Many Thanks…It Takes A Village

The unseasonably cold weather this week has certainly presented numerous challenges for everyone in our area. I would be remiss if I didn’t take a moment to thank everyone who made it possible for us to educate students this week. First of all, thank you to our parents who bundled-up our youngsters as they made their way to school. It isn’t easy preparing children for below zero temperatures; thank you for getting your students to our schools so we can continue their education.

Thank you to our bus drivers, mechanics and maintenance teams for having buses warm and ready to go, our sidewalks and drives cleared and our buildings warm when the children arrived. It’s been a long week for our support staff with many very early mornings… Thank you! Read More

Embracing the Community to Prepare Students for Tomorrow

Technology, and more specifically personal devices, are part of nearly every industry today. When the doctor sees you for a check-up, he/she uses a tablet instead of a paper chart. UPS scans and tracks every package at every step of the delivery process with a hand-held device. Repair technicians plug cars into portable computers to diagnose the problem and order parts. If we are to prepare students for the workforce of tomorrow this must include a conversation about the use of technology and personal electronic devices. Read More

More Options for Winter Weather

We have certainly had an unusual winter. We have had near record cold, above average snowfall and great fluctuations in temperature. It is early January and we have already utilized three calamity days. So how do we keep our mission of ensuring every student is Ready for Tomorrow while also ensuring the safety of students during the highs and lows of the winter months? One option we will now consider using is a two-hour delay. Read More

Inspire Through Conversation

We live in a world dominated by absolutes – a world that is lived at the extremes.

We live in a world focused on the immediate – a world that doesn’t want to wait.

We live in a world that is fast to blame, slow to forgive – a world that seeks the silver bullet at the expense of the process.

The extremes – the immediacy and the blame – that so often dominate our world today often fly in the face of innovation, of problem solving . . . of learning itself. Learning isn’t always immediate; learning is a process. Learning requires experiences and learning requires ownership. Read More

Embracing Starts with Listening

Steven Covey identified the importance of listening in his Seven Habits of Highly Effective People when he stated, “Seek first to understand, then to be understood.” Effective leaders are able to cultivate relationships and to understand the people with whom they interact. As we work together, to support a common vision and mission, we must first listen and gather information.

The Hilliard area is a diverse community and as a school district we strive to embrace our differences. Our diversity is one of our greatest strengths and prepares our students for success as adults. Young people in the Hilliard City School District develop an appreciation, an authentic respect, for our differences. The Hilliard Way embraces diversity and cultivates acceptance. Read More

Teamwork Required To Keep Children Safe

According to the website, a federal government website managed by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, by definition, “Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time.” Simply by nature, schools are a prime location for potential bullying behavior. As educators we play an important role in cultivating a safe, comfortable environment for young people to learn and grow. Read More