity Budget Referendum

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Apr 252018
 

The Amity Budget Referendum will take place on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at High Plains Community Center from  6  a.m. to 8 p.m.

Pursuant to State Law Absentee Ballots are Available in the Town Clerks Office at Town Hall during normal hours.

 

Amity Presents the First Of Three FREE Spring Concerts

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Apr 232018
 

The Amity Music Department will host it’s first in a series of three Spring Concerts starting Thursday, April 26.  This concert will feature the talented students of the Amity High School Band and Jazz Band!

Some of the band highlights include Within These Hallowed Halls, a narrated selection honoring America, Pastime With Good Company, and an exciting piece of music entitled Rush by the composer Samuel Hazo.

The Jazz Band highlights include Take Five, Everybody Loves the Blues and more!

Director Phil Dolan and the musicians hope that you can help them usher in the Spring Season on April 26 at 7:00 p.m. in the John J. Brady Center for the Performing Arts at Amity High School!  This is a FREE concert!

This Week’s Amity Varsity Sports Schedules

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Apr 232018
 

Following is the Amity Varsity Sports Schedule for the week of April 23-28.

Monday, April 23

Boys Golf vs Cheshire HOME at The Tradition at Oak Lane Country Club, Woodbridge 2:30 p.m.

Girls Golf vs Daniel Hand AWAY at Madison Country Club 2:30 p.m.

Baseball vs Notre Dame-West Haven HOME at Amity 3:45 p.m.

Boys Tennis vs Foran HOME at Amity Tennis Courts 3:45 p.m.

Girls Tennis vs Jonathan Law HOME at Amity Tennis Courts 3:45 p.m.

Softball vs Cheshire AWAY at Cheshire High  4 p.m.

Tuesday, April 24

Boys Golf vs Notre Dame-West Haven HOME – The Tradition at Oak Lane C.C. – Woodbridge 2:45 p.m.

Boys Outdoor Track vs Shelton, Notre Dame-West Haven AWAY – Shelton High School Track 3:45 p.m.
Girls Outdoor Track v. Shelton AWAY – Shelton High School Track 3:45 p.m.

Girls Lacrosse vs Guilford HOME – Amity High School – Field # 3 3:45 p.m.

Unified Sports Volleyball SCC Unified Volleyball Tournament HOME –  at Amity 3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 25

Boys Golf vs Xavier AWAY Portland Golf Club 2:30 p.m.

Girls Golf vs Cheshire HOME Racebrook CC Orange 3:30 p.m.

Baseball vs Fairfield Prep HOME at Amity 3:45 p.m.

Boys Tennis vs Branford AWAY Branford HS Tennis Courts 3:45 p.m.

Softball vs East Haven HOME at Amity 4:15 p.m.

Boys Volleyball vs Oxford HOME at Amity 5:15 p.m.

Thursday, April 26

Boys Tennis vs North Haven AWAY No. Haven Athletic Complex 3:45 p.m.

Girls Tennis vs Branford AWAY Branford HS Tennis Courts 3:45 p.m.

Boys Lacrosse vs Pomperaug HOME at Amity 4 p.m.

Girls Lacrosse vs Sacred Heart Academy AWAY Sacred Heart 4 p.m.

Softball vs Mercy AWAY at Mercy 4:30 p.m.

Friday, April 27

Girls Tennis vs Hamden AWAY – Hamden HS Tennis Courts 3:45 p.m.

Baseball vs Sheehan AWAY – Sheehan HS Neubauer Field 4:00 p.m.

Boys Outdoor Track O’Grady Relays AWAY- Danbury HS  4:00 p.m.

Boys Outdoor Track Penn Relays, AWAY Univ. of Pennsylvania TBA

Boys Volleyball vs Shelton HOME at Amity 5:15 p.m.

Saturday, April 28

Boys Outdoor Track O’Grady Relays AWAY Danbury HS 9 a.m.

Girls Outdoor Track O’Grady Relays AWAY Danbury HS 9 a.m.

Girls Lacrosse vs Norwalk AWAY Norwalk High School 7 p.m.

 

It’s Here! The First Carnival Of 2018

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Apr 212018
 

The Orange Fairgrounds will be filled with rides, games and fun as Rainbow Amusements brings the first Carnival of the year to town on Saturday, April 21 (12-9). A rain date is scheduled for Sunday, April 22 (12-5). 

The Peck Place Carnival will have food trucks offering dinner and dessert choices for your family to enjoy. Peanut & tree nut free trucks will be on the premises.

Wristbands will be sold at the event for $25 each. 

Any Questions: Contact Gina Vuolo @ gvuolo@optonline.net

All pre-paid wristbands will be available for pick-up at the Will Call window. *Please bring photo ID to pick-up your tickets.

Boys Volleyball: Hand Defeats Amity in Woodbridge

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Apr 202018
 

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The Amity Spartans Boys Volleyball team hosted the Daniel Hand Tigers in Woodbridge on Wednesday.

Hand took the first two games 25-18, 25-17.  Then Amity won one 25-19, and Hand finished it off with the third win 25-21.

It was a 3-1 victory for Daniel Hand.

Noteworthy Players

Hand—Mike Card had 39 assists and four aces. Erik Lazor had 13 kills and three blocks. Tucker Rathe had 10 kills and four blocks.

Amity—Gunnar Poulimas had six kills and four digs. Christian Tzepos had 23 assists.

Records: Hand 4-2, Amity 1-6.