Spotlight

  • Dana Nance, who works in the Dana Nance receives award Transportation Department, received the new 20/20 Vision Award during the Board of Education meeting on March 3. Dana goes above and beyond her job responsibilities. One day after school hours, she learned about a house fire that impacted students in multiple schools, and made sure to notify supervisors so help could be provided. She has also answered calls and texts in mornings, nights, and on weekends to help arrange transportation for students who wouldn’t have been able to get to school without her assistance. She is appreciated for having a heart for kids and always going out of her way to put the needs of others before her own. “Every child has a story if you just take the time to read it.”

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  • Karen Daugherty, preschool assistant Karen Daugherty honored with award teacher at Earlington Elementary and West Hopkins, received the new 20/20 Vision Award during the Board of Education meeting on March 3. Karen demonstrates service excellence in all she does! She has a commitment to Team Hopkins, a positive demeanor, and student-centered service. Early in the year, the Earlington evening preschool bus route needed a monitor … Karen accepted the temporary assignment without hesitation. She seized the opportunity and truly made the bus an extension of the classroom. She provided interventions, taught kindergarten readiness skills, and took the time to make deeper personal connections with children and families. When the monitor position was filled, she had a difficult time letting go. She has truly embraced our 20/20 vision. Karen takes the time to read every child’s story and helps them add new pages every day!

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  • Cafeteria staff and a group of Earlington staff members teachers at Earlington Elementary School were honored with the #LionChaser / #GiantSlayer Award at the Feb. 18 Board of Education meeting. They were the first team to implement At-Risk Suppers in the district. Cafeteria staff stay after lunch service each day and prepare about 80 suppers that are served to late bus students and students who are staying for after-school activities. Several teachers volunteer to help serve the meals every afternoon. The program is called "Power Up Snacks." Staff members recognized include Megan Bean, Jamie Brooks, Heather Dunlap, Valerie Epperson, Kay Gipson, Danielle Harper, Jenny Haw, Tracie Mason, Scott Moore, Ginger Putman, Rachel Sandberg, Alaysha Scott, Stacie Stanley, Brooke Stuart, Mary Vandiver, Julie Vaughn, and Katie Wyatt.

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  • James Madison Middle School 8th-Amy Belcher receives award grade reading teacher Amy Belcher was honored with the #LionChaser / #GiantSlayer Award for teaching some amazing lessons that really connected with her students. Her lessons not only made the students think, but also included her own experiences, and provided a connection to the real world. Lessons included the importance of thinking of others, not just yourself, and appreciating what you have instead of wanting more when your needs are met. Great job!

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  • A group of eight Grapevine Grapevine staff with Superintendent Ashby and board Chairman Wolford Elementary School staff members received the #LionChaser / #GiantSlayer Award at the Jan. 13 Board of Education meeting. They stepped up to help deliver Backpack Blessings to 42 students when the district was out of school Oct. 24-25 because of a water main break. Backpack Blessings is a Family Resource Youth Service Center project that supplies easy-to-fix food for students who might otherwise be without food while out of school over a weekend. Those honored are Patricia Matheny, Kaitlyn Young, Barbara Stoltz, Kristen Maxberry, Amanda Sarles, Nicole Pace, Tonja Simms, and Billy Ward.

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  • Browning Springs Middle School Melody Kincaid and Mya Latimer with Principal Clark, Board Chairman Susanne Wolford, teacher Erin Shaw & Superintendent Ashby students Melody Kincaid and Mya Latimer were honored with the #LionChaser / #GiantSlayer Award at the Jan. 13 Board of Education meeting. The pair responded enthusiastically when 6th-grade writing teacher Erin Shaw asked her Leadership students to take on a “passion project.” They collected baskets such as quilts, blankets, lotion, fuzzy socks, puzzles, and card games for residents of a local nursing home. They collected more than 100 donated items and also visited with the residents.

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  • Brandon Poole, an English teacher Brandon Poole with Taelor Morse's family, JW Durst, and Superintendent Ashby 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!

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  • Five members of the South Hopkins South Hopkins Middle football players with Coach Chris Manning and board members 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.

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  • Hopkins County Central High School Lauren Wood presented with Lion Chaser Award. 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.

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  • West Hopkins PTO was presented West Hopkins PTO Officers with the #LionChaser / #LionChaser 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.

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  • West Broadway Elementary School students Ranger and Alexander Posey were Ranger and Alexander Posey pose with educators and board members.
    honored with the #LionChaser / #GiantSlayer Award during the Oct. 14 Board of Education meeting. They were walking home from school on Sept. 9 when they saw a car accident on Seminary Street. They stopped to check on the driver, Cindy Orten Watts. Ranger tapped on her window and asked if she was OK, then he gave her a snack bag of Oreos he received at school. He said she needed them more than he did. Ms. Watts was so impressed with their caring hearts and the concern they showed her that she brought them a certificate and gift card to school to show her appreciation.

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