The Gates Opened And The Lights Came On At Hanover Tennis Complex


Hanover Community School Corporation Board President James Sakelaris, Board Member Connie Sterkowitz, Vice President Mary Joan Dickson, Athletic Director Kevin Bachinski and Board Member Dennis Wilkening cut a 'Hanover Colors' ribbon at the grand opening of the new, nine court Hanover tennis complex on Wednesday, July 15th exactly 11 months to the day from the  groundbreaking for the project

    It was an exciting night for members of the Hanover Community School family as the gates were opened and the lights came on at the grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for the new tennis court complex at Hanover Central High School.

Hanover Athletic Director, Kevin Bachinski opened the ceremonies by acknowledging that Hanover has “all ‘A’ schools, is an ‘A’ corporation and has ‘A’ sports facilities.”  Superintendent Tom Taylor followed up on Bachinski’s remarks.  “Hanover has incredible kids, incredible parents and is an incredible community.  Our kids and our community deserve this complex,” said Taylor.

The complex will add a ‘home field’ environment and advantages to the 25 members of the Hanover Central High School tennis teams and approximately 20 Hanover Central Middle School tennis players.  For Hanover Central High School Girls tennis coach, Greg Whittaker, Assistant Coach Ralph Holden and newly named HCHS Boys tennis coach, Trista Mantel the new complex will provide the ability to grow the tennis program at Hanover schools.  In the spring of 2014 the teams utilized the courts in Crown Point and in the spring of 2015 the teams traveled to Lowell.  The spring of 2016 will find Hanover Tennis enjoying first class facilities at home. 

Following a ribbon cutting by Bachinski and School Board Trustees, James Sakelaris, Mary Joan Dickson, Connie Sterkowitz and Dennis Wilkening, Coach Whitaker escorted 2015 Hanover graduate and tennis team member Hannah Blue onto center court for a ceremonial first serve.  Hannah represented those players who graduated prior to the completion of the complex.

 While the graduating seniors were allowed a few minutes on the courts earlier this spring, prior to the official opening, other team members had to wait until the grand opening.  Among those present who stepped onto the courts for the first time was Ivana Micic, who will be a senior this fall at Hanover.  “We didn’t get to sneak onto the courts with the seniors before they were opened,” Micic said with a laugh.  “I’m really looking forward to getting on the court tonight and playing my last year here,” she added with an eager smile.   An ad hoc tournament was held that allowed guests an opportunity to play after the formal ceremonies. 

Those attending the event were also provided refreshments in the High School cafeteria and the opportunity to view the full complex from the new press box which offers a spectacular view of the awesome facility.   In less than a year, what was once an underutilized segment of school property has become a first class feature of the entire community.  The Hanover Central Tennis Complex now rivals any athletic facility in South Lake County and stands proudly as a testament to the quality of the Hanover community and a lasting legacy of the school corporation.


 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 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

Dean of Students: Lori Bathurst
Attendance and Guidance Aide: Mrs. Lynn Almaguer

Guidance Counselor: Miss Monica Kazda

School Resource Officer: Lane Linder

School Nurse: Mrs. Christine Woodward
Guidance Assistant: Mrs. Diana Furman 


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      August 3-7 Returning Students 
      August 6—Forms and computers available for all returning students at the Middle School
      1:00 to 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
      August 3-5– Hanover Central High School Registration—New Students ONLY
       At School 8:00 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
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    August 13—Freshman Orientation at Hanover Central High School– 9:00 a.m. to Noon


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  • The Hanover Central Athletic Department will host an informational meeting on Monday, August 10th at 6:00 p.m. in the Hanover Central High School auditorium for all high school parents and student-athletes who plan on participating in a sport during the 2015-16 school year.  This meeting will provide valuable athletic department information for the upcoming athletic seasons.

    Girls Golf                                                           
    Friday, July 31
    (Noon-2:00 p.m.)
    Practice Begins 
    Location:  South Shore Country Club
    Head Coach:  Jerry Kienzle          
    Cross Country (B/G)                                         
    Monday, August 3
    (7:30-9:30 a.m.)
    Practice Begins
    Location:  High School
    Head Coach:  Steve Foulds
    Monday, August 3
    (3:00-7:00 p.m.)
    Practice Begin
    Location:  High School
    Head Coach:  Pete Koulianos
    Monday, August 3
    (8:00-11:00 a.m.)
    Tryouts Begin
    Location:  High School
    Head Coach:  Erin Bachinski
    Boys Soccer 
    Monday, August 3 
    8:00-10:00 a.m. & 3:00-5:00 p.m
    Tryouts Begin
    Location:  Middle School
    Head Coach:  Dan Grunewald
    Girls Soccer                                                         
    Monday, August 3
    (6:00-8:00 p.m.)
    Tryouts Begin
    Location:  Middle School
    Head Coach: Jim Pattison
    Boys Tennis      
    Monday, August 3
    (9:00-11:30 a.m.)
    Practice Begins                 
    Location:  High School
    Head Coach:  Trista Mantel
    All student-athletes must have a completed 2015-16 physical packet on file with the athletic office prior to being allowed to participate.  For additional information, please contact the Head Coach or the Hanover Central Athletic Office at (219) 374-3866.



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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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