November 30, 2018
Financial Matters

December payroll dates are Dec. 14 and Dec. 18. The following link provides information on the payroll dates for the 2018-2019 school year.

Staff members are asked to check their address on their pay check stub. That is where their W2 will be mailed. If they need to make a change, complete this form and submit it to the HR contact listed on the form.
Breakfast now on menu for 2-hour delays
School Breakfast graphic
Hopkins County Schools will now serve breakfast even on days when there is a two-hour delay.We will offer breakfast from 9-9:45 a.m. on those days to make certain our students have a great start to their day. Simple choices such as Pop-Tarts, cereal, muffins, oatmeal, and fruit will be offered to meet the meal pattern and not interfere with lunch prep. This will also make it possible for schools that do breakfast in the classroom.

Make-up day added to school calendar

The Board of Education voted to amend the 2018-2019 school calendar at the Nov. 19 meeting. School will be in session on Wednesday, Jan. 2, to make up for the snow day missed on Nov. 15. The professional development day will be moved to Election Day on Tuesday, May 21. As of now, the last day for students is still May 20, and Closing Day for staff will be May 22.
Osborne joins Board of Education
Keith Cartwright administers the oath of office to new board member John Osborne.

Newly elected Board of Education member John Osborne took the oath of office at the start of the Nov. 19 school board meeting. He is filling the vacant Division 1 seat that was most recently held by Suzanne Duncan.
Creating Self-Portraits
Paintings displayed in row along wall in coffee shop

The Light of Chance Breathe Youth Arts Residency Program recently began a 31-week pilot initiative which is being implemented at the Hopkins County Day Treatment. The students' self-portraits are on display at Big City Market & Coffee Bar in Madisonville. Light of Chance posted on its Facebook page that when beginning these pieces, the students doubted their abilities and insisted they had no artistic talent, but as we can see, there is something special and unique about each student's portrait. If nothing else, they now know they are capable of more, and beauty is sometimes found in the oddest of places and ways.
Buckner recognized for years of service

Veronica Buckner, an EBD teacher at Hopkins County Central High School, was recognized for 25 years of service in special education. The honor was presented at the 2018 Exceptional Children's Conference in Louisville on Nov. 19.
The Game of LIFEStudents talk to volunteers about buying a car.

The LIFE (Learning It First through Education) Reality Store gives 7th-graders from throughout our district an eye-opening look at what it's like to live on a budget. This annual event, which was held Friday at First United Methodist Church, brings in volunteers from throughout Hopkins County to staff booths that represent a bank, utilities, grocery stores, car dealership and more. The many community volunteers who give of their time make this program possible.
#LionChaser / #GiantSlayer
Award certificate presented at board meeting


Grapevine Elementary School teacher Deborah Skelton puts her heart into her work, stitch by stitch. For the past 16 years, she has gotten to know her students, then makes a quilt for them based upon their interests. Skelton was honored with the #LionChaser / #GiantSlayer Award on Nov. 5. Students in her class were so proud of the quilts they received this year! Principal Steve Bauer said several staff members were moved to tears as a result of the kindness and dedication she has shown to her students.
Daniel Cobb accepts award certificate at board meeting.

Daniel Cobb, an instructional assistant at Southside Elementary, was presented the #LionChaser / #GiantSlayer Award at the Nov. 5 Board of Education meeting. Principal Millie Seiber said he goes above and beyond every single day to help take care of the kids. He is at school early in the morning and late in the afternoon, taking care of everything from making the school look nice, to helping teachers decorate their doors. He jumps wholeheartedly into every task, and is willing to do anything asked of him. He truly considers all of Southside students his kids, and this shows in how he treats them.

Christine Ostrander accepts award certificate at board meeting.

Christine Ostrander, Family Resource Youth Service Center coordinator at James Madison Middle School, was presented with the #LionChaser / #GiantSlayer Award at the Nov. 19 Board of Education meeting. Assistant Principal Matt Melton praised her for giving her all to help their students. She was also nominated for extra measures she took to help a teen who does not attend her school obtain food, clothing, safe shelter, and a job. This would not have been possible without her efforts!

Naomi Herrera-Ruedas accepts award certificate at board meeting.

Naomi Herrera-Ruedas, an instructional assistant based at the Central Office, was honored with the #LionChaser / #GiantSlayer Award at the Nov. 19 Board of Education meeting. She is always willing to offer assistance when students or their families need a translator. She is only a phone call away, and always ready to help!

How are YOU being a Giant Slayer?
'Newsies' Carrying the Banner
Cast of Newsies group pose on stage

Hopkins County Central High School's production of Disney's "Newsies" won rave reviews! The musical was presented at Glema Mahr Center for the Arts Nov. 2 and 3. Tracy Bean directed the production, which included actors from other #TeamHopkins schools as well as HCCHS.

Honoring Veterans Veterans and students sit together during Veterans Day dinner

Many of our schools welcomed veterans for special programs in honor of Veterans Day. The program pictured above was at Browning Springs Middle School. Thanks to all of our veterans for their service!

State Champion! Christian Parker in state cross country meet

Christian Parker of Madisonville North Hopkins is the 3A State Cross Country Champion! He posted a time of 15:48.22 in the state meet at Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. He was honored at the Nov. 19 Board of Education meeting.

The MNHHS boys cross country team won the 3A Regional title, with Parker finishing in 1st and Garrett Watts in 2nd. Others in the Top 10 include Jackson Watts, who placed 5th. The MNHHS girls cross country team placed 3rd in the region and also advanced to state. Runners in the Top 10 in the region were Joy Alexander, 3rd place, and Abby Harris, 9th.

Hopkins County Central's boys cross country team placed 3rd in the 2A Regional, advancing to state. The Top 10 included Hayden Smith,

(Photo courtesy of Greg Eans, The Messenger-Inquirer)


Helping Hands Students with pet food donations

The Junior Beta Club Helping Hands Club at Grapevine Elementary School held a month-long dog and cat food drive to benefit Hopkins County Humane Society. The students coordinated the event, which gathered more than 700 pounds of dog and cat food through donations.

Musical InspirationReggie Dabbs gives presentation in Central gym

Inspirational speaker Reggie Dabbs gave presentations at several schools Nov. 12-13. He also spoke at a community-wide evening gathering held at Madisonville North Hopkins.

Building Connections
Heath Duncan speaks to class

Fourth-graders at Earlington Elementary learned about Habitat for Humanity during a visit from the agency's Executive Director Heath Duncan. The class selected Habit for Humanity as its business partner through the MAPS (Mentoring And Preparing Students) program. This is a program for 4th grades across the district. Duncan will lead school-to-career lessons to help prepare the EES students for when they are older and ready to get a job. At the end of the year, students will go on a site visit. They hope to visit a Habitat home worksite.


Filling 'Empty Bowls'
Students serves soup in handmade bowls

The Empty Bowls Project brought together several departments at Madisonville North Hopkins last week. The Youth Services Center hosted the event, which featured bowls created by art students, and a luncheon made by Family and Consumer Science students. The choir also performed. The proceeds went to the YSC to provide MNHHS families holiday assistance.
Spreading Hope
Hands with _hope_ written on it put together
Southside Elementary students wrote "Hope" on their hands in blue on Wednesday in honor of World Diabetes Day and a fellow student who has diabetes. District staff throughout #TeamHopkins also helped raise awareness by taking part in a "blues for green" fundraiser that day for the JDRF (formerly the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation).
Time Travelers
Four images of Chautauqua characters_ Rosie the Riveter_ Daniel Boone_ Jefferson Davis_ and Abraham Lincoln

A few historical visitors stopped by several of our schools recently. Kentucky Chautauqua programs offered through the Kentucky Humanities Council give students an opportunity to see living history presentations. So far, presentations in our elementary and middle schools have featured Rose Leigh (Rosie the Riveter), Daniel Boone, President Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis. Others scheduled this fall include William Wells Brown, the first published African American novelist and playwright, and Roscoe Tarleton Goose, a Kentucky Derby winning jockey. Thanks to Dr. Judith Rhoads for generously funding these presentations.
Can-Do Effort
Eight students pose with canned goods in back of vehicle

Hanson Elementary School's Student Council sponsored a canned food drive that resulted in 1,593 cans of food being delivered to Christian Food Bank. Intermediate grades collected 797, and primary collected 796. Angela Richard's class collected the most with 433. This effort topped the school goal by 593 cans.
Serving Others
Students and staff get plates filled with food to take to salvation Army patrons

Browning Springs Middle School students with the Principal's Advisory Council helped serve the annual Thanksgiving meal on Tuesday at the Salvation Army in Madisonville. This is the 10th year BSMS students have participated in this. What a great way to give back to the community!
Giving Thanks
Students dress as pilgrims and Indians for Thanksgiving play
Three students pose with the mini Macy_s balloon they made  

Thanksgiving came early to Hanson Elementary School! Fifth-graders 
presented "The FirstThanksgiving" play throughout the day on Tuesday, while 4th-graders displayed a mini Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade with balloons they made during a STEM project.
Event Calendar

Dec. 17  - Board of Education Meeting, Central Office, 5:30 p.m.
Dec. 19-Jan. 1 - Winter Break

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