A Hanover Salute to Veterans

At Hanover Central Middle School 
 At Hanover Central High School
At Lincoln Elementary School
At Jane Ball Elementary School 
Proud of Our Vets  and Our Students 

From the touching ‘Veteran’s Day essay written and read by Hanover Central High School Student Samantha Fischer to the tiny voices of Kindergarteners at Lincoln Elementary School singing “You’re A Grand Old Flag,” students throughout Hanover Schools paid homage and honor to veterans on Wednesday and Thursday. 

Fischer described her connection to her Grandpa, who was a Vietnam Vet, and how after having this amazing hero in her life for 17 years, she attended his funeral just a few days before Veteran’s Day.  To Fischer, the day marked more than just freedom from attending class.  “I view it as a day to honor the most important people in our country,” she said.

Members of the Hanover Student Council led the event with the lighting of candles representing every military involvement of the country since it’s founding, a video tribute, poems and other readings.   Three guest speakers addressed the students including; Robert Marine, Commander of the Amvets in Cedar Lake who encouraged the students to take advantage of the opportunities they have been afforded by the sacrifices and commitment of veterans.  Retired Chief William Thompson noted that his service is a source of pride and he would; “do it all over again in a heartbeat.”  Charlie Franklin, representing American Legion Post 231, offered closing remarks that dramatically reminded students of the rights and privileges veterans have assured for them and the country.

At Lincoln Elementary, the traditional Veteran’s Day program that honors veterans with ties to Lincoln Elementary students and staff began with the reading of a poem, “Veterans Day” by members of the 4th grade student council and a rousing rendition of “Thank A Vet,” with solos by 4th grader Patrick Chatys and 5th grader Maddie Denklau.  Hannah Willis, a 4th grader read her winning essay entitled “Heroes.” Willis showed a maturity well beyond her years when she noted; “Some heroes have capes, but I’m not talking about them.  I’m talking about the ones you should thank the most.  Real heroes that you can see every day!  The type you can have in your family... the strong, brave, fearless and caring heroes.  I thank them for their courage and bravery.  I am talking about a veteran.”  As each grade level sang songs associated with branches of the military, handmade flowers and thank-you cards from students, as well as pins made by Girl Scouts, were delivered to all the veterans present.  Drew Dorsey, a veteran of the United States Coast Guard and brother-in-law of 1st grade teacher Karen Molden, offered brief remarks to the students.

At Jane Ball Elementary the ceremony began with the posting of the flags by Boy Scout Troop 129.  Principal Deborah Snedden thanked the veterans for representing the character traits that are at the heart of Jane Ball’s climate and culture.  “I am incredibly proud to be honoring those that have served and continue to serve on our behalf. Thank you veterans for living the respect, responsibility, and pride we try to instill in all of our students here at Jane Ball. You are greatly valued, appreciated, and inspiring to us all.”  In an endeavor led by Teacher Tammie Sopczak, Jane Ball students completed their inspiring participation in the “Supplies 4 GI’s” program.  The program has provided Christmas presents to deployed soldiers for the past 11 years.  Cherie Cope, a representative of “Supplies 4 GI’s,” was on hand to talk to the students about the importance of the project and their contributions.  Jane Ball students collected over 400 items to contribute to the area wide effort.  

On Thursday, Hanover Central Middle School hosted a program open to all local veterans.  The program began with a pitch perfect rendition of the National Anthem sung by choir members; Katrina True, Carina Bolanos, Isabel Sitkowski, Phoenix Schreiber, Clara Godsey and Jessica Walters, under the direction of Choir Director Christina Santaguida.   Welcoming remarks by Principal Tony Hiatt reminded students that veterans have; “shaped, not only their world, but our world.”  Senior Airman Keith Weutig was the guest speaker and Hanover Central Middle School teacher and veteran Tim Mitchell, (Sergeant USAF) emceed the event.  With music provided by both the Middle School Band and Choir, the touching tribute to veterans also included readings of the history of Veteran’s day and the history of taps.  Individual veterans were asked to stand and identify their service branch, rank, years of service and any connection to specific Middle School students.  The program closed with the playing of “Taps” by student Aiden Carnell.

Ronald Regan once said that through their service many veterans gave up their lives, “The one they were living and the one they would have lived….All we can do is remember.”  Remembering veterans is what Hanover students did, and they did it both proudly and well.
Mission Statement:


 At Hanover Community School Corporation, we are:  Making a difference…realizing potential.


Vision Statement:


The 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.

Board approved April 17, 2012



  • Please be advised that the Board of School Trustees of the Hanover Community School Corporation will meet in an Executive Session, closed to the public, on Monday, November 30, 2015, at 12:30 P.M. in the Hanover Administration Building Board Room, 9520 W. 133rd Ave., Cedar Lake, IN.

    Please see the attached agenda.


    Executive Session Agenda

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  • Employment Opportunities


    Hanover Community Schools have employment opportunities for substitute bus drivers and school nurses.  Positions are available immediately.  Please contact Human Resources Specialist Lori Cordera @ humanresources@hanover.k12.in.us

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    Want to work with the most amazing students in NWI? Want to work with a school corporation that respects and admires great teaching skills? HANOVER COMMUNITY SCHOOL CORPORATION NEEDS SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS! Please contact Human Resources Specialist, Lori Cordera at humanresources@hanover.k12.in.us

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  • Hanover Community Families:
    Hanover Community Schools are in need of substitute bus drivers and substitute teachers. Both of these positions are needed for both half-days and full-days, Hanover Community School Corporation offers training for those individuals interested in driving a school bus. Those of you interested in becoming a substitute teacher, you will need a current substitute teacher's permit, or can apply for a permit though the Indiana Department of Education. If you or someone you know would be interested in either position, applications are available online at www.hanover.k12.in.us. Then, follow the Human Resource/Employment link to the employment opportunities page, or you can contact the Human Resource Department at 219-374-3507.

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