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Wall of Honor to induct three

The 19th class of the Wall of Honor at Hutchinson High School features a trio of HHS alumni.

The 2018-19 honorees are Kay Alden, class of 1964; Dick Heitschmidt, class of 1970; and Skip Wilson, class of 1976.

Sponsored by the HHS Alumni Association, in cooperation with HHS Student Council, the group will be honored during a banquet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, in the HHS Career and Technical Education Academy, 800 15th Circle.

USD 308 staff begins 2018-19 school year

The nearly 900 Hutchinson Public Schools staff members formally began the 2018-19 school year with the annual opening convocation Monday, Aug. 13, 2018

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Davis winners Cami Burkhart, Heather Hirt,
Megan Yoder, Erica Henion, Diana Wilson

Several educators were honored during the event. The Davis Foundation made its annual Teachers of the Year Awards. The elementary winners were Cami Burkhart, McCandless teacher, and Heather Hirt, Head Start teacher.

The middle school winner was Megan Yoder at Hutchinson Middle School – 7.

The high school winners were Erica Henion, HHS science teacher, and retired HHS teacher Diana Wilson.

Students need up-to-date vaccinations

            Kansas’ law requires students to be vaccinated for a variety of childhood diseases prior to attending school each year. Many of these are timed prior to pre-school and kindergarten while another group of vaccinations have to be taken prior to seventh grade. More complete information is available at http://www.kdheks.gov/immunize/download/Immunization_Requirements_for_the_2018-2019_School_Year_Cheat_Sheet.pdf.

            Enrollment is not completed in USD 308 until proof of vaccinations is provided, therefore students will not be able to attend classes. Families also may provide proof of a medical or religious exemption in lieu of the vaccinations, but state regulation requires the exemptions to be filed annually.

Staff of the year announced

With the 2017-18 school year winding down, three Hutchinson Public Schools staff members have received district honors.

Barbara Cooper, paraprofessional at Faris Elementary School, has been named Classified Employee of the Year. Ashleigh Vieyra, third grade teacher at Graber Elementary, and Janie Patterson, accounting teacher at Hutchinson High School, have been nominated as the district’s entries in the Kansas National Teacher of the Year competition.

District receives major gift from local contractor

Strawn Contracting logoWhen this year’s kindergarten class enrolls in Building Trades at the Hutchinson Career and Technical Education Academy for their senior year in 2029-30, they’ll know where that year’s home is being built.

It will be built in the same addition as where the 2017-18 home was built.

Thanks to a generous gift from a local contractor, Jim Strawn of Strawn Contracting, the district will be able to construct the next 12 years of Building Trades homes in the Oxford Point addition, said Travis Riebel, HCTEA director. Strawn has donated five lots to the district, which the Board of Education accepted and formally thanked the contractor on Monday.

HHS seniors honored at assembly

Academic All Americans

During the annual Hutchinson High School Awards Assembly Wednesday (May 2, 2018), the HHS graduating class of 2018 was recognized with awards and scholarships from local, state and national sources.

The Young American Award winner for 2018 was Raegan Wessel. The Young American Award is the oldest award at HHS with this being its 90th year. The award was started by the Oswald family in the 1920s.

District staff recogized for United Way giving

Gleason presents plaque to PriceUnited Way is very important to our community -- and to USD 308. For the 2017-18 campaign, district staff pledged and contributed $33,193.84. Thursday, United Way of Reno County's Lisa Gleason presented Superintendent Gary Price with a plaque, marking district employees' giving to United Way.
 

USD 308 Board members recognized

Anette Roberson
Roberson

Valarie Gibson-Smith
Gibson-Smith

            Hutchinson Public Schools Board of Education members Valarie

Gibson-Smith and Anette Roberson recently completed the Foundations for Boardsmanship training offered by the Kansas Association of School Boards in Topeka.

Aston named CTE Scholar

Andrew Aston
Aston

Hutchinson High School senior Andrew Aston has been named one of the 2018 Kansas Career and Technical Education Scholars for 2018 by the Kansas State Department of Education.

Aston has focused on CTE coursework in business and culinary arts at the Hutchinson Career and Technical Education Academy. The award was announced Tuesday by the KSDE. In all, 58 Kansas high school seniors were recognized.

Three USD 308 schools recognized with Challenge Awards

The Confidence in Kansas Public Education Task Force has named 78 schools in 28 Kansas public school districts, including Hutchinson Public Schools, as recipients of the 2017 Challenge Awards. Three district schools were recognized in four categories.

The awards recognize Kansas schools that are making a notable difference in student achievement despite facing significant challenges in their school population. Since its inception in 2002, more than 1,500 awards have been presented to schools across the state.

USD 308 schools honored by the program are

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