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Dance like everyone’s watching (and everybody’s dancing with you)

Students Squaredancing
Square dancing in 2016.

In what may be the Hutchinson High School alumni event to see and be seen at, the first-ever HHS Alumni Square Dance will be from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 21 in the HHS JV Gym.

Long-time caller, Tom Clark, will officiate at the dance. Clark is a retired HHS physical education teacher and coach.

HMS at Allen to build gingerbread houses

Gingerbread house example from Faris 2017Hutchinson’s STEM magnet school is putting the “E” to the test on Dec. 20.

Hutchinson Magnet School at Allen, the district’s Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics elementary school will hold its first-ever Gingerbread Engineering Workshop for students’ families from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20 at the school, 403 W. 10th Ave. The event will be held in the school’s gymnasium.

HHS remains Class 6A

HHS remains a Class 6A school in all sports and activities in this morning's KSHSAA classification update. Class 6A is the largest school classification in Kansas.

HHS has 1,096 students for football (KSHSAA only counts freshmen through juniors) and is the fourth smallest school in the 32-school Class 6A. Football is done every other year and was updated in 2017 for the 2018 and 2019 seasons.

Royalty crowned, Wall of Honor inductees recognized.

Queen Olivia Justice and King Damarcus MyerDamarcus Myer and Olivia Justice were crowned king and queen Friday night as Hutchinson High School Fall Homecoming royalty. Myer was crowned prior to the kickoff of the HHS vs. Garden City football game while Justice was crowned at halftime.

Other finalists for king were Jacob Cole, Tracy Geddes, Tristan Geddes, Bo Tolbert and Tate Webster. Finalists for queen are Morgan Armbrust, Tatum Dixon, Marisa Eldredge, Carter McFadden and Lexi Williams. All the candidates are seniors.

Also prior to Friday’s game, the Wall of Honor inductees were introduced to the crowd.  The 2018-19 honorees are Kay Alden, class of 1964; Dick Heitschmidt, class of 1970; and Skip Wilson, class of 1976.

Board meetings on the move!

USD 308 Board of Education
USD 308 Board of Education

The Hutchinson Public Schools Board of Education is coming to a neighborhood near you.

Each month, the district’s schools make presentations to the Board about their operations during the first meeting of the month in Continuous Improvement Reports. In 2018-19, the Board will move those meetings to the school that is making the presentation.

Theater Department seeking patrons

Hutchinson High School is looking for supporters for its theatre activities.

The patron program for HHS theatre has four levels – Benefactor at $200, Angel at $100, Gold Star at $80 and Blue Star at $50.

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 wer3e honored this fall in a banquet and during the Homecoming Football Game Sept. 14, 2018, at Gowans Stadium.

Brief biographies of the honorees follow.

Kay Alden

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.

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.

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