We want to be explicit about our position surrounding religious observances as the school year gets under way. As a public entity we are expected to uphold the laws of our country. In our first amendment, it states:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”
In order to honor the free exercise part of this clause, we recognize that we have many people of many different faiths in our school community and in order to ensure that we are respecting the spirit of our Constitution with religious practices we expect the following of the school community. We want to recognize that Hanover High School staff have been doing this for years with regard to some holidays, and this statement is intended to be intentional and inclusive.
At Hanover High school, staff members will work to accommodate students if the observance of a major religious holiday interferes with a student’s academic work. If a student is unable to attend a class, participate in a test or quiz, be present for a presentation, or complete an assignment on a specific day because of the observance of a religious holiday, the student will be excused and provided the opportunity to make up the work. Students will continue to be responsible for all assigned work and should notify their teachers and coaches in advance through school email or in person of the religious observance(s) that conflict with their classes. (Adapted from Loyola Chicago University- Office of the Provost)
Here is a link with religious observances that may impact our students. We understand that this is not exhaustive and students need to inform teachers if there is an observance they are not aware of that impacts the student.
We expect that this will go smoothly as teachers accommodate requests all the time, but if there are any concerns, please reach out to the counseling department.
National Blue Ribbon School (HHS!)
We are a 2022 National Blue Ribbon School! The announcement was made today at 10am
We were informed last school year that we were nominated.
The application process was extensive. Jessica Eakin did a great deal of work to help me complete the application.
Our staff made it easy because of the excellent work they do.
You can watch the video(13:14) announcement and read about it here!
DHMC is offering a free program starting in October called Staying Connected To Your Teen. It's a very good, evidence based curriculum offered by the New Hampshire Teen Institute designed to help people parent their teens. The program runs on Tuesdays from October 4 - November 1. Here is a link to the event: https://events.dartmouth-
PSATs October 12th
Juniors: you have all been signed up to take the PSAT on Wednesday, October 12th here at HHS. If you do not want to take the test, please see Beverly Balch in the Counseling Office.
Sophomores: if you would like to take the PSAT on Wednesday, October 12th here at HHS, please see Beverly Balch in the Counseling Office between 9/14 and 9/30 to sign up. There are a finite number of tests available for sophomores, and sign-ups are on a first-come, first-served basis.
Seniors and Scholarships
Seniors! Please look on Schoology for the September Scholarship Newsletter. There are some Scholarship opportunities but several have October deadlines.
Operation Parent Webinar
Join this Free Webinar hosted by Operation Parent September 28 1pm-230pm
The Effects of Technology on the Growing Brain focuses on how technology overuse affects brain development. Technology deeply impacts mood, sleep, relationships, and behavior. A major focus during our time together will be healthy technology limits.
Order Your Hanover High School Spirit Wear!
As many of you have heard, Hanover High has a new mascot. We are pleased to offer the opportunity to purchase customizable t-shirts, sweatshirts and other HHS Bear pride items. Please visit HHS Spirit Wear to place an order, starting today, 9/16. Make a purchase between now and 10/16 to receive a special promotional discount of 25% off your entire order. Great customizable options for all of your friends and family are now available. Go Bears!
“Spring Awakening” Field Trip
Students & staff are invited to join the “Spring Awakening” musical field trip to Northern Stage on Wed., Oct. 19th (10:30-2pm). This is an 8-time Tony Award-winning musical about teens & their lives in 1891 Germany set to a rock music score. We’re planning a joint trip: German classes, Footlighters, Theatregoers. Student tickets are $19.00. (Some free tickets available). For more information about the show please check out this document and to sign up (students, respond via email by noon Mon. 9/19) reach out to HHS German teacher & Theatregoers co-advisor Yuliya Ballou at yuliyaballou@
YOUTH IN ACTION
EVERYONE can volunteer for Youth-in-Action, even if you’ve never volunteered before! It’s a great way to meet new friends and help our community at the same time! Click HERE to see the events remaining for this month. We still have many slots to fill.
Red Cross Blood Drive
Did you know that nationwide, someone needs a unit of blood every 2 seconds? The need for blood is constant and only volunteer donors can fulfill that need for patients in our community. Please consider joining our lifesaving mission and schedule an appointment today! Must be 16 years of age or older to donate (16 year olds need written parent permission).
The Pen of Iron 2023
We are seeking student artwork, photos, creative essays, vignettes, fiction stories, and poetry. Deadline for submissions is the end of FEBRUARY 2023.
United States Army National Guard
A Representative from the United States Army National Guard will be in the school next week to meet with interested students. There will be a table set up in the Atrium on Wednesday September 21, 2022 from 1100-100pm.
Council met on Wednesday and unanimously passed the Halloween Allocation. This allocation will allow the Student Activities Council committee to purchase a Lou’s Gift Card to use as an award in their Halloween Advisory Costume Contest! We then broke off into our new Council committees to discuss committee goals for the year. ANYONE can join a committee. Just email HHS Council if you are interested!
We are also looking for a few community members to serve on Council. Members would be asked to attend our weekly Council meeting as well as one other other committee meeting a week. If you are interested, please send your interest to Linda Addante
The full agenda and minutes of Wednesday’s meeting can be found here. Council meets every Wednesday from 11-11:50 in the auditorium and all are welcome to attend. We would love to have guests!
Anna Healey (Council Secretary)
Seniors and Senior Parents
Join the counselors for Senior College Night at 6:00 on Zoom Monday Sept. 19
The link will be emailed to you that morning.