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Dear Washington Elementary Families,
The Annual Washington Elementary Walk-a-Thon is just around the corner on September 27, 2019 rain or shine! All the students walk together to raise money and improve their health and wellness! So mark your calendars for this fun and healthy event!!
Every $1 collected supports our school, our teachers and our children. Last year, our Walk-a-Thon raised $13,800, which helped to provide the Wolfie Mural, COSI on wheels, and Ga-ga ball playground set. You all did such an amazing job last year by making this event so successful!!!
Through donations and sponsors, we are again able to provide each student with a T-shirt they will wear to the Walk-a-Thon and throughout the year to school events. We will continue counting laps and have an awesome DJ. Our goal is to make this an enjoyable event for our children, faculty, and volunteers. Our goal is to raise $50 per child.
We want to impress this is not only a day of fundraising but also a day for the students to set personal and grade level goals for themselves. The track will be 1/8 of a mile and they will be walking/jogging for an hour. Please encourage your child to set a personal goal. Let’s make it even better than last year!
We encourage anyone who can attend the Walk-a-Thon to please do so and help make it a success, whether it be to volunteer with counting laps, or cheering and being positive reinforcement. Please come and support our children, facility, and school. Bring your volunteer badge! Sign up to volunteer at a specific time if you are able!
Please use the button below to donate or check out the Walk-A-Thon forms.
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.
We want to invite you to Dr. Marschhausen’s State of the Schools address on Thursday, October 24, 2019. The event is sponsored by The Credit Union of Ohio and presented in partnership with The Hilliard Area Chamber of Commerce. The address will take place at Heritage Golf Club. From 6:00 pm – 6:30, we will have music provided by our High School Honors Quartet. There will also be light appetizers and a cash bar. Dr. Marschhausen’s address will begin at 6:30.
This fall, the district will embark on a Master Facility Plan. We want to get our community involved from the beginning. So we are asking you to join us on October 20 at 6 pm at Darby High School. This night will be an open meeting with a short presentation of current and future trends in education, and small group discussions for you to share your vision of what a Hilliard education should look like in the future.
The Washington Media Center will hold its Fall Book Fair on Wednesday, October 16 from 8:50 am – 8:00 pm. New this year is an eWallet feature where parents can load a specified amount of money using their credit card, and students can shop on their own up to that amount. Check out the short eWallet information video.
The online Book Fair begins October 5 and runs through October 18.
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.