This year PTO is partnering with AR Workshop to create fun DIY kits you can do at home. Order between 10/30 – 11/13 for delivery by 12/5. Kits will be distributed to students. Choose from a variety of ornaments, signs and blankets. These would make great gifts! Check out all the options to see which ones you like most.
All families will have from October 16 until October 30 to decide if their student/s will attend the Online Academy or our Flexible Learning Modes for the second half of the year. If your student is currently in a building, and you want to continue with that learning mode, you don’t have to do anything. If you want to enroll, re-enroll, or leave the Online Academy, the primary guardian will need to fill out an Intent form before the deadline for each of your students.
You can find that form on the Online Academy Web page. Whichever choice your family makes this will be a commitment for the second half of the 2020/21 year.
To support our families who speak Spanish, Arabic, and Somali we will host informational webinars led by our bilingual liaisons. The liaisons will present parents with information about the second semester. You can click on the sessions below to access the Zoom.
Hilliard City Schools is committed to partnering with our parents in order to fulfill our mission of preparing our students to be Ready for Tomorrow. Parent University is an opportunity for our community to learn more about the districts’ foundational goals; Academics, Mindset, and Interest.
Due to the pandemic, we are not able to hold an in-person Parent University like the past few years. Instead, we are bringing you sessions On-Demand. Beginning on Saturday, October 24 you can visit our Parent University page and take part in our virtual sessions. You can hear from our teachers on how to help anxious students, get remote learning tips, hear about graduation requirement changes for the class of 2023 and beyond, and more.
Washington Elementary PTO is seeing donors for its 2021 Read-A-Thon. If you are interested in donating, please click the button below.
As Franklin County’s Public Alert Level changed to Red today, and as community spread around the state is on the rise, we are confident in our local CATS data. We will remain in the Hybrid Instructional Mode per the Board of Education resolution. The district’s partnership with Franklin County Public Health, Columbus Public Health, and the Ohio State University has made the inclusion of local data in our decision-making process a reality.
At the district level, we are not currently exceeding the three thresholds approved by the Board of Education. There is no evidence of COVID-19 spread in our classrooms. We are confident that our practice of six feet of social distancing and the use of masks is working. We thank our teachers and building teams for leading our mitigation efforts to keep our students and staff safe.
We will continue to monitor case counts, and community spread and keep our families updated.
As we transition into the second half of the 2020/21 school year, we want to honor our commitment to our families and allow you to decide whether you want to be a part of the Online Academy or the Flexible Learning Modes. Both opportunities give students a quality education taught by our Hilliard teachers.
All families will have from October 16 until 11:59 pm on October 30 to decide if their student/s will attend the Online Academy or our Flexible Learning Modes. If your student is currently in a building, and you want to continue with that learning mode, you don’t have to do anything. If you want to enroll, re-enroll, or leave the Online Academy, the primary guardian will need to fill out the Intent form before the deadline for each of your students.
The Intent form will be available Friday the 16 on the Online Academy web page.
Whichever choice your family makes this will be a commitment for the second half of the 2020/21 year. There will be no switching between learning modes for the rest of the year. The second half of the school year will begin after Winter Break on January 4, 2021.
Secondary Course Offerings
Secondary students enrolling in the Online Academy will need to be prepared to request courses for the second semester. Not all courses are offered in the Online Academy, so before you sign up check the offerings for grades 6-8 here and 9-12 here.
With a shift in students, we anticipate needing to shift our staff. We hope to keep as many students with their current teachers as possible, but we can’t guarantee there won’t be Online Academy teacher changes.
School Building Placements
For elementary students opting out of the Academy, we also cannot guarantee an opening in their home building. If they can’t return to their school parents will receive a call to discuss options. Options could be to remain online or attend a different school. For elementary, there will be a lottery system in place for grades with limited spaces open. Secondary students leaving the Online Academy will return to their home building.
If you have questions, please reach out to your student’s principal.
Fourth-grade students in Mrs. Burger’s class are researching how landforms change the surface of the earth in Science and Social Studies. After completing student interest surveys, Mrs. Burger said they unanimously decided to complete their lessons using a hands-on, STEM approach. Using paper plates, art supplies, paper cups, and construction paper they are each creating a 3D model to bring their research to life.
In this first introduction to STEM, Mrs. Burger says the lessons and projects will only grow in depth as the year goes on. In later classes, they will design projects, and reengineer those concepts to deepen their understanding. Next, they will incorporate math into the lesson by having a budget to work with to “purchase” their supplies. Bringing math, social studies, science, and reading together in one project gives students a look at how these concepts tie together and work in the real world.
The USDA has extended food service program waivers that allow all students to eat breakfast and lunch free of charge. Because of these federal waivers, Hilliard City School Students may eat breakfast and lunch free of charge while at school, during eLearning, or in the Online Academy.
You can find pick-up instructions on our Food Service web page.
Meals provided will conform to USDA guidelines for reimbursable meals. This offer is scheduled to expire on or before December 31st, 2020. The District will communicate any changes to this opportunity as they arise. Please feel free to reach out to the foodservice department at (614) 921 – 7492 if you have additional questions.
Several months ago, Hilliard City Schools announced the creation of an Inclusivity and Justice Task Force and appointed me to be the Chair. Shortly after, I was offered the Director of Equity and Diversity position. So, I have officially left my previous role as Principal of Alton Darby Elementary and am looking forward to continuing my work in Hilliard Schools through the Office of Equity and Diversity.
Since June, the Inclusivity and Justice Task Force has met regularly, and we are breaking down our big goal for Hilliard City Schools: how might we become a model district for students of color and diverse needs and circumstances to feel welcome, included, heard, valued and celebrated. Already, we have had valuable conversations and are building an action-oriented approach to achieving this goal. The task force includes teachers, staff, parents, students, and community members of diverse backgrounds, races, and perspectives.
Our district is not new to the equity and diversity conversation but, we also recognize that we need to do more. Our community and our students are looking for leadership and guidance on how to break down barriers, end systems of injustice and prejudice, and seek a better future for our students. There is room for growth in our efforts at Hilliard City Schools, and we are taking meaningful and thoughtful action.
On June 3, Dr. Marschhausen shared a blog in the wake of the unrest, pain, and protests in our city and around the nation in response to George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery. He wrote, “Today’s crisis demands new action. We live our values, our passion for growth, to embrace the complex work and create a better tomorrow. We can’t wait. We must root out racism in our behavior and demand justice in our actions.”
Equity is also a key focus of our Hilliard Next X Initiative, which will guide the district from 2020-2030. We define Equity in our Next X Initiative with the goal to “create equally accessible programming and opportunities for students and staff by being intentional in our behaviors, practices, and policies. The district will empower and create experiences for underrepresented populations to break down barriers and overcome stigmas.”
As we continue to prioritize building an inclusive culture at Hilliard City Schools, we will continue to share about the Inclusivity and Justice Task Force and the work of the Equity and Diversity Office at Hilliard City Schools. There will be opportunities to engage in dialogue, provide feedback, and learn together as a community.
Our students need all of us to do this work – this isn’t limited to our school buildings; this work must happen community-wide. We will have hard conversations about racism, prejudice, and injustice, and we will work together toward building a better tomorrow for our students. I invite you to join us on this journey.
Samantha Chatman – Director of Equity and Diversity
During the Board of Education meeting on September 1, a resolution was passed, which will keep our district in the same educational mode for two weeks to provide consistency for our community.
If a change in the state advisory system would result in a shift to our current instructional mode, the district will make that shift only after two weeks of consistency in that advisory system level. In other words, if Franklin County were to move to Red, the District would not move back to all eLearning unless Franklin County remained Red for two consecutive weeks. The first week in a new Risk Level will be ‘the watch week’ a second week at the same advisory level will trigger a change the following Monday.
“We know that consistency is important for our families. This resolution provides stability for at least two weeks as we respond to the challenges of Covid-19, said Superintendent John Marschhausen. “We will continue to adapt our plans and adjust our models as required. I know some would like more long-term consistency, but I don’t believe that will happen in the near future. As we get local attendance and nurse visit data, we will respond quickly to isolate potential Covid risks. The district will continue to amend our plans based on available data and health professional recommendations.”
School Board President Mark Abate added, “We understand that our parents, students, and teachers need and want a sense of consistency as the school year progresses. We are pleased to be in a situation where we can have students back in our buildings in a hybrid mode, but we know that the data that we are tracking is dancing on the edge of the line between orange and red in the County’s color-coded risk levels. To stay true to our plans, while also giving our parents, students, and teachers a sense of consistency, we are going to put this plan in place to give our families more notice before we change learning modes.”
Board Vice President Lisa Whiting hopes this gives the community time to plan. “While the data is showing volatility, we want to provide dependability and want to provide our students, staff, and families adequate time to adjust,” Whiting said. “I want to assure our school community that we are monitoring our Hilliard Schools and the county data carefully and will continually monitor the effectiveness of our plan and the impact on student learning.”
As we move forward we appreciate your continued support. Please continue to check our 20-21 School Year web page for the latest information.