Originally delivered on 10/9/2023 8:00 am

SUBJECT: Hoover Notes October 9, 2023


Hoover Notes will be sent out weekly to help you keep track of important school community news and events.  New items will be bolded. Links are blue.

PTA Action Items
  1. Join the PTA here.  We can't do this without you!  
  2. Complete the survey for the PTA's first General Membership Meeting tomorrow, 10/10 at 7 pm.  A Zoom link will be provided before the meeting.
  3. Participate in the PTA fundraising Spirit Night tomorrow, 10/10 at Shake Shack (Cabin John) from 10:30 am-9:30 pm.  The next scheduled Spirit Night is 11/20 at Chipotle (Potomac Village).
  4. Attend the HHMS NAACP Parents' Council's first meeting on 10/11 at 6 pm. The Parents’ Council is one of the vehicles created to empower African American and other minority parents to take a more proactive role in the education of their children. The purpose of the Parents’ Council is to provide a forum through which interested citizens may offer assistance, guidance, and support to African American parents and students of Montgomery County (Maryland) Public Schools (MCPS) to pursue the highest quality education possible through encouragement, information sharing, positive motivation, critical evaluation and advocacy. Contact Lauren Oxner, HHMS NAACP Parents' Council Representative at HMSNAACPREP@gmail.com with any questions. The Zoom link is:
  5. Review the Montgomery County Council of PTAs (MCCPTA) newly released 2023-2024 Proposed MCCPTA Advocacy Priorities. If you are a PTA member and would like to propose an amendment to these priorities, please contact Hoover's MCCPTA Delegates, Jennifer Nordin (hhmsdelegate1@gmail.com) and Martin Stuermer (martin.stuermer11@gmail.com) by 10/16.
  6. Buy tickets for the PTA's Halloween Party on 10/26 from 6-8 pm at Hoover.  This party is open to all Hoover students.  Tickets are $15 and will be on sale during lunch on 10/17, 10/8, and 10/19 (cash only) or online under Event Tickets at https://hhmspta.membershiptoolkit.com/.  Drinks, Potomac Pizza, and candy will be included in the ticket cost. Questions or interest in volunteering can be sent to anne.glynn@gmail.com.  If students need financial assistance for tickets, contact their Guidance Counselor.
  7. Let your student(s) know about the two opportunities to participate in the 2023-2024 National PTA Reflections Art Contest, "I Am Hopeful Because...": entering a theme idea for the 2025-2026 contest (due 11/3) and submitting art for this year's contest (due 11/17).  More details can be found on the PTA's website.
  8. Take a look at the Hoover Staff's Amazon Wishlist.  New items include clothing for members of our Hoover community that can use a helping hand, and snacks requested by after school club teachers. Items should be delivered to the "Gift Registry Address". Any donations will be greatly appreciated. 
  9. Link your Harris Teeter VIC card to the Together in Education program to earn money for Hoover.  Click here for more details.
  10. Stay up-to-date with PTA activities when you join the Hoover PTA Facebook Page.
Hoover News
  • Dr. Kim's October Message is available here.  
  • Fall 2023 Family Portrait Day is today 10/9 from 9 am-1 pm.
  • Here is a list of non-athletic extracurricular activities for Fall 2023. Students signed up during charge up on 9/28.  Club sponsors will contact all registered students in the near future with updates on their clubs.
  • Buy yearbooks here.  You can purchase Yearbook Recognition Ads. The flyer has more information.
  • The 7th Grade Parent Tea is scheduled for 10/19 from 9-10 am.
  • Hoover's Counseling Team is looking for parent volunteers to join the student led Hoover No Place for Hate Committee. The committee's mission is to join the Anti-Defamation League's No Place for Hate movement and create sustainable positive change at Hoover.  Its first task is to rally the school community together to sign the No Place for Hate Pledge.  Meetings will be held monthly on Wednesdays from 3:15-4:15 pm starting 10/11.  RSVP by 10/6 to Debbie Velasquez at 301-968-3750 or email Debra_M_Velasquez@mcpsmd.org.
  • Hoover's Theater Program is holding an interest meeting on 10/17 at 7 pm. The flyer is available here.
  • Winter registration for boys or girls' basketball opens 10/30 at noon. Spring registration for boys or girls' soccer opens 1/29/24 at noon.
MCPS Community News
  • MCPS Things to Know, October 5 provides informationabout applications for high school county/regional programs, mental health awareness week, upcoming district events to take advantage of, PSA contest opportunity, and good news. 
  • Read the latest edition of MCPS QuickNotes, which includes a calendar of events and MCPS news and information.
  • Provide feedback on the 2024-2025 MCPS Calendar here.
  • MCPS' High School Regional/Countywide Application Programs opens in early October. Click here for information. 
  • New this year, students may also apply to the Montgomery Virtual Academy (MVA) during the same application period as other special programs.  The MVA has a separate application which can be found in ParentVUE.               
  • All MCPS families are invited to the Girls’ Summit on 10/21 from 9 am-1 pm at Clarksburg High School. RSVP here.
  • Students, families, and community members are invited to the 5th annual MCPS STEAM Festival on 10/21 from 10am-1pm on the campus of Wheaton HS and Thomas Edison HS of Technology.  The Festival is a showcase of how the STEAM fields of study (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) are integrated and accessed here in Montgomery County.  This is a FREE, family-friendly event.  For more information, visit the Event Website and here is the Event Flyer.
Student Service Learning (SSL)

Student Service Learning is a Maryland state graduation requirement. 75 SSL hours are required to graduate.  For more information and SSL opportunities, visit the MCPS SSL page, the Montgomery County Volunteer Center's website, and the PTA's SSL page.  If you have questions, email Hoover's SSL Coordinator, Mrs. Triantis at Amalia_D_Triantis @mcpsmd.org.

Week of October 9, 2023

10/9    No School (Professional Day)

10/9    Hoover Fall 2023 Family Portrait Day, 9 am - 1 pm

10/10  PTA fundraising Spirit Night at Shake Shack (Cabin John location), 10:30 am - 9:30 pm

10/10  PTA General Membership Meeting (Zoom), 7 pm

10/11  Hoover No Place for Hate Committee first meeting, 3:15-4:15 pm

10/11  Hoover NAACP Parents' Council Meeting (Zoom), 6 pm

10/16  Deadline for MCCPTA 2023-2024 Proposed MCCPTA Advocacy Priorities Amendments 

Week of October 16, 2023

10/17    Hoover Theater Interest Meeting, 7 pm

10/19    Grade 7 Parent Tea, 9-10 am 

10/21    MCPS Girls Summit, 9 am-1 pm

10/21    5th annual MCPS STEAM Festival, 10am-1pm

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