On behalf of the faculty and staff, I would like to welcome you to Hanover Street Elementary School. We are looking forward to a great year and encourage you to join us as we work together to provide our students with the best education possible.  Learning is not a simple process! It involves sharing ideas, making mistakes, and attempting new experiences.  Learning involves hard work by everyone, the teacher, the parent, the principal, but most importantly the student.  The exemplary staff at Hanover Street values and challenges each student and provides opportunities for success. Instruction is based on the  Pennsylvania Standards.  We also work with students to develop lifelong learning skills, which include equipping our students to be collaborative workers, self-directed learners, participants in society, information processors, effective communicators, and complex thinkers.  Our students’ success is the center of all we do.

Research and experience shows us that a parent’s/guardian’s involvement in a child’s education is directly related to his/her success in school.  To maximize your child’s success, emphasize the importance of education through the following:

The Hanover Street family prides itself in maintaining high expectations for student achievement while focusing on the individual needs of each student with programs such as PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Support), LLI (Leveled Literacy Interventions), gifted education, math intervention groups, after school tutoring, art, music, physical education, library and spanish.

I am pleased to share with you just a few of the projects we completed this summer. We added a new kindergarten classroom to the building, a Nighthawk recording studio was added in our library, three 3D printers were also set up for student use, students will also have an opportunity to work with robotics, all students in grades 2-12 have a 1:1 chromebook for their daily use, new sound cancelling panels were added in the gym, a climbing wall was purchased by our PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) and installed in our gym. We also have a new Hanover Public School District feature wall sharing the district’s Commitment to Excellence.

In addition, our building theme for the 2016-2017 school year is “Full STEAM Ahead “, a program which encompasses Pennsylvania’s new standards in the areas of science, technology, engineering, arts and math.  A variety of activities will  be provided to allow students to experience well-rounded programs that will  help them harness their uniqueness and individual strengths.

 You will find your child’s teacher is your best resource and I encourage you to build a positive partnership with them. I look forward to working with you as partners in educating your children and am honored to be your Principal. I look forward to working with you all to assure your child’s safety and success at Hanover Street Elementary.

Pamela C. Smith,  Ed.D.