Middle School Program

Hamden Middle School Entrance

Middle school is an in-between time - right in the middle between elementary school and high school. In Hamden, our middle school currently instructs 7th and 8th grade students (although there are plans to transition 6th grade to the middle school in the coming years). 

In an effort to best meet the needs of early adolescents, Hamden Middle School uses a "Team" approach. Teaming allows for smaller cohorts of students to work together during the day, providing a way for teachers to get to know their students better and thus better meet their social/emotional and academic needs. This approach also provides the opportunity for multi-disciplinary learning - a great way to make learning more meaningful and engaging.

 

Students using chromebooks to complete a classroom assignment

One-to-One

Hamden Middle School has a one-to-one Chromebook initiative! Students are assigned a chromebook that they use throughout their school day. Technology-enhanced learning is an integral part of many core and elective classes at HMS!

 

 

Sample Schedule

Here's what a schedule might look like for an HMS student:

8:00-8:10  Homeroom - pick up your laptop

8:13-8:59  English

9:02-9:48  Mathematics

9:51-10:37  Science

10:40-11:26  Social Studies

11:29- 11:52  Lunch 

11:55 12:41  World Language

12:44-1:30  Physical Education

1:33-2:19  Art/Music/Elective

2:22-2:29  End of day homeroom

Our Middle School Teachers Love to Teach!

We asked them what they love about teaching - here are a few examples of what they said!

Mr Tremper, Social Studies Teacher

I love connecting with an incredibly diverse group of student learners over a shared love of laughter, fun, and learning. 

Ms Majka, Spanish Teacher

What I love about teaching is seeing the smiles on students when they begin to communicate in Spanish. That's how I know I've made an impact! 

Ms Kim, Science Teacher

I love the students and the different personalities that I get to work with on a daily basis. 

Ms McCulley, Library Media Specialist

I love teaching because I love that moment when students try something new or challenging or unfamiliar and realize that yes, they can do it.  They can be successful and achieve things they did not think was possible.  They discover something new about themselves-- maybe they are -- in fact-- readers and writers.  Despite what they previously thought.

Ms Coggins, English Teacher

What I love most about teaching,  first and foremost,  is the kids. I learn from them every day. Their energy and curiosity inspires and motivates me. Secondly, I love being able to read and share young adult literature with kids. We learn about ourselves and the world from what we read, and it is awesome to be able to share great books with kids.