HHS presents Blood Wedding
The Hutchinson High School Drama Department will present the play Blood Wedding at 7:30 p.m. March 5 to 7 in the HHS Performing Arts Center.
Blood Wedding is a tragedy by Spanish dramatist Federico Garcia Lorca. Written in 1932, it was first performed in Madrid in 1933. The play is about a simmering vendetta between two families in 1930s rural Spain.
Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for eighth grade and younger and $2 for HHS students with their student ID.
Cast for the play includes:
- Mother: Laura Miller
- Bridegroom: Colton Harper
- Bride: Shayla Bellamy
- Bride’s Father: Austin Heinlein
- Leonardo: Hunter Grin
- Leonardo’s Wife: Bethany Allen
- Mother-In-Law: Sage Williams
- Maid: Alexis Cruz
- Neighbor: Gabby Hernandez
- Woodcutter No. 1: Cole Steinle
- Woodcutter No. 2: Jake Lemonds
- Woodcutter No. 3: Blake Zwickl
- Moon: Eddie Ibarra
- Death: Jocelyn Reed
- Young Men: Draven Duggan, Daniel Yapp, Cody Murray, Colin Tighe
- Young Girls: Julia Kendall, Aleseyah Seibel, Jules Martinez, Alex Miller, Laura DeWitt, Michelle Blackburn
Coffman to visit Graber
National Football League veteran Paul Coffman will visit Graber Elementary School, 1600 North Cleveland, Friday. March 6.
Graber launched a YouTube campaign to get the Green Bay Packers to send a representative to the school. The campaign drew national attention, even in Green Bay, Wis., itself.
While the Packers told Graber staff they wouldn’t be able to arrange a visit by current players, retired Packer Coffman has said he would visit. Coffman will do an all-school assembly at 10 a.m. Friday.
HHS announces second tri honor roll
Hutchinson High School has announced its second trimester honor roll for 2014-15. A total of 123 seniors, 97 juniors, 116 sophomores and 80 freshmen made one of the two honor rolls.
Principal’s Honor Roll
Brooks A. Armstrong
Jacelyn M. Chambers
Leland T. Clark
Kassidie R. Davis-Clark
Benjamin J. Graber
Rachel E. Hammer
Baylee R. Heitschmidt
Tasha M. Humphries
Angela J. Johnson
Mykhaylo V. Kostynyuk
Cody A. Lagreca
Jaydon M. Mattison
Dion J. Miller
Jason M. Paine
Brandi A. Phillips
Piper M. Reid
Rachel M. Rivas
Megan M. Sauer
Hanna M. Schreiber
Jordyn M. Snow
Miranda E. Stanley
Jaden R. White
Kevin P. Zuck
Shannon J. Bellamy
Colton J. Fee
Sarah K. Hansen
Jack D. Howard
Samuel T. Koob
William A. Lewis
Abbie A. Martin
Brady R. Mcfadden
Laura Y. Miller
Victoria L. Rosiere
Tyler Aaron M. Smith
Margaret J. Williams
Brooke N. Young
Wyatt G. Akins
Shayla M. Bellamy
Braydon L. Bieber
Tyler R. Christian
Mia E. Clary
Mikayla L. Dallke
Anna M. Deal
Dakiree L. Depew
Laura E. Dewitt
Alyssa C. Ibarra
Joseph S. Labuda
Samantha A. Mcdaniel
Juan Jr Ocon
Eduardo S. Ramirez
Matthew M. Schweder
Mariah J. Sibley
Peyton A. Strobel
Micah L. Tomac
Zachary B. Towle
Nicholas R. Vogel
Isabella M. Wintamute
Emily A. Hendricks
Artadius D. Moore
Ashlee J. Taylor
Kyara M. Wondra
Seraphim M. Adkinson
Holley M. Angel
Chelsea L. Bell
Cheyne M. Belote
Kyrstan M. Bishop
Michelle M. Blackburn
Kailey L. Broce
Socorro C. Bujanda
Sonya S. Carrillo
Cody D. Coonce
Elizabeth R. Crawford
Cheyenne R. Crenshaw
Perrie T. Crum
Heath A. Davidson
Roslynne C. Deines
Ryan A. Ediger
Ashley M. Evans
Justina L. Friesen
Alisia M. Hahn
Jacob P. Hardenburger
Christopher R. Hawk
Dakota W. Hemphill
Tayler E. Henke
Emily F. Idler
Gabrielle D. Kirkland
Cara A. Klinkerman
Wen He K. Lai
Emma I. Lorett
Savannah R. Luoma
Brooke A. Manny
Reanna K. Mcphillips
Alejandro Jr Melgar
Diego A. Mendoza
Raul J. Mendoza
Mckenzie N. Miller
Adrianna A. Montaldo
Halle J. Morris
Sydney L. Morris
Michelle J. Mungai
Fermina L. Orosco
Destiny J. Parkhurst
Lottie E. Petrie
Cameron R. Reuber
Alyssa N. Rose
Douglas G. Sherwood
Haley R. Smyres
Brianna N. Stanley
Nikita L. Traylor
Joseph C. Vieyra
Logan J. Weninger
Julie D. Wilson
Victoria J. Woodruff
Daniel J. Yapp
Andrew P. Ysac
Blake A. Zwickl
Brooke C. Anderson
Jayde M. Bell
Jessica D. Burgey
Taja L. Casanova
Ethan D. Caylor
Noel D. Cordero
Michaela L. Cunningham
Lucas F. Dunbar
Lauren E. Ewing
Kiara E. Flanagan
Ashley M. Ford
Luke F. Freeman
Dewain D. Hall
Jaedyn A. Hambrick
Roy L. Jr Handy
Cleandro D. Hardy
Garrett L. Justice
Dalton C. Kincaid
John Jr Lanham
Cheyenne M. Lawler
Anthony L. Marquez
Madison D. Mong
Matthew P. Morrill
Alison M. Ochs
Kyle W. Oldham
Alison S. Pierce
Devin Z. Porting
Destiny K. Prior
Grace A. Proett
Gabriel C. Raigoza
Veronica L. Ratzloff
Trey J. Richards
Darla M. Showalter
Troy D. Speakman
Brian G. Suarez
Mariah A. Thomas
Zachary W. Thurston
Taelyn R. Valdois
Jessica R. Wade
Nicholas A. Young
Noah W. Addis
Hanna R. Alvarenga
Tiffany V. Bass
Braelyn S. Beamer
Aliyah M. Beltran
Destiny K. Brown
Stephen T. Burson
Desirae M. Coonce
Dylan R. Cross
Ashlyn P. Foster
Jenna L. Garcia
Mia E. Garcia
Ehneijah P. Grissom
Alisa A. Harris
Nicholas S. Hawver
Elissa E. Heller
Hannah M. Hernandez
David J. Jennings
Siynatee R. Mcgraw
Danessa L. Mcqueen
Jordan A. Middleton
Alix M. Miller
Brandan C. Moore
Cheyenne S. Morris
Cloe N. Perry
Savanna S. Preston
Anastacia N. Razo
Alison L. Rice
Kevin A. Rodriguez
Braden L. Seems
Christopher M B. Smith
Savannah R. Stubbs
Aelora J. Tash
Othel T. Traylor
Madison N. Valentine
Natalie A. Wood
Garrison L. Wortham
Yazmine O. Wright
Yelmy J. Alvarez
Makaila L. Bergeron
Ariyanna T. Brown
Tensly D. Brown
Kari D. Crawford
Fauntella M. Crumble
Clay W. Eckert
Janaya D. Ellis
Jarod D. Ferguson
Gracie O. Gaines
Betty J. Gonzalez
Celeste R. Graciano
Maria T. Gutierrez
Allison M. Harner
Isabel J. Heller
Evan W. Jefferson
Danielle L. Logue
Brandon F. Manny
Josephine A. Mayo
Tyler P. Mcclay
Colten J. Miller
Alexander J. Mora
Ashlee K. Orrison
Madalyn K. Siller
Zackery M. Tippie
Abbigayle W. Tyler
Reis M. Wallace
Kaitlyn B. Ward
Dominic J. Wilkinson
named HHS cross country coach
long-time runner, Adam Willis knows dedication to the activity is a key to
success. He knows there’s one other key.
has been named the Hutchinson High School head cross country coach for the
2015-16 school year. Willis, a technology teacher at Hutchinson Middle School –
8, takes over for long-time coach Lisa Bonds, who stepped down after the 2014
philosophy is that you have to work hard and be dedicated in order to be good,
but you have to have fun at it,” Willis said Wednesday. “Finding ways to make
it fun for kids is one of my goals.”
has considerable running experience himself. He was a three-time all-stater at
Class 3A Hoisington High School, placing 20th, second and third in
the state. He ran collegiately at Butler County Community College and at
Pittsburg State University.
While at Butler, he was an All
American, placing 20th, and was a member of the second place NJCAA
He also was an assistant coach for
Pitt State’s 2007 national qualifying cross country team.
second year as an educator for the district, Willis knows some of the student
athletes he will coach next fall, which Eric Armstrong, district athletic
director, sees as an advantage.
Willis brings a successful background as a high school and collegiate cross
country runner,” Armstrong said. “I believe his knowledge and love of the sport
will enable him to build a strong rapport with our cross country athletes.
“Adam has been a teacher
and coach within the district for several years so he knows the kids in the
program as well as the students who will be coming up. I believe that will
be a big advantage in getting things off to a successful start this fall.”
his tenure in USD 308, Willis has been an assistant coach at HMS-8 for
volleyball and track. He’s also been a football coach and track coach, serving
as head track coach at Remington High School in 2013.
with Adam, I know he is excited to meet with the kids and set up workouts for
the summer,” Armstrong said. “It will be exciting to see how
Coach Willis leads the program in a new direction while
building upon a strong foundation created by Coach Bonds.”
available for Salthawk athletics
in Salthawk athletics?
an app for that.
for both the iOS and Android platforms, Hutchinson High School has joined the
National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association High School Sports
app allows schools to communicate sports information more effectively with the
community. The NIAAA app provides the school with mobile technologies common
with collegiate and professional sports teams and is a free service to the
school and the end user to download.
"Hutchinson High School is
excited for the launch of the NIAAA National High School Sports App,” said Eric
Armstrong, HHS athletic director. “Having one location for access to schedules,
rosters, news articles and broadcasts as well as links to our social media
accounts is an easy way to connect with our fans! The app is easy to use and
will be a popular download for Salthawk fans and alumni all over the
include schedules, scores, rosters, news, social media and live broadcasts. The app also sends automated alerts with final
scores after games. In the future, fans will have the ability to listen to live
games anywhere on the planet on a smartphone.
app can be downloaded for free on the App Store for iOS and Google Play for
Android. Search for the keyword “NIAAA.”
Jackson, Hahn winter royalty
Seniors Levi Jackson and Alisia Hahn were crowned Salthawk winter royalty Friday (Feb. 13, 2014) during the Hutchinson High School vs. Salina South basketball games.
Other king candidates included Dylan Graves, Cody LaGreca, Blaik Middleton, Ryan Stoecklein and Turner Wintz.
Other queen candidates included Chelsea Bell, Jordan Downing, Halle Morris, Molly Proffitt and Miranda Stanley.
The final activity of homecoming week was a dance in the HHS Cafeteria after Friday’s games.
Ultimate Tailgate Party returns
The annual Ultimate Tailgate Party to benefit the Hutchinson High School football team begins with check-in at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, in the Cottonwood Court Building on the Kansas State Fairgrounds.
New for 2015 will be a Concession Stand, featuring tailgate food and other refreshments, in the nearby Morton Building from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
During the dinner, guest speakers will talk about Salthawk football.
Tickets cost $40 each or corporate tables can be purchased for $400 each. Ticket sales close Saturday, Feb. 21.
For more information or to purchase tickets, email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
HHS students honored in Scholastic Art
Four Hutchinson High School students were recognized in the 2015 Scholastic Art Awards Program.
Awards went to:
- Jacelyn Chambers, senior, Silver Key for painting
- Terrence Robinson, senior, Silver Key for portfolio (submission of a body of eight pieces of work)
- Kara Vaughn, junior, Honorable Mention for painting
- Emily Idler, senior, Honorable Mention in ceramics
Winners have their work on display at The Wichita Center for the Arts, 9112 East Central in Wichita, through March 8.
Silver Key and Honorable Mention award winners will be recognized at an open house from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 7, at the Wichita Center for the Arts.
For more information, contact Deb Ringler, art educator at HHS, by calling (620) 615-4100.
Nominations open for Davis TOY
Parents and community members are encouraged to nominate a Hutchinson Public Schools teacher for one of the Davis Teacher of the Year Awards.
The James A. and Juliet L. Davis Foundation will grant five awards this year for outstanding classroom teachers. Two will be selected from grades K-6, one from grades 7 and 8, and two from Hutchinson High School. Teachers must be currently serving in the Hutchinson Public School system to receive consideration. Administrators and other non-classroom and non-teaching personnel are not eligible to receive these awards.
To obtain a form, go to http://tinyurl.com/mxg5jss
Deadline for nominations is March 11.
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."