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Environmental Sciences Magnet School at Mary Hooker

Type
Magnet
The Environmental Sciences Magnet School at Mary Hooker offers a comprehensive program which includes inquiry-based, hands-on investigations of our local and global environments. Using the new, state-of-the-art building and campus, students monitor, test, and collect data throughout the year, noting human impact on our environment. The building and campus provide many different ecosystems and labs which allow students to directly experience and explore local living organisms from plants to butterflies. Students work side-by-side with our resident marine scientist and entomologist, utilizing facilities such as our aquatics lab, greenhouse, butterfly vivarium, and an interactive science theater. Our science magnet provides a rich elementary and middle school experience which prepares students to enter high-quality high school science and technology programs. These experiences will develop the critical thinking skills required for success in the emerging fields of medicine, engineering, and environmental sciences. 
Overview
Grades Served : PK3 - 8
Type : Elementary
Zone : Zone 3
Lottery : • Sibling • Staff • Neighborhood
Before Care : yes
After School Programs : yes
Special Features and Highlights
• Indoor koi pond and waterfall
• Planetarium and interactive science theater
• Butterfly vivarium
• Greenhouse
• Aquatics Laboratory
• Platinum LEEDS rated building which includes solar voltaic panels, co-generation systems, and sustainable building design
• Educational technologies including Smart Boards, iPads, Mac Computer Lab, lab-top computers, data probes, and on-site weather station
• Magnet Schools of America “Magnet School of Distinction”
• Connecticut Outdoor & Environmental Education Association Sustainable Education Award
• ConnCAN Top Ten School and Top Ten Middle School for academic performance gains
• Knox Park’s Hartford Bloom’s Award
• SERC’s Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports School Award
• Yearly Academic Bowl Champions 
Special Points
• School-wide enrichment and talented and gifted programs
• Resident Scientists who work with all students and faculty
• Inquiry-Based, Hands-on Science Instruction for all students six hours per week
What People Are Saying
Students Say :
“I think that meeting new kids from different places is a really good experience.  At my old school everybody was the same.”
-Victoria, 7th grade student

Parents Say :
“Mary Hooker has an amazing array of interests for the kids that involve environmental and scientific pursuits.”
-Beth Parker, parent

Teachers Say :
“When I look at the faces in my classroom and see the opportunities they have here, I say to myself,  ‘This is what a school should be.’”
-Michael Sposito, 4th Grade Teacher
Hours
8:45 am – 3:55 pm (NEW School Hours for 15-16! Starting next year, our new school hours will be 8:15am to 3:25pm.)
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Uniform
Navy Blue or Forest Green polo shirt with the school emblem and khakis.  Shirts are available from local and national vendors, as well as at the school.
Student uniforms help establish school pride and are designed to reflect the environmental sciences professions, while keeping students safe and clean in the various labs and greenhouses.
Principal
Peter Dart
Principal Email
Phone
(860) 695-3834
Phone 2
(860) 695-3760
Primary Contact
Francie Sierra-Re
Address
440 Broadview Terrace, Hartford, CT 06106
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