Hilliard Horizon Capstone Projects

Fifth grade students at Horizon Elementary have been working on a year-long Capstone project. Students were given the opportunity to choose something they were passionate about and explore the topic through research and hands on inquiry. Students decided how they wanted to present their Capstone projects. They shared the projects with families and staff members at the Innovative Learning Center. This project gave students the chance to build on everything they have learned in elementary school. When students can find their passions and learn to explore those passions they are Ready for Tomorrow.

Britton’s Barnyard Buddies

The Britton Elementary fifth grade students were given a math challenge to design a petting zoo. They used measurement, multiplication, fractions and geometry in coming up with the construction plan. They designed their petting zoo to accommodate six animals. Once the zoo was built they invited the entire school to stop out and visit, many students interacting with animals they had never seen before. This is a unique real world learning project which fits into fifth grade math curriculum standards. Students will be Ready for Tomorrow when they are given opportunities today to solve real world problems.

iPads in Art and Creative Media

Over the past couple of months, Director of Technology Rich Boettner has been blogging about the use of iPads in classrooms every day. As we wrap up the school year he looks at two more classrooms. Mrs. Kitchen’s Creative Media course at Weaver Middle School uses a variety of apps on the iPad to create videos and work collaboratively. Mrs. Murlin’s 8th Grade art classes are using iPads for stop motion claymation videos, iMovie for live video editing, and Google Apps for collaboration projects. Students must have the opportunity to use the most current technology in order to be Ready for Tomorrow. You can watch videos from both classes and read more in the Technology Connections Blog.

Senior Compliments

The senior class from Hilliard Davidson High School took time this week to compliment one another. A group of students posted a message on social media asking for compliments of other students. They gathered and reviewed all the compliments, then printed out the compliments. They did this for every single senior. The compliments were randomly posted on the windows of the commons this week. All students, not just the seniors, have been reading the positive comments. Principal John Bandow says he is impressed with the seniors who took this project on and accomplished such a positive celebration.

Community Garden

The Washington Elementary PTO received a $2000 Whole Kids Foundation grant to build a community garden. The Whole Foods Market Company believes that given the right opportunities, kids will get excited about fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains and other nutritious whole foods. The PTO worked with 9 Trees Landscaping to build the garden with third grade students. They plan to include more grades as the garden grows. Giving students opportunities to take what they learn in the classroom and put it to work in the world around them, prepares the student to be Ready for Tomorrow.

Helping to Build a High School in India

The Bradley Diversity Club was able to make a donation of $1,500 to help sponsor the building of a high school in India. The students earned money by hosting a Multicultural Fair during school. The fair featured 16 different countries and cultures. Student representatives brought in artifacts, pictures, ethnic costumes, music and food from each of their native countries. Students visited the field house and could explore all the cultures represented. The Diversity Club’s motto is to make a global impact with their outreach efforts. Preparing students to be Ready for Tomorrow means they have opportunities to learn about our diverse community and world around us.

Hilliard Leading the Way with Innovation, Education

Change and innovation is coming quickly to public education in Ohio and Hilliard Schools are ready. So ready, in fact, that we are poised to lead the way. So, what does innovation in public education mean? It means that we must create a personalized education for students and increase the use of technology in our schools in order to get us there.

In Hilliard innovation is marked by initiatives such as the McVey Innovative Learning Center (ILC). Interest and demand for ILC programs – one which couples a traditional learning experience with an online one – far exceeded expectations. Students and parents alike were interested in the personalized education that would be delivered with the challenge and guidance of Hilliard teachers. Read More