The foundation of our investment is grounded in Integrity. In our heart of hearts, in our changeless core of beliefs, we know our behavior today affects how others will view us tomorrow. We do the right thing simply because it is the right thing to do. Acting with integrity isn’t always easy; we don’t take the easy way out. We do the right thing when no one is watching . . . simply because it’s how we behave as part of the Hilliard Community.
Our teachers spend countless hours during the summer months planning and writing curriculum, and developing lessons. Teachers don’t do this work because they are getting paid . . . they do this because it is the right thing to do for our students. Teachers work many hours beyond the school day – they grade papers and craft instruction – because it is in their hearts and souls. It is simply part of their core.
As a district, we follow through on our commitments. We are open and honest with each other; we are open and honest with our community. We may not always agree. We will get it wrong from time to time. Acting with integrity means we will sometimes agree to disagree, but we will do so respectfully. Acting with integrity means when we get it wrong, we admit our mistakes. We learn together; we model learning for our students and community.
We live in a polarized world and in a very political environment. We can have passion, we can have deep values, but we will remain respectful. We are enthusiastic about our beliefs and we fight for our causes, but remain empathetic about our neighbor’s viewpoint. When we act with integrity we have a changeless core that keeps us grounded. We commit to each other in a common purpose. In the Hilliard City Schools, our core value is our commitment to the personal education of each student. Our mission is to insure that every student is Ready for Tomorrow. We do this with integrity.