The Davidson Media Arts students visited SpaceJunk Media to learn about motion graphics, animation and video in a creative business setting. They were hosted by former Davidson students, Zak Tietjen and Nick Schooner. Both are animators at the media group. SpaceJunk is a full service motion graphics and live action studio comprised of a diverse crew of artists, all with a passion for bringing stories to life. They partner with a wide variety of brands and create authentic digital experiences that connect in powerful ways.
The students also visited WOSU/PBS production studios on The Ohio State University Campus. Executive Producers, directors, studio hands, and motion graphics artists discussed careers in public television and media. Our local PBS affiliate is responsible for disseminating national programming, creating local news, and In The Know, and Emmy award winning programs such as Broad and High and Columbus Neighborhoods.
Tharp Sixth Grade hosted a Career Fest this month where Hilliard community members were welcomed into the classrooms to share their passion for their careers. Students had four career options to choose from each day of the week. This sparked strong interest in several careers and enabled students to learn about a typical day at each job, problems individuals must solve, necessary skills for effectiveness, and much more. Students were very engaged as they gained a deeper understanding of each career and the endless possibilities for their futures. Students will be completing a project-based learning unit in their language arts class that extends their learning from Career Fest. Tharp is grateful to share such strong bonds with our Hilliard community.
Fourth and Fifth grade students at Norwich Elementary got to experience history through a videoconference with author Janie Panagopoulos, author of Train to Midnight: A Dream Quest Adventure. Students saw history come alive in her historical fiction story and created questions to ask the author about both the author’s craft and the historical time period associated with slavery and the Underground Railroad. Using this technology helps students see how ideas and events from the past have shaped the world as it is today. They get to experience how the actions of individuals and groups from history have made a difference in the lives of others and directly affect our world today.
The National Archery in Schools Program at Crossing Elementary teaches students in grades three –five the fundamentals of shooting a bow and arrow. This fits into the Ohio Standards for Physical Education that place emphasis on the “11 Steps” to archery success and allows students a unique opportunity to experience an outdoor activity that is popular in many rural Ohio school districts. Read More
Congratulations to Darby High School Teacher John Riegel on being named 2017 Ohio Orchestra and String Teacher Association – Public School Teacher of the Year. Superintendent John Marschhausen said, “Our Darby students are blessed to have you as a teacher and mentor. The Hilliard City Schools are a better place because of you and your passion. I look forward to congratulating you in person in the near future.”
Many of the Davidson Choir students performed this month in a collegiate level repertoire with 160 of the finest choral singers in Ohio under the direction of Dr. Brady R. Allred. Faith Fullen, Madeleine Johnson, Jordan Myers, Lauren Rabe, and Nyna Hess made the elite All-State Choir. The students are pictured here with their directors, Nick R. Crowther and Emily Campbell after the concert at the Cleveland Convention Center.