Principal Victoria Velasquez says, "Hodge is an amazing place for children to learn and grow. I am grateful for the collaborative and supportive parents and staff. By working together, Hodge offers an enriching program for all students."
Since 1989, Ms. Velasquez has served in Azusa Unified School District. She has worked as an instructional aide, bilingual teacher, and District Bilingual Literacy Coach. 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 caring, safe, respectful, and productive learning environment.
Thank you for supporting our efforts to keep students healthy and focused to learn.
Cougars are Curious & Committed to Learning
• We Ask Questions
• We Take Risks
• We Make Mistakes
• We Persevere
Cougars are College & Career Bound
• We Read to Succeed
• We Think, Discuss, and Collaborate
• We Cite to Write
• We Analyze and Solve Problems
Cougars are Conscientious Citizens
• We Care
• We are Safe
• We are Respectful
• We are Productive
COUNT ON LEARNING AT HODGE!
Our Vision is to ensure that every student learns and makes progress each year. Our mission is to build and support a community of learners committed to inquiry and collaboration and we are dedicated to ensuring that by the end of 5th grade our students leave Hodge at levels of proficient or advanced.
Beginning Tuesday,Sept. 20th 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.
DISMISSAL & PICK-UP PROCEDURES:
TK-Kindergarten dismisses to a custodial guardian or parent at Gates A & B. Guardians/Parents need to observe traffic and parking rules. Please plan accordingly. There is no parking in the red zone, staff parking lot, circle drive, or by the cafeteria.
In grades 1st – 5th students must know in advance if they are “Walkers” or “Drivers”. Students designated as “Drivers” must be picked up at the valet, semi-circle driveway. “Walkers” must be picked up at the designated gate which is located at the far southeastern side of campus (nearest the park). To ensure safety and productivity during school hours the gate located next to the office will remain locked. Visitors must sign in at the office before entering campus.
No pedestrian pick-up is allowed at the valet pick-up area. All students being picked up by car should know they are to go to the “Driver’s side”. Students are only allowed to enter a car under the supervision of site personnel at the appropriately designated area. All walkers must be picked up at the "Walker’s Gate" by a custodial guardian or parent.