A Letter from Principal Drummond

Dear Hill Community,
Happy Valentine’s Day! It was so fun to see the celebrations this last week. We hope everyone is staying warm and safe this weekend. Please remember that tomorrow is a staff professional development day, and we will not have any students on-campus. This includes our on-campus childcare as Austin ISD has made this a remote working day for our staff due to safety concerns. We will be communicating if there are any changes to the learning plan for Tuesday as we receive more word from Austin ISD and see what the weather does.

We want to thank Ensemble Therapy Group who has offered a parent learning session to our Hill parents/guardians on navigating grief and loss with students. A flyer for the presentation called Grief Share: Navigating Death and Your Child’s Grief gives you more information. The Zoom link is here for your ease as well. The presentation is this Thursday at 8:00 am. While it will touch on the loss of Dr. Dodson in the Austin community, it is meant to be a general session for strategies and a space for questions.

Please mark your calendar for an upcoming Principal Check-In where we will host Board Trustee Kristin Ashy to update us on district happenings and answer questions you may have. This will be our next check-in on Monday, February 22nd, at 4:00 pm. Here is the Zoom information:
Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 917 7634 0441
Passcode: dillos

Principal Newton at Murchison Middle School is inviting all of our outgoing 5th grade families to a presentation on the Advanced Languages program for Chinese, Vietnamese and Spanish. This presentation will be this Thursday, February 18th, at 4:30 pm. Here is the Zoom information:
Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 960 7032 9998
Passcode: 704592

A reminder it is time to register your student for the 2021-2022 school year. Every year, every student needs to register for the upcoming school year. Doing so early helps us plan, staff and be ready for the new school year. For instructions for Returning Students click here. For instructions for New Students click here. Please reach out to Christina McBride at christina.mcbride@austinisd.org if you need further assistance or have any questions.

We also want to highlight the Shahmadillos in 1st grade who were interviewed by KXAN News this week! They showcased their learning on Vice President Kamala Harris and the inauguration. We are proud of Ms. Shah and her class for their wonderful job representing Hill Elementary. Dillo Cheer! The story has not been published quite yet, but we will plan to share once we see the final segment.

Have a great holiday tomorrow! If the weather ends up causing unsafe conditions, thank you for being prepared for a virtual day on Tuesday just in case. For now, we will plan to see our on-campus learners as usual on that day.

Principal Drummond