Holly Academy News & Views

October 7, 2022

Big picture
Big picture

Next Friday is our traditional “Fall on the Farm” event. We are so appreciative of our PTO and particularly Angie Cryderman, for planning this fun-filled day. Please remember to ensure your Husky wears layers that day. Often it is quite chilly in the morning, warming up in the afternoon. Mr. Kidd and I are looking forward to our first Fall on the Farm and spending the day with our Huskies enjoying the outside activities! It’s great to be a Husky!

HAEF "Thank You"

On Wednesday, members of HAEF (Holly Academy Educational Foundation) provided a coffee cart with snacks for our staff. It was a wonderful way to start the day! We really appreciated your thoughtfulness. Power of the Pack!
Big picture
Big picture

Thank you to all the parents who attended the virtual curriculum night. If you were not able to attend, I am working with Mr. Appleton to get the videos posted from the night to the Holly Academy website. As always, if you have questions or concerns please feel free to email me at kiddc@hollyacademy.org.

NWEA Testing

Both buildings are continuing with testing. Thank you students and staff for your hard work on the tests.

PD for Teachers

The Staff will be going through ALICE training today, October 7th. This training is provided by an officer from Michigan State Police and provides our staff an opportunity to be more prepared for a school emergency.

RTI Model

The RTI model used at Holly Academy is driven by data collected through standardized test scores, classroom performance, and teacher observations. Targeted students receive intervention services with increasing and decreasing levels of intensity, based on their individual needs. For example, a student will receive Tier 2 services before receiving Tier 3 services. Conversely, a student who is released from Tier 3 services will receive Tier 2 services before dropping back to Tier 1.

TIER 1: Teachers provide standards-based, differentiated instruction for ALL students in the classroom.

TIER 2: An interventionist provides support within the classroom for targeted students to participate in learning that is in addition to Tier 1. Progress monitoring occurs with greater frequency.

TIER 3: A certified teacher/interventionist provides services outside of the classroom to targeted students so they are participating in learning that is in addition to Tier 1 and Tier 2. A learning plan is formulated specifically for the student’s needs, including individualized assessments. Attendance is mandatory.

TIER 4: Targeted students participate in learning that includes special education certification, specialized programs, and modified content or instructional delivery.

Mrs. Craven (craventina@hollyacademy.org) is happy to answer any questions about our Response to the Intervention RTI/MTSS (Multi-Tiered System of Supports) program.

Big picture
Big picture
Big picture
Big picture

Fall on the Farm

Fall on the Farm (fall-themed Field Day) will be Friday, October 14th. Most of the events are outside. Please make sure your child is dressed appropriately for the weather (layers). For any younger children that cannot tie their shoes, please make sure they have shoes they can put on themselves.

Class snacks will be cider and a Kellogg's Rice Krispie treat. Kroger brand powdered donuts will be used for the donut eating contest. If your child has an allergy to any of these items, please send in an alternate snack for your child. For the safety of those children with allergies, the PTO will not provide any alternatives for these items.

For questions, please contact Angie Cryderman at crydermana@hollyacademy.org.
We are in need of some more volunteers for Art Smart at Fall on the Farm. If you are able to help, please use the link below to sign up.


Book Fair

Big picture
Big picture

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


Big picture
Big picture
Big picture

Dentist R Us

Dentist R Us, a community/school-based mobile dental program, allows the children to be seen in the comfort of their own school. A professional dental team of specialists will help each child learn about oral hygiene as they offer each child a personalized dental plan. They will minimize the time taken from class, making this mobile dental program exceptionally convenient for parents, schools, and students.

The dentist team will be here on Friday, October 21st. Forms were sent home Monday, October 3rd. If you would like your child to participate please return the completed form to the office by Monday, October 17th. Extra forms are available in the office or you can download one from the link below. If you have any questions please contact the office.

Big picture
Big picture
Big picture
Big picture


Boys Basketball/Girls Cheerleading

If your child is in the 5th-8th grade they can now sign up for boys basketball or girls cheerleading using the link below:


Girls Volleyball Games

Tuesday, October 11th

JV - away vs CSA at 5:00pm

Varsity - away vs CSA at 6:00pm

Thursday, October 13th

JV - at home vs Livingston Christian at 4:30pm

Varsity - at home vs Livingston Christian at 5:30pm

Soccer Games

Tuesday, October 11th

Away vs CSA at 5:00pm

Thursday, October 13th

At home vs Livingston Christian at 5:00pm

Big picture

Michigan Jaguars Soccer

Our club is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides boys & girls youth competitive travel soccer. The club was founded in 1994 and currently has over 400 local soccer players, many of these players and families are in the local area. Our organization promotes fitness, fair play, teamwork, and sportsmanship within our local community. We are reasonably priced and help out the local communities with contributions to various fundraisers. We have distributed flyers in all the local school districts over the past 20 years we have been in operation.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call 810-252-0330 or email dwelsh@hotmail.co.uk
Big picture
Big picture
Big picture

Popcorn Volunteers Needed

We are looking for volunteers to assist with bagging popcorn for popcorn days. Popcorn will be bagged on Thursday from 11:30am to 2:00pm. If you are able to assist, please sign-up using the link below.


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.

Big picture

2022-23 PTO Volunteer Opportunities

The PTO has numerous opportunities for parents/guardians to volunteer throughout the school year. If you are interested in volunteering, please click the link below.


Big picture
Big picture

Box Tops

Did you know that the PTO has a mailbox for Box Tops which is located in the hall by the main office? If you don't want to set up a Box Tops account or scan your receipts, please put them in the mailbox and write your child's grade level on the receipt. The PTO will scan your receipts and apply the amount to the appropriate grade level. The grade level that earns the most money will earn a popsicle party!

PTO Apparel

The PTO and Middle School online clothing stores are now open.

You may place orders today through October 17th.

Items in the store can be worn as part of your student’s uniform.

Remember elementary students CAN NOT wear hoodie sweatshirts.

Middle School

Access Code: xGQC7tnwJn


PTO Store VDfFeU2BmK


Please contact the parent volunteer Nichole Bertucci at nicholebert@gmail.com with any questions.

Big picture
Big picture
Big picture
Big picture


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

Big picture


  • Oct. 12 - 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, students may dress down if they 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
  • Nov. 1 - Picture re-take day
  • Nov. 4 - PTO dress-down day, $1.00
  • Nov. 9 - PTO meeting at 8:00am in the auditorium
  • Nov. 11 - PBIS dress-down day, $1.00
Big picture