News

April 25, 2021

Dear Hoover Families,

Our A-Z Countdown is up and running!  Looking forward to the fun next week!

Selection for the 21-22 School Year

Thank you to everyone that has submitted their learning model for fall 21-22. Please visit familes.sd54.org to make your selection prior to May 14th. Any students who have not made an enrollment selection at the close of the enrollment window will automatically be placed in in-person learning for the fall.

Multicultural Parent Advisory Committee presents Answers to Your In-Person Learning Questions

Join the District 54 Multicultural Parent Advisory Council on Wednesday, April 28, as they provide answers to your questions about the 2021-22 school year in Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Spanish, Telugu and Urdu. The goal of these webinars is to share the successes from the return to in-person learning this year and to answer any questions parents and guardians may have about the 2021-22 school year in their preferred language. Click on the links below to access the Zoom webinars online. If you cannot attend at the dates and times listed below, the presentations will be recorded and posted on the Language and Culture website after the event.

Bengali, Hindi, Urdu Webinar: 5:30-6 p.m. April 28

Gujarati Webinar: 5:30-6 p.m. April 28

Telugu Webinar: 5:30-6 p.m. April 28

SpanishWebinar: 6:30-7 p.m. April 28

Spring In-Person MAP Assessment
This spring we will test kindergarten through eighth grade students using the MAP assessment tool. The MAP testing window is from May 3-14. The computer-based assessment will be administered to students in-person because we know that the most reliable administration and data point comes when students are tested in-person. The purpose of the assessment is to continue to obtain data points on our students and to continue to plan for instruction that meets the needs of each student.

With the testing being in-person on assigned days/times it will be important for the school to partner with families to help this process be as successful as possible.  

Important Details on the Spring  MAP Assessment

  • Students will be seated with a minimum of 3 feet of social distance.
  • Masks will be required.
  • Remote students are invited to the building to test
  • Parents or caregivers of remote-only students will be responsible for transporting students to and from school on their testing day/time.
  • Communication to remote students regarding the date and time of the assessment will be coming from the school.
  • MAP testing does require great focus and stamina on the part of the students; therefore on the days your child is testing there will not be additional instruction.  

Evaluación MAP de Primavera en persona 

En la primavera examinaremos a los estudiantes de segundo a octavo grado utilizando la herramienta de evaluación MAP. El período de prueba de la evaluación  MAP es del 3 de mayo al 14 de mayo. La evaluación por computadora se administrará a los estudiantes en persona porque sabemos que la administración y los datos más confiables se obtienen cuando los estudiantes son evaluados en persona.  El propósito de la evaluación es continuar obteniendo datos acerca de nuestros estudiantes para que podamos continuar planificando la enseñanza  de manera tal que satisfaga las necesidades de cada estudiante. 

Dado que las pruebas se realizan en persona en los días / horarios asignados, será importante que la escuela y las familias colaboren para ayudar a que este proceso sea lo más exitoso posible.

 Detalles importantes sobre la evaluación de Primavera MAP:

  • Los estudiantes se sentarán con un mínimo de 3 pies de distancia social.
  • Se requerirán mascarillas o cubreboca.
  • Los estudiantes en el programa de aprendizaje remoto  se invitarán a la escuela para tomar la prueba.
  • Los padres o guardianes de estudiantes que participan del programa aprendizaje remoto serán responsables de transportar a los estudiantes hacia y desde la escuela el día / horario de la prueba.
  • La comunicación para los estudiantes asignados únicamente a aprendizaje remoto con respecto a la fecha y hora de la evaluación será provista por parte la escuela.
  • Las pruebas MAP requieren un gran enfoque y resistencia por parte de los estudiantes, por lo tanto, los días que su hijo se esté evaluando no habrá enseñanza adicional.

Attention 5th Grade Students and Parents

District 54 is pleased to offer beginning instruction on band and orchestra instruments to students entering sixth grade. The District 54 Instrumental Music Program provides students with one weekly lesson during the school day and one weekly after-school band or orchestra rehearsal at their neighborhood junior high.

More information will be available at the following Zoom enrollment meetings (Parents and students should attend the meeting at the junior high the student will eventually attend.) Zoom links are available at sd54.org/instrumentenrollment:

  • Addams Junior High – Monday, April 26 (7:00 pm)
  • Mead Junior High – Monday, April 26 (7:00 pm)
  • Eisenhower Junior High – Tuesday, April 27 (7:00 pm)
  • Frost Junior High – Wednesday, April 28 (7:00 pm)
  • Keller Junior High – Wednesday, April 28 (7:00 pm)

For more details about enrollment, please visit sd54.org/instrumentenrollment.  No previous music experience is necessary to play an instrument.  Band and orchestra lessons for newly enrolled students will start at the beginning of the 2021-22 school year.  If you have any questions, please contact the band or orchestra teacher at your school.

2021 Summer Enrichment Opportunities

Summer is right around the corner and the perfect way to enjoy it is to join a Summer of 54 camp! Your child can build robots, design a t-shirt, learn a new sport, brush up on music skills, and so much more! T-shirts are included with registration, which is now available in your Parent Portal. Seats fill up fast so sign up now to be a part of the Summer of 54 Camp family! If you would like more information on each camp and the courses, please click on 2021 Summer of 54 Camp Brochure English  2021 Summer of 54 Camp Brochure Spanish

SEL Survey for Parents

District 54 is committed to ensuring not only the academic success of each child, but also their social-emotional wellbeing. Similar to this winter, we are asking for your insight as a parent/guardian in creating the most well rounded picture of your child’s strengths and opportunities for growth. To gather your perspective, District 54 will send families of students in grades 3-8 an email link for each child to the D54 Social Emotional Learning Survey on Monday, April 26th.  Thank you in advance for participating in this survey, as we believe the home-school collaboration is critical to best support your child’s overall well-being. 

Registration for 2021-2022

Registration for the 2021-22 school year opened on Monday, March 29th through the Infinite Campus Portal. Please login to review the current information and make any necessary changes. If you do not have a portal account, you should have received an email on March 13th inviting you to create one.

As a reminder, all families are required to prove that they live within District 54 boundaries every year. If we are unable to verify your residency electronically, you will receive a letter by U.S. mail, which will list the residency documents you can upload through your portal or provide to the school office to complete your registration.

You are also able to pay the consumable fee for 2021-22, as well as purchase milk and sign up for the instructional device insurance through the portal. If you believe you will qualify for the Free Lunch Program in the 2021-22 school year, and therefore will receive a fee waiver, do not pay the consumable material fee now. Applications will be available in August for the Free Lunch Program.

Should you have any questions, please our office. 

Keller PTA – Spirit Wear

Keller PTA is excited for Spirit Wear!  When you order from 1st Place Spirit Wear your school spirit will be undeniable! So be sure to stock up on all of the awesome designs they have to offer including masks! 

Click here –> Keller Jr. High Spirit Wear Store  

  • Orders will be delivered to your home
  • Spirit wear store is open all school year (no deadlines to meet)
  • Choose from over 150 designs and apparels
  • 10% sales go directly to Keller PTA programs
  • Contact Wany Park at [email protected] with questions.

 I hope you enjoy the selections this year!

PTA Updates

Get all the PTA Updates with this week’s Hoover Hawk Newsletter

Important Dates

  • May 5th – Student Non Attendance Day
  • May 10th – PTA Meeting on ZOOM @ 7:00 pm
  • May 28th – Last Day of School

Have a great weekend!

Cassandra Zingler and Carol Novak