Talking HF Tigers 11/10

As we head into a three-day weekend I encourage you to take the opportunity to recharge and reflect. It is a perfectly-timed break in the school year to re-organize and rest. But Veterans Day is also a time to come together and recognize those who made the ultimate sacrifice to fight for our country.

Each Nov. 11, we take the time to honor all our veterans, past, present, and future. In whatever way best works for you individually or as a family, thank you for pausing to honor those who have and do currently serve. One option to consider is swinging by American Legion Post 574 Sunday, Nov. 13 for its monthly “American Legion Family Serves Up Breakfast” from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Public is always welcome and it’s $30 for a family of four ($9 per person; under age 10 is $5). More info can be found at

Inductions: National Honor Society and the Wall of Distinction

This past Sunday, Nov. 6 was an incredible time and overflowing in #HFTigerPride. We saw 26 new members inducted into the Sandy Hill Chapter of National Honor Society, and the 19th annual Wall of Distinction induction. My gratitude to the organizers of this special ceremony, our NHS co-advisers Maggie Hickey and Colleen Mager, and to Chloe Smith, NHS president who conducted the ceremony. 

The new members are: Emma Albrecht, Thomas Beebe III, Derek Call, Marysa Colvin, William Coon, Aubreigh DeMello, Kaylin Dinh, Elizabeth Donnelly, Taylor Ferry, Allie Guay, Hannah Gwiazda, Brenden Harrington, Justin Hutchinson, Annabelle Lindsay, Natalia Lopez, Jaylin Maxwell, Jaelyn Mejia, Michael Minor, Jesse Morton, Lucy Ray, Pierce Rohm, Paul Shannon, Jonathan Weaver, Brianna Wicks, Seneca Williamson, and Noah Williamson.

The Wall of Distinction honors highly successful graduates who have gone on to distinguished careers in various fields or who have become role models in the community. The 2022 Wall of Distinction inductees were: Marc Cerro (1993); Todd McIntosh (1991); Joseph Melucci (1989); Linda Shaw-Marzialo (1971); Laurie Trombley (1991);  and Don Hassett (posthumously; 1948).

Special Connection

I had the good fortune of recognizing high school students Derek Call and Bryce Reynolds at our October BOE meeting and if you missed it, I encourage you to check out their story on our website!

Have Your Voice Heard

As we continue our path to improved attendance, we are asking community members to please give us valuable feedback. As I highlighted in last week’s newsletter – and would like to make one last call – for you to participate in our Thought Exchange survey before it closes on Wednesday, Nov. 16. Here are links to the information or the direct exchange:

Thank you for your responses.  I look forward to our return on Monday. 

Dan Ward, Superintendent

Photo collage of Wall of Distinction Inductees and National Honor Society students