The First Day At Hanover Central

The First Day At Hanover Central  
Hanover Central High School Freshmen
Collin Cox and Kayla Davis on the first day of school  
Expectations were high on the first day of classes at Hanover Central High School.  Two freshman students entered their second hour with quiet confidence and high expectations for themselves, which serves as a reminder of our duty to help them meet their goals.  

Kayla Davis admitted that having an older brother, who is a junior at the school, made the first day a little easier.  “He was able to show me around to my classes,” said Kayla who had already set high goals for her entire high school career on the first day of the academic year.  “I want to be valedictorian when I’m a senior and I want to play basketball, serve on the Student Council and participate on the debate team,” said Kayla.   

Fellow freshman, Collin Cox was also looking ahead to a successful high school career and graduating from Hanover Central.  While Collin thought English class might be his biggest challenge, he expects Algebra to be his strongest subject.  “Math is just easier for me,” said Collin with a self awareness that is surprising in someone just entering high school.  Collin would like to participate in baseball and possibly football as well.

Both of these students were well prepared and well suited for life at Hanover High.  Also well suited for life at Hanover Central was business teacher, Marcia Skurka, who is new to Hanover this year.  Her infectious laugh and welcoming manner made students feel comfortable as soon as they walked in the door.  Asking her if she had found anything rewarding on her first day, she replied with a chuckle; “Yes, students were able to take their seats in order of their birth dates.”  Asking her if she found anything challenging, elicited another chuckle and; “Yes, students were not able to take their seats in order of their birth dates.”  The task is one of many Mrs. Skurka will use in her team building approach to business classes.  “I need them to talk to each other, to work together and communicate well enough to achieve a common goal,” she explained. 

Mrs. Skurka was extremely pleased with the level of excitement on the first day.  “The students all seemed happy to be back in school, which is impressive and makes me very happy to be here.”  Her primary goal for the year is to keep the students happily engaged, growing, learning and maturing.

It’s a goal shared district wide and Hanover Central High School can be proud of its new class of students and teachers who started working toward their goals on the very first day.

 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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    On Friday, August 28, 2015, prior to the 7:00 pm start of the Hanover Central vs Bowman Academy varsity football game, the Hanover Central Athletic Department will host a dedication of the softball field in honor of Larry McMillen.  A reception will be held at halftime in the high school cafeteria.  The public is invited and encouraged to attend this very special dedication. 

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  • BTSN
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    The Haunted Halls of Hanover will be open on October 16, 17, 23 and 24.  Adults are needed to help with construction, painting, set up and clean up.  Haunted Halls will continue to hold meetings on Monday evenings at 7:00 p.m. in the Hanover Central High School Field house. 
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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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