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PEER TUTORS AT AMITY MIDDLE SCHOOL IN ORANGE

How do you get your child to ask for help in school?  The Amity Middle School Orange has a good idea.

How do you get your child to ask for help in school?  The Amity Middle School Orange has a good idea.

Twenty students in the eighth grade were trained by the Counseling staff to become peer tutors.  Once the training was complete each peer tutor chose what subject he or she wanted to instruct.  This year the Peer Tutor training program was designed to help seventh grade students.  Eighth grade peer tutors were paired with seventh grade students.  They met during Academic Success, which is held during the last period of the day, and worked together one or two times per cycle.

Originally teacher recommendations were used to find peer tutor students, but the program has become so successful that seventh grade students are asking for peer tutors on their own.  Popular subjects studied are:  math, science, and Spanish.  Next year there are plans to expand the program so that more peer tutors will be able to help more students.  This good idea seems to be working quite well at Amity Middle School in Orange!

Front row left to right:  June Lin, Sophia Liu, Jennifer Luo, Sreenidhi Tadepalli, Maggie McDonald

Middle row:  Nick Digiovanni, Si Ru Liang, Marin Cunningham, Jenna Chizmadia, Emilia Dottori, Kyra Shevis, Robert Pergolotti

Back row:  Emma Kirck, Aanchal Poddar, Sophia Cossitt-Levy, Frank Cavallaro, Grace Mahon, Athanasia Zikos, Zoe May, Ana DeBassio

Photographer, Jen Marganski

Peer tutors who were not in the photo:  Millicent Fuller, Jesse Palermo, Lucas Ketchian, Giovanni Bonazzoli

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO HEAD CUSTODIAN AT AMITY MIDDLE SCHOOL IN ORANGE

Amity Middle School in Orange wears mustaches to honor Phil Ianniello's birthday!

On December 21st the teachers, staff, and students at Amity Middle School in Orange honored Phil Ianniello, Head Custodian, on his birthday.  Phil has worked at Amity for 34 years and has worked with generations of both students and parents in Orange.  Phil is always on the job ready to help, and everyone appreciates all that he does.  The school community surprised Phil during a recent pep rally.  Everyone sang, “Happy Birthday,” and honored him by wearing his “signature” mustache.

Pictured left to right:

Row 1:  Bobbie Miller; Phil Ianniello holding grandson, Grayson Soto; Lisa Kochiss; Mike Blumenthal

Row 2:  Marie Kantor; Taylor Doughty; Kate Hoffman; Ellie Stephens, Patty Masella

Row 3:  Bill Dahn; Jen Bshara; Deb Estok; Emily Mc Galliard; Kristen Morace; Wendy Castelot; Karen Steele

Row 4:  Eric Bacik; Neil Holt; Taylor Bininger; Dee O’Leary; Bo Wu; Clair Babecki; Tom Foley

Photographer, Jen Marganski

AMITY MIDDLE SCHOOL IN ORANGE SERVES BREAKFAST  TO SUPPORT THE CHILDREN’S CENTER OF HAMDEN

Eighth grade classes from Team T at Amity Middle School in Orange offered breakfast on November 21st to the entire school body for a $3 donation to benefit the Children’s Center of Hamden.  This breakfast was initiated by former teacher, Marilyn Reynolds, over twenty years ago and has continued to be an annual event.  The Children’s Center of Hamden serves youths who struggle with emotional, behavioral, and psychological issues and has many different kinds of programs:  outpatient, residential/inpatient treatment programs.  Their goal is, “We give hope to Connecticut Children.”  This year the staff and students at Amity Middle School in Orange could choose from an array of baked goods, fruit, and juices.  What a wonderful way for staff and students to be part of an event that raised over $800 for the Children’s Center!

 

(Front row, left to right):  Olivia Sceppa Sydney Melchiore, Stella Carney, Jenna Chizmadia, Abby Tirollo, Leah Katz, Justin Chang, Thomas Saxa, Michael Perrone, Gio Bonazzoli, Harshil Parmar, Nick Digiovanni

 

(Back row, left to right):  Isabelle Rosewater; Zoe May, Frank Cavallaro; Caitlyn Smith; Sophia Cossitt-Levy; Patrick Coughlin; Hamden Children’s Center Director of Development and Community Engagement, Sarah Lockery; Amelia Launder; Chris Chizmadia; Kyle Grande; Sean Pivovar; Landon Rocchio; John Lorenti; Mark Vanschaick; Brendan Smith

 

AMITY MIDDLE SCHOOL IN ORANGE NOVEMBER 2018 JACKIE'S NINE AWARDS

8 amazing students at Amity Middle School received Jackie's Nine awards in November!

Jackie Robinson, the first black man to play professional baseball, has been used as a role model for the students at Amity Middle School in Orange.  Jackie lived by non-violent actions and by values that the teachers, staff, and administrators at Amity use today as an example for the student body.

Courage is the Jackie’s Nine characteristic of the month for November at Amity Middle School in Orange.  Zephaniah Abdus-Salaam, a seventh grade student, defined courage as “being proud of yourself to really stand out and protect your friends from people you don’t know…people who may bully others.”  Patrick Coughlin, an eighth grade student, said that courage is “staying on task during a test and studying even when you don’t want to, so you get the best result.”

The following students were recognized for demonstrating courage to do what is right, even when it is difficult (pictured, left to right):  Zephaniah Abdus-Salaam, Zshonna Singleton, Sam Sender, Aditi Bhattamishra, Claire Bath, Ari Chetwynd, Oliver Kusiak and Patrick Coughlin. 

 

Help Wanted

The Amity Region 5 School District is currently seeking parents and community members to become involved by substituting in our schools. There are a variety of ways that you can be a substitute: substitute teacher, substitute paraprofessional/instructional aide, and substitute nurse. 

This is a great opportunity to have a positive effect on students in the community with the flexibility of choosing your own schedule.

Click here to learn more.

 

The Amity Region 5 School District is currently seeking parents and community members to become involved by substituting in our schools. There are a variety of ways that you can be a substitute: substitute teacher, substitute paraprofessional/instructional aide, and substitute nurse. 

This is a great opportunity to have a positive effect on students in the community with the flexibility of choosing your own schedule.

Click here to learn more.