Home of the RAMS

Principal - Michael P. Willard

Student Services/Guidance Office: 517-694-2116
Main Office: 517-699-0294
General HS Fax: 517-699-3451

Athletic Office: 517-694-2383
Athletic Fax: 517-699-3439
Theater/Facilities Rental Office: 517-699-6439

North Campus

 NORTH CAMPUS (NC)   grade 12
5780 W. Holt Rd., Holt MI 48842
for 12th grade students
Attendance/Absence line

Asst. Principal  -   Ann Coe -
                                             NC Attendance/Discipline Office:      517-694-4370
                                             North Campus Fax:                                517-694-8362
MAIN CAMPUS (MC)   grades 9 - 11
5885 W. Holt Rd., Holt MI 48842
for 9th-11th grade students
Attendance/Absence line

Asst. Principal's
                                                 Christopher Billingslea -
                                                 Nick Johnson -

                                                Attendance/Discipline Office:         517-694-3446
                                                Attendance Office Fax:                      517-694-2044
Driving Directions to Holt HS
The building is open from 7:00am - 3:30pm during school days.
Students in the building during off-hours need to be with a teacher, coach, club
or in the student success area where they are studying.
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GRADUATION    Class of 2015
Sunday, May 31, 2015, 4:30 p.m., Breslin Center at MSU
OFFICIAL GRADUATION FORMS!   Official Forms for Graduation
All seniors and parents should review the information.  It is mandatory that every senior print out the "Commencement Participation Contract," sign it and return it to the office at either the North or Main campus.  All other forms are optional.  Questions? Please call Cindy at 699-0294 or email
Seniors should take a look at all the scholarships available to them from local groups.  Print out the packet and follow the directions carefully to be considered. The link below takes you to the scholarship area on the Holt HS Counseling site:

Seniors at the North Campus, Main Campus, Early College, and EdTrek that did not order a cap, gown, or announcements in November can still place orders by picking up a packet in the office at the NC, MC, or EdTrek and mailing the order form to the company.  Orders can  also be placed online after December 1 at

For questions on ordering, please call Andy Gillespie at 517-282-9876 or email him at Holt High School recognizes National Recognition Products as the official graduation representatives for the Class of 2015. 

Holt High School Information
HHS Student Website - updated by Web Publishing students as they learn.
School Bell Schedule
School Highlights

Student Activities

Website linkfrom WebPublishing Class = Holt HS
Student Success
On most school days a study hall and student success period are held in the library at the main campus from 2:45-3:30pm. Any student is welcome to sign-in and get assistance in any subject. Students are asked to be prepared with their homework, questions, etc. and be serious about working. Students must make arrangements for their own ride home.
2015 PROM
Tickets on sale beginning the week of April 27 during lunch periods at the North Campus for NC seniors only.
Ticket sales then move to the Main Campus for MC juniors to purchase during their lunch periods during the week of May 4 and 11.
Seniors from the NC and EdTrek and Early College seniors and juniors can purchase Prom tickets on Weds., May 6 and Weds., May 13 between 2:45-3:15pm at the Main Campus commons.
  Tickets are $28.00 each during early sales.
Tickets at the door are $35.00 each.
ID is required at the door on Prom night.
Non-North Campus seniors and Guests must be 20 or under in age and pre-approved by filling out a Dance Guest Form obtained from the Attendance Office at the MC.
Questions about Prom can be directed to Ms. Pisano, Prom Advisor - 699-7450 
 The Holt High School handbook outlines the school and district rules for students at Prom:


·      Dances: Holt students only   Prom: guests must be pre-approved and under 20 years of age.

·      No alcohol, smoking, or illegal drugs

·      Must have a school I.D. for entrance

·      No canes

·      School appropriate dancing only

·      Guests are allowed for PROM and must be pre-registered – see criteria stated below.

·      No weapons or dangerous weapons defined as: firearm, dagger, dirk, stiletto, knife, pocketknife opened by a mechanical device, iron bar, or brass knuckles.

PROM – We have attempted to minimize and check the ever-increasing cost to students. We also stress that it is a semi-formal dance with tuxedos and long formals as optional dress choice. Members of the junior class and their advisor organize the Prom. Juniors and seniors are allowed to bring one outside guest/date per student. This guest/date must be pre-approved by the attendance office and must be under 20 years old.

Pre-approval can be achieved by picking up a Guest Request form from the Attendance Office. The entire guest request form must be completed and returned to the attendance office two weeks prior to the Prom date. Unfortunately, some guests may not be approved.

As with any school sponsored event all rules outlined in the HHS Student Handbook are in effect.


Parent Volunteers Needed to Help with PROM!
We need parents to help with set up the Friday before Prom, chaperoning the Prom on May 16, or to help with clean up the day after Prom.  If you would be willing to help in any capacity please call Ms. Pisano, Prom advisor at 699-7450; please leave a message.
Do you have a classic car?
We are looking for CLassic Cars to display in our front parking lot from 7:00pm-9:00pm on Prom night, May 16!  We would like a variety of classic cars for students to look at.  If you can participate or know someone with a classic car that may be interested please call Ms. Pisano at 699-7450.
Five Tips for Teens:
• Alcohol is illegal for persons under the age of 21. Underage drinking can result in arrest, injury, or worse.
• Trust your instincts. If you feel endangered or uncomfortable, leave immediately.
• Remember to charge your cellphone and keep it with you.
• Discuss your plans with your friends, remind each other about responsible decision-making and confronting peer pressure.

• Inform your parent or guardian of your prom plans for the eventing and provide contact information. Remember to contact them if your plans change.

Five Tips for Parents:

• Ask your teen for a detailed itinerary for prom night, including venues, times and contact numbers. Make sure you know all the details of the plan.

• Talk to your teen about the serious dangers and consequences of underage drinking and driving.

• Discuss with your teen how to handle difficult situations, such as being offered a ride by an intoxicated driver, being offered alcohol or drugs, or being pressured to have sex.

• Do not rent hotel rooms for teens.

• Establish a curfew and know the pre- and post-prom parties, and ensure appropriate parental supervision will be present.

Protect Yourself and Your Friends

Just say no

Some people feel pressured to drink, smoke, use drugs, or have sex on prom night. However, drinking is responsible for over 4,500 deaths among young people each year and is associated with other problems like sexually transmitted diseases and unintended pregnancy. Alcohol and drugs hurt your judgment and may result in you being harmed or harming others. Just because others do something doesn’t make it a good idea or right for you. It’s OK to say no.

Travel safely

Teen drivers are four times more likely than older drivers to crash. Always wear a safety belt -- no matter how short the trip. Don’t drink and drive, and don’t get in a car with a driver who has been drinking.

Watch out for dating violence

Dating violence is a very real issue for many people. This type of violence can occur among heterosexual or same-sex couples. It can occur in couples who have been together a long time and between people who just met. Many teens do not report it because they are afraid to tell friends and family. The abuse can be verbal, emotional, physical, or sexual. Know beforehand what your sexual boundaries are, and communicate those to your partner. Respect yourself and others, avoid alcohol and drugs, and tell family or call 911 if you or someone you know is being abused or is in danger.

Plan for after-prom parties

If you plan to go to an after-prom party, be sure it is adult-supervised. Be aware of your surroundings. And it’s always good to go with a “buddy”. Avoid using alcohol and drugs.

Make sure parents know where you are at all times in case of emergency. Call a parent, guardian, or someone you trust in case plans change or you need help.

Congratulations to the State medal winners for Science Olympiad this past weekend.  5th place in Experimental Design to Anne Hooper, Alexis Ly and Brita Goren.  And a huge congrats to our FIRST PLACE MEDAL winners in Wright Stuff- an airplane flying event-   Bobby Caldwell and Kim Le won with a 3 minute 46 second flight that was over 30 seconds longer than the next place.  The entire science Olympiad team won 19th place out of 48 teams and congrats to all involved.  Go Science!

Holt High School

(actually 11 this year due to a tie)

Selet Allen

Emma Carlson

Aaron Centofanti

Megan Colligan

Susan Guo

Emma Heikkinen

Lauren Kirkconnell

Alexis Ly

Elise Maynard

Kate McKee

Laura McKee 


Monday, May 4, 2015
6:30 pm   West Commons
Holt High School MC
Invitations will be sent out in mid-April to senior students that have maintained a 3.5 grade point average or above (cumulative GPA) throughout their senior high school career beginning with the first semester/trimester in 9th grade through the second semester/trimester of their senior year.  The dinner is sponsored by the Holt Public Schools Board of Education, is by invitation only, and is held in the spring. Exchange students are not eligible. Questions? Call Mrs. Godbehere at 699-0294.
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
6:30 pm Reception for honorees and their family
7:00 pm Ceremony in the HHS Theater
Awards in the form of medals, certificates, letters, and plaques are presented to students as nominated by teachers, coaches, and clubs, as well as recognition for citizenship and service to the school.
Award recipients and parents are notified by invitation (mailed in late April).
Questions? Call Mrs. Lopez at 699-7075.
Common Mission Statement
The mission of Holt High School is to create a supportive community where every student experiences success in an exemplary academic program as measured by district, state, or national standards. Each student will graduate as a responsible and respectful citizen with a clearly defined post-secondary plan.
We Care   .   We Learn   .   We Grow



MAY  2015


4                   3.5 Senior Dinner – 6:30pm West Commons – MC – by invitation

6                   FULL DAY WEDS. - 7:30am – 2:35pm

11                 Board of Education mtg. 7:00pm, Admin Bldg.

12                 Vocal Booster mtg. 6:30pm, Choir Room

                     Band Booster mtg. 7:00pm, Band Room

13                 ½ day PM Weds. – 10:35am – 2:35pm

                     Awards Night – 7:00-8:00pm – Theater (teachers, coaches awards)-by invitation

16                 PROM

19                 POPs Vocal Concert – 7:00 – MC Theater

20                 ½ day PM Weds. – 10:35am – 2:35pm

                     Senior Mtg. – 1:33-1:53 – NC Gym

22                 Last day for seniors without exams

25                 NO SCHOOL – Memorial Day

26                 Senior Exams & official last day for seniors

27                 FULL DAY WEDS. – 7:30am – 2:35pm

30                 Senior Breakfast – 9:00am – Main Campus – West Commons

31                 Baccalaureate – 1:30pm – Main Campus Theater

                     COMMENCEMENT – 4:30pm – MSU Breslin Center



JUNE  2015


3                   FULL DAY WEDS. – 7:30am – 2:35 pm

8                   EXAMS (1st & 2nd hrs) 7:30am – 2:35pm; Altered day

9                   EXAMS (3rd & 4th hrs) 7:30am - dismiss 11:10am

10                 EXAMS (5th & 6th hrs) 7:30am - dismiss 11:10am

                     Last Day of School

                     Teacher’s last work day

About Holt High School
Holt High School is a four year comprehensive school split in to two campus settings.
The Main Campus houses grades 9, 10, 11 and is located on a 40-acre campus-like setting with a performing Arts complex that seats 850 in the theater and a comprehensive on-grounds Athletic complex.

The North Campus houses 12th grade students and is located directly across the street from the Main Campus. Senior students have the opportunity to elect college classes as part of their curriculum and earn college credits which may be transferable to accredited colleges. The building houses state of the art technology offerings as well as a college campus setting.

In 1989 Holt High School became the first Professional Development School (PDS) affiliated with Michigan State University and the Holmes Group. The goals of a PDS are to improve teaching practices and student learning through the application of the most current educational research and on-site action research.

Holt High School has been honored as one of the top 100 schools in the country,
recognized through the award of a Presidential Blue Ribbon.


Common Core State Standards
The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led effort coordinated by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). The standards were developed in collaboration with teachers, school administrators, and experts, to provide a clear and consistent framework to prepare our children for college and the workforce. 
These standards define the knowledge and skills students should have within their K-12 education careers so that they will graduate high school able to succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing academic college courses and in workforce training programs. The standards:
  • Are aligned with college and work expectations;
  • Are clear, understandable and consistent;
  • Include rigorous content and application of knowledge through high-order skills;
  • Build upon strengths and lessons of current state standards;
  • Are informed by other top performing countries, so that all students are prepared to succeed in our global economy and society; and
  • Are evidence-based

To view the standards, visit: Common Core State Standards

To view crosswalks between the Grade Level Content Expectations, the High School Content Expectations, and the Common Core State Standards, visit the Michigan Department of Education websites at:



Your older student may know the rules about crossing a street but they may not always follow them or may get distracted. Though laws provide for pedestrians to have the right of way, drivers don’t always see our students or follow this rule.
We discourage students from walking across Holt Road and provide shuttle busses between the high school and the 9th grade campus. Shuttle bus information is clearly posted in the main hall near the front doors or students can stop in the office to find which bus to ride across the street between campus locations.
Students making the choice to walk across Holt Road for any reason must cross at the pedestrian walkway using the traffic light system. Please remind your student to use care and caution when crossing, to always cross at the intersection, and to watch approaching traffic. Students crossing the street in the dark early morning hours should take extra caution and wear light colored clothing that can be seen by drivers.
Please use care when dropping off your student — be patient,
drive slowly, and exercise caution around all schools in Holt.
Questions to Ask College Reps
Whether you're a sophomore just beginning the college search or a senior in the throes of finalizing your application list, you might just find yourself wandering the stalls of a college fair this fall. And while these events are a great way to learn about schools, they can occasionally be awkward or nerve-wracking. After all, you shouldn't just breeze through, quickly snatch up some pamphlets and then immediately depart. To make the most out of the experience you really must stop and chat with the admissions officers and alumni in attendance.
It might seem intimidating to approach the representatives but you should know they are eager to talk and to answer your questions. They want to get students interested in their respective school and they will certainly welcome your inquiries.
While there are no wrong questions to ask, you should try and avoid very general queries such as "What should I know about your school?" or "Why should I attend this college?" It's harder for the reps to give insightful answers when questions are vague. And that won't help you out much as you try and narrow down your options. Instead, ask more targeted questions that call for the representative to speak to specific topics and examples.
Here are some sample questions for you to consider:
  • What are some fun campus traditions?
  • Are interviews an important part of the application process?
  • Do you require standardized test scores?
  • How do you evaluate students during the admissions process?
  • Do students tend to stick around campus on the weekends?
  • What kind of support services do you offer if a student is struggling in a class?
  • Is it easy to conduct research with professors?
  • How popular are study abroad programs at your school?
  • How active is your alumni association?
  • Is it difficult to register for classes or enroll in the courses you need?
  • What is there to do in the surrounding area?
  • Do students seem to like the food?
  • Do most undergrads live on campus? Or are students dying to get off-campus housing?
  • Are students allowed to have cars on campus?
  • What's the percentage of students who graduate within four years?
  • How does your career services office help students find internships and jobs?
  • What is your freshmen retention rate?
  • What are your most popular majors?
  • How well are undergrads able to get to know their professors?
  • What do you love most about this school?
There's no reason to be nervous or tongue tied when meeting with college reps. Remember -- they're hoping to make a good impression as well. All you need is to have a few questions in your back pocket and the conversation is sure to flow!
article from 2013