Specialists at Park

Art specialist is Melissa Ovadje.

Following the MN State Art Standards, our art program provides learning experiences using the elements and principles of design in a variety of media.  We integrate the art disciplines of creative expression, aesthetic perception, art criticism, and art history and culture throughout our program.  Each student participates in a 50 minute class session every four days.

Physical Education specialists are Bonnie Hahn and Maggie Mueller.

All students participate in the physical education program.  The purpose of the program is to provide a variety of movement experiences while emphasizing participation, skill development and improvement, and good sportsmanship.  Children are scheduled with one of the two physical education specialists every other day for 30 minutes.

Music specialists are Beth Hauth and Judy Hoeft.

The goal of classroom music at Park Elementary School is for children to learn, discover, and experience a variety of cultures and musical styles while enhancing their personal music skills.  Our mission is to promote social, intellectual and emotional development through music.  Students participate in a 30-minute music class every other day.

Head Librarian is Naomi Shadis and our Technology Integration Specialist is Jason Durheim.

Our media center serves as a resource in several ways.  Classrooms are scheduled into the media center for 30 minutes once every four days for book check-out and author studies/SRC testing.  The media center is also open to classes coming in with their teacher for research activities.

Science/Technology Lab specialist is Masey McDowell.

Our Science Lab focuses on hands-on science experiments with a technology focus.  Science is the active study of nature, its structures and its processes.  Our students use their senses and tools to observe, record and analyze data about the natural world.  The curriculum focuses on the Minnesota Science Standards which include the following areas: history and nature of science, earth and space science, physical science, and life science.  Students participate in the science lab for 30 minutes per four days.  The goal of the program is to create scientifically literate young people who can understand phenomena, solve problems, and use technologies as tools for le tools for learning.

Keyboarding staff includes many of our specialist teachers.  Students use a web-based program called Type to Learn.  This program highlights technique, ergonomics, and key location by allowing students to emphasize concept development instead of focusing on key location.  Type to Learn provides additional benefits including improvements in spelling, writing, and reading comprehension.  Click on the following text to read a letter from Mr. Olberg that explains this program in a little more detail.  Letter to Parents

Gifted/Talented specialist is Patti Mickolichek.

Our high potential program serves gifted and talented children in a variety of ways.  A clear identification process helps the selection committee determine the pool of children eligible to receive specialized help.   For some, the help comes as the High Potential Resource teachers teachers provide consultation and inservice.  Some children participate in MI or multiple intelligence classes.  A more select group of students participate in a puddle group (top 5% of the class) where both academic and social/emotional needs are addressed.

Tiger Pause Behavioralist is Amanda Kaping.

The goal of Tiger Pause is to provide an opportunity for children who struggle academically, behaviorally, or socially to learn life skills, thus increasing their chances for success in school.  The program teaches specific academic skills that need reinforcement, such as oral reading or math facts.  In addition, the program works with students to develop acceptable social behavior in school through individual help or group activities.

Hutchinson Public Schools

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