Hodge Elementary School
700 West Eleventh Street
Azusa, CA 91702
FAX (626) 815-5531
Principal Victoria Velasquez
Secretary Terri Aldrete
Temporary PK and Kinder Schedules
August 25th - September 12th
Grades First -Third
M,T,W, and F 8:15 AM-2:10 PM
M,T,W, and F 8:15 -2:38 PM
Consolidated Schedule PK-Kinder
Minimum Day 1st-5th:
8:15 AM- 1:15 PM
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During STEM Camp, Hodge students are busy using CAD programs to design items that would be useful in outer space. They are using a 3-D printer to make a mold of their designed items. Students are also creating rockets, doing science experiments, taking a nature hike and much more. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math and the camp is designed to encourage students to consider careers in these fields.
Congratulations to our science fair winners. Our fifth graders provided us with amazing and creative projects. The winners were Adriana Escalante, Alisha Anne Concepcion, Abie Hernandez, Briton Alvarez, Jesse Estrada, Alana Brady, Chelsea Salazar, Nicholas Garcia, Hazel Rodriguez and Rosie Campos.
Recognizing Student's Birthdays
Starting August of 2014 Hodge Elementary School will have a new policy regarding the celebration of birthdays at school. Treats will no longer be a part of student birthday celebrations. Children’s birthdays will 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.
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 birthday, but when you multiply the time by 30 or more students, and 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, it’s 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!
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.
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.
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5:30 - PTA Mtg. Cafeteria
6:00 - Introductions in the Cafeteria
6:15-6:45 - Session One
6:50-7:20 - Session Two