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Hanover Students Artwork Just ‘Ducky!’

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Sophomore, MacKenzie Grossman took second place in the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Contest.  This is MacKenzie's second recognition this spring for her artwork.  She also earned a Certificate of Achievement at the Calumet College of St. Joseph earlier this month.
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Sophomore Gaby Rodriquez received an Honorable Mention for her beautiful painting submitted for consideration in the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design contest.
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Seniors, Erica Starr and Hannah Chorba both received Honorable Mentions for their submissions to the Federal Junior Duck Stamp conservation and design contest. 
The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program encourages students to explore their natural world, and invites them to investigate biology and wildlife management principles and challenges them to express and share what they learn through their artwork.

A National art contest serves as the platform for the design of the Junior Duck Stamp, which the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service produces annually.  This $5 stamp has become a much sought after collector’s item and one hundred percent of the revenue from the sale of Junior Duck stamps goes to support recognition and environmental education activities for students who participate in the program.

Students choose between 45 different species of ducks, geese, and mergansers to paint.  Every painting must be an original piece of artwork and depict the waterfowl in their natural habitat.  Students are encouraged to illustrate aquatic vegetation, trees, and plants appropriate for the depicted species’ natural habitat.  In addition, feather colors need to be appropriate to the time of the year demonstrated by the environment in the painting.

Typically more than 25,000 students enter state art contests every year.  States determine their ‘Best of Show,’ entries and those entries are submitted for national judging.  This year, artists in John Cotey’s Hanover Central High School Classes submitted artwork with extraordinary results.  Senior Hannah Chorba received a Certificate of Achievement, while fellow Senior, Erica Starr and Sophomore, Gaby Rodriguez both received Honorable Mentions.  Sophomore,  MacKenzie Grossman’s artwork took second place, an outstanding achievement for this young artist and an honor for Hanover Central High School

Art teacher, John Cotey, commented on the contest, the level of competition and the beautiful work of MacKenzie Grossman.   "Mackenzie has impressed me with her artistic skills since day one of the school year. I'm not surprised at all that she won 2nd Place. I'm immensely proud of her. She works so hard at home and in school, and the sky is the limit in terms of her potential!"
Congratulations to all of our artists who have had an outstanding spring with numerous showings and recognitions.



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 Preparatory 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 Education and Education Administration from Governor’s State University.  Ms. West is certified in both Indiana and Illinois and has served as a Teacher, Dean of Students, Assistant Principal and Middle School Principal.  Her experience includes serving the Archdiocese of Chicago, Harvey School District 152, Crete-Monee School District 201-U, Lansing, Matteson and the Cristo Rey Network in Chicago. 

As the parent of a college age 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 to the school is her greatest accomplishment.  “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.  

The most important message a child can hear from an educator says West; “We are concerned bout 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: Miss Monica Kazda - mkazda@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




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    There have been GREAT discussions at the first two "Night Out With The Superintendent," events.  It is through conversations like these that we learn how our parents and community feel about both immediate and long term needs and the options available to meet those needs. In addition to reviewing and gathering new input about such important future considerations, as utilizing empty classrooms at the Middle School and High School to alleviate overcrowding at the elementary schools, to the logistics of a balanced school calendar, Superintendent Taylor and the Board of Trustees discussed how moving toward a one to one technology environment impacts teachers and the importance of digital citizenship as well as elementary school playground needs. We encourage all parents, business owners, community leaders and ALL members of the Hanover family to participate in one or both of the remaining forums. The next event will take place at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, May 5th at Hanover Central High School and the final "Evening Out With The Superintendent," will take place at 6:30 p.m.on May 12th at Hanover Central Middle School. Please join us!

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