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

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

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

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

306 West Elm Street
Houston, MN 55943
507-896-5323, option 1


ISD #294

306 West Elm Street

Houston, MN 55943

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February 1-5, 2016: SCHOOL COUNSELING WEEK
Tina Barness Marian Gavin Heather Lehmkuhl Ricky Smith Crystal Sobotta
To our hard working counselors at ISD294,  we appreciate you!  Thank you for all you do!
WHEREAS: School counselors are employed in public and private schools to help students reach their full potential; and
WHEREAS: School counselors are actively committed to helping students explore their abilities, strengths, and interests as these traits relate to career awareness and development; and
WHEREAS: School counselors help parents focus on ways to further the educational, personal, and social growth of their children; and
WHEREAS: School counselors work with teachers and other educators to help students explore their potential and set realistic goals for themselves; and
WHEREAS: School counselors seek to identify and utilize community resources that can enhance and complement comprehensive school counseling programs, helping students become productive members of society; and
WHEREAS: Comprehensive developmental school counseling programs are considered an integral part of the educational process that enables all students to achieve success in school.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, MARK DAYTON, Governor of Minnesota, do hereby proclaim the week of February 1-5, 2016, as: SCHOOL COUNSELING WEEK [source]
Minnesota Virtual Academy (MNVA) Receives National Compliance Award
MNVA was recently awarded for their outstanding performance and rating on the first round of bi-annual operational site visits conducted by K12’s internal review team. 

Schools are evaluated according to their compliance with required operational requirements based on their authority regulations with a heavy emphasis placed on documentation of internal operational guidelines and procedures. [source]

Pictured are Jennifer Sims, Northern Region Vice President, Superintendent Krin Abraham, and Allison Cleveland, Executive Vice President of School Management and Services.
Knowledge Bowl Season Recap
The Minnesota Service Cooperative Knowledge Bowl competitions are interdisciplinary academic contests for students. The Junior High Knowledge Bowl is for students in grades 7-9. During the contest, teams of students compete in written and oral rounds by answering questions related to all areas of learning, typical of secondary educational programs. Questions test students recall, problem solving and critical thinking skills. This competition provides a format for student growth centered around academics.

Teams compete in Round Robin competitions at the Southeast Service Cooperative in October, November and December. Each team then competes in a Sub-Regional competition and the top twelve teams from each tier advance to Regionals in January.  There were 26 teams this year in Tier A. [read full story]  
Houston Elementary School Recognized as 2015 MN Celebration School
On December 29, 2015 the Minnesota Department of Education announced that Houston Elementary School is one of the 22 schools being recognized as a Minnesota Celebration school.  A Celebration school is honored for their effort to increase student achievement. This year, 157 schools applied for the honor, with only 22 being chosen.  Houston Elementary was the only school in Southeast Minnesota to earn the recognition.  [read full story]
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