Throw Back Thursday… Publishing the Next Great Novel

Taking a page from Facebook we are going to spotlight some stories from earlier this year in our own version of Throwback Thursday! Here is one from the fall.

Imagine what it must feel like to publish your first novel. For the kindergarten students at Washington Elementary it was pure joy. The students have written and illustrated their first books, and through the school’s publishing shop, were able to bind them. This meets literacy curriculum standards of vocabulary acquisition through writing. It also meets the standard of beginning to understand the concepts of print. Publishing a book in kindergarten opens new career paths for the student and prepares them to be Ready for Tomorrow.

99.2% of Hilliard Third Grade Meets State Requirement for Promotion

1159 of the 1168 third grade students in our district have met at least one of the state criteria to be promoted to fourth grade under Ohio’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee requirements – a 99.2% promotion rate. These students have either passed the Ohio Third Grade Reading Assessment (OAA), the alternative assessment (Measures of Academic Progress – MAP), or are exempt from the requirement due to special needs or limited English language skills. 91.6% of Hilliard Third Grade Students met the state criteria on the Spring Reading OAA. The remaining students met the requirement on the Fall OAA, MAP assessment or were exempt. Read More

Refinancing Bonds to Save Money for Taxpayers

During the June 9 meeting, the Board of Education approved a resolution that will allow the district to refinance approximately $5.6 million in bonds issued a 2006 to ultimately save tax payers dollars. The sale should allow taxpayers to save $1.78 million over a 14 year period and is similar to a deal the district executed in 2013 that provided a net present value savings of 7.38 percent to taxpayers. Read More

Homeland Security Recognizes Diversity Program

Diversity Coordinator Janet Monseur-Durr is traveling to Belgium as part of the Department of Homeland Security’s Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties delegation to represent the Columbus area in a community engagement on countering violent extremism exchange program. They will work through a partnership with the U.S. Department of State. Monseur-Durr is the 2014 Ohio Education Association Human and Civil Rights Award Winner. She says when students feel connected and engaged with their community they are more likely to develop positive relationships and become contributing members to society. According to officials at Homeland Security, “no one does this better than Hilliard City Schools.” This is her second trip to Belgium with Homeland Security. Monseur-Durr is proud of how our schools value and honor every student in terms of who they are as a whole child to ensure that they are Ready for Tomorrow.

Summer Academy

This summer the Hilliard City School staff is hard at working preparing for next year. As part of the summer academy program anyone on staff is able to take courses the district offers to inspire learning and empower our staff to become even better. There are more than 100 courses, taught by our own staff and by outside experts. Teachers are able to earn CEU’s, or continuing education units, which go toward licensing requirements. Our staff embraces the opportunity to learn because they know that being the best they can be will prepare our students to be Ready for Tomorrow.

The Next Program

The Hilliard City Schools’ summer enrichment programs are up and running. From high school academic classes to gardening to cooking, students are attending classes throughout the district. Elizabeth Hummel is a family consumer sciences teacher at Hilliard Davidson High School. She designed a cooking course for younger students to take this summer. She is hoping to inspire some of her 20 elementary students into taking the high school courses. Offering our students opportunities to embrace their passions and empower learning in the summer prepares them to be Ready for Tomorrow. View the entire list of course offerings.

Summer Isn’t an End . . . It’s a beginning

Summer has a special place in our society. From Alice Cooper’s Schools out for Summer to The Summer of ’69 with Bryan Adams there is a certain magic about the warm, long sun filled days of summer.

Without a doubt summer is a change of pace for those of us that work in schools. One of my favorite aspects of summer is golf shirts verse dress shirts, ties and suits. While summer is certainly a time to relax, it isn’t a time that schools come to a stop. The district will continue to be active planning for August 19th, the first day of school, each and every day during the summer months. Read More