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.
A meeting to provide input to the USD 308 Board of Education on a proposed boundary change will be at 6 p.m. July 14, 2014, at the Administration Center, 1520 North Plum. District families and patrons are invited to the meeting.
A majority of Board members also may attend this meeting.
Hutchinson Public Schools is considering an elementary school boundary change that would move about six square blocks from the Faris Elementary School attendance area to the Lincoln Elementary School attendance area.
The proposed area is bounded on the south by Sherman, on the west by Main, on the north by the Burlington Northern-Santa Fe Railway tracks and on the east by Poplar. The area is contiguous with the existing north boundary of Lincoln Elementary School.
Currently, less than 10 USD 308 students in kindergarten through sixth grade live in the outlined area. With the possible addition of new housing in the Wiley Building apartments, that number could increase. The students who lived in the proposed area in 2013-14 will have the option of staying in their old school.
While Faris is nearing its student capacity, Lincoln has room for additional students.
Following the public input the meeting, the Board will have its annual organizational meeting at 7p.m. July 14 at the Administration Center, 1520 North Plum.
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.
Hutchinson Public Schools continues a program that provides summertime meals to children and youth in 2014 at three locations.
The meals are free for anyone age 18 and under. No reservations are needed for the meals.
The 2014 summer feeding program will be weekdays June 2 through July 25 at Hutchinson Middle School -- 7, 210 East A, and Boys and Girls Club, 600 West 2nd. Meals will run from June 2 to July 23 at Avenue A Elementary School, 111 South Madison.
Meals at Boys and Girls Club and Avenue A from 11 a.m. to noon each weekday and from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each weekday at HMS-7.
There will be no lunch on July 4, a district holiday.
While meals for youth 18 and under are free, adult lunches cost $3.35.
The program is funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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."
The final events for middle school students at Hutchinson Middle School -- 8 are fast approaching.
Both campuses of Hutchinson Middle School will have awards assemblies on Thursday, May 22 -- the seventh grade campus at 9 a.m. and the eighth grade campus at 2 p.m.
The formal promotion ceremony for eighth graders will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 22, in the Salthawk Activity Center on the Hutchinson High School campus. Following the promotion ceremony, the eighth graders will have their final pre-high-school dance at 9 p.m. at HMS-8.
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)
In terms of sheer numbers, the biggest musical event of the school year sounds off at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 15, at the Salthawk Activity Center.
The 27th annual Mass Bands Concert features about 600 USD 308 students in grades six through 12. There will be performances by elementary bands, a combined middle school band, the high school band and both middle and high school jazz bands before the actual mass bands performance, which brings together all the students.
As with the previous Mass Bands Concert, all students come together for the song, “A Mighty Fortress.”
The district has been doing the Mass Bands Concert since 1988. The event is a chance for students to play with what may be the largest group they ever will in their lives. It also gives parents a chance to hear what their children are doing as well as what others are doing in the district. For younger students, the concert provides an opportunity to see what is in store for them in the future in band.
Hutchinson High School will have its 132nd graduation ceremony at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 18, in the Sports Arena. To prepare for graduation, there will be a practice at 8:30 a.m. Friday, May 16, at the Sports Arena.
The senior class of 2014 will have about 310 graduates.
Artwork from Hutchinson Middle School – 8 students will be on display during an art show from 7 to 8:30 p.m. May 19 at Hatch Studios, 416 North Main.
Student art projects from the 2013-14 school year will be on display.
The Hutchinson High School forensics squad placed fourth in the Class 6A state tournament Saturday at Olathe Northwest High School.
This marks the second consecutive year HHS has placed fourth in state forensics. It is, however, the first time in recent history that the Salthawks had two individual events state champions in the same season. Paige Brott was first in informative speaking and LaKiyah Sain was first in poetry.
The state tournament ends the regular season for HHS. The Salthawks will compete in the National Forensics League national tournament in June at Overland Park.
Kelly Thompson coaches debate and forensics at HHS.
Individual finishes follow.
- Sydni Huxman, 12th place, poetry
- Julia Henry/Baylee Corpening, ninth place, duo
- Liz Juarez, eighth place, poetry
- LaKiyah Sain, sixth place, dramatic interpretation
- Ta'mara Hill, third place, poetry
- Makenna Smutz/Laura Miller, third place, duet acting
- Savannah Winkler, second place, prose
- Paige Brott, first place, informative speaking, State Champion
- LaKiyah Sain, first place, poetry, State Champion
7 p.m. Friday, May 9, and Saturday, May 10, in the HHS Performing Arts Center.
Under the direction of Jarl Moreland, the theme for 2014 is "Love." All vocal groups will perform -- Expressives, Harmonics, Bella Voce and Concert Choir. Some of the songs include "Somebody to Love" by Queen and "Livin' on A Prayer" by Bon Jovi. Admission costs $1 per person with proceeds benefitting the HHS choir program.
Hutchinson Public Schools will formally thank its retirees during a come-and-go reception at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 4, in the Career and Technical Education Academy, 800 15th Circle. There will be a brief formal program at 1:45 p.m.
The following staff members have indicated they will attend.
- Kris Anshutz, English and theatre teacher at Hutchinson High School
- Lynn Booth, activity treasurer at HHS
- Duke DeVaul, custodian at HHS
- Carolyn Gamble, job coach at HHS
- Stephen Gauthier, fourth grade teacher at Faris Elementary School
- Sondra Horning, district elementary art teacher
- Suzanne Meeks, district special education teacher
- Diane O'Neal, instructional coach at Morgan Elementary School
- Lora Randolph, counselor at Graber Elementary School
- Luann Sawyer, Head Start health coordinator.
Hutchinson High School will send a record number of debate and forensics students to the National Forensics League national tournament in June.
Saturday, HHS added five more qualifying entries to NFL nationals during the West Kansas NFL individual events qualifier at Salina's Kansas Wesleyan University. NFL nationals will be June 15 to 20 in Overland Park.
HHS won the overall district sweepstakes trophy for the season. The award is given to the school with the highest total points scored during the whole school year, at the qualifying tournaments in both debate and forensics. The Salthawks were first out of 15 schools, and nearly doubled the score for the second-place team. HHS was second in sweepstakes at Saturday's NFL qualifier in Salina
HHS also won the West Kansas Bruno E. Jacobs District Award as having competed in the most rounds at district tournaments.
Results from Saturday's National Qualifier at Kansas Wesleyan:
- First: Colin Tighe
- Third: Austin Heinlein
- Seventh: Julia Henry
- Eighth: Daniel Yapp
- Fifth: LaKiyah Sain
- Eighth: Savannah Winkler
- First: Laura Miller/Makenna Smutz
- Fourth: Ta'mara Hill/Siynatee McGraw
- Third: Ta'mara Hill
- Fourth: Paige Brott
- Eight: Annie Blake
International Extemporaneous Speaking
- Third: Sydni Huxman
- Fourth: Dayton LaMunyon
- 10th: Dustin Curiel
Below are the HHS qualifiers for NFL nationals. Overall, 11 students in nine entries.
- Brett Krambeer/Reed Crater: policy debate
- Brennan Schartz: Lincoln-Douglas debate
- Riley Crane: Lincoln-Douglas debate
- LaKiyah Sain: student senate
- Colin Tighe: humorous interpretation
- Austin Heinlein: humorous interpretation
- Ta'mara Hill: original oratory
- Laura Miller/Makenna Smutz: duo interpretation
- Sydni Huxman: international extemporaneous speaking
HHS' next competition will be May 2 and 3 at the Class 6A state forensics tournament at Olathe Northwest High School.
To help pay for nationals, the Salthawk debate and forensics squads will have the annual Forensics Showcase at 6:30 p.m. May 1 in the HHS Performing Arts Center, 810 East 13th. The showcase is a series of performances from the best pieces for the state team. Pieces will be humorous, dramatic, persuasive and informative.
Admission costs $1 for students, $3 for adults but is free for eighth graders. There will be drawings for door prizes. Tickets can be purchased from debate and forensics students as well as at the door.
Kelly Thompson coaches debate and forensics at HHS.
The annual Senior One Acts will feature the efforts of seniors at Hutchinson High School this spring.
The event will be at 6:30 p.m., April 25, in the Hutchinson High School Performing Arts Center. The evening gives soon-to-graduate seniors at HHS a chance to direct performances.
There is no admission to the event.
Each director will direct 10- to 15-minute scenes. The following students are the directors:
- Sami Ybarra
- Leah Towle
- Terrence Robinson.
Students who will appear in the one-acts include:
- Mariah Michaelis
- Kyle Walker
- Connor Eaves
- Daniel Yapp
- Jessi Burgey
- Shea O'Sullivan
- Easton Chapin
- Malik Jobe
- Shayla Bellamy
An event that will draw hundreds of third graders to Don Michael Field will return for its 16th running Thursday, April 24, 2014.
The Kansas Kids Fitness Day is a statewide event, sponsored by the Kansas Council on Fitness, to increase awareness of physical activity and safety for third graders across Kansas.
In Hutchinson, the Kansas Kids Fitness Day will be from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Don Michael Field, 17th and Severance in Hutchinson.
Hosted locally by USD 308, the event is expected to draw more than 700 students from schools across Reno County. Statewide, the event draws 18,000 students each year at more than three dozen sites in Kansas.
A project of USD 308 elementary school physical education teachers, more than 100 volunteers will be working on the project, including Junior and Senior Leaders from Hutchinson High School under the direction of Cindy Knox, physical education teacher at HHS. The volunteers will staff activity and safety stations during the afternoon.
Others involved in the project include the elementary and high school physical education staff, local firefighters, police officers, Red Cross, Hutchinson Recreation Commission, YMCA and USD 308 Nutrition Services.
Hutchinson Public Schools will conduct an open enrollment day for the 4-year-old at-risk preschool program. The open enrollment will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, April 25, at the Administration Center, 1520 North Plum.
Students must be 4 on or before Aug. 31, 2014, live within USD 308 and meet one or more qualifications for the program. The program currently is offered at Lincoln, Avenue A and Graber elementary schools.
For more information about the program, call Vance Mayes at (620) 615-4045.
In celebration of Earth Day, which is Tuesday, April 22, Wiley Elementary School students are encouraged to dress in different colors each day. Each day's color celebrates the wonders of the earth. Here are the colors for each day beginning on Monday, April 21.
- Monday: Wear brown today to represent the soil that is so important to help plants and trees thrive and to produce so many nutritious foods, important medicines and so much more.
- Tuesday: Earth Day. Wear green in celebration of Earth Day and to represent the lush green color outdoors and the importance of the green plants that provide oxygen.
- Wednesday: Wear yellow to represent sunshine and the beautiful flowers of spring.
- Thursday: Wear blue to represent the beautiful spring sky and the water that covers more than 60 percent of the earth.
- Friday: Wear all colors to help celebrate the uniqueness of people and things on earth.
Students at the Hutchinson Career and Technical Education Academy will have the opportunity to hear employer viewpoints about drug use on Tuesday, April 29, at the HCTEA's Events Center, 800 15th Circle. Two sessions will be held, each with the same speakers, at 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Speakers for the event will be Nancy Meyers, Conklin Cars; Sid Wiens, Wiens & Co. Construction; Roger Regehr, ALCOA; Eric Reichert, Army National Guard; and
Justin Unruh, Pipeline Testing Consortium.
Each speaker will spend 10 minutes discussing the affects and consequences of illicit drug use; especially how it relates to the workplace. The presentations are designed to be a very poignant presentation for the audience.
The 2014 Prom for Hutchinson High School begins with Red Carpet pictures at 8:30 p.m. April 26 at the Hutchinson Career and Technical Education Academy, 800 East 15th Circle. The dance will be from 9 p.m. to midnight.
Theme for the evening is The Great Gatsby Bash, based on the Roaring '20s.
After the prom will be the annual After-Prom party at the Pride of Kansas Building on the Kansas State Fairgrounds. Sponsored by the senior parents, the event runs from midnight until 4 a.m. April 27 -- shortly after the prom ends.
After-Prom will include games, food, a casino and prizes. The Salthawks also will be able to square dance and there will be a photo booth.
Morgan Elementary School, 100 West 27th, will have an informational meeting for kindergarteners for the 2014-15 school year at 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 14, in the school's media center.
To qualify for kindergarten in Kansas, a child must be 5 on or before Aug. 31 of the year the student enrolls.
For more information, contact Morgan staff at (620) 615-5200.
The annual reception for sixth grade artists will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 17 at the Hutchinson Art Center, 405 North Washington.
Artwork from the top 50 students selected by judges is on display at the Hutchinson Art Center.
The event is free and open to the public.
The Hutchinson High School won its fourth straight sweepstakes-eligible tournament Saturday at McPherson.
Out of 19 schools, HHS was first at McPherson High School, outscoring the second-place team by 42 points. The second through fourth place teams, in comparison, were separated by only three points.
HHS also competed at El Dorado on April 3 with four additional state qualifying entries. HHS already has 50 entries qualified for state competition at Olathe Northwest on May 3.
This week, HHS competes at Kapaun Mount Carmel in Wichita on Tuesday and Sacred Heart in Salina on Thursday.
Kelly Thompson coaches forensics at HHS.
Full results follow.
- Dayton LaMunyon, first place, international extemp, *State Qualifier
- Dustin Curiel, third place, international extemp
- Zoe Crater, sixth place, domestic extemp
- Brooke Manny, second place, informative speaking, *State Qualifier
- Alejandro Melgar, fifth place, informative speaking
- Alicia Seems, fourth place, prose, *State Qualifier
- Shayla Bellamy, first place, humorous interpretation, *State Qualifier
- Jake Lemonds, fourth place, humorous interpretation
- Dayton LaMunyon, fourth place, international extemp
- Riley Crane, sixth place, international extemp
- Sydni Huxman, second place, domestic extemp, *State Qualifier
- Brett Krambeer, third place, domestic extemp
- Brennan Schartz, fifth place, domestic extemp
- Paige Brott, oration, first place, *State Qualifier
- Riley Crane, oration, second place, *State Qualifier
- Paige Brott, informative speaking, first place, *State Qualifier
- Emily Fan, informative speaking, second place, *State Qualifier
- Austin Heinlein, dramatic interpretation, first place, *State Qualifier
- Alicia Seems, dramatic interpretation, fourth place
- Austin Heinlein, humorous interpretation, third place
- McKenzie Miller, humorous interpretation, fifth place
- LaKiyah Sain, poetry, second place, *State Qualifier
- aKiyah Sain, prose, first place, *State Qualifier
- Liz Jaurez, prose, second place, *State Qualifier
- Brennan Schartz, impromptu, first place, *State Qualifier
- Riley Crane, impromptu, second place, *State Qualifier
- Dayton LaMunyon, impromptu, third place
- Austin Heinlein/McKenzie Miller, improvised duet acting, third place
- Meghan Morey/Colin Tighe, improvised duet acting, fourth place
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
The annual International Baccalaureate Art Show will be Monday (April 7) through April 11 in the Hutchinson Career and Technical Education Academy's Events Center. The show features 36 works of art from five senior IB art students as well as additional pieces from other IB students.
There will be a formal reception for the show from 5 to 7 p.m. April 11 in the HCTEA Events Center, including live music, snacks and refreshments.
Hutchinson High School will have two Kansas Army National Guard sergeants on duty April 16. Regular volunteer Staff Sergeant Eric Reichert will be joined by Sergeant Theresa Vail from 9:15 to 10:55 a.m. at HHS during seminar period.
In addition to wearing her sergeant chevrons, however, Vail wears something else -- a tiara as the 2013 Miss Kansas.
A senior at Kansas State University, Vail became Miss Kansas last summer in Pratt.
During her visit to HHS as well as visits to Hutchinson Community College and Buhler High School later in the day, Vail will meet with students and talk about her experiences as both a citizen soldier and as Miss Kansas.
The Hutchinson High School forensics squad won both days of the Blue Valley North invitational tournament March 28 and 29 in suburban Kansas City.
HHS won the sweepstakes trophy as the top school in both days of the tournament. HHS had an additional 17 events qualify for the state tournament during the weekend.
The forensics squad also has a fundraiser for its expenses for nationals and other activities. HHS has a community impact day at Pizza Ranch from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 7, at the Hutchinson Pizza Ranch. The team gets tips from busing tables that evening and will receive 10 percent of the sales for individuals who have a flier for the evening. Fliers are available from email@example.com.
Kelly Thompson coaches forensics at HHS. Full results for the Blue Valley North tournament follow.
Blue Valley North
March 28 and 29
- First Place Sweepstakes both days
- Austin Heinlein, dramatic interpretation, second place, State Qualifier
- Baylee Corpening/Julia Henry, duet, first place, State Qualifier
- LaKiyah Sain, prose, second place, State Qualifier
- Riley Crane, Impromptu, second place, State Qualifier
- Syndi Huxman, original oration, fourth place
- Paige Brott, original oration, first place, State Qualifier
- Ta'mara Hill, foreign extemp, third place
- Brett Krambeer, foreign extemp, fifth place
- Brennan Schwartz, foreign extemp, second place, State Qualifier
- LaKiyah Sain, domestic extemp, fourth place
- Syndi Huxman, domestic extemp, first place, State Qualifier
- Hutch, Sweeps, first place
- Savannah Huxman, dramatic interpretation, third place
- Julia Henry, humorous interpretation, sixth place
- LaKiyah Sain, dramatic interpretation, sixth place
- Daniel Yapp, humorous interpretation, first place, State Qualifier
- Makenna Smutz, prose, second place, State Qualifier
- LaKiyah Sain, prose, seventh place
- Savannah Winkler, prose, third place, State Qualifier
- Ta'mara Hill, poetry, second place, State Qualifier
- LaKiyah Sain, poetry, first place, State Qualifier
- Austin Heinlein, dramatic interpretation, seventh place
- Austin Heinlein, humorous interpretation, seventh place
- Sydni Huxman, poetry, fourth place
- Liz Juarez, poetry, third place, State Qualifier
- Paige Brott, original oration, third place
- Riley Crane, original oration, fifth place
- Riley Crane, foreign extemp, fifth place
- Ta'mara Hill, foreign extemp, third place
- Syndi Huxman, foreign extemp, fourth place
- Brett Krambeer, domestic extemp, first place, State Qualifier
- Brennan Schwartz, domestic extemp, second place, State Qualifier
- Baylee Corpening, informative speaking, first place, State Qualifier
- Paige Brott, informative speaking, second place, State Qualifier
- Baylee Corpening/ Julia Henry, duo, third place
- Brennan Schwartz, Impromptu, third place
- Austin Heinlein, domestic extemp, sixth place
Wednesdays, beginning April 2, students near Graber Elementary School, 1600 North Cleveland, will have the opportunity to arrive at school on a different type of school bus.
In a project involving the Reno County Health Department, Graber parents and Graber staff, students will commute to school on a walking school bus on Wednesdays during April and May.
The program will feature five "buses" in neighborhoods around Graber, each with an adult volunteer "driver" who will "pick up" students as they pass the students' homes. The program allows students to walk to school in an adult-supervised group.