Fire Department Lessons at Weaver

We are thankful to have had the Norwich Fire Department visit Weaver classrooms delivering two different and important messages.

The firefighters first visited with 7th grade Language Arts students in Ms. Santagata’s classes. Their message was “Reading is crucial in their profession!” They do so much more than fight fires. The men brought in their books and binders showing the students what they must study to become a firefighter as well as answered the students’ questions about their profession.

The following day the fire department returned visiting Mrs. Daltons’s classroom to teach about fire safety and how to handle emergency situations. The students were also able to explore the inside of a fire truck.

Giving students authentic learning opportunities prepares them to be Ready for Tomorrow.

Norwich Helping Hands

With the help of Norwich Elementary students and families, Mrs. McKinley’s second and third grade class recently completed the Helping Hands Project. The students collected hygiene items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, mouthwash, and soap to make hygiene bags to donate to a local homeless shelter. As a team, the students were able to organize and donate 144 hygiene bags.

After reflecting on the project, Jackson, a second grade student, shared that “Our Helping Hands project, helped me learn to change our community.” Charlotte, a second grade student, shared that “Our Helping Hands Project helped me learn to love others. My favorite part of this project was knowing the feeling of helping others.” This experience has encouraged the students to continue to be focused on the Power of the Team and making a positive difference in our community. 

Hilliard Idol Finals

Hilliard Idol is this Saturday, November 18, at 7pm, in the Hilliard Bradley High School Performing Arts Center. Come out and support these talented students from across the Hilliard City School District, grades 4-12, who made the finals.

Junior Division Finalists, in performance order; Makenna Sandy, Talan Kirkland, Logan Long, Ainsley Brill, Elaina Arthur, Collin Grubbs, Sydney Carter, Hayden Remington, Makayla Clark, and Claire Copeland.

Senior Division Finalists, in performance order; Kait Newcomb, Keaton Headley, Rachel Emery, Alexander Miller, Megan Woodruff, Emily Ewen, Aubree McCurdy, Cayden Ferguson, Mallory Brown, and Gretchen Honer.

Also, performing will be 2016 Hilliard Idol Winners KC Sandy and Sonia Clark, along with Hilliard Bradley a cappella groups, Shades of Blue and ECHO, and Memorial Middle School a cappella group, Blue Notes.

Tickets are available at the door for $10. Doors will open at 6:15pm. All proceeds go to support the choral program at Hilliard Bradley!

Vertical Team Learning at Alton Darby

Alton Darby is doing vertical teams this year; this is when you have multiple grade levels on the same team. Each team is doing something different with their students. The students from multiple grade levels are given opportunities to work together and teach each other. It has been a great opportunity for staff and students. They are able to have conversations about strengths and areas of growth for our students.

The Dream Green Team is comprised of Mrs. Kleman’s third grade, Mrs. Bolyard’s fourth grade and Mrs. Williams’ fifth grade. Their focus is on taking care of their minds, bodies and the world. They have started with recycling and taking care of our environment.

Personalizing education so that each student can grow at their own pace helps prepare them to be Ready for Tomorrow.

Musical Guest at Norwich

Norwich Elementary welcomed a special guest drummer this fall! Their visitor told children all about the awesome abilities (and parts) of a drum set. This local star and Norwich volunteer, Tim Hoffman, is a drummer and a parent of a 2nd grade student. Each year, he inspires students to create music with his percussion instrument, as well as explore different genres of music through drumming. The classes had the opportunity to listen, dance, and ask questions during this sharing session! Collaborating with our parents is critical in preparing our students to be Ready for Tomorrow.

Naviance for Middle School Families

We are very excited to introduce Naviance and Family Connections to our middle level communities. Naviance is a comprehensive K-12 college and career readiness tool that will assist us as we continue to personalize each student’s educational journey. Naviance provides opportunities for students to explore their areas of interest and connect learning to life. We know that middle level education is a critical time for self-discovery, developing confidence and understanding why their education is relevant to their future goals. Read More