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Thespian Society Sponsor and teacher Steve Gustas is enthusiastic about the upcoming spring musical.  The production of 'Happy Days' will be presented  February 19, 20 and 21. 
If the performance of "Happy Days" is half as entertaining as the rehearsals, Hanover Central High School theater goers are in for a real treat! 

When it comes to the production of the annual fall play and spring musical performed by the Hanover Central Thespian Society it is no secret that Society Sponsor and teacher, Steve Gustas virtually demands that students take the lead in making sure each production comes to life.  “Go, go out in the hall and come up with a dance…you have twenty minutes,” said Mr. Gustas to three cast members at a recent rehearsal.  With a smile and some laughter the students exited stage left and began to get to work. 

Out in the hallway a group of chorus and dance performers were already working on the five or six numbers they will be performing in the spring musical.  Led by Senior, Leslie Lewis, the group of young women were enthusiastically practicing for the big show.  The performers representing cheerleaders, Pomcats, and students who just enjoy singing and dancing, were working on creating numbers for “Happy Days,” a play based on the popular TV program that spanned a decade from 1974 until 1984.  “It gets a little crazy,” said Leslie.  “We have a lot of songs to learn and dance numbers to create in a very short amount of time,” she said with a huge smile, admitting that the hard work is also fun.   Practices began as soon as Winter Break ended and the performers have practiced every day for 2 hours after school.  Working around extracurricular activities and after school jobs can be challenging, but the singers and dancers are up for the mayhem. 

Back in the auditorium, Mr. Gustas is excited about Happy Days.  “I think it’s the first time this particular play has been done in Northwest Indiana.  “I enjoy the musicals the most because they allow the students a greater chance to express themselves and be creative.  The more introverted kids come out of their shells and leaders always appear,” he said.  With more than 40 students participating it’s by necessity and design that the students all take on huge responsibilities with each production. 

There are 18 seniors in the spring musical and while they will be leaving Hanover and the tutelage of Mr. Gustas, they do occasionally come back to watch a play and he has gone to see former Hanover thespians perform.  There isn’t a lot of time to reflect on past performers or plays as the show quickly approaches.  Happy Days, with all of its fun music and dancing will be presented on Friday, February 19th and Saturday, February 20th at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, February 21 at 2:00 p.m.  Tickets will be $5.00 each and pre-sale availability is yet to be determined, however tickets will be available at the door.



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




  • Registration & Course Book Information

    The current  Course Book has been posted to this website.  Please select the "Students" tab above.  Registration dates are as follows:
    Current Juniors - Feb. 1-5
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  • "Happy Days"

    spring musical 2016

    The Hanover Central Thespian Society will present the musical, "Happy Days" on Friday, February 19 at 7:00 p.m.,Saturday, February 20 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, February 21 at 2:00 p.m.  Tickets will be $5.00.

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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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    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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