The mission of Hilliard City Schools is for all students to embrace, empower, and inspire. We envision that all staff and the community at large embody the same mantra. I see it each and every day. I am absolutely thrilled at the innovation within the walls of Avery Elementary and within our district. I see high-levels of engagement by students, teachers, staff, administrators, and parents throughout our district and at our school. We are empowering students to be confident, global citizens in a world in which they will inherit. I am impressed and proud to be a part of this transformational time in our district.
Today, our Avery students astounded me by taking medals at the Columbus State Regional First Lego Competition. Our students were competing against high school freshman and they scored higher than many of their peers and older aged students. One of our two teams scored the highest table points of the day based on robotic missions and the other received a special recognition award. One of our teams is moving on to the next tournament even! The continual support of our amazing robotic team parents inspired our students to become better and helped them grow as scientists. I could not be prouder of our student’s confidence and pride in their accomplishments. The looks on their faces when they received their medals and trophies were priceless. I will remember this moment.
I believe that our staff is changing the lives of our students at Avery. They believe in them, embrace them, and care deeply about them. They empower our Gators. They are transforming their instruction through high-levels of student engagement. Teachers are providing new and dynamic lessons through the use of technology and incorporating applications such as Nearpod, Google Apps, Voicethread, Twitter. We know that technology engages students…makes them want to create, share and be present. We are inspiring our students each day.
I couldn’t be a prouder principal this cold and wintery evening. Now, if only our Buckeyes can stay empowered, too…then it will be even more of a perfect day.
The sun was shining, students smiling, and volunteers were eagerly setting up for the big day. We had hoped the weather would hold up and it did. At 9:00 am sharp, the Walk-A-Thon was underway. The Kindergarten students were beyond excited and some students even began to run around the path. Hour by hour students came out with their grade-level and they began their quest to walk as many laps as they could to raise money for our school. The fifth graders walked and had fun with friends and they seemed so in their element as they walked in the sunshine.
Avery students are special. They work hard for their school. They give everything their best. I bet our Avery students will raise more than our goal of $10,000. I bet we will raise this money because our students found their sponsors for our Walk-A-Thon and they walked as many laps as their little bodies could on Friday. I am so proud to be an Avery Gator and I cannot wait to kiss a pig!