• Hello Colts

    Posted by Kyndall Jirasek on 2/5/2018

    There are many great things going on at Cele this week! Our kids are such hard workers that when it is time to compete, they walk in with the confidence they have earned through great preparation. This applies to ball games, to concerts and in the classroom with their academics. The Cele kids simply work harder and therefore, experience tremendous success in their endeavors. So proud! 

    Zaxby’s Spirit Night (PTO) 

    This Tuesday Night! Our fabulous PTO is offering a Spirit Night at Zaxby’s! They have been a terrific partner with us and we are very happy to celebrate a spirit night at their restaurant. It is a great place for the family to enjoy a great chicken dinner together and a portion of the proceeds go to benefit Cele Middle School. 

    Attendance 

    Thank you for helping Cele improve our attendance rate! Even though we are in the flu season, we have maintained strong attendance rates. First, we know that kids who tend to be absent more tend to learn less and by high school, graduation becomes very challenging. Secondly, PfISD is funded based on the number of students who are present during 2nd period. Finally, Cele is one of the most successful middle schools in this region. We have earned significantly more distinctions that surrounding schools because our students work hard. The reality is that we would have earned even more state distinctions had our attendance rate been a little bit higher. 

    Thank you for making sure that kids who are not sick, are not absent. We have great families here in the Cele Community! 

    UIL Academics Take 1st and 2nd Places! 

    I have to take a moment to brag on your kids, once again! Our UIL Academics team took 1st and 2nd this past weekend at the PfISD District meet. The kids and their coaches have been working very hard to prepare and we are so incredibly proud of them. Not only do they do very well in competition, your children are so extremely polite. Great kids doing great things! 

     
    Weather Make-Up Day 

    Our District Calendar includes a Weather Make-Up Day on February 19th. This will now be a school day rather than a student holiday. We have adjusted our plans accordingly. 

    “Valentine’s” “Dance” 

    The Cele NJHS is sponsoring a dance this Friday night from 6 pm to 8 pm. So that we are clear, I/we simply do not encourage, nor condone, middle school dating. My own experience has been that students receive far more harm than good from dating in middle school. There will be plenty of time for that in high school! 

    That said, our dance is a great time for students to socialize in groups; not in couples. Students have been informed that Cele Middle School students are invited to attend but they are not permited to attend as a “date”. We don’t have slow dances and the lights are dimmed, but not off. 

    Instead, picture students having fun, eating pizza from the PTO and having a great time while the music is playing. Usually, I spend most of my time telling the 6th graders to stop kicking the balloons! It truly is a lot of fun but it is not a place for dates, sweethearts nor “Valentines”. 

    Valentine’s Day 

    Speaking of Valentines, this is the part where I have to be a real bummer… 

    As you can imagine, Cele never celebrates romance, couples or anything of that sort. Next Wednesday will be just another school day. We try to do a few fun things but we do not exchange gifts. Sorry. 

    Of course, some students will bring gifts, teddy bears, flowers, balloons and chocolate. These items will be stored in the front office and students can pick them up at the end of the day. Please know that we would much rather that these items not come to school at all. It is also very important to note that balloons are not permitted on the buses because they obstruct the driver’s vision. 

    Please help us make Valentine’s Day just another great day at Cele and nothing out of the ordinary. Thank you very much in advance. 

    8th Grade Parents 

    Parents of Cele 8th grade students will be invited to an individual conference at Cele Middle School next week (the week of February 12th). This is an opportunity for parents to meet with Counselors from Weiss High School and develop a course path specific to their own child. The Counselors have been reaching out to parents to schedule the meetings. 

    The PfISD High School Course Guide is also posted to the Cele website if you would like to take a look. 

    I strongly encourage 8th grade parents to sign up to receive newletters from the Weiss High School Principal, Mrs. Gamble. Stay Informed-Weiss 

     
    Cele Homework Study Lab 

    Cele Middle School is pleased to offer a Study Lab on Tuesdays and Thursdays for students who need a little extra assistance, help with homework or additional time on computers. This is in addition to the after-school tutoring that teachers regularly provide. The Study Lab is on Tuesdays and Thursdays until 4:45. We make it very easy for students to participate. 

    Read It Forward 

    First of all, we know that kids who read often are more efficient learners and are academically more successful. We also know that the most effective way to become a better reader is to read more often. At Cele, we look for opportunities to CELEbrate reading. We currently are CELEbrating Read It Forward and are encouraging our students to stop by the Library to check out a copy of House Arrest. I have a copy at home and it is proving to be a very good book. Good Reads rates it 4.5 out of 5 stars. Think of this as a school-wide book club. We will have a celebration in late March for those who have participated. Please ask your own child if they are participating in Read It Forward. 

    The Colts have been working hard and we regularly see their academic progress. As you know, we have continued to emphasize the use of our “magic” words such as “please” and “thank you”. Please ask your child what they hear about this at school. We are so very fortunate to have such terrific students at Cele who have great manners. 

    Thank you for all you do to make Cele such a very special place! 

    Sincerely, 

    Brian Ernest, Principal

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  • Hello Colts

    Posted by Kyndall Jirasek on 1/23/2018

    Hello Colts!

     

    Two quick items…

     

    1.      Our 7th Boys Basketball team plays an away game against PCMS this Thursday.  They have some repairs going on at their gym so our 7thGrade Boys will play at Pflugerville High School on Thursday.  I hope to see you there!

     

    2.      Attendance Counts!  To help boost our attendance, we have partnered with the Horace Mann companies to encourage improved attendance.  Please see the attached note.  Each time a child earns perfect attendance for a week, their name will go into drawing for an Amazon Fire!  The more times a child earns perfect attendance for a week, the more times their name goes in!  We will draw the winner’s name at the end of March.

    -Improved attendance not only improves learning, it benefits PfISD’s funding.  Hard to argue with that!

     Cele amazon attendance campaign

     

    Thank you for all you do to make Cele such a very special place!

     

     

    Brian Ernest

    Principal, Cele

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  • Hello Colts

    Posted by Kyndall Jirasek on 1/22/2018

    Hello Colts! 

     

    The second semester is in full swing and we have another very busy week ahead at Cele Middle School. 

    Weather Make-Up Day 

    Our District Calendar includes a Weather Make-Up Day on February 19th. This will now be a school day rather than a student holiday. We will adjust our plans accordingly. 

    8th Grade Parents 

    Parents of Cele 8th grade students will be invited to an individual conference at Cele Middle School during the week of February 12th. This is an opportunity for parents to meet with Counselors from Weiss High School and develop a course path specific to their own child. The Counselors will be reaching out to parents to schedule the meetings. 

    I have attached the PfISD High School Course Guide so you can begin making decisions. The Guide is also posted to the Cele website. 

    I strongly encourage 8th grade parents to sign up to receive newletters from the Weiss High School Principal, Mrs. Gamble. Stay Informed-Weiss 

    5th Graders Visit Cele 

    Pflugerville ISD 5th grade students will visit their assigned middle schools this week. Close to 400 excited 5th graders will visit Cele this Wednesday morning. We will share information with them about their course choices for next year. 

    5th Grade Parents Night at Cele 

    Parents of incoming 5th grade students are invited and encouraged to join us next Monday evening at 6 PM. The purpose of the meeting is to provide information our parents and students will need to select classes for next year. We will discuss elective choices and Pre-Advanced Placement (Pre-AP) considerations. 


    Cele Homework Study Lab 

    Cele Middle School is pleased to offer a Study Lab on Tuesdays and Thursdays for students who need a little extra assistance, help with homework or additional time on computers. This is in addition to the after-school tutoring that teachers regularly provide. The Study Lab is on Tuesdays and Thursdays until 4:45. We make it very easy for students to participate. 

    Our kids are working hard and making tremendous academic gains. Additionally, we have been emphasizing the use of our “magic” words such as “please” and “thank you”. Please ask you child what they hear about this at school. Fortunately, we have terrific students at Cele who have great manners. 

    Thank you for all you do to make Cele such a very special place! 

    Sincerely, 

    Brian Ernest, Principal

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  • Hello Colts

    Posted by Kyndall Jirasek on 12/1/2017

    Hello Colts! 

    December 1, 2017 

    Our kids have been working hard and have been so terrifically successful in so many endeavors! Cele students know that hard work can lead to success. Our kids simply work harder. They are great kids and they have tremendous GRIT! 

    Gatti-Land Lock-In Tonight 

    The Band and Choir Gatti-Land Lock-in is tonight! The kids will indeed have a terrific time. Some of the kids have asked so I will share will all… the lock-in is for the Cele Band and Colt Choir kids. Other students will not be admitted this evening. Our students are not able to take friends, cousins, or neighbors along with them. It will be only Cele Band and Choir members. 

    Remember that the party ends between 5:30 and 6:00 AM. While that sounds dreadful to me, the kids are super excited! I will be there with them and we will have a great time. 

    Cele One-Act Play 

    The UIL One-Act Play competition is a week from tomorrow at Hendrickson High School. We will have two performances next week: Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. Our OAP team has been working very hard will be ready to amaze! 

    Barnes and Noble Book Fair 

    Cele’s annual Barnes and Noble Book Fair is next Saturday at LaFrontera. Come hear choir students performing, see the cheerleaders and Bolt the Colt. Bring younger students for storytime and free crafts in the Children’s Department. Find all of the Cele Colts hidden throughout the store and win a $25 Barnes & Noble gift card! This is a terrific opportunity to find Christmas gifts for the entire family. Purchases made online, in the café, Music Department, and of course, BOOKS, help support the Cele Library.

    Please see the attached memo for specifics. 

    Yearbook 

    A group of students mentioned today that they thought a yearbook would be a great Christmas present. I guess the “gift” would be that the book had been ordered for them. It doesn’t actually arrive until May. The price will be higher when we come back after the holidays so you may want to get your order in now. Go to Jostens.com and indicate that you want a yearbook for Cele Middle School. 

     


    December Events 

    We have many, many special events scheduled for the next few weeks. 

    Monday 12/4 – Girls BB (7th at Home/8th at PCMS) 

    – Drumline will perform at Basketball 

    Tuesday 12/5 – One Act Play at Cele at 6:30 PM 

    Wednesday 12/6 – One Act Play at Cele at 6:30 PM 

    Thursday 12/7 – Boys BB (7th at Home/8th at PCMS) 

    Saturday 12/9 – Barnes and Noble Book Fair 

    – One Act Play Competition at Hendrickson HS 

    Monday 12/11 – One Act Play Cast and Crew Party after school 

    – Girls BB (7th at KLMS/8th at Home) 

    – Jazz Band will perform at Basketball 

    Tuesday 12/12 – KickStart Belt Ceremony in the Gym at 6:30 PM 

    Wednesday 12/13 – GRIT Trip for qualified students 

    – Choir (Freshmen at 5:30/Men’s, JV & Varsity 6:30) 

    – PTO Meeting in the Library at 7 PM 

    Thursday 12/14 – Boys BB (7th at KLMS/8th at Home) 

    – Beginning Band Concert at 6:30 PM 

    Saturday 12/16 – Region Band Concert at McNeil HS 

    Monday 12/18 – Girls BB (7th at Home/8th at PMS) 

    Wednesday 12/20 – Boys BB (7th at Home/8th at PMS) 

    Thursday 12/21 – Early Release at 12:45 

    Friday 12/22 – No School 

    Tuesday 1/9 – Back to School 

     

    Thank you for all you do to make Cele such a very special place! 

    Sincerely, 

    Brian Ernest, Principal

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  • Hello Colts

    Posted by Kyndall Jirasek on 11/7/2017

    Hello Colts,

     

    Once again, this is a very busy week for Cele and I want to help everybody with the details.

     

    Football Tonight

    The 7th Grade A Team will play tonight at 5:30 at Pflugerville High School.

    The 8th Grade A Team will play tonight at 6:45 at Hendrickson High School.

     

    PTO Meeting NEXT Wednesday

    The PTO Meeting has been rescheduled to NEXT Wednesday (11/15) evening at 7:00 PM in our Library.  The entire Cele Community is invited to attend and participate.

     

    Veterans Day Thursday at 10 AM

    Cele Middle School will honor our nation’s veterans with a tremendous  Veterans Day Ceremony on Thursday.  We request that veterans in the Cele Community (or anywhere else) join us this Thursday morning.  If the veteran, or somebody close to them, will please call our office at 512-594-3000 and let us know they are coming, we will be thankful to have the opportunity to express our gratitude.

     

    Baskin Robbins Cele Spirit Thursday Night

    The Cele PTO has arranged for a Spirit Night at Baskin Robbins Ice Cream in Pflugerville (near Walmart).  I love Baskin Robbins and cannot wait to see the students and their families there this Thursday evening (5-9 PM).

      

    Pflugerville Veterans Day in the Park-Friday

    The City of Pflugerville Veterans Day Ceremony is at 11 AM this Friday at the Fallen Warrior Memorial in the Gilleland Creek Park.  Many Cele students associated with the Band, the Choir and our Cheerleaders will participate in the ceremony.  Cele Middle School is extremely proud of our partnership with the Kerlin-Lyerly Post 154 of the American Legion.  The Cele Community is strongly encouraged to attend.

     

    Thank you for all you do to make Cele such a very special place!

     

    Sincerely,

      

    Brian Ernest

    Principal, Cele

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  • Hello Colts

    Posted by Kyndall Jirasek on 10/24/2017

     

    There is so much to share out about the great things going on at Cele. The kids have been very successful this fall. We recently had an enormous number of students earn All-Region Choir distinction! We expect similar results from our band when they audition next week. Most importantly, our students know that hard work can lead to success. If you want to earn something, work hard to get there. Our kids simply work harder. They are great kids and they have tremendous GRIT! 

    So PROUD!!! 

    Fund-Raiser Items 

    The fund-raiser items came in today! The kids will be called out of class to pick them up later today. If getting the items home becomes a problem, they may be calling home. It is important to note that they can take the items home tomorrow, or even Thursday, if today is inconvenient. Please do not feel pressured to get here this afternoon. 

    Literacy Night This Wednesday 

    Our Literacy Night is tomorrow evening from 6:30 to 8:30. There are numerous activities for students and parents. Students are encouraged to bring their families. There will be a bus at Pflugerville Elementary, a bus at Boulder Ridge and a bus for Crystal Bend. The buses will depart at 6:00 and will take students and families home when the event ends. All activities are FREE. There will be pizza and it too will be FREE. We hope to see many kids and their families. 

    Early Release Tomorrow (10/25) 

    Just a reminder that students will be released at 12:45 tomorrow so that teachers can attend Professional Development. Bus riders will get home about 3 hours earlier than usual. 

    Monster Bash and Haunt-cert 

    The Cele PTO is hosting our annual Monster Bash this Friday, October 27th in conjunction with the Cele Colt Band Haunt-cert! Many fun activities for the entire family! You won’t want to miss out on the Haunted House that our Theatre Arts Department is creating! 

    Thank you for all you do to make Cele such a very special place! We hope to see you tomorrow night!

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  • Hello Colts

    Posted by Kyndall Jirasek on 10/19/2017

    Dance This Friday

    The Student Council is hosting a dance tomorrow night! 

    We discourage our kids students from bringing “dates”.  I tell the Cele kids they are not allowed to have girlfriends/boyfriends until they get to high school!  Our dances don’t include opportunities for couples-dancing.  We are not sponsoring a romantic date.  Instead, you would see a lot of group dancing and a tremendous amount of hanging out with friends.  It turns out to be a great time and a whole lot of fun!  To make it even better, our PTO is sponsoring a concession stand so snacks and pizza will be available.

     

    Each grade level has a different start and end time:  please note the details below.  We’ve been telling students all week that it is extremely important that they get picked up on time!

     

    Literacy Night Next Wednesday

    Our Cele Literacy Night is next Wednesday from 6:30 to 8:30 PM.  Free pizza will be provided and we will have many activities for the whole family!  The Book Fair/Scare Fair will be open late!

     

     

    Monster Bash and Band Hauntcert

    The PTO is hosting a Monster Bash to coincide with the Band’s Hauntcert!  is next Friday Night.  We have a new and improved Haunted House and a lot of games for the kids.  You will not want to miss out!

     

    Thank you for all you do to make Cele such a terrific place!

     

    Brian Ernest

    Principal, Cele

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  • Hello Colts

    Posted by Kyndall Jirasek on 9/29/2017

     

    Hello Colts!

    The Cele Performing Arts program is in full swing! The kids are working hard preparing for upcoming events and competitions. The Perspiring Arts are at it as well! Our Colts know that we can do very little about how experienced or how athletic, or how “gifted” the opponents may be. More importantly, we know that we can out-work our opponents; both in practice and in competitions. Our kids simply work harder. They are great kids and they have tremendous GRIT! 

    So PROUD!!! 

    Picture Day! 

    Picture day is coming. The students received information envelopes yesterday. Picture Day is Tuesday, October 3rd. Even if you are not planning to purchase the pictures, the student will want to look good for the yearbook! 

     

    Literacy Night 

    Cele Middle School is preparing for Literacy Night on October 25th. We will have numerous activities for students and parents. Please plan to join us on Wednesday, October 25th from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. 

     

    Alert Reporting System 

    Pflugerville Independent School District is pleased to introduce a new communications tool called Anonymous Alerts. Students or parents can submit reports such as bullying, cyberbullying, depression, dating violence, drug or alcohol use, threats against the school, weapons on campus and more. 

    All communication is encrypted and totally anonymous. To use this revolutionary new system, students, parents or other school personnel can simply visit the PfISD website and click on the Quick Links section of the homepage and choose “Anonymous Alerts,” or download the Alerts Anonymous mobile app in the App Store. Click here to learn more: http://www.pfisd.net/domain/1727 

     
    Monster Bash and Haunt-cert 

    The Cele PTO is hosting our annual Monster Bash on October 27th in conjunction with the Cele Colt Band Haunt-cert! We’ve worked hard to minimize time conflicts for the Cele Community; both Weiss and Hendrickson have no football that evening. There will be tremendous fun for the entire family! You won’t want to miss out on the Haunted House that our Theatre Arts Department is creating! 

     

    Mornings on Cele Road 

    The good news is that the Pflugerville ISD Police and the Travis County Sheriff’s Department are monitoring the speed of cars on Cele Road in the mornings. The bad news is that some of our folks are getting speeding tickets in the mornings. This is a good time for us to remember to slow down and be careful. 

    On that note, let’s please stay in line once we’re in line in the driveway. We’ve had a few near misses with head-on collisions. I certainly understand that we’re all in a hurry but we can never afford to be careless. The students, families and staff are all a bit more safe when we maintain our patience. Thank you in advance. 

     

    Flu Shot Clinic 

    Cele Middle School is hosting a flu shot clinic on October 5th. A note with details went home last week with the Interim Progress Report. Please check with your child. 

     

    Cele Athletics Events 

    The Cele Colts are doing well in both Volleyball and Football. The kids and their Coaches are working very hard to get a little better every day. 

    We had a few students conduct themselves in an inappropriate manner last week at the football games. Please accept my apologies. We feel that this problem has been corrected and will not occur again. We did not experience any of these problems at the games this week. Our students know that they are only allowed to attend the games if they will agree to be respectful and not distract the parents of the participants. We’ll do better; I assure you. 

     

    Destination Imagination 

    Cele students have been incredibly successful in Destination Imagination in the past and we anticipate continued success. Please see the attached note regarding DI and the Letter of Interest Deadline on Monday, October 2nd. More information is available on the Cele website. Every Student A Little Smarter, Every Day 

     


    Students Riding A Friend’s Bus 

    One new regulation that went into effect last year is that students are only permitted to ride their own bus. Students may not bring a note to ride another student’s bus home after school. We were informed of this rule last year so it is not something new. We have shared this information with the students. 

     

    Cele PTO 

    The Cele PTO met last week and there are some very special events in the works. The next big event is the Monster Bash on Friday, October 27th. There will be many games and activities. You won’t want to miss the Haunted House that our Theatre Arts students are planning. It will be a great time for the whole family. 

    Thank you for all you do to make Cele such a very special place! 

    Sincerely, 

    Brian Ernest 

    Principal, Cele

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  • Hello Colts

    Posted by Kyndall Jirasek on 9/25/2017

     

    We have a lot of great things occurring at Cele. Please take a moment to read the following so that you will know what is going on in the Cele Community. 

     

    Literacy Night 

    Cele Middle School is preparing for Literacy Night on October 25th. We will have numerous activities for students and parents. Please plan to join us on Wednesday, October 25th from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. 

     

    Progress Reports 

    The first Interim Progress Report (IPR) went home with the students on Friday. If you haven’t seen your child’s progress report yet, please be sure to check with them. Of course, you can always monitor your student’s grades online through Focus. Along with the IPR was a note about the upcoming Flu Shot Clinic. 

     

    Flu Shot Clinic 

    Cele Middle School is hosting a flu shot clinic on October 5th. A note with details went home Friday with the Interim Progress Report. Please check with your child. 

     

    Cele Athletics Events 

    The Cele Colts are doing well in both Volleyball and Football. The kids and their Coaches are working very hard to get a little better every day. The Football team plays Kelly Lane this Tuesday evening. The 8th Grade teams will play at Home. Our Cele Colt Band will be performing at the game. 

    We had a few students conduct themselves in an inappropriate manner last week at the football games. Please accept my apologies. We feel that this problem has been corrected and will not occur again. Our students know that they are only allowed to attend the games if they will agree to be respectful and not distract the parents of the participants. We’ll do better; I assure you. 

     

    Destination Imagination 

    Cele students have been incredibly successful in Destination Imagination in the past and we anticipate continued success. Please see the attached note regarding DI and the Letter of Interest Deadline on Monday, October 2nd. More information is available on the Cele website. 

     

    Picture Day! 

    Picture day is coming. The students will take home information envelopes this Thursday. Picture Day is next week, Tuesday, October 3rd. 

     

    Students Riding A Friend’s Bus 

    One new regulation that went into effect last year is that students are only permitted to ride their own bus. Students may not bring a note to ride another student’s bus home after school. We were informed of this rule last year so it is not something new. We have shared this information with the students. 

     

    Cele PTO 

    The Cele PTO met last week and there are some very special events in the works. The next big event is the Monster Bash on Friday, October 27th. There will be many games and activities. You won’t want to miss the Haunted House that our Theatre Arts students are planning. It will be a great time for the whole family. 

     

    Thank you for all you do to make Cele such a very special place! 

     

    Sincerely, 

    Brian Ernest 

    Principal, Cele

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  • Hello Colts

    Posted by Kyndall Jirasek on 9/12/2017

    Hello Colts!

     

    Please take a few minutes to read a couple of quick announcements from the PTO:

    We'd love to invite parents to be a part of our Cele PTO. We have an active membership and it is a great way to support the school and stay abreast of happenings at the school. There isn't as many activities and events to plan like there is in elementary school. We focus on ways to pamper the teachers, support the students with fun events like the Monster Bash and provide concessions for Volleyball, Basketball and Soccer. All of our fundraising efforts go towards grade-level needs and capital expenditures like the benches we purchased for outside the school. We are a very friendly group of parents and we'd love to get to know you!

     

     

    Our PTO meeting has changed from this Wednesday to next Wednesday, Sept 20th due to Weiss' Open House. Our meeting will be at 7pm in the library. Please consider joining us and help support the students, staff and administration. 

     

     

    We need parents' to help work concessions at the Volleyball Games. Here is the sign up: 

    http://www.signupgenius.com/go/409084eabaa2da7fa7-volleyball

     

     

    The PTO has Spirit merchandise available to purchase online at https://squareup.com/store/cele-middle-pto. We have t-shirts, hoodies, water bottles and drawstring backpacks.

     

     

    Save the date for the Monster Bash on Friday, October 27th from 6-9pm. It is an outdoor event tailored for middle school kids, complete with food, games, Haunted House, dunking booth, a huge rock wall, a Haunt-cert by the award-winning Cele band and a book fair. This year's haunted house is being creatively designed and produced by our very own Advanced Theater Group. Save the date!! Wristbands and tickets will go on sale at the beginning of October. 

     

     

    Cele PTO

    celemiddlepto@gmail.com

     

     

     

     

    Brian Ernest

    Principal, Cele

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