November 2020
Staff eNews
Last Mile Internet Grant
Low-income students will benefit from the “Last Mile Internet” grant that Hopkins County Schools has received from the Kentucky Department of Education. The grant will fund 234 mobile hotspots for low-income students, which will help them connect to the internet for online learning.
 
Pennyrile Allied Community Services – Hopkins County Assistance Center will handle the application process. To apply, the parent/guardian should call the PACS Assistance Center at 270-821-8114. 
After successful completion of the application process, the family will receive a voucher to take to their school. The hotspots are from Kajeet with AT&T service.
FRYSC Programs Go Virtual
Standards of Practice Spotlight
Positive
 
Our Commitment: Find the good in every person and situation
Our Actions:
  • Be active in recognizing, congratulating, and celebrating student, school, district, and community success
  • Talk about our students, parents, and staff in a positive manner
  • Smile, make eye contact, and greet others in a positive manner
  • Strive to be a high performer and achieve excellence every day
  • Talk about our schools and district in a positive manner
 
Maintaining a positive attitude and finding the good in all things is not always easy to do. However, studies have shown that by making the effort to maintain a positive outlook, you can improve your ability to learn, increase your creativity, and boost your confidence!
United Way Campaign
The United Way campaign kicked off in schools on Nov. 11, 2020, and will run through Dec. 16, 2020. You have the option to make a one-time donation or a monthly payroll deduction. You can even make your donation online!

Visit www.unitedwayofthecoalfield.org for more information.
#HCSatHome
Hopkins County Schools will be using the #HCSatHome (NTI) learning platform with all students learning online from home until at least Monday, Jan. 4. The Board of Education had already made this decision when the governor issued an executive order closing schools.

During this time, meal pickup at schools and delivery to community stops will continue on school days. Details on times and locations of community stops are listed on the district’s Food Service Department website.
Campbell Named to National Panel
Madisonville North Hopkins High School Youth Service Center coordinator Randall Campbell has been selected to serve on the National Family Support Network’s Standards Review and Revision Committee.
The state FRYSC director nominated Campbell to serve on the 12-member committee.

“This is quite an honor and accomplishment,” said Director of Pupil Personnel April Devine, who oversees Hopkins County Schools’ FRYSCs.
Kentucky’s FRYSCs are part of the National Family Support Network. Campbell is a standards trainer for Kentucky.

“We will take the current standards of the National Family Support Network and revise them,” he said. “We are scheduled to spend around 50 hours in virtual meetings working through each standard in detail. We will also create a new training for all center coordinators. The National Family Support Network is made up of networks like FRYSC in 30 different states and Canada.”
Supporting First-Year Teachers
First-year teachers in Hopkins County Schools participated in a workshop on Wednesday to gather instructional materials and develop teaching strategies for their new classrooms. Teachers shared stories from their experiences and networked to develop plans for the remainder of their first year. This is through the Kentucky New Teacher Support Program, which supports 24 first-year teachers in Hopkins County as they grow professionally and develop strategies to improve student learning. Participating teachers receive teaching materials, time for peer observation and reflection, and the opportunity to apply techniques from the workshop.
Spectrum Internet Assist Program
The Spectrum Internet Assist program provides reliable, high-speed internet access at an affordable price. Households can receive discounted 30 Mbps high-speed internet, along with Security Suite and an internet modem, at no additional charge. Spectrum Internet Assist requires no contracts, and there are no data caps or hidden fees. Customers cannot have a past due balance and only future statements and payments will be impacted by the reduced price. Since the Hopkins County School district participates in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) meal service option for all schools in the district, all Hopkins County households that have a student enrolled in a Hopkins County public school qualify for this program. If you’d like to apply for Spectrum Internet Assist, you can complete the online application form and attach all required or relevant documentation. If you’d rather submit your information by mail, please download and print the PDF version (English Espanol). You will also need to be able to verify that your student is enrolled in a Hopkins County public school during the application process. Complete this Google Form in order to receive a verification letter from Hopkins County Schools.
Cross Country State Champion Honored as #LionChaser
Madisonville North Hopkins High School senior Jackson Watts is the KHSAA 3A State Cross Country Champion. He posted a time of 15:41.83 in the state meet.

He was honored by the Board of Education on Nov. 16 with the #LionChaser/#GiantSlayer Award.
Governor's Scholars Recognized
High school seniors who participated in the 2020 Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program and the Governor’s School for the Arts have been honored by the Board of Education.

Hopkins County Central students recognized on Oct. 19 include GSP participants Jonna Clayton, Cameron Hartline, Hailey Stokes, and Keri Reynolds.

Madisonville North Hopkins students honored Nov. 2 are Andrew Belcher, Michael Brantley, Olivia Burris, Shayla Embry, Abby Harris, Joshua Plain, and Anthony Popescu of GSP and Rebekah Calhoun and Mallory Hunt of GSA. Congratulations to all of these outstanding students!
Teacher Recruitment
Human Resources Director Ann Elkins talks to prospective future teachers during the Western Kentucky University Fall Teacher Recruitment event at Green River Regional Educational Cooperative.