We made the following grants, totaling $103,000, to Hopkins schools in 2012-2013.
Magnifying the Power of STEM
Our Royal Bash 2013 special appeal provided funds for two projects: 1) STEM toolkits for all the elementary schools to provide hands-on experiences and 2) rolling robotics labs for both junior highs schools. Read more.
Academic Support Center — Hopkins High School – Patty Johnson
Students can receive after-school help in an academic support center staffed by teachers and peer tutors. The initial pilot provided support two days a week for Math, Science and Language Arts. The Royal Bash 2014 special appeal provided funding for an additional teacher. Read more.
Books on Hand – Expanding Classroom Libraries —
All Elementary Schools – Bonnie Hild
First and second grade classroom libraries will receive expanded book options to build literacy skills. In the past, teachers often furnished classroom libraries at their own expense. Each student will have a rotating group of books that are balanced for fiction and non-fiction and skill levels. Read more.
Students in grades 7-12 will have 24/7 online access to 900 titles of popular fiction and nonfiction e-books. Reading for pleasure has been proven to increase comprehension and literacy, and this purchase of new titles for the media collection will have great appeal in our teens’ digital world. Read more.
Taking technology to the next level: collaborative Google Certified training for 30 Hopkins teachers in the engaging, exciting, and creative uses of Hopkins Apps (Docs, Forms, Sites, YouTube). The focus will be on collaboration and individualized student learning, and will create a group of motivated teachers who will become leaders in digital content and promote best practices among their colleagues throughout district schools. Read more.
iPod Listening Centers
To enhance the Daily 5 at Meadowbrook Elementary (read to self, read to a partner, write, word work, and listening), a large collection of books with audio CD’s will be purchased. These, combined with 30 re-purposed iPods from NJH, will enlarge current classroom listening centers. Read more.
This purchase of 200 Spanish-language teen novels builds literacy and interest in reading. North Junior High is home to the Juntos Spanish immersion program, to English language learners with Spanish as their first language, to students with Spanish spoken at home, as well as to many students learning Spanish. Read more.
These two enriching curricula teach critical work- and life-related words and skills, including functional math and pre-vocational skills, using interactive white boards, real world situations, pictures and hands-on manipulatives. Engaged students with special needs proceed at their own individual pace until skills are fully learned, and then move on to more difficult concepts. Read more.
‘Responsive Classroom’ is used in Hopkins elementary schools to enhance social language and promote a positive learning environment. This grant provides for the translation of these materials into Chinese for use at XinXing academy, Hopkins’ Chinese Immersion School. Read more.
All preschools, which currently serve 360 students, received exciting, hands-on, exploratory materials that lend themselves to the discovery and investigation of STEM (Science, Engineering, Technology and Math) concepts and vocabulary such as incline, speed, pattern, pendulum, force and predict. Read more.