The Mission of Hopkins County Schools
is to unite as one team
to learn and inspire.
Central Office Hours
The Central Office is open from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays.
* The office will close at 2 p.m. on December 21 and December 30, 2022. It will be closed on December 22, 23, and 26, 2022, and January 2, 2023.
Remember Your Why Award
Hopkins County Schools wants to recognize employees and students for good deeds and kindness shown to others. Remember Your Why Award winners may be nominated by any district stakeholder, including staff, students, parents, and community members. The nomination form is available at www.hopkins.kyschools.us/RememberYourWhy.
Michael Powers, a math teacher at James Madison Middle School, was honored with the Remember Your Why Award at the Board of Education meeting on Sept. 19. He is described as always going above and beyond. He is an excellent math teacher and also drives a school bus in the afternoons. He developed a transportation sheet so his school can easily identify how students get home every day. He also uses his planning period to help students make sure they know their bus routes. One Friday while driving the bus, Mr. Powers said that one of the students was in need. He took extra time to make sure the student felt safe and made it home. The student told his principal how appreciative he was of Mr. Powers “going the extra mile.”
Powers said his “why” is the following: “I want every student that I come in contact with to have a positive role model. My goal is to be a positive influence and make a difference in my students’ lives.”
Shanda Hughes, a CIA at Grapevine Elementary School, received the Remember Your Why Award at the Board of Education meeting on Monday, June 20. Her role encompasses so much more than her job as SOS CIA! She is the first friendly face students see each morning in the car rider line. She is the person pulling students out for work on sight words and fluency. She is also the first one that will tell students to straighten up and share a lesson on how to make better choices while also being the first to offer a hug. She takes care of staff by decorating offices for appreciation days, lending a hand when needed, and organized a T-shirt fundraiser for a co-worker battling cancer. She is loved by staff and students and embodies the theme, One Team, One Mission One Community!
When asked her why, Mrs. Hughes said, “My why #1 is the students – they need someone extra in their life that will dance with them when they reach goals, talk to them outside of their class and, yes, show some tough love if they are going in the wrong direction. Why #2 is coworkers/framily. They also need someone extra in their lives that will run those last-minute copies, give them a mental moment, let them have a potty break or supply them with needed emergency chocolate. All and all, my why is I do what I do because I love what I do!
Hopkins County Career & Technology Center business instructor Sonya Shockley received the Remember Your Why Award at the Board of Education meeting on Monday, June 6.Shockley deserves this recognition because of the difference she makes in the lives of her students, according to the two people who nominated her. She teaches her students skills that they will use for the rest of their lives. She equips them with knowledge of the newest technology and software so they are ahead of the typical high school student. She spends countless hours after school preparing quality lessons and creating fun projects. Mrs. Shockley greets each student at the door, gives them real-world projects, and reaches out to anyone who misses class to make sure they are ok. There was low interest in the business program when she came to the CTC. That quickly changed, and there was a waiting list for the classes at the end of her first year. She goes above and beyond every day to take care of students and make sure they are smiling and in a great state of mind to learn!Shockley said her “Why” is that she gets to share in the learning experiences of her students and celebrate in their victories!