Welcome families and students new to the district or Middle School and Welcome back to those returning for the 2023-2024 school year!
I am thrilled to begin my first year as the Hutchinson Middle School Principal in a district with dedicated and highly skilled staff. I am happy to be back in the district and I am ready to begin what promises to be a year full of amazing opportunities. I have been dedicated to the field of education for more than 31 years working with students from Preschool through age 21. My door will be open and I value your feedback. Please feel free to contact me by email or call the school office to schedule an appointment to discuss our school and paths to success.
At the Middle School, we believe in educating the whole child. This includes academics, fine arts, social, and emotional learning, as well as physical and mental health. Learning is a social process. Together, we will build relationships, provide support, and motivate students to engage in their learning. The Middle School promotes T.I.G.E.R.S values and expectations.Teamwork, Integrity, Grit, Effort, Respect, and Safety. These key traits create a solid foundation for students to become self-directed learners, collaborative teammates, critical thinkers, and responsible citizens.
Family involvement and active participation is essential for student success. Ask questions of your child and school staff, set goals, and celebrate accomplishments. I encourage you to visit the Middle School website and become familiar with the Student Handbook, school expectations, and important dates. We are excited to be your partner and work alongside you to ensure your child receives high-quality educational experiences. Collectively we can provide a safe environment and meaningful learning opportunities for all students to achieve excellence in academics, activities, character, and being high school, college, and career-ready. All things are possible because anything can be learned.
I look forward to meeting you at our many school events!
Here you will find some general information for Hutchinson Middle School eLearning days.
We will follow the same 2-hr late schedule for the 2/22/23 and 2/23/23 e-learning days, classes will start @ 9:35 am.
Please review the video below regarding how an eLearning day at HMS will look like and work
Also, we will run our 2-hour late schedule for eLearning Days, please click below for the period schedule; 2 hour late schedule HMS 22-23 – Period Schedule – Updated 082322
Please order your 22-23 Middle School yearbook today! Special Pricing and 4 free icons until September 30th (after the 30th, the price will go up.)
HMS Supply Lists can also be found in the Middle School tab, then for parents, and then school supply lists.
By Jennifer Telecky, Assistant Principal, Hutchinson Middle School
The current 6th, 7th and 8th graders at Hutchinson Middle School (HMS) have never experienced a “normal” year of middle school. During this time when students are growing at a tremendous rate, physically, socially, and emotionally, they are also now living through a time in history unlike anything they have seen. As we try to return to normalcy and get back on track, schools everywhere are increasing their support for academics. HMS is also supporting students socially, emotionally and behaviorally through Restorative Practices and through the implementation of the REACH program at the middle school level.
Hutchinson Middle School has been working to become a Restorative School, using expectations and restorative practices to handle conflict and discipline issues. What are Restorative Practices? It is a way of developing relationships and community, as well as repairing community when harm is done. After conflict or harm, Restorative Practices provide a way of thinking about, talking about, and responding to issues and problems by involving all participants to discuss their feelings and opinions, identify what happened, describe how it affected everyone, and find solutions to make things right.
At HMS, we have been talking with students about behavioral expectations at the middle school. Because students have not been in the school building and classroom consistently over the past two years they have missed out on gradual learning of school norms. These conversations are helping us all get back to the basics: being kind even if you aren’t friends, how to respectfully walk through the hallway, how to work with a partner, and how to resolve conflicts.
Parents could also use the same five guiding questions when helping their kids work through conflict. These questions are: What happened? What were you thinking at the time? What have you thought about since? Who has been harmed? What will you do to repair the harm?
This school year, Hutchinson Middle School implemented the REACH program. This program has been a successful part of the high school for 14 years. REACH’s acronym, Relationships, Education, Accountability, Character and Hard Work are the cornerstone of the program. Part of the REACH philosophy is Believing in the ability of every student to overcome academic and personal obstacles to achieve success. This is exactly what REACH does – works with and alongside our middle school students, as well as their families, who may be looking for that extra support to be successful. We currently have 3 REACH classes (one for each grade level) that meet during HMS’s WIN (What I Need) time. Already, we are seeing success and hope in students who have not experienced it.
We are confident that by implementing Restorative Practices and the REACH program, our students will get back on track academically as well as growing socially, emotionally and behaviorally as middle level learners.