Archives for June 2018

Opportunity – Be a Reading or Math Corps Tutor

Join us as we head back to school! We are looking for caring adults to serve with Minnesota Reading Corps and help kids become successful readers. You’ll work directly with students every school day, during school hours, August – June. We’re looking to fill these positions:

  • Elementary Literacy Tutor
  • Math Enrichment Tutor

Tutors come from many backgrounds and include recent high school and college grads, career changers, stay-at-home parents and retirees. With training, support from onsite coaches and evidence-based strategies, Reading Corps tutors are well-equipped to change lives. No previous teaching experience necessary!

Tutors earn a living allowance, education award to repay student loans or pay tuition, and federal student loan forbearance. Tutors may be eligible for health insurance and child care assistance. To learn how you can join our team as a Reading Corps tutor, visit www.readingandmath.net.

Questions? Contact Becca.Johnson@servetogrow.org or 612-430-9882.

Building Skills During the Summer Months

By Jennifer Telecky, Assistant Principal, High School

The 2017-18 school year has come to an end and summer is in full swing. Summer is a time for kids and families to take a step away from the hussle and bussle of the busy school year and take some time to relax. While downtime, rest and relaxation are all good and necessary, it is important for kids to continue to stay the course, working on goals and looking ahead to what they want to accomplish during the upcoming school year. Whether their goals have to do with improving academic skills, getting better at sports and activities or building a resume, summer is an excellent time to get started on these goals. Here are some suggestions using the framework on Hutchinson Public School’s belief of Excellence in Academics, Activities and Character.

Academics

The school year can be a busy time with hectic schedules and sometimes the things that you want to get to are pushed to the backburner. The question then is, What are some things you can do now to alleviate some of the school year stress? This is a question that can be answered in many ways, but as a parent of high school aged students, ACT preparation comes to mind. There are a variety of places to find resources, but one place to start is online at www.act.org. So, instead of trying to find time to work through all ACT practice tutorials during the year, I would suggest getting started by creating and following a summer practice schedule.

Activities

At Hutchinson High School, approximately 50% of our students are involved in activities. Many students use the summer as a time to build and improve skills, meet goals and to get ahead in their individual sports and activities. There are many opportunities for joining a team, club or organization. For athletes, one suggestion is to participate in Hutch’s Strength and Conditioning program. Everyday, about 300 athletes in grades 6-12 come to the weight room to work to become “bigger, faster, and stronger.” It is definitely not too late to join this group.

Character

Many students spend the summer working at a job. While the student’s main goal of gaining and maintaining employment is to earn money, this is also a time to build skills and show an employer what they are made of. Showing up each and every day on time as scheduled and working hard can really help to show who they are. This can prove to be invaluable in the future when it’s time to apply for colleges, scholarship applications and as a reference for a future job. If a paid position is not what you are looking for, summer is also the perfect time to volunteer. Volunteering is not only great for the organization or person being helped, it is great for the person volunteering.College and scholarship applications often have a place to showcase your volunteer efforts. Volunteering is a great way to show your character.

Summer Break Elementary Learning Opportunities

Come Visit the Park Elementary Library

During these summer months, you and your family are encouraged to participate in some fun learning activities to keep skills refreshed. One wonderful opportunity is visiting the Park Elementary Library during each Wednesday throughout the summer, from 8 a.m. through 2 p.m. (except for July 4th). Students have the opportunity to get rewarded for reading; the more they read, the more they can earn (additional information can be viewed here)!  In addition, the Park Library is hosting a photo contest.  The rules are as follows:

  • Snap a picture of a Park Elementary student “caught reading”.  Creativity is encouraged!
  • Bring picture to the Library or email image to our Librarian, Naomi Shadis by 9/1/2018.

All photos submitted to the contest may be featured in the morning announcements or online.

library books


Summer Learning for All

The Internet is full of terrific summer learning ideas that appeal to students with different interests and learning styles.  For your convenience, we have compiled different resources below based on content area. Each description contains a link to the website referenced; just select the bold, underlined text!

Arts and Music

Music in the Park

Throughout the summer Library Square Park will host various family-friendly music acts. It’s free for all people to attend!  Click here to see what dates/times this weekly event will occur.

Hutchinson Center for the Arts 

Where they focus on bringing the arts to life, Hutchinson’s Center for the Arts offers various exhibits, events, and educational opportunities all summer long!  Check out their site!

Health and Fitness

The Power of Produce Club

Heart of Hutch is a local organization committed to helping people of all ages live well.  Throughout the summer, they are offering a program that promotes healthy eating for kids, referred to as the PoP Club!  Eager to know more?  Click here!

Keeping Fit All Summer Long

This site categorizes information by kids, teens, parents, and educators.  A variety of resources are available that span numerous topics, from jobs to social studies.  What we particularly appreciate is the exercise/movement page, full of excellent content and tips!  Click here for access.

Math

Get YouCubed!

Created at Stanford University, this website offers interesting and challenging tasks for students to complete based on grade level, concepts, and mathematical topics.  Get started and test your mind with one of the challenges.

Fun and Simple Math Family-Friendly Ideas

Math is all around us!  This site offers great ideas for incorporating easy math activities, from suggestions for outdoor games to things you can do around the house,  into your child’s lives.  Don’t delay, check out the article now!  

Reading

Maintaining Reading Motivation

With a listing of resources by grades, this site provides targeted and appropriate materials for children.  Podcasts, activities, projects, and digital games are all available when you open the website!

Reading Resources Designed for Parents

Designed for families of English language learners, this site offers informative and engaging learning opportunities for parents and students.  It also provides links to other websites for a more enriching experience.  Get started!

Science

Bringing Science to Life

Science is everywhere around us and this site helps get students thinking in a scientific manner.  Follow some of the suggestions and/or activities that can be found in this article.

Understanding the Impact of Energy

Energy fuels us in different ways.  Not only is this site extremely informative, it also provides interactive games for K-5 children.  This is a great website to keep bookmarked!

STEM

Sparking Interest in High-Demand, Transportable STEM Skills for Kids

Project Lead the Way compiled some of the best (and fun) ideas to keep children interested in the world of STEM. Click here to read all 20 ideas!

Pinning Winning STEM Ideas

Pinterest seems to be have an infinite amount of resources when it comes STEM activities. Check out some of the pins that were found by the Girl Scouts of Northern California.

Miscellaneous

Digital Storytelling

This is a wonderful opportunity for families to craft their own digital stories.  You can also read others’ stories that have been posted on the website.  Get inspired by clicking here.

Discover Our World

Children can learn more about the earth and its residents through this interactive site.

Learning on the Road

Traveling this summer?  Have your child learn more about the people and the places that you’ll be visiting during vacation.  Click here for to read some interesting activity proposals.

Making Summer Count

Recipes, crafts, nature, and summer writing are just some of the categories that parents can peruse while trying to create a meaningful summer break for their children!

Have a safe and superb summer!

Summer Food Program Feeds Kids for Free

By Lesli Mueller, Director of Child Nutrition

Summer is an exciting time for children to enjoy playing with friends, a week at camp, a family vacation, time at the pool or being a part of a summer team sport. School may be out but learning does not end, and neither does a child’s need for good nutrition. For the past few years Hutchinson Schools nutrition program has partnered with Common Cup and Hunger Free McLeod to make the Summer Feeding Program possible in our community.  The Summer Food Service Program provides free meals to children during the summer funded by the USDA. Any child age 18 and under may come to eat a delicious healthy meal for free. There is no income requirements or registration. Children can eat as many days as the summer feeding program is in service.

Meals are served by school food service staff at two sites during lunch Monday–Friday, June 11–August 17, 2018. Excluding July 2-6 when there will be no meal service due to the holiday week. Hutchinson Middle School serves their lunch from 11:00 am-12:30 pm in the Commons area. Park Elementary serves their lunch from 11:30 am-12:30 pm in the Cafeteria. Parents and guardians are welcome and encouraged to eat with their children as an opportunity to have family time. An adult lunch is at the affordable price of $4.00 for a varied well balanced meal.  Community groups and businesses volunteer and show their support of this wonderful program by assisting school food service with small duties in the cafeteria. Without their support the summer food program would not run as smooth towards being successful in serving kids and families.

Kids and teens will enjoy some of their school food favorites over the summer months. Menus include Taco in a Bag, Submarine Sandwich, Mini Corn Dogs and Cheesy Bread with Marinara sauce to name a few. The best part about all these menus we always include plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables and milk. All this nourishment gives kids energy to play and learn throughout their summer filled days. Working parents can be assured their children are getting a well-rounded meal that is not filled with empty calories like unhealthy snacks they may be eating instead. Children, their friends and families gathering to either feeding sites can benefit from the program in a variety of ways that adds to a strong community in Hutchinson.

Tigers of the Week: Cam Longie & Maddie Seifert

Here are the last two TIGERs of the week for the 2017-18 school year.  Congrats to Cam and Maddie.

Cam Longie – Boys Golf

Cam has been the most consistent performer for boys golf this past season. He has been medalist or co-medalist in three meets, including winning the 19 team St.Cloud Invitational with an even par 72. He also was the only Tiger to earn All-Conference in the Wright County. He is a hard worker in practice, and on the course shows great tenacity by never letting a bad shot or bad bounce bother him.

Maddie Seifert – Girls Lacrosse

Maddy has helped her team 3-Peat as Conference Champs, lead the Conference in goals, she finished the season ranked 5th in State in goals and was named to the All State 2nd team. Maddy’s dynamic play on the field along with her perseverance during tough situations is helping her grow into a leader. During games and practices she shares her game knowledge and key observations to help her teammates excel. Maddy approaches the game, her teammates and coaches with respect. She strives to improve herself and teammates to be the best they can be on and off the field.

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