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Archives for September 2015

Grant Recipients

A small group of Hutchinson Public School supporters started the ISD 423 School Foundation in 2008. Since that time, the endowment fund has grown, due to the generous contributions from members of our community and staff members of Hutchinson Public Schools. The Foundation endowment fund, or the “Tiger Fund,” is designed to give 5% of its annual earnings in grants.  

The ISD 423 School Foundation works to enable and motivate students and teachers by providing financial assistance to support innovative and creative classroom programs, projects and activities throughout Hutchinson Public Schools. The Foundation Board is excited to award its second year of grants. The Board’s goal was to award a total of $3,000 in grants. Because of a private donation, a total of $4,000 was granted. The ISD 423 School Foundation Board of Directors look forward to the positive impact these grants will have on the lives of our students.

Click Here to View the 2015-2016 Grant Recipients

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

It’s About You

At Parks, Recreation and Community Education,

It’s About You

By Dolf Moon, Director of PRCE


With the trees beginning to change color and cooler nights, winter is right around the corner.   The PRCE fall brochure is out and has plenty of opportunities for you and your family. Skating activities will soon be starting at Burich Arena. Youth and Adult basketball signup is underway. There are many adult programs you may find appealing. And when the weather finally turns the indoor playground is open Monday thru Thursday mornings.

This fall you will want to take advantage of the newly paved Luce Line trail. Or participate in take a kid mountain biking on September 27th. Or check out our many parks, trails and fitness park information at or give geocaching a try.  Keep an eye on the Heart of Hutch activities by eating smart, moving naturally or connecting wholeheartedly.

The PRCE Department offers a wide variety of educational and recreational opportunities to district residents.  The uniqueness of the program starts with you.  If you have an interest and don’t see a program that meets your needs, let us know.  We will try to arrange a program.  If you have a skill you would like to share with others, give us a call. We are currently putting together the winter/ spring brochure

PRCE reaches out to the entire community whether you are a parent with a preschool child (Early Childhood Family Education), a student taking a program after school, participating in Middle School athletics, an adult in a class or league, a senior citizen dropping by our center there’s something for all ages.  PRCE also provides Adult Basic Education opportunities.  Whether you dropped out of high school, are looking for a new job or trying to receive your GED, we can help.  If you’re looking to use a facility, a park shelter or a ball field, we can help.

Parks, Recreation and Community Education understand that “community” extends from neighborhoods to the world.  We are flexible enough to meet the needs of a fast-changing society.  We can extend the reach of education and bring people together in a common purpose.  We like getting people involved in our schools.  We can become partners in addressing community needs.  We do this by offering a scope of activities and services that evolve with new generations of people and technologies, making the community a learning center open for people of all ages.

Parks, Recreation and Community Education reaches out to be inclusive.  Every day it proves that the community and our schools, working together, can be greater than the sum of their individual parts. And please remember to vote on November 3rd.

School Board – September 14, 2015

The ISD 423 Board of Education will conduct a regular board meeting on Monday, September 14, 2015 beginning at 5:30 pm in the Council Chambers at City Center (111 Hassan St SE).

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Establishing a Healthy Habit

Establishing a Healthy Habit

Valerie Huepenbecker, Park Elementary Counselor


People are creatures of habit.  A habit is something we do daily without thinking.  As parents and educators we need to help our children establish healthy habits for learning.  Some say it takes forty days to move something from routine to a habit.  That doesn’t seem like a long time when you consider the rest of a child’s life.  The beginning of the school year is a great time to create and establish personal and family routines that will someday become lifelong healthy habits.

Create sleep routines-

According to The National Sleep Foundation, “Inadequate sleep can lead to mood swings, behavioral problems such as hyperactivity and cognitive problems that impact on their ability to learn in school.”  You can help your child establish a good sleep routine by limiting TV and computer time before bed, make the child’s room dark and quiet, and set and keep a regular and consistent bedtime.  The Mayo clinic recommends school-age children receive 10-11 hours of sleep every night.  Set a bed time routine with reading and keep it consistent.

Create nutrition and exercise routines-

Good nutrition and daily exercise is essential to healthy brain development which is critical to learning.  The American Psychological Association states that children who eat a healthy diet and exercise daily are more likely to perform better academically, feel better about themselves and their abilities, and avoid feelings of low self-esteem, anxiety, and depression.  Simple things can lead to big health improvements for your child.  Start your child’s day with a healthy breakfast, pack healthy snacks, and have fun being active with your child.  Take a family bike ride or play catch in the yard, it is recommended that children get at least 60 minutes of exercise a day.  By starting these habits early, maybe we can change the almost 30 percent of American children who are overweight.  (Retrieved from the 2007 National survey of Children’s health)

Create organization/homework routines-

Provide your child with a time and place to focus, study, and read their school work.  This environment might look differently for different students.  Some children need a quiet place, like a desk in their bedroom, others prefer the kitchen table.   What is most important is that the time and place be consistent, so the child forms the habit of doing daily school work.

Keep things organized by helping your child prepare for the next day.  Keep backpacks in the same place every night, lunches packed the night before, and clothes laid out.  This will help the morning run smoothly and create the environment for an organized good morning.  Help your child create checklists of things that need to be done at night and in the morning.  Hang the checklists in their room or on a bathroom mirror.  If your child is very young, try adding pictures to help them become more responsible and organized for the things they need to get done.  If you have a busy family schedule, try putting up a white board by the door to have a weekly schedule and daily checklist.  Often family members are going in different directions and this is a way to keep everyone organized and “in the know”!

Keep a positive attitude and start a healthy habit today!

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