This summer, all Hamden children and teens (up to 18 years old) can find free summer meals in several of our schools and other Hamden locations. Sandwiches, salads, fruits and milk are among the tasty food offered. Call 211 for more information or visit CTSummerMeals.org.
No one should go hungry! Please help us spread the word about this wonderful program!
Please attend the meeting to show your support of Hamden Schools!
Here's the situation: Some of our schools are in need of significant repairs. Our 3R plan incorporates these needed changes in a way that allows us to apply for at least two-thirds reimbursement of the construction costs (maybe more!) while creating schools that will be like new and not require any repairs (costs to the town) for the next 20 years. This is the most cost-effective way to make these improvements - more state funds, less Hamden dollars.
In order to even apply for state construction reimbursement however, the Hamden Legislative Council must approve an ordinance that allows for borrowing of the funds needed. PLEASE NOTE - we cannot even apply without the ordinance. If by chance the state does not approve us for a high level of reimbursement, or for any other reason, the Town can rescind the ordinance at any time. Approving the ordinance does not require the Town to borrow or expend the funds; it allows us to apply.
Specifically, on June 18, 2019, the Legislative Council will be voting on the ordinance that allows these aspects of the Hamden Public Schools’ 3R Initiative to be implemented:
- Preschool availability in every elementary school
- Implementing magnet schools to assist in diversifying our schools, increasing student engagement and providing families with school choice
- Renovating Ridge Hill and Dunbar Hill Elementary Schools to include major repairs that are currently needed (or will be needed in the next several years), while maximizing the reimbursements from the State of Connecticut for these repairs and improvements
Currently there are Council members who are apposed to some of the renovations, so are not in support of the ordinance.
Your attendance at the meeting will let the Legislative Council members see that our families and other community members support these needed improvements and want to receive maximum state dollars to see them implemented.
There is a “Public Comment” opportunity near the beginning of the meeting, for anyone who would like to voice their support.
Thank You For Your Support of Hamden Schools!
We recently became aware that Mayor Leng received a viable offer for the purchase of Church Street School. Although we do not yet have full information, we want everyone in the Church Street School community to know that if this sale occurs, it will not happen until AFTER the 2019-20 school year. Church Street students will still attend Church Street School next year.
If a sale is agreed upon, we will work with Church Street students, families and staff in the next year to assure a smooth and effective transition.
We will continue to update you as we receive more information.
In addition to excelling in both state and international marketing competition and raising funds and awareness for a variety of charities, the Hamden High School DECA students also manage and operate their high school's School Store. The store specializes in designing and creating custom apparel for the high school, other schools, teams, organizations, and businesses.
The most recent ordered completed by the students was tee shirts for the Dunbar Hill Volunteer Fire Department. To the delight of the DECA members, the fire department arrived at Hamden High School to pick up their order in a fire truck. Some of the DECA students were able to pose with the firefighters for a photo with the fire truck in front of the school.
Hamden DECA would like to thank the Dunbar Hill Volunteer Fire Department for their continued support.
Hamden's ESY (Extended School Year) program will have multiple locations this summer:
- Students at Alice Peck will be at Alice Peck
- Students going into grades K-6 will be at Dunbar Hill
- Students going into grades 7-12 will be at HMS