On June 5, 2018, Mrs. Stefanie Dunnigan, a teacher at Hoover School, and her co-author Tina Traina shared with the students' at Hoover their new children's book, Travel Tails: All Bark and No Bite. Travel Tails is the story of a group of dogs and their encounter with a stranger in the neighborhood. The dogs learn that things are not always as they seem. Along the way, the pups learn about acceptance, respect, and compassion. The story allows readers to relate to the different personalities of the pups, while recognizing the joys and challenges that come with friendship. The entire Bergenfield community is proud of Stefanie and Tina who grew up in Bergenfield, met while attending Bergenfield High School, and remain friends today.
The 2018 Bergen County Youth Art Month (Y.A.M.) art exhibition, touted the theme, “Building Community Through Art”, opened to a packed house of enthusiastic student artists, family members, art educators and Bergen County governmental officials at One Bergen County Plaza this past March. Several dedicated Hoover Elementary School artists’ renderings were displayed in the county-wide art display, which is part of a national program administered by The Council for Art Education (CFAE) providing a “ medium for recognizing skills developed through visual arts experiences unlike any other curriculum subjects, including: problem solving, creativity, observation and communication.”. Congratulations to: Isabella Arce, Ilvin Cabrera, Emmanuel Gonzalez, Alan Lora, Laura Paulino, Justin Suarez, Jillian Suba, Ari Thomas and Angelina Villatoro.
Out of 4,200 entries, only 32 students’ posters were selected from across the State of New Jersey as finalists for their prevention messages at the Fourth Grade Folder Contest Ceremony. Of those 32, five hail from Hoover Elementary School, which literally dominates the PDFNJ poster, because no other school in NJ captured as many spots on that poster, a testament to the artists’ creative fervor, tenacity and penchant for hard work. According to director Angelo Valente, the posters will be distributed to 4th grade classrooms across the State of NJ in the fall. Congratulations to: Kyle Choonoo, Valentina Vargas Felix (or is it Felix Vargas??) Rachael Hurtarte, Luna Palau and Angelina Villatoro for a job well done. Pictured below are: (four of the five - front row - Valentina, Luna, Kyle and Rachael, with Director Angelo Valente and art specialist Charlene Anolik at the award ceremony).
Hoover 4th grader, Kyle Choonoo, will be featured in the 2019 Election Calendar, published by the office of the Bergen County Clerk, John S. Hogan. The MY COUNTY poster contest is a highly competitive, juried art competition held annually in April during County Government Week, culminating with a Law Day award ceremony. Winners of the MY COUNTY Poster Contest are bestowed award certificates and trophies on the steps of the Bergen County Court House. Parenthetically, Law Day was established in 1958 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower as “a day of national dedication to the principles of government under law”. This is the third consecutive year that a Hoover student(s) graced the pages of the Bergen County Election Calendar.
Hoover students capture both NJPAC Fall and Late-Winter Art Exhibition places
Three Hoover students captured awards in the juried Fair Housing Poster Contest, sponsored by the Fair Housing Council of Northern New Jersey: Kyle Choonoo (4th) - 1st Place; Alan Lora (2nd) and Justin Suarez (3rd) both earned an Honorable Mention.
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!’ ”