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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.

HMS-8 promotion May 24

Five students at promotion 2016-17

The promotion ceremony for Hutchinson Middle School – 8 will be the final celebration for the district in 2017-18. The HMS-8 promotion will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 24, at the Salthawk Activity Center on the Hutchinson High School campus.

HHS graduation May 20

Preparing for graduation

Hutchinson High School will have its 136th graduation ceremony at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 20, in the Sports Arena. To prepare for graduation, there will be a practice at 8:30 a.m. Friday, May 18, at the Sports Arena. The senior class of 2018 will have about 345 graduates.


Largest concert of the year set for May 17

Mass Bands

In terms of sheer numbers, the biggest musical event of the school year sounds off at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 17, at the Salthawk Activity Center.

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.

Retirement reception set for May 6


Hutchinson Public Schools will formally thank its retirees during a come-and-go reception at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 6, in the Career and Technical Education Academy, 800 15th Circle. There will be a brief formal program at 1:45 p.m. with the reception completed by about 2:15 p.m.

USD 308 Board members recognized

Anette Roberson

Valarie 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

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.