Holly Academy News & Views

September 23, 2022

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Holly Academy has several "mottos" that define us as a school community. They include, "It's great to be a Husky", "Dare to be remarkable", "Power of the Pack", and "Character defines us". Over the past four weeks our HA family, including students, staff, and parents, has embodied these mottos. It is so heartwarming to work in an environment where student welfare and achievement is first and foremost in the hearts and minds of all. It's great to be a Husky!

Volunteer Training

Volunteer training will be held on Sept. 27th at 8:00am in the auditorium. This training is for new parents only or for parents who have not taken the training. All classroom volunteers or field trip chaperones must attend training once to be added to our volunteer database.
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On Wednesday night at the board meeting, I had the honor of presenting our PSAT and M-STEP scores from last year. The scores are awesome, our students did a great job. These test scores truly show how OUTSTANDING our teachers and staff are! I, along with our Board of Directors, would like to send our sincerest THANK YOU to our wonderful teachers for their dedication to educating our Huskies! Our scores exceeded all the comparison districts in every category except one. In that category, we increased our scores by more than 10%. So even though we did not exceed the comparison districts the growth level in that area was substantial.

THANK YOU AGAIN TO OUR STAFF! This is one of the reasons that makes HA special.

Parents, please look over the results and email me with any questions at kiddc@hollyacademy.org.

NWEA MAP testing is in full swing! Students take the MAP test 2-3 times per school year based on requirements from the Michigan Department of Education and Central Michigan University, our charter authorizer. The following grades take these subject area tests:

Y5/K/1 - Reading and Math

2nd - Reading, Math, and English Language Arts

3th-8th - Reading, Math, English Language Arts, and Science

After each assessment cycle (fall, winter, and spring) we hold data meetings. Each grade level team meets with the intervention staff, special education staff, and administration to discuss each child's assessment scores. During these meetings, we make decisions to add additional support (if needed) to promote learning growth. This is one of the many ways we meet our mission, “To provide individual academic success through a positive family/school/community partnership.”

If you have any questions about NWEA testing, please reach out to Tina Craven (craventina@hollyacademy.org). Dare to be remarkable!

Skyward Training:

This is scheduled for Tuesday, September 27th, 6:00-7:00pm. Thank you, Mrs. Price and Mrs. Craven for setting this up. Please click on this link to join.


HA Greenhouse:

Mrs.Price is working hard to make something special for the students and parents of Holly Academy. Please view the attached document to learn more about Holly Academy’s greenhouse:


Thank you to Mrs. Price, Mr. Melero, and Mr. Kildee for their hard work in Horticulture, maintenance, and STEAM to get this project up and running.

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October Lunch

Holly Academy Families,

The breakfast and lunch menus for October have been completed. All orders must be placed by 8:00am on Monday, September 26th. Please read the information below carefully.

Meal Prices for 2022-23


Free Status – Free

Reduced Status - $.30 per breakfast

Paid Status - $2.50 per breakfast


Free Status – Free

Reduced Status - $.40 per lunch

Paid Status - $4.00 per lunch

Pizza: $1.50 per slice (Mondays and Fridays only)

Milk: $.65 each (Available for breakfast and lunch. Flavors: White or Chocolate)

Payment for breakfast and lunch

Since My School Account is a point of sale system and we require all students to preorder, the cost of the meals will be listed as $0.00 (with the exception of a la carte items). As meals are served, balances will be updated in My School Account.

When you checkout in My School Account for October meals, you will owe any money for meals that were served beginning 8/29/22 thru 9/13/22. I will be continuing to enter meals served, so this may change throughout the week. You will need to pay any negative balance prior to checking out for October orders. Please review the items in your cart carefully.

If you believe the balance due is incorrect, please reach out to me prior to placing your order.

If you have sufficient funds in your child’s My School Account, please go to www.myschoolaccount.com and place your order.

If you do not have sufficient funds in your My School Account you will need to add funds via RevTrak. Please use this link to add funds. RevTrak - Food Service

If you add items to your My School Account to determine the amount due for checkout, then add funds in your RevTrak account, you will need to log out and then log in again for the funds to show in your My School Account.

If you have any questions regarding Food Service for the 2022-23 school year, please contact Angie Cryderman at crydermana@hollyacademy.org or 248-634-5554 x154.

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Healthy Huskies

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To ensure that we are providing the healthiest environment for our Huskies, our expectation is that staff and families will use good judgment and stay home when they are sick. Should your child have a fever, our school protocol is that they may not return to school until they are fever free, without medication, for 24 hours. Should your Husky be exposed to a positive COVID case, we will follow the Oakland County Health Department’s guidelines.

HA will continue our daily cleaning protocols using products approved by the CDC to be effective against the COVID-19 virus.

Attached below are the most recent Oakland County Health Department COVID-19 guidelines as of March 1, 2022.

It’s great to be a Husky!
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HAEF Fall Event

Come join us for a fun fall event with HAEF on October 16th. All funds raised help us continue to provide grants to Holly Academy with more than $49,000 given directly to classrooms in the last 9 years! Registration is due by October 11th.

Registration Link


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The Oakland County Health Department's new program is being implemented through the School Mental Health Navigator program. School Mental Health Navigators work toward reducing the barriers to getting students into mental health treatment in addition to supporting students with financial assistance for mental health co-pays and deductibles. Navigators are also able to connect students and families to outside community support and resources as needed. Please see the attached flyers.

From the Athletic Department

Boys Basketball/Girls Cheerleading

If your child is interested in participating in boys basketball or girls cheerleading, please sign up using the link below:


Girls Volleyball Games

Tuesday, September 27th

JV - at home vs West Highland at 5:00pm

Varsity - no game scheduled

Thursday, September 29th

JV - no game scheduled

Varsity - no game scheduled

Soccer Games

Wednesday, September 28th

Away at Kinsbury at 5:00pm

Thursday, September 29th

Away at HAAC at 5:30pm

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Art Smart Program

Welcome to the 2022/23 Art Smart Program, which is sponsored by the Holly Academy PTO and run by parent volunteers. The program brings art into the classroom once per quarter. Each project focuses on an artist, art history, and a technique that allows the students to create a quality art piece. Please see the attached flyer for details.

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Crust Fundraiser

We are excited to let you know The Crust fundraiser is starting!

Fundraising packets will be sent home with students on Monday, 9/26, and all orders are due by Friday, 10/7.

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The Holly Academy PTO has been very active over the summer with the coordination of events and fundraisers for the 2022-23 school year. We also know that planning is key to success. Attached is a calendar that shows all the meetings, events, and fundraisers for the year. We look forward to a successful year! To learn more about the PTO please join us at our monthly meetings.
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Uniform patches can be ironed onto clothing items to make them dress code appropriate.


- Add the patch to a crewneck sweatshirt (approved dress code colors only)

- Add the patch to a zip-up fleece jacket (approved dress code colors only)

If you have any questions regarding the patches, please email pto.hollyacademy@gmail.com

PTO Apparel

Every year the Holly Academy PTO offers apparel that can be purchased an worn by students. Look for more information to come regarding how to order on October 3rd.
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  • Sept. 27 - Volunteer training at 8:00am in the auditorium
  • Sept. 27 - Virtual Skyward training, 6:00-7:00pm
  • Sept. 30 - PTO dress-down day, $1.00
  • Oct. 5 - Count day
  • Oct. 7 - Half day of school, dismiss at 11:30am, free dress down day
  • Oct. 10 - PTO meeting at 8:00am in the auditorium
  • Oct. 14 - Fall on the Farm
  • Oct. 17 - Book Fair begins
  • Oct. 19 - Board of Directors meeting at 5:30pm in media center
  • Oct. 19 - Unity Day, to dress down students can wear a Stand Up to Bullying shirt or orange shirt
  • Oct. 21 - Book Fair ends
  • Oct. 21 - PTO dress-down day, $1.00
  • Oct. 24 - 28 - Spirit Week
  • Oct. 31 - Happy Halloween
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