Many of you might be wondering about our mascot removal and the selection process for a new mascot. Others of you might wonder what we do each Friday in our Advisory Circle. Advisory Circle today focused on choosing a new mascot. The Circle lesson plan is linked here as an example of the curriculum our staff creates each week for our students. Lucky students!
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AP Test Registration is open, and the deadline to sign up is November 5th.
There are three steps that must be taken:
1) Each test costs $96 and must be paid electronically using MealTime.
2) Students must return this form to the Counseling Office (after payment has been made using MealTime).
3) Students will receive an email with a join code for each exam (sent by Tom Eberhardt). Registration will not be complete until students have "enrolled" using these join codes.
Questions? Please see your counselor.
Colleges Visiting October 25-October 29, 2021
Monday: October 25, 2021
Thomas College: 8:45-9:25 - Counseling Office
Dickinson College: 12:50- 1:25 - Zoom
Ohio Wesleyan: 2:20-3:30 - Counseling Office
Tuesday: October 26, 2021
Ursinus College: 10:20-11:00 - Zoom
Indiana University Bloomington: 12:00-12:40 - Zoom
Wednesday: October 27, 2021
Smith College: 9:30-10:10 - Zoom
Thursday: October 28, 2021
Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland: 9:35-10:15 - Zoom
University of Toronto: 12:00-12:40 - Zoom
Friday: October 29, 2021
Bucknell University: 8:45-9:25 - Counseling Office
Northeastern University: 10:05-10:45 - Counseling Office
Pace University: 12:00-12:40 - Counseling Office
Winter Sports Registration - Deadline is October 31st
If your student plans to participate in a winter sport at HHS registration is now open. Please register as soon as possible so we have an idea of numbers in all programs and can process registrations so everyone is ready. The deadline to register is Sunday, October 31.
Here is the link to register: Hanover High School FamilyID Winter Sports Registration
The sports and levels listed below will be offered during the winter season. The official start date is also listed. Some sports may start earlier with voluntary workouts or skills sessions. Please register on Family ID to make sure you are contacted by the coaches.
Boys Basketball - Varsity, JV, JV2 - starts November 29
Girls Basketball - Varsity, JV - starts November 29
Unified Basketball - Varsity - starts November 29
Boys Ice Hockey - Varsity, JV - starts November 29
Girls Ice Hockey - Varsity - starts November 29
Alpine Skiing - Varsity and JV - starts November 22 - All skiers should have previous racing experience. Team size may be limited depending on numbers. Everyone is expected to participate in dry land training beginning November 22.
Nordic Skiing - Varsity, JV, Development - starts December 6
Ski Jumping - starts November 22
Swimming & Diving - starts November 15
Indoor Track - Varsity and JV - starts November 29 - Due to the availability of indoor tracks across the state because of COVID restrictions, it is unlikely competitions will be offered. The sport will still be offered this winter.
If you have sports specific questions, you can reach out to the coach for more information. An athletics staff directory with coaches listed can be found at this LINK. If you have general or registration questions, please contact Megan Sobel, Athletic Director, by emailing Megan Sobel or calling the Athletics Department at 643-0655.
Weekly Mascot Update
Today, the entire HHS school community engaged in a Circle, where we reviewed the process undertaken thus far to change our mascot, shared our thoughts about the significance of this change, and identified our mascot priorities/preferences.
After the Circle discussion, all students and staff were able to rank 30+ mascot designs to vote for their favorite ones!
This process has been over a year in the making, and we’re so grateful to all of the students, staff, and community members who’ve invested their time, thoughtfulness, and creativity to get us here. We still have plenty to do to make our school environment as inclusive as possible, but we believe this is a step in the right direction.
Should you wish to contact the co-chairs about any and all matters, you’re more than welcome to email the committee.
Council Update - 10/20/21
We had a busy meeting on Wednesday! The new chair of the Historical Records Committee (collecting accounts of HHS and Council figures to better understand Council’s nuanced history) is Ms. Acker (community member and parent of two HHS students). Please reach out if you have any helpful leads ... we are excited to learn what the committee finds!
Council members were nominated as potential members of the Scheduling Committee (gathering feedback from students about the current schedule and changing it for next year) and the Dresden School Board Athletics Subcommittee (acting as a sounding board for Athletic Director Megan Sobel and aiding in the creation of RMS Athletics). Nominated students will give their speeches next week before voting for official representatives.
Next, the Mascot Referendum Motion and Online Voting Platform Reimbursement Motion [brought by Kavi Patel (‘24), Josh Stearns (‘24), and Mr. Hirschhorn (Staff)] both passed. Council forfeited their ability to single-handedly decide the mascot and is inviting the entire student body and staff members to have equal say in the process. Many clarifying topics of discussion surfaced (read more in the minutes), including the implementation of ranked-choice voting as the mode in which we will decide the new mascot, as it has been shown to represent public opinion more effectively than other systems of voting. During Circle today, the competition will begin (with allocated time for students to vote), and will end next Friday (10/29/21). Since the faults of ranked-choice voting often arise from its complicated nature, we are paying for a secure online voting platform that will ensure that the voting process runs as seamlessly as possible by facilitating the election and tabulation processes. The full agenda + minutes can be found here. Please submit questions, comments, and feedback about Council or this summary through an anonymous survey.
We meet from 11 to 11:50 am every Wednesday in the HHS Auditorium (vaccinated community members are encouraged to attend). If you'd like to learn more about Council and its role at HHS, explore our recently updated website. We can't wait to hear from you!
Saia Patel (Council Secretary)
Notes from the Health Office
We will be holding our annual Student Flu Clinic on Tuesday, November 2nd
Below is the Flu Consent Form. Please read the Vaccine Information Sheet. Then please make a copy of the Consent Form, fill it out, and have your child bring it to the HHS Health Office. Please help us organize our Flu Clinic by signing up your child in advance so that we can order the correct amount of vaccine. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.
Music Department News
Do you want to sing the National Anthem at sports games? We need you! Please reach out to Jenny Chambers if interested.
Are you interested in forming a Performing Arts Booster Club? We need you! Please reach out to Jenny Chambers if interested.
Congrats to the following students who were accepted to Jazz All State!
NH Jazz All State Honors Band
Tenor Saxophone: Jamie Hackett-TOP SCORE IN THE STATE FOR THE LAST THREE YEARS!
NH Jazz All State Jazz Band
Tenor Saxophone: Eric Chen
Bass: Owen Kitchel
NH Jazz All State Jazz Choir
Soprano: Elizabeth Chambers
Bass: Johnny Lang
Congrats to Sora Shirai who made All National Honor Ensemble on violin!
Band Concert Tuesday November 9th, 7pm HHS Auditorium. Admission by donation.
Chorus/Acapella/Orchestra Concert: Thursday Nov.18 7pm HHS Auditorium. Admission by donation.
Chorus, String duo and Featured Composer concert: Friday Nov.19 7pm HHS Auditorium. Admission by donation.
Classical All State Auditions: Saturday Nov. 20
Class of 2022
It's now the class of 2022’s senior year. Senior prom and class trip are both right around the corner. COVID has made fundraising more challenging over the last year and half, so we'd greatly appreciate any support to help us fund a great senior year.
Thank you so much to anyone who has already contributed, your money is going to a good cause!
Donations can be made online through your child's MealTime account or by check, payable to Hanover High School (with "Class of 2022 dues" in the memo).
Feel free to contact any of the class committee members or our class advisors, Ian Gollub and Dan Falcone, with any questions.
Footlighters Fall Show
The Comedy of Errors
By William Shakespeare
November 4, 5, & 6 at 7 PM
Tickets $5 Students $8 Adults
No Intermission, Masks Required
Tickets will be available in advance at footlighters.ludus.com beginning Monday, October 25
If you would like to have upcoming YIA events show up on your google calendar, you can access it here. Sign ups should be linked to each event. We had fun cooking at the Listen Center last week (third Wednesday of every month). That is a nice event to do as a family!