A Field of Their Own

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Soccer moms, Jani Connor, Martha Garcia and Judy Galbreath were all on hand to watch their daughters play the first game ever in the new Hanover Central High School Soccer complex.  
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Soccer players gathered to watch the ribbon being cut on the bleachers at the new Hanover Central High School Soccer complex. 

Be they a soccer mom, a superintendent or a player, all of those that gathered for the official opening of the Hanover Central High School Soccer facility were in agreement that the complex is just what Hanover needed.  “It’s beautiful and the kids really deserve it,” said Debbie Pattison, wife of the Girl’s Soccer Coach, Jim Pattison.  “I’m grateful to the Board and so glad that they followed through.  This is beautiful and it will be great to host a sectional this year.” 

The completion of the complex was a long time coming, but well worth the wait.  Started in the spring of 2015, the facility now boasts: new turf, new fencing, new goals, bleachers, a press box, sound system, paved sidewalk access, lighting and the finishing touch, the recently completed team shelters.  “It’s beautiful and the shelters are really nice.  A lot of schools we go to don’t have them,” said soccer mom, Judy Galbreath, whose daughter Ashley is a Sophomore player.  Martha Garcia, the mother of twin Seniors, Alyssa and Audrey Garcia is pleased that her daughters will play their final year at Hanover in the new facility.  “It’s outstanding that we don’t have to share football field and have such great turf of our own.” 

“We have a field of our own,” said Clayton Cameron a Junior and a soccer player at Hanover Central High School.  “Our games won’t be cancelled because no one will have to worry about us tearing up the football field,” said his teammate and Senior, John Bixeman.

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Athletic Director Kevin Bachinski and Hanover Community School Corporation Superintendent, Tom Taylor addressed the crowd. 

Prior to the official ribbon cutting, Athletic Director, Kevin Bachinski spoke to the crowd; “As I look at a lot of other soccer facilities in Northwest Indiana, there are not a lot of places that have a set up like this.  By next spring (when the turf is completely filled in) this will be the crown jewel of soccer in Northwest Indiana. “   Mr. Bachinski included a special thanks to Director of Operations, Steve Goff and Athletic Department Maintenance staff member, George Jones for shepherding the project and turf through completion.  Superintendent Tom Taylor understood the feelings of the players and parents.  “It was my goal, from the get go, to establish something for our soccer programs that would be theirs alone,” he told the crowd.  “I hope you enjoy the facility.  I hope you’re proud of it.  I guarantee you that in the next year the turf will fill in nicely and in two years it will be like a carpet.”  Hanover staff worked with a national sports turf expert from Purdue University in the development of the playing surface.   “He’s advised us all the way,” said Mr. Taylor and,  “I expect this to be as good a playing surface as there is in Northwest Indiana and possibly the best in all of Indiana.” 

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It's Official!  Jim Pattison and Dan Grunewald cut the ribbon.   

Following the brief remarks, coaches Dan Grunewald (Boy’s Varsity) and Jim Pattison (Girl’s) cut the ribbon across the bleachers.  In just a few moments members of the  boy’s varsity team were up the bleachers and in the press box taking over the public announcement system to shout a huge, “Thank you!”

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Assistant Athletic Director Jo Ann Heldt cut the soccer cake during a refreshment reception for dedication attendees.  
Following the ceremony and before the first game on the new turf players, parents and guests headed inside to enjoy some light refreshments.  There were plenty of smiles and perhaps Jacob Czak, a Freshman player who will have the opportunity to play in the state-of-the- art complex for his entire high school career, expressed the feelings of every one present; “I really like it.  It’s pretty cool.”

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Lining the new fence at the soccer complex are posters of senior players who will play one last year on a field of their own. 


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




  • September Dates to Remember

    All Month - Jar Wars Fundraiser

    September 5th - Labor Day/No School

    September 9th - Picture Day/All Students

    September 10th - Soccer Field Dedication (see details below)

    September 14th - PTSO Meeting @ 5:30 p.m.

    September 14th - Back To School Night @ 6:30 p.m.

    September 23rd Chipotle Band Fundraiser 

    September 29th - Powder Puff Game @ 6:30 p.m.

    September 30th - Homecoming Spirit Games - 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

    September 30th - Homecoming Game @ 7:00 p.m.

    September 30th - Immunization Grace Period Ends (See Below)

    October 1st - Key Club Craft Show @ 7:00 a.m.

    October 1st - Homecoming Dance @ 7:00 p.m. (See Details Below)

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