Safe and Secure Schools: West Elementary

West Elementary has undergone some changes over the past year in order to make the school more safe and secure. This video was produced with the intention of informing parents about these changes and to educate parents about the ways that West Elementary ensures the safety of all students. We discuss how to visit West, how to pick up your child early, and end of the day procedures as well.

Meet Cooper

Meet the newest member of HMS Staff!meet-cooper-1

Who is Cooper?

  • Age: 4 years old
  • Breed: Vizsla
  • Weight: 52lbs
  • Mrs. Buker’s personal dog
  • Certified therapy dog with Therapy Dogs International

Frequently Asked Questions

 Who can visit with Cooper?

Cooper will be accessible to all students.

What is Cooper’s purpose?

Dogs are great for reducing anxiety and calming students (and teachers) during the school day. Dogs are also helpful in teaching empathy, compassion, responsibility, and how to treat others.

What if I don’t like dogs?

Petting/visiting Cooper is completely voluntary. You always have the right to refuse contact with him.

Where will Cooper be during the school day?

Cooper will be in Mrs. Buker’s office. He will always be leashed while in the hallways.

Want more information? Check out these resources:

FAQ for Parents and Guardians of Students at Hutchinson Middle School

Slideshow: Meet Cooper

Please contact Keri Buker, Hutchinson Middle School Counselor with any questions or concerns.


Phone: (320) 587-2854

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 
Hutchinson Public Schools

Hutchinson Public Schools