Recently, we witnessed the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Hurricane Maria in the Islands. In order to assist with some of the needs of those impacted on by those hurricanes, Hoover School conducted a coin collection. It ran from September 18, 2017 through to September 26, 2017. This was a great opportunity to reinforce the notion of giving to those in need and demonstrating good citizenship. We collected $222.00 in donations. Half of the funds was sent to “Communities in Schools” with the other half to “Direct Relief”. These agencies received high ratings through Charity Navigator. We are very proud of our Hoover School community!
The Northern Bergen County Community Housing Resource Board sponsored their annual poster contest which celebrates the Fair Housing Act of 1968. First through eighth grade students across Bergen County are invited to participate in the contest. This year, Hoover third grade scholars Yerik Giraldo, Rachael Hurtarte, and Chanel Lopez took first, second, and third place respectively. Congratulations Yerik, Rachael, and Chanel!
More than 7,000 fourth grade students from across New Jersey participated in the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey’s Design a Fourth Grade Folder contest, but just 30 earned their way to the award ceremony held May 3 at the Middlesex County Fire Academy. All 30 fourth grade student finalists received medals for their creative peer-to-peer substance abuse prevention artwork with the theme “Fun Things to Do Instead Of Doing Drugs.” The five finalists from Bergen County included three students from Hoover Elementary School in Bergenfield: Isabella Barrios with her message, “We Run to the Sea Strong and Drug Free,” Angelo Sunga with “All the Places I’ll See ‘Cause I’m Drug Free,” and Alison Zarraga with “To Mars I’d Like to Go, So to Drugs I Say ‘No!’ ”
On Saturday, April 29, 2017 Eryn Argonza, Gaby Castilla, Isabella Diaz, Jeremy Magnaye, Nitya Malhotra, and Dan Sanil represented Hoover School at the 2017 MEBCI Treble Chorus Festival. This year, the choir was comprised of approximately 110 fifth and sixth graders from throughout Bergen County. The students have been working hard to prepare their music during lunch for the past month, and their hard work paid off. I'm very proud of how they represented Hoover School and Bergenfield. Click the title for photos from the event. Congratulations to our scholars and Mr. Vavra!
Angelo Sunga and Isabella Barrios earned honorable mention in the My County Poster Contest. Their images will be featured in the Bergen County Clerk's Election Calendar. They were honored at the county offices. Ms. Anolik, the children's art teacher, was in attendance.
On March 16th, 2017, ten of Hoover Elementary School’s most dedicated and creative artists not only dazzled the public with their impressive mixed media renderings, but were honored at the 2017 Bergen County Youth Art Month (YAM) Exhibition, held at One Bergen County Plaza in Hackensack, NJ. Click the title to read more.
We are thrilled to announce that Jeremiah Magnaye, fifth grade student at Hoover School, was one of thirty K-12 grade students in the state of New Jersey to be selected to have his artwork displayed at the NJPAC Winter Art Exhibition. The NJPAC Winter Art exhibition is a highly competitive juried art competition. A reception at NJPAC in Newark, NJ will be held on December 3rd at 11:00 a.m.
On Wednesday, September 21st the world will be celebrating International Peace Day. This day was founded in 1999 by a filmmaker named Jeremy Gilley. His goal was to have a global day of peace and non-violence, where countries all over the world agree to get along. The World Cultures teachers will be working on a “Peace Quilt” that will contain a “patch” made by each of the students signifying what peace means to them. The quilt will be displayed in the school on September 21st along with a Peace Pledge that the students will recite. We are asking you and your students wear blue on Wednesday, September 21st in honor of International Peace Day. We have also attached a copy of the “Peace Pledge” for you. Click the title to read more.
Celebrating America’s next giant leap, interplanetary travel, first through fifth grade students at Hoover Elementary School in Bergenfield, NJ, helped create a 2’ x 2’ acrylic painting for the Dream Rocket Project, which will be one of 8000 squares in a very long quilt that will wrap around a replica of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) Rocket, celebrating NASA’s dream of going to Mars and beyond in the not too distant future. According to NASA, their “dream rocket”, the SLS-Orion rocket combo is, “America’s new heavy-lift rocket … the largest launch vehicle ever built and more powerful than the Saturn V rocket that carried Apollo astronauts to the moon”. Flight tests begin in two years with missions to Mars and beyond planned for the mid 2030s. A synergy of art and science in the penumbra of interplanetary travel, the massive, quilt-wrapped replica of the SLS Dream Rocket will eventually be put on temporary exhibit in various locations as it tours the United States.
Hoover Elementary School fourth grader, Megan Santos, captured Second Place in the 2014-2015 AAA Traffic Safety Poster Contest. Over 1,400 posters were sent in to AAA from all over northern NJ. The safety slogan that Megan needed to illustrate was “Getting to School Safely”. Charlene Anolik, Megan’s art teacher explained that the AAA Traffic Safety Poster Contest is extremely competitive, making Megan’s win very impressive. A representative from AAA will come to Hoover Elementary School on May18th to present Megan with a certificate and cash award.