Another Friday has arrived and I’m excited that the school year is progressing nicely. The students should all be commended for their effort in adhering to the protocols. I remain confident that we will continue to have a great school year.
I would also like to thank all of the parents and community members who have reached out to thank the staff for everything they are doing. I echo your comments and commend the staff members for their hard work. This is a new normal for them and they are making the best of it. They want what’s best for your student and are committed to getting it right. Thank you HHS staff!
Please enjoy the weekend and stay safe.
Health Office Notes:
Student Influenza Clinic:
There will be a drive- thru student influenza clinic in the Dewey Lot in Hanover (intersection of College St., North Park St., & Lyme Rd.) on Saturday October 17th from 10 A.M. until 3 P.M.. Please read and print the attached Parent Consent form and make two copies of it. Both copies must be signed and filled out before the drive thru clinic.
If you are unable to print this form at home, we can provide a hard copy to be sent home with your child. It can be picked up in the Health Office at school by your child.
At the time of the vaccination one copy will stay with you and one will stay with the vaccine clinic.
The vaccine is available to all students from both states ages 4-19.
Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. Due to the COVID-19 Epidemic, it is extremely important to have a Flu Vaccine this year, to avoid overwhelming our local health care system. (The signs and symptoms of the Flu are much like those of COVID-19)
Do not return the consent form to the school. Bring it with you completed in the car.
Also please see the CDC Flu Vaccine website.
As Dr. Badams stated:
“Our sincere condolences go out to the driver’s family, friends, and colleagues. Heather Billingham cared deeply for her students and was committed to the safety of the riders in her charge. “
If you would like to send a card to Heather Billingham's husband and family, their address is:
A fund has been established in memory of Heather Billingham in order to help the family through this difficult time. Donations should be made payable to SAU 70 - Heather Billingham Memorial Fund and mailed to:
The PSAT will be held on Wednesday October 14 at Hanover High. All students who are not testing will have the day off. There are a limited number of tests each year, and juniors have first priority.
Sign-ups for the PSAT will begin on Thursday September 24 for juniors and Thursday October 1 for sophomores. The deadline to sign up for all students is Thursday October 8.
To sign up, students should bring a check for $20 made payable to Hanover High School to the Counseling Office.
For more information about this test, check out the website for the College Board or talk to your school counselor.
National Merit Scholarship Program
The National Merit Scholarship Program, conducted by NMSC, is an annual academic competition for recognition and college undergraduate scholarships. Established in 1955, NMSC is a privately financed not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance. The competition is open to all U.S. high school students who meet published participation requirements. Approximately 1.5 million high school students enter the program each year.
The following HHS students have been selected National Merit Semifinalists; Julia Cook, James Eiler, Derek Lacy, Rose Luttmer, Thomas Lyons, Sage McGinley-Smith, Momoka Schmidt, Max Solberg, Nathan Subrahmanian, Jasmine Tracy, Sophie Usherwood, Miriam Viazmenski, Charles Wheelan, and Lara Witwick.
All of these students will have the opportunity to advance to the Finalist level of the competition by meeting additional standards and requirements. Some 15,000 of the national semifinalists are expected to become finalists in the 2021 competition. Of that, about 7,600 National Merit Scholarships will be offered.
Congratulations to all the semifinalists and good luck as you advance to the next round!
Financial Aid Night for NH Families
The NH Higher Education Foundation will be presenting information on navigating the financial aid process for NH families. Please join us for this webinar by registering using the email sent to you on 9/24 by Laurie Harrington
When: Sep 28, 2020 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
(Vermonters, stay tuned for your VSAC dates and links to come in mid-October)
The Hanover High School Outing Club is a student-initiated, student-organized, and student-led club that plans and executes a host of outings throughout New England. Using Facebook to disseminate information about trips, the group has arranged outings in the past seven years that have included hiking on Cardigan, Cube, Smarts, Mt. Mansfield, the Presidentials, and Holts Ledges; skiing in New Hampshire and Vermont; surfing in Hampton, New Hampshire; canoeing in New York; and snowshoeing around the Upper Valley. On the majority of the outings, the students provide their own equipment, transportation, and leadership—generally there are NO Hanover High School STAFF on the outings.
The club’s first meeting will be Wednesday, September 30 10:40 on Zoom:
If you can’t make it but are interested in the club, please email Lily Colberg or Siena Curtis, Co-Presidents, or Hal Bourne, Staff Liaison.
Next week we could use your student’s help making dinner for the Hixon House and gardening with Willing Hands. Sign up is here.
Thank you to all the families who purchased sweatshirts! This is terrific support for our community service efforts.
Positive Tracks Get Your Vote On 5K
Coming up tomorrow, Saturday 26 Positive Tracks has an amazing opportunity for everyone to join. It's free, it's open to all ages, it's this Saturday - any time.
When you register for Get Your Vote On 5K, Positive Tracks will donate $5 to When We All Vote, a non-partisan nonprofit co-chaired by Michelle Obama, Selena Gomez, Tom Hanks, Faith Hill, Lin-Manuel Miranda. Every single dollar raised through your participation will go to driving voter registration, poll volunteering, voter participation.
Sign up here and rally your families, schools, social networks, companies, teams and clubs by forwarding this, going to @postracks on Instagram and reposting our event on your instagram account, sharing our Facebook event, or posting on your Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, SnapChat, TikTok (and all the rest).
Norwich Youth Advisory Council
The Norwich Youth Advisory Council is a teen-led group with the goal of keeping young people involved and active in the Norwich community after leaving Marion Cross, while also including teens from neighboring communities. By organizing events for both the teen population as well as the greater local community, we aim to bring together students in welcoming and engaging environments. We provide opportunities for teens to learn as well as to share their talents, all while enriching our communities.
Mission Statement: To break boundaries and build bridges, beyond town borders.
On Sunday, September 27th, 11am to 2pm, the Norwich Youth Advisory Council presents, "Tunes on the Trails", please see and share widely the flyer/ poster attached. Please meet the trailhead in the back parking lot of King Arthur flour (KAF). We are following strict COVID-prevention protocols with social distancing, masks, hand sanitizing and limited/staggered entry to the trails- where local bands will be playing in pockets throughout the trail loop.
If you would like to volunteer at the event, want to join the Norwich Youth Advisory Council or have questions, please reach out by email.