Corvallis School District Bond Expo – Community Information Night April 24
We are excited to invite Hoover families and staff to the Corvallis School District Bond Expo on Wednesday, April 24. This event will take place in the Garfield Elementary School gym from 6:30 – 8:00 pm.
Families, students, community members, and staff are invited to view project plans and talk with architects and district leaders about current activities including the replacement of Hoover Elementary with a new building on our current site. Please plan to attend to ask questions and provide your feedback.
Update on Hoover Replacement School
The Hoover Design Advisory Committee (made up of parents, staff, and community members) has met two times to provide feedback to the architect team. Key messages from the second committee meeting are:
- The district is committed to a cost-effective, equitable bond program and in support of those values, the architect design team is exploring a prototype hybrid design. There will be similarities between Lincoln and Hoover’s new schools. The architect team is reviewing what features of the building can be similar on both Lincoln and Hoover campuses, with different features for the specific needs of the school community.
- Hoover will be a two-story school due to the size of the site. Scenarios for placement of the learning clusters are in discussion. Concepts include a focus on learning centered discussions, natural lighting, and access to the site’s natural area for outdoor learning.
- The pre-design work is closely tied to the Educational Specifications and the Design Guidance Principles with a focus on collaborative spaces, including specialized learning areas, outdoor learning, and gender inclusive restrooms.
- Students will remain on the Hoover campus throughout the design process and during construction of the new building.
- The design work completed so far will be on display at the Expo. Please join us and share your feedback!
You can also learn about other activities taking place throughout the district at the Bond Expo
- Garfield Elementary School will have major renovations including the addition of a classroom wing, site circulation improvements, and a newly designed secure front entrance.
- Lincoln Elementary School will be replaced with a new school building on their current site. The design work completed so far will be on display at the Expo.
- Crescent Valley High School improvements include major renovations in the Career and Technical Educational classrooms and upgrades to athletic facilities.
- Corvallis High School will have some renovations completed this summer including softball facility upgrades including replacement dugouts, new concessions, new restroom facilities, replacement seating, and repairs to the field drainage and fencing.
- Sustainability Guidelines are in development for all facilities improvements. Learn how the district is focusing on sustainable choices in our facilities improvements through the use of district-wide guidelines that support efficient use of energy and water, promote more sustainable transportation, and reduce waste in the construction process.
A weekly newsletter is sent out from Marcy in the front office via Listerv called the Hoover Happenings. The latest copy will be available here as well. These newsletters include important dates for the coming month, announcements from the school and district level, messages from HPTO, and more. Please try to read it every week!
HPTO Read-a-Thon Update
The force is strong with our Hoover Husky Readers! Fifty-five percent of our reading padawans returned their Read-a-Thon bookmarks, recording 70,745 minutes read during the Read-A-Thon, and becoming Jedi Readers.
Mrs. Clarno’s 2nd grade class won the K-2 classroom competition and Mr. Nordyke’s 4th grade class won the 3rd-5th competition. Both classes enjoyed building rebel fighters with our friends from Bricks-4-Kids.
The Read-A-Thon raised $7500 for HPTO to use toward more alternative seating for classrooms, classroom online subscriptions (like Math Ninja, RAZ kids, etc.) and other classroom enhancements. Thank you to all the parents, families, friends and neighbors that contributed to this success!
Soccer Camp at Hoover on Thursday, March 15th
On Thursday, March 15th, Hoover is partnering with the Corvallis Soccer Club to hold two half-day soccer camps on-site at Hoover School. These half-day soccer camps (one camp for Kdg-2nd grade in the morning and one camp for 3rd-5th grade in the afternoon) are FREE for the first 35 students who register for each camp. You can only register your child into the camp directed for their grade level. Please see the attached flier for more information and to learn how to register!
Note: Thursday, March 15th, is a no-school day due to Parent-Teacher conferences.
Hoover Post Office Kicks Off Monday, February 12th!
Hoover’s annual school post office starts Monday, February 12th, and will run through Friday, February 23rd.
The Hoover Post Office is a great opportunity for students to use their writing skills and send postcards throughout the school.
Each classroom has a mailbox that students will use to send and receive their mail. 3rd grade students from Mrs. Babbel’s, Mrs. Criscione’s and Mrs. Perdue’s classes will be our mail carriers and will pick-up and deliver the mail each day. Student Office Helpers (part of 5th grade leadership) will be the postmasters sorting the mail each day.
Parents and other family members are encouraged to drop by the table in the front lobby of the school to write a postcard to their child. All materials needed (postcards, school addresses, and stamps) will be at the table for your use.
- Write a letter to your child (all materials are available at the table in the lobby).
- Look up your child’s classroom “address” in the post office directory on the table in the lobby. Be sure to address the letter correctly.
- Put a stamp on your letter (stamps and glue sticks are on the table for your use).
- Put your completed letter in the mailbox for our mail carriers to pick up.
The Hoover Post Office is a very exciting time here at school. We hope you get a chance to stop by the school, write your child a postcard, and enjoy it with us.
There is no cost for participating in the school’s post office.
HPTO Read-a-Thon Kicked Off Today! (1/19/18)
Hoover students had a great time with a visit from the “Reading Beavers.” Members of the OSU Swim and Gymnastics teams helped us kick off our annual Read-A-Thon fundraiser.
Please check your child’s backpack or school folder for the Read-a-Thon information pack. Contact Patricia Sterns at email@example.com if you have questions or need a pdf version of the Read-a-Thon materials. Students will start counting their reading minutes on Sunday, January 28th!
Corvallis School Board Meeting
Monday, December 18th, will be the next School Board meeting. The informational packet is now available on the web and may be accessed via this link: https://v3.boardbook.org/Public/PublicHome.aspx?ak=1000829.
Attention OBOB Parents
If you are the parent of one of our 3rd – 5th grade students who signed up to participate in OBOB (Oregon Battle of the Books) this year, please check your email inbox for an important email from Cara Miller, our librarian. In some cases it may have been sent to your spam folder, so please check this as well. The email contains information on next steps for team practices, as well as dates for competition. If you did not receive an email, and you are sure your child signed up for OBOB, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Look for the Good Project at Hoover Elementary School
In an effort to uplift our community, our school is going to run a two week Gratitude Campaign through the Look for the Good Project. All of the elementary schools in Corvallis are participating in this project during the month of November. This inspiring program will begin on November 6th 2017 and run for two weeks. All students and staff will participate (starting with our kick-off assembly today) and you are welcome to join in too!
Starting on Monday the 6th, there will be a number of elements of this campaign that your child will participate in throughout their day. Orange “Gratitude Spots” will be placed in hallways throughout the school to remind students and staff to think about what they are thankful for. If you step on one, think about what you are thankful for and share it with your child. Each morning, students will be writing their gratitude on sticky notes to create a beautiful “Gratitude Wall” of notes which will be displayed in the cafeteria. If you would like to add your own gratitude to the wall, there will be extra sticky notes in the main office.
In addition, you may find your child carrying an orange “Kindness Card” which says “You Matter” on it. Encourage them to tell you why they received the card and who they might give it to next. If your child has not received a card yet, encourage them to make their own Kindness Cards to give out at school. The more cards we circulate, the more we will remind students and staff to share their appreciation and kindness with each other!
Students will also be involved in writing letters of gratitude to someone who matters to them. While they will be writing a letter at school take time as a family to write a note to someone that you all appreciate.
Take the time in the next two weeks to have a Look for the Good Dinner. Enjoy a favorite food and use the following questions to guide a positive conversation around your dinner table.
- How has a person made your life better?
- · What’s one thing that they did that really made a difference?
- How does gratitude make us more kind?
- · Is it difficult to share gratitude with people sometimes?
- · Why do you think this is?
- Name three things you were thankful for today.
To learn more about the science behind this program and how a humpback whale inspired thousands of kids to uplift their school communities with gratitude and kindness, please visit this link: STORY BEHIND THE PROJECT
Let’s Make America Kind…one kid…one school…one neighborhood at a time.
All Comers Track Meet
The All Comers Track Meet happens 3 times this summer! Please look at the flier for more information. It is a great opportunity for your students to try out Track and see if it is the sport for them!
Student Council Service Project
The Hoover Student Council, in partnership with Crescent Valley High School, is collecting new and gently used socks in all sizes for males and females for the homeless of Corvallis. The Socks for Soles drive runs from October 24th thru November 4th. Donations will be accepted in the lobby of the school.
Fun Run Success!
Today we celebrated the success of our HPTO Fun Run with all the students at Hoover School. We started the Fun Run with a goal of raising $10,000. Our incredible students – and their families – ran their hearts out, collected pledges, and raised over $15,000. This is a true success and will go a long ways to supporting the many enrichment programs that our HPTO funds.
Special shout-outs to the three classes that earned the most funds, as a group:
- 3rd place hurrah to Mrs. Criscione’s third grade class
- 2nd place hurrah to Mrs. DeLaMater’s second grade class
- 1st place HURRAH to Mr. Barron’s third grade class
Every class did a fantastic job – and every class earned (and enjoyed!) an extra recess this afternoon to celebrate all of their hard work!