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Learning the Difference between Fake and Real News

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.

Augmented Reality Sandbox

Fourth graders at Ridgewood Elementary spent the day wrapping up their study of landforms with a visit from the Ohio Farm Bureau and their Augmented Reality Sandbox. Students participated in a hands-on learning lesson on landforms, erosion and topography. With the use of a computer projector and a motion-sensing input device mounted above a box of sand, students were able to use an interactive topography map, with colors and lines that indicated elevation and slope, to demonstrate what they learned about landforms. Virtual rain was also applied to the sandbox to demonstrate how water moves over the shifting sand. Small groups took turns building different types of landforms in the sand and watched as simulated “water” moved across the terrain representing erosion and weathering. Prior knowledge from researching landforms, weathering and erosion enabled students to apply what they learned by building mountains, lakes, valleys, canyons, volcanoes, and many other landforms during this hands-on experience. Teachers collaborated during a Hilliard U course put on by Horizon Elementary teachers to connect to the Ohio Farm Bureau and their Augmented Reality Sandbox.

The National Anthem on Bus #105

Earlier this year two students on Mr. Ed Globke’s bus route to Brown Elementary were “discovered.” Mr. G, as the kids call him, heard Breck Grubbs and Isabelle Mezquita singing the National Anthem. The students had learned the history of the song and how to sing it in Music class. He asked the third grade girls to sing the National Anthem every day since for the entire bus. This week the girls had the opportunity to sing in front of the Memorial Basketball team’s game.

Ready for Tomorrow is different for each student in Hilliard. Our vision as a district is that all students are empowered to push themselves to the very edge of their abilities, and are inspired to create a future for themselves. Mr. G is just one of the many staff members on our team that works to push each child to be Ready for Tomorrow.

Parent Digital Workshop

Screenagers
Movie & Discussion

The Screenagers movie probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including the director’s own, and depicts messy struggles, over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through surprising insights from authors and brain scientists solutions emerge on how we can empower kids to best navigate the digital world. Movie runtime is 1 hour followed by a 30 minute panel discussion. Appropriate for teens and adults (Screenagersmovie.com)

February 15
7:00pm – 8:30pm
Darby PAC, 4200 Leppert Road

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Educators of Excellence Award

The Hilliard High School Alumni Association has established the Educators of Excellence Award as a way of recognizing educators who have made a difference in the lives of Alumni and/or current students in the Hilliard City School District. The Award is given annually to one educator from each school building in the district who exemplifies a commitment to excellence in education. Each Educator of Excellence must demonstrate this commitment to excellence both to the students and in their respective subject areas. Nomination forms must be submitted by February 28, 2017. Nominate an Educator

Hands on Lesson of the Brain

As part of the Life Science unit, Station Sixth Grade students study the basics of Cells. Our community business partner, Mosley’s Meats, donated a cow brain to the schools so the students could work with a real brain. Mr. Grantier and Mr. Konkus shared with students the parts of the brain and how the main parts of the brain work to control body functions. Students were very engaged and this is something many of them will never get to experience again.