The year started off in an exciting way at Scioto Darby Elementary School. The bright colored flags outside welcomed students to a new way to organize classrooms inside. Instead of the traditional way of having all the classrooms at the grade level next to each other in the hallways, Scioto Darby staff have reorganized themselves into Learning Communities made up of one each of second, third, fourth, and fifth grade classes. There are 4 Learning Communities at the school: The Seekers (S), the Discoverers (D), the Explorers, (E) and the Panther Cubs made up of the kindergarten and first grade students. This organizational change will support personalized learning and develop relationships among students and teachers. The staff is excited to keep the positive energy and excitement felt on the first day going all year long.
Students at Station took part in a team building exercise last week. The Spaghetti Challenge is when students collaborate to build the highest marshmallow tower in 18 minutes with only 20 spaghetti strips, 1 meter of string and 1 meter of tape. Last year the winning team built a structure 43cm tall!
This type of collaboration helps introduce students to the work in R Factor training our entire district will be doing this year. This gives students the opportunity to look at the event in front of them, work together as a team on their response and get the best outcome possible as a group. This also helps students get to know each other and develop a sense of pride in their team and school.
Why are we starting school so early this year? When I went to school we started after Labor Day and ended before Memorial Day.
First things first – 180 days of school is 180 days of school. Even back when we, as parents, attended public school the length of the year was the same as it is today.
Here’s the difference – we now have many more vacations and breaks placed in the school year. We’ve agreed, contractually and by community expectations, to two full weeks during the Holiday Season, to a full week in the spring, to three days at Thanksgiving, and a four-day weekend in February. We still have 180 days . . . these breaks (which are important in my professional judgement) spread-out the calendar. Read More
This school year all Hilliard students will be learning about R Factor. R Factor is the Performance Pathway taught by Tim Kight and his company Focus 3. This program helps you navigate the events of life & work in a way that produces great results. The answer begins with a simple, but powerful equation: E + R = O (Event + Response = Outcome) Read More
The Hilliard City Schools Board of Education unanimously approved a reductions list should the district’s 4.5 mill operating levy combined with a $50 million dollar bond issue not be approved by voters on November 8. These reductions include eliminating 60 teaching and administrative positions.
“With 1,000 new students expected over the next five years, funding from the November 8 levy is critical if we want to maintain the excellent work happening in our schools,” stated Board President Heather Keck. “Without additional funds, we will have no choice but to cut valuable teachers and programs that are important to our success.” Read More