March 27th, 2020
Dear Hanover High School Community,
I hope you and your families are well. I miss seeing our students everyday but appreciate everyone’s sustained efforts at social distancing. I know the school track, turf and grass fields are community resources but please abide by the recommendations for distancing!
As you are likely aware, NH has closed school buildings through May 4th and VT has closed its schools for the rest of this academic year. These closures will extend our computer based learning period and I'm deeply appreciative of all the efforts our community is making. Dr. Badams will continue to be our primary point of communication with the entire district. I will use my HHS communications to provide info and answers regarding high school specific needs. A few common questions/themes have emerged this week:
What’s the plan for the prom, awards ceremonies, senior trip, graduation, all night party, etc.?
The senior events that happen each spring are meaningful and recognize the incredible efforts our students have put forth throughout their K-12 education. We have not made any final decisions about these events but we will be developing alternative plans given the Covid-context. I will be reaching out to all seniors and their families to discuss our thoughts quite soon.
How are we doing?
We have sent an academic survey to our students via their school email. We have changed nearly all of our educational practices in a short time and we want feedback. We need to hear your voice and will adjust our instructional models in the upcoming week based on what we learn from you.
We would also appreciate parent/community feedback regarding our first week of remote instruction. Please take a minute to fill out our quick survey.
Free Breakfasts and Lunches for Students in Need
The link below is to our application for free and reduced priced meals. Our bus company is helping us to distribute food in these difficult times. Please click here to access the SAU70 application for meals.
And, finally, I would like to let you know that my family and I will be relocating to Middlebury, Vt. We are drawn to the area for a number of personal and familial reasons and I have accepted the principal position at Middlebury Union High School. This change is a bittersweet one for me as HHS will always hold a special place in my heart. My eight years as principal here have been inspiring, full of personal growth and have affirmed for me what’s possible in a truly excellent public school system. I thank the entire community for your support of HHS and of me. I look forward to working together in my remaining months to navigate these tricky times and to do all I can to help the next principal of HHS to integrate into this amazing place.
Here are 10 Tips for Managing Stress.
The Counseling Department is committed to staying connected to our students and families during this phase of distant learning. The uncertainty of what will come next in our lives can be difficult. We all long to have our routines restored and assurances that our loved ones will not be adversely impacted by COVID-19. Our goal is to remain connected with our students during social distancing; one way we can achieve this is by sending weekly messages with ideas for making the most of our current situation, when much of our life is put on hold.
We also share pertinent future planning updates, below.
SAT and ACT:
The College Board has cancelled the May Saturday SAT testing. Please use this link for updates from The College Board about their future plans for the SAT administration.
The April 4 ACT has been rescheduled to June 13. Please use this link for updates from ACT.
Future Planning Updates for Seniors:
Outside scholarship applications should still be submitted by their advertised deadlines. The Hanover High School local scholarship application is a Google Form that has been shared on your class of 2020 Schoology page. It is due by Friday, April 10, at 3:00 p.m.
The National Association of College Admission Counselors (NACAC) is maintaining a spreadsheet of changes to college admission events, deposit dates, and more.
Below are two links for resources related to financial aid concerns:
Future Planning Update for Juniors:
Juniors have been meeting with their school counselor to discuss college and post high school planning - we can continue these meetings virtually. Please use the Calendly links below to schedule meetings.
If you have ideas for how we can support you and your children, we would love to hear from you. Please do not hesitate to reach out and share information, concerns, or ask for advice. We can be reached via the email addresses below, or you may schedule virtual meetings or phone calls with school counselors via Calendly. Your children should also feel free to email us if they need support of any kind.
HHS Counseling Team
Athletics - Winter Student-Athlete Survey
All students that participated in a winter sport at HHS should complete the student-athlete survey.
Your responses to the survey will be kept confidential and will be used to further strengthen our athletic programs. The survey does not take long to complete and your feedback is really valuable. I also hope students will take the time to write comments as they are extremely helpful in better understanding the student-athlete experience.
Here is the link to the survey: HHS STUDENT-ATHLETE WINTER SURVEY
The survey should be completed by Thursday, April 2.
If you have any questions, please reach out to Megan Sobel.
Athletics - Spring Sports
Spring Sports have started remotely. All teams are using the app BAND to communicate, post virtual workouts, and keep teams engaged with each other and their coaches. Each team has a team BAND for students to join and a parent BAND for parents to join. Below are the links to join the team or parent BAND. Please join if you are involved in spring sports at HHS.
If you have any questions, please reach out to Megan Sobel.
Music Department Update
In music, Band has moved to online learning using the musical software program Smart Music where students are able to continue playing and making music. Band also offers students the option of Music Appreciation course work. Chorus has split into two sections either continuing to sing but in an online capacity or doing project based work. Music Theory will also join the band in the Smart Music platform, and Orchestra-similar to chorus-is moving ahead with two choices of performance or project based learning. We miss seeing the students every day!!!!!
March Intensive Good News for the Haven!
Fourteen students and two teachers in the Haven March Intensive collected 267 pounds of food, toiletries, and children’s toys to donate. Students worked hard to cook meals, stock food, and prepare food bags to be given out at DHMC for those in need. The Haven is an essential service and is remaining open for pickup of prepared food and groceries. They have rigorous COVID-19 protections for staff and volunteers. Many elderly folks are no longer helping so the Haven is looking for volunteers. If you or your family are interested in helping the Haven as a volunteer or with a donation, click here to learn more.
Resources (not connected to HHS) to avoid boredom at home:
Day Break Upper Valley
In case you are not yet familiar with "Day Break Upper Valley" and are interested in a daily update on what is happening locally, Rob Gurwitt (father of HHS alumni) has founded a Facebook Page with an option to receive an email that he sends every morning at 6:30 am. It will make you proud to live in the Upper Valley.
Here is a link from the NewYork Times with a few easy stretching exercises for all ages, just to limber up before we spend our day in front of a screen!
Need a change of scene?
The Explore live cams website has links to webcams all over the world where you can observe African animals, ocean scenes, honey bees, kittens, puppies, bears, and more. They are quite calming to watch!