Hollis Grade School
5613 W. Tuscarora Rd.
Peoria, IL  61607
Phone: (309)697-1325
Fax: (309)697-1334

COVD-19 Update

April 1, 2020

Dear Parents and Community Members,

I hope this message finds you and your families safe and well. Yesterday, Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker announced that remote learning in Illinois will be extended through April 30 in order to slow down the spread of COVID-19. 

During this time, on-site learning will remain suspended but our schools’ commitment to learning and education will remain open and learning will continue for all students - just through a different format.

While it is not ideal, we want to assure you that at Hollis Consolidated School District #328 our teachers and staff are fully engaged and willing to take on this new challenge and push forward with remote learning, engaging with students and continuing with our food distribution program. 

I know this is not the school year that any of us imagined, but I want to thank you for your patience and understanding as we have dealt with this unprecedented situation together. 

As a recap, here are the three priorities for our leadership and planning moving forward:

Priority 1 - Feed and care for the extended safety, health, and welfare of students, families, non-student children, staff, and community at large.

Priority 2 - Communicate clearly; share coherent, organized and controlled messages with your staff, students and community.

Priority 3 - Provide for the continuity of learning in Illinois

It’s important we continue to work together and support our students. Thanks again. 



Chad Jones


Remote Learning Plan

March 30, 2020

Hello Hollis Hawks,

Please see the Remote Learning Plan below which will outline how we will proceed until we are able to return to school.  Please note that student learning days will occur Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays of each Remote Learning Week.  Mondays will be reserved for teacher planning, collaboration, and professional development.  

The building will be open for Chromebook checkout Tuesday, March 31 from 9-11 am if you are still in need of a device. Please see our website for requesting meals for next week.  At this time, the meal pickup location is Limestone Community High School.  If you are having difficulties with technology with Remote Learning, please contact your child's teacher. 

We appreciate your support as we continue to strive towards providing the best education possible under these circumstances.  


Hollis Remote Learning Plan 2020

COVD-19 Update

March 28, 2020

Dear Hollis Families,

As always, thank you for your continued support as we navigate these difficult times. While there are still several unanswered questions, we did receive some very helpful guidance from the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) yesterday, and we would like to update you with the current plan we will use moving forward. At this time, the school closure will continue through April 7, 2020. It is unclear at this time if this date will be extended. As you know, information is constantly changing. We will continue to update you as we receive any news. 

Beginning on Tuesday, March 31, and continuing until we are able to return to school, Hollis will transition from Act of God Days to Remote Learning Days. As defined by ISBE, Remote Learning is any learning that happens outside of the traditional classroom because the student and teacher are separated by distance and/or time. This learning can be real-time or flexibility timed, and it may or may not involve technology, as we recognize not everyone has equitable access to the Internet. 

Many of the same guidelines and protocols will remain in place. Assignments and activities will be pushed out to students on a weekly or daily basis, depending on grade level. Every effort will be made to provide flexibility in assignment completion. The main purpose of Remote Learning is to focus on the continuation of student learning. Teachers will be available to provide instruction, work with students, and answer questions during school days between the hours of 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM. Students are expected to complete any assigned work. If your child is unable to complete online work, please reach out to the classroom teacher and a paper packet will be provided. Paper packets will be distributed and returned to school every two weeks. Classroom teachers will be sharing the specifics of these pickup/dropoff dates and times. 

So far, we have not received many requests for meals and we have not provided any meals based on your communication to us.  We will still put out a weekly form for ordering meals as situations in the family’s needs may change as we move forward in the future.

Perhaps now more than ever, it’s important to communicate and check-in regularly. If you have not communicated with your child’s teacher or completed any work, please reach out to them ASAP.  We will continue to communicate with you in all means necessary as the landscape of what school looks like has certainly changed. Please reach out if you have questions or concerns. Let us know what you need. We’re truly all in this together, and we are here to make sure we are doing what is best for the students, staff, and families of Hollis Grade School.  

Thank you for your support. 


Meal Request

Link to Meal Request for the week of April 6-9.

Easter Seals Fundraiser
A huge thank you to the students, parents, and staff for your contributions to our Easter Seals fundraiser.  Last week, Hollis partnered up with Oak Grove School to see how much money we could raise for the Easter Seals families.  When we first discussed the idea of possibly raising $2000 between the two schools, we thought it was an ambitious goal, but knew we could do it.  Not only did we meet our goal, but we exceeded it by $2,025.  Together with Oak Grove, we raised $4,025!!!!!  This is AMAZING!! Thank you so much to everyone who contributed! Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

5 Essentials Survey
Please take a moment to complete the 5 Essentials parent survey.  Click HERE for the survey.

2019 School Report Card
The 2019 Hollis School Report Card is in and is posted in the Information section along with previous years.

The 2018 School Report Card has been released and Hollis was designated an Exemplary School by the Illinois State Board of Education.  Click HERE to download the report.

Check out our new online monthly newsletter published by Mr. Jones, the Hawks Herald!  You will be able to view the current edition as well as past issues.

Hollis Grade School is proud to announce that we have been named a LIGHTHOUSE SCHOOL by Franklin Covey Education. Hollis is only the 5th school in the State of Illinois and the 279th WORLDWIDE!  This achievement is the result of years of commitment to helping our students become Highly Effective in all that they do.  Come with us as we continue to grow effective leaders for the future!

Visit hollisnews.weebly.com for current news, events, and information from our Student Lighthouse Team.  This is a student-created and managed site with their view on our school!


Hollis Grade School is now accepting applications for interested non-resident tuition students for Fall 2019.  Families, interested in having their out of district students attend an outstanding Peoria area K-8 school, should call (309) 697-1325 to set an appointment for an interview and a tour of the school.  Hollis offers the following:

  • Unbelievably Low Tuition Rate
  • Extra Curricular Activities
  • Engaging Latchkey Program
  • Extensive Library
  • Involved Parents
  • Fine Arts Opportunities
  • Spanish Club
  • Engineering Curriculum
  • Quality Instruction
  • Small Class Size
  • High State Test Scores
  • Close Distance from Your Home
  • Well-Maintained Facility
  • Cutting Edge Technology
  • 21st Century Skills

    Hollis Grade School has been named Leader in Me School as recognized by Franklin Covey.  The Leader in Me is an innovative, school-wide transformation model that emphasizes a culture of student empowerment and helps unleash each child’s full potential.  By applying The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Hollis Grade School teachers and students internalize timeless leadership principles that nurture the skills students need for success in the 21st century and creates a culture of student empowerment, based on the idea that every child can be a leader. 

    The Leader in Me framework helps students learn to:

    • Become self-reliant
    • Manage their emotions
    • Set personalized goals, track them, and share their data and progress with other students, staff, and parents
    • Do their homework
    • Prioritize their time
    • Increase interpersonal skills, such as resolve conflicts and interact well with others, as well as help them develop the skills and self-confidence to lead their lives and succeed