Mark Your Calendars Update!

Posted August 11th, 2014 by evandesampel

School of Information Day: August 14 from 9:00 – 11:00; 1:00 – 3:00; 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Meet & Greet Day: August 25th from 4:00 – 5:00 pm

1st Day of Class 1st through 6th grade: August 26th

1st Day of Class Kindergarten and Early Childhood: September 2nd

Curriculum Night: September 3rd from 6:00 – 6:40 and 6:45 – 7:30

Parent Teacher Conferences
Goal Setting: October 9th & 10th
Reflection: January 15th & 16th

School and the classroom is but one member of the important team that makes up for a successful academic year! PLEASE make note of the above days and join us to help guide our children towards success!

Rivera’s Rap!

Posted August 11th, 2014 by evandesampel

Dear Hanover Highlands Community [Spanish Version],

I hope you’ve had a wonderful summer with your children!  Our staff cannot wait to hear about all the wonderful things that our students did over the summer.  I know that summer is not over and that your children have a few weeks left of their summer vacation but I wanted to take a moment to connect with our families prior to the start of school.  There are a few items that I want to highlight to ensure the transition to a new school year is smooth and successful.

School of Information Day
Our school of information day will be on August 14th.   During this time parents can find out their child’s class placement.  Class lists will be posted in our front lobby.   The staff has worked extensively and gone to great lengths to ensure these lists and placements will create the best learning environment for all children.  Please note that placement change requests will not be honored. This day is also a  great time for parents to also pick up milk forms and update any new contact information with our school office.  Please note that the school will not be open for families to tour classrooms as we are still getting everything ready for the beginning of the school year.

Meet and Greet
On August 25th students and their parents can meet their child’s classroom teacher and drop-off their classroom supplies.  The Meet and Greet will run from 4:00-5:00 p.m. and  teachers will be present in their classrooms.  We encourage families to take advantage of this opportunity to not only meet their classroom teacher but to also connect with familiar faces prior to the start of school.

First Day of School
The first day of school for students in 1st grade through 6th grade is August 26th.   This is a full-day for our students.  School begins promptly at 8:40 and ends at 3:00 p.m.  Teachers will be present outdoors prior to the start of the school day so students can find their classmates and will walk into the building with their teacher.

The first day of school for our kindergarten students is September 2nd.  Families of our kindergarten students will be receiving a phone call from a staff member prior to school starting.  The purpose for this call will to coordinate a time for students to come in prior to the first day to meet other students and to also participate in assessments

Curriculum Night
I want to encourage all of our parents to attend our curriculum night on September 3rd.  This will be an evening event.  During this time parents are able to learn about the curriculum for their child’s grade level, learn about procedures for the classroom and school, and ask questions.

We are looking forward to a wonderful school year!

Bye-Bye July [SOON], Hello August!

Posted July 23rd, 2014 by evandesampel

Hopefully you have had a wonderful summer, spent a lot of time with your families and enjoyed a good book or three! Before you know, school will be back in session! Reminder, if you did not know, you can find your back to school supply lists here. If you have had any summer school practice work – please make sure to be doing some work on them. There were math packets that were sent home at the beginning of the summer for some extra practice and to keep the rust forming on our brains.


 August 25th: Meet & Greet, Backpack Drop Off from 4:00 – 5:00 PM

September 3rd: Curriculum Night from 6:00 – 6:40 & 6:45 – 7:30

October 9th & 10th: Parent Teacher Conferences

January 15th &  16th: Parent Teacher Conferences



Math Olympiads the finale…

Posted June 3rd, 2014 by evandesampel

Another season has drawn to conclusion, yet a successful and fun time was had. Students delved into a variety of strategies, racking their brains in order to see patterns and locate solutions. In the end, our group had 7 out of 11 students place in the top 50% of all International MOEMS competitors which includes kids from 49 states, 13 U.S. Territories as well as several countries around the world.

That being said, Ali for the second consecutive year took up the Olympiad Trophy for leading our school in total points awarded with 15 out of a possible 25. Keep your eyes open next fall folks, as the next season will be around the corner.

Seen here, Ali is overjoyed with his accomplishments!

Incoming Frost Class of 2014-2015

Posted June 2nd, 2014 by evandesampel

Recently Frost stopped by Hanover Highlands and provided a preview to our current group of sixth graders whom have a few days left at Hanover Highlands. In doing so, they provided the sixth graders with a few very important directions involving summer homework. Included is a summer math packet which your child should have or will be bringing home with report cards. Please work on this throughout the summer and plan on bring it back to Frost next fall. Also included were some reading materials including a Summer Reading Project. If you were unable to locate them, please download and printout the following:

Enjoy the summer! Enjoy the family! Enjoy a good book or two!

Rivera’s Rap…

Posted June 2nd, 2014 by evandesampel

It is hard to believe that we are about to enter the last week of school.  This has been an amazing year of learning at Hanover Highlands and we have seen huge growth in our students.  We have shared some great memories with your students and I hope they cherish those memories for years to come.  Before we end our year there are a few items we would like to share.

Field Day & Last Day of School
Thursday, June 5th is our last day of school for all of our students, including kindergarten.  On our last day of school our students will be participating in our annual Field Day in the morning.  Our P.E. teacher, Mrs. Cervantes, has been working with our 6th graders on ideas to ensure we have a fun filled morning.  The theme for this year is World Cup and each class will be representing a different country.  It looks like it will be a sunny morning.  If you want your child to have sunscreen on they must apply the sunscreen on at home.  In the afternoon our students will enjoy a P.B.I.S. celebration.  Each grade level will participate in some fun activities during the afternoon for being respectful, responsible and safe all year long.  We have been planning many fun and exciting activities for our students to have an enjoyable last day.

Report Cards
Report cards will be sent home the last day of school.  We will also be sending home a recommended reading list for students.  Although your child isn’t at school they need to still be reading to maintain the skills they have learned all year long.  I have included an informational flyer that shares the importance of reading and the impact on a student that doesn’t read.   Student will also receive a math packet as well.  The materials in the packet are skills that they have already covered this year and will allow them to keep those skills fresh.  Any child not in attendance on the last day of school will have their report card mailed to their residence.

6th Grade Students
6th Grade students will be receiving a reading packet and math packet from Frost.  The principal and assistant principal came to Hanover to discuss the expectations.  The principal, from Frost, will also be sending an email home with the information to all our 6th grade parents.

We couldn’t let the school year end without thanking our many volunteers.  There are so many of our parents and community members that volunteer before school, during school and after school.  Our staff and students truly appreciate all you do.  Our students are able to enjoy hot lunch, Halloween Bash, Holiday Store, Dinner with Santa, Nacho Day, Picture Day, classroom parties, and the list goes on.  Thank you for the many hours you put in again and again.  The staff put together a little treat to say thank you for each of our volunteers.  They will be ready for pick-up on Field Day in the front office.  Please take a moment to stop by and pick up a small token of appreciation.

Dress Code
The weather has been wonderful with warm temperatures and sun.  We want to remind our parents to ensure that your child is dressed appropriately for school.  The following are inappropriate clothing during school hours at Hanover:

  • Revealing clothing such as bare midriffs, bare backs, spaghetti straps,
  • See-through fabrics, low-cut tops, low-riding pants, short shorts, or short skirts;
  • Clothing with inappropriate slogans or pictures such as depictions of drugs, alcohol, tobacco, gangs, vulgar language, or violence

Students should come dressed for school in cloth­ing that is modest, suitable for school activities, and reason­able for the purposes of maintaining health, reducing distractibility, and increas­ing safety in the school. Suitability of clothing for school is subject to the judgment and discretion of school staff members.

We hope you have a wonderful summer and make some wonderful memories as families. We hope are students read over the summer and write about their wonderful adventures.


Faith Rivera

Recent Pics from Literacy Open House

Posted May 22nd, 2014 by evandesampel

Recently Hanover’s doors were open for families to come and view the product from a lot of the hard work. Art samples, data portfolios, writing pieces, projects are just a few of what was awaiting families. If you were unable to attend, keep it in mind for next year. Here is a sneak peak.

50th Bday…

Posted May 22nd, 2014 by evandesampel

If you were unable to make last week’s celebration, you may be intrigued at a few snapshots.. Check out 50th Anniversary. Mayor Craig was in attendance and spoke of his families fond memories. A large contingent of retired Hanover teachers ventured forth remembering which classrooms they had taught in while a large number of alums swung by to see if they could find the rooms the learned in. A good time was had by all!

Rivera’s Rap…

Posted May 22nd, 2014 by evandesampel

We are winding down another wonderful week at Hanover Highlands!  This week was extremely exciting for some of our 5th and 6th grade students.  Our rocketry club participated in a rocket launch on Tuesday at Olympic Park.  They were able to watch the rockets they constructed be launched off and view some larger rockets from Frost Junior High.  We are very fortunate that our district provides this fun and educational opportunity for our students.

MAP Results
Students results will be going home this week with a letter.   I am very excited to announce  a huge achievement for our students and staff in relation to our MAP tests.  With the conclusion of our spring MAP test we have a huge celebration!   We attained the district growth targets for MAP in both reading and math.   The hard work our students and staff put in this year places our reading and math growth at the 90thpercent nationally.  I am so proud of the hard work of our students and the dedication of our staff.

The third mailing for registration forms have been sent out.  All families should have received their forms either through the mail or sent home with your child.  Please note that if registration forms have not been returned students will no longer be enrolled for the 2014-2015 school year.  We also have some families that have sent in the registration form but did not send in an updated lease.  In order to maintain your registration an updated lease must be on file.

I would first like to extend a huge thank you to our PTA.  Friday was our 50th celebration and they did a wonderful job.  It was great to hear former teachers and students share laughs and be involved in great conversations.  Many of our current students enjoyed looking at older photos of our school and they even spotted a few of our current staff members in the photos.  Although our PTA has been extremely busy they have been able to provide us with another newsletter [Spanish] that is attached.

Below are important events for the rest of the school year .  We are also including some dates at the start of the school year to ensure that you are able to attend.

2013-2014 School Year

  • May 23rd-Institute Day—No school for students
  • May 26th-Memorial Day-No School
  • Junes 3rd-Kindergarten Celebration
  • June 4th-Rite of Passage
  • June 5th-Last Day of School—Field Day

2014-2015 School Year

  • August 25th-Meet and Greet (4:00-5:00 p.m.).  Students may bring their supplies and meet their teacher.
  • August 26th-First Day of School (grades 1st-6th)
  • September 1st-Labor Day –No School
  • September 2nd-First Day of School for Kindergarten
  • September 3rd-Curriculum Night


Howard’s Human Geometry

Posted May 22nd, 2014 by evandesampel

Here Are Some 4th Grade Student Making Human Intersecting Lines.


In Miss Howards 4th Grade Math Acceleration We Learned About Geometry. What We Did Was We Made Rays, Angels And Other Geometry Things… With Our Bodys. I Thought It Was A Really Cool Activity.


In This Photo We Were Making Parallel Lines And Perpendicular Lines.



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