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Herbert Hoover Middle School (Potomac, Maryland)

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Herbert Hoover Middle School
Location
8810 Post Oak Road
Potomac, MD 20854

Information
Type Public Middle School
Established 1966
School district Montgomery County Public Schools
Principal Yong-Mi Kim
Assistant principals William Gordon
Jon Green
Carl Bencal
Grades 6–8
Number of students 1012 (2009–2010)[1]
Grade 6 345
Grade 7 318
Grade 8 349
Student to teacher ratio 11.6 (2009–2010)
Color(s)          
Mascot Chargers
Information 301-469-1010
Website

Herbert Hoover Middle School is a public school for students in grades 6, 7 and 8 located in Potomac, Maryland. The original school building was built in 1966 and is located in a residential neighborhood. The school is separated from Winston Churchill High School (Potomac, Maryland) by the upper and lower playing fields. The completely renovated building opened in the fall of 2013.

The majority of students previously attended the feeder elementary schools Wayside, Beverly Farms and Potomac. In 2013, Mrs. Yong-Mi Kim became the new principal. Previously, she was the principal of Wayside Elementary, Potomac, MD.

Academics

Hoover offers a variety of courses, including band, computers, technology, marine biology, drama and chorus. Unlike some other middle schools in Montgomery County, Hoover does not offer home economics or shop class.

In 2007, over 70% of students who took the standardized Maryland School Assessment received scores in the highest possible performance level. In addition, less than 5% of students received scores in the lowest possible performance level.[2]

Hoover is one of two middle schools in Montgomery County that have the bridge program. The bridge program is identified by MCPS as providing "an intensive program for adolescents and young adults with emotional disabilities. The program's focus is on academic skill development and on altering behaviors that interfere with academic learning."[3] The bridge program is a separate class set for students with disabilities. Students take separate classes with smaller class sizes and the presence of one or more para educator. Some students take mainstream classes as well according to their abilities and capability to work without heavy support.

Field trips

Hoover has three popular travel programs:

  • The three-day Tangier Island/Smith Island program is a sixth grade trip incorporated into the Chesapeake Bay unit. The trips are sponsored by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and sixth grade science teachers. Because space is limited on the research vessels and bunkhouses, fifty students are chosen by lottery to participate; twenty-five girls go to Smith Island and twenty-five boys go to Tangier Island.
  • Marine biology students attend a Sea Camp Program at Marine Science Consortium, a nonprofit marine science organization.

Awards and recognition

Herbert Hoover Middle School is rated 10 out of 10 by GreatSchools, a school performance information site.[4] In addition, parents have rated the school 4 out of 5 stars.[4]

In 2009, the Center for Talented Youth at Johns Hopkins University named Hoover Middle School a top Maryland school.[5]

In 2009, the principal of Hoover Middle School, Billie-Jean Bensen, was presented the Mark Mann Excellence and Harmony Award by Montgomery County Public Schools. Superintendent Jerry Weast praised Bensen for making Hoover Middle School "an exceptional place where students can and do succeed."[6]

Performing Arts

Hoover has one of the best performing arts programs in all of Montgomery County. Led by Pamela Leighton-Bilik, the school puts on a different Gilbert and Sullivan production every year. In 2012, Ms. Bilik is leading the Gilbert and Sullivan production Patience (opera)[7] Pamela Bilik Productions also produces a number of Gilbert and Sullivan performances in Buxton England.[8] Ms. Bilik also produces at Opera Naples Summer Youth Program,[9] and has also recently announced that she has plans to continue the Gilbert and Sullivan tradition at Hoover with Pirates of Penzance in 2013. Ms. Bilik also teaches several drama classes to students of all grade levels.

Renovation

Hoover underwent a major renovation, completed in 2013. The total cost for the new building is about $48 million and will bump the school's core capacity from 927 to about 1200.[10] The modernized building will be LEED Silver certified.[11]

Design plans call for rebuilding the school around its newest wing, built in 1999. The new building will group students by grade; Hoover, originally designed as a junior high school, currently has classrooms grouped mostly according to subject. The new design will also separate car and bus traffic and allow more space on site for cars to queue.[10]

References

External links

  • Hoover statistics from MCPS

Coordinates: 39°2′41″N 77°10′43″W / 39.04472°N 77.17861°W / 39.04472; -77.17861

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