The #RoyalFam Newsletter

May 25, 2022

A Message from Principal Ballard

Dear HHS parents and caregivers,

While we’ve had a chance to check in with many of our staff and scholars today, we want to be sure to share with our community how saddened we are by the recent Texas shooting and to provide support in every way that we can. It is unfathomable that we continue to see these types of acts of violence in our schools. It is difficult for anyone to not be impacted by tragedies like the one in Texas. Life is precious.

Today we asked our staff and scholars to give themselves permission to process the emotions of the events and to be okay with not being okay. We’ve encouraged scholars who need to meet with a social worker or counselor to visit the Wellness Center or touch base with their teacher. We acknowledge that many staff and families have been impacted by this recent tragedy. Please know that we are here for you and your scholar and we ask that we all continue to find ways to be there for each other.

We are also reminded that today is the 2nd year anniversary of the killing of George Floyd. This tragedy continues to create an intense awareness of the inequities that plague our nation. Unfortunately, these are inequities that we continue to grapple with in many aspects of our lives. It lends to how important it is to be there for one another in support.

We have reminded scholars all day that they are loved and we care about their safety. Throughout the day, we had a team located at the main entrance of the school to create an additional layer of support with increased supervision, checking passes, and connecting with scholars and families. We understand that we are in our final days of the school year, but please help us to reinforce expectations by reminding your scholar that this is not an open campus. Scholars leaving the building during the school day should have a pass or an excused absence. If you are granting permission for your scholar to leave for any reason, please contact our front office ahead of time. We ask for your partnership in keeping our scholars, staff, and Hopkins High School community safe.

I’m thankful that our scholars are surrounded by caring adults who go above and beyond each day to make meaningful connections. Thank you for your support and partnership.

In gratitude,

Principal Ballard

Culture Night

We are so proud of the amazing Culture Night celebration that was planned and executed by our scholars last night! The event took place in the Little Theatre. Scholars wore clothing that was representative of their cultures and displayed various talents on stage in front of their peers! Many high schools have “Culture Nights,” however, this year some schools have experienced unrest during these events. Because our scholars worked so hard to plan, and coordinate this event, we wanted them to have an opportunity to showcase their hard work. The families that attend the event enjoyed seeing their scholars shine while their peers cheered for them. We made sure we had an increased staff presence and partnered with the Minnetonka Police Department to ensure our parking lot was supervised at all times to deter any attendees from outside of the school community. We are happy to have had such a successful event!

Final Weeks of School & June 3rd Busing

As we wrap up the school year, we want to remind families of the learning plans and important dates occurring during the final week of school. Please note that all students will start school at 7:55 am on Friday, June 3rd. This will require all scholars who use bus transportation to take the early buses on Friday, June 3rd. There will be no 10:30 am arrival bus available. Please review the additional summary of the schedule below:

Monday, May 30, 2022

Memorial Day No School

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Regular school day and continuation of finals

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Normal schedule and continuation of finals

Thursday, June 2, 2022

High School Commencement for Seniors Asynchronous Learning for all Scholars

Friday, June 3, 2022

In-person option for make-up and work completion.

If your scholar takes the bus, they will need to take the bus for the 7:55 start time. There will not be a bus for the later morning pick-up. Your scholar will be able to meet with teachers on the day for work that needs to be made up.

Monday, June 6, 2022

In-person option for make-up and work completion. This day is mandatory for any scholar failing a class.

TEACHER CELEBRATION: Donations are Needed!

The end of the school year is fast approaching. Before we say goodbye to our teachers and staff, we are asking for your support one last time to honor each of them!

Around 1000 district employees have been invited to attend a year-end party! They will be treated to food, music, prizes, and fun!

To make this happen, we are asking for families to donate money, items, and to lend lawn games. Please click this link and sign up if you can help support the teacher celebration!

Yearbook Orders

We still have a limited number of yearbooks to sell at Online orders will close on 5/23, and, after that, yearbooks will only be available by cash or check during the yearbook distribution on May 26 or May 27 for $85.

Click here to see if you have already ordered a yearbook.

Seniors who purchased a panoramic photo will be able to pick those up during yearbook distribution, and we will have a limited number to sell for cash or check for $18. Checks for the panoramic photo should be made payable to Lifetouch.

HHS Boys Soccer Fall 2022

Thinking about going out for Soccer in the fall of 2022? Here are some key dates to be aware of:

Captains practice will take place 2 weeks leading up to tryouts and is strongly encouraged but not mandatory:

August 1-4 (M-Th) from 9 -11 am at the High School

August 8-11 (M-Th) from 9-11 am at the High School

Tryouts are mandatory for any players wanting to be on a team (9th Grade, 10th grade, JV or Varsity).

August 15-19th - timing TBD but usually in the evening

If you would like to be added to the Boys Soccer communication, please send an e-mail to: to be added.

Hopkins School Board Listening Sessions: Racial Equity Policy

The Hopkins School Board held a listening session with the community to gather thoughts and feedback on its proposed Racial Equity Policy. The listening session was held on Wednesday, May 18. If you would like to listen to this session, you can find a recording at this link.

Minnesota State Week is June 21-24: A Great Time To Explore Colleges and Universities

The colleges and universities of Minnesota State will waive application fees during “Minnesota State Week,” set for June 21 - 24, 2022. It’s a great time for students who haven’t decided what they will do after graduation this spring to explore one or more of the 54 campuses that are part of Minnesota State.

More information related to this opportunity can be found here.

Prom 2022

Below contains important information and details regarding HHS JUNIOR/SENIOR PROM 2022:

Date & Time:

THIS Saturday, May 28, 2022 @ 7:30pm-11pm


International Market Square - 275 Market St, Minneapolis, MN


A Night In Hollywood - dress is Formal.


*$60 per person. This ticket fee includes the price of dinner. This year’s prom will include dinner and dessert catered by D'amico & Sons.

*For scholars who qualify for free and reduced lunch, tickets can be purchased for $30 on a separate link to be emailed to scholars by Principal Ballard. Only HHS scholars who were pre-approved to purchase tickets (via the email) at the discounted price point may purchase tickets using this link. Any scholar who is not pre-approved to purchase using the link will be re-funded and must purchase using the full-price link.

Where to Buy Tickets:

Tickets are still available to purchase online or in-person during Opportunity Hour. Student Council will be selling tickets during all Opportunity Hour blocks in the Mail Room, in the Main Office. Ticket purchases impact our ability to meet financial obligations to the venue. There will only be a limited number of tickets available next week, so please secure your spot asap.

Dates from Other Schools:

If scholars plan to bring a date from another school, please complete

this form prior to purchasing tickets. All guests must be current high

school students.

The Collaborative Lab School: Registration is Open for Next Year’s 10th-12th Grade Scholars!

Hopkins High School Scholars have the opportunity to choose a new pathway next fall. The Collaborative Lab School will launch in partnership with a local nonprofit, Thrive Ed. Scholars who are enrolled in the CLS will remain Hopkins High School (HHS) scholars, with the flexibility to continue taking desired courses at the high school and participating in all school activities.

The Collaborative Lab School (CLS) will …

  • Empower you as a decision maker and co-designer of your education

  • Provide you with authentic and real-world learning experiences (internships and case studies)

  • Build on your unique strengths and develop leadership skills

  • Prepare you to thrive in a dynamic and ever-changing world

  • Guide you in designing your life after high school

  • Provide flexibility and choice in when, how, where, and what you learn.

To learn more:

  • Attend an info session online or in person:

  • Tuesday, May 10th from 6-7 (online at this zoom link)

  • Thursday, May 12th at 6 or 8:15 in person: Hopkins High School Cafeteria

  • Thursday, May 26th at 3 or 6 in person: Hopkins High School Cafeteria

Sounds like a fit? Register here.

  • Registering means that you will be contacted in late May or early June to begin the enrollment process, which will include a meeting with our teaching team to ensure you have a clear pathway to earn all credits and to co-create the schedule that makes best sense for you.

  • If our registration reaches 60 prior to the end of the year, we will engage in a selection process.

Not sure if this opportunity is for you? Thrive Ed has run internships for the past 3 years with scholars from across the Twin Cities Metro with varying school backgrounds - public, private, performing arts, alternative - and varying school experiences - both positive and negative. All scholars can thrive when they are given a voice in when, how, where, and what they learn.

“Coming to Thrive Ed, it really changed my perspective of what school could look like and what I could bring to the table as a student with that power and that leadership” - Jazzy, Thrive Ed Student Intern

Summer School 2022

When: June 13 - July 11 (no class July 4th)

Where: Hopkins High School

If your scholar needs to recover credit this summer, please enroll in summer school using the form linked below. If you are unsure about which courses your scholar needs to make up, please reach out to their counselor before enrolling for help in determining the best summer school courses for your scholar. For general summer school questions, please reach out to counselor, Correne Larsen or administrator, Lorenzo Farley, at the contact information listed below. We look forward to supporting your scholars in getting back on track!

Correne Larsen


Lorenzo Farley


COVID-19 Updates

Hopkins Public Schools COVID-19 Dashboard remains live on our website. Please remember to have your child complete a daily health screening every day before attending school. It is very important that you keep your child home if they are experiencing any signs of illness.

Please note, our isolation and quarantine protocols have changed. We have shortened our isolation requirements to a five-day protocol for students who meet the requirements. You can review the changes here.

COVID Testing

While supplies last, we will continue our weekly saliva testing program for scholars and staff. Due to an Omicron subvariant and spring travel, we’re seeing an increase in cases. We have plenty of rapid test kits for our scholars’ and families’ use. If you want a test kit, please see our HHS school nurse, Chris Niederer. Chris can be reached via email at