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Tweeting will be encouraged the first day of school

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Approximately 16,000 Hilliard students will head back to school Aug. 19, and district officials are encouraging them -- and their parents -- to use social media to chronicle the day.

They can use the hashtag #hcsd1 on Twitter to do so, said district spokeswoman Amanda Morris.

"It is a way we hope our school family will use so that everyone can experience this first day of school together," Morris said.

Waiting at the bus stop is just one example of the activities district officials hope parents and students share, Morris said.

Superintendent John Marschhausen, who is in his second year leading the district, said he looks forward to sharing the experience of the first day via social media.

"We hope to see lots of great first-day-of-school photos (using the hashtag #hcsd1) and look forward to another amazing school year," Marschhausen said.

Marschhausen said teachers and staff members have been "working tirelessly" to personalize the education of each student.

"We can't wait to welcome nearly 16,000 students," Marschhausen said.

Among those greeting the students will be several new administrators, including one new building principal.

Herb Higginbotham will be the new principal at Alton Darby Elementary School.

Higginbotham was a fourth-grade teacher at Horizon Elementary School and was named in May to succeed Greg Hennes as principal at Alton Darby.

New assistant principals include Matt Trombitas at Bradley High School; Matt Middleton at Darby High School; Jeremy Scally at Davidson High School; Nic Gaston at Heritage Middle School; and Molly Walker at the district's two sixth-grade schools, Station and Tharp.

Morris said students also can look forward to some new educational opportunities and enhancements this school year.

In January, students and teachers at Station and Tharp will receive iPad minis and will be the first to begin receiving the devices at a 1-to-1 ratio, Morris said.

In addition, students in the sixth through 10th grades enrolled in science courses will use iBooks to access their textbooks, Morris said.

The advantage, Morris said, is updates can be delivered at a reduced cost and without waiting for the preparation and shipment of traditional printed textbooks.

Morris also said a new Academy MD program would be offered at the McVey Innovative Learning Center.

"Our Academy MD is designed for students pursuing a job in the medical field," such as medical assistant, electronic-records specialist, lab technician and EKG technician, Morris said.

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