5885 W. Holt Road, Holt MI 48842
Main Phone: 517-694-2162


 Michael P. Willard  
  Attendance:   517-694-3446
Counseling:     517-694-2116
     Athletics:    517-694-2383
     H.S. Fax:     517-699-3451
 Driving Directions to Holt HS
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Reinventing Holt High School!
 Visit the district information site at
 Graduation  June 1, 2014   4:30pm
at the Jack Breslin Center, MSU Campus
No tickets needed; first come, first seated
doors open at 3:30pm for seating 
Click below for the:
OFFICIAL GRADUATION SITE - all seniors print and return the Commencement Participation Contract. Please review all other forms at the site; print and return the forms that pertain to you. Note the deadline date for most forms is Tuesday, May 13.

Graduation Gazette for HHS Seniors
Graduation Gazette for EdTrek

Order packets are available in the Counseling Office. Initial orders were taken in November. If your student has not yet ordered please call the representatives listed below.  Cap, gown, and announcement delivery is:
Monday, April 21 & Tuesday, April 22 during lunch periods.  All orders must be paid in full when picking up.
Questions? Call Andy Gillespie or Brett Gillespie at 517-449-7243 or 517-282-9876. The official graduation supplier for Holt High School is National Recognition Products.
Senior Graduation Requirements - 27.5 credits as listed below. (More information on the HHS Counseling Office website under the "more . . ." tab; then credit review.)
    English 4.5 credits
    Math 4.0 credits
    Math .5 credit in senior year
    Science 4.0 credits
    Social Studies 4.0 credits (Govt. & Econ included)
    Computer Literacy .5 credit
    Fine Arts .5 credit
    Health .5 credit
    Phys Ed .5 credit
    Other/electives 8.5 credits
PLUS - Michigan Merit Exam - receive valid scores in reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies. See HPS Board Policy A6056 for complete requirement.


About Holt High School
Enrolling your in-district student begins at the Registration Gateway link at:
School of Choice (option for out-of-district families) - applications taken each June at  Inquiries can be made by emailing Jan Dodge at
HHS Student Website - will be updated by a student web publishing class as they learn during the semester.
Holt Public Schools District Website (also has Pay-to-Participate information)
School Bell Schedule
School Highlights
Staff Directory 2013-2014 
Student Handbook for 2013-2014
Parking Pass link to print application
Athletic Pass link to print application
A written request must be given by the former student only. You may fax your request to (517) 699-3451, or mail to: Holt High School, Attn: Transcript Request, 5885 W. Holt Rd., Holt, MI 48842, or email to:  We process by U.S. Mail within 7-10 days (we do not fax or email transcripts).
In person: come to the counseling office at Holt HS between 8:00am-4:00pm weekdays (NO Fridays in summer).
Parent Information & Ideas
Rambling On Parent Newsletters:
          Spring 2013
          Winter 2012
          Fall 2012
          Spring 2012
          Winter 2011
          Fall 2011
Scheduling Night Powerpoint Presentation 2012
 Student Activities
Student Success
HHS Calendar


APRIL  2014


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

4          Spring Break begins (Friday) no school

7-11     Spring Break - NO SCHOOL

14        School Resumes

            MOVED to the 17th Academic Honor Awards – by invitation – 7:00-8:00pm – Theater

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

            Band Booster mtg. 7:00pm, Band Room

            ½ day PM Weds. – 10:30am – 2:30pm

17        Academic Honor Awards –by invitation – 7:00-8:00pm – Theater

21        Top Ten Dinner – 6:30pm – by invitation

23        ½ day PM Weds. – 10:30am – 2:30pm

            Fine Arts Festival 6:30-9:00pm, Commons/Theater/Art wing

24-25   Cap/Gown/Announcements delivered during lunch periods

28        3.5 Senior Dinner – by invitation – 6:30pm

30        ½ day PM Weds. – 10:30am – 2:30pm




MAY  2014


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

7          ½ day PM Weds. – 10:30am – 2:30pm

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

            Band Booster mtg. 7:00pm, Band Room

14        ½ day PM Weds. – 10:30am – 2:30pm

            District’s Retirement Reception - TBA

15        Spring Band Concert 7:00pm, Theater

17        PROM

20        Spring POP’s Vocal Concert 7:00pm, Theater

21        ½ day PM Weds. – 10:30am – 2:30pm

26        NO SCHOOL – Memorial Day

27        Senior Exams & official last day for seniors

28        FULL DAY WEDS. – 7:30am – 2:30pm

31        Senior Breakfast 9:00am, West Commons




JUNE  2014


1          Commencement - 4:30pm - MSU Breslin Student Events Center

            Baccalaureate – 1:30pm – HHS Theater

4          FULL DAY WEDS. – 7:30am – 2:30 pm

11        FULL DAY with  EXAMS in hours 1 & 2 – 7:30-11:10am; then 3-6 hrs until 2:30pm

12        EXAMS hours 3& 4 – 7:30am - dismiss 11:10am

13        EXAMS hours 5 & 6 – 7:30am - dismiss 11:10am

            Last Day of School

            Teacher’s last work day


 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
About Holt High School

Holt High School is a four year comprehensive school. The main high school campus, housing grades 10-12, is located on a 40-acre campus-like setting with a performing Arts complex seating 850 in the theater and a comprehensive on-grounds Athletic complex.

Ninth grade students are housed in a separate facility called the 9th Grade Campus (NGC) which is located directly across the street from our 10-12 campus.

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:,1607,7-140-6530_30334_51042-232021--,00.html


Due to extra snow days over the winter the high school will need to make up 2 days.
Please note the changes on your calendar:

Wednesday, June 11 will be a full day Wednesday with exams for 1st & 2nd hour from 7:30am-11:10am; then the school day will continue with 3,4,5,6th hours until 2:30pm.

Thursday, June 12 will be a 1/2 day with exams for 3rd & 4th hours from 7:30am-11:10am

Friday, June 13 will be a 1/2 day with exams for 5th & 6th hours from 7:30am-11:10am. This is the last day of school for the school year.


7:00-8:00pm - Holt HS Theater
6:30-7:00pm reception in center commons for honorees and their family
Program and list of awarded students

Due to a district calendar conflict this awards night has been
moved from April 14 to Thursday, April 17.

This event is by invitation only.
Honorees must have obtained a 3.75 GPA or above in one semester
(either fall semester of current year or the spring semester of the previous year).
The GPA is not the cumulative (overall) GPA standing -- it is the total GPA
of the 6 classes in one semester marking period.  Questions? Call Cindy at 517-699-0294


Monday, April 21
6:30 p.m.  at Charlar Place in Holt
sponsored by the Holt Kiwanis Club

This event is by invitation only.

Holt High School's TOP TEN SENIORS (actually 12 seniors this year!)


Monday, April 28
6:30 p.m.  West Commons - Holt HS

This event is by invitation only. 3.5 Seniors to be awarded.
Honorees are all seniors that have maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above
for their entire high school career from ninth grade through first semester
of the current school year.

  Questions? Call Cindy at 517-699-0294


Monday, May 5
7:00-8:00pm  - Holt HS Theater
6:30-7:00pm reception in center commons for honorees and their family

This event is by invitation only.
Awards presented by teachers, departments, coaches, clubs to students
they nominate.  Questions? Call Cindy at 517-699-0294.


REPORT CARD CHANGE: the first semester ended with exams on January 22, 23 & 24. Grades can be viewed through Family Access; traditional report cards will not be mailed. If a parent needs a paper report card they can request one for pickup on the afternoon of January 30 by emailing secretary Laura Barens at before January 29. Allow for a 24-hour processing time to prepare the report card before picking up the report card (no mailing). Each family may only request a paper copy one time per semester.

SENIORS ORDERED CAPS & GOWNS: If your senior did not order their cap and gown in November it's not too late!  Call the graduation representative, Brett Gillespie at 517-449-7243 or email him at The cap and gown unit is $22.76. Other senior items are also available for purchase.

H-TOWN SCHOOL STORE: Holt Ram Gear available for sale -- great gifts! The school store is operated by the Retail Management class at Holt High School and open from 10:50-12:20 Mon, Tues, Thurs, and Friday.



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.
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 the 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 posket and the conversation is sure to flow!
article from 2013
What Parents Should Know About Prescription Drug Use
Prescription drug abuse is a rapidly increasing problem, especially among 12- to 17-year olds according to a study by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University. The number of Americans who illegally use or abuse prescription drugs now exceeds the number of Americans who abuse cocaine, hallucinogens, inhalants and heroin combined, and the number of teens who abuse prescription drugs has nearly tripled since 1992. By learning what parents should know about prescription drug use, you can take the first steps to helping a child at risk or suffering from a prescription drug addiction.
Some signs in children abusing prescription drugs are: Unexplained mood changes/mood swings; unpredictable behavior; changes in eating or sleeping patterns; missing money, prescription drugs or cough medicines from the home; slipping grades; loss of interest in activities he or she once enjoyed; unexplained drowsiness, confusion, nausea, nervousness, loss of appetite, weight loss, increased energy; poor concentration, or impaired coordination and memory.
The most commonly abused prescription drugs fall into three categories. Opioids—medications normally prescribed to treat pain. Common opioids are Vicodin (hydrocodone), OxyContin (oxycodone), Darvon (propoxyphene), Diluadid (hydromorphone), morphine, fentanyl, codeine, and other related medications. CNS depressants—prescribed to treat anxiety and sleep disorders. They are tranquilizers or sedatives that slow normal brain function and include barbiturates (e.g.; Adderall and Dexedrine) and methylphenidates (e.g.; Concerta and Ritalin). Pain relievers such as OxyContin and Vicodin are the most commonly abused prescription drugs by teens. Dextromethorphan (DXM) is also commonly abused and is found in many over-the-counter cough and cold medicines.
Abusing prescription drugs can lead to addiction and even death. Combining opioids with alcohol, CNS depressants with substances that cause drowsiness (such as alcohol and over-the-counter cold and allergy medications), and stimulants with antidepressants (including some over-the-counter cold medicines) can all result in death.
Prescription drugs are the most commonly abused drug among 12- to 13-year olds and the second most commonly abused drug, after marijuana, among older teens. The abuse of prescription painkillers by young adults rose more than 12 percent between 2002 and 2007 and nearly one in five teens report abusing prescription drugs not prescribed to them. One-third of teens believe there’s “nothing wrong” with using prescription drugs every once in awhile, and 4 out of 10 teens agree that prescription drugs are safer to use than illegal drugs, even if they’re not prescribed by a doctor.
Three out of 10 teens believe that prescription pain relievers are not addictive; five out of the top six drugs abused by high school seniors in 2006 were prescription drugs or cough/cold medicines. The top six drugs, in order, were; marijuana, Vicodin, amphetamines, cough medicine, sedatives & tranquilizers.
Safeguard all drugs at home by monitoring their quantities and controlling access to them. This includes throwing away and hiding in the trash any unused medications and asking friends and family to do the same. Discuss the dangers of prescription drug abuse with your child. According to the Partnership for a Drug-Free America, teens are 50 percent less likely to use drugs if they learn the risks of drug use from their parents. Set clear rules about the proper way to take medications, including following the doctor’s advice and not sharing medicine with friends.
Take action if you see any signs of abuse or sense that something is wrong. Don’t wait or the abuse could turn into an addiction.                                                                                                              Casa Palmera 2012
      Successful Students -  Be Successful in Class
Be in school, on time, every day.  When you miss school, you miss class presentations, notes, discussions, assignments, quizzes, and tests. It doesn't matter how good you are about making up your work, you can never make up all of what you miss, even if you're out of school for only one day. To get good grades, you must be in school every day. Unless you have an extended illness or a serious health problem, you should miss no more than a few days of school a year.
Learn how to adapt to different teachers.  In the classroom, the teachers are in charge and they make the rules. You might have one teacher who counts you tardy if you're not in your seat when the bell rings, and another teacher who considers you on time if you have one foot inside the door. It doesn't matter whether or not you agree with the first teacher's rule; it only matters that you are in your seat when the bell rings. Part of your education is to learn how to adapt to different sets of rules, personalities, and teaching styles.
Be prepared for each class. Have everything you need with you when you go to class (books, paper, pencils). Also have all of your homework done. When you've done your homework, you get more out of the class, the material being taught makes more sense, and you can participate in discussions. If you haven't done your homework, you may not even understand what your teacher is talking about. Being prepared also means that you come to class well rested and ready to learn.
Sit in the front of the class, if possible. It's easier to pay attention and stay involved when you sit in the front of the classroom. If you have a problem paying attention, ask your teacher if you can sit close to the front.
Participate in class. Participating in class makes the class more interesting. It also helps keep your mind focused. Ask and answer questions, and get involved in class discussions. Many teachers give participation points, so participating can also help you get a better grade.
Always do your homework. Don't look at homework as something you should do. Think of it as something you must do. Since a large portion of your grade is usually based on homework, your grade drops every time you miss an assignment. Complete all of your homework on time and, whenever possible, do extra credit work.
2011 Woodburn Press;
Michigan Laws Concerning Alcohol and Underage Drinking
Michigan laws are very stringent when it concerns children under the age of 21 consuming beverages containing alcohol. The days of thinking “it’s just kids being kids” is a thing of the past and has been replaced with strict guidelines and punishments. Some of the more common teenage occurrences include:
MIP - A first offense of minor in possession (MIP) of alcohol is a criminal misdemeanor which goes on your permanent criminal history and your automobile driver’s license. While a sentence deferral or expungement could erase the offense later, there are serious consequences. For a first offense, the fine is $100 and no jail, however, jail time can be awarded if probation is not correctly followed.
A second offense can include imprisonment for not more than 30 days but only if the minor has been found by the court to have violated an order of probation, failed to successfully complete any treatment, screening, or community service ordered by the court, or failed to pay any fine for that conviction or juvenile adjudication, a fine of not more than $200, or both, and may be ordered to participate in substance abuse prevention services or substance abuse treatment and rehabilitation services. The teenager’s driver’s license will also be suspended for 30 days and restricted for an additional 60 days thereafter.
Legal Consequences of Providing Alcohol to Underage Youth
A person who sells or furnishes alcohol to an underage youth will be fined $1,000 and may go to jail for up to 60 days. A person who sells or furnishes alcohol a second time will have a $2,000 fine, a 90-day mandatory jail sentence and possibly community service. If someone dies as a result of underage alcohol use, the person who provided the alcohol may be imprisoned for up to 10 years and/or fined up to $5,000.
Drinking and Driving - The State of Michigan has some of the toughest zero tolerance and underage drinking laws in the country. Michigan’s “Zero Tolerance” law, which states that an underage driver cannot have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) over .02, was established to help curb teenage driving fatalities. A first offense can include up to a $250 fine and/or up to 360 hours of community service. The teenager’s driver license is restricted for 30 days, four points on their driver record, and an assessment of a $500 Drivers Responsibility Fee for 2 consecutive years.
A second offense within seven years includes up to a $500 fine and/or up to 60 days community service as well as up to 93 days in jail. A driver license suspension of 90 days will be assessed. Any prior drunk driving conviction results in a minimum one-year drivers license revocation. Four points will be levied on the teenager’s drivers record and a $500 Driver Responsibility Fee for two consecutive years will be imposed. A BAC level of .08 or above constitutes a Driving Under the Influence charge (DUI). Parents may be responsible for any and all damages relating to alcohol and driving caused by their teenage child until that child is 18 years of age.
High School Math: How Parents Can Help Build Skills

 by Patti Shezzi,

By the time your child reaches high school, ideally he will be self-motivated and able to tackle courses like algebra, geometry, and statistics. But for many teenagers, a lifelong fear of numbers, lack of motivation, and a weak foundation make high school math a struggle.

Students who get lost may need to go back and relearn the basics, says Joseph R. Davis, author of The Essentials of High School Math. But convincing your child she needs help can be a challenge. “When it comes to students who really need help, it’s almost like they rebel,” Davis says. “The more parents push, the more students push back.”

If your child says she doesn’t want or need help in math, don’t give up. Let her know you want her to make peace with math. Even if she plans a career that doesn’t specifically require math, she could suffer setbacks if she doesn’t have a solid grasp of the fundamentals. Here are some ways you can help your child get her math skills on track.

Inspire your child. So many students just lack confidence. By the time they get to high school, they are comfortable saying “I’m not good in math.” In many cases, they’ve been saying it since 4th grade. Look for every opportunity to boost your child’s confidence. Point out math skills he might not even realize he has. For example, his knowledge of the stats for his favorite baseball team might reflect a deep understanding of math concepts. Sometimes just one A on a quiz will turn a child’s attitude around. Study with your child so he can experience that feeling.
Tutor your child. If you have a solid math background, even if you haven’t used it for a while, you may be able to work with your child. Instead of leaving her to labor over homework assignments, set aside time every week to work on the specific skills that are holding her back.
Hire a tutor. In some cases, even if you have a close bond with your child and you are strong in math, you might not be the best person to help him. Of course you want a tutor with a solid math background, but you also need to find the right personality to connect with your child. Sometimes a simple rephrasing of the steps for solving a math problem will trigger a light bulb moment.
Get the tools for your child to teach herself. Some free resources on the Internet might be useful. You can help your child assess the quality of sites that offer free math help. Ask the math teacher for extra help.
Step away from the calculator. A graphing calculator looks impressive, but it can mask math weaknesses. Sometimes you have to take the calculator away from your child to assess what he really knows. Some high school students never mastered the multiplication tables. “That is the core of algebra,” Davis says. Ask your child to explain to you what multiplication is. If you help your child learn basic multiplication tables without a calculator, everything else just might fall into place.
Encourage your child to use math every day. At a restaurant, have your child calculate the tip. At the mall, have her figure out the cost of a sweater that’s 35 percent off. When you’re driving, ask him how long it will take you to drive a certain distance at a certain speed. Cooking, knitting, and gardening also offer great opportunities to use math at home.
Parents are often reluctant to help their kids with math because they don’t have confidence in their own abilities. Regardless of your skills, it’s a worthwhile investment to help your child get comfortable. Solid, basic math skills will help your child get through high school, get into a good college, and succeed in life, whether she chooses a career as an English professor or a pastry chef.                                                                                      Dec 2011
Reducing Test Taking Anxiety 
  • Try to maintain a positive attitude while preparing for the test and during the test.
  • Get a good night's sleep before the test.
  • Show up to class early so you won't have to worry about being late.
  • Stay relaxed; if you begin to get nervous take a few deep breaths slowly to relax yourself and then get back to work.
  • Read the directions slowly and carefully
  • If you don't understand the directions on the test, ask the teacher to explain it to you.
  • Do the simple questions first to help build up your confidence for the harder questions.
  • Don't worry about how fast other people finish their test; just concentrate on your own test.
  • If you don't know a questions skip it for the time being (come back to it later if you have time), and remember that you don't have to always get every question right to do well on the test.
  • Focus on the question at hand; don't let your mind wander on other things.

If you're still experiencing extreme test anxiety after following these tips, seek help from your school counselor.

                                                                                                              2003-2008 Test Taking Tips,