A Summer State of Mind

Summer is a time for rejuvenation, reflection and relaxation. It doesn’t matter if you take a vacation to the beach, escape to a lake or simply enjoy the slower pace at home – summer is when we simply seem to have more time. We are greeted by daylight early each morning and outdoor activities are extended well into the evening.

It is often difficult to see the telltale reminders that it isn’t an endless summer. Those back to school sales, emails from coaches and principals regarding upcoming parent meetings and fall clothing appearing in stores all serve as reality checks – summer will slowly begin to shift into a return to faster pace, packed calendars and frantic activities of fall. Read More

Dare to Dream of Change

We must recognize differences as we assess students – there is no single test to measure every student’s mastery. How we provide instruction, inspire creativity, embrace diversity and empower greatness must be personalized . . . education can’t take place on an assembly line. We are not preparing students for the industrial age; we are cultivating students to be problem solvers, creative thinkers and inspired leaders. Read More

Complexities of Measuring Effectiveness

“Why are there so many different measurers reported for the third grade reading test?

“Why do the Ohio Department of Education and the district report different percentages? Are you trying to hide something?”

“What are the real OAA results?”

These are all quotes that have been sent in my direction – either in person or on social media – from community members about the reporting of third grade reading assessments. These questions provide a great opportunity for conversations – meaningful, honest communications about accountability. Read More

English Language Enrichment Program

Every summer the Hilliard City Schools offer beginning and intermediate English language learners a summer enrichment program. This year there are almost 200 students participating. The curriculum is based on Ohio’s English Language Proficiency Standards. J.W. Reason Teacher Eric Gulley is the summer coordinator. He and the staff put together this video to show a little more about the summer program.

Teacher Tuesdays at the Library

Alton Darby Elementary is holding Teacher Tuesdays at the Hilliard Library. Each Tuesday, from 11:00 a.m. until noon, teachers will be hanging out in the children’s section to connect with our students. Reading and learning to read are problem solving processes that require year round work. These teachers know that inspiring a love for reading is important and they are willing to give up some of their summer to embrace these young readers. You are encouraged to stop by, grab a good book and start reading! Here is the schedule for the rest of the summer. Read More

What’s He Thinking when Buying Eggs?

Just last week I was standing at the grocery, buying eggs, and checking to make sure none of the eggs were broken. While concluding I did in fact have a dozen eggs ready for consumption, a very nice community member, the father of a student in our district, introduced himself to me. We had a pleasant conversation about my first year as superintendent. Towards the end of the conversation he asked, “What would you like to see for next year?” I, of course, entered into a recitation of our district goals. He politely interrupted and said, “I’m not looking for the company line – what areas do you think need to improve?” Read More

Hilliard Davidson Student Works with Supercomputer on Summer Vacation

Sophomore Rachel Jakes from Hilliard Davidson is participating in the Ohio Supercomputer Summer Institute. This is a two-week program that gives gifted Ohio high school students project-based, hands-on learning. Working in small peer teams, the students use supercomputers for practical applications such as solving complex science and engineering problems, conducting network forensics to catch hackers, studying the spread of the bird flu and designing computer games. NBC 4’s Ben Gelber did a story on the program you can view here.