Holland Heights October Newsletter

A.  A Note from Principal Derr:  School Wide Behavior Expectations Reminder!!

HPS is committed to a positive school climate that improves learning outcomes. At Holland Heights, our behavior expectations are described in the matrix P-O-W-E-R.  Our staff has been teaching what POWER stands for so that every student can memorize, recite, and demonstrate positive behavior.

We believe it is important for each parent to be aware of these expectations so you can support our efforts at home. Watch for a pumpkin paper going home this Friday which will be a fun way for you to learn with your child(ren).  Here’s what POWER stands for:

  • P-Pride   (We care about self, others, work)
  • O-Own Your Actions  (We are responsible and honest)
  • W- Wise Choices  (We think before acting)
  • E- Engaged  (We are focused and involved in learning)
  • R-Respect  (Be Nice)

We want to improve on these as learners every day here at school.  We must work together, as a team, to teach our children these expectations.

B.  Traffic Safety Note:

                  Just a reminder, when dropping off on the back drive in the morning, the lane nearest the sidewalk is for drop off only.  The outside lane is for those who have dropped off to pull out and exit the parking area.   Please do not stop in that lane to drop off your child.  Also, please note that when exiting you are in the correct lane for going right or left.  Thanks for being patient with each other at the busy times of the day when dropping off and picking up your child. 

C. Parent-Teacher Conferences –

Please make sure to plan on attending during your scheduled time.  We have lots of great things to share with you about your child and how we can help them grow as a learner together. 

  • Tuesday Oct. 1 – 3:50 – 6:50 PM           
  • Wednesday Oct. 9 – 3:50 – 6:50 PM     
  • Thursday – Oct. 10 – 12:30 – 3:30 PM -     ½ Day of School - Dismissed 11:35
  • Friday Oct. 11 – NO SCHOOL 

D. Drop-In w/Mr. Derr – Thursday Oct. 24 at 8:45 AM and 3:45 PM

                  ATTENTION HOLLAND HEIGHTS PARENTS.  Mr. Derr would like to invite any parent(s) interested to stop in the office conference room and have a light snack along with some good conversation.  He will be offering two different times, to try and meet the needs of as many parents as possible.  Feel free to contact the office if you plan to attend or just show up!!!  He would love to just spend time talking with you about how we might be able to improve on what we are doing as a school.  He doesn’t have all the answers, but would love to get to meet more of the parents here at Holland Heights and hear some new ideas on what we can do to grow stronger as a Holland Heights Family. 

E. Volunteer forms

Please make sure to fill out and turn in your volunteer form for this school year.  We need this in order for you to help us out here at school or to chaperone on field trips.  We want you involved as parents or guardians, so make sure to fill this out and return it to the office.   Thank you.


Operation Warm – Monday Oct. 14  - 9:00 AM

  • All Students will be receiving a new winter coat!!! 
  • We are thankful for this opportunity for all of our learners!!
  • Notes were sent home explaining how this organization works but if you have any other questions, please feel free to call the school.  Thanks.


Office Staff

Holland Heights

856 East 12th Street
Holland, MI 49423
Phone: 616-494-2750
Kevin Derr
Sharon Hoitenga
Associate Dean of Students
Diana Sandoval-Dominguez

School Times
8:30 - 3:36

Half Day
8:30 - 11:35