Husky Highlights

May 6, 2022

Upcoming Dates

Monday, May 9 - PK Mother's Day Tea

Tuesday, May 10 - No School - Election Day

Wednesday, May 11 - PK, K, 1st, 2nd End of Year Trip to Hovatter's Zoo; parents are invited to meet us there

Thursday, May 12 - WVGSA - Math for 3rd, 4th, 5th - You're a Smartie

Friday, May 13 - WVGSA - Writing for 3rd, 4th, 5th - Donut Stres

Monday, May 16 - WVGSA - Science - 5th Graders - Blow the Top Off the Test. NOTE


Walk the Halls for BUHS Seniors

Tuesday, May 17 - Upshur County Wellness and Field Day for 3rd, 4th, 5th graders

Wednesday, May 18 -

3rd / 4th End of Year Field Trip to East Marion Park and Launchpad - parents are invited

5th graders visit Fred Eberle Technical Center

Thursday, May 19 - Upshur County Schools Move Up Day; Professional Learning Day; Only Incoming K, 6th, 9th graders attend next school

Friday, May 20 - Professional Meeting Day - No Students

Tuesday, May 24 - 5th Grade Field Trip to Pittsburgh Zoo - Parents are invited.

Wednesday, May 25 - Pool Party for 3rd, 4th, 5th - parents are invited to meet us at the pool.

Thursday, May 26 - Our Spring Concert AND Recognition are being held at the same time.

Recognition and Music Performance

* PK - 9:30 a.m.

* K & 3rd - 10:30 a.m.

* 1st & 4th - 1:00 p.m.

* 2nd & 5th - 2:00 p.m.

Buddy grades are combined to allow students to cheer on their buddies from the school year.

Friday, May 27 - Last day of school for students; 12:30 Dismissal; End of 4th Quarter

Thank You PTO

Thank you to our PTO for providing daily thank you gifts to our staff for all their hard work.

Your support is greatly appreciated.

PK - 2nd Field Trip to Hovatter's Zoo

We will depart HES at 8:30 a.m. with an estimated arrival at Hovatter's Zoo for 10:00 a.m.

Students will be provided a school packed lunch. They may bring their own lunch. We do ask for these lunches to be in disposable containers.

Parents are encouraged to meet us at Hovatter's Zoo. Please plan to arrive prior to 10:00 a.m.

Upon your arrival, please pay your entrance fee ($12.99) and wait INSIDE the zoo for us to arrive.

We will unload students and bring them into the zoo to meet you.

Students may tour the zoo with their parents. Students without parents will be assigned an adult.

Lunch will be at the pavilion outside the zoo at 12:00 p.m. We ask our students to stay through lunch in order to be counted present for a full day.

After lunch, parents may sign their children out to transport them home, if they wish.

There is a small gift shop on site. We ask if parents take their children to purchase items, to please wait until after you have signed your child out after lunch.

Field Trip T shirts

PTO is providing every child with a FREE field trip t-shirt.

Please complete the following link with your child's size.

Adults may also purchase T-shirts for $10.00. 2X and up $15.00.

If you would like to purchase a shirt, complete the form for adult shirts and send the money to school or drop it off to Miranda.

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Adult Orders for T shirts

Adults may also order the HES t-shirts.

The cost is $10 per shirt. Size 2X and up will be $15.

If you would like to order a t-shirt, please complete the order form and send $$ to school with attention Miranda.

WVGSA State Testing

Our end of year state testing begins for students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades on Thursday, May12.

Please encourage your children to:

* be at school and to be on time!!

* get a good night's rest

* eat breakfast (at home or school)

* put forth their best effort

Attendance on testing days is very important. It is much easier for students to take the test with their classmates rather than alone in a make up session.

Just a reminder, electronic devices (phones, tablets, etc.) are not allowed in the testing rooms. Failure to follow this guideline could result in the device being confiscated and sent to WVDE to be checked for testing breeches.

We will remind your children of this each day before testing begins.

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Health and Wellness Day Information

All 3rd-5th graders will be attending the first annual Upshur County Wellness Day on Tuesday, May 17, 2022.

The bus will depart at 8:15 am and return back to Hodgesville Elementary School at 2:30 pm.

  • Wear comfortable tennis shoes

  • Wear a gray shirt or the HES Field Trip shirt from PTO

  • Bring sunscreen

  • School lunches will be provided.for all students. Students may bring their own lunch in DISPOSABLE containers

  • Students may bring money to purchase pizza and/or smoothies.

This event will include several wellness and health activities for students to participate in, so it’s important that they dress comfortably.

Parents will be invited to attend the track meet portion of the event in the bleachers of the stadium. The times for each grade level will be announced shortly.

FETC Visit for 5th Graders

Fred Eberle Technical Center has invited 5th graders to visit their center on May 18 for a short tour of the programs available to students in the future.

We will depart HES at 8:15 a.m. and return by 11:00 a.m.

Please click the button below to give your child permission to attend.

NOTE: We did change the WVGSA Science test from May 18 to May 16 so our students could participate.

Update on Absence of Mrs. Phillips

Mrs. Phillips will continue to be in and out of the office due to her Dad's illness.

If you need Mrs. Phillips, don't hesitate to email ( or call / text to 304 613 8928.

Teachers and staff members are willing to assist in any way possible during my absences.


Our students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade will be taking their end of the year state testing, the WVGSA, in May.

The schedule for our testing is:

May 11 - Reading

May 12 - Math

May 13 - Writing

May 16 - Science - 5th grade only - NOTE DATE CHANGE

As you schedule doctor appointments, days off, etc. please avoid these dates as much as possible. All students will need to take the tests and it is much easier for them to take the test with their classmates.

Cinco de Mayo Celebration

We started May 5 with a presentation from Miss Jan about Mexico and Cinco de Mayo traditions. Throughout the day, students participated in many activities to learn about Mexican culture, including making salsa!!

We ended the day with a Cinco de Mayo parade, complete with floats and costumes!!

Thank you, Mrs. Tenney and Mrs. Belt, for planning the fun learning activities.

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Important Dates for Upshur County Schools


May 10- No School- Election Day

May 17- Fred Eberle Graduation at 6:00pm

May 19- Move Up Day for incoming Kindergarten, 6th and 9th grade students.

May 19- 12:30 Dismissal – Professional Learning

May 20- No School – Professional Learning

May 27- 12:30 Dismissal – Professional Learning

May 27- Last Day for students

May 27- End of 4th Quarter/Second Semester

May 27- B-UHS Graduation – 6:00pm at B-UHS

June 3- Final Grade Card Sent Home

Our Family Handbook - Also available on our website

Our Vision, Core Beliefs, and Goal

Our Core Beliefs / Mission

We at HES are dedicated to providing all students with knowledge and skills to become college and career ready in an environment emphasizing the PAX Good Behavior Game, which includes peace, productivity, health and happiness with the core belief “I better my world, and I better myself.”

It is our desire to:

- Provide a nurturing, consistent environment which emphasizes the development of the individual child’s social, emotional, physical, and academic growth.

- To teach all children so they may achieve their highest academic potential utilizing authentic learning experiences, to build a foundation to become college and career ready, and to be lifelong learners.

- To guide all children in becoming leaders, problem solvers, and listeners.

- To encourage appropriate relationships through parent and community involvement in the school.

Our Goal:

Hodgesville Elementary School will have an increase of at least 1.0 GE growth for 40% of our students as based on beginning of the year to end of the year data for 2021 – 2022 end of year assessments for Math and English Language Arts.