Thursday, February 14, 2013
Next week, the School Board will discuss what the district has learned while investigating IB over the past year.
Hopkins is nearing a decision on whether it will transform its junior highs into International Baccalaureate programs. The School Board voted in March to initiate candidacy in the IB’s Middle Years Programme. The schools are now in the midst of the 2012-13 candidacy year, during which the junior highs have been: The School Board will discuss the findings of the past year at its Feb. 21 meeting, said school district spokeswoman Jolene Goldade said. The board will then take a preliminary vote at its March 21 budget meeting on whether to become an IB program—followed by a final vote in May. Unanimous approval isn’t a given. While the board did agree to pay the $109,000 candidacy initiation fee last year, directors Wendy Donovan and Irma …
Friday, June 15, 2012
The event features short films from Hopkins ninth-grade students.
Young directors will be showing off their works Tuesday at the inaugural Hopkins Student Film Festival. West Junior High and North Junior High ninth-grade students created short films to be shown at the hourlong event at the Hopkins Center for the Arts. The event starts at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Stay up to date on all your local news. Sign up for the free Hopkins Patch newsletter, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Editor James Warden's Pinterest boards. Do you own a local business? Click here to learn about five easy ways your business can use Patch.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
More than half of junior high parents are dissatisfied with the amount of contact they have with their child’s teachers.
The new schedule at Hopkins junior highs is not paying off in greater teacher contact with parents and students, at least according to a survey the School Board reviewed Thursday. Last year, the junior highs switched over from a semester schedule to a quarter schedule. That change halved the number of students each teacher had at once from 180 to 90 students—even as students completed the same number of courses. Officials expected that to foster better communication between teachers, parents and students Despite these changes, nine out of 10 parents say they don’t hear from their child’s teacher more than monthly—with 55 percent of respondents saying teachers are in touch with them less than monthly and 27 percent saying teachers are never…