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Hello Hollys' Community. I have some exciting news to share! As you know, we are quite proud of the instruction and learning that takes place at both of our schools. We stand by our pledge to students and parents that we will maximize each learning experience offered for every child. Well, it seems the results of our efforts have garnered the attention of the Colorado Department of Education, as we have earned the prestigious Colorado Centers of Excellence Award. Please read below for a brief description of what is required to earn this special recognition.


Each year, the Colorado Department of Education recognizes public schools in the state that enroll a student population of which at least 75 percent are at-risk pupils and that demonstrate the highest rates of student longitudinal growth, as measured by the Colorado Growth Model. On the school performance framework that is used by the state to evaluate schools, these schools have demonstrated impressive results on the indicator relating to longitudinal academic growth. This award program was established in 2009 by the Education Accountability Act of 2009 (S.B. 09-163).


One can imagine just how honored we feel as a school to receive this award. Thank you all for the support you provide your children at home as they work to master grade level learning objectives and standards. We sincerely appreciate your efforts and the support extended to our schools. One final detail I would like to share with the community: The Hollys' is the first and only school in the Cherry Creek School District to receive this award. Celebrations Abound!!!



 C​had M. Gerity



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For Immediate Release

DATE 5/23/17


Holly Ridge/Holly Hills recognized as a

Common Sense Certified School:
Digital Citizenship


Denver, CO – Common Sense, the national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids and families thrive in a world of digital media and technology, has recognized Holly Ridge/Holly Hills as a Common Sense Certified School: Digital Citizenship.


Holly Ridge/Holly Hills has demonstrated its commitment to taking a whole-community approach to preparing its students to use the immense power of digital media to explore, create, connect, and learn, while limiting the perils that exist in the online realm, such as plagiarism, loss of privacy, and cyberbullying.


"We applaud the faculty and staff of Holly Hills/Holly Ridge for embracing digital citizenship as an important part of their students' education," said Jessica Lindl, Head of Common Sense Education. "The Hollys deserves high praise for giving its students the foundational skills they need to compete and succeed in the 21st-century workplace and participate ethically in society at large."


Holly Ridge/Holly Hills has been using Common Sense Education's innovative and research-based digital citizenship resources, which were created in collaboration with Dr. Howard Gardner of the GoodPlay Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The resources teach students, educators, and parents tangible skills related to Internet safety, protecting online reputations and personal privacy, managing online relationships, and respecting creative copyright. The free resources are currently used in more than 90,000 classrooms nationwide.


"We're honored to be recognized as a Common Sense Digital Citizenship Certified School," said Chad Gerity, principal. "By preparing our students to use technology safely and responsibly, we are providing them unlimited opportunities to maximize and personalize their learning."


For more information about The Hollys, go to To learn more about the criteria The Hollys met to become certified as a Common Sense Certified School, visit



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There was a ​Parent STEM Night at Holly Ridge on May 1, 2017. Parents and students had a great time doing experiments, research and creating their own weather report in front of the green screen!
The kindergarteners in Ms. Pack's 2016/2017 kindergarten took a tour of Holly Ridge looking for Pete the Cat!​
Take A Byte Out Of Technology!

At Holly Hills, we have a certain time when we can use the school’s chromebooks. We only get them 2-3 times a week, and we only have a limited amount of time to get our technology projects done. “On the Holly Hills chromebooks we can also learn new languages for example, Spanish. We also do a lot of projects like book clubs, and we also do Khan Academy. But we don’t have enough time in the week to accomplish those tasks we need to.”  Jordan and Atziry responded. This is when Ms. Livaudais decided that we should create a Donors Choose project to get 10 new chromebooks and headphones for our class...


One month later….   

YAY! We finally have our 10 new chromebooks and headphones! We are thankful for the materials because we can expand our learning in many different ways. We are preparing ourselves, as 5th graders, for the future and technology is the future! As David Warlick stated, “Technology is the pen and paper of our time, and it’s the lens through which we experience the world.”



Google and Ms. Livaudais’s family members. Another thank you to Mrs. Stout for helping us get the chromebooks programed.

Written by: Atziry Ricalday and Jordan Bruckner


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Click here to read the entire article: Reading and STEM skills Combine for Audiobooks Projects at the Hollys.​


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​​​​​​books written by students on display in the library

Three third grade students were chosen to have their stories published and sold at the book fair! Congratulations Ceorjay, Diego, and T.K.!


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English Learners from Across the District Benefit from the Inclusion Approach (Click here to read the article)


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