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Distinguished educators from China will be visiting Amity Middle School in Bethany and Amity Middle School in Orange on November 13, 2018.

Twenty-five distinguished Chinese educators, mostly principals, will be visiting the Amity Middle Schools in Bethany and Orange on November 13, 2018.  These educators have been selected by Guangdong Province, one of China’s most progressive provinces, to come to the United States this year.  The trip for the delegation, which is visiting Connecticut November 4th through November 16th, has been arranged by Daniel W. Gregg, Director of International Programs, Connecticut Association of Schools.  The purpose of this visit will be to explore how schools in the United States provide innovative school types and approaches to address student populations; develop management strategies to ensure teacher quality and student learning; employ innovative teaching methods to improve learning for all students; and promote effective teaching and learning by engaging in dialogue with American educators.  Their visit to Amity will focus on middle school programs in Connecticut.  This will be the second year the Connecticut Association of Schools has hosted educators from Guangdong Province.  The delegation will be visiting Amity Middle School in Bethany 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and Amity Middle School in Orange 10:45 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

Amity Middle School Orange Jackie's Nine Pep Rally September 14th

Amity Middle School had their first pep rally for Jackie's Nine on September 14th.  

Amity Middle School in Orange held their first Jackie’s Nine pep rally of the school year on September 14th. It was an exciting event that brought the entire school together in the spirit of teamwork and community. The pep rally was used to launch the school’s Jackie’s Nine character education program. This program is based on the book entitled, Jackie’s Nine -- Jackie Robinson’s Values to Live By, written by Sharon Robinson. The program works to support positive behavior by promoting teamwork, determination, persistence, commitment, integrity, justice, citizenship, courage, and excellence.

Students will participate in lessons and activities tied to these character traits throughout the year. In addition, each month two students from each team will be recognized who consistently exhibit the character trait of the month. During the month of September teachers are recognizing students who show exceptional teamwork. Other students will be recognized throughout the year for illustrating the other characteristics of Jackie Robinson.

Pictured left to right: Leo Tregger and Ava Wooldridge

Photographer, Jennifer Marganski       

James A. Connelly Named Interim Superintendent of Schools Amity Regional School District No. 5

      The Amity Regional School Board of Education has appointed James A. Connelly as Interim Superintendent effective July 1, 2018.  Mr. Connelly will serve until a permanent superintendent is appointed later this fall according to Christopher Browe, Amity Board of Education chair.  Mr. Connelly has served as an interim superintendent in 9 school districts in Connecticut since retiring as Superintendent of Schools in Bridgeport.  His most recent assignment was in Stamford, and his past experience includes Woodbridge.  He also works with the New England School Development Council as an education consultant specializing in executive searches.  He has conducted more than 30 searches for superintendents and other school administrators.  Connelly holds a Master of Arts degree and Professional Diploma of Advanced Studies from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Science degree from Southern Connecticut State University.

            Mr. Connelly indicated that he is looking forward to bringing continuity and stability to Amity as the District searches for a new superintendent after the resignation of Dr. Charles Dumais.  He said, “Amity is a highly regarded and well resourced district.  I look forward to being an active part of the community as we facilitate and implement the initiatives and programs of the Board of Education and staff during my role as a bridge between Dr. Dumais and the new superintendent who is selected.”    




Amity Middle School Orange students receive Jackie's Nine character awards.

Congratulations to the following students at Amity Middle School in Orange who received the Jackie’s Nine character award for outstanding citizenship for the month of October.

Pictured front row, left to right:  Riley Zielinski, Maggie McDonald

Pictured back row, left to right:  Frank Cavallaro, Luca Santin, Tommy Denton, Emily Russo, Olivia Sceppa, James Morrin  

(Photo by Kathy Burke) 


Amity Middle School Orange "went pink" to raise money for Smilow Cancer Center! 

On Friday, October 19th, staff and students at Amity Middle School in Orange were thinking "pink" while raising money for Smilow Cancer Center and breast cancer.  This has become an annual tradition at Amity Middle School in Orange, and this year staff and students raised over $300 for this great cause. 

Student Picture (left to right):  Yasmin Santos, Aya Hulburt, Devin Maroney, Abby Fitol, Nico Young, Will DelVecchio, Carson Lee

(Photo by Jennifer Marganski)