Hopewell Leaders, Staff meet with Panel of Specialists
By Lyndon German
Sep 28, 2017, 08:56
HOPEWELL – Hopewell City Public Schools (HCPS) kicked-off last week and according to the principals of each individual school, summer’s preparation was well-needed. Last Thursday’s school board meeting reported that on day one of the school year 4,168 students were present for the start of the school year; nothing the HCPS teachers can’t handle.
During the Sept. 14, Hopewell School Board meeting principals reflected on the first day of school and shared some highlights with the residing board.
Thomas Pond, principal with Hopewell High School, remarked on the newfound maturity of his students as they adjusted to a new cellphone policy. This year, cell phones are limited in the classrooms as opposed to previous years. Pond noted that though some students (and even parents) are still adjusting to the new policy, the students’ receptiveness to the rule change is what counts.
Patrick Copeland’s Principal Byron Davis told the school board that unlike most years when you can’t sleep before the first day of school, Davis had no problem awaiting the next school day.
“It felt like we’re already months in,” said Davis. “And that’s partly due to the preparation we had this summer.”
A big highlight for everyone this school year were the newly amended bus routes. As announced previously in the Hopewell News, Supervisor of Operations Patrick Barnes saw fit to change the timing of bus routes to better improve transportation across the city. As Woodlawn Learning Center’s Principal Joyce Jones said, the bus routes were as smooth as can be.
“On the first day we welcomed 320 babies, fed them and at the end of the day we sent 320 babies home,” Jones Said.
Across the board HCPS will have its hands busy, whether a student is at Carter G. Woodson that will be working with approximately 905 kids according to its Principal Shannon Royster or at New Hope Academy working with 25 kids according to its Program Supervisor Keith Crews.
As the school year goes on, HCPS will host a number of showcases celebrating student achievements, participate in unique project based learning opportunities and continue to aspire to the idea that every child should imagine excellence.