- minds to pursue excellence, academic challenge and personal success.
- hearts to respect and care for the emotional and physical well-being of themselves and others, and for the environment.
- voices to contribute to the democratic process and the common good.
Dear Parents and Guardians of Hanover High School Students,
My wife and I joke with friends that I have taken her to the prom over ten times - depending on your perspective that’s either one of the benefits, or one of the drawbacks, of being married to a high school principal. Luckily she’s a very good sport as I’ve chaperoned countless proms and dances over my career. Inevitably, I walk into each of these events thrilled to see students having a good time in a safe environment and simultaneously nervous that their positive experience might be jeopardized by the bad decisions of a few.
HHS has, like most schools, severely limited the number of dances we hold. This year a motivated group of seniors approached us, before the year even began, asking for a change. We challenged them to organize things and to help us to make sure the event is fun for all and, more importantly, substance free for all. The students have responded and planned a dance for (10/3) from .
It has been a pleasure to watch our kids take the initiative and work to make this dance happen, safely. Simply saying no to all dances is too simplistic a response. Our students have comported themselves perfectly throughout the first month of school. They deserve to have a fun evening with their peers and have been willing to share the effort. I’m definitely willing to give them a chance to prove themselves. And, of course, we have a great group of staff who will be present to keep a close eye on things.
Please take a moment to reinforce the work done by our staff and students and have a conversation with your daughter or son. Please discuss your family's expectations regarding behavior at school dances. Our relevant school policies can be found in our handbook and I’ve copied the relevant points lower down in this email. It is my sincere belief, and professional experience, that our shared message of responsibility for all will help our students to live up to our community’s expectations.
Have a great weekend,
Justin M. Campbell
Hanover High School