Saturday, February 23, 2013
The board won’t vote on the proposal until March 21, but directors had good things to say Thursday.
Hopkins appears on the way to transforming its junior highs into International Baccalaureate schools. While the School Board didn’t vote on the idea Thursday, most of the directors praised the program—including Irma McIntosh Coleman, one of two directors who voted against the idea in March 2012. “I was one of those naysayers. … I really did not think that I could sit back, look and think that I could support that,” McIntosh Coleman told the teachers presenting the proposal. “But the more I look and hear you, we realize the impact of people like you in our buildings and our classrooms that truly make that difference.” IB’s Middle Years Programme provides an enhanced curriculum for grades six through 10, although Hopkins would only offer …
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Kelly Dirks has been taking students to the Concordia camp for five years.
On the evening of Dec. 1, Hopkins German teacher Kelly Dirks heard her name called out unexpectedly during the middle of a three-course banquet that concludes the German immersion camp she takes students to every year. Dirks had been taking students to “Waldsee”—a Concordia College language program near Bemidji—for five years, bringing 33 students to this year’s camp. Yet she had no idea what was going on. It turns out Dirks was in for a treat: Concordia was taking the opportunity to honor her with its Leadership in Language Award for the five years she’d taken students to the camp. “It was very thoughtful of them to even remember,” she said. Dirks, who teaches German at Hopkins High School and both junior highs, was actually unfamiliar …
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Ninth graders in the Hopkins program serve as mentors who help seventh graders learn the ropes of junior high.
On Friday morning, nervous seventh graders milled about outside West Junior High. Although many had stopped by with their families earlier in the week to find lockers or have school photos taken, this was their first time venturing to junior high alone. But when it was at last time to enter, the students weren’t greeted by a ringing school bell. They were greeted by upbeat music and the cheers of clapping ninth graders wearing neon green T-shirts. Friday’s entrance kicked off a junior high program called “Where Everybody Belongs (WEB)” that helps seventh graders with the transition into junior high. The program started at North Junior High four years ago and launched at West Junior High this year. In WEB, ninth graders familiar with the …
Friday, June 1, 2012
Marcia Danahy is a gifted education specialist and English teacher who works with the Stock Market Game, which is sponsored by BestPrep.
Friday, June 1, 2012
(The following news release comes from Hopkins Public Schools.) Hopkins North Junior High teacher Marcia Danahy received the Teacher of Excellence Award from Best Prep, a non-profit dedicated to fostering economic education in Minnesota schools. Danahy was one of ten educators in Minnesota to receive the award. She is a gifted education specialist and English teacher. Danahy was recognized due to her work with the Stock Market Game, which is sponsored by Best Prep. The Stock Market Game is an academic competition for students who want to learn how to figure out commissions and profits, and the global thinking involved in understanding and predicting market trends. Danahy’s students have taken well to the competition because, as she …
Monday, May 23, 2011
Patty Johnson will start work at North Junior High July 1.
Hopkins Public Schools has chosen Hopkins High School Associate Principal Patty Johnson for the principal position at North Junior High, the school district announced Monday afternoon. Johnson replaces Pat Schmidt, who’s been North Junior High’s principal for 11 years and will retire at the end of this school year. Johnson will start her work as principal July 1, according to a district news release. The school board will take action on the recommendation at its June 9 workshop. Johnson could not immediately be reached for comment. Johnson has been associate principal at the high school for the past three years. According to the district news release, her accomplishments include a new advisory program, student climate procedures and the …