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 It’s been a landmark year at Holly Area Schools, and I couldn’t be prouder of our entire Broncho community.

 I’d like to take a moment to reflect on a school year that introduced new, innovative programs to help all Bronchos achieve and succeed, from our Young 5s to our high school seniors.

 We kicked off the school year by introducing two new programs to provide our youngest learners with real-life skills and experiences that will one day help them compete for 21st century jobs.

 This school year, we expanded our Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) instruction into all four of our elementary schools, providing all Young 5s through fifth-graders with problem-solving skills that extend beyond the classroom. Our elementary STEM program teaches basic coding, robotics, science and the problem-solving and critical thinking skills needed to succeed in the modern workforce.

 Also new this school year, we incorporated “Leader in Me” in all four elementary schools. This innovative leadership program teaches students skills they can use throughout their lives. Through “Leader in Me,” our students learn key life skills such as conflict resolution, taking responsibility and problem solving that help prepare them for the real world.

 In April, we held our inaugural Professional Trades and Apprenticeship Open House, a first-of-its-kind event in Oakland County. The open house featured representatives of skilled trades organizations from across Michigan who discussed the thousands of job and apprenticeship opportunities throughout the state with our high school students.

 None of these programs would be possible without the continued, generous support of our community. Last November, voters approved a bond that is helping provide essential student safety and building security enhancements district-wide, in addition to key technology upgrades. I’d like to again thank our supportive community for this long-term investment in our kids.

 We were proud to launch the Broncho Press in the fall as a one-stop-shop for all things Holly Area Schools. Our newsletter is one of many ongoing efforts to better communicate with our families and community. We look forward to new editions of the newsletter, including a Back to School edition this fall.

 Above all, we continue to promote a culture of kindness, compassion and respect in a positive, nurturing learning environment that helps all Bronchos succeed. This will continue in the 2019-2020 school year and beyond, and I will soon be announcing new efforts to encourage Broncho Pride across our district.

 Again, thank you to our entire community for making this such a successful year at Holly Area Schools and for the privilege of serving as your superintendent.

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