Online Course Success in Hilliard

Hilliard City Schools is very proud of the online program that we have developed over the past ten years. The district has been proactive in seeing the need for alternative educational methods and has worked to develop more than 60 of our own online courses. These courses are developed and administered by Hilliard City Schools teachers and provide the district with an abundance of opportunities to personalize education to meet the needs of each and every one of our learners. Read More

Infrequently Answered Questions – Unfrozen Edition

Are we using blizzard bags again this year?

Yes, the Board of Education approved the use of Blizzard Bags for the 2014-15 school year. The next calamity day will be the first “blizzard bag” day for Hilliard. The district will utilize 3 blizzard bag days prior to scheduling make-up days at the end of the year.

Didn’t Hilliard change from minimum days to minimum hours? Read More

Infrequently Answered Questions

I get many questions directed my way – via email, at the grocery store, via social media, at school events, and even as phone messages. It is difficult to share these questions – and answers – with our community as a whole. From time to time we will post Infrequently Answered Questions in an attempt to clarify rumors, provide interesting information, and simply “get the work out.” This is our community; we are partners. If there is something you’d like to know . . . shoot me an email, send @drjcm a tweet, or stop me in the halls and ask away. 

Why did we have a 5-day weekend in the middle of February? Read More

So . . . you are home on another Snow Day!

That first snow day of the year . . . oh the joy, the excitement, and the fun. Children, and in some cases adults, get to turn off those pesky alarms, get bundled-up and play outside, and drink hot chocolate while watching a favorite movie or reading a good book.

The second snow day of the year . . . we welcome the additional sleep and eagerly begin our snow day activities. It still seems like a gift . . . we are pleased with the day off. Read More

Student Responsibility on Twitter

Twitter is a great communications tool. It is easy, quick, mobile, and concise.

Twitter provides information “when you want it” – it takes little effort to scroll through your feed and gather the information you want to review.

Twitter permits interaction – and I very much enjoy the respectful, responsible communications with our community and especially our students. Read More

Persistence and Determination

Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.

-Calvin Coolidge

 

A recent study conducted at Brown University’s Annenberg Institute for School Reform provides important insight into the importance of extracurricular activities in the development of young people. Not surprisingly, the research demonstrates that the benefits of extracurricular activities are far reaching. Read More

Advocating for Public Education

On Tuesday, February 10th I had the opportunity to testify before the Senate Education Committee. It is an honor to represent the Hilliard City School District and to share my perspective as part of the legislative process.

State assessments and accountability have been a “hot topic” in Hilliard over the past several months. I shared concerns about the proliferation of assessments – and the time it takes away from instruction – during the State of the Schools Address in October. We held the first Assessment and Accountability Summit in November. We had several hundred people attend this event at Weaver Middle School to share thoughts, concerns, and ideas about assessment strategies. Read More