USD308 NewsDower, Engel tabbed for Homecoming royalty Oct 1, 2012
Joe Dower was crowned king and Savannah Engel was crowned queen for fall 2012 Homecoming at Hutchinson High School during Friday's football game with Salina South.
Other finalists for king were Brody Ackley, Dakota Brower, Sam File, Tanner Higgins and Trevor Turner.
Other finalists for queen are Emma Barnett, Erika Long, Hannah Weber, Katlyn Engweiler and Katlyn Meggers.
First round of parent-teacher conferences slated Sep 27, 2012
The school year is a sixth complete.
As a result, parents and students will have a first round of parent-teacher conferences in the district next week. At the elementary level, appointments already have been set up for conferences that occur after school during the week and on Thursday, Oct. 4.
Both Hutchinson Middle School and Hutchinson High School conferences area arena-style, allowing parents and students to come and go as desired.
On both campuses of HMS, conferences will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 2, and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4.
At Hutchinson High School, conferences will be from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Salthawk Activity Center.
There is no school for students on either Oct. 4 or Oct. 5.
Band preps for competitive marching Sep 27, 2012
Fans of classic rock will feel at home listening to the 2012 program of the Hutchinson High School Salthawk Marching Band.
The band's show is built around the music of Led Zepplin. It opens with "Immigrant Song" and "Heartbreaker." The percussion feature is "Fool in the Rain." "Stairway to Heaven" closes out the show.
The band has 140 members in 2012. Drum majors are Emma Barnett, Anna Kimmel and Mattie Bierberly. The drum captain is Luis Ewing.
The Salthawks march at all home football games. Friday (Sept. 28), the band performs prior to the Homecoming game with Salina South and at halftime.
Additionally, the band marched downtown for the Kansas State Fair and received a I rating.
In October, marching season is in full swing. The band opens Oct. 13 at the Central States Marching Festival at Kansas State University. A week later on Oct. 20, the band competes in the Maple Leaf Marching Festival at Carthage, Mo. The final marching competition of the fall will be the Southern Plains Marching Festival at Andover on October 24.
Professional staff for the band include Paul Peterson, percussion director; Cassy Nulik, color guard director; and David Keller, marching instructor.Daryl Koestel is director of bands for Hutchinson High School.
Davis named Commended student Sep 26, 2012
Hutchinson High School senior Natalie L. Davis has been recognized as a Commended Student in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program. A letter of commendation from the school and the National Merit Scholarship Corp., which conducts the program, will be presented to Davis.
About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2013 competition for Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed in the top 5 percent of the more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2013 competition by taking the 2011 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
Anti-bullying assemblies set for HMS Sep 20, 2012
Hutchinson Middle School students will learn about the three R's of anti-bullying during assemblies on Sept. 26.
Joe Coles, consultant from Cimarron, will present to HMS-7 at 8:10 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. and to HMS-8 at 12:30 and 1:50 p.m. Because some of the bullying issues differ between the genders, Coles will meet with boys and girls in separate sessions on Sept. 26.
The assemblies will focus on three R's related to bullying -- recognize, respond and relationships.
Students will be taught to recognize bullying behavior, to respond appropriately to the behavior and to build healthy peer relationships.
HHS homecoming events slated Sep 20, 2012
Hutchinson High School will welcome current students and alumni for Fall Homecoming 2012, beginning Sunday, Sept. 23.
Homecoming events begin with the annual Powder Puff football game at 1 p.m. Sunday, at Gowans Stadium. The senior girls at HHS take on the juniors during the Powder Puff game. There is no admission charged.
Monday through Friday, students will be able to dress up for the day. Featured days are:
- Monday: Hipster Day
- Tuesday: Holiday Day Dress up for your favorite Holiday
- Wednesday: Dress for Success Day
- Thursday: Class Color Day -- Seniors, Pink; Juniors, Orange; Sophomores, Green; and Freshman, White
- Friday: Blue and Gold Spirit Day
Thursday, weather permitting, Salthawk fans are invited to the annual bonfire at 6:30 p.m. on the north end of the midway area of the Kansas State Fairgrounds. Sponsored by the HHS Sports Booster Club, the fall sports teams will be featured with hot dogs, cookies and soft drinks served.
Activities ramp up on Friday, Sept. 28, for Homecoming. During the morning, students will vote on the finalists for king and queen after assemblies.
Finalists for king are Brody Ackley, Dakota Brower, Joe Dower, Sam File, Tanner Higgins and Trevor Turner. Finalists for queen are Emma Barnett, Erika Long, Hannah Weber, Katlyn Engweiler, Katlyn Meggers and Savannah Engel.
The annual Homecoming Parade begins at 3:45 p.m. Friday and will go north on Main Street from B to 7th.
HHS varsity football then hosts Salina South for the Homecoming game. Prior to the 7 p.m. kickoff, the king will be crowned. At halftime, the queen will be crowned.
The final event of the week will be the Homecoming Dance from 9 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, in the HHS Cafeteria.
HHS wins tough Washburn Rural debate tourney Sep 17, 2012
The Hutchinson High School opened the 2012-13 debate season with a win at one of the toughest tournaments in the state.
Senior T.J. Blake and sophomore LaKiyah Sain went 9-0 and won the varsity division of the Washburn Rural invitational tournament Saturday. The pair won a 6-1 decision in the finals. Individually, Blake was the seventh-place speaker in the tournament.
Additionally, juniors Reed Crater and Brett Krambeer went 6-2, advancing to the semifinals round to place third in the tournament.
As a team, HHS placed second in the tournament.
"It's the largest tournament in the state of Kansas, with 160 teams from 35 schools competing," said Kelly Thompson, head HHS debate coach. "The varsity division features the best of the best. It's always considered the hardest invitational tournament in the state each year."
Blake and Sain are only the second Hutchinson team ever to win the tournament. Additionally, it was the first time in many years HHS had two teams in varsity elimination rounds.
In addition to wins in the varsity division, HHS was successful in both the open and novice divisions. In the open division, sophomores Brennan Schartz and Sydni Huxman went 4-2. In the novice division, freshmen Zoe Crater and Emily Fan went 3-2 and placed eighth.
Because of the win, Blake and Sain are qualified for the Debate Coaches Invitational Tournament this winter, which features the top debaters from all classes from across Kansas. This is the earliest ever a Hutchinson team has qualified for the DCI tournament. Crater and Krambeer also earned one of two bids they will need for the tournament.
Currently, HHS is the second-ranked varsity squad in the state, using total DCI bids.
HHS is hosting the Tom Kelly Invitational Debate Tournament Friday and Saturday. Community judges still are needed for the tournament, particularly for the 5:15 and 7:15 p.m. rounds Friday.
Judges need not be experienced in order to sign up. They merely need the ability to evaluate a discussion between four high school students for about an hour and a half. There will be a judges' clinic at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Hutchinson Career and Technical Education Academy Events Center, 800 15th Circle.
To volunteer as a judge, please email Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This season, students are debating "Resolved: that the United State federal government should substantially increase its transportation infrastructure investment in the United States."
Students will debate on upgrades to existing structures like airports and seaports, as well as new initiatives like bike lanes and green fuel technology.
HHS also will host the state two-speaker and four-speaker debate tournaments for Classes 5A and 6A in January.
HHS offers electronic transcript requests Sep 13, 2012
Hutchinson High School has created an email address as a service to students and alumni who need a transcript.
To request a transcript, alumni and students should email email@example.com. The request needs to include:
- Date of Birth
- Graduation Year
- Address to send the transcript to.
Governor tours HCTEA Sep 13, 2012
Officials from both Hutchinson Public Schools and Hutchinson Community College explained the long-time close working relationship between the two institutions for career education in central Kansas.
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback toured the Hutchinson Career and Technical Education Academy on the Hutchinson High School campus during his Governor's Day visit to Hutchinson for the Kansas State Fair. The HCTEA is one of the longest-standing career and technical education programs that bridges K-12 and high education.
Brownback met with students, staff and administrators for both Hutchinson Public Schools and Hutchinson Community College at the Hutchinson Career and Technical Education Academy. The academy provides career path training, including several of the certificate programs that will benefit from Senate Bill 155.
Superintendent Dr. Shelly Kiblinger told the governor the USD 308 and HCC programming is a long-term example of how cooperation can work for the students, employers and community. Many students begin their classwork in high school and continue it at HCC.
The program also is available to area public and private high school students with some students coming from as far away as Maize taking HCTEA classes in 2012-13.
The USD 308-HCC effort can work as a model for other schools in the state, the superintendent told the governor.
The 2012 Legislature approved and the governor signed SB 155, which allows Kansas high school students can get their tuition paid for if they take qualified technical courses offered at Kansas technical and community colleges. The incentive program also will give school districts $1,000 for each high school student who graduates from that district with an industry-recognized credential in a high-need occupation.
Among the many high-need occupations offered at HCTEA include automotive service technicians and mechanics, computer support specialists, construction laborers and machinists.
HCTEA Director David T. Patterson gave the governor the tour. He was accompanied by Dr. Kiblinger, HCC President Dr. Ed Berger and HCC Vice President of Workforce Development and Outreach Steve Porter.
HMS-7 reading 1 million pages Sep 6, 2012
Hutchinson Middle School - 7 teachers are asking, "How much is 1 million?"
In a project that began late last school year, a group of nine colleagues at HMS-7 and friends embarked on a mission to read 1 million pages.
The mission continues with the group at about a third of their goal â€“ more than 332,000 pages, said Lori Meis, teacher at HMS-7.
Original members of the HMS-7 reading group were Debbie Spence, Josh Dellenbach, Donna Davis, Alma Henry, Ian Anderson, Meis, Sue Howard, Sarah Ellegood and Bonnie Ballard.
Since then, the group has added friends and family members of those nine. A Weebly site for the project has been set up at www.millionpages.weebly.com.
Later in the year teachers plan on collecting a million Rice Krispies so the kids can see how much space that takes and extrapolate that to how much space a million cars or a million people would fill.