Happy second semester. The students and staff at HHS are off and running. I would like to thank everyone for their hard work and patience in allowing for a smooth transition. There is still a great deal of work that needs to be completed before June and discussions are starting to take place regarding the end of year culminating events. At this time, there are no concrete plans and various groups are meeting and discussing options. Stay tuned as the semester progresses.
The COVID pandemic has forced teachers to change a number of curricular processes that have been traditionally acceptable in the school environment. For many, on-line learning is a new concept, labs need to be reconstructed, classroom norms are totally different just to name a few. All of this requires a great deal of time for staff and I believe they should all be commended for delivering an outstanding program to all students. In order to effectively plan HHS will be having five early dismissal days during the second semester. All of these days will take place on a Wednesday and we will be sharing more details as we get closer to them. The early release days will be February 24, March 17, March 31, April 21, and May 26, 2021.
Lastly, I would like to recognize our HHS school counselors, February 1-5 is National School Counseling Week. This year’s theme is “School Counselors: All in for Students” and this is certainly true for our counselors. They are an integral part of a student’s success helping them form healthy goals, mindsets, and behaviors while guiding them through their high school experience and helping them with their post secondary plans. A big THANK YOU to our counselors!
Have a great weekend, be well and stay warm!
HACTC Students of the Month
Congratulations to the Students of the Month who attend the Hartford Area Career and Technology Center. The theme for this month was LEARN.
Finn Seville in STEM
Daylynn Corliss in Culinary Arts
The student/parent portal will be closed from 3pm Friday, January 29th until grades are stored by the end of the day February 1st.
We are working on a new report card for students at Hanover High School. The new report card will be posted in addition to the traditional report in the student’s powerschool portal. Users can see the “new” version under the STUDENT REPORTS tab on the left side of the portal. Please send any feedback/inconsistencies/etc to Martha Campbell so we can make necessary changes. Grades for Q2, E1, S1 will be posted by the end of the day on Feb 1st.
Spring Sports Update and Questionnaire
At this time, Hanover High School plans to offer all spring sports as allowed per state and NHIAA guidelines. The NHIAA has approved official tryouts/practices to begin on March 29, 2021 for all spring sports. Pre-season conditioning and skills/drills may begin earlier depending on the sport.
Official registration will take place on FamilyID and will happen prior to the season. In the meantime, we would like to gauge anticipated interest for our spring programs. We ask that all students that are potentially interested in participating to please complete a brief questionnaire to indicate interest and receive communications on the spring season. This does not obligate you to participate and those that aren't sure should fill this out.
Please complete this as soon as possible, but no later than Wednesday, February 3.
If you have questions, please reach out to Megan Sobel, Athletic Director.
May Intensive Program of Studies
The staff at Hanover High School is proud to present you with the 2021 May Intensive Program of Studies. This year we’ve moved MI to May to take advantage of warmer weather and opportunities to get more students outside, where the risk of virus transmission is lower. The program of studies is available on the Hanover High School website
Juniors and Seniors will soon be sent a separate link to the March Intensive registration form We are asking all juniors and seniors to fill out course preference registration forms by no later than noon on 2/4. We need students to thoughtfully make their course preferences. The course registration is done using a random lottery and is not influenced by when students submit their form, as long as they meet the deadline.
Once we have placed all of the juniors and seniors, we will publish an updated program of studies with courses that are still available for 9th and 10th graders. That email will have a sign-up link. Ninth and tenth graders will be given until noon on 2/10 to make their choices.
Please note that we have a limited number of Independent Study slots available. Applications for Independent May Intensives must be turned in by Monday, February 5, by 8:00 AM.
Most courses are free, but some have a fee. That said, our goal is to make every course available to all students. We do have a limited amount of financial aid to help those students and families that are experiencing financial hardship. The application will be posted on the May Intensive website after course placements have been announced.
Matt Prince March Intensive Coordinator
Pen of Iron
The Pen of Iron 2021 Final Deadline Contest (with Co-op Gift Cards for prizes). Seeking artwork, photos, creative narrative essays, vignettes, fiction stories, and poetry. Deadline for submissions is February 26, 2021. Email Pen of Iron.
HACTC Virtual Town Hall
Attention sophomores: the Hartford Area Career & Technology Center (HACTC) plans to hold three virtual town halls for sophomores and parents; the dates and links to these Google Meets are below:
This information can also be found on the homepage of the HACTC website (under HACTC Calendar).
Volunteer Opportunities at Alliance for Visual Arts (AVA Gallery and Art Center), in Lebanon, NH.
Juniors and Seniors, take a look at the volunteer opportunities at the AVA Gallery. You can earn community service credit hours for volunteering. There are also some Summer Camp volunteer opportunities for incoming Juniors, Seniors and Graduated Seniors, with some paid intern positions!
These are examples of the opportunities:
Monitoring Zoom classes
Edit video and photos for web and social media presentation
Create and monitor content for social media outlets beyond Facebook, YouTube, Instagram to include Snapchat, Twitch, Wish and more
Become Gallery Greeters to inform visitors of the who, what, and why of the visual art for sale in the galleries
Assist managing our new retail shop— The Shop @ AVA. The Shop is a members retail store that needs business-minded students to get involved
Assist in researching AVA’s history and the creative world of the Upper Valley as AVA heads toward its 50th anniversary
Assist with maintenance of the sculpture building facilities which includes a metal shop, wood shop, ceramics and stone carving studios\
Children’s Summer Camp Assistants
Children’s Art Class Assistants
Curious about how to get involved? Call 603-448-3117 and ask for AVA’s Volunteer Manager, Roger Goldenberg, at ext. 110 or email.
The Outdoor Academy at Hanover: Info Session Feb 8 at 11:15 AM
The Outdoor Academy is an accredited, residential semester school for 10th and 11th graders in the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains of western North Carolina. Each semester, 28 students from around the country come together for 16 weeks of rigorous academic classes combined with outdoor programming (backpacking, whitewater paddling, and rock climbing), creative arts (including traditional crafts like blacksmithing, woodcarving and weaving), and environmental education in a close-knit community. At OA, your honors-level classes will be small and always in person, your teachers will also be blacksmiths and rock climbing experts, and your new classmates will become lifelong friends.
To learn more, check out this glimpse into life at OA and these testimonials from parents and students at the end of a recent semester, and find us on Instagram. Applications for the Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 semesters are currently open with a first round, priority admissions deadline of February 15.
Admissions Counselor and OA alum Katie Rowlett will be holding an info session about The Outdoor Academy during Activity period on Monday, February 8 at 11:15 for any 9th or 10th grader at Hanover who is interested in learning more about OA. Parents are welcome to attend the session as well.
Contact Katie Rowlett with any questions.
Meeting ID: 842 2968 1802 Passcode: OA
One tap mobile: +19292056099,,84229681802#,,,,*120324# US (New York)
Shape for STEM
Hypertherm is offering virtual STEM experiences and activities in place of their regular opportunities for students: Shape For Stem :
An interactive 360° facility tour where you can navigate through our Gold LEED manufacturing facility.
A guided video tour of our 71 Heater Road facility.
A pre-recorded live tour of our cutting facility including demonstrations of our plasma and waterjet systems.
Career panels where a variety of Hypertherm Associates share their career paths and thoughts on what students should consider when thinking about their future career.
A virtual packaging activity meant to challenge students and engage them in a real-world environmental engineering project.
Email Shape for Stem with any questions you have.
Last chance for Juniors to apply for a free summer program in Greenland!
Joint Science Education Program (JSEP) is open to U.S. high school students currently in 11th grade, and will take place for 3 weeks during summer 2021. There is no cost for the program.
Applications open now through January 31, 2021