Activities: February 18 – 23, 2019

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

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


Above the Line Thinking

By: Robert Danneker, Principal, Hutchinson High School

Often, when we interact with others, encounter new problems, or try new things, we are guided by past experiences and patterns of behavior that have become largely ingrained and are generally unconscious practices.

What would happen if we strived to make these unconscious processes conscious? How might that change how we approach new people, problems, and ideas? Might we find ourselves open to new experiences and opportunities?

These questions are the basis of the Top 20 Training ( professional development group’s model of Above the Line / Below the Line thinking.

In this model, Above the Line thinking is defined as “thinking that is in my best interest,” characterized by energetic moods and emotions, positive attitudes, true beliefs, hopefulness, optimism, and feeling like one has the power to control their own life.

Conversely, Below the Line thinking is typified by “thinking that is not in my best interest” along with negative moods and emotions, including feelings of sadness and anger, gloomy attitudes, false beliefs, hopelessness, pessimism, and seeing one’s self as a “powerless victim of life.”

Given the option of choosing between Above the Line thinking or Below the Line approaches, most people would naturally opt for Above the Line.

So why don’t we see Above the Line thinking more often?

Typically, we don’t see Above the Line thinking as often as we would like because the people we interact with are not consciously choosing to live Above the Line, functioning instead on ingrained habits that may not always be positive or productive.

It can be so easy to overlook that we all have to ability to choose our mindset, to choose our outlook, and to choose how we interpret the world around us.

At Hutchinson High School, we have introduced the Above the Line / Below the Line dichotomy into our common language expressly for the purpose of making our beliefs and habits conscious acts. In doing so, we hope students and staff will choose an Above the Line mindset and, in the words of Top 20 Training, “keep their day.”

To reinforce the idea of consciously choosing to live Above the Line, staff and students at HHS also employ what Top 20 Training would call our “four responsibilities.”

The first responsibility is to “help everyone succeed.” Within this idea is the obligation that we all have towards one another to help and to support those around us whenever possible and however is most appropriate given the context.

Our second responsibility is to communicate “you matter” by consistently showing our genuine appreciation for others through simple thank yous or in more elaborate expressions of gratitude.

Third, we “honor the absent” by always ensuring that when discussing someone not physically present, we always take care to present that individual and their character in ways they would appreciate.

Finally, we “see the problem, own the problem” through each member of the HHS community possessing both the freedom and obligation to identify areas of concern and to assist in their resolution.

In addition, at HHS, we have added a fifth responsibility: to “assume positive intent.” We don’t spend time speculating on innuendo or what another person might be thinking. We are open to input, and we seek to clarify confusion.

Recently, the concept of mindfulness has been having a cultural moment. At HHS, by staying Above the Live and staying true to our five responsibilities, we are creating an environment of mindfulness for all.

Pre-K – Grade 5 Snow Make Up Day – 2/15/19

PreK – grade 5 students and staff will have school on Friday, February 15, 2019.

This is to make up one of the prior snow days.

Tigers of the Week: Landon Butler & Alex Hantge

Landon Butler – Speech

Landon has shown fantastic leadership, not only in speech activities, but also in theatre. Recently, he was a part of a high placing Section One-Act and now has transitioned immediately to speech where he double finaled at the large St. Michael-Albertville Tournament. Not only did he receive 2nd place in duo, he also placed 3rd in Prose. He has been committed to continuous improvement and is able to take and learn from constructive criticism. He shows the tenacity expected of a Tiger!

Alex Hantge – Girls Hockey

Alex is leading the team in points with a goal and 4 assists in our 2 play-off games so far.  She comes to the rink ready to work hard and compete every single day. Alex is always looking for ways not only to improve herself, but also for what she can do to help her teammates. She is currently in 5th place for career goals (80) and 4th place for career assists (84) in school history.

Activities: February 11-16, 2019

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

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


School Board Meeting: February 11, 2019

The ISD 423 Board of Education will conduct a regular meeting on Monday, February 11, 2019 beginning at 5:30 pm in the Council Chambers at the Hutchinson City Center (111 Hassan St SE).

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Tigers of the Week: Gabe Stassen & Liza Wortz

Our TIGERs of the Week for February 4 – 8 are Gabe and Liza.

Gabe Stassen – Boys Swim and Dive

Gabe is one of the hardest workers on the team. He gives everything he has into every practice and meet. Through this he has shown steady improvement and is looking to have a spectacular section meet.

Liza Wortz – Girls Basketball

Liza is not only the team’s scoring leader, but also the person the team depends on when they need an emotional lift either by her determination or the way she will fire up her teammates up, which could be with humor, tough play, or letting people know that we all need to work harder! Her leadership is invaluable to this year’s squad.

Activities: February 4 – 9, 2019

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

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


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.

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