The Hancock community may have noticed by now at the home football and volleyball games that we have a cheer team to root our athletes to victory during games. The Hancock Cheer Squad consists of Annie Marczak, Amber Hausmann, Harliegh Schlief, Miranda Chamberlain, Chloe Crowell, Savannah Schlief, Amanda Wevley, student manager Amanda Chamberlain, and coached by Ashley Christianson. When you see the squad cheering at football and volleyball games, you probably don't realize all the 'behind the scenes' tasks that they do for our athletes.
"They need us," was the simple answer Supt. Loren Hacker told Hancock school board members at their meeting on Monday night. The question was whether or not the district should think about limiting the number of open enroll students. The discussion followed the predicted enrollment numbers presented by Hacker for the next five years. The prediction was conservative using an average of 26 incoming kindergarten students each year.
At Hancock this 2016-17 school year, the Hancock cheerleaders are in charge of homecoming week. From coronation to the dress up days, to the half time performance by the Cheer Clinic at the football game; the cheer girls have it covered. The Hancock cheerleaders will have a busy week next week. They will be decorating the gym for coronation on Sunday night starting at 5:30 p.m. They are also in charge of coming up with the themes for the dress up days. Monday will be pajama and autograph day. At 7 p.m., coronation will begin in the big gym.
The Hancock homecoming queen and king candidates include in front (L-R) - Ana Chavira, Sabrina Mattson, Kassandra Algarate and Elena Schaefer. In back - Tyler Reese, Chandler Gramm, Andrew Shaw and Taylor Zeltwanger. Coronation will be Monday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m.
The Hancock Commercial Club will be offering a Soup and Pie Supper on Monday, Sept. 26. the supper will be served this year in the school cafeteria during the hours of 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. This is the same night as coronation at the school which begins at 7 p.m. It invites the public to attend both events and enjoy a warm bowl of soup and delicious pie.
The house has been burned, the trees are down and the lot at the corner of Third Street and Hancock Avenue in Hancock is ready to be made into a parking lot for the school. The only decisions left to be made are how much will be tarred and the configuration for parking. To help with that, the Hancock School administrators asked the Hancock City Council for guidelines as to what it would approve.
Many years ago some newspaper people recognized that the newspaper is a "living textbook." The simple process of writing and printing a textbook means that most of them are out of date as soon as they are published. That is not true with a newspaper which is updated and changed with each issue. With the thinking that a newspaper is a textbook the idea of using newspapers in the classroom was born. Today, newspapers are used in the classrooms and in other continuing education programs throughout the country, not as substitutes for textbooks but as supplements to them.
The official first day of school numbers are in and compared to the first day last year, the enrollment at Hancock Public School has increased by 10 students to 340, which was also the enrollment figure at the end of school last year. These numbers do not reflect students who are attending post-secondary courses outside of the Hancock School. The numbers by class compared to opening day last year are as follows: 2015-16 2016-17 enrollment enrollment Kindergarten 29 32 First 20 27 Second 33 20 Third 30 33
It can be considered an honor to be asked to fill a position by the person who is leaving that job. Sue Nelson learned about the vocal music position at the Hancock School from the former instructor, Kris Miller. Miller had learned from a friend that Nelson was looking for a part-time music job in the area and gave her a call to tell her about the opening in Hancock. After applying and interviewing with administration in Hancock, Nelson was offered the job which seems to be a perfect fit for her.
For one hour a day, Hancock students can get a feel of what college courses may be like. The first hour of each day, Penny Schmidgall of Hancock will teach a college English course. The first half of the year the course will focus on public speaking and listening. The second half of the year she will be teaching English composition which is a college writing course. Students will earn college credits in both classes.