Hello Hoover Families!
Thanks to all of the families who have joined the PTA so far. Your support is very much appreciated. We still have a way to go to get to our membership goal which will allow us to continue our support of the many Hoover programs that enrich our students and community. We urge you to join the PTA and be a part of making Hoover great!
We are always stronger together.
Remember to Join the PTA!
Did you know that joining the PTA is the PTA's MAIN SOURCE of fundraising? At Hoover PTA we DO NOT do a Fun Run, sell cookies, wrapping paper, etc... We really depend on our PTA memberships.
Your patronage enables the PTA to continue to advocate for our students and support the many teachers and programs that make Hoover great. Membership information and how to join here.
Calling All Aspiring Artists!
Decorate the Hoover PTA Website
The PTA wants Hoover students to help decorate the PTA website. Every month, students will have the opportunity to create original art that interprets a theme selected by the PTA. The top five art pieces, based on the interpretation of the theme, will be displayed on the Hoover PTA website. One of the pieces will be displayed as the top background on the website’s homepage.
October – The Future – What do you imagine the world will be like in the future? (due date 9/25)
November – Gratitude – November ushers in the Thanksgiving holiday, so what are you grateful for? (due date 10/23)
December – Music – How does music make you feel, think, act? (due date 11/25)
How to Submit Your Artwork
Email a copy of your artwork to: HooverMSPTA@gmail.com
In the subject line of the email write “Artwork for Website”
Please include the student’s name and grade.
If you have any questions, please contact HooverMSPTA@gmail.com
The PTA Needs a Chairperson for Its Virtual Halloween Party on October 31st
The party will be conducted online for approximately 60 to 90 minutes and will include music, student DJs, prizes and whatever else your imagination will bring.
Please contact Susan Lifsey at HooverStrongerTogether@gmail.com
if you are interested or have any questions.
News and Information from the
Hoover MS Administration
Dr. Kim's Monthly Message - September 2020
Hoover Weekly Assignment Summary - Week of September 21st
Hoover Students to Take MAP-R Assessment on Wednesday, 9/23
Due to the emergency closure of school buildings this past spring, the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) requires all local school districts to administer a fall diagnostic assessment in math and literacy to students in grades K-12. For the fall administration, Hoover will use the virtual MAP assessment, administered at home through Connect Time Classes on
Wednesday, September 23 (MAP-R) from 12:30-3:30. There will be no Charge Up classes on this day. Please read additional information (includes preparation for success, device restrictions, etc).
Make Up Testing for MAP-M - There is mandatory make-up testing for all students who were absent on 9/16 or need a little extra time to complete MAP-M on Monday, September 21 2:45-3:30.
If you have questions regarding test make-ups, please email Ms. Pam Halperin at Pamela_B_Halperin@mcpsmd.org or call the school at 301-968-3740.
Minority Achievement Virtual Parent Tea - Wednesday, 9/23 at 9:00am - Sign Up
Non-Athletic Extracurricular Activities and Registration - Hoover will be hosting various virtual extracurricular activities this year. You can find Hoover’s non-athletic offerings under "Herbert Hoover" on the new MCPS Student Engagement Through Leadership, Service, and Extracurricular Activities webpage. If your student finds an offering in which they are interested, they can register 9/18/20 to 9/25/20 using the Student Registration form. A sponsor will contact all registered students in the near future with updates on their programs. Please check the HHMS website for information on athletic and intramural activities and for new clubs and activities as they are added during the school year.
Be Well 365 Recovery Student Supports and Interventions - All MCPS schools will continue to implement social-emotional supports for students. Schools have designated Student Well-Being Teams to provide support to students who are struggling with social-emotional concerns, attendance, and engaging with online learning. More information on these supports and resources here.
Media Center Lunch Bunch - Join Mrs. Kim and Mrs. Carlin as you eat your lunch, play a virtual game, and see your friends. The Lunch Bunch is always optional and just for fun. NO HOMEWORK EVER! Students should sign up through their Canvas accounts to get Zoom meeting information. The next Lunch Bunches are on:
9/23 (Wednesday) 11:30-12:00pm (this time adjusted due to MAP-R testing)
9/30 (and every Wednesday thereafter) - 12:00-12:25pm
Media Center Book Wars - Book Wars is a team book trivia club where students work in teams throughout the year in preparation for a Book Wars Competition Day held in the late Spring. The club will meet every other Thursday at 3:30-4:30pm starting on October 15th. Book Wars Student Interest Meeting will be on Wednesday, 9/30 at 3:30pm. Please email Mrs. Kim (Jennifer_i_kim@mcpsmd.org) for the Zoom link.
MCPS Parent Survey on Virtual Learning
MCPS is soliciting feedback from parents, students and staff as part of ongoing efforts to ensure students, staff and families have the resources and support needed to successfully engage in virtual learning. Please complete the Parent/Guardian Survey to share your experiences so far during this fall.
Families Helping Families
COVID-19 has had an extraordinary impact on our community. Recovery will take time with a concerted effort. We have seen tremendous generosity from individual school communities that have mobilized to support their families in need. A coordinated community partnership between MCCPTA, MCPS and the MCPS Education Foundation asks for support for a grocery gift card drive to provide direct assistance to MCPS families in need. The Foundation will be collecting funds and gift cards to be distributed by select divisions within the MCPS Office of Student and Family Support and Engagement (OSFSE) to our most impacted communities and families. Learn more and donate.
Get Ready Theatre Lovers . . .
Stay tuned for more information about the Parent and Student Interest Meeting, auditions, SSL
hour-earning positions and the EXCITING plans for an innovative production of The Wizard
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Get awesome books at the HOOVER ONLINE BOOK SALE (and raise money for HHMS at the same time)!
Be creative and get involved in this year's Reflections art contest. You can submit a theme for future contests and/or submit art (dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts).
For more information and to enter, see our Reflections Page.
NAACP Parents' Council
The NAACP Parents’ Council is one of the vehicles created to empower African American and other minority parents to take a more proactive role in the education of their children. Consider joining the Parents’ Council to learn more about and get involved in issues affecting our minority community.
The next NAACP Parents' Council Meeting is on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at 6:30pm - registration information coming soon.
Save the Date - The Black and Brown Coalition Anniversary Forum for Educational Equity and Excellence - Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 7:00pm.
For information, check out our PTA News page or contact Hoover's NAACP Parents' Council Representatives: Julia Elam at HooverPCRep@gmail.com or
Tiffany Kelly at HooverMiddleCouncilRep@gmail.com
PTA - Engage! - 9/26/20, 10:00am - 11:00am
A Community Conversation to share ideas and make thing happen. This month's topics include: Meeting Basic Needs, Learning Support, Mental Health, Reaching Diverse Communities, and Virtual PTA Programs. Hosted by MCCPTA. Information and registration.
Board of Education - Virtual Candidates Forum
Monday October 5, 2020, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
More information and registration here.
The 2020 Maryland Family Engagement Summit: Webinar Series
Small Changes for Big Results:
Understanding Equity and Implicit Bias When Engaging Families
October 8th at 3:00pm - Structural Inequality in America
November 12th at 3:00pm - "No Small Matter" Watch Party
December 10th at 3:00pm - Equity on the Ground
For more information.
Hosted by the Maryland State Department of Education, Maryland Family Engagement Coalition and MAEC.
Innovation Towards the Future is a nonprofit organization that inspires young people to come up with new ideas and to create a better future through various displays and competitions. They are hosting virtual competitions in 8 categories: creative cooking, creative face mask design, creative problem solving, 5-minute skit, game coding, animation, music composition and recyclable materials fashion design. Deadline for all submissions is March 31, 2021. More information here.
To Local Businesses for Their Support
Thank you to the restaurants below that have generously supported Hoover with catering for staff and donations in the past. If you are ordering food for carry-out or delivery during COVID-19, please consider supporting these businesses.
Baskin Robbins California Pizza Kitchen California Tortilla
Chipotle Five Guys Gregorios Pike Kitchen Potomac Pizza
Shake Shack Trapezaria
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