*Please remember to check your child’s backpack daily, but especially on Thursdays as folders go home Thursday afternoons with vital information for parents.
*Now that construction is winding down and the job sites are preparing for winter, there will no longer be flaggers on 2nd Street.
*As we know there is a winter storm approaching it is important that you know the proceedures for bad weather for the Northern schools:
If there is any change in the regular schedule, it will be announced on Radio Station 99.3 beginning at 6:00 AM. It will also be sent out via E-Notes* (text) to every family and posted on the school websites.
Most likely, if the weather is too severe for travel or for normal school operations, we will implement one or more of the following three options.
Two-hour delay. All bus schedules and class schedules will start exactly two hours after their normal time. If this happens, then we probably have information from WYDOT and the weather service that conditions are improving enough that we can carry on. It is also possible that after a two-hour delay, conditions change and we may have to cancel the entire day. Stay tuned to the radio for further announcement.
“Attendance Centers.” Teachers and students report to the school in the town in which they reside. Teachers may share work via Google Drive and/or Schoology, and will have activities throughout the day for students. All teachers, aides, and students in town will report to Hanna Elementary (or HEM), but those who are unable to travel will report to their local school. This will mean that HES (and HEM) teachers and students also will report to schools in Elk Mountain and Medicine Bow. Bus routes will only run in the town of Hanna. The kitchens in Elk Mountain and Medicine Bow do have a supply of food to provide lunch for all if this does happen.
School canceled. If conditions are too bad to travel and/or start school in the morning, and conditions seem unlikely to improve, the school day may be canceled. In this case, we will have to schedule a make-up day before the end of the year.
*Parents, please be sure to communicate with the school secretary if your cell phone number and/or emails change, so that you receive the text/email notifications.
HES: RACE to Success!
R – Respect A – Achievement C – Confidence E - Excellence
Hanna Elementary School (HES) is a K-6 public education institution located in Hanna, Wyoming. HES is part of Carbon County School District #2, and has a total enrollment of 70 students.
Hanna Elementary and Community History
As the supply of coal in the now ghost town of Carbon began to play out The Union Pacific Coal Company looked to the north and found an excellent seam. This was the beginning of the town of Hanna. As the town was being built in 1889, workmen and miners lived in tents. One of the first permanent buildings erected was this two-roomed schoolhouse. As a matter of fact, the school stood empty that first year as Hanna had no children. Gradually both rooms filled and additions were added until there were four rooms and two halls. Each room had a potbellied stove and a water bucket, with one dipper shared by all the class. The school population continued to grow and the primary grades were moved to the First Aid Hall, now the Hanna Basin Museum.
During these years, students attended school for eight years and then graduated in an impressive ceremony. By 1917, the school board realized that a high school was needed and a new building necessary. Opening in September of 1918, the “Stone School” accommodated the lower grades on the ground floor and the new high school in a small assembly room and three classrooms on the second floor. The first senior class of 1920 chose the school colors of orange and blue.
Various buildings have occupied what is now the elementary site. The present gymnasium/auditorium dates from 1946. The classrooms and the library of today were constructed in 1950, when elementary and high school students moved in to share “the new school.” After the closing of the mines in 1954, this building seemed ample for years to come, but the coal boom beginning in the late 1970s brought a new, younger population to Hanna. In 1980 the high school, today H-E-M Junior / Senior High, opened south of town. The historic elementary school, remodeled and modernized, remained at the original mid-town site.