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5 months ago

By Rebecca Wortham

Scholastic Book Fair..

Get ready to celebrate the love of reading with our upcoming Scholastic Book Fair! We hope you can join us! Our book fair at the Houston Upper Elementary School will be held in the library from October 21 – October 25. Students may shop during their regularly scheduled library time that week. Our parent night for the book fair will be Tuesday, October 22 from 4:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. Thank you for encouraging our young readers! We look forward to seeing you!  Mrs. Alford, Librarian

PBIS Tier 2 Model School

Congratulations to Houston Upper Elementary for achieving PBIS Tier 2 Model Site status.

Our School Has SWAG (Students Who Achieve Goals

Houston Upper Elementary will begin its annual Drug Awareness & Red Ribbon Week on October 22 thru October 26.

Monday-- "I Love My Drug Free For Selfie". Wear red.

Tuesday-"Be Someone's Hero! Stand Up to Bullying." Wear orange.

Wednesday-"The Symbol of Hope, The Color of Strength." Wear pink.

Thursday-"Strong Together Against Bullying & Drugs". Wear Maroon & White

Friday- "Say Boo to Drugs". Dress as your favorite book character.

By: Selena Buchanan, Clara Boykin, Chloe Sintikakis

Time Just Flew Right By

     Houston Upper Elementary just took their state tests and it seems that the time just flew right by.  We all are now finished with our state tests and almost finished with school, but state tests are not what school is all about.  Sure state tests play a big role, but school is not just about that.  It is also about the learning that leads up to it.  We have all done a great deal of learning this year and we are sure we will next year as well.

Ready for the SUMMER!!!

     I am sure we are all ready for the summer, and you are in luck because summer is just a few days away.  Your teachers will miss you, and you will miss them also.  Teachers need a small break from having all of those kids around, and the students think they need a break from learning (though they have a break every weekend).  We just wanted to wish everyone good luck next year and  have a great summer!!

Hues Kickball TOURNAMENT.

Houston Upper Elementary School will begin its annual Kickball Tournament on February 9, 2018.  The championship game will be on February 16, 2018.  Donation $1.00.

Online Testing.

Online Test

Fun Day at Topper Zone

HUES took all the students with perfect attendance for the month of November to the Topper Zone.  By recognizing students with perfect attendance, HUES reinforces that strong attendance habits are valued. 

HUES named National School of Distinction

National Beta announces Houston Upper Elementary as a 2017-2018 National School of Distinction! This award is an honor for Beta Chapters striving towards academic achievement, exemplary character, demonstrated leadership and service to others and who increase their membership by ten or more percent. Pictured are the 4th and 5th graders, shown with their sponsor, Lysbeth Parker. HUES recently inducted 61 students into the Jr. Beta Club for a total of 93 students.

Hurricane Relief Project

The Houston Upper Elementary Jr. Beta Club is sponsoring a hurricane relief drive. Many families have been devastated by the recent storms, and we would like to give a helping hand. The devastation is overwhelming. There are some who lost all of their material possessions, including their homes.  We have reached out to people in the Houston, TX area who have been affected to ask for advice on the items that are most needed.

We are asking for donations of the following items:

  • Shampoo

  • Soap

  • Toothpaste

  • Toothbrushes

  • Deodorant

  • Hand sanitizer

  • Toilet paper

  • Laundry detergent

  • Cleaning supplies

  • School supplies (pencils, paper, folders, markers etc…)

If you are able to support our relief drive, please send any of the above items with your child from now until September 29th.  If your child is unable to carry your donations, please feel free to deliver them to our school office.

Thank you in advance for your contribution.

New Faces at HUES

Please join us in welcoming the following new staff members to Houston Upper Elementary:

Hope Stantz ~  Librarian

Haley Ard ~ 3rd  Language Arts

Hanna Warn ~ 3rd  Math/Science

Laura Pepper ~  5th Grade

Linda Cousins ~ 4th  Math/Science

Emily Porter ~  Speech

HUES’s Third Grade "Reading Gate" Is A Success

Congratulations to Houston Upper Elementary Third Graders for a superb job on the 3rd Grade Reading Summative Assessment. HUES third graders had a passing rate of 98.1 percent this year which is the highest percentage of the last three years. Houston School District had the 4th highest passing percentage in the state!

HUES would like to thank the third grade parents for their support.   Special thanks to the third grade reading teachers: Mrs. Angela McFarland, Mrs. Lori Moore, Mrs. Morgan Moss, Mr. Nathan Newell, and Mr. Rimmer; and the RtI Coordinator/ Interventionist, Mrs. Rebecca Wortham, for all their hard work and effort in helping these students to be successful.

Accelerated Reader Awards Program

Houston Upper Elementary is proud to be an "Accelerated Reader” School. Pictured below are the elementary students who were recently honored at an Accelerated Reader Award Program.

          Third Grade

        Fourth Grade

             Fifth Grade

The Accelerated Reader program, known as AR, is a program that allows students to read books on their reading level and then take computerized reading comprehension tests to earn points. Each book is worth a certain number of points based on its length and reading level.

Houston Upper Elementary students earned cash prizes for reading, thanks to PACE, Partners in Achieving Community Excellence.  Tom Byrne, PACE treasurer, presented cash prizes to third, fourth and fifth graders, ranging from $5 - $50, to the top 10 point earning students in each grade, giving out a total of $455.

Lysbeth Parker, librarian, runs the AR program at HUES. She keeps a point board outside the library and puts students’ names on it once they earn 10 or more points on the AR tests, updating it monthly.

Houston Upper Elementary School Overall First Place  Accelerated Reader with 207.2 points was Dixie Ellison pictured below with Mrs. Parker.


  Read Across America

  NEA’s Read Across America Day is a nationwide reading celebration that takes place annually on March 2—Dr. Seuss’s birthday.  HUES celebrated Read Across America by having special guests visit each class and read to the students. 

     Mr. Trevor Hampton would like to thank each guest for participating and helping to make this year’s Read Across America Day a success.


                        Ann Landrum             Mildred Slaughter               Serena Kilgore

                        Ruth Hodge                Julie Springer                       Lisa Johnson  

                        Sharon Vance            William Cook                         Jason Brassfield

                        Desiree Abrams         Daniel Heeringa                  Lori Harrington          

                        Lori Harrington          Cara Chislom                       Joanne Whitt

                        Jared Roberts             Shenia Jones                       Steven Vicars

                        Todd Stanton             Tony Cook                            Norma Kilgore

National Beta Week

HUES Jr. Beta Club will participate in National Beta Week during the week of March 6-10, 2017.

        "Make Your Mark" Monday

Students are encouraged to write on a "make your mark poster" to document how they have made a positive mark on the school, in the community, or with friends/family.


*       “Tell About It” Tuesday

Students will share and learn what Beta is all about.


*       “Work With Others” Wednesday

Students are encouraged to help others out at home, school, and in the community.


*       “Think About Growth” Thursday

Students will make a personal growth plan. Students are encouraged to do what it takes to achieve their goal.


*       “Feature Beta Spirit” Friday

The National Beta Club colors are gold and black. Students are asked to wear black, gold, or yellow to show “Beta Spirit”.

HUES Jr. Beta Club

Houston Upper Elementary is proud to announce the establishing of HUES Jr. Beta Club.  Membership is open to any fourth or fifth grade student who maintains A’s and B’s on each report card and exemplifies good character.   This year invitations for membership were issued to sixty-two students who met eligibility criteria. 


We would like to recognize and congratulate the following members of HUES Jr. Beta Club.

Alexis Audette                        Clara Boykin                           Haylee Byars

Kimble Clouse                        Katelyn Collins                       Sara Cook      

Steven Cook                           Tyler Davis                              McKenna Diaz

Haley Ellison                           Lizbeth Espericueta                Nathan Ford

Janaisha Free                           Rhett Goode                           Eli Griffin

Kinley Hallmark                      Millie Herringa                        Taylor Higginbotham

Dakeira Ivy                             Cameron Kilgore                     Hayden McManus

Dora Murillo                           Mark Murillo                           Tracy Neal

Carmen Owen                         Jaxon Paras                             Chloe Sintikakis

Emma Smith                           Langley Smith                         Rialey Gage Tucker

Brandi Unruh                          Jose Varela                              Bryanna Ward

S.H.O.P Expo at HUES

This coming Friday, November 18, 2016 is the annual S.H.O.P. (Students Helping Others Planet wide) Expo at the HUES gym from 10-2.  We are raising money to help our local chapter of Dream Riders Biking for Children.  The students have already participated in a can drive, and the United Blood Services blood mobile will be at the school on Friday.

HUES New Staff

Please join us in welcoming the following new staff members to Houston Upper Elementary:

Trevor Hampton, Principal

Beth Brandon

Patricia Geiss

Taylor Gurley

Kimberly Hardy

Nathan Newell

Michelle Rish

Sandee Tutor

Katylynn Wright

John Kimball

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Houston School District's Tony Cook Named Mississippi's Superintendent of the Year

about 1 year ago

By: Lisa Karmacharya, Director of MASA

“A dynamic, driven and dedicated leader that promotes excellence in our students, teachers, school leaders and community” are the words one administrator used to describe Mississippi’s 2018-2019 Superintendent of the Year. The Mississippi Association of School Administrators (MASA) is pleased to announce Mr. Tony Cook, Superintendent of the Houston School District, has been selected as the 2018-2019 Superintendent of the Year for the state of Mississippi.  

In the spring of 2015, Mr. Cook was given the opportunity to return to his hometown of Houston as the superintendent and has since led the school district in achieving its highest rating in history.  An incredibly passionate and child-centered leader, Mr. Cook is not one for excuses, but rather, one for solutions.  By engaging his local community for support, the Houston School District has been able to overcome some of the challenges that rural and high poverty districts face.  Mr. Cook believes in working alongside his staff and provides them with the support they need to ensure the success of children as evidenced by the ongoing improvement of student outcomes.

Mr. Tony Cook pictured with State Superintendent Dr. Carey M. Wright.

An educator for more than twenty years, Mr. Cook understands the challenges and opportunities in the public school arena and is dedicated to providing a quality learning experience for all children.  He continues to engage in his own professional learning, demonstrating his belief in continuous improvement by modeling and leading by example.  Mr. Cook is a servant leader who understands and respects the value of experience and collective wisdom.  He has been honored to serve on many state and local committees including the state accountability task force and the state superintendent’s advisory committee.  In 2009, Mr. Cook was selected as Administrator of the Year for the Pontotoc City School District.  Mr. Cook’s thoughts about his move back home and the successes they have seen is summed up in this quote “I'm so proud of my hometown and my home district. Once a Topper, always a Topper.”

Mr. Cook is married to the former Ms. Pam Kyle of Pontotoc. 

MASA’s Superintendent of the Year Program provides our school district leaders an opportunity to share their successes in the areas of leadership for learning, communication, professionalism and community involvement with the winner competing during The American Association of School Administrators, The School Superintendent’s Association Annual National Conference on Education.  This year’s competition will be held in Los Angeles where all state affiliate winners will be honored.  On behalf of the entire MASA membership and Board of Directors, we are incredibly proud to have him representing the great state of Mississippi and we wish him and the Houston School District continued success! 

Topper Time Tutorial
Parents: Starting February 3, 2020, HUES will begin Topper Time Tutorial from 2:00-2:30. During this time students will receive thirty minutes of intensified and focused tutorial and enrichment instructions. Parents, please try to avoid checking your child out before 2:35. Thank you for all your support.
Houston School District’s Grad Rate Soars More Than 20 Points in Two Years
Houston, MS: Official graduation rates for Mississippi school districts were released this week, and the Houston School District increased its graduation rate to 89.1%.

In 2015-2016, the graduation rate of HSD was 67.6%. The following year, the rate was 82.9%, just barely under the state average of 83%. The state graduation average for 2017-2018 is 84%.

“This most recent graduation rate is also a 30 point jump from 2010, during which the district’s graduation rate was 58.2%,” said Tony Cook, HSD superintendent.

Increasing the graduation rate has been a major goal of HSD since Cook became superintendent.

“Higher graduation rates means that more students have a better opportunity for success in life after high school, whether they go to college or straight into the workforce.” said Cook.

Cook is also quick to point out that improving the graduation rate is not just a high school issue, but rather a joint effort elementary through high school.

“We track year-to-year progression and put an emphasis on graduation beginning in pre-K and continuing through 12th grade,” said Cook. “We have also hired a graduation coach to make sure at-risk students at the middle and high school levels are on track for graduation.”

School attendance is also heavily monitored at each building and interventions are put into place for those with chronic absences. Academic interventions are also implemented to increase student growth.

The Houston School District is also providing special opportunities for students who are behind, as well as students who are advanced.

“Early graduation is offered to students two years behind grade level to ensure they complete school,” said Cook. “We also provide opportunities for our advanced students through the Duke Tip program, PSAT and increased numbers in our accelerated courses.”

The Houston School District is also promoting graduation through college walls, college field trips, graduation banners, guest speakers, college scavenger hunts, college bulletin boards, career expos, career days and college days.

Bullying Procedures for Processing a Complaint

5 months ago

By Shane Presley

Procedures for Processing a Complaint  

Any student, school employee or volunteer who feels he/she has been a victim of bullying or harassing behavior, or has witnessed or who has reliable information that a student, school employee or volunteer has been subject to bullying or harassing behavior shall report such conduct to a teacher, principal, counselor or other school official.  The report shall be made promptly but no later than five (5) calendar days after the alleged act or acts occurred.  The school official shall complete a “Bullying/Harassing Behavior” complaint form which shall include the name of the reporting person, the specific nature and date of the misconduct, the names of the victim of the misconduct, the names of any witnesses and any other information that would assist in the investigation of the complaint.  The report shall be given promptly to the principal or superintendent who shall institute an immediate investigation.  Complaints against the principal shall be made to the superintendent and complaints against the superintendent shall be made to the Board chairman.    

The complaint shall be investigated promptly.  Parents will be notified of the nature of any complaint involving their student.  The District official will arrange such meetings as may be necessary with all concerned parties within five (5) working days after initial receipt of the complaint by the District.  The parties will have an opportunity to submit evidence and a list of witnesses.  All findings related to the complaint will be reduced to writing.  The District official conducting the investigation shall notify the victim and parents as appropriate when the investigation is completed and a decision regarding disciplinary action, as warranted, is determined.   

 If the victim is not satisfied with the decision of the District official, he/she may submit a written appeal to the superintendent.  Such appeal shall be filed within ten (10) working days after receipt of the results of the initial decision.  The superintendent will arrange such meetings with the victim and other affected parties as deemed necessary to discuss the appeal.  The superintendent shall provide a written decision to the victim’s appeal within ten (10) working days.   If the victim is not satisfied with the decision of the superintendent, a written appeal may be filed with the Board.  Such appeal shall be filed within ten (10) working days after receipt of the decision of the superintendent.  The Board shall, within twenty (20) working days, allow the victim and parents as appropriate to appear before the Board to present reasons for dissatisfaction with the decision of the superintendent.  The Board shall provide a written decision within ten (10) working days following the victim’s appearance before the Board.

Principals Corner
Principals Corner
Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year Houston Upper Elementary School! I am incredibly excited to be your principal and look forward to another amazing year of learning and growing.
Education is so very important. Education is more than grades and report cards. It is the gatekeeper for so many things in life that it is vital that we work as a school and community to ensure that every student has access to a rigorous and relevant learning experience to inspire them to be life-long learners and to pursue any dream they can imagine!
Our mission at Houston Upper Elementary is to ensure high levels of learning for ALL students. We cannot do it alone. Therefore, I urge you to please join us in making this goal a reality for our children. Please communicate with your child's teachers, and find ways to supplement the learning your child is receiving at school in relevant ways at home.

I am so thankful that you have chosen Houston Upper Elementary School as your child’s school. I am looking forward to an amazing school year. If you have any questions throughout the year, please know that I am here for you! Through our collective dedication to our students, I am confident that we will achieve Success for All! Here’s to a wonderful year!

Trevor Hampton,

HUES Reading Fair Winners

2 months ago

Congratulations to the HUES Reading Fair winners

5th Grade Reading Fair Fiction Winners: 1st- Ryleigh Simmons; 2nd- Katy Tabb; 3rd Baiden Baker

4th Grade Reading Fair Fiction Winners: 1st- Anna Claire Plunk; 2nd- Jaylee Betts; 3rd- Deaton Smith

3rd Grade Reading Fair Fiction Winners: 1st- Trace West; 2nd- Avery Whitfield; 3rd- Harper Criddle

Winner of Non-fiction Section 1st- Jaslyn Thomas (Picture not available)