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Principal Wheeler's Weekly Message to Parents


  
  
This week marks our final week of the school year. Seniors checked out this past Friday. This Wednesday, June 3rd, please tune in at 7:30 p.m. for our Virtual Senior Celebration. It will be televised on PBS Channel 18, Comcast Xfinity Channel 94, AT & T Uverse Channel 99, and at fresnounified.org and is a broadcast celebrating all of our seniors. It will feature student speakers, brief speeches from myself and the superintendent and our Board trustee, and our seniors’ photos scroll through so they are recognized. It also contains a moment where students will be pronounced graduates and asked to turn their tassel, so seniors watching should definitely be wearing those graduation caps. Again, that’s Wednesday, June 3rd at 7:30, and we hope all our Hoover community will be watching to show support for the Class of 2020.

Students in grades 9-11 have just this Monday to complete and submit work. We know that having to learn from home was not anyone’s first choice, but I do want to commend all those students who took advantage of the opportunity to continue learning and working to improve grades. Students with any last assignments to turn in should do so by the end of Monday; this is a district-wide deadline.

Once students are finished with learning from home, we would encourage them to bring textbooks back 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. Sophomores and juniors can bring books back Tuesday afternoon between 12 and 3; and freshmen should bring books back on Thursday—A-L between 9 and 12 and M-Z from 12-3. If you can’t make it this week we will have opportunities to return textbooks right before school starts in August, but if you can bring them by this week, that would be helpful.

As this year comes to a close, I would like to thank you for all of your support. This year ended in very unexpected ways, and we don’t yet know exactly what the fall will bring, but we work hard to give our students the best possible experience—to support and inspire and equip our students—and we so 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.​
  

I hope that your family is well and safe during this time. We are still progressing toward the end of the semester and hope that all of our students know how to earn the best possible grades by the end of the semester. As you know, 3rd quarter grades will officially turn into semester grades—which are the final grades reported on student transcripts—UNLESS a student desires to work to improve on those grades. Every teacher has designed plans for how students can improve on their grades before the end of the semester, and there is no risk involved for students to try to engage in those learning opportunities; their grades can only improve, not go down. Teachers have been reaching out via email with those plans, and we have also uploaded those to our Hoover Pates website so you can access them at any time. Look for the 4th quarter Learning Plans section in our School Closure updates. If you or your child have any questions about how to improve in a class, please reach out to that teacher; you can find their emails in ATLAS or on our website.

Also, if your child still needs to check out a laptop to continue their learning, please reach out. Call our Hoover main line at 451-4000 and let us know what you need, and we'll call you back to schedule a time to check out a laptop. We are already in May with just a few weeks until the end of the semester, so if your child needs anything to continue improving grades, please let us know how to help.

Finally, this week is Teacher Appreciation Week. I want to acknowledge the hard work and dedication shown by our Hoover team—our teachers care about students and their learning. I'm continually awed by teachers' creativity and commitment—even in this frustrating time when suddenly teaching and learning have been turned upside-down, teachers are connecting with students every day, re-designing lessons in a digital format, and learning so much. If you have 5 minutes this week to send a teacher an email or give them a shout-out on social media, please do so. They are very deserving, and it would be much appreciated.

As always, we want to stay in contact with you and supportive of student learning. Please reach out and let us know what you need. Stay safe, keep students working hard, and have a good week.​

  

We anticipate that the latest report cards will be mailed home by our district office this week and should be to you by the end of the week. Please make sure to look at those report cards closely. As you know, those 3rd quarter grades will officially turn into semester grades—which are the final grades reported on student transcripts—UNLESS a student desires to work to improve on those grades. Every teacher has designed plans for how students can improve on their grades before the end of the semester, and there is no risk involved for students to try to engage in those learning opportunities; their grades can only improve, not go down. If you or your child have any questions about how to improve in a class, please reach out to that teacher; you can find their emails in ATLAS or on our website.

Students who are working to improve grades and continue to learn may need a laptop in order to do that. We do have laptops that can be checked out just like students check out a textbook. The quickest way to sign up for a laptop is to fill out a form at www.fresnou.us/tech. That link was sent to your child’s fresnou email account and is also on the main page of our website. Fill it out and someone will call you back to get you a time to come get what you need. You can also reach out to your child’s counselor, or call the Hoover main line.

Please also know that while we are working from home, we are all still working to support students, and we want to remain in communication. You can call Hoover’s main line at 451-4000 between the normal hours of 8 to 4. It will go to a message, but please leave a message and we have staff constantly monitoring the messages and making sure your call is returned promptly by the person who can help you with what you need. As always, you can also reach out to individual staff members through email.

And finally, we know that our seniors have been waiting for more news about graduation. Please look for messages from our superintendent tomorrow, as he’ll be making some announcements about this very topic; and then keep listening for messages from Hoover about specific timelines and plans to make everything happen. We are so looking forward to celebrating our seniors! Until then, please log onto ATLAS and make sure grades are good, reach out and let us know what you need, stay safe, and have a good week.​

  
We hope you’ve had a good weekend and students are returning to school on Monday refreshed and ready to work. We have the usual schedule all week, with a 9:00 start time on Monday and 8:00 the rest of the week. We are just three weeks away until the end of the 3rd quarter.

Last week your child brought home a paper survey and flyer about the parent survey. The easiest way to complete the survey is to scan the QR code on the flyer into a phone, but you can also fill out the paper survey and send it back to school with your child. Your feedback is hugely important to us as we make decisions, so please take just a few minutes and give us some feedback—we really appreciate it.

Seniors and parents of seniors, this is one of your last reminders that FAFSA applications are due on Monday, March 2nd. The FAFSA is required for most forms of financial aid for college, so be sure to complete your FAFSA to keep all doors open for yourself after high school. Counselors will be available all week to assist, so come in and get it done. Remember that we have no school on Monday due to teacher buyback day, so you must get in this week—no waiting until the last day.

Lots of things going on at Hoover. Both boys and girls basketball are headed to semifinal games in the playoffs. We have our annual “We are Pates” assembly this Friday. Please refer to our website for a full calendar of activities at Hoover. As always, thank you for your support, 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.

Parent surveys will be coming home this week. New this year, parents have the option of completing the quick survey through an online link or a QR code. Directions for taking the online survey are noted in the letter that will be sent home with the paper survey, or you can find the directions now on our website in the Peachjar flyer section. I encourage you to take a few minutes to complete the survey as it helps our school make future decisions about student supports, school safety and parent engagement. We greatly value your feedback and appreciate you taking a few quick minutes to share your input regarding your child's experience here at Hoover.

Parents of juniors, we have a unique opportunity to prepare students for spring testing and college. The SBAC test that juniors take this spring is used by colleges for placement in courses, so it is important for students heading to college to do well on this test. We have partnered with UC Merced to offer a Saturday test preparation series for math—the area that most students need to achieve a strong score. It is free for students, offered at no other Fresno high school, and has proven very successful in helping college-bound students get the math scores they need for college placement—but spaces are limited. We have an informational parent meeting this Wednesday at 5:30 in the library, so please join us.

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 and the Peachjar flyer link on our website. Thank you for your support and have a great week.​

  

This week is a normal week at Hoover, with school starting at 9 on Monday and 8 all other days. We had a successful spring Club Rush on Friday, we're coming up on a progress report at the end of next week, we are looking forward to a fantastic rally this Friday, and good work is happening in classes across campus.

Parents of seniors, join our counseling team in the Library this Tuesday night from 5-8 to learn about financial aid for college and receive help in completing the FAFSA form to qualify for financial aid. The FAFSA is required for practically all financial aid, so take advantage of the help that will be there on Tuesday night and get it completed and submitted. Contact your child's counselor if you have any questions but we hope to see you in the library on Tuesday.

For all parents available to drop by, we have a Parent Coffee Hour this Wednesday at 8:30 in the library. Stay up to date with all Hoover events by checking the master calendar on the Hoover website. Thank you for all your support, and have a great week.​

  

I hope you have enjoyed your three-day weekend and have taken a few moments to reflect on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who continues to inspire us. Since there is no school on Monday this week, there’s no late start and school starts at 8 a.m. tomorrow and all following days. This Friday is our spring Club Rush, which is another opportunity for students to find ways to get involved in the life of Hoover, so we encourage everyone to try something new and get connected.

We’ve had a great couple of weeks back from Winter Break. Thank you for helping get your child to school on time and supporting changes in our tardy system—students have been doing so much better and showing responsibility. The most common period to be tardy is still 1st period; I know traffic is busy in the morning but most students who are late are within 1-2 minutes from making it on time, so even small adjustments to leave the house earlier can help. The central mission of our school is to prepare students and help them learn, so every minute of instructional time is so important. Thank you for all of your support with reinforcing to your child the importance of being in school and making a great effort.

We would like to invite you to an important parent and community meeting this Wednesday.

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 Wednesday, January 22nd, from 5:30-7:30 in the Hoover cafeteria. This meeting gives you an opportunity to share your voice and give ideas regarding potential budget investments and programs that directly impact our school. Food, babysitting, and translation are provided; and each adult who attends will receive a free ticket to the Fresno Chaffee Zoo. Please consider attending and sharing your voice this Wednesday evening.

The semester is now well underway, and students are busy with coursework in all classes. Remember we have Tutorial available after school for students to stay up with the work and receive help. We also offer Saturday Academy from 8 to 12:30 on Saturdays, and all students are invited to attend. We plan fun and engaging activities for students on Saturdays, a meal is provided for students, and it clears a full day absence. Please encourage your child to take advantage of these opportunities to stay engaged with school and successful in classes.

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


  

Happy New Year and welcome back! 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. As we return to school and are looking forward to welcoming everybody back, it is also with a heavy heart that I share that one of our seniors passed away over winter break while out of town in southern California. Your family may have already heard this news since it was covered by several local TV stations and through social media channels. I ask you to join our Hoover Patriot family in keeping her friends and family in our hearts as they continue to process this unexpected loss. As students return on Monday, we’ve arranged to have support services available to help those students who might be struggling. If you feel your child may need someone to talk with, please feel free to contact the office directly so we can connect them with needed support.

You should receive first semester report cards this 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.

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’ll be talking with students this week about a new tardy policy involving a detention system because students getting to every class on time is so important—if they’re not in class, they’re not learning. We hope you will support this policy by monitoring your child’s attendance, ensuring they get to school on time, and messaging to your child the expectation to be accountable and serve detention if they are late. 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.

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 2020!

  
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 6th, the beginning of the new semester. Report cards will be mailed home in January, near the beginning of the semester.

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!​


  
I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving week. As we return to school, this 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.​

  
This week is our last week before Thanksgiving break, and when we return from break there will be just two weeks remaining in the semester. Now is the time for students to make sure they are completing any make-up work, studying for tests, completing projects, and preparing for finals. We have Tutorial available after school and teachers are very willing to help, so please make sure you are monitoring your child’s grades in ATLAS and talking with them about putting forth their very best effort as the semester comes to a close.

Seniors have been hard at work to complete college applications. Community college, CSU, and UC applications are due at the end of this month, and since the end of the month falls during break, they should be completing applications this week with the support of their counselors. If you have a senior, please check in with them to make sure they’re getting everything completed so they have all options open after graduation.

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 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 your continued support. Have a great week and a restful Thanksgiving break.​
  

This week we have a number of opportunities for students to explore interests and plans.  Monday is Public Service Day, where students in our Public Service Pathway will learn directly from professionals from 10 different city and county local EMT, fire and police agencies about how they got into their careers. Emergency responders will offer learning sessions and hands-on displays that will allow students to hear about the industry and careers firsthand.

 

On Wednesday, many of our juniors will be visiting colleges: CSU, Monterey Bay; CSU, Sonoma & UC Davis.  Students will be gone from 5:30am - 6pm.  A notice to students will be sent out on Monday to inform and remind students who turned in their permission slip.

 

Seniors have been hard at work on college and financial aid applications, and will be continuing that work, supported by our counseling team. Parents of seniors, please check in with your child about their progress to make sure that everything is completed on time.

 

The fall play opens this week in the Hoover cafeteria, running at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.  Come enjoy a fun evening of theater and support our drama students.  You can see all Hoover events on the master calendar on the Hoover website.  Thank you for all of your support, and have a great week.​


  

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.  For students taking the PSAT, it’s important to be logging into Khan Academy for practice, getting some sleep the night before, eating breakfast that morning, and getting to school on time, ready to test.  This test will give teachers and students important feedback about their progress toward being considered college and career ready, so we expect students to do their best.

 

You should have seen first quarter report cards arrive in the maillast week.  Please 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.   

 

A quick note that 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.  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.

 

Next Wednesday, October 16, is an important day on our campus.  9th, 10th and 11th grade students will be taking the PSAT exam in the morning, while seniors will be engaged in senior workshops.  The PSAT prepares students to take the SAT, which is required for many colleges, and students are eligible for scholarships based on the PSAT.  Counselors have visited classes the last two weeks sharing information about the importance of PSAT to all 9- 11 graders, telling them why the test matters, explaining how it prepares students for the college admission process, and its influence on academic placement for next year’s classes.  Because of the importance of this test, please try to schedule appointments or release AFTER testing ends around 12:00 next Wednesday.  Students can be preparing now by practicing and logging into their Khan Academy accounts.

 

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.

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.

We just enjoyed a fabulous Homecoming week, full of fun activities and student talent on display. You can 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.

This week is Homecoming. 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.

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.

Parents of seniors: we hope to see you for Senior Parent Night tomorrow, Monday, from 5:30-7:30. 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; and Jostens will be there to discuss graduation needs such as ordering cap, gowns, class rings, and invitations.

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, and 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.

Last week I asked for your help in getting your child to school on time in the morning, and we've seen some improvement--so thank you for your help. As we began the school year we have not yet had detention up and running, but as we begin the 6th week of schoo, we now will be assigning detention to students who are late to any classes 3 or more times. Please continue to support us in encouraging your child to get to every class on time. Every minute of instructional time is important, and students need to learn good habits of punctuality now.

This week we will recognize our first group of Pate Pride winners. These are students who have been recognized by a teacher for some accomplishment or improvement, and they in turn recognize a staff member. Last week we recognized Honor Roll and Merit winners, as well as students who earned qualifying scores on AP exams last spring. We love to celebrate all these achievements; we have some amazing students at Hoover.

Stay up to date with all Hoover events by checking out the master calendar on the Hoover website. 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.

Many of our students brought 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 received 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.

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 at the Fresno Convention Center Exhibition Hall. 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.

The yearbook is now officially on sale. You can come by room 82 to reserve your copy. The cost is $70 to start with, but will only go up so reserve your copy now at the low, low price of $70. You can also order yours by going to the Hoover website, Hooverpates.org, and following the links. Also, seniors should have had their senior picture taken or have an appointment to do so. This is the picture that goes in the yearbook, so students don't want to miss out. If they still need an appointment, call Ficarra Studios at 266-0624 to schedule. Students can see Mr. Stafford in room 82 for more information.

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 to see all of you tomorrow evening at our annual Back to School Night. Beginning 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. 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.

Tomorrow is school picture day for our 9th graders and for any other students who did not take their photo at the end of last spring. Students need their ID cards for participation in just about everything throughout the school year, and they also have an opportunity to purchase a photo package.

Last week we spent some time communicating many of the ways that students can be successful while at Hoover. On Friday students should have brought home a Fresno Unified handbook containing rules, policies, contact information, and other facts about the school and district; and this week students will bring home two forms to be signed and returned. Please take a few moments to become familiar with these resources. Please also be aware that every student has received a free planner this year. This is a tool for students to write down assignments, and it also contains several pages in the front with general school information. It can be a great way for you to stay connected and help monitor your child's assignments.

I hope to see all of you at Back to School Night next Monday, August 26th. 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. Have a great evening.​

  
Welcome to the 2019-20 school year! As we begin the school year tomorrow, I want you to know that I try to keep you well informed throughout the school year. This is the first of many Sunday evening messages you'll receive from me with the goal of preparing for the upcoming week and making sure you are aware of school happenings. Since I won't be able to cover everything in a phone message, I encourage you to frequently check the master calendar on our school website: www.hooverpates.org. School starts at 9:00 AM tomorrow morning because we are on a Late-Start schedule which allows for staff collaboration. All Mondays will be late-start schedule, and school bus schedules are adjusted to pick up later. On all other days of the week, school begins at 8:00 am. Students are released from school at 2:45 every day. Our staff has been working hard to give students a great experience at Hoover, and I hope that students are looking forward to participating in all aspects of Hoover: working hard in classes and getting involved in activities. I ask that you make sure that your child is at school on time every day and prepared to learn: getting to every class on time, following school rules including dress code, and completing all work. As we begin the year, please also help your student observe safety rules, crossing at designated crosswalks, and be very careful driving around campus, keeping an eye out for students. Finally, it is essential that we have emergency cards on file for all students. If you have not already done so, please make sure to send a completed emergency card to school. All of these things help us create a safe environment that is focused on learning. Our goal is to have every student in their first period class by 9:00 tomorrow morning. When students arrive on campus, they should look on large boards for their name to find their first period class. Even if students picked up schedules last week, they should still check the board because schedules may have changed since last week and they will receive their official schedule from their 1st period teacher. Any adult on campus can help students find their first period class if needed. I am looking forward to a great school year and looking forward to seeing our families at school events throughout the year. In fact, please reserve the evening of Monday, August 26th, for our annual Back to School Night when you will be able to meet your child's teachers and other school staff. If you have any questions or concerns in the meantime, please feel free to contact us. Have a great evening and we'll see you tomorrow.​
  

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.

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