On Tuesday, December 23, 2014, members of the Hoover School String Orchestra and Band performed for the senior residents of Brookside Gardens. The String Orchestra performed the following selections: Falling Snowflakes, Huron Carol, French Folk Song, and Dreidel, Dreidel. The Band performed the following selections: Jolly Old St. Nicholas, Good King Wenceslas, and Jingle Bells. The students were excited to share their talents with community members, and spread holiday cheer.
On November 14, 2014, seventy students from Hoover Elementary School competed in the Noetic Learning Math Contest. Noetic Learning Math Contest is a national elementary math problem solving contest held twice a year. 19,367 young mathletes representing 1,279 teams across the country participated in this year’s fall contest. Click the title to read more.
Hoover School student, Krit Jain, was the town-wide winner for first-grade in the Bergenfield Fire Department’s Annual Fire Safety Poster Contest. During October, members of the Bergenfield Fire Department visited the elementary schools to teach the students about fire prevention and safety. Following the presentations, students created posters based on the theme, “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives.” As the winner of the poster contest, Krit and his parents were driven to school on a fire truck. They were accompanied by Fireman Adam Marchick and greeted upon arrival to school by students and the faculty.
This November the students of Hoover School have been learning about the character trait of compassion. The students of Mrs. Roth’s third grade class have learned that people can show their compassion for others by saying something kind or doing something helpful, whether that be helping family members or spending time with those who may need companionship. To put their lessons into action, Mrs. Roth’s third graders planned a visit to Brookside Gardens, located next to Hoover School, to spend time with the senior citizen residents. In preparation, the students gathered books to read, created Thanksgiving cards, and thought about what they might talk about with the senior citizens. On November 25th, the students were warmly greeted at Brookside Gardens. They sung a hello song to the residents that had gathered as a prologue to their visit. The students were eager to find someone to read to, and before long all 16 third graders were seated next to one or more seniors who hung on every word the students read. Upon finishing their books, the students challenged their reading buddies to a game of tic-tac-toe. The smiling faces of both the residents and students revealed how much everyone enjoyed the visit. As the students said goodbye to their new friends, many of them shared their desire to go back and visit again. They realized that showing compassion feels just as good as receiving it.
Scott Alboum, a children’s author and illustrator, visited Hoover School on Tuesday, November 25, 2014. He is the author of two children’s books titled, Don’t Dress Me Up for Halloween That’s Just Mean and Don’t Give Up on Thanksgiving Day. Mr. Alboum presented his work to students in grades K-5. He walked the students through his creative processes of coming up with an idea, getting the ideas onto paper, and publishing his work. Mr. Alboum shared his inspirational journey towards becoming a published author. He encouraged all of the students to set big goals and work hard to achieve them. Many students commented that their favorite part was watching Mr. Alboum draw his characters.
The Hoover Elementary School community celebrated Patriot Day/ September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance. The students and faculty gathered by the flag flying at half-staff to join the nation in a moment of silence. First grade student Nicolas Cardona played the National Anthem on the piano for the entire school. Mr. William Fleming, principal of Hoover school, and teacher Mr. Kevin Schultz shared with students the meaning of Patriot’s Day. They discussed the importance of everyday heroes. Mr. Fleming challenged the students to volunteer as a way to honor the heroes of September 11th, especially the United States Armed Forces and First Responders.