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March of Dimes Nurse of the Year

The March of Dimes paid tribute to the Nursing Profession at the 4th Annual Nurse of the Year Awards. The Nurse of the Year selection committee reviewed 297 nominations from 69 healthcare facilities throughout Ohio in 18 defined categories. We are proud to share our own Debra Stoner was one of the winners this year.

Ms. Stoner is an outstanding recipient who is a certified school nurse with her Masters in Nursing and national certification in School Nursing. She identifies and manages health barriers impacting academic success for students, including special needs medically fragile preschoolers. With a case load of over 1000 students in three buildings, she has a high level of expertise in assessing health needs, integrating families and school Read More

Levy Puts District on Clear Path Forward

Ready for Tomorrow is the official Mission of the Hilliard City Schools. Ready for Tomorrow is personal; Ready for Tomorrow is different for each student. Our vision as a district is that all students embrace a mindset of continuous improvement, are empowered to push themselves to the very edge of their abilities, and are inspired to create a future for themselves. Read More

Bradley Students Learn about Engineering from the CBJ

The Columbus Blue Jackets partnered with Bradley’s Introduction to Engineering students to excite students about STEM, or Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The Blue Jackets invited schools around Columbus to spend the day at Nationwide Arena. There the students were able to engage with professional engineers in the Columbus community, and with technology workers. They were able to discuss first hand knowledge of the jobs available in those careers while also learning what it takes to be successful. The students also had a chance to skate on the main ice, tour the arena and stay for the evening game. Giving students the opportunity to follow their passion while learning what all is involved prepares them to be Ready for Tomorrow.

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