What's Up @ West

January 6, 2023

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Monday is a no school day for students, and a day to honor and celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. There are many events throughout the Twin Cities that can be attended, and if you haven't seen Stanford's King Institute website, it's definitely a must do that you could spend an entire day perusing. Perhaps one of the coolest parts of the site is the Freedom's Ring, interactive "I Have a Dream" speech page, linked here. I highly recommend it!

Please enjoy your long weekend and stay warm.

Important Dates & Details


Jan. 16: No School (Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King day)

Jan. 17: Rising 6th & 7th Grade Family event

Jan. 18: Vision screenings at West (by appointment)

Jan. 18: HHS Preview Night - January 18, 6-7:30 p.m.

Jan 27: No School (make-up day)

Feb.20: No School (Professional Development)

Find West on Facebook

West is getting more active on social media. Read more here.

Lost keys?

If your student is missing keys, please have them check with Ms. Kurus in the Admin. office.

North Junior High and West Junior High Registration Nights

Are you an upcoming Hopkins 6th or 7th grader? You and your family are invited to the upcoming Welcome and Registration event at your future school building. Join us for building tours, presentations, and fun activities.

The event is designed as a touchpoint for you and your student to get more acquainted with the building and get to know some of the key school leaders and staff who will help guide or support your student as they navigate the next stage of their education.

West Junior High will host their event on Tuesday, Jan. 17 from 7-8 p.m. Get more details and register for West’s event here.

North Junior High will host their event on Thursday, Jan. 19 from 6-8 p.m. Get more details and register for North’s event here.

HHS Preview Night - January 18, 6-7:30 p.m.

Video link: https://vimeo.com/788377580

Join us for the Hopkins High School Preview Night on Wednesday, January 18 from 6-7:30 p.m.! This special event is designed to provide information and an exciting high school preview for our families who will be part of the rising 9th- and 10th-grade transition next year.

You and your student will get to meet the Hopkins High School admin team, take tours, and learn how we’ll support your child’s transition from junior high to high school. We hope to see you there! Registration is requested at this link.

Mathematics in Hopkins

Think back to when you were in math class. How did you feel? This question often elicits strong feelings one way or another. Do you tend toward “I loved it” or “I loathed it”?

In Hopkins, we strive to cultivate critical thinkers who are empathetic, confident, curious, and empowered in math. Last year, Hopkins launched an E-12+ Math Committee with representatives from all schools. The goals of this committee are to: align math teaching with best practices, deepen and strengthen personalization in mathematics, and develop math teacher leaders across our system. We want students to have a positive association with mathematics as a result of their experiences in our schools!

School Start Time Information for 2023-24

As we continue to prepare for the 6th and 9th-grade transition, we have finalized our anticipated start times for our elementaries, middle schools, and high school. Please note, we will be moving forward with a three-tier bussing schedule, which impacts start and end times. More information is here.

Vision screening

West Junior High will host another Eye Screening for the WJH Community by Hopkins Eye Clinic, on Wednesday, January 18, 2023. This appointment determines if a student needs eye glasses. Financial assistance is available.

Please fill out a paper registration form (see .pdf). Forms can be turned in to Student Services.

Questions can be directed to:

  • Nurse Y, 952-988-4405
  • Ms. Leseman, our Community School Coordinator, 952-988-4417

Dental cavity prevention

Sign your student up for an appointment

April 13th & 14th

Scan the QR Code or contact:

Lindsey Leseman at 952-988-4417


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WJH/ICA Food Market

West Junior High ICA Food Market invites you to Shop for FREE food in our NEW market! Prepare for the holidays with high quality groceries right here at West Junior High. Please tell us your preferred shopping hours. The West Junior High ICA Food Market will be open all school year. Come visit and stock up on groceries!

Open to all WJH families & staff

Tuesdays 1p-3p

Thursdays 6p-8p

Schedule your appointment here.

Door Dash

Please refrain from ordering Door Dash for your student and ensure that your student is aware we do not allow Door Dash deliveries at West. This is a consistent policy across all three secondary schools. Thank you for your partnership.
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Athletics & Activities

Black Women with Stethoscopes

February 18th for ages 12-18.

See the attached flyer or their website for details.


Join GSA members for a viewing of Heartstopper.

See here for info.

West Athletics

Visit our website to see sports information and the sports schedule.

Boys Volleyball

Join the fastest growing sport in MN!

Hopkins is now offering Boys Volleyball for 7th - 12th graders. The season will start in the Spring. We have a few more Open Gyms scheduled prior to the season starting. Please join the below GroupMe or email hopkinsboysvolleyball@gmail.com for more information.

Trap Shooting

Membership is open to all Hopkins students grades 7-12.

Please read here for important details.

Rugby club

No experience needed. Clinics at the end of the month. See .pdf or HopkinsRugby.com for details

eLearning & Equitable Internet Access

With Hopkins adopting eLearning due to inclement weather this winter, we want to make sure families have stable, available internet access at home. If your student would need assistance in having an internet connection at home to participate in eLearning Days, please contact:and they will work with you to make sure an internet hotspot is available on eLearning Days.


HEF's Royal Bash

Join HEF on February 25th. See here for details or here to get your tickets.

Stages Theatre Company Announces Auditions for ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, JR.

Seeking all humans ages 10 - 18

Auditions are by appointment, click here for details

Supporting Gender Expansive Kids Parent and Caregiver Group

Are you the parent or caregiver of a child who transcends traditional binary gender roles? Hopkins Schools offers a supportive, ongoing group for parents and caregivers to ask questions, share ideas, and support one another. Click here for more information.

Spirit Shop

Store hours (at HHS): Mon-Thur, 3:30-4p

Order online

See the flyer for more info.

GAL Slowpitch Softball

Girls ages K-12th. See flyer for details.


Hopkins Beds for Kids

Did you know there are children in our area that do not have their own bed to sleep in at home?

The Hopkins Police and Fire Departments, in conjunction with Hopkins and Minnetonka Rotary, are honored to be able to provide beds to families in need. If you or anyone you know is in need of a bed, please contact Jake Moser at 952-935-7556 or jmoser@hopkinsautobody.net.

Health Info

COVID Guidance for 2022-23

Hopkins Public Schools follows the guidance of the Minnesota Department of Health/CDC in its response to COVID-19. In the 2022-23 school year, Hopkins will continue to require five-day minimum isolation for those who test positive for COVID. Mask wearing is recommended but not required in our buildings or on the bus. Please check our COVID Hub on our website for the latest information on COVID-19 and our current response.
We are a welcoming community. We embrace individuality, inclusivity, & kindness as empowered learners who create a better world. All students explore their passions. All students feel ownership. Students & teachers collaborate. The culture is restorative.