Lincoln celebrates Doughnuts for Dads
Lincoln Elementary School has invited fathers and father figures to attend its annual Doughnuts for Dads event at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 6 at the school, 315 East Bigger.
For the past several years, dads have been invited to share a doughnut and an activity with students at Lincoln. For students whose fathers can’t make the event, several “dads” from the community attend as well.
HHS looking for forensics judges
Hutchinson High School is hosting the 2015 edition of the annual Salt Talks Forensics Tournament on Friday, Feb. 13, and Saturday, Feb. 14. As always, HHS relies on the support of the Hutchinson community for volunteers to judge one or more rounds. Typically, judges are most needed on Saturday morning, but the Salthawks welcome help at any time.
Anyone interested in signing up should go to http://tinyurl.com/SalthawkForensics to register to judge. Rounds on Friday are at 4, 5, 6:15 and 7:15 p.m. for Lincoln Douglas and Public Forum Debate. Rounds on Saturday are at 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. for the standard speaking and interpretation events.
HHS forensics wins Kapaun tournament
The Hutchinson High School forensics squad began the 2015 season in style winning Saturday’s invitational at Kapaun Mount Carmel in Wichita.
Hutchinson High School won the sweepstakes trophy at Kapaun Saturday (Jan. 24, 2015), given to the top team in the invitational.
In duo interpretation, the Salthawks placed three of the top six entries with Makenna Smutz and Laura Miller placing first, Julia Hardenburger and Ashlyn Foster placing second and Taylan Hayes and Nina Beaver placing sixth.
ger, Foster, Smutz and Miller qualified to state in duo. Additionally, the tournament was the first ever for Hardenburger and Foster.
In prose, HHS also cleared three of the top six entries with Smutz placing first, Jake Lemonds placing second and Hardenburger placing fifth. Smutz and Lemonds qualified for state in prose with their finishes.
In humorous interp, the Salthawks cleared two entries with Austin Heinlein placing first and Lemonds placing second. Both qualified for state.
Also placing in their events were Brooke Manny placing sixth in oration and Heinlein placing sixth in impromptu speaking.
“This was a fantastic way to start the season,” said Zach Brown, head forensics and debate coach at HHS. “We'll keep working hard to improve to keep up our winning ways.”
This weekend, HHS competes at Buhler and Goddard Eisenhower.
Wall of Honor to induct three
The 16th class of the Wall of Honor at Hutchinson High School features a trio of HHS alumni.
The 2015 honorees are Stanley Murdock, class of 1966; Sandy Woodson, class of 1968; and Dr. Terry McElwain, class of 1970.
Sponsored 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, Feb. 19, in the HHS Career and Technical Education Academy, 800 15th Circle.
The 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 better place.
Tickets for the banquet are $10 each and can be purchased weekdays at the HHS main office, 810 East 13th, from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and the Administration Center, 1520 North Plum, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
These three honorees formally will take their place on the Wall of Honor during the HHS varsity boys’ basketball game against McPherson on Friday, Feb. 20. Tipoff for the game is about 7:30 p.m.
HHS places in Class 6A state debate
The Hutchinson High School debate team placed third, fourth and fifth in the Class 6A state two-speaker division Saturday (Jan. 17, 2015) at Derby High School.
Sydni Huxman and Brennan Schartz won three elimination debates at the tournament, advancing to semifinals and placed third. The seniors were closely followed by Riley Crane and LaKiyah Sain, who won two elimination debates and advanced to quarterfinals, where they placed fourth. The team of Zoe Crater and Julia Henry won their first elimination debate and finished in 5th place. All three HHS two-speaker teams entered in the tournament advanced to elimination rounds.
Additionally, the four-speaker squad competed and finished with its best placing in several years. The four-speaker team was comprised of Emily Fan, Makenna Smutz, Brooke Manny, Siynatee McGraw, Shelby Bergeron and Annie Blake.
“Across the state, the consensus among coaches and judges is that this year has been one of the most competitive and talented classes of debaters at all levels in at least the last decade,” said Zach Brown, HHS head debate and forensics coach. “This makes our accomplishments all the more impressive. The varsity debaters placed at every tournament where they competed, winning two tournaments. Varsity debate teams qualified to nationals, placed third at DCI (Debate Coaches Invitational) and traveled over 1,500 miles across the state to compete.”
For Brown, 2014-15 was his first year as head coach.
“As a first year coach, the accomplishments of the entire team at all levels is beyond my wildest expectations,” he said. “I knew that when I joined this team that I was going to be part of something special, and these students have amazed me at every opportunity.”
Brown and his students have little time off. HHS begins its forensics season on this weekend at Kapaun Mount Carmel High school in Wichita.
HHS thespians shine at conference
The Hutchinson High School thespian troupe received numerous awards and recognition at last week’s Kansas Thespian Conference in Wichita.
The HHS troupe as a whole, received the Gold Honor Troupe award. This is given to schools who complete certain criteria such as shows, types of shows and community service projects.
Individually, Terrence Robinson received one of 11 $1,000 Thespian Scholarships for his work both in shows and as a contributing member of the HHS troupe.
Isaac Glover auditioned and was cast in the first-ever all state musical James and the Giant Peach. More than 65 students from across the state of Kansas auditioned and only 20 were cast. Mariah Michaelis, meanwhile, interviewed and was accepted as a theatre technician for the all-state musical.
The group will be performing James and the Giant Peach at the conference next year and will have it adjudicated in the hopes of taking it to International Thespian conference in June 2016.
Additionally, four seniors – Terrence Robinson, Blake Zwickl, Austin Heinlein and Carley Miller – auditioned and interviewed for colleges in acting and tech. The seniors received numerous callbacks from colleges in Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri and Oklahoma.
Finally, one of the HHS charades teams won third place in competitive charades.
Tobie Henline is drama teacher at HHS.
for next week
Parent-Teacher Conferences for USD
308 students in grades seven through 12 will be the week of Jan. 12.
Middle School will hold parent-teacher conferences from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday,
Jan. 13, on both campuses of the school. HMS also will have conferences from 8
a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 15.
High School will have conferences from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 15,
in the Salthawk Activity Center.
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.
will be no school for HHS and HMS students on either Jan. 15 or 16.
Additionally, there are no conferences on Jan. 16.
second set of elementary parent-teacher conferences will not occur until the
week of Feb. 16. Classes will be in session on both Jan. 15 and 16 for K-6
CTC holds Youth Leadership
The Reno County
Communities that Care Youth Leadership Group is inviting all sixth through
ninth graders in the county to the annual Youth Leadership Summit from 9 a.m. to
2 p.m. on Jan. 19. The day also is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a national day
During the day, the
students will hone leadership skills, find ways to be involved in their community,
learn about avoiding alcohol, illegal drugs and other poor choices and grow to
recognize good choices.
Check-in and pre-summit activities
will be from 8 to 9 a.m. Jan. 19. The day includes a free breakfast and lunch.
Students are asked to
pre-register for the event by calling (620) 615-4018.
District holds sixth grade math meeting
Parents interested in how the honors math curriculum will be implemented for sixth graders are invited to a meeting from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, in the Administration Center, 1520 North Plum.
During a review of math standards last year, the district determined changes in instruction would benefit students.
A majority of Board of Education members may be present during this meeting, which immediately precedes the Board’s first January meeting.
HHS debate team qualifies for nationals
A Hutchinson High School debate team qualified for the National Speech and Debate Association’s nationals in June at Dallas.
Seniors LaKiyah Sain and Riley Crane qualified as one of two teams from the West Kansas District Saturday at a tournament in McPherson.
As a team, HHS was represented well with Sain and Crane placing second, Sydni Huxman and Brennan Schartz placing fourth, and Julia Henry and Zoe Crater placed eighth.
Saturday, HHS competes in the Class 6A regional four-speaker debate tournament at Wichita East High School. The top two teams out of the tournament qualify for the four-speaker state tournament in January at Derby. Kansas offers state competition in both four-speaker and two-speaker debate.
Zach Brown is head debate and forensics coach for the Salthawks.
Shaban named HHS royalty
Sotelo was crowned king and Sara Shaban was crowned queen for fall 2014
Homecoming at Hutchinson High School during Friday’s football game with Garden
finalists for king were Brooks Armstrong, Cody Coonce, Spencer Cox, Colton
Harper and Josh Patterson. Other finalists for queen were Madison Brady, Shayla
DeGarmo, Taylor Engel, Baylee Heitschmidt and Lyric Martin.
Homecoming festivities concluded with
a dance Saturday night.
elected as state thespian officer
Hutchinson High School senior
Terrence Robinson was elected to a statewide office with the Kansas Thespians.
a weekend meeting of Kansas Thespians, Robinson was elected as one of state
thespian officers with the group. As an officer, Robinson will be responsible for
introducing shows and making sure the annual conference in January at Wichita
runs smoothly from a student perspective.
conference typically draws from 1,200 to 1,400 high school theater students
from around Kansas each year.
Thespians is the state affiliate with the Educational Theatre Association.
HHS debate wins at Blue Valley North
Hutchinson High School seniors placed first in the Blue Valley North Invitational in suburban Kansas City Saturday.
Seniors Sydni Huxman and Brennan Schartz had a perfect 5-0 record in preliminary rounds, advancing to the elimination debates as the No. 2 overall seed in the tournament. The pair then won their three championship rounds to go 9-0 and win varsity (top) division of the tournament.
Seniors Riley Crane and LaKiyah Sain had a 4-1 record in preliminary rounds and lost in the quarterfinal round to place fourth. Crane captured his second speaker award of the season, placing sixth.
Juniors Julia Henry and Emily Fan had a 4-1 record in preliminary rounds, and lost in the octofinal round to place fifth. Henry also was named the eighth best individual speaker at the tournament out of a field of 120 individual debaters.
“Our success this weekend is the result of an outstanding team effort,” said Zach Brown, HHS head debate coach. “Sydni and Brennan could not have had the success that they did if it weren't for the efforts of all debaters on the team to be there to practice and discuss arguments during the week, provide the newest and most updated evidence before each round, and be there to give moral support and to join them in celebrating their accomplishments.”
Overall, HHS’ combined record of 13-2 in preliminary rounds placed the squad third overall in the tournament’s sweepstakes competition. HHS placed third, despite having entries in only one of three divisions at the tournament. The varsity division featured 60 of the top Kansas teams.
HHS also competed at Derby, Buhler and Andover Central over the weekend.
The Salthawks travel to Garden City for an invitational Friday and Saturday.
squad in top 100
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 61st
out of more than 3,000 schools nationwide in the organization, which until this
year was known as the National Forensics League.
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 four students – two graduates from 2013-14
and two seniors for the 2014-15 school year -- named as National Speech &
Debate Association All Americans for 2013-14.
graduate Brett Krambeer was 40th nationally on the All-American list
for 2013-14 with 2,829 points. HHS senior LaKiyah Sain was 64th
nationally last year with 2,645 points. Salthawk graduate Dayton Lamunyon was 110th
at 2,411 points. HHS senior Syndi Huxman was 146th at 2,251 points.
top 150 students each year are named All Americans out of the more than 130,000
students and coaches in the organization.
Brown coaches debate and forensics at HHS.
Students involved in Community Foundation’s Envision Hutch
A Hutchinson High School senior and Hutchinson Magnet School at Allen students from Hutchinson Public Schools will play key roles in the Hutchinson Community Foundation’s Envision Hutch evening. The event will be at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 25 at the Fox Theatre in downtown Hutchinson. Doors open for the event for an idea exchange and reception at 5 p.m.
David Sotelo, senior at HHS, will be one of the community speakers. Additionally, students in Kim Perrone’s fifth grade class at Hutchinson Magnet School at Allen will provide their ideas of what the future holds for Hutchinson. Perrone said her class was thrilled to be part of the event.
“We were to imagine things we would like to see in the next five to 10 years in Reno County and Hutchinson, and then create a group project to represent what they want to see happen,” Perrone said. “The kids are excited about the project I had them create and will each be telling what they ‘envision’ Hutchinson to have for them in the next five to 10 years.”
In addition to the students and other community voices at the event, Nation Meyer, senior chairman of the board for Hutchinson’s First National Bank, will present an oral and pictorial history of the community.
The event is free and open to the public.
Hutchinson High School and the Career and Technical Education Academy have been approved as an International Baccalaureate Career-related Certificate school for medical sciences. HHS is the first school in Kansas to get the IBCC status.
The approval is good news for HHS students.
“Having the IBCC authorization at HHS now allows the career and technical education-track students the opportunity to also take IB diploma courses that will enhance their certificates, making them better prepared for the work force and/or college,” said Todd Ray, USD 308 IB Coordinator.
HHS has been an International Baccalaureate school for a decade, graduating its first full diploma students in 2006. IB is an academically rich and challenging curriculum. HHS students have the opportunity to take a portion or the entire curriculum. An IB diploma is accepted worldwide as evidence of educational excellence.
The IB Career-related Certificate prepares students to follow their chosen pathways in life. The IBCC enables students to
* Consider new perspectives,
* Engage in learning that makes a positive difference,
* Develop a combination of academic and practical skills,
* Think critically/creatively in rapidly changing and global workplaces,
* Communicate effectively,
* Work both independently and collaboratively,
* And become self-confident individuals who are resilient and flexible.
The IBCC framework includes Diploma Programme courses, career-related studies and IBCC core classes.
Ray said that while HHS is starting with the medical sciences, staff anticipates being able to expand into many other areas in 2015-16. For more information, contact Ray, IB director at HHS, at 620-615-4100.
Gear Up to help HHS students with ACT
The Gear Up program at Hutchinson High School is offering an ACT prep course with a pre- and post-course test that mimics the actual ACT.
While the program’s focus is Gear Up participants, all interested HHS students are welcome to participate. There is no cost for this course. Each student will be given Cambridge's "Victory for the ACT” with study guides, practice quizzes and test taking skills.
The program will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from Oct. 21 to Nov. 13 at HHS. Additionally, there will be Saturday sessions, beginning Oct. 18 through Nov. 22.
The program is timed for students who are interested in the Dec. 13 ACT test.
USD 308 staff begins 2014-15 school year
The more than 800 Hutchinson Public Schools staff members formally began the 2014-15 school year with the annual opening convocation Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, at Hutchinson High School.
Superintendent Shelly Kiblinger gave a State of the District presentation during the event. Thursday, Dr. Kiblinger formally unveiled the district’s new Strategic Plan. The plan has two research-based strategic actions:
· Teach literacy across the curriculum
· Teach, model and reinforce positive behaviors
All staff members will have a part in helping the district accomplish its strategic actions and drive the district toward its mission – “All students graduate with the knowledge, skills and behaviors to be college and career ready.”
Several educators were honored during the event. The Davis Foundation made its annual Teachers of the Year Awards. The elementary winners were Kristi Farley, second grade teacher at Lincoln, and Ashleigh Vieyra, third grade teacher at Wiley.
. The middle school winner was Alma Henry, reading teacher at Hutchinson Middle School -- 7.
The high school winners were Leann Gleason, broadcast journalism teacher in the Career and Technical Education Academy, and Kris Anshutz, English teacher at HHS who retired in May.
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 33rd time the awards have been made to teachers.
Also recognized during the event were the USD 308 Kansas Teacher of the Year nominees – Ashleigh Vieyra, third grade teacher at Wiley; and Tobie Henline, drama teacher at HHS.
Recognized during the convocation as the Classified Employee of the Year for 2013-14 was Mel Dower, secretary at HHS.
Staff will have professional development and room preparation for the 2014-15 school year through Aug. 12. Students in pre-kindergarten through ninth grade return on Aug. 13. High school sophomores through seniors begin the year on Aug. 14.
Hutchinson Public Schools continues to take applications for the district’s pre-kindergarten program for the 2014-15 school year. The program will be offered at
· Lincoln Elementary School, 315 East Bigger,
· Avenue A Elementary School, 111 South Madison
· and Graber Elementary School, 1600 North Cleveland.
The program is for children who will be 4 years old on or before Aug. 31, 2014. To qualify for the program, a child must meet one or more of the following criteria:
- Qualify for free lunch program
- Single parent family
- Teen parent -- one or both parents were teens when the child was born
- Either parents lacks a high school diploma or GED
- Limited English Proficient-documented
- Lower than expected developmental progress but does not qualify for an Individualized Education Plan.
- Migrant status
Applications are being taken at the Administration Center from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Parents need to have the following documents to pre-enroll.
· State-issued birth certificate
· Physical completed within the last six months
· Current immunization records
Once the classes are filled up at the three schools, students will be placed on a waiting list for the program.
For more information, contact Vance Mays at 620-615-4045.
The Hutchinson Public Schools Board of Education Monday (July 14, 2014) celebrated a national award given the district for clarity in telling its financial story.
For the ninth consecutive year, the Board was presented with the award from the Government Finance Officer Association for a budget document Lori Blakesley, executive director of fiscal management for the district, and the Business Office produced for the 2012-13 school year.
Known as the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the document reviews in-depth district finances for the 2012-13 school year. The GFOA gave the document its Certificate of Achievement, the highest award the organization grants.
The 2012-13 CAFR was the ninth the district produced. The district received the certificate for its eight previous budget publications as well.
Unlike most school districts and other governmental units, 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.
Beginning with the new school year, the USD 308 Board of Education’s electronic agenda system is changing.
The USD 308 Board of Education will have its annual organizational meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, July 14, 2014, at the Administration Center, 1520 North Plum.
In an effort to simplify viewing the agenda for the public, the district has contracted with BoardDocs. Once ready for publication, the agenda will be posted at
The link also will be posted on the district website – www.usd308.com.
The agenda website will have meetings along the left side of the screen. A patron then needs to click on the meeting they would like to view and will see the overview of the agenda. By clicking on an agenda item, patrons will be able to see the explanation of the item. If there are supporting documents related to the agenda item, patrons can click on those supporting documents.
USD 308 has used a paperless agenda system for several years. The old system, however, was very cumbersome, requiring users to download a large agenda packet file to their computer or smartphone even if they were only interested in seeing an overview or one item. The old system, then, required users scroll through often-massive amounts of content to find individual items. With supporting information, Board agendas typically run 100 or more pages and can exceed 300 pages.
The Hutchinson Public Schools Board of Education meets in regular session every second Monday of the month at 7 p.m. and most second Mondays of the month at the same time. Agendas normally are posted the Friday before a regular Monday meeting and as soon as possible prior to any special meeting.
Prior to Monday’s meeting, there will be a public input meeting at 6 p.m. Monday in the Administration Center on a proposal to slightly modify attendance boundaries for Faris and Lincoln elementary schools. Board members may attend the public input meeting.
Several local students and an instructor received national recognition at the recent National SkillsUSA Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City.
Tyler Cauble was a national silver medalist for the Hutchinson Career and Technical Education Academy on the Hutchinson High School campus in the postsecondary division. HCTEA is a joint effort of USD 308 and Hutchinson Community College.
Kevin Berrey, automotive service technology instructor at HCTEA, received a 100 percent Sections Award for having enrolled 15 or more of his students in SkillsUSA.
Additionally, several HCC students were silver medalists in competition. The HCC silver medalists, all in postsecondary competition, included:
- Mitchell Garrett and Patrick Sweeley, 3-D visualization and animation.
- Paul Poppe, extemporaneous speaking
- Benjamin Seuser, technical computer applications.
SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers and students in high school and college who are teaching or preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations. It was formerly known as VICA (Vocational Industrial Clubs of America).
The national leadership and skills conference was held June 23 to 27. Kansas had 107 competitors at the conference out of 6,000 nationally.
With the 2013-14 school year winding down, three Hutchinson Public Schools staff members have been honored with district honors.
Mel Dower has been named Classified Employee of the Year. Tobie Henline and Ashleigh Vieyra have been nominated as the district’s entries in the Kansas 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. 7.
Classified Employee of the Year
Just before the first Dower child began walking the halls of Hutchinson High School, Mel Dower started subbing for the district.
Mel and her husband, Tad, have four children who attended -- and graduated from -- HHS. After working three years as a substitute for the district, Mel started full time as a media assistant at HHS in the summer of 2002. She moved to the HHS main office in June 2003.
What is the best part of her job? The students. While she tends to work one-on-one with students in her day job as HHS secretary, or in small groups as the junior varsity girls' tennis coach, she knows what she does makes a difference, often in unexpected ways.
"I love the kids," she said. "I love the atmosphere at HHS. While I don't teach kids or work with large groups, I still make contact with students."
For a few students, the sometimes crowded hallways can be a bit overwhelming. She'll see some of those students step into the main HHS office for just a bit. She'll talk with them, giving them just a moment to regroup.
Some of her work can have an impact on students' future financial lives. Since she is a point person for the electronic student management system, she gets many requests for information that students need for scholarship applications.
Mel's workday is not a standard 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Instead, she arrives at work at 6 a.m. Her first job of the day is to place substitute teachers in the classrooms. She also gets everything ready for those subs, being the friendly voice of HHS on the phone as she calls them before sunrise to be a substitute.
She also provides secretarial support for Ronn Roehm, HHS principal, who normally is on duty by the time she arrives at 6 a.m.
The other finalists for Classified Employee of the Year for 2013-14 are Chris Weiser, Career and Technical Education Academy; Reginald Fredericks, Avenue A; Jamie Brown, Administration Center; Patty Chappell, McCandless; Candy Reeves, Early Head Start; Shirley Foust, Hutchinson High School; Christina Jackson, Wiley; Hazel Brott, Faris; Robin Getting, Graber; and Dee Romero, Administration Center.
Kansas Teacher of the Year, Secondary Nominee
For the past decade, Tobie Henline has fulfilled a job at Hutchinson High School that combines multiple skills -- from making sawdust fly to providing voice coaching to thespians and vocalists.
Tobie is the director of theater at HHS, a role she has held since 2003. She held a similar post at Eureka for two years -- her first job after graduating from Southwestern College at Winfield.
"The thing that drives me the most is I enjoy the students," she said. "The students are fun to be around. It is fun when they get it and to see the passion they are developing."
As theater director, her job often involves mess -- whether that mess involves cutting boards for a set or helping a student translate Shakespearean English into 21st Century thinking.
Good education, she says, is just like that -- often messy.
"Learning is messy," she said. "It's OK to fail. The big thing is to try. If you fail, dust yourself off and try again. The kids who do that, you it's quite impressive to see the growth."
Theater allows Tobie to work with students with a wide range of skills and interests. While some students literally love the spotlight of being on stage, other students are far more comfortable with running the spotlight, building the set, sewing the costume or creating the special effects.
"That shy kid, we've got a place for him."
Kansas Teacher of the Year, Elementary Nominee
By day, Ashleigh Vieyra works in a room filled with little people. By night, she's surrounded by students who are as tall as she is. By day, she teaches third grade at Wiley Elementary School. Her afternoons and many evenings are spent as HHS cheer squad coach
And she likes it that way.
"It gives me the best of both worlds," Vieyra said. "My third graders are independent, but they need me. The come in as little kids but leave as individuals. They grow so much in third grade.
"The high school girls have to want to be there. It's hard work. I have high expectations for them in school and in the community."
Ashleigh came home to work. She attended grade school a few blocks away at Morgan Elementary and was the last class of Liberty Lancers (2000) before graduating from HHS in 2004. One of her chosen activities throughout school was being on the cheer squad.
After graduating from Wichita State in December 2008, Ashleigh joined the Wiley staff as a math and reading support teacher in January 2009. She got her own classroom -- third grade -- in August 2009.
She’s fortunate. Her mentor works at Wiley -- and he also happens to be her father-in-law.
"I can go to him (Wiley first grade teacher Martin Vieyra) for advice, assistance and support," she said. "He taught third grade for a long time. He is my rock; he is my cheerleader here."
During the annual Hutchinson High School Awards Assembly Wednesday (May 7, 2014), the HHS graduating class of 2014 was recognized with awards and scholarship from local, state and national sources.
The Young American Award went to Ashton Fee. The Young American Award is the oldest award at HHS with this being its 85th year. The award was started by the Oswald family in the 1920s.
Other finalists for the award were Cole Cruz, Brandon Heide, Ross Howard, Anna Kimmel, Matthew Nisly, Shea O’Sullivan, LaTasha Scales, Laura Sellers and Stacy Rottinghaus.
The Davis Foundation winners also were named. Winners, who each get $6,000 in scholarship money annually for four years, are Austin Garcia and Cecilia Villanueva. Other finalists were MacKenzie Justice, LaTasha Scales, Matt Sunner and Ethan Williams. The other finalists each get $4,000 a year in scholarship money for four years.
This is the 60th 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.
Scholarships and Awards
Hutchinson Community College Scholarships
John Allen: Presidential Gold Scholarship, Presidential Gold Book Scholarship, Honors Program Merit Scholar Award
Michelle Barnes: Reno County Activity Scholarship
Samantha Baughman: Glover Family Scholarship
Johncie Brown: Jake and Judy Clark Scholarship, Grace Paul Trust Book Scholarship, Reno County Activity Scholarship
Jordan Brown: Reno County Activity Scholarship
Tiara Brown: Glover Family Scholarship, Reno County Activity Scholarship, Reno County Activity Book Scholarship
Megan Budreau: Stewart and Barbara Awbrey Scholarship, Stewart and Barbara Awbrey Book Scholarship,
Toni Builta: Reno County Activity Scholarship
Allee Burgey: Joe and Sandra McMullen Boys and Girls Club Scholarship
Ryan Calvillo: HCC Football Athletic Scholarship, HCC Football Athletic Book Scholarship
Blanca Campos: Reno County Activity Scholarship, Reno County Activity Book Scholarship
Zachary Carpenter: Reno County Activity Scholarship
Eric Caudillo: Reno County Activity Scholarship
Sydney Childs: HCC Endowment Association Scholarship, HCC Endowment Association Book Scholarship, Charles A. Rayl Memorial Scholarship
Kiersten Cook: Reno County Activity Scholarship
Jeremy Cox: Reno County Activity Scholarship
Bryce Davis: Carol and Fred Bichet Scholarship, HCC Admissions Book Scholarship
Rachel Dewitt: Reno County Activity Scholarship
Levi Dickson: HCC Presidential Scholarship, HCC Presidential Book Scholarship
Caitlin Dodge: Grace Paul Trust Scholarship, Grace Paul Trust Book Scholarship
Katie Ellegood: HCC Presidential Leadership Scholarship, HCC Presidential Leadership Book Scholarship
Gabriella Garcia: Glover Family Scholarship
Lillian Gonzalez: Glover Family Scholarship
Kaitlyn Grove: Reno County Activity Scholarship
Lucero Hernandez: Reno County Activity Scholarship
Javier Herrera: Grace Paul Trust Book Scholarship
Kaylee Hinshaw: Herman, Esther and Henry Stallman Scholarship, Grace Paul Trust Book Scholarship
Chandler Hodges: HCC Presidential Leadership Scholarship, HCC Presidential Leadership Book Scholarship, HCC Forensics Scholarship
John Holden: HCC Endowment Association Book Scholarship
Brittany Inskeep: Reno County Activity Scholarship, Reno County Activity Book Scholarship, HCC Annual Fund Drive Scholarship
Jonathon Isom: Theodore R. Wilt Memorial Scholarship, Reno County Activity Scholarship, Reno County Activity Book Scholarship, Double Circle Memorial Scholarship
Kateleen Janssen: Merna Weeks Memorial Scholarship
MacKenzie Justice: HCC Presidential Gold Scholarship, HCC Presidential Gold Book Scholarship
Gregory Kinney: Grace Paul Trust Book Scholarship
Katelyn Klug: Takako America Co., Inc. Scholarship, Grace Paul Trust Book Scholarship
Adam Konen: Reno County Activity Scholarship, HCC Presidential Gold Scholarship, HCC Presidential Gold Book Scholarship, Honors Program Merit Scholar Award
Ciara Kroeker: Grace Paul Trust Scholarship, Grace Paul Trust Book Scholarship, Herman, Esther and Henry Stallman Scholarship
Katrina Latta: Grace Paul Trust Book Scholarship, Herman, Esther and Henry Stallman Scholarship
Kassidy Lemons: John and Elizabeth Oswald Scholarship, Grace Paul Trust Book Scholarship, Reno County Activity Scholarship
Jorge Lopez: ALCOA Foundation Scholarship, HCC Admissions Book Scholarship, Reno County Activity Scholarship
Dalton Luce: HCC Presidential Leadership Scholarship, HCC Presidential Leadership Book Scholarship, HCC Athletic Football Student Coach Scholarship
Viridiana Luna: Reno County Activity Scholarship
Aaron Mackey: Patricia Petty Enlow Scholarship, Reno County Activity Scholarship
Martina Magana-Garcia: Charles and Helen Steed Scholarship, Charles and Helen Steed Book Scholarship
Afeni Magnus: Charles and Helen Steed Scholarship, Charles and Helen Steed Book Scholarship, Glover Family Scholarship
Michelle Mann: Tillman and Ona Dunsworth Scholarship, HCC Annual Fund Drive Book Scholarship
Jesse Martin: Reno County Activity Scholarship
Lauren Mason: Reno County Activity Scholarship, Stuart F. Conklin Memorial Scholarship
Cooper McCamant: Grace Paul Trust Scholarship, Grace Paul Trust Book Scholarship
Madison McClenahan: Reno County Activity Scholarship
Hunter Morris: Reno County Activity Scholarship
Nicholas Murillo: HCC Endowment Association Scholarship, HCC Endowment Association Book Scholarship
Johnathon Murray: HCC Admissions Scholarship
Muriam Naveed: HCC Admissions Scholarship
Charles Norman: HCC Track and Field Athletic Scholarship, HCC Track and Field Athletic Book Scholarship
Annah Parker: Reno County Activity Scholarship
Kyle Parks: Henry Krause Charitable Foundation Scholarship, Hutchinson Rotary Club Scholarship
Erika Pendergrass: Reno County Activity Scholarship
Kayla Penner: Reno County Activity Scholarship, Reno County Activity Book Scholarship, HCC Presidential Leadership Scholarship, HCC Presidential Leadership Book Scholarship
Cole Peterman: Carol and Fred Bichet Scholarship
Tristan Potter: Reno County Activity Scholarship, Reno County Activity Book Scholarship, HCC Forensics Scholarship
Michael Ruebke: James A. and Juliet L. Davis Memorial Scholarship, HCC Annual Fund Drive Scholarship, HCC Annual Fund Drive Book Scholarship
Warren Schmitt: Richard Smith Scholarship, Guy E. Holt, Jr. Memorial – American Legion Lysle Rishel, Post #68 Scholarship, HCC Miscellaneous Book Scholarship
Rima Shaban: HCC Presidential Scholarship, HCC Presidential Book Scholarship, HCC Ambassador Scholarship, Reno County Activity Scholarship
David Simental: James A. and Juliet L. Davis Minority Scholarship, HCC Annual Fund Drive Scholarship, HCC Annual Fund Drive Book Scholarship
Caitlyn Sketchley: HCC Presidential Leadership Scholarship, HCC Presidential Leadership Book Scholarship
Tyler Snow: Grace Paul Trust Scholarship, Grace Paul Trust Book Scholarship, Herman, Esther and Henry Stallman Scholarship
Alexandra Thompson: HCC Presidential Scholarship, HCC Presidential Book Scholarship
Curtis Tinin: Glover Family Scholarship
Leah Towle: HCC Presidential Scholarship, HCC Presidential Book Scholarship, Reno County Activity Scholarship
Ariel Voran: HCC Annual Fund Drive Scholarship, HCC Annual Fund Drive Book Scholarship, HCC Ambassador Scholarship
Sara Wilder: Delos V. Smith Fine Arts Scholarship, Reno County Activity Scholarship, Reno County Activity Book Scholarship
Maci Wilson: HCC Presidential Scholarship, HCC Presidential Book Scholarship
Alexis Witt: Glover Family Scholarship, Reno County Activity Scholarship
Baylee Wright: HCC Admissions Scholarship, Glover Family Scholarship
Adam Yoder: HCC Presidential Scholarship, HCC Presidential Book Scholarship, Honors Program Merit Scholar Award
Scholarships by Student
(Information supplied to the Counseling Center by HHS seniors)
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
Schools for Fair Funding, a coalition
of 48 school districts, won a partial victory in the courts today for
Kansas public school children. The Kansas Supreme Court on March 7, 2014
upheld the Kansas Constitution and ordered the state to pay about $129
million dollars to the schools by July 1, 2014.
The balance of requested funding will be determined after a lower court redefines the meaning of "adequate" education.
a good ruling for Kansas public school children and we are grateful,"
said SFFF president, Justin Henry, superintendent of USD 265 in Goddard.
"We are hopeful policy makers will now restore funding so we can do the
best job possible of preparing our students to live in a complex and
Friday's Supreme Court decision is the most
recent ruling in a series of lawsuits brought against the state starting
in the early 1990s.
"More than 20 judges over the past 20 years
have consistently ruled that the state is shortchanging the kids of
Kansas," said John Robb, general Ccunsel for SFFF. "It is again time for
the legislature to do what the constitution requires and restore
funding to the schools."
Alan Rupe, trial counsel for SFFF said,
"Kansas students have a constitutional right to a suitable education.
The Kansas Supreme Court has just confirmed what the business community,
students, parents, and educators in Kansas all know -- we are
chronically underfunding public education in Kansas. Our schoolchildren
are not getting the education they deserve. The Legislature needs to
live up to its constitutional responsibilities before we lose any more
kids to an inadequate education. Enough is enough."
In terms of
the ruling, the court affirmed the right of the students and the school
districts to take the issue of school funding to the courts. On the
issue of funding schools, the court will require the legislature to fund
$25.2 million in capital outlay equalization and $103.9 million in
Local Option Budget funding by July 1.
Additional funding could be determined after the lower court rules on the definition of "adequacy."
court found the lower court did not apply the correct standards as to
whether there were adequate resources and whether an adequate education
is being provided. The court sent this issue back to the three-judge
panel to determine whether the adequacy requirement of the constitution
is being met.
"Based on the correct standards we are confident
that the lower court will find again that the state underfunded
education," Robb said.
Schools For Fair Funding, which represents
more than one-third of Kansas public school children, also sponsored
the Montoy litigation. The issue in that litigation was also whether the
state had met its constitutional obligation to make "suitable
provision" of resources for K-12. In 2006, as a result of the
litigation, the legislature agreed to phase in an additional annual $755
million in school funding over three years. Before the phase-in could
be completed the legislature cut over $511 million from the classrooms.
brought the current lawsuit -- Gannon vs. State of Kansas -- in 2010
following state budget reductions that began in 2009. The suit sought to
restore the cuts that have been made to all schools after the
legislature failed to abide by the Montoy settlement. The lawsuit also
asked to restore funding to constitutionally required levels. A district
court unanimously ruled in favor of the school districts. The decision
was appealed to the Kansas Supreme Court.
Earlier this year the state also cut income taxes significantly.
policy makers cut taxes instead of funding public education," said
Shelly Kiblinger, superintendent of USD 308 in Hutchinson and a vice
president of SFFF. "Tax cuts are nice, but not at the expense of our
children's essential educational needs. Our public schools know how to
educate our students; we just need the funding to do it."
A video by student broadcast
journalists at the Hutchinson Career and Technical Education Academy at
Hutchinson High School has received national recognition.
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
winners of the 2014 StudentCam competition were announced Wednesday,
March 5, during C-SPAN's morning call-in program, Washington Journal.
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
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
All the winning videos may be viewed at www.studentcam.org.
Hutchinson High School senior Matthew Nisly has been named a finalist 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.
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.
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.
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
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.