Frequently Asked, but Infrequently Answered, Questions

Will the Hilliard Schools consider closing on January 13, 2015 due to the time of the Buckeyes playing in the National Championship?

The Hilliard City School District brand is, “Ready for Tomorrow.” Our goal is to work with the families and our community to prepare students for life as adults. While I am a huge Buckeye fan, and many of the Board of Education Members and administrative team members are lifelong OSU fans, we plan to hold school as scheduled on Tuesday, January 13. Parents and community members will go to work the morning following the National Championship – hopefully with huge smiles, wearing Buckeye gear, and sharing highlights of a great game. Sure, we may be a little tired and we may be dragging a little, but Ready for Tomorrow means meeting obligations and fulfilling requirements. Read More

Tharp Students Tackle Personal Struggles

In Bianca Ianzito’s language arts class at Tharp her students have been using literature to learn more about themselves, and their personal struggles. She had students write personal narratives and create totem poles after reading “Touching Spirit Bear.” She also held literature circles around books dealing with personal struggle. In the literature circles students used iPads to research the authors and more about the books they were reading. They used this research to look at trends in the author’s life when he or she wrote the novels. They learned how to identify how our lives impact our writing. Ms. Ianzito says the project was a success on many levels, but most importantly she was able to learn more about her students. It’s a way for her to personalize future lessons based on where each student is today.

Snow Days…Putting Safety First

I’ve been asked several questions about our calamity days. It seems that the decision making process is a bit mysterious to some – especially the students who follow me on Twitter. There is no mystery – we put safety first, gather all available information, and make the best decision possible at the time. Here are a couple common questions from the past couple days, with my short answer to each. My goal is for our community – our parents and students – to understand the decision making process. Read More

Kindergarten Registration for 2015-16

The Hilliard City School District will begin Kindergarten registration on Monday, January 5th, 2015 for the 2015-2016 school year. If your child will be five years of age on or before September 30, 2015, he/she is eligible to start kindergarten during the 2015-2016 school year. Parents should visit the HCSD Registration Page beginning January 5th to complete online registration and sign up for a registration appointment using the online tool SignUp Genius. Please don’t delay. Appointment times fill up quickly and this will give you a better opportunity to get your AM/PM preference and a screening time that works well for you. Parents will be given the option to upload their documentation with the online registration form. Parents with students already enrolled in Hilliard City Schools will have the option to schedule a phone conference. New parents to our district will need to make an appointment to come to our Welcome Center at 2140 Atlas Street, Columbus.