USD308 NewsAvenue A recognized for achievement Oct 18, 2012
The Kansas Public Education Task Force has recognized Avenue A Elementary School for outstanding achievement.
Avenue A has received a Certificate of Merit for outstanding achievement and uncommon accomplishments from the organization. The award is based on Kansas assessment in 2012 and other qualifying factors, including sample size, ethnicity and socio-economic status of students.
The school received the recognition based on the performance of its sixth graders on the math assessment and fourth graders on the reading assessment.
The school will be recognized during a banquet at 6 p.m. Nov. 14 at Junction City Middle School.
Eight statewide organizations comprise the Task Force. They include the American Association of University Women, the Kansas Congress of Parents and Teachers, the Kansas Association of School Boards, the Kansas National Education Association, the Kansas School Public Relations Association, the Kansas State Board of Education, the Kansas State High School Activities Association and the United School Administrators of Kansas.
College planning conference Oct. 22 Oct 18, 2012
Parents and students of juniors and seniors at Hutchinson High School will have the opportunity to interact with post-secondary educational opportunities on Monday, Oct. 22.
The annual Fall Kansas Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers College Planning Conference will be held from 9:15 to 11 a.m. in the Salthawk Activity Center on the HHS campus.
Parents and students are invited to visit with college admission officers from around the state in a relaxed, fair-like setting. Seniors and juniors will be dismissed from class in order to attend this event.
HMS at Allen holds STEM night Oct 11, 2012
Parents of students at Hutchinson Magnet School at Allen will receive a hands-on experience in STEM at the first Family STEM Night at the school from 6 to 7 p.m. Oct. 18 at the school, 403 West 10th.
STEM stands for "Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics." HMS at Allen has transitioned to a STEM magnet school in USD 308 from its original focus as a traditional school.
During the evening, parents will have the opportunity to see the design process that students use and experience a STEM lesson for their child's class.
HHS debaters place second at Olathe NW Oct 8, 2012
Hutchinson High School had a debate team place second in the Olathe Northwest invitational on Saturday.
The team of senior T.J. Blake and sophomore LaKiyah Sain were 5-0 in preliminary rounds and placed second in the championship round. The pair also received two additional bids to the Debate Coaches Invitational Tournament.
Blake is the first debater in the quarter-century history of the DCI tournament to have qualified for it all four years in high school. Blake and Sain currently are the No. 1 varsity debate team in Kansas, based on DCI bids. Overall, HHS is the third-ranked varsity squad in Kansas, based on bids.
Also at Northwest, juniors Reed Crater and Brett Krambeer went 3-2 and were honorable mention. The duo missed breaking to out rounds by one speaker point and receiving a second DCI bid.
HHS also debated at Sterling where teams went 3-2 and placed third in sweepstakes. At Wichita Northwest, a group of freshmen brought home a second-place sweepstakes trophy. Taylor Bishop and Alicia Mora went 5-0 and placed second. Laura Miller and Melissa Schoenecker went 4-1 and placed seventh.
This weekend, HHS competes at Wichita East and Buhler. Kelly Thompson is head debate coach at HHS.
District to host Body Venture Oct 4, 2012
Students from three USD 308 schools will have the opportunity to learn about the human body in an interactive way next week.
Body Venture is a traveling exhibit about learning healthy lifestyles. Developed by Child Nutrition and Wellness Division within the Kansas State Department of Education, the exhibit is an 11-stop tour. Students move through the major parts of the body, including the brain, mouth, stomach, small intestine, heart, lungs, bones, muscles and skin.
On Tuesday, Oct. 9, kindergarten through fifth grade students from Faris Elementary School and Hutchinson Magnet School at Allen will tour the Body Venture exhibit in the Hutchinson High School North Gym.
Then on Wednesday, Oct. 10, the exhibit moves to Morgan Elementary School where kindergarten through fifth grade students will participate in the tour.
Body Venture is part of KSDE's ongoing "Eat Smart Play Hard" campaign.
HHS has concert Oct. 9 and 11 Oct 4, 2012
Hutchinson High School will have to concerts next week.
At 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 9, HHS orchestra students will give a concert under the direction of Bruce Boyd in the Performing Arts Center.
Orchestra student will perform classical works by Frescobaldi, Mozart, Grieg and Wagner as well as the "American Reel" by Kansas City composer Kirt Mosier and an Irish reel, "Toss the Feathers." by Sean O'Loughlin. The concert will also feature the beautiful and somber "On a Hymnsong of Philip Bliss" by David Holsinger.
At 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, vocal music students under the direction of Jarl Moreland will have a concert in the Performing Arts Center.
The vocalists will sing selections by Vijay Singh, Mark Hayes, David Maddux, Karl Jenkins, Antonio Lotti, Victor Johnson, Tom Porter, Keith Hampton and Ruth Morris Gray. The concert has an African influence and closes with and selection from the musical "Pippin" performed by combined choirs.
There will be a short reception after the concert in front of the Performing Arts Center to meet and greet Moreland, who is HHS' new choir director Moreland in 2012.
HHS volleyball holds Pink Out night Oct 4, 2012
Fans are encouraged to wear pink for the final home match of the 2012 Hutchinson High School volleyball season on Oct. 16.
The squad will have a "Pink Out" night in the Salthawk Activity Center for breast cancer awareness. The night also will be Senior Night for the squad.
HHS plays Salina South in a dual at 5 p.m. Oct. 16 in the SAC.
The squad is selling T-shirts for the Pink Out event. Shirts cost $10 each but need to be ordered by Monday, Oct. 8. To order one, email head coach Tina Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org or assistant coach Abby Thompson at email@example.com.
Midwest Superstore & HHS team up for fund raiser Oct 4, 2012
For the second consecutive year, Midwest Superstore is teaming up with Hutchinson High School for a major fundraiser for Salthawk activities.
For a suggested donation of $5, a fan has the opportunity to have his/her name drawn on Oct. 13 to punt/pass/kick a football through the uprights at the Oct. 19 football game between HHS and Garden City at Gowans Stadium.
The entire donation goes to HHS programs.
If the raffle winner successfully moves the ball 100 yards on Oct. 19 via a punt, a pass and a kick through the uprights, the Salthawk fan gets a Salthawk blue 2012 Ford F-150 pickup. If the ball falls short, the winner still takes home a 60-inch television and home theater system.
Tickets will be sold at Friday's HHS vs. Derby football game at Gowans Stadium. Additionally, students will be at Kohl's from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, selling tickets in the Kohl's parking lot on East 17th.
Dower, 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.