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HHS volleyball holds Pink Out Night

The Hutchinson High School volleyball team will host its annual Pink Out Night to support the Cancer Council of Reno County and breast cancer awareness. The event will be during the Oct. 18 matches against Salina South. First matches begin at 5 p.m. in the Salthawk Activity Center.

The team is selling Pink Out Night t-shirts for the event, costing $12 each with a $2 additional charge for XXL and XXXL. T-shirts should be ordered from the HHS office by Wednesday, Oct. 5.

Proceeds from the t-shirt sales go to support the Cancer Council.

Miller, McKinsey named 2016 Fall Homecoming royalty

McKinsey, Miller homecoming royalty

Alix Miller was crowned queen and Dominic McKinsey was crowned king of fall homecoming at Hutchinson High School Friday night.


The coronation was the highlight of the fall 2016 homecoming at HHS. The two will reign over the annual fall homecoming dance from 9 to 11 p.m. Saturday (Sept. 24, 2016) in the HHS Cafeteria.

Legion Riders to help with Flag Salute Friday

Hutchinson Middle School – 8 students started Friday (Sept. 23, 2016) with the opening pledge led by local American Legion Riders. The school is located at 200 West 14th.

Shortly before school started Friday, the student body gathered in front of the school for the Pledge of Allegiance with the motorcycle-mounted Legion riders.

HHS homecoming week Sept. 18 to 24

The 2016 fall homecoming at Hutchinson High School continues.

Royalty for the fall 2016 event include king candidates Braden Archer, Ryen Cox, Kolby Holmberg, Jacob Lemonds, Dominic McKinsey and Seth Ramirez. Queen candidates are Brooke Ackley, Anna Deal, Selena Galindo, Sarah Ivey, Alix Miller and Taylor Perry.

During second hour on Friday, finalists for king and queen will be introduced at HHS. The annual homecoming parade begins at 3:30 p.m. Friday at B and Main in Hutchinson and moves north on Main to 7th.

Wall of Honor inducts three

The 18th class of the Wall of Honor at Hutchinson High School features a trio of HHS alumni.

The 2016-17 honorees are Dr. Tom Cairns, class of 1949; Elsie Gomez Wickliffe, class of 1959; and John L. Corey, class of 1963.

Sponsored by the HHS Alumni Association, in cooperation with HHS Student Council, the group will be honored during a banquet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, in the HHS Career and Technical Education Academy, 800 15th Circle.

Parking limits at HHS

Parking restrictions at HHS

For the next month, entry and exit from the east Sports Arena parking lot where most students and visitors park at HHS will be limited.

Faris offers breakfast to law enforcement

For the second consecutive year, the Faris Elementary School PTO will host local law enforcement officers for breakfast each month.

Officers are invited to breakfast the second Thursday of each month. Officers have a chance to eat with Faris students prior to the start of school, beginning at about 7:30 a.m. The first breakfast will be on Thursday, Sept. 8, at the school, 301 East 10th.

McCandless brings CHAMPS to parents

            Families of students at McCandless Elementary School, 700 North Baker, will have a chance to learn more about CHAMPS, a program used across the district to encourage safe and respectful schools.

The first of five nights of the CHAMPS training for parents will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30, in the McCandless library. Child care will be provided.

During the five sessions, parents will learn how McCandless uses CHAMPS and how parents can use the strategies at home as well.

Other sessions will be Sept. 6, 13, 20 and 27.

HHS fall sports preview Friday

            With the start of school, pre-season sports activities continue at Hutchinson High School.

            The annual preview night for fall sports is combined with the annual Blue-Gold football scrimmage on Friday, Aug. 26, at Gowans Stadium. During the evening, fall sports teams and their coaches will be introduced.

            The event begins with the HHS dance team and cheerleaders performing at 6 p.m., followed by the Salthawk marching band performing the National Anthem on the field at 6:10 p.m. with fall sports teams introduced at 6:15 p.m.

USD 308 staff begins 2016-17 school year

Rusty Hilst 50-year teacher
Rusty Hilst honored for 50 years
in education at HHS.

The more than 900 Hutchinson Public Schools staff members formally began the 2016-17 school year with the annual opening convocation Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016.

During the convocation, Brooke Stover, wellness program supervisor for the Hutchinson Clinic, made a presentation on Adverse Childhood Experiences. An estimated 1 in 4 students has been exposed to trauma. Such experiences can impact a student’s learning.

Also speaking during the opening convocation was motivational speaker Davis Laughlin.

Several educators were honored during the event. The Davis Foundation made its annual Teachers of the Year Awards. The elementary winners were Melissa Law, kindergarten teacher at Morgan Elementary School, and Jenni Winters, third grade teacher at Morgan.

The middle school winner was Tabetha Gray, FACS teacher at Hutchinson Middle School – 7.