Thank You For Your Back To School Photos!

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Aug 302016

For the first time in a quarter of a century of covering the news in Orange, I did not take photos for the first day of school. This was for several reasons: school rules regarding publishing children’s photos without permission; The time it takes to obtain that permission; and the fact that this was my granddaughter’s first day of Kindergarten. Since I was there for every big moment of her life, this Yia Yia just couldn’t miss this milestone.

I requested parents with cameras  to take a photo of their child and send it to Orange Live for a photo spread.

Here are a few from this week. Thank You! Here’s wishing EVERY student no matter what grade you’re in, the best school year ever!

Letter: Amity Principal Tells Students to Make It Happen

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Aug 202016

The halls of Amity High School.

The halls of Amity High School.

Welcome back to school! This is the year at Amity Regional High School we plan to “Make It Happen!” We are very excited for the 2016-2017 school year to begin.

This is the weekly newsletter which is distributed to help keep parents, students and community members informed about what is happening at the high school. This first newsletter is being distributed through the Amity Regional High School portal, Bethany Middle School portal, and Orange Middle School portal.

If you are the parent of an incoming freshman, please make sure you enroll in the Amity High School newsletter. Future ARHS Happenings email will only be distributed through the ARHS newsletter portal. Directions for enrolling on the Amity High School newsletter can be found HERE All newsletters are also archived on the main page of the District no 5 WEBSITE.

As mentioned in the mailing you received last week, we will be changing our opening day of school slightly this year so as to highlight the importance of our core values of fairness, respect and passion. We will also be focusing on the concept of building a strong school community and celebrating the start of the school year together.

The Link Crew Freshmen Orientation Day will take place throughout the morning on Monday, August 29. As in year’s past, freshmen will gather in the middle gymnasium with the assistance of Link Crew Leaders at 7:34. From there, they will participate in team-building activities, will become familiar with their schedules and the school building, and get to know their Link Crew Leaders. After having lunch in the cafeteria with their Link Crew Leaders, the freshmen will join the rest of the school community in a brief run through of all 8-classes. The schedule for the first day of school for freshmen can be found HERE.

Sophomores, juniors and seniors will also follow a special schedule on Monday, August 29. After a brief homeroom for attendance and a welcome-back presentation at 7:34, students will attend a speaker series and then watch a documentary film all focused around the Core Values. The speakers are ARHS graduates who have demonstrated fairness, respect, and passion to make their dreams come true. These graduates have overcome obstacles, believed in themselves and relied on their communities for support in achieving their goals.

After the speaker-series, documentary and lunch, students will visit all 8 of their classes briefly to meet their teachers and become oriented to their schedules. The schedule for 10th-12th graders can be found HERE.

This week’s newsletter contains a plethora of back-to-school information. If you have any questions about any of the information below, please do not hesitate to contact the main office where someone will be happy to assist you. Enjoy the rest of the summer and we look forward to welcoming the entire ARHS student body on August 29th at 7:34am!


Anna N. Mahon

Parents, Learn About What Link Crew Can Do on Wednesday Night

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Aug 192016

Screen Shot 2016-08-19 at 10.22.59 PMAll incoming freshmen parents or guardians are invited to attend an informational Link Crew assembly in the Amity High School main gym on Wednesday, Aug. 24, from 7 to 8 pm.

The Link Crew coordinators will be talking about Link Crew and shedding light on Monday’s Freshmen Orientation. 

For newcomers to the district, Amity High School is located at 25 Newton Road, Woodbridge.

Amity Receives Frontier Communications Grant

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Aug 032016

State Senator Joseph Crisco; Dr. Marie McPadden, Director of Curriculum; Paul Quick, SVP/GM for Frontier in Connecticut; Charles Dumas, Ed.D. Superintendent of Schools; Terry Lumas Amity Regional High School and First Selectman Scalettar, Frontier's Joe Ferraiolo.

State Senator Joseph Crisco; Dr. Marie McPadden, Director of Curriculum; Paul Quick, SVP/GM for Frontier in Connecticut; Charles Dumas, Ed.D. Superintendent of Schools; Terry Lumas Amity Regional High School and First Selectman Scalettar, Frontier’s Joe Ferraiolo. (submitted photo)

Frontier Communications awarded a grant in the amount of $ 19,324.50 to the Amity Regional School district to improve technology and classroom learning as part of the Public Educational and Government Programming (PEG) Grant Program. The Grant will make capital improvements to production studios and help Amity Regional High School upgrade the signal transmission system to support multi-camera coverage to connect with a larger audience in surrounding towns.

The PEG program’s goal is to improve the quality and increase the quantity of community access productions and educational initiatives supported by these programs within local school systems.

Amity Regional High School is one of 15 organizations throughout the state which are the recipients of the PEG grants.

“I want to thank Frontier for demonstrating its commitment to our school and our community with this meaningful contribution to Amity’s Media Fine Arts and Video Production programs. It is so important for our children to have access to the latest equipment and cutting edge technology,” said Woodbridge First Selectwoman Ellen Scalettar.

Frontier Communications provides video, high speed internet and voice products and services throughout the state. Frontier is committed to Connecticut and is passionate about investing and engaging with the communities it serves.

“This grant very much aligns with Frontier’s philosophy of supporting programs, organizations and initiatives that make the communities we serve better places to live, work and do business. We are a hometown company – our employees live and work here – we send our kids to school here, and we love to see the company we work for give back to support our communities – especially when it comes to kids and education,” said Joe Ferraiolo Area General Manager for Greater New Haven at Frontier Communications.

Video Production and English Teacher Jeremy Iverson was delighted the grant will allow him and his Amity students to advance learning which will also ultimately benefit the outlying communities beyond the classroom. “The grant is a great foundation for fostering media literacy by sparking interest in both the immediate Amity community and our surrounding towns. Technology is in the palm of everyone’s hands and makes a difference in the way we inform, instruct and entertain.”

Amity Students Make 3D Drone at UNH Camp

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Jul 182016

3ddroneTeenagers from several local high schools including West Haven are participating in an engineering camp at the University of New Haven this week and next week.

One of the very visual things they are doing is constructing drones on 3-D printing machines. They will then compete for the best drone – the one that can complete certain tasks.  To do this, they have to learn software used by industry. Camp is sponsored by Sikorsky.


There are 25 students participating and they have interesting things to say about their projects. They are from:

Amity Regional High School

Sheehan High School

Foran High School

North Haven High School

Lyman Hall High School

Maloney High School

Cheshire High School

West Haven High School

East Haven HS

Eli Whitney Tech

Trumbull High School

Wallingford Schools

New Canaan

Fairfield Ludlowe High School

and not so local schools:

Fuzhou No.1 High School — China

Eagle Ridge Middle School (Ashburn, Va).


There also are five teachers participating in the program. They are from:

Platt Technical High School (Milford)

Joseph Mello Middle School, East Haven,

East Haven High School

Fuzhou No.1 High School (China)



Looking For A Home In The Amity District? Check This One Out!

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May 112016

E228bf64383f4b2-N10123815Come through the doors of this happy home at 18 Hi Ann Court, Bethany, and you will fall in love.

Beautifully situated on 1.72 level acres on a cul-de-sac neighborhood. Lots of space for entertaining inside and out.

Updated kitchen with large granite island opens to den and living room with full wall bricked fireplace.

French doors lead you to the dining room. There are closets and storage galore!

All four spacious bedrooms with hardwood floors, ceiling fans. The master bedroom has a huge closet/dressing room, skylights and private bath.

Amazing built in sports pool adds to summer fun. Barbecue on the stone patio adjacent to the secured pool area.

Conveniently located just 10 miles from downtown New Haven in Bethany.

If you’re looking for your forever home, Debbie Schlegel will be happy to give you a tour.

Recently Reduced! Offered for $509,900.

Woodbridge Police Release Name Of Amity Student Arrested After Fight

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Mar 022016

Amity HIgh SchoolOn March 1 Orange Live reported on a fight/arrest that occurred at Amity High School on Monday morning. Following is the information released by the Woodbridge Police today. 

On Monday, Feb. 29 at about 8:30 a.m. police responded to the Amity High School on a report of a fight in progress.

Student Michael Spand-Mulrai, 18, 393 Bethmour Road., Bethany, was taken into custody by school security personnel, who subsequently found him to be in illegal possession of pill form medication that was not prescribed to him. 

Spand-Mulrai was transported to Police HQ where he was charged with breach of peace and possession of controlled substance and released on a promise to appear in New Haven Superior Court for arraignment on March 10.

Today Is The First Day Of Auditions For Amity’s Spring Musical — Amity Students Have An Advantage

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Jan 042016

Screen Shot 2016-01-04 at 12.50.36 PMToday and tomorrow, Amity Theater Kids will audition for roles in the Amity spring musical, “Into The Woods.”

Auditioning can be nerve-wracking for even seasoned performers, but the Amity Creative Theater students have a leg up on this one.

Back on Oct. 26, 2015, Broadway actor Rob McClure addressed the theater students who were seated in rows on the Amity stage, sounding more like a friend than a celebrity.

Here is a video from that special event

He shared personal stories of his own experiences and walked them through the way to tackle an audition.

McClure revealed that on his first audition he did not know what show he was auditioning for and decided to try out for the part of Toby (Sweeney Todd). When his turn came up, he sang “Stars” — from… Les Miserables. No, he didn’t get the part, but one hiccup didn’t stop him from achieving his dream of being on Broadway.

He said acting is playing make believe, connecting with the audience and having them empathize with you. If you get good enough at play acting you can achieve anything.

McClure said Steven Sondheim’s “Into The Woods” is the ultimate masterpiece with complicated, catchy tunes and lyrics.

He asked the students to sum up “Into The Woods” — what is the function of fairy tales in real life?

The answer — to teach a lesson.

He said Sondheim asked what do you get when a young girl puts everything she has into getting a prince? What happens after she gets prince charming? Jack  from Jack And the Beanstalk did not have a father figure in his life, and he did a lot of things he shouldn’t have.  What happens after the beanstalk falls and Jack kills the giant? The baker’s wife cheated on her husband with Prince Charming – What happens next?

“This show has so much to offer,” McClure said, “Listen to the lyrics… that’s what woods are for… or is it, ‘that’s what Would’s are for’?  It’s all about the possibilities.”

McClure had all of the kids stand and make a large circle for a warm-up exercise involving eye contact and reactions.

“Acting is reacting,” he tole them, “Everything you do is in response to something else. Your life is a constant state of reacting.”

Another lesson he taught was that eye contact is awkward and personal … the eyes are the window to the soul. Big eyeglasses hide what you’re feeling, you have to let people in.

As students took center stage to sing a few lines from a number from Into The Woods, McClure explained what the character is feeling, realizing about their situation and themselves.

With each break the students’ performances improved (see video link above).

The kids really responded to him and hung onto every word he said.

Now, 2 months after that opportunity of a lifetime, the actors should remember to make eye contact, and to rely on one another.

Before taking the stage for their auditions for “Into The Woods,” today, the actors have to think about their character’s objective, are they in a public or private place, what is their relationship to other characters and more.

We, at Orange Live wish all of the actors the best of luck in their auditions and look forward to a stellar production of Into The Woods next spring.

This full day workshop was facilitated by the Broadway Method Academy of Fairfield, CT.  The Broadway Method Academy was founded in 2014 by Amity alumni Connor Deane of Orange.  Deane is a 2010 graduate of Amity High School and of The University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.  His company offers comprehensive training in acting, singing, and dancing. Broadway Method Academy or BMA offers a variety of classes, private coaching sessions, and performance opportunities, bringing in some of Broadway’s top talents to work with students.  Their mission is to provide the essential tools for young artists to integrate acting, singing, and dancing. BMA helps to build audiences for tomorrow, to educate audiences of today, to enrich the community, and to enrich the lives of children.

Rob McClure received the 2013 Tony, Drama League, Astaire, and Outer Critics Circle Nominations, and won the Theatre World and Clive Barnes Awards for his performance as Charlie Chaplin in Chaplin The Musical on Broadway. He recently starred, opposite Tony Danza, in the Broadway production of Jason Robert Brown’s Honeymoon in Vegas.

A two-time Barrymore Award winner, Rob starred on Broadway as Princeton/Rod in the Tony Award-winning musical Avenue Q. He made his Broadway debut in the 2002 Broadway revival of I’m Not Rappaport alongside Judd Hirsch and Ben Vereen.  McClure most recently spent the summer at the MUNY in Ohio playing the Baker in Into The Woods.  Rob will be returning to Broadway in the highly anticipated revival of Noises Off starring Smash star, Megan Hilty. 

Amity partnered with the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation to bring this opportunity to Amity students. 

Parents, Mark Your Calendars for 8th Grade Parent Night At Amity

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Dec 182015

The halls of Amity High School.

The halls of Amity High School.

Parents of current 8th grade students are encouraged to attend an informational session in the Brady Center on Tuesday, January 26 at 6:30 p.m.  

Amity High School department chairs and administrators will provide an overview of the courses and programs offered at the high school.

This event will provide important information as we begin the 2016-2017 course selection and registration process.

Slipper Sock Drive at Amity High

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Dec 112015

thThe Community Action Club at Amity High School is currently holding a slipper sock drive benefiting the Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital.

A box will be left to accept donation in front of the main office and a lunch table during all of the lunch waves accepting slipper socks of any kind.

Cash donations that will be used to purchase socks later can also be made during lunch.

The collection will last through Wednesday, Dec. 16.