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Building Profile

Ellen Hopkins Elementary

Phone: 218-284-4300
Fax: 218-284-4333

Attendance Office: 218-284-4301
Counseling Office: 218-284-4312
Health Office: 218-284-4310
Media Center: 218-284-4334

School Hours: 7:55 a.m. to 2:40 p.m.

Lynnelle Dirksen, Principal
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Diana Johnson, Assistant Principal
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Welcome to Ellen Hopkins Elementary School! Hopkins Elementary School hosts a vibrant, multicultural community dedicated to meeting the needs of students through a structured curriculum and a variety of programs. It is our belief that education is a shared responsibility of our students, parents and staff working together. Hopkins Elementary is located in central Moorhead and has approximately 750 students in grades K-4 in both an English program and a Spanish Immersion Program (SI).

Our active parent organization called the Parent Teacher Advisory Committee, or PTAC, plans activities and fundraisers for our school. This group is very helpful and members are happy to volunteer with a number of projects. Each year PTAC provides volunteer hours, funding and support to our students and staff.

Our School History

Ellen Hopkins Elementary School was built in 1957 as a junior high school and renovated into an elementary school in 2004. While some of the vestiges of the former junior high remain, the school is a welcoming place for younger students.

Hopkins Elementary was named in honor of Ellen "Nellie" Hopkins, an 1896 Moorhead High School graduate who began teaching in Moorhead in 1908. She served as first-grade teacher and principal at the First Ward School from 1910 to 1938. She was well known for her lively approach to schooling and her willingness to try innovative practices. Ms. Hopkins was dedicated to providing children of all backgrounds an excellent education. Her legacy lives on in the mission of Hopkins School: Working together for excellence in learning.

Curriculum and Learning

At Hopkins Elementary, we are focused, like all Moorhead Area Public Schools, on teaching the common core standards for mathematics and reading. To accomplish this goal, we have adopted Benchmark Literacy as a resource for core reading instruction and Bridges Mathematics as a resource for core math instruction. In both reading and math, our district and school have also identified a variety of other strong resources to supplement the core resources. Read more about the elementary curriculum and the district's assessment plans.

The staff and students at Hopkins School have been active participants in Moorhead Area Public Schools' emphasis on improving student health and safety. By improving the nutrition of what we eat in school and eliminating unnecessary or unhealthy consumption throughout the day, we are working toward a healthier student population. We also have ensured regular fitness and activity by providing physical education and health instruction.

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a process for creating safer and more effective schools. The staff and students at Hopkins School have implemented PBIS since the 2008-09 school year. The goals of the program are:

  • Focus on acknowledging students for consistent positive behavior.
  • Teach behavior expectations as specific skills with expectations clearly outlined for students. Skills are taught in relation to real-life situations.
  • Recognize students who demonstrate quality behavior.
  • Engage students in problem solving when problem behaviors occur.
  • Implement routines and language that are consistent throughout the school.

Spanish Immersion Program

The Spanish Immersion (SI) Program at Hopkins School is open to all students within Moorhead Area Public Schools entering kindergarten or grade 1. SI offers students the opportunity to learn a second language and be exposed to a variety of cultural experiences while developing academic excellence.

The K-5 Spanish Immersion Program offers children an opportunity to learn to read, write and speak Spanish. At Ellen Hopkins Elementary, students are immersed or completely engaged in a second language while learning all subject areas, including reading, writing, mathematics, science and social studies. Using the identical elementary curriculum used by the other Moorhead elementary schools, SI teachers instruct in Spanish rather than English. Read more.