Our mission is to provide a safe, challenging, student-centered learning environment focused on preparing students for their future through supportive parent, staff, and community partnerships.
Welcome to our first year as the Holy Hill Area School District! Our talented team has been excitedly preparing to make the first day of school a memorable one for students and parents alike. Students in both buildings will receive a special welcome on Tuesday as we step into the very first official day of Friess Lake Elementary School and Richfield Middle School. In this newsletter, you will find information regarding construction updates, opportunities for involvement, several brief surveys, and important pieces of information from each building principal which will help get the year off to a successful start!

Our district mission is to provide a safe, challenging, student-centered learning environment focused on preparing students for their future through supportive parent, staff, and community partnerships. Beyond this mission, we have an annual theme to help direct our energy, encourage each other, and keep us moving together so that we can achieve our ultimate goal of helping students. This year, the theme specifically embraces the opportunity to come together in a year of consolidation to provide the best opportunities for students, parents, and staff. Unlike any other, this year presents to us the gift of being able to create who we are from the ground up. By working together as a community, we have the opportunity to make this district what we want and hope for it to be. And so, our theme follows: CommUNITY: Together We Can.

We look forward to working with you, our partners in education, to make it a great year. As we embark on this journey, I encourage you to embrace and spread this sentiment.

Tara Villalobos
District Administrator
Construction Updates
Our construction projects are complete, and we are excited for our students to experience them Tuesday! A huge thanks to MSI, KCMS, and Uihlein-Wilson for their work on creating functional and beautiful spaces for our children to learn in!
Friess Lake Elementary School
Early Childhood Room
Richfield Middle School
Library Media Center
Note: 5th and 6th grade lockers are scheduled to be installed at RMS in early October.
Parent Involvement Opportunities
Parent Sounding Board
Thank you to everyone who completed the survey. If you are still interested in participating, it is not too late! Parent representatives will be selected and notified next week.

The Parent Sounding Board is a group of caring parents who meet with administration five times each year with the purpose of providing input and feedback regarding district initiatives, learning about information impacting the district, and identifing areas of potential topics of interest. These meetings are open to any parents in the district, however we are seeking one or two parent representatives per grade level to commit to being present at each meeting, The meetings are intended to last 1.5 hours. Meeting dates will be released in the near future and are planned for 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. The location of these meetings may rotate. If you are interested in representing a grade level, please complete the attached survey by clicking on the purple button.
Over the past few weeks, your parent volunteers have been connecting and working to bring together FLIPP and RAPT to form HHOPS. 

The next meeting has been set for Thursday, Septemer 13th at Friess Lake Elementary School. More details to follow.
Friends of the Outdoor Classroom

Would you like to have fun while helping students learn about the world of nature? Do you have a free morning or afternoon? Friess Lake School has a wonderful outdoor classroom which includes a native prairie and adjoining forest. We are retired teachers who have a passion for plants, animals, and our environment. We take classes of students along with their teachers outside to explore topics seasonally. For example, we focus on insects and seed dispersal in fall. In the winter, we follow animal tracks on snowshoes. In the spring we discover wildflowers. We could always use extra help, so we would love for you to come along with us on our outdoor adventures - for just one day or on a regular basis. Parents, grandparents, family friends, or retirees are welcome! 

We will begin classes in September and especially need volunteers to help students plant prairie plants as well as collect and scatter prairie seeds on Sept. 25th and 27th. If you are interested and available, please inform the office or contact us directly at  jereif9@gmail.com .  

Thank you!

Kris Thomas  
Jean Reif  
Mitch Calkins  
This year, both building principals will be sharing weekly Friday Flyers with parents. As such, we will be monitoring the Open Rate and Click Rate of the district newsletter, and will also discuss necessity at one of the early Parent Sounding Board meetings, to determine if all three are needed and/or desired. If you have specific feedback, please feel free to contact your grade level rep on PSB, or email Ms. Villalobos directly.
First Day Photos!
Do you take a first day of school photo of your child(ren) each year? If so, we'd love to have a copy to share on our social media pages. We will be taking our own First Day photos as well and will share them. If you have a photo to share, send it to us, or post it to your social media platform of choice with the hashtag #HHASDFirstDay
Send us your first day picture! We'll tweet it or share on Facebook.; #HHASDFirstDay
Transportation Survey
This survey was completed by numerous parents. If you have not yet completed it, please do. Your assistance is greatly appreciated! This form should be completed for EACH child. In order for GO Riteway to have accurate and efficient routes, we need to know which eligible students plan to ride the bus. Any stop that is not the student’s home address is NOT rolled over from year to year. Additional questions related to 2018-2019 routing requests may be directed to GO Riteway at (262) 677-3282. Thank you!
Principal Updates
Key Take Away's:
  1. At Friess Lake we want to partner with families to ensure success of our shared goal of providing children an incredible first school experience. To do this it is vital we keep an open line of communication between families and teachers. Families can expect consistent communication from their child's teachers and the school. Likewise, we want parents to know we are always one call or e-mail away if they ever have thoughts or concerns to share with us.
  2. Parents have the right to keep their children home from school for up to 10 days per school year. Whether your kid(s) are ill or you're taking a family trip, please be sure to call (262)628-2380 to let us know if your student will not be attending school.
  3. School safety is our first and main priority as a school district. With this in mind, all of our buildings doors will be locked while school is in session, all visitors will get buzzed in our main entrance and will report to the office prior to visiting their student. Additionally, construction on the main entrance will occur in October to offer interior doors that will lock and a transaction window for enhance school safety.
  4. Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is the framework we use to teach our students how to positively impact those around them. Also, PBIS offers common language for our staff to utilize with students to set expectations, solve problems, and build relationships. Discipline is not enough, appropriate replacement behavior must be taught and the use of restorative strategy followed through.
  5. Currently, to make payments to Friess Lake you must send cash, check, or fill out a form (available in main office) for your credit card to be charged. Online payment options will be offered in the future-watch for updates in newsletter.
5 Key Points

1. 5th and 6th grade lockers will be installed after the start of the school year.
2. Our library has been remodeled. It's a beautiful shared space for our students and staff.
3. We will utilize a modified block schedule with increased time for math instruction and learning.
4. Please make sure to familiarize yourself with our pick-up and drop-off routines.
5. All student schedules are out and we look forward to a wonderful start to the year.
HHASD Opportunities
Want to join our team, or know someone who would?
Check the tabs to the right.
Our mission is to provide a safe, challenging, student-centered learning environment focused on preparing students for their future through supportive parent, staff, and community partnerships.