Amity Student Government gives a strong voice to our student body! Each AHS Class has a Class Council-- Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors can get in touch with their Class Representatives to discuss pertinent issues. Please refer to the ARHS Student Government webpage for more information. In addition, our student government meets on a monthly basis to discuss school-wide issues at hand.
Principal's Committee, our Student Rep. to the Board of Education, Chartwell's Dining Rep., Tools for Schools Rep. and more are selected/ organized by Student Government.
Meeting Dates: Our full student government meets on the 1st Monday of each month.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Non-student representatives are more than welcome to both class and full-body meetings. While non-members are unable to vote, they can definitely participate! Please just inform our advisor and student leadership if you plan on attending a meeting. Thank you!
Our purpose is to promote unity, academic excellence, cultural awareness, and civic responsibility among students of color. We will program speakers, activities, and discussions regarding black culture and history in relation to the greater context of society.
Advisor: Mr. Lazzaro
Student Leadership: Ashley Gelin '20
Meeting Dates: Every other Wednesday 2x month (2:30-3:30)
The Amity Debate Team competes at tournaments all year round at the local, state, national, and international level. Students who participate will learn the principles of formal and informal debate and have the opportunity to compete in debate competitions if they choose. If you are interested in public speaking, defending your position, or thinking about philosophy and logic, this is the right place to be!
Exploring Justice provides students opportunities to examine causes of injustice and efforts to address these problems locally and nationally. Amity students will often join with other New Haven area high school students for events at Yale University and other locations. Students will also have opportunities to participate in community service activities, workshops, field trips and other justice-related activities.
Advisor: Mr. Clifford
Presidents: Rosie Du '19, Julia Potter '19 and Arianna Pargen '19
Meeting Dates: We meet in room 118. Please contact one of the presidents for more information!
Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)-Phi Beta Lambda is a nonprofit education association with a quarter million students preparing for careers in business and business-related fields. The purpose of the club is to bring business & education together in a positive working relationship through leadership and career development. GBLA- PBL’s National and State Awards Program recognize and rewards excellence in these business and community related projects. This club fosters the development of character, citizenship and promotes school loyalty. More specifically, the FBLA club here at Amity, focuses on learning all facets business by running the already established start-up organization known at Amity Enterprise. Together, FBLA works collaboratively with the manufacturing students to design, produce, and sell handmade products to the school and their community members.
JSA is a nonpartisan political debate organization. In JSA, students have a chance to voice their opinions and share these ideas with students. There are weekly club meetings and conventions with JSA members across the Northeast. If you’re ready to broaden your political horizons and make some lifelong friends, JSA is for you!
Advisor: Mr. Norton
Student Leadership: Peter Savelyev '21 (President) and Tina Burland '22 (Vice President)
This is an association with chapters established nationwide. Its purpose is to unite students that have a passion for gun safety under one name and one organization. In this club, we will teach and allow our members to become respectful activists in the area of gun safety. We want to keep the conversation going and also act on the issue. It is a bipartisan student-led movement that will help students find their voices in this matter and let them be heard.
PLAHD’s mission is to create – through education, support, social action, and advocacy- a more accepting environment for all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. PLAHD encourages acceptance and understanding within the diverse population of our school, promotes pride in our community, educates the school community, and creates a safe environment for Amity High School’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, and straight students.
The Amity Republican Club is a venue for Conservatives, Libertarians, Independents, and Republicans can congregate to debate, get involved in community service, engage in student leadership, and volunteer for the Connecticut Republican Party and local Republican town Committees.
The Amity Leo Club is a volunteer organization that’s a youth version of the Lions Club. We hold and participate in a variety of volunteer activities. In the past, we’ve organized food drives, held Unified dances, volunteered with kids, and worked with Habitat for Humanities. All meetings that help us organize volunteer events count towards community service hours.
Advisor: Mrs. Nork
Student Leadership: Gabriella Urbana '21 (President), Ivy Zheng '22 (President), Andy Kim '21 (Secretary), Eveleen Jiang '22 (Treasurer), and Lily Johnson '21 (Public Relations)
Amity Welcome Committee (AWC) seeks to ease the transition for students new to Amity who enter the district after the start of their 9th grade school year and provide a leadership and community-building opportunity for its committee members
The Amity Environmental Club promotes being mindful of one's personal environmental impact and Amity's collective impact. We also take part in volunteer work such as fundraising to protect endangered species and cleaning local beaches.
Updates from the fall: We had a bake sale at Edge of the Woods to raise money for Woodstock Farm Sanctuary, held a Teen Life Expo workshop on recycling at Amity, and volunteered at Massaro Farm's Family Fun Day (among other activities).
Advisor: Ms. Morrison, Mrs Caron
Presidents: Jennifer Xu and Gabby Urbano
Meeting Dates: Every other Tuesday (subject to change)
The purpose of this club is to reach out to and enhance the lives of senior citizens. This club will also offer important opportunities for social interaction between our members and the seniors. We believe that intergenerational interaction can make one gain a new perspective on life. If the members of our club take the time to sit down and connect with the residents they can really make a difference in their lives. We plan to visit an elderly center and spend time with the residents. For example, we could share stories, organize a game night (bingo), help them with technology, draw/paint, or dance. The mission of the Generation 2 Generation Club is to create connections and relationships with the elderly
Advisor: Ms. Capiello
Meeting Dates: Every other Thursday from 2:30 to 3:15
The Hand in Hand Club helps our International Students connect with American Students to learn about Amity culture and make friendships. We host get-togethers and celebrations of culture to lessen the cultural gap between students.
37% of homes in Connecticut are at risk of experiencing homelessness. New Beginnings is a club designed to help a women's shelter in New Haven called New Reach. New Reach takes in thousands of women and their families to help them create a stable lifestyle. Since they take in so many people that shelter needs volunteers for making baskets to cooking food. We hope that you want to join and make a difference.
Amity Paws and Claws fundraises for local animal shelters. We also raise awareness for them, too, and volunteer when we can! This is a GREAT way to get some community service hours and have fun giving back.
Advisor: Ms. Wuerth
Student Leadership: Swetha Tadepalli '19, Emily Bretthauer '19, and SooJin Park '19
Meeting Dates: We meet on Tuesdays right after-school in Ms. Wuerth's classroom. Please contact us for more information if you are interested in joining us!
To inform the student populace about the gravity of mental health, and bullying, and how it impacts them (and those around them). We aim to spread positivity through different projects and spread education about causes and symptoms of these issues.
Advisor: Mr. Clifford
Meeting Dates: Thursdays every other week in room 118
Student Leadership: Joyce Zhang '20 and Adaiah Stevens '20
SADD (Students against Destructive Decisions) works to educate students about the dangers of drinking and driving and substance abuse. Many events are hosted throughout the year such as Red Ribbon Week and “Grim Reaper Day”. The goal of SADD is to inform students at Amity and the community about the dangers of drinking and driving.
Advisor: Mr. Lindgren, Ms. Shane, Mr. Twohill
Student Leadership: Ally Cooper '21, Morgan Rahn '21, Mac Rahn '21, and Lauren Ronai '21
Meeting Dates: Every other Tues., 2:30, Career Center
The Amity UMTTR Club is a branch of the nationwide UMTTR organization that works to raise awareness for good mental health and positive community atmospheres. The UMTTR Club works to spread the message that everyone matters by fundraising for school activities, educating on mental health awareness, and promoting a happy and inclusive school atmosphere.
Advisors: Ms. Waterman, Ms. DeRosa
Student Leadership: Sarah Milner '20 (President), Saunder Saffran '20 (Vice President), Sofia Halepas '20 (Events Coordinator) and Marty Gnidula '20 (Events Coordinator)
Meeting Dates: Contact Leadership for meeting times and dates!
UNICEF is an organization that works in around 190 countries and territories to save children's lives, defend their rights, and help them fulfill their potential from childhood through adolescence. We will hold fundraisers and other ideas throughout the year.
Advisor: Ms. Norris
Student Leadership: Nicolas Lopez-Vila, Sara Cable, Haley Cable, and Matteo Delsanto
Link Crew is the freshman orientation program at Amity High School. In addition to activities on the first day of school, Link Crew Leaders work in the freshman Spartan Seminars throughout the year in order to integrate the ninth grade and get them excited about Amity! If you are interested in being a Link Crew Leader, you can apply at the end of your sophomore or junior year.
The Teen Teaching Program gives students who are interested in teaching an opportunity to learn about the teaching field. We partner with a local school and take trips there once a month. Students are assigned a classroom, grades K-8, and act as teachers' aids in that class. These kids look forward to seeing us each month, and watching their faces light up when we walk into the school is a feeling like no other!
Fostering a spirit of inclusion throughout Amity High school by leading activities (and lots of zoom events!) that are open to all students in Amity, including those who are a part of the special education department. We will learn about and discuss what it means to have a disability and how we can be as welcoming and accepting as possible towards students with disabilities.
Student Leadership: Sydney Cohen '21 (Co-president), Payton Bakis '22 (Co-president), and Julia Hogan '22(Co-president)
Meeting Dates: Thursdays at 2:30 pm (usually every other week!)
The United States Academic Decathlon is a 10-event scholastic competition for teams of high school students. It is the premiere scholastic competition for high school students! The team promotes learning and academic excellence through teamwork among students of all achievement levels. With topics ranging from music to math and everything in between, Academic Decathlon has something for everyone to try! The competition also allows you to practice important life skills like public speaking, essay writing, and interviewing. Academic Decathlon gives students the opportunity to widen their horizons and delve deeper into their own interests. With such a diverse set of topics to explore, it’s no surprise that the Academic Decathlon experience also builds lifelong friendships among teammates, and we can’t wait for you to join us!
Meeting Dates: AcDec practices every Wednesday afternoon in Mr. Ranani's room. Nearing competition, we practice more frequently throughout the week, too. Those pre-competition practices are planned in advance but vary in date/ time.
Fun Fact: Academic Decathlon is featured in Hollywood! Have you seen the new Spider Man movie yet?
In math team, we explore different subjects of math and use them in competitions. The fun part about the math team is that the way we use math is different from school as it is more focused on problem solving. Math team competes monthly in the local math league and spends the rest of its meetings preparing for these competitions. Our math team is a great way to strengthen your math abilities and explore your love for mathematics!
Advisor: Mrs. Romero
Student Leadership: Arnav Paliwal '21 and Peter Scully '21
Meeting Dates: We meet after-school on Thursdays from 3:30 to 4:30
The Computer Science Club is made up of students (beginners to advanced) that have a passion for learning various computer languages and creating exciting new programs. The interaction between students provides each club member with an opportunity to foster new friendships, develop creativity through innovative programming and provide opportunities for career exploration. Besides peer instructions from specific language proficient students, all members will hone their skills using online tutorial programs such as Eclipse. Club members will also prepare and study for the programming and computer science skills required to compete in the annual FBLA Program, Quinnipiac University High School Computer Programming Competition and the National Lockheed Martin Code Quest Competition.
Advisor: Mr. Fuller
Student Leadership: Tim Frieden
Meeting Dates: Wednesdays from 2:30- 3:30 in Room 157
Infinite Possibilities is a club where encourage young girls in STEM by doing labs, activities, and worksheets with them. Plan and do lessons for elementary school aged girls to foster a love for the STEM field.
Advisors: Mrs. Decessare
Gabriella Urbano '21
Meeting Dates: We meet once a month; timing varies!
The Marine Biology Club welcomes all students with an interest in the ocean and marine life. The goal of the club is to learn about marine biology and promote ocean literacy. Club members will determine club activities such as field trips and fundraiser activities. Our theme this year is Plastics in the Ocean. Club members participate in Expofest and investigate a solution to this world wide problem.
With technology and robotics becoming an increasingly important part of modern society, this club seeks to educate those with or without knowledge of robotics. This club plans to compete and will hold a hands on approach to understanding the functions of robots.
Students in the STEM Club compete at several STEM related competitions, such as Yale Physics Olympics, Biology Science Olympiad, Chemistry Olympiad, Physics f=ma competition and possibly the Connecticut State Science Olympiad. The non- content based Science Olympiad competitions are like academic track meets which consist of a series of team events. Emphasis is placed on active, hands-on group participation. The club will help prepare for these events, giving exposure to a wide variety of exciting disciplines of STEM.
Calliope is a collection of the creative writing and artwork of Amity’s students. The staff selects works, which include original poetry, short stories, drawings or photographs. The annual issue is published and distributed in the spring.
Embers, Amity’s yearbook, is designed and published annually by a student staff, which is selected through an application and interview process. This team is comprised of an editorial board, copy writers, designers, and photographers who work daily—as their schedules allow—to complete a new edition of Embers from cover to cover. The staff also sells ads to fund the book’s production each year.
We are Amity's school newspaper! We print once a month, and and cover five sections: News, Opinions, Features, Arts, and Sports, which allows the writers and staff to bring news and ideas to the Amity community.
Advisor: Mrs. Clark
Student Leadership: Caroline Chen '21 (News and Opinions), Zachary Garfinkle '22 (Arts and Sports), and Allison Su '21 (Features)
Meeting Dates: Please reach out to an Editor-in-Chief for more information about getting involved! Writing for the newspaper is truly so valuable.
National Chinese Honor Society at Amity works to promote Chinese language (中文) and culture (文化). The Honor Society connects with the middle school Chinese departments, too, in effort to have full-district communication. Honor Society members are encouraged to serve in the community by spreading their awareness and passion for the language. An example of this is members volunteering to assist in a Chinese I, II, III, or IV class during one of their free periods.
Juniors who study Chinese at Amity will receive more information about NCHS. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to one of the co-presidents or our teacher advisor!
Advisor: Du Lao Shi (Rui Du)
P.S: Check out the decorated bulletin board in the World Language Hallway for some really awesome Chinese culture pictures and more!
This association works to stimulate interest in the study of foreign Language, to promote higher standards of scholarship, to reward high scholastic attainments, to create enthusiasm for an understanding of world cultures and to reward efforts toward furthering solidarity in the global community. Students who are enrolled in an 11th or 12th grade foreign language class and meet eligibility requirements in scholarship, leadership and service are invited to participate.
The Latin Honor Society works to promote Latin and the study of ancient cultures throughout Amity. The Honor Society does community service related projects throughout the year in order to help others who are passionate about Latin. Recently, members took a field trip to the Bethany Middle School to show the current eighth graders how great Latin is!
Advisor: Miss Hamilton
Student Leadership: Alexander Cadelina '19 (Co-president), Marion Hamilton '19 (Co-president), Will Cadelina '19 (Secretary), and Samuel Mahler '19 (Treasurer)
Students in this organization are selected for membership by the art faculty for demonstrating consistent art scholarship, motivation and outstanding character. The candidate must have been enrolled in an art class for as least one semester. The group works to promote art in the school and community by sponsoring exhibitions and art services.
Mu Alpha Theta is dedicated to inspiring lively interest in mathematics, developing strong scholarship in the subject, and promoting the enjoyment of mathematics in high school students. Members have displayed enormous interest and phenomenal aptitude in the study of mathematics and endorsed the utility and power of the subject inside and outside of the classroom.
National Honors Society is a community service organization. Members provide services to Amity and the community with activities such as the Red Cross Blood Drive, School Supply Drives, tours to incoming students, and other service projects depending on the year.
Students with a 3.5 GPA are eligible to apply for membership in the National Honor Society. The Faculty Council selects students showing exemplary scholarship, leadership, service and character.
The Spanish Honor Society, La Amistad, works to promote the study of Spanish and the cultures of Spanish speaking countries. The Honor Society runs events throughout the year including Toy Drives and Food Drives to raise money to support the Fairhaven School in addition to going to the school frequently to help out in classes. La Amistad also runs a really great Salsa Night every year. Be on the lookout for more information about that!
With Art through Fashion, students and teachers can express their fashionable style or personalized items through an online blog. Members customize personal items and have a sense of acceptance. Artists, computer techs or just people who like to dress up on a Friday are expected and welcome! We cannot wait to see you there!
Advisor: Ms. Caron
Student Leadership: Carolyna Iff '20 and Tara Mohensi '19
Meeting Dates: Mondays until 4pm!
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Amity Creative Theater (ACT) spreads a love for theater arts and performance and a general appreciation for theater. ACT is one of the biggest clubs at AHS and has to do with all things theater! Anywhere from monthly cabarets to student run productions, ACT is sure one successful club!
The purpose of this club will be to explore different philosophical concepts and ideas from around the world. Opinions of topics will be discussion as well as comparisons of beliefs to gain a larger and more concrete understanding of the world and how we think.
Unified Theater creates more inclusive communities through youth leadership and the performing arts. Students of all abilities, backgrounds, interests, and experiences come together as individuals and equals to write, direct and produce their own theater performance.
Advisor(s): Ms. Wuerth, Ms. Bonaldo
Meeting time: Fri., 2:30, Black Box Theater
Looking forward to see ya there! Please consider joining us.
The costume club is dedicated to teaching sewing and crafting skills, and giving people an opportunity to work on sewing projects and interact with people with similar interests, and prepare people for costume crew for the spring musical.
Advisor: Mrs. Chevan
Student Leadership: Abigail Slanski and Anna-Maria Marinescu
Meeting Dates: 1st and 3rd Tuesday every month in room 109
Have you ever wanted your words to move mountains, divert rivers, or disrupt the very laws of reality itself? Here at the Creative Writing Society, you may not be able to do the above…..but …you can make yourself known. Let this school know about your creativity, your innovation, and your strength in writing. Now join us, fellow harbinger of the lost words of a post-modern civilization. Pick up your pen and let your emotions and your legacy be recorded in the pages of history. The stars will align to illuminate the dawn of a new age--your age. Welcome, to the Creative Writing Society.
Advisor: Ms. Martin
Student Leadership: Kevin Zheng and Abigail Slanski
Meeting Dates: We meet 2:30-3:30 on Wednesdays in room 150 (though this may change towards the second half of the year)
This club will allow Amity students to explore and express themselves via comedic improve and interact with a wide variety of peers in a low-pressure environment and without the massive time commitment of a dramatic production.
Advisor: Ms. Bonaldo
Student Leadership: Charmaine Robichaud, Owen Parr, and Mitch Bronson
To make amity a more colorful place filled with art and music. We will teach other students how to play instruments (guitar bass, piano, drums etc). We will sometimes hold music sharing sessions, each student comes with a song in mind to play on the speakers for the whole club to hear. They can even showed us what they learned. It could also benefit the students if they have trouble performing in front of people.
One Book/One Amity involves all departments at the high school, all staff and faculty, as well as students grades 9-12 and their families. It revolves around the annual reading of one shared title! All staff and each Amity family receive a copy of the book as a gift to read over the summer months. The 2018-2019 OB/OA book is All American Boys
OB/OA members helps to select the title and plan related activities, presentations, speakers, and discussions around the book.
OB/OA 2017 Highlights:
Spearheading the first annual Teen Life Expo at Amity High School
Advisor: Please see Mrs. Chevan (Julie.Chevan@reg5.k12.ct.us) with any questions!
Meeting Dates: The committee generally meets on the second and last Wednesdays of every month.
A school based program of Special Olympics® that combines athletes with and without intellectual disability on sports teams for training and competition. Students may participate in one or more of the following sports; soccer (fall), basketball (winter), volleyball (spring). The teams compete in several tournaments each season. The Unified Sports Program helps foster an inclusive school community where the values of tolerance, patience and sensitivity are cornerstones.
This club explores the strategies behind popular card games, including Rat a tat Cat, Egyptian Ratscrew, Spit, Presidents, Kemps, Garbage, Uno, and Spoons. After learning how the games work and exploring winning strategies, the club will hold tournaments at the end of the season.
Advisor: Ms. Morrison
Student Leadership: Danielle Lee and Keri Tenerowicz