2016 First Semester @ILC @HCSD_ILC

The Innovative Learning Center opened the doors for the fourth year to 1,000+ students registered this year, and 1,000+ more active online classes serving students district wide. If you're new, the goal of the ILC is to offer unique learning experiences for students 7th-12th grade @HilliardSchools. These experiences all derive from our 4 networks, Young Professionals, College Jumpstart, Imagination, and the Personal Success Network.

This year the staff set an "ownership goal" because we believe in order to close the gap between being "good" and "elite" is a direct result of personal growth.

College Jumpstart Year : The College Jump Start program continues to grow in leaps and bounds, and this fall we had our best semester yet! Approximately 200 juniors and seniors completed fall semester College Credit Plus coursework through our partnership with Columbus State Community College. First-year students wrapped up their first Composition course by choosing a question to research and answer. Students loved the freedom to choose any focus they wanted, and topics ranged from sports (What’s the history of the rivalry between the Lakers and the Celtics?) to healthy lifestyles (How does owning a pet influence your health?) to current issues connected to students’ passions and career interests (What are the benefits and drawbacks of having police wear body cameras?). Students presented their results both in writing and during our “Celebration of Research” roundtables on the last day of class. It was exciting to see our students prove they are “ready for tomorrow”!

College Jumpstart Year features current and past college students that are guest lecturers to prepare our students for the reality of their pending experience in higher education.

Project Discover: Seventh grade Project Discover students spend the semester discovering their passions, embracing productive discomfort, and preparing to give a TED-style talk. As a class the students are challenged in the following ways.

Can the students think about school and grades differently?

Can the students work together to create a community where each and every student feels they can be accepted for themselves?

Can they eliminate negative self-talk about their abilities and cultivate a growth mindset instead?

Can they see public speaking as a chance to share their creative insights on a problem they feel passionately called to solve?

Students begin the semester by crafting class pledges or mottos, then spend time exploring personal passions and identifying problems that matter to them. Activities in the class include team building, a class debate, RFactor training and Growth Mindset. Every student is encouraged through creative thinking activities to “embraced their productive discomfort” and give a TED-style talks which highlights their problem-solving and critical thinking skills. The students receive public speaking credit, but they aren’t just giving speeches – they are sharing their hearts and passions. The students in Project Discover leave the class with new understandings about themselves and about the transformative power each of them possess.

It's been a great semester in the Academy Vibe network of classes! Academy Vibe students have stepped up to the plate with some awesome cover songs and original public service announcements. Check out some of the highlights:

Everything is great, besides the acting talent of Mr. T perhaps!

The Academy Vibe II students also made some awesome music and videos this semester! Several students worked with the Davidson Football team to create some great Hype videos. Here's one of them:

Another student explored the depths Sleep Paralysis for this spooky short film:

Both bands/artists from Performer's Institute have been writing awesome original music and have both qualified for Groove U's 'Instaband' Battle of the Bands for all high school students in central Ohio.

Last but not least, the Media Comm students have been also hard at working on Podcasts, PSAs and Music Videos, one group's PSA won the Ohio contest and is now on to the National competition. Check out their video here:

Happy Holidays from the Academy Vibe network of classes! We're excited to share more awesome video, songs, and much more! See ALL of our kid's awesome work on our YouTube channel!!

Hilliard City Schools proudly pushes the boundary of a personalized education. With nearly 70+ online courses written/created in house by highly qualified HCSD staff, our team of online teachers currently enroll 1,000 students district wide. Opportunities are endless for students taking online courses! The flexibility of online learning in Hilliard Schools allows students to participate in unique experiences like never before. One student is traveling abroad to Germany while finishing her graduation requirements through the online program. One elementary student's learning needs are being personalized and met through access to a high school level math online course. Several students earn college credits while finishing high school courses through our online program. And many students are able to take advantage of the Full Time @ Home program and stay enrolled in the district, instead of leaving the district for a state online program. Situations like these, and more, are what make online learning in Hilliard so unique! And more students than ever are taking advantage of the opportunity and flexibility. During the first semester, more than 1,000 students have taken online courses. Each of those courses was developed and is taught by highly qualified and experienced Hilliard teachers. By the end of the year, more than 2,000 students in grades 8-12 will have taken online courses in Hilliard. Come and grow with us!

Our Personal Success Network consists of three main components. 1 ) ILC PSN program for credit recovery and personalized plans. 2) Career Based Intervention (CBI) and 3) LEAD. All three work toward the same goal of achieving success for each individual student. This semester the PSN program has helped students complete over 100 classes, provided career pathways, and began work on having a growth mindset.

Career Mentorship @HCSDMentorship

Over 130 Juniors and Seniors in the HCSD Career Mentorship Program from Davidson, Darby, and Bradley High Schools, will participate this school year. While in the classroom, students have identified their strengths, improved their communication skills, developed résumés, practiced interviewing, and learned email etiquette and professionalism. Students then completed a non-paid internship (mentorship) with professionals in Hilliard and Central Ohio area organizations such as hospitals, laboratories, businesses, and various work places mentoring at least 5 hours per week for a total of 50 hours over the semester. To complete their experience, students design a website to market their skills and complete an exit interview with a professional in the career field in which they mentored. Several students were offered internship opportunities this summer due to their performance this semester. We are proud of our Hilliard students as they take advantage of this incredible opportunity to “try out a career”, ultimately helping them to decide on their college major and future career path. To learn more about the HCSD Career Mentorship Program, please view a video at https://vimeo.com/149403264 created by one of our students who is now studying film in LA. Also, see our website at http://mentorship.hilliardschools.org/

Meet a few of our current students: Cassidy Boyuk: My name is Cassidy Boyuk. I'm a Columbus, Ohio ​based artist and a senior at Hilliard Davidson and Mosaic. I'm currently mentoring at Cooley Studios and hope to continue my studies at an atelier when I graduate and have been accepted into an art school in Italy. I work mostly in oils and occasionally with pencil and watercolor. I enjoy doing portraiture and commission most of my work.

Painting by Cassidy Boyuk

Brendan Wingfield - Senior, Hilliard Darby High School. I mentored with a Video Coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets.I currently play for the Hilliard Hockey Club Junior Varsity team. My aspirations are to become a Video Assistant Coach or another form of Assistant Coach at a professional or collegiate hockey level, focusing on technology. I will be attending Bowling Green State University in the Fall semester of 2017.

Matthew Fogarty - Senior at Hilliard Darby High School. I mentored at The Ohio State University College of Dentistry. I have been playing tennis for about 3 years and I am on Darby's varsity men's tennis team. I'm also involved in various other clubs and school organizations such as Panther Ambassadors, National Honor Society, and class cabinet. I will be attending the Ohio State University Fall Semester 2017.

Academy INC: The Academy INC class has had a really exciting first semester. Some of our highlights include:

​​Starting our first online business store, and having our first student-run business during class. All profits from the class business go back into the program itself.

Attending the Madison County College Fair to learn more about college entrance requirements and about business majors.

Attending the Farm Science Review to learn more about Ohio's largest industry: agriculture. Students were able to visit one of the largest research facilities in Ohio and interview professionals in the industry to learn about sales, marketing, research & development of ag products in Ohio. Pic attached.

Hosting numerous guest speakers including the Ohio Builders' Exchange to learn about careers in Ohio's second largest industry: construction. Students were able to learn about the types of degrees needed for various business roles within the industry, and were able to learn about new construction projects in Ohio, such as sports stadiums, banks, and schools.

Touring a manufacturing facility in Ohio, the Anthony Thomas Chocolate Factory, to learn more about logistics, manufacturing, quality control, and marketing for B2B's. Students were also able to learn more about Ohio's push to increase manufacturing jobs in the state.

Hosting the first annual Alumni Breakfast, where graduates of the program came back to meet with the students currently in the program to discuss their high school experiences, to offer advice for Business Professionals of America competitions, and to offer reflections from their time spent as a business major in college.

Taking advantage of numerous networking opportunities​, including meeting Dublin Business Academy students to share their experiences and brainstorm ideas for expansion of our current program.

Winning the ILC Blended Unit competition by raising the most money in the Bundles of Joy Drive. The Business classes at the ILC raised more money that all the other programs combined.

Pledging $250 in fundraising donations to the Special Olympics, Ohio.

Health Professionals Academy: The middle school version of our class, Project Health Professionals, spent the semester exploring the many opportunities available that they may not have even known about. Learning medical vocabulary and putting this into action with our trip to COSI to dissect a sheep brain, view a recorded autopsy and deduce the cause of death of a local man. Visitors from Mount Carmel Health spent an entire day sharing experiences from a physician, nurse and speech therapist's point of view. Became heartsaver CPR certified.

High school became BLS CPR certified, learned about vital signs and participated in a vital signs clinic. They studied normal human growth and development, then put this into action teaching kindergarten-aged students about handwashing. The high school class also visited the local fire station met with the paramedics to learn about what they do on the job.

Some highlights of Academy EDU for this year include:

Heidieh Javan attended the Educator Rising National Competition in Boston, Massachusetts and received 2nd in her Exploring Careers in Administration

Each student is First Aid and CPR trained

Each student is a member of Educator Rising, a student organization that provides passionate young people with hands-on teaching experience, sustains their interest in the profession, and helps them cultivate the skills they need to be successful educators.

Students observed for six weeks at Crossing and Britton elementary school and are currently completing their middle school observations at various buildings in the district. The partnership didn't end there, the Academy EDU students partnered with JW Reason for 5 weeks of YOUniversity.

Along with receiving RFactor training themselves, a group of Academy EDU students were leaders at the RFactor Elementary Training and spoke at a community RFactor training.

EDU students visited the University of Findlay to learn about their College of Education opportunities and the advantages of a small school program.

One of our seniors, Allyssa Saunders (Bradley) realized the need to support the Hilltop Preschool, so she organized a "Bundles of Joy" campaign. Allyssa is working with John Riley's Project HERO class and all the classes at the ILC to provide 55 preschool students with a coat, gloves, hat, scarf and blanket.

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