May 15, 2024

To the Members of the Class of 2024 and Parents/Guardians:

A major milestone in your lives and another chapter in the action-packed story of Daniel Hand High School is nearly upon us. I thought a letter at this time would serve to answer some popular questions and also allow you an opportunity to plan for the busy days ahead.

College/Future Plans Announcement Day

Seniors are invited to have a photo taken while wearing their college/university attire during lunch waves on Wednesday, May 22nd. If a student has other future plans or is undecided at this time, they are still encouraged to participate and can wear DHHS gear or other gear that signifies their future plans. Each student will pose in front of the monument near the traffic circle for a photo and then safely return to their class. A digital show of this event will be created and shared with the Class of 2024 and posted on various media outlets including the district-wide website. Finally, if a student is unable to attend this event, a picture can be sent via email to either of the following addresses: or In the event of inclement weather, this event will be postponed to Thursday, May 23. 


Senior Pre-Prom Assembly

Date: Thursday, May 30, 2024

Seniors will assemble in the Dining and Assembly Hall by 8:45 a.m. for a year-end meeting and pre-prom assembly. 


Senior Awards Night

June 11, 2024

The annual awards and scholarships presentation will be held on Tuesday, June 11 in the Dining and Assembly Hall. Class of 2024 students, parents/guardians, and families are invited to attend. We are in the process of notifying the students, and their parents/guardians who will be receiving awards and/or scholarships at this event. The event begins at 6:00 p.m.


Final Exams

Assessments for seniors will be given in Career and Technical Education, Art, Music, and World Languages classes on Tuesday, June 4 and Wednesday, June 5.

English, Social Studies, Math, and Science, assessments will be given on Thursday, June 6 and Friday, June 7. The schedule for these assessments is as follows:

  • June 6:        ELA=     7:30 - 9:00                 Social Studies = 9:30 - 11:00
  • June 7:        Math = 7:30 - 9:00                 Science =               9:30 - 11:00
  • June 10:     Make-up Exams 


Obligations and Food Service Balances

In order for seniors to receive graduation tickets and their caps and gowns, all financial obligations must be resolved. This includes such things as lost or damaged texts or Chromebooks, library fines, parking tickets, class dues, and activity fees. If there is a question regarding this, please contact Mrs. Evans in the Main Office at 203.245.6350 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. To check your student’s obligations, parents/guardians can log in to Infinite Campus and find this information within the "Fees" category.

Please be advised that diplomas will not be mailed home to seniors with outstanding negative balances on their lunch accounts. If you are not sure of your account balance, visit our District website Food Service Page, or go directly to the MyPaymentsPlus website to login to your account. Obligations are due by the end of the school day on Tuesday, June 5, 2024. 


Yearbook Dedication & Distribution

June 4, 2024

All seniors are invited to the Dining and Assembly Hall for the yearbook dedication and distribution at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 4. Student superlatives will also be shared via a presentation during this event.


Confirming Pronunciation of Student Names at Graduation

Immediately following the Yearbook distribution, seniors will meet briefly with Mr. Bodner and Mrs. Whitcher to confirm the correct pronunciation of their name for the graduation ceremony. Students can also share how they would like their name read. As the date approaches, seniors will receive an E-Notify from Mrs. Whitcher concerning how they would like their name to be read at graduation.


Chromebook Returns

Graduating seniors must return their Chromebooks and chargers to the LMC no later than Monday, June 10. Preferred drop-off times will be Wednesday, June 5th between 1:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., Thursday, June 6  and Friday, June 7 between 7:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.   Additional staff members will be onsite during these times to assist with Chromebook check-in. Please make sure that you leave your device with a staff member – DO NOT leave any equipment in the LMC unattended. If your Chromebook is not properly checked back in, it will be marked as lost and this could impact your ability to collect your cap and gown for graduation. 


Class Remarks

Members of the Class of 2024 are encouraged to submit a speech to be considered for Graduation. One student will be selected to share Class Remarks during the ceremony on June 13. Speeches must be submitted to Ms. Butcher or Mr. Kaeser by 2:00 p.m. on Friday, May 31. This is a hard deadline but feel free to submit earlier than the deadline. A separate communication about this opportunity was shared with all members of the Class of 2024.


Senior Prom

June 1, 2024

A separate communication about this event was shared with all members of the Class of 2024 and complete information is found in the Student section of this website.

Prom Information 


Cap, Gown and Ticket Distribution

June 10, 2024

Caps, gowns, and tickets for admission to graduation will be distributed at Daniel Hand to those seniors who have no obligations, on Monday, June 10 at 10:30 a.m. in the Dinning and Assembly Hall. Please note, that seniors who have any obligations will not receive their cap and gown or graduation tickets.


Senior Brunch

June 12, 2024

The annual Senior Brunch is scheduled for Wednesday, June 12 at Amarante’s in New Haven from 9:00-11:00 a.m. Seniors will assemble in the DHHS gymnasium at 8:15 a.m. prior to boarding the buses. No students are permitted to drive to this event.


Saving your Google Files Before You Graduate

Complete BEFORE September 1, 2024

You have done great work throughout your academic career in the Madison Public Schools - work you should be proud of and that you may want to take with you after you graduate. Your Google account will be suspended after you graduate and you will not have access to your files. To save your work, please click on the link below for instructions.

Instructions to Move Google Files


Graduation Rehearsals

Rehearsals are scheduled as follows:

  • Wednesday, June 12,  Madison Green, 12:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 13, Madison Green, 10:30 a.m.

Both rehearsals are mandatory for all seniors to help ensure a pleasant and meaningful graduation ceremony.



Daniel Hand High School

Commencement Ceremony


Graduation Ceremony Information

Thursday, June 13, 2024, 6:00 p.m.
Madison Town Green


Graduation Information


Nite In Hand

June 13, 2024

Nite-In-Hand is organized and run by a dedicated group of parent/guardian volunteers. The start time is 10:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 13. This is a community-sponsored party for the graduates. Only those members of the Class of 2024 who graduate may attend.


I trust this letter has provided you with helpful information. Mr. Bodner, Mrs. Whitcher, and I look forward to sharing these joyful events with all of you.

Stay healthy,
Mr. Salutari Principal