February 28, 2019
School calendar set for 2019-2020
2019-2020 School Calendar

The 2019-2020 school calendar has been approved by Hopkins County Board of Education. First day of school for students will be Wednesday, Aug. 7, and Fall Break will be Oct. 7-11. Click on the calendar to access a printable pdf.

Celebrating Charles Gant Day!

Tuesday, Feb. 19, was Charles Gant Day in Hopkins County Schools! Mr. Gant, currently assistant superintendent, has worked at West Broadway Elementary, Browning Springs Middle School, West Hopkins School, South Hopkins High School, Hopkins County Central High School, and the Central Office. This special day was designed to show him how much we support and love him! Several community agencies and businesses also took part. We appreciate their support! #Hoorah
SBDM Allocations

It's hard to believe we are already thinking about the 2019-2020 school year. As we begin our tentative budget cycle, SBDM funding allocations were sent to schools on Feb. 20, and budgets are due back to Finance on March 1.

702 KAR 3:246 requires school councils to receive three and one-half percent of SEEK guaranteed base funding based on prior year final average daily attendance. However, in 2018 HB200 lowered that amount to $100 per ADA for the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 school years. The Hopkins County Board of Education gives more, at $125 per ADA. This provides more funding at the school level so councils have extra resources to meet our students' needs.

First United supports students
Group photo with 14 people and several boxes filled with individual food items.

First United Bank employees and customers generously helped Hopkins County students through two recent service projects. They collected nonperishable food items, as well as hats, scarves and gloves for students who needed cold-weather gear. Each Family Resource Youth Services Center received a large box and bag of food for their Backpack Blessings Program.
Cuddle Up and Read Day
Two students pet cat on floor at Humane Society_ with one student holding a book.

Pride Elementary School's Courtyard of Curiosity hosted "Cuddle Up and Read Day" on Feb. 13 at Hopkins County Humane Society. Courtyard students volunteer at the Humane Society at least twice a year. However, this was the first time a literacy component was used as a therapy session at the shelter, with students reading to the animals. This event followed a school-wide pet supply drive that collected a truckload of pet supplies and more than $300 in monetary donations. Courtyard is an after-school club that serves students in 4th- to 6th grade. Older members mentor younger members in gardening and community projects.
Career Shadow Day
Four students sit at boardroom table_ talking to two employees.
Many of our 5th and 8th-grade students took part in "Groundhog Shadow Day" on Feb. 8. They spent time in area workplaces as part of the district's annual career education activity.
Mahr Park Lessons

Teachers from schools throughout the district met Feb. 26 to continue working towards completion of academic lessons and activities for students during visits to Mahr Park. Students in our region may learn about environmental science and the local impacts nature has on our community. Specific lessons will focus on History of Mahr Park, Aquatic and Wetland Ecosystems, Nature and Art, and Forest Health and Trees.
#LionChaser / #GiantSlayer

Pride Elementary School teacher Stacey Burns received the #LionChaser / #GiantSlayer Award at the Feb. 19 Board of Education meeting. She is described as having a way of making each child in her class feel like the only student in there. She provides a safe and nurturing environment that helps children learn, according to a parent. Working parents are put at ease, knowing that even when their child is missing Mom and Dad, Ms. Burns treats the students like her very own. She is described as the "everything I need teacher."

Browning Springs Middle School custodian Dana Johnson received the #LionChaser / #GiantSlayer Award at the Feb. 19 Board of Education meeting. He was honored for remaining cool and calm during the hoax bomb threat at the school in January. School Resource Officer Tyrone Gregory nominated Johnson for the award. "He was with me from the start," Gregory said. "He made it possible for everyone to have access to their lockers and classes that day, plus everything else they needed." 

How are YOU being a Giant Slayer?
Visiting Veterans

Earlington Elementary School's kindergartners visited the West Kentucky Veterans Center the morning of Feb. 15. They played games and interacted with the veterans. Ashly Groves, an employee of the center who is the mother of one of the students, invited the classes to visit.
KDCO State Champions!

Hopkins County Central High Voltage Dance Team won the State Championship in the Large Hip Hop Division at the KDCO State Competition Feb. 16 in Lexington. The team placed 3rd in Large Varsity Pom. Head coach is Vickie Fox and assistant coach is Ashley Mitchell. Congratulations to the team members and coaches!
Dollars and Sense

Hopkins County Schools Finance Director Eydie Tate was invited to give a presentation on "Dollars and Sense" during the 83rd annual Kentucky School Boards Association Conference in Louisville. We're so pleased Eydie was asked to share her knowledge! The conference theme was "Educate, Equip, Empower."
Book It! 5K & Fun Walk

The 7th annual Book It! 5K Run/Walk and 1-Mile Fun Walk will be held Saturday, March 23, at Baptist Health Fitness Formula. Anyone who pre-registers by March 15 is guaranteed a T-shirt. Registration begins on site March 23 at 8 a.m., with the race starting at 9 a.m.

The event is sponsored by Celebrate Literacy Hopkins County. A free book will be given to everyone who participates. An award will go to the school with the most participants.

The Ask Me! Button book give-away project, also sponsored by Celebrate Literacy Hopkins County, will be held March 18-22. Locations will be announced in March.

Preschool Screening

Kindergarten Registration

Event Calendar

March 4  - Board of Education Meeting, Central Office, 5:30 p.m.
March 10 - Daylight Savings Time begins at 2 a.m.
March 18 - Board of Education Meeting, Central Office, 5:30 p.m.
April 1-5 - Spring Break
April 5 - Central Office Closed

To submit information for upcoming issues, email Communications and Community Engagement Specialist Lori Harrison

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