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College conference slated

Football hawk logoThe annual Hutchinson High School College Planning Conference will be held from 9:15 to 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 22, in the Salthawk Activity Center on the HHS campus.

More than 50 college representatives from Kansas and the Midwest and as well as the military will be available to assist juniors and seniors with their post-high-school plans. Students from Buhler, Haven, Nickerson and Trinity high schools attend as well.

Staff to hear from education commissioner

While students have a day off on Oct. 19, staff will hear Kansas Education Commissioner Dr. Randy Watson. The commissioner’s presentation will be at 10 a.m. Oct. 19 in the Performing Arts Center at Hutchinson High School.

Trick or Treat so Kids can Eat

Trick or Treat so Kids Can Eat pictureStudents from Hutchinson High School will be out several days early for Halloween next week to collect food for local food banks.

Known as Trick or Treat so Kids Can Eat, the program is a joint effort of the HHS Thespian Troupe and the Gay-Straight Alliance.

HHS to present 'Shrek the Musical'

The Hutchinson High School Drama Department will present the new classic Shrek the Musical Oct. 18Shrek Practice photo to 20 in the Hutchinson High School Performing Arts Center, 810 E. 13th Ave. Musical begins at 7:30 each night with doors opening at 7 p.m.

HMS band members part of honor group

Hutchinson Middle School – 8 has 11 band members who played in the Second Annual Smoky Hills Middle School Honor Band Concert Monday, Oct. 8, at Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina.

HMS-8 band members in the honor group include Amorae DeGarmo, Triniti Haney, Kaelyn Heller, Jessie Anderson, Autumn Yates, Gabe Holcomb, Libby Jackson, Abbie Bryan, Mykayla Belote, Tia Hines and Jordan Barb.

Flu Shot Clinics in USD 308

Don’t get caught. Get the shot!



Flu Shot Clinics

(by Reno County Health Department)



See schedule below.



See the schedule below.


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.

Congratulations Jessica Self

Jessica SelfCongratulations Jessica Pitts Self, a kindergarten teacher at Wiley Elementary SchoolHutchinson Public Schools, for being The News' first EVER recipient of The Amazing Teachers award presented by Bretz & Young - Injury Lawyers in partnership with The Hutchinson News, Stutzman Refuse DisposalHeartland Credit UnionAllen Samuels Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram of Hutchinson and Remax Royal, Hutchinson, Kansas. Jessica was nominated by a previous student's parent for being passionate, dedicated and committed to sparking the love of learning in her students, Mrs. Self couldn't be more deserving of this award! 

If you have an Amazing Teacher you would like to recognize please click the link to enter them!