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HHS volleyball receives academic honors

Volleyball All Academic Award
From left to right bottom row: Senior Micah Tomac, Junior Ally Lusk, Junior Casey Mayes. Top row from left to right Sophomore Morgan Armbrust, Freshman Gabbie Posch, Senior Brooke Ackley, Senior Anna Deal, Head Coach Tina Johnson. 

The 2016-17 Hutchinson High School Salthawk volleyball squad has been recognized for academic excellence. As a team, the squad was recognized by the Kansas Volleyball Association with an All-Academic Team Award.

Looking for the #Greenbaypackers

Once again, long-time Green Bay Packers fan, Jesse Ediger, and her students are asking the Packers to spend a day at their school. This year's video is available at

In the past, Ediger's class have had the opportunity to have a video call with Jordy Nelson and had retired Packer Paul Coffman drop by for the afternoon.

Enhanced traffic enforcement near schools

SAFE logoThrough March 5, 2017, Hutchinson Police Department are joining other law enforcement agencies in Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma to stop what has been an epidemic for the past several years – teen deaths due to automobile accidents.

On Monday morning, Feb. 27, officers wrote 10 seat belt violation tickets near Hutchinson High School -- six adults and four students.

Classified Employee of the Year nominations open

Nominations for the annual Classified Employee of the Year for Hutchinson Public Schools are being taken. The award is open to all classified employees in USD 308 who have been employed in the district a minimum of three years at the beginning of 2016-17. An individual may be nominated who works full-time or part-time in any classified position.

Classified staff members are hourly workers in the district and cover a wide range of jobs, such as secretaries, food service, maintenace, paras and custodians.

Bujanda to lead HHS volleyball

            Maria Bujanda has been named Hutchinson High School head volleyball coach 2017-18 school year.

            Bujanda is a physical education teacher for the district at Hutchinson Middle School – 7. She will continue in that role while also serving as head volleyball coach at HHS.

Reyna, Moeder crowned Winter Homecoming royalty

Carlos Reyna was crowned king and Brailey Moeder crowned queen for Winter Homecoming 2017 at Hutchinson High School Friday evening.

Other members of the king’s court were Wyatt Atkins, Dylan Chesterman, Conor Craig, Canyon Maldonado and Josh Rivas. Other members of the queen’s court were Annie Blake, Jenna Garcia, Emily Ivey, Michah Tomac and Yazmine Wright.

Davis Teacher of the Year nominations open

The James A. and Juliet L. Davis Foundation has opened its Teacher of the Year 2017 nominations for educators in USD 308.

The foundation will grant five awards this year for outstanding classroom teachers. Two will be selected from kindergarten through sixth grade, one from Hutchinson Middle School and two from Hutchinson High School. Teachers must be currently serving in the Hutchinson Public Schools to receive consideration. Administrators and other non-classroom and non-teaching personnel are not eligible to receive these awards.

International Baccalaureate makes HHS site visit

A three-member team from the International Baccalaureate Organization completed an on-site review of Hutchinson High School Monday and Tuesday, meeting with HHS and district officials Tuesday afternoon during the exit process.

IB periodically reviews schools to make sure they meet organizational standards. HHS should receive input back from IB within about two months. The team was very impressed with HHS facilities.

HHS debate sixth at state

            Hutchinson High School placed 16th in two-speaker debate at last weekend’s Class 6A state debate tournament.

District schools participate in Tell Us About It competition

Tell It Contest logoElementary students in USD 308 are being encouraged to participate in the annual Scharlotte Minnis Tell Us About It contest. The contest is a joint project of the Hutchinson Chapter of the NAACP and Hutchinson Community College.

The contest, itself, will be at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 18 in the Shears Technology Center on the HCC campus. Students are grouped in two age categories – Grades 1 through 3 and Grades 4 through 6.