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First negotions session set May 1, 2013
The first negotiations session for the 2013-14 negotiated agreement between Hutchinson Public Schools and the National Education Association-Hutchinson will be at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, 2013, in the Professional Learning Center at Hutchinson High School. The HHS Professional Learning Center is in school's former auditorium space at 1401 North Severance.

The formal negotiations session begins at 4:30 p.m. Teams will meet independently in caucuses from 4 to 4:30 p.m. Except for caucus periods of the individual groups, the negotiations are open meetings. Normally, the two groups meet several times over the spring for negotiations.

Soellner named Staff Developer of the Year Apr 29, 2013
Hutchinson Public Schools' Adelyn Soellner has been named staff developer of the year by Learning Forward Kansas.

Soellner, secondary instructional specialist for USD 308, received the award during the recent Spring Leadership Conference. Soellner was nominated for the honor by Graber Elementary School Principal Jo McFadden.

"She (Soellner) was an integral part of the training and implementation of the district initiative of the Art and Science of Teaching model created by Robert Marzano," McFadden said in the nomination. Soellner has been able to divide Marzano's work into practical modules that building administrators can then use to train staff in their buildings.

Soellner has been an instructional specialist for USD 308 since 2007.

Learning Forward Kansas originated as the Kansas Staff Development Council in 1988 to promote high quality professional development. In 2011, the organization changed its name to Learning Forward Kansas to align itself with the national organization, Learning Forward.

Each year, Learning Forward Kansas recognizes exemplary educators, schools and districts in Kansas for their efforts in impacting student achievement through professional learning.

Forensics showcase slated for May 2 Apr 25, 2013
To raise money for travel and expenses at nationals, the Hutchinson High School debate and forensics squads will host a Forensics Showcase at 6:30 p.m. May 2 in the HHS Performing Arts Center.

This fourth annual event will feature 10 to 12 of the 16 events that will be representing Hutch High at the State Forensics Championships on May 4 in Olathe.

Tickets cost $3 for adults and $1 for students. It is free for eighth graders. In addition to admission, the tickets also qualify the holder for door prizes. As a fundraiser, the event also will include a bake sale.

Tickets may be purchased at the Showcase or from any member of the HHS forensics squad.

Retirement reception set for May 5 Apr 25, 2013
Hutchinson Public Schools will formally thank its retirees during a come-and-go reception at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 5, in the Career and Technical Education Academy, 800 15th Circle.

There will be a brief formal program at 1:45 p.m.

Staff members who will participate include Cathy Bible, secretary from the Administration Center; Mary Kay Dechant, speech language paraprofessional at Hutchinson Magnet School at Allen; Debbie Gideon-Long, kitchen manager at Lincoln Elementary School; Mary Killian, food service at Faris Elementary School; Connie McProud, secretary at HMS at Allen; Norma Gelvin, paraprofessional at HMS-7; Maxine Woelzlein, paraprofessional at HMS at Allen; Belita Birzer, speech language pathologist for the district; Shelley Harper, special education teacher at HMS-7; Martin Vieyra, first grade teacher at Wiley Elementary School; Kay Woods, fifth grade teacher at HMS at Allen; and JoAnn McClaflin, secretary at Hutchinson High School.

HMS at Allen teams with Wendy's for community vent Apr 25, 2013
As with many Hutchinson elementary schools, Hutchinson Magnet School at Allen partners with local restaurants to raise funds for their schools.

HMS at Allen's final fundraiser night from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 29, at Wendy's, 701 North Main, is asking the public to bring donations to help two local agencies.

The school will collect new teddy bears and stuffed animals for the Children's Emergency Shelter in Hutchinson. Additionally, the school is collecting new children's books for the pediatric wing at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center.

HCTEA builds shed for fundraiser Apr 25, 2013
A benefit for several Hutchinson Career and Technical Education Academy student organizations is under construction.

The Shed Fundraiser is offering tickets -- for a suggested donation of $10 -- for the opportunity to win one 8-foot by 12-foot storage building. The building includes 48-inch double doors and has a 35-year roof. The shed is built by the HCTEA's Commercial Construction Program students.

Five career-related organizations at HCTEA will benefit from the event. The storage building will be painted to suit and will be delivered.

The winning ticket will be drawn during the HCTEA Pathway Awards and Reception at 6 p.m. May 14 at the HCTEA, 800 15th Circle. You do not need to be present to win.

To make a donation for a ticket or for more information, contact (620) 615-4122.
Pre-K open houses set for May 3 Apr 23, 2013
Families interested in the pre-kindergarten program in Hutchinson Public Schools are invited to open houses and pre-enrollment for the 2013-14 school year.

The event will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, May 3, 2013, at the three schools in USD 308 that host pre-kindergarten. Those schools and addresses are:

  • Lincoln Elementary School, 315 East Bigger
  • Avenue A Elementary School, 111 South Madison
  • Graber Elementary School, 1600 North Cleveland

The program is for children who will be 4 years old on or before Aug. 31, 2013. 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

Parents need to bring the following documents to pre-enroll:
  • State-issued birth certificate
  • Physical completed within the last six months
  • Current immunization records

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"