Hoover Site Council Minutes
September 12, 2011
Welcome and Introductions
Mr. Cox, Principal; Mr. Gillen, Assistant Principal & AD; Mr. Landers, Assistant Principal; and 16 parents attended the September Site Council meeting.
Site Council Dates for 2011-12
Mr. Cox shared the dates for the coming school year.
Dress Code & Clothing Closet
Implementation of the Dress Code has gone extremely well. We have a well-stocked clothing closet to assist students who arrive out of dress code. We do need some solid-colored sweaters, lightweight jackets, etc. for the winter season. If parents/community members have some items to donate, we would appreciate it.
We are moving away from having Skills classes in order to engage students in learning all day long. Our new master schedule allows us to offer an additional class to many of our students. Titled “SSR” (Sustained Silent Reading), it may involve more than reading. For example, our 7th grade science SSR classes have adopted the Hoover Prairie and are incorporating art, writing, science, and reading into one class. Our 8th grade SSR classes have introduced Readers’ Theatre to our students. At least one of these 8th grade SSR classes will perform over at Lou Henry Elementary on September 20. We also have a new class called “Extra-Dose Reading” to assist our students who are below grade level.
Finally, our new music model (daily band and orchestra) has been a positive change. Chorus offerings have also increased.
Hoover Website & Feedback
Parents offered their praise for the new look of the Hoover website and some suggestions for improvement. We will work at adding links regarding homework help.
8th Grade Career Fair
All 8th grade students will attend a Career Fair at Hawkeye Community College on September 30. More information will be sent home to parents of 8th grade students.
8th Grade Dance
The annual 8th Grade Dance will take place on Friday, May 18, 2012. We are looking for parent volunteers to organize the event.
A parent brought up a concern about 6th grade students who are being dropped off on Colby Street and are darting in and out of traffic. We need parents to drop off their students in the front access drive or the Lou Henry parking lot. Students are not to be dropped off on Colby. We will explore the possibility of allowing parents to use the bus lane after 7:30 AM.