Lego League Elementary Teams

Update: Congratulations to the Avery Lego Tigers. They placed 9th in the state tournament this past weekend.

Both Avery and Horizon Elementary run Lego League Teams. The Horizon LavaBots (first year competing with nine team members) and The Avery Hilliard Lego Tigers (third year competing with five members) competed in the Dublin Robotics First Lego League District Tournament against 33 other teams.

Teams designed their own solution to a current scientific question or problem and built autonomous Lego robots that performed a series of missions. Through their participation, the students developed valuable life skills, including presentation, team building, and programming while discovering exciting Read More

Bring a Friend to the ILC

The Innovative Learning Center welcomed more than 700 students already this school year. The goal of the ILC is to offer unique learning experiences for students in 7th-12th grade. These experiences all derive from our four networks, Young Professionals, College Jumpstart, Imagination, and the Personal Success Network.

Last week, students from Davidson, Darby and Bradley attended Bring a Friend to the ILC. The students were given a tour of the ILC and Annex. Director of Innovation Brent Wise welcomed the students and then Academy EDU students shared their experiences with the group and answered questions. Preparing students to be Ready for Tomorrow means giving them information and access to all the opportunities available here in the Hilliard City Schools.

How Parents and teens Can Make Sense of the New PSAT Scores

U.S. News and World Report recently published an article helping parents and teens understand the new PSAT scores. When looking for an expert to interview on the topic they reached out to Hilliard’s own College Counselor, Tom Woodford. Mr. Woodford is well respected among his peers nationally and we are fortunate to have such an amazing resource here in our high schools. Read the entire article.

Sign up for a college news and information newsletter from Mr. Woodford. He sends out emails twice a week that contain information on college application deadlines, financial aid help and parent help sessions.

Davidson Senior Designs Custom Mobile Genius Bar

Wanting to give back to his school as part of his Eagle Scout Project, senior Andrew DeWeese designed and built a custom mobile Genius Bar. The Genius Bar required over 100 hours of manual labor, and was built in cooperation with Paul George, owner of George’s Cabinet Shop in Mechanicsburg. The Genius Bar features slots large enough to hold commonly used tablets, two drawers for tools and supplies, and an interchangeable electrical system for chargers. Read More

State Report Cards Released

You may have seen media reports this week that the Ohio Department of Education has released state report cards. Portions of the report card scores are based on the controversial PARCC assessments many of our students took last school year.

The PARCC tests occurred over multiple, lengthy sittings from February to April 2015. Since that time, due to public outcry from parents, educators and community members, the Ohio General Assembly moved to switch tests away from PARCC. Now, our district results from last year are being released, a full nine months after students took the test. Many people are left wondering, “What is the point?” Read More