The Hanover Community School parents and community partners that attended the ‘Night Out With The Superintendent,’ event at Jane Ball Elementary this past week were the first to have the opportunity to ask questions and voice concerns on a number of topics presented by Superintendent Tom Taylor. He made it clear that no definitive decisions have been made, but planning ahead is important.
Addressing the shortage of classroom space at Hanover elementary schools and an increasing student population, Mr. Taylor reviewed the options available; seeking a bond issue to pay for adding on to the elementary schools in the district, or moving 5th grade students to empty classroom space at Hanover Central Middle School. “Using empty classrooms is the fiscally responsible thing to do,” said Taylor as he reminded those in attendance that there are many issues to consider and “bits and pieces,” to be put into place before any action can be taken. “Everything we do touches everything else we do,” he reminded those gathered. Issues of transportation, nutrition, staffing, etc. are all areas that need to be examined. Those present asked many questions about what a typical school day might look like for a fifth grader at the middle school.
“Will students swap classes?” asked one parent. Mr. Taylor indicated his strong preference would be to maintain self-contained classes, though added that containing both fifth and sixth grade together would have advantages. “I don’t think my daughter is at the maturity level of a middle school student,” explained one Mom. Mr. Taylor responded that he understands that is a very real concern and added self containment can minimize some of the maturity issues. Additional discussions centered on start and end times, Title 1 services, academic achievement, and art and music classes.
Superintendent Taylor indicated that he hopes to make the decision regarding moving 5th graders to the Middle School by spring break this year to allow parents and students an adjustment time to talk together about changes.
Moving start and end times for all schools in the district was also discussed and concerns about athletic participation, safety, and accommodating after school care for households that rely on ‘sibling sitters’ were addressed.
A substantial discussion regarding ‘One-to-One’ technology learning that would offer all students the opportunity to utilize a technology device elicited a lot of questions. Mr. Taylor stated that he doesn’t anticipate being able to move to one-to-one learning throughout the district by the 2017-2018 school year, but definitely anticipates a dramatic increase in the number of devices and instruction at Hanover Central High School next year. The discussion with parents centered on the cost of devices, how the program would be implemented and whether or not text books would still be an available resource. A technology team will be meeting next week to begin discussing seven key areas: Professional Development, Curriculum, Policy and Procedures, Distribution and Orientation, Public Relations, Infrastructure, and Support Services and Media Centers.
The final discussion of the evening was the possibility of adopting a more balanced calendar that allows for four, nine week educational periods. Doing so would move the start of school to early August and end the academic year before Memorial Day. A week break in October, a two week break during the December/January holiday period, and a one week break in the spring would all be a part of the calendar. While no substantial discussions have been held with the School Board, those attending did leave with a much clearer picture of what a Hanover ‘balanced calendar,’ would look like.
Copies of a sample calendar and a sample of a later start time chart were both distributed to those attending and will be available at the next Night Out event. Superintendent Taylor ended by telling those gathered, “Every little thing we learn about we have to consider and determine if it’s better for our kids. We have to take a look at all of this and I wanted to be able to put something in your hands to consider.”
The next Night Out With The Superintendent will be held Wednesday, November 16th at 6:30 p.m. at Lincoln Elementary School. Parents and community members are invited to attend the event no matter which Hanover School their child attends. Those who have no children in the district, but care about Hanover schools are also welcome to attend any of the open forum events.
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
September Dates To Remember
Please check individual school webpages for additional dates and details.
All Month Long - Jar Wars Athletic Fundraiser for Red Circle Foundation
5th - Labor Day/No School
7th - HCMS Back To School Night
10th - Soccer Field Dedication (see individual announcement below for details)
13th - Board of Trustee's Meeting 6:30 p.m.
14th - HCHS Back To School Night
20th - Job Fair for Education
September 22nd - Night Out With Superintendent 6:30 p.m. @ Jane Ball
September 23rd - Chipotle Band Fundraiser
September 29th - Powder Puff Game - 6:30 p.m. @ HCHS
September 30th - End of Immunization Grace Period
September 30th - Homecoming Game - 7:00 p.m.
The health and safety of Hanover students is one of our highest priorities. Proof of appropriate vaccination/immunization(s) for all Hanover students is due before the student(s) first day of class. If the required proof is not received by Friday, September 30th, student(s) will not be allowed to attend classes until proof is received. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your student(s) school health professional. Contact information for each school's health professional is available by clicking on "Departments," and scrolling down to "Health Services" on the top of this page. Thank you.
Hanover Community Schools have employment opportunities for substitute bus drivers and school nurses. Positions are available immediately. Please contact Human Resources Specialist Tina Mudy firstname.lastname@example.org