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HHS seniors honored at assembly

During the annual Hutchinson High School Awards Assembly Wednesday (May 3, 2017), the HHS graduating class of 2017 was recognized with awards and scholarships from local, state and national sources.

The Young American Award winner for 2017 was Brooke Ackley. The Young American Award is the oldest award at HHS with this being its 88th year. The award was started by the Oswald family in the 1920s.

District retirees honored

Retirement apples
2017 Retirement

Hutchinson Public Schools formally thanked its retirees during a Sunday, May 7, in the Career and Technical Education Academy.

Soon-to-retire or already retired staff members who were honored included Larry Ballard, Sheri Corwin, Shirley Culver, Jo Davis, Marilyn Forbes, Jo Ann Gauthier, Janice Hoppes, Joanna Johnson, Pam Johnston, Kay Jones, Susan Mabry, Karen Montoya, Barbara Phillips, Joyce Phillips, Patricia Raap, Kay Schreiner, Mark Thomas, Jennifer Varney, Lora Walenz and Arlene Willems.

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

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.

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.