The Mission of Hopkins County Schools
is to unite as one team
to learn and inspire.
Mask Requirement Still in Place
The following message was sent to parents/guardians through Infinite Campus email on Friday, Sept. 10.
Hopkins County Schools remains committed to keeping you updated with news and information relevant to our families and students. The Kentucky General Assembly’s SB1 has become law. This bill gives local boards authority over most elements of a COVID-19 operations plan, including universal masking decisions.
As a reminder, masks are currently required for staff and students in all our school facilities and on school buses as previously approved by the Hopkins County Board of Education.
Our goal is to maintain an environment that offers an opportunity for students to receive in-person instruction in the traditional school setting, while providing effective safeguards to protect the health and well-being of students and staff to the greatest extent possible.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Hopkins County Schools would like to thank our families for your support as we have all dealt with the difficulty of the COVID-19 pandemic. As we return to traditional instruction five days a week, the well-being, health, and safety of students, families, and staff is a top priority. With the start of the 2021-2022 school year, we also want to remind families that the usual rules on school attendance will apply. Details about the attendance/truancy procedures and the Student Symptom Protocol may be found at the links below:
Remember Your Why Award
Hopkins County Schools wants to recognize employees for good deeds and kindness shown to others. Remember Your Why Award winners may be nominated by any district stakeholder, including staff, students, parents, and community members. The nomination form is available at www.hopkins.kyschools.us/RememberYourWhy.
Southside Elementary School special education teacher Jamie Hamby was honored with the Remember Your Why Award at Monday’s Board of Education meeting. Her nomination said that she goes above and beyond to see students succeed. One student loved fishing so she bought rubber fishing worms to help him learn to count. She always smiles and greets students when walking through the halls, spreading joy to students as well as staff members. Mrs. Jamie has helped with students who have had emotional issues returning to school. She also builds strong relationships with her parents so the lines of communication are always open when tough situations arise. She is a huge reminder that Hopkins County Schools LOVES their students and families!
When asked her to tell her “why,” she responded, “My ‘why’ is because I love the kids.” Congratulations, Jamie Hamby!! #TeamHopkins
The Remember Your Why Award was presented to South Hopkins Middle School finance secretary Jana Hodge and attendance secretary Dawn Miller at the Sept. 20 Board of Education meeting. Both work tirelessly day in and day out to assist students and parents by answering questions about enrollment, fees, and all things related to COVID-19, according to Principal Jan Richey. They arrive before anyone else and stay late into the evening. They make a point to help all of our students, making students, parents and teachers feel welcomed, safe, and important. They always put the needs of others first, making sure others perceive the school as a positive and welcoming environment.
Each of them explained their “why.” Hodge said, “My ‘why’ is every student who needs a smile or an encouraging word. It’s also the TEAM at SHMS. We all work together to do all we can for one another and the student body.” Miller said, “My ‘why’ is to be an encouraging positive influence in my daily interactions, especially with students.” Congratulations to both!
Madisonville North Hopkins High School agriculture teacher Brian Welch became the first recipient of the district’s Remember Your Why Award during the Aug. 16 Board of Education meeting.
Welch is the recipient of the Outstanding Early Career Teacher Award for the state of Kentucky and our Region through the National Association for Agricultural Educators. This award honors individuals with fewer than 7 years teaching, with a focus on quality of teaching and innovation in the profession. Regional winners are honored at the national conference. He is also a finalist for Harbor Freight’s Tools for Schools recognition, which rewards teachers for quality mechanics/CTE teaching and innovation in the classroom. He is among 61 finalists selected out of 700 applicants.
When asked to share his “Why,” Welch said “To make the same impact on students and community my teachers have had on me.”
Congratulations, Mr. Welch!