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306 West Elm Street
Houston, MN 55943
507-896-5323, option 5

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HOUSTON PRESCHOOL
402 S. Grant Street
Houston, MN 55943
507-896-5323, option 8

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HOUSTON ELEMENTARY
310 S. Sherman Street
Houston, MN 55943
507-896-5323, option 2

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SUMMIT LEARNING CENTER
306 West Elm Street
Houston, MN 55943
507-896-5323, option 6

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HOUSTON HIGH SCHOOL
306 West Elm Street
Houston, MN 55943
507-896-5323, option 1
Road Maps for Learning:  Houston Teachers and Students are Driving Toward Success     
April 15, 2015 was “Not Your Average Tax Day” at Houston High School.  Both teachers and students were working hard the WHOLE DAY ON A HALF DAY!

Teachers spent the afternoon building Road Maps for Learning by developing and refining Essential Learner Outcomes (ELOs) which provide the structure for building the entire curriculum.  This work was accomplished by utilizing Houston High School’s Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) which pulls teachers...   click for full article with more pictures

HOUSTON  ACCOLADES 
  • Tina Barness named Minnesota School Counselors Association (MSCA) Elementary Counselor of the Year. She can now be nominated for the national award!
  • MNVA Student Rebecca R. Named Winner of Nation-wide Academic Sprint Spring Contest
  • Houston Robotics Team Selected for Alliance
  • Houston Public School District has received the Minnesota Department of Education 2015 School Finance Award.
  • Jacqueline Mathers selected to participate in the Teaching with Primary Sources program which is sponsored by the Library of Congress and the National Archives.
  • Houston Elementary School earned Rewards School status all four years the award has been given. Only 20 schools in the state have achieved this feat.
  • Houston Preschool earned the 4-Star Parent Aware status, which qualifies for state-funded scholarships. (See note below.)
  • Kiel Koehler won second place in the Miller Ingenuity Competition. He used the majority of his winnings to purchase Lego robots to expose all seventh grade students to the technology and engineering skills associated with building and operating the robots. These robots were delivered to Houston High on Friday, March 6.
  • Kiel Koehler also was awarded the grant for a classroom set of desktop computers.
  • Erica Upton-Wurst received the Breaking Barriers Award this fall.
  • Tina Barness was named the Southeast Minnesota Elementary School Counselor of the Year. She is now in the running for the statewide award.
  • Houston Junior High Knowledge Bowl Team 1 earned top honors at the regional Knowledge Bowl meet in January.
  • The one-act play placed third at the Sub-Section 1A meet, just missing a chance to advance to Sections.
  • Successfully completed the Office of Civil Rights review.
  • Houston High School was named a 2014 Gold Medal School by US News and World Report. Houston High ranked third out of all the schools in Minnesota and 308th nationally.
  • Summit Learning Center was named a 2014 Bronze Medal School by US News and World Report.
  • Houston Elem/ MS FLL Robotics team Knit Wits placed second overall in head-to-head competition and won the Core Values award for their encouraging and polite behavior.

HHS Band - Solo and Ensemble Results
(4/17/2015) The Houston High School Band had a good day at the Section 1A Solo and Ensemble Contest on Thursday, April 16. The solos and groups are judged on a 40-point scale with 35-40 being given Superiors, 28-34 points earns an Excellent rating and 22-27 points are Good ratings.
 
Mr. Grupe was pleased with how well everyone did. “One of our solos missed a Superior by 1 point. Only two of our performers was a senior, so, all of these participants will be back next year and 10 of our 19 entries were Sophomores and/or Freshmen.  So the future looks very good.”   click here to see all winners
Superior Ratings (35 - 40 points earns a Superior Rating)
French Horn
Kelly
   
Flute Trio
Ruby

Kassandra

Emily
Tenor Sax
Maria
   

MNVA’s Tina Barness named State of MN Elementary Counselor of the Year
Tina Barness, Houston Public Schools/MNVA counselor received the Southeast Minnesota Elementary School Counselor of the Year (SEMSCA) award at a special celebration last night in Rochester. 
 

Earlier in the day, Tina was notified that she also won the State Award, which is called the Minnesota School Counselors Association (MSCA) Elementary Counselor of the Year award.  Tina will receive the State Award at the annual MSCA State Conference banquet on May 4, 2015 in Brainerd, Minnesota.  Winning this award at the state level qualifies Tina to be nominated for the National award from the American School Counselors Association (ASCA).

Tina was hired in summer of 2007, and this is her eighth year with the District. She first started as the MNVA K-9 counselor (2007-2008) and then became the MNVA K-8 counselor (2008-present).  A previous MNVA counselor, Samantha Wagner, nominated Tina for the award.  Tina says, “I am extremely honored to have been nominated and to be receiving the awards. I entered this profession to make a difference and help others and that is what I work toward every day. I work with amazing colleagues at MNVA/HPS and I would not be earning this award without all of the work they do each and every day.”  
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Houston Boys and Girls Basketball Win Awards  (4/13/2015) 
Girls Basketball
Kelly
Anna
Houston Hurricanes
Elizabeth
Gabby
Southeast Conference
All-Conference

Winona Dally News
All Area Team
Southeast Conference
Honorable Mention
MN Academic Silver Award Academic All State Academic All State
 
Boys Basketball
Trevor
Austin
CONGRATULATIONS HURRICANES!
Southeast Conference
All-Conference
Southeast Conference
Honorable Mention

April's Breakfast of Champions  
(4/10/2015)  Congratulations to the ten HHS students who were honored at this morning’s PBIS Breakfast of Champions!   Staff members nominate students to focus on and reward students for Strengthening the Hurricane” and demonstrating behaviors that support what are known at HHS as the Spiral Bands of Success:  Dedicated, Encouraging, Safe, Community.  We are proud of you!
Our Breakfast of Champions Students for the month of April are:
Back row L-R: Jessilyn, Alec, Vasa, Ben, Morgan, and Maya
Front row L-R: Josh, Jasmine, Jacob, and Tessa
 

MNVA Student Named Winner of Nation-wide Academic Sprint Spring Contest
[Press Release Herndon, MN – April 2, 2015  source: Edmentum]
Rebecca R., 10th Grader at Minnesota Virtual Academy (MNVA) is a winner of the 2015 Spring Academic Sprints Contest organized by Edmentum, a leading provider of online learning solutions.

Rebecca earned the most Blue Ribbons in the high school category with a total of 213 Blue Ribbons. Students receive Blue Ribbons every time they master a new concept in Study Island, a data-driven standards mastery program for grades K-12.  


Rebecca’s NATIONAL award winning stats are as follows:
213 Blue Ribbons earned
3,160 Questions Answered
273 Topics Taken    
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A Varsity Sport for the Mind: the Houston Hurricane Robotics Team  
 
back row: Evan, Trent, Logan, Ronell, Noah, Mason, Jack
middle row: Kloey, Chris, Jordan, Ben, Romesh  
front row: Will, Ethan, Tiana, Alicia, Lilli
April 2-4, 2015: The Houston High School Robotics Team 5339 did a fantastic job at the Minnesota North Star Regionals held at the University of Minnesota, Mariucci Arena. 

They placed 19th out of the 60 teams in attendance.  Their final state ranking is 43rd out of 192 teams - an amazing accomplishment for a team that is only two years old. 
The team scores were very close, and the Hurricanes almost made the second round of the semi-finals.  Additionally, the Hurricanes had the honor of being invited by the #3 team to be on their alliance to help them to get to the World Championships. 

Coach Randy Muller said, "The Mentors and I are very proud of the team and their hard work and dedication.  We exceeded our goals!  It is fun to work with a great group of kids and it makes coaching the team a lot easier."  

The Mentors for the Robotics Team are James Larson, Anita Werner, Troy Kubitz and Chuck Halverson.  The Coach, Mentors, and Team would like to offer a BIG thanks to our team sponsors.    
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