Amity Board Of Ed Announces Date For Last Day Of School, Graduation

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Apr 112018

At the April 9, 2018, meeting of the Amity Board of Education, the Board elected to modify the length of the school year to 180 days (from 181 days), thus setting Friday, June 15, 2018, as the last student day of the 2017-2018 school year.

Additionally, the Board set Friday, June 15, 2018, as the date of the Graduation Ceremony for members of the Class of 2018.

The updated 2017-2018 calendar (below) is available on the district web page.

Amity High School Welcomes Award Winning Cartoonist

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Dec 072017

Bob Englehart, the award-winning editorial cartoonist, will visit Amity Regional High School on December 13, 2017, to offer a workshop for Amity’s History, Journalism, and Art students.  Mr. Englehart was the first full-time editorial cartoonist in the 251-year history of The Hartford Courant and worked for that newspaper for 35 years.

Mr. Englehart maintains a website (Bobenglehart.com) where he displays a collection of his cartoons, a blog, and his memoir “Trackrat: Memoir of a Fan”.  He still draws 3 cartoons a week for the cartoon syndicate, Caglecartoons.com.

fMr. Englehart will discuss his creative process and share insights about writing gags, drawing cartoons and caricatures, and the perils of the daily newspaper.

The event will be hosted by Amity librarians, Robert Musco and Victoria Hulse, and made possible by the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation.  More information about the Foundation’s mission and work can be found at jamiehulleyartsfund.org.

For more information contact Robert Musco (robert.musco@reg5.k12.ct.us) or Victoria Hulse at (victoria.hulse@reg5.k12.ct.us).

Welcome Back: Amity Regional High School Hosts Spartan Stories

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Aug 252017

For the second consecutive year, Amity Regional High School will welcome students back on Monday, August 28, with a celebration of the return to school. 

While incoming 9th graders participate in the annual Link Crew Orientation Program, 10th-12th graders will listen to successful alumni speak about how they have used the skills and tools they developed at Amity Regional High School to make their dreams become reality. 

A committee of teachers, administrators, and students organized and created the Spartan Stories programming.  

Students also will participate in small-group activities to help build a sense of community, get everyone excited for the school year, and celebrate being Spartans.

The 2017 Alumni Speakers are:

Jeremy Benson, Amity Class of 1997

After graduating from Amity in 1997 Jeremy earned a degree at St. Michael’s College in Vermont before heading west to answer the call of the mountains.  Today he is a big mountain and back-country skier and writer who lives in Tahoe City, California. 

In addition to appearing in several skiing films and advertisements, Jeremy has written articles and reviews for countless ski magazines and online publications, including Skiing, Mountain, and ESPN.  Jeremy is sponsored by Volkl Skis, Marker, Pret Helmets, Dalbello Boots, Alpine Meadows, Hestra Gloves, and more.

Jeremy recently published Mountain Bike:  Tahoe, a comprehensive guide to mountain bike trails in the Lake Tahoe region.  His next book, which will be released this fall, is a guidebook to back-country skiing in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains. 

Earlier this month Jeremy came in first in his division in the grueling Downieville Classic cross-country mountain bike race near Lake Tahoe.

Jeff Gitelman, Amity Class of 2000

After graduating from Amity Jeff Gitelman attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, and from there has gone on to find great success in the music industry. 

In addition to working as the guitarist in Alicia Keys’ band for two years, he has played with Lauryn Hill, Stevie Wonder, Justin Timberlake, and a host of others.  

He is currently riding an impressive wave of success, living in Los Angeles and writing and producing songs and albums for the likes of Chance the Rapper, J. Cole, A$AP Ferg, Trey Songz, Jeremih, and Frank Ocean.  

Jeff has a history of giving back to Amity and sharing his success with students. 

When he was inducted into Amity’s Hall of Honor in 2015, Jeff taught some master classes and spoke at length with our students.  He was so energized by the interaction with the students that he was inspired to create The Duality School of Music – an after-school program that will meet here at Amity. 

Jeff will be flying to Connecticut each week from early October to early December to teach Duality students about recording and engineering and about the art of collaboration in composition, performance, and production.

Amity Earns 14 CT High School Musical Theater Award Nominations

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May 222017

Amity High School’s Production of Fiddler On The Roof earned 14 Ct High School Musical Theater Award Nominations.

This is Amity’s 8th year in the awards and its 8th consecutive year being nominated for Outstanding production of the year.

The nominations, announced today, are:

Hair and Makeup – Andrea Kennedy (and crew)

Costumes – Julie Chevan, Brenda Burt and team

Lighting – Dan Hassenmayer

Scenery – Rob Kennedy (and crew)

Sound – Tom Ivanovich

Direction – Rob  and Andrea Kennedy

Choreography – Andrea Kennedy

Music Direction – Marcia Rizzotti

Orchestra – Phil Dolan Conductor (Amity Musicians)

Chorus – Amity Theater members

Lobby -Kim Goklowski and Amity Theater Parents

Leading Actor – Tevye – Eric Greenbaum

Supporting Actress – Golde – Yuliya Faryna

Outstanding Production of the Year – Fiddler on the Roof

The show nearly swept every category, the only ones that did not receive a nomination were Ensemble Member, Featured Performer, Supporting Actor, and Lead Actress.

Congratulations to Amity, Rob and Andrea Kennedy, The actors, musicians, costumers and everyone involved in this show.

Click HERE to see all of the Nominations.

Award recipients will be announced from the stage of The Palace Theater, Waterbury, on Monday, June 5, 2017, in a stunning and entertaining black tie gala. Tickets are on sale through the Palace Theater Box office.

Mission Statement:

The CHSMTA program recognizes excellence on stage and behind the scenes. We do not believe that everyone deserves an award for “showing up.” We believe that exceptional achievement should be celebrated as beacons of inspiration and aspiration.

Sep 292016

Hockey Team.

Hockey Team

Did you get your tickets for tomorrow night’s Dan LaRosa’s Comedy Hypnosis Show (with special guest The Amazing Andy)?

The event is a fundraiser to help support the Amity Hockey Team.

It will take place at the James Brady Center For the Arts (Amity High School Auditorium) on Sept. 30 at 7 p.m.

The $15 tickets are available at the door or online at showtix4u.com/#!/page_Events.

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!

Letter: Amity Principal Tells Students to Make It Happen

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Aug 202016

The halls of Amity High School.

The halls of Amity High School.

Welcome back to school! This is the year at Amity Regional High School we plan to “Make It Happen!” We are very excited for the 2016-2017 school year to begin.

This is the weekly newsletter which is distributed to help keep parents, students and community members informed about what is happening at the high school. This first newsletter is being distributed through the Amity Regional High School portal, Bethany Middle School portal, and Orange Middle School portal.

If you are the parent of an incoming freshman, please make sure you enroll in the Amity High School newsletter. Future ARHS Happenings email will only be distributed through the ARHS newsletter portal. Directions for enrolling on the Amity High School newsletter can be found HERE All newsletters are also archived on the main page of the District no 5 WEBSITE.

As mentioned in the mailing you received last week, we will be changing our opening day of school slightly this year so as to highlight the importance of our core values of fairness, respect and passion. We will also be focusing on the concept of building a strong school community and celebrating the start of the school year together.

The Link Crew Freshmen Orientation Day will take place throughout the morning on Monday, August 29. As in year’s past, freshmen will gather in the middle gymnasium with the assistance of Link Crew Leaders at 7:34. From there, they will participate in team-building activities, will become familiar with their schedules and the school building, and get to know their Link Crew Leaders. After having lunch in the cafeteria with their Link Crew Leaders, the freshmen will join the rest of the school community in a brief run through of all 8-classes. The schedule for the first day of school for freshmen can be found HERE.

Sophomores, juniors and seniors will also follow a special schedule on Monday, August 29. After a brief homeroom for attendance and a welcome-back presentation at 7:34, students will attend a speaker series and then watch a documentary film all focused around the Core Values. The speakers are ARHS graduates who have demonstrated fairness, respect, and passion to make their dreams come true. These graduates have overcome obstacles, believed in themselves and relied on their communities for support in achieving their goals.

After the speaker-series, documentary and lunch, students will visit all 8 of their classes briefly to meet their teachers and become oriented to their schedules. The schedule for 10th-12th graders can be found HERE.

This week’s newsletter contains a plethora of back-to-school information. If you have any questions about any of the information below, please do not hesitate to contact the main office where someone will be happy to assist you. Enjoy the rest of the summer and we look forward to welcoming the entire ARHS student body on August 29th at 7:34am!


Anna N. Mahon

Parents, Learn About What Link Crew Can Do on Wednesday Night

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Aug 192016

Screen Shot 2016-08-19 at 10.22.59 PMAll incoming freshmen parents or guardians are invited to attend an informational Link Crew assembly in the Amity High School main gym on Wednesday, Aug. 24, from 7 to 8 pm.

The Link Crew coordinators will be talking about Link Crew and shedding light on Monday’s Freshmen Orientation. 

For newcomers to the district, Amity High School is located at 25 Newton Road, Woodbridge.

Amity Receives Frontier Communications Grant

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Aug 032016

State Senator Joseph Crisco; Dr. Marie McPadden, Director of Curriculum; Paul Quick, SVP/GM for Frontier in Connecticut; Charles Dumas, Ed.D. Superintendent of Schools; Terry Lumas Amity Regional High School and First Selectman Scalettar, Frontier's Joe Ferraiolo.

State Senator Joseph Crisco; Dr. Marie McPadden, Director of Curriculum; Paul Quick, SVP/GM for Frontier in Connecticut; Charles Dumas, Ed.D. Superintendent of Schools; Terry Lumas Amity Regional High School and First Selectman Scalettar, Frontier’s Joe Ferraiolo. (submitted photo)

Frontier Communications awarded a grant in the amount of $ 19,324.50 to the Amity Regional School district to improve technology and classroom learning as part of the Public Educational and Government Programming (PEG) Grant Program. The Grant will make capital improvements to production studios and help Amity Regional High School upgrade the signal transmission system to support multi-camera coverage to connect with a larger audience in surrounding towns.

The PEG program’s goal is to improve the quality and increase the quantity of community access productions and educational initiatives supported by these programs within local school systems.

Amity Regional High School is one of 15 organizations throughout the state which are the recipients of the PEG grants.

“I want to thank Frontier for demonstrating its commitment to our school and our community with this meaningful contribution to Amity’s Media Fine Arts and Video Production programs. It is so important for our children to have access to the latest equipment and cutting edge technology,” said Woodbridge First Selectwoman Ellen Scalettar.

Frontier Communications provides video, high speed internet and voice products and services throughout the state. Frontier is committed to Connecticut and is passionate about investing and engaging with the communities it serves.

“This grant very much aligns with Frontier’s philosophy of supporting programs, organizations and initiatives that make the communities we serve better places to live, work and do business. We are a hometown company – our employees live and work here – we send our kids to school here, and we love to see the company we work for give back to support our communities – especially when it comes to kids and education,” said Joe Ferraiolo Area General Manager for Greater New Haven at Frontier Communications.

Video Production and English Teacher Jeremy Iverson was delighted the grant will allow him and his Amity students to advance learning which will also ultimately benefit the outlying communities beyond the classroom. “The grant is a great foundation for fostering media literacy by sparking interest in both the immediate Amity community and our surrounding towns. Technology is in the palm of everyone’s hands and makes a difference in the way we inform, instruct and entertain.”

Amity Students Make 3D Drone at UNH Camp

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Jul 182016

3ddroneTeenagers from several local high schools including West Haven are participating in an engineering camp at the University of New Haven this week and next week.

One of the very visual things they are doing is constructing drones on 3-D printing machines. They will then compete for the best drone – the one that can complete certain tasks.  To do this, they have to learn software used by industry. Camp is sponsored by Sikorsky.


There are 25 students participating and they have interesting things to say about their projects. They are from:

Amity Regional High School

Sheehan High School

Foran High School

North Haven High School

Lyman Hall High School

Maloney High School

Cheshire High School

West Haven High School

East Haven HS

Eli Whitney Tech

Trumbull High School

Wallingford Schools

New Canaan

Fairfield Ludlowe High School

and not so local schools:

Fuzhou No.1 High School — China

Eagle Ridge Middle School (Ashburn, Va).


There also are five teachers participating in the program. They are from:

Platt Technical High School (Milford)

Joseph Mello Middle School, East Haven,

East Haven High School

Fuzhou No.1 High School (China)