Houston High School

HHS Spiral Bands of Success

Dedicated, Encouraging, Safe, and Community

~ We Are the Hurricanes ~

Thursday, January 14, 2021


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

Attention parents of Wrestlers!  Caledonia HS will be allowing parents-spectators of all rostered players on the 7th-Varsity wrestling rosters.  Attached is a list of guidelines; please read prior to attending a wrestling match.

Hurricane Softball T-shirt fundraiser – We will be selling shirts done by No Limit Apparel. We will receive five dollars for every shirt we sell to go towards our goal.  Each shirt is $15.00.  The order deadline is January 15th.  Please complete this order form:



Please see the attached letter from Superintendent Abraham regarding the Houston Schools’ COVID Update for 2021.

Pandemic-EBT Benefits for Families – Students who qualify for free or reduced-priced meals may be eligible for Pandemic-Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) to purchase food for days they are not in the school building.  To be considered, households must submit an application for free or reduced-price meals for the 2020-21 school year OR be approved for Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. Families who received P-EBT benefits last summer are not automatically eligible; eligibility is based on the current school year.  Benefits may be retroactive to September 2020, depending on when eligibility for free or reduced-price meals is determined.  To ensure you qualify for the most benefits, please submit your application as soon as possible.


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

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.


Current 10th and 11th grade students interested in taking PSEO (college courses) at St. Mary’s University in Winona, are reminded that the deadline for application is January 31, 2021 for a fall semester start.  Please see Mrs. Sobotta for application materials.  Criteria for acceptance includes a 3/5 GPA, two letters of recommendation and an essay.

Recent scholarship announcement for seniors: The deadline for Viterbo University’s Health Science Scholarship Competition, a full-tuition scholarship opportunity, is quickly approaching.  To be eligible to apply students must:

*Be admitted to Viterbo and have a cumulative high school GPA of 3.4 or higher

*Complete the Viterbo Online Scholarship Application at www.viterbo.edu/affordable

The Viterbo deadline to apply is January 15, 2021.  Please note that a completed scholarship application must include one letter of recommendation and the submission of a short paragraph focusing on applicant’s career interests.

Selected finalist will be invited to meet with Viterbo faculty and current health care professionals at a required virtual competition on Friday, February 12, 2021.  All finalists participating in the competition will receive a scholarship.  Scholarships range from $1,000 per year ($4.000 total) to full tuition.

Students! Second semester starts on Tuesday, January 26th.  Please take time to access and view your schedule in the Infinite Campus portal.  If you need a schedule change or to register for an MNVA on-line course for 2nd semester please reach out to Mrs. Sobotta for assistance by email or by accessing her Google Meets link on the following days:             Grades 10-12:      Thursday, January 14                                                                                   Grades 7-9: Friday, January 15                                                                     meet.google.com/oug-wxoxv-dfr

Houston Community Blood Drive is this Thursday, January 14 at St. Mary’s Church from 1-7PM. For appointments call Dennis at 896-4809 or go online to RedCrossBlood.org and enter: houstonmn  Students are encouraged to give blood if you are age 16 and up! A waiver is required if you are 16.  Athletes please consult with your coaches before giving blood.

10th grade students!  Check out the UW-Madison BEL (Business Emerging Leaders) Pre-College Scholar opportunity to earn a full-tuition scholarship for four years to UW-Madison.  If chosen, students would be required to attend the BEL Program every summer for three years.  There is no cost to participate.  To be eligible students must identify as Black/African American, Hispanic/Latinx, Native American, Southeast Asian or as a low-income student.  Application is open until February and can be found at go.wisc.edu/BELprogram.

Attention 11th grade students!  The Princeton Summer Journalism Program application is now open.  This program offers a fee, intensive journalism and college prep institute for high-achieving high school juniors from low-income backgrounds.  This year the program will run virtually for 7 weeks.  Application available at psjp.princeton.edu and due to February 22.

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

Parenting Teens:  As we navigate the winter months and continued limitations on activities, please remember to check in on your and your students’ mental health.  Here are some questions to get started:  What do you like?  What do you dislike?  What calms you down?  What stresses you out?                                                                                                            Also, remember the following tips for positive mental health habits: Try to eat healthy good (cook together as a family or take turns planning a meal), limit caffeine, talk to someone you enjoy being with each day, set a sleep schedule (turn off electronics one hour before bed), do something you enjoy each day and get regular exercise everyday (get outdoors and go sledding, skiing, hiking).  If stress is overwhelming to you or your student, please reach out for help with the resources below.

Great Rivers 211: Call 2-1-1 or 800-362-8255

Call your local hospital or clinic

Call Houston HS counselor, Crystal Sobotta, 507-896-5323 or crystal.sobotta@hps294.us


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.



Thursday, January 14th:

Wrestling – JV/V @ Zumbrota-Mazeppa 5:00 PM

Boys Basketball – JV/V @ Southland 6:00 PM / 7:15 PM (No visiting fans) - https://www.isd500.k12.mn.us/page/4095

Girls Basketball – JV/V Home vs Southland 6:00 PM / 7:15 PM https://www.meridix.com/channel/?liveid=canes2021#/schedule

Friday, January 15th:

Girls Basketball – Jr High 8/7 @ Southland 5:00 PM / 6:00 PM (No visiting fans) - https://www.isd500.k12.mn.us/page/4095

Saturday, January 16th:

Wrestling – JV/V @ Winona Sr. HS11:00 AM – Caledonia will send out Wrestling Live Stream Link or look on the hosting school website

Boys Basketball – Jr High 8/7 @ Southland Noon / 1:00 PM (No visiting fans) - https://www.isd500.k12.mn.us/page/4095

Athletic Trainer – The Athletic Trainer will be available on Mondays and Fridays at 1:00 PM starting on January 8th. Please get a pass from the high school office starting on January 18th.


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, January 7th & 21st at 6:00 PM in the HHS library.

HHS Distance Learning continues Wed., January 6th through Fri., January 15, 2021.

Beginning January 18 – HHS returns to hybrid model: In-person all day Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.  Wednesdays will be half-day distance learning days.

2nd Quarter ends Friday, January 22, 2021.

No School Monday, January 25, 2021.

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


The following is a list of those students whose names were drawn, but who have not yet picked up their prize.  If your name is on the list below, no worries, Judy is holding onto your PBIS ticket and you can still get your prize!

October Winners:  Rysen Gorman (10/5/20), Brynn Robb (10/8/20), Logan Kinstler (10/9/20), Rylee Servais (10/19/20.)

November Winners: Hayden Ronnenberg (11/5/20), Emmi Kubistal (11/10/20), Avery Kingsley (11/16/20), Ken Grupe (11/19/20), Emily Botcher (11/20/20), Avery Kingsley (11/25/20), Logan Kinstler (11/30/20).

December Winners:  Jorja Meyer (12/1/20), Kole Gerdes (12/3/20),  Logan Kinstler (12/7/20), Julia Carr (12/8/20), Nolan Nelson (12/10/20), Cheyanne Dahle (12/11/20), Rysen Gorman (12/14/20), Aydan Florin (12/16/20), Cadence Koehler (12/17/20), Chloe Langen (12/18/20), Richelle Botcher (12/23/20).

January Winners: Danica Stampka (1/4/21), Aubryanna Boldt (1/5/21), Aydan Florin (1/6/21), Logan Kinstler (1/7/21), Aubryanna Boldt (1/8/21), Destiny Eddy (1/12/21), Ainsley Rice (1/13/21)