I am pleased to announce that we have a calendar for the 2017-2018 school year. A more detailed description of special events during the school year is in process. The dates highlighted in yellow are student days.
February 14, 2017 4:30 p.m. Good afternoon, Holland Public Schools has received multiple calls from media inquiring about possible Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in the city of Holland that may be impacting staff, student . . .
An exicitng new engineering pathway will be offered beginning in the fall of 2017 at Holland High School. The application process is open now through March 1, 2017. To learn more about this program, please watch the video below. If you are . . .
On January 26, 2017, I had the chance to present a "TED" style talk to the Michigan Association of School Admnistrators. In absence of a copy of this well receievd speech, I wanted to share this message with you. I hope that this . . .
On January 23, 2017, the Holland Public Schools Board of Education unanimously approved the call for an election on May 2, 2017. This includes two ballot initiative: a three-year renewal of our 18 mill non-homestead operations, and . . .
In Washington, D.C., at the Center for American Progress, U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr., called upon supporters of public education to set aside political and policy differences and work together to ensure all . . .
I am proud of the fact that HPS offers a Two-Way Bilingual Immersion program at Holland Language Academy, /vnews/display.v/SEC/Holland%20Language%20Academy In a speech to the California Association for Bilingual Education, Secretary . . .
In a speech before the PTA, Secretary of Education John King addresses the importance of diversity in our schools. HPS celebrates and honors the diversity of our staff and student body. Here are a few excertps from this powerful speech: . . .
If you would like to learn more about our social competency initiative in Holland Public Schools, this article written for the Michigan Association of School Boards provides a summary of the work that we are doing and the rationale why. You . . .
Holland Language Academy-TWBI at HPS
Holland Public Schools is in its 8th year of implementing a Two-Way Bilingual Immersion Progam in our district. This program brings together English Dominant and Spanish dominant speakers to foster and develop bilingualism and . . .
Dear Parents of Holland Public Schools, I want to take this opportunity to provide you with an update regarding a change in state required assessments for students in grades 3-8 and 11. After 44 years of using the MEAP to measure student . . .
HVRT - Begins this Fall 2015
Holland ViRtual Tech High School (HVRT), formerly known as VR-Tech will open in the fall of 2015 as a “School-within-a-School” model on the campus of Holland High School. Since the opening of the program six years ago, over . . .
Nomitations due by March 20, 2015
HPS Employees, Parents, Students, and Community Members, It is time once again to celebrate and honor everything that is right in public education and specifically, here at Holland Public Schools. Last year's Power H Education Award . . .
Recently, I was asked by a student reporter what conditions are taken into consideration for the cancellation of school. As I shared the information with him, I thought I would also post this information here as well. While we have . . .
Dear Parents/Guardians, Staff, Students, and Community Members, As you may be aware, over the past few weeks several schools in West Michigan and across our country have received threats ranging from bomb threats to physical harm of . . .
Increasing Advocacy & Understanding
One of the many roles that I have as Superintendent is working with our elected officials to help them better understand the impact of law, policy and practice. This advocacy begins at the local level with the Holland Public Schools Board of . . .
HPS Staff, Students, Parents, The Holland Public Schools Board of Education and Superintendent Davis invite you to participate in an Equity Audit/Needs Asessment of the district. Following a review of current student achievement data . . .
Everybody understands what the colors green, yellow and red represent. Or do we? In our day-to-day lives, we are conditioned to have a preconceived idea of what red, yellow and green colors represent - think traffic signals. And now, . . .
The Tuition Incentive Program (TIP) is an incentive program that encourages eligible students to complete high school by providing tuition assistance for the first two years of college and beyond. To meet the financial eligibility . . .
Dear Friends and Family of Holland Public Schools: Each school in Michigan is required to test students every year using the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP). The State of Michigan uses the scores from these tests to . . .
Each year, public school students in grades 3-9 are required to take the MEAP test. Students are tested in Mathematics, Reading, Writing, Science and Social Studies. The federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law requires all students . . .
Our staff has been preparing throughout the summer to make it great!
Greetings! The excitement for the new school year is building up with every passing day. Our incoming kindergarten students (and their parents) have been participating in our new screening . . .
Monday, January 19, 2015
Monday, January 19 marks the national holiday recognizing the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.. Holland Public Schools will be closed on this day as Superintendent Brian Davis asks students to honor Dr. King's memory with a day of . . .
March 19, 2014 A Senate subcommittee today reported out K-12 funding plan for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 that gives schools a larger foundation allowance increase -- between $150 and $300 -- by throwing away parts of Gov. Rick SNYDER's . . .
I recently came across this post by Mike Niehoff-Edu Change & Advocacy. I felt it was worthwhile to share with our learning community. Monday, February 3, 2014 Project-Based Education Demands a Different Type of Student....And . . .
INCREASING UNDERSTANDING AND ADVOCACY-From the December, 2013 Board of Education Meeting. A. Superintendent Davis updated the community on recent legislative action that is impacting public education in Michigan and its potential . . .
September, 2013-Increasign Advocacy & Understanding- Status of the Common Core State Standards – Director Dobias provided an update on the common core state standards implementation in Holland Public Schools and the importance of . . .
The leadership team at HPS is looking at several different pieces of literature as we not only address the opportunity and achievement gaps, but also keep in mind the necessary 21st century skills to prepare all of our students to be college . . .
INCREASING UNDERSTANDING AND ADVOCACY-August, 2013 MICHIGAN ACCOUNTABILITY SCORE CARD: Superintendent Davis shared with the community the new school report card and how schools and districts are now measured under the ESEA flexibility . . .
INCREASING UNDERSTANDING AND ADVOCACY-From the June, 2013 Board of Education Meeting A. CURRENT LEGISLATIVE INITIATIVES – Superintendent Davis shared information on recent legislative action. HB 4813 and 4815: the House . . .
Kudos to our Holland High and VR Tech grads!
Two weeks ago Holland High and VR Tech graduated more than 310 students. An amazing group of young people comprised our “Classes of 2013” from Holland High and VR Tech! Approximately 90% of them have already signed commitments . . .
One of my many different hats that I wear as Superintendent of Holland Public Schools includes being on the Board of Directors for the Tulip Time Festival. Check out my interview this year with Nancy DeBoer on Holland Cable TV talking about . . .
AN OPEN LETTER TO MICHIGAN GOVERNOR RICK SNYDER Dear Gov. Snyder, Last summer you requested legislation to profoundly change funding for Michigan’s K-12 schools with a sweeping replacement of the School Aid Act of 1979. Since . . .
Funded through an OAISD Research and Development Grant, six school leaders from the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District and eleven superintendents from traditional K-12 systems, charter and private schools in Ottawa and Allegan Counties . . .
January is National School Board Appreciation Month. Our seven elected trustees work tirelessly to establish the vision and direction of the district while adhering to our strategic plan. They volunteer their time of service typically 8-10 . . .
As part of the Holland Public Schools celebrating it's 100 years of string orchestra music education in the Holland Public Schools we are starting a series of recitals and concerts. The first is right when we get back on January 9 at 8 PM . . .
As many of you have undoubtedly heard, several individuals lost their lives on December 14, 2012, as a result of a school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. Our collective thoughts and prayers go out to the victims' families, friends, . . .
Public education in our country, mainly provided by the public sector, seeks to teach and instill the principles which we hold true as part of the foundation of our country. Principles of democracy, socialization and literacy. Since the time . . .
As you prepare for the 2012 holiday season, I want to share a few items of reflection as we look back on the past year. Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve . . .
Holland Public Schools recently received notification that HPS has been placed on the College Board's 3rd Annual AP District Honor Roll for Significant gains in Advanced Placement Access and Student Performance. HPS is one of 539 . . .
"Standards are really an attempt to assign the intellectual capital that can be gained from a particular grade level or course. Assessments are an attempt to measure how much of the intellectual capital the student actually has internalized. . . .
One of the joys of being a Superintendent is the evidence of learning taking place in our schools. Recently I received this letter from 8th grade students who attended Holland New Tech in the 11-12 school year. I encourage you to read the . . .
Dear Interested Staff & Community Member, The performance of school systems has been a topic of debate since their inception. Defining the best way to measure achievement and the performance of ALL children is not an easy task. If . . .
Often, I come across articles that are thought provoking that are worth passing along to stimulate and encourage ongoing dialogue regarding school reform. The editorial below by Tom Watkins is one such piece of work. It is shared in its . . .
Public engagement and education excellence; To make our schools better, the entire community must get involved. Opinion by Wendy Puriefoy - Baltimore Sun – February 9, 2010 Too much of the public is missing from public . . .
In recent years, professional staff from Holland Public Schools have been participating in developing curriculum, field testing lessons, and participating in professional staff development with the Van Andel Education Institute in Grand . . .
March 28, 2012 Bringing Up an E-Reader By THOMAS J. FITZGERALD Julianna Huth, a second grader at Green Primary School, in Green, Ohio, is a convert to the digital word. The 8-year-old uses both an iPad and a Nook, and she . . .
On Tuesday March 20, 2012, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Mike Flanagan visited Holland Public Schools. I had the opportunity to spend the day with Superintendent Flanagan and share with him some of the many educational reform . . .
Understanding the new Michigan MEAP cut scores is a challenging task for students, parents and all educators. Wayne RESA has put together a video which assists in explaining these new scores. This video can be viewed on You Tube. . . .
On December 9, 2011 Governor Rick Snyder released his most recent education reform proposal that is sure to impact public education in the state of Michigan. Governor Snyder has been working to develop legislative proposals to implement the . . .
The ACT's College Readiness Benchmarks are scores on the ACT subject-area tests that represent the level of achievement required for students to have a 50% chance of obtaining a B or higher or about a 75% chance of obtaining a C or higher in . . .
In recent months, there have been several bills of legislation that have been passed that will impact the future of public education in our state for several years to come. There are several additional bills that are currently in conference . . .
INCREASING UNDERSTANDING AND ADVOCACY HOUSE BILL 5111- Superintendent Davis provided an update on the mandatory 3rd grade retention bill being proposed in the Michigan House of Representatives. Superintendent Davis expressed his . . .