"We Are All Diverse"
The first day of class for 7th grade Honors English students included a lively discussion on the definition of the word diversity, led by teacher Stephanie Franco. "You're often judged by the suit you wear," said Mrs. Franco. Students were asked to write 'bell ringers' (short essays) on what diversity means and why they could or could not burn their suits.
"How are you diverse among your peers," asked Mrs. Franco. As the discussion continued and she encouraged students to participate, many were willing to share the ways they identify themselves as different. "Diversity is the ever changing differences between people, nature and everything," read one student. "Since the beginning of time absolutely nothing has been the same compared to others. From the smallest grain of sand to the largest galaxy, there is always some bump, crack or color that makes diversity true. I'm diverse among my peers because at least one thing is not the same..." he added.
Tony Hiatt is a native of Versailles, Indiana who currently resides in Kentland with his wife Sharon Riegle Hiatt. He has four children and eleven 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.
During his years as a teacher Mr. Hiatt earned many accolades including Runner-up Indiana Teacher of the Year, Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching, Purdue School of Science Distinguished Alumni Award for Excellence in K-12 Teaching and the Sigma Xi Purdue Science Research Society’s Outstanding Educator award. “None of these recognitions is as important to me as the satisfaction I get hearing from former students who have gone on to successful careers in science and thank me for having a significant impact on their lives,” said Hiatt.
Moving from the small South Newton school district, where he was Assistant Principal and Director of Technology, to take over the reins of the brand new Hanover Central Middle School in 2012 was an exciting challenge. “It has been four great years so far and I have been blessed with an outstanding staff,” says Hiatt. “I look forward to continuing to build on the great things we have already accomplished.”
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.” Each day he reminds the students that “the choices you make today shape your world tomorrow.”
The health and safety of Hanover students is one of our highest priorities. Proof of appropriate vaccination/immunization(s) for all Hanover students is due before the student(s) first day of class. If the required proof is not received by Friday, September 30th, student(s) will not be allowed to attend classes until proof is received. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our health care professional, Patricia Talbot at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
The Hanover Central Athletic Department will host an informational meeting on Tuesday, August 16th at 6:30 pm in the Hanover Central High School cafeteria for all parents/athletes interested in competing in 5th grade volleyball or 5th/6th/7th/8th grade soccer this fall. This meeting will cover the season schedule and information required by the Catholic Youth Organization.
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!