Holland Heights Back to School Information
Welcome back to Holland Heights for the 22-23 school year. We are excited to see all of you as we begin the new school year. There are a few things I want you to be aware of before we start. So, please make sure to read over the following information carefully.
Registration - Make sure you have registered your child for this year, especially if you need transportation. Most of you have already done this, but if you haven’t, please do so right away. This will help us know of any changes over the summer and to officially let us know your child is returning. This can be done on the district website.
Open House - Monday August 22 for 4-6 PM is our school open house. Here you can see your child’s teacher and classroom.
Class Lists - These will be posted on the front windows of the building on Friday Aug. 19 at 4:00 PM.
School Begins at 8:30, but the doors open for breakfast at 8:00 if you child will be eating breakfast at school. This is free to all students!!! Once your child is done eating, they will be sent outside to line up in their appropriate areas. If your child doesn’t eat breakfast at school, we will have supervision in the line up areas starting at 8:15 every morning. The playground is not an option in the morning. The bell rings at 8:29 every day, so plan accordingly as to when you will be dropping your child off at school.
End of the day - The school day ends at 3:36. Please be patient when picking up at the end of the day, since we know it will be busy with cars pulling in and out on 12th street. The back parking lot loop should be where our 3rd, 4th and 5th graders are picked up to help reduce the number of cars on 12th street. The TK-2 students will exit the school from the doors on 12th Street. Parents can park in one of the spots on 12th Street or on one of the side streets and walk over to the school to pick up your child. Do not park in the street or on the North side of 12th street. That is a No Parking Zone since it’s a two way street and there isn’t room to safely park there with the other cars pulling out of spots by the school. It’s about student safety so please abide by these expectations.
Lunch forms - Please be sure to fill out the lunch form for your child either online or fill out a paper copy you can get in the office. The online version is the best way for us to keep track of, but either way you choose, we need ALL families to fill this form out. Those forms help determine funding for school lunches, whether or not you qualify for Free or Reduced lunch. Thank you for doing this.
We are excited to get back to partnering with you to support the growth and learning of your child. We will continue to encourage your child give their best effort every day, so please continue to encourage your child to come to school with a positive attitude and to give their best effort, even when it’s difficult. We will also be continuing with our POWER expectations, so feel free to discuss those with your child before we start up this fall.
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Congratulations to the following students whose artwork will be featured in the Region 9 Art Show (February 1-22)
- Clara Ward | 5th Grade Holland Heights - Mr McKay
- Amy Peng | 5th Grade Holland Heights - Mr McKay
- Kooper Schipper | 5th Grade West Elementary - Mrs Hilderbrand
- Will Rund | 5th Grade West Elementary - Mrs Hilderbrand
- Asia Kaseumsouk | 2nd Grade West Elementary - Mrs Deenik
GSRP is FREE for families who qualify. We have immediate Openings at
- Jefferson Pre-K
- West Pre-K
- Natured-based Holland Heights Pre-K
Full-day classes are offered Monday through Thursday at each of HPS' K-5 buildings with a variety of family needs in mind. GSRP is a state-funded preschool program serving children who turned 4 by December 1, 2022.
Monday, January 16 at the Holland Civic Center
"Why We Can't Wait!"
- Doors open at 11am
- Community Celebration 11:45am-12:45pm
- Essays and Artwork of HPS students will be featured
Thank you: City of Holland, Community Foundation Holland/Zeeland Area, Gentext Corporation, and I Am Academy
TRAILS will help students to see someone else's perspective, to foster compromise, to treat others kindly, and to have empathy and understanding.
We're excited to be back in school tomorrow (Thursday, January 5) for the first time in 2023.
We have been monitoring student attendance in our buildings over the past few days and have noticed an increase in absences due to influenza. At this time, we have no plans to close buildings but wanted to take this time to remind you of some precautionary measures we can take as a community to reduce the spread of illnesses.
Every student at Holland Heights will get a free copy of When Grandma Gives You a Lemon Tree thanks to a generous donation from Two Men and a Truck!
Due to the winter storm and poor road conditions, Holland Public Schools will be closed on Friday, November 18.
REMIND is the best way to get “Snow Day” announcements from HPS.
Here's what you need to know about what's happeing at Holland Heights in November!
On the ballot in the City of Holland: 19.5-Mill Non-Homestead Millage Proposal
- Supports Daily Operating Budget
- Does Not Apply to Primary Residences
HPS to Provide Free COVID Home Test Kits to Families and Staff.
A Note from Principal Derr!
It's National School Lunch Week 2022! See all the fun ways you can join us in celebrating!
This week, we talk with OCSN Reps Lauren Gray and Mallory Timmer about the Power H Shop, a new resource available to all HPS Families.
A grand Opening Open House for the Power H Shop will be held on Wedenesday, October 5, 4-6pm at Longfellow School (24th and State).
The School Climate Survey is a student survey of their perception of the school they attend.
- It is anonymous.
- Students will complete this survey in class during the week of October 10,2022.
If you do not wish for your child to participate in this important activity, please sign and return this form to the school by October 7, 2022.
The Holland OCSN and Pathways to Potential Team is hosting an Open House for the Power H Shop on Wednesday, October 5th, from 4-6 pm. All Holland Public Families are welcome!
The Power H Shop is an initiative to support families experiencing crisis or financial hardship, by providing free household items through a dignified retail setting, and thus alleviating a family's financial hardship.
Holland Hospital is excited to invite all students, families, friends and faculty to participate in the 2022 School Nurse Fun Run on Thu, Sep 29 at Holland West Elementary School.
Celebrate Homecoming 2022 | September 26 - October 1
If your family has not yet applied, please do so today. Applications need to be completed by Friday, Sept 30. For more information, call 616.494.2245
A Note from Principal Derr!
Friday, September 16, 6:30pm at the HHS Varsity Football celebrate the start of Hispanic Heritage Month. During the football game on September 16, we will celebrate with special music, dance, food trucks, and a march of the flags from Latin countries. Come celebrate with us!
This week, we talk with students, teachers, principals, and parents about what has them excited as we start a new school year!
We love when parents or guardians get involved! Make sure to fill out the district volunteer form (once each school year).
The first day of school is Wednesday, August 24!
JEFFERSON | HLA | HOLLAND HEIGHTS | WEST
- Full Day | 8:30am - 3:36pm
- Half Day | 8:30am - 11:35am
HOLLAND MIDDLE SCHOOL
- Full Day | 7:30am-2:42pm
- Half Day | 7:30-10:35am
HOLLAND HIGH SCHOOL
- Full Day | 7:45am-2:55pm
- Half Day | 7:45-10:50am
Welcome Back to Holland Heights! School starts August 24.
Welcome Back to Holland Heights! School starts August 24.
There are several leadership positions open on the HPS PTO for the upcoming school year.
HPS is teaming up with the ODC Network to provide experiences and lessons beyond the classroom to help students learn and grow. The program will focus on academic subjects in a way that helps kids make sense of the world around them. Students will experience:
- Exploration that ties core curriculum to their surroundings
- Regular visits from ODC experts
- Learning experiences at local parks and nature preserves
- Developing confidence through a love for learning
This tuition-free program will start in the Fall of 2022. All students Kindergarten thru 2nd Grade can now enroll!
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
HHS Vocal Dimensions
This week, we talk about Nature-Based Education with Bob Wandel from the ODC Education Network, Holland Heights Principal Kevin Derr, and Superintendent Nick Cassidy.
Thank you to our OCSN Coordinators for this list of fun family activities and summer resources.
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.
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!
Important information for parents or guardians of student’s eligible for Free and Reduced Lunch at Holland Public Schools.
Recently, there was a Band & Orchestra Instrumental Parent Meeting on May 17th. This event was for all 5th grade families who have a student that will be joining the Holland Middle School 6th Grade band or orchestra this fall.
We are excited to present our spring concerts for you on May 18 & 19 at Holland West Elementary.
There will be two concerts each evening.
- 3rd grade classes at West and Heights Elementary - Wednesday, May 18, 6pm
- 5th grade classes at West and Heights Elementary - Wednesday, May 18, 7pm
- 3rd grade classes at HLA and Jefferson Elementary - Thursday, May 19, 6pm
- 5th grade classes at HLA and Jefferson Elementary - Thursday, May 19, 7pm
This week we talk with Bob Wandel from the ODC Education Network and Superintendent Nick Cassidy about the future of nature-based learning at Holland Heights.
HPS Students (grades 1-5) are invited to participate in the Tulip Time KinderParade on Thursday May 12.
- If your planning on your child walking in the parade, you must fill out the form below by Monday, May 2.
Principal Derr met with parents recently via Zoom.
All 5th grade students and parents interested in finding out more about the instrumental music program are invited to attend a very important meeting on May 17, 7:00PM at Holland Middle School. Contact Mr. Reikow or Mr. Grapis for more information.
- Friday, May 6 | 4-7pm at Holland Language Academy, 461 VanRaalte
- Saturday, May 7 | 9-12pm at Holland Language Academy, 461 VanRaalte
For HPS students, Grades 1-5, marching in the Kinderparade on Thursday, May 12.
Because the Tulip Time Festival has reduced the number of parades during the week, we are adjusting our schedule to better match their new parade schedule.
- Wednesday, May 11 is now a FULL DAY of school for all HPS students and Staff.
- Thursday, May 12 is a HALF DAY of school - The KinderParade is scheduled for this day.
- Friday, May 13 is now a HALF DAY of school - This is the RAIN DAY for the KinderParade. Even if it doesn't rain on Thursday, students will still have a HALF DAY of school on Friday.
All three days are FULL DAYS for HPS STAFF.
HPS will work with Outdoor Discovery Center to develop Nature-based Learning at Holland Heights Elementary. MORE INFORMATION COMING SOON!
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
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
Tuesday March 15, 6:30pm at HMS
- Learn about CURRICULUM and CLASS SCHEDULING
- For parents of incoming 6th-grade students
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.
After new guidance from the CDC, students and staff will no longer be required to wear a mask while riding an HPS bus.
As COVID restrictions change, hot lunches will be phased back in at West, HLA, Holland Heights, and Jefferson!
- FRIDAY - NO SCHOOL for All Students
- MONDAY - NO SCHOOL for All Students
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).
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Holland Public Schools will be closed Friday, January 7 due to poor road conditions.
Starting in 2022, HPS will use REMIND to announce weather-related school cancelations and delays.
HPS is committed to keeping our schools open, staff in classrooms, and students in seats.
- HMS 10:35am
- HHS 10:50am
- K-5 11:35am
One resource highly recommended from Protect Young Eyes is Bark.
- MONDAY - COMFY DAY
- TUESDAY - HAT DAY
- WEDNESDAY - HOLIDAY ACCESSORY DAY
- THURSDAY - FLANNEL DAY
- FRIDAY - RED & GREEN DAY
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)
The first-graders in Mrs. Byrne's class at Holland Heights talk about what they are thankful for!
All HPS schools will be closed on Monday and Tuesday, November 22 & 23.
Scenraios: Who MUST stay home or will be sent home?
Honoring All Who Served | Thursday, November 11 at 11am.
The Ottawa County Department of Public Health will distribute the Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine for Children Ages 5-11.
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.
This month is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people.
Special thanks to our neighbors, including Calvary on 8th, for the donations to purchase our new book vending machine at Holland Heights!
NO SCHOOL on Friday, October 22
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with the students of Holland Public Schools.
- The Holland Football Los Dutch will host Mona Shores on Friday, October 15.
Join us for Pre-game activities and a special Halftime Show
Parent/Teacher conferences will be held online this year:
- Tuesday, October 12 from 4:15 - 7:15 p.m.
- Wednesday, October 20 from 4:15 - 7:15 p.m.
- Thursday, October 21, 12:30-3:30pm
We are encouraging parents of students at the Elementary Schools to schedule a meeting time with their teacher in advance.
The School Climate Survey is an anonymous perception-survey of student, parent, and staff in the district.
September 29- October 17
Packet Pick Up: Wednesday, September 29 at Holland West
During this online meeting, we'll discuss what it means for your student to attend a Title 1 School.
Half Day release times:
- HMS: 10:35am
- HHS: 10:50am
- HTS/WST/JEF/HLA: 11:35am
Show your school spirit and join us by participating in these fun dress up days at school.
- MONDAY: Comfy Day
- TUESDAY: Team Jersey/Shirt Day
- WEDNESDAY: Super Hero Day
- THURSDAY: Mismatch Day
- FRIDAY: Red & White Day
A Note from Principal Derr
This weekend, please check you Parent Portal for updated route information:
- Bus Number
- PickUp/DropOff Times
- Bus Stop Locations
These changes to bus assignments will take effect on Monday, September 13.
A letter from Superintendent Shanie Keelean:
Thank you for participating in the recent survey of HPS Families about the start of the school year. More than 400 of you participated in this survey. The information you shared will not only help us improve next year’s kickoff of the school year, but will also help us reach our goals for supporting Every Student, Every Day.
In this ANONYMOUS SURVEY, members of the District Leadership Team and the Board of Education are looking for your feedback of the first week of the school year.
Just one sleep left 'til the first day of school! Here's what you need to know about getting back to school.
Update the information in Parent Portal to register your student and request student transportation.
Meet your teachers and see your classrooms!
- Everyone will be required to wear a mask!
- To help allow for social distancing, please don't linger in the building.
- COVID Vaccination Clinics will be set up by OCDPH.
Can't wait to see you all!
School starts on Tuesday, August 24. Can't wait to see you then!
(Updated end times for HALF DAYS at Elementary Schools.)
Vaccines to be encouraged. Face coverings will be required.
Securely includes software that detects when a student may be considering self-harm.
We're gassing up the buses! Our principals and school leaders will be out on Tuesday visiting several bus stops.
- Stratford Way | 11:40-12noon
- Lincoln Estates | 12:10-12:30pm
- Meadowlanes | 12:40-1pm
We'll have prizes, a treat, and free books for all the kids who come to the the bus stop to say HI!
From the desk of Superintendent Shanie J. Keelean
Vaccine Clinics this week at HHS and HMS.
OCDPH will set up vaccination clinics during Open House on August 23 at each school building.
Community Choice Credit Union to host Backpack Giveaway for HPS students on August 3, 4-7pm | 114 S. Waverly Rd
UPDATED TIMES AND LOCATIONS FOR JULY AND AUGUST.
Members of Team 74 CHAOS will will be participating in the National Night Out at Kollen Park on Tuesday, August 3rd from 5:30-8pm.
The HPS coaching staff and Athletic Department are excited to offer sports camps for our students again this summer!
Cub Scouting is fun for the whole family!
WATCH FOR AN ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT POP-IN READING EVENTS IN JULY!
Learn & practice reading skills all summer!
- Free books & raffle prizes
- Fun make & take activities
- K-3 students & siblings
Each year HPS asks parents to register their student(s) for the next school year. Updating the information in your Parent Portal account helps us:
- Build class lists.
- Determine transportation needs.
- Stay in touch with you during the school year.
Back-To-School on Tuesday, August 24!
For the second week in a row, HPS reports 0 new cases of COVID-19 and 0 quarantines among students and staff.
- A weekly COVID-19 dashboard will only be published during the summer months if there are new cases or quarantines to report among students participating in summer school activities.
Students at Holland Public Schools start their summer break this week, but the learning will continue all summer long! This week, we're talking about the summer programs being offered at HPS.
We wish you a safe, healthy spring and summer. Thank you again for all you’ve helped us accomplish and for supporting PTO and the students, teachers, and families of HPS through this unique and challenging year.
Important information for parents or guardians of student’s eligible for Free and Reduced Lunch.
Miss the Band and Orchestra Instrument information meetings?
Outdoor Discovery Center Summer Camp 2021
TONIGHT at 6:30
Online instrument meeting for 2021 6th and 7th grade band/orchestra.
Learn more about the music program at Holland Middle School AND instrument rental or purchasing.
Get the latest information about youth summer recreation programs, leagues, camps and clinics being offered by the City of Holland.
HPS Board of Education votes to no longer require the quarantine of students considered "close-contacts" of positive cases at school with some exceptions. Any student who is currently on quarantine, and who is not impacted by one of the three conditions noted below, may return to school and extra-curricular activities effective immediately.
We are pleased to present you with the Annual Education Report (AER) which provides key information on the 2020-21 educational progress for the Holland City School District and our schools.
Congratulations to these great student artists for earning District Art Awards:
- Tessa Nienhuis
- Maria Mead
- Ashlyn DePoy
- Tina Wu
- Neah Ayala
- Nayeli Trevino
- Nicole Souder
- Mickey Higgins
- Tyler Punch
- Claudia Kurniawan
Jefferson Elementary will be added to the state's outbreak list on Monday, May 3 due to two school-associated cases.
IN PERSON MEETING: May 20
- A-L at 6:30pm in HMS Cafeteria
- M-Z at 7:15 in HMS Music Rooms
Watch video of Mr. Derr's latest Parent Meeting.
Positive cases are down... Quarantines are up.
HPS Staff preparing for the emotions students experience following national events.
(Artwork of George Floyd by Isaac Jekel - 10th Grade)
REMINDER: HOLLAND HIGH SCHOOL (HEC&HVRT) WILL RETURN TO IN-PERSON INSTRUCTION ON MONDAY APRIL 19
- Students in grades 9-12 will be remote for two weeks through April 22.
- Students in grades PreK-8 will return to school for in-person learning on Monday, April 12.
Please continue to report positive COVID cases/test results through the Spring Break week. Call your school building or 494-2005 to leave a detailed message. This information will allow us to conduct any necessary contact-tracing involving classmates and staff.
The Holland Area Arts Council is having some super fun art camps this summer for elementary and middle school friends! The camps cover everything from drawing to jewelry to painting! They are offering a variety of camps for all ages and there are scholarships available if needed. All camps will be carried out in a COVID-safe manner. Check out the flyer for information on how to sign up and full class descriptions are on our website! We can't wait to get back to creating art!
This year all of the HPS PTO’s are joining together to support our K-8 students and their enthusiasm for reading.
This is our ONE AND ONLY fundraiser for the 2020-2021 school year. Please help us make it a success!
Students and staff at Holland High School will have a Flex Day (B-schedule | Hours 2, 4, and 6).
All other HPS buildings will be open as scheduled.
- HS Bus #20 - Canceled
- HMS Bus #10 and #43 - Canceled
- HLA Bus #43 -Canceled
- West Bus #10 and #48 - B Schedule
- Heights Bus #20(morning) and #42(afternoon) - Canceled
- Careerline Tech Center Shuttles will run as scheduled
If approved by voters, BUILD 2021 would generate $74,650,000 and would allow the district to construct new classroom space at Holland Heights.
Thursday, March 18 at 6pm
For rising 6th-grade students OR students from outside the district considering enrolling at Holland Middle School.
HPS prepares for possible staff shortages due to symptoms that could follow second shot of COVID-19 immunizations.
Two school-associated cases at West Elementary School will drop off the state's Outbreak School list on Monday morning.
Ottawa County Department of Public Health Miles of Smiles - Mobile Dental Unit
Principal Kevin Derr met online with Holland Heights parents on February 25.
Watch a video recording from one of our online Kindergarten Information meetings.
Students from Mrs. Kontio, Ms. Byrne, Mrs. Schoettley, Mrs. Blystra, Mrs. Vroon's, and Mrs. Acosta-Raar’s classes at Holland Heights created Valentine Cards for the residents of Appledorn. The students really enjoyed this heartwarming project.
On Monday February 8, West Elementary will be added to the state's list as an outbreak school with a total of 2 "school-associated cases."
K-5 Parent Teacher Conferences will be held via Zoom on February 3, 9 and 11. Sign up for a time to meet with your child's teacher today!
Mr. Derr talks with parents during a pair of Zoom meetings on January 28.
Two school-associated cases at Holland High School will drop off the state's Outbreak School list on Monday morning.
Get text alerts about school-day changes, cancellations, and emergencies at HPS sent directly to your mobile device. Just text HPS to 74121.
Ruth Perkins is the mom of three children at Holland Public Schools - including Joan, a kindergarten student at Holland Heights.
Holland Public Schools will be closed on Monday, January 18 to celebrate the life and work of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Here is a list of events being hosted in the area to celebrate MLK Day.
As we prepare to come back to school tomorrow morning for the first time in 2021, please take a minute to read the following reminders about HPS’ COVID-19 Guidelines.
HPS Principals and School Nurses have some tips on safely returning to school following the Holiday Break.
PLEASE continue to report positive cases & quarantine information to your school over the holiday break.
Principal Derr meets with parents each month to takl about what is happeing at Holland Heights.
A note from Principal Derr, School Mornings, and STAR Testing!
Face-to-face instruction will resume at all HPS schools on Monday, January 4, 2021 as planned.
We have so much to celebrate...Let's show some Holiday Spirit this week!
During remote learning, HPS will continue to provide breakfast and lunch for all children under 18 years-old in the district.
Trouble with your iPad? A glitch on your Chromebook? We can help with you HPS-provided learning devices.
This will be the last COVID-19 dashboard we will provide until we return to face-to-face instruction.
Staff, student, and family expectations during remote learning.
Notes from the Nurse, All School Popcorn Sale Fundraiser, and more!
The latest orders from the State of Michigan mostly match actions already being taken by HPS; expands to include sports.
Despite some increases in COVID-19 numbers this week, we continue to believe that one of the safest places for our children is at school.
HPS Nutrition Services will continue to provide breakfast and lunch for all children under 18 years-old in the district should classrooms or schools need to be be closed.
We want you to be ready for the possibility that your child’s classroom, or school, could transition to remote learning very soon due to the growing number of COVID-19 cases and quarantines.
Have a talent to share with the world?
The next episode of HPSGT is open to ALL students at ALL HPS schools.
In partnership with Spectrum Health, and their Visiting Nurses Flu Clinic Program, we will be offering a drive-thru flu shot clinic Saturday, November 7 from 9a.m.-Noon at Holland Heights and Jefferson Elementary.
Will your child(ren) come to school for face-to-face instruction OR will they stay at home for online learning?
Let us know your plans for Second Semester by November 1.
Holland High School remains on the the state's Outbreak list, however our dashboard shows improving numbers district-wide this week!
- This week saw a jump in positive test results among students along with increases in the number of students and staff in quarantine or isolation.
- Holland High School will be listed among known COVID-19 outbreaks at K-12 schools
Our teachers are excited to meet with you to discuss your child’s academic progress. Please take a minute to read through the following details about the upcoming Parent Teacher Conferences at Holland Public Schools.
There is one new confirmed case of a student with COVID-19 at Holland High School, however this student had no close-contacts with staff or students in the days before being tested.
Between now and November 1, we are asking all families to once again choose between face-to-face instruction at school OR online learning from home for the second half of the academic year.
45 Students are being quarantined after close contact with HPS staff who have tested positive for Covid-19… But, again this week, 0 students testing positive! Not all seven staff members in isolation or quarantine have tested positive; some are quarantined for close contact outside the classroom with someone who has tested positive.
Three HPS staff members are currently in insolation or quarantined with positive COVID-19 test results as a result of exposure from outside their classroom. After careful contact-tracing, 13 HPS students who came in close contact with these staff members (being within 6 feet of the staff member for 15 cumulative minutes) are being contacted by OCDPH to quarantine and be tested.
Information about these surveys and how to opt your student out of participating.
New rules & limited tickets for Dutch Football games in 2020.
Friday dismissal times:
- Elementary Schools: 11:35am
- Middle School: 10:49am
- High School: 10:50am
Virtual Event runs from Oct 1- 11, 2020
Contactless Drive-Thru Packet Pick Up: Thursday, Oct 1 at Holland West Elementary School, 500 W. 24th St.
In our efforts to be transparent, HPS will provide a weekly update showing:
- The number of confirmed COVID-19 positive cases
- The number of students who are in quarantine because of close contact with a student testing positive for COVID-19
- The number of staff members who are in isolation or quarantine due to close contact with a student testing positive for COVID-19
We want you to be ready for the possibility that schools could close. Here are a few things to keep in mind.
The district is scheduling listening tours for each of our buildings and will be holding town hall meetings for our parents. The purpose is to celebrate what is going well and to identify any questions or concerns that parents may have.
Check your school's web calendar or read the full story to find the date & time of the Town Hall meeting at YOUR school. Please register in advance to attend.
OPEN HOUSE EVENTS ARE FOR FACE-TO-FACE LEARNERS ONLY!
MONDAY, AUGUST 24
- TK-5th (Students Last Name A-L) 4-6p
- 6th-12th (Students Last Name M-Z) 4:30-6:30pm
TUESDAY, AUGUST 25
- TK-5th (Students Last Name M-Z) 4-6pm
- 6th-12th (Students Last Name A-L) 4:30-6:30pm
FOR ONLINE LEARNERS ONLY
Drive-thru Chromebook & Ipad Pick-up at your school:
- ADDED DATES*** Monday, August 24 | 4-6ppm at Longfellow (32 E 24th St)
- ADDED DATES*** Tuesday, August 25 | 4-6pm at Longfellow (32 E 24th St)
Grade K-2 students will be issued a district iPad. Grade 3-12 will be issued district Chromebooks. Face-to-face learners will get their device during the first week of school). Remember the $20 Technology Learning Fee for Middle & High School students.
Before leaving for school, please complete this symptoms screening with your student.
This year, all Holland Public Schools teachers will be using Google Classroom to manage classroom instruction, assignments, and communication with students and families.
During face-to-face instruction, and even if we need to return to online instruction for all students, this is a powerful tool that will make tracking what's happening in classrooms easier and more efficient.
In this article, we have curated a catalog of tutorial videos for parents and students in both English and Spanish; quick and easy-to-follow instructions for using Google Classroom.
Whether you'll be learning online from home OR learning Face-to-face at school, please apply for free/reduced-price lunch.
Superintendent Davis has an update on getting back to school!
The guidance provided by Governor Whitmer’s roadmap is an important first step in providing local districts with the direction and clarity needed to begin creating reopening plans. It is our hope that we have more specifics to share the first week of August. Our goal is to bring our completed plans to the Board of Education for approval at that time.