Pennies for Patients

The Brown Elementary community brought in over $18,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society during their annual Pennies for Patients campaign! They had 81 students who brought in over $100. This amount is more than any other school in central Ohio. To celebrate the community win, the teachers and principal were hit with whipped cream pies. It was a beautiful day to celebrate the success together. When the students and staff show such commitment to a cause that helps so many people, they show they are Ready for Tomorrow.

Live Kind

Hilliard Crossing Elementary is living the motto of “Live kind. Choose happiness. Unleash learning.” The student leadership team, led by Mrs. Higginbotham and Miss Jones, has worked to spread the message all year. One action taken to spread kindness was to make an art piece that could also show random acts of kindness made by students in our school. Art teacher Lee Justice helped student leaders make a wire art project. Then when students and teachers saw random acts of kindness they would tie a ribbon to the “Kind” wire art. Creating their own living piece of art prepares them to be Ready for Tomorrow.

What’s He Thinking…Tech Edition

With the announcement of Hilliard Schools plan for personal electronic devices for students I’ve received some questions and wanted to address some of the more common ones below. You can find additional information about the implementation plan and the Technology Task Force online at

Q. What is the district’s annual technology budget? How many computers are in high schools now? Read More

Poetry and Music

During the month of March, students in Mrs. Germaine’s class at Norwich Elementary selected one animal to add to the musical composition, Carnival of the Animals, by Camille Saint – Saens. The final student work includes a poem, song description, illustration, and animal facts. This meets music and poetry curriculum standards that teach the students how to describe words in music and poetry. They invited the other grades in for an open house to showcase their animal projects.

Parent Work Shop on Teen Alcohol and Drug Abuse

Hilliard City Schools is partnering with Syntero to discuss current trends in alcohol and other drug use for teens in our community. Parents will learn about prevention and risk factors and ways they can monitor and talk to their children about drugs, alcohol, and tobacco. This will take place on Wednesday, April 2 at 6:30 p.m. at Hilliard Darby High School, 4200 Leppert Road, Hilliard. No registration is needed for this parent only work shop.

Regional Science Competition Winners

A team of four Weaver Middle School 8th grade students has been selected as one of the regional winners in the ExploraVision science competition. This is a competition that pushes students to go beyond the typical science competition and into what it takes to bring ideas to reality. There were more than 30,000 entries this year. In the honors science 9 class, these four created the project they titled, Foam: Fast, Onset, Applicable, Medicine. This project demonstrated how serious injuries can be treated better in the field with their material than with a tourniquet.

Sho Weinstein, Faris Rehman, Cole Helser and Aaron Rogers will advance to the national round next. They each received a Toshiba Tablet and the school will receive a desk top computer. Over the next few months they will prepare their project to compete in the national round. The top two teams will go on to Washington D.C.

Kindergarten Registration Fun

The Hilliard City School District is in the process of Kindergarten screenings for the 2014-15 school year. These little ones will be attending Ridgewood Elementary in the fall. During the screening, district-trained kindergarten screeners test your child’s readiness skills. Your child’s vision, speech, and hearing will also be evaluated.

If your child will be five years of age on or before September 30, 2014, he/she is eligible to start kindergarten during the 2014-15 school year. Parents should visit the HCSD website at to complete online registration. Contact the Hilliard City Schools Records Compliance Office at (614) 921-7096 if you are unsure of which elementary is the “home” school for your child.