306 West Elm Street
Houston, MN 55943
Current News [News Archive]
- 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.
Houston ISD 294 Master Facility Plan
We at Houston Public Schools are very proud of our school facilities. We owe a great deal to past Boards of Education and to the community for their forethought in constructing, maintaining and financially supporting the buildings we have. However, as is true with all buildings, if they are not maintained, they will not endure the test of time. For example, about thirty years ago the 1957 section of the current high school was remodeled with new windows and a stucco façade, a façade that is now deteriorating at the ground level. We would like these buildings to be used for generations to come; therefore, we knew it was time to research the best plan for ensuring the longevity of our buildings.
For the past nine months, Houston Public Schools has been working on a Master Facility Plan with the assistance of Unesco, a Minnesota consulting firm. Over that time, Unesco has done a comprehensive facility analysis of all the district’s buildings and has identified numerous deferred maintenance needs, energy efficiency upgrades, indoor air quality improvements, exterior safe-facility enhancements, and interior remodeling opportunities.
The District’s Facilities Committee has had numerous scope discussion workshops with Unesco reviewing the District’s immediate, mid-term and long-term facility needs. These discussions have focused on necessary improvements and upgrades that will have a positive impact on reducing operating costs while at the same time improving the overall learning environments. The Facilities Committee has studied the Unesco proposals and has made a recommendation to the full School Board for approval. At a Special Meeting on Thursday, July 25 the School Board approved a resolution authorizing the execution of a Professional Services Agreement with Unesco, Inc. to assist the District in proceeding with deferred maintenance and indoor air quality projects in its facilities.
As is true with all conversations about improvements within the district, the desire to maintain or reduce the tax implication to the community is vital in any decision. The 2015 legislature passed new legislation recently that changed how the school districts’ facilities projects are funded and financed. Fortunately, the new legislation includes a state equalized portion of any tax impact of the projects. The District’s Finance Committee and full Board were informed on Tuesday, June 16 that District 294’s equalization component will be approximately 90%. Meaning, for every dollar of local tax for the project, the State will pay approximately $0.88, and local taxes will not have to be raised at all.
The scope of work being recommended for consideration includes the following projects:
- Safe building entrance renovation
- Lighting system upgrades
- Ventilation improvements
- Gymnasium bleacher replacement and floor refinishing
- Window and exterior wall replacement
- DCD space remodel
- Control system re-commissioning
Early Childhood Center
- Safe building entrance renovation
- Ventilation system replacement
- Central dehumidification
- Roof replacement
- Boiler replacement
- Lighting system upgrades
- Direct digital control installation
- Replace older roof area with a "lifetime" sloped metal roof installation
- Multi-purpose room expansion
- Basement window replacement
- Lighting system upgrade
- Mechanical improvements
The Board has approved the multi-purpose room expansion although it is not included in the new legislative equalization funding so other funding mechanisms will need to be found for that project.
- Sloped-roof improvements to protect the entire length of the buses
For any questions regarding the approved projects please contact Superintendent Krin Abraham and/or the Board members.
Track and Golf Athletes are Headed to State!
Congratulations to the following track athletes who are headed to state at Hamline University on June 5th and June 6th.
UPDATE - State Results:
Sam placed 14th in the shot put, and Anna placed 11th in the 200.
Congratulations on your awesome accomplishments, Sam and Anna!
Sam - shot put
Anna - 200 meter dash
|Congratulations to Kelly who will be golfing at Pebble Creek in Becker, MN on June 9th and June 10th.
|Kelly - golf
|Track and Field Athletes are Breaking Records!
Congratulations to the following RPH track athletes who were sub section 1A champions at the 5/21/2015 meet
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long jump & high jump
long jump & triple jump
Young Writers' Conference Inspires Houston Elementary Students
“The Young Writers’ Conference provides students the opportunity to work with recognized authors, writers, songwriters, illustrators, and other professional communicators to support and develop their interests and talents in writing. This conference is for all students who like to write and express themselves creatively.”
Houston Elementary students in grades 3-5 attended the Young Writers' Conference on Thursday, May 14th, and Houston Elementary 6th graders attended the conference on Friday, May 15th.
The conference took place at Winona State, and all students enjoyed the conference and came back to school excited about writing and filled with ideas. See more pictures and read full article... Arlin “Pete” Peterson Named to Minnesota Fastpitch Coaches’ Association Hall of Fame
Former Houston High School Fastpitch Softball Coach Arlin “Pete” Peterson was recently announced as a member of the 2015 class of inductees to the Minnesota Fastpitch Coaches’ Association Hall of Fame. Coach Peterson does not know who nominated him; however, to be nominated a coach needed to meet one or more of the following criteria:
- Coached a minimum of fifteen years as a head or assistant coach.
- Coached a state champion team or state runner up team.
- Made a significant contribution to Minnesota Fastpitch Coaches Association and/or Minnesota Fastpitch Softball.
- Is a positive community member.
Coach Peterson coached softball for twenty-five years, coached a team to a sixth place finish at state, made multiple contributions to Fastpitch Softball and remains a positive community member in Houston. Coach Peterson not only met but also exceeded the criteria.
In Southeastern Minnesota, only two other coaches (one from Southland and one from Zumbrota) have been inducted into the Hall of Fame in previous years. Houston High School and the girls on the softball teams were fortunate to have a coach the caliber of Arlin “Pete” Peterson for twenty-five years. Congratulations!
2015 All Conference Track Athletes
Congratulations to the following track athletes who earned all-conference on Saturday, May 9, 2015, at the Three Rivers Conference Championships:
Houston’s Trevor (discus), Sam (shot put), Jordyn (discus), Anna (earned all-conference on total points). R-P’s Noah earned all-conference in the long jump and triple jump, while Jordan and Ashley earned all-conference in the pole vault and long jump, respectively.
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Pictured Left to Right: Trevor, Sam, Jordyn, Anna (not pictured R-P’s Noah, Jordan, and Ashley)
Wrestling Rookie of the Year
Congratulations to Houston freshman Zach who made the All-Conference wrestling team in the Three Rivers Conference!
Houston Wrestling is a cooperative between Caledonia High School and Houston High School, and Zach was the only Houston wrestler to get All Conference for the season. This is a terrific accomplishment as it is not easy making all conference as a freshman!
Zach went 29-9 for the official season and had the most takedowns on the team at 67. He was also named Rookie of the Year.
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