Hanover High School is an active learning community that provides broad academic and co-curricular programs. We engage students' minds, hearts and voices so that they become educated, caring and responsible adults.
All students are given the opportunity to use their
- 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/or Guardians of Hanover High School Students,
New Hampshire’s WMUR reported this week that Hanover High School is the top public high school in New Hampshire (http://www.wmur.com/news/30157334). While the competitive side of me is pleased with the recognition of the great work our students and staff accomplish every day, another side of me can’t help but reflect on how problematic it is to rank schools. Education is, at least in part, a personal experience. Individual students differ greatly from each other. Similarly, individual communities have a wide variance in what they need and expect from their schools.
My background is in science and math - data, numbers and metrics speak to me. Yet, as an educator I’ve been forced to recognize that some of what we do is difficult to quantify, especially with broad generalizations. There are 723 students enrolled at HHS at the moment. I think for many of this number HHS is the best school yet I also fully recognize that we can do a better job for some subset of our students. Labeling schools as ‘failing’ or ‘succeeding’ accomplishes little. Any measure of the success of a school must be reported at the individual level. How did HHS help student X grow as a writer? The answer to this sort of question can be used to revise curriculum and update our instructional approach. The feedback we give, and receive, in the form of grades, comments, surveys, teacher evaluations and other communications must constantly form and reform our school. We must always challenge ourselves to grow and more fully meet the needs of each of our students. We will never be the perfectly formed school.
So, in closing, congratulations to HHS. This is a great place in the process of becoming even greater.
I hope you all have a restful weekend and are able to enjoy the snow!