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Infrequently Answered Questions

From time to time Superintendent John Marschhausen gets stopped on the soccer field, in the grocery store and out to dinner, and gets asked questions about our district. Here are three he has been asked quite a few times in the past week. If you have questions for the superintendent feel free to ask on Twitter @DrJCM or you can email him here.

Why does school start so late this year? Other districts are starting this week?

First things first, we often plan our school years in reverse. We start planning each school year with the contract and dates for graduation. The Ohio State University provides a wonderful location in the Schottenstein Center for us to hold our three graduation ceremonies each year. We enter into a multi-year agreement for graduation; we then work backwards. Read More

Tharp Science Teachers Work with OSU Expert

This summer several Tharp Science teachers collaborated with Dr. Anthony Brown, a cellular biologist in the Department of Neuroscience at the Ohio State University. Key areas of focus for Dr. Brown’s studies include understanding the structure and function of neurofilaments (sub-structures of nerve cells that are present in axons and dendrites) in health and disease, which align directly with Ohio’s New Learning Standards for Sixth Grade Science. Our teachers discussed ways to determine how collegiate-level studies and content could be adapted and applied to enrich the sixth grade science curriculum. A major highlight during this visit was using a fluorescent-imaging microscope to view live cells. This work with Dr. Brown is a great example of how Hilliard teachers strive to grow professionally through drawing upon community resources to further their expertise and create authentic learning experiences for students.

Ready for Living in the Real World

Ready for Tomorrow . . . you hear it, see it, and read it all the time from your school district. In Hilliard, our Vision is “to ensure that every student is Ready for Tomorrow.”

Ready for Tomorrow isn’t solely an academic vision . . . it is a life vision.

Ready for Tomorrow means we want every student to have a plan; it means each student that graduates from the Hilliard City Schools has the tools, skills, determination, and preparation to succeed in life after high school . . . every single student. Read More

Getting into College from a 2015 Grad’s Perspective

Hello Hilliard parents and students, I hope you are having a wonderful summer! I was asked if I would be willing share some insight into my experiences of getting into college now that I’ve gotten through the whole application and admission process. So, after giving myself some time to really orient myself and get over some of the more disappointing moments, I want to take some time to give you an honest reflection of how it went, in hopes that you can use some of the information as your family embarks on this same journey. Read More

Testing and Assessment Requirements Eased for 2015-16

We have a voice . . . and we’ve been heard.

We met, we shared our concerns, and we engaged in the democratic process . . . and the General Assembly made changes.

Beginning with the Testing and Accountability Summit at Weaver Middle School on a cold, snowy evening last fall and culminating with Governor Kasich signing the budget bill into law, Ohio is making common sense changes to the assessment and accountability system. Read More

Throwback Thursday – Kindergarten News and Notes

Our dream is to be able to offer all-day, every-day kindergarten to the families in the Hilliard Community. As educators we know there are tremendous benefits for most children with a full-day experience in kindergarten. We know that all-day kindergarten does not equate to “double” the instructional time. We would, of course, add lunch, recess, and specials to the kindergarten day. The additional time for socialization and soft-skill development is very valuable. The additional time for personalized learning and leveling the playing field is incredibly important.

In a recent poll of registered voters in the Hilliard City School District an impressive 74.9% of respondents believed we should offer all-day kindergarten. We have two Read More