A Letter from Principal Drummond

Dear Hill Community,
Our week back on campus ran smoothly! It was wonderful to again see all of our face to face Dillos at Hill School. We added an additional 40 or so students on campus this week, and we thank our staff for the wonderful work in continuing our strong systems. We now have one week of school before spring break where we will not hold classes from March 15th-19th.

I wanted to share a message from our Hill Cultural Showcase team. Please consider participating in this great opportunity to show Hill’s amazing diversity: “Through Global Pandemics, Zoom School, Learning Pods, and The Winter Storm of 2021, the Dillo community has stuck together through thick and thin. In the spirit of reflection, we’d love to showcase all of our families and the beautiful cultures that represent us. Whether you have traditional clothing, a family heirloom, pictures of your family visiting your country of origin, or would like to show your culture in another way, we’d like to showcase the wonderful tapestry of who we are together. Please follow the link below to add your picture to the Google Slideshow by March 22nd. The slideshow will be shown at Virtual Assembly later that week. Link to Slide Show

It was reiterated this week that AISD will continue with its current practice of following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Academy of Pediatrics and Austin Public Health when it comes to masks worn on campus. AISD’s guidelines include wearing masks at schools, district events and when on all district properties, social distancing when possible and washing hands frequently. We thank our community for their continued diligence and support of safety on campus.

We are excited to welcome Board Trustee Kristin Ashy to our rescheduled Principal Check-In this Tuesday, March 9th, at 4:00 pm. Here is the Zoom information for those who can participate. It will be recorded and shared as always:
Zoom Info
Meeting ID: 922 6675 0455
Passcode: dillos

To help answer your questions about what STAAR testing will look like and why it’s important for our students to take the test, Austin ISD is hosting “Beyond the STAAR,” a virtual engagement session at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 9 via Facebook Live and AISD.TV. District leaders will answer questions from a moderator and audience members via Facebook comments.

We want to celebrate our 2020-2021 Teacher of Promise Erin Bostick! This honor goes to an outstanding first year educator each year. We appreciate the great work she has done in 4th grade and look forward to seeing her recognized at the Austin ISD Salute! ceremony in May. Dillo Cheer, Ms. Bostick!

We’ll leave you with some fun updates. We are excited to announce that current Hill clerk Linda Glass is now our new registrar! Here are some updated pictures of our bond construction progress for our new studio addition and fitness space. Our staff is beginning to tour these new facilities which is so exciting as we are at that stage. More to come. Have a wonderful week before spring break, everyone!

Jack Drummond