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Fine Arts and Media
The Fine Arts Department offers courses for students in grades nine through twelve.  Courses are teacher-directed, yet flexible to allow students to express themselves beyond course parameters. Course objectives are:

1) To continue to gain basic art skills such as drawing, use of tools, and various media
2) To develop a knowledge and understanding of art
3) To gain self-confidence and pleasure from the creative process.

The career-bound student will be prepared for the discipline she/he will encounter in the future. Emphasis is placed on high-quality work and good craftsmanship. Counseling of students will include assistance in student preparation of art portfolios, advice on application procedures, and interview practice by the art faculty.

Music
The Music Department offers a wide variety of courses in both the performance and non-performance areas. Using the knowledge and skills gained in the required seventh - and eighth-grade music courses, students pursue a variety of musical studies in grades nine through twelve. Many performance courses and extra-curricular activities provide for development of vocal and instrumental abilities in large groups,ensemble, and solo performances.

 Jonathan Furst, Department Chair
Contact:
Room 145 | x3145 | jonathan.furst@reg5.k12.ct.us



 
Website:
Weebly

Courses:
• Video Production
• Digital Video I
• Acting and Directing for Film

Fun Facts:
• Once ate homemade brownies with Julia Child at a bookstore in Ann Arbor, Michigan on a -10 degree winter morning. Inside the book he was reading, she wrote, “Bon Appetit.”  The book never made it back east, but the taste of her brownies has stayed with him.



 Phil Dolan
Contact:
Room 381 | x3383 | philip.dolan@reg5.k12.ct.us



Website:
Amity Band

Courses:
Concert Band
• Symphonic Wind Ensemble
 Symphony Orchestra
• Electronic Music
• Studio Recording
• Guitar in American Music


Fun Facts:
• Coaches girls youth soccer and boys youth basketball.
• Enjoys building furniture.
 • Once shared french fries in an elevator with Steve Gadd (one of his idols).


Marcia Rizzotti
Contact:
Room 381 | x3381 | marcia.rizzotti@reg5.k12.ct.us


 
Website:


Courses:
• Voice Class
• Music Theater Workshop
• Music Theory
• AP Music Theory
• Concert Choir
• Chamber Singers


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 Jeremy Iverson
Contact:
Room 145 | x312| jeremy.iverson@reg5.k12.ct.us

Iverson

 
Website:
Moodle 
ivSpace

Courses:
• Broadcast Journalism
• Special Projects in Film & Advanced Editing
• Digital Video II
• Video Production

Other Roles at Amity:
• Indoor Track & Field Coach
• Teen Teaching Coordinator
• Faculty Advisor, The Trident (School Newspaper)


 Rob Kennedy
Contact:
Room 385 | x3385 | robert.kennedy@reg5.k12.ct.us


 
Website:
Amity Theater Department

Courses:
• Introduction to Acting
• Advanced Acting
• Introduction to Technical Theater
• Advanced Technical Theater
• Choreography
• Acting and Directing for Film
• Children's Theater Workshop

Fun Facts:
• 1988 Amity Graduate- Go Spartans!
• Has visited 46 out of 50 U.S. States.
• Once had a job delivering singing telegrams as a six-foot-tall banana.
• Favorite quote: "Love art in yourself, and not yourself in art.” - Constantin Stanislavsky


 Cara McConnell
Librarian



Contact:
Library | x3126 | cara.mcconnell@reg5.k12.ct.us

Website:
Amity Library

Fun Facts:
• Serves as the debate team coach as well as the faculty advisor to Amnesty International.
Graphic novel enthusiast and The Princess Bride expert.
• Has been to every state and lived in 13.



 Robert Musco
Librarian

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Contact:
Library | x3126 | robert.musco@reg5.k12.ct.us

Website:
Amity Library




 Lisa Serio
Contact:
Room 164 | x3164 | lisa.serio@reg5.k12.ct.us

 




Website:


Courses:
• Strings Ensemble I
• Strings Ensemble II
• Freshmen Symphony Orchestra



 Christina Ruenhorst
Contact:
Rm. 371 | x3371 | christina.ruenhorst@reg5.k12.ct.us


 
Website:


Courses:
• Introduction to Art
• Crafts/Design
• Advertising Design
• Drawing and Painting I

Fun Facts:
• Can ride a horse.
• Loves playing tennis, but switches her favorite sport to golf when her game is off.


 Elizabeth Smolinski
Contact:
Rm. 374 | x3374 | elizabeth.smolinski@reg5.k12.ct.us



 
Website:
The Elizabeth Smolinski Gallery

 Courses:
• Drawing and Painting I
• Drawing and Painting II
• Honors Art and Portfolio
• AP Drawing


Fun Facts:
• Independent artist (drawing, painting, and illustration). 
•  Vocalist at Our Lady of the Assumption church in Woodbridge.
• Wife of fellow Amity teacher Dr. Keith Smolinski.
• Mother of one (soon to be two) future Amity student!
• Favorite activities include spending time with family and friends, painting, baking (and thus eating!), physical fitness, music, singing, and traveling.
• Has traveled to approximately 20 foreign countries (personal favorite: Peru).


Lisa Toto
Contact:
Room 375 | x3375 | lisa.toto@reg5.k12.ct.us

 
Website:

Courses:
• Digital Photography I
• Digital Photography II
• Digital Photography III
• Digital Art

Fun Facts:
• Was a newspaper/documentary photographer in the late 80s before becoming a teacher and a coach.
• Has freelanced her work across the country and was a staff photographer for the Bridgeport Post for five years prior to her teaching career.
• Was nominated for a Pulitzer by the Bridgeport Post in 1990.


Jackie Valenzuela
Contact:
Room 132 | x3132 | jackie.valenzuela@reg5.k12.ct.us



 
Website:
AP Art History with Mrs. Valenzuela
Video Production with Mrs. Valenzuela

Courses:
• Video Production
• AP Art History

Fun Facts:
• Loves to travel.
• Continues to work on a film she shot in Uganda in 2013.
• Was on a professional Latin dance team in college and taught salsa for a number of years.


Jessica Zamachaj
Contact:
Room 370 | x3370 | jessica.zamachaj@reg5.k12.ct.us



 
Website:
Jessica Zamachaj - Artist at Work

Courses:
• Introduction to Ceramics and Pottery
• Advanced Ceramics and Pottery
• Honors Ceramics and Pottery
• AP 3D Design
• Sculpture 3D
• Materials, Design, and Function

Other Roles at Amity:
• Faculty Advisor, National Art Honor Society