Tharp Students Tackle Personal Struggles

In Bianca Ianzito’s language arts class at Tharp her students have been using literature to learn more about themselves, and their personal struggles. She had students write personal narratives and create totem poles after reading “Touching Spirit Bear.” She also held literature circles around books dealing with personal struggle. In the literature circles students used iPads to research the authors and more about the books they were reading. They used this research to look at trends in the author’s life when he or she wrote the novels. They learned how to identify how our lives impact our writing. Ms. Ianzito says the project was a success on many levels, but most importantly she was able to learn more about her students. It’s a way for her to personalize future lessons based on where each student is today.

Snow Days…Putting Safety First

I’ve been asked several questions about our calamity days. It seems that the decision making process is a bit mysterious to some – especially the students who follow me on Twitter. There is no mystery – we put safety first, gather all available information, and make the best decision possible at the time. Here are a couple common questions from the past couple days, with my short answer to each. My goal is for our community – our parents and students – to understand the decision making process. Read More

Kindergarten Registration for 2015-16

The Hilliard City School District will begin Kindergarten registration on Monday, January 5th, 2015 for the 2015-2016 school year. If your child will be five years of age on or before September 30, 2015, he/she is eligible to start kindergarten during the 2015-2016 school year. Parents should visit the HCSD Registration Page beginning January 5th to complete online registration and sign up for a registration appointment using the online tool SignUp Genius. Please don’t delay. Appointment times fill up quickly and this will give you a better opportunity to get your AM/PM preference and a screening time that works well for you. Parents will be given the option to upload their documentation with the online registration form. Parents with students already enrolled in Hilliard City Schools will have the option to schedule a phone conference. New parents to our district will need to make an appointment to come to our Welcome Center at 2140 Atlas Street, Columbus.

When the Weather Outside is Frightful…

One of the great things about living in Central Ohio is the changing of the seasons. We live in a region with four distinctive seasons; it is part of the beauty of our great community. From the blossoming of spring tulips, to the children swimming at the community pool, from a Friday night football game, to the musings of White Christmas, we have it all in Hilliard, Ohio. One of the realities of Ohio winters is traveling in winter weather. From a superintendent’s perspective the early morning winter decisions are not a delightful aspect of Central Ohio weather. Read More


On National Random Acts of Kindness day Courtney Brown’s first grade class watched one story that inspired them to do something for the firemen across the street from Brown Elementary. The class walked across the street with sandwiches, chips, cookies, and water to bring them lunch and say thank you for keeping the school safe. The firefighters were so kind and showed the students around the fire station! Empowering students to reach out to others prepares them to be Ready for Tomorrow.

Archery at Ridgewood Elementary

In Mr. Fowler’s PE classes at Ridgewood they have been learning about Archery. This is a hands-on opportunity for students to explore a sport they might never have tried in the past. The lessons began with strict safety rules and proper technique. They have been using the bows and learning to hit targets. They are using math skills to add points and see how their scores rank in class. Max is a student who says this is a fun opportunity. He said, “It’s a special opportunity to be good in gym class.” Read More