Yearbooks are still in the production stage due to Covid-19 shutting down the operation. We plan on having them in August for students to pick them up. Thank you for your patience and understanding!
Returning iPads, and other district issued items the week of May 26-29, 2020:
Tuesday May 26th- 7th Grade
8-11am- Last Name A-M
1-4pm- Last Name N-Z
Wednesday May 27th- 8th Grade
8-11am- Last Name A-M
1-4pm- Last Name N-Z
Thursday May 28th- Make-Up
8-10am- All are welcome
Friday May 29th- Make-Up
9-11am-All are welcome
Along with your iPad turn in, remember to bring back all text books, library books, sports uniforms, musical instruments, and any other school issued items. Our staff has put together student personal items and will distribute when you return school issued items.
Over the next week all students are being asked to take some important steps BEFORE dropping off their district iPad for summer check-in. We are asking our parents to check with students to be sure this is completed. It not, you and the student can follow these steps before your turn in appointment time:
- View End-of-Year iPad presentations and follow the steps to prepare the iPad for summer storage.
Grades 6-8 Backup Your Data and Erase Your iPad 2020
- Here is a Video Tutorial for more help and a video tutorial to show you how to erase your iPad.
- It is important that we can see the entire iPad inventory sticker on the back of the iPad. If the inventory sticker cannot be fully seen, we ask families to write down the number on a sticky note or piece of paper and turn it in with the iPad at Collection. This will keep us from having to remove the iPad from the case and slow down the collection process.
- Grades 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, and 11 – Keep your charging brick and cable at home for the summer (unless you are withdrawing from the district). If you are withdrawing from the district over the summer, please turn in your charging brick and cable with your iPad. Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, and 12 – Please turn in your charging brick and cable with your iPad (you will be receiving a new iPad, charging brick and cable in the fall).
In order for this process to go as smoothly as possible we ask the following things:
- Please be patient!
- Stay in your cars throughout the whole process
- Please make sure you have all the items you need to turn in, books, iPad, all other school materials (and that they are ready to turn in)
- The front of the building is only to pick-up items left at school, if you don’t have anything you are free to go
- Please follow the map and stay in line
- Please exit the premises when you are done!
- Have a GREAT Summer and stay safe!
All the teachers are posting their office hours in Canvas, but when are the Office’s hours?
On “School” Days, meaning Attendance Dates for students, unless noted:
Heritage Main Office | 9:00 to 3:00 | 614-921-7500
Mary Hamm, Nurse | 8:00 – 11:00 | 614-921-7500 or mary_hamm @hboe.org
Mike Daubenmier 7th Guidance | Office Hours: 9am – 12pm |(614) 921-7514 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Kerry Mendenhall, 8th Guidance | Office Hours: 7:30am – 10:30am | (614) 921-7513 or email@example.com
Megan Arthur, Psychologist | (614)-921-7707 or firstname.lastname@example.org
At Heritage Middle 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.
||Matthew Carter visited Heritage and spoke to Language Arts classes on November 1st. Matthew Carter is the inspiration behind Ghost, a New York Times best-selling novel by Jason Reynolds. This book was read by all of the 7th grade Language Arts classes at Heritage. Recently this book was named one America’s 100 most-loved books by the Great American Read, and Carter’s story has served as welcomed introduction to literature for thousands of students, and given thousands more an opportunity to see themselves on the page. What a great honor for Heritage to have Matthew as a guest!
Matthew currently travels around the country sharing his story of triumph over trauma that inspired the character of Castle “Ghost” Crenshaw.
Check out Matthew Carter’s webpage at https://www.matthewcartertalks.com/
Why You Matter Project at Heritage MS:
The Why You Matter campaign was created to promote a positive community and a sense of belonging for all of the students and staff in the school. To have students think about this, write about this, and share it, they have really tough discussions with their teachers in the classroom. Each of our students and staff members possess unique qualities and characteristics that make them who they are.
On August 26th, we will be celebrated these unique qualities on our Why You Matter day at Heritage. Each student came up with a reason as to why they matter. They will then be photographed with their written response. Each photograph will be turned into a poster and these posters will be hung around the school for all to see. The students will walk in one morning to find a wall of their faces, their meaningful statements and that of their teachers and peers.
Along with the photographs, the students heard a message from poet, Sara Holbrook, that inspired creativity and helped them discover their “why.” Throughout the rest of the day on August 26th, students went through various rotations to get to know their peers and staff members on a deeper level.
We really look forward to the final result and lasting impact that the Why You Matter Campaign will make on Heritage Middle School!
Follow us on twitter #hmsmatters
8th Grade Washington DC Trip: October 14-17, 2019
Hilliard Heritage Middle School, in conjunction with Prodigy Student Travel, Inc., is organizing an exciting trip to Gettysburg, PA & Washington, DC, set for October 14-17, 2019! This tour will give your student an opportunity to experience first-hand the excitement & history of these legendary sites!
Our goal for the 2020-2021 school year is to provide in-person instruction for our students as much as possible. In an effort to be overly prepared, the district has different plans ready to go. We hope you will join Dr. Marschhausen as he announces these plans and takes questions through Zoom. These sessions will be held on July 7 and July 14, both at 6:30 pm.
There will also be an option for parents to choose an all online education through the Hilliard Schools Online Academy.
A FAQ page has been developed to help answer questions. We will update this page as guidance, requirements, and plans evolve; please check back often for the latest information.
We will post the zoom links here soon.
The Hilliard City School District has collaborated to develop a plan using guidance from the Ohio Department of Health, the Ohio High School Athletic Association, the National Federation of High School Sports, and the Centers for Disease Control. While we are all excited to bring our athletes and coaches back together, we want to do so in the safest manner possible to ensure their wellbeing.
High School Fall Sports
- Monday, June 22nd – Sunday, July 12th – Phase 2
- Your pod will remain consistent throughout Phase 2
- Inside spaces – Continue with pods of 9 athletes and 1 coach
- Outside spaces – up to 50 people or 5 pods may gather for outdoor workouts
- There should be a minimum distance of 6 feet between each individual at all times both indoor and outdoor
- All athletic equipment, including balls, should be cleaned intermittently during practices and between practices/sessions
- Monday, June 29th – Sunday, July 5th: Athletic Shutdown
- Monday, July 13th – Tentative Start Date for Phase 3
- Tentative start date for High School Fall Sports Phase 3, more details to come
- Community Use of Middle School Baseball/Softball Fields may be used for practice only – no competition – must schedule through Building Use
- Monday, June 22nd
High School Winter Sports
- Monday, June 22nd – Sunday, July 12th – Phase 1
- Follow Phase 1 Guidelines already in place
- Monday, June 29th – Sunday, July 5th: Athletic Shutdown
- Monday, July 13th – Tentative Start Date for Phase 2
- Tentative start date for High School Winter Sports Phase 2, more details to come
Middle School Fall Sports
- Monday, July 6th – Friday, July 19th – Phase 1
- Follow Phase 1 Guidelines already in place
- Coaches and Athletes must complete the liability waiver prior to participation in any activities. These waivers can be found in final forms and on the athletic department web pages. You must submit the waiver through Final Forms prior to participating with your pod, or you can bring a hard-copy printed off the athletic web page.
- Screening questions and temperatures will be taken prior to entrances into the facility. If Athletes or Coaches answer yes to any questions, or have a temperature higher than 100.4, they will be immediately sent home and should contact their medical provider.
- Confirmed cases of COVID-19 will result in that pod of athletes/coach being shut down from all activity for fourteen days.
- There should be a minimum distance of 6 feet between each individual at all times.
- No spectators will be permitted at any practice, indoor or outdoor.
- No-touch rule is in effect – this includes high fives, huddles, or other close contact.
- There should be no shared athletic equipment between athletes.
- Coaches and Athletic Directors will clearly communicate where athletes should enter and exit for their practice time.
- Athletes must complete the liability waiver prior to participation in any activities. These waivers can be found in final forms and on the athletic department web pages. You must submit the waiver through Final Forms prior to participating with your pod, or you can bring a hard-copy printed off the athletic web page.
- Athletes must be screened by the coach prior to participation in a workout.
- All athletes should bring their own water bottles, and water bottles should not be shared.
- All athletes should report to workouts in proper gear and immediately return home at the end of the workout.
- Athletes that arrive without water or not wearing appropriate attire will be sent home.
- Athletes are recommended to wear cloth face masks when not specifically in a drill/strenuous activity.
- Coaches must complete the liability waiver prior to participation in any activities.
- Coaches must be screened prior to conducting the workout.
- You are required to wear cloth face masks.
- No whistles will be used.
- Violation of these guidelines will result in the suspension of your team’s practice during phase 1.
District Monitoring Procedures
- Each coach has a sign-in sheet that will be filled in for each practice.
- Each coach will take the temperature of their pod prior to entering the facility.
- Each coach will ask the questions on the sheet and note answers.
- Each coach will turn in their sheet to the head coach daily.
- Each head coach will turn in their sheets to AD daily.
- During phase 1, external youth baseball and softball groups will be limited to Elementary baseball and softball fields – no High School or Middle School fields will be available during phase 1.
- Both the group organization and each individual participant must complete a waiver.
- You can begin to reserve fields by following the District’s Facility Rental
Several times a year, Superintendent John Marschhausen schedules time to have coffee with our community. While Ohio is continuing to open up, he still wants to hear from the community in the safest possible venue. On June 11 he hosted his first virtual chats. There were many questions from our community members that we have put into an FAQ. As we get more questions we will add those to the list. If you don’t see your question on the list please send us a message.
As we enter our summer break, our students’ mental health remains a top concern. We want to be sure our students and families know there is help available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
One tool is the Safe Schools Hotline. This is a free and confidential option for our students to report threats of violence, illegal activity, or any activity they think can harm students or staff in our schools. There is a toll-free number students can call or number they can text or a web page where they can report their concerns and talk to a trained mental health counselor.
800-4-1-VOICE ext. 359
800-418-6423 ext. 359
Text TIPS to 66746
The events of the week, from the senseless death of George Floyd to the unrest in our cities and country, have left us angry and heartbroken. As one of the largest school districts in Ohio, we have a responsibility to take action in times of crisis. We have an obligation to provide a place where every student is welcomed, respected, supported, and celebrated.
The Hilliard City School District is proud to announce the immediate formation of the Inclusivity & Justice Task Force. Mrs. Samantha Chatman, Principal at Alton Darby Elementary School, has been appointed by Dr. John Marschhausen, Superintendent, as the district’s Diversity and Inclusivity Coordinator. Mrs. Chatman will serve as Taskforce Chair. Taskforce members will be officially named at the Board of Education Meeting on June 15, 2020.
Our commitment to diversity in Hilliard doesn’t start now; this is an additional resource on our journey. The work of Mrs. Janet Monseur-Durr and Mrs. Sabine Canty has earned national and international acclaim. The United States Department of Homeland Security has recognized Hilliard’s diversity efforts as a model for schools and communities. Hilliard hosted Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, and our school team was sent to Belgium to share our work and engage in dialogue.
“Today’s crisis demands new action. We live our values, our passion for growth, to embrace the complex work and create a better tomorrow,” shared Dr. Marschhausen. “We can’t wait. We must root out racism in our behavior and demand justice in our actions.”
“Racial injustice has plagued our country for hundreds of years. The time is now! The time for our Hilliard community to engage, to educate, to model, to break down barriers, and to change systems and policies that perpetuate racism,” said Mrs. Chatman. “Together we will lead and do the work to end systematic racism.”
“The recent death of George Floyd has again shined the light on the problem of prejudice and racism. As civic leaders we are called on to take action and lead in times of crisis,” said Mr. Abate, Board of Education President. “The Hilliard Way has always been about building a strong community and now is the time for us to come together and model the way forward in eliminating racism and prejudice from our nation and community.”
We join with our city leaders and the Hilliard Division of Police in a commitment to open dialogue and purposeful action. Working together focused on improvement, we will make our schools and community a better place for everyone. The Hilliard City School District is also part of a larger Greater Columbus Community. We will seek input and support from The Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology and the Educational Service Center of Central Ohio.