Principal's Newsletter

To D.H.H.S. Parents/Guardians: 

The 2018-19 school year is quickly coming to a close. As always, 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. Although we had to deal with quite a rainy spring, the athletics regular season and Southern Connecticut Conference playoffs are complete. Many of our spring athletic teams experienced incredible success and are now competing against challenging opponents in the State playoffs. I am impressed with our many talented coaches and clearly dedicated student-athletes. In addition to the incredibly talented student-athletes, there are equally talented students in the fine arts and music. This year’s spring musical, the music concerts, and the art show were incredible. We are fortunate to work with such inspiring students. 

May and June are some of the 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. Similar to last year, the junior prom was held off-site at Woodwinds in Branford, CT. Future class officers and class advisors are following the lead from the Class of 2019 and are planning to hold 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. Pre-prom meetings focused on relevant topics intended to encourage students to make safe and healthy decisions. Our relationship with the U.S. Attorney’s Office remains strong and we invited The Heroin Education Action Team (“HEAT”) to meet with the Class of 2020 prior to the prom. “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 2020 on April 25. 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 the 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 2019 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 continues to visit over 200 schools a year to share her powerful message and personal story. Her program, Power of Choice, is one of the most effective of its kind. Her 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 2021 and 2022 attended a performance written, directed, and performed by our STAR students. The STAR play titled, The Family JUULS, focused on the e-cigarette epidemic and gave our underclassmen an informative look at the dangers of using these products. Finally, students in Diversity Club conducted an assembly to address insensitive comments and behaviors that target race, religion, and ethnicity. Misha Khan, a seventh grade middle school teacher from Long Island, visited Hand and spoke about her experiences growing up as a Muslim-American in a post 9-11 world. Diversity Club Alumni and Class of 2018 Hand graduates, Liam Akers and Max Liu, returned to Hand and shared relevant experiences related to this topic. The Diversity Club and their advisor, Mrs. Corvino should be commended for their impressive efforts. The assembly sent a positive message to the entire school community to avoid stereotypical remarks and to be kind to one another. 

This year, only one teacher and one administrator have announced their plans to retire. The commitment of these two faculty members for over 35 years has been incredible. Both of the faculty members will be recognized during the June 4, 2019 Board of Education meeting. For your information, 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 2019-20 school year.

I truly enjoy working in this supportive community that values high-quality educational experiences. 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 for sending us such extraordinary children. 

On a final note, I would like to wish the Class of 2019 the best of luck in the future. They have been a delightful 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 on Friday, June 14, 2019. 

I hope you enjoy the summer months. 

Anthony R. Salutari, Jr. 

Graduation 2019 

Class of 2019

Graduation for the Class of 2019 will be held rain or shine on June 14th at 6:00 p.m. on the Church lawn. In the event of severe weather, graduation will be June 15th 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 the gates located at the back 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 2019, 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 – On April 24th, Daniel Hand High School held their annual College Fair with over 110 college, career, technical and post-secondary representatives available to meet with students and parents/guardians.  The evening was a great success and we thank everyone who attended.

SAT’s – The state mandated SAT was administered to all juniors on April 9th.  Students may access those results by logging into their College Board accounts.

Upcoming Items:

UCONN Early College Experience (ECE)
Those students, who have requested to take a UCONN ECE class for the 2019-2020 school year, must complete the UCONN on-line application by June 7th.  The UCONN portal for late applications (subject to an Add/Drop Processing fee) and all class enrollments re-opens August 15th.  Please see Mrs. Heller in Guidance and Counseling Office if you have any questions. 

Underclassmen Awards – The Underclassmen Awards ceremony will be held on May 24th.  More details will follow on the department website.


Parent Brag Sheet
We recently sent out a Parent Brag Sheet to all of our current Junior families.  If you have not already done so, please be sure to email or mail the completed form to the school counselors.  This is beneficial to have on file when our School Counselor’s begin writing letters of recommendation for your children.


College Outcomes – A reminder to Seniors if not already completed, the required “Senior Graduation Survey” on Naviance is now overdue.  All Seniors were given directions for completing survey by logging into their Naviance accounts. 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 6th at 6 p.m.  Invitations will be sent out by June 1st to those students being honored with Awards and/or Scholarships.

Message from the Health Office 

REMINDER: Connecticut State law requires each student in grade 10 during school year 18-19 to have a physical examination performed by a MD, APRN, DO, or PA. Current Tenth grade (18-19) physical examinations are due before entry to the eleventh grade for 19-20. The forms are available online (State of CT, HAR-3 forms, rev 7/2018), in the DHHS Health Office, and your provider's office.

Mark Your Calendar

June 4 – Yearbook Dedication - 2:00 pm Dining and Assembly Hall

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

June 11 – Exam Day -12:30 p.m. Dismissal

June 12 – Exam Day -12:30 p.m. Dismissal

June 12 – Senior Brunch - 9:30 a.m. and Graduation Rehearsal 11:30 a.m. gym

June 13 – Exam Day -11:30 p.m. Dismissal

June 13 – Graduation Rehearsal - 1:00 p.m. on the First Congregational Church Lawn

June 14 – Last Day of School 12:30 p.m. Early Dismissal

June 14 – Graduation Rehearsal 1:00 p.m. on the First Congregational Church Lawn

June 14 – Graduation- 6:00 p.m. First Congregational Church Lawn (Rain date: Saturday, June 15, 10:00 a.m.)

Trimester 3 Exam Schedule – Seniors

June 5 - Regular school day. Seniors exams in non-core classes, Calculus ECE exam in class.

June 6 - Regular school day. Seniors exams in non-core classes, Calculus ECE exam in class.

June 7 - English and Social Study exams in the LMC, Chemistry ECE in class.

June 10 - Math and Science in LMC, Chemistry ECE in class.

June 11 – Senior make-up exams

Trimester 3 Exam Schedule – Underclassmen

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 11

  • Period 1 (7:45 AM - 9:45 AM)
  • Period 2 (10:15 AM - 12:15 PM)

June 12 

  • Period 3 (7:45 AM - 9:45 AM)
  • Period 4 (10:15 AM - 12:15 PM)

June 13

  • Period 5 (7:45 AM - 9:45 AM)
  • Period 6 (10:15 AM - 12:15 PM)

Summer Reading

All students are expected to continue reading over the summer. In September, students will share during PAW groups as well as in English class. Students will submit book titles and engage in a book talk activity with peers. 

On the website, please direct students to their grade level recommendations, and faculty/staff recommendations, as well as AP/Honors Requirements.

Summer Reading

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 Distribution
With the end of the year fast approaching, it is time for students to get their yearbooks! Below is the distribution schedule:

  • Seniors – The yearbook dedication celebration and distribution will be held on Tuesday, June 4 @ 2PM in the Dining and Assembly Hall. 
  • All other grades – The yearbook advisors will be in the Career Center during the school day on Wednesday, June 5. 

**Note that students can only pick up their own yearbooks. No student can pick up a book for someone else!

Haven’t Ordered a Book Yet?
No problem! Books are still available for purchase. However, only a limited number remain, and they will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Bring $85 (cash or a check made out to DHHS) to Mrs. Johnson (room 310) or Mr. Young (room 328) as soon as possible to guarantee that you get yours! If books are still available, they will be sold during distribution, too.

Class of 2020
Be on the lookout for mailings from Life Touch/Prestige Portraits, our official photographer for senior portraits. The first photography session will be at the end of June, and the last one will be in the beginning of October. Please encourage your student to have his/her picture taken as soon as possible. Doing so will provide you with ample time to select a pose for the yearbook. If a student waits too long, the yearbook staff may have to select his/her yearbook pose so as to meet deadlines.

Underclassmen Picture Day 2019
2019-2020 underclassmen picture day will be Tuesday, September 17, 2019. We will need volunteers to assist us that day. Volunteers get a discount on picture packages. (Senior parents can volunteer, too, and get a discount on senior portrait packages!) Please let us know if you would be interested in helping. 

Please contact Mrs. Johnson or Mr. Young with any questions.


Visitors are reminded that they must sign in and out of the building. If you forgot to return your visitor’s badge upon leaving the building, please return the badge to the main office as soon as possible. You can send it in with your student or mail it to DHHS 286 Green Hill Road, Madison, CT 06433.

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 PSAT, SAT and ACT.
The class will meet immediately after school for 10, one hour sessions. The first class will be on Monday, September 23rd, and the last class will be on Tuesday, October 8th.  The fee for the course is $150. Registration for this course begins in September.
For more information send an email to
Class size is limited to 30 students


Preparations for Nite –In- Hand 2019 are underway. The Nite In Hand Preview date is June 14th   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 14th at 10:00 p.m.  No graduates will be admitted after 10:30 p.m. Registration is still being accepted. Contact for more information.


The Tiger Band had a very successful winter and spring. 93 band members and 12 chaperones traveled to New Orleans, LA for four days of sightseeing, performances, and enjoying the rich culture of the city. On May 15th, the band performed their spring concert at DHHS. The Jazz Band played music by Count Basie, Nat Adderly, Stevie Wonder, and more. The Concert Band and Symphonic Band featured music by Holst, Danny Elfman, and selections from Pirates of the Caribbean, just to name a few. Senior soloists were featured throughout the program, and all of our seniors were recognized for their nine year commitment to the Madison band program. The band looks forward to closing out their year by performing in the Memorial Day parade on May 27th, as well as at graduation on June 14th. 

After a successful Winter concert, the DHHS String Orchestra, Sinfonietta, and Chamber Ensemble have been working diligently in preparation for their Spring Concert on Wednesday, May 22nd at 7:30pm in the DHHS Dining and Assembly Hall. Also in string world, the charity-based club, Giving Bach, has been busily performing at places like the Hearth and special events through The Scranton Library. In January, Giving Bach provided a string instrument petting zoo at the North Madison Congregational Church. Families brought their young children and enjoyed a brief performance by the students in Giving Bach, followed by the opportunity for the audience members to come up and try violins, violas, and cellos. The instruments were provided by Madison Music and Nomad Fiddles, both located in Madison. Most recently Giving Bach performed at a fundraising event sponsored by the VNA at Woodwinds. All of the string ensembles are looking forward to playing at graduation again this year with the band on Friday, June 14th. Students are highly encouraged to continue to play over the summer. If there is interest in private lessons, please do not hesitate to contact Taralyn Bulyk for recommendations.

Giving Bach performing for the VNA Spring Fundraiser at Woodwinds. M Burd, K Mader, L D’Ancicco, W Haydon

Giving Bach performing for the VNA Spring Breakfast Fundraiser at Woodwinds" Maya Burd, Kiersten Mader, Lilly D’Ancicco, Will Haydon.

World Language Department

Mr. Josh Hibbard, Spanish teacher, will be traveling with 9 students from Daniel Hand High School from July 17-25, 2019 to visit Peru, its famous Machu Picchu, and to take part in a community service project.

We had another successful year at the CT COLT Poetry Contest with 2 students from the high school earning medals. Please join me in recognizing:

Daven Pelaez- Spanish high school heritage, bronze 
Nika Dolynuk - Russian high school heritage, silver 

9 total students participated in this event from the high school representing Spanish, French, Mandarin, Latin, and heritage languages. 

Upcoming World Language trips

We are excited to advertise three upcoming trips that were recently approved by the Board of Education. Please contact the teachers listed if you are interested in travel details!

Quebec, February 14-17, 2020 (contact Madame Merkle)

Dominican Republic, April 2-9, 2020 (contact Ms. Gauley or Mrs. Aguzzi)

Western and Northern Spain, July 15-23, 2020 (contact Mr. Hibbard)

World Language summer assignments are posted online.

World Language Summer Assignments

Please remember to pick up the specific books and/or other reading materials before leaving for the summer.

French 4 Honors - see Madame Merkle (room 229)

AP French 5 - see Madame Merkle (room 229)

AP Latin 4 - see Mr. Brine (room 246)

UConn/ECE Mandarin 4 Honors - see Mrs. Huang (room 247)

AP Spanish 5 - see Mr. Hibbard (room 240)

UConn/ECE Spanish 6 Honors - see Mrs. Aguzzi (room 238), Ms. Gauley (room 245), or Ms. Mancini (rooms 233/248)

National Honor Society

On May 30, 2019 the following students were inducted into the National Honor Society:

Daniel  Baker
Anne Barrett
Mary Calabro
Daniel  Chen
Maeve  Connors
Luke    Conway
Christina Coric
Kylie Corniello
Jesly Diaz
Rebecca Dollahite

National Honor Society Logo

Pamela Engelhart
Madeline Fay
Sophia Fedus
Ainslee  Fogleman
Ella Ginsburg
Matthew Hiller
Michael Hilmer
Jemma Hoko
Kayla   Howard
John     Hughes
Violet   Johnson
Anna    Lang
Kimberly Lehmann
Alexandra Lesnik
Magdahlia Lesnik
Jonathan  Mader
Chloe   Manion
Natalie McCarthy
Riley    McDevitt
Isaiah   McNeilly
Kayla   Mendonca
Christian Northrup
William Porter
Abigail Pritchard
Erin      Reilly
Dylan   Richmond
Ethan   Richmond
Jacqueline Sandor
John     Stein
Owen   Sweet
Jefferson Taylor
Chloe   Thompson
Grace   Vest
Oakley Walker
Emilie  Waters
Sara     Wohlgemuth


Class Council 2019-2020

The following students have been elected Class Council:

CLASS OF 2020:
Ella Ginsburg, Daniel Kim, Hannah Lewis, Ava Lombardi, Jessica Murphy, Erin Reilly, Madison Rotermund, Chloe Thompson

CLASS OF 2021:
Brian Berne, Sean Burke, Aimee Chang, Nicolette Doherty, Sophie Glassman, Julie Lawton, Kylie Minniti, Anna Son

CLASS OF 2022:
Brian Girardi, Natasha McCarthy, Paul Odyniec, Jack Signorello, Isabelle Vagell, Graham Wilker, Angela Zhang

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
David Antonetti, World Language
John Arrandale,  World Language
Paige Dean, Math
Nicole Dolynuk, Social Studies
Alanna Fay, Math
Maximo Gulla, Science
Natasha McCarthy, English
Darian McMahon, Physical Education
Emma Jane Merkle-Scotland, Band 
Ella Skonieczny, Science
Ethan Speerli, Orchestra
Ethan Speerli, English
McCoy Thompson, Art
Isabelle Vagell, Physical Education
Angela Zhang, Band
Shirley Zullo,  Art    

Grade 10   
Cameryn Brown, Science
Kristen    Ciecko, World Language
Caroline Collins, Art
Juan Diaz-Andreu, Science
Nicolette Doherty, Social Studies
Sophie Glassman, CTE--Business Education
Olivia Henkel, Physical Education
Evan Hubbs, Band
Luke Johnson, Band
Julia Kuhn, Physical Education
Christopher Pellegrino, Physical Education
Ethan Reyes, Art
Madeline SanMarco, English
Madeline SanMarco, Math
Colin Telford,  English
Jack White, Math

Grade 11
Laurel Bennett, World Language
Luke Conway, Social Studies
Riley Couto, Math
Mack Donofrio, Science
Matthew Esposito, Art
Colton  Finke, World Language
Ella Ginsburg, Health
Jemma Hoko, CTE-Family & Consumer Science
Isaac Lerner, Band
Magdahlia Lesnik, Band
Magdahlia Lesnik, PE -Self Defense
Kiersten Mader, Orchestra
Evan Merenda, World Language
Kentaro Nuzzi, Math
Ameen Parks, Health
Erin Reilly, English
Bennett  Sprague, CTE-Technology Education
Reilly Stewart,  Art
Owen Sweet,  Physical Education

Grade 12
Caroline Bowe, Science
John Clyde, World Language
Johanna Doerr, Health
Chanelle  Dortch, Health
Mikaela Forsey, Social Studies
Trinity Hughes, World Language
Kyle Jasko, Art
Elinor Laffargue, English
Aidan  Maloney, Band
Madisen Mortensen, English
Grace Rogers, Math
Peter Santoro, Art
Joseph Stark, Band
Sarah Stephens, Math

Helping Hands Award 

Helping Hands is a project designed by students to recognize selfless contributions. An individual student or group may be recognized for the following:

  • Doing something that benefits the school, Madison, or global communities
  • Being someone who is always nice or who always does the “right thing”
  • Changing for the better in a significant way.
  • Recognition may be for one significant event or for a pattern of smaller deeds.

Trimester 2 Helping Hand Recipients

Grade 9: Natasha McCarthy, John Adams, III
Grade 10: Everhett Brenza, Grace Hartmann, Mia Spencer, Theodore Licari, Olivia Henkel
Grade 11: Summer Adams, Jacob Kokoruda, Sydney Padula
Grade 12: Gabriella Dollahite, Chloe Veth, Eleanor McArdle, Isabel Kelly
Faculty: Mia Corvino,  Josh Hibbard

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.

Have a wonderful summer!