Fifth graders from Jane Ball and Lincoln Elementary were offered a warm welcome and some great information from students and staff at Hanover Central Middle School during orientations at the school designed to answer questions and ease anxiety before school starts in the fall.
Transitions can be difficult for everyone, but for fifth graders one of the most difficult transitions is the one from elementary to middle school. At the same time that Jane Ball and Lincoln Elementary students are adapting to physical, emotional, and cognitive changes in their lives, they suddenly enter a new educational environment that is much larger and can be more competitive and academically demanding.
It’s not unusual for students to spend the summer before middle school being anxious about everything from friendships, to their academic ability, to finding their classrooms. Some of that anxiety was relieved when fifth graders from Jane Ball and Lincoln Elementary schools received a warm welcome from the students and staff at Hanover Central Middle School.
The orientation for each school began with welcome addresses by Principal Tony Hiatt and Assistant Principal Denise Cordrey. The students also had the opportunity to meet members of the Guidance, Counseling and Office staff. Counselor Robin Dillon offered a presentation on transitioning to Middle School.The much larger facility might have seemed a bit intimidating at first, but many fears were put to rest when members of the HCMS National Honor Society gave tours of the school. A panel discussion with sixth graders and a question and answer period helped the fifth graders feel just a bit more comfortable about their academic home for the 2015-2016 school year.
“I really loved the classroom and teaching and I was drug kicking and screaming into administration,” Hiatt says. He credits ‘Project Lead The Way’ (PLTW) with helping direct him toward administration. PLTW is the leading provider of rigorous and innovative STEM education programs in middle and high schools across the country. “I knew I wanted to find a way to impact more students than I had in the classroom,” said Hiatt.
Moving from the small South Newton school district, where he was Assistant Principal, to take over the reins of the brand new Hanover Central Middle School in 2012 was an exciting challenge. “I have been blessed with a great staff,” says Hiatt. “When I came here as a newbie, there was support all around me.”
His message to students stresses respect as a key element in improving any school’s success. Students should; “Respect themselves first and foremost, respect their fellow students, respect adults and teachers and respect the taxpayers who have made educational opportunities available to them.”
HC Athletic Camp
Wrestling – Hanover Central High School
*Limited to 60 participants
Camp registration forms are available in all Hanover Community School offices and are also available on-line at www.hanovercentralathletics.com under the summer camp tab. Registration form can be turned in to the Hanover Central High School office or parents/campers may register on-line at www.hanovercamps.com.