From The Superintendent – Winter 2017

Welcome to Holt Public Schools!

It is with great pride and enthusiasm that I write the fourth of what I hope will be many Ram Quarterly (RQ) welcome letters to you and our exceptional community. I remain excited to serve our learning community daily! This is our first edition of the nearly exclusively online RQ. I know that some of … Continued

Superintendent’s Community Coffee Schedule – Winter 2017

You are invited to join Superintendent Dr. David Hornak for an informal conversation regarding Holt Public Schools! Share your thoughts and nd out “what’s happening” in our district. 2017 Dates Thursday,January5, 9:00a.m. TimHortons Monday, February 6, 9:00 a.m. Mike’s Village Restaurant Tuesday, March7, 9:00a.m. TimHortons Thursday, April 13, 9:00 a.m. Mike’s Village Restaurant Wednesday,May3, 9:00a.m. … Continued

2017 Calendar

This calendar does not include early dismissal/late start dates. Check the district online calendar ( for updates. NOTE: Dates subject to change JANUARY Jan 3 School resumes for all students Jan 16 MLK Day – no school (all students) Jan 30 2nd semester begins Jan 25-27 1st semester exams – gr. 7-12 half day; gr. … Continued

Holt Education Foundation Updates

MINI-GRANT AWARDS! The popular mini-grant program has provided project funding of more than $391,000 to date! Teachers, paraeducators and school volunteers have been awarded grants for projects that have enhanced teaching and learning throughout classrooms in our district. This year’s grants will help provide: “Magic Apples,” ASD/ Peer-to-Peer Collaboration, Attendance Achievement incentives, Project RED (Read … Continued


New Board Members

Ben Bakken has been part of the Holt- Dimondale community for many years, having graduated from Holt in 1995! He has a degree from Wayne State University and an MBA from Northwood University. Mr. Bakken is currently Vice President of Commercial Banking for Mercantile Bank. He has volunteered as an assistant boys varsity basketball coach … Continued

Curriculum Changes Expected to Improve Student Achievement

An expansion of Holt Public Schools’ curriculum staff will “change the trajectory of student achievement at all levels,” Superintendent David Hornak told the Board of Education in August, as he outlined plans to dedicate two professionals, rather than one, to lead the Curriculum Office. The move, which was supported by the Board, is expected to … Continued

H.O.L.T. Scholarship Fund Continues to Grow

PNC Foundation Generously Gives $5,000

Thanks to another generous $5,000 contribution from the PNC Foundation, the H.O.L.T. Scholarship Fund is growing! The H.O.L.T. (“Helping Others Learn Together”) Scholarship Program is a donor-supported project to help qualifying students in the Holt Public School District receive an advanced education opportunity at Lansing Community College (or other accredited postsecondary institution). The goal is … Continued

Guide to Giving and Volunteering at Holt Public Schools

Are you looking for the “perfect gift” to give? We hope you will consider the gift of giving and the following options. TRADITIONAL GIVING: The Holt Education Foundation is run by a volunteer board and the primary fundraising projects are the annual pre-game Cookout and the Community Recognition Dinner. More information is on page 3. … Continued

School Closing Information

In the event of a major snowstorm, electricity outage or other event that could cause school cancellation, Holt Public Schools will report information to local TV and radio stations for broadcast. Holt Public Schools will also use the Skylert Rapid Notification System to notify families of school closings. Please do not call your child’s school … Continued