We made it through our first FULL week! It was wonderful to have everyone back in the building. Our students and staff did a great job navigating our new schedule and adhering to our COVID protocols.
On the first day of school, I challenged our students to think of a way they could contribute to our school community. It does not have to be a time consuming or huge idea. It only needs to be beyond the hard work they do in their individual classes and extracurricular activities. If you have a chance, please brainstorm ideas with them around your dinner/ breakfast table. It would be interesting to hear about some of those conversations, so feel free to share what you discussed with me.
There are several weekend games. Our outdoor protocols are different from our in-school protocols. These outdoor protocols have been approved by the Pandemic Response Committee in consultation with our School Doctor and Town Administration. There is no mask or distancing requirement outside. This matches the Town and Dartmouth outdoor event requirements. If the health of our school changes, we will pivot. If anyone feels uncomfortable with our outdoor expectations, they should not feel any pressure to attend an outdoor event. Attendance is optional!
Enjoy the long weekend and here are a few reminders and announcements.
SCHEDULE NEXT WEEK
Remember our schedule link.
Tuesday looks different because it’s a four day week.
PICTURE DAY SEPTEMBER 8TH
Comb & shower reminder for September 8th!
Whipple Studios will be taking pictures.
HOLIDAYS THIS MONTH
Our staff have been reminded about Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
We hope the holiday is peaceful for all our observing students and parents.
Please reach out if you have any concerns.
Have a great weekend!
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Health Office Notes:
It is a pleasure to see all students and staff return to school this past week. Our goal is to keep schools open and children safe and healthy.
We are still in the process of establishing the percentage of vaccinated students. Presently we are approaching 85% but we are hoping that this will continue to increase.
Vaccination is the key to keeping schools open and all of us healthy and well.
The vaccines have been determined to be safe and effective. They are easily available also. The administration sites can be found at this web site:
Please send us any new vaccination information. You may use our link below or email the health office at email@example.com
Our COVID protocols this year remain to be:
Masking, social distancing, encouraging hand hygiene, establishing good ventilation and encouraging safe behaviors outside of the school.
We recommend masks to be worn at all public indoor places and that some social distancing takes place at all outdoor athletic events.
Please remember that all of our health information is kept confidential.
Candace Nattie, Kathryn Bonyai, Lynn McRae
Hanover High School Nurses
Welcome to Council at Hanover High School!
The Council is made up of 50+ students, staff + faculty, and community members, and is one of three governmental bodies at HHS. This school year is especially exciting - it marks our 50th anniversary! Here are the agenda and minutes from yesterday's meeting. The "Bitesize" section on the second page is perfect if you're on the go . . . it's an easy-to-read, condensed version of the agenda and minutes.
Additionally, 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)
Circle Up! is an active parent/caregiver group that works in conjunction with professional community partnerships and the Dresden school community. We host a variety of programs that are designed to address current student concerns and help support the well-being of Dresden students and their families.
Since 2013, Circle Up! has offered almost two dozen community events. These events have ranged from training adults in Youth Mental Health First Aid to evening presentations on growing up in the Digital Age to forums advocating adequate time for lunch. Of special importance to Circle Up! is increasing mental health awareness, reducing substance misuse, teen wellness, suicide prevention and celebrating diversity. We aim to encourage a positive and healthy culture for today’s teens by building protective factors, education, awareness and open dialogue.
As we plan for the 2021-22 school year, we are interested in hearing from the Dresden community. If you would like to receive Circle Up! news or event information, share an idea for a program, or to volunteer any amount of time, please contact us at UVCircleUp@gmail.com. You can also find more information on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/groups/UVCircleUp.
We welcome you to join the audience at our events and to constructively participate at your comfort level. For those interested in additional participation, our event planning meetings are currently on zoom every second Tuesday of the month at 7pm, starting September 14th. Meetings are currently on zoom and can be accessed through this link-
Come be a part of Circle Up! It takes a village!
9th Grade Parent Night
Please join us on Wednesday, September 8th from 5:30-6:30 on Zoom for 9th Grade Parent Night. A panel of upperclass students will discuss what it is like to be a 9th grader at HHS and will answer audience questions. Topics we hope to cover include:
Differences between 8th and 9th grade
How parents can best support their 9th grader's adjustment to high school
What to do if your child experiences academic trouble
What to do if your child doesn't like a class/having trouble with a teacher
How to manage extracurriculars and academics
How Hanover High encourages students to take responsibility for themselves
Things students would want parents to know about Hanover High School
Options for what to do and where to go during free time in the school day
Here is the Zoom link for this event. You will need to enter your email and your name. We hope you can join us.
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.
Adult - 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. If you are interested, please reach out to Emma Cottage, and she will add you to the Volunteer List.
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.
Youth Mountain Bike Racing for riders in Grades 5-12
First of 4 race series is happening at Slate Valley on Saturday, Sept 11th.
Check out the details about the Vermont Youth Cycling League at vtyouthcycling.org, including a link to race registration.
Any questions, ask Mr. Phipps or email firstname.lastname@example.org