Hamden Hall Country Day School

Educating students in PreSchool through Grade 12
< 2022


  • May

    Fifth-grade students brought histrory 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • April

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • March

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • February

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • January

    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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  • 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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  • 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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Hamden Hall Country Day School is a nurturing and inclusive community with a dynamic learning environment that promotes academic excellence by understanding each child and fostering their individual growth.