Infrequently Answered Questions

From time to time Superintendent John Marschhausen is asked the same questions from different members of the community. In an effort to share the answers with everyone he puts the questions here with his candid responses.

We have five calamity days. Why don’t we use them?

I don’t view calamity days as good things; calamity days are simply a necessity in Central Ohio. I view them as lost opportunities for teaching and learning. We use calamity days when it is unsafe to get to schools – even with a little extra time. My objective is to not let the number of days – either used or unused – impact the decision on any specific morning. If it’s -14 degrees (wind chill included) we will have school; if it’s -20 degrees with the wind chill, we will close school. If we get a couple inches of snow but can still safely “get around” with some additional time, we will have school. If the roads Read More

Bradley Graduate Named Rhodes Scholar

We would like to congratulate Hilliard Bradley Graduate Ilhan Dahir for being named one of just 32 Americans as a Rhodes Scholar. She is one of just three from Ohio. Ms. Dahir is on a Fulbright Fellowship teaching English in Turkey. She is also a graduate of The Ohio State University. According to the Columbus Dispatch she “did her senior thesis on the role of Western foreign fighters in the Islamic State group and their threat to global peace. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security sent her to represent the United States at an international discussion in Brussels on countering violent extremism.” You can read more in this Columbus Dispatch Story.

The Quality Profile Video Series

We have a great foundation in Hilliard; we do amazing work. Our community has made, and continues to make, a financial investment in our future. In this Quality Profile video series we want to show you how we invest each and every day in more than 16,000 students. It’s more than just results of a standardized test, it’s about investing in the future leaders of the United States.

In this second video, we showcase our rigorous academic standards.

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Global PenPals

Weaver and Davidson students in Ms. Urbanek’s Spanish 1 and 2 classes put their classroom communication skills to authentic use when they wrote Spanish letters back to their pen pals in Navalcarnero, Spain.

Ms. Urbanek lived in Madrid, Spain during 2014-2015 school year and worked as an English Language and Culture Assistant at a high school in Navalcarnero with a program through the Spanish Ministry of Education. She said,It’s a great feeling seeing that “spark” when students have an authentic platform to use their Spanish. With the ease of social media these days, students can keep these connections alive. ​These are the kind of connections I was looking forward to bring back to Hilliard students after my year in Spain. ”

Giving students opportunities to communicate and make connections with other students globally prepares them to be Ready for Tomorrow.

Alton Darby Discovers How to Draw

Author/Illustrator Steve Harpster spent time working with students at Alton Darby Elementary. He is the author of How to Draw books and gives amazing, engaging school presentations. He shared video clips with students about his works as well as creating some step-by-step illustrations with them. Identifying relationships between selected elements of art and design is a key component of the students Art Curriculum Standards. This opportunity allowed the staff to provide examples of how we encounter art and artists in everyday life. Giving students the opportunity to work with professionals from our community prepares them to be Ready for Tomorrow.

The Future of Jobs

In January 2016 the World Economic Forum (WEF) issued a report entitled, “The Future of Jobs.” In this report the WEF cautioned that “the fourth industrial revolution” will continue to change the labor markets in the major world economies as early as 2020.

The report shares that millions of jobs may be lost due to “redundancy, automation, or disintermediation.” The proliferation of technology and robotics is changing our world – and it isn’t going to stop any time in the foreseeable future. The good news is that millions of new jobs will be created in new, specialized areas such as computing, artificial intelligence, math, and engineering. Read More