Alton Darby 2730 Alton Darby Creek Rd, Hilliard, OH 43026 (District)
Preparing students to be Ready for Tomorrow takes academics, interests, and mindset. Join us to learn more about how, and why, HCSD is emphasizing social-emotional learning (SEL) attributes with our students. In the fall we held several Parent U sessions so that you could get a glimpse of what teachers might be doing in the classroom and how you can help at home. Our Director of Social Emotional Learning and Measurement, Molly Walker took that information and put it into two-parent videos. We hope you find this first one beneficial.
For the past several years the Hilliard City School District has intentionally put our professional development days on Election Days. We use many of our buildings as polling places per the request of the Board of Elections. We believe we have a civic opportunity to open these buildings for people to exercise their right to vote. While opening the building to the public for voting is important, protecting the safety of our students is also essential. We can’t maintain the same level of security at our buildings during the voting process. Thus, we’ve moved our two professional development days to the Election Days.
In the state budget signed into law by Governor DeWine on July 18, 2019, the March 2020 primary election date changed from March 10 to March 17, 2020. We will be asking our Board of Education to approve a calendar change for the 2019/20 school year to reflect this change. The Board will vote to change the calendar at the August 12 Board of Education meeting.
This means our staff professional day will move to March 17, which will give our students the day off. Both teachers and students will be in school on March 10. We understand calendar changes can be challenging for our families, so we wanted to get you this information as soon as possible. Please make a note of this and make plans for your family.
Students and parents are invited to join the Hilliard City Schools Transportation Services Team for a First Time Riders Open House. This fun-filled event will allow students who are new to riding a school bus to:
- explore a school bus up close
- learn about bus safety
- take a ride
- meet “Buster the Bus”
- capture that first bus ride moment on camera
Stop by anytime from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, August 10, at Weaver Middle School.
Please take a few minutes to be sure we have your updated contact information in HomeAccess. It is especially important we have a correct PRIMARY phone number listed. This is the number we use in emergency notification messages. We also need correct email addresses as those change.
You can also sign off on handbooks, athletic forms and buy the Technology Protection Plan. Why not do this all now, and not have to worry about it come August!
Here are some links to help:
We want to wish everyone a safe and happy 4th of July weekend. Please remember our offices will be closed on the fourth and fifth.
This year we trained hundreds of our students to be a part of our Hope Squad Team. This is a school based peer to peer suicide prevention program. Our Hope Squad Teams are made up of students selected by their peers. They are trained to watch for at-risk students, provide friendship, identify suicide-warning signs, and seek help from adults. Hope Squad members are NOT taught to act as counselors, but are educated on recognizing suicide warning signs and how to properly and respectfully report concerns to an adult. The Hope Squads have been doing amazing things in our schools and are already helping our students.
We know that mental health concerns and issues don’t just end as we close our doors for the summer. We want to give our community some resources for when a friend, child or neighbor needs help. Here is some information that Hope Squad has shared with us.
If someone is in imminent danger you must call 911. Warning signs would be if someone says, “I’ve decided to kill myself,” or “I wish I were dead.” It could also be if they want to harm someone else.
If there is no imminent danger, but it is possible, you should still contact the police.
Hilliard PD – 614-876-7321
Dublin PD – 614-889-1112
Columbus PD – 614-645-4545
Indirect warning signs could be if someone says, “I’m tired of my life,” or “My family would be better off without me.”
Please, talk with your children and keep an open dialogue. Please, call for help when you need it. This is a concern we share with our community, and together we can combat this and get our students the help they need.
The Ohio Association of Elementary School Administrators (OAESA) announced that J. W. Reason Elementary in the Hilliard City School District has been selected as a 2019 OAESA Hall of Fame School.
The Hall of Fame School Award recognizes schools that engage faculty, students, and the community to provide a quality school experience. The school staff submitted an extensive application documenting the effectiveness of their educational program in several areas.
Hall of Fame Schools were chosen by two committees of OAESA members; one of which read and scored the applications and the other that conducted on-site evaluations of qualifying schools. About J. W. Reason Elementary, committee members wrote, “J. W. Reason Elementary truly contains all of the elements desired of a Hall of Fame School; it is a warm, inviting place of learning in which every child and adult is prideful to belong. The mission of the district is evidenced not only by the signage throughout the building: Ready for Tomorrow, but is witnessed through the interactions of this outstanding principal, amazing staff, and involved community.”
OAESA will recognize winners of the Hall of Fame Award during an awards luncheon to be held June 14, 2019, at the Hilton Columbus at Easton. Principal Jacki Prati will be presented with the award, including $1,000, to be used at the principal’s discretion.
JW Reason was nominated for a Hall of Fame School Award. This award is given to a few schools each year by the Ohio Association of Elementary School Administrators. The first step in the process was for Mrs. Prati to answer questions about our school. The answers were scored by a committee and the schools with the highest scores were selected to move on to round 2 which consists of on site visits by a selection committee. Our school visit will be Friday, March 22nd. The team will visit classrooms; interview teachers, community members, students and parents! Winners will be announced in April!