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Monday, March 16, 2020

Pledge of Allegiance

TODAY’S SCHOOL NEWS

Houston Public Schools will be closed for students and community use from March 18 - March 29.  

MDH (MN Dept of Health) has asked school district’s to strengthen their attendance monitoring to help determine whether or not the coronavirus has reached our community.  Therefore, when you contact any Houston school to report your child as ill, please share with us your child’s symptoms. Thank you for your cooperation.

COVID-19 District and school leaders, using weekly guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, are reviewing emergency management plans to prepare for the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).  Currently, the custodial staff are disinfecting the schools daily, and no data suggests the need to cancel or postpone any school activities. The most important things we can all do are recommended to prevent the spread of any illness:

  • Protect yourself and others by washing your hands often with soap and water, covering your coughs and sneezes with your elbow, and avoiding touching your face.

  • If you or your child is sick, stay home from school and activities.

  • Do not return to school or work until you are feeling better and a fever is gone for at least 24 hours without using fever-reducing medication.

To learn more about COVID-19, visit:

·      Minnesota Department of Health Coronavirus (COVID-19) Website (https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/index.html)

·      CDC Coronavirus (COVID-19) Website

(https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html 

PBIS Winner today is Erin Walters, who received her ticket from Mr. Momsen for being a Community-m,inded Hurricane. Way to go! Thanks for doing your part to Strengthen the Hurricane.

Please be sure to thank your Student Council Mental Health Small Group! Amelia, Sydney, Ava, Priya, and Izack took time out of their weekend to brighten up the hall bathrooms. Like always, show respect by enjoying the artwork. 

There will not be any MCA testing on Tuesday, March 17.

RPH Track & Field is inviting all other athletes to hear from Kari Turkowski on March 16, 2020 at 5 p.m. at the R-P School Auditorium. Kari is a former three-sport athlete at St. Cloud State University. She was recruited to play volleyball there and also competed in hockey and track & field. Since college, she has continued training and competing in various events, and in 2017 she trained for an IronMan. During this time, Kari has been living with a heart condition that has progressed to ‘stage-2 heart failure.’ Kari will talk about setting goals, overcoming obstacles and adversity, experiencing setbacks, life decisions, and trusting oneself. This event is now open only to high school athletes.  It is closed to the public.

Student Council applications are now available in the high school office.  Please turn them in to Ms. Nelson by March 31.

The Sheldon Valley Sportsman’s Association is planning on putting on their 10th Annual Youth Fishing Derby on May 2nd.  This date is obviously tentative depending  on the current COVID – 19 health crisis. We will be following the Department of Health guidelines.  So, the event could get pushed back. We were wondering if you would be able to put a short note in your email going out to parents when it is convenient.  This is a free event for kids 16 and under. I have attached a poster with specific details about the event. If people have questions they can reach out to Neil Beckman, the club or me. Please let me know if you have any questions or would like additional information.Thank you very much! Sheldon Valley Sportsman’s Association, Jon Hibbs, Vice President, 507-450-6869.

Spring Sports are starting! Do you plan to participate?  You must have all paperwork into the high school office and all fees paid before you can participate.  March 16 - Baseball and Golf starts.

Prom Committee will be meeting every Thursday in March and April during senior high lunch.

Registration for the 2020 Spring Clay Target League is now open through March 23rd. Team members should be looking for emails from that league about registering for this spring.  Anyone who would like to join the team needs to contact Chad Walters or Jon Hibbs at the contact info below.  New team members need to be added by the coaches, so the league can generate a registration email for them. Any student or parent that has questions, can contact Chad or Jon.

Jon Hibbs        j.hibbs@mchsi.com            507-450-6869   

Chad Walters        wallyofhouston@acegroup.cc        507-313-3017

 

Helpful tip: How to get sports and activity schedules from the district web calendar. If you want to get the most up to date activity or athletic schedule log on to http://www.houston.k12.mn.us. Click on any date on the Calendar on the left side of the screen. Next, choose the activities you would like to view from the View Schedules box on the right side of the screen. Finally, click the View button at the bottom of the list. Easy! If you would no longer like to receive HHS announcements or need to update your email address, please send an email to the high school office manager ( ) stating you would like your address changed or removed from the HHS announcements distribution list.

FROM THE GUIDANCE OFFICE

Counselor Corner:  News of the coronavirus COVID-19 is everywhere, from the front page of all the papers to the playground at school. Many parents are wondering how to bring up the epidemic in a way that will be reassuring and not make kids more worried than they already may be. Here is some advice from the experts at the Child Mind Institute.

https://childmind.org/article/talking-to-kids-about-the-coronavirus/

 

Scholarships due this week:

Monday-Housing First Scholarship https://housingfirstmn.org/general/custom.asp?page=Scholarships

 

The next ACT date is June 13 with registration due on May 8th. More info can be found at act.org.

 

The University of Minnesota - Rochester is hosting the World Food Prize Med City Youth Institute on April 20th. high school students engage with local leaders and experts on critical global challenges, participate in hands-on activities, and explore exciting ways to make a difference in Minnesota and around the world. Students research issues they care about, and propose their ideas to solve these grand challenges. To participate in the Med City Youth Institute, students research a global issue and write a two-four page paper under the supervision of a teacher or mentor (using the downloadable Global Challenge guidelines). 9-12 grade students are eligible to apply. Registration and paper submission due online by:  March 20, 2020. For more information please contact Josh Marell at:   or 507-258-8207.

Summer Opportunities—if anyone is interested please contact Crystal Sobotta at the High School.

High Altitude Ballooning Camp, July 19-24, 2020—Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN is having a camp for students entering 9-12 in the fall of 2020. Students who attend this camp will gain valuable hands-on experience with electronics, programming microcomputers to collect data from a variety of sensors, building payloads, using a variety of cameras, planning flight paths, and flying balloons. Students will construct and test their own quadcopter drones and learn about drone topics like control, programming and flight! Find more information here--- https://gustavus.edu/camps/ballooning

Engineering Summer Academy at Penn—deadline for application is March 27, 2020.

Natural Resources Camp, register by June 12, for students entering 9-12, July 20-24, Oak Lake Field Station, Astoria, SD.

Scrubs Camps—Rochester and Winona—for students entering 9-12 and exploring healthcare careers. A middle school camp for students entering grades 6-8 by fall of 2020.

Students wanting to do PSEO courses next school year need to apply by May 30th. Please see the guidance office for qualifications to take PSEO courses and courses available. Online and in class options are available. Students are able to earn both high school and college credit at no cost. More information can be found on the guidance office webpage by going to https://www.houston.k12.mn.us/page/3335

 

Students wanting to take American Sign Language courses through Wolf Creek Academy need to apply by April 14th. A limited amount of students are chosen to take classes each semester. Please see the guidance office for more information.

Are you a Military family? If so, your student is eligible for a reduced rate SAT/ACT testing prep. More information can be found by going to eKnowledge.com/OperationMilitaryKids

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.

HURRICANE SCOREBOARD

MEETINGS 

Prom Committee will be meeting every Thursday in March and April during senior high lunch.

Regularly Scheduled Meetings:

After Prom Party Parent Committee Meetings: 3rd Sunday of each month at 6:30 PM at the Legion.

Athletic Boosters: Last Wednesday of each month at the Legion at 6:00 PM.

Junior High Knowledge Bowl: Every Tuesday at 7:30 AM in Mr. Gatzlaff’s classroom (thru Jan. 14).

Senior High Knowledge Bowl: Every Thursday morning at 7:30 AM in Mr. Gatzlaff’s room.

MN Honor Society: Fridays during lunch in Mrs. Mathers’ room.

School Board: First and third Thursdays of the month at 6:00 PM in the HS library.

Student Council: Officers meet on Mondays during Advisory and on Thursdays during Advisory the entire Student Council group meets.

Yearbook Staff: Meet Thursdays and Fridays during Advisory.

7th grade & Mentors: Meet Tuesdays during Advisory in the gym.

Kindness Club: Meet Wednesdays during lunch.

FINE ARTS and ATHLETICS – Athletic schedules are subject to change

The RPH Track and Field clothing store may be found at this link:

https://fullcourtcustomapparel.com/product-category/rph-track-field/

RPH Track & Field is inviting all other athletes to hear from Kari Turkowski on March 16, 2020 at 5 p.m. at the R-P School Auditorium. Kari is a former three-sport athlete at St. Cloud State University. She was recruited to play volleyball there and also competed in hockey and track & field. Since college, she has continued training and competing in various events, and in 2017 she trained for an IronMan. During this time, Kari has been living with a heart condition that has progressed to ‘stage-2 heart failure.’ Kari will talk about setting goals, overcoming obstacles and adversity, experiencing setbacks, life decisions, and trusting oneself. This event is now open only to high school athletes.  It is closed to the public.

Girls Basketball SEC-East Championship Gear: https://houstonbbchamps.itemorder.com/  Deadline to order is Sunday, March 15th.

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 (1:00) and Wednesday (1:00) afternoons: The Athletic Trainer visits HHS. Please sign up by 

11:00 and get a pass in the office. 

LOOKING AHEAD

School Board Meeting: March 19 at 6:00 PM in the HHS library

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

BREAKFAST & LUNCH

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

Lunch today: Chicken bacon ranch melt, tator tots, broccoli salad, baby carrots and milk.

Alt Entrée*: Crispy chicken sandwich.

Lunch tomorrow: Beefy Nachos, black beans, shredded lettuce, green onions, baby carrots and milk.

Alt Entrée: Chicken & cheese Quesadilla.

Fruit & Veggie Bar offered daily and includes: Diced tomatoes, salad toppings, fresh veggies and fresh and/or canned fruit, and much more!

* If you want the alternate lunch you must sign up for it by 10:00AM each day on the kitchen door.

**If you want to eat on an early out day, you must sign up for it by 10:00AM that day.