About Our School

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Welcome to the Helman School website! We welcome you to peruse the site to get an idea of what it means to be a Helman Dragon. We are very proud of our school and all of our accomplishments both in and out of the classrooms. Students who attend Helman get a great education AND feel a powerful sense of belonging and community that they carry with them.

All of our staff members are dedicated to the positive development of the whole child. A quick tour of our school would reveal a buzz of energetic and engaged students working on a wide variety of projects and subjects. Perhaps a resident artist is teaching them rhythms or drum-making; perhaps they are preparing for a bike safety lesson or a field trip to the Ashland Pond for water monitoring with their buddy class; perhaps they are working cooperatively to solve the math challenge of the day or just quietly reading a choice book or heading off to music or PE class. Learning takes place in so many different ways here at Helman School and we work hard to make sure every child feels welcome, safe and deeply cared about. This commitment is reflected in the smiles that dominate our campus every day.

Although we are proud of our excellent test scores, we also know that a student needs a variety of other skills to be truly successful. Our teachers go the extra mile to schedule field trips and invite guests into our school to bring different experiences and perspectives to our students. Our Tea with the Principal program helps honor and celebrate some of those other attributes such as being positive and kind and helpful. We also provide a wide range of extracurricular activities such as Young Master Arts programs, the Lego club, Soroptimist Strong Girls, Strong Women program, Battle of the Books and more to help students find and develop their individual passions.

At the base of all of our wonderful students are our wonderful parents! We love having parents get involved with our outstanding PTA which provides so much support for all of our community events such as the Helman Hoedown, the Talent Show, and our Mayfaire to name a few! We also rely on parents volunteering in classrooms, to read to students in the SMART program, to chaperone all of our field trips and, of course, support the children by reading to them and helping with homework.

Together we make an excellent partnership and really create a special place for learning here at Helman School. Come see for yourself! Go Helman Dragons!

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.