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Happy Thanksgiving! Happy Thanksgiving to our Covington families

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

MEBS afterschool Dolphin Zone is up and running

Dolphin Zone after school program is running and full of enrichment activities.  Students who are enrolled enjoy academic enrichment from 3:30-4:30 and fun enrichment from 4:30-5:30.  Students also receive a snack after school and dinner at 5:30.  Contact Adriana Silva at (859) 292-5819 for more details.

school fun SEL and Mental Health Activities are in full swing at Sixth District

We understand the COVID Pandemic has had a tremendous effect on our students mentally, socially and emotionally. We have enlisted several community partners to give our staff the tools to assist our students needs.  Our Family Resource Center (FRC) received a grant to address SEL (social and emotional learning) and mental health support for students, families and staff.  Our school counselor has begun implementing several self help and social skill activities.  Our school psychologist continues to see students who may be struggling in school.  We also have a school based therapist from MEBS to see students.  Our teachers, staff and our administrator teams support and encourage families to reach out to the school if you feel your student is struggling emotionally or mentally.  We our trying to address our students needs individually and as a group as needed.

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!

Passport Night winners Passport to Covington Family Night

Sixth District Elementary collaborated with The City Of Covington and Kenton County Public Library to host our Passport To Covington Family Night.  Congratulations to the winners of our door prizes.  Kemanii Robbins, Elias Morales and Andry Chun!

5th grade jobs Fifth grade students paid for school duties

Every fifth grade student was interviewed and hired for a job at Sixth District.  The student jobs range from Principal assistant to Birthday club organizers.  Students were paid in treats based off of the evaluation that each employer had to fill out.  Great job fifth grade dolphins! 

Galerie Halloween Galerie donates fall treats to students

Galerie Candy and Gifts donated gifts for each student for a fall treat.  Students were able to shop for 3 gifts at the "Galerie Shop".  Thanks Galerie for always supporting our school.

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.

Passport Passport to Covington Family Night

Sixth District Elementary collaborates with The City Of Covington and Kenton County Public Library to host our Passport To Covington Family Night.  The event will be October 28th from 5:00-6:30.  There will be an opportunity for two families to win a reading nook!  Flyers were sent home with students.  Contact the school for more information.  

Disability Awareness Students learn about disability awareness

Students were treated to an amazing program from SKOOL Aid about disability awareness.  Students in grades K-2 were presented with a puppet show to teach them about inclusivity.  Students in grades 3-5 attended an assembly about inclusivity from paralympian Jake Counts.  Grades 3-5 were also able to participate in wheel chair basketball with Mr. Counts .

school Spirit Sixth District Spirit Week
Vaccine Event at Holmes Free clinic Oct 16 at Holmes to feature players, COVID-19 shots

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

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


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

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

Fall Break is Quickly Approaching


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

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

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

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.

Sixth District chosen as a host site for EL family Engagement Night

 Covington Schools will host an EL parent engagement night on Sept. 20th & 23rd at JGC and the 21st at Sixth District Elementary from 5:00-7:00 P.M.

Kevin DePablo DePaz Student wins award from City Of Covington

Congratulations to Kevin Pablo De Paz for winning a prize from The City Of Covington's EL festival.  The festival was an opportunity for families to gather resources.  Covington Schools hosted an EL parent engagement night on Sept. 20th & 23rd at JGC and the 21st at Sixth District Elementary from 5:00-7:00 P.M.

Maurice Brown Custodian, Maurice Brown honored with School District award

Superintendent Alvin Garrison presented our current Custodial Supervisor Maurice Brown with the "Class Act" award this week.  The award is a district wide award.  Only four people receive the honor.  Maurice has been a custodian at Sixth District Elementary for 23 years.  He is also the boys basketball coach and mentor to former students.  Congratulations Maurice!

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. 

Pokemon/Lexia Pokemon and Lexia team up to help with student success

Lexia is a K-5 computer-based program adopted by our school to promote literacy skills.  Within the Lexia program, as our students progress, they attain new levels and abilities, much like Pokemon.  As Pokemon evolve they become smarter, stronger and master new levels.  Mr. Walz and Mr. Moran thought it would be fun to tie Lexia and Pokemon together to create a "Leveling Up With Lexia" wall.  Each classroom teacher chose a Pokemon character to represent their class.  Each student, in turn, has that Pokemon character with their name, that will advance along the 21 levels of the Lexia wall as they advance through the program.  Upon completion of their grade level, our students will be rewarded with an awesome "Leveling Up at Sixth District" t-shirt.  


So far, the feedback has been  positive.  The kids like seeing their names on the wall attached to their Pokemon and the progress they are making towards their t-shirt

SKool Aid Skool AId provides a day of team building for students and teachers

Skool Aid came to our school to provide a day of team building for students and teachers.  Teachers interacted with students as they completed several activities.  Some activities included wheel chair relay races in which teachers had to guide the students.  Another popular event was "don't touch the lava" in which teachers were the anchors as students crossed over platforms being sure to not touch the lava.  It was a great day of teacher and student interaction. 

SKool AId was brought to our school as a part of the GEER grant that the Family Resource Center received. Skool AId will work with the school throughout the year.  

Clubessential Clubessential donates teacher supplies

Thanks to Clubessential for the very generous donation of supplies for our teachers, staff and students!  Our teachers and staff created a wish list of items. Items ranged from indoor recess activities to office supplies. They also had a backpack drive for our students. We are very grateful for your kindness

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.

Meet the teacher 21-22 Meet the Teacher

Mark your calendars for Sixth District's meet the teacher night.  It will be held on August 10th from 5:00-6:30. We will also have some of our local community agencies in attendance to give you resources.  We look forward to seeing our families on August 10th.  

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

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.

Senior Walk Class of 2021 Visits Elementary Schools During Senior Walk

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

Walk proudly Class of 2021!

fifth grade food truck Fifth grade project based learning activity

Fifth grade students participated in a partner project based learning activity.  The topic was food trucks.  It was a four part project.  They had to make a menu, design a menu and decide how to launch it.  Students were paired based on their menu choice. The students came up with a logo, name, tagline and pricing.  This project covered all subject areas.  For the menu they had to research other restaurants to compare pricing.  The actual food truck size was created based off of the area and perimeter.  Check out Rex's food truck in the picture.

Former Sixth District students Holmes graduation 2021 Holmes High School graduation walk

Seniors from Holmes High School visited our school for their annual graduation walk.  We have several former students graduating this year.  Congratulations to all!

Ice cream celebration Ice Cream celebration for all students

Our counselor, Ms. Owen celebrated every student with an ice cream sundae celebration this week.  Students were rewarded for their strength and tenacity during the pandemic.  Way to go Dolphins!

fourth grade t-shirt design winner T-shirt design contest winning classroom

Congratulations to Mrs. Solano's 4th grade class for winning the t-shirt design contest.  The shirts read, " Sixth District Elementary Our connection is strong".  What a true statement for this year.  

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.



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!

Family Thank You Parents!

We want to thank all of our parents for the support, flexibility and collaboration to make it through the school year.  With the support of our parents we were able to get students back in school and continue teaching and learning.  Thanks again for being the biggest part of education!

KPREP state testing starts May 11

KPREP state testing starts May 11.  Please make sure your student gets plenty of rest.  Students should arrive to school no later than 7:45.  Contact the school if you have any questions.  Good luck on the state KPREP test!

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.

Teacher Appreciation Teacher Appreciation week

Teachers and staff were celebrated the week of May 3-7 for National Teacher Appreciation Week.  Every day they received a gift.  Gifts were sponsored by Galerie Candy & Gifts, The Family Resource Center & Administration. Students and families sent in thank you cards and our superintendent sent over a gift as well.  Everyone enjoyed the week long celebration.  

COVID update Update: Regarding wearing masks while outside

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

Free WiFi Covington offers Free Public Wi-Fi Zones

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

Excellence in Education 2021 Excellence in Education Award Winners Announced

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

T-Shirt design winner T-Shirt design winner

Congratulations to Ms. Solano's fourth grade class for winning the T-Shirt design contest.  Staff were asked to come up with a creative shirt slogan that explains this school year.  Ms. Solano enlisted the help of her students and they came up with the winning slogan.  Check out the winning slogan in the picture.  Every student will receive a shirt in May.

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.

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

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.

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.  


Galerie Easter gifts Galerie showers students with gifts

We are always grateful for the wonderful donations we receive from Galerie Candy and Gifts. The kids enjoyed the wonderful spring gifts.  Students were able to shop for four gifts to enjoy.

cooking class pic Cooking Fun with The Dolphins

Cooking Fun with Dolphins was a huge success.  Thanks to Ms. Dorisa Johnson with the Kenton County Extension Office for collaborating with our school to offer the program.  Families learned about how to measure ingredients, nutritional information, proper cooking times and much more.  If you are interested in programs offered through the Kenton County Extension office please e-mail Ms. Dorisa at


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

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

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

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

Class Act Awards Class Act Award Nominations Now Being Accepted

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

Galerie Easter Galerie provides Easter gifts for students

Galerie Candy and Gifts continues to support our student with seasonal gifts.  All students will receive 4 Spring gifts courtesy of Galerie Candy and Gifts.  Students will have the opportunity to shop for their 4 gifts during school on Tuesday March 30 and Friday April 2 after recess.  Galerie has provided gifts for students for the past 10 years.  

Powerpacks Freestore FoodBank continues to support students

The Freestore Foodbank continues to support students over the weekends.  The organization provides 10% of our students with snack food packs over the weekends.  They have partnered with our school district for the past 12 years to provide the program. They also provide popup shops and holiday food assistance for families. 

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:

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!

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.  

Pink Link Pink Link kits are coming to our school

Pink Link is a movement created from one of our community angels, Covington Partners.  Pink Link will provide kits of feminine products for students who may not have a product when in need.  The kits will be placed in areas where girls can access it without any worries.  Our female students in grades four and five will be given a introductory tour of where they will be placed in the building.  The kits will be ready to be accessed in March 2021.

PEBT March 2021 The Government has approved another round of P-EBT food benefits

Another round of P-EBT benefits have been approved for families that qualify.  Check out the chart to see when benefits will start to be disbursed.  

Cooking class Virtual Cooking Classes
lifetouch School picture retake days

Back in the fall we had Lifetouch Picture Day. Due to NTI days we had to postpone our Retake Day in November. We have the new dates scheduled for March 9th and March 11th. Group AA students will get their picture taken or retaken on Tuesday, March 9th. Group BB students will get theirs taken on Thursday, March 11th. All CVA students can call the office for an appointment time after school from 3:15 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on either of those two days. Forms will be available in the office or you can go online for Lifetouch to order pictures. If your child hasn’t had a picture taken at our school this year yet due to being new or absent the first time, they will get their picture taken.

Bricking 2 March is National Reading Month

March is National Reading Month. Each year in honor of this, schools celebrate “Read Across America Week” starting March 1st. While reading is at the forefront of education and school, we encourage you to continue fostering the love of reading at home. You can make reading exciting by creating a theme, reading in a fun spot, or reading to a pet, sibling, or toy. When enjoying a book with your child encourage them to read the book to you as well.

Sixth District students will receive special surprises from the FRC to help foster the love of reading.


Children of all ages can read in many ways.

Reading the pictures - children can tell the story based on pictures alone. This is great for our young children and early readers.

Shared Reading - As a child is read to, have them read words they may already know. This is a great way to keep them engaged and practice reading.

Retelling - Children can retell a story they've previously been read.

Going to the local library – make a visit to your library and sign up your child for a library card.

1st grade Students are up to the task of being back in person

Students seem up to the task of being back in school.  While talking to students they seem to be excited to see friends and staff.  In addition, some students have started back in our Dolphin Zone after school program.  

Parenting Parenting tip

Tips to deal with behavior issues:

"Don't forget your jacket." "Don't run in the street." Sometimes it seems like adults fill kids' heads with all the things they're not supposed to do. The problem is that young children often tune out the word "don't." Instead, tell your child what you DO want him to do: "Take your jacket. Stay on the sidewalk."

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.

Temperatures are checked as students arrive Back to School - Again

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

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


Students return to school Monday, February 22.

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

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

Back to School Back to School Video

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

No school Reminder no school Friday February 12 & Monday February 15

Just a reminder, 

No school Friday February 12 and Monday February 15.  Lunch pick up will not be available on Monday February 15.  

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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!

Parent portal Parent and student portal information

Campus Parent and Campus Student put school information at your fingertips with real-time access to announcements, assignments, attendance, grades, schedules, and more.

Students will be given access to their portal account by the school. 

If you are a parent/guardian and would to get setup with a parent portal to your child(ren) account, please contact your school for your activation key and watch the video below to get started.

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.

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.



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.

Family Resource Center is still open

Reminder to contact the Family Resource Center (FRC) if you are in need of where to go for community resources.

Building will be closed on Friday January 15th

Teachers are excited to see the students return to school.  To give teachers and staff time to set up their classrooms, the building will be closed on January 15th.  

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. 

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

Holiday Announcements

We will be distributing holiday goody bags for Sixth District students this Thursday December 17th from 11:00 AM-1:00 PM.  Thanks to Galerie Candy and gifts for sponsoring this wonderful giveaway.  It will be on a first come first serve basis.  Please remember to wear a mask.  We will be on the 18th street side of the school by the main student entrance.  Hope you can stop by!

Also Come outside your door later on Thursday from 4:30-5:30 to view the Sixth District teacher and staff holiday parade.  Teachers and staff will drive by in their vehicles to spread holiday cheer!


Also all school work picked up the week of December 14th doesn't get returned until we return in January.  Winter break starts Monday December 21 and students return on January 4.  Thanks for being a Sixth District Family and enjoy your break.

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.

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

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

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

Holiday Parade Holiday Parade!

Sixth District would like to spread some holiday cheer.  Come out your houses from 4:30-5:30 on Dec. 17th to see the parade filled with teachers, staff and fun!

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.

Galerie Candy and Gifts donate goodies to students

We are so lucky to have such a dedicated community partner like Galerie Candy and Gifts.  They delivered over 600 items for our students and families.  The FRC and Administration are working on a social distance friendly way to distribute the gifts to our students.  Details will be released soon!

PEBT information

H​ello Sixth District Families!
Just wanted to share some info regarding PEBT.  If you have had issues with receiving your PEBT please read the following:
There was a computer mix up on the state level.  The system automatically assumed that if the kid lived in Kenton County they were a part of Kenton County Schools.  Some students have received benefits but a majority of the students in our school district have not. Unfortunately our school district along with 32 other school districts are having the same issue.  Feel free to contact PEBT at 1-855-306-8959 so that they can manually enter your kids information. If they say your kid is not in the system let them know that your child attends Covington Independent Schools. Otherwise you have the option of waiting until it gets figured out.

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.

Parents please select instructional options for next semester


virtual learning Students continue to work hard during virtual learning

Feedback from teachers show that students overall are trying to adjust to this new way of education.  There have been some bumps along the road but overall the teachers are having great communication from parents and students.  If you need assistance with virtual learning please contact the school at 859-292-5819 or contract your child's teacher.

1 to 1 Chrome Books Sixth District completes our goal of each student having technology

We felt it was important to assist students in having the tools they need to be successful in a virtual atmosphere.  We set a goal to make sure every student in our school has the appropriate technology.  The week of Dec. 7th will be the final week of technology distribution ensuring that every student has a technology device.



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.

Thanksgiving baskets Seven Hills Church and St. Barnbas Anglican Church donate Thanksgiving baskets to SIxth District

Thanks to Seven Hills Church and St. Barnbas Anglican Church for donating Thanksgiving baskets to Sixth District families.  This will help remove a barrier for some of our families.  Both churches reached out to our school to show community support during these trying times.  

Kindergarten teachers Ipad Teachers prepare new student technology

Teachers are working hard to program the new technology that will be issued to students.  If your student has been informed that they will get a new device.  A representative from the school will contact students once they are ready for pick up.

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.

Nutrition Services Food Pick up information

Food pickup is at the loading dock on the 18th street side of the school. You can pick up food for every student in your household even if they don't attend Sixth District.  Spread the word.

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8:00-11:00

Wednesday 9:00-4:00.

Family Resource Center is still open

The Family Resource Center will remain open during our school district closure.  If you need any services from The Family Resource Center contact Mrs. Dee Dee at 859-292-5819 Ext. 31605.  Check out the link below for The FRC brochure.

 /userfiles/4/my files/sbdm 15-16/brochure frc sixth district.pdf?id=9755 

Packet pick up School work pick date

Student work may be picked up on Tuesday November 17th between the hours of 8:00-2:30.  Teachers have been reaching out to families.  Contact the school if you need to get in touch with a teacher.

Internet Internet service opportunity

If your student is in need of internet service please contact the school.  We have several options available to get you internet service.  Mrs. Claire at the front office has the forms for you to fill out.

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.

Read Ready Covington Passport Read Ready Covington is launching their passport program!

The City Of Covington is launching their passport program to encourage youth to read and learn more about their community.  The passport has the various neighborhoods in Covington in it.  They will chose which neighborhood they would like to learn about.  The passport will allow them to tour the selected neighborhood to search for metal reading signs from their passport book.  Once they located the sign they will write in the name of the picture from the sign.  Once they have the passport book completed they can turn it in for a prize from The City Of Covington.  Youth in Covington can obtain a passport from Mrs. Dee Dee at school, The City Of Covington building or Kenton County Public Library. 

Halloween Galerie Galerie Candy and Gifts helps make Spooktacular week!

Galerie Candy and Gifts donated goodies to our students and staff at Sixth District.  The donation made it possible for the school to allow celebrations for Fall and Halloween in very creative ways.  Monday and Thursday was PJ days.  Tuesday and Friday was costume and Galerie gifts days.  Students & staff enjoyed the celebrations.  Thanks Galerie!

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.

World Affairs Council World Affairs Council donates 30 brand new laptops to students

The World Affairs Council collaborated with Sixth District FRC to donate 30 new Chrome Books for students.  The students will get to keep the laptops.  The goal is to remove the technology barrier that some of our families may be facing.  Thanks World Affairs Council

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.

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.

Retirees Three dedicated staff from Sixth District Elementary prepare for retirement.

Congratulations to our three retirees!  Angela Schwartz has work for Covington Independent schools all 27 years of her career.  Dyanne Coates has worked in education for 25 years.  Paula Roll has been in education for 27 years.  Thanks for your time and dedication to our students.  We will miss you! 

Retirees Three staff from Sixth District Elementary prepare for retirement. Happy Retirement

Congratulations to our three retirees!  Angela Schwartz has work for Covington Independent schools all 27 years of her career.  Dyanne Coates has worked in education for 25 years.  Paula Roll has been in education for 27 years.  Thanks for your time and dedication to our students.  We will miss you! 

Mrs. Brooks jeeps Classrooms and teachers are ready and excited for students to fill them

Teachers have been working hard getting their classrooms ready for students to occupy them.  Pictured is Mrs. Brooks kindergarten classroom.

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."


Kindergarten social distancing Teachers are excited to see students in person

Welcome back students!  Students and teachers are excited to be back in school.  Contact the front office at (859) 292-5819 if you have any questions about students returning to school.

Pick up and drop off Virtual Students pick up drop off days

If you are a virtual student pick up and drop of days will be Wednesdays.  You will also be able to schedule a time to speak with your child's teacher.  Contact the school for more information at (859) 292-5819

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. 

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.



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.

Teachers come out to support Virtual learning

Teachers decided to make Mondays during the month of September meet and greet families day outside.  Their goal is to answer questions, allow families to pickup and drop off school work.  The Family Resource Center will also distribute basic needs.

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.

school work pick up and drop off School work pick up and drop off

Families may pick up and drop off school work on Sept. 14, 21 & 28 between the hours of 9:00 AM-3:00 PM.  Please come to the 18th street side of the school.

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.

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.

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

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

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?

$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.

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
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

Please follow the links below for Kindergarten registration information.



Important Summer Program information

Camp Covington Goes Virtual: Registration Open


Per guidance from the Kentucky Department of Education, Covington Independent Public Schools will be unable to offer an in-person program this summer; however, the school district and community partners are working diligently to provide an alternative two-week virtual program.


Camp Covington 2020: #TeamKentucky, open to incoming kindergarten through eighth grade students in Covington Schools (20/21 school year), will take place July 7-July 17 (Tuesday-Friday weekly). The program will be divided into two divisions: Elementary (grades K-5) and Middle (grades 6-8).

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. 

Day 39

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


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.

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.


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.  

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.

Billboards Pay Tribute to Seniors and Staff

A tribute to the 2020 class and our wonderful staff.

Salute to Class of 2020

Thank you teachers and staff

Video - Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week

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


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. 

Alithea Gates Read Across Covington winner

Congratulations to Alithea Gates for winning third place in the Mayor's Read Across Covington contest!  The contest was a part of the City's Read Ready Covington campaign.  Alithea is a kindergarten student at Sixth District Elementary.  We are so proud of her.  Way to go Alithea!

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.

Wacky Wednesday Wacky Wednesday Family Fun Questions

Hello Sixth District Families! Starting Wednesday April 29th, check out our Facebook page to participate in our Wacky Wednesday Family Fun questions.  One family every week will be awarded a family game night basket with all the goodies to have an awesome family game night.  All you need to do is comment your answer to enter.  Families will be announced on the following Wednesday.  All responses need to be in by 8:00 P.M. the following Tuesday. Good luck and have fun!!!  There are a couple different fake Sixth District Elementary Facebook pages.  Our official Facebook page is the one with the turquoise blue "D" with yellow background.

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)


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.

Exercise Mr. P's workouts for home

Mr. P, with the help from other PE teachers created a list of activities you can do from home to stay fit.  Remember if you are exercising with a friend to stay 6 feet away from each other.  Click on the link below for Mr. P's workouts.  Exercising and staying healthy and fit  is a good way to manage extra time.

 /userfiles/4/my files/mr. p's workouts for home.pdf?id=8792

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.

lunch bag Additional lunch/breakfast pick up time

We've added an additional lunch/breakfast pick up time.  If you can't make it at the 11:30-12:00 pick up time consider coming at our additional time from 7:30-8:00 A.M.

We miss our little Dolphins!!!

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. 

BLOCK tour Learning about your community

Select third through fifth grade students took a community tour to learn about the history of their neighborhood.  The students are in the school's leadership group.  The students had a longtime community resident Ms. Lori as the tour guide.  Students learned about historic landmarks, different play areas, walking trails and much more.  The students also filled out a scavenger hunt as they went on the tour.

Petting Zoo Good Green Earth Petting Zoo visits Sixth District

Sixth District Alumni Mike Delaney sponsored Good green Earth Petting Zoo to come to Sixth District Elementary on March 6th.  Mr. Delaney has been working with our 4th & 5th grade students.  He provided the resource of having a petting zoo come to the school for the students he has been working with.  He has collaborated with community partners to bring the community into the school.  This exposure will provide students the opportunity to meet our community helpers and make them aware of resources in the neighborhood.

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.

Volleyball Volleyball skills

Students have been requesting to learn about volleyball.  We do not offer volleyball as a sport at school.  The students are eager to learn the skills.  One of our third grade teachers, Ms. Reynolds is conducting a volleyball skills camp for interested students. 

Leading Ladies & Boys to Men Leading Ladies & Boys to Men

Leading Ladies & Boys to Men is a group of students who are learning leadership skills.  The students meet weekly to enhance and share leadership characteristics.  Activities include etiquette skills, manners & being involved in school. 

Sixth DIstrict teacher Anita Everett spearheads Hug days!

Many years ago teacher, Anita Everett began free hug day.  She has now made it a tradition to offer hug days a few times a year.  The best part is that they are unexpected and the students are so excited to receive this wonderful act of humanity and kindness.  The first one of 2020 was on Valentines Day.  Anita recruits staff to give students hugs as they come into the school for the day.  On Valentines Day she added a Hershey Kiss! 

Abagail and Henson Former SIxth District students ask former teacher to give them their high school diploma

Former student Abigail Johnson and LeShawn Simmons graduates from Holmes High School this year.  Holmes allows seniors to ask a staff person to give them their diploma.  Abigail & LeShawn asked their former Kindergarten Instructional Assistant Vickie Henson.  Vickie has been in the same kindergarten classroom for 25 years.  Abigail was so excited for the opportunity to ask her.  She created a poster of treats asking her to accept the honor of graduating her from High School.  Vickie so kindly accepted the invitation.  Vickie said: "It was an honor to be asked".  LeShawn asked Mrs. Vickie 6 years ago if she could do the honor.  Vickie is a treasure to have at Sixth District and shows commitment to our students and families.


Kindergarten Family Night KIndergarten Family Night

Kindergarten families gathered at school for an amazing family night.  Student and their families worked on creating Valentine boxes.  The students were able to display some of their writing, reading and art skills to complete the projects.  Students were excited to display the skills they learned in school. 

4th grade sanitation Sanitation District visits Sixth District Elementary

Sixth District Alum Mike Delaney arranged for The Sanitation Department to visit our 4th grade students.  The presenter brought a mock neighborhood and gave the students an opportunity to pollute the neighborhood with pretend oil, waste, fertilizer and other harmful items.  She then gave a speech and demonstration of how water is cleaned through the Sanitation Department.  The students were very excited to see the process of how the water was cleaned.

Covington schools are on a normal schedule today

Covington schools are on a normal schedule

Covington Board of Education 2020 members School Board Recognition Month
As School Board Recognition Month winds down, we would like to thank the members of the Covington Board of Education for their dedication to our students.
Left to right: Tom Wherry, chair; Sarah Flerlage, vice-chair; Glenda Huff, member; Jerry Avery, member, and April Brockhoff, member. #LoveKySchoolBoards
Block students playing name game B.L.O.C.K. students engage in leadership activities

Sixth District's B.L.O.C.K. leadership program began their Spring session on Jan. 22.  The program is offered in collaboration with The Center for Great Neighborhoods, Covington Partners and the school.  The students will meet to gain civil and leadership skills and responsibilities.  B.L.O.C.K. stands for Born Leaders Of Covington KY. 

Mrs. De Dee Family Resource Center Coordinator, Denise Dandridge-Brown (Mrs. Dee Dee) will be inducted into The Holmes High School Hall Of Fame

Sixth District Elementary's Family Resource Center Coordinator, Denise Dandridge-Brown (Mrs. Dee Dee) will be inducted into The Holmes High School Athletic Hall Of Fame in March 2020.  Mrs. Dee Dee had a high school basketball career at Holmes that enabled her to receive a basketball scholarship. The scholarship gave her the opportunity to play college basketball.  She was a part of the 1st Holmes High School girls basketball team to go to the state tournament.  She was also the starting forward on the 1st Thomas More College womens basketball team to make it to the NCAA national basketball tournament. 

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.

Cubscouts Cubscouts

Sixth District Cub Scouts are working hard at being good citizens.  Students in Cub Scouts are learning about how to be resourceful, kind to others and thoughtful.  For every lesson they do an interactive hands on activity to go with it.

Mike Delaney Mike Delaney 1966 Sixth DIstrict Alumni brings Community programming to Sixth District

Alumni, Mike Delaney has showered our students with community visitors every Friday from 9:00-11:00.  He is very vocal about his thoughts on "it takes a village to raise a child".  Past visitors include Fire Department, Police officers, Democratic & Republican party representatives, authors and many more.  Our fifth grade students were treated to a traveling disabilities museum.  Students are excited about a visit in March from a traveling Petting Zoo sponsored by Mr. Delaney.

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!

Winter art Winter Art

Our Art teacher, Mrs. Farrell is working hard with our students to create innovative ways to express art.  Check out some of our art designs from this winter

FC Cincinnati FC Cincinnati takes over MArvin Lewis Learning Is Cool program

In the past The Cincinnati Bengals and The Marvin Lewis Foundation have sponsored the "A" honor roll program.  This Year our local professional Soccer team FC Cincinnati has taken on the responsibility of continuing this wonderful program.  The program is for students in grades 3-5.  Thanks FC Cincinnati and good luck with your upcoming season! 

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.

Holiday stockings Holiday Greetings

Holiday Greetings from the teachers and staff of Sixth District Elementary.  Thanks to all of our parents, community partners who make Sixth District Elementary a wonder place.  Remember the last day of school for winter break is Friday December 20.  Students return January 6th. 

Karen Lowe Assistant Principal Karen Lowe is retiring

We would would to thank Karen Lowe for being an awesome Assistant Principal for the past 6 years at Sixth District Elementary.  Karen will retire during the holiday break.  We will miss her and all that she brings to our school.

Galerie Galerie gifts

Galerie will visit Sixth District on December 20th to bring all of the students a holiday treat from their store.  Please consider making a thank you card to pass on to this wonderful company.  Galerie brings a treat to every student for every holiday.  We truly appreciate their partnership and kindness.  All cards can be turned into Mrs. Dee Dee in the Family Resource Center (FRC).

Breakfast with Santa Holiday cheer at Breakfast with Santa

Our annual Breakfast with Santa was a huge hit.  Families came to enjoy breakfast, meet Santa and enjoy doing lots of holiday learning activities and arts & crafts.  Thanks to all the staff and community partners who always make the event a huge success.

Online Library Online library at Sixth District Elementary

Sixth District Elementary now has an online library.  Follow the link below to access the online library.

Click on the word Display next to your school name.  When you get to the site you will see a search box where you can type title, author, or subject and then click on the appropriate box.  In the records, if a book has the word IN in the upper right hand corner that book is currently in our library.  Out means it has been checked out. 

PTO PTO coming to Sixth District Elementary

Congratulations to a few of our parents who have banned together to start the process of having a PTO at school.  They presented the idea to SBDM and got approval to have a PTO.  Information will come home in January, so be on the look out.  They had their first outreach event at the November 20th Science Night.  It was a huge success!  They had several parents sign up to be a part of the PTO.

First grade Science Night First Grade Family Night was a success

First grade teachers collaborated with The Family Resource Center to host a Science Night.  Science Matters came to Sixth District School to provide lots of hands on fun science experiments.  "This is one of the best family nights my family has been to," said Kelly Lewis, parent at Sixth District Elementary.  Holmes High School National Honor Society and students helped run the science stations.  We also had a mentor and her mentees assist with the science stations.

Superintendent lunch Superintendent and other District Directors serve Sixth District staff lunch

For the remarkable improvement in our state test scores, Our Superintendent, Alvin Garrison sponsored lunch for all Sixth District staff.  Along with him were Assistant Superintendent Dr. Janice Wilkerson and many more District Directors.  The lunch was well received by staff.  All the staff were appreciative. Sixth District is now a three star school with high growth.  "It was nice to be recognized for the hard work our teachers put into teaching our students," said Brian Walz, Principal of Sixth District Elementary


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. 

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.

kindergarten recycling pizza party Congratulations to Mrs. Brooks class for winning the kindergarten recycling challenge

Congratulations to Mrs. Brooks class for winning the kindergarten recycling bin challenge!  Mrs. Brooks class had the most students in kindergarten apply for a recycling bin at their home.  Students sent in selfies of them and their new recycling bin to get credit.  The project was in collaboration with The Center For Great Neighborhoods and Morgan Davenport.  The class won a pizza party. 

fifth grade payday Fifth grade students recieve "pay day" for fifth grade jobs

Every fifth grade student at Sixth District Elementary has a job at school.  The students applied and interviewed for the job.  They had to participate in a traditional job interview from their soon to be employer at school.  The students report to their job monthly.  An evaluation will take place at the end of every grade quarter by their employer.  Their were various jobs for the students to interview for.   Some of the jobs include, Birthday club sponsors, art assistant, front office clerk and fifth grade/kindergarten mentor.  Students will receive a payday at the end of every quarter based on their evaluation

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.

Career week Career Week

Professionals from across the tri-state area visited Sixth District for Career Week.  Each classroom had a visitor speak to the students about different careers.  The professionals also spoke to them about what path they took to reach their profession.  We had professionals from the following fields: mechanics, military, law enforcement, government employee, health care field, civil rights, interpreter services and many more. The students appreciated the interactive activities that some of the professionals brought with them. 

Kindergarten recycling Sixth District Kindergarten students enter a recycling contest

Sixth District Kindergarten students entered a recycling contest.  The students collaborated with Morgan Davenport. Morgan is working with The Center For Great Neighborhoods to help citizens launch a neighborhood recycling program.  She visited all the kindergarten classrooms to teach them about recycling and shared a video with them.  The classroom with the most recycling bins requested will receive a pizza party!

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.

Kenton County Extension Office bowl Fun Foods with Families

The University Of Kentucky Kenton County Extension Office will offer a five session series to give families an opportunity to gain or refresh their cooking skills.  Parents will participate in the class and the children will be in childcare.  Childcare will be provided for ages 5 and up.  All participants will receive kitchen utensils.  If you attend all five classes you will receive a Thanksgiving Dinner.  Flyers were sent home.  The classes will be on the following Mondays from 5:30-7:00:

  • October 28
  • November 4
  • November 11
  • November 18
  • November 25

Hope to see you there! Check out the link below for the flyer.


Spirit Wear school year 19-20 Spirit Wear sale

School spirit wear will be available for purchase from October 21 and will conclude Tuesday November 5th.  Order forms must be returned by November 5th in order receive them by Christmas break.  Order forms were sent home Friday October 16. 

You can order three different ways. 

  1. Complete the order form and return to school with money
  2. Order online (instructions are on the order form)
  3. Use the link below to print off the order form and return to school.

Feel free to contact Mrs. Dee Dee at Sixth District in the Family Resource Center for more details



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.

Family Fitness Night Family Fitness Night

Mark your calendars for our annual Family Fitness Night.  The event will be October 24th from 5:00-6:30.  Activities include make & take healthy snacks, information about nutrition and community visitors.  We will also giveaway jump ropes, pedometers and much more.  Refer to the flyer that was sent home for more details. 

Life touch Picture day is October 2, 2019

Picture day is October 2, 2019.  Order forms were sent home with students. Please click on the link to see the order form./userfiles/4/my files/october 2 picture day.pdf?id=8051 

NKU Fifth grade students visit Northern Kentucky University (NKU)

Fifth grade students visited Northern Kentucky University (NKU).  Students were introduced to the idea of college.  The students were able to visit a dorm, the planetarium, technology department, and many more departments.  Students were also excited to speak to current students . 

Care Closet Care Closet will bring mobile unit to Sixth District Elementary

The Care Closet will bring their mobile unit to Sixth District Elementary on October 9th free of charge.  The Care Closet will allow each student of Sixth District Elementary to shop for clothes  (clothing items are gently used).  Undergarments are new!  There will be personal shoppers available to assist the students.

Each class will have a designated time to shop.  Please see the flyer and permission slip that was sent home for more details.  Parents are welcome to come help their student shop at the designated time.  Parents will have the opportunity to sign up for Sweet Cheeks which is a program to help with diapers & pull ups.  Hygiene items will also be available for families as well.
*** if you have a student at James E. Biggs preschool, The Middle School or High School in need of clothing, attach a piece of paper with the clothing sizes to this form.  The Care Closet will prepare the items and have them ready for you to pick up on October 9th.  If you have any questions contact Mrs. Dee Dee at school in the FRC at 859-292-5819 Ext. 31605 or The Care Closet at   859-379-5363


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.

Happy Heart Cart Little Heart Cart

Our MSD teacher and Instructional Assistants will continue to have the Little Heart Cart.  It is a coffee cart to service Sixth District staff.  The cart runs every Friday.  The students sell hot coffee, iced coffee, hot cocoa, green tea, and hot tea for $1.00.  They also sell sweet croissant cookies for an additional 50 cents. The order forms will be collected all week up until Thursday at 2pm.  Students retrieve the order forms in the staff lounge and mail room. The students then count, and prepare orders for Friday morning. The students will then make the orders Friday morning and walk "The little Heart Cart" around the school Friday between 8:30 and 9:00 delivering orders to staff. They will collect, count, make change, and deliver the drinks and goods all while using their communication skills throughout the entire process.



Northern KY Dental Northern Kentucky Dental will provide services to students

Northern Kentucky Dental will visit Sixth District Elementary to provide services to students from November 6-13.  Students in grades 1,2 and 5 are eligible to participate.  Permission slips were sent home the first week of school.  Permission slips are due back no later than October 4th.  Please contact our school nurse Mrs. Combs at (859) 292-5819 Ext. 31602 if you have questions or would like more information. 

Measles Prevention Letter Measles Prevention Letter
Pick up & drop off sign Sixth District adopts a new pick up and drop off procedure

Sixth District adopted a new pick up and drop off procedure.  Parents are asked to follow the instructions on the parking lot signs to ensure a safe and productive drop off and pick up experience. 

cafeteria procedures Students practice daily procedures

We are excited to have our students back at school!  The first week of school will entail practicing school procedures and expectations.  Students will practice morning assembly, cafeteria and recess routines.  They will also practice going to their safe spots in case of an emergency.  Students will also practice behavior expectations.

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.  

FRC Family Resource Center has a new location

The Family Resource Center has moved to room 12.  It is located on the 1st floor across from the main office.  The move is stage one of moving the main office to the old FRC area.  Details will be available soon regarding the main office move.

Clubessential Ashleigh Sanders Clubessential sponsors Community School Supply Drive for Sixth District Elementary
The initiative started out with one of our parents Ashleigh Sanders reaching out to our school to inquire about assisting the school.  Ashleigh works for a company named Clubessential in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Ashleigh reached out to co-worker Danielle Donley.  Danielle is former adjunct professor at NKU and education is very close to her heart. Together they held a very successful school supply drive.  Clubessential ran the Community Impact School Supply Drive from July 1st to August 7th. They ended up with over $300 in financial donations.  They also created a back-to-school angel tree, with tags from our school wish list.  Employees took the tag and return with that item to donate. 
Clubessential has between 60-70 employees in their Cincinnati Office, and are a multi-service software company.  They offer websites, club management/back office accounting software, banquet management,  CRM, mobile apps, and reservations systems.
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.

Home Depot Home Depot adopts Sixth District Elementary for school supplies

Amber Lowe and Melissa Tackett, Holmes graduates and employees of Home Depot organized a school supply drive for our school.  It started off as an effort with their store but quickly turned into a community initiative.  The school supply drive gave us enough supplies to ensure every teacher had enough school supplies for every student in their classroom.  All other staff received plenty of supplies as well.  Supplies were also given out at our back to school Dolphin Fest.  Many thanks to Home Depot!

Dolphin Fest Dolphin Fest back to school night

Dolphin Fest for school year 2019-2020 was a huge success.  We had over 400 people in attendance.  Thanks to our community partners who helped make this a successful event.  If you were not able to make it to Dolphin Fest, please contact the school to get the name of your student's teacher.

Home Depot Donates School Supplies Students Receive Generous Donation

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

Schedule of Events Back to School Events Revised Schedule

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

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

First day of school delayed until September 3, 2019

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

Custodian summer work Custodians hard at work

Custodians have been working hard this summer getting the buildings ready for school.  Our custodians are responsible for cleaning and unloading all furniture and supplies in each classroom.  They also wax the floors and putt everything back.  This requires the custodians to work some weekends in the summer.  The building is back to normal and ready for our students to have a great school year.

Ms. Smallwood Literacy Night Hailey Smallwood's first grade class will receive books monthly thanks to family and friends

First grade teacher Hailey Smallwood put out a call to family and friends on social media in hopes of obtaining a book for each of her 28 students monthly for the entire school year. Her village responded with no hesitation.  Each of her 28 students will receive a new book monthly for school year 19-20. She decided to host the book drive this school year after having success with it last school year.

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.

Kona Ice Summer Program

Our summer program had another successful summer.  Students were engaged in summer learning while enjoying other typical summer activities.  Students enjoyed field trips to places such as Zip City and AMC Theatre.  We also offered a family day title Kona & a Kid.  Families were able to receive Kona Ice while learning about the summer program benefits.

Sixth District Dolphin Fest back to school night

Mark your calendars for August 8th from 4:30-6:30 for Dolphin Fest 2019!  Come meet your teacher, enjoy inflatables, hotdogs, community resources and much more!  School supplies will be available on a first come first serve basis.

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,

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.

Ice cream social School wide behavior program rewards

Our school Counselor, Grace Owen has been running a CHAMPS contest.  CHAMPS is our school wide behavior model.  Classrooms earned "ice cream scoops" weekly towards the party.  The classrooms who reached their goal were rewarded with an ice cream party. 

Kindergarten butterfly release Kindergarten Butterfly release

Kindergarten students released butterflies into the wild.  Kindergarten students nursed butterflies from egg to adult stage.  The students learned about the life cycle . They also  learned the scientific stages and what type of food they eat.  The butterfly program has become a tradition at Sixth District.

KPREP posters KPREP posters

Families were encouraged to make an inspirational poster for their student as they prepared for the KPREP state test.  Every student in grades 3-5 had a poster made for them.

KPREP parent Parents show support for KPREP testing

The KPREP state testing window is May 8-20.  Parents lined the hallways to show support for students who will take the test. 

Faith Jackson Fifth grade student wins county essay contest

Fifth grade student Faith Jackson won the Kenton County AARP Grandparent Essay contest.  Faith wrote an inspiring essay about her grandmother.  Faith was one of many entries into the contest.  The entries had to meet many requirements including components of a formal essay.Congratulations Faith!

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!

Muffins with moms Muffins with Moms

Thanks to all the parents who came out to Muffins with Moms!  Please contact the school if you need any support understanding the test and assessment results.

fifth grade art show Fifth grade art show

Fifth grade students displayed their art work from this school year.  Fifth grade students were tasked by our art teacher Shawn Farrell to be creative and use art as a vehicle to express themselves.  Samples of the students work were on display Thursday for the public to see.

Covington Summer Program

Mark your calendars!  The summer program will run June 17-July 19.  Registration forms were sent home.  Please complete the registration form and return it to school.

Beautiful Babies Kindergarten baby display

Kindergarten students and their families completed a project titled Beautiful Babies.  The families completed a biography of the students from birth to their present age.  The Kindergarten classrooms had 100% participation. All the biography's are on display in the main hallway of the school.

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.

Muffins with moms Muffins with Moms

Mark your calendars!  may 2nd is Muffins with Moms from 9:00-10:00 A.M.  Sixth District Elementary would like to provide opportunities for parents to become more familiar with their students’ learning.  Experience first hand the teaching strategies your child is receiving daily.  Your kids will enjoy muffins and  do a fun activity with you . We will also have individualized assessment scores to show your children’s progress throughout the years as a student.  Classroom observations will take place from 9:40-10:00.  Staff will be in the cafeteria at 10:00 if you have any questions or want to discuss anything.  We will answer questions/concerns you may have regarding the implementation of our programs, and offer strategies you can use at home.  Due to limited funding there will be a maximum of 1 registered adult per family.  Please fill out registration form below.  Please remind your student to turn the form into their teacher and not leave it in their backpack.  Please make sure all siblings are registered.











Reality Store Reality Store helps student learn about responsibility

Sixth District 4th & 5th grade students participated in the Reality Store.  The Reality Store is an opportunity for them the get a job & salary based on their grade point average.  The students then go around to different stations to pay "bills".  Their goal was to make it out with a positive balance.  The simulation teaches math skills, how to budget.  An extra benefit is to show them how their parents try to make ends meet.  We had several community and parent volunteers.  

Child Abuse awareness BLOCK leadership group raises money for Child Abuse prevention

April is Child Abuse Prevention month.  Our youth leadership group B.L.O.C.K. have sold blue slime kits to raise money for Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky.  A representative from Prevent Child Abuse KY will come to a presentation from BLOCK to receive the check.


Cat in the Hat Dr. Suess visits Sixth District Elementary

Sixth District Families received a special visit from The Cat In The Hat at our Book Fair Literacy Night.  All families in attendance received a gift certificate to buy books from the book fair.

1st grade art First grade students enjoy art

Students in Mrs. Henson first grade class enjoy art class.  They were eager to show off their fish creations.  Our arts & humanities teacher Mrs. Farrell implemented the curriculum to ignite their imagination.

BLOCK B.L.O.C.K. (Born Leaders Of Covington KY) leadership group support Child Abuse Prevention

Students from our BLOCK leadership group are developing a community project around child abuse prevention.  The BLOCK students will have an information and slime booth set up afterschool.  The slime kits will be $5.00.  The booths will be set up afterschool on Monday's & Wednesday's from April 1st-10th.  All proceeds will go to an organization called Prevent Child Abuse KY.  The group is also asking students and families to wear blue on April 5th in support of Child Abuse Prevention.

Kindergarten Transition Next Stop - Kindergarten

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

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.

Transfer Student transfer application

The window to apply for school transfers is March 18-April 26, 2019.  If your address does not fall within Sixth District Elementary School boundaries you will need to apply for a transfer to continue coming to Sixth District Elementary school.  Contact the main office at 859-292-5819 for more information. 

Kindergarten registration week Kindergarten registration week

Mark your calendars! Kindergarten registration week is March 25-29 from 9:00-11:00.  Kindergarten registration night is March 27th from 4:30-6:30

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! 

Literacy Night Family NIght

Come to the PJ’s & Literacy Night and earn a gift certificate to use at the Book Fair!  You can receive a gift certificate for $7.00 to use in the book fair on books if you come to the literacy night on April 3rd from 5:30-6:30.





Book Fair Book Fair

Sixth District's Book Fair will be held from April 1st-5th from 3:00-5:00.  This year the Book Fair will be hosted by Joseph Beth Booksellers.  You can receive a gift certificate for $7.00 to use in the book fair if you come to the literacy night on April 3rd from 5:30-6:30.

5th grade Student Led Technology Night Fifth Grade Student Led Technology Night

Fifth Grade Student Led Technology Night will be held on March 27th from 3:30-5:30.  Parents and Guardians are encouraged to Come spend time in their child’s classroom! This is your opportunity to see how technology is being used to impact learning. Students will act as a guide as they visit online sites used during the school day.  They can also look at data that is used to help their student improve and succeed



5ht grade visit to NKU Fifth grade visit to NKU

Fifth grade student had an exciting and enriching visit to NKU.  Students were able to tour the campus and get a glimpse of college life.  Students were able to enjoy a movie at the planetarium, visit the new Digiroom, enjoy a college lunch experience and much more.

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.

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

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.

Reading time Reading is Fundamental

Reading is fundamental

Sixth District students enjoyed having guest readers visit their classrooms during Read Across America week in March.  They also enjoy having private reading times throughout the day. 

Dolphin Zone students Dolphin Zone students increase academic scores

Our after school program, Dolphin Zone has helped students increase academic skills.  Dolphin Zone offers WIN (What I Need) time.  This is offered to help students academically.  They currently have 169 students enrolled.Sixth two percent of those student have an A/B average.  Great work Dolphin Zone.  If you are interested in more information about Dolphin Zone, contact Derek Winebrenner at school.

Two Hour Delay

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

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.

Galerie Valentine Galerie gifts

Galerie Candy & Gifts has continued to be our school partner for several years. They bring the students a very nice gift or two for every holiday.  Take the time to visit their clearance center to purchase some of their treats at a clearance rate.  Galerie is located at 3880 Langley Dr. Hebron, KY 41048.  Thanks Galerie for your continued support. 

B.L.O.C.K. B.L.O.C.K. (Born Leaders Of Covington KY)

B.L.O.C.K. (Born Leaders Of Covington KY)

Students in the school leadership group BLOCK went on a neighborhood tour with neighborhood leader Lori Boerger.  The tour was the first step to gain ideas for a community project.  They will continue to do research in order to agree upon a project. The students will conduct a community project during the month of April.

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!

Slime kits Slime Kits for sale
Read Across America week Read Across America Week

Next week February 25th-March 1st is Read Across America week and the celebration of Dr. Suess's birthday. We are asking students to help us celebrate by doing the following things honoring Dr. Seuss books.  Monday Wear a hat in honor of the book Cat in The Hat.  Tuesday Wear crazy Socks for the book Fox in Socks.  Wednesday wear green in honor of the book Green Eggs & Ham.  Thursday wear red or blue for the book 1 fish 2 fish red fish blue fish.  Friday wear mismatched shoes in honor of the Foot Book

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.

mentor project Fifth grade students mentor kindergarten students

A group of fifth grade students mentor kindergarten students.  Fifth grade students meet with a kindergarten student every month.  They work on a project to gift to their teacher.  The student's look forward to meeting up with each other onFridays.  They discuss the project and how things are going in their everyday life.

The First Tee Dolphin Zone offers Golf program

The First Tee is a youth development organization introducing the game of golf to kids.  Students in Dolphin Zone are able to participate.  The students will complete various golfing activities.  The students visited the Devou Park golf course.  They will continue to learn the game and values of golf.

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.

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.

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

The Recess Queen The Recess Queen!

With the assistance of Ruthie Staley, Kindergarten students reenacted the book, The Recess Queen.  Ruthie helped the students learn how to label and describe the book.

Dolphin Zone Dolphin Zone resumes Jan. 7

Dolphin Zone resumes January 7

Ukulele girls Students & Parents enjoy Holiday Program

Students & families enjoyed the holiday program at school

Dolphins finish strong Basketball & cheerleading teams had an awseome season

Dolphins finish strong!

Brandon Wilson Cincinnati Bengals player Brandon Wilson visits school

Cincinnati Bengal, Brandon Wilson visits Sixth District!

Santa Breakfast with Santa Dec. 8

Bring your family to Breakfast with Santa

Dolphin Zone is closed on Oct. 22 & 23

All Dolphin Zone activities will be cancelled on Oct. 22nd & 23rd.

Grades 3-5 Dolphin Zone Lights On & registration Night for 2nd quarter

Dolphin Zone registration night & Lights On initiative will be Oct. 9th from 5:30-7:00 for grades 3-5

Bowl prize Fun Foods with Families nights

Want to learn more recipes??? Recieve recipes, cook the recipe and enjoy it while learning new cooking tips.

Volunteer Orientation

Interested in volunteering? Come to the Volunteer Orientation at Sixth District Elementary

Lloyds Skating Party

Lloyds Skating party for Sixth District Families!

Back to school Dolphin Fest

Back to School Dolphin Fest August 7th from 4:30-6:30!

Kindergarten syudents look on as they prepare for the butterfly release Kindergarten Butterfly release

Friday, May 18 was Kindergartens' Butterfly release day. 

Alvin Randlett Kentucky Attorney General visits Sixth District Elementary to honor former Custodian

Alvin Randlett was a custodian at Sixth District Elementary for 32 years.  Read below how he touched the lives of Children at Sixth District Elementary and the state of KY.

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

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

Email Disruption

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

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

Basketeball Holmes basketball games scheduled for Tuesday night have been canceled

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

Early Dismissal

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

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

The below schedule is for bus riders: 

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

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

Weather Concerns

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

No School Monday January 8

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

Nutrition Report

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

Breakfast with Santa

Come enjoy breakfast and meet Santa!

Donuts with Dads

Calling all dads! Donuts with Dads will be November 9th from 9:00-10:00

Volunteer Orientation

Interested in volunteering at Sixth District Elementary? Come to our volunteer orientation on October 18, 2017 from 5:30-6:30

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!

Elementary Soccer Games

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

Fifth grade Art Show

Fifth grade art show coming on March 30th! 

Coffee & a Counselor

Curious about the counseling services we offer at Sixth District School?  Come join us on March 23rd for Coffee & a Counselor.

Grandparent's Appreciation Retro Game Night

Grandparent's, do you miss games from when you were younger?

Yearbook orders

Order your 2016-2017 yearbook. 

Sixth District Elementary celebrates Black History Month

The Sixth District community will collaborate to make Black History Month one to celebrate. The month will entail contributions from BLOCK, The Freedom Center, The Harriet Tubman Project & giveaways. 

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!

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



Breakfast with Santa

Santa is coming to Sixth District Elementary!

Sixth District Students Honored at Board of Education Meeting Covington Schools Give OK to 501 Main Development & Other Notes
The Covington Board of Education agreed to accept a lower tax amount from the developers of the new apartment project near Mainstrasse Village.
The board unanimously approved the "payment in lieu of taxes", or PILOT, plan for the project, which is expected to begin construction in the spring and be completed in 2018. The Covington city commission approved the PILOT last week, too.
The project will place a new residential building and parking garage where the 501 Main building and adjacent parking lot currently sit along 5th Street between Main and Philadelphia Streets.
In other business, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction Charlene Ball offered an update on the effort to put Macbooks in the hands of all students at the high school. 880 Macbooks and 70 flat laptops were ordered. 
Family Fitness Night

Annual Family Fitness Night at Sixth District Elementary

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 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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 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.

Community Restorative Justice Covington

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

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

•Learn more about CRJC and how it got started.

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

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

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

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.

Holmes Middle School SBDM Council Elections

Attention all 5th grade parents! Holmes Middle School will be holding their SBDM Council parent elections on May 25th from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.  Click here to see attached letter for more information.

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.

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

Million Word Challenge Million Word Challenge Winners

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

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


Kindergarten Registration Kindergarten Registration

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

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

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

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

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

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


March Madness Million Word Challenge March Madness Million Word Challenge

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

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

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

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

The winner will be announced on April 6.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Governor's Cup Winners Governor's Cup Winners

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

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.


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. 

Letter to Parents Regarding ACLU Lawsuit
Family Fitness  NIght Family Fun & Fitness Night

Come enjoy Family Fun Fitness & Wellness Night!

Girl Scouts Girl Scouts

Girl Scouts Troop from Sixth District Elementary are excited to represent Sixth District Elementary.  The students are busy taking orders for Girl Scout cookies.  If interested in ordering cookies contact the school.

Dolphin Zone Dolphin Zone ready to start new quarter

Dolphin Zone will begin 3rd quarter activities and clubs on January 7.  Contact Derek Winebrenner at 859-609-4444 for further information about Dolphin Zone.

1st grade Students are excited to return to school

Students are excited to return from winter break.  We look forward to teaching and enriching the students!

Seven Hills Church to sponsor Egg Hunt

Seven Hills Church has signed on to sponsor our annual egg hunt

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,

Reading Caravan at Barnes & Noble at Newport On The Levee

Recieve a certificate to shop at Barnes & Noble while attending our Reading Caravan on April 5th.

Register for Kindergarten Register for Kindergarten
Champions! Sixth District Boys basketball teams wins championship!

Dolphins pull out the win!

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


Science Matters Science Matters

Students at Sixth District Elementary School enjoyed "Wild Science,"  at an assembly Friday, December 12.

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.

Cheerleading Competition Cheerleading Competition

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

Homecoming 2017 Homecoming 2017
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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

Class of 1966 Sixth District Class of 1966 Alumni visits school

Former students from Sixth District Elementary visited to reminise about childhood.

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?

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.

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.


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

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

Holmes 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. 

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. 

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.

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. 

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


Lady Bulldog Basketball Camp Lady Bulldog Basketball Camp

Sign up now for the Lady Bulldog Summer Basketball Camp.

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.


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

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

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

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

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.


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.



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.

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.     

First day of school Welcome back students

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

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.

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.

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.

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.  

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.

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.

Tara Bell John G. Carlisle Names New Principal

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

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

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!

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.


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

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.

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

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

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

March Madness March Madness

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

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

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

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

The winner will be announced on April 7.

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.

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

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.  

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. 

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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. 

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Free Lunch Free Lunch

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.’’


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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.  

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.
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