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School Closure Updates
This morning, Governor Reeves issued an executive order closing all schools thru at least April 17th.

Monday, March 23rd, we will begin distributing free meals for children 18 and under. The procedure will be as follows:
1. Meals will be served on a grab and go basis between the hours of 11:00 am and 12:30 pm. You must stay in your car and meals will be passed through the window.
2. Children must be present to receive the meals.
3. Meals cannot be eaten onsite.
4. Children will receive 1 lunch and 1 breakfast for the next morning.
5. Congregating at distribution sites will not be allowed.
6. Meals will be distributed at the following sites:
a. Houston Upper Elementary School in the car rider pick up line.
b. Woodland First Baptist Church
c. Pleasant Grove M.B. Church, 1453 CR 402, please
enter the first driveway.
7. Entry into the school will not be allowed.
8. As with everything else involved in this situation, this new to us. Please be patient and follow instructions.

Educationally, some online resources are already available and more will be available soon. We realize that so many of our students do not have internet access, so we are preparing materials to be passed out. Our goal is to have these packets prepared and ready to be distributed no later than next Friday, March 27th.

There are still so many questions that have not been answered for us at this time, but we hope to have them answered soon. As we receive information and guidance, we will pass it along to you. Providing services for our students is our #1 priority and we are working to make sure we do the best we can do. This is a situation that none of us have faced before, so please be patient with us.

Please continue to follow the national guidelines and take care of yourselves and your families. We will get through this together.
Houston, MS
Thank You, Houston!
Thank you to all who generously donated door prizes for our district-wide meeting today. A special thank you goes to Carol Byrne, Millette Nabors and Sean Johnson for volunteering your time and service to help welcome back teachers and staff as a new school year begins at Houston. We greatly value the support of our area businesses and community members.

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

about 1 year 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! 

HSD Wins MSBA Lighthouse Leader Lantern Award
HSD Wins MSBA Lighthouse Leader Lantern Award
Congratulations to the Houston School Board for receiving the Mississippi School Board Association's Lighthouse Leader Lantern award. This is the first time Houston has received this honor. We appreciate our school board and all they do to help our school and community! School board members include Dr. Daniel Heeringa, Mr. Hugh Pettit, Ms. Christine Gates, Ms. Carol Byrne and Mr. Thomas Howell.

Parent Survey Title I

about 1 year ago

As we continuously seek to improve the Houston School District, we want to know how you, as a parent or guardian, feel the schools and the district are doing to meet your needs. The information that you provide will help us evaluate and improve how our schools, families, and parents work together to help all our students achieve academically. All information provided is confidential and will be used to assist us with future planning for parental involvement activities and events throughout the district. Your opinions and suggestions are very valuable, and we thank you for your time to complete this survey.

HUES Reading Fair Winners

4 months ago

Congratulations to the HUES Reading Fair winners

5th Grade Reading Fair Fiction Winners: 1st- Ryleigh Simmons; 2nd- Katy Tabb; 3rd Baiden Baker

4th Grade Reading Fair Fiction Winners: 1st- Anna Claire Plunk; 2nd- Jaylee Betts; 3rd- Deaton Smith

3rd Grade Reading Fair Fiction Winners: 1st- Trace West; 2nd- Avery Whitfield; 3rd- Harper Criddle

Winner of Non-fiction Section 1st- Jaslyn Thomas (Picture not available)

Houston School District Employee of the Month

6 months ago

August Employee of the Month

Congratulations to Mrs. Carolyn Matthews for being selected as Houston School District Employee of the Month for August.

September Employee of the Month

Congratulations to Mrs. Crystel Ellison for being selected as Houston School District Employee of the Month for September.

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.

State Superintendent Wright Visits Houston

about 1 year ago

State Superintendent Wright Encourages 

Houston School District Teachers

to Continue Making Academic Gains

Dr. Carey M. Wright, State Superintendent, recently spoke to the staff at Houston School District about the academic gains being made in Mississippi and the Houston School District.

Wright, who has been state superintendent since 2013, shared that Quality Counts, Education Week’s annual report on state-level efforts to improve public education, rated Mississippi as one of five most improved states in the nation. 

Mississippi was also ranked in top 10 in gains on the NAEP, which is the National Assessment of Educational Progress.

Advanced placement and dual credit participation and proficiency rates have doubled.  The number of schools and districts rating an “A” has also increased.

Wright said the six goals of the state are: 1) all students proficient and showing growth; 2) every student graduates and is college/career ready; 3) implement early education programs; 4) every school has effective teacher and leaders; 5) schools are data-driven; and 6) all districts are a C or higher.

Houston School District, which has been rated a B district for the past two years, consistently scores in the top five for schools with the most growth on the MKAS. Houston also has a passing rate above 95% on the 3rd grade Gateway. Houston has also increased its graduation rate from 66.9% to 87% in the last four years.

By Crystel Ellison

2019-2020 Registration Information

10 months ago

By Shane Presley

Houston School District Residency Verification/Registration 2019-2020

In accordance with the requirements of the Mississippi State Board of Education's Residency Verification Procedures, each parent or legal guardian, with whom a student lives, must officially register the student and provide a copy of the following items of verification of residence in Houston School District to the school administration. This applies to every student - even if they attended school in the Houston School District last year.


Parents need report to the Houston Middle School Commons Area to verify residency within the district according to the schedule below:

Students whose last name begins with the letters A - M in all grades will verify Tuesday, July 23rd from 10:00 - 6:00

Students whose last name  begins with the letters  N  -  Z in all grades will verify Thursday, July 25th from 10:00 - 6:00

Residency Verification Requirements:

Two current proofs of residency from the list below are required for verification. The term "current" is defined as two months or sooner.

  • Homestead Exemption
  • Home Mortgage Loan Documentation or Mortgage Payment Book
  • Rental or Lease Agreement
  • One copy of a Home Utility bill (Must be a current bill & the physical address must be          stated on the bill)

If you are temporarily living with someone else who resides in the district, the parent/guardian must comply with each item below:

  • An affidavit of residency
  • The home owner/renter named on the affidavit must provide 2 current residency proofs from the list above
  • A personal visit by designated school official may be required before a student is enrolled
  • All enrollments for students using an affidavit or residency are temporary and may be reviewed by a designated school official 60 days after initial enrollment


Schedules/Homeroom assignments will be issued to students upon completion of residency verification

Notification of Data Security Incident

4 months ago

Notification of Data Security Incident


The District, like many school districts around the country, was recently made aware of a data security incident by a third-party vendor of the District, Pearson Clinical Assessment. The incident pertains to Pearson’s AIMSweb 1.0 platform.


For More Information

More information is provided below. Any questions should be directed to Pearson Clinical Assessment at 866-883-3309 or email The District will not be able to provide any information other than what is listed below.


What Happened

In mid-March 2019, Pearson became aware that an unauthorized third party gained access to a set of data related to the AIMSweb 1.0 platform. Pearson performed an examination to determine the nature and extent of any data potentially affected. The incident impacted more than 13,000 schools and universities.


Pearson reportedly gave notification of this incident to some districts, but ours was not made aware until sometime later. After we were notified, we contacted Pearson to discover the extent of the incident as it relates to our district.


What Data Was Involved

For our District, it appears the compromised data includes the first and last names of some current and former students. At this time, and given the information we know today, it does not appear any student social security numbers or other sensitive personal information were impacted or involved in this incident. Further, Pearson has represented that no grade or assessment information was affected, nor any credit card data or other financial information.


Additionally, District account administrator data was included in the compromised data. This pertains to district employees who had accounts on the AIMSweb 1.0 platform. This set of compromised data includes a Pearson account number, the type of user, first and last names, and some District email addresses. As with the student data, at this time, and given the information we know today, it does not appear any employee social security numbers were impacted or involved in this incident.


Looking Forward

The District takes the security of all student and employee data very seriously. Pearson has discontinued the AIMSweb 1.0 platform. Pearson continues to investigate and work with law enforcement on this matter.


What Can You Do?

As a precautionary measure, Pearson is offering affected persons the option to enroll in a complimentary one-year membership in Experian’s® IdentityWorksSM. This product provides you with identity detection and resolution of identity theft. If eligible, you must enroll in this service by January 31, 2020 to take advantage of it. You may activate the service as follows:

  • Visit the Experian IdentityWorks website to enroll and provide your activation code:   
    • If you are enrolling for an Adult:
      • Provide your activation code:  PF7N9N97G
    • If you are enrolling for a minor:
      • Provide your activation code:  4GCYX5C69
    • If you are redeeming this for a minor, provide your minor’s information when prompted

The service provides coverage to eligible persons for up to twelve months.


If you have questions about the product please contact Experian’s customer care team at 866-883-3309 by January 31, 2020. Be prepared to provide engagement number DB12466 as proof of eligibility for the identity restoration services by Experian.


Additional details regarding your 12-month Experian IdentityWorks 


A credit card is not required for enrollment in Experian IdentityWorks.


You can also contact Experian immediately should you suspect any fraud issues. Experian offers the following features once you enroll in Experian IdentityWorks for yourself or your minor:

  • Identity Restoration: Identity Restoration agents are immediately available to help you address credit and non-credit related fraud.
  • Experian IdentityWorks ExtendCARE:  You receive the same high-level of Identity Restoration support even after your Experian IdentityWorks membership has expired.
  • Up to $1 Million Identity Theft Insurance**:  Provides coverage for certain costs and unauthorized electronic fund transfers.


The following additional features are also available:


For adults:

  • Experian credit report at signup: See what information is associated with your credit file.  Daily credit reports are available for online members only.*
  • Credit Monitoring: Actively monitors Experian file for indicators of fraud.


For minors:

  • Social Security Number Trace: Monitoring to determine whether enrolled minors in your household have an Experian credit report.  Alerts of all names, aliases and addresses that become associated with your minor’s Social Security Number (SSN) on the Experian credit report.
  • Internet Surveillance: Technology searches the web, chat rooms & bulletin boards 24/7 to identify trading or selling of your personal information on the Dark Web.

If you believe there was fraudulent use of your or your minor’s information and would like to discuss how you may be able to resolve those issues, please reach out to an Experian agent at 866-883-3309.  If, after discussing your situation with an agent, it is determined that Identity Restoration support is needed, then an Experian Identity Restoration  agent is available to work with you to investigate and resolve each incident of fraud that occurred (including, as appropriate, helping you with contacting credit grantors to dispute charges and close accounts, assisting you in placing a freeze on your credit file with the three major credit bureaus, and assisting you with contacting government agencies to help restore your identity to its proper condition).

The Terms and Conditions for this offer are located at  You will also find self-help tips and information about identity protection at this site.