Dear Zilker Families,

Welcome to Zilker Elementary School and what we expect to be another fantastic year of learning! This is my seventh year as the principal of Zilker, an honor and privilege for which I am always grateful. I know how fortunate I am to be a part of this great school and hope you feel the same.

We are so proud of our students and teachers and their accomplishments. Did you know that Zilker is the only AISD school south of Lady Bird Lake and the only school in the Austin High vertical team that was awarded ALL 6 DISTINCTIONS by the Texas Education Agency for our students’ performance on the 2014 STAAR? Check out the TEA web site for more information.

Please get involved at Zilker! Our PTA is very active and provides so many outstanding opportunities for our students and faculty/staff. There is always something for you to do, and your help is always appreciated! Our Campus Advisory Council (CAC) is an advisory group comprised of teachers, staff members, parents, community members, and business partners. While we already have our members for the coming year, all meetings are open to anyone wishing to attend. Opportunities to address this group are provided at each monthly meeting.

We hope you find this revised and updated handbook helpful. Please go to to sign up to receive the weekly Zilker Elementary News (ZEN) that our PTA emails weekly. This is the best way to keep up with the latest developments and get the most current information, including additions to this handbook.

Thank you in advance for being our partners in your children’s education. Always let us know if we can help in any way.

Randall W. Thomson