About Our School
Helman school consists of 16 rooms in 4-room quads, with a central plant housing the administrative section, library, kitchen-cafeteria/multi-purpose room with stage, a music room new library and new gymnasium.
The school is named after Abel D. Helman, early Ashland pioneer. Helman was born in Ashland, Ohio for which our city is named.
In 1854 Eber Emery and Abel D. Helman built and operated a flour mill located at the entrance of the present Lithia Park. Mr. Helman served as Ashland's first postmaster for 27 years. He was active in community affairs holding positions in the Masonic Lodge and serving as a member of the Board of Education in the Ashland Schools.
The school began operating on September 16, 1966 after a one week delay to allow for classroom construction to be completed. On January 26, 1967 the school was officially dedicated with most facilities in operation. Due to a generous construction bond passed by the Ashland community, Helman opened a beautiful new library and gymnasium the beginning of Spring of 2009.
Helman School enrollment for the 2011-2012 school year is 300 students with class sizes ranging from 20-30. Our staff consists of 12 classroom teachers K - 5. We are fortunate to have a schoolwide Title I program, that supports children through our Reading Specialist, Child Development Specialist, and additional Educational Assistants that give support in each classroom. Students also participate in two PE classes and two music classes each week. The entire staff takes part in professional development to strengthen ways to support all students in their goal to meet the State Standards.
Outdoor environmental education and experiences are vitally important to the development of the whole child. Helman School along with Lomakatsi and the city of Ashland has adopted the Ashland Pond and Ashland Creek areas as restoration projects and environmental studies. We have a fleet of bicycles for 4th and 5th grade students to bike to these areas on the bike path. Throughout the year, our students also bike or walk to the Eagle Mill Farm to plant and harvest locally grown produce. Our school garden provided some produce this summer for the summer lunch program. This summer solar panels and a 1 - kilowatt kiosk were installed in our school library. This will allow our students to participate in rich curriculum and see real time energy produced from the solar panels.
We encourage parent volunteers and activities to assist classroom teachers. Parents are the key to supporting education and can help in many ways, either at home, in classrooms and in a wide variety of other arenas involving students. Helman teachers believe in hands-on learning, meaningful and relevant curriculum and the development of the whole child. Staff members model lifelong learning and address multiple ways of learning within any classroom. We look forward to a new school year and invite you to our PTA sponsored community BBQ on September 22 from 5:00 - 7:00 pm at no charge to families.
Helman Mission Statement: At Helman School we are committed to working collaboratively to provide a quality learning environment in which all children can learn and develop to their maximum potential.