4200 Leppert Road Hilliard, OH 43026
December 18, 2019
7:40-9:10: 0 Period
9:20-10:50: 1st Period / Seminar
11:00-12:30: 4th Period
December 19, 2019
7:40-9:10: 2nd Period
9:20-10:50: 3rd Period
11:00-12:30: 5th Period
December 20, 2019
7:40-9:10: 7th Period
9:20-10:50: 8th Period
11:00-12:30: 6th Period
At Hilliard Darby School, one of our greatest priorities is ensuring that all our students arrive safely at school each and every day. This year we are introducing a new, more efficient student absence reporting system called School Messenger Attendance. This new system will reduce the time it takes to verify student attendance, make it easy for you to report your child’s absence and easy for staff to respond to unexplained student absences.
With School Messenger Attendance, you are asked to report your child’s absence in advance using any of these three convenient methods:
- Using your mobile device, download and install the SchoolMessenger app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. The first time you use the app, select Sign Up to create your account. Select Attendance then Report an Absence.
- Use the School Messenger Attendance website, https://go.schoolmessenger.com. The first time you use the website, select Sign Up to create your account. Select Attendance then Report an Absence.
- Call the toll-free number 844-413-8801 to report an absence using the automated phone system.
These options are available 24 hours/day, 7 days a week. Future absences can be reported at any time.
If you forget to report an absence, you will receive an automated notification. The automated notification system will attempt to contact parents at multiple contact points until a reason is submitted for the absence. We will be using the contact information in Home Access, so it is vital your information is correct. If our system is unable to reach the designated contacts, the office staff will follow up.
If you report your child’s absence in advance using the School Messenger mobile app, website, or toll-free number you will NOT receive these notifications.
Please report absences in advance using School Messenger Attendance instead of sending notes or calling/emailing the school. Beginning on the first day, we will also start sending notifications to let you know if your student is absent when you haven’t reported the absence in advance.
For now, just Secondary are using this system. If you have children attending other schools, please continue to report absences using the existing procedures for those schools.
Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we implement this new system.
We are excited to announce Jeff Sloat is the new Parent Mentor for Hilliard City Schools. Jeff holds a Master’s degree in social work and is independently licensed in Ohio. When he is not supporting Hilliard families through educational accommodations, Jeff is a Clinical Supervisor at Nemeth Counseling in Hilliard. There, he provides individual and family therapy to children and adults. Jeff’s career has been focused on helping underdogs, and he brings a heart to serve and strong advocacy skills to the Parent Mentor role.
He has served as a surrogate parent for many years and has experiences on both sides of the table; providing services and accommodations as well as advocating for those who need them. If our parents or guardians have questions or would like to work with Jeff, please e-mail or call him at 614-921-4002.
Youth sports are a multibillion-dollar industry in the United States. Young people are starting competitive athletics at younger ages, but we see declining participation in high school athletics. As a district, the time commitment of coaches has increased – so has the stress and pressure created by changing expectations.
Dr. John Marschhausen is convening an Athletic Study Group to examine the purpose of middle and high school athletics. “Alignment of purpose is critical to a healthy culture,” shares Marschhausen. “We need to enumerate the mission of our athletic programs in the Hilliard Schools. All programs should be aligned with the district’s overall mission to prepare each student to be Ready for Tomorrow.”
The Athletic Study Group will examine current research in the area of successful interscholastic programs and examine the district’s existing investment in coaches and facilities. Dr. Marschhausen is passionate about this work; he will serve as the Study Group Chair. Applications will be accepted through Saturday, November 30, 2019. Committee Membership will be selected to include a diverse group of community members that bring varying views and experiences to the table. The Athletic Study Group will present findings to the Board of Education in a public Business Meeting in the Spring.
The group will tentatively meet four times, between January and March. There will be time for small group discussions between meetings. If you are interested in applying to be part of the Hilliard Athletic Study Group, please complete the online application.
Hilliard City Schools and Dublin City Schools are joining forces again this year to shine a spotlight on student mental health with “Be Well Part II: A Parent University Event by Dublin and Hilliard City Schools.”
“The social and emotional health of our students is one of our top priorities. In today’s world, students’ lives are filled with external pressures many of us did not grow up with,” said Superintendent Dr. Todd Hoadley. “As part of our ongoing efforts to support our students’ overall mental health, we have teamed up with Hilliard City Schools to present Be Well Part II on Feb. 29.”
The event will take place at both Hilliard Darby High School and Dublin City Schools’ Emerald Campus. Jessica Fahey, author of The Gift of Failure will open the event with a keynote speech at Hilliard Darby at 9 a.m.
“The Gift of Failure will be the subject of a round of community book talks this winter as we lead up to our Feb. 29 event. These events will take place on multiple days in both districts,” said Hilliard Superintendent Dr. John Marschhausen. “We want to make sure our parents have as many tools as possible because the mental health of our young people depends upon a partnership involving parents, schools, and the community.”
After Fahey’s keynote address, parents will again have the opportunity to attend sessions at either location that will be focused on student mental health and well-being. There will be a series of 50-minute sessions at our new Emerald Campus presented by experts from our staff members and partner agencies. Sessions will include topics such as substance abuse, bullying, coping strategies, academic and social pressure, and many more.
Both communities are invited to attend sessions, or a single session, at either location.
“I cannot say enough about our friends in Hilliard City Schools and how gratifying it has been to bring together two of Ohio’s largest districts to engage in open and productive discussions about important topics,” Dr. Hoadley said.
Detailed information regarding the book talk schedule, Feb. 29 sessions and a registration link will be posted on both district websites in the early part of 2020.
As trustees of the community’s investment in the facilities, materials and operational funds, the Board of Education has a fiduciary responsibility to ensure that all investments are protected and tax dollars are used wisely. Competent personnel and efficient procedures are essential for the sound management of fiscal affairs.
The Board expects the Superintendent and Treasurer to keep it and the community informed through reports, both oral and written, of the fiscal management of the District. All financial reports are available on the district web page, under the Fiscal Services Department Page.
You can find the following reports:
Treasurer Brian Wilson takes his responsibilities for fiscal transparency extremely seriously. He has recently won the Ohio Government Finance Officers Association’s 2019 Career Achievement Award. He has been recognized throughout his career for his outstanding skills in government finances. While in Hilliard, Brian and his team have received the Meritorious Budget Award from the Government Finance Officers Association for 14 years in a row.
Our iPhones and iPads are amazing tools. We have news at our fingertips, we can connect with loved ones in an instant, and we can purchase Starbucks for pick-up before we leave home. We track our children and order groceries. The ubiquitous nature of these enchanted devices is supposed to make life easier. The problem is we are now becoming hyper-connected. The barriers between work and personal space are blurred. Stress and anxiety from the day seemingly follow us home in the evening.
From a Superintendent’s perspective, hyper-connectivity impacts all facets of the educational system. Students may struggle to escape the social pressures of school. From Snapchat to Instagram, young people are always comparing and sharing. As adults, we must also manage a world that blurs the lines of work and family. Our teachers, dedicated professionals who give their all every day to develop students, must navigate the ever-changing technology of our world today.
It’s easier than ever to share, to connect, and to question. We send a text message; we wait for the response. We post on Twitter; we watch the interactions. We have a question; we send an email. We must teach students to be mindful. We must teach empathy to young people; we must model a healthy life that considers the schedules, feelings, and lives of others.
In any profession, through each experience, we must create guardrails to protect time to engage with our families, to rest and relax, and to pursue passions. It’s time to set those “do not disturb” features on our devices. It’s time to be intentional in our behavior – to resist the urge to check email after dinner. Be present at each moment. There are times we embrace hyper-connectivity, and there are times to disconnect from technology and reconnect at a personal level.
Superintendent John Marschhausen, Ph.D.