Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a restful holiday break. I hope you spent some time recharging. For me, it was about spending time with family and reflecting on how grateful I am to be working at such a wonderful school. COVID has thrown a wrench into how we do business and through it all we were able to provide options that met our students needs. I can't thank everyone enough for being patient and flexible as we work through this pandemic and look forward to ending out this semester and starting a new one.
A reminder that HHS will have a regular class schedule through the end of the semester (listed below) and the 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). All in-person students will report to school on Wednesday 1/20.
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 students who are in need of a make up exam, must report to school.
More information will be shared with students in class.
We understand that the current COVID-19 situation leads to anxiety, questions, and worry when one hears rumors regarding cases. We notify students and staff when they are considered close contacts to a person who has tested positive. Although one may learn of cases first-hand or through others, we would like to remind you that it is imperative that you maintain strict confidentiality regarding these cases. Information of this nature may not be shared with others. It is important that we remain respectful of the privacy of all members of our community.
NH All State Music Festival
The Music Department would like to congratulate the following students for being accepted to the NH All State Music Festival:
Jazz All State:
Una DiGeorge (Alto Voice), James Hackett (Tenor Saxophone-TOP SCORE IN THE STATE FOR 2 YEARS!), Eli Hoffer and Gunnar Langhus.
Classical All State
Winter Sports - Live Streaming of Basketball and Hockey games
Due to COVID-19, fans will not be allowed to attend our home games in basketball and hockey. Although we wish fans could be in attendance, our goal is to keep everyone as safe as possible while allowing our students to play.
We will be live streaming events so fans can watch. Below is the information on how to access our home basketball and hockey games.
All home basketball games will be live on the NFHS Network. The stream uses a fully automated camera system to stream the action. The NFHS Network does charge to watch live events. For approximately $11 per month or $70 per year, a person may subscribe to the NFHS Network and access a live video stream for all streamed Hanover High School sports (all sports played in the gym and on the turf) as well as live streaming access to any other high school game being streamed across the USA. Games will also be available on demand after the live stream. The Hanover page can be found at: https://www.nfhsnetwork.com/schools/hanover-high-school-hanover-nh
Home hockey games at Campion Rink will be live streamed via Live Barn. If you register for the service you will have access to not just events at Campion Rink, but over 1,000 other rinks across North America. The code for Campion Rink is 8da0-f268. Live Barn does charge a subscription fee and more information can be found here - https://livebarn.com/en/pricing
You can check the Hanover Athletics website for information on schedules for all sports and the latest information.
If you have questions, please email Megan Sobel, Athletic Director.
HHS Community Service Team is off to a terrific winter season. Our Team has been cooking for various organizations and individuals at school twice a week (in small groups, masked, staying distant). In previous years, we were the grateful recipients of cooking supplies to help us do our work. We are reaching out again. Because we are not sharing tools, we could use additional supplies. If you have extras any of the following ~ cutting boards, peelers, knives, mashers, slotted spoons, all of those and one big stock pot would be put to terrific use. If your family would like to sponsor a meal for the Upper Valley Haven or David’s House, that would also be a wonderful way to support our work in the community. Please contact Beth Kopp.
HHS Yearbook Name Change
In May 2020, it came to our attention that the Hanover High School Yearbook's name INDE was chosen in 1919, and the statement in that yearbook was:
"It seems fitting that we who live in a town which was the site of Moor's Indian Charity School, and where the Indians once roamed freely should choose an Indian name for our paper - hence ‘Inde’ - an Indian name meaning ‘flame.’”
For the past 7 months, a small community group has been researching the history of the First Nations People of this area, this region, the east coast and nationally. We met monthly, and we spoke to others in our community to gather information. We attended lectures, read books, walked the Mink Brook trail which is considered a special area by the Abenaki, drafted a survey, and prepared a Circle for the entire school. We looked at the history of Moor's Charity School and it's connection with Dartmouth and Eleazar Wheelock. We looked for the translation and we could not find it. We emailed and spoke with Donna and John Moody, Elders of the Abenaki Nation and coordinators of the Winter Center for Indigenous Traditions.
Donna and John Moody noted that the name does not mean 'flame" in Abenaki or any other Indigenous Language they could identify. It might mean "the People" with a different spelling "Tinde" in Mescalero Apache. John stated that the history of Moor's Charity School and Indigenous children and Peoples at Dartmouth is a difficult and complex story of broken promises and exploitation. During the same time period [the 1920’s] the name for the yearbook was chosen, the very racist “Indian” mascot for Dartmouth was chosen which was eliminated in the early 1970’s. By association the name INDE is tied to a legacy of racial exploitation, discrimination, ignorance, and pain. When asked directly about continuing to use the name INDE John was unequivocal in his response. The name INDE is based on many mistakes and carries with it a legacy of racial discrimination, misappropriation, and ignorance. His words were, "It is time to be done with it."
This confused naming has been and is now still having a negative impact on Abenaki and other Indigenous students at Hanover High School and their families who live and work in our community. The yearbook staff wants to make this right. We voted unanimously to stop using the name INDE on Wednesday, December 9. The new name is still being discussed.
If you are interested in learning more, please contact Elizabeth Greene, Advisor (one of two) to the HHS Yearbook
Essay Contest - deadline January 31, 2021
For the fifth year the Dartmouth Mathematics Department is sponsoring an Essay Contest on "Biographies of Contemporary Women in Mathematics." Two HHS students and one RMS student won an award last year. See the links to past winners on the website below.
This contest is open to ALL 6-8 and 9-12 students (all genders) in the Upper Connecticut River Valley, including home schooled students. The grand prize will be an iPad for each of the two age groups. Depending on the quantity and quality of essays there could be additional prizes. While the subject of the essay is "women in mathematics" the contest is open to all genders.
For all the details go to: https://math.dartmouth.edu/~awmcontest/
If you have any questions please contact Tracy Moloney via email.
Careers in Cancer Conference presented by Dartmouth Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center
On Jan 18th, 11am-3pm (MLK 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.
Please see the flyer for details.
Conference Link Password: CANCER
Experience Polar Science in Greenland
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