Statement on Equity & Inclusion
Holland Public Schools is "committed to being part of the solution - to listening, learning, and doing better."
June 19, 2020, has been declared as Michigan’s Juneteenth date of recognition by Governor Whitmer. Juneteenth is a holiday to commemorate the emancipation of enslaved Blacks in the United States. The holiday was first celebrated in Texas, where on that date in 1865, in the aftermath of the Civil War, slaves were declared free under the terms of the 1862 Emancipation Proclamation. In honor of this historical event, we find it timely to reflect and solidify our position on racism, equity, inclusion, and our commitment to further advance our work in Holland Public Schools.
It is important to us that we take this opportunity to reflect on recent events that speak to the core values of who we are as a school system. Our commitment as a district to the notion of education as a public good obliges us to speak up as our country experiences national pain and upheaval.
The racial traumas of American history endure, and the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Aubery, and countless others are but the latest in a series of violence, oppression, and discrimination toward the Black community that must stop. Silence about race reinforces racism and so we have to speak. We need to talk about white supremacy and systemic racism. We need to serve and lead as trustees of a school district that prepares students for an ever-changing world. We need to recognize that our actions or any inaction can further contribute to institutionalized racism. We need to accept responsibility for our work toward a better system. We stand with leaders who take decisive action toward equitable outcomes and encourage others to do the same.
This past year, and even now, we watch the outcry for justice echo around the world and we heard it in our own community. There is much work to be done and the path forward will not be easy. But we must prevail. We must act now; thoughtfully, decisively, and together. We add our voice in solidarity with the Black community, communities of color, and other marginalized communities demanding to be treated with the full liberty the Constitution declares and the Dignity that is innate in all of humanity.
Over the past few weeks, we have been listening. To the students and families of HPS: We hear you; We see you; We stand with you; We want to make things better. The events across our country and images/comments in the news have been impacting our staff, students, and families in real ways. We are committed to being part of the solution-to listening, learning, and doing better.
To those of us who are white, including the majority of our School Board, we have the privilege of not experiencing racism. When we acknowledge this, we are taking a step forward. While we have made strides in our professional development, curriculum, and instructional and behavioral practices as a district, we recognize the need to reprioritize our equity and inclusion efforts. This means more resources, more measurements of progress, more conversations about race, and even more openness to understanding the experiences of our students, families, and staff as they navigate life under this reality.
Leading a system-wide effort requires that we ensure that cultural responsiveness permeates all levels of the district, from teaching and learning to buses and buildings, to all levels of professional development and community engagement. We need a non-stop commitment to ensure that students leave our schools fully prepared to succeed in a society that is ever more racially, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse; so that our graduates are educated, informed and able to learn from our shared history.
Recognizing this, we take action. We will work to:
live up to our values and our stated principles of our strategic plan consistent with our mission/vision;
ensure all students, especially our most vulnerable, experience the sense of belonging, agency, and liberty they deserve and all should expect;
fight for policies that end systemic oppression by elevating and amplifying voices in our own district to address policies and practices that do not adhere to our core values;
continue collaboration with thought leaders and educators of color and devote our energies to recovery and healing through restorative justice;
enhance our professional staff development with thought leaders that have assisted other institutions to dismantle the things that have impacted the opportunity and achievement gaps in our community;
continue our practices of mediation and restorative practices when harm is caused;
engage student voice through our student leadership teams;
encourage active participation of staff, students, parents, and community partners in the HPS Equity Alliance for study, guidance, and recommendations to the Board of Education;
address the opportunity/achievement gap at HPS through comprehensive review of academic, behavioral, physical, and social-emotional access and growth;
effectively study and implement curriculum that is diverse and culturally sensitive; and
hold ourselves accountable to this work.
The perpetual traumas of inequality and discrimination manifest as more than the acts themselves, taking a significant toll on the mental health and well-being of all those impacted. Now is the time for all educational leaders to intensify our commitment to address inequities, and work to dismantle systemic racism that has failed our student body, our community and our country for generations.
Together, we can be better, and together we will build an even stronger and more resilient Holland Public School community.
We respectfully and humbly ask our local community to join us in these efforts. We can not do this without your support.
HPS Board of Education
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Bus route information is available for all students on your Parent Portal account.
For students with a delayed start time on Wednesday (Grades 7, 8, 10, 11, and 12), please be at your bus stop 45-minutes prior to the start of the school day:
- HMS students be at Bus Stop at 11:30am
- HHS students be at Bus Stop at 11:45am
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- K-5th Grade: 8:30am-3:36pm
- 6th Grade: 7:30-10:35am
- 7th and 8th Grade: 12:15-2:42pm
- 9th Grade: 7:45-10:50am
- 10th-12th Grade: 12:30-2:55pm
Good news and bad news in the school lunchrooms for 2022-23.
- Good: Breakfast and Lunch will be served int he Cafeteria!
- Bad: Beginning this year, students will once again be charged for school lunch.
We love when parents or guardians get involved! Make sure to fill out the district volunteer form (once each school year).
- For K-12 families who have NOT completed online registration OR who need assistance with Parent Portal updates, academic counseling, or paying fees.
- Assistance with Parent Portal registration is also available at each school (excluding HMS) and district Admin building from 8-3:30pm.
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The first day of school is Wednesday, August 24!
JEFFERSON | HLA | HOLLAND HEIGHTS | WEST
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- Half Day | 8:30am - 11:35am
HOLLAND MIDDLE SCHOOL
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HOLLAND HIGH SCHOOL
- Full Day | 7:45am-2:55pm
- Half Day | 7:45-10:50am
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Need help with enrolling a student for 2022-23 school year during the summer? Please visit our District Administration offices at 320 W. 24th
- Monday-Thursday | 8:30-4p
- Friday | 8:30-3:30p
- Call 616.494.2000
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- Contact Andrea: 616-494-2200
- Contact Dana: 616.494.2270
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- Mondays, 6-7pm at Holland Middle School
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Holland Heights Elementary is partnering with the Outdoor Discovery Center Education Network to provide kids with a TUITION-FREE Nature-Based Learning Experience that will help them learn, read, and grow.
- Enrollment is now open for every students/families in the Holland-area.
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Join the coaches and staff of Holland High Sports programs to learn fundamentals and improve on skills.
This week we talk with HPS Superintendent Nick Cassidy about his plans for Summer "Break".
EVERYONE is welcome to come to get a bag of produce grown in our Greenhouse and garden beds. Amount and type of produce available varies by week.
- MONDAYS 6-7pm during the summer
Registering your student for the 2022-2023 school year is as easy as updating/reviewing your Parent Portal account. Be sure that you update:
- Contact information
- Health information for student
- Transportation Needs for next year
This information will help us determine staffing needs for next year, make classroom assignments, build bus routes and more. Thank you for helping prepare for next school year!
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HHS Students practice mindfulness through movement.
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Graduates Holle Lo and Student Senate President Riley Gainey.
Melania Rocha introduces Commencement Speaker Mitch deBoer
Important information for parents or guardians of student’s eligible for Free and Reduced Lunch at Holland Public Schools.
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- Ready For School Camp Dates: July 11 - August 5 (Monday through Friday)
Happy Memorial Day from the Holland Middle School Bands and all of us here at HPS!
Due to the early announcement of term expiration, the Holland Public Schools Board of Education is seeking a candidate to fill the board seat of Mike McKay. The newly appointed Trustee will serve from the date of appointment, anticipated to be July 1, 2022, through the certification of the general election on November 8, 2022.
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We just received this great Thank You email from an audience member at High School Musical this weekend.
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For nearly four decades, The Detroit News has saluted a group of Michigan’s best and brightest high school students in the spring of their senior year. Holland Valedictorian Greta VanZetten was named among the Outstanding Graduates this year.
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We're all in this together!
- Thursday May 19, 7pm
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- Saturday May 21, 2pm
- Saturday May 21, 7pm
- Sunday May 22, 2pm
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The Holland High School Theatre Department presents High School Musical May 19-22! This week, we talk with a few of the stars of the show!
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ALL athletes entering 6th-12th grade competing in sports need a sports physical dated AFTER APRIL 15, 2022 for the 2022-2023 school year.
- May 25, 2022 Time: 6-8pm (you must be in-line by 7:30pm)
- Holland Hospital Family Medicine Office 904 Washington Ave Ste 210
- $20 per athlete
Athletes who participate in this event will receive a FREE sports pass for athletic events - issued in the fall.
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Saturday May 7, 9am-1pm at First Reformed Church, Holland - 630 State Street
- $5 Seedling | Spend $20, Get a FREE seedling
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- If your planning on your child walking in the parade, you must fill out the form below by Monday, May 2.
Mrs. Bair named Principal of Holland Middle School by Board of Education
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All three days are FULL DAYS for HPS STAFF.
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During the month of March, we celebrate Women's History Month by honoring the women who lead Holland Public Schools. This week we talk with 3rd Grade Teacher Julie Mishoe from Jefferson Elementary. Listen to the Podcast or watch the video!
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- LayRay Paw (nominated by the Careerline Tech Center)
- Isaak Nguyen- HPS
- Flor Hannah Quinones Sanchez- HPS
- Diego Felix-Trejo (dually nominated by HPS and Latin Americans United for Progress)
- Amy Pedraza (nominated by Latin Americans United for Progress)
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- Total minutes Read across the District: 245,672 minutes
- Total amount raised across the District: $28,026.62
Jefferson wins the Polar Patrol Truck on May 3rd.
Thank you for encouraging kids to read and supporting your PTO!
#HPSProud of our ASL Interpreter, Kaleigh Smith for providing a way for our DHH students/families to enjoy the Vocal Dimensions show this weekend!
Robotics team wins Spirit Award.
During Women's History Month, HPS is honoring women who lead in the district.
Lanada Avinger is the Principal of Jefferson Elementary. Ms. Avinger reflects leadership and the impact she's having on Holland Public Schools.
Vocal Dimensions is back with their Spring Show!
- March 25 - 7pm
- March 26 - 2pm
- March 26 - 7pm
Holland High School - PAC | $10/Students & $15/Adults ($12 and $17 at the door).
Deaf History Month is March 15 - April 15.
- Students studying ASL (American Sign Language) at Holland High School hosted a ASL Fashion Show
- Students in our DHH Program (Deaf/Hard of Hearing) visited class rooms at HLA
- Dean Stevenson visited with students at JEF
During the month of March, we celebrate Women's History Month by honoring the women who lead Holland Public Schools. This week we talk with Principal Iliana Vasquéz from Holland Language Academy. Listen to the Podcast or watch the video!
Impressive showing for 8th Graders Leila Sundararajan and Wilson Lin.
- Raven Manczak
- Amelia Clark
- Andy Gruber
- Corey Ross
- Simeon Carter
- Olivia Bernal
- Syndney McFarland
- Levi Harpe
- Kinsley McGraw
- Mic Morris
- Thursday 7pm -$5 tickets for HPS Students and Staff
- Friday 7pm
- Saturday 2pm
- Saturday 7pm
During Women's History Month, HPS is honoring women who lead in the district.
Riley Gainey is the Student Senate President, the Drum Major of the Marching Band, and the Captain of the Varsity Soccer team. With an introduction from Band Director Bethany VanOss, Riley reflects leadership and the impact she's having on Holland Public Schools.
Senior, Mariah Depoy has qualified to attend the National Speech and Debate tournament! She placed first in a recent regional event and has been invited to compete among the nation's best! The National tournament will be held in St. Louis in June.
Grand Rapids Gold mascot, Buckets visited students at Jefferson and West today to encourage and challenge them to read 20 minutes every day! Students who accept the challenge and log their hours can win prizes, including the chance to win a family “flex ticket” to a Grand Rapids Gold Game. The Grand Rapids Gold Elevate Reading Program is a partnership with Gentex!
Every student enrolled in Kindergarten at Holland Public Schools earns a FREE scholarship to Ready For School's Kindergarten Readiness Camp!
- Mondays-Thursdays | July 11- August 4 at West Elementary
Ready For School Kickoff Event on June 28, 5:30-7pm
Middle School Students to sell benches to benefit Ukrainian refugees. Watch their story that aired on Fox-17 this week.
Holland Board of Education to enter contract negotiations with Interim Superintendent Nick Cassidy.
Member of the Holland Schools Board of Education are seeking your input following the Candidate Open House and Interview on March 16, 2022.
During the month of March, we celebrate Women's History Month by honoring the women who lead Holland Public Schools. This week we talk with Arletha Banks, Head Chef for HPS Nutrition Services. Listen to the Podcast or watch the video!
VOCALS:LIVE is March 24 and 25 at 7pm | March 26 at 2pm and 7pm at Holland High School PAC.
- 1/2 off Tickets for Students for Thursday
- ASL Interpreter on Thursday
Wednesday, March 16
- Open House at 3:30pm | Meet Superintendent Candidate Nick Cassidy
- Interview at 5pm| Board members will interview Candidate Nick Cassidy
The interview will be conducted in-person. The meeting will be broadcast via Zoom at the link listed below. Please attend in person to participate in the public comment portion of the meeting.
During Women's History Month, HPS is honoring women who lead in the district.
Hendrina Cupery runs the School Nurse program at HPS through a partnership with Holland Hospital. With an introduction from School Mental Health Care Manager Lis Gort, Hendrina reflects on her leadership role at HPS and the impact she's having on the district.
Tuesday March 15, 6:30pm at HMS
- Learn about CURRICULUM and CLASS SCHEDULING
- For parents of incoming 6th-grade students
The HHS Jazz Band Brings Home Division I Ratings
Congratulations to the Holland Middle School Band for achieving a Division 2, "Excellent" Rating for their performance at the MSBOA District X Band & Orchestra Festival at Grandville High School.
During the month of March, we celebrate Women's History Month by honoring the women who lead Holland Public Schools. This week we talk with Holland High School Principal Katie Pennington. Listen to the Podcast or watch the video!
The Award Winning Holland High School Orchestras celebrate 1st Division marking this year the 27th year of 1st Division Ratings under Mr. John Reikow as the director of Orchestras of Holland Public Schools.
After a review of the stakeholder responses, followed by considerable discussion, trustees of the Board of Education have decided to move forward with an internal search for the next Superintendent of HPS.
March 24 and 25 at 7pm | March 26 at 2pm and 7pm at Holland High School PAC.
- 1/2 off Tickets for Students for Thursday
- ASL Interpreter on Thursday
National School Breakfast Week celebrates the importance of a nutritious school breakfast in fueling students for success. This year’s theme, “Take Off with School Breakfast,” reminds parents and stakeholders that a healthy school breakfast helps ensure students’ academic success in school so they can “take off” and reach their goals.
Register for Holland Heights Summer School at ODC by April 22!
During Women's History Month, HPS is honoring women who lead in the district.
Andrea Mehall is the Assistant Principal at Holland High School and the Director of Holland Early College. With an introduction from Holland Early College Teacher Rakendra Davis, Andrea reflects on her leadership role at HPS and the impact she's having on students.
Congratulations to Bella Voce and Cantus for representing Holland High School Choirs well at MSVMA District Choral Festival!
#1 Women Lead HPS.
During the month of March, we celebrate Women's History Month by honoring the women who lead Holland Public Schools. This week we talk with leaders: Ellie Zomer and Greta Van Zetten; MHSAA Scholar Athlete Award winners. Listen to the Podcast or watch the video!
MSU Extension News - March 2022
This month we will honor the women who lead HPS by featuring many of them in online content. Students will also learn about women leaders who have had a lasting impact on our community and nation.
After new guidance from the CDC, students and staff will no longer be required to wear a mask while riding an HPS bus.
HHS Bands Achieve Division I Superior Ratings
We'll see several Phase 1 projects begin soon. Meanwhile, planning and design is underway at Holland Middle School for projects that will begin in the Summer of 2023.
Each Advisory class at Holland Middle School was challenged to create a Black History Month flag. Each flag represents past, present and future heroes and black culture.. The flags are now hanging in the hallway for everyone to see!
As COVID restrictions change, hot lunches will be phased back in at West, HLA, Holland Heights, and Jefferson!
This week, we talk to the new Head Football Coach at Holland High School, Will Siffin.
Students at HMS and HHS enjoy a Soul Food-inspired menu for lunch!
Dutch Nerd Army turns focus to the State tournament.
Holland High School is the only school in the state to have TWO Scholar Athletes on the list.
Ottawa County Department of Public Health is no longer mandating specific COVID mitigation measures, however, it is critical that we all share in the responsibility to continue layered prevention strategies to maintain in-person learning and protect the health and safety of students, staff, and community members.
HPS is using Securly to keep students safe on their school-issued devices. As part of our commitment to your child’s safety, we’re giving all HPS parents access to the free Securly Home App.
You will receive an invitation email from the Securly Parent App with account setup details on Monday, February 21 . This email will be sent to the account you provided in Parent Portal when registering your chid(ren).
It was all smiles this past weekend at Fennville High School as several students of the Holland High School Bands and Orchestras showed off their Division I "Superior" and Division II "Excellent" rating medals after performing at this year's Michigan School Band & Orchestra Association's District X Solo & Ensemble Festival on Saturday, February 12th.
Interim Superintendent Nick Cassidy announces that Holland Public Schools will no longer require masks to be worn during the school day, effective Monday, February 21.
This week, we talk with District DEI Director Taran McZee about a special Black History Month assembly for students at the High School and Middle School.
ISD Informational Meeting on Transition Services for Adult Students Receiving Special Education Services
Students at Holland High School and Holland Middle School spent some (virtual) time today with Dr. Frederick Gooding, talking about diversity without shame or blame.
Parent/Teacher Conferences are right around the corner! Please see the link below to sign up for your time slot.
- Wednesday, February 16 - 4:15-7:15p
- Tuesday, February 22 - 4:15-7:15p
- Thursday, February 24 - 12:30-3:30p (Half Day of School)
- Jada Robbinette (Holland Heights 4/5)
- Jude Gryczka (Holland Heights 3)
- William Rund (West 4)
- Kennedy Mosley (West 5)
- Sophia Jones (West 5)
Senior Flor Hannah Quinones Sanchez' artwork made the Scholastic Arts finals earning 3 Honorable Mentions and 1 Silver Key.
Students at HMS and HHS enjoy a Soul Food-inspired menu for lunch!
- Friday, February 11 at 7pm
- Saturday, February 12 at 3pm
Holland High School PAC | $10
Congratulations to Holland High 10th Grade student, Jaquelin Romero has been named the Youth of the Year by the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Holland. She will now represent The Club at the state level!!
This week we talk with Patty Jones, a mom of three students at Jefferson Elementary, about how HPS has been right for her and her family!
HPS is celebrating Black History Month. Before the basketball game on Friday, HPS Staff-member and Parent Crystal Wright sang the Black National Anthem and HHS Student Felix Cruz led the crowd in the National Anthem!
Holland Public Schools will host an Enrollment Open House this week for families who are looking into Kindergarten for next fall. Today, we talk with two members of the Holland High School Class of 2022 - Bre Eaves and Isaiah Arredondo - about their K-12 experience at Holland Public Schools.
Come discover why Kindergarten at Holland Public Schools is Right for You and your family!
- February 3, 6-7pm at Holland Heights, West Elementary and Jefferson Elementary
- February 10, 6-7pm at Holland Language Academy
During Black History Month, students will hear the Untold Stories of African American historical figures you may not have heard about - but who contributed to this nation's history.
Jaquelin Romero, Jamila Qurban Ali, and Luis Vasques among 6 area students nominated for the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Holland Youth of the Year Award.
The winner will be announced Tuesday, Feb. 8, at 6:30 at Fellowship Church in Holland. The event will be streamed on the club’s website.
It's the time of year for families in the Holland area to begin enrolling their kids in Kindergarten. This week we talk about how Kindergarten at Holland Public Schools is right for you and your family!
DNA tore up the evening in the Allegan County Quiz Bowl League.
Tori Lynch, Zeke Kellly, and Isaac Jekel recognized for 2022 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.
HHS Senior, Isaac Jekel joins 720 of the most accomplished young visual, literary and performing artists from around the county.
The MHSAA announced its 120 finalists for the Scholar-Athlete Awards, including 2 from Holland High.
Students and staff of Holland Public Schools joined members of the Holland Community to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr Day this week. This week we share speeches written and delivered by three students.
There are currently have openings at Holland Heights, West and our newest location Holland Language Academy.
Holland High Quiz Bowl team competes against Allegan County League Schools.
We will try to avoid remote learning, but want you to be prepared for this possibility if we cannot adequately staff our classrooms.
Artwork to be featured at MLK Day Community Celebration at Holland Civic Center on Monday at Noon. (Watch a video feed of the celebration on this website.)
WATCH ONLINE! Join Holland Public Schools and the City of Holland in a Community Celebration of the life and work of Rev. Dr Martin Luther King jr. on January 17 at 12noon.
Amazing happenings for our orchestra students!
Contact-tracing dropped, Quarantine and Isolation timelines reduced, Masks still required at HPS.
With Martin Luther King Jr Day next week, teachers at Holland Heights asked their students about their dreams for the world. So, they wrote and recorded their own "I Have a Dream" speeches.
Join Holland Public Schools and the City of Holland in a Community Celebration of the life and work of Rev. Dr Martin Luther King jr. on January 17 at 12noon. The event will be broadcast on the HPS Website.
- February 3 - HLA Sibling applications due
- February 10 - Kindergarten Enrollment Open House for NEW HLA families | 6-7pm
- February 24 - Applications due for NEW HLA families
- March 10 - Enrollment Lottery for open Kindergarten seats at HLA
Holland Public Schools will be closed Friday, January 7 due to poor road conditions.
Looking for a new job in the new year? HPS is hiring Bus Drivers.
- Paid Training
Starting in 2022, HPS will use REMIND to announce weather-related school cancelations and delays.
This week we talk with the 4th-grade students in Maestra Kornelis' classroom at Holland Language Academy about their New Year's resolutions for 2022.
HPS is committed to keeping our schools open, staff in classrooms, and students in seats.
On December 20, Trustees of the Holland School Board of Education elected new officers for 2022:
- Liz Colburn – President
- Diane Ybarra - Vice President
- Linda Falstad – Secretary
- Mark Woltman – Treasurer
Thank you Trustee Phil Meyer for your years of service as the President of the Board of Education.
Earlier this month, more than 200 students of the Holland High School Music Department celebrated the holidays with their annual Collage Concert at the Miller Auditorium on the campus of Hope College. As a special holiday treat from Holland Public Schools, we will share the finale of that concert…. members of the Holland Choirs, Bands, and Orchestras, along with alumni of the programs, performing the Hallelujah Chorus.
December 18, 10am-2pm at First Reformed Church -630 State St.
Proceeds from the fundraiser will go to the purchase of color guard equipment for upcoming parades and the 2022 marching season. Guests are required to wear masks.
December 20, 2021 | Regular Meeting at 7pm, Organizational Meeting to follow.
HYBRID MEETING: In-person at District Admin Building OR via ZOOM
- HMS 10:35am
- HHS 10:50am
- K-5 11:35am
One resource highly recommended from Protect Young Eyes is Bark.
This week, we talk with Lauren Gray, OCSN Community Coordinator at Holland High School about the services OCSN provides HPS students and their families.
Holland Public Schools are committed to providing all students and staff with powerful learning opportunities in safe and predictable learning environments.
Students receive EXCELLENT and SUPERIOR ratings at Thespy Awards.
WINNING BID = $375
Thanks to everyone who bid on these great student-created corn hole boards. AND Congrats to the HPS Family who won the auction which will support STEM projects at HMS.
Monday, December 13, 2021, 5:30 p.m.
We provide all students and staff powerful learning opportunities in safe, secure, and predictable environments.
This week, we talk with Maria Rocha (Orchestra), Austin House (Band), and Jacob Torres (Choir) about the Holiday Collage Concert on December 11.
Thank you for completing the survey, attending the townhall meeting, and/or your input in helping to drive priorities for the students in Holland Public Schools. District leaders, building principals and staff will continue to work on a plan to support student progress and growth. Please contact Associate Superintendent Laura McCloud with additional input.
We are excited to announce that the red and white shop is back open and re-stocked with new Nike and Jordan brand apparel – just in time for Christmas shopping!
Stop by between 7:30a and 3:30p during the week OR during any home varsity event in The Dome.
Thank you for supporting Holland Athletics! GO DUTCH!
The fall season comes to an end for the Dutch Nerd Army!
HPS loves being a part of the Holland Community!
Students from Sarah Seccombe's Health Career Class at Holland High left messages of support to the essential workers at Holland Hospital.
Saturday 10a-4p at Holland High School.
This is a clinic for students 5-11yo who received their first dose at West on November 12.
Use entrance 31 - Student Parking Lot #1 (Please avoid the circle drive on Van Raalte)
Meet Jacob and Ati... they're in the cast of A Year with Frog and Toad this weekend at the HHS PAC. They're also members of the HPS DHH program!
Monday, December 6, 2021, 5:30 pm | Hybrid Meeting: In person OR via Zoom
Board of Education announces separation with Shanie Keelean.
HMS Principal Nick Cassidy named Interim Superintendent.
There are ways to seek help if you or your children are experiencing distress following events in Oxford.
HHS Theatre presents A Year with Frog and Toad December 2-4 at 7pm, December 4 at 2pm. This week, we talk with Julia Porretta (Frog), Breckin Bigelow (Toad), and Director Delynne Miller.
HHS Theatre Presents a Year with Frog and Toad | Dec 2-4 at 7p and Dec 4 at 2p at the HHS PAC
December 2-4 at 7pm, December 4 at 2pm at HHS PAC.
Tuesday, November 30, 2021, 5:30 p.m. | HYBRID: In-person OR via Zoom.
Thursday, December 9 at 7pm at the HHS Performing Arts Center, featuring HMS Orchestras. FREE Admission.
SAVE THE DATE: January 17, 12pm at Holland Civic Center.
The first-graders in Mrs. Byrne's class at Holland Heights talk about what they are thankful for!
HPSProud of our HHS soloists!
#HPS Proud of our HMS band musicians!
Holland Public Schools is still hiring bus drivers. $19.67/hr to start, plus we'll pay for training.
All HPS schools will be closed on Monday and Tuesday, November 22 & 23.
Four outstanding 8th Grade Holland Orchestra students have been accepted into the 2022 Michigan School Band and
Orchestra Association District Ten Middle School Honors Orchestra!
On Monday, November 22nd at 7:30 p.m. in the HHS Performing Arts Center, the Holland High School Jazz Band will welcome Hope College alum and renowned BEATBoX Saxophonist, Derek Brown!
WOOD-TV will air a story about HMS students on Thursday, November 18.
Scenraios: Who MUST stay home or will be sent home?
This week, we talk with Laura McCloud, HPS' new Associate Superintendent of School Improvement.
Senior Launch Week is here!
Holland High School marching band achieves Division 1 ratings and top scores at highly competitive marching festivals this fall!
Congratulations to our tennis coach Kyle Kreps on being named Michigan Tennis Coaches Association’s Division 3 Coach of the Year! A great and well deserved honor for coach and the team after a great season!
Holland High Quiz Bowl hosts its 15th Annual-ish Fall Invitational.
We all could use a few days off.
Honoring All Who Served | Thursday, November 11 at 11am.
Holland High School will host the 84th Annual Veteran’s Day Assembly on Thursday. On the Podcast this week, we will talk with Major Peter Farion, one of the keynote speakers during that event.
Now is the time to hand in your registration for the AP National Exam.
Monday, November 15, 2021, 7:00 p.m.
All buses are running as scheduled for the week of November 7-11. (No School on Friday, November 12)
Any cancelations or delays will be posted here.
The Ottawa County Department of Public Health will distribute the Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine for Children Ages 5-11.
THIS MEETING HAS BEEN CANCELED
Monday, November 8, 2021, 5:30 p.m.
In this training, participants will explore terminology and concepts related to gender and sexual diversity, learn about issues impacting the LGBTQIA+ community, basic ally-ship skills, and review practical strategies for creating more inclusive interpersonal interactions and spaces.
November is National Native American Heritage Month. This week, we're talking with Taran McZee, HPS Director of Equity and inclusion about how and why we celebrate.
Thursday, November 4, 2021, 4:00 p.m. | District Admin Building - Board Room
This month is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people.
The meeting is being conducted in a hybrid format. You may join in-person or via Zoom. If you are attending in person you are encouraged to bring a wireless device and ear buds to connect via Zoom. Public comments can be made in person or via Zoom.
Special thanks to our neighbors, including Calvary on 8th, for the donations to purchase our new book vending machine at Holland Heights!
It’s been nearly 6-months since voters approved a $74million bond proposal for Holland Public Schools. This week on the podcast we talk with Jeff Hoag from Engineering firm: GMB about progress being made on the Build2021 projects!
Starting conversations with kids about appropriate Halloween costumes.
Two shows on October 28 | 6pm and 8pm, at the Haunted HHS Performing Arts Center.
Thursday, October 28, 10a-3p at the HPS Admin Building (320 W. 24th)
On the spot interviews for:
- Instructional Assistants
- Substitute Teachers
- Bus Drivers and Aides
- Food Service
Wednesday, October 27, 2021, 5:30 p.m. in the Board Training Room | HPS Administration Building
A special thanks to the Salvation Army and members of United Federal Credit Union for collecting and donating school supplies to the students and teachers at Jefferson Elementary!
This week, we're talking with Arbor Circle Therapist Frank Wamsley about a partnership that is helping Holland High School students deal with anxiety and stress.
Art students from Holland Middle School and Holland High School will participate with the Holland Museum for the Day of the Dead festivities this year. All of our Art students are creating art under the Day of the Dead theme. This art will be on display on October 23.
Holland Varsity Soccer will play Zeeland West for the District Championship on Wednesday, October 20 at 6pm at Byron Center West Middle School (8654 Homerich Ave. SW).
Congratulations to Eleanor McMullen and Leila Sundararajan and THANK YOU for your hard work and dedication, and your generosity to the Holland Orchestras.
Thanks to everyone in the Holland Command for celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with the staff and students of HPS!