Holly Academy News & Views

August 12, 2022

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Hello Huskies,


I am so excited to be the new Director of Holly Academy! I would like to tell you a little about myself. My wife Emma and I have been married for 24 years. Emma is a registered nurse for U of M Hospitals working in adult and pediatric oncology. Emma and I are high school sweethearts who built a home off of her family farm in the Linden/Fenton area. We enjoy watching and cheering on our kids in sports along with their many other activities. We are passionate about raising our four boys to be kind, compassionate, moral, responsible, and well-rounded individuals.


Professionally, I started my career as a high school math teacher at Durand Area Schools where I stayed for four years. While working at Durand I completed my master's degree from MSU in special education and took a job at my alma mater teaching special education at Linden. While at Linden I completed my Ed Specialist degree from SVSU in education leadership with a concentration in special education. I accepted a special education supervisor position at Calhoun County serving as the special education supervisor for Olivet, Bellevue, and Pennfield schools. Then the opportunity opened in Swartz Creek as the Director of Special Education and that is where I spent the last 14 years of my career.


The next chapter in my career has now started as a HUSKY!!!


Derrick Bushon

Director/Superintendent

Back to School

Welcome to the 2022-23 school year! We are excited to be entering Holly Academy's 23rd year as a Public School Academy. This summer we've been busy with Camp Invention, summer school, and our kindergarten enrichment camp. We are so pleased that we could offer extended learning opportunities to so many Huskies over the course of the summer.


A huge "THANK YOU" to our maintenance team for all the cleaning and improvements they did over the summer!


The Open House is Thursday, August 25th from 6:00-7:30pm. We are looking forward to seeing all our Huskies!

School Volunteers

We anticipate that we will invite volunteers into the school this year. As protocol indicates, all volunteers will check-in through the Raptor system in the vestibule and wear a badge while inside the school. First-time Raptor users will be entered into the system by Mrs. Melton and Mrs. Munerance. We will set aside a timeframe for initial user input at the beginning of the school year. Dare to be remarkable!

School Breakfast/Lunch Information

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Drop off and Dismissal

This school year we will be allowing parents in the building for drop off in the morning only. The guidelines if you walk your child to class will be as follows:


  • Due to fostering the independence of the students, parents must allow their children to walk into the classroom on their own.


If you wish to stay in your car and drop off, please follow the guidelines below:


Morning drop off:


  • Y5, Kindergarten, and 1st grade students will enter the building through the main canopied entrance (M1). Parents may park in the parking lot and walk their students to the door. Please do not drop off students along the sidewalk.
  • 2nd and 3rd grade students will enter the building through the west doors (M13) in the front of the building.
  • 4th and 5th grade students will enter the building through the east doors (M12) in the front of the building.
  • Middle school students may be dropped off at the middle school or in the front drop off lanes.


The following list is a brief overview of Holly Academy's dismissal procedures.


  • The lane closest to the building will be designated for Y5/K families only.
  • Please turn off your cell phone.
  • Please stay in your lane.
  • Staff will direct you to move forward or exit the parking lot.
  • Be sure your sign (student last name, grade, and teacher) is clearly displayed.
  • Turn on your right blinker when your car is loaded.
  • Students may not exit vehicles once they have loaded.
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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 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!

Dress Code Information

Please see the attached documents for the dress code.

From the Athletic Department

Hi Huskies,


We hope you are having a great summer! If you are in 5th through 8th grade and are interested in signing up for soccer or volleyball please go to https://www.hollyacademy.org/sports/ to fill out the registration form.


There are some changes to the Athletic Director position for the 2022-23 school year. Jose Melero and Angie Cryderman will be Co-Athletic Directors. With this change, we will have more Athletic Director presence at the events to support our Huskies.


As in years past, we are excited to offer all of our sports; soccer and volleyball in the fall, boys and girls basketball and cheerleading in the winter; and cross country in the spring.


Game schedules are being finalized, but generally, you can expect practices on Mondays and Wednesdays with games on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Games will begin on the Tuesday after Labor Day.


Tryouts and practices will begin on Monday, 8/15 from 3:30pm-5:00pm. Volleyball practice will be in the main gym. Soccer practice will be on the soccer field on the east side of the school grounds.


We are excited to announce that we will be utilizing TeamSnap for all of our athletics programs for the 2022-23 school year. All forms, payments, schedules, and communication will be encompassed in this single platform.


Once teams have been determined, an invite will be sent to the email provided at the time of registration. Once you accept the invitation you will be able to review all of the forms and upload any documentation pertaining to your student(s).


The most important item is the athletic physical, which must be dated April 15, 2022 or later to be valid. Please schedule a physical with your child's doctor as soon as possible.


If you have any questions please contact Jose Melero at melerojose@hollyacademy.org and Angie Cryderman at crydermana@hollyacademy.org.

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Jose Melero & Angie Cryderman

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PTO meeting

Please join us on September 14th at 8:00am in the auditorium for our first PTO meeting of the 2022-23 school year.

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Aug. 25 - Open House, 6:00-7:30pm
  • Aug. 29 - First day of school for 1st-8th grades
  • Aug. 30 - First day of school for Y5 and kindergarten
  • Aug. 30 - New family Coffee & Conversation at 8:00am
  • Sept. 2 - No school
  • Sept. 5 - Labor Day
  • Sept. 9 - Patriot Day (wear red/white/blue), free dress down day
  • Sept. 14 - PTO meeting at 8:00am in the auditorium
  • Sept. 16 - Citizenship Day (wear red/white/blue), free dress down day
  • Sept. 19 - Virtual Curriculum Night, 5:30-7:30pm
  • Sept. 21 - Picture day
  • Sept. 23 - PTO dress down day, $1.00
  • Sept. 30 - PTO dress down day, $1.00
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