Principal’s Letter

To Parents and Guardians:

At the time of this newsletter, we have already passed the half-way point of the 2019-20 school year. I am hopeful that the winter weather remains cooperative and does not negatively impact any additional school or after school activities. 

As always, a few required standardized assessments will take place at Daniel Hand High School. The junior class will take the Connecticut State Board of Education adopted SAT and, for the second time, the Next Generation Science Standard (N.G.S.S.) assessment. This assessment replaced the CAPT assessment. The SAT is currently scheduled on Tuesday, April 9th and the Next Generation Science Standard assessment will take place on Wednesday, April 10th and possibly Thursday, April 11th. Both the SAT and N.G.S.S. assessments will take place during the school day. For planning purposes, Trimester 2 exams are currently scheduled on March 12th, 13th, and 14th. 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. As with any day, please encourage your children to get a good night’s sleep and to eat a healthy breakfast. Please keep in mind that the trimester exam dates mentioned above will be adjusted if school is cancelled for any reason prior to the scheduled dates. Standardized test dates will remain the same. Barring any school cancellations, trimester two will end on Thursday, March 14th with trimester three beginning on Friday, March 15th. In our continued effort to be environmentally friendly, we will not be issuing paper copies of trimester three schedules. Students can access their schedules on Infinite Campus.  

As a way to recognize the many wonderful student accomplishments at DHHS, we present students with PTO and Helping Hands certificates at the end of each trimester. Students receive PTO recognition for outstanding achievement, interest, or dedication in a particular subject. Helping Hand recipients are recognized for selfless contributions that make our school community a welcoming environment. Mr. Bodner, Mrs. Schneider, and I met with the student recipients to commend them for their effort and positive character. On a similar note of recognition, the entire school community participated in the second annual DHHS Mid-Year Celebration on Friday, January 25th. Lee Wildermann was the emcee and one faculty member and two students were asked to speak at this event. Our faculty presenter, Mr. Hibbard, delivered a speech that encouraged students to find what excites them. Our student speakers, Claire Hennessey and Kevin Girardi, also sent positive messages. Claire encouraged students to find their confidence, trust yourself, find appreciation for what you love, and take advantage of all the opportunities that the future holds. Kevin shared that Hand is staffed with great teachers who support students to become better people. His final message was clear that high school itself is a great teacher. As always, the speeches were well-received by the entire school community and the event culminated with a little time off, a juice, and Beach donut for everyone. We hope to hold a similar celebration in June.

The 2019-20 master scheduling process is well underway. Students received next year’s Program of Studies and have already submitted the course selection sheets. As a reminder and for your convenience, an electronic version of the 2019-20 Program of Studies is available on our website. Our counselors are working diligently entering requests into Infinite Campus. After all requests are entered, Mr. Bodner will begin the “build” process that is based on the course request information we gathered and entered from all students. Please keep in mind that once the scheduling process is complete, it is difficult to make changes. Our target date to mail course request information to parents/guardians is during the week of February 25th. Upon receipt, please carefully review this information and contact your child’s counselor immediately if there seems to be an error or if you have any questions.

Our fall athletic teams experienced quite a bit of success with the season ending in early December. I would like to share a special congratulation to three of our fall teams for winning state championships. Congratulations to the Class L girls swimming and diving team. Congratulations to the repeat Class L football team. And finally, a very special congratulations goes to our “three-peat” Class L boys soccer team. Many of our winter athletic teams are also experiencing success as the regular season is coming to a close and qualifying teams will soon be preparing for SCC and state championship competition. I continue to be impressed with the teamwork and efforts of our student athletes and our coaches as well as the consistent demonstration of positive sportsmanship and character no matter the outcome of the competition. We are lucky to have such quality coaches in our district. I am looking forward to attending our athletic events in the future. 

Athletic events at Hand are certainly not the only events worth attending. The fall drama production, The Witch, the Lion, and the Wardrobe, certainly did not disappoint anyone who was able to attend. Our student performers, the crew, Eli Sherer, Clare Stone, and Joy Weaver put on three incredible performances. I was able to attend the opening performance and was impressed with the student performances as well as the impressive work completed by the crew. This year’s spring musical, Newsies, will be performed on April 4th, 5th, and 6th. The cast and crew are already busy preparing for what should be an amazing performance. If your calendar allows, I would highly recommend that you attend this exciting event.

Each school year seems to pass by more quickly than the last. It is always enjoyable to observe the seniors as they begin to sense the reality that their high school experience is coming to a close. Many discussions and the planning of end of the year events, including graduation, have already begun and will be communicated in the near future. On a personal note, I genuinely enjoy every opportunity I have to interact with all members of the D.H.H.S. school community.

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.



Please e-mail attendance or call attendance line at 203-245-6355 to report an absence, tardy, or early dismissal. Planned absences can be called in in advance.


Lost and Found

Are you missing keys, phone, laptop? Lost and Found has a collection of miscellaneous items of clothing, backpacks, lunch boxes, keys, electronics and jewelry. To claim items contact the security office at or


Safety Message

For the safety of students and staff parents are reminded that all student drop offs and pick-ups are under the Tiger door behind the West Building. No AM or PM pick –ups in the front circle or front parking lot. Please do not double park in the front lot or black the front circle.

Message from the 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; 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:

  • fuel their system in the morning with a good healthy breakfast,
  • get plenty of rest,
  • wash their hands frequently,
  • contact your medical provider for guidance regarding the flu vaccine,

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

For more information, please check the website for the Centers for Disease Control,


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 by the end of 10th grade / before entry to the eleventh grade. Forms (State of CT, blue, HAR-3, rev 4/2017 forms) are available in the DHHS Health Office & online.

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

Music Department

The DHHS Tiger Band had a very successful fall season, performing the music of Bon Jovi and Queen in their halftime show. They also accompanied the football team to all three playoff games, including a frigid state championship in New Britain. Now in concert band season, the band had its winter concert on February 13th. The Jazz Band played music of Duke Ellington, Steely Dan, Thad Jones and more. The Concert Band performed and their program included music by Aaron Copland, a powerful and moving piece entitled “Trail of Tears,” and music from the movie Brave. The Symphonic Band performed classic band literature by Standridge, Elgar, and Hazo. The concert concluded with all Tiger Band members combining forces to perform “Just a Closer Walk With Thee,” a classic spiritual hymn arranged for concert band in a Dixieland style.  Music from this concert will be performed by the band in New Orleans, LA, when we travel there in April for four days of music, culture, and history.

Guidance Department

Recent Events

Open House for Prospective Students – The Guidance and Counseling Department hosted an Open House for prospective incoming freshmen students on January 3, 2019.  The students who currently go to private schools attended classes, had school tours, and received information about courses available at DHHS.

Program of Studies & Course Request Forms - The School Counselors met with students to distribute the course request form for next year’s course selection, along with the Program of Studies.  Students need both their parent/guardian and current teacher signatures prior to turning them in during PAW on Friday, February 1, 2019.

Upcoming Items

Mandatory Testing for all Juniors - On Tuesday, April 9, 2019 all Juniors will take the Connecticut State Board of Education’s mandated Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) during the school day.  In addition, on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 there will also be the mandated Next Generation Science Standard Test administered which replaces the former Connecticut Aptitude Performance Test (CAPT). It is important that all juniors report to their assigned rooms on testing days by 7:25 AM with pencils, calculator (not provided) and a snack. Room assignments will be posted in April.  Registration will be completed here at Daniel Hand High School with no fees being assessed.  If you have any questions, please see your School Counselor.

AP Testing – In November, all current AP students registered for and indicated intent for taking the AP Testing this May.  Students will soon receive the Bulletin for AP Students and Parents 18-19, as required by the College Board.  This bulletin includes such information as; the AP Exam Schedule, Basic Information for Preparation, Getting Ready for Exam Day, Getting Your Exam Grades, the AP Student Checklist and more.  The last date to register for (with late fees) or cancel previously ordered tests is Thursday, February 28, 2019.  Please see Mrs. Hawley or Heller in the Guidance and Counseling Office.

Scholarships - A reminder to Seniors to check the Scholarship List located in Naviance to view all regional and national scholarships currently available.  Please be sure to check this list frequently, as scholarships are posted often.  The 2019 DHHS Scholarship’s will be available to students Friday, March 1st on the website.  Any questions, please see Mrs. Heller in the Guidance and Counseling Office, or see your School Counselor.

College Outcomes – Once Seniors receive decisions from colleges (accepted, deferred, etc.) please be sure you let your School Counselor know.  Additionally, please log-in to Naviance and indicate the result for each college you hear from.  (1.) Go to Colleges I’m Applying To, (2.) click on the pencil “edit” button next to each college, (3.) Scroll down for “Result”, and use the dropdown arrow to make your selection.  We are excited to hear where you may be going!

College Fair – The annual College Fair will take place on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 from 6 – 7:30 PM in the school’s gymnasium.  Over 100 representatives from the military, career and colleges will be in attendance.  Students from all grades are encouraged to attend.

Art Department

Congratulations to the following students for qualifying for this year’s Connecticut Regional Scholastic Art Awards Show:

  • Alexandra Dolynuk
  • Kayla Howard
  • Kyle Jasko
  • Daniel Leach
  • Grace Vest
  • Hailey D’Alessio
  • Dvora Redlich

Also, special honors go out to both Hailey D’Alessio and Dvora Redlich. Hailey’s photograph received a Gold Key.  The photograph will now go on to the juried for the National Show. Dvora Redlich who also received the Gold Key and Best in Show for her painting.  Her painting will also be juried for the National Show.

Important Dates:

  • Trimester 2 Exams      March, 12, 13, 14
  • Spring Break               April 15 -19
  • Junior Prom                 April 26  Woodwinds, Branford
  • SAT – Juniors             April 9
  • NGSS- Juniors            April 10
  • Senior Auction            April 26  Dining and Assembly Hall
  • Senior Prom                June 1   Cascade, Hamden
  • Graduation                  June 13 (tentative)


Purchasing Yearbooks: The deadline to pre-order a yearbook and/or to personalize one is Friday, February 15th. The price of the book is $80 (not including any personalization fees or taxes). You can order a book now at Yearbooks will continue to be sold after February 26th, but they will only be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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. A few 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) .

PTO Awards Trimester 1

PTO award recipients are selected by their teachers for:

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

Grade 9
Zahra Ahady, World Language (Mandarin 1)
Catherine Arrandale, PE/Health
John Arrandale, PE/Health
Kathryn Beiner, English
William Conroy, World Language (French 2)
Paige Dean, Orchestra
Bryan Grendi, Math
Jonathan Isaac, Art
Evan Landau, Social Studies
Rhett Newton, PE/Health
Julianna Powell, Science
Liliana Salazar, Band
Ryan Shea, Art
Ella Skonieczny, Math
Sarah Swenson, Band

Grade 10
Vincent Calia-Bogan, World Language (Spanish 4)
Matthew Carone, Math
Kayla Cataldo, Science
Hailey D'Alessio, Art
Oscar Diaz, Orchestra
Cristopher Engelhart, Science
Sophie Glassman, PE/Health
William Haydon, World Language (Spanish 4 Honors)
Molly Kerrigan, Band
Alexis Lariviere, Family & Consumer Sciences
Lisa Liang, Math
Kaitlyn MacCallum, Art
Lindsay Riordan, Band
Katherine Sanford, Social Studies
Ashlee Wargo, English

Grade 11
Sarah Baker, Orchestra
Lindsay Booth, Math
Mary Calabro, Math
Elena Dreier, Band
Stefanie Guo, Orchestra
Finnian Hamblett, PE/Health
Matthew Hiller, World Language (Mandarin 3)
Jacob Kokoruda, Career & Technical Education--Business Education
Jared Kuryan, Career & Technical Education-Technology & Video Education
Isaiah McNeilly, Health
Angelina Nucolo, Health
Ameen Parks, Social Studies
Georgianna Rankin, Science
Ruby Redlich, Physical Education
Allison Rumberger,  Art
William Stramiello, Band
Oakley Walker, Art
Luke Watkins, World Language (Spanish 5)

Grade 12
Ella  Ahlijanian, World Language (UConn ECE Spanish 6 Honors)
Ella  Ahlijanian, Science
Chanelle Dortch, Math
Chanelle Dortch, Social Studies
Griffin Fitzmaurice, Career & Technical Education--Business
Mikaela Forsey, Math
Kyle Jasko, Art
Rory Kelly, Art
Meghan Marrinan, Chorus
Eleanor McArdle, Band
Colin McKissick, World Language (AP Latin)
Carson Nietlisbach, Band
Schylar Saliba, Family & Consumer Sciences
Sofia Santoemma, Chorus
Emily Splain, Health

Helping Hands Award

Helping Hands is a project designed by students to recognize selfless contributions to the Daniel Hand Community.

Recipients for Trimester 1


  • Summer  Adams
  • Everett Brenza
  • Cameron Chieppo
  • Jason He
  • Perry Jensen
  • Lily Kerins
  • Julia Kuhn
  • Jade Law
  • Meghan  Marrinan
  • Natasha  McCarthy
  • Charles McIntyre
  • Matt McSweeney
  • Maia Minto
  • Paul Odyniec
  • Sydney Padula
  • Dylan Richmond


  • David Buller
  • Frank Balantic
  • Anthony Mancini, Sr.
  • Kayla Carroll
  • Mia Corvino

 Club Advisors and Club Members

  • Richard Fisler
  • Grace Levin
  • Heidi Whelahan

SAT/ACT Prep Class

A review course will be offered at Daniel Hand High School to prepare students for the spring SAT. The class will meet immediately after school for 10 sessions, Monday - Thursday afternoons from 2:10 p.m. – 3:10 p.m. The first class will be on Monday, March 18th. The fee for the course is $150. For more information contact Mr. Miller at

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


Nite In Hand is an evening of celebration held on the night of Daniel Hand High School. It allows Madison's graduates to spend the entire night celebrating together in a safe, substance-free environment. Our goal is keeping the graduates and the community safe on graduation night!

We need DHHS parents (Freshmen, Sophomore, Junior and Senior) and family/friends to volunteer! A successful Nite In Hand depends on great parent/community participation.

Come, learn and experience the Nite In Hand process so that this extraordinary tradition may be continued for years to come.  Monthly Nite In Hand meetings are held the first Tuesday of each month (September to June), in the DHHS Media Room, from 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. All are welcomed!

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.



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, February 5, 2019

Tuesday, November 6, 2018                                             Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Tuesday, December 4, 2018                                             Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Tuesday, January 8, 2019                                                 Tuesday, May 7, 2019

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 Please complete the information below and make checks payable to DHHS PTO.

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

Your Name:          ___________________________________________

 Your Email:         ___________________________________________


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Attn: Treasurer
286 Green Hill Road
Madison, CT  06443

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