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HKHS: January 2018 Update

By Donna Hayward, HKHS Principal.

I am as proud as ever to share good news and celebrations from the high school.

From our Math Department

On December 4, 2017 the 2017 Association of Teachers of Mathematics in Connecticut (ATOMIC) Annual Meeting and Conference was held at the Radisson Hotel in Cromwell, CT. At this year’s annual meeting, HKHS was represented by three members of the mathematics department.

Two of our math teachers, Wendy Adamczyk and Angie Miller, were recognized and honored for their contributions to, and support of, mathematics education in Connecticut. Angie, who has served on the Executive Board of ATOMIC for the past two years, has been elected to serve as the President of the organization for a two-year term. She is very excited to continue the great work that has been done by the current and past Executive Board(s), while increasing opportunities for teachers and students in the area of mathematics. Wendy was honored as the recipient of the inaugural Albina Cannavaciolo Award for “exhibiting outstanding commitment and successful service to students and the education community in Connecticut for grades 9-12.”

A third member of the mathematics department at the high school, Sheila Reilly, presented a workshop entitled “Cell Phone Mayhem,” during which she introduced other educators to a variety of cell phone applications and programs that can be used to enhance student engagement and assessment while supporting and enriching instruction. Teachers who attended the workshop left with a new set of tools and ideas that they could use to excite and engage their students right away.

Holiday Show Outcome

HKHS would like to send special thanks to the entire Haddam Killingworth community for the outpouring of support for the 29th annual Holiday Show. This year, donations were given to support the Patsy Kamercia Scholarship fund. To date, we have raised $20,350 toward this scholarship fund to support students who embody the spirit of Patsy, are committed to their school, passionate about their co-curricular or extra-curricular activity and are seen as pioneers in our community. Thank you so much to all who supported the cause!

More from our TV Studio

Our annual Mr. HK pageant is coming up soon. Join us for a midwinter fun night! We are sure to warm things up with great fun and laughter. The pageant is scheduled for Friday, February 9, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in the HK auditorium. Tickets are $5 and doors open at 6:45pm.

Also, be sure to check out brand new student produced documentaries on Comcast Channel 18 and on the HKTV web cast HERE.

The documentaries will be airing in January and February during the primetime 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. slots.

HKTV will be broadcasting numerous boys and girls H-K Basketball games live on Comcast Channel 18 during January and February. Check in frequently!

HK Fall Coaches of the Year

We congratulate three of our talented coaching staff who have been recognized as “Coach of the Year.” Meagan Sears and Mariellen Cherry were named Outstanding Co-Assistant Coaches of the Year in field hockey by the Connecticut High School Coaches Association All-State Field Hockey committee. This is a tremendous honor and both coaches were celebrated at the CHSCA All-State banquet held on Tuesday December 5, 2017 at the Aqua Turf Club with many of their players, families, administration and other districts in attendance. They were then asked to coach the Senior All Star game at Guilford High School. Meagan and Mariellen were nominated by Head Coach Patsy Kamercia before she passed away this fall.

We also congratulate Head Football Coach Mike Baklik who was named the Division Coach of the Year for the Pequot Football Conference. Coach Baklik led the Cougars to a 6-4 season this year. HK is one of very few standalone teams competing in our football conference. Under Baklik’s direction they had great wins over Shoreline Conference rivals Morgan, North Branford, and Old Saybrook/Westbrook. Coach Baklik will be honored at the Pequot Football banquet on January 28th at the Aqua Turf.

The entire HK community is proud of all three of these excellent coaches!

2017 Connecticut Scholastic Art Awards

Congratulations to the Haddam Killingworth High School Art Students selected for the 2017 Connecticut Scholastic Art Awards Program:

Student Name

Art Work Title



Neve Blanton


Drawing and Illustration

Jason Cannan

Neve Blanton


Art Portfolio

Jason Cannan

Elena Boyington


Drawing and Illustration

Jason Cannan

Kristin Daley


Digital Art

Megan Martin

Matthew Jennings

“The Hand of Silence”


Jason Cannan

Hannah Korper

Ceramics Works

Art Portfolio

Betsy Himmelman

Jonah Spector


Art Portfolio

Jason Cannan

The 26th annual Connecticut Regional Scholastic Art Awards is the largest juried student art exhibition in the state. It is a high level exhibition. As an affiliate of the National Scholastic Art Awards and The Alliance For Young Artists and Writers, the Connecticut region is proud to continue an annual tradition established in 1927. This national program was originated to honor the creative efforts of grade 7 to 12 students in public, private and parochial schools. It is now the largest and most senior program of its type in the country. Following the close of the Connecticut Regional exhibit, the select Gold Key award winners from each national region will have their artwork reviewed by a blue ribbon panel of judges at the National level in March. The National Jury will select “Gold Medal” National winners and call in their artwork to be exhibited in New York City during June. The National student awards ceremony will be held at Carnegie Hall in June. Selected students will receive an invitation to this National event.

“Celebrating the Creative Spirit of Connecticut Youth” is the theme of this exhibition. Our sponsors emphasize that the purpose of this program is not merely a competition of sorts, but a recognition and encouragement of talented visual art students from across the state. Many artists, university faculty and professionals in the field have participated to review and select the finest student artwork in many art media categories from over 1,500 Connecticut student entries.

The 2017 Connecticut Regional Scholastic Art Awards exhibition features select work from 145 participating Connecticut schools in grades 7- 12. Selected from approximately 3000 total art entries, 575 works were accepted for exhibit at the University of Hartford. From that accepted number, there were 184 Gold Key awards (including 23 Gold Portfolios), 173 Silver Keys and 218 Honorable Mention awards granted.

Connecticut Exhibition Site: The Silpe Gallery, in Taub Hall, at Hartford Art School, University of Hartford, 200 Bloomfield Ave, West Hartford, CT 06117.

Exhibition Dates: January 15 to February 3, 2018. Silpe Gallery hours: daily 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; weekends noon to 4:00 p.m. Art School – 860-768-4827

The Connecticut Student Awards Presentation: Sunday, January 29, 2018, 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. in Lincoln Theater at the University of Hartford. This is a non-ticketed event and open to the public. The student exhibit is open on Sun. Jan. 29th, from Noon to 5:00 p.m., in the Silpe Gallery.