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Water Main Break Cancels Events Water Main Break Cancels Events

Due to a water main break on campus, the Holmes vs. Newport boys' basketball games tonight have been canceled.

The Bulldog Battle for the Bone wrestling tournament scheduled for Saturday, December 3 has also been canceled.

We will let you know when these events are rescheduled.

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.

Parents/Guardians We need your opinion!

Our school is committed to providing a safe and encouraging place for your child.

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.

Picture Day Flyer Holmes Middle School Picture Day - October 7, 2021

Get Ready! Dress Your Best! HMS 2021-22  Picture Day, October 7, 2021. Remember Dress Code guidelines.


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.

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. 

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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. 

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

Back to school Holmes Middle School Schedule Pickup and Tours: August 11 & 12 - 4:00 - 6:00 pm

Parents and students may pick up schedules and information packets for the 2021-2022 school year on August 11 and August 12 from 4:00 - 6:00pm each day.


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.

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.

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.

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.

Hall of Distinction Hall of Distinction Nominations Being Accepted

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

Covington Schools Input Needed on How to Spend ESSER III Funds

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

Please complete the survey below:

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Covington Schools Mask Mandate Lifted for Covington Students and Staff

Dear Parents/Guardians/Staff:

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

Covington Schools Honors its 2021Retirees

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

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.

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.

Camp Covington Summer Program @ HMS - June 14 - July 9

CAMP COVINGTON @ HMS is a dynamic four-week summer program for students entering grades 6 - 8 in the Fall.


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.

Happy Nurses' Week Happy Nurses' Week

Happy Nurses' Week to our school nurses!

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

Thank you! Happy Teacher Appreciation Week

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

COVID update Update: Regarding wearing masks while outside

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

Parents please select instructional options for next semester


Self Confidence Boosting Confidence Can Boost Effort

Sometimes students don't do their schoolwork because they are afraid they won't be able to do it. 

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.


Day 39

Today is Day 39 of Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI) Learning. For your child's assignments, please go to…/covingtonnti/home.


NTI Day 38 Day 38

Today is Day 38 of Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI) Learning. For your child's assignments, please go to…/covingtonnti/home.


NTI Day 37 Day 37

Today is Day 37 of Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI) Learning. For your child's assignments, please go to…/covingtonnti/home.


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.

NTI Day 35 Day 35

Today is Day 35 of Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI) Learning. For your child's assignments, please go to…/covingtonnti/home.

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

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.

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.

Donation Helps Families Schools Receive Donation to Help Families During Crisis

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

Lunch Cooking Instructions Updated Cooking Instructions for Student Meals

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

Cooking Instructions

Welcome Back

Alvin Garrison

A message from Covington Superintendent Garrison:

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

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

Spring Break Fun More Spring Break Fun

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

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

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

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

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

Spring Break Fun Spring Break Fun

Stay home and have some fun on spring break.


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


Watch nature-themed streams that include

weather, domestic animals, safaris and ocean creatures.


Video: Students Complete NTI Assignments

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



School Closure Extended School Closure Extended

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

Send us your pictures

Send us pictures of your child doing NTI work

Lunch Cooking Directions for New Student Meals

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


Update to Student Meals beginning March 30

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

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

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

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


Transformational Learning Center featured on KET

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

HMS NTI Challenges

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Sean Bohannon and Lorie Duffy TLC Named Program of Distinction

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

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

Lunchtime brings a new kind of sound these days.

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

Kim Kennett has four children in Covington Independent Schools.

School Closure Extended to April 20

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

no sleepovers NTI Tip...No Sleepovers Please!

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WLWT Story Covington schools working to help students during closure

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Operation MVP Operation MVP

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

Mon.  | Tues. | Wed.
10 AM - 2 PM

Lakeside Christian Church
195 Buttermilk Pike | Lakeside Park, KY

Latonia Baptist Church
3800 Church St. | Covington, KY

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

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

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

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

For more information, please visit the Covington Partners Page.

Thank you!

Picking Up Food Food Distribution Day 2

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

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

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

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

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


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


Join the Mayor's Reading Challenge

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

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

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

Click here for more information

March 13 Letter About NTI Days

Dear Parents:

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

Student Meals During Closure

Student Meals Information

Beshear Schools to Close Monday, March 16

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


Covington plans for school closures

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

Covid-19 How to Prepare for Covid-19

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

Gateway Holmes Middle School Mentoring Students visit Gategate for Super Someday

A group of Holmes Middle School students traveled to Gateway Community and Technical College’s Boone County campus on Friday to learn about degree programs including welding, nursing and automotive technology. The college offered the students, who are part of the Covington Partners Mentoring Program, demonstrations and opportunities to talk to instructors. The day is an annual event called Super Someday, where students from throughout the region learn about Gateway’s programs.

Black History 6th Grade Social Studies Class Explored Black History with a Scavenger Hunt

Ms. Strong's 6th grade social studies class explored the Black History Month display with a Scavenger Hunt!

They dug around looking for textual and graphic evidence of major moments in black and African history, and how those moments are shaping our lives today. Students explored the tragic times of slavery, how other children have fought for their civil rights, and modern-day black rights leaders.

Students also discussed the purpose and perspective of the creator, Ms Renata Watts. She created the display to educate students on a terrible time in our history and how important it is to learn from our mistakes.

When we know better, we do better. 

100 Days Holmes Middle School Students Celebrate 100 Days

Holmes Middle School students and staff celebrated the 100th day of school. Students with perfect attendance for 100 days were recognized, along with other students who were recognized for great participation in class. Ms. Helene Hll in the Welcome Center hosted the celebration. Students were able to select prizes and enjoy snacks that were provided by the staff.

It was a fun day for all!

Covington schools are on a normal schedule today

Covington schools are on a normal schedule

Black History Holmes Middle School Black History Month Exhibit

The parents and community are invited to visit Holmes Middle School to view the historic exhibit of African American History from the ARRIVAL to the PRIDE. The Exhibit will be on display through February.


Focus Group for Covington Parents on E-cigarettes/vaping

We are looking for at least two parents of elementary, middle, or high school-aged students who are residents of Covington to participate in a 45- 60 minute focus group on Tuesday, February 11th at 5 pm at BLDG (off of Pike St. in Covington). This focus group will be on youth e-cigarette use (i.e. vaping). 

Parents will be given a $25 gift card for participating. Please contact Marsha Bach's if interested.

Her email address is and her phone number is 859.363.2095.

Lady Dawgs Holmes MIddle School 7th Grade Lady Dawgs are Undefeated

Congratulations to our 7th grade Lady Dawgs!

The team went UNDEFEATED for the regular season (18-0). Now it's time to get back in the gym and prepare for the Regional Middle School Tournament that starts this Saturday. We're proud of these young ladies!! 

Tournament schedule for Saturday, February 1:

6th grade boys Holmes vs. Conner 10:00 am @ Highlands
7th grade boys Holmes vs. IHM 10:00 am @ Turkeyfoot
8th grade boys Holmes vs. Gray 8:00 am @ Conner

6th grade girls Holmes vs. Grant Co. 11:00 am Summit View
7th grade girls Holmes vs. Camp Ernst 1:00 pm Twenhofel
8th grade girls Holmes vs. Conner 3:00 pm Gray

Please come out and support our middle school boys and girls teams. Hope to see a lot of RED at the games.

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
Cheerleading Champions Cheerleading Champions

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

Congratulations to both teams on their big wins!

Cheerleaders Holmes Middle School Cheerleaders Win First Place

The HMS cheerleaders won 1st place in the middle school large squad division at the NKCCA tournament on January 25th. The cheerleaders worked hard for months preparing their routine, and all their hard work paid off! Congratulations HMS cheerleaders! 

wrestling6 Holmes Middle School Wrestling Team News

The Holmes Middle School wrestling team travelled to Ryle High School Saturday, January 18th, for the KFWC Region 5 tournament. This tournament decides the top 4 from each region that move on to the KFWC State wrestling championship on February 1st 2020 at the Appalachian Wireless Arena in Pikeville, KY.

8th grader Chris Wickey finished 4th in the 105 lb. weight class and 7th grader Aarion Stanley finished 3rd in the 121 lb. weight class. The alternates were 8th grader Daniel Hutchinson and 6th graders Aiden Long, Adam Wickey and Jase Raven.

Congratulations to the wrestling team for a great performance.

Holmes Middle School Cheerleaders Participate in Competition

The Holmes Middle School cheer squad will be competing in the NKCAA cheerleading competition on Saturday, January 25, at Ryle High School in Union, KY. The squad will be performing at 4:40 pm.

Please come out and support our girls.

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.

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.

MLK Day Dr. Martin Luther King Holiday - No School

There is no school on Monday, January 20th in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Wrestling Team Holmes Middle School Wrestling Team News

The Holmes Middle School wrestling team travelled to Cincinnati Country Day School over the winter break for their annual tournament. Aarion Stanley finished 1st with a record of 5-0; Chris Wickey and Daniel Hutchinson both finished 2nd with records of 4-1.

The middle school wrestling team will travel to Ryle High School on Saturday, January 18th, to compete for a spot at the State Tournament.

Go Bulldogs!

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.

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!

Coding Holmes Middle School Students Learning to Code

Pictured are Holmes Middle School students participating in the International Hour of Code that was held in December.

The Hour of Code is a global movement by Computer Science Education Week and reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries through a one-hour introduction to computer science and computer programming.  The purpose is to expose students to coding and the growing career opportunities related to the field.

Students had a great time exploring computer science and programming.


Messy Desk Make Space and Time for Learning

Monday, January 13, is National Clean-Off-Your-Desk Day. Students  waste a lot of learning time looking for misplaced items. Parents, whether your student studies at a desk or the kitchen table, encourage them to sort through their papers, supplies and materials. Encourage them to throw away any junk and file returned tests and homework in subject folders. Suggest that they avoid keeping anything in the study area that doesn't help with school assignments.

A cluttered area can create a cluttered mind!

Holmes Middle School After School Program

There will be no After School Program activities this week. The CLC After School Programs will reconvene on Monday, January 13th. Please make the necessary arrangements for your child after school this week.

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.

Christmas Card Happy Holidays from Holmes Middle School

Wishing you a safe and happy Holiday!

Enjoy your Winter Break December 23 - January 3.

See you next year on January 6, 2020

Photography Club Holmes Middle School Photography Club Display

Photographs from current and former students on display at the middle school. The Photography Club is gearing up for this year's spring event. Stay tuned for more great photos from the Photography Club.

Ugly Sweater Collage Holmes Middle School Holiday Spirit

Holmes  Middle School staff, students and parents are in the Holiday Spirit. Check out the Ugly Christmas Sweaters, Snowman and the Winter Wonderland Display. 

6th Grade Boys Basketball Holmes Middle School Cheerleaders and Basketball Team In Action

Holmes Middle School 6th Grade Boys played their first game against Twenhofel Middle School. They fought for a win while the cheerleaders "cheered" them on. Unfortunately, we were defeated. It was a buzzer beater!

Great job Bulldogs. Keep Fighting!

kids working Building Problem-Solving Skills Gives Your Child A Real Lifeline

Parents who rescue their children at the first sign of trouble are sending them a message: "You can't do it without me." Their children never learn how to handle situations themselves. They may not even believe they can. As long as your child is safe, let him try to solve a problem on his own. If he gets stuck, ask him what else he thinks he could try. Help him think through his options, and then let him decide what to do.

Wrestling Holmes Middle School Hosts Wrestling Match

Holmes Middle School hosted Connor, Woodland, Highlands and Newport Middle schools on Saturday November 23rd, 2019. 



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. 

KYA Holmes Middle School Students Attend Kentucky Youth Assembly

A group of six students (London McElfresh, Kaitlyn Mershon, Selena Kays, Andrea DeLeon Humphrey, Tianna Babineaux, and Daryl Turner) recently attended the Kentucky Youth Assembly (KYA) in Louisville KY.  Students had the opportunity to network and make new friends across the state, while also learning about the lawmaking process.


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.

Veterans Display Holmes Middle School Creates Display for Veteran's Day

A display was created for Veterans Day to honor HMS families, showcasing their uniforms, pictures and service medals. 

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.

Jack & the Beanstalk Holmes Middle School 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.

In partnership with Covington Independent Public Schools, Covington Partners, The Carnegie, and the Holmes Middle School Youth Services Center, we would like to invite you to join us for the production of Jack and the Beanstalk on stage at Holmes High School's Jack Moreland Auditorium.

Two performances:

  • Wednesday, November 13, 4:00 pm
  • Thursday, November 14, 6:00 pm.

Performances are free and open to the public. See you there!

Veterans Day Veteran's Day Ceremony

Holmes Middle School invites the public to share in our Veteran's Day Ceremony as we honor Mr. Guy Collins, USN and HHS Graduate.

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.

PLTW Holmes Middle School PLTW Classes Create Die Cut Pumpkins

Students in Ms. Ruf and Mr. Gillespie's Project Lead The Way classes created pumpkins that spelled out Holmes Bulldogs Make Code. They used die cuts to carve the different designs on the pumpkins.

Pumpkins were on displays for students and staff. Congratulations to the students for a job well done.

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.

Behavior Good Manners are Important at Home and School

When a child misbehaves in school, everybody loses. Classroom time must be spent on discipline instead of learning. 

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.

Red Ribbon Week Holmes Middle School Red Ribbon Week

Holmes Middle School Awareness Pledge

  • I pledge to be Strong, to make good choices and to improve myself and my school.
  • I promise to be Understanding of others and realize everyone is unique with varied talents that are cool.
  • I pledge to be Powerful by showing my peers and community how to be safe, live, learn and grow.
  • I promise to be Encouraging to others to keep dreams alive and be all they can be.
  • I pledge to be Respectful of myself and others by staying alcohol, drug and bully free.
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.

Art Class What's Happening in Holmes Middle School Art Class

The Drawing Studio is open in room 1010. Landscapes using watercolor color pencils, optical illusions, brainstorming, writing, sketching, OH MY! Check out the class favorites in the display cases on the 1st floor hallway. While the art show isn't until April, the current art students are working on ensuring stellar work for the exhibition!

Cure for Cancer Holmes Middle School Staff Fights for the Cure

Holmes Middle School Staff donated to "Fight for the Cure" for Cancer Awareness Month. Staff wore Pink and jeans on Denim Day to show their support to this great cause.

huff Holmes Middle School Student Receives Key to the Future Award

Shanasia Huff, 7th Grade Holmes Middle School student, was recognized by the Center for Great Neighborhoods.

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.

District Enrollment Center Covington Schools Opens District Enrollment Center

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

Hall of Honors Hall of Honors Event October 9

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

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

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

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

Measles Prevention Letter Measles Prevention Letter
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.  

Welcome Back to School Use the News to Inform your Teen's Thinking

Most teens don't like being told what to think. But they do like being asked what they think. 

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.

Holmes Middle School Open House Rescheduled for August 27, 2019 , 5:00 - 7:00 pm

Holmes Middle School Open House/Meet The Teacher Rescheduled for August 27, 2019, 5:00 - 7:00 pm

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but due to circumstances beyond our control, the date had to be changed.

We are looking forward to a great year!

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.

School supplies Thanks for the school supplies for Covington students

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

lori eifert Project Home is helping students experiencing homelessness to stay in school

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

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

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

Volleyball Lady Bulldogs Volleyball set practice and try-out schedule

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

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

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

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

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

Solar panels Covington already reaping benefits from its energy savings project

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

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

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

Hall of Distinction Hall of Distinction Nominations Being Accepted

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

Summer Learning Prevent Learning Loss Over The Summer

Experts say that kids who don't use their skills can lose one to three months of learning over the summer. 

Summer Clubs Summer Camps Offered

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

Art Academy Visit 7th Grade Students Visit Art Academy of Cincinnati

On Friday, May 3rd, Ms. Threet, Mrs. Watts, and Mrs. McMullen chaperoned twenty-eight 7th graders to the Art Academy of Cincinnati. Students were chosen based on anonymous proposals sent in to our Resident Artist, who chose six proposals from each of Ms. Threet's five classes. The proposals included reasons why the student should be chosen to attend; what they learned while the Resident Artist was teaching in classroom; and how they can apply what they learned to projects in the future. 

We arrived at the Art Academy at 9 am, and went straight to work learning to write poetry. Students got to set up their poems in an installation, that would be on display that night at the 150th Anniversary Block Party for the Art Academy. Students got to tour the art gallery and several street art murals around downtown. Each piece had it's own story.

The students had a great time; it showed on their smiling faces! Ms. Threet is excited to see this relationship between HMS and The Art Academy continue and flourish in the coming years. 

Laterza Congratulations to Mr. Robert Laterza

Principal Jeanetta Kathman and Holmes MIddle School Staff with Mr. Robert Laterza. Mr. Laterza was a recipient of the Golden Apple Award at the Excellence in Education Dinner on April 30th.

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!

Art Show Holmes Middle School Annual Art Show

HMS Annual Art Show! 

May 10, 5-7 pm; May 11, 11-2 pm.  HMS Cafeteria

Families are invited to our Annual Art Show on May 10th 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm and May 11th 11:00 am - 2:00 pm in the HM Cafeteria. Students work will be on display showing our Culture and Community Art-Making Experience. Enjoy making artworks with the family, interactive sculptures, amazing student artworks, and more!

Students who have artwork displayed will receive a letter detailing the number of artworks in the show and will have a chance to win art awards! 

Robert Laterza and Jon Heinrichs 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.

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.

Gym Ms. Brown's Gym Class Enjoys a Game of Wiffle Ball

Ms. Brown's Physical Ed classes left the gym to play a game of wiffle ball and enjoy the sunny Spring Day.

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.

Testing Holmes Middle School KPREP Testing - 5/6 - 5/10

HMS students will be testing the week of May 6 - May 10. Below are some helpful tips to prepare students for successful testing:

  • Get a Good Night's Sleep.
  • Eat a Healthy Breakfast.
  • Arrive to School Early/On Time.

If your child will be absent during testing, please contact the school right away at 859-392-1108.

Art Class Holmes Middle School Students Create Art in Ms. Threet's Class

Over the last 6 weeks, students have gotten a treat every Monday by having  Mr. Tommy Ballard, our Artist in Residence from the Art Academy of Cincinnati, come to teach new art processes, create art, and learn about jobs in the art field. We have made stamps for printmaking, used old magazines to create collages, and made a zine which is a self-published magazine. The theme of the zine was up to the student; anything they wanted it to be about. Some amazing things were made within the four walls of Ms. Threet's classroom. 


Abraham Lincoln Presentation Holmes Middle School 8th Grade Social Studies Classes Meet Abe Lincoln

Eighth grade students participated in a presentation by Mr. Elliot who is a world renowned Abraham Lincoln reenactor. With passion and enthusiasm, Mr. Elliot highlighted the life of the 16th president and his role in preserving the Union in a time of great divide within the United States.


2019 Kindness Challenge 30-Day Kindness Challenge Accepted

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

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.

Hall of Distinction Hall of Distinction Nominations Being Accepted

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

Winner 1 Holmes Middle School March Madness - OH WHAT FUN!

Staff college selections - DONE. Door decorating - DONE. Winners selected, DONE. ...But the MADNESS continues.

Students and staff  learned many facts about their selected college/university - tuition, demographics, entrance criteria, locations, etc.

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! 

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.

KHEA KHEAA College Road Show at Holmes Middle School

On Monday & Tuesday, KHEAA met with Holmes Middle School 8th grade students to explore careers, qualifications & salaries. They talked about KEES money and the importance of good grades and working hard.

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

Vanity Ingram Record Breaking

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

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.

Two Hour Delay

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

KUNA Conference Holmes Middle School Attends YMCA 2019 MS KUNA Convention

March 3rd-5th, Holmes Middle School represented the Republic of Korea (South Korea) at the YMCAs 2019 MS KUNA Convention. HMS delegates were eighth graders Ariana Hopper and Wautasha Gary; and seventh grader Tianna Babineaux. Students were chaperoned by Mr. Wesley Neal, 8th Grade Social Studies Teacher.


Janiah Johnson Janiah Johnson breaks Holmes Middle School Record

Congratulations to Jania Johnson!

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.

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!

Blumes Class Ms. Blumes 6th Grade Math Class

We’ve been learning about exponents.

Ms. Thomas Math Class Ms. Thomas Math Intervention Class Building Skills and Confidence

The respectful students in Math Intervention (Math II) have been working hard independently and doing teamwork.



Ms. Ruf's Class Mrs. Ruf's PLTW 2nd Period Class Creates Their First Game 

Mrs. Ruf's PLTW 2nd period were very eager to create their first game . Students shown are busy designing the viewer as outlined in, Activity 1.7, The Germ Fighter Game. 

FREE app Stay connected with our new app

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

Brockett 6th Grade Math Class Hard at Work

Mrs. Brockett's 6th Grade Math class is working hard at graphing and labeling points in coordinate plane.

Solano's Class 8th Grade Language Arts Class Creates Black History Presentation

Ms. Solano's Class creates Google Slide Presentation for Black History Month.

Happy Valentine's Day Happy Valentine's Day

Holmes Middle School staff and students wish you a Happy Valentine's Day.

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.

Swim Team Holmes Middle School Swim Team Improving

HMS students beating personal best times and improving as a team.

Sterling & Candice Holmes Middle School Band Students Earned Spots in Northern Kentucky Select Honor Bands

Two Holmes Middle School Band students earned spots on Northern Kentucky Select Honor Bands. 

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.

Cold Weather Covington schools closed Wednesday due to inclement weather

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

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.

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.

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.

Mini Conference Holmes Middle School Hosts KYAEA Regional Arts Mini-Conference

The KyAEA Northern Kentucky Regional Arts Mini- Conference is being hosted by Holmes Middle School on Saturday, January 26, from 9:00 - 2:00 pm.

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

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,

Dr. King January 21 - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - No School

Monday is Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. No School on Monday. You can celebrate by helping your child learn about Dr. King. 

Pick For Perfect Pick For Perfect Winners

PICK FOR PERFECT winners Week of January 7th!  

Winter Weather Information Winter Weather Information

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

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.

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.

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!

Governor's Cup Holmes Middle School Hosts Regional Governor's Cup Competition

On Saturday, January 19, 2019, Holmes Middle School will be hosting our region's Governor's Cup competition.

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.

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.

Happy New Year School resumes Thursday, January 3

Happy New Year. School resumes Thursday, January 3. 

Winter Break Winter Break Begins

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

PLTW Holmes Middle School PLTW Computer Science Classes Celebrated

Students in the PLTW Computer Science classes were celebrated by presenting their apps from, "The Great App Challenge," on December 13, 2018. 

bulldog collage 1978 Holmes basketball team to be honored

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

Happy Hoidays Happy Holidays from Holmes Middle School

Holmes Middle School wishes you and your family a wonderful holiday season.

Band Concert Holmes Middle School Holiday Music Festival

Please join the Holmes Middle School Band for an evening of Holiday Music on Tuesday, December 11th at 6:00 pm.

Student Photos Project Lead The Way Showcase

On December 13th, our 8th grade PLTW computer science app creators students will have the chance to show off their work. 

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.

Survey Image Parent Survey - Please Complete

This survey is for parents of Holmes Middle School students.  

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.

Picture Retake Day Holmes Middle School Picture Retake Day

Holmes Middle School Picture Retake Day is November 20th.

Veterans Veterans Visit Holmes Middle School

Several veterans visited Holmes Middle School in honor of Veterans Day. The students were excited to meet the veterans and hear their stories.

Thank you veterans for your service.

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.

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.

Champions! Champions!

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

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

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

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

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.

HMS Picture Day

Holmes Middle School Picture Day is October 11, 2018.


Holmes Middle School Mural Holmes Middle School students unveil mural

Holmes Middle School students in the I-imagine Photography Club at the Covington Community Learning Center unveil their mural at Ninth and Madison avenues. Good job students.

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.

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.

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. 

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. 

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.


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.


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

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.


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.

First day of school Welcome back students

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

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.

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.  

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.

2018-2019 Dress Code

Holmes Middle School adheres to a dress code because of the advantages it brings!

Stuff the bus challenge Help Covington Stuff the Bus with School Supplies

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


Superintendent Alvin Garrison Superintendent Garrison to lead cooperative

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

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.

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. 

Senior Walk Class of 2018 Senior Walk

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

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

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

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

Glenn O. Swing Student Work Drives Improvement

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

Election Day No School Tuesday, May 22
Perfect Attendance Holmes Middle School Students Awarded for Perfect Attendance

Four students are recognized for perfect attendance for all three years of middle school. (No tardies, early release or absences)

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.

Site-Based Decision Making Council - 2018-2019 Nominees

Holmes Middle School SBDM Nominees for the 2018-2019 School Year.

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 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.

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.

Future Bulldog Fest

Holmes Middle School Invites 5th Grade Students & Parents/Guardians to Future BULLDOG Fest on Wednesday, May 23, 2018, 4:30 – 6 pm in the
Holmes Middle School Gymnasium.


Site-Based Decision Making Council - 2018-2019 Nominations

Holmes Middle School is currently looking for two interested parents or guardians to serve on the Site-Based Decision Making (SBDM) Council. 

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

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

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

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

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.

Schools Closed Tuesday, April 3

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

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. 

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.

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!

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.

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

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

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.

Sweetheart Dance Postponed

The Sweetheart Dance for February 16, 2018 is rescheduled.

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.

2017 Christmas Card Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Hero Prizes Holmes Middle School Students Get an Early Christmas

Several middle school students get and early Christmas.

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.

We Need Your Help!

Technology Survey to be completed by middle school parents and students.

Fall Fling

HMS Fall Fling - October 27, 2017 - 6:00 - 8:00 pm.

Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent Teacher Conferences - October 25, 2017, 4:00 - 6:00 pm.

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!

2017-18 SBDM Parent Election

SBDM Parent Elections were held on May 24 at Holmes Middle School.

Michael Ball and Rebecca Borah will serve on the SBDM Council as Parent Representatves for the 2017-18 school year.

SBDM Elections - May 24, 9:00 - 5:30

Holmes Middle School is currently looking for two interested parents/guardians to serve on the Site-Based Decision Making (SBDM) Council. This school council has the responsibility to set school policies consistent with the district board policy which shall provide an environment that enhances student achievement.   

SBDM Parent Nominations - Pick up Ballots in the Main Office. 

Holmes Middle School is currently looking for two interested parents or guardians to serve on the Site-Based Decision Making (SBDM) Council. This school council has the responsibility to set school policies consistent with the district board policy which shall provide an environment that enhances student achievement.

Holmes Middle School Art Show

Attention 7th & 8th Grade Students and Parents: Wednesday, May 17, 5:00 - 7:00 pm, Holmes Middle School will host its second annual art show featuring the art work of our 7th and 8th grade students.

Print Making Opportunities for Holmes Middle School Students

Holmes Middle School is pleased to announce that we are working in partnership with ART MACHINE and the Center for Great Neighborhoods to offer our students a fun and interesting printmaking lesson!

Elementary Soccer Games

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

Parent Survey - 2017-18 Homework Policy

We need your input!  The Homework Policy Committee at Holmes Middle School is working on the homework policy for 2017-18, and we are asking for our parents input.

Schoolhouse Rock Holmes Middle School Students "ROCK"

Conjunction junction, what's your function? The middle schoolers have been working hard for several months getting ready for their debut of Schoolhouse Rock. Come out to witness this fantastic performance on March 14th and 15th at 6:00 in the Jack Moreland Auditorium.


Parent Survey - 2017-18 Dress Code

We need your input!  The Dress Code Committee at Holmes Middle School is working on the dress code for 2017-18, and we are asking for our parents input.

Holmes Middle School Wrestling Team Goes To State

Holmes Middle School students travel to Broadbent Arena for the State Wrestling Tournment.

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.

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.

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!

New Activities Added to After School Program

Several new activities have been added to HMS after school program. Students are excited and getting involved in the Glee Club, Sewing Classes, Boxing Classes and many more. 

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



HMS Unity Day

Holmes Middle School Unity Day - Wednesday, October 19th.

Students and staff wear orange shirts/tops to show that we are united against Bullying.Dress code is modified for orange tops only. No wriitngs, no rips or tears.

Police searching for suspicious man near Covington schools

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

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

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

Student makes up story about being attacked

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

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

Alvin Garrison,
Covington Independent Public Schools 

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

2016-17 Site Base Decision Making Council Parent Nominees

The following parents/guardians have been nominated for election to fill the vacancies for the 2015 - 2016 school year:

  • Michael Ball                                    *   Crystal Chandler             
  • Tonette Davis                                 *   Monique Taylor 

    Please take the time to vote on May 25. Thank you for your support.    
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

HMS Girls 4 x 200 Team Ranked #1 in State of Kentucky

Holmes Middle School Girls Track Team will compete in the regional meet at Notre Dame Academy on Wednesday, April 27 at 4:45 . They have a great chance to win this meet.

The 4 x 200 Team, made up of Sassy Stowers, Kamiya White, Alyce White and Justice Cook, is currently ranked #1 in the state of Kentucky.

Please come out and support our team. Let's cheer them on to victory and show them the HMS school spirit.

Go Bulldogs!

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2016-17 Site Base Decision Making Council Elections.

Holmes Middle School is currently looking for two interested parents/guardians to serve on the Site-Based Decision Making (SBDM) Council. This school council has the responsibility to set school policies consistent with the district board policy, which provide an environment that enhances student achievement. 






More than 150 eighth grade students were able to visit the campus of Northern Kentucky University. The admissions office representative gave a presentation which included a graph describing how much each level of education could earn per week. She talked about grades, the importance of being involved in middle & high school, filling out scholarships, loans, grants, and how students should make sure to treat their teachers with respect because one day they may need them to write letters of recommendation. Each tour guide was a current college student and spoke briefly about his or her college major and experience. HMS asked questions about the campus, what it felt like to leave home the first year and extracurricular activities. They also were given a tour of the campus and saw former Holmes students.

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.

Holmes Middle School Students Present Annie, Jr.

Holmes Middle School students are excited, they are learning their lines and getting into character for their debut performances of Annie, Jr.

Parent Letter

We Need Your Vote!

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

Marcus Elmer, Jr. places in Regional Swim Meet
Marcus Elmer, 8th grader at HMS, competed this weekend at the Region 7 swim meet.  He was part of two relays that made it to the finals on Saturday.
The 200 Yard Free style relay placed 13th place
The 200 Medley relay placed 12th place
Congratulations, Marcus.
Letter to Parents Regarding ACLU Lawsuit
Schedule Pickup

Incoming 6th graders may pick up schedules and tour the building on August 6, from 10:00 12:00.

Seventh grade schedule pick up is August 7, from10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Eighth grade schedule pick up is August 8, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Fidelity Transformation Days

Everything was abuzz with activity Friday and Saturday when they flocked to the campus to spruce things up for the new school year.

Volunteers tackled a myriad of projects, including outdoor beautification, painting, creating college-readiness areas, and assembling back-to-school kits in preparation for students' arrival on Aug. 13.

"We're really passionate about making a difference in everything we do," said Nicole Gordon, Fidelity representative. "We want to look at the learning environment and how we can revitalize that and make it a learning environment that students are excited to come to and be a part of."

"Transformation Day" is one of 17 events sponsored by Fidelity across the country through October. It is the company's largest volunteer effort in partnership with HandsOn Network, a national volunteer organization.

Important Informational Meeting for 8th Grade Students and Parents

Informational Meeting about the Ignite Institute for 8th grade students and parents.  

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.

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

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

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.

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.


Seventh Graders' Challenge Sparks Love For Reading

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

Excellence in Education 2021 Excellence in Education Award Winners Announced

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

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.

Holmes Middle School promotion, 5:30 p.m., May 24

Holmes Middle School will honor its eighth grade class at 5;30 p.m., Tuesday, May 24, as the students are being promoted and moving on to high school.

The celebration will be in the Holmes Fieldhouse. Seating begins at 5 p.m. 

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.

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!

Academic Team Holmes Middle School Academic Team wins Sportsmanship Award

Academic Team wins Sportmanship Award

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Register for Kindergarten Register for Kindergarten
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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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

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

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

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

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.  


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

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

Spring Band Concert Spring Band Concert

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

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

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.

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.  

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

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

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

Students 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.

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.

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

Gearup Gear Up Kentucky Jr. STEM Academy

Attention 7th and 8th graders!  GEAR UP Kentucky is offering a FREE 4-day Jr. STEM+H Summer Academy.  

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 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.


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

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


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

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

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

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

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:

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 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. 

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.

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 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!

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.

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.

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.


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.  

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!

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.

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.

Red Bulbs Holmes Middle School 7th Grade Science Classes Plant Bulbs for Plant the Promise

HMS 7th grade Science classes plant red flower bulbs for Plant the Promise. This activity was supposed to happen during Red Ribbon Week. 

Middle School Football Champions! Football Champions!

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

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

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.

Learning is Cool Learning is Cool

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

Holmes 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.

Holmes Middle School Principal discusses the improved test scores Holmes Middle School shows significant improvement in state assessment scores

Holmes Middle School which saw their Gap score improve by 52 points.

The school, which is 83 percent free and reduced lunch, jumped from an overall Gap score of 11.5 in 2015-16 to 63.5 in 2016-17.

Achievement improved almost 8 points from 44.6 to 52.5, while growth rose from 38.7 to 48.7 for a Learners Score of 54.9 which is just over 23 points better than a year ago. In fact, going into this school year, Holmes Middle School is just 0.7 away from proficiency.

Second year Principal Jeanetta Kathman believes that one of the big keys to the improvement was building consistent processes and procedures across the board.

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

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

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.

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.

Homecoming 2017 Homecoming 2017
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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

Back to School Back to School Video

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

Amazon Donation Amazon Donates STEM Equipment

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Lady Bulldog Basketball Camp Lady Bulldog Basketball Camp

Sign up now for the Lady Bulldog Summer Basketball Camp.

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.

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?

Sloan Frank Sloan, HMS Band Instructor, Receives KMEA Years of Service Award

Years of Service Awardees:

Congratulations again on receiving a KMEA Years of Service Award. We appreciate all that you have done and continue to do to support music education in Kentucky! 

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.


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.


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. 

Holmes Middle School Eighth Graders Recognized

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

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.

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.

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


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.

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.



Bulldog Basketball Bulldogs To Play Triple Header
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.     

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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. 

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.

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.  

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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!

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.

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.

Lady Bulldogs Lady Bulldogs Take on Colonels

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

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.

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.

MackinVIA Holmes Middle School Bulldogs Making Headlines with MackinVIA eBook

HMS Bulldogs are making headlines with their initial usage of our MackinVIA eBook platform since Dec 2020.

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. 

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.’’


Lady Bulldogs Lady Bulldogs' Game Cancelled

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

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!

Basketball Games Postponed

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

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.

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. 

Cheerleading Tryouts Holmes Middle School Virtual Cheerleading Tryouts

Holmes Middle School cheerleading tryouts will be held VIRTUALLY. 

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.

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!

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Holmes Middle School Students Work Remotely November 2 - November 13

HMS Students will work remotely beginning on Monday, November 2 and continue through Friday, November 13.  Remember, no school on Tuesday, November 3 because of election day.



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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

Erick Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

Erick M.- 7th Grader, gives us a brief summary of his family's activities:

My family is from Mexico.


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.

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.

Couple Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

These siblings, Esvin C. - 8th Grade and Cindy C. - 7th Grade, give us a summary of their family's activities:

Our family is from Guatemala.
Our family's favorite activities are cooking, spending time with each other outside and playing soccer.
Our family's favorite movies to watch to together are "La India Maria" and "El Cantinflas".
Our family's favorite recipe is Chow Mein.


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.

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."


Picture Day Holmes Middle School Fall Picture Day


Tuesday, October 6th: Group AA

Thursday, October 8th: Group BB; CVA (after 2:00)

Yenifer Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

Yenifer M. - 7th Grade, gives us a brief summary of her family's activities:

My family is from Guatemala
My family's favorite activity is going to church
My family's favorite movie is 'The Resurrection of Jesus'
My family's favorite book is the Bible
Favorite Family Recipe - Pepian


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:

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. 

Holmes Middle School Arrival & Temperature Check Procedures

Arrival Time for Students – 7:00 am (Students are not allowed in the building before 7:00 am)


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.

Tatiana Highlights From Our Holmes Middle School Hispanic Families

Tatiana R. - 8th Grade, gives us a brief summary of her family's activities:

My family is from Guatemala

My family's favorite activity is cooking

My family's favorite sport is wrestling

My family's favorite book is the Bible


Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

The History of Hispanic Heritage Month

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.




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.

"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.

Covid Webinar - The Positive and Negative Impacts of COVID-19 on Generation Z (for parents, guardians and caregivers)
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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Win a Free Computer Win a Free Computer

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

For more information contact Jon Adkins at

Spanish version

Covington students to begin remote learning on September 1

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

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

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.

Masterclass Cincinnati Opera Invites you to Masterclass: Careers in the Arts.

Are you interested in a Career in the Arts, but not necessarily as a performer? In this series of Masterclasses, Cincinnati Opera staff will provide insight into various administrative jobs in the arts.

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

Congratulations to our Excellence in Education award winners.

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.

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.

Camp Covington Camp Covington summer program has been a big success

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

Soccer ball Girls Soccer Team is Looking for Players

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

$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.

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.

webinar Back by Popular Demand: Financial Empowerment Series: COVID-19; What Do We Do Now?

Back by Popular Demand 

Financial Empowerment Series: COVID-19 What Do We Do Now?

Wednesday, August 5, 2020, 2 - 3 pm 

Encore 6 - 7 pm



Backpacks and Breakfast Sweepstakes
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.

Superintendent  Garrison Superintendent Garrison discusses new state guidelines to reopen schools

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

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

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

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

Camp Covington Enroll in Camp Covington today

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

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

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

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

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

Camp Covington Register for Camp Covington

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

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. 

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

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. 

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.  

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.

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.  

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

Thank You

Video - Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week

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


Bus Drivers Special Thanks to our Frontliners, Bus Drivers and Cafeteria Workers

We know THANKS sometimes doesn't feel like enough for what you do. Hopefully, this will increase the value of our gratitude a little more. 




Flower Together We Can Keep Going, Keep Growing

Holmes Middle School Family!

Thursday, May 7 from noon until 2:00 pm

Please pick up a flower to plant as a YSC token of appreciation.


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. 

Ms. Nance Virtual Spirit Week - Super Hero Day

Ms. Patricia Nance dressed up early to face the day!


Holmes Middle School  |  2500 Madison Ave.  |  Covington, KY 41014
Phone:859-392-1100  |  Fax:859.292.3976