Wednesday, May 16, 2012
The Child Psychology class’ Royal Den offers 3- to 5-year-olds a fun learning experience—and valuable lessons for the high school students leading it.
Hopkins High School senior Marisa Schulz has practical experience babysitting and theoretical knowledge she gained from her child psychology classes. But when she started working in the Royal Den playschool, she found the situation to be unique. She didn’t know the children as well as those she babysat, so it was harder to know what they wanted. Schulz had to develop fun activities and use skills she learned in class, such as saying no in positive way. “It’s a lot more difficult, to be honest,” Shulz said. Royal Den is the culmination of Patty Ormson’s 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. “It’s not just watching …
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
The Main Street School of Performing Arts was ranked 31st in the 2012 list.
U.S. News & World Report named Hopkins High School the 14th best high school in Minnesota, netting the school a silver medal in the 2012 rankings released Tuesday. The Main Street School of Performing Arts, which ranked 31st in the state, also received a silver medal. Ubah Medical Academy, which was not ranked, received a bronze medal. U.S. News compiled the rankings—in partnership with Washington, DC-based American Institutes for Research—using a three-part process to evaluate nearly 22,000 public high schools across the country. Minnesota had 145 schools make the rankings. The first two steps use state proficiency tests to evaluate whether students perform better than statistically expected—factoring in the percentage of economically …
Monday, March 12, 2012
The students assembled the sandwiches Monday for Minneapolis Recreation Development, Inc.
Eisenhower Elementary and XinXing Academy students found out Monday just how much good some coins can do. With a portion of $500 raised by a penny war in November, 200 fifth- and sixth-grade students and 14 volunteers assembled 750 sandwiches for Minneapolis Recreation Development, Inc.’s 363 Days Food program. In addition, the school hosted a sock drive that brought in nearly 750 socks for the program to deliver. “If it weren’t for the schools like this, churches and businesses, I wouldn’t be making sandwiches for 1,000 people a day,” said MRD founder Allan Law. Law, a retired teacher, founded MRD in 1967—funding it entirely himself for 29 years. The organization’s 363 Days Food program—a name that refers to feeding people on days other …
Thursday, March 8, 2012
The students’ work featured endangered animals with colorful patterns.
Gatewood Elementary fifth grade students looked to Australia for inspiration as they wound up their “Aboriginality” section Wednesday in Karen Anderson’s art class. The students viewed traditional and contemporary aboriginal art. They then picked an endangered animal, drew it and filled it in with colorful, aboriginal-inspired patterns. After they were through, they added a background with pastels. The subjects of the art ranged from Australian animals, such as koalas, to species all the way on the other side of the globe, such as polar bears. “Really, I have the best artists in the world,” Anderson said. Stay up to date on all your local news. Sign up for the Hopkins Patch newsletter, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
The Youth Art Exhibit runs through April 8 at the Hopkins Center for the Arts.
Student art is normally consigned to the refrigerator. But on Tuesday, families filed into the Hopkins Center for the Arts to see more than 180 student works brightening up the Charles Redepenning Gallery. The paintings, sculptures, pottery and other works make up the Hopkins Youth Art Exhibit. Art teachers at local schools selected the works on display. In all, there were 120 pieces from elementary school students, 32 from junior high students and 30 from high school students. The exhibit is free and runs through April 8. Art center hours are: Stay up to date on all your local news. Sign up for the Hopkins Patch newsletter, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
The next Community Breakfast will take place from 9 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday at Alice Smith.
Families enjoyed breakfast with Eisenhower Elementary students Tuesday during the first of two Community Breakfasts taking place as part of National Breakfast Week. The events are sponsored by a “Share Your Breakfast” grant from the Kellogg’s Action for Healthy Kids initiative. Kellogg’s will donate the monetary equivalent of a school breakfast up to $200,000—the equivalent of 1 million school breakfasts. The Community Breakfasts allow families to get to know Alice Smith’s and Eisenhower’s Breakfast 2 Go programs—which serve free, nutritious breakfasts to all students before the school day. The next Community Breakfast will take place from 9 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday at Alice Smith. Stay up to date on all your local news. Sign up for the …
Friday, March 2, 2012
John Narum's last Pep Fest show before he graduates was a big one.
Hopkins High School senior and 2005 world yo-yo champion John Narum wanted his last Pep Fest show before he graduated to be big. As his fellow students have come to expect, Narum wowed Friday’s crowd with eye-popping tricks that involved lying on the floor, doing handstands and kneeling on the ground—all while slinging yo-yos through the air. But when the show drew to a close, he told the crowd he needed a volunteer for one more big trick. Narum scanned the audience and selected senior Olivia Hvass, his girlfriend of four months. Narum positioned Hvass’ arm carefully and did a modified “man on the flying trapeze” trick. Then he got down on one knee—leaving the yo-yo dangling between them and creating the very image of a proposal. “Would …
The Pep Fest took place Friday.
Hopkins High School students showed their school spirit Friday morning at the spring Pep Fest. The band got the crowd going. A trio of dance groups kept up the beat. The drum line entertained. And world champion yo-yo expert John Narum once again wowed his fellow students with yo-yo tricks. The event capped off a week of school spirit activities.
Students showed off dozens of projects at Thursday’s event.
Imaginations soared Thursday as Eisenhower Elementary students filled the school gym with projects for the 20th Annual Imagination Fair. The fair encourages students to show off ideas that intrigue them. Displays ranged from science projects to inventions to art. Visitors to the fair learned about magnetic liquids, checked out colorful dioramas and tried out student-made devices.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Six Hopkins High School juniors spend their free time making videos of difficult basketball shots.
It must be an odd sight for the average park visitor. Six teens climb out of a minivan and drag out a battered portable basketball hoop. They haul the hoop to a corner of the park that couldn’t be less suited to basketball and weigh the hoop down with a rock. Then the shots start coming. One comes from the top of a hill, another from playground equipment, another off a wall—each shot more spectacular than the last. Eric Huss, Matthew Koopmeiners, J.T. DenHartog, Rory Ritts, Thomas Heegaard and Tyler Johnson are Hopkins High School juniors who spend their free time making trick shot videos that they upload to a YouTube channel called NothingButNetAllDay. Hundreds of people have watched their videos—with one of the videos garnering more than…