Fifth Grade Lunch With a Purpose

Fifth graders Nick Hoffmann and Makena Cook shared a few of their thought before the 5th grade luncheon at Great Oaks Banquets.   
The PTO and PTSO organizations at Hanover Schools do so much for our students and can always be counted on to put the "Yummy" in every event!  THANK YOU. 

The annual fifth grade luncheon for Jane Ball and Lincoln Elementary schools students is not only a longstanding tradition, it serves as a valuable socialization tool for our students.  The advice they hear, the questions they ask are important and we wanted to share them with you.  

If you were in fifth grade, what would you look forward to in Junior High?  Just one of the questions fifth graders Nick Hoffmann and Makena Cook, both students at Lincoln Elementary, were asked just prior to joining other students from Jane Ball at the annual 5th grade luncheon.  It might have been the delicious aroma of ‘Great Oaks’ chicken wafting through the air, or it might be that these are 5th graders and the first thing that came to mind was lunch, but whatever the reason, both students are looking forward to the subtle changes between the elementary school cafeteria and the middle school cafeteria offerings. “I like the way you can make your own lunch, like at subway,” said Makena.  “I like how many different choices there will be,” said Nick. 

Lunchtime aside, both students look forward to fully participating in life at HCMS.  “I can’t wait to join band and learn how to play the tenor sax,” said Nick, while Makena is equally excited to be able to join choir.  “I just love to sing,” she said with a smile. 

Both students do have concerns, many of which will undoubtedly fade quickly, following Middle School orientation and the beginning of next school year.  “I worry about getting into honor classes,” said Nick.  “I worry about there being enough time between classes.  My goal is to not get any tardies,” said Makena. 

Both students were excited about the luncheon and getting to know kids from Jane Ball.  Their excitement was well served when Middle School Principal Tony Hiatt told them that next year, be they Lincoln Leopards or Jane Ball Lions, they will all become Hanover Wildcats. 

Principal Melissa Walley of Lincoln Elementary School told students that while 6th grade is a new beginning, they should realize; “You are all just perfect the way you are.”  She encouraged students to come back to visit from time to time and assured them; “Yes, we will remember you.”

Jane Ball Principal Deborah Snedden implored the students to take the lessons they have learned in elementary school with them.  “You are the future leaders of America.  That’s HUGE!  You have to do the right thing every single day,” she said, telling the students to make the right choices for themselves.

 Guest speaker and former Jane Ball Principal BJ Hubbard told the students; “During your lifetime there are going to be a lot of changes.  Your most important job is to pick out the right ones and reject the bad ones,” he said, noting that it wouldn’t always be an easy task.

 Following Mr. Hubbard’s brief remarks, Superintendent Tom Taylor spoke to the young audience and explained his personal philosophy to them.  “Life doesn’t happen to you.  It happens because of you.  It happens because of the decisions you make.  It happens because of the people you hang around with.  It happens because you either do or you don’t listen to your parents, who typically are looking out for your best interest.”  Mr. Taylor went on to remind students how important the decisions they make in 6th grade are to get the most out of their new beginning in Middle School.

The 76 fifth graders listened attentively to the advice offered by each speaker.  Nick and Makena have already received a few words of wisdom from their Moms.  “She told me to be careful and not over commit myself,” said Nick.  Makena’s Mom encouraged her to be time conscious, especially between classes.  “If you have 2 classes next to each other, take the books for both classes with you so you don’t have to make a locker stop and then you’ll have enough time to be prepared at the beginning of class.” 

Great advice, good food, three cakes, new classmates and some time to get to know one another made for a sweet afternoon these students will not soon forget.
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 At Hanover Community School Corporation, we are:  Making a difference…realizing potential.


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The Hanover Community School Corporation realizes the individuality of each student and is committed to providing a safe and positive atmosphere for learning. The collaboration of dedicated staff and the community allows Hanover Community School Corporation to create a literacy-rich environment and facilitate high quality instruction for all students. A challenging curriculum, well-equipped facilities and relevant technology optimize achievement, empowering all students to realize their potential for success in a global society.

Board approved April 17, 2012



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