From the Principal
Hanover High School - ARTS NIGHT
Wednesday, June 1, 2022
Visual Arts Show, HHS Art Studio, 5:30 - 7:00 pm
Mega Concert, HHS Gymnasium, starts at 7:00 pm
The above show represents the wonderful and joyful work of our students. There is so much that our students and staff do in and outside the classroom that is healthy, positive and full of light, so please join us on June 1st for the art show and final music concert of the year. We realize that some of you may have never seen the building, so at 5:30 there will be tours led by our peer leaders for people who would like to see where their child spends their day!
Prom is being held tomorrow at Whaleback ski area. This event kicks off our senior celebrations. We are excited for our seniors. We encourage you to create an open dialogue with your students about these events and your expectations as a family. We want everyone to be able to celebrate this whole season and for many years to come!
As a principal and parent, I believe in transparency when it comes to issues/trends that impact our children so we can be aware and work together to inform and support our children. The Hanover Police Department has informed me that a national crime trend, “sextortion,” (View the link about this crime trend) has been increasingly reported locally. These incidents involve often unknown persons establishing a relationship with a young person via social media sites such as SnapChat. After establishing a relationship, the suspect will at some point request explicit photos from them. After sharing these types of photos, the suspect will then attempt to extort the victim for payment via money or gift cards. Victims can report the crime to their local police department or file an online cyber tip with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. https://report.cybertip.org/
Common sense media has some advice for parents when it comes to talking about “sexting”:
Don't wait for an incident to happen to your child or your child's friend before you talk about the consequences of sexting. Sure, talking about sex or dating with teens can be uncomfortable, but it's better to have the talk before something happens.
Remind your kids that once an image is sent, it can never be retrieved -- and they will lose control of it. Ask teens how they would feel if their teachers, parents, or the entire school saw the picture, because that happens all the time.
Talk about pressures to send revealing photos. A study by Michigan State University found that many teens are sexually harassed online by their peers. Let teens know that you understand how they can be pushed or dared into sending something. Tell them that no matter how big the social pressure is, the potential social humiliation can be hundreds of times worse.
Teach your children that the buck stops with them. If someone sends them a photo, they should delete it immediately. It's better to be part of the solution than the problem.
Like I stated in my opening letter to the HHS community back in August, I believe in the power of this community. The power to help each other avoid the sharks in the water. The power to hold each other up if we encounter them and the power of our kindness to pick each other up and help them through a less than ideal situation.
Thank you for being part of our team! We look forward to seeing everyone during this celebratory season.
Free COVID TESTS
You can now order up to 8 free covid tests shipped directly to one’s house. This bug seems like it is sticking around for a while so it doesn’t hurt to have some free test kits.
Here’s the link. The info came from NPR on line. It has been “tested” by a few of us!
Looking for a reason to go through your bookshelves and pass some books on? We helping Books4Zambia, collecting Board books, picture books, YA, adult, text books, fiction, nonfiction, cookbooks, and educational magazines such as National Geographic. Along with books, we are collecting sporting goods and cleats. All the books and gear will be driven to Quincey MA, then on a shipping container to Siankaba School in Livingstone, which is seeking to build both a school (preK-gr. 12) and community library.
All next week look for bins in the atrium, we will pack them up on Friday, May 27. If you have boxes of books or gear that you’d prefer we pick up, just email Beth.
We have fun volunteer opportunities coming up next week. Dinner for David’s House, Pad Party for girls in Zambia, and invasive species removal at Mink Brook with Hanover Conservancy. Check them out.
On Wednesday, Council elected the new officers for the 2022-2023 school year!
Moderator: Riley McGuire (‘23)
Runs meetings with an unbiased perspective, cannot vote, and represents Council to the community / More Info
Assistant Moderator: Sora Shirai (‘23)
Treasurer: Kavi Patel (‘24)
Chair of Microgrant Advisement Committee, manages Council funds, and oversees the Student Activities budget / More Info
Secretary: Anna Healey (‘24)
Oversees the taking and distribution of minutes, manages the Council website, and handles Council’s correspondences / More Info
Dresden School Board (DSB) Representative: Vidushi Sharma (‘23)
Non-voting member and student liaison between the Council and the Dresden School Board / More Info
Public Relations Person: Shayna Rockmore (‘24)
Committee on Programming and Procedure (CPP) Representative: Josh Stearns (‘24)
Voting member and student liaison between the Council and the Committee on Programming and Procedure / More Info
Thank you for taking the time to read these reports! Please submit questions, comments, and feedback about Council or this summary through an anonymous survey. We meet from 11 to 11:50 am every Wednesday in the HHS Auditorium (vaccinated community members are encouraged to attend). If you’d like to learn more about Council, explore our website.
Saia Patel (Council Secretary)