DISTRICT OFFICE 306 West Elm Street
Houston, MN 55943
507-896-5323, option 5 _ HOUSTON PRESCHOOL 402 S. Grant Street
Houston, MN 55943
507-896-5323, option 8 _ HOUSTON ELEMENTARY 310 S. Sherman Street
Houston, MN 55943
507-896-5323, option 2 _ SUMMIT LEARNING CENTER 306 West Elm Street Houston, MN 55943
507-896-5323, option 6 _ HOUSTON HIGH SCHOOL 306 West Elm Street Houston, MN 55943
507-896-5323, option 1
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.
Community Immersion Day at HHS This past Friday, May 20, grades 7 to 12 at Houston High School immersed themselves into the community. As an element ofPBIS, the high school students and staff were stationed around town cleaning, preparing for the Triathlon, and beautifying the community.
The seventh grade assisted at the high school by planting flowers, cleaning bleachers, cleaning dugouts, and picking up trash.
The eighth grade picked up the city park, did some roadside cleanup, and helped at the library.
The freshman headed to the community garden, nature center, and natural playground where they did some weeding, mulching, and painting.
The bike trail and nursing home were tended to by the sophomores; they picked up trash, swept, and pulled weeds.
At the community center and city hall the juniors washed blinds, window, and floors.
Finally, the seniors helped pull weeds and helped set up for the Root River Triathlon.
All in all, we hope that the Community Project day was a success. Our main goals were to show the student body that a community cannot run without volunteers, that they should get a good feeling knowing they have helped in some way, and we hoped to put a bright sparkle on our town of Houston. Thank you to everyone who helped make the day a success by providing places our students could work, ideas on what needed to be done, and supplies the students needed to do their assigned tasks.
"What a wonderful activity to teach our students both citizenship and volunteerism! The HHS PBIS team really needs commendation for their planning and being the creative force behind this endeavor." - Superintendent, Krin Abraham
[Information in this article was taken from the Sun Post] Abigail will graduate from Minnesota Virtual Academy this spring, she was chosen as MNVA’s Valedictorian and will speak at the commencement ceremony. Not only will Abigail receive her high school diploma, she will also be finishing her second year of college! “Minnesota Virtual Academy gave her the freedom to accomplish these goals,” said Jennifer Franz, Abigail’s mother.
Abigail began attending MNVA in 7th grade after her mother heard about the online school from friends whose children were thriving in the MNVA environment. “It was free and the curriculum was academically challenging and rigorous, so we decided to give it a try,” said Jennifer Franz.
Abigail has been taking both high school classes and PSEO college classes. “Minnesota Virtual Academy totally prepared Abigail for her PSEO classes,” Jennifer Franz said. “Their online format and structure has carried over with her to her online college classes.”
Abigail says, “Flexibility is definitely a benefit (to attending an online school), as is the freedom to spend as much or as little time on a subject as I need.” “One of the challenges is feeling connected, although taking honors classes with around 12 other dedicated students really helped. The teachers were great and made learning fun.”
"Here at MNVA, we’ve always known Abigail is an incredible student. Now, we’re thrilled to see our valedictorian receive some public acclaim in her community! See what’s being said about our award-winning senior and read up on her accomplishments in this recent article from the Sun Post. We wish all the best to Abigail as she ends her time with MNVA and moves on to the U of M!" - Justin Treptow, MNVA High School Principal
Spring Cleaning? Consider Donating Your Instrument to a Student
Spring is a great time to reduce clutter and clean things out. It is also a time when we start talking to our young musicians about starting to play a musical instrument.
If you find an instrument in your closet that you don’t need anymore, consider donating it to school! We’ll have it checked out and made ready to go for an elementary or high school beginner who wants to play but maybe can’t afford a brand new instrument.
To donate, bring your instrument to the high school office or contact Mr. Grupe( )
Facility Maintenance Project Public Meeting UPDATE
On Tuesday, May 3rd, a public meeting was held at Houston High School where school officials explained all facets of the Long-Term Facility Maintenance project.
If you have any questions regarding the project, Superintendent Krin Abraham and the Board members encourage you to contact them.