Come join us for a night of family fun.
NEW DATE November 7th
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Registration is now open! Discover HCS will take place at Darby High School on September, 28th from 8 am – 12:30 pm.
Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Lisa Hinkelman, CEO and founder of ROX, (ruling our eXperiences.) She will share a riveting presentation called “A Confidence Crisis: What 10,678 girls think about stress, social media, school, and their future.”
In addition to the keynote, you will be able to attend up to 3 additional sessions on topics such as Igniting a Passion for Reading in Young Children, Understanding Your Child’s Star Scores, Navigating Canvas, iPad Tips for Parents and The Gift of Failure. You may register for as many or few sessions as you like.
The Ohio High School Athletic Association this week posted an important blog on their web page addressing fan behavior at sporting events. We hope our entire community will take a moment to read this and help create a better environment at our athletic events. There are six simple guidelines we can all follow.
Today the Ohio Department of Education released the State Report Cards. The Hilliard City Schools received an overall B for this year. This is the second year schools and districts were assigned an overall letter grade which is calculated using six components: achievement, progress, gap closing, improving at-risk K-3 readers, graduation rate and prepared for success.
“The Hilliard City School District utilizes the State Report Card as one, of many, data points we consider to measure our progress as a district.” Said Dr. John Marschhausen, Hilliard Superintendent. “We truly value the whole child; the State Report Card has some limitations. We will use the data from this report card to identify the areas for improvement that align with our mission and vision.”
Our school district, much like an annual physical, takes time each year to conduct our annual check-up. Just as multiple measurements are evaluated as part of our yearly physical, we take into account a holistic approach to educating each child. Evaluating our district’s performance is a complex, often complicated process. The more diverse our population – both economically and socially – the more complex the evaluation process. The more programs and services required to meet student needs – the more complicated our assessment process.
“Our professional teachers are the key to a high-quality education. Hilliard uses standardized assessments, teacher assessment, and professional skills to ensure every student is Ready for Tomorrow.”
We are proud of the gains we made in the Gap Closing component, which measures how well schools are addressing the achievement gaps that exist nationwide between our most vulnerable populations of students and the general student population in the areas of English language arts, math, and graduation.
“Standardized tests are one tool Hilliard uses to measure student growth. We embrace the complexity of the educational process; we have dozens of data points that are all included in analyzing each student’s growth and needs.”
We will continue to be honest and open about our performance. We don’t meet every mark; we aren’t meeting every student’s needs. We can, and we must do better. Just as there are often places to improve our physical health, there are always places we need to improve as a district. Furthermore, needing to improve isn’t the end . . . It is a beginning. We live our Passion for Growth and commit to doing the work necessary in the coming year.
This past 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. For instance, playing Hope Squad Bingo. At a football game last week, they handed out bingo cards, with suggestions on how to reach out to others and engage in friendly activities. They could cheer for the other team, or buy a stranger a hotdog, just fun ways to treat others with kindness.
With September being Suicide Awareness Month, we wanted to express the importance of communication about mental health and eliminate the stigma that has surrounded this for years. We want to give our community some resources for when a friend, child or neighbor needs help.
Suicide Hotline 1-800-273-8255
Text HOME to 741741
Hilliard PD – 614-876-7321
Dublin PD – 614-889-1112
Columbus PD – 614-645-4545
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 Hilliard Education Association President, Mary Kennedy, spoke to Tharp Arrow Students to explain what Labor Day is, why it is important and why it is celebrated. She read the book, Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers’ Strike of 1909 by Michelle Markel. This is a true story of the young immigrant who led the largest strike of women workers in U.S. history. After the book, she talked with the students about who might have unions today. This led small group discussions about problems the students see in the world today and what solutions might be possible. The theme at Tharp this year is, “We are problem solvers!” so this aligned with the school’s focus for the year.
We are so excited to welcome students back to the Hilliard City Schools on Wednesday, August 21. Part of the excitement of the start of school is capturing those first day pictures and friend reunions! Let’s work together to share and tweet all the excitement of the first day of school.
Use #HCSD1 to tweet our students, teachers, drivers and parents as we experience the first day of school. Last year we were able to get #HCSD1 trending across the city! We hope to be able to share in your first day excitement after all, it’s the Hilliard Way!
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:
Stop by anytime from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, August 10, at Weaver Middle School.