An electronic publication for parents, staff, media, and community members.
An electronic publication for parents, staff, media, and community members.
It’s time again for our annual yearbook sale. Yearbook Sale Forms will be coming home with information on how to order. The cost of the yearbook is $27.00. Orders can be placed using the convenient prepay envelope attached to the form or online at book.hrimaging.com.
If using the prepay envelope, simply fill in your information, enclose payment and return to the school office. All orders are due February 23, 2018, so please return your completed prepay envelope or place your order online by the deadline.
Yearbooks have not been sold any other time this year. This is your only opportunity to order! Reserve your copy today! Yearbooks will be delivered to the school and sent home with your student when they arrive in May.
Get the kids out of the house for a fun evening filled with indoor bounce houses, face painting, games, crafts, cookies, music, and more! The Hilliard Davidson Interact Club, with help from Families for a Cure and Nemeth Counseling, will be holding its annual Color Out For Cancer event to raise money and show support for the families affected by cancer in the Hilliard community. Sports Clips will also be there to cut, shave or paint hair for those wanting to donate and express their support for the strong men, women and children battling cancer.
The event will take place on Friday, March 2 from 6:30 – 8:30pm at Weaver Middle School. Admission tickets are $5 per person, but $20 maximum for a family. All proceeds will go towards the families in Hilliard affected by cancer. Please join us for this great Hilliard Elementary School tradition!
The senseless violence and loss of life in Westerville and Parkland, Florida have once again brought the concerns of our own safety, and the safety of our children, to the forefront of local, state, and national attention. As we watch the news and face our own reality, we do so with apprehension, anger, and hopelessness. We hear prognosticators and experts debate hot topic political issues, we engage in personal conversations about what can be done, and we hug our kids just a little longer each day.
As an educational leader, I wish there were a single answer. I pray each night and morning for the safety of our community, of our schools, and of our students. In Hilliard we averted a potential tragedy because we practiced “see something say something” and at that moment prayers were answered. We live each day with both intentional practice and hope. We are empowered to take steps to keep our children safe, but we also live with the stark reality that we can’t guarantee that the unimaginable will never happen in our community.
As your superintendent, I can assure you the district has taken numerous steps over the past several years to enhance our building security and to increase the mental health services we provide to students. Please know the work is never done. There is no finish line and it will never be “good enough.” Our practices and procedures are fluid . . . we live our growth mindset and aim to improve every single day.
There are some steps we’ve taken that are part of our emergency planning with law enforcement and first responders that we simply don’t share with the public. Our emergency plans are purposefully not subject to public record laws – this is for the protection of everyone involved. Let’s make it simple, we don’t want the bad guys to see our plans. There are other steps we’ve taken that are evident through our policies and structure.
Our high schools now employ the same access system that was previously used at other buildings. We strive to limit access points during the school day. We have also added hundreds of additional cameras district wide to provide video access to both the exterior and interior of our buildings. Our partnership with the Hilliard Police and Norwich Fire and Rescue, and when circumstances merit the Joint Terrorism Task Force, FBI, Columbus Police and State Highway Patrol, is essential in keeping our students safe. I can’t imagine having stronger and more trusted partners than we have in Hilliard.
Starting with the 2018-19 School Year we will be adding an additional professional development day prior to the first student day in August. This day will be dedicated to safety training and drills with our first responders. Our district’s Joint Safety Committee is already at work creating the scenarios and activities for our staff. This is in addition to the building level training exercises. These days both assist us in preventing potential events and prepare us if a situation takes place. Preparing for the unthinkable saves lives, training is essential.
In Hilliard, we are committed to enhancing the mental health services and social emotional work we do in the district. At the State of the Schools in October, we launched our Ready for Tomorrow initiative. We know schools can’t simply teach academics; our work is about the whole child. We are now measuring specific social emotional attributes of our students. We have the opportunity to identify at-risk students; to help students with low self-esteem or belonging issues. We have added licensed social workers over the last two years, with dedicated clinicians at each high school and additional support at all levels. Our partnership with Syntero provides great resources to our school, parents, and community.
While there is no single action that will keep all our young people safe, there are immediate actions each of us can do to be part of the overall effort.
Young people across America are taking note and finding a voice. Students are talking about the balance between personal liberties and public safety. Adults and parents are asking tough questions. Your district leaders are actively engaged with law enforcement and first responders to provide the safest possible environment. Your district leaders are expanding cybersecurity and monitoring operations at the school and community level. Your district leaders partner with parents, health care professional and mental health professionals to provide services to those in need. There are no easy answers; there is no single tool we can purchase. It takes a village for us to keep young people safe; our Hilliard community will come together, have the tough conversations, and continue to prepare each and every child to be Ready for Tomorrow.
We know school funding can be a difficult issue to explain. This month Treasurer Brian Wilson and Superintendent John Marschhausen will talk about how our schools are funded and how we use that revenue. In this week’s video they discuss how House Bill 920 impacts our finances. You can watch their introduction video and the video on school funding as well as check our web page under Fiscal Services if you have more questions.
We know school funding can be a difficult issue to explain. This month Treasurer Brian Wilson and Superintendent John Marschhausen will talk about how our schools are funded and how we use that revenue. In this week’s video they discuss our sources of funding. You can watch their introduction video and check out our web page under Fiscal Services if you have more questions.
February is Digital Wellness month in Hilliard City Schools. Each week we will take a look at a different topic. This week we are looking at Personal Health and Wellness. Here is an activity that families can try to open up a discussion about Digital Wellness at home.
Big Idea for your child: Be Elite. I will be responsible and honest in today’s digital world.
Elementary parents can ask; what would it feel like to have someone use your work without asking for permission? How can you give credit for others creative works?
We know school funding can be a difficult issue to explain. Over the next month Treasurer Brian Wilson and Superintendent John Marschhausen will talk about how our schools are funded and how we use that revenue. If you have questions, you can find more financial information under Fiscal Services.
February is Digital Wellness month in Hilliard City Schools. Each week we will take a look at a different topic. This week we are looking at Personal Health and Wellness. Here are some activities that families could use to discuss Digital Wellness at home.
Big Idea for your child: Balance is Best. I will maintain a balance between digital and face-to-face interactions in life.
Family Activity: Common Sense Media has a fun video starring Will Ferrell that highlights the importance of putting down devices during dinner. Watch this video as a family and then answer the questions below.
Sometimes children have a hard time regulating their time on media and game systems. Healthy Children has a nice online planner that you could use to create a Family Media Plan as well as a Media Time Calculator. Topics you might include in your plan:
You can also read this article on the strategies that companies use to keep us on their website or app.