Celebrating Excellence

This is the third year for Hilliard City Schools Celebrating Excellence staff recognition program. We are committed to excellence, and committed to recognizing our fellow employees who go the extra mile to meet the needs of our students. While the roles and titles of each honoree are different, they all have a passion for doing a job that that goes above and beyond expectations. Read More

What’s He Thinking…German Course Offerings

There have been many questions circulating about the future of the German program in the Hilliard City Schools. In a time of limited financial resources, we must continually evaluate each program, scheduling needs, and potential new course offerings. While the administration is considering many possibilities regarding the instruction of German in the future, we want our students and parents to know the facts about the their educational opportunities. Here is what I know at this time:

  1. No German language class is being cut for the 2014-15 School Year. We had to make some choices about offerings at the middle school level due to balancing courses; students were offered options. We will continue to offer German 1-5 for the next school year. Read More

Celebrating Arbor Day at Avery Elementary

The students at Avery Elementary planted an Armstrong Red Maple tree in honor of Arbor Day. Matt Forcionne, a parent from Avery, wrote an environmental grant to obtain the tree. Willoway Nursery then donated the tree as part of the City of Hilliard’s annual tree celebration. Hilliard City Mayor Don Schonhardt was on hand to help plant the tree and hand out treats to the students. Students will be able to enjoy this space and the outdoor classroom for years to come. They will engage in hands-on, inquiry learning while having their science curriculum integrating with the outdoor learning environment. These lessons will prepare our students to be Ready for Tomorrow.

Weaver Zoo Art

Several pieces of art from Weaver Middle School students have been selected to be shown at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. The students visited the Zoo to create a display to showcase their art as part of a new zoo exhibit opening, The Heart of Africa. The art pieces range from collaborative drawings to recyclable animals. The 3d sculptures are made of two liters, water bottles, paper towel rolls, wire, cardboard, and cans in honor of Earth Day. They also have a dragon fly, penguin, dolphin, and giraffe measuring from 2 ft (dragon fly) to 7ft (giraffe). The pieces were created during the eighth grade advanced art classes. Giving students the chance to showcase their passion prepares them to be ready for tomorrow.

What’s He Thinking…Tweet Talk

Twitter is a wonderful opportunity to share information and to post links to more in-depth information. While asking questions is easy on Twitter, there are some questions that can’t be answered in 140 characters. Here are some answers to recent Twitter questions.

Why were multiple high school plays held on the same weekend? Why do many of the high school awards ceremonies conflict with other events?

While our staff works diligently to avoid scheduling conflicts, we are blessed with a panoply of events in the Hilliard City Schools. We simply have too many events to not have multiple events on the same dates. We begin with awards events in early April; there is a program on nearly each day until graduation week. Read More

iPads for First Grade Reading and Math

Director of Technology Rich Boettner blogs about how Hilliard students are using iPads in the classroom every day. This week he spotlights Deb Fraizer and her first grade students at Darby Creek Elementary. Mrs. Frazier uses iPads daily as just one more tool for her student’s learning. They use a variety of apps and websites to support their learning such as Educreation, Pixie and Kidblog. They frequently use it for writing but also use it for math workshops.

 

Vote for Physics Students National Video Contest

Hilliard Davidson High School physics students are participating in a national video contest being sponsored by James Madison University. Out of nearly 100 videos submitted, Davidson has 11 finalists! One of the categories for judging is “popularity” and is determined by the number of views per video on the YouTube channel for JMU. Follow this link to view Davidson finalists, note: there are 11 with ‘Davidson’ in the title. We have until May 7th to get the most votes! Read More