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

General Questions?  Call Cindy at 517-699-0294 between 8:00am - 3:00pm weekdays

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

Pop-up Pantry
For Holt high school students in need. Strictly confidential.
Personal hygiene products, food, winter clothing.
Email: or call the North Campus office.
MAIN CAMPUS (MC)   grades 9 - 11
5885 W. Holt Rd., Holt MI 48842
for 9th-11th grade students
Attendance/Absence line
Asst. Principals
                                                 Christopher Billingslea -
                                                 Nick Johnson -
                                                Attendance/Discipline Office:         517-694-3446
                                                Attendance Office Fax:                      517-694-2044
Driving Directions to Holt HS


Holiday Vocal Concert — Dec. 13 — 7:00pm, Theater Main Campus

Fall Play—”Beauty and the Beast” — Dec. 8, 9, 10 — 7:00pm
                  Tickets at the door        Dec. 11 — 2:00pm matinee


BUILDING HOURS (during the school year)
  • The Main Campus and North Campus are open with supervision from 6:45 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.
  • Wednesday supervision is provided from 9:20 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Students are not to be on school property before or after those times unless participating in a supervised activity.
  • Students must be with an adviser, teacher, or coach of an after school activity or they will be considered as loitering in the building after 3:00 p.m.
  • Parents of students who arrive before the start time or are delayed beyond the end time will be notified and asked to make alternate arrangements. Thank you for your cooperation.
 (These time schedules for building supervision have been implemented for the safety and welfare
of our students. The intention is to ensure that all students are safe and well-supervised.)
If a student does not ride a school bus parents must make arrangements for their student to be picked up by 3:00pm. Parents can pre-arrange CATA transportation by calling CATA at 517-394-CATA.
Students with a student pass (obtained from the school office) can ride for .60 cents one way. Students may obtain a student CATA bus pass in the Counseling Office during business hours.  One bus pass can be issued per student per school year.  If the pass is lost students must apply for another one at the CATA office. 
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Class of 2017

Graduation - Sunday, June 4, 2017

Holt High School Information

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

Student Activities

Website link from Web Publishing Class = Holt HS
Student Success
On most Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays a study hall and student success period are held in the library at the main campus from 2:45 p.m.-3:30 p.m. 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.



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

We need your help at home to set clear expectations for school.

Attendance, Academic Achievement,
Credit, and Graduation
The Michigan Merit Curriculum is rigorous and for many students will not be easy. Missing one day of school can have a substantial impact on the learning of sequential information. Holt High School grade data shows students with poor attendance are academically unsuccessful.

Top three ways parents can support their student to learn, succeed, obtain credit, and graduate!
1. Coach, cajole, expect, and insist that your student get to school every day on time (no excuses). Follow up by viewing daily absences and tardies at Family Access. Sign up at
2. Coach, cajole, expect, and insist that your student get at least 8 hours of sleep every school night.
3. Coach, cajole, expect, and insist that your student has a balanced diet, with an emphasis on fruits and vegetables and eat more whole grain complex complex carbohydrates and fewer refined and simple carbohydrates. Breakfast is essential every day! Help your student to “start smart” with breakfast at home or at school. A student school breakfast costs $1.50 (.30 for reduced breakfast).

A student demonstrating poor attendance, either by accumulating tardies or unexcused absences, subjects themselves to parent/administrative meetings, mandatory After School Academic Support, Saturday morning or Wednesday morning detentions, suspension, loss of credit, and/or alternative educational options other than Holt High School.

Practical and Financial Consequences
of Poor Attendance
1. Failure to learn critical Michigan Merit Curriculum objectives.
2. Failure of course and loss of credit.
3. Lower scores on the Michigan Merit Exam and ACT for college entrance.
4. Repeat of courses at a cost paid for by the parent.
5. Student does not graduate on time or at all.
6. Cost of remedial high school education at a Community College.
7. Financial dependence on parents.
8. Statistically lifetime lower income earning potential.
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.
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,


Holiday Vocal Concert

at Holt HS Main Campus' Theater

Tues., Dec. 13, 2016

7:00 p.m.


HHS presents:

Beauty and the Beast

Thurs. - Sat.   Dec. 8, 9, 10    7:00 p.m.

Sun. matinee      Dec. 11      2:00 p.m.

Holt High School

Main Campus Theater

$10 Tickets at the door

General Seating



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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
CALENDAR  2016 - 2017
for HOLT HIGH SCHOOL 9-12 grades
(changes will be kept to a minimum; parents will be informed of changes)


1     Holiday Band Concert – Main Campus Theater – 7:00 pm
7     ½ day PM Weds. – 10:35 am – 2:35 pm
8-11 Sr HS "Beauty and the Beast" 7:00 pm  Theater, $10 tickets general seating
12    Board of Education mtg. 7:00 pm – Admin Bldg.
13    Holiday Vocal Concert – 7:00 pm  Theater
14    FULL DAY WEDS. – 7:30 am – 2:35 pm
19    Winter Break begins (2 weeks)


3     School Resumes
4     FULL DAY WEDS. – 7:30 am – 2:35 pm
10   Band Booster Mtg. 7:00 pm  Band Room
11    ½ day PM Weds. – 10:35 am – 2:35 pm
16    NO SCHOOL – MLK Observance
18    ½ day PM Weds. – 10:35 am – 2:35 pm
25    EXAMS (1st & 2nd hrs) 7:30 am – 11:10 am (half day)
26    EXAMS (3rd & 4th hrs) 7:30 am – 11:10 am (half day)
27    EXAMS (5th & 6th hrs) 7:30 am – 11:10 am (half day)
30    2nd Semester begins


1     ½ day PM Weds. – 10:35 am – 2:35 pm
2     Scheduling Night for Parents 6:00-8:30 pm, Main Campus Theater
7     Band Booster Mtg. 7:00 pm  Band Room
8     FULL DAY WEDS COUNT DAY – 7:30 am – 2:35 pm
13    Board of Education mtg. 7:00 pm  Admin Bldg.
15    ½ day PM Weds. – 10:35 am – 2:35 pm
17-20 NO SCHOOL – Mid-Winter Break
21    Pre-festival Band Concert – 7:00 pm – Main Campus Theater
22    ½ day PM Weds. – 10:35 am – 2:35 pm

MARCH 2017

1     ½ day PM Weds. – 10:35 am – 2:35 pm
7     Band Booster Mtg. 7:00 pm  Band Room
8     FULL DAY WEDS. – 7:30 am – 2:35 pm
         P-T CONFERENCES 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm (evening session this date)
9     Thurs. – ½ day classes 1,2,3 in AM 7:30 am  11:10 am
         P-T CONFERENCES 12:30 – 3:00 pm – at MC Commons/Library 
10     Fri. - ½ day classes 4,5,6 in AM from 7:30 am 11:10 am
13     Board of Education mtg. 7:00 pm  Admin Bldg.
14     Band-Aid Dinner & Concert 6:00 pm  Main Campus commons area
15     ½ day PM Weds. – 10:35 am – 2:35 pm
         Education Foundation Community Recognition Dinner @ Chisholm Hills
22     ½ day PM Weds. – 10:35 am – 2:35 pm
29     FULL DAY WEDS. – 7:30 am – 2:35 pm
        Academic “H” Awards – 7:00 pm – Theater – by invitation
31    Spring Break begins (Friday)

APRIL 2017

3-7    Spring Break  NO SCHOOL
10     School Resumes
        Board of Education Meeting – 7:00 pm – Board Room Admin Bldg.
11     Band Booster mtg. 7:00 pm, Band Room
12     FULL DAY WEDS 7:30 am – 2:35 pm
        National Honor Society Induction – 7:00 pm – Theater
19     ½ day PM Weds. – 10:35 am – 2:35 pm
20-23 HHS Spring Stage Production (TBA) in Theater at 7:00 pm
24     Top Ten Dinner – 6:30 pm – by invitation – Charlar Place, Holt
26-27 MSVMA State Choir Festival in Main Campus
26     ½ day PM Weds. – 10:35 am – 2:35 pm

MAY 2017

1     3.5 Senior Dinner – 6:30 pm West Commons – MC – by invitation
3     FULL DAY WEDS 7:30 am – 2:35 pm
8     Board of Education mtg. 7:00 pm  Admin Bldg.
9     Band Booster mtg. 7:00 pm  Band Room
10    ½ day PM Weds. – 10:35 am – 2:35 pm
       Awards Night – 7:00-8:00 pm – Theater (teachers, coaches awards)
17    ½ day PM Weds. – 10:35 am – 2:35 pm
18    Spring Band Concert – 7:00 pm  Theater
20    PROM
24    ½ day PM Weds. – 10:35 am – 2:35 pm
26    Last day for seniors without exams
29    NO SCHOOL – Memorial Day
30    Senior Exams & official last day for seniors
31    FULL DAY WEDS. – 7:30 am – 2:35 pm

JUNE 2017

3     Senior Breakfast – 9:00 am – Main Campus – West Commons
4     Baccalaureate – 1:30 pm – Main Campus Theater
       COMMENCEMENT4:30pm – MSU Breslin Center
7     FULL DAY WEDS. – 7:30 am – 2:35 pm
12    Board of Education mtg. 7:00 pm  Admin Bldg.
14    EXAMS (1st & 2nd hrs) 7:30 am  dismiss 11:10 am
15    EXAMS (3rd & 4th hrs) 7:30 am  dismiss 11:10 am
16    EXAMS (5th & 6th hrs) 7:30 am  dismiss 11:10 am
Last Day of School
Teacher’s last work day

~ all events are subject to change; changes will be kept to a minimum ~
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,
receiving the Presidential Blue Ribbon award.

 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: