A Letter from Principal Drummond

Dear Hill Community,

It was a fun week of learning at Hill School as we wrapped up a successful fall semester. We were so proud to see students sharing family traditions with each other as Hill’s cultural diversity was on full display! We hope our entire Hill community has a wonderful winter break full of family, friends, and reading of course.

Social Emotional Learning is a focus on our campus as we believe in developing the whole child beyond just academics. Compassion and giving to others are such great examples of SEL in action this time of year. Our Hill Families Helping Families program was again a huge success to make the holidays special for those in need. We can’t thank our amazing counselors, volunteers, and families who donated enough for supporting this work. Our weekend backpack program continues to support families with weekend food. Hill’s annual food and coat drive this year brought in around 280 coats and hundreds of cans of food to support the Austin community. We are proud of this philanthropy and the wonderful lessons it teaches our Dillos.

As you have noticed, we are nearing the completion of the sidewalk addition on Tallwood across from our school. It should be completed during or just after our winter break. We are thankful for the improved safety that this Safe Routes to School work brings for our students. In January, we anticipate the city completing a traffic study to assess our crossing guard need at the Hyridge 4-way stop as well. Thank you for your continued patience during these changes as we continue to evolve safe routes to Hill school!

Lastly, we look forward to a busy spring semester that is just around the corner. Ms. Herb and Maestro Williams have been rehearsing for months for our first ever production of the Lion King musical. Our annual UIL competition will take place in February. We will also finalize our Campus Architectural Team planning in January as construction is planned to begin in May on our ten studio addition and new fitness space. We will continue to collaborate with our community as we plan for a modernized Hill campus ready to prepare our Dillos for bright futures.

Our staff wishes all of our families a safe and happy winter break!  We look forward to seeing all of our students back on January 8th.

Principal Drummond