Dear HHS Community,
Happy Memorial Day Weekend: I hope everyone in our community can find a moment this weekend to reflect and give thanks to all of our veterans, especially those who gave their lives in defense of our country. The importance of their selfless service is especially apparent in this moment of national crisis.
Guidance from HHS Nursing Staff: The key to halting the transmission of COVID19 is still “social distancing”. This is the time it is increasingly important to comply as our states begin to open up the various venues giving access to the public.
Please see the strong recommendations below as defined by the CDC.
Without complying we raise the risk of another surge of illness and the repeated shutdown of all venues.
Our school physician, Dr. Steven Chapman, has written an article concerning the current negative impacts on children due to the closure of schools. Please read this as it is very moving.
The district nurses are meeting regularly to begin to plan on how the reopening of school will evolve. Our focus will be on:
Please feel free to contact any of the nurses with questions or concerns.
Graduation update: Members of the Class of 2020 visited school over the past three days to pick up their caps and gowns and record messages to their classmates. These video clips will be combined with those from the class performers, pomp and circumstance from the HHS band, and the class speakers to create a digital graduation. Seniors will return to HHS (on a set schedule allowing for social distancing; info to follow) the week of June 8th to pick up their graduation box. Seniors will also return all textbooks, chromebooks, and other school property at this time. The contents of the boxes are top secret at the moment but our staff is working hard to ensure this is a suitably memorable end of the year. We will also have staff on hand (and well spaced) to celebrate this class that means so much to us.
June 5th is the last day of school for all students in SAU 70 Schools.
June 9th and 10th - tentative dates for school supply drop off (chromebooks, books, uniforms, etc). We are awaiting final approval of our plan and will communicate as soon as we can via email with the details on this and other alternatives to these dates.
Locker Cleanout - we have emptied all lockers at HHS. Ally Cassidy is arranging pickup times for families.
Congrats to Maddy Zuckerman who placed as the top singer in her age division for the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc. competition and to her voice teacher Julie Ness. Well done!
Reminder that the deadline for the Senior Music Recital is May 30th. Submissions to Jenny Chambers.
Have a wonderful weekend!
The Committee on Protocol and Procedure (CPP) is working to plan for the opening of school, in whatever form it may take, in August. Here is a link to our most recent video for anyone who is interested. We will soon be surveying our community to seek your feedback regarding the start of school.
Here is the link to the CPP meeting.
Students on Zoom (Stage)
Check out The latest installment of SOS. This week, monologues!
Directed by Zofia Zerphy and Hannah Weintraub.
Performed by Sydney Read, Sophie Caulfield, and Julia Cook
The ongoing uncertainty related to the Covid-19 virus is leading to social-distancing fatigue for many of our students and families. How do we cope with such disruption in our lives? Harvard professor, Dr. Dan Gilbert shares some tips from his book Stumbling into Happiness during his 2004 Ted Talk.
Be well and know that we are thinking about our students and their families.
Your Counseling Team
HHS Physics Classes
Hanover High Physics students are spending the last weeks of school working on final projects. The final project has been a rite of passage for physics students for decades and this year students are being just as thoughtful and even more creative, by finding physics to explore at home and online. Some examples are making a catapult from a cardboard box, researching black holes, and enjoying a physics-themed book group. Rube Goldberg machines are being designed at home and solar ovens are cooking things in backyards. Students are also analyzing the physics of weight lifting and hitting softballs and golf balls. Thanks to all physics students and their families for their curiosity and continued effort to keep learning!
Celebrate the Arts at HHS! Order the Pen of Iron 2020.
$14 for softcover, $28.99 for hardcover.
Visit Picaboo to order. (Password: penofiron) The Pen of Iron, our art and literary magazine, has been an HHS tradition for over 60 years.
See the Cover by Brooke Voelker