Creating Music in Kindergarten

The kindergarten students in Karen VanVleet’s class at J.W. Reason Elementary brought homemade instruments to class this week. They performed the Idina Menzel song “Let It Go.” Mrs. VanVleet recorded the students playing their music alongside a clip from the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Show. It was an opportunity for the students to create their own music in their own way. Mrs. VanVleet tweeted the video to Jimmy Fallon, who in turn replied to the class. While some of the little ones may not understand who Jimmy Fallon is, it gave the teachers and staff quite a thrill. Teaching students how to use social media the safe way prepares even the youngest student to be Ready for Tomorrow.

Hilliard Davidson High School’s Spring Musical

Based on the hit movie 9 to 5, By Dolly Parton and Patricia Resnick, the Hilliard Davidson Theater Department will perform the musical Friday, April 11 and Saturday, April 12 at 7 p.m. and on Sunday, April 13 at 2 p.m.

Set in the late 1970s, 9 to 5: The Musical is a hilarious story of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era that is outrageous, thought-provoking, and even a little romantic, it features music by Dolly Parton with a cast, crew and orchestra of over 100 students. This production is rated PG. Read More

Darby Choir Performs at Statehouse

The Hilliard Darby High School Symphonic Choir performed for a commemoration of the War of 1812 at the Statehouse Rotunda. Governor John Kasich attended the event as the choir performed four patriotic selections. The event was hosted by the Ohio State University History Department.

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.