Tuesday, November 24, 2009

GAP YEAR OPPORTUNITIES FAIR






Elizabeth Keene of the HHS Guidance Department writes: Our Gap Year Fair drew over 150 families and 25 exhibitors to the atrium on November 19. Many who came were not HHS students, and some were from outside the Upper Valley.

What is a gap year? It's an opportunity of a lifetime... a year off between high school and college to gain real-life experiences through travel, language immersion, community service, conservation programs, outdoor adventure, and professional internships. It's a
post-secondary opportunity for self-exploration and personal growth which can lead to clearer direction and motivation for college studies. Many programs include travel, directed study, service, internship opportunities and more. Among the exhibitors were the Council on International Exchange; City Year; Gap Year South Africa; Global Routes; Oxford Advanced Studies; Rustic Pathways; MASA Israel Journey; all under the sponsorship of Dynamy Internship Year of Worcester, MA (www.internshipyear.org).

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

IF YOU'RE THE SORT OF PERSON WHO WONDERS WHY THIS WORLD JUST ISN'T ENOUGH ...


All Hanover High students and staff — Heroes and Sidekicks, Villains and Monsters, Tormented Spirits and Misunderstood Crazies — are invited to our first HHS Fantasy Film Festival on Saturday, November 21 from 8 AM until 10 PM in the high school auditorium. Admission is free.

We will be collecting donations for a very worthy and very local cause -- the Silver Lining Fund, which the high school is establishing to help HHS students and their families who are looking for some assistance with basic needs in these difficult economic times.

So if you're the sort of person who looks around and wonders why this world just isn't enough, join us this Saturday for a series of adventures beyond our borders and past all horizons. Come for one movie or come for them all. And bring a friend or two. Or a hundred. After all, one does not simply walk into Mordor. Especially on the big screen.

For details, please contact Mr. Glenney. And here is the rest of it.

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SOME ASPECTS OF HHS'S PROFILE


Guidance Director John McCracking recently presented the updated School Profile to the school board, with data covering the class of 2009. The whole profile appears in the Guidance section of HHS's web site. Following are some numbers and highlights.

Hanover High School is a comprehensive public high school of approximately 740 students. The class of 2009 has 85% of its students now attending or scheduled to attend four-year colleges. Those 155 students applied to 289 different colleges and will attend 100 of those schools. Fourteen graduates deferred attending college for a year or took a gap year. In the National Merit Scholarship competition, the class had 15 semi-finalists, 12 finalists and 3 scholarship recipients.

The chart above compares the class's Scholastic Achievement Test scores on the math and writing tests to state and national scores.

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Monday, November 16, 2009

FORREST MILLER, STUDENT OF THE MONTH FOR NOVEMBER

Forrest Miller, from Norwich is Hanover High's November Student of the Month.
Forrest is a true team player whether in athletics or in the classroom. He plays baseball and is the captain of the hockey team. He has been a council member for four years and is this year's moderator. He has a wonderful sense of humor -- catch his rendition on YouTube of Hanover High's dance rules. Forrest is a natural leader who galvanizes people through his ability to listen to all points of view, pull it all together and get things done.

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Friday, November 13, 2009

"TEAR DOWN THIS WALL!"




"Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!" As the school day ended on November 9th the words of a certain US president from 22 years ago rang out over the HHS public-address system. Students and staff then tore down the ugly gray cardboard wall that had blocked their usual paths through the atrium all day. German teacher Uwe Goodall-Heising, himself born in the old East Germany, had taught three classes that day in front of HHS's wall. He writes: Students noticed the wall, felt some inconvenience, couldn't wait to tear it down, but also did not complain about it. It was a successful joint project between Dartmouth staff and Hanover High School faculty and students.

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Monday, November 9, 2009

A PIE IN THE FACE FOR OPERATION DAY'S WORK; TEACHERS HELP RAISE MONEY (VIDEO)




Guidance counselor Laurie Harrington writes: Many thanks to teachers Greta Mills, Alan Haehnel and Eben Bein, and Dean of Students Ian Smith, for volunteering to take a pie in the face to support Partners in Health in Haiti. HHS students supporting Operation Day's Work raise money all year to support medical relief. We raised about $250 from pie-in-the-face, which will be donated to Partners in Health in Haiti. Thanks to everyone who helped make this event a success! Video by Nicholas Gick, class of 2010. video

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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

THE SEARCH FOR THE COLLEGE OF YOUR CHOICE STARTS HERE




It's the season when colleges visit HHS for interviews with our seniors and juniors, and sometimes with especially-eager sophomores and freshmen. A total of 96 colleges have visited or are expected to visit this year, "a great turnout" says the Guidance Department. Here students talk with Colby College (above) and Williams. Photos by Dotty Cheever.

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