Hamden Hall Country Day School

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2022

  • June

    The Comeback Kids

    Bud Kohler
         When the Hamden Hall Varsity Swim team rallied to capture the New England title this winter, few student-athletes or fans would likely imagine that they would see another comeback as remarkable. And yet, that’s exactly what the Varsity Baseball team did this spring during a thrilling campaign that culminated in being crowned N.E. champs. Head coach, Brad Chernovetz spent some time reflecting on the season, the team’s efforts, and some of the intangibles that made it all happen.
     
         In case you do not know, prior to becoming the head coach for Varsity Baseball, Coach Chernovetz, was no stranger to Hamden Hall. In addition to officiating a multitude of Hornet basketball games during the David Beckerman era, Brad also was part of Pete Griffin’s football staff back in the day. A throwback to the “old school” 3 sport athlete days, Brad played football, basketball, and baseball at Amity HS, and then quarterbacked at Wagner College, where he also pitched, explaining that his success in both positions was not about throwing velocity as much as about location. Brad actually started the baseball program at Career H.S., where he is a member of the faculty, in 1998, before taking the reins at Hamden Hall.


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  • Class of 2016 alumna Valoryn Liu.

    Investment Banking Firm Hires Class of 2016 Alumna

    Class of 2016 alumna Valoryn Liu joined LionTree Advisors, an investment banking firm in San Francisco, Calif., as an investment banking analyst for mergers and acquisition advisory in the media and technology industry sector.
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  • The 91 members of the Class of 2022 are headed to the finest and most competitive academic institutions in the fall.

    110th Commencement Celebrates the Largest Graduating Class

    Loud applauses and cheers from family and friends marked the celebration of the 110th Commencement as the soon-to-be graduates dressed in white caps and gowns walked across the stage and received their diplomas.
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  • The sixth-grade class received their diplomas during their graduation ceremony.

    Sixth-Grade Graduates Advance to Middle School

    A great sense of celebration was in the air as our sixth-grade students took a big step and paraded into the Taylor Arts Performing Center for their graduation ceremony.
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  • The eight selected finalists with teachers Bud Kohler and David Sokoloff.

    Students Find their Voice in Capstone Project

    Eighth-grade students took to the podium in Taylor Performing Arts Center to deliver their final declamation speeches as part of their year-end history class capstone project.
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  • 2006 alumna Ali Aceto and her husband JP with their son Lucca.

    2006 Alumna Shares Baby News

    Class of 2006 alumna Ali Aceto and her husband John Patrick “JP” Ryan welcomed their first child, son Lucca, on Nov. 9, 2021.
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  • Lauren Griffin, the Girls' Varsity Field Hockey coach.

    Meet Our Girls’ Varsity Field Hockey Coach

    The Girls’ Varsity Field Hockey team welcomed new coach Lauren Griffin to the team back in the fall.
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  • Upper School students and families enjoying MayFest 2022 on the Davis Street lawn.

    Spring Arts Celebration at MayFest 2022

    As live music pumped through the amplifiers and pop-up, club-sponsored tables decked the grounds, Upper School students and families enjoyed the afternoon at MayFest 2022 on the Davis Street lawn across from the main campus.
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  • Theresa Vitolo Vingiano, Grandparent

    Theresa Vitolo Vingiano of North Haven died on May 30, 2022, at the age of 94. She was the loving grandmother of Hamden Hall graduating senior Ava Vingiano. Her other granddaughter, Erika Vingiano, also attended Hamden Hall. 
     
    Theresa's son, Anthony "Bill" Vingiano, is a member of the Hamden Hall Board of Trustees and his wife, Laurie, is a longtime member of the Hamden Hall Parents' Association, currently serving as past president, advisor, and treasurer . 
     
    Born and raised in New Haven, Theresa was predeceased by her husband, Anthony "Big Bill" Vingiano, whom she met while working at Sargent & Co. The couple had three children. 
     
    Theresa was a NY Yankees fan and enjoyed watching sports and cheering on her favorite teams.

    The Hamden Hall Community extends sincere condolences to the Vingiano family.

    To read Theresa's obituary, please click here.
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  • May

    The Boys' Varsity Baseball team wins the New England Tournament.

    Boys’ Varsity Baseball Wins the New England Championship

    The Boys’ Varsity Baseball team won the New England Championship game against MacDuffie School on Saturday, May 29.
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  • Middle School students enjoying cultural cuisine.

    Middle School Students Explore the World on a Plate

    Seventh- and eighth-grade students got the opportunity to explore the world and share a taste of cultural cuisines and desserts during the cultural food assembly hosted by the Middle School Diversity Club.
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  • Mrs. Dixon with her fourth-grade students.

    Sara Dixon Day Celebrates Longtime Educator

    Seas of blue attire and roaring cheers could be seen and heard in the Taylor Performing Arts Center as the Lower School community hosted a special assembly celebrating Grade 4 teacher Sara Dixon as she will be retiring at the end of the school year.
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  • Semifinals Win for Boys’ Varsity Baseball

    The Boys’ Varsity Baseball team played against the Harvey School in the New England Semifinal Tournament on Wednesday, May 25, winning 5-3.
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  • Fourth-grade students and teacher Emily Schimelman with Tony the Trucker.

    Tony the Trucker Visits Fourth Grade

    Big wheels and the sound of a truck horn could be heard rolling through the Hamden Hall campus as special guest Anthony Spero, a.k.a. “Tony the Trucker,” visited his fourth-grade buddies and provided a tour of his freight truck.
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  • Kingswood Oxford Invitational Tournament Welcomes the Co-ed Varsity Golf Team

    The Co-ed Varsity Golf team traveled to the Oak Ridge Country Club in Feeding Hills, Mass., on Wednesday, May 25, to compete in the Kingswood Oxford Invitational Tournament.
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  • Boys’ Varsity Baseball Wins in Extra Innings

    The Boys’ Varsity Baseball team returned to the Skiff Street Athletic fields to play against King School on Monday, May 23, winning 1-0.
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  • Co-ed Varsity Golf Wins the Fairchester League Championship

    The Co-ed Varsity Golf team traveled to Maple Moor Golf Course in White Plains, N.Y., for the Fairchester Athletic Association Golf Championship on Monday, May 23.
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  • Sixth-grade students performing Could You Hug a Cactus in their end of year performance.

    Sixth-Grade Gets Poetic in Musical Performance

    Sixth-grade students turned a collection of whimsical poems from the book, Could You Hug a Cactus?, into a musical showcase during a recent performance in the Taylor Performing Arts Center.
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  • Boys’ Varsity Baseball Wins 2022 FAA Championship

    The Boys’ Varsity Baseball team won the Fairchester Athletic Association Championship this past weekend against Greens Farms Academy.
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  • Instrumental students performing the annual Spring Concert.

    Instrumental Students Dazzle in Spring Concert

    From Wolfgang Mozart to Pyotr Illyrich Tchaikovsky to the Beatles, Middle and Upper School instrumental students joined together in musical prowess for the annual Spring Concert in Taylor Gymnasium.
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  • Middle School students performing in the annual Spring Instrumental Concert.

    Instrumental Students Dazzle in Spring Concert

    From Wolfgang Mozart to Pyotr Illyrich Tchaikovsky to the Beatles, Middle and Upper School instrumental students joined together in musical prowess for the annual Spring Concert in Taylor Gymnasium.
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  • Third-grade students performing The Great Kapok Tree.

    Third Grade Takes a Musical Trip Through the Rainforest

    Imaginations soared and the wonderment of the rainforest came alive as third-grade students performed The Great Kapok Tree in the Taylor Performing Arts Center.
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  • Boys’ Varsity Baseball Win Final Regular Season Game

    The Boys’ Varsity Baseball team hosted Canterbury School for its final game of the regular season on Friday, May 13, winning 6-4.
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  • Girls’ Varsity Lacrosse Closes Out Season with Final Win

    The Girls’ Varsity Lacrosse team closed out its season on Friday, May 13, against Storm King School, winning 18-4.
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  • On the Road Win for Girls’ Varsity Tennis

    The Girls’ Varsity Tennis team traveled to Westover School for an afternoon game on Wednesday, May 11.
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  • Class of 2012 alumnus Marc Cafasso.

    2012 Alumnus Upholds Family Law Legacy

    Class of 2012 alumnus Marc Cafasso has joined the long family line of lawyers after passing the bar exam in July of 2021. He now works as an associate attorney for the law firm Jason Stone Injury Lawyers in Boston, Mass.
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  • Asian Student Union Hosts Guest Speaker Dr. Henry Lee

    May marks Asian American and Pacific Islander (APPI) Heritage Month, which recognizes and honors the historical and cultural contributions of individuals and groups of Asian and Pacific Islanders. To celebrate, the Asian Student Union hosted guest speaker Dr. Henry Lee, a renowned forensic scientist and the founder of the Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science. 
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  • Boys’ Varsity Lacrosse Hosts Senior Night Celebration

    The Boys’ Varsity Lacrosse team celebrated senior players Becket du Bell, Lambert Yan, Matteo Romero, Paul Gregory, Colin Gore-Grimes, Max Fuoco, and Ethan Qian during a recent match on Tuesday, May 10.
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  • Fifth-grade students brought history to life in Living Museum presentation.

    History Comes Alive in Fifth-Grade’s Living Museum Presentation

    Fifth-grade students turned back time and transformed into influential Revolutionary figures through costume and actions in the annual Living History Museum presentation.
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  • Co-ed Varsity Golf Dominates on the Green

    The Co-ed Varsity Golf team hosted St. Luke’s School for a league game on Monday, May 9, winning 198-203.
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  • Girls’ Varsity Tennis Edges Out Competition

    The Girls’ Varsity Tennis team played against the Gunnery for a mid-week match last Wednesday afternoon, May 4.
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  • The 17 Upper School students inducted into Rho Kappa National Honors Society.

    Rho Kappa National Honors Society Inducts New Members

    The fifth induction ceremony for Hamden Hall’s chapter of Rho Kappa, the National Social Studies Honor Society, featured the installment of 17 Upper School students by advisor Dr. Lisa Hill.
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  • Varsity Golf Team Wins the Fisher’s Island Invitational

    The Co-ed Varsity Golf team traveled to Fishers Island, N.Y., to compete in the 2022 Fisher’s Island Invitational.
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  • Boys’ Varsity Baseball Wins Non-Conference Game

    Boys’ Varsity Baseball traveled to Suffield Academy on Friday May 6, to play a non-conference game, winning 11-2.
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  • Estelle Morris Herman, Past Parent and Grandparent

    Estelle M. Herman of New Haven died on May 5, 2022, at the age of 103. She was the mother of Hamden Hall past parent and alumna, Michele Herman Brownstein (James Brownstein), Class of 1972, and grandmother of Hamden Hall alumni Megan Brownstein Rutstein, Class of 1998, Kimberly Brownstein Greenberg, Class of 2001, and Blake Brownstein, Class of 2009. 

    Private funeral services are being handled by Robert E. Shure and Son Funeral Home, New Haven. Burial will be in B'nai Jacob Memorial Park, New Haven. The period of mourning will also be private.

    To leave a message of condolence on the funeral home website, please click here.
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  • Second-grade students performing the time-honored tradition, the May Pole Assembly.

    May Pole Tradition Weaves Together Past and Present

    A rainbow of ribbons swirled in the air and around the May Pole in Taylor Gymnasium as second-grade students in Erin Correa’s class commemorated May Day with the time-honored tradition, the May Pole Assembly.
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  • Ross Peebles-Brown named new Boys' Varsity Soccer Coach.

    Ross Peebles-Brown Named New Soccer Coach

    Ross Peebles-Brown has been named the new Boys’ Varsity Soccer Coach for the upcoming fall season.
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  • William Carpenter 2008 will offer the Keynote Speech at Commencement 2022.

    William Carpenter 2008 to Offer Keynote Speech at Commencement 2022

    A Hamden Hall alumnus who went on to graduate from West Point and is now a military justice advisor in the 3rd Infantry Division Office of the United States Army will be the 2022 Commencement speaker.
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  • Great Match for Girls’ Varsity Tennis

    The Girls’ Varsity Tennis team traveled to the Sterling Farm Country Club for a match against the King School on Monday afternoon, May 3.
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  • Upper School students and advisor Ms. Sanza at the Model U.N. Conference.

    Model U.N. Conference Empowers Diplomatic Students

    Eleven Upper School students and members of the Model U.N. club stepped into the shoes of global delegates and engaged in dialogue surrounding worldwide issues as they traveled to Cornell University to compete in the 2022 Model United Nation Conference (CMUNC). 
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  • Road Game Wins for Girls’ Varsity Softball

    The Girls’ Varsity Softball has been on a hot streak winning a series of league games with the most recent victory against Hopkins School on Tuesday afternoon, May 3, with the score 16-5.
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  • Lucy Xu, Head of School Bob Izzo, and Yamni

    Valedictorian and Salutatorian Named for Class of 2022

    Following years of academic success, Lucy Xu and Yanmi "Mia" Yu are the Class of 2022 Valedictorian and Salutatorian, respectively.
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  • Co-Ed Varsity Golf Wins League Match

    The Co-Ed Varsity Golf team traveled to the Round Hill Club to play against league opponent Greenwich Country Day School, winning 210-235.
     
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  • Lower School students gathering the donation drive items.

    Hamden Hall Community Works Together for Ukraine Donation Drive

    Over the last few weeks, the Hamden Hall community organized and collected items for a donation drive benefiting Ukrainian families. All school divisions participated in the effort with students, faculty, and staff overfilling donation boxes with medical supplies, toiletry items, and children’s items such as coloring books, toys, and crayons. 
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  • All the donations contributed from the Hamden Hall community.

    Hamden Hall Community Works Together for Ukraine Donation Drive

    Over the last few weeks, the Hamden Hall community organized and collected items for a donation drive benefiting Ukrainian families. All school divisions participated in the effort with students, faculty, and staff overfilling donation boxes with medical supplies, toiletry items, and children’s items such as coloring books, toys, and crayons. 
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  • Upper School student signing a supportive message card for Ukraine.

    Hamden Hall Community Works Together for Ukraine Donation Drive

    Over the last few weeks, the Hamden Hall community organized and collected items for a donation drive benefiting Ukrainian families. All school divisions participated in the effort with students, faculty, and staff overfilling donation boxes with medical supplies, toiletry items, and children’s items such as coloring books, toys, and crayons. 
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  • Home Field Win for Boys’ Varsity Baseball

    The Boys’ Varsity Baseball team added another win to their season as they took the field against league rival Greenwich Country Day School on Friday afternoon April 29, winning 14-4.
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  • April

    Boys’ Varsity Tennis Team Continues Victory Streak

    The Boys’ Varsity Tennis team continued their victory streak, winning their third consecutive match 6-1 against Christian Heritage School on Wednesday, April 27.
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  • First-grade students with their teachers Beth Messina 1996 and Rebecca Godinez after the performance.

    Planting Seeds of Kindness with Grade 1

    Kindness, teamwork, and respect help make the world a better place. First-grade students in Beth Messina 1996 and Rebecca Godinez’s classes shared this message in their recent live performance in the Taylor Arts Performing Center.
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  • Sixth-grade students standing in front of the display with their superhero pillows.

    Sixth-Graders Stitch Superhero Pillows

    It’s a bird…it’s a plane…no it’s Grade 6! Students in Caroline Shelton and Andrea Calandrelli’s classes got to live out their superhero dream with a crossover art and design project in which they crafted their own superhero or supervillain stuffed pillows.
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  • Boys’ Varsity Tennis Win Second Consecutive Game

    The Boys’ Varsity Tennis team returned to the James R. Maggart Tennis Court on Monday, April 25, to play against Harvey School, winning 5-2.
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  • Pauline J. Guay, Past Grandparent

    Pauline J. (Leduc) Guay died on April 11 in South Windsor, Conn. She was the grandmother of Hamden Hall alumni Michael R. Guay, Class of 2007, and Nicholas A. Guay, Class of 2009. Pauline was predeceased by her husband of 72 years, Leonard, who died in 2020. Together they had three children, Paulette Stelmach, David Guay, and Hamden Hall past parent Michael Guay.

    Pauline had a career in the fashion industry as a designer's assistant/model and was well-known for creating beautiful clothes for herself and her family.

    Hamden Hall extends sincere condolences to the Guay family. To read Pauline's obituary, please click here.
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  • Peter Dean, Class of 1986.

    1986 Alumnus Accepts New Role as Academic Librarian

    Class of 1986 alumnus Peter Dean has accepted a new job as a reference and instructional services librarian at Delta State University in Cleveland, Miss.
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  • First Game Win for Girls’ Varsity Lacrosse

    The Girls’ Varsity Lacrosse team took the field against King School on Friday afternoon, April 22, earning their first victory, 12-8.
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  • Girls’ Varsity Tennis Excel at Home Match

    The Girls’ Varsity Tennis team returned to the James R. Maggart Tennis Courts to play against Miss Porter’s School on Saturday, April 23. 
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  • League Win for Boys’ Varsity Baseball

    The Boys’ Varsity Baseball team traveled to Dobb’s Ferry, New York, to play against league competitor Master’s School on Saturday afternoon, April 23.
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  • Non-League Victory for Girls’ Varsity Softball

    The Girls’ Varsity Softball team traveled to Miss Hall’s School for a non-league game last week, winning 17-2.
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  • Boys’ Varsity Tennis Team Wins Match

    The Boys’ Varsity Tennis team hosted Marianapolis School at the James R. Maggart Tennis Court for an afternoon game on Wednesday, April 20, winning 5-2.
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  • Eighth-grade students working in the urban gardens at Ward Street.

    Creating Greener Communities with Middle School

    Middle School students embarked on an outdoor nature and conservation trip as part of their community service initiative. In observance of Earth Day, both seventh and eighth-grade students along with faculty volunteers spent the day creating a greener community in conjunction with Gather New Haven.
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  • Eighth-grader Andrei Balas paying it forward with computer refurbishing project.

    Hamden Hall Student Repairs It Forward

    Eighth-grader Andrei Balas has transformed his personal computer refurbishing project into community philanthropy as he works with organizations to donate the newly programed computers to those in need.
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  • Parents' Association to Host Upcoming Events

    The Parents' Association will host the following events for our school community. Please plan to join us!
     
    Teacher Appreciation Day: On May 3, teachers and faculty will be honored with a wonderful breakfast in the Teachers' Lounge. Click here to donate an item to our event or to volunteer to serve.
     
    Plant Sale: Our Annual Mother's Day Plant Sale is May 5 and 6 in the courtyard from 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. This event is open to all students and gives them the opportunity to honor their moms and the special people in their lives with beautiful plants from Vaiuso Farms in Branford.  
     
    HHPA Parent Social: Come socialize, meet other parents, and enjoy beverages and hors d'oeuvres under the pines in the courtyard on May 25 from 6 - 8 p.m. Weather-permitting, we will be under the tent in the main courtyard. Click here to sign up today!
     
    The Annual Golf Tournament Sunset Mixer: For the past two years, the HHPA has partnered with the Office of Advancement to help host Hamden Hall's Annual Golf Tournament, which is held at New Haven Country Club on June 20. The Parents' Association will host the Sunset Mixer portion of the event from 4 - 6 p.m. with dinner following.
     
    Join us for cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, live music, and a whiskey tasting. We will also have some great silent and live auction items to bid on. This is a wonderful event for any non-golfers to be part of the fun! Tickets for Sunset Mixer are $75. Click here to learn more about the event and to purchase tickets. 
     
    For anyone who would like to donate an item for our live or silent auction, please contact Gina Criscuolo at (203)464-0416 or JoAnn Scillia at (203) 623-2310. We welcome all donations!
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  • Second-grade student displaying her Earth Day bag.

    Grade 2 Gets Artistic with Earth Day Project

    Invest in Our Planet is the theme of Earth Day 2022, and second-graders invested their time and artistic skills in continuing a longtime Hamden Hall tradition: the Earth Day Groceries Project. In this project, Grade 2 teamed up once again with Hamden’s Whitneyville Food Market to donate colorful decorated bags for shoppers to use.
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  • Non-Conference Game Win for Boys’ Varsity Baseball

    The Boys’ Varsity Baseball team continues to heat up as they won 10-5 against MacDuffie School in a non-conference game on Wednesday afternoon, April 20.
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  • Victorious Afternoon for Co-Ed Varsity Golf

    The Co-ed Varsity Golf team took the course against Rye Country Day School on Wednesday afternoon, April 20.
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  • Class instructors Associate Director of College Counseling Carole Bird and College Counselor Kristopher Henaire,

    Bringing Personal Finance Lessons to the Classroom

    Hamden Hall Upper School students now have the opportunity to gain knowledge and build a better financial understanding to prepare them for the future with a new course offering, Personal Finance and Economics.
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  • Seniors working together to create an original poem.

    Slam Poetry Contest Spotlights Students’ Voices

    As National Poetry month continues, slam poetry is firmly taking root under the pines as the Upper School community gathered together for a mid-week assembly organized and hosted by the Poetry Club.
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  • Hot Streak for Boys’ Varsity Baseball

    The Boys’ Varsity Baseball team took the field against Harvey School on Monday afternoon, April 18, winning 10-1.
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  • The nine students recognized for their outstanding performance on the National Latin Exam.

    Latin Students Earn Recognition for National Exam Performance

    The high caliber of success in the classroom continues as Middle and Upper School students participated in the 2022 National Latin Exam, a 40-question annual exam that covers general knowledge of Latin grammar and vocabulary, translation, and derivatives.
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  • The nine students recognition for their outstanding performance on the National Latin Exam.

    Latin Students Earn Recognition for National Exam Performance

    The high caliber of success in the classroom continues as Middle and Upper School students participated in the 2022 National Latin Exam, a 40-question annual exam that covers general knowledge of Latin grammar and vocabulary, translation, and derivatives.
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  • Ronald M. Carroll, Past Grandparent

    Ronald M. Carroll died on April 13, 2022, at the age of 73. He was the grandfather of Hamden Hall alumni Alyssa Carroll, Class of 2016, and Amanda Carroll, Class of 2018, and father-in-law of Lorri (Jonathan) Carroll, Director of Lower School. He leaves behind his wife of 53 years, Karen, whom he met in Kindergarten. They married in 1968 and went on to have two children, Jonathan and Ronald. 

    Ron was a graduate of Fairfield Prep and earned an associate’s degree from Sacred Heart University. He spent his entire career at Southern Connecticut Gas Company as Information Technology Director. Ron loved all things racing, visiting car shows, car museums, and collecting car memorabilia. He enjoyed camping and boating with his family. 

    The Hamden Hall community extends deep condolences to the Carroll family.

    To read full obituary, please click here.
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  • Class of 2014 alumnus Christian Montano and his girlfriend.

    2014 Alumnus Moves from the Football Field to Finance Field

    Christian Montano, Class of 2014, has pivoted from the football field to a new career in finance as an investment banking analyst at Barclays Corporate and Investment Bank in New York City.
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  • Kindergarten student with fifth-grade buddy displaying their bird feeders.

    Earth Day Crafts with Kindergarten and Fifth Grade

    Kindergarten students welcomed their fifth-grade class buddies to celebrate Earth Day early by collaborating on a fun and creative art project.
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  • Girls’ Varsity Tennis Team Are Aces on the Court

    The Girls’ Varsity Tennis team traveled to Ethel Walker School for an afternoon match on Wednesday, April 13.
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  • Nikhil Samuel, Class of 2020.

    2020 Alumnus Accepts Advocacy Organization Internship

    Class of 2020 alumnus Nikhil Samuel accepted an internship with the Center for American Progress as part of the National Security and International Policy team.
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  • Co-ed Varsity Golf Team Prevails at Meet

    The Co-ed Varsity Golf team teed off against Greens Farms Academy at the Birchwood Country Club on Monday afternoon, April 11.
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  • Shutout Performance for Boys’ Varsity Baseball

    The Boys’ Varsity Baseball team recorded a shutout 7-0 against Rye Country Day School on Monday afternoon, April 11.
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  • Co-ed Varsity Golf Wins Home Meet

    The Co-ed Varsity Golf team hosted Kingswood Oxford on Tuesday afternoon, April 5, with a 202-230 win.
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  • English Department Chair Paul Gustafson, Upper School Director Kim Porto 1987, Spoken Poet Phil Kaye, and former English teacher Betty Lou Blumberg.

    Visiting Writers Series Hosts Spoken Word Poet

     
    April marks National Poetry Month, and the Upper School community welcomed guest author Phillip Kaye as he reveled in the art of spoken word and performance poetry while reading excerpts from his book titled Date and Time. The assembly and workshops that followed were part of the Visiting Writers Series, a program supported by the Betty Lou Blumberg Endowed Chair of English, which allows the English Department to host workshops and lectures that support and promote Hamden Hall’s core values of excellence and participation.
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  • Walk-Off Win for Boys’ Varsity Baseball

    The Boys’ Varsity Baseball team returned to the Skiff Street Athletic Fields to play against Hopkins on Tuesday afternoon, April 5.
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  • Eighth-grade students participating in the Ball Maze Challenge.

    Building a Maze – An Engineering Challenge with Grade 8

    Eighth-grade students put on their engineering hats and got creative as they tackled the Ball Maze Challenge. The hands-on learning activity challenges students to design and build mazes through which a half-inch marble can be maneuvered from a specified start and endpoint.
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  • Boys’ Varsity Baseball Falls to Cheshire Academy

    The Boys’ Varsity Baseball batted against Cheshire Academy on late Friday afternoon, April 1, at the Skiff Street Athletic Complex.
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  • Boys’ Varsity Lacrosse Team Flexes in Season Opener

    The Boys’ Varsity Lacrosse team hosted Wooster School for the first game of the season Saturday, April 2, winning 15-9.
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  • Girls’ Varsity Tennis Shines at Scrimmage Match

    The Girls’ Varsity Tennis team visited the Forman School for the final scrimmage before the season start.
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  • Victor Joshua, Class of 2012.

    2012 Alumnus Builds Relationships and Inspires Athletes through Hoops

    Class of 2012 alumnus Victor Joshua is giving back to the community and inspiring up-and-coming athletes with his business and basketball training program, RespeCT Hoops.
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  • March

    Boys’ Varsity Baseball Team Wins Season Opener

    The Boys’ Varsity Baseball team got off to a strong start in their season opener against Winchendon School at Beckerman Athletic Center on Wednesday, March 30.
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  • Ms. Marisa holding one of the artifacts for display.

    Maritime Artifact Investigations with Grade 4

    The front desk in Grade 4 teacher Emily Schimelman’s classroom was full of state-of-the-art whaling artifacts as the students welcomed special guest Ms. Marisa from Mystic Seaport Museum to partake in the Curator’s Challenge as part of a primary source workshop activity.
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  • The six students selected as finalists in the Connecticut Science and Engineering Fair.

    Science Enthusiasts Bring Home Connecticut Science and Engineering Fair Awards

    Students in Hamden Hall’s signature program, Science, Innovation & Design (SID), continue to impress as their science-based research projects were honorably recognized and awarded at the 74th annual Connecticut Science and Engineering Fair hosted at Quinnipiac University.
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  • Luca William Castronova, new son of 2005 alumnaTreanna Castronova and husband John Castronova.

    Baby News for Class of 2005 Alumna

    Class of 2005 alumna Treanna Santillo Castronova and her husband Dr. John Paul Castronova III welcomed their first son, Luca William Castronova, on February 27, 2022.
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  • Kindergarten students celebrating nutrition with Chef Kevin.

    Nutrition Celebration with Kindergarten and Chef Kevin

    As part of their monthly thematic classroom unit, kindergarten students took an exciting educational journey through the world of nutrition and health. Each week featured different topics including the food pyramid, understanding the difference between the five food groups, and learning about healthy habits. To culminate the unit, students made smoothies with Cafeteria Manager, Chef Kevin Stawitz.
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  • Winter Season Wrap-Up Team by Team

    Bud Kohler
         Though the annual collegiate March Madness period is upon us, the 2021-2022 winter prep season has come to a close. The winter saw a New England repeat championship title earned by the Boys Swim team and a strong run by Girls Basketball to earn a Runners-up trophy in both the New England and Fairchester league tournaments. Regardless of where they finished or the silverware they took home, the overwhelming consensus by Hornet athletes was that the season was an overwhelming success for at least one reason alone - the chance to compete again and in front of family, fans, and friends. 
         
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  • Kirsten Groth Campisi, Class of 1987.

    A Salute to Female Educators: Kirsten Groth Campisi, Class of 1987

    Kirsten Groth Campisi, Class of 1987, has been an educator for 14 years. She taught second grade in a public school, William Green Elementary School, in Los Angeles from 1995 to 2002. After taking a break to stay home and raise her son for 12 years, she returned in 2015 to the classroom as a preschool teacher at Crestwood Hills Preschool in West Los Angeles.
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  • Barbara Loucks, Past Parent

    Hamden Hall past parent Barbara Loucks died on March 12. She was the mother of Darrow Loucks, Class of 1977, and Trevor Jane Loucks Rosenthal, Class of 1979. Barbara was 93 and resided in Hamden. She was predeceased by her husband of 65 years, Carleton Loucks.

    Barbara was the host of "Barbara's World" on WELI radio during the 1970s and 1980s.

    Hamden Hall extends condolences to the Loucks family. Funeral services will be private. To read Barbara's obituary, please click here.
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  • Students working together to prepare trays of lasagna for the Columbus House Shelter.

    Community Service Project Offers Healing Meals

    Hamden Hall’s longstanding commitment to helping those in need continues as Middle School students commenced their annual community service project – Life is Delicious. This program serves clients at the Columbus House Overflow Shelter in New Haven and provides them with a hot meal.
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  • Thomas Williams, Class of 1951

    Thomas Williams, alumnus from the Class of 1951, died on February 21 in Wallingford. Tom is survived by his wife Sharon Abbatiello, non-graduating student from the Class of 1966, and his five children. He is the father-in-law of Stephanie Stiefel (Luke) Williams, alumna from the Class of 1983.

    While at Hamden Hall, Tom was a Thespian, and played football, basketball, and baseball. Tom founded Cheshire Tree Service. 

    Calling hours will be held at Alderson-Ford Funeral Home of Cheshire, 615 S. Main St., on Friday, May 20th from 4 to 7 pm. A Celebration of Life will be held at The First Congregational Church of Cheshire, 111 Church Dr., on Saturday, May 21, 2022, at 10 am. Burial will be held at the convenience of the family.  To read Tom's obituary, please click here.

    Hamden Hall sends condolences to the Abbatiello / Williams family.
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  • Betty C. Berlepsch, Class of 1943

    Betty C. Berlepsch, Class of 1943, of Wallingford, formerly of Hamden and Winter Haven, Fla., passed away March 6 at the age of 96.
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  • Darren Payen, Class of 2012.

    Connecticut Cobras Basketball Welcomes Class of 2012 Alumnus

    Class of 2012 alumnus and former member of the Boys’ Varsity Basketball team Darren Payen returned to the court this month with the Connecticut Cobras.
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  • David Pilot, Class of 1972

    David Pilot, Class of 1972, passed away suddenly on March 6, 2022. His death was unexpected, according to his classmate, Richard Peck, with whom David had been friends since 1963.

    David, 67, had been living in New Haven after having lived for many years in New York City. He was an accomplished producer, writer, director, filmmaker, and playwright in the independent film and theatre industry.
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  • Challa Wright Flemming, Class of 1998.

    Educational Milestone for 1998 Alumna

    Challa Wright Flemming, Class of 1998, has achieved a professional milestone: 20 years as an educator.
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  • Upper School students enjoying painting during an art break.

    Peer Leadership Hosts Art Activity for Upper School Students

    As the school year winds down, students find themselves busy with homework, projects, and exams. To alleviate the stress, Upper School students were treated to a well-deserved break during Friday’s activity block with a host of art and coloring activities around campus.
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  • Jeremy Bronen, Class of 2015.

    Class of 2015 Alumnus Gives the Elderly a Boost

    Class of 2015 alumnus Jeremy Bronen is using his mechanical engineering degree and entrepreneurial spirit to help the elderly and disabled with the launch of the patent-pending toilet lift assist through the company SedMed.
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  • Rabbi John R. Nimon, Past Parent

    Hamden Hall past parent Rabbi John R. Nimon of Lynchburg, Va., died at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, on Sunday, February 27. Besides his wife Lisa Barker Rosenfield, John is survived by his daughters, Hamden Hall alumni Yael Katzman, Class of 1991, Aliza Nannicelli, Class of 1994, and Rina Nimon, Class of 2004; his son Sam Nimon, his stepdaughters Julia and Emily Rosenfield, and eight grandchildren. He was predeceased by his first wife Hyla Barnett Nimon.

    Rabbi Nimon was born in Toronto and graduated from York University and Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati. Through the years, he served as Rabbi in several Connecticut congregations.

    The Hamden Hall Community extends sincere condolences to the family. To read Rabbi Nimon's full obituary, please click here.
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  • Grade 5 students performing an excerpt from The Very Hungry Caterpillar for the PreSchool and PreKindergarten students.

    Reader’s Theater with Grade 5

    Fifth-grade students jumped, slithered, glided, and crawled as they brought the stories of author and illustrator Eric Carle to life in celebration of Read Across America Day.
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  • Black History Month banner.

    Celebrating Black History Month Under the Pines

    February marked the month-long celebration of Black History Month. The Hamden Hall community spent time reflecting and honoring the contributions of Black Americans throughout the course of our nation’s history with an array of classroom activities and projects.
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  • Black History Month banner.

    Celebrating Black History Month Under the Pines

    February marked the month-long celebration of Black History Month. The Hamden Hall community spent time reflecting and honoring the contributions of Black Americans throughout the course of our nation’s history with an array of classroom activities and projects.
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  • Black History Month banner.

    Celebrating Black History Month Under the Pines

    February marked the month-long celebration of Black History Month. The Hamden Hall community spent time reflecting and honoring the contributions of Black Americans throughout the course of our nation’s history with an array of classroom activities and projects.
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  • Michael Bencivengo, Grandparent, Parent of Trustee

    Michael Bencivengo of North Branford, Conn., died on February 28 after a courageous battle with cancer. He is the father of Hamden Hall Board of Trustees member Laurie Ann (John) Letizia, and grandfather of Hamden Hall alumni John Carlo Letizia, Class of 2019, Luke Letizia, Class of 2021, and current student Addison Letizia, Class of 2025.  

    Besides Laurie Ann and her family, Michael is survived by his wife Linda, sons Michael (Michelle) Bencivengo, and Jeffrey (Jaclyn) Bencivengo, and four additional grandchildren. Michael and Linda have been longtime supporters of Hamden Hall and very involved in their grandchildren’s Hamden Hall experiences.

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

    Funeral services for Michael are as follows:

    Calling hours will be held on Thursday, March 3, from 5 to 8 p.m., Porto Funeral Home, 234 Foxon Road, Route 80, East Haven. Funeral Mass is Friday, March 4, at 10 a.m., St. Mary’s Church, 5 Hillhouse Ave., New Haven.

    To read Michael's obituary, please click here.
     
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  • February

    Upper School Spanish teacher Adriana Alcina and students in front of the World Language Week bulletin board.

    World Language Week Spotlights American Sign Language

    The World Language Department commenced its annual celebration of World Language Week by promoting linguistic diversity and shining light on American Sign Language.
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  • Students reading and practicing sign language.

    World Language Week Spotlights American Sign Language

    The World Language Department commenced its annual celebration of World Language Week by promoting linguistic diversity and shining light on American Sign Language.
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  • Seniors Carson Benigni and Tyler Callahan honored during the Senior Night Ceremony.

    Boys’ Varsity Basketball Honors Seniors as Season Closes

    The Boys’ Varsity Basketball team tipped off against Greens Farms Academy on Tuesday, February 22, in the quarterfinals of the Fairchester Athletic Association Tournament.
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  • FAA Semifinals Clinch for Girls’ Varsity Basketball

    Following a victory against Rye Country Day School, the Girls’ Varsity Basketball team advances to the Fairchester Athletic Association Tournament semifinals.
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  • The Swimming and Diving team holding their first place trophy at the CISAC.

    Winning Record for Varsity Swimming and Diving Team

    With the 2021-2022 Swimming and Diving season coming to a close, both the Boys’ and Girls’ teams finished with winning records.
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  • Girls’ Varsity Basketball Advances to FAA Tournament

    The Girls’ Varsity Basketball team continued its home court success winning against Sacred Heart Greenwich on Saturday, February 19, and earning a berth in the Fairchester League Tournament.
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  • Varsity Wrestling team at the New England Preparatory School Wrestling Association.

    NEPSWA Championship Welcomes Varsity Wrestling Team

    The Varsity Wrestling team competed at the New England Preparatory School Wrestling Association (NEPSWA) Tournament on Saturday, February 19.
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  • Middle School students displaying their competition robot.

    Robotics Competition Entices Tech-Inclined Students

    Robots specially built at Hamden Hall “pitched in” to help showcase students’ mechanical, engineering, and tech skills during competitions at the recent VEX IQ Robotics Tournament.
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  • Sixth-grade students with advisor Mr. Jewett at the VEX Robotics Tournament.

    Robotics Competition Entices Tech-Inclined Students

    Robots specially built at Hamden Hall “pitched in” to help showcase students’ mechanical, engineering, and tech skills during competitions at the recent VEX IQ Robotics Tournament.
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  • Kindergarten students holding up their yarn designed self-portraits.

    Students Explore Self-Identity Perception in Classroom Project

    What does the word identity mean? What’s important to your identity? Lower School students reflected on these questions they created and designed self-portraits during a classroom project as part of the ongoing No Place for Hate campaign.
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  • Class of 1995 alumna Tricia Baione with her husband James and their three children.

    Class of 1995 Alumna Empowers MBA Students

    Class of 1995 alumna Tricia Keith Baione supports and empowers MBA students to achieve their lifelong career ambitions through advisement and career-coaching.
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  • Girls’ Varsity Basketball Holds Off GFA

    In their second home court appearance this week, the Girls’ Varsity Basketball team faced off against Greens Farms Academy on Tuesday, February 15.
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  • Seniors Vincent Landau, Matteo Romero, and Colin Gore-Grimes being honored during Senior Night.

    Senior Celebration and Win for Varsity Ice Hockey

    The Boys’ Varsity Ice Hockey team took to the ice against Greenwich Country Day School on Tuesday afternoon, February 15.
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  • Comeback Game for Boys’ Varsity Basketball

    Following a loss against the Brunswick School, the Boys’ Varsity Basketball team came back strong to win against Wooster School on Saturday, February 12.
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  • Hamden Hall Wrestling Duals at Invitational Tournament

    The Varsity Wrestling team traveled Saturday, February 12, to compete in the Western New England Invitational Tournament.
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  • Home Court Win for Girls’ Varsity Basketball

    Returning to the Beckerman Athletic Center on Friday, February 11, the Girls’ Varsity Basketball team rallied together to win against Wilbraham and Monson.
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  • "On 3 Hornets! On 6 Family!"

    Bud Kohler
         Even if you were not around to dance the night away at a disco, you’ve likely shaken your hips to “We Are Family”. It was a smash hit by Sister Sledge, a group of four sisters, and it continues to resonate when relations get together for special occasions. The Girls Varsity Basketball team may not be blood related, but they certainly possess a special camaraderie that has helped shape them into a dynamic and successful squad on the court and a close knit group of friends off it.
         
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  • Close Victory for Girls’ Varsity Basketball

    The Girls’ Varsity Basketball team picked up another win as they tipped off against St. Andrew’s on Wednesday afternoon, February 9.
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  • Varsity Ice Hockey Drops in League Game

    The Boys’ Varsity Ice Hockey team returned to the ice following a string of rescheduled games to face off against St. Luke’s School on Monday afternoon, February 7.
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  • Grade 4 student showing off his whale art drawing.

    Whale Tales with Fourth Grade and Mystic Seaport

    Navigating through the new thematic unit, Whaling and Maritime History, fourth-grade students learned all about whales and the history of whaling ships during a history-to-go program visit from special guest Ms. Natasha. The program is part of the school’s partnership with Mystic Seaport.
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  • Class of 2022 Lifers: Henry Cort, Ava Vingiano, Kate Xie, Ashley Sapiente, and Olivia McNamara.

    A Milestone Year for Our Annual Lifers' Shirting Ceremony

    The Hamden Hall community celebrated a milestone year this week for one of its sweetest traditions: the Lifers’ Shirting Ceremony. Established in 1982, the annual celebration of those seniors who have spent their entire academic careers under the pines has now spanned four decades. This year, five seniors from the Class of 2022 earned the “Lifer” distinction.
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  • Boys’ Varsity Basketball Edges Competition

    It’s been a good start to the week as the Boys’ Varsity Basketball team came in with the sweeping win against Greenwich Country Day School during Monday’s game on February 7.
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  • Girls’ Varsity Basketball Shines at Home Court

    The Girls’ Varsity Basketball team continues their stellar record in the second-half of the season, winning against Masters School on Monday, February 5.
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  • SAT 1600 Club with Dr. Stephen Listro.

    SAT 1600 Club Enriches Standardized Test Experience

    Students have the opportunity to learn test-taking strategies and techniques while enhancing their comprehensive skills through a newly offered seven-week prep course workshop called the SAT 1600 Club.
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  • The "Strenuous Life"

    Bud Kohler
         Around the turn of the 20th century, a certain Harvard University alum who had been a wrestler for the Crimson once wrote, “The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes up short again and again, because there is not effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
         That alum was none other than Theodore Roosevelt; and though his message was not necessarily focused on wrestling, the fact that TR had transformed himself from a weakling in his younger days to take up not just wrestling, but also boxing and even jiu-jitsu, clearly influenced his perspective on how to contend with challenges and become a confident achiever. Spend a little time with a Hamden Hall wrestler or their coach, and you will find how TR’s message still rings loud and true today.
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  • Boys’ Varsity Basketball Continues Hot Streak

    The Boys’ Varsity Basketball team earned an on-the-road victory on Saturday, February 5, against the Masters School.
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  • Dillon Bentlage, Class of 2014.

    Owning A Production Company Becomes Reality for 2014 Alumnus

    The dream of directing and producing has come full circle for Class of 2014 alumnus Dillon Bentlage as he co-founded the production company, Karen Twins Productions.
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  • Varsity Wrestling Team Duals in FAA Tournament

    With the wrestling season winding down this month, Hamden Hall ramped up the action during the FAA Tournament this past Saturday, February 5.
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  • Back-to-Back Win for Boys’ Varsity Basketball

    The Boys’ Varsity Basketball team proved they are zoned in as they tipped off against St. Luke’s School late Wednesday afternoon, February 2.
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  • Hamden Hall Wrestling Pinned in Dual

    The Varsity Wrestling team took the mat in a tri-meet against the Taft School, Trinity-Pawling and Forman School on Wednesday afternoon, February 2.
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  • On the Road Win for Girls’ Varsity Basketball

    The Girls’ Varsity Basketball team claimed the game victory against Wooster School on Wednesday night, February 2.
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  • Guest Li Liu demonstrating acrobatic skills for the Lower School students.

    A Day of Lunar New Year Celebrations Under the Pines

    From an acrobat performance to a student-led Zoom session to stories of Chinese history, all three school communities celebrated Lunar New Year during last Friday’s assemblies.
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  • Guest Li Liu teaching Middle School students how to balance plates.

    A Day of Lunar New Year Celebrations Under the Pines

    From an acrobat performance to a student-led Zoom session to stories of Chinese history, all three school communities celebrated Lunar New Year during last Friday’s assemblies.
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  • Upper School students performing a traditional Chinese rhyme.

    A Day of Lunar New Year Celebrations Under the Pines

    From an acrobat performance to a student-led Zoom session to stories of Chinese history, all three school divisions celebrated Lunar New Year during last Friday’s assemblies.
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  • Colin Caplan, Class of 1997.

    1997 Alumnus Hits the Water with New Business Venture

    Class of 1997 alumnus Colin Caplan has added a new business to his resume – Pedal Cruise CT.
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  • Nothing But Net for Boys’ Varsity Basketball

    In an FAA rival match-up against Hopkins School Monday night, the Boys’ Varsity Basketball team added another win to the season’s second half.
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  • January

    Theodora "Teddy" Hurwitz, Past Parent

    Theodora "Teddy" Hurwitz, mother of Hamden Hall alumna Allison Hurwitz Kroll, Class of 1985, died on January 26, 2022. She was 83. Teddy graduated from Mount Holyoke College, and the New Haven State Teachers College, and worked as an elementary school teacher. She was predeceased by her husband Dr. Sydney "Sid" Hurwitz, a well-respected pediatrician. After 14 years as a pediatrician, Sid chose to take on a second residency in dermatology, and ultimately became a world-renowned pediatric dermatologist. They are survived by three daughters and four grandchildren.

    The Hamden Hall Community extends condolences to the Hurwitz family. To read full obituary, please click here
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  • Reflections from the Pool

    Bud Kohler
         At this time two years ago, current senior Michael Ferneini was heading into the home stretch of the varsity swim season, and like the rest of his teammates, preparing for the New England championships. The Hornets had come up just short for several years, but led by recent alums Duncan Farquharson, Joe Tenedine, Spencer McCleary, Steven Zhang, Liam Kohler, and MVP Sam Lovejoy, the Hornets hoisted their first NEPSAC championship banner in 2020. Their hopes of defending their title, however, were put on hold because of Covid. Last year the team held several virtual meets, and there was no NEPSAC meet. 
         
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  • Boys’ Varsity Basketball Rebounds with Team Win

    The Boys’ Varsity Basketball team was fired up as they tipped off against Brunswick School on Thursday afternoon, Jan. 27.
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  • Dennis John "D.J." Leary, Husband of Alumna

    Hamden Hall offers its condolences to alumna Linda Wilson, Class of 1963, who contacted us about the passing of her husband.

    Dennis John 'D.J.' Leary, to whom Linda was married for 35 years, died in August 2021 following a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. He was 84 and a United States Navy veteran.
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  • Momentum Builds for Girls’ Varsity Basketball

    The Girls’ Varsity Basketball team kept the victorious stretch going as they battled against Greenwich Academy on Wednesday night, Jan. 26
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  • Varsity Swimming - A Stroke Above the Rest

    The Co-ed Varsity Swimming team continues to impress as they outswam the competition Wednesday night at the Beckerman Athletic Center Natatorium.
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  • Collection of Valentine's Day cards made by students to send overseas.

    Lower School Community Sends Love with Hugs Care Package

    Soldiers around the world will soon receive Valentine’s Day cards from Lower School students as they participate in the annual community service project Hugs for Soldiers.
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  • Past Parent Alexander Caplan

    Past parent Alexander Caplan died on December 20, 2021, at the age of 90. He is survived by his daughter Cindy Caplan Weiser, Hamden Hall Class of 1974, William Caplan, Hamden Hall Class of 1976, and 3 grandchildren. 

    Alexander was co-founder of Star Distributors in Orange, Conn.  Upon his retirement in 1980, he and Lynne began spending part of the year in Arizona. He was an avid tennis player and played well into his 80s.

    Alexander's funeral took place on December 22, 2021, in Scottsdale, Ariz.

    Please join Hamden Hall in extending condolences to the Caplan family. To read full obituary, please click here.
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  • Boys’ Varsity Basketball Fall to GCDS

    The Boys’ Varsity Basketball team played a tough game against Greenwich Country Day School on Saturday, Jan. 22.
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  • Boys’ Varsity Basketball Team Lights Up the Court

    The Boys’ Varsity Basketball team returned to the court after a month’s break to take on Hopkins School Friday night.
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  • The Varsity Wrestling team together following the Invitational.

    Brunswick Invitational Tournament Welcomed the Varsity Wrestling Team

    The Hamden Hall Wrestling team participated in the 47th Brunswick Invitational Tournament over the weekend on Saturday, Jan. 22.
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  • Girls’ Varsity Basketball Team Outpace Holy Child

    The Girls’ Varsity Basketball team traveled to Rye, N.Y., on Saturday, Jan. 22 to face off against the School of the Holy Child.
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  • Author Jacob Burt reading an excerpt from his book, The Ghoul of Windydown Vale to students.

    Middle-Grade Fiction Author Visits Campus

    Middle School students recently received writing tips, learned about the book-writing process, and were treated to some inside information about the latest book from author Jacob “Jake” Burt.
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  • Varsity Wrestling Team Presses Play on Season

    Following a string of rescheduled meets, the Wrestling team welcomed Storm King School and Suffield Academy on Wednesday, Jan. 19 in the first home dual at Beckerman Athletic Center.
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  • Upper School students playing Jenga together in Swain Library.

    Wellness Activities Give Break to Upper School Students

    With end-of-semester exams completed, Upper School students were invited to take a break and de-stress with a host of fun activities during their Friday morning meeting time.
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  • Boys’ Varsity Ice Hockey Triumphant in FAA Game

    The Boys’ Varsity Ice Hockey team were back in action as they skated against FAA rival Greenwich Country Day School last Saturday.
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  • From left to right: Junior Jayda Johnson, Senior Ellie Moffat, and Junior Rayne Durant.

    Girls’ Varsity Basketball Shines at Rose Classic Super Jam

    The Girls’ Varsity Basketball team returned to the court for a mid-season non-league game on Sunday.
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  • First grade student proudly displaying his tree drawing.

    Grade 1 Students Get Crafty to Celebrate Tu B’Shevat

    Sunset on January 16 to January 17 marked the Jewish holiday, Tu B’Shevat or the New Year of Trees. The one-day festival lends itself to activities and projects that celebrate trees and nature, which Grade 1 teacher Beth Messina 1996 integrated into her classroom lesson.
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  • Hamden Hall Selected For Pilot AP Course in African American Studies

    Hamden Hall has been selected by the College Board as one of 60 schools to pilot a new course, AP African American Studies, with Director of Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity Dr. Lisa Hill serving on the oversight committee.
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  • Hamden Hall Selected For Pilot AP Course in African American Studies

    Hamden Hall has been selected by the College Board as one of 60 schools to pilot a new course, AP African American Studies, with Director of Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity Dr. Lisa Hill serving on the oversight committee.
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  • Hamden Hall Victorious in Basketball Season Return

    Following the winter break, the Girls’ Varsity Basketball team returned to the court for some mid-season action against Kingswood-Oxford School this past weekend.
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  • Darian Simerson, Class of 2019.

    2019 Alumnus Debuts Original Composition

    Darian Simerson, Class of 2019, has achieved a milestone as one of his original compositions will make its debut in a public performance this spring.
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  • Beau Couden, Class of 2009, and fiancé Jackie Zoeller.

    2009 Alumnus Shares Engagement News

    Class of 2009 alumnus Beau Couden has announced his engagement to Jackie Zoeller.
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  • Jake Teplitzky, Class of 2016 (pictured second from right), with members of the Business Club.

    A Conversation with the Business Club – Young Alum Offers Insight

    Hamden Hall’s High Schoolers into Business welcomed guest speaker Jake Teplitzky, an alumnus from the Class of 2016, to share his journey from the conceptualization of a business idea to starting his own company.
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  • SID Program Breaks Record for Area Science Fair Participation

    A record-breaking number of students in Hamden Hall’s signature program, Science, Innovation & and Design (SID), have projects slated for two state-wide science fairs: the 2022 Connecticut Junior Science and Humanities Symposium and the Connecticut Science & Engineering Fair
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  • Early Childhood Program students playing with identity blocks.

    Early Childhood Program Fosters Self-Identity in Fun Activity

    The Early Childhood Program approaches learning in a play-based, hands-on manner allowing students to foster their creative and personal skills. In an effort to support the learning and play environment, teachers in all three PreSchool and PreKindergarten classes created student identity blocks.
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  • Nancy Eisenfeld, Past Parent

    Nancy (Adler) Eisenfeld, mother of Hamden Hall alumnus Michael Eisenfeld, Class of 1981, died on January 8, 2022, in Boulder, Colo. Nancy is also survived by her daughter, Susie. She was predeceased by her husband, Dr. Arnold Eisenfeld, in 2019.

    Hamden Hall extends condolences to the Eisenfeld family. To read Nancy's obituary, please click here.
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  • Adam Weisz, Class of 2003. (Middle with friends)

    2003 Alumnus Shares Life Update

    Adam Weisz, Class of 2003, is currently living in New York City and said he has been temporarily retired for the past year and a half.
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  • Grade 9 English students worked together to unify their

    Dialogical Learning for Ninth Grade Students

    The art of debate can help students master their critical thinking and communications skills. With midterm exams underway this week, students in Grade 9 English traded in written questions and answers about literature for a classroom debate activity.
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  • Amy Farquharson, Class of 2018.

    Early Graduation Honor for Class of 2018 Alumna

    Amy Farquharson, Class of 2018, has graduated a semester early with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in aeronautical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY.
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  • John Roche, Class of 1960

    John Roche, Hamden Hall alumnus from the Class of 1960, died on December 30. John was a Hamden Hall "Lifer" attending Hamden Hall for 12 years. He then went on to graduate from the University of New Haven with a BS degree in Electrical Engineering. John is survived by his wife, Mary, and his stepson Jeffery Kurpiewski.

    Please join Hamden Hall in extending condolences to the family. To read John's obituary, please click here.
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