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GRANTING INNOVATIVE EDUCATION in Hoover City Schools
Established in 1992 as part of a continuing trend across the country of charitable foundations that bridge the gap between limited public school funding and growing needs of school systems. The foundation is a non profit 501(c)(3) organization led by a volunteer board and independent from the school system.
Funding is provided though tax deductible donations from individuals and corporations committed to education as well as fundraising events like the annual Clay Shoot. Grants are awarded directly to teachers that enhance the education experiences of students in specific disciplines as well as meeting needs beyond the resources of the schools. Annual to the classroom exceed $50,000 in direct support of teachers and schools.
Mission: Mission, Granting Innovative Education to enrich the quality and scope of public education in Hoover City Schools though the support of identified needs in academy disciplines from the high school level all the way down to kindergarten. Grants are focused on projects and experiences that relate directly to career preparation, innovation and further education.
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Another week of e-learning, and we appreciate our teachers and administrators even more!
Hoover's educators are incredible, and they're shining especially bright right now!
Teachers, we recognize what you are doing and can't say thank you enough!
Teachers, we appreciate you and the hard work you are doing!
Like many of you, we are sad to know that our students won’t be able to return to school this year. There are so many emotions for our families right now.
We want to take a moment to say a few words.
First, we say thank you to Dr. Murphy for her leadership through uncharted waters. Strong leadership at the top is critical, so thank you for leading us all.
Thank you to our principals, assistant principals, and system-wide leaders. These times call for coordinated leadership, and you’ve all done admirably in stressful situations.
Thank you to our school support staffs. Those who feed our children, clean our facilities, and drive our buses. We miss you all and our children especially miss you.
And a tremendous thank you to all our teachers and classroom support staff. Our children miss you all so much, and as parents, we have a totally new appreciation for the work you do.
We all look forward to a time when life returns to “normal,” and to continuing our Foundation’s support of educational initiatives throughout our system.
What an awesome letter from Tracy Prater at Spain Park High School. 💙🖤🧡
It's been a trying week for us all, but high school seniors — just two months from graduation — face fear and uncertainty about what lies ahead. A Spain Park High School counselor wrote an inspired note to his seniors. Read it below, and pass it on to any student in your life who might need it.
Our Hoover City Schools Foundation's Fifth Annual Denim and Dining event that was originally scheduled for Apr. 3, 2020 has been postponed, and will be rescheduled at a later date. #HooverCSF
We are so fortunate to have so many wonderful sponsors and donors who support our students! #CommitTo36 #HCSF
As with many other public gatherings, we have made the decision to postpone next Tuesday’s Parent University. We will look to reschedule this event at a later date.
You’ve learned more and more about what our Foundation does, but there’s one more thing that’s vitally important to understand.
Fast fact #4: we give support all 17 schools in the Hoover district through teacher grants. Every school has been touched in a significant way through our #HCSF grants. When you give, you’re supporting teachers and students in every school in Hoover.
By now, we hope you’re beginning to see how a well-funded Foundation can take a school system to a higher level. What else do we do?
Fast fact #3: we raise funds for enhanced classroom curriculum; for professional development; and for STEM projects.
What does the Foundation do, exactly?
Fast fact #2: we help fund programs that have the potential to be implemented across all Hoover schools. Teachers submit grant requests to us; these are their ideas at solving issues facing them in the classroom. With a #HCSF grant, they are equipped to put their solution into practice. Many times, the work they do using Foundation funds is implemented throughout the system, thanks to the opportunity they had to prove its worth.
With #DenimAndDining little more than a month away, it’s important that you know why we ask you to give.
What does the Foundation do, exactly?
Fast fact #1: we fill the gap that reduced public funding has created. Our schools and teachers constantly face budgetary constraints, and the #HCSF helps overcome those constraints in the form of grants for teachers in all Hoover schools.
Mark your calendars!
Uswatte, principal at Rocky Ridge for five years, found out she won the award in a surprise ceremony at her school.
Celebrate Valentine's Day with a shout out below to your child's school! #wholovestheirschool
Our #SeedLab teachers hard at work today!
Amazing achievement by the HHS band. Comgratulations!
Hoover High School's “Symphonic Winds” is one of only three high school bands in the Southeastern U.S. to be selected to perform at the 2020 CBDNA/NBA Southern Conference!
A significant honor -- and represents an impressive achievement by these students. Performing ensembles were chosen based upon recording submissions. This will be a wonderful and exciting opportunity for these students. Band director, Ryan Fitchpatrick and band members are looking forward to performing on February 20th at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, LA.
Last year’s Denim and Dining netted more than $50,000 for Hoover teachers. Plan to attend this year so we can give even
MORE money back to our schools! Buy your tickets here 👉👉 http://bidpal.net/denim2020
Robert Abernathy, a teacher at Simmons Bucs Middle School, performs for us at Denim & Dining each year. If you haven't had the pleasure of hearing him perform, join us April 3 at the StarDome in Hoover. Buy tickets 👉👉 http://bidpal.net/denim2020.
Enjoy this performance from Robert and his daughter from a recent Talk Of Alabama show!
We had a special morning with this daddy + daughter duo!! Robert Abernathy & his daughter, Vivi, gave us a great live performance of a song they wrote together called "Dear Future Me" - the single will be on streaming sites in late February! #startyourdaywithtoa
Rocky Ridge principal 1 of 3 Alabama finalists for national designation
Dil Uswatte has been principal at Rocky Ridge Elementary for five years.
Today’s City Leaders Breakfast was wonderful; thank you to the Hoover Parent Teacher Council for always hosting this event, and to Discovery United Methodist Church for opening their doors for the event.
Our board members in attendance included Shilpa Gaggar, Steve McClinton, David Cohen, Matthew Allen, interim executive director Shelley Mitchell Shaw, and Lucy Jordan.
Congratulation, Dr. Uswatte! We are pulling hard for you!
Congratulations to our very own Dr. Dilhani Uswatte - Principal at Rocky Ridge Elementary School; now, one of THREE FINALISTS for *National* Distinguished Principal of the Year! The accolade is administered through the National Association of Elementary School Principals.
We had a great time at today’s Hoover Area Chamber luncheon, listening to Mayor Frank Brocato deliver his “state of the city” speech.
We would like to welcome our final new board member, Shilpa Gaggar.
Shilpa has lived in the Birmingham area since 2001 and moved to Hoover in 2008. She is employed as a pharmacist at UAB, currently working in Infusion Therapy. She and her husband have two children in Hoover schools, one in 7th grade at Bumpus Middle School and one in 3rd grade at Trace Crossings Elementary.
She has served on the PTO Executive Board at Trace Crossings for the last six years, allowing her to see the impact that the Foundation's grants have on our students and schools.
"I have a passion for education and making sure that all of our children are able to have equal access to enriching opportunities and have the ability to thrive and succeed," she said. "I am looking forward to working as a part of the Foundation to continue to support our educators and students with grants and funding for these innovative programs."
The Hoover City Schools Foundation thanks the mayor and city council for their donation of $40,000. These funds will support our SeedLab grants.
We wish the very best of the season for you and your family.
We've introduced you to Lucy Jordan and Debbie Mar; now we'd like you to meet Takeria Stephens, another new member of our board of directors.
Takeria is employed at Regions Bank as a Senior Vice President, Fair Lending Compliance Manager. Born and raised in Birmingham, she moved back to Alabama to join Regions in 2011. She has a daughter in 5th grade who has been in the Hoover school system since kindergarten, serving as "room mom" for her daughter's class more than once, and volunteering many times at her school
She is a hard worker, having donated her time to several non-profit organizations. She is very excited that, as a member of the HCSF board of directors, she will have an opportunity to make a direct impact to the lives of her own children.
She shares a passion for education that all our directors have, and her hope is to help eliminate the achievement gap between students from different areas and backgrounds within Hoover.
Takeria, welcome to our board. We look forward to serving alongside you!
Congratulations to some pretty incredible teachers! We thank you all for your dedication to our students!
Congratulations to Hoover City Schools 2019-2020 Teachers of Year!
We'd like to introduce you to our new board member, Debbie Rodriguez Mar!
Having two children in the Hoover City School system is what initially led Debbie to explore the Hoover City Schools Foundation. "Once I understood not only that the Foundation provides resources directly to our children and their teachers but also the scope of those resources, my next immediate thought was how can I help and be a part of this," said Mar. "I am most excited to help our community learn that the Foundation bridges the gap between public funding and what our school system needs to give our children the best education we can provide. The more we can support the Foundation, the more we can achieve for our students. Everybody wins!"
Debbie, we are excited to have you on board!
As they say, the new year brings new energy, and we are so excited to welcome four new board members to the Hoover City Schools Foundation!
We'd like to first introduce you to Lucy W. Jordan. Lucy is an attorney in the GEICO Staff Counsel office in Birmingham. She and her husband, Jason Jordan, have three children enrolled in Hoover City Schools.
“I look forward to being part of this wonderful organization!" says Jordan. "Our school system is filled with innovative and creative educators, and I think the Foundation’s efforts to provide these educators the platform and support they need to implement their ideas and strategies is beneficial not only to current students, but will leave a legacy for future Hoover students. I am excited to be just a small part of this process, and look forward to being inspired by Hoover’s teachers and students!”
Welcome, Lucy! We are glad to have you on board.
Consider supporting the Hoover City Schools Foundation this #GivingTuesday. Simple click here => https://hoovercsf.org/donate-today/ to learn more about how you can make a difference!
Preparation is underway for the Hoover Randle Home & Gardens Open House! Come see the #HooverCSF decorated tree!
The Hoover-Randle Home & Gardens will host its first annual Ho-Ho-Hoover Randle, an open house and tree decorating contest. All ticket sales will benefit Hoover Helps. On December 8, 2019, from 2pm-5pm, the historic venue will open it's doors and welcome the public to Ho-Ho-Hoover-Randle. The house....
#HooverCSF is getting ready for the holidays! Student board memberAlexandria Erickson and interim director Shelley Shaw decorated a special HooverCSF tree for the upcoming Hoover Randle House Open House and Deck The Halls Competition! It will be held December 8th from 2-5pm. Everyone is invited to join us for a merry and bright afternoon! Tickets may be purchased at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ho-ho-hoover-randle-open-housedeck-our-halls-competition-tickets-81671412393
Thank you Jonathan Belcher and Signature Homes for hosting a donor appreciation night this week for #HooverCSF!
Teams of educators from HOOVER CITY SCHOOLS came together for a workshop today focused on piloting innovative ideas in the classroom! This is part of the #HooverCSF SeedLab program. Learn more about SeedLAB at: https://sites.google.com/hcs-students.net/seedlab
To those serving or have served in our armed forces, thank you for your service! #HCSF
Are you interested in mentoring a student from HOOVER CITY SCHOOLS? Hoover Rise is a new program and you can sign up here to find out more information!
Hoover RISE Mentoring Program You Can Make an Impact - Become a Mentor! Commit just 30 minutes a week with these three simple...
#HooverCSF Student Board Member and Hoover High School Senior Camylle Lollar gave a presentation at our board meeting yesterday about Alabama's Bicentennial Celebration. She was chosen as a member of the Alabama Bicentennial Student Advisory Committee and was charged with giving a community group a presentation on how to be a part of the celebration! Thank you Camylle for sharing as we look forward to the next 200 years! #AL200
Mark your calendars! #HooverCSF will receive 15% back for mobile app orders next Tuesday., Oct. 29 from 6am - 9pm at Chick-fil-A The Grove! Make sure to place an order during this time frame to support HOOVER CITY SCHOOLS.
Nine schools from HOOVER CITY SCHOOLS were named among 'America's healthiest schools' for 2019! #Congrats!
Nationally, 355 schools from 23 states made the list put out by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation.
Incredible turnout of parents, community members, city council members and other local leaders at our Drug Awareness Breakfast this morning at Berry Middle School. We are thankful for the turnout from parents that are concerned about recent trends in vaping and marijuana use among teens. #HooverCSF
#CONGRATS HOOVER CITY SCHOOLS! Via Patch.com
The Alabama State Department of Education released its 2018-19 Education Report Card today with high marks for Hoover.
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The Hoover City Schools Alumni Association (TM), was created in 2012 as a committee of the Hoover City Schools Foundation. Through the Hoover City Schools Alumni Association (TM), the Foundation seeks to continue to serve the former students of W.A. Berry, Hoover High and Spain Park High Schools by providing an opportunity to participate in the Alumni Directory and other future activities for alumni. For more information about the Hoover City Schools Alumni Association (TM), visit our website at www.hooverfoundation.org or email [email protected]
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