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Watching History Come Alive

Fourth and Fifth grade students at Norwich Elementary got to experience history through a videoconference with author Janie Panagopoulos, author of Train to Midnight: A Dream Quest Adventure. Students saw history come alive in her historical fiction story and created questions to ask the author about both the author’s craft and the historical time period associated with slavery and the Underground Railroad. Using this technology helps students see how ideas and events from the past have shaped the world as it is today. They get to experience how the actions of individuals and groups from history have made a difference in the lives of others and directly affect our world today.

Archery Competition Explodes

The National Archery in Schools Program at Crossing Elementary teaches students in grades three –five the fundamentals of shooting a bow and arrow. This fits into the Ohio Standards for Physical Education that place emphasis on the “11 Steps” to archery success and allows students a unique opportunity to experience an outdoor activity that is popular in many rural Ohio school districts. Read More

Orchestra and String Teacher of the Year!

Congratulations to Darby High School Teacher John Riegel on being named 2017 Ohio Orchestra and String Teacher Association – Public School Teacher of the Year. Superintendent John Marschhausen said, “Our Darby students are blessed to have you as a teacher and mentor. The Hilliard City Schools are a better place because of you and your passion. I look forward to congratulating you in person in the near future.”

Hilliard Davidson Choir Performs in All-State Ensemble

Many of the Davidson Choir students performed this month in a collegiate level repertoire with 160 of the finest choral singers in Ohio under the direction of Dr. Brady R. Allred. Faith Fullen, Madeleine Johnson, Jordan Myers, Lauren Rabe, and Nyna Hess made the elite All-State Choir. The students are pictured here with their directors, Nick R. Crowther and Emily Campbell after the concert at the Cleveland Convention Center.

Webpage to Document New Memorial Middle School Progress

We are extremely grateful that the Hilliard School Community voted to support the recent school levy. While any levy campaign is a challenge, it was great to share our district message face-to-face with thousands in our community. We are proud of the work we do, passionate about our mission, and optimistic about the future. Part of the levy success is building a new Memorial Middle School. Our team has launched a web page to keep our community up to date on the construction progress. You can watch the progression here.

Operationally we have hit the ground running with construction. We are proud to partner with Eramo & Sons, a Hilliard-based company, on the site work for the new middle school. Our selected architectural firm, Fanning/Howey, is also a local company and our commercial construction management firm, Elford, has many Hilliard connections as well. We have great partners in the building project – all of whom bring world-class technical skills while also being personally invested in our Hilliard Schools. We simply have the best team in central Ohio working on the building.

While we are beginning the construction process for the new building, we are also preparing for several major projects and improvements at our existing facilities. As we shared during the campaign, there will be work on parking lots, roofs, and security taking place this summer. We will also use existing revenue for improvements inside and outside our buildings – traditional painting, carpet replacement, and renovations to areas that need upkeep and improvement. Our buildings are a community investment; we must keep up with maintenance to keep our students warm, safe, and dry.

Academy EDU Students Put their Lesson Plans to the Test

Academy EDU students spent last week teaching students at Avery Elementary lessons of kindness. As part of the National Great Kindness Challenge, these high school students put together specific lesson plans to teach the younger elementary students. Student in Academy EDU hope to be teachers after college. Giving them the opportunity to write lesson plans and teach in front of students gives them a true experience of being a teacher. These authentic lessons prepare these students to be Ready for Tomorrow.