February 28, 2018
Sharing Acts of Kindness

Sharing simple acts of kindness is becoming a daily habit for the kids at Pride Elementary. Leaving a note in a backpack, picking up trash, or opening the door for another are the kinds of Collage of five photos on kindness decorations actions that have been shared on handmade hearts throughout the school.

"They are hanging like a chandelier in our lobby," said school guidance counselor Shannon Bowles.

The school's faculty first learned about the project at a conference. It got started at Pride in January. Pride is now a Kindness Certified School through The Great Kindness Challenge. This certificate was presented during an assembly involving Madisonville Mayor David Jackson.
The school celebrated Kindness Week from Jan. 22-26. During specials, children wrote or drew their acts of kindness on their hearts. Bulletin boards throughout the school display similar messages. The effort has grown, and continued through February, which is Acts of Kindness Month.

The in-school "Falcon News" TV show recognized students as "Kindness All-Stars."

"It's been amazing with the kids, and they've enjoyed it," Bowles said. "Everyone knows the winter is challenging. Depression spikes in the winter months. This has been an initiative that helped them when they were closed in the school. It has created a climate of us very intentionally going out of our way to be kind."

Students have started talking to each other about behaviors that are kind - or not.

"As we end the campaign for this year," Bowles said, "we want to aspire to be a school that's not only focused on academic excellence, but on character excellence."
Counselors honored for helping MCHS
Three of our guidance counselors were honored with Lion Chaser Awards at the Board of John Tichenor_ Shannon Bowles and Jeannie Morris honored by school board Education meeting Tuesday evening. Shannon Bowles of Pride Elementary, Jeannie Morris of Madisonville North Hopkins and retired counselor John Tichenor volunteered through the Kentucky Community Crisis Team in Frankfort to work with students at Marshall County High School following the tragic shooting there. They all accepted this challenge to help students who in need. Each of them is a true  #LionChaser

Jeannie Morris
"A Lion Chaser is willing to proceed into the unknown. Lion Chasers must set personal fear aside and approach new situations with courage and compassion.   I found the true Lion Chasers present in the students and staff of Marshall County that I had the privilege of serving. When tragedy struck their school, they did not allow fear to win. They chose to get back up and move forward. Their peace could not be stolen. 
In our counseling family, you will find many Lion Chasers. Each day we choose to face the unknown, in hopes of making a difference for the students and families in our schools. We hope to be a comforting light in the dark situations we face."  
- Jeannie L. Morris
Madisonville North Hopkins Guidance Counselor

"Just as Benaiah in 2 Samuel 23, the students, staff, and families of Marshall 
Shannon BowlesCounty High School have come together in the midst of grief and pain and they have faced the lion. As a strong community of faith, they have worked to support the students and families in a way that words could never capture. The stories and the heartache shared with me will remain in my heart for a lifetime, but the humanity and strength of a community of fellow Kentuckians will sing in my heart, as well! Leaving that school campus I reflected back on Opening Day and the words of Mrs. Ashby came to my mind. Without a doubt, the Kentuckians in Marshall County are the ultimate Lion Chasers."

- Shannon Bowles
Pride Elementary Guidance Counselor

John Tichenor "Due to my professional training as a school counselor, I felt obligated to assist anyway I could at Marshall County High School. It was the very least I could do during this tragic time. However, the real Lion Chasers are the First Responders, community, faculty and staff, and, most importantly, the student body of Marshall County High School. The entire Marshall County community remained tightly knit and connected through this horrific situation. I believe these people exemplify what a real Lion Chaser means."

- John Tichenor
Retired Guidance Counselor

How are YOU being a Lion Chaser?

7 teachers earn National Board Certification

Seven Hopkins County Schools' teachers just gained their National Board Certifications.  Across the country, there are 5,470 new NBCTs and another 3,957 who successfully renewed their certification.

Each of these accomplished educators earned the profession's highest mark of achievement through a rigorous, performance-based, peer-review process, demonstrating their proven impact on student learning and achievement, according to the National Board website.

The newly certified local teachers include the following:
  • Lee Allen, resource teacher at Hopkins County Schools Academy - Exceptional Needs Specialist / Early Childhood through Young Adulthood;
  • Micki Clark, English/language arts teacher at Madisonville North Hopkins - English Language Arts / Adolescence and Young Adulthood;
  • Amy Crabtree, English/language arts teacher at Madisonville North Hopkins - English Language Arts / Adolescence and Young Adulthood;
  • Rachel Flener, resource teacher at Hanson Elementary - Exceptional Needs Specialist / Early Childhood through Young Adulthood;
  • Kimberly Gentry, resource teacher at Hanson Elementary - Exceptional Needs Specialist / Early Childhood through Young Adulthood;
  • Brooke Stuart, kindergarten teacher at Earlington Elementary - Generalist / Early Childhood;
  • Sarah Tyson, English/language arts teacher at Hopkins County Central - English Language Arts / Adolescence and Young Adulthood.
The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards now lists 26 board-certified teachers for the Hopkins County district. Nationally, there are more than 118,000 Board-certified teachers.
School Calendar Changes

School will now be in session on Friday, March 16, which was previously set for Staff Development. This is a make-up day for Feb. 7, which was a snow day.
The professional development day originally set for March 16 has been changed to Tuesday, May 22. This is the day of the primary election, and previously was not in the school calendar.
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State Champions X 2

HCCHS - Large Varsity Hip Hop State Champs

Hopkins County Central dance team group photo
Hopkins County Central_s High Voltage Dance Team won State Champs in Large Varsity Hip Hop at the KDCO State Competition Feb. 24 in Frankfort. The team placed 2nd in Large Varsity Pom. Head coach is Vickie Fox and assistant coach is Ashley Mitchell.

SHMS - Small Middle School Hip Hop State Champs

Group photo of South Hopkins Dance Team
South Hopkins Middle School Dance Cats won the State Championship in Small Middle School Hip Hop at the KDCO Middle School State Competition Feb. 25 in Frankfort. The team placed 2nd in Pom. The coach is Whitney Perdue.

10th in the Nation

MNHHS cheer team
Madisonville North Hopkins' cheer team placed 10th at the UCA National High School Cheerleading Championship Feb. 11 at Orlando. The team competed in Small Varsity Division II. The head coach is Jamie Kerperien, assistant coaches are Jayde Johnson and Valerie Epperson, and tumbling and stunt assistant is Galwyn Harris.

Evelyn Nicholson

MLK Jr. Education Award

Pride Elementary School 3rd grade teacher Evelyn Nicholson was honore d with the Community Improvement Foundation's Martin Luther King Jr. Education Award on Jan. 20 during Hopkins County's 35th annual MLK celebration. In presenting the award, CIF board member Phillip Noel called Nicholson, "one of the best-kept secrets in Hopkins County," according to The Messenger. "She puts everything she has and everything she can do to save our kids in Hopkins County, and she believes that every kid can learn. That's a special gift." The event was held in Byrnes Auditorium on the Madisonville Community College health campus.

MLK Essay / Art Winners

Several Hopkins County students were honored in the Essay and Visual Arts contest organized through the Community Improvement Foundation as part of Hopkins County's 35th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration. The theme was "Keeping the Dream Alive: How is the Work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Relevant to Your Generation?" The list of winners follows:

K-1st grade
Art: 1st Eric Clark, Hanson Elementary.

2nd-3rd grade
Essay: 1st Avery Todd, Pride Elementary; 2nd Chloe Rawlins, West Hopkins; 3rd Lily Blades, Pride Elementary;
Art: 1st Gauge Clark, Hanson Elementary; 2nd Veda Cook and 3rd Macey Wright, both of West Broadway Elementary.

4th-5th grade
Essay: 1st Madison Arnold and 2nd Will Strader, both of Pride Elementary; 3rd Caitlin McClain, West Broadway;
Art: 1st Abigail Keown and 2nd Raul Morero, both of Grapevine Elementary; 3rd Sarah McCoy, West Broadway.

6th-8th grade
Essay: 1st Ella Knight, 2nd Emma Hampton, and 3rd Megan Oakley, all of James Madison Middle;
Art: 1st Ja'Coria Robinson, James Madison Middle.

9th-12th grade
Essay: 1st Ronak Patel, 2nd Kurt Stallins, 3rd Zane Jackson, all of Madisonville North Hopkins;
Art: 1st Keri Reynolds and 2nd Natalie Richey, both of Hopkins County Central.
Chinese New Year
Five photo collage of Chinese New Year celebration
Southside Elementary School students explored Asian Culture during a special celebration of the Chinese New Year.

PBIS Fidelity

School representatives hold PBIS stickers
Schools that reached PBIS Fidelity for the 2016-2017 school year were honored by the Board of Education on Feb. 20. Earlington Elementary reached Silver Status, and the others were Bronze Status.

Fighting Juvenile Diabetes
Two students sing National Anthem at basketball game

Hopkins County Central held a "Blues for Green" on Jan. 23 to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The school also donated $1 for every ticket sold to that night's basketball game, and donations were collected at the game. A total of $454 was donated to JDRF from the Hopkins County Central event. Also, at that night's game, HCCHS senior Becky Brooks and Southside Elementary 4th-grader Mary Grace Starks, who both have Type 1 diabetes, sang the National Anthem.

Book It! 5K, 1-Mile Walk set for March 10
School with the most participants wins award

The annual Book It! 5K Run/Walk and 1-Mile Fun Walk will be held Saturday, March 10. The race starts at 9 a.m. at Baptist Health Fitness Formula in Madisonville. On-site registration begins that morning at 8. Pre-register by Tuesday, March 6, for a guaranteed T-shirt.

An award will go to the school with the most participants. Also, 1st-place awards will be given in each age group, and 1st-place overall awards will be given in the men's and women's divisions.

Each participant will receive a free book. This annual event was moved to March this year to correspond with Literacy Celebration Month. It is part of the Hopkins County Literacy Celebration. Please go to the following links to register online (payment must be mailed) or access the printable form

Community Partners

The community organization that #TeamHopkins will highlight in March is Free Cakes for Kids (Southside Elementary). 

Free Cakes for Kids is a nonprofit organization based on the belief that every child deserves a special birthday cake. Volunteers help by being baking, delivery persons or giving monetary donations.

Viral Video

KMEA's All-State Choir has made an annual tradition of singing the "Star-Spangled Banner" off MNHHS students at All-State Choir their balconies in the atrium of the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Louisville. This year's rendition became a viral video that was featured nationally on Fox News. Participants included five Madisonville North Hopkins Chamber Choir members: Will Curtis, Staley Clark, Lauren Goodman, Brooks Holley and Jaevion Croney.

All-State Choir "Star-Spangled Banner"

Handwritten Notes to Service Members

JROTC cadets review letters before sending them
Hopkins County Central students wrote handwritten notes to service members across the world Jan. 31. The project was organized by the AFJROTC program and the English department. The letters were written to attach to cookies distributed to deployed service members through the nonprofit organization Grammy's Cookie Convoy. There were 601 students who participated.

Event Calendar

March 5 - Board of Education meeting, Central Office, 5:30 p.m.
March 19  - Board of Education meeting, Central Office, 5:30 p.m.
April 2-6 - Spring Break

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