Stronger and Better Prepared Together

Frightening…yet empowering.

Unimaginable…yet necessary.

Isolated…yet stronger together.

On Monday, September 21st the students in the Hilliard City Schools had the day off; our teachers, staff, and administration were hard at work with the dedicated first responders that serve our schools. It wasn’t a normal work day for our team; it was unsettling and challenging, but also empowering. Your school team is better prepared. Read More

Hilliard Bradley Graduate to Showcase Art

The Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery has accepted 59 Ohio artists into its first juried exhibition. We are proud to announce Hilliard Bradley graduate Sarah Ribble is one of those artists. The exhibition will run November 5, 2015, through January 10, 2016.

Ohio artists (not enrolled in a degree-granting program, age 18 and older) were invited to submit up to three artworks in a statewide call for entries. Nearly 400 applications were submitted in a wide range of media including drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, ceramics, mixed media, and video.

Infrequently Answered Questions – Technology

From time to time Superintendent John Marschhausen is asked the same questions from different members of the community. In an effort to share the answers with everyone he puts the questions here with his candid responses.

The wireless internet speed in some of the buildings has been inconsistent so far this year. What is the district doing to improve connectivity?

We have a complex wireless system in the district. We have seen the number of wireless devices increase from 4,400 in September 2013, to 7,000 in September 2014 Read More

Norwich and Britton Student Collaboration

Fifth-grade students in Mrs. McKnight and Mrs. Caserta’s class at Norwich Elementary are collaborating with Mr. Williams’ third graders from Britton for an authentic classroom re-design challenge! The challenge is for McKnight and Caserta’s students to re-design their own class space that embodies functionality, organization and appeal for them and their peers. This week and next, their class will have real world opportunities; connecting with different members in the community to learn about their work spaces and to help guide the design process.

One Time Assessment Have Little Value

This week the Ohio Board of Education was presented information about student performance on last year’s PARCC Exams. A recent Columbus Dispatch Article says the State Board is considering setting a lower “benchmark” for passage rates. Members of the State Board are quoted in the piece sharing that Ohio’s students are expected to have lower scores because the test is more difficult. Here we go . . . brace for the sky is falling headline in the future.

First of all, we need to be cautious about what we read into any assessment, but this situation requires us to “press pause.” Think about it for a Read More

Wish Granting

During Convocation this year, Superintendent John Marschhausen announced he will be granting wishes to our staff members once a month. This is Dr. Marschhausen’s challenge to the Hilliard staff to dream big! Not all wishes will cost money, he hopes the wishes can involve improving processes. The wishes should be about doing business better, not just different.

The first wish he granted was for Debbie Youngblood, the district wellness coordinator. It was her wish to install healthy vending machines in our schools so students could make better choices outside of school hours. In this video, you see Dr. Marschhausen surprising Jill Merkle with the second wish granted of the year.