Public Engagement – 2nd Assessment and Accountability Summit Scheduled

Testing and assessments have become a hot topic in education circles over the past year. In fact, testing and assessments have become hot topic in many circles over the past year. PARCC, Smarter Balance, MAP, SRI, and Aspire have become common topics among teachers, PTOs and the media.

Hilliard hosted an Assessment and Accountability Summit in the fall . . . the interest was inspiring. We will be hosting a follow-up Summit on Tuesday, April 7th at 7:00 PM in the Heritage Middle School Commons. You input is important; we need to hear from you. Read More

Antarctic Visit

Students at Weaver Middle School and Ridgewood Elementary welcomed Alex Eilers, a science teacher from the Pink Palace in Tennessee. She talked to students about her trip to Antarctica to work as a researcher with Polar Trec. While there, she worked with a team of researchers to collect data on Weddell Seals. Our students followed her journey virtually by following her online journals while she was in Antarctica and tracking our fitness and science time to log “miles” to make it to Antarctica. We sent postcards with her to Antarctica, which she mailed back to us while she was there! She showed the students how they collected data and shared her love of science with us. Giving students the opportunity to connect with passionate life-long learners is the Hilliard Way.

Help Wanted- Bus Mechanic

The wheels on the bus go round and round, until they stop and that’s why we need help! If you are a current diesel mechanic and ready to move into a great opportunity with great people we are looking for you! We are seeking qualified applicants for the two full-time positions of Bus Mechanic in the Transportation Services Department. Responsible for skilled repair and preventive maintenance of a wide variety of equipment including, but not limited to, installing parts, changing tires, cutting and welding, painting equipment, and performing body repair. The planned hours of employment would be M-F 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tools and equipment provided. Current CDL Class B holders required. We offer a competitive salary and benefits package. To apply, complete the online application for Bus Mechanic now.

Preschool Students Learn about their Community

The little ones in Miss French’s class spent some time this month learning about the community around them. They were able to meet firefighters, animal resuce workers, bus drivers, computer programmers and engineers. They also had the chance to skype with a mommy, a dental hygienist and Superintendent John Marschhausen who was out of town at a conference. Bringing real world learning to even our youngest students is the Hilliard Way.

You can watch a short video of the project.

Growing Readers

Working together to nurture a love of reading will help your child develop into a confident reader. Hilliard City Schools Literacy Team has put together a parent web page to help inspire new readers. View ideas and activities that will help to create a bond, and stimulate conversation, excitement, and a sense of wonder about our world. Plant a seed and watch it grow! Read!

New Website for Parents to Help with Elementary Math

In response to a parent survey asking parents what type of information and help was needed with regards to elementary math, Hilliard City Schools has created a parent website. Parents asked questions about the curriculum being taught and why it was “different” from when they learned how to add, subtract, multiply and divide. This website is meant to give parents some background on why different methods are taught at each grade level. It will also show video examples of ways parents can work with students at home to help alleviate homework stress. Read More

Student Run Genius Bar

With the One2One roll out of iPads at the sixth grade buildings this year it was important to have a place students could take their device if they needed support. Both Tharp and Station set up student run Genius Bars. This is the place students can take their device during the day to trouble shoot issues. The students who run the help desk have been trained in basic trouble shooting procedures. If the fix is not so simple they can immediately fill out a service ticket for our technology department. While a device is being serviced the student is loaned a new iPad to keep the learning process going. Putting students in charge of the Genius Bar is giving them an opportunity to be technology leaders in their schools, and gives them another opportunity to be Ready for Tomorrow.