Accolades, News, and Information

First Day of School
Monday, August 30, 2021

"New" Student Registration


8th Grade Promotion Video 

Cast, Crew, & Director
"Dear Edwina"

Marisa Alfano supported the children all year long to create a covid-protocol friendly performance.  In addition to acting and singing, the cast learned a tremendous amount about video production.
This show was 100% filmed and edited by the students.

Edwina Video Link
(Click envelope above for performance video)


Summer Book Exchange
Summer Book Exchange


Theatre Summer Showcase
Theatre Summer Showcase

Summer Sports
Questions?   Email Ms. Haist

Environmental Club

Environmental Club
Click HERE for permission slip!


Unified Sports Summer
Unified Sports Summer


Mountain Bike Club
Mountain Bike Club


Arts & Crafts Club
Arts & Crafts Club



2021 Summer Reading

Reading 2021
Grade 4
Grades 5-6
Grades 7-8
Find -A- Book


Teacher of the Year 2022

Jillian Palmer
Ms. Jillian Palmer

Here are some excerpts from her nomination:

Jill is a top-quality teacher who understands the importance
of reaching all learners

Challenges students to revise their work and truly realize
their potential as writers

Instrumental in teaching students about the Holocaust

Boldly takes on long-term projects

Developed relationships with students who would have otherwise disengaged from learning

Team leader who communicates effectively and efficiently with administration, co-workers, and parents

Created Noisemakers, a student-led program that encourages students to be decision makers in their community and impact change so all students have someone to turn to in time of need

Makes meaningful, positive contributions to the school community

We are so lucky to have her teaching at NHRMS!


Support Staff
Person of the
 Year 2022

Patrick Miett
Mr. Patrick Miett

Here are some excerpts from his nomination:

Impressive patience, compassion, responsibility, and dedication
to the Hale-Ray community

He is incredibly devoted to bringing out the best in students – both academically and socially

Truly cares about every student and takes the time to get to know them

Students really connect with and respect him

Never hesitates to step up, help out, and take on far
more responsibility than his job requires

Patrick has coached the boys’ basketball team and
numerous intramural sports

Engages professionally with his peers and is highly valued
for his opinion and contributions

Very dependable and rarely misses a day of work

We would be at such a loss without him!


7th Grader Ethan Robinson

Wins VFW District Finals

E. Robinson

*First ever winner from our District

For quite a few years the Nathan Hale-Ray Middle School has participated in the VFW’s Patriot Pen (PP) scholarship essay contest. One of the seventh graders’ projects is to write an essay. It can be most anything but the seventh grade English instructor, Glenn Anderson, suggests the PP and many of the students choose to do so. (About 80 last year.) From those essays, VFW East Haddam/Moodus Memorial Post 3336 select three that they deem best. They award those students with monetary awards and certificates during Middle School’s Veterans Day activities. Those three essays are forwarded on to the district level. There are six Veterans of Foreign Wars districts in Connecticut. Our district is comprised of 11 towns, all much larger than East Haddam.
This year Ethan Robinson’s essay took first place in our district.
His essay was then sent on to the state level.

In attendance was Andrew Riccio, seventh grade social studies teacher, whose continued support of the Patriot Pen ceremonies helps keep Veterans Day vivid for middle school students. Ethan’s parents, Craig and Cori Robinson, are proud of his achievements, as are his siblings. Mr. Robinson recounted that, “Ethan works hard and plays hard.” Presenting the VFW’s certificate of achievement was District 6 Commander, John Botti. Additionally, Bob Bailey, District 6 Judge Advocate and Past State Commander, was pleased to favor Ethan with a subsequent monetary award. Also looking on was Judith Barnes, VFW District 6 Auxiliary President. The National VFW annually holds several scholarship contests, including Patriot Pen for 6-8 graders and Voice of Democracy (VOD) for high school students. Scholarship winnings can go as high as thirty thousand dollars. (For more information on these programs, go to: youth & education).


National History Day 2021 State Competition
Congratulations to.   State Contest Special Prize Results
 Outstanding Entry that Incorporates a Building, Landscape, or Archaeological Site in the US that Promotes a Historic Preservation Ethic
Sponsored by: Connecticut State Historic Preservation Office
Project: Lighthouses: Changing Communication Through a Beam of Light
Student: Kaelyn Cambi
Connecticut History Day 2021 State Contest Category Results Category: Junior Group Exhibit Third Place: The History of Animal Training
Students: Mackenzie Albert and Jacqueline Goetz
Category: Junior Individual Exhibit Third Place: Keith Haring
Cate Student: Catherine Tarnowski
Category: Junior Group Website Third Place: The Notorious RBG: Involvement in Women’s Rights
Evans-Herold Students: Delila Herold and Sara Evans

All 3rd place winners are considered next in line for Nationals
(In the event 1st or 2nd place winners can't attend)

Elijah Pollock

Tallis Archambault

Sebastian Stricker

Lily Jahne


2020 Peace Poster Winner

Erin Maniebo 
"Peace Through Service"





Teacher of the Year 2021

Carl Mayhew
Mr. Carl Mayhew

Here are some excerpts from his nomination:

Carl is always finding ways to encourage, and engage all his students.
He is a tremendous role model.
He not only is a fabulous teacher at NHRMS but he is the boys soccer coach as well. He volunteers his time at dances and attends all extra-curricular activities with pleasure. He has gone out of his way to attend children's soccer events that are not school related.
Mr. Mayhew engages and connects with his students in the classroom.
Shows kindness, respect, and genuine care for a child.
He demonstrates patience and understanding with all students’ needs.

Support Staff
Person of the
 Year 2021

A Delaney
Ms. Ashley Delaney

Here is a sampling of the comments in her nominations:

Professional, Responsible, Dedicated
Hard working, Outstanding
Extremely dedicated to the students.
She finds the balance between holding our students accountable,
yet being approachable and caring.
Ms. Delaney goes out of her way to make connections with students.
She is a rock star!
Perseveres with challenging students.
Problem solving approach, rather than assigning blame.
Skilled in modifications and accommodations for students.
Offers valuable insight to student performance in class.
Actively involved in school activities.
Valuable team member.
Effective communication skills between staff members.
She goes above and beyond to make sure all of the support 
staff feels secure in their role.s
Collaborating with administration to create a professional
resource for para-educators.  
Offers resources to staff and teaches skills to others.
Supportive and helpful to all the staff.


Honor Roll

2020 ~  3rd Trimester

High Honors



2020 Promotion Video



Virtual Art Gallery

4th and 5th Grade

6th, 7th, & 8th Grade



Project "O"
Click on the links below
to see all the action and fun
that is part of Project "O"

Group "1" Video
Group "2" Video
Group "5" Video


We Are Here For You





Connecticut History Day 

Outstanding Entry Award
Abigail Martin

AM Award
AM Project

Congratulations go out to the following students who
competed in the Regional competition in March.
They were top winners in their category and moved on 
to the state competition. 
S. Brown, A. Martin, C. Tarnowski, C. Valli, B. Shizume

1st place: 
Chelsea Valli, Paper,
Goodspeed Opera House 
Isabella Fitzpatrick and Abigail Watkins,
The Great Depression:
The End of Child Labor in Connecticut
Catherine Tarnowski, Exhibit
Joann Morgan: I’ve Got Rocket Fuel in my Blood

2nd place:
Samuel Brown, Website, Tokugawa Ieyasu 
Lily Jahne and Delila Herold, Documentary,
Women Spies, 
Revolutionary War

3rd place:
Abigail Martin, Exhibit, Mystic Massacre 
Braeden Shizume, Website, Beethoven 

NHD Group
Ms. Bernard, L. Jahne, C. Valli, I. Fitzpatrick, A. Watkins
A. Martin, B. Shizume, S. Brown 
Missing from photo: D. Herold, C. Tarnowski


CT Interscholastic Athletic Conference Unified Sports

The Mike Savage Exemplary Unified Teammate Award

Omar Lopez-Crespo and Galaxy Weiss
In recognition of outstanding dedication and sportsmanship
G. Weiss


2020 Peace Poster Winners

Nicole Wang

Natalie Dorr

Erin Maniebo


5th grader, Kaelyn Cambi is competing in the first Virtual State Competition for Connecticut Invention Convention.  

Kaelyn spent endless hours during this distance learning, on top of her assigned classes, to put forth her idea…The Safe-TEE.

This innovative shirt is for children under the age of 14. She learned that three children die every day due to drowning and wanted to find a way to stop that tragedy. She spent hours researching how life jackets work, did experiments to understand monomers and polymers in nylon work, and combined the two ideas in one shirt.

Her idea is for parents on the go. This shirt would be worn prior to any interaction with water. Parents sometimes lose sight of their child. If the child accidentally fell in the water, this fun and comfortable shirt would inflate using a carbon dioxide release to fill the inflatable tubes inside the shirt, and raise the child’s head above the water.

Good Luck Kaelyn!


National History Day 2020

Congratulations to the following students for their success
at Saturday’s National History Day regional finals in Norwich. 
They will move on to compete at States on May 2nd 

1st Place Overall

Cate Tarnowski, Exhibit, Joann Morgan – I’ve Got Rocket Fuel in my Blood – Grade 7

Chelsea Valli, Paper, Goodspeed Opera House – Grade 8

Isabella Fitzpatrick and Abigail Watkins, Website, The Great Depression: The End of Child Labor in Connecticut – Grade 8


2nd Place – Overall

Sam Brown, Website, Tokugawa Ieyasu – Grade 7

Lily Jayne and Delila Herold, Documentary, Women Spies, Revolutionary War – Grade 6


3rd Place – Overall

Abby Martin, Exhibit, Mystic Massacre – Grade 7

Braeden Shizume. Website, Beethoven – Grade 8



2020 Geography Bee Winner

Sam Brown
Two years running!


Final question......
The entire group getting ready for the start

The competitors were
Arwen Little, Sydney Jandreau
Trevor Phaneuf, Connor Kittleman 
Jonathan Smith, Sam Brown
Braeden Shizume, Sadie Herold, Ziggy Matthews

Great job everyone!


Click on the desired date below

Friday, June 12 -- Thursday, June 11
Wednesday, June 10 -- Tuesday, June 9
Monday,  June 8 -- Friday, June 5
Thursday, June 4 -- Wednesday, June 3
Tuesday, June 2 -- Monday, June 1
Friday, May 29 -- Thursday, May 28
Wednesday, May 27 -- Tuesday, May 26 
Friday, May 22 -- Thursday, May 21
Wednesday, May 20 -- Tuesday, May 19
Monday, May 18 -- Friday, May 15
Thursday, May 14 -- Wednesday,May 13
Tuesday,May 12 -- Monday, May 11
Friday, May 8 -- Thursday, May 7
Wednesday, May 6 -- Tuesday, May 5
Monday, May 4 -- Friday, May 1 

Thursday, April 30

Wednesday, April 29 -- Tuesday, April 28
Monday, April 27 -- Friday, April 24
Thursday, April 23 -- Wednesday, April 22
Tuesday, April 21 -- Monday, April 20
Friday, April 17
 -- Thursday, April 16
Wednesday, April 15 -- Tuesday, April 14
Monday, April 13 -- Thursday, April 9
Wednesday, April 8 -- Tuesday, April 7
Monday, April 6 -- Friday, April 3
Thursday, April 2 -- Wednesday, April 1 

Tuesday, March 31
Monday, March 30  
Friday, March 27 --Thursday, March 26  
Wednesday, March 25


National Poetry Month

Please select a poem below to hear it being read

Wild Geese by Mary Oliver
read by Ms. Delaney

The Sea by Shirley Fudge
read by Ms. Rovetti

Early Bird by Shel Silverstein
read by Ms. Matthews

Attitude by Charles Swindoll
read by Ms. Vogl

Tomorrow, At Dawn by Victor Hugo
read by Ms. Plante


Prize Patrol
WTNH ~ 6th grade Prize Patrol Video

Principal's Message

2021-2022 School Year

I hope you are enjoying your summer. Our first day of school is Monday, August 30th. The staff is working hard to get the building in perfect condition for the students.
Mark your calendar for our Open House which will be held on Thursday, September 23rd. 

A little reminder that every 4th grade student can come to the main office to receive his/her locker assignment. You are welcome to visit the school and your classrooms almost any weekday this summer. Wednesdays are a popular time to visit, since the library is open for book exchange 9 - 11am. 

MPAC (Middle school Principal Advisory Council) is actively seeking new members and volunteers. This dedicated group of parents will host conversations on topics such as internet safety, school nutrition, cultural arts, and other day-to-day operations. You can find information about MPAC such as how to join or when the meetings are by accessing this link:  MPAC Website

If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to email me at