May 31, 2019
From the Superintendent: Summer Reading

One of my favorite things to do during summer break is to read a good book. In this year's Deanna Ashby selection there is a passage I want to share: "Southwest Airlines regularly holds meetings at every level of the company to determine how well managers and workers feel the team is meeting the corporate values, and to identify steps to bring their actions more into alignment." I'm guessing their reflection helps them to be so successful.

On Closing Day, I asked all the directors to meet to review your "homework assignments" from the Studer Rounding with schools. It gave us a great opportunity to reflect, respond, and refocus on our core values. We talked about ways in which we can improve our processes and procedures. Thank you for your valuable input this year. As #TeamHopkins, we want to continue to "learn and inspire" for our kids and community!!

I hope you are able to rest and enjoy a good book this summer!!!
Summer Food Program

With the start of summer, it's time to think about how children in our community will eat healthy Kids Eat - Summer Feeding Logo while school is out. In partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Hopkins County Schools and Hopkins County Family YMCA are providing free meals to children this summer. Anyone age 18 or younger may come and eat for free!

We will update the list of sites regularly on the district's Food Services website. To check locations and times, visit; or text "FOOD" to 877877.

Summer Food Program Flyer

Two Selected as Assistant Superintendents

Two Hopkins County Schools' administrators have been selected to serve the district as assistant Amy Smith Marty Cline superintendents. District Director of Secondary Instruction Marty Cline and West Broadway Elementary School Principal Amy Smith will start their new positions on July 1.

"We are so pleased that Mr. Cline and Mrs. Smith will bring their many talents to serve the district in new roles during the upcoming school year," said Superintendent Deanna Ashby. "They both have extensive experience in education and are dedicated to the continued success of Team Hopkins."

The late Charles Gant served as assistant superintendent until he passed away March 18. The second assistant superintendent position has been vacant throughout this school year. Both Cline and Smith will oversee instruction, with Cline also handling facilities and Smith working with transportation.

Klaas named director of secondary instruction
Christian Klaas
Christian Klaas, an assistant principal at Madisonville North Hopkins High School, has beennamed director of secondary instruction for Hopkins County Schools.

"I am extremely excited and thankful for the opportunity to serve in this new role," Klaas said. "I am looking forward to working with all the schools and teachers in Hopkins County, as well as being a part of the district's leadership team. I cannot wait to get started."

Perfect Attendance!

Congratulations to these employees who maintained perfect attendance for the 2018-2019 school year:
Larry Cavanah-HCDT
Jolaine McNary-BSMS
Melissa Lutz-EES
Denise Sizemore-HES
Valerie Dunlap-HCCHS
Beth Hancock-HCCHS
Jon Wells-HCCHS
Brenda East-JSES
Heather Vance-JSES
Kelsey Beshears-MNHHS
Michael Bourland-MNHHS
Adam Harris-MNHHS
Michael Quinn-MNHHS
Tommy Ransom-MNHHS
Brian Welch-MNHHS
Trey Brasher-PES
Stacy Howard-PES
Beulah Mosley-PES
Kathryn Cartwright-SHMS
Linda Lam-SHMS
Morton Cobb-SES
Lois Stanley-SES
Michelle Larkins-WBES
Sherri Riggs-WBES
Eric Stone-WHS
Ronald Watson-WHS
Rebakah Abrams-Transportation
Karen Franklin-Transportation
Lucy Hosman-Transportation
William Bratcher-Bus Garage
David Durham-Bus Garage
Kenneth Ashby-Maintenance
Jason Dunlap-Maintenance
George Jones-Maintenance
Jerry Russ-Maintenance
Deanna Ashby-Central Office
Andrew Belcher-Central Office
Robert Carter-Central Office
Ann Elkins-Central Office
Tyler Moore-Central Office
Drew Taylor-Central Office

Summer Hours at Central Office

Beginning June 3, Central Office will be open summer hours. Hours will be 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Home Hospital Instructors

Anyone who is interested in teaching home hospital instruction for the 2019-2020 school year should contact Angie Lester in the Department of Pupil Personnel. She may be reached at, or 270-825-6100, Ext. 22502.
SHMS receives Project Fit America Grant

South Hopkins Middle School has been awarded a $16,756 grant funded by Baptist Health Baptist Health presents Project Fit America Banner Madisonville to launch Project Fit America, a fitness program aimed at reducing childhood obesity. 

Baptist Health Madisonville has invested over $215,000 to provide the fitness program to area elementary schools since their partnership with Project Fit America began in 2014. South Hopkins Middle School will become the first middle school in the area to receive the grant that will provide indoor and outdoor fitness equipment, teacher training and curriculum materials. 
This brings the total number of schools to receive Project Fit America grants from Baptist Health Madisonville to thirteen. Previous winners have included West Broadway, Grapevine and Pride Elementary in Hopkins County, Longest and Central City Elementary in Muhlenberg County, Sinking Fork, Freedom, Pembroke and Crofton Elementary in Christian County, Whitesville Elementary in Daviess County, along with Sebree and Clay Elementary in Webster County.

For more information see the full news release.
Summer Payroll

Payroll has to process all the summer payrolls before our fiscal year ends on June 30, 2019. Employees may receive multiple direct deposit stubs by email before June 30. However, all the funds will not be direct deposited at that time. We will direct deposit the funds over the pay dates of June 28, July 15, July 30, and Aug. 15 when applicable.
Travel Reimbursements

Board Policies 03.125 and 03.225 require travel reimbursement to be submitted within one week of travel. Please have all travel reimbursements turned in to Accounts Payable at Central Office no later than June 28, 2019. Any travel turned in after this date will be denied for payment.
Stroud honored by Board of Education

South Hopkins Middle School teacher Garris Stroud was honored by the Board of Education on Monday, May 6, for being one of three semifinalists for Kentucky Middle School Teacher of the Year. The nine semifinalists were among 24 educators who were named 2020 Valvoline Teacher Achievement Award winners. They were chosen based on their scores from the first round of judging, which was conducted by a blue-ribbon panel of veteran educators. Applications included information on nominees' teaching philosophies, teaching experiences, involvement in their respective communities and letters of recommendation. This also put him in the running for Kentucky Teacher of the Year.
2018-2019 Retirees Recognized
Twelve district retirees post for group photo

Congratulations to our 2018-2019 retirees! They were honored at a luncheon at Hopkins County Career & Technology Center. Pictured, front row from left, are Kiwania Dunlap, food service manager, Southside Elementary; Lori Taylor, food service manager, Madisonville North Hopkins; Delores Yates, bus driver, Transportation Department; Tonnette Huskey, bus driver, Transportation Department; Andara Randolph, teacher, Pride Elementary; Crystal Ramsey, teacher, Earlington Elementary; back row from left, David Sisk, bus driver, Transportation Department; Susan Tebbetts, instructional assistant, Southside Elementary; Kenna Moore, speech instructional assistant, Hanson Elementary; Pam Gallimore, FMD instructional assistant, South Hopkins Middle; Karen Davis, finance secretary, SHMS; and Scotty Parsons, teacher, James Madison Middle. Retirees not pictured include Mary Chandler, career educator, Career and Technology Center; bus drivers Gladys Cobb, Vonda Harris, Rebecca Ladd, Boyd Mackey, and Teresa Witherspoon; Beth Huff, school psychologist, Central Office; Melissa Jewell, itinerant speech instructional assistant; Virginia McGregor, teacher, Hopkins County Central; Kirk McQueen and Lance Menser, teachers at SHMS; Rebecca Robinson, computer lab tech, West Broadway Elementary; Dana Sullivan, teacher, Browning Springs Middle; and Kim Thorpe, finance secretary, Earlington Elementary.
#LionChaser / #GiantSlayer

Hopkins County Court Designated Workers Eric Brown, Marshae Hopson and Lanise Stone werehonored with the #LionChaser / #GiantSlayer Award at the May 6 Board of Education meeting. (Mr. Brown and Ms. Hopson were unable to attend.) They go above and beyond the call of duty to mentor, educate and form relationships with Hopkins County teens and their families. Their positive intervention at such a critical point in the lives of our youth often makes such a difference in these students' lives. We thank them for being part of the #TeamHopkins family and celebrate them for the countless hours they work to make a difference in our community!

How are YOU being a Giant Slayer?

Olympic Field Day Fun
College of photos from North and Central Olympic Field Days
Students from throughout the district had lots of fun during the recent Olympic Field Days. They were held on April 26 at Hopkins County Central High School and April 30 at Madisonville North Hopkins High School.
Talent Show Winners Honored

Bailey Stanley won 1st place in the Elementary District Talent Show with a vocal performance of "Thousand Years." Olivia Russell, who performed an interpretive dance to "They Live in You," received 2nd place. Madison Ramage placed 3rd for her vocal performance of "Juke Box Blues." Thanks to Madisonville Community College Lions Club for sponsoring the district competitions, which were held at Glema Mahr Center for the Arts. The Talent Show Series is offered through Hopkins County Schools' Gifted & Talented Services.

Justin and Katelyn Rodgers won 1st place in the Middle School District Talent Show for their drums/piano performance "Battle of the Twins." Ariel Gee and Chase Brummer, who gave a vocal/piano performance of "Boys Like You," received 2nd place. Abigail Wheeler placed 3rd with a vocal performance of "All I Want." Thanks to Madisonville Community College Lions Club for sponsoring the district competitions, which were held at Glema Mahr Center for the Arts. The Talent Show Series is offered through Hopkins County Schools' Gifted & Talented Services.

Makayla Cummins won 1st place in the High School District Talent Show with her vocal performance of "Memory." Lasia Vanlue, who gave a vocal performance of "Rise Up," received 2nd place. Markkeyce Vanlue placed 3rd for his dance to "iRobot." Thanks to Madisonville Community College Lions Club for sponsoring the district competitions! The Talent Show Series is offered through Hopkins County Schools' Gifted & Talented Services.
Run for the Roses

In anticipation of the Kentucky Derby on May 4, kindergarten and 1st-grade students had their own Run for the Roses race at Pride Elementary School the day before. Students learned various facts about the Derby and the race horses.
World's Greatest Baby Shower
Crowd at the World_s Greatest Baby Shower visit booths

All expectant and new mothers were invited to the Hopkins County World's Greatest Baby Shower on April 25 at the Madisonville City Park Clubhouse. A variety of booths were set up and door prizes were given away. The event was sponsored by the Hopkins County Family Resource Youth Services Centers.
JROTC receives Distinguished Unit Award

Air Force JROTC Unit KY-20001 at Hopkins County Central High School has been selected as one of 376 units to receive the 2018-2019 Air Force JROTC Distinguished Unit Award. This award recognizes Air Force JROTC units that have performed well above and beyond normal expectations, and that have distinguished themselves through outstanding service to their school and community while meeting the Air Force JROTC citizen development mission for America. The objectives of the program are to educate and train high school cadets in citizenship and life skills; promote community service; instill responsibility, character, and self-discipline through character education, and to provide instruction in air and space fundamentals.
'A Teacher Who Makes a Difference' Libby Groves

Libby Groves received the "A Teacher Who Makes a Difference" award from University of Kentucky's College of Education. She was nominated by fellow teacher Garris Stroud. The nomination letter said, in part, "Mrs. Groves is a tremendous educator, leader and mentor of students and fellow teachers alike. I've taught alongside her at South Hopkins Middle School for two years now, and her expertise in reading instruction is unparalleled. She consistently sets a high bar for her students both in and outside of the classroom, and this is just one of the reasons why her students achieve at a high level year after year. ... She sets an example for young educators and makes a difference in children's lives."
Summertime Blessings Four people with collection of food items

More than $1,500 worth of food was donated to Hopkins County Schools' students that receive Backpack Blessings during the summer months. The generous donors include Heritage Homes Real Estate, Keller Williams Elite, Coldwell Banker & Terry, Ken Gibson Realtors, New Horizons 
Realty, Robin Duke My Ky Homes, and Tradewater Appraisal & Realty.
Leadership Hopkins County

Marty Cl ine completed the Leadership Hopkins County program this year through the Hopkins
County Regional Chamber of Commerce. Director of Assessment Andy Belcher served as chairman of the Leadership Hopkins County Committee. Congratulations to both!
Regional Athlete of the Year T Sanchez receives award on ball field

Hopkins County Central 2019 graduate T Sanchez was named the 2nd Region Athlete of the Year. He received the award at the regional baseball tournament.
Certified Kind Classroom

Amanda Wagoner's classroom at Southside Elementary has officially been named a Certified Kind Classroom. Students did a book study in her reading resource classroom on "Wonder." During the book study, they sought to become a certified classroom. The rules were that they had to put marbles into a jar every time they did a kind act. Students were really excited, and their kind acts were displayed on a bulletin board. They are among just two Kentucky classes listed on that map, which is posted at
Chorus sings at HCEA Retirement Banquet

Hanson Elementary Chorus sang at the HCEA Retirement Banquet on May 1. The group includes 30 students in 3rd to 5th grade and is led by 1st-grade teacher Heather Alexander.
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Board Meeting Agendas (Links to minutes from previous minutes embedded in the agendas)

Event Calendar

June 3  - Board of Education Meeting, Central Office, 5:30 p.m.
June 27 - Board of Education Meeting, Central Office, 5:30 p.m.
July 4 - Independence Day / Central Office Closed
July 15 - Board of Education Meeting, Central Office, 5:30 p.m.

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