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Parents and Community Info
2017-18 School Calendar
Interested in looking ahead to what the next school year schedule will bring? Take a look at our Hamden Public Schools 2017-18 calendar, which was recently approved by the Board of Education.
Important Information from Our Superintendent
Superintendent Jody Goeler has recently issued two communications related to student well-being. The first letter is about a readily available movie and the other focused on news of a social media concern. These letters are posted here for your information.
We encourage all parents to read the above linked documents.
Elected Officials at Hamden Forum Urge Parents to Make Their Voices Heard
Recently, State Senator Martin Looney and Representative Michael D'Agostino held a Forum in Hamden to discuss the town's financial situation and the state budget. Mayor Curt Leng and Legislative Council James Pascarella were among the other elected officials who also participated in the forum.
Related to education, Connecticut towns and cities receive state funding through the Education Cost Sharing (ECS) formula. The formula was established many years ago and Hamden has not received its fair-share according to the formula for over a decade. (Find out more about ECS in Hamden.) The Connecticut Legislature is currently discussing changes to the education funding formula.
“We need Hamden residents to continue advocating for more education aid to Hamden, because there is a real risk of getting nothing additional,” D’Agostino said. “There are others (Connecticut towns/communities) opposed to a change in the ECS education funding methodology."
Mayor Leng added, “Receiving Hamden’s fair share of state revenue is an obligation Connecticut needs to come through on. It has underfunded Hamden for many years, forcing our taxpayers year-after-year to pay more than they should in property taxes, which has created an artificially inflated mill rate.”
Legislative Council President Jim Pascarella noted that “the people in Hamden need to understand that if we were getting our fair share, our mill rate would be 35.”
Board of Education Approved Budget 2017-18
On Thursday, February 16, the Hamden Board of Education (BOE) approved their 2017-18 Budget. The budget has now been forwarded to Mayor Leng and Legislative Council members for consideration.
On March 21, Superintendent of Schools Jody Goeler presented the BOE Approved Budget to the Hamden Legislative Council, and explained the possible impact of adopting the Mayor's Proposed Budget. View Superintendent Goeler's presentation.
Hamden children who have turned 5 after January 1, 2017 are eligible to enroll in Hamden kindergarten. Registration is required - download the Kindergarten application or pick one up at any Hamden elementary school.
It's not easy being green. No wait... it is!
Hamden Public Schools has gone GREEN!
In keeping with our mission to provide safe and supportive learning environments, and in compliance with state law, Hamden Public Schools uses only "green" cleaning products in all of our buildings. Find out more by watching this cute video by the CT Departments of Energy and Environmental Protection, "Healthy Environments in Connecticut Schools."
Elementary Report Card Parent Guide
Click here to access the Hamden Public Schools Elementary Report Card Parent Guide.
Visit our Parents' Page for Many More Interesting Links!
Free Software for HPS Students!
Microsoft Office Available - Free!
If you have a student attending one of our schools, you can get the latest version of Microsoft Office FOR FREE! Read about the Microsoft Student Advantage Program in Hamden and find out how you can download copies onto up to 5 home devices.
Learn Keyboarding Skills!
Knowing how to type is an essential skill these days. Hamden offers free home access to the keyboarding program we use in school - Type2Learn. Follow the link to download a copy of Type2Learn for your home computer.
"Tweets" from Our Superintendent!Tweets by SuperHamden
Our Amazing Students and Staff!
Congratulations to Hamden's 2017 Teachers of the Year!
Thank you for all you do to enrich the lives of our children and their families! We couldn't be more proud of the work you do each and every day!
Mystic Seaport Awards HMS Teachers "Orion Award" for Excellence in Experiencial Education
HMS teachers Andrew Marzano, Rob Mandel, Nick Ugolik, and Tara Riley have been selected by Mystic Seaport to receive their annual “Orion Award for Excellence in Experiential Education” in honor of their work on Team Navigator. We could not be happier with Hamden's partnership with Mystic Seaport and are grateful not only for their support of our program, but also for their recognition of the efforts of our wonderful teachers. Read more about the Orion Award on the Mystic Seaport Website.
Bear Path 2nd Grader Wins Awards at State and Regional Invention Convention!
Congratulations to Ketan Camenga, a second grader at Bear Path and the inventor of the Stand 2 Sweep! Ketan's invention was selected as a winner at the local invention convention at Bear Path School and the Regional Invention Convention at Quinnipiac University. Ketan also won a Recognized Inventor award at the state Invention Convention and has been selected to compete at the National Invention Convention in early June! Get ready for this future millionaire!
HMS' Dan Levy Named Outstanding Principal!
We are so proud that HMS Principal Dan Levy has been chosen by the CT PTA as its Outstanding Middle School Principal for 2017. Congratulations and thanks to Dan for all his hard work and dedicated service to the Hamden community.
HHS Science Students Visit Quinnipiac Med School
Through a cooperative program between Quinnipiac University School of Health Sciences and Hamden High School, interested HHS science students recently visited the QU cadaver lab. HHS students were shown around the lab by first-year medical students, and allowed to experience some of what med students learn as part of their early training. Hamden students participate in multiple activities and visits through this exciting and worthwhile program, and many gain personal insights related to further education and possible future medical careers.
Congratulations to our Budding-Artists!
At this year's Scholastic Art Competition (widely considered the most prestigious student art competition), Hamden had FIVE student winners!
- Elliott Romo Kurek, who won a GOLD KEY (Ceramics)
- Noah Hodgkins, who won an Honorable Mention (Drawing and Illustration)
- Reilly Slavin, who won a Gold Key (Mixed Media)
- Dana Marie Chea, who won a Gold Key (Drawing and Illustration)
- Alexander Mickens, who won an Honorable Mention (Drawing and Illustration)
A special thank you to HHS Art teachers Mrs. Murphy and Ms. Della Valle!
Hamden Honored as a High Achievement Energy Leader!
The Town of Hamden’s energy efficiency efforts were recognized at a special ceremony held at the Energize Connecticut Center in North Haven. The ENERGY STAR® Achievement Ceremony was developed by United Illuminating (UI), to honor municipalities for their recent ENERGY STAR eligibility or certifications, as well as a continued commitment to the Clean Energy Communitieses program sponsored through the Energize Connecticut initiative. View the Press Release.
Hamden Heroes is a new program that recognizes outstanding students and staff from each of our schools. "Heroes" are selected for their caring attitudes, courage and contributions to their schools and the greater community. Heroes are honored at Board of Education meetings, with one staff and one student Hero selected from each school. Read about our Heroes!
Our Alumni are AWESOME!
We are just beginning to collect stories and pictures that showcase our wonderful alumni! Visit our Alumni Page to read about a few of our amazing alumni, and feel free to suggest an outstanding alum for inclusion on our site!