Doing Business Better – It’s the Hilliard Way

As we start the new school year our passion for growth, our commitment to excellence, is on display. Too often we hear about new programs, compare ourselves to successful programs in other places, or simply talk about the changes we’d like to see in our schools. It is very easy to talk the talk; it is much more challenging to actually walk the walk. It is easy to see the value in progress; it is much more difficult to change behavior . . . to create the experiences.

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Twitter Day 1 Challenge – #HCSD1

We are so excited to welcome students back to the Hilliard City Schools. Part of the excitement of the start of school is capturing those first day pictures and friend reunions! Let’s work together to share and tweet all the excitement of the first day of school – Day 1.

Use #HCSD1 to tweet our students, teachers, drivers and parents as we experience the first day of school. Last year we were able to get #HCSD1 trending across the city! We hope to be able to share in your first day excitement after all, it’s the Hilliard Way!

Infrequently Answered Questions

From time to time Superintendent John Marschhausen gets stopped on the soccer field, in the grocery store and out to dinner, and gets asked questions about our district. Here are three he has been asked quite a few times in the past week. If you have questions for the superintendent feel free to ask on Twitter @DrJCM or you can email him here.

Why does school start so late this year? Other districts are starting this week?

First things first, we often plan our school years in reverse. We start planning each school year with the contract and dates for graduation. The Ohio State University provides a wonderful location in the Schottenstein Center for us to hold our three graduation ceremonies each year. We enter into a multi-year agreement for graduation; we then work backwards. Read More

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