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Principal Wheeler's Weekly Message to Parents


  
  

Good evening, Hoover families, this is Principal Rebecca Wheeler—

We hope students have enjoyed this three day weekend and will start back ready to learn on Tuesday. We are on a regular schedule all week, with odd periods Tuesday/Thursday and even Wednesday/Friday.

Progress Reports will be sent to student emails this week. Please ask your student to share it with you. 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 several options for Tutorial.

Links to our annual online parent surveys were sent through emails and Edutext last week. I encourage you to take a few minutes to click on the link and 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. If you did not receive the link or need any help, please call our main office.

Counselors will be holding a session for seniors this Thursday from 2-4, focused on completing financial aid forms for college, the FAFSA. The FAFSA is required for almost all forms of financial assistance for college, so it's important to complete it for eligibility. This is a working session where counselors will help students complete the forms successfully. If your student has not yet completed their FAFSA, please make sure they log in for this workshop on Thursday. Directions of what's needed and a link to the session can be found on our website.

Stay up to date with all Hoover events by accessing our website and social media. Please reach out if you need any help, and thank you for all of your support. Have a great week.​


  

Good evening, Hoover families, this is Principal Rebecca Wheeler—

I hope students have enjoyed a 3-day weekend. With a short week and no Monday this week, there are just the usual odd/even class periods Tuesday through Friday. We are already at the first progress report date of the semester, and students should use this first checkpoint to reflect on what they are doing well and what they want to adjust in order to earn their best possible grades by the end of the semester. I say this almost every week, but students have LOTS of tutorial options and ways to get help; and our teachers want students to be successful. Please talk with your student about their progress, encourage them to access tutorial and other resources for help, and reach out to teachers or counselors if you need any support.

Students should be on the look-out for emails telling them about yearbook pictures. We may not be able to take school pictures on campus, but we're still making a yearbook, and this year's promises to be a creative, unique way to remember this year and see faces of friends. Students will send in their own pictures—this really will be a student-created book of memories. No one wants to be left out of the yearbook, so look for that email and send in your pictures.

Stay up to date with Hoover news by following us on social media and checking out our website. Please remember that you can contact us at any time, and we're here to help. A reminder that next Monday is also a holiday. Thank you for all your support, and have a great week.​


  

Good evening, Hoover families, this is Principal Rebecca Wheeler—

This week marks our first week with the new schedule for Mondays. Students start their day at 9 as usual, but in a Homeroom/Advisory class. Students should look for a period M1 in their schedule and join that Team. Students are expected to attend, and attendance is taken. It's an important way to connect and start the week off well. After Advisory, students have work assigned from each class to complete. They don't have to do the work in any particular order, but it's just important to remember that Mondays matter as instructional days—students should be working on tasks for every class.

Please also remember that on Mondays as on other days, we have tutorial support available for students when they need it. We have Hoover staff members and college tutors accessible via Teams on Mondays and after school. Students can also access Tutor.com any time of the day that is not time we're in live instruction. Hours have now been extended so that Tutor.com is available all day Monday in addition to all weekend and all evening hours throughout the week. If students are doing their homework at 2 a.m. and need help, Tutor.com is available—and these are live, real people with expertise in the subject.

A reminder that if students finding themselves with spare time, it's always great to read a book! Students have access to a huge library of electronic resources through the Sora app on Clever, and they can make arrangements to check out physical books from our Hoover library; students place a book on hold in Destiny Discover and library staff will pull the books, check them out, and notify the student when they are available for pick up. Please also contact the library for laptop support.

Students should be on the look-out for an email telling them about yearbook pictures. We may not be able to take school pictures on campus, but we're still making a yearbook, and this year's promises to be a creative, unique way to remember this year and see faces of friends. This is also just a good time to remind students to regularly read school email and stay up to date and informed.

As always, stay up to date with our website, feel free to contact us at any time, and thank you for all of your support. Have a great week.​


  

Good evening, Hoover families, this is Principal Rebecca Wheeler—

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., whose life and words continue to provide inspiration and direction. I also hope that students had a good first week back last week and are getting used to the new schedule. We begin school at 9:00 each day and end at 1:55, with three class periods per day. Tuesday and Thursday are odd period days and Wednesday and Friday are even periods.

Thank you to all who were able to attend the virtual Community Town Hall last Thursday to provide input into priorities for programs and services needed to support students. If you were unable to attend, there are still more sessions available; and even if you can't attend a virtual meeting, we would love your feedback. Go to Fresno Unified dot org and click on the main banner heading for Local Control Accountability Plan, or LCAP Survey and Virtual Meetings. You'll find a list of upcoming meeting opportunities to learn more about programs and also a link to a survey where you can share your voice. We really do take the feedback seriously as we make decisions about our plans for next year, so we hope you will be involved in this process.

As we begin the new semester fresh, we hope that all students have set goals to do their very best this semester. If you haven't already done so, please take some time to talk with your student about the habits that will support academic success. The single most important thing students can do to be successful in classes is to participate. Participation, or engagement, helps students focus and helps students process what they are learning. This means minimizing distractions—like turning off streaming music and videos and anything else which can distract students while also causing lags and glitches in their online class; turning on cameras whenever possible (being visibly present supports participation); and asking questions and participating in discussion.

Please also remember that we have tutorial support available for students when they need it. Students can access Tutor.com any time of the day that is not time we're in live instruction. Hours have now been extended so that Tutor.com is available all day Monday in addition to all weekend and all evening hours throughout the week. If students are doing their homework at 2 a.m. and need help, Tutor.com is available—and these are live, real people with expertise in the subject. Our students who used it last semester had great things to say about the help they received. In addition, we have college tutors who work directly in some classes available throughout the week, and teachers are very willing to help. All teachers have office hours when they can be contacted by parents or students every Wednesday morning, or reach out via email if you have any questions. We are here to help and want all of our students to do well.

As always, stay up to date with our website, feel free to contact us at any time, and thank you for all of your support. Have a great week.​


  

Good evening, Hoover families, this is Principal Rebecca Wheeler—

This week is the last week of the first semester. Although we will not be on any special bell schedule for finals, students will be taking final exams and finishing up final projects this week during their classes. Monday starts the week with odd period classes. Friday is a full, regular odd period schedule day. After Friday, we will be on Winter Break for three weeks, returning to online classes January 12th.

When we start the second semester, there will be some changes to the current online schedule and calendar. First, January 11th is now a teacher professional development day, so students will not have class on that day and will start instead on January 12th. June 11th is now the last day of school. And the daily schedule changes. Rather than splitting instructional time into morning live online instruction and afternoon teacher support time with students completing asynchronous assignments—the schedule we have now—in the 2nd semester Tuesday through Fridays will be longer continuous periods of live online instruction with the teacher. We'll still be on block schedule but blocks with the teacher are longer. The odd/even rotation will be just Tuesdays through Fridays, so Tuesdays and Thursdays will be odd period classes and Wednesdays and Fridays even period classes. And on Mondays, students will have a homeroom/advisory period to start the day and then spend the rest of their instructional day completing asynchronous assignments.

Next semester's bell schedule is on our website and will be sent to all students' emails. Students will have an opportunity on Friday to have teachers lead them through the changes in the schedule, and we are offering an online parent meeting this Thursday at 2:30 for any of you who wish to learn more about the new schedule and have the opportunity to ask questions. An invitation and link to the meeting will be sent out this week, or you can call our office. Please take a little time over winter break to familiarize yourself with the new schedule and make plans for how to best support your students' online learning on this schedule, since every minute of class time is important.

As we end this semester and look ahead to winter break and then changes in the second semester, I just want to thank you all for all of your flexibility and support in helping students do their best. We wish you and your family the best over the holiday, and we look forward to working with you and your students in the coming semester.​

  

Good evening, Hoover families, this is Principal Rebecca Wheeler—

We are getting down to the last couple of weeks of the semester. This week students should be making sure to catch up on any missed work, complete projects, attend every online class session, and study for any final exams next week. It has been a very different semester and I just want to take a moment to commend all of the students, teachers, and families who have worked so hard to adapt and engage in effective teaching and learning in this environment. Let's finish the semester strong, with students earning the best possible grades they can. Remember all of the support resources that are available—reach out to teachers, access Tutorial, and work hard. We start this week with even period classes on Monday.

By now you are no doubt aware that our region is subject to a new stay at home order due to rising COVID case counts and the impact on hospitals. This order doesn't change too much about how schools are operating—we are primarily functioning in distance learning anyway—but it's a good time to just remind everyone that if you need help from Hoover, please start with an email or phone call; while we have some staff on campus we hope to be able to meet needs virtually or by appointment.

We do want to stay connected so please don't hesitate to reach out. Stay up to date by checking our website. Stay safe, be well, and have a good week​.

  

Good evening, Hoover families, this is Principal Rebecca Wheeler—

I hope everyone had a safe and restful Thanksgiving week. As we return to school, we have just two weeks of regular classwork before finals begin. Grades and credits earned are finalized at the end of the semester, so it is important that students do everything possible to show their best efforts as we end the semester. 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 final exams to finish the semester strong. Remember that school isn't over at 12:30 each day; students are expected to be completing assignments during the afternoon hours and possibly working with teachers during Teacher Support Time.

For those of us who've lost track over break of the odd/even class period rotation, we start Monday with odd period classes—periods 1, 3 and 5. You may have heard about some future adjustments to the schedule, including some changes in the odd/even days of the week, but none of those changes will happen until the second semester starts in January. In the coming weeks we will be communicating about what will look slightly different in January, but for now we are finishing the semester with the same schedule and format students have been working in.

Stay connected with Hoover through our website, social media, and contacting teachers and staff. Thank you for all of your support, and have a great week.​

  

Good evening, Hoover families, this is Principal Rebecca Wheeler—

This week is our last week before Thanksgiving break, and when we return from break there will be just three 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 many Tutorial options available to students and teachers are very willing to help, so please make sure you are monitoring your student'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 right when we return from 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.

As always, stay up to date with Hoover 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 safe and restful Thanksgiving break.​


  

Good evening, Hoover families, this is Principal Rebecca Wheeler—

First quarter report cards recently came home, and we are already coming up on another Progress Report at the end of this week. Please support your student in logging into Teams, staying current with all assignments, and promptly making up any missed work. Check on your student's grades in ATLAS, where you can see all graded assignments. You also can have your student show you each class in Teams, where you can see many of the assignments given by teachers and your student's progress. You can always reach out to teachers with questions, and there are many, many ways that your student can receive help. There still is time for students to earn their best possible grades before the end of the semester, when transcripts become official and credits toward graduation are earned.

Counselors are continuing support for seniors completing college application and financial aid forms. Please check in with your student to make sure they are on track and keeping appointments with their counselors to complete their paperwork. This is something that's a little more challenging in the distance environment, so students should be starting as early as possible and taking advantage of every opportunity to get help from counselors. If you have any questions, please reach out to your student's counselor.

Please stay connected by having your student check email daily, check our website, and follow us on social media. Please contact us if you need anything and thank you for all of your support. Have a great week​.


  

Good evening, Hoover families, this is Principal Rebecca Wheeler—

I want to start with a reminder that school is in session on Monday. With our transition to distance learning this past August, the first week of school looked very different than years past. This year, August 17th and 18th (the Monday and Tuesday of the first week) were used as orientation and were non-instructional days. As a result, the previously scheduled teacher buyback days of October 26th and March 1st were converted to regular instructional days and will not be professional learning days for teachers. School is in session this Monday and students are expected to log in as usual.

Last week we mailed quarter 1 report cards home, along with information about how students can receive help with classwork. If you have not already done so, please take some time to review grades with your student and set some goals and strategies for using this second half of the semester to do well. Students still have until the end of the semester in December before grades are officially entered on transcripts and credits toward graduation are earned. Teachers want students to do well and are very willing to help, so please encourage your student to reach out and work with teachers now. As the flyer included in the report card mailer shows, there are also tutorial resources for students to receive help at all hours of the day. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or need assistance.

Another reminder that seniors should already be working on college applications. Counselors are offering application workshops and online appointments to help students with applications. Students should be taking advantage of these opportunities to work with counselors because students typically have a lot of questions and the application process takes some time. If your student hasn't already started the process, please have them reach out to their counselor right away.

Please contact us if you need anything, and thank you for your support. Have a great week​.

  

Good evening, Hoover families, this is Principal Rebecca Wheeler—

First quarter grades were finalized last week. In addition to report cards being emailed to all students, we are mailing home 1st quarter report cards this week. Please take some time to review your student's progress at this halfway point. Students still have time to earn strong grades by the end of the semester when grades will be recorded on transcripts for earning credits. Included in the mailer with the report card, you will find information on all the ways students can receive help at Hoover. Teachers are available every afternoon during teacher support time. We have college tutors Monday-Thursday afternoons. And now, Fresno Unified has made tutor.com available to all students. Tutor.com is an online service where students can receive the help of live tutors online, in all subjects, and at most times of the day. The only time Tutor.com is NOT available is during our instructional time—so even if a student needs the help of a tutor at night, they can log on and receive live help. When you receive report cards later this week, take a look at the flyer of options for receiving help—there are directions on how students access any of those options, and there are just so many ways to support student success.

Please also remember that though students are in live, synchronous class time with teachers from 9 to 12:30 every day, students are still expected to complete a full school day, which means that there is an expectation that students are doing additional schoolwork past 12:30 each day. Teachers may ask your child to log on during Teacher Support time in the afternoon, and they are giving students additional work to complete outside of morning class time. Again, there are lots of ways that students can receive help with any of these assignments, and we hope students will take advantage of the opportunities to do well and earn strong grades by the end of the semester.

Seniors should already be working on college applications. Counselors are offering application workshops and online appointments to help students with applications. Deadlines are early, so students should be hard at work on these applications. If your child needs help with submitting college applications or even knowing where to start, please have them reach out to their counselor right away.

Please contact us if you need anything, and thank you for your support. Have a great week.​

  

Good evening, Hoover families, this is Principal Rebecca Wheeler—

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, teachers have Teacher Support Hours every afternoon when they are available to students for help. In addition, we have college tutors available every Monday through Thursday afternoon. Students should always be able to get help and do well.

If you haven't asked your child to show you how they learn and connect with teachers through the Microsoft Teams platform, it's worth setting aside some time to take a look. You may rely on EduText or the ATLAS parent portal to stay up to date with your child's grades, but this online instruction through Microsoft Teams gives students and you the ability to see assignments in real time, before they are even due and before teachers have entered them in the gradebook. Your child's classes in Teams show upcoming assignments, past due assignments, and completed assignments. As we near the end of the quarter, it's very possible that students may need parent support and accountability to earn their best possible grades. Sit down with your child and have them show you their classes in Teams—there's a lot of information there to stay up to date with your child's progress.

As our county has moved into a new tier related to the incidence of COVID-19 in the community, you may be hearing people start questioning when students may return to school. Friday evening Fresno Unified Superintendent Bob Nelson shared that the district is taking a methodical, phased in approach of returning students to campus. Due to physical distancing requirements of 6 feet, we are not able to bring ALL students back at this time. For the remainder of the first semester, the district will be focused on phasing in small, stable cohorts of some of our highest-need students including foster and homeless youth, students with disabilities and our English language newcomers. To be clear, the goal with this first small cohort is to ensure they have a safe and reliable place to access internet and meals. They are continuing with distance learning-- this is not in-person instruction. As our superintendent shared, these targeted cohorts will start VERY small. When Fresno Unified has the green light from our health experts and agreement with our labor partners, the district will bring back additional small groups of targeted, high-need students. We will reach out to families directly should your student be in one of our future designated cohorts. To hear Superintendent Nelson's full video message, parents can visit Fresno unified dot org or one of the district's social media platforms.

As always, stay up to date with our website, feel free to contact us at any time, and thank you for all of your support. Have a great week.​

  

Good evening, Hoover families, this is Principal Rebecca Wheeler—

Last week, progress reports were sent to your student's emails. If your child has not already shared their progress report with you, please ask them to locate it in their email and share it. This is a good opportunity to talk with your child about what's going well, what can be improved, and what support is needed. The first quarter ends at the end of next week. Remember we have college tutors available Monday through Thursday afternoon, and all teachers have scheduled time to work with students every afternoon. If your child needs help or support to improve grades, the supports are available, and there's still time to make good improvements before the end of the quarter.

Also last week, many of you were emailed a Confidential Family Survey to complete. Each year this survey seeks to collect critical information from Fresno Unified families. While the information remains confidential, the results are vital to determining district and school funding through the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). If you received a survey, please take just a few moments to complete it and return using the directions in the email.

Stay up to date and stay in contact with us by visiting our website, hooverpates.org. Check out the counseling corner there, take a look at the master calendar, and locate contact information for school staff. We are here to support student learning, so don't hesitate to reach out. Thank you for all of your support, and 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 will be emailed 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. If you're not sure of your log-in for ATLAS, this information will be on the progress report that comes home. Remember that you can reach out to teachers and counselors for questions about grades and coursework.

We also have started Tutorial to support students. College tutors are available from 1:00 to 4:00 PM on Monday through Thursday every week. Students received a link to a Teams location for Tutorial so they can log on to work with a tutor just as they would log in to their regular classes in the morning. All teachers are also available to work with students from 1:15-2:15 every afternoon, so if progress report grades are not where your student wants to be, there are lots of opportunities for help every afternoon.

The formal date of our Back to School Night was last Wednesday, but the teacher presentations will remain up on our website for another week if you missed them. Click on the Back to School Night flyer on our website and follow the link to teacher presentations, where each teacher introduces their class, describes the grading policy, and gives other important information about how students will be successful. Also, if you haven't had a chance to vote for the parent representative for School Site Council yet, you can also find the online ballot there; voting ends this Friday.

This Friday is Club Rush, where students will be able to sign up for clubs that match their interests. Just because we are meeting through video conferencing rather than in person doesn't mean students can't still have a great experience through clubs and activities. Clubs are a great way to maintain a social connection with people sharing similar interests. We know that students who are connected to school in different ways do better academically, so we hope you will encourage your student to get involved in the life of the Hoover campus through clubs, activities, sports, and the arts.

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.​

  

Good evening, Hoover families, this is Principal Rebecca Wheeler.

I hope you'll be able to join us virtually Wednesday evening for our annual Back to School Night. Beginning at 5:30, we will start with a live Title One parent meeting and some general information about our school. Following the general live presentation, you will follow online links to hear from each of your child's teachers. We've also planned this on the same date as Fresno County College Night, so we encourage your students to log into that event while you're receiving information from their Hoover teachers at Back to School Night. Log-in information will be sent via email and posted on our website. If you can't make it to the live event Wednesday night, the teacher presentations will remain available on our website so you can still get to know your child's teachers and know how to support them to do well in their classes.

As the school year is now well underway, I want to ask for your help in making sure your child is making it to every online class every day. Instructional time is incredibly important; students miss things when they are not in class, and even a few minutes each day adds up. Please check in on your child's attendance; we greatly appreciate your support in helping your child log in to class 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 you'll join us. Thank you for all your support in getting the year off to a great start, and have a good evening.

  

Good evening, Hoover families, this is Principal Rebecca Wheeler—

This last week started to feel like we were getting into the rhythm of school. 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 should have picked up textbooks, but if students still need textbooks, the library is open for check-outs until 4 p.m. each day. This week we start with Odd periods on Monday.

It's been good to see teachers and students getting into a routine of live instruction with three periods each morning. I do, however, want to make you aware of the full day schedule and the opportunities that happen before 9 and after 12:30 each day. On Wednesdays and Fridays, teachers are available from 8-9, for office hours, so if you or your student would like to speak with a teacher or meet virtually online, please contact the teacher to make an appointment. In the afternoons from 1:15-2:15, teachers are working with groups of students who need extra help or support. A teacher might ask a small group of students to come back during this time in the afternoon to make up some work, have something re-explained, or follow-up on something during class. If students aren't called back to work directly with teachers in the afternoon, they should definitely still be working—all students have what is known as asynchronous assignments—required assignments that students complete outside of the live instruction time. And then later in the afternoon, from 2:15 on, we will continue to offer clubs, athletics, enrichment, and tutorial. Club Rush is coming up, and students will hear more about all of these opportunities.

With our shift to distance learning, Fresno Unified has partnered with Gaggle-an online software tool to help ensure students have the same supports and online safety nets they would traditionally have on campus. This new safety tool supports students when using district email, Microsoft Teams chats and their district OneDrive. Gaggle looks for key phrases or words that identify inappropriate language, bullying and harassment, inappropriate sexual content and even situations that might lead to self-harm. Like it would on campus, when potential incidents arise, administrators are notified to provide necessary supports. As we all work together to support students in our online environment, we ask parents to take time to talk with your child regarding responsible and appropriate technology use. While we're not together at school physically, should you feel your student is in need of social emotional supports, please contact our office so we can connect them to a member of our support team. We appreciate your support as we continue to navigate online learning together here at Hoover.

Please mark your calendars for our virtual Back to School Night on Wednesday, September 9th. We will host a live virtual meeting with an overview of our school and its programs, and then you will have links to learn about each one of your student's classes and teachers. We can't come physically all back to campus right now, but we want to make sure you have the opportunity to learn about the school and hear from each of your student's teachers.

A reminder that we are still taking nominations for School Site Council. School Site Council is made up of school staff, students, and parents; and is responsible for the development of the Single Plan for Student Achievement—the plan of how we allocate our budgets and develop programs in service of student

needs. School Site Council members have a voice in guiding Hoover programs to meet the needs of all students. If you're interested in running for School Site Council, information and a link to the nomination form is available on our website in the “About" section under School Site Council; or you may call the main office. Nominations close this Friday, September 4th.

Please stay up to date with all Hoover activities and information by checking out our website, hooverpates.org; and remember that you can contact us if you need anything. Thank you for all your support in getting the year off to a great start, and have a great week.

  

Good evening, Hoover families, this is Principal Rebecca Wheeler—

Thank you for a great first week. I don't think anyone quite knew what to expect, but considering all the new things about teaching and learning online, everyone did great. There were some bumps, to be sure, but most students started successfully; and we saw classes getting underway, students connecting with teachers and one another, students coming to campus to get their books and materials, and assignments being completed and turned in—so many of those normal back to school activities. Thank you for your patience, flexibility, and support.

One thing that's new for us at Hoover is an alternating block bell schedule, where students attend 3 classes each day: periods 1, 3, and 5 on odd-period days, and periods 2, 4, and 6 on even period days. Since Friday was an odd-period day, students will start in their even periods on Monday—so they will start with period 2. You can find an odd/even calendar on our website in the “About" section under Bell Schedules.

It's time to open up nominations for School Site Council. School Site Council is made up of school staff, students, and parents; and is responsible for the development of the Single Plan for Student Achievement—the plan of how we allocate our budgets and develop programs in service of student needs. School Site Council members have a voice in guiding Hoover programs to meet the needs of all students. Members are elected for two year terms and commit to monthly meetings. If you're interested in running for School Site Council, information and a link to the nomination form is available on our website in the “About" section under School Site Council; or you may call the main office. Nominations will be open through September 4th.

This week our Leadership students have planned their first event: a virtual dress-up week, and we hope everyone will participate by posting a picture on Instagram in the dress-up theme of the day and tagging @HooverPatriots. Monday is masked Monday (wear your favorite mask); Tuesday is Tired Tuesday (pajama day); you get the idea. For the full line-up and to stay connected with lots of other Hoover news, follow @HooverPatriots on Instagram or @HooverPates on Twitter.

Thank you again for all your support. Follow us on Instagram and Twitter, and check out our website at hooverpates.org to stay connected with school events and information. Please reach out and contact us through email or phone if you need anything; and have a great week.​

  

Good evening, Hoover families, this is Principal Rebecca Wheeler

Welcome to the 2020-21 school year! We're on a special schedule this week, making sure students have a good start to the year. As a reminder, all Fresno Unified schools will start the year in all-online learning, as we do our part to contain the spread of COVID-19. Students will not be coming to the Hoover campus for school; they will be joining their teachers and classmates in online instruction.

Monday and Tuesday are set aside for students to complete a short online orientation that will help them know what to expect and introduce them to Hoover staff. All students will receive an email through their FresnoU email, containing the instructions and all links to our online 2020-21 student orientation. Our 9th graders have a more extensive orientation process, with calendar invitations to live sessions with Hoover staff and students; but all students will complete the online orientation, including a survey at the end to let us know you've completed it. Beginning tomorrow at 9:00, you can also find the orientation links on our Hoover website.

Students will be joining their classes online, but they will still need books. All students have been assigned a window of time this week or early next week to come to campus to check out textbooks from the library. Monday is for seniors: A-L from 8-11 and M-Z from 12-3. Tuesday juniors A-L from 8-11 and M-Z from 12-3. Sophomores with last names A-L come on Wednesday afternoon, between 12:30 and 5:00; and M-Z on Thursday afternoon between 12:30 and 5:00. Freshmen with last names A-L come on Friday from 12:30-5 and M-Z next Monday 8/24 between 12:30 and 5:00. All of these times were sent to student emails and are on our website. Please try to observe these windows of time as much as possible, as it helps us ensure safety by not having too many people lining up for books at one time. Remember that anyone coming to campus should be wearing a mask and observing social distancing. If students have any old textbooks checked out from last year, they should bring them to turn them in when they come to check out their new books for this year.

You should have received a back to school mailer from Hoover late last week. It contains emergency cards and other documents that are to be signed and returned. When students come to check out textbooks, they should bring these signed and filled-out papers to turn in at this time. Please contact us if you did not receive this mailer, as it includes important back to school forms and information.

Once students have completed the online orientation on Monday or Tuesday, class with their teachers starts on Wednesday. Students will meet with three classes per day, on an odd/even period rotation—so on Wednesday, students will be in periods 1, 3, and 5. On Thursday, students will have their even period classes—2, 4, and 6—and it rotates back to odd periods on Friday. This is live instruction, where students have designated times for each class period, the teacher is delivering instruction to the whole class, and attendance is taken. In summary, Monday and Tuesday are virtual orientation. Students start classes with teachers on Wednesday—and we'll be looking for them in their online classes on Wednesday and all days after that.

If you still are in need of technology for online learning, please go to the Fresno Unified website, where you can submit a request, or call 457-3939. At this point it may be a little delay before you get what you need, but it is important that students log on and start class promptly on Wednesday—even if they have to do it on their phones temporarily until their devices arrive. Students will need laptops for online learning, so please reach out if you haven't yet done so, but it's most important that we connect with everybody from Day 1 and get off to a good start.

Teachers have been working hard to get ready for meeting their students, and everyone is excited for school to start. Please feel free to reach out if you have questions, keep checking our website and social media and fresnou email, and have a great week.​


  
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.​


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