A Letter from Principal Newton

Welcome Back to School! We hope that your family had a relaxing, fun-filled time over the Winter Break.  We have really enjoyed getting to hear our students’ stories about their fun holiday adventures!  Students at Hill are working on setting goals for the new semester, as well as New Years’ Resolutions!  We are looking forward to a great semester of learning!

On January 3, all of the Anderson Vertical Team campuses joined together for professional development sessions led by teachers and staff in areas such as technology integration, content differentiation, project-based learning, student behavior support, and gifted and talented.  This was a great day for conversations about instruction across the campuses!  Then, on January 4, Hill staff participated in a team building exercise at the Central Texas Food Bank, creating over 12,000 meals for families in need.  That afternoon, campus grade level teams collaborated in planning for the 2019 Spring Semester.  We appreciate this time for planning and collaborating with teachers and staff.

Our Campus Architectural Team met this week with the Architectural Firm of Parkhill, Smith and Cooper.  This is the firm that has been selected to lead our campus in the Hill Modernization Project.  We are excited to begin the planning work for the Hill expansion project with this team.

Also, at our Campus Advisory Council meeting this week, personnel from the City of Austin, the Safe Routes to School Program, and Council Woman Allison Alter’s office came to share future planning for safety recommendations around Hill School.  We look forward to working with the SRTS department on future traffic and safety supports at arrival and dismissal.

Finally, the Hill UIL campus representatives have been selected in grades 2nd– 5th.  We are so proud of all of our Hill Dillos who tried out for these events.  Students should be receiving practice material to practice with at home.  The UIL Event will be held at Pillow Elementary School on February 9, 2019.

Science Night is just around the corner!  We hope to see everyone then!