Holt considers adding middle college, moving ninth graders

By Sally Zimmerman
Holt Journal staff writer

Wrestling with budget cuts, the Holt School Board is looking at turning the ninth grade campus into a middle college. Students of senior status would be able to take college credits as electives. The board is collaborating with Lansing Community College and Olivet College. “Olivet College or LCC will be providing their courses here,” said Dean Manikas, executive director of curriculum and staff development. “Maybe some of their faculty will be here, too.”

Holt biology teacher wins award, inspires students

By Sally Zimmerman
Holt Journal staff writer

The National Outstanding Biology Teacher Award is given to one teacher from each state that exhibits characteristics of an experienced, inspiring educator in the biology field. In 2012, the award was given to Heather Peterson of Holt, Mich. Peterson is a biology teacher at Holt Senior High School who uses unique teaching methods to engage her students and enhance learning. Peterson does not use a textbook. Instead, she tries to put a fun twist on learning by making classes more hands-on.