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KPMG visits Hart Magnet Elementary School

Hart Magnet Elementary School is thrilled to have an outstanding community partnership with KPMG for over 12 years. This year they have provided our teachers and staff with mindfulness cards to help our K-5 students learn more about Social Emotional Learning (SEL) by encouraging ways to build empathy and manage everyday emotions. 


At the beginning of the year, KPMG donated backpacks filled with essential school supplies for students in need. Yesterday, over 20 KPMG volunteers visited Hart to read to each Kindergarten and First Grade classroom. The enthusiastic read-alouds were followed up with a creative hands-on activity each of our students thoroughly enjoyed. They donated over 610 books to our K - 5 students this year alone. We thank KPMG for their generosity and are grateful for our continued partnership.

KPMG volunteers at Hart Magnet Elementary

Hart Magnet Elementary School celebrates Spotlight Teachers of the year!

Hart Magnet Elementary School is truly grateful for our dedicated teachers and staff. They work diligently to stay connected with our students and families and continue to deepen their knowledge and understanding. Last week, SPS held a beautiful celebration honoring The Teacher of the Year, Paraeducators of the Year and Spotlight on Teaching Honorees. Let’s send a huge shout out to two of Hart’s very own: Patrice Moore - “For the past 27 years, Patrice has taught at Hart Magnet Elementary School in 2nd, 5th, and 3rd.” Patrice was also the 2024 SPEF award winner and Corinne Mooney - “Corinne is passionate about working with students with developmental and intellectual disabilities and working with her team to support her growth.” Congratulations Patrice and Corinne! Thank you to all our teachers and staff who instill the love of learning within each and every student.

Spotlight on teacher award winners


Hart Magnet Elementary School Readers 

Hart Magnet Elementary School sends a great big SHOUT OUT to all our students who participated in our school wide read-a-thon and our Hart PTO who organized the extraordinary fundraiser. Our students read over 13,000 minutes. The top readers from each grade level were recognized and awarded a gift certificate. Congratulations to: Parker Giroux, Ethan Overstrom, Marko Koshelevskiy, Henry Overstrom, Graison Small, and Charlotte Novoa!  So proud of each of you for going above and beyond and to all our readers!  Hart students love to read! 


Hart Magnet students who participated in readathon

Congratulations to Hart's very own Ms. Moore!

A HUGE shout out to Patrice Moore, the 2024 SPEF Award Winner. Congratulations! We are so proud of you! Your commitment, dedication, and kindness for each and every student shines through every day. Patrice has touched the hearts of many students, parents, and teachers over the years. To know that you are a product of Stamford Public Schools and have dedicated 27 years as a teacher speaks volumes to your dedication. We are honored to work with such a talented teacher and friend.

Patrice Moore, winner of SPEF's Educator of the Year Award, 2024

Patrice Moore photographed with other staff members from Hart


Hands-on Science Experiments

Hart Magnet School's second grade students participated in a program from High-Touch High-Tech called "Our Changing Earth."  They learned about mountain formations and erosion through fun hands-on experiments. They deepened their learning about the rock cycle and had the opportunity to 'dig' for precious stones. This in-school field trip rocked!

Second Graders doing hands-on experiments


Hart Magnet Elementary School - Author Visit from Kevin Kurtz

  On March 18, Hart Magnet Elementary School had the privilege of having author Kevin Kurtz visit our K-5 students. He not only shared several books he had written with our students, but shared his wealth of knowledge as a researcher that led to his writing about an array of non-fiction topics that engaged our students throughout his presentation. Kevin Kurtz has written and published over 25 books to date. Mr. Kurtz is also a curriculum writer for the Science Factory Children’s Museum and the South Carolina Aquarium. Among many of his fascinating titles, he shared: A Day in the Salt Marsh, Living and Non-Living Things, Sharks and Dolphins, A Day in the Deep, Rising Temperatures, and Into the Crater with our students. Not only did our students learn a lot of interesting science facts, but our teachers did as well.

Kevin Kurtz presenting to Hart K-5 students


Hart Magnet Elementary School celebrates Read Across America week! 

Hart students and staff enjoyed a week of themes to show off their creativity and love for reading led by Maria Guzda, Patricia DeBlanco, and Raji Sundararajan. From dressing up as your favorite character to wearing mismatched colorful socks and reading many classic texts, it was a fun time for all to celebrate how much we love reading at “Hart.”

Read Across America

Hart Magnet Elementary School Book Club

The new Hart Book Club began at Hart Magnet Elementary School this past October. Amelia Nandikesan, an eighth grader from Scofield Magnet Middle School, began the club as part of a Girl Scout Silver Award Project in order to benefit younger students at the school. The program has been open to all fourth grade students at Hart and the Ferguson Library has generously donated books to support the club. The program works to give students a chance to read a variety of books and discuss them with their peers, building critical thinking skills and creating new friendships. 

Book Club


Author and Illustrator visits Hart Students

On February 21, 2024, we were thrilled to welcome two Stamford Public School alumni to Hart Magnet Elementary School - Author Sean Cribbin and Illustrator Bryana Sarsoza! They were both former students of art teacher Mr. Mark Martini. Mr. Cribbins wrote the book titled Lovely You Are and Ms. Sarsoza illustrated it! They are both extremely talented individuals who shared their love of writing and illustrating hoping to encourage young students to write and illustrate books of their own. Our students were engaged throughout the presentations and asked insightful questions. We want to thank Mr. Cribbin for his generosity to Hart Students

Author Sean Cribbin





Hart Magnet Author Visit

Hart Magnet Elementary School second grade students would like to thank Dajuan Wiggins for visiting them on Thursday, February 15. He shared his latest book, DJ the Sea Turtle, inspired by his own children, and captivated our young readers with its heartwarming tale. Mr. Wiggins has new releases on the horizon; Pey the Starfish, set to be published in August, and A Little Town in Tulsa, slated for release next year. Through his writing, Mr. Wiggins continues to inspire and uplift others with his creative storytelling and commitment to positive change. Mr. Wiggins is passionate about empowering young people and believes that they have the potential to achieve great things. 

Dajuan Wiggins author



Hart Magnet Extended School Hour Program

Hart Magnet Elementary school would like to give a great big shout out to Maria Guzda, Teacher Leader for Student Support, and all of our before school and after school Extended School Hour teachers: Alex Lerchen, Jodi Fogelman, Michele Metro, Becky Roth, Heather McLaughlin, Patricia DeBlanco, Susan Christiano, Wendy Tang, Mariel Janums, Patrice Moore, Alison Albano, Lily Prada, Cara Pribanic, Fiona O’Connell, Nancy Stanton, and Lauren Gisolfi.  Thank you to Mark Martini for always offering to cover classes.  Our students were able to choose between academic and enrichment classes, such as: BOKS, Homework Helpers, Readers Theater, Book Club, Fun with Phonics, Create a Book, Literacy Games, Story and Craft, Math Games, Comprehension Strategies, Lego Engineering, Board Game Fun, Mindfulness, SEL Strategies, Yoga, Coding, Sound Waters, and many more.  We also want to thank our Principal, Linda Darling, our Assistant Principal Sara Paolini, our OSS’s Tammy Harrod and Sandra Judge, our Parent Facilitator Edith Targonski, our Security Guard Ken Keeler, and our Custodians Victor, Eddie, Chenguang, Josh, Sean and Carin for all their support in making these programs run seamlessly.


Students in extended school program


Hart Magnet Celebrates the 100th Day of School! 

Hart Magnet Elementary School celebrates the 100th Day of School in style.  It was a day filled with sharing 100th day of school projects, counting, building number sense, reading, writing prompts, exercising, collections of 100 objects, craft projects, and participating in the 100 cup challenge.  Some students even dressed up in centenarian costumes.  What a fun day celebrated by all! 

Student celebrating 100 days of school.


Hart Magnet Celebrates Black History Month

Hart Magnet Elementary School would like to thank our Stamford Police Department: 

Lt. Jerry Junes, Sgt. Charlie Williams, and Officer Kemesha Woodfine for visiting Hart Magnet School’s second graders and talking to them about spreading kindness. Students received SPD stickers, coloring books, and badges.  Our teachers and staff have planned Black History Month activities throughout the month for all students in grades K-5. 

Second graders talk with police officers