A Letter from Principal Drummond

Dear Hill Community,
Thank you for making our teachers feel special and recognized this past week! As we continue to wind down the year, your support and partnership mean so much. We are now ready for one of our busiest weeks of the year with STAAR upon us!

Our 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders will be taking the STAAR math assessment this Tuesday and the reading assessment this Wednesday. 5th graders will also be taking the science assessment on Thursday. Thank you for ensuring that your student reports to campus by 7:45 am on those days. We will anticipate heavier traffic as normal due to virtual students reporting back for testing. For more information, please refer to the grade level letters all families of those grade levels were emailed last week on 4/28. Please remember that if your student is virtual and just coming for testing, we will plan to release them to you at the front of the school in the car line at 12:45 pm. For all of our current in-person students, dismissal will happen as normal. Don’t forget those water bottles, plenty of snacks, and a good night’s sleep. We are proud of the progress our students have made this year and know they will do their Dillo Best!

The Health and PE Department has been revising the K-2 Human Sexuality and Responsibility curriculum for the 2021-2022 school year; the current curriculum is more than 12 years old. Parent feedback is important to guide this work. This year, principals are holding community meetings to invite our PreK-2nd grade parents to learn about the HSR policies, K-2 revised curriculum, and how parents can take the survey. The Hill community meeting for this information will be on Tuesday, May 18th at 3:30 pm via Zoom. More information will follow in our next letter to the community.

Zoom Meeting Link
Meeting ID: 915 9771 2112
Passcode: 103064

5th Grade Families: Please mark your calendars for two end of the year events during our last week of school. On Wednesday, June 2nd at 4:00 pm, we will hold a 5th grade car parade to kick-off our celebration of our outgoing Dillos. The following day (the last day of school) we are excited to bring back the special tradition of our 5th grade graduation walk. This will begin at 2:15 and parents will be able to view as part of it will take place outside. More information will follow as we get closer to the events themselves.

This is your final reminder to participate in the virtual open house process and to take the survey to give input on the construction of an Austin Woods sidewalk. We appreciate the members of our CAC who discussed this at our Monday meeting. We had community input from a representative of most of our Austin Woods neighbors who shared with us that their preference is option 2 out of the survey choices.The consensus from our campus advisory council was that options 1 and 2 created the safest route to school, which is our goal. We wanted to provide you with this context but know that in our large community, we value your individual opinion during this open house process. The survey will close this Friday.

Be sure to encourage your 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders to get plenty of sleep and exercise this week so they feel their best for our STAAR testing week. Eat those “Go” foods! Have a fantastic week, everyone.

Principal Drummond