Houston High School

HHS Spiral Bands of Success

Dedicated, Encouraging, Safe, and Community

~ We Are the Hurricanes ~

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Pledge of Allegiance


Today’s PBIS Winner is Mac Scheck, who received his ticket from Mrs. Evans for being a Dedicated Hurricane. Way to go! Thanks for doing your part to Strengthen the Hurricane.

A Reminder to all Students: As stated in the HHS Handbook, food/beverages must be consumed in the cafeteria and/or in COVID-designated areas ONLY.  Thank you for your compliance to this rule for keeping our school clean and safe.

Prom Committee Meeting during 2nd lunch on Tuesday, March 2nd.

Owl Festival Medallion Hunt Clue: Clues will be posted at the end of the daily Announcements page.             


Greetings HHS Families,                                                                                                                            Thank you for all you do to support the success of your HHS student.  Check out the video link below for an update on what is happening at HHS this month including targeted services/summer school information, Conferences/Registration (mark your calendars for the evening of March 18) and accessing mid-quarter and other grade reports through Infinite Campus.  http://youtu.be/eRR0bISOEuM?hd=1                                                                                                                                      Thank you for all you do to Strengthen the Hurricane!


For the safety of our students, PLEASE…

All students who arrive/depart from school on busses or who drive themselves and park in student parking, must enter the high school building through the gymnasium doors. 

All students who are being dropped off or picked up or who walk to school must arrive and depart from Door #1, the District Office doors. This includes any students leaving and/or returning during the day for an appointment.

There should not be any cars in the Teardrop dropping off or picking up students in the morning, during the day or after school. 


The School Board of Houston Public Schools is conducting a search for a new superintendent.  The school board contracted with the Minnesota School Boards Association (MSBA) to provide guidance and assist us with the search.

The school board met on February 23, 2021, to plan the search.  Community and staff input regarding the superintendent search is now being requested, and a public survey is available for staff and community members to fill out beginning February 25, 2021 to March 16, 2021.  All responses to the survey are anonymous, and MSBA will summarize and provide an overview of comments for presentation to the Board.

To complete the online version of the Houston Public Schools Superintendent Search Survey, click SuptSearchHouston.  Hard copies of the survey are also available at the Houston District Office (306 W. Elm Street, Door 1). Please return all completed surveys to the District Office by March 16, 2021.

The application deadline for this position is March 31, 2021, and the new superintendent will begin work in the district on July 1, 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.


COVID-19 Testing for Kids and Families – MDH announced a recommendation for all school-age youth returning to school, youth sports, or extracurricular activities, and their families, to get tested every two weeks through the end of the school year.  While it is not a requirement, regular testing complements other safety measures already in place, such as masking and social distancing.

Schools and youth organizations can send messages and resources available on  COVID-19 Testing for Kids and Families  to families to encourage testing.  Getting tested every two weeks from now until the end of the school year can help keep schools open and sports operating, and ensure we are limiting the spread of COVID-19.

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.

The Hurricane Foundation has extra Hurricane-logo facemasks. These masks are $5 each. If you’d like one (or more) of these facemasks please email Denise Rostad (deniseinwis@gmail.com) to arrange for a pickup.


The following students can stop by to see Mrs. Sobotta today to pick up their prize from Friday’s Career Day for winning their Kahoot:

            Conner Porter, Kayleen Kulas, Ashtyn Meyer, Alex McCulloch,

            Alyssa Ronnenburg, Mackenzie Zibrowski and Ainsley Rice

All Career Day videos will be posted on Schoology if you are interested in viewing other sessions.

Attention 8-12th grade students: Gundersen Health System is hosting an online distracted driving class on Thursday, March 11th from 6-7PM.  This is being offered to ages 14-18 (teen participants must have a guardian attend wit them). Enroll online at www.gundersenhealth.org/driving by Friday, March 5th.

Attention 9th and 11th grade students: Emerging Rural Leaders Scholarship Program – UChicago is offering two fully-finded summer programs. Each program gives students the chance to explore a college-level course, develop their leadership skills, and learn more about what life is like on a residential college campus.  To apply, visit https://summer.uchicago.edu/programs/emerging-rural-leaders

Freshman program dates: July 12th – 16th. Deadline to apply is May 1st.

Junior program dates: June 14th – July 9th. Deadline to apply is March 1st.

Attention Juniors: If you are still interested in the ACT Prep Workshop in March, your form and payment are due ASAP to Mrs. Sobotta in the guidance office.

Attention Seniors: New scholarships have been posted on the guidance office webpage. https://www.houston.k12.mn.us/page/3390 Check them out and be sure to start working on your applications early!

Minnesota West Community & Technical College is hosting a virtual Scrubs Camp to explore careers in Nursing, Medical Coding, Medical Assisting, MLT/Phlebotomy, Health Information Technology, CNA, Radiologic Technology and Surgical Technology. When: Friday, March 5 at 9:00-12:00PM. RSVP at www.mnwest.edu/srubs-camp Zoom link: https://minnstate.zoom.us/j/6545141811

Virtual College Exploration:  This will be held on March 9-11. A great opportunity to give students the chance to hear from many different colleges. You can ask questions of the college representative through the presentations too! Check out the schedule, list of colleges and register now at https://www.mn-acac.org/virtualcollege

Minnesota West Community & Technical College is offering Law Enforcement Orientation Days.  Students will be able to experience a day in the Law Enforcement Program by participating in numerous classes.  Students will observe a defensive tactics and firearms class and be provided an overview of the program while meeting with instructors.

Law Enforcement Orientation Dates: March 19 and Friday, April 16. Time: 9:00-1:00 PM. Where: Minnesota West Community and Technical College 1450 Collegeway, Worthington, MN  56187  Please RSVP to https://www.mnwest.edu/worthington-law-enforcement-day For questions and additional information contact Trisha Heidebrink at 507-372-3476 or trisha.heidebrink@mnwest.edu

The Salon Professional Academy is hosting a hands-on workshop.  Join them for a hands-on experience where you will have the choice between make-up, skin care or hair styling.  Their students will provide a short lesson for the topic of your choice and then YOU get to take over and try what you’ve learned with their assistance!  When: Wednesday, March 24 from 3:30-4:30 To reserve a spot: Text us at 608-783-7400 with your name & “WORKSHOP”

United States Naval Academy Summer Programs:

  1. Summer Seminar for students entering the 12th grade. This program will give you a taste of life at the Academy and kick-starts your application journey for an appointment to the Academy.  For one week in June you will experience first class academic, athletic and professional training while building lifelong friendships with campers from all over the country. Cost: $65.00 (need-based scholarships are available for both program fee and travel). For more information and how to apply visit: https://www.usna.edu/Admissions/Programs/NASS.php Application deadline is March 31.
  2. Summer STEM for students entering 9th-11th grade. This is a vibrant week of problem solving, exploratory learning, critical thinking and team building for rising 9th-11th graders interested in a future in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.  Cost: $90.00 (need-based scholarships are available for both program fee and travel). For more information and how to apply visit: https://www.usna.edu/Admissions/Programs/STEM.php  Application deadline is March 31.

Parents can visit Tips and Resources for Children and Parents during COVID-19. Follow this link for practical ideas and tips to support yourself and your children.  Lastly, keep track of your daily habits and how they are changing.  Monitor your alcohol, tobacco, drug and media use.  If you notice changes, seek help from a healthcare professional.  Find more information and resources on coping and stress, including alcohol and substance use. https://www.health.state.mn.us/communities/mentalhealth/children.html

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

FEELING OVERWHELMED OR NEED SOMEONE TO TALK TO?  Please reach out to connect with one of the resources below or with the mental health crisis numbers:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255.

Crisis Text Line: Text “MN” to 741741. 

Minnesota local mobile crisis response: Find the phone number for your country’s mobile crisis response unit.

Minnesota WarmLine Peer Support Connection: Call or text 844-739-6369 (5PM to 9AM).

Minnesota Day One hotline for domestic or sexual violence: 866-223-1111.

National Parent Helpline: 855-427-2736, operated by Parents Anonymous.

Postpartum Support International Helpline: 800-944-4773.

Mother-Baby HopeLine: Redleaf Center for Family Healing 612-873-4673. Free metal health phone support is provided for pregnant and postpartum parents and families with children from birth to 5 years old.  This is not a crisis line.  The HopeLine is available Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM.

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.


Boys Basketball vs Schaeffer Academy: JV lost 30-32 & Varsity lost 27-52


March Mania! Hey musicians and parents! Listen and vote on your favorite marches all March as the United States Marine Band is presenting March Mania!  There are 32 marches vying to be crowned the Champion March.  Starting March 1st go to www.marineband.marines.mil  and listen to the daily competition and vote.  Follow the bracket and vote on each daily contest.  March is Music In Our Schools Month. What better way to recognize and honor Music in our Schools than with a contest for Marches?

Link for all March Home Sports Events in Caledonia: https://forms.gle/51Phb5LbmM1aTzMx5

Spring Sports Start Dates:

            Baseball – Throwing March 22, Normal Practice March 29

            Softball – March 29

            Boys and Girls Gold – March 29

            Track and Field – March 29

The Minnesota Clay Target League is planning on having a modified trap season this spring with athlete registration open from February 3rd until March 29th.  Any students in grades 7-12 that have completed their firearms safety certification are eligible to join the Houston Trap Team.  If interested contact Chad Walters at 507-313-3017 or Jon Hibbs at 507-450-6869 to get further information.  You can also visit the league website at https://mnclaytarget.com/


Monday, March 1

BBB @ Schaeffer Academy: JrH 5:00 – Bus 3:30 / JV 6:00 – Bus 3:30 & V 7:15 – Bus 4:45                         SA Lion's Roar Booster Club YouTube

Tuesday, March 2

JrH GBB home vs LeRoy-Ostrander: 4:45 and 5:45 in HHS gym – JrH Parent’s Night     https://www.meridix.com/channel/?liveid=canesjhgirls#/

JV/V GBB @ Lanesboro – JV 6:00 & V 7:15 – Bus 4:30                                           https://www.nfhsnetwork.com/schools/lanesboro-high-school-lanesboro-mn

9/JV/V BBB @ LeRoy-Ostrander: 9th 4:45 – bus 3:25 / JV 6:00 – bus 3:25 / V 7:15 – bus 4:45  https://www.nfhsnetwork.com/schools/le-royostrander-high-school-le-roy-mn

Thursday, March 4

JrH GBB @ Caledonia Elementary School: 1 game @ 4:30 – bus 3:30

JV/V GBB @ Spring Grove: JV 6:00 / V 7:15 – bus 4:40                                                     https://youtube.com/channel/UC-psav5FzQHfSHBNdtRxDjA    

JV/V Wrestling @ Caledonia 5:00

Friday, March 5

JRH BBB @ Spring Grove: 5:00 & 6:30 – bus 4:40                                                             https://youtube.com/channel/UC-psav5FzQHfSHBNdtRxDjA

GBB home vs Grand Meadow: JV 6:00 / V 7:15 – bus 4:00                                           https://www.meridix.com/channel/?liveid=canes2021#/

Saturday, March 6

JV/V Wrestling @ Caledonia 10:00


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, March 4th & 18th at 6:00 PM in the HHS library.

3rd Quarter Ends on Friday, March 26th.

No School on Monday, March 29th.

Break Thursday, April 1 through Monday, April 5.

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


Monday: BBQ rib sandwich, green beans, Cheez It crackers, apple slices and milk.  Optional Side: Cheesy broccoli.

Tuesday: Macaroni & cheese, cucumber slices, applesauce, chocolate chip cookie and milk.  Optional Side: Green onions.

Wednesday: Meal bundles will be available for pick up.  Please call the Meal Bundle Hotline at 507-896-5323, option 8 to make arrangements.

Thursday: Italian sausage flatbread, Marinara sauce, orange halves, celery sticks, lemon blueberry cookies and milk.  Optional Side: Caesar salad.

Friday: Biscuit and gravy, strawberry yogurt, tri tater, banana and milk.  Optional Side: Warm cinnamon apples.

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

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Owl Festival Medallion Hunt Clues

Tuesday AM -                                                           

When you can see hope in so many eyes                                                                              
It’s a devious thing to hide a prize                                                                                                           To frustrate and fool the good citizens here                                                                                           Is sadistic, but fills me with Grinch-like cheer                                                                                      Oh, to think of folks trudging round town                                                                                     Straining their brains from sunrise to sundown                                                                              Taking on a so challenging rhyme                                                                                                            To learn how this town has evolved over time

Monday PM -
What will be the theme this year?
Oh, so desperate for good cheer.
We'll keep it distanced and outdoors
mask up or not, the choice is yours
Remember when you're on the hunt
Just where you are and what's in front
No need to squeeze and crowd inside
I'm at a site meant for sore eyes

Monday AM –                                                         

Houston, Houston, I hear your call                                                                                               Medallion time, come one, come all                                                                                                      With little rhymes, oh so sublime                                                                                                         Within city limits all of the time                                                                                                                On public land, that’s where I’ll be                                                                                                          For you to claim my finders fee