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Dedicated, Encouraging, Safe, and Community

~ We Are the Hurricanes ~

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Pledge of Allegiance


PBIS Winner today is Brynn Robb, who received her ticket from Mr. Momsen for being a Dedicated Hurricane. Way to go! Thanks for doing your part to Strengthen the Hurricane.

The following students must stop in the office by Friday, October 9: William Carlson, Chloe Langen, Hunter Langen, Hunter Moon, and Treyden Wojahn.

Football Tickets: 14 tickets left for Houston @ LeRoy-Ostrander on October 30.  Tickets left for Houston @ Lanesboro on November 11.  Please contact Dale Moga (dale.moga@hps294.us) to arrange a purchase of these tickets if you want to attend the game.

Football Ticket Holders to the Houston @ Spring Grove game on October 10. Game starts at 4:00 PM. There will not be any bleachers for the visiting side, so please plan on standing or bringing your own lawn chair.  Thank you!

Please Remember! If you are having school lunch, you must order it during 1st hour!               Robin has not been getting accurate counts, which causes some students to have to wait for their food to be prepared.

If you have not received your Hurricane Survival Kit that includes a Hurricane mask, please see Mr. Mangan.

Loken’s Sawmill Inn is looking for students interested in working in housekeeping on the weekends. Please call 507-896-7050 for more information.



Greetings HHS Families,

Houston High School recently transitioned to using Schoology as our main platform for grading.  Part of the process included Schoology syncing with our Infinite Campus gradebook.  Unfortunately, the sync between Schoology and Infinite Campus did not work as intended.

Moving forward, teachers will be posting student mid-quarter grades in Infinite Campus this week as we continue to transition to the Schoology Gradebook.  Thank you for your patience as we navigate through this transition. 

 If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me or your student’s teacher directly. 

Michael Mangan, Principal

A MESSAGE FROM SUPERINTENDENT ABRAHAM                                                                                        Due to a waiver extension by the USDA, Houston Public Schools finally received notification that we are able to offer meals (breakfast and lunch) FREE of charge to ALL our students, whether or not they qualify for free- or reduced-priced meals.  This waiver only goes through December 31, 2020 or until the funding is exhausted, whichever comes first, but is retroactive to the first day of school.  The waiver does not apply to the snack milk program at Houston Elementary and Preschools.


Any student or school employee who has been exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19 needs to stay home, quarantined, for a minimum of 14 days.  This is regardless of test results and includes those who have received a negative COVID-19 test result.  It is very important to remember that individuals cannot test of out quarantine after a close contact.  The school will provide distance learning for those students in quarantine.  If a student is simply sick with something that isn’t COVID and he or she expects to be back in a day or two, the district will not provide distance learning during those days.  From Ms. Abraham

COVID-19 Quick Guides for Parents: Please click the link to access Houston Public Schools’ COVID-19 plan and other helpful information for parents and the community. https://www.houston.k12.mn.us/page/3489  This page will continue to have documents added that will help parents navigate the processes and decision making that HPS will be following throughout the pandemic.


October is National Bullying Prevention Month and HHS students are recognizing this event by celebrating Unity Day on Tuesday, October 13th.  This year a worldwide pandemic and a growing movement for racial equity and social justice have highlighted the need to unite communities for a better future.  It is more important than ever to join together in creating a world that is kinder, more accepting and more inclusive.  Take action at school and home, in your neighborhood, at a local business or in your workplace to show that you care about kids being safe at school, online and in the community.

Our HHS Student Council and MN Honor Society have organized the following events for Unity Day.  Students/staff remember to wear your ORANGE on Unity Day--orange hair, orange t-shirts or whatever orange you have!  Also, be sure to bring $1 during lunch to purchase an orange, frosted cookie.  Proceeds go to the National Bullying Prevention Center.  Students will also have the opportunity to write a kind note to others during Advisory time, as well as to our local businesses and nursing home residents.  Thank you for your support of Unity Day.

Parenting Teens Message of the Week:  Measure Your Problems Teach your teens to take out their figurative ruler and measure their problems.  Sometimes we allow small problems to expand in our minds, fed by fears and anxiety.  When we view a threat out of proportion to its real danger, we’re engaging in catastrophic thinking.  Take back power by being realistic and accurate.  Teens need to learn to identify their fear and list what they know as fact.  Get them to reframe negative thoughts from barriers to obstacles they need to navigate through.  People can make problems feel large and scary.  Parents can help teens bring things down to a manageable size.                                                                                 From The Center for Parent and Teen Communication

MN Honor Society forms are due on Monday, October 12th in the counseling office.

A Western Technical College rep will be available to meet with interested students on Monday, October 12th starting at 10:00AM.  Please get a pass from Mrs. Sobotta to attend.

Explore Minnesota State Week is coming up during October 12-16.  All 30 state colleges and 7 state universities will be offering special virtual campus visits as well as application fee waivers.  Learn more and sign up by going to MinnState.edu/MinnStateWk 

The Yale Young Global Scholars Program is now open for students in grades 10-11.  Students will have the opportunity to experience life as a university student at Yale while attending an academic session of their choosing.  This program will take place in July and decisions will be made in March if it will be held on campus.  Early action deadline is November 10th with the regular decision deadline being January 12, 2021.  Apply today at https://globalscholars.yale.edu/how-to-apply

There will be EduCanada Virtual Fair offered for students and parents on Tuesday, October 6th.  Students can meet representatives from Canadian universities, colleges, language schools and high schools and learn about opportunities for studying in Canada.  More details available by emailing educanada@thestudent.world

STEM Opportunitiesfor Women: Becoming and Imagineer SPARCS event for women in high school: A wonderful no-cost virtual event on October 28 from 2-4 PM. Seats are limited so register quickly.  For more information visit https://itconnect.workoutloud.com/Event/becoming-the-imagineer-10-28-20

Seniors! There is a great opportunity to receive a Physician Assistant degree in 5 years.  St. Mary’s University and Mayo Clinic have partnered to make this possible.  Application deadline for this program is Tuesday, December 1, 2020.  More information can be found by going to the website: smumn.edu

Attention juniors and seniors! The Mayo Clinic Healthcare Career Festival has been cancelled for this year, however, there are many other opportunities that Mayo Clinic offers in a virtual format including mentorship and other educational programs.  Check them out by going to https://jobs.mayoclinic.org/career-awareness/

Students and families~ As we continue to navigate the changes in our school and communities, please know that there are many mental health resources available. Please visit the Houston High School webpage under “guidance office” to find helpful tips. In addition, the counseling office provides a safe, confidential place to get help, find support and learn about other resources that may be helpful. Students and families can make an appointment by going to: https://forms.gle/5aNL3VfqjF25zbbTA

If you or someone you are caring for, is experiencing a mental health emergency, please call 911 or contact one of the agencies listed below:

Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273 TALK (8255)

Crisis Text Line: Text "MN" to 741741

Crisis Response for Southeast Minnesota: 1-844-CRISIS2 or 1-844-274-7472

If you are a male that is 18 you are reminded to register with the Selective Service, 30 days prior to your 18th birthday, at www.sss.gov. You will not be eligible for financial aid-student loans and grants if you do not register. Also, it is against the law not to register. Please see Mrs. Sobotta if you need assistance.



Regularly Scheduled Meetings:

Regularly scheduled meeting dates and times will be determined soon and will be posted here.

After Prom Party Parent Committee Meetings: TBD

Athletic Boosters: TBD

Junior High Knowledge Bowl: TBD

Senior High Knowledge Bowl: TBD

MN Honor Society: Meetings on Mondays during lunch in the Teardrop.

School Board: TBD

Student Council: Officers/Seniors meet 1st Tuesday of the month during 2nd lunch in room 15.  Regular Student Council meetings on 1st Thursday of the month during 1st lunch in courtyard/gym.

Yearbook Staff: TBD

7th grade & Mentors: TBD 

FINE ARTS and ATHLETICS – Athletic schedules are subject to change

Volleyball Matches: Thursday, October 8th at Lyle-Pacelli - JV 6:00 PM and Varsity 7:15 PM.      Bus leaves at 3:45PM.

Football Game: Saturday, October 10 at Spring Grove - Varsity 4:00 PM

Football Ticket Holders to the Houston @ Spring Grove game on October 10. Game starts at 4:00 PM. There will not be any bleachers for the visiting side, so please plan on standing or bringing your own lawn chair.  Thank you!

Football Tickets: 14 tickets left for Houston @ LeRoy-Ostrander on October 30.  Tickets left for Houston @ Lanesboro on November 11.  Please contact Dale Moga (dale.moga@hps294.us) to arrange a purchase of these tickets if you want to attend the game.

School is back and so are Hurricane sports!  We are proud to once again support all our student athletes and the sports they participate in.  If you would like to show your “Hurricane Pride” we have a great way to do it with Hurricane apparel.  Shirts and hoodies are available  at the Hurricane’s online store from Thorson Graphics.  Place your order and be ready to cheer on the Hurricanes all year long!  Go Canes!  https://thorsongraphics.tuosystems.com/stores/houstonathletic2020

Weekly Events (when school is in session):

• Monday-Friday morning, 6:30-7:45am: Weight room open

• Monday-Friday afternoon, 3:30-5:00pm: Weight room open

• Monday and Friday (1:00) afternoons the Athletic Trainer visits HHS. Please sign up by 10:30 and get a pass in the office. 


School Board Meetings on Thursday, October 1st & 15th at 6:00 PM in the HHS library.

Please check the school website calendar for more information as well as other events/opportunities. 


To view a breakfast menu visit the school’s website, the cafeteria window or the office bulletin board.

Monday: Sloppy Joe on a bun, Fritos, grape juice, baby carrots and milk. Optional Side: Broccoli florets.

Tuesday: Pepperoni Stromboli, marinara sauce, green beans, applesauce and milk. Optional Side: Romaine salad with ranch.

Wednesday: Distance Learning. Call of sign up before 9AM for 12:00-12:30PM pick-up. Turkey Deli sandwich, Scooby Snacks, applesauce, baby carrots and celery sticks.

Thursday: Macaroni & Cheese, baked beans, apple slices, baby carrots and milk. Optional Side: Broccoli florets.

Friday: Hot dog on a whole grain bun, Tator Tots, coleslaw, apple slices and milk. Optional Side: Celery sticks.


Get more Hurricane information at houston.k12.mn.us!