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Principal Wheeler's Weekly Message to Parents


  
  

This week marks our final week of the school year.  Seniors graduate on Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. at the Save Mart Center.  Doors open at 3:00, and all are welcome to come celebrate the achievements of the Class of 2019.

 

Students in grades 9 through 11 have Final Exams this week.  Monday is our usual late start at 9:00, with school ending as usual at 2:45.  Tuesday, and Wednesday, however, we are on a special schedule for finals; we start school at 8:00 and end at 12:48.  Lunch will be served until 1:15.  Each day has three classes of an hour and a half each for Finals.  Final exams and projects typically represent a large portion of the total grade, so it is important that students stay motivated and working hard throughout this last week.  Thursday, the last day of school, we start school again at 8:00 and end at 12:25.

 

Students may need to keep their textbooks until they are finished studying for finals, but it is very important that they bring them back to school this week.  Unreturned textbooks are added to students’ senior bills, and our seniors and parents of seniors can tell you that textbook bills are the last thing they want to have to deal with when getting close to graduation.  Please have your child bring books back to school this week.

 

For those taking summer school, summer school begins on Tuesday, June 11th.  Students needing to make up classes should be enrolled in summer school, and counselors are sending reminder notices and class assignments this week.  Students planning to take AP courses probably have summer work too; they should be picking up summer homework assignments from AP teachers or looking on the Hoover website.

 

As this year comes to a close, I would like to thank you for all of your support.  We work hard to support and inspire students, and we value your partnership.  Families of seniors, congratulations and thank you; and everyone else, we look forward to working with you and your students next year.  Have a safe and happy summer.

  

This week is the last full week with our seniors, who will be taking their finals.  Graduation is June 5th, and seniors are finished with school by next Thursday.  Seniors should be studying for finals, completing projects, and ensuring they have the grades they need.  Seniors also should return textbooks and clear any financial obligations this week so that checkout next week goes smoothly.  

 

Students will be notified this week if they need summer school.  As we’re thinking about the graduation of our seniors, it’s a good time to make sure younger students are on-track for graduation and college eligibility.  If your child needs summer school, please support their attendance, and feel free to contact your child’s counselor if you have any questions about summer school.  In addition, counselors have mailed home the listings of courses your child is registered for next year, so please look over that mailing, ensure your child is registered for the courses they need, and contact your child’s counselor if you have any questions or need to make any changes.   This is the last opportunity to review courses and make any changes before students are scheduled into these courses for next year.

 

This Monday evening is our Pates of Distinction awards night, and we are looking forward to celebrating and recognizing so many of our students who demonstrate academic excellence.  And this Wednesday evening is our Spring Sports Awards.  We hope to see many of you on one or both of those evenings.  Remember that next Monday, May 27th, we have no school for the Memorial Day holiday.  Thank you for all of your support, and have a great week.

  

I hope you have enjoyed your weekend, and it was wonderful to see so many of you at Open House last Monday. We are on a regular schedule this week, with late start on Monday and 8:00 start the rest of the week. Progress reports came home last week. This is the last progress report of the year, so please make sure you received it, look it over closely, and talk with your child about their strategies for earning their best possible grades by the end of the semester. Our teachers and counselors are very willing to help, so please feel free to reach out if needed.

Last week students received a form indicating the classes they are registered for in the 2018-19 school year. This is your opportunity to review the core courses as well as electives that your child will take next year. These registration forms are due back to counselors now if there are any changes to be made.

We are in full testing season. State-wide SBAC testing is almost complete, as our juniors demonstrate the accumulation of learning through this point in high school. This week we begin AP testing. Congratulations to all of the students who have taken on a college-level course while still in high school and are challenging themselves with these AP exams; we are impressed by their commitment and effort and know they will do well.

Juniors have an opportunity on May 17th to attend a field trip to UC Merced. Participation is based on a first come, first serve basis. 100 seats available total. Permission slips were already given to students, they just need to turn them into their counselor if they are interested. Seniors planning to attend Fresno City or Clovis Community College have begun the registration process, and the last group of seniors to register will be called out this Wednesday, May 8th. It is very important they bring their SEP (yellow form), found inside their Fresno City folder so that we can know which classes they were advised to take.

This week we celebrate Staff Appreciation week at Hoover. We love our teachers and staff and try to do our best job for students. In keeping with the theme of Staff Appreciation Week, I’d encourage you to send a quick email or note to any of our teachers, counselors, or other staff whose efforts on behalf of your child you’ve appreciated. It means a lot to receive these acknowledgements. As always, we appreciate you for all of your support. Thank you again, and have a great week.

  
As we begin this week at Hoover, I’d like to encourage you to come out tomorrow evening for Hoover’s annual Open House. Beginning at 5:30 we’ll have entertainment, information, and food in the quad and our Pathway students will be presenting projects in the cafeteria. From 6:00-7:15, teachers will be in their classrooms to showcase the learning of this year. At the end of the evening we’ll raffle some prizes and you will be able to pick up your student’s listing of courses for next year. Students have been doing some great work this year, so we hope you can come connect with their teachers and see what students have been accomplishing.

The yearbook distribution is coming soon and you don’t want to miss it. It will be held on Wednesday, May 22. If you haven’t yet pre-ordered your book, you can do so at the early bird rate of $70 for the next week only. After May 1st, the price will go up to $75 and will stay that price until the end of the year. Pre-order yours in room 82 before school, the beginning of lunch, and after school.

This coming week our seniors will start registering for their community college courses. Their window for registration will either be May 1st, 2nd or the 8th, so seniors should be double checking the community college emails! Juniors are continuing with state testing this week; math testing is this Tuesday. Stay up to date with all Hoover activities by checking the master calendar on the Hoover website. Thank you, hope to see you tomorrow at Open House, and have a great week.
  

We have a regular schedule all week, with school starting at 9:00 on Monday and 8:00 the rest of the week. Juniors are in their 2nd week of state SBAC testing, Leadership students are coordinating a Blood Drive on Wednesday, our Link Crew invites all 9th graders to a Dance and Karaoke Night on Thursday, and we will be on spring break after Friday. Friday is a full day schedule. We return from spring break on Tuesday, April 23rd.

I hope you have April 29th on your calendars for Open House. In addition to being able to talk to teachers and have a nice time at this community event, we will also be distributing your child’s courses for next year, so it will be a good time to come see what they have done this year and review plans for next year. Please put it on your calendars and come join us.

You can see all activities by looking at our master calendar on the Hoover website. Thank you and have a great week.

  

3rd quarter report cards were mailed home last week. Please take a look at those report cards as indicators of progress, and talk with your child about their plans for earning the best grades possible for the end of the semester. Students should be staying focused and working hard, taking advantage of Tutorial and staying up to date with all assignments.

This Wednesday most of our juniors will take the SAT. As you know, this test is used by universities for admission. Students are likely to take the SAT multiple times, but this is the first opportunity for most of our juniors, and kudos to those who have been involved in the SAT prep classes since the PSAT which can really help them improve.

This week is our spring play. It opens Thursday night and runs through Saturday, so plan an evening to come be entertained by our talented drama students. We have a spring rally on Friday, and then we’ll be into April and spring SBAC testing. Stay up to date with all Hoover events by looking at the master calendar on our website. Thank you, and have a great week.

  

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! 3rd quarter report cards will come home this week. We have just one quarter left in the school year, and that time will fly by. Remember that grades don’t start over with the new quarter but build from here, so students should be looking at the quarter grades as indicators of progress and making plans to earn the best grades possible by semester, when grades will be finalized and recorded on transcripts. Please talk with your child about staying focused and working hard. As the weather warms up, students often show a few signs of distraction—but this is the time when students need to keep up those good habits.

Next Wednesday most of our juniors will take the SAT. As you know, this test is used by universities for admission. We are proud to be able to offer it free of charge on a regular school day, and we have many juniors taking advantage of free SAT prep opportunities after school and on Saturdays. Offering the SAT free for our juniors opens doors for students to many universities, so we hope students will take advantage of the opportunity and work hard to do well.

Stay up to date with all Hoover events by looking at the master calendar on our website. Thank you, and have a great week.

  

This week is the last week of the third quarter, and report cards will come home next week.  Students have this week to do one last push of studying, making up any missed assignments or tests, and finishing the quarter strong.  Don’t forget that we have Tutorial available and students have many opportunities to get help if they need it.  We have late start on Monday, with school starting at 9:00, and regular schedule the rest of the week, when school starts at 8:00.  

This Monday night is the Winter Sports Awards Night, honoring all of the athletes from this past winter season.  If your child participated in soccer, basketball, wrestling or cheer, come on out and join us as we celebrate their seasons.  The event will take place in the Event Center at 6.  We look forward to seeing you on Monday night and having the chance to honor our winter sports athletes.

Fresno Unified’s Parent University will host the African American Parent Symposium this coming Saturday, March 16th from 11 to 3 at Gaston Middle School.  This year’s theme is Game Time 2.0 –“All the Way up” featuring current NFL Safety Robert Golden. This is a NEW Symposium informing and celebrating the African American student athlete. This event is free and open to all students and families, so please consider attending.

We’re looking forward to another great week at Hoover.  Thank you for all that you do to support student success at Hoover, and have a good evening.

  

I hope you’ve enjoyed the weekend. We have just a partial week but are now just two weeks from the end of the quarter, so we hope that students are working hard to bring their grades up by the end of the quarter. Remember we have Tutorial available after school Monday through Thursday, with college tutors in all subjects.

Parent Surveys came home a couple of weeks ago. Thank you to all of you who have already completed and returned the survey, and if you haven’t had a chance to fill out the survey, please do so and return it as soon as possible. Your feedback is so important in the decisions that we make for our school. If you need a new survey, please just let us know or stop into the office to fill one out the next time you are on campus. It takes just a few minutes but is so important to us.

Just a reminder to drive safely when you are on or around the Hoover campus. Traffic is heavy before and after school and there are always a lot of students walking, so please just be careful to keep an eye out for students, drop students off in designated areas, and drive carefully.

As always, there are many activities happening at Hoover this week. Tomorrow is Kids’ Day for Valley Children’s Hospital, so look for our students at the corner of First and Bullard and buy a Kids’ Day paper from them. We’re now in the month of March and our leadership students have planned “March Madness” activities for every day this month. We will also join schools across the country this Wednesday in the annual “Spread the Word to End the Word” Day, when we bring awareness to the harm of the word “retarded” to describe people with intellectual disabilities and instead promote the new R-word “Respect.” Spring sports are going, so consider coming out to watch our athletes in action. You can find a full calendar of events on our Hoover website. Thank you, and have a great week.

  

We hope students have enjoyed this three day weekend and will return to school ready to learn on Tuesday.  We are on a regular schedule all week, with school beginning at 8:00 and ending at 2:45.

 

Progress Reports were sent home with students last week.  Please ask your student for it if it didn’t immediately make it out of the backpack.  One of the most important things you can do to support your student’s success is monitor their performance regularly and stay in the conversation.  This progress report is especially important because it is still early enough to affect where grades will end up at the end of the semester.  Remember that teachers are very willing to help and that we have Tutorial available after school.  Also, look at the small print on the Progress Report to find your EduText PIN number.  Simply text that PIN number to 28527 and you’ll be set up to receive daily updates of grades and attendance, which help you keep track of progress in between report cards.

 

Parent surveys will be coming home this week.  This survey provides vital information for us as we build programs to meet the needs of our students and families.  It only takes a few minutes to complete, so please take the time to take the survey and send it back to school.  

 

There are still two days this week for students to purchase tickets to this Friday’s Sadie’s event at John’s Incredible.  If your child hasn’t purchased tickets yet, there are just two days of sales remaining—don’t be left out of this event.  You can find information about lots of Hoover events by consulting the master calendar on our website.  Thank you for your support and have a great week.

  

am sure students appreciated having this Monday off; a reminder that we have next Monday off for President’s Day as well before getting back to a full week.  We are on a regular schedule the entire rest of this week.  Our first Progress Reports of this semester will come home this week.  This is an important one to look at because it’s still quite early in the semester, enough time to work with your child to make any adjustments if needed.  We hope that students are continuing good habits and making improvements so they can be even more successful this semester.  Remember that we have Tutorial available after school and teachers are willing to work with students, so please encourage your child to take advantage of the resources Hoover offers.  If they are in class every day, stay focused and work hard, and ask for help when they need it, they will do very well. 

 

Valentine’s Day is this Thursday.  While we encourage students to use the day as an occasion to let others know how special they are, I also want to ask your help in making sure we maintain a positive environment for learning.  We do not accept deliveries for students, so please don’t plan to have balloons, flowers, food, or anything else delivered on this day.  It is a regular policy but Valentine’s Day is a good time for a reminder.

 

As always, there’s quite a bit going on at Hoover.  Students start preregistration activities to select classes for next yearwe have several winter sports teams in playoffs, and we end the week with our “We are Pates” diversity assembly.  Stay up to date with all Hoover activities by viewing our master calendar on our website.  Have a great week, and Go Pates!

  

This week is a normal week at Hoover, with school starting at 9 on Monday and 8 all other days. Students are in the middle of district assessments—they tested in English last week and have math this week. We’re coming up on a progress report at the end of next week, we had a fantastic rally on Friday, and good work is happening in classes across campus.

We are in the process of honoring students who have shown excellence during the first semester. Students who achieved Honor Roll status, meaning they achieved a grade point average of 3.5 or higher, will be notified this week and qualify for a number of incentives. We’re so proud of their academic accomplishments and hope to add to their numbers this second semester. Remember that students have a lot of resources available to support their academic success: teachers are very willing to help students, we have Tutorial with college tutors available after school, and students can check out computers to have access to all sorts of online resources while at home. Students can also attend Saturday Academy on Saturday mornings, for enrichment activities or to complete work. Students who attend on Saturday mornings stay engaged with school, have access to resources, receive a meal, and can make up a full day absence.

Stay up to date with all Hoover events by consulting the master calendar on our website. Thank you for all of your support, and have a great week.

  

Happy New Year! We are ready to begin the second semester of our school year. On Monday, we are back to our regular routine of late-start for teacher meetings, so school starts at 9:00 on Monday and 8:00 the rest of the week. The beginning of the second semester seems like a good time to remind everyone of a few key practices that support teaching and learning. As always, I ask for your help in getting your students here on time every day—even a few minutes or a couple of days missed from a class add up to a real loss of instructional time for your students. As we transition back to school from a three week break, please help students get out the door and to school on time. We’re eager to see everyone back and will be making sure to take time to re-connect and welcome everybody back to the Hoover community.

You should have received first semester report cards this past week. I encourage you to discuss grades with your student and refocus on some goals for this semester. Make a New Year’s Resolution to help your student stay on top of assignments, contact teachers or counselors if needed, and encourage your student to take advantage of Tutorial. If you have not already done so, now is also the time to sign up for EduText, which is the easiest way to quickly stay on top of your student’s grades and attendance. Every afternoon you receive a text message with your student’s attendance and grade in every class. The PIN number for signing up for EduText is on the report card that just came home, so try it out. Please contact us at Hoover if you need any assistance setting up EduText.

Stay informed of Hoover activities and announcements by accessing our website, www.hooverpates.org. Thank you for all your support, and let’s get off to a great 2019!

  

This is the last week of the first semester. Teachers will be giving finals on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of this week. Although we have adjusted the bell schedule within each day to give longer time for two finals per day, the start and end times of each day remain the same as usual. School starts at 9:00 on Monday and 8:00 the rest of the days, with dismissal at 2:45. Friday is a full day of school. After Friday, we will be on Winter Break for three weeks until January 7th, the beginning of the new semester. Report cards will be mailed home in January, just before we return to school.

It has been a positive and activity-filled first semester. Thank you for all of your support in helping your students do their best. We all wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday, and we look forward to seeing students again in January!

  

This week is our last week of regular classwork before finals begin next week. Grades and credits earned are finalized at the end of the semester in two weeks, so it is important that students do everything possible to show their best efforts as we end the semester. Students who fail courses at the semester will be automatically enrolled in summer school to recover those credits. We have tutorial available and teachers and counselors very willing to help students do well, so please encourage your student to take advantage of those resources, complete all assignments, and study for next week’s final exams to finish the semester strong.

Things slow down a bit this week with activities as we try to allow students time to focus on doing their best at the end of the semester and prepare for finals. Winter sports have begun, though, so this week might be a good week to come see some athletes in action. Check out the master calendar on the Hoover website for listings of all Hoover activities. Thank you for all of your support, and have a great week.

  

I hope you have had an enjoyable Thanksgiving week with your family and friends. We return to school refreshed and ready to finish out the last few weeks of the semester. We have just three weeks of the semester remaining, at which time credits and grades will be recorded on transcripts, with just two weeks before Finals begin. Now is a good time to check ATLAS for current grades and stay informed about major assignments and exams. Students should be making up any missed assignments, taking advantage of tutorial, studying for unit exams and semester finals, writing essays, and completing projects. Please contact teachers or your student’s counselor if you have specific questions or need help supporting your student to finish the semester strong.

The District is hosting a number of community engagement workshops as we begin to develop next school year’s fiscal budget. For parents in our region, that meeting is being held this Tuesday, November 27th, from 5:30-7:30 in the Hoover cafeteria. This effort is part of our Local Control and Accountability Plan or LCAP. Workshops give parents and community members an opportunity to share their voice and give ideas regarding potential budget investments and programs that are designated to support students and improve student outcomes that directly impact our school. Please consider attending and sharing your voice this Tuesday evening.

Families of our Fall Sports Athletes, please remember that our Fall Sports Award Night is tomorrow night, Monday, at 6 p.m. This is a free event to celebrate the accomplishments of all of our fall athletes. We start with everyone in the Event Center and then will break out to individual rooms by team. Please join us to recognize a great season with some amazing student athletes.

As always, stay up to date with all Hoover activities by checking out our website, feel free to contact us for anything, and thank you for all of your continued support. Have a great week.

  

Progress reports came home at the end of this past week. Please look for the progress report and take an opportunity to talk about grades with your student. We have just three weeks until Semester Finals begin, so it is important that all students work hard to finish the semester strong. The end of the semester is when credits are officially earned and final grades are recorded on transcripts. Remember that we have tutorial opportunities and supportive and helpful teachers and staff, so don’t hesitate to reach out for assistance.

A reminder that this Wednesday we’ll be holding grade-level Safety assemblies for all students. The assembly will focus on the importance of reporting suspicious behavior often referred to as “See Something Say Something” while also providing students with helpful tips for staying safe in public based on the concept Run, Hide, Fight. If you prefer to opt your child out of this assembly, you should have returned a permission slip that went home a week ago; please return it as soon as possible if you want to opt your child out, but otherwise you do not need to return the permission slip. If you have any questions please feel free to contact the office.

As fall sports come to a close and winter activities begin, I want to commend all the students who have participated in sports, clubs, theater, music, and all other activities so far this year in addition to their regular coursework—we’re proud to see the results of their efforts. Remember that next week we are off the whole week for Thanksgiving, with school resuming on November 26th. Thank you for all that you do to support students to be their best; remember you can contact us at any time; and have a great week.

  

I hope you’ve had an enjoyable weekend. We have normal schedules this week, with school starting at 9 on Monday and 8 the rest of the week. This week we will send home Progress Reports. This is our last progress report before grades become official and permanently recorded on transcripts at the end of the semester, and the end of the semester will be here in just a few weeks. Please make sure you see the Progress Report when it comes home on Wednesday and work with your child to make sure they are doing their best to earn strong grades as we end the semester. We have Tutorial after school in the library Monday through Thursday, and a staff of teachers and counselors willing to help.

On Friday students brought home a form and some information about an upcoming safety assembly. With the help of our SRO, Officer Alvarado, we will be holding a student assembly on November 14th about the subject of campus safety. The assembly will focus on the importance of reporting suspicious behavior often referred to as “See Something Say Something” while also providing students with helpful tips for staying safe in public based on the concept Run, Hide, Fight. On Friday a permission slip went home with your child regarding the upcoming assembly. Please know it only needs to be completed and returned to school if you want to OPT your child OUT of attending the safety assembly. Should you opt your child out, we will have an alternative activity for them during that window of time. If you have any questions please feel free to contact the office.

Just a reminder, there is no school next Monday in observance of Veteran’s Day. As always, you can stay up to date with all the things happening at Hoover by checking out the master calendar on our Hoover website. Thank you for all that you do to support your child and our school, and have a great week.

  

I hope that students enjoyed one extra day of the weekend as teachers were in professional learning today. We are on a normal schedule the rest of the week, with school beginning at 8:00 each day. This Wednesday is Halloween. We know lots of students enjoy dressing up in costumes for Halloween, and we’re happy for them to get into the spirit of the holiday. There are a few costume requirements for safety, however: no masks, no face paint, and costumes must still be in alignment with the overall dress code. Thank you in advance for your help in ensuring we celebrate the holiday in ways that are still safe and appropriate for school.
With October moving into November, there are just a few weeks left in the semester, and we’re coming up on our last progress report of the semester. Grades are officially recorded on transcripts at the semester, and are used to calculate things like Honor Roll and athletic eligibility, so it is very important that students work hard and do their best to earn their best possible grades. We have Tutorial options Monday through Thursday, and counselors and teachers are always very willing to help students with what they need. Please keep track of your child’s grades throughout the last weeks of the semester and encourage them to stay for Tutorial, make up any missed assignments, study for exams, and complete projects.
Stay up to date with all Hoover activities by checking the master calendar on the Hoover website. As always, thank you for your support and have a great week.
  

This week is our rivalry football game, the Revolution Bowl.  In anticipation of the Revolution Bowl, we have activities all weekand lots of amazing plans for the student section at the game Friday.  We hope lots of students will be joining us Friday nightto have a great time as Hoover Pates.  Students who have perfect attendance for the month of October will be able to get into the game free on Friday.  

Congratulations to all of our fall sports teams who are close to finishing up their seasons, for all of their hard work and many successes.  One special achievement is that every one of our fall sports teams achieved a team GPA of 3.0 or higher, demonstrating their dedication as Scholar Athletes.  It’s already time for students interested in playing a winter sport (basketball, soccer, and wrestling) to get ready.  Try-outs are next week and students will need a physical and Family ID completed.  Students can pick up Athletic packets in the main office and should listen to the Daily Bulletin for news about informational meetings and signing up for these teams.

The fall play begins this week in the Hoover cafeteria.  The play, “Annie Play Will Do” runs at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.  Come enjoy a fun evening of theater and support our drama students.  

 

You can stay up to date with all Hoover events by checking the master calendar on the Hoover website.  Thank you, and have a great week.

  

We enjoyed a fantastic Homecoming week last week, filled with lots of fun activities. Thank you to our Leadership students and all students who participated. We have so many students engaged in sports, clubs, music, drama, and all kinds of activities, and that’s exactly what we want to see—students making great memories at Hoover—and the rest of October will have lots more opportunities for good times as well. Please remember that if your child has earned any detentions through either misbehavior or being late to classes, they need to serve those detentions to participate in activities. Push them to be responsible and serve those detentions now—either at lunch or after school—so they don’t miss out on any upcoming opportunities.

You also should have seen first quarter report cards come home last week. Please make sure you have your child dig it out of their backpack if you haven’t seen it yet, and take a few moments to talk it over with your child. In addition to teachers making themselves available to students for help, we have after-school tutoring Monday through Thursday in the library. We want all of our students to achieve their personal best by the time the semester ends in December.

Stay up to date with all Hoover activities by checking out the master calendar on our website, www.hooverpates.org. As always, thank you for your support, and have a great week.

  

This first quarter of the academic year ended this past Friday. Report cards will come home this week. Please take some time to talk with your child about their classes and their goals for the second half of the semester. We want every student to maximize their potential and work hard to achieve what we know they’re fully capable of. Quarter is a good time to reflect on how they’re doing and why and set some goals for the rest of the semester, so I hope you will take some time to engage with your child in that conversation.

A reminder that we’re focusing on the positive habit of attendance during the month of October, and running an attendance incentive. Every class minute is important—the more students are in class experiencing instruction, the more they learn. Any student who has perfect attendance for this month will get in free to the Revolution Bowl at the end of the month, and we hope to be able to reward lots of students with free admission that night.

Speaking of attendance, tomorrow is Columbus Day, which is a holiday for some people but not for schools. We will have school tomorrow as normal, beginning at 9:00.

This Wednesday is an important day on our campus. 9th, 10th and 11th grade students will be taking the PSAT exam in the morning. The PSAT prepares students to take the SAT, which is required for many colleges, and students are eligible for scholarships based on the PSAT. Our 12th graders will spend the morning in activities related to post-high school plans, primarily getting started on college applications. So all students will be engaged in activities to get them ready for options after high school.

This week is also our Homecoming Week. Students are encouraged to participate in dress-up days every day this week, come out for lunchtime activities, and enjoy the rally at school and the football game at McLane stadium on Friday. I know many of you parents are Hoover grads as well, so come out Friday night for Homecoming—it should be a great time.

As always, it’s a busy week at Hoover. Thank you again for all that you do to support our school and your child. Have a great week.

  

The first quarter of the academic year will end this Friday.  Now is the time for students to be working hard to do their very best before the end of the quarter.  As a reminder, in addition to teachers often working through lunches or staying after school to help students, we have Tutorial available after school until 5:00 Monday through Thursday.  Students should always be able to get help and do well.

One habit that we know contributes directly to academic success is attendance—the more students are in class exposed to instruction, the more they learn.  As a way of simply encouraging students to make it to every class every day, we’re running an attendance incentive during the month of October.  Any student who has perfect attendance during the month of October will get in free to our Revolution Bowl football game.  We have a lot of fun activities planned for that night, and we know students will want to be there.  It’s a small way of recognizing students who are making the effort, and we hope to have a lot of students coming in for free that night.  

 

This Wednesday evening is the annual recognition of students with 4.0 and above GPAs at the Fresno Fair.  Students with a GPA of 4.0 or higher have been invited to attend this event at the opening day of the fair, where they are entered into a drawing for scholarships and prizes including a car.  Congratulations to all of our students who have qualified for this recognition through all of their hard work, and good luck to our Pates on Wednesday.  And speaking of the Fair, if you attend the Fair this year, make sure to take time to look at all of the junior exhibits to see the fabulous art and crafts and projects of our Pates on display.  There’s some good work there.

Attention parents and Seniors. This is your last chance to get your Senior pictures taken if you want them to be in the yearbook. Contact Ficarra Studios immediately at 559-266-0624 to get your appointment. Also, Monday is makeup day for 9-11 grade school photos that also appear in the yearbook.   Make-up pictures will be in the cafeteria on Monday.

Stay up to date with all Hoover activities by looking at the master calendar on our Hoover website.  Thank you for all of your support, and have a great week.

  

The end of the quarter is fast approaching. Now is a good time to make sure your student is coming to class every day, completing all assignments, studying for upcoming exams, and making up any missed work. Students will be taking end of quarter exams in classes over the next couple of weeks. In addition to the time that our teachers make themselves available to help students, we have Tutorials available after school Monday through Thursday in the library. If your student needs to improve grades in any classes, please encourage them to take advantage of Tutorial.

We’re coming up on a couple of yearbook deadlines. If your child is a senior and has not yet taken a picture for the yearbook, make sure to contact Ficarra Studios right away. Don’t be left out of the yearbook senior pictures. And if you haven’t yet ordered a yearbook, now is the time to order, or students can purchase directly in room 82 from Mr. Stafford.

Like all the other Fresno Unified high schools, we are scheduled to have solar panels installed in our parking lot. The project is scheduled to start late this week, with temporary fencing going up on about half of the parking lot on Friday. Throughout the months of October and November, we will have approximately half of our parking lot open at any given time, while the other half is fenced off for the solar installation. The driveways and main traffic lanes throughout the parking lot will remain open, so buses and cars will still be able to pull in, drop off and pick up, and exit as usual. Please be patient and allow a little extra time for navigating the parking lot and parking while we have construction occurring throughout this fall.

Thank you again for all that you do to send us the very best students in Fresno Unified. We feel privileged to work with them. Please feel free to contact us at any time. Have a great week.

  

Our first Progress Report of this school year came home this past week. I hope that you have taken some time to review the progress report and talk it over with your child so that your child has plans for how to maximize their learning and grades by the end of the quarter which is in 3 weeks. Set a goal for those quarter grades and talk over a plan to accomplish that goal. We have a staff of teachers and counselors that are very willing to help, and we have Tutorial open to all students in all subjects after school until 5:00 Monday through Thursday. Please contact teachers or counselors if you have any questions.

Yearbooks are now on sale. They can be pre-ordered in room 82 before school, at the beginning of lunch, and after school. The cost is $65. If you prefer, you can log in to Hoover’s website and buy it on-line. Just follow the links to our publisher, Herff Jones, and go from there. Be sure to pre-order yours before the price goes up. And parents of seniors: if your child hasn’t yet taken their senior pictures or has an appointment to do so, please call Ficarra Studios immediately for an appointment. The number is 266-0624. The deadline is rapidly approaching and you don’t want to miss out on the opportunity to be in the senior section of the yearbook.

Also for parents of seniors: we hope to see you for Senior Parent Night tomorrow, Monday, from 5-7. Students and parents will receive valuable information needed to successfully complete the final year of high school and begin the post-secondary option of their choice. Topics to be discussed will include graduation, the college application process, senior activities, financial aid, and much more. Jostens will be there to discuss graduation needs such as ordering cap, gowns, class rings, and invitations. Attendees will have an opportunity to WIN FREE ITEMS from Jostens!

Stay up to date with all Hoover events by checking out the master calendar on the Hoover website. We are having a great year and as always, we appreciate all your support. Have a great week.

  

We’re beginning the fifth week of the school year, which means it’s time for our first Progress Report.

Progress reports come home this week, and I hope you will take the time to talk with your student about their performance. In between progress reports you can monitor grades and attendance through the ATLAS parent portal or through Edutext. EduText is the District’s daily grade and attendance text message service. Parents who signed up last year should be receiving updates as long as cell phone numbers didn’t change over the summer. If you need to update contact information this can be done through the ATLAS parent portal, or look for log-in information on the progress reports.

We now have Tutorial available until 5:00 Monday through Thursday after school, with college tutors available to tutor students in any subject. If your student rides a school bus home, be aware that we do have a bus that leaves at 4:00, so all students should be able to stay for Tutorial; and students who stay for Tutorial are served a snack as well. Please encourage your student to take advantage of Tutorial—we want all of our students to do well.

This week at Hoover is College and Career Week, where we have daily activities and opportunities for students to set goals and learn about plans for after high school. Fresno Area College Night is this Wednesday evening, September 12th, at the Fresno Convention Center. We have transportation available for students, and I also would encourage you to attend with your child to be better aware of options, resources, and opportunities. This is appropriate for students of all grade levels, as graduation comes quickly, and this is a great event to talk with college representatives, find out about financial aid, and just get a lot of information in one place.

Thank you again for your support in helping make sure your child is at school every day on time. We start every day except Mondays at 8:00, and we’re noticing many students getting dropped off or walking up right at 8:00. 8:00 is the tardy bell, when instruction begins in each class, so if they are arriving right at 8:00 they are late. Please help encourage them to get to school just a few minutes earlier, which also gives them time to grab breakfast on their way. We don’t want any student missing even a few minutes of instruction. As always, thank you for all of your support of your child and Hoover, enjoy the rest of your evening, and have a great week.

  

I hope you have had an enjoyable Labor Day weekend. Because Monday was a holiday, we have no late start this week and school starts at 8:00 each day. Last week I asked for your help in making sure students got to school on time and we saw some improvement last week, so thank you and let’s keep it up! Students do better if they don’t miss any instructional time.

It was great to see so many of you at Back to School Night last week. We’re beginning the fourth week of the school year, and our first Progress Report will come home next week. We start after-school Tutorial this week. Tutorial is available until 5:00 Monday through Thursday after school, with college tutors available to tutor students in any subject. If your student rides a school bus home, be aware that we do have a bus that leaves at 4:00, so all students should be able to stay for Tutorial; and students who stay for Tutorial are served a snack as well. Please encourage your student to take advantage of Tutorial—we want all of our students to do well.

For students challenging themselves with Advanced Placement courses, especially if it’s their first AP class, we are offering a unique opportunity this coming Saturday from 8:30-noon. We will run an AP Boot Camp, where students will learn the habits and skills needed to be successful in challenging courses. It’s all experiential activities that are fun and team-building—and it translates into academic habits. We’re the only school in Fresno Unified piloting this innovative program, and it’s free to students. Spots are limited, though, so students need to sign up with their AP teacher or counselor.

Last week was ParticiPATE week, with Club Rush on Friday. Students were encouraged to get involved. I hope you ask your child about clubs and activities they are planning to participate in, because students who are involved in school do better. It’s not too late to sign up; they just need to listen for announcements in the daily bulletin and attend the things they’re interested in. We have many events occurring at Hoover, so you can stay up to date with the master calendar on our website. Thank you for your support, and have a great week.

  

I hope to see all of you tomorrow evening at our annual Back to School Night. At 5:00, join us in the quad for socializing, entertainment, and informational tables, with food available for purchase. At 5:30, we will start in the cafeteria for our annual Title One parent meeting and some general information about our school. And at 6:00, classroom visitations will begin so you can follow your student’s schedule and meet their teachers. Yearbook orders will be available throughout the evening, and you will have the opportunity to speak to counselors. It’s just a great way in one short evening to get a lot of information that can help you stay connected to Hoover and support your student.

This week will be ParticiPATE week. Our Leadership students and staff have planned activities for every day at lunch to showcase opportunities to get involved at Hoover. We know that students who are involved in arts, activities, and athletics do better at school and enjoy high school more. The week ends with Club Rush on Friday, where students will be able to sign up for clubs that match their interests. We hope you will encourage your student to get involved in the life of the Hoover campus through clubs, activities, sports, arts, and coming out to events.

As the school year is now well underway, I want to ask for your help in making sure your child is on time to school every day. We are noticing many students late to first period. Instructional time is incredibly important; students miss things when they are not in class, and even a few minutes each day adds up. Students who are tardy must serve detention, and if they fail to serve detention, they will be on the non-privilege list which means they can’t participate in many of the things that make Hoover a great place to be. I know mornings are busy, but we greatly appreciate your support in helping get your child out of the house and to Hoover on time each day.

We are now in full swing in all classes, with homework routines, grades starting to be entered into ATLAS, and projects and major assignments. All students have textbooks and should be completing homework. Again, Back to School Night is a great opportunity to hear from your child’s teachers directly, so we hope to see you there. Thank you for all your support in getting the year off to a great start, and have a good evening.

  

We just finished a great first week of school and are off to a wonderful start. Thank you for making sure that your child is getting to school every day, on time, and in compliance with our dress code. Students did great last week—getting to class on time, participating in the classroom, and showing their Patriot Pride across campus.

As a reminder, school begins at 8:00 Tuesday through Friday and 9:00 on Monday, and we appreciate your support in your child being on time and in attendance every day. As many of you have witnessed, traffic before and after school is very heavy. Please be courteous of other drivers and be very careful of the many students who are walking to and from school.

Last week we communicated many of the ways that students can be successful while at Hoover. This week you will receive both a Fresno Unified and a Hoover handbook containing rules, contact information, and other facts about the school and district. One goal we are emphasizing with students is the responsible use of cell phones. After teachers, parents, and students themselves last year told us that cell phones could be used for instruction but often got in the way of learning, our staff decided to provide clear communication to students that cell phones should be put away in the classroom unless the teacher is asking students to use them for instruction. Students may have their phones out at lunch and passing periods. I ask for your support in communicating to your child that when they are in the classroom they should be focused on learning rather than their phones. We believe that phones have an important place and it’s our responsibility to teach students appropriate technology use, and we just ask for your support.

Many of our students will be bringing home a confidential family survey, which is due back this week. The survey provides critical information that directly affects funding for programs at the school, so if you receive one, please make sure to fill it out and send it back in. All students who return the survey will receive a free Fresno Fair ticket.

Tomorrow is school picture day. Students will take pictures for their ID cards and the yearbook. They need their ID cards for participation in just about everything throughout the school year. We want to see them participating in lots of ways this year, including our first football game this Friday night at McLane stadium. It should be a great time with a free barbecue for students who attend, so we hope to see a lot of support out there this Friday.

I hope to see all of you at Back to School Night next Monday, August 27th. As always, I encourage you to check out our website to stay in touch with happenings at the school, and feel free to contact us at any time.


  

Happy New Year!  We are ready to begin the second semester of our school year.  On Monday, we are back to our regular routine of late-start for teacher meetings, so school starts at 9:00 on Monday and 8:00 the rest of the week.  The beginning of the second semester seems like a good time to remind everyone of a few key practices that support teaching and learning.  As always, I ask for your help in getting your students here on time every day—even a few minutes or a couple of days missed from a class add up to a real loss of instructional time for your students.  We also greatly appreciate your support of our dress code, which contributes to a safe and professional academic environment.  As we transition back to school from a three week break, please help us reinforce what is dress-code acceptable for school.  We’re eager to see everyone back and will be making sure to take time to re-connect and welcome everybody back to the Hoover community.

 

You should have received first semester report cards this past week.  I encourage you to discuss grades with your student and refocus on some goals for this semester.  Make a New Year’s Resolution to help your student stay on top of assignments, contact teachers or counselors if needed, and encourage your student to take advantage of Tutorial.  If you have not already done so, now is also the time to sign up for EduText, which is the easiest way to quickly stay on top of your student’s grades and attendance.  Every afternoon you receive a text message with your student’s attendance and grade in every class.  The PIN number for signing up for EduText is on the report card that just came home, so try it out.  Please contact us at Hoover if you need any assistance setting up EduText.  

 

Stay informed of Hoover activities and announcements by accessing our website, www.hooverpates.org.  Remember that NEXT Monday, January 16th, is a holiday in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., so we will have a short week next week.  Thank you for all your support, and let’s get off to a great 2017!​

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