Principals Corner
Principals Corner

Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year Houston Upper Elementary School! I am incredibly excited to be your principal and look forward to an 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 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!

Angel Carr, Principal

HUES NEWS

2 months ago

By Rebecca Wortham


POSITIVE OFFICE REFERRALS

Congratulations to these students for being respectful, responsible, and positive to be successful.  When students received a positive office referrals, they are recognized with a trip to the Principal’s office, but for a good reason.  Students received an award and prize. Week of  April 18-22, 2022  



Congratulation 

Houston Upper Elementary’s Tabatha Smith won first place in the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States Teacher of the Year for District 8.


                              MARCH 

HUES Teacher, Staff, and Student of the month.

Teacher of the Month: Ms. Heather Boyer

 Staff of the Month: Mrs. Courtny Tanner

Holden Reynolds, Jedsyn Samuell, Ryder Lancaster, Adam Frison,  Malachi Smith,  Eli Guerrero-Rosenborough

Soriya Conway, Davis Griffin, Andrea Vazquez, Gabriel Wagoner, Malayasia Hill, Cohen Kilgore, and Za'Maury Bingham

Malachi Cooper, Jariah Davidson, Keyondra Gates, Tyler Woodhouse,  Aiden Dotson, and Kylen Hiner


POSITIVE OFFICE REFERRALS

Congratulations to these students for being respectful, responsible, and positive to be successful.  When students received a positive office referrals, they are recognized with a trip to the Principal’s office, but for a good reason.  Students received an award and prize. Week of March 28-April 1, 2022  



GAME ON!!

Houston Upper Elementary School celebrated students achievements Monday with a Blow up obstacle coarse and Game Truck."Every Student Matters, and Every Moment Counts!"











POSITIVE OFFICE REFERRALS

Congratulations to these students for being respectful, responsible, and positive to be successful.  When students received a positive office referrals, they are recognized with a trip to the Principal’s office, but for a good reason.  Students received an award and prize. Week of March 21-25, 2022  



POSITIVE OFFICE REFERRALS

Congratulations to these students for being respectful, responsible, and positive to be successful.  When students received a positive office referrals, they are recognized with a trip to the Principal’s office, but for a good reason.  Students received an award and prize. Week of March 1-4, 2022





                              February 

HUES Teacher, Staff, and Student of the month.

Teacher of the Month: Mrs. Tabatha Smith

 Staff of the Month:Mrs. Rena Mixon

Jaxon Kimble, Rowan Smith, Jaky'la Armstrong, Aubriee Randle,  Teagan Green, and Skylar Brinker

Crystal Vazquez, Mayrel Rodriguez, Greyson Tate, Janyla White, Matthew White, and Makena West

Jaidyn Hiner, Francisco Perez,  Ryleigh Carr, Mia Cook, Aiden Dotson,  Lee Earl Gates, and Johnathan Rosas


POSITIVE OFFICE REFERRALS

Congratulations to these students for being respectful, responsible, and positive to be successful.  When students received a positive office referrals, they are recognized with a trip to the Principal’s office, but for a good reason.  Students received an award and prize. Week of February 14-18, 2022




POSITIVE OFFICE REFERRALS

Congratulations to these students for being respectful, responsible, and positive to be successful.  When students received a positive office referrals, they are recognized with a trip to the Principal’s office, but for a good reason.  Students received an award and prize. Week of January 24-28, 2022





Accelerated reader glow party

HUES students who met their AR goal were rewarded with a GLOW PARTY on Friday, January 21st.  In order to encourage independent reading, Amy Alford, HUES Librarian, rewards students each 9 weeks for their participation in the AR program. 





                              January 

HUES Teacher, Staff, and Student of the month.

Teacher of the Month: Mrs. Morgan Moss

 Staff of the Month: Ms. Madison Vail


 

Third  Grade Students of the MonthArrian Gonzalez, Charlie Griffin, Dominik Pina-Rios, Breylin Petty, Jacob Blansett, Camden Spencer, and Amair McGregory

Fourth Grade Students of the Month: Reed Russell,  Benjamin Brassfield, Ainslyn Smith,  Ivan Beltran,  Caitlin Pearson, and Cayson Pierce

Fifth Grade Students of the Month: Katie McCue, Griffin Moss,  Abriel Phillips, Kaitlyn Patrick, Aiden Dotson, and Emma Eaton


POSITIVE OFFICE REFERRALS

Congratulations to these students for being respectful, responsible, and positive to be successful.  When students received a positive office referrals, they are recognized with a trip to the Principal’s office, but for a good reason.  Students received an award and prize. Week of January 17-21, 2022



POSITIVE OFFICE REFERRALS

Congratulations to these students for being respectful, responsible, and positive to be successful.  When students received a positive office referrals, they are recognized with a trip to the Principal’s office, but for a good reason.  Students received an award and prize. Week of January 10-14, 2022



              Game Day celebration 

Students who met their goals on the recent Benchmark Assessment were rewarded with a special Game Day celebration. Each teacher hosted a different game in their classrooms and students rotated throughout the classrooms to celebrate their hard work!




                              December 

HUES Teacher, Staff, and Student of the month.

Teacher of the Month: Mrs. Sarah Thomas

 Staff of the Month: Mrs. Angela Carner



BETA cLUB

Second Annual Essential Workers Service Project

     The HUES Jr. Beta Club wanted to thank our essential workers by gifting them with cakes and thank you notes in appreciation for all they do for our community. Cakes were delivered with notes from the Beta members to the Houston City Police Department, the Chickasaw County Sheriff's Office, Chickasaw County 911, Houston Fire Department, Local EMT Services, MTS Live EMS, Chickasaw County Emergency Management, and Natchez Trace Electric Power Association.













Santa Shop

HUES Santa Shop was on December 15, 2021. Students were allowed to shop for gifts for loved ones or themselves. Gifts were wrapped for the students.  Students enjoyed shopping.  We would like to thank everyone for their donations to help make this event possible for our students.  























HUES Book Fair

HUES students participated in a Reading Fair.  The purpose of the reading fairs was to provide the students with the opportunity to share their favorite book through a storyboard or multimedia display. Congratulations to all the participants in the  Reading Fair, especially those placing first, second and third place.  See Some of the Amazing presentations below!  

Third Grade Winners

Fourth Grade Winners

Fifth Grade Winners





GT Field Trip

HUES and HMS GT students used problem solving skills and teamwork during their field trip to Paradox Escape Rooms in Tupelo this week. Mrs. Parker and Mrs. Tedder were very proud to receive compliments on their students from the Paradox staff!









POSITIVE OFFICE REFERRALS

Congratulations to these students for being respectful, responsible, and positive to be successful.  When students received a positive office referrals, they are recognized with a trip to the Principal’s office, but for a good reason.  Students received an award and prize. Week of November 29-December 3, 2021




                              November 

HUES Teacher, Staff, and Student of the month.

Teacher of the Month: Ms. Deanna Ashcraft

 Staff of the Month: Ms. Deana Gentry


Third  Grade Students of the Month: Joe Harold Pepper, Gabby Haig, Blakely Pickens, Gavin McDaniel, Kendyll Cousins, and Zidarius Holmes

Fourth Grade Students of the Month: Kaitlyn Walker,  Grayson Chisolm, Ty'tianna Wardlow, Luz Tafoya, Veronica King, and Analeigh Benavides

Fifth Grade Students of the Month:  Cameron Logan, Rylee Martin, Allie Smith, Bella Ward, Meeli Weaver, Will Higginbotham, and Johnathan Rosas


Annual Sales

It's time to purchase your yearbook! 

December 6 - January 6

Price: $25.00

*The class that sells the most will win a pizza party!

*Make checks payable to HUES.


BETA Induction Ceremony

HUES held their Fall Jr. BETA Induction Ceremony on November 18th.  The ceremony welcomed 38 new Jr. BETA members which includes 4th & 5th graders.  HUES is proud of their hard work and dedication. 







POSITIVE OFFICE REFERRALS

Congratulations to these students for being respectful, responsible, and positive to be successful.  When students received a positive office referrals, they are recognized with a trip to the Principal’s office, but for a good reason.  Students received an award and prize. Week of November 15-19, 2021



Veterans Day

Mrs. Storey's 4th Grade Class honors all veterans through a special project completed in the library.


POSITIVE OFFICE REFERRALS

Congratulations to these forty-seven students for being respectful, responsible, and positive to be successful.  When students received a positive office referrals, they are recognized with a trip to the Principal’s office, but for a good reason.  Students received an award and prize. Week of November 8-12, 2021




                              October 

HUES Teacher, Staff, and Student of the month.

Teacher of the Month: Ms. Brandy Pounds

Staff of the Month: Mrs. Kim Springer


Third  Grade Students of the MonthSadie Martin, Kingston Gates (not pictured), Bella Eaton, Alena Hiner, A'liya Cruse,  Zoey Yeatman, and Jy'tavise Isby 

Fourth Grade Students of the Month: Alexus Thompson,  Alanna Condelero,  McGovern Smith, Bryer Clouse, Kendra McGregory, and Gabe Byars

Fifth Grade Students of the Month:  Lakann Webster, Winston Knox,  Ashleigh Pierce, Reid Whitlock,  Kayleigh White, and Lillie Vance 


POSITIVE OFFICE REFERRALS

Congratulations to these students for being respectful, responsible, and positive to be successful.  When students received a positive office referrals, they are recognized with a trip to the Principal’s office, but for a good reason.  Students received an award and prize. Week of October 25-29, 2021



hues awards day 

At Houston Upper Elementary Pace Awards Day, two hundred and twenty-five students were recognized for their performance on the Mississippi Academic Assessment Program (MAAP) tests given in the spring of 2021. Certificates were presented to those students whose scores were proficient or advanced in Math, English Language Arts and/or Science.  Thirteen students at HUES were recognized for achieving perfect scores on MAAP state tests and were given $100.00 for each perfect score sponsored by the PACE Foundation.  Three students were recognized for achieving proficient on the English Language Proficiency Assessment and were given $50.00.









POSITIVE OFFICE REFERRALS

Congratulations to these students for being respectful, responsible, and positive to be successful.  When students received a positive office referrals, they are recognized with a trip to the Principal’s office, but for a good reason.  Students received an award and prize. Week of October 18-22, 2021



BArn Hill Preserve visits hues 

Special guests from Barn Hill Preserve stopped by Houston Upper Elementary on October 7. Students were able to see many different animals and understand more about the types of food they eat, where they live, and how they survive in the wild.  Barn Hill Preserve is an educational animal show.  They are a zoological facility in Ethel, Louisiana that educates students about animals from across the World.  HUES students and faculty enjoyed learning about the different animals and taking pictures with the owl, dragon, and lizard.






                              September 

HUES Teacher, Staff, and Student of the month.

Teacher of the Month: Mrs. Amy Alford

Staff of the Month: Mrs. Trista Richardson


Third  Grade Students of the MonthCrusade Parks, Beau Ellison, Taylor Stollenwerck, John Margaret , Tyler McCaskil, and Jayce Broadus

Fourth Grade Students of the Month: Tripp Ellison, Corey Thompson, Hassan Al'omari, Chris Rogers,  Jarely Rodriguez, Taytum Tate, and Johnathan Rosas

Fifth Grade Students of the Month: Preston Renfroe, Preston Griggs, Zariah Nance,  Skylar Stollenwerck, Layla Powdrill, Kaleb Ware, and Trevor Goode


POSITIVE OFFICE REFERRALS

Congratulations to these students for being respectful, responsible, and positive to be successful.  When students received a positive office referrals, they are recognized with a trip to the Principal’s office, but for a good reason.  Students received an award and prize. Week of September 13-17, 2021




Thank you!

Hanna Burt, a teacher at HUES, donated these beautiful apples to help beautify our school.


HUES Scholastic book fair

HUES Scholastic Book Fair starts September 16,  and ends September 24.  Students will visit the boor fair on their library day. 

      

                              August 

HUES Teacher, Staff, and Student of the month.

Teacher of the Month: Mrs. Angel Carr, Principal

Staff of the Month: Mrs. Beth Brandon

Third  Grade Students of the Month:Rana Alzibary, Angelina Guerrero,   Kahlissa Dunlap,  Zantrez Morrow, Tyquavious Hill, and Rena Claire Kilgore 

Fourth Grade Students of the Month:O'Mari Davis, Presleigh Samuell,  Adley Teasley,  Chasitey Sacus, Parker Luckenbaugh,  Quincy Hill, and Kaylee Barr 

Fifth Grade Students of the Month: Journey Hatchett, Avery Whitfield, Misty Griggs, Elias Cardwell,  Kaleigh Chandler, and Mason West 


Positive Office Referrals

Congratulations to these students for being respectful, responsible, and positive to be successful.  When students received a positive office referrals, they are recognized with a trip to the Principal’s office, but for a good reason.  Students received an award and prize.







PACE Awards First Ever Teacher Grant

Congratulations to HUES fourth grade teachers on receiving the first awarded Pace grant.  PACE Foundation has been giving awards to HUES students for testing achievements for years. PACE Board President Gus Clark stated, “We have seen the positive impact of that , and we were looking for some way to incentive the teachers to be creative and look for new ways to advance learning to  make it more efficient and to make it more relevant for the students."  Thanks PACE Foundation for your support.

2021-22 HUES Teacher of Year
Mrs. Lakin Upshaw

Mrs. Lakin Upshaw

Bullying Procedures for Processing a Complaint

2 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.

Welcome to Houston Upper Elementary School

National Jr. Beta

2 months ago

By Rebecca Wortham


cONGRATULATIONS

We are very proud of Kylen Hiner's 3rd place win at the state level and proud of the other four students that attended at the state level too.

Houston, Mississippi – National Jr. Beta members from Houston Upper Elementary are celebrating their recent participation in the Mississippi Elementary State Convention. We would like to congratulate our very own Kylen Hiner for receiving Third Place in the Math 5th Grade Division. Kylen is the son of Shakia Foote and Antonio Hiner and is currently a student in Ms. Laquanda Cooper’s fifth-grade math class.

Kylen Hiner, Zoe Kipapa, Kia Richardson, Joshua Flatt, and Isabella King were selected by their teachers and club sponsors to represent their school virtually in this year’s academic divisions of the state convention. Students were selected due to their exceptional ability to perform well on large-scale tests such as those used during these competitions.

Kylen’s third-place win at the state level also allows him to compete at the National Convention that will be held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee in June.