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Archives for May 2016

Tigers of the Week: Alex Hantge and Joe Caya

Congratulations to Alex Hantge and Joe Caya, the TIGERs of the Week for May 30!

Alex Hantge – Girls Golf

Alex was named All Conference and won the Hutchinson Girls Golf Invitational

Alex works hard every day at practice as well as in the off-season to be the best she can be.  He effort inspires others to work hard which helps the team excel.  She is willing to take on any role she is asked to fill.  She shows respect to her teammates and coaches every day.

Joe Caya – Special Olympics Track and Field

Joe ran the anchor leg of the winning 4×100 relay and he also won the 200 meter dash at the Southern Minnesota Area Competition.

Joe is a TIGER in every sense of the word.  He is tenacious and gives his best effort at every practice.  He treats his teammates and coaches with respect.  Joe supports and encourages those around him, and maintains a positive attitude at all times.

The Value of Struggle

Teaching Children the Value of Struggle

By Anne Broderius, West Elementary Principal

Teaching children to move from thinking “this is too hard and I just can’t do it” to “this took time and effort, but I did it” is important. Perseverance and enduring through struggles are crucial to learning and being successful in life. People of all ages need to develop these skills. Perseverance is a character trait that allows a person to continue trying even when things are difficult or seem impossible. Perseverance is actually a skill that can be taught and practiced. Even though many learn it on their own through experiences of trial and error, and success and disappointment, the coaching and support children receive from the adults in their world can make a huge impact.

Parents and adult mentors should have frequent discussions with children about hard work and perseverance where they teach and model how to react to life’s disappointments or setbacks.  In addition, we can reinforce successes for children by naming the perseverance as a quality that truly matters. So instead of saying, “You are so smart” consider saying, “I noticed how hard you worked on that and stuck with it until the end”. This will help to foster a positive attitude about hard work, life experiences, and determination.

Here are some tips for fostering perseverance in children.

  • Create an environment where it’s ok to make mistakes. When children live in a supportive environment where they trust the adults, they are more willing to take risks. When given the opportunity to build skills, meet new challenges, and see the results of their efforts, the value of hard work is instilled.
  • Encourage children to try new things and model trying something new yourself. No one is perfect at anything new to them, but with continued practice, even when things get hard, they will see the value of hard work and the rewards of perseverance.
  • Share personal experiences of facing situations that require perseverance. Children need to hear about others failures and life experiences to be willing to take risks themselves.
  • Start small and create the conditions for children to experience small successes. Encourage their own inner courage and strength along the way. Warn them they may experience the need for perseverance and keep supporting and coaching as needed.
  • Be there for them when they do struggle or fail. Provide support and help them evaluate how to adjust and try again. Work to instill a ”never give up” attitude.
    Recognize the effort and avoid using rewards when they experience success. Instead, use encouraging words that recognize effort, hard work, and perseverance instead.
  • It should be our goal to help all children maintain positive attitudes that will enable them to

keep trying, and to feel proud of each success they experience along the way. We teach children to read, write, and do math, but teaching children how to persevere may be the greatest lesson of all.

Hutch Tigers Special Olympics Basketball 2015-16

If you have about 10 minutes, please take a look at our Hutch Tigers students and coaches….more and more students without disabilities are joining in this “Unified Schools” movement… and it has been awesome!
 More exciting things to come.  GO TIGERS!!

Mona Hjerpe, ISD 423 Autism Specialist,
Special Olympics Head Coach 

Tigers of the Week: Lex Seifert & Noah Corrow

Congratulations to Lex Seifert and Noah Corrow, the TIGERs of the Week:

Lex Seifert – Girls Lacrosse

Lex has scored 9 hat tricks in 10 games and currently leads the team in goals, assists, and overall points.

Lex’s offense has not gone overlooked by opposing teams and consistently draws the other team’s top defender.  She accepts challenges and pushes herself to perform at the highest level both physically and mentally.  Her passion for the game is displayed both at practice and during games.


Noah Corrow – Baseball

Noah hit .364 with 3 RBIs and 3 runs scored during three games.  He also pitched a complete game in a 9-1 win over Waconia, giving up only 3 hits.

Noah has stepped up to become a tremendous leader for Hutchinson baseball.  He is both a vocal and physical leader.  He has consistently been one of the hardest workers in practices and games, while doing it with the utmost respect for teammates, officials, and opponents.

Thank You!

Thank you to all of the participants, volunteers and sponsors for making the 2nd Annual Tiger Time Challenge a success!

Over 300 people participated and the new Tiger Cub Challenge was a great way to kick-off the activities.

Thank you to the Tiger Time Challenge Committee: Tyler Warren, Chad Harlander, Joe Meier, Jamie Mahoney, Sarah Nelson, and Jason Werowinski.  Your dedicated support of the Hutchinson FFA Organization, the ISD 423 School Foundation and most importantly – our students – is greatly appreciated.

Tiger Time Challenge Thank You_Website

2016 Summer Feeding Program

Summer Feeding Schedule and Activities_2016

Tigers of the Week: Tayla Card & Maguire Petersen

Congratulations to Tayla and Maguire, this week’s TIGERs of the Week:

Tayla Card – Softball

Tayla makes it very difficult for other teams to get her out.  In the past week, she has gone 8-12, with 4 runs scored and 3 RBIs.

Tayla is very tenacious at the plate.  Her speed and slap hitting make it difficult on the other team’s defense.  She has worked hard to come back from a leg injury that has bothered her much of the season.  Tayla has a very outgoing personality and can often be heard cheering on her teammates from the dugout.  She respects her teammates, opponents, and coaches.
Maguire Petersen – Track and Field

Maguire won the high jump competition at the Sentinel Relays with a new school and meet record of 6’6”.  Maguire broke his own school record of 6’4”.

His jump at the Relays ties him for a second place ranking on the state track and field honor role.  Maguire is extremely competitive and has been able to juggle performing in both baseball and track and field this year.

Tiger Time Challenge

Tiger Time Challenge
Saturday, May 21, 2016
Hutchinson High School

New for 2016
Tiger Cub Challenge – Kids 6 – 13 years old
Special pricing for students and groups

Hutchinson FFA and ISD 423 School Foundation

Check out all the detail and register online:

Tigers of the Week – C.J. Huiras & Emma Berthiaume

Congratulations to C.J. Huiras and Emma Berthiaume, the TIGERs of the Week for May 9.


C.J. Huiras – Boys Golf

C.J. was our top golfer at the Holy Angels Invite. He finished 2 strokes behind the meet medalist.

He has had a very good year and has been our most consistent golfer. Through hard work and tenacity, he has improved parts of his game that have allowed him to be competitive in nearly every match we’ve played. He is a great teammate and shows respect for his opponents, teammates, and the game of golf.


Emma Berthiaume – Girls Lacrosse

Along with her accomplishments on the field, Emma is a great teammate and always displays high character.

She is always prepared whether during practice or a game. Her energy and relentless effort towards doring her best is displayed every time she is on the field. She welcomes challenges with a smile, shows heart and respect during victory or defeat. She is eager to learn to make herself and her team better. Emma has developed into a true leader.

Help Your Children Branch Out

Help Your Children Branch Out
By Dan Olberg, Principal, Park Elementary


One of the beliefs we have at Park Elementary is that everyone is a scientist.  We are trying to break the stereotypical image that our students have regarding scientists.  Scientists are not just those who dress up in a white lab coats and wear safety glasses all day.  Scientists are farmers, cooks, hairdressers, construction workers, and much more.  So when a student brought up the fact that moms and dads are scientists, I started to think about how true that statement is – especially as we know more about the brain and how it functions early in life.

Scientifically speaking, if there was one part of the brain that is more important to the intelligence of a child it would have to be the cerebral cortex. That is where higher cognitive processing occurs.  As children learn new things they are essentially changing those neurons, or nerve cells, their structure, and the chemistry in their cerebral cortices.

Human beings get an explosive growth of dendrites in the cerebral cortex, like branches, in their first 8 to 10 years of life.  These branches link knowledge and experiences together.  Think of it as a tree with branches and leaves.  The leaves hold pieces of information and the branches link the information together.  As long as new experiences and knowledge continues to filter in, the branches grow and sprout new leaves.  Naturally, there is a rapid growth of branches in these early years and it peaks at about the age of 10 when it slowly starts to decrease.   At this point the branches that have not made connections die off.  This process is called pruning.  That is why there is so much interest today in those first 10 years of life.

So we need to ask ourselves as parents and educators some very important questions.  How can we give children the best experiences for maximum growth?  What activities are our children doing that foster brain growth?  What activities are our children doing to stifle or limit the growth?  What are we doing as parents to engage our children in life experiences?   Those questions are not hard to answer; however, acting on them can be more than difficult at times.

So the student had it right; parenting is part science.  Our guidance through these formative years is scientifically important.  The most exciting discovery about all this research is that education should continue for a lifetime. The brain’s capacity for learning and change is limitless, depending on our willingness to seek new experiences and opportunities.  Our “trees,” as well as our children’s, can continue to fill out and expand with a wide variety of real-world and academic activities.  “Branch out” and support children’s continued brain growth.  For more information, please go to:

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