Hoover Elementary School

Staff E-Blast 04.03.2016

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Thank you for your hard work and dedication to prepare your students and the building for PSSA testing. It can be a stressful time, but your cooperation with adjusting schedules, classroom and hallway displays, and recess routines is noticed and very much appreciated!


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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: 11:30-12:00 in Hoover Gym Lobby
  • Hoover Clean Up Day (Rescheduled for May: Date TBD)
  • Lab Ratz: 3:45-4:45PM

Wednesday, April 6

  • Faculty Meeting: 8:00AM in Library
  • Quarter 3 Report Cards Available on Dashboard: Released by grade level (parent will receive an email notification when their child's report card is available)

Thursday, April 7

  • Grade 2 Field Trip: Heinz Hall
  • Grade 3 SCAT Testing: 9:00AM in Cafeteria
  • Grade 5 SCAT Testing: 10:00AM in Cafeteria
  • No AM Kindergarten (PM 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


Hoover Spirit Day!

Wear a hat to celebrate Opening Day for the Buccos and your Hoover Pride on Monday, April 4th! All students are invited to make a $1 donation to participate. All donations benefit the 5th Grade Farewell. All classroom teachers will receive an envelope to collect any donations from students. All staff are encouraged to join in on the fun! Let's Go Bucs and Hawks!

Quarter 3 Grades/Report Cards

Please have all student grades entered into PowerSchool by 4:00PM on Tuesday, April 5th. Students should receive marks in ELA and Math this quarter. Please email me when you are finished so that I may begin verifying them as they are ready.

Quarter 3 Report Cards will be released to families on Wednesday, April 6th. The district will release report cards by grade level using a schedule similar to the one used for Quarters 1 and 2. Parents will receive an email notification when their child's report card is available to view. We will use the schedule below:

Kindergarten: 9:00 AM

Grade 1: 10:00 AM

Grade 2: 11:00 AM

Grade 3: 12:00 PM

Grade 4: 1:00 PM

Grade 5: 2:00 PM

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask!

Kennywood Ticket Sales

Representatives from Kennywood will be at Hoover on Tuesday from 11:30-12:00PM in the Gym Lobby. In an effort to control the traffic and get students back to class efficiently, we will be calling by grade level to purchase tickets. Please hold your students until their grade level has been called. Only CASH or MONEY ORDERS will be accepted. If you have any questions, feel free to stop by the office.

Hoover PSSA Testing Schedule

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).

Please note that all Data Meetings that were scheduled for the week of April 11-15 have been cancelled. We will be using the revised encore schedule distributed last week. Please be aware that some of our encore teachers will be needed as either small group proctors and/or hallway monitors. Please take some time to review the list of test proctors, hallways procedures, and test schedules before testing begins. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to see me.

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 #12:

Think about the top 5 things you love about teaching. Write them down and have them somewhere as a reminder when teaching gets stressful!

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.

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Monday, April 11-Thursday, April 14

  • PSSA ELA Testing (Grades 3-5)

Tuesday, April 12
  • Lab Ratz: 3:45-4:45PM

Saturday, April 16

  • MLFE Taste of Lebo: 2:00-5:00PM in Uptown

Monday, April 18-Wednesday, April 20

  • PSSA Math Testing (Grades 3-5)

Tuesday, April 19

  • Lab Ratz: 3:45-4:45PM