Principal's Message

KHonaker.jpg Dear Holston High School Community,

I would like to welcome all of you to our Holston High School family.  I say family because most of the students that we teach have parents and grandparents who attended this very school. The Holston community is a proud, strong community full of history and tradition.  I am honored to be a part of that pride, strength and tradition serving as Principal of Holston High School.

With over 50 years of experience and tradition, our Vision—“enabling each student to achieve their highest academic, social, and physical potential in order to become responsible and productive citizens” guides and inspires our faculty and staff to achieve excellence in teaching and learning.  

We appreciate and embrace the opportunity to serve your students.  We encourage you to become an active participant in your student’s educational journey!  I thank all of you for your continued support and for your commitment to the students that we serve.

Respectfully,

Kendra D. Addison
Principal
Holston High School

Latest News

Holston High School has been recognized as a Blue Star School for the 2016-2017 academic year by the w!se (Working in Support of Education) financial literacy foundation.  The students tested at HHS achieved an average score of 85% or higher on the Financial Literacy Certification Test.  The administration applauds the efforts of our business department as they work tirelessly to provide our students with the tools they need to become financially capable young adults.  The dedication and commitment of these staff members gives our students vital knowledge about their personal finances and allows them to become Certified Financially Literate™.  Congratulations to the business department and the students who participated in the financial literacy testing during the 2016-2017 school year.

Post Date: Sep 19, 2017

The Holston FBLA club hosted their annual Marsh Blood drive on Wednesday, September 13th.   Holston High's faculty, staff, and students were eligible to donate blood.  The event saw 24 total participants.  Several senior students were asked for quotes about their blood donating experience.   Leah C., who is the FBLA Treasurer, said "Donating blood is such a rewarding experience to me. Taking 20 minutes out of my life to help save someone else's is a simple yet amazing opportunity."  Kagan M. stated that, “It's great to know that I did something that will make a difference.”  Becca H. (Pictured Below) said that, "I donate blood outside of school as well. It is a great feeling to know I am helping others." Takoda C. stated that, “Donating blood helps people; so when you donate, it makes you feel like you have done something to help out the cause.  FBLA club secretary, Linsey C. added that she enjoys donating blood because the simple process can save up to 3 adult lives or 6 babies.”  She further recommend that anyone eligible should go donate & “be a hero!"

Senior blood donors were able to gain points that go towards their red cord to be worn at graduation. Faculty and Staff also volunteered as surrogate donors in lieu of students who might have not been eligible to donate.  The blood drive was a huge success and the FBLA is thankful that we have so many willing individuals at Holston High.

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Post Date: Sep 15, 2017
On Monday, August 21, 2017, for the first time since 1918, a solar eclipse will be visible on a path across the United States.  Our school division will be in the path of the solar eclipse around 2:30 pm or so.  We are planning to make this once in a lifetime event a unique learning experience, including all content areas, for our students.
 
Due to the event occurring late in the school day, Washington County Schools will be in session with a 30 minute delayed dismissal(3:40) for the purposes of safety and educational experience.
 
Information about the eclipse can be found here Solar Eclipse 2017-WCPS.pdf along with the permission form Solar Eclipse Viewing Permission Slip - WCPS.pdf that all parents/guardians must sign in order for their student to be allowed to participate in this event.  You may have already received a copy of the permission form from your student.  Please sign the form and have your student return the form to their first period teacher or to the main office.  Students must have the permission form signed before or on Friday, August 18 in order to participate.
 
If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Post Date: Aug 17, 2017

Joy Munsey, economics and personal finance teacher at Holston High School, has been named a recipient of Virginia Credit Union’s Teacher of the Quarter recognition program.  The program recognizes K-12 teachers who teach economics and personal finance in Virginia.  Mrs. Munsey won $250 from Virginia Credit Union in appreciation of her work.  HHS Principal, Kendra Addison, surprised her by announcing her award at the very end of a faculty meeting earlier this month.  In addition to economics and personal finance, Joy also teaches computer information systems. An educator for more than two decades, she is in her 12th year in Washington County.

“I am proud that Virginia has stepped up and made economics and personal finance a requirement for graduation. Not every state has. I know my students will use this information in their daily lives. It is certainly one of the most important things we can stress before they leave high school.”  Joy considers insurance and investing to be the most difficult concepts for her students to grasp, while the unit on credit and general money management is perhaps the most important.  “We stress saving, of budgeting, paying yourself first and the importance of your credit history. We want them to be able to distinguish among lenders and products to avoid being taken advantage of.”

This is the second quarterly award Virginia Credit Union has given since announcing the program in January.  “Financial education is a key priority for us,” said Chris Shockley, Virginia Credit Union’s President/CEO. “With this program, we are glad to do our part to recognize gifted educators who teach these critical skills to young people.”

A financial cooperative serving more than 254,000 members, Virginia Credit Union offers a variety of affordable banking services, loans, mortgages, and free financial education resources, with a focus on helping people be more confident with their finances. Virginia Credit Union is an equal housing opportunity lender and is federally insured by NCUA. For more information, visitwww.vacu.org.

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Post Date: Aug 17, 2017

Holston High School is privileged to have acquired the services of four exceptional new teachers for the 2017-18 school year.  They are:  Physical Education teacher Jason Southworth, Art teacher Jessie Smith, Learning Lab teacher Zach Fleenor, and French teacher Erinn Linkous.

Mr. Southworth, a native of Mechanicsville, VA, attended Virginia Intermont College on a basketball scholarship.  After graduating in 2007, he taught at Tazewell Elementary for five years before moving on to the Minnick School in Wytheville for a year.  He will be coaching the golf team at Holston. 

Art teacher Ms. Smith, a native of Chilhowie, attended Emory and Henry College.  Prior to graduating in 2016, she student taught at HHS.  In the year since she graduated, she has worked as a substitute teacher and for Family Preservation Services.   In addition to teaching, she will serve as the volleyball team’s assistant coach.

Mr. Fleenor, who will be in charge of the learning lab, attended UVA Wise on a football scholarship.  After graduating in 2015, he spent a year teaching the driving component of Driver’s Education at John Battle.  A talented athlete, he will serve as head wrestling coach and assist with football and baseball.

French Teacher Ms. Linkous attended King University, graduating in 2007.  She has since worked with student ministries in the area.  The Abingdon native will split her teaching responsibilities between Holston and Patrick Henry.

These young, talented educators will provide HHS and its students with the ingredients for success.  Holston’s faculty and staff welcome them and wish them the best as they launch their careers with Washington County Schools.

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Post Date: Aug 17, 2017

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