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The Houston Public Schools' Newsroom contains newsworthy articles, interesting information and notable events that have occurred at Houston Public Schools. Throughout the months and years, the articles have been published on the front page of our website, and are now archived here.  Did you miss an important news item?  Can't remember when an important event happened?  Click the link(s) on the left to locate the article you are looking for.  Currently, articles are archived by month within year. 

The Newsroom also hosts the Education Matters newsletter.  Houston Public Schools' District Newsletter is the primary source for information about the great things happening in our schools.  Composed primarily for readers in and around Houston, Education Matters aims to highlight how we do our best to "discover, develop, and achieve the potential within all learners."


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Canes Against Cancer - Follow Up

The 2017 Homecoming theme, Canes Against Cancer, was featured in the Minnesota State High School League's blog named John's Journal.  Below is an excerpt of the article.  Please click on the links to see the full article and pictures.

Posted by John Millea(

HOUSTON – Homecoming is always a special week, with events taking place that involve school spirit and community pride. In this small southeast Minnesota town, Homecoming 2017 took on a special significance when students decided to make it about more than the usual topics.

When members of the Houston High School student council began thinking about Homecoming this year, they settled on two themes: Cancer and colors.  

[click here to read the full article]

Fall Carnival Fundraiser

Prizes!  Games!  Fun!

Join us on Thursday, October 12 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM in the Elementary Gym for the

Fall Carnival Fundraiser

Food items for sale include hotdogs, water, candy, and popcorn.  


  • Free Photo Booth
  • Games Galore
Try your luck at Plinko, the cookie walk, spin the wheel, duck pond, mini golf, face painting, and more! Tickets to play games are 5 for $1.00 or $0.25 each with all proceeds going to funding the PBIS program.  

Come and join the fun!
Homecoming 2017

Sunday October 1 Class Window Decorating - meet at the corner lot by the bank @ 1:00 PM
Monday October 2 Class Color Day
Coronation @ 9:18 AM  in the gym

King: Zach Brueggen, Drake Dulek, Trent Edwards, Brady Happel, Zach Schneider
Queen: Sarah Albrecht, Amber Chapel, Jessica Kitching, Becca Lee, Shelby Norlien
Tuesday October 3 Cowboy Day
Wednesday October 4 America Day
Thursday October 5 Pink Day
Friday October 6 School Spirit Day
Homecoming Parade
@ 2:30 PM
Football Game @ 7:00 PM
Saturday October 7 Homecoming Dance for grades 9-12 at the elementary school, 7:00-11:00 PM
$5.00 per person
Semi-formal attire
Bring canned goods for prizes!
Sunday October 8 Class Window Clean Up - meet at the corner lot by the bank @ 1:00 PM
Alyssa - Z93's Athlete of the Week
Congratulations to HHS junior Alyssa for being chosen Z93's Athlete of the Week!  

Below is the article featured on the Z93 website.
Alyssa is a junior at Houston High School. She plays softball, volleyball, and basketball. She holds the school record for the most three pointers made in a game and is almost at her 1,000 career high school points. Alyssa also plays AAU summer/spring basketball for the Rochester Shock. She coaches summer softball for Summer Rec. She is a very good leader and role model. Alyssa is in the weight room or gym every morning and helps with the younger kids anytimethey need it. She is also a very good student. She held a 3.97 GPA last school year and is very active in band, marching band, 7th grade mentoring, and student council. (article source)

Noah - National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist

Houston High School is proud to recognize Senior Noah as one of the Semifinalists in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program.

The National Merit® Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.6 million entrants each year.

Of the 1.6 million entrants, some 50,000 with the highest PSAT/NMSQT® Selection Index scores (calculated by doubling the sum of the Reading, Writing and Language, and Math Test scores) qualify for recognition in the National Merit® Scholarship Program.

In early September, about 16,000 students, or approximately one-third of the 50,000 high scorers, are notified that they have qualified as Semifinalists. To ensure that academically talented young people from all parts of the United States are included in this talent pool, Semifinalists are designated on a state-representational basis.  These Semifinalists are the highest scoring entrants in each state!  [article source:]

Congratulations Noah on this great accomplishment!  Way to go!

On September 7, the Houston Public School District's Board of Education voted to accept applications from interested community members to fill the one-year term for the seat vacated by Joe Krage. The application is a letter of interest that can include the candidate's experience and reasons for wanting to fill the position. The letter can be sent electronically via email to or in hard copy by sending it to Houston Public Schools, 306 West Elm Street, Houston, MN 55943.

The letter will need to be submitted by 4:00 PM on September 29. All applicants will be interviewed by the entire board, and the interviews will take place at the regularly scheduled board meeting on October 5. The interviews will be part of the agenda of the meeting and will be streamed and archived, as is the case with all meetings.

The board will make its selection at the October 18 meeting and then must wait 30 days for public comment prior to swearing in the candidate, which means the candidate could not be sworn in until December 7. This term runs through December 31, 2018. Interested individuals would need to be able to attend the board meetings, which are held on the first and third Thursdays of each month at 6:00 PM and would need to attend trainings to understand the role and responsibilities of a member of the board.

Homecoming 2017!  October 2-6

"Canes Against Cancer" is the theme for this year's homecoming.  Home athletic events include:

Monday, October 2:    JV/V Girls' SOC (in Caledonia) and C/B football
Tuesday, October 3:   JV/V Boys' SOC (in Caledonia)
Thursday, October 5: JV/V Boys' SOC (in Caledonia)
Thursday, October 5: C/9/B/A VB on Thursday 10/5
Friday, October 6:      V football on Friday 10/6