Kindergarten News and Notes

Our dream is to be able to offer all-day, every-day kindergarten to the families in the Hilliard Community. As educators we know there are tremendous benefits for most children with a full-day experience in kindergarten. We know that all-day kindergarten does not equate to “double” the instructional time. We would, of course, add lunch, recess, and specials to the kindergarten day. The additional time for socialization and soft-skill development is very valuable. The additional time for personalized learning and leveling the playing field is incredibly important.

In a recent poll of registered voters in the Hilliard City School District an impressive 74.9% of respondents believed we should offer all-day kindergarten. We have two Read More

Darby Students Ready for Prom

This year the Darby Prom Theme is “Empire State of Mind.” It is Saturday, April 25th. New this year the students will have a band and DJ play at the dance. Pictured is the Prom Court from left to right: Madison McDonald, Natalie McIsaac, Lydia Schuler, McKenzie Cloud, Megan Ferguson and Emily Kerr. Back Row: Ben Radcliff, Ross McDonald, Aaron Grieshop, Chris Yeager, Keegan Davidson and Ryan Rampi.

The Hilliard Way, Part Six

In Hilliard City Schools, we believe that blended learning should create an environment where students and teachers learn and teach more effectively. Blended learning can provide students with choice and voice in their learning and is dynamically customized for each student, reaching students of varying learning styles. In this video you can see how blended learning is truly the Hilliard Way.

 

Author Chat at J. W. Reason

Students in Mrs. Buelow’s third grade class were able to Skype with author M.D. Payne thanks to a free program, Skype in the Classroom. This opportunity gives students the chance to connect with authors from around the world. Payne writes the chapter book series Monster Juice, a series of spine-tingling adventures. Payne lives in Brooklyn and was Skyping from a school in New York City. Students enjoyed seeing the view of the skyline from his window – including the Empire State Building. Payne gave students great advice about writing – telling them it is important to be patient as a writer and the beginning can be the most challenging part to write. If you are stuck at a point in your writing, move onto another portion of the story to see if you can develop that area. Payne writes books to inspire kids to read and write.

Autism Awareness Month

In honor of Autism Awareness month, I wanted to share some personal reflections about autism and the students I have been privileged to serve.

I remember when I entered the profession and was asked about my experience with students with autism. All I could say was that I had heard the term. Fortunately, my knowledge has increased over the years through experiences, relationships with parents, professional development, my Master’s work, earning my autism certification and especially through my time with students. The students who have entered my life have had a profound impact that I will always treasure. I, in turn, learned so much by entering their world through glimpses of their thoughts, experiences, disappointments, misunderstandings and humor. Read More

Oratorical Contest Winners

Congratulations to our two Hilliard contestants, Darby Junior Amraha Nadeem and Davidson Junior Mark Jackson, who both did a wonderful job at the Optimist Regional Oratorical Contest. Mark and Amraha competed against students from the northeastern third of the state, and the competition was extremely fierce. Mark earned the “Runner-Up” Award in the boys’ division and could advance to the state-level contest on May 16, should the first-place male student be unable to participate. They also delivered their speeches at the Optimist Youth Appreciation Banquet, held at Memorial High School.