Happy Friday, another week completed, 6 more remaining and the pace is definitely picking up. End of the year activities will continue to be placed in this update as plans are finalized, please take the time to read through this each week.
Some important dates to note:
May 6 (7:00pm) - Districtwide Community Event-Being an Upstander
May 13 (7:00pm) - HHS Community Event-Evening Panel on Mental Health and Sexuality
May 17 - Teacher Inservice - no students
May 18-21 May Intensive
May 31 - NO SCHOOL
June 2 - In-person Day for in-person HHS students (remote for remote students) - No remote Wednesday for in-person students
June 9 - Class Day - Seniors only report to HHS at 9:00am
June 10 - Tentative Senior Prom
June 11 - Regular school day for all underclass students
Graduation rehearsal - All seniors report to HHS at 10:00am
Graduation/Commencement Ceremony 6:00pm
The last day of school for seniors and underclass students will be verified next week.
There will be a separate letter going out to all senior families highlighting and detailing all of the senior activities. The details are still being finalized.
Health Office Update:
We have had a wonderfully strong response with students becoming vaccinated against the COVID virus! We strongly recommend that all eligible students who are 16 and older receive this protection. Both states have opened up the availability to receive the vaccine and it is in plentiful supply. We are fortunate to have this as it will help keep our schools open.
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 have received over 240 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.
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.
Last Chance 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).
Not sure if you ordered one? You can check your email for a confirmation email from Picaboo, or have your student check their school email. If I have a record of the order, your child should have received an email with the subject line “Yes, you ordered a yearbook!”
Pen of Iron
Pen of Iron 2021 (our HHS Art and Literary magazine) is available for pre-order ($15 for softcover) at the following link: Pen of Iron 2021 Order by May 14 to avoid paying individual shipping charges to students’ homes. Books will be available for pick-up in room 214 after June 4. (picaboo site password is penofiron)
Unicef Mother's Day Fundraiser + Raffle:
HHS UNICEF Club will be selling silk flowers and origami earrings in the atrium on May 6th and 7th for Mother’s Day! We will also be selling raffle tickets for winning a silk flower arrangement and a silk flower gift basket (includes silk flowers, silk flower ring, origami earrings, sunglasses, scarf, bucket hat, chocolate, and more)! Tickets are $2 each and $5 for three.
The winner will be announced on May 7th! If you would like to buy a ticket, you can also email Rain Liu or another UNICEF club member you know.
Youth-in-Action Food Drive for the Upper Valley Haven results
We want to thank all of you that contributed to the food and supply drive for the Upper Valley Haven earlier this month. Thanks to the generosity of this community, we were able to deliver 721 items totaling 512 pounds of much needed help to our neighbors in the Upper Valley.
Youth-In-Action Student Leadership Committee: Sydney Kwaku '21, Rain Liu '21, Eunice Kim '22, Skyler Tompkins '22, Vidushi Sharma '23, Brynne Spaeth '23, Ondine Bailey '24
Youth-in Action to help Uplifting Thrifting’s Cinderella Project
Gail Enger owner of Uplifting Thrifting is hosting a Cinderella Project. She is providing formal wear for Upper Valley students who struggle to purchase dresses (and tuxes if they get donated!) for prom. YIA would like to help. All next week, you can make arrangements with us to get your gently used formal wear into this cool project. We can meet you at school to get your dress or tux, or we can pick up at your home. All formal wear collected will be given to local students for their prom. (Any $ collected by sale of these items will be given to kids to order their size online if they can’t find something). Please consider passing on your fancy clothes to allow others to have a dream prom. Email Beth to participate!
More community service opportunities, HERE.
Godspell tickets are selling quickly - we are around ¾ sold out for the 3-show run and Sunday tickets are almost gone!
All tickets are $10 and can be purchased at footlighters.ludus.com. Masks required.
If it rains, we will move performances indoors to our auditorium with socially-distanced seating. Indoor performances are now permitted with the new Covid guidelines and will have a long intermission to clear aerosols between acts. We will give advance notice if this becomes the plan.
Hope to see you there!
Class of 2022 Fundraiser Raffle
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 this week. Questions? Please reach out to Madi Tally.
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 on-line 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 on-line 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.
Adopt a Senior
Dear Parents/Guardians of the HHS class of 2021:
Just a reminder that one of the ways we will be celebrating our seniors is the 2021 Adopt a Senior Program, originally introduced last year. With this program, every 2021 graduate who wishes to participate will be matched with a community member who will be creative and find ways to celebrate them during the week leading up to graduation (June 4th-11th).
What do you need to do for your senior to participate? Complete this form to either sign-up (or opt-out).
Deadline to sign-up is Monday, May 3rd.
Any questions, please contact HHS2021adoptasenior@gmail.com
Weekly Update from the New Mascot Selection and Implementation Committee
Greetings from our committee!
Today (Friday, April 30), we hosted our first full-committee meeting. Alas, this email was written before the meeting took place! So, we’ll share a summary in next week’s update. If you’d like an update before then, detailed meeting minutes (and many other pieces of information) are available here: https://linktr.ee/hhsmascot.
Of note, on this Linktree, you’ll find a 1-page document answering the question, “Why did HHS choose to change the mascot?” If you are less familiar with the details about this year-long project, we believe the document is a great way to get caught up!
Finally, should you need to contact the co-chairs, you’re more than welcome to do so at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Staff Appreciation - Parents, there is still time to show the HHS staff your appreciation.
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.
Second Community Diversity & Equity Workshop (see last week’s update):
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
The Equity Committee is 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.
Each dinner option includes an entree, salad, and cookie. An optional 8oz cup of our homemade ice cream can be added.
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.
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:
You are invited to a Zoom webinar.
When: May 13, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Topic: Investing in the Long Run With Proactive Conversations to Help Teens Navigate Their Social Lives: An Evening with Cindy Pierce
Please click the link below to join the webinar:
Or One tap mobile :
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Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
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Webinar ID: 998 5602 3063
International numbers available: https://sau70.zoom.us/u/a5NNWxcy7