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End of first trimester

USD 308 ends its first trimester next week. Because of the trimester end, there will be no school for all students on Nov. 9 while staff has a records/professional development day.

The first trimester finals schedule for Hutchinson High School follows. Zero hour finals will be given on Monday, Nov. 5, at 7 a.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018

  • 8 to 9:20 a.m.: First Hour
  • 9:26 to 10:46 a.m.: Second Hour

Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018

Community meetings for superintendent input

The Hutchinson Public Schools Board of Education has scheduled a series of meetings to gain input on the qualities of a new superintendent.

The Board wants to hire a new superintendent for the 2019-20 school year in January. As part of the process, the Board is gathering information on attributes wanted by the community in their next superintendent. Gary Price has served the past two years as interim superintendent.
One face-to-face meeting with staff from the Kansas Association of School Boards, which has been hired to do the search, remains.

  • Nov. 26: 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. in the Hutchinson Career and Technical Education Academy, which is on the northwest side of the Hutchinson High School campus at 800 15th Circle.

The position has been posted on the Kansas Association of School Boards website at

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.

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!

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

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.