I hope everyone had a restful, safe, and enjoyable break. For me, it was a time to relax with family, reflect on everything I am thankful for and recharge. It’s hard to believe we may be getting our snow shovels out this weekend, winter has arrived and there’s only 12 more school days until the next holiday break (12/23-1/1)
HHS is currently planning for the end of the first semester. HHS will still have a regular class schedule through the end of the semester (listed below) and traditional 2 hour final exams will not be taking place. Students will have the opportunity to complete a culminating experience, major project, or 60 minute (maximum) test on or before the end of the “Traditional Exam Week” (1/19-1/22).
End of First Semester:
Monday 1/18 - Holiday no school
Tuesday 1/19 - HHS will follow the regular Monday Schedule (1, 3, 5, 7)
Wednesday 1/20 - All in-person students report to school. HHS will follow the Tuesday Schedule (2, 4, 6 - There will be no Advisory Study.)
Thursday 1/21 - Regular Thursday Schedule (1, 3 , 5, 7)
Friday 1/22 - Regular Friday Schedule (2, 4, 6, study hall)
Monday 1/25 - First semester make-up day. Only those in person students who are in need of a make up exam, must report to school.
Start of Second Semester:
Tuesday 1/26 - All semester 2 classes will meet on an abbreviated schedule
Wednesday 1/27 - Remote Wednesday: All classes will meet with an extended mid day break for lunch/council/activities.
Thursday 1/28 - Regular Monday/Thursday Bell Schedule (1, 2, Lunch, 3, 4)
Friday 1/29 - Regular Tuesday/Friday Bell Schedule (5, 6, Lunch, 7, Study Hall)
Students will be receiving more information regarding their individual Semester 2 schedules within the next two weeks.
Health Office News:
There has been a change issued from the NHDHHS.
A person considered a “Close Contact” in the past has been mandated to self quarantine for 14 full days before returning to school on the 15th day. However now that time period has been shortened to 10 days. Please read the below notification from the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services.
“A person who is a close contact to another person infectious with COVID-19 must stay home and away from public locations for 10 days starting from the last day of exposure to the infectious person”
“A Person who has traveled outside of New England must stay home and away from public locations for 10 days starting from the last day of travel outside of New England.
Also it is not recommended to “test out” on day 7 to end the self quarantine. Current testing resources are not sufficiently available to continue this approach.
Any person who ends their quarantine after 10 days must still monitor themselves daily for COVID symptoms and adhere to social distancing, no social gatherings, face masks, hand hygiene for a full 14 days after last potential exposure or high risk travel. If they develop symptoms they must immediately self isolate and seek testing.
Stay tuned as the recommendations are changing as the virus progresses. Please feel free to call the Health Office with any questions or concerns.
Food Pantry Alert: New Location!
Short on food this week, this month? Longer?
To improve access to food for the Upper Valley Community, a new food pantry will now be available in Hanover on Saturday mornings in the driveway behind the United Church of Christ.
As this recent Valley News article reports, young people are experiencing an increase in challenges to their well-being due to the pandemic. Last week I included the following Insight Podcast in my Weekly Report. The two West Central Behavior Health clinicians who were interviewed reported that they too are seeing an increase in social-emotional distress among young people related to the pandemic. I would like to take this time to emphasize that as a school, we are well-positioned to support the social-emotional well-being of our students and families. We have 3 licensed mental health clinicians who are available to meet with a student at a moment's notice. They are well versed in supporting students and families who are experiencing a mental health challenge. They are also able to support families with referrals and utilizing insurance benefits to access mental health treatment. Our counseling department (643-3431 X2106) is a great resource to reach out to if you would like to speak further about concerns regarding the mental health of your child. Lastly, this year we implemented an activity-based advisory that involves a Social Emotional Learning curriculum which has been developed by members of our Counseling Dept., which includes our Health teacher. I share this to underscore our efforts to meet the social-emotional needs of our students.
Online yearbook orders are open. 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).
The yearbook has several features specifically for seniors:
Senior Photos: The yearbook uses student ID photos, but seniors can submit an alternative photo. The photo does not have to be a professional photo. Send alternative senior photos to Jessica Eakin
Senior Sections: Every senior gets a third of a page to design. Seniors will learn more about creating their senior section in December in their advisories. Students are responsible for creating their senior sections.
VTC School of Engineering Open House
For any students who may be interested in bachelor or associates degrees in engineering or computing, Vermont Tech is hosting a Virtual Open House on Thursday, December 10th, from 3pm to 4pm. Professors and admissions staff will be on hand to meet and answer questions about the engineering and computing technology programs at Vermont Tech, including:
If students are interested in attending the open house they can use the link below to register.
Whaleback Job Opportunity
Want to teach at the Whale?
Do you love skiing and want to get paid for it?
The Whaleback ski school is looking for ski instructors!
If you are interested in working in a fun environment, with great people, at a whale of a ski area...and enjoy free skiing and riding as well, then give us a call or email!
Love skiing and the outdoors
Like working with all ages
Have good communication skills
Teach both group and private lessons
Demonstrate safe and proper ski techniques
Adhere to the policies of the Mountain
16 years or older
The desire to commit to being a trained instructor. We’ll provide the training through clinics and mentoring, you provide the enthusiasm to learning the trade.
Applicants must have some prior skiing experience (no previous teaching is ok)
Whaleback Management Team