Here is a video message from Associate Principal, Deb Beaupre, for 9th grade families!
Weekly Mascot Update
At Council on Wednesday, the 3 co-chairs of the Mascot Committee shared a 1-page report with the full body. Based on the report and a recommendation from the OEC co-chairs (the Council committee that oversees most Council-related elections), Council voted to fail the runoff motion that had previously been proposed.
Then, Council graciously agreed to let the Mascot Committee have a "do-over," whereby we'd go back to the drawing board and figure out how best to get from our 5 finalist names to a single final mascot name and design. Everything is on the table, and we plan to incorporate all that we've learned to improve the process this time around. We're also hoping new people will join the committee to help us figure this out! Here's the amended committee charter.
At next week's committee meeting (Thursday @ Lunch in 310), we're going to start creating the new timeline and voting plan. We hope you’ll join us! As always, please reach out with any questions, comments, or concerns by emailing the committee.
Council Update - 11/10/21
This Wednesday, we welcomed the Valley News to our meeting again. As described in the Weekly Mascot Update, a report was presented to Council, detailing the Mascot Committee’s process moving forward. The committee is completely open to the public, and a detailed proposal of the new process will be presented following committee deliberations. As a result of this report, the Mascot Runoff Referendum Motion from the previous meeting was unanimously failed and the Mascot Committee Selection Charter Ad Hoc was passed, consisting of amendments to the duties of the New Mascot Selection Ad Hoc Committee. Council is looking forward to hearing new updates from the Mascot Committee and encourages the wider community to join.
Following the mascot-related discussions, the Time for Time Handbook Change Motion was considered. Due to the pandemic, HHS Administration was forced to re-think the way students could be assigned to supervised spaces following attendance violations. The purpose of this motion was to reflect current practice by expanding the consequences if a student violates the attendance policy. To serve “time for time” for first-time offenders, students could opt to do a five day “schedule-up” (in which they would be assigned to supervised spaces during their free time), spend the equivalent amount of time with the Administrator during lunch periods [not Advisory Lunch] in the Main Office, or have before or after-school detention. Teachers could also request for students to spend time completing remedial work during this time. After a lively question session, the motion passed. Read more in the minutes from this week’s meeting.
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 website. We can't wait to hear from you!
Saia Patel (Council Secretary)
From the Counseling Office
Becky Munsterer Sabky, former Dartmouth Admissions director and Norwich resident, will be holding a free, virtual event on Tuesday, November 16th at 6:30pm. She will be sharing admissions perspectives and guidance from her new book, "Valedictorians at the Gate" (Holt Books, August 2021). For more information and to reserve your spot: click here.
High Mountain Institute (HMI) - Semester school, summer program, and gap year in Leadville, Colorado
Meet with a representative from HMI on Thursday, December 9 between 11:15 and 11:50am. During the HMI Semester, high school juniors and seniors receive full academic credit while participating in backpacking and backcountry ski expeditions through mountains and canyons (students apply the year before, as sophomores or juniors). During the HMI Summer Term, rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors spend 5 weeks in Colorado backpacking and taking courses in writing and leadership. During HMI Gap, high school graduates partake in rock climbing and/or backpacking expeditions in Colorado, Utah, and Patagonia, Chile. Extensive financial aid (including free outdoor gear rental) is available--our top scholarships include free flights to/from Colorado. Located in Leadville, CO at elevation 10,000 ft, HMI brings together students from all over the U.S. The mountains are our classroom--no previous outdoor experience required. Applications and financial aid applications are due February 15. Zoom link here.
Thursday, November 18, 2021: Recruiters from the Army will be visiting between 10-12, and will have a table set-up in the Atrium across from the library.
Tuesday, Nov 23, 2021: Queen Mary University of London will be visiting via Zoom, from 12:00-12:40.
A representative from The Naval Academy will be in the counseling office on Monday, November 29th at 11:15. Any students interested in any service academy, enlisting in the armed services, or ROTC should come to ask questions and hear about the service academies and more.
Music Department News
Thank you to everyone who came out to support this week's Band concert! It was a huge success!
Admission by donation, masks required
Thursday Nov. 18th, 7pm Footnotes, Orchestra, Acapella, and Chorus Concert
Friday Nov.19th, 7pm Featured Composer Concert! Footnotes, Chorus and String trio will present an evening of spooky music! The concert will feature composer Alastair Stout http://stoutworks.net/, Bill Keck on tuba and Ron Wold on French Horn
Opportunities to Volunteer
Do you want to sing the National Anthem at sports games? We need you! Please reach out to Jenny Chambers if interested.
Parents- are you interested in forming a Performing Arts Booster Club? We need you! Please reach out to Jenny Chambers if interested.
Current Fundraisers the Music Dept. is running
(proceeds go toward student scholarships):
Drive thru "to-go" spaghetti dinner
Annual Citrus Sale
October 28 - November 22 2021
We are offering four boxes this year:
Please email Linda Bryant
or call 603-643-3431 Ext. 2507
Footlighters Audition Reminder
The Footlighters Winter Play is All in the Timing, by David Ives.
Auditions are Monday, November 15, from 3:30 - 6 PM in the Chorus Room.
If you need audition forms, email Terry Samwick at email@example.com
Greetings from the tech department!
It’s that time of year where we ask your assistance with rounding up loaner devices that have not been returned. Please help us by checking for random extra chromebooks lying around. Students can access their Follet Portal to see current checkouts.
Order a Yearbook!
Online yearbook orders are open. Go to: https://store.shopyearbook.com/HanoverHigh to place your order and pay online. Or you can place your order by sending in a check for $68 payable to Hanover High School to Jessica Eakin (in the library). Please note that the price will increase to $70 if not pre-ordered before May 2022.
The yearbook has several features specifically for seniors:
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 2022. Learn about purchasing and designing your ad. Parent Ads are due April 3, 2022 and cannot be accepted after that date.
Senior Photos: The yearbook uses student ID photos (or the photo taken on Oct. 13th) but seniors can submit an alternative photo. The photo does not have to be a professional photo. Send alternative senior photos to: Jessica Eakin Alternative photos are due February 21, 2022
Senior Sections: Every senior gets a third of a page to design. Seniors will learn more about creating their senior section at a class meeting later this month. Students are responsible for creating their senior sections. Senior sections are due February 21, 2022
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?
We are in need of students to sign up. Math is in high demand and we now have a few Dartmouth students available to tutor. Please contact me if you would like more information.
Thank you Emma Cottage
SAU70 Volunteer Coordinator
Volunteer News - Volunteer Sign Up
SAU70 requires that ALL volunteers in the district complete the Volunteer Application Form. The following link will direct you to the form, and details the Volunteer Background Check Process. Volunteer's CLICK HERE
Please reach out if you have any questions.
Thank you Emma Cottage
SAU70 Volunteer Coordinator
Thanksgiving Staff Appreciation at HHS!
Who would like to thank our high school staff by providing breakfast the week of Thanksgiving? We still have some funds in the pot, but to give all the staff breakfast, we need an additional $115! Suggested donation $5.00.
We will collect this in a separate account, so please either send money via Venmo, to me @Emma-Cottage, or make your check payable to Dresden School District - HHS Cafe and make sure it's clearly marked that it's for Staff Appreciation. Any checks or cash need to be given directly to Mel in the Cafe. Any questions, please just ask. Thank you Emma Cottage
The SAU70 district needs substitutes.
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.
Sponsor a Child This Holiday Season through Partners in Health!
What is Partners in Health?
For several years, the HHS students, staff and community have provided holiday gifts for children suffering from chronic illnesses through the local Partners in Health organization. Anyone can support a child by purchasing a few items of clothing and gifts. Families in the Partners in Health program have made significant financial sacrifices to access medical care for their children who suffer from cancer, leukemia, chronic asthma, and several other illnesses. Providing special meals and gifts at the holidays puts an extra financial burden on them, which is why HHS comes together every year to provide much-needed support.
How do I sign up to support a child?
Visit the link below to see what the children are wishing for this year! When you have decided which child/children you would like to sponsor, please email the child number (found on the document) to Katie Lowery or Liz Murray.
If I cannot sponsor a child but want to help, what can I do?
If you are interested in making a gift card or financial donation to help support the school's effort, you may drop off the donations directly to Katie Lowery or Liz Murray in the main office.
Where do I drop off my purchased items?
Items must be dropped off in the main office by December 10th. Please remember the following:
Keep all items together in one bag/container whenever possible.
Label the items with the child number found on the spreadsheet. This is crucial!!!
Do not wrap the gifts. Wrapping paper, tape, etc is welcome!
Thank you in advance for your kindness during this holiday season!