With the start of the 2nd trimester, we ask you to partner with us to emphasize the importance of your student’s school attendance! An Attendance Postcard to help you keep track of absences and the use of parent notes is being sent home with each student on Friday. (Please see attachment.) The beginning of the trimester is the perfect time to put a new focus on attendance. It’s not too late to turn things around if your child's attendance is off-track. You can see your child’s Attendance Profile in your IC Parent Portal account. This document will also be sent directly to you soon through Parent Square. Please help us reduce chronic absenteeism. Good attendance means students stay engaged in learning, pass important courses, and stay on track for graduation!
As Thanksgiving approaches, we want HCS parents to know how thankful we are for your children being in school! To show our appreciation, students who are at school on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2023, will have their name entered into drawings at each school for “free item” coupons from local restaurants and a gift basket. The Perfect Attendance Reward sponsored by Madisonville Noon Kiwanis will be presented for the 1st trimester when we return from Thanksgiving Break. A student will be selected at each level, elementary, middle, and high, to receive $100. Good attendance helps build routines, increase engagement, provide access to resources, and support learning. It’s also a way to build the Future Ready Graduate characteristic for November of being a Contributing Citizen!
The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services has announced Summer P-EBT funds will be provided as an extension of P-EBT from the 2022-2023 school year that provides reimbursements to households with students who were eligible to receive free and reduced-price meals at school in May 2023. Each student enrolled in Hopkins County Schools in May 2023 will receive $120. Children who received SNAP at least one day between June and August 2023 will receive their reimbursement on the SNAP EBT card. Students who did not receive SNAP during that time will receive the reimbursement on the same P-EBT card as in the past. If the child has not received P-EBT in the past, a card will be issued. Please note, the district and schools do not have additional information on this program. If you need a replacement P-EBT card, call 833-501-5297 and request a new card. To receive a replacement SNAP EBT card if the child’s address has changed since receiving the last SNAP EBT card, call 855-306-8959 to request a new card. If the child’s address has not changed, call 888-979-9949 to request a new card.
Hopkins County Future Ready Graduates is one of the major initiatives that is part of the district’s new Strategic Plan. This is our version of Portrait of a Graduate. This initiative will significantly transform our schools and ensure that our students gain the characteristics needed to be successful after graduation.
Each month, we will be focusing on one of these characteristics. For the month of October, our focus is on Connecting and Collaborating . We encourage students to build strong relationships, work effectively in teams, provide and accept feedback, and connect with diverse perspectives. Hopkins County Schools invites businesses and community members to get involved by joining in school events, supporting group projects, and partnering with us to foster a culture of collaboration and connection. To see the opening day video about the initiative, go to www.hopkins.kyschools.us/FutureReady .
Parent Workshops for holiday assistance from Hopkins County Family Resource and Youth Services Centers are now open for registration. Workshops are open to all families of students enrolled in Hopkins County Schools. Anyone who receives Thanksgiving and/or Christmas assistance through the FRYSC is required to attend one workshop per holiday assistance that they are requesting. Click the following link to register for a parent workshop https://forms.gle/b5ZQBreFLC4QhQTM6 . The attached flyer (English and Spanish versions) lists the various parent workshops and a QR that you can scan to register for a parent workshop as well. All parent workshops will take place at the Hopkins County Career and Technology Center. For specific questions, please contact your student's FRYSC coordinator.
Hopkins County Schools will participate in Kentucky’s “High Attendance Day” tomorrow, Wednesday, Sept. 13. Elementary, middle and high schools across the state will compete to determine who has the highest percent attendance at each level. Many of our schools have special fun events planned throughout the day! Each year, High Attendance Day helps foster positive attitudes about the importance of school. We want to remind parents that attendance is directly linked to academic success. Higher attendance percentages have a positive impact on students and help them receive needed support and resources. We look forward to seeing all our students tomorrow!