Infrequently Answered Questions – Technology

From time to time Superintendent John Marschhausen is asked the same questions from different members of the community. In an effort to share the answers with everyone he puts the questions here with his candid responses.

The wireless internet speed in some of the buildings has been inconsistent so far this year. What is the district doing to improve connectivity?

We have a complex wireless system in the district. We have seen the number of wireless devices increase from 4,400 in September 2013, to 7,000 in September 2014 Read More

Norwich and Britton Student Collaboration

Fifth-grade students in Mrs. McKnight and Mrs. Caserta’s class at Norwich Elementary are collaborating with Mr. Williams’ third graders from Britton for an authentic classroom re-design challenge! The challenge is for McKnight and Caserta’s students to re-design their own class space that embodies functionality, organization and appeal for them and their peers. This week and next, their class will have real world opportunities; connecting with different members in the community to learn about their work spaces and to help guide the design process.

One Time Assessment Have Little Value

This week the Ohio Board of Education was presented information about student performance on last year’s PARCC Exams. A recent Columbus Dispatch Article says the State Board is considering setting a lower “benchmark” for passage rates. Members of the State Board are quoted in the piece sharing that Ohio’s students are expected to have lower scores because the test is more difficult. Here we go . . . brace for the sky is falling headline in the future.

First of all, we need to be cautious about what we read into any assessment, but this situation requires us to “press pause.” Think about it for a Read More

Wish Granting

During Convocation this year, Superintendent John Marschhausen announced he will be granting wishes to our staff members once a month. This is Dr. Marschhausen’s challenge to the Hilliard staff to dream big! Not all wishes will cost money, he hopes the wishes can involve improving processes. The wishes should be about doing business better, not just different.

The first wish he granted was for Debbie Youngblood, the district wellness coordinator. It was her wish to install healthy vending machines in our schools so students could make better choices outside of school hours. In this video, you see Dr. Marschhausen surprising Jill Merkle with the second wish granted of the year.

National Merit Program Recognition

Hilliard City Schools is proud to announce 25 students who have received recognition from the National Merit Scholarship Program. Each year, more than 1.5 million students across the country enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). Of these students, approximately 50,000 or the top three percent are identified as high scorers who receive further recognition. Read More

I.N.V.E.S.T. in the Hilliard Way: Investment Connections

Over the last two plus years we have held Coffee Connections . . . opportunities for our community to come and talk with me, your superintendent, about the happenings in the Hilliard City Schools. Some of these conversations have been one-on-one about personal concerns, while some of the conversations have been broader group discussions. Honestly, I enjoy each and every opportunity to talk about our amazing school district. If you ask anyone who knows me well you will hear that I love to talk education, Hilliard, and improvement. We have a great foundation in Hilliard; we do amazing work. I am incredibly optimistic, I draw positive energy, knowing we have only scratched the surface. We are excellent today . . . we are going to be exceptional tomorrow. Read More