Beacon Students Helping Hilliard Students in Houston

In September the city of Houston was devastated by Hurricane Harvey.  This hit close to home for Heather Marshall, an ELL teacher at Beacon, because her daughter and son-in-law live there.  She quickly got in contact with the Houston City Schools and was connected with the guidance counselor from Hilliard Elementary. Their school
was severely damaged by flood waters. Third Grade Teacher Nicole Vassel approached Mrs. Marshall and asked what Beacon could do to help.  Students and families donated school supplies and monetary donations to help buy books. After a week, they had collected seven large boxes of school supplies, five new beanbag chairs and stuffed animals for their library, new books and over $700 in cash! Mrs. Marshall’s husband loaded up their car and DROVE to Houston to deliver the donations! We are so proud of Beacon for opening up their hearts and helping those in need!

State of the Schools Address

Please make plans to attend the 2017 State of the Schools address on Thursday, October 26. This year we will host the event at the Makoy Center in Hilliard in partnership with the Hilliard Area Chamber of Commerce. We are grateful to our sponsors of the evening, Credit Union of Ohio, Elford and Fanning/Howey Associates, Inc. We will have light appetizers and music from a Hilliard High School Quartet beginning at 6pm. The presentation will begin at 6:30pm.

Partnership Cultivated with Parents of Dyslexic Students

In the Hilliard City School District we are true to our values. We’ve spent
considerable time and effort identifying the core values, the expected behaviors, and the desired outcomes that make this a special place for students to learn, grow, and develop. For us, our mission and culture aren’t posters on our walls; our culture is in our DNA. The fabric of our district is woven by the way we do business – by the way we live our lives. This starts with the district leadership. We model our values. We Stand Up and Own It, embrace the Power of the Team, and live with a Passion for Growth.

To this end, when a group of parents approached us with concerns about the reading services of a specific group of students, we live our values. We Stand Up and Own the fact that we can, and we must, do better. We engage the Power of the Team to bring together the right people, to collaborate with our parents, and to enlist experts to partner with us in the process. We embrace our Passion for Growth, our journey to Elite, to create the system that best utilizes available resources to ensure that every student is truly Ready for Tomorrow.

Over the past several weeks our team has outlined the resources we are currently using to serve students as they learn to read. This isn’t simply a communications strategy for parents with a dyslexic student; this is about reading for all students. Parent resources and information can be found in our latest Ready for Tomorrow blog.

The Hilliard City School District has formed a Dyslexia Advisory Committee. This group, under the leadership of Mrs. Vicky Clark, Director of Elementary Curriculum, will engage with parents and parent organizations interested in Hilliard’s reading programs. Board of Education President, Mr. Andy Teater, has appointed Board Vice President, Ms. Lisa Whiting, as the Board Representative to this committee. Ms. Whiting will serve as the Board liaison and provide updates to the full Board of Education during the Committee Reports portion of Board Business Meetings.

Hilliard has been well served by proactively collaborating with parents and key constituents. The Power of Team extends beyond the district walls; it includes families and the community. Our Dyslexia Advisory Committee will collaboratively identify specific areas of focus, key short and long-term goals, and desired outcomes from our work together. As with every process, we must be open together, breakdown any barriers, and build trust. This process works when we as a team, work toward a common goal. If anyone starts with an “us versus them” mentality, failure is likely.

Our mission is to ensure that every student is Ready for Tomorrow. Reading is the foundation for academic success. The Hilliard City School District is committed to excellence and passionate about our service to a diverse educational community. We are eager to live our passion for growth and continue to improve opportunities for students each and every day.

Weather Closing and Delay Notifications

This year we will again be using School Messenger to CALL all parents and guardians in our District to notify them of weather delays or cancelations. It’s imperative that your phone number is correct in Home Access. The calls will go to PRIMARY numbers only, so be sure you have the number you want weather calls to go to listed as your primary number.

In order to test this system, we will do a test call this Friday, October 20 at 4pm. This test call will go to all parents and staff. It will also go to community members who are signed up on School Messenger.

If you do NOT get the call, please first check Home Access to be sure your contact information is correct. If you are not a guardian and still wish to get the call you can sign up here.

We will also still send an email, post on Twitter and Facebook, post on our building web pages and notify local media when we have weather delays or cancelations.

Levy Puts District on Clear Path Forward

Ready for Tomorrow is the official Mission of the Hilliard City Schools. Ready for Tomorrow is personal; Ready for Tomorrow is different for each student. Our vision as a district is that all students embrace a mindset of continuous improvement, are empowered to push themselves to the very edge of their abilities, and are inspired to create a future for themselves.

We are extremely grateful that the Hilliard School Community voted to support the recent school levy. While any levy campaign is a challenge, it was great to share our district message face-to-face with thousands in our community. We are proud of the work we do, passionate about our mission, and optimistic about the future. We are educating the next generation of American leaders. School shouldn’t, it can’t, look like classrooms when we were students. We aren’t preparing students for yesterday or today; we are preparing students for tomorrow. We adults must embrace the discomfort of change. What was “good enough” for us in the 1980’s and 1990’s won’t prepare our young people for success in the 2030’s and 2040’s. We must work together . . . we must embrace this journey of change . . . and own the future together. We are on a path . . . a path to excellence taking one step at a time. Read More