The Hilliard City Schools Board of Education unanimously approved a three-year contract with the Hilliard Education Association during their regular meeting on November 13. The agreement, which begins January 1, 2014, not only allows the district to remain competitive in retaining great teachers, but to also keep the promise to the community of ensuring a fiscally responsible budget while preparing students to be ready for tomorrow. Read More
SURVIVOR: CELLebrity EDITION. It’s not the newest reality show to hit television, its project based learning in action. Hilliard Darby Science Teacher Betsy Barber’s honors biology students are learning about the process cells go through to survive. This hands on series of lab experiments meets science curriculum standards by creating an understanding of the characteristics, structure, and function of cells and of living systems. Providing real world lessons gets our students Ready For Tomorrow.
The most famous causality dilemma is probably “which came first, the chicken or the egg?” This reference to a circular argument is common in casual references to causation. For public school districts we often find ourselves in a similar circular argument regarding school finance. Our goal is to hear and honor the fiscal concerns of the taxpaying public, while providing a variety of educational opportunities and experiences for a diverse student population. Without fiscal support, we are unable to provide the opportunities for students. Without a strong educational product, our community isn’t a destination to raise a family. For districts, the challenge is finding balance – a balance between costs and opportunities, a balance that provides exceptional value for the community’s investment. Read More
Parenting is a tough job. While all of us would like to say our children always make reasonable decisions, it is unwise to ever say, “my child will never . . .” Parents need to stick together. If you see something on a social site, read something in a text message or hear something that makes you uneasy, please take the time to contact other parents. As a parent, I’d much rather have unpleasant conversations with another parent than wait for something worse to happen. Wouldn’t you appreciate a phone call that could spark a conversation with your own child? Read More
The Hilliard Davidson Theater Department presents The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 by John Bishop this weekend, November 8 and 9. Each night the show will begin at 7 p.m. The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 is an ingenious and wildly comic romp which enjoyed a long and critically hailed run both On and Off-Broadway. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door, 5100 Davidson Rd. in Hilliard, or online here.
Students at Britton Elementary are creating a mural for the Wyland Foundation. The theme is Water is Life and the focus is the Big Darby watershed. Art Teacher Becky Rehbeck has connected with the Metroparks to bring in artifacts to draw and touch. This is whole school project that meets art curriculum standards to use the visual arts as a means to understand concepts and topics studied in disciplines outside the arts. They will also submit the mural to be displayed at the new Nature Center at Darby Creek which meets another art standard of using visual arts in their community and world around them. Connecting with the world through art is one way Hilliard City Schools are Ready For Tomorrow.
Just as we don’t place a bag of candy in a child’s reach and expect him or her to have a developed sense of self control at a young age, we can’t expect young people to know when they need to unplug, disconnect and log-off. As adults we must create “down time” for our children to read, relax and spend time away from the constant connection to the outside social life. This may include time for family dinner, homework and certainly rest/sleep. Read More