The Hoover School Site Council, PTA Executive Board, along with the principal and entire staff and parent community have identified and established programs and activities to deepen and enrich learning and development for all students at our school.
Student Support & Mindful Schools Curriculum
In addition to striving for academic excellence, our District and school have a commitment to support all areas of student social and emotional development. At Hoover we will continue our focus on these priorities. First, in addition to the services provided by our school psychologist who is on campus two days per week and alternating Wednesdays, we will continue our partnership with Acknowledge Alliance (formerly known as the Cleo Eulau Center) to address the social and emotional wellness of our students. We will have a counselor on our campus three days per week to offer individual and group support, as well as teacher consultation to improve student connectedness and strengthen our student support systems. We are also fortunate to have a Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Coach on campus who provides mindfulness lessons from the Mindful Schools and Mind-Up initiatives in our classrooms, as well as providing additional teacher consultation to create safe and welcoming classroom environments for all of our students.
As a result of District Bond money, generous parent donations to our auction, and donations from previous fifth grade graduating classes, Hoover students enjoy a 1:1 student/laptop ratio in grades 3-5, a 2:1 student/iPad ratio in grades K-2, interactive whiteboards, document cameras, and cameras in each classroom, and access to three makers carts. Each makers carts are equipped with tools, such as “Bee Bots” for coding and “Kiva Planks” for building and designing. Makers carts will assist in enhancing our STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) efforts. In addition, key characteristics of design challenges, which can be supported through makers carts are consistent with the shifts for student creative problem solving and cooperative work, which are important in the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards.
Science Enrichment - Junior Museum
The Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo Educational Outreach Program brings hands-on standard-based science programs into all our K-5 classrooms. Over 70 lessons complement our core science instruction by including hands-on encounters with live animals, natural artifacts and science tools and materials. Hoover PTA generously funds this program.
The Living Classroom
Our K-3 students are fortunate to be able to participate in the Living Classroom program. With the help of our parent community, we will be transforming the garden behind the SRC into a living classroom! Living Classroom provides something that students get virtually nowhere else within their curriculum. Students learn the importance of their natural environment and will also learn of their local environment and the flora and fauna that characterize our region. Most schools do not have a program where students can learn from experiential lessons in a natural setting on their school campus in garden spaces. This space also provides a wonderful place for informal and unstructured play. The garden-based and nature-based lessons cannot be replicated by textbooks, laptop or IPads.
All Living Classroom lessons are being aligned with Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards. They also tie in directly with the State of California Environment and Education Initiative (EEI) standards, curriculum, and content to soon appear in the new textbook adoptions. For more information visit: http://www.living-classroom.org.
Each year, the Hoover Invention Convention showcases the creative thinking of 70-150 students around solving problems that are meaningful to them.
Noon Time & Afterschool Activities
Additional initiatives to enrich the educational and social-emotional experiences of our students include the expansion of noontime and afterschool programs. Throughout the week, students participate in Coding, Zumba Dance, Walking Club, Chess, Wizbots, etc. Noontime programs are optional activities for all students in 1st-5th grade. For more information on the schedule, fees, and scholarship availability for afterschool programs, please contact the front office.
On-Site Child Care
Palo Alto Community Child Care (PACCC) provides on-site childcare in portables located on the edge of the school campus from school dismissal time until 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday at the Hoover Kid's Club (HKC). For fees and other information, call the PACCC office at 650-493-2361 or Kids Club at (650) 565-8847.