Greetings from HHS and HMS!
One of the most important elements to growing a positive school system is engaging everyone in the process. Parents/Guardians, students, staff, administrators, and community members are all instrumental in making our school system the best. I want to ensure communication between myself and each of you is clear and you understand my belief system regarding education. Here are a few of my key beliefs regarding education:
• Every student can learn.
Together we must ensure that students are able to access the curriculum. Our efforts must establish a safe environment for learning, that our students' fundamental needs (fed, housed, loved and healthy) are being met and that each of us are encouraging and challenging our students to reach their potential.
• Education grows opportunity, active citizens and critical thinkers that fulfill the responsibilities of citizenship with respect, patriotism and cooperation to positively impact the world.
The school must connect students with opportunities to develop relationships, work cooperatively, take on leadership roles, volunteer, solve problems, participate in activities for self-discovery, use and understand technology, and establish ownership of the nation's core values including equality, responsibility and patriotism. I believe this can only be achieved through community partnerships and strong support from all of you.
• Post-secondary education is accessible for all.
Education continues to be one of the surest ways to increase opportunities. We no longer live in a world where a high school diploma is enough education. This requires the K-12 school system to do better at preparing students for post-secondary education options. Our conversations about what happens after high school graduation must be happening regularly and long before graduation day. At the middle school and high school we will be striving to prepare our students for any post-secondary endeavor they choose whether that may be a college degree or a vocational certificate. As we continue to focus on preparing our students for post-secondary education we must include discussions about how to pay for it. As college tuition rates continue to rise, financial limits can be difficult barriers to accessing post-secondary opportunities. With the Muskegon County College Access Network and our college advising team we will work diligently to find creative funding opportunities for the students of Holton.
I hope this gives you a better understanding of my approach to education. Please do not hesitate to contact me to discuss ideas and concerns you have regarding HMS and HHS. I present to you an opportunity to join me in making Holton Public Schools the BEST institution of education in our county. There are many great things happening at Holton Public Schools. I am proud of my Red Devil heritage and honored to help bring continued success to this amazing community.