District-Wide Grants

The table below lists grants that benefit the entire Hopkins School District:

TitleDescriptionYear
LifeLabs Kickoff Provided funding for a kickoff program for the LifeLabs project. Learn more about LifeLabs. 1996-1997
LifeLabs Continuation We provided funding for the continuation of the LifeLabs program for an additional academic year. Learn more about LifeLabs. 1997-1998
Odyssey of the Mind Trip Supported Odyssey of the Mind team participation in the world championships. 1998-1999
Thai Teacher Exchange Supported teacher exchange program between Thailand and Hopkins schools. 1999-2000
Leadership Training Supported Pecos River Team Leadership training. 2000-2001
Kids Voting HEF awarded a grant to develop a program promoting the development of active, engaged and well-informed citizens by instructing kindergarten through 12th grade students in the election process. The program culminated on Election Day with students voting along with their parents at city polling sites. 2000-2001
Kids Voting HEF awarded a grant to continue the program promoting the development of active, engaged and well-informed citizens by instructing kindergarten through 12th grade students in the election process. The program culminated on Election Day with students voting along with their parents at city polling sites. 2001-2002
Online Learning Program Provided funds to allow students to access coursework online. 2001-2002
STAR Fund: Securing Teachers and Resources for a Brighter Future A grassroots parent organization combined forces with HEF to create the STAR fund with the goal of preserving teacher and LRT positions. Read more 2003-2004
Basic Spanish Skills for Teachers Provided funding for basic Spanish Language skills class sessions for 40 teachers to learn the Spanish vocabulary, grammar, conversation and cultural awareness they need to communicate effectively with students and their families in the school setting. 2004-2005
Best Practices Teachers' Fair Provided funds for a “Best Practices Teacher’s Fair” where district teachers present instructional strategies to their colleagues in order to share knowledge and enhance staff development, ultimately diminishing the student achievement gap. 2005-2006
Best Practices Teachers Fair During the 2007 Gala, attendees contributed $12,000 for staff development and the popular Best Practices Teachers’ Fair. At the Fair, District teachers present instructional strategies and best practices to their colleagues in order to share knowledge and enhance staff development. 2006-2007
Pre AP Vertical Teaming To increase the number and diversity of students who participate in and succeed in advanced coursework, all junior high and high schoolteachers will be equipped with the strategies and tools they need to engage their students in active high level learning. Teachers will work in subject area teams across grades 6-10 to design lessons that vertically articulate the vocabulary, critical thinking skills and the concepts necessary to enable students to build the skills and confidence required for AP coursework. 2006-2007
Teaching Social Thinking for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder Students with ASD gain knowledge to better interact with their peers and adults as well as be more independent in the adult world upon graduation. 2007-2008
DVD Resources for Parent Education These informational DVD's for parent education classes provide a cost-efficient way to increase parent education and involvement. 2007-2008
Expanding Pathways for All Students This grant focuses on educating students and their parents on planning for high school coursework and post-secondary training or education. Well-defined graduation plans will be developed for sixth grade students as they begin their transition into middle school. 2007-2008
21st Century Digital Classrooms Effective integration of technology requires well-equipped classrooms with laptop computers, LCD projectors, interactive whiteboards, document cameras, audio enhancement systems, and more. Pilots for most of these initiatives in the Hopkins District have been funded by HEF grants. Read more. 2013-2017
ActivBoard Interactive Whiteboard Our 2008 Special Appeal funds provided an ActivBoardTM Interactive Whiteboard for each of the nine schools in the District. Read the MinnPost article. 2007-2008
6 to 12: Navigating Transitions This grant builds on the 2007-08 grant, Expanding Pathways, and helps develop personalized graduation plans to provide the foundation for transition planning. This grant enables counselors at the junior and senior high schools to work with staff members to embed this planning into appropriate curriculum areas. Read more. 2008-2009
Touch the Future of Learning -- iPads Royal Bash 2011 Special Appeal, year one of a two-year initiative. This Special Appeal funded a large iPad pilot for incoming seventh graders. Read more 2010-2011
Unleash the Power of iPads Royal Bash 2012 Special Appeal, year two of this initiative. This Special Appeal focused on the software and infrastructure necessary for a full deployment of iPads to all incoming 7th graders. Read more 2011-2012
Google Apps Collaborative Hive Collaborative Google Certified training for 30 Hopkins 7-12 teachers in the engaging, exciting, and creative uses of Hopkins Apps. Read more 2012-2013
Assistive Technology Resource Library A library of tools for our dedicated staff to help students with unique needs achieve their potential. Read more 2013-2014
STEM2: Boosting the Power of STEM Beyond the Classroom Royal Bash 2014 Special Appeal, year two of a two-year initiative. This Special Appeal grant propelled Hopkins’ STEM curriculum beyond the traditional school day — before school, after school, during breaks, and in the summer. Read more 2013-2014
STEM: Partnering for Excellence STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) is a high priority for the District and for HEF. Since our inception, HEF has awarded more than 60 STEM grants and more than 80 technology grants for District initiatives. Read more 2013-2015
Full STEAM Ahead Full STEAM Ahead was a three-year initiative to support the arts and "soft skills" aspects of STEAM, reaching students throughout the District. Read more 2014-2017
Full STEAM Ahead Bash 2015 Special Appeal, year one of a three-year initiative. This Special Appeal funded Stages Theater for K. Service projects for JH. Career lectures for HHS. Read more 2014-2015
Full STEAM Ahead Bash 2016 Special Appeal, year two of a three-year initiative. This Special Appeal funded Stages Theater for K. Implementing a service curriculum for JH. Expanded career lectures for HHS. Read more 2015-2016
Full STEAM Ahead Bash 2017 Special Appeal, year three of a three-year initiative. This Special Appeal funded Stages Theater for K. Supporting the grade nine Power of One service curriculum for JH. Expanded career lectures for HHS. Read more 2016-2017
Growing Gardens, Fueling Minds Four mobile tower gardens (fast growing pyramids of 28 plants) will be rotated through all elementary school cafeterias to engage 6th grade students in nutrition, hands-on food prep and healthy eating. Read more. 2017-2018
Student Wellness = Student Success Wellness is for everyone, and HEF is partnering with District leadership to establish a cohesive wellness program, solidifying and expanding what is already being done throughout our schools. Read more. 2017-2018
Celebrating Indigenous Stories in our Community HEF’s grant will assist the American Indian Parent Advisory Committee to host the inaugural ‘Celebrating Indigenous Peoples Fair’ on May 19, 2018. The Fair is focused on the native cultures represented by Hopkins students. Read more. 2017-2018
Student Wellness = Student Success 2018 Royal Bash Special Appeal, year one of a two-year initiative. This Special Appeal funds after school mental health centers, a farm-to-table program, and teaching wellness strategies. Learn more 2017-2018


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