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Secretary of State helps students celebrate Michigan Reading Month Print
Written by Amy Mayhew
Thursday, March 28 2013

Secretary of State Ruth Johnso...

HOLLY, Michigan – In honor of Michigan’s Reading Month, Michigan’s Secretary of State, Ruth Johnson stopped by Holly Academy Thursday morning to read a favorite book of hers to Holly Academy kindergarten students.

Before getting started, Johnson talked about Michigan, and even shared a picture she had taken atop the Mackinac Bridge. “That’s me popping through a port hole at the very top of the bridge,” she said pointing to a blown up photograph. “As you can see, it’s quite a view from up there.”

Johnson solicited the help of kindergartener Isabel Banks, 5 as she then read Helen Palmer's,  “A Fish Out of Water,” to the group.

Holly Academy teacher selected as panelist for ‘Teacher Town Hall” Print
Thursday, March 21 2013

Jeremiah Stieve

HOLLY, Michigan -  Mr. Jeremiah Stieve, a middle school Social Studies teacher at Holly Academy, has been selected to be a panelist at Education Nation’s Teacher Town Hall this Saturday, March 23, 2013.  NBC Education Nation was started in September, 2010 as a year-round initiative to engage the country in a solutions-focused conversation about the state of education in America.  

“As a passionate educator, I look forward to engaging in productive conversations with other educators about what is best for our students and the future of education,” Stieve said.  “Having the opportunity to sit down with other professionals and discuss the best ways to do that is always powerful!”  

Holly Academy Director wins Administrator of the Year Award Print
Tuesday, November 13 2012

MAPSA President, Dan Quisenber...

HOLLY, Michigan – The Michigan Association of Public School Academies (MAPSA), the state’s untitled voice for charter schools, announced Holly Academy Director Julie Kildee as its eleventh winner of the Administrator of the Year Award at the annual Michigan Charter School Conference in Detroit.

Over 1,100 school principals, directors and superintendents were in the running for this prestigious award. The top five finalists came from charter schools around Detroit, Grand Rapids, Spring Lake and Holly. Criteria for the award included academic achievement and growth, innovation and staff development.

“Julie epitomizes what charter schools are all about – quality, innovation and excellence in education,” Dan Quisenberry, president of MAPSA said. “She’s doing a superb job of preparing students for higher education, a successful future, and meaningful careers in the 21st century.”

Holly Academy students live the American election process Print
Written by Amy Mayhew
Monday, November 05 2012

Nikolaus Maly, a fourth grader...

HOLLY, Michigan – Fourth grade students are learning exactly how the American election process works, thanks to the coordination, planning and dedication of the staff and volunteers at Holly Academy.

Academy Director Julie Kildee said four fourth grade homeroom teachers and a slew of parent volunteers began planning a unique school-wide election event last August.

With two fourth grade homerooms assigned with learning everything about President Barack Obama and his running mate, Vice President Joe Biden, and the other two fourth grade homeroom students tasked with learning everything about Gov. Mitt Romney and his running mate, Paul Ryan, all students worked individually and in groups to research the candidates’ platforms, write speeches, create posters, and run a school-wide voting day on Nov. 6.

The project came to fruition today, as two groups of fourth grade students – one representing Obama’s camp, and the other representing Romney’s, delivered speeches on the candidates, informing fifth and sixth grade students where each candidate stood on important issues like health care, defense, education, and the economy.

Holly Academy celebrates opening of its new $1.7 million wing Print
Written by Anna Troppens
Thursday, August 30 2012

Holly Academy Director Julie K...

HOLLY, Michigan - With an excited audience of Holly Academy students, families, teachers, staff, and guests watching, Director Julie Kildee stepped up to the bright red ribbon with a giant pair of ceremonial scissors. Mugging for a photo op, Kildee wielded the scissors at the entrance to the new $1.7 million addition to the school. Her second try at the red ribbon, with an actual pair of scissors, succeeded as the audience laughed and cheered.

"This is a momentous day for Holly Academy," Kildee said.

The 15,000 square-foot addition is the fruition of a vision that began 10 years ago, when Kildee came to the school, she said.

"It has been a hard fight and a long road," she added. "This is a vision that we first imagined six years ago, when we started to grow out of the facility, and it took a lot of blood, sweat and tears.

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