Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The school sent students home Wednesday morning because of a power outage.
Power has been restored at Hopkins High School after officials were forced to send students home early Wednesday, the school district announced. The school lost power in its west wing. Staff worked with Xcel Energy throughout the morning and determined that it would take at least the entire day to restore power. Without power and food service, school officials decided at 10 a.m. to dismiss students. Workers were able to restore power by Wednesday and confirm that school would be on for Thursday. See what students had to say about the unexpected day off of school in the Storify widget above. (Users viewing the site on mobile browsers may not be able to see the widget.)
Monday, April 29, 2013
The Concert Band, Symphonic Band and Wind Symphony played Thursday.
Hopkins students wowed music lovers at the annual spring concert Thursday. Those who attended got to hear pieces performed by the Concert Band, Symphonic Band and Wind Symphony. You’re not out of luck if you missed the performances. Audience members have uploaded some of the performances to YouTube so they can be enjoyed over and over again. Check out the videos in the player above.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
The organization teaches students about business and finance.
Last year, Seth Gellman and Chandler Luhowskyj worked on a financial literacy curriculum for nine months and coordinated with staff in every school to line up instruction times, helping to teach virtually every student in the district about financial literacy. Gellman and Luhowskyj aren’t professional educators, though. Gellman is a Hopkins High School senior and Luhowskyj is a junior. The two did the project as part of a competition in which they won first at the 2012 DECA State Career Development Conference. As Gellman’s and Luhowskyj’s experience attests, DECA offers students experiences far beyond the normal school day. The group “prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management,” according …
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
The Hopkins basketball star put up 12 points in Saturday’s game.
Hopkins basketball star Nia Coffey received the Purple Team’s MVP award at Saturday’s Women's Basketball Coaches Association High School All-America Game, the association announced. The game, played in New Orleans on the same court as the NCAA women’s Final Four, featured the top 20 high school seniors in the country. Coffey scored 12 points, hitting five of nine shots from the field. She also snagged one steal and three rebounds. Despite her efforts, the Purple Team lost to the Black Team 70-74. Coffey entered the game coming off a standout season. She was named the player of this year’s state championship game, chosen as Breakdown Sports USA’s No. 2 player in the state and honored with All State recognition. She also played in the …
Friday, April 5, 2013
The Minnesota Campaign for Achievement Now graded schools on student performance, subgroup performance, performance gains and the achievement gap.
Hopkins students perform better than most in the state—but the difference between white and minority students is also bigger, according to report cards the Minnesota Campaign for Achievement Now (MinnCAN) released last month. MinnCAN, an advocacy nonprofit focused on solving the achievement gap, plugs for more public data-based accountability for schools, looser labor restrictions for teachers, and more school choice. While the state as a whole has a 34.4-point difference between white and black students at the high school level, Hopkins has a 41.2-point difference on average. The gap was significantly bigger at some other schools. Eisenhower Elementary, for example, had a 56.2 difference. The achievement gap is a persistent problem across…
Friday, March 29, 2013
The free playschool gives parents some free time and serves as the capstone of the High School’s Child Psychology II class.
Parent’s looking for a bit of free time can now register for Hopkins High School’s Royal Den. The annual playschool is the culmination of the Child Psychology II class. The high school students develop lessons that help the 3- to 5-year-olds exercise their math, science, art, music and motor skills. The play school takes places from 1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Tuesday through Friday from May 1 to June 7. Children must be 3 years old or older and be potty trained. Enrollment begins April 16. The program is free, but parents must fill out an application. Donations are encouraged. For more information, contact Patty Ormson at 952-988-4561 or email@example.com.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
The awards recognize the most outstanding male and female athletes in the senior class.
Fresh off a state championship win, Hopkins basketball star Nia Coffey has been named as the school’s Athena award winner, while football standout JT DenHartog was chosen as the Apollo award winner. The awards recognize the most outstanding female and male athletes in the senior class. Coffey was named the player of this year’s state championship game. She was also picked for the McDonald’s All American Team, chosen as Breakdown Sports USA’s No. 2 player in the state and honored with All State recognition. Coffey, who has earned four varsity letters in basketball, plans to play for Northwestern next year. DenHartog has earned three varsity letters in football and two for baseball. He’s also been named to the All Metro and All State teams …
Friday, March 22, 2013
Both junior highs will begin implement IB’s Middle Years Programme in the 2014-15 school year.
Hopkins junior highs will become International Baccalaureate schools starting in the 2014-15 school year. The School Board on Thursday approved a budget package that anticipates spending $109,000 on bringing IB to the junior highs. The program will change the junior high schedule and eliminate study halls, according to the school district. "This vote to move forward with the International Baccalaureate Program Middle Years Program in Hopkins Junior Highs affirms our commitment to providing an internationally recognized quality education and with a staff of teachers that have the skills and talents to meet this challenge and stand with the best," a news release West Junior High Principal Shirley Gregoire. IB’s Middle Years Programme …
Thursday, March 21, 2013
The school took first place in every category of the Math Masters of Minnesota competition in Chaska.
L.H. Tanglen students showed off their math prowess March 8 by taking first place in every category of the Math Masters of Minnesota competition in Chaska. Tanglen’s teams of sixth graders, led by gifted and talented teacher Lisa Becker, performed well in all three of Math Masters’ three categories—facts drill, individual rounds and team rounds. Tanglen teams placed: "The competition challenges students' critical thinking skills as well as problem solving abilities in math," a school district news release quoted Lisa Becker. Nearly 5,000 students are expected to compete at 44 locations through the year. The competition’s top scorers will be honored at a Minnesota Twins game. This year’s performance is part of a legacy of success. Last year…
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
The 15th annual event was even bigger than the year before.
The 15th Annual Empty Bowls fundraiser soared more than $5,000 past the already-amazing total it reached last year. Tuesday’s event raised $81,400 for ResourceWest and ICA Food Shelf—including $67,695 from the Challenge to the Community Fund, sponsored by Supervalu, Choices For Children/Accra Care and 159 business, civic, congregation, school and community leaders, organizer Barb Westmoreland announced Wednesday. Last year, the event raised $76,117. The 2013 Empty Bowls saw the following big numbers, as well: “We want to thank you for mixing in your ‘special ingredients’ to make our 15th annual Empty Bowls fundraiser for ResourceWest and ICA Food Shelf a great success,” Westmoreland wrote in an e-mail. “March 12 was a wonderful day with …