We are Richland School District One,  a leader in transforming lives through education, empowering all students to achieve their potential and dreams.  

    The Hopkins Elementary Hippos are on the rise!  We are ready to learn, in control of our choices, and show respect for ourselves and others.  We are empowering our dreams!

    Daily Announcements

    Character is how you live your life when nobody is looking! 

    May's Character Trait is Dependability.  Dependability is to be counted on or trusted.  Are you dependable?

    May's Hippo News
    hippo may newsletter 2016.pdf

    Friday, May 6th will be the day all laptop devices will be collected. This date was decided by the district, not Hopkins Elementary School. We will collect the laptop, protective sleeve, and charger. If any items are lost, please see the replacement fees below. A debt slip will be issued to students with missing items.

    Replacement Fees

    Insurance Fee- $30

    Laptop- $766.78

    Sleeve- $12.96

    Charger- $37.80

    Hopkins Elementary has an Art Gallery!
    A huge Thank You goes to the PTO for purchasing the track lighting, and the Richland School District One electricians who installed them!!  We appreciate all of your hard work.

    Ms Varn with Ronnie Jackson and Staphan Pauling under the lights.

    Parents: Sign Up to Receive Text Messages from Schools, District

    Richland One uses the SchoolMessenger™ notification system to send automated messages to our students’ parents/guardians. This school year (2015-2016), in addition to receiving regular phone messages, we are providing parents with a new option to receive text messages from their children’s schools and from the district. This will provide us with another way to keep parents informed, especially in the event of an emergency.

    Click here to view and print the form and instructions.

    Richland One Launches ‘Donate Now’ Online Giving for Schools

    Richland One, in partnership with South Carolina Future Minds, has launched a new and easy way for supporters to donate online to the district or any of its schools.

    All Richland One schools have installed a green and blue Donate Now button in the upper right corner of their website’s home page that will enable anyone to make tax-deductible donations online to provide funding for school supplies and other support to students and teachers. Now, anyone, anytime, anywhere with Internet access can support a school with a general contribution, a gift in honor of a teacher or a contribution to help with field trip expenses or any other specific need, including school fundraisers.

    More than 200 schools across South Carolina are using the button to help raise funds.

    “Richland One is excited about the Donate Now initiative,” said Richland One Superintendent Dr. Craig Witherspoon. “It provides a convenient way for supporters to help our teachers and students. I encourage everyone to visit our schools’ websites and use the Donate Now button to make a contribution that will to help our students get the best start possible as the new school year begins.”

    South Carolina Future Minds is a 501(c)(3) educational organization that connects private support to South Carolina’s 1,200 public schools. Executive Director Trip DuBard says the Donate Now button has proven to be an incredibly easy way for schools to connect with their supporters.

    “Non-profits have used a ‘Donate Now’ button for years to strengthen their programs, and we’re delighted Richland One will continue driving excellence by allowing its many graduates and fans to show their support via online donations,” DuBard said.

    The new online Donate Now button has many advantages, including the following:

    * Reduces schools having to handle cash

    * Promotes accountability and transparency

    * Can support academic goals

    * Reduces fundraising costs

    * Makes every donation tax-deductible

    * Allows for alumni contributions or contributions at anytime from anywhere for anyone with an Internet connection

    For more information about the Donate Now initiative, go to or contact Trip DuBard at 741-5646 or at, or Dr. Traci Young Cooper, Richland One’s Donate Now liaison, at

    Media inquiries should be directed to the Richland One Office of Communications at 231-7504 or 231-7510.


    Please share your thoughts and suggestions on how well Hopkins Elementary School is progressing this school year.  If there is an area that needs improvement, please include a viable solution.  The suggestion boxes are located in the cafeteria and by the front office.  Thank you for your continued support. 

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    From the Principal

    Welcome to all of the returning students and families and a very special welcome to those joining Hopkins Elementary for the first time.  Our school is committed to developing and delivering a well-rounded educational program for all its students. We believe this includes rigorous academics, varied co-curricular programs, and an effective partnership between home and school.
    Hopkins Elementary School is a Leader in Me School where students are taught and practice the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. The Leader in Me program empowers young people to make positive, effective, and responsible choices by introducing and reinforcing the 7 Habits, a set of leadership and life skills from Stephen Covey's book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. These habits are:
    1. Be proactive - take responsibility and initiative.
    2. Begin with the end in mind - plan and set goals.
    3. Put first things first - set priorities and practice discipline.
    4. Think Win-Win - consider others and seek alternatives to conflict.
    5. Seek first to understand, then to be understood - listen to others, learn from their views.
    6. Synergize - value others' strengths and team with others to solve problems.
    7. Sharpen the Saw - taking care of the self, learning, and finding meaning outside of school.
    When taught and practiced in a K-5 school environment, these 7 Habits have been proven to improve academic engagement, comprehension, and performance by strengthening individual work habits and improving social interactions. They help improve student performance and support school success by helping to foster the qualities of independence (goal-setting, organization, time management, and planning); interdependence (teamwork, conflict management, creativity, and analytical skills); and renewal (fun, desire to learn, and good health & hygiene).
    The staff of Hopkins Elementary has made the commitment to model and implement the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People in order to provide a caring and nurturing learning environment for our students. Teaching students and developing leaders is what we do! Through the teaching of the 7 habits, our staff is working together with students to create a school that maintains the dignity of children through productive interactions while fostering positive relationships with parents and other community members.
    School attendance is mandated by the state and is vitally important to success in school. Please make sure your student is in attendance every day, arriving on time prepared for the day.  Instruction will begin at 7:30 AM. When scheduling appointments, we ask that you plan these for after school hours. We also ask that student transportation is taken care of before your child comes to school.
    As we begin this year, please remember that this is your school and we welcome your involvement.  Positive home/school relationships are a key factor to ensure our students success.   We appreciate all the community has done for Hopkins Elementary.   We will continue to strengthen the school-community partnership this year through planned workshops and other curriculum events.  
    Please feel free to contact me by email, and/or telephone 803.783.5541.
    Debora A. Varn, Principal

    Upcoming Events

    Friday, May 27
    PTO Field Day

    RAP Time

    Tuesday, May 31
    Early Release Day

    Last day of school (180 days)/Half-day for students/Elementary report cards issu
    Make Up Day

    Report Cards