This past week has been recognized as teacher/staff appreciation week and with that I want to publicly thank our staff for everything they have done this school year to provide exceptional opportunities for our students. I commend them for changing things up, taking precautions, and staying the course with delivering curriculum during a very unstable school year. They performed each day and I know their hard work will pay dividends for all of our students. Thank you staff!
I would also like to thank the HHS volunteer coordinator Ms. Emma Cottage along with the HHS families for coordinating a wonderful lunch for our staff during the week.
Some important dates...
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
Health Office Update:
We continue to have a wonderfully strong response with 312 students( 42%) becoming vaccinated against the COVID virus thus far! The Federal Drug Administration Vaccine Advisory Committee will meet next week on 5/12/21 to most likely announce that the Pfizer Vaccine will soon be available to all children aged 12 years and older. So by the end of next week N.H. parents may register their children for the Pfizer vaccine on the state registration site or through their primary care providers.
The NH site for registration is:
We have just heard this morning that Vermont also will follow the FDA’s recommendation for vaccine access to children 12 years or older. Parents will be able to register their children for the Pfizer vaccine at the end of next week through their state site or primary care providers.
The VT site for registration is:
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.
Weekly Update from the New Mascot Selection and Implementation Committee
Greetings from our committee!
Last Friday we gathered via Zoom for our first committee meeting. We began as a full committee and then each subcommittee split off into their own breakout room. Detailed minutes from these meetings (compiled by our outstanding Secretary!) are available on our Linktree: https://linktr.ee/hhsmascot.
We also want to highlight that the Values Subcommittee is in the process of reaching out to members of our community to learn what values they would like to see embodied by our new mascot. We are eager to hear what everyone has to say!
If you would like to share the values that are important to you and that you feel should be embodied by our new mascot, please let us know by emailing us directly or filling out this form: https://forms.gle/EkhYndTGkB9RWzKQ9.
Finally, should you wish to contact the co-chairs about any and all matters, you’re more than welcome to do so at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 web site www.sau70.org/resources/covid19 The form needs to be signed and emailed back to Emma Cottage
Curious about the new schedule at HHS in the fall? Check out this iReport Broadcast video from Journalism students Rose Luttmer and Kate Valentino.
YIA has upcoming volunteer opportunities, sign up HERE. Thank you to all who continue to support community service.
YIA is still collecting gently used athletic shoes for the www.OneMillionTreesProject.com all shoes are sent to Ghana, resold, and all the funds are used to buy seeds to plant trees! The box is in the atrium. More information HERE.
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 week HHS alum Eric Barthold, founder of “Man Up” and Open Up, presented to students via zoom, and on May 25th, Cindy Pierce, HHS alum, social sexuality educator, and storyteller will present to students as well.
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 next week at an evening webinar event for staff, parents, and guardians only; students are not invited to this event. We encourage you to attend the evening event and to engage your student in ongoing discussions about their experiences. Here is the link to the webinar: https://sau70.zoom.us/j/99856023063?pwd=QWR5MG53SVNZUGZhUEIySjhvZDYrZz09
CM International Soccer Camp
CM International Soccer Camp (Formerly New England Junior Prep Soccer Camp) is a day and overnight camp for rising 6-11th graders. Our camp takes place on the campus of Kimball Union Academy, a co-educational boarding school located in Meriden, New Hampshire. KUA features state-of-the-art turf and practice fields, a fully equipped dining hall, modern dormitories, a student center, and a gymnasium and auditorium for camp gatherings and films. Roughly 95% of the campers are overnight campers and stay in the dorms and experience the full benefits of this camp. Charles Mhlauri, former Head Coach of the Zimbabwe Men's National Team, is the Camp Director.
NH Teen Institute
2021 Summer Leadership Program
2021 Date: Sunday, July 18 – Friday, July 23rd at Lions Camp Pride in New Durham, NH
Full Scholarships Available to all participants from the Upper Valley RPHN!
Since 1983 our Summer Leadership Program has brought together high school students from all over NH and New England for a dynamic residential week of leadership development, self-discovery, and social connection through experiential workshops designed as catalysts for personal values exploration and increased school and civic engagement.
Throughout the week, participants also increase their knowledge on a variety of topics including substance abuse and addiction, bullying, conflict resolution, peer mentoring, and health and wellness. The program connects participants with their local peers and school and community action organizations so they can channel this new energy toward the betterment of their home communities.
We have been keeping up with the recommendations of the CDC and State of NH as well as in contact with the site to ensure that the Summer Leadership Program is offered with Covid safety a top priority.
We will be hosting online information sessions and invite interested participants and their families to join and learn more and ask questions.
For updates and more information check out our Summer Leadership webpage for more information https://www.nhteeninstitute.org/slp and follow us on Facebook & Instagram @nhteeninstitute
Upper Valley E-Bike Lending Library
Sustainable Hanover invites Hanover teachers and staff to join us from May 10 to 29 when the Upper Valley E-bike Lending Library will be in town. We will be loaning e-bikes for a two-day rental or for one-hour test rides. Rentals and test-rides are free. Sign up to see why more and more people have taken to e-bikes.
The Library has 4 e-bikes in different styles and price points, including a cargo bike with a rear rack for carrying cargo or children. All the ebikes have an electric pedal-assist motor and battery. From commuting to work to picking up groceries and carrying kids to school, miles will feel shorter and climbing hills such as Chieftain and Trescott will not be exhausting or impossible.
Compared with car trips, e-biking offers dramatic savings in dollars and carbon emissions. It takes very little electricity to power an e-bike. And studies show e-biking regularly enhances fitness and health.
Volunteers with the Library follow Covid safety guidelines. The bikes are cleaned between users. Masks are required at pick-up and return.
For details and to make your reservation, head to:www.localmotion.org. We hope to see you then!
Summer Outdoor Trail Work
The Upper Valley High School Trail Corps, a program of the Upper Valley Trails Alliance, is accepting applications for crew members this 2021 season! If you are a high school student interested in working on community trails, earning a weekly stipend + 40 hours of community service and having a lot of fun, click the link below to learn more about the program!