Governor Mike DeWine and Lieutenant John Husted have declared February 16-22, 2020 Digital Wellness Week in the state of Ohio. The proclamation states, “In today’s world, it’s more important than ever that we successfully prepare our youth on how to interact socially, personally, and educationally in online environments.” Digital Wellness Week is a statewide initiative designed to encourage Ohio students to make safe, healthy, and positive decisions in our technology-rich world. There are four focus areas; well-being, citizenship, etiquette, and safety. In Hilliard, we recognize February as Digital Wellness Month. Each week we work on a specific topic with students and send home links for families to become engaged at home. You can visit www.wosu.org/digitalwellness to learn more about the state-wide project. Hilliard is one of many districts and organizations that collaborated to create this website and the resources. The other groups include: WOSU Classroom ESC of Central Ohio Bexley Delaware City Fairbanks Grandview Heights Groveport Madison Logan Elm New Albany Teays Valley Upper Arlington City West Jefferson Westerville
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Heritage Scheduling Meeting 2020
Welcome to the Hilliard School District’s Master Facility Plan online community meeting. We know how busy our families are, so we are again trying this Master Facility Plan Community Meeting online in hopes of reaching more stakeholders. Tonight we are asking you to take part in a survey, which was developed after months of research from our Master Facility Plan Steering Committee. We have a video you can watch that walks you through our district scenarios and options. Those options are located on the Master Facility Plan webpage, under documents. The webpage also contains all the information the Steering Committee has worked on, including presentations, documents and a glossary of terms. You can access this information on any device in your own time. We also ask that you share this online meeting with family and friends within our district who may not have students in our schools. We want to hear from our entire community.
During the last week of January, Dr. Marschhausen and I facilitated our first Listening Leaders tour. These events were opportunities for us to hear the questions, concerns, and perspectives of our community members. In order to live our growth mindset, we have to understand the concerns of our stakeholders so that we know where potential opportunities for improvement may be. Those that attended had great questions and issues to discuss with us. The issues that arose from our discussions ranged across several topics, but there were three themes that seemed to be consistently addressed: student wellness, educational opportunities, and dealing with growth. The mental health issues that students face today are varied. From anxiety and bullying on social media to depression and dealing with change that new academic and extra-curricular opportunities introduce, students (and parents) today must find the skills to develop and maintain mental wellness. Hilliard City Schools has taken several steps in the past couple of years to provide resources for both students and parents in dealing with wellness and mental health issues. Through Federal grant money, we have been able to help fund new positions in our schools for wellness. Namely, we are now able to expand… read more →