HJSH April 2021 Newsletter

Go Hawks

Contact Information

  • Benjamin Howard, Principal: 892-9402
  • Orin Wear, Assistant Principal: 892-9403
  • Bre Reintsma, Assistant Principal: 892-9485
  • Norman Bouchard, Athletic Director: 892-9412
  • Toni Reese, Administrative Assistant: 892-9401
  • Lisa Humphreys, Office Secretary: 892-9400
  • Amanda Nicoll, Athletic/Discipline Secretary: 892-9404
  • Officer Adam LaPointe, Safety Resource Officer:
  • Tanya Boehm, Safety & Security Coordinator: 892-9421
  • Johanna Burger, School Nurse: 892-9406
  • Christina Way, Registrar: 892-9475
  • Kathy Aldeman, Counseling Secretary: 892-9479

Principal Howard's Monthly Message

Greetings Houston Jr./Sr. Families & Friends,

Welcome to April! The sun is getting stronger and stronger each day as our days get longer and warmer. We’ve been patiently waiting for spring weather to arrive and hopefully we don’t have to wait much longer. Believe it or not, we’re five weeks into the 4th Quarter! The staff and students are hard at work making sure the last quarter of the school year is a successful one. There are lots of great things happening at Houston Jr/Sr. High this month. We are definitely going to be busy right up until the last day of school. We wouldn't have it any other way!

Please take a few minutes to explore our April newsletter and find out what's happening in April.

I hope everyone has a great April and as always, please feel free to visit or contact Houston Jr./Sr. High when the need arises. Be safe and Go Hawks!

Principal Ben Howard

Upcoming Events

Title 1 Family Event

Houston Families,

You are invited to our last Title I Family event that is scheduled for April 29th from 6-8PM. The event will be the ever popular HJS Parking Lot Bingo event. This time we will running things a little bit differently than last year.

When you get a BINGO, your name will go into a drawing for prizes that will be drawn during the last 15 minutes of the evening. There will be fun prizes again and some grab n go snacks with water.

Please mark your calendars, we hope that you will bring your family and join us….It will be lots of family fun! Go HAWKS!

Band Choir Concert

May 5th we will be hosting a combined Band and Choir concert. at 3 p.m that will be live streamed for your viewing. This is our final concert of the year and awards will also be presented to students at that time.

Looking for spring and summer activities for student?

Youth 360 is launching our stipend program for this summer. The Youth 360 program will be paying for approved community-based activities such as (sports, arts, recreation, and more!) for Houston Jr./Sr. high school students.

We will also be running a free summer program with daily activities such as, field trips, transportation and more. Visit www.youth-360.org or our Facebook page for information on all of our programs.

Have suggestions for activities to include in our stipend program, or questions about any Youth 360 programs? Call 373-3613 or stop by our portable on the Houston Jr./Sr. High campus.

Tyler Healy

Youth 360 Director

777 N. Crusey Street, Ste. A101

Wasilla, AK 99654

Office: (907)373-3613

Cell: (907)715-0121

Counseling Corner

Attention Middle School At-Home Learners!

Mrs. Haddeland is hosting a check-in zoom meeting on April 12th and April 26th from 12-1pm. See the Counseling Corner Google Classroom for the zoom link and details!

Hope to see all of you virtual learners there!

Teri Haddeland

Middle School Counselor

Houston Jr/Sr High School



Attention High School and Incoming Freshman Students!

Here are the last registration dates to avoid late fees for the SAT (April 8th & May 6th) and ACT (May 7th and June 18th). These tests are recommended for students to take if they are planning to enroll in a college or university. Please go to their websites (ACT: www.actstudent.org and SAT: www.collegeboard.org ) to register.

Scheduling for next year high school students (current grades 8-11th):

All students currently in 8-11th grade need to complete the “High School Student Schedule Request 21-22” form. It can be found in each student’s Google Classroom and on our main website under “Welcome to HJSH”. Both in school and remote students will need to complete the form. The high school counselors (Ms. Browner, last names A-K and Ms. Gillespie, Last names L-Z) are meeting with grade level students 3/31-4/8 to review the form. If you have any questions, please feel free to call the counseling dept.

Summer School and Summer Programs: Currently, only “Girls who Code” has an active registration form. Attached is information for Summer Programs and Summer School. Registration will be available at a later date.

For scholarship information, please see your counselor or the scholarship section on the HJSHS website under the Counseling tab.

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High School Summer Job Opportunity

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Senior Information

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Health Pathway Opportunities

Blasting out to all our Hawk folks who identified last Spring (2020) their intent to go into the Health/Human Service Field. Attached are two opportunities:

  1. Virtual Health Care Exploration Camps: These are two virtual presentations hosted by the UAF satellite Kuskokwim campus. This would be a good presentation to watch if you are interested in staying in Alaska after high school. Great Information!!!
  2. Behavioral Health Careers Camp: This is a class that meets 5 times for 2 hours. Students completing the class earn a free college credit!

If you are still interested in working in the Health/Human services field, please consider these two opportunities!

If you have any questions please first try to contact the folks listed on the flyer.

Have a great day!!! Go Hawks!

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School Nurse News

Hello Hawks!

Please remember students with ANY COVID-19 symptoms need to stay home from school and follow the return to school guidelines that we have sent out. COVID-19 symptoms may be very mild or they can be severe and it only takes 1 symptom to be excluded from school. If your student becomes ill please either keep them home for 10 days from when the 1st symptom started or have a COVID-19 test and be symptom free before returning to school.

There are also many locations in the Mat-Su that provide testing for COVID-19. If you receive notification of a positive test please call Nurse Burger at 907-892-9406 or email johanna.burger@matsuk12.us .

Public health and the School District are becoming more efficient at contact tracing when we have a positive case identified at school. If you receive a notification that your student has been identified as a potential close contact OR is a close contact DO NOT send them to school. We will send you a message once your student has been cleared to return to school or has a return to school date.

COVID Call Line

The COVID Call Center, hosted by Connect Mat-Su, is a volunteer information line for any questions regarding COVID. The call line will be staffed Monday-Friday from 4-7PM. The phone number for the call line is 907-373-2628; press 2 for COVID-related questions.

Did You Travel out of state?

Dear MSBSD Families and Employees,

All District employees and students are recommended to follow the guidelines and strictly social distance or quarantine after out of state travel unless they have completed the vaccination series, or they have had COVID-19 in the past 90 days. However, these recommendations will not impact an employee’s ability to return to work or a student’s ability to return to school or participate in district-sponsored activities. These expectations are still recommended by Public Health even though the emergency order has expired:

  • Employees and students returning from out of state travel should get a COVID-19 test 72 hours before arrival or upon arrival at an Alaska airport. A negative test and five days of strict social distancing are expected. It is recommended to follow up with a second test 7-14 days after travel as well.
  • Employees and students returning from out of state travel that have been given both COVID-19 vaccinations and two weeks have passed since their second shot, will not have to quarantine upon return to Alaska.
  • If the traveler chooses not to test, then 14 days of quarantine are expected. This recommendation is still the best way to keep people safe and mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

The travel requirements will be reviewed regularly, and notifications will be sent out of any updates.

COVID-19 Immunizations: Alaska has opened up COVID-19 immunizations to everyone 16 and older. If you choose to immunize your student please make sure to send an updated immunization record to Nurse Burger.

Other HJSH News

We had a prehistoric visitor to HJS on Monday morning helping out plowing all of the snow we had gotten! This visitor sure brightened everyone's spirits that morning with lots of smiles and laughter to start off the week!
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Last Call to Purchase your High School Yearbooks!

One of a kind yearbook covering all the happenings throughout this extraordinary year. Don’t miss out, reserve yours through schoolcash on the school website or at Jostens.com before they are gone. High school yearbook pick up will be the first week of May. Go Hawks!

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Middle School Yearbooks Info Update!

The Houston Jr. Sr. Middle School Yearbook will be available for purchase Mid-End of April. a connect Ed message will be sent out with the link for purchase.

This year the parents will be able to purchase the yearbooks online and schedule mail delivery or pick up at the front office. More details on this will be coming soon! If you have any question, please contact Ms. Schnittker at 907-892-9486 or by email at kelly.schnittker@matsuk12.us.

Library Corner

Dear Parent/Guardians,

I would like to share with you the library website - https://www.matsuk12.us/domain/2679 . Students can scroll to the bottom of the website for a video on how to check their library account by logging into the online library catalog with their student ID number. There is also a video that shows you how to pay bills online for lost library items. Students may also clear library accounts by donating gently used books as a replacement for their lost book or see Mrs. Maki in the library to pay for lost items with check or cash. Student can contact Mrs. Maki directly by e-mailing jm07415@apps.matsuk12.us or calling 892-9413 if they have any questions & assistance in clearing it.


School Librarian

Free Student Resources

E-Books, Tutoring, Online Resources, Library Catalog, Battle of the Books

Sports Information

Sports Update at HJSHS

Track and Field will start for all middle school students on April 5th and run through May 14th. Please get all of your paperwork and fees paid as soon as possible in order to participate.

Ways to Keep Informed and Contact Houston Jr/Sr High

Houston Junior Senior High School is committed to frequent and open communication with families and community members about student performance, school expectations, current events, and activities. Some of the ways you can expect us to reach out are:
  • Facebook
  • HJSH Website
  • Connect-Ed Messages
  • monthly ewsletters
  • Parentvue
  • phone calls and emails
  • instagram

Free & Reduced Lunch

All Houston Jr./Sr. High students will receive free breakfast and lunch as part of our Title I eligibility during the 2020-2021 school year.

Nutrition Services will be providing a Breakfast and a Lunch meal each week for Friday's meals. We will be standing outside at the front of the building on Thursday's with these meals ready for you to grab after school before you head to the bus.

Title I, Part A (Title I) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended (ESEA) provides financial assistance to local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools with high numbers or high percentages of children from low-income families to help ensure that all children meet challenging state academic standards. Oct 5, 2015.

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