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Aug 052018
 

Are you in the market for a nice home in which to raise a family? Check out this well cared for Raised Ranch with 4 bedrooms and 2 full baths, today at 224 Hemlock Hill Road, from 1-4 p.m.

A true commuter’s dream! Short distance to all major highways, shopping, Yale campus, and train station.

This lovely 1,764 sq ft home boasts a spacious living room with fireplace, formal dining room, eat-in kitchen a bright sunroom that leads you to a deck overlooking a private backyard.

It also comes with wood floors, central air, finished lower level and loads of storage space, a newer furnace and septic system.

The roof is only 7 years old! This home is loaded with many extras and it is well priced at $359,000.

Printable Information for Turkey Hill School Families

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Aug 022016
 

Turkey Hill SchoolTurkey Hill School, 441 Turkey Hill Road, is one of three Orange Elementary schools serving students in grades 1-6.

Denise Arterbery is the principal.

The main phone number is 203-891-8040.

 

Fax: 203-891-8043

The first day of school is Monday, Aug. 29. Following are the school hours:

Regular School Day

8:25 am – 3:00 pm

Minimum/Early Dismissal School Day

8:25 am – 12:55 pm

Delayed School Day

10:25 am – 3:00 pm

Click HERE for the 2016-2017 School Calendar.

 
 

Students Participate in Annual Elementary School Olympic Games

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Jun 012016
 

On Wednesday, June 1, the 10th Annual Orange Elementary School Olympics took place at the Orange Fairgrounds from 4-7:30 p.m.

IMG_1520For the past decade, Jim Ronai has been running the event, and more than 150 Orange 5th and 6th grade students were conditioned and ready to compete against their peers from the three elementary schools during the games.
The student athletes must qualify in order to compete in one or more of the seven featured events. One of the goals of the program is to give children an opportunity to display their athletic talents in a school affiliated venue.
The hope is that many of these students will associate this positive experience with their academic experience and pride in their work, thus producing the foundation for the development of true student athletes. The kids work hard to qualify and play to win during the competitions. They show good sportsmanship and support one another during the games.
A large crowd of parents, teachers and siblings were there to cheer on these phenomenal athletes.

Included in the fun were emcee/DJs Eddie Choiniere and Jimmy Pino, Orange natives and Ronai’s childhood friends, who kept the afternoon and evening entertaining for everyone on the fairgrounds.

Spectators saw some future superstars who will wow the crowds on the fields and tracks of Amity High School, Lauralton Hall, Notre Dame – West Haven, Fairfield Prep and other schools in years to come. Some were extremely impressive.

 

Turkey Hill School Hires New Teachers

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Aug 142014
 

Turkey Hill School[tps_footer][/tps_footer]Turkey Hill School Principal Denise Arterbery announced today that the hiring committee has selected two dynamic teachers to fill the fifth and sixth grade openings at Turkey Hill School.

Both candidates went through a rigorous interview process that included first and second interviews, a lesson observation, and a writing sample.

Jennifer Acker, no stranger to Turkey Hill, will be joining the fifth-grade team. She has been a part of the THS community since 2007 as its manager of the School of the 21st Century. Through her position she has built a strong rapport with students, teachers, and families which will be a great asset to her as she joins our teaching team.

Additionally, Acker brings a broad understanding, appreciation, and excitement for technology and the incorporation of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) due to her involvement as Orange’s Lego League Coordinator. Her excitement and motivation to get started is clearly evident; when she was offered the position she asked “when can I come in and get to work on my classroom and curriculum?”

Joining the sixth-grade team is Jennifer Ziegler, who brings more than 15 years of teaching experience in private and public schools to Turkey Hill. She has experience teaching kindergarten, fourth, fifth, seventh and eighth  grades.

Ziegler comes to Turkey Hill from Amistad Academy Elementary School in New Haven. Her rigorous yet enthusiastic personality and teaching style will help prepare sixth graders as they begin the transition from elementary to middle school this year.

Arterbery said, “Throughout the entire interview process Jennifer’s engaging, dynamic, and fun personality was irresistible and I know that she will capture the hearts and minds of our sixth-grade students!

 

New Student Registration at Turkey Hill on Thursday

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Aug 112014
 

stock photo of Turkey Hill School

stock photo of Turkey Hill School

Turkey Hill area students, are you ready to go back to school?

This Thursday Aug. 14, Turkey Hill School, will host its new student registration from 9 to 11:30 a.m.

On Wednesday, Aug. 27, new student orientation will take place at Turkey Hill School from 7-8 p.m.

Themis Klarides Reads to Turkey Hill School Students

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Mar 132014
 

 Rep. Themis Klarides reads Miss Smith’s Incredible Storybook by Michael Garland to third grade students at Orange’s Turkey Hill School on March 13.

Rep. Themis Klarides reads Miss Smith’s Incredible Storybook by Michael Garland to third grade students at Orange’s Turkey Hill School on March 13.

Today State Rep. Themis Klarides (R-114) visited Ms. Ashley Bell’s third grade class at Turkey Hill School to talk with students about state government and read them books as part of Read Across America Day.

Klarides read Miss Smith’s Incredible Storybook by Michael Garland and Two Bobbies: A True Story of Hurricane Katrina, Friendship and Survival by Kirby Larson.

Klarides visits the school annually to talk about her experience in the legislature and encourage the students to cultivate a love for reading.

 

Rep. Themis Klarides (center) visits Ms. Ashley Bell (back right) and her Turkey Hill School third graders in Orange on March 13.

Rep. Themis Klarides (center) visits Ms. Ashley Bell (back right) and her Turkey Hill School third graders in Orange on March 13.

Orange Board of Education Meeting Agenda – Monday, Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m.

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Feb 092014
 

BOE Chairman Bill Kraut and Supt. Lynn McMullin at a recent BOE meeting.

BOE Chairman Bill Kraut and Supt. Lynn McMullin at a recent BOE meeting.

BOE Meeting: Upstairs Conference Room – BOE Offices Time of BOE Meeting: 7:30 P.M.

I Call to Order
Pledge of Allegiance & Mission Statement
The Orange Elementary School District recognizes that the education of each child is the shared responsibility of every
member of our community.

Our goal is to inspire and empower each student to achieve academic excellence, embrace social and individual
responsibility, and lead with integrity. We believe all individuals should be valued and treated with respect.

Together we will make a difference.

II Public Participation:
1. General Participation
2. Introduction to Full Day Kindergarten – Lynn McMullin
3. Kindergarten Full Day Participation
Speakers may offer objective comments to the Board concerning subjects that lie within its jurisdiction, i.e. school operations and
programs. Comments will be limited to two (2) minutes per speaker. The Board encourages speakers not to express personal complaints
or defamatory comments about the Orange Board of Education personnel or any person associated with the Orange Public School System.
Comments about security issues, matters related to due process, negotiations, or grievances will not be permitted. Consistent with the
principles of the Federal Education Right to Privacy Act (FERPA), discussions about students are prohibited absent a written parent
waiver. Questions which can be answered during the meeting may be answered at the option of the Board. Inquiries which may require
analysis/investigations will, at the option of the Board, be answered at a future specified time.

III Correspondence
1. Two thank you notes from staff members – “Books in Memory”
2. Three parent/citizen letters
IV Consent Agenda
1. BOE Regular Meeting Minutes – January 13, 2014
2. Approval of Bills – January 2014
V Presentation – Mrs. Byrd – Special Education Accomplishments in 2012-2013 & Goals for 2013-2014
VI Superintendent’s Report
VII Board Business
1. 2013/2014 Budget Update – Mr. McNabola
2. Kindergarten Full Day Pilot Proposal – Ms. McMullin
3. Second Read – Policy 9110 – Number of Members, Term of Office, Oath of Office – Mr. Kraut
Policy 9214 – Number of Members & Elections – Mr. Kraut
4. 2014-2015 Draft Student Calendar – Ms. McMullin
5. Building & Grounds Sub Committee Recommendations – Mr. Cap
Motion: Recommendation – Hiring a Structural Engineer
Motion: Retention of AIG to Remediate Peck Place
6. Out of State Field Trip Permission – Race Brook & Turkey Hill Schools – Mr. Kraut

VIII Standing Committees
1. Finance and Insurance- Mr. Robert Ricciardi
2. Personnel/Transportation & Policy- Mrs. Jody Dietch
3. Building & Grounds – Mr. Jeff Cap
4. Long Range Planning – Mrs. Deanna Pucillo
5. Schools of the 21st Century/Food Services – Mr. Keith Marquis
6. Health & Wellness – Ms. Susan Riccio
7. Technology – Mr. Jeff Cap
8. Safety & Security – Mr. Bobby Ricciardi

IX Adjournment of Meeting

* Item may require an executive session

Don’t Panic! Turkey Hill School Is NOT Falling Down

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Feb 062014
 

Turkey Hill SchoolSome residents have contacted me about a disturbing story they read about the condition of Turkey Hill School, worried that it is on the verge of falling down.

The “story” it turns out, was an opinion piece, written by a parent who attended a Board of Ed Building and Grounds Committee meeting that contained many interesting facts about his child’s  elementary school (Peck Place) but also included his interpretation of a discussion regarding a problem discovered at Turkey Hill School.

I did not attend the committee meeting, but this is what I have come up with after inquiring about the problem and the seriousness of the situation.

On the Friday before last (Jan. 24) a custodian at Turkey Hill School noticed a strange gap between a window and the wall in the last classroom in the front of the building on the far right.

He immediately reported it, and Superintendent Lynn McMullin and Facilities Director Mike Luzzi called town building official Fred Trotta, who, in turn asked a structural engineer for some advice.

Everything was moved out of the room, and the children were relocated to the Spanish Room as a precautionary measure until school officials get some solid answers.

In the Blog it stated that “engineers (plural) looked at the problem and estimated that 50% of all classrooms may be at risk.”

Those who attended the meeting said there was only one (1) who looked at the one (1) room. 

The blogger also stated that the state code requires school building walls to withstand 110 mph winds — this is true, but, one school official said your children would not be in school in the middle of a hurricane where 110 mph winds may be present.

The blogger wrote, “Turkey Hill is not considered safe to occupy if those winds exceed 50mph.” Not sure where he got this information, but that statement is what has parents asking if the school is falling down.

Anyone who did not see the blog or read the entire thing may be concerned about the safety of the flat-roof school with the weight of the heavy snow from the recent storm.

The blog and Supt. Lynn McMullin both state that there is no issue with the roof.

On Monday, Feb. 10, the Board of Education will take action and make a motion to recommend (to the Board of Selectmen) retaining a structural engineer to determine the severity and best course of action for this situation at Turkey Hill. This could cost upwards of $7,500.

The Superintendent did not wish to make any official comment until  after a full analysis had been done.

The Board of Ed meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. 

Turkey Hill School Evacuated — All Is Well

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Dec 182013
 

turkey Hill school aerial shotThe Orange Volunteer Fire Department responded to an activated smoke alarm at Turkey Hill School today at 11:21 a.m.
When the firefighters arrived within 3 minutes of the alarm, all of the children and staff already had been evacuated and were standing outside in the 34-degree temperature.
First responders dropped the incoming fire personnel down to non-emergency response, and one of the fire officers went inside with the principal to investigate the reason for the alarm activation (in the kitchen area).
A few minutes later the fire engines were released one-by-one to return to their designated stations.
This was a false alarm, but thankfully, the fire drills that the schools regularly conduct helped everything run smoothly.
Principal Stephen Bergin, the teachers and students all deserve praise for their seamless actions in what could have been a real emergency situation; and to our volunteer firefighters who dropped everything and responded to the school in less than 5 minutes.

Back To School: You Will See These Changes At Orange Elementary Schools

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Aug 192013
 

When your kids return to school, you will notice new badge readers outside.

When your kids return to school, you will notice new badge readers outside.

At tonight’s  (Monday, Aug. 19) Orange Board of Education meeting Supt. Lynn McMullin announced the following:

• There is a new playground at Turkey Hill School, a bright, safe play area with 12-18″ of mulch to cushion the ground for students.

• When you walk into Peck Place School you will notice that carpet and old tile has been removed and new tile has been installed.

• Also at Peck Place School two drains between the pods have been cleaned out and new drain pipes installed.

•  Badge readers (photo) have been installed outside of all schools. Badge readers are replacing keys and the technology will make it possible to monitor what staff members are in the building when they left, etc.

• Firearms in schools policy will now include a ban on facsimile firearms as well. Fake or toy guns will not be allowed in any of the Orange schools.

• Supt. McMullin, this year will follow each principal around for 2 days and evaluate them.