Monday, May 6, 2013
Students in all grade levels participated in the week-long event that promotes childhood literacy.
During the week of April 9-12, students at Hopkins Hill Elementary School took part in a fun-filled celebration of all things literary. Principal Kathryn Tancrelle, new to Hopkins Hill this year, embraced the 2013 Reading Week theme, Discover the Treasures of Poetry, selected in honor of National Poetry Month. At Tancrelle's suggestion, the school's Reading Week Committee thought up a way to incorporate a poetry-related treasure hunt into the week's activities, and the idea came to fruition with the help of Art Teacher, Sarah Hemendinger, who created a realistic treasure map, complete with treasure chest. The map was displayed in the school's foyer along with matching maps that students were able to take home with them. Hopkins Hill …
Monday, April 8, 2013
Students collected more than $2,800 during the 3-week program.
Students at Hopkins Hill Elementary School, along with friends and family members, recently rounded up their loose change for a good cause. At the beginning of March, students began participating in a 3-week Pennies for Patients collection to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The school set a collection goal of $1,000 for the duration of the program but after just one week, the Hopkins Hill School community had already turned in $1,029. By the end of the three weeks, the final tally was a whopping $2,840.02! "These kids have been emptying their own piggy banks," said fourth grade teacher and Pennies for Patients organizer Kim O'Connell. "We even had one student donate his own $20 bill. The generosity of the students and their …
Friday, June 8, 2012
Members of the Fostering Friendships program at Hopkins Hill spent Wednesday afternoon Duckpin bowling for an end-of-the-year treat.
Students from Hopkins Hill School's Fostering Friendships mentoring program celebrated the end of the school year with a fun-filled afternoon at Mac's Bowlaway Lanes in West Warwick on Wednesday. The 26 students ranging from grades 1-5 spent time with each other and their mentors, or "buddies", while enjoying pizza, snacks and of course lots of Duckpin bowling. Program Director Kim O'Connell, who has been leading the program at Hopkins Hill for 15 years, explained that it has recently been nationally recognized for its success. She explained that there are currently 32 children in the program who are each paired up with one of 32 volunteer teachers or teaching assistants until they graduate from fifth grade. "There are quite a few …
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
The event showcased many types of student artwork created by students in grades K-5.
Family and friends of Hopkins Hill Elementary School students gathered on Monday night to celebrate student artwork that had been created throughout the school year. Visitors were able to view exhibits of student artwork from various grades and listen to musical selections from band and chorus groups. Parents could also purchase raffle tickets to help fund the school's playground update project.
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Pending contract negotiations, over 20 layoffs may be necessary next school year.
Not everything came up roses at the Coventry School Committee meeting at held on Valentine’s Day. Superintendent Michael Convery announced layoffs of 28 personnel throughout the school system effective for the upcoming school year, pending ongoing negotiations. “Most of them are one-year positions, but we won’t know until the budget is finished and before the end of the summer if we can hire some or any of them back,” he said. FY13 Budget Deveopment and Capital Bond Referendums Robin Pelletier, Director of Business/Finance, estimates there will be an increase of about $100,000 in the 2012-2013 school budget, while noting teacher salary and budget negotiations are still underway. “We anticipate no increases in current staffing levels, no …
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Students were given a chance to bust some moves while learning important life lessons.
Students at Hopkins Hill Elementary are about to become the newest hip-hop stars, performing as backup dancers in a new rap video. But insted of bumping and grinding to songs about sex and drugs, the students are helping spread more age-appropriate lessons about respect, kindness and friendship. James McBride, a.k.a "Mr. Deep Positivity," has been frequenting Hopkins Hill throughout the school year, spreading his message of kindness, respect and friendship. Earlier in the year, McBride challenged the students to be the best behaved in the school. The winning classrooms — those that collected the most "Paw Bucks," given out to students who best display positive behavior and respect — would appear in a music video on McBride's weekly cable …
Friday, January 13, 2012
Balise Automotive Group donated $2,000 to the elementary school after a student's grandmother won a contest at an arts festival.
As school systems struggle with budget shortages and diminishing funds, art and music programs are often among the first to be slashed. But one local school's art program got a boost Wednesday, thanks to a contest sponsored by Balise Automotive Group. Balise presented Hopkins Hill Elementary School with a $2,000 check during an assembly Wednesday, the result of a contest at a Providence art festival last Christmas season. Fourth-grader Elyssa Pelliccione and her grandmother, Michelle McGaughey, tried to figure out how many balloons were stuffed inside a Volkswagon Beetle at the festival. The closest guesser would get tickets to see "Shrek The Musical" at the Providence Performing Arts Center and $2,000 to donate to any school. McGauhey's …
Thursday, October 6, 2011
The school community celebrated International Walk to School Day on Thursday morning.
Approximately 150 Hopkins Hill students and their parents (and some pooches), along with teachers, began their day by walking from the corners of Hopkins Hill Road and Johnson Blvd. as well as from Arnold Road and Johnson’s Blvd. Although the weather was a bit brisk at 8:30 a.m., the exercise warmed the cheerful crowd up quickly. Members of the Hopkins Hill Fire Department and the Coventry Police Department ensured the walkers could walk to school safely by controlling traffic flow down the road and leading the group with an ambulance escort. The walk was in celebration of International Walk to School Day, that was widely celebrated on Wednesday. The program emphasizes the need to create safer routes for walking and bicycling as well as …