Principal Victoria Velasquez says Hodge is fortunate to have such supportive parents and staff. By working together, Hodge offers an enriching program to students.
Since 1989, Ms. Velasquez has served as an instructional aide, teacher and District Bilingual Literacy Coach in Azusa Unified. In 2012-13, she was a Los Angeles County Teacher of the Year. She holds a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Azusa Pacific University.
Dear Hodge Cougars,
Since August of 2014 Hodge Elementary School has implemented a health conscious policy regarding the celebration of birthdays at school. Food treats are no longer be a part of student birthday celebrations. Children’s birthdays may be celebrated in class with each teacher acknowledging birthdays in a special way such as a birthday crown, singing happy birthday, allowing a child to share a special book with the class, or in another manner appropriate for their age and grade. There will continue to be opportunities for seasonal parties and other special events, but all food items need to meet the USDA and CDE nutrition guidelines. (See AUSD website and locate the Department of Nutrition Services for additional information:
The reasons for this change in policy include health concerns and the loss of instructional time. I can imagine it does not sound like much instructional time is lost for recognizing a student’s birthday, but when you multiply the time by 30 or more students, realizing that not all birthday treats sent have been modest or easy to serve, it adds up to the equivalent of one or more days of lost instruction. Additionally, several of our students have health concerns related to food, including allergies, obesity, diabetes, and sensitivities to dyes. Furthermore, it is not uncommon for more than one birthday treat to be delivered on the same day, resulting in two sweet treats within one day. Although we are eager to celebrate each individual and to acknowledge their special day, in a caring manner, it’s also important to maintain a safe, respectful, and productive learning environment.
Thank you for supporting in our efforts to keep students healthy and focused to learn.
Hodge Cougars are
Cougars are Safe!
Cougars are Respectful!
Cougars are Productive!
Beginning Monday,Sept. 14th TK and Kinder Schedules M,T,W, & F
Early Bird 8:15-1:10
Late Bird: 9:15-2:10
Every Thursday Consolidated Schedule
Grades First -Third
M,T,W, and F 8:15 AM-2:10 PM
M,T,W, and F 8:15 -2:38 PM
M,T,W, and F : Dual Immersion 4th & 5th 3:15 Dismissal
Consolidated Schedule PK-Kinder
Minimum Day 1st-5th:
8:15 AM- 1:15 PM
Hodge School Excels
For the second year in a row, Hodge Elementary School received the Title I Academic Achievement Award. Only 56 schools in California are receiving this prestigious award for sustained progress in academic improvement among low-income students. "These schools serve students facing real challenges, and they’ve risen to meet them through hard work and dedication. It is inspiring to see their students achieve more in the classroom today so they can enjoy more opportunity in the years to come,” said State Superintendent Torlakson.
Hodge Elementary School is committed to act on our shared belief that all students can learn!
In collaboration with faculty, staff, students, and parents, our community shares a commitment to increase learning for all. Teachers mediate student learning to ensure that all students are progressing academically and socially.
Community works together to provide a caring, safe, respectful and productive learning environment for all students. Hodge sustains a school-wide focus on California Common Core Standards-based education while affording multiple opportunities for students to develop the critical thinking, creativity, communication and collaboration skills necessary to sustain life-long learning in the 21st Century.