Substitute secretaries, custodians and intervention assistants needed!

Do you want to make a positive impact with students and have your summers off? Hilliard City Schools is looking for substitute secretaries, substitute intervention assistants and substitute custodians for the 2015-16 school year. You must be at least 21 and have a high school diploma or GED. The ideal sub will have prior experience, but we will train the right candidate! Substitute secretaries, assistants and custodians are employed through the Educational Service Center of Central Ohio. The rate of pay is $11 per hour and it rises to $11.50 an hour after subbing 30 times. If you are interested please call the Human Resources Department at 614-921-7021 to be placed on the list. All new hires must be able to obtain a BCII and FBI background check with no disqualifiers. Substitute assistants must apply for an Aide permit through ODE. Please call HR and they can walk you through the process.

Ridgewood Community Garden

Ridgewood Elementary School is growing by leaps and bounds with fall produce ready for picking when school starts! After receiving a $2000 garden grant from Whole Foods in the fall of 2014 and generous donations from Home Depot, Ashland Specialty Ingredients, and Ohio Mulch, a few dedicated teachers and volunteers got started on a garden makeover. After starting a small garden project on the school grounds in 2013 with just 2 raised beds, Ridgewood has expanded into a much larger space allowing them to grow over 15 varieties of herbs and vegetables as well as hosting a butterfly garden. Third grade Read More

Beacon Teachers Donate Books to Students

As an extension of a summer book study Beacon Teachers Julie Locke, Linda Bennett and Jane Conner gathered donated books and are distributing them to Beacon students at two of the large apartment complexes in their attendance area. Initially the teachers chose four Wednesdays in June and July for this effort. The management of one of the complexes is so enthusiastic that they’ve asked the teachers to come weekly. It’s been great to see familiar faces as well as parents of younger children who come to pick up books. Students are encouraged to take as many as they want and either keep them, return them at a later visit or pass them on to other readers. Keeping our students engaged through the summer is just one example of how we prepare them to be Ready for Tomorrow.

Infrequently Answered Questions

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

Weaver Summer Book Club

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.

Tharp Science Teachers Work with OSU Expert

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.