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.
Leading In Learning - the 1:1 Chromebook Initiative at HHS
"The Chromebook initiative at Houston High School is off to a great start!", reports Houston High School Principal Todd Lundberg. "Putting a device in each student’s hands is a great benefit for the students and teachers. No more checking out computer lab carts or signing up for the lab room. Students are able to use their Chromebook anytime throughout the day without limit, as always with a few exceptions. Given the fact that these Chromebooks use the Google Cloud resources, our students are able to access all of their account information from anywhere they have computer and Internet access. They do not have to have their school Chromebook with them."
Mr. Lundberg expressed appreciation regarding the additional duties that Mrs. Cindy Flatin has taken on with the setup of the “Chromebook Kingdom”, as well as her daily check in and check out procedures. In Principal Lundberg's words, “Mrs. Flatin has done an absolutely superb job!”
Library paraprofessional Mrs. Flatin really appreciates everyone’s patience as we all become used to the handing out and turning in of the Chromebooks. She said, “Everyone is patient in waiting their turn, there is no pushing or shoving, no yelling….just students waiting their turn or returning later to pick it up if the bell/music has played.” She would also like to mention, when turning in the Chromebooks please be aware of how high they are being stacked and to please use the tables if her desk is getting too congested. Remind your friends! We all want the Chromebooks to last a long time, so being careful with them is the key. “I appreciate everyone’s help as we all adjust.”
Marty Momsen, Science teacher at HHS, has this to say about the Chromebook initiative:
“If at first you don’t succeed, call it version 1.0. This year HHS has begun version 2.0 of technology integration. Students have been assigned personal Chromebooks that they are allowed to use throughout the academic day. In addition, the WIFI connectivity has been improved so students are able to be online in a matter of seconds and working on their lessons in the same amount of time it would have taken them to open a book."
Here are just a few things that students had to say:
Mr. Momsen continues, "As a teacher, I have enjoyed the reduction in downtime and the ease of which I can get to student work. The students are beginning to use their Chromebook to find science answers on their own. I do, however, wait in trepidation for the first student excuse, “The dog ate my computer!”
- “Computers help me research.”
- “There are great math websites.”
- “The Chromebooks help with organization and composing papers.”
- “I really enjoy how interactive the computers are!”
- “It’s nice to have a computer where I can type up the answers I am looking for.”
- “Having a Chromebook is handy. I think it’s an overall improvement for the whole school.”
The Chromebook initiative is another great example of Leading In Learning at the Houston Public School District. Thank you to all involved!
Coming Soon! News from the Chromebook Kingdom at Houston High School
Check in to read about the Chromebook initiative at HHS.
From the Superintendent
Some of you might have seen a commercial on television put on by Education Minnesota. In the commercial different teachers are talking about the fact that they missed the students during the summer and are looking forward to the year starting so they can see the students again. I echo this sentiment. Even though the summer was a time to get many things done that could not be finished as easily during the school year, that hustle and bustle is not as much fun as the activity that comes when the students return in the fall. Since fall sports started a bit early this year, that activity started earlier in August as well. As the volleyball and football teams start coming to school to practice, the anticipation of the upcoming year becomes heightened as well. The students’ laughter and conversations bring the buildings back to life again, and I look forward to the first day of school when the buildings are once again full of students and staff. full article...
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