Hoover Elementary School

Staff E-Blast 12.13.2015

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Thank you for your persistence and attention to reinforcing high expectations for student behavior during this exciting time of year. As Winter Break nears, there are a number of special assemblies and other fun activities planned. Although these experiences are valuable and enjoyed by all, changes to the typical schedule can have a big impact on students. Thank you for helping to maintain a sense of "normalcy" in your classrooms, as well as during transitions in the hallways. :-)


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Monday, December 14

  • Grade Level Meeting (1, 3, & 5): 3:45PM at WES (1), LES (3), & MES (5)

Tuesday, December 15

  • Hoover Elementary Winter Concert (for Families): 9:30AM in Gym

  • Hoover Elementary Winter Concert (for Staff/Students): 11:00AM in Gym

  • Counseling Department Meeting: 3:00PM at TBD

Wednesday, December 16

  • Faculty Meeting: 8:00AM in Hoover Library

Thursday, December 17

  • Cultural Arts Laser Show Assembly: 9:30AM in the Gym

Friday, December 18

  • Shelter-In-Place Drill: 1:30PM


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Shelter-In-Place Drill

We will be having a Shelter-In-Place Safety Drill on Friday, December 18th at approximately 1:30PM. Please make sure to familiarize yourself with the Shelter-In-Place procedures using the information below.


  1. Principal will initiate Shelter-In-Place with PA announcement “Shelter-In-Place procedures are in effect.”
  2. All exterior doors will be locked. Classroom doors will be closed, but NOT LOCKED. As you close doors, encourage any students in hall to quickly return to their classrooms. DO NOT ALLOW any students to leave until further direction is given over the PA. Teachers continue to teach but the classrooms should be relatively quiet.
  3. Lock all windows (if applicable) to classrooms.
  4. Close all binds to outside windows.
  5. Take attendance and call down to Cheryl to report any missing students.
  6. Please have students remain relatively quiet so you can listen to further instructions via PA.

*Please note: If we need to move students due to a weather related concern, please be familiar with where to take students on the ground flood.

I will alert parents to this drill through an e-blast on Thursday. This is a planned drill so please inform your students and you feel free to practice the drill if you wish. If you have any questions don't hesitate to see me.

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.


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



Use this simple and free tool to create a video recording of your screen to upload and share on a teacher web page, wiki. blog, etc.. This is an easy way to create a tutorial from your own computer screen. When you visit sites that have tutorials on how to use their software, you are looking at a screencast. Use this site to give specific directions on how to use different applications in and out of the classroom. This site requires Java. Audio is not necessary for the screencasts but may be beneficial, depending upon the tutorial.

Noteshelf iPad App

iTunes App Store

Noteshelf offers three signature features. First, it organizes notes into visual notebooks, which sit on a shelf that looks stunningly similar to Apple's iBooks app. If you like the idea of seeing your notes in a book, which you can title and design, this feature may help you keep track of your notes. It's really a more of a design trick than anything else, seeing as most note-taking apps give you some kind of mechanism for sorting or organizing notes—it's just that they're not always visual. Second, Noteshelf supports not only handwriting and sketching, but also typed text, which not all note-taking apps do. Third, this note-taking app has a well designed zoom tool, which serious note-takers know is a necessity for handwritten and sketched notes on the iPad. Touch-screen writing tends to get sloppy without it.


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