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Do you have a child who will be entering 7th grade next school year? If so, please join us on Wednesday March 9 from 6:00-7:30PM at Hamden Middle School for a Parent Orientation Meeting. You'll learn all you need to know to help your child transition to middle school. You'll find out about schedules, curriculum, and also have a chance to meet HMS administrators.
Please let our legislators know that Hamden needs more of our share of the ECS (Education Cost Sharing) Fund. Find out how you can help at www.Hamden.org/ECS.
Are you interested in having your child attend Wintergreen Interdistrict Magnet School in 2016? If yes, you must complete an application for inclusion in the Wintergreen Lottery. More information is available below in the PARENTS AND COMMUNITY INFO section of this page, and you can contact Wendy Ocone at 203-407-2202 for more information.
Due to the presidential election primary and the need to use our schools as polling places, there will be NO SCHOOL ON APRIL 26, 2016. To make up the day, there WILL BE SCHOOL ON MAY 27, which was previously a day off for students. Please mark your calendars!
Do you have an idea for how we can make Hamden Public Schools even better? Maybe you've thought about ways to improve parent involvement, after school programs or other aspects of our school system?Our superintendent, Jody Goeler, would love to hear your thoughts- so he has created "Thursday Office Hours" every Thursday morning from 7:30-8:30. Visit the Superintendent's Office page under DISTRICT INFORMATION for details!

Parents and Community Info

Future Kindergarten Students - Register Now!
Parents... Attend Our Kindergarten Fair on March 16th!

Do you have a child who will be attending kindergarten in one of our schools next school year? If so, consider attending our Kindergarten Fair on March 16th, 6:00 PM at Hamden Middle School to learn all about our great program!


Kindergarten registration packets are now available- download the English or Spanish registration packet, or pick one up at any Hamden public elementary school.


Parents Supporting Educational Excellence (Date Extended!)

Parent SEE is a parent leadership training program that will be starting soon in Hamden and open to all parents. This is a wonderful opportunity for parents to engage in dialogue with other Hamden parents and practice skills needed to promote positive change for their child's and other children’s education. It’s a FREE course that will take place on Tuesday nights from 5 – 8:30 starting in March. Dinner and child care are provided and parents who complete the program will earn a store gift card. If interested, speak with your child’s school principal or contact the program coordinator, Brenda Shuler at bshuler@hamden.org or (203) 871-7872.


Wintergreen Lottery Application Now Available

Wintergreen Interdistrict Magnet School (WIMS) is a grades K-8 magnet school located in Hamden and overseen by ACES. Children living in Hamden are eligible to attend WIMS instead of their "home" schools. Because space is limited at WIMS, Hamden holds a lottery to determine which students will be offered admission at each grade level. If you are interested in your child attending WIMS beginning in Fall 2016, you must complete the 2016 WIMS Application. (Applications are also available at elementary school offices.) Completed applications must be returned to Hamden Public School's Central Office (60 Putnam Avenue) by 4:00 PM on Thursday, February 11, 2016.  (Note that the majority of placements are at the kindergarten level, however, a small number of openings at other grade levels will also be made. Children must be 5 years old by December 31, 2016 in order to be considered for admission to the kindergarten class.) Questions? Please contact Wendy Ocone at 203-407-2202.

 

HHS Campaign Asks Residents to "Pledge to Pledge"  

Students in Hamden High School's DECA program believe that patriotism plays a crucial role in our Nation's success and pride, and feel it is their mission to stress the importance of honoring our nation and our armed service members who bravely serve it. Their new campaign, "Pledge to Pledge," was created to encourage students and adults to stand up for and say the Pledge of Allegiance. 

HHS DECA is encouraging people of all ages across the country to support this campaign by asking people to send a photograph of themselves saying "I Pledge to Pledge" with their right hands over their hearts. Send your photo image to one of their social media platforms: Twitter or Instagram @IpledgetoPledge. In addition to raising the level of respect for the United States and the American Flag, the campaign also is raising funds for the Wounded Warriors Project. You can visit the Pledge to Pledge website at http://www.pledgetopledge.org for more on this meaningful student project.

 

Visit our Parents' Page for Many More Interesting Links!

Grant Funds Coming to Hamden!

Hamden Public Schools Receive Grant Awards

We constantly look for grant funds to support our district's needs. We are proud to announce that Hamden has recently been awarded several grants!

  • $1,615,000 Alliance Facilities Grant: The funds from this grant will allow us to upgrade and repair heating/cooling units and improve energy efficiency, upgrade security systems, replace carpeting, install gym safety equipment and upgrade non-functional water fountains. Bear Path, Church Street, Helen Street, Ridge Hill Spring Glen, HMS and HHS will benefit from these upgrades. 
  • $2,500,000 State Bond Funds: The state Bond Commission has allotted funds to HPS for improvements to Alice Peck Learning Center. (Thank you to Mike D'Agostino for promoting this project at the state level!)
  • $123,398 District Technology Upgrades to Support Transition to the New Standards: This state grant will allow us to add one computer lab, one mobile lab and replace 8 year old computers in two elementary schools. It will also provide additional chromebooks for our secondary schools.

 

Our Amazing Students and Staff!

Fantastic Hamden High Artists Win!

For the first time in HHS history, Hamden had a GOLD KEY WINNER in the prestigious "Scholastic Art Competition" ... sophomore Reilly Slavin! This is the highest honor bestowed by the competition! We also had two SILVER MEDALISTS, Rebecca Flores-Vitti and Zoe Driver, as well as four students winning Honorable Mentions. The art will be on display at the The University of Hartford. Congratulations to teacher Leslie Della Valle and these very talented young artists!


Hamden Heroes

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!

 

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.


    • TueFeb09 Board of Ed Meeting 7:00 PM60 Putnam Ave
    • WedFeb10 HMS Conferences
    • FriFeb12 No School: Winter Recess
    • MonFeb15 No School: Winter Recess
    • TueFeb16 No School: Winter Recess
    • TueFeb23 HHS Conferences

It is the mission of Hamden Public Schools to ensure all our students learn to the best of their potential each and every day they are entrusted to our care.

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