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Infrequently Answered Questions from the Superintendent

Why are so many districts closed or delayed due to cold weather yet Hilliard is in session?

Well, I know students don’t like this answer, but we are consistent. Our benchmark for closing is around the -20 degrees with wind chill taken into account. Yes, -10 degrees is cold, but we must be consistent. Parents of younger students need to feel comfortable making plans for potential calamity days. When it’s below zero we must bundle-up, wear layers, and be prepared for the cold weather of Central Ohio winters.

Also, in most cases a 2-hour delay actually makes the situation worse. Our busses run on schedules. When we delay, the busses experience different traffic conditions. This potentially changes the travel time and could expose students to extra time in the cold Read More

Sixth Grade Economics

Students at Station Sixth Grade School are studying economics and the effects of supply and demand in their Social Studies classes. Students are asked to create shapes and then “sell them” to the trader. Based on the types of shapes students draw and cut out the price goes up and down. If the quality of the shapes is not good or they don’t meet requirements for exact size and shape, then the trader can refuse to buy them because the product is not of good quality and they must start over. Students must decide which shapes are easiest to make and produce in quantities depending on the advantages of making shapes based on their prices. Ready for Tomorrow means mastering skills that will help them flourish in the business world of tomorrow.

Later Start Times for Elementary and Middle Schools in 2017/18

As a follow up to the School Start Time Task Force’s work last spring, the Board of Education approved a resolution in support of later school start times for Elementary and Middle School students.

After reviewing the top two options from the Start Time Task Force we combined parts from each option for the recommendation. Therefore, in the 2017/18 school year the 6th grade and middle school start times will move back to 8:00 a.m. with a dismissal at 2:45 p.m. We are also going to push back our elementary schools 15 minutes. (The elementary schools will have two starting times, those will be determined in January.) Read More

2017-18 Kindergarten Registration Begins in January

The Hilliard City School District will begin Kindergarten Registration on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 for the 2017-18 school year. If your child will be five years of age on or before September 30, 2017, he/she is eligible to start kindergarten during the 2017-18 school year.

Parents will register online beginning January 11, 2017 and sign up for a registration appointment by using the online tool SignUp Genius. Appointments will fill up quickly. 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.

More information will be posted in January.

Project Discover Ted Talks

Seventh grade students have spent the semester discovering their passions, embracing productive discomfort, and preparing to give a TED talk. This is all part of the Project Discover class at the ILC. The purpose of these TED talks is to share their story and suggest solutions to the problem. The students receive public speaking credit, but they aren’t giving speeches – they are sharing their hearts and passions. Some of the talks included; caring for the children of military families, challenging teen readers to select books with diverse main characters, and creating playgrounds with literary characters. Using their R Factor training and Growth Mindset work in overcoming their fears of public speaking they are becoming Ready for Tomorrow.

Weather Closing and Delay Notifications

New this year we will be using School Messenger to CALL all parents and guardians in our District to notify them of weather delays or cancelations. It’s imperative that your phone number is correct in Home Access. The calls will go to PRIMARY numbers only, so be sure you have the number you want weather calls to go to listed as your primary number.

In order to test this system, we will do a test call tomorrow, Friday December 9 at 4pm. This test call will go to all parents and staff. It will also go to community members who are signed up on School Messenger.

If you do NOT get the call, please first check Home Access to be sure your contact information is correct. If you are not a guardian and still wish to get the call you can sign up here.

We will also still send an email, post on Twitter and Facebook, post on our building web pages and notify local media when we have weather delays or cancelations.