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Principal Wheeler's Weekly Message to Parents


  
  

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.​


  

This Wednesday is an important day on our campus.  9th, 10th and 11th grade students will be taking the PSAT exam in the morning.  The PSAT prepares students to take the SAT, which is required for many colleges, and students are eligible for scholarships based on the PSAT.  Our 12th graders will spend the morning in activities related to post-high school plans, primarily getting started on college applications.  So all students will be engaged in activities to get them ready for options after high school.  For students taking the PSAT, it’s important to be logging into Khan Academy for practice, getting some sleep the night before, eating breakfast that morning, and getting to school on time, ready to test.  This test will give teachers and students important feedback about their progress toward being considered college and career ready, so we expect students to do their best.

 

You should have seen first quarter report cards arrive in the maillast week.  Please take a few moments to talk it over with your child.  In addition to teachers making themselves available to students for help, we have after-school tutoring Monday through Thursday in the library.  We want all of our students to achieve their personal best by the time the semester ends in December.   

 

A quick note that tomorrow is Columbus Day, which is a holiday for some people but not for schools.  We will have school tomorrow as normal, beginning at 9:00.  Stay up to date with all Hoover activities by checking out the master calendar on our website, www.hooverpates.org.  As always, thank you for your support, and have a great week.​


  

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

 

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

 

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


  

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

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

We just enjoyed a fabulous Homecoming week, full of fun activities and student talent on display. You can stay up to date with all Hoover activities by looking at the master calendar on our Hoover website. Thank you for all of your support, and have a great week.​


  

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

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

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

Parents of seniors: we hope to see you for Senior Parent Night tomorrow, Monday, from 5:30-7:30. Students and parents will receive valuable information needed to successfully complete the final year of high school and begin the post-secondary option of their choice. Topics to be discussed will include graduation, the college application process, senior activities, financial aid, and much more; and Jostens will be there to discuss graduation needs such as ordering cap, gowns, class rings, and invitations.

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

  

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

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

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

Stay up to date with all Hoover events by checking out the master calendar on the Hoover website. We appreciate all your support. Have a great week.​

  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


  

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

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

As the school year is now well underway, I want to ask for your help in making sure your child is on time to school every day. We are noticing many students late to first period. Instructional time is incredibly important; students miss things when they are not in class, and even a few minutes each day adds up. I know mornings are busy, but we greatly appreciate your support in helping get your child out of the house and to Hoover on time each day.

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

  

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

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

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

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

I hope to see all of you at Back to School Night next Monday, August 26th. As always, I encourage you to check out our website to stay in touch with happenings at the school, and feel free to contact us at any time. Have a great evening.​

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

Next week, October 15th, 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.

Lots of ways to see our great Pates in action. We’re actually starting to close out the fall sports season, so now is a good time to come catch an event. Check the master calendar on the Hoover website for schedules. This Friday will be our first club food fair of the year. It begins at 3:00 and coincides with a volleyball tournament on campus, so come catch a game, get some great food, and support all of our wonderful clubs. If you are headed to the Big Fresno Fair this week, make sure to stop by the junior exhibit building to see all of the amazing art pieces and crafts submitted by Hoover students. We are proud of our Pates!

We have a couple of events coming up that give you opportunities to support Hoover. Next Monday, October 13th, is Hoover Pates Night at BJ’s Restaurant in front of Fashion Fair. From 11 a.m. until closing, if you take in the Hoover flyer, we receive 15% of the food purchases to support students participating in Athletics. Flyers are available on our website or in the main office. Next Tuesday, October 14th, you’re invited to attend the Hoover Ed Foundation meeting at 6 p.m. in the library. Hoover Ed Foundation is our staff-parent organization, similar to a PTA, that coordinates events and provides support for many student activities. If you’ve been looking for a way to connect with other Hoover parents and get involved in the life and activities of the school, please join us at 6 p.m. next Tuesday.

Thank you for all of your support, and have a great week.
 
 
  
​Thank you to all of you who have completed and returned the Confidential Family Survey. It was late in the week until we had additional surveys delivered to Hoover for any students who hadn’t received surveys or had misplaced them, so we have extended the deadline to this Friday, October 3rd. Any student who returns the survey by this Friday, October 3rd, will receive a free admission ticket to the Big Fresno Fair, and will be entered into a drawing to receive a complete Family Fun Pack to the Fair. As a reminder, these surveys are the result of the State of California changing the way schools receive funds. We must provide certain information to the State, so it is very important that we receive this information from every family. Please help us get these surveys back so that our schools and our students have the maximum resources for academic success, and thank you again to all of you who have returned them.


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


We’re coming up on a couple of yearbook deadlines. If your child is a senior and has not yet taken a picture for the yearbook, make sure to contact Ficarra Studios right away. Don’t be left out of the yearbook senior pictures. And if you haven’t yet ordered a yearbook, now is the time to order for the lowest price of the year. You can order online by following the link to Josten’s 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 last week, your student should have brought home a confidential family survey last week.  Please ask your student for it if you haven't seen it, fill it out, and send it back to school.  In June 2013, the State of California changed the way schools receive funds.  We must provide certain information to the State about the families who attend our schools in order to qualify for additional funds, so it is very important that we receive this information from every family.  As an incentive, any student who returns the survey by this Friday, September 26th, will receive a free admission ticket to the Big Fresno Fair, and will be entered into a drawing to receive a complete Family Fun Pack to the Fair, which includes 6 tickets, 4 carnival wristbands, and a parking pass.  If your student has misplaced the original survey, they may receive a new one to bring home to be completed.  Please help us get these surveys back so that our schools and our students have the maximum resources for academic success. 

 

Progress Reports were also sent home last Wednesday.  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 10th, which is just a few weeks away, so I encourage you to stay in touch with your student's progress in classes.  Be aware, too, that we have Tutoring available Monday through Thursday after school and at lunch on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and individual teachers have times that they are available to students for additional help.  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.

  

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.

As we enter the 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.

One more important document will come home this week as well, a confidential survey. 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. This week your child will be bringing home 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 you. Please complete this form for your student and send it back to school no later than September 26. To ensure our schools receive all their funding, it is extremely important that we receive this information forevery student. As an added incentive, Fresno Unified has partnered with the Big Fresno Fair to provide each student who turns in their survey by September 26th a free admission ticket to the Fair. Students turning in their surveys will also 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.

 

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