Hamden Hall Country Day School

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< 2021


  • February

    Ret. Major Carl B. Fedde, Class of 1960

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  • Former faculty member Dr. Michael Sherry.

    Former Faculty Member Now Professor Emeritus at Northwestern

    While not an alumnus, Dr. Michael Sherry is a former faculty member whom we caught up with recently after discovering his photo on the cover of the 2003 Hamden Hall Magazine. Michael was pictured alongside alumni Richard Peck and David Pilot, classmates from the Class of 1972. The three had attended a Hamden Hall 30th reunion, hosted at the home of Richard Peck’s mother, former faculty member Mary Peck.
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  • Dr. Frank Gasparro, alumna Ellen Rich 2010, and Lower School science teacher Claire Rich all lent their prowess on patents to third-graders during a recent class project.

    It's 'Patently' Obvious That Our Third-Graders Will Be Future Inventors

    From Hamden Hall’s own Father of Invention, Grade 3 students learned about patents and the art of innovation during a recent class project.
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  • Four Middle School students advanced to the 2021 Mathcounts Chapter Invitational Competition.

    Middle School Math Enthusiasts Qualify to Compete

    Four Mathcounts students have qualified to compete in the Invitational Chapter Competition following their participation in an area event. The 2021 Mathcounts Chapter Invitational Competition takes place online this evening via the AoPS (Art of Problem Solving) Contest Platform. The competition involves a 90-minute test.
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  • Members of the 2020-2021 Multicultural Student Interests Club.

    MSI Club Creates Recipe for School-Wide Celebration

    The creation of a multicultural cookbook will celebrate our school community through food.
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  • Alumna Ellen Rich, Class of 2010, and her canine buddy.

    With Patent Knowledge, Alumna Shares with Students

    Ellen Rich, Class of 2010, is a regional account manager with IFI Claims Patent Services, a leading supplier of patent data for resellers and innovators in the research and healthcare sectors. She has been with the company since June 2018 in the capacity of identifying, engaging, and developing new regional accounts.
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  • Maria Kozdroy, Class of 2014, is seen atop the roof of an academic building on the campus of the United States Merchant Marine Academy. Behind her is the Throgs Neck Bridge along with sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline.

    2014 Civil Engineer Helps Renovate Merchant Marine Academy Campus

    Getting out in the field more and interacting with stakeholders were two things Maria Kozdroy, Class of 2014, was looking for in a new job. Maria recently found the right opportunity as a civil engineer working for the Capital Improvement Program at the United States Merchant Marine Academy.
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  • Early Childhood students created their own rocket ships and helmets in which to study the solar system and deep space.

    Out-Of-This-World Learning Taking Place in Early Childhood Classrooms

    The learning unit for our Early Childhood students is out of this world, with recent lessons focused on the solar system and deep space.
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  • Jean Arpine, Mother of Hamden Hall Staff Member and Past-Grandparent

    Jean Arpine, mother of Hamden Hall staff member, Daria Howard, died on February 11, 2021. Jean was the grandmother of alumni Jackson Arpine, Class of 2007, son of Hamden Hall staff member Benelyn Arpine, and Francesca Howard Macias, Class of 2008, daughter of Daria Howard.

    The Hamden Hall Community is saddened by this news and extends sincere condolences to the Arpine/Howard family during this difficult time. 

    Funeral services are private. A celebration of Jean's life will be held at a later time.

    To read Jean's obituary, please click here.
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  • Hornet Hoops Make their Debut

    Bud Kohler
    The Beckerman gymnasium finally saw some basketball action on Thursday evening, but it certainly had a different feel with no fans in attendance to set the place rocking. Similar to the fall, there is no official league play this winter, with just a limited schedule of contests. Nevertheless, the Varsity Boys were just thrilled to be tossing the rock around when they faced off against St. Luke’s. 
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  • A Bitmoji of physical education teacher Mark McEachern in support of

    Lower School Students Jump at Heart-Healthy Program

    Just prior to Winter Break, physical education teacher Mark McEachern handed out jump ropes to every student in Kindergarten through Grade 4. The assignment? Get familiar with jumping rope in anticipation of National Heart Month in February!
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  • Swim Team Scores Repeat Win over Hopkins

    Bud Kohler
    Certainly one of the toughest aspects of our health crisis to affect students is the impact on athletics. After wrestling with one of Mr. Sokoloff’s DBQ essays or tackling one of Mr. Flamm’s math tests, many students normally look forward to hitting the fields and enjoying a healthy workout. Not surprisingly, however, the winter has continued to see limitations on what our student-athletes can do; yet most teams have been actively practicing and getting the most they can out of the season, even if it requires some creative adapting to make it work. 
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  • The 2021 Hamden Hall Lifers.

    Celebrating Our Lifers Via Virtual Pomp and Circumstance

    While the 2021 Lifers celebration may have looked a bit different this year, Hamden Hall nonetheless honored the nine seniors who have spent their entire academic careers under the pines.
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  • Alumnus Marco Fontana 2016.

    2016 Alumnus Scores Job with Miami Dolphins

    Following his May 2020 graduation from Ithaca College, Marco Fontana, Class of 2016, scored a job as a ticket sales representative for the Miami Dolphins.
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  • 1964 alumnus Fred Paillet.

    Outdoor Adventurer Pens Handbook for Similar Enthusiasts

    After trekking through both the Ozark Mountains and Alaska’s Brooks Range, 1964 alumnus Fred Paillet has co-authored a handbook that details and illustrates the “typical trailside perspective” of a hiker.  
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  • Joy Sundgaard Kaiser, Class of 1947

    Hamden Hall alumna Joy Sundgaard Kaiser, Class of 1947, died on February 3, 2021. Her sister Jill Sundgaard Jones was also a graduate of Hamden Hall Class of 1951.

    The Hamden Hall community extends condolences to the Kaiser family during this difficult time.

    There is no obituary available. We will share the obituary to this page when it becomes available.
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  • January

    An alumni panel spoke virtually to Upper School students during a recent assembly.

    Alumni Offer Insight on Path to Professional Success

    Having journeyed through the same halls and classrooms as current Upper School students, a panel of Hamden Hall alumni offered valuable insight into their respective paths to professional success.
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  • Students in Paul Gustafson's AP English Language class are turning their loose change into opportunities for others.

    From Literature Comes Inspiration and a Call to Action

    Inspired by a summer reading book, students in Paul Gustafson’s AP English Language class are helping to empower women in the developing world with their loose change.
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  • Grade 6 students created their own filters and used them in various experiments during a water unit lesson.

    Sixth-Grade Scientists Wade Into Water Unit

    Sixth-grade students waded into deep waters – metaphorically speaking – during a recent hands-on science lesson.
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  • Alumnus Adrian Zuckerman received the “Star of Romania” from Romanian President Klaus Iohannis. 

    Alumnus Receives Romania's Highest Civil Award

    Alumnus Adrian Zuckerman, Class of 1975, who served as the United States Ambassador to Romania, was awarded the “Star of Romania” from Romanian President Klaus Iohannis.
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  • Norma Josephine Zito Bailey, Grandparent, Great-Grandparent

    Norma Josephine Zito Bailey, grandmother of Hamden Hall faculty member Andrea Calandrelli, died on January 23, 2021. One of Norma's great-grandchildren, Giulia Calandrelli, is a student in the Hamden Hall Class of 2033. 

    The Hamden Hall community extends sincere condolences to Andrea and her family during this difficult time.

    To read Norma's obituary, please click here.
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  • Russell Doolittle, Class of 1948

    The Hamden Hall office of alumni relations was recently informed that Russell Doolittle, Class of 1948, died on October 11, 2019. Our community extends condolences to the Doolittle family.

    To read Russell's obituary, please click here.
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  • Past Grandparent Bernice (Levine) Margolis

    Bernice (Levine) Margolis died on January 22, 2021. She was the grandmother of Hamden Hall alumni Kate Epstein Fierman, Class of 2000, Emily Epstein, Class of 2002, and Herbert "Herbie" Epstein, Class of 2005. She was the mother of Debbie Epstein, wife of Hamden Hall Trustee Emeritus Richard Epstein. The Hamden Hall community is saddened by this news and extends deep condolences to the family during this difficult time.

    Funeral services will be private and are under the care of the Robert E. Shure and Son Funeral Home.
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  • Alumna Shin Hae Lee, Class of 2013.

    Designing Alumna Gets Creative at Vineyard Vines

    Alumna Shin Hae Lee, Class of 2013, began a new job in late 2020 as an associate digital designer for Vineyard Vines, the popular American clothing and accessory retailer.
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  • Marilyn Fellner Gredinger, Past Parent

    Marilyn Fellner Gredinger, mother of Alan Schwartzman, Class of 1972, and Carol Schwartzman Press, Class of 1973, died on January 8, 2021.

    Marilyn was also the aunt of alumna and Hamden Hall faculty member Emily Zeid Schimelman, Class of 2002, and alumnus Joshua Zeid, Class of 2005.

    The Hamden Hall community extends condolences to Marilyn's family.

    To read Marilyn's obituary, click here.
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  • Teachers, a.k.a., mock witnesses, Margarita Kuhn and Jim Craddock donned appropriate outfits for the Middle School history mock trials.

    A Caseload of History Lessons in Middle School Mock Trials

    Mock trials have been going on all week in our eighth-grade history classes as courtroom drama played out over an animal rights protest that took place in front of a fur store.
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  • The 2020-2021 Peer Leaders.

    Impactful Presentations by Peer Leaders Resonate with Freshmen

    From the effects of technology on mental health to the challenges of remote learning and exploring personal identities, Peer Leaders have been leading presentations on topical issues for members of the freshman class.
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  • Lower School students created Valentine cards for troops overseas in conjunction with the Hugs for Soldiers program.

    Student Hugs Heading to Troops Overseas

    Hamden Hall Lower School students were part of a global initiative last year that sent more than 20,000 valentines to soldiers overseas. This year, despite the fact that the Hugs for Soldiers program has suspended the project due to COVID-19, our community is one of the few schools across the country asked to participate with student artwork.
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  • Cameron “Cammy” Griffin, Class of 2011.

    'Swanky' Alumna Starts Shell Company

    While there may be shells aplenty strewn across the sands of most beaches, Cameron “Cammy” Griffin, Class of 2011, discovered a lack of pretty ones on retail shelves. She has since established Swanky Shells, a commercial line of decorated shells that can be used for party favors, decorations, home décor, and more.
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  • Alumni panel members Sheryl-Leigh General 2016, Tyler Williams 2009, and Chavon Patterson 2020.

    Alumni Panel Talks Race with Middle Schoolers

    A panel of alumni recently spoke to Middle School students on the topic of race, answering questions about their own time as seventh- and eighth-graders.

    Sheryl-Leigh General 2016, Tyler Williams 2009, and Chavon Patterson 2020, returned to campus virtually via Zoom for the Dec. 11 assembly that was hosted by the Anti-Defamation League. 
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