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Superintenden’t Letter: Today’s COVID News From Amity High School

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Oct 152020
 

Corona Virus from CDC.gov

October 15, 2020
Dear Amity Community Members:

On Wednesday, October 14, 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 Thursday, October 8, 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.

On behalf of the Orange Health Department and Quinnipiack Valley Health District, I have been asked to remind our entire Amity community about the necessity to act in a responsible and safe manner. This is not limited to our time in school, but also our time outside of school. In social gatherings, the need to practice health safety – including use of face coverings, physical distancing, and hand hygiene, continue to be paramount.

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 smellFor additional information on COVID-19 symptoms, please see:https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html

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

    Sincerely,

    Jenn Byars

Amity Supt: Another Case Of COVID At Amity High

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Oct 122020
 

Corona Virus from CDC.gov

A Message from the Amity Superintendent

Dear Amity Community Members:

On Sunday, October 11, 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 Thursday, October 8, 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.

On behalf of the Orange Health Department and Quinnipiack Valley Health District, I have been asked to remind our entire Amity community about the necessity to act in a responsible and safe manner. This is not limited to our time in school, but also our time outside of school. In social gatherings, the need to practice health safety – including the use of face coverings, physical distancing, and hand hygiene, continue to be paramount. 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

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COVID 19 INFO:

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

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html

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

Jenn Byars

This Week’s Amity Varsity Sports Schedule (Oct. 12-16)

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Oct 122020
 

Following is this week’s Amity Varsity Sports Schedule (October 12-16)

Note postponements due to rain.

Monday, October 12

Field Hockey v. Hamden Home – Amity at 4:00 p.m. (Postponed)

Girls Volleyball v. Jonathan Law Away – Lawl-Old Gymnasium at 5:15 p.m.

Tuesday, October 13  

(Games Canceled Due To Rain)

Boys Soccer v. Sheehan Away – Sheehan – Riccitelli Field (Turf) at 4:30 p.m.

Girls Soccer v. Sheehan Home – Amity  – Field # 3 at 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, October 14

Boys Cross Country v. Shelton, West Haven Away – Shelton Track at 3:45 p.m.

Girls Cross Country v. Shelton, Sacred Heart Academy, West Haven Away – Shelton Track at 3:45 p.m.

Field Hockey v. Hamden Home – Amity at 4:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 15

Girls Swimming and Diving v. North Haven Home – High Plains Community Cn at 3:20 p.m.

Girls Swimming and Diving v. North Haven Away – Walter Gawrych Community Pool at 4:00 p.m.

Girls Volleyball v. Cheshire Home – Amity Gymnasium at 5:30 p.m.

Friday, October 16

Girls Soccer v. Jonathan Law Away – Law Stadium at 3:45 p.m.

Boys Soccer v. Jonathan Law Home – Amity – Field # 3 at 4:00 p.m.

 

 

Girls’ Swimming: Lady Spartans Win Two This Week

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Oct 082020
 

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The Lady Spartans are off to a good start this season.

On Monday, they hosted Mercy at the High Plains Community Center Pool.
Results: Amity(1-1) 94 Mercy(1-1) 83
 
Amity’s Winning Events
200 Medley Relay – Amity 1:58.76 Lizzie Bodie, Katie O’Connor, Grace Mahon, Emma Tirollo
200 Free – Amity 2:03.44 Julia Snow
200 IM – Amity 2:18.29 Katie O’Connor
50 Free – Amity 26.56 Emma Tirollo
Diving – Amity 179.55 Lizzie Buckley
100 Fly – Amity 1:00.43 Grace Mahon
100 Free – Amity 58.16 Emma Tirollo
500 Free – Amity 5:31.06 Julia Snow
Mercy’s Winning Events
200 Free Relay – Mercy 1:55.46 Ana Simoniello, Hannah Gilbert, Emma Lemieux, Elisia Pagliuca
100 Back – Mercy 1:08.91 Meaghan Bertolami
100 Breast – Mercy 1:15.11 Molly Whitaker
400 Free Relay – Mercy Elisia Pagliuca, Ana Simoniello, Molly Whitaker, Jane Sesta

Meet Two — The Swimmin’ Women (Lady Spartans) hosted Hamden in Orange tonight.

Results: Amity(2-1) 99 Hamden 79 at Orange 10/8/20
 
Amity’s Winning Events
200 Medley Relay – Amity 1:58.24 Lizzie Bodie, Mandy Robinson, Grace Mahon, Lauren Sender
Diving – Amity 186.70 Lizzie Buckley
100 Fly – Amity 1:00.34 Katie O’Connor
500 Free – Amity 5:48.72 Mandy Robinson
200 Free Relay – Amity 1:45.55 Katie O’Connor, Grace Mahon, Paige Boguniecki, Julia Snow
100 Back – Amity 1:06.60 Emma Tirollo
Hamden’s Winning Events
100 Free – Hamden 56.46 Amanda Wojenski
200 Free – Hamden 2:05.24 Emma Panaroni
200 IM – Hamden 2:27.77 Wynter Berube
50 Free – Hamden 25.58 Amanda Wojenski
100 Breast – Hamden 1:19.93 Genevieve DiChiara
400 Free Relay – Hamden 4:04.41 Amanda Wojenski, Morgan Collins, Wynter Berube, Emma Panaroni
The Lady Spartans are now 2-1 for the season. Keep up the great work ladies!

Amity Varsity Sports Schedule For Oct. 5-9

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Oct 062020
 

Fall Sports Have Arrived!

Following is the Amity Varsity sports schedule for Oct. 5-9

It looks like we’re in for some nice fall-like weather for the entire week. Enjoy. GO Spartans!

Monday, Oct. 5

V Field Hockey v. Sacred Heart Academy Home – Amity 4:00 p.m.  L 0-1

V Girls Volleyball v. Lauralton Hall Home – Amity  5:00 p.m. W 3-0

V Girls Swimming and Diving v. Mercy Home – High Plains 6:45 p.m. W 94-83

Tuesday, Oct. 6

V Boys Cross Country v. Notre Dame-West Haven, Platt Tech Away – Eisenhower Park 3:45 p.m.

V Girls Cross Country v. Lauralton Hall, Platt Tech Away – Eisenhower Park 3:45 p.m.

V Boys Soccer v. Foran Home – Amity – Field # 3. 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 7

V Girls Soccer v. Foran Away – Foran Turf Field 3:45 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 8

V Field Hockey v. Lauralton Hall Away – Lauralton Hall-Turf Field 4:00 p.m.

V Girls Volleyball v. Foran Away – Foran High School -Edna L. Fraser Gymnasium 5:15 p.m.

V Girls Swimming and Diving v. Hamden Home – High Plains  6:45 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 9

V Girls Soccer v. Lauralton Hall Away – Lauralton Hall-Soccer Field 3:45 p.m.

V Boys Soccer v. Notre Dame-West Haven Home – Amity Field # 3 4:00 p.m.

 

 

Meet the 2020 Amity Boys Cross Country Team

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Oct 032020
 

Over the years, Amity has had a lot of talented runners, both boys, and girls.

Often, there’s one stand-out, who outpaces his or her teammates and opponents on the trails or tracks.

This year, the boys’ runner that you will most likely hear about a lot is Orange resident Mason Beaudette. His brother Kyle Amity ’17 won the MVP award at the Block A Dinner that year. During local races, his mom would tell me, just watch Mason, he may even be faster.

During this season’s first competition against Wilbur Cross in Woodbridge, the Amity Junior led the pack in the 5k and crossed the finish line a solid minute before the entire field.

Seven of his teammates were among the top ten. It looks like the Spartans are off to a great start.

This year’s team, coached by Christopher Elledge, are:

Freshmen

Max Corvino, Nicholas Demarco, Tyler Derosa, Gregory Hofstatter, Christopher Nam, Anton Rathjens, Bowen Tullo, Raymond Walls, Eric Zhang, and Kyle Zhang.

Sophomores

Francis Cavallaro, Ai

den Courtney, Ryan Magri, Sheehan Munim, Harshil Parmar, Sean Pivovar, and Marc Vanschaick.

Juniors

Joshua Baitch, Mason Beaudette, Benjamin Cap, Scott Lowder, Brodey Lu, James Nichol, Colby O’Connor, Christopher Oko, Parker Paragas, Nolan Smith, and Kelvin Zhang.

Seniors

Jack Cadelina, Christian Chen, Juan Garcia, Michael Haverstock, and Adarsh Kongani.

Beaudette The Leader Of The Pack In Amity Cross Country

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Oct 022020
 

The Amity Boys Cross Country Team had its first race of 2020 on Thursday and Orange resident Mason Beaudette, a junior, proved he has the right stuff, just like his brother, 2017 Amity grad Kyle Beaudette.

Even though eight Amity runners were among the top 10 finishers, Wilbur Cross came out on top this time 38-23.

Keep on moving boys!

BOYS VARSITY DUAL MEET SCORES 5.0 km FINISH

  1. Amity                 
            1    4    5    6    7   (8)  (9) = 23
  2. Wilbur Cross          
            2    3   10   11   12  (13) (14) = 38

BOYS VARSITY INDIVIDUAL 5.0 km FINISH

Place TmPl No. Name Gr School Time Pace
1 1 702 Mason Beaudette 11 Amity 17:10 5:32
2 2 765 Nikita Omelchenko 11 Wilbur Cross 18:00 5:48
3 3 753 Wolf Boone 11 Wilbur Cross 18:45 6:03
4 4 716 Brodey Lu 11 Amity 18:51 6:04
5 5 712 Michael Haverstock 12 Amity 19:19 6:13
6 6 706 Christian Chen 12 Amity 19:28 6:16
7 7 722 Parker Paragas 11 Amity 19:32 6:17
8 8 721 Colby Oconnor 11 Amity 19:33 6:18
9 9 714 Adarsh Kongani 12 Amity 19:55 6:25
10 726 Nolan Smith 11 Amity 19:59 6:26
11 10 764 Ethan O’Connor 12 Wilbur Cross 20:01 6:27
12 705 Frank Cavallaro 10 Amity 20:21 6:33
13 11 752 Donald Bailey 11 Wilbur Cross 20:24 6:34
14 724 Sean Pivovar 10 Amity 20:29 6:36
15 12 759 Brandon Inahuazo 12 Wilbur Cross 20:34 6:38
16 720 James Nichol 11 Amity 20:43 6:41
17 729 Cian Walls 9 Amity 21:01 6:46
18 13 766 Jorge Sampedro 12 Wilbur Cross 21:06 6:48
19 14 760 Phi Lam 12 Wilbur Cross 21:15 6:51
20 728 Mark Vanschaick 10 Amity 21:23 6:53
21 762 James Maciel 12 Wilbur Cross 21:29 6:55
22 763 Hector Meza 11 Wilbur Cross 21:52 7:02
23 739 Mekhi Banks 11 Hillhouse 21:52 7:03
24 761 Elmer Lucero 12 Wilbur Cross 21:54 7:03
25 704 Benjamin Cap 11 Amity 22:14 7:10
26 703 Jack Cadelina 12 Amity 22:19 7:11
27 741 Tremayne Sweat 11 Hillhouse 22:22 7:12
28 758 Jadon Gomez-Stafford 12 Wilbur Cross 22:29 7:14
29 711 Juan Garcia 12 Amity 22:36 7:17
30 742 Mikiel Wade 12 Hillhouse 22:49 7:21
31 757 Owen Faulkner 12 Wilbur Cross 23:28 7:34
32 755 Jayden Cardenas 10 Wilbur Cross 23:56 7:43
33 756 Ali Fadhil 12 Wilbur Cross 24:12 7:48
34 718 Sheehan Munim 10 Amity 24:18 7:50
35 708 Aiden Courtney 10 Amity 24:54 8:01
36 754 Matthew Cain 11 Wilbur Cross 25:07 8:06
37 730 Eric Zhang 9 Amity 26:18 8:28
38 701 Joshua Baitch 11 Amity 27:11 8:45
39 723 Harshil Parmar 10 Amity 29:14 9:25

This Week’s Amity High School Varsity Sports Schedules

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Oct 012020
 

Let the games begin! Following is something we haven’t seen in a long time, the Amity High School Varsity sports schedule.

Thursday, Oct. 1

V Girls Swimming and Diving v. Cheshire Away – Cheshire Community Pool at 3:00 p.m.

V Boys Cross Country v. Career Magnet, Hillhouse, Wilbur Cross. Home – Fitzgerald Field at 3:45 p.m.

V Girls Cross Country v. Career Magnet, Hillhouse, Wilbur Cross. Home – Fitzgerald Field at 3:45 p.m.

V Field Hockey v. North Haven Home – Amity Regional High School-Field Hockey Field at 4:00 p.m.

V Girls Volleyball v. Shelton Away – Shelton High School-High School – Murray Gymnasium at 6:00 p.m.

V Girls Swimming and Diving v. Cheshire Home – High Plains Community Center at 6:45 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 2

V Girls Soccer v. Shelton Home – Amity Regional High School-Amity High School – Field # 3 at 4:00 p.m.

V Boys Soccer v. Shelton Away – Shelton High School-High School – Finn Stadium at 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 4

V Girls Volleyball v. Platt Tech Home – Amity Regional High School-Paul D. Mengold Gymnasium at 11:30 a.m.

V Field Hockey v. Shelton Away – Shelton High School-High School – Finn Stadium at 1:15 p.m.

Criminal Activity Prompts Removal Of Mail Boxes

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Sep 292020
 

Last week, the two conveniently placed mail drop-off boxes in the rear of the Orange Post Office at 36 Old Tavern Road, along with others around town, suddenly disappeared
Some may think it’s one of Donald Trump’s “evil” plans to interfere with the upcoming election, as was expressed on social media. (Police and the First Selectman denied this rumor).
What Actually Happened?
A couple of local Facebook posts reported that checks had been stolen from the boxes, were washed, and rewritten (on the real owner’s account) for a different amount.
But Old Tavern wasn’t the only location from which this occurred.
This was verified by First Selectman Jim Zeoli, who stated that a town employee had dropped mail off at 8 a.m. outside of Town Hall and by 10:30 a.m. someone was trying to pass fraudulent checks from his account, adding, “There have been multiple cases from post office drop boxes.”
Zeoli said the mail theft prompted the removal of these boxes and “They will be replaced with a more secure version.”
Asst. Police Chief Max Martins said the department has received several complaints since last week, and that the same thing is happening throughout the state.
“Some checks are being cashed locally, but they’ve also been used out of state,” he said.
This is an ongoing investigation on which several agencies are working to solve.
For the time being, Martins suggests bringing your mail inside the post office building or handing it to a postal carrier directly when you need to send something, even though it may not be as convenient as a drive-by mail dropbox or leaving it in your mailbox for pick up.
He added that the new, more secure models should be installed soon, which would bring you back the convenience and the sense of security when paying bills, sending important paperwork, or returning your mail-in ballots.
Good Advice
On the You Know You’re From Orange Facebook page, resident Mary Hurley suggested that everyone “Follow up with your bank statements. Look for checks cashed by unknown Payees or for different amounts than intended. It might also be a good idea to follow up with intended recipients to make sure they received the checks (ex: look up your utility bill online and make sure they show your check posted).
“If you discover any fraud, get copies of the cashed checks from the bank. File a police report. You can also file a report with the postmaster if you believe the fraud happened through the mail,” she wrote.
Editor’s Note:
2020 was a very strange year, between the virus that kept us locked up at home for several months; disrupted our children’s educational routine; forced the cancellation of every traditional event (fairs, carnivals, plays, etc.) in town, and brought us to cast doubt on the way our country is being run, it was natural for the first thought on the mailbox removal to be that the Trump administration and his distrust in mail-in ballots (even though he votes by mail) was the reason for their sudden disappearance just weeks before the election. – Not the case, though.
Be assured that the Postal Service and several police departments throughout the state are working on this situation, (Orange is NOT the only town affected)

Timely News: Boy Scout Breathes New Life Into Outdoor Classroom

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Jul 312020
 

Just In Time For Students’ Return To School After Pandemic Lockdown

Troop 12 Eagle Project Volunteers

The aging and overgrown outdoor classroom at Race Brook Elementary School in Orange included decaying tree stump seats and dilapidated picnic benches and it was in dire need of renovation.

Frankie Cavallaro, a Boy Scout with Troop 12 in Milford and an RBS alumnus, saw an opportunity to serve his community while working toward achieving his Eagle Scout rank:

“The outdoor classroom was in pretty bad shape, and it occurred to me that this was the perfect way for me to transform it into a more inviting and usable space to which staff and students might escape for some fresh air and social distancing during the school day,” he said.

Cavallaro solicited area businesses for material donations and set to work in his home garage constructing new bench seating and decorating them with school colors. He enlisted 10 other scouts from his troop to spend a Saturday cleaning out the area, weeding, edging, spreading new pea stone, assembling, and painting picnic tables.

Mike Gray, Director of Business and Operations for Orange Public Schools, said, “His efforts have led to an inviting open-air space that will certainly be utilized by students and staff at Race Brook School. Frankie is a fine example of youth putting their leadership skills into action and giving back.”

Cavallaro would like to thank the following organizations for the generous materials and financial contributions that made this project possible: Ivy League Landscaping, Home Depot in Orange, Rings End in Orange, and the Race Brook School PTA.

He would also like to thank his troop, Mr. Gray, and his parents for their assistance and support, “I couldn’t have done it without them!”

Newly Updated Outdoor Classroom at Race Brook School