Hamden's Future Engineers!

Ladies and Gentlemen - may we introduce to you the next class in HECA - our Hamden Engineering Careers Academy!

Although school may have ended on June 21st for most Hamden students, this wonderful group of talented and motivated kids is in school this week to begin their HECA journey. These 38 rising 9th and 10th graders applied and were selected to participate in HECA, which provides students the opportunity to earn workforce certifications, college credit, and even an Associate's Degree WHILE THEY ARE STILL IN HIGH SCHOOL!  

This week they'll be building and shooting off rockets, as well as getting to know each other and learning more about the program. How cool is that! 

Keep your eyes out for these students!

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!

Masks? Social Distancing? Guidance from the CT Department of Public Health

With COVID-19 rates down and the loosening of requirements, there's a lot of confusion about the need for social distancing and when to wear a mask. This publication - What You Need to Know: COVID-19 Vaccination, Mask-Wearing and Social Distancing - was just released from the Connecticut Department of Public Health. It provides great information for Connecticut residents about what is safe to do and why. Take a look!

Please note that the publication explains that masks are still necessary for all children and adults in school buildings, whether or not an individual has been vaccinated.

How Does The COVID-19 Vaccine Work? From the CT Department of Public Health

The COVID-19 vaccine is now in the process of being administered, and more and more of us are eligible to receive the vaccine. The CT Department of Public Health has created a fact sheet that provides information on the vaccine and how it works, and they've asked us to share it.

Please feel free to take a look at the COVID-19 Vaccine Informational flyer or visit www.ct.gov/covidvaccine for more information.

A recent press release from Governor Lamont explained how to determine your eligibility for the vaccine, find a vaccination site and register for a vaccine when eligible:

To locate vaccination clinics, individuals should visit ct.gov/covidvaccine and enter their zip code. From there, users will be shown the nearest available clinics and provided with specific directions on how to make an appointment at each one, including over the internet and over the telephone.

Those who do not have access to the internet can call Connecticut’s Vaccine Appointment Assist Line at 877-918-2224. The line is open seven days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

 

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.