HANOVER PARK REGIONAL (27-1990)

HANOVER PARK REGIONAL

Hanover Park Regional High School District is the first New Jersey School District of Character to be awarded the Character Education Partnership National School District of Character

"It is the nature of a person to rise to greatness if greatness is expected."
John Steinbeck

District Highlights/2014-2015

The Hanover Park Regional High School District is comprised of two high schools. Hanover Park High School is located in East Hanover, receives students from East Hanover and Florham Park, and has an enrollment of 855 students. Whippany High School is located in Hanover Township, receives students from Hanover Township and has an enrollment of 714 students. The district enjoys a tradition of excellence with an ongoing commitment to academics, the arts, athletics, service learning, character education and community service.

Both schools continue to be ranked as one of New Jersey's Monthly Top 100 High Schools (Hanover Park #26; Whippany Park #46); listed on Newsweek's Top 500 Schools in the Nation (Hanover Park #478; Whippany Park #483); recognized in the Washington Post as one of the 2014 America's Most Challenging High Schools; and, ranked as one of New Jersey's Top Performing Public High Schools for Academics and the Arts in 2014 by Inside Jersey magazine. Combined, the schools administered 999 Advanced Placement exams in the 2014-2015 school year with an average of 73% scoring a 3 or higher. Many district students achieved honors status from the College Board Advanced Placement Scholar Awards recognition program: fourteen Advanced Placement National Scholars; fifty-eight Advanced Placement Scholars with Distinction, thirty-two Advanced Placement Scholars with Honor; and, sixty-eight Advanced Placement Scholars. Besides the availability of seventeen Advanced Placement courses, the district's enrollment in dual credit courses in which students receive college and high school credit from Fairleigh Dickinson, Seton Hall and/or Rutgers was over 400 students. Hanover Park Regional High School District has been honored as a District College Board Advanced Placement Honor Roll for Expanding Opportunity and Improving Performance for Advanced Placement Students for the third consecutive year.

The schools scored above the State and National average in the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). Combined, the schools recognized three National Merit Finalists; eighteen National Merit Commended Scholars; one National Hispanic Recognition Scholar; one National Achievement Scholar; four students for New Jersey Governor's School; four New Jersey Scholars; sixty-four Presidential Academic Awards of Excellence; one student was selected as a Chief State School Officer and nominee for the US Presidential Scholars Program; two students selected to the BASF Science Academy; and, 246 National Honor Society Inductees. Thirty-one students achieved a perfect score of 800 on twenty-seven different occasions on either the SAT I or the SAT II. One student scored a perfect score on the ACT. For the 2014-2015 school year, the district administered 807 PSAT's to students in grades 9-11. Thirty-one students participated in Boys/Girls State. Ninety-five percent of graduates are continuing formal higher education.

Students continue to compete in the Academic Team Competition achieving amazing results-Hanover Park placed first in the North Jersey Division 2 Regional Competition and was crowned Group 2 State Champions. Whippany Park High School had four students receive a Gold Medal, Bronze Medal and/or an Honorable Mention in the Regional Honors Division; one student received two Bronze Medals and an Honorable Mention in the Varsity; and, one student won an Honorable Mention in the Scholastic Division. The Forensics and Debate Teams at Hanover Park had one student qualify to compete in the Tournament of Champions at the University of Kentucky and place in the Top Ten in the Nation of Original Oratory. The Math Team at Whippany Park High School took third place at the Joseph A. Andrushkiw Mathematics Competition Twelve; and, one student received an Honor Roll Distinction for scoring in the top one percent of New Jersey students on the American Invitational Mathematics Examination.

Both high schools excelled this year in the visual arts. Twenty-four students' artwork/photographs were accepted in the Blackwell Street Art Show; three student's artwork was accepted into the 2015 Fresh Perspective Exhibits at the Morris Museum; six students had artwork accepted into the 2014 Congressional Art Competition at the Morris Museum; eleven students' artwork was included in the 27th Annual High School Juried Art Show at the Morris County Courthouse. One Whippany Park student won first place for best Drama and an Audience Choice Award at the New Jersey High School Film Festival.

The schools met with success with the Performing Arts:
Hanover Park High School had one student accepted into the North Jersey All Region, New Jersey All Area Band, and New Jersey All State Band; ten students accepted into the New Jersey All State Chorus; eight students selected to the North Jersey Regional Chorus. At the Hershey Park "Music in the Parks Festival" the Chamber singers achieved a First Place Superior rating in Mixed Choir; a First Place Excellent Rating in Jazz, Swing Choir; and, the Hanover Park Choir was recognized as the Best Overall Choir. The Hanover Park Marching Band was ranked fifth on the East Coast by the Festivals of Music organization.

Whippany Park High School had one student selected to the All National Concert Band; three students selected to Region Band; three students selected to North Jersey Area Band; and, two students were also accepted into the 2014-2015 North Jersey Region Choir. The Marching Band received their Fifth consecutive Gold Rating in the NJMEA State Festival with two soloists' awards for Outstanding Musical Contributions. The Marching Band performed at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C.

The schools fared well in the Future Business Leaders of America Competition:
Hanover Park High School-Thirty-nine students competed in the Northern New Jersey Regional Competition where eight students placed in the Top Ten; twelve students qualified to compete at the State level where six placed in the Top Ten; five students qualified to compete at the National Level. One student was elected to serve as State Parliamentarian of New Jersey FBLA and another as Northern Region Vice President for the 2015-2016 school year.

Whippany Park High School-Fifteen students competed in the Northern New Jersey Regional Competition where six students placed in the Top Seven; thirteen students qualified to compete at the State level where two students placed in the Top Three; three students competed at the Nation level; and, one student was elected as the New Jersey FBLA State Historian.

Both schools earned honors for their publications. Hanover Park High School's newspaper, The Forum, received High Honors and a First Place Award by the American Scholastic Press Association. Whippany Park High School's literary magazine, Etcetera, earned a First Class Honor Rating from the National Scholastic Press and a Second Place Award from the American School Press.

Athletically, both schools won championships:
Hanover Park High School-The Wrestling Team was crowned North II Group II State Sectional Champions for the fourth consecutive year and won the Group II State Championship for the first time in school history. Conference championships were won in Boys Basketball for the third consecutive year; Girls Basketball, Wrestling; Baseball and Boys Lacrosse for the first time in district history. Girls Soccer won North II Group II State Sectional Championship for the first time in school history. There were also many individual championships in Wrestling, Golf, and Track and Field. There was one State Champion and one County Champion in Wrestling; one State Sectional Champion in Girls Spring Track and one County Champion in Girls Spring Track. One coach received a Coach of the Year Award and the Baseball Team received the Sportsmanship Award from the NJAC Conference.

Whippany Park High School-The Girls Cross Country Team were the NJAC Conference Champions; the Boys and Girls Winter Teams both won the State Sectional Championship; the Boys and Girls Spring Track Teams both were Dual Meet Conference Champions and NJAC Champions; the Girls Spring Track Team won the Morris County Championship, the Morris County Relay Championship, the North Jersey Section II Group II Champions, the Sophomore Morris County Champion and The Daily Record Girls Spring Track "Team of the Year." One athlete was named Spring Track Female Athlete of the Year by NJ.COM and The Daily Record, NJSIAA Meet of Champions Champion and State record holder, a Penn Relays Champion and record holder, second place finisher in the New Balance Nationals, and placed sixth at the 16/17 year old World Championships representing Team USA. The Boys Baseball Team were the NJAC Conference Champions and a semi-finalist in the Morris County Championship.

Community service, service learning and character development complement each other at the schools. The Character Counts program supports the district's six pillars of character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship by giving student awards for Kindness and Justice, Student of the Month, and a student selected quarterly who exemplifies the elements for Character Counts. Students who exemplify these values are selected and recognized throughout the year. Many clubs and activities encourage and support student volunteerism such as: cleaning parks, partnering with senior citizens, partaking in hunger walks, sponsoring food drives, collecting educational supplies and clothing for the needy, organizing blood drives, and tutoring students. The district takes pride in being recognized as a New Jersey School District of Character and a National School District of Character-the first New Jersey District to receive both awards. The staff and students maintain the school climate of a caring environment by initiating new community service projects each year while keeping with those that have become "tradition." Visit the schools' websites to see the many service learning/character education projects and lessons that have been implemented: whippanypark.org or hanoverpark.org. Click on About Us, Character Education.

Hanover Park High School was awarded four Promising Practice Awards from the Character Education Partnership for its promotion of Service Learning and the construction of the Outdoor Classroom; Change for Change Poverty Project which benefitted the Market Street Mission; the summer reading project One Book, One School; and, the Teddy Bear Project. Whippany Park High School received three Promising Practice Awards from the Character Education Partnership for the Garden Project; the Gallery Walk; and, Tomorrow's Teachers Lessons in Respect. The Garden Project at Whippany was also honored with an award by the New Jersey School Boards Association as part of the 2014 Innovations in Special Education Awards Program. Both schools received the recognition as a "No Place for Hate" by the Anti-defamation League with one student as an Alexander Bodini Prize for Diversity nominee.

The professional staff of the Hanover Park Regional High School District continues to inspire students to be the best they can be. The teaching staff evaluation report shows that 100% or the staff has been rated as Effective and/or Highly Effective for the 2014-2015 school year. Both schools are listed by niche.com as having the Best Teachers in the Top 100 in New Jersey. The district continues to support teachers with meaningful professional development that encourages them to learn strategies that foster the development of critical thinking and problem solving skills as they prepare the students with the 21st century skills needed to succeed in a global society.