“Wildcats Get Fit”

Students had a great time at the "Cats Get Fit Dance-A-Thon" 
Let's Dance! 
Inflatable Fun, Anyone? 


The 'Hippo Chow Down' was a popular inflatable. 

The Hanover Central Middle School PTSO hosted their third annual “Wildcats Get Fit Fundraiser” event this week at the Middle School.

Donation forms went home with the students on May 6 and as in years past, collecting donations helped students earn a heaping helping of rewards.   On Tuesday, Phrosini Samis-Smith,  Fitness Assessment and Outreach Coordinator at Munster Community Fitness Pointe in Crown Point came and talked with the student body about nutrition and fitness.  Her talk was followed by a one hour dance-a-thon.  

On Friday, the student’s donation collection efforts paid off as ‘Rewards Day,’ got under way bright and early.  A three tier incentive program offered a little something for everyone.  Bronze level donations ($20-$39.99) earned students the opportunity to spend several hours outside on the Middle School track.  For every lap they ran or walked, they could collect $5.00 in Cat Cash. Silver level participants had an added option and a little extra time outside, if they collected donations totaling $40.00 to $59.99.  A variety of adult size inflatables, like Hippo Chow Down and Octagon Extreme were available along with the Cat Cash walk/run track time.  The top tier, gold level contributors who collect $60.or more, enjoyed an entire day of fun that included track time, inflatables and Zumba dancing. 

“This is a celebration of a productive and successful school year,” said Principal Tony Hiatt.  “It’s our own variation of a field trip that promotes healthy living.”  Guidance Counselor, Robin Dillon believes the Reward Day not only; “energizes and challenges students to lead a healthy lifestyle,” but is also, “a great way to encourage community building within the school.”

The finale every student waits for will come next Friday when students participate in an auction and spend the Cat Cash they have been collecting all year for behavior, leadership and academic successes.  Once again, P.E. teacher Bryon Clouse will serve as auctioneer.

This is a great opportunity to thank our PTSO for all of their hard work, all year long and for yet another great ‘CATS GET FIT’ event.  Thank you one and all! 


 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



  • You Can Read Anywhere

    Hanover Central Middle School students now have access to the ebooks in our collection.  Click on the graphic below for complete instructions!


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  • This Week At HCMS

    Monday May 23 through Friday May 27

    Spring Book Fair in LGI Room 

    Thursday, May 26

    Spring Choir Concert @ 6:30 p.m.

    Friday, May 27

    "Cat Cash Auction"

    8th grade - 8:00 a.m.

    7th grade - 10:00  a.m.

    6th grade -  1:00 p.m.

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  • An Evening of Band Music by The Lake


    If you’re proud to have not one, but two award winning bands in your school community, you have a responsibility to share!  The Hanover Central Middle and High School Bands will be sharing their time and talent with the residents of Northwest Indiana when they present a public concert, “An Evening of Music,” on Saturday, May 28th.   The concert will be held at 4:00 p.m. at the Cedar Lake Town Complex Stage, located at 7408 Constitution Avenue, in Cedar Lake.

    “An Evening of Music,” will begin with an opening ceremony and gun salute by members of the Cedar Lake American Legion Post 261.  Concessions will be sold; raffles and a 50/50 drawing will be held during the concert.  Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy an evening of music by some very talented musicians with beautiful Cedar Lake as the back drop.  There is a $5.00 parking fee if purchased in advance, and parking will be $6.00 at the gate.  To reserve your parking pass in advance, please email cunninghameec@yahoo.com.  Due to the family nature of this event, there will be no alcohol or smoking allowed at the concert.  The Hanover Central High School Auditorium, located at 10120 W. 133rd Avenue, will be the rain-out location. 

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  • Thank You



    A huge THANK YOU to those who attended our, "Night Out With The Superintendent," series.  The open forumsduring the month long series and  give and take conversations on school funding, technology, use of facility space, homework, a balanced school calendar, curriculum and more will be utilized by Superintendent Tom Taylor and the members of the School Board of Trustees to prioritize the needs and direction of Hanover Schools. 


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  • Yearbooks

    We are fast approaching the date where we will submit our order for the number of yearbooks to print.

    Pre-order your Yearbook now.
    Cost $35.00
    Don't wait until the last minute.
    Only a certain number of books will be pre-ordered.































































































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