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Infrequently Answered Questions – Frozen Edition

From time to time Superintendent John Marschhausen is asked the same questions from different members of the community. In an effort to share the answers with everyone he puts the questions here with his candid responses.

As winter has finally seized a frozen grip on central Ohio, and the forecast includes periodic snow showers and cold temperatures, the inevitable questions about temperature and school safety resurface.

First of all, you can check out this blog from our archives. While temperatures hovering around zero are cold, we do live in central Ohio and we must dress for the weather. The same can be said for snow. If we get an inch or two, and the roads are passable with some extra time, we will have school. It is imperative that we plan for the inevitable winter weather in Ohio. If the forecast is for snow, get up a little earlier and give yourself extra time. If parents are concerned about their teenage drives, our busses will be happy to pick up students that normally drive.

When are the professional development days in February and March? Are they different than last year? Read More

Power of the Team

When we commit to a course of action, we get behind it and apply ourselves with full force. No personal agendas. We will not agree on every decision, but we will commit to team decisions and align our efforts in one direction. Great things happen when we act in the best interest of the district. This requires a deep commitment to the Power of the Team. Here are the three key behaviors: Read More

Stand Up and Own It

We have an opportunity to make a difference every day; an opportunity to shape the future. This requires a Stand Up and Own It mindset characterized by three key behaviors. Our actions speak louder than our words; when we Stand up and Own It we make a difference every day for the students we serve. Read More

The Power of Culture at Hilliard City Schools

Our culture is the heart of our school system. It makes Hilliard Schools a special place to learn and work, and it gives us a unique advantage. Building and sustaining the Hilliard culture requires intentional effort from everyone in the district. The VBO is part of that effort. Read More

Celebrating Positive Events This Winter Break

We experience many positive events in our lives each and every day. As we prepare for winter break, it is a natural opportunity to reflect on our accomplishments over the past year. Each positive event provides us an opportunity to respond with intentionality, of purpose, and with skill. We work to stay Above the Line when we face challenges; we must also live Above the Line when we experience success.

Think about it . . . when someone else makes a difference, when someone else creates a positive experience for us, what does it say about us if we don’t press pause and take the time to enjoy the experience? If we simply respond to positive events on autopilot we are living Below the Line. Read More