dinner theater on the road
The Hutchinson High School Drama
Department is taking its annual dinner theater on the road in 2015.
Student thespians will perform three
short plays at 6 p.m. Dec. 3 and 4 at PiZaaco, 112 South Main. Seating is
limited to the first 50 people.
Cost is $16 for adults and $13 for
children 12 and under, which includes the meal. Individuals will be able to
order off the PiZaaco’s menu.
1: Mykala Lugafet
2: Siynatee McGraw
Mother: Sage Williams
Rapunzel: Ellie Marlow
1: Morgan Dame
2: Alexis Tatum
The Elf Rebellion
·Dipsy: Alexis Cruz
Sid: Gabe Tash
Loompas: Gabby Hernandez, Danielle Knight,
Ally Hatcher, Abby Lemonds, Tori Thurston, Veda Mansur
From Shakespeare with
Booster Club sets Christmas
The annual Hutchinson High School Sports Booster
Club Christmas sales begin Thanksgiving weekend.
The first sale will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 28
in the lobby of the Salthawk Activity Center, 810 East 13th. All
items will be discounted.
The second sale will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec.
12 in the SAC lobby. Once again, all merchandize will be marked down.
The Booster Club will have a wide variety of
clothing and other Salthawk-branded items for sale both days.
The HHS Sports Booster Club provides thousands of
dollars of assistance to Salthawk activities each school year.
Thanksgiving recess slated
in Hutchinson Public Schools will have a full week off at Thanksgiving this
year with licensed staff having Wednesday through Friday of Thanksgiving week
staff will have in-service work on Monday and Tuesday (Nov. 23 and 24) before
being off Wednesday through Friday (Nov. 25 to 27).
offices will be closed Wednesday through Friday (Nov. 25 to 27).
School is proud to announce it has joined Seatbelts Are For Everyone (SAFE) for
the 2015-16 school year.
SAFE is a teen-run,
peer-to-peer program focusing on increasing teen seatbelt use through
education, positive rewards and enforcement. The program is designed to bring
awareness of the importance of wearing a seatbelt to reduce the number of motor
vehicle-related injuries and fatalities within the community.
HHS has seven
students involved in the program, said Nic Smith, Hutchinson Police Department
officer who serves as school resource officer at the school.
“Our students already
have done one survey and are handing out pledge cards and candy,” Smith said. “We’re
looking at sponsoring a basketball game this winter.”
The goal of SAFE is
to provide students with strong traffic safety messages throughout the school
year. During the program students conduct unannounced seatbelt surveys, hold monthly
educational programs including pledge card signings and monthly drawings for gift cards which
are awarded to students that have signed a pledge card to wear their seatbelt. Law enforcement also conducts an enforcement period
to emphasize the importance of wearing your seatbelt.
SAFE has been instrumental in
increasing the Kansas teen seatbelt rate from 61 percent in 2009 to 84 percent
in 2015. During the 2014-15 school year, SAFE was in 124 schools in 59 of the
105 Kansas counties.
Howard honored as local Wendy’s
Two Hutchinson High School seniors will
have been recognized by Wendy’s.
Kacia Hilty and Jack Howard will be
recognized Tuesday in Wichita as Local Winners of the 22nd annual Wendy's® High School Heisman® program, which recognizes high
school seniors who excel in sports, academics and community service.
Wendy's High School Heisman Award, inspired by Wendy's founder, Dave
Thomas, celebrates the successes of exceptional high school seniors
throughout the nation. Not only does it recognize a student's athletic
accomplishments, but it celebrates the value of being well-rounded by also
judging a student’s academic achievements and community leadership.
Hilty has lettered in softball
the past three years at HHS. She was named all-area first team the past three
years, all-league first team the past three years and was the league MVP her
junior year. In the classroom, she has been recognized as a Kansas Honors
Scholar, was inducted into the National Honors Society and has been on the
Principal’s Honor Roll the past two years. Hilty has volunteered many hours
with Communities that Care and with her local church. She enjoys working with
the Hutchinson Recreation Commission supervising and refereeing youth
activities. Hilty plans on attending Cowley Community College and then
transferring on to a university to become a physician’s assistant.
Howard is a top
scholar-athlete at Hutchinson
High School. He has lettered in basketball, soccer and golf throughout high
school and was chosen team soccer captain his senior year. His academic honors
include Kansas Honors Scholar, National Honor Society and he has been on the
Principal’s Honor Roll the past three years. Howard was chosen to represent HHS
as an American Legion Boys State Delegate and has been involved with his church
in various community service activities. Howard plans on attending the
University of Kansas and majoring in Mechanical Engineering.
annual Wendy’s High School Heisman banquet will be held in Wichita Tuesday to
honor Kansas winners. Scheduled to appear is OU Heisman winner Billy Sims (as
well as his Heisman Trophy). After state winners are selected, a panel of
judges – from the worlds of education, business and sports, along with former
college Heisman Memorial Trophy Award winners and former Wendy's High School
Heisman national winners – will review the applications and vote on the national
finalists and national winners.
Faris to serve police officers breakfast
Hutchinson Police Department officers
have been invited to breakfast at Faris Elementary School at 7:15 a.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 11, at the school, 301 East 10th.
The Nov. 11 event will be the first of
monthly breakfasts with officers at Faris on the second Wednesday of each
The goal of the program is to
establish good rapport between neighborhood students and police. The breakfast
program will complement routine HPD visits when officers drop by district schools
while on regular patrol.
tours district facilities
Kansas Education Commissioner Randy
Watson spent time at three USD 308 schools on Friday, learning about programs
Dr. Watson went to Faris Elementary
School, Hutchinson Middle School – 8 and the Hutchinson Career and Technical
Education Academy on the Hutchinson High School campus.
While at Faris, Dr. Watson held an
extended conversation with Principal Dan Ackland and USD 308 Superintendent
Ackland, in his first year as
principal at Faris, has focused on improving parent and community communication
and customer service. The school now has a Facebook page and regularly sends
home backpack notes and makes calls to all parents about events at the school.
The new principal knows the school has suffered from public image issues and
realizes the best way to improve that image is to start with families of
students who attend there.
Faris also has resurrected its PTO
and site council, groups that had lapsed in the past few years. The PTO already
has scheduled monthly meetings and had a successful first fundraiser at the
school this fall.
The district also is changing
resources available to schools to better meet student and family needs. All
schools in the district are using Safe and Civil Schools to improve student
behavior and reduce bullying.
Faris also has a part-time social
worker, providing additional assistance to students and their families. Ackland
said he would like to have a full-time social worker, but any additions to
staff in the current budget environment mean cuts elsewhere in the district.
Ackland also talked about many of
the challenges at Faris. The school has a high rate of mobility – a lot of
students who start there in kindergarten won’t be there in first grade much
less in sixth grade. The school also has 88.5 percent of its students on free
or reduced-priced meals.
Dr. Watson and Willard also toured
HMS-8, speaking with Principal David T. Patterson. The two talked about the
program Career Cruising the district uses with middle school and high school
students for career and coursework planning.
At the Career and Technical
Education Academy, Travis Riebel, CTEA director, gave Watson and Willard a tour
of the facility. Students at the academy benefit from the close relationship
between the district and Hutchinson Community College. Several programs provide
certifications at both HHS and at HCC.
wins, takes second at Wichita East
The Hutchinson High School debate
squad placed first in open and second in varsity divisions Saturday at Wichita
In the varsity division, seniors
Julia Henry and Zoe Crater placed second. The finish secured the pair enough
bids to compete in the Debate Coaches Invitational tournament next January.
Crater and Henry were undefeated in preliminary rounds of the tournament.
open division, the team of senior Emily Fan and junior Annie Blake won the
finals round on a unanimous 5-0 decision, giving them the open division title.
Saturday was Fan’s second straight first-place finish of the year.
and open teams from HHS had a combined record of 14-2.
“We have a lot to be proud of this week, but
we've got a lot of work to do,” said Zach Brown, HHS head debate and forensics coach.
“This weekend, the Salthawks go far to St. Marks in Dallas and stay close to
home at Buhler.”
Garcia named HHS royalty
Walker Johnson was crowned king and Alyssa
Garcia was crowned queen for fall 2015 Homecoming at Hutchinson High School
during Friday’s football game with Salina Central.
Other candidates for king were Ruben Benitez, Colton
Biehler, Colton Fee, Caleb Lanker and Trey Richards. Other queen candidates were
Taylor Bishop, Madelyn Fee, Hannah Keller, Taylor Long and Taylor Marr.
festivities conclude with a dance Saturday night.
to boundary change forum
Input will be taken on two working
drafts of boundary maps at a public forum from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13,
at the Hutchinson Career and Technical Education Academy, 800 15th
Circle. The academy is on the northwest side of the HHS campus.
The USD 308 Board of Education is in
the process of redrawing elementary school attendance boundaries for the
2016-17 school year. The boundary changes are needed because the Board will
reduce the capacity at McCandless Elementary School by about 180 students to
save money. Additionally, families have moved within the community since the
2010 boundary update.
Based on input from the Board and from a
Community Boundary Committee formed by the district, two maps have been developed
by RSP and Associates. The district has contracted with RSP as a consultant for
maps are available online at http://tinyurl.com/usd308boundaries.
The boundary maps also will be
displayed in the district’s eight elementary schools during Parent-Teacher
Conferences from 4 to 6 p.m. tonight and from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday.
Tuesday’s meeting is designed to get input on the boundaries
and any possible tweaks to those boundaries. Input will be through table
discussion groups with parents from the boundary committee participating to
explain rationale behind the boundary decisions and the process. Transfer
policy will not be discussed during the meeting.
The website with the maps also
includes notes from each of three previous Community Boundary Committee
meetings and all the handouts from those meetings.
The final Community Boundary
Committee meeting will be Nov. 10. The Board is scheduled to make a final
decision on the boundaries prior to Jan. 1 with the new boundaries going into
effect for the 2016-17 school year.
a top national program again
the second consecutive year, the Hutchinson High School debate and forensics
program has been named one of the top 100 schools nationally by the National
Speech & Debate Association.
Hutchinson High School ranked 77th
out of more than 3,000 schools nationwide in the organization.
Members earn points and degrees
through the honor society, based on competitive and service-related activities,
ranging from the degree of merit with 25 points to the degree of premier
distinction with 1,500 or more points.
addition to the group honor, HHS had a 2015 graduate who was named an
All-American. LaKiyah Sain was in the top 25 students out of more than 150,000
students who competed in debate and forensics during 2014-15.
top 150 students each year are named All Americans.
are a lot of great groups and teams around this school who deserve proper
acclaim, and I’m proud of my team for earning this award and recognition,” said
Zach Brown, head debate and forensics coach at HHS. “I’m greatly appreciative
of the continued support of the community, school and district. We couldn’t
have done it without you.”
Head Start celebrates 50 years
Reno County Head Start will host Dr.
Adolph Brown III to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the program at
9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 9, in the Hutchinson High School Performing Arts Center,
810 East 13th.
An alumnus of Head Start, Dr. Adolph Brown is founder and senior administrator of the
Wellness Group, Inc. He also is a former public school educator, credentialed
administrator, full tenured university professor, university dean and
Additionally, Dr. Brown is
author of Real Talk and Messages from Granddad. Dr. Brown and
his wife, Marla, have seven children and live in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
presentation, there will be a reception in the HHS lobby.
HHS debate wins
open division at Washburn Rural
The Hutchinson High School debate
season started with a win at Topeka’s Washburn Rural High School Saturday
(Sept. 19, 2015).
The team of senior Emily Fan and
junior Siynatee McGraw won the open division at Washburn Rural on a unanimous
vote of the judges in finals. Overall the duo went 8-1 in the tournament.
At Nickerson the team of Rhys Tash
and Gracie Gaines, both sophomores, went 4-1 and placed sixth in the novice
division. The tournament was the first for both debaters.
“It was a great opening weekend for Salthawk
debate,” said Zach Brown, HHS head debate coach. “We competed and were
successful in the novice, JV, open and varsity division at two very competitive
tournaments. This is a true team accomplishment and the first of what is sure
to be many proud weekends this year.”
The Salthawks host its own tournament this
weekend, the Tom Kelly Invitational Debate Tournament. The tournament is the
largest it has been in at least two decades with nearly 150 teams in varsity
and novice divisions.
Local judges are still needed for the
tournament. The tournament features rounds at for varsity debaters are Friday, Sept. 25,
at 3:45 and 5:15 p.m., and Saturday, Sept. 26, at 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. with
elimination debates starting at 1:45 p.m.
To volunteer to judge online, go to https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1JeVrlvrB1KPjucDTSPRCqGt0JGprLnu2ytnOAitaJA8/viewform
or email Brown at email@example.com.
HHS to host ACT review sessions
Hutchinson High School will have
review sessions prior to the next four ACT tests during Wednesday seminar
periods at the school.
The sessions begin at 8:55 a.m. and
will be in the Professional Learning Center, which is adjacent to the HHS
Cafeteria. The sessions will cover reading, English, math and science. During
each session, the review will cover two subjects.
October 24, 2015
September 18, 2015
Oct. 14 and 21
December 12, 2015
November 6, 2015
Dec. 2 and 9
February 6, 2016
January 8, 2016
Jan. 27 and Feb. 3
April 9, 2016
March 4, 2016
March 30 and April 6
To register for the ACT test, go to http://www.actstudent.org/regist/.
Honor to induct three
class of the Wall of Honor at Hutchinson High School features a trio of HHS
honorees are Dale Boger,
class of 1971; Robert Mettlen, class of 1954; and John Oswald, class of 1947.
The Wall of Honor event has been
moved to the fall for the first time in 2015-16 after having recognized alumni
of the previous 16 classes in the spring.
by the HHS Alumni Association, in cooperation with HHS Student Council, the
group will be honored during a banquet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, in the
HHS Career and Technical Education Academy, 800 15th Circle.
public is invited and encouraged to attend as the groups celebrate three
individuals who have dedicated their lives to making Hutchinson and the world a
must be purchased in advance for the banquet. Tickets cost $10 each and can be
purchased weekdays at A-Office at HHS, 810 East 13th, from 7:30 a.m.
to 3:30 p.m., through Sept. 25. Tickets also are available by mailing Paula
Rice, c/o HHS A-Office, 810 East 13th, Hutchinson, KS, 67501. Checks
should be made out to “HHS.”
three honorees and their families formally will take their place on the Wall of
Honor during halftime of the HHS varsity football game against Maize on Friday,
Oct. 2. Kickoff for the game is 7 p.m. at Gowans Stadium.
more information, please contact (620) 615-4119 or email Paula Rice. Banquet
tickets purchased via mail will be available at the door the evening of the
biographies of the honorees follow.
Dale L. Boger
Service to the Global Community
Class of 1971
L. Boger, PhD, leaves this advice for the students of Hutchinson High School:
“Do not underestimate your talents and capabilities, and don’t underestimate
the value of a great education. Find your passion in life and pursue it.”
Husband, father of two, grandfather of seven, and a
great-grandfather, Boger graduated from Hutchinson High School in 1971. He then
received a degree in chemistry from the University of Kansas in 1975, followed
by his PhD in chemistry from Harvard University in 1980.
one of his greatest accomplishments is the development of the foundation for
the next generation antibiotics such as the redesign of vancomyin for treating
vancomycin-sensitive and vancomycin-resistant bacteria. Throughout his career,
more than 250 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows that have been trained
by Boger, and the chemistry that was developed along the way will continue to
improve the ability of modern science to make and study the properties of
molecules thus allowing new drugs (medicines) and therapeutic treatments to be
developed and change lives for the better.
Boger’s dedication to higher education and humanitarian
effort through biochemical research leaves an amazing living legacy and insured
him a position of distinction on Hutchinson High School’s Alumni Wall of Honor.
Dr. Robert D. Mettlen
Service to Higher
Class of 1954
your family and friends; Do more than you have to do; Let principle,
integrity and honesty rather than expedience determine the sides you choose to
support” are the words Dr. Bob Mettlen wants future HHS students to remember.
Dr. Mettlen graduated from Hutchinson High School in 1954
and quickly learned the value of and a love for higher education. He received
an Associate of Arts degree in 1956 from Hutchinson Junior College, a Bachelor of
Science degree (with distinction) from the University of Kansas in 1958, a
Graduate Diploma (with distinction) from The University of Birmingham, England,
in 1959, a Master of Business Administration from Indiana University in 1960
and a Doctorate in business administration from Indiana University in 1969.
Mettlen has been on the faculty of the University of Texas since 1966 and has
definitely achieved his goal of becoming an effective and dedicated teacher. Over
his vast educational career he has held several administrative positions including directorships of Executive
Education, the undergraduate Business Foundations Program and the Bureau
of Business Research. Additionally, he has served as Executive Assistant to the
President at U.T. Austin, followed by three separate vice presidential
portfolios including VP for Administration.
Mettlen has also made community involvements a priority in his life included
service on the Boards of Directors of the Austin Symphony, Austin Lyric Opera,
Armstrong Community Music School, Paramount Theater, Austin Chamber of
Commerce, Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic and the Austin Community Foundation
(President in 1994). He chaired a Citizen's Advisory Committee on "Forming
the Future" for the Austin Independent School District and served on the
strategic planning committee charting the course for a new Science Academy, and
even an eight-year appointment as a Public Interest director and chairman of
the Board of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas.
this busy career, Dr. Mettlen has been father of three girls and a loving
husband of more than 56 years, both of which he considers his greatest
accomplishments. Dr. Bob Mettlen’s dedication to higher education and community has
insured him a position of distinction on Hutchinson High School’s Alumni Wall
Service to Community
Class of 1947
your own path to success by giving your utmost in every step of the way.” This
is the advice that John C. Oswald lived by and worked hard to instill in the
After graduating from Hutchinson High School in 1947, Oswald
received a degree in agricultural economics from Kansas State University in
businessman known for continuing his family legacy of supporting education at
all levels through encouragement, financial support, hosting students in his
home and establishing the Young American Award at HHS, John also established
scholarships at Hutchinson Community College and Kansas State University.
love of the Hutchinson community and the many ways he gave back to the community
over his lifetime included leadership roles in 4-H, Boy Scouts, Reno County
Commission, State Fair Board (president), school boards and serving as the national
president of Polled Herefords. He also enjoyed helping people with their real
estate needs and shared his family farm with countless youth groups over the
As if this
wasn’t enough, Oswald made the time to be a loving husband and father of four
children who have continued to carry on his beliefs and hard work.
dedication to insuring that the youth of Hutchinson be given every opportunity
to succeed has left an irreplaceable legacy and earned him a position of
distinction on Hutchinson High School’s Alumni Wall of Honor.
present musical revue
The first theatrical production at Hutchinson High School will be different in
2015-16 – it will be a musical revue. The revue will be presented at 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 10, 11 and 12 in the HHS Performing Arts Center, 810 East 13th.
The show is titled, “A Little Night Music: Musical Revue.”
Under the direction of Tobie Henline,
HHS drama teacher, students will present a variety of music during the evening.
Cast list includes Bethany Allen, Sage Williams, Laura DeWitt, Magdalena
Wenger, Laura Miller, Tori Thurston, Julia Kendall, Abby Lemonds, Ellie Marlow,
Elizabeth Lane, Courtney Weezy, Shayla Bellamy, Annie Blake, Julia Henry,
Mykala Lugafet, Alex Miller, Braiden Vonfeldt, Trevor Sullivan, Will Kovach,
Eddie Ibarra, Jake Lemonds, Max Logan and Damarcus Myer.
The ticket prices are $8
for adults, $5 for children eighth grade and under and $2 for HHS students with
their student IDs.
ACT shows HHS
& career readiness
and career readiness increased at Hutchinson High School during the 2014-15
ACT report for college readiness showed a higher percentage of Hutchinson High
School seniors were ready for college during testing done during 2014-15 than
in 2013-14. The increase was seen both overall and in the four specific areas
report, which was released earlier this week, showed the increases came even with
a higher percentage of HHS seniors took the test.
extremely pleased that HHS students are above the state average in terms of
college readiness on all subjects,” Superintendent Shelly Kiblinger said. “This
is truly a testament to the quality of staff in our district and their hard
work and dedication. However, we must continue our efforts as many students are
not at the desired level of performance.”
percentage of students showing college readiness in all four categories –
English composition, algebra, social science and biology – ticked up to 33
percent last year up from 32 percent the previous year. Social science is
considered an indicator of readiness in college reading.
composition scores were up to 75 percent from 71 percent. Algebra scores were
at 50 percent compared to 48 percent. Social science was at 62 percent from 56
percent. Biology was at 45 percent, compared to 40 percent.
averages also topped state averages across the Board. State averages in 2015 were
71 percent for English composition, 49 percent for algebra, 53 percent for
social science and 44 percent for biology. The state average for all for areas
was 32 percent.
scores also show a significant change in readiness in individual areas compared
to the state in 2014. In 2014, HHS was below the state average in three of four
individual areas though it was above the state average in the percentage of
students meeting all four areas.
college readiness for social studies is actually derived from the reading
test,” Dr. Kiblinger said. “If students are reading at college level, it
translates to the social studies result posted. Thus, we are 9 percentage
points above the state average for students reading at the level necessary to
be successful in college. Literacy across the curriculum is one of our two
strategic actions, so seeing the gains in that area indicate we are on the
right track with the initiatives in our district.”
The increase in
scores comes at a time when district staff have been forced to do more with fewer
state resources. The district is in the midst of a multi-year period of reduced
budgets. With the ACT, what appear to be small, incremental increases take
significant staff commitment and work throughout the district.
“These types of
results are getting harder and harder to achieve as we must cut back in many
areas to put resources into new efforts,” Dr. Kiblinger said. “We would no
doubt be seeing more rapid growth and greater impact with our students of
poverty if additional resources were available for the initiatives we are
implementing. Even though we are proud of our growth, we cannot lose sight of
the number of students who did not demonstrate college readiness.”
The gains, too,
stem from work being done across the district – from quality preschool
experiences to elementary and middle school to the high school. The district’s
strategic plan drives these efforts.
“Our strategic plan
focuses on college and career readiness,” Dr. Kiblinger said. “These results
provide evidence to our community that we are making gains.”
Hutchinson High School ACT information
Total tested 2015
graduation year: 182, 45 percent of 403 seniors
Total tested 2014
graduation year: 145, 42 percent of 145 seniors
Meeting all Four
HHS compared to state
According to the ACT,
research has shown certain minimum ACT scores correlate with college success.
Those benchmark scores include:
English Composition: 18 on ACT English test
College Algebra: 22 on ACT mathematics test
Social Science: 22 on ACT reading test
Biology: 23 on ACT science test
Those scores would
indicate a 50 percent chance of getting a “B” or higher in the corresponding
credit-bearing college courses and a 75 percent chance of getting a “C” or
USD 308 staff begins 2015-16
The more than 800 Hutchinson Public
Schools staff members formally began the 2015-16 school year with the annual
opening convocation Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014.
the convocation, Dr. Randy Sprick of Safe and Civil Schools provided
professional development on the program. The district is rolling out Safe and
Civil Schools across the district in 2015-16 to provide positive behavior
educators were honored during the event. The Davis Foundation made its annual
Teachers of the Year Awards. The elementary winners were Jessica Self,
kindergarten teacher at Wiley, and Hanna Schletzbaum, second grade teacher at
Hutchinson Magnet School at Allen.
. The middle school winner was Abby
Thompson, language arts teacher at Hutchinson Middle School – 7.
The high school winners were Loretta
Dieker, special education teacher at Hutchinson High School, and Hilary
Stutzman, health sciences teacher at the Hutchinson Career and Technical
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 57 years ago. This is the 34th time the awards have been
made to teachers.
Other Davis finalists were Kristi
Link, Jennifer Mencl, Kylee Baldetti, Tabetha Gray, Kelli Lusk and Lori Rayl.
Also recognized during the event
were the USD 308 Kansas Teacher of the Year nominees – Kristi Link, first grade
teacher at Wiley, and Glenna Johnson, social studies teacher at HHS.
Recognized during the convocation as
the Classified Employee of the Year for 2014-15 was Jamie Brown, district
payroll/benefits coordinator at the Administration Center.
Staff will have professional development
and room preparation for the 2015-16 school year through Aug. 17. Students in
pre-kindergarten through ninth grade return on Aug. 18. High school sophomores
through seniors begin the year on Aug. 19.
State law requires
state law requires all students to be vaccinated prior to attending school each
year or to provide annual documentation of one of two exemptions. Most of those
vaccinations are required prior to kindergarten with another major update of
vaccinations typically before entering seventh grade.
complete list of vaccinations is available at http://www.kdheks.gov/immunize/download/2015-16_School_Memo.pdf.
308 does not consider a student to be enrolled and will not be allowed to
attend school in August until the student’s school receives documentation of
the vaccinations or a letter citing the exemption.
First-time enrollees to the district
under the age of 9 must present:
state-generated birth certificate from the state in which the child was born.
physical completed by the child’s physician.
of current vaccinations.
First-time enrollees to the district
ages 9 and older must present:
state-generated birth certificate from the state in which the child was born.
of current vaccinations.
Returning enrollees must
present or have on file a current immunization record or documentation of one
of the exemptions.
The two vaccination exemptions allowed under Kansas law (KSA 72-5209(b)) are:
annual written statement signed by a licensed physician stating the physical
condition of the child to be such that the tests or inoculations would
seriously endanger the life or health of the child, or
written statement signed by one parent or guardian that the child is an
adherent of a religious denomination whose religious teachings are opposed to
such tests or inoculations.
To help make it easier, the Reno
County Health Department and USD 308 will have a clinic from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Aug. 3 at Hutchinson Middle School – 7, 210 East A.
Vaccinations will be available for
both pre-school/kindergarten and seventh graders. Families are asked to bring a
copy of the student’s immunization records and insurance card.
Vaccinations also are available from
a family physician, Prairie Star Health Center, Reno County Health Department
or local pharmacies. Prior to the start of school, the immunization record may
be brought into the Curriculum Office, 1520 North Plum, Room 101, prior to
enrollment on August 3.
The district has contacted seventh
graders whose records do not show proof of vaccinations with an automated call
monthly until the start of school, which will be Aug. 18. Additional calls will
be made as the first day of school nears.
Third Tri Honor Roll 2014-15
Hutchinson High School has announced its third trimester honor roll for the 2014-15 school year. The honor roll is available here.
District publication recognized 10th time
For the 10th consecutive year, Hutchinson Public Schools has received national recognition for clarity in telling the district’s financial story.
The budget document is put together each fall by Lori Blakesley, executive director of fiscal management for the district, and the Business Office staff in conjunction with district auditors and includes information on the district’s audit.
Known as the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the document reviews in-depth district finances for the 2013-14 school year. The Government Finance Officers Association gave the document its Certificate of Achievement, the highest award the organization grants.
The 2013-14 CAFR was the 10th the district produced. The district received the certificate for its nine previous budget publications as well.
Unlike most school districts and other governmental units in Kansas, USD 308 does not waive Generally Accepted Accounting Principles. The CAFR provides the public with budget information that would be comparable to that provided by any major business.
Blakesley works hand-in-hand with district auditors to produce the CAFR.
The 2013-14 CAFR can be viewed online with other financial information for USD 308 at http://www.usd308.com/DistrictServices/businessoffice/Pages/default.aspx
Summer meals begin June 1
Hutchinson Public Schools continues a program that provides summertime meals to children and youth in 2015 at five locations.
The meals are free for anyone age 18 and under. No reservations are needed for the meals.
Additionally, there is a new “brown bag” location in 2015.
The 2015 summer feeding program will be weekdays June 1 through July 24. No meals will be served on July 3, a district holiday.
Regular school lunches will be served at
- Avenue A Elementary School, 111 South Madison, from 11 a.m. to noon
- Lincoln Elementary School, 315 East Bigger, from 11 a.m. to noon
- Hutchinson Middle School – 7, 210 East A, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
- Boys and Girls Club at Shadduck Park, 600 West 2nd, 11 a.m. to noon
New for 2015 is the brown-bag lunch location. At the Avenue A Splash Park, located along Avenue A between Main and Washington, a district delivery van will distribute brown-bag lunches from 11:30 a.m. to noon. The lunches will be a peanut butter and jelly Uncrustable, apple slices, fresh carrots and milk.
While meals for youth 18 and under are free, adult lunches cost $3.45.
The locations offering regular meals are similar to those provided during the school year, providing an entrée as well as plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Menus will be available on the district’s website at http://www.usd308.com/DistrictServices/NutritionServices/Pages/School-Menus.aspx, tweeted the evening before at twitter.com/usd308 and on the district’s cable access channel on Cox in Hutchinson – Channel 20. Information also will be posted each Sunday evening at 6 p.m. on the district Facebook page – www.facebook.com/usd308.
The program is funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Staff of the year announced
With the 2014-15 school year winding down, three Hutchinson Public Schools staff members have received district honors.
Jamie Brown, district payroll/benefits coordinator, has been named Classified Employee of the Year. Glenna Johnson and Kristi Link have been nominated as the district’s entries in the Kansas National Teacher of the Year competition.
Still to be named are the Davis Teachers of the Year. The Davis Foundation will formally announce the finalists and the winners at the district’s back-to-school convocation on Aug. 12.
Classified Employee of the Year
Jamie Brown has spent her entire adult working career at USD 308. Brown began work for the district as a senior in HCTEA teacher Shirley Yoder’s BPA classes at Hutchinson High School.
Brown began as a file clerk in the district business office in August 1996, doing “a little bit of everything.” At the time, the Business Office was only partially automated, meaning checks were cut manually and all manner of paper was tracked.
She became a payroll clerk assistant in July 1999 and moved up to payroll/benefits coordinator in October 2000.
“What I like the most about the job is getting to help people – helping people understand something that is not at the front of their minds,” Brown said. It’s also special to have a job in which she interacts – and helps – teachers who made her successful as a student in Hutchinson Public Schools.
Brown knows that with her job she deals with sensitive issues each and every day because she deals with pay and benefits. It’s a difficult job at times.
“I want people to feel good when they leave here and not be confused,” she said. “I want them to feel they can ask questions and not feel silly.”
Selected from nominees to the district’s Classified Council, other finalists were Sally Bailey, Faris Elementary School secretary, and Gail Dennis, Hutchinson High School Counseling Center secretary.
Other nominees were Marcia Pyle, Wiley Elementary School custodian; Darryl Ammons, Morgan Elementary School paraprofessional; Shirley Culver, McCandless Elementary School custodian.
Secondary National Teacher of the Year Nominee
A social studies teacher at HHS, Glenna Johnson is another Salthawk to return to the school. Johnson is a board member of the HHS alumni association and has served as the organization’s president.
She sees two things as making a difference for her students.
“There are two strategies that I think make the difference in student learning, forming relationships with students and making the subject relatable to the world today,” Johnson wrote in her application to be the district’s National Teacher of the Year secondary nominee.
Relationships, in particular, are key to success in the classroom. “Students don’t care what you know, they know that you care,” she said.
The biggest challenge educators face is the increasing diversity in the classroom. While most teachers come from a middle-class background, students enter schools with a wider range of experiences.
Johnson previously was a Davis Teacher of the Year for the district in 2011.
Elementary National Teacher of the Year Nominee
Kristi Link teaches first grade at Wiley Elementary School. Like Johnson, Link sees relationships as key to any educator’s success.
“It’s important to me that I develop relationships with each of them and their families,” Link wrote in her application, referring to her students. “I want their families to feel welcome and be encouraged to ask questions and share things with me.”
Link sees education – and society – changing. What adults remember school being is far different today. Technology changes rapidly, bringing both benefits and challenges. One of those challenges is that bullying formerly was a face-to-face experience. Today, students and adults may face bullying from people they never see.
Yet, technology also means Link can connect her students to far-away worlds with just a few clicks of a computer mouse.
Link has been very active providing professional development to her colleagues, both in USD 308 and outside the district. Among her many professional development efforts, Link has co-taught Intel courses on line, presented at the district-wide technology day in 2012 and served on building improvement teams through the year.
Students recognized for PSAT success
A pair of students who took the PSAT while at Hutchinson High School last fall have been recognized for academic excellence.
Laura Miller and Lucia Nisly will receive recognition this fall for meeting requirements to enter the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program. With a selection index score of 202 or above on the PSAT, Miller and Nisly have shown outstanding academic potential.
The students took the 2014 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT) and met requirements to enter the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program.
Of the more than 50,000 high scorers nationwide, about 16,000 will be named National Merit semifinalists, representing the top scorers in each state, and approximately 34,000 others will be commended for their performance on the PSAT.
Semifinalists and commended students will learn of their standing in September and will then have the opportunity to continue in the competition for about 8,000 National Merit Scholarships to be offered in 2016.
HHS seniors honored at assembly
During the annual Hutchinson High School Awards Assembly Wednesday (May 6, 2015), the HHS graduating class of 2015 was recognized with awards and scholarship from local, state and national sources.
The Young American Award went to Colton Harper. The Young American Award is the oldest award at HHS with this being its 86th year. The award was started by the Oswald family in the 1920s.
Other finalists for the award were Brooks Armstrong, Shayla DeGarmo, Dylan Graves, Madelyn Page, Jason Paine, Hanna Schreiber, Sara Shaban, David Sotelo and Emily Wessel.
The Davis Foundation winners also were named. Winners, who each get $6,000 in scholarship money annually for four years, are Baylee Corpening and Brett Knight. Other finalists were Baylee Heitschmidt, McKenzie Miller, Madelyn Paige and Hanna Schreiber. The other finalists each get $4,000 a year in scholarship money for four years.
This is the 61st year for the Davis Foundation scholarships. During that time, more than 200 students have received scholarships. 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.
Brooks Armstrong received the Principal’s Leadership Award for his work in and out of the classroom at HHS and in the community.
Emily Wessel was named the Kansas Designated Scholar. She and Shayla DeGarmo, Angela Johnson, Richardo Roman, Jordyn Snow and Julie Wilson were the Kansas Scholars Curriculum Completers.
Note: The lists below will be updated later this week when additional scholarship information is available. These are the honors given out during Wednesday’s Awards Assembly.
Scholarships and Awards
- Teacher of the Trimester: Toni Loewen, Brian McCandless, Nancy Williams
- Leaders, Today and Tomorrow: Brooks Armstrong, Hanna Schreiber, Shayla DeGarmo, Sara Shaban, Dylan Graves, David Sotelo, Colton Harper, Emily Wessel, Madelyn Page, Turner Wintz
- Burton and Doris Lyman and James Thompson Memorial Scholarship: Brooks Armstrong
- HHS Alumni Scholarship: Colton Harper, Hanna Schreiber, Lottie Petrie
- K.U. Kansas Honors Program Scholarship: Marla Eriksen, Baylee Corpening, Madelyn Page, Brittany Gamber, Allison Reusser, Jenna Higgins, Rachel Rivas, Brett Knight, Cole Steinle
- MKC Scholarship: Jason Paine
- Kiwanis Club of Hutchinson Key Club Scholarships: Colton Harper, Ellyssa Tomac, Madelyn Page
- Red Cross Blood Donor Award: Alyssa Rose,
- Hutchinson Music Club Scholarships: Aadil Naveed, Brittany Gamber, Eilish Samuelson
- Hutchinson NEA Scholarship: Dylan Graves
- Marjorie Sidlinger Memorial Scholarship: Rachel Rivas, Lawson Roberts,
- George and Belle Pearce Trust Fund Scholarship: Kyler Harding, Fermina Orosco
- John H. “Jack” Caton Memorial Scholarship: Caitlyn Stanley
- Class of 1965 Scholarship: Raechell Christopher, Christopher Brown
- Kansas State University School of Engineering Math and Science Award: Emily Wessel, Jacob Hardenburger
- National School Choral Award: Daniel Yapp
- John Phillip Sousa Award: Aadil Naveed
- Louie Armstrong Jazz Award: Aadil Naveed
- National School Orchestra Award: Dalton Brummer,
- Outstanding Athlete Award: Shayla DeGarmo, Turner Wintz
- Class of 1947 John and Bobbi Baker Scholarship: Blaik Middleton
- Marty Casey FACS Scholarship: Alyssa Rose
- Class of 1953 Educational Grant: Melissa Lazaro
- Melissa Yost Memorial Scholarship: Alliyah Gray,
- Class of 1961 Scholarship: Kaleigh Gardner,
- Jennifer A. Goodman Memorial Scholarship: Raechell Christopher
- erly/Tweito Memorial Scholarship: Monica Blassingill, Sydni Huxman
- Class of 1962 Scholarship: Yanittzy Gonzalez, Savannah Winkler
- The Hazel Doherty Scholarship for Lincoln Students: Austin Starks
- Class of 1968 Scholarship: Leland Thomas Clark
- Shelter Insurance Scholarship: Lottie Petrie
- dWest Ford/Toyota Scholarship: Cody Coonce
- American Legion Award: Colton Harper, Hanna Schreiber
- Silver Key Art Award: Jacelyn Chambers, Terrence Robinson
- Honorable Mention Art Students: Kara Vaughn, Emily Idler
- Class of 1960 Whiteside Allagaroo Scholarship: Michelle Blackburn
- Recognition of Kansas Board of Regents Designated State Scholar: Emily Wessel
- Curriculum Completers : Emily Wessel Shayla DeGarmo, Angela Johnson, Richardo Roman, Jordyn Snow and Julie Wilson
- Presidential Academic Fitness Award: Brooks Armstrong, Kaleb Merrill, Joshua Augustine, Aadil Naveed, Alexie Bass, Madelyn Page, Cheyne Belote, Sadie Page, Monica Blassingill, Jason Paine, Zach Burgey, Josh Patterson, Tristan Carson, Austin Perry, Jacelyn Chambers, Lottie Petrie, Leland Thomas Clark, Eva Planthold, Baylee Corpening, Piper Reid, Ryan Ediger, Allison Reusser, Celestia Favela, Elizabeth Rumback, Brittany Gamber, Hanna Schreiber, Hunter Grin, Sara Shaban, Shayla Hambrick, Jordyn Snow, Rachel Hammer, George Stafford, Kyler Harding, Miranda Stanley, Colton Harper, Cole Steinle, Baylee Heitschmidt, Joseph Vieyra, Jenna Higgins, Alex Walker, Jon Hornbaker, Trent Webster, Sydni Huxman, Emily Wellborn, Dylan Jacobs, Emily Wessel, Angela Johnson, Savannah Winkler, Brett Knight, Turner Wintz, Brooke Manny, Daniel Yapp, Ashley Mefford
- Principal’s Leadership Award: Brooks Armstrong
- James A. and Juliet L. Davis Foundations Scholarship – Winners: Baylee Corpening and Brett Knight. Other finalists: McKenzie Miller, Baylee Heitschmidt, Madelyn Page, Hanna Schreiber,
- Young American Award – Winner: Colton Harper. Other finalists: Brooks Armstrong, Jason Paine, Shayla DeGarmo, Hanna Schreiber, Dylan Graves, Sara Shaban, David Sotelo, Madelyn Page, Emily Wessel
Hutchinson Community College Scholarships
- Kaleb Albright: James McLain Memorial Scholarship
- Kaleb Albright: Annual Fund Drive Scholarship
- Paul Allen: Annual Fund Drive Scholarship
- Brooks Armstrong: HCC Presidential Leadership Scholarship
- Joshua Augustine: HCC Presidential Leadership Scholarship
- Chelsea Bell: American Legion Lysle Rishel Pst 68
- Karra Blanton: Reno County Activity Scholarship
- Karra Blanton: Herman: Esther and Henry Stallman Scholarship
- Madison Brady: Tillman and Ona Dunsworth Scholarship
- Caleb Brown: HCC Admissions Scholarship
- Christopher Brown: Class Of 1965 Hutch High
- Gage Brown: Grace Paul Trust Book Scholarship
- Gage Brown: Charles and Helen Steed Scholarship
- Gage Brown: Reno County Activity Scholarship
- Jacelyn Chambers: Reno County Activity Scholarship
- Jacelyn Chambers: Reno County Activity Book Scholarshipolars
- Jacelyn Chambers: HCC Presidential Schol
- Raechell Christopher: Grace Paul Trust Scholarship
- Leland Clark: Stuart and Barbara Farley Awbrey Scholarship
- Leland Clark: Reno County Activity Scholarship
- Branda Cole: Robert Kent Parker Memorial Scholarship
- Branda Cole: Annual Fund Drive Scholarship
- Branda Cole: HCC Women's Track/ Cross Country Scholarship
- Spencer Cox: John Crutcher Scholarship
- Cheyenne Crenshaw: Edith and Harry Darby Foundation Scholarship
- Cheyenne Crenshaw: George Cooper Family Memorial
- Dustin Curiel: HCC Journalism Scholarship
- Dustin Curiel: HCC Presidential Leadership Scholarship
- Heath Davidson: HCC Crops And Soils Scholarship
- Heath Davidson: Reno County Activity Scholarship
- Heath Davidson: HCC Presidential Leadership Scholarship
- Shayla Degarmo: HCC Presidential Leadership Scholarship
- Shayla Degarmo: HCC Women's Basketball Schol
- Roslynne Deines: Charles and Helen Steed Scholarship
- Roslynne Deines: HCC Endowment Assn. Book Scholarship
- Jordan Downing: HCC Presidential Leadership Scholarship
- Jordan Downing: HCC Women's Soccer Scholars
- Ryan Ediger: HCC Presidential Scholarsh
- Ryan Ediger: Reno County Activity Scholarship
- Francisco Escamilla: Grace Paul Trust Book Scholarship
- Francisco Escamilla: James A. and Juliet L. Davis Minority
- Francisco Escamilla: Glover Family Scholarship
- Celestia Favela: HCC Presidential Scholarship
- Jordan Flegler: Sandra/Joe McMullen Boys/Girls
- Amber Fredrick: Herman: Esther and Henry Stallman Scholarship
- Kaleigh Gardner: Herman: Esther and Henry Stallman Scholarship
- Kaleigh Gardner: Grace Paul Trust Book Scholarship
- Hunter Grin: Reno County Activity Scholarship
- Hunter Grin: HCC Presidential Leadership
- Kyler Harding: HCC Presidential Scholarship
- azmin Hartshorn: HCC Women's Soccer Scholarship
- Natalia Hernandez: Reno County Activity Scholarship
- nathan Hornbaker: HCC Presidential Scholarship
- Karen Ibarra: Reno County Activity Scholarship
- Jacob Ice: Grace Paul Trust Scholarship
- Jacob Ice: Annual Fund Drive Book Scholarshi
- Breanna Imel: Glover Family Scholarship
- Christopher Keefer: HCC Sports Medicine Scholarship
- Gabrielle Kirkland: Reno County Activity Scholarship
- Gabrielle Kirkland: Patricia Petty Enlow Scholar
- Cody Lagreca: HCC Presidential Leadership
- Jami Lane: HCC Admissions Book Scholarship
- Jami Lane: D. Stewart Oswalt Scholarship
- Brooke Manny: HCC Presidential Scholarship
- Taylor McCook: Mr. and Mrs. Charles V. Rees Scholarship
- Carley Miller: HCC Drama Book Scholarship
- Carley Miller: Reno County Activity Scholarship
- Dion Miller: Grace Paul Trust Scholarship
- Dion Miller: Annual Fund Drive Book Scholarship
- Halle Morris: HCC Presidential Leadership Scholarship
- Halle Morris: HCC Ambassador Scholarship
- Sydney Morris: HCC Presidential Leadership Scholarsh
- Alexis Musick: Charles And Edith Walton Memoria
- Alexis Musick: Annual Fund Drive Book Scholarship
- Fermina Orosco: HCC Jazz Scholarship
- Fermina Orosco: Reno County Activity Scholarship
- Fermina Orosco: Will and Meryl Billingsley Scholarship
- Fermina Orosco: Annual Fund Drive Scholarship
- Sadie Page: HCC Presidential Scholarship
- Sadie Page: Reno County Activity Scholarship
- Jason Paine: HCC Presidential Gold Scholarship
- Jason Paine: Ralph Warner Scholarship
- Joshua Patterson: HCC Presidential Leadership Scholarship
- Joshua Patterson: HCC Ambassador Scholarship
- Austin Perry: HCC Presidential Scholarship
- Austin Perry: Reno County Activity Scholarsh
- Eva Planthold: Drama Book Scholarshi
- Eva Planthold: Reno County Activity Scholarshi
- Eva Planthold: HCC Choral Scholarship
- Blake Porter: Glover Family Scholarship
- Blake Porter: Reno County Activity Scholarship
- Kodi Ringler: Reno County Activity Scholarship
- Kodi Ringler: HCC Journalism Scholarship
- Terrence Robinson: Delos V. Smith Fine Art Scholarship
- Terrence Robinson: Reno County Activity Scholarship
- Terrence Robinson: HCC Drama Book Scholarship
- Courtney Rundle: Charles and Suzanne Brown Scholarship
- Courtney Rundle: Annual Fund Drive Book Schola
- Eilish Samuelson: Reno County Activity Scholar
- Eilish Samuelson: HCC Music Major Scholarship
- Megan Sauer: Carol and Fred Bichet Scholarship
- tthew Schoepf: Glover Family Scholarship
- Sara Shaban: HCC Presidential Scholarship
- Sara Shaban: HCC Ambassador Scholarship
- ristian Sisler: Reno County Activity Scholarship
- hristian Sisler: HCC Music Major Scholarship
- Brianna Stanley: Zoe Shears Memorial Scholarship
- Brianna Stanley: Grace Paul Trust Book Scholarship
- Caitlyn Stanley: HCC Endowment Assn. Book Scholarship
- Caitlyn Stanley: HCC John H. Caton Memorial Scholarship
- Miranda Stanley: HCC Presidential Gold Scholarship
- Austin Starks: Glover Family Scholarsh
- Ryan Stoecklein: Annual Fund Drive Book Scholarship
- Trevor Stoll: Grace Paul Trust Scholarship
- Trevor Stoll: D. Stewart Oswalt Scholarship
- Samantha Talley: Reno County Activity Scholarship
- Colby Turner: HCC Football Scholarship
- Alyssa Vargas: HCC Admissions Scholarsh
- Mary Wasinger: Annual Fund Drive Scholarsh
- Mary Wasinger: Reno County Activity Scholarship
- Emily Weathers: Carol and Fred Bichet Scholarship
- Emily Weathers: Annual Fund Drive Book Scholarship
- Trent Webster: HCC Presidential Scholarship
- Trent Webster: HCC Men's Basketball Scholarship
- Kyle Williamson: D. Stewart Oswalt Scholarship
- Ryan Willis: Annual Fund Drive Scholarship
- Ryan Willis: Reno County Activity Scholarship
- Ryan Willis: HCC Jazz Book Scholarship
- Emilea Wilson: HCC Endowment Unrestricted Endowed Scholarship
Glover nominated for Jester Award
Hutchinson High School junior Isaac
Glover is in the running for a Jester Award from the Music Theatre of Wichita.
is in the running for the outstanding supporting actor for his role in the
production Guys and Dolls. Glover
played the role of Nicely-Nicely Johnson.
awards will be announced at 7 p.m. May 8 at the Orpheum Theatre in Wichita.
really exciting as they are up against a lot of different schools throughout
the Wichita area and into western Kansas,” said Tobie Henline, drama teacher at
Morgan Elementary to be honored
Staff from Morgan Elementary School will receive a Spotlight Award for Social, Emotional and Character Development.
The award, from the Kansas Schools of Recognition Program, will be made during a ceremony May 7 at the Brown vs. Board of Education National Historic Site in Topeka.
The award will be given to Morgan for its character-building program, “Rising to New Heights through Character.”
The Kansas School of Character Recognition program recipients are schools and/or districts that have demonstrated education principles that include creating a caring school community by engaging families and community members in character-building efforts. These efforts are designed to foster self-motivation and implement meaningful and challenging academic curriculum that respects all learners, develops character and helps students succeed.
Rod Rathbun is principal at Morgan. Barbara Phillips is school counselor.
For more information on the awards program go to http://community.ksde.org/Default.aspx?tabid=3708
Future Faris principal honored
The new principal for Faris Elementary School has been recognized for excellence by Newman University.
Dan Ackland, who takes over as Faris principal in 2015-16, will receive the Newman University Graduate Education Outstanding Achievement Award for the Building Leadership Program. Ackland was selected by Newman’s graduate faculty as one of two recipients of the 2014-15 award. This year, Newman has more than 500 students in its graduate education programs.
Ackland currently is a fifth grade teacher at Valley Center Intermediate School. He will replace Denise Neighbors as Faris principal. Neighbors will retire at the end of the 2014-15 school year.
Wintz to lead HHS boys’ basketball
A successful head coach from middle school to D-II college basketball will take the reins at Hutchinson High School in 2015-16.
Chad Wintz has been named head boys’ basketball coach at Hutchinson High School.
“I am excited to get a coach with Chad's experience and record of success,” said Eric Armstrong, HHS athletic director. “His experiences as a head coach are very impressive, and I believe will bring excitement to our program.
“Chad has been around our programs and knows what it will take to get kids in the gym and excited about playing basketball. I believe he will instill a strong work ethic and toughness that is needed when you play in a league like ours.”
Wintz replaces Nathan Henry who stepped down after the 2014-15 season to spend more time with his family.
Wintz’s most recent coaching job was as the head coach of the Hutchinson Middle School – 7 team in 2009-10 when his undefeated squad won both the league and the league post-season tournament.
Locally, though, Wintz is better known for his five years as head men’s basketball coach of Hutchinson Community College where he went 111-46 from the 2001-02 season to 2005-06. He also served as assistant athletic director at HCC for a year.
“I began my coaching career immediately after graduating from the University of Kansas where Larry Brown and his staff had a very strong influence on my career choice as a coach,” Wintz said. “Bill Self was my JV coach at the time. I spent 19 years coaching at the college level before getting out of the business to begin a career in the insurance business, which I still enjoy currently.”
Wintz will continue his career in life insurance sales with Hutchinson’s Fee Insurance in addition to being head coach at HHS.
“Chad's knowledge of how to build a successful program was key to this hire,” Armstrong said. “He knows what steps need to be taken to get kids, parents and the community excited about Salthawk basketball. I am excited to get started and I think our players will be as well.”
Prior to HCC, Wintz was head men’s basketball coach at Fort Hays State University from 1997 to 2001, a D-II program. He went 77-35 at Fort Hays and was Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 2000-01 when the squad went 23-6.
Wintz’ first head basketball coaching job was at Dodge City from 1993 through 1997 where he went 67-57. His first head coaching position was as men’s golf coach at Fort Hays.
The coach also has been an assistant basketball coach at Fort Hays and Colby Community College. He was a graduate assistant coach at Wichita State under Eddie Fogler.
“I am extremely lucky to be working in a business that puts such a high value on not only educational support, but the support of the entire community of which HHS is certainly a vital part,” Wintz said of Fee Insurance. “This opportunity would not be possible without their support and vision.”
Henry steps down as boys’ basketball coach
Six-year veteran coach Nathan Henry has announced his resignation as boys’ head basketball coach at Hutchinson High School.
Henry was named head coach in March 2009 after serving briefly as interim head coach and leading the Salthawks to a state tournament appearance that March. The long-time USD 308 educator will remain at HHS as a social studies teacher.
HHS Athletic Director Eric Armstrong will begin the search for Henry’s successor immediately.