As a follow up to the School Start Time Task Force’s work last spring, the Board of Education approved a resolution in support of later school start times for Elementary and Middle School students. We know this will cause changes for our families, and we wanted to give you as much time as possible to make any necessary adjustments to your schedules.View the Bell Schedule
Students at JW Reason and Scioto Darby elementary schools have had wonderful opportunities this year. A year ago, the teachers at both of these buildings were asked to dream about education. They pondered questions like, what is essential to education and what is valued for our students. Many ideas were considered, but one thing that really mattered was to incorporate more creativity and innovation into the daily lives of the students. Read More
A recent study by Stanford University found an overwhelming majority of middle school students were not able to tell the difference between so-called fake news and real news. Tharp Digital Citizenship students worked with the building media specialist and social studies teachers to gain the media literacy skills needed to evaluate sources online. They explored the problems with fake news and false information on the web and reflected upon ways they can be more conscious of where they get their information. Giving students the tools to grow up in a global world prepares them to be Ready for Tomorrow.
Fourth graders at Ridgewood Elementary spent the day wrapping up their study of landforms with a visit from the Ohio Farm Bureau and their Augmented Reality Sandbox. Students participated in a hands-on learning lesson on landforms, erosion and topography. With the use of a computer projector and a motion-sensing input device mounted above a box of sand, students were able to use an interactive topography map, with colors and lines that indicated elevation and slope, to demonstrate what they learned about landforms. Virtual rain was also applied to the sandbox to demonstrate how water moves over the shifting sand. Small groups took turns building different types of landforms in the sand and watched as simulated “water” moved across the terrain representing erosion and weathering. Prior knowledge from researching landforms, weathering and erosion enabled students to apply what they learned by building mountains, lakes, valleys, canyons, volcanoes, and many other landforms during this hands-on experience. Teachers collaborated during a Hilliard U course put on by Horizon Elementary teachers to connect to the Ohio Farm Bureau and their Augmented Reality Sandbox.
Earlier this year two students on Mr. Ed Globke’s bus route to Brown Elementary were “discovered.” Mr. G, as the kids call him, heard Breck Grubbs and Isabelle Mezquita singing the National Anthem. The students had learned the history of the song and how to sing it in Music class. He asked the third grade girls to sing the National Anthem every day since for the entire bus. This week the girls had the opportunity to sing in front of the Memorial Basketball team’s game.
Ready for Tomorrow is different for each student in Hilliard. Our vision as a district is that all students are empowered to push themselves to the very edge of their abilities, and are inspired to create a future for themselves. Mr. G is just one of the many staff members on our team that works to push each child to be Ready for Tomorrow.
Movie & Discussion
The Screenagers movie probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including the director’s own, and depicts messy struggles, over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through surprising insights from authors and brain scientists solutions emerge on how we can empower kids to best navigate the digital world. Movie runtime is 1 hour followed by a 30 minute panel discussion. Appropriate for teens and adults (Screenagersmovie.com)
7:00pm – 8:30pm
Darby PAC, 4200 Leppert Road