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Archives for January 2019

ECFE Classes Starting in February

There is still time to register for the next sessions of ECFE (Early Childhood Family Education) classes.

Register in person (775 School Rd S), by phone (320-587-8908) or online (click here).

Classes include:

  • Terrific Two’s
  • Terrific Two’s & Practically Preschoolers
  • Practically Preschoolers
  • Playful Preschoolers
  • Intro to Preschool
  • Busy Babies
  • Wonderful ones/Terrific Two’s

Special Classes and Family Events:

  • Cooking & Crafting Class – Playful Preschooler and Parent Special Class
  • Hands Together: Building Relationships; Sharing Wisdom and Love!
  • Frozen Friday
  • Special Matinee at the State Theatre

Parent Only Class:

  • “No Drama Discipline: The Whole-Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind”

Tigers of the Week: Russell Corrigan & Rachel Scheele

Congrats to Russell and Rachel, our TIGERs of the Week for January 28 – February 3.

Russell Corrigan – Boys Basketball

Russell is averaging a team high 9.4 rebounds, 3 assists and 32 minutes a game and is second on the team at 15.1 points a game. He currently sits as the #3 All Time Points leader for the Hutchinson Boys Basketball program. Russell is a Leader on and off the court.

Rachel Scheele – Dance

Rachel is a very determined athlete. She comes to practice every day looking to make herself and her teammates better. She takes and gives corrections with respect and maturity. Her positive attitude continues to be a crucial piece to our  success.

Effective Talking Points for E-Cig Vaping Trend

By Carmen Morrow, Chemical Health Prevention Specialist,
REACH Counselor, Check & Connect Mentor, ZAP & MEADE Coalition

With today’s changing drug trends, parents are under more pressure than ever to adjust their talking points to be effective, according to the “US Department of Health & Human Services; a 2018 report from our Surgeon General.” This “Vaping” trend has become an epidemic as 1.7 million high school students used e-cigarettes in the past month. That’s half a million middle school students. What was promoted to help adult smokers quit has become an epidemic among teens. Millions of teens now struggle with a nicotine addiction.

The combination of increased stress levels, wanting a quick stress relief, limited knowledge and practice of healthy coping skills added to the epidemic of teens vaping. The E-Cigarette companies appear to be targeting our children with flavored e-liquid juices like tutti frutti, cotton candy, and sour gummy worms.

The vaping epidemic has parents asking; “how do I talk to my child about this new craze?” According to “The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids Vaping-What Parents should know” here are some  examples of what to say when your child asks:

Q: Isn’t vaping safer than smoking cigarettes?

Your child is exposed to less toxic substances when vaping (as compared to smoking), but there are still significant concerns. Their lungs are exposed to fine particles, metals, other toxins and nicotine which can harm them. You may use the example that, “Driving 90 miles an hour with a seat belt on is safer than without one, but neither is safe.” The same goes for vaping. It may be a safer alternative than smoking cigarettes, but neither one is without harm.

Q: They are just flavorings, so what’s the big deal?

Flavorings are common and considered safe when added to food and eaten, but relatively little is known about the long-term effects on your lungs. For example, there is a chemical called diacetyl that is used as a butter flavoring for candy, yogurt and popcorn, among other foods, and has been found in several e-juices. How these additives interact with the stomach is different than how it may affect your lungs. Diacetyl has been linked to “popcorn lung” which results in scarred lung tissue in workers who have inhaled diacetyl in popcorn factories. Also, e-liquids contain more than just flavorings. Whether it contains nicotine or not, teens also may be taking in fine particles, metals and other toxins. In some cases, teens have vaped e-liquids thinking it didn’t contain nicotine, when in fact it did. Deliberate or accidental exposure to e-liquids, whether from drinking, eye or skin contact or injecting it, can be severe, causing seizures or even death.

Q: Everyone is doing it, so why do you care?

You can say, “I know you may say this because of what you see in school or even on social media, but the real fact of the matter is that the majority of seniors (and more in lower grades) aren’t vaping. While it may be a popular activity for some kids, it doesn’t mean that it’s safe.”

Q: How can I respond to peer pressure?

You can say, “Let’s figure out what you may be comfortable saying to your peers. It’s best to be direct and use assertive body language (i.e., direct eye contact with strong posture) and to say something like, ‘No thanks, I’m not interested,’ or ‘You guys can, but I don’t want to.’” Another strategy for younger teens is to use an “X” policy. Whenever your child is in an uncomfortable situation and wants an easy out, they can text an “X.” You can respond by texting back to say that something has come up and they must head home immediately, or you will pick them up.

Q: You smoke, so why shouldn’t I?

If you’ve tried to quit, respond by saying “You’re right, smoking is unhealthy and I’ve tried to quit and I wish I had never started. I don’t want you to start an unhealthy habit and struggle the way I have, trying to  stop.”

Q: It’s legal, so why worry?

Vaping is not legal for anyone under 18 (and at 21 in some states). Many things are legal, but that doesn’t mean they are safe or harmless. Alcohol is an example of a legal substance, but can result in DUIs, car accidents and major health problems, including liver disease. Similarly, cigarettes are legal, but are highly addictive and proven to cause birth defects and cancer.

Q: I’m just doing it once in a while and nothing bad has happened.

Respond by asking what your child’s experience has been with vaping and pose a question like, “What keeps you from vaping more often?” This isn’t to suggest you condone or approve of vaping, but rather to get a sense of what the barriers are to your child’s use that you may be able to reinforce. These open-ended questions can help you understand what your child sees as the pros, and potentially the cons, of vaping.

To be effective a parent, you should be clear about expectations, listen, know the facts, in addition to reinforcing healthy behaviors that compete with vaping. A healthy parent child relationship  is one of the most important roles in helping your child manage and avoid drug trends. This relationship develops resilience and fosters open, honest, dialogue helping children avoid the temptation to vape.

Activities: January 28 – February 3, 2019

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Activities Director – Thayne Johnson, CAA
Phone: 320-234-2698

Administrative Assistant – Amber Larson
Phone: 320-234-2647


Tigers of the Week: Jordan Stenzel & Tate Card

Congratulations to Jordan and Tate, our TIGERs of the Week for January 21 – 25

Jordan Stenzel – Wrestling

Jordan was the champion at the Hutch/BLHS wrestling invitational. He consistently shows up to practice and events early and pitches in to help out wherever he can by officiating MS and youth matches, cleaning mats, starting warm-ups, etc. He is an extremely hard worker and very coachable. His tenacity and effort shows up every day in practice and certainly in his matches as well. Jordan is a very respectful individual who represents our program extremely well and is grateful for his opportunities to compete for us.

Tate Card – Wrestling

Tate has won three individual championships so far this season. He is willing to do whatever is best for the team. He is not afraid to face the toughest competition and shows the tenacity and effort to compete with the best in the state. Tate has also stepped up to help out when needed by officiating MS and youth matches, moving mats, and he is an excellent role model for our wrestling program.  Tate is very respectful to his teammates, coaches, officials, and opponents and is grateful for the opportunities that wrestling has offered him.

Activities: January 21 – 26, 2019

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Activities Director – Thayne Johnson, CAA
Phone: 320-234-2698

Administrative Assistant – Amber Larson
Phone: 320-234-2647


Tigers of the Week: Ainslea Jensen & Hayden Jensen

Congratulations to Ainslea and Hayden, our TIGERs of the Week.

Ainslea Jensen – Girls Hockey

Ainslea works hard at every practice and in every game, no matter the score. She is a versatile player and can play defense, wing and center. Regardless of the position she is playing does her best to help the team be successful. She is a gritty player who is willing to do the tough little things that don’t always show up on the score sheet but make a big difference in the outcome of the game.

Hayden Jensen – Boys Hockey

Hayden has been one of our most consistent players throughout the course of the season. Saturday he completed the game with 5 points (1 goal and 4 assists). Hayden is a great teammate that works very hard to make those around him better. His work ethic is contagious. He is a great teammate that leads through his examples both on and off the ice.

Who Do You Think You Are?

By Dave Ellefson, High School Counselor

Adolescence is a time in a person’s life where he/she goes through many changes. Both emotionally and physically.  It is a time to discover strengths and weaknesses. It is a time to learn about the effort and grit it takes to find success in our areas of weakness and to overcome setbacks as we follow our compass into the future. Career Theorist Eli Ginzberg states that there are three stages of career development.

The first stage is known as the Fantasy Period. This period ends at about age 11. During this time in a child’s life, careers are usually based on play. Ginzberg believed children transition from playful imitation to work imitation near the end of this stage.

In middle and high school years, adolescent children are able to better focus on, and recognize, work requirements and move into the Transition Stage. There are four components in this period. The first component is “interest,” where children learn likes and dislikes. The second component is “capacity,” where the child learns how much his/her abilities align with his/her interests. The third component, “values,” sees the child at 15 become aware of how work may fulfill his/her values. The final component of this period is called “transition.” Transition begins when the individual assumes responsibility for his/her own actions, becomes independent and exercises her freedom of choice.

The final stage of career develop will also begin during a student’s time in high school. The realistic period begins at age 17 and goes into the early 20s. The first phase of the realistic stage is “exploration.” During this phase, the student chooses a career path but remains open to other opportunities. The next phase, “crystallization,” is when the student  becomes more engrossed in a particular career, committing to one direction more than ever. The third period is “specification,” in which the student commits to or develops a preference for a specific area of work.

You may be asking, “Why is this important?” It is important because students need help with this process. Over the past few years, we have been very intentional at the high school level about helping to guide our students through this process with the creation of Tigerpath Academies, 4 year plan development, and Advisory lessons which guide students through the career development process. High School class registration will be beginning in the new year and we need the whole Hutchinson community to be equipped to help our youth as they make decisions about their future and explore interests and abilities. Hutchinson, our region, and our state are all affected by how well we do this. In the state of MN, only 60% of students who attend a 4 year college have graduated within 6 years of enrollment. In community colleges, only 29% who are enrolled compete a degree in 3 years. April Hanson, a representative of ACT, says one of the main reasons qualified students do not compete a degree is due to the fact that they do not have a clear career path in place. Hutchinson High School is committed to helping our students to be on the positive side of these statistics.

Stephen Smith and Shaun Fanning have written a book titled Who Do You Think You Are? It is an excellent resource for those who influence teens including parents, educators, employers, youth leaders, etc. Its intent is to give suggestions on how to coach teens to achieve college and career success by helping them to discover strengths and interests. It also gives suggestions to help teens decide on the correct path to reach career success. This may include college, the military, an apprenticeship, or work experience to reach personal goals. We have 20 copies of this book available for check out at the high school media center. Join us in helping our students to direct their individual career paths by asking them the following questions:  Who are you?, Where are you heading?, and How will you get to where you want to go?.

Activities: January 14-19, 2019

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Activities Director – Thayne Johnson, CAA
Phone: 320-234-2698

Administrative Assistant – Amber Larson
Phone: 320-234-2647


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