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Exchange Club HHS Students of the Month

4 days ago

Pearson Taylor

December 2019

Congratulations to Pearson Taylor. He is a senior at Houston High School and was voted at HHS as the Exchange Club Student of the Month for December. Pearson is a trumpet player and the drum major for the Topper Pride Band, scoring superior as drum major at state competition this past fall.  He is a member of Anchor and Beta clubs and is also the stage director for the upcoming senior play. His honors include perfect attendance and principal's honor roll. Pearson attends First United Methodist Church and enjoys listening to music and traveling. Upon high school graduation, he plans to attend Itawamba Community College as a band student before transferring to a 4-year university. Pearson is the son of Jonathan and Wendy Taylor.

Emily Pettit

November 2019

Congratulations to Emily Pettit. She is a senior at Houston High School and was voted at HHS as the Exchange Club Student of the Month for November. Emily is Anchor Club secretary, HHS Color Guard Team captain, French Honor Society vice president, and a member of both the HHS Cheer Team and Beta Club. She plays the flute for the Topper Pride Band. Emily is also a superintendent's honor roll student and winner of the Woodmen of American History award. Emily enjoys playing the piano in her spare time. She plans to attend Mississippi State University upon high school graduation and major in accounting. Emily is the daughter of Hugh and Dawn Pettit.

Emma Brassfield

October 2019

Congratulations to Emma Brassfield! She is a senior at Houston High School and was voted at HHS as the Exchange Club Student of the Month for October. Emma is a member of Student Council and the French Honor Society. She is also FCA President, Secretary of the Beta Club and Anchor Club Public Relations Officer. She is a Superintendent's Honor Roll student and plays the bass drum for the Topper Pride Band. Emma enjoys playing the ukulele, listening to music and reading. Upon high school graduation, she plans to attend Mississippi College as a pre-med student and then attend medical school to become a pediatrician. Emma is the daughter of Jason and Amanda Brassfield.

Jasmine Rogers

September 2019

Congratulations to Jasmine Rogers! She is a senior at Houston High School and was voted at HHS as the Exchange Club Student of the Month for September. Jasmine is a member of the Anchor Club, Beta Club and Student Council. She also plays outfield for the HHS slow pitch and fast pitch softball teams. Her honors include Woodmen of American History, Latin, Academic Achievement and Citizenship awards. Jasmine enjoys traveling, reading and playing softball. She plans to attend the University of Mississippi to major in dental hygiene upon graduation. Jasmine is the daughter of Thomas Cousin and Yochia Rogers.  

Abby Kate Boyer

August 2019

Congratulations to Abby Kate Boyer! She is a senior at Houston High School and was voted at HHS as the Exchange Club Student of the Month for August. Abby Kate is a member of the Archery Team, Anchor Club and FCA Leadership Team at HHS, as well as the North East Mississippi Youth Foundation. She is president of the Beta Club and the Student Council, as well as the president of Mississippi State District Anchor. Abby Kate plays the baritone in the Topper Pride Band and was recently crowned HHS 2019 Homecoming Queen. Upon graduation, she plans to attend The University of Mississippi and major in Secondary Education/English. Abby Kate is the daughter of Buz and Kathryn Boyer.

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Bullying Procedures for Processing a Complaint

9 days 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.

HHS News

9 days ago

HHS Junior Jaiden Linley Attends Student Advisory Council Meeting at MS state capitol

Approximately 86 high school students from across the state met together for the student advisory council fall meeting at the State Capitol building in Jackson, Mississippi, Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. 

The purpose of the council is to be the voice of Mississippi high school students, discussing what is working in Mississippi schools, what issues need to be addressed, and how the state could possibly help solve those issues. Linley shared one common issue students across the state brought up concerned preparation for post-secondary education versus end of year assessments required for graduation. Advisory council students prefer more ACT/SAT prep courses, rather than so much attention to state tests. 

Linley was honored to be part of the advisory council. "I would definitely recommend the student advisory council to other students," she said. "It is such a great experience. It is also a great opportunity to connect and share ideas with students from other schools around Mississippi about ways that the schools could potentially be improved for the future students in Mississippi."

The next student advisory council meeting will be held spring semester. 

HHS Nominates 24 students for Ambassador Leadership summit

Houston High School has nominated two dozen students as Ambassador Leaders. Ambassador Leaders are students with leadership potential and citizenship. They have the opportunity to develop their leadership skills at their choice summit among UCLA in Los Angeles, Calif., Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Mass., Yale University in New Haven, Conn., or Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md.

Students from more than 100 countries attend these summits, setting up a platform for Ambassador Leaders to collaborate with students with different ideas and from different cultures, preparing them for the challenges and opportunities they will face in a global community. In turn, the new knowledge and tools they gain during this summit will strengthen their leadership potential.

Participation in this program is optional. Students who choose to attend are responsible for the cost. The students nominated at HHS are: Makenzie Bivens, Sarah Brassfield, Autumn Britt, Trinity Buggs, Michael Ann Chandler, Maddox Clouse, Precious Cooper, Saraya Crawford, Payten Dotson, Alexis Ellison, Oliver Franklin, Alyssa Haire, Katherine Hill, Annabelle Hood, Jaden Johns, Maddie King, Jaiden Linley, Kaitlyn Murphree, Ariana Neal, Malik Price, Hoyt Smith, Jessica Torres, Emniyah Vance and Khenyia Williams.

Linley Chosen for State superintendent Student advisory council

Jaiden Linley, a junior at Houston High School, was recently chosen for the State Superintendent Student Advisory Council.

Students from different backgrounds, school size and regions in Mississippi will be able to share their opinions and offer advice about educational opportunities and policy in Mississippi with Dr. Carey Wright, state superintendent of education.

“I’m looking forward to hearing directly from students on issues of importance to them,” Wright said. “As our clients, we want to make sure public education provides them with the knowledge and skills they need to be successful. The council also allows students to interact with their peers from around the state and learn from one another.”

The council’s purpose is to provide a forum for Mississippi’s students to offer diverse perspectives to Wright. 

The selected students will act as liaisons between MDE and public school students from across the state. Council meetings will be held twice (fall and spring) during the school year.   

Linley is the daughter of Sedrick and Lashanda Linley. She is a member of the Beta Club, Anchor Club, HOSA, and FFA. Upon high school graduation, she plans to attend Mississippi State University and major in veterinary medicine.