Henry James Memorial School

Principal Scott Baker

155 Firetown Rd., Simsbury CT, 06070
Phone: (860) 651-3341 | Fax: (860) 658-3629

Principal: Scott Baker
Assistant Principal: Jacqueline Petrella

2008 Seal Blue Ribbon SchoolWelcome 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.

HJMS’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 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.



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8th Grade Promotion Ceremony - Friday, June 9th , 12:30pm - Doors Open at 12:10 at the gym entrance. 













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Two Simsbury Public School students were recognized at the May 23 Board of Education meeting as recipients of the Connecticut Associations of Boards of Education (CABE) Leadership Awards. The photo on the left is SHS senior Emilie Carroll with SHS Principal Steve Patrina and BOE Chairperson Susan Salina. The photo on the right is HJMS 8th grade student Nicholas Babigian, with HJMS Principal Scott Baker and BOE Chairperson Susan Salina. The third photo is HJMS 8th grade student Isla Watters, with HJMS Principal Scott Baker and BOE Chairperson Susan Salina.

SHS Principal, BOE Chairperson, and grade 12 CABE award recipient, Emilie Carroll.
HJMS Principal, BOE Chairperson and grade 8 CABE award recipient, Nicholas Babigian.








HJMS CABE recipient Isla Watters with Mr. Scott and Mrs. Salina.



Student Ryan H standing near his prize winning sculpture.

Ryan Hefferon, grade 7, won a Gold Key award in the CT Scholastic Art Awards and the CAEA Arnini Best in Show for CT for his Fantasy Fish sculpture titled, "The Deep Sea Torquefish". At the National Level, he received a National Silver Key Award. Only 1% of the 260,000 national entries get to this level and receive a medal. Outstanding!



Students in Mrs. Garthwait's and Mrs. Geoghan's classes had a hands-on lesson with the contents in an MRE. Mr. Franklin and Mr. Vaughn from the CT Army National Guard visited with students to discuss the purpose and nutritional value of MREs. Students were given the opportunity to cook the meal contained in the MRE kit and to sample the other packets in the MRE such as crackers, candy, or a powdered drink mix.

Mr. Vaughn mixes a drink packet for students.
Mr. Vaughn and Mr. Marchand distribute MRE packets to students.