Welcome to Hartford Sumner Elementary School!


Mission: The community of Hartford Sumner Elementary School strives to motivate life long learning in a safe and healthy environment. We inspire each other to be creative problem solvers, to set goals, and to have high aspirations. 

August 2016

Dear HSES Family:

I want to take the opportunity to welcome you to the start of another school year at Hartford-Sumner Elementary School. This week our school will welcome three hundred twenty students to our building for the start of another exciting school year. Once again, our staff is looking forward to meeting the challenges of the school year and all that it holds.

In my ten years as principal of Hartford-Sumner Elementary School, I cannot think of a school year that has not begun with changes for our school. This year is different in that regard. This year our school is focused on the initiatives that have already begun, and refining our practice in those areas. Some specific school goals for this year are located on this page.

Over the years, HSES has been fortunate in that our class size ratios have been able to remain quite stable. HSES has always tried to keep class sizes in kindergarten to grade 3 under twenty to one, and in grades 4-6 perhaps just a little bit higher. It is our belief that smaller class sizes support effective teaching and they also give teachers the ability to give their students the type of individual attention they need in order to be successful.

HSES was very fortunate to add the following educators into our HSES family, and I would ask you to join me in welcoming them:

Crystal Crowell is moving into a new grade 6 teaching position.

Tiffany Thone is moving into a new grade 1 teaching position.

Sharon Hale is a new educational technician in our building this year replacing Mr. Thornton.

We also have one teachers who is a familiar face, but she will be in a different place:

Kelley Houghton is moving to grade 2 from grade 5.

Lastly, the academic focus at HSES will continue to be on literacy and math instruction. These areas are the foundation of everything we do here at Hartford-Sumner Elementary School and our staff is continually exploring professional development opportunities to enhance their practice for the benefit of our students.

I am very much looking forward to working with you and your child this coming school year. I encourage you to partner and support our school and its mission of “motivating life-long learning in a safe and healthy environment as we inspire each other to be creative problem solvers, to set goals, and to have high aspirations.” If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at rwilkins@rsu10.org .


Ryan R. Wilkins
Hartford-Sumner Elementary School

2016-17 School Goals

Goal 1: 65% of students will be proficient in reading as measured by the Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA) 2 by June 2017.

Goal 2: Students will achieve at high levels in mathematics as measured by the AimsWeb assessment or NWEA assessment with specific benchmarks identified for each grade level.

Goal 3: Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) will be implemented with increased fidelity in all areas with a special emphasis on developing a more responsive Tier 2 program and improving bus behavior.