Hoover Elementary School

Staff E-Blast 03.20.2016

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Thank you for persevering through 12 weeks of teaching and learning, without a break! I hope you all enjoy this well-deserved long weekend and get the opportunity to rest and relax with family and friends!


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Monday, March 21

  • Elementary Orchestra Concert: 7:30PM in the High School Auditorium

Tuesday, March 22

  • Lab Ratz Begins: 3:45-4:45PM

Wednesday, March 23

  • Faculty Meeting: 8:05AM

Thursday, March 24 to Monday, March 28

  • No School: Spring Break


Faculty Meeting Wednesday

Please note the additional Faculty Meeting scheduled for 8:05 on Wednesday. This will be a very brief meeting to discuss how changes to the CBA will impact Parent/Teacher Conferences for next school year. We are in the midst of building the 2016-2017 calendar and are in need of feedback from teachers regarding this topic. Please let me know if you have any questions. Thanks!

PSSA Testing

All elementary buildings in the district will be following the testing schedule below:

Grades 3-5

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

Grade 4

  • Science: April 25 and 27

Thank you to those who have already completed the PSSA Online Training Module (www.pstattraining.net).

Classroom Teachers: Please click here to complete the survey to provide feedback regarding needed materials for testing. Thanks!

All Test Administrators will need to attend a PSSA Training Meeting on Wednesday, March 30th at 3:30 in the Library. Please click here to view Hoover's list of Test Administrators.

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

Need Some Helpers??

The 5th graders are still eager to help out Hoover's teachers and staff! They are willing to clean your room, change bulletin boards, organize, cut, paste, work with students in small groups, whatever you need! In addition to helping during recess, the students are also willing to give up their Lebo Time to help those in need. Please sign up via the google spreadsheet. Students with blacked out squares are not available at that time. Simply type your name and a brief description of the task in square that corresponds with the student and time you want.


#happyhoover Weekly Challenge

Challenge #10:

Take a short walk during your lunch, planning time, or after school. During the walk, think about the things in your life that make you the happiest.

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.

Technology for the Classroom

TechSmith SnagIt Chrome Extension

Chrome Web Store

TechSmith Snagit for Google Chrome™ is a robust screen recording and screen capture tool that helps you provide better feedback, encourage teamwork, and create images that explain exactly what you mean. Get the Most out of Your Google Drive™ View, and mark up your captures anywhere, thanks to the integration Snagit for Google Chrome™ has with Google Drive™.

Provide Personalized Feedback Capture or snag the documents and presentations your students are working on, add feedback, and easily share with your students for review wherever they are. Enhance with Visuals Clip images or make quick screencasts to use for presentations, research papers, or handouts. Add text, arrows, or shapes to screenshots to draw attention to exactly what matters.

Keep Everyone in the Loop Snag a quick screenshot of a paper or project your students are working on, add notes, and send to fellow teachers, parents, or the entire class. Or narrate your comments while recording a screencast and give updates in your own voice.

Dance Mat Typing


Dance Mat Typing from the BBC is an engaging website offering typing lessons that introduce kids to basic keyboarding skills. Each level introduces a few new keys and concepts. Lessons are taught by a colorful cast of characters, including a cat, a goat, a yak, a giraffe and others. The site is cute and is a great introduction for kids. Practice exercises include some letter patterns, as well as some words.

Instructions are short and straightforward, so kids won't be bored or confused by large blocks of directions before they get to play. In some instances, the beginning level games felt a little slow to start, and it was occasionally unclear when exactly the user was supposed to begin typing.


Tuesday, March 29

  • School Resumes
  • Grade 2 Team Meeting: 8:00AM
  • Grade 1 Team Meeting: 1:15PM
  • Lab Ratz: 3:45-4:45PM

Wednesday, March 30

  • Grade 3 Team Meeting: 8:00AM
  • Hoover Principal's Coffee: 9:00-10:00AM
  • PSSA Proctor Training: 3:30PM in the Library

Thursday, March 31

  • Grade 4 Team Meeting: 8:00AM
  • Cultural Arts Assembly (CLO Incredible Innovators of Pittsburgh): 2:15-3:15PM

Friday, April 1

  • Grade 5 Team Meeting: 8:05AM
  • End of Quarter 3

Monday, April 4

  • Hoover Spirit Day: Hat Day! (All students are invited to make a $1 donation to participate. All donations benefit the 5th Grade Farewell. Thanks for your support!)

Tuesday, April 5

  • Kennywood Ticket Sales at Hoover: 11:30 (Location TBD)
  • Hoover Clean Up Day
  • Lab Ratz: 3:45-4:45PM

Wednesday, April 6
  • Faculty Meeting: 8:00AM in Library
  • Quarter 3 Report Cards Available on Dashboard

Thursday, April
  • Grade 2 Field Trip: Heinz Hall
  • Grade 3 SCAT Testing: 9:00AM in Cafeteria
  • Grade 5 SCAT Testing: 10:00AM in Cafeteria
  • No PM Kindergarten (AM Kindergarten still in session)
  • Parent/Teacher Conferences: 5:30-8:30PM

Friday, April 8

  • No School (Grades K-5)
  • Parent/Teacher Conferences: 8:00AM-3:30PM
  • PCA/CA Training: 8:00-11:30AM at Howe