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2017 Hopkins Award Nomination

Inserted ImageLyon County schools have many employees who go the extra mile for our students on a regular basis.  The E.L. & Z. Irene Hopkins Foundation wishes to give special recognition to those employees who demonstrate that one person can make a difference.


The recipients of the award will have performed in a significantly noteworthy way such that their actions will have gone above and beyond their normal job responsibilities, and nominations should exemplify one or more of the following criteria:‚Äč

  • Innovation/Initiative/Simplification – Recognize leadership of, or outstanding participation in, a project or process of improvement that aligns with the district mission and/or streamlines our operations.
  • Collaborating as one team, school, or district – Recognize outstanding commitment to teamwork by thinking creatively, removing internal boundaries, and communicating effectively.
  • Noteworthy Service – Recognize extraordinary service that exceeds our (internal or external) expectations.
  • Inspirational – Recognize the ability to inspire others to try new things or excel in new ways.
  • Commitment to Excellence – Recognize excellence in any endeavor that enhances the workplace and creates a positive work environment and culture of learning.*

*Areas influencing the culture of learning include:

  • Reduce staff turnover
  • Elevate school status in the community
  • Lower student drop-out rate
  • Reduce student discipline referrals
  • Go above and beyond for students
  • Encourage parental rapport
  • Encourage higher level discussions
  • Inspire higher staff morale
  • Accelerate student achievement
  • Elevate staff/student rapport
  • Motivate students
  • Increase opportunities for students

The recipient(s) must be a full or part-time staff member in good standing.  Nominations can come from employees, students, parents and others in the community.  The person making the recommendation must provide a brief written statement describing the action or contribution of the employee and its benefit.


Nominations will be accepted at any time during the year.  A selection committee will review nominations periodically throughout the year as they are received.  Potential winners will be verified with the nominator and/or the direct supervisor.

Winners will receive cash awards at a recognition event scheduled through the building principal or department supervisor.

Hopkins Award nominations can now be submitted online using this simple form. The Hopkins Foundation has made a few changes in the format and criteria for nominations. See the form for all the details. Nominations will be accepted all through the year and awards will be made as recipients are selected.  Open the Hopkins Award Nomination Form.

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