Welcome back to a new school year!  It was a bittersweet ‘Farewell’ to 150graduates of the Class of 2017 on Sunday, June 4, 2017.  The Class of 2017 earned close to $984,000 in college and career scholarships. 

    We also said ‘Farewell’ to Social Studies teacher, Ms. Ann Thompson for her 39 yearsof dedicated service to the Hanover Central High School community—her commitment and dedication to the school corporation will be missed.

    As we celebrate our 50th Anniversary this year, our mission is to continue to build on our rich history.  We pledge to continue to make our school, its facilities, and our students ‘FIRSTCLASS’.The new class offerings/initiatives/staff for the upcoming year are as follows:


    • Offering a 7 period day to expand course offerings to students
    • Chromebook distribution to Grades 9 thru 12 for academic use at home and school
    • Offering Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) courses for eligible juniors and seniors
    • Offering AP Chemistry and AP Psychology courses for eligible juniors and seniors
    • Offering an EMT Certification course for eligible juniors and seniors
    • Offering an Introduction to Construction and Intro to Communication course for students Grades 10-12
    • Offering a Work-based Learning Internship class for qualifying seniors
    • Offering an Advanced Art – Muralist class for qualifying junior and seniors


    We are excited to be adding a number of NEW teachers to our staff: Mrs. Shannon Mesko (9th Grade English), Mr. Chris Cantoni (American Government/Economics), Mr. Ted Dunn (11th/12th Grade English), and Ms. Rochelle Fakes (Physical Education/Health).

    Freshman/Transfer Student Orientation

    We will be welcoming the Class of 2021 (200 students) to the high school for a Freshman/Transfer StudentOrientation on Thursday, August 10, 2017 from 8:00am-12:30pm (Lunch will be served).  Students will be orientated to the high expectations of the high school, its programs, and tour the school with a current HCHS Ambassador.  All incoming freshman and transfer students are stronglyencouraged to attend.

    Summer Reading

    All students in Grade 9-12 are required to read a summer reading book by August 23, 2017.  Book titles and study guides are available for download on the high school website under ‘Summer Reading’. Students will be assessed on their required book, and it will count as 10% of your child’s 1st Quarter grade.

    Picture Day

    Picture Day will be on Thursday, September 7, 2017 (ALL DAY).  All students will take a photo for the yearbook and for optional purchase.  This is also the OFFICIAL PICTURE DAY for all senior photos.  Seniors (ONLY) will receive picture proofs at a later date for purchase ONLINE.

    Back-to-School Night

    Hanover Central High School Back-to-School Night will be on Thursday, September 14th at 6:30pm.  All parents/guardians are strongly encouraged to attend.


    Weekly Phone Blast—I will make every effort to do a weekly phone blast announcement every Monday evening with the upcoming school-related announcements for the week.  Athletic events will be posted on the high school page under Athletics tab.  The phone call and email blast will occur between 4-6pm.

     Required Immunizations

    Special Immunizations are required for all SENIORSby September 29, 2017—refer to the letter notification received with your child’s final report card in June 2017 or call the High School Nurse, Mrs. Stephanie Owen with questions.Seniors NOT in compliance by this deadline will be excluded from school until the compliance requirement is met.


    Just a couple of reminders—School begins DAILY for students at 8:05am and ends at 2:50pm. If your student is going to be absent for any reason, please contact our Attendance Clerk, Mrs. Lynn Almaguer, ext. 3825.  A student is considered a chronic truant if they are tardy to school more three times and/or absent from school more than 10 days.  Violators could be referred to the Lake County Juvenile Division on truancy and lose their IN Driver’s License.

    It is our sincere hope that you will continue to partner with us in the education of your child.  The success of your child at the high school is dependent upon you regularly checking your child’s progress via PowerSchool and communicating with your child’s teachers as problems arise.  If I can be of any assistance, please don’t hesitate to call me, Ms.Mary Ann West, HC Principal at (219) 374-3868 or via email at mwest@hanover.k12.in.us.


    See you on the First Day of School--Wednesday, August 16th!






    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.”