Monday, February 11, 2013
Hilliard Elementary students enjoyed “Celebrate the Arts Day” on Friday.
On Friday, students at Hilliard Elementary School participated in “Celebrate the Arts Day.” Staci Peltz, art teacher, said the entire day was dedicated to different forms of art, from visual art to music, dance and theater. Students moved from classroom to classroom to learn new skills from volunteers. Parents, teachers and volunteers: do you have any photos from “Celebrate the Arts Day”? Add them above by clicking “Upload Photos and Videos.”
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
State Senator Tom Patton and State Representative Nan Baker praise school's leaders, community
Monday's Westlake Board of Education meeting at Hilliard Elementary School was also a chance to celebrate. State senator Tom Patton and state representative Nan Baker both showed up to congratulate the district and the community for Hilliard being one of two Westlake City Schools being named a National Blue Ribbon School. Hilliard and Bassett Elementary School were two of only 13 schools in Ohio to be named Blue Ribbon Schools. Current Hilliard principal Kim Conley and former principal Mary Flanagan shared the spotlight with the visiting officials. "This was three-part harmony," Patton said, pointing out it was the combined efforts of the staff, community and students that made this happen. "You can't just send kids out the door and say, '…
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Two Westlake elementary schools win national honor
Westlake City Schools earned a big honor on Monday as Bassett and Hilliard Elementary Schools were named winners of the 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools Award. They are two of only 13 schools in Ohio to earn the honor, which is given by the U.S. Department of Education. Both Bassett and Hilliard were among the top schools in state assessments, received the top score of Excellent on their state report cards, and earned a high Performance Index Scores. Bassett earned the top score of Excellent on the most recent state report card and a Performance Index Score of 110.4, which reflects the achievement of every student. Hilliard also earned an Excellent on the state report card and posted a Performance Index Score of 108.2 "We're thrilled," …
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Doing back-to-school shopping? Keep these lists handy.
In just over a week, Westlake City Schools will begin the 2012-13 school year. These last days can be a lot of work for parents, as they work to make sure their children are ready to head back to school. Westlake Patch is here to help. We're posting the supply lists for all Westlake City Schools. Today, it's Hilliard Elementary School's supply lists. There is one for kindergarten through third grade, and one for fourth grade. You can print out the PDF forms attached here, or check them out on your phone at the store, to make sure you're getting everything your child needs.
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Staff members don't want their peers to feel forgotten.
Hilliard Elementary School staff members didn't want their peers at Chardon High School to be forgotten. Following the tragic Feb. 27 shooting, Hilliard secretaries, custodians, food service workers, teachers and assistants all wrote a letter of support to their counterparts at Chardon High School. Hilliard art teacher Will Wilson painted a black and red ribbon and a Chardon “C” on a box that the Hilliard Elementary PTA will mail to Chardon as part of a joint effort. “We wanted to delay delivering these at the forefront because it is often harder later after the tragedy, when the support trails off, you feel forgotten,” said Hilliard Elementary Principal Kim Conley. “I am very proud of the Hilliard staff and the support of the PTA.” The …
Friday, March 23, 2012
The school raised enough money to buy 9,503 meals.
Hilliard Elementary School students and staff pitched in to raise $2,375.78 and 170 pounds of food during the school’s 10th Harvest for Hunger campaign. All together, the money raised will buy 9,503 meals. Because the campaign, organized by intervention specialist Kathy Nash and second-grade teacher Jane Zellers, reached its goal of $1,500, students will be rewarded with a pajama day and sustained silent reading in a room of their choice. Since 2002, Hilliard has collected $31,198.54 and 3,304 pounds of food for Harvest for Hunger.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
The two schools join only a dozen others in the state up for the award.
Bassett and Hilliard elementary schools are standing out among Ohio's primary schools. The state has nominated the two schools for the 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools award, along with only a dozen others. Both schools were among the highest-performing schools on state assessments, received the top score of Excellent on their state report cards, and earned a Performance Index Score of over 110. The school principals were thrilled with the news, and credited their predecessors for laying the ground work that made the schools so successful. “The staff at Bassett is humbled by this recognition,” said Bassett Principal Ben Hodge. “Former Principal Tim Rickard created a learning community that achieves excellence, and I want to continue that …
Sunday, February 19, 2012
Sophia Gorski will be recognized for her talent in Columbus.
Hilliard Elementary School fourth-grader Sophia Gorski will have her painting displayed in the 32nd Young People’s Art Exhibition in Columbus. The show is put on every year by the Ohio Arts Education Association to spotlight the importance of arts education. Sophia will be recognized at a ceremony March 10 in Columbus, and her piece will appear with 140 others from Feb. 27 to march 27. The painting will stay on display as the show moves to the Ohio Department of Education building for the summer. Some of the art works will then be selected for display at the OAEA Convention in Cincinnati in November.
Saturday, November 5, 2011
Bobbi English was honored Thursday with the Mary Claytor/Charles Weaver Life Achievement & Membership Award for 34 years of work.
Saturday, November 5, 2011
Westlake school counselor Bobbi English was honored for her 34 years of work in the field Thursday with the Mary Claytor/Charles Weaver Life Achievement & Membership Award. English, a counselor at Hilliard and Holly Lane elementary schools, was nominated by Mimi Verdone, principal of Holly Lane, former Hilliard Principal Mary Flanagan, Holly Lane kindergarten teacher Suzie Zkiab and Holly Lane physical education teacher Nick Miller. In her nomination letter, Verdone called English a caring professional. “As an elementary counselor for 34 years, she models the kindness and empathy that we all strive to emulate,” she wrote. “Bobbi has a remarkable energy level and an exceptional work ethic.” Flanagan said English’s legacy will be “that she …
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Westlake City School administrators and educators will work through the summer and into 2012 to prepare the district's application for candidacy.
By 2014, the curricula taught in Westlake’s elementary schools will undergo quite a transformation as administrators and teachers are in the process of planning and developing an International Baccalaureate (IB) program that will be aligned with the district’s continuous improvement plan. Bassett principal Ben Hodge, curriculum director Pam Griebel, and IB coordinators Deb Wadden and Colleen Steidel will be helping to position Bassett – along with Dover, Hilliard and Holly Lane Elementary Schools – to take on this scholastic feat. Why 2014? Good question. It’s because IB isn’t any ordinary program. Administrators and teachers have to develop new lesson plans that abide by IB’s strict educational guidelines that require each student to …