Wednesday, October 10, 2012

October News

Principal’s October Newsletter

The month of October brings so many wonders.  The rich colors of the leaves create a vibrant environment to lift our spirits and moods.  We have had a great first month of school at the J. Turner Hood Elementary! Students have come to school ready to learn and displaying proper respect towards themselves and others. Our staff is working hard creating new learning activities for our students. I have had the opportunity to observe many classrooms and review a great deal of student work. As a result of these experiences I have been able to see that there is quality education going on at the J. Turner Hood Elementary.

School Council Dates-This year’s School Council meetings will be held as follows;
October 23, 2012        9:00 AM
November 20, 2012        9:00 AM
January 22, 2012        9:00 AM
February 26, 2012        9:00 AM
March 19, 2012            9:00 AM
April 9, 2012            9:00 AM

Parent’s Association-I would like to take this opportunity to thank our Parent’s Association for all of their hard work and for the wonderful welcome back breakfast that they held for the staff.

Learn 365 Blog-This year I have joined the #Learn365 Project. Here is the simple premise of this project. Every day during the school year, one person within our learning organization is chosen to post a blog on something they learned during the day.  Sometimes it is about something they learned in school; sometimes it is something learned outside.  It is my goal to have everyone from our superintendent, teachers, parents and students posting on the blog.  Each day a member of our school community will reveal what he/she learned today. This will be the Hood School’s contribution to the #Learn365 Project. It is modeled on past iterations such as the Parkland School Divisions 184 Days of Learning and the #edu180atl initiative, based out of Atlanta. The goal is to paint a virtual mural of school learning every day at the Hood School. Every day of the school year, one student, teacher, or administrator will share a post of 200 words or less answering the question, "What did you learn today?" The blog is located at;

Twitter- Social media and Twitter in particular, is fast becoming an important tool in the world of education. Teachers are using it to connect with other professionals around the world to enhance their learning and break down the walls of their classrooms. Administrators are using it to enhance their leadership skills and connect with parents and other members of the school community. Stay up-to-date on the latest happenings at the Hood School! Follow the Hood School on Twitter @jthoodelemen.

The Principal’s Blog is located at;
I just deleted last year’s note and will start blogging again soon!

Veterans Day-The Veteran’s Department will be recognizing those that served during a ceremony on Sunday November 11, 2012 at 11 AM. The ceremony will take place on the Common.

4th Annual North Reading Turkey Trot, November 22, 2012- The 4th Annual North Reading Turkey Trot is scheduled to go off at 8:00 A.M. sharp on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 22 from Ipswich River Park. Registration is now underway on-line at

The elementary school challenge is on again this year. The Batchelder School is looking to retain the title while the Hood and Little School look to unseat the Bulldogs. The elementary school in North Reading that has the highest percentage of participation will earn a trophy to display in their school for the year and a $200.00 prize to be used toward the purchase of fitness equipment in their school.

This event is sponsored by the NRHS Hornets Hall of Fame; proceeds benefit the student athletes of North Reading. Come out to work up an appetite. Please contact Joe Davis at if you have any questions. See you Thanksgiving morning!

Mr. Quinlan & I will be participating in this event as well.

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