USD308 NewsSchools to observe Spring Break Mar 21, 2013
Hutchinson Public Schools will observe Spring Break with the final bell on Friday, March 22.
Classes will be out of session March 25 through 29 and again on April 1. Classes will resume on April 2.
The USD 308 Administration Center will be closed March 25 to 29.
HMS at Allen student's artwork recognized Mar 21, 2013
A piece of artwork from a Hutchinson Magnet School at Allen student received honorable mention at a display in the Kansas statehouse earlier this month.
Jordan Edmonds, a fifth grader from USD 308's STEM magnet school, received an honorable mention during the annual Youth Art Month Exhibit in the Kansas Capitol in Topeka.
This exhibit featured artwork from students throughout the state. Students competed in three areas -- elementary, middle and high school.
Edmonds received an honorable mention for her print of leaves. The Hutchinson Magnet School at Allen student will receive a rosette ribbon, certificate, a sketchbook and some drawing materials as part of her recognition.
Her elementary art instructor is Sondra Horning.
HHS forensics wins at Manhattan Mar 19, 2013
The Hutchinson High School forensics squad won sweepstakes at the Manhattan High School invitational tournament and placed at two additional tournaments last weekend.
The Salthawks added 11 more state qualifying entries by placing high enough in those tournaments.
Below is a summary of student finishes.
Newton: March 14
- Makenna Smutz, Newton, Prose, 3rd Place, state qualifier
- Taylor Bishop, Newton, Poetry, 2nd Place, state qualifier
- Colin Tighe, Newton, Humorous Interpretation, 6th Place
- Dayton LaMunyon, Newton, Oratory, 6th Place
- Laura Miller, Newton, Dramatic Interpretation, 3rd Place
- Dayton LaMunyon, Newton, Impromptu, 1st Place, state qualifier
- Dustin Curiel, Newton, Impromptu, 4th Place
Nickerson: March 16
- Nickerson: Dustin Curiel, Nickerson, Poetry, 4th Place, state qualifier
- Ryan Willis, Nickerson, Impromptu, 5th Place
Manhattan, First Place Sweepstakes: March 16
- Brett Krambeer, Manhattan, Domestic Extemp, 2nd Place, state qualifier
- Savannah Winkler, Manhattan, Prose, 2nd Place, state qualifier
- Makenna Smutz, Manhattan, Prose, 7th Place
- LaKiyah Sain, Manhattan, Poetry, 1st Place, state qualifier
- TJ Blake, Manhattan, Informative Speaking, 3rd Place, state qualifier
- TJ Blake, Manhattan, Oratory, 5th Place
- Dayton LaMunyon, Manhattan, Oratory, 3rd Place, state qualifier
- Chandler Hodges, Manhattan, Dramatic Interpretation, 2nd Place, state qualifier
- Colton Harper, Manhattan, Dramatic Interpretation, 3rd Place, state qualifier
- Sydni Huxman, Manhattan, Dramatic Interpretation, 5th Place
- Baylee Corpening, Manhattan, Humorous Interpretation, 3rd Place, state qualifier
- Julia Henry, Manhattan, Humorous Interpretation, 4th Place
- McKenzie Miller, Manhattan, Humorous Interpretation, 6th Place
- Ta'mara Hill/LaKiyah Sain, Manhattan, Duo, 4th Place
- Baylee Corpening/Montanna Hayes, Manhattan, Duo, 5th Place
Kelly Thompson coaches forensics and debate at Hutchinson High School.
District to host Camp Invention in June Mar 14, 2013
For the second consecutive year, Camp Invention will be hosted in USD 308.
Camp Invention is a week-long science-technology-engineering-mathematics camp experience. The camp will be from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 10 to 14 in the district. In 2013, the camp will include a new program -- Geo-Quest. Geo-Quest features Cache Dash in which campers join in an international expedition, navigating around treasure-filled caches containing global challenges presented by youth around the world.
The program is designed for students entering grades one through six this fall.
The program costs $190 if registered online by March 28. Online registration can be done at www.campinvention.org. Telephone registration prior to March 28 costs $195 and may be done by calling 1-800-968-4332. After March 28, the cost goes up to $220.
For more information about the Hutchinson program, contact Nate Kluesner at email@example.com.
District symphony concert slated for March 19 Mar 14, 2013
USD 308 will host the largest symphony concert of the year in Hutchinson next week.
The annual String Fling will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, at Memorial Hall, 101 South Walnut. The event will feature all the district's orchestra students from sixth grade through high school. Admission is free.
About 200 musicians will be involved in the event.
The concert provides all the district's stringed musicians a chance to perform together. Younger students have the opportunity to see what is in store for them as they advance in orchestra.
HHS marching band performs at NJCAA Mar 14, 2013
In what has become a tradition at Hutchinson High School, the Salthawk Marching Band will perform at the NJCAA Tournament Thursday, March 21.
HHS will field its drum line and pit at halftime of the 6 p.m. game March 21 and the entire marching band during halftime of the 8 p.m. in the Sports Arena.
During the 8 p.m. game halftime, the 150-member-strong marching band will perform a close quarters marching routine on the floor of the Sports Arena.
HHS forensics qualifies for NCFL Mar 12, 2013
Hutchinson High School is batting 1.000 in qualifying for National Catholic Forensics League qualifying in 2012-13.
Saturday, the Hutchinson High School forensics squad qualified five more students for nationals -- all five who competed in the Wichita Diocese qualifier at El Dorado High School.
- Paige Brott, Original Oratory, first place
- Brennan Schartz, Domestic Extemp, second place
- Savannah Winkler, Oral Interpretation of Literature, second place
- Ta'mara Hill, Oral Interpretation of Literature, fifth place
- Dayton LaMunyon, Original Oratory, fifth place
In December, T.J. Blake and LaKiyah Sain placed third in policy debate at the Wichita Diocese qualifying tournament, which also was held in El Dorado, and qualified for nationals. Reed Crater and Brett Krambeer were fourth in the tournament and also qualified for NCFL nationals.
The NCFL tournament will be Memorial Day weekend in Philadelphia.
Kelly Thompson coaches debate and forensics at Hutchinson High School.
Armstrong recognized by state, national organizations Mar 11, 2013
Eric Armstrong, certified athletic administrator and athletic director of Hutchinson High School, will be presented the 2013 State Award of Merit by the Kansas Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (KIAAA), on March 16, 2013.
The award will be presented during the state conference for athletic administrators at the Double Tree by Hilton Wichita Airport, in Wichita, Kansas.
This award is provided annually by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA), for recognition of meritorious dedication to High School and Middle School Athletics.
Armstrong has been the athletic director of HHS for the past 11 years and attended Oklahoma Christian College. He has been a member and longtime supporter of the NIAAA for the past 10 years and is a certified athletic administrator (CAA).
The HHS athletic director has served as president of the KIAAA and the president of the Kansas State High School Activities Association (KSHSAA).
Armstrong also has presented at the local, state, and national level on various topics in athletic administration. He has presented at a workshop on Coaching Evaluations at the 2008 National Athletic Directors Conference, and was a Kansas delegate at the 2004 National Athletic Directors Conference.
HHS forensics competes at early March tournaments Mar 8, 2013
The Hutchinson High School forensics team competed in four tournaments during the first week of March.
At Olathe Northwest on March 2, HHS placed fifth in sweepstakes and placed first in the after-school tournament at Valley Center on March 7. HHS also competed in the West Kansas National Forensics League Student Congress qualifier at Salina South on March 4 and at Haven on March 2.
Haven, March 2
- Chandler Hodges, Dramatic Interpretation, 2nd Place, State Qualifier
- Laura Miller, Prose, 4th Place
- Lauren Ewing, Original Oration, 4th Place
- MaKenna Smutz, Dramatic Interpretation, 5th Place
- Baylee Corpening, Humorous Interpretation, 5th Place
- Alejandro Melgar, Informative, 5th Place
- Baylee Corpening/Montanna Hayes, Duo, 5th Place
Olathe Northwest, March 2: Fifth Place Sweepstakes
- Reed Crater, Impromptu, 1st Place, State Qualifier
- LaKiyah Sain, Poetry, 2nd Place, State Qualifier
- Brett Krambeer, Domestic Extemp, 2nd Place, State Qualifier
- Paige Brott, Oratory, 3rd Place, State Qualifier
- Savannah Winkler, Prose, 3rd Place, State Qualifier
- Brennan Schartz, Domestic Extemp, 5th Place
- LaKiyah Sain/Ta'mara Hill, Duo, 9th Place
- Dayton LaMunyon, Oratory, 11th Place
- Paige Brott, Poetry, 10th Place
- Reed Crater, International Extemp, 7th Place
- Liz Juarez, Poetry, 8th Place
National Forensics League Student Congress, March 4
- Dayton LaMunyon, Senate, 6th Place
- Brennan Schartz, NFL Congress, Senate, 9th Place
- TJ Blake, House, 7th Place
- Ta'mara Hill, House, 10th Place
- Brett Krambeer, House, 12th Place
- McKenzie Miller, House, 13th Place
- Reed Crater, House, 16th Place
Valley Center, March 7: First Place Sweepstakes
- Brooke Manny, Extemp, 4th Place
- Taylor Snowden, Informative, 2nd Place
- Ryan Willis, Informative, 3rd Place
- Alicia Mora, Oratory, 1st Place
- Shannon Bellamy, Oratory, 3rd Place
- Makenna Smutz, Prose, 4th Place
- Taylor Snowden, Prose, 3rd Place
- Daniel Yapp, Prose, 2nd Place
- Laura Miller, Prose, 1st Place
- Tayler Henke, Poetry, 3rd Place
- Kaitlynn Hazell, Poetry, 4th Place
- Alicia Mora, Poetry, 6th Place
- Tayler Henke/Lindsey Reger, Duo, 7th Place
- Ryan Willis, Impromptu, 1st Place
- Brooke Manny, Impromptu, 6th Place
- Daniel Yapp, Humorous Interpretation, 1st Place
- Adrianna Montaldo, Humorous Interpretation, 2nd Place
- Bret Thomas, Humorous Interpretation, 3rd Place
- Makenna Smutz, Dramatic Interpretation, 1st Place
- Alicia Seems, Dramatic Interpretation, 2nd Place
- Kaitlynn Hazell, Dramatic Interpretation, 3rd Place
A Lincoln Elementary School third grader's artwork has been accepted for a national art event this month in Fort Worth, Texas
Trinity Torrez, a third grade student in Heather Ramos' class and an art student of Kelli Fast, will have her watercolor featured in the National Arts Education Association's national conference in Fort Worth Texas this week.
The conference in Fort Worth runs through this weekend. Art educators from all over America will be attending and will be at the art exhibit.