History of Holbrook Elementary School
The Holbrook School was named after the Dewitt C. Holbrook family who lived on one of the nearby farms. Dewitt C. Holbrook studied law in Detroit and held a position of county clerk. He was a notable partner of a law firm from 1847 to 1878. Holbrook also served in the Blackhawk War and earned the rank of Major.
Holbrook School is the oldest school in Hamtramck. A plot of land was set aside by the Hamtramck Planning Commission on June 26, 1891 and by 1896 a frame school house was in operation. In 1897 six classrooms were added to make room for the 350 pupils attending the school and this brick building was one of the finest in the area. During this period of time, Hamtramck was a township which covered all of Wayne County, east of Orleans and Woodward Avenues and covered 22,733 acres of land.
In 1901, authorities from the State of Michigan recognized Hamtramck as a village with a population of 1,000. From 1901 to 1913 the attendance of Holbrook School steadily increased. In 1913 an addition extended the building from Alice Street to Grayling Street. A fire in the 1920's destroyed the building's third floor; this floor was never replaced. The school was remodeled in 1929 and was the first school to experiment with the use of color in interior decorating.
The Holbrook building has changed little since being remodeled in 1929. Improvements in the building's heating system and lighting have occurred, but for the most part, the building remains the same today as it did in 1929.
We believe in providing a safe, secure and nurturing environment to promote the academic, emotional and social development of all students. We will provide opportunities for all students to achieve success. We recognize and value the cultural diversity of all students.
Holbrook Elementary School provides an outstanding education for every child in a professional, caring and efficient atmosphere. The adults entrusted with education encourage continual academic achievement by regularly updating their skills and knowledge and by reviewing Holbrook's curriculum to maintain and improve on educational expectations.
Holbrook's parents and other community members contribute to the educational services provided to students. This includes a positive self-image, and respect for their cultural diversity to promote individual, academic and social success.
Staff, students and the community are proud of their school and demonstrate that pride by the effort and care taken in the improvement of the physical appearance of the school building and grounds.
Administrators, teachers, support staff, students and parents work cooperatively toward the achievement of Holbrook's mission.
Holbrook Elementary School (K-8)
Dear Hamtramck Families,
Thank you for partnering with Hamtramck Public Schools to ensure that your students receive the best education during these tough times. Per Governor Whitmer, school will be closed the remainder of the year, however at Hamtramck Public Schools, learning never stops! The following letter will outline our support measures while we are learning from home. As always, please reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns.
Kindergarten – 2nd Grade
Family: A family activity calendar will be sent home via ClassDojo. In this calendar, you will find activities, so you can keep your child engaged in learning during the time of school closure.
Study: In addition, students in this grade band will be using the Portfolio section of ClassDojo. ClassDojo Portfolios are digital student portfolios that allow your student to share their learning with their classroom teacher. Students will be uploading work to their Portfolio from home. Teachers will be able to see student work and give feedback daily.
- Click here to watch a video on how to review your student’s portfolio.
- Do you need access to ClassDojo? Click here to learn more.
- Tech Support Hotline: (313) 305-6976 (8am - 4pm)
Classroom Community: 3-5 Times a week, your child will receive a Google Meet link requesting his or her presence. During the prescribed time with a teacher, your son or daughter will be able to ask questions, receive extra support, check-in with other classmates, and build an understanding of the activities posted in ClassDojo.
3rd - 12th Grade
Family: Your child’s teacher and administrators will be posting suggestions for things to do at home through Google Classroom, emails, and social media, so keep an eye out for extension ideas.
Study: In addition, students in this grade band will be using Google Classroom. Google Classroom is a digital student workspace that allows your student to share their learning with the classroom teacher. Teachers will be assigning learning and students will be uploading work in
Google Classroom. Teachers will be able to see student work online and give feedback on each assignment.
Here is a link to the Classroom Codes
Click here and watch a video explaining how to login to Google Classroom
Click here and watch a video explaining how to access your student email
Click here to watch launching videos
Tech Support Hotline: (313) 305-6976 (8am - 4pm)
Classroom Community: 3-5 Times a week, your child will receive a Google Meet link requesting his or her presence. During the prescribed time with a teacher, your son or daughter will be able to ask questions, receive extra support, check-in with other classmates, and build an understanding of the coursework.
At Hamtramck Public schools, it is our goal for students to develop strong skills and strategies that will be carried forward into their college and career years. We believe instruction starts at home, and parent support is the key to reaching this goal. As educational partners, we encourage you to communicate with your child’s teacher regarding your son or daughter’s progress.
We look forward to working with you!
Thomas Talmadge, Principal at Holbrook Elementary