January 31, 2019
School Board Recognition

Kentucky has observed School Board Recognition Month in January, and Hopkins County January is School Board Recognition Month logo Schools joined in the celebration. Please join us in thanking board members J.W. Durst, Susanne Wolford, Steve Faulk, John Osborne, and Bobby Fox for their service. They are among more than 850 school board members in the state's 173 local school districts who are being recognized this month for their service. This document gives information on the board's commitment to our students.

Ashby, Gregory appointed to KYASRO Board

Hopkins County Schools Superintendent Deanna Ashby and Madisonville Police Officer Tyrone Gregory have been appointed to the Kentucky Association of School Resource Officers Officer Tyrone Gregory and Superintendent Deanna Ashby Executive Board.

"We are excited about this opportunity," Ashby said. "Across the state, the number of SROs has increased from 271 to 405, and is still growing."

Hopkins County Schools has been a leading part of that growth. The district has more than doubled the number of school resource officers to 11 as a result of partnerships between the district and MPD and Hopkins County Sheriff's Office.

Ashby, an educational adviser for KYASRO, is the first school superintendent to serve on the board. Gregory is the Region 1 representative.

"We are working on increasing the partnership and collaboration between law enforcement and educators," Ashby said. "KYASRO joined the Kentucky Association of School Administrators this past summer for a joint state conference for professional learning and networking."

Gregory, who is the school resource officer at Browning Springs Middle School, said serving on the board is a great opportunity.

"It shows that people are looking at the partnerships we have between law enforcement and schools in Hopkins County to see where they want to go with their programs," he said.
The district's "footprint" of resource officers in the schools is well-respected in the state, Ashby said.

"Officer Gregory and I feel this is a great opportunity to affect not only the kids of Hopkins County, but also to have a lasting impact on kids all across the state," she said.
Tax forms have been mailed

W2s were mailed Jan. 29
. 1095C (Affordable Care Act Forms) will go out before the deadline of March 4 .
Fox joins Board of Education
Board attorney Keith Cartwright administers oath of office to Bobby Fox
Newly elected Hopkins County Board of Education member Bobby Fox took the oath of office at the start of Monday's school board meeting. He is filling the Division 4 seat. Please welcome Bobby Fox to the Board of Education!
Finance Updates

District Facility Plan
Hopkins County Schools is in the process of updating the District Facilities Plan (DFP). This process is governed by 702 KAR 4:180 and is a comprehensive review and evaluation of the school district's facilities. The DFP is used to determine the district's need calculation and a guide on spending restricted construction funds. A Local Planning Committee (LPC) has been established to develop the DFP. The 20 committee members include parents; teachers; building administrators; central office staff; the Director of Facilities; local board members; local governmental building, code enforcement and planning officials; and the Superintendent, who is a non-voting member. The LPC met on Jan. 3 for orientation. A public forum was held at Madisonville North Hopkins on Jan. 7, and the committee approved the draft plan. The DFP has been submitted to KDE and we are waiting for their review and comments. A follow-up LPC meeting and public forum will be announced when the district receives the comments and recommendations from KDE.

Utility Tax
Out of the 173 school districts in Kentucky, Hopkins County is among only six county districts that do not have the utility tax. Property owners assume the local responsibility for funding public education. Property tax rates may seem high in Hopkins County, but it is the only local revenue source. Our equivalent tax rate (or the combined tax rate) is lower than 108 of the 173 districts. The utility tax is a recallable tax, meaning it could go to vote and would require support from our community.

HVAC BGs
The Hopkins County Board of Education and KDE have approved construction projects for new HVAC systems at Jesse Stuart, Southside, and Earlington Elementary schools. We plan for these projects to take place over the summer so instruction is not interrupted. The total estimated cost of these projects is $425,000. The schools were selected by the facilities department based on current HVAC systems and need.
Assessment Updates

The third, and final, Universal Screener window of the school year is within sight. Please be sure to mark your calendars with the following dates:
  • Middle & High Schools will test (MAP & CERT) March 11 through March 29.
  • Elementary Schools will test (MAP) April 8 through April 30.
Our end-of-year summative assessments are something to begin considering, as well.
  • High School Juniors are slated to take the ACT on Tuesday, March 12, 2019.
  • K-PREP assessments will once again occur during the final fourteen (14) instructional days of the school year.
At times, it may seem the accountability model under which we operate can be hard to keep up with! You can see this school year's accountability indicators in the chart below.

2018-2019 Assessments Included in Accountability Indicators

If you have any questions or need help of any kind ... never hesitate to ask! Send an email, call or text, or even stop by Central Office for a visit. We are happy to help!
Devine, Elkins inducted into leadership group
April Devine_ Deanna Ashby and Ann Elkins at KWEL induction

Hopkins County Schools Director of Pupil Personnel April Devine and Director of Human Resources Ann Elkins have been inducted into Cohort 2 of the Kentucky Women in Education Leadership. Nannette Johnston, KASA Director, presented each of them with the commemorative pin during the induction ceremony. The mission of KWEL is to "create and maintain a community of professional women education leaders by promoting exemplary quality, equity, and self-confidence through personal leadership growth, mentorship, and support in career advancement."
#LionChaser / #GiantSlayer

Superintendent Deanna Ashby_ board chairman J.W. Durst_ Jonathon Wells holding certificate_ and HCCHS Principal Jon Wells

Jonathan Wells, a math teacher at Hopkins County Central, was presented with the #LionChaser / #GiantSlayer Award at the Dec. 17 Board of Education Meeting. He was honored for responding generously to help provide breakfast food to students on Nov. 16. Breakfast wasn't served in the cafeteria because of a two-hour delay that day. Mr. Wells obtained donations from donut shops and other businesses that morning. Twelve dozen donuts, hundreds of Pop-Tarts and cereal bars, and 15 cases of bottled water were donated. Since then, Hopkins County Schools has announced that breakfast WILL be served when there is a two-hour delay. That morning, nearly 500 students received breakfast because of his actions!

Chloe Young receives certificate_ with Superintendent Ashby_ board Chair J.W. Durst_ and South Hopkins Principal Jan Richey

The #LionChaser / #GiantSlayer Award was presented to Chloe Young, an 8th-grader at South Hopkins Middle School, at the Dec. 17 Board of Education meeting. Chloe is a teacher's "go-to" for just about anything at the school! She is a leader in Fellowship of Christian Students on Thursday mornings, leads discussions with peers on sensitive topics, and plans weekly with the adult leader of FCS. She serves as a member of the SHMS news team, the Hopkins County Central softball team, and her church. She started a "lunch bunch" of other girls who meet with a teacher to discuss everyday issues. She is also an Honor Roll student. Chloe is described as compassionate, giving, and hard-working in every aspect of her life.

Patricia Martin holds certificate with board Chair J.W. Durst and Assistant Superintendent Charles Gant

The #LionChaser / #GiantSlayer Award was presented to Patricia Martin at the Jan. 14 Board of Education meeting. After a bus was rear-ended on Nebo Road in December, Assistant Superintendent Charles Gant arrived on the scene and saw Martin, who he thought was the bus monitor. She followed his instructions to get on the bus to keep kids quiet, then continued to monitor their behavior and kept noise at a minimum, helped transfer the kids to a new bus, and checked the old bus to make sure no belongings were left behind. She had been at the scene helping for more than 2 hours before telling Mr. Gant she was actually the parent of a child on the bus and not a district employee. Ms. Martin did everything she could to help, and treated all of the kids as if they were her own. She is definitely a #LionChaser!

How are YOU being a Giant Slayer?
Judge-Executive visits high schools
Judge-Executive Jack Whitfield talks to group of students in Hopkins County Central media center.

Hopkins County Judge-Executive Jack Whitfield visited with students at Hopkins County Central (pictured) and Madisonville North Hopkins high schools. He was seeking input on what career fields interest them and what might keep them in Hopkins County.
End of Trimester 2

The last day of Trimester 2 will be Friday, Feb. 15. This date is incorrect on the district wall calendar.
National Beta School of Distinction
Grapevine Elementary honored for achievement, leadership
Grapevine Beta Club group photo in gym

National Beta has announced Grapevine Elementary School is a 2018-2019 National School of Distinction. This award is an honor for Beta Chapters striving towards academic achievement, exemplary character, demonstrated leadership and service to others. With an ongoing quest to instill these qualities in more students, the National Beta School of Distinction Award is designed to award those schools that show an increase in membership for the current school year.
 
"It is an absolute honor for Grapevine Elementary School to be named a National Beta School of Distinction, said Principal Steven Bauer. "The students and teachers at Grapevine are committed to the ideals of academic achievement, character, leadership, and service. For example, the fourth and fifth grade Jr. BETA Club sponsored a school-wide canned and boxed food drive to benefit the Grapevine FRYSC. The classrooms at GES contributed a total of 911 cans or boxes of food that will be used by the FRYSC to provide holiday meals to our families that are in need, not only for Christmas but also for Easter 2019. In addition, they were able to collect over 700 pounds of pet food to donate to our local humane society. GES Jr Beta fully embraces the National Beta motto of 'Let us lead by serving others.'"
 
The school received a National Beta School of Distinction banner. In addition, National Beta School of Distinction recipients will be publicized at the 2019 National Beta Convention in Oklahoma City, OK this June.
New bleachers installed at WHS
Class sits in two sections of the new lower red bleachers in the gym

A new set of floor-level bleachers has been installed at West Hopkins School, thanks to funding from Hopkins County Board of Education. The bleachers provide 214 seats, and include four areas that are handicapped accessible. Installation in the gym was completed last month, and they were first used at the band concert and student presentations. What a great addition to the school!
Attendance Wall of Fame
Students show their painted blocks to FRC Coordinator

West Broadway Elementary School students who had no absences or tardies during the 1st trimester got to paint a block on the new "Attendance Wall of Fame" in the school cafeteria. This attendance incentive will also be offered during 2nd and 3rd trimester. The kids enjoyed creating their designs.
Political Action KYA participants on steps outside State Capitol

Students from Browning Springs and James Madison Middle schools left their mark on Kentucky Youth Assembly this week in Louisville and Frankfort. Groups from both schools introduced bills that successfully passed the House and Senate and became law. They both also achieved "Premiere Delegation" status.

Browning Springs' bill proposed having a mandatory 30 minutes of physical activity during the school day. The James Madison bill amended the Practical Living requirement in high school.
Browning Springs students holding certificates at KYA
BSMS student Ryerson Brower and JMMS student Lauren Wooten won Outstanding Delegate awards. JMMS students Molly Kate Bradley and Ali Ipock earned Outstanding Speaker awards, and Mia Newcom and Wyatt Coleman served as House and Senate committee chairs.
Learning Life Skills
SRO LyDon Logan with five students holding wrapped gifts

Southside Gentlemen's Club wrapped presents for families that the Family Resource Center is helping for Christmas. Deputy Logan, the school resource officer, meets with the boys biweekly as a mentor and teaches Life Skills lessons. They learned how to wrap presents in December. In January, they were to learn how to tie a tie.

MNHHS Cheer Team heading to Nationals
MNHHS cheer team sits on floor around Sectional Champion trophy

Madisonville North Hopkins High School cheerleaders will compete at the UCA National High School Cheerleading Championship Feb. 8-10 at Walt Disney World Resort. The team won the KHSAA Section 1 Championship in the small varsity division in November, advancing to the State Competitive Cheer Championships in Lexington.
Blues raise green for JDRF
HCCHS teacher Allison Starks_ her daughter_ Mary Grace_ holding presented check in envelope_ and Assistant Superintendent Charles Gant

Assistant Superintendent Charles Gant presented Hopkins County Central teacher Allison Starks and her daughter, Mary Grace, a Southside Elementary student, with $1,635 for the JDRF (formerly the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation). The funds were donated by district staff during a "blues for green" jeans day fundraiser last month spearheaded by Starks.

New Year's Fitness
Martial arts demonstration

Earlington Elementary families and students welcomed the new year at Family Fitness Night on Jan. 8. Stations featured martial arts, an obstacle course and hoop shoot.
Community Action Madisonville Mayor Cotton talks to three students sitting around a table

Three Pride Elementary students learned earlier this month how they can make a difference in their community! The students approached Principal Kristy Saint with concerns about the basketball court at neighboring Dr. Festus Claybon Park being damaged by cars driving on it. With help from school staff, the students got the opportunity on Jan. 8 to talk about the matter with Madisonville Mayor Kevin Cotton and Parks Superintendent Jeff Duvall. They heard the concerns of Markezz Hightower, Lamonte Ratcliff and Trey Sedgwick, as well as their suggestions for making improvements.
Oath of Enlistment
Ten students lined up on gym floor take the oath of enlistment in crowded gym

As part of Military Appreciation Night during the Hopkins County Central - Madisonville North Hopkins rivalry game on Jan. 25, seniors from both schools who have made the commitment to join the military after high school were recognized. Major Beverly Mock, AFJROTC instructor at HCCHS, administered the oath of enlistment to the students between games.
Muffins with Moms at JSES
Mom with two daughters at table in Jesse Stuart gym

Jesse Stuart Elementary students enjoyed breakfast during "Muffins with Moms" on Jan. 8. About 155 moms took part in the special event.

100th Day
Teacher with six students dressed up as 100-year-olds for 100th day of school

Several of our elementary schools celebrated the 100th Day of school on Jan. 25. Students dressed up like 100-year-olds, and took part in special crafts and math activities.
Lockdown Drills
Robert Carter talks to law enforcement in board room

School Resource Officers and representatives of other law enforcement agencies gathered at the Central Office recently. They were receiving information prior to heading out to conduct lockdown drills in our schools.
State Attorney General speaks to administrators

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear spoke to Hopkins County Schools' principals, Andy Beshear talks to administrators_ four of whom are in photo directors, and board members during the Administrators Meeting on Jan. 10 at Hopkins County Career and Technology Center. Topics relating to education included the pension lawsuit, charter schools, preschool, and more. He also discussed the opioid addiction crisis. Superintendent Deanna Ashby presented Beshear with a #LionChaser T-shirt in appreciation for his visit.
Earlington FRC receives donations

The James Larmouth Family Resource Center at Earlington Elementary School has received two Donated groceries shown in 2 shopping carts recent memorial donations.

Emily Lamb donated 380 books to the FRC on Jan. 28. This donation is in memory of her father, the late Dr. Ferris Larsen, and in honor of her mother, Evelyn Larson. She has donated books on behalf of her parents for the past six years.

The family of the late Carlene Mason requested that memorial donations be made to the James Larmouth FRC Backpack Blessing Program. She was the mother and mother-in-law of Ruth and Ray Gillaspie. More than $1,000 in food was donated in her memory.
Event Calendar

Feb. 15 - Last Day of Trimester
Feb. 18 - No School / Presidents' Day
Feb. 19  - Board of Education Meeting, Central Office, 5:30 p.m.
March 4 - Board of Education Meeting, Central Office, 5:30 p.m.

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