Daniel Hand High School November Newsletter

Principal’s Letter

To DHHS Parents/Guardians:

I am pleased to report a very positive start to the 2018-19 school year. The first mester is already complete and mester two began on Friday, October 19th.  One of the most exciting days during the beginning of the year is spirit day. This year’s spirt day took place on Friday, September 21st. The majority of the student body dressed in class colors and many of the staff wore our school colors. The band started the day with a traditional “wakeup call”.  Most, if not all, seniors dressed in blue and showed incredible energy while posing for the blue picture and while attending their picnic. The school day ended with a pep rally that energized the entire school community. Spirit day is certainly a great event to start any school year. This positive energy within our school community continues and, similar to last year, there will be a “wakeup call” on the days of home football games and on Halloween. As we did last year, the focus of our “wakeup calls” will be celebrating all of our fall athletes.

Similar to last year, trimester one exams are currently scheduled on November 30th, December 3rd, and 4th. The start of trimester two begins on Wednesday, December 5th. In our continued effort to be environmentally friendly, we will not be issuing paper copies of trimester two schedules. Students can access their schedules via Infinite Campus.

On a different note, the fall play, “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” is scheduled on November 15th, 16th, and 17th. I am looking forward to attending the opening performance as I am sure, under the direction of Joy Grabow; Assistant Director, Clare Stone; and Crew Director, Eli Sherer, it will be an amazing event! For planning purposes, mark your calendars for the spring musical that is scheduled on April 4th, 5th, and 6th.  There will be a 7:00 p.m. performance each night and a 2:00 p.m. matinee on Saturday. If you attend the Saturday performance of the fall play, you will hear Joy Grabow announce the title of the spring play. This tradition is one of the many reasons why attendance during the Saturday performance is so high. On a similar note related to student performances, if you are looking for some quality entertainment in December, consider attending the chorus concert that is scheduled on the 17th. The concert will be held at The First Congregational Church with a beginning time of 7:00 p.m. Based on past performances, I can assure you that the concert will be wonderful under the direction of our Choral Director, Mr. Soja.

As discussed during the October PTO Meeting, there are several new initiatives at Daniel Hand this year. The initiatives include a 1:1 Chromebook initiative that involves the current freshmen class, an expectation that all members of our school community engage in respectful dialogue when partaking in conversations where there are differences of opinions, and opportunities for students to redo and/or retake various assessments as defined by individual departments. I expect to share more about each of these exciting topics as the year progresses.

One of the many positive aspects of our students’ lives is their involvement on athletics teams. Our student-athletes participate in the highly competitive Southern Connecticut Conference and genuinely appreciate our support when we attend their events. I personally enjoy attending sporting events and look forward to attending many events over the course of the school year. Although attending sporting events is usually enjoyable, at times, spectator behavior at these events does not always comply with our expectations. We continue to communicate our spectator behavioral expectations openly to the entire student body. More specifically, we expect there to be a great deal of positive and respectful energy at all sporting events, no matter the outcome of the competition. We will continue to address this over the course of the school year and ask for your assistance with communicating these expectations to your children, as well as serving as role models yourself at all our events.

It is a pleasure working with such amazing students and such a high-quality staff. Additionally, the ongoing support we receive from the community is greatly appreciated.  Thank you for taking the time to read my newsletter article. As always, feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.


Anthony R. Salutari, Jr.

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.


Important Phone Numbers/e-mails:

Attendance:  203-245-6355 /
Health Office: 203-245-6370 /
Main Office – 203-245-6350
Guidance Office – 203-245-6360
Athletic Office -203-245-6366

E-Notify Sign –Up

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Important Dates

November 1    No School Students
November 3    Homecoming Dance, Dining and Assembly Hall 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Nov. 14-15      The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe- presented by Hands –On- Stage
November 21  Early Dismissal 11:30 a.m. 
November 30  T1 Period 1 Exam 7:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.,Period 2 Exam 10:15 a.m. 12:15 
December 3    T1 Period 3 Exam 7:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m., Period 4 Exam 10:15 a.m. 12:15 
December 4    T1 Period 5 Exam 7:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m., Period 6 Exam 10:15 a.m. 12:15 
December 21  Early Dismissal 11:30 a.m.
Dec 24- Jan 1 Winter Break
January 2        Regular School Day


Financial Aid Night – The Guidance and School Counseling Office hosted Charles Wareham, Valark Financial Services, on Thursday, October 4th, entitled, “How to Pay for College”. If you were unable to attend and would like to receive information, Valark has provided a video link of another presentation;   at

PSAT Testing

DHHS had 345 sophomores and junior students take the PSAT on Saturday, October 13th.  The results of the PSAT will be available to students sometime in December 2018. 

Open House for Prospective Students 

The School Counselors will host an Open House for prospective incoming freshmen students on Thursday, January 3, 2019.  The students will attend classes, tour the school, and will be given information about the courses offered, clubs and sports available at DHHS.

Freshmen Group Meetings

All 9th graders were introduced to their School Counselors during small group meetings to learn about a wide variety of information while studying here at DHHS.

Junior Family Meetings

Over the next several months, the School Counselors will be scheduling personal meetings with each of their juniors and parents/guardians.  During these meetings, the post graduate plans and/or college application process will be discussed.  An appointment will be scheduled and sent to you; if you have a particular need, please feel free to call the Guidance and School Counseling Department at: 203.245.6360.

Senior Information 

All Seniors have met with their counselors to review and prepare for post-Hand options.  In particular, how students best navigate Naviance and the Common Application.   Senior Parents/guardians were invited to the Senior College Planning Night on September 25th.  If you were unable to attend copies of the presentation is available in the Guidance and Counseling Office.

College Visits

Over 100 College Representatives visited with us this fall.  Those schools still scheduled to visit us in November are listed in Naviance.  Note: only student’s accounts allow them to register for visits.  To date, Naviance already shows 1,539 active applications to 343 colleges world-wide!  Please return Blue Forms (The DHHS Request for Transcript forms) no less than 3 weeks prior to your application deadlines.


We are encouraging all students, parents/guardians to use Naviance for its breadth of important resources.  All freshmen parents were recently mailed log-in information.  All other parents can call the Guidance and Counseling Office, 203.245.6360 for assistance. 

PreACT Testing

The PreACT simulates the ACT testing experience within a shorter test window in four ACT test subjects.  Although registration in the Guidance and Counseling Office closed for the November 10th test on October 30th, any further interested students can come to the office to see if there are additional test booklets available.

ASVAB Testing

The ASVAB is a multiple-aptitude battery that measures developed abilities and helps predict future academic and occupational success in the military. It will be administered this year on December 11th.  Information will be mailed in November to all junior and senior students and parents/guardians.

Health Office 

In order to protect the health of all students & staff, we ask parents/guardians to keep their children home when they are ill.

Students must stay home from school if they: 

  • Have a fever over 100.4; recorded by a thermometer;
  • Have a severe cough;
  • Have an undiagnosed rash; 
  • Have vomited in the past 24 hours; 
  • Have more than one episode of diarrhea; 
  • Have copious yellow/green mucus discharge from nose; 
  • Complain of severe earache, with or without fever; 
  • Until treatment for conjunctivitis is initiated; 
  • Have an active infestation of head lice; 
  • Have a communicable illness.

And communicate with your child’s medical provider for advice.

The flu season is approaching - please encourage your children to:  

  1. fuel their system in the morning with a good healthy breakfast/fluids, 
  2. get plenty of rest, 
  3. wash their hands frequently.  
  4. Contact your medical provider for guidance regarding the flu vaccine

Washing hands is one of the important means of preventing the spread of infection.

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, rev 7/2018 forms) are available in the DHHS Health Office and on the State of Connecticut website.

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Donna Konarski, RN or Mrs. Cathy McGrady, Health Paraprofessional II at 203-245-6370, DHHS Health Office.  


Nite-in-Hand is a fun, safe, substance-free night of celebration for graduating seniors which takes place the night of graduation. For every parent of a graduating Senior, whether here in Madison or across the state and country, avoiding unforeseen tragic accidents and finding a safe place for graduates to gather at a special evening of celebration has become a community gift of love. The Madison community, DHHS underclassmen parents, and parents of DHHS graduates all come together to make this a memorable night for the graduates.  Our seniors look forward to the event with great anticipation!

We have begun planning for the DHHS Class of 2019 Nite In Hand.  This tradition can only be successful if we have support from all the DHHS parents. We need the Freshman, Sophomore, Junior and Senior parent involvement.  Save the date for the Senior Auction on April 26, 2019, it is one of the most important fund raising event. For up to date information related to NIH and volunteering opportunities, please visit the Nite in Hand web page or the Nite In Hand Facebook page. If you need more details contact Maribel Friend via email

Hands-On- Stage

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Based on the 2nd in the series of books by C.S. Lewis, "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," tells the story of 4 children who go to live with an old professor during World War 2. Upon the discovery of an Old Wardrobe  the children begin an adventure beyond their wildest imaginations!  We invite you to enter a fantasy world along with them called "Narnia" - a land filled with mystical creatures, exciting sword fights, a touch of magic and a great deal of humor as the 4 children fulfill their destinies to become the new kings and queens and their lives are changed forever.

Performance Dates: November 15 – November 17, 7:00 p. m.
Daniel Hand High School, Dining and Assembly Hall.
Ticket Prices: Adults $15 in advance, $20 at the door.
Advance-sale tickets available until 5 PM the day of the show. 
Tickets are available at R.J. Julia Booksellers and the DHHS office or purchase on-line.  
For more information call (203) 245-6350.


Senior Portrait Pose Selection

After you receive the photo proofs in the mail, select one of the images for the yearbook. The selected image must be one with a blue background, and no hands can be showing. (You are, of course, free to purchase any of the pictures, but these specifications are for yearbook purposes.) The information needed to select a yearbook pose will be included with the proofs. You must make this selection by November 16th. If a pose is not chosen by that point, the yearbook advisors will select one for you.

Purchasing Yearbooks

If you have not yet purchased your student’s yearbook, you can do so at

Please note the following important dates:

  • Order by Friday, December 21st for a $5 discount. As of December 22nd, books will be available for the regular price of $80 (pre-tax).
  • The deadline to personalize a book is Friday, February 15th. After that point, books will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

Yearbook Recognition Ads (Grad Ads)

These are sold directly by our publisher, Jostens. As with yearbooks, you will save money if you order early. A $20 discount is available to those who submit their ads by November 16. Order yours at The price is the same regardless of whether the ad is black and white or color. 
•    ½ page $225
•    ¼ page $125
•    ⅛ page $75

The aforementioned prices reflect the $20 discount. Ads can still be purchased after this “early bird” deadline; the absolute final deadline is Friday, February 1.

Business Ads

If you would like to advertise your business in the yearbook, please contact one of the yearbook advisors.  The yearbook typically reaches over 700 homes each year.  We greatly appreciate your support!

Gift-A-Yearbook Program

The yearbook club is committed to ensuring that every senior who wants a yearbook receives one.  If a family cannot afford one, the club absorbs the cost. Three years ago, one local family began the tradition of anonymously purchasing a yearbook for a student with financial need.  If you would like to do the same, you may do so directly on the Jostens site.

Any questions concerning yearbook should be addressed to one of the advisors:  Julie Johnson (rm 310) and Josh Young (rm 328) .

SAT Class

A review course will be offered at Daniel Hand High School to prepare students for the April 9th SAT. The class will meet immediately after school for 10 sessions, Monday – Thursdays. The first class will be on Monday, March 18th , and last class will be on Thursday, April 4th. The fee for the course is $150. For more information send an e-mail to Interested students should sign up in the main office with Mrs. Evans. Payment is by check only. Checks for $150 should be made out to DHHS. Class size is limited to 30 students.

Driver’s ED at DHHS

Driver’s education classes are now being offer by The Next Street. Classes are held at the high school. For more information call 203-533-1416 or visit


Studies show the more connected parents are to their teenagers’ lives, the less isolated the kids feel and the more successful they become as adults.  A great way for you to be informed and involved in your child’s high school experience is by attending the monthly DHHS PTO meetings.  Meetings are generally held the first Tuesday of the month at 8:00 a.m. (school calendar permitting) at DHHS. These meetings are a wonderful opportunity for an open forum discussion regarding curriculum, sports, and navigating through your child’s high school years.  Most meetings feature a guest speaker from one of the DHHS departments.

Please support DHHS PTO by becoming a member today! Your $25.00 membership dues (a tax deductible contribution) support the purchase of school equipment, books, and core program enhancements.  The PTO also supports the fall and spring Blood Drives, Staff Appreciation Breakfast, Art Receptions, College Fair, and special event programming such as professional speakers or school-wide assemblies.  

DHHS PTO Meetings 2018-2019

All meetings begin at 8:00 a.m. and are held in the Library or Guidance Center depending upon room availability.  Every effort is made to hold our meetings on the first Tuesday of each month.

  • Tuesday, October 2, 2018                
  • Tuesday, November 6, 2018          
  • Tuesday, December 4, 2018            
  • Tuesday, January 8, 2019 
  • Tuesday, February 5, 2019
  • Tuesday, March 5, 2019
  • Tuesday, April 2, 2019
  • Tuesday, May 7, 2019

PTO Membership

Please send your name and email address with a check made payable to DHHS PTO.  Include the company name if using corporate matching.

Membership dues:  $25.00 per family (a tax deductible contribution)

Return to the Main Office or mail to:

Attn: Treasurer
286 Green Hill Road
Madison, CT  06443

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