Hopkins Elementary Newsletter


Principal's Corner

Greetings Hopkins Elementary Families,

Thank you for your continued support as we round out the third nine weeks of this school year. As a reminder we also ask that you continue to monitor your child's health. Please follow the recommendations of public health officials, including frequently washing your hands and staying at home if you are sick or exhibiting symptoms such as fever or chills, cough or shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.

I appreciate the way the families of Hopkins Elementary continue to work together to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our school, district and community. I ask you continue to keep the lines of communication open as we work as partners in your child's education.

Audrey White-Garner, M Ed.



AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination. It’s mission is to “close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.” Through the use of AVID Elementary our students will learn about Note-taking, Organization, and Collaboration Skills—and they will continue to think about their educational path to college/career and beyond.


Costa’s Levels of Questions are used to assess and formulate questions utilizing higher order thinking to deepen our students learning.

They provide both students and teachers with the opportunity to examine information from a variety of lenses.

  • Level 1—This level can be thought of as a “copy and paste”. These answers can be found by pointing to a place in the book/text. (Text)
  • Level 2—This level would require looking at two places and pulling that information together. (Text and Head)
  • Level 3—This level might pull information from many places, but brain power and higher-level thinking are needed to make a final decision about what is right. (Text, Head, and Heart)

Be sure to check back here each month for our monthly strategy focus.

Mrs. Mitchell's Corner (School Counselor)

During the month of March we will be focusing on Career Awareness and Exploration during classroom guidance lessons. Career awareness provides students with the information that there are different career pathways, career fields, and career opportunities. We will take time to explore and discuss the students' interests, strengths/abilities and personal preferences when it comes to choosing a career. We will also learn about South Carolinas career clusters as well as books and websites that can be utilized to research various careers. I challenge you to talk to your student about your career (job title, job duties, educational background) but also ask them what careers they are thinking about for themselves. Take the time to discuss what job duties may be, educational background, salary and why they chose that career. Have your student check out books about careers that interest them or find someone in that career already for them to connect with and learn more.

All Things Math With Eadon (CRT)

WOW! March Madness is here. Even if you aren't a basketball fan remember of all the real-world ways you can talk to your kid(s) about math! It is so important for you to point out all the ways you use numbers in your daily life. Basketball is just one more way to talk math: ask students what numbers they see in the score, how many tens and ones are in a number such as 74, what if we added 10 to that score, what if we added the teams' scores together, what if we multiplied that score by 10, etc. If you have a child in PreK or K work with them on the ways to make 5, if your child is in 1st or 2nd make sure they know the ways to make 10, and if you have a 3rd-5th grade child make sure they know all of the strategies to work on their multiplication facts! (See pictures below) Embrace the March Math Madness and keep posting those pictures on Facebook of all things math!


  • Please be sure to review testing dates outlined below to ensure your child is well rested and prepared.
  • Ensure your child is reading each night for at least 30 minutes.

PTO Corner

The next PTO meeting will be held virtual on Wednesday, March 2 @ 6:30pm on ZOOM.

  • Meeting ID- 805-137-7207
  • Password- 210904

Thank you for your assistance with our fall fundraiser. We raised a total of $2,375.50 for our school.

Download the Box Tops App

All you need is your phone! Download the Box Tops app, shop as you normally would, then use the app to scan your store receipt within 14 days of purchase. The app will identify Box Tops products on your receipt and automatically credit your school’s earnings online. Hopkins Elementary will receive a check twice this year that we can use for whatever we need for our school.

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February 28- March 4, 2022

  • February 28- March 4- Read Across America Week
  • March 1-3- Comprehensive Remediation Program- 2:30 pm- 4:30 pm
  • March 2- Dr. Witherspoon's Book Club Challenge begins
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March 7-11, 2022

  • March 7- Early Bird begins
  • March 9- STAR Reading (Progress Monitoring)
  • March 10- STAR Math (Progress Monitoring)
  • March 8-10- Comprehensive Remediation Program- 2:30 pm-4:30 pm

March 14-18

  • March 15- Virtual Author's Visit (Sharon Draper)- Grades 4th & 5th only
  • March 15-17- Comprehensive Remediation Program- 2:30 pm-4:30 pm
Meet the Author: Sharon Draper

March 21-25

  • March 22- End of Nine Weeks
  • March 22-24- Comprehensive Remediation Program- 2:30 pm-4:30 pm
  • March 24- Picture Day
  • March 24- Science Blitz (Fourth Grade only)
  • March 25- Teacher Workday (NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS)

March 28-April 1

  • March 29- CASE/TE 21- State Practice Test- Science (Fourth Grade only)
  • March 29-31- Comprehensive Remediation Program- 2:30 pm-4:30 pm
  • March 31- CASE/TE 21- State Practice Test- Writing (3-5 Grade only)