From the Principal
I made this announcement today in school, but for those who did not hear it or were not enjoying the day with us in school, here you go!
I feel grateful to work at a school like Hanover High School. We are a school that gives people the benefit of the doubt that each member will do what is right for our community. As a result, our students and teachers have more freedom than many other schools. We all have more control over our free time and our ability to move about during the school day. This makes Hanover High School feel more like a community than an institution.
With this freedom comes responsibility. We have to work together to keep what many of us find special about our community. Being part of a community means we help each other take responsibility and if someone is having a bad day or makes a mistake, someone else steps up for the good of the community.
Part of our freedom is personal responsibility, getting to class on time, the ability to leave campus, and to use your free time wisely, but it is also throwing your trash away when you finish eating. But as we all can see when we walk through the atrium, we are still working on that aspect of personal responsibility. So if you are eating lunch and you see people push their trash to the middle of the table and walk away, you could remind them to throw away their trash. You could ask someone else to remind them. You also could throw it away for them until you get the courage to remind them. Are we a community that just walks away from trash on a table? Are we a community where that is the first impression visitors get of our school?
Part of the freedom at this school is taking care of others. There are lots of ways to take care of others–checking in with someone, saying “hi” in the halls, seeking the help of a counselor. If two people get into a physical altercation you can try to interrupt that situation. A friend could speak up and say it is not worth their time, they could take them on a walk, they could seek the help of an adult in the building. But even if you do not feel that you can not interrupt the situation safely, you should not film it for your own entertainment and gossip. Why should people from our community hurting themselves be entertainment for us? Is that who we are?
We are all growing and learning and each of us will have our moment, but it is how we move forward and learn from those mistakes that makes us stronger. As a community though, I believe we should take responsibility for each other; to step in when someone else is unable to take personal responsibility. Help each other have good days.
School News & Information
Sponsor a Child This Holiday Season!
Partners in Health
What is Partners in Health? For several years, the HHS students, staff and community have provided holiday gifts for children suffering from chronic illnesses through the local Partners in Health organization. Anyone can support a child by purchasing a few items of clothing, toys and gifts. Families in the Partners in Health program have made significant financial sacrifices to access medical care for their children who suffer from cancer, leukemia, chronic asthma, and several other illnesses. Providing special meals and gifts at the holidays puts an extra financial burden on them, which is why HHS comes together every year to provide much-needed support.
How do I sign up to support a child or family? Visit the link below to see what the children are wishing for this year! When you have decided which child/children you would like to sponsor, please email the child number (found on the document in blue) to Katie Lowery and Liz Murray.
Holiday Baskets December, 2022
If I cannot sponsor a child but want to help, what can I do? If you are interested in making a gift card or financial donation to help support the school's effort, you may drop off the donations directly to Katie Lowery or Liz Murray in the main office.
Where do I drop off my purchased items? Items can be brought to the main office and are due by Friday, December 9th.
Please remember to do the following:
- Keep all items together in one bag/container if possible.
- Label the items with the child number found on the spreadsheet. This is crucial!!!
- Do not wrap the gifts. Wrapping paper, tape, etc is welcome!
Thank you in advance for your kindness during this holiday season!
Thanks to our great volunteers, this month we have served dinner at the Listen Community Dinner and provided a hot meal at David’s House. On Sunday, many of our students will support runners at the annual Turkey Trot.
Sign up for the activities scheduled so far in December .
Community Service Team (CST) starts Tuesday, Nov 29th. We meet from 3:00-5:00 in room 153. CST meets twice a week for ten weeks. The days we meet will be determined by student availability and activities will be determined by student interest. The purpose of CST is to provide students with a consistent after school activity working together (as a team) on an activity that benefits the community and allows students to earn a letter without playing a sport. This is the perfect opportunity for anyone needing community service hours.
United States Naval Academy
A former Hanover High School student currently attending the United States Naval Academy will be here on Tuesday November 22 to discuss Academic and Career Opportunities with the USNA. For interested students, there will be a table set up in the Atrium on Tuesday from 1100-1200.
Holiday Dance- Save the Date
Save the Date! We’re happy to report that the Hanover Inn Ballroom has been booked for this year’s Holiday Dance, which will be held on Thursday, December 22nd. We hope all the juniors and seniors will mark their calendars to attend. The class of 2022 is also invited, so spread the word! 7:30-11pm. Tickets will be sold in the school lobby for $20 and at the door for $25. Hope to see everyone there!
This week Council failed the Assassin Motion, deciding that Council will not issue a statement opposing senior participation in the game. Council failed the motion after 3 meetings worth of debate. Many teachers are still concerned about the effect that the game has on our community but most students insist that because the game is optional, unrelated to gun violence and not school sanctioned, each senior class will continue to decide for themselves if they would like to organize the game or not. After the motion failed, a motion was brought to refer the motion to a referendum, meaning that all students and staff would vote on the motion. After little debate, Council failed this motion, deciding that Council’s vote would stand and adjourning the meeting.
The full agenda and minutes of Wednesday’s meeting can be found here. Council will be meeting after Thanksgiving every Wednesday from 11-11:50 in the auditorium. At our first meeting after break we will most likely be discussing the Pop Quiz Motion, so please attend Council if you are interested in the impacts that this motion would have on student learning and mental health.
Happy Thanksgiving!! ????
Shayna Rockmore (PR) and Anna Healey (Secretary)
Norwich Pageant from Emily Myers
Calling all Norwich Seniors to participate in the 2022 Norwich Christmas Pageant! You are welcome and encouraged to participate, regardless of the school you attend, home school status, or religious affiliation. This special hometown tradition has been an annual event for 62 years. We are looking for angels, shepherds, and wisemen. This year the Pageant will be held Thursday, December 15, 2022 at 7:00PM. We will have one short rehearsal Sunday, December 11th. This is a wonderful community event. Please consider participating, as it is a once in a lifetime experience! There is a role for anyone who wants one. Please fill out the document and forward email to any seniors we may have missed.
Thanks for your consideration- Emily Myers 907-385-9300
Save the Date- Holiday Dance
Save the Date! We’re happy to report that the Hanover Inn Ballroom has been booked for this year’s Holiday Dance, which will be held on Thursday, December 22nd. We hope all the juniors and seniors will mark their calendars to attend. The class of 2022 is also invited, so spread the word! 7:30-11pm. Tickets will be sold in the school lobby for $20 and at the door for $25.
Hope to see everyone there!