As we head home for the weekend, it’s important to continue to take care of ourselves and one another. This has been a sad week for our school and our community - learning about the death of Elias Williams has impacted us in different ways. The grief one experiences from the death of a child can be shocking and disorienting for young and old alike. It’s important to keep in mind that the grief process is often not linear, and will be processed differently for each of us. Moving forward, please reach out to our Counseling Department if you have concerns regarding your child's emotional well-being, or if you would like support to begin a conversation with them.
This morning we were notified that a HHS student has been confirmed COVID positive. The student was last in the building on Tuesday.
The nurses have reached out to all of the affected families. The close contact list contains 14 names along with 4 staff members who do not consider themselves close contacts but are requesting to be tested. The test will be done around day 7 of the quarantine at the DHMC COVID testing center. The parents will be called by the testing center with a date and time.
The nurses have asked the parents to speak with their children about being thoughtful with all communications concerning COVID cases.
Teachers are now eligible to receive the COVID vaccination and I would like to thank the SAU COVID task force for coordinating this effort for our staff. With that, please don’t let down your guard and stay the course with adhering to the protocols. Students are reminded during school, please continue to remind them at home.
Athletics Update - Spring Sport COVID-19 Protocols
The official start of practices for the HHS spring sports season is Monday, March 29. As we embark on the spring season, we want to make sure everyone is aware of the HHS Spring Athletics Protocols. The full protocols can be found at this link: Spring Athletics Protocols - Hanover High School COVID-19
For those participating in HHS spring sports, we want to make sure you are clear on our COVID-19 guidelines regarding participation in out-of-school or out-of-season sports while playing a HHS spring sport. This policy was recently set by the SAU-70 COVID Task Force for spring sports.
The policy prohibits HHS spring student-athletes from participation in any in-person activities for out-of-school or out-of-season teams during the spring season. The rationale for this is to limit COVID exposure to protect our teams, students, and community.
The full policy can be found below. We realize that this policy may mean a student decides not to participate in the HHS team they have registered for this spring. If you choose to cancel your registration, refunds will be given. Please reach out to Megan Sobel.
Policy on HHS Spring Sports and Out-of-School/Out-of-Season Sports
After much discussion, HHS and the SAU-70 COVID Task Force has made the decision that students who participate on HHS school teams this spring at all levels will NOT be permitted to participate in any in-person activities for out-of-school or out-of-season teams including workouts, practices, scrimmages, and games during the entirety of the Spring 2021 high school season. This was a similar rule that was in place for the winter season for indoor sports, but has been expanded for all sports. The rule has been put in place due to COVID-19 concerns. The hard work of our students and coaches in adhering to COVID protocols allowed our fall and winter teams to successfully complete their seasons. We want to make sure our spring teams have that same opportunity. Preventing all participation in other sports activities other than in-season teams will eliminate additional travel for sports, lessen exposure to others, and give our spring teams the best chance to have a full season.
The official spring season starts on Monday, March 29. At that point until the end of their season, students registered for spring sports may not participate in any out-of-school or out-of-season activities. Please Note: No warnings will be given with regards to this policy. If students are unclear or have any questions with regard to these guidelines for a specific situation, it is their responsibility to check with the Athletics Director.
Any student found to be violating this rule will be immediately disqualified from all high school athletic activities for the remainder of the spring season.
Spring Sports Pre-Season Information
For those participating in spring sports, pre-season information (dates, times, locations, equipment needed, etc.) can be found at this link Pre-Season Information Spring 2021.
Also, you can always check the Hanover Athletics website for updated information as well as schedules for all teams.
9th Grade Off Campus Survey for Parents for Proposed Change
Please take a few moments to fill out this survey about a proposed change to allow 9th graders Off-Campus privileges during their second semester, with parental permission. This motion was introduced during a recent Council meeting and we would much appreciate hearing your opinions and feedback.
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). Last chance to order is May 1st.
I want to clarify that seniors (aside from editors and free and reduced lunch students) do not get free yearbooks. Last year was special. Pretty last minute, we were given a donation to make sure every senior received a yearbook. The majority of seniors had already ordered a yearbook. We do not have a donation this year, so the only way for your senior to get a yearbook is to order through the website listed above or by bringing a check to the library.
Parent Ads: Go to Picaboo to purchase and design your parent ad. Parent ads go at the end of the yearbook and are a message you send to your child or to the class of 2021. Learn about purchasing and designing your ad. Last chance to make an ad is April 16th.
Footlighters Winter Show Encore Stream This Weekend Only
Beginning at 12:01 AM on Saturday, March 27 and continuing through midnight Sunday, March 28, you will again be able stream the Footlighters winter production, This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing, by Finegan Kruckemeyer.
A fable about love, loss, journey and return, it is appropriate for all ages. Our covid-friendly adaptation was made with permission from the playwright. The reviews have been wonderful - don’t miss this sweet and joyous production.
After this weekend, unless the playwright says differently, it will be made unavailable in accordance with our contract so save the date and bookmark the YouTube link.
Note that the above is a new link, with corrected credits. The original link will also be active, if for any reason this one does not. Email Footlighters if you have any questions or trouble accessing the stream.
Summer STEM Programs
Summer STEM programs are in business, many virtually but some in person. Check out these programs, many in the area, region, and farther afield.
High School AI + Social Good Program by MIT and Stanford Graduates
AI Scholars Live Online is a 10-session (25 hours) pre-college enrichment program that exposes high school students (Grades 9-12) to the fundamentals of artificial intelligence and guides them to build a socially impactful project in areas including medicine, astronomy, journalism, finance, and more. Taught by our team of graduate students from Stanford and MIT, students receive a personalized, interdisciplinary learning experience with a student-teacher ratio of 4:1. We offer multiple dates and times for our Spring Semester and Summer Break programs. Students of all backgrounds may apply here (inspiritai.com/apply) by March 31st for Summer and learn more in our flyer or on our website. Please contact Lucas Hornsby with any questions.
Youth-In-Action: Food Drive for the Upper Valley Haven
Thank you SO much for all the families who have donated to the Food and Supply Drive for the Upper Valley Haven. Food insecurity in the Upper Valley has risen during the pandemic. The Haven is committed to serving the needs and are hoping you can help. We would like to bring at least 692 items to the Haven before Spring Break (Current # of enrolled HHS students). We are at 85 items. If you are moved to help, please have your student bring the items to school before April 9th (Table across from the library), and we will be so happy to deliver them to the Haven on behalf of the Hanover High School community. HERE is a list of items most needed. Shelf-stable milk, canned tomatoes, soup, oatmeal, peanut butter, and tuna always top the list.
If we all pitch in we can help our neighbors!