Hoover Elementary School

Staff E-Blast 02.14.2016

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Thank you for your flexibility and willingness to help out when, and where, needed. With last minute schedule changes, your commitment to working together as a team is noticed and greatly appreciated!!


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Monday, February 15

  • Teacher In-Service Day: Full day at Howe

Tuesday, February 16

  • Grade 2 Data Meeting: 8:00AM
  • Counseling Department Meeting: 3:00PM

Wednesday, February 17

  • Grade 3 Data Meeting: 8:00AM
  • Hoover Spirit Day
  • Hoover Chick-Fil-A Spirit Night: 4:30-7:00PM (proceeds benefit the 5th grade class)

Thursday, February 18

  • Grade 4 Data Meeting: 8:00AM

Friday, February 19

  • Grade 5 Data Meeting: 8:05AM


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February 15th In-Service Day

We will be at Howe Elementary on the 15th, where we will meet as an elementary team in the auditorium for a few announcements. We will then break into grade level/department groups.

Grade Level/Department Room Assignments

Kindergarten: Cafeteria

1st: Room 135

2nd: Room 129

3rd: Room 122

4th: Room 204

5th: Room 212

IST: Cafeteria

Librarians: Library

Vocal Music: Room 007

Instrumental: Room 005

Art: Hoover

HPE: Room 105

Spanish: Room 206

Counseling: Room 205

Reading: Cafeteria

Special Ed: Hoover Room 113

Following lunch we will once again meet in the auditorium for some updates from the Health Services Department, before breaking into mixed groups for the remainder of the afternoon. Afternoon Groups

Afternoon Room Assignments

Group #1 - Room 103 (Shaw)

Group #2 - Room 212 (Ramsey)

Group #3 - Room 102 (Freil)

Group #4 - Room 210 (Kitsko)

Group #5 - Room 204 (Giehll)

Group #6 - Room 122 (Davis)

Group #7 - Room 211 (Irvin)

Group #8 - Library (Murray)

PSSA Testing

It's hard to believe, but we have already begun planning for PSSA Testing this spring. All tests will be given in the morning and should be completed by lunchtime. Below is a summary of the tentative testing schedule.

Grades 3-5

  • English Language Arts: April 11, 12, 13, and 14
  • Math: April 18, 19, and 20

Grade 4

  • Science: April 27 and 28

Please begin to think about any essential supplies that you may need for PSSAs (No. 2 pencils, scratch paper, etc.).

As the window draws nearer, I will schedule a PSSA Training Meeting for all test administrators. Additionally, I will work to create a revised encore schedule for all classes to follow during testing. In the meantime, please be sure to complete the required training module, found at www.pstattraining.net.


If you are a teacher who is required to complete an SLO as a part of your end-of-year evaluation, please be sure you have entered it in PA-ETEP by March 1st. The SLOs that were drafted in your grade level/department meetings can be found HERE.

Please see me if you have any questions. Thanks!

#happyhoover Weekly Challenge

Challenge #5:

Don't do ANY work during lunch one day and don't feel guilty about it!

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


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.

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Technology for the Classroom


iTunes App Store

iMovie for ISO devices (iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone) is an incredible app to use in the classroom. With an iPad or an even smaller iPod touch or iPhone equipped with iMovie you can put in to students hands a mobile movie studio that a few years ago would have cost hundreds of dollars for the software alone. Students can share/publish finished iMovie projects as movies to your camera roll or as podcasts that are accessible on any number of platform via YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, or through iTunes.


iTunes App Store

Interested in learning to code? Hopscotch is your app! This award-winning app lets you make your own games and publish them instantly for anyone to play! Use our super easy-to-follow videos to make games like Angry Birds, create pixel art, or build something brand new. Loads of tutorials in the app and more (line-by-line instruction and explanations for learners of all ages) on our website: https://www.gethopscotch.com/resources


Monday, February 22

  • Author Stephan Pastis Visits Hoover: 1:00PM in Hoover Library (Grades 3-5 will meet in the Gym to view the live telecast)

Friday, February 26

  • Lunch Clubs Conclude

Monday, February 29

  • Grade 1 Team Meeting: 8:00AM

Tuesday, March 1

  • Grade 2 Team Meeting: 8:00AM

Thursday, March 3

  • Grade 4 Team Meeting: 8:00AM
  • Grade 3 Team Meeting: 3:30PM

Friday, March 4

  • Grade 5 Team Meeting: 8:05AM

Saturday, March 5

  • Barnes & Noble Book Fair: 10:00AM-4:00PM