Planning has begun for a new after school learning center at Horizon Elementary this year thanks to a grant from the 21st Century Learning Center. Hilliard will receive $200,000 per year for three years. Director of Elementary Education Jennifer Adams says “the grant will allow us to create a personalized learning environment for students after school including physical activities, intervention support, enrichment opportunities, as well as support to our families and community.” This opportunity to empower our students’ growth directly prepares them to be Ready for Tomorrow.
In the last two weeks, the Ice Bucket Challenge has taken over the nation. Everyone from Ethel Kennedy to Justin Timberlake has poured a bucket of ice water over his or her head and challenged others do the same or make a donation to fight ALS. This week, Assistant Superintendent Leslie McNaughton accepted the challenge and in turn challenged Superintendent John Marschhausen, Assistant Superintendent Tim Hamilton and Director of HR Roy Walker to take their turn. So, during the transportation department’s first day back the three gladly accepted!
Getting his new staff together to have fun, step out of their comfort zone and get creative is a top priority for new Alton Darby Elementary Principal Herb Higginbotham. During their staff retreat this week, they worked with a pottery wheel and ceramic projects at Buckeye Ceramic Supplies. This activity taking place before the school year starts gives them time to get to know each other and get excited about the upcoming school year. When teachers are inspired to find their creativity, they are better able to prepare our students to be Ready for Tomorrow.
More than 250 athletes were a part of a special skills football program at Hilliard Bradley High School this summer. The day was sponsored by Goodwill Columbus and Hilliard Bradley High School. Several Ohio State University athletes were on hand to coach and mentor the students and adults working out. There were also some former NFL players on the field and even an appearance from Brutus! The athletes learned basic skills involved with football while having a great day with new and old friends. Working with our community to empower our students to be the best they can be prepares them to be Ready for Tomorrow. You can learn more about the event or how to get involved next year at www.specialskillsfootball.com.
Hilliard City Schools is currently seeking substitute nurses for the 2014-2015 school year. If you have your Bachelor of Science degree along with your Registered Nurse certificate or just a Registered Nurse certificate, we need you! Please apply on-line at: www.escco.org/subs and follow the directions to complete an on-line application to become a substitute nurse.
The Weaver Middle School staff met in their new media center to get ready for their students to start a new school year. The new space was built with financial support from their PTO. Principal Craig Vroom says, “we are truly fortunate to have a PTO that prides itself on giving back to our students in a way that impacts every student at Weaver.” The redesigned space will allow for students to work together on projects, preparing them to be Ready for Tomorrow.
The Hilliard City School District recently hosted the Innovative Learning Environments (ILE) Conference at Hilliard Bradley High School. This annual conference, held this year in conjunction with our new teacher induction programming, is a great way to kick-off the new school year.
One of our keynote speakers this year was Steve Farber. Steve is an inspirational and respected speaker and author, but more importantly Steve’s message is in alignment with our mission and vision here in Hilliard Schools. For more on Steve, check out his webpage at www.stevefarber.com/about/. After listening to Steve I want to share with anyone that will listen that I absolutely love my job. Read More