The 2016-17 school year brings more growth and inspiration to HippoNation!
It was a tremendously exciting and busy summer for the staff of Hutto ISD. Howard Norman Elementary School (HNES) was completed, becoming our sixth elementary school. The school is named for a Hutto resident who served his country in the Army Air Corp during WWII. He lost his life in the line of duty, and Hutto ISD is proud to be able to honor his service and ultimate sacrifice for our country and community.
Last year, we celebrated a theme all year, It’s All About the “H”: Hippos Honoring Heroes. All year we had events and service projects that sought to recognize and help all of our heroes, the first responders: Service men and women, Police, Fire, Nurses, and EMS, that place their lives on the line for us and seek to protect life with their efforts. What a fitting closing to that theme, as we ring in our new school year with the opening of a school named in honor of one of those fallen heroes.
We are all about Inspiring Excellence in Academics, Character and Community, and last year our Hutto ISD staff took several programs to new heights, making quite a bit of Hippo history. We witnessed Hutto High School win their UIL Academic District for the second straight year! HippoNation Robotics amazed with a performance by Hutto Middle School that took a middle school team competing with mostly high schools all the way to 2nd Place in a multi-state regional that included more than 600 teams! Our middle school robotics teams were so successful, Hutto Elementary started its own robotics club called HippoBOTamus! Hippo Athletics continued to shine with multiple sports advancing to the playoffs! The Hutto Hippo Bands and Choir continued to define excellence, with the HHS Band scoring a number of “1s” and advancing to the Area round in marching contest for only the fifth time in school history. Marching band continues to explode, with almost 275 members this year! The choir again earned medals and state appearances! We had our first Health Occupational Science Association (HOSA) student qualify and compete nationally, and our brand new Criminal Justice teams advanced to the state competition. Our culinary arts program had multiple students earn thousands of dollars in scholarships.
Once again, our senior class impressed with a 100% application rate to college and more than $4.5 million in scholarships. Amazingly, our students found time to give over 10,000 hours of community service, and staff served many hours as well.
We continue to have one of the most patriotic districts in the nation with the largest Veteran’s Day celebration around. Last year, we introduced the Freedom Game celebration for our first home game, which was one of the largest attendances in Hutto history. At the game, first responders and our military veterans were recognized with a parade, dedication of jerseys, a flyover, parachutists, taps and so much more. A new tradition was established, and we are proud to hold the second annual Freedom Game to again honor our heroes. Hippo Stadium will officially be renamed Hutto Memorial Stadium, and a POW/MIA chair will be placed in the stadium and dedicated to those that will never return from service.
This year we will celebrate our great state of Texas, our HippoNation tradition and the Texas Revolutionary spirit that gave birth to our Texas public school systems. it’s time to stand up for the Hippo, honor our state and Remember the Hippo!
We call on our community members to be ambassadors for our district, our community and for all Texas Public Schools! Hutto’s excellence, accomplishments and pride rest squarely on the shoulders of our great staff. As I have shared before, each of our staff members are here in Hutto at this time for a reason, and we are blessed to have them serving as part of our Hutto team.
As you are out and about in the HippoNation, remember those who serve our kids tirelessly and who have committed themselves to making our students the absolute best in Texas!
Thank you for the community support we receive on a daily basis from you, the citizens of Hutto. You inspire us to inspire others!