Celebrating Student Success

Middle school is a time of discovery and experimentation, but it’s also a time of tremendous self-doubt. So at Nathan Hale-Ray, we like to celebrate success! Each marking period, students earn distinctions for academic excellence, character development, and successful habits—all positive behaviors tied to our focus on “actions, attitudes, and awareness.”

Hale-Ray All-Stars

In addition to the academic honor roll, we recognize students in all grade levels for strong academic and character behaviors such as preparation, active learning, and positive conduct. We celebrate all students who meet or exceed expectations for these behaviors in their classes on the Hale-Ray All-Stars award list.

2023 1st Timester All Stars - Nathan Hale-Ray Middle School

Honor Roll

Our school honor roll celebrates fifth through eighth graders who have performed diligently in the classroom and received high marks in each subject. The criteria to earn honor roll distinction is:

  • High Honors: Grades of A- or higher in all classes.
High Honors Nathan Hale Ray Middle School - 2023 1st Trimester
  • Honors: Grades of B- or higher in all classes.
Honors-Nathan Hale Ray Middle School 2023 1st Trimester

2024 Fire Prevention Poster Winners

The purpose of the fire prevention poster contest is to make school children and their families aware that preventing fires requires everyone being alert every day to those acts, omissions, and dangers which cause fires and to develop an interest in fire prevention/fire safety through a poster recognition program for the fourth and fifth grade students and to promote a joint education effort between schools and the fire services. The recognition program theme is: “Fire Prevention – Everyone/Everyday.”

Winning students were picked up at home and driven to school in a fire truck!

Fire poster winners holding posters next to fire truck outside

Left to right: Adyline Lowman,2nd place in 4th grade; Avery Pulaski, 1st place in 4th grade; Kayla Boyle, 2nd place in 5th grade; and Milada Jezek, 1st place in 5th grade.

Patriot’s Pen Essay Winners

In accordance with this year’s East Haddam School District’s November 10 Veterans Day celebration, the local East Haddam – Moodus VFW Post 3336 sponsored their organization’s annual “Patriot’s Pen Essay Competition.” This year’s theme was “How are You Inspired by America?” Awards are granted at the town level with the opportunity of advancement to the regional, state, and national finals in Washington, D.C. The winners at Nathan-Hale Ray Middle School were 7th graders Connor Bouchard, Quinn Thody, and Lleyton Thibodeau.

Quinn Thody reading her winning essay

Quinn Thody reading her winning essay.

Patriot’s Pen Essay Winners

Pictured left to right: Students: Connor Bouchard, Quinn Thody, and Lleyton Thibodeau; VFW Members: Forrest Anderson, Commander, Russ Schondorf, Quartermaster, and Eric Badrick, Senior Vice Commander.