Hoover Elementary School

Staff E-Blast 01.03.2015

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I hope that you all have enjoyed a wonderful Winter Break with family and friends. As I look back on 2015, becoming a part of the Hoover family was certainly a highlight of the year! The work that is done each day at our school is nothing short of remarkable. I am proud of all that we have accomplished and am looking forward to many more years of wonderful things to come!

On a personal note, I cannot begin to express my gratitude for the incredible outpouring of love and support over the past few weeks. We have certainly had our fair share of difficulties and struggles at Hoover this fall. Seeing the way that we have come together to be there for one another in our time of need is both touching and inspiring.

While the sound of the alarm may come as a bit of a shock in the morning, I am excited to return to Hoover tomorrow! Here's to a wonderful 2016 filled with joy, laughter, and many successes!


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Monday, January 4

  • School Resumes
  • Grade 1 Team Meeting: 8:00AM

Tuesday, January 5
  • Grade 2 Team Meeting: 8:00AM

Wednesday, January 6

  • PTA Meeting: 7:00PM in Cafeteria

Thursday, January 7

  • Grade 4 Team Meeting: 8:00AM

  • MAP Testing Refresher Session: 3:30PM in Library

Friday, January 8

  • Grade 5 Team Meeting: 8:05AM
  • Kids of Steel Kickoff Assembly: 2:30PM in Gym


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One Word 2016

For those of you who may not know, I am a pretty big Twitter geek! I really discovered the power of Twitter for professional growth and learning a little over a year ago. If you're not on Twitter yet, I highly encourage it and would be happy to sit down and help you get started building your Professional Learning Network!

With that said, there has been a lot of chatter from my PLN about the one word challenge. The gist of it is rather than making resolutions for the new year--time management, exercise more, save money, etc.--that we choose just one word that will become our focus for the entire year. Check out this video to learn more from one of the authors of the book that started this movement.

So after reading multiple blog posts and hearing from some fellow educators, I was inspired. It took me a while to choose just one word, but once it came to me I knew that above all of the other choices, my #oneword2016 is....


  • Remember the reasons why I became an educator.
  • Remember what it's like to be a student.
  • Remember the challenges that teachers face in classrooms everyday.
  • Remember that I am working with 5-11 year old children.
  • Remember that those children are their parents' entire world.
  • Remember that work is simply one part of life and maintaining balance is important.
  • Remember that Rome wasn't built in a day.
  • Remember that my attitude sets the tone for everyone else in school.
  • Remember that we all bring our own circumstances with us to school (both staff and students).
  • Remember that there are always people willing to help.
  • Remember that I have the power to make a positive impact.
  • Remember to keep pushing to do what's best for kids.
  • Remember that life is too short to be anything less than happy.

So with that said, I'm curious. What is your #oneword?

Winter MAP Testing

The Winter MAP Window officially opens on Monday, January 4th. To give the students some time to settle back into routines following the Winter Break, we will begin testing on Monday, January 11th. Please remember to click on the link below to schedule and sign your homeroom/grade level up for two sessions (Math and ELA).

Hoover Winter MAP Schedule

I will be hosting a refresher training for setting up your MAP test sessions and confirming your rosters in the Library on Thursday, January 7th from 3:30-4:00PM. Below is a link to the shared folder of MAP resources, along with additional training materials from NWEA.

Hoover MAP Testing Resources

NWEA Resources

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

Quarter 2 Reminder

Just a reminder that we have about three weeks remaining in the second grading period. Please make sure that you have contacted any parents of students about whom you have concerns. Proactive communication is important to maintaining positive relationships with students and families. Their report card should not come as a surprise. If you have any questions, please feel free to stop by to chat. Thanks!


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.

Technology for the Classroom

Twitter Chats

Education Twitter Chats

Twitter Chats are a great way to gain inspiration and build your Personal Learning Network. Just log on to Twitter and search for one a hashtag such as, #mathchat, #4thchat, #satchat, etc. Tweets using these hashtags are archived and can be referred to at any time. Check out the list of education chats above. Log on to Twitter on the day/time listed and watch the conversation live!

It can be overwhelming at first, so don't feel bad about lurking (reading other tweets without tweeting yourself)! Soon enough, you'll be connecting with like-minded educators across the country and world!



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Monday, January 11

  • MAP Testing Begins: Class schedule to follow

Tuesday, January 12

  • Lunch Clubs Begin

Wednesday, January 13

  • Faculty Meeting: 8:00AM in Library

Monday, January 18
  • In-Service Day: Details to follow

Tuesday, January 19
  • Grade 2 Data Meeting: 8:00AM

Wednesday, January 20
  • Grade 3 Data Meeting: 8:00AM
  • PTA Meeting: 7:00PM in Hoover Cafeteria

Thursday, January 21
  • Grade 4 Data Meeting: 8:00AM

Friday, January 22
  • Grade 5 Data Meeting: 8:00AM
  • End of 2nd Quarter