Monday, September 3, 2012
Comcast offers a program for low-cost monthly Internet access and a computer for under $150.
Families with at least one child receiving free or reduced price school lunch are eligible for a Comcast program that provides broadband Internet access for less than $10 a month. The Comcast program, Internet Essentials, is in its second year and is part of a larger, industry-wide effort to increase high-speed Internet access among low-income families. "A digital divide exists, and low-income families who don't have Internet access at home are being left behind," said Alisha Martin, a regional Comcast spokeswoman. "So, the Internet Essentials program was designed to help close the digital divide and get more Americans, more families, connected to the Internet so they can experience the tremendous benefits that the Internet offers." To be …
Friday, February 10, 2012
A GED orientation session, the first step toward graduation, has been scheduled for Wednesday.
Friday, February 10, 2012
(The following news release comes from Adult Options in Education.) When the weather warms, some adults in the community will be donning back graduation gowns, walking across the stage of Hopkins Center for the Arts and celebrating completing a major educational goal and their first step to success. It is not too late for those who lack a high school diploma to enroll in an education program leading to the GED credential and, quite possibly, be one of those graduates accepting diplomas Tuesday, June 5. A GED orientation session, the first step toward graduation, has been scheduled for 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 15 in room 223, Eisenhower Community Center, 1001 Highway 7, Hopkins.. For more information, or to sign up to …
Thursday, February 9, 2012
North Junior High Honors Civics students attended the caucuses for an extra credit assignment.
Like about 150 other people, Julia Laden and Danielle Fogelson showed up at on Tuesday night ready for the Republican caucus. But Laden and Vogelson weren’t there to vote in the presidential preference poll or introduce resolutions. The two are ninth graders who attended the caucuses as part of an Honors Civics extra credit project. “We’re just here to see what happens,” Laden explained, adding that she didn’t know what to expect beforehand. Civics instructors ViAnne Hubbell, Sarah Sampson and Allegra Smisek offered the students the assignment after a parent leading a room at one of the caucuses mentioned that it would be great to have the students attend. The students attended one of the caucuses and kept a journal of what they saw happen…
Monday, February 6, 2012
The bowls are for an ICA Foodshelf and ResourceWest fundraiser.
Patch editors are reporters and writers, photographers and videographers. We do a little bit of everything. One thing we don’t normally do, though, is make clay bowls. That didn’t stop us from heading to Hopkins High School on Friday and taking a turn at the pottery wheel. We were just two people in a room full of largely untrained potters making bowls for the 14th annual Empty Bowls Fundraiser for Hunger. The event raises money for ResourceWest and ICA Foodshelf. People from all over the community first get together for bowl-making events. In our case, Hopkins High School art instructor Terry Chamberlain’s pottery students ensured we didn’t mess up too bad (although one of us did have a memorable failure). Empty Bowls then takes place …
Friday, February 3, 2012
A report recommends pursuing International Baccalaureate candidacy in the 2012-13 school year.
Hopkins Public Schools officials are recommending that Hopkins junior highs become candidates for the International Baccalaureate Organization’s Middle Years Programme. A junior high rigor study update, presented to the School Board on Thursday, recommends that Hopkins pursue International Baccalaureate candidacy for the 2012-13 school year. That would not make the schools IB institutions, but it would kick off the formal process for joining the program. IB’s Middle Years Programme provides an enhanced curriculum for grades six through 10, although Hopkins would only offer Middle Years at its junior highs. Started in Geneva, Switzerland, the program emphasizes “global mindedness” and a broad curriculum with eight components—including …
Friday, January 20, 2012
Recently elected directors took the oath of office, and the board chose officers and agreed to committee assignments.
On Thursday, new Hopkins School Board directors Steve Adams and Kris Newcomer took the oath of office, along with returning directors Wendy Donovan and Irma McIntosh Coleman. The directors also organized the board for the upcoming year. They chose the following officers to lead the board: And the board members decided who would serve on the numerous committees on which the board is represented. “I think it’s an important conversation to have in front of our community—that we are serving in a plethora of committees outside this board room,” said Director Betsy Anderson. Directors agreed to the following assignments: Steve Adams Betsy Anderson Irma McIntosh Coleman Wendy Donovan Warren Goodroad Kris Newcomer Susan Wootten