From the Get Connected Blog
We are bombarded with media stories and reports about the demise of the American education system. State legislatures have moved to letter grades to share with communities their school performance on standardized assessments. Read More
Planning has begun for a new after school learning center at Horizon Elementary this year thanks to a grant from the 21st Century Learning Center. Hilliard will receive $200,000 per year for three years. Director of Elementary Education Jennifer Adams says “the grant will allow us to create a personalized learning environment for students after school including physical activities, intervention support, enrichment opportunities, as well as support to our families and community.” This opportunity to empower our students’ growth directly prepares them to be Ready for Tomorrow.
In the last two weeks, the Ice Bucket Challenge has taken over the nation. Everyone from Ethel Kennedy to Justin Timberlake has poured a bucket of ice water over his or her head and challenged others do the same or make a donation to fight ALS. This week, Assistant Superintendent Leslie McNaughton accepted the challenge and in turn challenged Superintendent John Marschhausen, Assistant Superintendent Tim Hamilton and Director of HR Roy Walker to take their turn. So, during the transportation department’s first day back the three gladly accepted!
Getting his new staff together to have fun, step out of their comfort zone and get creative is a top priority for new Alton Darby Elementary Principal Herb Higginbotham. During their staff retreat this week, they worked with a pottery wheel and ceramic projects at Buckeye Ceramic Supplies. This activity taking place before the school year starts gives them time to get to know each other and get excited about the upcoming school year. When teachers are inspired to find their creativity, they are better able to prepare our students to be Ready for Tomorrow.