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Before The Snow Falls: Middle School Fundraiser At Panera Bread Today

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Mar 132017
 

Amity Middle School Orange PTSO is hosting a fundraiser at Panera Bread, Boston Post Road, today, Monday, March 13, from 4 – 8 p.m.

Come and dine at the restaurant and a portion of the proceeds will go to AMSO.

Please be sure to bring the attached flyer with you to the restaurant or show it on your device.  Panera Bread Flyer.pdf

Orange Middle School Students Move Forward In MathCounts Competition

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Feb 102017
 

On Saturday, February 4, ten members of the Amity Middle School Orange Math Team competed in the 2017 New Haven Chapter  Competition. 

The ten members of the team included Benjamin Bae, Ibrahim Cosar, Michael Haverstock, Srilekha Kadimi, Adarsh Kongani, Anibal Loureda, Brodey Lu, Armaan Patel, Nishaan Patel, and William Wei. 

Students have been practicing and preparing for this competition since the first AMSO Math Team meeting, which took place in beginning of the 2016-2017 school year.

Throughout the day long MATHCOUNTS competition, all members of the AMSO team competed in the sprint round and target round, which required students to use various skills such as speed, accuracy, problem solving, and mathematical reasoning. 

Four members of the AMSO Math Team (Armaan, Nishaan, Adarsh, and William) also competed in the MATHCOUNTS team round.  In this round, students needed to collaborate with one another and use their problem solving skills to solve ten math problems in twenty minutes.  

This four-member team finished fourth out of all teams that competed, which qualifies them to continue on to the MATHCOUNTS State Competition on Saturday, March 11. 

Middle School Students Give To Veterans

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Jan 052017
 

This holiday season Amity Middle School in Orange banded together to say “thank you” to veterans as part of the school’s character building program.  The students, staff, and families sent in various items that were put into stockings and delivered to the V.A. Hospital in West Haven.

Janine Arents, a seventh grade science teacher at Amity Middle School in Orange, has run this drive every year since its beginning in collaboration with the community group, SoHuNewHaven.org.

This year was the first year that Miss Arents and a dedicated group of Team X students collected, organized, filled, and delivered the stockings to the VA Hospital in West Haven right before Christmas.

This year was the most successful yet with the students, families, and staff of Amity Middle School in Orange donating more than 1,500 items that went into 50 stockings!  The outpouring of support from the school community was uplifting to all involved.

These stockings helped make many veterans’ holiday seasons better.  The stockings from Amity Middle School in Orange, combined with the stockings from SoHuNewHaven.org, resulted in over 358 stockings being filled with donations!

Miss Arents would like to thank the students, families, and staff at Amity Middle School in Orange, Lisa Siedlarz, Vittoria Fielosh, and the VA in West Haven for all of their generous support for this worthwhile community endeavor.

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.

Attention: Middle School Parents, Items Needed For Halloween Dance

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Oct 292015
 

5a1da6161d264e89a08dbdb761b54310Amity Middle School Orange is having a Halloween Dance and Party this Friday, Oct. 30 from 6:30 – 9 p.m.

Admission is $10.00 and tickets are purchased at the lunches.

The PTSO always partners with the school by requesting refreshment donations from parents. They could certainly use more bottled water, bags of candy, individually packaged chips for this event.

Click HERE for the the sign-up genius.

MADD Power of Parents Workshop Planned For Oct. 7

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Oct 062015
 

Screen Shot 2015-09-30 at 12.12.41 AMOn Tuesday, Sept. 29, all eighth grade students at Amity Middle School, Orange came together in the gymnasium for a presentation by Mothers Against Drunk Driving titled “Power of You(th).”

MADD Program Specialist Amber Monck talked with students about the dangers of underage drinking and how to make good choices around alcohol. The school distributed folders to all eighth grade students that afternoon with more information from MADD. Parents may find this information useful when talking with their child about the presentation.

Parents also are invited to come to the school for an evening workshop by MADD, “Power of Parents,” on Wednesday Oct. 7 at 7 p.m.

According to MADD, 74% of kids say their parents are the #1 influence on their decisions about drinking. This free parent workshop will provide you with tips and tools for talking with your teens about alcohol.

Amity Middle School is located at 100 Ohman Avenue.

Contact Monck at 203-764-2566. RSVP to neil.holt@reg5.k12.ct.us

Originally Published on: Sep 30, 2015 @ 00:14

New Assistant Principal Hired for Amity Middle School – Orange

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May 142014
 

Amity Middle SchoolThe Amity Regional School District #5 Board of Education has hired Neil Holt to serve as Assistant Principal at the Orange Campus of Amity Regional Middle School. Mr. Holt is currently serving as a Spanish teacher at the Orange Campus of Amity Regional Middle School, where he has been since 2007.

“From a pool of more than 120 candidates, Neil rose to the top with exemplary demonstrated skills in both organizational leadership and instructional leadership,” stated Charles Dumais, Superintendent of the Amity Regional School District. “His broad middle school teaching history and his experience as a Content Leader in the district contribute to his suitability for this position.”

Mr. Holt has been a middle school Spanish teacher since 1999, having taught in Orange, CT, Hamden, CT, South Brunswick, NJ, and Worcester, MA. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University (Bachelor of Arts, Psychology/Sociology), and holds a sixth-year degree in Educational Leadership from Southern Connecticut State University and a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Massachusetts.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to serve such an excellent school, with its outstanding staff and supportive community,” stated Mr. Holt upon learning he had been selected for the Assistant Principal position at the Orange Campus of Amity Regional Middle School. “I love working with middle school students, and I intend to work hard to strengthen the culture of learning, high expectations, and caring that makes our school such a wonderful place.  With my knowledge of the school, and having worked as part of the school leadership team over the past few years, I look forward to a smooth transition into the coming school year.”

Mr. Holt will begin his role as Assistant Principal on July 1, 2014.

For The Troops and Veterans, With Love From Amity Middle School

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Dec 192013
 

Stockings for the troops and veterans made with love at Amity Middle School, Orange.

Stockings for the troops and veterans made with love at Amity Middle School, Orange.

Amity Middle School students are feeling the holiday spirit and sharing it with others in a very special way.

Several years ago, 7th grade science teacher Janine Arents read an article about a group of people who collected items an filled stockings for soldiers overseas, which inspired her to also do something for the troops and those who are Hospitalized in the U.S.

“For the past few years we have teamed up with Lisa Siedlarz and the community group SoHuNewHaven.org to collect items for stockings,” Arents said. “In past years we have sent stockings overseas, to stateside medical centers, and this year we linked up with the VA in West Haven.  Last year there were more than 100 stockings sent to a rehabilitation facility on the east coast.”

This year, students from last year expressed an interest to their eighth grade teachers to participate in the Stocking Drive.  So for the 2013 drive the ENTIRE school is participating!

“We have collected just over 100 items so far.  Last year we collected over 500 items that went towards stuffing more than 100 stockings,” she said. “The kids really get into the collecting, organizing, and writing.”

The writing that she speaks of is pretty special.  For Veteran’s day (their kick off for the drive) the kids on Team X wrote acrostic poems that are placed on flags and are hung on the wall.  The poems are seen by the veterans that come in to talk to the Middle School students about their experiences in the service.

The students also draw pictures and write short notes to be included with each stocking.  Some years they receive responses, other years they don’t.  No matter which happens the students really have a great time participating in this event, according to Arents.

The character development program at the middle school focuses on Jackie Robinson’s nine character traits; Citizenship, Commitment, Determination, Justice, Persistence, Excellence, Integrity, Courage, and Teamwork.

“The Stockings for Soldiers drive really helps the students develop and work with these traits,” Arents said. “In fact a number of their poems, letters, and pictures also highlight ‘Jackie’s 9.'”

The students at the Amity Middle School in Orange collected more than 1000 items.  They stuffed more than 40 stockings to help make the holidays merry for our deserving soldiers and veterans.

Amity Middle School Adopts New Citizenship Codes For Report Cards

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Nov 152013
 

Amity Middle SchoolAmity Middle School — Orange Principal Kathleen Fuller-Cutler forwarded this information regarding Report Cards:

After much discussion regarding the merits of our Citizenship codes, the AMSO leadership team decided to pilot a new Citizenship coding for report cards.

The following are the 4 new codes for Citizenship starting with this marking period.  Please note that “unsatisfactory” is no longer a category and that “good” has been added.  Also, there are revised standards for each category.  Citizenship honors is still based on a student receiving five “4’s.”

Citizenship is indicated on the report card as a 1, 2, 3 or 4. The categories are listed below:

1.       Needs Improvement. Examples include the following: inappropriate behavior in class; often unprepared for class; infrequent positive comments and responses in class; sometimes disrespectful to peers and/or teacher.

2.       Satisfactory. Examples include the following:  behavior is acceptable; comments and responds positively in class; preparation for class may be inconsistent.

3.       Good.  Examples include the following:  behavior is good; demonstrates a commitment to the learning process; often comments and responds positively in class; often prepared for class.

4.       Excellent. Examples include the following:  consistently demonstrates a positive attitude towards learning and a commitment to the learning process; preparation is excellent; consistently makes positive comments and responses in class; is a role model for other students in class and throughout the school.

We sincerely hope the new codes are easier to understand.