Principal's Message

Tim Barber The University of Hartford Magnet School strives for excellence in achievement from PreK to Grade 5. We provide educational experiences that nurture the whole student as a learner. UHMS students are challenged to set goals for themselves and supported by the school community to achieve their goals.

We emphasize the school's theme of “Learning through the Multiple Intelligences” each Friday at our Friday Family Meeting, where we present integrated learning through the integration of the arts. We showcase student learning and develop a community culture of celebration of academic and artistic accomplishments. Teaching integration collaborations between grade level teams and teachers of the arts provide opportunities for students to be engaged in meaningful learning experiences that connect multiple content areas.

Our University of Hartford partnership is meaningful, rich and supports efforts to achieve our school’s mission. The link with the School of Education provides a "lab" for student teachers and interns entering the field of education. The hands-on experience provided to the University students supports their development as well as enriches our students and teachers.

The Hartt School of Music and Dance students and professors provide our students with music and dance lessons that culminate in performances that rival professionals. Our student athlete-mentoring program matches college students with elementary students in a mentoring relationship. Our students participate in college-sponsored events to promote an interest in reading, science and general scholarly effort. The collaboration is unique and truly rewarding to all.

As we celebrate 10 years of commitment to students, the UHMS community continues to work collaboratively to shape our goals. Ultimately we strive to create a student-centered community that produces joyous learners, and eliminates the achievement gap, a mission upon which our school is based. Students leave our school prepared for success in whatever they pursue.


Tim Barber