Go Royals!

This week ushered in the 2017-2018 school year and with it came excitement, anxiety and some big changes in schedules. Jimmy started at Hopkins High School (10th grade), Billy started at North Jr High (7th grade) and Kay is now part of the ruling class (9th grade at North).  For the 1st time in 4 years they are all on the same bus at the same time. Hallelujah! They came home from the 1st day excited about their classes and friends. Once again we were reminded why we love Hopkins and why we feel so fortunate to be a part of the community.

As I drove to school the 1st day, I literally got choked up. Welcoming all the students were signs.  Signs in multiple languages. Signs for all genders (male, female and nonconforming). Signs declaring that ALL are welcome here. Image you are a new 7th grader, a new parent, a transfer student…. How amazing would it be for you to be welcomed this way?! Especially given all the uncertainty in the world around immigration, dreamers, Islam, etc… what a welcome sight to know that school will be a safe and inclusive place for everyone.  What is best about this, it’s not just lip service. They mean it. We have been a part of the Hopkins School District for 10 years and they have always worked to reduce bullying and all types of ‘isms’ (racism, sexism, anti-Semitism…)  We aren’t perfect but the intent and effort is there and we are making progress!  I think Principal Becky said it best in her new school year blog … https://principalmelville.wordpress.com

Our mission statement says it all…

Hopkins Public Schools serves the community by welcoming all learners, honoring culture, and inspiring remarkable growth and achievement.

Our District is a special place and unique in many ways. We are academically focused, but also human-focused. There is no typical Hopkins student, and we value that diversity. We are a blend of faiths, cultures, and backgrounds, forming a district of individuals with rich stories.

You are welcome at Hopkins. You belong in Hopkins.

Some really amazing facts about our school district…

9% have another language other than English as their 1st language with 46 different language groups represented

45% of students are students of color

37% of students are on free or reduced lunch

90% graduation rate

The Washington Post named us “The Best High School that Challenges their Students to Excellence” in 2017

We have Chinese Immersion, International Baccalaureate schools and a really deep STEM program

Our basketball and cross country teams has a legacy of state championships

Our music program is the best in the state

I could go on and on.  Hopkins lives its values.  They are bold and brave and wiling to tackle hard subjects. They love and support all the kids and staff. The embrace growth mindset and are constantly modeling the way in their classes, sports and after school activities. They celebrate successes. They are a beacon of hope.

Imagine the future for the students that are growing and learning in this environment.

I am so grateful to be a part of this community. They give me so much hope for our future….

(Now tell me that this doesn’t choke you up…..)