HJSH Newsletter May 2020

Go Hawks!

  • Benjamin Howard, Principal: 892-9402
  • Orin Wear, Assistant Principal: 892-9403
  • Toni Reese, Administrative Assistant: 892-9401
  • Lisa Humphreys, Office Secretary: 892-9400
  • Amanda Nicoll, Athletic/Discipline Secretary: 892-9404
  • Officer Wayne Miller, 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


Greetings Houston Junior Senior High School Families & Friends,

It’s hard to believe that May is already here! Every year at this time, I often reflect on how quickly time passes. This is especially true when I consider working with students at Houston Junior Senior High School and my own children at home. I read a phrase several years ago that succinctly characterizes my thoughts and feelings during this reflection, “The days are long, but the years are short.” This strikes true even more so as children grow older and they transition to their next grade level. It seems they go from needing us every step of the way in Kindergarten to walking alone across a graduation stage to receive a high school diploma. It’s also an important reminder to cherish and enjoy as many moments as we can.

As the school year draws to a close, I’d like to thank the entire staff for their incredible work this year. Every staff member at Houston Junior Senior High School does his or her part to make sure that this is a great place for students: that they are safe, well cared for, and have the opportunity to learn each and every day.

Also, I’d like to thank the parents and guardians of our students who truly are their first teachers. Without your support, encouragement, and commitment to education, nothing would get done. Your participation and relentless advocation for what is best for your child are essential to his or her success.

Finally, I’d like to thank all of our students who come to Houston Junior Senior High School everyday and keep the fire of public education burning bright. You are the reason we exist in our daily roles as teachers, classroom assistants, custodians, food service staff, secretaries, counselors, and school board members. The educational community is built for you. Have a great summer everyone! We’ll see you all back in August.
- Ben Howard

Upcoming Events

Senior Checkout Update

Greetings Seniors,The Senior checkout date has changed! HJSH will have Senior checkout on Thursday, May 7th from 2:00 PM - 8:00 PM. Seniors will need to return Chromebooks, textbooks, library books, and any other school property. Once these items have been returned, Seniors can pick up the care package, diploma, and yearbook.Senior checkout will be curbside. Students will not be allowed in the school building unless authorized by a staff member. We will be practicing social distancing, so please follow protocols and directions from staff.We're excited to see our Seniors one more time. Also, please remember that our HJSH Virtual Graduation Ceremony will be aired on the district website on Monday, May 11th @ 7:00 PM. Go Hawks!Sincerely,

- Principal Howard

HJSH After School Tutoring Help

Middle School Student Info

Middle school students who need extra help with your subjects can log into Ms. Young's Zoom meeting on the days and times listed below.


Date Assigned: 04/20/2020 Date Due: 05/14/2020


If you have any questions, please email Ms. Young at melissa.young@matsuk12.us

High School Student Info

Student meetings for help are by appointment only! Students will need to email Mr. Hall first at (sh07322@apps.matsuk12.us) with their name and what support they are looking for. He will reply with a time. See example below

My Zoom info: STEVE HALL is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.Topic: STEVE HALL's Personal Meeting RoomJoin Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/4477145809?pwd=UnR0NmlaL0VWYjQzdkt0Qld0dEZ2UT09Meeting ID: 447 714 5809
Password: 362349 (edited)

Report Card Information


Student report cards will be mailed out to parents who requested a paper copy on Friday, May 29th. All parents can review their students grades after May 22nd through their Parentvue.

If you have any questions regarding your selection on paper copies, please contact the school registrar, Mrs. Way by email at christina.way@matsuk12.us.

Library News

Student Library Accounts

Students, here’s a video that shows you how you can login to the library catalog online and check your library account.

It is expected that you return all the books you checked out of the library & pay for any lost or damaged books.


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Bored? Need a distraction? Try some of the Free audiobooks, podcasts, e-books, Web Comics, a Hogwarts Digital Escape room & so much more Mrs. Maki has put together in a Wakelet for you!


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AudiobookSYNC is back with their free summer audiobook program for students ages 13+. You must register for this to get 2 audiobooks each week starting April 30th.

Recommended ONLY for students 13 and older. You can download the books each week & listen to them whenever you want on the Free Overdrive or Sora App.


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Janelle Maki – Houston Jr./Sr. High School Teacher Librarian

Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District

Ph: 907-892-9413| Fax: 907-892-9460

"Google can bring you back 100,000 answers, a librarian can bring you back the right one." Neil Gaiman


Zoom Meeting Schedules


High School

Houston Hawks High School Counseling Corner

New Zoom Time: Every Monday & Friday @ 2:00 - 2:45 pm.
With Mrs. Browner

Join Zoom Meeting: https://alaska.zoom.us/j/149601218

Middle School

Zoom every day at 2pm with Mrs. Haddeland

Join URL: https://alaska.zoom.us/j/133364681

Office Phone: 892-9405

We are here for you! Please call or join zoom if you need anything!


High School Class Selection Survey for next School Year!

Current 8th-11th grade students: If you did not complete the Survey Form (Listed Below) to let us know what Math, English, Science, Social Studies, and Electives you want for next year, please do this now!

If you do not complete this soon, your friendly neighborhood school counselor will make the decision for you (Customer Service, Marketing, Medical Math, Choir, Spanish, Outdoor Rec.). Schedules are already in development. If you have any questions, please call (Ms. Browner, last names A-K 892-9408 or Ms. Gillespie, last names L-Z 892-9407).

High School Class Selection FY20-21

Elective Descriptions for Courses

High School Scholarships

From Auto Mechanic, Air Pilot, Health/ Engineering/ Education fields, Financial Need, Students of Military Vets, Families living in Willow and Big Lake: there is a scholarship for you! Please see your counselor for more information. Scholarships are opening and closing each week. See a sample of Scholarships avail. (see Scholarships upcoming)

All District-wide Summer Programs

Students wishing to take Summer School for Credit Recovery will need to click on the Accelerated Learning application. If students or parents have any questions regarding applying, please contact Ms. Browner or Ms. Gillespie.



Houston site, Accelerated learning, Burchell, IEA/Migrant, Youth 360, and Girls Who Code are now posted on the school district website.

  1. https://www.matsuk12.us/domain/6514#calendar51491/20200420/month
  2. Youth 360 Summer Program Paper Registration
  3. https://www.matsuk12.us/cms/lib/AK01000953/Centricity/Domain/6514/Y360%20Summer%20Registration%20Form.pdf
  4. Youth 360 Summer Program
  5. https://www.matsuk12.us/cms/lib/AK01000953/Centricity/Domain/6514/Youth%20360%20Houston%20Summer%202019.pdf

Nurse's Office

Hi Hawk families!

It’s hard to believe May is already here and it’s time to start thinking about those summer adventures. Summer is also a great time to get your students sports physicals completed and immunizations up to date.

Doctors office are still wanting to keep our youth current on their immunizations. Asthma Action Plans, Diabetic Care Plans, Allergy Plans, and Seizure Action plans should also be completed over the summer. If your student has not had a TDAP immunization since kindergarten it is likely they are due.

I will send out letters later this month for those that will need immunizations this summer/fall. Please remember to turn in an updated copy of your students immunization record to the school or email it to Nurse Burger.

All Religious Exemption Immunization forms expire in June. New forms should be signed and notarized AFTER July 1. Please feel free to call or email me if you have any questions or concerns. Stay healthy, wash your hands often, and have a wonderful summer! Nurse Burger

Upcoming Sports Info


Forms are ready and available to fill out online. Please make sure you are in the CORRECT SCHOOL YEAR.

  1. Students and parents can go to planeths.com sign in
  2. Check to make sure you are in the 2020-2021 school year
  3. Go to forms and complete all forms.

If you did the forms online last year you can click the reuse button. (If you did not upload your physical you turned it into school you will need to contact us to accept paper copy again)

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MIDDLE SCHOOL Yearbooks Still Available for Purchase

MS Yearbook are still available for sale for 20.00. These can be picked up or mailed if you have already pre-ordered via School Cash. To order on line please use the link below and once your are there you must select Houston Junior Senior High Grades 6-8 Yearbook sales.

For Orders via the School Cash Online Website. https://matsu.schoolcashonline.com/

Battle of the Books List of Books

Battle of the Books is a super fun event that brings readers together! We have adventure, fantasy, science fiction, historical, and autobiographical books to keep you interested. If you like reading, Battle of the Books might be the thing for you! Check out the books when you can and get reading over the summer!

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Hello Houston Jr./Sr. families!

During school and program closures, Youth 360 is offering home-based activity kits, group calls and check-ins, and more. We miss seeing your children at school and in our programs! We plan to operate a summer program, although many details need to be finalized. State of Alaska mandates and restrictions have been issued for day camp programs such as Youth 360.

If you’re interested in participating in our summer program or our other offerings (virtual programs during COVID-19 closures, after-school program, vouchers for community and school-based activities and more), sign up using THIS LINK to be added to our contact list.

All Youth 360 programs are FREE and optional. You can find us on Facebook (@Youth360MatSu) or call 715-0121 with any questions. We are glad to serve Houston families and youth and are looking forward to re-opening our programs!

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 Newsletters
  • Parentvue
  • Phone Calls and Emails
  • Instagram