September 2019
Staff eNews
'An Extension of Your Classroom'
The Transportation Department is happy to work with any of our teachers who are interested in becoming licensed as a bus driver. To learn more, watch this video featuring James Madison Middle School teacher Michael Powers.

Contact the Transportation Department at (270) 825-6000.
Health Insurance Open Enrollment
Health Insurance Open Enrollment will be held Oct. 14 -30. This is a mandatory enrollment for all employees who have a health plan or waive their coverage. A Benefits Fair will be held on Thursday, Oct. 3, from 3-6 p.m. at Hopkins County Career and Technology Center for questions and help with enrollment. 

We will also have open enrollment for Delta Dental and VSP during the month of October. During open enrollment, you are allowed to make changes to your current plan. Please call Janice Moore at 270-825-6100, Ext. 22409, with any questions.
Click on the image to access the Benefits Selection Guide.
Breaking Bread with HCEA
Hopkins County Education Association is collecting food items this year to help stock Breaking Bread for distribution within our community. This month, they are collecting dried beans and peanut butter. Please see your school's HCEA rep to assist in this effort. 

Here is the schedule for the rest of the school year:

  • October - Peanut Butter & Boxed Potatoes
  • November - Peanut Butter & Canned Tuna
  • December - Peanut Butter & Canned Chicken
  • January - Peanut Butter & Mac-n-Cheese
  • February - Peanut Butter & Stuffing
  • March - Peanut Butter & Spaghetti
Teaching Attendance
Attendance Works is partnering with Teaching Ready to provide our new Teaching Attendance curriculum series of interactive online training courses so you and your colleagues can learn how to improve attendance in your school. 

Do you have strategies or ideas that you use in your classroom to improve attendance? Please share these ideas by emailing April Devine at Your idea could be featured in a staff newsletter.
High Attendance Day
Thanks to everyone for promoting good attendance not only on High Attendance Day, but every day! Here are the district schools with the top attendance on High Attendance Day:
Large Elementary, West Hopkins, 98.82%
Small Middle – West Hopkins, 98.59%
Large Middle – South Hopkins, 97.46%
Large High – Madisonville North, 95.57%
Radio Play
A group of students from Hopkins County Central and Madisonville North Hopkins met after school one day at WTTL to record some public service announcements promoting the importance of attendance. Thanks to Abi Burgett, Olivia Campbell, Javen Jones and Hayden Smith of HCCHS and Rachel Carver, Hannah Petitt (not pictured) and Zach Tow of MNHHS for helping spread the word! Listen for the PSAs on FM106.9, FM103.5, and AM1310.

Financial Matters
In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, PINK OUT DAY in Hopkins County will be Friday, Oct. 4. Hopkins County Schools will participate in this effort, which is led by Baptist Health Madisonville. Please wear something pink that day to show your support those fighting, who have fought, and will fight this disease.
Best Practice Recognized

Four district staff members gave a presentation on “Increasing Student Achievement with Special Education Building Coaches” on Tuesday, Sept. 17, at the Kentucky Continuous Improvement Summit in Lexington. Presenters included Director of Special Education Tonia Griffey, Director of Assessment Andy Belcher, and special education building coaches David Baker of Hanson and Pride Elementary schools and Kelly Grimes of Hopkins County Central High School. 
RAM Clinic Volunteers

Several representatives of Hopkins County Schools volunteered at the Remote Area Medical Free Clinic held at Grace Warehouse Church in Madisonville this month. The clinic served 261 patients! 
GSP Participants Honored

Seniors who participated in the 2019 Kentucky Governor’s Scholars program last summer were honored by the Board of Education on Sept. 3. Students recognized include Abigail Dixon, Nova Gilkey, Rachel Carver, Jared Gobin, Julia Howerton, Nathan Kelley, MaKayla Koon, Cole Lawrence, Chelsea Mason, Devin Richardson, and Cameron Walker. (Gilkey and Lawrence not pictured.) Congratulations to all of these outstanding students!
Remembering 9/11

The Navy JROTC unit at Madisonville North Hopkins High School and the Air Force JROTC unit at Hopkins County Central High School held special ceremonies on Sept. 11 to commemorate the 18 th anniversary of the deadly 9-11 terrorist attacks.
Let's Get Loud!
Hopkins County Central students and staff enthusiastically participated in Eyewitness News Home Team Friday Pep Rally on Aug. 30 with games, special performances, and interviews. The school collected hundreds of pairs of socks that were donated to the Santa Clothes Closet. Students got so loud that they set a new noise record on Ron Rhodes’ decibel meter.
Christian Food Bank Project

Hopkins County Schools loves giving back to our community! Several representatives of the school district helped out at Christian Food Bank on Aug. 30. This will be a monthly service project for the district, involving school and Central Office staff.
#LionChaser / #GiantSlayer

Ka’Marion Turner, a 4 th -grade student at Pride Elementary, received the #LionChaser / #GiantSlayer Award during the Monday, Sept. 16, Board of Education meeting. Ka’Marion wrote an article that was published in The Stuttering Foundation’s magazine this summer. The issue featured kids’ letters. In the article, he told about strategies he uses to overcome stuttering. What an awesome accomplishment! 
Thanking veterans and First Responders
Students and staff honored veterans, active members of the military, and all First Responders during Heroes Walks at many of our schools. This is always a great opportunity to say “Thank You” for all they have done!

This annual event preceded the Heroes Run in Madisonville on Sept. 7. Several district groups volunteered to help with the Heroes Run, including West Hopkins Beta Club and HOSA, which set out name cards for 9/11 victims, and West Broadway Elementary School, which helped with the First Responder signs. We also had numerous runners and volunteers the night of the event.

Hopkins County Central raised the most for the 9/11 Heroes Run and the Patrick Rudd Project, with a total of $1,816.36. The other two schools recognized for their fundraising efforts were James Madison Middle School and Jesse Stuart Elementary School. Hopkins County Schools raised a total of $5,741.36. In a related program, C haracter Does Matter mentors gave presentations in seven of our schools. The presentations are offered in partnership with the Travis Manion Foundation.
Amazing Shake Finalists
Hopkins County Board of Education honored the finalists in James Madison Middle School’s Amazing Shake competition during the Aug. 19 board meeting. Students honored were Jordan Owens, Josie Morris, Adelyn Boswell, Katelyn Rodgers, and overall champion Aiden Lutz. (Boswell and Lutz were not able to attend.) The program focuses on soft skills, such as shaking hands, making eye contact and thinking on their feet. These students told district staff about the program during #TeamHopkins Day. The Amazing Shake is co-sponsored by Kia Zieba and Sara Lutz. The activity will go school-wide at JMMS this year, and organizers are challenging other middle schools to participate.