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Parents and Community Info
A Community Comes Together After the Storm
Severe weather hit our town hard, causing significant damage to homes and property. Downed wires and many trees block our roadways.
But as often happens, there are bright lights that shine through the darkness. Two of our schools, West Woods and Alice Peck, still had students in them when the storm hit. Seven of our staff members stayed with the children until parents could reach them, late into the night at Alice Peck and overnight at West Woods. We are so grateful for their care in keeping our children safe and calm during this scary time.
At Alice Peck, five preschool staff members stayed with their students until the last parent was able to make it to school at 10:00 PM. Jennifer Popolizzio, Lauren Czaja, Flor Tena, Heather Walker and Meghan Scialla kept these young students entertained and nurtured until WAY past their bedtimes - and if you ever had a preschooler, you know that's not easy! :-)
At West Woods Elementary, principal Michelle Coogan told the students that "her wildest dream was coming true" - to have a sleep over at school. Instead of being upset about not going home, the young children (many in kindergarten and first grade) cheered with excitement!
In addition to the students, a number of local residents who could not get to their homes also spent the night in the West Woods Elementary School media center. Ms. Coogan and library media specialist Susan Martinez-Sendroff spent the rest of the evening helping everyone feel at home, with food from the cafeteria and "comfy" gym mats for a place to rest overnight. One man asked Ms. Coogan if there was something HE could do to help her. She asked for pillows and blankets for her overnight guests. About an hour later, local residents started showing up with pillows and blankets to share with those stranded for the night!
We could not be prouder of our staff and the local folks who reached out to help. How lucky we are to live and work in such a caring community.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS:
Last Day of School - June 26! (June 27 for Alice Peck and West Woods students). June 22, 25, 26 and 27 (for WW and AP students) are half days.
HHS Class of 2018 Graduation will go on as scheduled (Rain or Shine) on June 21, 6:00 PM
On March 28, 2018 Superintendent of Schools Jody Goeler presented the Board of Education Approved Budget to the Hamden Legislative Council. The Legislative Council is currently in discussions to determine the final budget allocations for all elements of the town's budget for 2018-19.
Previously, on February 15, 2018, Superintendent of Schools Jody Goeler presented his 2018-19 Hamden Public Schools proposed budget. View Superintendent Goeler's Presentation. The detailed budget book, with object code detail, as well as a list of funded grants, are now available: 2018-19 Superintendent's Proposed Budget and Hamden Public Schools Grants Information.
"The Voice" of Hamden -
We're So Proud of Our Students and Alumni!
Wow! What an great night! "The Voice of Hamden" was a wonderful night filled with just a few of our amazing singing students! Two of Hamden High's outstanding Alumni - Blessing Offor (from NBC's "The Voice") and Linedy Genao (Broadway celeb) - added to the star quality of the evening and provided entertainment and judging expertise. All proceeds benefit the Hamden Education Foundation.
2018-19 HPS Approved Calendar
Are you interested in knowing the future? Although we can't help you know everything that will happen, at least we can help you find out when school begins, parent conferences are scheduled or when holiday breaks will occur during the 2018-19 school year. Come back soon to take a look at the 2018-19 Hamden Public School Approved Calendar.
$500,000 Awarded to Hamden for HHS STEM Academy!
For the past few years, Hamden administration has worked with State Representative Mike D' Agostino to secure funding for the creation of a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Academy for students at Hamden High School. On November 29, 2017, the State Bond Commission granted Hamden $500,000 to begin this initiative! We can't wait to get started! Stay tuned for more - but for now, Read the Press Release.
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. (Read about Hamden's "Going Green" efforts on our Facilities page.) You can also 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!
"Tweets" from Our Superintendent!Tweets by SuperHamden
Our Amazing Students and Staff!
Budding Computer Scientists from HHS Create Award-Winning App!
We were thrilled to learn that students from Hamden High's App Development Class were awarded Third Place in the Computer Science Challenge at the recent Connecticut Tech Expo! There were many entries from across CT - the majority from STEM magnet schools - yet Hamden's students obviously impressed the judges with their fitness app, "G4G" (Guide 4 Greatness). Congratulations to the Hamden team - YOU ARE GREAT!
HMS Students Win BIG at State Conference
Hamden Middle School students recently competed in the TSA (Technology Student Association) State Conference in West Hartford, competing in STEM events including VEX IQ Robotics, CO2 Dragster Design, Coding, and Video Game Design. Hamden students demonstrated that they have what it takes to be a leader in our technical society - winning MULTIPLE awards and honors! Several students will represent HMS at the TSA National Conference in Atlanta, GA this June. We couldn't be more proud of these outstanding members of our Hamden family!
Congratulations to Hamden's 2018 Teachers of the Year!
We are pleased to announce that the following educators have been named the 2019 Teacher of the Year in their respective buildings:
Alice Peck - Kate McGuinn
Bear Path - Candice D’Amico
Church Street - Kara Breen
Dunbar Hill - Jennifer Wassmer
Helen Street -Elizabeth Caldwell
Ridge Hill - Rachel Solomon
Shepherd Glen - Stacey Biggart
Spring Glen - Daniela Amodio
West Woods - Caitlyn Reardon
Hamden Middle School - Michael Rocco
Hamden High School - Greg Amter
The Selection Committee will be interviewing all of the school nominees on May 23, 2018 to determine who will be named the 2019 Hamden Teacher of the Year. All these fabulous educators will be honored at the June 12 Board of Education meeting.
Little Free Libraries - Made by Our Caring (and Crafty!) Students
These (and a few other) HHS 9th graders made WONDERFUL "little free libraries" for Hamden elementary schools - perfect for Hamden-ites to find a book to borrow, read and return for the next lucky reader! What a great service for our great community!
Our Alumni are Awesone!
Each year, the Hamden Education Foundation honors approximately 10 outstanding Hamden High School alumni. We couldn't be more proud of the amazing things they have done (and continue to do)! This page is a work-in-progress, but includes a small sample of our amazing Hamden graduates. (Check back for updates to the page or nominate an outstanding alumnus.)
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.