Another exciting week at Hanover High School, there is so much going on and it’s rewarding to see the students involved in a myriad of activities, all while adhering to the COVID protocols. I remind everyone to stay vigilant and adhere to the COVID protocols.
Teachers are busy wrapping up the first semester and planning for the second semester. Students have received their second semester schedules, please reach out to their respective school counselor if you have any questions.
I am including the calendar that will be used for in-person learning over the next couple of weeks along with the daily schedule for the second semester. Only those students that need to make up a culminating experience will be at HHS on January 25th. Your student should make arrangements with their teacher if a make-up is needed. Students only have to report to HHS at the designated make-up time.
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)
Second Semester Bell Schedule:
Please check out the “at-a-glance” version here.
Notes From the Health Office
The Hanover High School Nurses are working to get the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 testing sites, and future vaccination plans, in both VT and NH.
Please see the Upper Valley Covid Information Document for this information.
Martin Luther King - Civil Rights Day
Monday, we celebrate the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, a pivotal figure in the struggle for civil rights.
There is a long history here at HHS of assembling on MLK day to talk about and learn about the impact of that great leader.
This year it will be a little different.
The two groups who have partnered in the past, Council and the Diversity Club have chosen to go in a different direction. They have crafted a directed discussion we call Circle specifically around the principles of King for us to explore. For various reasons, this discussion will take place on February 9th. Thank you to the Diversity Club, Nicole Hansen, Devon Voake, Devon Wright and Chris Siebel for supporting this work .
It’s Criminal Film Screening
We have been offered an amazing educational opportunity by one of our Norwich parents, filmmaker Signe Taylor, that will evolve over the coming weeks. Between Thursday, January 14th and Thursday, February 4th, we are asking all advisories to watch the documentary It’s Criminal, filmed and produced by local filmmaker and Hanover High parent Signe Taylor; additionally, HHS parent Kate Bucci sings the opening song! This film examines the criminal justice system in New Hampshire through the lens of a joint course with students from Dartmouth College and the Sullivan County Department of Corrections. In-person students and staff will watch the film during lunch periods. Remote advisors will send the links to their advisees who will watch on their own. We are providing the link to the film to you as well in case you would like to watch the film and be part of the conversation. We are also providing a viewing guide to help guide those conversations.
On Friday, February 5th, we will be hosting a panel discussion after lunch for students and staff to learn more about the making of the film as well as the justice system in our country. The panel will include five women involved in the film’s production, including Signe Taylor. We hope that this experience will spark important discussions about the inequities present in the criminal justice system and the role privilege plays in our community. No class time will be lost on this day, but study hall will be shortened to 35 minutes.
The film does have content about incarceration, substance abuse, child abuse, sexual assault, and state mandated family separations. If your student believes watching this film will cause them distress, or if students are in need of support during the screening, they may come to the Counseling Department during the time of the screening, and a Counselor will be waiting by the receptionist desk to meet with them.
Here is a link to the film (80 minutes) and the password:
FILM LINK: It's Criminal
Case sensitive password: Hanover High
It's Criminal can also be watched on Kanopy (https://www.kanopy.com/product/its-criminal), a streaming service available at both Dartmouth and the Howe.
Click here for the It’s Criminal Screening Guide which includes the following resources:
Marie D’Amato and The Administrative Committee of the Hanover High School Council
Share Your Wealth Food Drive
As you may know, COVID19 has been a huge setback for some families and children; businesses are hurting, jobs are cut and sometimes there's not enough food on the table.
Through a partnership with the Church of Christ at Dartmouth, we hope to help fill the need for food in our community. Their pantry is a resource available to anyone, no questions asked. They know there is food insecurity in our schools and it is their hope that more local families will avail themselves to this new resource.
Items that are needed include: canned fruits and vegetables, 100% juice in bottles or cans, shelf-stable milk, healthy snacks (including nuts), low-sodium prepared foods, microwaveable meals, soups, canned meats and fish, dried soup beans/mixes, hot and cold cereals, pasta and sauces.
Dates: Tuesday, Jan. 19 - Friday, Feb. 5
All food donations should be brought to the designated table in the library hallway.
Advisory Competition: Tally your donated items for your advisory. The winning advisory group will receive a pizza lunch, scheduled for Friday, Feb. 12.
Spanish 5 Language Exchange
While some may have slept in during the monstrous snow day the Thursday before break, HHS Spanish 5 students were up and ready at 8AM for a much-anticipated “charla“ with advanced English students at our peer high school in Alhaurin de La Torre, Spain, Instituto Gerald Brenan.
Since the Spaniards live just outside of Malaga and most have never seen snow like we got walloped with, that was a big topic of discussion as was the concept of community in the time of Covid-19.
It was a wonderful time to maintain connections between the two schools despite the normal school exchange program being cancelled this past fall. Every two years our community hosts 20 Spanish students and their town returns the favor in the spring when HHS Spanish students have a chance to live with families, visit their school, and explore their amazing cultural sites.
For now, we maintain that relationship over Zoom and look forward to seeing each other as soon as the pandemic passes. Here is a picture of that Zoom.
They will open up the new year with another chat on January 11th (hopefully without another snow storm).
Careers in Cancer Virtual Conference
The Norris Cotton Cancer Center is putting on a Careers in Cancer Virtual Conference on Jan 18th, 11am-3pm (Civil Rights Day, no school.) Connect via Zoom (password CANCER). The conference is free, and offered to all highschool students in the Upper Valley. For more info contact Lyndsey Boulton.
More information can be found on the event flyer.
New Tobacco-Free Policy at Dartmouth College
We are writing today to inform you of a new Tobacco-Free Policy going into effect on March 18 that will prohibit smoking and the use of tobacco products in all facilities, grounds, vehicles or other areas owned, operated, or occupied by Dartmouth.
This new policy will apply not only to all students, faculty, and staff, but also to consultants, contractors, and other outside visitors to our campus. The policy covers both indoor and outdoor areas.
Reminder that the legal age to purchase and possess tobacco in NH is 21.
High Mountain Institute (HMI) - Semester school in Leadville, Colorado
Hanover High info session on Wednesday, 1/27 at 10:40am.
Study in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado for an academic semester or summer! During the HMI Semester, high school juniors receive full academic credit while participating in backpacking and backcountry ski expeditions through mountains and canyons (students apply the year before, as sophomores). During the HMI Summer Term, rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors spend 5 weeks in Colorado backpacking and taking courses in writing and leadership. Located in Leadville, CO at elevation 10,000 ft, HMI brings together students from all over the U.S. The mountains are our classroom - no previous outdoor experience required. Extensive financial aid (including free outdoor gear rental) is available - our top scholarships include free flights to/from Colorado. Applications and financial aid applications are due February 15. For more information visit our website, join an evening admissions webinar this winter, or watch this short video about our fall 2020 semester which we successfully completed in-person.
On behalf of the HHS Theatregoers club I would like to share about a wonderful event happening online through Northern Stage for 3 Saturdays in a row. It's an annual new play festival and if you never attended, this might be the best year to try and attend from the comfort of your own home. Please help spread the word, maybe you have students who might be interested, or family, friends, etc.
All play readings will be streamed live. A post-show conversation will follow each reading.