You can make a difference in our schools — join us!
There are many ways to get involved with Hopkins Public Schools. Whether you are looking to build community by collaborating towards a common purpose, become more informed about district programs and services, or form a quality mentoring relationship with a Hopkins scholar, you have taken the first step to getting involved.
Please see below to learn more about the current opportunities for involvement.
Ways to Get Involved
- Become a Mentor
- Family Involvement
- Early Childhood Volunteer Options
- Submit a Community Event
Become a Mentor
- Meet with your student virtually or in person
- Some students would meet during "Opportunity Hour," a class that takes place during the following time frames: 7:55-9:05 a.m., 9:10-10:20 a.m., 12:10-1:20 p.m., 1:25-2:35 p.m.
- Schedules will vary on your availability and needs of the student(s)
Every individual is unique, so some students may need a more hands-on approach. Others may need to "check-and-connect" less frequently. All mentors will be asked to attend a brief training and complete a background check before working with students. The training sessions are facilitated by a professional and may be offered virtually.
Fill out this form if you are interested in beginning the process. Someone will reach out to you with next steps.
Parents are one of the most important factors for a child's successful school year. Staff are available to work with parents, teachers, and community groups to increase and strengthen involvement in children's learning.
Parents are encouraged to be involved with programs and activities at their school. There are a wide variety of volunteer opportunities — let us help you get involved in our schools!
School Contact Information:
- Alice Smith: 952-988-4200
- Eisenhower: 952-988-4300
- Gatewood: 952-988-5250
- Glen Lake: 952-988-5200
- Meadowbrook: 952-988-5100
- Tanglen: 952-988-4900
- North Junior High: 952-988-4800
- West Junior High: 952-988-4400
- Hopkins High School: 952-988-4500
Educational Services Advisory Committee
Provides advice, guidance, and support to the District regarding the design, implementation and evaluation of curriculum, instruction, and assessment.
Special Education Advisory Committee
Makes recommendations regarding local special education policy and program improvement.
Community Education Advisory Council
Exchanges information collaboratively to facilitate efficient and effective operation of the Hopkins Community Education Department.
Schools and Communities in Partnership (SCIP)
Shares information and look for opportunities to improve the community by working together to solve community problems that are beyond the scope of any single organization.
Citizen’s Financial Advisory Committee
Prepares financial projections and make recommendations concerning future budget parameters.
Join a Committee!
Fill out this form to receive more information about the committee or advisory group that you are interested in.
Early Childhood Volunteer Options
Volunteer with ECFE
Hopkins Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) welcomes you to become involved in the program! There are a number of ways you can choose to be involved in ECFE or in your child's school. You can choose to be a volunteer for ECFE, or you may want to explore decision-making opportunities as part of the ECFE Advisory Council. Call the Harley Hopkins Family Center office at 952-988-5000 to get involved!
- Parent Advisory Council — advise the ECFE coordinator on registration, classes, fundraising, etc.
- The Lending Closet (TLC) — check in toys and books, help keep TLC organized, assist with inventory in the spring.
- Baby Brigade — help stuff envelopes with ECFE and parenting information to be mailed to families with new babies in the Hopkins School District.
- Plates & Mugs — assist with the checking out of take-home packets for families to create their own plates or mugs.
- Classroom Assistance — help teachers and child care staff as an extra set of hands to comfort, play, or help with separation.
- Clerical — assist teachers and/or office staff with mass mailings, labeling, word processing, and other projects.
- Green Thumbs — help maintain gardens around the building, including the new Sensory Garden.
- Fundraising — help to plan and carry out fundraising events.
- Interpreter — assist with written and verbal communications in Spanish, Somali, or other languages
- Legislation — advocate on behalf of children and families with city, school, and state officials.
- Community Connection — be a link with the community by dropping ECFE flyers at a specific location throughout the school year (your choice: i.e. library, health club, coffee shop)
- Early Childhood Screening — help register children, get height and weight, and perform vision and hearing screening (training provided).
ECFE Advisory Council
The Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) Advisory Council is composed of parents, school district personnel and representatives from the community that act as an advisory group for developing ECFE programs. This group reviews policies, fees, and program offerings in an attempt to reflect the community's needs. The Hopkins ECFE Advisory Committee also has developed a variety of volunteer opportunities for parents within the program. Thanks to all the generous and busy parents who have contributed to our program.
The Advisory Council's purposes are:
- To assist in developing, planning and monitoring the Early Childhood Family Education Program in District 270.
- To be responsive to the needs and concerns of the community.
- To serve as a sounding board and a source of ideas for the Early Childhood Programs Coordinator.
- To offer budget-related input and suggestions.
- To serve as a resource to staff in program preparation, outreach and delivery.
Anyone interested in serving on the Advisory Council should contact the Harley Hopkins Family Center office at 952-988-5000.
Parents and community members are invited to volunteer in the Hopkins School District. Our students range in age from preschoolers through adult, and we match your interests and skills with individual school and teacher needs. We need volunteers to serve in many ways — helping all of our community's learners.
Program Needs and Highlights
- Tutor students preschool through adult
- Advisory committee volunteers
- Academic mentor
- Assist with classroom and school activities
- Career internships
- Homework helper opportunities
- Youth service opportunities in the community
- Support the Empty Bowls fundraiser event
If you are interested in volunteering for Hopkins Public Schools, please fill out our Volunteer Application and email it to Holly Magdanz at Holly.Magdanz@HopkinsSchools.org, or call 952-988-4323.
Submit a Community Event
ICA Food Shelf
ICA offers food to area schools through important relationships with Hopkins and Minnetonka school districts. By providing weekend food bags for students experiencing meal gaps, along with literature to encourage parents to come to the food shelf, ICA is able to identify more families in need in the community. School teachers and social workers also use ICA’s Snack Bins to supply healthy snacks for students who are missing meals.
Address: 11588 K-Tel Drive Minnetonka, MN 55343
MoveFwd is a community nonprofit that serves youths and families at risk for or experiencing homelessness or housing instability. They also offer mental health resources and therapy for young people and families. All services are free.
Address: 1001 Highway 7, Room 237 Hopkins, MN 55305
myHealth's mission is to improve the health of our community by providing health services and information that support all teens and young adults in making responsible and well-informed decisions.
myHealth provides virtual and in-person basic medical care, mental health counseling, community education, and reproductive health care services to the community. myHealth welcomes youth of all races, faiths, cultures, gender identities, sexual orientations, and backgrounds.
Address: 15 8th Avenue South, Hopkins, MN 55343
ResourceWest is a responsive community-based organization that assists people and strengthens the west metro community through collaborative programs and connections to resources. They offer a wide range of social work services and connect individuals and families to available programs and services to meet their needs.
Address: 1011 First Street South Hopkins, MN 55343
If you need help accessing these resources, please contact
SummerSupport@HopkinsSchools.org or call 952-988-5119.