General Information


General Information




Attendance Line:  The attendance line (482-0456  ext. 3131) is a 24 hour parent phone line to report student absences.  For an absence to be excused, parents/guardians must call the evening before or by noon on the day of the absence.  The attendance line may also be used to pre-excuse absences for appointments or to release a student before the end of the school day.  Students must be signed out of the office by a parent/guardian before leaving and signed back in upon returning.


Report Cards:  Will be sent home with the student(s) on a 9 week marking period.  In Nov. and Feb. we will have Parent/Teacher conferences (see the school calendar). Teachers in grades 2-5 manage their grade book(s) through PowerSchool and both parents and students have login’s available.  Contact Mrs. Morin in the school office for PowerSchool assistance.


Lunch/Breakfast:  It is the responsibility of the parents to keep track of how much money is in your student’s account.  Our meal programs operate on a positive daily balance.  If you prefer to pay by check payable to: HPTS-Food Service or cash, you can drop it in the elementary office, classroom teacher or the lunch room (in a clearly marked envelope with student name and account number). As a courtesy to the parents, your student(s) will be allowed to charge(negative balance) 5 meals to his or her account before given a bag lunch, in place of the lunch choice of the day.  The bag lunch will consist of a package of graham crackers, a piece of fruit and milk at a cost of $2.25.  The purpose of the bag lunch is to give the child some food to hold him/her over until the end of the school day.  Breakfast is served daily: 7:40 – 8:15 am.

You can set up an account at to monitor balances and make payments to the accounts.   Also, should you want to complete the lunch application (due by Oct. 17, 2012-without penalty) you can do this on-line with complete privacy at or pick up an application from any school office.  Both of these link  are on the Houghton Schools website,, under Food Service.  Check with the school office should you need additional help.


Menus:Lunch/breakfast menus will not be sent home, they are available on the school web site, published in the newspaper and placed on the local cable channel.   You can access the school web site by going to:, open the food service link on the left hand side, then open Houghton menus and download the upcoming month’s menu.


Tylenol/pain relief medication: The school office will not administer pain relief medication unless it is provided by the parents.  If you should decide you would like to have this available to your kids, please provide the medication to the office and we will apply the family name on the container and administer as we have done in the past.  We will continue to administer first aide as needed.

Medications taken during school hours or during a school-related activity is prohibited unless it is necessary for the student’s health and well-being.  When a student’s licensed health care provider and parent/guardian believe that it is necessary for the student to take a medication while under our care, the parent/guardian must request that the school dispense the medication to the child by completing a “Student Medical Authorization Form”.  No school or district employee is allowed to administer to any student, or supervise a student’s self-administration of, any prescription or non-prescription medication until a completed and signed School Medication Authorization Form is given to the school office.  A student may possess an epinephrine auto-injector (EpiPen) and /or an asthma inhaler prescribed for immediate use at the student’s discretion, provided the student’s parent/guardian has completed and signed the Medical Authorization form.


Inclement Weather Procedures:  In the event of inclement weather, school may be canceled, begin at a delayed time, or dismiss early.  The announcement will be broadcast by the local radio stations, TV 6, list serve and our district website.  Our buses will run and we will ask all of our students to follow the early dismissal procedures that his/her parent indicated on the blue emergency card.  Please note that all after school activities (including Great Explorations) will be canceled and all student(s) will be directed to follow their early dismissal plan.  Should you need to change your plan please contact the office as soon as possible.


Use of Phone:  Cell phones may not be used during school hours.  In case of an emergency, students will be permitted to use the telephone in the elementary office