Autism Awareness Month

By Cory Poe, Intervention Specialist Teacher Leader

April is a time to raise awareness, take action and celebrate Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). According to the most recent CDC report, it is estimated that 1 in 68 children are diagnosed with ASD. It has also been determined that this statistic has stayed the same since the last report was released in 2014. There are many components to consider when interacting with a child with ASD. Here are a few tips: Read More

Infrequently Answered Questions

From time to time Superintendent John Marschhausen is asked similar 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.

What is the timeline for a decision about a potential levy in November?

The Board of Education is examining a number of different options. The district has both operational needs and facility needs. Furthermore, the facility needs include both addressing increases in student enrollment and maintenance for existing buildings. Mr. Brian Wilson, Hilliard City Schools Treasurer, will present the Board with options for operating costs. The Board will consider the potential duration a new levy will provide sufficient funds, personnel and staffing levels, and forecast data. The mills required as part of the operating levy are planned to be determined by the end of May. Read More

The Importance of Breakfast

Last week we celebrated National School Breakfast Week, and as a pediatrician and parent, I am so grateful that Hilliard City Schools provides daily school breakfast for our children. The evidence surrounding the importance of breakfast in cognition and academic performance is overwhelming, but studies also show that many children start their day without the fuel they need to succeed.

I know it’s not easy to pull together a perfectly balanced breakfast every morning — let alone get the kids to eat it. We’re busy trying to get them ready for school and ourselves ready for work or the day ahead, and the battle can seem like more trouble than it’s worth. As frazzled as we feel as Read More

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

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