"Hartford Central School, a community of educators, students, parents, and friends,
dedicates itself to developing citizens who are productive and compassionate, and who,
through their creativity and responsibility, will be assets to the greater community."
Hartford Central School District
P.O. Box 79
4704 State Route 149
Hartford, NY 12838
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Please see the attached letter regarding the "Shelter-In-Place" designation that took place on Wednesday, March 22, 2017.
A hard copy will be distributed to all students on Thursday, March 23rd.
Fall 2016 Newsletter
2016-2017 Second Quarter Honor Roll
Hartford middle school students (grades 6-8) were recognized for meeting the “Strive for Five” challenge.
Strive for Five is program that provides positive reinforcement for academic success each quarter of the school-year. There are five qualifications the students must meet, that include maintaining and raising grades, as well as behavioral guidelines and expectations. Every student who meets at least one of the qualifications is eligible to attend an activity night organized by the middle school teachers. Student meeting four or more qualifications are invited to select a prize, which range from basketballs and volleyballs, board games, gift baskets, and more.
Several students met at least one qualification, and the students hit the “Strive for Five” goal of meeting at least four of the five qualifications:
Sophia Anderson, Emmaline Barker, Samantha Cooper, Mason Forbes, Kailey Gayton, Envy Geroux, Kaylin Holcomb, Tarina Hunt, Soleia Lamoureux, Hannah Lawrence, Timothy Livingston, Hannah Mitchell, Abigail Monroe, Karlee Nims, Justin Nix, Reid Robbins, Secora Saunders, Dagan Schult, Alexis Sesselman, Rikard Spivak, Emma Wade, and Jason Wade.
The prizes are purchased through funds from Box Top, as well as contributions from the middle school government, and teachers. Retiree, Mrs. Whitney, who worked for the district for 32 years has been consistently donating gift baskets.
The file “Strive for Five” lists the qualifications and other details.
Hartford Central School District Elementary Students
“National Read Across America”
On Thursday, March 2, 2017, Hartford elementary students grades Pre-k through grade five, participated in “National Read Across America Day.”
“National Read Across America Day” is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that invites every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss. Each student selected a book of their choice and read silently for fifteen minutes. Their teachers set the example by doing the same.
In conjunction, the students kicked off “Pick a Reading Partner,” (formerly known as Parents as Reading Partners), which runs the month of March. Students are encouraged to choose someone to read with at least fifteen minutes per day. This can be a parent, friend, relative, or other person they enjoy spending time with.
On Friday, March 3, tracking sheets will be sent home and will be due each Friday thereafter. This year’s theme is “Read and the force will be with you.” Students are encouraged to wear Star Wars themed clothing on Friday’s and, students successfully reading at least fifteen minutes each day will receive a strip of “laser beam” to build their light sabre. Students collecting all four pieces to complete their light sabre will be treated to attend a performance of the “Master Technicians Karate,” at the school. The goal is for 100% of the students to participate.
HARTFORD BACKPACK PROGRAM
The school is in full swing for its first full school year participating in the BackPack Program. The program runs conjunction with the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York, and provides students from food-insecure homes with nutritious, child friendly meals on weekends, when other supplemental food programs are not available. Since the program’s implementation, teachers have noticed a significant improvement in the well-being of participating students. The program is currently serving 15 students, with a goal of serving 20 students the 2017-2018 school year.
The need for this program was recognized midway through the 2015-2016 school year by Mrs. Cosh and Mrs. Kelly. There was a generous outpouring of support that includes numerous donations from faculty and staff, community members, the Hartford Faculty Association, Hartford Food Pantry, What’s Cookin’, the Hartford United Methodist Church, Herschel-Argyle Lodge, Yoked Parish Church, Foothills ATV, Hartford Ridge Riders, Smith Equipment, Hartford PTA, Glens Falls National Bank, Adirondack League, and several Hartford Central School District student clubs.
The food for the backpacks is picked up and packed on Thursdays with the help of Mrs. Shaw, Mrs. Harrington, and middle school and high school students. On Fridays, members of Key Club and the Jr. National Honor Society help deliver the bags. Each bag contains approximately ten different foods designed to provide nutrition and calories for the children over the weekend. These are kid-friendly, shelf-stable foods that require no preparation or refrigeration. Children can just “open and eat.”
Monetary donations to support the BackPack program at Hartford Central School can be made by check to: The Regional Food Bank of Northeastern NY and write Hartford BackPack Program in the memo. Checks can be mailed to: Regional Food Bank, 965 Albany- Shaker Road, Latham, NY 12110
Hartford CSD Students Compete in
SkillsUSA Local and advance to Regional Competitions
Hartford students recently competed in SkillsUSA local and regional competitions.
The SkillsUSA championships are competitive events that challenge Career and Technical Education (CTE) students in demonstrating their skill and knowledge in their field of study. The results are as follows:
Automotive Service Technology
2nd Place – Ryan Kibling
1st Place - Dennis Galusha
1st Place – Mattison Baker
On Wednesday, March 15, the three students will travel to Schenectady Community College to compete in the SkillsUSA Regional Competition in their respective divisions. This will be Dennis Galusha's second consecutive year competing at the regional level.
Hartford CSD Earns Utica National Insurance Group’s
“School Safety Excellence Award”
Hartford Central School District earned Utica National Insurance Group’s “School Safety Excellence Award” for 2017 at the Titanium with honors level. The honor is presented annually and recognizes school districts’ safety efforts as they work to help keep students, staff, and visitors safe.
Superintendent Andrew Cook was presented with a certificate to commemorate the district’s safety efforts, and a $500 award for use in furthering those efforts from Utica National representatives. The presentation was made at Utica National’s 37th annual school safety seminar at The Gideon Putnam, Saratoga Springs, NY.
“Safety and health concerns continue to be a priority in our school districts,” explained Brian Saville, Resident Senior Vice President in Utica National’s Educational Institutions Unit. “Districts that go ‘above and beyond’ to provide a safe, healthy and focused culture for learning are to be applauded, and we’re pleased that Hartford Central School District is one of them.”
Superintendent Cook commented, "The Hartford Central School District's first priority is ensuring the safety and security of our students, faculty, staff, and visitors. I am proud to accept this award on behalf of the district and all our faculty and staff who consistently demonstrate their due diligence in ensuring the safety of everyone who enters the facility." Hartford Central School District has received the “School Safety Excellence Award” every consecutive year since 2012.
Utica National’s School Safety Excellence Award Program has three levels – titanium, platinum, and gold in which schools can earn a meritorious distinction by meeting specific criteria to enhance overall safety. Through the program, schools with their own transportation, schools with contract transportation, and BOCES are evaluated. Categories covered include bullying prevention programs, playground safety and other areas, and are measured using specific, quantifiable surveys.
Hartford Central School District Receives Donation from the Hartford Food Pantry
On Wednesday, March 22, 2017, Hartford Central School District Superintendent Andrew Cook, received a donation from the Hartford Food Pantry Director, Mr. Pete Klaiber, in the amount of $600 to help support the school’s BackPack Program. The Hartford Food Pantry received the funds from Stewart’s Shop #448, located on State Route 40, in Hartford, via the store’s Holiday Match Program.
Mr. Klaiber stated, "Stewart’s desire is that the money be used to directly serve youth under 18 years, in the geographic area their local store serves. Since our pantry has no residency restrictions, serving people throughout Washington County, we felt donating the money to the Hartford Central School District BackPack Program was a great way to ensure it served Hartford youth, fulfilling Stewart's wishes, and went toward providing food, fulfilling ours."
“The community partnerships we have with the Hartford Food Pantry and Stewart's is extraordinary. This donation will be a great help to many of our students. We are very appreciative to receive these funds for the school’s BackPack Program," said Superintendent Cook.
The Hartford Food Pantry is located in the Hartford Baptist Church, and is sponsored by the Hartford Yoked Parish, which is a combination of the Hartford Baptist Church and South Hartford Congregational Church. The pantry has been in operation since 2002. In addition to Mr. Klaiber, has six dedicated volunteers, and is open every other Saturday.
From Thanksgiving Day through Christmas Day, Stewart’s customers throughout the region donated more than $926,000 to the program, which was doubled to more than $1.85 million with the Stewart’s match. There are no administrative costs with this program, meaning 100% of the funds collected and matched benefit these organizations.
Hartford 4th and 5th Grade Students
Host “Career Day” Guests
4th and 5th grade students recently hosted special guest presenters for “Career Day.” The guests were a pilot, a veterinarian, a professional athlete, and two police officers.
With the use of modern-day technology, Lt. Col. Scott Collins was able to video conference from California. Lt. Col. Collins is a native of South Glens Falls who is a pilot with the Air Force Reserves and United Airlines. His almost twenty-year career has given him the opportunity to live and travel all over the world. While he spoke about were he has been in the world, Mrs. Mannix assisted by pointing out the locations on a map.
Large animal veterinarian Dr. Tracy Bartick of Upstate Equine Medical Center and her dog, Wally. Dr. Bartick presented a slideshow that included photos from her childhood, which conveyed her early love of animals. She also included photos and the story of Koko, a gorilla known for having learned a large number of hand signs, which furthered interest in becoming a veterinarian at an early age.
Mr. Michael Lazore is a lacrosse player for the Rochester Rattlers, who are charter members of the Major League Lacrosse professional men's field lacrosse team. Mr. Lazore is half Native American and of the Mohawk Tribe. He incorporated a history lesson into his presentation in that lacrosse derived from the Iroquois, a group of the six nations, which he challenged the students to list. He also had lacrosse equipment for the students to pass around and even try on.
Deputy Jen Noble and Deputy Cori Winch of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office spoke to the students about their careers in law enforcement. They explained a typical day, which is usually atypical. The students asked many questions including what type of education and training is required, how many hours per week they work, salary range, what cases they have solved, and if they ever stopped a crime in progress.
The students send a big thank you for everyone taking time about of their busy day.