Diversity Coordinator Janet Monseur-Durr is traveling to Belgium as part of the Department of Homeland Security’s Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties delegation to represent the Columbus area in a community engagement on countering violent extremism exchange program. They will work through a partnership with the U.S. Department of State. Monseur-Durr is the 2014 Ohio Education Association Human and Civil Rights Award Winner. She says when students feel connected and engaged with their community they are more likely to develop positive relationships and become contributing members to society. According to officials at Homeland Security, “no one does this better than Hilliard City Schools.” This is her second trip to Belgium with Homeland Security. Monseur-Durr is proud of how our schools value and honor every student in terms of who they are as a whole child to ensure that they are Ready for Tomorrow.
This summer the Hilliard City School staff is hard at working preparing for next year. As part of the summer academy program anyone on staff is able to take courses the district offers to inspire learning and empower our staff to become even better. There are more than 100 courses, taught by our own staff and by outside experts. Teachers are able to earn CEU’s, or continuing education units, which go toward licensing requirements. Our staff embraces the opportunity to learn because they know that being the best they can be will prepare our students to be Ready for Tomorrow.
The Hilliard City Schools’ summer enrichment programs are up and running. From high school academic classes to gardening to cooking, students are attending classes throughout the district. Elizabeth Hummel is a family consumer sciences teacher at Hilliard Davidson High School. She designed a cooking course for younger students to take this summer. She is hoping to inspire some of her 20 elementary students into taking the high school courses. Offering our students opportunities to embrace their passions and empower learning in the summer prepares them to be Ready for Tomorrow. View the entire list of course offerings.
Without a doubt summer is a change of pace for those of us that work in schools. One of my favorite aspects of summer is golf shirts verse dress shirts, ties and suits. While summer is certainly a time to relax, it isn’t a time that schools come to a stop. The district will continue to be active planning for August 19th, the first day of school, each and every day during the summer months. Read More
Congratulations to first grade student Mason White, he was the winner in this year’s Memorial Tournament Clubhouse Kids ticket design contest. He submitted his drawing to the tournament and it was voted on by the public. His design was featured on the kid’s badge during this year’s tournament. Mason won a week long tournament badge and some other gifts from the tournament.
Debra Stoner, the preschool school nurse, was awarded a Hilliard Education Foundation grant of $4,400. With the grant the school is able to purchase an otoacoustic emissions screening system. This is a hearing screening device that can be used for the noncommunicative student. This device will not only be used in the preschool but for students across the district. The Hilliard Education Foundation is a great partner to our schools.
Hilliard Station students and staff collected and repurposed water bottles to create art. Art Teacher Miss Raub helped the students with these Dale Chihuly inspired Chandeliers. Studying different forms of art is part of the sixth grade art curriculum which looks to compare and contrast visual forms of expression found throughout different regions and cultures of the world.