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Houston, MN 55943
507-896-5323, option 5

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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 7

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HOUSTON HIGH SCHOOL
306 West Elm Street
Houston, MN 55943
507-896-5323, option 1
Houston School District Receives MDE 2015 School Finance Award
(3/23/15) Houston Public Schools, ISD 294, has received the Minnesota Department of Education 2015 School Finance Award. 

The 
School Finance Award is awarded annually by the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), Division of School Finance, to recognize schools for meeting statutory deadlines for submission of audited fiscal financial data and reporting criteria.

Director of Finance Gwen Rostad shares her feelings about the award: "As a district, it is an honor to receive this award.  It is evidence of the commitment to the financial health of the school district shown by the School Board, Superintendent and staff."  read full article...

 HOUSTON  ACCOLADES  
  • 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.

Sr. High Knowledge Bowl Finishes 6th 
(3/24/2015)  Houston High School's Senior High Knowledge Bowl team finished 6th at the regional competition in Rochester on Friday, March 20, 2015. The top 12 teams in the region were at the competition. Team members included Ben, James, Micah, Patrick, and Trevor. View Senior High Knowledge Bowl Regionals (Tiers A and AA) team scores here...
Ben James Micah Patrick Trevor

Elementary School Science Fair - Project Pictures and Winners
The Science Fair, held on Thursday, March 19th at the Elementary school, was very well attended.  

The Houston Elementary Teachers would like to recognize and thank the Science Fair judges Ann and Mike Markegard, Acentek employees Mike Berg and John Tabbert, Audrey Hegland, Brian Lee, and Michaeleen Bonner. Thank you!

Pictured here is 6th Grader Emma, 1st Place Winner and Grand Champion with her project,  "Testing to the Beat".  click here to see the rest of the Science Fair
photos

Thank you to everyone that came to the Science Fair Open House.  There were a lot of really neat experiments and the students did a wonderful job with their displays!
Grade 1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place
6th
Emma  *Grand Champion*

Allison
  
Richelle & Becca
5th
Kenny

Erin

Elli
4th
Kayleen

Sydney

Lilly
3rd
Violet

Trevor

Alex

High School Band Shows Well at Large Group Music Contest
(3/18/2015) The Houston High School Band participated in the Section 1A Large Group Music Contest on Tuesday, March 17 at Fillmore Central Schools in Harmony. The Band gave a very good performance playing On A Hymning of Philip Bliss and Dedicatory Overture.  Both pieces are on the Approved List of pieces for Contest Performance.  
 
Band Conductor, Mr. Paul Grupe, reports, "Many nice comments were given from the three judges and some constructive criticisms as well.  The Band received Kudos for their great sound, rhythmic integrity, choice of music and how well they played together.  One judge also commented how great it was to see a good-sized band from our size of high school and also to have such a full variety of instruments."
 
The band received three excellent ratings for the day.  Excellent ratings are given when the band or choir scores 28-34 out of 40 possible from each judge. The students will now turn their attentions to finishing their preparations for Solo and Ensemble Contest in April. 

 

Jacqueline Mathers Selected for Library of Congress Program

(3/12/2015) Mrs. Jacqueline Mathers, Houston High School History teacher, has been selected to participate in the Teaching with Primary Sources program which is sponsored by the Library of Congress and the National Archives.
 
“The Teaching with Primary Sources Program works with colleges and other educational organizations to deliver professional development programs that help teachers use the Library of Congress's rich reservoir of digitized primary source materials to design challenging, high-quality instruction.” (source)
 
Using primary documents (documents from the time) is one of Mrs. Mathers’ passions and was the subject of her master's thesis.  According to Jacqueline, “It allows students to arrive at their own conclusions using the documents that the makers of their history books use and allows them to take more ownership of their learning, fosters greater critical thinking and analytical thought, and brings the history class to life, eliminating the often omniscient voice of the historian and allowing students to have an intellectual debate with the material. “  read full article...
  

Band Members Selected for 9-10 Honor Jazz Band
(3/6/2015) Houston High School Band members Maria (Tenor Sax) and Brandon (Trumpet) will be part of the Southeast Minnesota Band Directors Association 9-10 Honor Jazz Band this Saturday, March 7.  Maria is a freshman at Houston and Brandon is a sophomore.   The students were chosen on the recommendation of their director, Paul Grupe. 
 
The students will travel to Medford, MN, where four Honor Jazz Bands will rehearse for the day and perform a concert at 3:00 p.m. at the Medford School.  The Bands will be made up of 7-8 graders from South Central MN, 7-8 graders from Southeast MN, 9-10 graders from South Central MN and 9-10 graders from Southeast MN.

This is a prestigious honor for these students as these Honor Jazz Bands have only 1 player per part.  The students have been busy preparing their parts beforehand and will come together for a couple short rehearsals before the 3:00 concert. Parents and the public are welcome to attend the concert.

Pictured L to R:  Maria, Brandon  



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