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HAS first in state to offer ‘Leader in Me’ program at middle school level Print
Written by Amy Mayhew
Wednesday, June 26 2013

More than 40 staff members and...

HOLLY, Michigan – Holly Area Schools will soon add another feather to its cap as staff members of Holly Middle School prepare to bring FranklinCovey’s The Leader in Me program into the school this fall, making it a “Lighthouse School,” or the first middle school in Michigan to offer the program.

This week, more than 40 staff members and paraprofessionals gave up three days of their personal time to receive training in the popular leadership program.

The Leader in Me is a whole-school transformation model that acts like the operating system of a computer — it improves performance of all other programs. Based on The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, The Leader in Me produces transformational results such as higher academic achievement, fewer discipline problems, and increased engagement among teachers and parents. Better yet, The Leader in Me equips students with the self-confidence and skills they need to thrive in the 21st century economy.

HAS school board awards ‘parting bonus’ to retiring superintendent Print
Written by Amy Mayhew
Tuesday, June 11 2013

Tony Mayhew presents Kent Barn...

HOLLY, Michigan – It’s the end of an era for Holly Area Schools, as Superintendent Kent Barnes prepares to retire at the end of the month after devoting 14 years of service to the district.

In recognition of his service, Board President Tony Mayhew presented Barnes with a commemorative plaque during the June 10 board meeting.

“Even though he asked us not to make a big deal of it – tonight is Mr. Barnes’ last meeting as the superintendent for Holly Area Schools, and we would like to recognize him for all the good work he’s done for the district,” Mayhew said.  Mayhew presented Barnes with the plaque on behalf of the current Board of Education, as well as previous boards for which Barnes has served.

‘Leadership Day’ spotlights success of Leader in Me program at Holly El Print
Written by Amy Mayhew
Wednesday, May 22 2013

Principal Franklin Cox

HOLLY, Michigan – Staff and students of Holly Elementary School pulled out all the stops on Wednesday as they celebrated “Leadership Day,” a day in which the school touted it’s Leader in Me school status, and showed nearly 60 teachers, administrators, community leaders, state officials, and others what they have learned, and how successful the program has been in its first year.

Holly Elementary School Principal, Franklin Cox, said he was tipped off about the Leader in Me program last year by soon-to-be Superintendent, Dave Nuss.  Cox and a group of teachers and parents traveled to Leadership Day at Beaumont Elementary School last spring, and soon after, got the ball rolling in Holly.

Last year, Holly Elementary School was one of 60 schools in North America to receive a $50,000 grant for the Leader in Me program, through the I Am A Leader Foundation. The funding, Cox said, will be used for Leader in Me training over the next few years.

HHS student wins Kettering University scholarship Print
Monday, April 29 2013

Matthew Hoskins

ST. LOUIS, Missouri - Matthew Hoskins, a senior at Holly High School, was recognized for receiving a FIRST Robotics scholarship from Kettering University during FIRST Nationals in St. Louis, MO, April 26.
Hoskins’ team competed at Nationals April 25-27 in the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis.

“In FIRST, you’re building robots but you’re also building friendships,” Hoskins said. “I want to work in biomedical engineering and work with prosthetics, and FIRST has been good preparation. I want to help people.”

FIRST scholarships, totaling $22,500 over 4.5 years of school, are awarded yearly by Kettering University to future Kettering students who participated in FIRST, submit two letters of recommendation and write a one-page essay highlighting their leadership skills and how FIRST helped prepare them for a professional career path.

Secretary of State helps students celebrate Michigan Reading Month Print
Written by Amy Mayhew
Thursday, March 28 2013

Secretary of State Ruth Johnso...

HOLLY, Michigan – In honor of Michigan’s Reading Month, Michigan’s Secretary of State, Ruth Johnson stopped by Holly Academy Thursday morning to read a favorite book of hers to Holly Academy kindergarten students.

Before getting started, Johnson talked about Michigan, and even shared a picture she had taken atop the Mackinac Bridge. “That’s me popping through a port hole at the very top of the bridge,” she said pointing to a blown up photograph. “As you can see, it’s quite a view from up there.”

Johnson solicited the help of kindergartener Isabel Banks, 5 as she then read Helen Palmer's,  “A Fish Out of Water,” to the group.

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