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Spanish students are listening to popular Spanish Language songs and voting via a twitter poll to our own version of March Madness! The use of pop music in the classroom is an excellent way to allow students to connect to the culture of the Spanish speaking world through a medium that they enjoy. Students have the opportunity to listen and learn the lyrics, improving their pronunciation in the process. The discussion of the songs/artists allows the teacher and student to connect to Spanish Speakers around the world, in real time. What are teens listening to in South America, in Mexico? By allowing students to vote in the March Madness bracket format, each student has a vested interest in their “favorite” song moving forward – just like you might see in the more well-known basketball tournament. And, above all, it was fun to prepare students to be Ready for Tomorrow.

Darby Creek Town Hall Meeting

Once a month Darby Creek Students gather for a town meeting where we celebrate students’ achievements for the month, as well as deliver a message surrounding the culture of our school. The Town Meeting is run by a different grade level each month. The March meeting was run by our 2nd grade students. Their message was about focusing on achieving your goals and staying above the line. Their presentation included a clip about the Iditarod and the hardships encountered as well as a huge visual E+R=O.

Hilliard Optimist Oratorical Contest

Sixteen Hilliard students competed in the local Hilliard Optimist Oratorical Contest, held at Heritage Golf Club. Coached by Hilliard teachers Pam Antos, Missy Brown, and Matt Carlstrom, students delivered speeches on this year’s national topic of “How My Best Brings Out the Best in Others.” Special congratulations to this year’s award winners: First Place went to Nicole Hampton and Rahul Manne (Darby High School). Second Place was awarded to Rushda Kamal (Bradley High School) and Abhinav Gadde (Darby), and Zahra Khuhro and Nathan Hampton (Heritage Middle School) took third place. These students brought home a total of $1000 in scholarships. Nicole and Rahul will now advance to the Regional Oratorical Contest, to be held on Saturday, April 23, in Brunswick, Ohio. Participating in any Optimist Contest or athletic league qualifies students to apply for the Hilliard Optimist Club’s $5,000 scholarships, awarded each spring to two students from each Hilliard high school.

Read Across America

To celebrate Read Across America Week and Dr. Seuss’ birthday this month the students at Darby Creek Elementary and Brown Elementary hosted a school-wide reading event. All students grades K-5 lined the halls and read for 10 minutes to celebrate reading and Dr. Seuss. Students could be seen reading quietly, while others read aloud to their friends. Many students even wore red, white, and blue and Dr. Seuss clothing. When students can embrace their love for reading they are Ready for Tomorrow.

Scioto Darby Student Recording Music

Fifth grade student Nalah-Simone sang a song to her music class about a month ago. Music Teacher Joyce Brandt told Phil Nagy, a music instructor at the ILC about her and he was willing to help her make a recording of her song. He had the perfect high school student to work with Nalah-Simone. Cami Rice, a junior at Bradley High School, worked with Nalah-Simone once already and they plan to work together once a week. Giving students
the opportunity to follow their passions prepares them to be Ready for Tomorrow.