What's up @ West

May 20, 2022

A Note From Dr. Kampfe

The Last Day of School

Plans are underway for our students to have a wonderful celebration of the year on our last day of school. The tradition at West has been for 9th grade students to go to ValleyFair, but that has not been possible for the last two years because of the pandemic. We are excited to report that we have been able to secure busses to take our 9th grade students to ValleyFair on June 3. Permission slips and additional details will be coming regarding this field trip next week.


Our 7th and 8th grade students will have a variety of fun activities planned here at the site on June 3 that will allow them to be in community with each other and their teachers, reflect on the year, have fun, and say goodbye to 2021-2022. As we are planning our day, if you are available to support as a volunteer, please reach out to Mario Reese at mario.reese@hopkinsschools.org or call 952-567-8930.


Our final two weeks will be a whirlwind of wrapping up courses with summative projects, finishing assignments, and turning in iPads. This school year has been one of tremendous challenge and tremendous growth. Thank you for your ongoing support as we rode the waves of highs and lows. We are looking forward to our final two weeks with hope as we think about the summer ahead.

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West News

MEDICATION: END OF YEAR REMINDER

It's almost time to pick-up any unused over-the-counter or prescription medication(s) that your child has in the health office.

Read here for more.

9th Grade Dance!!

Semi-formal dance!

When: Thursday May 26th 6:00-8:00 pm

Where: WJH gym

Attire: semi-formal fun & festive

Tickets: $10 on sale during lunch week of the dance.

DJ, food & fun to celebrate your Jr High years at West!

Support local farms & 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.

Exciting Summer Opportunity for Scholars Entering Grades 7, 8, and 9 - Space Limited

The Children's Defense Fund Freedom Schools© program is a six-week multicultural literacy-based experience that is deeply rooted in the Civil Rights Movement. Scholars of the program immerse themselves in engaging curriculum, activities, and opportunities that exercise critical thinking, camaraderie, social-emotional learning, and much more.


Scholars entering grades 7, 8, and 9 for the 2022-23 school year are encouraged to attend. Space is limited, early registration is recommended. To register, CLICK HERE. For more information, please reach out to Paris Timmons at 952-988-4843 or paris.timmons@hopkinsschools.org.

22-23 Calendar

The 2022-23 calendar is now available online in PDF and digital format. You can access a printable version here. If you would like to subscribe to the digital calendar, you can do that here. If you already subscribe to our digital calendar, this information has automatically updated on your phone.

Yearbook

Must order your 2021-22 yearbook by May 31st!

See the attached flyer, click here or scan the QR code.

Need help?

Hopkins West Junior High has started the journey of becoming a Full Service Community School. One part of this plan is to make sure all West families have their basic needs met, especially during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, so students can be their best when they arrive in the classroom.

Please fill out this form. These answers are confidential. If you want someone to help you, please leave your name and contact information in the survey. We will reach out with confidential support as soon as possible if you give your permission to be contacted.


Want more information, or have ideas or questions? Please contac:

Mario Reese, West Junior High Family Liaison (Mario.Reese@HopkinsSchools.org), or

Lindsey Leseman, Community Partnerships Liaison (Lindsey.Leseman@HopkinsSchools.org).

Supplies needed

West has a few supply needs. Please consider donating:
  • facial tissues
  • feminine products (pads, tampons)
  • new socks
  • new underwear

Thank you!

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Upcoming Events

Important Upcoming Dates

May 26: 9th grade dance

May 30: No school for Memorial Day

June 1 & 2: iPad collection

June 3: Last day of school

Sweet Potato Comfort Pies

On Friday, May 20th, WJH will be partnering with Rose McGee (see a video on her) and Sweet Potato Comfort Pie to offer an Event to Offer Sweet Comfort to Help Heal the Community. Here at WJH, students will have the opportunity to bake pies and deliver them into the community to those who need comfort, healing, and restoration.


Consider donating these Ingredients.

TEACHER CELEBRATION - DONATIONS NEEDED

The end of the school year is fast approaching. Before we say our goodbyes 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!

In order to make this happen, we are asking for families to donate money, items, and to borrow lawn games. Please click on the link below and sign up if you can help support the end of summer celebration!


Click here to donate.

Thank you for your support!

iPad Collection

Students will be turning in their ipad, case, charging block, and charging cord in their Science classes on Wednesday, June 1st (A Day) and Thursday, June 2nd (B Day).


If your student will be absent those days, please return the device and accessories to the media center before the last day of school.


If a device is damaged or lost, please advise your student to come to the media center for assistance.

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 of the at this link.

HREI Town Hall Forum Race and Education: Dynamics and Social Impact

Keynote Speaker Sondra Samuels

Tuesday, May 24 • 6:30-8 p.m.

Eisenhower Community Center Theater

Join the Hopkins Race and Equity Initiative for a presentation from Keynote Speaker Sondra Samuels on the role structural racism in education has played in solidifying racial disparities, followed by a question and answer session moderated by Diversity and Inclusion Consultant Bill Wells. This event is free and open to the public. More information.


Girls Basketball Camp

June 6-16th, 9a-12p.

See flyer for all details.

HHS Volleyball Fall 2022

Interested in Volleyball in the Fall?

Read on for details.

Boys 2022 Soccer

If you're interested in trying out for Boys Soccer in the Fall, read on.

Family Resources

May is Mental Health Awarenss month

West has many experienced staff, supportive programs, therapy animals and the Wellness Center that can aid in supporting mental wellness.


Read on for more info about West & summer resources.

FREE YMCA summer memberships for youth entering grades 9-12

More details here.

Follow the link or forward it to friends to register: www.ymcamn.org/getsummer

Resources

Please contact your school counselor or social worker if you are in need of resources for mental health, food, etc.

Kids & Co is Hiring

Are you looking for a part time or full-time fun job this summer or know someone that enjoys hanging with kids? Kids & Company is hiring!!

Free Sports physicals

FREE sports and camp physicals at e Good Clinic!

For more info, see the flyer or website.

MoveFwd & UPSTREAM HOPKINS

Sometimes life gets hard.

If you or your family needs food, supplies, job help, or housing, call us or drop in.

We’re free and confidential. Call 952-988-TEEN (8336)

Read here for info.

Concordia Language Villages - Free Summer Opportunity

Please click here to learn more about a fantastic summer and online program beginning this summer that is completely free for participants - a great opportunity for Hopkins scholars!

Summer Enrichment

Interested in some summer opportunities for the family? Read more here.

Summer Employment in Buildings and Grounds

Now hiring - summer grounds & maintenance facitilites. Read here for info.

Hopkins Spirit Wear

Visit our store website. Request an appointment
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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.

Masks now strongly recommended, not required

All of the district’s key indicators support relaxing the masking policy. Case rates among staff and students are extremely low, Hennepin County’s transmission rate is currently at a low level, and there is a strong vaccination rate among staff and students. More information

Testing

While supplies last, we will continue our weekly saliva testing program for scholars and staff. Owing 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, even for peace of mind, please see your school nurse or main office and ask for one.

COVID-19 Vaccinations

Hennepin County offers free clinic options for first, second, or booster vaccinations. You can register for an appointment online or by calling their navigation line at 612-348-8900. Help is available in English, Spanish, Somali, and Hmong. Check back often as events continue to be added. While supplies last, the county is offering $50 Visa gift cards to all people who receive a vaccination.


The Mall of America and MDH still have a vaccination clinic going at the mall. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please click here.


Find more vaccination options near you here.