SCHOOL CLOSING: Until further notice, Hutchinson Public School buildings will be closed due to COVID-19 to help limit exposure and protect our students, families, and staff members. More Info


Play and Learn Preschool Virtual Tour

Join Mary Myers-Reinarts, our Play and Learn Preschool Teacher and Program Coordinator, for a virtual tour!

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Early Childhood Screening – Canceled

Early Childhood Screening on Friday, April 12, 2019 has been canceled. Please go to the the Early Childhood Screening page to reschedule a new time.

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.

MRC Program – Literacy Tutor


Click here to view an informational video about the MRC Program.


Would you love to help children grow their reading skills, succeed in school and get extra support? If your answer is yes, you can be trained to serve as a tutor with Minnesota Reading Corps at both West Elementary and Park Elementary. Whether you want to explore an educational career, reenter the workforce, or give back to your community, you can succeed as a tutor. Last year, Minnesota Reading Corps provided direct services to over 30,000 children in more than 700 schools across the state.

As a Literacy Tutor, you’ll use strategies that help students believe in themselves and succeed.  Positions available include: Kindergarten Focus and Elementary (K-3) Literacy Tutors. Full-time tutors typically serve most of their hours during the regular school day.


In addition to extensive training, tutors will receive on-site support from specially trained school mentors. Tutors come from many backgrounds and include recent high school and college grads, career changers, stay-at-home parents, and retirees. Tutors may earn a living allowance, educational award, federal student loan forbearance, and other benefits, and have the chance to make a real difference in the life of a child.


To apply or learn more about the research based programs, position qualifications, and benefits, visit (do not apply via the district website). Questions? Email or call 866-859-2825.


West Elementary Orientation Video

Check out the West Elementary orientation video.


Ask Me!


Ask Me!

West Elementary is proud to introduce “Ask Me” stickers as part of our positive behavioral support system.  Students caught making good choices have the opportunity to be awarded an “Ask Me” sticker.  This helps facilitate conversation between their peers, school staff, and home about the great things happening at school.  If your child comes home with a sticker, be sure to ask them about the positive choices they made at school.

West Elementary Attendance Guidelines


One of the most important things families can do to help their children succeed is to make sure they attend school regularly.

When your student is absent:

Contact the school at (320) 587-4470.  State the name, teacher, length and reason for the absence.  If we do not hear from you, we will attempt to call you at home or at work.  If we have not spoken with you or a responsible adult regarding the absence, you must send a note to school.

Excused Absences:

  • Illness
  • Family Death/Illness
  • Religious Holiday / Instruction
  • Medical / Dental Appointments

Unexcused Absences:

  • Missing the bus
  • Staying home to care for siblings
  • Refusing to go to school
  • Oversleeping (Parent or Child)
  • Skipping School
  • No Doctor Note (if required)

Six Strategies to Support School Attendance:

  1. Let children know that you value their education.  Insist they go every day.
  2. Talk to you child about school.  Is your child struggling with schoolwork, classmates, or other problems? Ask how you can help.
  3. Discuss your concerns with your child’s teacher(s).  Ask them to help if needed.
  4. Does your child need a tutor or assessment for special services? Ask for referrals to community programs, and don’t hesitate to use counseling services.
  5. Get to know your child’s friends and their families.
  6. Support/follow school policies.


Second Step Bully Prevention Lessons

To further help our school be a safe, kind, and respectful place, we are implementing the Second Step Bullying  Prevention Unit.  In the lessons, your child will learn specific skills to help stop bullying.  Students will learn how to:

  • Recognize when bullying is happening
  • Report bullying to a caring adult
  • Refuse to let bullying happen to themselves or others
  • Be a bystander who stands up and is part of the solution to bullying

Traditionally, bullying is recognized and defined by three characteristics.  It is aggressive behavior that:

  1. Is repeated over time
  2. Occurs in a relationship where there is a power imbalance
  3. Intends to cause harm or distress

(Committee for Children, 2013)

We need your help.  Get involved in making our school a safe and respectful place by letting us know if you hear about bullying at our school.  Make sure your child knows to tell you or someone at school if he or she is being bullied.  And give your child the clear message that it is never okay to bully others.





West Elementary Buddy Bench

The West Elementary playground has a new addition this fall, a Buddy Bench.  The Buddy Bench is an idea inspired by Christian, a first grader in Pennsylvania, to eliminate loneliness and promote inclusion on the playground.  Our students are encouraged to use the Buddy Bench when they are having trouble finding someone to play with.  Students can show kindness and respect by asking someone on the bench to join their friends.  We are excited to have this addition on our playground and hope it will provide a way to make friends and put and end to kids being lonely at recess.

Buddy Bench

West Elementary Believes…

  • You are entering the world of the child.
  • If the furniture is uncomfortable and too small for you, remember that it fits us just fine.
  • If you must walk around our games, toys, and block structures, remember that it is through the use of manipulatives and this kind of experimentation that we learn best.
  • If we are noisy as we work and play, it is because we are learning to live with each other.
  • If we come up to you, don’t be surprised. We are open, friendly, and curious, and we want to know you as our friend.
  • Enjoy our world and when you leave, we hope you carry with you some of our enthusiasm for living and learning.
Hutchinson Public Schools

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