Four Seniors Recognized by the County Commissioners for Excellence

The Franklin County Commissioners recognized four Hilliard High School Seniors on May 6th for their academic and artistic excellence. Siddartha Revur from Hilliard Darby High School and Jason Ng from Hilliard Davidson High School were honored for a commitment to academic excellence. They have skillfully demonstrated their knowledge and abilities beyond the classroom in regional, state, or national academic competitions. Abigail Niehaus from Hilliard Darby High School and Tanner Elker from Hilliard Bradley High School were honored for a commitment to artistic excellence. They stand out within their school community for their achievements, and they serve as an example to other aspiring artists, both within their school and the greater community.

#ThankATeacher Day

May 6th is National Teacher Appreciation Day. Let’s use our social media forum to express our thanks to the educators who have prepared each of us for success. Teachers shape the future each and every day. Our teachers keep our great country strong and prepared for a brighter tomorrow.

Thank a teacher today on Twitter using #ThankATeacher. If you’re not on Twitter send an email, write a note, or simply say “thank you” to a current or former teacher in your life.

iPads in Science

Hilliard City Schools will always embrace new technology. Director of Technology Rich Boettner believes it’s important to let the community know how new technology is being used in the classroom every day. In his Technology Connections Blog he is spotlighting different ways iPads are being used. This week he looks into a Hilliard Darby High School Science class. Shawn Morris is using the Noteability app to work on science concepts with his class. Students can import teacher notes, presentations and documents into Noteability. Then they can notate on top of the documents and save their work. They can even turn this work back into Mr. Morris if it is an assignment.

Second Grade Avery Students Support Charities Through Math

Students in Mrs. Hayes class have been focusing on money. As part of second grade Math curriculum they are learning how to count money, identify the coins and make change. The Avery Elementary students wanted to do a service project to wrap up their lesson. They decided to make a product they could sell during lunch to raise money for two charities, Autism Speaks and Patches of Light. Read More

School Age Child Care Family Breakfast

The students and families participating in the School Age Child Care Program at Washington Elementary enjoyed a Hawaiian themed breakfast together. A couple times a year each SACC program invites families in to enjoy some time together. Students can show parents what they are up to each morning or afternoon, and families can get to know the staff a little better.

Registration is now open for the 2014-15 school year. For the following schools, a Read More

Class of 2014 . . . Help Wanted

Graduation speeches are often a challenge for school superintendents. When parents, families, and friends come to a graduation ceremony they want to see students walk across the stage, they want to hear that special name, and they want to celebrate with the graduates. Graduation is about the students; it’s not about the speeches given by adults. Nevertheless, as a superintendent I am tasked with sharing a few words with the graduates. I am expected to be funny, to share wisdom, to extend best wishes, and to do it all in under 4 minutes. No one wants to hear a long-winded superintendent . . . it is about the graduates.

This year, my first year in Hilliard, I am asking for your help. Graduation is about you . . . the graduates. I am proud to ask you – our seniors – to help me craft my graduation remarks at each of our high schools. How am I going to do this? Read More

Ridgewood Mind Munchers Take 1st Place

A group of 5th grade students from Ridgewood Elementary competed in the State Finals for Destination Imagination. According to Mission Statement, Destination Imagination develops opportunities that inspire the global community of learners to utilize diverse approaches in applying 21st Century Skills and creativity. This unique learning opportunity prepares students to be Ready for Tomorrow by encouraging teams to work through tasks while incorporating science, technology, engineering, mathematics, the arts, and service learning. Read More