There will be no school and all Hilliard City School District offices will be closed on Tuesday, November 4th for districtwide staff professional development. This includes not only teachers, but support staff and administrators as well. This day allows all staff members the opportunity to extend their learning and ultimately provide a better experience for both students and parents. This also means that in-person services such as volunteer badges and background checks will not be available on this day. All schools, offices and services will re-open on Wednesday, November 5th. All school polling locations will be open as usual for Election Day.
It’s not often you get to witness a pumpkin marriage but the three and four year old students at the Hilliard Preschool were just that lucky. The marriage ceremony was the celebration at the end of unit of study on pumpkins. The students learned about the life cycles of pumpkins as part of science standards and they learned new vocabulary words as part of the literacy standard.
Washington Elementary fourth grade students are learning to blog with new friends from Columbus State. Their teacher, Mrs. Graham, picked the book they are blogging about and assigns chapters each week. The Columbus State students and Washington students have an in-depth conversation about the book. They have been talking about characters and their actions, predictions for upcoming chapters, problems that are occurring and why the author chose to write the way they did. She says, “It is really very neat to see the comments that they are blogging back and forth. I love it because I am finding out a lot about my students as readers and writers because, no big surprise, they are really invested in the blogging aspect and are producing quality work.” Washington isn’t alone in the project. There are students from many of our elementary schools participating in the same program.
Dr. Christina Dorr, Library Media Specialist at Weaver Middle School, received the inaugural award for The Ohio Educational Library Media Association’s Leadership-in-Action. It recognizes an Ohio school librarian pursuing active leadership roles in local schools and in national professional organizations. This award honors members demonstrating an ongoing commitment to leadership in the school library profession. Christina has always been a leader in our district. She takes the initiative, fights for what is best for kids, and is always improving her practices and methods. Many people, not only media specialists, look to her for guidance because of her vast knowledge, and they know she will take charge and do it well.
Sixth grade students in the Tharp Explore Period are participating in a Global Read Aloud. Teachers select from four books, and students try to make as many global connections as possible during the six week period. This year there are 6,000 teachers and 300,000 students participating. Read More
Congratulations to Nate King for finishing in 7th place at this year’s Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon. Nate is the Davidson High School Girls Cross Country Coach and an Intervention Specialist at Tharp. He has run four half marathons and this was only his second full. He was the third Ohioan to finish and first from Central Ohio. Nate says he runs for many reasons but he is, “especially inspired by the student athletes I get to coach at Davidson High School. Their commitment and hard work motivated me many times this fall to put in training before school or in the evening after practice.” He says his student athletes have shown up and supported him at both marathons.