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HHS forensics wins at McPherson

Apr 8, 2014
The Hutchinson High School won its fourth straight sweepstakes-eligible tournament Saturday at McPherson.

Out of 19 schools, HHS was first at McPherson High School, outscoring the second-place team by 42 points. The second through fourth place teams, in comparison, were separated by only three points.

HHS also competed at El Dorado on April 3 with four additional state qualifying entries. HHS already has 50 entries qualified for state competition at Olathe Northwest on May 3.

This week, HHS competes at Kapaun Mount Carmel in Wichita on Tuesday and Sacred Heart in Salina on Thursday.

Kelly Thompson coaches forensics at HHS.

Full results follow.
El Dorado
April 3

  • Dayton LaMunyon, first place, international extemp, *State Qualifier
  • Dustin Curiel, third place, international extemp
  • Zoe Crater, sixth place, domestic extemp
  • Brooke Manny, second place, informative speaking, *State Qualifier
  • Alejandro Melgar, fifth place, informative speaking
  • Alicia Seems, fourth place, prose, *State Qualifier
  • Shayla Bellamy, first place, humorous interpretation, *State Qualifier
  • Jake Lemonds, fourth place, humorous interpretation
McPherson
April 5
  • Dayton LaMunyon, fourth place, international extemp
  • Riley Crane, sixth place, international extemp
  • Sydni Huxman, second place, domestic extemp, *State Qualifier
  • Brett Krambeer, third place, domestic extemp
  • Brennan Schartz, fifth place, domestic extemp
  • Paige Brott, oration, first place, *State Qualifier
  • Riley Crane, oration, second place, *State Qualifier
  • Paige Brott, informative speaking, first place, *State Qualifier
  • Emily Fan, informative speaking, second place, *State Qualifier
  • Austin Heinlein, dramatic interpretation, first place, *State Qualifier
  • Alicia Seems, dramatic interpretation, fourth place
  • Austin Heinlein, humorous interpretation, third place
  • McKenzie Miller, humorous interpretation, fifth place
  • LaKiyah Sain, poetry, second place, *State Qualifier
  • aKiyah Sain, prose, first place, *State Qualifier
  • Liz Jaurez, prose, second place, *State Qualifier
  • Brennan Schartz, impromptu, first place, *State Qualifier
  • Riley Crane, impromptu, second place, *State Qualifier
  • Dayton LaMunyon, impromptu, third place
  • Austin Heinlein/McKenzie Miller, improvised duet acting, third place
  • Meghan Morey/Colin Tighe, improvised duet acting, fourth place

Medical students qualify for nationals

Apr 4, 2014
A dozen students from the Hutchinson Career and Technical Education Academy qualified for national competition during the recent Kansas State Health Occupation Students of America Spring Leadership Conference.

The 12 students qualified by placing in the top three in state competition. Nationals will be later this year in Orlando, Fla.

Full results from the competition follow.
  • Gold -- Hutch HOSA Bowl team: John Allen, Mattie Bieberly, Matt Sunner and Jason Paine
  • Gold -- biomedical technology: Chase Denison
  • Bronze -- dental science: John Allen
  • Gold -- EMT: Matt Sunner, Cole Petermann
  • Silver and Bronze --  extemporaneous health poster: Shae Cannon; Karen Ibarra
  • Bronze -- medical writing: Sara Shaban
  • Silver -- home health aide: Searphine Brown
  • Bronze -- job seeking skills: Chase Denison
  • Gold -- medical reading: Mattie Bieberly
  • Silver -- sports medicine: Cheyne Belote
  • Gold -- veterinary science: Jason Paine
  • Gold -- newsletter: HOSA What's Happening, Alyssa Rose


IB art show planned

Apr 3, 2014
The annual International Baccalaureate Art Show will be Monday (April 7) through April 11 in the Hutchinson Career and Technical Education Academy's Events Center. The show features 36 works of art from five senior IB art students as well as additional pieces from other IB students.

There will be a formal reception for the show from 5 to 7 p.m. April 11 in the HCTEA Events Center, including live music, snacks and refreshments.


Miss Kansas to visit HHS

Apr 3, 2014
Hutchinson High School will have two Kansas Army National Guard sergeants on duty April 16. Regular volunteer Staff Sergeant Eric Reichert will be joined by Sergeant Theresa Vail from 9:15 to 10:55 a.m. at HHS during seminar period.

In addition to wearing her sergeant chevrons, however, Vail wears something else -- a tiara as the 2013 Miss Kansas.

A senior at Kansas State University, Vail became Miss Kansas last summer in Pratt.

During her visit to HHS as well as visits to Hutchinson Community College and Buhler High School later in the day, Vail will meet with students and talk about her experiences as both a citizen soldier and as Miss Kansas.


HHS forensics wins at Blue Valley North

Apr 1, 2014
The Hutchinson High School forensics squad won both days of the Blue Valley North invitational tournament March 28 and 29 in suburban Kansas City.

HHS won the sweepstakes trophy as the top school in both days of the tournament. HHS had an additional 17 events qualify for the state tournament during the weekend.

The forensics squad also has a fundraiser for its expenses for nationals and other activities. HHS has a community impact day at Pizza Ranch from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 7, at the Hutchinson Pizza Ranch. The team gets tips from busing tables that evening and will receive 10 percent of the sales for individuals who have a flier for the evening. Fliers are available from thompsonk@usd308.com.

Kelly Thompson coaches forensics at HHS. Full results for the Blue Valley North tournament follow.

Blue Valley North
March 28 and 29
  • First Place Sweepstakes both days
  • Austin Heinlein, dramatic interpretation, second place, State Qualifier
  • Baylee Corpening/Julia Henry, duet, first place, State Qualifier
  • LaKiyah Sain, prose, second place, State Qualifier
  • Riley Crane, Impromptu, second place, State Qualifier
  • Syndi Huxman, original oration, fourth place
  • Paige Brott, original oration, first place, State Qualifier
  • Ta'mara Hill, foreign extemp, third place
  • Brett Krambeer, foreign extemp, fifth place
  • Brennan Schwartz, foreign extemp, second place, State Qualifier
  • LaKiyah Sain, domestic extemp, fourth place
  • Syndi Huxman, domestic extemp, first place, State Qualifier
  • Hutch, Sweeps, first place
  • Savannah Huxman, dramatic interpretation, third place
  • Julia Henry, humorous interpretation, sixth place
  • LaKiyah Sain, dramatic interpretation, sixth place
  • Daniel Yapp, humorous interpretation, first place, State Qualifier
  • Makenna Smutz, prose, second place, State Qualifier
  • LaKiyah Sain, prose, seventh place
  • Savannah Winkler, prose, third place, State Qualifier
  • Ta'mara Hill, poetry, second place, State Qualifier
  • LaKiyah Sain, poetry, first place, State Qualifier
  • Austin Heinlein, dramatic interpretation, seventh place
  • Austin Heinlein, humorous interpretation, seventh place
  • Sydni Huxman, poetry, fourth place
  • Liz Juarez, poetry, third place, State Qualifier
  • Paige Brott, original oration, third place
  • Riley Crane, original oration, fifth place
  • Riley Crane, foreign extemp, fifth place
  • Ta'mara Hill, foreign extemp, third place
  • Syndi Huxman, foreign extemp, fourth place
  • Brett Krambeer, domestic extemp, first place, State Qualifier
  • Brennan Schwartz, domestic extemp, second place, State Qualifier
  • Baylee Corpening, informative speaking, first place, State Qualifier
  • Paige Brott, informative speaking, second place, State Qualifier
  • Baylee Corpening/ Julia Henry, duo, third place
  • Brennan Schwartz, Impromptu, third place
  • Austin Heinlein, domestic extemp, sixth place


Spring Break March 24 to 28

Mar 20, 2014
Hutchinson Public Schools will be on spring break March 24 to 28.

The USD 308 Administration Center will be closed during spring break. Additionally, family electronic access to grades and attendance records will be offline from 12:30 p.m., Friday, March 21 to 6 a.m., Monday, March 31, for computer system maintenance.

HHS forensics wins Manhattan tourney

Mar 17, 2014
The Hutchinson High School forensics team won the Manhattan High School invitational Saturday.

Individually, the Salthawks had three first place finishes in the tournament and five state qualifying entries.

HHS is idle this weekend. The Salthawks will compete at Blue Valley North on March 28 and 29.

Kelly Thompson coaches forensics at HHS. Individual results are below.

Manhattan
March 15
First Place Sweepstakes

  • Austin Heinlein, fourth place, dramatic interpretation
  • Colin Tighe, third place, humorous interpretation
  • Daniel Yapp, fourth place, humorous interpretation
  • Colin Tighe, first place, poetry, state qualifier
  • Liz Juarez, fourth place, poetry
  • Savannah Winkler, first place, prose, state qualifier
  • Daniel Yapp, fifth place, prose
  • Martavius Johnson, sixth place, prose
  • Dayton LaMunyon, third place, impromptu, state qualifier
  • Sydni Huxman, third place, oratory
  • Paige Brott, fifth place, oratory
  • Sydni Huxman, sixth place, foreign extemp
  • Brennan Schartz, second place, domestic extemp, state qualifier
  • Emily Fan, fourth place, informative
  • Laura Miller/Makenna Smutz, first place, duo, state qualifier
  • Jake Lemonds/Martavius Johnson, sixth place, duo


USD 308 receives two youth philanthropy grants

Mar 17, 2014
Two Hutchinson Public Schools programs will benefit from Hutchinson Community Foundation grants.

In grants announced Sunday (March 16, 2014), Hutchinson Magnet School at Allen received $600 for supplies for its Lego Mosaic program. Hutchinson High School also received $450 for scholarships for the International Baccalaureate Programme.

The Youth Philanthropy Council of the Hutchinson Community Foundation awarded $3,000 in grants from the Richard W. Dillon Memorial Fund for Youth Philanthropy during a ceremony Sunday.

The Council is comprised of 22 high school students from across Reno County. These youth have met for the last four months to discuss local issues of concern to youth, learn about philanthropy and grant making, and award grants to youth-serving organizations.

Members of the council included four from HHS -- Dustin Curiel, Madi Graber, Dylan Graves and David Sotelo.

Hutchinson Community Foundation's mission is to inspire philanthropy, collaboration and innovative leadership to strengthen our communities.

Since 1989, the foundation has granted more than $60 million to organizations locally and around the world. The Community Foundation meets national standards for operational quality, donor service and accountability in the community foundation sector.

USD 308 also has a fund at the Hutchinson Community Foundation, the Hutchinson Public Schools Endowment Fund.


District orchestra concert slated

Mar 13, 2014
USD 308 will host the largest symphony concert of the year in Hutchinson next week.

The annual String Fling will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, at Memorial Hall, 101 South Walnut. The event will feature all the district's orchestra students from sixth grade through high school. Admission is free.

About 200 musicians will be involved in the event.

The concert provides all the district's stringed musicians a chance to perform together. Younger students have the opportunity to see what is in store for them as they advance in orchestra.

HHS debate takes district NFL debate sweepstakes

Mar 12, 2014
The Hutchinson High School debate and forensics program won a major trophy for the first time over the weekend.

HHS received the first place sweepstakes trophy for the West Kansas National Forensics League District Saturday at Moundridge. The trophy represents results from all four NFL debate tournaments during the school year.

The 2013-14 season is the first time HHS has won the debate sweepstakes trophy.

HHS had two debaters qualify for nationals on Saturday for Lincoln-Douglas debate. Juniors Riley Crane and Brennan Schartz qualified in Lincoln-Douglas debate. Also qualifying in Lincoln-Douglas debate Saturday were seniors Brett Krambeer and Reed Crater. Krambeer and Crater, however, already qualified for nationals in cross-examination debate. NFL rules allow students to compete at nationals in only one event.

The Salthawks competed in NFL congress, public forum debate and Lincoln-Douglas debate qualifiers Friday and Saturday at Moundridge and in individual events on Saturday at Valley Center.

HHS placed second overall in the Valley Center tournament.

Kelly Thompson coaches debate and forensics at HHS. The Salthawks compete at Manhattan this weekend.

Full results follow.

West Kansas NFL Congress
Friday at Moundridge
  • LaKiyah Sain, third, Senate *first Alternate to Nationals
  • Dayton LaMunyon, seventh, Senate
  • Julia Henry, finalist, House
  • Brennan Schartz, finalist, House
  • Riley Crane, finalist, House
  • McKenzie Miller, finalist, House
  • Sydni Huxman, finalist, House
  • Zoe Crater, finalist, House

Supplemental Chamber:
  • Emily Fan, second
  • Brett Krambeer, fourth
  • Shelby Bergeron, fifth
  • Makenna Smutz, sixth
West Kansas NFL PFD/LD
Saturday at Moundridge
Lincoln-Douglas Debate

  • HHS took the top four places in the tournament and opted not to debate to determine the formal placings.
  • Riley Crane, Brennan Schartz: National Qualifiers in Lincoln-Douglas debate
  • Brett Krambeer, Reed Crater (both previously qualified to Nationals)
Public Forum Debate
  • Paige Brott/Savannah Winkler, fourth
  • Mia Garcia/Brooke Manny, sixth

Valley Center Invitational
Saturday
Second place sweepstakes

  • LaKiyah Sain, fourth, dramatic interpretation
  • Makenna Smutz, eighth, dramatic interpretation
  • Colin Tighe, second, humorous interpretation *State Qualifier
  • Taylan Hayes, fifth, humorous interpretation
  • Julia Henry, semifinalist, humorous interpretation
  • McKenzie Miller, semifinalist, humorous interpretation
  • Annie Blake, seventh, poetry
  • Makenna Smutz, eighth, poetry
  • Makenna Smutz, fourth, prose *State Qualifier
  • LaKiyah Sain, semifinalist, prose
  • Baylee Corpening, third, informative speaking *State Qualifier
  • Ta'mara Hill, second, impromptu *State Qualifier
  • Dustin Curiel, eighth, impromptu
  • LaKiyah Sain, semifinalist, impromptu
  • Ryan Willis, semifinalist, impromptu
  • Ta'mara Hill, second, oratory *State Qualifier
  • Annie Blake, seventh, oratory
  • Dustin Curiel, third, international extemp
  • Ta'mara Hill, fifth, international extemp
  • Shelby Bergeron, sixth, international extemp
  • Matt LaMunyon, sixth, domestic extemp
  • Baylee Corpening/Julia Henry, seventh, improvised duet acting
  • Baylee Corpening/Julia Henry, third, duo


Broadcast journalists win award

Mar 6, 2014
A video by student broadcast journalists at the Hutchinson Career and Technical Education Academy at Hutchinson High School has received national recognition.

Juniors Brooks Armstrong and David Sotelo produced the video "Our Time is Now" on U.S. immigration policy for the C-Span StudentCam 2014 competition. The juniors placed third regionally and received a prize of $750 for their efforts. Overall, there were 2,355 videos from about 4,800 students submitted and only 150 received a prize. The students were from 46 states and the District of Columbia.

The video by Sotelo and Armstrong is available at www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNqKmOIkN6w

The winners of the 2014 StudentCam competition were announced Wednesday, March 5, during C-SPAN's morning call-in program, Washington Journal.

Since Armstrong and Sotelo won third prize, HCTEA will receive $125 to spend on digital equipment for the school. Leann Gleason teaches broadcast journalism at HCTEA.

The most popular topic for student videos in 2014 was the economy. Sixteen percent of entries were about economic issues such as poverty, unemployment and the national debt. Another 14 percent were about gun legislation while 13 percent were about education.

This year C-SPAN doubled the number of student prizes and total prize money awarded. High school students competed on a regional level with the U.S. being divided into three regions -- west, central and east. Middle school students were judged on a national basis. Grand prize winners were selected nationally among all regions and grade levels.

The annual competition is sponsored by the C-SPAN Education Foundation. Videos were evaluated by a panel of educators and C-SPAN representatives based on the thoughtful examination of the competition's theme, quality of expression, inclusion of varying sides of the documentary's topic and effective incorporation of C-SPAN programming.

All the winning videos may be viewed at www.studentcam.org.


Nisly a National Merit finalist

Mar 5, 2014
Hutchinson High School senior Matthew Nisly has been named a finalist in the National Merit Scholarship competition.

Matt NislyNisly, son of Calvin and Andrea Nisly, brings the number of district students to receive the honor to 58 since 1981.

To become a finalist, a semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by the school principal and earn SAT scores that confirm the student's earlier qualifying test performance.

Of the 16,000 semifinalists last fall, 15,000 were expected to become finalists. The finalists, in turn, are eligible for Merit Scholarship Awards.

The National Merit Scholarship Program honors individual students who show exceptional academic ability. To qualify, students had to take the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. About 1.5 million students take the test each fall from about 22,000 high schools nationwide.

Out of the 1.5 million students who took the test, approximately 16,000 semifinalists were named.


HHS forensics wins at Lyons

Mar 3, 2014
The Hutchinson High School forensics squad won an invitational Friday (Feb. 28) at Lyons and placed Saturday (March 1) at Buhler.

Friday, Feb. 28
Lyons
First Place Sweepstakes
Debate
  • Brett Krambeer, first, Lincoln-Douglas debate
  • Reed Crater, second, Lincoln-Douglas debate
  • Brennan Schartz, third, Lincoln-Douglas debate
  • Riley Crane, fourth, Lincoln-Douglas debate
  • Savannah Winkler and Paige Brott, fourth, public forum debate
Student Congress
  • Dayton LaMunyon, second, Senate
  • LaKiyah Sain, third, Senate
  • Zoe Crater, first, House 1
  • Emily Fan, fourth, House 1
  • Emily Fan, Outstanding Presiding Officer, House 1
  • McKenzie Miler, sixth, House 1
  • Julia Henry, second, House 2
  • Alejandro Melgar, third, House 2
  • Shelby Bergeron, fifth, House 2

Saturday, March 1
Buhler
Individual Events

  • Ryan Willis, third, impromptu
  • Siynatee McGraw, third, poetry
  • Eli Truan, fourth, humorous interpretation
  • Matt LaMunyon, fourth, domestic extemp
  • Siynatee McGraw, sixth, prose

This weekend, HHS competes in the West Kansas National Forensics League congress, public forum debate and Lincoln-Douglas debate qualifier at Moundridge.

Kelly Thompson coaches forensics at HHS.


HHS presents 'You Can't Take It with You'

Feb 27, 2014
The Hutchinson High School Drama Department will present the classic You Can't Take It with You at 7:30 p.m. on March 6 through 8 in the Hutchinson High School Performing Arts Center, 810 East 13th.

A three-act comedy, the play focuses on the lovable but eccentric Sycamore family. Winner of a 1937 Pulitzer Prize, the production is one of the most produced plays in modern times.

Ticket prices are $8 for adults and $5 for students in eighth grade and under. HHS students will be charged $1 with a student ID.

The cast list follows.
  • Grandpa: Isaac Glover
  • Penny: Jocelyn Reed
  • Paul: Terrence Robinson
  • Essie: Maggie Kovach
  • Ed: George Stafford
  • Alice: Laura Miller
  • Tony: Austin Heinlein
  • Mr. Kirby: Kincaid Lightner
  • Mrs. Kirby: Shea O'Sullivan
  • Kolenkhov: Matt Nisly
  • De Pinna: Will Kovach
  • Donald: Marquel Blassingill
  • Rheba: Alexis Cruz
  • Henderson: Daniel Yapp
  • The Grand Duchess Olga Katrina: Abbie Miller
  • Gay Wellington: Devon Means
  • The Man: Sparkles Ibarra
  • Jim: Kyle Walker
  • Mac: Cody Coonce


HHS forensics places at TOC qualifier

Feb 26, 2014
The Hutchinson High School forensics placed second on both days of the large Salina Central High School tournament last weekend.

The tournament, which attracted more than 30 schools and 900 entries from Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma, is one of the largest each year in Kansas and is a Tournament of Champions qualifying event.

HHS received seven Tournament of Champions bids during the event. Receiving bids were
  • Brennan Schartz, congress
  • Dayton LaMunyon, congress
  • Brett Krambeer, domestic extemp
  • Riley Crane, original oration
  • Julia Henry, humorous interpretation
  • Laura Miller, dramatic interpretation
  • Savannah Winkler, dramatic interpretation

Set up as a two single-day tournaments, HHS placed second on both Friday, Feb. 21, and Saturday, Feb. 22. The finish on Saturday was HHS' highest placement for the Saturday portion of the tournament in team history.

HHS had 68 medalists in the tournaments, including 36 finalists, 12 semifinalists and 20 quarterfinalists.

Below is a listing of finalists for HHS.
Tournament of Champions Congress Chamber:
  • Dayton LaMunyon, fourth
  • Brennan Schartz, fifth
Varsity House
  • Emily Fan, second
  • Shelby Bergeron, fourth
Novice House
  • Jake Lemonds, fifth

Friday Individual Events Finalists
  • Laura Miller, dramatic interpretation, second *State Qualifier
  • Sydni Huxman, dramatic interpretation, fifth
  • Julia Henry, humorous interpretation, first *State Qualifier
  • Daniel Yapp, humorous interpretation, third *State Qualifier
  • McKenzie Miller, humorous interpretation, fifth
  • Brett Krambeer, domestic extemp, first *State Qualifier
  • Dustin Curiel, international extemp, fourth
  • Daniel Yapp, prose, third *State Qualifier
  • Laura Miller, prose, fourth *State Qualifier
  • Siynatee McGraw, prose, sixth
  • Sydni Huxman, poetry, second *State Qualifier
  • LaKiyah Sain, poetry, third *State Qualifier
  • Savannah Winkler, poetry, fifth
  • Ta'mara Hill, Impromptu, fourth
  • Savannah Winkler, Impromptu, sixth
  • Riley Crane, original oration, second *State Qualifier
  • Paige Brott, original oration, third
  • Sydni Huxman, original oration, fourth
  • Baylee Corpening, informative speaking, first *State Qualiifer
  • Siynatee McGraw, informative speaking, third *State Qualifier
  • Brooke Manny, informative speaking, fifth
  • McKenzie Miller, informative speaking, seventh
  • Julia Henry/Baylee Corpening, duo, second *State Qualifer
Saturday Individual Events Finalists
  • LaKiyah Sain, poetry, third *State Qualifier
  • Liz Juarez, poetry, fifth *State Qualifier
  • Julia Henry, humorous interpretation, fourth *State Qualifier
  • Riley Crane, original oration, fifth
  • Brett Krambeer, domestic extemp, third *State Qualifier
  • Paige Brott, informative speaking, first *State Qualifier
  • Emily Fan, informative speaking, second *State Qualifier
  • Siynatee McGraw, informative speaking, fifth

    Friday, HHS competes at Lyons. Saturday, the team competes at Buhler. Kelly Thompson coaches forensics at HHS.


Budget process begins for 2014-15

Feb 26, 2014
Would you like to demystify school budgeting?

For the third consecutive year, Hutchinson Public Schools is conducting a Budget 101 Workshop for the public that will kick-off the district's public input process for the 2014-15 budget.

From 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 3, the district Business Office will present Budget 101 in the Professional Learning Center at Hutchinson High School. The PLC is the old auditorium at HHS, located in the 1400 block of North Severance.

Any community member -- even individuals who do not live in USD 308 but are interested in school finance -- is welcome to attend the Budget 101 session.

Additionally, there will be three meetings in late March and April that will gather public input to provide the Board of Education on the 2014-15 budget. Those community budget meetings will be
March 31, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
April 16, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
April 21, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

All meetings will be in the Professional Learning Center at HHS.

"We worked the past two years to develop this process to give our staff and community more input into the district's budget," said Dr. Shelly Kiblinger, USD 308 superintendent. "We've used feedback from the past two years' participants to provide opportunity for even greater input and discussion. We have designed new activities to help the participants process and understand budget issues better. Hopefully, those who participate come away with a greater understanding of school finance and feel they had a real voice in the decision-making process."
 
During the community budget meetings, there will be a review of district objectives and the strategic plan that's currently under development. Current legislation will be covered and the possible impact on the district of those proposals.

Lori Blakesley, executive director of fiscal management and business operations, said there are three goals for the budget process.

"This year, the budget process for fiscal year 2014-2015 will have three goals -- increase community and staff involvement, create community ownership of the budget issues and decisions, and develop a budget that supports the district's new strategic plan that's currently under development and operational plan," Blakesley said.

The Community Budget Committee will work through a process and make a recommendation to the Board of education for dollars needed to balance the 2014-15 budget.

Additionally, the district will take electronic feedback from the public. A budget comment line has been set up on (620) 615-4014. Patrons may leave comments on the line but are asked to leave a name and telephone number so that district staff may be able to call back and get additional feedback. A Budget Suggestion page will be available on the district's homepage at www.usd308.com where patrons can fill out a form and leave suggestions, beginning in mid-March.

Kansas K-12 school budgets go from July 1 of one year to June 30 of the next year. Because the way the district receives information from other entities that impact the budget, however, the final budget is normally not available to the Board until late July and is formalized in August.

2013-14 year two-thirds complete

Feb 20, 2014
With the end of the second trimester today, the 2014-15 school year is officially two-thirds complete in USD 308.

Friday, Feb. 21, all district students will be out of school as licensed staff has a records/professional development day.

Students in kindergarten through sixth grade will have parent-teacher conferences the evening of Feb. 26 and all day on Feb. 27. All K-6 students will have class on Feb. 26 and then be out of class for conferences on Feb. 27. There also will be no school for K-6 students on Feb. 28.

Hutchinson Middle School and Hutchinson High School will be in session on both Feb. 27 and 28. HHS and HMS had their second set of parent-teacher conferences in January.


Sixth Grade Choir performs

Feb 17, 2014
Combined Choir


A Valentine's Day evening vocal music concert drew an audience of more than 600 and 100 students in grades six through 12 to Hutchinson High School's Performing Arts Center.

The annual Sixth Grade Honor Choir featured 84 vocalists from the district's eight elementary schools. The students were selected earlier this year and had been working on special music for Friday night's event.

Sponsored by a grant from the Hutchinson Public Schools Foundation, the concert also included members of two select choirs -- Adams Street Singers from Hutchinson Middle School and the X-Pressives from Hutchinson High School.

Chris Shaw, vocal music teacher at Hutchinson Middle School, was the clinician for the sixth graders Friday afternoon. At the end of the concert, Shaw told the sixth graders and their parents he would like to see all the students in vocal music as seventh graders.

Each group performed individually Friday with all 100 vocalists joining for a combined choir finale of "Can You Hear" by Jim Papoulis.

For more information on the foundation, contact Ray Hemman at (620) 615-4029.


HHS forensics continues to place

Feb 17, 2014
The Hutchinson High School forensics squad placed in four tournaments over the past week, including winning one tournament as a squad and placing second at another.

Feb. 11, the squad won the novice tournament at Valley Center High School. HHS had a perfect score of 80 points at the Valley Center tournament. Saturday, Feb. 15, HHS placed second at the Halstead High School tournament.

Kelly Thompson is the head forensics coach at HHS. This weekend Hutchinson will compete Friday and Saturday at Salina Central.

Full results follow.
Valley Center
Feb. 11
  • First Place Sweepstakes
  • Casey Lane, third, domestic extemporaneous speaking
  • Shayla Bellamy, first, informative speaking
  • Siynatee McGraw, second, informative speaking
  • Isaac Glover, third, informative speaking
  • Annie Blake, first, original oration
  • Lucia Nisly, second, original oration
  • Cloe Perry, third, original oration
  • Klaudya Henderson, sixth, original oration
  • Berkleigh Crawford, eighth, original oration
  • Taylan Hayes, first, prose
  • Connor Eaves, third, prose
  • Siynatee McGraw, first, poetry
  • Cloe Perry, second, poetry
  • Annie Blake, third, poetry
  • McCartney Johnson, eighth, poetry
  • Taylan Hayes, first, humorous interpretation
  • Shayla Bellamy, second, humorous interpretation
  • Jake Lemonds, third, humorous interpretation
  • McCartney Johnson, fifth, humorous interpretation
  • Connor Eaves, first, dramatic interpretation
  • Robert Duggan, third, dramatic interpretation
Wichita Heights
Friday
  • Reed Crater, third, Lincoln Douglas debate
  • Dayton Lamunyon, fifth, Senate
  • Ta'mara Hill, fourth, House 1
  • Alejandro Melgar, fourth, House 2

Washburn Rural
Friday
  • Riley Crane, third, Lincoln Douglas debate
  • LaKiyah Sain, third, House 1
  • Julia Henry, second, House 2
  • Shelby Bergeron, fifth, House 1
  • Jake Lemonds, fourth, Novice House 1
  • Austin Heinlein, sixth, Novice House 2

Halstead
Saturday

  • Second Place Sweepstakes
  • Colin Tighe, first, humorous interpretation, State Qualifier
  • Colin Tighe, first, poetry, State Qualifer
  • Dustin Curiel, second, poetry, State Qualifier
  • Laura Miller, third, dramatic interpretation
  • Robert Duggan, fifth, dramatic interpretation
Washburn Rural
Saturday

  • Brennnan Schartz, first, domestic extemporaneous speaking, State Qualifier
  • Siynatee McGraw, fourth, oral interpretation of literature
  • Julia Henry, sixth, humorous interpretation


Jazz concert slated for Feb. 17

Feb 13, 2014
The Hutchinson High School winter jazz concert is set for 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17, 2012, in the HHS Performing Arts Center, 810 East 13th.

The 20-member jazz band will be playing some swing and Latin tunes.

For more information, contact Daryl Koestel, director of bands at HHS.


Galindo, Rottinghaus crowned winter royalty

Feb 7, 2014
Stacy RottinghausSeniors GilbGilbert Galindoert Galindo and Stacy Rottinghaus were crowned Salthawk winter royalty Friday (Feb. 7, 2014) during the Hutchinson High School vs. Maize basketball games.

Other king candidates included Radley Arnold, Bryce Davis, Ross Howard, Brandon Heide and Kassidy Lemons.

Other queen candidates included Tiara Brown, Melissa Fee, Katie Ellegood, Mackenzie Justice and Shea O'Sullivan.

The final activity of homecoming week was a dance in the HHS Cafeteria after Friday's games.


HHS orchestra Pops Concert on Feb. 13

Feb 6, 2014
The Hutchinson High School orchestra will present its annual Valentine's Pops Concert and Dessert Buffet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, in the HHS Cafeteria.

Selections will include the "Love Theme" from the 1990's 20th Century Fox film adaptation of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and an original jazz composition by former HHS orchestra member and current Wichita State student, Cortland Mahoney.

Other musical treats will run the gamut from Jimi Hendrix's Purple Haze to the Beatle's Michelle and a medley by the great American composer Irving Berlin.

The evening will also feature soloists from the HHS vocal department and guitar work by orchestra bassist Dalton Brummer.

Dessert will be served and there will be a raffle for gift baskets. Our performance is free and open to the public but donations are appreciated.


Sixth Grade Honor Choir concert set

Feb 6, 2014
About 90 sixth grade vocal music students from all eight Hutchinson elementary schools will perform in a district-wide honor choir concert at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, in the Hutchinson High School Performing Arts Center, 810 East 13th.

Music teachers from each of the district's elementary schools have selected sixth graders for the choir. Sixth graders have been preparing the music for the past several weeks. Chris Shaw is the clinician for the concert.

Additionally, the Xpressives from Hutchinson High School and the Hutchinson Middle School Adam Street Singers also will perform.

HHS girls' basketball has Pink Out night

Feb 6, 2014
The Hutchinson High School girls' basketball program is having a Pink Out night on Friday, Feb. 14. The program will benefit the Reno County Cancer Council.

The Salthawk girls will sell pink t-shirts for $10 each during the basketball games vs. Salina South. All money raised will go to the Cancer Council.


HHS forensics places at three tournaments

Feb 3, 2014
The Hutchinson High School forensics squad won one forensics tournament over the weekend and placed second in two other tournaments.

HHS won the tournament Friday night (Jan. 31) at Newton and placed second at tournaments in Emporia and Newton on Saturday (Feb. 1).

Tournament results follow.
Friday
Newton
First place sweepstakes
Lincoln-Douglas Debate
  • Reed Crater, second place
  • Brennan Schartz, third place
  • Riley Crane, fourth place
  • Brett Krambeer, fifth place
Student Congress
House A
  • LaKiyah Sain, second place
  • Dayton LaMunyon, fifth place
  • Emily Fan, sixth place
House B
  • Julia Henry, first place
  • McKenzie Miller, third place
  • Zoe Crater, fourth place
  • Shelby Bergeron, fifth place
Novice House
  • Matt LaMunyon, third place
  • Makenna Smutz, fourth place

Saturday Newton
Individual Events
Second place in sweepstakes
  • Connor Eaves, third place, dramatic interpretation
  • Robert Duggan, fifth place, dramatic interpretation
  • Taylan Hayes, Second place, humorous interpretation *State Qualifier
  • Shayla Bellamy, fourth place, humorous interpretation
  • Shelby Bergeron, fifth place, humorous interpretation
  • Siynatee McGraw, first place, poetry *State Qualifier
  • Annie Blake, third place, poetry
  • Lucia Nisly, third place, prose
  • Taylan Hayes, fourth place, prose
  • Shayla Bellamy, first place, informative *State Qualifier
  • Siynatee McGraw, fifth place, informative
  • Annie Blake, Second place, oratory *State Qualifier
  • Lucia Nisly, fourth place, oratory
  • Cloe Perry, fifth place, oratory
  • Klaudya Henderson, sixth place, oratory

Saturday Emporia
Individual Events
Second place in sweepstakes
  • Liz Juarez, Second place, poetry *State Qualifier
  • Sydni Huxman, fourth place, poetry
  • Savannah Winkler, second place, prose *State Qualifier
  • Makenna Smutz, fifth place, prose
  • Daniel Yapp, sixth place, prose
  • LaKiyah Sain, first place, dramatic interpretation *State Qualifier
  • Savannah Winkler, sixth place, dramatic interpretation
  • Julia Henry, third place, humorous interpretation
  • Paige Brott, first place, informative *State Qualifier
  • Riley Crane, fifth place, oratory
  • Brett Krambeer, fifth place, domestic extemp
  • Ta'mara Hill, fifth place, impromptu
  • Baylee Corpening/Julia Henry, first place, improvised duet active *State Qualifier

HHS hosts the Salt Talks forensics tournament Friday and Saturday (Feb. 7 and 8). The tournament is looking for community judges to help with individual events on Saturday. Anyone who can judge can call Coach Kelly Thompson at (620) 615-4122 or email him at thompsonk@usd308.com.


Kansas Teachers of the Year to tour USD 308

Jan 30, 2014
Kansas Teacher of the Year finalist Katie Perez will host other Kansas Teacher of the Year nominees on Monday during a team visit.
Perez, fourth-grade teacher at Morgan Elementary School, was the elementary finalist for the 1st Congressional District in Kansas.

As part of the program, Kansas Teacher of the Year nominees have the opportunities to visit other school districts.

The group's tour of Hutchinson begins at 8 a.m. with a welcome at the district's Administration Center. From there it moves to the Career and Technical Education Academy at 8:30 a.m. The morning is spent in the district's secondary schools.

After a lunch break at the Anchor, the group moves to Hutchinson Magnet School at Allen at 12:15 p.m.

A copy of the schedule follows.
8 to 8:20 a.m. Welcome and Breakfast
Administration Center, 1500 N. Plum

8:30 to 9:10 a.m.
Tour of Hutchinson Career & Technical Education Academy
David T. Patterson, HCTEA Director
Sean Harper, Math and Project Lead the Way Engineering Teacher
Laura Benscheidt, Medical Science
Kevin Berrey and Tavis Lydic, Automotive Tech
Blaine Murphy and Brad Yoder, Collision Repair Tech
Alan Beck, Commercial Construction
Leann Gleason, Video Broadcasting
Keith Blaske and Jeremiah Harmon, Manufacturing

9:15 to 10:00 a.m. Hutchinson High School
Ronn Roehm, Principal
Judy Engel, English Language Arts
Toni Loewen, English Language Arts
Lisa Yantes, Social Studies
Glenna Johnson, Social Studies

10:15 to 11 a.m.
HMS-7

Kevin Graham, Assistant Principal
Ted Webster, Social Studies
Donna Davis, Science
Alma Henry, Reading
Josh Dellenbach, Math

11 a.m. to noon Lunch Break
Anchor Inn

12:15 to 1 p.m.
Hutchinson Magnet School at Allen
Bryan Cunningham, Principal
Katie Thiessen, Third Grade
Tabetha Gray, Sixth Grade

1:15 to 2 p.m.
Wiley Elementary
Matt Zimmerman, Principal
Jessica Self, Kindergarten
Ashleigh Vieyra, Third Grade
Kerri Werth, Fourth Grade

2:15 to 3 p.m.
Morgan Elementary
Rod Rathbun, Principal
Kristin Jenkins, Kindergarten
Jennifer Winters, Third Grade
Donita Zarnowski/Kaleena Knackstedt, Fourth Grade

3 to 3:30 p.m.
Team Wrap-Up
Snacks provided by Morgan Elementary PTO


HHS forensics has good first weekend

Jan 28, 2014
The Hutchinson High School forensics team was successful on the opening weekend of competition Jan. 24 and 25, finishing first at Buhler and second at Kingman

Friday, Jan. 24, HHS competed in student congress and public forum debate at Buhler, taking first overall. Brooke Manny and Mia Garcia placed first the public forum tournament.

In student congress, HHS had three first place finishes. In Varsity House A, Dayton LaMunyon was first, Brett Krambeer was third, Brennan Schartz was fourth and Shelby Bergeron was sixth.

In Varsity House B, LaKiyah Sain was first, Riley Crane was second, Julia Henry was third and Zoe Crater was fifth.

In Novice House, Makenna Smutz was first and Matt LaMunyon was second.

Saturday, Jan. 25, HHS competed both at Kingman and at Smoky Valley in Lindsborg. At Kingman, HHS placed second overall and had four state tournament qualifiers in individual events. At Smoky Valley, HHS had one state qualifier.

Kingman
  • First: Ta'mara Hill, original oration, *State Qualifier
  • Second: Savannah Winkler, prose, *State Qualifier
  • Second: Savannah Winkler, dramatic interpretation, *State Qualifier
  • Third: Sydni Huxman, original oration
  • Third: Paige Brott, informative
  • Fourth: Ta'mara Hill, poetry, *State Qualifier
  • Fourth: Jake Lemonds, humorous interpretation
  • Sixth: Liz Juarez, poetry
  • Seventh: McKenzie Miller, informative

Smoky Valley
  • First: Dustin Curiel, impromptu, *State Qualifier
  • Third: Laura Miller, dramatic interpretation
  • Third: Taylan Hayes, humorous interpretation
This weekend, HS will compete at Emporia and Newton. Kelly Thompson coaches forensics at HHS.


2014 Wall of Honor class announced

Jan 27, 2014
The 15th class of the Wall of Honor at Hutchinson High School includes an athlete, lawyer and community activist.

The 2014 honorees are Jack Banta, professional athlete; C. Robert Bell, lawyer and district court judge; and Jade Piros de Carvalho, business president, Hutchinson City Council member and community activist.

The trio will be honored during the Wall of Honor Banquet at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, in the Hutchinson Career and Technical Education Academy Events Center, 800 15th Circle. Tickets for the banquet are $20 each and include admission into the basketball game following the meal and program. Recipients will be recognized at half time of the boys' game.

Reservations can be made by contacting Chris Weiser at (620) 615-4122 or via email at weiserc@usd308.com.

The project, a joint venture of the HHS Student Council, the Renaissance Club and the HHS Alumni Association, recognizes three outstanding graduates of Hutchinson High School. The first class was inducted in 1999.

Plaques honoring the alumni are located in the lobby of the Salthawk Activity Center. For more information, contact David T. Patterson, director of the Hutchinson Career and Technical Education Academy, at (620) 615-4123. Brief biographical sketches of the 2014 class follow.

Jack Banta
Professional Athlete
HHS Class of 1943
Jack Banta, a 1943 graduate of Hutchinson High School, showed considerable talent and determination as a young man, which led him to a well-documented career as a Major League Baseball player with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Banta's parents were dedicated fans of baseball and taught him an appreciation of the game.

Jack BantaHutchinson High School did not have a baseball team at the time, but he pitched on the local Optimist baseball team in Hutchinson until he was 17. The young Banta was scouted by the Dodgers in 1942 and invited to try out in 1944, and Branch Rickey, impressed by Banta's blazing fastball, quickly signed him. He played for the Newport News in Virginia and was promoted to the Montreal Royals.

Eventually Banta made his major-league debut with the Dodgers in September 1947 as a relief pitcher and pitched for the Dodgers for four seasons. Appearing in 204 innings in 69 games with the Dodgers, Banta played with the likes of Jackie Robinson and against Joe DiMaggio and Yogi Berra, and made appearances in the 1949 World Series.

A shoulder injury eventually sidelined the talented player, and he retired from baseball after working as a scout and minor-league manager.
Banta, one season shy of qualifying for a major-league pension, took a job in accounting with Dillons and spent 34 years with the company.

He wed Jackie Gaylor in 1949, and the couple had three children, all Hutchinson High School alumni. He enjoyed golf, consistently shooting par or under, billiards, hunting and fishing. Banta was inducted into the Kansas Baseball Hall of Fame in 2004.

When he died in 2006, his obituary appeared in the New York Times.

C. Robert Bell
Lawyer and District Court Judge
HHS Class of 1948
The Honorable C. Robert Bell, judge in the 18th Judicial District of Kansas, graduated from Hutchinson High School in 1948. He especially remembers speech and debate, band and acting in plays during his high school years. He also remembers being mentored in the Presbyterian Church and the Boy Scouts, and was a member of the first troop in the world to produce 100 Eagle Scouts; he was number 113.

C. Robert BellBell earned a full academic scholarship to Princeton and graduated in 1952, going on to Harvard Law School and earning his Juris Doctor degree in 1955.

Mr. Bell was a legal officer in the U.S. Navy from 1955 to 1958. He started private practice in 1958 and worked with several firms until 1989, when he became a sole practitioner, working in corporate, commercial, real estate, trusts and estates, oil and gas, litigation and international law. In 1988, Bell was elected Judge of Sedgwick County District Court and served there until retirement in 2000.

The retired judge is a member of the Kansas Bar Association and the Wichita-Sedgwick County Bar Association. He and his wife, Janice, have five children and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is a founding member, past president and chairman of the board of directors of Prepaid Legal Services in Kansas, a non-profit, bar-sponsored corporation.

Additionally, Bell has been a member of the Panel of Arbitrators of the American Arbitration Association since 1970 and has found time to participate in Rotary and local government commissions as well. He has also served as a member of the Ethics Committee of the Wichita-Sedgwick County Bar Association and attended National Judicial College in 1990.

Jade Piros de Carvalho
Business President, City Council Member and Community Activist
HHS Class of 1996
Jade Piros de Carvalho, businesswoman, community volunteer and Hutchinson City Council member, is a proud native Kansan and promoter of her hometown. Graduating from Hutchinson High School in 1996, Piros de Carvalho went on to earn a bachelor's degree in philosophy from Wichita State University.

Jade Piros de CarvalhoCurrently, Piros de Carvalho is currently the President of LogicMaze, LLC, a local marketing and full-service ad agency that specializes in graphic design and website development. She particularly enjoys helping clients explore new ways to evolve their marketing approach and expand their businesses.

Prior to assuming leadership at LogicMaze, she handled the communications, public relations and event planning for the Hutchinson/Reno County Chamber of Commerce.

Piros de Carvahlo is married to Alex Carvalho. She loves Hutchinson and has volunteered countless hours serving her community on various non-profit boards: she has contributed her talents to the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center, the Rotary Club, Young Professionals of Reno County, New Beginnings and the Leadership Reno County Alumni Board.

In her time serving on the Hutchinson City Council, the businesswoman has focused on the local issues of job creation, drug crime reduction and building Hutchinson through community collaboration. She is a firm believer that "the most straightforward path to growing Hutchinson's economy is to support the expansion efforts of businesses already located here."

Piros de Carvalho is also passionate about aggressively marketing our community to manufacturers and growing our local tax base through creating more jobs and attracting new residents. She is convinced that "we have tremendous resources in the people of Hutchinson."


Financial Aid Night Feb. 13

Jan 23, 2014
The annual financial aid for college night at Hutchinson High School begins at 7 p.m. Feb. 13 in the Events Center at the Hutchinson Career and Technical Education Academy on HHS' northwest side.

Students and parents are encouraged to attend.

During the evening, HHS, Hutchinson Community College and Gear Up representatives will be on hand to help explain the financial aid process and answer any questions.

The priority deadline to apply for HCC scholarships for the 2014-15 school year is Feb. 15 -- two days after the financial aid event. Information about local scholarships is available on the HHS Counseling Center website at http://www.usd308.com/hhs/page.php?id=444. Information about scholarships also is posted on the Counseling Center Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/HutchinsonHighSchoolCounselingCenter.

Chili feed to benefit boys' basketball

Jan 23, 2014
The Hutchinson High School boys' basketball team will once again hold a chili feed to benefit the program.

The chili feed fundraiser will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Salthawk Activity Center. The evening also is Winter Homecoming at HHS.

For $5, fans will get a bowl of chili and a dessert that evening. Tickets are being sold by the HHS basketball players.


HCTEA auto tech accredited

Jan 22, 2014
The Hutchinson Career and Technical Education Academy's automotive technology program has been accredited again by a national organization.

The automotive technology program at HCTEA has been accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation with its Master Automobile Service Technology Accreditation. The accreditation is the highest level of achievement recognized by NATEF. Automotive programs receiving accreditation must meet curriculum and industry standards through a rigorous documentation and on-site evaluation conducted by NATEF and industry members.

A joint program of Hutchinson High School and Hutchinson Community College, the automotive technology program has been accredited by NATEF since October 1991.

Kevin Berrey and Tavis Lydic are the automotive technology instructors at HCTEA.


HHS debate places fourth at state

Jan 20, 2014
A Hutchinson High School debate team tied for fourth at the Class 6A state tournament over the weekend while two other teams tied for fifth.

Juniors Brennan Schartz and Sydni Huxman were quarterfinalists in the tournament, tying for fourth at Blue Valley High School in suburban Kansas City. Additionally, seniors Brett Krambeer and Reed Crater and juniors LaKiyah Sain and Riley Crane tied for fifth as octofinalists in the tournament.

In all, 78 two-speaker teams competed in the tournament. Hutchinson was one of only three Class 6A schools in Kansas to place three teams in the top 16 of the tournament.

The state tournament ends the regular debate season for HHS. Kelly Thompson coaches Salthawk debate.


HHS students win two Gold Key awards

Jan 17, 2014
Hutchinson High School students received a pair of gold keys, four silver keys and five honorable mentions in the 2014 Scholastic Art Awards Program.

Gold Keys (First place and advances to nationals in New York City)
  • Matt Nisly, Art Portfolio (eight works of art), Teacher Alisha Jester
  • Damon Turley, Stone Sculpture, Teacher Deb Ringler
Silver Keys (Second Place)
  • Shea O'Sullivan, Photography, Teacher Alisha Jester
  • Kaytlyn Schwartz, Mixed Media, Teacher Alisha Jester
  • Vidi Luna, Stone Sculpture, Teacher Deb Ringler
  • Matt Nisly, Watercolor, Teacher Deb Ringler
Honorable Mention (Third Place)
  • Matt Nisly, Photography, Teacher Alisha Jester
  • Kaytlyn Schwartz, Mixed Media, Teacher Alisha Jester
  • Bryana Doman, Glass Mosaic, Teacher Deb Ringler
  • Kaytlyn Schwartz, Ceramic Sculpture, Teacher Deb Ringler
  • Eric Valleau, Stone Sculpture, Teacher Deb Ringler

The 2014 regional Scholastic Arts Show will be held Feb. 4 through March 9 at the Wichita Center for The Arts, 9112 East Central in Wichita.

The Scholastic Awards Ceremony with a closing reception will be 2 p.m. March 9 at the center.


HHS hosts CTC youth summit

Jan 16, 2014
Hutchinson High School will host the annual Reno County Youth Leadership Summit from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20, 2014.

The summit is for youth in sixth through ninth grades. The program is sponsored by Reno County Communities that Care. The free event begins with a light breakfast and pizza for lunch.

During the day, students will meet new friends, increase leadership skills, create a community involvement plan, gain knowledge about avoiding drugs and alcohol and grow to recognize good choices.

Pre-registration is requested and may be done by emailing Carla Smith at smithca@usd308.com.


District to observe MLK Day

Jan 16, 2014
Hutchinson Public Schools will not be in session on Monday, Jan.20, 2014, in honor of Martin Luther King Day.

District students and staff are encouraged to participate in community activities in honor of Dr. King on Sunday and Monday. On Sunday,

Hutchinson High School singers will perform during the traditional community observance at 3:30 p.m. in the Stringer Fine Arts Center on the Hutchinson Community College campus.

Monday's community event will be at 2 p.m. at the Second Missionary Baptist Church, 1008 North Ford.


HHS debate places at DCI, Novice State

Jan 13, 2014
The Hutchinson High School debate squad placed at two top tournaments over the weekend at Washburn Rural High School near Topeka.

In the Debate Coaches Invitational Tournament, seniors Brett Krambeer and Reed Crater placed eighth while juniors LaKiyah Sain and Riley Crane placed 12th.

At Novice State, freshmen Matt LaMunyon and Siynatte McGraw placed ninth.

DCI and Novice State bring the top veteran and newcomer teams from across Kansas from all school size classifications.

Friday and Saturday, HHS will compete in both two-speaker and four-speaker Class 6A state debate at Blue Valley High School in suburban Kansas City.

HHS' four-speaker team includes sophomores Julia Henry and Emily Fan on affirmative and sophomore Zoe Crater and senior Dayton LaMunyon on negative.

HHS also will have four teams participate in two-speaker state debate. Those teams are seniors Brett Krambeer/Reed Crater, juniors LaKiyah Sain/Riley Crane, juniors Brennan Schartz/Sydni Huxman and senior Liz Juarez/junior Ryan Willis.

Kelly Thompson coaches debate at Hutchinson High School.


Secondary parent-teacher conferences set wiik of Jan. 13

Jan 9, 2014
Parent-Teacher Conferences for USD 308 students in grades seven through 12 will be the week of Jan. 13.

Hutchinson Middle School will hold parent-teacher conferences from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, on both campuses of the school. HMS also will have conferences from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 16.

Hutchinson High School will have conferences from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 16, in the Salthawk Activity Center.

At both HHS and HMS, conferences are done arena style. Parents meet with teachers in a common area. If further discussions are needed, individual appointments can be set up.

There will be no school for HHS and HMS students on either Jan. 16 or 17. Additionally, there are no conferences on Jan. 17.

The second set of elementary parent-teacher conferences will not occur until the week of Feb. 24. Classes will be in session on both Jan. 16 and 17 for K-6 students. Jan. 17 is an early release day for K-6 students, however.


Cornelsen to coach Salthawk football

Jan 7, 2014
Ryan Cornelsen will take over as head football coach at Hutchinson High School for the 2014 season.

Ryan CornelsenThe new coach has spent the last five years at Hays High School where he compiled a 35-12 record. In the previous five years, the Indians' record was 18-27. His team was WAC league champions three times, was district champion once and had two playoff appearances.

Hays is a Class 5A high school. Though now Class 6A, the Salthawks were Class 5A for several years and last played Hays in November 2011, the year Hutchinson won its seventh state football championship.

Overall, Cornelsen's head coaching record is 88-25, a 79 percent winning record.

Prior to Hays, Cornelsen was head coach at LaCrosse High School, one of the few Class 1A or 2A schools to play 11-man football. While at LaCrosse from 2003 to 2008, Cornelsen was 53-13. During his LaCrosse tenure, Cornelsen’s teams were league champion three times, district champions four times, bi-district champions five times and regional champions twice. He also served as defensive coordinator for Trego High School from 2000 to 2002.

As a football coach, Cornelsen was head coach for the Kansas Shrine Bowl in 2013, was defensive assistant for the Shrine Bowl in 2012 and offensive assistant in 2007 and was WAC Coach of the Year in 2010 and 2012.

Cornelsen also coached track at Hays, where he had state championships in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. His squads also were regional and WAC champions from 2010 through 2013. At LaCrosse, he had 15 top-three state finishes, was league champions three times and had one regional championship in track.

At LaCrosse, Cornelsen served as athletic director for both the middle school and high school and was head teacher for LaCrosse High School from 2005 to 2008.

"My family and I are excited to be a part of the Hutchinson School District, and community," Cornelsen said. "I look forward to the challenge of maintaining the excellence of Salthawk football."

Eric Armstrong, athletic director at Hutchinson High School, sees Cornelsen as a good fit for the program and community.

"I am excited that Coach Cornelsen and his family have chosen to become part of our staff," said Eric Armstrong, HHS athletic director. "Ryan is an outstanding coach who understands the time and dedication that it takes to be successful. Coach Cornelsen is a proven winner, and I believe the right person to lead the Salthawk football program."

In addition to coaching football, Cornelsen will be a physical education teacher at Hutchinson. The new head coach received his master of science from Fort Hays State University in 2003 and his bachelor of science degree from Fort Hays in 2002.

He started his teaching career at LaCrosse from 2003 to 2008, teaching health, physical education and physical conditioning. At Hays, Cornelsen taught weights and conditioning from 2009 to the current school year.

Cornelsen replaces 17-year veteran Randy Dreiling, who announced in December he would leave the Salthawks to take over as head coach at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in suburban Kansas City.

HHS qualifies for state, preps for DCI

Jan 3, 2014
The Hutchinson High School debate squad won its regional in late December, advancing to four-speaker state later this month in suburban Kansas City.

State debate qualifiersHHS' team included sophomores Julia Henry and Emily Fan on affirmative and sophomore Zoe Crater and senior Dayton LaMunyon on negative.

HHS hosted the four-speaker regional tournament. Four-speaker is a form of interscholastic debate in which two two-speaker teams pair up.
One of the teams debates the entire tournament on the affirmative side while the second team debates on the negative side of the resolution.

The four-speaker team will compete at Class 6A state Jan. 17 and 18 at Blue Valley High School in Overland Park.

HHS also will have four teams participate in two-speaker state debate, which also is Jan. 17 and 18 at Blue Valley. Those teams are seniors
Brett Krambeer/Reed Crater, juniors LaKiyah Sain/Riley Crane, juniors Brennan Schartz/Sydni Huxman and senior Liz Juarez/junior Ryan Willis.

The Salthawks also have fielded their largest contingent to the prestigious Debate Coaches Invitational Tournament Jan. 10 and 11 at Washburn Rural High School near Topeka. HHS has five DCI teams out of a total of 44 in the tournament, a Salthawk school record.

Competing at DCI will be the teams of Krambeer/Reed Crater, Sain/Crane, Huxman/Schartz, LaMunyon/Zoe Crater and Fan/Henry.

The HHS debate squad is coached by Kelly Thompson.


HHS plays in AVCTL-City League matchups

Dec 19, 2013
Hutchinson High School once again will participate in the winter break AVCTL/Wichita City League basketball matchups. This winter, all the games will be played at Wichita State University's Koch Arena.

The Salthawk boys will start the new year by taking on Kapaun Mount Carmel at 5 p.m. Jan. 2. The Salthawk girls will play Wichita North in the early game at 8:15 a.m. Jan. 4.


HHS begins search for new football coach

Dec 13, 2013
Hutchinson High School head football coach Randy Dreiling announced to his team Friday that he has taken a job with another school. Dreiling will resign both as head football coach and physical education instructor.

Dreiling, who just completed his 17th season as Salthawk head coach, was 160-38 and won seven state titles. Overall, Dreiling has coached 24 years and has a record of 185-77.

Under Dreiling, HHS won football championships in either Class 6A or Class 5A in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011. HHS was in playoffs from 2000 through 2012.

HHS Athletic Director Eric Armstrong will begin the search for Dreiling's successor immediately.
   


HHS square dances into Christmas holiday

Dec 12, 2013
If you are a Salthawk alumnus from the past 35 years or longer, you remember one thing about the holidays at Hutchinson High School. The tradition has little to do with snow men, reindeer or other symbols of the winter holidays.

Instead, the tradition is something that speaks to our Kansas heritage -- square dancing.

During the final few school days before Christmas, students at Hutchinson High School have the opportunity to square dance in the Junior Varsity Gymnasium at HHS. Square dancing will be held on Dec. 17 to 19.

Square dancing is tied to the physical education curriculum at HHS.


HHS Christmas concert Monday

Dec 12, 2013
One of the largest musical events of the year begins at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 16, at Hutchinson's Memorial Hall. The Hutchinson High School Christmas Concert features hundreds of student musicians from the high school.

The event will feature vocal, orchestra, concert band and jazz band performances.

There is no admission charge.

Booster Club sale slated for Saturday

Dec 12, 2013
The annual Salthawk Spirit Wear Christmas Sale will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Salthawk Activity Center on the Hutchinson High School campus, 810 East 13th. Everything will be 20 percent off at Saturday's sale.

Sale items include hoodies, t-shirts, hats, car magnets, flags, wooden Salthawk signs and many great stocking stuffers.

Sponsored by the Hutchinson High School Booster Club, the organization donates thousands of dollars each year to support HHS activities.


CTC, Youth lead volunteer efforts

Dec 5, 2013
The Communities that Care Youth Leadership Group at Hutchinson High School is working on several volunteer projects in December to help the
community.

Saturday, the youth are working with CTC for the annual JavaWalk fundraiser from 9 to 11 a.m. at 10 downtown Hutchinson venues. JavaWalk has been moved to a Saturday morning from Third Thursday.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Each location will have samples of coffees, chai teas, cocoas and ciders as well as treats. Children will get decorations at each location to assemble their own gingerbread man.

Advanced tickets can be purchased from any PicQuick, Apron Strings, Bluebird Books, Metro Coffee or Yarn. Ticket also will be available at JavaWalk locations Saturday morning.

A second project pairs the CTC youth and several elementary schools to collect basic items for a local care shelter.

The CTC group started the drive and enlisted help from the elementary schools after hearing a presentation from the Sexual Assault Domestic Violence Center and about the center's need for basic living supplies.

Boxes will be at HHS, Hutchinson Magnet School at Allen, Graber and Wiley through Dec. 19. Each school is setting its own parameters for the drive. At HMS at Allen, for example, the students have a goal of collecting 200 items, including toilet paper, paper towels and nonperishable food items.

CTC Youth also will collect money at Hutchinson Middle School -- 8 each day next week for the Christmas Gifts for Teens Program. Students are asked to bring pennies on Monday, nickels on Tuesday, dimes on Wednesday, quarters on Thursday and dollars on Friday.

Money raised will be used to purchase gifts for teens who are away from their families at Christmas.


HHS senior's art included in IB collage

Nov 25, 2013
Madi Graber's ArtIf you look closely at Madi Graber's artwork, you might get a glimpse into the Hutchinson High School senior's life and future.

A watercolor by Graber has been selected for inclusion in a collage of art that will grace the walls of the International Baccalaureate Global Centre, in Bethesda, Md. IB art is just one of several International Baccalaureate classes the senior has taken at HHS.

Art is part of Graber's life. Graber is the daughter of Karen and Jeff Frizell and Scott Graber.

"I like the newness of trying different things," the senior said. "You never have to do the same thing twice. I like the feeling of endlessly creating, using your emotions to control art."

The watercolor was inspired by a photograph of horse and rider that Graber had seen. She took the photograph and interpreted it from her perspective.

The artwork was submitted to IB last spring. Graber and IB art teacher Deb Ringler had put the submission out of their minds because so much time had passed. The submission was made by taking a high-resolution photograph of the watercolor. A week ago, though, they were notified the watercolor would be included in the IB headquarters collage.

It was a thrill for the senior.

"I was so happy," she said. "I was not expecting them to take it because there are so many schools with IB kids who are so talented."

While Graber is not an IB diploma candidate at HHS, she has taken several IB classes. Those IB classes include chemistry, English, biology and art. Even though HHS typically has a half dozen full IB diploma graduates each spring, the program has 55 students who will take one or more IB classes this year.

While emotions often play a role in her artwork and how she interprets scenes, Graber has another common theme, one that she hopes adds three letters -- DVM -- to her name after college.

Animals often play into her art.

"I plan to go to K-State next year and major in animal science," Graber said. "My goal is to get my doctorate in veterinary medicine."

Graber aspires to be a special kind of DVM. Graber wants to be a large animal vet -- the kind who works with horses and cattle.


Night of the Hawk set for Nov. 26

Nov 21, 2013
The final pre-Thanksgiving activity at Hutchinson High School will be the annual winter sports kickoff -- Night of the Hawk -- at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26, in the Salthawk Activity Center.

Sponsored by the HHS Booster Club, the annual event begins with the club serving pizza to students. Winter sports athletes and coaches will be introduced. The kickoff will feature a guest speaker to talk with students and parents about the benefits of participating in team sports.

At the end of the event, each winter sports team will conduct its parent meeting.

Additionally, anyone who attends the event will be able to purchase Salthawk spirit wear at a 20 percent discount.

Winter sports begin on Tuesday, Dec. 3, when the boys' swimming team has a meet at Newton. JV wrestling follows with an invitational at McPherson at 9 a.m. Dec. 7.


Salthawk Revue raises funds for New Beginnigs

Nov 21, 2013
Current and former musicians from Hutchinson High School are teaming up for an evening of music to benefit a local charity.

The second annual Salthawk Revue Benefit Concert for New Beginnings will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, in the Hutchinson High School Performing Arts Center, 810 East 13th. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students. Additional donations for New Beginnings are welcomed as well.

Musicians for the event range in age from 16 to 70.

Musical genres include acoustical classic rock with strings and vocals, jazz and blues favorites and a grand combination finale showcasing the creativity and musical talents of all. Produced by students from the Hutchinson Career and Technical Education Academy, the event is hosted by the HHS Theater Department.

All proceeds benefit New Beginnings, and help to advance their mission to shelter and rebuild human lives while fostering the development of affordable housing.


HHS debate places at two invitationals

Nov 11, 2013
The Hutchinson High School debate team had another successful weekend with solid finishes at invitationals in Newton and Moundridge.

At Newton Saturday, the Salthawks placed third overall. In varsity competition, the senior team of Reed Crater and Brett Krambeer received a  Debate Coaches Invitational bid and are ranked third in the state. Juniors Riley Crane and LaKiyah Sain also received a DCI bid. Sophomore Zoe Crater and junior Dayton LaMunyon placed fourth in the tournament in received a DCI bid, which qualified Crater and LaMunyon for DCI. HHS now has three teams qualified for DCI in January.

Individually, Sain was the top speaker and LaMunyon was the second speaker in the tournament.

At Moundridge Saturday, sophomore Alicia Seems and freshman Jake Lemonds went 5-0 to place first in the tournament. Seems also was the top speaker in the tournament.

HHS now is ranked third in Kansas among varsity squads by total number of DCI bids.

Kelly Thompson is the head debate coach for HHS.


HHS presents 'A Piece of my Heart'

Nov 7, 2013
The fall drama at Hutchinson High School examines the experiences of women during the Vietnam conflict in the 1960s and 1970s.

The HHS Drama Department will present A Piece of My Heart at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 14, 15 and 16 in the Performing Arts Center, 810 East 13th.

The play by Shirley Lauro is based on a book by the same name by Keith Walker. All the characters are based on real people. The drama is produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

This show is about the women's experience in Vietnam and after they returned home. HHS has dedicated the show to those women plus the seven HHS students and graduates who were killed in action in Vietnam.

The show is adult in nature and is not recommended for children.

Seating is limited on the stage. Reservations will be held until 7:20 p.m. and then the tickets will be sold. There will be no seating after the show starts at 7:30 p.m. until intermission. The audience is up close and personal, and the show is dramatic.

Tickets cost $8 for adults and $1 for HHS students with ID.

The cast includes sophomores Laura Miller, Whitney, a Red Cross volunteer; Abbie Martin, Mary Jo, a USO singer; Emily Fan, LeeAnn, an army nurse; and Easton Chapin, the American male; and seniors Shea O'Sullivan, Martha, a navy nurse; Leah Towle, Sissy, an army nurse; and Ta'mara Hill, Steele, an intelligence officer. Sami Ybarra, senior, is the stage manager.

To make reservations for the show, call (620) 615-4104. The Drama Department staff will do a call-back to confirm reservations.


Empty Bowls 2013 set for Nov. 19

Nov 4, 2013
The Fifth Annual Empty Bowls event will combine art and food to raise money to fight hunger and raise awareness about food security.

The event will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, in the Hutchinson High School Cafeteria. In addition to taking home a piece of student-crafted art, guests will enjoy a bowl of chili or red beans and rice along with a dessert.

"The goal of the Empty Bowls Foundation is to raise money to help organizations fight hunger, to raise awareness about the issues of hunger and food security and to help bring about an attitude that will not allow hunger to exist on a national and international level," said Todd Ray, HHS International Baccalaureate coordinator and one of the event organizers.

For a donation of $5 to $15, participants will be able to choose from a wide variety of bowls and 2D art crafted by students from Hutchinson Middle School -- 8 and HHS. Pieces include papier-mache bowls, potter's wheel thrown bowls and etched glass pieces. Additionally, advanced wood shop students from HHS will create pieces.

Other donations come from Hutchinson Community College, Barton County Community College, and Bethany College.

In addition to donating cash for a bowl and a meal, Empty Bowls will collect canned food during the evening. Anyone who drops off five canned goods will get a ticket for a $5 item and a meal.

A silent auction will feature some bowls made by local artists. During the event, HHS' Antonio Martinez will be throwing during the event. A painted piano also will be sold during the silent auction.

New for 2013, partner Bluebird Books, 2 South Main, will display some of the pieces that will be sold the evening of Empty Bowls through Nov. 18. Bluebird Books also is a drop-off location for canned goods.

The HHS vocal, orchestra and drama departments will be providing entertainment throughout the evening as well.

Proceeds raised will go to Food 4 Kids backpack program, the Reno County Food Bank and the Heifer Project International. Each year, the fundraiser brings in about $2,500 for the charities.


HHS debate places at KCKCC and Campus

Nov 4, 2013
The Hutchinson High School debate squad placed at two weekend tournaments.

At Kansas City Kansas Community College, HHS had three teams advance to the double octofinalist round with one of those teams advancing to the octofinalist round.

Advancing to the octofinalist round were juniors LaKiyah Sain and Riley Crane. The double octofinalists teams were juniors Brennan Schartz and Sydni Huxman and seniors Brett Krambeer and Dayton LaMunyon.

The finish qualifies Crane and Sain for the Debate Coaches Invitational tournament in January. The duo is the second Hutch team to qualify this season.

Crane was the top speaker at KCKCC while Krambeer was the ninth speaker and Sain was recognized as the 17th speaker at the tournament.

"KCKCC featured 65 teams from seven states," said Kelly Thompson, HHS head debate and forensics coach. "It is the only TOC (Tournament of Champions) qualifying tournament in the state of Kansas and draws the largest out of state contingent each season. The team placings are the first in HHS history. It is the first time we've had the top speaker, and the first time that we've received more than one speaker award."

HHS also competed at Haysville Campus Saturday. The team of freshmen Jake Lemonds and Martavius Johnson were 4-1 and finished in 11th place.


Page, Justice named HHS Wendy's Heisman nominees

Oct 31, 2013
A pair of Hutchinson High School seniors have been nominated for this year's Wendy's High School Heisman award winners.


MacKenzie JusticeJared PageSalthawks Jared Page and MacKenzie Justice have been selected for this year's honor.

Just as the collegiate Heisman is known for being the
highest award in college football, the Wendy's High School Heisman Award, now in its 20th year, is one of the most esteemed awards at the high school level.

One male and one female finalist from each high school are chosen and from those finalists, one state winner will compete with the other national Finalists and will go on to compete for the national winner title in New York City on Dec. 13.

National finalists will be featured during a televised ceremony on ESPN networks and will receive gold medals and $2,000 awards for their high schools. One male and one female national winner will receive a crystal Wendy's High School Heisman trophy and a $500 gift certificate to Wendy's, and Wendy's will donate $10,000 to each winner's respective high school. Additionally, the winners will be recognized during the collegiate Heisman Trophy announcement on ESPN on Dec. 14.

Created in 1994 by Wendy's and the Heisman Memorial Trust, the Wendy's High School Heisman Award recognizes outstanding high school seniors nationwide who excel in athletics, academics and community leadership. Students can nominate themselves for the award online, in addition to being recommended by principals, teachers, guidance counselors and coaches.

The most exceptional students are then selected to advance during extensive judging processes conducted at both state and national levels.


HHS debate places third at Garden City

Oct 28, 2013
The Hutchinson High School debate team placed third overall at the Garden City invitational Saturday.

The team of Brennan Schartz and Sydni Huxman placed third in the varsity division, receiving a Debate Coaches Invitational bid. The two became the fifth team from HHS to receive a DCI bid, a school record.

Additionally, Huxman joins Ta'mara Hill as the two new Salthawks to reach the 1,500-point plateau in National Forensics League points. HHS has six active debate and forensics students who have reached the Premier Distinction level -- the highest NFL level available for students, also known as the quint ruby.

Prior to 2013-14, HHS had a total of 11 1,500's in its history.

Also at Garden City, the team of Julia Henry and Emily Fan placed third in the junior varsity division.

This weekend, HHS competes at tournaments at Kansas City Kansas Community College and Haysville Campus.

Kelly Thompson coaches debate and forensics at HHS.


HHS scholars bowl wins at Maize

Oct 23, 2013
The Hutchinson High School scholars bowl team placed first in the Maize High School invitational junior varsity scholars bowl tournament Tuesday.

The team of Meghan Morey, Brady McFarland, Dayton LaMunyon, Chance McDaniel and Brooke Manny placed first out of the 35 teams in the tournament.
    


HHS debate places at two tourneys

Oct 21, 2013
The Hutchinson High School debate squad placed at two tournaments over the weekend.

On Saturday at Buhler, juniors Makenna Smutz and Brooke Manny posted a 4-1 record and placed third in the novice division.

On Friday and Saturday, the squad competed at Blue Valley North High School. The team of senior Dayton LaMunyon and sophomore Zoe Crater finished with a 5-2 record and were third place in the varsity division. Sophomores Julia Henry and Emily Fan were 4-2 and were fourth place, also in the varsity division.

Both varsity finishes give the teams one of two necessary bids to attend the prestigious Debate Coaches' Invitational Tournament in January.

The Salthawks now have four teams with at least one bid to the tournament, a school record.

The squad also currently boasts the No. 1 ranked individual varsity team in the state and the fifth-ranked varsity squad in the state, based on the metric of total number of DCI bids.

This weekend, the squad will compete at Garden City, Haven and Halstead.

Kelly Thompson coaches debate and forensics at HHS.



HHS present musical 'Zombie Prom'

Oct 17, 2013
The Hutchinson High School Drama Department will present the musical Zombie Prom at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24 through 26 in the Performing Arts Center at Hutchinson High School, 810 East 13th.

The off-beat musical is set in the nuclear 1950s and abounds in second chances in a story about a case of teen love gone tragically wrong.

The show tells the story of young Jonny Warner, the local rebel, and his ill-fated relationship with good girl Toffee. When Toffee is forced to break up with Jonny, he takes drastic action, hurling himself off the Francis Gary Powers Nuclear Power Plant. Returning as a zombie, both he and Toffee must work to find a way to be together in the wake of overwhelming odds.

Tickets cost $8 for adults, $5 for students in eighth grade and lower and $2 for HHS students with a student ID.

The cast list includes:
  • Delilah Strict: Eva Planthold
  • Toffee: Jocelyn Reed
  • Coco: Ashley Evans
  • Candy: Gabby Hernandez
  • Ginger: Maggie Kovach
  • Eddie Flagrante: Daniel Yapp
  • Jonny: Jake Lemonds
  • Joey: Easton Chapin
  • Jake: Will Kovach
  • Josh: Isaac Glover
  • Mother: Allie Pooler
  • Father: Blake Zwickl
  • Sheila: Annah Parker
  • Secretary #1: Emily Wellborn
  • Secretary #2: Natalie Wood
  • Copy Boy #1: Colin Tighe
  • Copy Boy #2: Trevor Sullivan
  • Copy Boy #3: Owen Green
  • Stage Manager: Gabbie Kirkland
  • Announcer: Austin Heinlein
  • Makeup Woman: Allie Pooler
  • Ramona Merengue: Amy Wisby
  • Motorwise Guy #1: Kincaid Lightner
  • Motorwise Guy #2: Eddie Ibarra
  • Motorwise #3: Connor Eaves
  • Motorwise #4: Blake Zwickl
  • Chorus: Cevanna Williams, Jonna Stoekline, Shelby Bergeron, Hanna Alvarenga, Mariah Michaelis, Kim Ybarra, McCartney Johnson


College Conference features 50 post-secondary opportunities

Oct 17, 2013
Junior and senior students and their parents are invited to the annual College Planning Conference at Hutchinson High School on Monday, Oct. 21, in the Salthawk Activity Center.

More than 50 colleges, universities, technical colleges and armed forces recruiters will be on hand to talk with juniors and seniors and their parents.

HHS juniors visit the SAC from 9:25 to 10:10 a.m. while seniors will visit from 10:15 to 11 a.m.


Meetings seek input on district health insurance plan

Oct 17, 2013
District stakeholders -- including the public and staff -- are invited to a series of meetings to provide input to USD 308 on its health insurance plans.

The Affordable Care Act will bring significant changes to USD 308 health insurance when the new benefit year for the district starts on Oct. 1, 2014.

The meetings will be Oct. 29, Nov. 5 and Nov. 19. Each meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in the Professional Learning Center on the Hutchinson High School campus. The Professional Learning Center is located in the old HHS auditorium at 1401 North Severance. Parking is available in HHS lots along the west side of Severance as well as the east Sports Arena parking lot.

The meetings will provide staff and patrons a rare opportunity -- not typically seen in the private or public sector -- to provide ground-floor input into health insurance coverage for the district, said Lori Blakesley, executive director of fiscal management and business operations for USD 308.

"While the meetings are not required under ACA, the District wants to provide the information meetings for all staff and the community to better understand the Affordable Care Act and how it might impact the District," Blakesley said. "The second and third meetings are geared towards what we want the health plan to look like going forward and at a cost the District can afford."

The meetings are open to any district patron or staff member.

Below is a summary of what will happen at each meeting.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Professional Learning Center at HHS
  • Affordable Care Act requirements and financial impact to the District
  • Explanation of insurance terms (Insurance 101), review of what plans the District currently has and how the rates are determined
Tuesday, November 5, 2013: 6 to 8 p.m. Professional Learning Center at HHS
  • Gain input on philosophical issues including:
  • up-front benefits
  • premium cost control
  • deductible cost control
  • cost of family plans
 
Tuesday, November 19, 2013: 6 to 8 p.m. Professional Learning Center at HHS
  • Sharing of plan options that best align with the philosophical beliefs of the staff/community and within the cost constraints of the District's budget.
The Nov. 19 meeting will be used to share what each plan could look like and what it could hypothetically cost. For each plan, the district will have to show how it could affect the budget in Fiscal Year 2014-15, which begins July 1, 2014. The health insurance plan year for the district runs Oct. 1, 2014 to Sept. 30, 2015.

This information will be shared with the district's Benefit Committee for determination at their meetings and for final recommendations to the Board of Education later this school year.

HHS debate wins at Wichita East

Oct 14, 2013
A Hutchinson High School debate team won the Varsity Division Saturday (Oct. 12, 2013) at the Wichita East Invitational.

Seniors Reed Crater and Brett Krambeer placed first in varsity. The win makes the pair the No. 1 ranked varsity debate team in Kansas this week.

Also placing at East were sophomores Julie Henry and Emily Fan, who were third in open, and freshmen Martavius Johnson and Taylan Hayes, who placed fifth in novice.

Overall, the Salthawk placed second in sweepstakes at Wichita East. The Wichita East Tournament featured 180 teams from 40 schools across Kansas and Oklahoma,

Also on Saturday, juniors Brett Knight and Alejandro Melgar finished in sixth place in the open division at Abilene.

Kelly Thompson coaches debate and forensics at HHS.


Nationally known chef speaks at HHS

Oct 10, 2013
A Hutchinson High School alumni and nationally known chef who focuses on healthy cooking will be speaking at HHS Oct. 18.

Arlyn Hackett, a member of the HHS Class of 1963, lives in San Diego and will be in Hutchinson for the 50th reunion of the class on October 18 and 19. Hackett is the author of numerous gourmet cookbooks focusing on healthful eating and had a TV cooking show for four years on PBS that aired on 275 stations nationwide.

The chef will speak to classes from about 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Oct. 18 in the Career and Technical Education Academy on the HHS campus.

Additionally, Hackett has taught at-risk teenagers as a faculty member at the Regional Occupational Program, located at Garfield High School in San Diego, Calif. In 2007, he was named Teacher of the year at his school. He also is a culinary teacher at The New School University in New York City, a position he has held for nearly 30 years.


HMS-8 to march at Oct. 18 HHS football game

Oct 10, 2013
The Hutchinson Middle School -- 8 band will have its first public performance for 2013-14 prior to the Hutchinson High School vs. Dodge City football game Oct. 18 at Gowans Stadium.

At about 6:40 p.m., the 64 eighth graders will perform with the HHS band. The selections HMS-8 will play are "Rock You Like a Hurricane" and "The Star Spangled Banner."
 
For the eighth graders, this will be their first time marching on a field. The middle school band will stay through halftime and watch the high school marching band's competition show, which they will perform in Carthage, Mo., the following day.


McKinnis to lead the HHS track program

Oct 8, 2013
Hutchinson High School has a new head track coach.

Chad McKinnisChad McKinnis, physical education and computer assisted instruction teacher at HHS, will be the head track coach for the spring 2014 season.
A native of Uniontown in east-central Kansas, McKinnis also is defensive ends coach for the Salthawk football.

McKinnis came to Hutchinson in 2007 from Uniontown where he was defensive coordinator for the football and an assistant for track. The new head track coach has coached track at Chanute and Fort Scott high schools.

He also has coached football at Wichita Northwest, Fort Scott and Chanute high schools as well as Hutchinson Community College.

"During his time at Hutch High, Coach McKinnis has developed a great rapport with kids," said Eric Armstrong, HHS athletic director. "I've also found him to be very dedicated to students as well as HHS."

HHS track season opens April 1 with a meet at Goddard Eisenhower.


CTEA students work with Graber students

Oct 3, 2013
How does a school teach trigonometry and engineering to sixth graders?

You allow high school mentors to provide the leadership and knowledge.

Students in Steve Stacey's pre-engineering class at the Career and Technical Education Academy will work with sixth graders on air-powered rockets from 12:50 to 2 p.m. on Oct. 10 and 11 at Graber Elementary School.

The CTEA students will help the sixth graders build compressed-air rockets in two minutes or less. Those rockets, then, will be launched at Graber. Students will use trigonometry to calculate the expected path and maximum altitude of the rockets.


O'Neal, Shaban crowned Fall Homecoming royalty

Sep 27, 2013
Shaban and O'NealColin O'Neal was crowned king and Rima Shaban was crowned queen for fall 2013 Homecoming at Hutchinson High School during Friday's football game with Newton.

Other finalists for king were Cole Cruz, Austin Garcia, Max McQueen, Braydon Wells and Ethan Williams.

Other finalists for queen were Sydney Childs, Brooklynn Culbert, Ashton Fee, Shelby Queal and Kaytlyn Schwartz.

Homecoming festivities conclude with a dance Saturday night.


Parent-Teacher Conferences set

Sep 26, 2013
As a result, parents and students will have a first round of parent-teacher conferences in the district next week. At the elementary level, appointments already have been set up for conferences that occur after school during the week and on Thursday, Oct. 3.

Both Hutchinson Middle School and Hutchinson High School conferences are arena-style, allowing parents and students to come and go as desired.

On both campuses of HMS, conferences will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 1, and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3.

At Hutchinson High School, conferences will be from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3 in the Salthawk Activity Center.

There is no school for students on either Oct. 3 or Oct. 4.


Little cheerleader clinic slated

Sep 26, 2013
The annual Hutchinson High School Cheerleading Clinic for kindergarten through sixth graders begins at 4 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Salthawk Activity Center.

The clinic will include learning motions and cheer/chants to perform at the first quarter of the HHS vs. Dodge City football game at Gowans stadium. Little cheerleaders should wear tennis shoes and comfortable shorts or pants and a t-shirt. Depending on the weather, parents may want to send along a jacket for the game.

A snack and shirt will be included in the $25 registration fee, which is due by Oct. 7. Registration forms are available at each of the district's elementary schools.

Fall Homecoming set for Sept. 22 to 28

Sep 19, 2013

Hutchinson High School will welcome current students and alumni for Fall Homecoming 2013, beginning Sunday, Sept. 22.

Homecoming events begin with the annual Powder Puff football game at 1 p.m. Sunday at Gowans Stadium. The senior girls at HHS take on the juniors during the Powder Puff game. There is no admission charged.

Tuesday, weather permitting, Salthawk fans are invited to the annual bonfire at 6:30 p.m. on the north end of the midway area of the Kansas State Fairgrounds. Sponsored by the HHS Sports Booster Club, the fall sports teams will be featured along with the cheer squad and drum line. Hot dogs will be served.

Activities ramp up on Friday, Sept. 27, for Homecoming. During the morning, students will vote on the finalists for king and queen after assemblies.

The annual Homecoming Parade begins at 3:45 p.m. Friday and will go north on Main Street from B to 7th.
 
HHS varsity football then hosts Newton for the Homecoming game. Prior to the 7 p.m. kickoff, the king will be crowned. At halftime, the queen will be crowned.

The final event of the week will be the Homecoming Dance from 9 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, in the HHS Cafeteria.


Tom Kelly Debates set for Sept. 27, 28

Sep 19, 2013
Hutchinson High School will host the 36th Annual Tom Kelly Invitational Debate Tournament Sept. 27 and 28. Rounds start at 3:45 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, and 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28.

More than 100 two-member teams from 25-plus schools are expected for the tournament. Local debaters are recruiting community members to judge the tournament.

Rounds on Sept. 27 are at 3:45, 5:15 and 7 p.m. Rounds on Saturday are at 8 and 9:30 a.m., 12:30, 2:15 and 4 p.m.

Foreign policy is the subject area for the 2013-14 school year with teams debating the national resolution, "Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its economic engagement toward Cuba, Mexico or Venezuela."

The tournament is named for Tom Kelly, a long-time Hutchinson debate coach.

For more information or to volunteer as a judge, contact Kelly Thompson, HHS debate coach.

Rockhurst tickets on sale this week

Sep 16, 2013
Advanced tickets will be sold for the Hutchinson High School at Rockhurst varsity football game Tuesday through Friday in the HHS office, 810 East 13th.

Advanced tickets will be sold Tuesday through Thursday (Sept. 17 to 19) from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the main HHS office. The final morning of ticket sales will be from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 20.

HHS plays Missouri football powerhouse Rockhurst High School at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, at Rockhurst, which is on the Kansas-Missouri line in Kansas City.

Stadium gates open at 6 p.m. Because the Hawklets' Dasta Stadium is on the Rockhurst campus at 9301 Stateline Road, Kansas City, Mo., HHS fans are asked not to arrive prior to 3:30 p.m

Tickets cost $5 for both adults and students.

The HHS-Rockhurst game also will be broadcast, beginning at 7:30 p.m., Sept. 20, on Cox Cable's Kansas Now Channel 22.


Staff PD focuses on College and Career Ready

Sep 12, 2013
Hutchinson Public Schools will have a professional development day on Friday, Sept. 13, 2013. While licensed staff will be on duty, students will have the day off.

Licensed staff will spend Friday working on the implementation of Kansas College and Career Ready standards. The USD 308 Board of Education formally adopted the standards more than a year ago, and elementary students' grade cards this year will reflect those standards.

Nisly named National Merit semifinalist

Sep 11, 2013
Hutchinson High School senior Matthew Nisly was named a semifinalist today (Sept. 11, 2013) in the National Merit Scholarship competition.

Nisly, son of Calvin and Andrea Nisly, brings the number of district students to receive the honor to 58 since 1981.

The National Merit Scholarship Program honors individual students who show exceptional academic ability. To qualify, students had to take the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. About 1.5 million juniors took the test last fall from about 22,000 high schools nationwide.

Out of the 1.5 million students who took the test, approximately 16,000 semifinalists were named.

To become a finalist, a semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by the school principal and earn SAT scores that confirm the student’s earlier qualifying test performance.

Of the 16,000 semifinalists, 15,000 are expected to become finalists. The finalists, in turn, are eligible for Merit Scholarship Awards next spring.

In addition to semifinalists, the National Merit® Scholarship Program will announce commended students later this fall. While those students will not continue in the scholarship competition, they have placed in the top 5 percent nationally of students who took the PSAT/NMSQT.


Perez named Region I finalist for state Teacher of the Year

Sep 9, 2013
Katie Perez, fourth-grade teacher at Morgan Elementary School, was named a finalist for Region I in the 2014 Kansas Teacher of the Year Award during ceremonies Saturday in Salina.

This award recognizes excellent teaching in the elementary and secondary classrooms of the state.

As a finalist for the Kansas Teacher of the Year distinction, Perez received a $2,000 cash award from Security Benefit, a major partner in the Kansas Teacher of the Year program. Additionally, she now is eligible to be named Kansas Teacher of the Year, an award that will be announced during ceremonies in Wichita on Nov. 23.

The other finalist in Region I was Mary Lonker, a high school English language arts teacher at Wamego High School.

Also on hand for the Region I event in Salina was USD 308's secondary Teacher of the Year nominee, Joe Godina, English teacher at HHS.

Perez and Lonker were among six Teacher of the Year semi-finalists from Region 1, which covers the first U.S. congressional district. Other semi-finalists were Kacie L. Evans, an English language arts teacher at Prairie Heights Middle School in Alta Vista; JoRae Myers, a science teacher at McPherson Middle School; Eileen Wertzberger, a high school English language arts teacher at Junction City High School; and Donna G. Henry, a high school English language arts, journalism, and ACT/scholarship preparation teacher at Colby High School.

Statewide, 105 educators were nominated for the Kansas Teacher of the Year distinction.

Nominations for Teacher of the Year are made in each of four regions in the state. The Kansas State Department of Education, sponsor of the Kansas Teacher of the Year program, appoints regional selection panels comprised of teachers, education administrators, and higher education representatives to select semi-finalists and finalists from each region.

Each panel selects six semi-finalists -- three elementary teachers and three secondary teachers. From those semi-finalists, the panel in each region then selects one elementary finalist and one secondary finalist. The Kansas Teacher of the Year is selected from among the state's eight regional finalists.

The mission of the Kansas Teacher of the Year program is to build and utilize a network of exemplary teachers who are leaders in the improvement of schools, student performance and the teaching profession. The Kansas Teacher of the Year team, comprised of the Teacher of the Year and state finalists, serve as ambassadors for education in Kansas, making public appearances across the state promoting education and the teaching profession.

The individual selected as the Kansas Teacher of the Year is eligible for national distinction as Teacher of the Year.


Thompson named speech Educator of the Year

Sep 9, 2013
Kelly Thompson, Hutchinson High School head debate and forensics coach, was named Educator of the Year by the Kansas Speech and Communication Association over the weekend.

Thompson is starting his fifth year as head coach at HHS. The educator credits his students for his honor.

"I was selected for this award largely due to the hard work and successes of the students, past and present, of HHS debate and forensics," Thompson said.

In his first year at HHS in 2009-10, the squad had a state champion team in two-speaker debate. Last summer, Brett Krambeer and Reed Crater placed eighth in policy debate at the 2013 National Forensics League National Tournament. The two were the only underclassmen in the top 14 nationally. As a result, Crater and Krambeer have auto-qualified for next year's national tournament in Kansas City. The finish also was the highest for HHS since 1997 and the highest NFL finish for a Kansas team this year.

The KSCA is an organization comprised of speech, debate, forensics and drama teachers and coaches from all over the state of Kansas. This year's conference was made up of nearly 90 educators from around the state. The organization recognizes one secondary and one collegiate educator each season. Nominations are accepted throughout the year and the winners are selected by the executive board.


HHS activities holds major fundraiser

Sep 5, 2013
Once again, Hutchinson High School is partnering with Midwest Superstore in Hutchinson for a major fundraiser to benefit Salthawk activities.

During the fall, tickets will be offered with a suggested donation of $5 each. The donor, then, is entered into a drawing for the chance to pass, punt and kick a football through the uprights at a late-season HHS football game. Tickets will be sold at district sporting events in September and early October.

If the donor is successful, he or she will win a F150 Ford pickup. If the attempt at moving the ball 100 yards falls short, the donor still walks away with a big screen television and surround sound system.


Davis teachers to be honored at football game

Aug 29, 2013
Academics will be in the spotlight of the first home football game of 2013.

The district's Davis Teachers of the Year will be honored during halftime of the Hutchinson High School vs. Salina Central football game at Gowans Stadium. The game kicks off at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, with halftime at about 7:30 p.m.

The elementary winners for 2013 were Alice Schmidt Boyd, special education teacher at Avenue A, and Jesse Ediger, third grade teacher at Graber. The middle school winner was Josh Dellenbach, math teacher at Hutchinson Middle School -- 7. The high school winners were Laura Bottom, medical sciences teacher at the Career and Technical Education Academy, and Larry Ballard, science teacher at HHS.

Each winner received $4,000. The Davis Foundation has contributed millions of dollars to Hutchinson Public Schools' staff and students since its first scholarships were awarded to HHS seniors 56 years ago. This is the 32nd time the awards have been made to teachers.


Pre-season activities slated at HHS

Aug 22, 2013
With the start of school, pre-season sports activities continue at Hutchinson High School.

The annual preview night for fall sports has been combined with the annual Blue-Gold football scrimmage on Friday, Aug. 30, at Gowans Stadium. During the evening, fall sports teams and their coaches will be introduced.

The annual Blue-Gold football scrimmage will be Friday, Aug. 30, at Gowans Stadium. The freshman and junior varsity squads scrimmage at 6 p.m. The marching band will perform the National Anthem at 6:45 p.m.

At 6:50 p.m., the cheerleaders, cross country, girls' golf, Saltshakers, boys' soccer, girls' tennis, volleyball and football teams will be introduced. The Blue-Gold Scrimmage then starts after the introductions.

The first dance of the HHS school year will follow for students from 9 to 11 p.m. in the HHS Cafeteria.

Saturday, Aug. 31, the annual AVCTL pre-season volleyball tournament for the league's Divisions I and II will be held in the Salthawk Activity Center, beginning at 8 a.m.


Band uniform checkout on Saturday

Aug 22, 2013
There will be something different about the annual band uniform checkout at Hutchinson High School this year -- the uniforms.

The 2013-14 Marching Salthawk Band checks out uniforms from 9 to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, in the band room at HHS.

For the first time since 1996 -- or about the time when today's juniors were born -- the band will have new uniforms for the marching season. Students and volunteers will spend the day checking out and fitting the new uniforms.


Convocation kicks off 2013-14 school year

Aug 8, 2013
The more than 800 Hutchinson Public Schools staff members formally began the 2013-14 school year with the annual opening convocation Wednesday (Aug. 8, 2013) at Hutchinson High School.

Superintendent Shelly Kiblinger gave a State of the District presentation during the event. Dr. Kiblinger encouraged staff to focus on preparing students to be college and career ready. Statistically, 90 percent of high school graduates will need to earn some sort of college credential –- from an industry certification to a college degree -- to meet expected workforce demands in the United States.

Several educators were honored during the event. The Davis Foundation made its annual Teachers of the Year Awards. The elementary winners were Alice Schmidt Boyd, special education teacher at Avenue A, and Jesse Ediger, third grade teacher at Graber.

The middle school winner was Josh Dellenbach, math teacher at Hutchinson Middle School -- 7.

The high school winners were Laura Bottom, medical sciences teacher at the Career and Technical Education Academy, and Larry Ballard, science teacher at HHS.

Each winner receives $4,000. The Davis Foundation has contributed millions of dollars to Hutchinson Public Schools' staff and students since its first scholarships were awarded to HHS seniors 56 years ago. This is the 32nd time the awards have been made to teachers.

Also recognized during the event were the USD 308 Kansas Teacher of the Year nominees -- Katie Perez, fourth grade teacher at Morgan Elementary school, Joe Godina, English teacher at HHS.

Recognized during the convocation as the Classified Employee of the Year for 2012-13 was Gail Dennis, Counseling Center secretary at HHS.

Additionally, the district recognized a 50-year educator. John Brown, science teacher at HHS, was recognized for his 50 years of teaching.

Staff will have professional development and room preparation for the 2013-14 school year through Aug. 14. Students in pre-kindergarten through ninth grade return on Aug. 15. High school sophomores through seniors begin the year on Aug. 16.


Community team meeting slated

Aug 7, 2013
Hutchinson Public Schools wants you to be part of the Salthawk team.

And we won't even require you to break a sweat.

The first-ever Salthawk Team Meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13, in the Hutchinson High School Performing Arts Center, 810 East 13th. The meeting is open to all athletes, parents and fans.

Whether an individual is a starter on the varsity team, a reserve player on a seventh grade team, a student in the stands or a grandparent listening to the game on the radio, everyone has a role to play in the success of student activities.

The evening will provide families and fans with positive ways to help students enjoy participating in USD 308 activities.

After the meeting, USD 308 activity tickets will go on sale for 2013-14. Anyone who attends the meeting will get a $10 discount on the purchase of a USD 308 activity ticket.

The regular price for an adult activity pass is $50 while the regular price for a student activity pass is $25. If an adult went to all grades 7 to 12 home events and paid full price, it would cost $470 to attend all the events. For a student who paid full price for all home events in 2013-14, it would cost $315, making the tickets a bargain.

Additionally, Salthawk gear will be sold at the event, information will be provided on fall sports teams and practices and HHS coaching staff will be on hand.

Since the start of fall practice will be Aug. 19, families who attend will be able to turn in state-required physical and concussion forms.


Virtual Program enrollment opens

Jul 24, 2013
Enrollment has opened for the USD 308's virtual school for the 2013-14 school year.

USD 308 families interested in enrolling should email Amy Reilly, virtual program coordinator, at reillya@usd308.com or call her at (620) 615-4021.

Through a virtual partnership program with Greenbush, students who live within USD 308 boundaries are able to enroll in a virtual school with a physical presence in their hometown.
"I'm very excited about this opportunity for USD 308 students because it gives them the opportunity to learn in the ways that are right for them," Reilly said.

Reilly said she would work with local families to meet in person to fill out paperwork or to assist them in filling out paperwork online.
The enrollment fee for online students is the same as it is for other students -- $55 per student.

For some students, virtual programs offer a form of high-tech homeschooling; for others, online classes are a way to finish high school education after a suspension or expulsion. Still others simply perform better in an online environment than in a traditional classroom.
Greenbush's online courses are developed by content providers Edgenuity, Calvert, and Aventa.

Families with middle school and high school students who would like to look at the curriculum may do so online at
http://virtualgreenbush.net/node/10

Families with kindergarten through sixth grade students may find the Greenbush curriculum at
http://labs.greenbush.us/GBOL/node/43

Since Greenbush uses the Calvert curriculum for K-6 students, there is additional information available on it at
http://calvertvirtualschools.org/partner-school-curriculum-options/calvert-school-curriculum.

USD 308 is one of more than 40 districts that have joined the Greenbush Virtual Partnership Program. Each district that joins the Virtual Partnership has its own full online program to complement traditional building-based offerings.

The Greenbush Virtual Partnership makes online programs feasible even for the smallest districts because certain infrastructure and staff members are shared across partnering schools.

In addition to standard core classes, starting a program through the Greenbush Virtual Partnership will also empower districts to offer advanced courses that they might otherwise be unable to provide, such as "Green Design and Technology."

Every school that joins the Greenbush Virtual Partnership must apply to the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) to start a virtual program. These programs are audited and approved by KSDE just like any other school.

The Southeast Kansas Education Service Center, nicknamed Greenbush after the tiny, unincorporated town in which it is based, works to provide equal educational opportunities for all students. The new Virtual Partnership is just one of dozens of programs offered by Greenbush. More information is available at www.greenbush.org.

In addition to contacting Reilly via email and telephone, the USD 308 virtual program has a Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/308VP and has an Internet presence at http://usd308virtual.weebly.com/.


District to offer virtual program in 2013-14

Jul 3, 2013
USD 308 is joining a groundbreaking initiative to offer a new virtual school program starting in the 2013-14 school year.

Through the virtual partnership program, USD 308 will be able to enroll online students in grades K-12 to provide continuity of services and new learning opportunities.

Dr. Shelly Kiblinger, superintendent of Hutchinson Public Schools, said that students seeking online elementary, junior high or high school education have often turned to outside companies in the past, because few school districts have been able to offer their own online programs.    

"This means that these students are going to be able to complete coursework from the district in which they reside as opposed to from a for-profit entity," Dr. Kiblinger said.

For some students, virtual programs offer a form of high-tech homeschooling; for others, online classes are a way to finish high school education after a suspension or expulsion. Still others simply perform better in an online environment than in a traditional classroom.

"We will be able to provide online students with a quality education that is certified by the Kansas State Department of Education, that provides the same core curriculum initiatives, and that provides demonstration of student achievement as if they were in the classroom," Dr. Kiblinger said.

Amy Reilly, longtime USD 308 educator, will be the USD 308 virtual program coordinator. Reilly also serves as curriculum and instruction technology specialist for the district.

Ronda Fincher, director of alternative education at the Southeast Kansas Education Service Center -- Greenbush, said USD 308 is one of more than 40 districts that have joined the Greenbush Virtual Partnership Program. Each district that joins the Virtual Partnership will have its own full online program to complement traditional building-based offerings.

The Greenbush Virtual Partnership makes online programs feasible even for the smallest districts because certain infrastructure and staff members are shared across partnering schools.

"This program is needed by a variety of school districts -- both large and small, rural and urban," Kiblinger said.

In addition to standard core classes, starting a program through the Greenbush Virtual Partnership will also empower districts to offer advanced courses that they might otherwise be unable to provide, such as "Green Design and Technology."

Every school that joins the Greenbush Virtual Partnership must apply to the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) to start a virtual program. These programs are audited and approved by KSDE just like any other school.

"Students will still take state assessments and their finals will be proctored," Fincher said. "Even though this is a different method of delivery for course work the content is the same as in a regular school setting."

Online courses are developed by content providers Edgenuity, Calvert, and Aventa.

The Southeast Kansas Education Service Center, nicknamed Greenbush after the tiny, unincorporated town in which it is based, works to provide equal educational opportunities for all students. The new Virtual Partnership is just one of dozens of programs offered by Greenbush. More information is available at www.greenbush.org.

For more information about the USD 308 virtual program, contact Reilly at (620) 615-4021 or email her at reillya@usd308.com or visit the program's Facebook page


District transfer process improved

Jul 2, 2013
Families who would like to attend a different USD 308 elementary school from the attendance area in which they live or who would like to attend USD 308 schools and live outside the district have a clearer process in 2013-14.

Each year, families who
  • live in one elementary attendance area but wish for their children to attend another USD 308 elementary school, or
  • live in another school district and wish to attend USD 308 schools

must complete the appropriate transfer application form sometime between May 1 through enrollment day and submit it to the school they would like to attend. Enrollment for elementary schools will be Aug. 2 at each school, Aug. 5 and 6 for Hutchinson Middle School and Aug. 6 and 7 for Hutchinson High School.

While many families already have turned in their forms, transfer forms for families who did not complete them in May will be accepted at each school beginning July 29.

Priority for enrollment includes students who have an individualized educational program that requires them to attend a specific school and students who live within an elementary school's boundaries.

In general, there are six broad priority categories with No. 1 as the highest priority and the No. 6 as the lowest priority. Each category below will include consultation with the district's Special Education staff to ensure proper services are available for the student at the requested school. Transfers will be granted based on the priority order shown below. Ties within a priority category will be broken by lottery.
1. Current K-5 students in the building they attended in 2012-13 (priority is listed below with "a" having the highest priority.)
a. Employees of building

b. Employees of district
c. In-district
d. Out-of-district

2. Siblings of currently attending and/or special program students who live at the same address for the 2013-14 school year (priority is listed below with "a" having the highest priority).
a. Employees of building
b. Employees of district
c. In-district
d.Out-of-district

3. New transfer requests from district employees.

4. Existing out-of-district transfers denied under "1" and "2" above, but wishing to remain in USD 308 at a different school.

5. New transfer requests from in-district students.

6. New transfer requests from out-of-district students.

In addition to class and building capacity, the district also has a specific list of behavior-related reasons why a student's transfer request may be denied the following year. If such behaviors occur, parents will be notified during the school year that continued behavior of this nature is a reason for the transfer to be denied the following year. Those behaviors include:
  • Repeated bullying or harassment of another student
  • Repeated out-of-school suspensions
  • Repeated physical aggression
  • Truancy (including both attendance and tardies)
  • Repeated office referrals
  • Repeated in-school suspensions
  • Student placed at the Alternative Learning Program

Additionally, out-of-district students who violate Kansas law may have their transfers revoked mid-year.

The in-district transfer request is available at

www.usd308.com/assets/staffforms/Transfer%20Application%20Out%20of%20District.pdf

The out-of-district transfer request is available at www.usd308.com/assets/staffforms/Transfer%20Application%20Out%20of%20District.pdf

For more information, contact Cindy Cooprider, director of elementary education, at coopriderc@usd308.com.

The transfer process information also is available on the district webpage at www.usd308.com.



HHS debaters make history

Jun 24, 2013
NFL Nationals Team

From left to right HHS competitors and coaches who attended the NFL National Tournament in Birmingham are Derek Ziegler (coach), Katelin Morey (coach), TJ Blake, Brennan Schartz, LaKiyah Sain, Brett Krambeer, Kelly Thompson (head  coach), Reed Crater, Sydni Huxman, Dayton LaMunyon, Julia Henry and Austin Heinlein.


A Hutchinson High School debate team made Kansas debate history by finishing high enough to automatically qualify for the 2014 national tournament.

Brett Krambeer and Reed Crater placed eighth in policy debate at the 2013 National Forensics League National Tournament last week at Birmingham, Alabama. The two were the only underclassmen in the top 14 nationally. As a result, Crater and Krambeer have auto-qualified for next year's national tournament in Kansas City. The finish also was the highest for HHS since 1997 and the highest NFL finish for a Kansas team this year.

This is the first time a Kansas policy debate team has auto-qualified for nationals. As a result, the two will not have to qualify at the West Kansas NFL District Tournament in December, and the team will be in addition to other teams that qualify out of the district tourney.

The team of senior T.J. Blake and sophomore LaKiyah Sain placed 16th at the tournament, the second highest placing of a Kansas team. HHS was one of only two schools nationally to have two teams in the top 16 of nationals.

The team of Sydni Huxman and Brennan Schartz, both sophomores, were a top 50 finisher in policy debate. It was the highest placing of a sophomore team in nationals.

The NFL tournament was the first time for HHS to break three teams to elimination rounds since 1997, and HHS was the only school to break three teams to elimination rounds in 2013.

Additionally, Blake was a four-time national qualifier at NFL, the only one from Kansas in 2013 and one of only 30 nationally.

HHS also received a School of Excellence in debate -- the top 20 debate schools in the country are awarded this based on participation in the national tournament.

In all, the tournament drew 420 schools, 213 policy debate teams and more than 4,000 individual competitors.

HHS also competed at the National Catholic Forensics League Grand National Tournament over Memorial Day weekend. Crater and Krambeer were quarterfinalists in the tournament, placing in the top eight, while Sain and Blake were double octafinalists, placing in the top 32 nationally. In all, there were 195 policy debate teams at the NCFL Tournament in Philadelphia.

Kelly Thompson coaches debate and forensics at Hutchinson High School.


May 22 a professional development day for staff

May 16, 2013
While students may be out a day early for summer break, most staff will be preparing for the 2013-14 school year. One of the topics for professional development will be the district’s new student management system.

The district is converting its student management system to Skyward from PowerSchool. The district has used Skyward's financial package for several years, adopted the company's mass notification system this spring and now is making the conversion to the student management system.

Parents will receive new usernames and passwords for Skyward in late July, giving families the option of online enrollment prior to the 2013-14 school year.

The final day for 2013 seniors is today. The final day for pre-kindergarten through juniors is Tuesday, May 21.


Summer meals begin June 3

May 16, 2013
Hutchinson Public Schools continues a program that provides summertime meals to children and youth in 2013.

The meals are free for anyone age 18 and under. No reservations are needed for the meals.   

The 2013 summer feeding program will be weekdays June 3 through July 26 at Lincoln Elementary School, 315 East Bigger, at McCandless Elementary School, 700 North Baker and at Boys & Girls Club, 600 West 2nd.

Meals at Lincoln will be from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each weekday. Meals at Boys and Girls Club and at McCandless will be from 11 a.m. to noon each weekday.

Lincoln also will offer breakfast from 7:30 to 8 a.m. each weekday.

There will be no lunch on July 4, a district holiday.

Additionally, meals will be served at Avenue A Elementary School, 111 South Madison, weekdays from July 8 through July 25. Serving time will be from 7:30 to 8 a.m. for breakfast and 11 a.m. to noon for lunch.

While meals for youth 18 and under are free, adult lunches cost $3.25.

The meals are similar to those provided during the school year, providing an entree as well as plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Menus will be available on the district's website at http://www.usd308.com/page.php?id=396 as well as tweeted the evening before at twitter.com/usd308.

The program is funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture.


HHS debate/forensics tunes up for nationals

May 13, 2013
In a final tune-up for nationals, Hutchinson High School debate and speech students placed at the Kansas City, Kan., Community College Debate and Super Congress Tournament over the weekend.

In student congress, Dayton LaMunyon placed seventh.

In debate, the team of T.J. Blake and LaKiyah Sain went 6-1 and placed third. The team of Reed Crater and Brett Krambeer went 4-3 and placed sixth.

Blake is in the top five nationally for National Forensics League All Americans. Blake was named West Kansas NFL District Student of the Year at the recent district tournament in North Newton, which puts him in the running to be a National Student of the Year finalist.

HHS has one of its largest contingents to national competition ever. The National Catholic Forensics League Grand Nationals Memorial Day weekend at Philadelphia. Then, HHS competes at the National Forensics League national tournament is June 16 to 21 at Birmingham, Ala.

Qualifiers for NCFL are:
  • TJ Blake/LaKiyah Sain in debate
  • Brett Krambeer/Reed Crater in debate
  • Dayton LaMunyon in oratory
  • Paige Brott in oratory
  • Savannah Winkler in oral interpretation of literature
  • Ta'mara Hill in oral interpretation of literature
  • Brennan Schartz in extemporaneous speaking

Qualifiers for NFL are:
  • TJ Blake/LaKiyah Sain in debate
  • Brett Krambeer/Reed Crater in debate
  • Sydni Huxman/Brennan Schartz in debate
  • Dayton LaMunyon in student senate
  • Julia Henry/Austin Heinlein in duo

Additionally, during the 2012-13 competition season, four additional HHS students have received quint rubies known as the "Premier Distinction Award" from the NFL for hitting 1,500 or more points in competition and public service. Those students are:
  • Reed Crater
  • Brett Krambeer
  • Dayton LaMunyon
  • LaKiyah Sain

A sophomore, Sain is the youngest speech and debate student in HHS history to receive the Premier Distinction Award. There are only two sophomores in Kansas to receive the quint ruby in 2012-13.

Kelly Thompson is debate and forensics coach at Hutchinson High School.


National Honor Society inducts 36

May 13, 2013


The Hutchinson High School W.D.P. Carey Chapter of the National Honor Society of Secondary Schools inducted 36 members to its ranks during ceremonies May 4.

            To become a member of the National Honor Society, a student must have an unweighted grade point average of 3.6 or higher with at least 16 trimesters of honors classes by the end of the second trimester of the junior year or an unweighted grade point average of 3.8. Students also must have at least a minimum of 30 documented community service hours.

Inducted on May 4 were juniors John Allen, Mattie Bieberly, Stephanie Carpenter, Maclain Crawford, Cole Cruz, Hannah Dejmal, Allison Elliott, Ashton Fee, Austin Garcia, Kelsi Goetz, Madison Graber, Megan Hansen, Brandon Heide, Kalen Hilst, Ross Howard, Mackenzie Justice, Anna Kimmel, Adam Konen, Dalton Luce, Maxwell McQueen, Mary Charlotte Meredith, Matthew Nisly, Shea O’Sullivan, Shelby Queal, Laura Ratley, Stacy Rottinghaus, Nia Russell-Spees, Latasha Scales, Laura Sellers, Rima Shaban, Matthew Sunner, Cody Teichmann, Leah Towle, Cecilia Vallanueva, Ethan Williams and Maci Wilson.

Additionally, the 2012-13 seniors were recognized during the event. Those seniors are Brody Ackley, Jack Bever, Tyler Blake, Kaley Bohlen, Jordan Clark, Taylor Clary, Alyssa Danler, Natalie Davis, Patti Degner, Savannah Engel, Abraham Fangman, Devon Friesen, Samuel Galliart, Tanner Higgins, AJ Holland, Dominique Hoover, Emily Lenherr, Haley McMurphy, Katlyn Meggers, Michelle Paine, Allison Reiser, Sarah Rothe, Madison Schrock, Kaiesha Serbin, Garrett Smith, Kayla St Laurent, Alonso Talamantes, Leanna Weesner, Hunter Wiles, Seaver Williams and Cassandra Zook.

Each year, members of NHS at Hutchinson High School accumulate hundreds of hours of community service.


May 21 is final day of classes

May 9, 2013
For most USD 308 students, the final day of classes for 2013 will be May 21.

The Board voted April 8 to move up the final day of classes for students in pre-kindergarten through 11th grade a day to May 21. The final day remains the same for HHS seniors for whom May 16 is the final day.
    
May 22 will be used by staff for training for a new student database and gradebook. The system will replace PowerSchool, a system the district has used for more than a decade.


Mass Bands slated for May 16

May 9, 2013
In terms of sheer numbers, the biggest musical event of the school year sounds off at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 16, at the Salthawk Activity Center.

The 26th annual Mass Bands Concert features about 600 USD 308 students in grades six through 12. There will be performances by elementary bands, a combined middle school band, the high school band and both middle and high school jazz bands before the actual mass bands performance, which brings together all the students.

As with the previous Mass Bands Concert, all students come together for the song, "A Mighty Fortress."

The district has been doing the Mass Bands Concert since 1988. The event is a chance for students to play with what may be the largest group they ever will in their lives. It also gives parents a chance to hear what their children are doing as well as what others are doing in the district. For younger students, the concert provides an opportunity to see what is in store for them in the future in band.


HHS graduation set for May 19

May 9, 2013
Hutchinson High School will have its 131st graduation ceremony at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 19, in the Sports Arena.

To prepare for graduation, there will be a practice at 8:30 a.m. Friday, May 17, at the Sports Arena.

The senior class of 2013 will have about 280 graduates.


HHS Awards Ceremony honors seniors

May 8, 2013
During the annual Hutchinson High School Awards Assembly Wednesday (May 8, 2013) the HHS graduating class of 2013 with scholarships and Awards. Seniors received more than $1 million worth of scholarships over four years of college.

The Davis Foundation winners were named. Winners, who each get $6,000 in scholarship money annually for four years, are Natalie Davis and Alonso Talamantes. Other finalists were T.J. Blake, Savannah Engel, Sam Galliart and Madison Schrock. The other finalists each get $4,000 a year in scholarship money for four years.

Talamantes' sister, Alma Talamantes Henry, was a Davis Foundation winner when she graduated in 2005. Henry now teaches literature and reading for USD 308 at Hutchinson Middle School -- 7.

This is the 59th year for the Davis Foundation scholarships. During that time, more than 200 students have received scholarships valued at more than $1.7 million. When the first scholarships were awarded in the 1950s, the scholarships were $500 a year for four years.

Davis Foundation teachers of the year for USD 308 will be announced in August at the opening convocation for district staff.

The Young American Award went to T.J. Blake. The Young American Award is the oldest award at HHS with this being its 84th year. The award was started by the Oswald family in the 1920s.

Other Young American Award finalists were Brody Ackley, Kaley Bohlen, Natalie Davis, Savannah Engel, Tanner Higgins, Katlyn Meggers, Allison Reiser, Alonso Talamantes and Joey Wood.

Scholarships and Awards
  • Teachers of the Trimester: John Colle, Amy Krehbiel, Dave Ward
  • Leaders, Today and Tomorrow: TJ Blake, Sam Galliart, Trae Boese, Tanner Higgins, Kaley Bohlen, Emily Lenherr, Joe Dower, Katlyn Meggers, Savannah Engel, Alonso Talamantes
  • Burton, Doris Lyman and James Thompson Memorial Scholarship: Joe Dower
  • Orlene Linebarger Memorial Scholarship: Taylor Clary, Shalonda Maple
  • Coberly/Tweito Memorial Scholarship: Emily Quick, Jamease Roberts
  • HHS Alumni Scholarship: Dalton Durr, Taylor Clary, Alonso Talamantes
  • KU Kansas Honors Program Scholarship: Tyler Blake, Alexander Holland, Jonathan Daniels, Emily Lenherr, Patricia Degner, Katlyn Meggers
  • KSU Math and Science Award: Sam Galliart, Natalie Davis
  • D.G. Lett Masonic Lodge No. 30: Andrew Tolbert, Daijah Smith
  • 4: H Foundation Scholarship: Michelle Paine
  • The Ellis Foundation Scholarship: Natalie Davis, Alonso Talamantes
  • Hutchinson NEA Scholarship: Marina Castillo
  • Marty Casey FACS Scholarship: Jordyn Lipe
  • John H. "Jack" Caton Memorial Scholarship: Bailey Lamer
  • National School Choral Award: Savannah Murray
  • John Phillip Sousa Award: Allison Reiser
  • Louie Armstrong Jazz Award: Alonso Talamantes
  • National School Orchestra Award: Kayla St. Laurent
  • Berkley/Calhoun Vocal Music Scholarship: Bailey Lamer
  • Red Cross Blood Donor Award: Paige Riley
  • Kiwanis Key Club Scholarship: Natalie Davis, Austin Belote, Alexander Holland
  • Outstanding Athlete Award: Hannah Weber, Trevor Turner
  • Class of 1947 John and Bobbi Baker Scholarship: Marc Saffle
  • Class of 1953 and 1954 Educational Grant: Madeline Bastion
  • Class of 1965 Scholarship: Leanna Weesner, Daniel Feldhus
  • Class of 1962 Scholarship: Katlyn Meggers, Dominique Hoover
  • The Hazel Doherty Scholarship for Lincoln Students: Chris Starks
  • Denny Hart Scholarship: Allison Reiser
  • Mid: Kansas Cooperative Association Scholarship: Savannah Engel
  • Shelter Insurance Scholarship: Taylor Clary
  • American Legion Award: Jackson Bever, Emily Lenherr
  • D. Stewart and Lorna M. Oswalt Memorial Scholarship: Brandon Warren, Dena Sisler
  • Gold Key Art Award: Zach Simpson
  • Silver Key Art Award: August Denny, Cassie Zook
  • Honorable Mention Senior Art Students: Jorge Zuniga: Martinez, Kelsey Schonborn
  • Jennifer A. Goodman Scholarship: Victoria Vieyra
  • Class of 1960 Whiteside Allagaroo Scholarship: Savannah Engel
  • Hutchinson Clinic Scholarship: Savannah Engel
  • Kansas Board of Regents Scholars Curriculum Completers: Kasssidy Albright, Dominique Hoover, Kaleb Dietz, Emily Lenherr, Abraham Fangman, Madison Schrock
  • Kansas Scholars: Abraham Fangman, Emily Lenherr
  • Presidential Academic Fitness Award: Emma Barnett, Samuel File, Mathew Reger, Tyler Blake, Devon Friesen, Madison Schrock, Kristen Culley, Tanner Higgins, Kaiesha Serbin, Jonathan Daniels, Alexander Holland, Garrett Smith, Natalie Davis, Emily Lenherr, Kayla St. Laurent, Patti Degner, Haley McMurphy, Alonso Talamantes, Kaleb Dietz, Katlyn Meggers, Hunter Talley, Anna DuPree, Caleb Nichols, Seaver Williams, Abraham Fangman, Michelle Paine, Cassandra Zook
  • Principal's Leadership Award: Savannah Engel
  • George and Belle Pearce Trust Fund Scholarship: Jarod Gagnebin, Taylor Theriot
  • James A. and Juliet L. Davis Foundations Scholarship: Winners: Alonso Talamantes and Natalie Davis. Other Finalists: TJ Blake, Sam Galliart, Madison Schrock, Savannah Engel
  • Young American Award: Winner: T.J. Blake. Other Finalists: Brody Ackley, Tanner Higgins, Katlyn Meggers, Kaley Bohlen, Allison Reiser, Natalie Davis, Alonso Talmantes, Savannah Engel, Joey Wood

Hutchinson Community College Athletic/Endowment Association Scholarships
  • Aikens, Catti-Brie: Presidential Scholarship, Presidential Book Scholarship
  • Amado, Hector: Endowment Unrestricted Annual Scholarship, Tony Flores Hispanic Scholarship
  • Bastion, Madeline: Class of 1953 and 1954 Educational Grant, First National Bank Scholarship
  • Belote, Austin: Patricia Petty Enlow Scholarship
  • Blanton, Bethany: Reno County Activity Scholarship, Reno County Book Scholarship
  • Blanton, Kensley: Carol and Fred Bichet Scholarship
  • Busick, Zachary: Reno County Activity Scholarship, Choral Book Scholarship
  • Case, Taylor: Ernest E. Woleslagel Memorial Scholarship, Endowment Unrestricted Annual Scholarship, Endowment Association Book Scholarship
  • Castillo, Marina: Endowment Unrestricted Annual Scholarship
  • Cepeda, Zachary: Admissions Scholarship
  • Chronister, Steven: Endowment Unrestricted Annual Scholarship, Endowment Association Book Scholarship Henry Krause Charitable Foundation Scholarship
  • Clark, Jordan: Herman, Esther and Henry Stallman Scholarship, Endowment Association Book Scholarship
  • Clary, Taylor: Presidential Leadership Scholarship, Presidential Leadership Book Scholarship,
  • Cruz, Kristen: Reno County Activity Scholarship, Delos V. Smith Fine Art Scholarship, Drama Book Scholarship
  • Danler, Alyssa: Presidential Leadership Scholarship, Presidential Leadership Book Scholarship, Ambassador Scholarship
  • Daugherty, Sara: Endowment Unrestricted Annual Scholarship, Endowment Association Book Scholarship
  • Dawson, Jarrod: Football Athletic Scholarship, Athletic Book Scholarship
  • Dickson, Kimberly: Helen E. Schmucker Memorial Scholarship, W.H. "Duke" Hamilton Memorial Scholarship
  • Dietz, Kaleb: Presidential Scholarship, Presidential Book Scholarship
  • Doerfler, Ashley: Presidential Scholarship, Presidential Book Scholarship, Glover Family Scholarship
  • Dower, Joseph: Presidential Leadership Scholarship, Presidential Leadership Book Scholarship
  • Durr, Dalton: Glover Family Scholarship
  • Feldhus, Daniel: Class of 1965 Hutch High Scholarship
  • File, Samuel: Presidential Leadership Scholarship, Presidential Leadership Book Scholarship
  • Gagnebin, Jarod: Endowment Unrestricted Annual Scholarship
  • Gall, Kassie: Cheer Squad Scholarship
  • Harms, Shelby: Grace Paul Trust Scholarship, Grant and Helen Wagner Scholarship
  • Heide, Kristie: Presidential Leadership Scholarship, Presidential Book Scholarship, Sweet Adelines Scholarship, Reno County Activity Scholarship
  • Higgins, Tanner: Presidential Scholarship, Presidential Book Scholarship
  • Hutchinson, Dominick: Wade Patton Memorial Scholarship, Herman, Esther and Henry Stallman Scholarship, Grace Paul Trust Book Scholarship
  • Jennings, Adam: Admissions Scholarship
  • Ketchum, McKayla: TSW Products Co., Inc. Scholarship, Bruce E. Davis Memorial Scholarship
  • Kuntz, Jade: Grant and Helen Wagner Scholarship; Herman, Esther and Henry Stallman Scholarship
  • Lamer, Bailey: Reno County Activity Scholarship, Reno County Book Scholarship, John H. Caton Memorial Scholarship, Annual Fund Drive Scholarship
  • Mance, Vincent: Reno County Activity Scholarship, Reno County Activity Book Scholarship, Glover Family Scholarship
  • Maple, Shalonda: Glover Family Scholarship
  • McCoy, Zach: Theodore R. Wilt Technical Scholarship
  • McFarland, Kelsea: Endowment Unrestricted Annual Scholarship
  • Melgar, Karina: Reno County Activity Scholarship, Reno County Book Scholarship,
  • Murray, Savannah: Reno County Activity Scholarship
  • Newton, Kolby: Admissions Scholarship
  • Owens, Colette: Grace Paul Trust Scholarship, Endowment Association Book Scholarship
  • Paine, Michelle: Presidential Leadership Scholarship, Presidential Leadership Book Scholarship, Vida Warner Scholarship,
  • Quick, Emily: Presidential Scholarship, Presidential Book Scholarship
  • Reger, Matthew: Reno County Activity Scholarship
  • Reiser, Allison: Presidential Scholarship, Presidential Book Scholarship
  • Rothe, Sarah: Presidential Leadership Scholarship, Presidential Leadership Book Scholarship, Softball In: State Book Scholarship, Softball: In: State Scholarship
  • Saffle, Marc: Frank and Lelia Smith Memorial Scholarship, Annual Fund Drive Book Scholarship, Football In: State Book Scholarship, Football In: State Scholarship
  • Schrock, Madison: Presidential Scholarship, Presidential Book Scholarship, Women's Track/CC Book Scholarship, Women's Track/CC Scholarship
  • Shore, Morgan: Annual Fund Drive Scholarship, Annual Fund Drive Book Scholarship, Phena A Noll Memorial Fine Arts Scholarship, Sally Colladay Syler Memorial Scholarship
  • Sisler, Dena: D. Stewart Oswalt Scholarship
  • Skinner, Brenna: Dragon Doll Scholarship
  • Smith, Daijah: DG Lett Masonic Lodge Scholarship, Glover Family Scholarship
  • Smith Garrett: Presidential Scholarship, Presidential Book Scholarship
  • Snedeker, Dylen: Admissions Scholarship
  • St. Laurent, Kayla: Presidential Scholarship, Presidential Book Scholarship, Reno County Activity Scholarship
  • Stacey, Rachel: Charles and Suzanne Brown Scholarship
  • Starks, Christopher: Glover Family Scholarship
  • Theriot, Taylor: Grace Paul Trust Scholarship, Grace Paul Book Scholarship
  • Tolbert, Andrew: Annual Fund Drive Scholarship, Annual Fund Drive Book Scholarship, D.G. Lett Masonic Lodge No. 30 Scholarship
  • Trammell, Teddi: James Mclain Memorial Scholarship, Endowment Association Book Scholarship
  • Underwood, Curtissa: Reno County Activity Scholarship, Reno County Book Scholarship
  • Vieyra, Bradley: Endowment Unrestricted Annual Scholarship
  • Warren, Brandon: D. Stewart Oswalt Scholarship, Grace Paul Trust Book Scholarship
  • Weber, Hannah: Endowment Unrestricted Annual Scholarship
  • Weesner, Leanna: Grace Paul Trust Book Scholarship, James A. and Juliet L. Davis Memorial Scholarship, Class of 1965 Scholarship
  • Williams, Seaver: Annual Fund Drive Scholarship, Annual Fund Drive Book Scholarship
  • Wood, Joey: Presidential Leadership Scholarship, Presidential Leadership Book Scholarship, Federal Pell Grant
  • Wright, Derrick: Glover Family Scholarship
  • Young, Hannah: Reno County Activity Scholarship, Reno County Book Scholarship
  • Zahn, Dylan: Herman, Esther and Henry Stallman Scholarship, Grace Paul Trust Book Scholarship

Awards and Scholarships by Senior
  • Ackley, Brody: Kansas State University Achievement Award, Young American Award finalist
  • Aikens, Catti-Brie: Presidential Scholarship - HCC, HCC Presidential
  • Albright, Kassidy: Kansas State Board of Regents Scholars Curriculum Completer
  • Amado, Hector: Endowment Unrestricted Annual Scholarship HCC Sports Medicine/Athletic Training Scholarship, Tony Flores Hispanic Scholarship
  • Barnett, Emma: Kansas State University Leadership Scholarship, Young American Finalist, Presidential Academic Fitness Award
  • Barringer, Nicholas: Lincoln College of Technology Scholarship
  • Bastion, Madeline: Class of 1953 and 1954 Educational Grant, First National Bank Scholarship
  • Belote, Austin: Kiwanis Key Club Scholarship, Patricia Petty Enlow Scholarship
  • Bever, Jackson: American Legion Award
  • Blake, TJ: James A. and Juliet L. Davis Foundation Scholarship Finalist, Crimson and Blue Scholarship -- KU, Young American Award winner, Presidential Academic Fitness Award, Leaders of Today and Tomorrow, KU Kansas Honors Program Scholarship
  • Blanton, Bethany: Reno County Activity Scholarship, Reno County Book Scholarship
  • Blanton, Kensley: Carol and Fred Bichet Scholarship
  • Boese, Trae: Leaders of Today and Tomorrow
  • Bohlen, Kaley: KSU Activity Scholarship, Young American Award Finalist, Leaders of Today and Tomorrow
  • Busick, Zachary: Reno County Activity Scholarship, Choral Book Scholarship
  • Case, Taylor: Ernest E. Woleslagel Memorial Scholarship, Endowment  Unrestricted Annual Scholarship -- HCC, Endowment Association Book Scholarship - HCC Castillo, Marina: Hutchinson NEA Scholarship, Endowment Unrestricted Annual Scholarship -- HCC
  • Cepeda, Zachary: Admissions Scholarship - HCC
  • Chronister, Steven: Hutchinson Community College Student Ambassador Program, Walter L. Mitchell Memorial Scholarship -- HCC Henry Krause Charitable Foundation Scholarship
  • Clark, Jordan: Herman, Esther and Henry Stallman Scholarship, Endowment Association Book Scholarship
  • Clary, Taylor: Orlene Linebarger Memorial Scholarship, HHS Alumni Scholarship, Shelter Insurance Scholarship, Presidential Leadership Scholarship -- HCC, Presidential Leadership Book Scholarship -- HCC
  • Cruz, Kristen: Reno County Activity Scholarship, Delos V. Smith Fine Art Scholarship, Drama Book Scholarship
  • Culley, Kristen: Presidential Academic Fitness Award
  • Daniels, Jonathan: KU Crimson and Blue Scholarship, Presidential Academic Fitness Award, KU Kansas Honors Program Scholarship
  • Danler, Alyssa: Presidential Leadership Scholarship -- HCC, Student  Ambassador Scholarship -- HCC, Presidential Leadership Book Scholarship
  • Daugherty, Sara: Endowment Unrestricted Annual Scholarship - HCC, Endowment Association Book Scholarship - HCC
  • Davis, Natalie: James A. and Juliet L. Davis Foundation Scholarship winner, Putnam Scholarship -- KSU, Elks Foundation "Most Valuable Student" Scholarship, Young American Award finalist, KSU Math and Science Award, Kiwanis Key Club Scholarship, The  Ellis Foundation Scholarship
  • Dawson, Jarrod: HCC Football Athletic Scholarship, HCC Athletic Book Scholarship
  • Degner, Patricia: KU Chancellor's Scholarship, KU Dean's Scholarship (Engineering), KU SELF (Engineering Leadership), Presidential Academic Fitness Award, KU Kansas Honors Program Scholarship
  • Denny, August: Silver Key Art Award
  • Dickson, Kimberly: Helen E. Schmucker Memorial Scholarship, W.H. "Duke" Hamilton Memorial Scholarship, World Mission Bureau, Salvation Army Scholarship
  • Dietz, Kaleb: Presidential Academic Fitness Award, Kansas State Board Of Regents Scholars Curriculum Completer, Presidential Scholarship -- HCC, HCC Presidential Book Scholarship
  • Doerfler, Ashley: Presidential Scholarship -- HCC, HCC Presidential Book Scholarship, Glover Family Scholarship
  • Dower, Joe: Leaders of Today and Tomorrow, Burton, Doris Lyman and James Thompson Memorial Scholarship, HCC Presidential Leadership Scholarship, HCC Presidential Leadership Book
  • DuPree, Anna: Presidential Academic Fitness Award
  • Durr, Dalton: HHS Alumni Scholarship, Glover Family Scholarship
  • Dyer, Ashley: Grace Paul Trust Scholarship, Grace Paul Trust Book Scholarship
  • Engel, Savannah: Class of 1960 Whiteside Allagaroo Scholarship, James A. and  Juliet l. Davis Foundation Scholarship finalist, Emporia Foundation Scholarship, Young American Award finalist, Kansas Honor Scholar, Leaders of Today and Tomorrow, Mid: Kansas Cooperative Association Scholarship, Principal's Leadership Award, Hutchinson Clinic Scholarship
  • Fangman, Abraham: KSU Foundation Scholarship, Presidential Academic Fitness Award, Kansas State Board of Regents Scholars Curriculum Completer, Kansas State Scholar
  • Feldhus, Daniel: Class of 1965 Scholarship
  • File, Samuel: Presidential Leadership Scholarship -- HCC, Presidential Academic Fitness Award, Presidential Leadership Book Scholarship - HCC
  • Ford, Tomah: Comanche Nation Scholarship
  • Friesen, Devon: Presidential Scholarship -- HCC, Presidential Academic Fitness Award
  • Gagnebin, Jarod: Endowment Unrestricted Annual Scholarship, George and Belle Pearce Trust Fund Scholarship
  • Gall, Kassie: HCC Cheer Squad Scholarship
  • Galliart, Sam: James A. and Juliet L. Davis Foundation Scholarship finalist, K: State Dean Award, KSU Math and Science Award, Pittsburg State Academic Award, Leaders of Today and Tomorrow
  • Harms, Shelby: Grace Paul Trust Scholarship, Grant and Helen Wagner Scholarship
  • Heide, Kristie: Presidential Leadership Scholarship -- HCC, Reno County Activity Scholarship, Sweet Adelines Scholarship, Choir Scholarship - HCC
  • Higgins, Tanner: HCC Presidential Scholarship, KU Rock Chalk Scholarship, Young American Award finalist, Presidential Academic Fitness Award, Leaders of Today and Tomorrow
  • Holland, Alexandre (A.J.): Crimson and Blue Scholarship, Presidential Academic Fitness Award, Kiwanis Key Club Scholarship, K.U. Kansas Honors Program Scholarship
  • Hoover, Dominique: Kansas State Memorial Scholarship, Kansas State Freshman Wildcat Grant, Kansas State Board of Regents Scholars Curriculum Completer, Class of 1962 Scholarship
  • Hutchinson, Dominick: Grace Paul Trust Book Scholarship - HCC, Herman Esther and Henry Stallman Scholarship -- HCC, Wade Patton Memorial Scholarship -- HCC
  • Jennings, Adam: Admissions Scholarship -- HCC
  • Ketchum, McKayla: TSW Products Inc. Scholarship, Bruce E. Davis Memorial Book Scholarship
  • Kuntz, Jade: Grant and Helen Wagner Scholarship; Herman, Esther Henry Stallman Scholarship
  • Lamer, Bailey: HHS Berkley/Calhoun Scholarship, Annual Book Scholarship -- HCC, Annual Fun Drive Scholarship John H. Caton Memorial Scholarship, Reno County Activity Scholarship, Reno County Activity Book Scholarship, Choral Scholarship-HCC
  • Lenherr, Emily: Presidential Academic Fitness Award, Leaders of Today and Tomorrow, Kansas State Board of Regents Scholars Curriculum Completer, Kansas State Scholar, American Legion Award, K.U. Kansas Honors Program Scholarship
  • Lipe, Jordyn: E: Fellow Scholarship, McPherson College, Jump Start Kansas Scholarship, Presidential Scholarship -- McPherson College, Provost Award, Marty Casey FACS Scholarship
  • Long, Erika: Presidential Scholarship -- Butler Co. Community College, Student Ambassador Scholarship -- Butler Co. Community College
  • Mance, Vincent: Reno County Activity Scholarship, Reno County Activity Book Scholarship, Glover Family Scholarship, HCC Choral Scholarship
  • Maple, Shalonda: Orlene Linebarger Memorial Scholarship, Glover Family Scholarship
  • McCoy, Zach: Theodore R. Wilt Technical Scholarship
  • McFarland, Kelsea: Endowment Unrestricted Annual Scholarship - HCC
  • McMurphy, Haley: KSU Foundation Scholarship, Presidential Academic Fitness Award
  • Meggers, Katlyn: Crimson and Blue Scholarship -- KU, Vann Family Future Leaders Scholarship, Young American Award finalist, Presidential Academic Fitness Award, Leaders of Today and Tomorrow, Class of 1962 Scholarship, K.U. Kansas Honors Program Scholarship
  • Melgar, Karina: Theater Scholarship -- HCC, Reno County Activity Scholarship, Reno County Book Scholarship
  • Murray, Savannah: Choir Scholarship -- HCC, National School Choral Award, Reno County Activity Scholarship
  • Newton, Kolby: Admissions Scholarship - HCC
  • Nichols, Caleb: Foundation Scholarship -- KSU, Presidential Academic Fitness Award
  • Owens, Colette: Grace Paul Trust Scholarship, Endowment Association Book Scholarship -- HCC
  • Paine, Michelle: HCC Presidential Leadership Scholarship, Presidential Academic Fitness Award, 4: H Foundation Scholarship, Vida Warner Scholarship
  • Quick, Emily: Coberly/Tweito Memorial Scholarship, Presidential Scholarship - HCC, HCC Presidential Book Scholarship
  • Reger, Matthew: Choir Scholarship -- HCC, Presidential Academic Fitness Award, Reno County Activity Scholarship
  • Reiser, Allison: Denny Hart Scholarship, Presidential Scholarship -- HCC, Young American Award finalist, John Philip Sousa Award, Presidential Scholarship, HCC Presidential Book Scholarship
  • Riggs, Clifton: Army ROTC Scholarship
  • Riley, Paige: Red Cross Blood Donor Award
  • Roberson, Jacqueline: Friends University Alumni Scholarship, University Band Scholarship, Friends University Academic Scholarship and Tower Scholarship, Trinity United Methodist Church Endowment Scholarship, Friends Match Scholarship
  • Roberts, Jamease: Coberly/Tweito Memorial Scholarship
  • Rothe, Sarah: Presidential Leadership Scholarship -- HCC, HCC Leadership Book Scholarship, Softball In: State Book Scholarship, Softball In: State Scholarship
  • Saffle, Marc: Class of 1947 John and Bobbie Baker Scholarship, Football Scholarship -- HCC, Frank and Lelia Smith Memorial Scholarship, Annual Fund Drive Book Scholarship -- HCC Football In-State Book Scholarship, Football In-State Scholarship
  • Schonborn, Kelsey: Honorable Mention Senior Art Student
  • Schrock, Madison: James A. and Juliet L. Davis Foundation Scholarship finalist, Medallian Scholarship -- KSU, Kansas Honors Scholar, Governor Scholar, Presidential Academic Fitness Award, Kansas State Board of Regents Scholars Curriculum Completer, Presidential Scholarship -- HCC, HCC Presidential Book Scholarship, Women's Track/CC Book Scholarship, Women's Track/CC Scholarship
  • Serbin, Kaiesha: Presidential Academic Fitness Award
  • Shore, Morgan: HCC Annual Fund Drive Scholarship, HCC Annual Fund Drive Book Scholarship, Phena A Noll Memorial Fine Arts Scholarship, Sally Colladay Syler Memorial Scholarship
  • Simpson, Zachary: The Wichita Arts Council Award, Gold Key Award
  • Sisler, Dena: D. Stewart Oswalt Scholarship
  • Skinner, Brenna: HCC Dragon Doll Scholarship
  • Smith, Daijah: DG Lett Masonic Lodge Scholarship, Glover Family Scholarship
  • Smith, Garrett: Presidential Scholarship -- HCC, HCC Presidential Book Scholarship
  • Snedeker, Dylen: Admissions Scholarship-HCC
  • St Laurent, Kayla: Presidential Scholarship -- Kansas Wesleyan, Activity Music Scholarship -- Kansas Wesleyan, Presidential Academic Fitness Award, National School Orchestra Award, Presidential Book Scholarship -- HCC, Reno County Activity Scholarship
  • Stacey, Rachel: Charles and Suzanne Brown Scholarship
  • Starks, Christopher: Glover Family Scholarship -- HCC, The Hazel Doherty Scholarship for Lincoln Students
  • Talamantes, Alonso: James A. and Juliet L. Davis Foundation Scholarship winner, Young American Award finalist, Presidential Academic Fitness Award, Leaders of Today and Tomorrow, Louis Armstrong Jazz Award, HHS Alumni Scholarship, The Ellis Foundation Scholarship
  • Talley, Hunter: Presidential Academic Fitness Award
  • Theriot, Taylor: HCC Scholarship, Grace Paul Trust Scholarship, Grace Paul Trust Book Scholarship, George and Belle Pearce Trust Fund Scholarship
  • Tolbert, Andrew: D.G. Lett Masonic Lodge No. 30 Scholarship, Annual Fund Drive Scholarship -- HCC, Annual Fund Drive Book Scholarship
  • Trammell, Teddi: James McLain Memorial Scholarship, Endowment Association Book Scholarship - HCC
  • Turner, Trevor: Baseball Scholarship -- Barton Co. Community College, Outstanding Athlete Award
  • Underwood, Curtissa: Reno County Activity Scholarship, Reno County Book Scholarship -- HCC
  • Vieyra, Victoria: Jennifer A. Goodman Scholarship, Endowment Unrestricted Annual Scholarship -- HCC
  • Warren, Brandon: D. Stewart Oswalt Scholarship, Grace Paul Trust Book Scholarship
  • Weber, Hannah: Outstanding Athlete Award, Endowment Unrestricted Annual Scholarship - HCC
  • Weesner, Leanna: Class of 1965 Scholarship, Grace Paul Trust Book Scholarship, James A. and Juliet L. Davis Memorial Scholarship
  • Williams, Seaver: Presidential Academic Fitness Award, Annual Fund Drive Scholarship -- HCC, Annual Fund Drive Book Scholarship-HCC
  • Witt, Trisha: Boys and Girls Clubs Scholarship, VIP Scholarship
  • Wood, Joey: Young American Award finalist, Presidential Leadership Scholarship: HCC, Presidential Leadership Book Scholarship, Federal Pell Grant
  • Wright, Derrick: Glover Family Scholarship
  • Young, Hannah: Reno County Activity Scholarship, Reno County Book Scholarship
  • Zahn, Dylan: Herman, Esther and Henry Stallman Scholarship, Grace Paul Trust Book Scholarship
  • Zook, Cassie: Academic Scholarship -- Rocky Mountain College of Art, Artistic Scholarship -- Rocky Mountain College of Art Community Scholarship, Presidential Academic Fitness Award, Silver Key Art Award
  • Zuniga, Martinez: Honorable Senior Art Student

TV 20 to go off the air temporarily

May 7, 2013
Work in an area where equipment for the district's cable access channel is located will force the station off the air this spring and early summer.

Asbestos abatement in the Technology Support Center will require TV 20 equipment to be idled temporarily. The TSC is located in the Korea-era former Naval Reserve Building at Hutchinson High School.

As a result, the district's public access channel on Cox Cable will go off temporarily from later this month until early July. The district uses Cox Cable Channel 20 in Hutchinson as its public access channel.

Much of the information that normally would be on Cox will be available either on the district's Facebook page -- www.facebook.com/usd308 -- or on its Twitter account -- www.twitter.com/usd308. School menus for the following day, for example, are posted on the Twitter feed each evening between 6:15 and 6:30 p.m. Information also is available on the district's website -- www.usd308.com.


HHS places fourth at state forensics

May 6, 2013
The Hutchinson High School forensics squad placed higher than any previous team since the 1990s Saturday, taking fourth in the Class 6A state forensics tournament at Olathe Northwest High School.

The Salthawks had seven finalists and 12 semifinalists in the 2013 tournament.

  • TJ Blake, second place, poetry
  • TJ Blake, second place, informative
  • Austin Heinlein, second place, humorous interpretation
  • LaKiyah Sain, third place, poetry
  • Liz Juarez, fourth place, poetry
  • McKenzie Miller, fifth place, humorous interpretation
  • Savannah Winkler, fifth place, prose
  • Sydni Huxman, seventh place, poetry
  • Paige Brott, ninth place, original oratory
  • Baylee Corpening and Montanna Hayes, ninth place, duet acting
  • Ta'mara Hill and LaKiyah Sain, 11th  place, duo interpretation
  • Chandler Hodges, 12th place, dramatic interpretation

In 2012, HHS was seventh at state with four finalists and eight semifinalists.

HHS now prepares for nationals competition. The Salthawks will compete at the National Catholic Forensics League Grand Nationals Memorial Day weekend at Philadelphia. Then, HHS competes at the National Forensics League national tournament is June 16 to 21 at Birmingham, Ala.

Kelly Thompson coaches forensics and debate at Hutchinson High School.



Spring Carousel set for May 10, 11

May 2, 2013
The annual Hutchinson High School Spring Carousel will feature the school's top vocalists. The event will be at 7 p.m. Friday, May 10, and Saturday, May 11, in the HHS Performing Arts Center.

Under the direction of Jarl Moreland, the theme for 2013 is "Musicals and More." Students will perform songs from Sweeney Todd, Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Big River and more.

Admission costs $1 per person with proceeds benefitting the HHS choir program.


Awards Assembly at HHS on May 8

May 2, 2013
While many schools conduct numerous all-school assemblies during the year, Hutchinson High School has but one -- the Senior Awards Assembly. This year's assembly will start at 9:30 a.m. May 8 in the Salthawk Activity Center.

This is a time when the district celebrates the accomplishments of its seniors in a very public way. Scholarships earned by the students will be announced as well as other student and staff awards.

Parents of seniors and the public are invited to the event as well.


Dennis named Classified Employee of the Year

May 1, 2013
Even though Gail Dennis is starting her fourth electronic student management system and she has worked with nearly a dozen counselors in 16 years, her mission never changes.

Gail Dennis"I am security to the kids, a warm face," Dennis said recently. Dennis was named USD 308 Classified Employee of the Year for 2012-13.

Dennis began as the counseling secretary at Hutchinson High School in 1997 after having worked in the oil field business. When she saw the job opening at HHS, it was attractive to her. In her former job, she felt she was missing something. A mother with four sons, she had worked with young people through youth groups and 4-H. It was something she enjoyed.

"I like the fact the students are creative, but they are human," she said. "They are learning and have a high thirst for knowledge. Not all that knowledge, though, comes from a book."

As students enter high school, they come from an environment in which most decisions are made for them. With the independence of high school comes new lessons -- some easy, others not so easy. Dennis sees her students learning manners, respect for others and other critical life skills.

"I love to see the maturity," she said. "I get to see kiddoes come in here as freshmen. You see them change and mature and at a point you just go 'wow' at all the growing they've done."

She also loves seeing her students in the community. Often students will seek her out when they see her in stores, just to say "hello."

Her 16-plus years on the job have taught her to read her students, though.

"I am the one who they see first," she said. "Many times, I'll have a student walk up, tears streaming down his face. I’ll take them into a room -- I am that warm person to them."

While the students are a constant, the technology has changed. When she first started, everything was done on paper. When a student wanted to change a class, it required both a "drop" card to be filled out and an "add" card to be completed.

Computers have replaced the card system. Additionally, much of enrollment is done online now. Dennis and other staff are in the midst of changing to Skyward from PowerSchool.

But the human factor always will be important.

Education is a key element of Dennis' family. Her husband, Danny Dennis, is director of maintenance for USD 309 Nickerson/South Hutchinson. Her brother-in-law, David Dennis, recently retired as a member of the Kansas State Board of Education.

Dennis was one of 13 nominees for the district Classified Employee of the Year. Other nominees were Darryl Ammons, Tina Angel, Lynn Booth, Jamie Brown, Susan Chaney, Lisha Collins, Mary Ann Kelley, Jamie Light, Cathy Nolan, Candy Reeves, Tamara Stanley and Robin Traffas.

Three finalists were interviewed -- Dennis, Brown and Reeves -- with Dennis being named the Classified Employee of the Year.


Soellner named Staff Developer of the Year

Apr 29, 2013
Hutchinson Public Schools' Adelyn Soellner has been named staff developer of the year by Learning Forward Kansas.

Soellner, secondary instructional specialist for USD 308, received the award during the recent Spring Leadership Conference. Soellner was nominated for the honor by Graber Elementary School Principal Jo McFadden.

"She (Soellner) was an integral part of the training and implementation of the district initiative of the Art and Science of Teaching model created by Robert Marzano," McFadden said in the nomination. Soellner has been able to divide Marzano's work into practical modules that building administrators can then use to train staff in their buildings.

Soellner has been an instructional specialist for USD 308 since 2007.

Learning Forward Kansas originated as the Kansas Staff Development Council in 1988 to promote high quality professional development. In 2011, the organization changed its name to Learning Forward Kansas to align itself with the national organization, Learning Forward.

Each year, Learning Forward Kansas recognizes exemplary educators, schools and districts in Kansas for their efforts in impacting student achievement through professional learning.


Forensics showcase slated for May 2

Apr 25, 2013
To raise money for travel and expenses at nationals, the Hutchinson High School debate and forensics squads will host a Forensics Showcase at 6:30 p.m. May 2 in the HHS Performing Arts Center.

This fourth annual event will feature 10 to 12 of the 16 events that will be representing Hutch High at the State Forensics Championships on May 4 in Olathe.

Tickets cost $3 for adults and $1 for students. It is free for eighth graders. In addition to admission, the tickets also qualify the holder for door prizes. As a fundraiser, the event also will include a bake sale.

Tickets may be purchased at the Showcase or from any member of the HHS forensics squad.


Retirement reception set for May 5

Apr 25, 2013
Hutchinson Public Schools will formally thank its retirees during a come-and-go reception at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 5, in the Career and Technical Education Academy, 800 15th Circle.

There will be a brief formal program at 1:45 p.m.

Staff members who will participate include Cathy Bible, secretary from the Administration Center; Mary Kay Dechant, speech language paraprofessional at Hutchinson Magnet School at Allen; Debbie Gideon-Long, kitchen manager at Lincoln Elementary School; Mary Killian, food service at Faris Elementary School; Connie McProud, secretary at HMS at Allen; Norma Gelvin, paraprofessional at HMS-7; Maxine Woelzlein, paraprofessional at HMS at Allen; Belita Birzer, speech language pathologist for the district; Shelley Harper, special education teacher at HMS-7; Martin Vieyra, first grade teacher at Wiley Elementary School; Kay Woods, fifth grade teacher at HMS at Allen; and JoAnn McClaflin, secretary at Hutchinson High School.


HCTEA builds shed for fundraiser

Apr 25, 2013
A benefit for several Hutchinson Career and Technical Education Academy student organizations is under construction.

The Shed Fundraiser is offering tickets -- for a suggested donation of $10 -- for the opportunity to win one 8-foot by 12-foot storage building. The building includes 48-inch double doors and has a 35-year roof. The shed is built by the HCTEA's Commercial Construction Program students.

Five career-related organizations at HCTEA will benefit from the event. The storage building will be painted to suit and will be delivered.

The winning ticket will be drawn during the HCTEA Pathway Awards and Reception at 6 p.m. May 14 at the HCTEA, 800 15th Circle. You do not need to be present to win.

To make a donation for a ticket or for more information, contact (620) 615-4122.

Building Trades open house slated

Apr 18, 2013
The open house for the Residential Building Trades Program will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at the home, 124 East 12th.

The Residential Building Trades Program is a joint project of the Hutchinson Career and Technical Education Academy, and Hutchinson Community College in conjunction with Interfaith Housing Services Inc.

This year's project is an "infill" house near the city's center, built on the site of a home that was destroyed by fire more than a year ago.

There will be a short formal presentation at 2:15 p.m. Saturday at the house.


Senior One Acts set for April 25

Apr 18, 2013
The annual Senior One Acts will feature the efforts of four seniors at Hutchinson High School this spring.

The event will be at 7:30 p.m., April 25, in the Hutchinson High School Performing Arts Center. The evening gives soon-to-graduate seniors at HHS a chance to direct performances.

The following are the directors:
  • KT Ybarra is directing "The Ballad of 423 and 424"
  • Kristen Cruz is directing "The Philadelphia"
  • Skylar Jasso is directing "Variations on the Death of Trotsky"
  • Braden Pruitt is directing scenes from "Check Please: Take 2"


Stiggins named HHS' head girls basketball coach

Apr 12, 2013
A longtime assistant coach has been named head girls' basketball coach at Hutchinson High School.

Casey StigginsReno County native Casey Stiggins takes over the head coaching duties of the Salthawk girls' basketball team for the 2013-14 school year.

"I'm excited for the opportunity to take over the girls program," Stiggins said. "I've had the privilege to work under some great head coaches in the past who have shaped my coaching style."

Stiggins joined USD 308 as a teacher and coach in 1999 after graduating from Wichita State University. He received his masters in leadership and administration from Baker University in 2007.

Stiggins played sports in high school at Haven High School.

"Casey has done what it takes to prepare himself, both on and off the court, for this position," said Eric Armstrong, HHS athletic director. "Coach Stiggins is passionate about the game of basketball and knows the hard work and dedication it takes to be successful.

"Casey has worked with some really good coaches over his time as an assistant at HHS, and I believe this has helped prepare him to lead the Salthawk girls' basketball program." 

His first coaching job in USD 308 was as assistant freshman boys' coach from 1999 to 2003. He became the assistant head boys' basketball coach under Phil Anderson from 2003 to 2006.

Stiggins became assistant head girls' basketball coach in 2006, a position he held till 2009. The coach moved back over to the boys' team in 2009 to become the head freshman coach through the 2012-13 season.

"My vision is to create a program that has toughness, a winning attitude and will compete for titles," Stiggins said.


Chinese educators to visit USD 308

Apr 11, 2013
A group of educators from China will visit USD 308 schools on April 17.

The group -- one elementary principal and six secondary school principals -- will spend much of the morning touring Hutchinson Magnet School at Allen. HMS at Allen is the district's Science-Technology-Education-Mathematics magnet school.

At about 11 a.m., the group will go to Hutchinson High School and observe the International Baccalaureate biology classroom of Larry Ballard. After lunch, the group will have a panel discussion with USD 308 educators in the Events Center at the Career and Technical Education Academy.

The group will finish its day with a tour of the CTEA.

The visitors are educators with whom Little River Schools Superintendent Dr. Milt Dougherty has worked the past several years. After visiting USD 308, the group will spend Thursday, April 18, at Dougherty's district in Little River before flying to the West Coast on Friday, April 19.


HHS, HMS art displayed in community

Apr 11, 2013
Artwork from both Hutchinson Middle School and Hutchinson High School is on display in the community.

Student artwork from both campuses of Hutchinson Middle School will be on display all month at First National Bank. Additionally, independent HMS-7 art students of Debbie Mullins will be displayed at the Metropolitan Art Gallery.

The HHS Art Exhibit will run all April at the Hutchinson Art Center, 405 North Washington. Additionally, there will be a reception to honor student artist from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 12, at the Center.


HHS students enter Vans shoe art contest

Apr 11, 2013
Five Hutchinson High School International Baccalaureate Programme art students have entered the Vans Custom Culture competition.

Vans sent sets of four pairs of shoes to schools across the country, and participants were challenged to apply their own designs in four aesthetic categories: Local Flavor, Action Sports, Music and Art.

Vans Art EntriesAt HHS, Madison Graber chose the Local Flavor category and gave her shoes a Wizard of Oz theme, designing bows to match those of Dorothy's shoes in the film.

Cassie Zook and Matt Nisly teamed up to enter the Art division, and created shoes with a theme centered around painting and photography as artistic mediums.

Zac Simpson handled the Action Sports aspect. His shoes centered around the surfing culture, reflected in the floral and water prints he applied.

Stephen Zook elected to design the music-themed shoes. He drew from his own experiences as a musician and '60s music culture as influences for his entry.

HHS is one of 1,500 possible entrants chosen for the contest. The contest is now entering its fourth year.

The top 50 entries will be chosen by Vans by April 22. After Vans selects top entries, the public will be able to vote online on the top 50 through May 13, paring the list down to five finalists. Vans will pick the winners from the final five entries.

Winners will receive $50,000 for their schools' art programs, and a trip to New York for the award ceremony.


Seven HOSA students qualify for nationals

Apr 1, 2013
Seven Hutchinson Career and Technical Education Academy medical science students qualified for national competition during the Kansas HOSA Spring Leadership Conference March 26.

The Spring Leadership conference for HOSA was held at HCTEA March 25 and 26.

Each of the following students earned a spot to compete at the 2013 National HOSA Leadership Conference set for Nashville, June 26 to 29, 2013. Laura Bottom is the instructor and sponsor of HOSA, www.hosa.org.

Brandi Buzzard
  • First Place: Home Health Aide
  • Third Place: Medical Spelling
Alyssa Rose
  • First Place: HOSA - What's Happening? (Newsletter Competition)
McKayla Ketchum
  • First Place: Outstanding HOSA Chapter
  • First Place: Creative Problem Solving (team)
Emma Wisby
  • First Place: Creative Problem Solving (team)
Michelle Paine
  • First Place: Nutrition - Knowledge Test
  • Second Place: HOSA Bowl (team)
Jason Paine
  • First Place: Veterinary Science
  • Second Place: HOSA Bowl (team)
John Allen 
  • First Place: Dental Science
  • Second Place: HOSA Bowl (team)



David T. Patterson honored by SkillsUSA Kansas

Mar 22, 2013
David T. Patterson, Hutchinson Career and Technical Education Academy director, has been named the 2013 Administrator of the Year by SkillsUSA Kansas. Patterson was nominated for the award by the students and staff at HCTEA.

David T. PattersonThe educator supports students as they work to improve their skills in leadership, community service and technical skills.  Patterson assists staff as they attend leadership conferences and state and national competitions with their students.

After review of the applicants, the SkillsUSA Kansas Youth Foundation also supported this award because of Patterson's support at the state level by hosting some of the Kansas SkillsUSA championships at HCTEA. The welding fabrication and electrical construction wiring competitions will be held at HCTEA on April 9.

Patterson will receive the award April 24 at the opening ceremony of the SkillsUSA Kansas Championships in Wichita.

For more information, contact Arlan Penner, SkillsUSA Kansas Youth Foundation Board president-elect and commercial construction instructor at HCTEA.


HCTEA hosts health sciences students

Mar 21, 2013
About 150 health sciences students from across Kansas will spend part of USD 308's Spring Break on the Hutchinson Career and Technical Education Academy campus.

The annual HOSA-Future Health Professionals Spring Leadership Conference will be March 25 and 26 at HCTEA, 800 15th Circle.

The event is part information/part competition for students and their advisers. Students and advisers from Hutchinson, Labette County in Altamont, McPherson, Parsons, Pittsburg, Shawnee Mission North, Wichita North, Wichita West, Winfield and Arkansas City will attend.

The event begins with registration at 8:30 a.m. Monday, March 25, in the HCTEA with the opening ceremonies following from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the facility's Events Center. Immediately after the opening ceremony, competitions begin that will qualify students for nationals.

The next two days are a mix of competition and information about health professions as well as a career fair.

The event ends with an awards luncheon at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 26.


Schools to observe Spring Break

Mar 21, 2013
Hutchinson Public Schools will observe Spring Break with the final bell on Friday, March 22.

Classes will be out of session March 25 through 29 and again on April 1. Classes will resume on April 2.

The USD 308 Administration Center will be closed March 25 to 29.


HHS forensics wins at Manhattan

Mar 19, 2013
The Hutchinson High School forensics squad won sweepstakes at the Manhattan High School invitational tournament and placed at two additional tournaments last weekend.

The Salthawks added 11 more state qualifying entries by placing high enough in those tournaments.

Below is a summary of student finishes.

Newton: March 14
  • Makenna Smutz, Newton, Prose, 3rd Place, state qualifier
  • Taylor Bishop, Newton, Poetry, 2nd Place, state qualifier
  • Colin Tighe, Newton, Humorous Interpretation, 6th Place
  • Dayton LaMunyon, Newton, Oratory, 6th Place
  • Laura Miller, Newton, Dramatic Interpretation, 3rd Place
  • Dayton LaMunyon, Newton, Impromptu, 1st Place, state qualifier
  • Dustin Curiel, Newton, Impromptu, 4th Place

Nickerson: March 16
  • Nickerson: Dustin Curiel, Nickerson, Poetry, 4th Place, state qualifier
  • Ryan Willis, Nickerson, Impromptu, 5th Place

Manhattan, First Place Sweepstakes: March 16
  • Brett Krambeer, Manhattan, Domestic Extemp, 2nd Place, state qualifier
  • Savannah Winkler, Manhattan, Prose, 2nd Place, state qualifier
  • Makenna Smutz, Manhattan, Prose, 7th Place
  • LaKiyah Sain, Manhattan, Poetry, 1st Place, state qualifier
  • TJ Blake, Manhattan, Informative Speaking, 3rd Place, state qualifier
  • TJ Blake, Manhattan, Oratory, 5th Place
  • Dayton LaMunyon, Manhattan, Oratory, 3rd Place, state qualifier
  • Chandler Hodges, Manhattan, Dramatic Interpretation, 2nd Place, state qualifier
  • Colton Harper, Manhattan, Dramatic Interpretation, 3rd Place, state qualifier
  • Sydni Huxman, Manhattan, Dramatic Interpretation, 5th Place
  • Baylee Corpening, Manhattan, Humorous Interpretation, 3rd Place, state qualifier
  • Julia Henry, Manhattan, Humorous Interpretation, 4th Place
  • McKenzie Miller, Manhattan, Humorous Interpretation, 6th Place
  • Ta'mara Hill/LaKiyah Sain, Manhattan, Duo, 4th Place
  • Baylee Corpening/Montanna Hayes, Manhattan, Duo, 5th Place

    Kelly Thompson coaches forensics and debate at Hutchinson High School.


District symphony concert slated for March 19

Mar 14, 2013
USD 308 will host the largest symphony concert of the year in Hutchinson next week.

The annual String Fling will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, at Memorial Hall, 101 South Walnut. The event will feature all the district's orchestra students from sixth grade through high school. Admission is free.

About 200 musicians will be involved in the event.

The concert provides all the district's stringed musicians a chance to perform together. Younger students have the opportunity to see what is in store for them as they advance in orchestra.


HHS marching band performs at NJCAA

Mar 14, 2013
In what has become a tradition at Hutchinson High School, the Salthawk Marching Band will perform at the NJCAA Tournament Thursday, March 21.

HHS will field its drum line and pit at halftime of the 6 p.m. game March 21 and the entire marching band during halftime of the 8 p.m. in the Sports Arena.

During the 8 p.m. game halftime, the 150-member-strong marching band will perform a close quarters marching routine on the floor of the Sports Arena.


HHS forensics qualifies for NCFL

Mar 12, 2013
Hutchinson High School is batting 1.000 in qualifying for National Catholic Forensics League qualifying in 2012-13.

Saturday, the Hutchinson High School forensics squad qualified five more students for nationals -- all five who competed in the Wichita Diocese qualifier at El Dorado High School.
  • Paige Brott, Original Oratory, first place
  • Brennan Schartz, Domestic Extemp, second place
  • Savannah Winkler, Oral Interpretation of Literature, second place
  • Ta'mara Hill, Oral Interpretation of Literature, fifth place
  • Dayton LaMunyon, Original Oratory, fifth place

In December, T.J. Blake and LaKiyah Sain placed third in policy debate at the Wichita Diocese qualifying tournament, which also was held in El Dorado, and qualified for nationals. Reed Crater and Brett Krambeer were fourth in the tournament and also qualified for NCFL nationals.

The NCFL tournament will be Memorial Day weekend in Philadelphia.

Kelly Thompson coaches debate and forensics at Hutchinson High School.


Armstrong recognized by state, national organizations

Mar 11, 2013
Eric Armstrong, certified athletic administrator and athletic director of Hutchinson High School, will be presented the 2013 State Award of Merit by the Kansas Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (KIAAA), on March 16, 2013.

The award will be presented during the state conference for athletic administrators at the Double Tree by Hilton Wichita Airport, in Wichita, Kansas.

This award is provided annually by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA), for recognition of meritorious dedication to High School and Middle School Athletics.

Armstrong has been the athletic director of HHS for the past 11 years and attended Oklahoma Christian College. He has been a member and longtime supporter of the NIAAA for the past 10 years and is a certified athletic administrator (CAA).

The HHS athletic director has served as president of the KIAAA and the president of the Kansas State High School Activities Association (KSHSAA).

Armstrong also has presented at the local, state, and national level on various topics in athletic administration. He has presented at a workshop on Coaching Evaluations at the 2008 National Athletic Directors Conference, and was a Kansas delegate at the 2004 National Athletic Directors Conference.


HHS forensics competes at early March tournaments

Mar 8, 2013
The Hutchinson High School forensics team competed in four tournaments during the first week of March.

At Olathe Northwest on March 2, HHS placed fifth in sweepstakes and placed first in the after-school tournament at Valley Center on March 7. HHS also competed in the West Kansas National Forensics League Student Congress qualifier at Salina South on March 4 and at Haven on March 2.

Haven, March 2
  • Chandler Hodges, Dramatic Interpretation, 2nd Place, State Qualifier
  • Laura Miller, Prose, 4th Place
  • Lauren Ewing, Original Oration, 4th Place
  • MaKenna Smutz, Dramatic Interpretation, 5th Place
  • Baylee Corpening, Humorous Interpretation,  5th Place
  • Alejandro Melgar, Informative, 5th Place
  • Baylee Corpening/Montanna Hayes, Duo, 5th Place

Olathe Northwest, March 2: Fifth Place Sweepstakes
  • Reed Crater, Impromptu, 1st Place, State Qualifier
  • LaKiyah Sain, Poetry, 2nd Place, State Qualifier
  • Brett Krambeer, Domestic Extemp, 2nd Place, State Qualifier
  • Paige Brott, Oratory, 3rd Place, State Qualifier
  • Savannah Winkler, Prose, 3rd Place, State Qualifier
  • Brennan Schartz, Domestic Extemp, 5th Place
  • LaKiyah Sain/Ta'mara Hill, Duo, 9th Place
  • Dayton LaMunyon, Oratory, 11th Place
  • Paige Brott, Poetry, 10th Place
  • Reed Crater, International Extemp, 7th Place
  • Liz Juarez, Poetry, 8th Place

National Forensics League Student Congress, March 4
  • Dayton LaMunyon, Senate, 6th Place
  • Brennan Schartz, NFL Congress, Senate, 9th Place
  • TJ Blake, House, 7th Place
  • Ta'mara Hill, House, 10th Place
  • Brett Krambeer, House, 12th Place
  • McKenzie Miller, House, 13th Place
  • Reed Crater, House, 16th Place

Valley Center, March 7: First Place Sweepstakes
  • Brooke Manny, Extemp, 4th Place
  • Taylor Snowden, Informative, 2nd Place
  • Ryan Willis, Informative, 3rd Place
  • Alicia Mora, Oratory, 1st Place
  • Shannon Bellamy, Oratory, 3rd Place
  • Makenna Smutz, Prose, 4th Place
  • Taylor Snowden, Prose, 3rd Place
  • Daniel Yapp, Prose, 2nd Place
  • Laura Miller, Prose, 1st Place
  • Tayler Henke, Poetry, 3rd Place
  • Kaitlynn Hazell, Poetry, 4th Place
  • Alicia Mora, Poetry, 6th Place
  • Tayler Henke/Lindsey Reger, Duo, 7th Place
  • Ryan Willis, Impromptu, 1st Place
  • Brooke Manny, Impromptu, 6th Place
  • Daniel Yapp, Humorous Interpretation,  1st Place
  • Adrianna Montaldo, Humorous Interpretation,  2nd Place
  • Bret Thomas, Humorous Interpretation,  3rd Place
  • Makenna Smutz, Dramatic Interpretation, 1st Place
  • Alicia Seems, Dramatic Interpretation, 2nd Place
  • Kaitlynn Hazell, Dramatic Interpretation, 3rd Place

Law enforcement to step up near schools

Mar 7, 2013
Beginning Monday, local, county and state law enforcement will be paying particular attention to areas around schools.

As part of an annual effort, law enforcement will be focusing on drivers and passengers properly using seat belt and other legally required restraints in vehicles in Hutchinson and Reno County.

According to Kansas Highway Patrol statistics, Kansas lost 43 teens in crashes, 74 percent of those teens were not properly restrained in 2012.

Beginning March 11 and running through March 22, all law enforcement -- including Hutchinson Police, Reno County Sheriff and the Kansas Highway Patrol -- will focus traffic enforcement efforts at all Reno County schools.

HHS presents 'Noises Off'

Feb 28, 2013
Hutchinson High School will present the play Noises Off at 7:30 p.m. on March 7 to 9 in the HHS Performing Arts Center.

Noises Off is a farce about a play within a play. During the first of three acts, the audience gets to watch the train wreck of a final dress rehearsal. The second act takes place with the audience seeing what is happening behind the scenes as the show is going on about a month later. The third act takes place during the final performance two months later.

The play looks at how the relationships between the characters and the general lack of time in which they had to prepare play a part in the eventual destruction of the show.

Ticket prices are $8 for adults, $5 for children eighth grade and under and $2 for HHS students with an ID.

The cast:
Dotty Otley/Mrs. Clackett: Ashley Evans
Lloyd Dallas: Matt Nisly
Garry Lejeune/Roger Tramplemain: Braden Pruitt
Brooke Ashton/Vicki: Bridgette Gibbs
Poppy Norton-Taylor: Eva Planthold
Frederick Fellowes/Philip Brent: Terrence Robinson
Belinda Blair/Flavia Brent: Lucia Nisly
Selsdon Mowbray/Burglar: Colin Tighe
Tim Algood: Andrew Villareal
Stage Manager: Colton Harper
Directed by: Tobie Henline


BOE meeting moved to 2-28-13

Feb 25, 2013
Because of the winter storm, the Hutchinson Public Schools Board of Education regular meeting originally scheduled for this evening (Feb. 25, 2013) has been postponed.

The meeting now will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, at the Administration Center, 1520 North Plum.


HHS forensics competes at four tournaments

Feb 18, 2013
The Hutchinson High School forensics squad competed at tournaments Friday and Saturday with another speech and drama student hitting a major milestone over the weekend.

Junior Dayton LaMunyon reached 1,500 career points in the National Forensics League during the weekend, based on points he earned, qualifying him for the quintuple ruby of premier distinction.

HHS placed second on Friday and third Saturday in one of the largest invitational tournaments in Kansas at Salina Central. HHS also competed Saturday at Wichita Heights and Maize South.

Below is a summary of weekend competition. Kelly Thompson coaches debate and forensics at Hutchinson High School.

Salina Central on Friday: Second Place Sweepstakes
  • Brett Krambeer, Senate, 5th Place, State Qualifier
  • Brennan Schartz, House A, 3rd Place, State Qualifier
  • McKenzie Miller, House B, 4th Place, State Qualifier
  • Emily Fan, Novice House, A 4th Place
  • Julia Henry, Novice House A, 6th Place
  • Alicia Mora, Novice House B, 2nd Place
  • Shannon Bellamy, Novice House B, 3rd Place
  • Laura Miller, Novice House B, 6th Place
  • Emily Lenherr, Dramatic Interpretation, 3rd Place
  • Savannah Winkler, Dramatic Interpretation, 5th Place
  • MaKenna Smutz, Dramatic Interpretation, 6th Place
  • Ta'mara Hill, Dramatic Interpretation, 7th Place
  • Austin Heinlein, Humorous Interpretation, 2nd Place, State Qualifier
  • Bailey Lamer, Humorous Interpretation, 3rd Place
  • LaKiyah Sain, Humorous Interpretation, 4th Place
  • Zac Thurston, Humorous Interpretation, 5th Place
  • Sydni Huxman, Domestic Extemp, 4th Place
  • Emily Lenherr, Prose, 5th Place
  • Liz Juarez, Poetry, 1st Place, State Qualifier
  • Savannah Winkler, Poetry, 2nd Place, State Qualifier
  • Dustin Curiel, Poetry, 6th Place
  • Ta'mara Hill, Impromptu, 2nd Place, State Qualifier
  • Paige Brott, Impromptu, 3rd Place
  • Savannah Winkler, Impromptu, 5th Place
  • Paige Brott, Oratory, 2nd Place, State Qualifier
  • Dayton LaMunyon, Informative, 1st Place, State Qualifier
  • Shelby Bergeron, Informative, 3rd Place
  • Ta'mara Hill/LaKiyah Sain, Duo, 3rd Place
  • Alejandro Melgar/Dustin Curiel, Duo, 6th Place

Salina Central on Saturday: Third Place Sweepstakes
  • Emily Lenherr Prose, 4th Place, State Qualifier
  • Ta'mara Hill, Prose, 11th Place
  • LaKiyah Sain, Poetry, 6th Place
  • TJ Blake, Poetry, 9th Place
  • Paige Brott, Poetry, Quarterfinalist
  • Colton Harper, Poetry, Quarterfinalist
  • McKenzie Miller, Poetry, Quarterfinalist
  • Ta'mara Hill, Poetry, Quarterfinalist
  • Sydni Huxman, Poetry, Quarterfinalist
  • Austin Heinlein and Julia Henry, Duo, 5th Place
  • Colton Harper and McKenzie Miller, Duo, 6th Place
  • Reed Crater, Impromptu, 8th Place
  • Brett Krambeer, Impromptu, Quarterfinalist
  • Paige Brott Oratory, 9th, Place
  • Dayton LaMunyon, Oratory, 11th Place
  • TJ Blake, Informative, 6th Place
  • Dayton LaMunyon, Informative, 11th Place

Wichita Heights and Maize South on Saturday:
  • MaKenna Smutz, Prose, 4th Place
  • Alicia Seems, Prose, 5th Place
  • MaKenna Smutz, Dramatic Interpretation, 5th Place
  • Meghan Morey, Domestic Extemp, 6th Place
  • Shelby Bergeron, Informative, 6th Place
  • Liz Juarez, Poetry, 1st Place, State Qualifier

Winter homecoming royalty named

Feb 18, 2013
Kaley Bohlen and T.J. BlakeSeniors T.J. Blake and Kaley Bohlen were crowned winter homecoming royalty Friday (Feb. 15, 2013) during the homecoming basketball games against Arkansas City.

Other finalists for winter king were Trae Boese, Tyler Cox, Sam Galliart, Shaquille Henderson, Reggie Slaton and Hunter Wiles. Other finalists for winter queen were Jordan Clark, Haley McMurphy, Shea Morford, Allison Reiser, Claire Stockton and Joey Wood. All finalists for winter homecoming royalty are seniors.

Homecoming week concluded with a dance after Friday's games.


Winter Jazz Concert slated

Feb 14, 2013
The Hutchinson High School winter jazz concert is set for 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18, 2012, in the HHS Performing Arts Center, 810 East 13th.

The HHS jazz band will play "Trick Shot" by Steve Flowers, "Children of Sanchez" by Chuck Mangione, "Moment to Moment" by Henry Mancini, "Brass Machine" by Mark Taylor and "Seven Steps to Heaven" by Miles Davis.


Winter homecoming set for Feb. 11 to 15

Feb 7, 2013
The annual Winter Homecoming at Hutchinson High School will be Feb. 11 to 15, culminating with the crowning of royalty during the HHS vs. Arkansas City basketball games Feb. 15.

Theme for Winter 2013 Homecoming is "The 2000s." Students will be able to participate in a series of spirit days during the week.
  • Monday: Hat Day
  • Tuesday: Ugly Sweater Day
  • Wednesday: Twin Day
  • Thursday: Pink and Red Day
  • Friday: Blue and Gold Spirit Day
The king will be crowned between the boys' and the girls' games at about 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 15, in the Salthawk Activity Center. The queen will be crowned during halftime of the boys' game. A dance will follow the homecoming games in the HHS Cafeteria.

Finalists for winter king are T.J. Blake, Trae Boese, Tyler Cox, Sam Galliart, Shaquille Henderson, Reggie Slaton and Hunter Wiles. Finalists for winter queen are Kaley Bohlen, Jordan Clark, Haley McMurphy, Shea Morford, Allison Reiser, Claire Stockton and Joey Wood. All finalists for winter homecoming royalty are seniors.

Finalists for royalty will be featured during assemblies earlier in the day on Feb. 15.


Reiser receives I rating in piano

Feb 4, 2013
Hutchinson High School senior Allison Reiser received a I rating Saturday in the Kansas State High School Activities Association regional piano festival.

The regional piano festival was held at Bethany College in Lindsborg.

The state piano festival will be Feb. 16 at Tabor College in Hillsboro.


12 more HHS forensics events qualified for state

Feb 4, 2013
Hutchinson High School speech and drama students placed at three tournaments and competed in a fourth Friday and Saturday.

At Newton student congress on Friday night, HHS placed second. Saturday, HHS placed second at Newton's forensics tournament and third at El Dorado. At a fourth tournament Saturday at Sterling, HHS novices competed against smaller-class varsity students with five Salthawks placing.

Overall, HHS had 12 more events qualified for the state forensics tournament in May.

Additionally, an HHS speech and debate student has reached a key milestone in his career. Junior Brett Krambeer surpassed the 1,500-point mark necessary for the highest degree in the National Forensics League. Krambeer will formally receive his Premier Distinction Award at an NFL regional tournament later this spring.

Kelly Thompson coaches debate and forensics at HHS. Friday and Saturday, HHS hosts the annual Salt Talks Invitational Forensics Tournament.

Below are highlights from the weekend tournaments.
Newton Student Congress, Friday: Second Place Sweepstakes
Senate
  • Dayton LaMunyon, 2nd
  • Brennan Schartz, 5th
House A
  • TJ Blake, 4th
  • TJ Blake, Presiding Officer
House B
  • Reed Crater, 4th
  • Brett Krambeer, 5th
Novice House
  • Shannon Bellamy, 1st
  • Laura Miller, 2nd
  • Colin Tighe, 5th
  • Alicia Mora, 6th

Newton Forensics, Saturday: Second Place Sweepstakes
  • Sydni Huxman, Poetry, 1st, *State Qualifier
  • McKenzie Miller, Humorous Interpretation, 1st, *State Qualifier
  • Savannah Winkler, Prose 1st, *State Qualifier
  • Baylee Corpening/Montanna Hayes, Duo, 2nd, *State Qualifier
  • Sydni Huxman, Dramatic Interpretation, 2nd, *State Qualifier
  • LaKiyah Sain, Poetry, 2nd, *State Qualifier
  • LaKiyah Sain, Humorous Interpretation, 3rd
  • Savannah Winkler, Dramatic Interpretation, 4th
  • Paige Brott, Poetry, 4th
  • Brennan Schartz, Prose, 4th
  • Baylee Corpening, Informative, 4th
  • Paige Brott, Impromptu, 4th
  • Brennan Schartz, Domestic Extemp, 4th
  • Paige Brott, Oratory, 4th
  • Sydni Huxman, Prose, 5th
  • Paige Brott/Sydni Huxman, Duo, 5th
  • Meghan Morey, Domestic Extemp, 6th
  • Hannah Lara, Dramatic Interpretation, 6th
  • McKenzie Miller, Poetry, 6th
  • Savannah Winkler, Poetry 7th

El Dorado Forensics, Saturday: Third Place Sweepstakes
  • Ta'mara Hill, Prose, 2nd, *State Qualifier
  • Brett Krambeer, Domestic Extemp, 2nd, *State Qualifier
  • Reed Crater, Impromptu, 2nd, *State Qualifier
  • Ta'mara Hill, Poetry, 3rd, *State Qualifer
  • Reed Crater, International Extemp, 3rd
  • Dayton LaMunyon, Original Oration, 3rd
  • Emily Lenherr, Dramatic Interpretation, 3rd
  • Emily Lenherr, Prose, 4th
  • Ta'mara Hill, Original Oration, 5th
  • Dayton LaMunyon, International Extemp, 5th
  • Ta'mara Hill, Impromptu, 6th

Sterling Forensics, Saturday
  • Colton Harper, Dramatic Interpretation, 1st, *State qualifier
  • Julia Henry, Humorous Interpretation, 1st, *State Qualifier
  • Zac Thurston, Humorous Interpretation 3rd
  • Colton Harper, Poetry, 6th
  • Daniel Yapp, Prose, 6th

HHS scholars bowl qualifies for state

Feb 1, 2013
The Hutchinson High School scholars bowl team will take part in the Class 6A state tournament Feb. 9 at Washburn Rural High School.

The team -- Natalie Davis, captain; Adam Konen; Adam Yoder; Emily Lenherr; Wilder Parks; and Alonso Talamantes -- placed third in the regional tournament on Thursday.

The state scholars bowl tournament begins Feb. 9 with an assembly at 11:45 a.m.



HHS hosts Salt Talks Feb. 8, 9

Jan 31, 2013
Hutchinson High School will hold the annual Salt Talks Forensics Tournament Feb. 8 and 9.

Beginning at 4 p.m. Feb. 8, HHS will host student congress, public forum debate and Lincoln-Douglas debate. During student congress, competitors introduce and debate resolutions in a mock legislature. Public forum debate is similar to the former public affairs debate television show "Crossfire." Lincoln-Douglas debate is a one-on-one debate with topics that vary during the year.

Individual events will begin at 8 a.m. Feb. 9. These events include acting and speaking events.

About 10 schools and 100 entries are expected.


HHS slates Financial Aid Night

Jan 31, 2013
The annual Hutchinson High School financial aid for college meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, in the Events Center at the Hutchinson Career and Technical Education Academy, 800 15th Circle.

All seniors and their parents are invited to attend. Information on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will be provided. Additionally, there will be a question and answer opportunity about the college financial aid puzzle, featuring HHS counselors and staff from Hutchinson Community College.




District begins 2013-14 budget process

Jan 30, 2013
For the second consecutive year, Hutchinson Public Schools is seeking additional public input as it drafts a budget for the coming school year.

As a result, patrons will have the opportunity to provide suggestions for the budget both in person and electronically this winter and spring.

For the past several years, the district has gotten input on budget matters from a group of local business leaders. Those leaders will help the district with an expanded committee of local residents, staff, parents and students.

In 2012, the district embarked on a new process to gain additional input from the community.

Beginning with a meeting from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 4, the group will learn how the district budget is comprised and how the budgeting process will work. Participants also will learn what areas have faced cuts in years past and will revisit program cuts that were discussed but not made in the past few years.

Time will also be spent discussing how budget decisions support or hinder attainment of the district's strategic plan goals.

The meeting will be in the Professional Learning Center at Hutchinson High School. The PLC is a portion of the school's former auditorium at 1401 North Severance.

"We worked last year to develop this process to give our staff and community more input into the school's budget," said Dr. Shelly Kiblinger, USD 308 superintendent. "We will be making a few refinements to the process this year; we've used feedback from last year's participants to provide opportunity for even greater input and discussion. We have designed new activities to help the participants process and understand budget issues better. Hopefully, those who participate come away with a greater understanding of school finance and feel they had a real voice in the decision-making process." 

There will be additional meetings for the group from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 18, March 4 and April 15. All the meetings will be in the Professional Learning Center at Hutchinson High School.

The public is invited to attend and listen to the discussion and watch the process.

Additionally, the district will take electronic feedback from the public. A budget comment line has been set up on (620) 615-4014. Patrons may leave comments on the line but are asked to leave a name and telephone number so that district staff may be able to call back and get additional feedback.

Feedback also may be provided by emailing the district at comment@usd308.com. A Budget Suggestion page is available on the district's homepage at www.usd308.com.

Kansas K-12 school budgets go from July 1 of one year to June 30 of the next year. Because the way the district receives information from other entities that impact the budget, however, the final budget is normally not available to the Board until late July and is formalized in August.


HHS forensics places at four tournaments

Jan 29, 2013
The Hutchinson High School speech and drama program had a successful opening weekend to the 2013 forensics season.

Friday night, the squad opened by winning the sweepstakes trophy at Buhler.  Saturday, the squad took first at Kapaun Mount Carmel, third at Smoky Valley and third at Kingman.

Kelly Thompson coaches forensics and debate at Hutchinson High School.

Buhler Student Congress and Public Forum Debate
First Place Sweepstakes

Varsity House A
  • Brett Krambeer 2nd
  • TJ Blake 3rd
  • Brennan Schartz 5th
Varsity House B
  • Reed Crater 1st
  • Dayton LaMunyon 2nd
  • LaKiyah Sain 3rd
  • McKenzie Miller 4th
Novice House A:
  • Zoe Crater 1st
  • Hunter Grin 2nd
  • Ryan Willis 3rd
  • Lauren Ewing 4th
  • Hannah Lara 6th
Novice House B:
  • Meghan Morey 1st
  • Dustin Curiel 2nd
  • Laura Miller 3rd
  • Alicia Mora 5th
Public Forum Debate
  • Liz Juarez and Ta'mara Hill - 5th
Kapaun Mount Carmel Forensics Saturday
First Place Sweepstakes
  • Ta'mara Hill, Oratory, 2nd Place *State Qualifier
  • TJ Blake, Info, 3rd Place *State Qualifier
  • TJ Blake, Poetry, 3rd Place *State Qualifier
  • Laura Miller, Dramatic Interpretation, 3rd Place
  • Savannah Winkler, Prose, 4th Place *State Qualifier
  • Sydni Huxman, Poetry, 4th Place *State Qualifier
  • Ta'mara Hill, Poetry, 5th Place
  • Sydni Huxman, Dramatic Interpretation, 5th Place
  • Dayton LaMunyon, Oratory, 5th Place
  • Colin Tighe, Humorous Interpretation, 5th Place
  • Austin Heinlein, Humorous Interpretation, 6th Place
Smoky Valley Forensics Saturday
Third Place Sweepstakes
  • Reed Crater, Extemp, 1st Place *State Qualifier
  • Chandler Hodges, Dramatic Interpretation, 2nd Place *State Qualifier
  • Reed Crater, Impromptu, 2nd Place *State Qualifier
  • Chandler Hodges, Poetry, 3rd Place *State Qualifier
  • Brett Krambeer, Impromptu, 3rd Place
  • Paige Brott, Oratory, 3rd Place
  • Paige Brott, Imromptu, 4th Place
  • Brett Krambeer, Extemp, 5th Place
  • Kincaid Lightner, Poetry, 5th Place
  • Paige Brott, Poetry, 6th Place
Kingman Forensics Saturday
Third Place Sweepstakes

  • Colton Harper, Dramatic Interpretation, 1st place *State Qualiifer
  • Emily Lenherr, Dramatic Interpretation, 3rd place
  • Julia Henry, Humorous Interpretation, 3rd place
  • McKenzie Miller, Humorous Interpretation, 4th place
  • Liz Juarez, Poetry, 4th Place
  • Lindsey Reger, Dramatic Interpretation, 7th Place


HHS artists recognized by Scholastic

Jan 18, 2013
Hutchinson High School students received a pair of gold keys, two silver keys and four honorable mentions in the 2013 Scholastic Art Awards Program.

Zach Simpson received both gold key awards -- in mixed media for "Revitalized Rubbish" and in sculpture for "Rowland's Reinterpretation."

As gold key winners, Simpson's two pieces will be sent to New York for national judging later this spring.

Receiving silver key awards were Cassie Zook in printmaking for "Red Hooker Lips" and August Denny in sculpture for "Emerging."

Zook also took two honorable mentions for her paining, "Muse," and for her portfolio for eight works of art. Jorge Zuniga-Martinez received an honorable mention for his mixed media titled, "I am Jorge," while Kelsey Schonborn received an honorable mention for her fashion work titled, "Duct Tape Messenger Bag."

The 2013 regional Scholastic Arts Show will be held Feb. 1 through March 10 at the Wichita Center for The Arts, 9112 East Central in Wichita.

The Scholastic Awards Ceremony with a closing reception will be 2 p.m. March 10 at the center.


HCTEA gets grant from Cargill

Jan 16, 2013
Thanks to a grant from Cargill, the Hutchinson Career and Technical Education Academy at Hutchinson High School will have a new "employee" in a couple weeks.

Check presentation 1-16-13Standing in at 23-inches, this newbie will provide instruction in real world robotics to students in several classes at HCTEA.

The $22,000 is being used to purchase an Aldebaran Robotics NAO H25 robot from DEPCO LLC in Pittsburg, Kan., as well as associated software licenses, curriculum and maintenance. Wednesday, a group of local Cargill employees presented Ronn Roehm, HHS principal, with the check for the grant.

The Cargill employees were then given a guided tour of HCTEA by Steve Stacey, electronics and computer networking teacher at the academy. Many of Stacey's classes will use the robot.

The 23-inch-tall humanoid robot has a multitude of sensors and has the ability to synthesize speech as well as has 25 degrees of freedom for extreme mobility. More information on the robot is available at http://www.aldebaran-robotics.com/en/Discover-NAO/Key-Features/hardware-platform.html.

For more information on the robot's use at the academy, contact David T. Patterson, HCTEA director.



Three make KMEA honor groups

Jan 14, 2013
Three Hutchinson High School musicians will take part in state honor groups later this winter and spring.

During the recent Kansas Music Education Association state honor group auditions, three HHS students were selected.
  • Brandon Heide: State Choir, tenor
  • Aadil Naveed: State Band, alto saxophone
  • Luis Ewing: State Orchestra, snare drum


Second set of PT Conferences for HHS, HMS

Jan 10, 2013
Parent-Teacher Conferences for USD 308 students in grades seven through 12 will be the week of Jan. 14.

Hutchinson Middle School will hold parent-teacher conferences from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, on both campuses of the school. HMS also will have conferences from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 17.

Hutchinson High School will have conferences from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 17, in the Salthawk Activity Center.

At both HHS and HMS, conferences are done arena style. Parents meet with teachers in a common area. If further discussions are needed, individual appointments can be set up.

There will be no school for HHS and HMS students on either Jan. 17 or 18. Additionally, there are no conferences on Jan. 18.

The second set of elementary parent-teacher conferences will not occur until the week of Feb. 25. Classes will be in session on both Jan. 17 and 18 for K-6 students. Jan. 18 is an early release day for K-6 students, however.


HHS excels at Novice State and DCI

Jan 7, 2013
The Hutchinson High School Debate squad -- and its coach -- took away several honors Saturday (Jan. 5, 2013) from the Debate Coaches Invitational and Novice State tournaments. Both tournaments were held at Wichita East High School.

At Novice State, for the first time ever all four HHS teams had winning records with all four teams in the top 25 of 81 novice teams entered.

HHS also had three speaker awards at Novice State. All three were won by freshmen. Previously, the squad had never won a speaker award in Novice State. Colin Tighe was second out of 162 debaters; Shannon Bellamy was sixth; and Julia Henry was seventh.

Bellamy and Tighe were semifinalists at the tournament, placing third. Henry and fellow freshman Alicia Mora reached octafinals and placed ninth.

In the Debate Coaches invitational, HHS had two teams in the top 10 for the first time since 1998 and had the highest cumulative finishes since 1997. DCI is the "super bowl" of Kansas debate, featuring the best teams from all classes in one tournament. To qualify for the tournament, a team had to get bids by top placings in designated tournaments during the year.

Juniors Reed Crater and Brett Krambeer went 5-2 and placed third, the highest placing for an HHS team in DCI since 1988. Senior T.J. Blake and sophomore LaKiyah Sain went 5-2 and placed sixth.

Blake also was the sixth speaker in the DCI tournament.

At the closing ceremony, HHS Debate/Forensics Coach Kelly Thompson received a trophy as DCI Coach of the Year. Thompson received the honor by virtue of voting from his peers across Kansas. He is the first HHS coach ever to receive the honor.

This weekend, HHS hosts the Class 5A and Class 6A state debate tournament. Not only is HHS setting up the tournament, but the school also has several entries in the event.



HHS qualifies two teams for NFL nationals

Dec 10, 2012
For the first time since 2004, Hutchinson High School will be represented by two teams at the National Forensics League policy debate tournament next summer in Birmingham, Ala.

Senior T.J. Blake and sophomore LaKiyah Sain won the NFL West Kansas qualifier Saturday at McPherson while juniors Reed Crater and Brett Krambeer placed second. Both teams qualified for nationals.

Kelly Thompson, Reed Crater, Brett Krambeer, T.J. Blake, LaKiyah SainThe previous weekend, the same two Salthawk teams also qualified for National Catholic Forensics League Grand Nationals on Memorial Day weekend.

Two other teams also competed at McPherson. Sophomores Brennan Schartz and Sydni Huxman placed fourth while junior Dayton LaMunyon and sophomore Paige Brott placed seventh out of 30 teams.

"The best part about this weekend wasn't the success, but of course it is always fun to win," said Kelly Thompson, head debate and forensics coach at HHS. "It also wasn't seeing all of these kids' hard work pay off in such a resounding fashion, though that, too, was extremely rewarding. And it wasn't even seeing the students come together and work hard for each other, in spite of having to debate against each other in important rounds, and in spite of their own eliminations -- this was a team effort from top to bottom.

"The best part about this weekend was hearing from several coaches and judges at the tournament how respectful and classy the squad was in the face of their successes. It is easy for successful young people to be less than those things and to struggle with sportsmanship -- it was great to hear from other schools that our students were handling that exceedingly well. At the end of the day, it is awesome to be good debaters, but it will always be more important to be good people."

Of the five losses sustained in the double-elimination tournament by the HHS teams, three were to other Salthawk teams. NFL rules require undefeated teams in the tournament to compete against each other, and HHS had four of the final five undefeated teams in the tournament.

Hutchinson won the sweepstakes trophy in the tournament for having the overall best record.

The competition also led to additional Debate Coaches Invitational bids. Blake's bids in 2012 leave him just one short of a state record. He and Sain finished third in state DCI bids for 2012-13. Overall, HHS has 12 DCI bids, a school record.

Blake also is a four-time DCI qualifier, the first ever in the history of the tournament. Blake also is the first-ever four-time HHS qualifier for NFL nationals and will be one of only 25 from around the country next summer.

Schartz and Huxman are the highest placing sophomore team at NFL this year and will be the first pair of sophomores to qualify for DCI from HHS.

This weekend, HHS competes in four-speaker debate regionals at Wichita Collegiate High School. HHS hosts the Class 6A and 5A state tournament Jan. 11 and 12.


HHS hosts state debate, needs judges

Dec 6, 2012
For the first time in recent memory, Hutchinson High School will host state debate.

HHS will host Class 5A and Class 6A debate on Jan. 11 and 12.

Unlike most competitive events in Kansas, judges for interscholastic debate are not paid individuals but volunteers who -- like their paid counterparts in other activities -- want to help students.

Community judges will be needed for the four-speaker tournament, which will take place in the Hutchinson Career and Technical Education Academy at HHS, 800 15th Circle.

While past judging experience is desirable, anyone willing to spend 90 minutes listening to two high school debate teams talk about transportation infrastructure can judge.

For more information or to volunteer, contact HHS head debate coach Kelly Thompson at (620) 615-4122 or email him at thompsonk@usd308.com.


HHS debate qualifies for CFL nationals

Dec 3, 2012
Hutchinson High School had one of its most successful weekends in recent memory with two teams qualifying for the National Catholic Forensics League Grand Nationals Tournament Memorial Day weekend.

Senior T.J. Blake and sophomore LaKiyah Sain went 4-2 and placed third at the Wichita Diocese qualifying tournament Saturday in El Dorado and qualified for nationals. Juniors Reed Crater and Brett Krambeer went 4-2 and placed fourth in the tournament and also qualified for NCFL nationals.

The NCFL tournament will be in Philadelphia.

"These kids rock," said fourth-year head debate coach Kelly Thompson. "What a great weekend for Hutch debate. I'm pretty confident that this is the best weekend we've had since I've been here."

By virtue of qualifying for NCFL, the two teams also received additional bids to the Debate Coaches Invitational Tournament in January, which features top teams from across Kansas in all classes. Blake/Sain have six bids, an HHS record, which places the pair in the top five teams in Kansas. Crater/Krambeer also qualify for the DCI tournament with bids.

Also qualifying for DCI Saturday at an invitational tournament in Maize were sophomores Brennan Schartz and Sydni Huxman. The two placed 12th in the tournament and received a DCI bid and qualified for the January tournament.

"This is the first time we've ever had three teams qualify in the bid era of DCI," Thompson said. "Schartz and Huxman also are the first sophomore/sophomore team from Hutch of which I'm aware to qualify for DCI."

Hutchinson's novices also were busy on Saturday, taking first place in sweepstakes at the Augusta invitational. Individually, freshmen Zoe Crater and Emily Fan went 5-0 and placed second in the tournament, missing first place by one speaker point.

Freshmen Julia Henry and Alicia Mora were 4-1 and placed fourth while freshmen Lauren Ewing and Lara Miller were 4-1 and placed eighth.

Friday and Saturday, HHS competes in the West Kansas National Forensics League Tournament at McPherson. Top teams at the McPherson NFL qualifier will go to nationals at Birmingham, Ala.

Individually, HHS has a top five student in NFL. Over his career, Blake has garnered about 2,800 points, placing him third nationally for point totals. Points are awarded for debate rounds, forensics events and Student Congress. The top 100 are honored each year as NFL All Americans.


Next Generation skills highlighted at event

Nov 19, 2012
Hutchinson Public Schools in conjunction with Hutchinson Community College will host a special event, "Discover Next Generation Technical Careers." The event will be from 1 to 7 p.m. Dec. 4, at the Hutchinson Career and Technical Education Academy, 800 15th Circle.

The open house-style event is free and open to the public. It is designed to promote high-demand technical careers to both high school students and adults. Instructors in a variety of in-demand careers will be on hand to show the training facility and answer questions about career training. Additionally, representatives from a variety of industries looking for qualified employees will also be on hand to answer questions and provide insight into career advancement potential in each career field.

"The Next Generation event is a great opportunity for high school students and parents to learn about the free career and technical education college tuition program," said David T. Patterson, director of career and technical education for USD 308's HCTEA. "Students and parents can learn about programs for high school students that lead to high wage-high skill/high demand careers while becoming college and career ready."

Some of the careers which will be featured include welding and metal fabrication; computerized numerical control machining; computer aided drafting; computer support services; visual communications; industrial maintenance; electronic engineering technology; renewable energy; automotive mechanics; automotive collision repair; residential and commercial construction; and heating, refrigeration, ventilation and air conditioning maintenance.

High school counselors and administrators are encouraged to attend as well.

"Our goal is to help the audience connect education with employment," said Jackie Long, co-department chair for computer and industrial technology at HCC. "There often is a belief in the public, that these careers are low-skill and low-pay with little opportunity for advancement, when the exact opposite is the case. Many of these careers have a strong demand, with very competitive pay scales, and with training and continued education, the career potential is virtually unlimited."

Additional information will also be available on tuition-free education opportunities for high school students created by the passage of Kansas Senate Bill 155, which provides funding for training in certain technical careers for students in qualified high school programs, such as those at HCTEA.

For more information, contact HCTEA at (620) 615-4121 or HCC at (620) 728-8104. More information is also available online at www.hutchctea.org or www.hutchcc.edu/cit

For more information on USD 308, visit the district website at www.usd308.com or “like” the district on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usd308 or HCTEA at www.facebook.com/hutchctea.

For more Hutchinson Community College, visit the college website at www.hutchcc.edu or follow the college on Facebook at www.facebook.com/hutchcc.



Concert to benefit New Beginnings

Nov 15, 2012
Current and former musicians from Hutchinson High School are teaming up for an evening of music to benefit a local charity.

The Salthawk Revue Benefit Concert for New Beginnings will be at 7 p.m. Nov. 30 in the Hutchinson High School Performing Arts Center, 810 East 13th. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students. Additional donations for New Beginnings are welcomed as well.

Musicians for the event range in age from 16 to 70.

Musical genres include acoustical classic rock with strings and vocals, jazz and blues favorites and a grand combination finale showcasing the creativity and musical talents of all. Produced by students from the Hutchinson Career and Technical Education Academy and Josh Davies, the event is hosted by the HHS Theater Department.

All proceeds benefit New Beginnings, and help to advance their mission to shelter and rebuild human lives while fostering the development of affordable housing.


HHS debate places at two tournaments

Oct 29, 2012
The Hutchinson High School debate team placed at two area tournaments on Saturday (Nov. 27, 2012).

At El Dorado, a pair of freshmen -- Zoe Crater and Emily Fan -- went 6-1 and won the junior varsity division of the tournament.

At Garden City, HHS picked up another Debate Coaches Invitational bid. Sophomores Brennan Schartz and Sydni Huxman placed 10 in the varsity division and received a bid to the DCI tournament in January. The two also were champions of the Varsity-JV Breakout Division.

Also placing at Garden City were freshmen Zac Thurston and Kaitlynn Hazell, fourth place novice; sophomores Dustin Curiel and Ryan Willis, quarterfinalists in varsity-JV breakout; and sophomores McKenzie Miller and Brett Knight, semifinalists in varsity-JV breakout.

As a school, HHS placed second in sweepstakes competition at Garden City.

Kelly Thompson coaches debate and forensics at HHS.


College planning conference Oct. 22

Oct 18, 2012
Parents and students of juniors and seniors at Hutchinson High School will have the opportunity to interact with post-secondary educational opportunities on Monday, Oct. 22.

The annual Fall Kansas Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers College Planning Conference will be held from 9:15 to 11 a.m. in the Salthawk Activity Center on the HHS campus.

Parents and students are invited to visit with college admission officers from around the state in a relaxed, fair-like setting. Seniors and juniors will be dismissed from class in order to attend this event.


HHS debaters place second at Olathe NW

Oct 8, 2012
Hutchinson High School had a debate team place second in the Olathe Northwest invitational on Saturday.

The team of senior T.J. Blake and sophomore LaKiyah Sain were 5-0 in preliminary rounds and placed second in the championship round. The pair also received two additional bids to the Debate Coaches Invitational Tournament.

Blake is the first debater in the quarter-century history of the DCI tournament to have qualified for it all four years in high school. Blake and Sain currently are the No. 1 varsity debate team in Kansas, based on DCI bids. Overall, HHS is the third-ranked varsity squad in Kansas, based on bids.

Also at Northwest, juniors Reed Crater and Brett Krambeer went 3-2 and were honorable mention. The duo missed breaking to out rounds by one speaker point and receiving a second DCI bid.

HHS also debated at Sterling where teams went 3-2 and placed third in sweepstakes. At Wichita Northwest, a group of freshmen brought home a second-place sweepstakes trophy. Taylor Bishop and Alicia Mora went 5-0 and placed second. Laura Miller and Melissa Schoenecker went 4-1 and placed seventh.

This weekend, HHS competes at Wichita East and Buhler. Kelly Thompson is head debate coach at HHS.


District to host Body Venture

Oct 4, 2012
Students from three USD 308 schools will have the opportunity to learn about the human body in an interactive way next week.

Body Venture is a traveling exhibit about learning healthy lifestyles. Developed by Child Nutrition and Wellness Division within the Kansas State Department of Education, the exhibit is an 11-stop tour. Students move through the major parts of the body, including the brain, mouth, stomach, small intestine, heart, lungs, bones, muscles and skin.

On Tuesday, Oct. 9, kindergarten through fifth grade students from Faris Elementary School and Hutchinson Magnet School at Allen will tour the Body Venture exhibit in the Hutchinson High School North Gym.

Then on Wednesday, Oct. 10, the exhibit moves to Morgan Elementary School where kindergarten through fifth grade students will participate in the tour.

Body Venture is part of KSDE's ongoing "Eat Smart Play Hard" campaign.


HHS has concert Oct. 9 and 11

Oct 4, 2012
Hutchinson High School will have to concerts next week.

At 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 9, HHS orchestra students will give a concert under the direction of Bruce Boyd in the Performing Arts Center.

Orchestra student will perform classical works by Frescobaldi, Mozart, Grieg and Wagner as well as the "American Reel" by Kansas City composer Kirt Mosier and an Irish reel, "Toss the Feathers." by Sean O'Loughlin.  The concert will also feature the beautiful and somber "On a Hymnsong of Philip Bliss" by David Holsinger.

At 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, vocal music students under the direction of Jarl Moreland will have a concert in the Performing Arts Center.

The vocalists will sing selections by Vijay Singh, Mark Hayes, David Maddux, Karl Jenkins, Antonio Lotti, Victor Johnson, Tom Porter, Keith Hampton and Ruth Morris Gray. The concert has an African influence and closes with and selection from the musical "Pippin" performed by combined choirs.

There will be a short reception after the concert in front of the Performing Arts Center to meet and greet Moreland, who is HHS' new choir director Moreland in 2012.


HHS volleyball holds Pink Out night

Oct 4, 2012
Fans are encouraged to wear pink for the final home match of the 2012 Hutchinson High School volleyball season on Oct. 16.

The squad will have a "Pink Out" night in the Salthawk Activity Center for breast cancer awareness. The night also will be Senior Night for the squad.

HHS plays Salina South in a dual at 5 p.m. Oct. 16 in the SAC.

The squad is selling T-shirts for the Pink Out event. Shirts cost $10 each but need to be ordered by Monday, Oct. 8. To order one, email head coach Tina Johnson at johnsont@usd308.com or assistant coach Abby Thompson at thompsona@usd308.com.


Midwest Superstore & HHS team up for fund raiser

Oct 4, 2012
For the second consecutive year, Midwest Superstore is teaming up with Hutchinson High School for a major fundraiser for Salthawk activities.

For a suggested donation of $5, a fan has the opportunity to have his/her name drawn on Oct. 13 to punt/pass/kick a football through the uprights at the Oct. 19 football game between HHS and Garden City at Gowans Stadium.

The entire donation goes to HHS programs.

If the raffle winner successfully moves the ball 100 yards on Oct. 19 via a punt, a pass and a kick through the uprights, the Salthawk fan gets a Salthawk blue 2012 Ford F-150 pickup. If the ball falls short, the winner still takes home a 60-inch television and home theater system.

Tickets will be sold at Friday's HHS vs. Derby football game at Gowans Stadium. Additionally, students will be at Kohl's from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, selling tickets in the Kohl's parking lot on East 17th.


Dower, Engel tabbed for Homecoming royalty

Oct 1, 2012
Joe Dower was crowned king and Savannah Engel was crowned queen for fall 2012 Homecoming at Hutchinson High School during Friday's football game with Salina South.

Other finalists for king were Brody Ackley, Dakota Brower, Sam File, Tanner Higgins and Trevor Turner.

Other finalists for queen are Emma Barnett, Erika Long, Hannah Weber, Katlyn Engweiler and Katlyn Meggers.
 


First round of parent-teacher conferences slated

Sep 27, 2012
The school year is a sixth complete.

As a result, parents and students will have a first round of parent-teacher conferences in the district next week. At the elementary level, appointments already have been set up for conferences that occur after school during the week and on Thursday, Oct. 4.

Both Hutchinson Middle School and Hutchinson High School conferences area arena-style, allowing parents and students to come and go as desired.

On both campuses of HMS, conferences will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 2, and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4.

At Hutchinson High School, conferences will be from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Salthawk Activity Center.

There is no school for students on either Oct. 4 or Oct. 5.


Band preps for competitive marching

Sep 27, 2012


Fans of classic rock will feel at home listening to the 2012 program of the Hutchinson High School Salthawk Marching Band.

The band's show is built around the music of Led Zepplin. It opens with "Immigrant Song" and "Heartbreaker." The percussion feature is "Fool in the Rain."  "Stairway to Heaven" closes out the show.

The band has 140 members in 2012. Drum majors are Emma Barnett, Anna Kimmel and Mattie Bierberly. The drum captain is Luis Ewing.

The Salthawks march at all home football games. Friday (Sept. 28), the band performs prior to the Homecoming game with Salina South and at halftime.

Additionally, the band marched downtown for the Kansas State Fair and received a I rating.

In October, marching season is in full swing. The band opens Oct. 13 at the Central States Marching Festival at Kansas State University. A week later on Oct. 20, the band competes in the Maple Leaf Marching Festival at Carthage, Mo. The final marching competition of the fall will be the Southern Plains Marching Festival at Andover on October 24.

Professional staff for the band include Paul Peterson, percussion director; Cassy Nulik, color guard director; and David Keller, marching instructor.

Daryl Koestel is director of bands for Hutchinson High School.

Davis named Commended student

Sep 26, 2012
Hutchinson High School senior Natalie L. Davis has been recognized as a Commended Student in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program. A letter of commendation from the school and the National Merit Scholarship Corp., which conducts the program, will be presented to Davis.

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2013 competition for Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed in the top 5 percent of the more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2013 competition by taking the 2011 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.



HHS homecoming events slated

Sep 20, 2012
Hutchinson High School will welcome current students and alumni for Fall Homecoming 2012, beginning Sunday, Sept. 23.

Homecoming events begin with the annual Powder Puff football game at 1 p.m. Sunday, at Gowans Stadium. The senior girls at HHS take on the juniors during the Powder Puff game. There is no admission charged.

Monday through Friday, students will be able to dress up for the day. Featured days are:

  • Monday: Hipster Day
  • Tuesday: Holiday Day Dress up for your favorite Holiday
  • Wednesday: Dress for Success Day
  • Thursday: Class Color Day -- Seniors, Pink; Juniors, Orange; Sophomores, Green; and Freshman, White
  • Friday: Blue and Gold Spirit Day

Thursday, weather permitting, Salthawk fans are invited to the annual bonfire at 6:30 p.m. on the north end of the midway area of the Kansas State Fairgrounds. Sponsored by the HHS Sports Booster Club, the fall sports teams will be featured with hot dogs, cookies and soft drinks served.

Activities ramp up on Friday, Sept. 28, for Homecoming. During the morning, students will vote on the finalists for king and queen after assemblies.

Finalists for king are Brody Ackley, Dakota Brower, Joe Dower, Sam File, Tanner Higgins and Trevor Turner. Finalists for queen are Emma Barnett, Erika Long, Hannah Weber, Katlyn Engweiler, Katlyn Meggers and Savannah Engel.

The annual Homecoming Parade begins at 3:45 p.m. Friday and will go north on Main Street from B to 7th.

HHS varsity football then hosts Salina South for the Homecoming game. Prior to the 7 p.m. kickoff, the king will be crowned. At halftime, the queen will be crowned.

The final event of the week will be the Homecoming Dance from 9 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, in the HHS Cafeteria.


HHS wins tough Washburn Rural debate tourney

Sep 17, 2012
The Hutchinson High School opened the 2012-13 debate season with a win at one of the toughest tournaments in the state.

Sain-Blake win Washburn Rural debateSenior T.J. Blake and sophomore LaKiyah Sain went 9-0 and won the varsity division of the Washburn Rural invitational tournament Saturday. The pair won a 6-1 decision in the finals. Individually, Blake was the seventh-place speaker in the tournament.

Additionally, juniors Reed Crater and Brett Krambeer went 6-2, advancing to the semifinals round to place third in the tournament.

As a team, HHS placed second in the tournament.

"It's the largest tournament in the state of Kansas, with 160 teams from 35 schools competing," said Kelly Thompson, head HHS debate coach. "The varsity division features the best of the best. It's always considered the hardest invitational tournament in the state each year."

Blake and Sain are only the second Hutchinson team ever to win the tournament. Additionally, it was the first time in many years HHS had two teams in varsity elimination rounds.

In addition to wins in the varsity division, HHS was successful in both the open and novice divisions. In the open division, sophomores Brennan Schartz and Sydni Huxman went 4-2. In the novice division, freshmen Zoe Crater and Emily Fan went 3-2 and placed eighth.

Because of the win, Blake and Sain are qualified for the Debate Coaches Invitational Tournament this winter, which features the top debaters from all classes from across Kansas. This is the earliest ever a Hutchinson team has qualified for the DCI tournament. Crater and Krambeer also earned one of two bids they will need for the tournament.

Currently, HHS is the second-ranked varsity squad in the state, using total DCI bids.

HHS is hosting the Tom Kelly Invitational Debate Tournament Friday and Saturday. Community judges still are needed for the tournament, particularly for the 5:15 and 7:15 p.m. rounds Friday.

Judges need not be experienced in order to sign up. They merely need the ability to evaluate a discussion between four high school students for about an hour and a half. There will be a judges' clinic at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Hutchinson Career and Technical Education Academy Events Center, 800 15th Circle.

To volunteer as a judge, please email Thompson at thompsonk@usd308.com.

This season, students are debating "Resolved: that the United State federal government should substantially increase its transportation infrastructure investment in the United States."

Students will debate on upgrades to existing structures like airports and seaports, as well as new initiatives like bike lanes and green fuel technology.

HHS also will host the state two-speaker and four-speaker debate tournaments for Classes 5A and 6A in January.


HHS offers electronic transcript requests

Sep 13, 2012
Hutchinson High School has created an email address as a service to students and alumni who need a transcript.
To request a transcript, alumni and students should email hhstranscripts@usd308.com. The request needs to include:
  • Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Graduation Year
  • Address to send the transcript to.
There is no charge for HHS transcripts.

Governor tours HCTEA

Sep 13, 2012
Officials from both Hutchinson Public Schools and Hutchinson Community College explained the long-time close working relationship between the two institutions for career education in central Kansas.

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback toured the Hutchinson Career and Technical Education Academy on the Hutchinson High School campus during his Governor's Day visit to Hutchinson for the Kansas State Fair. The HCTEA is one of the longest-standing career and technical education programs that bridges K-12 and high education.

Brownback met with students, staff and administrators for both Hutchinson Public Schools and Hutchinson Community College at the Hutchinson Career and Technical Education Academy. The academy provides career path training, including several of the certificate programs that will benefit from Senate Bill 155.

Superintendent Dr. Shelly Kiblinger told the governor the USD 308 and HCC programming is a long-term example of how cooperation can work for the students, employers and community. Many students begin their classwork in high school and continue it at HCC.

Governor views auto tech trainingThe program also is available to area public and private high school students with some students coming from as far away as Maize taking HCTEA classes in 2012-13.

The USD 308-HCC effort can work as a model for other schools in the state, the superintendent told the governor.

The 2012 Legislature approved and the governor signed SB 155, which allows Kansas high school students can get their tuition paid for if they take qualified technical courses offered at Kansas technical and community colleges. The incentive program also will give school districts $1,000 for each high school student who graduates from that district with an industry-recognized credential in a high-need occupation.

Among the many high-need occupations offered at HCTEA include automotive service technicians and mechanics, computer support specialists, construction laborers and machinists.

HCTEA Director David T. Patterson gave the governor the tour. He was accompanied by Dr. Kiblinger, HCC President Dr. Ed Berger and HCC Vice President of Workforce Development and Outreach Steve Porter.


Cheer clinic slated

Sep 6, 2012
The Hutchinson High School cheer squad will conduct its annual Kiddie Cheerleader Clinic, beginning at 4 p.m. Oct. 5. The clinic begins at the Salthawk Activity Center and then moves to Gowans Stadium where the young cheerleaders will do cheers during the first quarter of the HHS-Derby varsity football game.

The clinic, which costs $20 per youth, is for students in kindergarten through sixth grade. Participants are asked to wear tennis shoes, comfortable shorts/pants and a t-shirt. The registration fee includes a snack and shirt.

Enrollment forms are available at USD 308 elementary schools.


Patron program benefits theater

Aug 30, 2012
Once again, community members can support theater in Hutchinson through the Hutchinson High School Patron Program.

In return for a donation, ranging from $40 to $200 (or more), donors receive tickets to the theater productions during the year, recognition in programs and an invitation to the patron receptions on the opening nights of plays.

The levels of the program include:

  • Benefactor: $200 or more donation. Receives 12 complimentary tickets, a one-line ad in the program and preferred seating for the party.
  • Angel: $100 donation. Receives eight complimentary tickets, a one-line ad in the program and preferred seating for the party.
  • Gold Star Patron: $80 donation. Receives six complimentary tickets, a one-line add in the program and preferred seating for the party.
  • Blue Star Patron: $40 donation. Receives four complimentary tickets, a one-line add in the program and preferred seating for the party.

In addition to the season-opening New York on Sept. 10 and 11, the Theater Department will present the musical comedy The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee on Nov. 1, 3 and 4. The 1980s British farce Noises Off will be presented March 7 to 9 at 7:30 p.m.

The patron receptions will occur at 7 p.m. on opening night of each production.


HHS needs debate judges

Aug 30, 2012
Hutchinson High School will host two major debate tournaments during the 2012-13 season.

HHS will host its own Tom Kelly Debates on Sept. 21 and 22. Then in early January, HHS will host the Class 5A and 6A state debate tournament for both two-speaker and four-speaker divisions.

Because HHS also is hosting the 5A and 6A State Championships of Debate in January, the field for this year's Tom Kelly Debates is the largest the school has seen in a decade at 100 teams.

As a result, HHS needs more community judges for the tournament.

Rounds for the Tom Kelly invitational will occur on Friday, Sept. 21 at 3:45, 5:15 and 7:15 p.m. Rounds will resume on Saturday, Sept. at 8 and 9:30 a.m., as well as 12:30, 2:15 and 4 p.m.

Judges need not be qualified nor experienced in order to sign up. They merely need the ability to evaluate a discussion between 4 high school students for about an hour and a half.

To volunteer as a judge, please call HHS Debate Coach Kelly Thompson at (620) 615-4222 or email him at thompsonk@usd308.com.

This season, students will debate "Resolved: that the United State federal government should substantially increase its transportation infrastructure investment in the United States."

Students will debate on upgrades to existing structures like airports and seaports, as well as new initiatives like bike lanes and green fuel technology.


HHS opens theater season with 9/11 play

Aug 30, 2012
As the nation marks the 11th anniversary of 9/11, the Hutchinson High School Theater Department will open its season with a production that remembers the events and the fallout.

The show New York will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 10 and 11 in the Black Box Theatre on the Hutchinson High School campus. The Black Box Theatre is a smaller performance venue located behind the main Performing Arts Center.

"The play takes place in a therapist's office and shows a wide variety of personalities trying to come to terms with the atrocities of that day and the subsequent fallout afterward," said Tobie Henline, HHS theater teacher and play director. "It's really given the students a perspective they didn't have before as they were so young when it happened."

The production was originally written as part of a benefit show where all proceeds went to a group of psychiatrists who were volunteering their time and services after Sept. 11, 2001. It was written right after 9/11 and was first performed in April 2002. According to the author David Rimmer, ideas for the characters came out of the air, out of things people said and out of magazine articles written at the time.

The ticket prices are $8 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.


HHS ACT scores at or above state

Aug 22, 2012
ACT scores at Hutchinson High School continue to be at or above Kansas averages.

For the graduating class of 2012, 151 HHS students took the ACT test. The composite score for English, mathematics, reading and science was 22.4, compared to a state average of 21.9.

For the class of 2011, 153 students took the ACT with a composite score of 22.2, compared to a statewide average of 22.0.

By course area, HHS 2012 grads had an average English score of 21.9, compared to a state average of 21.3. HHS' English score was up from 21.5 in 2011.

In mathematics, HHS' score was 21.8, the same as in 2011 but down 0.1 from 2011.

In reading, HHS' score was 22.9, compared to the state average of 22.3. HHS' score was up from 22.6 in 2011.

In science, HHS' score was 22.3, compared to the state average of 21.7. HHS' score was up 0.2 from 2011.
    


Convocation opens year for staff

Aug 8, 2012
The more than 800 Hutchinson Public Schools staff members formally began the 2012-13 school year with the annual opening convocation Wednesday (Aug. 8, 2012) at the Salthawk Activity Center on the Hutchinson High School campus.

Superintendent Shelly Kiblinger gave a State of the District presentation during the two-hour convocation. Donna Whiteman, Kansas Association of School Boards assistant executive director, was the keynote speaker.

Several educators were honored during the event. The Davis Foundation made its annual Teachers of the Year Awards. The elementary winners were Courtney Bleything, fifth grade teacher at Lincoln Elementary School, and Martin Vieyra, first grade teacher at Wiley Elementary School.

The middle school winner was Jo Davis, special education teacher at Hutchinson Middle School -- 8.

The high school winners were Sheila Meggers and Brenda Stegman. Both educators teach math at Hutchinson High School.

Each winner receives $4,000. The Davis Foundation has contributed millions of dollars to Hutchinson Public Schools' staff and students since its first scholarships were awarded to HHS seniors 55 years ago. This is the 31st time the awards have been made to teachers.

Also recognized during the event were the USD 308 Kansas Teacher of the Year nominees -- Dori Schneider, instructional coach at Morgan Elementary School, and Laura Bottom, medical sciences teacher at HHS.

Recognized during the convocation as the Classified Employee of the Year for 2011-12 was Brian Brillhart, TACS educational aide at HMS-8.

Staff will have in-service training and room preparation for the 2012-13 school year through Aug. 14. Students in grades one through nine return on Aug. 15. High school sophomores through seniors begin the year on Aug. 16. Boys in kindergarten and the 4-year-old program begin on Aug. 20 with girls in kindergarten and the 4-year-old program begin on Aug. 21.


Open houses set

Aug 6, 2012
Students who attend elementary school in USD 308 will have the opportunity to see their buildings and meet their teachers prior to the first day of classes.

All elementary schools will have open houses on Aug. 14, the afternoon and evening before the first day of classes. A schedule of elementary open houses is below.

In addition to seeing the schools, open houses give parents a chance to ask staff questions, turn in health and other necessary final paperwork and see what parent organizations are available.

The first day of classes for students in first through ninth grades will be Aug. 15. The first day for sophomores through seniors at HHS will be Aug. 16. Kindergarteners and 4-year-olds’ first day will be Aug. 20 for boys and Aug. 21 for girls.

Families who have not enrolled for the 2012-13 school year are asked to go to their school and enroll in person.

Elementary open houses
School: Address, Date, Time
Avenue A: 111 S. Madison, August 14, 5 to 6 p.m.
Faris: 301 E. 10th, August 14, 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Graber: 1600 N. Cleveland, August 14, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
HMS at Allen: 403 W. 10th, August 14, 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Lincoln: 315 E. Bigger, August 14, 4 to 5:30 p.m.
McCandless: 700 N. Baker, August 14, 5 to 6:30 p.m.
Morgan: 100 W. 27th, August 14, 5 to 6:30 p.m.
Wiley: 900 W. 21st, August 14, 5 to 6:30 p.m.


Ballard receives excellence award

May 16, 2012
After 40 years of educating USD 308 students, little surprises biology teacher Larry Ballard.

Wednesday (May 16, 2012), the educator was genuinely surprised in his fifth-hour class.

Scott Coons and Larry BallardShortly after the bell rang at 2:09 p.m., former student Scott Coons and an entourage from his company and the University of Kansas walked in to Ballard's honors biology class. Coons carried an oversized check for $1,500.

Ballard was being honored by Coon's company, Perceptive Software, and the University of Kansas' School of Engineering with this month's Educating Excellence award. He received both the check and will receive a color laser printer.

Perceptive and KU launched the Educating Excellence program in March 2010 to recognize outstanding Kansas and Kansas City area high school science, technology, engineering and math teachers.

Ballard currently teaches honors, International Baccalaureate and standard biology classes at HHS. According to students and colleagues alike, Ballard brings biology to life, shedding light on tough concepts and leading hands-on projects, including one popular lesson that involves sample collection at Cow Creek. He also makes himself available outside of the classroom, staying long hours and mentoring students on their college and career plans.

Coons, Hutchinson High School alum and president and CEO of Perceptive Software, presented Ballard with the $1,500 Educating Excellence award along with Interim Dean of the KU School of Engineering, Dr. Stan Rolfe.

"As a student at Hutchinson High School, a teacher recognized my interest and potential in math and science and helped guide me into my career as an engineer," Coons said. "Realizing many students' lives have been impacted by outstanding teachers throughout our state and the metro area, we launched this program to recognize teachers making a difference in the lives of students."

Each month throughout the academic year, the $1,500 award is given to an outstanding Kansas or Kansas City area teacher. Nine teachers in total will be recognized during the current academic year. In order to be eligible, a teacher must receive three separate nominations - one each from a colleague, a member of the community and a current student. Nominations can be made online at www.educatingexcellence.org.

Perceptive Software, creator of process and content management products and software, including intelligent data capture, and the University of Kansas School of Engineering partnered in March 2010 to launch the Educating Excellence program. The program was established to recognize high school science, technology, engineering and math teachers.

Coons has been honored in the past by HHS. He is on the HHS Wall of Honor, inducted as part of the 2010 class. Coons graduated from Hutchinson High School in 1985. While at Hutchinson High School, he excelled in academics and sports and was president of the student body. In addition to his outstanding career and leadership in the software world, Coons is also part of the KTEC Pipeline and helps match up-and-coming entrepreneurs with already successful mentors.

His ability to "think outside the box" has earned him many awards, including recognition as one of Kansas City's Top Ten Companies, and Best Software Product of the Year in 2007 by Document Manager magazine.

Coons' company serves more than 2,000 organizations in 45 countries. Their clients include institutions of higher learning, hospitals, financial service organizations, insurance companies, and organizations from Wimbledon to the federal government. His company continues to expand internationally with headquarters in London, Sidney, and Singapore. In 2006, he was named an Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

Coons volunteers his time to serve on boards at both the University of Kansas and Kansas State University.


HCTEA qualifies for SkillsUSA nationals

May 14, 2012
Students from the Hutchinson Career and Technical Academy at Hutchinson High School qualified in four areas for nationals in SkillsUSA events at the recent Kansas Championships in Wichita.

Additionally, HCTEA was recognized at the late April event for having the largest membership increase in high school and college/post-secondary chapter.

Students placing first qualify for National Competition held in Kansas City, Mo., June 23 to 27. Students competing at the post-secondary level are from Hutchinson Community College and attend programming at HCTEA.

  • 3-D Animation and Visualization, Mitchell Garrett and Max Graber, Hutchinson High School, first place High School Division
  • Collision Repair Technology, Aaron Williams, Hutchinson High School, first place High School Division
  • Extemporaneous Speaking, Jason Hatfield, HCC, first place College/Post-Secondary Division
  • Welding Fabrication, Levi Harris, Kody Buzzard and Cody Powers, Hutchinson High School, first place High School Division
  • Automotive Refinishing Technology, Dawson Harris, Hutchinson High School, second place High School Division
  • Collision Repair Technology, Brennen Oberle, HCC, second place College/Post-Secondary Division
  • Precision Machining Technology, David Cross, Hutchinson High School, second place High School Division
  • Precision Machining Technology, Steven Chronister, Hutchinson High School, third place High School Division
  • Web Design, Spencer Preston and Brendan Mahoney, Hutchinson High School, second place High School Division
  • HCTEA was Recognized for Largest Membership Increase in High School and College/Post-Secondary Chapter

HHS junior has art in KU exhibit

May 10, 2012
Cassie Zook is her own person.

Cassie Zook and her artworkSo when a teacher made a joke about her choice of lipstick color, the young woman turned her feelings into art.

Protest art.

Zook's piece, "Hooker Red Lips," is on display at the Spencer Museum of Art on the University of Kansas campus through July 22 in an art show titled "Prepared: Strategies for Activists."

Earlier this school year, Zook wore bright red lipstick to school. One teacher made a joking comment on two occasions that she had "hooker red lips" in front of her peers. The junior was offended. She then decided to wear red lipstick every day to class.

In March, Zook was invited to attend a seminar on art activism at the Spencer Museum of Art. Among other artists, she met Chen Shaoxiong, the William T. Kemper Foundation International Artist in Residence.

The curator of the museum approached Zook about having a piece in the show that began April 11. She had just 10 days to get the 30- by 40-inch artwork done prior to leaving for an overseas trip on spring break. She is the only high school student with art in the show.

That piece, "Hooker Red Lips," is part of the "Prepared: Strategies for Activists" show that opened April 11.

When she first saw how the artwork was displayed, she initially was taken aback. It was hung by itself about 20 feet in the air -- above the smaller poster-sized artwork of other artists. She then came to realize her artwork stands out in the exhibit and she has her own individual plaque.

Zook is in the International Baccalaureate art program that HHS instructor Deb Ringler teaches. The instructor is excited about how the young artist has developed.

"This ("Hooker Red Lips") will be part of her IB show along with other artwork," Ringler said. "IB is about making that personal connection with art. The growth between her first piece and this one is just awesome."

Zook's experience with an off-handed comment last fall was not her first. At a previous school district, she heard some comments that presumably were meant to be fun but ended up being hurtful. The difference now is that she has been able to do something about it.

"It is exciting for me to have this opportunity," the young artist said. "To be able to do something and stand up is really cool. It's empowering."


HHS' 130th graduation set for May 20

May 10, 2012
Hutchinson High School will have its 130th graduation ceremony at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 20, in the Sports Arena.

To prepare for graduation, there will be a practice at 8:30 a.m. Friday, May 18, at the Sports Arena.

The senior class of 2012 will have about 315 graduates.

Mass Bands set for May 17

May 10, 2012
In terms of sheer numbers, the biggest musical event of the school year sounds off at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 17, at the Salthawk Activity Center.

The 25th annual Mass Bands Concert features about 600 USD 308 students in grades six through 12. There will be performances by elementary bands, a combined middle school band, the high school band and both middle and high school jazz bands before the actual mass bands performance, which brings together all the students.

As with the previous Mass Bands Concert, all students come together for the song, "A Mighty Fortress."

The district has been doing the Mass Bands Concert since 1988. The event is a chance for students to play with what may be the largest group they ever will in their lives. It also gives parents a chance to hear what their children are doing as well as what others are doing in the district. For younger students, the concert provides an opportunity to see what is in store for them in the future in band.


HHS National Honor Society inducts 31

May 10, 2012
The Hutchinson High School W.D.P. Carey Chapter of the National Honor Society of Secondary Schools inducted 38 members to its ranks during ceremonies Saturday (May 5, 2012).

To become a member of the National Honor Society, a student must have an unweighted grade point average of 3.6 or higher with at least 16 trimesters of honors classes by the end of the second trimester of the junior year or an unweighted grade point average of 3.8. Students also must have at least a minimum of 30 documented community service hours.

Inducted were Brody Ackley, Jack Bever, Tyler Blake, Kaley Bohlen, Jordan Clark, Taylor Clary, Alyssa Danler, Natalie Davis, Patti Degner, Savannah Engel, Abraham Fangman, Devon Friesen, Samuel Galliart, Tanner Higgins, AJ Holland, Dominique Hoover, Emily Lenherr, Haley McMurphy, Katlyn Meggers, Michelle Paine, Allison Reiser, Sarah Rothe, Madison Schrock, Kaiesha Serbin, Garrett Smith, Kayla St Laurent, Alonso Talamantes, Leanna Weesner, Hunter Wiles, Seaver Williams and Cassandra Zook.

Each year, members of NHS at Hutchinson High School accumulate hundreds of hours of community service.


HHS forensics seventh at state

May 7, 2012
The Hutchinson High School forensics squad placed seventh in the Class 6A state speech and drama tournament Saturday in Olathe.

Led by senior Craig McKibben's first-place finish in dramatic interpretation, HHS totaled 202 sweepstakes points. HHS had seven semifinalists in 2012 and four finalists.

A year ago, HHS placed 13th and had only three semifinalists and one finalist.

    Semifinalists and finalists rankings follow.
  • Senior Michaela Ruhlmann, informative speaking, 10th
  • Junior TJ Blake, domestic extemporaneous speaking, 10th
  • Junior Bailey Lamer/freshman Austin Heinlein, duet acting, seventh
  • Junior TJ Blake, informative speaking, 6th
  • Sophomore Chandler Hodges, dramatic interpretat6ion, fifth
  • Freshman LaKiyah Sain, poetry, third
  • Senior Craig McKibben, dramatic interpretation, state champion

Kelly Thompson coaches forensics for Hutchinson High School.





HHS senior honors announced

May 4, 2012
Below is the full list of scholarships and other honors received by the class of 2012 at Hutchinson High School. The list is self-reported by students. The honors were announced Wednesday at the annual Awards Assembly at HHS.

  • Leaders, Today and Tomorrow: Alex Baker, Lucas Munds, Quinton Barnes, Jeff Penner, Zoe Cress, Jerome Roehm, Andrew Howard, Emily Wedel, Katie Kimmel, Jess Westmoreland
  • Burton,Doris Lyman & James Thompson Memorial Scholarship: Jerome Roehm
  • Orlene Linebarger Memorial Scholarship: Jeff Penner, Emily Allen
  • Coberly/Tweito Memorial Scholarship: Emily Allen, Zoe Cress
  • HHS Alumni Scholarship: Zoe Cress, Emily Davis, Jeff Penner
  • K.U. Kansas Honors Program Scholarship: Paige Brown, Ashley Elliott, Dennin Dusek, Andrew Howard
  • D.G. Lett Masonic Lodge No. 30: John Allen, Brianna Cushinberry
  • Hutchinson NEA Scholarship: Megan Linke
  • Marty Casey FACS Scholarship: Christina Tang
  • John H. “Jack” Caton Memorial Scholarship: Evan Wondra
  • Young Women in Harmony: Liz Woody
  • National School Choral Award: Amanda Moore
  • John Phillip Sousa Award: Jeff Penner
  • Louie Armstrong Jazz Award: Jeff Penner
  • National School Orchestra Award: Emily Wedel:
  • HHS Vocal Music Scholarship: Bethany Manny
  • Hutchinson Music Club: Taylor Crawford
  • Kiwanis Key Club Scholarship: Zoe Cress, Cayla Smith, Megan Thurston
  • Outstanding Athlete Award: Taylor Mayes, Jerome Roehm
  • Class of “47” John & Bobbi Baker Scholarship: Jess Westmoreland
  • Class of “53” & “54” Educational Grant: Ashely Field
  • Class of 1965 Scholarship: Cheyenne Smith, Evan Wondra
  • The Hazel Doherty Scholarship for Lincoln Students: Christy Edington
  • 2012 State Farm Scholarship: Zoe Cress
  • American Legion Award: Tanner Blakesley, Katie Kimmel
  • American Vision Award: Corson Androski
  • Gold Key Art Award: Brie Starks
  • Silver Key Art Award: Amy Stegman
  • Honorable Mention Senior Art Students: Nikki LaFoe
  • Hutchinson Art Association Marvel Senti Scholarship: Corson Androski, Maggie Heck
  • Alpha Delta Kappa Scholarship: Bethany Manny
  • Jennifer A. Goodman Scholarship: Ronald Boyd
  • Class of “60” Whiteside Allagaroo Scholarship: Steven Rose
  • Beshore Memorial Scholarship: Jarrod Nisly, Brenda Andrade
  • Melissa Yost Scholarship: Ashley Field
  • Thurston Memorial Scholarship: Jess Westmoreland
  • Hutchinson Clinic Scholarship: Emily Davis
  • Recognition of National Merit Scholar: Alex Baker
  • Perfect ACT Score: Alex Baker
  • Presidential Academic Fitness Award: Emily Allen, Kathleen Fee, Hannah Page, Brenda Andrade, Kelsi Field, Chris Reger, Corson Androski, Megan Hale, Jerome Roehm, Alex Baker, Molly Herring, Steven Rose, Quinton Barnes, Ryan Hickman, Johnathon Shook, Paige Brown, Andrew Howard, Justin Swarts, Colton Castelli, Katie Kimmel, Casey Teichmann, Emani Castro, Turner Landon, Mary Torrez, Taylor Crawford, Megan Linke, Alex Turley, Emily Davis, Brenna Maynard, Emily Wedel, Denin Dusek, Jarrod Nisly, Elizabeth Woody, Evan Essmiller
  • Principal's Leadership Award: Jess Westmoreland
  • George and Belle Pearce Trust Fund Scholarship: Andrew Franz, Mahlyn Walton
  • James A. and Juliet L. Davis Foundation Scholarship: Zoe Cress and Steven Rose. Other finalists: Andrew Howard, Dennin Dusek, Matt McKenna, Kelsie Field
  • Young American Award: Jerome Roehm. Other finalists: Corey Androski, Katie Kimmel, Alex Baker, Matt McKenna, Zoe Cress, Ashley Elliott, Emily Wedel, Andrew Howard, Jess Westmoreland
Recognition of Kansas Board of Regents Scholars
  • Curriculum Completers: Paige Brown, Steven Rose, Hazel Casquino, Michaela Ruhlmann, Colton Castelli, Jonathan Shook, Taylor Crawford, Justin Swarts, Rachel Jaskoski, Casey Teichmann,Jarrod Nisly, Emily Wedel, Hannah Page
  • Kansas Scholars: Paige Brown, Taylor Crawford, Emily Wedel

Hutchinson Community College
Athletic/Endowment Association Scholarships
  • Allen, John: Glover Family Scholarship
  • Andrade, Brenda: HCC Presidential Leadership Scholarship , HCC Presidential Leadership Book Scholarship
  • Augustine, Shelby: Admissions Book Scholarship -- HCC, Reno Activity Scholarship
  • Banz, Derrald: Grace Paul Trust Book Scholarship :
  • Blakesley, Tanner: Ambassador Scholarship -- HCC, Annual Fund Drive Book Scholarship
  • Boyd, Ronald: HCC Endowment Assn Scholarship, HCC Broadcast & Media Technology Book Scholarship
  • Brown, Devin: Grace Paul Trust Book Scholarship, Reno County Activity Scholarship
  • Brown, Donna: Reno County Citizenship Scholarship, Reno County Citizenship Book Scholarship
  • Brown, Roberta: D. Stewart Oswalt Scholarship
  • Castelli, Colton: HCC Presidential Scholarship, HCC Presidential Book Scholarship
  • Cushinberry, Brianna: Dorothy Greve Memorial Scholarship, Grace Paul Trust Book Scholarship
  • Dodge, Colten: Theodore R. Wilt Technical Scholarship, Dick Brown Vocational -- Hutchinson Civitan Scholarship
  • Eddington, Christy: Glover Family Scholarship, Reno County Activity Scholarship
  • Essmiller, Evan: HCC Presidential Scholarship, HCC Presidential Book Scholarship
  • Field, Ashley: Herman, Esther & Henry Stallman Scholarship, HCC Admissions Scholarship, HCC Admissions Book Scholarship
  • Gullett, Logan: HCC Admissions Scholarship, HCC Admissions Scholarship, HCC Admissions Book Scholarship
  • Ham, Kayla: Grace Paul Trust Book Scholarship, Grace Paul Trust Scholarship, HCC Admissions Scholarship
  • Heck, Maggie: Reno County Activity Scholarship
  • Idler, Ashley: Herman, Esther & Henry Stallman Scholarship
  • Jacobs, Lauren: HCC Track & Field Athletic Scholarship, HCC Track & Field Athletic Book Scholarship
  • Jenkins, Charleen: Carol & Fred Bichet Scholarship, Grace Paul Trust Scholarship
  • Kauffman, Cooper: Grace Paul Trust Book Scholarship, Frank & Lelia Smith Memorial Scholarship, HCC Admission Scholarship
  • Kaufman, Lexi: Charles R. Platz Memorial Book Scholarship, Reno County Activity Scholarship
  • Keller, Heidi: HCC Endowment Association Scholarship, HCC Endowman Association Book Scholarship
  • Klassen, Brook: HCC Admissions Book Scholarship, Carol & Fred Bichet Scholarship
  • Knoll, Kyler: Grace Paul Trust Book Scholarship
  • Kraus, Broden: HCC Annual Fund Drive Scholarship, HCC Annual Fund Drive Book Scholarship
  • Landon, Turner: HCC Presidential Scholarship, HCC Presidential Book Scholarship, Reno County Activity Scholarship - HCC
  • Lanham, Brittany: HCC Admissions Scholarship, HCC Admissions Books Scholarship
  • Linke, Megan: HCC Presidential Scholarship, HCC Presidential Book Scholarship
  • Maciel, Christian: HCC Football Athletic Scholarship, HCC Football Athletic Book Scholarship
  • Mackey, Jamie: HCC Presidential Leadership Scholarship, HCC Presidential Leadership Book Scholarship
  • Manny, Bethany: HCC Drama Book Scholarship, Reno County Citizenship Scholarship, HCC Music Major Scholarship, HCC Choral Scholarship
  • Maynard, Brenna: Grace Paul Trust Book Scholarship, Ernest E. Woleslagel Memorial Scholarship, ACACIA Chapter #37 Eastern Star Scholarship
  • McHaley, Tyler: Jake & Judy Clark Academic Scholarship
  • McKenna, Matthew: HCC Presidential Scholarship, HCC Presidential HCC Presidential Book Scholarship, HCC Band Scholarship, HCC Music Major Scholarship, Reno County Activity Scholarship
  • McKibben, Craig: HCC Ambassador Scholarship, HCC Presidential Book Scholarship, Reno County Activity Scholarship, TSW Products Co., Inc., Scholarship
  • Moore, Amanda: Reno County Citizenship Scholarship, Reno County Citizenship Book Scholarship
  • Morford, Shelby: Grace Paul Trust Book Scholarship
  • Morris, Andre: Glover Family Scholarship
  • Obrecht, Tyler: Theodore R. Wilt Technical Scholarship, HCC Admissions Book Scholarship
  • Ohle, Nicole: HCC Drama Book Scholarship, HCC Forensics Book Scholarship, Reno County Activity Scholarship
  • Palmer, Amanda: HC Presidential Scholarship, HCC Presidential Book Scholarship, Reno County Activity Scholarship
  • Penny, Erinn: HCC Presidential Leadership Scholarship, HCC Presidential Book Scholarship
  • Reger, Christopher: HCC Presidential Scholarship, HCC Presidential Book Scholarship, Reno County Activity Scholarship
  • Richards, Katelyn: HCC Presidential Scholarship, HCC Presidential Book Scholarship
  • Robinson, Charles: HCC Music Major Scholarship, Stuart F. Conklin Memorial Scholarship, Reno County Activity Scholarship
  • Roets, Alexis: Stuart & Barbara Farley Awbrey Scholarship, Stuart & Barbara Farley Book Scholarship
  • Sanders, Tiani: HCC Admissions Book Scholarship, Grace Paul Trust Scholarship, Reno County Activity Scholarship
  • Trust Scholarship, Reno County Activity Scholarship
  • Shaban, Abdallah: HCC Admissions Scholarship, HCC Admissions Scholarship
  • Shook, Johnathon: HCC Academic Excellence Scholarship, JD Carroll Memorial Scholarship, HCC Presidential Book Scholarship, Reno County Activity Scholarship
  • Smith, Cayla: Grace Paul Trust Scholarship
  • Smith, Cheyenne: Glover Family Scholarship
  • Smith, Shnelle: Glover Family Scholarship
  • Starks, Briana: HCC Women's Basketball Athletic Scholarship, HCC Women's Basketball Athletic Book Scholarship
  • Stevens, Daniel: HCC Computer Support Specialist Book Scholarship
  • Stewart, Max: HCC Ambassador Scholarship, HCC Ambassador Book Scholarship
  • Tang, Christina: HCC Admissions Scholarship, HCC Admissions Book Scholarship, Herman, Hester & Henry Stallman Scholarship
  • Tipton-Wylie, Najahaun: HCC Football Athletic Scholarship, HCC Football Athletic Book Scholarship
  • Walton, Mahlyn: HCC Ambassador Scholarship, HCC Ambassador Book Scholarship
  • Wenzel-Vargas, Joseph: Herman, Esther & Henry Stallman Scholarship
  • Westmoreland, Jess: HCC Football Athletic Scholarship, HCC Football Athletic Book Scholarship
  • Williams, Tyler: Charles & Helen Steed Scholarship, Charles & Helen Steed Scholarship, Charles & Helen Steed Book Scholarship
  • Woodworth, Robert: Marguerite Sours Memorial Scholarship, Grant & Helen Wagner Scholarship
Hutchinson High School Scholarships
  • Allen, Emily: Presidential Academic Fitness Award, Dean's Academic Scholarship -- Sterling College, Leadership Award -- Sterling College, Band Scholarship -- Sterling College, Orlene Linebarger , Memorial Scholarship, Coberly/Tweito Memorial Scholarship
  • Allen, John: Glover Family Scholarship, D.G. Lett Masonic Lodge No. 30 Scholarship
  • Andrade, Brenda: Presidential Academic Fitness Award, Beshore Memorial Scholarship, HCC Presidential Leadership Scholarship, HCC Presidential Book Scholarship
  • Androski, Corson: American Vision Award, Presidential Academic Fitness Award, Young American Award finalist, Hutchinson Art Association Marvel Senti Scholarship
  • Augustine, Shelby: Admissions Book Scholarship -- HCC, Reno County Activity Scholarship, Reno County Activity Book Scholarship
  • Baker, Alex: National Merit Scholarship/Perfect ACT Scores, Presidential Academic Fitness Award, Young American Award finalist, Leaders, Today and Tomorrow, Northwestern Scholarship
  • Banz, Derrald: Grace Paul Book Scholarship
  • Blakesley, Tanner: HCC Annual Fund Drive Book Scholarship, HCC Ambassador Scholarship, American Legion Award
  • Barnes, Quinton: Presidential Academic Fitness Award, Leaders, Today and Tomorrow
  • Boyd, Ronald: Jennifer A. Goodman Scholarship, HCC Endowment Association Scholarship, HCC Telecommunications Book Scholarship
  • Brown, Devin: Grace Paul Trust Book Scholarship, HCC Academic Excellence Scholarship
  • Brown, Donna: Reno County Citizenship Scholarship -- HCC, Reno County Citizenship Book Scholarship -- HCC
  • Brown, Paige: Presidential Academic Fitness Award, Kansas State Board of Regents Scholars Curriculum Completer Kansas State Scholar, Crimson & Blue Scholarship, K.U. Kansas Honors Program Scholarship
  • Brown, Roberta: D. Stewart Oswalt Memorial Scholarship
  • Casquino, Hazel: Kansas State Board of Regents Scholars Curriculum, Completer
  • Castelli, Colton: Presidential Academic Fitness Award, HCC Presidential Scholarship, HCC Presidential Book Scholarship, Kansas State Board of Regents, Scholars Curriculum Completer
  • Castro, Emani: Presidential Academic Fitness Award, Key Club Scholarship, University Of Missouri Columbia Mark Twain non residential award , University of Missouri Columbia MU Grant
  • Crawford, Taylor: Presidential Academic Fitness Award., Kansas State Board of Regents Scholars Curriculum Completer, Kansas State Scholar, Hutchinson Music Club Scholarship
  • Cress, Zoe: Young American Award finalist, James A. and Juliet L. Davis Foundation Scholarship winner, HHS Alumni Scholarship, Leaders, Today and Tomorrow, Coberly/Tweito Memorial Scholarship, Kiwanis Key Club Scholarship, 2012 State Farm Scholarship
  • Cushinberry, Brianna: Dorothy Greve Memorial Scholarship, Grace Paul Trust Book Scholarship, D.G. Lett Masonic Lodge No. 30 Scholarship
  • Davis, Emily: Presidential Academic Fitness Award, HHS Alumni Scholarship, Shocker Pride Scholarship -- WSU, Academic Achiever Scholarship -- WSU, Hutchinson Clinic Scholarship
  • Dimitt, Lacy: Owens Merit Award, Cheerleading Scholarship
  • Dodge, Colton: Reno County Scholarship -- HCC, Theodore R. Wilt Technical Scholarship, Dick Brown Vocational -- Hutchinson Civitan Scholarship
  • Dusek, Dennin: Presidential Academic Fitness Award, James A. and Juliet L. Davis Foundation finalist, Rock Chalk Scholarship, Elks Lodge runner up. K.U. Kansas Honors Program Scholarship
  • Edington, Christy: Glover Family Scholarship, The Hazel Doherty Scholarship for Lincoln Students, Reno County Activity Scholarship
  • Elliott, Ashley: Young American Award finalist, K.U. Kansas Honors Program Scholarship
  • Essmiller, Evan: Presidential Academic Fitness Award, HCC Presidential Scholarship, HCC Presidential Book Scholarship
  • Faucett, Maranda: Dean's Academic Scholarship -- Sterling College, Leadership Award, Sterling Choir Scholarship
  • Fee, Kathleen: Rock Chalk Scholarship -- KU, Presidential Academic Fitness Award
  • Field, Ashley: Melissa Yost Scholarship, Herman, Esther & Henry Stallman Scholarship, HCC Admissions Scholarship, HCC Admissions Book Scholarship, Class of “53” & “54” Educational Grant
  • Field, Kelsie: Presidential Academic Fitness Award, James A. and Juliet L. Davis Foundation Scholarship finalist, Putnam Scholarship -- K-State, Biology Department Scholarship -- K-State, Book Scholarship -- HCC
  • Franz, Andrew: George and Belle Pearce Trust Fund Scholarship
  • Gullett, Logan: HCC Admissions Scholarship, HCC Admissions Book Scholarship
  • Hale, Megan: Presidential Academic Fitness Award
  • Ham, Kayla: Grace Paul Trust Book Scholarship -- HCC, Admissions Scholarship -- HCC, Grace Paul Trust Scholarship
  • Harbert, Haven Jewel: Jayhawk Scholarship
  • Heck, Maggie: Activity Scholarship -- K-State, Freshman Wildcat Grant, Kansas Comprehensive Grant, First Presbyterian Church Scholarship, Hutchinson Art Association Marvel Senti Scholarship
  • Herring, Molly: Presidential Academic Fitness Award
  • Hickman, Ryan: Presidential Academic Fitness Award, Presidential Scholarship- Coe College, Cedar Rapids Iowa, Academics Distinction Scholarship - Coe College, Cedar Rapids Iowa
  • Howard, Andrew: Presidential Academic Fitness Award, Young American Award finalist, James A. and Juliet L. Davis Foundation Scholarship finalist, KU School of Engineering Dean's Scholarship, KU Crimson and Blue Academic Scholarship, Leaders, Today and Tomorrow, K.U. Kansas Honors Program Scholarship
  • Idler, Ashley: Herman, Esther & Henry Stallman Scholarship
  • Jacobs, Lauren: HCC Track & Field Athletic Scholarship, HCC Track & Field Book Scholarship
  • Jaskoski, Rachel: Kansas State Board of Regents Scholars Curriculum Completer
  • Jenkins, Charleen: Carol & Fred Bichet Scholarship, Grace Paul Trust Book Scholarship
  • Kauffman, Cooper: Grace Paul Trust Book Scholarship, Frank & Lelia Smith Memorial Scholarship, HCC Admissions Scholarship, Smart Fund Bowling Scholarship
  • Kaufman, Lexi: Charles R. Platz Memorial Book Scholarship, Reno County Activity Scholarship
  • Keller, Heidi: HCC Endowment Association Scholarship, Book Scholarship - HCC
  • Kimmel, Katie: Presidential Academic Fitness Award, Young American Award finalist, Leaders, Today and Tomorrow, American Legion Award, Putman Scholarship -- K-State, School of Agriculture- K-State
  • Klassen, Brook: HCC Admissions Book Scholarship, Carol & Fred Bichet Scholarship
  • Knoll, Kyler: Grace Paul Trust Book Scholarship
  • Koepplin, Karastene: Academic Scholarship -- Barton County, Golf Scholarship -- Barton County
  • Kraus, Broden: HCC Annual Fund Drive Scholarship, HCC Annual Fund Drive Book Scholarship
  • LaFoe, Nikki: Honorable Mention Senior Art Student
  • Landon, Turner: HCC Presidential Scholarship, HCC Presidential Book Scholarship, Presidential Academic Fitness Award, Reno County Activity Scholarship
  • Lanham, Brittany: HCC Admissions Scholarship, HCC Admissions Book Scholarship
  • Linke, Megan: Presidential Academic Fitness Award, HCC Presidential Scholarship, HCC Presidential Book Scholarship, Hutchinson NEA Scholarship
  • Maciel, Christian: HCC Football Athletic Scholarship, HCC Football Athletic Book Scholarship
  • Mackey, Jamie: HCC Presidential Leadership Scholarship, HCC Presidential Leadership Book Scholarship
  • Manny, Bethany: HCC Drama Book Scholarship, Reno County Citizenship Scholarship, HCC Music Major Scholarship, HCC Choral Scholarship, HHS Vocal Music Scholarship, Reno County Activity Scholarship, Trinity United Methodist Church Scholarship, Alpha Delta Kappa Scholarship
  • Mayes, Taylor: Outstanding Athlete Award
  • Maynard, Brenna: Presidential Academic Fitness Award, Grace Paul Trust Book Scholarship, Ernest E. Woleslagel Memorial Scholarship, Acacia Chapter #37 East. Star Scholarship
  • McHaley, Tyler: Jake & Judy Clark Academic Scholarship
  • McKenna, Matthew: HCC Presidential Scholarship, HCC Presidential Book Scholarship, HCC Band Scholarship, HCC Music Major Scholarship, Young American finalist. James A. and Juliet L. Davis Foundation finalist, Trinity United Methodist Scholarship, Sons Of American Legion Scholarship, American Scout of the Year, GFWD Student Citizenship Essay Contest., Reno County Activity Scholarship
  • McKibben, Craig: HCC Ambassador's Scholarship -- HCC Presidential Scholarship, HCC Presidential Book Scholarship, TSW Products Company, Inc. Scholarship,
  • Moore, Amanda: National School Choral Award, Reno County Citizenship Scholarship, Reno County Citizenship Book Scholarship
  • Morford, Shelby: Grace Paul Trust Book Scholarship
  • Morris, Andre: Glover Family Scholarship
  • Mullins, Eric: James A. & Juliet L. Davis Memorial, Grace Paul Trust Book Scholarship, Wendy's High School Heismann Nominee Award, TUMC Youth Scholarship
  • Munds, Lucas: Activity Scholarship -- K-State, Leaders, Today and Tomorrow
  • Nisly, Jarrod: Presidential Academic Fitness Award, Kansas State Board of Regents Scholars Curriculum Completer, Beshore Memorial Scholarship
  • Obrecht, Tyler: Theodore R. Wilt Technical Scholarship, HCC Admissions Book Scholarship
  • Ohle, Nicole: HCC Drama Book Scholarship, HCC Forensics Book Scholarship, Reno County Activity Scholarship
  • Page, Hannah: Presidential Academic Fitness Award, Kansas State Board of Regents Scholars Curriculum Completer
  • Palmer, Amanda: HCC Presidential Scholarship, HCC Presidential Book Scholarship, Reno County Activity Scholarship
  • Penner, Jeff: John Phillip Sousa Award, Louie Armstrong Jazz Award, Walter and Olive A Beech Music Scholarship -- WSU, Shocker Pride Scholarship- WSU, Distinguished Invitational Scholarship, Freshman Academic Scholarship, HHS Alumni Scholarship, Leaders, Today and Tomorrow, Orlene Linebarger Memorial Scholarship
  • Penny, Erinn: HCC Presidential Leadership Scholarship, HCC Presidential Leadership Book Scholarship, Athletic Scholarship- HCC
  • Reger, Chris: Presidential Academic Fitness Award, HCC Presidential Scholarship, HCC Presidential Book Scholarship, Reno County Activity Scholarship
  • Ribordy, Anastasia: K-State College of Agriculture Scholarship, Women Of the Moose Scholarship
  • Richards, Katelyn: HCC Presidential Scholarship, HCC Presidential Book Scholarship
  • Robinson, Charles: HCC Music Major Scholarship, Stuart F. Conklin Memorial Scholarship, Reno County Scholarship
  • Roehm, Jerome: Leaders, Today and Tomorrow, Burton, Doris Lyman & James Thompson Memorial Scholarship, Outstanding Athlete Award, Presidential Academic Fitness Award, Young American Award winner
  • Roets, Alexis: Stuart & Barbara Farley Awbrey Scholarship, Stuart & Barbara Farley Awbrey Book Scholarship
  • Rose, Steven: Presidential Academic Fitness Award, Kansas State Board of Regents Scholars Curriculum Completer, James A. and Juliet L. Davis Foundation winner, Rock Chalk Scholarship, Class of “60” Whiteside Allagaroo Scholarship
  • Ruhlmann, Michaela: Kansas State Board of Regents Scholars Curriculum Completer
  • Sanders, Tiani: Academic Scholarship -- HCC, Grace Paul Trust Scholarship -- HCC, Admissions Book Scholarship, HCC Activity Scholarship
  • Shaban, Abdallah: HCC Admissions Scholarship, HCC Admissions Book Scholarship
  • Shook, Johnathon: Presidential Academic Fitness Award, HCC Academic Excellence Scholarship, JD Carroll Memorial Scholarship, HCC Presidential Scholarship, HCC Presidential Book Scholarship, Kansas Board of Regents Scholars Curriculum Completer, Reno County Activity Scholarship
  • Smith, Cayla: Grace Paul Trust Scholarship, Kiwanis Key Club Scholarship
  • Smith, Cheyenne: Glover Family Scholarship, Class of “65” Scholarship
  • Smith, Shnelle: Glover Family Scholarship
  • Sparks, Amber: Wrestling Scholarship -- Midland University
  • Starks, Briana: Gold Key Art Award, HCC Women's Basketball Athletic Scholarship, HCC Women's Basketball Athletic Books Scholarship, Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year Scholarship
  • Stegman, Brenda: Silver Key Art Award
  • Stevens, Daniel: HCC Computer Support Specialist Book Scholarship
  • Stewart, Max: HCC Ambassador Scholarship, HCC Ambassador Book Scholarship
  • Swarts, Justin: Presidential Academic Fitness Award, Kansas Board of Regents Scholars Curriculum Completer, Kansas State University Leadership Scholarship
  • Tang, Christina: HCC Admissions Scholarship, HCC Admissions Book Scholarship, Herman, Esther & Henry Stallman Scholarship, Marty Casey FACS Scholarship
  • Teichmann, Casey: Presidential Academic Fitness Award, Trinity United Methodist Church Scholarship, Emporia State University Foundation Scholar, Kansas State Board of Regents Scholars Curriculum Completer, Kansas Honor Scholar
  • Thurston, Megan: Kiwanis Key Club Scholarship
  • Tipton-Wylie: HCC Football Athletic Scholarship, HCC Football Athletic Book Scholarship
  • Torrez, Mary: Presidential Academic Fitness Award
  • Turley, Alex: Presidential Academic Fitness Award
  • Walton, Mahlyn: HCC Ambassador Scholarship, HCC Ambassador Book Scholarship, George And Bell Pearce Trust Fund Scholarship
  • Wedel, Emily: Presidential Academic Fitness Award, Thresher Academic Scholarship -- Bethel College, Church Scholarship, STEM Biology Scholarship, Legancy Scholarship - Bethel College, Kansas Board of Regents Scholars Curriculum Completer, Young American Award finalist, Kansas State Scholar, Leaders, Today and Tomorrow, National School Orchestra Award
  • Westmoreland, Jess: Class of “47” John & Bobbi Baker Scholarship, HCC Football Athletic Scholarship, HCC Football Athletic Book Scholarship, Young American Award finalist, Leaders, Today and Tomorrow, Principal's Leadership Award, Thurston Memorial Scholarship
  • Williams, Tyler: Charles & Helen Steed Scholarship, Charles & Helen Steed Book Scholarship
  • Wise, Christopher : R.C. Schlatter Scholarship
  • Wise, Terrance: Chris Sullivan Wrestling Scholarship
  • Wise, Timothy: Chris Sullivan Wrestling Scholarship
  • Wondra, Evan: John H. Caton Memorial Scholarship, Grace Paul Trust Book Scholarship, Class of “65” Scholarship
  • Woodworth, Robert: Marguerite Sours Memorial Scholarship, Grant & Helen Wagner Scholarship
  • Woody, Elizabeth: Presidential Academic Fitness Award, Young Women in Harmony


HHS tabs Johnson as new volleyball coach

May 4, 2012
    One of the top coaches in Kansas volleyball will lead the Hutchinson High School Salthawks in 2012-13.

    The USD 308 Board of Education will be asked to hire Tina Johnson, whose team was state runner up in Class 3A volleyball in 2011, as the new HHS head volleyball coach at its May 14, 2012, meeting. Johnson was head coach at Hoisington and brings a lifetime 596-208 record for a 74.1 percent winning percentage. In her 24 years as a head coach, she had 22 consecutive years of winning records, including a 39-6 record in 2011 at Hoisington.

    "I know that the Hutchinson school district is very progressive, and I look forward to the challenge of making your district even greater," Johnson said. "I am excited about the opportunity to teach and coach in the district."

    Eric Armstrong, USD 308 activities director, said Johnson will be a good addition to the HHS coaching cadre.

    "Over the last several months, I have visited with many volleyball coaches regarding the position and feel like Tina is the best fit for what our kids and program needs," Armstrong said. "She is a tireless worker and her attention to detail will be a great example to our student athletes."

    The coach had teams place fifth three times at state and fourth twice before being the second-place finisher in 2011. She also was the Golden Belt League volleyball coach of the year three times, the 2003 USA Volleyball Association Heart of America regional champion in the 14-and-under division and was the 1996 Kansas all-star volleyball coach.

    Johnson's coaching experience extends beyond volleyball. She has served as a track and basketball coach as well in the Hoisington district.

    Statewide, Johnson is past president of the Kansas Volleyball Association.

    The coach received both her bachelor's and master's degrees from Fort Hays State University.

    "We are excited that Tina has chosen to become a Salthawk," Armstrong said. "We are happy to have a coach with her background and proven coaching resume who has agreed to lead our program."

HHS orchestra holds final concert of 2011-12

May 3, 2012
The Hutchinson High School Orchestra will present its Spring Concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, in the HHS Performing Arts Center.

The event will feature both orchestra and band students performing:
  • "Also Sprach Zarathustra" by Richard Strauss
  • "Tales from the Vienna Woods" by Johann Strauss
  • Selections from "Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back" by John Willams
  • Blessed are They from The German Requiem by Johannes Brahms
  • The Best of the Beatles Medley by John Lennon and Paul McCartney

The concert is free and open to the public. Bruce Boyd directs the orchestra.


Welding projects for sale

May 3, 2012
Hutchinson Career and Technical Education Academy students will be competing nationally this summer. To raise money to participate in SkillsUSA nationals, the students are selling student-made heavy duty tables. These were designed for welding but could have multiple uses. The price for each is $60 and it is first-come/first-served.

Additionally, student projects are on sale. Those projects include plant holders, bakers rack, coat racks and miniature barbecue grills.

For more information, contact Jeremiah Harmon, welding instructor, at (620) 615-4197.


Spring Carousel set for May 11, 12

May 3, 2012
The annual Spring Carousel of vocal music at Hutchinson High School will be at 7:30 p.m. May 11 and 12 in the HHS Performing Arts Center.

Theme for this year's Spring Carousel is "Let's Go to the Movies!"

All 23 songs performed will be from movies. Vocal music groups include Concert Choir, Junior Misses and X-Pressives, plus other soloists and small ensembles.

Admission is free.

Lori Scantlin is the vocal music director at HHS.

HHS seniors receive $1.1 million scholarships

May 2, 2012
During the annual Hutchinson High School Awards Assembly Wednesday (May 2, 2012) the HHS graduating class of 2012 was recognized for receiving about $1.1 million worth of scholarships from local, state and national sources over four years of college.

The Davis Foundation winners were named. Winners, who each get $6,000 in scholarship money annually for four years, are Zoe Cress and Steven Rose. Other finalists for the honor were Dennin Dusek, Kelsie Field, Andrew Howard and Matt McKenna. The other finalists each get $4,000 a year in scholarship money for four years.

This is the 58th year for the Davis Foundation scholarships. During that time, more than 200 students have received scholarships valued at more than $1.7 million. When the first scholarships were awarded in the 1950s, the scholarships were $500 a year for four years.

Davis Foundation teachers of the year for USD 308 will be announced in August at the opening convocation for district staff.

The Young American Award went to Jerome Roehm. The Young American Award is the oldest award at HHS with this being its 84th year. The award was started by the Oswald family in the 1920s.

Other Young American Award finalists were Corey Androski, Alex Baker, Zoe Cress, Ashley Elliott, Andrew Howard, Katie Kimmel, Matt McKenna, Emily Wedel and Jess Westmoreland.

HHS Awards Assembly set for May 2

Apr 26, 2012
While many schools conduct numerous all-school assemblies during the year, HHS has but one -- the Senior Awards Assembly. This year's assembly will start at 9:30 a.m. May 2 in the Salthawk Activity Center.

This is a time when the district celebrates the accomplishments of its seniors in a very public way. Scholarships earned by the students will be announced as well as other student and staff awards.

Parents of seniors and the public are invited to the event as well.


District honors retirees May 6

Apr 26, 2012
The 2012 Retirement Reception for Hutchinson Public Schools will be the first Sunday in May. The come-and-go reception will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 6, in the Events Center at the Hutchinson Career and Technical Education Academy, 800 15th Circle. There will be a brief formal program at 1:45 p.m.

Staff members who are expected to participate are Chuck Ebmeier, automotive mechanics teacher at Hutchinson Career and Technical Education Academy; Al Kolarik, business teacher at HCTEA; Donna Thiessen, kindergarten teacher at Faris Elementary School; Rick Walker, music teacher at Faris and Lincoln elementary schools; Kris Anderson, reading support teacher at Graber Elementary School; Rochelle Berkley Calhoun, vocal music teacher at Hutchinson Middle School; Terrie Kale, communications teacher at Hutchinson Middle School -- 7; Tony Santangelo, social studies teacher at Hutchinson Middle School -- 8; Judy Snyder, counselor at HMS-7; Cynthia Shultz, kindergarten teacher at McCandless Elementary School; Sandra Graves, paraprofessional at Faris; Lynda McCue, fourth grade teacher at Morgan Elementary School; and Patty Compton, custodian at Hutchinson High School.


Forensics Showcase slated for May 2

Apr 26, 2012
To raise money for travel and expenses at nationals, the Hutchinson High School debate and forensics squads will host a Forensics Showcase at 6:30 p.m. May 2 in the HHS Performing Arts Center.

This third annual event will feature 10 to 12 of the 16 events that will be representing Hutch High at the State Forensics Championships on May 5 in Kansas City.

"We think that we're fielding our most competitive state team in ages, and we're very excited to show off our talents to our school and larger surrounding community," said Kelly Thompson, HHS debate and forensics coach. "This season, to date, we've qualified 50 events to the State Championship tournament, and 16 events to national competition over the summer -- both of these, as best we know, are school records.

Tickets cost $3 for adults and $1 for students. In addition to admission, the tickets also qualify the holder for door prizes.


Kansas Kids' Fitness Day set

Apr 19, 2012
An event that will draw hundreds of third graders to Don Michael Field will return for its 14th running Thursday, April 26, 2012.

The Kansas Kids' Fitness Day is a statewide event, sponsored by the Kansas Council on Fitness, to increase awareness of physical activity and safety for third graders across Kansas.

In Hutchinson, the 14th Annual Kansas Kids' Fitness Day will be from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., Thursday, April 26, at Don Michael Field, 17th and Severance in Hutchinson.

Hosted locally by USD 308, the event is expected to draw more than 700 students from schools across Reno County plus students from McPherson County. Statewide, the event draws 18,000 students each year at more than three dozen sites in Kansas.

A project of USD 308 elementary school physical education teachers, more than 100 volunteers will be working on the project, including Junior and Senior Leaders from Hutchinson High School under the direction of Cindy Knox, physical education teacher at HHS. The volunteers will staff activity and safety stations during the afternoon.

Others involved in the project include the elementary and high school physical education staff, local firefighters, police officers, Red Cross, Hutchinson Recreation Commission, YMCA and USD 308 Nutrition Services.

Test drives benefit HHS

Apr 19, 2012
Hutch High Athletics and Midwest Superstore are teaming up to raise money once again. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, at HHS, Midwest will conduct "Drive One 4 UR School." For every test drive completed, HHS will receive a donation from Midwest Superstore.

Families will be allowed one test drive per household and drivers must be 16 years old or older with a valid driver's license.

HHS Senior One Acts

Apr 19, 2012
The annual Senior One Acts at Hutchinson High School will be at 7:30 p.m. April 27 in the Black Box Theatre at Hutchinson High School, 810 East 13th.

Admission is free.

Bethany Manny is our senior thespian directing "Jerry Finnegan's Sister." Student teacher, David Ireland, is directing "Humphrey Pumphrey Had a Great Fall" while Kris Anshutz, HHS English teacher and assistant theater director, is directing the "The 15-Minute Hamlet."

Cast lists:

"The 15 Minute Hamlet"
  • Shakespeare: Austin Belote
  • Bernardo/Laertes: KT Ybarra
  • Francisco/Horatio/Osirc: Kristen Cruz
  • Claudius: AJ St Laurent
  • Gertrude: Kaleaha Blakey
  • Hamlet: Braden Pruitt
  • Ghost/Gravedigger: Lonnie Perry
  • Polonius: Amanda Moore
  • Ophelia: Searphine Brown

"Jerry Finnegan's Sister"
  • Beth: Bailey Lamer
  • Brian: Justin Cabral

"Humphrey Pumphrey Had a Great Fall"
  • Humphrey: Lee Riggs
  • Madeline: Leah Towle
  • Roger: Dalton Brummer
  • Jean: Bridgette Gibbs
  • Inspector: Kristen Cruz

HHS honors 14th Wall of Honor class

Apr 18, 2012
The 14th class of the Wall of Honor at Hutchinson High School includes foster parent and a community volunteer, a businessman and an educator and musician.

The 2012 honorees are Carol Strickland Howell, foster parent and community volunteer; Randy Johnston, technology consultant and businessman; and Sherman Gunn, educator and musician.

The trio will be honored during the annual Wall of Honor Banquet at 6:30 p.m. May 7 in the Events Center at the Hutchinson Career and Technical Education Academy, 800 15th Circle. Tickets are on sale and cost $20 each with proceeds benefiting district programs through the Hutchinson Public Schools Endowment Fund.

Reservations can be made by contacting weiserc@usd308.com.

The project, a joint venture of the HHS Student Council, the Renaissance Club and the HHS Alumni Association, recognizes three outstanding graduates of Hutchinson High School each year.

Plaques honoring the alumni are located in the lobby of the Salthawk Activity Center.

Carol Strickland Howell
Carol Sstrickland HowellCarol Strickland Howell, foster parent and community volunteer, graduated from Hutchinson High School in 1967. Nominated by many ladies in her graduating class, Mrs. Howell has touched the lives of over one hundred and twenty foster children by providing a home for troubled children.

Mrs. Howell began her service as a CASA volunteer many years ago, and approached her husband, Mel, about taking in a child who was slated to be removed from his home. Mr. Howell was able to secure an emergency license from the judge, and the next day the couple began training in foster care and taking in children.

After her husband's death, Mrs. Howell continued to take in foster children through Youthville. Most of these children returned to their families after being given love and discipline in her home, but she adopted children as well.

In addition to providing structure, stability, boundaries and an example to live by for these children, Mrs. Howell has worked with teachers, case managers, social service personnel, health care providers and the birth families. She has trained to be a leader for PS-MAPP classes, an informational program for foster parents.

Mrs. Howell also shares her energy with senior citizens who need help with housework. She is known as being humble and has touched many lives across many cultures and generations. Mrs. Howell is a professional and detail-oriented role model and works tirelessly to maintain the Youthville mission, "Giving Children Back Their Childhood." 

Randy Johnston
Randy JohnstonRandy Johnston, local business owner, author, and nationally-renowned consultant, graduated from Hutchinson High School in 1973. A graduate of Hutchinson Community College and Kansas State University, Mr. Johnston earned his master's degree in computer science from Wichita State University.

Starting his career on an IBM mainframe, he eventually gained vast experience as a programmer, college instructor, author, entrepreneur and consultant. At one time, he received the first IBM PC in Kansas and the first Compaq portable computer in the state.

Eventually Mr. Johnston became involved with the development of local area networks, computer aided design, desktop publishing and wide area networks. Mr. Johnston continues to consult with some of the country's most progressive accounting firms as well as many other industries including banking, manufacturing, and distribution, and a broad range of computer software publishers and hardware manufacturers.

Mr. Johnston is the husband of Pam Johnston, also an HHS graduate, and the proud father of four children, also alumni of HHS. He also has found time to enjoy family, golf and playing the bass clarinet in the Hutchinson Municipal Band, for which he has served as president. Mr. Johnston served on the USD 308 Board of Education and was vital in the development of a plan to update outdated technology district wide. He also enjoys writing and has published a number of books over the past thirty years, including programming texts and computer introduction books.

Published or quoted in hundreds of magazines, newspapers and journals over his career, Mr. Johnston has been recognized as one of the Top 100 influencers in the accounting industry from 2004-2011. Mr. Johnston has been invited to speak at more than 50 state, national and international conferences each year.

Sherman Gunn
Sherman GunnSherman D. Gunn, musician, educator, and administrator, sums up his experiences with these words: "from Hutch High School to Carnegie Hall to Las Vegas. That was it in a nutshell."

Graduating from Hutchinson High School in 1958, Mr. Gunn's first memory of HHS is playing trumpet with his father, the band director, in front of his students, at the tender age of 4. He was involved in every musical group possible in his high school years as well as enjoying stints with the Sky Riders Drum and Bugle Corps. He attended Hutchinson Community College and the University of Texas for his bachelor's degree, and earned a master's in education administration at the University of Nevada.

Mr. Gunn has played for the Dallas Symphony, recorded jingles for television commercials, played with the Glenn Miller Orchestra in New York and recorded albums with Glenn Miller and others. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1963, and played in the NORAD Band in Colorado Springs with the finest musicians in the Air Force and Navy.

Mr. Gunn spent the next 30 years in Las Vegas, playing showrooms and lounges with the likes of Frank Sinatra and Don Rickles at Caesar's Palace. He and his first wife raised their children there and during those years, Mr. Gunn recorded on RCA records with Elvis Presley and toured with Ray Charles.

In the middle 1970s, he became director of jazz studies at Westminster College in Salt Lake City and enjoyed playing for the ice shows, the Ringling Brothers Circus, several jazz festivals, and the Donny and Marie Osmond Show.

Later, Mr. Gunn formed his 18-piece big band and a music booking agency that still exists today.

HCTEA students place at eMagine

Apr 11, 2012
Students from Hutchinson High School's Career and Technical Education Academy placed at the recent eMagine Media Festival at Olathe Northwest High School. HHS sent five entries and all placed in the contest.

In the category three-dimensional environment, HHS students place first, second and third. Corson Androski took first and second with two entries "Atrium" and "Titan" while Mitchell Garrett won third with "Alchemy."

In the category three-dimensional story telling using principals of animation, Max Graber placed third with his entry "Orb."

In the category manipulated digital photo, Corson Androski again took first place with his entry of "Life as Viewed from the Crypt."

Max Graber was also in the top three of the finalists for the best of category for animation.

The winners are HHS students of Jack Wilson.


HHS qualifies six more for CFL nationals

Apr 9, 2012
The Hutchinson High School forensics squad recently qualified six more students for events at the National Catholic Forensics League Grand Nationals Memorial Day weekend in Baltimore.

Qualifying in public forum debate were the teams of sophomore Brett Krambeer/sophomore Reed Crater and freshman LaKiyah Sain/freshman Sydni Huxman.

In Congress, senior Alex Turley and sophomore Dayton LaMunyon qualified.

HHS will have one final opportunity to qualify for national competition on April 20 and 21 when students participate in the West Kansas National Forensics League qualifier at Great Bend. HHS also will take a full slate of forensics students to the state Class 6A tournament in May.

To raise money for travel and expenses at nationals, the HHS debate and forensics squads will host a Forensics Showcase at 6:30 p.m. May 2 in the HHS Performing Arts Center.

Kelly Thompson coaches forensics and debate at HHS.


HCTEA medical students qualify for nationals

Apr 9, 2012
Four Hutchinson Career and Technical Education Academy medical students from Hutchinson High School qualified for national competition at the Health Occupations Students of America in June.
  • Jason Paine, freshman: first place, veterinary science, first place; also Outstanding HOSA Chapter
  • Steven Banz, senior: second place, certified nurses aide
  • Shelby Willems, senior, and Brandi Buzzard, freshman: second place, health education

The students placed at the state HOSA conference on March 29 and 30 at Salina. Nationals will be in June at Orlando, Fla.

HOSA is a student organization whose mission is to promote career opportunities in health care and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people.

Laura Bottom is the HOSA sponsor.


HHS art show opens downtown April 10

Apr 5, 2012
The Hutchinson High School will have a public art show for student artwork, including International Baccalaureate pieces, beginning Tuesday, April 10, and running through April 27 at the Hutchinson Art Center, 405 North Washington.

More than 100 pieces of two-dimensional and three-dimensional art will be on display. The work includes Corson Androski's national winning artwork.

A reception for the student artists will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on April 19 at the Art Center. The reception is part of the regular Third Thursday event in downtown Hutchinson.


HCTEA & HCC host SkillsUSA competitions

Apr 5, 2012
Hutchinson High School's Hutchinson Career and Technical Education Academy and Hutchinson Community College will host two of the Skills USA State Competitions on Tuesday, April 10.

Residential wiring and welding fabrication contests will include secondary and post-secondary divisions. Business and industry partners from all over Kansas will be judging the events. Students placing first on April 10 will qualify for National Competition this summer in Kansas City, Mo.

HCTEA/HHS students also will compete in three-dimensional animation and web design at HCC on April 10. Digital photography will be hosted at Pittsburg State University on April 13.

The remaining Skills USA competitions and State Leadership Conference will be held April 25 to 27 at Wichita Area Technical College and various other locations in the Wichita area.


Ringler named IB examiner

Mar 22, 2012
Hutchinson Public Schools has its first examiner for the International Baccalaureate Programme.

Deb Ringler, art teacher at Hutchinson High School, has been named an IB examiner. She will be marking visual arts examinations at both the standard level and higher level.

To become an examiner, Ringler had to make a detailed application to International Baccalaureate that included letters of reference.

HHS has had the International Baccalaurate Programme for nearly a decade. Ringler is the first district staff member to become an examiner. As an examiner, she will score art examinations from across the globe.

Final community budget session slated

Mar 22, 2012
The public is invited to the fourth and final community budget meeting for the 2012-13 budget.

The meeting will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. April 2 in the Professional Learning Center at Hutchinson High School, 1401 North Severance. The Professional Learning Center is in the old auditorium at HHS.

During the evening, the group will work on recommendations that will be forwarded to district administrators who will include the work as a budget is crafted to be presented to the Board later this summer.

The community budget group includes community members, parents, students and district staff. The public is invited to attend and listen to the discussion and watch the process.

During the first three sessions, the group learned about school budgets in general and the USD 308 budget specifically. Participants looked at four budget scenarios for 2012-13, ranging from the district receiving additional money to another year of cuts. Based on the scenarios, the groups are making recommendations for elementary, middle and high school programs as well as for support services in the district.

As part of the new budget process, the district will take electronic feedback from the public. A budget comment line has been set up on (620) 615-4014. Patrons may leave comments on the line but are asked to leave a name and telephone number so that district staff may be able to call back and get additional information as needed.

Feedback also may be provided by emailing the district at comment@usd308.com. A "budget suggestion box" also available on the district's homepage at www.usd308.com.

Kansas K-12 school budgets go from July 1 of one year to June 30 of the next year. Because the way the district receives information from other entities that impact the budget, however, the final budget is normally not available to the Board until late July and is formalized in August.

District sets spring online auction

Mar 15, 2012
Hutchinson Public Schools is in the process of selling items no longer needed by the district and declared surplus by the district’s Board of Education.

The district uses the online auction service, Purple Wave, for its auctions. Items range from old student chairs to commercial kitchen items to electronics to vocational items to the former Building Trades Program modular classroom.

Bidding closes at 10 a.m. April 10.

Links for the four locations in Hutchinson with items are

http://www.purplewave.com/cgi-bin/mnlist.cgi?120410/location/7697
http://www.purplewave.com/cgi-bin/mnlist.cgi?120410/location/7698
http://www.purplewave.com/cgi-bin/mnlist.cgi?120410/location/7699
http://www.purplewave.com/cgi-bin/mnlist.cgi?120410/location/7700
Details about inspections, terms and conditions are available at
http://www.purplewave.com/cgi-bin/pwdetails.cgi?120410


Annual orchestra concert slated

Mar 15, 2012
USD 308 will host the largest symphony concert of the year in Hutchinson next week.

The annual String Fling will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, at Memorial Hall, 101 South Walnut. The event will feature all the district's orchestra students from sixth grade through high school. Admission is free.

About 200 musicians will be involved in the event.

The concert provides all the district's stringed musicians a chance to perform together. Younger students have the opportunity to see what is in store for them as they advance in orchestra.



HHS senior receives National Vision Award for photograph

Mar 15, 2012
A Hutchinson High School senior has been recognized with a national American Vision Award this spring.

Corson Androski American Vision Award winnerCorson Androski, HHS senior, received his national American Vision Award for his photography, "Life as Viewed from a Crypt." The work was judged at the Kansas show earlier this winter in Wichita and now has received the national award.

This is the first national American Vision Award received by an HHS art student. Androski’s artwork was part of his International Baccalaureate work at HHS.

Out of 200,000 entries in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards each year, only 1,400 receive national awards. Less than 100 national American Vision Awards are made each year.

This is the second national award Androski has received for artistic endeavors. A year ago, he received a national Gold Award for a video. Androski received a national Gold Key for his Kansas State Fair video in the 2011 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Program.

As a national winner, Androski has been invited to the National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards ceremony later this spring at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards date back to 1928. The awards have encouraged more than 13 million students, recognized more than 9 million young artists and writers and made more than $25 million worth of awards and scholarships available.

Androski's art instructors at HHS include Ginger Mayfield, Jack Wilson and Deb Ringler.


Kevin Armstrong named MS AD of the year

Mar 14, 2012
A Hutchinson educator has been named middle school athletic director of the year by the Kansas Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association.

Kevin Armstrong, in his seventh year with USD 308 and Hutchinson Middle School, was nominated by his peers from across Kansas. The nomination was reviewed by the past presidents' council of the KIAAA.

Armstrong serves as assistant activities director for Hutchinson Public Schools.

A graduate of Liberal High School, Dodge City Community College and Bethany College, Armstrong has been in education for 20 years.

In addition to working with activities and athletics in Hutchinson, Armstrong has been an educator in Warrensburg, Mo., and Amarillo, Texas.

HHS qualifies six for national

Mar 12, 2012
The Hutchinson High School forensics team had what may be its most successful day ever for qualifying students for national competition Saturday at the National Catholic Forensics League Wichita Diocese qualifier.

HHS qualified six students at the NCFL qualifier. Students and their events qualifying for nationals at Baltimore Memorial Day weekend are:

  • Craig McKibben, dramatic performance
  • Emily Davis, oral interpretation of literature
  • Michaela Ruhlmann, original oratory
  • TJ Blake, original oratory
  • Emily Lenherr, dramatic performance
  • Ta'mara Hill, oratorical declamation

Additionally, three other events qualified for nationals, but the students opted to defer because they had qualified in other events. NCFL rules allow students to compete in only one event at nationals.

  • Craig McKibben/Emily Davis, duo interpretation
  • Emily Lenherr, oral interpretation of literature
  • TJ Blake, extemporaneous speaking

Additionally, HHS placed third at Chaparral High School in Harper County on Saturday, qualifying seven more events for state competition. At Goddard, HHS placed fourth and qualified three additional events for state.

Kelly Thompson coaches forensics at HHS. Individual results are listed below.


NCFL, March 10, 2011
  • Craig McKibben, dramatic performance, second place, national qualifier
  • Emily Lenherr, dramatic performance, third place, national qualifier
  • Emily Davis, oral interpretation of literature, fifth place, national qualifier
  • Emily Lenherr, oral interpretation of literature, 7th Place, national qualifier
  • TJ Blake, extemporaneous speaking, sixth place, national qualifier
  • TJ Blake, oratory, third place, national qualifier
  • Michaela Ruhlmann, oratory, fourth place, national qualifier
  • Ta'mara Hill, oratorical declamation, second place, national qualifier
  • Craig McKibben/Emily Davis, duo interpretation, fifth place, national qualifier
  • Austin Heinlein/Bailey Lamer, duo interpretation, 10th place

Chaparral High School, March 10, 2011
  • Hutchinson High School, team, third place Sweeps
  • Nikki Ohle, dramatic interpretation, third place
  • McKenzie Miller, poetry, first place, state qualifier
  • Shelby Bergeron, poetry, sixth place
  • Nikki Ohle, prose, sixth place
  • McKenzie Miller, Info, first place, state qualifier
  • Baylee Corpening, informative, third place
  • Katlyn Meggers, oratory, second place, state qualifier
  • Montanna Hayes/Baylee Corpening, duet, second place, state qualifier
  • Shelby Bergeron, extemp, sixth place

Goddard High School, March 10, 2011
  • Hutchinson High School, team, fourth place sweeps
  • LaKiyah Sain, poetry, first place, state qualifier
  • Sydni Huxman, prose, second place, state qualifier
  • Savannah Winkler, prose, fifth place
  • Savannah Winkler, oratory, third place
  • Sydni Huxman, oratory, sixth place
  • Reed Crater, domestic extemp, second place, state qualifier
  • Paige Brott, impromptu, sixth place


HMS and HHS present Choral Classics

Mar 8, 2012
Secondary vocal music students from across the district will combine for the annual Choral Classics concert. The concert begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, 2012, in the Hutchinson High School Performing Arts Center.

Performing from HHS will be the Concert Choir, Junior Misses and X-Pressives. Performing from Hutchinson Middle School will be seventh grade chorus, eighth grade chorus and the Adams Street Singers.

Each choir will sing several pieces, most of which are repertoire that will be sung at festival in April.

Some middle school titles include "Gloria," "Sing a Mighty Song" and "The Long Day Closes."  High school titles include "Erev Shel Shoshanim," a Hebrew love song, "She Weeps Over Rahoon," by Eric Whitacre and "Neighbor's Chorus" from Offenbach's comic opera, La jolie Parfumeuse

Highlights also include a combined number by the HMS and HHS men entitled "Show Down," and a finale sung by all the choirs combined, "Calling My Children Home."

HHS hosts Eighth Grade Open House

Mar 8, 2012
The Hutchinson High School Class of 2016 will get its first formal look at the school during Eighth Grade Open House at 7 p.m. Monday, March 19, 2012. The evening begins in the HHS Performing Arts Center, 810 East 13th.

During the evening, eighth graders and their parents will have the opportunity to meet HHS administrators, teachers and coaches. Enrollment information will be distributed, and there will be an opportunity to see the new buildings. Parents are asked to park in the East Sports Arena parking lot and enter through the main entrance on 13th Avenue.

HHS art show opens March 12

Mar 8, 2012
About 200 works of student art will be on display, beginning March 12, in the annual Hutchinson High School Art Show in the Events Center at the Hutchinson Career and Technical Education Academy, 800 15th Circle.

A special artist reception for the event will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, in the Events Center. Superintendent Shelly Kiblinger will give opening comments at the reception.

The show runs through April 2.


Fundraiser set for HHS football

Mar 8, 2012
While Kansas high schools may not have spring football, it's not stopping parents from having their own spring festivities.

The Hutchinson High School Football Booster Club will have its annual dinner/auction benefit at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 17, 2012, in the Cottonwood Court on the Kansas State Fairgrounds.

Tickets are $30 each and may be purchased by emailing mswells12@gmail.com.

The evening will be a casual night of food, fun and festivities for all those who love Salthawk football. Tailgate fare will be included in the price of each ticket purchased, entertainment will be provided and the boosters will conduct both live and silent auctions.  

All proceeds from the sale of tickets and auction items will go to the Salthawk football program at HHS.

Senior qualifies for congress nationals

Mar 8, 2012
A Hutchinson High School senior will compete in the National Forensics League student congress nationals in June.

Alex Turley placed second in house competition at the congress qualifier in Salina on March 2.

HHS has competed at several tournaments since late February and qualified an additional 17 events for state competition in May.

Kelly Thompson coaches forensics for HHS.

Results from the tournaments follows.

Lyons, Feb. 23
  • Bailey Lamer, prose, second place, state qualifier
  • McKenzie Miller, poetry, second place, state qualifier
  • McKenzie Miller, informative, third place
  • Brett Knight, domestic extemp, third place
  • Bailey Lamer/Austin Heinlein, duet, fifth place
  • Baylee Corpening, informative, fifth place

Buhler, Feb. 24 and 25
  • TJ Blake, third place, varsity senate
  • Alex Turley, fifth place, varsity senate
  • Brett Krambeer, seventh place, varsity senate
  • Brennan Schartz, fifth place, varsity house
  • Reed Crater, seventh place, varsity house
  • Sydni Huxman, eighth place, varsity house
  • LaKiyah Sain, third place, varsity house
  • Michaela Ruhlmann, fourth place, varsity house
  • Dayton LaMunyon, sixth place, varsity house
  • McKenzie Miller, first place, novice house
  • Lottie Petrie, second place, novice house
  • Shelby Bergeron, seventh place, novice house
  • Brett Knight, eighth place, novice house
  • Reed Crater, domestic extemp, fourth place
  • Dayton LaMunyon, foreign extemp, third place
  • Montanna Hayes, poetry, sixth place
  • McKenzie Miller, poetry, second place, state qualifier
  • Dayton LaMunyon, Impromptu, fifth place
  • McKenzie Miller, informative, second place, state qualifier
  • Brett Krambeer , informative, sixth place
  • Kaleigh Gardner/Montanna Hayes, duo, third place
  • Chandler Hodges, dramatic interpretation, fourth place
  • Chandler Hodges, humorous interpretation, fifth place
  • Nikki Ohle, dramatic interpretation, seventh place

Centre, Feb. 25
  • Hutchinson High School, team, second place, Team Sweeps
  • Brennan Schartz, domestic extemp, third place
  • Sydni Huxman, prose, second place, state qualifier
  • Savannah Winkler, prose, fifth place
  • Liz Juarez, poetry, fifth place
  • Alex Turley, informative, third place
  • Paige Brott, informative, fifth place
  • Baylee Corpening, informative, second place, state qualifier
  • Alex Turley, oratory, first place, state qualifier
  • Savanna Winkler, oratory, second place, state qualifier
  • Sydni Huxman, oratory, fourth place
  • Liz Juarez, oratory, third place
  • Alex Turley, Impromptu, first place, state qualifier
  • Paige Brott, Impromptu, second place, state qualifier
  • Sydni Huxman, Impromptu, sixth place
  • Liz Juarez, Impromptu, fifth place
  • Savannah Winkler, Impromptu, fourth place
  • Alex Turley, Ext, fifth place
  • Sydni Huxman, Ext, second place, state qualifier
  • Paige Brott, oratory, sixth place
  • Paige Brott, Ext, sixth place
  • Savannah Winkler, Ext, fourth place
  • Brennan Schartz, oratory, sixth place

NFL Student Congress, March 2
  • TJ Blake, fourth place, varsity senate
  • Brett Krambeer, sixth place, varsity senate
  • Alex Turley, second place,, varsity house, national qualifier
  • Michaela Ruhlmann, ninth place,, varsity house
  • Brennan Schartz, 14th place,, varsity house
  • Dayton LaMunyon, 15th place,, varsity house
  • Savannah Winkler, 18th place,, varsity house

Valley Center, March 3
  • Craig McKibben, dramatic interpretation, fourth place
  • Emily Lenherr, dramatic interpretation, sixth place
  • Austin Heinlein, humorous interpretation, semifinalist
  • LaKiyah Sain, poetry, semifinalist
  • Emily Davis, poetry, eighth place
  • Craig McKibben, poetry, second place, state qualifier
  • Emily Lenherr, prose, fifth place
  • Bailey Lamer, prose, semifinalist
  • Emily Davis, prose, semifinalist
  • Sydni Huxman, prose, sixth place
  • Mitchell Garrett, prose, semifinalist
  • Michaela Ruhlmann, informative, third place
  • TJ Blake, informative, second place, state qualifier
  • TJ Blake, oratory, second place, state qualifier
  • Michaela Ruhlmann, oratory, third place
  • Alex Turley, oratory, semifinalist
  • Sydni Huxman, oratory, semifinalist
  • Mitchell Garrett, foreign extemp, fifth place
  • TJ Blake, domestic extemp, second place, state qualifier
  • Craig McKibben/Emily Davis, duo, eighth place
  • Austin Heinlein/Bailey Lamer, duo, sixth place
  • Austin Heinlein/Bailey Lamer, duet, third place
  • Michaela Ruhlmann, Impromptu, second place, state qualifier
  • Hutchinson High School, team, third place, team sweeps

Nickerson, March 3
  • Ta'mara Hill, poetry, first place, state qualifier
  • Paige Brott, Impromptu, fourth place
  • Ta'mara Hill, oratory, fifth place
  • Liz Juarez, oratory, third place
  • Dayton LaMunyon, foreign extemp, fourth place


HHS to present 'Romeo and Juliet'

Mar 1, 2012
The Hutchinson High School Theater Department will present the William Shakespeare classic Romeo and Juliet for its spring 2012 production.

The play will be performed at 7:30 p.m. March 8 through 10 in the new HHS Performing Arts Center, 810 East 13th.

To prepare for the performance, HHS brought in a professional fight choreographer. Chicago's Neil Massey helped students block out the fight scenes and taught the students how to safely make the scenes come alive.

Tickets cost $8 for adults, $5 for children ages 12 and under and $1 for HHS students with a student ID.

Hutchinson IHOP partners with USD 308 for fundraiser

Feb 29, 2012
From March 1 through May 30, the Hutchinson IHOP restaurant will donate a portion of receipts to the Hutchinson Public Schools Endowment Fund.

The Hutchinson IHOP will donate 10 percent of the receipts for meals for families, individuals and groups who collect the receipts for meals they've eaten in the local restaurant and then give the receipts to USD 308.

"The district will be using the funds to benefit all USD 308 students from pre-K through high school," said Dr. Shelly Kiblinger, district superintendent. "Our plans are to use the money to jump start our Endowment Fund while providing money for district library books, visual arts, performing arts and other programs."

Staff, patrons, students and their families who want to help the Endowment Fund should collect their receipts every time they eat at the Hutchinson IHOP, 1807 East 17th, which is just northeast of the Hutchinson Mall.

Receipts may be taken to any district school office, brought to the district office at 1520 North Plum or mailed to the district at Hutchinson IHOP Fundraiser, c/o Hutchinson Public Schools, P.O. Box 1908, Hutchinson, KS, 67504-1908.

"We're honored that Hutchinson IHOP Manager Ali Issa would partner with us in this project," Dr. Kiblinger said. "We're always open to new business partnerships in our community.

"This is a very simple way to raise funds for the district -- you just have to eat at the Hutchinson IHOP between now and May 30 and then provide your school with the receipt."

 

HHS hosts sub-state basketball

Feb 27, 2012
Hutchinson High School will be involved in basketball sub-state games this week, hosting sub-state championship games on Friday and Saturday (March 2 and 3, 2012) in the Salthawk Activity Center.

The HHS girls play Dodge City at 7 p.m. Wednesday (Feb. 29, 2012) in a first-round game at Dodge City. Winner of that game plays at 7:45 p.m. Friday in the SAC. Both HHS and Dodge City are 12-8.

The HHS boys, 13-7, host Maize, 5-15, in a first-round game at 7 p.m. Thursday (March 1, 2012) in the SAC. The winner of the game plays at 7:45 p.m. Saturday in the SAC.

Sub-state games will start at 5:30 and 7:45 p.m. both Friday and Saturday in the Salthawk Activity Center.

Tickets each night cost $6 for adults and $5 for K-12 students. Golden Age, student, District and league passes are not honored for the games.

Sub-state winners on Friday and Saturday compete in the Class 6A state championship tournament March 7 to 10, 2012, at Wichita State University's Koch Arena.


Building Trades open house set

Feb 23, 2012
The public is invited to see one of the finished products of the new partnership between the Hutchinson Career and Technical Education Academy's Building Trades Program and Interfaith Housing in early March.

An open house is set for 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 3, at 1 Snapdragon Court in northeast Hutchinson. The address is behind the former bowling alley on East 30th Avenue.

There will be a ribbon cutting at 1 p.m.

Historically, the Building Trades Program has built one new home per year that later was sold. The HCTEA has partnered with Interfaith Housing to do new and different kinds of projects to give students additional experiences.

Through the partnership with Interfaith, the students have finished work on an ADA-compliant duplex. The duplex at 1 Snapdragon Court will allow two brothers to live more independently.

Instructors for the program are Kelly Patterson and Dustin Schultz. For more information, contact David T. Patterson.

HHS forensics competes at five tourneys

Feb 23, 2012
The Hutchinson High School forensics squad successfully competed at five recent tournaments.

At the Salina Central Tournament of Champions qualifier on Feb. 18, HHS placed third. The same day, HHS placed fourth at Maize South.

This week, HHS competes today at Lyons, at Buhler on Friday and Saturday and at Centre on Saturday.

Kelly Thompson coaches forensics at HHS.

Hutchinson Salt Talks Student Congress Feb. 10
  • TJ Blake, Hutchinson, Varsity, second place, varsity house, state qualifier
  • Brett Krambeer, Hutchinson, Varsity, fourth place, varsity house, state qualifier
  • Alex Turley, Hutchinson, Varsity, fifth place, varsity house, state qualifier
  • Savannah Winkler, Hutchinson, novice, fifth place, novice house
  • Paige Brott, Hutchinson, novice, sixth place, novice house
  • Lottie Petrie, Hutchinson, novice, third place, novice house
  • Shelby Bergeron, Hutchinson, novice, sixth place, novice house

Salina Central Congress, Feb. 17
  • Lottie Petrie, Salina Central, novice, second place, novice senate
  • Brett Krambeer, Salina Central, Varsity, seventh place, varsity senate
  • Shelby Bergeron, Salina Central, novice, seventh place, novice house

Salina Central Individual Events, Feb. 17
  • TJ Blake, Salina Central, domestic extemp, first place, state qualifier
  • Dayton LaMunyon, Salina Central, Imp, first place, state qualifier
  • Emily Davis, Salina Central, poetry, second place, state qualifier
  • TJ Blake, Salina Central, poetry, third place, state qualifier
  • Mitchell Garrett, Salina Central, international extemp, third place
  • TJ Blake, Salina Central, oratory, fourth place
  • Dayton LaMunyon, Salina Central, international extemp, fourth place
  • Brennan Schartz, Salina Central, domestic extemp, fifth place
  • Alex Turley, Salina Central, impromptu, fifth place
  • Emily Davis, Salina Central, informative, fifth place
  • Mitchell Garrett, Salina Central, impromptu, sixth place
  • McKenzie Miller, Salina Central, poetry, sixth place

Maize South Individual Events, Feb. 18
  • Hutchinson High School, Maize South, Team, fourth place team sweeps
  • Ta'mara Hill, Maize South, poetry, fourth place, state qualifier
  • Savannah Winkler, Maize South, oratory, fourth place
  • Baylee Corpening, Maize South, informative, fourth place
  • Savannah Winkler, Maize South, prose, fifth place
  • Ta'mara Hill, Maize South, oratory, sixth place

Salina Central Individual Events, Feb. 18
  • Hutchinson High School, Salina Central, Team, third place team sweeps
  • Craig McKibben, Salina Central, poetry, first place, state qualifier
  • TJ Blake, Salina Central, domestic extemp, second place, state qualifier
  • Craig McKibben, Salina Central, dramatic interpretation, third place, state qualifier
  • Craig McKibben, Salina Central, prose, fourth place, state qualifier
  • TJ Blake, Salina Central, informative, fifth place
  • Mitchell Garrett, Salina Central, international extemp, sixth place
  • Emily Davis, Salina Central, informative, seventh place
  • TJ Blake, Salina Central, oratory, eighth place
  • Katlyn Meggers, Salina Central, oratory, ninth place
  • Michaela Ruhlmann, Salina Central, informative, ninth place
  • Emily Lenherr, Salina Central, dramatic interpretation, ninth place
  • LaKiyah Sain, Salina Central, poetry, ninth place
  • Michaela Ruhlmann, Salina Central, oratory, 10th place
  • Emily Lenherr, Salina Central, prose, 11th place
  • Mitchell Garrett, Salina Central, prose, quarterfinalist
  • Charlie Robinson, Salina Central, prose, quarterfinalist
  • Emily Lenherr, Salina Central, poetry, quarterfinalist
  • Emily Davis, Salina Central, poetry, quarterfinalist
  • McKenzie Miller, Salina Central, poetry, quarterfinalist
  • Adam Yoder, Salina Central, informative, quarterfinalist
  • Alex Turley, Salina Central, oratory, quarterfinalist
  • Dayton LaMunyon, Salina Central, impromptu, quarterfinalist


HCTEA students qualify for BPA nationals

Feb 23, 2012
Three Hutchinson Career and Technical Education Academy students have qualified for nationals in the Business Professionals of America.

By virtue of their finishes at last weekend's BPA State Leadership Conference in Wichita, Trey Barton, Jonathon Shook and Kendrick Yohn qualified for national competition. Nationals will be April 25 to 29 in Chicago.
  • Shook was third in payroll accounting and was in the top 10 in financial math and analysis, insurance concepts and information technology concepts.
  • Barton was first in computer networking technology and was in the top 10 in information technology concepts.
  • Yohn was first in systems administration using Cisco.
  • Dani Green was sixth in medical office procedures.

Kelli Lusk and Steve Stacey are the BPA sponsors.



Winter jazz concert set

Feb 16, 2012
The Hutchinson High School winter jazz concert is set for 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20, 2012, in the HHS Performing Arts Center, 810 East 13th.

The HHS jazz band has about 20 students and will play selections from Duke Ellington, Bob Mintzer and Sammy Nestico.

For more information, contact Daryl Koestel, director of bands at HHS.


HHS takes second at state scholars' bowl

Feb 13, 2012
The Hutchinson High School scholars' bowl team placed second in the Class 6A state tournament Saturday.

The team, composed of senior Alex Baker, captain, senior Devin Brown, senior Dennin Dusek, senior John Shook, sophomore Adam Yoder and junior Natalie Davis, finished second in the large school division at state.

The tournament was held at Lawrence Free State High School.

The HHS scholars' bowl team is coached by Toni Loewen and Kris Anshutz.


Winter king, queen chosen

Feb 10, 2012
Briana StarksBriana Starks was picked queen and Craig McKibben was pickeCraig McKibbend king as the 2012 winter homecoming royalty Friday (Feb. 10, 2012).

The two were crowned at the HHS vs. Haysville Campus basketball games.

Other finalists for Winter Homecoming queen were Paige Brown, Zoe Cress, Taylor Deardoff, Kelsi Field and Addison Heck. Other finalists for king were Troy Bell, Lucas Munds, Corbin Pina, Jess Westmoreland and Christopher Wise.


HHS orchestra holds concert, fundraiser Feb. 14

Feb 9, 2012
The Hutchinson High School orchestra will hold its Winter Pops Concert and Fundraiser Banquet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012, in the HHS Cafeteria, 1401 North Severance.

For a free-will donation, diners can enjoy chili and all the fixings as well as dessert. There will be a raffle of a gift basket as well during the evening.

The concert will include a wide range of selections from Strauss to Rodgers and Hammerstein to the Mamas and Papas to Lady Gaga.

Bruce Boyd directs the orchestra at HHS.


HHS wins two forensics tournaments

Feb 6, 2012
Hutchinson High School won a pair of forensics tournaments over the weekend and placed a close second in a third tournament.

HHS won the sweepstakes trophy at Friday night (Feb. 3, 2012) at Newton for student congress. Saturday (Feb. 4, 2012), HHS won the individual events sweepstakes trophy at Wellington and placed second by only 12 points on Saturday at Newton’s individual events tournament.

Additionally, HHS qualified 20 student/team events for the state tournament during the weekend.

HHS hosts the annual Salt Talks forensics tournament Friday and Saturday (Feb. 10 and 11). Kelly Thompson coaches forensics at HHS.

Individual results for the tournaments follow.

Newton, Feb. 3, 2012
  • Hutchinson High School, Newton, Team, first place Team Sweeps
  • Alex Turley, Newton, Varsity, sixth place, Varsity Senate, state qualifier
  • Brett Krambeer , Newton, Varsity, third place, Varsity House, state qualifier
  • Liz Juarez, Newton, Varsity, fifth place, Varsity House, state qualifier
  • LaKiyah Sain, Newton, Novice, sixth place, Varsity House, state qualifier
  • Sydni Huxman, Newton, Novice, first place, Novice House
  • Brennan Schartz, Newton, Novice, first place, Novice House
  • Paige Brott, Newton, Novice, second place, Novice House
  • McKenzie Miller, Newton, Team, fourth place, Novice House
  • Brett Knight , Newton, Informative, fourth place, Novice House

Wellington, Feb. 4, 2012
  • Hutchinson High School, Wellington, Team, first place Team Sweeps
  • Brett Krambeer, Wellington, Informative, first place, state qualifier
  • Adam Yoder, Wellington, Informative, second place, state qualifier
  • Adam Yoder, Wellington, Prose, second place, state qualifier
  • Katlyn Meggers, Wellington, Prose, fourth place
  • Brett Krambeer, Wellington, Prose, fifth place
  • Liz Juarez, Wellington, Poetry, fifth place
  • Katlyn Meggers, Wellington, Oratory, first place, state qualifier
  • Liz Juarez, Wellington, Oratory, fourth place
  • Adam Yoder, Wellington, Oratory, fifth place
  • Brett Knight, Wellington, Extemporaneous Speaking, fifth place
  • Chandler Hodges, Wellington, Humorous Interpretation, first place, state qualifier
  • Chandler Hodges, Wellington, Dramatic Interpretation, first place, state qualifier
  • Katlyn Meggers, Wellington, Impromptu, first place, state qualifier
  • Brett Knight, Wellington, Impromptu, second place, state qualifier
  • Liz Juarez, Wellington, Impromptu, third place
  • Brett Krambeer, Wellington, Impromptu, fifth place

Newton, Feb. 4, 2012
  • Craig McKibben, Newton, Dramatic Interpretation, third place
  • Emily Lenherr, Newton, Dramatic Interpretation, fifth place
  • Austin Heinlein, Newton, Humorous Interpretation, fifth place
  • Emily Lenherr, Newton, Poetry, first place, state qualifier
  • Craig McKibben, Newton, Poetry, second place, state qualifier
  • LaKiyah Sain, Newton, Poetry, fourth place
  • Emily Lenherr, Newton, Prose, second place, state qualifier
  • Bailey Lamer, Newton, Prose, fourth place
  • Nikki Ohle, Newton, Prose , sixth place
  • TJ Blake, Newton, Informative, first place, state qualifier
  • Emily Davis, Newton, Informative, fifth place
  • TJ Blake, Newton, Oratory, third place
  • TJ Blake, Newton, Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking, third place
  • Craig McKibben and Emily Davis, Newton, Duo, third place
  • Austin Heinlein and Bailey Lamer, Newton, Duet, first place, state qualifier

El Dorado, Feb. 4, 2012
  • Michaela Ruhlmann, El Dorado, Oration, first place, state qualifier
  • Michaela Ruhlmann, El Dorado, Informative, first place, state qualifier
  • Michaela Ruhlmann, El Dorado, Impromptu, first place, state qualifier
  • Savannah Winkler, El Dorado, Oratory, sixth place
  • April Adler, El Dorado, Impromptu, sixth place

Fight choreographer helps with 'Romeo and Juliet'

Feb 3, 2012
A fight choreographer from Chicago will be in Hutchinson Saturday through Tuesday (Feb. 4 through 7) to help students prepare for the upcoming production Romeo and Juliet.

Neil Massey has been involved in stage combat for more than 20 years as a performer, choreographer and teacher in the United States and abroad. A certified teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors, Massey also is an adjunct professor at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University.

Massey also has served on the governing body of the Society of American Fight Directors. He has served as assistant coordinator for the National Stage Combat Workshop at University of Nevada at Las Vegas and as coordinator for the Chicago Regional Stage Combat Workshop.

An accomplished sword cutler, Massey’s company, Rogue Steel, supplies theaters, universities and individuals all over the world with high quality stage combat equipment.

Saturday, Massey will be doing basics and start choreographing on Sunday. He will also be working with HHS students all day Monday and Tuesday.

Romeo and Juliet will be presented in the new HHS Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. March 8 through 10.

For more information, contact Tobie Henline or Kris Anshutz at HHS.


HHS scholars' bowl qualifies for state

Feb 3, 2012
The Hutchinson High School scholars' bowl team placed third Thursday (Feb. 2, 2012) in the Class 6A regionals at Derby High School. The finish earned the team a berth in the state championship Feb. 11 at Lawrence Free State High School.

Team members are senior Alex Baker, senior Devin Brown, senior Dennin Dusek, junior Natalie Davis, senior John Shook and sophomore Adam Yoder.

The HHS scholars' bowl team is coached by Toni Loewen and Kris Anshutz.



HHS celebrates Winter Homecoming 2012

Feb 2, 2012
Hutchinson High School will celebrate Winter Homecoming 2012 the week of Feb. 6 through 10.

Theme for the week is "Social Media." The week culminates with the crowning of homecoming royalty during the HHS vs. Haysville Campus basketball games Friday, Feb. 10. Following the game, the Homecoming Dance will be from 9:30 to midnight in the HHS cafeteria.

Finalists for Winter Homecoming queen are Paige Brown, Zoe Cress, Taylor Deardoff, Kelsi Field, Addison Heck and Briana Starks. Finalists for king are Troy Bell, Craig McKibben, Lucas Munds, Corbin Pina, Jess Westmoreland and Christopher Wise.

The king will be crowned between the girls' and boys' game and the queen at halftime of the boys' game.
The week's activities begin with the STUCO Hall Decorating Contest from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5, at HHS.

Royalty candidates will be introduced to students during second hour on Friday, Feb. 10 during two assemblies at 9:30 a.m. and about 10:10 a.m. in the HHS Performing Arts Center.

During the week, students will have spirit days. Themes for the spirit days are

  • Monday: Jersey Shore Day
  • Tuesday: Nikki Minaj
  • Wednesday: Lil Wayne
  • Thursday: Lady Gaga
  • Friday: Blue and Gold Day


HHS excels in first weekend of forensics season

Jan 30, 2012
The Hutchinson High School forensics squad took first place at two weekend tournaments and missed the sweepstakes trophy by 10 points at a third.

HHS was first place in the Buhler student congress competition Friday (Jan. 27) and first in individual events at August on Saturday (Jan. 28). HHS just missed the first-place sweepstakes trophy at Kapaun by 10 points.

This weekend was the first tournament action for the 2012 forensics season, which culminates at the state tournament in May.

HHS had students qualify for nine events at state.

This weekend, HHS competes at Newton, El Dorado and Sterling. The squad hosts the Salt Talks forensics tournament on Feb. 10 and 11.

Kelly Thompson coaches forensics at HHS.

Buhler Student Congress (Friday, Jan. 27, 2012)
  • Hutchinson High School, Team, first place team sweeps
  • TJ Blake, Varsity, first place, Varsity House, state qualifier
  • Alex Turley, Varsity, third place, Varsity House, state qualifier
  • Dayton LaMunyon, Varsity, seventh place, Varsity House, state qualifier
  • LaKiyah Sain, Novice, first place, Novice House
  • Savannah Winkler, Novice, second place, Novice House
  • Sydni Huxman, Novice, fourth place, Novice House
  • Brennan Schartz, Novice, fifth place, Novice House

Augusta (Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012)
  • Hutchinson High School, team, first place team sweeps
  • Craig McKibben, Dramatic Interpretation, first place, state qualifier
  • Craig McKibben, Poetry, first place, state qualifier
  • Emily Lenherr, Dramatic Interpretation, second place, state qualifier
  • Emily Davis and Craig McKibben, Duo, second place, state qualifier
  • Emily Lenherr, Prose, second place, state qualifier
  • Chandler Hodges, Dramatic Interpretation, fourth place
  • Katlyn Meggers, Oratory, fourth place
  • Chandler Hodges, Humorous Interpretation, fourth place
  • Emily Davis, Informative Speaking, fourth place
  • TJ Blake, Oratory, fifth place
  • TJ Blake, Informative Speaking, fifth place
  • Chandler Hodges and McKenzie Miller, Duo, sixth place

Kapaun (Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012)
  • Hutchinson High School, team, third place team sweeps
  • Michaela Ruhlmann, Informative Speaking, first place, state qualifier
  • LaKiyah Sain, Kapaun, Poetry, third place
  • Dayton LaMunyon, International Extemp, fourth place
  • Alex Turley, Oratory, fourth place
  • Sydni Huxman, Oratory, sixth place
  • LaKiyah Sain, DX, sixth place
  • Sydni Huxman, Impromptu, seventh place

Kingman (Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012)
  • Hutchinson High School, team, fourth place team sweeps
  • Shelby Bergeron, Domestic Extemp, fourth place
  • Taylor Johnson, Dramatic Interpretation, fourth place
  • Nikki Ohle, Dramatic Interpretation, sixth place

HHS wins AVCTL Division I scholars' bowl

Jan 26, 2012
The Hutchinson High School varsity scholars' bowl team won the AVCTL Division I title Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012.

The team is composed of senior Alex Baker, senior Zoe Cress, senior Dennin Dusek, senior John Shook and sophomore Adam Yoder.

The AVCTL Division I league meet was held at Hutchinson High School.

Feb. 2, the HHS team competes in the Class 6A scholars' bowl regionals at Derby.

The HHS scholars' bowl team is coached by Toni Loewen and Kris Anshutz.

HHS students named to state music groups

Jan 23, 2012
Several Hutchinson High School students have been named to state honor music groups.

Named to the 2012 State Honor Band were senior Emily Allen, bass clarinet, and senior Katie Kimmel, French horn.

Named to the 2012 State Honor Orchestra was senior Jeff Penner, trombone. Penner has been first chair in the district orchestra and state orchestra for three years in a row.

Named to the State Honor Choir were junior Bethany Blanton, senior Megan Hale, senior Craig McKibben and senior Amanda Moore. Senior Sam Rothe-Stanley and senior Bethany Manny are alternates.

The state honor groups will perform at the Kansas Music Educators Association convention in Wichita Feb. 23 to 25.

HHS student financial aid meeting slated

Jan 19, 2012
The annual Hutchinson High School financial aid for college meeting is set for 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, in the Events Center at the Hutchinson Career and Technical Education Academy, 800 15th Circle.

The meeting has been changed in 2012 to a Sunday afternoon to avoid conflicts with other school activities.

All seniors and their parents are invited to attend. Information on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will be provided and changes in the HCC scholarship application will be discussed. Additionally, there will be a question and answer opportunity about the college financial aid puzzle.

For more information, contact Jeff Morris, HHS counselor.

HHS debater places third in state

Jan 16, 2012
A Hutchinson High School sophomore was the third best speaker in state Class 6A debate Saturday (Jan. 14, 2012) while another debater was 10th.

Sophomore Brett Krambeer was the third speaker in the tournament that featured 140 of the best Class 6A debaters in Kansas. Junior T.J. Blake was 10th speaker in the tournament.

Krambeer and senior partner Alex Turley went 4-2 in the tournament and were the 14th seed in the octofinal round. The tournament featured the top 70 Class 6A two-speaker teams from across Kansas.

Blake and freshman Brennan Schartz went 3-3 in the tournament while senior Michaela Ruhlmann and sophomore Reed Crater went 2-4.

The Class 6A and 5A state debate tournament was held at Olathe Northwest High School Friday and Saturday.

Hutchinson High School will host the Class 5A and Class 6A state two-speaker and four-speaker debate tournament next year. HHS will host on Jan. 11 and 12, 2013.


Budget process revamped

Jan 16, 2012
Hutchinson Public Schools is seeking additional public input as it drafts a budget for the 2012-13 school year.

As a result, patrons will have the opportunity to provide suggestions for the budget both in person and electronically this winter and spring.

For the past several years, the district has gotten input on budget matters from a group of local business leaders. Those leaders will help the district with an expanded committee of local residents, staff, parents and students.

Beginning with a meeting from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 30, the group will learn how the district budget is comprised and how the budgeting process will work. Participants also will learn what areas have faced cuts in years past and will revisit program cuts that were discussed but not made last year.

Time will also be spent discussing how budget decisions support or hinder attainment of the district's strategic plan goals.

The meeting will be in the Professional Learning Center at Hutchinson High School. The PLC is a portion of the school's former auditorium at 1401 North Severance.

"Our goal is to make our budget process as transparent as possible and to provide a means for all stakeholders to have input in the process," Superintendent Shelly Kiblinger said.

There will be additional meetings for the group from 7 to 8:30 p.m. March 5, March 19 and April 2. All the meetings will be in the Professional Learning Center at Hutchinson High School.

The public is invited to attend and listen to the discussion and watch the process.

Additionally, the district will take electronic feedback from the public. A budget comment line has been set up on (620) 615-4014. Patrons may leave comments on the line but are asked to leave a name and telephone number so that district staff may be able to call back and get additional feedback.

Feedback also may be provided by emailing the district at comment@usd308.com. A "budget suggestion box" also available on the district's homepage at www.usd308.com.

Kansas K-12 school budgets go from July 1 of one year to June 30 of the next year. Because the way the district receives information from other entities that impact the budget, however, the final budget is normally not available to the Board until late July and is formalized in August.


HCTEA director to speak at summit

Jan 12, 2012
The director of the Hutchinson Career and Technical Education Academy will be a presenter during the Governor's Summit on Career Readiness.

David T. Patterson, HCTEA director at Hutchinson High School, will be one of the featured presenters at Gov. Sam Brownback's Summit on Career Readiness. The event begins at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, at Topeka's Capitol Plaza Hotel.

The summit is designed as an opportunity for local and national education leaders and other stakeholders to discuss strategies for improving career readiness.

 

Scholastic Awards announced

Jan 12, 2012
Hutchinson High School students received a pair of gold keys and nine silver silver awards in the 2012 Scholastic Art Awards Program.

Senior Corson Androski received a Gold Key for his photography, "Life as Viewed from a Crypt," which also was an American Visions nominee.

The other Gold Key Award went to senior Briana Starks for her drawing, "Usher."

Both Gold Key winners advance to compete at the national level.

HHS also had nine Silver Key Awards.
  • Corson Androski, Photography Portfolio, Photography, Discovery (Archaeology of Modern America), Silver Key
  • Corson Androski, Photography Portfolio, Photography, Tread Lightly, for this is Hallowed Ground, Silver Key
  • Corson Androski, Photography Portfolio, Photography, Breaking the Tomb's Seal, Silver Key
  • Corson Androski, Photography Portfolio, Photography, Ascent to the Sky Temple, Silver Key
  • Corson Androski, Photography Portfolio, Photography, Offerings at the Plywood Alter, Silver Key
  • Corson Androski, Photography Portfolio, Photography, Self Portrait at the Dig Site: Anthropologist or Looter?, Silver Key
  • Corson Androski, Photography Portfolio, Photography, Preparing to Reseal the Tomb, Silver Key
  • Corson Androski, Photography Portfolio, Photography, Life as Viewed from a Crypt, Silver Key
  • Senior Amy Stegman, Art, Sculpture, "Sweet Song," Silver Key

HHS also had two honorable mention awards.
  • Junior Nikki Lafoe, Art, Printmaking, The Bridge Over Frozen Waters, Honorable Mention
  • Junior Jorge Zuniga-Martinez, Art, Sculpture, "Recycled Bug," Honorable Mention

The artwork will be on display in a show from Jan. 31 through March 11 at the Wichita Center for the Arts. A special awards ceremony will be held 2 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Center, 9112 East Central in Wichita, for Gold Key winners.

HHS Wall of Honor accepting nominees

Jan 12, 2012
Nominations are being taken for the 14th annual Wall of Honor at Hutchinson High School.

The program, a joint venture of the HHS Student Council, the Renaissance Club and the HHS Alumni Association, recognizes three outstanding graduates of Hutchinson High School each year.

HHS has a wide range of graduates who are honored on the wall. The 39 previous recipients include local community leaders who changed Hutchinson to internationally known scientists and business professionals to the first woman on the Kansas State Board of Agriculture to media professionals.

Currently, the groups are accepting nominations for the Wall of Honor. A nominee has to be a Hutchinson High School graduate and have graduated at least 10 years prior to the nomination. The nominee must have attained a high level of achievement in at least one of the following areas:

  • Personal and/or professional life
  • Community service
  • Demonstrated that education is a life-long experience

The award may be bestowed on individuals posthumously.

Nominations are due Feb. 17 and forms are available in the Hutchinson High School office, 810 East 13th or online at www.usd308.com. The nomination form asks for basic biographical information, including lists of volunteer activities, special awards received and any supporting documentation, such as newspaper clippings. Additionally, the person making the nomination must write a paragraph explaining why the nominee deserves the honor.

A selection committee will pick three alumni for the 14th class to go on the wall.
The Wall of Honor alumni will be recognized at a dinner in April.

Each winner receives a personal plaque and another plaque will be permanently mounted inside the lobby of the Salthawk Activity Center.

HHS places in three debate tournaments

Jan 11, 2012
The Hutchinson High School debate squad placed in three tournaments on the next-to-last weekend of the 2011-12 season Saturday.


At the Debate Coaches Invitational tournament in Kansas City, junior T.J. Blake and senior Mary Torrez went 4-3 and placed 16th. Individually, Blake was the 12th-place speaker in the tournament.

In the state warm-up tournament at Haysville Campus, senior Alex Turley accomplished a rare feat for the team. Turley debated maverick -- one debater on a team instead of two -- and placed fifth in the tournament with a 4-2 record. Sophomore Reed Crater and senior Michaela Ruhlman went 4-2 and placed third in the tournament.

At Novice State in Kansas City, freshmen McKenzie Miller and Brett Knight went 4-1 and placed third as semifinalists in the tournament. Freshmen LaKiyah Sain and Syndi Huxman went 3-2 and advanced to the octofinal round. Freshmen Brennan Schartz and Lottie Petrie also went 3-2 and were honorable mention.

Friday and Saturday, HHS competes in the Class 6A two-speaker debate tournament at Olathe Northwest High School.

Kelly Thompson coaches debate at Hutchinson High School.


P-T Conferences set at HMS, HHS

Jan 5, 2012
Parent-Teacher Conferences for USD 308 students in grades seven through 12 will be the week of Jan. 9.

Hutchinson Middle School will hold parent-teacher conferences from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10, on both campuses of the school. HMS also will have conferences from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 12.

Hutchinson High School will have conferences from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 12, in the Salthawk Activity Center.
At both HHS and HMS, conferences are done arena style. Parents meet with teachers in a common area. If further discussions are needed, individual appointments can be set up.

There will be no school for HHS and HMS students on either Jan. 12 or 13. Additionally, there are no conferences on Jan. 13.

The second set of elementary parent-teacher conferences will not occur until the week of Feb. 27. Classes will be in session on both Jan. 12 and 13 for K-6 students.


Square dancing returns to HHS

Dec 15, 2011
If you are a Salthawk alumnus from the past 30 years or longer, you remember one thing about the holidays at Hutchinson High School. The tradition has little to do with snow men, reindeer or other symbols of the winter holidays.

Instead, the tradition is something that speaks to our Kansas heritage square dancing.

During the final few school days before Christmas, students at Hutchinson High School have the opportunity to square dance in the Junior Varsity Gymnasium at HHS. Square dancing will be held on Dec. 19 to 21.

Square dancing is tied to the physical education curriculum at HHS.



HHS Christmas Concert set for Dec. 19

Dec 8, 2011
One of the largest musical events of the year begins at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 19, at Hutchinson's Memorial Hall. The Hutchinson High School Christmas Concert features hundreds of student musicians from the high school.

The event will feature vocal, orchestra, concert band and jazz band performances.

There is no admission charge.


Theater Department Presents 'A Tuna Christmas'

Dec 8, 2011

Christmas in Hutchinson is just a bit less exciting than that enjoyed by residents of Tuna, Texas.

You can get a glimpse into the lives of Tuna residents in the winter theater production of A Tuna Christmas, at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15 through 17, in the Black Box Theatre at Hutchinson High School. The Black Box Theatre is located adjacent to the Performing Arts Center at HHS, 810 East 13th.

The show is a sequel to Greater Tuna, which was presented at HHS several years ago. Fans, however, don't have to have seen the original Greater Tuna to enjoy A Tuna Christmas.

The show takes place in the town of Tuna, Texas, and goes through a day during the Christmas season with them.

The production will be done in the Black Box Theatre, which has limited seating to about 45 each night. Tickets costs $8 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. If fans would like to reserve seats to the show, please email Tobie Henline, theater director, at henlinet@usd308.com.

Cast members are Trae Mayberry, A.J. St. Laurent, Kaleaha Blakey and Taylor Johnson. The four thespians will portray about 20 different characters found in the town of Tuna.


Holiday hours set

Dec 8, 2011
The Christmas-New Years Recess will be Dec. 22 through Jan. 2. School resumes on Tuesday, Jan. 3.

The districts Administration Center will be closed Dec. 22 through Jan. 2, reopening on Jan. 3.


HHS debaters qualify for NCFL

Dec 5, 2011
Hutchinson High School has qualified a debate team for the National Catholic Forensics League Grand Nationals next May in Baltimore.

Junior T.J. Blake and senior Mary Torrez went 5-1 with 15 ballots to take second place Saturday at the Wichita Diocese cross examination debate qualifying tournament at Wichitas Kapaun Mount Carmel High School.

This is the second consecutive year the pair have qualified for nationals and the third consecutive year Blake has qualified.

Also competing at the qualifier were senior Alex Turley and sophomore Brett Krambeer, who went 3-2 with eight ballots to place 10th.

HHS also competed at the Maize invitational on Friday and Saturday. As a team, the squad won the sweepstakes trophy.

In the varsity division, senior Michaela Ruhlmann and sophomore Reed Crater went 3-2 and became a state qualifier in two-speaker debate.

In the junior varsity division, a pair of teams made quarterfinals with 4-1 records. Those teams were Brennan Schartz and Lottie Petrie, both freshman, and LaKiyah Sain and Sydni Huxman, both freshman.

In the novice division, freshmen Brett Knight and McKenzie Miller went 5-0 and advanced to semifinals to take third place.

This weekend, HHS competes in the West Kansas District National Forensics debate tournament at Newton High School.

Kelly Thompson coaches debate for HHS.

HHS scholars' bowl third at Hesston

Dec 5, 2011
The Hutchinson High School scholars bowl team placed third at the recent Hesston invitational.

The team of Alex Baker, John Shook, Devin Brown, Zoe Cress, Adam Yoder and Natalie Davis were third at Hesston.

The scholars bowl squad competes at Winfield and Newton this week.

The team is coached by Toni Loewen and Kris Anshutz.


Ironman volleyball slated for Dec. 2

Dec 1, 2011
The annual Ironman Volleyball game begins at 7 p.m. Friday (Dec. 2, 2011) in the Salthawk Activity Center on the Hutchinson High School campus.

The game pits the senior boys against the junior boys in a male equivalent to powder puff football.

Ironman has a long history at HHS, dating back more than 20 years.

Admission costs $1 per person. There also will be a bin for items for Hutchinsons Teen Christmas 2011 campaign.

Community pep rally slated for Friday

Nov 28, 2011
To celebrate Hutchinson High Schools Class 5A state football championship, there will be a community pep rally at 10:30 a.m. Friday (Dec. 2, 2011) at the Salthawk Activity Center, 800 East 13th.

The community is invited to the event that will include introductions of the players, managers and coaching staff as well as music and cheers. Additionally, there will be video from Saturdays state championship game against Stilwell-Blue Valley.

HHS defeated Blue Valley 33-21 Saturday in the Class 5A state championship game at Emporia. The Salthawks have won seven state football championships in the past eight years and hold the record for most consecutive Kansas state championships (six). This was the Salthawks eighth appearance in the state championship game in nine years.


Night of the Hawk set

Nov 17, 2011
Winter sports teams will be introduced during the annual Night of the Hawk at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29, at the Salthawk Activity Center.

During the evening, the winter sports teams and their coaches will be introduced to the public. The winter season officially gets started earlier in the day on Nov. 29 with the first meet of the year for the boys swim team at Newton.




HHS students qualify for KMEA music

Nov 15, 2011
    More than 30 Hutchinson High School students qualified for South Central Kansas Music Educators Association band, choir and orchestra groups.

    In band, the following students qualified.
    Emani Castro, flute
    Casey Teichmann, flute
    Shelby Augustine, clarinet
    Kayla Penner, clarinet
    Allison Reiser, clarinet
    James Vaughn, clarinet
    Emily Allen, bass clarinet
    Adam Konen, bass clarinet
    Anna Kimmel, horn
    Katie Kimmel, horn
    Gage Brown, percussion
    Natalie Davis, percussion

The following band members qualified for district honor orchestra.
    Taylor Crawford, oboe
    Jeff Penner, trombone (third year in a row being first chair)

Members of the South Central Kansas Music Educators Association mixed district honor choir from HHS included:
    Allie Abernathy
    Emily Davis
    Kimberly Dickson
    Marc Garcia
    Kristie Heide
    Bethany Manny
    Craig McKibben
    Charlie Robinson
    A.J. St. Laurent
    Sam Stanley-Rothe


    HHS students who are members of the South Central Kansas Music Educators Association women's District Honor Choir:
    Bethany Blanton
    Caitlin Dodge
    Christy Edington
    Megan Hale
    Chandler Hodges
    Bailey Lamer
    Lauren Mason
    Amanda Moore
    Chyna Ortega
    Danica Tomlin
    Rebekah Watson

HHS strings students were named to the district honor orchestra were:
    Emily Wedel, violinist
    Kayla St. Laurent, first alternate violinist

Daryl Koestel is director of bands at HHS. Lori Scantlin is vocal music director at the school. Bruce Boyd is orchestra director.


Board slates listening opportunity

Nov 15, 2011

    The public is invited to provide input to the USD 308 Board of Education at a listening event at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 28, 2011, at the districts Administration Center, 1520 North Plum.

    The listening event, known as a linkage, provides the public a formal opportunity to meet with Board members and provide input on district matters. The linkage is an extension of the opportunities provided at the semimonthly Board meetings.

    During the event, the Board will have a series of questions about district programs and activities to gain input from the public. The Board is especially interested in hearing patrons views on the Hutchinson Recreation Commissions tax base.

    In the past, these more formal opportunities for discussion have included meetings with high school and middle school students, with staff members and with members of the public who served on the Blue and Red Ribbon Committees for the 2006 bond issue.


WKOF at HHS on Nov. 18, 19

Nov 10, 2011
The 2011 Western Kansas Orchestra Festival will be at Hutchinson High School on Nov. 18 and 19 with the final concert to be held in the Salthawk Activity Center at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19. The final concert is free to the public.

Hutchinson High School will not have classes on Nov. 18 to accommodate the festival. All other USD 308 schools will be in session Nov. 18, however.

This event, hosted on a rotating schedule by the participating schools, was begun in the late 1940s and has always been held on the weekend before Thanksgiving.  It is managed and sponsored by the participating schools and by Fort Hays State University. 

The festival combines middle school and high school string orchestra students from Beloit, Colby, Dodge City, Garden City, Great Bend, Hays, Hutchinson and Salina. The 2011 program will feature 392 students grouped into four orchestras under the direction of outstanding guest clinicians.

The event is non-selective and the separate schools are charged with preparing the music in advance. All students enrolled in these orchestra programs can participate. The clinician/conductors will have a little over nine hours of rehearsal time to unify and refine the performances of challenging musical selections by Mozart, Ravel, Bizet and a number of contemporary American composers such as Kansas Citys Jeffrey Bishop who will actually be one of the clinicians.


HHS finals schedule Nov. 8-10

Nov 3, 2011 The 2011-12 school year is almost a third complete.

As a result, Hutchinson High School will have its first trimester finals the week of Nov. 7. The HHS schedule for the week is:

    Monday, Nov. 7: Normal schedule, dismiss at 3:24 p.m.
    Tuesday, Nov 8: First and second hour finals, dismiss at 10:46 a.m.
    Wednesday, Nov. 9: Fourth and fifth hour finals, dismiss at 10:46 a.m.
    Thursday, Nov. 10: Third hour final, dismiss at 9:20 a.m.
    Friday, Nov. 11: No school, teacher in-service

No lunch will be served in the HHS cafeteria on Nov. 8, 9 or 10. Zero hour classes, which meet at 7 a.m., will take their final during zero hour class time on Monday.

HHS scholars' bowl wins at East

Nov 1, 2011 The Hutchinson High School scholars bowl team won the Wichita East invitational Saturday (Oct. 29, 2011) at Wichita East.

The team of Alex Baker, John Shook, Dennin Dusek and Ta'mara Hill went undefeated in competition.

The squad is coached by Toni Loewen and Kris Anshutz.

Marching band finishes competitive season

Oct 31, 2011
The Hutchinson High School Salthawk Marching Band finished the 2011 competitive marching season with I and II rankings last week.

Wednesday, Oct. 26, the band received a I ranking at the Southern Plains Marching Festival at Andover.

Saturday, Oct. 29, the band concluded the competitive marching season at the Heart of America Marching Festival at the University of Kansas. HHS received a II ranking in Lawrence.

The band will march at any post-season home football games. Additionally, the band will perform in the Holiday Parade at 10 a.m. Nov. 19 in downtown Hutchinson.

Daryl Koestel is director of bands at HHS.

Fall musical set at HHS

Oct 27, 2011
The annual fall musical at Hutchinson High School will have a few new faces in the production Nov. 3, 5 and 6.

Once Upon a Mattress is set for 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 3 and 5 and at 2 p.m. on Nov. 6 in the new performing arts center at HHS, 810 East 13th.

As a way to say thank you to the community for the $78.8 million bond issue voters approved in November 2006, community members were asked to audition. The production, itself, is a comedic and musical adaptation of The Princess and the Pea. Joining the 37 member cast of HHS students will be eight community members and a group of young children.

The new performing arts center replaces the schools old auditorium that was never designed for full-blown theater productions. Additionally, the new auditorium is large enough so that assemblies now can be done only twice instead of three times to accommodate the 1,400-student school.

Tickets for the production cost $8 for adults, $5 for children ages 12 and under and $2 for HHS students with student IDs.

For more information, contact Tobie Henline, HHS theater director.

HHS scholars' bowl places second

Oct 21, 2011
The Hutchinson High School Scholars Bowl team placed second in its first varsity competition of 2011.

HHS was second at Belle Plaine on Thursday (Oct. 20, 2011).

Members of the team competing were seniors Alex Baker, John Shook, Devin Brown, Zoe Cress and Dennin Dusek.


Empty Bowls set for Nov. 15

Oct 20, 2011
The third annual Empty Bowls fundraiser to combat hunger will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 15 in the Hutchinson High School Cafeteria, 1401 North Severance.

For a minimum donation of $5, guests will get an original piece of artwork along with a dinner of either chiBowl for Empty Bowlsli or red beans and rice and a dessert.

Bowls and artwork for the event are made by sixth through 12th graders in USD 308 as well as Hutchinson Community College and Bethany CoBowl for Empty Bowlsllege students. In addition to the artistic bowls, there will be two-dimensional and welded items in the event. This year, some of the artwork will be sold via a silent auction.

In all there, will be 200-plus items for sale. In addition to the $5 items, there also will be artwork for $10 and $15.

Proceeds will go to Backpacks for Kids, the Reno County Food Bank and the Heifer Project.

Music will be provided by various USD 308 groups. For more information, contact Todd Ray.

HHS band takes seventh at Maple Leaf

Oct 17, 2011
The Hutchinson High School Salthawk Marching Band placed seventh overall at the Maple Leaf Festival Saturday (Oct. 15, 2011) at Nevada, Mo.

The band was third after preliminary competition and finished seventh overall in the finals.

The Salthawk Marching Band performs at Friday nights final regular season home varsity football game against Liberal at Gowans Stadium, taking the field about 6:45 p.m. The band also performs at halftime.

HHS will participate in the Southern Plains Marching Festival Oct. 26 at Andover and at the Heart of America competition Oct. 29 at the University of Kansas in Lawrence.

Daryl Koestel is director of bands at Hutchinson High School.

HHS debaters fourth at El Dorado

Oct 17, 2011
The Hutchinson High School debate squad placed fourth overall at the El Dorado invitational tournament Saturday (Oct. 15, 2011).

In the junior varsity division, senior Mitchell Garrett and freshman Brennan Schartz took first place. The duo finished the preliminary rounds at 4-1 and were third seed. The pair won their quarterfinal round on a 2-1 decision, won their semifinal round on a 3-0 decision and won the finals on a 4-1 ballot.

This weekend, HHS competes at Valley Center and Winfield.

Kelly Thompson coaches debate at HHS.

Jazz concert slated

Oct 13, 2011 The Hutchinson High School Fall Jazz Concert will be conducted at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, in the HHS Performing Arts Center, 810 East 13th.

The jazz group features 20 HHS students. The concert will include a funk version of "Blackbird," a Miles Davis tune titled "Freddie Freeloader, " a ballad titled "As Time Goes By," a fast swing chart called "High And Flighty" and an arrangement of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody.

For more information, contact Daryl Koestel, HHS director of bands.

Fall bonfiire slated

Oct 13, 2011
The annual Hutchinson High School Sports Booster Club bonfire begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, on the north end of the midway on the Kansas State Fairgrounds.

During the event, fall sports coaches will speak and athletes will be recognized. Additionally, the band, cheer squad and SaltShakers will perform, and hot dogs, drinks and cookies will be available.

Debaters qualify for DCI

Oct 10, 2011
Hutchinson High School has qualified a team for the Debate Coaches Invitational Tournament in January.

Saturday (Oct. 8, 2011), the team of senior Mary Torrez and junior T.J. Blake went 4-1, placing ninth at Wichita East and receiving a second DCI bid. Qualifying for the DCI tournament requires two bids from designated tournaments during the competition season. Torrez and Blake received their first bid in September at Washburn Rural.

DCI is an all-class statewide tournament, featuring the best debaters from across Kansas.

This marks the second time that Mary and T.J. have qualified for the DCI, and the third time T.J. has qualified, said Kelly Thompson, HHS debate and forensics coach. This is the first team to qualify before December since I've been the coach, and the earliest in terms of the season that a team from Hutch has ever qualified for the DCI.

HHS also had the highest combined novice squad record at an individual tournament with the four teams debating at Wichita East combining for a record of 15-5.

Among the top novice performances were freshman Brett Knight, 4-1, missed medaling on speaker points; sophomore Jared Page and freshman McKenzie Miller, 4-1, also missed medaling on points; and freshman Brennan Schartz and freshman Sydni Huxman, 4-1, fifth place overall.

HHS competes at invitational tournaments in Buhler and El Dorado this weekend.


Fall orchestra concert set for Oct. 11

Oct 6, 2011
The Hutchinson High School orchestra will present its fall concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, in the new performing arts center on the HHS campus, 810 East 13th.

The 58-piece string orchestra will perform selections from the opera "Carmen" by Bizet; the overture from Mozart's opera, "The Marriage of Figaro;" the enchanting "Pavane for a Dead Princess" by Ravel; and two works by Kansas composer Jeffrey Bishop Declarations and "Showdown!" A Halloween feature called "Transylvanian Tango" rounds out the evening's performance.
  
"Showdown" is a rousing musical portrayal of a western gunfight commissioned specifically for this year's Western Kansas Orchestra Festival, which will be held in Hutchinson on Nov. 18 and 19. 

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Bruce Boyd, HHS orchestra director.


IB informational meeting set

Oct 6, 2011
Parents, staff and students are invited to an International Baccalaureate informational meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, in the new lecture hall at Hutchinson High School. The new lecture hall is in the former school auditorium at 1401 North Severance.

During the meeting, parent Jeff Page will talk about IB from a parents perspective. Todd Ray, district IB coordinator, will provide general information on the program, followed by a question-and-answer period.

For more information, contact Ray.


HHS fall vocal concert features community

Sep 29, 2011
The Hutchinson High School Vocal Music Department will present its fall concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, in the new performing arts center at the school, 810 East 13th.

The 2011 fall concert will include the debut of the new Mens Choir. Joining the Mens Choir for the concert will be some staff and supporters of Hutchinson Public Schools. The community members include Darryl Ammons, Morgan Elementary School; Scott Thomas, HHS; Kim Ellis, HHS; Bruce Boyd, HHS; Bernard Schierling, McCandless Elementary School; Marvin Birzer, HHS; and Mike Medoza, USD 308 Board of Education president.

The concert will include a variety of music including spirituals, a September 11memorial, folk tunes and a rendition of William Tell Overture.


For more information, contact Lori Scantlin, HHS vocal music director.


Benefit set for HHS student

Sep 29, 2011
The Nicodemus Buffalo Soldiers and Friends will hold a benefit hog dinner for Hutchinson High School student Adahir Juan.

The benefit dinner will be from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, in the parking lot of Grene Vision Plaza, 2701 North Main.

Juan is a freshman at HHS and has been diagnosed with bone cancer. The funds will help Juans family with medical bills.

The benefit asks for a free-will offering with $6 a plate suggested. Carryout will be available.


Open house signals successful bond issue completion

Sep 22, 2011 Hutchinson Public Schools will celebrate the conclusion of work for the 2006 Bond Issue with a ceremony and tours of Hutchinson High School. The event begins at 10 a.m. Oct. 1 new lobby of HHS, 810 East 13th.

In November 2006, Hutchinson voters approved a $78.8 million bond issue that brought improvements to all the districts K-12 schools. Additionally, it constructed a new Career and Technical Education Academy building on the HHS campus.

Hutchinson High School, which had not received significant upgrades in earlier district bond projects, received the biggest changes, including new science laboratories, an expanded library, a new performing arts center, an expanded cafeteria and made the campus ADA accessible. The school also received a new front door on 13th Avenue.

During the event on Oct. 1, Board President Mike Mendoza, Superintendent  Shelly Kiblinger and HHS Principal Ronn Roehm will make introductions and make brief comments before a ribbon cutting ceremony is held.

Following the brief ceremony, there will be tours of HHS. The tours will last about 90 minutes with the entire event concluded by noon Oct. 1.

Additionally, Hutchinson High School will use the event as an opportunity to give away some of the trophies. Trophies, some of which are nearly 100 years old, that do not represent Kansas State High School Activities Association honors will be available to give away on a first-come, first-served basis.

Debaters take third at Washburn Rural

Sep 19, 2011
            The Hutchinson High School debate season got off to one of its most successful starts ever Saturday (Sept. 17, 2011) with a team placing third in the varsity division at Washburn Rural.

            The team of senior Mary Torrez and junior T.J. Blake went 5-1 in preliminary rounds and lost on a 2-1 decision in the semifinals to place third in the tournament. The duo earned a bids needed for a bid to the Debate Coaches Invitational next January.

            Also getting a bid for the DCI were senior Alex Turley and sophomore Brett Krambeer. The two placed 16th in the varsity division.

            This was by far our best Washburn Rural showing since Ive been coach here and in many years before that, said Kelly Thompson, HHS debate coach who is starting his third year as head coach of the squad. Congratulations to the entire squad on a great first weekend out.

Senior Michaela Ruhlmann and sophomore Reed Crater went 3-3 in the varsity division. Novice Brennan Schartz, a freshman, received the second place speaker award.

            Friday and Saturday (Sept. 23 and 24), HHS hosts the 34th Annual Tom Kelly Invitational Debate Tournament.

            Schools will compete in the novice and varsity divisions. The tournament has grown in 2011 to 80 teams, up from 50 teams in 2010.

Community judges are needed for the tournament. A judging clinic will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, in the HHS Cafeteria, 1401 North Severance.

            Rounds will be at 3:45, 5:15 and 7:15 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, and at 8 and 9:30 a.m. and 1, 3 and 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24.

Tom Kelly was a legendary debate coach in the state of Kansas in the 1930s through 1950s and was at Hutchinson High School long enough to win several state championships. He was inducted in to the Kansas Speech Communication Association's Hall of Fame in early September 2011.

            For more information or to volunteer as a judge, contact Thompson, HHS debate coach.

HHS band top rated at Fair

Sep 19, 2011
The Hutchinson High School Salthawk Marching Band took top ratings at the recent Kansas State Fair competition.

The Salthawks marched Sept. 14 and were rated 1+ downtown and 1 on the fairgrounds.

The theme of the 2011 show is Superheroes!. The band has marched at the first two home football games and will march in the Fall Homecoming Parade at 3:45 p.m. Sept. 30 in downtown Hutchinson and during the Homecoming football game later that evening.

Drum majors for 2011 are Katie Kimmel, Emma Barnett and Judi Dunn.

The bulk of the marching competition occurs in October. HHS competes in the Maple Leaf Marching Competition at Carthage, Mo., on Oct. 15; in the Southern Plains Marching Competition at Andover on Oct. 26; and in the Heart of America Marching Competition at the University of Kansas on Oct. 29.

The band has a Facebook page that can be found at www.facebook.com/salthawkband.

Daryl Koestel is band director at HHS.

HHS to host Tom Kelly Debate

Sep 15, 2011
Hutchinson High School, 810 East 13th, will host the 34th Annual Tom Kelly Invitational Debate Tournament Sept. 23 and 24. Rounds start at 3:45 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, and at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24.

Schools will compete in the novice and varsity divisions. The tournament has grown in 2011 to 80 teams, up from 50 teams in 2010. At one time, the Tom Kelly Invitational was among the largest debate tournaments in Kansas.

Tom Kelly was a legendary debate coach in the state of Kansas in the 1930s through 1950s and was at Hutchinson High School long enough to win several state championships. He was inducted in to the Kansas Speech Communication Association's Hall of Fame in early September 2011.

Rounds will be at 3:45, 5:15 and 7:15 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, and at 8 and 9:30 a.m. and 1, 3 and 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24.

Community judges are needed for the tournament. A judging clinic will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, in the HHS Cafeteria, 1401 North Severance.

The 2011-12 national debate topic is on space. "Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its exploration and/or development of space beyond the Earth's mesosphere."

For more information or to volunteer as a judge, contact Kelly Thompson, HHS debate coach.



Teachers to be recognized at game

Sep 15, 2011
Hutchinson Public Schools is honored to have a staff of excellent teachers. Five of those teachers will be publicly recognized during halftime of Friday's Hutchinson High School vs. Newton High School varsity football game.

The five teachers are Davis Foundation Teachers of the year for 2011. The teachers are Margo Suhler, sixth grade teacher at Faris Elementary School; Sondra Horning, district elementary art teacher; Bruce Bingham, science teacher at Hutchinson Middle School - 8; and Glenna Johnson and Brad Binns, both social studies teachers at Hutchinson High School.

The Davis Foundation has contributed millions of dollars to Hutchinson Public Schools' staff and students since its first scholarships were awarded to HHS seniors 54 years ago. This is the 30th time the awards have been made to teachers.

Kickoff for the HHS vs. Newton game will be at 7 p.m. Friday (Sept. 16, 2011) at Gowans Stadium, which is just east of 11th and Plum in Hutchinson.


Baker named National Merit Semifinalist

Sep 14, 2011
    Hutchinson High School senior Alex Baker was named a semifinalist today (Sept. 14, 2011) in the National Merit Scholarship competition.
    Baker, son of Ken and Mary Lynn Baker, brings the number of district students to receive the honor to 57 since 1981.
    The National Merit Scholarship Program honors individual students who show exceptional academic ability. To qualify, students had to take the 2010 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. More than 1.5 million juniors took the test last fall from about 21,000 high schools nationwide.
    Out of the 1.5 million students who took the test, approximately 16,000 semifinalists were named.
    To become a finalist, a semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by the school principal and earn SAT scores that confirm the student's earlier qualifying test performance.
    Of the 16,000 semifinalists, 15,000 are expected to become finalists. The finalists, in turn, are eligible for Merit Scholarship Awards next spring.
    In addition to semifinalists, the National Merit Scholarship Program will announce commended students later this fall. While those students will not continue in the scholarship competition, they have placed in the top 5 percent nationally of students who took the PSAT/NMSQT.
    In addition to being named a National Merit semifinalist, Baker also scored a perfect 36 on his ACT test.

HHS' first home game Friday

Sep 8, 2011
The Hutchinson High School varsity football team hosts Derby at 7 p.m. Friday (Sept. 9, 2011) at Gowans Stadium, 11th and Plum in Hutchinson.

Prior to the game, Vype Magazine is sponsoring a tailgate party from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Stringer Fine Arts Center parking lot, which is just east of Gowans Stadium. All the proceeds from the event go toward the HHS Activities Department. Additional, Vype will award a $1,000 scholarship to a student, the winner who will be determined at a later date.

Fans can purchase a hot dog, chips and a soft drink for $4. In addition, there will be other fund-raising activities at the tailgate party.

Additionally, Midwest Ford is partnering with Eagle Communications and the HHS Activities Department to sell $5 tickets for a drawing for an individual who gets a chance to punt/pass/kick a football to win an F-150 pickup on Oct. 21 game. The recipient must successfully complete the assigned punt/pass/kick to win the F-150 but also will be eligible for a second prize if unsuccessful. HHS benefits from the ticket sales as well.

Gates for the game open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets cost $6 for adults and $4 for K-12 students. There are no reserved seats at any home HHS sporting events.

Fans also can purchase concessions at the game. Proceeds from the in-stadium concessions benefit Hutchinson Middle School basketball and Hutchinson Career and Technical Education Academy student groups.

Prior to kickoff, the HHS marching band will perform at 6:45 p.m. The band and the Saltshakers also will perform at halftime.

For more information, contact Eric Armstrong, district activities director.

HHS improves ACT scores

Aug 19, 2011
    Hutchinson High School saw gains in most areas in average ACT scores in 2011, compared to 2010.
    Hutchinson High School's average composite score in 2011 was 22.2 compared to 22.0 in 2010. Statewide, the average ACT composite score stayed the same at 22.0. Both Kansas' and Hutchinson High School's average score was higher than the national average of 21.1 out of a possible 36.
    A total of 153 students took the ACT at HHS in 2011.
    In English, 2011 average scores for HHS increased to 21.5 from 21.3. For mathematics, 2011 average scores increased to 21.9 from 21.6. In reading, 2011 scores averaged 22.6, falling from 22.9. In science, the average 2011 score was 22.2, compared to 22.0 in 2010.
    ACT sets certain benchmarks that denote if a student is ready for college-level work. For English composition, the benchmark is 18 on the English test, for algebra it is 22 on the mathematics test. For social science, it is 21 on the reading test. For biology, it is 24 on the science test.
    For HHS, 76 percent hit the benchmark for English composition, compared to 73 percent statewide. For college algebra, 53 percent of HHS students hit the benchmark, compared to 51 percent statewide. For social science, 67 percent hit the benchmark at HHS, compared to 60 percent statewide, and for biology, 35 percent of HHS students hit the benchmark, compared to 34 percent statewide. For all four areas, 31 percent of HHS students met the benchmarks, compared to 28 percent statewide.

USD 308 begins with opening convocation

Aug 15, 2011
    The more than 800 Hutchinson Public Schools staff members formally began the 2011-12 school year with the annual opening convocation Monday (Aug. 15, 2011) at the Salthawk Activity Center on the Hutchinson High School campus.
    Superintendent Shelly Kiblinger introduced herself to staff and gave a State of the District presentation during the 80-minute convocation.
    Several educators were honored during the event. The Davis Foundation made its annual Teachers of the Year Awards. The elementary winners were Margo Suhler, sixth grade teacher at Faris Elementary School, and Sondra Horning, district elementary art teacher.
    The middle school winner was Bruce Bingham, science teacher at Hutchinson Middle School -- 8.
    The high school winners were Glenna Armbrust and Brad Binns. Both educators teach social studies at Hutchinson High School.
    Each winner receives $4,000. The Davis Foundation has contributed millions of dollars to Hutchinson Public Schools' staff and students since its first scholarships were awarded to HHS seniors 54 years ago. This is the 30th time the awards have been made to teachers.
    Also recognized during the event were the USD 308 Kansas Teacher of the Year nominees -- Kerri Werth, fourth grade teacher at Wiley Elementary School, and Brad Binns, social studies teacher at HHS.
    Recognized during the convocation as the Classified Employee of the Year for 2010-11 was Kathy Allen, paraprofessional at Hutchinson Magnet School at Allen.
    Photos from the event may be found on the district's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/usd308.
    This week, staff will have in-service training and room preparation for the 2011-12 school year. Students in grades one through nine return on Aug. 22. High school sophomores through seniors begin the year on Aug. 23. Kindergartners and students in the 4-year-old program begin on Aug. 24.


Four HHS grads receive IB diplomas

Jul 12, 2011
            All of Hutchinson High School's International Baccalaureate Diploma candidates received full diplomas in 2011.

            In its sixth year, HHS has seen 96 percent of its diploma candidates receive the full diploma.

2011 IB GradsAshton Pfannenstiel, Estefania Lopez, Rachel Seitz, Mallory Powell were notified by the International Baccalaureate Programme they had passed all the IB requirements. All four graduated from HHS in May.

            The 2011 class was the sixth at HHS to complete all the IB requirements.

            In addition to the full diploma students, HHS has students who take International Baccalaureate classes and then take examinations for certificates.

            All diploma candidates are required to take six internationally developed and scored tests, complete a 4,000-word extended essay, take the Theory of Knowledge class and complete eight specified learner outcomes.

            The tests were not scored locally. Instead, the tests were sent to educators across the globe.

            According to the Geneva, Switzerland-based International Baccalaureate Organization, students are tested in six subject areas and receive from 1 point (the lowest amount) to 7 points per subject area. Additionally, students can receive up to an additional 3 points for their combined results on the Theory of Knowledge and their 4,000-word essay. As a result, the diploma program has a maximum of 45 points.

            The IB diploma is awarded to students who gain 24 or more points, meeting certain minimum levels of performance across the whole diploma, and who have satisfactorily completed the other requirements of the program.

            Data from the IB Organization shows that generally about 80 percent of candidates receive the diploma. Less than 1 percent of students gain the full 45 points.

            The 2011 diploma winners were recognized as IB diploma candidates during HHS graduation in May. Final test scores from the International Baccalaureate Organization weren't released until early July, making official the IB Diploma designations for the students.

            HHS has the only IB diploma program in Kansas west of U.S. 81.

            In addition to receiving a world-class diploma, the vast majority of colleges award credit for students who successfully pass examinations. Typically, HHS students who have received full diplomas have received college credit from nearly a semester of college work to approximately a year of college.


District receives AdvancED accreditation

Jul 11, 2011 District accredited till 2016

Formal accreditation received

Its official. USD 308 is accredited by a top-level international organization for five years. AdvancED

Superintendent Shelly Kiblinger presented the USD 308 Board of Education with a plaque from AdvanED and the formal report from the accrediting agency Monday, July 11, 2011 during the Board's organizational meeting. In May 2011, AdvancED, a global leader in continuous improvement, organizational effectiveness and accreditation, spent four days in the community and district, reviewing district operations.


Board President Mike Mendoza accepted the plaque.

USD 308 was accredited as a district. USD 308 was one of the first three districts nationally to receive the district-wide accreditation in 2006 and was the first in Kansas. This is a rigorous accreditation process that is completed in addition to state accreditation processes.

During the May review, the AdvancED team met with administrators, teachers, community members and students and visited a majority of the districts schools.

Districts are ranked in four levels for the seven standards examined by AdvancED -- not evident, emerging, operational and highly functional.

The review by the team showed USD 308 had no areas in which it was not evident or emerging. Four areas were found to be operational and three areas were found to be highly functional.

The highly functional areas were governance and leadership; resource and support systems; and stakeholder communications and relationships.

The operational areas are vision and purpose; teaching and learning; documenting and using results; and commitment to continuous improvement.

The district received commendations for activities in seven areas:

The district has created systemic and sustainable practices and procedures that promote effective communication with stakeholders to enhance community support for district operations and for instructional initiatives that promote student learning.
The district has sustained a high graduation rate and a significant increase in the percentage of students who are proficient in the "all students" category for state assessments as well as in all subgroups.
The district achieved its 2000 Technology Bond of $4.7 million with the support of its community.
The district implements and monitors a results-based strategic plan through the use of operational plans that are developed annually. The operational plan aligns elements in the instructional system to build the capacity to enhance quality strategic results, support systems, and staff.
The Hutchinson Board of Education has articulated streamlined operational procedures and a clear delineation of roles that allow for effective operation of the district.
The district stakeholders expressed the appreciation for transparency in governance and communication of district initiatives.
Annual growth in academic performance from all students is a shared expectation throughout the district.

Because the accreditation is part of a continuous improvement process, the group also found three areas where it will require the district to make improvements:

Evaluate and prioritize district initiatives to determine what is required and what is optional, and then expect systemic fidelity to the prioritized initiatives.
Develop a data analysis protocol and train staff in use of the protocol yielding consistency in data use to drive instructional and operational decisions.
Develop a framework for assessment that clearly articulates the purpose of each assessment contributing to an effective tiered intervention program.

USD 308 has a long relationship with AdvancED and its predecessor -- the North Central Association. Hutchinson High School became accredited by NCA 105 years ago. The rest of the district schools became accredited on a school basis 10 years ago with the district receiving district-wide accreditation in 2006.

The district-wide accreditation process involves three ongoing components: meeting high quality standards; implementing a continuous process of improvement; and engaging in quality assurance through internal and external review. The districts accreditation is for a five-year term with regular monitoring of progress and reporting occurring during the term.

Dedicated to advancing excellence in education through accreditation, research and professional services, AdvancED is the world's largest education community, serving and engaging over 27,000 public and private schools and districts in 69 countries and serving nearly 16 million students. AdvancED is the parent organization of the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI).

NCA CASI is a non-governmental, voluntary association of nearly 10,000 public and private elementary and secondary schools throughout the world.

Accreditation by AdvancED is in addition to Kansas State Board of Education accreditation.

Summer meals begin June 6

May 31, 2011
            Hutchinson Public Schools continues a program that provides summertime meals to children and youth in 2011.
            The meals are free for anyone age 18 and under. No reservations are needed for the meals

.            The 2011 summer feeding program will be weekdays June 6 through July 29 at Lincoln Elementary School, 315 East Bigger. For the third consecutive year, the neighborhood feeding site will have breakfast all summer. Breakfast hours at Lincoln are from 7:30 to 8 a.m. each day with lunch served from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. There will be no lunch on July 4, a district holiday.
            The second all-summer site is at Boys and Girls Club, 600 West 2nd. Breakfast there will be from 7:30 to 8 a.m. with lunch served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Both the Lincoln and Boys and Girls Club sites will serve meals Monday through Friday during the summer, except on July 4.
            Additionally, meals will be served at Avenue A Elementary School, 111 South Madison, weekdays from July 5 through July 22. Serving time will be from 7:30 to 8 a.m. for breakfast and 11 a.m. to noon for lunch.
            While meals for youth 18 and under are free, adult lunches cost $3.05 with adult breakfasts priced at $1.85.
            The meals are similar to those provided during the school year, providing an entree as well as plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Menus will be available on the district's website at http://www.usd308.com/page.php?id=396 as well as Cox Cable Channel 20 in Hutchinson.
            The program is funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

            For more information, contact Jennifer Gardner.

HCTEA welder place fifth in WOW

May 31, 2011

            Student welders from the Hutchinson Career and Technical Education Academy on the Hutchinson High School campus placed fifth in the World of Welding Van Competition for 2010-11 from the Tulsa Welding School in Tulsa, Okla.

            The competition drew 100 schools in the Tulsa region and 1,479 competitors. The HCTEA entry had one of the highest average scores of the teams that competed.

            For its fifth-place finish, the HCTEA program received a Lincoln Electric auto darkening welding hood.

            Jeremiah Harmon is the welding teacher at HCTEA.


2011-12 enrollment will be in late July and August

May 19, 2011

            Hutchinson Public Schools is planning both walk-in and on-line enrollment options for the 2011-12 school year.

On-line enrollment was popular for the 2010-11 school year. For 2011-12, on-line enrollment will begin in late July. Walk-in enrollment for families new to USD 308 or returning families who prefer face-to-face enrollment will be Aug. 4 at the Salthawk Activity Center.

Families who want to enroll on-line this summer will need a current email address on file with the district. Families should contact their children's schools and update their email addresses if they dont have an email address on file or the address has changed before school ends for the year on May 25.

In late July, families with valid e-mail addresses will receive information needed to enroll on-line.


HHS graduation set for May 22

May 12, 2011

            Hutchinson High School will have its 129th graduation ceremony at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 22, in the Sports Arena. To prepare for graduation, there will be a practice at 8:30 a.m. Friday, May 20, at the Sports Arena. The senior class of 2011 will have about 300 graduates.

            For more information, contact Ronn Roehm, HHS principal.



Shook wins BPA national title

May 12, 2011
            A Hutchinson High School junior placed first in banking and finance in the Business Professionals of America National Leadership Conference May 4 through 8 at Washington, D.C.

            Junior JoJohnathon Shookhnathon Shook placed first in the banking and finance category. The banking and finance competition allows students to demonstrate and apply fundamental knowledge of the banking industry.  The event tests the student's knowledge of bank operations, bank services, loans, credit administration and customer service. 

            Also participating in the National Leadership Conference were senior Mason McMurphy and junior Kendrick Yohn. All three students have been active on the local and state level during the 2010-11 school year. 

            About 5,500 students and advisors from throughout the United States participated in Business Professionals of America's 45th National Leadership Conference. Activities included general sessions with keynote speakers, business meetings, leadership workshops, contests, election of national officers and tours of Washington, D.C., sights and attractions.

The highlight of the conference was the presentation of the awards to the winners of the national contests. The opening general session took place May 4 on the lawn of the Washington Monument.

            Business Professionals of America is the leading career technical student organization for students pursuing careers in business management, office administration, information technology and other related career fields. For more information about the organization, go to http://www.bpa.org.


HHS forensics places at state

May 10, 2011

            The Hutchinson High School forensics squad had three students place at the Class 6A state forensics tournament last weekend at Olathe.

            Craig McKibben was sixth place in dramatic interpretation. Mary Torrez was 10th in foreign extemporaneous speaking. Mitchell Garrett was eight in prose.

            The state forensics tournament ends the regular season for the squad. Team members who qualified for nationals will compete later this spring in those tournaments.

            Kelly Thompson coaches debate and forensics at HHS.



HHS places at state music

May 9, 2011

            Hutchinson High School had several vocal, orchestra and band musicians receive top ratings in the recent state solo and ensemble contest.

Vocal

XPressives, XPressives Women and XPressives men all earned "1" ratings.  

Additionally, six soloists earned "1" ratings: Lauren Mason, DeAnn Meadows, Charlie Robinson, Josh Mendoza, Deni Brummer and Bethany Manny.

Orchestra

Emily Wedel received a "1" on her violin solo.

Band

Kaitlyn Powers, flute; Jeff Penner, trombone; and Terry Wise, snare drum all earned "1" ratings.

Lori Scantlin directs vocal music at HHS. Bruce Boyd directs the HHS orchestra. Daryl Koestel is director of bands.



Carousel goes rock-n-roll

May 5, 2011

            The Hutchinson High School Choral Department will present Spring Carousel at 7 p.m. May 13 and 14 in the HHS auditorium, 810 East 13th.

Spring Carousel goes rock-n-roll his year. The HHS Vocal Music Department presents rock songs from the decades including songs by Elvis, Tina Turner, Queen, The Eagles, Madonna, Journey, and many more. X-Pressives, Junior Misses, Concert Choir and Treble Choir will all be performing in addition to many solo and small groups.

The show has a full band and will take place in the new performing arts center at HHS. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted. 

For more information, contact Lori Scantlin, HHS vocal music teacher.



ACCREDITED!

May 4, 2011
            Hutchinson Public Schools Wednesday (May 4, 2011) was formally re-accredited by AdvancED, a global leader in continuous improvement, organizational effectiveness and accreditation.

            USD 308 was accredited as a district. USD 308 was one of the first three districts nationally to receive the district-wide accreditation seven years ago and was the first in Kansas. This is a rigorous accreditation process that is in addition to state accreditation processes.

            During the oral exit report Wednesday, Dr. Walter McLean, lead evaluator from Detroit, Mich., said he and the seven others on the team spent 2 days in the community, verifying to see if what school officials had said in their written report was, indeed, occurring in the district. The team met with administrators, teachers, community members and students.

            Over that time, the team met with 206 different individuals, a commendable number, Dr. McLean said.

            Schools are ranked in four levels for the seven standards examined by AdvancED -- not evident, emerging, operational and highly functional.

            The review by the team showed USD 308 had no areas in which it was not evident or emerging. Four areas were found to be operational and three areas were found to be highly functional.

            The highly functional areas were governance and leadership; resource and support systems; and stakeholder communications and relationships.

            The operational areas are vision and purpose; teaching and learning; documenting and using results; and commitment to continuous improvement.

            The district received commendations for activities in seven areas:

  • Transparency in governance and communication of district initiatives
  • Strong district focus on student performance
  • Streamlined procedures for the Board that has clearly defined roles, allowing effective operation of the district
  • District monitors its strategic plan through an annual operational plan
  • Systemic and sustainable district/community partnerships
  • Technology bond issue in 2000 that provided tools for student learning
  • Sustained high graduation rate

            Because the accreditation is part of continuous improvement process, the group also found three opportunities for improvement for the district:

  • Develop and initiate a K-12 framework for assessment that clearly articulates the purpose of each assessment
  • Develop a data analysis protocol and train staff to use it, yielding consistent data use to drive instructional and operational decisions
  • Prioritize district initiatives to determine what is required and what is optional

            USD 308 has a long relationship with AdvancED and its predecessor the North Central Association. Hutchinson High School became accredited by NCA 105 years ago. The rest of the district schools became accredited on a school basis 10 years ago with the district receiving district-wide accreditation seven years ago.

 


AdvancEd to evaluate USD 308

Apr 28, 2011
            A team of eight educators from across the country will evaluate Hutchinson Public Schools May 1 through 4 for a district accreditation visit.

The AdvancED accreditation provides USD 308 with a comprehensive review that verifies alignment and support between all departments of the district and its schools. The three pillars of AdvancED accreditation are high standards, continuous improvement and quality assurances.

            USD 308 has a long relationship with AdvancED and its predecessor, NCA. Hutchinson High School has been accredited by NCA for 105 years. All USD 308 schools became accredited by NCA a decade ago.

Seven years ago, USD 308 was one of the first school districts nationwide to be accredited as a district. USD 308 was the first district in Kansas to earn the districtwide accreditation distinction.

On Monday, May 2, the AdvancED team will meet with small groups of staff and community members. On Tuesday, May 3, AdvancEd team members will be in most schools. The purpose of meeting with small groups and traveling to schools is to verify that what the district wrote in its application matches reality.

On Wednesday, May 4, the team will report its findings during a meeting at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Administration Center, 1520 North Plum.


HHS Awards Assembly set

Apr 28, 2011

While many schools conduct numerous all-school assemblies during the year, HHS has but one -- the Senior Awards Assembly. This years assembly will start at 9:30 a.m. May 4 in the Salthawk Activity Center.

This is a time when the district celebrates the accomplishments of its seniors in a very public way. Scholarships earned by the students will be announced as well as other student and staff awards.

Parents of seniors and the public are invited to the event as well.



Sixth Grade Career Day April 26

Apr 21, 2011


            The third annual Sixth Grade Career Day will be from 8:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, at the Hutchinson Career and Technical Education Academy on the Hutchinson High School Campus.

            Half the USD 308 elementary schools will attend sessions in the morning with the other half attending in the afternoon.

            During the event, students will learn about career training opportunities available to them in Hutchinson through the Hutchinson Career and Technical Education Academy on the HHS campus, Hutchinson Community College, North Central Kansas Technical College, the Quest Center, Reno County EMS and the Hutchinson Police Department.

            Career opportunities to be highlighted include Law Enforcement, Emergency Medical Services, Computer and Industrial Technology, Culinary Arts, Health Science, Heavy Equipment Operation, Welding, Machine Technology, Entrepreneurship, Collision Repair, Commercial Construction,  Journalism and Automotive Technology.

            Additionally, YouthFriends will guide students through a computerized career interest inventory known as "True Colors."

            For more information, contact Kent Blessing, career counselor in H-CTEA.

Healthy living focus of day

Apr 21, 2011

            An event that will draw hundreds of third graders to Don Michael Field will return for its 13th running Thursday, April 28, 2011.

            The Kansas Kids' Fitness Day is a statewide event, sponsored by the Kansas Council on Fitness, to increase awareness of physical activity and safety for third graders across Kansas.

            In Hutchinson, the 13th Annual Kansas Kids' Fitness Day will be from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., Thursday, April 28, at Don Michael Field, 17th and Severance in Hutchinson.

            Hosted locally by USD 308, the event is expected to draw more than 700 students from schools across Reno County. Statewide, the event draws 18,000 students each year at more than three dozen sites in Kansas.

            A project of USD 308 elementary school physical education teachers, more than 100 volunteers will be working on the project, including Junior and Senior Leaders from Hutchinson High School under the direction of Cindy Knox, physical education teacher at HHS. The volunteers will staff activity and safety stations during the afternoon.

            Others involved in the project include the elementary and high school physical education staff, local firefighters, police officers, Red Cross, Hutchinson Recreation Commission, YMCA and USD 308 Nutrition Services.


HHS prom slated

Apr 21, 2011

            The 2011 Prom at Hutchinson High School begins with the traditional promenade, to which parents are invited, at 8:30 p.m. April 30 at the Cottonwood Court on the Kansas State Fairgrounds. During the promenade, couples can arrive and walk the "red carpet" at any time, providing families a great opportunity for picture taking.

            The dance, itself, starts at 9 p.m. and goes to midnight. After that, students have 45 minutes to get to After Prom, which also is on the fairgrounds. After Prom provides a safe, fun environment for students.

            The theme of the 2011 Hutchinson High School Prom is "Magic Carpet Ride."


USD 308 retirement reception set for May 1

Apr 21, 2011

            The 2011 Retirement Reception for Hutchinson Public Schools will be the first Sunday in May. The come-and-go reception will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 1, in the Events Center at the Hutchinson Career and Technical Education Academy, 800 15th Circle. There will be a brief formal program at 1:45 p.m.

            Staff members who have announced their intention to retire this year or already have taken retirement during the 2010-11 school year include Linda Alonzo, Terri Baumchen, Steve Bowman, Petty Crews, Jane Davidson, Marylyn Davis, Larry Frederick, Connie Friesen, Andrea Henne, Priscilla Hoover, Carol Lemen, Jeanette Nunn, Ralph Palacio, Linda Perrin, Susan Smith, Virgil Tucker and Elizabeth Yoder.


Senior one acts set

Apr 21, 2011

            The annual Senior One Acts at Hutchinson High School features two seniors at the school.

            The show begins at 7:30 p.m. April 28 and 29 in the HHS Black Box Theatre.

Senior Cody Martin is directing "Almost the Bride of Dracula" while senior Nichole Flynn is directing "Tainted Love."

            For more information, contact Tobie Henline, HHS drama teacher.



District to sell a pair of modulars

Apr 19, 2011

Hutchinson Public Schools will publish legal advertising in The Hutchinson News on April 21 through 23 for two modular buildings the district is selling.

The two buildings were declared surplus at the Board of Education's April 11 meeting and are on the Hutchinson High School campus. The 2006 bond issue allowed the district to eliminate modular classrooms and offices.

Sealed bids for the two buildings are due by 2 p.m. (CDT), April 28, 2011, at the district's Administration Center, 1520 North Plum. Bids also may be faxed to the district's Board clerk at (620) 615-4010. Each bid will have to be accompanied by a good faith deposit of $1,000.

The first is the Giant brand Drive-O-Trainer model building trailer utilized in connection with the District's Driver's Education program. USD 308 no longer offers driver's education. The building is of wood frame construction with hardwood siding that encompasses approximately 672 square feet of interior space on multiple axels with wheels and tires, tongue and equipped for use with a ball hitch. Existing electrical, plumbing and heating and air conditioning improvements are included. The building trailer was manufactured in 1975.

The second is a modular building utilized by the District as an office facility, most recently the Activities Office. The building was purchased by the District from KAN Build, Inc., of Osage City, Kan., in 1998. It is of wood frame construction with hardwood siding and asphalt-shingled roof on a raised wood foundation. The building encompasses approximately 1,232 square feet of interior space and the existing electrical, plumbing and heating and air conditioning improvements are included.

Both buildings may be inspected by appointment at HHS. The buildings will be available to be removed, beginning May 26 and must be off the property by June 26. Buyers will be responsible for all moving costs, including any required disassembly, arranging for termination and disconnection of natural gas and electric utility services.

For more information or to set up an inspection appointment, contact Bob Williams, USD 308 bond project manager.


HHS wins sweepstakes at NFL qualifier

Apr 19, 2011

            The Hutchinson High School forensics squad brought home the first place sweepstakes trophy for their division at the National Forensics League West Kansas Qualifying Tournament Saturday (April 16). The tournament was held on the HHS campus.

            HHS received the Roger D. Brannan Traveling Sweepstakes Trophy for its performance. Named for a long-time Manhattan High School debate and forensics coach, this is the first time HHS has received the Brannan Trophy.

The Salthawks were represented by eight events in the semifinal rounds (top 12), a net increase of 200 percent from last season at this very same tournament.

Individual results include:

  • Mary Torrez, International Extemporaneous Speaking, fifth place
  • Craig McKibben, Dramatic Interpretation, eighth place
  • Deni Brummer/Craig McKibben, Duo Interpretation, eighth place
  • Michaela Ruhlmann, Original Oratory, ninth place
  • Michaela Ruhlmann, Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking, 10th place
  • Mitchell Garrett, International Extemporaneous Speaking, 11th place
  • TJ Blake, Original Oratory, 12th place
  • Deni Brummer, Dramatic Interpretation, 12th place

 Kelly Thompson coaches forensics and debate at HHS.



HHS artists place at league competition

Apr 13, 2011


               Hutchinson High School students competed in the AVCTL League Art Competition and brought home several medals.

               Competition was held April 9, 2011, at Haysville Campus High School. Students who competed were Corson Androski, Tiffany Ehrlich, Mia Mendoza, Kelli Redd and Cassie Zook.

               In addition to competing, each student attended two workshops and competed in the Chalk Mural drawing with a Futuristic twist. Hutchinson High School took First place in the Chalk Mural drawing with an adaptation of the "Scream" by Edward Munch.

               Individual placings included:

  • First Place in Glass, Kelli Redd with "Three Lost Souls" which was a 3-inch by 3-inch three-dimensional painted tile.
  • First Place in Jewelry, Mia Mendoza with a Cut and Pierced Dragon bracelet.
  • First Place in Photography, Corson Androwski with "Inside the Tower" panorama photograph
  • Honorable Mention Photography, Corson Androwski with "Water Drop" digital photograph
  • Second Place in Graphic Design, Corson Androwski with "The Kansas State Fair" stop motion video
  • Second Place in Ceramics, Mia Mendoza, "Desert Secrets" hand built hinged box
  • Second Place in Sculpture, Kelli Redd, "Pudge" alabaster stone sculpture of a ram 1-inch by 2-inch
  • Honorable Mention in Sculpture, Mia Mendoza, "Draco the Ferret" alabaster stone sculpture 1-inch by 1-inch
  • Honorable Mention in Painting, Mia Mendoza, "Curiosity and Serenity" acrylic on canvas 20-inch by 24-inch

Students compete at eMagine

Apr 13, 2011
            Two Hutchinson High School students competed in the sixth annual eMagine and brought home top honors. The event was held April 2, 2011, at Olathe Northwest High School.

Mitchell Garrett placed third in principles of animation for his piece "Golem." Corson Androski won first place for architectural modeling and also won best of show for animation for his piece, "The Airfield."

eMagine is a digital design festival and competition.


Forensics places second at Mac

Apr 4, 2011

The Hutchinson High School forensics squad placed second overall at the McPherson invitational forensics tournament Saturday (April 2, 2011).

Individually placings included: