Hoover Elementary School

Staff E-Blast 04.10.2016

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Thank you for your time, effort, and patience this week. With report cards to complete, conferences to prepare for, trainings to attend, Kennywood tickets to sell, SCAT Tests to deliver, and field trips to chaperone this week was packed! As I walked the hallways and spoke with families during the conferences days, it is clear that the work you do is appreciated by many!


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Monday, April 11-Thursday, April 14

  • PSSA ELA Testing (Grades 3-5)

Tuesday, April 12

  • Lab Ratz: 3:45-4:45PM

Saturday, April 16

  • MLFE Taste of Lebo: 2:00-5:00PM at Clearview Commons


Hoover PSSA Testing Schedule

PSSA Testing will begin this week for Grades 3-5. All assessments will be given in the morning and should be completed by lunchtime.

Please remember that recess will be held for ALL grade levels until after testing is complete for the day. Please wait until you hear the "all call" on the PA.

If you have not already done so, please be sure to familiarize yourself with the revised encore schedule, the list of test proctors, hallway monitors/procedures, and fire drill/disruption procedures If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to see me.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to see me. Thanks!

#happyhoover Weekly Challenge

Challenge #12:

Do something nice for a colleague. Bring them a coffee, put a treat in their mailbox, or do something else thoughtful.

Don't forget to celebrate and share once you've completed the challenge!


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Principal's Notes

  • Attendance: Please be careful when entering your attendance in the morning and after lunch. We need to be sure that we are marking absences for the correct student(s). With the new Safe Walk system, families receive automated phone calls to confirm absences. We want to make every effort to avoid these calls going to families in error.

  • Arrival: Please remember to collect your students from the blacktop, no later than 8:28AM. It is important to be timely, as our aides and teachers on duty need to be in their classrooms by 8:30AM as well. Thanks for your cooperation!

  • Duty: Please remember to work together to ensure that your designated responsibilities are covered, in the event that you cannot be there. This includes lunch duty, recess duty, pick-up or drop-off, dismissals from school, entrance into school, Go-Zone, etc. Please communicate with each other when things come up on your personal schedule that are unplanned. Otherwise, please make sure you are on time for your scheduled duty responsibilities. Please see me if you have questions or concerns.

  • Playground Rules: Please remind students of the playground rules and expectations below. Please be attentive to dangerous games or behavior. Also, please be alert to any visible hazards and report them to the office.

    • Playground Rules and Expectations

      • Keep your Hands, Feet and Body to Yourself

      • Be Kind to Others, Play Fairly and Include Others

      • Use Equipment Safely

      • Play in Safe Areas

  • Copying: Please try, as much as possible, to do ALL copying in house

  • Personal Days: Please remember that I can only approve a given number of personal days per day in the building. Personal days are requested through AESOP, verified with Cheryl, and then approved.

  • Outdoor Recess: Please help to escort students to the playground and wait for the monitors to arrive. For the safety of our students, it is critical that they are not left unattended on the playground. Monitors, please make every effort to get to your posts as quickly as possible.

  • Keys: Please remember to leave the key to your classroom in your mailbox before leaving for the day, so that we can access your room in the event that you are not able to return the following day.

  • Announcements: If you have any staff news or announcements, and would like to share, please email me. I will place it in our next e-blast.

Maintenance Work Orders

Please continue to complete maintenance requests using the Work Order system on your MTLSD Homepage. If Gary cannot resolve the issue in-house, he will request support from central facilities. You will receive an email when the request is complete.


Behavior Management Resources

MTLSD Student Support Red Ed Resource Binder

The Student Services Department created this Google site, which outlines Tier I and Tier II positive behavior interventions and supports (PBIS). These resources can be used by staff to help support students in the classroom.


This site provides a number of suggested interventions for behaviors students may present in the classroom, along with useful tools for tracking data.

IST/Academic Resources

Hoover IST Resources

This folder contains resources for teachers who have academic and/or other concerns about a particular student. You will find suggestions for Tier I interventions that can be used by teachers to support students in the classroom. Please be sure to contact families regarding your concerns.

Should students continue to have difficulty, even after introducing Tier I interventions, please contact Mary Perz to initiate the IST process. The flowchart below outlines the steps of the IST process.

Clicking on the flowchart to the right to view in larger size.

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Monday, April 18-Wednesday, April 20

  • PSSA Math Testing (Grades 3-5)

Tuesday, April 19

  • Lab Ratz: 3:45-4:45PM

Friday, April 22

  • Earth Day

Monday, April 25 & Wednesday, April 27

  • PSSA Science Testing (Grade 4 Only)

Tuesday, April 26

  • No School: Election Day

Wednesday, April 27

  • Grade 5 Field Trip: Carnegie Science Center

Thursday, April 28

  • International Night: 6:00-8:00PM