Hoover Elementary School

Staff E-Blast 12.20.2015

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KUDOS

Thank you for your kindness and support this week. I cannot begin to express how much I appreciate your thoughtful notes and for the outstanding work you do each and every day. Thank you for allowing me the time to focus on my family. For that, I am forever grateful to you all!

WEEK AT A GLANCE

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Tuesday, December 22

  • JMS Winter Concert: 10:30AM in the Hoover Gym


Wednesday, December 23

  • Winter Parties: 2:30PM in Classrooms


Thursday, December 24 to Friday, January 1

  • No School: Winter Break

ROTATING DUTY SCHEDULE

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

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 click on the link below to find the Winter MAP Testing schedule and sign your homeroom/grade level up for two sessions.


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!

REMINDERS

Winter Party Details

Classroom parties to celebrate the Winter Holidays will be held on Wednesday, December 23rd beginning at 2:30PM. Homeroom coordinators have been asked to submit a list of snacks that will be provided to students to each classroom teacher by this Wednesday, December 16th. Additionally, the names of all party chaperones should be subnmitted to the main office by Friday, December 18th.


If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask. 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.


TEACHER RESOURCES

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.


www.pbisworld.com

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

Google Sites

google.com/sites


Google Sites is a free tool that is part of Google Apps for Education. With students working in Google Apps often, Sites offers a platform for building student e-portfolios. Students and teachers can easy sync files for Google Docs, Slides, or Sheets to showcase and provide evidence of their learning. To learn more about building e-portfolios, explore the following resources:


https://sites.google.com/site/eportfolioapps/Home

https://sites.google.com/a/flippededucation.com/flippedevents/home/google-apps-summit-presentations/google-sites-as-a-tool-for-student-portfolios

IXL

ixl.com


IXL is the most comprehensive math and language arts program online, helping children succeed from pre-K to high school. With over 3,000 fun and engaging skills to build mastery, IXL cultivates a lifelong love of learning! IXL's skills are aligned to the Pennsylvania Core Standards, the Pennsylvania Assessment Anchors, and the Pennsylvania Keystone Exams, providing comprehensive coverage of math concepts and applications. With IXL's state standards alignments, you can easily find unlimited practice problems specifically tailored to each required standard.


Even better, IXL automatically tracks student progress and displays proficiency scores in the state standards reports. These reports allow you to quickly evaluate student aptitude and identify trouble spots.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Monday, January 4

  • School Resumes

Wednesday, January 6

  • PTA Meeting: 7:00PM in Cafeteria


Thursday, January 7

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


Friday, January 8

  • Kids of Steel Kickoff Assembly: 2:30PM in Gym


Wednesday, January 13

  • Faculty Meeting: 8:00AM in Library