Avery Elementary Wins Martha Holden Jennings Grant

Congratulations to the staff at Avery Elementary. They have been awarded a $2500 grant from the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation. They have used the money to purchase five science kits from Engineering is Elementary. This grant provided science materials so that Avery students can develop deep learning skills and start on their way to becoming self-directed, lifelong learners. By engaging in learning through hands on problem solving activities, these students will be Ready for Tomorrow.

Seeking LPN’s and RN’s

Hilliard City Schools is seeking Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) and Registered Nurses (RN). The ideal candidate will have a passion for supporting the healthcare needs of students. For immediate consideration, please apply online and complete the Teaching employment application and select the position of School Nurse. Once you apply, please call the Human Resources Department at 614-921-7099 stating that your application is submitted.

New Website for Parents to Help with Elementary Math

In response to a November 2013 parent survey asking parents what type of information and help was needed with regards to elementary math, Hilliard City Schools has created a parent website. Parents asked questions about the curriculum being taught and why it was “different” from when they learned how to add, subtract, multiply and divide. This website is meant to give parents some background on why different methods are taught at each grade level. It will also show video examples of ways parents can work with students at home to help alleviate homework stress. Read More

Alumni Recognize Special Teachers

During this year’s Convocation celebration three alumni returned to recognize teachers that had made a difference in their life. In this video we hear from Nikole Abate who is herself a teacher in our district. In recognizing one teacher that inspired her over the years, she also talks about her time as a student in Hilliard prepared her to be Ready for Tomorrow.

Infrequently Answered Questions

Once again, as part of the Get Connected blog, I will periodically share information and perspective on topics that seem to be prevalent in our community. My goal . . . not to give the “safe answer” but to give my direct answer to the question. I know not everyone will always agree, but I would rather simply be honest. Conversation and civil interaction are important in a diverse community such as Hilliard. Feel free to share your comments, questions and concerns with me at superintendent@hboe.org, participate in one of our Twitter Connections, or stop by a Coffee Connection.

I’m fearful our students are “over tested.” How does the district decide what tests should be taken by our students? Read More

School Gardens

Giving students opportunities to take what they learn in the classroom and put it to work in the world around them, prepares them to be Ready for Tomorrow. Many of the elementary schools put this to practice by having students work in community gardens. The teachers are able to connect science curriculum in the classroom with real living gardens outside. Here are just a few examples. Read More

Embracing Diversity with Civility and Communications

The Hilliard City School District is a diverse learning community – we embrace our diversity and strive to create an accepting and welcoming culture. Our diversity includes cultural and racial diversity with students from more than 40 countries speaking more than 40 languages. Our diversity includes dozens of religious background and faith-based organizations. Our diversity crosses political and ideological boarders; we bring divergent thoughts together with a single mission – to ensure every student is Ready for Tomorrow. Read More