January 31st, 2020
Dear Hanover High School Community,
A group of students, staff, and community members has spent the past 18 months evaluating our daily schedule against our school’s mission statement, our community’s values, educational best-practices, brain research, and our programmatic needs. We considered a wide range of topics including school start time, number of classes per day, homework load, lunch, flexible time, athletic departure times, the length of classes, etc.
I am currently soliciting feedback from the HHS staff, both collectively and on the department level. I will soon begin speaking with our student and parent bodies to seek their feedback on our proposal.
In my eight years as principal of HHS, I have come to see our 7-period day (8 if you count activity period, 9 if you add co-curriculars) as a less-than-ideal fit for our school. We have constructed a fast-paced day, repeated everyday, in a community that tends to ‘run hot’ (myself included). I hope we are able to reimagine our schedule in a way that pushes us all to dig deeply into the ‘now’, gives time for reflection and injects balance into all of our lives. Much more to come...
Have a fantastic weekend,
Justin M. Campbell
Hanover High School
Upcoming Dates of Importance
1/30/20-2/1/20 Footlighters Production of The Diary of Anne Frank
2/6/20 Kickoff to College Night for juniors and parents
2/11/20 - HHS/RMS Jazz Showcase 7pm
2/15/20-2/23/20 - February Break
PowerSchool Portal Information
Push notifications for grades on the PowerSchool mobile app will be disabled beginning on February 3rd for the remainder of the 3rd quarter. This change is a result of a vote by the Committee on Policies and Procedures and is reflective of ongoing discussions regarding the interruptions to instruction posed by these notifications. The committee will review this change at the end of the 3rd quarter for potential permanent change.
The Footlighters present:
The Diary of Anne Frank
Thursday, Jan 30, Friday, Jan 31, and Saturday, Feb. 1
Tickets available now!
Panels on loan from the Vermont Holocaust Memorial will be on display in the HHS library during the school day and in the atrium during performances.
Order your 2020 Yearbook
Online yearbook orders are open. Go to: picaboo to place your order and pay online. Or you can place your order by sending in a check for $65 payable to Hanover High School to Jessica Eakin (in the library).
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 2020. Learn about purchasing and designing your ad.
Senior Photos: The yearbook uses student ID photos, but seniors can submit an alternative photo. The photo does not have to be a professional photo. Send alternative senior photos to Jessica Eakin.
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 in November. Students are responsible for creating their senior sections.
We are still in need of host families for the New England Music Festival-being hosted at Hanover High School March 19-21. Please email our housing chair Bettina Read at email@example.com if you can host 2 students for their stay!
From the Counseling Office
For Juniors and parents:
Kickoff to College Night
Thursday Feb.6 at 6:00 in the HHS Auditorium
Come learn about the college application process from experts from the HHS Class of 2020, Colby-Sawyer, UNH and Dartmouth Admissions offices
We are pleased to announce that registration for Destination College 2020 is now open! NHHEAF's (New Hampshire Higher Education Assistance Foundation) free signature event will be held Saturday, March 28th at Saint Anselm College in Manchester from 8:30-2:00.
This free event is a great way to kick off the official start of the college process for juniors. The day features many different 60 minute sessions that you can attend as a parent, as a student, or as a family; everyone who attends registers individually for their own sessions. Learn more about financial aid, essay writing, social media in the college process, how to choose a major, and many more informative sessions. Visit the Destination College Website for all the details of the day.
Beginning at noon, the event features a large college fair with over 70 colleges from across New England in attendance. It is a great way to meet and talk with college representatives who will be the first readers of your applications in September. Here is a great Destination College video (less than a minute!) to learn more.
Course Registration for 2020-2021
This is a reminder that we are getting ready to start the scheduling process for the 2020-2021 school year. Here are some things to keep in mind:
The Course Registration window will open on Tuesday, February 25th and will close at 3:00 on Thursday, March 5th. You will not be able to see the registration icon in PowerSchool until then.
Course Registration is done through your PowerSchool portal; only students can complete this process.
Depending on your grade level, some classes will already be requested on your behalf
To aid the process, all students are encouraged to view credit and prerequisite requirements in the Program of Studies and use the planning sheets linked below.
If you have any questions, please see your counselor! If you need help logging into your PowerSchool account, stop by the upper lab or email the helpdesk.
Items needed for March Intensive
Do you have fleece, blankets, and/or flannel sheets (full size or larger) that you no longer need? The March Intensive that is working with the Lutheran Church to make quilts for disaster relief is in need of these items to use as filler for the quilts. We are also looking for lengths of new cotton fabric for use in backing.
You may drop items off at the high school or contact Jeanine King to arrange for pick up.
Intermediate and Senior Math Teams
Yesterday our Math Teams competed in the third of four meets in the Twin State Math League held at Bellows Falls Union High School. The Intermediate Team placed fourth with a total of 54 points, led by high scorer Spencer May, and assisted by teammates Ryan Ji, Lauren Hall, Brynne Spaeth, and Aidan Lackstrom. The Senior Team placed first with a total of 157 points, led by high scorers (with perfect scores!) Hannah Chipman, Rose Luttmer, and Miriam Viazmenski, and assisted by Rachel Matthew, Meg Snyder, Rain Liu, and Brian Tso. Our final meet is at the end of March at Woodstock. GO MARAUDERS!!!!
Parents of Seniors: Initial Baccalaureate Meeting - Wednesday, Feb. 5 @ 7PM
Wondering what the Baccalaureate Service is, or what you can do to help plan this special graduation event? All parents of seniors are invited to attend the first planning meeting for this year's Baccalaureate on Wednesday, Feb. 5 @ 7pm in Conference Room 137 (across from the Guidance Dept.).
Community News and Notes: The items below may be of interest to our community but are not directly connected to HHS.
Scholarship for students planning to attend an engineering program
The New Hampshire Society of Professional Engineers (NHSPE) annually sponsors a competitive merit and need based scholarship program (John Alger Memorial) that awards a minimum of $1,000. The NHSPE Scholarship is open for in-state (NH) residents attending or planning to attend an engineering program that has been accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET-EAC). Preference will be given to students attending or planning on attending a NH university or college.
All information is available on the NSPE-NH Website
Steven H. Strogatz Prize for Math Communication
Students aged 15 to 18 are invited to apply for the Steven H. Strogatz Prize for Math Communication to share their love of math with the world! Cash prizes will be awarded for compelling math communication projects, with winning entries recognized online. Send us your podcast, school newspaper column, art exhibit, YouTube video, website, song, play, or project (or any other mode of public communication) celebrating the universality of math; entries will be judged based on content, creativity, and communication. The submission deadline is April 22. Learn more and submit your entry at MoMath.
For the fifth year the Dartmouth Mathematics Department is sponsoring an Essay Contest on "Biographies of Contemporary Women in Mathematics." This contest is open to ALL 6-8 and 9-12 students (all genders) in the Upper Connecticut River Valley. The grand prize will be an iPad for each of the two age groups. Depending on the quantity and quality of essays there could be additional prizes. Go to the website for all the details: https://math.dartmouth.edu/~awmcontest/ See Mrs. King if you have questions.
We are excited to report to the Hanover High School community that as of Jan. 26th, 51 Hanover households have signed up with the Weatherize Hanover Campaign to schedule an energy audit and learn how they can make their homes more energy efficient, more comfortable and healthier.
Weatherizing your home saves money and helps reduce one's carbon footprint. Weatherize Hanover has taken the guess work out of the process and made it as easy as possible for homeowners. In addition, if you schedule an energy audit by March 13th, you will be entered in a drawing to win $100 toward the cost of your weatherization project.
Our four, pre-selected contractors are approved by both Vital Communities and NHSaves. They are all qualified specialists in auditing and weatherization techniques, and they charge the same amount for the energy audit and the various weatherizatrion projects. All our contractors are subject to periodic review by NH Saves and Vital Communities, so you can depend on the quality of their work.
For information about where to start on a home weatherization project, check our website: hanovernh.org/weatherize There you will fine general information about weatherizing, how to apply for weatherization rebates, and information about the contractors involved in our program.
In addition, we are holding three informal "drop-in" sessions where you will be able to talk with Weatherize Hanover volunteers and individuals who have weatherized their homes. Drop in dates include:
Interested Hanover residents are encouraged to contact Weather Hanover's co-chairs anytime:
Now's the time to "Button Up" your home!
Juniors! Are You Interested in a Polar Summer Science Travel Program
A polar science program is currently available to junior high school students called the Joint Science Education Project (JSEP) to Greenland. JSEP is supported by a National Science Foundation grant to Dartmouth College. Travel, lodging and meals are provided at no cost to selected students. Applications are due January 31, 2020. See the links below:
Engineering or Computing Opportunity
For any students who may be interested in engineering or computing, Vermont Tech is hosting an Explore Engineering and Computing Day on Saturday, February 1st, at the Randolph Center Campus. Faculty and current engineering students will be on hand to talk and answer questions about the engineering technology programs at Vermont Tech, including:
In addition to meeting faculty and current students, there will be opportunities to visit labs, learn more about the campus, and go on a campus tour.
Engineering graduates are in demand in Vermont, the northeast, and around the country and currently Vermont Tech has a 99% job placement rate.
If students are interested in attending, they can use the link below to register for the event.
Everybody Cut Footloose!
The Spring Musical Intensive School-Year Program returns to New London Barn Playhouse. Everybody Cut Footloose! is also an exclusive, in-depth look at the Barn's upcoming summer. Dancing is not a crime during this exciting weekend! Alongside Barn alumni, students will "cut loose" in scenes, songs, and dances from Footloose, Anything Goes, A Chorus Line, and the rest of the summer season! Everybody Cut Footloose! will offer sessions in singing, dancing, and acting for performers ages 8-12 and 13-18.
Registration will go live on February 1st. March 21-22, 2020
More information is available from New London Barn Playhouse.