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Principal’s Blog: July 15, 2013

Dear Hoover Families,

After four very enjoyable years of serving the Hoover community as Principal, I have accepted an offer to become the Superintendent of Schools in Charles City.  My final day with Hoover will be today.  Mr. Mike Fisher will serve as Acting Principal until a new principal is chosen.

It has been an honor to serve at Hoover and I am deeply grateful for the opportunity.  We have amazing students and staff here.  I am excited to watch from afar as the Leader in Me program continues to flourish and grow at Hoover, providing quality leadership experiences for all students.  The recent addition of a Project Lead the Way course for the coming school year will complement the 21st century education that Hoover offers.  And the list goes on…

The selection process for a new principal is currently underway.  An announcement is expected to be made at the end of this month.

Again, thank you for a wonderful four years.


Dr. Dan Cox

Hoover Expansion Plans

From the Waterloo Courier (June 11, 2013):

WATERLOO, Iowa — Initial plans for a Hoover Middle School renovation project that include a kitchen and commons addition were approved by the Board of Education Monday.

Waterloo Community Schools officials are seeking bids on the project, which has an estimated price tag of $5.2 million. It will be funded with district revenues from the 1 percent statewide sales tax.

Superintendent Gary Norris said the centerpiece of the project is a new cafeteria and kitchen north of the existing auditorium. The exterior wall will extend to a doorway off the parking lot that will become the school’s new main entryway. New office space near the entrance will connect to the school’s existing offices.

“What we’re doing is enlarging these big common areas that hold a lot of kids,” said Norris. He noted that Hoover earlier completed remodeling of new band, orchestra and choir spaces. “It brings Hoover’s cafeteria in line with the other middle school cafeterias — because it’s really, really tight now.”

The present cafeteria space will be renovated into restrooms and additional classrooms. Remodeling will also be done upstairs near the current main entry to add another set of stairs and an elevator where a classroom now stands.

Work will also be done on the parking lot to improve traffic flow.

Once a contract is approved, construction would begin on the exterior work this fall. Contractors would continuing working inside the new space during the winter. Internal remodeling would take place next summer with the project completed by fall 2014.

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Principal’s Blog: May 9, 2013

“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.”
Henry Adams (1838-1918), author and historian

Teacher Appreciation WeekThe National Education Association has proclaimed this week as “Teacher Appreciation Week.”  Across America students and community members have been talking, blogging, tweeting, writing, and sharing the many ways in which teachers have positively impacted lives.

I can still recall the names and faces of so many teachers at West Central (Maynard) who influenced me through the years and set me on a path to become an educator and administrator.  Linda Leach Marszalek was an amazing 3rd grade teacher with a gift for making her classroom an environment that supported highly-engaging learning activities.  Patricia Caballero taught nervous 7th graders how to compose well-written 200-word compositions as well as to deliver them in front of our peers.  Helen Bitterman, Darrell Libke, Steve Milder…and several other high school teachers served as great mentors and positive influences.

Our Hoover teachers are impacting lives every day in a similar fashion.  Students have been writing brief messages on Post-It notes this week, which we’ve displayed in our main office window.  Here is a glimpse at what they’ve had to say about Hoover teachers:

“Mrs. Kisch always asks if I’m okay and if I’m doing okay.  I’m grateful to have her as a teacher.”

“Mrs. Hubrig made me realize that I like to do my hardest in her class, and she brought out the write in me.”

“Mrs. MK has helped my violin skills get better.  She also helped by letting me come in at lunch so I can practice.”

“Mr. Morgan helped me learn the life lesson that you get what you earn, not what you want or need.”

“Ms. Feldman and Mr. Henze are teaching me everything I need to know about music.”

“Thank you, Mrs. Van Wyk, for helping me with my public speaking skills.  I am not the most eager when it comes to it, but by you requiring it of me, I have improved.”

“Mrs. Pruis helped me with an equation that I thought was impossible.”

“Mr. Cole is an overall amazing person.”

“Mrs. (Sarah) Dierks has helped me through thick and thin.  It’s not every day you have a teacher like her.”

We are so proud of our Hoover teaching staff.  Please let them, and all teachers, know how much you appreciate what they do each day for our young people.

Dr. Dan Cox, Principal

Principal’s Blog: May 4, 2013

Administrative Changes at Hoover

On Friday, May 3, several administrative changes across the Waterloo Community Schools were announced.  Two of the changes impact the administrative team at Hoover.

Steve Gillen, Assistant Principal and Athletic Director at Hoover since 2005, has been named as an Assistant Principal and head of the Health & Human Services Academy at East High School.  He replaces BJ Meaney, who recently accepted the position of Elementary Principal & Superintendent in Janesville.  Mr. Gillen is a graduate of East High School and was a long-time teacher and assistant wrestling coach at West High School before moving into administration.  Mike Fisher, current Assistant Principal at Hoover will assume the role of Athletic Director.

Susan Flodeen, Principal at Kingsley Elementary, will assume the role as an Assistant Principal at Hoover Middle School. She was an Assistant Principal at West before her four year leadership role at Kingsley and has been with the district for 23 years.  Mrs. Flodeen holds a Bachelor’s Degree in 7-12 English from the University of Northern Iowa.  She received her Masters of Education along with her Evaluator License, PreK-12 Administrative License, and PreK-Special Education Supervisor from Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Mrs. Flodeen has received many awards throughout the years for her role in education.

We welcome Mrs. Flodeen to the Hoover family and wish Mr. Gillen all the best at East!

May 2013 Site Council Agenda

May 6, 2013
Site Council Agenda

The Leader in Me Program (Mr. Fisher & Mrs. Irwin)

Administrative Changes for 2013-14

  • Mr. Gillen to East HS
  • Mrs. Flodeen to Hoover MS

Orchestra Concert tonight at 7 PM

8th Grade Dance

  • May 17, 2013
  • Masquerade
  • Parent Committees (see Teesha Peters)
  • Fines/Fees
  • Dresses must have at least one inch straps and length must be to fingertips

Next Meeting:  September 9, 2013