Hoover Elementary School

Staff E-Blast 01.10.2015

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Thank you for a wonderful first week back! As I walked the hallways and stepped into classrooms, it was clear that our students were excited to be back at school. This speaks volumes to each and every one of you and the effort you put in to making Hoover a place where kids want to be!


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Monday, January 11

Tuesday, January 12

  • Lunch Clubs Begin

Wednesday, January 13

  • Faculty Meeting: CANCELLED


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Faculty Meeting CANCELLED

The schedule for the January 18th In-Service, will begin in grade levels/departments at Jefferson Elementary. We will spend the afternoon together at Hoover. Since we will have an extended amount of time to discuss building-related topics, I don't feel it is necessary to get together for this Wednesday's pre-scheduled Faculty Meeting. Enjoy a meeting-free Wednesday!

If you have any questions, don't hesitate see me!

*Happy Hoover* Weekly Challenge #1

We all know that teaching can be stressful. It's easy to fall into the trap of focusing so much on the students who are struggling, the learning goals you haven't yet reached, and the mountain of paperwork that you haven't had the chance to tackle yet, that we lose sight of the amazing things we do!

In an effort to help us focus on the many positives that occur in our day to day work, I will begin posting a *Happy Hoover* weekly challenge! Each week I will share a small task (many of which we already do throughout our day) to help us connect with students, build staff rapport, organize our school lives, keep ourselves healthy, and focus on the positive!

Once you've completed the challenge, be sure to share about it! Talk to your colleagues. Send me an email. Stop me in the hallway or chat in my office. For those of you who are on Twitter, tweet about it using the hashtag #happyhoover. We do so many wonderful things every day, let's celebrate it together!

So here's your first challenge:

Pull a student aside and tell them how much they have improved or how proud you are of them.

Easy, right? I can't wait to hear about all it!

PowerTeacher Gradebook Icon

For those of you who have downloaded the Gradebook Icon onto your desktop, you will need to reinstall the shortcut now that PowerSchool has been updated. Directions for setting this up can be found below.

PowerTeacher Gradebook Desktop Icon

If you didn't have this set up before, I highly recommend it. It saves you from logging into PowerSchool and launching the gradebook each time. Just double click the icon on your desktop and your in! Let me know if I can help in any way!

Winter MAP Testing Begins

We will begin testing on Monday, January 11th. Thank you to those who attended the MAP Refresher session last Thursday. If you need any support during testing, please don't hesitate to contact me. Below you will find our schedule and other MAP resources that may be helpful.

Hoover Winter MAP Schedule

Hoover MAP Testing Resources

NWEA Resources


Quarter 2 Reminder

Just a reminder that we are nearing the end of the second grading period. Please make sure that you have contacted any parents of students about whom you have concerns. Proactive communication is important to maintaining positive relationships with students and families. Their report card should not come as a surprise. If you have any questions, please feel free to stop by to chat. 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

Dragon Dictation

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Dragon Dictation is an easy-to-use voice recognition application powered by Dragon® NaturallySpeaking® that allows you to easily speak and instantly see your text or email messages. In fact, it’s up to five (5) times faster than typing on the keyboard. It is a great tool for teachers to document observations quickly for review later, as well as for students who may experience difficulty with written expression or stamina with writing tasks.

Discovery Education


Discovery Education offers a portfolio of opportunities for teachers to meet students where they want to learn in the digital age. With award-winning digital content, interactive lessons, real time assessment, virtual experiences with some of Discovery's greatest talent, classroom contests & challenges, professional development and more — Discovery is leading the way in transforming classrooms and inspiring learning.


Monday, January 18

  • In-Service Day: AM at JES; PM at Hoover

Tuesday, January 19
  • Grade 2 Data Meeting: 8:00AM

Wednesday, January 20
  • Grade 3 Data Meeting: 8:00AM
  • PTA Meeting: 7:00PM in Hoover Cafeteria

Thursday, January 21
  • Grade 4 Data Meeting: 8:00AM

Friday, January 22
  • Grade 5 Data Meeting: 8:00AM
  • End of 2nd Quarter

Monday, January 25

  • Classroom Management Day

Thursday, January 28

  • 5th Grade Parent Transition Meeting: 9:00AM at JMS
  • 4th Grade Spelling Bee

Friday, January 29

  • Winter MAP Window Closes
  • 5th Grade Spelling Bee