Having a Merry Christmas

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What began as a quiet room filled with empty plastic bags...quickly became... 

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A beehive of activity and the beginnings of a very Merry Christmas  
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Ben Vodicke and Nick Kolanowski were among the National Junior Honor Society Members who participated in the collection of Angel Tree gifts. 

“All kids should have a Merry Christmas,” said 7th Grade NJHS Member Ally Holtcamp as she and her fellow NJHS member Ashlyn White delivered a large Christmas gift bag to room 123 at Hanover Central Middle School.

The Honor Society members under the direction of NJHS sponsor Sandra Kessler, collected wrapped gifts for 26 angels from the Hanover Township Trustee’s Office.  Aiden Beilke served as Chairman of the Society’s efforts this year and individual classrooms chose whether or not to participate.  Funds were collected, gifts were purchased and wrapped and in just a few minutes Room123 was filled with black plastic bags full of Christmas gifts for those who would not otherwise have the traditional Christmas morning that we are all so familiar with.

Ally was quick to point out that many of the wish list items submitted were for things that the ‘angels’ really need.  “It wasn’t just stuff they want, but stuff they could really use,” she said.  “Kids deserve presents,” she added with a slow smile and she recognizes that the NJHS members have fulfilled the needs and wants of more than two dozen kids in need. 

Great Job Students!


            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 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.” 


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



  • January Dates to Remember

    January 3 – English Academic Team @ 2:45

    January 3 – Middle School Wrestling practice begins @ Hanover Central High School @ 5:00 p.m.

    January 4 - 7th and 8th grade girls Basketball try-outs 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. All basketball players MUST have a physical on file to participate.

     January 4 - There will be a call out meeting for all 6th – 7th – 8th grade football players, Pop Warner and Middle School in the Middle School cafeteria during SRT.  YOU MUST REPORT TO YOUR SRT CLASS FOR ATTENDANCE BEFORE ATTENDING THE MEETING!

    January 4 -  Calling interested students to be Peer Tutors.  Do you excel in Math?  Would you like to share your talent and skills with peers?  If you are interested in being a peer tutor, there will be a meeting in the guidance office Wednesday January 4th during SRT.


    January 10 - Hanover School Board of Trustees Meeting @ 6:30 p.m. Location and Agenda coming soon.

    January 13 - No School

    January 16 - No School

    January 17 - CYO Athletics Recognition Night.  Recognition will be between games.  Please arrive by 6:15 p.m.

    January 19th - Night Out With The Superintendent - Hanover Central Middle School @ 6:30 p.m.

    January 26th - 8th Grade PSAT Parent Night @ 6:00 p.m. in the Middle School Computer Lab.  Please enter through Main Doors.  Find out what your student's PSAT scores mean as well as learning about opportunities to help them prepare for college. RSVP to rdillon@hanover.k12.in.us or (219) 374-3900, ext. 3953.

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    New - Viral Gastroenteritis "Stomach Flu"


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  • Buy a Yearbook


    Any 7th or 8th grade student interested in purchasing a year book from 2015-2016, copies are available for $35.00 in the guidance office

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