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News & Notes from HKHS

Submitted by Donna Hayward, Principal, Haddam-Killingworth High School

(January 28, 2023) — Tyler Perry and Kristin Thebeau have been named the Class of 2023 CIAC Scholar Athletes. The scholar-athlete program annually recognizes two seniors from each member high school whose academic and athletic careers have been exemplary, whose personal standards and achievements are a model to others, and who possess high levels of integrity, self-discipline and courage. The students will be celebrated at the 40th Annual Scholar-Athlete Awards Banquet on Sunday, May 7, 2023, at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville. Congratulations, Tyler and Kristen!

The HKHS Winter Drama Production, The Hallmarks of Horror, will be presented on Thursday, February 9, 2023 at 7:00 p.m.. Scary movies are full of different ways to give you nightmares–but once you figure out the formula, the frightful looks pretty funny. Take a whirlwind tour through the common categories of the creepy, from lines like “let’s split up!” to tropes like the car that never starts. If you dare to master everything from cobwebs to clowns, you’ll be ready when they all converge in a single hilarious finale scene. You won’t believe how fast the spine-chilling turns side-splitting when you know the secrets of “The Hallmarks of Horror.” The show will be directed by HKHS Senior Pooja Badami.

On Wednesday, March 22, 2023, HKHS juniors, sophomores and freshmen will be engaged in assessment for the first half of the day. Juniors will be participating in the School Day SAT. Sophomores will focus on test preparation. Freshmen will be participating in the PSAT 8/9. Students in all three grade levels will need to bring a charged Chromebook to school. Students in grades 9-11 will come to school at normal time, and be dismissed at 11:55. (A special bus run will transport students who need bus transportation.)
Seniors will stay home in the morning until Senior Portfolio Presentations, which will begin
around noon the same day, once testing for grades 9-11 is completed. (A detailed schedule will be sent home closer to the date.) If any seniors need a ride to school, they may take their normal bus run in the morning and will have a quiet place to read/study until their classmates arrive at noon.

In the meantime, seniors have begun their Learning Expectations #1 meetings this week. Each senior will meet with their school counselor and either Ms. Hayward or Mr. Apicella to share how they have met learning expectation #1 (i.e. to demonstrate personal responsibility, character, cultural understanding and ethical behavior.) All seniors were sent conversation prompts in advance and suggested evidence to share that might include:
● Community service experience and reflections
● Co-curricular participation and positive contribution
● Employment experience
● Letters of recommendation from faculty, employers, etc.
● A reflection on discipline issues/growth over time
● Impactful participation in special school programs such as the ‘Names Can Really Hurt’
● Documented work with community organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, local
shelters, etc.
● Personal anecdotes of when the “did the right thing,” where they find their moral
compass, etc.

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