Board of Ed Announces Gary Highsmith as New Superintendent

The Hamden Board of Education is proud to announce that after a thorough search, Mr. Gary Highsmith has been selected as our new Superintendent (effective September 1st). Ms. Kaplan, the Board Chair, has said that in this decision, the Board felt Mr. Highsmith was an exceptional choice for Hamden because he embodies the hopes and aspirations shared by the school community.

Join us in congratulating Mr. Highsmith!

CREC Teacher Residency Program

The Hamden Public School System is committed to finding ways to ensure that our staff is racially, ethnically, and linguistically diverse. One of our efforts in this area is our participation in the CREC Teacher Residency Program.  If you are interested in becoming a certified teacher in Connecticut, the CREC Teacher Residency Program may be a great opportunity for you. This program differs from many others in that it is a paid residency that leads to Connecticut elementary teacher certification. 

CREC leaders and partners gathered at Hamden’s Ridge Hill School with U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal to celebrate the expansion of the program thanks to a federal grant.
New Haven Independent article on the event

Further information on how to apply here

If you have any questions, please contact Gary Highsmith, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources and Administration.

DCF Behavioral Health Resource Guides for Parents

The COVID-19 pandemic has been difficult for all of us. Children, in particular, have experienced increased mental and behavioral health concerns due to anxiety caused by the changes they have experienced in their lives, extended isolation and loss of family members. Parents have struggled to find local mental health providers to help their children cope or recommend appropriate treatments.

The DCF Behavioral Health Resource Guide will provide valuable points of contact to parents who are already dealing with difficult situations and hopefully have them access services earlier before their children experience a worsening mental health problem. Accessing supports is a sign of strength and this document provides families one more added support as they are empowered to connect with services in their local communities.


HMS is one of 8 Schools in CT Honored as a "No Place for Hate" School

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today announced that Hamden Middle School is one of 8 schools in Connecticut to be named as a "No Place for Hate" school!  Hamden Middle School’s designation as a "No Place for Hate" institution recognizes the school’s commitment to taking a stand against all forms of hate and creating an inclusive school community. Read ADL's Press Release and view ADL's National 2020-2021 NPFH Recognition Video. You may also want to view Governor Lamont's congratulatory video about the No Place for Hate recognition, as well as his support for the NPFH vision to be spread state and nationwide. 

We couldn't be prouder of our HMS community and their efforts!

Low Cost Child Care Openings

The Hamden Public Schools Early Learning Program currently has openings for Hamden 3 & 4 year olds at the Alice Peck location (35 Hillfield Road, Hamden). Contact Director Jisel Cordero at 203-407-2254 for more information.

The program is 9 hours/day, 5 days a week, year-round program with a sliding scale for fees. 

Applications being accepted now.