Houston High School ~ Home of the Hurricanes 
A 2014 U.S. News and World Report Gold Medal School
306 W. Elm St., Houston, MN  55943  •  Phone: 507-896-5323 option 1  •  Fax: 507-896-4665

The HHS Spiral Bands of Success
Dedicated  •  Encouraging  •  Safe  •  Community
Strengthening the Hurricane

'Canes Care!
Make your ‘Canes Care donation today! A donation bucket is available in the office to assist our Hurricane football team, which is sponsoring ‘Canes Care, a Cancer Awareness drive, through September 19. Some of the things happening during the drive include: Game ball auction on 9/19  •  50/50 raffles  •  ‘Canes Care die cuts for $1 to post on the gym wall •  Bake sale during the 9/19 football game ($2 minimum donation)  •  Old football jerseys for sale ($2 minimum donation)  •  Fans are encouraged to wear pink to the football game on 9/19.  All fundraiser proceeds will be donated to the Houston Area Cancer Support, Inc. This organization provides volunteer services and/or monetary support for persons diagnosed with cancer in the Houston area. The stress associated with cancer can be physically, mentally and financially draining. Houston Area Cancer Support, Inc. was organized to provide assistance for cancer patients. Thank you i
n advance for your support!

Back to School Night!
Parents of 7th and 8th graders: Make plans to attend “Back to School Night” on Tuesday, September 23, at 6:00pm starting with your child’s 1st hour class. Follow their schedule, meet the teachers, and learn more about your son/daughter’s classes. The evening will conclude at 7:50pm following the 7th hour class.

Need Hurricane Gear? 
Click on the banner at the bottom of this page for the Hurricanes Online Store. There are many items to choose from for yourself or for a gift. Not sure what to get? Gift Certificates are also available!

A 2014 U.S. News and World Report Gold Medal School!
We are extremely proud to announce that Houston High School has been honored by U.S. News and World Report as a Gold Medal School for 2014! We were ranked 3rd in the state of Minnesota and of the 19,411 public high schools included in the national ranking, HHS placed 308th! WOW! Among other things, rankings are based on college readiness, test scores, and participation and success in Advance Placement (AP) classes. In addition, the comprehensive ranking methodology “is based on the key principles that a great high school must serve all of its students well, not just those who are college bound, and that it must be able to produce measurable academic outcomes to show the school is successfully educating its student body across a range of performance indicators.”
In addition, Summit Learning Center, Houston’s alternative learning center, was awarded a Bronze medal…a feat that is almost unheard of from an area learning center. The students, staff, and community should be very proud of these distinguished awards. Log on to http://www.usnews.com/education for detailed information.

Mark Your Calendar...     
• Fri 9/19: Wear pink to the home football game
• Fri 9/19: Football Parent's Night; cake reception for families after the game (cafeteria)
• Tues 9/23: “Back to School” Night for grades 7-8 and parents. Watch for more information.
• Mon 9/29 - Sat 10/4: Homecoming Week
• Fri 10/3: Football Senior Night
• Thurs 10/9: Volleyball Parent's Night
• Mon 10/13: Volleyball Senior Night
• Mon 10/27: Sophomore Class Ring meeting during Channel One
• Tues 10/28: Picture Retake Day
• Tues 10/28: Fall Choir & Band Concert and Music Booster Auction
• Thurs 10/30: Class Ring orders due; a deposit will be required.

Check the website calendar for more information as well as other events/opportunities.

Rachel's Challenge...start your own chain reaction!             
1. Look for the Best in Others  
2. Dream Big  
3. Make Goals  
4. Keep a Journal  
5. Choose Positive Influences  
6. Speak with Kindness
Find out more at www.rachelschallenge.org