Henry James Memorial School
2008 National Blue Ribbon School
155 Firetown Rd., Simsbury CT, 06070
Phone: (860) 651-3341
Fax: (860) 658-3629
Principal: Brian J. White
Asst. Principal: Jeffrey Pinney
Welcome to the website of Henry James Memorial School, Simsbury’s award-winning middle school. On behalf of our faculty and staff, I would like to invite you to explore our website and learn about our many programs and the numerous accomplishments of our students. Henry James Memorial School has a proud tradition of excellence, and we are a nationally recognized Blue Ribbon School.
Henry James Memorial School has a well-established, professional culture focused on the cycle of continuous improvement and the application of effective teaching practices to increase student learning. To achieve continued success, our educational programs are constructed on the foundation of the Simsbury School District’s core values of rich and rigorous academic foundations, cultivation of personal relationships, and attention to the whole child. The faculty and staff are committed to this pursuit, and work to accomplish this goal through professional collaboration.
We prepare our students with the skills and knowledge to become successful at the high school level and beyond. Our program of studies is carefully designed to meet the intellectual, physical, social and emotional needs of the middle level learner. We provide our students with a rigorous, standards-based curriculum that promotes critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, risk taking and resilience, while instilling in our students the responsibility and character development necessary to become productive and civic minded individuals in the 21st century.
Henry James Memorial School’s mission statement, “Connections, Challenge, Character,” is a reflection of the middle school philosophy that is essential to the experience that we provide all of our students during their time at our school. We utilize the team structure, which enables our faculty and staff to know the interests and strengths of each student, thus meeting their individual learning needs.
We are committed to providing our students with a supportive environment in which they can learn and grow as individuals. Our mission states, “HJMS is an inclusive community that promotes Connections, both interpersonal and curricular. Interpersonal connections are cultivated between and among all contributors to the HJMS community so that all feel valued and have a voice. Curricular connections between classroom practice and the global society are paramount.”
Students at Henry James Memorial School are encouraged to Challenge themselves and realize their full potential through classroom experiences and through our many extracurricular programs. We are proud to offer our students numerous opportunities outside of the classroom to discover personal strengths through a wide array of activities that appeal to their many interests and talents. These opportunities foster creativity, intellectual curiosity, “out-of-the-box” thinking, and lead our students on the path to becoming life-long learners.
We support the Character development of our students through the HJ Way. The HJ Way is based on five principles: Be Respectful, Be Kind, Be Responsible, Be Fair, and Be Trustworthy. The HJ Way embodies our behavioral expectations for all of our students. These values promote positive social development, healthy peer relations, student leadership, and guide our students to become considerate, thoughtful members of our school community.
As a school, we recognize that family involvement in the educational experiences of our students is a significant factor for success. We value the support of our families and view them as partners in the education process. Therefore, we seek to provide consistent and effective communication between our school, the homes of the students we serve, and the greater community of Simsbury. I encourage you to use this website as a resource to learn more about our high-performing school, its many accomplishments, and the school district of Simsbury, Connecticut.
Yours in education,
Brian J. White