Many of the Davidson Choir students performed this month in a collegiate level repertoire with 160 of the finest choral singers in Ohio under the direction of Dr. Brady R. Allred. Faith Fullen, Madeleine Johnson, Jordan Myers, Lauren Rabe, and Nyna Hess made the elite All-State Choir. The students are pictured here with their directors, Nick R. Crowther and Emily Campbell after the concert at the Cleveland Convention Center.
We are extremely grateful that the Hilliard School Community voted to support the recent school levy. While any levy campaign is a challenge, it was great to share our district message face-to-face with thousands in our community. We are proud of the work we do, passionate about our mission, and optimistic about the future. Part of the levy success is building a new Memorial Middle School. Our team has launched a web page to keep our community up to date on the construction progress. You can watch the progression here.
Operationally we have hit the ground running with construction. We are proud to partner with Eramo & Sons, a Hilliard-based company, on the site work for the new middle school. Our selected architectural firm, Fanning/Howey, is also a local company and our commercial construction management firm, Elford, has many Hilliard connections as well. We have great partners in the building project – all of whom bring world-class technical skills while also being personally invested in our Hilliard Schools. We simply have the best team in central Ohio working on the building.
While we are beginning the construction process for the new building, we are also preparing for several major projects and improvements at our existing facilities. As we shared during the campaign, there will be work on parking lots, roofs, and security taking place this summer. We will also use existing revenue for improvements inside and outside our buildings – traditional painting, carpet replacement, and renovations to areas that need upkeep and improvement. Our buildings are a community investment; we must keep up with maintenance to keep our students warm, safe, and dry.
Academy EDU students spent last week teaching students at Avery Elementary lessons of kindness. As part of the National Great Kindness Challenge, these high school students put together specific lesson plans to teach the younger elementary students. Student in Academy EDU hope to be teachers after college. Giving them the opportunity to write lesson plans and teach in front of students gives them a true experience of being a teacher. These authentic lessons prepare these students to be Ready for Tomorrow.
As a follow up to the School Start Time Task Force’s work last spring, the Board of Education approved a resolution in support of later school start times for Elementary and Middle School students. We know this will cause changes for our families, and we wanted to give you as much time as possible to make any necessary adjustments to your schedules.View the Bell Schedule
Students at JW Reason and Scioto Darby elementary schools have had wonderful opportunities this year. A year ago, the teachers at both of these buildings were asked to dream about education. They pondered questions like, what is essential to education and what is valued for our students. Many ideas were considered, but one thing that really mattered was to incorporate more creativity and innovation into the daily lives of the students. Read More
A recent study by Stanford University found an overwhelming majority of middle school students were not able to tell the difference between so-called fake news and real news. Tharp Digital Citizenship students worked with the building media specialist and social studies teachers to gain the media literacy skills needed to evaluate sources online. They explored the problems with fake news and false information on the web and reflected upon ways they can be more conscious of where they get their information. Giving students the tools to grow up in a global world prepares them to be Ready for Tomorrow.