Hippo Nation Human Capital Courant

Serve. Lead. Empower.

Volume XVI

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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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**********Vote by Friday on Facebook!********

YAY!!! The Magic School Bus was selected as a finalist!!

Please go vote (see the link below) and share the news please!

WAY TO GO SpEd TEAM! We're proud of all you're doing!!

They loved The Magic School Bus concept so much, our school was selected as this month’s finalist for Cool School. We have spotlighted your school in our cool school post on Facebook today and one of the 3 finalist will win the $250 Gandy Gift Certificate and bragging rights. Feel free to share the link with your group and encourage them to vote for your school.

Ensure the like/heart OUR post!


The winner will be announced on Facebook on Friday.

Here is information about the amazing program:

The Magic School Bus!

Hippo Nation's Special Education program has an amazing program called the Magic School Bus. We are serving students who are struggling in the online environment by providing 1 to 1 tutoring outside their house on a school bus. We have decorated the bus and set up a card table in the back of the bus to serve as a desk for both teacher and student. We have been to students' homes & it is working well! Most of the students we are serving are Functional Academics Special Education students and Resource & Inclusion Special Education students who have struggled with online learning during this virtual experience. We are meeting them where they are at and it's definitely something worth bragging about.

Here is the news information: https://fox59.com/pass-or-fail/how-one-school-district-is-closing-the-equity-gap-with-a-school-bus-and-a-card-table/

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Our Deepest Fear . . .
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Community Education - Apply today!

We are seeking OUTSTANDING teachers, coaches, and skilled instructors this winter!

Hutto ISD students (...and parents) are looking to make the most of the holiday season. What better way to celebrate than by creating holiday memories *right here* in Hippo Nation!

Your enrichment program is so important to our Hutto community- Don't wait, apply today! http://bit.ly/CE2020Apply

Facility space is available:
December 21st- December 23rd
December 26th - January 31st

For more questions, please reach out to CE Director, Lizzy Samples
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We are all leaders. Bring out the strengths of your students and colleagues.

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Our amazing Student Teacher from NJES last year is now at RES educating our precious children! We're honored to have you #GROWwithUS Mrs. Davila! PS She is also a Hutto ISD Graduate! :)

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For all Hutto ISD graduates that are our employees, they have a unique badge! Thank you for serving our community that you graduated from; We're honored!

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TASA's INSIGHT Magazine: See Page 20 - Congrats Dr. Sormani!

Dr. Robert Sormani is in TASA’s Insight magazine; Way to go! You can see his profile in the Fall issue of Insight, on page 20 using the link below.


Great job Dr Sormani for being one of our Inspiring Leaders! #BetterTogether #HippoNation
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LAMAR University!

Lamar University is committed to being a continuous resource for teachers’ educational needs. We are continuing to offer our 100% online education online degrees & certifications for any teachers interested in starting over the summer.

If you would please forward the below information to your staff, I will be happy to support anyone who is interested in learning more.

Lamar University offers a variety of degrees across many areas of study and emphasis. Our programs are all 100% online and taught by the same distinguished faculty who teach our on-campus programs.


  • M. Ed. Education Administration
  • M. Ed. Education Technology Leadership
  • M. Ed. Digital Learning & Leading
  • M. Ed. Teacher Leadership- ESL or GT
  • M. Ed. Special Education
  • M. Ed. Special Education w/Diagnostician Certification
  • M. Ed. Counseling & Development – School Counseling
  • M. Ed. Counseling & Development- Marriage, Couples & Family Counseling
  • M. Ed. Clinical Mental Health Counseling

· Principal Certification*

  • Superintendent Certification*
  • Diagnostician Certification*
  • Mental Health Counseling*

*Must have a master’s degree to start a certification

For more information, request here: https://degree.lamar.edu/request-info/?lsid=field&lssid=rosanne_dominguez

Apply now here: https://degree.lamar.edu/apply/?lsid=field&lssid=rosanne_dominguez

For additional programs and/or more information, contact me directly at:

Rosanne Dominguez, Executive Director-San Antonio Education Division, Lamar University



Twitter @RosanneLamarTX

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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