Dear Hanover High School Community,
Yesterday’s rainy start gave way to a beautifully sunny afternoon just as a steady trickle of our graduates and their families wove their way down Hovey Lane and into the HHS parking lot. They were greeted by a long line of masked and socially-distanced HHS staff. There were tents, banners, lots of decorations, and we celebrated each graduate with a cacophonous greeting featuring a robust supply of cowbells - what event doesn't need more cowbell? Our staff DJ was spinning the hits, making sure to include selections that would raise the energy level of every generation in attendance.
As we handed each grad their yard sign and their graduation box, the surprise and excitement was palpable. There were lots of tears, some ‘selfies’, occasional confetti, and lots of dancing (well spaced across the lot). I'm proud that through the hard work of so many staff members we gave this class a special send off. I would like to especially thank our class advisors, Ms. Murray and Mr. Gentine, for their tireless efforts. Thank you, thank you, thank you to our Main Office Crew and to all of the staff who gave their afternoon and evening to this wonderful event.
And, to the class of 2020 - CONGRATULATIONS! It was wonderful to see you yesterday.
Enjoy the weekend and be well,
HHS Tech: For Seniors Wanting to Transfer Their School Account Data:
How to Export your Google Drive Files:
Create a personal Google account
Log on to your school account
Navigate to Google Takeout
Select which file types you want to archive (it is recommended due to file size, to do only your Drive first and return and repeat the process for other apps)
Select your delivery method.
When the packaging of your files is complete, you will receive an email with instructions on how to download your zip file.
Once it is downloaded, the zip file must be unzipped.
Then you can upload or drag/drop it into your personal Google Drive or imported into another relevant app.
Here is a video tutorial of this process.
Student Drive Files and will be available till mid July, at which time you will lose access to your account. Make sure to update your college contact/correspondence accordingly!
Good luck in your future endeavors!
Missed getting a yearbook?
All extra yearbooks are accounted for (check your email to see if you are one of the lucky people). But you can still get a yearbook by going to Picaboo. Books will be sent directly to you.
PS: If you go and it’s not open, pop back over to the page tomorrow.
Calling all parents interested in giving feedback to the District Equity Committee!
We are holding our first parent/guardian focus group on Wednesday, June 17th, from 7-8 pm. The meeting will take place on zoom and has the following goals:
Share the work and findings of the SY 19-20 District Equity Audit
Collect reactions to the findings and work that the committee has done so far
Get input on the committee's next steps
Take time to discuss current events and concerns of parents in the district
Please sign up here. If Wednesday doesn’t work for you, we will be holding more focus groups over the next couple months. There’s a spot in the registration form to express interest in future meetings.
We will also be releasing the report (findings and recommendations) and the committee’s next steps to the full school community by the end of this month.
Class of 2020 News
The following is from Dan Fraser, of Dan and Whit’s - a parting gift to our graduating class:
To the class of 2020 - here is what your community has done for you. Your friends, family and neighbors purchased bumper stickers and the funds have and will stay right here in Norwich-helping to save many of our independent businesses including: The Norwich Inn, Zuzu's, Diane's Casual Cuts, Andrea's Hair Studio, The Norwich Bookstore, Blue Sparrow Cafe, Norwich Knit, King Arthur Flour, Carpenter & Main, and Dan & Whit's. We took in over $8,000 and reinvested it in Norwich to honor the class of 2020 in the form of gift certificates.
You have many choices ahead of you. The first one is an easy, fun, and rewarding one. Each member of the class of 2020 is going to support one of the above listed businesses- your choice! And it is free. Your final "homework" assignment isn't on zoom, but it does require a mask, social distancing and site visit. Come see me at Dan & Whit's. You will need your school ID for identification.
Upon arrival, you will select a $20.00 gift certificate from one of the above mentioned businesses.
If you happen to be a Norwich resident of the Hanover High Class of 2020, you will instead receive a $50.00 gift certificate to Dan & Whit's.
How you claim your gift certificate:
You will always have a special bond as the Hanover High School Class of 2020, in that vein I have a special challenge for each of you:
Bring me a can of peas (The class of 2020- like peas in a pod!) Which will be donated to The Haven, because life is about giving back, which you will quickly learn if you haven't already.
Write for me how you are going to change the world (in 1 or 2 sentences max). We need change and you are the generation to make it happen! I will collect these and compile them, be sure to include your name.
Stop by sometime AFTER Friday, June 12.
Congratulations Hanover High School Class of 2020! Graduates, as you can see, change starts locally and we are all in this together. You have already made the world a better place; continue on that path and you will be successful and go far in life.
Thank you to everyone for keeping it local and making this a win/win for HHS Class of 2020 and Norwich.
Hanover XC 2020
Any HHS athlete interested in running cross country in the fall can reach out to Coach Picconi or Coach Denhartog to get information about the program or a summer training schedule. While we don’t know yet what the fall will look like, it is still a great opportunity to explore our towns and trails on foot.
Feel free to visit the team website too for information, photos, training suggestions, and profiles of HHS XC alumni.
Get out there and get running!
The HHS Athletic Department is pleased to share this video with you which highlights our spring sport senior student-athletes. With their final high school sport seasons ending abruptly in a way that never could have been anticipated, we created a video as a small token of appreciation for all you have done.
On behalf of all of their coaches, teammates, and our community - thank you Hanover High School spring sport seniors for all you have contributed to your sport, your team, and your community.
Hanover High Quiz Bowl Team
There was one spring activity that crowned a New Hampshire State Champion and that champion was Hanover High School in The New Hampshire Quiz Bowl League. An online round robin competition was held among eight teams who qualified for the championship tournament by winning regional events during the year. Those teams were Plymouth, Merrimack, Bishop Guertin, Portsmouth Christian Academy, Salem, Pinkerton, Fall Mountain and Hanover. The members of the winning team were James Eiler, capt., Rose Luttmer, Dill Eisendrath, and Adam Gilbert-Diamond.
Celebrate the Arts at HHS
Order the Pen of Iron 2020, $14 for softcover, $28.99 for hardcover. Order from Picaboo (Password: penofiron) The Pen of Iron, our art and literary magazine, has been an HHS tradition for over 60 years.
Summer Anti-Racism Reading Groups
Thank you so much to everyone who was able to make it to the first meeting of the Anti-Racism and Inclusivity Ad-Hoc Committee. We are so excited about this group of people and your enthusiasm to make anti-racism and inclusivity the norm at Hanover High School and in our broader community. If you have not yet signed up but wish to do so, please fill out this form and send Ellie, Reilly, or myself a quick email.
One of the actionable steps that we hope to facilitate over the summer is an optional (but encouraged!) commitment to read Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. In addition, we have created a form to connect smaller groups of people who want to read and discuss other texts, with an option for an affinity group for people of color.
In our majority-White community, much of the work that has to be done starts with White people taking accountability for our own roles in the systemic and systematic oppression of people of color in America. These book groups will hopefully serve as a way for the community to do that work together. At the same time, many people of color have different needs and are at a different place than their white peers. Ellie, Reilly, and I hope that the affinity group will offer the option of a space for people of color to process and discuss together. If you are interested in the affinity group or have any questions, please contact Minnue Uhm. Of course, if a person of color would like to be a member of a non-affinity book group, they are more than welcome to do so!
Sign up for the Summer Anti-Racism Reading Groups.
If you have any comments or suggestions, please reach out and let us know.
Julia, Reilly, and Ellie
Thank you Youth-in-Action volunteers!
All the masks and meals have been so appreciated.
Families: we will have service opportunities all summer! Email Youth-in-Action if you want us to let you know about upcoming events.
MONDAY we have an urgent need to help build a fence around the school’s garden before everything is eaten by groundhogs. If your student would like to help, sign up is HERE.
Let’s Help Helah with this fun project!!!
Hi, my name is Helah Snelling and I’m a rising senior at Hanover High School. There are approximately 160 little free libraries in NH. At these libraries, people of all ages can stop and pick up a book, and drop off one for someone else to read. During quarantine, they’re an opportunity for kids to read while libraries are still closed, and loaning books is nearly impossible. For this reason, I would like to distribute a copy of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone to every Little Free Library in Grafton County, and possibly New Hampshire (if I get enough donations), to get kids interested in reading, and give them something to do during an otherwise boring summer. Children could take the book, read it, and then either give it to someone else, or return it to the library for others to enjoy. I will deliver the copies to each Little Free Library myself, but at approximately $10 per copy of the first Harry Potter book, I can’t buy a book for each library. Therefore, I’m asking people to donate their copies (if you have one sitting around your house) of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone to me, so that I can distribute them all over the state. If you don’t have a copy to donate, but you would still like to help, you can also buy a new or used one off of Amazon or any other bookstore, and either have it delivered to me, or mail it to/drop it off at my house in Hanover. Lastly, you could mail a check/cash (anywhere between $5 and $10 helps) and I will buy a book using your donation. If you have any questions or comments, or would like to donate a copy, you can email me. Thank you so much, and have a nice day!