For Families

Dover High School Family Information Update

July 18, 2018

     Because of the need to orient all students to the new building, the first week of school will look different this year than from years past.  The first week has been split into two orientations, with juniors and seniors only reporting on Wednesday, August 29th and freshmen and sophomores only reporting on Thursday, August 30th.  Both orientation days will run from 7:40 am to 2:30 pm with busses running on their normal schedule.  These days will allow students to meet their advisor, go through both their Green Day and White Day schedules, find their lockers, become familiar with lunch routines, and learn the lay out of the building.  All students will be in the building together for the first time on Tuesday, September 4th for a full day of school while following a Green Day schedule.

     The current Dover High School will be open to the public on Saturday, August 4, 2018 from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm for anyone who wants to do a final walkthrough before the building closes permanently on September 4, 2018. A limited number of silent auction items will be displayed for bid (a complete list will follow) and the famous Dover High School decorated ceiling tiles will be laid in the Ollie Adams Gymnasium and be available for purchase.

     The Dover Police Department will be hosting its annual National Night Out on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm at Henry Law Park.  Both Dover High School and the Dover School District will be present at the event where families will be able to get information about the school including lunch account information and eligible seniors will be able to purchase parking permits.  More information on this night will appear in future weekly updates.

     The informational mailing for families, including schedules, will be mailed on August 8, 2018. 

     For many students, summer vacation may mean a scarcity of available food.  Grab and Go is a nonprofit program that provides healthy food every week during the summer for Dover's children and youth.  Now in its fourth year, Grab and Go has distributed over 4,000 weekend food bags at 10 sites.  This summer we will expand our distribution sites to 15.  The program will run Thursdays and Fridays from June 28th through August 31st.  You will receive another email detailing the dates and times of the distributions, but to help you plan please note that distributions generally takes place early Thursday afternoon and late Friday afternoon.

      Dover High School serves as a distribution center for the Grab and Go Program.  Food can be picked up at Dover High School on Thursdays at 12:15 pm and Fridays at 5:15

     If this program could be of help to your children, we encourage you to access one of the following sites:

Dover High School                                        Teen Center/McConnell Center

Dover Middle School                                     Dover Head Start

Garrison School                                             Dover Public Library

Horne Street School                                       Park Street Park

Woodman Park School                                  Seymour Osman Community Center

Redden Gardens                                             Dover Food Pantry

Rutland Manor                                               Dover Friendly Kitchen

Belknap Street                                                Henry Law Park

     Certain Dover High School classes required summer reading and assignments to be completed before students return to school in August.  Students should check in with the course teacher and the information can be found under the “For Families” tab on the Dover High School Website- 

     The School Counseling Department will be open during the following weeks this summer for appointments.  The July appointments will be held in the current Dover High School.  We will update families on the location of the August appointments based on where we are in the transition to the new school.

July 16 through July 20

July 23 through July 27

August 13 through August 17

August 20 through August 24

     Fall sports begin on Monday, August 13th.  The link to register using Family ID is

Attention DHS Alumni....

We have had a great response from alumni to buy yearbooks from all of the past decades, and all are thrilled to be able to get their yearbook and be able to reminisce.  We have connected with alum from as close as Dover and as far away as the Netherlands...with many states and towns in between!   

As school is out for the summer, and because we are packing to move to the new high school we won't be selling yearbooks until next Fall.  We still have limited quantities and will be able to sell them once we are moved into the new school.  Check back with Chris Stewart in the Fall   

Have a great summer!

  Don’t miss out on the Planet Fitness Teen Summer Challenge.  See the attached flyer for more information.

     The Dover Police Department wishes to pass along a friendly reminder to both students and parents that the use of any handheld mobile electronic device while driving is against the law.  The use of handheld electronic devices while driving causes significant distractions to the driver and increases your chances of being involved in an accident.  The Dover Police Department strictly enforces all laws pertaining to the Use of Mobile Electronic Device While Driving.


Peter Driscoll
Dover High School Principal


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