Counseling

Holland High School Counseling team is here to serve our students. 

We guide our students in their academic pursuits ensuring that they are taking the classes needed for them to not only graduate but to be competitive at a collegiate level.  There are many avenues for our students to choose to be successful at Holland High School:

  • Advanced Placement Classes
  • Dual Enrollment
  • Careerline Tech Center
  • and other areas to individualize each student’s journey. 

We look forward to working with our students and parents. 

Students and parents may schedule appointments by using Calendly:


 

Student Last Name:

Counselor:

A-Gom

Hemmek & Nichols

Gon-O

Emde

P-Vam

Siegel

Van-z

Loveland

 

Course Offerings and Scheduling

Scheduling Process

  • In mid-February or early March, students are given a copy of their high school transcript and the counselors discuss the progress each student is making toward earning a high school diploma. Then students are given a red course description book that contains a one paragraph description of each class taught at Holland High School and a list of available classes for the next year. At that time, a guidance counselor discusses which classes are required (“required” classes must be passed to meet diploma requirements )to take the following year for that student and offers suggestions as to which classes to select. The counselor also explains elective (“elective” classes are the student’s choice) classes that are available.
  • Each student at Holland High School is asked to choose their top 15 choices plus 3 alternate classes. (Remember that in a trimester system, students take 5 classes each of three terms for a total of 15 classes.) When scheduling, Holland High does everything possible to give the student their top choice classesand only reverts to an “alternate” if there is a scheduling conflict that makes it impossible to honor their top choice.
  • At the beginning of May when all class requests have been entered into the computer, Holland High mails a printout of the classes requested by that student to their home so that parents and students may discuss these choices to be certain that those classes are indeed appropriate for that student’s future goals. Parents and students are asked to contact the counselors immediately in May to discuss any class changes that they wish to make.
  • When every student at Holland High has turned in their top 15 class choices, we count how many students have asked for each class and then determine how many sections we need to offer of each class. That is how we build the master schedule. The master schedule tells us how many sections of each class will be offered, at what time during the school day, by which teacher and in which classroom.
  • Once the master schedule is determined, each student’s class choices are run through the computer to generate their actual class schedule. This is the schedule that students pick up at registration in late August. If there was any kind of a scheduling conflict, a student might see “see your counselor” printed in a class period. That directs the student to walk in to the Counseling Center during that class period to see their counselor about selecting a new class.
  • In the fall, everything is all set and running at Holland High. The class schedule is set, the number of sections is set, the teachers report to certain room numbers, textbooks have been ordered for each class. All of this is generated by the class requests that the student made in March.
  • Because all of the desks have already been assigned to individual students, there are very few “unassigned” or “open” desks in each classroom. That is why, if a student changes their mind in the fall about which classes they actually want to take, class changes are based on seat availability. Students and parents are strongly encouraged to give careful consideration to the list of top choices turned in each March because it may not be possible to change what classes the student is taking in the fall.

Procedure for Making a Scheduling Change

  • All schedule changes must be made through a guidance counselor. Because of the complexities of changing a schedule, a student must be present when a change is being made for them. Until a change has been officially made by the counselor, students must continue to follow their original class schedule.
  • The “Drop and Add” period for all students is one week before each term begins and the first week of each term. This is a two week period when a student may try to make any changes that they wish. Following the “Drop and Add” period, a student must remain in the classes that appear on their schedule in our computer for the remainder of that term. The only person who can change a schedule following the official “Drop and Add” period is a building administrator.
  • The following students will be seen IMMEDIATELY by their counselor:
    • new students who have no class schedule
    • students who have “see your counselor” printed in a class period
    • students who have the same class mistakenly repeated on their schedule
    • students with fewer than 5 classes each term.
  • The following students may fill out a “Schedule Change Form”, turn it in and will be contacted by the counselors within the first few days of school:
    • students who for any reason have changed their minds about which classes they wish to take.

 

Dual Enrollment

Student Eligibility: 

  • Students can qualify with scores from specified scores on SAT, ACT, PLAN, or PSAT. Table available with qualifying scores at Michigan Department of Education website. Michigan Minimum Dual Enrollment Qualifying Scores
     
  • Course Eligibility: HPS participates in the Postsecondary Enrollment Options Act (PSEO) and, therefore, provides payment per the per pupil spending allowance for eligible course(s). Due to uncertainty in the state money for education, we are not able to provide an exact amount, however, approximately $665 was the amount provided for eligible courses this year. (Eligible courses are those not offered at the high school, are generally core courses or specific career prep, not areas of craft, hobby, recreation, theology, religion.) 
     
  • If course is not eligible for PSEO, student may still be able to take the course if their test scores meet eligibility requirements, however, student/family would need to cover the cost of the course.

If students choose to apply, these forms need to be completed with parent(s) and submitted to Counselor. 

While any college will be considered, Hope College and Davenport have been choices due to price and availability in town. Here is the complete process for application for these schools.

Careerline Tech Center

For more information about the Careerline Tech Center please visit their website. Click this link to complete an application to attend.

Selection Process for Career Line Tech Center (CLTC)
There are thirteen local high schools that send juniors & seniors for training at the CLTC. Class sizes for each program are limited. Depending on the size of the high school, we are told how many of our students may sign up to attend each training program in the fall.

Each January, representatives from the CLTC come to speak with our entire Sophomore and Junior classes. During this presentation, students are given a chance to hear about the different vocational training programs that are taught at the CLTC. When the presentation in the auditorium is over, students who would like to attend CLTC next fall are given an opportunity to sign up for a tour of two of the programs.

The tour is usually held the last week of Jan. or the first week of Feb. and will take place during the school day. Students must turn in a completed permission slip in order to attend.

Following the tour, students are welcome to apply for a program. Applications are accepted in the counseling office for 1 week following the tour date. The counselors then have to screen each student application to check the student's attendance, record in school, and their grades. Each class at CLTC has specific student requirements to get in, and if the student has very poor attendance or many class failures during the ninth & tenth grade, they may not qualify to attend CLTC. The counselors then notify the students who signed up to go out to the CLTC whether they were actually accepted into the program that they requested or if they are placed on a waiting list.

During scheduling, students who were accepted to attend CLTC next fall place the exact name of their training program on their list of course requests for the following fall. In September, the student receives a class schedule at registration that shows that they will be at the CLTC for three periods per day.

*Please note:  If a student decides after February that they would like to attend CLTC, they should speak with their guidance counselor immediately.  Many times we can place a student on a “waiting list” out at CLTC.  In September, frequently students have moved or decided that they don’t want to attend CLTC so desks open and students on the “waiting list” can get in during the first week of school.

 

Testing Out

Test Out Request Form

Placement Request


 

HHS TEST OUT FOR CREDIT 

An assessment which measures mastery in a specific subject in order to earn credit for that course. 

Designed for:

Any student who has obtained skills and knowledge of the subject through outside classes, studies, or experiences (may include PATH students or student who received NC in course due to poor attendance among others).

Classes Include:

Courses required by the Michigan Merit Curriculum and listed as high school graduation requirements in Holland High School’s Course Description Book.

Timeline:

Requests for “Test Out” must be submitted to the HHS counseling office by May 

Procedures:

1.    Students pick up “Test Out” request form from their guidance counselor at HHS.

2.    Students submit completed request form and a $25 refundable deposit (check or money order written to “Holland High School”) to HHS Counseling Office (all applications and deposits due by May 1).

3.    May 26-29 students who submitted an request and deposit may pick up preparation materials from Deanna Rose                 (secretary in Student Success Office at HHS)  The following items may be included:

                        -course syllabus or course organizer

                        -textbook or study material

4.    With preparation materials, student will be given specific time and date of the test for which they have registered.

 

August 10-14, students will take Exams at HHS In late-August, results will be sent to the homes of the students and fall schedules modified. Students may adjust their schedules with their guidance counselor if they demonstrated mastery in a course in which they were registered for this fall.


 

HHS PLACEMENT into Honors English 9 or AP American Government in 9th Grade

Students are placed into Honors English 9 and/or AP American Government based on the results of three assessments:  

  • Reading Level (SRI score),
  • Writing Sample,
  • 8th Grade English Teacher recommendation.

Students must meet 2 of these 3 criteria to indicate 9th grade success in these challenging courses.

Designed for:

Incoming 9th graders (current 8th graders) ready for greater rigor in the areas of English and social studies.

Procedures:              

All HHS 8th grade students will be assessed in the 3 areas named above.  Results will be charted and students placed according to final results.

  1. HHS students whose teachers already recommended them for Honors English and/or AP Government will see this recommendation on their course list for 9th grade core classes. Students must still await reading and writing assessment results for final placement.
  2. Final placement into these courses will occur in May and letters will be sent to homes at that time. Parents should discuss the rigor and their student’s commitment to these studies and discern whether this is a good fit for their student in 9th grade.
  3. Students who do not attend HHS during 8th grade may request the assessments from the counselor who schedules them and has the same opportunities to these courses.

     

 

Questions??    Contact the Student Success Office at 494-2230.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Financial Aid Videos

Financial Aid Websites and Handouts

Scholarship Application Information
All of the HHS Scholarship information is located on the Scholarship News You Can Use section of the HHS website. This page is updated often. It is recommended that students/parents check it on a weekly basis.

  1. Research scholarships on the Scholarship News You Can Use section of the website. Scholarships may also be found using the following well-respected websites. All of these websites have a scholarship locator which will ask questions and match you to scholarships that meet your criteria.
    fastweb
    Cappex scholarship search
    Good Call website
    Scholarshiphunter
    Smart Student's guide to financial aid
    Collegeboard
  2. Carefully review the scholarships on the website and determine if you meet the criteria for application.  Create a list or spreadsheet of scholarships to intend to apply for.
  3. Make a note of any pertinent application information such as where the application is located (counseling office or online), the deadline for application, if letters of recommendation are required, etc. It is helpful to keep a calendar of important deadlines.
  4. Be certain to follow all of the directions in the application.  Proofread all applications thoroughly and have other trusted adults review your work for mistakes before you submit.
  5. Request any written recommendations from teachers or counselors at least one week in advance of when they are needed.  
  6. Be certain to mail/submit the completed application ahead of the deadline.  Allow time for mail processing if you are sending it via the postal service.
  7. All college-bound seniors are advised to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). The financial information contained in the FAFSA is required for consideration for any federal, state, or college-based programs and is often required for scholarships.  Parents and students may complete the FAFSA online starting Oct. 1, 2019.
  8. The best source of scholarships and financial aid information is directly from the college/university that you are interested in attending. Be certain to contact the schools' admissions or financial aid office directly for more information.

Scholarship News You Can Use

Welcome college-bound students and parents to Scholarship News You Can Use.

Check back often as information is continuously updated. Your counselor and college adviser are also a great source of information, so please make an appointment with them to talk through some of these options. The college adviser also sends out a monthly Scholarship Newsletter to student class group emails, so students make sure you check your emails.

Here are some helpful tips to guide you on your search

  1. Do not let small award amounts discourage you. Apply to as many scholarships as you think you are qualified for. Your counselor and the college adviser are great resources in determining different options you should pursue.
  2. Beware of any scholarship that asks for a social security number, guarantees an award, or charges an application fee. These are usually hoaxes of one sort or another. If you are unsure, ask your counselor or college adviser.
  3. Keep track of your scholarships! Staying organized will help you plan out how many you need to apply to, and when you should be done applying.
  4. Don't get stressed out. Plan to complete one scholarship a day to lessen the load. By the end of the school, you could have applied for over a hundred scholarships! (That's a lot of money).

Helpful links

 

Upcoming Scholarships 

College Board Opportunity Scholarship (Deadlines Vary)

The new College Board Opportunity Scholarships program is awarding $5M in scholarships to the class of 2020. There is no GPA or family income requirement, yet 50% of the scholarships are reserved for low income students. Students simply get rewarded for the work they're already doing to apply for college, no additional essays required. 

Eligibility:

  • Current high school seniors with a College Board account (should have been created when they took the SAT)
  • Completed at least one of the following actions:
    • Build a college list on BigFuture
    • Practice for the SAT using Khan Academy
    • Increase their SAT score by 100 points
    • Strengthen their college list on BigFuture
    • Complete the FAFSA
    • Apply to Colleges

Award: Varying amounts

Deadline: Varies, but students should sign up as soon as possible for maximum eligibility

Sign up for the College Board Opportunity Scholarship program

 

RaiseMe (Deadlines Vary)

Rather than waiting until the end of high school to earn scholarships, which is often too late to impact a student's college ambitions or choices, RaiseMe enables students to earn scholarships throughout high school, starting as early as 9th grade, for doing all the things that best prepare them to succeed, whether that’s getting good grades, volunteering in the community or joining an extracurricular. 

Eligibility:

  • All High School Students
  • Planning on attending one of their college partners; Michigan schools include Western, Wayne State, Hillsdale College, Lawrence Tech, and Madonna

Award: Varies

Deadline: Rolling, Register ASAP for maximum eligibility

Sign up for RaiseMe

 

Holland Police Community Relations Criminal Justice Scholarship (Due Date: May 15, 2020)

The Holland Police Community Relations Commission announces a $2,000.00 scholarship for area students who are currently enrolled or are enrolling in a post-secondary Criminal Justice program or track. In keeping with the purpose of the Commission, the group is committed to encouraging and assisting students desiring to become law enforcement officers. The scholarship will be awarded annually in the spring to one individual who reflects the highest potential for law enforcement.

Eligibility:

  • Graduating senior
  • Pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice
  • Minimium 3.0 GPA and must pass background check
  • Essay and letters of recommendation required

Award: $2,000

Deadline: May 15, 2020

Apply for the PCR Criminal Justice Scholarship

 

Holland Police Community Relations Perseverance Scholarship (Due Date: May 22, 2020)

Description:

We at the Police Community Relation Commission (PCR) believe that every person has an important purpose - a purpose greater than they can achieve on their own. Therefore, we wish to show support for the purpose in our students’ lives by providing a $2,000 cash scholarship for a student attending Holland area schools. The PCR wishes to both encourage and support good students on the path to becoming contributing members of their communities. Our scholarship is meant to be part of the awarded students’ larger financial plans and to help overcome a portion of their economic barrier to education.

Eligibility:

  • Graduating senior
  • Essay and letters of recommendation required

Award: $2,000

Deadline: May 15, 2020

Apply for the PCR Perseverance Scholarship

 

B. Davis Scholarship (Due Date: May 22, 2020)

The generosity of our site sponsors have allowed us to offer a scholarship to help the students who visit our site. The winner(s) of this scholarship will be notified by email and their name(s) will be shown on this site.

Eligibility:

  • Open to all students attending college in fall
  • Essay Required (750-1000 words)

Award: $1,000

Deadline: May 22, 2020

Apply for the B. Davis Scholarship

 

PB&J Scholarship (Due Date: May 31, 2020)

We are looking for students who have experienced challenges in their life and who have the drive to succeed. For the first time, we are opening this scholarship to Holland High School.

Eligibility:

  • Open to all college-bound seniors

Award: $500-$1,000

Deadline: May 31, 2020

Apply for the PB&J Scholarship

 

Review It Scholarship (Due Date: May 31, 2020)

Dr. Gabriel and Christine Chiu are active philanthropists who avidly support a variety of organizations such as: Children Mending Hearts, Cedars Sinai, the American Red Cross, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, John Wayne Cancer Institute, Children's Action Network, GenArt, AVIVA, Project Angel Food, Center Dance Arts, Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Obesity, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Help for Orphans, the American Red Cross, P.S. Arts, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Art of Elysium, Nancy Davis Foundation for Multiple Sclerosis, Children's Action Network and the Music Center.

Eligibility:

  • Attending college in Fall 2020
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA

Essay Required (Movie review of no more than 1000 words)

Award: $1,000

Deadline: May 31, 2020

Apply for the Review It Scholarship

 

NIA Scholarships (Due Date: June 1, 2020)

We at the NIA Afterschool Experience believe that every person has an important purpose—a purpose greater than he or she can achieve on his or her own. The facilitators from our program come from a variety of occupations and stations in life, but are mostly parents, community members, and neighbors who want to support the area schools’ efforts to cultivate leaders and scholars for the next generation.

Eligibility:

  • Graduating senior who identifies as Black/African American
  • Students with GPA greater than 3.0 encouraged to apply
  • Do not have to be attending college

Award: $1,000

Deadline: June 1, 2020

Apply for the NIA Scholarships

 

Got a Spine Scholarship (Due Date: June 2, 2020)

At Arctic Chiropractic, our goal is to maintain and improve the spinal health of every paitent, while educating the community and each paitent about the benefits associated with chiropractic care. People develop back pain for a variety of reasons and it is our goal to educate as many people as possible in ways to abvoiddeveloping chronic back problems.

Eligibility:

  • Must be attending college in Fall 2020
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Essay required
  • Two letters of recommendation required

Award: $500

Deadline: June 2, 2020

Apply for the Got a Spine Scholarship

 

AWG Minority Scholarship (Due Date: June 30, 2020)

This program encourages young minority women to pursue an education and later a career in the geosciences. It provides financial aid and matches the student with a mentor in the same field who will offer guidance and support. This exchange will enhance the student’s experience and provide a view of the world ahead.

Eligibility:

  • A woman who is African-American, Hispanic, or Na:ve American
  • A full-time student who is pursuing an undergraduate degree in the geo-sciences

Essay required

Award: $6,000

Deadline: June 30, 2020

Apply for the AWG Minority Scholarship

 

AudienceX Digital Marketing Scholarship (Due Date: June 30, 2020)

AUDIENCEX is focused on simplifying the complex world of digital advertising, and we understand that the demand for skilled digital marketers is only going to increase. We are focused on helping the next generation of digital marketers make their mark on our industry. To that end, we are excited to offer a digital marketing scholarship to a future leader in the digital marketing and media industry.

Eligibility:

  • Intending to pursue career in marketing or communications
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Essay required

Award: $500

Deadline: June 30, 2020

Apply for the AudienceX Digital Marketing Scholarship

 

Rosen & Ohr Essay Contest (Due Date: July 20, 2020)

Write an essay explaining in detail how a serious accident involving you, a family member, or a close friend has impacted your life. This could have been a car crash, a slip-and-fall accident, a work-related injury, or any other serious accident.

Eligibility:

  • Attending college in Fall 2020
  • Essay Required (750-1000 words)

Award: $1,000

Deadline: July 20, 2020

Apply for the Rosen & Ohr Essay Contest

 

Course Hero Scholarship (Due Date: July 30, 2020)

The transition from high school to college can seem daunting. Let us take some of the anxiety off your back, with $5,000 in scholarship funds. To apply for our $5,000 High School Super Senior Scholarship, first create a Course Hero account, then respond to the following question about George Orwell's novel, 1984. "In George Orwell’s novel 1984, he examines the sneaky ways governments create fear and hate among their people. Orwell shows how politicians, subgroups, and governments use fear and hate, which are natural emotions everyone experiences, in order to gain or hold onto power. What makes something true/fact? Do you think that people are susceptible to coercive persuasion? If so, what makes them susceptible?".

Eligibility:

  • Must be enrolled as high school senior
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Essay Required

Award: $5,000

Deadline: July 30, 2020

Apply for the Rosen & Ohr Essay Contest

 

School Specific Scholarships

Muskegon Community College Scholarships (Due Date: Varies)

MCC offers a variety of scholarship opportunities for recent high school graduates, new students, current students, returning students and adults.

Eligibility:

  • Varies based on application

Award: Varies

Deadline: Varies

Apply for the Muskegon Community College Scholarships

 

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Meet Our Counselors

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Robyn Emde
Counselor
616-494-2209
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Suzanne Hemmeke
Counselor
616-494-2213
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Dana Loveland
Counselor
616-494-2707
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Bethany Nichols
Counselor
616-494-2213
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Rebecca Siegel
Counselor
616-494-2816