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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. The 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.

Covington Schools Input Needed on How to Spend ESSER III Funds

Covington Independent Public Schools (CIPS) will apply for ESSER III funds by the application deadline of July 31, 2021. The purpose of these funds is to address the impact that COVID-19 has had and continues to have on elementary and secondary schools and students. The district is seeking input from its students, families, teachers and staff, administrators, other school-level leaders, and community members on how to spend these funds.

Please complete the survey below:

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Covington Schools Mask Mandate Lifted for Covington Students and Staff

Dear Parents/Guardians/Staff:

Effective immediately, Covington Independent Public Schools will no longer require masks or face coverings to be worn by students or staff while inside our buildings and on our campuses. Last Friday, Governor Andy Beshear ended the mask mandate in Kentucky including in our schools and our central office buildings. The Kentucky Department of Education also ended its COVID-19 mitigation requirements including wearing masks and social distancing in public schools.

Chrystie Cadet and Kyndall Miller Congratulations Holmes High School Class of 2021

Holmes High School's Class of 2021 graduated on Friday, June 4 in a beautiful ceremony in Tom Ellis Stadium. The 151 graduates earned 250 college credits and numerous scholarships to help them in the next chapter of their lives. Kyndall Miller was the valedictorian and Chrystie Cadet was the salutatorian.

Covington Schools Honors its 2021Retirees

Congratulations to the Covington Independent Public Schools 2021 retirees! Enjoy your retirement.

Salaah and Hill Bulldog Runners Finish First at Regional Track Meet

Congratulations to the Holmes High School track team on success at the regional track meet on Tuesday.

Regional Winners and automatic State Qualifiers:

Boys 100 Meter Dash
1st Place - Abdul Salaah
2nd Place - Curtez Hill

Camp Covington Covington schools offering double pay for summer school teachers

Covington Independent Public Schools is doubling the amount it pays summer school teachers in an effort to keep them on board during an unusually crowded summer semester.

Day of Service Holmes Students Hold First Day of Service

Holmes High School students spent the last day of school participating in the first Bulldogs Give Back Day of Service. Students in grades 9-12 spent the afternoon painting fences and murals, picking up trash along the Licking River, helping other district schools with field day and graduations, planting flowers, building little libraries, and packing bags for incoming freshmen and preschoolers.

The Holmes band provided musical entertainment as the students worked. It was a wonderful day to give back to the Covington community.

Senior Walk Class of 2021 Visits Elementary Schools During Senior Walk

Holmes High School's Class of 2021 took a walk in the past today as they went back to where it all began. The seniors visited the district's elementary schools and were greeted with signs, cheering, and lots of hugs. Many happy tears were shed by students and teachers alike. At one stop the seniors were able to view their graduation video from back in the fifth grade.

Walk proudly Class of 2021!

HESPY Awards Third Annual HESPY Awards Recognizes Student Athletes

The third annual HESPY Awards took place on Thursday, May 20 at Holmes High School. The athletes walked the red carpet before the ceremony recognized student-athletes for their commitment and athletic and academic success.

Congratulations to all nominees and winners.

Survey Title One Annual Parent Survey

To better serve the students of our school, we would like your feedback. The input from this survey will help us best meet the needs of your student. Please fill out one for each of the schools your children attend. This form can be used multiple times. We appreciate your time, comments and suggestions.



Maranda Meyer New Principal Named at Latonia Elementary

Covington Independent Public Schools announced Wednesday that Maranda Meyer will be the new principal at Latonia Elementary.

Join the Band Join the Marching Bulldogs

Marching band is open to all 2021-22 high school students. Contact for more information.

Happy Nurses' Week Happy Nurses' Week

Happy Nurses' Week to our school nurses!

Thank you for all you do to keep our students safe and healthy!

Thank you! Happy Teacher Appreciation Week

Covington Schools has the best employees. It has been a pleasure to treat our teachers and staff members with food, treats and gifts this week in observance of Teacher Appreciation Week.

COVID update Update: Regarding wearing masks while outside

Covington Schools has received updated guidance from the Kentucky Department of Education and the state health department regarding wearing masks while outside

Free WiFi Covington offers Free Public Wi-Fi Zones

Covington now offers free Wi-Fi for students and their families in areas of these neighborhoods: Eastside, Helentown, Austinburg, Peaselburg, Levassor Park, Lewisburg, Latonia, and West Covington.

Excellence in Education 2021 Excellence in Education Award Winners Announced

Covington Schools is proud to announce our 2021 Excellence in Education award winners:

Freshman Fair Freshman Fair Gives Students a Look at High School Opportunities

Eighth graders from Holmes Middle School visited the Freshman Fair today to give them an idea of what to expect next year at Holmes High School. Students were able to get a look at different career pathways including Health Sciences, Biomedical, Media Arts, Business, ROTC, Carpentry, and Welding.

The incoming freshmen also had the chance to sign up to participate next year in clubs, sports teams, and marching band.

The Freshman Fair was coordinated by students in the Holmes Successful Bulldog Enterprise.

Alaria Long and Mrs. Jenkins Alaria Long makes it back to her favorite classroom, student-teaching with favorite teacher, Rachel Jenkins

When Alaria Long was in fourth grade at Glenn O. Swing Elementary School in 2009, she sat in the classroom of her favorite teacher, Rachel Jenkins, who taught her reading, writing and math.

Parents please select instructional options for next semester


Covington Schools will go to remote instruction beginning Monday, November 2

Out of an abundance of caution and for the safety of our students and staff, Covington Independent Public Schools will go to remote instruction only for two weeks, beginning Monday, November 2.  In-person instruction will resume on November 16.  Your child’s school will follow-up soon with more information on how this learning will take place. 

The district is taking this precautionary measure as two of our schools have experienced an increase of COVID-19 related cases and it is our hope to stop the spread.

Per our protocol, we will conduct contact tracing. Our buildings also will be sanitized and disinfected. We are also in contact with the Northern Kentucky Health Department.

The health, safety, and well-being of our school community remains our top priority. We are following sound protocols aligned with expert health guidance to ensure we are doing everything we can to protect your health. We also want to take this opportunity to remind everyone of the importance of wearing masks, staying six feet apart from others, and regularly washing your hands. 

We cannot share further details due to our need to protect confidentiality and comply with HIPAA requirements.

We are closely monitoring this situation and will provide you with updates if any further steps are necessary. If you have questions or need to report a positive case of COVID-19, please contact your school nurse.



Alvin L. Garrison

Graduation Video is Coming Shortly

The Holmes High School Class of 2020 graduation video is taking longer to upload than anticipated. The video will be posted as soon as the upload is complete. Thank you for your patience.

Day 39

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NTI Day 35 Day 35

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Covington schools are on a normal schedule today

Covington schools are on a normal schedule

Covington Board of Education 2020 members School Board Recognition Month
As School Board Recognition Month winds down, we would like to thank the members of the Covington Board of Education for their dedication to our students.
Left to right: Tom Wherry, chair; Sarah Flerlage, vice-chair; Glenda Huff, member; Jerry Avery, member, and April Brockhoff, member. #LoveKySchoolBoards
World Culture Flair Flyer World Culture Fair

Ninth District Elementary invites you to attend our World Culture Fair.  It takes place this Wednesday, January 29th, 2020 from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.  

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.

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.

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.

8th Grade Football Team Holmes Middle School Football Team Heads to Championship Game

HMS 8th Grade Football Team plays Sharp Middle School in the Championship Game. 

Park Grand Reopening! Park Grand Reopening!

The Annie Hargraves Park, Basil Lewis Park, and the new George Stone basketball court is reopening on Saturday, September 22,

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.

Water Main Break

Attention Latonia Elementary School Families

Latonia Elementary School will be closed at 2 p.m. today, Thursday, February 22, because of a water main break.  Please know, first and foremost, that our number one concern is the safety and health of our students. Parents may begin to pick up students any time after 1 p.m.

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.

Elementary Soccer Games

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

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



Girls Basketball Preview: Top-ranked Holmes has talent returning to repeat as 9th Region champion

Tony Perkins considered retiring from coaching after his Holmes girls’ basketball team won the 9th Region championship and made it to the quarterfinals of the state tournament last March. He certainly wasn’t disappointed with the season, and he knew there would be a lot of talent returning for the Bulldogs. The veteran coach just wanted to make sure he could keep the program going in a positive direction before he signed up for another season. jaynice-stovall-copy-2

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.

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 

Community Restorative Justice Covington

Community Restorative Justice Covington invites you, the residents of Austinburg, Eastside and Helentown, to take part in a neighborhood gathering.

This FREE event will be Saturday, June 25 at 1pm at the Sixth District Elementary School at 19th and Maryland. Enjoy music, conversation, light food and childrenʼs activities.

•Learn more about CRJC and how it got started.

•See how Community and Restorative Justice works when solving problems between citizens and organizations.

•Be heard as you tell us what would make the quality of life in your neighborhood better.

As a token of our appreciation, you will receive a potted plant for participating. We look forward to seeing you on June 25! | 859-803-0789

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.


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

Kindergarten Registration Kindergarten Registration

Covington Independent Public Schools announces its annual Kindergarten Registration event for the 2016-17 school year.  Registration will be open April 4 - 8 from 9 - 11 a.m. at all five elementary schools in the district.

An Evening of Kindergarten event will be held at each school on Wednesday, April 6 from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. to allow parents to learn about the kindergarten experience as well as the school your child will attend. A special presentation will begin at 5:30 p.m. Parents and children will be able to meet principals, teachers, and staff, tour the school, visit kindergarten classrooms, and ask questions.

Elementary schools in the Covington district include:
     Glenn O. Swing Elementary - 501 W. 19th Street
     John G. Carlisle Elementary - 910 Holman Avenue
     Sixth District Elementary - 1910 Maryland Avenue
     Latonia Elementary - 3901 Huntington Avenue
     Ninth District Elementary - 2800 Indiana Avenue

Students must be 5 years old by October 1, 2016 to be eligible for kindergarten.

To register your child please bring your child's birth certificate, social security card, immunization records, proof of residency, and a parent/guardian's driver's license.

For additional information, please contact Suzanne Thompson (859) 669-1105.


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.

We Need Your Vote!

Holmes Middle School has entered the "Dream It, Do It's 'What's So Cool About Manufacturing' Video Contest."  It is a program designed by employers and educators to help improve the image of manufacturing as a career choice with the objective of  recruiting more young people to vocational and technical schools that feed talent to the manufacturing industry.

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.
Letter to Parents Regarding ACLU Lawsuit
Holmes Bulldogs Holmes Competes in First Unified Track Meet

Holmes High School competed in its first Unified track meet on Thursday at Scott High School.

Calm Garden New Garden Dedicated on Earth Day

Students at Ninth District Elementary School celebrated Earth Day in a big way.

Meal Pick-up Important Notice: A Change in Meal Pickup Days

Beginning the week of April 26, weekly meal bags can be picked up on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Meal pickup is will no longer be available on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays or Fridays.

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.

Back to the classroom Return to School on Monday

Reminder: All students in all grades return to school on Monday, April 19. All Covington Virtual Academy students will remain in remote learning.

All Students in All Grades Return to School on Monday, April 19

Born Learning Born Learning Communities Focuses on Early LIteracy

It was a great night of learning and fun during the third session of the Born Learning Communities workshop Tuesday night at Eastside Neighborhood Early Childhood Education Center. 

Camp Covington Covington Schools ready for 70% increase in students in summer program

Covington City Schools Director of Community and Family Engagement Stacie Strotman says the district has 3,800 students.

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.

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Student in Classroom District releases information on the Supplemental School Year Program

The Covington Board of Education is accepting applications from families who are interested in having their children repeat this school year. Submitting an application is      not automatic approval as the board has until June 1 to decide to accept all or none of the the submitted applications.  


Kentucky School of Distinction Kentucky School of Distinction

Glenn O. Elementary School ranked in top one percent in the state.

Spring Break April 12-16 No Meal Pickups During Spring Break

Meal pickups will not be available during Spring Break. Regular meal pickup times will resume on April 19.

Students Return to School Students to Return to School Four Days a Week Beginning April 19

I am pleased to announce that students in Covington Independent Public Schools will have the opportunity to attend school four days a week when they return from Spring Break.

Class Act Awards Class Act Award Nominations Now Being Accepted

Do you know a classified employee who goes beyond the call of duty? Then nominate him or her for the district’s Class Act Award. Covington Independent Public Schools is now accepting nominations for this award. The winners will be recognized during opening day in August 2021. The deadline for submission is April 30, 2021. For more information and nomination forms, go to

Teo Jordan and David Lawhorn, KHEAA Holmes senior awarded account to assist with college expenses

Teo Jordan says he just wanted to help when he heard a cashier tell a man that he did not have enough money to cover his grocery bill. Teo, an 18-year-old Holmes High School senior was working as a bagger at Kroger in Covington when he reached into his own pocket and gave the cashier all the money he had -- $35 to cover the man’s bill.

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!

Kindergarten Registration Begins March 29

Welcome Class of 2034. We can’t wait for you to start Kindergarten next fall. You can enroll Monday, March 29 – Friday, April 9 for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year one of two ways:

Kyndall Miller Holmes Senior Awarded Full Scholarship

Holmes High School senior Kyndall Miller has been awarded a full scholarship to the University of Louisville.

She is the recipient of the Brown Fellows Scholarship, which is designed to support students’ unique personal, academic, and career goals while producing outstanding ambassadors for the state of Kentucky. It is open to students with a 29 ACT or 1330 SAT and 3.5 grade point average.

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.


Ken Ellis Ellis Named Athletic Director of the Year

Congratulations to Holmes High School athletic director Ken Ellis for being named the 9th Region Athletic Director of the Year by the Kentucky High School Athletic Directors' Association.

No School on Friday No School Friday, March 19

There is no school or remote learning on Friday, March 19 due to a professional development day. Classes will resume on Monday, March 22 with Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 6th, and 12th graders attending in-person every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. All other Group A students continue to attend in-person on Mondays and Tuesdays and Group B students on Thursdays and Fridays.

Enjoy your long weekend!

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.

Noah Stanley and Blake DeMoss Stanley and DeMoss Qualify for State Tournament

Congratulations to Holmes wrestlers Noah Stanley and Blake DeMoss for qualifying for the wrestling state tournament.

Back to School Some Covington students returning four days a week beginning March 22

In our quest to get students back in our school buildings, Covington Independent Public Schools will begin a phased-in approach to return more children to in-person learning.  

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!

Holmes Bulldogs District Tournament Information

The Holmes Bulldogs will play Covington Catholic on Tuesday, March 16, at 5:30 p.m. at Holmes High School in the first round of the 35th District Tournament.

Tickets will be sold beginning Monday, March 15, at 9:30 a.m. in the main office. 

The Holmes Lady Bulldogs will play Holy Cross on Wednesday, March 17, at 8 p.m. also at Holmes.

Tickets for this game will be sold beginning Tuesday, March 16, at 9:30 a.m. in the main office.

All tickets are $6 each. Please bring exact change when purchasing tickets.

Election Day No School Tuesday, May 22
Class of 2021 Seniors Celebrate with a Win

Congratulations to Holmes High School's senior basketball players, cheerleaders and band members who celebrated senior night on Monday with a win over Walton Verona.

Holmes Middle School Students - "Art From Home" Digital Art Show

March is Youth Art Month. A time for celebration of visual arts! Access to art class is integral in education. Art provides a platform for experiences that build 21st century skills within our students such as problem solving, creativity, observation, visualization, and communication.

Holmes Volleyball Volleyball Team Looking for Players

High school or middle school students interested in playing high school volleyball for the 2021 season should attend a virtual meeting on Thursday, March 11, at 3:30 p.m. Contact Coach Pam Brewer at for the google meet code.

Conditioning begins on Tuesday, March 16 at 3:30 and will be held on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

SkillsUSA Students SkillsUSA State Champs

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

Gracie Mount Mount Recognized at Senior Meet

Congratulations to Holmes High School senior swimmer Gracie Mount who was recognized at the senior swim meet on Saturday.

Lady Bulldogs Lady Bulldogs Game Moved to 6:30

Tonight's game for the Holmes Lady Bulldogs vs. St. Henry has been moved to 6:30 p.m. Watch a live stream of the game on the Holmes Athletics YouTube channel.

Quantez Calloway Calloway Scores 1,000th Point

Congratulations to Quantez Calloway on scoring his 1,000th point as a Bulldog!

Quantez Calloway scores 1,000th point.

Coach Carr, Quantez Calloway, Coach Wimzie


Kindergarten Transition Next Stop - Kindergarten

Preschoolers from James E. Biggs took a trip to visit the elementary school where they will attend kindergarten next year. The students and their parents participated in a current kindergarten class and toured the gym, cafeteria, and computer lab.

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!

Esports Team Esports Team Wins First Match

Congratulations to the Holmes High School Esports team. On Thursday, February 25, the Bulldogs beat St. Francis School of Louisville in the first scrimmage match of the season. Go Bulldogs!

For more information on the Esports team click here.

Buddy Wheatley Buddy Wheatley Reads to Students

Students at James E. Biggs Early Childhood Education Center enjoyed hearing from Kentucky State Rep. Buddy Wheatley, who read from books that contained one of his favorite topics - firefighters.

Back to School Welcome Back Group B

Welcome Back!

Group B students were excited to see their teachers, friends and the sun as they returned to in-person instruction today, Thursday, February 25.

Covington Schools remains on a hybrid schedule. Group A students attend in-person instruction on Mondays and Tuesdays while Group B students attend on Thursdays and Fridays.

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.

Temperatures are checked as students arrive Back to School - Again

It's the first day of school, again. Schools welcomed back Group A students today, Monday, February 22. Group B students return to in-person instruction on Thursday, February 25.

Students return to school Monday, February 22. Students return to school Monday, February 22.


Students return to school Monday, February 22.

Group A students attend in-person instruction on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Group B students attend in-person instruction on Thursdays and Fridays.

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.

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


Holmes Esports Team Holmes High School Esports team plays video games competitively — and must focus on academics

Sixteen-year-old Haidyn Legner has never been part of a school sporting team, until now. The sophomore at Holmes High School has joined the schools’ Esports, a new sport that is taking Kentucky students by storm.

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.

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!

Back to School Back to School Video

Check out our video as we welcome students back to school on Monday, February 22.

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! 

Homecoming 2017 Homecoming 2017
Jennifer Fowee, Director of Health Services for Covington Schools Please Follow Best Health Practices

As Covington Independent Public Schools prepares to return to in-person instruction on Monday, February, 22, we kindly ask that all staff, students, families, and community members continue to follow the best health practices as recommended by the Northern Kentucky Health Department.

Garrison at Justice Conference Superintendent Garrison speaks at justice conference

Superintendent Alvin Garrison was one of the panelists at the Community and Restorative Justice Conference

Alvin Garrison A Message From Superintendent Garrison

I can truly say, I have missed seeing our wonderful students in Covington Independent Public Schools. The administration, board, teachers and staff look forward to having our students in classrooms on Monday, February 22, 2021 (weather permitting) as we return to in-person instruction under the “A/B” Hybrid Model.

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

Latonia Elementary students are over-achieving Latonia Students are Over-Achieving

WCPO Cincinnati Channel 9 News visits Latonia Elementary to see exactly how the staff gives its students wings. 

Thursday, February 17 Remote Learning for Thursday, February 18

All Covington Schools will remain on remote learning for Thursday, February 18 with no in-person instruction.

Meal pickup services will be offered, but due to inclement weather, transportation services will not be offered.

Vanity Ingram Record Breaking

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

Visit to Paul Brown Stadium Fuel Up To Play 60

Covington Independent Public Schools was selected to attend a Fuel Up To Play 60 Event at Paul Brown Stadium.  Blaine Shepherd and Zach Chandler from John G. Carlisle Elementary School and Kara Earls and Calob Chandler from Holmes Middle School were selected to represent Covington Schools.  Mr. Chevalier, John G. Physical Education Teacher, and Mr. Florence, Holmes Middle School Physical Education Teacher, were also in attendance.

Lady Bulldogs Lady Bulldogs vs Holy Cross

Catch the Lady Bulldogs as they face Holy Cross in an important district game tonight at 6 p.m. at Holmes High School.

The game will be streamed live at

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.

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.

Meal Pick Up Available But No Transportation Meal Pick Up Offered, But No Transportation

Meal pick up services will be offered Wednesday, February 17, but due to inclement weather, transportation services will not be offered, including meal deliveries to City Heights.

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!

Sixth District Students Honored at Board of Education Meeting Covington Schools Give OK to 501 Main Development & Other Notes
The Covington Board of Education agreed to accept a lower tax amount from the developers of the new apartment project near Mainstrasse Village.
The board unanimously approved the "payment in lieu of taxes", or PILOT, plan for the project, which is expected to begin construction in the spring and be completed in 2018. The Covington city commission approved the PILOT last week, too.
The project will place a new residential building and parking garage where the 501 Main building and adjacent parking lot currently sit along 5th Street between Main and Philadelphia Streets.
In other business, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction Charlene Ball offered an update on the effort to put Macbooks in the hands of all students at the high school. 880 Macbooks and 70 flat laptops were ordered. 
No Meal Pickup or Bus Service Important Information for Tuesday, February 16

All Covington Schools students will remain on remote learning for Tuesday, February 16.

There will be no meal pickup or bus service due to inclement weather.


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.

School of Distinction Glenn O. Swing's Keys to Success

By most standards, Glenn O. Swing Elementary in Covington works with daunting deficits – homelessness and poverty among its student population, and a high percentage of students classified to receive special education. But, when Kentucky’s School Report Cards were posted on the Kentucky Department of Education’s (KDE’s) website earlier this month, test scores showed that Glenn O. Swing outperformed all elementary schools in Kenton County, and all but two in Northern Kentucky. Out of 710 elementary schools in Kentucky, the school ranked 20 and was identified as a distinguished school.

Holmes Middle School Eighth Graders Recognized

Holmes Middle School eighth grade basketball players and cheerleaders were recognized on Saturday, February 13. Congratulations on your success. We can't wait to see you at the high school.

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.

Basketball Games Cancelled Due to Weather

The Holmes High School boys JV and varsity basketball games scheduled for Monday, February 15 at Holmes vs Campbell County, are cancelled due to impending inclement weather.

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!

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.

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.

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.

Second Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine Employees Receive Vaccine for Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day! Many Covington Schools employees received the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine today, February 14.

There is no school or remote learning on Monday, February 15 in observance of Presidents Day. Remote learning continues Tuesday thru Friday, February 16-19.

Students return to the A/B hybrid schedule on Monday, February 22.

Thanks Free Books for Students

Every student at John G. Carlisle received four free books thanks to The Scripps Foundation, WCPO - 9 On Your Side, and Scholastic Books.

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” - Dr. Seuss.

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.

Bulldog Basketball Bulldogs To Play Triple Header
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.

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.

Covington to celebrate progress  in community-wide initiative that promotes reading Covington to celebrate progress in community-wide initiative that promotes reading

Since Covington Independent Public Schools launched a free web based literacy program in December,  Covington children are reading and playing more games that help them improve their reading skills. 

Covington children have read 139,190 books for a total of 37,739,348 words. They have logged 9,836 hours on the community-wide initiative -   footsteps2brilliance.

The district, private and parochial schools and day care centers throughout the Covington community will celebrate the progress that children are making on the program when it meets today, September 21, at 5 p.m. at the Life Learning Center, 20 W. 18th St., Covington.

Alvin Garrison Celebrating Black History Month - Leaders in Our Community: Alvin Garrison

The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce invites you to join us in recognizing the leaders making history in our region.

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?

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.

No School Friday or Monday No School Friday or Monday

There is no school or remote learning on Friday, February 12 or Monday, February 15. Meal pickup is available on Friday only. Enjoy your long weekend.

Diontae Rone Diontae Rone Wins Regional

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

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.


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.

Celebrating FRYSC Week We celebrate our Family Resource Youth Services Center Coordinators

Thirty years ago, Marilynn Arnold was a stay-at-home mom volunteering at the district’s preschool center where her four-year-old attended. During this time, the Kentucky General Assembly created the Family Resource Youth Services Centers as an integral part of the Kentucky Education Reform Act. A year later, Ms. Arnold decided to join the workforce and use her education and experience to help Covington families. 

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.

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. 

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.

Noah Stanley Vote Noah Stanley as Wrestler of the Week

Vote for Holmes High School senior wrestler Noah Stanley, as Wrestler of the Week. Noah went 4-0 at the sectional duals on February 6 in the 120-pound weight class.

Agriculture Commissioner visits Latonia Elementary Ag Commissioner ‘impressed’ with Latonia Elementary students

Kentucky’s Commissioner of Agriculture didn’t know what to expect upon his visit Monday to the Herbmania and Urban Garden at Latonia Elementary School. Commissioner Ryan Quarles left in    awe..

Happy New Year School resumes Thursday, January 3

Happy New Year. School resumes Thursday, January 3. 

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.

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

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!

No Meal Pickup or Bus Service No Meal Pickup or Bus Service on Thursday, February 11

Due to inclement weather, there will be no meal pickup or bus service on Thursday, February 11.

Students will remain on remote learning.

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.

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


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.’’

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.

No Meal Pickup or Bus Service No Meal Pickup or Bus Service on Wednesday, February 10


Due to impending inclement weather, there will be no meal pickup or bus service on Wednesday, February 10, 2021.

Students will remain on remote learning.

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.

Covington tours Summer Scholars Program Covington Partners brings National Summer Learning Day to Covington schools, uniting for success

Covington Partners, in partnership with the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA), highlighted the importance of summer learning opportunities at a Summer Success Tour last week.

Led by the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA), National Summer Learning Day is an advocacy day aimed at elevating the importance of keeping all kids learning, healthy and safe during the summer.

On this day each year, the country unites in advocacy efforts and celebrations hosted by hundreds of partner organizations from libraries to parks and recreation centers and civic and non-profit groups – all to promote awareness of the importance of keeping kids healthy and engaged during the summer. This year’s goal was to reach two million youth.
Community and business leaders joined Covington Partners and Covington Independent Public Schools for a Summer Success Tour on Thursday.

Watch the Parade Watch the Parade

Due to the weather forecast, the Olweus Bullying Prevention Kickoff Parade has been postponed to Friday, September 16.

Here is your chance to support our students and help them stand up to bullying.  John G. Carlisle will hold its fifth annual Olweus Bullying Prevention Kickoff Parade on Friday, September 16 at 9:00 a.m. 

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.

No Meal or Bus Service Today

All Covington Schools are on remote learning today, Tuesday, February 9. Due to inclement weather, there is no meal pickup or bus service.

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.

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.



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.


March Madness Million Word Challenge March Madness Million Word Challenge

Covington Independent Schools is sponsoring a Million Word Challenge March 17 – April 5, 2016 during March Madness for Preschool - 2nd grade students.

Students and families are encouraged to log on to Footsteps2Brilliance to “Shoot for a Million Words.”

The school that reads the most words by April 5 will win a KONA ICE party and an extra recess.

Each student participant will be entered in a drawing to win a tablet.

The winner will be announced on April 6.

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 Counselors Week We Appreciate Our School Counselors

In recognition of National School Counselors' Week, we honor the counselors for Covington Independent Public Schools. They are the best!

Looking for Substitute Teachers Furloughed employee looking for work? Become a Substitute Teacher

Covington Independent Public Schools is always looking for substitute teachers to work in our system

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.     

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

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.

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.

Lady Bulldogs Lady Bulldogs Take on Colonels

Catch the Lady Bulldogs in action tonight, Friday, February 5, against Dixie at 6 p.m.

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,

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.  


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.

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.

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.


Lady Bulldogs Lady Bulldogs' Game Cancelled

The Lady Bulldogs' game scheduled at Augusta for tonight has been cancelled due to inclement weather.

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.

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.

Elementary School Seeking Input on New Principal

The School-Based Decision-Making Council of John G. Carlisle Elementary is gathering input from students, staff, parents, business leaders, and the community on attributes stakeholders would like to see in the next principal of John G. Carlisle Elementary.

A survey was designed to help gather this information.  Please go to the website of Covington Independent Public Schools or John G. Carlisle Elementary at and take the survey by clicking John G. Carlisle Elementary Principal Survey.  The survey will end on Wednesday, August 24, 2016.

Your thoughts on this matter are important to us and will help to ensure the selection of a successful candidate.  Thanking you in advance for your participation.

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.

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."

Holmes Wrestlers Wrestlers Finish Strong in Tournament

Congratulations to the Holmes High School wrestling team. The Bulldogs finished in 2nd place out of 11 teams at the Jessamine County Clash.

Individual results:

Noah Stanley - 1st place

Damien Green - 1st place

Emauryon Arnold - 2nd place

Braiden Green - 2nd place

Alex Floyd - 3rd place

DaShaun Stevenson - 3rd place

Go Bulldogs!

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.

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.

District to save on utility costs

Covington Independent Public Schools hopes to saves more than $250,000 each year on utility costs as part of a new project that begins this month.

The district is embarking upon what a news release called "a major guaranteed energy savings project" that will save $256,981 in energy and maintenance costs annually.. How? Through a contract awarded to Indianapolis-based Performance Services, which was hired to improve the energy efficiency and environmental quality in all of the district's buildings.

Covington is the first district in Kentucky to utilize the new Kentucky Educational Development Cooperative (KEDC) guaranteed energy savings price contract and, through a competitive selection process, awarded the $7.9 million contract to Performance Services. Completion is set for October 2017.

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

Building careers at Holmes Middle School Building careers at Holmes Middle School

At first glance, it appears as if Holmes Middle School in Covington is in breach of some child labor laws. Wind through the building’s cramped hallways in mid-spring, back to a cluttered storage room behind the gymnasium, and you’ll find a group of students standing over upturned bicycles, cranking wrenches, adjusting tire pressure with brand-new pumps, and examining gear chains.

Basketball Games Postponed

Today's Holmes boys JV/Varsity basketball games have been postponed due to impending inclement weather.

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.

Lady Bulldog Basketball Camp Lady Bulldog Basketball Camp

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Mayor proclaims Summer Learning Day in Covington Mayor proclaims Summer Learning Day in Covington

Covington Mayor Sherry Carran on Thursday proclaimed "Summer Learning Day,'' in the city after touring the Covington Summer Scholars Program at John G. Carlisle Elementary School.

Every elementary school in Covington Independent Public Schools hosts a five week Summer Scholars Program where students have fun learning about different countries and cultures while practicing reading skills and math facts. Summer learning programs, like Covington Summer Scholars, are proven to maintain and advance students’ academic and social growth, keep children safe and healthy during the summer, and send young people back to school ready to learn.

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

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.  

In-person Learning Resumes February 22 In-person Instruction Resumes on February 22

Dear Parents/Guardians/Staff: 

Covington Independent Public Schools will return to in-person instruction on February 22 operating on the “A/B” Hybrid Model. 

This means students who are assigned to the “A” rotation will attend school in person on Mondays and Tuesdays. Students assigned to the “B” rotation will attend school in person on Thursdays and Fridays. Students will continue to log in and complete assignments online on days in which they are not scheduled to attend in person.

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.

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.

Fidelity volunteers provide new look at Holmes Middle School Fidelity volunteers provide new look at Holmes Middle School

More than 150 volunteers from Fidelity Investments spent the weekend getting Holmes Middle School ready for the upcoming school year. The employees gave the school a fresh look as they spent time painting, landscaping, repairing and getting flash cards and school supplies ready when students return on August 17. Principal Jeanetta Stacy, the staff and students appreciate the hard work and dedication of Fidelity volunteers

Governor's Cup Winners Governor's Cup Winners

Congratulations to the Covington Independent Pulic Schools elementary students who competed in the Governor's Cup competition. The winnners are:



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.

Thursday is Virtual Learning Day

All Covington Independent Public Schools will be on a virtual learning schedule today, Thursday, January 28. No bus services or in-person services will be offered. Families can still pick up meals between 8 - 11 a.m. at the high school and elementary schools only.

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!

Tara Bell John G. Carlisle Names New Principal

When Tara Bell moved to Kentucky 16 years ago to begin her teaching career, she immediately fell in love with the students and families of Covington.

“My desire has always been to see the students of Covington reach their full potential and achieve their dreams,’’ she said. “I believe that all students can learn at high levels and that all students deserve to attend high performing schools. Several years ago my passion and love for teaching and the students of Covington led me to seek a degree in administration and move to Covington to help serve the community.‘’

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.

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!

9/11 survivor speaks to Latonia students 9/11 survivor speaks to Latonia students


Students in Mr. Runyan's fifth grade class at Latonia Elementary School got to hear a firsthand account of the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center 14 years ago. Jim Kronicz, a survivor of the attack, spoke to the students about his experience of working on the 62nd floor of World Trade Center Tower Two when the tragedy occurred. He described what he saw, felt, and thought as the events unfolded.

Kronicz was joined by Janice Robinson who was a Red Cross volunteer in New York in the days that followed the attack. Students looked at pictures describing the event and were able to ask questions.

For story on Channel 9 News ciick here. 
For story on Channel 5 News click here. 

Nejai Lewis Vote Lewis for Player of the Week

Vote for Holmes High School basketball player Nejai Lewis for the Cincinnati Enquirer Player of the Week. The sophomore had 18 points and 18 rebounds in a win over St. Patrick on January 22, which was Holmes’ fourth straight.

Vote once per hour per device. Voting ends Friday at 5 p.m.

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.

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.

Seventh Graders' Challenge Sparks Love For Reading

Holmes Middle School students read seven novels as part of a teacher's literacy challenge. Students said the challenge has made many of them lifelong readers.

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!

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. 

Read Ready Covington Challenge Winners Reading Pays Off for Covington Students

Congratulations to the winners of the Mayor's Winter Reading Challenge sponsored by Read Ready Covington.

Students in preschool thru third grade were challenged to use the apps Footsteps2Brilliance and Clever Kids University to improve their reading skills. The challenge took place November 16 - December 31, 2020 and was open to any student attending school in the city of Covington.

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.

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!

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.

Annie, Jr. JumpStart Theatre Brings Kids from School to Stage
It sounded too good to be true.

The Cincinnati-based Educational Theatre Association was searching for three local middle schools willing to accept $12,000 in stipends and professional services for each of the next three years.

With those resources, each school would cobble together a “junior” version of a Broadway musical each year. That means, instead of a full-length, full-scaled production, they’d do a trimmed down, 60-minute version.

There were a couple of catches, though. First, schools that already had theater programs didn’t qualify. The awards also stipulated that the creative staff for the shows – directors, choreographers and designers – would all have to be teachers or staff members. No ringers allowed.

But JumpStart Theatre, as it is called, had plenty of schools willing to give it a try. In the end, three were chosen; Holmes Middle School (Covington), Gamble Middle School (Cincinnati) and Finneytown Middle School (Springfield Township).

GOS Students Honor State Rep. Simpson GOS Students Honor State Rep. Simpson

In honor of Black History Month, students at Glenn O. Swing Elementary School are researching and honoring African Americans for their contributions to society. During a school assembly, students in Jennifer Young’s fourth grade class presented their findings on Kentucky State Rep. Arnold Simpson, D-Covington.

Mr. Simpson has represented the 65th District in the Kentucky House of Representatives since 1994. Mr. Simpson, an attorney, is a graduate of Holmes High School and the University of Kentucky. He was the first African American to serve as city manager for the City of Covington. He is active in the Covington community, serving on several boards. He has also received numerous awards and honors for his community service.

Mr. Simpson was on hand to hear the students’ presentation. He also took questions from students.

Superintendent Alvin Garrison School Employees Receive COVID-19 Vaccine

Superintendent Garrison and Covington Schools employees received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Sunday. Thank you St. Elizabeth Healthcare for making educators a priority.



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.

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.

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

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.

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 Bulldogs Watch the Bulldogs Online

Catch all the action virtually as the varsity Bulldogs take on the Tigers of Louisville St. Xavier tonight at 6:30 p.m.

Go Bulldogs!

Winter Break Winter Break Begins

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

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. 

Student reading Covington Schools awarded more than $1 million in reading, math and early childhood grants

Covington Independent Public Schools has been awarded more than $1 million in grants for reading, math and early childhood initiatives.

“We are thrilled to receive these grants as they will help us continue to meet the needs of our students,’’ said Covington Superintendent Alvin Garrison.  “The grants will not only support reading and math, but will help us increase school readiness for our youngest learners.’’
Two schools, Sixth District Elementary and Ninth District Elementary - were awarded the Math Achievement Fund Grant from the Kentucky Department of Education. The grant provides teacher training and programming for intervention services for primary students.  The grant is for $50,000 per year over a four year period totaling $200,000 per school. The district will use the grant funds to hire a full time math interventionist who will use a research-based math intervention program to meet the needs of students. 

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.

Donyale Artis Wins State Award Holmes Eighth-Grader Wins State MLK Award

Two Northern Kentucky students were honored as award winners at the 2021 Martin Luther King, Jr. Awards, hosted by the Martin Luther King, Jr. State Commission during a video ceremony on Monday in honor of the civil rights leader.

bulldog collage 1978 Holmes basketball team to be honored

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

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.

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

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!

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Schools Closed on Monday, January 18

In observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, all schools and offices are closed Monday, January 18.

Board member sworn in Newly-elected board member sworn in.

A newly-elected member to the Covington Board of Education was sworn in, as the board said goodbye to one of its long time members.


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.

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.”

Holmes Middle School hires new principal Holmes Middle School hires new principal

Jeanetta Stacy, the supervisor of curriculum for Newport Independent Schools, has been hired as the principal of Holmes Middle School.

Ms. Stacy, who begins her new assignment on July 1, has 27 years of educational experience including being a classroom teacher, assistant principal and principal. She is excited about coming to Holmes.

“I became interested in the position at Holmes Middle School because of the history of Holmes and the potential for growth,’’ Ms. Stacy said. “It is very evident that the people of Covington are invested in their schools and want students to excel.  Teachers are ready to do what’s best for students and I’m excited to be a part of this team.’’

Remote Learning Continues Remote Learning is Extended

Citing active COVID cases and the number of staff under quarantine, the Covington Board of Education in conjunction with Superintendent Alvin Garrison decided that all students would continue with virtual learning and not transition to the hybrid schedule at this time. During the board meeting Thursday, board members said they would further discuss return-to-school options when the board meets again on January 28.

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."

Stafford Berry Teaches Rhythm to Students Dancer Visits Glenn O. Swing

Taft Museum of Art and their Duncanson Artist-in-Residence visited the after-school program at Glenn O. Swing. Stafford Berry, who is serving his eighth year as the Associate Professor of Dance and Black Studies at Denison University in Columbus, Ohio, taught the students rhythmic claps and routines. 

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.

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!

Nejai Lewis Lewis Averaging Double-Double

Holmes High School sophomore Nejai Lewis pulled down 18 rebounds and scored 13 points against Simon Kenton this week. She is averaging a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds per game.

The Lady Bulldogs are back in action Wednesday night against Ludlow at Holmes. The JV plays at 6 p.m. followed by the varsity at 7:30.

Cheerleading Competition Glenn O. Swing wins cheerleading competition

Cheerleaders from the five Covington elementary schools participated in the annual cheerleading competition on Saturday. Each team showed tremendous spirit and skill. Glenn O. Swing Elementary School finished in first place followed by John G. Carlisle Elementary School in second. Congratulations to all the cheerleaders involved!

Schools Closed Tuesday, April 3

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

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.

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.

Spring Band Concert Spring Band Concert

The Holmes Middle School Band will perform their Spring Band Concert on Thursday, May 5, in the middle school gym at 7 p.m.

Sign-ups for the 6th grade beginner band for 2016-2017 have begun. Please click here for more information.

COVID-19 Dashboard Provides Updated Information

To keep our staff and families informed, Covington Independent Public Schools has emailed or called the appropriate group each time a student or staff member tested positive for COVID-19. 

Wrapping gifts for Biggs Santa’s toy shop at Covington City Hall benefits James E. Biggs Early Childhood Center

This year, employees bought, wrapped and delivered presents for 30 children at the James E. Biggs Early Childhood Center, along with a dozen or so coats. The preschool is located on Scott Boulevard a stone’s throw from the Company 1 Fire Station.


Middle School Football Champions! Football Champions!

The Holmes Middles School 6th and 7th grade football team is the Northern Kentucky Middle School Champion. The Bulldogs beat Twenhofel in the championship game 19-13. Javier Ward, Emaryion Arnold, and Ein Elmer scored for the Bulldogs to lead them to the title.

After going 3-4 during the season and 3-2 in division play, the Bulldogs revenged their two division loses by beating Campbell County in the first round of the playoffs and Twenhofel in the championship game. Holmes was the #2 seed in the playoffs.

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.

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

Go Bulldogs! Boys Basketball Continues Winning Streak

The Holmes High School boys varsity basketball team is 2 - 0 after wins against Ludlow and Bracken County. The Bulldogs are led by Eian Elmer who is averaging 18 points per game.

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.

We Pledge to Make a Difference Students Have Special Visitor

It’s a day Latonia Elementary students and Carlos Dunlap won’t soon forget. Dunlap is a defensive end for the Cincinnati Bengals and he is tackling bullying one AFC city at a time. 

Students in the after school program at Latonia read the book “Malik, the Difference Maker” by Cincinnati author LaMarque Ward. The book is about a young boy who was bullied and how he handled the situation. Dunlap and Ward met with the students to discuss the book and how it can relate to their own situations.

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.

Kara Earls Selected Student Ambassador Kara Earls Selected Student Ambassador

Congratulations to Kara Earls, 5th Grader at John G. Carlisle Elementary, who has been selected to represent the Covington Independent School District and the State of Kentucky at the Fuel Up To Play 60 National Summit.

Kara reached level 4 on her student dashboard and applied to be a Student Ambassador.  She was chosen over hundreds of other students in the state of Kentucky to be a representative.  Mr. Chevalier, PE Teacher at JGC, worked with Kara to get her points to the highest level and submit an application for the Student Ambassador Summit.

Both Kara and Mr. Chevalier will attend the Summit from July 25-July 28 at Purdue University.  Kara will go through a lot of cool sessions related to leadership and participate in a variety of awesome activities.  At the Summit, she will be able to meet a lot of NFL players and corporate sponsors.  She will represent our school, our district, and the state of Kentucky.  Way to go Kara!! 

Noah Stanley Noah Stanley Recognized on Senior Night

Congratulations to Holmes High School wrestling senior Noah Stanley for going 2-0 on Senior Night. The Bulldogs lost to Sycamore and Conner but will be back in action Saturday vs. Scott and Mt. Healthy.

Go Bulldogs!

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.

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. 

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

Several yearbooks from previous years are also available.

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.

Million Word Challenge Million Word Challenge Winners

The March Madness Million Word Challenge at our elementary schools was a huge success. Between March 17- April 6, the children of Covington were exposed to 18,623,297 words which correlates to 4,008 hours, 31 minutes and 48 seconds of students being engaged in literacy activities.

School Winner: John G. Carlisle Word Total : 6,092,019 Usage: 1,034 hr 19 min 6 seconds


Glenda Huff Huff Selected as Board Chair

Long time board member Glenda Huff was selected as chair of the Covington Board of Education at its organizational meeting on Tuesday.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Holmes Bulldogs Holmes High School Needs YouTube Subscribers

Holmes High School has created a YouTube channel to allow you to view a live-stream of sporting events. However, the channel must have 1,000 subscribers to make this happen. Please go to and subscribe to the channel.


Thanks for your support! Go Bulldogs!

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.

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

Barry Harasan - One to One Reading Coach at Ninth District Barry Harasan coaches 9th District students on lunch break and makes a difference

Barry Harasan is the financial manager for TANK, but on his lunch break he is a One to One reading coach. Barry volunteers at 9th District Elementary School once a week for 35 minutes. Barry chose this school because it is located close to his work and he can easily volunteer during his lunch hour. He works with one second grade for the year.

Barry heard about the One to One opportunity five years ago, during a TANK meeting. Two representatives came into his meeting and discussed the One to One program. When asked, who would like to volunteer Barry said his hand shot straight up; he saw this as an opportunity to give back to the community.

“You always see things on TV about giving back. This was my opportunity to do that,” Barry

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. 

JGC Wins Video Award JGC Wins Video Award

John G. Carlisle has won an award for their Fuel Up To Play 60 Video. The students from JGC developed a healthy eating video for the FUTP60 video contest. The school was awarded an awesome FUTP60 NFL Game Ball. John G. Carlisle was 1 of 50 schools to be awarded a MVP School.

Pictured (from left to right) Zach Chandler, Aniya McMullen, Mr. Chevalier (PE Teacher), Kara Earls, and Calob Chandler.


Covington Board of Education Holmes Alumni Join Covington Board of Education

When the Covington Board of Education meets on January 5, two graduates of Holmes High School will attend their first official meeting as board members.

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.

Test scores improve in Covington Schools

“We are proud of the improvements in some of our schools,’’ said Superintendent Alvin Garrison. “Covington saw major gains at Holmes Middle School and John G. Carlisle Elementary School. The middle school improved its Gap score by 52 points, its Achievement score 7.9 points and Growth score by 10 points from the 2016. The percentage of students scoring proficient and distinguished in Reading and Math was higher in 2017 than in any of the six previous years of the current K-PREP assessment.


“We are extremely pleased with John G.’s progress,’’ Garrison continued. “The average score of Achievement, Gap and Growth for 2017 was 65.5, an increase of 13.2 points from last year.  Glenn O. Swing Elementary continues to be one of the top performing elementary schools in the state of Kentucky. Latonia Elementary also continued to improve its level of excellence from the previous year. 

“In some areas, we made significant gains,’’ Garrison said. “We will celebrate our successes and get back to work in those areas where we did not get the results we wanted.’’



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.

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.

Winter Break is Over Back to Learning as Winter Break Comes to an End

Remote Learning will resume on Monday, January 4 for all students.

Vance and Wood Communications department receives award

Congratulations to the Covington Schools communications department for receiving awards for the district website, Facebook page and photography/videography communications. 

Debra Vance, Director of Communications and Shawn Wood, Media Specialist received the awards today at the annual meeting of the Kentucky Schools Public Relations Association.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Meal Service Resumes January 4 Meal Service Will Not Be Available During the Holiday Break

Meal pickup will resume on January 4. Families can pick up meals 8 - 11 a.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays and 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Wednesdays at the high school and elementary schools only.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:  Call 859-392-1028 OR 859-655-5299

Basketball Season Basketball Season Begins

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

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.

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.

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. 

Remote Learning Continues Remote Learning to Continue Until January 19, 2021

Covington Independent Public Schools is adjusting its schedule once again. With COVID-19 positive cases rising, the district has made the difficult decision for all students to remain on remote learning January 4-15, 2021. We are targeting the return to in-person instruction on January 19, 2021 if health conditions allow.

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.

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.

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. 

Biggs Celebrates 5-Star Rating Biggs Celebrates 5-Star Rating

The James E. Biggs Early Education Childhood Center is hosting an open house celebration to share with the community, parents, and students, why it is one of the best preschools in the state. Biggs received the highest rating possible from the state last year – a 5 Star Rating. Now the preschool staff not only wants to celebrate the honor but would like to show the community what a 5-Star rated preschool looks like and how it operates. 

Sixth District Parade Sixth District Staff Parades Through Streets to See Students

When COVID-19 keeps students away from school, the staff members at Sixth District Elementary School go to the students. Teachers, principals, Santa and the Grinch paraded through the streets of Covington to wish the Dolphin students a very Merry Christmas. It was hard to tell who was more excited - the students or the teachers.

Friday, December 18 is the last day of school before winter break. Happy Holidays!

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

Santa Claus Preschoolers Greeted by Santa at Biggs Drive Thru Event

Santa and the staff members at James E. Biggs Early Childhood Education Center braved the winter weather on Wednesday to wish their preschoolers a Merry Christmas. The students with their families drove through the bus lane to receive candy, books, meals and a gift from Santa.

Santa and his elves will be back at Biggs on Thursday, noon - 1 p.m., to greet more students with holiday cheer.

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.

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.

Hall of Fame 2018 Athletic Hall of Fame

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

Register for Kindergarten Register for Kindergarten
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.

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.

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

Board of Education Two Board Members Recognized for Years of Service

Two members of the Covington Board of Education were recognized for their outstanding service at the board meeting Thursday evening.

Superintendent Alvin Garrison praised outgoing board members April Brockhoff and Tom Wherry for their years of dedication to the students of Covington.

Care Closet Opens Care Closet opens at Glenn O. Swing

Students at Glenn O. Swing Elementary School can shop for clothes and shoes during the school day and not have to pay for anything, thanks to the nonprofit organization called the Care Closet.

The school and Care Closet held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday to officially announce the partnership.  

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. 

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.

Brighton Center to use grant for Youth Development Program at Holmes Middle School

Brighton Center announces that a $25,000 grant award from the Elsa Heisel Sule Foundation will allow for operations of its Youth Leadership Development program with Case Manager activities for the families at the Holmes Junior High School in Covington.

Youth Leadership Development (YLD) is an after school program for youth ages 11-15 to build leadership skills and conduct community service projects.

City of Covington supports summer program

The City of Covington will again provide financial support to help students that participate in the summer program at Covington Independent Public Schools.

The Covington city commission voted on Tuesday to authorize a memorandum of agreement between the city and the school district for the coordination of the 2017 Summer Youth Program, which is led by Covington Partners Summer Learning Collaborative.

Remote Learning Deadline Approaching Remote Learning Application Deadline is December 16

As we look to the second half of the school year beginning on January 4, 2021, we would like to start planning at the school and district level for hybrid in-person learners and full remote learners who enroll in the Covington Virtual Academy. Covington Independent Public Schools will offer again the option for students to be in person or fully remote. Below explains the options and how to apply for each. The deadline to fill out the application is Wednesday, December 16. 

SkillsUSA Winners Welding Students Medal at Competition

Congratulations to Holmes High School welding students on medaling at the SkillsUSA regional competition this weekend.

Luke Richter - 1st place in Welding

Brandon Smith - 3rd place in Welding

Eli Pennington - 1st place in Welding 1

Damien Green - 2nd place in Welding 1

Richter, Pennington, and Green will advance to the SkillsUSA state competition in April.

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.

Miss Lovins and student Holmes Middle receives grant from Project Lead The Way

This coming school year, students at Holmes Middle School will be able to take computer science classes and learn to create their own computer applications, thanks to a $20,000 grant from Project Lead The Way and the Verizon Foundation.

Holmes Middle is one of 72 schools across the country receiving part of a $3 million grant that is designed to increase students’ access to computer science curriculum and help students develop the in-demand knowledge and skills they need to succeed in the rapidly advancing, technology-based economy.

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. 

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.

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!

All Covington Students Receive Digital Device All Covington Students Receive Digital Device

All students in grades K-12 in Covington Independent Public Schools will soon have an I-pad or Chromebook to work on from home. The Covington Board of Education at its meeting on Thursday, November 19, approved the purchase of an additional 600 Chromebooks.

I Have a Dream Black History Month

Members of sororities and fraternities from the Devine Nine were on the Holmes High School campus Thursday as part of the school’s Black History Month activities. The members, which included staff members and a graduate of Holmes, explained to students the history of the organizations and the importance – such as scholarship, community service and sister- and brother-hood. They then put on a magnificent step show that students enjoyed immensely.

Bully Free Parade Join Us For the Annual Bully-Free Parade on Friday, October 18 at 9 a.m.

John G. Carlisle Annual Bully-Free Parade will take place on Friday, October 18 at 9 a.m. Parents and guardians are invited to walk in the parade with their 3rd, 4th or 5th grade student! Please make sure your student has returned their signed permission form. All Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade students will remain on campus to watch the parade and cheer. The parade route is as follows

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.

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. 

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.

Amazon Donation Amazon Donates STEM Equipment

Amazon, partnering with Holmes Middle School, made a $10,000 donation today to work in our STEM classrooms. Among the items are two 3D printers! Thank you Amazon!

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.

Coach Ben Nevels Coach Nevels and Players Named Amongst Best in Northern Kentucky

In a year of limited practices and many obstacles, the Holmes High School football team rallied to a 7-3 record, and landed three players and a coach on the list of the best in Northern Kentucky. 

Covid-19 How to Prepare for Covid-19

The Northern Kentucky Health Department has released a fact sheet to help you prepare in the event the virus begins to spread.

Sarah Graman Graman honored for work

Congratulations to Sarah Graman , who was honored yesterday at the Kentucky Association for Psychology in the Schools (KAPS) Fall Conference in Louisville.

HMS new entryway New entryway at Holmes Middle School to soon be completed
Holmes Middle School is off to a great start. Students and staff are excited to be back.  Visitors, students and staff will soon enter the building through the school's new safe and secure entryway.
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.

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.

Kindergarten Registration It’s Kindergarten Registration Week at Covington schools; ‘Evening of Kindergarten’ Wednesday

Parents and guardians of 5-year-old children are encouraged to attend Covington Independent Public Schools’ “Evening of Kindergarten,’’ at 4:30-6:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 5 at each of the district’s elementary schools.

During the evening, parents will receive details about the kindergarten program and a registration packet. They can take a tour the schools and, talk to teachers.

In addition, principals and administrators will be on hand to answer questions about Covington’s Free All-Day Kindergarten program. Parents who attend will receive a Kindergarten Activity Kit and will be entered into a drawing for a Tablet 

Dr. Janice Wilkerson Accepts Donation from Gateway Lodge Covington Schools is Thankful for Community Support

Covington Independent Public Schools is grateful for the support it has been receiving from community partners this school year - especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our partners have always been generous, but as needs have increased, so has the giving.

Thank You! Students Receive Work Boots

When Gary Kathman saw a post about Holmes High School students getting jobs in the construction field, he said to himself, “they need proper boots for those jobs and I know they are expensive.” 

Champions! Champions!

Congratulations to Holmes Middle School's 8th-grade football team - Northern Kentucky Middle School Athletic Association Champions!

The Bulldogs beat Sharp Middle School 27-6 to win the title. This team won the championship last year as 7th graders as well. The future is bright for the Bulldogs.

Latonia Elementary After-School Program Covington Schools Awarded $1.1 Million for After-School Programs

Covington Independent Public Schools was awarded $1.165 million in grants from the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program.

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.

Remote Learning Continues Important Update on Learning During Inclement Weather

Since Covington Independent Public Schools are working remotely until January 4, 2021, snow days will not be granted. Students and staff will continue to work remotely in times of inclement weather.

Team of the Week Team of the Week

The Holmes boys varsity basketball team is on a 3-game winning streak. Please vote for the Bulldogs as Cincinnati Enquirer's Team of the Week.

Voters can cast one vote per hour per device until 5 p.m. Friday.

Go Bulldogs!

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.

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 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.


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. 

Superintendent Alvin Garrison A Thanksgiving Message from Superintendent Garrison

During this season of Thanksgiving, I would like to take the time to give thanks and express my personal gratitude to the teachers and staff, volunteers, students and families of Covington Independent Public Schools. I am grateful to work in such a supportive community that deeply cares about our students.

Wrestling Senior Night

Congratulations to Holmes wrestlers Caige Spicer and Leshawn Simmons on Senior Night. The boys have combined for over 200 wins over their careers and a lot of great memories!

The team celebrated with two wins: 48-33 over Talawanda & 60-12 over Mt. Healthy.

Go Bulldogs!

Fall Break Schools Closed for Fall Break

Covington Independent Public Schools will  close for Fall Break  on Thursday, October 4 and Friday, October 5. School will resume on Monday, October 8.

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!

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.

March Madness March Madness

Covington Independent Public Schools is sponsoring a Million Word Challenge March 27 – April 6, 2017 during March Madness.

Students and families are encouraged to log onto Footsteps2Brilliance to “Shoot for a Million Words.”

The school that reads the most words by April 6 will win a KONA ICE party and an extra recess.

Each student participant will be entered in a drawing to win a tablet.

The winner will be announced on April 7.

Student Meals Student Meals Schedule Altered During Thanksgiving Week

Student meals will continue during remote instruction. However, next week, pickups will only take place on Monday, November 23, and Tuesday, November 24, from 8 - 11 a.m. due to the Thanksgiving holiday. These pickups will be at James E. Biggs and the elementary schools only.


Cheerleading Champions Cheerleading Champions

On Saturday, Holmes Middle School and Glenn O. Swing Elementary participated in the NKCCA Cheer Competition at Ryle High School. Both teams won first place in their divisions. HMS is coached by Karissa Pickens and Chelsea Fischer. GOS is coached by Karissa Pickens, Vicki Lickert, and Rheannon Peterson.

Congratulations to both teams on their big wins!

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.

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. 

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.   

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.

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.

Fill the Cruiser Food Drive Holmes students feel their friends’ pain and are collecting food to help them through Thanksgiving

Seventeen-year-old Gavriel Null knows classmates who are homeless.
 A mother with an infant has moved in with 17-year-old Kaylee McManama’s family because of hard times.
 Amir Rice, 18, sees the pain on students’ faces and recognizes the pressure.

National Reading Day Students Receive Books

It's National Reading Day!

Students at John G. Carlisle have a lot to read after a visit from WCPO-TV, Scripps and Scholastic Books. As part of the Scripps Howard Foundation's "If you give a child a book!" campaign each student got to choose four free books from the Scholastic book fair.

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.

First day of school Welcome back students

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

Career Fair Career Fair

Fifth-grade students at Ninth District Elementary School got to meet some pretty important people at their career fair.

The students spent three weeks researching different careers that interested them. They learned information regarding future education, salary, and job skills.

At the career fair, students asked professionals in their field what they like and don't like about their job. Some students even got to feel what it is like to be a professional.

Go Bulldogs! It's Playoff Time

The Holmes Bulldogs take on Boyd County in the first round of the playoffs on Saturday, November 21, at 4 p.m. at Holmes High School.

Tickets are available in the high school lobby beginning at 9 a.m. on Friday. All tickets are $5. Please bring the correct change.

Watch the game live at

Learning is Cool Learning is Cool

Students at John G. Carlisle discovered that learning is cool when FC Cincinnati player, Brandon Vazquez, and the FCC mascot visited their school promoting the "Learning Is Cool" program.

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. 

Holmes Middle School Wrestling Team Three Covington teams recognized by the Covington Board of Education

Three teams from Covington schools were honored by the Covington Board of Education Thursday night for their recent successes.  The Holmes Middle School Wrestling Team was recognized for its most successful season in program history.  The team celebrated a number of accomplishments, including four members of the team competing in the Regional Finals for the first time; six Bulldogs qualified for Middle School State, the most ever to qualify. At the state tournament, the team had two fifth places finishers, Taejuan Huff and Thomas Long.   Dashaun Stevenson was a state champion, only the second state wrestling champion  in Holmes history.   As a team, the Bulldogs earned its first trophy ever at state, placing fourth in the school division and 11th among teams.

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. 

Remote Learning Until January Covington Students Fully Remote Until January

When Covington Independent Public Schools communicated with you a few days ago, we were hopeful of having our students return to in-person instruction. Unfortunately, this is not possible at this time. Covington Schools will continue with remote-only instruction until the end of winter break. We return on January 4, 2021.

Holmes Bulldogs Teams Receive Equipment Donation

Holmes High School's baseball and softball teams received a donation of equipment for the upcoming season. St. Elizabeth Healthcare and the Reds Community Fund distributed $22,500 worth of baseball and softball equipment to 12 Northern Kentucky high schools and three youth organizations.

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. 

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.

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.
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.  

In-person Instruction Resumes November 16 In-person instruction resumes Monday, November 16

Covington Independent Public Schools will return to in-person instruction on Monday, November 16, 2020, for families who opted for the hybrid model. Families that selected the Covington Virtual Academy will continue with remote learning.

NAACP Luncheon for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Students Attend NAACP Luncheon

Holmes High School students, their history teacher, Derek Gaiser, Covington Board Member, Tom Wherry and Superintendent Alvin Garrison attend the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. luncheon at the Syndicate in Newport. The event is the 17th annual luncheon sponsored by the Northern Kentucky NAACP.

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.

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.

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.

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.  

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?’”

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.

Read Ready Covington Challenge Read Ready Covington to kick off Mayor’s Challenge for schoolkids 

It’s said that reading supercharges the imagination. For Covington schoolchildren over the next few months, it could energize their piggybanks as well – in a big way.

2009 State Champions What a Night

The Holmes High School 2009 Boys Basketball State Champions were celebrated on Friday night. The team was recognized at halftime of the Holmes vs Scott basketball game. During the ceremony Covington Mayor Joe Meyer presented the team with a road sign. The sign will be placed near 5th and Philadelphia Streets in Covington.

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.

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.


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.

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

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.

Follow the Stream Follow the Stream

Can't make it to the football game? Follow the live stream of the Holmes Bulldogs (6-2) as they travel to Newport Central Catholic (6-1) tonight at

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day No School Monday, January 20

Schools and offices are closed on Monday, January 20 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Students and staff will return on Tuesday, January 21.

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.


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.

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.

Herbmania and Urban Garden Fifth-graders operate garden at Latonia Elementary


LATONIA, Ky. - Fifth-graders get real-life lessons in growing plants and selling them in Bob Runyan's economics class at Latonia Elementary.

Every student has a job to do.

"I keep track of the water temps, the PH levels," says Carsan Hehman as he shows off the garden. "Basil, cilantro, chives, parsley…"

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.

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.

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.

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.

Meal Pick-up Meals Can Be Picked Up During Remote Learning Days

During the two weeks that Covington Independent Public Schools students are on remote learning, families can pick up meals at their child's school 8 - 11 a.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Board Member Appreciation  January is School Board Appreciation Month

Members of the Covington Board of Education at their last meeting were treated to chocolate and cake in celebration of School Board Member Appreciation Month.

Spring Break Spring Break April 15-19
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.


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.

Ethan Workman NKY Boy with Disability Gets His Shot on the Court


When Ethan Workman tried out for the Holmes basketball team in seventh grade, he had a pretty good idea he wasn't going to make it.

"Honestly, at that moment it was like, I do not have the skills to do this," Ethan said.

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. 

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.

COVID Dashboard Dashboard Tracks Covington Schools COVID Cases

In an effort to keep our families and community informed, Covington Independent Public Schools is publishing its COVID-related cases on a dashboard that can be accessed on the district website, by clicking COVID dashboard. The dashboard will show the number of cases by each school.

2009 State Champs Celebrating Champions

Help us celebrate the Holmes High School 2009 State Basketball Champions on Friday, January 17 during the Holmes vs. Scott basketball game at 7:30 p.m.

It's a RED OUT - The first 200 fans wearing a red shirt to the game will receive a FREE slice of pizza!

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.

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.

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.

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 Bulldogs Football Team Wins District Title

The Holmes Bulldogs are District Champions after going 4-0 in district play this season. The Dogs beat Scott High School 50-25 Friday night to cap an incredible run earning them the #1 seed in the playoffs.

Go Bulldogs!

Celebrating Champions

It's been more than 10 years since the 2009 Holmes High School basketball team went on a magical run that ended with a double overtime victory over Louisville Central to take home the trophy for the best high school team in the entire state of Kentucky.

To recognize and remember this remarkable feat, Covington Independent Public Schools will honor the championship squad on January 17, 2020 at the Holmes vs. Scott basketball game.

UniverSoul Circus Students enjoy UniverSoul Circus

Students at John G. Carlisle were treated to a performance by UniverSoul Circus. The group is in town celebrating 25 years of hip-hop under the big top.

The students enjoyed dance and acrobatic acts by performers from all over the globe. UniverSoul Circus will present its entire show at MidPointe Crossing in Cincinnati through September 4.

Tickets are available at

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.

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!

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.

Solar Panels Strong Utility Savings from Energy Project

Covington Independent Public Schools has saved nearly $500,000 in energy costs since completing its energy savings project two years ago. The district’s project included renovating building systems, converting the district’s interior and exterior lights to LED high-efficiency lighting, and installing solar panels at two of its schools.

Champions Cheer Competition Held

The Covington Schools cheerleading competition was held on Saturday. All teams did a fantastic job.

Congratulations to Glenn O. Swing on winning first place and Sixth District Elementary on second place.

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

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.

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 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.

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




Teo Jordan Holmes student offers his own money to help man pay for groceries

A Covington teenager is being applauded for an act of kindness.

“Just treat people the way you want to be treated (and) always help out if someone needs it,” Teo Jordan said.

Schedule of Services Sports Update

Due to incoming weather the Girls Varsity Basketball game at Scott Co. has been postponed until tomorrow evening.

The Freshmen game originally scheduled for today has been moved to Monday 12/23 at 11:30 a.m.

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.  

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.

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.”

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.

Crafts With Cops Crafts With Cops

Covington police officers were on hand at Glenn O. Swing Elementary School to help students make Christmas Crafts. Students also helped police as all proceeds from this service learning project will benefit the Covington Police Department’s “Sirens & Sleigh Bells Program.”

Holmes High School Resumes In-person Classes on Tuesday

As promised, we are updating you on the communications you received yesterday regarding an individual in our school who recently tested positive for COVID19.

Ken Ellis Ken Ellis Named Interim Athletic Director

Ken Ellis, a former teacher, coach, referee, principal, and superintendent will serve as the interim athletic director for Holmes High School.

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 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.”

Lt. Governor Hampton Speaks with Fourth-Graders Lt. Governor Visits Glenn O.

Kentucky Lt. Governor Jenean Hampton visited Glenn O. Swing Elementary School for a Black History Month Presentation on her life and success as an African-American woman. On November 3, 2015, Lt. Governor Hampton became the first African-American to be elected to a statewide office.

After the presentation, she conducted a question and answer session with the fourth-grade students.

Overcoming a poverty of words, Covington kids improve skills with free web-based literacy program

While studies show that socioeconomic factors can have significant impact on a child’s vocabulary, and ultimately, their success in school, a whole new equalizer may well be found in the palm of a child’s hand.

Covington children are demonstrating that access to achievement can be found on a Smart phone and iPad.

In December 2015, Covington Independent Schools, along with help from generous members of the community, launched Footsteps2Brilliance, a free web-based literacy program app that is loaded with more than 1,000 children’s books, nursery rhymes, songs and educational games.

The program, which is available to children in preschool through the third grade and can be accessed on cell phones, computers, iPads and other mobile devices, is free to families in Covington with children in preschool through third grade.

Holmes High School Students and Staff to Work Remotely on Monday

Late this weekend, Holmes High School received notification that an individual in the school recently tested positive for COVID-19.

Pablo Mondragon and Daylan Griffin Students Put Skills to Good Use

Two seniors at Holmes High School are taking advantage of the skills they have learned in carpentry class by working in paid co op positions with a local construction company.

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.

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.

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.’’


Digital Hotspots Volunteers needed as Covington installs WiFi devices on homes to bridge digital divide

The city of Covington is smashing the digital divide by installing WiFi hotspots throughout its neighborhoods.

So far, 12 devices have been installed on the outside of various homes and buildings, including the Covington Fire Department.

Montasia Jones Student Athletes Receive Awards

Congratulations to Holmes High School athletes Montasia Jones and Hunter McGill. Montasia was a finalist for the Dena Gosney Scholarship award in volleyball. She was 1 of 5 finalists nominated by coaches. She received a monetary award. 

Montasia was also selected to the All-Conference Team as an honorable mention. 

Hunter made the Honorable Mention All-Region All-Star Soccer Team as a defender. This award is voted on by area high school coaches.

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.

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.

Go Bulldogs! Football Tickets on Sale for Game at Harrison County

The Bulldogs are 2-0 in district play as they travel to Harrison County this week. Tickets for the game can be purchased in the high school office Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. No tickets will be sold at the game.

Go Bulldogs!

Toyota Boshoku Donates Food for Thanksgiving Toyota Boshoku America Donates Food for Thanksgiving

Thank you to Toyota Boshoku America, Inc. for their continued support of Project Home and the students of Covington Schools.  They collected and donated 175 Thanksgiving food bags to assist students and families in our district. 

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.

Digital Assistance Workshop Digital Assistance Workshop Offered to Help Families with Tech Questions

Are you having a difficult time helping your child with remote learning? Be sure to attend the Digital Assistance Workshop at Holmes High School on Wednesday, October 14. Choose from two sessions, 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. For a virtual option, please contact the high school at 859-655-9545.

Turnick and Magner Co-Principals Named at Holmes High School

Covington Independent Public Schools Superintendent Alvin Garrison announced two co-interim principals for Holmes High School on Wednesday.

Volleyball Lady Bulldogs Volleyball set practice and try-out schedule

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

2019 Kindness Challenge 30-Day Kindness Challenge Accepted

Holmes Middle School students and staff members are participating in a 30-day kindness challenge. Each staff member is wearing a button that says either BeSay, or Ask.

Fall Break No Meal Service During Fall Break

Schools will be closed for Fall Break on Friday, October 9, and Monday, October 12. Meals will not be available on these days. Regular meal service will resume on Tuesday, October 13.

Go Bulldogs! Football Season Comes to an End

Students lined the hallways today to show their support for the Holmes football team in the second round of the playoffs. Unfortunately, the Bulldogs exciting season came to an end with a 40-29 loss to Scott.

Congratulations Bulldogs on a great season! You make us proud.

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.

Fall Break Schools Will Close for Fall Break

Schools will close Friday, October 9 and Monday, October 12 for Fall Break. Students will not report to school in person or remotely on these days. Enjoy your days off.


Northern Kentucky University partners with local schools to shine a light on barriers to education facing youth experiencing homelessness. The event, “An Evening of Hope,” takes place on Nov. 19, in Greaves Hall. 

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.

City looking for Hotspot Hosts Covington is looking for "hotspot hosts"
 Covington is looking for "hotspot hosts" to help its schoolchildren learn and their families "get ahead."


Mike Hall makes a tackle against Harrison County TIME CHANGE


Friday's football playoff game against Scott has been changed to 7 p.m. Please make note of the new time and come out to support the Bulldogs.

Herbmania sale Latonia students selling plants and flowers

Latonia students in the Herbmania program will be selling flowers and plants Friday, June 14,  5 to 7 p.m., and Saturday,  June 15, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Student Meals Student Meals Will Continue

Covington Schools will continue to feed students while in school or working remotely. Parents need to pick up meals once per week following the schedule below:

Poster Students Present Jack and the Beanstalk

Fee. Fi. Fo. Fum. We smell another wonderful fairytale brought to life by the students of Holmes Middle School's Community Learning Center.

Solar panels Covington already reaping benefits from its energy savings project

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

OrthoCincy "Coverings For Kids" Brings Large Donations

OrthoCincy and others delivered over 2,000 masks to Covington Schools this week as part of Kentucky First Lady Britainy Beshear’s “Coverings for Kids” initiative to bring in mask donations for each school district state-wide. 

Veterans Day Ceremony Students Observe Veterans Day

Holmes Middle School students, in coordination with Chapman Child Development Center and Holmes High School ROTC and IB History students, observed Veterans Day by honoring U.S. Navy veteran Guy Collins, a 1942 Holmes High School graduate.

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.  

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.

Back to the classroom Return to In-person Learning on September 28

September 21, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians/Staff:

Covington Independent Public Schools will return to in-person learning on September 28, operating on the “A/B” Hybrid Model.

Ben Nevels For Holmes Coach, Success this Season Started Off the Field

Before last Friday night, Holmes football had not won a playoff game since 2009.

But Head Coach Ben Nevels has the Bulldogs in the midst of their best season in years.

Home Depot Donates School Supplies Students Receive Generous Donation

Amber Lowe and Mel Tackett, Holmes graduates and employees of the Crescent Springs Home Depot, are responsible for what started out as a store event but turned into a huge community project.

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.



The after school program is going virtual.

Additional information can be found at the registration link HERE.

Already registered? Ready to begin your virtual program journey? Click HERE for the all-new virtual program site.

Holmes Bulldogs Another Win for the Bulldogs

And they keep on winning!

The Holmes varsity football team beat Harrison County 21-0 on Friday night to post its first playoff win since 2009. The Bulldogs will play Scott in the second round this Friday at Holmes High School at 7:30 p.m. Come out and support the Bulldogs!

Covington Schools Covington Board of Education opts not to increase property tax rate for eighth straight year

For the eighth consecutive year, Covington Board of Education opted not to increase its property tax rate.

At its meeting earlier this month, the board voted to take the minimum compensating tax rate, instead of the allowable 4 percent tax increase.

"Coverings For Kids" "Coverings for Kids" Initiative Begins

Covington Independent Public Schools will participate in Kentucky First Lady Britainy Beshear’s “Coverings for Kids” initiative to bring in mask donations for each school district state-wide. Covington is now collecting mask donations at Central Office.

Scott Hornblower Hornblower to Step Down as Holmes High Principal

Holmes High School principal Scott Hornblower requested a change in assignment Wednesday afternoon.

Jamir Ruff and Deara Stowers Homecoming 2019 a success

Homecoming 2019 was a success.  Students enjoyed spirit week, a pep rally complete with a staff vs. students flag football game, followed by a parade, the football game, and a dance.  Holmes seniors Jamir Ruff and Deara Stowers were crowned Homecoming King and Queen during halftime of the game. 

WLWT Covington school buses deliver meals right to students’ doorstep

In the era of coronavirus, schools have to make split-second decisions based on the latest information they're given.

At Covington Schools, they recognized a need. They have now found a solution.

Stan Steidel Stan Steidel made important contributions to Kentucky high school athletics during his lifetime

The sudden death of Stan Steidel on Monday will be sad news all across the state of Kentucky. For the last 29 years, he directed the All “A” Classic that provided high school athletes from Paducah to Pikeville a chance to compete for state titles in several sports.

Holmes Bulldogs Guidelines in Place for Fall Sports

It's football time in the C-O-V. The Holmes High School Bulldogs are ready to get started and win some games. The Dogs play Louisville Holy Cross Friday, September 11 at 7 p.m. at Holmes. For more information on supporting the Bulldogs, please carefully read the guidelines below.

Mr. Beiersdorfer and Camia West Student Wins Video Contest

Holmes High School sophomore Camia West will be recognized at the NAACP's Freedom Fund Gala this Saturday. Camia created a video displaying Rhetorical Strategies in her English II class with Mr. Beiersdorfer.

Remote Learning Second Week of School Begins

Dear Families:

First and foremost thank you for your support, patience and understanding as we are starting the second week of school amid COVID-19. Last week, schools held orientation, passed out laptops, conducted testing and met new parents and students. This week, online learning begins.

Reminder No School on Election Day

Schools and offices will be closed on Tuesday, November 5 in observance of Election Day.

Schools and offices will be open as normal on Monday, November 4.

Holmes Middle School Students at Paul Brown Stadium Students Attend NFL Play 60

Holmes Middle School 6th graders attended an NFL Play 60 event hosted by the Cincinnati Bengals and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Students got to meet current Bengals players, do various football drills and activities on the field in Paul Brown Stadium, and meet the cheerleaders. 

They did an amazing job and really showed their Bulldog Pride!

Covington Schools Return to School Roadmap Released

Covington Schools begins school remotely on Tuesday, September 1. The district has posted its Return to School Roadmap that addresses school plans during the pandemic. Click here to view the roadmap.

Board of Education Students, Superintendent Express Support for New Covington Summer Program

The Covington Board of Education reviewed a summer program known as Kings Leadership Program, which included eleven boys.

Remote Learning Help Useful Links for Parents During Remote Learning

The 2020-21 school year has started. Be sure to check out our Parents Resources page for information on helping your child during remote learning. Also, check out this useful link on logging in to our learning management systems.

Parent Resources

Learning Management Systems login information

Holmes football team wins first district title since 2010

Holmes football teams haven’t had much to celebrate since winning back-to-back district titles in 2009 and 2010, but happy days are here again for the Bulldogs. On Friday, Holmes players were literally jumping for joy after defeating Scott, 50-36, to finish on top in the Class 4A, District 6 standings.

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.

Home Delivery Food Service Home Deliveries Available to Students

Dear Families:

Covington Independent Public Schools’ Nutrition Services and Transportation departments will partner to deliver meals to our students while they are learning remotely. The deliveries will be made three days a week beginning Wednesday, September 9. To receive meals, parents/guardians must complete the Google form at the link below by September 4. By completing this form, you are opting to receive meal deliveries of breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack. We ask that families complete a form for each child that you are requesting meals for, even if the children reside in the same household.

Lights On Afterschool Lights On Afterschool Event

Please join us in celebrating our afterschool programs on Friday, October 18. All students, staff, and families are invited to stop by the Holmes High School gazebo before the football game. The event will offer trivia questions related to afterschool programs, prizes, and an opportunity to learn about teenage alcohol use. Everyone will be able to participate in a simulation activity using fatal vision goggles.

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.

Go Bulldogs! High School Cheerleading Tryouts Announced

Come show your support for the Bulldogs. Holmes High School varsity/JV cheerleading tryouts for grades 9 thru12 are Tuesday, September 1, and Thursday, September 3, from 3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the gazebo. Students must attend both sessions. Please bring a copy of a current sports physical to be eligible to tryout.

BLINK Project Students BLINK display was part of largest area event in history

Students from Holmes High School in Covington worked on an interactive display to coincide with last weekend's massive BLINK light and art show event in the city and in Cincinnati. 

The students' work was showcased at 12th and Holman streets in Covington on Friday and Saturday evening.

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.

Win a Free Computer Win a Free Computer

Be ready for remote learning. Register to win a free computer.

For more information contact Jon Adkins at

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Fall Break Fall Break

Covington Schools will be closed on Friday, October 11 and Monday, October 14. Have a safe and enjoyable extended weekend. School will resume on Tuesday, October 15.

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. 

Covington students to begin remote learning on September 1

Covington Independent Public Schools will follow Gov. Andy Beshear’s recommendation to delay the start of in-person classes until September 28.

Dr. DeAris Hoard Dr. DeAris Hoard - Outstanding Young Alumnus

No school enjoys a more loyal and proud body of alumni than Holmes High School. The alumni contribute significantly to our city, state and nation. The Covington Education Foundation will honor five outstanding graduates at its annual Hall of Honors celebration on October 9. We will highlight each nominee in the coming days.

Holmes Band Director New Band Director at Holmes High School

Holmes High School has a new band director. 

Packet Pick-up Kindergarten and Preschool Packet Pick-up

Please join us for packet pick-up for all incoming kindergarten and preschool students at the District Enrollment Center (212 Levassor Place). Packet pick up will be held on Tuesday, August 4 from 8 am to 12 pm, Wednesday, August 5 from 10 am to 2 pm. and Thursday, August 6 from 3 pm to 6 pm.

Joyce Baker Joyce Baker - Hall of Distinction Inductee

No school enjoys a more loyal and proud body of alumni than Holmes High School. The alumni contribute significantly to our city, state and nation. The Covington Education Foundation will honor five outstanding graduates at its annual Hall of Honors celebration on October 9. We will highlight each nominee in the coming days.

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.

Biggs Logo Biggs offering in-person and remote classes for pre school students

Children enrolling at the James E. Biggs Early Childhood Education Center will have options for attending the pre school this fall

Dr. Jeff Smith Dr. Jeff Smith - Hall of Distinction Inductee

No school enjoys a more loyal and proud body of alumni than Holmes High School. The alumni contribute significantly to our city, state and nation. The Covington Education Foundation will honor five outstanding graduates at its annual Hall of Honors celebration on October 9. We will highlight each nominee in the coming days.

Jena Armstrong Three Covington Employees and a Student Receive Excellence in Education Awards

Congratulations to our Excellence in Education award winners.

Dr. Fred Waddell Dr. Fred Waddell - Hall of Distinction Inductee

No school enjoys a more loyal and proud body of alumni than Holmes High School. The alumni contribute significantly to our city, state and nation. The Covington Education Foundation will honor five outstanding graduates at its annual Hall of Honors celebration on October 9. We will highlight each nominee in the coming days.

School Reopening Plan Covington Will Reopen With In-person and Remote Learning

Dear Families:

For the past several months, Covington Independent Public Schools has been planning for the start of the 2020-21 school year. Because of COVID-19, we will begin school on September 1 in an unprecedented way that includes new health protocols, physical distancing and more. The Covington Board of Education approved the district’s reopening plan at its board meeting on July 23.

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.

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.  

Letter About Remote Learning Remote Option for Parents Not Comfortable With Sending Children to School

As Covington Independent Public Schools returns to some form of in-person instruction, we understand that not all families will want to send their children to school. Based on your feedback from our surveys this summer, we learned that approximately 30% of our families would choose a remote option for their children.

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.

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.

High School Cheerleading Information Announced

Holmes Cheerleading

Any Holmes High School student interested in becoming a member of the 2020-2021 JV/Varsity Cheerleading squad should pick up an information packet on Tuesday, July 21. Coaches and packets will be available from 3 - 4 p.m. under the connector on Campus Drive. If you have a current physical, please bring a copy with you. Go Bulldogs!


Measles Prevention Letter Measles Prevention Letter
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.

Camp Covington Camp Covington summer program has been a big success

As the school year ended with remote learning and the focus turned to summer programming, two big questions emerged for Covington Independent Public Schools: How does the district provide a virtual summer program and will students attend after all the weeks of online learning?

Soccer ball Girls Soccer Team is Looking for Players

Holmes High School is considering adding a girls soccer team for the 2020 season. If you are a high school girl interested in playing soccer for the Bulldogs, please contact Ken Ellis at or Tina Stevens at

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.

$2.5m Covington Connect to close digital divide with Wi-Fi hotspots, free computers, internet access

The City of Covington and six partners are investing over $2.5 million in an aggressive push to demolish one of the biggest obstacles to economic opportunity for its families — the lack of ready and reliable internet access.

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.

Kindergarten Registration Kindergarten Registration Instructions

As you may know, in-person kindergarten registration had to be canceled because of COVID-19.  However, we have several options to register your child for kindergarten and preschool. 

Backpacks and Breakfast Sweepstakes
Alvin Garrison, Superintendent Superintendent Garrison Appointed by Governor to State Board

Covington Independent Public Schools Superintendent Alvin Garrison was appointed by Governor Andy Beshear as a member of the Kentucky Center for African-American Heritage.

Commissioner Brown’s letter regarding the reopening of schools

Dear Kentucky Public School Families:

As discussions continue about reopening schools in the fall, I am sharing with you Kentucky’s Healthy at School guidance released Wednesday.

The Department for Public Health guidelines state that all students will be expected to wear a mask on buses and at school except for kindergartners and students with medical conditions that prevent them from wearing masks. Masks will be required when 6 feet of space can’t be maintained in classrooms and while moving through buildings. Schools will be asked to mark 6 feet in distance, much like what is occurring now in our stores, groceries and other businesses.

HESPY Awards 2020 HESPY Awards 2020

Holmes High School is proud to present the second annual HESPY Awards.

Superintendent  Garrison Superintendent Garrison discusses new state guidelines to reopen schools

“We’re going to make sure that our families have confidence that the schools are safe and ready for students to return. We miss them.”

COVID-19 Update District forms committees to plan for reopening of schools
2020 Fall Sports 2020 Fall Sports Information

Holmes High School students interested in playing a fall sport should stop by the school to pick up a packet of information outlining details of physicals, conditioning, practices, and the season at the scheduled time and place. Contact the coach if you or a parent are unable to pick up the details.

Holmes Middle School team info will be coming out at a later date.

Camp Covington Enroll in Camp Covington today

Camp Covington may not be in-person this year, but that doesn't mean the exciting, hands-on activities stop.

Holmes High School graduation Time to watch the Holmes High School graduation

Watch the Holmes High School Class of 2020 graduate Friday at 7 p.m.

Senior Banners Banners Honor Holmes Class of 2020

Holmes High School continues to honor the Class of 2020.

Banners recognizing each graduate flank the school's front entrance on Madison Avenue. Each student will receive their banner when they are removed at the end of the summer.

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.

Summer feeding program Summer feeding program begins today, June 1.

Summer feeding program begins today, Monday, June 1, 4:30-5:30 p.m., John G. Carlisle Elementary School.

Camp Covington Register for Camp Covington

Covington Schools and community partners are working diligently to provide an alternative two-week virtual program.

Holmes High School Honoring the Class of 2020

At 20:20 military time (8:20 p.m.) on Wednesday, Holmes High School, along with other area high schools, honored the Class of 2020 by lighting up the football stadium for 20 minutes and 20 seconds.

Student Meal Distribution Student Meal Distribution Ends Friday


Friday, May 22 is the last day of student meal distribution.


Call 859-392-1028 or 859-655-5299

NTI Update KY schools to stay closed for rest of academic year, no in-person classes, Beshear says

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear on Monday told superintendents that K-12 schools would not reopen for in-person classes for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year.

At his daily news conference, Beshear said he knew the news was hard, especially for high school seniors.

James E. Biggs Pre-registration James E. Biggs Pre-registration is Now Available

James E. Biggs Early Childhood Education Center is now accepting pre-registration information for the 2020-2021 school year. The free, half-day preschool program is for 3- and 4-year-olds who qualify based on screening results. Children who are 4 on or before August 1, 2020, may qualify based on family income. 

Video - We Miss You

Holmes High School ATTENTION incoming freshmen to Holmes High School  

Students at Holmes select a career pathway to follow during their high school tenure. Incoming freshmen normally are offered on-site tours of the pathway programs so they can make an informed decision about their choice before they enter ninth grade. Because schools were closed, the tours were not possible. However, teachers and students produced videos and informational slides to let future Bulldogs know of all the great possibilities.  

Donation Helps Families Schools Receive Donation to Help Families During Crisis

Covington Independent Public Schools will be able to provide more help for families during the COVID-19 crisis, thanks to donations from Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Kentucky Medicaid.

Deborah Winkler Winkler Awarded Professional of the Year

Deborah Winkler, media specialist at Holmes Middle School, was recently selected as the 2020 Kentucky Education Association’s Education Support Professional of the Year. This award is given annually to a KEA member who exhibits excellence in areas such as professional practice, member advocacy and association involvement and community engagement.

Lunch Cooking Instructions Updated Cooking Instructions for Student Meals

A few items included in the student meals must be heated at home. Cooking instructions are included in the meal bag as well as here for your convenience.

Cooking Instructions

Graduating Together TV Show to Honor Class of 2020

(FRANKFORT, KY) - Kentucky high school seniors and teachers are encouraged to share their stories and participate in the national “Graduate Together” telecast at 8 p.m. ET this Saturday, May 16.

Welcome Back

Alvin Garrison

A message from Covington Superintendent Garrison:

Hello students, staff and teachers - welcome back.  I hope your Spring Break was restful and enjoyable.  We are now back in session – that means we are back to our NTI days – working on packets at home or online with our computers. We also will continue feeding our students at the school and community sites.

I must say that I am proud of the work that we are doing. This has been a learning experience for us all and we have come together to do what is best for our students and families.  Please keep up the good work at completing school assignments and staying safe.

Interview with Kris Knochelmann Dr. Wilkerson Discusses the Next Few Months of COVID-19

Dr. Janice Wilkerson, Assistant Superintendent for Covington Independent Public Schools, discussed COVID-19’s impact on public education and what the next few months look like for Covington’s schools with Judge/Executive Kris Knochelmann.  

Spring Break Fun More Spring Break Fun

1. Using an iPhone or Android go to the word "lion" into the Google search bar and then hit search.

2. Scroll down to where it says "Meet a life-sized..." and press "View in 3D."

3. After accessing your camera, a few seconds later you have that animal in your house.

4. Take a photo with the animal and allow it to walk around.

5. Also try it with a tiger, cheetah, shark, hedgehog, duck, emperor penguin, wolf, angler fish, rottweiler, snakes, eagle, bear, alligator, horse, shetland pony, macaw, pug, turtle, cat, octopus, dog, and golden retriever.

Kayelyn Strotman Holmes Student Named to Regional Youth Leadership Class

The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce (NKY Chamber) is pleased to announce the 46 high school juniors selected for the 2021 Regional Youth Leadership (RYL) class. The students, who come from 34 high schools across Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati, are rising juniors and leaders within their communities.

Spring Break Fun Spring Break Fun

Stay home and have some fun on spring break.


Take tours of famous museums, locales, and national parks.


Watch nature-themed streams that include

weather, domestic animals, safaris and ocean creatures.


Billboards Pay Tribute to Seniors and Staff

A tribute to the 2020 class and our wonderful staff.

Salute to Class of 2020

Thank you teachers and staff

Video: Students Complete NTI Assignments

Thank you for working so hard on NTI the past two weeks. Spring Break is April 6-10.



Video - Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week

Covington Independent Public Schools appreciates our teachers and staff. Thank you for all you do.


School Closure Extended School Closure Extended

Governor Andy Beshear today recommended that all Kentucky schools extend their closures until May 1. Once again, Covington Independent Public Schools will follow the governor's recommendation. 

Last Day of School Last Day of School - May 15

The last day of school for students and the last day of NTI work is Friday, May 15. Nutrition Services will continue distribution of student meals on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays through Friday, May 22. 

Send us your pictures

Send us pictures of your child doing NTI work

Betty Ramirez Class of 2020 Senior Spotlight

Senior Spotlight - Betty Ramirez

Plans After High School
My plan after high school is to go to college in the fall. I will be doing the Gateway2NKU program.

Lunch Cooking Directions for New Student Meals

A few items included in the student meals must be heated at home. Cooking instructions are included in the meal bag as well as here for your convenience.


Phillip Madison Class of 2020 Senior Spotlight

Senior Spotlight - Phillip Madison

Plans After High School
I plan to attend Union College and play football.

Update to Student Meals beginning March 30

Beginning March 30 - Pick up will happen ONLY on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at all sites and from 11:30-12:00, there will not be a morning pickup. 

 On Mondays, each child will receive 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches (4 meals).

 On Wednesdays, each child will receive 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches (4 meals)

 On Fridays, each child will receive 3 breakfasts and 3 lunches (6 meals)


Malaysia Chames Class of 2020 Senior Spotlight

Senior Spotlight - Malaysia Chames

Plans After High School
I hope to attend Northern Kentucky University and pursue a business degree.

Transformational Learning Center featured on KET

The Transformational Learning Center of Covington Independent  Public Schools and the Children's Home of Northern Kentucky are featured on KET for the unique services they are providing.

Madeline Whaley Class of 2020 Senior Spotlight

Senior Spotlight - Madeline Whaley

Plans After High School
I plan on attending the University of Cincinnati in the Fall and majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders. I also plan on getting my Master’s Degree in Speech Pathology and becoming a Speech Pathologist.

Sean Bohannon and Lorie Duffy TLC Named Program of Distinction

For the fifth time, the alternative program of Covington Independent Public Schools is being recognized for its high quality educational services. The program has been designated an Alternative Program of Distinction by the Kentucky Department of Education.

Asiago Lattimore Class of 2020 Senior Spotlight

Senior Spotlight - Asiago Lattimore

Plans After High School

I’m taking a gap year but the following school year I’m going to Mount Saint Joseph University to study Music Education.

Local 12 Covington schools ensuring all their students get fed during pandemic

Lunchtime brings a new kind of sound these days.

A Covington Independent Schools bus filled with something close to magic -- the magic of another meal rolling in.

Kim Kennett has four children in Covington Independent Schools.

Owen Tobergta- James E. Biggs Read Across Covington Winners Announced

Congratulations to the winners of the 2020 Read Across Covington Mayor’s Challenge.

1st Prize: Owen Tobergta- James E. Biggs

2nd Prize: Cris Perez Tomas- Glenn O. Swing

3rd Prize: Alithea Gates – Sixth District

4th Prize: Micah Lewis – John G. Carlisle

School Closure Extended to April 20

Gov. Andy Beshear on Friday recommended that all schools in Kentucky extend their closure dates until at least April 20. Covington Independent Public Schools will follow his recommendation.

New Location New Student Meal Location

Beginning Wednesday, April 29, Covington Schools will distribute student meals and NTI packets at Rosedale Mobile Home Park in Latonia. Meals and packets will be available for pickup at the normal bus stop on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. For more information call 859-392-1028 or 859-655-5299.

No School Friday, March 20 No School/NTI Friday, March 20

Please note, as scheduled on our school calendar, Friday, March 20 is a Schools Closed Day. No NTI assignments will be due, tomorrow March 20. 

Student meals will continue to be provided on Friday, March 20 at the same locations.

We will resume NTI assignments on Monday, March 23 for NTI day #5.

For information on student meal locations and times, visit our website at If you have any questions, you can email your child’s teacher, call your child’s school or call our Central Office at 859-392-1000.

Virtual College Visits Don't Miss Out on College Visits

Attention Juniors and Seniors:
Don't miss out on college visits. Visit over 600 colleges from your home.

WLWT Story Covington schools working to help students during closure

As schools across the area remain closed, districts are facing challenges making sure children continue learning.

Staff members at John G. Carlisle school in Covington are working to make sure kids get what they need during this uncertain time.

Operation MVP Operation MVP

During this vital time, please consider helping us meet the needs of our Most Valuable People: our children and families. There are three ways you can help:

Mon.  | Tues. | Wed.
10 AM - 2 PM

Lakeside Christian Church
195 Buttermilk Pike | Lakeside Park, KY

Latonia Baptist Church
3800 Church St. | Covington, KY

Covington Partners
257 W. Pike St. | Covington, KY

List of accepted items can be found on the Covington Partners Page.
Please note that only new items can be accepted and updates will be made to the list weekly.

Purchase items from the wishlist on Amazon.
Items will be delivered directly to Covington Partners.

Make a monetary donation to Covington Partners
All donations will directly benefit our Most Valuable People through Operation: MVP.

For more information, please visit the Covington Partners Page.

Thank you!

Picking Up Food Food Distribution Day 2

It's great to see our students and to check on them as they pick up their meals. 

Remember, beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, March 18, an additional food distribution time of 7:30 – 8 a.m. is being added to accommodate numerous requests from working parents. This distribution will be at elementary schools only – NOT at the community sites.

Any child under the age of 19 can pick up a free breakfast and lunch Monday - Friday, 11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the following locations:
All Covington Independent Public Elementary Covington Schools, Latonia Terrace Parking Lot, City Heights Parking Lot, Ninth Street Baptist Church, Southside Baptist Church, and St. John's Congregational Church.

Bagged meals can be picked up and taken from the site. Children cannot eat at the pick-up location.

Food distribution at Ninth Street Baptist Student meals can be picked up in the morning beginning Wednesday


Beginning Wednesday, March 18, an additional food distribution time of 7:30 – 8 a.m. is being added to accommodate numerous requests from working parents. This distribution will be at elementary schools only – NOT at the community sites.


Join the Mayor's Reading Challenge

Mayor Joe Meyer is offering children in PreK- 3rd grade a reading challenge.

Using F2B/CKU, Covington kids will keep their learning on track, especially during the school shutdown timeframe and as part of the 2020 Read Across Covington Challenge

Top five students will receive monetary awards!
1st place: $500.00   
2nd place: $400.00
3rd place: $300.00
4nd place: $200.00
5th place: $100.00

Click here for more information

March 13 Letter About NTI Days

Dear Parents:

As you may know, the governor of Kentucky Thursday recommended that all schools in the commonwealth cease in-person instruction for 10 days to help combat the spread of the coronavirus. Covington Schools will follow the governor’s recommendation. The district will close beginning Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 27. As of now, students will return to school on Monday, March 30.   

Student Meals During Closure

Student Meals Information

Beshear Schools to Close Monday, March 16

The governor of Kentucky today recommended that all schools in the commonwealth cease in-person classes for 10 days to help combat the spread of the coronavirus. Covington Schools will follow the governor’s recommendation. The district will close beginning Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 27.


Covington plans for school closures

In the event that schools close, we have prepared action plans to provide required grade-appropriate educational activities for students. 

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.

Covington Independent Public Schools  |  25 E 7th St.  |  Covington, KY 41011
Phone:859.392.1000  |  Fax:859.292.5970