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Feeling Happy and Hawaiian

Eighth graders Marissa Metcalfe and Cole Cameron take a few minutes away from their last dance at Hanover Central Middle School to talk about what lies ahead.
Lisa Koester, one of the sponsors of the HCMS Student Council is flanked by two great parent volunteers, Jody Schneider and Robert Taylor as they man the food table at the Luau.
Time out from the Luau for a stop at the photo booth...(left to right)  Alyssia Ruiz, Ashtyn Barnett and Katrina True.
 Hawaiian Luau 'Happy' food...In a word...YUM! 

It was party time at Hanover Central Middle School.  With the end of the school year fast approaching, the Hanover Central Middle School Student Council hosted a Friday night Luau.  Council Sponsor’s Robin Dillon and Lisa Koester coordinated the event and the fun began as soon as you pulled up to the west side of the school where glittering signs blew in the breeze and announced there was a party going on inside.

The cafeteria was decorated from top to bottom and the music was playing at full volume.  Everywhere you looked middle school students were dancing or enjoying scrumptious treats provided by parents and volunteers.

Two eighth graders took a short break from the action to talk about what the end of the school year means to them and their expectations as incoming freshman at Hanover Central High School.  Both Cole Cameron and Marissa Metcalfe are excited at the prospect of choosing their own classes.  Both are also going to be taking summer school classes, though in very different areas.  Cole hopes to participate in cross country track and soccer in high school and will be taking gym in summer school, as well as attending a number of athletic camps.  Marissa is thrilled that with the advent of high school she will be one step closer to pursuing her eventual dream of becoming a nurse practitioner.  She will be taking algebra and preparation for college and careers in summer school.   Marissa is also excited that she will be able to fit a little camping time in with her family as they head to Minnesota. 

Both students take great memories with them from the Middle School.  Cole will miss his favorite teacher in the school, Mr. York, who he had for 7th grade history.  Marissa will miss everything about HCMS.  “I had a great time, and didn’t have a lot of personal drama in my life,” she said with a laugh.

 Cole and Marissa could hardly wait to get off the bench in the hallway to return to the fun in the cafeteria.  “The food…oh yeah,” said Cole who dashed back inside for a few more snacks.  “I love everything about this dance,” said Marissa with a smile.  She served on the decorating committee for the dance and plans on saving as many mementoes of the evening as she can. 

The opportunity to blow off a little steam, stretch their dancing legs, and binge on mostly forbidden foods, seemed to be just what these students needed to get them ready for the final push to the end of the school year.   

 Getting To Know Principal Hiatt

 Tony Hiatt is a native of Versailles, Indiana who currently resides in Kentland with his wife Sharon Riegle Hiatt.  He has four children and five grandchildren.  Mr. Hiatt brings impressive education and experience credentials to Hanover Central Middle School.  He is a graduate of South Ripley High School, Purdue University, and Indiana Wesleyan.  He has also earned additional credits from San Jose State, University of San Diego, University of Southern Colorado and Valparaiso University.  Mr. Hiatt taught for 31 years in the South Newton school district.

 “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.”    

   ~ Mission Statement ~
 Hanover Central Middle School Provides Opportunities to
Grow Intellectually, Physically, Socially and Emotionally



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    Monday, May 2
    5:00 p.m. Track at Home vs Lake Ridge

    Tuesday, May 3
    4:30 p.m. Tennis at Pierce Middle School

    Wednesday, May 4
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    Friday, May 6

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