Houston High School

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Dedicated, Encouraging, Safe, and Community

~ We Are the Hurricanes ~

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Pledge of Allegiance


Today’s PBIS Winner is Treyden Wojahn, who received his ticket from Mr. Carrier for being an Encouraging Hurricane. Thanks for doing your part to Strengthen the Hurricane.

Congratulations to the Prom Court!   

King Candidates:

Landon Carrier, Curtis Chapel, Kirby Clay, Owen Gaustad, Odin Onsgard

Queen Candidates:

Katelyn Bartz, Ashley Laschenski, Allison Papenfuss, Leora Smith, Paige Twite


The City of Houston is now hiring Summer Recreation Staff positions.  If interested or if you have questions, pick up an application from City Hall or see Mr. Carrier.

PROM 2021 is on Saturday, May 1, 2021.

*Grand March at 5:00 PM and Dinner at 6:00 PM followed by a hypnotist and a dance.

*Prom Note: Guests/public are invited to the Grand March if it is held at the Nature Center.  Please wear your mask and social distance, also bring your own chair.  If the weather is unfavorable, and the Grand March is held at HES gymnasium, the event will be live streamed for guests/public.

SENIORS! Jostens graduation items are in. If you ordered anything extra (in addition to the cap, gown, tassel and stole) make sure your order has been paid for, then pick it up in the high school office.  For orders not yet paid, go online by following the instructions on the Jostens bill mailed to you. Come to the high school office if you have questions. All caps, gowns, tassels and stoles will be distributed during your last week of school in May.


For the safety of our students, PLEASE…drop off and pick up your children & walkers must use Door #1, the District Office doors during school hours. No cars in the Teardrop dropping off or picking up students in the morning, during the day or after school.


Announcement:  Seeking to slow the spread of COVID-19 and buy more time to vaccinate more Minnesotans, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) on April 22 issued updated guidance to support COVID-19 testing for students in middle and high school.  To encourage the regular testing that is most beneficial to limit spread, MDE is encouraging Minnesota middle and high schools to make COVID-19 testing more accessible for students by offering testing options onsite; therefore, Houston High School will be offering testing opportunities to our students.  Tests will be at no-cost to students or schools.  Any Houston High School student with parent permission may take a COVID-19 saliva test every other Wednesday beginning April 28.  The students may come to the district office from 12:30-3:30 to take a test as long as the student’s parent has completed the approval attached to these announcements and that document has been sent to the high school office.

If a student does not want to get tested at school but still wants to get tested, the following options are also available:

  1. Walk in or schedule an appointment for a test at one of the state’s COVID-19 Community Testing Sites

Across Minnesota.

  1. Order a test through the state’s  COVID-19 Test at Home program.

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.


Seniors: ServeMinnesota (Americorps) is launching the summer Emergency Response Program to continue helping Minnesotans affected by COVID-19.  Members will be available to help schools, non-profits and other organizations by supporting individuals and families.  Service could include a combination of several response tasks such as emergency food distribution, academic support and youth enrichment and more.  Training is provided.  Members serve 35 hours per week and receive a modest living stipend, health insurance and an education award that can be used for tuition for college or technical school. When: June 7th – August 14th. Details about the program and application can be found at: https://www.serveminnesota.org/emergency-response/emergency-response-member/ Deadline: May 19th.

11th grade students: ACT Testing - register at  https://www.act.org

Dates are as follows:  June 12th with registration deadline of May 7th and late registration May 21st

July 17th with registration deadline of June 18th and late registration on June 25th  Late fees apply.

A Gal’s Guide to the Galaxy: the ultimate guide for Women in STEM.  How do you find a career to be passionate about, how do you make the most of your life, and how and when do you make those big life decisions?  Come and engage with STEM professionals. You’ll be empowered and learn how to make an impact.  And, you’ll improve your technical and professional skills by participating in some amazing workshops.  The content is geared to young women with technology interests.  However, males are welcome to attend.  When: Saturday, May 8th from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM (Zoom).  Deadline is May 6th. Register at https://itconnect.workoutloud.com/Event/a-gals-guide-to-the-galaxy-the-ultimate-guide-for-women-in-stem-5-8-21

MN West Technical college is offering a course to get high school students, grades 10th-12th, interested in telecommunications.  It is a 3-credit class that is mostly online and can lead to a degree in telecommunications or computer and network technology.  This course provides students with a broad overview of the telecom industry, including knowledge and understanding of terminology, tool, cable types, writing components, fiber optic cable and basic telecommunication networks. For more information, please contact Theresa Ireland at 507-847-7949 or email at theresa.ireland@mnwest.edu

Month of the Military Child Art Contest: Open to all students (K-12th) of active or retired military personnel and siblings of active service members.  Artwork must depict the artist’s military pride and must be 8 ½ x 11. The artwork and entry form must be mailed and cannot be faxed or emailed.  All entries must be received by April 30th.

Students 16 years old and older: Fastenal is looking for summer help in their Caledonia location for accounts receivable support positions.  The positions will run from June-August, with Monday through Friday schedules and would be 24-40 hours per week.  To apply: https://careers.fastenal.com/careers/application/415221

Attention 12th grade students: MN Department of Natural Resources is offering the Diversity in Environmental Careers (IDEC) program.  The program creates pathways to natural resources and environmental careers for underrepresented students (racial or ethnic minorities, women, or individuals with disabilities) who are pursuing an undergraduate degree in science, technology, engineering or math. Instructions on how to apply and register for information sessions can be found on the website: Conservation Corps Minnesota and Iowa website  The deadline is May 28th.

Check out the Guidance Office website for scholarship information:  https://www.houston.k12.mn.us/page/3390    

Upcoming due dates for scholarships:

Due April 30 – Hurricane Foundation Scholarships:

Henry & Vera Hanson; Class of 1938 Scholarship; Red Pride; Summers Family; Cole Family;

Ricky Peterson

Due April 30 - American Red Cross; Steffens Carpenter Memorial; Arlin Falck

Attention 9th – 11th grade students! Princeton Review Midwest is offering Test Fest. These are virtual webinars for the ACT & SAT. Register for any event at: https://www.princetonreview.com/college/test-fest

The schedule is listed below:

ACT Free Practice Test – Saturday, May 1st 10am-2pm

SAT Free Practice Test – Sunday, May 2 from 12pm-4pm

Scores Back Strategy Session – Monday, May 3 from 6pm-7pm

9 Most Missed ACT Math Questions & Solutions – Tuesday, May 4 from 6pm-7pm

Free Sample ACT Class – Wednesday, May 5 from 6pm-7pm

Free Sample SAT Class – Wednesday May 5 from 6pm-7pm

Counseling Resources

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

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.

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.



Spring Athletes: Remember that spring weather is cold! Be sure to dress warmly for outdoor practices and games!!

The Sheldon Valley Sportsman’s Association is holding their Annual Youth Fishing Derby!!  When: Saturday, May 1, 2021. Where: Sheldon Town Hall, County Road 10, Sheldon, MN. Registration: 7:00 AM – 8:30 AM. Eligible Participants: All youth aged 16 and under, accompanied by parent or legal guardian.        Cost: free. Legal Fish: String limit of 5, with no more than one fish over 16”. One line allowed per participant. Respectfully throw back fish 6” or less.  Weigh-In: Beginning at 10:00 AM – Ends firmly at 11:00 AM. For more information please contact Neil Backman 507-450-8422 or email us at SheldonValley.S.A@goacentek.net

The Drama Club is going to New York City July 27-31, 2022. You can join our group and take the trip of a lifetime! Contact Mrs. Goetting if you are interested and she will get you the information needed to attend.  There are also information packets near the bulletin board across from the high school office.

Prom Committee will be meeting weekly on Tuesdays.



Softball @ Rushford-Peterson JrH 4:30 & JV 6:00 & Varsity 4:30 – Bus leaves 3:30

Boys Golf @ Southland 4:30 – Dismiss 2:20 – Bus leaves 2:30

JrH Track @ Grand Meadow 4:30 – Dismiss 1:50 – Bus leaves 2:00


Girls & Boys Golf home vs Glenville-Emmons 4:30

Baseball Varsity home vs Schaeffer Academy 4:30

Softball Varsity home vs Schaeffer Academy 4:30


JrH Softball @ GET – JrH 4:30 – Dismiss 2:50 – Bus 3:00

Softball JV (6:15) & Varsity (4:30) @ Wabasha-Kellogg – Dismiss 2:35- Bus 2:45

Jr H Baseball @ Fillmore Central – 4:30 – Dismiss 3:00 – Bus leaves 3:10

Varsity Baseball home vs Fillmore Central – 4:30


Baseball vs Mabel-Canton JrH 4:30 at HHS & Varsity 4:30 & JV 6:00 @ Mabel-Canton – D 2:55 – Bus 3:05

Softball vs Mabel-Canton JrH 4:30 at HHS & Varsity 4:30 & JV 6:00 @ Mabel-Canton – D 2:55 – Bus 3:05

Varsity Track & Field @ Rushford-Peterson 4:30


JrH Softball @ GET 9:00


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, May 6 & 20 at 6:00 PM in the HHS library.

MCA Day: grades 7, 8, 10 11 testing; 9th grade job shadowing; 12th grade E-Learning day on April 27.

Solo & Ensemble Contest on April 28.

1/2 day for Teacher Meetings on Wednesday, May 5.

No School on Monday, May 31 for Memorial Day.

Last Day of School and ½ day on Thursday, June 3.

Graduation on Friday, June 4.

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


Monday: Cheeseburger on a bun, lemon blueberry crisps, mango cup, celery sticks and milk. Optional Side: Radish.

Tuesday: Fiesta chicken nachos, lettuce salad with Ranch, fresh apple, blueberry cup and milk. Optional Side: Celery sticks.

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: Build your own wrap! Sandwich meat and cheese, choice of mayo or Ranch, lettuce, apple slices, Ranch cauliflower, grape juice and milk. Optional Side: Tomato slices.

Friday: Beef hotdog on a bun, WG snack crackers, baby carrots, applesauce, Craisens and milk. Option Side: Baked beans.

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

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