Austin ISD is seeking suggestions for naming the modernized Norman Elementary School, which will open in January 2021 to serve both the Norman and Sims elementary schools communities.
Name submissions will be accepted via an online form through Monday, May 4. Names will be vetted to align with the criteria outlined in board policy. The Campus Advisory Council - comprised of school personnel, parents and community members from both Norman and Sims communities - will consider all eligible submissions and make a recommendation to the AISD Board of Trustees, who will make the final decision.
Both school communities have been colocated at the Sims Elementary School site since the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year while the Norman facility is modernized. In that time, the two communities have worked together to create a shared sense of community and purpose, living their motto of "Two Schools; One Vision." Historical records indicate that collaboration among both campuses dates back to 1969, when Sims Elementary housed the students of Norman Elementary while the Norman facility was being built.
While the Sims facility will close when all of the students move into the modernized Norman site, the district would like to ensure that the legacies of G.W. Norman and Mary J. Sims are carried on at the new school.