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District Enrollment Center Covington schools opens District Enrollment Center

Covington Independent Public Schools has opened its District Enrollment Center so that parents/guardians can register all their children at the same time and place.

Hall of Honors Hall of Honors Event October 9

You are cordially invited to the Covington Education Foundation’s Hall of Honors – an amazing event that combines the foundation’s Person of the Year and the Hall of Distinction honorees.

Measles Prevention Letter Measles Prevention Letter
Quantez and Tayquan Calloway Holmes football player scores five touchdowns in unique fashion during victory

Holmes junior slot back Tayquan Calloway joined the list of the state’s leading scorers in football last week when he got five touchdowns and a two-point conversion in his team’s 58-6 win over Owen County.

2019-20 Calendar School Starts Tuesday

A reminder to all students and parents that Covington Independent Public Schools starts on Tuesday, September 3. We are excited to begin the 2019-20 school year.  

Lunch Lunch Provided for Students

Free lunch is being provided for any child under the age of 18, Monday - Friday, August 19-30, at Latonia Elementary, Sixth District Elementary, Ninth District Elementary, Glenn O. Swing Elementary and John G. Carlisle Elementary. The hours for the lunch are 11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Any questions, contact 859-392-1028.

Schedule of Services Extended Summer Services

Summer services are being extended in Covington due to the delay in the start of school.

Schedule of Events Back to School Events Revised Schedule

Due to the change in the start of the school year, some Back to School events have been changed.  The schedule is as follows:

Holmes High School, August 7, 4-6 p.m.

First day of school delayed until September 3, 2019

As a result of several facility-related complications in our district, the start of school has been changed to Tuesday, September 3, 2019.

Open House Holmes High School Open House
School supplies Thanks for the school supplies for Covington students

Thanks to our many supporters and employees who brought by school supplies for Covington students during the Chick-fil-A “Stuff the Bus” challenge on Monday, July 29.

Rosie's girls Rosie's Girls to host Open House on Friday

Middle school students worked on projects that involved welding, plumbing, surveying, laser measuring and construction during the Rosie's Girls’ three week camp on the Holmes High School campus. 

Holmes Band Director New Band Director at Holmes High School

Holmes High School has a new band director. 

Scott Alter, Assistant Superintendent Glenn O. Swing Principal promoted to Assistant Superintendent

The principal and assistant principal at Glenn O. Swing Elementary School are taking on greater leadership roles in Covington Independent Public Schools.

born learning schedule Workshops held to help parents turn everyday moments into learning opportunities

It is not too late to sign up and attend the next Born Learning Communities workshop, which will be held at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday July 9.

Soccer Ball Lady Bulldogs Soccer
lori eifert Project Home is helping students experiencing homelessness to stay in school

Covington students and families experiencing homelessness receive help to stay in school.

stuff the bus challenge Please stop by Chick-fil-A in Newport to help Covington students with school supplies

Covington Independent Public Schools will again participate in Chick-fil-A’s Stuff the Bus challenge to provide school supplies for  students

Volleyball Lady Bulldogs Volleyball set practice and try-out schedule

The Holmes High School 2019-20 volleyball season begins on July 15.

Polly Page Covington Education Foundation names Polly Page as Person of the Year

The Covington Education Foundation has named Polly Lusk Page, a longtime advocate for education, as the organization’s 2019 Person of the Year.

Job Openings Covington is looking for talented people to join our team

Covington Independent Public Schools is looking for talented people to join our team.

Solar panels Covington already reaping benefits from its energy savings project

Covington Independent Public Schools is already reaping benefits from its energy savings project,

Alissa Brown, Holmes basketball coach Holmes names new basketball varsity head coach for Lady Bulldogs

Alissa Brown, who coached the Holmes Junior Varsity Girls basketball this past season, is now the head coach of the varsity Lady Bulldogs Basketball team.

Hall of Distinction Hall of Distinction Nominations Being Accepted

Holmes High School has an outstanding history of students who have made significant differences in their communities. Time has come to recognize and honor our alumni.  The Covington Board of Education is seeking nominations for the Holmes Hall of Distinction and the Holmes Outstanding Young Alumnus Award.

Final Exam Schedule and Early Dismissal Days

Holmes High School students will be taking their final exams next week on Thursday, May 23rd and Friday, May 24th.  Due to the exam schedule we will dismiss early on those days.

Summer Clubs Summer Camps Offered

Holmes High School is pleased to offer three exciting summer camps beginning on June 3. 

All after school programming canceled today

All evening activities in Covington Independent Public Schools will be canceled today, March 14, due to the predicted weather.

Two Hour Delay

Covington Independent Public Schools will be on a two hour delay today, Friday, March 8. Transportation will run two hours later.

Cold Weather Covington schools closed Wednesday due to inclement weather

Covington Independent Public Schools will be closed Wednesday, January 30, due to inclement weather.

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HERO points HERO Points Redemption

This Friday, December 14th, will be the last day students can redeem their HERO points for the 1st semester!  Students should report to their grade level administrator's office to get their redemption certificate.  HERO points will reset for the 2nd semester.

Election Day No School Tuesday, May 22
Schools Closed Tuesday, April 3

 All Covington Schools will close Tuesday, April 3  due to high teacher absenteeism and lack of substitute coverage. 

Email Disruption

The email system for Covington Independent Public Schools will be down beginning at 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 22 and ending on Monday, March 26. Parents will be unable to email district staff members during this time.

For more information, please call (859) 392-1000.

SBDM Meeting Rescheduled

The Holmes High School SBDM Budget Meeting scheduled for today, Tuesday, February 20, has been rescheduled for Tuesday, February 27, at 3:15.

Basketeball Holmes basketball games scheduled for Tuesday night have been canceled

The Holmes Lady Bulldogs Varsity and JV basketball games scheduled for this evening, Tuesday, January 16, have been canceled.

Early Dismissal

Covington Schools will dismiss early on Friday, January 12 due to weather.

Walkers, drivers and pick-ups will be dismissed at 12:30 p.m. 

The below schedule is for bus riders: 

· Adult High School: 12:00
· TLC: 12:15 
· Holmes High School: 12:20
· Holmes Middle School: 12:45
· Elementary Schools: 1:15

All after school programs and activities are canceled. Holmes High School's boys basketball game at BB&T Arena is canceled.

Weather Concerns

Because weather can change quickly and forecasts aren't always certain, our district may be faced with early dismissal on Friday, January 12. As of now, the National Weather Service has posted a Winter Weather Advisory for our area for tomorrow. Snow is expected to begin falling in the afternoon.

No School Monday January 8

Covington Independent Public Schools will be closed on Monday, January 8, due to inclement weather.

Nutrition Report

The results of the district Nutrition and Physical Activity Report will be discussed at the board meeting Thursday, December 14 at 6 p.m. at Latonia Elementary School.  The public is invited to join the discussion with any comments or suggestions.

Back to School School Starts Wednesday, August 23!

Covington Independent Public Schools will be back in session Wednesday, August 23. Elementary school students should report to school before 8 a.m., middle school students 7:45 a.m., and high school students 8:10 a.m.

Let's make this the best school year yet in our district!

SBDM Council Seeks Parent Representative

Holmes High School's SBDM or School Based Decision Making Council is seeking nominations for one parent representative to fulfill the remaining one year of a term beginning on July 1, 2017. Nominations for the position are due by 3:30 PM on May 16, 2017 to Shelly Duncan in the Holmes High School Youth Service Center. Voting will take place on May 24, 2017. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Shelly Duncan at 859.655.9545, Extension 16520.

SBDM Election Information

Elementary Soccer Games

Due to the weather forecast that includes severe weather and potential flooding, all elementary soccer games are cancelled for April 29.

Lady Bulldogs Advance to Semi-Finals

The Lady Bulldogs advanced to the semi-finals of the 9th Region Basketball Tournament with a 65 - 34 win over Dixie Heights.  They will take on the Conner Cougars on Friday, March 3rd at 8:00 PM at BB&T Arena on the campus of Northern Kentucky University. Tickets will be sold at the Holmes High School Athletic Office from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM on Thursday and Friday for $6. Tickets are $8 at the door. 

Scholarship Writing Workshop

Seniors and Parents/Guardians:

College is expensive. How can we make it easier for students and their parents? There are many scholarship opportunities out there, including academic and athletic scholarships, scholarships for minorities, scholarships for those who complete community service, and there are even unusual scholarships (i.e. one for left-handed students, one for who can create the best prom dress out of duct tape, etc.).  

Holmes High School seniors and their parents/guardians are invited to attend a Scholarship Writing Workshop at Holmes High School any time between 4:30-6:30 PM on Thursday, March 2, 2017. The workshop will offer information about local and national scholarships, discuss the do’s and don’ts of completing scholarships, provide assistance with revising and editing scholarship essays, and much more.  

Scholarship Writing Workshop

GEAR UP Kentucky Summer Academy

GEAR UP Kentucky Summer Academy is a three-week residential summer enrichment program on a university campus sponsored by the GEAR UP Kentucky program. Students have a daily schedule of classes taught by college professors and experience life as a college student by staying in a campus dorm, eating in campus dining halls, and interacting with college staff and students. The goal of the program is to help students develop the skills needed for college & career sucess and create opportunity to visualize themselves as a future college student. In addition to academic content, students will explore different career and college options, learn how to apply for college & financial aid, and get insight into life on a college campus. Please see the GEAR UP staff for more information or go to https://summeracademy.gearupky.org/.


New Sports Equipment Holmes Gets $15,000 in Sports Equipment from Reds, St. Elizabeth

Five local high schools are benefiting from a partnership of the Cincinnati Reds Community Fund and St. Elizabeth Healthcare.

Ten teams from Holmes, Bellevue, Dayton, Holy Cross, and Newport High Schools received $15,000 worth of baseball and softball equipment during an event at Town & Country Athletic Center in Wilder.

Mentor Appreciation Day Covington Partners Mentoring Program celebrates Mentor Appreciation Day at Holmes High School

In honor of National Mentoring Month, the Covington Partners Mentoring Program celebrated Mentor Appreciation Day on Wednesday, to recognize the outstanding commitment of volunteer mentors and the impact they have on the lives of Covington students.

More than 150 mentors and students celebrated throughout the day with breakfast and lunch served in the Holmes High School Library.

Alvin Garrison, Superintendent Covington Schools Offer Workforce Solutions in NKY

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin’s recent announcement that the state will establish a scholarship program to help pay tuition for students pursuing two-year degrees in “high-demand workforce sectors” is an affirmation of the Career Technical Education (CTE) program that has been established at Holmes High School and a blessing to students who participate in this program.

In a statement issued earlier this month, Gov. Bevin said Kentucky “is committed to increasing the currently low workforce participation rate by expanding the skilled, competitive workforce necessary to attract new businesses to the state.” The school board, faculty, and staff at Covington Independent Public Schools have the same commitment. That’s why we transformed the Chapman Career and Technical Center on the Holmes campus to support the CTE program.

Students Head to Inauguration Festivities Students Head to DC for Inauguration

A group of students from Holmes High School and Holmes Middle School headed to Washington DC late Tuesday night for the inauguration festivities. The students will tour the city, visit museums, and place a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

We wish them a fun and safe trip.

Holmes Students Receive MacBooks Holmes High School Students Receive Laptops

Students at Holmes High School have been given new MacBooks to take home and use during school year.

Having access to engage in school at home is very important. Computers are a big part of that.

At Holmes high school, 90 percent of the students have access to Wi-Fi, but only 30 percent have personal computers

Senior Michael Englemon and other Holmes High School students had to see the boxes of new laptops to believe that they would be receiving their own new MacBook Air laptops to take home.

Jaynice Stovall Vote for Jaynice

Each week during the winter season, Enquirer readers have the chance to vote on the top players of the week in basketball, swimming and diving, wrestling and bowling.  This week Holmes Lady Bulldog Jaynice Stovall is nominated.  Jaynice is a senior at Holmes High School and a member of the Lady Bulldog basketball team.  She recently scored her 1,000th career point and is helping lead the Lady Bulldogs to a second straight Ninth Region Championship.

Ballots come out early in the week and voting ends at 3 p.m. Fridays, with the results posted by 5 p.m. Vote for Jaynice!

Mayra Guzman becomes US citizen Holmes High School students witness real-life civics lesson as their interpreter takes oath of citizenship


When Mayra Guzman came to Northern Kentucky from Mexico 10 years ago the only words she could speak in English were “hi” and “how are you.”

She is now proficient in English and for the past two years, the 24-year-old has been an interpreter for Covington Independent Public Schools.

Her biggest accomplishment, however, happened last Friday when she took the oath of citizenship during a naturalization ceremony in the auditorium of Holmes High School




Covington Board of Education Special Meeting Notice




Pursuant to KRS 160.270 the Covington Board of Education has been called to a special meeting by Mr. Alvin L. Garrison, Secretary to the Board, upon petition of Ms. Julie Geisen Scheper, Chairman of the Board.  The meeting will be held Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 5:30 p.m., at the Instructional Service Center, 212 Levassor Avenue, Covington, Kentucky  41014.  Should a request for accommodations due to physical disability be received, then such meeting will be conducted at another site in the Covington Independent Public School District at the above time and date or as soon thereafter as may be convenient.

Covington Board of Education Meeting Cancelled

December 5, 2016

Covington Board of Education 

Meeting Cancellation Notice



Parent Meeting, Scheduling & Optioning for Classes

We are inviting all parents/guardians to join us for an important informational session involving scheduling and optioning for classes for the 2017 - 2018 school year. The meeting will take place in the Holmes Cafeteria on January 19th at 6:00 PM. We will discuss the scheduling process and answer questions about class offerings. For more information, please call the school office.

College Knowledge 101 College Knowledge 101
If you’re a parent/guardian of a college-bound child, the “College: How To Get There From Here” process can seem a bit overwhelming. Everything from GPA and ACT to FAFSA and college housing (and EVERYTHING in-between) can be stressful for both the student and the parent. At College Knowledge 101, we would like to ease your concerns and help answer common questions that parents have when helping their children prepare for and pay for college, career school, or the military.
Attendance is Important

As you think about the upcoming holidays and breaks, we want to stress the importance of sending your child to school every day possible. Every year, absences spike in the weeks before and after the winter holidays. It’s time to break that cycle. We know that just a few missed days here and there, even if they’re excused absences, can add up to too much lost learning time and put your child behind in school. This is as true in kindergarten as it is in high school. Put simply, too many absences at any age can affect a student’s chances for academic success and eventually for graduation.

We recognize that holidays and breaks are an important time. Please keep in mind the costs to your children’s education if they miss too much school— and the message you will be sending about the importance of attendance. Even if you’ve got a homework packet from the teacher, it doesn’t make up for the interaction and learning that happens in the classroom. Our teachers will be teaching, and our students will be learning, right up until vacation starts and the first day back. You can help us convey that message. This holiday season; give your children the gift of an education and the habit of attendance.

Scheduled days off are November 23rd, 24th, and 25th and December 18th to January 2nd

Kerry Nolasco Nolasco Receives Award

Congratulations to Holmes High School senior Kerry Nolasco who was named by local coaches to the Northern Kentucky Boys Soccer All-Region Team. Kerry finished his high school soccer career with 38 goals and 24 assists including 15 goals and 8 assists during his senior season. He helped lead the team to its most successful season in school history, finishing with a record of 11-6-2. He was also named to the 35th District All-Tournament Team.

Parent Night

Holmes High School will host a series of parent night events covering a range of topics. The next event is Thursday, October 20th at 6:00 PM in the Holmes High School Cafeteria. The topic will be Assessment and Accountability. The presentation will be in a discussion/presentation format as well as question and answer opportunities. Please join us. Light refreshments will be served. 

Topics for future parent night events include;

International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement,  Career & Technical Pathways, 1:1 initiative

Student Optioning - Schedule of Classes

Community Services

Junior Class Parents - ACT

Sophomore Class Parents - Post-secondary options

Congratulations Bulldogs! Record Setting Season

The Holmes High School Boys Soccer Team tied the school record for number of wins in one season as the Bulldogs beat Gallatin County 4-2 on Senior Night. The team matched the record set during the 1992 season and finished the regular season at 11-5-2. The team also set the school record for goals scored in one season with 65 and the school record for fewest goals allowed with only 27.

Police searching for suspicious man near Covington schools

Covington Police reported Tuesday that a suspicious person has been seen in the area of two local schools and may have attempted to abduct a child.

In a news release, the police department stated that the incidents were reported near Sixth District School in Austinburg and John G. Carlisle School downtown. One young victim reported that the suspicious person attempted to take her by the arm on the 1700 block of Maryland Avenue near Sixth District. 

The girl was able to kick the man and run away.

Holmes Boys Soccer Success

Holmes High School’s boys soccer team has its sights set on advancing to the regional tournament for the first time since 1998.

The Bulldogs, in head coach Tom Haggard’s third season at the helm, have the pieces to make such a run. Holmes is off to a 9-3-2 start and has a group of seniors who have bought into the program.

Student makes up story about being attacked

This morning, (Friday, September 30), a student from Covington Independent Public Schools falsely reported that she was attacked by a clown while on her way to school.  After being interviewed by district officials, the student admitted that she made up the story.

Because of the attention that this issue has generated, we would like to emphasize that there was no clown and no attack whatsoever. If you should have questions or concerns, please call central office, 859-392-1000.

Alvin Garrison,
Covington Independent Public Schools 

4th Annual Close the Deal Event

Holmes High School will host their fourth annual Close the Deal Event on Wednesday, September 28.  The day-long celebration focuses on helping seniors commit to finishing high school and pursuing their education beyond high school graduation.

Close the Deal was inaugurated by former Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson while he was mayor of Louisville.  Holmes was chosen to be part of the second statewide cohort and has continued the tradition.

The successful launch of Close the Deal at Holmes is because of the partnership among state and local officials, educators and business leaders who come together to engage seniors in crucial conversations about their future plans.

Seniors will learn about the financial aid process, as well as, participate in table talks—20-minute conversations—with college admission officers, current college students and local business leaders.

After lunch, both juniors and seniors will speak with representatives of over 20 colleges and military recruiters.

A special forum, “From the Parent’s Perspective”, has been developed to give parents/guardians the opportunity to discuss and ask questions of two parents who have recent high school graduates, that have gone on to college. The speakers will share insight on the process and tips on how to support your student. The forum will begin at 11:35 a.m. and continue until 12:05 p.m. in the auditorium.

Time to Play! New Playground

The Chapman Child Development Center on the Holmes High School campus has a new playground. Demolition on the former 20-year-old playground started in May and after a summer of construction the new playground was completed the beginning of September.

Date Changed for NCAA Night

Holmes High School is hosting an NCAA Night for potential college-bound athletes. The event is designed for students to gain more information about the recruiting process as well as what it is like to be a college athlete. Former athletes and coaches will share valuable information and experience with our student-athletes. NCAA night will take place on Tuesday, October 4th beginning at 6:00 PM in the Jack Moreland Auditorium. The program is set up like a round table discussion and will last about an hour. This is an excellent educational opportunity for our student-athletes. We look forward to seeing you there!

Vote for Seth! Vote for Seth!

Vote for Seth!

Holmes High School senior football player, Seth Hille, has been nominated for the Mercy Ortho/WCPO 9 On Your Side Player of the Week.

Holmes High School to host Freshman Parent Night

Freshman Parents are invited to join us for a workshop presented by Mike Thompson from the Emergenetics Program. The presentation will be held in the Holmes High School cafeteria on September 22nd starting at 5:00 PM.

Mr. Thompson will share individualized information about students’ thinking and behavior preferences in seven research-based attributes, allowing them to better understand themselves – how they think, communicate, and learn – and their interactions with others.

Please visit the Emergenetics website for information regarding the science behind the STEP program.  http://step.emergenetics.com/

Please contact the Freshman office if you have any questions at 859-655-9545, extension 16206.

Refreshments will be served at 5:00.


Homecoming 2016 Homecoming 2016

Hey all you bulldog fans...

Holmes High School Student Council welcomes your participation in our annual homecoming parade.  The parade will take place on Friday, September 23 beginning at 5 pm sharp. We want ALL Bulldog Fans to show their school spirit.  Yes, everyone, especially YOU!  We want your school or group to be represented in the parade.

Covington schools advocate to discuss district's progress at CBC luncheon

Former Covington Mayor Chuck Scheper says local businesses have a huge stake in the achievement growth of Covington Schools.

Scheper, an advocate for Covington Independent Schools (CIPS), will discuss the issue Thursday, September 15th when he moderates a discussion with Superintendent Alvin Garrison and Covington Partners Executive Director Stacie Strotman at the Covington Business Council monthly luncheon at the Madison Events Center.

Scheper says the latest state testing scores shows Covington Independent Schools boasts the highest rated elementary school in Kenton County in Glenn O. Swing Elementary

GEAR UP Kentucky

GEAR UP Kentucky is hiring for a College & Career Advisor at Holmes High School. A College & Career Advisor works with high school students to make meaningful connections between career and college options and their school work, as well as work with their regional supervisor and school teams to deliver a structured curriculum.

Covington Board of Education Makes it 5 Years Without Raising Tax Rate

The Covington Board of Education voted unanimously to take the compensating rate, and not to increase its property tax rate by up to the 4 percent allowed without a public vote.

This is the fifth consecutive year that the Covington Independent Public School District has opted to take the compensating rate - which adjusts the tax rate to meet the increase in property value so as to collect close to the similar amount as the previous year - instead of the full 4 percent.

Board member Glenda Huff cited the district's implementation of an ongoing process of reviewing the budget, which she says has "netted great results".

“We have been diligent and responsible in making sure taxpayers’ money is well spent,’’ Huff said in a statement. “By adopting the compensating rate, we will actually lower the tax rates.’’

Holmes students resume classes

At 12:50 p.m. today, Monday, August 22, students in the senior building of  Holmes High School were evacuated after smoke was found emitting from an electrical outlet in a second floor classroom.

Students returned to class at 1:15 p.m. after the Covington Fire Department investigated and deemed the classroom safe.

As precautionary measure, an electrician will inspect the outlet today, said Principal Scott Hornblower. Students will be dismissed at their regular time at 3:05 p.m.


Holmes football field getting artificial turf  - no home games this fall Holmes football field getting artificial turf - no home games this fall

I am excited to share some great news with you!  Work will soon begin to bring major upgrades to the Holmes High School stadium. The track will be replaced, the football field is getting artificial turf and a new press box and scoreboard will be installed.

With this project in mind, we will not be able to host any home games this fall.  However, we still want you to come out and support the Bulldogs. Our first football game is tonight, Friday, August 19, 5:30 p.m., at Covington Catholic.

Thanking you in advance for your understanding.  Have a great school year.  Go Bulldogs!


Stan Steidel,
Director of Athletics and Student Activities

Game Day! Game Day!

The Holmes High School varsity football team opens their season tonight against crosstown rival Holy Cross.  Due to construction at the high school, the game will be played at Covington Catholic High School at 5:30 p.m.  Come out and support the Bulldogs!

Wednesday, August 17, is the first day of school for Covington students Wednesday, August 17, is the first day of school for Covington students

We hope you enjoyed your time off during the summer break, but it's time for school again. The first day of school for students in Covington Independent Public Schools is tomorrow, Wednesday, August 17.  

Elementary schools begin at 8 a.m, Holmes Middle School starts at 7:45 a.m. and Holmes High School starts at 8:05 a.m.

Welcome back.

School Supply List

Holmes High School Supply List

Please click on the link below to view the school supply list for the 2016 - 2017.



Four alumni to be inducted into Holmes High School Hall of Distinction

Four outstanding Holmes High School alumni will be inducted into the school’s Hall of Distinction during graduation ceremonies on Friday, June 3.

The inductees are Dr. Terri Cox-Cruey, a 1981 graduate of Holmes who now serves as Superintendent of the Kenton County School District; Todd Duesing, Class of 1996, General Manager of the Aronoff Center for the Arts; Dr. J. Michael Farrell, Class of 1967, journalism professor at the University of Kentucky; and, Charles T. Moore, Class of 1970, Chief District Judge of Boone and Gallatin Counties.

Covington Education Foundation names Spike Jones "Person of the Year" Covington Education Foundation names Spike Jones "Person of the Year"

Kenton County Police Chief Col. Michael "Spike" Jones has been selected as the Covington Education Foundation’s 2016 Person of the Year.

The foundation, which awards college scholarships to students at Holmes High School and program support for Covington Independent Public Schools, will honor Jones at a luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at the Dress Pavilion in Covington’s Devou Park.

Important Graduation Information Important Graduation Information

Graduation is a time of celebration and is a reflection of you and your family. We strive to make this a special day for all involved. The Class of 2016 will be graduating on June 3, 2016, at 7 p.m. on the campus of Holmes High School. Due to safety concerns regarding the press box and possible construction, the ceremony will be held at David M. Evans Fieldhouse (the school gymnasium).


Mandatory Graduation Practice

A mandatory graduation practice will be held on June 3. We will begin the morning with a hot catered breakfast in the cafeteria at 8:15 a.m. It is very important that you arrive to graduation practice in the Fieldhouse by 9 a.m. If you do not attend graduation practice, you will not be allowed to participate in the ceremony.


Covington educators, students recognized for education excellence Covington educators, students recognized for education excellence

Educators and students from Covington Independent Public Schools were among the those receiving awards during the 2016 Education in Excellence Celebration sponsored by the Northern Kentucky Education Council and the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.

Scott Alter, principal of Glenn O. Swing Elementary School, received the A.D. Albright Outstanding Administrator Leader Award. Alter was recognized for leading his school to academic success.  For the past two testing cycles, Glenn O. ranked in the 99th percentile of all schools statewide. The school is Distinguished. Only three elementary schools in Northern Kentucky and 29 of the 720 elementary schools throughout the state posted higher scores than Glenn O. Swing in 2013-14.

Sherry Lindberg, who works as a teacher and assistant principal at Glenn O. Swing was honored with the Golden Apple award.. Ms. Lindberg teaches social studies.  For several years, students in her class have scored 100 percent on the social studies portion on the state test.

Students Clean Up Covington Students Clean Up Covington

More than 20 members of the Holmes High School National Honor Society participated in Covington's Great American Clean-Up on Saturday, April 30. Students picked up trash along several routes around the school to help keep Covington beautiful!

Long Addresses Commissioner Student Addresses Commissioner

Holmes High School sophomore, Alaria Long, spoke to the Commissioner of Education at the Town Hall Meeting at NKU on Monday, April 25. Alaria spoke on "How do we measure school success?"

This was her response:
"We should measure school success not only by test scores but by the relationships between students and teachers and how that is growing. Without a firm understanding of students and teachers working together, nothing will be accomplished. This could be measured by advisers coming in classrooms and watching how teachers manage and get along with their students."

Good job Alaria!

Cross Country Sign-Ups

The Holmes Cross Country Team will be signing up 5th grade students who will be attending Holmes Middle School as 6th graders next school year (2016-2017).  Students that will be in grades 6-12 next school year and are interested in competing should sign-up. Sign-ups will be held on Holmes Campus, Thursday, May 12th at 3:15 p.m. between the field house and football field. 

Coach Joe Mueller
Coach Nicole Winkler
Cross Country Boys & Girls Coach
"To be successful on the field you must first be successful in the classroom"
Facebook (search): Holmes Cross Country

Holmes JROTC Wins Awards

Congratulations to the Holmes JROTC Competition Teams who finished 2nd place overall (out of 11) in Division II at their competition.

1st Place Physical Fitness Team
Christian Boyce 1st of 44 competitors on Shuttle Run

2nd Place Rifle Team
Serena Golz & Tonia Ramirez - Expert Shooters

4th Place Academic Team
Colton Evans 3rd Place individual award out of 44 competitors

8th Place Overall Drill

SkillsUSA Champions SkillsUSA Champions

Nine Holmes High School students forfeited their Spring Break to travel to Louisville and compete in the SkillsUSA state competition. Seven of those students returned home with gold medals and a state championship! They will now compete in the national competition in June with the champions from all 50 states, Guam, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, and the Navajo Nation.

Congratulations to:
Ricara Moorman and Shawndale Mincy - 1st place in Promotional Bulletin Board
Nathan Cecil, Jada Cummings, Ke'Ziah Mitchell, and Jesiah Yewitt - 1st place in Broadcast News
Shy-Ann Trimpe - 1st place in Photography
Zorrya Ballard and Josh Lemus - Advertising Design

Coach of the Year Coach and Former Player Honored

Congratulations to Holmes Lady Bulldogs Coach, Tony Perkins, on being named the Greater Cincinnati Basketball Hall of Fame Coach of the Year for Northern Kentucky Girls Basketball!

Congratulations also to former Lady Bulldog great, Erica Hallman, who will be inducted into the Greater Cincinnati Basketball Hall of Fame, along with seven others, including former UC and NBA standout, Kenyon Martin, and Xavier star, Ralph Lee.

The awards banquet will be May 4 at Receptions in Fairfield.

Chess Team Competes at State Chess Team Competes at State

Holmes High School Chess Team members competed in the state chess tournament for the first time in the school's history. Members Harley Avery, Wesley Robbins, Ashton Weidle, Zach Montgomery, and Majdaah Salaah traveled to North Bullitt High School for the competition against 16 other high school teams. The Bulldogs scored points in every round and look forward to great progress in the future.

SBDM Council seeking parent representatives

Holmes High School SBDM or School Based Decision Making Council Seeking Parent Representatives

In Kentucky, each school has a council composed of the principal, elected teachers and elected parents who make many of the most important decisions about how their school will work. Holmes High School is currently seeking to fill two School Based Decision Making or SBDM Council parent representatives for a two-year term beginning on July 1, 2016 and ending on June 30, 2018. Please see the attached information for information and a nomination form. Nominations are due to Shelly Duncan, Youth Service Center Coordinator by March 25, 2016 at 3:30 PM. Voting will take place on April 6, 2016. If you have additonal questions, please call the school at 859.655.9545.


SBDM Council Notification Letter and Nomination Form


Renovation of Holmes Campus Coming Renovation of Holmes Campus Coming

The Covington Board of Education approved the advertising for architectural/engineering services for the Holmes campus renovation and site development project as recommended by Superintendent Alvin Garrison.

Early dismissal Friday for all Covington schools Early dismissal Friday for all Covington schools

To give our students and staff an opportunity to support the Holmes Girls’ Basketball Team in its quest in the Sweet 16 Basketball Tournament, the district will release early on Friday, March 11, 2016.

Spirit-filled sendoff to the state tournament Spirit-filled sendoff to the state tournament

Staff, students, parents and administrators cheered, hugged, waved signs and high-fived the Lady Bulldogs as they wished them well during the sendoff to the state Sweet 16 Basketball Tournament today.

Enthusiastic students lined the hallways of the campus to greet the team. The team also visited every Covington elementary school where the younger children cheered, clapped, held signs and asked for autographs of the team.

The girls were most appreciative of all the support... they received.

Thanks to the Kenton County Sheriff's office for blaring the sirens as they escorted the bus to the schools.

The Lady Bulldogs play at 8 tonight at the BB&T Arena at Northern Kentucky University.

Wishing you the best Lady Bulldogs.

Help us send off the Lady Bulldogs Help us send off the Lady Bulldogs

In honor of the Lady Bulldogs winning the Ninth Region Basketball Championship and earning a berth in the state Sweet 16 Tournament, we are declaring Wednesday, March 9, as Red and White Day in all of Covington Independent Public Schools. 

Students and staff are encouraged to wear the Holmes High School colors as we celebrate the Lady Bulldogs with an exciting sendoff.  The sendoff begins at 9:15 Wednesday morning as the team is greeted by the community and middle and high school students and staff.

Congratulations Lady Bulldogs - 9th Region Basketball Champions Congratulations Lady Bulldogs - 9th Region Basketball Champions

The stage was set for a stunning upset when Ryle took an eight-point lead over Holmes early in the fourth quarter of the 9th Region girls’ basketball championship game on Sunday at BB&T Arena.

Ryle forward Jenna Carothers, left, blocks a shot by Holmes guard Jynea Harris during the 9th Region championship game. (Photo by Jackson Sports Photography)

Holmes, the top-ranked team in Northern Kentucky, and had not lost to a local opponent all season, but Ryle had just run off five straight points to take control of the title game.

That’s when Holmes coach Tony Perkins called a timeout to give his players a chance to regroup and they launched a comeback that resulted in a 45-42 win

Lady Bulldogs to play for 9th region championship

 The aggressive, in-your-face defense that’s become a staple of the Holmes girls’ basketball team was highly effective in the semifinals of the 9th Region tournament on Saturday at BB&T Arena.
The Bulldogs allowed only one point in the first quarter to take an early lead and went on to defeat Conner, 64-32, to earn a spot in the regional final for the second consecutive year

35th District Champions! 35th District Champions!

The Holmes Lady Bulldogs are 35th District Champions! They beat Holy Cross 62-48. Jynea Harris, Jaynice Stovall, and Tyrah Englemon (MVP) were named to the All-Tournament Team. Congratulations Lady Bulldogs!

Jynea Harris Signs Letter of Intent Jynea Harris Signs Letter of Intent

Senior Lady Bulldog, Jynea Harris, signed a letter of intent to play basketball for Lindsey Wilson College next year. Jynea was joined by her family, teammates, coaches, teachers, and Lindsey Wilson's head coach, John Wethington. Congratulations Jynea!

35th District Basketball Tournament Schedules Announced

Girls Basketball 35th District Tournament Bracket

The Holmes Lady Bulldogs take on the Beechwood Lady Tigers in the opening round of the 35th District Tournament on Monday, February 22nd at 7:30 PM at Holy Cross High School. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for students and senior citizens (63 and older). Gates will open at 6:00 PM. Pre-sale tickets will be available, please call 859.655.9545 for details.  


Boys Basketball 35th District Tournament Bracket

The Holmes Bulldogs take on the Covington Catholic Colonels on Tuesday, February 23rd at 7:30 PM at Beechwood High School. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for students and senior citizens. Gates will open at 6:00 PM. Pre-sale tickets will be available, please call 859.655.9545 for details.



GEAR-UP Kentucky

GEAR-UP Kentucky is hosting a three-week summer program (July 10 - 30, 2016) on the campus of the University of Kentucky and is available to our Holmes students at no cost.

Nominations being accepted for Holmes distinguished graduates Nominations being accepted for Holmes distinguished graduates
The Covington Board of Education is seeking nominations for the Holmes Hall of Distinction. The Hall honors distinguished graduates and friends of Covington schools in recognition of their achievements and contributions to society.
Three Holmes wrestlers qualify for state tournament Three Holmes wrestlers qualify for state tournament

Three Holmes wrestlers are headed to Lexington to the State Tournament fter qualifying for the event this past weekend.

Alex Vancini, senior, (14-3), Kyrie Glover, senior, (26-3) and Seth Hille (33-7) each took second place at the Region 6 Championships on Saturday to advance to the state tournament. Freshman Diontae Rone (26-12) took fifth place and will be a state alternate. Freshman Tyler Loechel and Junior Trent Rose each finished in sixth place.

The State Tournament will be held this Friday and Saturday February 19, 20, at the Alltech Arena in Lexington at the Kentucky Horse Park.

The three qualifiers represent the highest number of wrestlers from Holmes to go to state since 2005.


Holmes High School Students Begin Schedule Optioning

Holmes High School students will begin schedule optioning for 2016-17 classes beginning on Tuesday, February 16 through Friday, February 26 during the school day. Parents/guardians desiring to be a part of the schedule optioning process with their child can make an appointment with the counselor for Wednesday, February 17 between 4:00-6:00 p.m.

To schedule an appointment, please see below.
   For incoming 10th graders, call 859-655-9545 Ext.16205.
   For incoming 11th graders, call 859-655-9545 Ext. 16225.
   For incoming 12th graders, call 859-655-9545 Ext. 16508.

th their child can make an appointment with the counselor for Wednesday, February 17 between 4:00-6:00 p.m. Appointments can be made by calling 859-655-9545.

Holmes Chess Team Wins 3rd Place Holmes Chess Team Wins 3rd Place

The Holmes High School Chess Team won 3rd place in a competition that included participants from Henry Clay, Lexington Catholic, Grant County High School, George Rogers Clark High School and Reform. They now have the opportunity to compete at the state competition in Shepherdsville on March 26. Congratulations Bulldogs!

Holmes Council Votes to Keep Celebrated Academic Program Holmes Council Votes to Keep Celebrated Academic Program

Holmes Council Votes to Keep Celebrated Academic Program

For more than two years, the future of the International Baccalaureate program at Holmes High School in Covington has been on the chopping block.

Each time the school's site-based decision-making (SBDM) council considered elimination of the program, IB alumni returned to campus or to Board of Education meetings, pleading with them to reconsider. 

Barry Manilow to donate piano to Holmes High School Barry Manilow to donate piano to Holmes High School

COVINGTON - The Grammy-winning author of “I Write the Songs” is giving a special gift to Holmes High School.

Pop singer Barry Manilow will donate a new Yamaha piano to the Covington high school to launch a local music instrument drive. Anyone who donates a new or gently used musical instrument to the BB&T Arena box office one week prior to show date will receive two free tickets valid for pre-selected seat locations on a first-come, first-serve basis for Manilow’s Feb. 11 show.

Holmes graduate exhibiting art collection in London Holmes graduate exhibiting art collection in London

Holmes High School graduate Jamour Chames will be exhibiting his ‘Girl All Over The World’ art collection  in London during London Fashion Week. The paintings will be on display from February 18th to the 24th at the Cavendish Room, 56 New Cavendish St, Marylebone, London.

Letter to Parents Regarding ACLU Lawsuit


Holmes High School, SBDM Council

A special meeting of Holmes High School SBDM council has been called by Scott Hornblower, SBDM Chairperson. The meeting will be held Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 4:30 p.m., at the Holmes High School Auditorium, 2500 Madison Avenue, Covington, Kentucky 41014.

This notice was provided to all SBDM council members and posted on the SBDM Council Information Board.


Congratulations Bulldog Wrestlers

Two Bulldog wrestlers, Kyrie Glover and Alex Vancini, qualified for the State Tournament by placing fourth at the wrestling regional tournament. Three other Bulldogs, D'mitri Dozier, Tyler Delehanty and Seth Hille placed fifth in the Region, and will go to the State Tournament as Alternates. The five top-5 finishers for the Bulldogs at Region represent the most Holmes has had since 2003. The State Tournament will be held at the Alltech Arena in Lexington on March 9, 10 and 11.

Senior/Junior Prom Details

Holmes High School Junior/Senior Prom this year will be held on Saturday, April 11th from 7-11 pm. It will be held at the Pinnacle Ballroom in Covington. The prom theme is Hollywood Nights.

Water, soft drinks and an appetizer buffet will be available.

Tickets will be on sale March 23 to April 10. The cost for tickets is $25. Students with dates from other schools need to see Mr. Dearborn or Ms. Merritt.

2015 Varsity Track Schedule
2015 Holmes Lady Bulldog Fastpitch Softball Schedule
Holmes Lady Bulldogs
2015 Fastpitch Softball
2015 Junior Varsity Baseball
Holmes Bulldogs
2015 Junior Varsity Baseball Schedule
HESPY Awards Holmes High shining ‘HESPY’ spotlight on students, teams excelling in academics, athletics, service

Holmes High School is rolling out the red carpet to shine a spotlight on students and teams who excel in academics, athletics and service.  

Change in Calendar

Dear Families: 

Please be advised that Covington Independent Public Schools has made changes to its academic calendar for this school year to make up for time missed due to inclement weather.

Covington students honored during MLK ceremonies Covington students honored during MLK ceremonies

Several students from Covington schools were honored during Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. ceremonies Monday for academic achievement and their writing prowess.  During the noon celebration hosted by the Northern Kentucky NAACP, Holmes High School senior Brennon Englemon was honored with a $500 scholarship. Brennon wants to be a Certified Public Accountant.  He has not decided which college he will attend, but he says University of Kentucky is at the top of his list.

At the Convene for the Dream celebration hosted by the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance, two Covington students were among the writing contest winners.  Demarah Everson, a fifth grade student at Glenn O. Swing Elementary School and Lajeria Robinson, a ninth grade students at Holmes High School, each received a plaque and $100 for their award winning entries.
In addition, the top seniors from Holmes High School Class of 2016 were recognized for their academic achievement. Superintendent Alvin Garrison and Holmes Counselor Jon Hopkins presented the awards.  And to top it off, two Holmes seniors served as mistress and master of ceremonies of the event  – Brennon Englemon and Mia Englemon. Job well done.  Congratulations all.

National School Nurse Day National School Nurse Day

National School Nurse Day is Wednesday, May 8, 2019. School nurses lead the way in advocating for the health needs of their students, as well as supporting education, by ensuring that students are safe, healthy & ready to learn. Let’s celebrate our Covington school nurses today and always!

Jynea Harris scores 1000th career point for Holmes Jynea Harris scores 1000th career point for Holmes

The Holmes Bulldogs have won five of their last six games, including two out of three at home against Beechwood and Highlands on Friday and Monday (with a loss in Louisville to Male in between) to improve to 13-3 on the season.

Senior guard Jynea Harris scored her 1000th career point for Holmes during the 72-36 thrashing of Beechwood. The Tigers are now 8-5 on the year.

On Monday night, Holmes held off Highlands, another top 9th Region team, 58-53. The loss dropped the Bluebirds to 13-4.

testing Testing Week of May 6th

Testing for students week of May 6th

Holmes vs CovingtonCatholic basketball game canceled

The Friday evening basketball game between Holmes High School and Covington Catholic High School has been canceled and will be played at a later date.

New Immunization Requirements New Immunization Requirements

Beginning July 1, 2018, all students in kindergarten through grade twelve must have two doses of Hepatitis A vaccine. Additionally, all students age 16 years or older must have two doses of Meningococcal ACWY. These are new requirements in Kentucky's law.

Covington launches footsteps2brilliance Covington launches footsteps2brilliance

Covington Independent Public Schools, with the help of generous members of our community, is providing FREE unlimited access to the program, Footsteps2Brilliance, to every child who lives in Covington or attends a preschool or school in the city. The program is designed to help Covington children to become proficient readers by third grade. 

The district launched the city-wide initiative in December at the Life Learning Center in Covington with parents, school and city officials, students from Covington public and parochial schools, day care centers and preschools.
The web-based platform accelerates learning through more than 1,000 interactive books, games, and songs, and is available any time of day, every day, to maximize learning opportunities.  It is designed for children pre-K through third grade.


Molly Morgan and Destinee Matthews Students and Teachers Receive Awards

Congratulations to Holmes High School seniors Molly Morgan and Destinee Matthews for their recognition at the Excellence in Education Celebration this week.

A look at the 2015-16 basketball team A look at the 2015-16 basketball team

Holmes will be a very different basketball team this season without their perennial all-star James Bolden who has graduated and moved on to West Virginia. For the past three seasons, the Bulldogs have been carried by Bolden’s star power and various pieces to compliment the superstar.

What is left is hardly a scrap heap, though. Senior guard Markel McClendon is the new center piece to head coach Mike Listerman’s offense. For the last two years, McClendon has used the attention Bolden received from defenders to his advantage, exploiting the open space with good looks from outside and open lanes to the basket. Now Listerman will ask McClendon to take on the scoring load, but not to the extent that Bolden provided to him in years past.

- See more at: http://www.covingtonindps.KY.schools.bz/1/News/23#sthash.qB4Z6ozM.dpuf

SBDM SBDM Nominations

Its Time to elect a 2019-2021 parent member for Holmes High School's council!

Register for Kindergarten Register for Kindergarten
Students build machines to open umbrellas Students build machines to open umbrellas

Holmes students have been creating machines to open an umbrella. They were required to complete a blueprint, demonstrate at least 3 types of simple machines properly used, and demonstrate 2 or more energy transformations or conversions with a minimum of 4 different steps.

On Friday each group will present their machine and how it works to their classmates. 

Students have experienced an exciting environment of learning in the library along with intense conversations concerning incline planes, potential energy, levers, pulleys, kinetic energy, design and Newton’s Law.  

One student commented, “It’s live . . . I mean it's science but it's creative. We had to reverse engineer from the problem to a solution on our own."

New Soccer Court New Soccer Court

A huge THANK YOU goes to The Motz Corporation who built a five-sided turf soccer court on the Holmes campus as part of their Service Day 2019. The court is located in the tennis area of campus near Madison Avenue.

Parent/Teacher Conference Parent Teacher Conferences
Holmes student studying in Germany Holmes student studying in Germany


As part of the Rotary Youth Exchange Program, Holmes High School senior Brian Benito is spending his senior year in Kirchzarten, Germany.

The Covington Rotary Club offered the opportunity to rising juniors and seniors from Holmes and Covington Latin. The club chose Brian for the program based on an application process of written letters and interviews.

Child getting a shot Immunization records due by May 24

Don’t forget to get your shots and turn in your immunization records to your school by May 24.

Holmes senior wins poster contest Holmes senior wins poster contest

Holmes High School senior Shaunda Akemon won first place in the 2015 Kentucky Public Service Recognition Week Poster Contest for the 14-18 age category.  

College 101 Parent Night College 101

Attention Current Juniors and Seniors--

Are you heading to college in the fall?  Do you think after high school you will be going to college?  Monday, April 22 at 6PM join us for the College 101 Parent Night at Holmes High School in the cafeteria. Students and parents will be able to ask questions to college representatives as well as hear from a panel of representatives regarding important information to help the transition from high school to college smooth and effective.

Covington Board of Education lowers tax rate Covington Board of Education lowers tax rate

For the fourth year in a row, the Covington Board of Education has decided not to increase its property tax rate.  At its meeting Wednesday night, the board voted 5-0 to take the minimum compensating tax instead of an allowable 4 percent increase. 

Superintendent Alvin Garrison credited board leadership with not having to increase the tax rate. He said the district's budget committee, which includes two board members, the district's finance director and other district personnel, meets throughout the year to review the budget - looking at spending patterns and ways to reduce costs. 

Health Fair flyer Health Fair
SkillsUSA Students SkillsUSA State Champs

Congratulations to Holmes High School SkillsUSA students on a great week at the state competition.

Spring Break Spring Break April 15-19
Covington schools hosting "An Evening of Kindergarten" on Wednesday

Covington Independent Public Schools has set aside a special evening so that parents of incoming kindergarten children can meet principals and teachers, tour schools, ask questions and complete enrollment forms.

Arrest Made in Threat

Covington Independent Public Schools was made aware of a threat to Holmes High School this morning. Covington police were notified immediately. We cooperated with police throughout the day. This evening police made an arrest in the matter. A juvenile has been charged with terroristic threatening. We are thankful for the quick work of our police department as school safety is our priority. Have a good evening and we will see everyone at school tomorrow.

Hall of Distinction Hall of Distinction Nominations Being Accepted

Holmes High School has an outstanding history of students who have made significant differences in their communities. It honors its alumni with the Holmes Hall of Distinction and the Holmes Outstanding Young Alumnus awards.

Celebrating 25 Years! Celebrating 25 Years!

It's been 25 years since the first Holmes girls' basketball team went to the state tournament. The 1993 Lady Bulldogs will be honored during halftime of the varsity game on Tuesday, February 6 when the current Lady Bulldogs take on the Highlands Bluebirds. 

Come out and support the Lady Bulldogs of 2018 and 1993! The JV game will start at 6 p.m. followed by the varsity game at 7:30.

Choir Holmes High School Choir Concert

The Holmes High School Choir will be having there concert Thursday, March 28th at 7:00 p.m. in the Jack Moreland Auditorium.

We hope to see everyone there!

School Board Member Recognition Month

January is School Board Member Recognition Month. Here in Covington we appreciate our school board members. Thank you for all you do for the children of Covington.

If you see a school board member, take a minute to give your thanks.

Jason Moore Moore named to NKY Hall of Fame

Stephen Lickert, an award-winning high school football player and coach, will be one of six inductees into the Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame during a ceremony at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Villa Hills Civic Club that is open to the public.

New Equipment Holmes Baseball/Softball Receives New Equipment


Ten local high schools received $20,000 worth of baseball and softball equipment from the Reds Community Fund and St. Elizabeth Healthcare.

An event was held Wednesday at Town & Country Athletic Center in Wilder.

Kamari Graham Kamari Graham Honored

Congratulations to Holmes High School Lady Bulldog Kamari Graham on being named a Division II ALL-Conference honoree in basketball.

Coach Listerman Reaches 300 Wins Coach Reaches 300 Wins

Holmes High School boys’ varsity basketball coach, Mike Listerman, reached a milestone that many coaches just dream about – he won his 300th game as a head coach. The Bulldogs beat Bishop Brossart on January 18 to put Coach Listerman over the threshold.

“Reaching 300 is certainly a milestone, a certain level of excellence, and yet it is only a number. As a coach, you work to win the next game. After you win that game, it's about the next game. It is always about ‘the next game,’” he said. “Just one game at a time, then one day you are at 300, and you're going ‘Wow, have I been at it this long?’”

Report Cards Report Cards

Term 3 Report Cards will be mailed home on March 20th. 

Willy Wonka Willy Wonka Play Rescheduled

Holmes Middle School CLC's presentation of Willy Wonka, Jr. has been rescheduled for March 19 at 6 p.m. in the Holmes High School auditorium. Please come out to see these students in this great performance. You don't want to miss it! 

April Brockhoff and Tom Wherry Board of Education Elects New Chair

April Brockhoff is the new chairperson of the Covington Board of Education. During a special board meeting last week, the board voted 5-0 for Mrs. Brockhoff to lead the group. The board also selected board member, Tom Wherry, to serve as vice chair.

Willie Wonka Watch these remarkable Holmes students sing and act

Holmes students captivated the audience as they performed the musical, Willy Wonka, Jr., Tuesday afternoon

Covington school bus Changes in City Heights bus stops

Due to continued construction work and uncertainty of road conditions in the City Heights area, beginning Wednesday, January 3, 2018, the Transportation Department of Covington Schools will use the following schedule.


Vanity Ingram Record Breaking

Congratulations to Holmes track stars Vanity Ingram (9th Grade), JB Hoskins (12th grade), and Ja Nia Johnson (7th grade).

Jada Cummings Student Receives $280,000 Scholarship

Holmes High School senior Jada Cummings is the recipient of the QuestBridge Scholarship which is valued at more than $280,000 over four years. The QuestBridge College Match is a national program that pairs high achieving, low income high school seniors with full scholarships to the top colleges in the nation. In October, Jada, was notified she was a one of 5,759 finalists chosen from 15,606 applicants. She has been notified that she is among the 918 winners.

Make-up Day Make-up Day

School will be in session on Friday, March 15 to make up for the snow day on Thursday, January 31.

Laila Johnson Scores Her 1,000th Point Big Wins for the Bulldogs

It's been a good week for the Holmes varsity basketball teams so far.

The Lady Bulldogs started their season with a win by beating Boone County Monday night 73-53. It was a big night for the four seniors. Laila Johnson had a double-double with 29 points and 12 rebounds. Tyrah Englemon scored 15 points and Megan Beckett scored 14. Latavia Kieth had 10 rebounds. 

Luke Richter Welder Wins First Place

Congratulations to Holmes High School junior Luke Richter, who placed first in the SkillsUSA regional welding competition. Luke will advance to the state competition in Louisville in April. Good luck, Luke!

Thanksgiving Feast Thanksgiving Feast

Seven families of students at Covington's Transformational Learning Center will enjoy a Thanksgiving feast this week thanks to staff members of the school and Children's Home of Northern Kentucky. Toyota and United Methodist Ministries also made donations to the cause.

The families received a turkey and all the fixings, side items, drinks, and dessert. Happy Thanksgiving!

Covington Board Retreat Working on the Work

Members of the Covington Board of Education and district administrators met on Saturday, March 2,  for a board retreat.

Fall Concert Fall Concert

The Holmes Middle School Band will host its Fall Concert on Thursday, November 2 at 7 p.m. in the Jack Moreland Auditorium at the high school. 

This year's beginner band is the largest in several years with 72 students. Please come out and support the Bulldogs.

Spencer Youth of the Year Award

Congratulations to Ja'Maja Spencer for being chosen for the Youth of the Year Award through the Boys and Girls Club.

Take a Stand Take a Stand

Over 3.2 million students are victims of bullying each year, and 64% of youth who are bullied do not report the incidents. The percentage of individuals who have experienced cyberbullying has doubled over the past few years, and 74% of LGBTQ students admit being bullied because of their sexual orientation. More than half of bullying situations (57%) stop when a peer intervenes on behalf of the student being bullied, yet bystanders of bullying tend to succumb to what they believe is peer pressure to support bullying behavior and fear of becoming the victim.

NSHS National Spanish Honor Society

Holmes High School's Sociedad Honoria Hispanica (National Spanish Honor Society) took 28 students to Campbell County High School, Friday, February 15th for the State Convention. Students participated in various workshops, including learning to salsa dance, cooking tostones and making Guatemalan worry dolls. On Saturday, February 16th, the seniors attended a luncheon at the Syndicate in Newport, where Julio Ramirez was presented a graduation stole for his role as Vice President of the State Executive Board. 

The Hate U Give Panel Discussion

The Holmes High School Book Club is reading Angie Thomas' "The Hate U Give," a novel about an ordinary girl in extraordinary circumstances addressing issues of racism and police violence with intelligence, heart, and unflinching honesty. 

Willy Wonka Jr. Willy Wonka, Jr.

Join us as we watch students from the Holmes Middle School Community Learning Center after-school program turn dreams into gobstoppers on stage at Jack Moreland Auditorium. Directed by The Carnegie, students will light up the stage in a captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl's fantastical tale. There are two chances to witness the magic of Willy Wonka Jr.: Wednesday, March 13 at 3:30 p.m. and Thursday, March 14 at 6 p.m.. Both performances are free and open to the public.

Please note that the dates have been changed!

Jada Cummings QuestBridge Finalist

Congratulations to Holmes High School senior Jada Cummings, who was recently selected as a finalist for the QuestBridge National College Match, which provides high-achieving high school students with full-tuition scholarships to some of the best colleges in the country. Jada is one of 5,000 finalists chosen from more than 15,000 applicants.

Hall of Fame Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

The Tom Ellis Athletic Memorial Foundation announced that it will again be hosting the Covington Public Schools Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony and celebration for the seventh year in a row.

Senior Night 2017 Senior Night 2017

Senior Night 2017

Senior football players, cheerleaders, cross country runners, and band members were recognized before the Holmes vs. Scott football game Friday.

FREE app Stay connected with our new app

Stay connected and download the Covington Independent Public Schools new app. Search "Covington Independent" in the App Store or Google Play Store. After downloading the FREE app, you can customize which schools you wish to follow.

2016-17 Yearbook Yearbooks are Here!

The 2016-17 Holmes High School yearbooks are here! If you are interested in purchasing a yearbook for $45, contact Shawn Wood at shawn.wood@covington.kyschools.us.

Several yearbooks from previous years are also available.

Diontae Rone Diontae Rone Wins Regional

Congratulations to Holmes senior Diontae Rone on becoming the Bulldogs' first Regional Champion in wrestling since 2007.

Learning is Cool Learning is Cool

The Marvin Lewis Learning is Cool program has kicked off another year in Covington Schools. This program recognizes students for their "A" honor roll achievements by sending quarterly rewards. Students achieving "A" honor roll twice in a school year will be invited to join Marvin Lewis and the Cincinnati Bengals at the Cincinnati Zoo.

Holmes Bulldogs Vote for Bulldog Athletes

Please vote for Holmes High School's Quantez Calloway and Kamari Graham as Player of the Week and Diontae Rone as Wrestler of the Week.

Vote here


Chess Tournament Champions Chess Tournament Champions

Congratulations to the Holmes Chess Dogs who earned the 1st Place team trophy at the 2nd Annual Covington Classic Chess Competition.

Team members include Ashton Weidle (4th place individual), Adam Mason, Nathan Parlier (1st place Rising Star), Majdaah Salaah, Trey Gaither, Anthony Thomas, Robert Moore, Dakota Lake, and Parker Floyd. The team is coached by Holmes Librarian, Renata Kennison.

M. Stuntebeck Classified Employee of the Month

Last night at the Regular Board Meeting Ms. Molly Stuntebeck was named Classified Employee of the Month for February.  Molly was nomiated by Mrs. Denise Henson. 


Molly is a dynamic force in my classroom.  She is organized and dedicated to her work.  Molly has established a safe classroom enviroment for the students in our room.  Molly sets high expectations for our students and pushes them to do their best.  When I asked the students what they thought of Molly they simply said "She loves us".  I couldn't do my job without her.   ~ Denise Henson


Congradulations Molly!!

Homecoming 2017 Homecoming 2017
Covington's Mobile App Download Covington's mobile app for events and news at your child's school

Covington Independent Public Schools is excited to announce the release of the district’s new mobile app.

Jada Cummings Student Wins Scholarship With Video

Holmes High School senior Jada Cummings was recognized as a finalist in the STLP Video Documentary Contest for "Holmes High School - A Basketball Tradition." The contest was part of the KHSAA Centennial Celebration this past summer. The video will be archived in the new Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame which opened in Elizabethtown in July.

Sarah Flerlage School Board Recognition

January is School Board Recognition Month, a time to celebrate and thank board members for the countless hours they spend working to provide the best possible education for our students. We most certainly appreciate members of the Covington Board of Education who not only serve as advocates for children but also for public schools.

Stamp of Approval Stamp of Approval

Covington Independent Public Schools received its official accreditation today during the Continuous Improvement Summit sponsored by the Kentucky Department of Education and AdvancED. 

Tom Wherry What Would Covington Look Like if We Embraced Our Kids?

I recently read the book, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis by Robert Putnam.   

The author of this New York Times bestseller follows his 1959 high school graduating class from Port Clinton, Ohio. He discovered his class as a whole was successful. However, the kids and grandkids of his classmates seemed to have less opportunity to improve on that success. Hard work and talent were not paying off. This opportunity gap reminded me Covington and our students in Covington Independent Public Schools.

Workshop Flier Students Present Study Findings

The City of Covington hired four students from Holmes High School to study water quality, stormwater and green infrastructure. The students will present their Licking River Greenway and Trails project proposal and discuss how Covington can address stormwater issues through green infrastructure.

Cap & Gown Class of 2019 Cap & Gown orders
Partner's Executive Director Stacie Strotman and Dr. Janice Wilkerson, Founder, Covington Partners celebrates 18 incredible years of supporting Covington kids

At Covington Partners’ Founder’s Breakfast at the Metropolitan Club this week, a full house celebrated 18 years of student support services for students and families in Covington Independent Public Schools. 

The event, attended by education, community and business leaders from around the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky region, highlighted the stories behind the numbers. 

Dr. Janice Wilkerson, founder of Covington Partners, presented Johnna Reeder with the Founder’s Award to recognize her incredible dedication to students, families and the organization. Ms. Reeder was the first Chair of the Covington Partners Board of Directors. 
Covington Partners Executive Director and Dr. Wilkerson then led the audience through the history of the organization while highlighting the impact for students and families.

Tom Wherry School Board Recognition

January is School Board Recognition Month, a time to celebrate and thank board members for the countless hours they spend working to provide the best possible education for our students. We most certainly appreciate members of the Covington Board of Education who not only serve as advocates for children but also for public schools.

Eric and Chad Sandy Passion Is Priceless

"Talent is cheap, but passion is priceless."

That is the message Eric and Chad Sandy stressed to the Holmes Middle School eighth graders on Friday. The Sandy twins graduated from Holmes in 2004 and now work at the Nike Corporation in Portland, Oregon.

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First Kickoff in New Stadium New Stadium Opens

It has been a weekend of firsts - first kickoff, first football game, first soccer game, first goal, first win.

The Bulldogs stayed close to Bishop Brossart in the first football game on the new turf field, but the Mustangs were just too much for the Dogs and went on to win 13-0. The Holmes soccer team, however, blanked Covington Latin with a 5-0 victory in the first soccer game in the new stadium.

Garrison and scholarship recipient Covington student, employee honored during Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

Congratulations to Tatiana Phillips and Barbara Hill who were recognized during the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration on Monday afternoon,

Ribbon Cutting New Stadium Celebration

August 24, 2017 marked an historic day for high school sports at Holmes High School. The ribbon was cut and the new stadium was opened.

Bulldogs Receive Donation Teams Receive Equipment Donation

Holmes High School's baseball and softball teams received an early boost to the season yesterday with a large donation of equipment.

Superintendent Garrison Welcome to the 2017-18 school year

It is with sincere enthusiasm and great pride that I welcome you to the 2017-18 school year. For parents and guardians whose children are entering our schools for the first time, a special welcome and a heartfelt thank you for the trust that you have placed in us.

As we look forward to the first day of school for students on Wednesday, August 23, I would like to take this opportunity to share information about the upcoming school year. Our Board of Education, teachers, staff and administrators have worked hard throughout the summer to improve outcomes for our students by attending workshops, upgrading schools and planning for the future.

Winter Weather Information Winter Weather Information

With winter weather upon us, we would like to remind you how Covington Independent Public Schools makes decisions about school closings, delays, or early dismissals, and communicates weather-related announcements.  We always try to make weather-related decisions in a timely fashion.

Student from John G. Carlisle at board Poverty meets a fierce enemy in Covington's public education system

All schools in Covington Independent are working concertedly to tackle poverty in education.

It’s hard to argue that poverty does not adversely affect education. Would you agree that a child who has the burden of worrying about where she is going to receive her next meal, or a child who doesn’t know where he is going to sleep that night, may have increased difficulty learning their ABCs?

April Brockhoff School Board Recognition

January is School Board Recognition Month, a time to celebrate and thank board members for the countless hours they spend working to provide the best possible education for our students. We most certainly appreciate members of the Covington Board of Education who not only serve as advocates for children but also for public schools.

Meet the Teacher Events 2017 School starts August 23; Back-to-School events scheduled

The first day of school for students in Covington Independent Public Schools is August 23.  Schools are hosting Back-to-School events for students/parents/guardians to meet teachers, principals and administrators, tour schools, learn requirements and expectations and to make sure all paperwork is completed so students can start school the first day.


Jerry Avery School Board Recognition

January is School Board Recognition Month, a time to celebrate and thank board members for the countless hours they spend working to provide the best possible education for our students. We most certainly appreciate members of the Covington Board of Education who not only serve as advocates for children but also for public schools.

Holmes Golf Flyer The Holmes High School Golf Team is looking for members

The Holmes High School Golf Team is looking for members. Team is open to Covington Independent Public School students in grades 6-12. This is an excellent opportunity for your son or daughter to learn and play golf. 

All golfers, beginners and advanced, are welcome to participate.  Clubs will be provided and there is no charge for playing. 

Lady Bulldog Basketball Camp Lady Bulldog Basketball Camp

Sign up now for the Lady Bulldog Summer Basketball Camp.

Officer Petri Thank an officer

Thank you Officer Petri and the Covington police department for all you do to keep our students, staff, and schools safe! 

Today is National Law-Enforcement Appreciation Day. Take time to say thank you!

Covington's Family Resource and Youth Services Centers coordinators and advocates Covington Schools FRYSCs featured at statewide conference

Family Resource and Youth Services Centers coordinators and advocates from Covington Schools presented today, Tuesday, July 18, 2017, during the statewide conference entitled “Victory Over Violence.”   The conference, sponsored the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, was held at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington. 

Playing off the theme “More than a Caterer,” Covington FRYCs discussed ways they engage staff, use resources, initiatives and volunteers to help families and students to be successful and to overcome barriers.  Congratulations and thanks for representing Covington well – Shelly Duncan, Holmes High School; Renata Watts, Holmes Middle; Denise Brown, Sixth District; Kerry McHugh, John G; Marilynn Arnold, Ninth District; Marshelle Blackwell, Latonia;  Stephanie Fieler, Biggs; Holly Dickens Sixth District & Holmes Campus, Wanda Hoeter, Biggs, and Sarah Hunt, Glenn O. Swing.

Glenda Huff School Board Recognition

January is School Board Recognition Month, a time to celebrate and thank board members for the countless hours they spend working to provide the best possible education for our students. We most certainly appreciate members of the Covington Board of Education who not only serve as advocates for children but also for public schools.

Holmes High School new stadium Holmes to open new stadium with community celebration

The Covington Board of Education is extremely proud to announce the opening of the new Holmes High School Stadium.  We would like to invite you and the entire Covington community to join us as we celebrate the opening of the upgraded stadium at 7 p.m., on August 24.

The celebration will continue on August 25 at 7 p.m. with the Bulldogs playing their first football game at the new stadium and on August 26 with the first soccer games on the field starting at 7 p.m. p.m.

It’s been nearly a year since work began on the athletic complex that now includes artificial turf, a new press box, a new track surface and new fencing.

In Covington, we believe that facilities such as this new stadium have a place in education.  Facilities like this play a role in keeping our students engaged and active in the classroom and on the field.  Actually, this upgraded facility does much more than that.  It sends a message that our students and community are worth it.

We are so proud of the new stadium.  Please, come and celebrate with us.


Alvin Garrison
Covington Independent Public Schools


Tom Wherry Tom Wherry named board chairman

Congratulations to Tom Wherry, who was elected chairman of the Covington Board of Education at a special meeting Thursday night. Glenda Huff was elected vice chair of the board.

Covington employees receive award at the state Board of Education meeting. Covington Alternative Programs earn Distinguished Award

The alternative program of Covington Independent Public Schools was recognized by the Kentucky Department of Education as an Alternative Program of Distinction.

The program was among 11 recognized at the board meeting of the Kentucky Board of Education last month.

Covington Alternative Program include the Transformational Learning Center, Computer Based Learning, Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky Classes, Youth Build, Work Force, Covington Adult High School, Covington’s Alternative to Suspension (CATS), Substance Use Disorder Program and Graduation Track.



Happy New Year School resumes Thursday, January 3

Happy New Year. School resumes Thursday, January 3. 

Tom Ellis 18th Annual Golf Outing TEAM Foundation to host its 18th Annual Golf Classic on August 5

It's still time to get your foursome ready for the 18th annual Tom Ellis Golf Classic sponsored by the TEAM Foundation.  The outing will take place at Twin Oaks Golf Course starting at 8 a.m. on August 5, 2017.

Cost is $90 per golfer.  Proceeds will benefit Holmes HIgh School athletics. 

Should you have questions, please contact Ray Murphy, 859 431-5250.     

Winter Break Winter Break Begins

Winter Break is December 20, 2018 - January 2, 2019.  School will resume on Thursday, January 3.

Superintendent Alvin Garrison delivers address at youth leadership seminar Garrison delivers keynote address to Kentucky student ambassadors

Covington Superintendent Alvin Garrison delivered the keynote address to more than 250 Kentucky high school student ambassadors Saturday at the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar at Transylvania University.

The ambassadors included Holmes High School students Tatiana Phillips and Molly Morgan.  In addition, three volunteers from Covington attended the seminar – Brian Benito, a 2017 Holmes High School graduate and Glenn O. Swing Elementary teachers, Karissa Pickens and Elizabeth Bravo.  


1978 State Runners-up 1978 Team Recognized

The 1978 state championship basketball game between Holmes High School and Shelby County is still one of the most talked about basketball games in the commonwealth of Kentucky - mostly because of a non-goaltending call that took place late in the game. A picture that ran in newspapers throughout the state clearly shows the Shelby County player’s arm extended through the basketball’s rim, his hand rejecting the ball. It was goaltending, but the refs did not call it.

Latino Youth Leadership Summit

The Latino Youth Leadership Summit will be held June 5-9 at Gateway Community and Technical College in Covington. The week is a joint effort between 21st Century and the HHS EL department. Approximately 16 Covington students will participate.

The mornings will consist of additional instruction in English and Math led by Marina Burchett and Dr. Vivian Gonzalez-Bodden.  The afternoons will include leadership and cultural events led by Mayra Guzman and Christian Reyes.

Holocaust HHS Book Club

On December 6th, Holmes High School Book Club members discussed book selections from a variety of titles under the umbrella of Holocaust literature that complemented the freshman class's study of the memoir Night by Eli Wiesel.  The titles included were:  The Devil's Arithmetic by Jane Yolen, Milkwee by Jerry Spinelli, The Nazi Huners by Neal Bascomb, Children in the Holocaust and World War II:  Their Secret Diaries by Laurel Holliday and Schindler's List by Thomas Keneally.

The topics ranged from the historical to the current.  Connections were made between petty bullying to the escalation of presecution of the Jews that led to the Holocaust of World War II, as well as considering the length and impact of presecution of various minority and scapegoat groups throughout history.  The Trails of Tears, the tagedy of the Mayans and the slave traders of Africa were also discussed in the larger context of cultural desecration and relocation throughout human history.

The Holmes High School Book Club meets monthly.  January's discussion will center around the novel by Neal Shusterman, Scyths.  Students can pick up this title while supplies last in the library.  Students who participate in the after school discussion each month get to keep the title for their own personal library.  We hope to see you there!

Family Resource and Youth Service Center Coordinators Recognized Family Resource and Youth Service Center Coordinators Recognized

Covington Independent Public Schools Family Resource and Youth Service Center Coordinators were recognized at a Celebration of 25 Years of FRYSC in Kentucky.  Our Center Coordinators and Family Advocates provide much needed support for our children and their families.  We are most fortunate to have them in our schools.

Bobby Petrocelli Bobby Petrocelli Speaks to Students

"You are not defined by the wrong you have done or the wrong that has been done to you. You are one of a kind. You are unique. There will never be another you."

Early Entrance to Kindergarten

Beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, children must turn age five on or before August 1 in order to enroll in kindergarten (KRS 158.031). In accordance with the law and Board of Education policy, the following procedures are in place for consideration for early entrance for those children who have mastered kindergarten readiness standards. It is important to note that young children develop at different rates and very few children are ready to begin school early.

bulldog collage 1978 Holmes basketball team to be honored

Remember the worst "no goaltending call" in the history of Kentucky basketball?

Tom Haggard Soccer Changes at Holmes High School

After leading the Holmes High School Boys’ Soccer Team in its most successful season in Bulldog history, Tom Haggard is resigning as head coach.

The team finished the fall campaign 11-6-2 and set school records for most wins, fewest losses, most goals scored and fewest goals allowed in a season.

J.Ramirez QuestBridge College Match Finalist

We are pleased to annouce that Julio Ramirez, a QuestBridge College Match Finalist, was matched with Wesleyan University.  After a very challenging process with hundreds of promising applicants, Julio was chosen as one of only 22 QuestBridge Scholars for Wesleyan's class of 2023.  Julio will receive a full academic scholarship.

Julio is an International Baccalaureate student who maintains a 4.0 GPA while also competing on the boys' soccer team, academic team, and National Honor Society.  In addition, Julio serves as Vice President of the state's chapter of Spanish National Honor Society.  We are so proud of Julio and his prodigious accomplishments.  We wish this Bulldog the best of luck on his journey!

Steven Gregory Cadet Accepted to Elite ROTC Leadership Camp

Steven Gregory, a junior at Holmes High School, has been accepted to the elite Senior Leadership Capstone Camp in Missouri Military Academy in Mexico, Missouri. Only 100 of the 32,000 Marine Corps JROTC members nationwide were selected to attend the camp in June. 

"It's a huge accomplishment for me, especially being a kid from Covington, to get to travel across the country to exercise my leadership and use what I have learned in ROTC," said Steven, a cadet in the Holmes High School Marine Corps JROTC program.

Alexis Saunders and Shiela Jackson Students Represent the Outdoor Adventure Club

Shiela Jackson and Alexis Saunders represented Holmes High School's Outdoor Adventure Club at the Cincinnati re-launch party on Wednesday.  The students  met with donors and party goers to discuss their experience with the Outdoor Adventure Club program.  Holmes High School is a partner school with Outdoor Adventure Clubs of Greater Cincinnati.  They provide outdoor education opportunities for students in urban settings.  Students attend monthly outdoor "adventure" activities on Saturdays such as kayaking, biking, orienteering, skiing, and hiking.  Students from various schools throughout Greater Cincinnati also attend.

Kerry Nolasco and Josh Lemus Soccer Players Sign With Spalding

Congratulations to Holmes High School seniors Kerry Nolasco and Josh Lemus on signing a letter of intent to play soccer at Spalding University.

Toys-for-Tots Collection ROTC students help Toys-for-Tots

The Marine Corps Reserves from I & I Cincinnati held a toy drive at Paul Brown Stadium in advance of the Bengals vs. Broncos football game.

Fans attending the game were encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy, or donate to the Marine Corps Reserves, Toys-for-Tots.

Mayra Guzman Covington Schools interpreter among the finalists for the 2017 Next Generation Leader Award

Mayra Sidler Guzman, a community liaison and interpreter for Covington Independent  Public Schools, is among the finalists for the LEGACY 2017 Next Generation Leader Award in the education catgory.    

The Next Generation Leader Awards (NGLA) are designed to salute the region’s young professionals under the age of 40 for significant accomplishments in their chosen professional field, demonstrated leadership, as well as their contribution to the community.

The NGLAs are sponsored by Northern Kentucky University’s Executive Leadership and Organizational Change graduate program

Lady Bulldogs Lady Bulldogs defeat Cooper on last shot of the game

Congratulations to the Holmes Girls Basketball team who defeated Cooper Wednesday night on a last second shot by Kamari Graham. Way to go Lady Bulldogs.

Solar panels Covington Independent Public Schools saves money by going solar

Covington Independent Public Schools will save an estimated $65,000 a year in electrical costs with the installation of two solar panel systems. The roof-top mounted solar panels were recently installed at John G. Carlisle Elementary School and at the Science Building of Holmes High School. The solar panels will improve the schools’ energy efficiency and environmental quality.

 “The return on the district’s investment into solar is already evident with the reduction in electrical costs,’’ said Covington Superintendent Alvin Garrison.  “Over time the savings could amount to millions of dollars in reduced costs.’’

The solar panels are part of a larger guaranteed energy savings project that the district is completing with Performance Services, an Indiana-based company specializing in construction, energy savings and optimal learning environments. The project is expected to be completed in September

Bulldog Battle for the Bone Bulldog Battle for the Bone Results

Holmes High School hosted its first wrestling invitational, the Bulldog Battle for the Bone on Saturday. The Bulldogs finished seventh in the eleven team tournament including three top 15 Kentucky programs and top teams from Cincinnati and West Virginia.

Covington Superintendent Alvin Garrison Covington Independent Public Schools Awarded AdvancED School System Accreditation

Superintendent Alvin Garrison announced today that Covington Independent Public Schools was granted AdvancED School System Accreditation from the AdvancED Accreditation Commission, the national commission that confers the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI) accreditation seal.

This means that the system and all of its schools are accredited, and that Covington Independent Public Schools is recognized across the nation as a quality school system.

“I am extremely elated about our accreditation,’’ Mr. Garrison said.  “It validates our board’s leadership and the work of our faculty and staff who show up daily to do what’s best for students.  This is another piece of evidence that confirms Covington is on the right track to district improvement.”

Battle for the Bone Battle for the Bone

On Saturday, December 1 Holmes High School will host its first wrestling invitational, the "Bulldog Battle for the Bone," an 11-team tournament. The tournament will feature three top fifteen Kentucky teams - #6 Louisville Male, #11 Scott and #15 Conner. A team from Parkersburg WV, who finished third in the state last year will also be present.

College Commitment Day College Commitment Day

Eighty-four Holmes High School seniors signed a letter of intent with one of 26 colleges, universities, or the military. The Holmes Class of 2017 will be well represented at higher education institutions such as Thomas More College, the University of Louisville, American University, and the United States Marine Corps.

March Madness Winners March Madness Winners

March Madness has come to an end and the scores are in.

The winner of the F2B March Madness, with a 2,073,065 word total is JOHN G. CARLISLE!

The tablet winner is MALIYAH MAYS from Ninth District Elementary in Ms. Harnishfeger's class.

Congratulations to all!

Picture Re-take Day Picture Re-take Day

Picture re-take day is Tuesday, December 4.

Any student who was not photographed on picture day will be photographed on re-take day (absent, new student, etc.).

Lady Bulldog Fastpitch Softball Softball Team Has Improved

The Holmes Girls' Fastpitch Softball Team had multiple objectives coming into the 2017 season, established from the first non-mandatory practice in September, by new Head Coach John Ellis. Good grades, discipline, and learning how to play the game the right way are a few of those main objectives.

Basketball Season Basketball Season Begins

Basketball season begins this week for the Holmes High School varsity and junior varsity boys and girls teams.

Championship Week Soccer Championship Week

Covington Independent Public Schools Elementary Soccer Championship Week is here! Thanks to our players, coaches, and parents for a great (and weather-challenged) regular season.

Ariel Mullins Holmes Student Named Youth of the Year

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati recently recognized six outstanding teens in its 2017 Youth of the Year competition.

Ariel Mullins, a senior at Holmes High School representing the Marge Schott-Unnewehr Club in Covington, Kentucky, was chosen as the 2017 Youth of the Year. 

Thanksgiving Donation Thanksgiving Donation

A big thank you to Toyota Boshoku America for donating 160 bags of food to Covington students. This yearly donation helps relieve a burden for some of our families during the Thanksgiving holiday.

Hall of Honors Hall of Honors Award Winners

A bomber pilot, a doctor, a philanthropist, a lawyer and a public relations expert will be inducted into the Holmes High School Hall of Distinction in June. The hall was established in 2000 to honor distinguished graduates and/or friends of Covington Schools for their achievements and contributions to society.

Lady Bulldogs Honored by City Lady Bulldogs Honored by City

The Holmes High School Lady Bulldog Basketball Team was recognized by the Covington City Council for a successful season. The players received a commemorative pin and certificate, and Coach Tony Perkins received a Proclamation from the Office of the Mayor.

Jeff Haney Holmes Teacher Wins Award

Jeff Haney from Holmes High School received the highest honor given to PLTW teachers – PLTW Outstanding Teacher – at the Project Lead The Way national conference – PLTW Summit.

Jada Cummings Jada Cummings Honored With Scholarship

Congratulations to Jada Cummings, a junior at Holmes High School, who was recently honored with the prestigious QuestBridge College Prep Scholarship. The QuestBridge College Prep Scholars Program gives outstanding high school juniors across the country an early advantage in college admissions.

Students Get a Reality Check Students Get a Reality Check

Freshmen at Holmes High School got a dose of reality today. Students were assigned a monthly salary based on their current grade point average. They were also assigned a random number of children of various ages.

STEM+H Conference Students participate in STEM+H conference

Students from Holmes High School participated in the STEM+H Conference at Northern Kentucky University on Friday, October 26, 2018

The students participated in a large group presentation from Wendy Rice, Cincinnati Zoo Animal Caretaker and Fiona Care Team Member, followed by smaller breakout sessions. The students were then provided lunch and finished the day with a presentation from a panel of NKU students majoring in areas of STEM.

Band Room Dedication Band Room Dedication

The Holmes High School band and choir held its spring concert on Saturday. Following the performance, the high school band room was dedicated in honor of Mr. James K. Copenhaver, a respected band director from the 1960s. Alumni who were under the direction of Mr. Copenhaver spoke in memory of him.

Chess Team Ranks in State Top 10

Congratulations to the Holmes High School Chess Team! 

At state competition, March 18-19, the team ranked as one of the state's top 10 teams.  Holmes students scored individual victories over students from Montgomery County, Graves County, Lexington Catholic and Powell County. 

Young Women LEAD Students attend Young Women LEAD

Six Holmes High School students attended Young Women LEAD, a one-day leadership conference at Northern Kentucky University, on Friday, November 2, 2018.

Chase Dietz Chase Dietz selected to Governor's Scholars Program

Congratulations to Holmes High School junior, Chase Dietz, who was recently selected to participate in the Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program. This competitive summer class provides academic and personal growth through the balance of a strong liberal arts program with a full co-curricular and residential life experience. 

Hall of Honors Nominations sought for Holmes distinguished graduates    

The Covington Board of Education is seeking nominations to the Holmes Hall of Distinction. This year, the board has added a new honor for the Hall – the Holmes High School Outstanding Young Alumnus Award. It is designed to honor Holmes graduates who are 35 years and younger who have made outstanding contributions to society.  

Bulldog Madness Bulldog Madness November 15

Meet the Holmes High School basketball players, coaches and cheerleaders at Bulldog Madness on Thursday, November 15 at 7 p.m. in the Fieldhouse.

Jaynice Stovall Stovall to Vincennes

Holmes High School basketball star, Jaynice Stovall, has committed to play at Vincennes University next year. Jaynice is receiving a full athletic scholarship and will study Business Management. Her new coach, Harry Meeks, says her tough defense and point guard skills will fit his style of play very well.

Jaynice Stovall Stovall finishes storied high school career with Holmes

Jaynice Stovall ended her high school career Saturday, one of the winningest careers of anyone in the history of Holmes girls basketball or the state of Kentucky, period.

Stovall and the Bulldogs couldn’t keep up with the high-flying Flyers of Franklin County in the state semifinals of the St. Elizabeth Healthcare/KHSAA Sweet 16 at BB&T Arena. Franklin (33-5) won 51-36 and advanced to Sunday’s 2 p.m. final against Mercer County. Holmes, in its second trip to the state semis (2002), finished 29-6.

Hall of Honors event to recognize Holmes alumni

Five former Holmes students will be recognized at Hall of Honors event from 6-9 p.m., October 10, at the Drees Pavilion.

Free Sports Physicals

UC Health Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, in conjunction with NovaCare Rehabilitation, will be providing all student-athletes with athletic physicals in preparation for the upcoming school year.

Battle of the Bulldogs Battle of the Bulldogs

The 2017 Battle of the Bulldogs Talent Show is here. Mark your calendars, write it in your planners, and type reminders on your phones—on Saturday, March 25, at 2 p.m., Holmes High School students will strut their stuff across the Jack Moreland Auditorium stage. Acts include singing sophomores, dancing dudes, guitar-strumming seniors, and acts so incredible you may not even believe your eyes and ears. Do not miss this once in a lifetime experience. Be there. #DropTheMic #DidWeSayItIsFree #BulldogTalent

Holmes senior night Soccer team wins as seniors are honored
The Holmes High School soccer team defeated Carroll County 4-3 on the Bulldogs’ senior night Christian. Pacheco Palomares scored four goals. Great job.
Now Hiring Summer Scholars Program Hiring

The Covington Summer Scholars program, a collaborative effort between Covington Independent Public Schools, Covington Partners and the City of Covington is hiring Summer Youth Workers.  The position is open to any student who attends school (Holmes, Holy Cross, and Covington Latin) and/or lives in the city of Covington. 

Wear Red and Support the Lady Bulldogs in the Final Four Wear Red and Support the Lady Bulldogs in the Final Four

When his team fell behind in the first quarter, Holmes girls’ basketball coach Tony Perkins realized he made a mistake coming out in a zone defense against Henderson County in a quarterfinal game of the St. Elizabeth Healthcare/KHSAA state tournament on Friday at BB&T Arena.

Holmes guard Kamari Graham launches a jump shot during her team’s state tournament game against Henderson County.

Covington Superintendent Alvin Garrison Congratulations Mr. Garrison

Elizabethtown Inde­­pen­dent Schools recognized eight of its graduates, including Covington Superintendent Alvin Garrison,  Saturday night during its annual Tra­di­tion of  Excellence Alu­mni Awards ceremony. The honorees toured the school Friday and attended a pep rally as part of the festivities.

Ms. Chuhran Ms. Chuhran Named Golden Apple Award Winner

Congratulations to Donna Chuhran on being awarded a 2018 Golden Apple Award. Ms. Chuhran is a Special Education teacher at Glenn O. Swing Elementary School.

SkillsUSA State Competitors Students Win SkillsUSA State Medals

Fifteen Holmes High School students competed last week in the SkillsUSA state competition and brought home 13 first, second, or third place medals.

Laila Johnson Leads Bulldogs Holmes junior guard gets job done at both ends of floor in first-round win at girls’ state tournament

Holmes junior guard Laila Johnson is one of the best defensive players in the state, according to coach Tony Perkins. He should be pretty happy with what she can do on the offensive side as well.

Holmes junior guard Laila Johnson scored six points during a 13-0 run in the third quarter against Grayson County. 

High Attendance Day John G. Carlisle, Holmes Middle winners of "High Attendance Day"

Covington Schools celebrated "High Attendance Day" yesterday with pajama and popcorn parties. The overall attendance rate for the district was 96.52 percent. Great job everyone.

Holmes Bulldogs sign letters of intent to play college football Bulldogs sign letters of intent to play college football

Congratulations Holmes High School Bulldogs Jashaun York, Salih Abdullah and Seth Hille who will continue their football careers in college. The players signed letters of intent at a celebration Wednesday at Holmes with coaches, family members, staff and friends. Jashaun, defensive back, is heading to Lindsey Wilson College; Salih, running back, will be playing at Kentucky State and Seth, a running back, signed with Cincinnati Christian University.

Jon Hopkins, an assistant football coach, said the young men take care of business on the football field and in the classrooms. They all have GPAs of 3.0 or better, he said. Well do

Ticket Sales Update

Ticket sales for the Lady Bulldogs' Sweet 16 tournament game tonight at 8 p.m. at NKU will end at 12:30 today. Regional championship t-shirts are sold out, but other spirit wear is available in the bookstore.

High Attendance Day September 20 is "High Attendance Day"

The Kentucky Directors of Pupil Personnel has designated September 20 as “High Attendance Day” across the state of Kentucky.
Elementary, middle and high schools will compete for the highest percentage of attendance that day.   The school with the highest attendance rate will be awarded $500 from the state. 

Last Day of School June 5 Last Day of School is June 5

The Covington Board of Education approved the district's plan to make up the days we missed due to inclement weather. 

Covington Schools closed January 5, 8, 16 and February 7, 2018 due to inclement weather.

Make up days are Friday, March 16, Friday, June 1, Monday, June 4 and Tuesday June 5.

June 5, 2018 will be the last attendance day for students.

Students will not make up the two missed days due to high teacher absenteeism.

We most certainly appreciate your understanding our efforts to ensure students are in school for the full calendar year. Should you have questions, please contact your child’s school. For changes or important dates, please visit our website at covington.kyschools.us.

Band Room Dedication

On Saturday, April 29th, the band and choir will have their spring concert starting at 2 p.m. on the lawn of Holmes Middle School (weather permitting).

At 3:30 p.m., the group will move into the high school band room for a dedication ceremony for Mr. James Copenhaver. A plaque will be unveiled and alumni will speak about their experiences with Mr. Copenhaver as their band director. Light refreshments will be served.

Distinguished Rating Band Gets Distinguished Rating

Congratulations to the Holmes High School concert band for receiving straight DISTINGUISHED ratings at concert assessment!

The students worked extremely hard and received very positive comments from all judges.

Congratulations band! Great performance!

Homecoming 2018 Homecoming 2018

Holmes High School's Homecoming 2018 is Friday, September 21.  The celebration will include a full day of fun with a pep rally, parade, tailgate party, football game, crowning ceremony, and a dance. 

Free Lunch Free Lunch

With the collaborative efforts of Covington Partners, district educators, and members of National Honor Society and Bulldogs GIVE Back at Holmes High School, a free brown bag lunch will be provided to our students and families on Monday, April 2, 2018. Students and families can stop by the Holmes High School cafeteria between 11:30 AM-12:30 PM on Monday, April 2 to receive the lunch.

Holmes girls’ basketball team wins 9th Region championship for second consecutive year

Holmes basketball players got together in a circle and did a little victory dance after their 58-52 win over Cooper in the championship game of the 9th Region girls’ tournament on Sunday at BB&T Arena. After being ranked No. 1 in the region all season, they were excited about taking the title for the second consecutive year — and a little relieved.

“We’ve had a target on our back since game one,” said Holmes senior point guard Jaynice Stovall. “We just had to stay strong and finish strong.”

This is the first time that Holmes has won back-to-back 9th Region championships in girls’ basketball. The last team to do that was Boone County in 2009 and 2010. The Bulldogs will return to the state tournament at BB&T Arena and play 3rd Region champion Grayson County in a first-round game at 8 p.m. Thursday.

Stovall is the only senior among the Holmes starting five that’s on the court for nearly every minute in every game. Her play-making ability and aggressive defense have been a big part of the team’s success this season. No one was surprised when she was named most valuable player after the regional final.

But it was a good team effort that carried Holmes to the win over Cooper. The Bulldogs had three players score in double figures and they passed the ball well enough to get 14 assists on 21 field goals. They also played solid half-court defense after their usual full-court pressure didn’t work.

Holmes students among grads earning scholarship money for GPA, ACT Score

More than 300 recent Northern Kentucky high school graduates have been named Senator Jeff Green Scholars by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA).  Congratulations Jada Cummings, Chase Dietz, Trey Egan, Joseph Morgan.

Summer learning Covington Schools to Host Multiple Summer Learning Opportunities for Students

Covington Independent Public Schools is proud to collaborate with Covington Partners this summer to host multiple summer learning opportunities for students of all ages at school sites throughout the district.  The summer fun begins this week. Free breakfast and lunch ill also be provided. 

Denise Henson Covington Teacher Receives Lifesaver Award

When a coworker suddenly collapsed and went unconscious at Holmes High School, special education teacher Denise Henson, responded with Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) which helped to save her coworker’s life.   Mrs. Henson’s heroic effort hasn't gone unnoticed.  At the Covington City Commission meeting Tuesday night, David J. Geiger, Covington Emergency Medical Services Director, presented Mrs. Henson with the Covington Fire Department’s “Citizen Lifesaver Award.”  The award recognizes citizens who perform the necessary skills to save a life, said Geiger who praised Mrs. Henson for her skills and her willingness to help. 

Back to Back Champions! Ninth Region Champions Again!

Back to Back! The Lady Bulldogs beat Cooper 58-52 to repeat as the Ninth Region Champions! The girls will play in the first round of the Kentucky Sweet 16 State Tournament on Thursday night at 8 p.m.. The state tournament will be at BB&T Arena at NKU.

Erin Gruwell Students Hear From Erin Gruwell

Holmes High School students got a lesson on self-worth when they heard from Erin Gruwell, an English teacher from Long Beach, California.

Governor's Scholars Three Governor's Scholars

Three Holmes High School students have been selected to the Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program. Majdaah Salaah, Catherine Brown, and Julio Ramirez, juniors at Holmes, will participate in the competitive summer class that provides academic and personal growth through the balance of a strong liberal arts program with a full co-curricular and residential life experience. 

Brad Carr Holmes Names New Basketball Coach

Brad Carr will resume his boys basketball coaching career at the high school where it all began for him.

Carr, a 1987 graduate of Holmes High School, was named head coach of the Bulldogs on Monday. This is the first time that a Holmes graduate and former player has been hired for that position.

Holmes back to 9th Region girls’ basketball championship

The Holmes Bulldogs are going to the championship game of the 9th Region girls’ basketball tournament for the third consecutive year because Jaynice Stovall did what a senior veteran is expected to do when your season is on the line.

Stovall scored 11 of her team’s 16 points in the fourth quarter of a 53-50 semifinal win over Conner on Friday at BB&T Arena. In the final two minutes, the senior point guard made six free throws, one assist and one steal during an 8-0 run that put the Bulldogs on top.

Conner had a chance to tie the score at the end, but a last-second shot by Savannah Jordan fell short and the final horn sounded while players were scrambling for the loose ball.

“As a senior and being a leader on the court, I just had to pick it up,” Stovall said of her clutch performance.  “Nobody else was making anything so I had to make something happen.”

Danielle Wells Holmes names new Lady Bulldogs basketball coach

Danielle Wells, an assistant on the Holmes girls basketball coaching staff last season, has been put in charge of the highly successful Bulldogs program.

Wells was hired to replace Greg Ash, who resigned as Holmes head coach after just one season. His team was 9th Region runner-up and finished with a 21-8 record.


DaShaun Stevenson Congratulations DaShaun

Holmes Middle School wrestler, DaShaun Stevenson, finished with a 4-3 record at National Duals beating wrestlers from Illinois, Nebraska and Indiana. Team Kentucky won the bronze division with a 36-34 comeback victory.

Congratulations DaShaun!

Holmes vs Dixie girls basketball Holmes rolls to 65-34 win over Dixie Heights in girls’ regional game

Even though he doesn’t have a deep bench, Holmes girls’ basketball coach Tony Perkins wants his team to apply full-court pressure and generate an up-tempo style of play from start to finish in a game

That’s a lot to ask when you rely on a six-player rotation, but the Bulldogs did it quite well Tuesday in a 65-34 win over Dixie Heights in the first round of the 9th Region playoffs at BB&T Arena.

Holmes scored 36 points off 34 turnovers during the game. The Bulldogs’ full-court pressure was so effective in the first quarter that they jumped out to a 20-4 lead with 14 points coming off turnovers.

The get-it-and-go style of play faltered a bit in the second quarter and the lead slipped to 26-14 at halftime. After the break, however, Holmes put the game away with a 24-8 run in the third quarter that included 16 points off turnovers.

“We dug ourselves a hole early and it’s hard to get back against them when they handle the ball as well as they do and apply pressure like they do,” said Dixie Heights coach Joel Steczynski.  “We’ve had some success the last few weeks by being able to limit our turnovers against teams applying pressure against us, but it’s a different kind of pressure that they’re applying.”

Superintendent Alvin Garrison Superintendent Garrison to be honored by his alma mater
Covington Superintendent Alvin Garrison is one of the eight alumni who will be recognized next month by Elizabethtown Independent Schools.


Hall of Fame 2018 Athletic Hall of Fame

Congratulations to the Covington Public Schools Athletic Hall of Fame 2018 inductees!

Superintendent Alvin Garrison School board renews Supt. Garrison’s contract for another four years

Alvin L. Garrison will continue his work as superintendent of Covington Independent Public Schools for at least 4 more years.

The Covington Board of Education Thursday night approved a new 4-year contract that will extend his services through June 2021.

Garrison’s salary will be $140,000, an increase of $11,000.

Board Chairman Julie Geisen Scheper said the district is making progress under Garrison’s leadership.  She noted that the district has schools that are distinguished and proficient.  The district recently purchased laptops for all students at Holmes High School, she said.

“We are renovating our athletic field and making energy improvements in all of our buildings to enhance the learning environment,’’ Geisen Scheper said.  “We want to keep these successes moving forward, and we believe Superintendent Garrison is leading us in the right direction.’’


Senior McKeem Robinson First Home Football Game Tonight

The Holmes High School varsity football team will be back in action tonight.  The Bulldogs will play the home opener against Walton Verona at 7 p.m. at Tom Ellis Stadium.  The Bulldogs enter the game with a 0-1 record after a tough loss to Bishop Brossart last week. 

Senior McKeem Robinson and the rest of the Bulldogs hope to see you at the game cheering the team to victory.

Tyrah Englemon Tyrah Englemon signs with Lindsey Wilson

Congratulations to Holmes High School Lady Bulldog Tyrah Englemon. Tyrah accepted a full scholarship to play basketball at Lindsey Wilson College.

Chess Team Wins Fourth Place at Regionals Holmes Chess Team Places 4th

For the second year in a row, the Holmes High School chess team has qualified to compete at the state level in chess after receiving 4th place in the regional tournament. Team members Sebastian Lewis, Magdiel Mora, Ashton Weidle, Majdaah Salaah, Adam Mason, Jovan Strayhorn, Anthony Thomas, Craig Lee and Keenan Riley all made important contributions to the team point totals in a four-round tournament that took place in Lexington.

Information regarding safety plans for Covington Schools

A letter regarding enhanced school  safety in Covington Independent Public Schools was sent home with students last week. If you did not receive the letter, please click here to read a copy. 

Thank You.


Holmes High School Police officer to be assigned to Holmes campus

A Covington police officer will soon be assigned permanently to the campus of Holmes High School and Middle School. 

The Covington City Commission voted 5-0 Wednesday to approve an agreement between the City and Covington Independent Public Schools authorizing the officer's assignment and defining his role.

Andre Willoughby Congratulations Andre

Congratulations to Holmes High School sophomore Andre Willoughby for his winning design of a Bulldog superhero to fight substance abuse. 

The Kenton County Alliance sponsored a design and creativity contest for students to incorporate their high school mascots into superheroes.

Andre was one of five students from Kenton County recognized. The superheroes will be featured on banners displayed around schools and communities.

Holmes girls starting five among best in area

You know the drill at the end of high school girls' basketball games when a big lead ushers in the reserves usually for both teams. It's a great way to rest the starters while giving valuable experience to bench players.

Holmes doesn't do that.

"That's because the top five are pretty good," Bulldogs coach Tony Perkins said.

He's got a point.

The defending Ninth Region champion's starting five reads like an all-star squad. Guards Jaynice Stovall, Laila Johnson and Kamari Graham and forward Tyrah McClendon-Englemon are among the best players in Northern Kentucky. Latavia Keith is right behind them.

"We look for each other," Graham said.

Garry Edmondson Attorney Garry Edmondson to be honored by Covington Education Foundation as "Person of Year"

Holmes High School graduate Garry Edmondson will be honored by the Covington Education Foundation as its 2018 “Person of the Year.”

The foundation raises funds and awards college scholarships to students at Holmes High School. It also provides program support for Covington Independent Public Schools.

Holmes High School Commissioners move one step closer to getting police in Holmes High School, Middle School

After weeks of working with the Department of Justice, city commissioners agreed Tuesday to move forward with an agreement to station a police officer in Holmes Middle and Holmes High School.

In March, the Covington Independent School Board voted unanimously to enter into an agreement with the Covington Police Department to provide an officer for the Holmes campus for the school year for $80,000, which was necessary after the county sheriff pulled out of its agreement with the school for the year.

Holmes Lady Bulldogs Ninth Region Runners-up

Congratulations Lady Bulldogs - Ninth Region Runners-up! Congratulations to Laila Johnson and Tyrah Englemon on being named to the Ninth Region All-Tournament Team.


Hall of Fame Athletic Hall of Fame Announced

The Tom Ellis Athletic Memorial Foundation is pleased to announce it will again be hosting the Covington Public Schools Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony and celebration for the fifth year in a row. The event will take place from 6 to 9 p.m., Saturday, March 25, 2017 at the Radisson Cincinnati Riverfront. The evening will include the induction of thirteen athletes and two coaches into our Hall of Fame, along with dinner, dessert, a cash bar, souvenir program, raffle, and silent auction. Approximately 300 alumni and community leaders are expected to attend.

First day of school Welcome back students

The first day of school for students isThursday,  August 16, 2018.  Welcome back.  

Holmes Middle School Track Team Success

Congratulations to Holmes Middle School Track and Field Team on hosting the first middle school track meet ever in the Holmes new sports complex. The Bulldogs finished in second place with 24 medals.

Holmes Wins Holmes Wins!

On to the finals! The Lady Bulldogs beat Conner 55-43. Pre-sale tickets for Sunday's 2 p.m. championship game will be available in the Fieldhouse on Saturday 9-11 a.m. Go Lady Bulldogs!

Stuff the bus challenge Thousands of school supplies collected

Thanks to everyone who contributed pencils, papers, glue, binders and other school supplies during Chick Fil-A’s Stuff the Bus challenge yesterday. Covington and other river city school districts will share the nearly 7,000 items collected at the Chick-Fil-A Newport Pavilion.

The Little Mermaid Jr. The Little Mermaid Jr.

The Holmes Middle School Drama Club witll present "The Little Mermaid Jr." on March 14 and 15 at 6 p.m. in the Holmes High School auditorium. Admission is FREE so bring your family and friends for a splashing good time.

Lady Bulldogs beat St. Henry; Holmes will play again Friday at NKU

Despite a slow first half, two-time defending 9th Region champion Holmes’ defensive tenacity proved to be the deciding factor in a 51-37 victory over St. Henry in a regional first-round game on Monday at BB&T arena.

Tickets will go on sale from 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday at Holmes High School for the Lady Bulldogs vs Conner game.  The teams will play at 7 p.m.,  Friday, at Northern Kentucky University.   

Stuff the bus challenge Reminder: The school supplies challenge is today

Reminder: The Chick-fil-A’s Stuff the Bus challenge is today, Tuesday, July 31. Please join Covington Schools from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. by bringing school supplies to the Chick-fil-A in Newport.  We will are part of the river city school districts.  

Self-Defense Seminar Free Self-Defense Seminar

A self-defense seminar will be held on Wednesday, March 7, 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Holmes High School Fieldhouse. 

Ryan Fischer, Young Alumnus Award Recipient Accepting Nominations for the Holmes Hall of Distinction

Holmes High School has an outstanding history of students who have made significant differences in their communities. Time has come to recognize and honor our alumni.  The Covington Board of Education is seeking nominations for the Holmes Hall of Distinction and the Holmes Outstanding Young Alumnus Award.

Rotary Students Covington Rotary selects 2 Holmes students to Study Abroad


The Covington Rotary Club selected two students from Holmes High School to participate in this year's Rotary International Youth Exchange.
The organization has selected local students to participate for the past four years.
This year, Holmes High students Molly Morgan and Jacob Dye were chosen. They will depart for international destinations (to be announced later) in the fall. The Rotary pays the full $6,000 estimated cost for each exchange.
Previous recipients have gone to Spain, Germany, and Turkey to promote peace and goodwill in the world, a news release said.
Stuff the bus challenge Help Covington Stuff the Bus with School Supplies

Covington Independent Public Schools will participate in Chick-fil-A’s Stuff the Bus challenge this year. Please join us on Tuesday, July 31, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. to help fill our bus with school supplies at the Chick-fil-A in Newport.  We will be part of the river city school districts.  Stop by with three or more items and receive a FREE Chick-fil-A sandwich.  All proceeds go to students.  In addition, the school district that collects the most supplies will win a monetary donation.  Please come and help Covington stuff the bus.


Superintendent Alvin Garrison Superintendent Garrison to lead cooperative

Congratulations to Covington Superintendent Alvin Garrison who will serve as president of the Northern Kentucky Cooperative for Educational Services for the 2018-19 school year. Garrison, who is beginning his sixth year as Covington’s superintendent, said he is thankful for the trust that his fellow superintendents have placed in him.

Alvin Garrison, Superintendent Letter From Superintendent

February 20, 2018


Dear families,


As we continue to think about the schools and families affected by the tragedies in Parkland, Fla. and in Marshall County, we most certainly understand that these events can cause anxiety among our students, parents and staff members.  

Rosie's girls Rosie's Girls Summer Camp at Holmes High School still has open spots.

Rosie’s Girls® is a unique summer program for 11-13-year-old girls designed to introduce girls to STEM-related careers and build self-esteem, physical confidence, interpersonal cooperation and leadership through learning and applying basic skills in carpentry and other technical trades.

Jerry Moore receives his diploma. Veteran Receives Diploma

Mr. Jerry Boyd Moore, former Holmes High School student enlisted in the service in October of 1969 until October of 1973.

He enlisted in the Navy as an Airman then promoted to Third Class Petty Officer.

A Covington tradition: Holmes High School graduated 150th class in 2018

Holmes High School in Covington is one of the oldest public schools in Kentucky. It has had 150 graduating classes. Class of 2018 had 144 students.

Stanley Niceley Holmes football player rose above atmosphere of despair to become outstanding student-athlete

A few days ago, Stanley Niceley finished off his high school football career playing in the St. Elizabeth Healthcare East-West All-Star Game. At halftime, he received the Chris Vier Courage Award for overcoming those obstacles he faced to become an exceptional student-athlete. Niceley was on the straight “A” honor roll at Holmes and received the Most Outstanding Student Award in this year’s graduating class. He will attend the University of Louisville on an academic scholarship and plans to major in business management before applying to dental school.

Senior Walk Class of 2018 Senior Walk

The Holmes High School Class of 2018 spent some time on the last day of school visiting their past and encouraging future Bulldogs. The students took one last walk through the halls of the district's five elementary schools and Holmes Middle School. The Class of 2018 will graduate on Friday, June 8.

Holmes High School Covington Schools May Lower Credits Required for Graduation, Change I.B. Program

The Covington Board of Education may lower the number of credits required for high school graduation from 24 to 22.

Holmes High School principal Scott Hornblower and instructional coach Tony Magner spoke to the board at its most recent meeting, reporting that the school's site-based decision-making council recommended a six-period day for the high school next year, instead of seven.

Glenn O. Swing Student Work Drives Improvement

Third graders in Karissa Pickens’ classroom at Glenn O. Swing Elementary are reading an article about the flu — how to avoid it, or, should a scratchy throat or bleary eyes strike, how to respond to the symptoms. Graphs and tables accompany the piece, and they are the point of the morning’s review.

Holmes girls win district championship - Play in regionals tourney Monday night at NKU

Holmes senior guard Laila Johnson made the game-winning shot, but defense was the deciding factor in her team’s  34-33 win over Holy Cross in the championship game of the 35th District girls’ basketball tournament on Thursday at Notre Dame.

Limiting Holy Cross to just one point during the final 11 minutes put the Bulldogs in position to win the game in the closing seconds. Johnson drove into the lane and arched a shot over the outstretched arms of a 6-foot-5 defender that dropped though the net to give her team the one-point lead with 4.5 seconds remaining.

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