Houston High School Distance Learning Information (Updated 11/13/2020)


Houston High School

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Dedicated, Encouraging, Safe, and Community

~ We Are the Hurricanes ~

Friday, November 20, 2020

Pledge of Allegiance


Today’s PBIS Winner is Emily Botcher, who received her ticket from Ms. Nelson for being a Dedicated Hurricane.  Way to go! Thanks for doing your part to Strengthen the Hurricane.

Senior High Knowledge Bowl Informational Meeting (Google Meet) on Friday, November 20th at 12:00PM (noon) at https://meet.google.com/vne-ombo-svx

Calling all students, families and Houston High School staff:  Please drop off a package of any size toilet paper to the Houston Food Shelf next Tuesday, November 23rd from 10:00-1:00 PM. The Student Council thanks you for your time and gift.  It will help 21-25 families in our area.



Families: You can help generate state aid for your school by completing the Application for Educational Benefits or the Alternative Application for Educational Benefits and returning it to your school. Some schools collect income data through a web-based collection system which replaces the paper forms. These are household income statements; only one application is needed per household but each district or charter school in which students in the household are enrolled would need a copy.

Students in households that meet the free or reduced price meal income guidelines will generate compensatory revenue for their school. Schools must use compensatory revenue to meet the needs of students who are behind their peers, such as remedial instruction, instructional materials including digital learning and technology, bilingual programs and additional teachers and teacher aides. These applications may also make teachers in your school eligible for the federal Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program if they have outstanding college loans. However, the household must complete and return the forms, or complete the online form, no later than December 15 so the school can calculate eligibility and report to MDE. This will not impact your students’ eligibility to receive free meals during the 2020-21 school year.

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.


Minnesota is offering at-home COVID-19 saliva testing for any person who wants to be tested, with or without symptoms, at no cost.  Learn more at: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/testsites/athome.html

In accordance with district COVID Policy, distance learning (including streaming) will not be provided to students that are sick with non-covid related illness. Students and families must follow the HHS Handbook attendance policies (link to policy School Attendance Policy 2020-2021).

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.


Students: As we enter this time of distance learning, please check out Mrs. Sobotta’s Schoology page for mental health resources. Also remember to take care of yourself by getting enough sleep, limiting screen time after school, eating healthy and getting outdoors as much as you can! We are all here for you so don’t hesitate to reach out for assistance.

Attention 11th grade students! There will be a meeting for all juniors next Tuesday, November 24th at 1:00 PM.  Mrs. Sobotta will share the Google Meets link in the “Junior” Schoology group.  We will be choosing a 2021 ACT date and I will also be sharing resources to prepare for the ACT.

There will be a virtual visit from Western Technical College on Thursday at 10:00 AM for any interested students.  Join to find out more about programs, admissions and financial aid opportunities!

The spring deadline for PSEO (Post Secondary Enrollment Options) courses at MN State College-Southeast is December 1st.  Please see Mrs. Sobotta if you are interested and eligible to take college courses as a 10th,11th or 12th grade student.  Courses are offered online, hybrid or in-person.

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.


Volleyball vs Spring Grove:  

                                                                                                                                                     Varsity – Spring Grove 3, Houston 0 – Spring Grove #25#26#25 – Houston #18#24#14            Spring Grove: Addyson McHugh 10 Kills; Brielle Neeley 3 kills; Rachel Normann 22 assists, 14 digs, 3 aces; Kenadee Gerard 8 kills; VaNessa Peterson 2 aces; Julia Halverson 8 digs, 3 aces; Lydia Solum 3 kills; Maggie Lile 3 assist, 28 digs. Houston: Becca Rostad 12 digs; Richelle Botcher 5 kills; Emma Geiwitz 10 kills; Lilly Carr 13 assists; Sydney Torgerson 7 kills.

JV lost to Spring Grove (23-25, 23-25).

8th grade VB lost to Spring Grove in 2 sets.

7th grade VB defeated the Lions in 3 sets.


JrH Knowledge Bowl Meet will be held on Wednesday, December 9 at 9:00 AM at the Cross of Christ Church.

Senior High Knowledge Bowl Informational Meeting (Google Meet) on Friday, November 20th at 12:00PM (noon) at https://meet.google.com/vne-ombo-svx

No spectators allowed at home indoor events. So no fans for the upcoming volleyball matches: 11/19/20 vs Spring Grove, and 11/23/20 vs Kingsland.

Activities/Athletics for the week of November 16 – 21:


JrH Volleyball home vs Mabel-Canton 4:00 PM & 5:00 PM (no fans) https://www.meridix.com/channel/?liveid=canesjhgirls#/schedule

JV Volleyball home vs Mabel-Canton 6:00 PM (no fans) https://www.meridix.com/channel/?liveid=canes2021#/schedule

Varsity Volleyball home vs Mabel-Canton 7:15 PM (no fans) https://www.meridix.com/channel/?liveid=canes2021#/schedule

Tuesday:                                                                                                                                     Varsity Football Section Playoffs @ Spring Grove 7:00 PM – Bus 5:15 PM https://youtube.com/channel/UC-psav5FzQHfSHBNdtRxDjA


ImPACT Concussion Baseline Testing for 7th grade boys who played football is at 1:00 PM in the high school library. Test takes about an hour.  This test is for all athletics and is good for 2 years.  Even though 7th grade football is over, it is important to complete the test, especially if you are a multi-sport student-athlete.


JrH Volleyball @ Spring Grove 4:30 PM & 5:30 PM – Bus 3:30 PM (no visiting fans) https://youtube.com/channel/UC-psav5FzQHfSHBNdtRxDjA

JV Volleyball home vs Spring Grove 6:00 PM (no fans) https://www.meridix.com/channel/?liveid=canes2021#/schedule

Varsity Volleyball home vs Spring Grove 7:15 PM (no fans) https://www.meridix.com/channel/?liveid=canes2021#/schedule


Weekly Athletic 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.


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.

School Board Meetings: The 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month in the HHS library at 6:00 PM.

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


School Board Meetings on Thursday, November 5th & 19th at 6:00 PM in the HHS library.

Thanksgiving Break: Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27.

First Tri-mester ends on Friday, December 4th.

Winter Holiday Break: Thursday, December 24th through Friday, January 1st.

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


During Distance Learning we will have meal bundles available for pick-up at the high school.  Please call the Meal Bundle Hotline at 507-896-5323 option 8 to order your bundle.  Please leave your name, a contact phone number, total number of bundles requested, and names of each student receiving meals.  Those who call in will be contacted to set a pick-up time and confirm information. Meal bundles are free but are only available for students enrolled in the Houston Public School District. Delivery will only be provided for families with medical hardships or with no means of transportation.

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