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DARE Essay Winners

The 5th grade students celebrated their graduation from DARE on December 13. All students are required to write an essay to demonstrate what they learned from the program. DARE essay winners were: Dylan Shaffer, Reagan Steiner, and Skylar Bowman. 

DARE essay winners (left to right): Dylan Shaffer, Reagan Steiner, and Skylar Bowman

NHS Dine to Donate

The Houston High School NHS is holding a dine to donate fundraiser on Wednesday December 20th from 5:00-9:00 PM at Buffalo Wild Wings in Sidney. To support the group, simply have dinner, either dine-in or carry-out, at the Sidney Buffalo Wild Wings on Wednesday night and 10% of your total bill will go directly to our NHS. Click here for a flyer with more information. You do not need to bring the flyer to the restaurant, as all bills that evening will go toward the NHS fundraiser.

Hardin-Houston Student Nights

The Wildcats will be hosting a student night for both girls' and boys' basketball. Admission is only $1.00 for Hardin-Houston students in grades Pre K-12 on student night. The dates are December 19th during the boys' game against Fairlawn and January 16th during the girls' game against Riverside. Take advantage of the great price and cheer on your Wildcats!

Early Dismissal

Hardin-Houston Local School will dismiss at 1:54 PM on Wednesday, December 20th for Christmas Break.

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Hardin-Houston Local School will be closed Thursday December 21st through Monday January 1st for Christmas break. See you on January 2nd.

Homecoming 2018

The Student Council would like to present this year's Homecoming Court! Houston’s freshman attendants are Alexis Sowers and Gideon Dienhart. Sophomore attendants are Eve Siegel and Jairon Douglas. Junior attendants are Hayden Riesenbeck and Jacob Slater. Houston’s Queen Candidates include Angelina DiLullo, Morgan Ely, and Chare Jeffries. King Candidates include Parker Cox, James DiLullo, and Kaeden Reier. 
On Friday January 26th, the 2018 Homecoming Show will take place in the high school gym at 6:00 PM before the Junior Varsity and Varsity basketball boys take on Botkins.
The court will preside over the Homecoming Dance on Saturday January 27th from 8:00-11:00 PM.  This year's Homecoming theme is "A Party in the Parthenon." Tickets for the dance will go on sale on Tuesday January 16th. Tickets are $7.00 each and can be purchased in the office from Mrs. Merickel. Students must purchase tickets at school no later than Friday January 26th, as there will be no tickets sold at the door. Students wishing to bring a date from another school must complete a guest form which is available in the office. Guest forms are due by Wednesday January 24th. 

Queen Candidates

Angelina DiLullo

Morgan Ely

Chare Jeffries

King Candidates

Parker Cox

James DiLullo

Kaeden Reier

Employment Opportunities
Hardin-Houston School is accepting applications for the following positions:
-Substitute Cook
-Substitute Custodian including athletic game clean-up.
Applications should be sent to Ryan Maier, Houston High School principal at

Spelling Bee

Hardin-Houston Local School held the spelling bee on Wednesday, November 29th. The winner was 7th grader, Katelynn Rockwood. The runner-up was 6th grader, Cienna Kennedy.

Spelling bee winner Katelynn Rockwood with runner-up Cienna Kennedy

NHS Thanks "giving" Food Drive

This holiday season, the National Honor Society held the Thanks "giving" Food Drive.  This effort resulted in 1,491 canned and boxed items being donated! The team of the Seniors, Kindergarten, and Pre-K classes won the competition, bringing in an average of 3.9 items per person. The items were donated to the food pantry at the Houston Congregational Church, where they will be shared with members of the local community. Thanks to everyone who participated and shared in the Wildcat spirit of giving!

Food donated during the drive.

Pictured with one of the truckloads of donations (L to R) are: Shelby Ayers, Dominic Beaver, Parker Cox, Tristin Freistuhler, Alyssa Kemp, Olivia Bowser, Hayden Riesenbeck, Addie White, Mariah Booher, Angelina DiLullo, Katelynn Garber, and Lauren Brubaker.

Excellence in Education Nominations

The Sidney Rotary Club invites you to nominate a teacher for the 2017-2018 Excellence in Education Award. Any state certified TEACHER of grades pre-K through 12 who is employed by an accredited school in Shelby County, Ohio, is eligible for nomination for one of the three awards. The spouse and/or children of any CURRENT officer, board member of The Sidney Rotary Club, or Excellence in Education committee member are not eligible for consideration DURING THE CURRENT YEAR. Awards will be presented during the month of April 2018 at a Sidney Rotary recognition program. Students, colleagues, parents, administrators or the general public may nominate. Teachers may not nominate themselves. To nominate a teacher, click here.

Senior Slideshow

Seniors, it's time to start bringing in senior pictures, baby pictures, and other pictures for the senior slideshow. Pictures can be dropped off in Mr. Brown’s computer lab whether they are hard copy or digital copies. Any pictures that can be sent in digitally (on a CD, flash drive, camera, or email) will be greatly appreciated since scanning the pictures takes up the most time. If you bring in hard copies of the pictures, please write your name on the back so they can be returned to you. Please turn in your pictures on time as no late pictures will be accepted unless you have spoken to Mr. Brown first. There are multiple deadlines for pictures and they are listed below. For more information about the senior slideshow, contact Mr. Brown at the school either by email ( or by phone (937) 295-3010 ext 2013.

  • Baby Pictures and non-senior year candid pictures by November 30th
  • Fall Sports pictures by November 30th
  • Senior Pictures by February 8th. See Mr. Brown if you have a problem.
  • Winter Sports within two weeks of season’s end.
  • Homecoming Pictures by February 8th
  • Prom pictures by April 12th
  • Last day for senior year candid pictures is May 1st
  • Spring Sports pictures by May 1st

Engraved Brick Pavers

Hardin-Houston Local School is currently selling personalized engraved paver bricks to residents, alumni and local businesses. The 4" X 8" pavers will be placed at the front entrance of the new building. The personalization may include your name, company name, recognition of military service, or in memory of loved ones. There will be approximately thirteen hundred pavers available, sold on first come, first serve basis. Please fill out the information below and attach your check of $50.00 payable to “Houston Athletic Fund.” For more information and the order form, click here.

Weight Room Schedule

Attention students in grades 7-12: if you are interested in using the weight room, click here for the December schedule.

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