Holly Academy News & Views

January 8, 2021

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Happy New Year, Huskies! The hardest thing about returning from a holiday break is getting back into good routines. Setting routines for mornings and evenings - including nutritious meals and an early bedtime helps children cope with the stresses that may arise from returning to school, whether remotely or F2F. Routines have many benefits, namely, children feel comfortable and stable in their environment, resulting in more cooperative behavior inside and outside of school. Learning always starts at home and your child's mood affects how well he/she learns. A positive outlook is the best thing you can inspire in your children to keep them performing well at school and when tackling homework. Thank you for partnering with us to make each and every school day a positive experience for our Huskies. We are so excited to welcome 2021! Character Defines Us!

Great News for 2021!


We are so happy to announce some long awaited improvements that have occurred over the past month:


  1. New auditorium curtains have been installed and are absolutely beautiful! These curtains were part of our PTO's big ticket purchase.
  2. The main building student restrooms have been renovated - oh my, what a difference!
  3. Between a generous PTO donation and our general fund, we have ordered chromebooks to support one-to-one technology for our students! Due to availability, it will take months to receive them, but we are so excited about this opportunity for our Huskies!
  4. Through an additional PTO initiative, we have a book vending machine in the main building lobby! Students will earn tokens (similar to Husky Pride tokens) and will use those tokens to purchase books.

While it took years to plan for the restroom renovation and the chromebook purchase, you can see how beneficial it is for our Huskies when you contribute to the PTO. Also, kudos to Mr. Melero for making the renovation happen. These are the ways we "dare to be remarkable" to accomplish our goals! It's great to be a Husky!

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NWEA testing began this week for our middle schoolers. This is the first time that we have tested in a fully remote setting. We have learned some important things to ensure that testing runs smoothly for our Huskies.


  1. Please have your student log in to the Zoom link 10 minutes before testing begins. This allows everyone to get settled and hear all of the instructions.

  2. Make sure your student is testing on the device the diagnostic test was run on.

  3. Testing must take precedence over the Zoom calls. If you have one device and two or more students, please prioritize the testing. Zoom classes are recorded and posted to the Google Classroom and may be watched at a later time.


Pay close attention to this portion of the letter you will be receiving from your student’s teacher. If you run into any issues, please contact the teacher so we can troubleshoot prior to the day of the test.


You will know you are on the correct screen if your screen looks as pictured below.

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If the screen says, Oops! Where’s my test window? click on the pop up blocker that I have circled below in red. You will need to always allow pop ups from this site.

If you are still unable to access the site, please contact Mr. McKee at mckeer@hollyacademy.org.


NWEA testing is meant to help educators plan instruction for their students. This is not a test that parents should be helping their students with, this includes reading parts of the test, explaining words, or clarifying content.

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Healthy Huskies

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If you or your Husky receives a positive COVID result, please contact the school as soon as possible. On a weekend or in the evening, you can email any of the administrators. There are measures that we have to take immediately, including contacting the health department if a student tests positive. Thank you.
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Re-enrollment for 2021-2022

We want all our Huskies to return for the 2021-2022 school year! Please fill out the attached link by February 26, 2021. The link was also sent out via Skyward and If you have already filled it out, it is not necessary to do it again. It's great to be a Husky!


https://forms.gle/k5UJduYTBi5R1wRFA

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UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Jan. 18 - No school, MLK Jr. Day
  • Jan. 19 - In-person school resumes
  • Jan. 21 - PTO meeting at 8:15am via Zoom
  • Jan. 22 - PTO dress down, $1.00
  • Jan. 27 - Board of Director's meeting, 5:30pm
  • Jan. 29 - Caring Committee dress down day, $1.00
  • Feb. 5 - PBIS dress down, $1.00
  • Feb 10 - Count Day
  • Feb. 11 - PTO meeting at 8:15am via Zoom
  • Feb 12 - Half day, dismiss at 11:30am
  • Feb. 15 - No school, Presidents' Day
  • Feb. 19 - PTO dress down, $1.00
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BRICK PAVER

Through HAEF, you can leave a lasting imprint for your child on Academy grounds. A personalized paver is a permanent way to document your child’s years at Holly Academy. Pavers ordered this school year are installed over the summer. Students returning to HA next fall will enjoy finding their pavers and seeing it as they grow throughout their years at the Academy.
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