Hippo Nation Human Capital Courant

Serve. Lead. Empower.

Volume X

Mission Statement:

Hippo Nation inspires excellence in academics, character, and community!

Vision Statement:

Hutto ISD aspires to be the premier choice in education through innovation, leadership, and diversity.

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Educators, ENTER BEFORE 9/26 for your free chance to win!!!

No matter what your classroom looks like this school year – fully remote, in-person, a blended model or something else – one thing is for sure: Your job is harder than it’s ever been.

Everyone at American College of Education is in awe of how educators are responding to the new demands being placed upon you. While we can’t make your classroom the way it used to be, we would like to offer educators at ACE partner schools a chance to win a gift card to help make your space a little nicer, whether it’s in a school building or in your home.

From September 11 through 26, educators are invited to fill out this short entry form for your chance to win one of FIVE $500 Amazon gift cards and FIVE $250 Amazon gift cards. One entry per person; no purchase necessary. Winners will be notified September 28.

We wish everyone in your school a safe, healthy and successful 2020-2021 school year!

All my best,

Melissa Hill

Field Enrollment Specialist

American College of Education

101 W Ohio, Suite 1200, Indianapolis, IN 46204

Phone: 844-823-0652

Email: Melissa.Hill@ace.edu


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HELPFUL HINT: Download the Skyward App (as shown below) and use your face ID to quickly access your Screener each day before you come to work!

This is a quick, hassle free way to do this every day before work!
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Department Spotlight!

Kudos to our Transportation Department!

Each of you are so valued and appreciated! We thank you for your planning preparation to welcome our students and be who each child needs the first thing each morning.

**Kudos & Congrats on your Spotlight!**

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Do you fully understand all aspects of your TRS? If not, here are helpful resources!

Here is a recorded version of a weekly webinar that I host every Wednesday on Zoom. This will allow you to watch at your convenience.

Meeting Recording:


Access Passcode: Uteach!234

I have also added a link below to my calendar, in the hopes that watching the webinar will compel you to schedule a one on one meeting with me. We can do that twenty minute "get to know you" meeting by Zoom as well. As always, there is no cost to meet.

Link to my calendar:


Thanks for taking the time to watch and my thoughts are with you. Thanks for all you do!

Make it a great day,

Clint Hutson


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University of Texas at Tyler

There has never been a better time to start your career in education!

Earn a master’s or doctoral degree from the prestigious University of Texas System, and learn from nationally-recognized faculty who lead robust and dynamic research and teaching endeavors. Learn more below.

Post-Master's Certification

Master's Programs

Doctoral Programs

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TEXAS A&M FREE Info Sessions!


Join us on Zoom for an information session! Sessions will be live September 21 and 28 from 6-7 pm CST.

Zoom link: https://tamu.zoom.us/j/97330039610
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Student Loan Solutions! Horace Mann Webinar for Sept!

Here are the webinars remaining for the rest of September:



Becky Snow, Ed.D.

Exclusive Agent

Horace Mann Insurance

Snow Legacy Insurance

623 W. Front St., Ste. 1400

Hutto, TX 78634

(512) 846-9021

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Concordia University Online Sessions for you!

Concordia University Texas is holding online information sessions to discuss our Master’s programs for educators in your area!

Online Information Sessions for Texas Educators:

Tuesday, September 22nd at 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, September 23rd at 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, September 24th at 4:00 p.m.

To RSVP, or for additional meeting options, please visit our information meeting page.

Spring 2021 Programs Offered:

· MEd in Educational Administration w/Principal as an Instructional Leader

· MEd in Instructional Leadership (non-endorsement)

· MEd In Educational Technology and Innovation

· MEd in Culturally Responsive Special Education

· MEd in Advanced Literacy Instruction w/Reading Certification

· MEd in Coaching & Sports Administration

Please email me at mbowman@graduateprogram.orgwith any questions, interest, or information requests. I look forward to hearing from you!

Megan Bowman

Graduate Information Specialist

K-12 Teachers Alliance

Concordia University Texas

Phone: 512-717-0026

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Here is one of our new employees in #HippoNation! We're SO glad you're with us! We are honored to to have you be one of our Assistant Principals!!

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Have you been promoted since you joined Hippo Nation? We want to give you a Promotion Spotlight on social media! Email me if you or someone you know has been promoted! You/They deserve to be highlighted!

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UT Principal Program!

Nominations for the Texas Principal Leadership Academy 2021 Cohort are being accepted now through December 15th. Interested candidates may self-nominate, though it is preferred candidates be nominated by a school, district or university leader familiar with that nominee’s capabilities and work.

You may nominate individuals or self-nominate via the online nomination form. Nominees will be sent TPLA information and will be required to attend one mandatory TPLA Application Information Session.

Our program prepares social justice and instructional leaders with skills and knowledge aligned to principal standards and TEA’s Effective School Model for improving schools. The curriculum enriches learning experiences and outcomes through collaboration of the student, on-site principal mentor and UT field supervisor, and faculty to provide opportunities for students to put theory into practice through a directed field experience.

TPLA is a 12-month master’s program that prepares graduates to be leaders of socially just, equitable and high-achieving public schools. Working closely with partner districts, TPLA’s goal is to recruit, prepare, and retain a diverse group of school leaders who reflect the student demographics within the partner districts.

Deadline to submit nominations is December 15th.

Applications are due January 15th.

Nominate Now

Apply Now

Director of Human Capital

What does this position do for Hippo Nation? Serve. Lead. Empower.

Extension 1077 in Hippo Nation connects you directly to me!

- Dr. Almquist (@servingkids)

Here is my bio!

*Your passion, attitude, and touch change eternity.*

What is "Human Capital?"

Human Capital is the people of Hippo Nation and all that each of you bring to enhance the work within this district. According to the Oxford Dictionary it is "the skills, knowledge, and experience possessed by an individual or population, viewed in terms of their value or cost to an organization or country."

What is a "Courant?"

The word courant is an older word which means newspaper! This is our 2020 courant!

Courant also means running according to Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Hippos run. We run to ensure that our students are getting the very best that they deserve and need. We run to ensure that the spirit of the River Horse never dies. If you didn't know, River Horse means Hippo; It is the literal English translation of the Greek word Hippopotamus!

Our Courant will be composed of topics that relate to career pathways, growing us as individuals, and other topics that relate to the human capital component of our work.

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