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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

Volunteer ID Badge Process Goes Online

Beginning July 1, 2015 we will be using an online system for volunteer badges. Secure Volunteer is an easy to use system created to help parents and community members get their volunteer badges on their own time. You will no longer need to make an appointment to come to Central Office for your badge. Learn more about Secure Volunteer

Middle School Band Students Participate in College Summer Camp

Several band students from our three middle schools attended the Capital University Winds and Percussion Camp. While at camp the students became better musicians and met students from around the state who share their enthusiasm for music. They took part in a comprehensive day camp for woodwind, brass and percussion students designed to assist in the improvement of performance skills that relate directly to the positive experiences of playing in a large ensemble. Read More

Time for Reflection

As Olaf reminds us . . . “the summer breeze blows away a winter storm” . . . we are in the midst enjoying the summer sun, family vacations, and “just letting off steam.”

Well . . . at least many of the children are letting off steam. I am hopeful that as adults we take some time to enjoy the longer days, find time for much needed rest and relaxation, and find time to reflect and recharge. Read More

Throwback Thursday – Blended Learning Lessons for Teachers

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In Hilliard City Schools, we believe that blended learning should create an environment where students and teachers learn and teach more effectively. In order to have a successful roll out of our One2One program our teachers have been spending time in the classrooms. They are learning best practices for using iPads in classes for instruction every day. Empowering teachers to be the best they can be creates environments for our students to become Ready for Tomorrow.