Community Connections
December 2019
Property Donation Accepted for Hanson Project
Hopkins County Board of Education has accepted a donation of property that adjoins the current Hanson Elementary School site. The approximately 12.481 acres was appraised at $998,480.

The board is very appreciative of this generous donation by Tooth Acres LLC, a limited liability company owned by Dr. Terry and Jamie Brown of Hanson. The Browns have supported the district for many years. Dr. Brown’s mother, Nora Katheryn Crumbaker Brown, his grandmother Georgia Orton Brown, and his aunt Ruth Brown had a combined teaching experience of about 100 years in Hopkins County Schools.

Dr. and Mrs. Brown’s daughters, are both products of the Hopkins County school system. Dr. Karah Brown is an oral surgery resident at the University of Kentucky, and Katelyn Brown is a tax attorney in Louisville.

The acceptance of the property is contingent on the approval of the Kentucky Department of Education. A timetable for the project has not yet been determined.
Dolls from Karen
Dolls donated through “Dolls from Karen” will soon find new homes with 40 Grapevine Elementary School students. Ambrose Wilson IV gave the dolls in memory of his late wife, Madisonville native Karen Faulk Wilson, who passed away earlier this year. Karen attended Grapevine as a child. The Wilson and Faulk families, which include her brother, Hopkins County Board of Education member Steve Faulk, also helped with the project. Contributions at the funeral made it possible to give out about 150 dolls throughout Kentucky this Christmas. Donations for next year may be sent to Dolls from Karen; P.O. Box 3999; Midway, KY 40347.

Hopkins County Schools has used four SKILLS Days this school year. SKILLS Days are considered as instructional days and do not have to be made up at the end of the year as long as students complete the lessons that are assigned and the Kentucky Department of Education approves the days. The attached flyer was shared at the beginning of the school year in the code of conduct appendix, but we wanted to share the information with you again as a reminder since the winter months may bring inclement weather that may result in a SKILLS Day.

Creativity Shines in National Motto Art Contest
Winners in the district’s National Motto Art Contest were honored at Monday’s Board of Education meeting. The grand prize winner is Macey Browning of Browning Springs Middle School. (Top left photo) She received a $1,000 prize donated by Madisonville First Assembly of God. The overall winning entry will be displayed at the Central Office and at her school, and will be included in the 2020-2021 Hopkins County Schools wall calendar.

Each winning school entry will be displayed at their school.
The school winners are as follows:
Earlington Elementary : Jaxson Haw
Grapevine Elementary: Rosa Deras
Hanson Elementary: Eric Clark
Hopkins County Central High School: Vetezion Scisney
James Madison Middle School: Sophia Wilson
Jesse Stuart Elementary: Christian Hancock
Madisonville North Hopkins High School : Rebekah Calhoun (Overall High School Winner)
Pride Elementary: Nash Tapp (Overall Elementary Winner)
South Hopkins Middle School: Delilah Carner
Southside Elementary : Ryleigh Sailing
West Broadway Elementary: Veda Cook
West Hopkins School: Kaleigh Faulk
Such amazing artistic talent!
Administrators Honored for Completing Doctoral Degrees
Hopkins County Schools Superintendent Deanna Ashby and Director of Assessment Andy Belcher were surprised with new nameplates bearing their new titles at the Dec. 16 Board of Education meeting.

During the past year, Ashby and Belcher conducted research for their dissertations. Ashby focused on the relationships that exist between school administrators and school resource officers, while Belcher’s research involved school counselors and SROs.

Both defended their dissertations at Oakland City University this semester, and earned doctorates in Educational Leadership.

“We lead the way in school safety across the state as well as the country,” said Hopkins County Board of Education Chairman Dr. J.W. Durst. “We are excited that Dr. Ashby and Dr. Belcher have both led by example in developing innovative ways of looking at methods to keep our students safe. We are extremely proud of their accomplishments and look forward to continuing Hopkins County’s leading role in school safety.”
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.
Attendance Intervention Meetings

The Hopkins County Schools Department of Pupil Personnel is hosting meetings with parents who receive final notices for truancy. Meetings are typically held on Wednesdays at the Hopkins County Schools Career and Technology Center at 9:00 am on Patriot Drive. Parents of students who accrue five or more unexcused events may receive a final notice from April Devine, the director of pupil personnel. The letter informs parents that they are required to attend an attendance intervention meeting. The purpose of this meeting is to explain truancy laws, processes, and procedures and to offer support for families. For more information, contact the DPP office at 270-825-6000 .
​As mandated by the U.S. Constitution, the Decennial Census counts every person, one time, and in the correct place.

Full participation in the upcoming 2020 Census will provide our communities with vital information about who we are and what we need. It will take all of us coming together to ensure every Kentuckian counts.

For the first time, an internet response option will be available for individuals to complete the 2020 Census. The traditional telephone and paper response options will also be available. Personal information collected by the Census Bureau is confidential, and by law cannot be shared with law enforcement, the courts, immigration, or anyone for 72 years.

Being counted in the Census is safe, quick, and very important to the future of our communities and state.
#LionChaser / #GiantSlayer Awards
Brandon Poole, an English teacher at Madisonville North Hopkins, was presented with the #LionChaser / #GiantSlayer Award at the Dec. 16 Board of Education meeting. He was a major help to the family of the late Taelor Morse after the student’s tragic death. Mr. Poole helped the family with a slide show and music for the funeral, took the family food several nights, and helped promote their effort to raise money to cover the funeral costs. Taelor’s mother, Jennifer Katich, said, “We would not have made it without Mr. Poole.” He is a real #LionChaser!
Five members of the South Hopkins Middle School football team and coach Chris Manning were honored with the #LionChaser / #GiantSlayer Award at the Dec. 16 Board of Education meeting. The team won the Region Championship and ended the season as State Runners-Up. Players who were honored are Austin Fritz, quarterback and offensive leader; Harlee Egbert, linebacker and defensive leader; James Posey, offensive/defensive lineman and lineman leader; Calil McNary, fullback/linebacker, team captain, and team motivator; and Logan Rodgers, running back/safety, team captain, and team spokesman.
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.
HCCHS Senior Receives QuestBridge Scholarship to Yale
Hopkins County Central High School senior Abigail Dixon has been selected to receive a full four-year scholarship to Yale University through the QuestBridge National College Match Scholarship.

This prestigious national program connects high-achieving high school seniors with full four-year scholarships to the nation’s top colleges. Dixon will receive a generous financial aid package provided by Yale that covers the full cost of attendance, including tuition, room and board, books and supplies, and travel expenses.

Dixon plans to major in either political science or English. She is a member of the Hopkins County Central High School band, academic team, Future Problem Solvers team, Math and Science Club, Key Club, and National Honor Society. She represented Central at the HOBY leadership conference her sophomore year and attended the Governor’s Scholars Program this past summer.

Out of 14,926 applicants, QuestBridge selected 5,842 Finalists. A total of 1,127 outstanding students were selected as this year’s Match Scholarship recipients.
MNHHS Advances
to Semi-State

Madisonville North Hopkins Maroon Football advanced to the Semi-State after winning the Class 4A Regional Championship! This was the first time MNHHS had captured the title since 1971. What an awesome accomplishment!
North Cheer Wins Region

Madisonville North Hopkins cheerleaders won the Region 1 All Girls Small Varsity Region Championship. They advanced to the KHSAA State Tournament at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, and placed 11 th . Congratulations to all!
Dance Teams Qualify for KHSAA State
Hopkins County Central High Voltage and Madisonville North Hopkins Maroon Magic qualified to compete in the KHSAA State Dance Championships! The competition will be held on Dec. 21 at Valley High School in Louisville.
Community Supporters
Thanks to the many organizations that donate to help our students! The photos at right include photos given by Kentucky State Police Post 2 and a coat donation from Knights of Columbus in Madisonville. The items will be given to the Family Resource Youth Services Centers and distributed to students in need.
Making Christmas Merry for Kids
Central Office staff participated in a toy drive in November and December. The toys were donated to the WTTL Toy Drive for their Christmas distribution.
WHS Cheer Wins Region

West Hopkins Cheerleaders won the KAPOS Region 2 championship in the small division. The team will compete in the State Championship on Dec. 21 in Lexington. Team members are, back row from left, Bethany Rakestraw, Aly McCord, Mattie Sheriday, Hayli Gipson, Riley McGee, and Alissa Griest; front row from left, Layla Holmes, Lilly Terry, Brooklynn Charpentier, Kayleigh Johnson, Kalli Hancock, and Payton Harvey. The cheer coach is Angela Steele and assistant is Christi Allen.