One of the great opportunities I’ve enjoyed this school year has been the work of the Technology Task Force. I announced the creation of the group during my State of the Schools address in October. Since then, three separate groups of students, community members and staff members have been hard at work discussing, conducting site visits and looking into different ideas related to where Hilliard Schools wants to be with individual devices and technology integration in classrooms. All of the groups came together in January for cross-committee discussion and feedback related to this initiative. Since then our administrative team and staff members have been hard at work reviewing every comment and considering how we might take their key findings and put them into action in our schools. Read More
The students at Scioto Darby Elementary were honored to be the first school in Central Ohio to host the Poetry Box Project. The Poetry Box concept began with Kevin Cordi, Assistant Professor at Ohio Dominican University and one of the co-directors of the Columbus Area Writing Projects. In 1995 Kevin and a friend in Brazil decided to share stories between writers around the world. That began the Story Box project which inspired the Poetry Box dream. Read More
Captain Mark Federle has been serving our country for 28 years, his latest deployment in Kuwait. Hilliard Davidson High School was proud to host a surprise reunion for the Federle family. Three of their sons attend Davidson, the youngest is at Weaver Middle School. It was an emotional day for everyone involved. We are all inspired by the commitment to our country from this family. We are Ready for Tomorrow when we learn to embrace our community.
As part of National Read Across America Week Ohio Superintendent Richard Ross, Ph.D., visited students at J.W. Reason Elementary. Dr. Ross was joined by Ohio House of Representatives Member Stephanie Kunze, Hilliard Superintendent Dr. John Marschhausen and Hilliard Education Association Representative Mary Kennedy. Read Across America Day is a nationwide reading celebration. Thousands of schools, libraries and community centers participate by bringing together kids, teens and books to celebrate reading with young people. Preparing our students to be Ready for Tomorrow means inspiring a love for reading today.
Congratulations to Hilliard Darby High School Senior Morgyn Freeland for taking second place in the AAA 70th Annual Traffic Safety Poster Program. Freeland worked on his winning design in a Media Arts class. AAA credited the design as creative, memorable and with having the ability to lead others to safety through example and enthusiasm. He will be honored on April 5, 2014 at 5 p.m. at Columbus Crew Stadium. Online voting for The People’s Choice Award runs through the month of March. You can vote for Freeland’s poster here.
Students in Mrs. Bryant’s second grade class at Avery Elementary participated in an international teleconference with an elementary class from the Jinyuan School in Shanghai, China. Prior to the conversation the students studied the traditions and customs of the Chinese New Year. As part of second grade curriculum standards they compared and contrasted the culture of the holiday with our own New Year’s Eve and Day celebrations. The students were eager to share what they learned with the kids in China and to interact with them from our own classroom in the United States. More than 75 students, parents, and siblings attended the event. Read More
Seniors from Hilliard Davidson High School’s Project Lead the Way Engineering Design and Development class have been hard at work researching and prototyping their own innovations. They invited community members in to engage with the student teams to learn about their projects and provide valuable feedback. Guests also completed surveys on issues of feasibility, possible improvements, and overall designs. The application of realistic research and development practices to the pre-engineering curriculum helps Davidson students be Ready For Tomorrow.