JW Reason Celebrates Literature Awards

In Scott Jones’ fifth grade class, students have been studying awards given for the best children’s books. Their media specialist, Miss Lambacher, did a presentation on the award criteria, so students could be on the lookout for potential winners as they were reading in class.

A book they read in class, “El Deafo” by Cece Bell, was awarded the Newbery Honor Award. The Newbery winner is “The Crossover” by Kwame Alexander and it was a HUGE hit with many readers, so they were ecstatic to see it win the top prize. Read More

Persistence and Determination

Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.

-Calvin Coolidge


A recent study conducted at Brown University’s Annenberg Institute for School Reform provides important insight into the importance of extracurricular activities in the development of young people. Not surprisingly, the research demonstrates that the benefits of extracurricular activities are far reaching. Read More

Britton Recycles

Our Britton Elementary third grade classes are talking trash with investigations into trash and recycling. After lunch for three days, students spent time sorting the trash from just two tables to get a sense of how much is thrown out in our cafeteria each day. This eye opening activity really showed students how important a landfill is and started the conversation about reusing and recycling. Students are taking their ideas further by writing an opinion piece to convince others to try to reduce and reuse. These ideas are crossing over into the art room where students are bringing in clean trash to create sculptures taking trash to treasure. When students can be a part of planning for the future they are Ready for Tomorrow.

Bradley’s Future Engineers

19 students from the Future Engineers program are competing for a chance to go to a state robotics competition. There are three different teams who designed, constructed, and programmed a robot to compete in this year’s VEX robotics competition. VEX is an education system that you can use to build robots. Every year they have a different “game” or competition students can build a robot to compete in. This year’s game is called Skyrise. They are competing to go to state championship, and if successful there, go to world championship in California.

New District Wellness Website

The Hilliard City School District is proud to launch our new Wellness Website. This is a website designed to inspire, support, motivate and inform our students, staff and community.

It will be filled with information to help you put wellness back into your life. From healthy recipes to fitness class schedules, this wellness website will house everything you need to take a step toward better health. Read More

Advocating for Public Education

On Tuesday, February 10th I had the opportunity to testify before the Senate Education Committee. It is an honor to represent the Hilliard City School District and to share my perspective as part of the legislative process.

State assessments and accountability have been a “hot topic” in Hilliard over the past several months. I shared concerns about the proliferation of assessments – and the time it takes away from instruction – during the State of the Schools Address in October. We held the first Assessment and Accountability Summit in November. We had several hundred people attend this event at Weaver Middle School to share thoughts, concerns, and ideas about assessment strategies. Read More