Boys & Girls Club – summertime at Hoover

Amani     by Amani

Boys and Girls club is really fun in the summertime.  We have done many different things this summer, including trips such as AirFX, the Play Station, Jacolyn park and the splash pad. Today we are going to  Shawnee park and on Monday we’re going to the Beaver swimming pool.

I like talk to James that works at Boys  & Girls club.  He is amazing.

I hope you are enjoying your summer too!


Chinese New Year at Hoover Elementary

by Ava, Konner, Priscilla, Mariah, and Isabel

The Chinese New Year has been celebrated for over 1,000 years in China and is now celebrated all over the world. This is how we celebrated at Hoover School. First, we made Chinese construction paper lanterns in Art Club. Mrs. Licher showed us videos of dragons dancing in New Years parades and played Chinese music during our work. We learned that lanterns are said to honor ancient spirits. Fireworks are another important part of the celebration. We also made paper puppet dragons in Art Club.

Culture Club helps us learn about different countries and people around the world. In Culture Club, we made a paper chain dragon and talked about the Chinese zodiac and its history. We were all born in the years 2005 or 2006, so we learned that we were born in the years of the monkey and rooster. 2015 is the year of the sheep, but sometimes it is said that it is the year of the goat.

Art Club and Culture Club students wish you a very happy lunar new year!


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Ms. Ethel Weems and Martin Luther King Jr.

Weems2      Ms. Ethel Weems and Martin Luther King Jr.

by Emeline and Nowa

Do you know anyone who has met Martin Luther King Jr.?  Students at Hoover Elementary do!  One of our favorite guest teachers is Ms. Ethel Weems.  She was born in Mississippi.  She lived on a farm near a small town and when she was ten years old she had to walk ten miles to school.  Ms. Weems had a hard and tough life in Mississippi.  Her African American family experienced discrimination when she was growing up in Mississippi during the 1960s.

In December, 1966,  Dr. King came to her small town to ask people to come with him and march for freedom.  Black people in the South did not have the freedom to vote, and they were not treated equally. Ms. Weems marched with her mother.  Ms. Weems was 15 years old when her mother asked her to walk alongside her.   The walk took fifteen minutes and then Dr. King gave a short speech about voting.  The people marched that day to help people vote for freedom.  They wanted the government to be fair to all the people, even the colored people.

Clearly, December, 1966 was an important time for Ms. Ethel Weems.

Do you shop on Thanksgiving day?

Do you think stores should be opened on Thanksgiving?  Ten year old Dori H.  says  no.  “I don’t think employees should have to work on Thanksgiving Day.”   Why?  “Employees need time to hang out with family and friends. Thanksgiving is a day to be thankful, and why not get the time to hang out with family and friends?  Ask for a day off.”  Also, Dori says to think about what Thanksgiving is really about.  If you don’t know, think about staying home and having a serving of turkey and apple pie!



Geckos came to Hoover School


by Amadi K.

Geckos make great pets, said Maya Carstensen, who came to our school to talk about her lizards.  Maya said geckos need food for the geckos to survive.  They eat worms, crickets, and sometimes dog food.  They prefer food that is alive, and they sleep during the day and move around at night.  They have different kinds of camouflage techniques.

Geckos have holes on the side of their heads to help them hear.  Geckos are easy to take care of and their cages are easy to clean.   Maya brought a leopard gecko named Sam Onion Pickle (age 6) and a blizzard gecko named Marylou (age 7).  They both make good pets because they are inexpensive and easy to care for. 

Thank you Maya, for bringing your cools pets to our school.

African Drum Assembly

by E. F.

I really liked our African drum assembly . Fonziba Koster is a drumming specialist who came to our school last week.  She brought thirty-two drums from Africa.  Africans in the Mallei tribe taught her how to play the drums.  She lived with a family with no running water or electricity.  Fonziba had to take a bath at the lake.

At the assembly, everybody got to do the dance called “Fonga”.  She called people to dance in front of the school.  I mostly liked when she taught us the “Fonga” dance.

African Drum Assembly

by. D. T.

I really enjoyed my school’s African drumming assembly. The drumming teacher was an African drumming specialist. She was trained by living in Africa for six months. She lived with a family that had no running water.

 The drumming specialist brought 32 drums to Hoover School. The top of the drums was made out of goat skin, and the bottom was made out of wood. Hoover fifth graders got to play the drums. All students got to sing and dance to songs.

My favorite part of the assembly was how much Hoover students got to dance.  

How Do Geckos Live?


How do geckos live?

by Emeline K.

Hoover Elementary had a speaker tell us all about geckos last week.  Geckos camouflage themselves by hiding in something that looks like them. They live for ten years and then they die. They also need water, fake leaves, and plants to live.  The geckos I saw had holes on the sides of their heads.  Some of them are called blizzard type, because they look like the color of snow.  The leopard type has the coloring of a leopard.  They sleep at night and are dry, bumpy and soft.   Geckos have extra fat in their tails because whenever they eat the food does not go to their stomach – it goes to their tail.  They need food to stay healthy.   Marylou was one of the geckos I saw.  She is a seven year old blizzard gecko and Sam is a six year old leopard gecko.  The presenter told us Marylou and Sam were  husband and wife.  As you can see, I learned a lot about geckos!

African drumming assembly

by 4th grader C.H.

I liked the African drumming assembly on Halloween. Fonziba Koster was our guest and she trained by practicing. They had no electricity or no running water where she lived in Africa. She probably got her water from a river. She brought thirty-two drums to the assembly. Some fifth graders were drumming on the stage which was the front of the gym. Now you can see that all students were included and no students were left out.

Leopard and blizzard geckos


by Doricas H.

Do you want to know about leopard geckos and lizard geckos?  First, leopard geckos and lizard geckos can both see on the sides of their heads, said Maya Carstensen.  Maya recently came to Hoover School to give a speech on her pets.  Maya says, “leopard geckos are friendly and kind”.  They’re good pets for kids Maya Carstensen’s age.  These pets only live for ten years.  They need water to live or they will die.

Lizards and geckos eat things like crickets and worms.  They prefer live food.  People have to put special spray on the food if it is not alive.  Their tails have some extra fat in them.

Clearly, leopard geckos and lizard geckos have many things in common.  They are great pets too!