February Star Students

Posted March 2nd, 2015 by Susan Nottoli

The following are the Star Students for the Month of February.  These students were chosen because they have shown exemplary behavior in their classroom for the entire month of February.


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Kindergarten Information Night

Posted March 2nd, 2015 by Susan Nottoli

Please join us for Kindergarten Information Night, Wednesday, March 4th

6:00-6:45 pm in the Hoover Library

Megaphone HerbieSchool District 54 are excited to offer free, full-day kindergarten at all of our elementary schools, beginning in the fall of 2015. Research consistently indicates that students in a full-day kindergarten program achieve at higher levels academically than students in a half-day program. Research also supports social-emotional benefits from participating in a full-day kindergarten program. With the best interests of the students in mind, the District 54 School Board approved full-day kindergarten at its Jan. 22 meeting.

A child whose fifth birthday falls on or before Sept. 1, 2015, is eligible to enroll in kindergarten in 2015. District 54 follows the Illinois regulations and doesn’t admit students whose birth date is after Sept. 1.


Dads and Dodge ball

Posted March 2nd, 2015 by Susan Nottoli

Juggling Balls HerbieJoin the fun and get some exercise at the same time.  This dodge ball event is open to ANY 5th Grade student and their dad (Or mom!)

The fun will take place in the Hoover Gym from 6:00-7:00pm this Wednesday, March 4th

Dress for the activities!

Mr Freeze Assembly

Posted February 28th, 2015 by Susan Nottoli

Front View Herbie in Lab CoatTo end Engineering Week students were treated to an assembly hosted by Mr. Freeze  from Fermilab!  Mr. Freeze had fun demonstrating all that liquid nitrogen can do to modern ordinary objects.  Some favorite demonstrations were when he created a soda fountain from a 2 liter bottle and a bubble explosion using a bucket, liquid detergent and liquid nitrogen.

Mr Freeze Website

The students loved every minute.


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Principal’s Message – February 27, 2015

Posted February 27th, 2015 by Susan Nottoli
Dear Hoover Families,
Thank you to everyone who participated in Engineers Week in some way. It was a great success and the students enjoyed it. We capped off the week with Mr. Freeze this morning.
Here is the latest news…
·         Kindergarten Information Night:  We will be having a meeting at Hoover on March 4th for incoming kindergarten parents. The meeting will give parents an overview of the full-day kindergarten program. The meeting is from 6:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.
·         Hoover STEM Fair:  Hoover’s first school-wide STEM Fair (new and improved Science Fair) is scheduled for May 28th. Students have received informational packets. The question approvals are due as soon as possible and should be returned to your child’s classroom teacher.  
·         The District 54 Summer STEM Academy:  What did you do on your summer vacation? Your answer could be: “I built and programmed a robot, learned the principles of flight through rocket construction, or used a 3-D printer to design my own car or jewelry.” With the goal of bringing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) alive through authentic hands-on activities, District 54’s Summer STEM Academy creates experiences that expand on the interests of students.
The District 54 Summer STEM Academy offers:
o   A range of fun camps for a variety of interests for students in 1st through 8th grades
o   Courses with hands-on, project-based curricula
o   A STEM Certificate of Achievement recognizing the achievements of students
o   Instruction by District 54 teachers, experienced with STEM, in a positive environment
o   An opportunity to conduct experiments using tools, equipment, and technology used within the real-world
Registration for the Summer STEM Academy is $40.00 per student, checks/ money orders are to be made payable to Schaumburg School District 54, which includes a camp t-shirt. Registration opens on Monday, March 2nd and closes on Friday, March 20th. Information and registration forms have been mailed to your home address. Payment for the Summer STEM Academy with the registration form is mailed to the Department of Student Learning (524 E. Schaumburg Rd.).
·         Schaumburg Parent University – March Class:  Schaumburg Parent University (SPU) is designed to involve more parents in the life of the school, to strengthen family relationships, and to improve parenting skills that will ultimately result in improved student success academically, socially and emotionally. We will host one evening program for parents in March:  School Related Anxiety at 5:30 p.m. March 12 at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road in Schaumburg.
District 54 social worker Tricia Johnson will assist parents in understanding the difference between common stress and anxiety disorders and will provide helpful strategies to help children manage stress.
If you are interested in attending this event, please see the attached flyer. Childcare will be available. For more information about Schaumburg Parent University and to register, visit our website at
·         5Essentials Survey:  As a way to continuously improve, District 54 has chosen to provide the optional 5Essentials parent survey.  The parent survey is only 26 questions and the state estimates you can complete it in 10 minutes. The survey is available in English and Spanish.
If you have more than one child at a school, you should complete only one survey for that school. In addition, only one parent or guardian per household may participate in the survey. Parents with children enrolled in multiple schools may take the survey for each school. Schools are listed alphabetically by their full names.
If at least 20 percent of our parents complete this survey, a parent supplement will be generated. The parent data will not be reported on the State Report Card. Last year, when the number was 30 percent, none of our schools met this target. We are hoping to meet the target this year.
·         Community Readiness Survey:  The Schaumburg Township Community Coalition for Positive Youth Development wants to hear from you. District 54 is a member of this coalition and is therefore supporting its efforts to reach out to our community. We are looking for all community members, whether you live and/or work in the community, to give you input on what issues you think the community faces, and what the community’s priorities should be in addressing these issues.  Please take our brief online survey at
·         Did you know that Hoover is on Twitter? We are up to 27 followers. Let’s see if we can push it over 30! Come follow us and learn more about what is happening at Hoover. You can Link to our account from the Hoover Math & Science Academy website or connect by going to
Here is the link to the latest edition of the Hoover Hawk:
Have a great weekend!

Herbie High Fives

Posted February 27th, 2015 by Susan Nottoli

PinwheelsThe following students names were drawn from the Herbie High Five Eggs today. Each week students earn Herbie High Fives by displaying proper PBIS expected behaviors at school. When they receive a high five card they put them in the blue eggs located in the main office and the Library. Each week Mr. Schmelzer pulls names from these eggs. Students then go down to his office to receive their prize after announcements are over.


Ayaan Rm 116
Matthew Rm 121
Eliane Rm 121
Adil Rm 116
Arnav Rm 121
Nate Rm 120


Osiris Rm 210
Sam Rm 209
Izzy Rm 207
Rahil Rm 203
Rishitha Rm 209|
Vivienne Rm 204


Posted February 27th, 2015 by Susan Nottoli
Laboratory HerbieSTEM Fair Is Coming to Hoover Math & Science Academy - May 28th
Would like to participate in the STEM Fair Question Challenge?
Students who are interested in writing a STEM question please download the attached flyer and return it to Mrs. Archibald.
Proposals are due Monday, March 2nd  


PBIS – Enginneering Week Winners

Posted February 26th, 2015 by Susan Nottoli

Laboratory HerbieAs part of Engineering Week, each day Mr. Schmelzer has been drawing student names from the Herbie Eggs.  Herbie eggs contain names of students who exemplify proper PBIS behavior. Student who were chosen have received an Engineering bookmark and pencil in celebration of their effort.


Akhil Rm 114
Brandon Rm 101
Sahana Rm 116
Nicole Rm 101
Erik Rm 116
Runi Rm 101
Jingyi Rm 108
Yash Rm 101
Rhea Rm 119
Katelyn Rm 101
Ashton Rm 107
Aarna Rm 101
Oliver Rm 108
Alexis Rm 117
Stuti Rm 117
Harish Rm 108
David Rm 117


Maya Rm 207
Brandon Rm 201
Antoni Rm 206
Mahima Rm 207
Miyu Rm 203
Sarah Rm 206
Justice Rm 204
Payton Rm 207
Diana Rm 211
Nryupa Rm 206
Carissa Rm 205
David Rm 214
Luka Rm 206
Damian Rm 207
Khalif RM 203
Eva Rm 201
Mady Rm 203
Carissa Rm 205
Mhone Rm 213
David Rm 214
Dhruv Rm 214



Engineering Day Student Activities

Posted February 25th, 2015 by Susan Nottoli

In addition to listening to our presenters on Engineering Day, students were given an engineering challenge.

First and Second grade students were given a Cardboard Challenge.  The goal was to re-engineer a collapsed toilet paper tube and predict how its performance would then change.

Click here to download the Cardboard Challenge

Third and Fourth grade students the Hoop Glider Challenge.  Students were challenged to build a  glider that was comprised of a straw and different size hoops.  Students were challenged to find out whose would fly the longest possible distance.

Click here to download the Hoop Glider Challenge

Fifth and Sixth grade students were given the Kicking Machine Challenge.  This activity demonstrated the engineering design process by building a machine that kicks a Ping-Pong ball into a cup lying on its side 12 inches away.  Students were able to use a pendulum, a rubber band or a combination of both.

Click here to download the Kicking Machine Challenge


Classroom of the Week- 5th Grade Room 207

Posted February 25th, 2015 by Susan Nottoli

207 (1)This week in room 207 we are participating in some STEM activities to celebrate STEM week.  On Monday, we were visited by Mr. Pasman and Mr. Murali who both shared with us part of their engineering jobs.  The students were able to see some samples of products Mr. Pasman brought in to for the students to see.  These metal cut outs are created by laser cutters, which are part of a machine that Mr. Pasman helps to design and build.  Mr. Murali shared some interesting facts about both math and science and how he uses this information in his job everyday.  Mr. Murali creates software for the health care field, allowing doctors to make more accurate and quick diagnoses using visual imaging.  Finally, we were visited by 2 software engineers from Capital One.  They shared some really interesting information about coding and allowed the students to play a video game on smart phones.  On Friday, we will be attending an assembly by Mr. Freeze.