Welcome to the 2022-2023 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!
10 days ago
HUES Jr. Beta Induction
Houston Upper Elementary Jr. Beta Club held its annual induction ceremony on Tuesday, November 15th. Fifty-four new members were added to the club’s roster, bringing the total to seventy-three members. HUES is proud of the hard work and exceptional behavior these students have shown to achieve this prestigious honor.
Fourth Grade Jr. Beta
HUES's Beta Canned Food Drive was a huge success. Over 2,000 items were donated and Beta members helped deliver the goods.
Fifth Grade Jr. Beta
Fifth Grade Beta members helped deliver can goods.
Mrs. Parker’s 5th grade GT students are seen here participating in a variety of research and science activities during a recent “Soda Pop” unit. They also received a coke float as a reward for all of their hard work at the completion of the unit! At HUES, every student matters and every moment counts!
ar popcorn bar party
HUES students are enjoying a Popcorn Bar this week after meeting the Accelerated Reader goal. The bar has 36 different flavors of popcorn to pick from and has various toppings too. These unique flavors have dazzled their taste buds this week and are a huge hit! Students get to create the perfect snack of their choice and watch a movie while they eat their popcorn creations.
Benchmark block party
Houston Upper Elementary School celebrated students’ achievements from their first benchmark assessments with a Block Party. Students danced and played different games to celebrate their hard work. At HUES "Every Student Matters, and Every Moment Counts!"
HUES Teacher, Staff, and Student of the month.
At Houston Upper Elementary Pace Awards Day, two hundred and thirty-two students were recognized for their performance on the Mississippi Academic Assessment Program (MAAP) tests given in the spring of 2022. Certificates were presented to those students whose scores were proficient or advanced in Math, English Language Arts, Science and/or showed growth. These students will receive various parties for their accomplishments. Ten students at HUES were recognized for achieving perfect scores on MAAP state tests and were given $100.00 for each perfect score. Also, ten students were recognized for achieving perfect raw and scale scores and they received $200.00. Four students were recognized for achieving proficient on the English Language Proficiency Assessment and were given $50.00. PACE Foundation sponsored the cash awards.
Houston Upper Elementary School is excited about reading this year. We like to encourage our young readers to read often. Reading builds fluency, vocabulary, and background knowledge. As an incentive to promote independent reading, HUES held a competition to see which classroom in each grade could acquire the most AR points in a five week period. The results were amazing! Our school collectively acquired approximately 2000 AR points in a five week time frame. It is obvious how much our students love to read!The winning homerooms with the highest AR score totals were rewarded with extra recess time and their homeroom teachers were given $50 each to spend on library books for their classrooms. Ms. Madison Vail’s 5th grade homeroom won with 186.1 AR points. Mrs. Tate’s 4th grade homeroom won with 191.0 AR points, and Ms.Victoria Fuqua’s 3 rd grade homeroom won with 177.1 AR points. This reading incentive was a huge success, and we look forward to the next one. HUES, were every student matters and every moment counts!
robotics in technology lab.
Students at HUES are exploring early robotics while attending Mrs. Hodnett's Technology Lab. They are excited about learning about coding in real life.
Beta service project
Houston Upper Elementary’s Jr. Beta club members collected and transported water to the Chickasaw County Sheriff’s Department as the first of several service projects for the 2022-2023 school year. These service projects benefit their local community as well as other communities across our nation. Service to others is one of the most important characteristics of National Beta membership. The motto, “Let Us Lead By Serving Others,” states the philosophy upon which National Beta was founded. HUES Jr. Beta Sponsors would like to thank those who so generously contributed bottled water to make this project a success.
A Typical Day at HUES
HUES Teacher, Staff, and Student of the month.
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 August 15-22, 2022.
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 August 8-12, 2022.
Where every student matters and every moment counts.
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.