Instructional Time Recovery for Ice Event
February 10, 2023 Dear Students and Parents, The district will recover four instructional days lost during last week’s ice event by utilizing the school calendar days listed below. All are now required student attendance days. March 10 , previously marked as a Bad Weather Day April 7 , previously marked as a Bad Weather Day Other lost days will be recovered with banked instructional minutes from the current school calendar and a TEA Bad Weather Waiver. Please contact your respective school principals if you have any further questions regarding making up time. We thank you for your continued support and diligence in following our communications throughout the winter storm last week. Sincerely, The Hutto ISD Executive Leadership Team United in Excellence! ¡Unidos!
Friday, Feb 10 2023
School Closed, Friday February 3
February 2, 2023 Dear Hippo Nation, Hutto ISD will remain closed tomorrow, February 3 . Our maintenance crews surveyed our campuses today and found no structural or electrical issues; however, due to weather impact and power outages throughout Central Texas, the staff absences will be too great to sufficiently operate. Half of our staff live outside of our district where a number of power outages and travel issues remain. In addition, surrounding districts have closed, which could cause child care issues for those having to commute. It is because of all of these factors that we have decided it is best to remain closed. We will reset and be ready to open on Monday, February 6 at our regularly scheduled times . High school athletic competitions are expected to resume on Friday, February 3. Please watch for specific communication from your student’s respective coaches. We will need to make up for our loss of instructional minutes. We are weighing our options and will communicate how we will make up the time by the end of next week. As we do so, please prepare for the possibility of utilizing bad weather days on March 10 and April 7. Sincerely, Celina Estrada Thomas, Ph.D Hutto ISD Superintendent United in Excellence! ¡Unidos!
Thursday, Feb 02 2023
School Closed, Thursday, February 2
February 1, 2023 Dear Students, Parents, and Staff, The district will be closed Thursday, February 2 due to the ongoing ice event. Roadways are not expected to be safe until noon tomorrow. Please continue to follow the forecast by watching your local stations or following your preferred weather source. Our crews will utilize this time to visit each campus to ensure they are safe for our students and staff to return. We will update you on operations for Friday, February 3 by tomorrow afternoon . We will also update you on make-up days at that time. Respectfully, Celina Estrada Thomas, PhD Hutto ISD Superintendent United in Excellence! ¡Unidos!
Wednesday, Feb 01 2023
School Closed for January 31
Dear Students, Parents, and Staff, The district will be closed on January 31 as a safety precaution due to inclement weather. The area is under a Winter Weather Warning in which significant icing is expected. Travel conditions will be hazardous. Closure could occur on Wednesday, February 1 as well. We will update you on those plans tomorrow afternoon via ParentSquare email, voicemail, text and app push notifications. For those students taking courses with Temple College, please refer to their communication indicating they will continue courses virtually on Tuesday. Contact your professor for more information. Please follow this weather event by watching your local stations or following your preferred weather source. Respectfully, Celina Estrada Thomas, PhD Hutto ISD Superintendent United in Excellence! ¡Unidos!
Monday, Jan 30 2023
After School Activities Canceled for Tonight 1/30
January 30, 2023 Dear Students, Parents, and Staff, All after school activities are canceled for tonight, January 30 as a safety precaution due to inclement weather. Our area is currently under a Winter Storm Warning now until Wednesday at noon. There will be no change to release times. Regular release will continue as usual at all campuses. If your student is involved in YMCA after school programming, please contact the YMCA regarding any scheduling changes. At a minimum, we are looking at a delayed start tomorrow, January 31. The District will issue a decision on whether or not to cancel school tomorrow and Wednesday after 5 p.m. tonight. We will issue that alert via ParentSquare email, text, voicemail and app push notifications. Please continue to stay tuned to your local news station or weather source. Respectfully, Celina Estrada Thomas, PhD Hutto ISD Superintendent United in Excellence! ¡Unidos!
Monday, Jan 30 2023
Hutto ISD School Board Approves May Bond Election
Friday, January 27, 2023 Greetings Hippo Nation! Last night, the Hutto ISD Board of Trustees unanimously approved a May 2023 Bond Referendum to address our community’s current and future enrollment growth. This vote comes one month after the Hutto citizens Long Range Facilities Planning Committee presented its findings and recommended project list to the Board. After months of study and collaboration, the all-volunteer Committee designed a bond package for voter consideration during the upcoming May 6 election. All registered voters within Hutto ISD boundaries will find three propositions related to the District’s plan to address growth and add capacity on their ballot. If approved by voters, the $522 million proposal will be funded through additional bonding capacity resulting from property value growth within the District and with zero increase to the tax rate. Items contained in Hutto ISD’s Bond 2023 proposal include: PROPOSITION A • Elementary #8 - $63,000,000 Pre-K thru 5th-grade campus to address growth and add capacity Includes a Little Hippos Daycare Center School site is identified and district-owned • Elementary #9 - $70,000,000 Pre-K thru 5th-grade campus to address growth and add capacity Includes a Little Hippos Daycare Center School site is identified and district-owned • Hutto High School Renovations & Additions (final phases) - $68,000,000 Final stages of HHS modernization including additions for programs such as fine arts, robotics lab, audio, and visual tech classrooms, Air Force JROTC, health sciences, auto mechanics, agricultural mechanics and welding, a new competition gym, and additional dressing facilities for student-athletes, and general upgrades to architectural finishes. • Existing Middle School Classroom Additions - $14,000,000 New classroom wing additions for both Hutto and Farley middle schools to add capacity and address growth • 9th Grade Center build-out to Comprehensive High School - $180,000,000 NGC build-out will create Hutto ISD’s second high school to address growth and add capacity • Land Acquisition - $32,000,000 Provides funds to purchase property for future school sites • Deferred Maintenance Projects - $24,000,000 Replace Heating/AC units, plumbing, and electrical systems that have met useful lifespan to improve operational efficiencies • Buses & Satellite Operations - $10,000,000 Replace aging school buses and build a second operations station for routes south of Hwy. 79 to eliminate the need for buses to cross railroad tracks and provide shorter ride times for students • Technology Infrastructure Upgrades - $10,500,000 Technology infrastructure upgrades to address safety and security systems, data storage, and internet connectivity PROPOSITION B • Instructional Technology - $10,500,000 Purchase and refresh instructional devices, including one-to-one teacher/staff and student technology PROPOSITION C • Districtwide Academic Center - $40,000,000 Renovation of College Street facility to include permanent space for DAEP, River Horse Academy, and Special Education 18+ Program The Long Range Facilities Planning Committee, composed of 50 community members, parents, students, and school District staff, formulated this comprehensive plan and presented their findings to Trustees on Dec. 8. Convening in August 2022, the Committee spent nearly five months collaborating and studying the District’s current facilities, demographics, enrollment trends and school finances that resulted in the bond proposal which will address the impact that a rapidly increasing enrollment has on the District’s facilities in a fiscally prudent manner. The District’s previously approved Master Facility Plan was also a guiding document for this process. Our District leadership is grateful for the Long Range Facilities Planning Committee members who volunteered their time to participate in the development of this school bond, and we appreciate their continued commitment to our students and staff. As a fast-growth District, ensuring many voices were heard during this process was paramount as we continue to make decisions that will last for generations of students. The latest demographic report shows Hutto ISD as the 4th fastest-growing school district in the Central Texas region. With a current enrollment of 9,767, we are expected to have 13,500 students in the District by 2027-2028, and exceed 17,700 students by 2032-2033. And, with approximately 75 square miles of land within District boundaries, numerous active and planned subdivisions will continue to bring new families to our schools. Bond 2023 is designed with these facts in mind. Hutto ISD will offer opportunities for public presentations and detailed information by myself, the school board, and members of the Executive Leadership team in the coming weeks. Visit www.hipponation.org/bond or email email@example.com for more information. I am immensely proud to serve as your Superintendent. It is an honor to work alongside you as we continue to mentor and educate our Hippos and chart a path forward for our students, parents, and District. Together we can provide the support our students need—at home and at school. Your commitment to Hippo Nation is paramount to the success of our students! Yours in education, Dr. Celina Estrada Thomas Superintendent, Hutto ISD United in Excellence! ¡Unidos!
Friday, Jan 27 2023
Possible Bus Delays, Tomorrow January 24
January 23, 2023 Dear Bus Riders and Parents, Due to an unexpected number of driver illnesses and potential weather issues, bus service may be delayed tomorrow, Tuesday January 24 and possibly January 25. The Transportation Department will communicate directly with those affected regarding bus times and delays. We ask that you continue to closely monitor district messaging and consider alternative transportation if possible. Thank you, Hutto ISD Transportation United in Excellence! ¡Unidos!
Tuesday, Jan 24 2023
January 2023 Hippo Monthly
Good morning students, parents, teachers, and Hippo Nation community members, Please enjoy the January Hippo Monthly Newsletter . Feel free to share the newsletter and encourage others to subscribe and receive Hippo Monthly in their inbox each month. NOTES: The image links to a PDF version of the newsletter, the text links to a website version of the newsletter. Enjoy in your preferred method. If you're receiving this newsletter at 6 p.m. and would rather receive it instantly, please change your notification preferences in ParentSquare to instant instead of digest. United in Excellence! ¡Unidos!
Wednesday, Jan 11 2023
January EdTech Newsletter
Happy New Year, amazing Hutto ISD educators and staff! Here are some tips, tricks, and tutorials to help make the tech part of your work a little easier. Earn professional development credit for taking time to explore items in this newsletter! Sign in to ClassLink and open Eduphoria. Open the Strive app in Eduphoria. Enroll in the January 2023 EdTech Newsletter Learn & Reflect course. Complete the survey to earn an hour of PD credit. Constantly lose your Skyward pop-up window? Open it as a tab! Right-click the top of the pop-up window Select Open as a tab. Use this with any pop-up window! If you are using a Mac, click Window on the Apple menu, and select Open as tab. Accidentally close a Chrome tab? Press ctrl+shift+T to bring the last closed tab back. Keep pressing ctrl+shift+T to open more previously closed tabs. Want to see the last week of the month on your Google Calendar AND the following weeks at the same time? Use a 4-Week view so you can see the next month's weeks. Press X on your keyboard while in Google Calendar, or use the view options drop-down in the top, right corner. Follow these steps if you are missing the 4 weeks view. Need to take a screenshot? Press Window's Key + Shift + S Whatever you take a screenshot of will automatically be copied to your clipboard, that means you can paste (right-click, paste or ctrl + v) directly into a doc, email, slides, etc. Need project or task templates? In Google Docs, click Insert, Tables, and Table Templates. In Google Sheets, there are various templates in the Template gallery . Canvas Hutto ISD Canvas FAQ & Help Skyward gradebook passback Merge/Cross-list Bookmark Canvas Enroll students into a manually created course Seesaw Link to getting started basics Check the Hutto ISD Instructional Planning Guides for aligned Seesaw activities. Live and on demand webinar sessions Planbook Planbook all the things Easiest way to share lessons Copy, paste, bump, or move lessons Make Planbook pretty Freckle Getting started Freckle Reports Math Facts Practice Math Facts Data Clear Touch Basics Note 3 & Doc Cam Mirror a laptop or Chromebook Hutto ISD Digital Learning Toolkit Have you visited the Digital Learning Toolkit ? It has a list of all the district-provided technology applications and links to tutorials and getting started guides Come chat about instructional tech on January 12 via Google Meet! Share, ask questions, or just chat about Canvas, Seesaw, Planbook, Freckle, Raz Kids, etc. Thursday, January 12th, 8:00am - 8:45am, 3:15pm - 4:00pm, or 4:00pm-4:45pm Kelly Hong Instructional Technology Coordinator Hutto ISD Curriculum Department firstname.lastname@example.org x1112 Visit the Hutto ISD Instructional technology Website for tutorials, help, and inspiration. Earn PD credit for taking time to explore and implement a tool into your classroom . Did you know your library and digital media specialist can help you with using some of our district-supported technology tools? Your amazing librarian and digital media specialist can help you with Google basics, Nearpod, Flocabulary, EdPuzzle, Gimkit and Clear Touch displays! Click here to view all the digital tools supported by your library digital media specialist. Callie Dawson District Lead Library Digital Media Specialist HHS, FMS email@example.com Sharon Case Library Digital Media Specialist CCES, VHES, KES firstname.lastname@example.org Nikki Robertson-Griffin Library Digital Media Specialist NGC email@example.com Lisa Condron Library Digital Media Specialist NJES, HNES, RES firstname.lastname@example.org Alison Hernandez Library Digital Media Specialist HMS email@example.com Maria Moreno Library Digital Media Specialist HES firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, Jan 02 2023
2023-24 District Calendar Change
District Calendar Changes in 2023-24 School Year On Dec. 8, the Board of Trustees approved the District Advisory Committee and the Executive Leadership Team's recommendation that the 2023-24 district calendar makes Oct. 31, 2023 and Nov. 1, 2023 student holidays and teacher workdays with Nov. 1 a parent conference day. In addition, to make up the lost instructional time, Aug. 10 and 11, 2023 are normal student instructional days. Visit hipponation.org/calendar to download and print the latest version. United in Excellence! ¡Unidos!
Friday, Dec 09 2022