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Input from USD 308 to governor on new school finance formula

After Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback asked for input on a new school finance formula, Hutchinson Public Schools decided to use a community-wide survey to collect feedback from stakeholders regarding elements to include in a new finance formula.

HHS raises funds for hunger with Empty Bowls

ChairThe Seventh Empty Bowls event combined art and food to raise money to fight hunger and raise awareness about food security. The event on Nov. 15, 2016, raised more than $2,000.

For a donation of $5 or more, participants could choose from a wide variety of artwork crafted by students from the district. Pieces include potter’s wheel thrown bowls, and advanced wood shop students from HHS will create pieces.

Faris collecting shoes as fund raiser

FarisThe Faris Elementary School PTO is collecting gently worn or new shoes as a fund raiser through Dec. 2.

The shoes are collected and will be processed by Funds2Orgs. The company, in turn, will write the Faris PTO a check for the donation, based on the total weight of the shoes donated.

Honors American Government counts the ballots

BallotStudents from Glenna Johnson's Honors American Government class began counting ballots for the Hutchinson High School mock election Wednesday. More than 1,300 Salthawks participated in the mock election. This mock election allowed students to vote on federal and state elections.

As with the real election, mock election ballots that were mismarked were thrown out.

HHS continues SAFE program

Hutchinson High School is proud to announce it remains a part of Seatbelts Are For Everyone (SAFE) for the 2016-17 school year.

SAFE is a teen-run, peer-to-peer program focusing on increasing teen seatbelt use through education, positive rewards and enforcement. The program is designed to bring awareness of the importance of wearing a seatbelt to reduce the number of motor vehicle-related injuries and fatalities within the community.

Two HHS seniors are local Wendy's Heisman winners

Brooke AckleyTwo Hutchinson High School seniors have been recognized as local Wyatt AkinsWendy’s High School Heisman winners. Brooke Ackley and Wyatt Akins have received the honor.

Lincoln to have Hotdogs and Haircuts

HaircutChances are in the fall of 2066 a student from Lincoln Elementary School will look at his class photo from 2016, and remember a hotdog.

Oct. 17, Lincoln was joined by First Presbyterian Church, Sydney’s and local salons to present the first ever “Hotdogs and Haircuts” at 3:30 p.m. at Lincoln, 315 East Bigger.

Kiblinger finalist for Kansas Superintendent of the Year

Dr. Shelly KiblingerHutchinson Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Shelly Kiblinger is among three superintendents selected as finalists for the Kansas School Superintendents Association Superintendent of the Year.

HHS presents 'Into the Woods'

The Hutchinson High School Drama Department presented the musical Into the Woods at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13 through 15 in the HHS Performing Arts Center.

The musical features music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and is based on a book by James Lapine. The musical intertwines the plots of several fairy tales, exploring the consequences of the characters' wishes and quests.

The cast:

HMS at Allen gets virtual reality machines

Students work on virtual reality machinesThanks to new virtual reality machines, students at Hutchinson Magnet School at Allen will be able to examine worlds normally out of their reach.

HMS at Allen has received eight zSpace virtual reality machines, thanks to a $38,000 grant from Alcoa. When coupled with software, the machines allow students at the STEM (science-technology-engineering-mathematics) school to have a wide range of experiences from their classrooms.

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