Enrolling in one of our schools
|START THE ENROLLMENT PROCESS|
MCS Preschool please see the "Marion Cross" tab below
Welcome to SAU 70! All four of our schools take great pride in the tremendous opportunities that await your student. Our districts are known for academic excellence, athletic involvement, and participation in a wide range of co-curricular opportunities.
Whether you recently moved to Hanover or Norwich or are considering joining us as a tuition student, we welcome you.
The enrollment process is streamlined online for new students. See below for the necessary documentation and links to start the process.
For planning purposes, it's important to be mindful that all SAU 70 Schools dismiss an hour earlier each Wednesday to allow our staff to participate in staff meetings and professional development opportunities.
A resident student is defined as any student living on a regular basis with a parent or legal guardian whose residence is in Hanover, New Hampshire (see RSA 21:6-e),or any student whose parent or legal guardian resides in Norwich, Vermont (see 16 V.S.A. 1075(a)).
Additional requests for information will come directly from the school registrar.
The Bernice A. Ray School welcomes all elementary-age children in
Hanover and Etna, NH.
Our teachers and staff members are committed to maintaining a safe, healthy, and trusting environment for all children. We offer a balanced and challenging academic program, and a supportive atmosphere for children of all abilities and backgrounds.
The educational, social, and emotional growth of each child is our prime concern, and we actively encourage our students to become responsible and contributing members of the community.
The Ray School embraces the diversity of our children: their backgrounds, beliefs, interests and talents. We expect all members of our school community to respect and learn from each other. Holiday activities emphasize a global perspective and reflect the traditions, cultures and religions in our society.
We expect all members of our school community to respect and learn from each other.
In addition to the fundamentals – reading, writing, and math – we seek to expand each child’s interests, reasoning and communication skills. Our children learn to take risks in pursuit of knowledge, and to develop their individual talents.
All members of the school community follow the precepts of our ''Three Rs'' –
- RIGHTS, RESPECT, RESPONSIBILITY.
Norwich, VT is home to approximately 3,400 people. Norwich is located along the Connecticut River in the Upper Valley, across the river from Hanover, NH and Dartmouth College. Children living in Norwich attend Marion Cross School for grades K-6 and then join Hanover students to attend middle and high school.
"Community is a concept we take very seriously in Norwich. " —Tom Candon, Chair, Norwich School Board
Application for Pre School at Marion Cross School for the 2022-23 school year will open on November 1st 2021. Application process will close on January 31st, although you are welcome to apply after that date.
Families that should apply are:
Any family that has a Pre-K student (minimum age of 3 by next September 30th) and would like to be considered for a spot at the MCS program.
Currently, the capacity for the MCS Pre-K is 18 students. All students that enroll in the fall are expected to attend our full day program (following the Marion Cross School Calendar). Please note, there are no enrollment limits for K-6.
On January 31st, we will examine all the Pre-K applications that have been submitted. If we have more applications then slots available we will prioritize enrollment in the following order:
Residents of Norwich
Currently enrolled PreK students.
Students with a diagnosed developmental delay(s) or disability
Students who are "at risk" as defined by homelessness, dual language learners, in foster/kin care, and/or migrant, free and reduced meals eligible.
Siblings of Marion Cross School students and Children of Marion Cross School Staff.
Older students by birthdate
We will offer our 18 spots using our priority order, not first come first serve. For those families not offered a spot in our PreK program, they will be placed on the waiting list based on the priority order. After January 31st if there are spots available, they will be given on a first come first serve basis.
In order to apply, please fill out this form. Please call the main office at 649-1703 ext 5111, if you need help applying or if you would like a hard copy of the form sent to you, please contact Greg Bagnato, Coordinator of Student Services if you have any questions.
MCS PreSchool 2022-2023
Please fill out this form for each child you would like to have join the Marion Cross Preschool for the 2022-23 school year.
- MCS preschool is a full day preK program (7 hours every day) and follows the MCS elementary school calendar.
- Applications will be accepted from November 1st through January 31st
- Responses to this form will be confidential.
Complete PreK Admission Form above by January 31.
First week in February families will be notified of acceptance
Complete the Resident Enrollment form after being accepted
PreK orientation in May. Information will be sent to parent(s)/guardian(s).
2021-22 State Wide Rate: $3,536.
Kindergarten registration happens every spring and is advertised in the Valley News transaction ads, posted to the Norwich Listserv and mailed to current MCS families. There are several steps to the kindergarten registration process including: enrollment forms, kindergarten screening, and registration forms.
Complete the online enrollment form and:
Complete Kindergarten Questionnaire and bring with you on Registration and Information Night.
- Summer: Parents receive SAU 70 email containing information and instructions to complete/update annual back to school forms. Watch for summer email.
- August: Teacher letters mailed home.
- Day Before School Starts: Welcome Back Open House where students can tour classroom and meet teachers (2:00-3:00pm)
- First Day of School: PTO Breakfast for Kindergarten parents
|Frequently Asked Question|
- What is the entrance age for kindergarten?
- What is kindergarten screening?
- What does a typical day look like for a kindergartener at MCS?
- Where and when is pick-up and drop off?
- Are there any kindergarten meet-ups during the summer?
- How many kindergarten classes are there?
- How many students are in a typical kindergarten class?
The purpose of kindergarten screening is to assess student readiness for kindergarten. During the screening your child will meet with: the school nurse for vision and hearing tests; special education teachers, our occupational therapist, speech therapist, and kindergarten teachers to access for any unidentified needs. Kindergarten screening is not about academic needs and more about social skills and ability to work with others.
Kindergarten screening happens during the course of one day. Students are led through different stations in small groups for about 45 minutes while parents can meet and ask questions about Kindergarten and Marion Cross School.
Every day begins with a morning meeting where students gather and greet one another. Kindergarten students have a morning and afternoon snack as well as a morning and lunchtime recess. MCS does not have a cafeteria, so students each lunch in the classroom. In the afternoon, there is a quiet time where students rest. Students are not expected to sleep during this time, but it's ok if they do. Kindergarteners have a special everyday. The specials are library, music, art, PE and French. All of the specials meet once a week, except PE which meeting twice a week and French which meets in the classroom everyday.
On Fridays, kindergarten classes spend the day at the outdoor classroom in the Milt Frye Area behind the school for Forest Fridays. More information about Forest Fridays
School starts at 8:10am, but students can be dropped off as early as 7:30am. Kindergarteners are restricted to the area near the play structure in front of school and kindergarten classes line up to go inside with their teachers in this area.
School ends at 3:10pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and at 2:10pm on Wednesdays. Kindergarteners are picked up in the COOP area outside the kindergarten classrooms. The teacher must see the person picking up your child and shake hands with your child before he or she is dismissed.
MCS is a hectic place for pick up and drop off. The bus lane is close to kindergarten classrooms, but you cannot use the bus driveway when buses are present. After 7:40, you can typically use the bus lane for drop off. If you use the bus lane, pull all the way in the driveway, go up the short hill, use the bus turnaround, and drop off your children by the fence. This way your child gets out on the right-hand side of their cars. We have has some close calls with children crossing the lane of traffic. It truly is much safer not having children dart across the driveway. After school, the bus lane is not available for use.
St. Barnabas (the grey church) has been both generous and flexible with us, offering us their front and back lots as drop off/pick up sites for children at the beginning and end of the day. If you park here, please walk your child across the bus lane to school.
Registering for School
The first step in registering a student at Marion Cross School is to call the Front Office staff at (802-649-1703) to arrange a tour and provide some basic information.
Parents of all new students, including incoming pre-K and K students, should complete the online registration form. Birth certificates immunizations, and proof of residency may be uploaded or brought/mailed to MCS Front Office.
We look forward to you and your student joining our community. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help.
In addition to our Documents Needed, RMS requires the following:
Schedule a Math and Foreign Language Placement exam(s)
RMS registrar will provide you with information once you've been officially enrolled.
Welcome to the Frances C. Richmond Middle School! We are a comprehensive middle school of 375 sixth through eighth grade students located in Hanover, New Hampshire. Our mission is to inspire students to build the skills and compassion necessary to succeed in a complex world and, as they move toward greater independence, empower them to examine the impact their actions have on themselves, others, and the environment.
Richmond Middle School students distinguish themselves in our classrooms, school events, extracurricular activities, the community, and in supporting and encouraging one another. We offer a rigorous, diverse, and carefully designed and delivered educational program whose intent is to guide each student on their path to becoming confident independent learners. Further, we emphasize real-world connections and an interdisciplinary approach to learning that is based on the skills of communication, collaboration, and creativity.
RMS strives to be an inclusive, respectful, supportive, and affirming environment for all of our community members. We maintain that schools are safe only when all constituents in the building know (and believe) that hateful behavior towards any group is incompatible with our values, will not be tolerated, and will be addressed. Through our committment to equality we all become stronger.
Hanover High School's diverse course offerings and numerous extracurricular activities allow students to explore their own
interests and develop skills in many fields.
In addition to our Documents Needed, HHS requires the following:
All 9th graders are required to take placement exams. If you are entering HHS after 9th grade, your child may be required to take placement tests in math, science, and foreign languages. The School Counselor will determine this after academic records are reviewed.
- How will we decide what courses my child will take?
- My child is interested in playing a sport, whom do I contact ?
- My child is interested in participating in theatre, whom do I contact ?
All 9th graders are required to take placement exams. If you are entering HHS after 9th grade, your child may be required to take placement tests in math, science, and foreign languages. The School Counselor will determine this after academic records are reviewed.More information
Hanover High School is located in the Upper Valley, an area of central New Hampshire and Vermont that runs along either side of the Connecticut River. People are drawn to the Upper Valley for its quality of life, beauty, recreational activities, arts and cultural experiences and employment opportunities.
Tuesday, November 9th, Thursday, December 9th, or Thursday, January 20th
4:00-5:30PM TOURS AND INFORMATION SESSIONS FOR SENDING SCHOOL FAMILIES
Tours will be at 4:00, followed by an informal information session with Q and A. Sign up using this LINK .
Shadow days will not be offered this year due to Covid.
Thursday & Friday, February 3rd and 4th
8:30AM-12:30PM PLACEMENT TESTS @ HHS
(**students from Lyme will receive placement testing at their school)
8:30-9:30 Science Placement, 9:45-10:45 Math Placement, 11:00-12:30 World Language Placement
Use this LINK to register for placement tests.
February (Date TBD)
HHS CURRICULUM NIGHT
Department coordinators will discuss programs for 9th graders and how students will progress through the academic disciplines in their four years of high school. (We are uncertain if this will be an in person, virtual, or recorded event.)
Friday, March 4th
ONLINE PRE-REGISTRATION DEADLINE
(must be completed for every new student, even if you already have a child at HHS)
In order to request courses during our first round of scheduling, pre-registration for the 2021-2022 school year needs to be completed by this date. You will receive instructions on how to complete this in February after your child’s placement testing.
Friday, March 11th
SCHEDULE REQUESTS DUE
Students who take placement tests will receive instruction about this in February. Sending school counselors will also have the forms and information by February.
Prospective students are invited to attend all programs, in addition to their families
View our virtual presentation for current 8th graders.
Of the 92 professional staff at Hanover High School, 71% hold a master's degree, and 18% hold a master's degree plus 60 credits or a doctorate.
Meet our staff
92% of the class of 2016 are now attending or are scheduled to attend four-year colleges. 1% will attend a two-year college or have other plans for post-secondary study.