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8/31/12 > School Meal Account Balances
The Holden R-III School District is committed to providing parents/guardians with the information they need to manage their student's school meal account. Meal account balances may be viewed by parents on the Holden R-III School website through Parent Link. Parents/guardians receive weekly phone notifications if their child's meal account balance is negative.

Beginning September 4, 2012, once a student lunch account has become negative, the student will be offered an alternative meal until the account is brought up-to-date. If a student's meal account balance is negative, no extras may be purchased.

Please remember when making payments to place checks, cash or money order in an envelope with your child's full name printed on the front of the envelope.

The Holden R-III School District encourages families that are eligible for free and reduced price meals to complet a "Free and Reduced Price School Meals Famly Application." Only one application per household is necessary. Information and applications are available on the school website: http://holdenschools.org/foodservice as well as at each school building office.
8/17/12 > National School Lunch Program – Helps our Children, Families and School
By Wade Schroeder, Holden R-III Superintendent

Everyone experiences difficult financial situations from time to time. Many times financial struggles can make families feel extra stress and pressure to provide. Fortunately, there is assistance for those who need it, and many times a small boost can be all a family needs.

School personnel are always concerned when students enter their doors with empty stomachs. This is where the federally assisted meal program, the National School Lunch Program, can help. Many people do not realize that even with steady employment many families will and do qualify for this program. The Holden R-III School District would like everyone to know that we want to help. If you are earning at or below current “Income Eligibility Guidelines,” we encourage you to fill out a school meal application and turn it into the school’s district office. The Holden R-III School District takes every effort so that no student is publicly identified and we keep student and family information confidential.

The National School Lunch Program is a great resource for families, and it is also important to a school district. School districts across the state are making many difficult decisions when it comes to budgets. Funding on all levels has been on the decline, forcing districts to make tough choices on what programs to keep.

That being said, one aspect of the National School Lunch Program that is not talked about much is the benefits a school district receives when families fill out and turn in the school meal application form. When a family fills out the school meal application form, the family can choose whether they want to participate in the National School Lunch Program. For every child that qualifies under the guidelines of the National School Lunch Program, the Holden R-III School District will receive approximately $1,350 per qualified student in additional funding each school year. These are federal funds that go unclaimed if the eligible family does not choose to fill out and turn in the school meal application form. These are funds that can go into the general revenue. Beyond straight revenue, other benefits for a school district having accurate free and reduced numbers includes better utility rates, free breakfast and lunch for all students during summer school, and qualification for grants.

Overall, families that qualify for and make the effort to turn in a completed school meal application form help the school district. The National School Lunch Program is designed to help communities, schools, and ultimately make a difference for every child.
8/06/12 > Tax Rate Hearing Notice
A hearing will be held at 6:15 p.m. on Monday, August 13, 2012, in the Middle School Library, 301 Eagle Drive, Holden, Missouri, at which time citizens may be heard on the property tax rates proposed to be set by the Holden R-III School District. The tax rates are set to produce the revenues which the budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2012, shows to be required from the property tax. A copy of the budget may be reviewed at Central Office, 1612 S. Main, Holden, MO. Each tax rate is determined by dividing the amount of revenue needed by the current assessed valuation. The result is multiplied by 100 so the tax rate will be expressed in cents per $100 assessed valuation. (See attachment below.)

5/23/12 > Breakfast and Lunch Served at No Charge June 4-June 15

The Holden R-III School District is excited to bring a Seamless Summer Option for breakfast and lunch at the Holden Elementary School, 1903 S. Market, Holden.

 

Join us for nutritious meals at no charge this June 4 - June 15!  This program is open to youth ages 18 and younger. The breakfast will be served 7:30 a.m.-8:00 a.m.  Lunch will be served 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

 

The program will run June 4 - June 15.  For more information, contact Donna Fizer, Holden R-III assistant superintendent, at 816-732-5568.

3/30/12 > Holden R-III School District Receives Accreditation with Distinction

The Holden R-III School District was recognized for receiving Accreditation with Distinction in Performance by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education during a banquet March 26 at the University of Central Missouri. Receiving the award on behalf of the district was Wade Schroeder, principal, Holden High School, second from right. Presenting the award were, left to right, Ron Wilken, DESE area supervisor; Julie Blaine, director, Central Regional Professional Development Center at UCM; and the Rev. Stan Archie, vice president of the Missouri State Board of Education. 

3/29/12 > Holden R-III School District Receives Accreditation with Distinction

The Holden R-III School District was recognized for receiving Accreditation with Distinction in Performance by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education during a banquet March 26 at the University of Central Missouri. Pictured, left to right, Robin Wright, fifth grade teacher; Donna Fizer, assistant superintendent; Cyndy Hartwell, second grade teacher; Pat Zvacek, school board president; Wade Schroeder, high school principal; Pam Pirch, second grade teacher.

3/28/12 > Nominations Sought for New Holden High School Hall of Fame

Nominations are now being accepted for the new Holden High School Hall of Fame. Join us in celebrating Holden High School's rich tradition of exceptional education by nominating a distinguished individual/team for the Holden High School Hall of Fame. The purpose is to recognize and honor those individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the achievements and prestige of Holden High School in the field of Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) activities and have continued to demonstrate in their lives the values imparted. 

The nomination deadline is June 1st. Finalists will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in the fall of each year. Nominations forms are available on the school district's website: Holden High School Hall of Fame Nomination Form  

 

3/27/12 > Justin Remington Selected as Activities Director for 2012-2013

At the Board's March 26 special session, the Holden R-III Board of Education selected Justin Remington as the Holden R-III activities director for the 2012-13 school year. Mr. Remington will begin his activities director duties July 1, 2012.

Professionally, Mr. Remington will bring 7 years of education experience as a physical education teacher, athletic director, and coach. Mr. Remington is presently the physical education teacher and head girls' varsity basketball coach at Knob Noster High School. Prior to teaching at Knob Noster, Mr. Remington taught physical education and served as head boys' varsity basketball coach at Dixon High School (IL) from 2008 to 2011. Mr. Remington served as athletic director and head boys' basketball coach, as well as head girls' softball coach at Bunceton High School (MO)from 2007 to 2008. Mr. Remington taught physical education and served as head varsity boys' basketball coach at Douglas High School (AZ)from 2006 to 2007 and taught physical education and served as assistant boys' basketball coach for the Garden City Public Schools (KS)from 2005 to 2006.

Mr. Remington earned a bachelor of science in education and physical education from Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas.  Mr. Remington earned a masters of education in educational leadership from Capella University. Mr. Remington is currently working on his educational specialist degree in administration at William Woods University.  

Mr. Remington is a member of various professional organizations including the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association.

 

3/16/12 > MAP Test Prep for Parents, Students, Staff

During the month of April, Holden R-III students in grades 3-8 will be taking MAP Grade-Level Assessments in the areas of communication arts and math, as well as science in grades 5 and 8.  

Teachers prepare our students throughout the school year for these assessments that students take each spring. They not only prepare them by teaching the district curriculum as it pertains to the state Show-Me Standards and Grade-Level Expectations; they also prepare students with test-taking strategies and practice assignments.  

Parents are also an integral part of students' success in testing and school achievement. Parents involved in their children's education improve the chances that their child will receive a quality education.  Students need the reinforcement of parents and teachers working together to help them succeed.

Families can be a great help to students in both long- and short-term test preparation. Tests can tell families how well their students are doing in school, how well they are performing against educational standards, how they compare to other students in their grade, and in what areas they need assistance to improve achievement. In general, tests can show children's strengths and weaknesses to demonstrate where extra support is needed. 

It is very important that students are present for all testing days. Students perform best when they take tests with their peers. Make-up tests cause students to miss classes and test results tend to be poor. Research shows that students do not do as well on make-up tests as they do in the classroom during appointed testing times. Please schedule any necessary appointments at times that do not interfere with testing. Please avoid absences due to vacations during test days.

Tips for Parents Before the Test: 
-Set realistic expectations .
-Have children well-rested.
-Have a positive attitude.
-Serve healthy breakfast. Please see that your child eats breakfast at home or
  participates in the school breakfast program during tests.
-Help children relax.
-Answer questions about the test as honestly as possible.
-Give plenty of hugs.

Testing Tips for Students:
- Read directions carefully
- Eliminate wrong answers on multiple choice questions
- Make sure the question number and number on answer sheet match
- Check answers at the end if time permits
- Have extra pencils and erasers handy
- Wear comfortable clothes
- Think positively and breathe deeply

Long Range Strategies:
- Encourage study and review of subjects throughout the year
- Show interest and ask questions about subject material
- Ask children how they come up with ideas or answers
- Practice vocabulary words in conversation
- Encourage writing, and have your child start a journal
- Encourage and role model reading skills
- Suggest class participation
- Talk about effective note taking skills
- Correct and understand mistakes
- Plan study time and space
- Encourage use of assignment calendar
- Be available to help with homework
- Help with material review
- Arrange for practice tests

3/01/12 > Van Dyke Selected as High School Assistant Principal for 2012-2013

During the Board's February 27 work session, the Holden R-III Board of Education hired Caleb Van Dyke as the high school assistant principal and A+ coordinator for the 2012-13 school year. Mr. Van Dyke will begin his high school assistant principal / A+ coordinator duties July 25, 2012. He replaces Ginger Jones, who will become the high school principal beginning in the 2012-2013 school year.

Mr. Van Dyke's teaching experience includes teaching 8th grade math at the Harrisonville R-IX School District from 2008 to present. He taught math in grades 7-10 and wellness in grades 9-12 in the Princeton R-V School District from 2007 - 2008. Prior to teaching at Princeton, he taught math in grades 7-12 in the Breckenridge R-I School District in the Spring 2007.

Mr. Van Dyke's education includes a bachelor of science degree in physical education from University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Missouri. He earned his master's degree in education in secondary administration in 2011 from William Wood's University in Fulton, Missouri. Mr. Van Dyke has actively served on various district and state committees including DESE Student Growth Pilot Program, Marzano Standards Based Curriculum, CSIP, RtI and PLC.

2/15/12 > 2012-2013 Holden R-III School Calendar / Graduation Date

At the February 13th Board of Education regular meeting, the Board adopted the 2012-2013 Holden R-III School Calendar with the first day of school starting on August 15, 2012, and the last day of school on May 17, 2013.  The Board also set Holden High School Graduation Ceremony on Sunday, May 12, 2013.    

 

View the 2012-2013 Holden R-III School Calendar


2/15/12 > Mike Vogt Named Technology Director for 2012-13

At the Board's February 13th meeting, the Holden R-III Board of Education hired Mike Vogt as the technology director for the Holden R-III School District beginning July 2012. He replaces Julie Brunner, who will be retiring at the end of the 2011-2012 school year.

Mr. Vogt has served as the high school math and computer programing teacher at Joplin High School for the past sixteen years. Mr. Vogt's other teaching experience includes serving as an Upward Bound Instructor for Missouri Southern University for the past six years. 

Mr. Vogt's education includes a bachelor of science degree in secondary math   education from University of Missouri-St. Louis, Missouri.

Mr. Vogt's focus will be on providing teachers and students with the best tools and the training to use them appropriately to improve and enhance student learning in the Holden R-III School District.

2/14/12 > Legislators join school superintendents to discuss education issues

Legislators join school superintendents to discuss education issues Pictured  left to right, Representative Denny Hoskins, Holden R-III Superintendent Mike Ringen, Representative Scott Largent.

 

Representative Denny Hoskins and Representative Scott Largent joined Mike Ringen, Superintendent of the Holden R-III School District, at a dinner to discuss education issues.  The dinner was sponsored by the Missouri Association of School Administrators (MASA) and was held in its meeting room in Jefferson City.

 

Roger Kurtz, Executive Director of the MASA shared with the legislators a summary copy of the recent Missouri Public Education Vision Project which was a joint effort of MASA and the Missouri School Boards' Association. The 18-month project involved over 120 school board members and school administrators.  The goal of the project was to critically examine the components of the current educational system and to suggest changes to meet the needs of 21st century learners.  The report was divided into seven areas of concentration and included 44 recommendations to improve public education in Missouri.  A complete copy of the report can be viewed on the website established for the project at www.visionformopublicschools.org .

 

Also during the meeting, C. J. Huff, Superintendent of the Joplin School District reported on the district's recovery efforts following the May 2011 tornado that destroyed many of the district's facilities.  The Joplin School District also shared information on its Bright Futures Program which allows communities and schools to identify student needs and match those needs with existing resources in each community.

 

Eric Churchwell, MASA President and Superintendent of the Palmyra R-I School District said the purpose of the meeting was purely educational.  "We truly appreciate the time the legislators took to join us for this dinner.  We believe it is extremely important that our legislators fully understand the issues facing public education and that we work together to solve these issues."

 

1/31/12 > Interscholastic Youth Sports Head Injury Report

Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) has released its first annual Interscholastic Youth Sports Brain Injury Report. Per HB 300 (Interscholastic Youth Sprots Brain Injury Prevention Act), MSHSAA is required to publish a report annually regarding the impact of concussions and head injuries on students and the efforts that have been made to minimize damages from school sports injuries on the MSHSAA website. This report is available for viewing by going to www.mshsaa.org and then clicking on 2011 Interscholastic Youth Sports Brain Injury Report

1/24/12 > Ginger Jones Named High School Principal for 2012-2013

During the Board's January 23rd work session, the Holden R-III Board of Education hired Ginger Jones as the high school principal for the 2012-13 school year. Jones will move from her current high school assistant principal / A+ coordinator duties to principal after July 1, 2012. She replaces Wade Schroeder, who will become the District's superintendent beginning in the 2012-2013 school year.

Jones has served as the high school assistant principal / A+ coordinator for the past three years. Jones taught career and technical business education and served as the Future Business Leaders of America advisor in the Holden school district from 2005 - 2009, as well as serving in the capacity of A+ / dual credit coordinator and administrative assistant for the high school during the 2008-09 school year. Prior to coming to Holden, Jones taught vocational business, computer and cooperative occupational education in the Trenton school district from 1998-2005.

Jones' education includes a bachelor of science degree in office information systems and secondary business education from Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri. Jones earned her master's degree in education in instructional technology with an emphasis in curriculum and instruction in 2001 and earned her education specialist's degree in superintendency in 2006, both from Northwest Missouri State University. Jones is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the Missouri Business Education Association and the West Central Missouri Business Education Association.

12/20/11 > Schroeder Named Superintendent for 2012-2013

The Holden R-III Board of Education is pleased to announce that Wade Schroeder has accepted the position of Superintendent of Schools.  Mr. Schroeder will succeed current superintendent Mike Ringen, who is retiring at the end of the 2011-2012 school year. Mr. Schroeder, who resides in the District with his family, is currently the H.S. Principal at the district and will begin his duties as Superintendent on July 1, 2012. 

"The Holden R-III Board of Education is extremely pleased with the direction the Holden School District is going academically, and we, as a board, do expect the district to continue in that direction with our selection of Mr. Schroeder as our new Superintendent.  Mr. Schroeder's leadership skills and commitment to student excellence has been very evident during the past two years as H.S. principal," stated Board President Pat Zvacek.

 

Mr. Schroeder brings central office experience from the Chillicothe school district where he served as the assistant superintendent from 2008 to 2010. 

 

Prior to working in the Chillicothe school district, Mr. Schroeder served as the junior/senior high school principal, curriculum director, summer school coordinator and athletic director from 2003 to 2008 in the Norborne school district.

 

Mr. Schroeder's teaching experience includes seven years in the Joplin school district from 1996 to 2003 and two years in the Jasper High School from 1994 to 1996.

 

Mr. Schroeder's education includes a bachelor of science degree in education from Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri.  Mr. Schroeder earned his master's degree in education administration in 2003 from Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri, and earned his education specialist's degree in administration in 2005 from William Woods University in Fulton, Missouri.

 

Mr. Schroeder is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), the Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals (MOASSP), and Association for Supervision and Curriculum and Development (ASCD).

5/20/11 > New and Improved Holden R-IIII School District

The Holden R-III School District celebrates student achievement and new initiatives throughout the district.  See what's new and improved in the Holden R-III School District by clicking here to view video.

3/13/11 > Learning Activities at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

A change in season is here whether that means spring or sports. Celebrate whichever season you like best with a visit to the Nelson-Atkins this month. Click here for more information about the  Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.