After School Programs

There are a variety of enriching opportunities for student involvement after the school day. Programs involving chorus, drama, etc. are available to the students provided they have written permission to attend. All students will be notified concerning school sponsored after school activities for which they are eligible. As a component of music education, Hartland School offers several performing ensembles which students can voluntarily join.

Beginning Band

Small group instruction and full ensemble rehearsals and performance on wind band instruments are offered to all interested Grade 4 and first year students in grades 5-8.

Intermediate Band

Those students who elect to continue pursuing instruction on wind band instruments will receive group instruction, rehearse, and perform in Grades 5 & 6.

Advanced Band

Taken in lieu of General Music, Advanced Band is open to Grade 7 and Grade 8 students who wish to continue their wind band instrument instruction.

Extracurricular Ensembles


After school chorus is open to all students in Grade 5-8.


Before school Jazz Band is open to students in Grades 5-8 who perform on a jazz band instrument, e.g. saxophone, trumpets, trombone, clarinet, piano, electric guitar, and bass guitar.

Drama Club

Is an extracurricular club which meets after school typically in the Winter and/or early Spring. The club produces a one-act or children’s musical annually, and is open to students in Grades 5-8.

Homework Center

Students in Grades 5-8 who have been recommended by their teacher(s) may attend Homework Center. It is intended to support organization, homework completion, and study skills. If parents or guardians feel their child(ren) would benefit from Homework Center they are encouraged to contact the teacher(s). Homework Center runs Monday-Thursday 3:20-4:30.

Guidelines for Apparel

Hartland School encourages, the members of its learning community to dress in a way that reflects pride and respect and is appropriate for the school/work environment. In order to encourage a positive and appropriate environment we ask that the following apparel not be worn:

  • Shorts, miniskirts, or pants that expose the upper thigh or undergarments
  • Shirts and /or blouses, such as low cut tops that expose the lower chest or mid-section, halter tops, and narrow strapped tops (the width of the straps should be at least one inch or have appropriate covering)
  • Pants worn low so to expose undergarments
  • Apparel or accessories portraying disruptive or offensive writing or pictures
  • Footwear, which mars or damages floors, or is a safety or health hazard
  • Hats and hoods worn indoors during school hours

Students who are inappropriately dressed will be sent to the nurse. Parents/guardians will be contacted to supply an alternative or the nurse will provide an alternative.


(Please see Hartland B.O.E. Policy #5113 for further details concerning attendance.)

Connecticut State law requires parents/guardians to ensure that their children attend school regularly during the hours school is in session. Learning experiences that occur in the classroom are meaningful and essential components of the education process. Time lost from class tends to be irrevocable in terms of opportunity for instructional time. The Board of Education requires that accurate attendance records are kept. A student should not be absent from school without the parent’s or guardian’s knowledge and consent. Parents and guardians should write a verification of absence. Parents/guardians will be contacted by the school nurse to confirm a student’s absence whenever a parent/guardian has not notified the school.

A student’s absence from school shall be considered “excused” if written documentation of the reason for such absence has been submitted within ten (10) school days of the student’s return to school and meets the following criteria:

A. For absences one through nine, a student’s absences from school are considered “excused” when the student’s parent/guardian approves such absence and submits appropriate documentation to school officials. Such documentation includes a signed note from the student’s parent/guardian, a signed note from a school official that spoke in person with the parent/guardian regarding the absence, or a note confirming the absence by the school nurse or a licensed medical professional, as appropriate. Documentation should explain the nature of and the reason for the absence as well as the length of the absence. Separate documentation must be submitted for each incidence of absenteeism.

B. For the tenth absence and all absences thereafter, a student’s absences from school are considered excused for the following reason:

  1. Student illness (must be verified by a licensed medical professional to be deemed excused, regardless of the length of absence);
  2. Student’s observance of a religious holiday;
  3. Death in the student’s family or other emergency beyond the control of student’s family;
  4. Mandated court appearances (documentation required);
  5. The lack of transportation that is normally provided by a district other than the one the student attends (no parental documentation required);
  6. Extraordinary educational opportunities pre-approved by a District administrator and to be in accordance with Connecticut State Department of Education guidance;

The required mailed notice shall include a warning that two unexcused absences from school in one month or five unexcused absences in a school year may result in a complaint filed with the Superior Court alleging the belief that the acts or omissions of the child are such that the child's family is a family with service needs.

Absence & School Work

Students who are absent from school are responsible for completing work missed and are encouraged to seek out their teachers for assistance in the timely completion of assigned learning tasks. In cases where an absence is unanticipated, requests for school work should be directed to the office the morning of the absence. Teachers will assemble school work that will be sent to the office for pick up at the end of the school day. In the case of anticipated excused absences, an advanced notification of two days is appreciated as this will allow time for teachers to assemble assignments and materials.

Students in Grades 6 – 8 must meet with their teachers during homeroom or during the middle school block on the first day back to school to hand in assignments for anticipated absences and/or obtain assignments missed due to unanticipated absences. Responsibility for completion of missed classwork lies with the student, not the teacher. Unless a student has an extended illness, all make-up work should be completed as soon as possible so the student is prepared for the subsequent lessons. It must be completed within five days after the student returns to school. Students who will miss schoolwork due to vacations taken when school is in session are responsible for giving teachers enough time to gather work that will be missed. The completed work is due on the day the student returns.


Prompt arrival at school is a basic expectation that sends an important message to students that effective work habits, including punctuality, are significant aspects of their learning and future success. Middle school students will be tardy as of 8:40 and students in grades K-5 will be tardy as of 8:45. Students who are tardy must report to the office before being admitted to class. Tardy students are not admitted to the class without a tardy pass.

Should students habitually arrive late to school (more than four times in a trimester), or accrue three or more unexcused absences in a trimester, parents and students shall be required to meet with the principal and school nurse to develop a plan to help address the situation. Detention or other disciplinary measures may be imposed as a result of habitual patterns of poor attendance.

Special Dismissal

Permission for any student to leave the building early must be secured through the office in writing by the parent or guardian. No pupil is to be off the school premises without permission during regular school hours. To maintain the safety of all children, the parent or guardian requesting early dismissal must come in person to the school office, complete the sign out book. Please remain in the office while waiting for your child. The parent or guardian should be recognized by child and teacher, principal, or school secretary. In the event that office personnel does not recognize the person who is picking up a student, identification will be required.

Please note in those instances where dismissal plans for a student(s) changes throughout the course of the day, parents must notify the school officenot the classroom teacher, by 3:00.

Attendance Award

Students who arrive at school on time every day and achieve perfect attendance are recognized with the Hartland School Attendance Award. Please note that students that leave school prior to noon are ineligible to be recognized in this way.

Bike Riding

Students who ride their bikes to school are to park them in the bike racks. While on school property, students should walk the bikes to and from the racks. Bicycle safety rules include:

  1. Riders should obey all traffic rules including stopping at stop signs.
  2. Helmets must be worn in compliance with State law.
  3. Riders should keep to the right side of the road and ride near the curb so that cars and buses may pass safely.
  4. Riders should slow at intersections, signal when turning, never weave in or out of traffic, and never go from one side of the road to the other.
  5. Riders should never touch a passing car or bus or ride near people walking on the road.

Bus Procedures

Students may only ride their assigned bus. In the event that a parent wishes a child to ride on a bus other than the one to which the student has been assigned, due to an established day-care arrangement, the parent must submit a written permission request to the classroom teacher, which is then turned into the office with the daily attendance sheet. Office personnel return approved slips to the classroom teacher’s mailboxes, and classroom teachers return these slips to the children at dismissal for submission to the appropriate bus driver. Please provide the correct house number and street when submitting a request for your child to ride a bus other than their assigned bus.

The standard for appropriate bus behavior is as follows:

  1. Students must stand at their bus stops 10 feet from where the bus will stop, out of the line of oncoming traffic.
  2. Students must enter the bus in line and in an orderly manner.
  3. Students must walk to their seats promptly and must remain in their seats for the entire bus ride, and must not extend, hands, arms or heads outside bus windows.
  4. Students must not throw things in the bus or out of the windows.
  5. Large items or book bags may not be placed in the aisle of the bus.
  6. Students must remain orderly while on the bus in order to maintain a safe bus ride.

The driver is in complete charge of the bus and the children being transported. The driver may make changes in seating, arrange for discipline as it is required, and may take all reasonable steps to ensure the safety of the bus and passengers. School behavioral standards are to be followed by students while riding on the bus. Inappropriate language or behavior of any kind is not tolerated. Students who are referred by the driver three or more times may lose bus privileges. Violation of the rules of safety or conduct may result in detention or a suspension of bus privileges. It is important that the ride to our school be both safe and pleasant. To this end, bus drivers will provide daily reports to the school of any safety issues and student misbehaviors.

Celebrations at School

Hartland School is committed to the goal of providing a healthy nutritional environment for our children. When food becomes part of a classroom celebration, care should be taken to provide healthy choices. Non-food alternatives are encouraged.

Code of Conduct

The administration, faculty, staff and parents of Hartland School are dedicated to helping our children learn and grow in an atmosphere of high academic standards within a learning environment that is physically, emotionally, and intellectually safe. Toward that end, we regularly refer to our Hartland School Code of Conduct. Years ago, in developing the Code of Conduct, the children created sets of classroom rules, and from these rules, and with the help of our Student Council, our Code of Conduct, Be safe, Be respectful and Be ready to learn, took shape.

The chart below, illustrates the students’ work:

Code of Conduct Responsibility


Be safe

To be safe, students listen and follow directions, use materials and supplies for their intended purposes, move from place to place with care and self-control, remain in designated areas for work and play and do not have inappropriate contact with others.

Be respectful

To be respectful, students treat adults and peers the way that they would want to be treated, take turns, share time, space and materials, communicate using only kind, courteous and appropriate language, gestures and tone, follow the school dress code, do not chew gum, handle school property and materials with care, follow directions in a timely and cooperative manner, and take responsibility for their words and actions.

Be ready to learn

To be ready to learn, students listen, actively participate in class and arrive at school on time each day prepared with books, supplies and completed assignments. Systems developed by teachers to record and/or transport paperwork and assignments will be maintained with growing independence.

As children encounter new situations, they can at times, make mistakes in their judgment. At these times, in addition to adult guidance and redirection, children will be provided with clear, appropriate, and meaningful consequences to help them to avoid making mistakes in the future. Consequences may include, but are not limited to, measures such as, a verbal or written apology, lunch detention, loss of recess or other privileges, and suspension. Additionally, children who need adult assistance in building confidence and independence in their peer interactions will be provided with strategies to appropriately respond as needs arise. At Hartland School, we view these situations as opportunities for students to develop and mature and stand ready to work together to redirect them in productive, positive ways with the goal to assist them to be capable, responsible and compassionate members of the school community.

Golden “H” Award

This school-wide award is presented to individual students or classes in recognition of exemplary citizenship. Nominations are made and reviewed by faculty and staff, thus, receiving this award is among the most noteworthy distinctions at Hartland School. The Hartland School Golden “H” Awards are presented during the final school-wide assembly.


Homework is intended to enhance the student’s knowledge in the various subject areas. The assignment of homework and its impact on grades will vary in accordance with grade level and subject matter.

Homework times generally range from ten minutes to ninety minutes of activity as follows*:

  • Kindergarten: occasionally
  • Grade 1: 10 – 15 minutes Grade 5: 40 – 50 minutes
  • Grade 2: 15 – 20 minutes Grade 6: 50 – 60 minutes
  • Grade 3: 20 – 30 minutes Grade 7: 60 – 90 minutes
  • Grade 4: 30 – 40 minutes Grade 8: 60 – 90 minutes*(Board Policy #6154)

These times do not include reading, a critical part of developing strong reading skills and behaviors. Students’ progress is directly correlated to the amount of words they read to others and to themselves. As students gain skill and confidence the amount of sustained, independent reading should gradually increase.

Devices & Technology

21st Century skills are a key component of contemporary education. The Computer Lab is available to all students at the discretion of the classroom teacher and the technology specialist. Students in grades 5-8 also have access to mobile Chromebooks so that the use of technology and digital media can be integrated into the regular curriculum. A mobile lab of iPads is available to all grades.

Students in grades 3-8 receive weekly instruction in Information Technology as one of their specials. All teachers integrate digital learning into instruction and develop a wide range of opportunities for students to develop digital literacy and citizenship.

In order to ensure appropriate use of all technology, all students and parents must sign user agreements. This practice serves as an assurance that high standards are maintained at all times. Copies are included in the packet of forms sent home the first week of school. Students who fail to observe computer lab and/or Chromebook safety and usage rules and procedures will be subject to disciplinary measures that may include a suspension of their computer privileges.

Parent Conferences

Attendance at Parent Conferences is an important part of the educational process. Parents are welcomed and strongly encouraged to participate in the twice yearly conferences. Conferences are held when report cards are issued for the first and second marking periods. Days set aside for conferences are listed on the school calendar. On the days designated as Parent Conference Days, students are dismissed at 1:20.

Parents/Guardians will receive an email message inviting them to schedule their conferences online. This email will include a link to the scheduling website, as well as instructions for how to schedule your conferences. Any individuals who do not have email will be invited to visit the school to schedule conferences prior to the fall and winter report cards and conferences.

Parents/Guardians and teachers may also choose to meet at any time throughout the school year if a conference is desired.

Electronic Devices

Per Board of Education Policy 5131.8, in order to maintain a purposeful and focused learning environment, electronic devices of any kind are not permitted to be used in school or during any school-sponsored events/activities (including field trips) without teacher permission. Upon entry into the building these devices must be turned off, stored in backpacks, and then are to remain in lockers. Electronic devices that are not stored as indicated will be sent to the school office and disciplinary actions may result. The school principal shall have the authority to further restrict possession of electronic devices in school, on field trips and on school buses. The school principal may grant individual students permission to use electronic devices and outline condition of their use upon advanced approval based on unique circumstances or in case of emergency.

Field Trips

Field trips enhance and enliven our curriculum. A written notice of the field trip giving the destination, cost, lunch arrangements, and the times of departure and return to school will be prepared by the teacher and sent home with the student. This notice contains a section to be signed by the parent/guardian giving permission for the student to take the trip. In addition, parents/guardians are required to complete the parent’s consent for emergency treatment section of this form. This signed and completed form must be returned to the teacher before the student is allowed to participate in the field trip. Hand-written notes will not be accepted. Arrangements for the number of chaperones required for a trip are at the discretion of the teacher. Should any costs prove a hardship to families, the principal should be contacted.

Fire Drills, Stay-Put Drills and Safety Procedures

In all cases, when the fire alarm sounds, classes should follow the exit directions posted in the classroom. Students should assemble in orderly lines when their designated safety area is reached. Similarly, stay-put drills follow established procedures and are held regularly. Students are expected to follow the directions of their teachers at all times. Students, who are with a special teacher or paraprofessionals during fire and stay-put drills, are to stay with that special teacher or paraprofessional who will be responsible for their safety. Systems are in place to account for the presence of every student.

Golden "H" Award

This school-wide award is presented to individual students or classes in recognition of exemplary citizenship. Nominations are made and reviewed by faculty and staff, thus, receiving this award is among the most noteworthy distinctions at Hartland School. The Hartland School Golden “H” Awards are presented during the final school-wide assembly.

Green Cleaning Program



The State of Connecticut is requiring that each local and regional board of education implement a green cleaning program for all school buildings and facilities in its district.

The Hartland Public Schools are committed to the implementation of this law by providing the staff and, upon request, the parents, and guardians of each child enrolled in each school with a written statement of the school district’s green cleaning program as well as making it available on its web site annually. The policy will also be distributed to new staff hired during the school year and to parents or guardians of students transferring in during the school year.

  1. Green cleaning program means the procurement and proper use of environmentally preferable cleaning products as defined by the Department of Administrative Services (DAS) for all state owned buildings, schools and facilities. DAS currently requires that environmentally preferable cleaning products be independently certified by one of two third party certified organizations: Green Seal or Eco Logo
  2. By July 1, 2011 and thereafter no person shall use a cleaning product in a public school unless it meets the DAS standard.
  3. The types of cleaning products covered in this legislation include: general purpose, bathroom, and glass cleaners, floor strippers and finishes, hand cleaners and soaps. The preferred green cleaning products used by this school district are listed on attachment “A”
  4. Disinfectants, disinfectant cleaners, sanitizers, or antimicrobial products regulated by the federal insecticide, fungicide, and rodenticide act are not covered by this law.

The following statement will be part of this school districts program as stated in the new law;


The implementation of this program requires the support and cooperation of everyone including administrators, faculty, staff, parents, guardians, and facilities staff.

Any questions concerning the program can be directed to:

Dr. Anthony Distasio
Superintendent of Schools
Hartland Public Schools
860.653.0295 Ext. 108


Illness & Accidents

The nurse is available during the school day for health related situations. When she determines that a child should be sent home, the parent or guardian is called. It is imperative that the school have two emergency phone numbers to facilitate contact.

Message from the School Nurse

Frequently throughout the school year you will be asking yourself, “Should I send my child to school today?” The problem arises when the child either is complaining of feeling sick or showing signs of illness.

We would like to suggest three reasons for making a decision to keep your child home:

  1. He/she may infect the other classmates.
  2. If he/she is not well physically, he/she is less likely to perform well academically.
  3. He/she may be more susceptible toward picking up a secondary infection.

Keep your child home if:

  1. He/she has an oral temperature of 100 degrees or higher and until his/her temperature has returned to normal (97.6 – 99.6) for a 24 - hour period.
  2. He/she has a moderate to severe runny nose.
  3. He/she is vomiting or having diarrhea.
  4. He/she has a heavy, productive cough or earache.

The nurse or office personnel will call to ask you to take your child home at any time that it is deemed best for all concerned.

Often a child who is less than enthusiastic about school will complain of stomachache, headache, etc. In those instances, you will have to use your own judgment.

If your child needs any medication, including over the counter medications during school hours, please let us know so that we may send home a form for you and the doctor to sign authorizing the school to administer the medication. This form is also available on the school website.

Reminder: Medication needs to be brought in by an adult.

Please make certain your child comes to school prepared each day for outdoor activity. If your child cannot participate in gym, we request a note from your doctor. A note from the doctor will also be considered to excuse the student from recess for the same period of time.

Please phone the school by 9:30 a.m. if your child is absent. The nurse will call you to find out the nature of your child’s illness in the event that you forget to call. Also, please remember to update Emergency Phone numbers if changes occur during the school year.

You may call the Health Office at any time to discuss any health issues or concerns. The Nurse is available Monday thru Friday from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM.

Administration of Medicines in School

If a pupil needs to take medication during school hours, it must be left in the Health Office with a physician’s written order and written parental approval before a school nurse may administer any medicine. If your child will need any medication during school hours, including Advil or Tylenol, please fill out a medical authorization form. No medication can be administered unless the proper paperwork is filled out. Forms are available in the Health Office and in the Appendix of this Handbook, and online.

The medicine container must be the one issued by the pharmacy labeled with the name of the child, name of the medication, dosage, and time it is to be taken. Parents should bring in enough medication for the school week, or if the child will be on the medication the entire school year, bring enough for 45 days at a time. All medications will be locked and dispensed as prescribed. We cannot allow children to carry medications in their pockets, lunch boxes etc.

This procedure complies with the Connecticut State Department of Education law on the administration of medicine in public schools in accordance with Public Act No. 723 enacted by the State Legislature.

Since it is the law, no medication will be given to a student unless the above requirements are met. This law is in effect for the protection of your child. (Board Policy #5141.21)


Homework is intended to enhance the student’s knowledge in the various subject areas. The assignment of homework and its impact on grades will vary in accordance with grade level and subject matter.

Homework times generally range from ten minutes to ninety minutes of activity as follows*:

  1. Kindergarten: occasionally
  2. Grade 1: 10 – 15 minutes Grade 5: 40 – 50 minutes
  3. Grade 2: 15 – 20 minutes Grade 6: 50 – 60 minutes
  4. Grade 3: 20 – 30 minutes Grade 7: 60 – 90 minutes
  5. Grade 4: 30 – 40 minutes Grade 8: 60 – 90 minutes*(Board Policy #6154)

These times do not include reading, a critical part of developing strong reading skills and behaviors. Students’ progress is directly correlated to the amount of words they read to others and to themselves. As students gain skill and confidence the amount of sustained, independent reading should gradually increase.

Middle School Honor Roll Standards

Hartland School believes in celebrating the many successes of our Middle School students in Grades 6, 7 and 8. In order to recognize the academic achievement of high achieving students, the following guidelines will serve as the standards for appointment to the Honor Roll:


To qualify for Honors, a student must earn a grade of at least a B- in each of the core subjects Reading, Writing, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and Spanish. In addition, a student must earn a numerical average of B- in Art, Music, P.E., Computer and Band, with no one grade below a C.

High Honors

To qualify for High Honors, a student must earn a grade of at least a B+ in each of the core subjects Reading, Writing, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and Spanish. In addition, a student must earn a numerical average of B in Art, Music, P.E., Computer and Band, with no one grade below a C+.

Distinguished Honors

To qualify for Distinguished Honors, a student must earn a grade of at least an A- in each of the core subjects Reading, Writing, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and Spanish. In addition, a student must earn a numerical average of A- in Art, Music, P.E., Computer and Band, with no one grade below a B-.

The grade point value used for assigning grades and for calculating numerical averages when necessary is as follows:

  • A+ 100-97 C 76-74
  • A 96-94 C- 73-70
  • A- 93-90 D+ 69-67
  • B+ 89-87 D 66-64
  • B 86-84 D- 63-60
  • B- 83-80 F 59- 0
  • C+ 79-77 I Incomplete

At Hartland School, we encourage all students to do their best. We hope that the Honor Roll will serve as an additional incentive to meet high standards.

Awards & Recognition

The Middle School experience culminates with the eighth grade graduation ceremony. At that time, graduates are recognized for participation and outstanding achievement in performing and visual arts, citizenship and academics over the course of grades six, seven and eight.

Academic achievement pins and awards are presented to students from the various disciplines. In addition, students are recognized for over-all academic achievement.

The PTO Citizenship Award: is awarded to one or two students, who have, through their daily conduct in school, demonstrated empathy and thoughtfulness towards others, as well as personal responsibility.

There are three levels of over-all academic recognition. The first two levels are part of The President’s Education Awards Program, the third is the highest academic honor conveyed by Hartland School.

  • The President’s Award for Educational Achievement recognizes all students who show outstanding educational growth and commitment to learning, or students who have achieved a grade of A or A+ in a particular subject for each marking period in grades six through eight.
  • The President’s Award for Educational Excellence is presented to students to recognize their academic success. To be eligible for this award, students must have achieved recognition at the distinguished honors level three times in middle school, as well as achieving honor roll status every grading period in grades sixth through eight.
  • The Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence, Hartland School’s highest academic recognition, is awarded to the one student with the highest over-all academic record in the graduating class.

School Hours

We look forward to beginning each day in a safe and secure manner. To ensure proper supervision, students should arrive at school no earlier than 8:30 a.m. (no supervision) and should go directly to the playground. The bell rings at 8:35 for middle school students to enter the building and at 8:40 for grades K-5 to go to their lockers. In the event of inclement weather, students may go to their classrooms at 8:30 and will be supervised by their classroom teachers. Middle school students will be tardy as of 8:40 and students in grades K-5 will be tardy as of 8:45.

Full Day:

Early Dismissal Day:

8:35 a.m. - Middle School Bell (Gr. 6 – 8)

8:35 a.m. - Middle School Bell (Gr. 6 – 8)

8:40 a.m. - K - 5 Bell

8:40 a.m. - K - 5 Bell

12:00 p.m.- Lunch, 4-5; Recess, K-3

12:21 p.m.- M.S. Block; K-3 Recess, 4-5 Lunch

12:30 p.m.- Recess, 4-5; Lunch K-3, 6-8

12:51 p.m.- K-3 & 6-8 Lunch, 4-5 Recess

3:20 p.m. - End of School, Grades K - 8

1:20 p.m. - End of School, K – 8

Pre-School hours are 8:45–11:30. Three year olds attend Tuesday and Thursday. Four year olds attend Monday- Friday. Please see the following section for late opening, early dismissal and in-service day schedules.

Late Openings, Early Dismissals & In-Service Days


Pre-School 3’s Program (Tuesdays & Thursdays)

  • Regular School Day 8:45 - 11:30
  • Scheduled Early Dismissal 8:45 - 10:30

Late Opening Cancelled

Pre-School 4’s Program (Monday – Friday)

  • Regular School Day 8:45 - 11:30
  • Scheduled Early Dismissal 8:45 - 10:30

Late Opening Cancelled

Grades K-8

  • Regular School Day 8:30 – 3:20
  • Late Opening 10:30 – 3:20
  • Scheduled Early Dismissal 8:30 – 1:20

On days when there is a Late Opening, buses will run approximately 2 hours later than their usual time.


The Library opens for student use during the first full week of school. All materials and equipment that are removed from the library must be signed out in the student’s name. Books are due on the date stamped and must be returned or renewed in order to check out other books. Certain books, such as reference books may not be checked out and are for use while in the media center only. Students are expected to return all books and materials; failure to do so will result in the student assuming responsibility for the value of the lost item. A parent/legal guardian may register their criticism of a library book with the school authorities by using the “Parent Request for Reconsideration of a Book Form”. This form is available through the school Principal or Media Specialist. A committee will review the request and evaluate the material being questioned.

Parent Request for Reconsideration of a Book


Students in grades K-8 have a thirty minute lunch period. In order to ensure that student wellness is addressed, children should wash their hands prior to lunch, remain seated and refrain from sharing foods to address potential food allergies and other dietary restrictions. Beverages that contain excessive amounts of caffeine, such as “energy drinks” are not permitted. Students who wish to purchase hot lunch must have the orders in by the Tuesday of the previous week. Please see the school website for menus, order forms and the application for free and reduced lunch.

Middle School

Hartland School has high expectations for all students in both academics and personal conduct. This is especially true for middle school students who are expected to show leadership by serving as models of Hartland School citizenship for younger students. The middle school encompasses grades six, seven and eight.

Personal Responsibility & Communication

Middle School students are expected to take greater personal responsibility for their learning and behavior choices. To that end, the class schedule includes time during homeroom and middle school block for students to seek out teachers.

It is a Middle School Student’s responsibility:

  • to maintain a planner of upcoming assignments, projects and tests
  • to monitor their academic record in Power School and set goals accordingly. (see pg. 8)
  • to seek out teachers for extra help
  • to make up missing work in a timely manner (see page 2)
  • to inform teachers that they will be absent from class due to pre-scheduled events such as band lessons, doctor’s appointments, high school “shadowing” visits, etc. (Notification must be made at least the day prior to any anticipated absence to the teacher(s) of the class(es) impacted by the absence and work missed due to the absence must be completed.)
  • to hand in work from an anticipated absence the day of return to school
  • to manage transitions between classes in a timely, organized fashion.

Cue Sheets/Lunch Detention

Should a student require time to work on behavior choices that negatively impact their progress or that of others, teachers will issue a “Cue Sheet” to the student. Students who receive a Cue Sheet will then be required to meet with a teacher during the lunch block to make a plan to address the area of need and a copy of the Cue Sheet will be sent home. Students who receive three or more Cue Sheets will be required to attend a meeting with their parent(s), teacher(s) and the school principal, where additional support measures and disciplinary actions including detention and/or loss of school privileges will result.

Academic Integrity

At Hartland School, students are expected to be safe, respectful, and ready to learn. Respectful behavior includes the practice of academic integrity. Students who practice academic integrity do not copy the work of others or allow others to copy their work. Examples of work include, but are not limited to, classwork, homework, electronic or printed text or images, as well as test answers. Consequences for students who fail to practice academic integrity will be imposed.

Middle School Block

The Middle School Block is a study hall and extra help period intended to support students with developing the executive skills, habits and dispositions of self-directed learners. There will be varying degrees of structure and assistance during that time. Students will schedule extra help with classroom teachers to support instruction and/or make up missed work. Hartland School also provides a supported study hall in which students may work on specific organizational and study skills.

Transition to High School

Students in grades seven and eight are strongly encouraged to attend the Night of High School Exploration in October when information is presented about the high school selection and transition process. Area high schools also share information about their various procedures. Families need to submit either the Waiver Agreement for Voucher High Schools or the Designated High School Agreement form by December 1stFamilies are also responsible for registering their student(s) at the school of their choice.


In order to assist eighth grade students to make their decision regarding high school selection, we encourage shadowing visits to the schools under consideration. Care should be taken to try to arrange visits during those times when Hartland School is not in session, as students are responsible for making up school work missed. If missing school is unavoidable, visits should be scheduled on those days when missing class will have the smallest impact. As the deadline for this decision is December 1stwe recommend that students visit schools under consideration by late fall. Students and their parents are responsible for scheduling visits.

Hot Lunch/Bagged Lunch & Snack

Students in grades seven and eight may have the privilege to choose one of three identified classrooms for their lunch period. Selections are made the first day of every other school week, and students are required to report to lunch in that classroom each day of those weeks thereafter. Students may bring a small morning snack to school as well. Students will learn when the appropriate snack time is when they go over schedules. Due to health and safety considerations, food may only be consumed during the times indicated and in the classrooms identified. (Students in grade six are assigned to their homeroom for lunch and snack.)

Lockers / Backpacks & Phones

Each Hartland School student is assigned a locker to store books, supplies, backpacks, outerwear, etc. Students are not permitted to carry backpacks from class to class. Lockers are built to easily accommodate all necessary items, especially if they remain litter free. Once Students enter the building all cell phones and personal devices, other than those issued by the school, must be turned off and stored in each student’s backpack and locker. Inappropriate use of devices may result in their being confiscated; they will be returned to parents/guardians only.

Outdoor Rules for use of the Playground and Playscape

Physical development, social interaction, and cooperative play are important aspects of our students’ lives. In order to ensure the health and safety of all students, we expect the following playground rules to be followed:

  1. Objects (stick, stones, snowballs, etc.) should not be thrown on the playground.
  2. Only non-contact games should be played.
  3. Playground equipment should be used properly (i.e. sitting on swing, sliding not running up/down slides.)
  4. Snow play is reserved only for those children dressed in “snow gear.” Children unprepared for snow play are to remain on the plowed area of the playground.
  5. Children are not permitted to consume food while running or playing.
  6. Baseballs should not be brought to school.
  7. All children must remain in the playground areas during all recess periods (off-limit areas include the wooded areas, the north side of the school, and the parking areas).
  8. Students must have the permission of a teacher or paraprofessional before leaving the playground area to re-enter the building.
  9. Sneakers are required for equipment.

Students should be considerate of adults and each other and adhere to established play rules at all times.

Progress Reports/Report Cards

Progress reports (report cards) are issued to parents of students in grades K - 8 three times a year. Pre-School* students receive two progress reports. Teachers use the following guidelines when determining student progress:

Kindergarten & Grades One through Five:

Social Development & Work Habits Marking Symbols:

  • Y - Yes
  • I - Inconsistent
  • N - No

Academic Grading Rubric:

  • BG - Beginning - Limited mastery of concepts and skills; performance below grade level expectations
  • AP - Approaching - Basic mastery of concepts and skills; performance approaching grade level expectations
  • PR - Proficient - Solid mastery of concepts and skills; consistent performance at grade level expectations
  • EX - Excels - Superior mastery of concepts and skillsconsistent performance beyond grade level expectations
  • IN - Incomplete - Grade will be determined upon completion of assignments due

*The Pre-School report is a unique document due to the developmental needs of this age group, and is aligned to the Connecticut Early Learning and Development Standards.

Grades Six, Seven & Eight:

Students in grades six through eight receive a grade for each subject area listed on the progress report. Power School is a powerful online grading platform. Middle school students and parents/guardians should access it throughout the year to monitor academic progress. Students are encouraged to check their grades regularly and to contact teachers with questions or for help. Proactive self-advocacy is a vital part of high school, college and/or career success.


  • A+ - 100-97 C+ 79-77
  • A - 96-94 C 76-74
  • A- - 93-90 C- 73-70
  • B+ - 89-87 D+ 69-67
  • B - 86-84 D 66-64
  • B- - 83-80 D- 63-60
  • F - 59- 0
  • I - Incomplete

Power School

Power School is an online school data and grading platform. Teachers in grades 6-8 post graded assignments on an ongoing basis. Students and parents/guardians are encouraged to monitor grades through the portal which is provided to Middle School students and families at the beginning of each year. Instructions for logging in and tips for making the most of this resource are covered in school and at Middle School Curriculum Night. They include:

  • Parents/guardians are encouraged to actively coach students on appropriate and courteous ways to communicate with teachers about learning needs and other issues, helping them develop strong self-advocacy skills.
  • Please note that it takes a few days for assignments to be graded and loaded in Power School.
  • Blue text in Power School indicates that the teacher has included comments to support the students’ progress.


Scientific Research-Based Interventions (SRBI) is an approach to learning that is intended to reach all students, from students who may have a weakness in a particular area to those students who need enrichment. In order maximize learning through SRBI, Hartland students receive differentiated instruction that is provided by classroom teachers, special area teachers, special education teachers and paraprofessionals in whole and small groups as well as in one-to-one settings. Parents/Guardians will be kept informed when their student(s) meet the criteria for additional assistance, and of progress toward identified goals.


Recess is an important time for students to get exercise and develop pro-social behaviors. Students exhibiting unkind, inappropriate or unsportsmanlike behavior may lose playtime and receive coaching on making better choices. Students need to wear shoes which are safe for climbing in order to use the equipment.

Grades K-5 have a thirty minute midday recess period. Supervision during the noon recess is provided by paraprofessionals. Additional recesses are at the discretion of the classroom teacher.

Children are to leave the building for the playground in a quiet, orderly manner and return to the building in the same fashion. Students are not to return to the building during recess periods for any reason without the permission of a teacher or a paraprofessional.

Testing Program

The school assesses students using both standardized and district–developed tests in order to obtain a continuous and objective evaluation of student growth and to assist in diagnosing areas where students need assistance. Testing instruments include:

  • The Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT), a set of tests, is administered in March to Science students in grades 5 and 8.
  • Aptitude tests are administered to students in grade 3 in the spring.
  • District Mathematics, Reading and Writing Assessments are administered in the fall, winter, and spring to students in grades 1 through 8. Kindergarten Assessments follow a similar schedule.
  • The Smarter Balanced Assessment will be administered to students in grades 3-8 in the spring of each year. This mandated assessment will monitor student progress toward the Connecticut Common Core Standards (CCSS). Results are mailed home each Fall.