Amity Students Participate In PEACE Project

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May 242019

Students at Amity Middle School in Bethany, Amity Middle School in Orange, and Amity Regional High School have been working to paint symbols of peace, harmony, and unity. 

Throughout Amity Regional School District No. 5 schools The Peace Project will be installed in outdoor areas, such as our own courtyards.

This project of peace is a direct response to the anti-Semitic concerns that were raised at Amity Regional High School earlier this school year. 

The Peace Project showcases that the Amity community does not condone discriminatory sentiments and instead wishes to live in a community of support and peace.  It is up to us, as members of this community, to work to make this wish a reality.

New Haven Mineral Club Show At Amity Middle School This Weekend

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Mar 312019

The New Haven Mineral Club will celebrate its 46th annual show on Saturday and Sunday, April 6-7, at Amity Middle School in Orange. There will be minerals and gems, of course, to dazzle visitors, but the show also serves to promote the study of mineralogy, geology, paleontology (fossils), lapidary and other sciences.

Each year, a scholarship is awarded to an area high school student, too, to assist in the continuation of studies. The club also does field trips, speakers and special events during the year, but the annual show — with dealers, door prizes, lectures, and demonstrations, is the most popular.

Amity Regional Middle School, 100 Ohman Ave., Orange. Saturday, April 6, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, April 7, 10-5. Donation $6, under 12 free with an adult. newhavenmineralclub.org

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Amity Middle School Students Emulate Jackie Robinson’s Character

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Dec 132018

(Pictured, left to right): Zephaniah Abdus-Salaam, Zshonna Singleton, Sam Sender, Aditi Bhattamishra, Claire Bath, Ari Chetwynd, Oliver Kusiak, and Patrick Coughlin.

Jackie Robinson, the first black man to play professional baseball, has been used as a role model for the students at Amity Middle School in Orange. Jackie lived by non-violent actions and by values that the teachers, staff, and administrators at Amity use today as an example for the student body.

Courage is the “Jackie’s Nine” characteristic of the month for November at Amity Middle School in Orange.  Zephaniah Abdus-Salaam, a seventh-grade student, defined courage as “being proud of yourself to really stand out and protect your friends from people you don’t know…people who may bully others.”  Eighth-grader Patrick Coughlin said that courage is “staying on task during a test and studying even when you don’t want to, so you get the best result.”

The following students were recognized for demonstrating courage to do what is right, even when it is difficult. Zephaniah Abdus-Salaam, Claire Bath, Aditi Bhattamishra, Ari Chetwynd, Patrick Coughlin, Oliver Kusiak, Sam Sender, and Zshonna Singleton.

Chinese Educators to Visit Amity Middle Schools Next Week

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Nov 082018

Twenty-five distinguished Chinese educators, mostly principals, will be visiting the Amity Middle Schools in Bethany and Orange on Tuesday, November 13.

These educators have been selected by Guangdong Province, one of China’s most progressive provinces, to come to the United States this year. The trip for the delegation, which is visiting Connecticut November 4 through November 16, has been arranged by Daniel W. Gregg, Director of International Programs, Connecticut Association of Schools.

The purpose of this visit will be to explore how schools in the United States provide innovative school types and
approaches to address student populations; develop management strategies to ensure teacher quality and student learning; employ innovative teaching methods to improve learning for all students, and promote effective teaching and learning by engaging in dialogue with American educators.

Their visit to Amity will focus on middle school programs in Connecticut. This will be the second year the Connecticut Association of Schools has hosted educators from Guangdong Province. The delegation will be visiting Amity Middle School in Bethany 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and Amity Middle School in Orange 10:45 a.m.
to 12:00 noon.


Minerals, Gems, and Fossils, Oh My!

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Apr 082018

The New Haven Mineral Club presents its 45th Annual Show at Amity Middle School, 100 Ohman Ave., Orange, on Sunday, April 8.

The show is a gem collector’s favorite and only comes around once each year. Dozens of vendors and dealers will have a wide variety of minerals, gems, crystals, metaphysical stones, fossils, and jewelry for sale and to admire. The event includes exhibits, demonstrations, door prizes, kids activities, and refreshments.

The Show is open on Sunday 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Parking is free. Admission is $6, Children under 12 admitted free when accompanied by an adult.

For more information, go to NewHavenMineralClub.org.

This is a wonderful place to start buying crystals and minerals for a child’s collection or to find something special for yourself.


Local Teen Band Lands Spot in Ridgefield Playhouse BandJam Competition Final!

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Apr 062018

Four Orange teens will be competing for the grand prize and title of the best local middle school band in the upcoming Ridgefield Playhouse 2018 BandJam, on Sunday, April 22 at 4 p.m.The band, called the 7’s, after the lucky number of some of its members earned one of the four final coveted spots.

They will be performing two songs in front of a live audience, as well as guest celebrity judges.  Luck has nothing to do with it though, as these four boys have been working hard and having weekly rehearsals to prepare them for the show.

Three of the band members, Christopher Carlson (drums,) Lucas Ketchian, (guitar & bass,) and Declan O’Rourke (guitar & bass) are 7th-grade students at Amity Middle School in Orange. Oliver Nappi, lead singer, is a sixth grader at Turkey Hill School.

The band members have known each other since kindergarten, reconnected on the Lacrosse field in 2015 and added a lead singer 2 years later. They are no stranger to performing however, and have played at many school talent shows as well as showcase performances at RVP studios. Eric Carlson, the drummer’s dad,  has a background in music, having played in a band himself as a teenager, and has been an invaluable asset to the group.  He has been managing the boys and giving them musical direction to help prepare for the upcoming performance.

The area’s hottest musical competition known as BandJam 2018 will bring eight high-octane bands, 4 middle school and 4 high school, to compete at The Ridgefield Playhouse!  The Playhouse BandJam is open to area Middle School and High School Students. A panel of celebrity judges will be on hand to select this year’s BandJam champions. The show is hosted by Christine O’Leary and Jay Prince. What began as a charity event for The Playhouse has become a much-anticipated competition where middle school and high school students perform before a panel of industry professionals for the title of BandJam Winner! 100% of all proceeds from this event will go directly to support The Ridgefield Playhouse.

The band members whose musical tastes run from 80’s and 90’s rock such as Guns n’ Roses and Green Day to current performers like Panic at The Disco will be playing two songs and competing against three other middle school bands. The bands will be judged on musicianship, quality of sound and showmanship. The band would love any support they can get from their fans, and the band that has the most tickets sold gets to pick in which order they will perform!  If you would like to attend, please call The Ridgefield Playhouse box office at 203-438-5795 to purchase a ticket and let them know you are there to support the 7’s! The band would love to bring home the title and grand prize but are also super proud of getting this far!

Johns Hopkins Honors Amity Middle School Student

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May 172017

Nishaan Patel of Orange was honored as one of the brightest young students in the world at a recent awards ceremony sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY).

Nishaan, a participant in the CTY Talent Search, was recognized for scoring exceptionally high on a rigorous, above-grade-level test.

As part of the CTY Talent Search, advanced students in second through eighth grades take challenging tests that can reveal their true capacity for learning. Seventh and eighth graders take the SAT or ACT, the same tests used for college admissions. These students may also take advanced versions of the School and College Ability Test (SCAT) or the Spatial Test Battery (STB). Younger students take the SCAT, STB, or PSAT 8/9.

Nishaan, a student at Amity Middle School, was one of more than 27,000 students from more than 65 countries who participated in the CTY Talent Search between March 2016 and February 2017. Only about 25 percent of Talent Search participants earned the High Honors designation.

This spring, more than 6,700 CTY Talent Search participants were invited to CTY award ceremonies across the U.S. and in China and Hong Kong. Most of these students also qualified for CTY’s summer and online courses.

“We congratulate all of our CTY Talent Search honorees for their hard work and academic achievement,” said Elaine Tuttle Hansen, executive director of CTY. “This is a moment not just to celebrate our students, but to honor the parents and educators who recognized their academic talent and provided them with opportunities to develop it.”

Connecticut’s regional ceremonies took place at Yale University on Saturday, May 13 and Sunday, May 14.

Editor’s Note: Johns Hopkins also honored Nishaan’s brother, Armaan. Congratulations to both of these fine young men.

More Than 100 Participants Give Hair And Hope On Monday

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Apr 062017

Adrian Fielosh getting his head shaved.
(Photo by Vittoria Fielosh)

On Monday, April 3 Amity Middle School in Orange hosted its 9th annual “Giving Hair and Hope” event.

This amazing evening not only raises funds for St. Baldrick’s Foundation to fight childhood cancer but also collects ponytails to donate to Pantene Beautiful Lengths, who makes wigs for cancer patients. This year more than 100 staff, students, and community members volunteered, “braved the shave” or donated ponytails.

Amity’s Pop Warner Cheerleaders also performed to help kick off the event again this year.

Leading up to the event staff and students participated in an annual volleyball tournament organized by one of Amity Middle School’s Physical Education teachers, Mike Blumenthal.

Students also raised more than $2,000 with “Money Wars” where teams competed against each other for points by donating change. Seventh grade’s Team Y was

Donated ponytails. (Vittoria Fielosh Photo)

victorious in this war donating more than half of the proceeds.

Overall, this year’s event raised more than $18,000 for St. Baldrick’s and collected a record number of 30 ponytails. This is an amazing event that brings kids together to help kids.

To learn more about St. Baldrick’s or to make a donation, click HERE to visit the St. Baldrick’s website.

(Orange Live thanks Vittoria Fielosh for all of the photos from this event)

Kneeling on Floor left to right: Jessica Luo, Roxanne Torrioni, Emily Hoddinott, Kaitlyn
Moody, Anthony Vega, and Hailey Furmanek
Standing Second Row left to right: Aditi Chalasani, Michael Pickett, Matthew Fitol, Mackenzie
Gallagher, Raniem Alkasas, Jessica Ejlli, AnneMarie Driscoll, Alexandra Marinescu, Alexis
Kaiser, Keerthi Kongani, Giana Guerra, John Novak, Carter Correia, and Andrew Coscia
Standing Top Row left to right: Ryan Hatrick, Seamus Hennessy, Noah Grauer, Gerald Burns,
Patrick Mizzone, Matthew Carloni, Adrian Fielosh, Marco Bonato, Joseph Nucifora, Henry
Colby, Nolan Smith, Joseph Carangelo, Adam Glassman, and Rocco Antonucci,
Photographed by Vittoria Fielosh

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.

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.