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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.
HHS students WOW us once again with their talents and creativity! What an incredible Hamden tradition!
Hamden High had a team of dedicated students who competed in the year-long Sikorsky Challenge - and at the CT Tech Expo they were awarded third place! We are so excited for these wonderful students and proud of how they represent Hamden!
West Woods Elementary School is still without some vital services, so it will remain closed on Monday, May 21. All other Hamden Public Schools will be open at their usual times.
Many Hamden roads are still impassable due to downed wires and trees. Therefore, all Hamden schools will be closed again on Friday, May 18. We apologize for any inconveniences this may cause.
Tuesday evening's storm resulted in many fallen trees, blocked roads and downed power lines in Hamden. This has necessitated that Hamden schools be closed again on Thursday, May 17. We apologize for any inconvenience this unexpected closure may cause.
Nine Hamden students recently competed in the CT invention Convention. Three students were even selected to compete in the International competition! What will these wonderful students think of next?
TWO of Hamden's DECA teams made it to the finals at the International DECA Conference in Atlanta! In the end, one team placed second and one third. Did you get that - we are talking an INTERNATIONAL competition... how cool is that! We are so proud of Mr. Anderson and all our DECA students! Go Green Dragons!
Enjoy dinner and conversation with your fellow Hamden residents while discussing ways to address the problem of lack of food resources for some in our community. We need your voice and ideas - please join us! The dinner is free and child care will be provided. It will be held at Church Street School from 6pm-8pm. Participants will be entered in free raffles to win gift cards! Registration is required - see article under Parents and Community Info below: "Community Dinner - Feeding Hamden" to register and also to complete a survey.
Everyone is invited to tonight's (Tuesday, April 3rd) Townwide Elementary School Concert! The audience will be serenaded by Hamden's talented children through chorus, orchestra and band performances. The concert will be held at Hamden High School's auditorium, beginning at 7:00 PM. Admission is free.

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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