Testing Students with a Purpose

Unit tests, spelling tests, achievement tests, final exams, state tests . . . we all have experiences and memories studying for, cramming to prepare for and taking tests. We’ve made flashcards, held study groups, drilled, practices and memorized as part of our education experience.

We’ve studied and prepared to earn higher grades, we’ve studied to earn praise and we’ve worked to avoid negative consequences. Some among us are intrinsically motivated; we simply want to work hard for the sake of learning. For others external consequences – the rewards or punishments – provide the motivation to do well. Tests have a place in schools . . . it just must be the right place. Read More

Students and Staff Recognized for Outstanding Results on Midwestern Test

Congratulations to Noah Adams and Ethan Hessick, both 7th grade students at Heritage Middle School, and Christopher McDevitt, a fifth grade student at Scioto Darby Elementary, who have qualified for the NUMATS award ceremony. This means they scored within the top 1-2% of gifted students who took an above-grade-level assessment through NUMATS in the 2013-2014 academic year. Northwestern University’s Midwest Academic Talent Search (NUMATS) is designed to identify gifted and talented students in the Midwest. Each year, Read More

Community Conversation – Engaging with the Community

Hilliard City Schools leaders engaged with community members about the district’s current academic accomplishments, financial picture and state of school repairs as well as future needs for all three areas. Information was shared, questions were addressed and more conversations will take place in the future, but everyone left with a better understanding of where not only our schools, but our community stands today. This type of open dialogue is important as Hilliard City Schools intends to place both an operating and bond issue before voters sometime in 2015. See the entire conversation and learn more about what’s going on by viewing this video.

Darby Graduate Honored as True Professional of Arboriculture

Chris Ahlum, an International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Board Certified Master Arborist®, professor and co-owner of Ahlum & Arbor Tree Preservation in Columbus has been named a “True Professional of Arboriculture™” by ISA. The True Professional recognition program honors arborists and tree care professionals for their positive impact on the industry in and around their communities.

Ahlum, a 1999 graduate of Darby High School is vice president and co-owner of the family arboriculture business. He is also an adjunct professor at Columbus State Community College where he enjoys teaching the next generation of professional arborists. Read More

Tharp Innovative Learning Zone

The teachers at Hilliard Tharp Sixth Grade wanted to design a new learning zone for students to work on projects together. They transformed the Grace Tharp Reading Room into the new Innovative Learning Zone. Principal Cori Kindl says this was a purposeful use of space to give students a collaborative learning environment.

Third Grade Wellness, Making Better Choices

As part of the wellness curriculum, third grade students at Washington Elementary Skyped with a nutrition expert from The Ohio State University. The students discussed ingredients in favorite snack chips. They discussed the sodium and fat contents and how that should influence their personal choice and behavior. At this age the wellness program teaches students how their personal responsibility influences lifelong wellness. In this lesson they were learning to use information from nutrition labels to make informed decisions.

Avery Elementary Wins Martha Holden Jennings Grant

Congratulations to the staff at Avery Elementary. They have been awarded a $2500 grant from the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation. They have used the money to purchase five science kits from Engineering is Elementary. This grant provided science materials so that Avery students can develop deep learning skills and start on their way to becoming self-directed, lifelong learners. By engaging in learning through hands on problem solving activities, these students will be Ready for Tomorrow.