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HAS first in state to offer ‘Leader in Me’ program at middle school level Print
Written by Amy Mayhew
Wednesday, June 26 2013

More than 40 staff members and...

HOLLY, Michigan – Holly Area Schools will soon add another feather to its cap as staff members of Holly Middle School prepare to bring FranklinCovey’s The Leader in Me program into the school this fall, making it a “Lighthouse School,” or the first middle school in Michigan to offer the program.

This week, more than 40 staff members and paraprofessionals gave up three days of their personal time to receive training in the popular leadership program.

The Leader in Me is a whole-school transformation model that acts like the operating system of a computer — it improves performance of all other programs. Based on The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, The Leader in Me produces transformational results such as higher academic achievement, fewer discipline problems, and increased engagement among teachers and parents. Better yet, The Leader in Me equips students with the self-confidence and skills they need to thrive in the 21st century economy.

Holly Middle School students get the “Word” on bullying Print
Written by Janet Leslie
Thursday, November 15 2012

Linda Skrzynski

HOLLY, Michigan – During a school-wide assembly this week, Holly Middle School students got a lesson on bullying, and more importantly, the school district’s zero tolerance policy for anyone caught in the act.

The bullying program, entitled “Word,” is a production of the Jewish Ensemble Theatre (JET) of West Bloomfield, the nation’s longest-running Jewish theater group. The program dramatizes an incident of bullying from the perspective of three students: the bully, the victim, and a witness, as they relate their individual stories to a school counselor. HMS principal Linda Skrzynski said she selected the program based on its reputation for quality and ability to engage students with relatable scenarios.

Tuesday’s presentation, however, presented an unusual dilemma when one of the scheduled actors failed to arrive on time.

Holly students make a difference Print
Written by Amy Mayhew
Friday, December 16 2011

Kent Barnes accepts a check on...

HOLLY, Michigan – National Junior Honor Society students of Holly Middle School presented Superintendent Kent Barnes with a check for $1,258.25 on Friday after sponsoring a “penny war” between the seventh and eighth grade students.

“I’m so proud of our school district’s staff members and students for their efforts on so many other community endeavors,” Barnes said.

In addition to the fundraising efforts at Holly Middle School, Barnes thanked Patterson Elementary School students for participating in “Food for Families,” a canned food drive that collected 2, 525 units of food for the Holly Kiwanis Christmas basket distribution project.

“Thanks to Mrs. Dierdre Dannecker and her class for organizing this wonderful community event,” he said.

Holly school archery program gets students aiming high Print
Written by Amy Mayhew
Friday, November 19 2010

SMS gym teacher, Ken Opoka ins...

HOLLY, Michigan – After first learning about the National Archery in the Schools Program a few years ago, Sherman Middle School gym teacher and self-professed outdoorsman Ken Opoka saw an opportunity.

“It took a little convincing – especially from a safety standpoint,” Opoka said of his discussions with school officials to bring the program to SMS. “And then there was the whole issue with funding, but I didn’t give up.”

Designed to teach International-style target archery in physical education classes, grades 4-12, core content of the NASP covers history, safety, technique, equipment, mental concentration, core strengthening, physical fitness, and self-improvement.

Holly SMS students 'prepare to soar' Print
Written by Amy Mayhew
Friday, August 20 2010

Linda Skrzynski talks to the i...

HOLLY, Michigan – Members of Holly High School’s class of 2017 are breathing a collective sigh of relief after taking part in “Fun Fest,” an activity-filled morning at Sherman Middle School designed specifically  to assist incoming sixth graders in adjusting to a new school environment.

Up until this year, Holly Area School sixth graders were housed at the Karl Richter Campus, giving students from the four area elementary schools a year to mix as classmates, and learn the ropes as a middle school student.

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