The #RoyalFam Newsletter

May 17, 2022

School Counselor Change Effective 2022-23

The HHS Counselors will be transitioning to grade-level counselors rather than the current alphabet divide. This change will be effective for the next school year. The goal of this change is to allow counselors to focus their work to meet the needs of each grade level rather than dividing their attention. Counselors will remain with the same grade level, looping so that scholars will have the same counselor throughout their years at HHS. Additionally, we have welcomed Dr. Michelle Kuhl to HHS as a College and Career Readiness Coordinator. Dr. Kuhl, is available to all scholars in addition to their counselor to assist them in planning for their lives after graduation.


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.


Hopkins School Board Listening Sessions: Racial Equity Policy

The Hopkins School Board will hold a listening session with the community to gather thoughts and feedback on its proposed Racial Equity Policy. The listening session will be held virtually on Wednesday, May 18 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. You can access the session at this link. You can provide feedback and ask questions through this form prior to the meeting. Look for more details on our website.

Prom 2022

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


Date & Time:

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


Location:

International Market Square - 275 Market St, Minneapolis, MN


Theme:

A Night In Hollywood - dress is Formal.


Cost:

*$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.

Support Local Farms and our Schools!

NOW available to ALL Hopkins families- We are excited to announce that the Hopkins Elementary PTOs are partnering with Friendly Hmong Farms to offer all Hopkins families fresh vegetables and flowers this summer!


Order your veggie box a la carte (for pickup in June, July, and August) or subscribe for the entire 3-box series season. Every box will contain an assortment of peak season vegetables and herbs, along with favorite recipes from our community chefs (both home and professional). Every box and bouquet is homegrown in MN and assembled by our farmers. The Best Part? For every 3-box subscription purchased, Friendly Hmong Farms will donate one box to a family-in-need in our school district! Funds raised will be used to support all Hopkins elementary schools. It's Friendly Hmong Farms' commitment to equitable education.

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!


bit.ly/SummerHHS


Correne Larsen

correne.larsen@hopkinsschools.org

952.988.4555


Lorenzo Farley

lorenzo.farley@hopkinsschools.org

952.988.4509

Supporting Gender Expansive Kids - Parent and Caregiver Group

Are you the parent or caregiver of a child who transcends traditional binary gender roles? We are offering a supportive, ongoing group for parents and caregivers to ask questions, share ideas, and support one another. Some children may identify as transgender, gender fluid, non-binary, gender queer, gender expansive, questioning or simply move through the world in a much more gender free manner. Our first meeting will be in person on May 18, 2022 from 7-8 p.m. at North Junior High, Room 506. This is for parents and families from all of Hopkins schools -- and from all grade levels (elementary, junior high, high school, and beyond). Laura Jensen, Hopkins Schools LGBTQ+ Community Liaison will facilitate the meeting. Please RSVP via email at laura.jensen@hopkinsschools.org. This is not a group to debate the issue, rather for parents looking to support their child.

Summer Program for Scholars Entering Grades 7, 8, and 9

Monday-Friday, June 13 - July 29, 2022

Hopkins North Junior High

10700 Cedar Lake Rd Minnetonka, MN 55305


The Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools© program is a six-week multicultural literacy-based experience for scholars entering grades 7, 8, and 9 in the 2022-23 school year that is deeply rooted in the Civil Rights Movement. Scholars will immerse themselves in engaging curriculum, activities, and opportunities that exercise critical thinking, camaraderie, and social-emotional learning.


Space is limited, register today!

End of Year Checkout for all Scholars (Especially Seniors)

Start the process now for end-of-the-year check-out! This is a requirement for Seniors in order to be cleared for graduation.


Fees can be paid through the student/parent portal in Infinite Campus or scholars can bring cash or check to the Main Office. Click here for instructions on how to check Infinite Campus and Destiny.


Scholars, please return all items NOW that you are no longer using.

Yearbook Orders

We still have a limited quantity of yearbooks left to sell, but once we sell out, we can't print more. Make sure to order yours at jostensyearbooks.com. If you're wondering if you have ordered a book, you can check our sales list (as of 4/8/22).

 Summer Program for Scholars Entering Grades 7, 8, and 9

Monday-Friday, June 13 - July 29, 2022

Hopkins North Junior High

10700 Cedar Lake Rd Minnetonka, MN 55305


The Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools© program is a six-week multicultural literacy-based experience for scholars entering grades 7, 8, and 9 in the 2022-23 school year that is deeply rooted in the Civil Rights Movement. Scholars will immerse themselves in engaging curriculum, activities, and opportunities that exercise critical thinking, camaraderie, and social-emotional learning.


Space is limited, register today!
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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 christine.niederer@hopkinsschools.org.

Important Upcoming HHS Dates

5/28 - Prom-7:30pm-International Market Square, Mpls.

5/30 - Memorial Day Holiday - No School