Yes it is summer. Doesn’t mean the environment is on vacation! In fact, if you’ve walked or stopped by Hanover you may have seen some blooming in the front and strange looking stakes in the back. The butterfly garden has taken off and it is exciting to see how it continues to grow and change. In the back of the building, on the east side, you may have noticed a half dozen wooden stakes in the ground. These are markers for the six different oak tree sapling that we planted [a few red oak and a few white oak] that we received from the Hanover Park Reclamation Plant. The wood stakes are there so the saplings, which are small, don’t accidentally get mowed.
At the end of the school year your child brought home information about our Back to School Night. This event will take place on August 18th. Students and parents are able to visit their child’s classroom, drop-off supplies, learn about the curriculum, and classroom procedures. There are two different sessions for parents to attend. We do ask that families arrive on-time and stay for the whole session. The first session begins at 5:30 and the second session begins at 6:15.
This year the school of information day will take place on August 11th. This day will allow parents to know who their child’s classroom teacher will be, and pick-up PTA forms. Class lists will be ready for viewing starting at 9:00 a.m. Our school office will have extended hours in the evening (6:00-8:00 p.m.) for parents that wish to drop-off paperwork, find out about class lists, or to allow new families to register. Prior to the School of Information day new families can register at the district office beginning on July 8th through August 7th.
Once again Hanover Highlands will have the Schaumburg Library’s Bookmobile visit our school during the summer. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to continue reading throughout the summer. Students do not need a Schaumburg library card to check out books. Each student can sign-out the books and borrow them for two weeks. Teachers from Hanover Highlands will be present during the bookmobile to help with the check-out process and will then have a fun activity to do inside the school. The dates for the bookmobile are:
Tuesday, June 30th @ 1:00-1:45
Thursday, July 14th @ 1:00-1:45
Thursday, July 28th @1:00-1:45
Yes, we just finished the academic year of 2015-2016…but it is never too early to look ahead. With that being said, our first day of school will be August 22nd for grades 1 through 6 and August 29th for our kindergartners.
Enjoy your summers and when its time to do some back to school shopping, don’t forget to check out the supply lists for 2016-2017:
Today is it! Students will enjoy [unfortunately indoors due to weather] their End of the Year Field Day. Mrs. Cervantes has been working tirelessly in order to keep everything super organized on our super-hero themed day! This afternoon, PBIS has put provided time slots for the students to have a little fun as they’ve earned their most recent ticket collection goal. Then, report cards will be passed out and children will come home… FOR THE SUMMER! Hopefully, everyone will get lots of family time as well as enjoy some great books! If you read something exciting over the summer, shoot Mr. V [email@example.com] and email with a little snippet about your book and we’ll make sure to get it posted for others to read about! Have a great summer!
In 2003 at Rite of Passage, a retiring 6th grade teacher, Mrs. Mary Ann Bilski, announced that she had created a scholarship to benefit a graduating senior who was going on to college and had been a former Hanover Highlands student. It was stipulated that each year a senior would receive $1000 to be used to further their education in college. Fast forward to 2007 and sadly the Hanover family lost a former 4th grade teacher, Ms. Beverly Waxman; her mother created a comparable scholarship in her daughter’s memory. Since 2004 when the first award was given, these two scholarships combined have awarded a total of an extraordinary $20,000 in scholarship funds to 20 deserving former Hanover Highlands students. Unfortunately, the student who is being recognized today will be the last student who will be receiving a $1000 award as the monies funding these two scholarships have been exhausted. My hope is that at some time in the future a similar scholarship will be created.
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The selection of the recipient of the Beverly Waxman Memorial Scholarship is made after the applications are evaluated by a committee which includes Mrs. Rivera and Mr. Van de Sampel. I am very pleased to announce that Dominique Belton is the student who has been selected to receive this final award in the amount of one thousand dollars. Dominique holds fond memories of her years at Hanover Highlands. While she describes having been nervous upon her arrival as a 3rd grader, lasting friendships were forged when she was greeted by what she referred to as friendly faces. Dom attributes her academic success to the skills that she developed as a student during her four years at Hanover.
At Schaumburg High School, Dominique has been described as a young woman who has the ability to think critically, works well with others, and is a mature and thoughtful leader. To say that Dom is hardworking is an understatement as demonstrated by all of the activities she engages in regardless of whether they are in class, in extra-curricular activities, community service, or employment.
It is clear that Dom understands the importance of giving back for she has spent 20 hours volunteering her time at Hanover Highlands School assisting students in Homework Club and Soccer Club. She has also participated in a community project which packs seeds which are sent to less fortunate countries to help the inhabitants provide food for their families.
In addition to her studies, Dom has been engaged in extra-curricular activities at Schaumburg High School. She has been on the Yearbook Committee throughout her high school career. Besides being a member of the Varsity Cheerleading Squad, she has been a student ambassador for the last three years, and a peer counselor for the last two years.
One would think that there would be little time left for any other activities in Dominique’s daily schedule, but amazingly she has an extensive work resume. Dom credits her work experience during the last two years with teaching her the importance of time management and the value of a dollar. Her work history includes coaching 7th grade cheerleading for the Schaumburg Athletic Association and bagging groceries for Jewel Grocery Store. More recently she has worked as a host for TGIF Restaurant and currently as a host for Pilot Pete’s Restaurant in Schaumburg. The positions as a restaurant host are given to individuals who are mature, responsible, and interact well with the public. It is evident that both of the restaurant establishments have recognized those qualities in Dominique.
While Dominique is unable to be here today for the presentation of the scholarship, we wish her well with her future plans to attend Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan. The Hanover Highlands School community can be proud of this industrious young woman as she embarks on a promising future.
Retired Hanover Highlands 6th Grade Teacher
Our P.T.A. is rather busy getting ready for field day and preparing for next year. The P.T.A. continues to provide strong opportunties for our students and families. Check out the latest edition of the PTA Newsletter If you have any questions please feel free to contact any of the P.T.A. board members.
Looking for something good to read, but having trouble getting to the library or a book store? How about stopping by Hanover Highlands sometime this summer! We are having the Bookmobile from the Schaumburg Library back at Hanover again this summer. It is literally a van from the library that they pull up to the school and pull out some blankets and baskets of books to set out on the lawn. Students don’t need library cards to borrow the books, and no fines are charged if books come back late. If you interested check out Bookmobile letter English or the Bookmobile letter Spanish for more information!