Dear Hanover High School Community,
The summer temperatures this week have dramatically decreased the use of our track and turf field. Understandably the gathering spots for teens have shifted to our local waterfronts. Please speak with your children about how to ‘socially distance’ at these new locations. We all want these outdoor areas to be available all summer for exercise, access to the water, and being outside in the gorgeous Upper Valley.
Many communities and states are encouraging residents to think of public waterfronts as access points to the water, rather than gathering spots. If we go to the beach and head out for a swim or a paddle we will easily manage the overall numbers of people in close proximity.
Thank you for listening and I hope you have a wonderful weekend,
Important Upcoming Dates:
June 5th - last day for students
June 8th - 1st day of HHS Credit Recovery Program (info sent directly to those involved)
June 9 and 10 - students/families will be scheduled for a time to return school materials (Chromebooks, texts, etc); more info forthcoming
June 11th - seniors pick up graduation boxes
June 22nd - last day for HHS professional staff
End of June - Governor Sununu will provide additional guidance regarding the start of school
The HHS Counseling Department continues to encourage families to reach out to us during these trying times. As the pandemic continues to impact our lives, some within our community are experiencing more struggles; financially, emotionally, physically and spiritually. Extra support during these challenging times can make a big difference. Our team is well versed in problem-solving, offering encouragement and identifying community resources to support students and families. Please contact any one of us. Collectively, we have years of experience that might help solve the challenges that you are facing.
Your Counseling Team,
Technology Drop Off
As part of the materials drop off for all students on June 9th and 10th, we encourage all students to return their Chromebooks AND chargers and any other tech they may have borrowed. We would appreciate all items being wiped clean prior to drop off. It is more important this year than in years past to allow the tech department the opportunity to maintain and repair devices before school resumes. Students who have not returned their devices will not be issued replacements at the start of the school year until the device has been returned or a replacement fee paid. Students who are not returning will be issued a bill over the summer for any devices not returned. In order to ensure devices are available to all students, we must maintain the fleet during the summer months. Thank you in advance for your understanding.
Seniors will be picking up their graduation boxes via a pre-arranged schedule on June 11th. Thank you to all who have helped work so hard on the contents!
Pen of Iron
Celebrate the Arts at HHS--order the Pen of Iron 2020, $14 for softcover, $28.99 for hardcover. Order on Picaboo. (Password: penofiron) The Pen of Iron, our art and literary magazine, has been an HHS tradition for over 60 years.
41st Baccalaureate Ceremony of Hanover High School
The 41st Baccalaureate Ceremony of Hanover High School, and the first to be held virtually on zoom, will be taking place on Sunday June 7th at 4:00. A formal invitation and link for Zoom will be sent next week.
Baccalaureate is a treasured HHS tradition that has traditionally taken place at Rollins Chapel. It serves as an opportunity to give thanks and to prepare students to move on to their next endeavors. Students, teachers and parents perform music, recite poetry, share sacred texts and personal reflections, and even read an occasional Dr. Seuss story. The ceremony concludes with the lighting of candles that are traditionally passed from student to student.
This year’s event will be held Live via zoom with students watching from home with their families. The graduating students will all light a candle as part of the ceremony. Participants will either perform live in their homes or provide a recording beforehand.
We still need volunteers who would like to perform music or a reading during the ceremony itself. If you are interested, please send an email ASAP to Cheri Mather with your ideas.
Thanks to all who would like to contribute to this event! Please do not hesitate to contact any of us with questions.
We are looking forward to a memorable event.
Students on Zoom-Grand Finale!
Students on Stage This week, SOZ will be performing four monologues from “Sunday on the Rocks” by Teresa Rebeck, the show that was originally selected to be this year’s SOS production. Each actor performs a monologue as the character they were originally cast as. In addition to the monologues, the students involved in this year’s SOZ production will share their thoughts on the process of creating art in the time of Coronavirus, and what it looks like to make theater when we can’t gather in person. Finally, we wrap up with a fun surprise from the actors and directors!
Selected Monologues from “Sunday on the Rocks” by Teresa Rebeck
Thank you Youth-in-Action volunteers!
You are responding to the needs of the community making meals, making masks, making connections with senior citizens. It has been wonderful to see. If your family would like to sponsor a dinner for the Haven or David’s House with Youth-in-Action, please contact Beth.
Students have really gotten into sewing masks in recent months. We would like to continue to meet sewing needs in the community moving forward (masks, gown repair, reusable pads). It would be terrific if we had a sewing machine or two at school (when we are finally allowed there!) we could sew as an afterschool project. Do you have an unused sewing machine that you would be willing to donate to Youth-in-Action? We would put it to great use! Thank you for considering! Please contact Beth.
The Freedom and Unity Young Filmmakers Contest is open!
Vermont and New Hampshire residents ages 10-30 are invited to submit short films that explore the life and culture of the Green Mountain and Granite States. The deadline to submit films is June 15. For rules & regulations, resources and info about the cash prizes, visit the Freedom and Unity Young Filmmakers website and for any additional questions, email us!
If you're looking for a little inspiration, HHS freshman Finn Duncan and Soren Stettenheim won a prize last year for their short film about Dan & Whit's.
HHS graduates Daphnie Friedman '18 and Lyla Stettenhim '18 won several years ago for their film about a youth circus exchange in Zambia.
You could win too!