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Happy Thanksgiving! Happy Thanksgiving to our Covington families

Schools will be closed on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, November 24-26, 2021 for the Thanksgiving holiday. Schools will reopen on Monday, November 29. Have a safe and healthy holiday weekend!

Mayor's Holiday Reading Challenge Read More – Get Smarter- Win Prizes!

Announcing the Mayor’s 2021 Holiday Reading Challenge

Sunday, November 21 – Friday, December 31, 2021

PreK – Grade 3 children using Footsteps2Brilliance & Clever Kids University

COVID-19 Vaccine Children Ages 5-11 Can Now Get A COVID-19 Vaccine

Children ages 5-11 can now get a COVID-19 vaccine. The Federal Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control have approved the emergency use of the Pfizer vaccine for 5-11 year olds. Children aged 12 and up are already eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine.

Happy National School Psychology Week! Happy National School Psychology Week!

Happy National School Psychology Week!

Thank you, Jill Baird, Julie Capeci, Shelby Montgomery, Susan Parsons, Teresa Rose, Kathy Alexander, Candace Bone, and Julie Stava, for all you do for our students. We appreciate you!

Schools Closed Schools are Closed on Monday and Tuesday

This is a reminder that all Covington schools are closed on Monday, November 1, and Tuesday, November 2. Staff members must report as normal on Monday. School will resume on Wednesday, November 3. Have a safe weekend!

Alvin Garrison School board votes to extend Supt. Alvin Garrison’s contract another four years

Covington Superintendent Alvin Garrison is staying at the helm of Covington Independent Public Schools for at least another four years.

The Covington Board of Education approved a four-year contract extension for Garrison at its board meeting Thursday.

Tom Haggard, board member Board member Haggard honored by Cincinnati Business Courier

Congratulations to Covington Board of Education member, Tom Haggard, who was recognized Thursday, October 21, 2021, by the Cincinnati Business Courier as one of the region's young talent through its Forty Under 40 Award.

Football Legends Host Vaccine Clinic Vaccine Clinic a Success

This past Saturday, nearly 200 people showed up for the COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic held in the fieldhouse of Holmes High School. Covington Schools partnered with the NFL Alumni, NFL Alumni Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky Health Department, St. Elizabeth Healthcare, and the City of Covington to educate and vaccinate individuals still needing a COVID vaccine or booster shot. In all, 88 people received a shot.

Vaccine Event at Holmes Free clinic Oct 16 at Holmes to feature players, COVID-19 shots

Several Cincinnati Bengal legends will join forces with local health officials on Oct. 16 in Covington to encourage Northern Kentuckians to protect themselves and those around them from COVID-19.

A free vaccination clinic at Holmes High School -- that will also include food, music and giveaways – will feature the chance for photographs and autographs with former star players Anthony Muñoz, Jim Breech, David Fulcher, Solomon Wilcots, Robert Jackson, and David Wilkins.


Calendar Covington Board of Education Approves Amended 2021-2022 School Calendar

Last evening, the Covington Board of Education so graciously approved the amending of the district calendar by adding four teacher-planning days.

Fall Break is Quickly Approaching


Fall Break - Friday, October 8 and Monday, October 11

Solar Panels on Chapman Building Covington schools solar energy project with Performance Services results in terrific cost savings

Since completing its energy savings project three years ago, Covington Independent Public Schools has saved over $818,000 in utility costs. The district’s project included: renovating building systems, converting its interior and exterior lights to LED high-efficiency lighting, and installing solar panels at two schools.

pic Lady Bulldogs Volleyball Team Tournament WIN

Congratulations to the Lady Bulldogs Volleyball team for their fantastic performance in the River City Classic Tournament today. They went undefeated, 5-0, making them the Tournament Champions. Way to go Lady Bulldogs!!!!!

Covington Schools Increase Substitute Teacher Pay Covington Schools Increase Substitute Teacher Pay

The Covington board of education voted unanimously Thursday to increase the daily rate of pay for substitute teachers in the school district.

Many districts are struggling to find substitute teachers, so Covington Independent Public Schools will now offer $200 per day, up from the previous daily rate of $135.

Congratulations to the 2021 Class Act Award Winners

This is the 13th year for the Class Act Awards, where Covington Independent Public Schools recognizes classified employees who go beyond the call of duty. The Class Act awards were started because we have so many wonderful employees who often go unrecognized for the great work that they do. A committee determines the criteria for the award and selects the winners. Some of the criteria include being self-motivated, leading by example, demonstrating every day that they value the Covington community, students, and co-workers, and seeing each day as an opportunity to make a difference. The employees also must have good attitudes and good attendance.

Go Bulldogs! Vote for the Bulldogs!

The Holmes Bulldogs need your vote! The Holmes varsity football team is nominated for Team of the Week after the big win on Friday against Newport. Vote once per hour per device until 5 p.m. on Friday. Go Bulldogs!

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Reminder:  Mandate Continues for Covington Schools  Mask Mandate Continues for Covington Schools 

September 15, 2021 - The Covington Board of Education approved the mask mandate for Covington Schools on August 12, 2021. The district will continue to require masks or face coverings for all students and staff while inside of district buildings and on all school and TANK buses. COVID-19 is still present in our community, and we must do what we can to keep our students and staff as healthy as possible. We will update you with any changes. Thank you for your cooperation. 

parent night Parent Night

Parents please join us the first Thursday each month for Parent Night!  We will be sharing updates and information for Holmes High School.  This months meeting will be held virtually, Thursday, September 2nd at 5:00pm.  A link will be sent to parents on Thursday before the meeting time.

We look forward to seeing and hearing from you!

Renata Watts Covington Schools Receive Grant to Assist Students with Pandemic Trauma

At Holmes Middle School, one student said he could not concentrate while online, another worried that he would not pass to 8th grade as he failed many classes, while yet another did not want to come back in in-person classes.

When school starts this week, a team of teachers and counselors at Holmes will be on hand to help students navigate through the trauma they experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Health Services Team honored for work Covington's health services team honored for outstanding work during the pandemic

The Covington Board of Education Thursday evening recognized members of the district’s health services team for their outstanding work during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Vaccination Clinic Covid Vaccine Clinic at Holmes High School

Get your COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday at Holmes High School. No appointment is necessary.

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.



Join the Band Join the Marching Bulldogs

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

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.  


Parents please select instructional options for next semester


Cure 2020 Bulldogs Battle for the CURE 2020

The annual 'friendly' fundraising competition between Holmes Middle School and Holmes High School for the fight against cancer was held on October 15.


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 38 Day 38

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NTI Day 37 Day 37

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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
Lunch Lunch Provided for Students

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

Any questions, contact 859-392-1028.

Schedule of Services Extended Summer Services

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

Schedule of Events Back to School Events Revised Schedule

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

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

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.

Summer Clubs Summer Camps Offered

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

All after school programming canceled today

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

Two Hour Delay

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

Cold Weather Covington schools closed Wednesday due to inclement weather

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

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HERO points HERO Points Redemption

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

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

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

Email Disruption

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

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

SBDM Meeting Rescheduled

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

Basketeball Holmes basketball games scheduled for Tuesday night have been canceled

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

Early Dismissal

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

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

The below schedule is for bus riders: 

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

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

Weather Concerns

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

No School Monday January 8

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

Nutrition Report

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

Back to School School Starts Wednesday, August 23!

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

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

SBDM Council Seeks Parent Representative

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

SBDM Election Information

Elementary Soccer Games

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

Lady Bulldogs Advance to Semi-Finals

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

Scholarship Writing Workshop

Seniors and Parents/Guardians:

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

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

Scholarship Writing Workshop

GEAR UP Kentucky Summer Academy

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Alvin Garrison, Superintendent Covington Schools Offer Workforce Solutions in NKY

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

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

Students Head to Inauguration Festivities Students Head to DC for Inauguration

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

We wish them a fun and safe trip.

Holmes Students Receive MacBooks Holmes High School Students Receive Laptops

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

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

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

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

Jaynice Stovall Vote for Jaynice

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

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

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


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

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

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




Covington Board of Education Special Meeting Notice




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

Covington Board of Education Meeting Cancelled

December 5, 2016

Covington Board of Education 

Meeting Cancellation Notice



Parent Meeting, Scheduling & Optioning for Classes

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

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

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

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

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

Kerry Nolasco Nolasco Receives Award

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

Parent Night

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

Topics for future parent night events include;

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

Student Optioning - Schedule of Classes

Community Services

Junior Class Parents - ACT

Sophomore Class Parents - Post-secondary options

Congratulations Bulldogs! Record Setting Season

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

Police searching for suspicious man near Covington schools

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

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

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

Holmes Boys Soccer Success

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

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

Student makes up story about being attacked

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

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

Alvin Garrison,
Covington Independent Public Schools 

4th Annual Close the Deal Event

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

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

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

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

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

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

Time to Play! New Playground

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

Date Changed for NCAA Night

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

Vote for Seth! Vote for Seth!

Vote for Seth!

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

Holmes High School to host Freshman Parent Night

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

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

Please visit the Emergenetics website for information regarding the science behind the STEP program.

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

Refreshments will be served at 5:00.


Homecoming 2016 Homecoming 2016

Hey all you bulldog fans...

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

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

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

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

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

GEAR UP Kentucky

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

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

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

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

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

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

Holmes students resume classes

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


Stan Steidel,
Director of Athletics and Student Activities

Game Day! Game Day!

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

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

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

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

Welcome back.

School Supply List

Holmes High School Supply List

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

Important Graduation Information Important Graduation Information

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


Mandatory Graduation Practice

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


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

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

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

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

Students Clean Up Covington Students Clean Up Covington

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

Long Addresses Commissioner Student Addresses Commissioner

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

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

Good job Alaria!

Cross Country Sign-Ups

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

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

Holmes JROTC Wins Awards

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

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

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

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

8th Place Overall Drill

SkillsUSA Champions SkillsUSA Champions

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

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

Coach of the Year Coach and Former Player Honored

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

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

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

Chess Team Competes at State Chess Team Competes at State

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

SBDM Council seeking parent representatives

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

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


SBDM Council Notification Letter and Nomination Form


Renovation of Holmes Campus Coming Renovation of Holmes Campus Coming

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wishing you the best Lady Bulldogs.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lady Bulldogs to play for 9th region championship

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

35th District Champions! 35th District Champions!

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

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

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

35th District Basketball Tournament Schedules Announced

Girls Basketball 35th District Tournament Bracket

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


Boys Basketball 35th District Tournament Bracket

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



GEAR-UP Kentucky

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

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

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

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

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

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


Holmes High School Students Begin Schedule Optioning

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

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

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

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

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

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

Holmes Council Votes to Keep Celebrated Academic Program

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Letter to Parents Regarding ACLU Lawsuit


Holmes High School, SBDM Council

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

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


Congratulations Bulldog Wrestlers

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

Senior/Junior Prom Details

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

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

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

2015 Varsity Track Schedule
2015 Holmes Lady Bulldog Fastpitch Softball Schedule
Holmes Lady Bulldogs
2015 Fastpitch Softball
2015 Junior Varsity Baseball
Holmes Bulldogs
2015 Junior Varsity Baseball Schedule
Readifest HHS Readifest Information


Change in Calendar

Dear Families: 

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

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

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

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

ESSER Funds Survey Survey Results Show How ESSER Funds Will be Spent

Parents, staff, students, and community members believe Covington Independent Public Schools should use COVID-19 funds to meet the needs and provide activities for a range of children in the district.

Scott Alter, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction, said the district will do just that.

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National School Nurse Day National School Nurse Day

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

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

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

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

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

Back to School Event Schedule Don't Miss Your Back to School Event

Summer is coming to an end and it's time for our Back to School events to begin.

Ninth District - August 3, 4 - 6 p.m.

Sixth District - August 10, 5 - 6:30 p.m.

Holmes Middle School - August 11 & 12, 4 - 6 p.m.

Latonia - August 12, 4 - 6 p.m.

Holmes High School - August 12, Grades 9 and 12, August 13, Grades 10 and 11, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

John G. Carlisle - August 16, 4 - 7 p.m.

Glenn O. Swing - August 17, 3 - 5 p.m.

TLC & Biggs Early Childhood Center, August Individual parent orientation meetings

Holmes vs CovingtonCatholic basketball game canceled

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

New Immunization Requirements New Immunization Requirements

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

Covington launches footsteps2brilliance Covington launches footsteps2brilliance

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

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


Vaccination Clinic Second Vaccination Clinic Coming to Holmes High School

Here is a chance to get your child vaccinated before school starts on August 19.

Wild Health will be administering the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at Holmes High School in partnership with Team Kentucky. This vaccination clinic is for anyone ages 12 and older, including students, staff, and members of the community.

NTI Day 36 Day 36

Today is Day 36 of Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI) Learning. For your child's assignments, please go to…/covingtonnti/home.

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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Reopening Plan Reopening Plan Released for 2021-2022 School Year

Covington Independent Public Schools looks forward to the start of the new school year on August 19, 2021. Team Covington is committed to in-person instruction, five days a week for the 2021-22 school year. The team developed this plan with our guiding principle at the forefront: The safety and well-being of our students, staff, families and community will always be our top priority. As we venture into another school year with COVID-19, we wanted to address some common questions and concerns regarding the upcoming school year. Please note: our reopening plan is a living document and is subject to change throughout the school year. We will update this document as needed.

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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."

Job openings Looking for a job? Covington Independent has openings

Covington Independent Public Schools has job openings for teachers, counselors, instructional assistants, bus drivers, monitors, nutrition assistants and more. 

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.

Alvin L. Garrison, superintendent Superintendent Garrison delivers keynote address at Diversity Workshop

Covington Superintendent Alvin L. Garrison delivered the keynote address Monday at Northern Kentucky University’s workshop entitled “Courageous Conversations: A One-Day Workshop on Diversity and Equity in Education

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.  

COVID-19 Vaccine Holmes Vaccination Clinic is a Success

In collaboration with Wild Health, 43 people received the COVID-19 vaccine at Holmes High School today. Staff members, students, parents, community members, and even students from 4 other school districts came to Holmes to be vaccinated.

The next clinic is August 12 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Fieldhouse. Anyone 12 and older is welcome, by appointment or walk-in, regardless of needing the first or second dose. Look for more information in the coming weeks.

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. 

CIPS logo Bulldog Virtual Academy Application for Grades 6-12

Holmes High School and Holmes Middle School are excited to announce the continuation of our online learning option for students in grades 6-12. Over the past two years, we have learned how to provide a quality education for our students virtually, and we are proud to offer this solution for students and families who learn better virtually.

Please see the information about the online program below along with the student profile to determine if this is the best learning environment for your student. If it is, please complete the application process.

Vaccination Clinic Walk-ins Welcome at Free Vaccination Clinic

Here is a chance to get your child vaccinated before school starts on August 19.

Wild Health will be administering the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at Holmes High School in partnership with Team Kentucky. This vaccination clinic is for anyone ages 12 and older, including students, staff, and members of the community.

SkillsUSA Students SkillsUSA State Champs

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

Lee Turner Turner Returns to Covington as Holmes Middle School Principal

Lee Turner was named principal at Holmes Middle School, Covington Independent Public Schools announced Friday.

He previously worked in the district for seventeen years and is currently assistant principal at Scott High School in Taylor Mill, part of the Kenton County School District.

Spring Break Spring Break April 15-19
Backpack Giveaway Registration Underway for Backpack Giveaway

1,008 backpacks stuffed with new school supplies will be given away in drive-thru appointments August 14-15 at Be Concerned, 1100 Pike St., Covington. If more than 1,008 students sign up, winners will be chosen by random drawing in early August. Winners will be emailed or texted pick-up times for their kids’ backpacks the week of August 9.

Please note that parents will have to register this year for the backpack giveaway.

Covington schools hosting "An Evening of Kindergarten" on Wednesday

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

Arrest Made in Threat

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

Hall of Distinction Hall of Distinction Nominations Being Accepted

Holmes High School has an outstanding history of students who have made significant differences in their communities. 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.

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.

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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Choir Holmes High School Choir Concert

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

We hope to see everyone there!

School Board Member Recognition Month

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

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

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.

Jason Moore Moore named to NKY Hall of Fame

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

New Equipment Holmes Baseball/Softball Receives New Equipment


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

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

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.

Kamari Graham Kamari Graham Honored

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

Coach Listerman Reaches 300 Wins Coach Reaches 300 Wins

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

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

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

Willy Wonka Willy Wonka Play Rescheduled

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

April Brockhoff and Tom Wherry Board of Education Elects New Chair

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

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.

Willie Wonka Watch these remarkable Holmes students sing and act

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

Covington school bus Changes in City Heights bus stops

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


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.

Vanity Ingram Record Breaking

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

Jada Cummings Student Receives $280,000 Scholarship

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

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!

Make-up Day Make-up Day

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

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

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

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

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.

Luke Richter Welder Wins First Place

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

Thanksgiving Feast Thanksgiving Feast

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

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

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!

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.

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.

Spencer Youth of the Year Award

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

Take a Stand Take a Stand

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

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

NSHS National Spanish Honor Society

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

The Hate U Give Panel Discussion

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

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.

Willy Wonka Jr. Willy Wonka, Jr.

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

Please note that the dates have been changed!

Jada Cummings QuestBridge Finalist

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

Excellence in Education 2021 Excellence in Education Award Winners Announced

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

Hall of Fame Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

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

Senior Night 2017 Senior Night 2017

Senior Night 2017

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

Community Newsletter April 30th


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.

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.

Diontae Rone Diontae Rone Wins Regional

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

Learning is Cool Learning is Cool

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

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.

Holmes Bulldogs Vote for Bulldog Athletes

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

Vote here


Chess Tournament Champions Chess Tournament Champions

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

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

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.

M. Stuntebeck Classified Employee of the Month

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


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


Congradulations Molly!!

Homecoming 2017 Homecoming 2017
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.

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

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

Jada Cummings Student Wins Scholarship With Video

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

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

Sarah Flerlage School Board Recognition

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

Stamp of Approval Stamp of Approval

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

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.

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

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

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

Workshop Flier Students Present Study Findings

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

Community Newsletter April 9th


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

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

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

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

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.

Tom Wherry School Board Recognition

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

Eric and Chad Sandy Passion Is Priceless

"Talent is cheap, but passion is priceless."

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

Ribbon Cutting New Stadium Celebration

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

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.

Bulldogs Receive Donation Teams Receive Equipment Donation

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

Superintendent Garrison Welcome to the 2017-18 school year

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

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

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:

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?

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.

April Brockhoff School Board Recognition

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

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

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


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.

Jerry Avery School Board Recognition

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

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

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

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

Lady Bulldog Basketball Camp Lady Bulldog Basketball Camp

Sign up now for the Lady Bulldog Summer Basketball Camp.

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!

Officer Petri Thank an officer

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Glenda Huff School Board Recognition

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Alvin Garrison
Covington Independent Public Schools


Community Newsletter March 13th



Tom Wherry Tom Wherry named board chairman

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

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

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

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

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



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.  

Happy New Year School resumes Thursday, January 3

Happy New Year. School resumes Thursday, January 3. 

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

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

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

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

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.

Winter Break Winter Break Begins

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

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

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

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


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.

1978 State Runners-up 1978 Team Recognized

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

Latino Youth Leadership Summit

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

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

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.

Holocaust HHS Book Club

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Bobby Petrocelli Bobby Petrocelli Speaks to Students

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

Early Entrance to Kindergarten

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


All Juniors take the ACT on March 9th!

bulldog collage 1978 Holmes basketball team to be honored

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

Tom Haggard Soccer Changes at Holmes High School

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

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

Community Newsletter March 5th



J.Ramirez QuestBridge College Match Finalist

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

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

Steven Gregory Cadet Accepted to Elite ROTC Leadership Camp

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

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

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.

Alexis Saunders and Shiela Jackson Students Represent the Outdoor Adventure Club

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

Kerry Nolasco and Josh Lemus Soccer Players Sign With Spalding

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ACT ACT Prep Day for Juniors

Attention Juniors!

Please join us March 3rd for ACT Prep Day!


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

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

Solar panels Covington Independent Public Schools saves money by going solar

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

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

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

Community Newsletter February 26th


Bulldog Battle for the Bone Bulldog Battle for the Bone Results

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Battle for the Bone Battle for the Bone

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

College Commitment Day College Commitment Day

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

March Madness Winners March Madness Winners

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

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

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

Congratulations to all!

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.

Picture Re-take Day Picture Re-take Day

Picture re-take day is Tuesday, December 4.

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

Lady Bulldog Fastpitch Softball Softball Team Has Improved

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

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.

Basketball Season Basketball Season Begins

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

Championship Week Soccer Championship Week

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

Ariel Mullins Holmes Student Named Youth of the Year

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

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

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.

Thanksgiving Donation Thanksgiving Donation

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

Hall of Honors Hall of Honors Award Winners

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

Lady Bulldogs Honored by City Lady Bulldogs Honored by City

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

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.

Jeff Haney Holmes Teacher Wins Award

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

Jada Cummings Jada Cummings Honored With Scholarship

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

Students Get a Reality Check Students Get a Reality Check

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

Community Newsletter February 19th


STEM+H Conference Students participate in STEM+H conference

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

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

Band Room Dedication Band Room Dedication

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

Chess Team Ranks in State Top 10

Congratulations to the Holmes High School Chess Team! 

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

Back to School Back to School Video

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

Young Women LEAD Students attend Young Women LEAD

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

Chase Dietz Chase Dietz selected to Governor's Scholars Program

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

Hall of Honors Nominations sought for Holmes distinguished graduates    

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

Return to Campus Newsletter


Bulldog Madness Bulldog Madness November 15

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

Jaynice Stovall Stovall to Vincennes

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

Jaynice Stovall Stovall finishes storied high school career with Holmes

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

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

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.

Hall of Honors event to recognize Holmes alumni

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

Free Sports Physicals

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

Battle of the Bulldogs Battle of the Bulldogs

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Covington Superintendent Alvin Garrison Congratulations Mr. Garrison

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

Ms. Chuhran Ms. Chuhran Named Golden Apple Award Winner

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

SkillsUSA State Competitors Students Win SkillsUSA State Medals

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ticket Sales Update

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

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.

High Attendance Day September 20 is "High Attendance Day"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Band Room Dedication

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

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

Distinguished Rating Band Gets Distinguished Rating

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

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

Congratulations band! Great performance!

meeting CVA Parent Meetings
Homecoming 2018 Homecoming 2018

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

Free Lunch Free Lunch

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Community Newsletter February 15th


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

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

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

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

Denise Henson Covington Teacher Receives Lifesaver Award

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

Back to Back Champions! Ninth Region Champions Again!

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

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.


Erin Gruwell Students Hear From Erin Gruwell

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

Governor's Scholars Three Governor's Scholars

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

Brad Carr Holmes Names New Basketball Coach

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

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

Holmes back to 9th Region girls’ basketball championship

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

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

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

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

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.

Danielle Wells Holmes names new Lady Bulldogs basketball coach

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

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


DaShaun Stevenson Congratulations DaShaun

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

Congratulations DaShaun!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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


Hall of Fame 2018 Athletic Hall of Fame

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Bulldog Basketball Bulldogs To Play Triple Header
Senior McKeem Robinson First Home Football Game Tonight

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

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

Tyrah Englemon Tyrah Englemon signs with Lindsey Wilson

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

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

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

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.

Information regarding safety plans for Covington Schools

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

Thank You.


Holmes High School Police officer to be assigned to Holmes campus

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

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

Andre Willoughby Congratulations Andre

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

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

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

Holmes girls starting five among best in area

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

Holmes doesn't do that.

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

He's got a point.

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

"We look for each other," Graham said.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Holmes Lady Bulldogs Ninth Region Runners-up

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


Hall of Fame Athletic Hall of Fame Announced

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

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. 

First day of school Welcome back students

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

Holmes Middle School Track Team Success

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

Holmes Wins Holmes Wins!

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

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.

Stuff the bus challenge Thousands of school supplies collected

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

The Little Mermaid Jr. The Little Mermaid Jr.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

Self-Defense Seminar Free Self-Defense Seminar

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

Virtual Tax Preparation Event

Need help preparing your taxes or have questions?  Please attend the Tax Preparation Virtual Event hosted by The Center for Great Neighborhoods, tomorrow February 11th at 5:30 p.m.




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

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

Rotary Students Covington Rotary selects 2 Holmes students to Study Abroad


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

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.


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.

Superintendent Alvin Garrison Superintendent Garrison to lead cooperative

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

Alvin Garrison, Superintendent Letter From Superintendent

February 20, 2018


Dear families,


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

Community Newsletter February 8th


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

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

Jerry Moore receives his diploma. Veteran Receives Diploma

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

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

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!

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.

Lady Bulldogs Lady Bulldogs Take on Colonels

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

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.

Lady Bulldogs Lady Bulldogs' Game Cancelled

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

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 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!

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.

Basketball Games Postponed

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

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.

misc Small Group Sessions starting week of February 1st

In an effort to better support our students during full virtual learning, Holmes High School will be inviting students into the building in small groups to receive in-person instruction and support from our teachers.  This is voluntary and for families who feel comfortable with their student coming into the building.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.



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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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. 

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.

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!

Volleyball Team Looking for Players

Any student interested in playing volleyball for Holmes High School this year is invited to conditioning and skills practice on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday each week from 8:30-10 a.m. in the Holmes Fieldhouse. Please bring water, wear comfortable shoes and appropriate clothing. Full practices begin on Monday, August 24. If you have any questions, contact Coach Brewer at

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.

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.

basketball Watch the Lady Bulldogs LIVE tonight

Hey all you Bulldog fans! You can watch the Lady Bulldogs LIVE tonight against Bishop Brossart.

The NFHS Network will be broadcasting the girls basketball games tonight.  There is a $6.00 subscription fee per device used.

Please click on the links below to go to the NFHS Network web links.

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

Congratulations to our Excellence in Education award winners.

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!

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.

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.  

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.

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.

Hybrid and CVA Choice Boards

January 4th Assignments 

Students should select and submit one assignment for each class period to their correct teacher listed on the choice board.

Assignments can also be found on individual teacher Google Classroom pages and the all-school Google Classroom page. 

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.  

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.

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!


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

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?

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.

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

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$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.

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.

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.

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. 

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End of Semester Update for Parents and Students

As the semester comes to an end on December 18th, we wanted to reach out to remind students and parents that we will be issuing half credits at the end of the first semester, so it is vital to be passing as many classes as possible to ensure the ability to graduate on time. We understand that these are difficult times, and our teachers are working hard to ensure that every student has the opportunity to pass every class.

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.

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.

HESPY Awards 2020 HESPY Awards 2020

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

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. 

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.”

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.

COVID-19 Update District forms committees to plan for reopening of schools
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.

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.

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.

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.

Staff Spotlight

We would love for you to get to know a little about the great staff we have here at Holmes High School!


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.

Congratulations Coach Brewer

brewerCongratulations to Volleyball Coach Pam Brewer! 

Coach Brewer was named NKGVCA All-Opponent Division II Co-Coach of the Year for 2020

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.

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!

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.


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.

puerto rice Puerto Rico Supply Drive

The island of Puerto Rice has suffered another natural disaster.  The earthquake damaged a large portion of the southern part of the island.  There are many people who are displaced.  Many National Spanish Honor Society chapters in Kentucky are doing school-wide supply drives to help gather supplies to send to Puerto Rico. 

Holmes High Schools National Spanish Honor Society will be a holding this supply drive.  This will also be a competition held between 1st period classes.  The 1st period class who collects the most supplies will win a donut party with Moonrise Donuts!!

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.  

Staff Spotlight

We would love for you to get to know a little about the great staff we have here at Holmes High School!


Camp Covington Register for Camp Covington

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

cinderella closet Cinderella's Closet is coming!

Are you going to Prom this year?  Do you need a dress?  Cinderella's Closet will be coming to Holmes High School February 7th, during lunch to register junior and seniors girls.

The actual event will be held March 21st.  Girls who registered will be able to pick from over 3,000 formal gowns and pick shoes and jewelry to complete the look!

Don't miss out on this great event!  Holmes High School's prom will be Saturday, May 9th.

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.

testing Testing Week of May 6th

Testing for students week of May 6th

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.

Senior Graduation Parade

Senior Graduation Parade- June 5th, 1:00 pm

To help celebrate you and your accomplishments, we will be facilitating a non-traditional parade on the date you would have walked across the stage at Holmes High School had we been able to finish up the year on campus.

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.

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.

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

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. 

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.

SBDM SBDM Nominations

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

Pictures are in

Pictures and picture proofs are in!  They can be picked up tomorrow, Wednesday, November 18th at the High School Main Office.

Please see below for pick-up times.

Student's Last Name: A-L; 8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a. m.

Student's Last Name: M-Z; 12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

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

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

Senior Newsletter

Senior Newsletter

Dear Class of 2020,

Congratulations to the Class of 2020!  We are so proud of all of your accomplishments over the past 12 years.  B. B. King once said, “The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.”  The learning that has been achieved will remain with you as you move confidently in the direction of your post-secondary dreams.  We can’t wait to celebrate with each of you as you participate in your graduation walk. This past weekend, Ms. Lykins sent all students the date and time of their graduation walk, as well as important safety guidelines to ensure we meet all requirements of the Kentucky Department of Health. Please be sure to read this letter carefully and share all important information with your family.  We know this is a monumental moment in your educational career and we want to ensure those present can participate safely in this moment with you. 


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.

College 101 Parent Night College 101

Attention Current Juniors and Seniors--

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

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.

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.

mlk day Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is January 20th, 2020.  In honor of this schools and offices will be closed.

Health Fair flyer Health Fair
flyer Fill the Cruiser Canned Food Drive

Holmes High School has teamed up with the Covington Police Department to host its first “Fill the Cruiser” Canned Food Drive!! 

We are collecting canned/non-perishable food items for those families that need a little extra help this time of year. The items will be stored inside a CPD cruiser, with the goal of filling the entire cruiser!

The Fill the Cruiser drive will run from November 2nd - November 20th.  Items can be dropped off at the Covington Police station and at Holmes High School's main office.  

Please come and show your Bulldog Pride and support our community by donating to those in need.

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.

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!

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

Virtual prom Upcoming Events

Join the HHS Prom Spirit Week Facebook
page in order to participate in the activities. 

report card Report Cards

1st Semester (Term 1 & Term 2) Report Cards will be mailed home January 8th, 2020.  Be on the look out for them!

This is a reminder that the Final Grades for the 1st Semester will be posted to transcripts.  Transcripts will be updated with half credits for students that earned credit, and failures for students that did not earn credit.

If you have any questions or concerns in regards to your student's grades please contact their counselor.

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.

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.

Bulldog Daily Announcement 5.14.20



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.

Holmes High School Remote Instruction schedules and login information

group infologin info

Bulldog Daily Announcement 5.13.20



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.

Holmes High School partners with FEV Tutor

Holmes High School has partnered with FEV Tutor to offer students FREE academic support!!!

Students will have access to:

  • 24/7 Homework Help
  • Coursework Support
  • Close Skills Gaps
  • On-Demand Help
  • Math, ELA, Science & History

To get started email or call 855.763.2607


Don't miss out on this GREAT Opportunity!!!!!



Students must return all items given to them at the start of the school year including the Macbook with the cover in place and the charger with extension no later than May 21.  Students if you are taking an AP course exam online, you can return your MacBook on the last day of drop off, May 29th.

Drop off will be held under the bridge on Campus Drive.  Please be prepared to hand the items out of the car driver’s side window.  No one is permitted to get out of the car during the drop off.  

exam Exam Schedule

First semester Exams are this week.  They will take place this Thursday, December 19th, and Friday, December 20th.

Thursday Exams will be 1st, 3rd and 5th periods.

Friday Exams will be 2nd, 4th and 6th periods.


No exams will be giving early.  Please do your best to be at school and on time!!

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.

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.

Bulldog Daily Announcement 5.12.20

end of semester End of 1st Semester and Grades

This is a reminder that the end of the first semester is next Friday, December 20th.  Grades will be posted to transcripts for the first semester.  Transcripts will be updated with half credits for students that earned credit, and failures for students that did not earn credit.  Please check Infinite Campus and encourage your student to finish strong and prepare for semester finals so they can earn their credits for the first semester.  If you are unsure how to login to Infinite Campus, please contact the school.

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.

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!

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.  

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.

Soccer Ball Lady Bulldogs Soccer
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Graduation Senior Newsletter Graduation Information


Please click on the link below to view the Senior Newsletter in regards to Graduation.

pic Picture Make-Up Day

Picture make-up day is Tuesday, December 3!!

Only students who were absent on picture day, are a new student or have an order form will be photographed on make-up day.

Any student who wants to order pictures from the proof package that they have already received should do so online or bring their order to the senior office before make-up day.

Any student who purchased pictures and needs to be rephotographed should return their picture package to the senior office by Monday, December 2 and sign up for a retake.

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

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.

Bulldog Daily Announcement 5.11.20



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.

Volleyball Lady Bulldogs Volleyball set practice and try-out schedule

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

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.

Senior Newsletter All Things Graduation - Senior Newsletter

Dear Class of 2020,

We miss the laughter and smiles that each of you bring to our lives each day.  We know that you did not picture a pandemic as part of your senior year of high school. However, many staff members have been working very hard to make your senior celebrations memorable.  We have taken the results of our recent survey for seniors and their parents to create a Holmes High School Graduation experience that will be something that you will be able to enjoy for a lifetime.


Help the Ladies Fast Pitch Softball Team

Help the Holmes High School Ladies Fast Pitch Softball Team in donating hats, gloves and scarfs!

All donations will be given to the Welcome House.

Please have donations turned into the High School Main Office by December 6th.

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.

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.

Prom Spirit Week Prom Spirit Week - For Juniors and Seniors Only

Virtual Prom Spirit Week

May 11-15

Monday (5/11): Crazy hair, sock, tie, hat, & clothes day! Wear anything wild and crazy.

Tuesday (5/12): Flashback era day! Wear an outfit from your favorite past era.  i.e. the 60’s.

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.

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.

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!

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

food drive Thanksgiving Food Drive

The National Honor Society and Student Council are sponsoring a Thanksgiving Food Drive this year.  They have adopted 5 families from the school district to help make Thanksgiving possible.  Products have been assigned by grade level.  Please have students bring donations to their 1st period class.  The 1st period class with the most donations will get Moonrise donuts!!

The Thanksgiving Food Drive runs November 11th - 22nd


9th Grade

Canned Fruits/Vegetables/Soups/Yams

10th Grade

Boxed Stuffing/Potatoes/Mac-n-Cheese

11th Grade

Soft Drinks/Tea (bottles/packets)/Juice/Instant Coffee

12th Grade

Brownie mix/Cake mix/Pudding mix/Cornbread mix/Pie crust mix/Frosting/Peanut Butter/Jam

Solar panels Covington already reaping benefits from its energy savings project

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

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.

Video - Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week

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


concert Holmes High School Fall Chorus and Concert Band

Come listen and enjoy the Holmes High School Fall Chorus/Concert Band performance!  Its happening this Thursday 21st at 6PM in the Holmes High School's Jack Moreland Auditorium.  Admission is Free!!  We hope you can make it out to support the students on all the hard work that they have done. 

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.

digital literacy Digital Literacy Night

Holmes High School will be hosting a Digital Literacy Night on Wednesday, October 14. There will be two sessions.  Session 1 will be begin at 5:30pm.  Session 2 will begin at 6:30pm.  We will be sharing information on Edgenuity, Infinite Campus, Google Suite and online learning skills.  

Everyone in attendance is required to wear a mask and fill out a COVID-19 form. For more information, please contact the school.

We hope to see you there!

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. 

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.

Final Exam Schedule and Early Dismissal Days

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

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.

Bulldog Daily Announcement 5.8.20




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. 

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.

Bulldog Daily Announcement 5.7.20



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.

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."


Upcoming Events Important Senior Information

Attention seniors!

This last week of school is going to be dedicated to you! We are going to have prom spirit week, contests with prizes, senior night for awards, and we will end the week with virtual prom! Also, be sure you let your English teacher know what size of t-shirt you wear by Thur (5/7).

Monday-Friday, May 11-15 - Prom Spirit Week; contest each day [details will be announced Friday (5/8)]

Friday, May 15 - Senior day: to announce senior awards, superlatives, etc.

Saturday, May 16 - Virtual Prom (details to be announced)

Check your email for more details and the link to vote.

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.

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:

Bulldog Daily Announcement 5.5.20



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.

Back to School Back to School Newsletter

Students return back to school using the Hybrid Model Monday, September 28th!

Please click on the link below to see important information in regards to student drop off and pick up, TANK transportation, arrival and dismissal procedures, transitions through the buildings and breakfast and lunch.

Return to Campus Newsletter

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.

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.

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. 

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. 

Phillip Madison Class of 2020 Senior Spotlight

Senior Spotlight - Phillip Madison

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

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!

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.

Bulldog Daily Announcement 5.4.20

Spirit Week Spirit Week

With our Holmes Bulldogs advancing to the next round in the 4A District Playoffs, please join us and help celebrate Spirit Week!! 
Help us pack Holmes Stadium on Friday Night for the game versus Scott High School at TBA



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.

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.

Scott Hornblower Hornblower to Step Down as Holmes High Principal

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

"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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Spirit Week Spirit Week

Its Spirit Week at Holmes High School

There is a lot of excitement on our campus this week as the Football Playoffs begin and our Holmes Bulldogs have earned the #1 seed in the 4A District Playoffs, for the first time since 2009!!
Help us pack Holmes Stadium on Friday Night for the game versus Harrison County at 7:30PM

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.

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.

Bulldog Daily Announcement 5.1.20



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.

Open House Holmes High School Open House
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.

Bulldog Daily Announcement 4.30.20

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.

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.

Assignments First Week of School Assignments
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

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.

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. 

Not your AVERAGE Math Teachers! Meet Holmes High School's Math Department

Bulldog Daily Announcement 4.29.20



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.

Holmes Band Director New Band Director at Holmes High School

Holmes High School has a new band director. 

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

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.

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.

Who says History is no fun.. Meet Holmes High School Social Studies Teachers!!

Bulldog Daily Announcement 4.27.20

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.

Readifest Holmes High School Drive-Thru Readifest
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.

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.

A Welcome Back message from the ELL Teachers!
Class of 2020 A Message for Class of 2020

Hello Seniors,

Each of us here at school or in our homes are thinking of you at this time.  This global pandemic has created uncertain times for all of us.  We know that each of you have many questions about graduation, honor's night and senior activities. We do not know all of the answers at this moment, but we can assure you that we have not forgotten about these senior events and about celebrating you for all of the hard work and perseverance you have demonstrated during your educational career. We are collaborating with district leadership to ensure each senior feels celebrated and recognized for all of their accomplishments. 


picture day Picture Day
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.

We Miss You! From HHS ELL Teachers

We Miss You from all of the HHS ELL Teachers!!



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Time to meet the Holmes High School English Teachers

We Miss You! From HHS English Teachers

We Miss You from all of the HHS English Teachers!!

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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.

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.

Bulldog Daily Announcement 4.24.20

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.

A Special Hello from the Holmes High School Special Education Department

Daily Announcement 4.23.20

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.

HOLA from Holmes High School Spanish Teachers!

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.

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.

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.

Daily Announcement 4.21.20



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.

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

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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.