November 2019
Staff eNews
Message from the Superintendent
“Thank you” is a powerful tool! The website lists synonyms for the phrase, “Thank you.” Here are a few:

  • Eternally grateful
  • Appreciate your thoughtfulness
  • I am grateful for your assistance
  • I do not know what I would do without you
  • My gratitude knows no bounds
  • So glad you’re on my team
  • You are the best
  • You saved my day

 Working in education can be a thankless job at times. However, educators and support staff deserve to hear all these sentiments and more for “reading the stories” of our students and making a difference. I am thankful for you and everything you do for our kids!!!
Task Force Promotes Job Opportunities
A group of Hopkins County Career and Technology Center students attended the Promoting Technical Training in Hopkins County Task Force Dinner on Nov. 19.

The students, who were invited along with their parents, brought transcripts and resumes and met with potential employers at the CTC about jobs or co-op opportunities.

This effort began as a collaboration between local businessman Skip McGaw and Board of Education Chairman J.W. Durst in an effort to provide employment opportunities to keep local kids in the community after high school graduation.

Thanks to the participating businesses: Hibbs Electromechanical, High Tech Chrome Plating, Joe Leasure and Sons Inc., Hanner Machine Inc., and Groves Electric Services.
Cell Phone Lockers Return to Local Restaurants
CTC Receives $10,000 Grant
Pre-engineering students at Hopkins County Career & Technology Center will soon learn a new skill that’s in demand in the job market thanks to a $10,000 grant.

The project, “Students Engaged in Engineering through CNC Machining,” was made possible by local farmers and America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education, sponsored by the Bayer Fund. The grant was formally presented Thursday morning at the CTC.

Gates Wins Ky Farm Bureau
Excellence in Ag Literacy Award
Pride Elementary School teacher Kelly Gates has been named a significant honor from Kentucky Farm Bureau, winning the Excellence in Ag Literacy Award.

KFB’s “Excellence in Ag Literacy Award” is designed to recognize and reward teachers who excel in their efforts to incorporate agricultural concepts throughout their core academic studies. Kelly Gates has been teaching at Pride Elementary in Madisonville, Kentucky for 22 years and has created an outdoor learning environment for students. The program is called Courtyard for Curiosity which helps students maintain, cultivate, and beautify the school’s courtyard area.

“Mrs. Gates is an advocate for all children. Her classroom is home to many furry friends that the students love and adore,” said Kristy Saint, principal at Pride Elementary. “She creates a sense of responsibility in her students through the care of these animals. Students all over the building want to visit her classroom.”

For winning the award, Mrs. Gates will receive $500 cash and an expense-paid trip to the National Ag in the Classroom Conference where she will represent Kentucky in the national competition. 
2020 Census
Reminder: Parent Satisfaction Survey
Please remind your students’ parents to complete the Parent Satisfaction Survey by Dec. 15.

Our district is committed to engaging our parents and families in every child’s education. To continue our journey to excellence in this area, we gather data from stakeholders to determine where we are as a district and to set and act on realistic, measurable goals for continuous improvement. The Parent Satisfaction Survey allows parents to provide feedback on their experience with their child’s school.

The survey can be accessed online at this link: Hopkins County Schools Parent Satisfaction Survey .
Infinite Campus Updates
An enhanced Grading Window is coming SOON. With this new Grading Window, users can now visually see the date range of when teachers can post scores for grading tasks and standards.

The following is a summary of the features available with this new Grading Window:
  • View the status of a Grading Window by either Grading Tasks or Standards.
  • Schedule new grading windows for multiple calendars and multiple terms at once.
  • Choose the dates the Grading Window is open by selecting from a calendar view (date range) or by theTerm End Date.
  • Select the desired grading tasks or standards. When selecting standards, choose all standards in a group, or just the parent standard, or just the child(ren) standard. Grading tasks and Standards are filtered to the selected terms.
  • See a preview of the window before it is saved, and reapply it as needed.
  • Courses still require grading tasks and standards to be assigned to them, as well as the School Standards being marked, and the appropriate Term Masks marked.
  • The classic Grading Window remains for the time being, but can only be used to close any open grading windows. It is not advised to use both the classic Grading Window and the new Grading Window interchangeably.
#LionChaser / #GiantSlayer Awards
West Hopkins PTO was presented with the #LionChaser / #GiantSlayer Award at the Nov. 4 Board of Education meeting. The West Hopkins PTO officers strive daily to ensure all students of WHS are provided with basic supplies needed to be successful. This year, the PTO provided each K-8 student with ALL school supplies so families did not feel a financial strain at the start of school. This allowed families to focus more on school clothing so students felt confident while attending school. After a recent fire at a student’s home, the PTO quickly offered to help to ease the hardship on the family and child. The efforts of West Hopkins PTO to support family and students is second to none! Officers who were honored are Kirsten Terry, Brooke McCord, Lauren Oldham, Trista Peyton, and Jenny Ramage.
Hopkins County Central High School counselor Lauren Wood was presented the #LionChaser / #GiantSlayer Award at the Nov. 18 Board of Education meeting. Mrs. Wood regularly spearheads positive initiatives for staff and students. She is an incredible fundraiser for HCCHS, and is the reason Central routinely raises large sums of money for the Travis Manion Foundation/Patrick Rudd Project. She is student-centered and a tireless crusader for HCCHS students! Whatever the lion is at Central, she chases it with all of her energy and might.
Chautauqua Presentations
Abraham Lincoln, portrayed by Greg Waltermire, recently visited Grapevine Elementary School and five other schools in Hopkins County. The presentation was through the Kentucky Humanity Council Chautauqua program. Each of our elementary and middle schools is hosting a Chautauqua speaker this year thanks to the generosity of Dr. Judy Rhoads, retired Madisonville Community College president and Kentucky Humanities board member. Other Chautauqua visitors to the district include Daniel Boone, Jemima Boone, William Wells Brown, Madeline McDowell Breckinridge, and Johnny Greene.
Saluting our Veterans
Special programs honoring military veterans were held at many of our schools for Veterans Day. These photos show the Browning Springs and James Madison Middle School programs. Thanks to all of our veterans for their service!
Maroon Football
Wins Region

Madisonville North Hopkins Maroon Football is headed to Semi-State on Friday, Nov. 29. Congratulations to team members and coaches for winning the Class 4A Regional Championship! This is the first time MNHHS has captured the title since 1971. What an awesome accomplishment! Maroons play Johnson Central High School at 6 p.m. EST Friday. The game is at Johnson Central in Paintsville. Tickets are $5 for adults and students.
MNHHS Cheer Wins Region Championship

Madisonville North Hopkins cheer team won the Region 1 All Girls Small Varsity Region Championship! They will compete in the KHSAA State Championship on Dec. 14 at Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.
South Hopkins Football
State Runners-Up

South Hopkins Middle School football team finished its season as state runners-up! The team won the Region 1 Championship to qualify for the Division 3 State Tournament.
MNHHS Girls Golf
Region Champs

Madisonville North Hopkins girls golf team won the Region 2 championship. At the KHSAA State Golf Championship, they finished in 8 th place as a team.
Dance Teams Advance to KHSAA State

Hopkins County Central High Voltage and Madisonville North Hopkins Maroon Magic qualified to compete in the KHSAA State Championships! The competition will be held on Dec. 21 at Valley High School in Louisville.
Cross Country State Qualifiers
Madisonville North Hopkins student Joy Alexander won the individual title in the KHSAA 3A Region 1 Cross Country competition. The MNHHS girls team placed 3rd in the region.

The boys team was 5th, with Jackson Watts in 4th and Josh Craig in 12th. Four Hopkins County Central cross country runners qualified individually in 2A.

At state, t he girls team finished 20 th with Alexander in 17 th . The boys team finished 23 rd , with Watts placing 4 th