Regional Oratorical Contest Winners

Two Hilliard 8th grade students competed at the Optimist Club International’s Regional Oratorical Contest. Heritage Middle School student Durya Nadeem won first place in the girls division. Weaver Middle School student Jack Hall took second place in the boys division. To reach the regional level, Jack and Durya won the Hilliard local contest and the Central Ohio Zone contest. Ohio has three main regions. Competitors ranged from 7th-12th graders, and students all compete against each other regardless of age. Durya will now advance to the state level contest. She will compete against the other two regional female winners for a $3,500 college scholarship.

Roots of Rhythm – Norwich Style

This week at Norwich Elementary the music classes learned to make instruments while discovering music from cultures around the world. Music Teacher Meredith Kennedy worked with the school PTO to bring in Guest Artist Dr. Craig Woodson. During the first assembly students discovered how music comes from every culture around the world. Dr. Woodson’s specialty is creating authentic sound while using simple and everyday items. He taught how animals, food technology, and music all connect to produce sound. During the workshop students built a variety of instruments. To wrap up the week students used their own creations to perform in a closing concert. Giving students the opportunity to experience how science, sound, culture and artistry come together to create an ensemble of instruments, prepares them to be ready for Tomorrow. You can read more in Ms. Kennedy’s blog.

What’s He Thinking…Testing Edition

It’s that time of year again – the wonderful world of standardized assessments and tests. If it seems like we have more and more assessments each year, your perceptions are probably fairly accurate. It seems that the age of accountability has entered a new dimension. I’ve been asked several questions of late regarding state assessments and the new PARCC tests. Read More

Technology Connections Blog

Director of Technology Rich Boettner has a blog to keep the community aware of what’s happening in the world of technology. This is where results of the Technology Task Force findings are posted. He is also posting videos about how technology is used in classrooms already. This week he spotlights Lisa Braun, a teacher at Hilliard Davidson who is using iPads to help students learn Spanish. They are learning vocabulary, creating videos and working on a variety of websites to learn about Spanish culture. You can see the video and read more on his blog, Technology Connections. Hilliard City Schools embrace new technology and inspire teachers to learn the best ways to connect with students.

Light It Up Blue in Support of Autism Awareness

At Hilliard City Schools we embrace every child and empower them to make good choices in their educational journey so that they are inspired to be ready for tomorrow. This certainly includes all of our students with autism. April is Autism Awareness month and Hilliard City Schools will celebrate these students by encouraging both students and staff to wear blue on Wednesday, April 2 for World Autism Awareness Day. I hope you will join me in supporting the great students, families and staff members who have dedicated countless hours supporting the specific needs of these students. Read More


Track Replacements at Hilliard Davidson and Hilliard Darby High Schools

Sealed Bids will be received at the Office of the Director of Business for Hilliard City Schools, 2140 Atlas St., Hilliard, Ohio 43228 until 1:30 p.m., local time, on April 16, 2014, for the furnishing of materials, labor, equipment and services necessary for and incidental to the Track Replacements at Hilliard Davidson and Hilliard Darby High Schools according to the documents as prepared by Schorr Architects, Inc. Bids will be publicly opened and read at that time. Read More

Get Outside to Play!

As the weather gets warmer and our students get outside to play, Superintendent John Marschhausen and Hilliard Chief of Police Doug Francis have a few reminders.