Making Their Mark through the Habits of Mind

Second Grade students at Hilliard Crossing Elementary School demonstrated how arts infusion is leaving its mark at their school during the September 23 Board of Education meeting. This week, Hilliard Crossing students will participate in their first “Innovation Day” by celebrating International Dot Day, named for the storybook “The Dot” by Peter Reynolds. The students will exlpore the story of a girl who begins a journey of self-discovery after a caring teacher challenges her to make her mark. Through the celebration, students will use the art infusion curriculum to create their own dots that demonstrate the power of the seven habits of mind which promote college and career readiness skills. Hilliard City Schools is leading the way with innovative and caring staff members that help every student to be ready for tomorrow.

District Assessments

As we work to identify and meet the needs of all students in the district, Hilliard City Schools uses a variety of assessments throughout the school year. Teachers and administrators look forward to gathering this data and analyzing the results as they continue to meet the needs of every child. This series of videos will explore the different assessments used in the district and how they shape the individualized education for each student. Part one explains the three types of assessments used, how a student feels about testing and the district’s goal in using the data.

Collaboration of Sunshine and Science

Students in Brenda Clark’s first grade class at Hilliard Crossing Elementary worked on creating sunshine in the classroom. Part of the first grade Science curriculum is to learn about the sun and all its properties. Adding in some creativity and smiles, the students created their own sunshine. Their projects are made from a variety of mixed media.

How music, math and technology can work together!

Avery Elementary students joined kids around the world for a live musical event. The Carpe Diem String Quartet performed a specially-designed musical program live at Avery, while broadcasting worldwide online. Viewers were able to ask questions in real time and interact with the program. There were lessons combining numbers, math and music. The fun program is in line with several areas of curriculum by bringing the three subjects together to the point of commonality between lessons. It teaches how composers use numbers in constructing their works, and how that impacts an individual student. Hilliard City Schools works to inspire students with many forms of project based learning.

Hilliard Schools Recognizes 29 National Merit Honorees

Hilliard City Schools is proud to announce 29 students who have received recognition from the National Merit Scholarship Program. Each year, more than 1.5 million students across the country enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). Of these students, approximately 50,000 or the top three percent are identified as high scorers who receive further recognition.

“This is a great honor for the students and the Hilliard City Schools District,” said Superintendent John Marschhausen, Ph.D. “We wish them well as they continue on through the process.” Read More

Community and School Partnership Enhances Safety for All

Hilliard City Council is currently reviewing a new ordinance that allows the Norwich Township Fire Department to determine fire lanes for all public spaces in the city limits. It also enhances the Hilliard Division of Police ability to enforce no stopping, standing or parking in fire lanes. This ensures that the Norwich Township Fire Department has appropriate access to all facilities when needed.

“This is a city-wide concern, but we are thrilled to be partnering with the Hilliard City Schools on this initiative,” said Mayor Don Schonhardt. “We want to make sure that all students, staff and visitors in each of our schools and across our community are safe.” Read More

Hilliard Bradley High School Students Mock Courtroom

As an introduction to the play Inherit the Wind, parent Stan Willis volunteered his day to set up a mock courtroom for English 10 students at Hilliard Bradley High School. He encouraged students to serve as each of the actors in the trial and then explained their roles. He then helped students understand the trial process and courtroom dialogue. Combining English curriculum with social studies patterns of social interactions and cultural diversity in the United States, he also discussed the First Amendment and the Constitutionality of the Butler Act which is the basis for the play. There was time for students to ask questions, many surrounding the day to day routine of being a trial lawyer. This unique collaboration between students, parents and staff is one way Hilliard City Schools is working to foster authentic learning experiences for every student.