Archives for September 2014

Grants Awarded!

The ISD 423 Foundation proudly awarded the following grants during Homecoming on September 26, 2014.

$500 to the Summer Reading Program. Funds will be used to purchase independent reading books for up to 50 elementary students next summer.

$943.94 to help first grade teachers implement a guided math program that will allow more students to be served in enriched math and in smaller group settings.

$720 to the Cultivating Lifelong Reading Habits program that will provide professional development for teachers and will also be used to support and promote a “30 Book Reading Challenge” for our current 4th grade students.

$275 to the Reading Buddies program. This program between 6th grade and 1st grade students is a reading partnership that builds bonds between students as they share a common learning experience and builds skilled, confident readers.

The ISD 423 Foundation board would like to express their sincere gratitude to those that have contributed to the endowment fund, making these grants possible. If you have not given to the endowment fund in the past, please consider making a contribution, so next year, we will be able to do that much more for the children of our community.

For more information about the ISD 423 Foundation, contact Chad Harlander at 320-582-0775 or chad.harlander@hutch.k12.mn.us.

Sportsmanship

Sportsmanship
By Paul Szymanski, Activities Director

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Good sportsmanship is the attitude and behavior that exemplifies positive support for the Hutchinson interscholastic athletics programs, as well as for the individual student-athletes who participate. People involved in all facets of interscholastic athletics programs are expected to show respect for others and display good sportsmanship. Positive athletics experiences do not occur by chance. Rather they’re a result of the educational structure, the right perspective, the right leadership and the true understanding of sportsmanship. Good sportsmanship is the essence of what educational athletics are about. Coaches, student-athletes, officials and parents all play a role in promoting good sportsmanship. The following are tips for parents on creating a healthy athletics environment:

Be Supportive of Coaches:
In front of your child be supportive and positive of the coach’s decision. If you have problems with what the coach is doing, it is best to talk directly with the coach.

Teach Respect for Authority:
There will be times when you disagree with a coach or official but always remember they are trying their best and are trying to be fair. Show good sportsmanship by being positive.

Let the Coach do the Coaching but you can do some of the Teaching:
When your child is on the field, court or ice, let the coach do the coaching. You can teach sportsmanship and how to deal with success and failure. Develop their character and teach life skills that athletics bring to the forefront.

Help your Children Learn through Failure:
The way your child handles failure can help them to face the certain failures life will throw them in the future. The worst time for you as a parent to give advice is immediately after a disappointment. Let your child cope in their own way.

Focus on your Child as an Individual:
Focus on what your child does well and where they need to improve. Encouragement is essential!

Listen to your Child, but Stay Rational:
Always support and listen to your child, but remember to stay rational until you have investigated the situation.

Be Mindful of your Role as a Role Model:
Take a good honest look at your actions and reactions in the athletics arena. These actions are a big cue to your child and to the others around you.

Show Unconditional Love:
The most important thing…show your child you love them, win or lose.

The Hutchinson Activities Department really appreciates the support and involvement of coaches, student-athletes, officials, parents and fans. Please help us in making sportsmanship a priority for our department, school district and community.

Park Elementary Daily Announcements online!

Park’s multimedia Daily Announcements are now available on the Park homepage!

Bullying and Social Media

By: Michael Scott, Assistant Principal, High School

 

Recently, I attended the National Discipline Conference in Chicago, Illinois.  Two major topics came up at several sessions:  bullying and social media.

In the August 13 edition of the Hutchinson Leader, Jeremy Jones recapped from the August 11 School Board meeting the new bullying statute put into law during the 2014 legislative session, what defines bullying, and what we as a school district are doing to put any new requirements in place.  With that information available in the article, I will turn to the second major topic from the discipline conference: social media use.

With social media being a relatively new and ever advancing avenue for all of us to use, how we use it and why we use it will someday be studied by the generations to come.  What will they say about how we use social media today?  We frequently are introduced to new and supposedly improved ways to communicate—some of which our school-aged children know more about than the adults in their lives.  How do we keep up with technological advancements help guide students into using the technology for positive benefits instead of ways to hurt others or potentially themselves?

At the conference, keynote speaker Richard Guerry, Cyber Safety Expert and founder of the Institute for Responsible Online and Cell-Phone Communication (www.IROC2.org) stated one phrase to remember:  Do not post anything on social media unless you are fine with it being public and permanent.  Pretend that what you post is like publishing it on the front page of a newspaper or billboard sign for all to see.  This is a good phrase for everyone to remember, not just our children.

He continued saying many people have a concept that what is posted can be kept private and we believe that because that is how many sites are marketed.  They have “privacy” settings, which he described as transparency settings, and long warning statements that few actually read describing potential risks.

According to the IROC website, parents are encouraged to emphasize with their children that everything they post is public and permanent when they use the Internet and social media. Even if someone doesn’t intend to send content stored on the electronic devices, what is stored could potentially become public if the item is lost, stolen, or hacked.  Discuss only posting and sending pictures, words, and content for positive reasons.   Many times, impulsivity takes over and students post hurtful messages to others without thinking about the consequences.  This is frustrating, yet somewhat biological, since the part of our brain that controls self-regulation doesn’t fully develop until age 23.

If reminders are not enough and you want to have more transparency and control over what your children are doing on their devices, consider some of these options. iOS and Apple devices have parental control capabilities, but Android devices require an app, which can allow parents to filter adult content, restrict app purchases, set limits on usage, monitor calls, texts and web activity.  Go to http://internet-safety.yoursphere.com/2014/04/10-android-parental-control-apps/ for a list of apps and their capabilities and prices.

Currently, we are planning in the fall at HHS to have a presentation for parents and another for students on this topic.  More information will come in the next few months if arrangements for a presentation are planned.

Volunteer Building Greeters

You can help make our schools safe and secure. Volunteer to be a Building Greeter. You will receive training prior to starting. Choose which buildings to work in and hours that fit your schedule. Contact Kayleen Jensen at 320-234-2612 or kayleen.jensen@hutch.k12.mn.us.Volunteer Building Greeter Pam Larson

ISD 423 School Foundation

Dynamic schools contribute to keeping Hutchinson a strong and thriving community. A well-rounded education system gives all children the opportunity to reach their full potential. Innovative programs motivate and inspire students and teachers to excel. The ISD 423 School Foundation will provide funds to make these programs a reality.

Five percent of the earnings from the Tiger Endowment fund will be used annually to fund innovative and creative education programs.

To discuss your giving options, contact Tina Vorlicek at 320-234-2601.

Hutchinson Public Schools

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