Amity Middle School Orange student, Jasmina Krehic — eighth grade, has won the third annual New England League of Middle Schools essay contest. The contest was done in partnership with the New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS).
This year’s topic was “What is it Like to be a Young Adolescent Today?”
NHMS representatives came to Amity Middle School in Orange with an official NASCAR race car to present Jasmina with 25 tickets to the upcoming featured NASCAR Monster Energy Series event in Loudon, New Hampshire.
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Shown in the photo are: Jasmina Krehic, the winner of the New England League of Middle School essay contest; Amity Middle School Orange 7th Grade teacher Sarah Sharkey; and the New Hampshire Motor Speedway mascot, Milo the Moose.
Amity 100, Foran 81
Amity’s Winning Events
200 yard Medley Relay: A- 2:01.31 Molly Cox, Emma Grabowski, Christiane Delda, Amanda Hendrick
200 Ind. Medley: A-2:26.45 Molly Cox
50-yard Freestyle: A- 26.70 Amanda Hendrick
200-yard Freestyle Relay: A- 1:49.70 Vera Belfonti, Chris
100 Freestyle: A- 58.80 Kayleigh Foley
500-yard Freestyle: A- 5:55.52 Alexis Halstead
200-yard Freestyle Relay: A- 1:49.70 Vera Belfonti, Chris Delda, Kayleigh Foley, Amanda Hendrick
100-yard Backstroke: A- 1:04.53 Molly Cox
Foran’s Winning Events
200-yard Freestyle: F- 2:00,71 Jordan MacDonald
Diving: F- 263.70 Emma Longley
100-yard Butterfly: F- 1:00.00 Jordan MacDonald
100 yard Breaststroke: F- 1:22.10 Kaya Vital
400 yard Freestyle Relay: F- 4:12.12 Arianna Chen, Emily Eschweiler, Ana O’Connor, Jordan MacDonald
Record: Amity 3-0
The Connecticut SAT test scores and updated rankings for the 2016-17 school year were posted to SchoolDigger TODAY.
We know that many Orange and Amity residents moved here because of the schools. Now you can see for yourself how the Orange and Region 5 Districts ranked against other Connecticut schools.
The Orange School District ranked 40th out of 132 in the state of Connecticut.
Here’s how each of the three elementary schools rated:
Peck Place School
13.4 Student/Teacher Ratio
84.6 Average Standard Score (2017)
Down 10 slots from last year
Race Brook School
12.7 Student/Teacher Ratio
76.6 Average Standard Score (2017)
Down 6 slots from last year
Turkey Hill School
12.2 Student/Teacher Ratio
72.2 Average Standard Score (2017)
Down 75 slots from last year
Amity Regional District #5 ranked 6th of 132 Connecticut districts
Amity Middle School Orange ranked in the top 10 of 240 Connecticut Middle Schools
11.5 Student/Teacher Ratio
92.3 Average Standard Score (2017)
UP 20 slots from last year
Amity High School ranked in the top 20 of 109 Connecticut High Schools
12.1 Student/Teacher Ratio
88.8 Average Standard Score (2017)
Retains same ranking as last year
She is about 12 lbs, walks with limp ( front paws) is gentle, a little skittish ( less so with age).
Her name is Pitsy – but sometimes more likely to answer to nickname ” Pit.”
Her family is heartbroken.
If you see her or know of her whereabouts, please call Deborah at 434-616-1369.
Orange resident Mary Hurley started a White House Petition to make 9/11 an official Federal Holiday called First Responders’ Day.
Here is her reasoning:
The events of September 11th are still very fresh in the minds of most Americans. The heroic acts of First Responders on that day should be rightly honored right along side our nation’s veterans on Veteran’s Day, and those that gave their lives for this country on Memorial Day.
The Federal Government will usually only recognize a certain number of Federal Holidays per year. Columbus Day has become a more and more controversial holiday each year. Moreover, it’s a holiday that no one really celebrates anyway. The American people will benefit more from First Responders’ Day to honor those First Responders who gave their lives and for those that still live with the scars of that fateful day far more than Columbus Day.
Click HERE for the petition page.
Dinner tickets are $50 in advance with a purchase deadline of September 29th. There will be no tickets
for purchase at the door.
For Athletic Hall of Fame tickets make checks payable to the Amity Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame, and
send to Amity High School Athletic Department, Attention: Lori Bonney, 25 Newton Road, Woodbridge
For Academic Hall of Honor tickets make checks payable to the Amity Hall of Honor, and mail to Amity
District Office, Attention: Carol Lange, 25 Newton Road, Woodbridge, CT 06525.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Back when he was a Sophomore or Junior at Amity, I hired one of this year’s honorees, Scott Feinberg, as a freelancer for the Amity Observer Newspaper. I was so impressed with his attention to detail and can-do attitude and more so, his knowledge of film and an uncanny ability to choose the winners in each category of the Academy Awards year after year.
I am so proud of this young man and have followed his professional career for more than a decade as he lives his dream. Congratulations, Scott!
Following the stunning bipartisan vote that passed the Republican budget by a 78-72 margin at 1:44 a.m., today, House Republican Leader Themis Klarides hailed the passage of the bipartisan package in the House and urged Gov. Malloy to reconsider his threatened veto
and sign the bill to avert massive cuts Democrats will inflict on Connecticut schools on Oct. 1, absent a two-year tax and spending plan.
“This is the first step toward getting the state back on the sane fiscal footing and putting Connecticut back on the road to solvency,’’ Klarides said. “We owe it to the state of Connecticut to act, and have the Governor sign this bipartisan legislation,’’ Klarides said.
The Republican budget does not raise taxes, restores funding for schools and towns and protects municipal aid. Klarides praised the five Democrats who joined the GOP to produce the bipartisan solution.
Three Democratic Senators voted for the Republican plan earlier in the day to pass it 21-15. The
The House then voted 78-72 to approve the budget. It also restores deep cuts for social services.
The Republican plan includes no new taxes, restores education funding and preserves municipal aid.
“It took months to get to this point, and despite the time needed to get this point by the
legislature, we have reached another level. Now we wait for the Governor,’’ Klarides said.
During a police K9 Demonstration at the Orange Country Fair, this afternoon, Officer Chris Brown and his canine partner, Loki showed off the dog’s intensity and strong bite with the assistance of guest “criminal” Deputy Fire Marshal Jamie Vincent.
The music from a live band was blaring nearby, drowning out some of the police dialogue. But basically, Vincent put on a thick protective bite sleeve and stood in the ring as Brown held Loki back while yelling directions to Vincent. “Stay where you are or I’ll release my dog.”
Brown let up on the leash a little and let Loki go after the “criminal.”
Loki hung on until Brown commanded him to release and offered him a miniature bite roll to chew on — a job well done.
The message to this story, if you commit a crime in Orange, don’t mess with Loki.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2017
8:00 a.m. Chip’s famous Pancake Breakfast – Main Food Pavilion
8:30 a.m. Garden Tractor Pull
10:00 a.m. Opening Ceremonies
10:30 a.m. Pork Chop Pig Racing (Lower Field)
11:00 a.m. Two Person Hand Saw Contest
11:00 a.m. Homing Pigeon Release
11:00 a.m. Oxen Draw
11:30 a.m. Olde Time Lumberjack Show
12:00 p.m. Gazebo: The Magic of Adam (Magician)
12:00-5:00: Justin Woods Circus (Strolling Entertainer)
1:00 p.m. Men’s Haybale Toss – Upper Field
1:00 p.m. Orange Police Dog Demonstration – Upper Field
1:00-5:00: The Magic of Christopher (Performing tricks around the fairgrounds)
2:00 p.m.Homing Pigeon Release
2:00 p.m. Children’s Entertainment
2:00 p.m. Olde Time Lumberjack Show
3:00 p.m. Doodlebug Contest
3:00 p.m. Pork Chop Pig Racing (Lower Field)
3:00 p.m. Homing Pigeon Release
3:00 p.m. Musical Entertainment – Shari Puorto Band
5:00 p.m. Olde Time Lumberjack Show
7:00 p.m. Fair Closes