This year with the vision of kindergarten teachers Cindi Clifford and Tasia Sicker, Norwich is working to educate the whole child through the use of a “Discovery Room”. The Discovery Room provides materials to encourage creativity and collaboration while offering students voice and choice. Research shows when children play, they learn how to cooperate, when to lead and when to follow, how to solve problems, develop social and language skills, build physical ability, and so much more. The kindergarten and first grade students at Norwich are learning through play how to be ready for tomorrow!
As part of their study on immigration, Ms. Santagata’s Language Art classes received a special visitor. Alev Oz, an immigrant from Turkey, recently spent time with the class. She became a U.S. citizen in the United States in 2008. It was her dream to move to our country! Alev told students about her experience with the immigration process, learning a new language, finding a job, and meeting new friends as well as raising her two daughters here. She showed the students her citizenship documentation and both passports. Students were able to ask Alev questions, allowing them to learn more than just what is written in a book. Giving students these true learning experiences prepares them to be Ready for Tomorrow.
We want to give everyone in our community a quick update on the progress so far with our new strength and conditioning facility. Our amazing community of supporters raised over $150,000 towards this project! This has been parent and booster driven from day one, and we are almost there!
Hilliard Darby High School student Katie Carney will be performing this year in Ballet Met’s professional production of The Nutcracker. Over 200 students auditioned for just 78 positions. This is quite an honor for Katie. The show will run December 11th – 27th. Tickets are available from Ticketmaster or the CAPA ticket office.
Liz Deskins, Media Specialist at Bradley High School, Ohio Master Teacher, and chair of the Hilliard Master Teacher Committee, has won the 2015 Outstanding Contributor Award through the Ohio Educational Library Media Association (OELMA). The award, given each year, “recognizes an Ohio licensed school librarian who has made outstanding contributions to school librarianship. The honoree has demonstrated a long-term commitment to the school library profession, while serving in OELMA leadership roles.” Liz currently serves as the organization’s vice president, and will take on the role of president in 2016. Through OELMA, she both gathers, and shares, cutting edge skills in inquiry, technology, and literacy, and brings them back to Hilliard teachers and students to help empower them to be ready for tomorrow.
Since graduating from Hilliard Darby High School Colin Blankenship has worked on hit television shows such as Cougar Town and Unfriended. This month he was in town working on a Bruce Willis movie. While here, he spent time with the Rock Band students at the ILC. He talked about his life and career working in the TV and Film Industries. His key message to the class was to find out what fits. He said classes being offered today at the ILC would be beneficial, giving students the chance to learn what their true passions are, before being out in the world. Giving students the opportunity to work with professionals outside the classroom help prepare them to be Ready for Tomorrow.