Back to School at Hamden Hall

New faces, new programs greet students entering the new year at Hamden Hall Country Day School.

The new school year brings with it lots of new faces on campus, both in front of the classroom and behind desk, where a record-number of new students will take their place among their peers.

  • Three new full-time English teachers join our faculty, including Karen Swain, who taught one section of Middle School English last year. Karen earned a bachelor’s degree in English and a JD from the University of Connecticut.
  • New to our campus this year is Arnie Sabatelli. Arnie served as assistant professor of English at Kalamazzo College for nearly 10 years and has also taught at Yale, Southern Connecticut State University, and the University of New Haven. Also new to the department is Laura Milligan, who has taught at various independent schools including Cheshire Academy, The Millbrook School, and The Loomis Chaffee School.
  • Margaret Wei will teach Mandarin in both the Lower and Upper Schools. She has taught at a number of schools and universities including, most recently, Princeton University. In the Math Department, Robert Bradley joins the ranks of the Upper School. Bob hails from a number of independent and public schools, including Hopkins, and has a number of degrees including a Master of Arts in mathematics from Quinnipiac University.
  • The Lower School welcomes two new faculty members in Rachael Jungkeit and Samantha Iadarola. Rachael is the new music teacher and comes to us from Neighborhood Music School in New Haven and earned a Master of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College of Rider University. Samantha is our new kindergarten assistant and received her Bachelor of Science in elementary education from Salve Regina University.
  • Our new student tally is 126, with 53 Lower School pupils and 73 Middle and Upper School students.  

Click here  to view a brief slideshow featuring some of our new families!

Multi-Sport Synthetic Field Ready for Action

Players of football, soccer, field hockey, and lacrosse will sink their cleats in new turf this athletic year thanks to the generosity of current parents and alumni.
Shaw Sportexe spent the summer months installing the turf field, which is specially lined to accommodate four sports. The first home game on the new synthetic field will be varsity football on Saturday, Sept. 15, at noon.
Besides a premier surface for multi-use, the new field will also reduce maintenance costs. Turf fields require no water, fertilizers or pesticides. The infill is composed of rubber.
Hamden Hall parents Gary and Kendra Montano, whose son Christian is a junior this year, were excited to support the installation of a turf field.
"Kendra and I are so thankful to Hamden Hall and what the school community has done for our son, Christian, who is a lifer. Being involved with the turf field project has been a way for us to give back as a token of our appreciation."

Sailing Club Now Underway!

The Hamden Hall Sailing Club is now underway! Middle and Upper School students of all nautical levels will convene at the Yale Corinthian Yacht Club in Branford on Tuesdays and Wednesdays during the fall semester to take to the seas.

The Hamden Hall Sailing Club is now underway! Middle and Upper School students of all nautical levels will convene at the Yale Corinthian Yacht Club in Branford on Tuesdays and Wednesdays during the fall semester to take to the seas. Up to 20 student sailors will be introduced to six 420 dinghy sailboats and one motorboat for club practices. Currently, there is a waiting list for the new athletic offering. “It’s another opportunity for students to have a co-curricular offering that they are excited about,” maintained Athletic Director David Doyle. “It’s another choice to extend beyond the classroom.” The Club is coached by an experienced U.S. Sailing certified instructor. In the first year, emphasis is on instruction, but students will also have the chance to do some intramural racing. In addition to the two days a week on the water, there will also be a fitness component on the third day. 
The expectation is that the club will become a team in a year, according to Head of School Bob Izzo.

Click here to learn more about the Yale Corinthian Yacht Club.



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