Ready for Living in the Real World

Ready for Tomorrow . . . you hear it, see it, and read it all the time from your school district. In Hilliard, our Vision is “to ensure that every student is Ready for Tomorrow.”

Ready for Tomorrow isn’t solely an academic vision . . . it is a life vision.

Ready for Tomorrow means we want every student to have a plan; it means each student that graduates from the Hilliard City Schools has the tools, skills, determination, and preparation to succeed in life after high school . . . every single student. Read More

Getting into College from a 2015 Grad’s Perspective

Hello Hilliard parents and students, I hope you are having a wonderful summer! I was asked if I would be willing share some insight into my experiences of getting into college now that I’ve gotten through the whole application and admission process. So, after giving myself some time to really orient myself and get over some of the more disappointing moments, I want to take some time to give you an honest reflection of how it went, in hopes that you can use some of the information as your family embarks on this same journey. Read More

Testing and Assessment Requirements Eased for 2015-16

We have a voice . . . and we’ve been heard.

We met, we shared our concerns, and we engaged in the democratic process . . . and the General Assembly made changes.

Beginning with the Testing and Accountability Summit at Weaver Middle School on a cold, snowy evening last fall and culminating with Governor Kasich signing the budget bill into law, Ohio is making common sense changes to the assessment and accountability system. Read More

Throwback Thursday – 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

Time for Reflection

As Olaf reminds us . . . “the summer breeze blows away a winter storm” . . . we are in the midst enjoying the summer sun, family vacations, and “just letting off steam.”

Well . . . at least many of the children are letting off steam. I am hopeful that as adults we take some time to enjoy the longer days, find time for much needed rest and relaxation, and find time to reflect and recharge. Read More

Final Exam Changes

Tests and assessments . . . students have been taking them in American schools for generations. Exams are part of our school culture; we test students to see what they know, where they need to improve, and if our instructional practices are reaching the students. I don’t know an educator who believes we should get rid of all assessments. We must have accountability in our schools.

The recent focus on assessments in Ohio has garnered a great deal of media attention. Teachers, parents, and students have expressed serious concerns about the amount of testing we are doing in our public schools. There is legislation pending to reduce the time spent on state assessments; our legislators have heard us and are considering a myriad of options. Read More