Library Partners with Schools to get All Students Library Cards

The Hilliard School District is partnering with the Columbus Metropolitan Library with the goal of getting all students library cards. Having a library card enables students to check out books and EBooks for free as well as accessing other databases for research projects. The library offers a special type of starter library card called a Kids Card that does not accrue fines or fees but allows students to check out up to 5 books and access EBooks and other resources. Sign your child up for a card now. The card will be delivered to them at school. Or, stop in at the Hilliard branch (4772 Cemetery Road) if you prefer to apply for the card in person.

Math Teachers Partner with National Science Foundation and OSU

Our district’s fifth grade math teachers and Geometry teachers had the opportunity to participate in a National Science Foundation (NSF) project in partnership with Dr. Michael Battista and the Ohio State University. The project, facilitated with the help of Dr. Kim Kembitsky and Dr. Jodie Bailey, involves using a computer-based, individualized, interactive Dynamic Geometry learning system that can be used by students to explore geometric figures and their properties. Students will use iPads and other devices to solve puzzles and make observations about how the shapes are able to move – or not move – based on their properties. Classroom discussions will allow students to refine their ideas and apply them to the next set of puzzles. This blended learning experience will allow these students to strengthen their spatial reasoning – an important building block of mathematical thinking – giving them more tools to be Ready for Tomorrow!

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

Bradley Graduate Named Rhodes Scholar

We would like to congratulate Hilliard Bradley Graduate Ilhan Dahir for being named one of just 32 Americans as a Rhodes Scholar. She is one of just three from Ohio. Ms. Dahir is on a Fulbright Fellowship teaching English in Turkey. She is also a graduate of The Ohio State University. According to the Columbus Dispatch she “did her senior thesis on the role of Western foreign fighters in the Islamic State group and their threat to global peace. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security sent her to represent the United States at an international discussion in Brussels on countering violent extremism.” You can read more in this Columbus Dispatch Story.

The Quality Profile Video Series

We have a great foundation in Hilliard; we do amazing work. Our community has made, and continues to make, a financial investment in our future. In this Quality Profile video series we want to show you how we invest each and every day in more than 16,000 students. It’s more than just results of a standardized test, it’s about investing in the future leaders of the United States.

In this second video, we showcase our rigorous academic standards.

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Global PenPals

Weaver and Davidson students in Ms. Urbanek’s Spanish 1 and 2 classes put their classroom communication skills to authentic use when they wrote Spanish letters back to their pen pals in Navalcarnero, Spain.

Ms. Urbanek lived in Madrid, Spain during 2014-2015 school year and worked as an English Language and Culture Assistant at a high school in Navalcarnero with a program through the Spanish Ministry of Education. She said,It’s a great feeling seeing that “spark” when students have an authentic platform to use their Spanish. With the ease of social media these days, students can keep these connections alive. ​These are the kind of connections I was looking forward to bring back to Hilliard students after my year in Spain. ”

Giving students opportunities to communicate and make connections with other students globally prepares them to be Ready for Tomorrow.