Welcome to Holder School!
We are all excited about the many opportunities for students during for the 2018-2019 school year! Educational excellence is our goal for each and every Holder Hawk; our exceptional staff works diligently to ensure success for all of our students.
Holder School looks fantastic! We encourage you to attend our multitude of school functions to be able to appreciate and enjoy the wonderful learning environment we have for our Holder Hawks! Holder School is also a very safe campus, with all gates secured throughout the day with the only point of entry being the School Office. There are more than 30 surveillance cameras located throughout the campus and parking lots to further ensure the safety of all on campus. Finally, all adults who pass through the office and wish to go on campus are screened against the registered sex offender databases in all fifty states. We are truly grateful for all of the residents of our community for continuing to value and support safety and education – thank you!
At Holder School we focus on teaching the Common Core State Standards. We use the Go Math curricula and the recently adopted Benchmark Advance English Language Arts curricula. In conjunction with Thinking Maps we provide additional writing instruction through the program called “Write from the Beginning.” One of our goals is to provide our students with the necessary skills to become proficient and successful writers. At Holder we are beginning our journey toward implementing the Next Generation Science Standards by increasing our focus on STEM. Students have access to a variety of science and technology tools both in our classrooms and in our STEM and Technology Learning Centers.
Our instructional strategies and practices are also aligned with the Common Core State Standards. Holder staff members provide our students with a high caliber learning experience in a caring and nurturing environment so that students feel valued and respected. We desire that all of our students develop and maintain a love for learning! We are continuing our Reading Intervention program in order to match instruction to the range of diversity among our students. Intensive reading interventions are a key component of this program. Mastering academic vocabulary, becoming a fluent reader with analytical thinking skills, and learning to communicate through writing are critical to a student’s continued success in their education journey! These skills will be stressed in all classrooms and at all grade levels as we continue to equip our students to build for their future education success.
Holder School is a community of caring people whose goal is to create a safe and nurturing environment where students feel included, respected and valued. Our dedicated staff is committed to upholding these expectations by being proactive in addressing student needs and concerns. Holder School has adopted the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) approach to student discipline. Our primary goal is to reinforce positive behavior and prevent discipline problems. To do this we teach, model and expect students to display the traits of being Holder H.A.W.K.S. - Honorable, Accountable, Welcoming, Kind, Scholarly. We expect students to follow the established procedures for the classroom, walkways, restrooms, MPR, lunch area, and playground. When students fail to follow the expected procedure, we have them repeat the procedure correctly.
At Holder School we take bullying very seriously; so much so that we've developed a policy in this area. To read our Anti-Bullying/Anti-Harassment Policy, please click here. We held an Anti-Bullying Kick-Off Assembly to begin the school year, and our sixth graders participated in the Cypress Police Department’s P.A.C.E. (Positive Action through Character Education) Program.
We believe quality education can be achieved through high expectations of student performance and behavior, strong family/school/community partnerships, and a dedicated enthusiastic staff committed to providing the best education possible for the students at Holder School.
We are very excited to once again partner with the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim where Holder students will be provided with real-world, hands-on experiences as they see science come to life before their eyes!
Our Holder Hawks will be soaring to success this year!
About Holder School
Holder School is in the Savanna School District, which encompasses parts of the cities of Anaheim, Buena Park, Cypress and Stanton. Approximately 540 students attend Holder School. The staff at Holder School is composed of 22 regular education classes, six Special Education classes, a Developmental Preschool Program, a special education resource teacher and speech therapist, as well as psychologist, counselor, and nursing services. All of the teachers at Holder School are fully credentialed by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
Support services at the school include clerical, custodial and maintenance, and school funded and special education classroom instructional assistants. Student support is also maintained through the Student Intervention Team, a group of teachers who meet to help parents and other teachers with students who may not be progressing academically, socially, or behaviorally.
Holder staff members attend Professional Development on a regular basis to keep current on exemplary teaching strategies, new curricula, and methods to best assist students in meeting grade-level standards. Holder School's strong academic program ensures that the state and district standards are taught in a comprehensive manner. Students participate in a variety of assessments including District benchmark assessments; teacher and publisher assessments; as well as the State Testing and Reporting (STAR) program which includes the SBAC, California Standards Test in Science for fifth grade students, Physical Fitness Testing for fifth grade students, and the English Language Proficiency Assessment for California (ELPAC) for second-language learners.
The Cypress Police Department provides the PACE (Positive Action through Character Education) program for sixth grade students, emphasizing character education and drug abuse resistance.
Additionally, the PTA (Parent Teacher Association) is an integral part of the school’s support services through its work as parent volunteers, as program fund-raisers, and as a school-parent communication resource.