The First Day At Hanover Central Middle School
Hanover Central Middle School cafeteria team members Dena Ewing and Marsha Carlotta offer warm smiles and good food to new sixth graders.
It’s often easy to forget that every Hanover School has a strong team. Those teams extend beyond the classroom and principal’s office to include maintenance, bus drivers, front office and cafeteria staff.
If you’re entering Middle School for the first time, everything can seem a little intimidating. It’s great to know that on the first day of school, as the first lunch period for new sixth graders began, there was a team on board ready, willing and able to help.
Veteran cafeteria staff members Dena Ewing and Marsha Carlotta were patient, kind and helpful with each student. “At the beginning of the year, sixth graders can be a little shy and might be a little confused...” said Ewing, “but we’re happy to help.” Her sentiments were echoed by Cafeteria Manager, RaeLynn Janes. “Sixth graders may be a little timid at first, but a few weeks from now they’ll be confident,” she said. That confidence will come, in no small part from the great first impression left by the Middle School’s cafeteria staff. Students had their choice of a Deli Bar Combo or a Yogurt Combo on the first day and Janes noted that; “The deli side of the lunchroom is like a mini ‘Subway’ and the students always seem to like that.”
The first lunch period on the first day went very smoothly and the credit belongs to the teamwork of the cafeteria staff. On average, the team serves close to 300 meals a day and it’s just one more example of how Hanover schools provide for the needs of students in every way.
“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.”