A Message From Mrs. Ankrom- April 9, 2018
Dear Hoover Community,
We hope you had plenty of time to relax and enjoy spring break. It has been wonderful to welcome back all the students and to hear about their adventures over break. The students jumped right back into their routine at Hoover and are ready to finish the year strong!
Over 140 students participated in Hoover’s STEM Fair! The judges were extremely impressed with the talent at Hoover and enjoyed watching and listening to the students enthusiastically talk about their projects. Thank you to all of the families who came to Hoover that night to see the STEM projects.
You could hear the students chanting and cheering today around the building at the PBIS celebration assembly. We are proud to showcase a variety of talents at Hoover! Our Rube Goldberg team showed their video of the machine that took first place and is moving on to state. We had a student make balloons and hand them out, another student showed a video of a robot he programed to knock down bowling balls, students who participated in the Reflection Art Fair were recognized with a medal and had their work shown, and our Student Council spoke about Autism Awareness Month and lit up the gym blue with glowing balloons! I could not think of a better way to end the week and start the weekend!
We are still in need of volunteers on Field Day. Please sign up by April 20th. A sign up slip went home in student folders and is attached to the Hawk.
The testing window for the 2018 Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) will be from April 2-20 for junior high students and April 9-20 for elementary students in District 54. Students in grades 3-8 will participate in the English/language arts and the math assessments with most students in grades 7-8 taking the test online and most students in grades 3-6 taking the test through the paper-pencil version. This is the fourth year Illinois and District 54 have participated in the PARCC assessment. Since 2016, the exam has a simpler and shorter format to improve the testing process.
Our students in grades 5 and 8 will participate in the Illinois Science Assessment (ISA). This exam consists of one online test which takes approximately one hour. The assessment is aligned to the Illinois Learning Standards for Science incorporating the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), which were adopted in 2014. Most of our students will test on Wednesday, April 18th.
This year’s results will allow you to see how your children are growing in their knowledge and understanding of the state’s learning standards. These assessments are simply one measure of academic progress that will provide us a sense of where we are succeeding and where we must improve.
You can help your children do their best on the test by
- making sure, if possible, that your children attend school on the day of testing;
- ensuring your children get a good night’s sleep the night before testing;
- providing breakfast on the mornings of testing;
- reminding your children to ask the teacher questions if they don’t understand the test directions;
- letting your children know that you have confidence in their abilities; and
- advising your children not to worry about the test, and to simply do their best.
Please contact me directly if you want additional information or have further questions about these tests.
We look forward to sharing the results with you once they are received later this year.
District 54 School Safety Presentation – April 23
District 54 invites all parents to attend a presentation on crisis prevention and response at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 23, at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. The safety of our students and employees is the top priority in District 54. District administrators will discuss safety measures in our schools, including how the district works in close partnership with our local police and fire departments on crisis prevention and response. The district will also discuss supports that are in place for students who are struggling socially or emotionally.
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