Holly Counseling Newsletter

What's Happening?

Fall is in the Air!!

I always love this time of year. It reminds of crisp morning air, apple farms, cider and donuts! I remember this each time I see the beautiful, fall colors on trees, chrysanthemums, pumpkins and scarecrows that come with our beautiful fall season. It is also an exciting time at the high school as our students are getting into their course work, attending football games, fall honors, and all the other exciting events that happen in the fall.

Meet your Holly High School Counselors!

Mrs. Erickson comes to Holly with 20 years of high school teaching experience in Career and Technical Education. Prior to coming to Holly High School, she worked at Groves High School in Birmingham for her entire teaching career, and during that time completed her Masters in Counseling at Wayne State University. Mrs Erickson is a licensed School Counselor and a Limited Licensed Professional Counselor. Prior to becoming a teacher, she earned her Masters of Arts in Teaching from Wayne State University and a Bachelors of Science in Business Marketing from Arizona State University. She spent time working in financial services, restaurants and a domestic violence shelter. Mrs. Erickson currently lives in Beverly Hills with her husband and daughter and enjoys spending time with her family, especially watching her daughter compete in swimming and softball. She is extremely excited to be working in Holly on the counseling team! Mrs. Erickson will see students with last names A-K.

Ms. Godman is a fully Licensed Professional Counselor and Nationally Certified Counselor, she has worked at virtually every level of education, from Middle School, to High School, Community College and University level Counseling. She is excited about working in the high school setting again, where the important work of preparing students for a bright future is in full swing. Education runs in the family. Her mom was both a teacher and counselor and both

her sons are teachers too!!! Educating students and guiding them towards new beginnings is

such an important calling. Ms. Godman is excited to get to know the students of Holly High

School and proud to be able to contribute towards their success!!!! Mrs Goodman sees students with the last names H-O

Mr. Hacker recently moved back to Michigan from Oklahoma. He has 14 years experience in high school education both in Oklahoma and here in his home state of Michigan. He spent nine years in the special education and regular classroom where he was certified to teach all core subject areas at the high school level. The remainder of his time in education has been spent as a high school counselor. He has worked in urban, suburban, and rural districts with widely varying needs and demographics. Mr. Hacker is excited to serve the welcoming Holly community and get to know parents and students better! Mr. Hacker sees students with last names P-Z

Mrs. Price joined Holly in January 2022 as the District Counseling Specialist. She has 16+ years of experience as both a high school counselor and a middle school counselor. She is a fully licensed counselor, and has also worked in private practice. Mrs. Price works with Holly's alternative students and also with elementary students as counseling needs arise. She is excited to be a part of several new initiatives at Holly Area Schools. She has been training staff on Crisis Intervention, and is on the district team for social emotional learning. In her free time, Mrs. Price enjoys traveling with her husband, reading books, and cuddling with her two dogs. She is the proud mother of her daughter who is pursuing her master's degree in Speech Language Pathology, and her son who works as Director of Photography in film and lives in Los Angeles California.

Holly High School Students

Class of 2023 Seniors. Important Info !

  • Senior interviews with your counselors are taking place now!
  • Make sure you have a strong senior year, this is not the time to slack!
  • Attendance is so important. Studies show that student's grades drop drastically when they are not present at school each day!
  • Attend the Junior/Senior Presentation
  • Sign up for the Common App presentation scheduled 10/13/22 with your advisory teacher!
  • Make sure you get your college applications in by the deadlines!
  • Sign up for college visits! We have many schools willing to talk directly to you!

Upcoming Dates:


10/12/22 AP Exam Registration

10/20/22 Jostens Presentation

10/21/22 Senior Photos Due

10/27/22 Cap and Gown Orders

10/28/22 AP Exam fees due

10/24-28th College Week

10/26/22 College Fair and FAFSA WORKSHOP

Class of 2024 Juniors

Your Junior year is important! Stay strong with your grades and course selections! If you haven't started your activities resume', the time is NOW!

Junior Timeline:

11th Grade: College Planning Timeline

  • Stay on track with your classes and grades. ...
  • Take the SAT or ACT ...
  • Evaluate your education options. ...
  • Make a college list. ...
  • Continue gathering college information. ...
  • Organize a testing plan. ...
  • Make sure you're meeting any special requirements. ...
  • Stay involved with extracurricular activities.
  • Learn more about financial aid
  • Schedule campus visits

Class of 2025 Sophomores

  • Have you been involved in clubs, volunteering or work? Start keeping track of your experiences in a document or a journal for future resume/ brag sheet.

  • Use PSAT scores to help you reach your goals: Make sure you log into your College Board accounts to make sure that you review your scores and make plans for next year’s PSAT and SAT. You can start preparing for your tests next year by using Khan Academy’s individualized test prep.

CLASS of 2026 Freshman

You are in high school now! All of your classes have credits attached! Make sure you start your high school years strong and don't dig a hole with failing classes that your will have to make up later.

You have just started your GPA. It is easy to keep it up if you start strong, but very difficult once you get a few failing grades.

Clubs are a great way to get involved and meet new people! Check out the list of clubs Holly High School has to offer.

Are you struggling in your classes?

Check out our After School Tutoring! This resource is available to you

Monday-Thursday 2:30-3:30*.

*Note that some Tuesdays staff have meetings and department time* Check with your teacher

Holly Middle School Counseling

Mrs. Godoshian has been busy helping middle school students get acclimated to the new school year!

Mr. Mattingly has also been busy counseling his middle school students on class choices, friends, and many other middle school topics.

Both counselors have been getting to know their new 6th grade students by doing brief meetings called "One Minute Meeting"

Classroom circles have been happening for students to express concerns and build relationships.

Both Counselors coordinate Monday Mindfulness where students can de-stress the start of their week.

6th Grade

  • Welcome to Middle School!
  • Middle school is different from elementary school. Now you have 5 different teachers. It is important for you to stay focused, learn study skills and stay organized.
  • Always give your best, because everything you do will affect you.
  • It doesn't matter what other people think of you, just BE YOURSELF!
  • Always get your homework done because it is always easier to keep up than it is to catch up!
  • Be Kind.

7th Grade

  • Start the school year strong! Get your homework done and keep your grades up.
  • Be organized, and make sure that you have a homework binder organized by subject.
  • Be Kind.
  • Limit your social media!
  • Always give our best, because everything you do does affect you.
  • Join a club!
  • Make friends.

8TH Grade

  • Use a separate notebook or binder for each subject. Having a separate notebook for each class helps you stay organized.
  • Plan ahead for big assignments.
  • Make a plan for studying.
  • Don't be afraid to ask for help.
  • Plan ahead for High School!
  • Avoid drama and gossip so you can focus on having fun with friends.
  • Make new friends without ditching your old ones.
  • Be kind.