Tharp Innovative Learning Zone

The teachers at Hilliard Tharp Sixth Grade wanted to design a new learning zone for students to work on projects together. They transformed the Grace Tharp Reading Room into the new Innovative Learning Zone. Principal Cori Kindl says this was a purposeful use of space to give students a collaborative learning environment.

Third Grade Wellness, Making Better Choices

As part of the wellness curriculum, third grade students at Washington Elementary Skyped with a nutrition expert from The Ohio State University. The students discussed ingredients in favorite snack chips. They discussed the sodium and fat contents and how that should influence their personal choice and behavior. At this age the wellness program teaches students how their personal responsibility influences lifelong wellness. In this lesson they were learning to use information from nutrition labels to make informed decisions.

Avery Elementary Wins Martha Holden Jennings Grant

Congratulations to the staff at Avery Elementary. They have been awarded a $2500 grant from the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation. They have used the money to purchase five science kits from Engineering is Elementary. This grant provided science materials so that Avery students can develop deep learning skills and start on their way to becoming self-directed, lifelong learners. By engaging in learning through hands on problem solving activities, these students will be Ready for Tomorrow.

Seeking LPN’s and RN’s

Hilliard City Schools is seeking Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) and Registered Nurses (RN). The ideal candidate will have a passion for supporting the healthcare needs of students. For immediate consideration, please apply online and complete the Teaching employment application and select the position of School Nurse. Once you apply, please call the Human Resources Department at 614-921-7099 stating that your application is submitted.

New Website for Parents to Help with Elementary Math

In response to a November 2013 parent survey asking parents what type of information and help was needed with regards to elementary math, Hilliard City Schools has created a parent website. Parents asked questions about the curriculum being taught and why it was “different” from when they learned how to add, subtract, multiply and divide. This website is meant to give parents some background on why different methods are taught at each grade level. It will also show video examples of ways parents can work with students at home to help alleviate homework stress. Read More

Alumni Recognize Special Teachers

During this year’s Convocation celebration three alumni returned to recognize teachers that had made a difference in their life. In this video we hear from Nikole Abate who is herself a teacher in our district. In recognizing one teacher that inspired her over the years, she also talks about her time as a student in Hilliard prepared her to be Ready for Tomorrow.

Infrequently Answered Questions

Once again, as part of the Get Connected blog, I will periodically share information and perspective on topics that seem to be prevalent in our community. My goal . . . not to give the “safe answer” but to give my direct answer to the question. I know not everyone will always agree, but I would rather simply be honest. Conversation and civil interaction are important in a diverse community such as Hilliard. Feel free to share your comments, questions and concerns with me at superintendent@hboe.org, participate in one of our Twitter Connections, or stop by a Coffee Connection.

I’m fearful our students are “over tested.” How does the district decide what tests should be taken by our students? Read More