Winter Sports Postponed Until Mid-January

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Nov 172020

I grew up in a house where baseball was the go-to sport in the family. Everyone, including my mother rooted for the Yankees, and to this day, that’s where their loyalty lies.

I collected baseball cards for the collectibility aspect with the hopes of possessing a valuable one someday. But watching the sport just didn’t thrill me as much as the other folks in the house.

So imagine my surprise when I grew to love a sport that was the “polar” opposite of that played by the boys of summer.

When I started Orange Live in 2012, after paying out ALL of the revenue to a sports writer, I smartened up, let him go and started covering the games myself. Ice Hockey was coming up and, even though I wasn’t fond of the cold, I became fond of Amity’s Boy’s Hockey Assistant Coach Mike “Scooter” Richetelli, my go-to guy for information after games.

Gary Lindgren wasn’t much of a talker and Mike was easy going and patient even after a rough game and he had what it took to put up with someone like me who didn’t know squat about sports reporting.

Ice Hockey has remained one of my all-time favorite high school sports. Both the Amity Boys team and the Girls’ Interschool team have held my attention and my heart for many years.

Which brings me to today’s CIAC News Update:

As the number of coronavirus cases continue to rise in Connecticut, the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) Board of Control announced its decision to postpone the start of winter sports until Thursday, January 19, 2021.

In a statement the CIAC stated in part, “The Board of Control will continue to collaborate with the DPH, Governor Lamont’s office, and the CSMS Sports Medicine Committee in the weeks leading up to the January 19th start of winter practices.”

“Today’s action supports our member schools while they continue to manage rising COVID numbers within their communities and experience widespread movements to distance learning,” they added.

I am home today dealing with what may (or may not) be symptoms of the coronavirus, so I totally agree with the extra precautions that the state is taking to protect our health, as painful as it may be to our business owners, students and athletes, I strongly believe that if we don’t do something NOW we may never be rid of this ugly virus.

So, as much as I was looking forward to Hockey season, I guess it will have to wait, and our boys and girls will have time to get conditioned, practice, and then kick some ice come January.

I’ll see you then Scooter.






Racebrook Students: “We Love Our Heroes, the Veterans”

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Nov 142020

Race Brook School was committed to preserving its tradition of honoring veterans this year.

The school’s lawn was patriotically decorated with American flags and bright red paper poppies made by students. A large multi-colored banner was visible as cars and buses drove up the school’s driveway reading: We Thank Our US Veterans.”

The school collected more than $600 in donations for House of Heroes, an organization that assists veterans with much-needed home repairs. Students decorated paper soldiers representing all branches of the military that were hung up on classroom windows.

There was a schoolwide moment of silence at 11:00 am followed by a video presentation of Taps in each classroom. First-grade teacher Kathy Battles delivered thank you letters and acrostic poems from students throughout the school to the Veterans Hospital.

Sixth-grade students wrote enthusiastic acrostic poems on posters dedicated to veterans. Some of the posters went to the American Legion Post in Orange. Additionally, each grade level learned a song during Music class as a tribute to veterans.

The special activities for the day were planned and organized by the Veterans Day Committee: Kellie Martino, Tina Denton, Kathy Battles, Jill Volmar, and  Janet Greenspan. The Committee knew the activities would need to be modified to address protocols guarding against the spread of the Coronavirus, so they put their brains together to come up with creative, fun, safe, and engaging activities for the students and staff.

Once again, sixth-grade teacher Kellie Martino put together a touching and heartfelt slideshow presentation picturing veterans from the Race Brook Community with identifying captions. The slideshow was part of another elaborate, colorful Veterans Day Bitmoji slideshow created by the committee.

Students and staff were able to interactively click on links to read articles, listen to songs and read alouds of books with a Veterans Day theme, view greetings and interviews from Veterans, and even participate in interactive simulations from the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.

Submitted by Valerie Anton

RBS Public Relations Representative 

A Child’s View Of The Coronavirus

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Nov 112020

Hello, My name is Amelie. I’m 9-years-old, so I am a kid.

In March, when Covid-19 started I went home from school and the next day we did not go to school – for the rest of the school year.

It is so hard to be a kid during the coronavirus, and here’s why:

#1: You don’t get to see your friends AT ALL!!!

#2: I have my fears, then my family has their fears, so I have to worry about their fears too.

#3: I LOVE SCHOOL and not going to school was torture!

#4: The coronavirus started happening when I was in third grade, right before our living museum presentations, which we spent months working on.

#5: I could not see my Yia Yia for four months — only on Zoom calls. I was lucky if I could see her from the front porch! I got a pillow of her face that I could hug because I missed her so much!

Grownups don’t understand that it is very, very, VERY hard for kids during this pandemic.

But there are some good things to come out of it.

#1: It made everyone really good at washing their hands.

#2: I learned how to sew masks.

#3: I got to wear my pajamas during homeschooling.

#4: During homeschooling, I got to sleep super late.

#5: I don’t have to smile in pictures, because I get to wear a mask.

I hope that the pandemic ends soon so that everything can go back to normal. Until then, wear a mask and wash your hands often.

The Final Week of Scheduled Sports Events For A While

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Nov 102020


The 2019-2020 sports seasons were destroyed by Covid-19, and although some sports have been able to work through the beginning of the 2020-2021 year, it looks like the growing number of virus infections may put a damper on many sports events in the coming months.

For example, tomorrow, Nov. 11, is the last day where any Amity sports event is scheduled on the official school website for the near future.

Monday, Nov. 9

Boys Soccer v. Notre Dame-West Haven HOME at Amity High School – Field # 3
at 2:30 p.m.

Field Hockey v. Hamden Home Field Hockey Field at 2:30 p.m. W 3-0

Tuesday, Nov. 10


Wednesday, Nov. 11

Field Hockey v. Lauralton Hall Home – Amity Field Hockey Field  at 2:00 p.m.

Boys Soccer v. Foran Away  Foran High School -Turf Field at 3:45 p.m.

Girls Volleyball v. Foran Home  Amity Gymnasium at 5:00 p.m.

Stay tuned for any further developments as the  WINTER Sports season approaches

Amity Varsity Sports Schedule First Week of November

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Here is this week’s Amity Varsity Sports Schedule (Nov. 2-7)

This week’s forecast shows much drier weather and mid-to-late week temperatures in the 60s.

Monday, Nov. 2

Field Hockey vs. Lyman Hall,  Home – Amity Field Hockey Field at 3:15 p.m.

Girls Swimming and Diving SCC Swimming Championships Home at High Plains Community Center pool at 3:20 p.m.

Girls Volleyball vs Jonathan Law Home – Amity Gymnasium at 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 3

Boys Soccer vs Notre Dame-West Haven Away – Veterans Field at 4:00 p.m.

Girls Soccer vs Lauralton Hall Home – Amity Field # 3 at 4:00 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 5

Field Hockey vs Cheshire Home – Amity Field Hockey Field at 4:00 p.m.

Girls Volleyball vs Cheshire Away – Cheshire High School-Gym West at 5:30 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 6

Boys Soccer vs Lyman Hall Home – Amity Field # 3 at 3:45 p.m.

Girls Soccer vs Sheehan Away Sheehan HS Riccitelli Field (Turf) at 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 7

Football vs Notre Dame-West Haven Home at 10:30 a.m.

Amity Football In 2020 Good Sportsmanship, Fun, Coaches On The Field

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Oct 272020

I attended the football game between Amity and Shelton in Woodbridge on Oct. 24 and found myself completely in the dark, even though it was early morning.
I asked Athletic Director Ernie Goodwin to explain it to me and, kindly, he did, but by the time I returned home, I couldn’t remember enough to put it down on paper.
One noteworthy moment was when the Spartans rallied around their very special, treasured teammate Zakarai Schneider and accompanied him across the goal line for a touchdown at the beginning of the game.
SO — I found this online:

The games are 21:00 long. The clock runs continuously during the 1st 20 minutes & stops according to rules during the final 1:00. There is no overtime in pool play.

  • 􏰀  7 defenders (may not line up 8 & drop one before the snap) and 6 offensive players (must use a center or extra player to snap).
  • 􏰀  Each possession starts on the 40-yard line – going in.
  • 􏰀  First downs are made by crossing the 25-yard line and the 10-yard line.
  • 􏰀  Three downs to make a first down; even inside the 10- yard line.
  • 􏰀  PAT snaps are at the 5-yard line, offensive choice of hash. No 2 point conversions allowed in pool play.
    2 point conversions will be from the 10-yard line with the choice of the hash in tournament play (if chosen).
  • 􏰀  4.0 seconds to get a pass off. It will be a loss of down and treated like a sack if not thrown in time (4.01 or greater). The clock will be stopped on a sack in the final 1:00 of the game.NOTE: Passes may be thrown behind the line of scrimmage but the receiver must advance beyond L.O.S. or the play will be treated as a sack.
  • 􏰀  Four (4) second clock starts on the snap of the ball.
  • 􏰀  Possession changes after PAT attempt, failure to make afirst down, or turnover.
  • 􏰀  One time-out per team per game. 1 additional time-out per overtime.
  • 􏰀  All offensive formations must be legal sets.
  • 􏰀  Twenty-five seconds to get the play off.
  • 􏰀  One-hand touch anywhere.
  • 􏰀  No running plays allowed.
  • 􏰀  No double passes or shuffle passes.
  • 􏰀  No coaches on the field, coach from the sidelines.Overtime (tournament only):Consists of 3 plays from 10 yard line. Each team has an attempt to score in each overtime period. Starting with the 3rd and subsequent overtimes, all PAT’s must be 2 point attempts from the 10 yard line. Overtime periods are not timed.

    Mercy Rule:

    If the margin of score between the two teams is 21 points
    or greater at the end of the 1st 20 minutes, the clock will continue to run continuously for the remainder of the game; regardless if the margin of score becomes less than 21 points.


    • 􏰀  Touchdown – 6 points
    • 􏰀  Interception – 3 points (no points for INT on PAT)
    • 􏰀  Turnover on downs – 2 points
    • 􏰀  PAT – 1 point (may opt for 2 in OT)


  • 􏰀  Defense pass interference = Automatic first down and 5 yards from the original line of scrimmage.
  • 􏰀  Offense pass interference = Previous spot and loss of down.
  • 􏰀  Defensive holding = Automatic first down and 5 yards from the original line of scrimmage. In the event there is defensive holding and a sack on the same play, the defense will be penalized according to the above and the sack will be ignored.
  • 􏰀  Illegal procedure (offense) = Loss of down.
  • 􏰀  Defensive off-sides = 5-yard penalty.
  • 􏰀  Delay of game = Loss of down and clock stops in final 1:00.
  • 􏰀  Fighting / unsportsmanlike conduct: 1st offense = ejection from game. 2nd offense = ejection from tournament.
  • 􏰀  Fighting / unsportsmanlike conduct (team): if any player leaves the sideline to participate in an on-field fight, the ENTIRE TEAM WILL BE EJECTED FROM THE TOURNAMENT.Personal Foul Penalties:
    • 􏰀  Offense = loss of down and 5 yards from the original line of scrimmage.
    • 􏰀  Defense = 1st down and 5 yards from the original line of scrimmage.Seeding, Tournament, and Tie-breakers:
    • 􏰀  Teams will be broken into pools with an equal number of teams.
    • 􏰀  Teams will be seeded for the tournament according to overall records from pool play.
    • 􏰀  Records which are tied after pool play will be broken as follows:

􏰁 Head – to – Head
􏰁 Fewest points allowed. 􏰁 Most points scored.
􏰁 The Flip of a coin.

Event preparation:

  • 􏰀  Participating schools in states where applicable by state association rules and for the purpose of player safety may be allowed to conduct practice sessions leading up to USA Football 7on7 events.
  • 􏰀  Where allowed to do so by state association rules, these practices may be conducted in helmets only.
  • 􏰀  Teams are not allowed to scrimmage as part of this preparation.

Amity Swimming’ Women Splash Past Jonathan Law

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Oct 242020

The Amity Girls Swimming and DivingTeam Had a Virtual Meet against Jonathan Law on Thursday, Oct. 22.
The Lady Spartans edged out Law 91 to 87
Here are the results:
Amity’s winning events
200 Medley Relay – Amity 1:57.94 Lizzie Bodie, Mandy Robinson, Grace Mahon, Julia Snow
200 IM – Amity 2:30.26 Lauren Sender
50 Free – Amity 26.32 Grace Mahon
100 Fly – Amity1:03.13 Julia Snow
100 Free – Amity 56.19 Katherine O’Connor
200 Free Relay – Amity 1:48.03 Lauren Sender, Mandy Robinson, Grace Mahon, Emma Tirollo
Law’s winning events
200 Free – Law 2:05.09 Athena Homorodean
Diving – Law 235.35 MaKenna Sharpe
500 Free – Law 5:38.99 Emma Savoie 
100 Back – Law 1:19.41 Aislinn Burns
100 Breast – Law 1:13.21 Hennessey Shane
400 Free Relay – Law 4:18.90 Athena Homorodean, Olivia Franzman, Macie Rascall, Hennessey Shane

Girl’s Swimming: Lauralton Edges Amity In Virtual Meet

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Oct 222020

On Monday, October 19, the Amity Lady Spartans Swim Team went up against Lauralton Hall in a Virtual meet.

Lauralton won this one 96-90

Amity’s winning events:
200 Medley Relay – Amity 1:58.05 Lizzie Bodie, Mandy Robinson, Katie O’Connor, Emma Tirollo
50 Free – Amity 25.63 Katie O’Connor
Diving – Amity 170.55 Caitlyn Smith
100 Fly – Amity1:02.25 Grace Mahon
100 Breast – Amity 1:18.28 Mandy Robinson
Lauralton’s winning events:
200 Free – LH 2:00.30 Claire Kehley
200 IM – LH 2:18.40 Morgan Bagnall
100 Free – LH 56.22 Morgan Bagnall
500 Free – LH 5:20.58 Claire Kehley 
200 Free Relay – LH 1:46.92 Ashlyn Blessey, Elizabeth Long, Morgan Bagnall, Claire Kehley
100 Back – LH 1:01.46 Vivian Freitas
400 Free Relay – LH 3:52.99 Ashlyn Blessey, Morgan Bagnall, Claire Kehley, Vivian Freitas

This Week’s (Oct. 19-24) Varsity Sports Schedule

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This week’s Amity Varsity Sports Schedule (Oct 19 – 24)

Monday, Oct. 19

Girls Swimming and Diving vs Lauralton Hall Home at High Plains Community Center at 3:20 p.m.
Girls Soccer vs Platt Tech Home – Amity High School – Field # 3 at 3:45 p.m.
Girls Swimming and Diving vs Lauralton Hall Away – Foran High School -Pool at 7:15 p.m.
Girls Volleyball vs Shelton Home Amity Gymnasium at 5:15 p.m.  W 3-1
Tuesday, Oct. 20

Boys Soccer vs Platt Tech Home Amity Field # 3 at 4:00 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 22

Girls Swimming and Diving vs Jonathan Law Home High Plains Community Center at 3:20 p.m.

Girls Volleyball vs Guilford Away Guilford High School Main gym at 3:45 p.m.

Wednesday Oct. 21

Boys Cross Country vs Jonathan Law, Foran Home at Fitzgerald Field, Woodbridge at 3:45 p.m.

Girls Cross Country vs Jonathan Law, Foran Home at Fitzgerald Field, Woodbridge at 3:45 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 22
Field Hockey vs Shelton Home Amity Field Hockey Field at 4:00 p.m.
Girls Swimming and Diving vs Jonathan Law Away at Foran High School Pool at 5:15 p.m.
Girls Volleyball vs Platt Tech Away Platt Tech Gym at 5:15 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 23

Girls Soccer vs West Haven Home Amity Field # 3 at 4:00 p.m.

Boys Soccer vs West Haven Away WHHS-Ken Strong Stadium at 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 24
Football vs Shelton Home Amity William Johnson Stadium Field at 10:30 a.m.

And The COVID Keeps Coming: Here We Go Again

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Oct 192020

On Friday and again today, Amity Supt. Jenn Byars sent “The Letter” out to the Amity Community.

Here’s Today’s version:

On Sunday, October 18, 2020, Amity Regional School District No. 5 was notified that a member of our school community has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). The affected person has been instructed to remain home in self-isolation for 10 days and has been provided with additional instructions to follow prior to returning to school. Family members have also been instructed to self-quarantine and get tested.

The last day this person was in Amity Regional High School was Wednesday, October 14, 2020. Anyone who is considered a “close contact” with this person has been contacted or will be contacted by local health officials and provided with instructions on the appropriate steps to take. If you are not contacted by the local health department, then you/your student is not considered a close contact.

To assist the schools and the health district with contact tracing, we are asking parents to please go into PowerSchool to update the PRIMARY contact information. Directions for updating PowerSchool information are included in this SwiftK12 message. For timely contact tracing, it is critical that a primary phone number is a number where a parent/guardian can be reached quickly. We thank you for your assistance with this.

COVID-19 is spread mainly via person-to-person contact through contaminated air droplets from coughing and sneezing by an infected person. As with controlling the spread of other viruses, we urge everyone to discuss the following preventive measures with your children and family members:

• Wash your hands frequently, but especially after using the restroom and before preparing or consuming food. Using soap and hot water, wash for about 20 seconds. Be sure to also wash your fingertips. When soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer.

• Avoid coughing or sneezing into your hands or in the air. Always try to cough or sneeze into a tissue, then throw the tissue away. If you don’t have a tissue, cough/sneeze inside the elbow of your arm.

• As much as you can, avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.

• Wear a face covering (mask) whenever there is a likelihood that you or your family members will be in the presence of others.

• Maintain social distancing (at least 6 feet) between yourself and others when outside of your home.

Below is the list of COVID-19 symptoms for which everyone should monitor in their family members:

❑ Fever (100.4° Fahrenheit or higher)

❑ Chills or shaking chills

❑ Uncontrolled new cough (not due to other known cause, such as a chronic cough)

❑ Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

❑ New loss of taste or smell

For additional information on COVID-19 symptoms, please see:

Everyone is reminded that staff and students exhibiting any of the above symptoms, or feeling ill, should remain home and call their medical provider to report their symptoms and ask about testing prior to seeking in-person care at a clinic, physician’s office, or hospital.

For more information on what to do if you or a family member has possible symptoms, a diagnosis, or exposure to COVID-19, please see Addendum 5: Interim Guidance for Responding to COVID-19 Scenarios in Connecticut School Districts, available here:

https://portal.ct.gov/SDE/COVID19/COVID-19-Resources-for-Families-and- Educators/Addendums-and-FAQs

We are closely monitoring this situation and working with the Orange Health Department and Quinnipiack Valley Health District. At this time, health officials are not recommending aclosure of school. We will provide you with updates if the situation changes.


Jenn Byars