Hoover Elementary School

Staff E-Blast 10.02.2016

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Thank you for your efforts and patience as we bring our Fall Assessment Window to a close. We have gathered a body of data about our students' needs that has been used to identify appropriate interventions to meet their needs. Some of these interventions will occur in a pull-out, small group setting, while others will occur in a small-group setting in the classroom.

During this month's data meetings, we will review the results of this assessment information and discuss our plan for supporting our kiddos. It truly takes a village and as this week's quote reminds us, we achieve so much more when we all work together!


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**Please check the HES Master Calendar daily for important events & updates**

Monday, October 3

  • No School: Technology In-Service at Jefferson Elementary

Tuesday, October 4

  • Grade 2 Field Trip: Walking Tour of Mt. Lebanon

Wednesday, October 5

  • Grade 5 Data Meeting: 8:00AM in Conference Room
  • 1st Grade Level Meeting: 3:45PM at LES

Thursday, October 6

  • Grade 4 Data Meeting: 8:00AM in Conference Room
  • Principal's Coffee: 9:00AM in Cafeteria

Friday, October 7

  • Read-A-Thon Kickoff Assembly: 2:15PM in Gym

Saturday, October 8

  • Foster Elementary 75th Anniversary Celebration: 1:00-4:00PM at Foster


Technology In-Service Day

We will meet tomorrow morning at Jefferson Elementary School. Please consider meeting at Hoover and carpooling, as parking will be limited. As another reminder, please bring any technology device(s) that will help you get the most of your day.

Chris Stengel sent out an email detailing the break-out sessions that will be available. You can also find the link to this menu below.


A wide variety of options are being offered to appeal to a range of ability levels and interests. Please take some time to review the sessions and identify those that best meet your technology needs. While I am certainly not discouraging you from exploring new and innovative ways to integrate technology into your classroom, it is important that you are comfortable navigating the Google Apps Suite; including GMail, Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Forms, since these are the tools that we are using to perform daily tasks.

It should be a wonderful day tomorrow! See you there!

Read-A-Thon Kickoff

We will meet for our Read-A-Thon Kickoff Assembly on Friday at 2:15PM in the Gym. Students will begin to track their minutes for the Read-A-Thon beginning after school on Friday and continuing through Friday, October 21st.

Rather than collecting the paper tickets each day, we will be collecting students' participation via a Google Form that has been shared with families. We will continue with the same daily incentive, with two students being selected each day to receive a free book. We will also raffle off a Kindle for any student who has accumulated 200+ minutes of reading throughout the two week competition. My challenge for the students this year is to achieve 100% participation. While families do not necessarily need to sponsor their student, my hope is to have encourage each and every Hoover student to spend some time reading over the next two weeks.

I'm open to suggestions for fun schoolwide incentives for the kiddos. One thought is to have a movie day in the morning on Monday, October 31st. Given our kiddos' excitement about the Halloween Parade, Parties, and Trick-or-Treating, I thought it may be a good day to cash in a schoolwide reward.

If you have some other good ideas or questions, please don't hesitate to stop by to chat! Thanks!

Capital Campaign Library Initiative

Last Thursday, Dr. Irvin sent an email announcing the Century of Excellence Capital Campaign initiative that will benefit our elementary libraries. As a result of a generous donation, we are hoping to enhance our libraries and create 21st century learning spaces. An email from Dr. Steinhauer will be going out to all elementary parents outlining this exciting program. There will also be an information session on Thursday, October 20th at 7:00PM in the High School Center Court. You are invited to attend this event to learn more about this exciting opportunity. Should you receive any questions from families, please direct them toward me.


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



Socrative lets teachers engage and assess their students with educational activities on tablets, laptops and smartphones. Through the use of real time questioning, instant result aggregation and visualization, teachers can gauge the whole class’ current level of understanding. Socrative saves teachers time so the class can further collaborate, discuss, extend and grow as a community of learners.



Lesson planning, made easy. Develop custom schedules for your classes; view and print lesson plans

by day, week, or class; connect lessons to national, state, and local standards; attach files and links to your plans; share your plans with other teachers. Also available in app format, Planbook allows you to easily save your lesson plans from year to year!


Monday, October 10 through Friday, October 21

  • HES/FES Read-A-Thon Continues

Tuesday, October 11

  • Grade 1 Field Trip: Hozak Farm
  • Library Department Meeting: 3:45PM at Howe

Wednesday, October 12

  • No School: Yom Kippur Holiday

Monday, October 17

  • Third Grade Level Meeting: 3:45PM at LES

Tuesday, October 18

  • Spooky Story Night: 3:30-5:00PM
  • FLES Department Meeting: 3:45PM at JES
  • Health/PE Department Meeting: 3:45PM at FES

Thursday, October 20

  • Picture Day Make-Up
  • Dare to Dream: Reimagining our Elementary Libraries Information Night: 7:00PM at High School Center Court

Friday, October 21

  • HES/FES Read-A-Thon Concludes