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HHS hosts first-ever Salthawk Service Day

 Hutchinson High School’s student body spent a morning in service learning on April 28.

Since, the Kansas State Board of Education encourages all students to be involved in service, the early release day was an opportunity for HHS to get students into the community in an organized event. According to the state Board of Education, students who volunteer in their communities are more likely to vote, stay actively involved in service and feel empowered as citizens.

For a pictorial look at the day, go to our Facebook album.

Board elections moved to second half of year

VoteKansasAction by the 2015 Kansas Legislature has made a change in when Board of Education members are elected.

Beginning this year, local school board and municipal elections were moved to the late summer and fall of odd-numbered years from the spring. These are non-partisan races in which individuals do not file by political party.

IB students focus on service learning

IBCP 2017 Six students in the International Baccalaureate program at Hutchinson High School are working on special service learning projects this spring.

While all IB students have to do community service during high school, the International Baccalaureate Career Programme requires students to put together a specific service learning project. The IB Career Programme is the newest International Baccalaureate offering, begun by the organization in 2012 and offered at HHS, beginning in 2015-16.

Did you know?

Medical CareersFact: In 2020, the education demand for jobs in Kansas will be –

  • 11 percent Master’s degree or higher
  • 25 percent Bachelor’s degree
  • 35 percent Associate’s degree
  • 29 percent high school diploma or less

(Source: Recovery: Job Growth and Requirements through 2020. Georgetown Public Policy Institute, Georgetown University)

Twenty-seven states and the District of Columbia will be at or above the 65 percent proportion of jobs (nationally) that will require postsecondary education beyond high school in 2020.

HCTEA welder places first at Beloit

Welding contest winnerA Hutchinson Career and Technical Education Academy student won a regional welding contest Friday.

Dalton Frank, an HCTEA welding student from Nickerson, placed first in the gas metal arc welding (GMAW/mig) contest at the North Central Kansas Technical College competition in Beloit.

Reno County CTC attends CADCA’S National Leadership Forum

CTC with Senator Moran
Senator Moran with Abbey
Pemberton and Taylor Lang

Two Hutchinson High School youth attended a national drug abuse prevention conference recently in Washington.

Sophomores Taylor Lang and Abbey Pemberton along with sponsor, Carla Smith, attended the 27th Annual National Leadership Forum of the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America. The event drew more than 3,000 substance abuse prevention specialists and advocates to Washington in early February.

The three of them attended the National Youth Leadership Institute where they learned about strategic framework planning and logic models. The students then worked to find seven interventions to address underage use of marijuana in Reno County and practiced presenting in front of 150 other students.

HHS to present Harvey

Harvey the playThe Hutchinson High School Thespian Troupe will present a classic play for its spring production.

Harvey, written by American playwright Mary Chase and first performed on Broadway in 1944, received a Pulitzer Prize in 1945. The play will be presented at 7:30 p.m. March 2 to 4 in the Hutchinson High School Performing Arts Center, 810 E. 13th Ave.

Ticket prices are $8 for adults, $5 for students eighth grade and under and $1 for HHS students with their student ID.

District brings focus to art

Artwork            Art will be the focus of several district activities in late February through April as USD 308 celebrates March as Youth Arts Month.

Elementary Schools

            The celebration begins at 6 p.m., Feb. 28, in the Administration Center, 1520 North Plum, when art teachers bring students from each of the district’s elementary schools to the Board of Education meeting. The students will share their artwork with Board members.

It's the Rule: Shots Before School

Sixth Grade Immunization Project

Goal: All present sixth graders will have requested seventh grade immunizations and have documentation to HMS-7 School Nurse by May 24.

Why So Early? Each year in August there are about 150 students who do not have completed immunizations. The following is from state statute and district policy: “All students enrolling in any district school shall provide the building principal with proof of immunization of certain diseases or furnish documents to satisfy requirements.”

Why seventh grade?  An additional TDAP is required at this age level.

Former Miss Kansas to speak at HHS

Miss Kansas 2005Adrienne Rosel Bulinski, Miss Kansas 2005, will speak at Hutchinson High School during assemblies at 8:40 and 9:50 a.m. March 2 in the Performing Arts Center.

HHS is one of 13 schools Bulinski will be visiting to deliver her dynamic message titled “Pursuit of Excellence.”

Her message is designed to motivate students and staff.