A Different Kind of Cat…Skylar Barnett

A Different Kind of Cat...Skylar Barnett  
 Skylar Barnett (seated middle front) is surrounded by her family at the signing of her National Letter of Intent.  With her are (back row, l to r): Grandmother, Paula Shultmar, sister Ashtyn, Grandfather Robert Shultmar and sister Deyton.

The first thing you notice about Skylar Barnett is her engaging smile and positive attitude.  Skylar had a lot to be positive about when she joined family and friends to sign  her National Letter of Intent to attend and play softball for DePauw University in Greencastle, IN.  Her Mom confirmed that Sklyer is indeed a positive person.  “She’s always smiling and always tries her hardest, even when she’s hurt,” said Dionne Barnett.  Skylar has had her share of injuries including a painful dislocated finger this past spring.

Skylar joined the Hanover family in third grade as a student at Jane Ball Elementary School, but didn’t begin her softball career until she was almost twelve years old.  The best part of being a Wildcat has been playing ball with her best friends, something she will miss when she leaves in the fall.  She greets the uncertainty of leaving home with her trademark smile and positive attitude.  “I’m really excited about the freedom and learning how to live on my own,” she says with a smile though admits that she will miss being around her family, which includes two siblings, Ashtyn (a Freshman softball player at Hanover) and Deyton a sixth grader at Hanover Central Middle School.  “I’m really a homebody and not having Mom and Dad around 24/7 will be tough,” she said still smiling.

Skylar visited three additional schools before signing with DePauw.  “I looked at Valparaiso, Wartburg, and Taylor, before choosing DePauw.  It felt so much like Hanover and the small class sizes really drew me in,” she said.  Skylar will focus her studies on sports medicine with her ultimate goal to become a Physical Therapist.  She already favors her health science classes at Hanover which include medical terminology and anatomy.  

Her Dad, Robert easily expresses the pride of a parent who knew as soon as Skylar began playing ball that she had something special, but is quick to point out that; “hard work and dedication,” was a big part of developing that something special.  He knows his daughter has the right stuff to do well away from home but like any parent he worries just a little bit.  “I worry about the new challenges she’ll face and that she’ll face them without us,” he said. 

A Different Kind of Cat...Skylar Barnett  
Skylar Barnett and Coach Amanda Suarez 

The Hanover Wildcat family is proud of the newest DePauw Tiger and wishes her the best as she moves on to this new chapter in her education journey.   

Getting To Know Principal West


Just prior to coming to Hanover Central High School as Assistant Principal in 2013, Mary Ann West served as the Assistant Principal at Christ The King College Preparatory High School on the west side of Chicago.  In 2014, Ms. West began serving as Principal of HCHS.  She is a graduate of Crete-Monee High School, earned a B.A. in History from Northern Illinois University as well as Master’s degrees in Secondary Education and Education Administration from Governor’s State University.  Ms. West is currently working on her doctorate in Executive Organizational Leadership & Policy at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.   Ms. West, an educator since 1995, is certified in both Indiana and Illinois, and has served as a Teacher, Dean of Students, Assistant Principal and Middle School Principal in both parochial and public schools. 

As the parent of a college graduate daughter, Principal West is well aware of the challenges faced by students today that didn’t even exist a generation ago.  “The influence of social media takes the innocence of childhood away too soon.  Kids are bombarded by so many issues and topics they shouldn’t have to deal with or be exposed to.  It makes it very challenging at times for them to even concentrate in school,” she said. 

Ms. West believes bringing structure, school pride, and expanding school programs are some her greatest accomplishments.  “I’m clear about expectations for students.  I look at each student as an individual.  I’ve always been consistent in issuing discipline.  Whether it’s the homecoming queen or the class clown, students know the same consequence is given.  I let them find their way, within parameters, and in a secure environment I build relationships.  I believe it’s important for our students to know and continue school traditions—this builds school pride and a love for their high school.  Lastly, I believe in our school mission of “striving to create a positive environment where all are challenged to achieve their potential”.  Annually, we strive to expand our class programming to meet all student needs—the college-bound to the career-ready graduate”.

The most important message a child can hear from an educator says West is, “We are concerned about their total well-being and success, not just academically.  Everything that goes into making them who they are-- we care about.” 

 Hanover Community School Corporation Mission, Vision, and Beliefs 


Making a difference…realizing potential


 Hanover Community School Corporation realizes the individuality of each student and is committed to providing a safe and positive atmosphere for learning. The collaboration of dedicated staff and the community allows Hanover Community School Corporation to create a literacy-rich environment and facilitate high quality instruction for all students. A challenging curriculum, well-equipped facilities and relevant technology optimize achievement, empowering all students to realize their potential for success in a global society.


1.       Every student has the capacity to learn and grow academically with involvement and support from the school system, the community, and parents/guardians. 

2.       Students are best served by creating multiple pathways leading to a successful transition to postsecondary education or employment opportunities. 

3.       Consistent parent/teacher communication and involvement creates a collaborative relationship that supports the child’s social and academic growth. 

4.       Teaching should have clear goals focused on learning. 

5.      Learning is enhanced by the development of life skills such as problem-solving, critical thinking, and peer collaboration. 

6.       A strong school staff is reflective and honest, holding each other accountable and supporting one another. 

7.       Staff members, as valuable contributors to the school community, must model ethical behavior, exhibit a strong work ethic, and perform at high levels. 

8.       The community is a core component of a successful school system and respects the dignity, worth, and opinions of every individual in the community. 

9.       Financial expenditures are aligned with the goals of this district. 

10.   Fiscal responsibility is essential to meet and sustain the educational needs of students. 

11.   Students and staff benefit from a safe, orderly and well-maintained learning environment. 

12.   Future facility needs are based on the corporation’s long-range plan. 

13.   Appropriate integration of technology into the curriculum is essential in preparing students to be competitive in a global society. 

14.   Extra-curricular activities are important in providing opportunities for social growth and personal achievement beyond the classroom.  


If you need assistance in other areas,below are some names of staff members that are here and ready to help you:


Principal: Ms. Mary Ann West, mwest@hanover.k12.in.us

Principal's Secretary/Main Office Manager: Pam Gentz - pgentz@hanover.k12.in.us
Assistant Principal/Athletic Director: Kevin Bachinski - kbachinski@hanover.k12.in.us 

Dean of Students: Lori Bathurst - lbathurst@hanover.k12.in.us

School Resource Officer: Lane Linder - llinder@hanover.k12.in.us

Bookkeeper: Diane Kickert - dkickert@hanover.k12.in.us 

Guidance Counselor (Grade 11-12) : Miss Monica Kazda - mkazda@hanover.k12.in.us
Guidance Counselor (Grade 9-10):   Mr. Ryan Adamski - radamski@hanover.k12.in.us

Health Services Coordinator: Stephanie Owen - sowen@hanover.k12.in.us 
Attendance Clerk: Mrs. Lynn Almaguer - lalmaguer@hanover.k12.in.us 

Guidance Assistant:  Mrs. Diana Furman - dfurman@hanover.k12.in.us




  • December Dates to Remember

    Now through January 13 - Speak Up Survey (Please visit "District Home" for details and to participate)

    Dec. 1 - Herff Jones Senior Orders Taken - 11:30a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

    Dec. 2 - Herff Jones Senior Orders Taken – 11:30a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

    Dec. 5 - Hanover Central  Athletic Booster Club Meeting at Hanover Central High School at 7:00 p.m.

    Dec. 7 - Holiday Choir Concert @ 6:30 p.m.

    Dec. 11 - Distinguished Young Women Pageant @ 3:00 p.m.

    Dec. 13 - High School Band Concert @ 6:30 p.m.

    Dec. 13 - Hanover Community School Corporation Board Meeting @ 6:30 p.m.

    Dec. 14 - PTSO Meeting @ 6:30 p.m.

    Dec. 19 through Jan. 2 - Holiday Break


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  • Q1 Honor Roll 2016-17

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  • Class of 2017 Senior Itinerary


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  • Course Book Information

    The current Course Book has been posted to this website.  Please select the "Students" tab above.  

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  • Be sure to follow and like our new page on FACEBOOK at Hanover Central High School. 

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  • Athletics Calendar

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  • Reminder Regarding Dress Code

    Leggings As a reminder to all Parents and Students. It was required in the beginning of the school year to read and sign the Student Handbook. This is the section from the Student Handbook about tight-fitting pants, shorts, and shirts.

    Student Handbook Dress Code Reference

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  • Transcript Requests 

    If you are unable to use the Docufide transcript delivery system (on the guidance website) and would like to request a paper transcript. Please make your requests in person during office hours or to Diana Furman at dfurman@hanover.k12.in.us or 374-3800 x3822.  Please allow 24 hours  for your transcript to be ready. 

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  • Work Permit 
    We can issue them during office hours.  Please bring your "Intent to Employ" form (found at www.in.gov/dol/2400.htm) and report card. 
    There are many learning opportunities at Hanover Central, including Advanced Placement (the success of whose students is showcased above), dual credit, and career pathway courses.  We also have courses that prepare students for many of the professions and industries that are available to young people in Northwest Indiana.

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