We can’t do it alone – It truly takes a Village

The traditional African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child” has been widely quoted when examining the partnerships required during the maturation of our youth. Our “village” has never been more necessary than it is today. We live in a face-paced, instant information, and pressure-packed world. Today’s children are faced with a myriad of both challenges and opportunities. Navigating parenthood can be a daunting undertaking – partnerships and supports are welcome and necessary to prepare our students for tomorrow. Read More

Class of 2014 . . . Help Wanted

Graduation speeches are often a challenge for school superintendents. When parents, families, and friends come to a graduation ceremony they want to see students walk across the stage, they want to hear that special name, and they want to celebrate with the graduates. Graduation is about the students; it’s not about the speeches given by adults. Nevertheless, as a superintendent I am tasked with sharing a few words with the graduates. I am expected to be funny, to share wisdom, to extend best wishes, and to do it all in under 4 minutes. No one wants to hear a long-winded superintendent . . . it is about the graduates.

This year, my first year in Hilliard, I am asking for your help. Graduation is about you . . . the graduates. I am proud to ask you – our seniors – to help me craft my graduation remarks at each of our high schools. How am I going to do this? Read More

What’s He Thinking…German Course Offerings

There have been many questions circulating about the future of the German program in the Hilliard City Schools. In a time of limited financial resources, we must continually evaluate each program, scheduling needs, and potential new course offerings. While the administration is considering many possibilities regarding the instruction of German in the future, we want our students and parents to know the facts about the their educational opportunities. Here is what I know at this time:

  1. No German language class is being cut for the 2014-15 School Year. We had to make some choices about offerings at the middle school level due to balancing courses; students were offered options. We will continue to offer German 1-5 for the next school year. Read More

What’s He Thinking…Tweet Talk

Twitter is a wonderful opportunity to share information and to post links to more in-depth information. While asking questions is easy on Twitter, there are some questions that can’t be answered in 140 characters. Here are some answers to recent Twitter questions.

Why were multiple high school plays held on the same weekend? Why do many of the high school awards ceremonies conflict with other events?

While our staff works diligently to avoid scheduling conflicts, we are blessed with a panoply of events in the Hilliard City Schools. We simply have too many events to not have multiple events on the same dates. We begin with awards events in early April; there is a program on nearly each day until graduation week. Read More

The Children are Above Average

“Where all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average.”

Those are the closing words Garrison Keillor spoke each night on his radio show A Prairie Home Companion. He was summarizing the fictional hometown Lake Wobegon – a special place. It’s an interesting concept – this idea that “all the children are above average” and, I believe, can be a detrimental one when viewed through the lens of government-mandated testing. Read More

What’s He Thinking…Testing Edition

It’s that time of year again – the wonderful world of standardized assessments and tests. If it seems like we have more and more assessments each year, your perceptions are probably fairly accurate. It seems that the age of accountability has entered a new dimension. I’ve been asked several questions of late regarding state assessments and the new PARCC tests. Read More