As we settle into another week of school, we can see that students and staff are wrapping their heads around our new schedule and finding their groove. Next week will be our first regular schedule week!
We wanted to take a moment to remind everyone that Study/Flex has required attendance. All students have one Study/Flex in their week to provide a chance for students to have a quiet space to be and to do work. The "flex" does not mean that attendance is optional. What it does mean is that there can be flexibility where you go during that time. You could go to a resource center to work with a teacher or to another supervised space for school related activities. The consequence for skipping a Study/Flex is the same as skipping a class, a five day schedule up.
If there is a conflict with the time in which your Study/Flex occurs, please set up a time to meet with your school counselor to discuss.
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*** Read on for the 5 mascot name finalists! ***
The New Mascot Selection and Implementation Committee will be meeting for the first time this year next Friday (September 17), during lunch (11:15-11:50), in Mr. Hirschhorn’s room (room 310). All will be allowed to eat lunch (socially-distanced of course!). You can also join via Zoom if you would like.
If you would like to join the committee, please show up at this meeting. We hope to see many of you there!
During this meeting, we will:
Discuss next steps of the Design Competition
Set a tentative agenda for announcing the new mascot name and image
The 5 mascot name finalists are (in alphabetical order):
With regards to these finalists, the committee wanted to share the following note: There were two names tied for 5th place, and all 6 finalists were run by the administration. One name was removed from the competition because it was in violation of the competition's rules (and should have been removed earlier in the process): "Jalapeños." The jalapeño is a pepper characteristic of Mexican cuisine, and it has been used as a mascot before, notably for the 1986 FIFA World Cup held in Mexico. However, that version of the jalapeño mascot—as well as others like it—has been deemed to traffic in damaging ethnic stereotypes. In addition, there is a possibility that one of the 5 finalists will be harmful in ways we are currently unaware of. Should the committee learn additional information and context now that these names are under extra scrutiny, another name may be removed from the competition. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns about the removal of "Jalapeños" or about another finalist name, please see Mr. Hirschhorn or send him an email.
We had our second Council meeting of the year and welcomed some Citizenship and World History classes (9th grade), who were able to observe how Council operates. Two allocations were passed and some preliminary ideas surfaced at the end of the meeting, including discussions surrounding cell phone usage in classrooms before class starts and potentially looking for an official Council space. Read more in the agenda/minutes from the meeting. The "Bitesize" section contains an easy-to-read, condensed version if you're in a rush.
We are looking for 3 enthusiastic community members to join as "community representatives". Whether you're a parent, alum, or just a resident of the Upper Valley, we want you to apply! We would like passionate community members who are able to attend all of the Council meetings - participation and different perspectives are paramount in a democracy. We meet from 11 am to 11:50 am every Wednesday in the HHS Chorus room (vaccinated community members are encouraged to attend). More information is detailed about the position in the agenda and minutes. If you'd like to learn more about Council, please explore our recently updated website. We can't wait to hear from you!
Saia Patel (Council Secretary)
Senior College Night
Seniors and parents are invited to a virtual evening event with the Counseling Department on Thursday September 23 at 6:00. Counselors will go over details of the college application process and answer questions.
Financial Aid Night
Please join us Wednesday Sept. 29 at 6:00 when the New Hampshire Higher Education Foundation will present a financial aid workshop targeted to seniors and their families who are applying to college this year. It will be a virtual meeting just for Hanover High families, and younger students and families are welcome to attend as well.
to Student Club Advisors and Leaders:
All bake sale items this year must be individually wrapped! Staff Club Advisors may email Katie Lowery to sign up for a table in the atrium if your club is interested in hosting a bake sale.
Also, the Activities Fair is Tuesday, September 14th at 12:50 in the gym. Students, join us there to learn more about the club offerings at HHS! 2021-22 HHS Club List (student view)
9th Grade Families’ Tech Orientation
Did you miss the tech orientation for new students on August 31st? Here is a link to the recording.
Join Civil Air Patrol
Please consider joining the Civil Air Patrol! CAP is an opportunity for civilians to learn to fly and to get military experience. CAP meets Thursdays 6:30-8:30 pm in WRJ. Talk to Andrew Rudd for more details. 603-443-3016
UVAC Hiring Fair
Upper Valley Aquatic Center is having a hiring fair on Tuesday, September 14th, 5:00pm to 7:00pm. See the website for details.
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 was in high demand last year. I am working on getting some Dartmouth students signed up again.
Please be advised that all minors, and either their parents or legal guardians, are required to complete & sign a Parent Consent Form for on-line tutoring.
Volunteer News - Volunteer Sign Up
We are hopeful that at some point during this school year, we will be able to allow volunteers back into our schools.
SAU70 requires that anyone volunteering in the district completes the Volunteer Application Form. The following link has a button for the Form, and details the Volunteer Background Check Process.
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