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2017-2018 Key Calendar Dates

I am pleased to announce that we have a calendar for the 2017-2018 school year. A more detailed description of special events during the school year is in process. The dates highlighted in yellow are student days.

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Updated Public Statement Regarding Immigration Status and Local Events

April 21, 2017 2:15 p.m. Good afternoon, Understanding the technical legal issues around U.S. immigration is a challenging endeavor. This can be difficult and confusing for students and families that are impacted by immigration. . . .

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3-Year Project Lead the Way Pathway coming to HHS-Fall, 2017

An exicitng new engineering pathway will be offered beginning in the fall of 2017 at Holland High School. The application process is open now through March 1, 2017. To learn more about this program, please watch the video below. If you are . . .

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Schools and Swimming Pools: A likely metaphor of the impact of school choice

On January 26, 2017, I had the chance to present a "TED" style talk to the Michigan Association of School Admnistrators. In absence of a copy of this well receievd speech, I wanted to share this message with you. I hope that this . . .

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May 2, 2017 Non-Homestead Operational Renewal and Sinking Fund Request

On January 23, 2017, the Holland Public Schools Board of Education unanimously approved the call for an election on May 2, 2017. This includes two ballot initiative: a three-year renewal of our 18 mill non-homestead operations, and . . .

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Education, Leadership and Equity: A Look Forward

In Washington, D.C., at the Center for American Progress, U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr., called upon supporters of public education to set aside political and policy differences and work together to ensure all . . .

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The Importance of Bilingual Education

I am proud of the fact that HPS offers a Two-Way Bilingual Immersion program at Holland Language Academy, /vnews/display.v/SEC/Holland%20Language%20Academy In a speech to the California Association for Bilingual Education, Secretary . . .

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Stronger Together: The Need for Diversity In America's Schools

In a speech before the PTA, Secretary of Education John King addresses the importance of diversity in our schools. HPS celebrates and honors the diversity of our staff and student body. Here are a few excertps from this powerful speech: . . .

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From Trauma to Academic Success: Braiding Literacy and Social Competence in a District Setting

If you would like to learn more about our social competency initiative in Holland Public Schools, this article written for the Michigan Association of School Boards provides a summary of the work that we are doing and the rationale why. You . . .

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Meet the Alvarado Ibarra family

Holland Language Academy-TWBI at HPS

Holland Public Schools is in its 8th year of implementing a Two-Way Bilingual Immersion Progam in our district. This program brings together English Dominant and Spanish dominant speakers to foster and develop bilingualism and . . .

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Understanding M-STEP 2015

Dear Parents of Holland Public Schools, I want to take this opportunity to provide you with an update regarding a change in state required assessments for students in grades 3-8 and 11. After 44 years of using the MEAP to measure student . . .

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HPS Honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

MLK Day of Service

Monday, January, 16, 2017, is Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. In honor and recognition of the legacy of this great man, Holland Public Schools will not be in session for students so that they may participate in the many . . .

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Holland ViRtual Tech High School

HVRT - Begins this Fall 2015

Holland ViRtual Tech High School (HVRT), formerly known as VR-Tech will open in the fall of 2015 as a “School-within-a-School” model on the campus of Holland High School. Since the opening of the program six years ago, over . . .

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2nd Annual Power H Education Awards

Nomitations due by March 20, 2015

HPS Employees, Parents, Students, and Community Members, It is time once again to celebrate and honor everything that is right in public education and specifically, here at Holland Public Schools. Last year's Power H Education Award . . .

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How is a weather related school cancellation decided?

Recently, I was asked by a student reporter what conditions are taken into consideration for the cancellation of school. As I shared the information with him, I thought I would also post this information here as well. While we have . . .

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Responding to Emergencies in HPS

Dear Parents/Guardians, Staff, Students, and Community Members, Should an emergency or disaster situation ever arise in our area while school is in session, we want you to be aware that the school district has made preparations in . . .

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Legislative Updates Impacting Holland Public Schools

Increasing Advocacy & Understanding

One of the many roles that I have as Superintendent is working with our elected officials to help them better understand the impact of law, policy and practice. This advocacy begins at the local level with the Holland Public Schools Board of . . .

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Holland Public Schools District Equity Audit/Needs Assessment

HPS Staff, Students, Parents, The Holland Public Schools Board of Education and Superintendent Davis invite you to participate in an Equity Audit/Needs Asessment of the district. Following a review of current student achievement data . . .

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Understanding the new school report cards Red-Yellow-Green

Everybody understands what the colors green, yellow and red represent. Or do we? In our day-to-day lives, we are conditioned to have a preconceived idea of what red, yellow and green colors represent - think traffic signals. And now, . . .

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Are you eligible for free college?

The Tuition Incentive Program (TIP) is an incentive program that encourages eligible students to complete high school by providing tuition assistance for the first two years of college and beyond. To meet the financial eligibility . . .

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Holland Public Schools Scorecard Information 2013

Dear Friends and Family of Holland Public Schools: Each school in Michigan is required to test students every year using the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP). The State of Michigan uses the scores from these tests to . . .

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Understanding the impact of the "New" MEAP/MME cut off scores

Each year, public school students in grades 3-9 are required to take the MEAP test. Students are tested in Mathematics, Reading, Writing, Science and Social Studies.  The federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law requires all students . . .

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Superintendent Davis on WHTC

On Wednesday, Jan. 4,  Superintendent Brian Davis had a chat on WHTC radio with host Gary Stevens.   Although HPS students and teachers don't resume classes until  Thursday  ( Jan. 5 ), Brian . . .

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The 2016-2017 school year is here!

Our staff has been preparing throughout the summer to make it great!

Greetings! The excitement for the new school year is building up with every passing day. Our incoming kindergarten students  (and their parents)  have been participating in our new screening . . .

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HPS celebrates the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday

Monday, January 19, 2015

Monday, January 19 marks the national holiday recognizing the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.. Holland Public Schools will be closed on this day as Superintendent Brian Davis asks students to honor Dr. King's memory with a day of . . .

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Fiscal 2015 Budget Updates

March 19, 2014 A Senate subcommittee today reported out K-12 funding plan for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 that gives schools a larger foundation allowance increase -- between $150 and $300 -- by throwing away parts of Gov. Rick SNYDER's . . .

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Project-Based Education Demands a Different Type of Student....And Some Will Resist

I recently came across this post by Mike Niehoff-Edu Change & Advocacy. I felt it was worthwhile to share with our learning community. Monday, February 3, 2014 Project-Based Education Demands a Different Type of Student....And . . .

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December, 2013-Increasing Advocacy & Understanding

INCREASING UNDERSTANDING AND ADVOCACY-From the December, 2013 Board of Education Meeting. A. Superintendent Davis updated the community on recent legislative action that is impacting public education in Michigan and its potential . . .

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September, 2013-Increasing Advocacy & Understanding

September, 2013-Increasign Advocacy & Understanding- Status of the Common Core State Standards – Director Dobias provided an update on the common core state standards implementation in Holland Public Schools and the importance of . . .

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Curious to know what the leadership team at HPS is reading?

The leadership team at HPS is looking at several different pieces of literature as we not only address the opportunity and achievement gaps, but also keep in mind the necessary 21st century skills to prepare all of our students to be college . . .

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August, 2013-Increasing Advocacy & Understanding

INCREASING UNDERSTANDING AND ADVOCACY-August, 2013 MICHIGAN ACCOUNTABILITY SCORE CARD: Superintendent Davis shared with the community the new school report card and how schools and districts are now measured under the ESEA flexibility . . .

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June, 2013-Increasing Advocacy & Understanding

INCREASING UNDERSTANDING AND ADVOCACY-From the June, 2013 Board of Education Meeting A. CURRENT LEGISLATIVE INITIATIVES – Superintendent Davis shared information on recent legislative action. HB 4813 and 4815: the House . . .

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Graduation Reflections - June 2013

Kudos to our Holland High and VR Tech grads!

Two weeks ago Holland High and VR Tech graduated more than 310 students. An amazing group of young people comprised our “Classes of 2013” from Holland High and VR Tech! Approximately 90% of them have already signed commitments . . .

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Tulip Time Interview featuring Superintendent Davis

One of my many different hats that I wear as Superintendent of Holland Public Schools includes being on the Board of Directors for the Tulip Time Festival. Check out my interview this year with Nancy DeBoer on Holland Cable TV talking about . . .

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Faculty Viewpoint: On Michigan School Finance

AN OPEN LETTER TO MICHIGAN GOVERNOR RICK SNYDER Dear Gov. Snyder, Last summer you requested legislation to profoundly change funding for Michigan’s K-12 schools with a sweeping replacement of the School Aid Act of 1979. Since . . .

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School Leaders Adopt Harvard Approach to Improve 'Instructional Core' of Education

Funded through an OAISD Research and Development Grant, six school leaders from the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District and eleven superintendents from traditional K-12 systems, charter and private schools in Ottawa and Allegan Counties . . .

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January is School Board Appreciation Month

January is National School Board Appreciation Month. Our seven elected trustees work tirelessly to establish the vision and direction of the district while adhering to our strategic plan. They volunteer their time of service typically 8-10 . . .

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100 years of String Orchestra Education in HPS

As part of the Holland Public Schools celebrating it's 100 years of string orchestra music education in the Holland Public Schools we are starting a series of recitals and concerts. The first is right when we get back on January 9 at 8 PM . . .

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Assisting children in addressing their response to a tragedy

As many of you have undoubtedly heard, several individuals lost their lives on December 14, 2012, as a result of a school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. Our collective thoughts and prayers go out to the victims' families, friends, . . .

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A tale as old as time

Public education in our country, mainly provided by the public sector, seeks to teach and instill the principles which we hold true as part of the foundation of our country. Principles of democracy, socialization and literacy. Since the time . . .

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Thanksgiving Reflection-2012

As you prepare for the 2012 holiday season, I want to share a few items of reflection as we look back on the past year. Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare.  They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve . . .

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HPS AP Program Nationally Recognized for Academic Achievement

Holland Public Schools recently received notification that HPS has been placed on the College Board's 3rd Annual AP District Honor Roll for Significant gains in Advanced Placement Access and Student Performance. HPS is one of 539 . . .

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No Child Left Behind-What's Really Behind it All?

"Standards are really an attempt to assign the intellectual capital that can be gained from a particular grade level or course. Assessments are an attempt to measure how much of the intellectual capital the student actually has internalized. . . .

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8th grade Students at New Tech Solving Real World Problems

One of the joys of being a Superintendent is the evidence of learning taking place in our schools. Recently I received this letter from 8th grade students who attended Holland New Tech in the 11-12 school year. I encourage you to read the . . .

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Understanding the New 2012 School Report Card

Dear Interested Staff & Community Member, The performance of school systems has been a topic of debate since their inception. Defining the best way to measure achievement and the performance of ALL children is not an easy task. If . . .

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Public Education Must Open Up and Innovate by Tom Watkins

Often, I come across articles that are thought provoking that are worth passing along to stimulate and encourage ongoing dialogue regarding school reform. The editorial below by Tom Watkins is one such piece of work. It is shared in its . . .

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Holland High School Receives Recognition

Holland High School was ranked #21 (out of 684) for all public high schools in the state and #9 in the state out of all conventional public high schools based on 2008-2011 overall CAP scores. Holland High School was ranked #12 in the top . . .

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Excellent Public Education Requires Your Involvement

Public engagement and education excellence; To make our schools better, the entire community must get involved. Opinion by Wendy Puriefoy - Baltimore Sun – February 9, 2010 Too much of the public is missing from public . . .

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HPS Partners with Van Andel Education Institute to offer Science Academy

In recent years, professional staff from Holland Public Schools have been participating in developing curriculum, field testing lessons, and participating in professional staff development with the Van Andel Education Institute in Grand . . .

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Bringing up an E-Reader Child

March 28, 2012 Bringing Up an E-Reader By THOMAS J. FITZGERALD Julianna Huth, a second grader at Green Primary School, in Green, Ohio, is a convert to the digital word. The 8-year-old uses both an iPad and a Nook, and she . . .

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State Superintendent Mike Flanagan Visits Holland Public Schools

On Tuesday March 20, 2012, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Mike Flanagan visited Holland Public Schools. I had the opportunity to spend the day with Superintendent Flanagan and share with him some of the many educational reform . . .

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Understanding the New MEAP cut-scores-A Video

Understanding the new Michigan MEAP cut scores is a challenging task for students, parents and all educators. Wayne RESA has put together a video which assists in explaining these new scores. This video can be viewed on You Tube. . . .

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Governor Rick Snyder's Education Reform Proposal

On December 9, 2011 Governor Rick Snyder released his most recent education reform proposal that is sure to impact public education in the state of Michigan. Governor Snyder has been working to develop legislative proposals to implement the . . .

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ACT's College Readiness Benchmarks

The ACT's College Readiness Benchmarks are scores on the ACT subject-area tests that represent the level of achievement required for students to have a 50% chance of obtaining a B or higher or about a 75% chance of obtaining a C or higher in . . .

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Contact your legislators in the House and Senate

In recent months, there have been several bills of legislation that have been passed that will impact the future of public education in our state for several years to come. There are several additional bills that are currently in conference . . .

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October, 2013 Increasing Advocacy & Understanding

INCREASING UNDERSTANDING AND ADVOCACY HOUSE BILL 5111- Superintendent Davis provided an update on the mandatory 3rd grade retention bill being proposed in the Michigan House of Representatives. Superintendent Davis expressed his . . .

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Welcome Back HPS Staff

Video greetings from Superintendent Davis

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HPS "Back to School 2013" Video News

A welcome and update from Superintendent Brian Davis

Here are short excerpts from a recent conversation with Superintendent Brian Davis.   Fall 2013 begins an exciting new . . .

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