Hoover Elementary School

Staff E-Blast 05.01.2016

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Thank you for taking some time to celebrate our team this week! From the PSSA wrap-up breakfast and celebrating our lovely ladies in the office, to Friday breakfast treats; it's heartwarming to know that your hard work is recognized and appreciated by your colleagues. We can all get lost in the "fog of battle" from time to time, but it's important to take pause and celebrate all that we accomplish together!


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Monday, May 2

Tuesday, May 3

  • Hoover Field Repairs (weather delays may impact date of this work)

Wednesday, May 4

  • Faculty Meeting: 8:00AM in Library
  • Author/Illustrator Matt Tavares Visits Hoover: 1:15PM (K-2) & 2:15 (3-5)

Friday, May 6

  • Kindergarten Orientation: 9:30AM or 1:30PM in the Cafeteria
  • No School for Kindergarten Students
  • Hoover Spirit Day: Sports Fan Day (Wear gear to show your support for your favorite Lebo, college, or professional team!)

Saturday, May 7

  • Playground/Blacktop Painting: 9:00AM


Field Trip Reminder

With field trip season upon us, please keep the following important logistical items in mind:

  1. Remember to keep the Health Office informed of the date and time that you will be out of the building, so that they can prepare medications.
  2. Be sure to confirm that all parent chaperones have the appropriate clearances (PA Criminal History, Child Abuse, and FBI Fingerprinting/10-Year Resident Affidavit) on file with the school district at least five (5) days in advance of your trip.
  3. Before boarding the bus, please leave a copy of the permission forms in the Main Office.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to see me. Thanks!

Spring MAP Testing

The Spring MAP Window officially opens on May 2nd. After several long weeks of PSSA Testing, however, I think we could all use a bit of "test-free" time. We will conduct our Spring MAP Testing from May 16-27. Please click here to find the schedule for testing and sign up for two sessions (ELA and Math), indicating which test you'll be giving during each session. I will once again host a training mini-session to review setting up classes and test sessions. If you need a refresher on how to navigate the MAP Testing system, I encourage you to attend.

K-1 teachers, NWEA released a new MAP Testing app that should allow students to take the Primary tests using an iPad. When I checked last week, our student iPads did not have this latest version. I put in a request and am hopeful that we will have it added before testing begins. I will keep you posted.

Faculty Meeting Wednesday

We will meet on Wednesday at 8:00AM in the Library for our monthly faculty meeting. Gina Oliphant, who is an ESL Coordinator at the AIU, will be coming to Hoover to lead a training on English Language Learners and supports. Please let me know if you have questions. Thanks!

May Madness!

Every Friday in May, we will take some time to show our Hoover pride with a Spirit Day. The tentative schedule is below:

  • May 6th: Sports Fan Day
  • May 13th: Wacky Hair Day
  • May 20th: Movie Character Day
  • May 27th: PJ Day

These days were planned by the students who won the "Assistant Principal for the Day" raffle earlier this year. As opposed to Hat Day, these spirit days are not a fundraiser. All students (and staff) are invited to participate, showcasing our pride for Hoover and to celebrate a great school year together! Please see me if you have any questions!


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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.

Technology for the Classroom

Quizlet Live


Quizlet Live is a FREE, in-class, team-based learning game based on any Quizlet study set. Students are randomly paired into teams of 3-4 students to race against other teams. Each team must work together to match all 12 terms correctly to clear their board. The first team to do so wins! At the end of a game, teachers get feedback on what terms students get right and wrong.

K-5 Math Teaching Resources


K-5 Math Teaching Resources provides an extensive collection of free resources, math games, and hands-on math activities aligned with the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. The math task cards and games are suitable for use in math centers, small group and whole class settings. Task card instructions are presented in large print with child-friendly language to enable students to work independently, or in partnerships, after a brief introduction to the task. All files are in PDF format.


Monday, May 9

  • Grade 1 Data Meeting: 8:00AM in Conference Room
  • Spring MAP Refresher: 3:30-4:00PM in Library
  • Elementary Band Concert: 7:30PM at Mellon Middle School

Tuesday, May 10
  • Grade 5 Data Meeting: 8:00AM in Conference Room
  • Grade 3 Field Trip: School in the Park

Wednesday, May 11

  • Grade 3 Data Meeting: 8:00AM in Conference Room

Thursday, May 12
  • Grade 4 Data Meeting: 8:00AM in Conference Room
  • All Students Dismissed at 2:15PM
  • Hoover Open House: 5:30-7:30PM

Friday, May 13
  • Grade 3 Data Meeting: 8:00AM in Conference Room
  • Hoover Spirit Day: Wacky Hair Day

Monday, May 16

  • Spring MAP Testing Begins
  • Kindergarten Screening
  • PTA Meeting: 7:00 in Cafeteria

Tuesday, May 17

  • Kindergarten Screening

Wednesday, May 18

  • Breakfast with Someone Special: 8:00AM
  • Grade 4 Fire Safety Trailer: 1:00-2:30PM

Thursday, May 19

  • Grade K Data Meeting: 8:00AM in Conference Room

Friday, May 20

  • Hoover Spirit Day: Movie Character Day (Dress like your favorite movie character. Please be mindful of student safety and avoid wearing masks, bringing look-alike weapons, and other props that may be disruptive.)