HAPPY FRIDAY! I hope everyone had a restful Spring Break. As always, there is a lot going on at HHS as we start on the final quarter and close out the school year. Today was an especially busy day as the school celebrated Earth Day. We have been meeting weekly with the COVID Task Force working out the details for all of the end-of-year activities and there is good news. I believe we will have a plan in place that will allow our seniors to have a prom and traditional commencement ceremony. We will be sharing details with the seniors (and families) next week.
PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO READ THIS ENTIRE FRIDAY UPDATE
I would also like to thank the HHS Council members for all of their hard work this year. For those that don’t know, the Council is the governance body at Hanover High School and is made up of students and staff. Because of the Wednesday school schedule, Council has been able to meet and accomplish a great deal of important work that benefits the HHS school community. Please read the council updates in this week’s newsletter. For more information about the Council please visit BoardDocs and read policy JIBA-School Government - The Council.
COVID Vaccination update
Saturday will be an exciting day for many employees of the Dresden School District. Thanks to DHMC, SAU 70, and many advocates in the community, employees will be able to receive their second dose of the Moderna COVID vaccine on Saturday morning. We are all understandably happy and grateful, though we are also a bit nervous about possible reactions to the vaccine. Many recipients have reported strong adverse reactions, so much so that Lebanon closed 3 of its schools last Monday due to its inability to staff their schools after vaccination. While we are hopeful that we will not experience these results, we wanted to plan.
The SAU has asked for all staff suffering an adverse reaction to notify the district by 3 pm on Sunday, April 25th. After this time, we will make decisions on the viability of staffing at each school and inform parents/caregivers/students about plans for school on Monday, April 26th. We wanted to let you know that there is a possibility that some (or all) of the Dresden schools could close next Monday so that you can make plans. Just as with a forecast of a heavy snow, we are expecting the best-case scenario, but planning for the worst.
IF there is no school on Monday, all HHS students will report to in-person school on Wednesday. Students would follow the following schedule:
M April 26 Possible school closure Monday after staff COVID shot, families will be notified late Sunday or Early Monday (similar to snow day).
Tu April 27 Possible Monday Schedule - Periods 1, 2, 3, 4
HHS has received several emails about the Governor's directive for all schools to return to 5 days/week in-person schooling. The emails are both pro and con and a difficult position for us to be in. As indicated in previous Friday updates, Dr. Badams has requested a waiver requesting HHS be allowed to keep the current schedule. The DOE has indicated that if schools are able to meet the state's instructional hour requirement using their current model they would not need a waiver. Having calculated the instructional hours for HHS, we will exceed the state requirement.
Wednesday is still a school day and many students are in the building working with teachers and completing work in the library. Students are also working on a myriad of assignments from home and could be Zooming into classes. Remote Wednesdays also provide an opportunity for clubs and activities to meet in a safe way.
There are 7 more Wednesdays left to the school year and we plan on having all students in person on May 19th for this year's May Intensive and again on June 2nd following the Memorial Day weekend. Depending on what happens next week (See COVID Vaccination updates) that could mean 4 or 5 remote Wednesdays remaining. Pivoting the remote days to having the entire student body in the building would require a schedule change; we would not be able to offer the 7-period schedule that we currently run and clubs, namely Council, would not be able to meet. I believe the system has worked all year and changing it this late in the school year could cause confusion and raise anxiety levels for students and staff.
Health Office Update
Please inform the Health Office if your child has received a COVID vaccine. We would also like to know which vaccine was received and the date of the immunization. This is important information that will help us with future contact tracing and in following COVID infections. The link to complete our vaccination data is below. If you have already put the information in once we have received it. There is no need to enter the same information twice. We strongly recommend that you have your child immunized. We have received over 145 notifications thus far that students are in the process of being fully immunized. This is wonderful news!
The COVID vaccine as you know is now available in New Hampshire for all persons over 16 years of age.
It is also exciting to hear that all residents of Vermont 16 years and older are eligible for a COVID vaccine.
Parent Survey on Schoology Template for Assignments
In the spring of 2020, the Committee on Program and Procedure passed a motion requiring the use of a template to communicate assignments to students in all Schoology courses for the 20-21 school year. One year later, we are soliciting feedback on the template and whether to continue its use for the 21-22 school year and/or beyond.
Please provide feedback on this Google Form. It will be open through Wednesday, April 28th. No personal information will be collected. Data will be used to inform decision-making.
Parents/Guardians of the Class of 2021 - Please encourage your child to complete and submit the 2021 Local Scholarship Application. The application was emailed to them on March 30th, and can also be found on the Class of 2021 Schoology page.
Students must be logged in to their school Chrome account to submit the application.
Although a majority of scholarships are determined with need in mind, a few awards include specific criteria that are not need-based. By submitting this one application, your child will be considered for approximately 15 local scholarships.
This application is due on Monday, May 3rd, at 3:00 p.m. Students can see Tom Eberhardt in the Counseling Office with any questions.
Report Cards have been updated and honor roll run for Quarter 3. Please note there are currently two versions of the report card posted in PowerSchool. The first is our traditional view (Report Card Link) and the second can be found under Student Reports. We will be transitioning to the Student Reports version in 2021-2022. Feedback is welcome and can be sent to the help desk.
Godspell Tickets Are On Sale Now!
We have three live performances with highly limited seating --our audience is capped at 100-- so get your tickets quickly before we sell out!
General admission, all seats $10. Advance purchase at Footlighters.ludus.com, tickets will be available at the door if we do not sell out.
Our outdoor stage is behind the auditorium, near the gazebo and garden area. Masks required.
Last Two Weeks To Order a Yearbook!
Yearbook orders end Saturday, May 1st. We will have a very small number of extra yearbooks for sale in June, so to guarantee a yearbook for the end of the year, order now! Go to Picaboo to place your order and pay online. Or you can place your order by sending in a check for $65 payable to Hanover High School to Jessica Eakin (in the library).
Women in Business - New Club
Following spring vacation, we are starting a new club called Women in Business. The goal of this club is to create a safe space for girls interested in hearing from successful businesswomen and learning about their career paths. Please email Charlotte Pidgeon if interested.
Dartmouth - Dartmouth students are still available for volunteer tutoring. The subjects include Math, Physics, & English. I have a list of their names, along with dates and times that they're available. If your child is interested in receiving some tutoring from a Dartmouth student, please contact me and I will connect you.
Tutoring - If you have time to help a fellow student at HHS, RMS, MCS, or the Ray school and would like to offer your services as a tutor, please contact me.
Students - If you're a student in the SAU70 district and would benefit from online tutoring from either Dartmouth or HHS, please contact me.
Please be advised that all minors, and either their parent or legal guardian, are required to complete the Parent Consent Form for online tutoring. You can find the form on this link, or check out the COVID19 resources page on the SAU70 website. The form needs to be signed and emailed back to Emma Cottage.
Staff Appreciation - Parents, we have one last opportunity to show the HHS staff our appreciation.
From your generous donations in November, we were able to run the Fall Staff Appreciation; another just before the Holidays; and a 3rd for Valentine's. We've shared messages of appreciation to the staff, from both parents and students over the months, and there are posters in the school to remind them of these messages.
The last HHS staff appreciation will be held on Wednesday, May 5th. At the moment, this is breakfast sandwiches, and it's funded by the HHS admin. We have the opportunity to make this extra special by adding muffins and fruit. We have $200 left to spend and need a few more donations. If the donations come flooding in, we could add lunch, and really spoil our teachers.
Please send checks to school, with your student, and have them hand them to the cafe. Suggested donation $5.00. We will collect this in a separate account, so please make your check payable to Dresden School District - HHS Cafe and make sure it's clearly marked that it's for Staff Appreciation.
On March 17th, 2021, the Hanover High School Council officially approved—by a vote of 38 yea, 2 nay, 2 abstain—a motion that removed the Marauder as the mascot of Hanover High School. The final decision was the culmination of over seven months of debate, information gathering, and committee work and represents a step towards making HHS a more welcoming and inclusive community.
Hanover High School Council began discussing the status of the Marauder on September 16th, 2020 as an open agenda discussion item. On October 28th, 2020, an original mascot motion (linked here) was made to remove the Marauder as the HHS mascot. On December 16th, 2020, this motion failed due to a general consensus that more information was needed about the mascot's meaning, it’s history, and what the process for changing it might look like. The failure of this motion was followed by a motion (linked here) to create the Mascot Ad Hoc Committee. The charge of the committee was to determine the process for what was at that time a potential mascot change, including researching mascot history, financial figures, and legislative process. Zane Schiffman (‘22) and Reilly Uiterwyk (‘21) were elected co-chairs of the committee. The 30+ members of the committee were divided into 6 sub-committees to complete the charges of the committee.
The Mascot Ad Hoc Committee presented its final report to Council on March 10th, 2021. A link to the presentation given to Council by the committee co-chairs can be found here. Following the presentation, Council spent two meetings discussing the new motion to remove the Marauder mascot. Minutes from those meetings (taken by Council secretary Ellie Stannard) are linked here: 3/10 minutes; 3/17 minutes.
In addition to the presentation by the committee, a co-motion was presented to Council by members of the staff on March 17th, 2021. A link to this co-motion, signed by 91 members of the HHS staff, can be found here. The Mascot Ad Hoc Committee also submitted a report to the Dresden School Board, which can be found here.
As the minutes and staff motion linked to above both describe in detail, the rationale for the change was rooted in a desire to make the school a more inclusive community. Specifically:
The act of marauding has been and continues to be associated with violence, including sexual violence, pillaging, and the destruction of communities
The act of marauding has been and continues to be associated with the development of the transnational slave trade and colonization efforts
The Marauder image is of a white male, which is not representative of the diversity of racial and gender identities in the HHS community
We wanted to listen to, signal our support for, and address the concerns raised by community members from marginalized groups, as we recognize that the voices of these individuals have often been discounted
Although the school is moving forward without the Marauder as our mascot, this decision in no way casts shame or negative light on its use in our past. The Marauder is a part of the proud history of this school; Council recognizes its importance to our alumni and current school community, and Council honors and appreciates that history. Marauder gear currently owned by students, staff and community members is still welcomed in our building. At the same time, Council asks that sports teams and other school organizations stop using the Marauder on any new gear purchased. A new committee (see below) will be in touch with team captains as the transition to the new mascot takes place.
The process of the mascot transition is far from over. A new committee, co-chaired by Josh Stearns (‘24), Kavi Patel (‘24), and Jason Hirschhorn (staff) has been formed to facilitate this process. The committee will work with the school community to select a new mascot and facilitate the transition through the coming months and years. Please feel free to email the co-chairs at HHS Mascot.
HHS Council Executive Position
According to the Council Bylaws, the Council Executive committee must advertise for the position of HHS Council Executive every other spring. If you are interested in applying (or reapplying) for the position, please read the attached information concerning the application process. Please email HHS Council or Sage McGinley-Smith if you have any questions.
This document contains information about the position.
Weekly Update from the New Mascot Selection and Implementation Committee
Greetings from the newly formed New Mascot Selection and Implementation Committee! Recently created by Council, we’ll be updating the community weekly through these emails of where we’re at as Hanover High School embarks on the exciting and important journey of selecting a new mascot to represent our school and our values. More information about everything we’re up to is (and will continue to be) available here: https://linktr.ee/hhsmascot. In addition, should you need to contact the co-chairs, you’re more than welcome to do so at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recently, we formed two subcommittees, whose descriptions are below. The full committee will meet and then break off into these two subcommittees during our first full meeting next Friday. We’re excited to get to work!
This committee will be responsible for assembling a list of values and rules to consider when judging mascot entries, distributing them to the community so that they have guidelines for submitting entries, and distributing them to the school before and during the referendum.
This committee will be responsible for developing the competition which will be run after the committee has finished their work. The committee will make decisions about the guidelines for how the competition will work and will create a plan for how the top entries will be determined.
Class of 2022 Fundraiser
Looking to support local businesses and the Class of 2022? Buy raffle tickets for a chance to win a gift basket! The basket will have gift cards and treats from local businesses, including: Lou's, Dan and Whit's, Molly's, Ramuntos, Umpleby's, and more -- with a value of over $100! Tickets are $2 for one and $5 for three; we will be selling them during Advisory/lunch. Questions? Please reach out to Madi Tally.
Join us from July 1 to 17 for an intense, inspirational experience that will be completely digital this year.
The Wolfram High School Summer Camp is a project-oriented program for entrepreneurial and STEM-minded high schoolers to learn how to develop and explore science and technology while making friends with people from around the US and the world.
We are looking for your best and brightest students to join our program, so please share this opportunity with the high-school students in your life!
Admissions are on a rolling basis and spots fill quickly. Financial aid is available.
A letter from the Community Health Partnership Coordinator
Dear Parents in the Dresden School District:
ALL Together is a regional coalition that takes action to reduce the impact of alcohol and drug misuse in support of the development of healthy, safe, and resilient communities.
ALL Together (www.uvalltogether.org) wants to know what you see and how you feel about substance use in your community.
Please help guide our work to provide the most effective strategies that will prevent alcohol and/or drug misuse among Upper Valley youth and young adults by taking the following survey.
You only need to complete this survey once and your answers are confidential. This survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. The survey will be open until June 30, 2021.
Thank you for being a part of the substance misuse conversation in the Upper Valley.
You’re Invited: Community Diversity & Equity Workshops
Race, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, socio-economic class, and disability can be difficult to navigate—even for the most experienced educator or parent—but with the ongoing pandemic and its disproportionate impact on Black and other marginalized communities, our deepening economic divide, and continuing acts of racial violence have made it clear we all need additional tools to skillfully address these issues with our children and with each other.
SAU 70 District Equity Committee is pleased to offer two community workshops, facilitated by Groundswell Change, to help us get started. The workshops have been developed with input from district families, Hanover High School alumni/a, and members of the larger community, with the shared goal of creating a welcoming and more inclusive place to live and learn. In addition, we have partnered with Lou's and Blue Sparrow Kitchen, which will be offering special menu options for workshop participants. We hope this can help take dinner off your "to-do" list that evening! More information will be emailed to families who register.
Thursday, April 29, 7:00-8:00 pm, followed by 30-min Q&A
Ready to get started in diversity and equity work, but not sure how? This workshop is for all of us who want to learn more about—or would love a refresher on—foundational language and concepts, along with key takeaways on how to engage your friends, your children, and others in important conversations around race, identity, social power, and other issues as it relates to diversity and equity.
Thursday, May 6, 7:00-8:00 pm, followed by 30-min Q&A
We've all been there — that moment when someone says or does something that feels harmful or overtly biased. Even the most skilled among us have a hard time knowing how to respond. This workshop is for all of us who want to gain the tools and courage to speak up "in the moment" when we believe incidents of racism, sexism, and other biases have occurred and build real-time skills to interrupt, question, echo, and engage.
RSVP HERE: https://bit.ly/3sBI0NH
We are partnering with two local restaurants to help provide special dinner offers for families who participate in the workshops!
Blue Sparrow Kitchen
289 Main Street, Norwich, VT • 802.649.7003 • email@example.com
Order online using the Community Diversity & Equity Workshops menu, posted Monday of the week of each workshop, or by calling the restaurant 802-649-7003.
Several menu options are available for pickup on the day of the event between 3-6 pm. If an alternative pick-up is needed, folks can just give us a call.
Organic black bean stew with house chorizo and roasted tomatoes, with green salad and cornbread, and choice of cookie
Organic black bean stew with lime, tomatoes, peppers & corn, with green salad and cornbread, and choice of cookie
Red pepper, spinach & Grafton aged cheddar quiche, with green salad and choice of cookie
French ham and Grafton aged cheddar quiche, with green salad and choice of cookie
Chicken salad with red cabbage and miso dressing, with green salad and house focaccia
Curried chickpea salad (vegan), with side of green salad and house focaccia
Lou's Restaurant & Bakery
30 South Main Street, Hanover, NH • 603-643-3321 • MeetMe@LousRestaurant.com
Order online from the Dinners-to-Go menu for pick-up on the day of each workshop.
Each family dinner option includes an entree (Lasagna, Chicken Pot Pie or Chicken Enchiladas), sides (cheesy garlic bread or Mexican rice), garden salad, and dessert.
As a special bonus for workshop participants, use the code SWEET for 6 chocolate chip mini scones or SAVORY for 6 cheddar, bacon & scallion mini scones to be added to your order. These are delicious for breakfast the next day.
Valid on orders placed for pick-up on Thursday, April 29 and Thursday, May 6 only. Anyone who uses the code will be sent an updated confirmation with the scones.
Earth Day Celebration
HHS celebrated Earth Day today. A big shout out to the Environmental Club and their advisor Ms. Jeannie Kornfeld, along with HHS students and staff for planning an action packed day. The overall goal was to raise awareness and appreciation of nature and as a way to have a hands-on, immediate positive impact on the environment that will have long-lasting benefits. Specifically, this Earth Day event is an action step in the Hanover High School Climate Action Plan to reduce the carbon impact of Hanover High School by having students and staff plant 400 native trees in Hanover. Again, thanks to everyone who was involved in this!
Anti-Bullying and Sexism Education for Our Community
As the Hanover High School Community has debated the mascot, several unhealthy aspects of our school culture have come to light. Many students, staff, and community members have asked for an ongoing schoolwide conversation around sexism and bullying which will be integrated into our current social emotional learning curriculum during Tuesday Advisory Circles.
This programming will begin next week and continue through the month of May, consisting of viewing and discussing Ted Talks as well as presentations from HHS alums Eric Barthold, founder of “Man Up and Open Up,” and Cindy Pierce, social sexuality educator and storyteller.
Investing in the Long Run With Proactive Conversations to Help Teens Navigate Their Social Lives: An Evening with Cindy Pierce
Thursday, May 13th, 7-8:30pm
Before she speaks to students, Cindy Pierce will present at an evening webinar event for staff, parents, and guardians. We encourage you to attend the evening event and to engage your student in ongoing discussions about their experiences.
Here is the link: