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Principal Wheeler's Weekly Message to Parents

  
  

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

 

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

 

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

  

This week is a short one. We had a teacher inservice day today, and Friday is Veteran’s Day, so we just have three school days this week. Progress reports will come home on Thursday. This is the last progress report of the semester, so be sure to take time to look it over carefully, talk to your student, and help your student make plans for getting the best grades possible by the time they are final at the end of the semester. We have tutorial available at lunch and after school, and a staff of teachers and counselors who are very willing to help—but it is important that students don’t wait until the last week of the semester to do what they need to do. Please use this last progress report opportunity to help your student set goals for ending the semester at their best.

Please check the master calendar on the Hoover website to stay up to date with all Hoover events. Though it’s a relatively quiet week, we still have some fall teams in playoffs, and you’ll be able to catch our band at the Veterans’ Day Parade downtown on Friday. Congratulations to all of the students who have participated in sports, clubs, theater, music, and all other activities so far this year in addition to their regular coursework—we’re proud to see the results of their efforts. Thank you for all that you do to support students to be their best; remember you can contact us at any time; and have a great week.

  

​Tomorrow is Halloween. We know lots of students enjoy dressing up in costumes for Halloween, and we’re happy for them to get into the spirit of the holiday. There are a few costume requirements for safety, however: no masks, no face paint, and costumes must still be in alignment with the overall dress code. Thank you in advance for your help in ensuring we celebrate the holiday in ways that are still safe and appropriate for school. In addition to tomorrow being Halloween, it’s also the last day of October, so we’ll be calculating how many of our students earned the perfect attendance incentive for the month of October. Students who achieved perfect attendance will get into the football game, the Revolution Bowl, for free this Thursday night. In anticipation of the Revolution Bowl, we have our only night-time rally of the year this Wednesday night, and activities all week. We hope lots of students will be joining us Wednesday and Thursday nights to have a great time as Hoover Pates.

Now that we’re starting November, there are just six weeks left in the semester, and we’re coming up on our last progress report of the semester. Grades are officially recorded on transcripts at the semester, and are used to calculate things like Honor Roll and athletic eligibility, so it is very important that students work hard and do their best to earn their bescht possible grades. We have Tutorial options every day, and counselors and teachers are always very willing to help students with what they need. Please keep track of your child’s grades throughout the last weeks of the semester and encourage them to stay for Tutorial, make up any missed assignments, study for exams, and complete projects.

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

  

This 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.

 

One habit that we know contributes directly to academic success is attendance—the more students are in class exposed to instruction, the more they learn.  As a way of simply encouraging students to make it to every class every day, we’re running an attendance incentive during the month of October.  We just had a hugely successful Homecoming, where students were involved and had a great time, and our football team pulled off a great win.  We are now looking forward to our rivalry football game, the Revolution Bowl, at the end of the month.  We have lots of fun activities planned for the night and students will want to be there.  So any student who has perfect attendance during the month of October will get in free.  It’s a small way of recognizing students who are making the effort, and we hope to have a lot of students coming in for free that night.

 

We’d like to congratulate sophomore Isaac Blanco who was the grand prize winner in the Fresno Fair 4.0 and above sweepstakes.  Isaac won a 2016 Toyota Corolla.  The Fresno Fair invites all students with 4.0 GPA’s to an awards night where they raffle off gift cards, scholarships, and a car—and Hoover had the grand prize winner with Isaac.  Congratulations to Isaac and to all of our 4.0 students for putting themselves in the position to be eligible, and for showing that hard work pays off.

 

Parents of seniors, your student is bringing home a notice that Fresno Unified is providing student GPA information to the California Student Aid Commission in order to streamline the financial aid process for state grants and college scholarships.  The letter will explain that you do have the right to opt out of this service by completing and returning the form.  But as your student moves through the 12th grade year, we want to do everything possible to make the transition to college, including receiving financial aid, a smooth one—so thank you for partnering with us in this effort.  If you have any questions about college or financial aid, please contact your child’s counselor.

 

Thank you again for all that you do to support our school and your child.  Have a great week.​

  

It seems hard to believe that we are already ending the first quarter of the year, this Friday.  Please work with your students to monitor grades in all classes, make up missed assignments, complete all projects, and study for end-of-quarter exams.  Report cards will come home next week.  Remember that we offer Tutorial after school and at lunch in the library, and each teacher also makes themselves available to help their students.  Finish the quarter strong!

 

One thing that we know helps students be successful is being in class every day.  Just to help encourage students to make every effort to get there, we’ll be running an attendance incentive during the month of October.  Our new rivalry football game, the Revolution Bowl, will be on November 3rd.  We have a lot offun and amazing activities planned for that night, and every student will want to be there.  All students who have perfect attendance during the month of October will get in free to this game and be eligible for additional prizes.    Let’s see how many students can earn a free ticket by having perfect attendance this month.

 

This week is Homecoming Week at Hoover, with a circus theme of the Greatest Homecoming on Earth.  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 Sunnyside stadium on Friday.  I know many of you parents are Hoover grads as well, so come out Friday night for Homecoming—it should be a great time.

 

As always, thank you for your support.  Feel free to contact us at any time, and have a great week.​

  

We just had a wonderful College and Career Week, with numerous events and opportunities for students to think about post-secondary options and be inspired to set ambitious goals. We ended the week with our Club Expo, where students could learn about and sign up for clubs to be involved in on campus. Ask your child if they are involved in a club, and if they are not yet, encourage them to listen to the announcements and attend a meeting of something they’re interested in. Students who are involved in activities in addition to regular coursework do better in school and have more options when they graduate, so it’s important to encourage them to get involved.

Progress Reports were sent home this past week, so ask your student for it if you haven’t yet seen it. I hope that you have been able to talk with your student about their learning in their classes thus far. You can continue to monitor your student’s progress by logging into ATLAS so that you can see detailed information about assignments in every class. You can also sign up for EduText, Fresno Unified’s service that sends a daily text of grades and attendance. An access PIN number was printed on the Progress Report; simply text that PIN number to 28527 (ATLAS) and you will begin receiving daily text updates by the following day. The quarter ends October 7th, which is just a few weeks away, so I encourage you to stay in touch with your student’s progress in classes and support them in doing their best. Please reach out to teachers or counselors if you need additional information or assistance.

Finally, Monday is the final date to go on the Fresno Unified website and give your feedback about what you think is needed for school facilities with an upcoming bond measure. Go to fresnounified.org and look on the main page under “Announcements” for the Facility Master Plan Survey. It only takes about 5 minutes but is an important opportunity for our Board of Education to hear the voice of the Hoover community and think about the needs of schools in our region when setting priorities for use of the funds.

Thank you for all of your support this year in helping your student get to school on time every day and ready to learn. We are all working to help all students succeed, and your partnership helps a lot. Feel free to contact us at any time.

  
I hope to see all of you tomorrow evening at our annual Back to School Night. At 5:00, join us in the quad for socializing, entertainment, and informational tables, with food available for purchase. At 5:30, we will start in the cafeteria for our annual Title One parent meeting and some general information about our school. And at 6:00, classroom visitations will begin so you can follow your student’s schedule and meet their teachers. Yearbook orders will be available throughout the evening, and you will have the opportunity to vote for parent representatives to School Site Council. 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.

In addition to being available at Back to School Night, yearbooks are now available for pre-order on both the Hoover website, hooverpates.org, or at school. Students can purchase their books at the school by going to Mr. Stafford's room, 82, to get theirs. They can do this before school, at lunch, and after school. The cost is $65, cash or money order only!

This week counselors will be in junior and senior English classes to help students get set up with Free PSAT and SAT test preparation through Khan Academy. Khan Academy provides personalized online practice support for testing and in all academic areas, specific to the needs of your student. New this year, 9th graders will join the 10th and 11th graders in taking the PSAT test in October, and juniors will take the SAT at no cost in April. Both tests are essential for college readiness and eligibility, and we’re excited to be able to offer test preparation and academic support for our students.

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 a great job last week of getting to class on time and showing pride in themselves and their school. Our entire staff appreciates your support as it helps us focus on learning and preparing all of our students for colleges and careers. This week is iPLEDGE week, when students will pledge to graduate and set goals for high school and beyond.

As a reminder, school begins at 8:00 Tuesday through Friday and 9:00 on Monday, and school is out at 2:45 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.

In the mailer that came home this summer we included a form to fill out if you would like to run for School Site Council or if you wanted to nominate someone to serve on School Site Council. The School Site Council, made up of students, staff, and parents, meets approximately once a month on Thursdays at 4:00 and is the group responsible for reviewing school programs and developing plans for school-wide programs in support of students. Nominations for the parent election, to be held at Back to School Night on August 29th, have been open since the summer mailer, but this is one last chance to throw your name in to run. If you have interest in serving on School Site Council, please call our main office by Wednesday of this week.

A reminder that students at Hoover and all other Fresno Unified schools may eat breakfast and lunch on campus without the need for any applications or fees. Please encourage your child to take advantage of this program, as we know that students do better in school when they have eaten.

Attention Parents of Seniors, if you haven’t yet had your picture taken, or don’t yet have an appointment, please call Ficarra Studios asap to schedule your appointment with our senior photographer. His phone number is 266-0624. Inform the studio you’re a Hoover senior and he will schedule you right away. Going through Ficarra Studios is the only way to get your senior picture in the yearbook. Please don’t delay as the deadline is rapidly approaching.



Also for parents of seniors, we are starting a series of Parent Learning sessions specifically focused on the 12th grade—what you need to know to support your child as they finish high school and make post-secondary plans. These sessions will be the next 4 Tuesdays, starting this Tuesday, from 8:30-10:30 in our Hoover Parent Center. Sessions are conducted in both English and Spanish, and child care is provided.



Finally, I’d like to invite you to attend Friday night’s football game. It’s our first game, held at Sunnyside High School. Encourage your child to come cheer on the Pates, but please also consider yourself invited to come cheer on the team and be part of the Patriot community.

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.

  
​We have a regular schedule all week, with school starting at 9:00 on Monday and 8:00 the rest of the week.  This week is our Human Element Week, with the theme of “Be Kind.”  Our leadership students have planned activities all week to engage our campus community in this theme of kindness.

As many of you know by now, this past Thursday night one of our students passed away in a tragic incident in our Hoover region.  We had counselors at school all day Friday to support students and staff; they worked most directly in the classes of this student, and a letter came home if your child is in one of these classes.  We know, however, that this touches everyone across the Hoover community, so I want to make you aware that support services and counseling will continue this week to support our students as our community struggles with this loss.  Please feel free to reach out to us if you feel your child needs particular support.

We’re getting close to yearbook distribution in May, so if you haven’t yet purchased your yearbook, then you can come in to room 82 to pre-order your copy. The price is currently $70, but the price will be going up to $75 after April 15th. This book is going to be great, so come in and reserve your copy. Or, if you prefer to order from home, you can go to the Hoover website, hooverpates.org and follow the link to our yearbook publisher. 
I hope you have April 25th 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.
  

I hope you have had a good spring break and students are returning to school refreshed and ready to learn.  We have just one quarter left in the school year, and that time will fly by.  Report cards were mailed home last week; please contact us if you did not receive it.  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 put Monday, April 25th on your calendars for Hoover’s annual Open House.  The purpose of this night is to speak with teachers and gain an understanding of what your student has learned this year.  We will also have community organizations, colleges, club booths selling food, and student performances, so plan to come out and enjoy an evening at Hoover.

One quick note about safety.  Parents, if you need to drop something off for your child or pick them up during the day, please park in front and enter through the main office rather than having your child come to meet you in the parking lot.  We have a number of 15 or 30 minute parking spaces in the front of the school for your convenience, and it really does help us with safety if we can keep everyone entering and exiting through the front of the school.

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

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

 

You should have received first semester report cards this past week.  I encourage you to discuss grades with your student and refocus on some goals for this semester.  Make a New Year's Resolution to help your student stay on top of assignments, contact teachers or counselors if needed, and encourage your student to take advantage of Tutorial.  If you have not already done so, now is also the time to sign up for EduText.  EduText is the easiest way to quickly stay on top of your student's grades and attendance.  Every afternoon you receive a text message with your student's attendance and grade in every class.  When a teacher has entered an assignment that updates the grade, or if your student is marked absent in a class, you're the first to know.  To sign up for EduText, you need the access PIN number that is printed on the report card you just received this past week.  Text that parent PIN number to 28527 (ATLAS) and you will start receiving texts the next day.  Please contact us at Hoover if you need any assistance setting up EduText.

 

Parents of seniors, mark your calendars for a FAFSA Workshop next Wednesday, January 20th at 6:00 p.m. in the Hoover library.  The goal of this Cash for College workshop is to assist graduating seniors and parents in completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  The FAFSA must be completed to receive state and federal financial aid to help pay for college and other educational expenses.  Financial aid specialists, counselors, and FAFSA volunteers will be on site to assist families and answer questions while completing the FAFSA.  Additional workshops will be held on other dates throughout Fresno, so contact a counselor if you cannot attend at Hoover on January 20th but otherwise we hope to see you with us next Wednesday.

 

Stay informed of Hoover activities and announcements by accessing our website, www.hooverpates.org.  Remember that NEXT Monday, January 18th, is a holiday in observance of Martin Luther King, so we will have a short week next week.  Thank you for all your support, and let's get off to a great 2016!​

  

​This week is our last week of regular classwork before finals begin next week.  Grades and credits earned are finalized at the end of the semester in two weeks, so it is important that students do everything possible to show their best efforts as we end the semester.  Students who fail courses at the semester will be automatically enrolled in summer school to recover those credits.  We have tutorial available and teachers and counselors very willing to help students do well, so please encourage your student to take advantage of those resources, complete all assignments, and study for next week's final exams.  Also, consider dropping by our new Parent Center, where you can receive assistance in looking up your student's grades on ATLAS and receive information about student supports here at Hoover.

Parents of seniors, this Monday night, December 7th, counselors will be holding a FAFSA workshop in the library from 6-8 p.m.  FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, and is required for students to receive financial aid for college.  Come by to receive assistance in what is needed for completing the FAFSA to be eligible for financial aid.  This Thursday night at 7 p.m. is our Winter Concert, and you are welcome to come by to hear the talents of our student musicians.

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

  

I hope you have had an enjoyable Thanksgiving week with your family and friends.  We return to school refreshed and ready to finish out the last few weeks of the semester.  We have three weeks of the semester remaining, with just two weeks before Finals begin.  We have had a number of progress reports come home so far this year, but the end of the semester in December is when the grades are final and count toward graduation and college.  Now is a good time to check ATLAS for current grades and stay informed about major assignments and exams.  Students should be making up any missed assignments, taking advantage of tutorial, studying for unit exams and semester finals, writing essays, and completing projects.  Please contact teachers or your student's counselor if you have specific questions or need help supporting your student to finish the semester strong.​

In events for the week, tomorrow night, Monday, November 30th, will be the Fall Sports Awards at 6 p.m.  This Saturday, December 5th, is the Winter Formal.  And we have many of our winter sports starting up this week.  You can stay informed about events by checking our school website, at www.hooverpates.org.

Thank you for your continued support, and have a great week.

  

This is our last full week before a week off before Thanksgiving. Of course we want students to enjoy time with their families and friends over Thanksgiving, but it's also a chance to catch up on missing assignments, prepare for finals, and work on projects—we have just a few weeks of the semester remaining when we return after Thanksgiving.  Progress reports came home at the end of last week, so you should have a good sense of how your student is doing.  Remember we have Tutorial available at lunch and after school, and teachers and staff are very willing to help.​

As flu and cold season unfortunately gets underway, please remember to call the attendance office to excuse absences if your child stays home sick.  Also please remember that if you need to pick up your child for an appointment, you must call Attendance and have them check out through the main office.  Please do not just call your child directly and ask them to leave class to meet you.  This is for student safety as well as minimizing interruptions to classroom instruction. 

Our fall play opens this Wednesday.  We hope you'll come out and enjoy seeing our theater students channel Alfred Hitchcock.  Performances are Wednesday-Saturday, all at 7 p.m.   Seniors have a graduation supply and class ring ordering night Wednesday from 4:30-7:30 in the library.  You can keep up to date with Hoover events by checking the master calendar at www.hooverpates.org.  Thank you and have a great week.

  

It seems hard to believe that we are already ending the first quarter of the year, this Friday.  Please work with your students to monitor grades in all classes, make up missed assignments, complete all projects, and study for end-of-quarter exams.  Report cards will come home next week.  Remember that we offer Tutorial after school and at lunch in the library, and each teacher also makes themselves available to help their students.  Let’s finish the quarter strong!

 

This week is College and Career Week at Hoover.  We will have themed activities at lunch, opportunities for students to learn about colleges and career programs, and a school-wide lesson to focus students on their goals.  Students are encouraged to wear dress code-appropriate college or career-themed shirts all days this week.  Encourage your student to check out the information about programs and opportunities that will be in the quad at lunch this week.

 

Next week, October 14th, is Fresno Area Career Night at the Fresno Convention Center.  Similar to the College Night that was last month, Career Night brings together representatives from technical schools, the military, and various trades and industries.  It’s a great way to learn about options after high school.  I encourage you to attend with your student.  We have transportation available for both students and parents on a first-come, first-served basis, so if you’d like to attend and want to avoid downtown parking hassles, have your student see Mrs. Dadoorian in the Career Center.

 

As always, thank you for your support.  Feel free to contact us at any time, and have a great week.​

  

​This week many students will be bringing a survey home.  In June 2013, the State of California changed the way school districts receive funds.  In order to receive additional funding dollars for schools, Fresno Unified must provide certain information to the State about the families who attend our schools.  Many of you completed surveys last year and will not need to again this year, but many of you will be receiving a confidential survey form with a few questions about your family size and income, as well as some questions about how Fresno Unified can best reach youPlease complete this form for your student and send it back to school no later than this Friday.  To ensure our schools receive all their funding, it is extremely important that we receive this information for every student.  As an added incentive, Fresno Unified has partnered with the Big Fresno Fair.  Students turning in their surveys will be eligible for a drawing to receive a complete Family Fun Pack to the Fresno Fair, which includes 6 family Fair tickets, 4 carnival wristbands, and one parking pass.  Thank you for working with us to ensure our schools and your students have the tools for academic success. 

 

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 at lunch and after school Monday through Thursday in the library.  If your student needs to improve grades in any classes, please encourage them to take advantage of Tutorial.  We have a 4:00 school bus this year so students can stay after school for Tutorial.

We're coming up on a couple of yearbook deadlines.  If your child is a senior and has not yet taken a picture for the yearbook, make sure to contact Ficarra Studios right away.  Don't be left out of the yearbook senior pictures.  And if you haven't yet ordered a yearbook, now is the time to order for the lowest price of the year.  You can order online by following the link from the Hoover webpage, or send $65 with your student and they can buy it in room 82 from Mr. Stafford. 

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

  

This week is Homecoming Week at Hoover, with dress-up themes each day, class competitions, a rally on Friday, and the big Homecoming game Friday night.  Come out and join us on Friday night at McLane stadium, and encourage your student to participate in all of the Homecoming activities this week.  It's a fun week here at Hoover. 

Progress Reports were sent home last Wednesday, so ask your student for it if you haven't yet seen it.  I hope that you have been able to talk with your student about their learning in their classes thus far.  You can continue to monitor your student's progress by logging into ATLAS so that you can see detailed information about assignments in every class.  You can also sign up for EduText, Fresno Unified's service that sends a daily text of grades and attendance.  An access PIN number was printed on the Progress Report; simply text that PIN number to 28527 (ATLAS) and you will begin receiving daily text updates by the following day.  The quarter ends October 11th, which is just a few weeks away, so I encourage you to stay in touch with your student's progress in classes and support them in doing their best.  Please reach out to teachers or counselors if you need additional information or assistance.

Finally, thank you for all of your support this year in helping your student get to school on time every day and ready to learn.  We are all working to help all students succeed, and your partnership helps a lot.  Feel free to contact us at any time.

  

As we enter this fifth week of school, Progress Reports will come home.  Look for them to come home with your student on Wednesday.  At the top of Progress Reports are two codes that will be important for helping you monitor your student's progress throughout the year.  One is the ATLAS log-in, where you can see detailed information about assignments in every class.  The other is an EduText PIN number.  EduText is Fresno Unified's service that sends a daily text of grades and attendance.  Sign-up is easy:  simply text that PIN number to 28527 (ATLAS), and you will begin receiving daily text updates by the following day.  I encourage you to take advantage of this technology to stay in touch with your student's progress in school.

As Progress Reports come home, please reach out to teachers if you have any questions or concerns, and know that you can also contact your child's counselor.  We are all here to help, and the earlier in the semester we can support students to improve their grades, the better. 

This week is a full, regular week of school, with late start on Monday and regular 8:00 start the rest of the week.  You can see a listing of all Hoover activities by accessing our Master Calendar which is on the Hoover website at www.hooverpates.org.  Stay in touch, and have a great week.​

  

Thank you to all the families who came out to Back to School Night last Monday.  It was a nice opportunity to meet people and it was encouraging to see the commitment to student success.  We hope you opened the lines of communication with teachers and will stay in communication throughout the year.

 

I know you will want to stay involved with your student's education by keeping track of their grades and progress.  We'll have our first progress report come home next week, and in between progress reports you can monitor grades and attendance through the ATLAS parent portal or through Edutext.  EduText, the District's daily grade and attendance text message service, launched this past week.  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 keep your eyes open for additional information about registering for Edutext when progress reports come home next week.

 

Please mark your calendars for Fresno Area College Night which will be held this Wednesday evening, September 9th, at the Fresno Convention Center.  We have transportation available for students, and I also would encourage you to attend with your child to be better aware of options, resources, and opportunities.  This is appropriate for students of all grade levels, as graduation comes quickly!

 

Speaking of graduation, the Yearbook is a great way to remember the best times of high school, with all of the football games, dances, sports, and other festivities mixed in.  The 2016 edition of the yearbook is now available for pre-order.  You can order online through a link from the hooverpates.org website.  Or, if you prefer, you can send $65 cash or money order to school with your student and they can order it in room 82 from Mr. Stafford.  Parents of seniors, please also make sure your child has taken their picture for the yearbook.  If your senior hasn't taken a picture yet or made an appointment, please call Ficarra Studios now or see Mr. Stafford for more information.

 

I hope you enjoyed the longer weekend.  With no Monday as a school day this week, all days are regular schedule, with school beginning at 8:00.  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.  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 vote for parent representatives to School Site Council.  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. 

We are a late start schedule on Monday, with school starting at 9:00; and regular schedule the rest of the week, with school starting at 8:00.  Over the next two weeks, students will be taking the Degrees of Reading Power assessment.  This assessment helps all teachers know where students are beginning the year so they can support their learning, so it is important that students do their best to show what they know.  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 our first week of school and are off to a strong start.  Teachers are working hard to build classroom communities and introduce students to their subjects.  Please join us for Back to School Night next Monday, August 31st, where you'll be able to meet each teacher and learn about their class.  This is one of the most important ways you can support your student's success in school, so we hope you will make it a priority to join us.

Thank you for making sure that your child is getting to school every day, on time, and in compliance with our dress code.  Remember that our dress code requires all shoes to have backs, clothing that is mostly red is not allowed, piercings are only allowed in the ears, and hats are not to be worn at school. Our entire staff appreciates your assistance with this policy as it helps us focus on learning and preparing all of our students for colleges and careers. 

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.  Last week we focused on educating students about the importance of being on time, but this week begins our first week of tardy enforcement with consequences, so we appreciate your help.  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.  

As a reminder, all students at Hoover and all other Fresno Unified schools may eat breakfast and lunch on campus without the need for any applications or fees.  Please encourage your child to take advantage of this program and eat, as we know that students do better in school when they have eaten.

Finally, I'd like to invite you to attend Friday night's football game.  We play a long-standing rival, Bullard, in the traditional and highly anticipated Battle of Barstow.  Encourage your child to come cheer on the Pates, but please also consider yourself invited to come cheer on the team and be part of the Patriot community. 

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.

  

As we begin the school year tomorrow, I want you to know that I intend to keep you well informed throughout the school year. A strong partnership between parents and staff is crucial to student success.  On many Sunday evenings you will receive an automated telephone message from me with the goal of preparing for the upcoming weeks 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.

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.  On all other days of the week, school begins at 8:00 am.  Students are released from school at 2:45 every day.  I ask that you make sure that your child is at school on time every day and prepared to learn. I also ask that your child be in dress code every day.  This means no flip flops or backless shoes, no sagging or torn pants, no shorts shorter than 4 inches above the knee, no shirts with straps less than 2 inches wide, no solid red, no non-Hoover hats, no unnatural hair color, and no piercings other than in the ears.   The dress code was included in the summer mailer and can also be accessed on our website.  As we begin the year, please also help your student observe safety rules, crossing at designated crosswalks.

Our goal is to have every student in their first period class by 9:00 tomorrow morning.  In first period, each student will receive their official schedule for the semester.  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 31st, 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 at the school.  Have a great evening.

  

This week marks our final week of the 2014-15 school year.  Seniors graduate on Monday at 4:00 p.m. at the Save Mart Center.  Doors open at 3:00, and all are welcome to come recognize the achievements of the Class of 2015.

 

Students in grades 9 through 11 have Final Exams this week.  We are on special schedules all week long.  Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, we start school at 9:00 and end at 12:45.  Lunch will be served until 1:15.  Students may come to school at the usual time to study for finals or work with teachers.  Each day has two classes of an hour and 45 minutes 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.

 

For those taking summer school, summer school begins on Tuesday, June 16th.  Students needing to make up classes are automatically 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 nurture 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.​

  

I hope you have enjoyed this three-day weekend commemorating Memorial Day.  We have just a few weeks left, so we are hoping everyone returns to school rested and ready to give their absolute best effort.  Seniors have already started taking Finals and will take the remainder of their Finals this week.  We are on block schedule some days this week, due to our juniors taking the new Common Core assessments, and it also gives seniors longer blocks of time for their final exams.  School still starts and ends at the same times, however:  8:00 to 2:45.

This Wednesday our Spring Athletic Awards will be held in the Event Center.  If your child played a spring sport, we look forward to seeing you there to recognize their efforts and achievement.  Next Monday, June 1st, is our annual Academic Awards, at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria.  Senior grades will be final next Tuesday, and seniors will be checking out after that in order to prepare for graduation on June 8th.

As the semester comes to a close, please help your child put forth his or her best effort.  Teachers are very willing to work with students, and we have Tutorial available at lunch and after school.  End of semester projects and upcoming final exams are generally worth large portions of the grade, so it is important to stay focused and working hard.  Please contact teachers or your child's counselor if you have any questions.

You can find additional information on the Hoover website, www.hooverpates.org.  Have a great week.

  
We are getting close to the end of the year. This week is a regular week, with late start on Monday—school starts at 9—and regular schedules with school starting at 8:00 the rest of the week. The end of this week will be another progress report date, and progress reports will come home next week. This progress report will be the final grade report and deficiency notice before grades are finalized at the end of the semester.

In preparation for next year, students are receiving print-outs from their counselors of courses they’re signed up for next year. Please look these over carefully, ask your child about them, and be involved in your child’s course selection for next year. Feel free to call your child’s counselor if you have any questions or concerns about the schedule. Counselors are also meeting with students to make sure they are registered for summer school if they need it. All students who have failed required courses will be automatically enrolled in summer school.

As the weather has become warmer, we are asking for your continued help with supporting our dress code. Shorts and skirts can be no shorter than 4 inches above the knee, and all shoes and sandals must have a back strap. You can find our complete dress code on the Hoover website. The Hoover website also contains information about upcoming events. The end of the year is a busy time, with awards dinners, presentations, performances, and athletic contests, so I encourage you to check out the master calendar on the Hoover website frequently. The website is www.hooverpates.org.

Thank you for your continued support, and have a great week.
  

This is our last week before spring break.  We have a late start schedule on Monday, with school starting at 9:00, and school starts at 8:00 Tuesday through Friday.  Quarter 3 report cards will come home mid-week, so be looking for those.  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.

 

This week we welcome a team from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges to Hoover.  This is the organization that grants accreditation status to Hoover High School, meaning that a diploma from Hoover is recognized by colleges.  They will be talking to staff and students and becoming familiar with our school.  We expect to do very well, and we welcome the feedback they will provide to us about next steps so we can continue to improve.

 

Please put Monday, April 13th on your calendars for Hoover's annual Open House.  The purpose of this night is to see the work and accomplishments your student has made this year, and speak with teachers.  We will also have community organizations, colleges, food vendors, and student performances, so it will be great to come out and enjoy an evening at Hoover.

 

One quick note about safety.  Parents, if you need to drop something off for your child or pick them up during the day, please park in front and enter through the main office rather than having your child come to meet you in the parking lot.  We have a number of 15 or 30 minute parking spaces in the front of the school for your convenience, and it really does help us with safety if we can keep everyone entering and exiting through the front of the school. 

 

Our spring play is performed this week, so check the website for performance times and come enjoy a show.  You can find announcements, information, and a calendar of events on our website, www.hooverpates.org.  As always, thank you for your support, 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.  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.  We've made huge progress this year on students getting to school on time, so thank you for your help with that. 

 

This Monday night is the Winter Sports Awards Night, honoring all of the athletes from this past winter season.  If your son or daughter 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.  Doors will open at 5:45; the ceremony will begin at 6:15.  Refreshments will be served and this is a free event open to all.  We look forward to seeing you on Monday night and having the chance to honor our winter sports athletes.

 

This Tuesday and Wednesday our 10th graders will be taking the California High School Exit Exam.  This exam is one of the requirements for high school graduation, so we are working hard to ensure that students have the best possible testing conditions and can show their best effort.  Please know that students are not permitted to have access to cell phones at any time during testing, which will be all morning on Tuesday and Wednesday.  If you need to reach your child for an emergency, call the main office and we can contact the classroom where your child is testing.  We know that students are very used to living with their cell phones almost attached at all times, too, so anything you can do to support the "no cell phones" rule with your child would be much appreciated—we don't want any students to have their tests invalidated due to a cell phone.  They've worked too hard and this test is too important.  We are sure Hoover Pates will give their best effort and make us proud.

 

This week at Hoover is Human Element Week, when our leadership students have all sorts of daily activities planned to build the campus community and celebrate human kindness.  There's much to recognize and celebrate in one another, and it's inspiring to have groups of students who lead efforts to remind us all of the best in one another.  There are many other events happening this week, too; you can find a complete listing on our website, www.hooverpates.org.  Have a great week.

  

I hope you set your clocks forward and have adjusted to the time change.  As usual this week, we are on a late start schedule on Monday, with school starting at 9:00.  All other days of the week we start at 8:00, and we end at 2:45 on all days.  The quarter ends next Friday, so it is important that students are here on time every day, ready to learn, and working hard in all classes.

Tomorrow many of our 12th graders will be involved in Fresno City College advising.  Next week is the California High School Exit Exam for all of our 10th graders.  This is the first opportunity for students to meet this graduation requirement, so we hope you will help us encourage them to work hard and do their best, and use every minute of instructional time this week to focus and prepare.

This Tuesday we also welcome Fresno area police and safety personnel to Hoover for a general meeting on school safety.  I tell you partially so you know the reason for what will be an impressive number of law enforcement vehicles, but also so you know that we are always collaborating with our partners to ensure a safe campus environment.   

On Monday, tune in to Channel 24 for either their morning show or evening news to see the Educator of the Week feature.  This week they will feature Mr. Sisk, from our science department, along with many of the students who work with him.  Congratulations to Mr. Sisk for this recognition.

You can find updated information on upcoming events on our website, www.hooverpates.org, by clicking on the link to the master calendar.  Thank you for your support, and have a great week.

  

This will be our first full week of school in the month of February.  Monday is a late start schedule, with school starting at 9:00.  School starts at 8:00 the rest of the week and ending time on all days is 2:45.  Thank you for your efforts in helping your student get to class on time every day.

 

Progress Reports came home this past Thursday.  Please ask your student for it if you haven't yet seen it.  If you haven't yet signed up for Edutext, you can set up the service to receive daily updates of grades and attendance by texting the PIN number found on the progress report to 28527.  The Progress Report also contains parent portal log-on information, so if you want to view detail of your student's grades throughout the semester, you can do that through the computer.  Staying aware of your student's progress is the foundation for supporting your student's success at school.  Remember that teachers and counselors are here to help, and we have tutorial opportunities available every day.

 

Thank you to all who have already completed and returned Parent Surveys, which came home over a week ago and are now due.  It takes just a few minutes to fill out but is so important for decisions we make at Hoover about how best to meet the needs of our students and families.  If you haven't yet completed it, please take the time to do so.  Contact the main office if you need a survey.

 

Preregistration for courses for next year is underway.  We welcomed 8th graders to Hoover during the last couple of weeks, and our current students are working with counselors to select electives.  Your child has or will soon have the opportunity to rank his or her elective course preferences for next year in ATLAS.  Please review this information with your child by having him or her logon to the Mobile Student Portal at students.fresnou.org.    These rankings may be modified until the deadline of Wednesday, February 25th.  Students will no longer have access to make any changes to their ranked elective preferences after this date.  Although these selections are PREFERENCES, not actual schedules or guaranteed placement in these courses, it is important that you review what your student has selected and have the opportunity to talk with your child about their choices and goals.  Contact your child's counselor if you have any questions.

Our 10th graders are now just three weeks away from taking the California High School Exit Exam, the CAHSEE.  Preparation is in full swing in classes, so it is especially important that 10th graders don't miss any school right now and are focused and attentive every day.  This test is one of the requirements for a high school diploma in the state of California, so it is important that students take the test and preparation for it very seriously.  We are confident they will do well if they take full advantage of opportunities to prepare.

You can find a listing of events by clicking on the Master Calendar link on the Hoover website at www.hooverpates.org.  Stay in touch, let us know how we can help, 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 will be sent home with students this Thursday, February 19th.  Please ask your student for it if it doesn'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 at lunch and after school.  Also, look at the small print on the Progress Report to find your EduText PIN number.  Simply text that PIN number to 28527 and you'll be set up to receive daily updates of grades and attendance, which help you keep track of progress in between report cards.

 

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

 

For the families of 10th grade students, I just wanted to make you aware that the California High School Exit Exam, the CAHSEE, is just about a month away.  This is a test that every student in California must pass to obtain a high school diploma, and it is our goal to help all students pass it on the first try in the 10th grade.   Every tenth grade teacher, in every class, has committed to reinforcing and practicing skills that students will need on the CAHSEE.  It is especially important that student attendance and focus in classes are excellent over the next month in order to be well prepared.  We always want all of our students to be focused, of course, but I'm asking for extra push in commitment, attendance, and academic focus from the 10th graders right now.

 

Finally, I am proud to announce that Hoover teacher Tori Nolen was selected as Fresno Unified's High School Teacher of the Year at an awards ceremony last week.  Congratulations to Mrs. Nolen—we are so proud of her.  In addition, we had two other finalists, Mrs. Oliva and Mrs. Leedy.  It just represents the great and committed staff working here at Hoover with students.

 

Remember that you can find information and events on our website, www.hooverpates.org.  Thank you for your support and have a great week.

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