From time to time Superintendent John Marschhausen gets stopped on the soccer field, in the grocery store and out to dinner, and gets asked questions about our district. Here are three he has been asked quite a few times in the past week. If you have questions for the superintendent feel free to ask on Twitter @DrJCM or you can email him here.
Why does school start so late this year? Other districts are starting this week?
First things first, we often plan our school years in reverse. We start planning each school year with the contract and dates for graduation. The Ohio State University provides a wonderful location in the Schottenstein Center for us to hold our three graduation ceremonies each year. We enter into a multi-year agreement for graduation; we then work backwards. Read More
A group of book lovers from Weaver Middle School gathered at the Hilliard Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library once a month over the summer — the group titled their gatherings “Reading’s a Breeze.” They shared books, ideas, discussions, insights, and laughter. It has bee a great way to stay connected with books, reading, and friends! Keep tabs on what’s happening at the WMS Media Center throughout the school year on Twitter at #WMediaCenter.
This summer several Tharp Science teachers collaborated with Dr. Anthony Brown, a cellular biologist in the Department of Neuroscience at the Ohio State University. Key areas of focus for Dr. Brown’s studies include understanding the structure and function of neurofilaments (sub-structures of nerve cells that are present in axons and dendrites) in health and disease, which align directly with Ohio’s New Learning Standards for Sixth Grade Science. Our teachers discussed ways to determine how collegiate-level studies and content could be adapted and applied to enrich the sixth grade science curriculum. A major highlight during this visit was using a fluorescent-imaging microscope to view live cells. This work with Dr. Brown is a great example of how Hilliard teachers strive to grow professionally through drawing upon community resources to further their expertise and create authentic learning experiences for students.
When you start looking at your middle and high school students’ schedule for the 2015-2016 school year you will notice substantial decreases in fees for certain classes. This is due to changes the School Board made to fee schedules adopted during the May 11th Board meeting.
For middle school, 16 fees have been completely removed; these include social studies and some science fees. At the high school level fees have been removed for 49 courses, including world languages, math and performing arts. There are still AP charged course fees. Read More