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Second negotiations session set

The second negotiations session for the 2017-18 negotiated agreement between Hutchinson Public Schools and the National Education Association-Hutchinson will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 31, 2017, at the Administration Center, 1520 N. Plum St.

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.

Two more HHS coaches hired

Daniel Vieyra
Daniel Vieyra

Edgar Gutierrez

Two more head coaches have been hired for fall sports at Hutchinson High School.

Daniel Vieyra has been hired to coach boys’ and girls’ soccer at HHS while Edgar Gutierrez has been hired to coach the combined cross country team.

Summer meals begin May 30

Hutchinson Public Schools continues a program that provides summertime meals to children and youth in 2017 at seven locations, including four community brown-bag locations.

The meals are free for any child or teen, ages 1 to 18. No reservations are required for the meals and no identification is needed. There will be no meals served on Independence Day, July 4.     

Staff of the year announced

With the 2016-17 school year winding down, three Hutchinson Public Schools staff members have received district honors.

Martin Vieyra, Title I aide at Graber Elementary School, has been named Classified Employee of the Year. Jesse Ediger, fourth grade teacher at Graber, and Chanin Aumiller, social studies teacher at Hutchinson Middle School – 8, have been nominated as the district’s entries in the Kansas National Teacher of the Year competition.

Webster to head boys’ basketball

Ted WebsterLong-time Hutchinson Public Schools educator and coach, Ted Webster, is the new Hutchinson High School head boys’ basketball coach.

Webster, who has taught social studies for the district since August 1995, was freshman head coach under Chad Wintz. Webster has coached at both at both the middle school and high school level in USD 308.

“I have had the privilege of coaching for 20-plus years all in the Hutchinson school district at every level from seventh grade up to lead assistant at the high school,” Webster said Monday. “I am a product of some great coaches, including Phil Anderson, Nate Henry and Chad Wintz. In that time, I have been a part (albeit very small) of an undefeated state championship and was on staff the last time we advanced to the state tourney.”

HHS takes second and third in BPA nationals

BPA national logoTwo Hutchinson High School HCTEA students took top-flight honors during last weekend’s Business Professionals of America National Leadership Conference at Orlando, Fla. More than 8,000 students competed at the national event.

Junior Austin Childs placed second in extemporaneous speech. Senior Nick Vogel placed third in management, marketing and human resources concepts.

HHS library has new permanent ‘resident’

Work of two types of artists now is on display permanently in one exhibit in the Hutchinson High School library – a sculpture and woodworking.Artist and craftsmen

Cabinet craftsmenHHS senior Julia Hardenburger has donated her award-winning three-dimensional artwork “Ideas are Incombustible” to the school. To ensure the paper sculpture has a long life, a suitable home had to be constructed.

Enter teacher David Ward’s woodworking students.

Faris honored for character development

Faris awardFaris Elementary School has been received a statewide award for its character development program.

The USD 308 school received an award from the Kansas State Department of Education,, and the Brown v. Board national historical site.

Faris was one of 35 Kansas schools and districts that implemented character education programs, focusing on students’ social and emotional learning.

HHS seniors honored at assembly

During the annual Hutchinson High School Awards Assembly Wednesday (May 3, 2017), the HHS graduating class of 2017 was recognized with awards and scholarships from local, state and national sources.

The Young American Award winner for 2017 was Brooke Ackley. The Young American Award is the oldest award at HHS with this being its 88th year. The award was started by the Oswald family in the 1920s.