Archives for February 2018

We Can All Be Grandparents

By JoEllen Kimball, Clerk, Board of Education

I have been planning a topic for this column off and on since writing last year about school start times. Recently several topics have been stuck in my mind. One is the welcoming issue from the school’s point of view. While it appears complicated to the City of Hutchinson, it is policy for Hutchinson Public Schools. We welcome all students and their families. Diversity of people, ideas, and activities makes each school an exciting, challenging place to be.

Because it is February, I thought about the topic of kindness. This topic is quite simple. Be kind to everyone, all the time. That is not quite long enough for this column so I remembered what my High School  English teacher told me when I was struggling to find a topic. She said to write about what you know about.

I know about the joy of being a grandparent.

We get to attend their games, meets, matches, concerts, and plays. We get to volunteer in their classrooms and eat in their lunchrooms. We contribute to their fundraisers and make donations in their honor when we can.  Occasionally we get to care for them when they are ill or when school is not in session. We get to feed them and see them safely to school or to the bus stop. We get to hear their concerns about fair and unfair perceptions, about too much homework, or about the relevance school has to their busy lives. We are honored by each interaction and our hearts swell with love and pride.

Thank you if you are still reading this because I would like you to do one thing. Go back and reread the last paragraph as a person without grandchildren, who cares about the children of Hutchinson. Read it as if your grandchildren are too far away to allow you to be active in their lives.

These activities and many others can happen with neighbor children, children from your church, or your friends’ children. They can also be done with and for children you have never met and for families you do not know.

Here are a couple suggestions to help you begin. Go to the school district website and find a list of upcoming events. Choose one that interests you and attend it. Find an organization that helps children such as United Way or Common Cup and donate to one of their causes. Read stories, articles, and editorials about our children and make a plan to help.

Be brave and go to a school office, buy a lunch ticket, and eat with some students. Come up with an idea of your own of how you could share one of your hobbies or passions with Hutchinson youth.

There are lots of quotes about the joys and importance of grandparents. Here is one written by Jay Kesler:

“Young people need something stable to hang onto- a culture connection, a sense of their own past, a hope for their own future. Most of all they need what grandparents can give them.”

Tiger of the Week: Cole Meyer

Congratulations to Cole Meyer,
All State Jazz Band, for being named this week’s TIGER of the Week.

Cole Meyer – Band

Cole was selected to be a member of the Minnesota Band Directors Association All-State Honor Jazz Band.  He has put in countless hours practicing for the audition and learning his music. He was also a featured soloist on one of their pieces. It is for his hard work and dedication that Cole was nominated for Tiger of the Week.

Activity Schedule: February 26 – March 3, 2018

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Activities Department

Thayne Johnson, Activities Director
Meghan Laffen, Administrative Assistant
COMPETE LIKE A TIGER

TENACITY, INTEGRITY, GRATITUDE, EFFORT, RESPECT
TIGER PRIDE!

HHS Sports Marketing Students Team Up with Hutch Tigers Special Olympics

The Sports Marketing students at Hutchinson High School have teamed up with the Hutch Tigers Special Olympians in an effort to raise awareness and raise money.  Each year students with developmental disabilities have an opportunity to participate in basketball, track, bowling and unified sports through Special Olympics Minnesota.  To assist with expenses for equipment, busing, food and fees many of the athletes, Sports Marketing students and staff will be jumping into the frigid waters of Lake Calhoun (Bde Maka Ska) on March 2.  To inform people about Special Olympics, recruit plungers and raise money; the Sports Marketing students have put their marketing skills to work in many different ways.  They have developed slide shows with videos for students to view in FLIP, brought in a speaker for a student assembly, utilized many forms of social media, developed and distributed printed media, promoted Special Olympics at sporting events and at local businesses and have also been raising money so that Officer Berry “go jump in a lake” with them.

The students and athletes would like your support as they prepare to Take the Polar Plunge.  Each participant must raise at least $75 in order to plunge.  By going to http://www.plungemn.org/ you can scroll down to find a participant (or participants) you want to support, enter a dollar amount and then click “donate.”  With just a few more clicks you will have made a difference for our Hutch Tiger Special Olympics team.  Thank you for your support.

Activity Schedule: February 19-24, 2018

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Activities Department

Thayne Johnson, Activities Director
Meghan Laffen, Administrative Assistant

COMPETE LIKE A TIGER

TENACITY, INTEGRITY, GRATITUDE, EFFORT, RESPECT
TIGER PRIDE!

Tigers of the Week: Christian Kurth & Emma Olberg

Congratulations to Christian and Emma, our TIGERs of the Week for February 12 – 16

Christian Kurth – Wrestling

Christian has put together a solid season for Tiger wrestling.  His consistent work ethic and competitive attitude make him an excellent role model for our program.

Emma Olberg – Girls Basketball

Emma leads the team in hustle, tenacity, and effort.  She has had a terrific season for the Girls Basketball program. Emma doesn’t do it by scoring a lot of points, but instead she guards the other teams’ best player, rebounds like a center, make steals from out of nowhere and does whatever the team needs to have success. Her willingness to contribute with effort and with a team-first approach earns her this award.

College 123 Video Posted

This is a link to a new video we have produced to highlight the College 123 program at Hutchinson HS.

College 1-2-3

By Patrick Walsh, Hutchinson High School Principal

 

Hutchinson HS is not just the place where students prepare for college; it is the place where they begin college. Adjusting our academic expectations from being a high school student to being a college student can be abrupt for teenagers. Just because a student meets enrollment criteria does not necessarily mean that they are ready for full-time enrollment. Students can get more college-ready by taking TigerPath electives and earning really good grades in high school. It’s always important to remember that your college transcript is truly a forever document. Students having a full understanding of what to pursue in the post-secondary world is very, very important. Due to state requirements, these electives are hard to fit in until your junior or senior year.

At HHS, students build toward full-time college enrollment through our College 1-2-3 program! With College 1-2-3, students begin by taking ONE college/advanced course the first year, then adding ONE additional course when ready. If successful, students continue to add college courses until they are enrolled full-time. We believe this is a best route for the high majority of our students. There are simply too many cases of students getting overwhelmed in their first college experiences otherwise. Our students may well be in the workforce until they are 70 years old. The skills you master early will give them the greatest portability in the workforce later on.

There are other concerns when making the decision to take college offerings. Going to college, at any grade level, reduces the opportunities a student has to build the academic and vocational skills found in programs like our TigerPath Academies. Being in college can limit the time needed for the social and emotional growth needed to move towards adulthood. This may prematurely get a student too deeply into their college path. We seldom recommend full-time college enrollment for any of our high school students. Our philosophy is certainly oriented towards college credit, but not at the expense of additional skills and experience.

We currently have employers in Hutchinson who are scanning our high school students for the skills they sorely need in the workforce. Students not on campus do not have the same chance to gain those skills and lack the daily connection to our counselors and advisors.

By the senior year, we feel that ALL seniors should be earning at least some college credit at some level, and can do so on the HS campus. By that time, some of our students may even be able to be close to fully enrolled in college classes offered at the HS.

Students at Hutchinson HS can earn 1 to 2 years of college credits without leaving the building. On campus, we offer college credit in three ways–Articulated credit, Concurrent Enrollment classes and Advanced Placement courses.

Articulated credit courses offer credit to students when they enroll at a particular post-secondary institution. Typically, these students are enrolled in 2-year programs out of high school. Concurrent Enrollment courses are college courses taught by high school teachers. Advanced Placement courses are nationally-recognized college courses taught by high school instructors.

In addition to earning college credit that may save students and families money, there are a number of other advantages that make College 1-2-3 the preferred choice for students to start and continue with their college path.

  • Families save on transportation and food expenses by staying on the HS campus.  
  • Students take college-credit classes with your high school aged peers.
  • College-enrolled students on HS campus have many of the same freedoms that off-campus students have–college study, online RAMP and flex time.
  • High school teachers continue to be available for support. High School teachers offer personalized assistance and have reliable availability.
  • Continued enrollment in the high school allows students to build their skill development through TigerPath Academies in courses that will continue to add sorely-needed skills to their resume. This opens up internship and mentorship possibilities that can be helpful to continue to build skills and open up scholarship opportunities.

We have a world-class high school as a great option for all of our students. Students can gain academic freedom, earn college credit, and participate in an environment with high school teachers that is supportive and personalized. College 1-2-3–that’s the way we count at Hutchinson High School!

Click Here to Watch the NEW College 123 Video

Activity Schedule: February 12-17, 2018

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Activities Department

Thayne Johnson, Activities Director
Meghan Laffen, Administrative Assistant
COMPETE LIKE A TIGER

TENACITY, INTEGRITY, GRATITUDE, EFFORT, RESPECT
TIGER PRIDE!

Hands-on Experiences!

Middle School FACS students had fun helping cut sub buns for lunch.

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