17 May 2016

Parenting: 5 ways to help your kids

I really enjoyed this article in today's Democrat & Chronicle about raising successful kiddos by not enabling them, not spoiling them, and not catching them every time they make a mistake.  As a parent, it is so easy to get caught up in watching their every move and trying to prep them for the next step, next day, whatever... It is a good reminder that our kids are much better off when we empower them to do things for themselves and encourage them to earn things rather than just receiving them.  



12 May 2016

What is an IB education?

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Hilton School District Seeking a Host for One Chinese Language Teacher

Hilton, NY - During the 2016-2017 school-year the Hilton School District will be participating in the Chinese Guest Teacher Program through the Confucius Institute at the University of Massachusetts Boston. A teacher from the institute  will be spending the school-year in the Hilton School District teaching Mandarin at Hilton High School. Students will have the opportunity to take the .5 credit elective course during study hall time in the fall and spring semesters.

The district is currently seeking a host to provide housing, transportation and sight-seeing opportunities for this guest teacher from September 1, 2016- June 30, 2017. The host family would need to provide a separate bedroom and bath, in-home laundry access and a kitchen facility. An in-law apartment situation works best. Transportation to and from school, shopping, etc. would also need to be provided if the housing is not located on a bus line. The Institute will pay a stipend of $750 each month to the host families.


Community mentors are also needed to show the guest teachers local sights. Community mentors do not have to be the person or family providing the housing.


For more information, please contact Dr. Barbara Surash at 392-1000, ext. 6062 or email bsurash@hilton.k12.


10 May 2016

Lost Items

Please check out these lost and found items at our school.  If you are missing something or if any of these items look familiar, please stop in to take them home.  



02 May 2016

Celebrating Our Students!

Kurt Thelen performed the roles of the sheep (puppeteer/voice) and the farmhand, Lurvy in the production of CHARLOTTE'S WEB.  It was performed  through the The Rochester Association for the Performing Arts as part of the RAPA Family Theatre Series for two weekends in April 2016. He had the privilege of touring with the show on April 29 to the Bristol Valley Theatre in Naples, NY. Elementary schools from the Naples area attended the two performances.  It was well-received and a shared learning-experience for everyone involved.






28 April 2016

What is the IB Learner Profile?


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Your Kids are AWESOME!

Attention Families: 

Has your kiddo done something that is awesome or noteworthy?  We would love to share your child's outside accomplishments in school as well as on this blog, twitter, etc...   Please email the awesome things your child is doing outside school so we may share in the excitement! Please include a photo, as well! 

email: tczebatol@hilton.k12.ny.us



Examples: 

  • accomplishments in scouts or other community groups 
  • sports team pride 
  • community service work 
  • service to others 
  • exciting travel opportunities 
  • being selected to outside music or sports groups 
  • teaching, guiding or leading younger children 


11 April 2016

Ignite Your Passion for Math

An on-campus summer math experience for girls entering eighth grade. This year's SMASH event will be July 18-22, 2016 at RIT. 


04 April 2016



I encourage you to take part in one or two National Poetry Month activities with your kiddos this month.  Here are two that are quick and easy.  The act of incorporating poetry into our children's lives further ensures that they will grow to be readers who analyze, critique and create in many different areas of their lives.  




Participate in National Poem in Your Pocket Day on April 21, 2016.

Sign up for Poem-a-Day



For additional ideas and experiences, head to: national poetry month

22 March 2016

Your kids are awesome!

Attention Families: 

Has your kiddo done something that is awesome or noteworthy?  We would love to share your child's outside accomplishments in school as well as on this blog, twitter, etc...   Please email the awesome things your child is doing outside school so we may share in the excitement! Please include a photo, as well! 

email: tczebatol@hilton.k12.ny.us



Examples: 

  • accomplishments in scouts or other community groups 
  • sports team pride 
  • community service work 
  • service to others 
  • exciting travel opportunities 
  • being selected to outside music or sports groups 
  • teaching, guiding or leading younger children 

6th Grade Parent Night Presentation



14 March 2016

MW Families,

Your child’s school has a rich history of supporting student growth—both academically and social/emotionally. In fact, these efforts have often been recognized through distinctions such as the Schools to Watch Initiative. But what you may not know, is that your child’s school also does a fabulous job at growing the capacity of adults. To that, I am one of the beneficiaries who has been afforded the chance to grow and learn at this dynamic school. Starting on March 21st, I will be serving as Merton Williams’ administrative intern.

My name is Derek Warren and for the past eleven years I have been a member of the Village Elementary community. While there, I was a fourth, fifth, and sixth grade teacher, with a bulk of my time being spent in a sixth grade classroom. More recently, I served as Village’s administrative intern, a role that I have been doing since January.  I have had the good fortune of working closely with many of the current MW students who once passed through Village’s doors, but I am excited to get to know all the students here at Merton Williams and to discover the recipe of success for a school that strives to bring out the best in all learners.

While in this role, I will be working closely with Ms. Czebatol—my mentor—and Mr. LeGault to support students and staff, while also diving into the work of developing and managing school-wide systems of support. Your students and their teachers are my new classroom, and I am excited to learn along with them.

As we go forward, if I can be of any assistance to you or your child, or if you would just like to pop in to introduce yourself, please know that my door is always open. I welcome the chance to meet you, and I can be reached via email at dwarren@hilton.k12.ny.us, or by telephone at 392-1000.

Have a great start to spring.

Best,
Derek Warren

Administrative Intern