Newsletter

Principal’s Letter

To D.H.H.S. Parents/Guardians: 
The 2017-18 school year is coming to a close but not as quickly as past years due to numerous school cancellations from unexpected inclement weather. The efforts of our staff and students in the classroom still remain focused as we work towards finishing the school year on a positive note. Outside of the classroom, the spring sports regular season and Southern Connecticut Conference playoffs are complete. Many of our spring athletic teams experienced incredible regular season and Southern Connecticut Conference playoff success and are now competing against challenging opponents in the State playoffs. We are lucky to have so many talented coaches and clearly dedicated student-athletes in our athletic program. In addition to the incredibly talented student athletes, there are equally talented students in the fine arts and music. This year’s spring musical and the orchestra concert have been impressive. If your schedule allows, I hope you will consider attending the upcoming choral concert, art show, and band concert. 

May and June are typically two of the busiest and most exciting months of the school year. There are numerous events that many of our students look forward to with the highlights being the junior and senior proms. This year’s junior prom, thanks to the class advisors and class officers, was a great success. For the first time in years, the junior prom was held off-site at Woodwinds in Branford, CT. Future class officers and class advisors are taking the lead from the Class of 2019 and are considering holding future junior proms off-site. The senior prom was held at Cascades in Hamden, CT this year. Similar to the junior prom, this was a wonderful event where all in attendance seemed to enjoy the memorable experience. As we have done in the past, pre-prom meetings have focused on relevant topics intended to raise awareness of possible dangers while encouraging students to make safe and healthy decisions. This year we continued working closely with the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The Heroin Education Action Team (“HEAT”) includes parents whose children have died of an opiate-related overdose, heroin/opioid users, federal law enforcement officers, and federal prosecutors. HEAT presented to the Class of 2019 on May 3rd. The presentation was anchored by the documentary film “Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict”. This program is designed to educate students and young adults about the dangers of opioid addiction. We are thankful for this opportunity to work with the U.S. Attorney’s Office to discuss this important topic with our students. The pre-prom assembly for the Class of 2018 was sponsored by M.A.D.E. and focused on traffic safety, risk-taking, and peer pressure. The presenter for this event was Cara Filler. Mrs. Filler visits over 200 schools a year to share her powerful message and personal story and her program is one of the most effective of its kind. Her “Power of Choice” message has reached, moved, touched, and inspired millions of young lives in five countries. To ensure our entire student body was exposed to informative presentations about decision-making and overall wellness, the Class of 2020 and 2021 attended a performance written, directed, and performed by our STAR students. The STAR play titled, Pressure to be Perfect, focused on the challenges and stressors adolescents face while navigating the many facets of their lives. 

Unlike last year when 12 faculty members retired from Daniel Hand High School, this year, only one teacher has announced his retirement. The commitment of this faculty member over the past three and a half decades has been incredible. This faculty member was recognized during the June 5, 2018 Board of Education meeting. Including this one retirement, there are currently several vacancies at Daniel Hand for the upcoming school year. We have been busy interviewing quality candidates and are close to being fully staffed for the 2018-19 school year.  

I have truly enjoyed the opportunity to work in such a supportive community that values and supports education. Each day we have the pleasure of working with students who have similar values and high expectations. I would like to thank all of the parents/guardians who send us such extraordinary children. 

On a final note, I would like to wish the Class of 2018 the best of luck in the future. They have been a wonderful class to work with over the past four years. I am looking forward to the many events in June that will celebrate their success in high school especially the graduation ceremony scheduled on Monday, June 25, 2018. 

I hope you enjoy the summer months.

 Sincerely,
Anthony R. Salutari, Jr. 
Principal 
 


Graduation 2018

Graduation for the Class of 2018 will be held rain or shine on June 25th at 6:00 p.m. on the Church lawn. In the event of severe weather, graduation will be June 26th at 10:00 am. Each senior will receive five (5) tickets with their cap and gown. All obligations, including returning athletic uniforms, and completing the “Senior Survey” in Naviance must be fulfilled before receiving tickets and cap and gown. All guests one year and older require a ticket. Due to the nature of the venue, graduation is easily enjoyed from outside the fenced seating area too. Entry to the seating area is via four gates located at the rear of the fenced area. Gates open at 5:15 pm. Handicap entrances are located on the east side and west side of the fenced area. If you or a member of your family requires handicap seating please call Mrs. Keenan at 203-245-6350. Handicap seating is limited to the handicap person plus one. Handicap parking is located in the Church parking lot adjacent to the venue. Please note that this venue is on a grassy surface.

As gift from the Class of 2018, each graduate will receive a 5 x7 photograph of them being awarded their diploma. Both the photograph and diploma will be mailed home after graduation. Please be respectful of others when taking photos during the ceremony. We ask that you do not approach the stage, enter the graduate area, or stand between the two sections.   


Guidance Department

Recent Events:

College Fair – Daniel Hand High School recently had their annual College Fair the evening of April 25th.  There were over 110 college, career, technical and post-secondary representatives available to meet with students and parents.  The evening was a great success and we thank everyone who attended.

SAT’s – The state mandated SAT testing date for all juniors was administered on April 24th.  Students may access those results by logging into their College Board accounts or their Naviance accounts.

Upcoming Items:

UCONN Early College Experience (ECE)

Those students who have requested to take a UCONN ECE class for the 2018-2019 school year, the course enrollment deadline is June 29, 2018.  Any applications or enrollments after these dates are subject to an Add/Drop Processing fee when their system re-opens in August.  Any questions please see Mrs. Heller in Guidance.

Underclassmen Awards – The Underclassmen Awards ceremony was held on June 8, 2018.

JUNIORS:

Parent Brag Sheet

We recently sent out a Parent Brag Sheet to all of our current Junior parents.  If you have not already done so, please be sure to submit it and the Junior Candidate Statements ASAP.  This is beneficial to have on file when our School Counselor’s begin writing letters of recommendation for your children.

SENIORS:

College Outcomes – A reminder to Seniors that you need to complete the “Senior Graduation Survey” on Naviance.  You can access it by logging into Naviance, clicking on “About Me”, followed by “Tasks”, then click on “Senior Graduation Survey”.  This information is important so we know where to send your final transcripts in June and is a requirement for graduation.

Senior Awards Night – Senior Awards Night will be held on June 21, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.  Invitations will be sent out the June 15th to those students honored with Awards and/or Scholarships.


Message from the Health Office

REMINDER:  Connecticut State law requires each student in grade 10 to have a physical examination performed by a MD, APRN, DO, or PA.  Tenth grade physical examinations are due before entry to the eleventh grade.  Forms (State of CT, blue, HAR-3 forms, rev 4/2017) are available in the DHHS Health Office, your provider’s office or online.

Donna Konarski, RN will be working limited hours during the summer months and looks forward to receiving the physical exam forms, sports registrations, medications for the next school year or questions / concerns that you may have. Donna Konarski, RN or Cathy McGrady, Health Paraprofessional II may be reached at 203-245-6370, DHHS Health Office. 


Mark Your Calendar

June 8 – Underclassmen Awards –Students Only

June 8 – Lending a Hand – Class of 2018 Community Service Day

June 15 – Yearbook Dedication 2:00 pm Dining and Assembly Hall

June 20 – Exam Day 11:30 a.m. Dismissal

June 21 – Exam Day 11:30 a.m. Dismissal

June 21 – Senior Brunch

June 21 – Senior Awards Night – 6:00 p.m. Dining and Assembly Hall

June 22 – Exam Day 11:30 a.m. Dismissal

June 25 – Last Day of School 11:30 a.m. Early Dismissal

June 25 – Graduation- 6:00 p.m. First Congregational Church Lawn (Raindate: Tuesday, June 26, 10:00 a.m.)


Trimester 3 Exam Schedule

Trimester exams will begin promptly at 7:45 a.m. Students should be in school at 7:25 a.m. on these days. School dismissal on exam days will be at 12:15 p.m.  Students are expected to be in class (including band, orchestra, and chorus) even if an exam is not given. The only exceptions are free periods or Study Halls.

June 20            Period 1           7:30 a.m. - 9:20 a.m.

                         Period 2           9:40 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

June 21            Period 3           7:30 a.m. - 9:20 a.m.

                         Period 4           9:40 a.m. – 11:30 a.m..

June 22            Period 5           7:30 a.m. - 9:20 a.m.

                         Period 6           9:40 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.


Summer Reading

Summer reading list is available on the district website, www.madison.k12.ct.us/summer


Student Obligations

Please check your child’s fee statement in Infinite Campus to determine if your child currently has any outstanding obligations. Payments and book returns can be made in the Main Office. All athletic uniforms and equipment must be returned to athletics. All senior obligations are due before receiving their cap and gown and graduation tickets. All underclassmen obligations must be resolved before receiving their final report card. 


Yearbook

There is still time to buy your 2018 yearbook. See Mr. Young (328) or Mrs. Johnson (310) to reserve your copy. Cash or checks (payable to DHHS) are accepted. The current price, including tax, is $85.00.

Seniors will receive their yearbooks on Friday June 15th at 2:05 p.m. in the Dining and Assembly Hall, during the dedication celebration. Refreshments will be served. Students should plan to stay until 2:30 p.m.

Underclassmen may pick up their yearbooks in the Guidance Career Center during the school day on Monday June 18th or Tuesday June 19th.

Yearbooks will also be for sale during these distribution times.

Please contact Mrs. Johnson (johnsonj@madisonps.org) or Mr. Young (youngj@madisonps.org) with any questions.


Lost and Found

If you are missing a cellphone, camera or other electronic device, please contact the Main Office at 203-245-6350. For other missing items, please have your student check lost and found. Any items not claimed at the end of the school year will be donated or discarded.


SAT/ACT Prep Class

A review course will be offered at Daniel Hand High School to prepare students for the Fall SAT. The class will meet immediately after school for sessions, Monday - Thursday afternoons from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.. Classes start in October. The fee for the course is $150. For more information contact Mr. Miller at millerr@madison.k12.ct.us.

Interested students should sign up in the main office after September 5th with a check for $150 made out to DHHS. Class size is limited to 30 students.


Nite-In-Hand

Preparations for Nite In Hand 2018 are underway. We are moving full speed ahead with all of our plans and still need many more helpers. It truly takes an enormous number of volunteers for Nite In Hand to be a success. Parent volunteers from all grades are needed to help such as for set- up on June 22nd and 23rd , Security, Valet Parking and Games / Entertainment Shifts on June 25th the night of the event. Clean-up assistance is need on the morning of June 26th. The easiest way to sign up and see all volunteering opportunities is via the Nite In Hand Sign Up Genius link: https:// nwww.signupgenius.com/go/20f0a49acaa28a0f94-nite. The Nite In Hand Preview date is June 25th   from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and is open to the public. Nite In Hand arrival for pre-registered graduates is June 25th at 10:00 p.m.  No graduates will be admitted after 10:30 p.m. Registration is still being accepted and senior parents make sure you have completed a photoboard. Contact mcfriend@comcast.net for more information.


World Language Department

2019 Peru Trip

Are you interested in having your child take part in an international service learning opportunity during high school?

Would you like your child to be able to apply his/her language skills in an immersive cultural experience?

Will your child still be enrolled at Daniel Hand during the summer of 2019 and have taken at least Spanish 3 by that time?

If so, consider signing him/her up to participate in the Peru 2019 Service Learning Trip with Mr. Josh "Profe" Hibbard, a Spanish teacher at Daniel Hand High School. From ancient Inca cities to Lima's sprawling landscape, and from lush Amazonian jungles to the snow-capped Andes, Peru's culture and countryside offer no shortage of diversity. Take a journey into the southern region of Peru, where you'll explore archeological treasures like Ollantaytambo and Machu Picchu. Then, venture south to one of the highest lakes in the world, Lake Titicaca, where you'll be in the indigenous cultures of villages surrounding the scenic lake. Working together with locals, you'll participate in meaningful service projects focused on eco-tourism, community development and cultural immersion.

Mr. Hibbard has traveled with DHHS students to Spain and Costa Rica in the past, and recently received approval to run this trip in July of 2019.

Feel free to contact Mr. Hibbard with any questions.


Science Department

From left: Isabel Kelly, Frankie Antoni, Ellie Laffargue, Brooke Buonocore, Nicki Goldfeder, Meghan Marrinan, Mrs. Brako, Ms.

In March the GAINS club (Girls Advancing in STEM) was invited to bring six students to participate in the 3 day GAINS national conference, this year held in New York City. Various female role models were invited to share their careers paths in computer science, engineering, molecular biology, and ecological field studies to name a few, and they inspired our girls to follow their passions. The group toured renowned research labs, the NYU School of Engineering Maker Space, and The Mount Sinai Medical School. They were also able to network with girls and their teachers from California to Tennessee.

From left: Isabel Kelly, Frankie Antoni, Ellie Laffargue, Brooke Buonocore, Nicki Goldfeder, Meghan Marrinan, Mrs. Brako, Ms. Moore.


National Honor Society 

National Honor Society

On June 7, 2018 the following students were inducted into the National Honor Society:

  • Dylan Cancelliere
  • Andrew Carone
  • Sarah Caso
  • Claire Chang
  • Gabriella Dollahite
  • Clay Hayden
  • Claire Hennessey
  • Tara Henry
  • Sydney Herwig
  • Mary Huminski
  • Isabel Kelly
  • Elinor Laffargue
  • Grace Lavin
  • Jade Law
  • Alison Lord
  • Meghan Marrinan
  • Grace McFadden
  • Michael McKeon
  • Lauren Ozimek
  • Kaitlyn Sandor
  • Ryan Tomicic
  • Chloe Veth
  • Katherine Visgilio
  • Heidi Whelahan

Congratulations!


Class Council 2018-2019

The following students have been elected Class Council:

Class of 2019

  • Dylan Blake
  • Sam Docker
  • Clay Hayden
  • Claire Hennessey
  • Alara Nahar
  • Ryan Tomicic
  • Chloe Veth
  • Kate Visgillo

Class of 2020

  • Ella Ginsburg
  • Daniel Kim
  • Hannah Lewis
  • Ava Lombardi
  • Jess Murphy
  • Erin Reilly
  • Madison Rotermund
  • Chloe Thompson

Class of 2021

  • Aimee Chang
  • Sean Burke
  • Nicolette Doherty
  • Sophie Glassman
  • Kylie Minniti
  • Katie Sanford
  • Anna Son
  • Keelin Virgulto

Tiger Tracks

The second annual Tiger Tracks Buddy Track Event wrapped up on May 30, 2018 with a tournament and award ceremony. The event was created and initiated last year by a DHHS senior, Ashlinn Virgulto. Keelin Virgulto, freshman, assisted in running the two practices and the tournament this year. Over 20 athletes and 50 volunteers took part in the event. Volunteers included Hand and Polson students, teachers, coaches and other community members who participated, coached, and cheered on the young athletes.
Practices were held on May 16 and May 23. The first practice was rained out and moved into the Polson gym. The next practice and the tournament were held on the high school track under bright and sunny skies. There were stations for sprinting, relay racing, long jump, turbo javelin, shotput (soft), and hurdles. The last session was a traditional Meet, with all athletes taking part in the competition. After the Meet, an awards ceremony was held, followed by pizza for all participants. Tiger Tracks organizers thanked all the sponsors and supporters for their assistance and contributions. 


For more information about the event and future meets, please email Tigertracks@gmail.com.
 


PTO Awards Trimester 2

PTO award recipients are selected by their teachers for:

  • outstanding achievement
  • interest
  • dedication
  • and/or improvement in a particular subject area

Grade 9        

  • Kylie Ameika
  • James Arida
  • Rebecca Cancelliere
  • Jacob Daignault
  • Eric Dillner
  • Eric Dilner
  • Emma  DiMartino
  • Shea Docker
  • Shealyn Docker
  • Dalen Herrinton
  • Josh Isreal
  • Phillip Jadak
  • Hannah Kidwell
  • Skylar Knibbs
  • Jaden Labowe-Stoll
  • Logan Massey
  • Ryder McMurray
  • Shaun Ryan
  • Andrew Son
  • Jiana Sponzo
  • Sina Takyar
  • Ashleigh Versaw

Grade 10     

  • Morgan Anderson
  • Andrew Connelly
  • Maeve   Connors
  • Connor D'Aniello
  • Becka    Dollahite
  • Stefanie Guo
  • Spencer Hartmann
  • Jemma   Hoko
  • Molly Joe
  • Magdahlia Lesnik
  • Jillian  Levis
  • Kiersten Mader
  • Ameen   Parks
  • Jacqueline Pesce
  • Austin    Price
  • Eric Reed
  • Dillan Richmond
  • Ethan Richmond
  • Sean Scully
  • Charlotte Standley
  • Jordan Victor
  • Grace Zhou

Grade 11

  • Harrison Sweet
  • Ian  Butler
  • Drew  Carone
  • David Ciastko
  • Julia   Ciecko
  • Dominick Gregoretti
  • Josh  Guay
  • Cal  Henry
  • Katherine Isaac
  • Kyle  Jasko
  • Isabelle Kelly
  • Grace Kuck
  • Ellie Laffargue
  • Maggie Major
  • AJ Maloney
  • Kelsey McEwen
  • Madisen Mortensen
  • Caleb  Nugent
  • Julia  Rumberger
  • Molly Sawyer
  • Petra   Sestan

Grade 12

  • Emily   Baker
  • Lily  Barber
  • Christian Bray
  • Connor Castaldo
  • Clemen Cheung
  • Meghan  Daly
  • Tucker Dobson
  • Derek Dufour
  • Cale  Gabrynowicz
  • Aidan Gaffney
  • Aidan Kane
  • Shannon  McCabe
  • Susanne  McGrady
  • Brittney  Miller
  • Erin Naclerio
  • Ian Nicholls
  • Spencer Oliver
  • Alyssa Pardo
  • Sarah   Sammataro
  • Daniel  Schurk
  • Lane  Shoemaker
  • Eric  Swenson

Helping Hands Award Trimester 2

Helping Hands is a project designed by students to recognize selfless contributions.

Grade 9

  • Everhett Brenza
  • Josh Israel
  • Julia Kuhn
  • Matt Luongo
  • Gina Takyar
  • Kevin Violett

Grade 10

  • Claire Harris
  • Ruby Redlich
  • Corey Duncanson

Grade 11

  • Claire Hennessey
  • Katie Klein
  • Jade Law
  • Gracey Sorenson
  • Matilda(Tillie)Wang

Grade 12

  • Dylan Brocharo
  • Ben Donofrio
  • Cale Gabrienwoicz

Faculty

  • Paul Birdsall
  • David Brine
  • Mia Corvino
  • John Gage

Daniel Hand High School’s Core Values and Beliefs

Our primary purpose is to graduate successful life-long learners who are responsible citizens in the global community. Daniel Hand High School students, in collaboration  with educators, parents, and  the  Madison community, will develop as motivated, self-reliant, creative, and ethical individuals who respect differences in others. 


Core Values and Beliefs Statement:

The Daniel Hand High School community believes that the mission of our school is to support all students by providing them with challenging educational opportunities which will prepare them to be globally aware citizens of the 21st century.  To succeed in this mission, we recognize that our students must demonstrate competence in oral and written communications; understand effective and responsible use of  technology; and  develop critical thinking,  problem solving,  and creativity. In addition, it is critical that our students respect and contribute to the diverse, multicultural community and international community in which they live.
 

Daniel Hand High School, Madison CT
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