Happy Friday! As the month progresses toward the holiday break I believe we should all reflect on how fortunate we are to be in school and that programs have been created to accommodate all learners. These are tough times for everyone and I’m certain we are all wrestling with adhering to the COVID protocols. I long for the days of not having to wear a mask, and having in-person student and staff meetings. Hopefully we will have an update on a vaccine approval this weekend and start to take steps to recovery.
I want to acknowledge how hard the staff is working to teach in this environment and how respectful the students are. For many, this is a stretch outside of their comfort zone and they have to constantly remind themselves that they can do this. Teachers are spending a great deal of time creating lessons that work in this new school environment and reminding students to be aware of the protocols. The vigilance that the school community is showing is paying off and we should all be proud that we are staying the course with our instructional model.
As we head into the final 7 school days of 2020 please be safe and continue to remind your student to remain vigilant as they go through their day and work collectively to keep HHS a safe haven for learning.
Thanks and have a great weekend!
College Admission Thoughts from the Counseling Office
Mid-December is the time of year when seniors hear back from most colleges where they have applied for early action or early decision. It can be a sad or a joyful time for these students. Rick Clark, Director of Undergraduate Admissions at Georgia Tech, is a leader in the admissions field who writes a weekly blog about admissions. He is doing a three-part series on the decisions that a student might hear from their college, and two of them have been published so far. We’ll share his thoughts on getting admitted next week.
Winter Athletics COVID-19 Protocols
As we head into the official start of HHS winter sports, we want everyone to be aware of the COVID-19 protocols that have been put in place for all Hanover High School winter sports. It is important that student-athletes and families are aware of these guidelines. They can be found at this link - Winter Athletics Protocols Hanover High School COVID-19.
If you have questions about the store, please contact Megan Sobel.
Hanover High School Apparel
The Hanover High apparel store is open to order gear. Large selection of items that can be customized with your sport or class. Items ship quickly and can arrive to you before the holidays. Shop now for Nike, North Face, and other great brands!
Order your Hanover High School apparel at HHS Apparel Store.
If you have questions about the store, please contact Megan Sobel.
Sport Eligibility Reminder Based on Attendance
Just a friendly reminder of the co-curricular eligibility policy with the beginning of the winter sports season. Goldenrods are required for absences from a class for co-curricular eligibility, even on Remote Wednesdays. Below is the policy from our Co-Curricular Code of Conduct. More details can be found in our handbook.
Co-curricular Eligibility Based on Attendance
Participants in all HHS co-curricular activities and Council are expected to attend all of their classes, in their entirety, except when they have a school-sanctioned, prior notification excuse, i.e. doctors' appointments, college visits. Prior notification excuses are those for which the participant secures a goldenrod form signed by the teachers of those classes that they will miss for that day and returns it to the main office. Absences that may be parent-sanctioned may not be school sanctioned and may not allow athletic participation that day. Only those absences that provide prior notification will allow co-curricular and Council participation.
Students must be in attendance for all of their required classes in order to participate that afternoon or evening (Friday would result in ineligibility for weekend events) in a co-curricular contest or performance. In the case of a non-school sanctioned absence, the student is ineligible to participate in the next scheduled practice or public performance following knowledge of the absence being processed in the school main office. An ineligible student may not miss class(es) in order to attend a public performance. The Principal or designee may waive this requirement for school-sanctioned absences or under special circumstances.
If a participant misses class time because of a class cut or illness, it will result in ineligibility. If an ill participant leaves a class and goes to the Nurse and returns during that same period to class, they may still be eligible. If the participant goes to the Nurse and misses the entire/remainder of that class, they are ineligible to participate in co-curricular activities that day.
If an athlete is reported to the Athletic Department for cutting a class and is therefore ineligible for playing in a contest, the athlete may not ride the team bus to an away contest that day if they would miss any class time for the remainder of that day.
If the student is absent from a class or scheduled obligation due to illness, the student is ineligible to participate in the co-curricular activity for that day.
Footlighters Play Reading Monday 12/14
The Footlighters have a small, but special project that landed in our laps. Very low time commitment and easy to participate!
On Monday, December 14th, the Hanover High School Footlighters will take place in a nationwide reading of the #enough plays, which are several 10-minutes plays dedicated to the experience of gun violence in our country.
It is open to our school community and will take place in the Chorus Room at 3:15 PM on Monday 12/14. That date is the anniversary of the Sandy Hook massacre, and thus the significance of the event.
We will read as many of the plays as we can and then invite a discussion afterwards. Total time shouldn't be more than 70-90 minutes.
All are welcome to listen and/or to read. If you are interested, email Terry Samwick so I have an idea of how many people I might expect; however, you're still welcome to come even if you don't email me!
Etna Library Resources
Although the Etna Library building is closed to the public, we continue to provide books, audiobooks and dvd's through item pick-up on our porch. If you would like us to reserve an item for you, please email us or call 603-643-3116. We will also pack bags of books for families if you tell us the ages of your children and their interests. Upcoming adult and children's programs are listed on the Howe Library Calendar and on the Etna Library webpage.
Angst Indie Film Panel Discussion Recording from 11/17/20
If you missed the panel discussion of the IndieFlix Original Documentary Angst, featuring Dr. Bill Hudenko (Psychologist), Chris Seibel (Hanover HS Clinician), William Johnson (Hanover HS Teacher/Coach), Jennifer Frank (Chief of Police-Norwich), and moderator Andrea Smith (Community Health Partnership Coordinator at Dartmouth-Hitchcock), please check out the recording online. Sponsored by the Howe Library and Circle Up!
Job Opportunity at Storr’s Hill
Storr's Hill in Lebanon, NH is looking for high school students to teach ski and snowboard lessons this winter. They do not need to be expert skiers/riders to help out. Lessons take place for Monday/Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings. Pay is $ 10.00 per hour. Instructors can sign up to teach all three sessions, one or two sessions per week. Lessons start the first week in January. I can be contacted at 603-558-1312 or email Gary Summerton.
Careers in Cancer Conference presented by Dartmouth Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center
Please see the flyer for details.
Conference Link Password: CANCER