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


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306 West Elm Street

Houston, MN 55943

  • 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.
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Thanksgiving Reminder
In honor of the Thanksgiving holiday, there will be no school on Thursday, November 26th and Friday, November 27th.

The District Office will also be closed on these days.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

MN Honor Society Induction Ceremony
On Monday November 16th, the MN Honor Society Induction Ceremony was held at Houston High School.

Two new members were inducted into the Minnesota Honor Society-Morgan and Micah. They join the current members of: Maya, Hayley, Justin, Ben, Kelly, Anna and Jessilyn.

The ceremony included guest speaker, Jill Diana, who gave a message of "Hope and Honor", while current MHS members shared highlights of last year's service project.

Top Row L-R: Hayley, Justin, Anna, Kelly, Jessilyn
​Bottom Row L-R: Morgan, Micah, Ben,

Membership into the Honor Society is based on the four qualities of: Scholarship, Leadership, Service and Character. Students are eligible to be selected as 11th or 12th grade students.
Submitted by Crystal Sobotta, MS, NCC (School Counselor, Minnesota Honor Society Advisor)
Our Band Members are On the Move!

Last weekend four Sr. High Band members participated in the UW-L Honor Band. The guest director was Dr. Thomas Seddon from UW-L.   

Justin - trombone Brandon - trumpet Maria - tenor sax Kassandra - flute

The students rehearsed Saturday and Sunday and performed a very fine concert Sunday afternoon.

This Saturday, November 21stthe band has six students traveling to Randolph, MN, for the SE Conference Honor Band.

Brynne - percussion Alicia - flute Ethan - trumpet Evan - trumpet Brandon - trumpet Maria - tenor sax
The guest director for the SE Honor Band is James Miller, Director of the Wind Orchestra at Gustavus College.

You can hear these fine musicians and more at the Music Department’s Holiday Concert on Monday, December 14th at 7:30 in the HHS Gym.
Megan - Summit Learning Center's Student of the Month for October

Megan has been chosen as Summit Learning Center's Student of the Month for October 2015.

Megan, daughter of Caryn and Ronnie Stenslien, is a senior who comes to us from La Crescent.  Her favorite class is English and favorite activities include four-wheeling, snowmobiling, hunting and working out.  Being able to learn and work at your own pace is what she likes best about being a Summit student.

Her future plans include joining the United States Marine Corps.

Ms. Jerviss says, "she enjoys having Megan as a student at Summit, she is goal oriented and motivated to complete her requirements. She has a fun loving personality and has made many friends since joining us."   
Congratulations, Megan!

We Love Our Veterans - The "Heart & Sole" of Our Country

The annual Veteran’s Day Program was held at Houston Elementary School on Wednesday, November 11th in the Elementary Gym. All Veterans, active service members, and community members were invited to attend this meaningful celebration to honor those who have served our country. 

Veterans and active service members were dressed in uniform and sat in the front of the gymnasium as they were honored by a program filled with recognition, remembrance, student-written poems, songs, and sincere, heartfelt thanks.  Please take a moment to watch the video below, which highlights small parts of today's ceremony.


“It takes courage for a soldier to risk life and limb for his country. The least we civilians can do is to honor these heroes.That is the basis of the Veterans Day celebration. Venerate these great men and women with words of appreciation.The edifice of our society stands on the martyrdom of these selfless souls.” (source)

May we all be reminded of our duty towards our country, and be inspired to uphold the tradition of liberty, fraternity, and equality. 

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