Tigers of the Week: Austin Hagen & Michaela Stamer

Congrats to Austin and Michaela, our TIGERs of the Week:


Austin Hagen – Boys Hockey

Austin has been a consistent contributor to our season. His numbers of a .912 save percentage and a 2.40 goals against have been at or near the top of the conference all season. Austin is a great teammates that works diligently at his position. He comes to work everyday and puts a great deal of effort into his work which is contagious. He always shows a great deal of respect for his teammates, opponents, officials, and the game. Austin never takes things for granted and is always working to improve.

Michaela Stamer – Girls Basketball

Michaela continues to lead our team with her shooting, her defense, and her passing. But this award is given to her for her outstanding leadership both on and off the court. Michaela has worked very hard on her skills and puts in the extra time that makes someone a special player. Her dedication to our program is evident in all the volunteer hours she has put in with our youth basketball teams.  Hutchinson can be proud of this Tiger!

Teenagers Advice to their Parents

Teenagers Advice to their Parents
on Drug Prevention and How to Communicate  Effectively

By Carmen Morrow, Chemical Health Prevention Specialist

Navigating the drug world can be very difficult these days. Ask any teenager and most can tell you the reasons why teens use, the availability of drugs in our community, and even rattle off the health and repercussions of use. However; if you want to see teenagers become passionate, ask them if they feel their parents talk to them about drugs in an effective manner that helps them avoid drug use. Sometimes the best advice to parents comes from their own teenagers.

When talking about drug use, teens agree that parents that initiate open conversations and  listen without judgement have the best results. Conversations that place blame or shame behavior are not as effective in keeping communication lines open as talks that focus on drug use as a health issue. Tone matters when communicating and broaching addiction. Teens say they respond best to open conversations that are without threats, dire warnings and accusations. It’s important to note that teens hanging out with healthy friends are motivated to do well and stay away from drugs just to fit in with a group. Teens feel their parents should set clear boundaries and expectations. A clear and consistent message can help deter your teens drug use. Be clear what the rules are, and what’s going to happen if they break the rule. If a teen lives in two different households, parents should agree to the same rules about drugs.

Teens say parents need to understand that drug use and mental health usually go hand in hand. Anxiety and depression are two common mental health issues teens try to suppress with drugs. Drug abuse prevention can start without even mentioning drugs if you address the root of the use. They suggest parents should focus on teaching their children how to build healthy coping skills, emotional awareness and resilience. It’s about building resiliency as many teens turn to drugs to self-medicate, self-soothe or escape. Teens state they are watching and noticing how their parents deal with stress. Parents should try to set a good example of healthy coping skills and avoidance of drugs and drink in moderation. Parents should continue to be active in helping enhance positive connections to healthy peers, adults, organizations, and sports.

Most teenagers agree that the drug talk is very necessary especially in light of the confusion with CBD and potential legalization of marijuana. If a teen is caught with drugs, or even suspected of using, they recommend parents don’t wait to act. They state that while initial drug use may be a voluntary decision, it becomes less and less of a choice as addiction takes over. Parents may have the best buy in when they point out real-life examples. Parents should point out the real-world dysfunction of drug use/addiction in a neutral way, with the cause and effect. Talking openly about who they might know who may have had a problem, or who currently has a problem. Families with a history of mental issues or addiction problems should communicate to children that they are at a higher risk of developing a substance abuse problem.

There’s good news for our parents and teens that are navigating the drug world of today. The majority of teens are not using drugs or using alcohol, according to the annual 2019 Monitoring the Future Study.

Activities: January 13-17, 2020

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New Sliders!

Our High School Cooks love creating new menu items. Today they served their Pizza and BLT Sliders!

Garage Sale/Vendor Tables

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For Sale – Ice House – $8,500


Hutchinson Public Schools is selling an ice house built by the Construction Trades students during the 2019-2020 school year for $8,500.

Interested parties should contact Rebecca Boll, Finance Director, at 320-234-2615, for specifications, showings, and sale criteria.

Buyer responsible for removal. Certified checks only. Sales tax is the buyer’s responsibility. All sales final and ice house sold “as is.”

Tigers of the Week: Varsity Girls Hockey Team

Congratulations to our TIGERs of the Week:

Varsity Girls Hockey

The girls varsity hockey team has out-shot the opponent 149 to 39 over the last 3 games leading to 12 goals for to 2 goals against while winning each contest. These are amazing margins which supports the result being a team effort. This accomplishment signals the cohesive locker room and no passengers mentality of this group. Well done ladies!

A New Year, A New Start

By Chanda Kropp, High School Counselor and Spanish Teacher

It’s 2020, a new year, a new start. That phrase is much easier said than done. It is so comfortable to stay with what we know because it works, right? Ironically, sometimes we stay in unhealthy patterns because at least we know that it doesn’t work. There is comfort in knowing how a situation is going to end, even if we wish it would end another way. However, often we are unsure how to create a new pattern/habit that might lead to a different more positive result even when we try to observe and understand our behavior.

As a new counselor, I have been observing a lot. I observe how students interact in the hallways, lunchroom, in classrooms and at activities. I notice that students feel stress, happiness, frustration, accomplishment and many other emotions at school. Observing has given me great insight, but it doesn’t tell me the whole story. When I have the opportunity to engage in conversations with students, they share information that I could not observe. These conversations give me that “aha” moment of why a student acted in a certain way. Without these conversations, I might have assumed why the behavior happened instead of understood why it happened. The most challenging part for me is that each student has unique needs and so I am often left wondering, how do I meet the needs of each student? How do I meet them where they are at in their teenage journey? What works for one student, doesn’t always work for the next student. This is where the new year, new start concept is being developed at the high school.

The high school counseling department will create two focus groups in the next few months. There will be a student and parent group to help the high school counselors better understand the needs of our students. On January 7, we are meeting with our student group to listen to what is important to our students in order for them to be successful. We want to empower these students to know that their concerns will be heard and we want to work with the students to seek solutions or ways to improve. We also will create a parent focus group by using a computer-generated random chooser to pick four parents from each grade. We will listen to concerns and ways we can best support the students and their families at Hutchinson High School.

I look forward to the conversations and the ideas that will be generated. Listening is an important part of creating a positive school culture. We encourage you to have open conversations with your child about school and ask them what they do or do not like and why. Feel free to communicate those concerns with the counselors. We know some patterns need to change and we want to hear from our students and families. Our goal is to have a deeper understanding of how to best help each student. We know we cannot do this alone; we need families and the community to support Hutchinson High School students. It will take honest conversations and a plan to create a positive learning environment for our students.

Activities: January 6-11, 2020

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Activities: December 30 – January 3

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