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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!

Back To School: Amity High School Information

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Aug 142015
 

back2schoolThe first day of school for all students is Monday, August 31.

All students are expected to arrive at school at 7:34 a.m. After an extended homeroom, students will follow a modified A-day schedule.

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If you are new to Amity High School, or returning and need a refresher, here are the Bell Schedules.

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The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year Is Here: Orange Students Go Back To School

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Sep 022014
 

BACK Home at Peck Place School

BACK Home at Peck Place School

Students big and small returned to school this morning in Orange and across the Amity area.

Kent Pierce from WTNH-8 showed up at Peck Place School and took a mini-tour of the inside with Principal Eric Carbone.

Orange Live walked through with Mike Luzzi, Board of Ed Chairman Bill Kraut and Board member Jeff Cap as they checked out the indoor climate control.

The new cooling system was obviously working very well. First-grade Teacher Patty Moffett stood in the doorway of her classroom ready to greet her students and start a new year.

“I love it,” Moffett said of her bright new classroom. The new shelving was installed over the past week and everything was set.

 

Over in the second-grade section, Teacher Kelly Stevens remarked on how wonderfully quiet the new heating/cooling units are.

Ms Stevens waits for her class to arrive.

Ms Stevens waits for her class to arrive.were.

Stevens has been preparing her classroom for the past two months, and the shelving installation was the icing on the cake. Once they were finished she was able to perfect her classroom’s look.

She thanked the two board members for giving them the minimal schedule for the remainder of the week so everyone can finish.

This morning, in her classroom, everything was “perfect” and the only thing that was missing was the students — But they were on the way.

Carbone greeted the children as they stepped off the school busses. There were no tears, not even from the smallest kids.

Everyone was excited to get into the “new” Peck Place School.

 

Kindergarten

The scene at Mary L. Tracy was entertaining as usual with the largest crowd of paparazzi (parents with cameras and smart phones.)

IMG_7750There were some tears, but nothing uncontrollable, just a little jitters.

The children stepped off the bus, walked past the paparazzi and then led up the stairs where someone greeted them and brought them into the gymnasium to meet their new teachers.

It looks like it’s going to be a good school year.

 

Photos of the kids will be published only after they are approved by the schools. Hopefully by tomorrow.

 

 

 

 

 

Paparazzi, Smiles and Tears On The First Day of School

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Sep 032013
 

This little fellow (used with parental permission) couldn't wait to start his first day of school, much to the delight of Mrs. Murray.

This little fellow (used with parental permission) couldn’t wait to start his first day of school, much to the delight of Mrs. Murray.

Today, (Tuesday, Sept. 3) marked the first day of school in Orange.

Kindergarten and Elementary School students stepped off the bus at their respective schools, some excited, some apprehensive. One too nervous to make the move from his seat.

One of the best shows of enthusiasm each year can be found at the Kindergarten.

The Superintendent snapped a few photos along with the gallery of parent paparazzi who lined the sidewalks near the entrance.

Colleen Murray greeted each child with a high five or a hug and then directed them up the stairs to their waiting teachers and teachers assistants.

A seasoned greeter, Murray, who used to be the Principal at Turkey Hill School, scans the buses as they pull up to the curb, looking for scared or worried faces and reassures them that everything will be alright.

One little girl ran to her with open arms and sobbed as Murray told her she would have a wonderful year, then, when the time was right, she took her hand and led her up the stairs to join her new classmates.

Many of the parents walked away, feeling sad because their children gave a quick wave and continued on into the school without a second glance their way. Others took dozens of photos as their children stopped and posed.

Ah, kids, you never know what they’re going to do. Just remember to ask them about their day every day when they get home and show interest in their work.

Also, Don’t forget to check your school’s virtual backpack each day for any important notices that may not come home in paper form.

Back To School: News From Amity High School

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Aug 102013
 

The halls of Amity High School are empty now, but school will be back in session next month.

The halls of Amity High School are empty now, but school will be back in session next month.

From Amity High School, information about the first day of school, Freshmen come in first, upper classmen get to sleep in a little later.

First Day of School

The first day of school for all students is Tuesday, Sept. 3.

All freshmen are expected to arrive at school at 7:34 am for a freshmen orientation.

All upperclassmen are expected to arrive at school on a two-hour delay schedule at 9:34 am.

A double bus run will be provided for freshmen in the morning and upperclassmen later in the morning. Students will follow a modified schedule through all 8 class periods.

Freshman Orientation Schedule

7:34                           All Freshmen Report to Homeroom

7:40 – 8:10               Homeroom Class — Attendance, Schedules, Maps

8:15 – 8:45               Freshmen Escorted to Gymnasium — Welcome/Announcements

8:50 – 9:25               Freshman Meeting with Counselors

9:34 – 9:48               Return to Homeroom

9:53 – 2:18                Follow “A” Day Schedule

Arrival of Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors

9:34 – 9:48               All Grades Report to Homeroom — Attendance, Schedules

9:53 – 2:18                Follow “A” Day Schedule

“A” Day Schedule

Class 1        9:53 – 10:13  (A Day for Classes 1-6)

Class 2     10:18 – 10:38

Class 3     10:43 – 11:03

Class 4     11:08 – 11:28

Class 5

A Lunch

`                11:33 – 12:00     Lunch

12:03 – 1:00       Class

                 B Lunch

`                11:33 – 12:02    Class

12:04 – 12:31    Lunch

12:33 – 1:00      Class

                C Lunch

`                11:33 – 12:30    Class

12:33 – 1:00      Lunch

Class 6     1:05 – 1:26

Class 7      1:31 – 1:52        (B Day Classes 7 and 8)

Class 8     1:57 – 2:18

 

 

 

Back To School, Smiles, Tears and Enthusiastic Parents and Staff (New pix)

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Aug 302012
 

Principal Colleen Murray greets Lisa Kaplan’s class as they make their way to their classroom.

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Originally published Aug. 29 at 4:28 p.m.

Today marked the first day of school and end of summer for children in Orange and many other communities.

Yellow buses pulled up to driveways and street corners on main thoroughfares and side roads across towns as teary eyed parents waved goodbye to their babies.

For some of the children it truly is the “most wonderful time of the year” when they get to show off their new backpacks and shoes and are reunited with  their friends and favorite teachers.

For other children, mainly kindergartners who’ve never been away from their parents for a full day, it’s scary and they can’t hold back the tears no matter how hard they try.

Over at Peck Place School brand new Principal Eric Carbone greeted the children as they stepped off the bus. Some he recognized from the family picnic last Friday, others he chatted with for a moment and asked, “What’s your name?” as he studied his or her face so he’d remember next time they crossed paths.

Supt. Lynn McMullin stopped by to see how things were going at the elementary schools and briefly chatted with principals, teachers, parents and students.

The best morning was at Mary L. Tracy School where kindergartners were greeted by new Principal Colleen Murray and then walked by the paparazzi on the way into the building. Parents lined up 3-4 rows deep to see their precious cargo exit the school bus and snap a photo, calling their names — “BRAD, ANGELINA! LOOK AT ME, TURN THIS WAY!” — so they could get a good shot to commemorate the biggest day of their child’s life so far.

Some children were able to stop long enough to give, Mom, Dad or Grampa a smile and a wave before being whisked off into the building away from their adoring public.

Once inside, the children were escorted over to the wooden bleachers, just two rows tall, and introduced to their teachers and classmates.

Colleen Murray came into the gymnasium with a big smile and tons of enthusiasm, throwing her arms into the air and saying, “WELCOME! We’re so happy to see all of you here!”

One by one, the students stood and assembled into nice neat lines and followed their teachers to their new classrooms. Murray greeted each group before they exited the room.

The final class in line was (Mrs.) Lisa Kaplan’s. She held the smallest boy’s hand as he sniffed back the tears.

“Ok, everybody, cover your name tags and let me see if I can do this,” she said. “Ok, Kyle, Sarah, David … etc.” and named every child from memory.

If the enthusiasm witnessed this morning carries on throughout the school year, 2012-13 is going to be a good one.

Here are some photos from today’s visits. (Children whose faces were recognizable were blocked unless the parents granted permission.)***

***Orange Live will not use children’s names with photographs unless a story is written about him or her specifically, i.e. award presentations, starring in a school play etc.  In group photos, the children that appear will have had written consent through the school beforehand — names will not be used. If I interview your child for a story, only his or her first name will be used.

New Amity Regional District Website Is Worth A Visit

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Aug 102012
 

Amity High School Principal Charles Britton points parents and students to the new improved Amity Regional District Website.

The handsome new design is a vast improvement over the old tired page.

It is easy to cruise through and find exactly where particular information is posted, including High School Bus Routes, a link to High School specific information, a link to the Amity Middle School Orange Campus page, the school newspaper “The Trident”, Staff websites, forms, Link Crew news and so much more.

If you are involved with the Regional School District in any way, the new site is well worth a visit.

The first day of school for all students is Wednesday, Aug. 29. All freshmen are expected to arrive at school at 7:34 am for a freshmen orientation. All upperclassmen are expected to arrive at school on a two-hour delay schedule at 9:34 am.  A double bus run will be provided for freshmen in the morning and upperclassmen later in the morning.

Stay with Orange Live for more School News prior to the first day of the 2012-13 school year and then coverage of school activities, including sports and theater throughout the year.