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Archives for September 2017

Community Homecoming Pep Rally

Everyone is invited!

Community Homecoming Pep Rally
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
6:00 pm
Library Square Park

Pizza Feed at 6:00 pm & Rally at 6:30 pm

Tiger Family Fun Day – September 30

Keeping Your Family Strong


By Cindy Wendorff, Early Childhood Family Education Coordinator

Every family has strengths and faces challenges simultaneously.  When you are under stress- the car breaks down, you or your partner lose a job, a child’s behavior is difficult; or even a positive change, such as moving or a new job—it takes a little extra help to get through the day.  PROTECTIVE FACTORS  are the strengths and resources that families draw upon when life gets difficult. Building on these strengths is a proven way to keep the family strong and prevent abuse and neglect. Experts in national organizations that work to prevent child maltreatment and promote well-being report that there are 6 key factors and some simple ways to build these factors into your own family.

#1 Nurturing & Attachment (Our family shows how much we love each other):

  • Take a few minutes at the end of each day to connect with your children with a hug, smile, song or just listening & talking.
    Find ways to engage your children while completing everyday tasks (eating, shopping, driving); talk about what you are doing, ask questions, let them see how you make decisions and play simple games such as “I Spy”

#2 Knowledge of Parenting & Child Development (I know that parenting is part natural and part learned. I am always learning new things about raising children and what they can do at different ages):

  • Ask questions of your family doctor, child’s teacher, family, or friends
    Read reliable books, online newsletters, websites about child development
    Take a local parenting class
    Observe what your child can and cannot do
    Share what you know with your child’s caregivers

#3 Parental Resilience (I have courage during stress & the ability to bounce back from challenges):

  • Take some quiet time to reenergize – do something that you enjoy
    Do some physical exercise – as simple as taking a walk
    Share your feelings with someone you trust
    Surround yourself with people who support you

#4 Social Connections (I have friends, family, & neighbors who help out & provide emotional support):

  • Participate in your neighborhood activities
    Join a playgroup or an online support group of parents with children of similar ages
    Find a church, temple or mosque  that welcomes and supports parents

#5 Concrete Supports for Parents (Our family can meet our day-to-day needs, including housing, food, health care, education and counseling.  I know where to find help if I need it):

  • Make a list of people to call for support
    Ask your child’s school to connect you with resources

#6 Social and Emotional Competence of Children (My children know they are loved, feel they belong, and are able to get along with others):

  • Provide regular routines around mealtimes, school and bedtimes  for your children and share them with your child’s caregivers
    Talk with your children about the importance of their feelings and other’s feelings
    Guide your children in learning to regulate their feelings and emotions
    Teach and encourage children to solve problems in age appropriate ways

When you take the time to consider these factors, you will build a stronger family.  Your children will benefit, you will benefit and your community will benefit.  Call 587-8908 (Early Childhood Family Education) if you have any questions about resources for your children in our community.



Tigers of the Week – Sept. 22 – Lillie Ortloff and Maguire Petersen

Our TIGERs of the Week for September 25 – 29 are Lillie and Maguire.  Congrats!

Lillie Ortloff – Girls Swim and Dive

Lillie finished first in all four events she competed in at the Watertown-Mayer meet.  Lillie has always come to every practice looking for ways to get better. She is willing to experiment with different techniques and race strategies to discover what is going to the best for her. She is always excited to take on a new challenge and sees process of the improving a puzzle that just needs to be solved.

Maguire Petersen – Football

Maguire has made numerous big plays in the first half of the season to help the Tigers to a 4-0 start.  He has been a great leader.  Maguire has a tenacious attitude and is always prepared both in practice and games.

HHS Student Lunch Menu – Week of Sept. 25

Tigers of the Week – Sept. 18-25 Mitchell Grand and Tyler Miller

Congrats to Mitchell and Tyler, our TIGERs of the Week:

Mitchell Grand – Boys Cross Country

Mitchell has been the boys top runner all season. He continues to push himself everyday in practice and encourages others to run with him. He sets a great example for younger runners in his work ethic and focus. Mitchell sets high goals for himself and the team and pushes himself to accomplish them.

Tyler Miller – Boys Soccer

Tyler is an all around team player. He is always respectful on and off the field and plays with great tenacity, never giving up no matter the score. He lead our team with a really positive start to the season and helps maintain the momentum. Tyler is a model T.I.G.E.R. athlete.

Spooky Sprint – October 28

Come and be a part of Minnesota’s largest Family Fun Run – the Spooky Sprint!

October 28, 2017

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Partnership Increases Coach, Student, Parent Education

Partnership Increases Coach, Student, Parent Education

By Thayne Johnson, Activities Director


Participation in youth sports in America is at an all time high.  According to one study, an estimated 43 million kids between the ages of 6 and 17 participate in at least one organized sport.  This rate of participation has had a serious impact, both positive and negative, on the culture of youth sports.  A new partnership at Hutchinson Public Schools aims to create a positive, character-building experience.

Starting with the 2017-18 school year, Hutchinson Public Schools is excited to announce a partnership with Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA).  PCA is an organization whose mission is simply “Better Athletes, Better People”.  They work with over 3,500 school districts across the United States, including a growing number here in Minnesota.  PCA uses a combination of workshops, books, and online resources to help education coaches, students, and parents in an effort to transform the culture of youth sports.

Prior to the start of the 2017 fall season, we hosted a workshop for all head coaches.  PCA sent out a keynote speaker who led an hour and a half discussion with our coaches introducing some key concepts in the PCA organization.  We talked a lot about three main concepts: redefining what it means to be a winner, filling the emotional tanks of our athletes, and honoring the game.  Coaches were encouraged to put into practice the ideals presented during the workshop and to continue teaching life lessons through sports.  Coaches will be getting monthly updates with different resources that they can put into practice with their student athletes.

Moving forward, we will be hosting a workshop for our student leaders sometime in March, with the emphasis being on what it means to be a Triple-Impact Competitor.  The three key aspects of being a Triple-Impact Competitor are improving self, helping others, and respect for the game.  We also plan on hosting a workshop for parents in the fall of 2018.  The parent workshop will provide tips on how to help your student process the ups and downs of youth sports.

We believe that this partnership will be a benefit to the coaches, students, and parents of Hutchinson Public Schools.  If you are interested in learning more about PCA and explore some of the possibilities, feel free to visit their website at

HHS Student Lunch Menu – Week of Sept. 11, 2017

Tiger of the Week – Sydney Mandelkow

Congrats to Sydney Mandelkow, our TIGER of the Week for September 11 – 15.

Sydney Mandelkow – Girls Tennis

Sydney had to make a big jump this year to play our number one singles position. She is competing with the best players from every program on our schedule and has certainly risen to the challenge by playing her best tennis. Her tenacity and effort have been exemplary and she constantly shows respect to her opponents, her team, and coaches. I believe that Sydney is an excellent role model for our program and is grateful for the opportunity to represent us as our number one singles player.

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