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Visit our Webpage on the our 3R (Rethink-Restructure-Results) Initiative to find out more and see the answers to questions raised at the September 24, 2018 Special Board of Education Meeting. www.Hamden.org/3R
Hamden DECA students raised over $1,100 selling lemonade (and receiving donations from driver's on Dixwell Avenue) through "Alex's Lemonade Stand" - all to help fight childhood cancer. We are so proud of our students!
More heat... more early dismissals! On Thursday, September 6, three of our schools will have early dismissals due to high temps and A/Cs that just can't handle the heat! HCLC will dismiss at 11:00, Shepherd Glen will dismiss at 12:34 and Bear Path will dismiss at 1:04. Remember how much you disliked this heat when it's February and the snow won't stop. :-)
Once again, the hot weather means we'll be dismissing our Hamden High School students at 11:30 and HCLC students at 11:00 on Thursday, August 30.
Dunbar Hill Elementary, Hamden High School and HCLC will have early dismissals on Wednesday, August 29, due to the hot weather and the air conditioning units in those buildings. Dunbar Hill will dismiss students at 12:30, HHS will dismiss at 11:30 and HCLC at 11:00. All other buildings will dismiss at their usual times.
We are excited to begin another school year!
Please be aware that our schools and Central Office (60 Putnam Avenue) will be open from 7:00-3:00 during the summer. If you plan to visit, please plan accordingly.
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!

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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