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Tyson Hilkert


Minerva France Families,

Classroom celebrations are a fun and memorable experience for students during their elementary school years. At Minerva France we intend to continue these celebrations in a fun, inclusive, and memorable way that encourages our students to share, listen, and learn.

On 10/28/22, our classrooms will hold their fall celebrations.  These celebrations will focus on the fall season and incorporate many seasonal, educational, and festive activities. If you have any interest in supporting this celebration in your child’s classroom please contact your child’s teacher.  We will also spend some time on this same date celebrating our school accomplishments thus far and honoring Minerva J. France for whom our school is proudly dedicated. Minerva J. France set a precedent for women of color in higher education, paving the way for others to follow.  France received her bachelor’s from the West Virginia Collegiate Institute, spent time at Columbia University, and ultimately landed a job as a librarian and English instructor at Wilberforce College.  While at Wilberforce, France regularly made the one-hour trip to Columbus to take night classes for her master’s degree that she obtained in 1934. To honor her legacy and dedication to education our staff will wear apparel of their alma mater and/or favorite higher education institution on 10/28/22.  Your child is invited to do the same.

On 10/31/22 our staff will be focused on our regular instructional routines. One twist is that our staff will be wearing our favorite Falcon apparel. If you have any interest in purchasing any Falcon Merchandise you may do so by following this link. $2 from each purchase will go to support student activities at our school. I would be remiss if I did not mention the Minerva Park Trick or Treat activities on that evening of 10/31/22. For those participating feel free to stop by the main driveway entrance of the school between 6-7:30pm. There, any child can trick or treat for a free book and sweet treat while supplies last and see a few mystery staff members who will be present and all dressed up! Providing these free books to any child of the Minerva Park Community is just one more way we can honor the legacy of a brilliant librarian and educator such as Minerva J. France.

Students are encouraged to maintain regular dress through the dates mentioned above.  Although we are not encouraging costumes during school hours, students are welcome to express themselves through their personal style while still adhering to the current standards of appropriate public attire.  Maintaining this approach will help our school foster an inclusive and collaborative atmosphere that encourages our students to share, listen, and learn from a variety of diverse experiences. 

Finally, through the month of October and into November there are a handful of other dates that I would like to make you aware of…

  • School Picture Day

    • 10/10

  • COTA Day

    • 10/14

    • Professional Day & No School for Students

  • Parent Teacher Conferences

    • 10/19

      • Students attend school

      • Parent teacher conferences from 4-7:30pm

    • 10/20

      • No School for students

      • Parent Teacher Conferences 8am-7:30pm

    • 10/21

      • No School for Students or Staff

  • 3rd Grade Ohio State English Language Arts Test

    • 10/25 & 10/26

  • Westerville Educator Day

    • 11/8

    • No School for Students

  • Early Release

    • 11/17

    • Students dismiss at 2:35pm

  • Thanksgiving Break

    • 11/23 - 11/25

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at the main office at 614-797-7500 or email at


Tyson D. Hilkert




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