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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 614-921-4402.
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.
This fall, the district will embark on a Master Facilities Plan.
We want to get our community involved from the beginning. We want you to share your vision of what a Hilliard education should look like in the future. We would like your input on technology needs, what learning spaces should look like, what skills our students should be prepared with, and the knowledge they should have when they walk across the graduation stage. Participate in our Thoughtexchange
The Hilliard City School District has welcomed students to its new “Think Big Space,” a collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS). The “Think Big Space” is an educational environment that combines Hilliard’s curriculum with AWS’s cloud computing technology. Educational activities that take place in the space are designed to promote career awareness, business, engineering, entrepreneurship, technology, and design. Hilliard teachers will facilitate students’ self-directed learning and develop best practices they can share across the district for implementation in all Hilliard classrooms. AWS selected Hilliard City Schools as the first district in the world to launch this new concept because of the district’s cutting-edge thought leadership, innovation, diverse student population, and location in Central Ohio, which is instrumental in AWS’s global infrastructure.
The Think Big Space is located in Hilliard’s Innovation Campus, in the center of the district which is northwest of Columbus and home to students from 68 countries who speak 56 different languages. Designed to look like an Amazon work environment, the space offers students a place to learn, be curious, and explore passions and interests through hands-on, imagination-sparking learning opportunities. During the inaugural 2019 – 2020 school year, thousands of K-12 students, families, educators, and community members will get to enjoy the space.
Hilliard Superintendent Dr. John Marschhausen said, “The partnership between AWS and our district is a groundbreaking opportunity to prepare today’s students to be Ready for Tomorrow. The Think Big Space creates experiential learning for students to explore interests and develop essential life skills. It’s a wonderful blend of academics and creativity.”
Hilliard’s vision includes daily student programming, family offerings in evenings and on weekends, and summer enrichment opportunities. In addition, the space will be utilized to offer workshops for teachers and community members. Amazon Future Engineers, a comprehensive childhood-to-career program that inspires, educates, and trains children and young adults from under-served and low-income communities to pursue careers in computer science, has also already committed to hosting a camp at the Think Big Space.
“This project will impact our entire district and beyond. It provides access to state-of-the-art technology and opportunities to work alongside world-class experts in various fields,” said Hilliard Director of Innovation Mark Tremayne. “The workforce of the future is changing, and our students will be ready.”
The Think Big Space is made possible by AWS InCommunities, a program within Amazon Web Services Infrastructure focused on community stewardship where the company builds its cloud. The space was named after one of Amazon’s 14 Leadership Principles.
“Amazon’s ‘Think Big’ principle encourages leaders to create and communicate a bold direction that inspires results. With this new space, we want to inspire students to think big,” said Cornelia Robinson, senior manager, AWS InCommunities. “As part of our commitment to serving the communities where our AWS global infrastructure resides, we are proud to work with the district to bring this space to life, and we are eager to see how this collaboration inspires and delights students.”
The Think Big Space is one of several initiatives Hilliard City Schools and AWS are collaborating on. AWS will partner with Hilliard City Schools in hosting an upcoming Girls’ Tech Day on October 19. AWS will also sponsor Tech Week in the spring, a Future Family Tech Day, and award STEAM scholarships to seniors from our three high schools.
Dr. Marschhausen said, “We look forward to expanding our partnership with AWS. The Think Big Space and Girls’ Tech Day are only the beginning.”
Hilliard Schools will host a transition resource fair on October 23 from 5:30-7:30 at Davidson High School. This is free for students with developmental disabilities and their parents and is designed to assist with future planning for the student.
Representatives from Delaware, Franklin, and Union counties will be available to discuss: adult day habilitation programs, career and technical education programs, agency support after high school, transportation options, recreation and leisure programs, county resources and services, employment supports, financial supports for students with disabilities, independent living supports, future planning, estate planning & wills.
If you are looking for help in preparing your students for life after graduation this resource fair is for you.
Later this month Hilliard Schools will begin to partner with Safe School Hotline. This is a free and confidential tool 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.
All students in grades K-12 will be bringing home a brochure in the coming week with more details. We will also be putting the information on all district-issued iPads later this fall.
The Safe School Helpline can be accessed via three methods – By telephone at 1-800-41-VOICE ext. 359 (1-800-418-6423 ext. 359); online at www.safeschoolhelpline.com; or by texting 66746 and typing “TIPS” as the message.
Safety is one of the highest concerns. Student well-being is a major component of keeping all students safe. This hotline is just one more tool our students, parents, and staff can use to help maintain a safe and healthy school experience.