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Houston School District's Tony Cook Named Mississippi's Superintendent of the Year

7 months ago

By: Lisa Karmacharya, Director of MASA

“A dynamic, driven and dedicated leader that promotes excellence in our students, teachers, school leaders and community” are the words one administrator used to describe Mississippi’s 2018-2019 Superintendent of the Year. The Mississippi Association of School Administrators (MASA) is pleased to announce Mr. Tony Cook, Superintendent of the Houston School District, has been selected as the 2018-2019 Superintendent of the Year for the state of Mississippi.  

In the spring of 2015, Mr. Cook was given the opportunity to return to his hometown of Houston as the superintendent and has since led the school district in achieving its highest rating in history.  An incredibly passionate and child-centered leader, Mr. Cook is not one for excuses, but rather, one for solutions.  By engaging his local community for support, the Houston School District has been able to overcome some of the challenges that rural and high poverty districts face.  Mr. Cook believes in working alongside his staff and provides them with the support they need to ensure the success of children as evidenced by the ongoing improvement of student outcomes.

Mr. Tony Cook pictured with State Superintendent Dr. Carey M. Wright.

An educator for more than twenty years, Mr. Cook understands the challenges and opportunities in the public school arena and is dedicated to providing a quality learning experience for all children.  He continues to engage in his own professional learning, demonstrating his belief in continuous improvement by modeling and leading by example.  Mr. Cook is a servant leader who understands and respects the value of experience and collective wisdom.  He has been honored to serve on many state and local committees including the state accountability task force and the state superintendent’s advisory committee.  In 2009, Mr. Cook was selected as Administrator of the Year for the Pontotoc City School District.  Mr. Cook’s thoughts about his move back home and the successes they have seen is summed up in this quote “I'm so proud of my hometown and my home district. Once a Topper, always a Topper.”

Mr. Cook is married to the former Ms. Pam Kyle of Pontotoc. 

MASA’s Superintendent of the Year Program provides our school district leaders an opportunity to share their successes in the areas of leadership for learning, communication, professionalism and community involvement with the winner competing during The American Association of School Administrators, The School Superintendent’s Association Annual National Conference on Education.  This year’s competition will be held in Los Angeles where all state affiliate winners will be honored.  On behalf of the entire MASA membership and Board of Directors, we are incredibly proud to have him representing the great state of Mississippi and we wish him and the Houston School District continued success! 

HHS News

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Congratulations to our Underclassmen Award Winners!

Superintendent Honor Roll for the Year:

9th Grade: Sarah Brassfield, Precious Cooper, Alexis Ellison, Oliver Franklin, Katie Hill, Jessica Torres and Khenyia Williams; 10th Grade: Zalexus Actkinson, Cali Barnett, Allison Blansett, Michael Ann Chandler, Jaden Johns, Paige Kilgore, Jaiden Linley, Jacob McHann, Justin Morgan, Keyae Morgan, Kaitlynn Murphree, Gracie Tate, Morgan Young; 11th Grade: Abby Kate Boyer, Jermaya Davenport, Haley Makamson, Emily Pettit, Jasmine Rogers

Principal's Honor Roll for the Year

9th Grade: Ramaiya Armstrong, Addison Bell, Heather Blakely, Autumn Britt, Trinity Buggs, Maclain Cook, Saraya Crawford, JD Criddle, Hayden Crump, Logan Dempsey, Payten Dotson, Abbie Ely, Courtney Fant, Justin Flatt, Olivia Funderburk, Alexis Gill, Teylysa Guido, Alyssa Haire, Diamond Hall, Penelope Harrell, Kirklyn Johnson, Jasmine Key, Amber Kilgore, Maddie King, Jaxon Laster, Mya Longino, Hayden Mann, Keonte McIntosh, Matthew Mixon, Makinzi Moore, Amy Murillo, Haylie Pettit, Holly Pettit, Malik Price, Kaliyah Prophette, Yasmin Ruth, Bailey Shaw, Malana Shettles, Marissa Smith, Graciela Soto-Juarez, William Vance, Whitney Walters, Kalena Williams, Will Wright; 10th Grade: Earook Al-Omari, Nick Barfield, Abbigale Blansett, Makenzie Brooks, MaKayla Crowley, Cade Ellison, Emma Garner, Tyler Hatfield, Annabelle Hood, Anna Morgan Jenkins, Anna Claire Kirby, Jonathan Kyle, Selena Longino, Madelyn McGee, Lindzee Jo Mixon, Lauren Moore, Auzie Myatt, Cota Pena, Jose Ramirez, Amber Ruth, HayleeWalters, Alex Washington, Tiffany Wooten; 11th Grade: Bethany Allen, Emma Brassfield, Keshon Bynum, Kamryn Cooper, Montrell Fulton, Edna Guevara, JD Hallmark, Alex Ivy, Arzarius Ivy, Janyola Jones, Jon Reed Lancaster, Makiya McCoy, Calvin McMillian, Conner Moore, Walter Moss, Kayleigh Pettit, Nathan Shoemaker, Bo Springer, Monterrian Swing, Pearson Taylor

BancorpSouth 2nd Year Awards

Abby Kate Boyer, Jermaya Davenport, Haley Makamson, Emily Pettit, Jasmine Rogers

BancorpSouth 1st Year Awards

Morgan Young, Gracie Tate, Kaitlynn Murphree, Keyae Morgan, Zalexus Actkinson, Cali Barnett, Allison Blansett, Michael Ann Chandler, Jaden Johns, Paige Kilgore, Jaiden Linley, Jacob McHann, Justin Morgan

30 Plus ACT's

Abby Kate Boyer (31), Connor Moore (31), Maddie King (30) and Alexis Ellison (30)

Citizenship Awards

9th Grade: Alexis Ellison and Oliver Franklin; 10th Grade: Zalexus Actkinson and Jaden Johns; 11th Grade: Jasmine Rogers, Kiley Smith and Keshon Bynum

English Highest Average

English 1 - Saraya Crawford (not pictured: Bailey Shaw); Acc. English 1 - Sarah Brassfield, Alexis Ellison, Jessica Torres; English 2 - Paige Kilgore; Acc. English 2 - Jaden Johns; English 3 - Jasmine Rogers; D.C. Comp 1 - Emily Pettit

Foreign Language Highest Average

French 1 - Jonathan Kyle; French 2 - Emily Pettit; Spanish 1 - Alexis Ellison; Spanish 2 - Abby Kate Boyer

History Highest Average

AP World History - Oliver Franklin; American Leadership - Cota Pena; American Democracy - Jaden Johns; U.S. History - J.D. Hallmark; D. C. US History 1 - Emily Pettit; D.C. US History 2 - Jasmine Rogers; (Not pictured: World History - Farook Al-Omari)

Math Highest Average

Foundations of Algebra - Matthew Mixon; Algebra 1 - Jose Ramirez; Geometry - Alex Washington; Acc. Geometry - Sarah Brassfield; Algebra 2 - Jaden Johns; Algebra 3 - Jasmine Rogers

Science Highest Averages

Foundations of Biology - Autumn Britt; Biology 1 - Sarah Brassfield; Anatomy and Physiology - Cali Barnett; Physical Science - Jaden Johns, Physics - Abby Kate Boyer

Woodmen Life History Award Winners

J.D. Hallmark, Emily Pettit, and Jasmine Rogers


HHS 2019 STAR Student/Teacher

Ben Clark, the 2019 Houston 

High School STAR Student, 

along with his STAR Teacher, 

Mr. Eric Malone, were recently 

honored at the Mississippi 

Economic Council (MEC) STAR 

Celebration in Jackson, Miss.

            Clark, who scored a 30 on his ACT, was one of more than 300 students recognized for STAR Honors across the state. The Mississippi Economic Council and its M.B. Swayze Foundation sponsors the Student-Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) Program in an effort to encourage scholastic achievement among high school students and to recognize the teaching profession.

            The STAR Student selects the STAR teacher. Clark chose Malone, Director of Bands at Houston School District, who is in his third year of teaching. This is Malone’s first year to be chosen as STAR Teacher.

“I chose Mr. Malone because I've never seen a more hard-working teacher who makes his class fun and teaches so extremely well,” said Clark. “Mr. Malone will help anyone with anything at any time. He always makes band enjoyable and is committed to making us better.”

Malone led the Topper Pride Band to receive all superior ratings at competition earlier this year, which has not been done at Houston since 2008.

“Mr. Malone has helped me achieve my goals countless times. He is an awesome teacher, and I'm sad I can't take him with me to college band,” Clark said.

Clark, who is the son of Palina Lancaster and Billy Clark, is a member of the Topper Pride Band, Anchor Club and Student Council. He plans to attend Mississippi State University upon graduation and major in computer science and physics.

“Ben is one of the most intelligent, hard-working, and self-disciplined people, not students, that I have ever met,” said Malone.  “He joined band his junior year of high school and had no idea how to read music or anything related to it. In less than a year's time, he became one of the best band students that I have ever had.”

Malone also noted that Clark is a quick learner and logical, applying what he has learned before to new situations.

“I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity that I have had to teach him and am very proud of everything that I have seen him accomplish in the short two years that I have known him,” Malone said. “My only regret is that I did not have him in my class sooner.”

Malone, who first earned an Associate’s Degree at Itawamba Community College, has both a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and Math as well as a Master’s Degree in Music from the University of Mississippi.

Complete eligibility guidelines for STAR Student can be found on the MEC website. Requirements include an overall ACT composite score of at least 25 and an overall average of 93 or above in selected subjects in the ninth, tenth, eleventh, and first-semester twelfth grades.

Senior award winners

Valedictorian - Cortney Earnest; Salutatorian - Ajay Patel

Star Student/Star Teacher – Ajay Patel and Cathy Spencer

Hall of Fame – Mackenzie Huffman and Ajay Patel

Voice of Democracy Award and Teacher of the Year Award – Cody Voyles and Cathy Spencer (given by VFW)

American Legion Medal – Peyton Brassfield and Mackenzie Huffman with Retired Army Veteran Jason Brassfield

American Citizenship Award – Mackenzie Huffman and Peyton Brassfield

Honor Students – Jered Bean, T'kecia Beaty, Edgar Bedolla, Gabi Bedolla, Nayeli Bedolla, Peyton Brassfield, Queen Buchanan, Tab Byrne, Kylan Carter, Calee Cockell, Kanazsha Cooper, Victoria Cousin, Scarlett Doss, Cortney Earnest, Cara Jill Eldridge, Alyssa Gillespie, Ariona Gordillo, Labrashia Griffin, Kelsie Hall, Jordan Ashley Harmon, Mackenzie Huffman, Jaleah Jones, Kilionna Jones, Abbie Mitchell, Ajay Patel, Courtney Ruth, Morissa Shettles, Saquilla Townsend

Jered Bean – Cody Gravat Memorial Scholarship
Edgar Bedolla – Pepsi Scholarship
Gabi Bedolla – Coach Allen Bravery Scholarship, Lucky Day Scholarship (Ole Miss), Exchange Club Student of the Year, Carole Jean Stovall Memorial Scholarship, Dream Riders Biking for Children Scholarship
Nayeli Bedolla – One Body by AJ Most Improved Student Scholarship
Peyton Brassfield – Elise Mobley Memorial Scholarship, Todd Hardin Memorial Leadership Scholarship
Queen Buchanan – North Mississippi Mayors Association Scholarship, MSU Promise Award, MSU Academic Scholarship, Anchor Club Scholarship, Chickasaw Journal Citizenship Award, FANTastic Achiever Scholarship, Simpson-Vickery Scholarship, MSU Alumni Scholarship
Tab Byrne – Spring Hill College Scholarship
Jaleel Brownlee – Army Scholarship
Kylan Carter – Baseball Scholarship to ICC
Xander Caulder – Visual Arts Award
Que Chandler – Janet Murray Minority Scholarship
Ty Cook – Women’s First Scholarship
Kanazsha Cooper – Lucky Day Scholarship (Ole Miss), Heroines of Jericho Court 123 Scholarship, The LaShawna FAnt Conqueror Award, McIntosh Lodge #80 Scholarship
Ariona Gordillo – Mississippi Foreign Language Association Student Scholarship, Pilot Club Gertrude Woods Scholarship 
Luke Hancock – Baseball Scholarship to MSU, Chickasaw County Farm Bureau Scholarship, Todd Hardin Memorial Leadership Scholarship
Jordan Ashley Harmon – Cheerleading Scholarship to ICC
Mackenzie Huffman – 4H Scholarship
Jaleah Jones – Memorial Funeral Home Scholarship
Hannah Keith – Lamar McAllister Topper Pride Award, Pepsi Scholarship, New Century Club Scholarship
Antonesia Knox – Army Scholarship
Ajay Patel - Highest Average all 4 Core Subjects, 
Colton Peel – Baseball Scholarship to NWCC
Urriah Shephard – Football Scholarship to NWCC
Saquilla Townsend – Ashley Gunnels Extra Effort Award
Zykeil Virges – Football Scholarship to MDCC

BancorpSouth Awards (4.) – Year 1 winners - Edgar Bedolla, Tab Byrne, Calee Cockell; Year 3 winners – Gabi Bedolla, Kanazsha Cooper, Cortney Earnest, Mackenzie Huffman, Abbie Mitchell, Ajay Patel

Northeast Community College Scholarships: Lakyn Adams, Jered Bean, T’kecia Beaty, Edgar Bedolla, Nayeli Bedolla, Queen Buchanan, Summer Carner, Victoria Cousins, Marquashia Echoles, Colton Foster, Ariona Gordillo, Samuel Hatchett, Jaleah Jones, Kilionna Jones, Hannah Keith, Abbie Mitchell, Courtney Ruth, Brandon Samuell, Jaylin Smith, Saquilla Townsend, Elijah Young

Itawamba Community College Scholarships: Lakyn Adams, Jered Bean, Edgar Bedolla, Gabi Bedolla, Nayeli Bedolla, Peyton Brassfield, Summer Brassfield, Tab Byrne (band), Summer Carner, Kylan Carter, Calee Cockell, Victoria Cousin, Jackson Crump, Cortney Earnest, Gracey Erickson, Ariona Gordillo, Labrashia Griffin, Kelsie Hall, Jordan Ashley Harmon, Samuel Hatchett, Chance Hill, Mackenzie Huffman, Kiliona Jones, Antonesia Knox, Keyona McGregory, Abbie Mitchell, Courtney Ruth, Payton Smith, Saquilla Townsend, Eric Walters, Elijah Young

MSU: Queen Buchanan, Mackenzie Huffman, Ajay Patel, Morrisa Shettles

Underclassmen Award winners

BancorpSouth Academic Achievement Awards: Sophomore 1st Year Award - (Front Row) Kamryn Cooper, Jasmine Rogers, Emily Pettit; (Back Row) Connor Moore, Abby Kate Boyer, Emma Brassfield, Jermaya Davenport, Haley Makamson, Bo Springer

BancorpSouth Academic Achievement Awards: Junior 1st Year Award - (Front Row) Karissa Orr, Shakaya Nash, Nala Neely, Halle Hollingsworth; (Back Row) Anthony Gonzalez, Katelyn Flake, Kennedy Burdine, Shelby Hatfield, Jordyn Moore, Kyler Spencer

BancorpSouth Academic Achievement Awards: Junior 2nd Year Award - James Scott, Josh Scott, Blaize Gann, Daija Ivy (Not Pictured: Joanna Vasquez)

Math Awards: Cali Barnett - Geometry; Alex Washington and Shelby Hatfield - Algebra 1; Jasmine Rogers - Algebra 2; Blaize Gann - Algebra 3

History Awards: Josh Scott - US History and Woodmen Life History Award; Blaize Gann - Dual Credit US History 1; Belen Deloera - AP World History; Kyler Spencer - Dual Credit US History 2; Jaden Johns - World History

Science Awards: Jordyn Moore - Chemistry; Jaden Johns - Biology; Keyae Morgan - Physical Science

English Awards: Josh Scott - English 2; Anthony Gonzalez - Dual English Comp 1 & 2; Anna Claire Kirby - English 1; Abby Kate Boyer - Accelerated English 2; Jaden Johns - Accelerated English 1; Tramon Robinson - English 2

Citizenship Award: Freshmen - Emma Garner and Jaden Johns; Juniors - Katelyn Flake and Kyler Spencer; Sophomores J.D. Hallmark and Jasmine Rogersthe printing and typesetting industry.

Topper Turn Around Award - Jamie Brassfield

 Honor Students enjoy lunch with superintendent

High school students with all A's for the year enjoyed lunch with Tony Cook, HSD Superintendent, and PTO President, Jeff Flatt. The meal was provided by Parkway Baptist Church's Brotherhood. 

HHS Beauty Review

HHS Beauties and Winner: Zalaxus Actkinson, Jaylen Coleman, Addy Claire Crump, Miss Hilltopper 2018- Jordan Ashley Harmon, Georgia McMullen, Abby Herringa and Annabelle Hood

Patel/Spencer Named HHS Star Student/Teacher

Ajay Patel, a senior, 

was named the 

2018 Star Student 

at Houston High School. Patel has an ACT score 

of 31. He selected 

Mrs. Cathy Spencer 

as Star Teacher. 

"Ajay is one of the hardest working students I have ever had the pleasure of teaching. He is extremely intelligent, responsible and dependable. I can always count on him to have his assignments completed by the due dates. He is a very kind, friendly and respectful young man who is well-liked by his peers and teachers. He has always been willing to help with any task asked of him and always with a cheerful attitude. He is not only the epitome of a student, but also of a genuine young man who is a great asset to our school and community. I am deeply honored to have been chosen as STAR teacher by Ajay. My life has definitely been enriched by having such an outstanding young man in my classroom," Spencer said.

"I chose Mrs. Spencer as Star Teacher for several reasons. Of all the staff at Houston High School, she has had the most influence on my life. I had four courses from her in the past two years, including her personal leadership course, which has prepared me emotionally for college. She also directed the senior play and encouraged me to try out for a part. I am very shy, but due to her encouragement, I stepped out of my comfort zone. I had one of the lead roles, and had I not participated, I would have missed out on an experience I will never forget. Not to mention, I became a role model to the elementary students who watched our play," Patel said.

Patel is a member of the Cross Country Team, Student Council, Anchor Club, Beta Club and the Solar Car Team. He plans to attend Mississippi State University upon graduation. Patel is the son of Kunthavai and Shailesh Patel.

Spencer has 25.5 years of teaching experience. She currently teaches U.S. Government, Accelerated Government, Economics, Advanced Geography, Personal Leadership, Dual History I and Dual History II. She was also named Star Teacher in 2000, 2003 and 2004.

HHS Freshmen Place in Creative Writing Contest

(From L-R) Maddyson Fant (3rd Place-$25 Wal-Mart gift card donated by Wal-Mart); Damien Townsend (1st Place-$100 cash from Chickasaw Heritage Museum); and Allie Grace Dobbs (2nd Place-$50 Wal-Mart gift card donated by Wal-Mart) won prizes for their writing in Ms. Alisha Spencer's Creative Writing class at Houston High School. The class partnered with the Chickasaw Heritage Museum to incorporate different items found throughout the museum in their writing. Their writing was judged by local authors: Audrey Virges, Lori Harrington and Jan Dyson.

HHS Junior Scores 30 on ACT

Ben Clark, a junior at Houston High School, recently scored 30 on the ACT. Ben is a member of the Topper Pride Band, Solar Car team, Engineering and Robotics Team and Anchor Club. He hopes to attend Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York to study physics and computer science. He is the son of Billy Clark and Palina Lancaster.

HHS Anchor Club participates in "pick Me Ups"

Inspirational author, William Arthur Ward, once said, “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” Thanks to the HHS Anchor Club’s participation in the Pilot Club International signature project, “Pick Me Ups” (PMU), the staff at Houston High School has had several opportunities to “unwrap those presents.”

PMU is a way for Pilots and Anchors to serve those in their communities who are caregivers. PMUs at HHS started as a week of pampering the employees with encouraging notes and little happies, such as a candy bar and a drink. At the end of the week, the HHS Anchor Club sponsored a breakfast for their teachers to reveal who their “Secret Anchor” was. The response was so wonderful the Anchors wanted to continue “Secret Anchor,” so when the year began the Anchors chose names and started leaving weekly messages. 

At Christmas they sponsored a breakfast for the faculty and staff and revealed their “secret.” At the beginning of the spring semester, Anchors chose new teachers and/or staff to deliver “Pick Me Ups” to, and so “Secret Anchor” started again.


“Doing Secret Anchor not only makes the caregivers smile and know someone really does care about their work, but it also makes the Anchors feel good and hopefully understand how important encouragement really is,” said Anchor Club President Mackenzie Huffman.


Anchor Sponsor Miriam Garner stated, “These students are some of the busiest students in the building, but teaching them to take time to appreciate the care their teachers give to them is important. It is a life skill that will carry on to their careers.”  

Anchor Club President Elect Micah Simmons stated that she fully intends to keep this project going and even try to make it bigger and better next year.

Congratulations to Jamia McCoy, winner of the National School Breakfast Week $24 Wal-Mart gift card.

Jamia was eligible for the drawing, because she ate breakfast every day this week in the cafeteria at HHS!

Local authors visit HHS 

Local authors, Audrey Virges, Lori Harrington and Jan Dyson, visited Houston High School’s creative writing classes, taught by English teacher, Alisha Spencer. Their purpose was to provide an introduction to the next unit on writing a narrative piece. The authors suggested that students dig deep, use their imagination and be creative for the upcoming project. Ms. Spencer’s class will be working in collaboration with the Chickasaw Heritage Museum, which they visited recently. The students were on the lookout for 12 items from the museum, which they will then research and incorporate into their writing pieces. The aforementioned authors will then judge these stories, and the top three stories will receive prizes.

Audrey Virges: Author of: "Living Reality: A Book of Inspirational Poems"; Author and illustrator of "A Day in Kindergarten"

Lori Harrington: Author of the novel, "The Point"; Her second novel, "Michael's Heart", will be published soon.

Jan Dyson: Author of "Turning Clay into History: The Story of W.D. Suggs Pottery," an informational book about her grandfather's pottery.

HHS Choir performs 

"One Voice"

The HHS Choir, HHS Sextet, and Houston Community Choir performs "One Voice" for the public Thursday, March 1, 2018.

HHS School choir performs

Let There Be Peace on Earth and Let It Begin With Me

Songs included: "Silent Night, Holy Night" by HHS Girls' Sextet, "Santa, Bring My Baby Back to Me" by 7th period class, "Jesus, Oh, What a Wonderful Child" featuring soloists LaShadrach Patrick and T'Kecia Beaty, "The Christmas Song," and "Mary, Did You Know" featuring violinist Laura Claire Moore.


HHS Junior Anthony Gonzalez selected for mississippi lions All-State band

Anthony Gonzalez, Topper Pride drum major, auditioned and made the Mississippi Lions All-State Band. He is one of only 128 high school musicians for the entire state of Mississippi to make this prestigious group and also one of only eight musicians in this group that play his instrument, the tuba, in the entire state. This group is not only recognized, but also get together and perform for a national contest against the other states during the summer. Not only that, but Mississippi has won 13 of the last 15 years. The contest will be held in Las Vegas. Mr. Eric Malone, band director, said, "I can speak personally on the HUNDREDS of hours he has spent practicing and preparing for this great honor. His dedication and self-discipline deserve to be recognized."

MSU President visits 

hhs Juniors and seniors

Dr. Mark Keenum, Mississippi State University president,  

stopped by Houston High School to speak to students about the changing times due to the advancement of technology, how these changes will affect the future and how MSU is preparing students for the changing workforce. 

Top: Dr. Keenum, surrounded by HHS juniors/seniors, poses with HHS Principal Jason Cook after speaking.

Left: Dr. Keenum, with senior Peyton Brassfield and junior Blaize Gann, visited with students afterwards, inquiring about their future educational plans.

HHS/PACE Awards Ceremony

Students earn incentives for high and improved state test scores in Algebra 1, Biology 1, English 2 and U.S. History.

Incentives were funded by PACE (Partners in Achieving Community Excellence).


Front Row: Joanna Vasquez (High Advanced English 2 & Advanced Biology), Emily Pettit (High Advanced Algebra 1 & Advanced Biology), Jasmine Rogers (Advanced Algebra 1 & Advanced Biology, and Abby Kate Boyer (High Advanced Algebra 1, Advanced Biology); Middle Row: Christopher Washington (Perfect Score Algebra 1), HSD Superintendent Tony Cook and Connor Moore (Perfect Score Algebra 1 & Advanced Biology); Back Row-PACE Board Members Tom Byrne, Bobby Mooneyham, Hassell Franklin and Frank Alford


A.K. Davis (teacher), Connor Moore and Christopher Washington


Abby Kate Boyer, Haley Makamson, Emily Pettit, A.K. Davis (teacher), Jasmine Rogers, Kamryn Cooper, Connor Moore and Christopher Washington


Front Row: Jasmine Rogers, Emily Pettit, Joanna Vasquez and Nala Neely; Back Row: Abby Kate Boyer, Aquana Brownlee, Kelsie Hall, Summer McCarver (teacher), Carolyn Matthews (teacher), Tanner Gregory, Connor Moore and Christopher Washington


Front Row: Chimique Ivy, Shelby Hatfield, Joanna Vasquez, Tkecia Beaty, Kennedy Burdine and Savannah Clark; Back Row: Ben Clark, Josh Scott, Steven Peel, JuiLondia Mosley (teacher), Mackenzie Criddle, Kyler Spencer, Katelyn Flake and Anthony Gonzalez


Front Row: Summer Carner, Queen Buchanan, Hanna Keith, Morissa Shettles and Abbie Mitchell;

Middle Row: Chance Hill, Kanazsha Cooper, Leisa Ellison (teacher), Cathy Spencer (teacher), Cortney Earnest, Arionna Gordillo, Cortney Ruth and Ajay Patel; Back Row: Jayden Reynolds, Karan Devould, Cody Voyles, Will Moore, Edgar Bedolla, Peyton Brassfield, Mackenzie Huffman and Tab Byrne

Students won a variety of incentives:

1) Students who showed growth and/or passed the state test earned a movie. 

2 Students who scored proficient or advanced earned a movie and pizza in the park. 

3) Students earned $50 for each test with an advanced level score.

4) Students earned $100 for each test with a high advanced level score.

5) Students earned $200 for each test with a perfect scale score. 

Houston Hilltoppers will host 3rd round playoffs

Friday, November 17, 2017, HHS will host Yazoo County in the 3rd round of high school football playoffs. This is the Hilltoppers 3rd time to make to the 3rd round, but our 1st time to have the opportunity to host the game. Join us Friday night...admission is $8 and only State passes are accepted. 

HHS Anchor and Student Council Host the Annual Veteran's Day Program

Each year the Anchor Club and Student Council host the Veteran's Day program which includes a reception hosted by the Pilot Club of Houston prior to the program. This year's speaker was US Congressman Trent Kelly. He is a Veteran of Dessert Storm and Iraq. He spoke of the Greatest Generation, WWII Veterans, and how we need to be more like them and never forget their sacrifice and service! Afterwards he spent time talking with students and veteran guests. 

HHS Baseball team supports Kylan Carter as he signs to play baseball with Itawamba Community College

HHS Baseball team supports Luke Hancock as he signs to play baseball with MS State University

Click Athletics/Baseball for more updates and pictures


Houston Hilltopper, Quenton May was named "Giant of the Week" for his outstanding performance on the field during the Houston vs Nettleton game! Quenton received $300 in Wendy's gift cards, and the Houston Touchdown club received a check for $250! Quenton's name is on the marquee in Pontotoc! 

Quenton receiving Wendy's gift cards...he just made some new friends!

Pontotoc Wendy's Marquee representing #topperpride

Wendy's presents Houston Touchdown Club with a check for $250 in honor of Quenton May being the "Wendy's Giant of the Week"

We are all excited for Quenton, for the Houston Hilltoppers, and for the Touchdown Club! Thanks Wendy's!

district 4-3A All region awards announced

Many of the Houston Hilltoppers have been given District Awards. For a list of those receiving awards check-out the Athletics/Football page

Hancock Named Wendy's Heisman Winner

Congratulations to Luke Hancock, HHS senior, as a Wendy’s High School Heisman winner. Luke is the catcher for the Houston High School baseball team, where he was All-State in 10th and 11th grades, All-Division in 8th – 11th grades, 1st Team All-State 10th grade, and 4A All-State 1st Team in 10th and 11th grades. He has a 3.5 GPA. Luke plans to attend Mississippi State University and play baseball for the MSU Bulldogs. Luke is the son of Mark Hancock and Nikki Hall.

Patel Scores 31 on ACT

Congratulations to Ajay Patel, a senior at Houston High School, who recently scored a 31 on his ACT. Ajay is a member of the Cross Country Team, Student Council, Anchor Club, Beta Club and the Solar Car Team. He plans to attend either The University of Mississippi or Mississippi State University upon graduation. Ajay is the son of Kunthavai and Shailesh Patel.

Huffman Scores 30 on ACT

Congratulations to Houston High School Junior Mackenzie Huffman, who scored 30 on her recent ACT test. Huffman is a member of the Topper Pride Band, Anchor Club, and FFA Chapter. Huffman plans to attend Mississippi State University and major in accounting or criminology. She is the daughter of Brand and Amanda Huffman.

Bullying Procedures for Processing a Complaint

10 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.

Houston School District’s Grad Rate Soars More Than 20 Points in Two Years
Houston, MS: Official graduation rates for Mississippi school districts were released this week, and the Houston School District increased its graduation rate to 89.1%.

In 2015-2016, the graduation rate of HSD was 67.6%. The following year, the rate was 82.9%, just barely under the state average of 83%. The state graduation average for 2017-2018 is 84%.

“This most recent graduation rate is also a 30 point jump from 2010, during which the district’s graduation rate was 58.2%,” said Tony Cook, HSD superintendent.

Increasing the graduation rate has been a major goal of HSD since Cook became superintendent.

“Higher graduation rates means that more students have a better opportunity for success in life after high school, whether they go to college or straight into the workforce.” said Cook.

Cook is also quick to point out that improving the graduation rate is not just a high school issue, but rather a joint effort elementary through high school.

“We track year-to-year progression and put an emphasis on graduation beginning in pre-K and continuing through 12th grade,” said Cook. “We have also hired a graduation coach to make sure at-risk students at the middle and high school levels are on track for graduation.”

School attendance is also heavily monitored at each building and interventions are put into place for those with chronic absences. Academic interventions are also implemented to increase student growth.

The Houston School District is also providing special opportunities for students who are behind, as well as students who are advanced.

“Early graduation is offered to students two years behind grade level to ensure they complete school,” said Cook. “We also provide opportunities for our advanced students through the Duke Tip program, PSAT and increased numbers in our accelerated courses.”

The Houston School District is also promoting graduation through college walls, college field trips, graduation banners, guest speakers, college scavenger hunts, college bulletin boards, career expos, career days and college days.