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Attention juniors: you have all been signed up to take the PSAT on Wednesday, October 13th here at HHS. If you do not want to take the test, please let your counselor know.
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.
Did you miss the Financial Aid presentation on September 30? Here is the recording from NHHEAF. Vermonters, you are welcome to watch but don’t forget VSAC’s offerings as well.
Weekly Mascot Update
This is the final weekend to submit your design for our new school mascot! As a reminder, our 5 finalists are: Bears, Hawks, Huskies, Maroon Crush, and Trailblazers.
The deadline to submit designs has been extended to Monday, October 11th, 2021. After that, we'll vote on the name/design combination that will go on to represent our school.
Visit this link for more information and the submission form.
Should you wish to contact the co-chairs about any and all matters, you’re more than welcome to email the committee.
A warm autumn welcome from Council! The Mascot Committee’s allocation was passed, giving the potential winner a $100 Visa gift card as a prize. We also approved our community members, Ms. Acker and Ms. Gantrish, who have each served many years on Council. If you would still like to be a community member, just email us!
Co-chairs of the OEC Committee [sophomores Anna Healey and Sophie Wise] brought the 2+ Assessments Flexibility Motion as a way to reduce student and staff stress due to “stacking” of tests before school vacations. As a potential solution, each academic department would be assigned a day to give assessments during the week preceding all school breaks (Holiday Break, March Intensive, etc.), mirroring the Exam Week schedule. For instance, all Math assessments might be given on Monday, Social Studies on Tuesday, and so on. Some posited that this would only increase stress, as it would disrupt the logical curriculum designed by the teacher and lead to students prematurely taking tests that they are not prepared for. Others advocated that a simpler and more ubiquitous fix would involve allowing students to simply reschedule their third test of the day throughout the entire year, if they had 2+ scheduled in a day. There was also a heavy emphasis on more staff input required before this motion should pass, as well as the necessary development of a definition for “major assessment” (varies per department and even course). A motion to refer this back to OEC (so that the OEC could continue to work on it) did not pass. This means that Council will open up debate on this motion (as it reads today) at the next meeting in two weeks. This debate has opened up many topics needing attention, ranging from student and teacher mental health to the consequences of the new block schedule to the lack of common language for what constitutes major assessments. The discussion highlighted the complexity of this issue, and therefore the need to have both staff and students weighing in on changes to be made in current practice.
Read more in the agenda/minutes from the meeting. The "Bitesize" section on the second page contains an easy-to-read, condensed version if you're in a rush.
We meet from 11 am to 11:50 am every Wednesday in the HHS Auditorium (vaccinated community members are encouraged to attend). There is no Council next Wednesday due to PSAT Day. 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)
We are trying something new this year! The Hanover Yearbook is providing a day for all seniors to have a senior portrait taken by local photographer, Teal Parker. Our yearbook editors thought it would be nice if the senior photos were not just ID photos, and we agreed!
Why?: Every year we get questions about senior portraits. We know that life is busy and not every family chooses to have a senior portrait taken, so we thought we'd try providing every senior with the opportunity to have a senior portrait taken.
What Does It Cost?: There is no cost to have your photo taken. If your child has their photo taken, we will use it in the yearbook instead of the ID photo. If you want to purchase prints, you purchase them directly from Teal Parker.
What if we already had a senior photo taken?: No problem! You can still submit that photo (professionally taken or not) for us to use in the yearbook in lieu of the ID photo.
Do we have to have a senior photo taken?: Nope. Totally up to you! If no other photo is submitted, we will use the ID photo taken at the start of the year.
When?: Use this Google Form to sign up for a time between 8:30-11 on the morning of October 13th (because the best light is then!). The 13th is the PSAT day, so seniors don't have classes.
Where?: We will be set up either behind the cafe or the gym. Head behind the school and you'll see us!
What to Wear?: There is no dress code. The photo will be a headshot so you'll see whatever is worn on top.
If you want to have a senior photo taken, complete this Google Form, and have your student show up on the 13th!
If you have questions, please email me, Jessica Eakin.
Volunteer News - Student Tutoring Program
Is your child interested in tutoring fellow students at HHS or RMS?
Would your child benefit from some peer tutoring?
This is a popular program and we are in need of students to sign up. Math is in high demand. I am still waiting for my contact at Dartmouth to provide a list of tutors.
Please be advised that all minors, and either their parents or legal guardians, are required to complete & sign a Parent Consent Form for in-person & on-line tutoring.
The RMS library is available to tutors and students on Mon, Tue, & Thu, from 3:00pm to 4:00pm and high schoolers can catch the school bus over to the middle school. There will be 1 supervising teacher in the library. Please note that they will NOT be 'teaching'.
Volunteer News - Volunteer Sign Up
SAU70 requires that anyone volunteering in the district completes the Volunteer Application Form. The following link will direct you to the form, and details the Volunteer Background Check Process.
We are hopeful that at some point during this school year, we will be able to allow volunteers back into our schools. Please be aware that there may be background checks needed, depending what level of volunteering you are able to offer. In the meantime, opportunities may arise that don't involve being in the schools or with the students.
Please reach out if you have any questions.
SAU70 Volunteer Coordinator
Interested in Subbing at one of our 4 schools?
Would you like a taste of the best job in the world? We would love to have you join us occasionally in the school. If you are interested in being a substitute teacher, you can apply for the role on the SAU70 Job Listings.