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Building Trades open house slated Apr 18, 2013
The open house for the Residential Building Trades Program will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at the home, 124 East 12th.

The Residential Building Trades Program is a joint project of the Hutchinson Career and Technical Education Academy, and Hutchinson Community College in conjunction with Interfaith Housing Services Inc.

This year's project is an "infill" house near the city's center, built on the site of a home that was destroyed by fire more than a year ago.

There will be a short formal presentation at 2:15 p.m. Saturday at the house.

Kansas Kids Fitness Day April 25 Apr 18, 2013
An event that will draw hundreds of third graders to Don Michael Field will return for its 15th running Thursday, April 25, 2013.

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 15th Annual Kansas Kids Fitness Day will be from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., Thursday, April 25, 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.
Senior One Acts set for April 25 Apr 18, 2013
The annual Senior One Acts will feature the efforts of four seniors at Hutchinson High School this spring.

The event will be at 7:30 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.

The following are the directors:
  • KT Ybarra is directing "The Ballad of 423 and 424"
  • Kristen Cruz is directing "The Philadelphia"
  • Skylar Jasso is directing "Variations on the Death of Trotsky"
  • Braden Pruitt is directing scenes from "Check Please: Take 2"

HMS opens card sales Apr 18, 2013
One of the original card sales projects in USD 308 is back. Students from both campuses of Hutchinson Middle School will sell discount cards through May 3. The cards provide a variety of discounts at Hutchinson businesses.

Cards sell for $10 each and all proceeds go to HMS to allow for fun student activities during the school year. Students who meet certain card sales benchmarks are eligible for activities and prizes.

Stiggins named HHS' head girls basketball coach Apr 12, 2013
A longtime assistant coach has been named head girls' basketball coach at Hutchinson High School.

Casey StigginsReno County native Casey Stiggins takes over the head coaching duties of the Salthawk girls' basketball team for the 2013-14 school year.

"I'm excited for the opportunity to take over the girls program," Stiggins said. "I've had the privilege to work under some great head coaches in the past who have shaped my coaching style."

Stiggins joined USD 308 as a teacher and coach in 1999 after graduating from Wichita State University. He received his masters in leadership and administration from Baker University in 2007.

Stiggins played sports in high school at Haven High School.

"Casey has done what it takes to prepare himself, both on and off the court, for this position," said Eric Armstrong, HHS athletic director. "Coach Stiggins is passionate about the game of basketball and knows the hard work and dedication it takes to be successful.

"Casey has worked with some really good coaches over his time as an assistant at HHS, and I believe this has helped prepare him to lead the Salthawk girls' basketball program." 

His first coaching job in USD 308 was as assistant freshman boys' coach from 1999 to 2003. He became the assistant head boys' basketball coach under Phil Anderson from 2003 to 2006.

Stiggins became assistant head girls' basketball coach in 2006, a position he held till 2009. The coach moved back over to the boys' team in 2009 to become the head freshman coach through the 2012-13 season.

"My vision is to create a program that has toughness, a winning attitude and will compete for titles," Stiggins said.

Chinese educators to visit USD 308 Apr 11, 2013
A group of educators from China will visit USD 308 schools on April 17.

The group -- one elementary principal and six secondary school principals -- will spend much of the morning touring Hutchinson Magnet School at Allen. HMS at Allen is the district's Science-Technology-Education-Mathematics magnet school.

At about 11 a.m., the group will go to Hutchinson High School and observe the International Baccalaureate biology classroom of Larry Ballard. After lunch, the group will have a panel discussion with USD 308 educators in the Events Center at the Career and Technical Education Academy.

The group will finish its day with a tour of the CTEA.

The visitors are educators with whom Little River Schools Superintendent Dr. Milt Dougherty has worked the past several years. After visiting USD 308, the group will spend Thursday, April 18, at Dougherty's district in Little River before flying to the West Coast on Friday, April 19.

HHS, HMS art displayed in community Apr 11, 2013
Artwork from both Hutchinson Middle School and Hutchinson High School is on display in the community.

Student artwork from both campuses of Hutchinson Middle School will be on display all month at First National Bank. Additionally, independent HMS-7 art students of Debbie Mullins will be displayed at the Metropolitan Art Gallery.

The HHS Art Exhibit will run all April at the Hutchinson Art Center, 405 North Washington. Additionally, there will be a reception to honor student artist from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 12, at the Center.

HHS students enter Vans shoe art contest Apr 11, 2013
Five Hutchinson High School International Baccalaureate Programme art students have entered the Vans Custom Culture competition.

Vans sent sets of four pairs of shoes to schools across the country, and participants were challenged to apply their own designs in four aesthetic categories: Local Flavor, Action Sports, Music and Art.

Vans Art EntriesAt HHS, Madison Graber chose the Local Flavor category and gave her shoes a Wizard of Oz theme, designing bows to match those of Dorothy's shoes in the film.

Cassie Zook and Matt Nisly teamed up to enter the Art division, and created shoes with a theme centered around painting and photography as artistic mediums.

Zac Simpson handled the Action Sports aspect. His shoes centered around the surfing culture, reflected in the floral and water prints he applied.

Stephen Zook elected to design the music-themed shoes. He drew from his own experiences as a musician and '60s music culture as influences for his entry.

HHS is one of 1,500 possible entrants chosen for the contest. The contest is now entering its fourth year.

The top 50 entries will be chosen by Vans by April 22. After Vans selects top entries, the public will be able to vote online on the top 50 through May 13, paring the list down to five finalists. Vans will pick the winners from the final five entries.

Winners will receive $50,000 for their schools' art programs, and a trip to New York for the award ceremony.

Schools hold kindergarten information events Apr 4, 2013
USD 308 elementary schools will hold preview events this month for students who will be kindergartners in August 2013.

To qualify for kindergarten this fall, a student must be 5 on or before Aug. 31, 2013.

Hutchinson Magnet School at Allen will hold its preview event from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, April 11, at the school, 403 West 10th.

Morgan Elementary School, 100 West 27th, will hold its Connect to Kindergarten event at 5:30 p.m. April 15 in the school's Media Center.

Parents who will have kindergartners in other USD 308 schools can get more information about classes by contacting their schools individually.

This year's kindergartners will be the high school graduating class of 2026.

Graber gets moving for fund raiser Apr 4, 2013
The Graber PTO is sponsoring the school's first-ever Laps for Learning on May 7. The fundraiser will be a fun, safe and healthy way for all students to raise funds for Graber with 100 percent of the profit going to the school.

The Laps for Learning will occur during the students' regular physical education time. Students will get sponsors and also may buy an "In Honor" of or an "In Memory" of shoe to post in the Graber gym.

Prizes will be given for students who run/walk the most laps, most money pledges and the class with the most pledges. Parents are welcome to get pledges, watch and even walk/run with their students.

The kick-off assembly will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday, April 5, at Graber.