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Archives for October 2015

Tiger of the Week – Amber Messner

Congratulations to Amber Messner, volleyball, who was selected as the Tiger of the Week.

Here are Amber’s accomplishments and how she has been an example of being a Tiger.

  • Amber has led the way with 35 digs, 4 ace serves, and 43 serve receptions.  Her play allowed our team to secure the conference title outright and have a perfect 5-0 conference record.
  • Tenacity – Amber has a very competitive personality when it comes to the volleyball court.  Being a defensive specialist, her job and she takes great pride in it, is to not let the ball touch the floor.  She has taken on our opponents best hitters and done a great job digging their attacks.  Besides playing defense, she is also extremely good at covering our hitters.  I’ve seen Amber pick balls up off of the opponents block, which I’m sure they figured had scored, only to have it attacked at them again because Amber was able to keep the ball alive.
  • Effort – Amber’s effort is highly contagious with the rest of the team and program.  When others see the effort and desire she puts forth in any drill or competitive event, it only causes a chain reaction and her fellow teammates want to duplicate her effort.

Congratulations Amber Messner


Absentee Voting –

If you are not available to vote on Election Day, it is easy to request and vote by absentee ballot.

Click Here to Learn More about Absentee Voting Procedures


Frequently Asked Questions –

Many residents have similar questions. Use the link below to learn more about the bond referendum.

Click Here for Answers to Frequently Asked Questions


Property Tax Information Site –

This site provides information for taxpayers of the Hutchinson School District regarding how the District’s proposed bond referendum will affect their property taxes. The site was prepared by the District’s financial advisors, Ehlers, in cooperation with the District. If you have questions about the information within the site, you may call Ehlers at 651-697-8500 or 1-800-552-1171.

Click Here for the Property Tax Information Site


Public Hearings –

Wednesday, October 14 at 7:00 pm

Park Elementary Auditorium (100 Glen St SW)

Wednesday, October 21 at 7:00 pm

Hutchinson High School Media Center (1200 Roberts Rd SW)

Sample Ballot –

Click Here to View the Sample Ballot


Vote 2015 Brochure –

The brochure includes information about the key components of the referendum as well as proposed improvements in the areas of safety and security, education and technology, and physical needs.

Click Here to View the Vote 2015 Brochure


High School Building Concept –

Building Concept Overview







High School Site Concept –

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Tiger of the Week

The Tiger of the Week for October 5 – 10 is Grace Penke, varsity girls soccer player. Below are some of the highlights that earned Grace the award:

  • Scored the only two goals in a tough 3-2 loss against Watertown-Mayer
  • Tenacity – Grace is always on the attack, coming back to midfield to help transition, or full on break away to goal
  • Integrity – Grace always displays sportsmanship by her actions on the field. She congratulates others on a great performance, including opponents.
  • Gratitude – Grace always expresses thanks to her coaches for game insight and guidance given to improve as a player. Is usually first in line to thank our referees for officiating the games.
  • Effort – Grace is constantly trying to improve her game and the team. She currently leads the Wright County Conference in goals scored and is second in total points
  • Respect – Grace never argues with the calls of the officials. She acknowledges she was at fault and in most cases apologizes to her opponent.

Congratulations to Grace Penke, the Tiger of the Week for October 5 – 10!

Once Upon a Mattress

Hutchinson High School Proudly Presents . . .

Once Upon a Mattress

Music by Mary Rodgers, Lyrics by Marshall Barer,
Book by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller and Marshall Barer

Thursday, October 29, 2015 at 7 pm

Saturday, October 31, 2015 at 7 pm

Sunday, November 1, 2015 at 2 pm

Hutchinson High School Auditorium

Tickets are $9 for Adults, $6 for Children under 12.

Tickets are available at the High School Office

Break the Chain

Break the Chain
By Mandy M. Sturges, RN, LSN

Licensed School Nurse, Health Services Coordinator,
Hutchinson Public & Parochial Schools

It is time to break the chain; the chain of germ transmission.  How do we do that?  By washing our hands.  Last week, on October 15th there was a worldwide initiative to get people thinking about washing their hands.  The Global Handwashing Day was originally designed for children and schools, but is a good reminder for all of us.  Handwashing is the single most important thing we can do to remove germs and help us stay healthy.  It is a simple thing really, but it can make such a difference.  

When you ask people if they wash their hands when they are supposed to, almost all of them say yes.  However, studies show that 1 in 5 people do not wash their hands.  In fact, in a recent study, 100,000 people were observed to see if they actually washed their hands after using the bathroom.  The results were surprising.  Only 38% of men washed their hands after using the bathroom.  Women did a little better, at 60%.  This is after using the bathroom!  If we aren’t washing are hands after using the bathroom, we are probably not washing our hands at other key times either.

When should we wash our hands? There are some key times to wash our hands.  Here are some examples:

  • After using the bathroom
  • Before eating or preparing food
  • After coughing, sneezing or blowing our nose
  • After touching animals
  • Whenever our hands are visibly dirty

How should we wash our hands? There are five simple steps to effectively wash our hands (wet, lather, scrub, rinse, dry).  Whenever possible, we should wash with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds, rinse hands with clean water, and dry with a clean towel.  When we talk to children about washing their hands, we often encourage them to sing a song, or say the alphabet.  This helps them fill the 20 second time period.  If running water and soap are not available, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content is a good option.  These alcohol-based hand sanitizers can reduce the amount of germs, however, they do not remove all germs.

“Clean Hands Save Lives” is a catchy slogan you will find on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.   In fact, the experts claim that handwashing is like a “do it yourself” vaccine.  It really is that important.  Good handwashing can significantly reduce the spread of germs that cause diarrheal illnesses, as well as respiratory illnesses.  This is timely information, as we are about to enter the dreaded “cold and flu season”.

We have the power to break the chain of germ transmission, and significantly reduce the spread of illness.  We can do this together.  We can wash our hands! I truly believe we can make a difference in the health of our families, in the health of our schools, and in the health of our community, with this one simple act. The power is literally in the palm of our hands!

Flu Shot Clinics

The Minnesota Visiting Nurses Association is providing flu shot clinics on:

Tuesday, October 13, 2015
4:00 – 7:00 pm
Park Elementary, Middle School, and High School

Wednesday, October 14, 2015
8:00 – 11:00 am
Media Center
West Elementary

These flu shot clinics are open to ALL students, staff, parents, and community members. Please bring your health insurance card.

Click here to view the flyer of accepted insurances and cash prices.

Help Reduce the Flu at Work!

CDC – No More Excuses: You Need a Flue Vaccine

Bond Referendum Public Presentations

Do you have questions about the bond referendum election? There are two opportunities for you to hear a public presentation from Superintendent VanderHeiden and ask questions.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015
7:00 pm
Park Elementary Auditorium
(100 Glen St SW)

Wednesday, October 21, 2015
7:00 pm
Hutchinson High School Media Center
(1200 Roberts Rd SW)

Click here for additional information about the bond referendum.

Peaceful Bus

Peaceful Bus

By Lori VanderHeiden, Assistant Principal, Park Elementary

The start of another school year is marked by several things, among them the bright yellow school buses on our roadways.  According to the American School Bus Council, school buses are designed to be safer than passenger vehicles in avoiding crashes and preventing injury.  School buses are the safest mode of transportation for getting children back and forth to school, and they keep an annual estimated 17.3 million vehicles off roadways surrounding schools each morning.  Buses are able to keep our students physically safe, but what about the emotional and psychological safety of our buses?  This is a question posed by the Peaceful School Bus Program, which brings together bus drivers, teachers, students, parents, and administrators to discuss the dynamics of riding a school bus and how to create a safe and welcoming environment.  The program aims to change the social dynamics on the school bus by building strong relationships among students and the bus driver and teaching students to take responsibility for their “bus route group” and for what happens on the bus.

There are several reasons why the environment on a school bus is so unique:  

  • Students sit facing forward and can only see the back of the heads of others instead of face-to-face.  The more impersonal an environment is, the more likely it is to be less respectful.  
  • The driver, who is the only adult in charge, is not looking directly at students but at the road ahead.  Even the best and most effective teacher could not control a class if his or her back was constantly turned to the students.  
  • The driver is often farthest away from the students who are most likely to act inappropriately. Sitting at the back tends to be a right of passage and this affords students the opportunity to do and say things they normally wouldn’t do or say if they had more direct adult authority and monitoring.
  • The bus is a loud, cramped space, which also leads to acting in ways they normally would not do.  Students also need to be taught how to respect personal space.
  • The bus is a self-contained unit, with no visible connection to either school or home and the rules there.
  • Usually only overt physical actions like hitting or kicking get noticed by a school bus driver.

What can be done to address the unique bus environment?  At school, Park Elementary students met with their bus group, their bus driver, and members of the teaching and support staff to build community in addressing these things.  Older students paired with younger bus riders to talk through “peaceful” and “unpeaceful” behaviors and created some bus rules/expectations that they agreed to follow.  Each bus group was photographed and those photos hang near the lunchroom and on each bus.  At home, parents can ask students about the kind of bus climate they want to help create and remind them of the rules that were mutually created by their bus group.  If each student did his/her own part, the combined effort would be amazing.

Our community is fortunate to have committed bus drivers who safely transport our children every day.  Let’s all do our part to create healthy, peaceful buses.

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