Hanover 28 News and Articles

2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR


January 2021


Comprehensive Early Literacy Grant Program Click here for more information.

November 24, 2020

A letter from the Superintendent regarding recent updates to El Paso County’s “RED” (severe risk) status.

Helpful links for our community:
CDC Holiday Guidance
CDC Thanksgiving Guidance
CDPHE Thanksgiving Guidance 

November 19, 2020

Please read this attachment for more information.

October 30, 2020

Covid Exposure Letter to Full School Community

October 30, 2020


Letter from the Superintendent

September 22, 2020


Transportation changes for student drop-offs at bus stop locations will go into effect Friday, September 25th! Please read the Interim Superintendent’s letter here for more information.

August 5, 2020


As the 2020-21 school year approaches closer, we’d like to have a town hall meeting to discuss the available options for students returning to school, to discuss what may not have worked in the Spring of 2020 and answer ALL questions YOU, as parents, are entitled to. Please consider joining our town hall meeting on August 11th at 5:30pm where questions will be answered! The meeting will be held at Hanover Jr/Sr High School where we can accommodate more and still abide by state ordinance. Hope to see you there!

If you are unable to attend in person, please feel free to watch via zoom here.

2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR

End of Year Parent Information

May 10, 2020 End of Year Parent Communication

April 16, 2020 Parent Communication – no in-person education for the remainder of the school year

April 1, 2020 Parent Communication – eLearning Day #1

March 30, 2020 Parent Communication – Materials Pick Up Details

March 25, 2020 Parent Communication – eLearning Plan Details

March 20, 2020 Parent Communication

March 18, 2020 Letter

elearning Board Resolution

March 7, 2020 Letter

District Newsletter February 2020

District Newsletter January 2020

District Newsletter December 2019

District Newsletter November 2019

Middle School Boys and Girls Win First Tournament of Season at CSDB (Nov, 2019)

District Newsletter October 2019

School Board Election Results 2019

School Board Supports Prop CC

District Newsletter September 2019

State Report Cards Go Up!

Every year in August the state of Colorado gives each school and district in the state a report card called, performance framework. The top two ratings for schools and districts is the goal. The report cards are based on the 2018-19 school year’s student achievement and growth on the state assessment, SAT and PSAT assessments, graduation rate, and second language learner language development growth.

Prairie Heights went up one rating, Hanover Jr-Sr went up a rating, and the district’s rating went up one rating. Our schools and our district is performing at the top two ratings.


See the report cards (frameworks) here: PHE  JSHS  DISTRICT


The 2019-20 school year brings leadership roles for Dr. Grant Schmidt (Superintendent/Principal) and Mr. Tim McNerney(Principal).

Mr. McNerney will represent Region 6 (Pikes Peak area) on the Board for the Colorado Association of Secondary School Principals, a department of the Colorado Association of School Executives. He was selected by peers.

Dr. Grant Schmidt just finished his one-year term as President of Colorado Association of Education Specialist, a department of the Colorado Association of School Executives. For 2019-20 he serves as Past-President. He is a member of the Colorado Association of School Executives’ Coordinating Council. For the second year in a row Dr. Schmidt is the Co-Chair of the Legislative Committee for the Colorado Association of School Executives. Additionally, Dr. Schmidt serves as the Chairperson of the NEED Foundation in Colorado Springs. Finally, Dr. Schmidt is serving a second year as the Treasurer of the Board for the Colorado Rural School Alliance. Dr. Schmidt is also among a representative group of state Superintendents reviewing legislative language for Mill Levy Equalization in Colorado.



Due to damage from the hail storms and wind over the last 9-months our insurance company replaced the playground structures at Prairie Heights Elementary School and Kirk Hannah Park.

Prairie Heights Playset Rendering

Hannah Park Playset Rendering



Dr. Grant Schmidt (Superintendent) & Mr. Tim McNerney (JSHS Principal) accepts a donation check

 Read Press Release Here



Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Grant Schmidt, testified before the Colorado House Education Committee on Monday, April 16th in favor of the proposed 2018-19 School Finance Bill. The bill requests an increase in funding to school district between $222-450 per student, provides $30M to be allocated to rural school districts (approximately $96,00 for Hanover School District), a permanent buy down of $150M on the current $850M budget stabilization factor (approximately $60,000 for Hanover School District), and a reduction in state reporting requirements for rural school districts. Thank you to Rep. Paul Lundeen for recognizing Dr. Schmidt and Hanover School District’s needs before the committee during testimony.



Each school year the Colorado Department of Education essentially grades all schools and districts using a Performance Framework. For the second year in a row both Prairie Heights ES and Hanover Jr/Sr HS maintained their rating. LINK CONGRATULATIONS!



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Each year, the Colorado Department of Education recognizes public schools  as Centers of Excellence in the state that enroll a student population of which at least 75 percent are at-risk pupils and that demonstrate the highest rates of student longitudinal growth, as measured by the Colorado Growth Model. In the school performance framework that is used by the state to evaluate schools, these schools have demonstrated impressive results on the indicator relating to longitudinal academic growth. This award program was established in 2009 by the Education Accountability Act of 2009. Award recipients were named at a ceremony on March 1st in Denver. Only nine school districts had a school receive this prestigious award, including Hanover Junior-Senior High School in the Hanover School District. Principal, Danielle Van Esselstine, and Superintendent, Dr. Grant Schmidt, accepted the award from the State Board of Education members and the Commissioner for the Colorado Department of Education.


Hanover Awarded THREE Grants 

The Hanover School District applied for and was awarded two grants: Perkins Act and SRSA!

The Perkins Act will be used to help fund the start-up expenses for the three new skills programs being developed: wood working, solar and electrical. Information on the Perkins Act can be found here.

The purpose of the Small, Rural School Achievement (SRSA) program is to provide rural LEAs with financial assistance to fund initiatives aimed at improving student academic achievement. Information on the SRSA can be found here.

The district has also received funds from the Federal Impact Aid funds for the first time in many years. Information on the Impact Aid funding can be found here.

The district will be applying for another GoCo Grant, and considering an application for a BEST Grant.


Board Approves Adopted Budget

On January 24, 2018 the Hanover School District Board of Education approved the 2017-18 Adopted Budget, to include a list of one-time expenditures. In 2014-15 and again in 2015-16 there were two property tax  abatements. As a result the property tax collection for the school building bond would not have sufficient funds to make the annual bond payment. Both of those years the district transferred a total of $165,000 to the Bond Redemption Fund. Now that the mill levy has been adjusted to collect sufficient funds for the annual payment the $165,000 has been transferred back into the district’s General Fund. The Board approved spending most of those funds for much needed one-time expenditure items based on staff input. At the same time the Adopted Budget will add nearly $50,000 to the Fund Balance.

One-Time Expenditure List       Adopted Budget


Newly Elected Board Members Sworn In 

Board President Swears in Danielle Combs

At the December 13, 2017 Special Board meeting Danielle Combs was appointed to the vacant Board seat. She was sworn in by Board President, Randy Underwood. Congratulations!

Board President Swears in Ed Sweazy and Dwight Smith

At the December 6, 2017 regular board meeting Dwight Smith and Ed Sweazy were sworn in by term-limited Board President, Mac McPherson. Congratulations!


Election Results — Fall, 2017

Hanover School District #28 had two items on the November 7, 2017 ballot. First, there were six candidates running for 2-seats on the Board of Education. Prior to the results being certified the two top vote getters are Ed Sweazy (157 votes) and Dwight Smith (111 votes). Second, a mill levy override failed to pass by 93 votes.  www.epcvotes.com

Our community has 1,055 registered voters. This year’s voter turnout was right at 37%. Thank you to all registered voters who were able to vote in this year’s election!


Senior Melissa Vigil Recognized for Youth of the Month

Senior Melissa Vigil

Senior Melissa Vigil was recognized by the Falcon Exchange Club for her high GPA and community involvement. Melissa was awarded the Youth of the Month along with a scholarship, which she plans to put towards her college tuition. Melissa is on the Principal Honor Roll and an active part of the National Honor Society. She is both Senior Class President and Student Council Secretary. Melissa is involved in sports at school, including volleyball, wrestling, and track, and volunteers at the local food pantry. Melissa has already been accepted into University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, but is undecided on her official college choice. She will start in Fall 2018 and plans on studying nursing.


Veterans Honored at Assembly

On November 10th Hanover Jr./Sr. High School students and staff recognized Veterans at our school. Different branches of services were honored, as well as those who served in the various branches. Mr. Kyle Clasby had an extremely positive impact on students saying, “There is nothing noble about being superior to your fellow man. The true mark of nobility is being superior to your former self.” Thank you to all of you who have served our country.


Hanover High School Student Athletes Recognized

Seniors Cody White and Eddie Sweazy III were recognized by Coach Luke Decker at last night’s Fall Sports Banquet at Hanover Jr./Sr. High School. Both students are exceptional students as well as athletes. Cody White (pictured left) received an All Conference recognition. Eddie Sweazy III (pictured right)  received an Honorable Mention recognition. In order to be recognized for these honors students must be voted on by coaches other than their own within their conference. In receiving the award the students said, “We wouldn’t have been able to do this without our coaches: Coach Decker, Coach Tyler, and Coach Mason.” Both students will play in the All Star game in June against other students recognized for this honor.


Hanover Employee Recognized by El Paso County Sheriff

TJ Lippert Receives Gold Coin

El Paso County Sheriff Bill Elder started a new recognition program in April. Employees  and community members are “coined” with the Sheriff’s Coin of Excellence in recognition of stand-out behavior with challenge coins. TJ received his coin for his quick response of opening the Jr/Sr High School building as an evacuation location during the Milne Fire earlier this year.


Hanover’s Rotary Champion

Rotary Champions is an annual event presented by the Rotary clubs of the Pikes Peak Region. The awards ceremony is held to honor outstanding scholar-athletes from El Paso and Teller County high schools who have placed a high value on academics and leadership in school, community, and home. Hanover Jr/Sr High School scholar-athlete, Tessa Owens (Senior), was recognized on Monday, May 8th. CONGRATULATIONS!

Through Rotary Champions, recognition is given to approximately 400 outstanding scholar-athletes from high schools throughout the Pikes Peak Region. From this elite group, 25 nominees, each representing a CHSAA-sanctioned sport, are awarded a Champions Medallion. The top female and male scholar-athletes are selected to receive our Rotary Champion Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award, which includes a $5,000 college scholarship, paid over four years, and a trophy. Since 1985, Rotary Champions has awarded 60 scholarships totaling $300,000.

Tessa Owens Rotary Champion for Hanover

Tessa Owens Rotary Champion for Hanover


State Representative for the Hanover School District

State Representative Lundeen

State Representative Lundeen

Superintendent Dr. Grant Schmidt met with the state Representative for the Hanover School District community, Paul Lundeen. The purpose was to share about our school district and community as related to current and future legislation. Rep. Lundeen shared what he supports as adjustments to the Colorado K-12 funding and concurrent enrollment. He is a supporter of quality education for all students. During the session he has invited Dr. Schmidt to communicate regarding potential legislation that may impact the Hanover School District and/or community. Dr. Schmidt appreciates the time Rep. Lundeen took to meet, and his interest in our school district and community.

Senator Meets with Superintendent and Board Members

Senator Kevin Grantham

Senator Kevin Grantham

On September 21, 2016 Dr. Grant Schmidt, Superintendent, and four board members, Randy Underwood, Mike Lawson, Tag Allen and Ed Sweazy, met with Senator Kevin Grantham. The purpose of the meeting was to share about our school district community, concerns regarding school finance negatively impacting our district’s budget, our solar and hydroponics program development, and feedback on ideas for legislative help for our district. Everyone was impressed with Senator Grantham’s genuineness and openness to visit with us. He has extended family living within Hanover School District. Senator Grantham is a member of the Joint Budget Committee. You can learn more about our Senator at http://kevingrantham.com/.


State School Board of Education President Visits Hanover

State Board of Education President, Steve Durham

State Board of Education President, Steve Durham

The Hanover School District had the pleasure of hosting State School Board President, Steve Durham, for a visit at the Junior/Senior High School.  Pictured above from left to right, Superintendent Dr. Grant Schmidt, Principal Danielle Van Esselstine, State Board President Steve Durham, Hanover Board Vice President Randy Underwood, and Hanover Board Treasurer Ed Sweazy. Mr. Durham was given a tour of the Junior-Senior High School. During the tour, he learned about the history of the school district and our current needs to be met through school finance and legislation. Mr. Durham shared very similar beliefs and values as the Hanover School District and community. He has agreed to open communication line between us and him, especially feedback on State Board of Education agenda items. We greatly appreciate Mr. Durham making time to visit our amazing school district.

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