RangerReview

Hutchinson Middle School - October 2018

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I would like to welcome all of our new Rangers to the 2018-2019 school year! We started the year off with a BANG…LITERALLY!!! In August, we experienced some excitement at dismissal time due to transformers blowing out at the LP&L substation adjacent to 31st street. Thankfully, no one was seriously injured! Our faculty and staff members reacted quickly by bringing students back inside the building to keep them safe. We have been practicing safety drills since school began, and I was extremely proud of the way that everyone reacted during an emergency situation. We appreciate everyone’s diligence and cooperation regarding arrival and dismissal procedures at Hutch. I understand that drop off and pick up times can be congested, however, the route works smoothly once everyone follows through and does what is asked of them. I would like to thank all of our “rock star” teachers, coaches, counselors and assistant principals for being here early and staying late to help with outside duty. They go above and beyond every single day to take care of the students at this campus and they deserve a pat on the back. Thank you to our fabulous PTA for helping with school supply orders, t-shirts, PTA memberships, open house and Ranger Roundup! We are so fortunate to have parents who are willing to support our efforts at Hutch. If you haven’t joined PTA yet this year please do so. Even if you cannot physically volunteer at events it helps so much when you donate items that are needed throughout the school year. We couldn’t do half of the things that we do for kids without PTA/parent support and we are grateful to each one of you! Our athletes have been representing us well in tennis, football, volleyball and cross country! We have had several spirit days and Mr. Puente’s Chess club members played well into the evening at their tournament on Harry Potter Day! Although it seems like school has just started, we have completed an entire grading period already. We have gone paperless this year with progress reports and report cards – thanks to those of you who are monitoring the online gradebook each week. Attendance has been OUTSTANDING so far!! Keep up the great work! Junior Historians raised funds for the American Diabetes Association again this year and participated in the Walk for Diabetes. Students spelled out “ADA” on our football field and Miss Linker’s brother brought his drone to take pictures and video the event!! We will have our Magnet Open House on November 6 from 6:00-7:30 pm. Many of your students will be involved and should be bringing home permission forms soon. PTA will feed everyone involved! The Lubbock ISD Bond election is coming up in November! Hutchinson will be an early voting site on October 25th from 2:00 pm-7:30 pm at the Sports Treatment Facility adjacent to our field house. There are many concerts and other fall events coming up soon – stay tuned! Please spread the word about the J.T. Hutchinson 70th Anniversary! We will have the entire campus open with food trucks, memorabilia, photo booth and tons of great pictures for everyone to see on Friday, November 9, from 5:30-8:00 pm! Thank you for your involvement in what is going on at Hutch. It has been a great start to the new school year!


Respectfully, Heidi Dye, Principal


*For parents who are new to middle school: Students MUST be accompanied by a parent if attending a school event – students may not be dropped off without supervision at athletic events, concerts, plays or any other events AT OURS OR ANY OTHER CAMPUS after regular school hours unless they are participating in the event and are under the supervision of a coach or director. Thank you!

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September Teens of the Month

October Teens of the Month

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Global Read Aloud

Hutch seventh graders are participating in the Global Read Aloud for the third year in a row. Students are listening to Refugee by Alan Gratz, which details the story of three adolescents who are forced to flee from their homes in different points in time over seventy-seven years. Through these stories, we are learning the history behind the M.S. St. Louis and the Jewish people who fled Germany, the 1994 Cuban raft exodus, and one of the worst points in the Syrian civil war in 2015.


We are making connections with readers across the country and the globe to discuss what other students think about this powerful novel. The GRA runs through the first week of November, so we’ll share student reflections after they finish reading!

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Hutch Rangers at the LISD Band Extravaganza

An Outdoor Oasis

Jack, Max and Ford Brehmer, sons of our own Mrs. Brehmer, have all done their Eagle Scout projects in our courtyard over the last several years. Jack did the initial flower bed, Max did the Wildflower Kingdom sign and Ford finished it out this weekend with the log benches and podium!! We are so fortunate to have such a beautiful outdoor space for teaching and learning at Hutch! Thanks to all involved!!!

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I am sure you have been noticing the heavy monarch migration. It's a bumper year. Here is one on the purple Vitex bush in front of the auditorium. They have been there throughout the day for the last week fueling up on nectar for their journey south.

From start to finish (on a mountain range in Mexico) their life story is miraculous.

Find Beauty.

-Mr. Dahlstrom

National Junior Honor Society

National Junior Honor Society members have hit the ground running this school year! On August 30th, we held the first of our now monthly Hutch Hat Days for Food2Kids, which is a signature project of the Junior League of Lubbock that provides sacks of food to elementary students. NJHS is trying to spread the message about food insecurity among students in our own district. Our hat days are fundraisers for Poptarts and monetary donations to the program, but they also coincide with the monthly shift Hutch volunteer organizations are taking on to help sack the food that is sent out to students across the district each week. NJHS members worked the August shift, Junior Historians just worked the September shift, and IB Ambassadors will be working the October shift.

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Food2Kids shifts are run like a well-oiled machine, and students help Junior League members and other volunteers fill around 1,800 sacks of food in less than two hours. It costs around $3 to fill each sack and around $130 to support one student for the school year. Hutch students and staff have donated over $400 and several dozen boxes of Poptarts already this year! Thank you for your support.
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Creative Writers Visit the Cowboy Symposium

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Did You See That?!?

Fancy walked the halls of Hutch as she greeted students on the first day back to school!

She was also featured in the Lubbock AJ on August 15th!

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West Texas B.E.S.T. Robotics Competition

The West Texas B.E.S.T Robotics competition will be held next Saturday, October 13, at Monterey High School, all day. Students from Mr. Burk’s Industrial Technology Class have been hard at work getting ready for the tournament, which will include middle and high schools from around the region. The event is hosted by Texas Tech’s College of Engineering. More information can be found at http://www.bestinc.org

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