Hanover Happenings

Spring 2022 Volume 1 - Issue 4

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Thank you to all of our parents, students, and staff for an amazing school year!

We hope that you all have a fun, safe summer. We cannot wait to welcome you back in August!

Don't forget these important dates!

  • June 5th at 2pm: Commencement
  • August 1st through 5th: Returning Student Registration ONLINE
  • August 8th through 12th: District-wide New Student Registration
  • August 17th: First Student Day

School Hours

Hanover Central High School: 8:05am - 2:50pm

Hanover Central Middle School: 7:50am - 2:35pm
Red Cedars Elementary School: 7:55am - 2:40pm

Jane Ball Elementary School: 8:45am - 3:20pm

Lincoln Elementary School: 8:45am - 3:20pm

Return to Traditional Meal Benefit Eligibility for Program Year 2023

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The school meals program is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, school corporations across the country have been operating with the use of a federal waiver that allowed them to feed every child for free through the end of this school year. The use of this waiver will not be available after this school year and corporations will return to the traditional eligibility requirements for free, reduced and paid meals. This means that for School Year 2022-2023, our school corporation will process free and reduced-price meal benefit applications.

The Food Services Department does have the ability to Directly Certify students who receive SNAP, TANF, some Medicaid, are certified as homeless, migrant, or are wards of the state (foster children). Households who are found to be directly certified will be notified in writing of the free or reduced-price meal status prior to the start of school and will not need to complete an application.

Meal benefit applications will not be available until July 1*. Households are encouraged to apply before the start of the school year to avoid unpaid meal charges. Students who are not approved for free or reduced-price meal benefits before the start of the school year will be classified as paid status and meal charges may begin to accumulate starting the first day of school. Meal charges accrued before the approval of a meal benefit application will be the responsibility of the household.

You do NOT need to complete an application if:

● You receive notification that your child(ren) are directly certified for the School Year 2022-2023.

● You know your household does not qualify for meal benefits. (Please have money in your child’s account on the first day of school.)

Applications received prior to July 1 will not be effective for the 2022-2023 school year. Online applications will be available Aug 1, 2022 at www.mymealtime.com

Thank you,

Michelle Philipp

Director of Nutrition Services

Hanover Kiddy Academy

We still have a few openings for the Hanover Kiddy Academy that opens in the Fall of 2022!

Please call the administration office at 2193743501 or visit https://www.hanover.k12.in.us/hka for more information.

Red Cedars Elementary

Check out the new Red Cedars Elementary School website!


The RCE website will have important information added to the announcements tab, like our FAQ page!

Also check out the RCE Facebook page where we will post updates and reminders regarding the new school.


Waving with a Robotic Arm

Ryan McGrath and Carrie Dwyer received the opportunity to participate in the “Making PD Your Way Deep Dive Course: Programming/Prosthetics With NeuroMaker Hand,” funded through a grant from the Schwab Foundation. This opportunity is in connection to Region 8: Education Service Center of Northeast Indiana. They were provided with professional development resources and five Neuromaker kits (robotic hands) for building and programming.

After learning more about the experience, McGrath and Dwyer decided to use SRT (homeroom) to allow fifth-grade students to build robotic hands. McGrath provided a survey to the students collecting their interest in being involved. Once students were selected, groups were formed. Instructions were created to help the students know their responsibilities on any given day. Their responsibilities rotated between building, reading instructions, recording their daily work, and helping with the supplies.

Students were interviewed about what they thought about the project, the challenges that they faced, how they liked working in a group, and if they would recommend the project to friends and peers. 5th grader, Quinn Sus said that her favorite part was “the teamwork and building with everybody, to help each other out.” Nicholas Esquivel really enjoyed that they could make the robotic hand move and have the ability to control it. Multiple students including Knox Tristan, Jace Jaquess, Emily Gill, and Caleb Jaimes very much enjoyed the construction of the hand, putting the pieces together, and setting it up.

Lenox Sus said that the biggest challenge for her group was dividing up the work between everyone and not having only one person work on the project. Others like Lucas Valdez, Nicholas Esquivel, and Jace Jaquess found difficulty in getting the wires and bolts in the correct places. Brennan Fraze said that they had some difficulty with focusing in the first week, but over time, they got the hang of it.

Naomi Barrett said, “I have always been interested in robotics and stuff, but I have never done anything like it. So I thought this could be my chance to try it out.” Quinn Sus recommends this to her friends because “it is a good source to have like if you don’t have any homework, you could do that in your free time.” Caleb Jaimes says that people can learn programming by working on this project.

Jace Jaquess enjoyed working with a team because “it gave everyone a chance who wanted to do it.” This gave the students opportunities to learn things about each other, even if they weren’t friends prior to the project. This gave all the students chances to learn different things as well as learn cooperation. Knox Tristan described the teamwork of the project as, “one person would be reading instructions, while the other was actually following them.”

Through many roadblocks and successes, all five Neuromaker hands were finally created and functioning properly! The students’ faces were full of joy as the robotic fingers wiggled and waved. Both McGrath and Dwyer hope to use the Neuromaker hands to program with students in the future. They are both thankful for the opportunity provided by the Schwab Foundation and Region 8.

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