Archives for 2015

Tigers of the Week

Congratulations to this week’s TIGERs of the week:
Fletcher Vilt – Boys Basketball
  • Against a very good Mankato East team, Fletcher scored 15 points, grabbed 3 rebounds and had 3 assists.  He shot 55% from the floor
  • Tenacity – Fletcher worked hard throughout the entire game.
  • Integrity – Fletcher displayed great sportsmanship to his teammates and opponent.
  • Gratitude – Fletcher continues to lead during games and practice.
  • Effort – Fletcher pushed not only himself throughout the game, but pushed his teammates as well.
  • Respect – Even in defeat, Fletcher handled himself with class.  He was supportive of his entire team.       
Makenna Einck – Dance Team
  • Makenna completed a busy week of dance team.  She is a member of both the varsity high kick and jazz teams that took first place at the Waconia Invite
  • Tenacity – Makenna is a quiet role model.  She has the natural fire of a varsity competitor                                                      
  • Integrity – Makenna is a loyal team member and was asked to also contribute to the team’s jazz choreography.           
  • Gratitude – Makenna is very gracious when receiving constructive criticism from her teammates and members of the coaching staff.
  • Effort – Makenna always gives 100%.  She never has to be reminded to complete drills full out.                                             
  • Respect – Makenna shows self-respect by always improving her skills.  She shows team respect through her work ethic and attitude.  She also shows her coaches respect through her gracious demeanor.           

Congratulations Fletcher Vilt & Makenna Einck

FREE Influenza Vaccines

McLeod County Public Health has FREE influenza vaccine (both injection and mist) available for any child ages 2 – 18.

It is not too late to receive an immunization!

If you are interested, please contact Public Health in Glencoe at 1-800-450-3185 to schedule an appointment.

The Importance of Learning to Self-Regulate

By Jessica Bouta, West Elementary School Counselor

As the demands of education continue to grow, our children are faced with more and more pressure to perform both in and out of the school setting.  We often assume children have been taught how to behave and cope with demanding or stressful situations, when in fact not enough time has been spent teaching and practicing self-regulation skills for success in life.

Many think of self-regulation as merely impulse control but it encompasses a wide array of behaviors.  This includes, but is not limited to, taking responsibility, responding appropriately and moderating behavior, finding balance, regulating moods and being proactive in behaviors and emotions versus reactive.  Learning ways to regulate their bodies physically, emotionally, and mentally, helps individuals recognize when something is out of balance and employ skills necessary to regain control.  

Teaching self-regulation skills starts when children are young.  Learning how to accept “no,” deal with disappointment, anger, frustration and stress, help set them up for future success.  A student with proactive self-regulation skills works to use a positive skill to calm their mind and body, to respond appropriately to their feelings and the situation.

Teaching and practicing self-regulation requires the same care as teaching and practicing essential skills in core academic areas such as reading, math, and science.  You might be wondering what you can do to help your child learn to self-regulate and practice coping skills.  Here are some ideas to start the conversation with your child:

  • Be intentional and talk about feelings.  “I can see that you are feeling mad right now because…”
  • Discuss clues their bodies give to how they are feeling.  An example might be discussing how we might have tears if we are feeling sad.
  • Talk about and practice healthy ways to express feelings.
  • Help identify warning signs felt with strong emotions and develop a plan of how to cope with those feelings.  This might be “I will stop and take 5 deep breaths when I start to feel angry.”
  • Explore coping skills for dealing with strong emotions.  This might include deep breathing, guided relaxation, counting to 10, coloring a picture, or listening to calm music.  
  • Practice, practice, practice incorporating these coping skills into your daily routine.  The more they practice, the more natural it will feel to use.

Tigers of the Week – Tyler Stenzel and Alexa Broten

Congratulations to Tyler Stenzel and Alexa Broten

on being named the TIGERs of the Week

for December 7 – 12:

Tyler Stenzel – Wrestling

  • Champion in the 220 pound weight class at the Litchfield tournament and posted a conference win at heavyweight against New Prague
  • Tenacity – Tyler comes to work at practice and he comes to work at his matches. He understands that his hard work and attitude are what allow him to compete in those close matches.
  • Integrity – Tyler is an honest and sincere young man who upholds the integrity of the sport by always displaying good sportsmanship
  • Gratitude – Tyler shows his gratitude daily to his coaches and teammates. He is truly thankful for his opportunity to be a part of the wrestling team.
  • Effort – Tyler shows great effort in practice. He is willing to try new things that we work on in practice and always gives 100%. He had to come from behind to win his match against New Prague.
  • Respect – Tyler has great respect for the sport, his opponent, coaches, and everyone involved in wrestling.

Alexa Broten – Girls Hockey

  • Scored 3 goals against Waseca and finished the game with 4 points total
  • Tenacity – Alexa has been working hard all season and waiting for her hard work to pay off for the team. Her hard work paid off against Waseca with 3 goals and an assist.
  • Integrity – Alexa displays great sportsmanship and is especially honest and upfront.
  • Gratitude – Alexa is a selfless player who always displays appreciation for the opportunities she has.
  • Effort – Alexa gives her full effort every day. She’s the type of player who will purposely use the every bit of energy as opposed to coasting getting back to the bench to switch during games.
  • Respect – Alexa has earned the respect of coaches and teammates through the work she puts in with the team, in the off-season, and with her positive attitude each day.


Congratulations Tyler Stenzel and Alexa Broten!

Holiday Celebration Outreach Dinner

2015 Holiday Outreach dinner

Tigers of the Week

Congratulations to the TIGERs of the Week, Ellyssa Hoversten and Logan Wadsworth:

Ellyssa Hoversten – Dance

Ellyssa is a three season varsity dance team member. She is a captain and choreographer for the high kick and jazz teams

  • Tenacity – Ellyssa doesn’t settle for mediocre. She stays after practice to stretch and work on skills. She is always looking for ways to make the team better.
  • Integrity – Ellyssa is a very loyal captain and team member, as well as a diligent student.
  • Gratitude – Ellyssa is very gracious when receiving constructive criticism as she knows it is to make her a stronger dancer and team member.
  • Effort – Ellyssa never walks through the motions. She always does choreography and drills full out from the beginning of practice to the end.
  • Respect – Ellyssa is respectful to the coaching staff and team members. She is looked up to for her positive attitude.

Logan Wadsworth – Wrestling

Won both matches in the triangular to start the season. Scored a fall against one opponent and an overtime victory against the other.

  • Tenacity – Logan’s relentless style and “get after it” attitude is what allowed him to stay in the match and eventually win.
  • Integrity – Logan is a high character individual who makes good decisions and is a very positive role model for our young wrestlers.
  • Gratitude – Logan expressed gratitude to his teammates and coaches in helping him train and prepare him to compete the way that he did.
  • Effort – Logan’s effort, especially in his second match, was awesome. Many times in the match he could have easily given up, but fought through a tough
    situation to prevail in the victory.
  • Respect – Logan is a very respectful young man and showed that before, during, and after the match to his opponent, coaches, and fans.

Congratulations to Ellyssa and Logan!

Youth Sports are for Kids?

By Bill Carlson, Assistant Principal, Hutchinson Middle School

Every child should have an opportunity to participate in youth sports.  In addition to learning a sport and having fun, participants should be taught leadership, teamwork and integrity.

The origin and purpose of organized youth sports was to increase the numbers of sport participants, to teach the game and to offer a fun, healthy, competitive outlet.  Unfortunately, over the years adults have changed the culture of this once generally uncomplicated activity.

Youth coaches have an incredibly important and sustainable impact on player development in youth programs.   High school teams with the most skilled and team orientated athletes have, without a doubt the best feeder programs, led by the best youth coaches.  Sadly, the current ‘win at all cost’ youth sports culture promotes talent selection not talent building.  These youth programs veer away from what should be an impartial and healthy opportunity for youth competition, and skill development but instead they permit adult driven manipulation of team selection and player hierarchy.

When a youth coach succumbs to pressure to win at all cost by parents or a club, or when the drive to win is to satisfy their own ego that coach becomes a talent selector. There is a vast difference between a coach who selects talent and one who identifies it. Talent selection is basic and simple, talent identification is a skill. One yields great results today and the other builds solid athletes and winning teams for the future. Unfortunately statistics show that as talent selection occurs so does the loss of 70% of youth sport participants by the age of 13. In my book, this is unacceptable.

Reputable high school coaches want their youth programs to be strong in participation numbers. They want their youth coaches and players parents to teach and reinforce character development, leadership skills and the concept of ‘team’. These three traits promote strong student leaders who eventually become strong adult leaders.

Parents also have a significant role in youth sports.  Parents are often asked to participate in the operation of their son/daughter’s sport clubs and associations, they are asked to manage fundraisers, help coach teams, transport and chaperone players, and to pay participation fees. With this level of time commitment and monetary cost it is easy to understand how a parent can lose site of the real purpose of the sport. Obviously parents want their student athlete to succeed and be the best they can be. Unfortunately, in this vein parents are often led to believe by AAU, Club, and Private Skills coaches that their son/daughter should focus on one sport and play year around if they aspire to play their sport in college.

Never limit your experiences as a young athlete. Participate in sport opportunities that interest you.  Participating in more than one sport/activity is a valuable way to stay grounded and well balanced. If you would choose to play a sport beyond high school rest assured your college coach will be impressed to know you have a variety of interests and that you are a multi-sport athlete.

Parents should not hesitate to check into the mission statement of the youth program their child is participating in and ask questions accordingly.  Parents may also want to consider having their own ‘mission statement’, to help you as a parent stay focused on what you want your student athlete to gain most from his/hers experience in youth sports.  There are a lot of good information and research that can help us improve the youth sport experience. Parents and Coaches should take time to read Mark Matheny’s book The Matheny Manifesto. It is a great read that speaks to youth baseball and how he help make changes in his community’s Little League. There are also many websites set up to help promote positive play in youth sports. The website I go to the most is Positive Play by the Positive Coaches Alliance. This website provides articles for players, coaches and parents. In the end no matter what we read or watch we all can agree that youth sports should be for the kids.

Tigers of the Week – Emma Berthiaume and Cole Hansen

Congratulations to Emma Berthiaume and Cole Hansen on being selected as the TIGERs of the week for November 23 – 28.

Emma Berthiaume – Girls Hockey

Scored game winning goal in OT against Willmar and leads the team in total points

Tenacity – Never gives up on any play. Does not back down from players who might be bigger or stronger than she is.
Integrity – Plays fair and keeps her sportsmanship on display every single day.
Gratitude – Always encourages her teammates in practice and games.
Effort – Always gives 100% in every situation she is in.
Respect – Earns respect through her actions and has always been a positive role model for teammates and younger players in the sport.

Cole Hansen – Boys Hockey

Scored 2 goals and an assist in two games

Tenacity – Hard working individual that gives 100% day in and day out both in games and practice.
Integrity – Is a team leader both on and off the ice with his actions and attitude toward the game.
Gratitude – Always takes the time to talk with the younger youth players in the program and is a great role model for them on and off the ice.
Effort – Consistent hard working player. Plays steady defense and a great deal of our offense starts and runs through our defensemen in which Cole is a big part of.
Respect – Shows respect for all those involved in every game including teammates, officials, and opponents.


Congratulations Emma and Cole!

Tigers of the Week: Mitchell Max & Rachel Haugen

Congratulations to Mitchell Max and Rachel Haugen for being selected as the TIGERs of the Week for the week of November 16-21, 2015. Below are the accomplishments and qualities that earned them the award.

Mitchell Max – Boys Basketball

  • Led the team in scoring with 20 points and went 7 of 13 in shooting
    Effort – Mitchell worked hard throughout the entire game, helping the team rally and remain competitive until the very end.
    Respect – Throughout the game, Mitchell displayed excellent sportsmanship. He encouraged his teammates throughout the contest

Rachel Haugen – Girls Swim and Dive

  • Completed her high school diving career with a 6th place finish at the state meet. This is her third time being All-State and her highest placing
  • Tenacity – Rachel has been focused and worked hard to achieve what she has achieved. She learned new dives as a senior that helped her set school records in both 6 and 11 dive formats
  • Integrity – Rachel has never complained even though she has had three different coaches over the last three years
  • Gratitude – She has been thankful for the support and encouragement she has received from teachers, classmates, coaches, and fellow competitors
  • Effort – She has put forth a great amount of effort throughout her time on the team. Always willing to do whatever was asked her. She was primarily a diver on the team, but also swam the workouts and in the meets without ever complaining
  • Respect – She has always shown great respect for her coaches, teammates, competitors, and the officials

Congratulations to Mitchell and Rachel!

Beyond the Vitamins and Minerals of Food

By Lesli Mueller, Director of Child Nutrition

Vitamin C, Biotin, Vitamin D and Calcium are some of the supplements we see lining the shelves at your local pharmacy.  We spend pretty pennies for these in hopes of improving our health.  The ironic thing is that this money may be better spent on actual food.

Where we get the best quality of vitamins and minerals is in the food we eat.  Whole foods, and not processed foods, are going to be the most nutrient dense.  That is why we hear so often that fruits and vegetables make a better snack choice in place of empty calorie chips, for example.

Supplements usually come in an isolated form of a vitamin or mineral.  From food we get vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals and water.  Phytochemicals are found in fruits, vegetables, grains, beans, and other plant foods. Phytochemicals are said to have health benefits that protect the cells in our bodies from damage that could lead to cancer.  Scientists are just scratching the surface of how valuable phytochemicals are to our health.  We do know some vitamins and minerals in our foods, when eaten together, help absorb vitamins and minerals into our bodies more efficiently.

Environmental and hereditary factors can impact the absorption of minerals, iron and calcium.  With the help of Vitamin D, calcium is able to absorb more effectively in our bodies.  We mostly get Vitamin D from the sun but it is in some foods like egg yolks and milk.  Scrambled eggs and cheese are a great combination of foods to aid in the absorption of calcium.  Iron needs the help of Vitamin C to help with absorption.  Tomatoes and peppers contain lots of Vitamin C.  Iron we find in dry beans, turkey and meat.  A delicious bowl of chili would be an excellent food for improved absorption of iron.

Healed and healthy skin, getting over the flu quicker, stronger bones and sparking the energy within us for a less sluggish workout are reasons why vitamins and minerals from food are important to our diet.

If your family eats food from all the food groups and gets a wide variety of these foods you can be assured you are heading down the road to good health.  Encouraging your children to try new foods can help this process along and creates good eating habits for their lifetime.

Hutchinson Public Schools

Hutchinson Public Schools