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Salthawk Marching Band at NJCAA

In what has become a tradition at Hutchinson High School, the Salthawk Marching Band will perform at the NJCAA Tournament Thursday, March 22, at the Sports Arena.

During the March 22 evening session, the 150-member-strong marching band will perform a close quarters marching routine on the floor of the Sports Arena.

District orchestra concert set

USD 308 will host the largest symphony concert of the year in Hutchinson next week.

The annual String Fling will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, at Memorial Hall, 101 South Walnut. The event will feature 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 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.

Reception kicks off Art Show

IB Art Show 2017The Hutchinson High School and International Baccalaureate Art Show is slated for March 15 to April 7 at the Hutchinson Art Center, 405 N. Washington.

Kicking the event off will be a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. March 15.

The show features student two- and three-dimensional artwork from HHS Art Department and IB students. The show will have about 115 pieces of art from 90 students.


Pre-K Salthawks: Now taking applications for the 2018-19 School Year

If your child is 3 or 4 years old, on or before August 31, 2018, and you would like them to have a positive preschool experience that prepares them for kindergarten, now is the time to complete an application.

Full details on the program are available on a flier you can access here.

March is Youth Arts Month

Art Month signIn recognition of March being Youth Arts Month, elementary schools in Hutchinson are planning a variety of activities to recognize student artists. Activities include:

Monday, Feb 26

There will be a presentation to the Board of Education by Hutchinson elementary art students and teachers. Students representing each school will be invited to share their artwork with the Board of Education. The Board meets at 6 p.m. Monday in the Administration Center, 1520 N. Plum.

Holmes, Martinez are winter royalty

Isaiah Holmes and Jules Martinez were crowned Winter Homecoming king and queen Friday night during the Hutchinson High School-Goddard Eisenhower basketball games.

Other candidates for king were Carson Biehler, Austin Childs, Brynden Grow, Dylan Jensen and Rhys Tash. Other candidates for queen were Chandler Ashcraft, Arika Garcia, Alexis Glaspie, Emily Hendricks and Sage Williams.

Sixth Grade Immunization Project

HMS logo

Goal: All present 6th Graders will have requested 7th grade immunizations and have documentation to their building School Nurse by May 23.

HHS Wall of Honor nominees sought

HHS Salthawk LogoHutchinson High School is continuing to expand its Wall of Honor.

And if HHS teachers and counselors continue to do their jobs well, the Wall will never be complete.

The school and the HHS Alumni Association are working on the Wall of Honor as a team, said Marci Corey Malashchuk, Wall of Honor chair and member of the HHS class of 1990.

Vernon to head Salthawk football

Mike Vernon
 Mike Vernon

Former Hutchinson High School assistant football coach Mike Vernon will be the new head football coach for the Salthawks. Vernon’s hiring will be on Monday night’s USD 308 Board of Education agenda.

Vernon, who has led Nickerson to repeated football playoff berths, replaces Ryan Cornelsen, who is leaving the Salthawks to become head football coach at Gardner Edgerton.

The veteran coach is pleased to be returning to HHS.

"My family and I are excited for the opportunity,” Vernon said. “Salthawk football has always held a special place in our hearts. It's an honor and privilege to be the head football coach at Hutchinson High. I can't wait to get to work for the school and community."

Five HHS students honored in Scholastic Arts

Scholastic Art AwardTwo seniors and three juniors at Hutchinson High School had entries accepted into the annual Eastern Kansas Scholastic Art Awards Exhibition.

HHS students had five pieces receive the Silver Key and five pieces receive Honorable Mention awards. Winners are below.