• Cele Update: Oct. 27

    Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 10/28/2019 12:00:00 PM

    Colt Families,
    There are so, so many things to be proud of at Cele right now. We completed the first nine-week period, football, volleyball and cross-country season are wrapping up, our Colts are competing in regionals for band and choir, and everywhere you turn, our students are top-performers. Thank you for sending outstanding kids to Cele. I would be grateful enough simply to serve students who are so kind, respectful, and responsible, but when they achieve uncommon success, outperform their peers across the district and region, and finish with undefeated seasons… it makes me smile to see their hard work pay off.


    Read on for some of those celebrations and details of the week ahead.

    Ben

    Cele Website
    Cele PTO FB Page
    @CeleMS_PfISD

     

    Painless Fundraiser

    We are trying something new this year to raise money for our school. In PfISD, we are very fortunate to have the support: 

    pflugervilleisd.revtrak.net/

    Colt Choir Crushes It

    Our choir students competed against other choir students from across the region and did INCREDIBLE! Twenty-four of our choir students earned a Gold Medal performance and will be going to the Region Honors Choir Clinic and Concert in two weeks representing Cele! Pardon me if I brag on our Colts, but no other middle school or high school had as many students advance as Cele. Congrats to Ms. Newcomb and Ms. Everett on the performance! 

    Colt Band Outstanding at District Auditions

    Congratulations to our Colt Band for their performance this weekend at the District Band Auditions. We had 31 band members make the TMEA Alll-District Band, and 18 band members are advancing to TMEA All-Region Band Auditions this Saturday! Outstanding! Congratulations to our Colts and to Ms. Humphrey, Mr. Edwards, and Mr. Centeno!

    Veterans Day Ceremony 

    Please mark your calendars for our annual Veterans Day ceremony Friday, Nov. 8, at 10 a.m. This is a time-honored tradition at Cele Middle School, and we are very privileged to have been invited to represent Pflugerville ISD at the City of Pflugerville Veteran’s Day Ceremony at Pfluger Park on Monday, November 11. If you will be joining us at Cele on Nov. 8, we respectfully ask that only parents and Veterans attend in consideration of our limited space for seating and parking. Also, please use this form to let us know if a veteran in your family will attend. We would like to be prepared to welcome veterans at 9 a.m. on Nov. 8 for a special reception in the library. As an alternative, I highly encourage the entire community to attend the City Ceremony at Pfluger Park on Nov. 11 with Sen. Ted Cruz as keynote speaker.

    Your Vote Matters! PfISD 2020-2021 District Calendar

    The Pflugerville ISD instructional calendar is the result of a framework developed through collaboration between community, staff and district leadership. The framework is intended to balance the needs of all stakeholders, especially our students and teachers. Our District Academic Advisory Council (DAAC) is soliciting your feedback as part of their calendar development process. Please take a few minutes to complete this survey and to make sure your voice is considered. www.surveymonkey.com

    Parent Survey

    Below is a link to a School/Family/ Community Partnership Evaluation form. We will use this survey to assess school-wide progress in strengthening partnerships between Cele personnel, Cele families and community members. We welcome any feedback we gain from the answers you provide. Additionally, we will be having a meeting on Oct. 30 at 5 p.m. at Cele lead by Cody Beseda, one of our teachers on campus, to discuss and seek more detailed feedback in the areas defined by the survey. Thank you for your participation. Evaluation form

    A continuación hay un enlace a un formulario de evaluación de asociación de escuela / familia / comunidad. Utilizaremos esta encuesta para evaluar el progreso de toda la escuela en el fortalecimiento de las asociaciones entre el personal de Cele, las familias de Cele y los miembros de la comunidad. Agradecemos cualquier comentario que obtengamos de las respuestas que nos brinde. Además, tendremos una reunión el 30 de octubre a las 5:00 pm en Cele dirigida por Cody Beseda, uno de nuestros maestros en el campus, para discutir y buscar comentarios más detallados en las áreas definidas por la encuesta. Gracias por su participación. formulario de evaluación

    Late Bus now Available

    Parents, did you know that we have transportation available for Cele students who want to stay for tutorials or participate in clubs on Tuesday and Thursday? Cele students once again will have a late bus available to allow more students to take advantage of the assistance and opportunities offered after school. In order to be allowed on the bus, students must have made arrangements in advance with parents and a teacher to stay after school. A teacher will verify that the student was present for the planned activity. Students must know their regularly assigned bus number and their address. Buses will depart school at approximately 5 p.m. and travel time home will depend upon how many stops are required. 

    Football District Playoffs

    Both B Teams play Monday this week. Seventh-grade B Team will play for Second place Dessau at Weiss High School at 5:30 p.m., and eighth-grade B Team will play Dessau for the Championship at the Pfield at 6:30 p.m.

    Both A teams play Tuesday. Seventh-grade A Team will play Park Crest for the Championship at the Pfield at 5:30 p.m., and eighth-grade A Team plays Park Crest for the Championship at 6:30 p.m. at The Pfield. Reminder: Tickets are $2 for students and $4 for parents/guests. 

    Volleyball District Playoffs

    Both B teams play Wednesday this week. Seventh-grade B Team plays Park Crest at Kelly Lane at 5:30 p.m. Eighth-grade B team plays Pflugerville Middle School at Cele at 6:30 p.m.

    Both A teams play Thursday this week. Seventh-grade A Team plays at Park Crest at 5:30 p.m. Eighth-grade A Team plays Pflugerville Middle School at PMS at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $2 for students and $4 for parents/guests.

    Big Decisions information sessions 

    There will be two sessions for seventh- and eighth-grade parents to learn more about our district adopted human sexuality curriculum Big Decisions. This program is designed to help young people make healthy and informed decisions about sex. The meetings will be on Nov. 5 at Dessau Middle School and Nov. 12 at Park Crest Middle School. Both meetings are from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the school’s cafeterias. 

    • Nov. 5 at Dessau Middle School: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the school’s cafeteria
    • Nov. 12 at Park Crest Middle School: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the school’s cafeteria

     

    Ben O’Connor
    Principal &
    Colt Country Champion
    Cele Middle School

     

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  • Cele Update: Oct. 14

    Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 10/15/2019 2:00:00 PM

    Colt Families,
    I trust you enjoyed the long weekend with family. Our teachers took advantage of the opportunity Friday to work with teams on two critical factors that make Cele a very special place: making meaningful relationships with each student, and making sure every student gets a little smarter each day. I am so grateful for the incredible teaching staff and leadership we have at Cele. Our teachers dedicate themselves to our kids in countless ways.

    Read on for details of the week ahead!
    Ben

    Cele website

    Cele PTO FB Page

    @CeleMS_PfISD


    Report Cards
    The first nine-week grading period has come to a close, and our first Report Card will be sent home this Thursday. Parents and Students can preview report card grades through the Skyward Family Access portal beginning at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15.
     
    Picture Day Oct. 23
    Student Picture day will be Wednesday, Oct. 23, and picture forms will be sent home this Thursday with report cards. All students will have pictures taken for the yearbook, and parents wishing to purchase picture packets of their child may do so by returning the picture form with cash or check.
     
    Rumble in the ‘Ville Wednesday
    Join Pflugerville ISD on Wednesday Oct. 16 at the Hendrickson Hawk Stadium for a fun event where our very own Pflugerville Police Department competes against the Pflugerville Falcons Special Olympics flag football team in the annual event.
     
    Free and Reduced Price Lunch Applications
    Any students who did not submit an application to requalify for free or reduced lunch prices have been charged for their meals beginning this past week. Even if your child previously qualified, applications need to be resubmitted every year.

    We want to make sure we assist every eligible family, and we encourage every family to submit the simple application here. Parents, if you are unsure as to whether or not you might qualify, feel free to call (512)-594-0430.

    Parent Survey

    Attached is a link to a School/Family/ Community Partnership Evaluation form. We will use this survey to assess school-wide progress in strengthening partnerships between Cele personnel, Cele families and community members. We welcome any feedback we gain from the answers you provide. Additionally, we will be having a meeting on Oct. 30 at 5 p.m. at Cele lead by Cody Beseda, one of our teachers on campus, to discuss and seek more detailed feedback in the areas defined by the survey.

    Thank you for your participation. 

    Aqui continuación hay un enlace a un formulario de evaluación de asociación de escuela / familia / comunidad. Utilizaremos esta encuesta para evaluar el progreso de toda la escuela en el fortalecimiento de las asociaciones entre el personal de Cele, las familias de Cele y los miembros de la comunidad. Agradecemos cualquier comentario que obtengamos de las respuestas que nos brinde. Además, tendremos una reunión el 30 de octubre a las 5:00 pm en Cele dirigida por Cody Beseda, uno de nuestros maestros en el campus, para discutir y buscar comentarios más detallados en las áreas definidas por la encuesta.

    Gracias por su participación. 

    Late Bus now Available

    Parents, did you know that we have transportation available for Cele students who want to stay for tutorials or participate in clubs on Tuesday and Thursday? 

    Cele students once again will have a late bus available to allow more students to take advantage of the assistance and opportunities offered after school. In order to be allowed on the bus, students must have made arrangements in advance with parents and a teacher to stay after school. A teacher will verify that the student was present for the planned activity. Students must know their regularly assigned bus number and their address.

    Buses will depart school at approximately 5 p.m., and travel time home will depend upon how many stops are required. 

    Football

    Our 7th grade Colts play Tuesday this week and will take on Kelly Lane Middle School at Cele. On Wednesday, eighth-grade will play KLMS at the Pfield. Reminder: Tickets are $2 for students and $4 for parents/guests. All Cele Athletic Schedules linked here.

    Volleyball

    This Thursday our seventh-grade Lady Colts travel to Park Crest Middle Scholl, and the eighth-grade team will host PCMS here at Cele. Reminder: Tickets are $2 for students and $4 for parents/guests. All Cele Athletic Schedules linked here.

    Letterman-style Jackets Final Day 

    Our Colts now have the chance to order Letterman-Style jackets to show their Cele Pride and affiliation with some of the many activities at Cele. They are stylish and high-quality, and beside keeping students warm as the cooler weather approaches, they make a great keepsake of each student’s middle school years at Cele. See this link for details. The form may be printed and returned with cash or check to a band or science teacher by Oct. 15, or, parents may visit this link to purchase by credit card.

    First Day Packets

    I need you to think way back to our first week of school. Among all the communication that was happening, some important paperwork was sent home – our first day packets. We still have not received first day packets from all families, and we really could use your assistance. Contact information can only be updated if we receive the correct information from you via those packets. Please help us update our records by sending in those packets or requesting a new one. We are happy to accommodate.

    Ben O’Connor
    Principal and
    Colt Country Champion

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  • Cele Update: Oct. 6

    Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 10/6/2019 1:00:00 PM

    Colt Families,

    Our students have a four-day week ahead and a four-day week next week. Friday, Oct. 11 and Monday, Oct. 14, are holidays for PfISD students. This allows our hard-working Cele staff an opportunity to perform some intensive planning in response to what we have learned about our students this first nine-weeks. Our job is to challenge each and every student to keep them engaged and learning throughout the school year. Parents, if you have not logged into your Skyward parent account yet, you will want to do so. Being able to engage in conversation with your child about his or her performance in class has a tremendous influence. Our nine-week grading period is coming to a close and report cards will be coming home soon. Login to check up on your student’s performance today and on a regular basis.

    Read on for details of the week ahead!

    Ben

    Cele Website

    Cele PTO FB Page

    @CeleMS_PfISD

     

    District Champs in Cross Country!

    Congratulations to our Colt Runners on a fantastic season! Our girls finished second in the district, and our boys took first place, finishing as District Champions! Thank you to Coach McKinley for a great season and a great start to the school year. Looking forward to seeing another banner hoisted in the gym!

    Late Bus now Available

    Parents, did you know that we have transportation available for Cele students who want to stay for tutorials or participate in clubs on Tuesday and Thursday? Cele students once again will have a late bus available to allow more students to take advantage of the assistance and opportunities offered after school.

    In order to be allowed on the bus, students must have made arrangements in advance with parents and a teacher to stay after school. A teacher will verify that the student was present for the planned activity. Students must know their regularly assigned bus number and their address. Buses will depart school at approximately 5 p.m., and travel time home will depend upon how many stops are required. 

    Free and Reduced Price Lunch Applications

    Any students who did not submit an application to requalify for free or reduced prices on lunch have been charged for their meals beginning this past week. Even if your child previously qualified, applications need to be resubmitted every year. We want to make sure we assist every eligible family, and we encourage every family to submit the simple application. Follow this link.

    Parents, if you are unsure as to whether or not you might qualify, feel free to call (512)-594-0430.

    Festival of Bands Monday

    Monday, beginning at 7 p.m., our Cele band and all bands across PfISD will gather at the Pfield for a group performance. This event is open to the public and not to be missed. Come on out and support our Cele Band and the Fine Arts department in PfISD while enjoying an uncommon show!

    Football **Change in location**

    Our seventh grade Colts play TUESDAY this week and will take on Park Crest Middle School at the Pfield. Please make note of this change of venue. On Tuesday, eighth grade will play PCMS here at home.

    Reminder: Tickets are $2 for students and $4 for parents/guests. All Cele Athletic Schedules linked here

    Volleyball

    This Thursday our seventh grade Lady Colts host Park Crest here at Cele, and the 8th grade team will travel to PCMS.

    Reminder: Tickets are $2 for students and $4 for parents/guests. All Cele Athletic Schedules linked here.

    Letterman-style Jackets Available

    Our Colts now have the chance to order Letterman-Style jackets to show their Cele Pride and affiliation with some of the many activities at Cele. They are stylish and high-quality, and beside keeping students warm as the cooler weather approaches, they make a great keepsake of each student’s middle school years at Cele. See this link for details.

    The form may be printed and returned with cash or check to a band or science teacher by Oct. 15, or, parents may visit this link to purchase by credit card.

    First Day Packets

    I need you to think way back to our first week of school. Among all the communication that was happening, some important paperwork was sent home – our first day packets. We still have not received first day packets from all families, and we really could use your assistance.

    Contact information can only be updated if we receive the correct information from you via those packets. Please help us update our records by sending in those packets or requesting a new one. We are happy to accommodate. 

    PSAT THIS Wednesday

    Our eighth grade students will be taking the PSAT on Oct. 9. This test is from College Board, and the idea is to expose students to the format of the PSAT testing. The results of the test can be used to indicate Pre-AP and AP courses that may be appropriate for your child in high school. 

    If you have any questions, please contact Stefanie Zook (8th grade counselor) at Stefanie.zook@pfisd.net or Sara Moore (7th grade counselor) at sara.moore@pfisd.net

     

    Ben O’Connor
    Principal &
    Colt Country Champion

     

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  • Cele Update: Sept. 29

    Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 9/30/2019 7:00:00 AM

    Colt Families,

    First off – thank you to our PTO for showing some TLC toward our hardworking teachers. They surprised staff by stocking the fridge with Waterloo water and went door-to-door Friday with an afternoon pick-me-up. We are so appreciative of our PTO!

    Literacy Night was a hit! We had so many visitors hanging out to enjoy friends and family while celebrating literacy. Our book fair had a tremendous week as well. Over $7,000 in sales means we have many new books in the hands of Colts already, and Ms. Dominguez will be able to purchase many more titles for the Cele Library thanks to your patronage. Reading is fundamental to our core mission of making every student a little smarter each day, and we took a big step toward that goal this past week.

    Read on for details of the week ahead! 

    Ben
    Cele website
    Cele PTO FB page
    @CeleMS_PfISD on Twitter

     

    Late Bus now Available

    Beginning this week, Cele students once again will have a late bus available to allow more students to participate in tutorials or after school extra-curricular activities. In order to be allowed on the bus, students must have made arrangements with parents and a teacher to stay after school. A teacher will verify that the student was present for the planned activity. Students must know their regularly assigned bus number and their address. Buses will depart school at approximately 5 p.m., and travel time home will depend upon how many stops are required.

    Parent Help with Student Safety

    This past week, our PfISD Safety Team met to determine how best to address a challenge during events at Cele – namely parking. If EMS is called during one of our events and vehicles are parked in the fire lane, it does impede response time and access when we need it most. I very much appreciate those visitors who have made the extra effort to park vehicles on the grass instead of in the fire lane. Please know that while our fire fighters and police officers do not wish to do so, they must begin issuing citations if we continue to have violations that compromise safety at Cele. I will continue sharing this information through various channels, and I would appreciate it if you could help me spread the word.

    Last week I shared that we have students who are walking from the building to the parking lot to meet a ride after school, and we are observing that it is not safe. Students and drivers are not always exercising awareness in our busy parking lot. On Friday I personally stopped two students who were about to walk into the path of a vehicle that was backing up. Students will need to wait at the sidewalk for a parent to drive up or walk up to meet them. 

    Finally, we have students who text or call parents to pick them up from school for illness or other reasons without having reported this to a staff member. This has created confusion for parents and adults upon pick-up, and it also presents safety concerns if a student is ill and has not made us aware. Please remind your child his or her phone should remain off and out of sight during the school day and that communication home during the school day should happen in consultation with a staff member.

    PSAT Oct. 9

    Our eighth grade students will be taking the PSAT on Oct. 9. This test is from College Board, and the idea is to expose students to the format of the PSAT testing. 
    The results of the test can be used to indicate Pre-AP and AP courses that may be appropriate for your child in high school. If you have any questions, please contact Stefanie Zook (8th grade counselor) at Stefanie.zook@pfisd.net or Sara Moore (7th grade counselor) at sara.moore@pfisd.net.

    UIL Eligibility

    The Progress Report sent home last Thursday was the first time this year that student academic performance reports impact eligibility for UIL. Eligibility will be impacted throughout the year, and to better inform parents, here is the link for the UIL Eligibility reporting dates. Please, please, please encourage your child to attend tutorials, check grades and turn in missing assignments, correct tests, and proactively study. We want all of our kiddos to be eligible to participate in the events they love, but we must follow the UIL “no pass, no play” rule without exception.

    District Cross Country Meet

    Our Colt Cross Country runners compete this Wednesday at the District Championship Meet. Both teams have dominated the competition and we have a good chance of bringing home a first place finish this week at Kelly Lane. Go get ‘em, Colts! All Cele Athletic Schedules linked here.

    Football

    Monday our seventh grade will take on Dessau Middle School at DMS. On Tuesday, eighth grade will play DMS here at home. Reminder: Tickets are $2 for students and $4 for parents/guests. All Cele Athletic Schedules linked here

    Volleyball

    This Thursday our seventh grade Lady Colts host Dessau here at Cele, and the eighth grade team will travel to DMS. Reminder: Tickets are $2 for students and $4 for parents/guests. All Cele Athletic Schedules linked here.

    Free and Reduced Price Lunch Applications

    Did you know that at Cele roughly 40% of our kiddos qualify for free or reduced price lunches? Even if your child previously qualified, applications need to be resubmitted every year. Students have 30 days grandfathered at last year’s status, but it is very important to complete this application soon. Follow this link. Parents, if you are unsure as to whether or not you might qualify, feel free to call (512) 594-0430.

      

    Ben O’Connor
    Principal &
    Colt Country Champion

     

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  • Cele Update: Sept. 22

    Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 9/23/2019 7:00:00 AM

    Colt Families,

    One of our Biggest Events of the year is this Wednesday evening from 6-8 p.m. – Literacy Night! The Foundation of a child’s education is strong reading and writing skills, and this evening is about celebrating and engaging the Cele community in a love of literacy to support our students. Come out to enjoy a number of different activities and Free Pizza for family members.

    Read on for details!

    Ben

    Cele Website

    Cele PTO FB Page

    @CeleMS_PfISD

     

    Book Fair this week

    Our Book Fair is open all this week in the Cele Library! Parents are welcome to stop by during the school day, send students with money to purchase books, or stop by during Literacy Night this Wednesday, Sept. 25, for our extended evening hours from 6-8 p.m. You also can purchase online at this link. Our Librarian, Ms. Dominguez, also has advertised that parents can set up an e-wallet for students to make purchases and budgeting easier. Give the gift of literacy and find exciting new titles to engage your child in reading. You also support the Cele Library when you buy. Proceeds go to expanding our book budget for all students. Here is a link to our Book Fair Flyer

    Parent Help with Student Safety

    Parents, we could use your help with two safety issues that have risen to our attention here at school:

    First – We have students who are walking from the building to the parking lot to meet a ride after school, and we are observing that it is not safe. Students and drivers are not always exercising awareness in our busy parking lot. Beginning immediately, students will need to wait at the sidewalk for a parent to drive up or walk up to meet them.

    Second – We have students who text or call parents to pick them up from school for illness or other reasons without having reported this to a staff member. This not only creates confusion for parents and adults upon pick-up, but it also presents safety concerns if a student is ill and has not made us aware. Please remind your child his or her phone should remain off and out of sight during the school day and that communication home during the school day should happen in consultation with a staff member. 

    UIL Eligibility Loss this week

    VERY IMPORTANT: If your child participates in a UIL event (sports teams, fine arts, and academic UIL competitions), he/she actually may LOSE eligibility to participate at the next three-week IPR (the six-weeks). That IPR ends on Thursday, Sept. 26. Please, please, please encourage your child to attend tutorials, check grades and turn in missing assignments, correct tests, and proactively study. We want all of our kiddos to be eligible to participate in the events they love, but we must follow the UIL “no pass, no play” rule without exception.

    Literacy Night this Wednesday

    Join us for the Annual CMS Literacy Night. This event is for the whole family! Pflugerville Public Library, Pflugerville Animal Shelter, and local authors will share their love for reading with our families, and our own Cele Book Fair will be open for this event. We will celebrate the gift of reading with pizza, literacy games, Scholastic Book Fair, and community partners supporting our CMS Literacy Department. And to make the night more exciting bring a book to share the gift of reading with others for a book swap. You won't want to miss this fantastic event! Mark your calendars for Sept. 25 from 6-8 p.m.

    PTO Meeting in Think Tank this Wednesday

    Our PTO meeting this month will start at 5:30 p.m., immediately following our Public Meeting, and immediately before the kick off of Literacy Night. Because of the Book Fair in the library, we will change locations to the Think Tank, which is near the café. See you then!

    CAAC and Public Meeting Wednesday

    Are you interested in learning more about the professional development plan at Cele? How about the accountability results? Intervention plans? Other important campus processes? If you answered yes to any of these questions then the CAAC would be a great committee for you to join. We are looking for parents, business representatives, and community members to join our team. If you are interested please simply email me at Ben.OConnor@pfisd.net. Our first meeting will be a public meeting Wednesday, Sept. 25, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. to review Cele’s most recent performance appraisal and our strategic plans for the coming year.

    Cross Country

    Congratulations to both teams for taking first place for the second time-in-a-row last week! The Colt runners get a break from competition this week to attend Literacy Night at Cele; then, Colt Cross Country travels to Kelly Lane Middle School the following Wednesday, Oct. 2 to compete for the District Championship! Mark your calendars! All Cele Athletic Schedules linked here

    Football

    Monday our seventh grade will take on Kelly Lane Middle School at KLMS. On Tuesday, eighth grade will play KLMS here at home. Reminder: Tickets are $2 for students and $4 for parents/guests. All Cele Athletic Schedules linked here

    Volleyball

    This Thursday our 7th grade Lady Colts host Kelly Lane here at Cele, and the 8th grade team will travel to KLMS. Reminder: Tickets are $2 for students and $4 for parents/guests. All Cele Athletic Schedules linked here.

    Yard Signs FINAL WEEK

    We’ll be accepting orders through Sept. 27 for our Cele Yard Signs. The form has the different options and they’re completely customizable so it’s an option for any and all students. Show your Cele spirit and support girls athletics. Click this link for ordering information.

    Free and Reduced Price Lunch Applications

    Did you know that at Cele roughly 40 percent of our kiddos qualify for free or reduced price lunches? Even if your child previously qualified, applications need to be resubmitted every year. Students have 30 days grandfathered at last year’s status, but it is very important to complete this application soon. Follow this link. Parents, if you are unsure as to whether or not you might qualify, feel free to call (512)-594-0430.

    $500 School Supply Competition

    This year, to encourage all families to apply, there is a competition! The campus with the largest percentage of applicants (regardless of qualification) wins $500 in school supplies. That would be awesome for our counselor and social worker to have on standby for our kiddos who need them. In order to complete the application please utilize this link. 

    PAGE Applications Due Wednesday

    Pflugerville ISD parents of gifted learners are encouraged to apply to represent their campus feeder pattern as a Parent Adviser for Gifted Education (PAGE). PAGE’s will participate in district gifted advisory meetings; learn more about gifted education in Pflugerville ISD; share ideas to help continuously improve GT services districtwide. Interested parents should apply here. Applications are due by Sept. 25. Applicants will be contacted to serve on the committee by Sept. 30. The first meeting will be held on Monday, Oct. 28. 

    Skyward Access for Parents

    Skyward is our new information system in PfISD, and students and parents will have access to grades, attendance, and other student information via the portal. If you have not received an email for your user name and password, send a message to ParentPortal@pfisd.net, and we will assist you. Please note, messages sent from Skyward currently cannot receive a reply. Instead, you will want to email teachers directly. For a list of email addresses for all Cele staff, you may visit the Cele Website at this link.

    Bus Routes

    To find your bus stop and pick up or drop off times, go to this link: Bus Routes

    You will be able to enter your address and find the necessary information about your child’s bus route. The routes are current. If you live on one of the Cele Community’s many brand new streets, you may not see your bus stop. If you experience this problem, please call us at 512-594-0450 and we’ll work it out together. 

    Breakfast

    While the Number 1 best option is still “family time at the breakfast table”, that is often unrealistic. Our Café provides a free breakfast for every student.  If breakfast at home doesn’t work for your family, please encourage your child to eat at school. We find that it is so much more difficult to learn when we are hungry. For information on menus, how to set up an online lunch account, and how to apply for reduced price or free lunch, visit www.pfisd.net

     

    Ben O’Connor
    Principal & Colt Country Champion
    Cele Middle School

     

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  • Cele Update: Sept. 8

    Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 9/9/2019 7:00:00 AM

    Colt Families, 

    It was a short week filled with plenty of happenings at Cele. Some of my favorite moments came during Round Up, seeing students working hard to grow as readers, writers, and mathematicians – often in unexpected ways. Please ask your child what they are doing in Round Up and send feedback my way. Our students will have their first Math Monday through Round Up tomorrow, and every Friday during Round Up is Colts Caught Reading, where every student and adult takes time out to read together.

    Speaking of reading, read on for all the details of our upcoming events and happenings at Cele.

    Ben

     

    Literacy Night Sept. 25

    Join us for the Annual CMS Literacy Night. This event is for the whole family! We will celebrate the gift of reading with pizza, literacy games, Scholastic Book Fair, and community partners supporting our CMS Literacy Department. And to make the night more exciting bring a book to share the gift of reading with others for a book swap. You won't want to miss this fantastic event! Mark your calendars for September 25th from 6:00-8:00 pm. 

    Progress Reports (mini-report cards) aka IPR’s:

    Your child will be receiving their IPR this coming week. PLEASE make sure you ask them for that IPR. It is SO important that you keep up with their grades and ask them questions about how they are doing in class. NOTE: the grades on the IPR are NOT as current/accurate as the ones you see in Skyward. Due to printing, sorting, and delivering, they are as current as we can get. 

    Cele Middle School Team Shop

    Our Cele Spirit Gear Shop is open for a limited time, and we hope every Colt stocks up on fan gear for the whole season. We have special spirit wear available for students and families shipped to your house! Get your Colt Swag to show your pride this season by checking out the shop details below:

    Shop now until Sept. 10, 2019 to support Girls Athletics: www.bsnteamsports.com

    The Boys Athletics fundraiser is open now and for the next ten days only. Shop here: fancloth.shop/

    Football

    Monday our 7th grade will take on Dessau Middle School here at Cele. On Tuesday, 8th grade will play at DMS. Reminder: Tickets are $2 for students and $4 for parents/guests. All Cele Athletic Schedules linked here.

    Volleyball

    Please come support the lady colts this Thursday. 7th grade is away at DMS, and the 8th grade team will be here at Cele. Reminder: Tickets are $2 for students and $4 for parents/guests. All Cele Athletic Schedules linked here.

    Free and Reduced Price Lunch Applications

    Did you know that at Cele roughly 40% of our kiddos qualify for free or reduced price lunches? Even if your child previously qualified, applications need to be resubmitted every year. Students have 30 days grandfathered at last year’s status, but it is very important to complete this application soon. Follow this link: www.myschoolapps.com. Parents, if you are unsure as to whether or not you might qualify, feel free to call (512)-594-0430.

    $500 School Supply Competition

    This year, to encourage all families to apply, there is a competition! The campus with the largest percentage of applicants (regardless of qualification) wins $500 in school supplies. That would be awesome for our counselor and social worker to have on standby for our kiddos who need them. In order to complete the application please utilize this link: www.myschoolapps.com/

    Campus Academic Advisory Committee (CAAC):

    Are you interested in learning more about the professional development plan at Cele? How about the accountability results? Intervention plans? Other important campus processes? If you answered yes to any of these questions then the CAAC would be a great committee for you to join. We are looking for parents, business representatives, and community members to join our team. If you are interested please simply email me at Ben.OConnor@pfisd.net

    PAGE Applications Open

    Pflugerville ISD parents of gifted learners are encouraged to apply to represent their campus feeder pattern as a Parent Adviser for Gifted Education (PAGE). PAGE’s will participate in district gifted advisory meetings; learn more about gifted education in Pflugerville ISD; share ideas to help continuously improve GT services districtwide. Interested parents should apply here. Applications are due by Sept. 25. Applicants will be contacted to serve on the committee by Sept. 30. The first meeting will be held on Monday, Oct. 28.

    Skyward Access for Parents

    Skyward is our new information system in PfISD, and students and parents will have access to grades, attendance, and other student information via the portal. Parents should have received an email last week from Skyward including your Username and temporary password. This link includes a one-pager explaining how to log in, but you need the user name first. If you have not received an email for your child, send a message to ParentPortal@pfisd.net, and we will assist you. Please note, messages sent from Skyward currently cannot receive a reply. Instead, you will want to email us directly. For a list of email addresses for all Cele staff, you may visit the Cele Website at this link.

    Bus Routes

    Most of our buses are running on time, and we are releasing buses six minutes after the bell to keep them on schedule. Our students are doing great with getting to buses quickly. To find your bus stop and pick up or drop off times, go to this link: Bus Routes

    You will be able to enter your address and find the necessary information about your child’s bus route. The routes are current. If you live on one of the Cele Community’s many brand new streets, you may not see your bus stop. If you experience this problem, please call us at 512-594-0450 and we’ll work it out together.

    Breakfast

    While the Number 1 best option is still “family time at the breakfast table”, that is often unrealistic. Our Café provides a free breakfast for every student.  If breakfast at home doesn’t work for your family, please encourage your child to eat at school.  We find that it is so much more difficult to learn when we are hungry. For information on menus, how to set up an online lunch account, and how to apply for reduced price or free lunch, visit www.pfisd.net

     

    Ben O’Connor
    Principal &
    Colt Country Champion

     

     

     

     

     

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  • Cele Update: Sept. 2

    Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 9/3/2019 7:00:00 AM

    Colt Families,
     
    Happy Labor Day! I trust you enjoyed the longer weekend with family. We have plenty happening during our four-day week ahead. Read on for all the details
     
    Ben

    Skyward Access for Parents
    Skyward is our new information system in PfISD, and students and parents will have access to grades, attendance, and other student information via the portal. Parents should have received an email last week from Skyward including your Username and temporary password. This link includes a one-pager explaining how to log in, but you need the user name first. If you have not received an email for your child, send a message to ParentPortal@pfisd.net, and we will assist you. Please note, messages sent from Skyward currently cannot receive a reply. Instead, you will want to email us directly. For a list of email addresses for all Cele staff, you may visit the Cele Website at this link: www.pfisd.net/
     
    Cele Middle School Team Shop FINAL WEEK
    Our Cele Spirit gear Shop is open for one more week! We have special spirit wear available for students and families shipped to your house! Get your Colt Swag to show your pride this season by checking out the shop details below:
    CELE SHOP
        - Shop Now: www.bsnteamsports.com
        - Store Open From: Aug. 21 - Sept. 10
     
    Football
    Our football teams kick off their season with a scrimmage on Tuesday and Wednesday this week. Tuesday, 7th grade will take on Pflugerville Middle School @ PMS. On Wednesday, 8th grade will play here at Cele. Please note that all scrimmages are FREE. Games for all middle school sports are $2.00 for students and $4.00 for parents/guests. All Cele Athletic Schedules linked here.
     
    Volleyball
    Our volleyball teams had a great start to the season with our scrimmages last week. Please come visit the Lady Colts this Thursday for their first official game. Seventh grade is away at PMS, and the eighth grade team will be here at Cele. Reminder: Tickets are $2 for students and $4 for parents/guests. All Cele Athletic Schedules linked here.
     
    PTO Meeting
    Our awesome PTO met last Wednesday. Thank you for everyone in attendance. If you did not make the meeting, it is never too late to get involved! Our next meeting is Sept. 25, at 6:30 p.m. in the Cele library. Mark your calendars! We will have a public meeting to review our most recent campus performance report at 5:30 pm. All are welcome to join.
     
    Round Up Reimagined
    Round up is a 24-minute period during the day in which every Colt focuses on targeted skills to become a little smarter. This year, we are recommitting ourselves to growing each and every student by making higher learning relevant and engaging. Students who could use extra assistance with math or reading in order to master current learning will work with a math or reading teacher.

    Students who are demonstrating mastery in their classes will work with teachers on an activity that extends that learning in a real world context. Each of our teachers has designed a three-week course aligned to their personal passions or areas of expertise. Students begin Round Up this week, and we would appreciate parent feedback as we roll it out.
     
    Free and Reduced Price Lunch Applications
    Did you know that at Cele roughly 40% of our kiddos qualify for free or reduced price lunches? Even if your child previously qualified, applications need to be resubmitted every year. Students have 30 days grandfathered at last year’s status, but it is very important to complete this application soon. Follow this link: www.myschoolapps.com/ . Parents, if you are unsure as to whether or not you might qualify, feel free to call (512) 594-0430.
     
    $500 School Supply Competition
    This year, to encourage all families to apply, there is a competition! The campus with the largest percentage of applicants (regardless of qualification) wins $500 in school supplies. That would be awesome for our counselor and social worker to have on standby for our kiddos who need them. In order to complete the application please utilize this link: www.myschoolapps.com/
     
    Campus Academic Advisory Committee (CAAC):
    Are you interested in learning more about the professional development plan at Cele? How about the accountability results? Intervention plans? Other important campus processes? If you answered yes to any of these questions then the CAAC would be a great committee for you to join. We are looking for parents, business representatives, and community members to join our team. If you are interested please simply email me at Ben.OConnor@pfisd.net
     
    PAGE Applications Open
    Pflugerville ISD parents of gifted learners are encouraged to apply to represent their campus feeder pattern as a Parent Adviser for Gifted Education (PAGE). PAGE’s will participate in district gifted advisory meetings; learn more about gifted education in Pflugerville ISD; share ideas to help continuously improve GT services districtwide. Interested parents should apply here. Applications are due by Sept. 25. Applicants will be contacted to serve on the committee by Sept. 30. The first meeting will be held on Monday, Oct. 28.
     
    Bus Routes
    Most of our buses are running on time, and we are releasing buses six minutes after the bell to keep them on schedule. Our students are doing great with getting to buses quickly. To find your bus stop and pick up or drop off times, go to this link: Bus Routes 

    You will be able to enter your address and find the necessary information about your child’s bus route. The routes are current. If you live on one of the Cele Community’s many brand new streets, you may not see your bus stop. If you experience this problem, please call us at 512-594-0450 and we’ll work it out together.
     
    Breakfast
    While the Number 1 best option is still “family time at the breakfast table”, that is often unrealistic. Our Café provides a free breakfast for every student. If breakfast at home doesn’t work for your family, please encourage your child to eat at school. We find that it is so much more difficult to learn when we are hungry. For information on menus, how to set up an online lunch account, and how to apply for reduced price or free lunch, visit www.pfisd.net
     
     
    Ben O’Connor
    Principal &
    Colt Country Champion
    Cele Middle School

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  • Cele Update: Aug. 25

    Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 8/25/2019 12:00:00 PM

    Colt Families, 

    We had a fantastic first week at Cele. Our students got straight to work in classes showing their Grit and Cele Pride, seizing opportunities and doing what it takes to become a little smarter each and every day. As you can see by what follows, we are up and running with extra-curricular activities as well. There is so much to be a part of at our school, and our goal is for every student to develop interests, talents, and passions beyond the classroom. We advertise clubs and organizations here at school, but parents can learn from other parents as well. A visit to facebook.com/CelePTO/ can help you connect with the Cele Community. We also have our first PTO meeting this Wednesday. 

    Read on for more details!

    Ben

    Cele Website
    Cele PTO FB Page
    @CeleMS_PfISD


      

    Round Up Reimagined

    Round up is a 24-minute period during the day in which every Colt focuses on targeted skills to become a little smarter. This year, we are recommitting ourselves to growing each and every student by making higher learning relevant and engaging. Students who could use extra assistance with math or reading in order to master current learning will work with a math or reading teacher. Students who are demonstrating mastery in their classes will work on something that extends that learning in a real world context. Each of our teachers has designed a three-week course aligned to their personal passions or areas of expertise. Students will learn more about Round Up this week, and we will begin after Labor Day, Tuesday, September 3. We are excited about the potential of Round Up this year, and I would appreciate parent feedback as we roll it out.

     

    Free and Reduced Price Lunch Applications

    Did you know that at Cele roughly 40% of our kiddos qualify for free or reduced price lunches? Even if your child previously qualified, applications need to be resubmitted every year. Students have 30 days grandfathered at last year’s status, but it is very important to complete this application soon. Follow this link: www.myschoolapps.com . Parents, if you are unsure as to whether or not you might qualify, feel free to call (512)-594-0430.

     

    $500 School Supply Competition

    This year, to encourage all families to apply, there is a competition! The campus with the largest percentage of applicants (regardless of qualification) wins $500 in school supplies. That would be awesome for our counselor and social worker to have on standby for our kiddos who need them. In order to complete the application please utilize this link: www.myschoolapps.com

     

    First Robotics Team THIS Monday

    We are looking for students who enjoy inventing, building, coding, problem solving, working on teams and having fun. LEGO Robotics experience is a plus, but no experience is needed. If your child is interested, our first meeting is Monday, Aug. 26 from 3:35-5 p.m. in Room 815 with Ms. Molly.Kamper@pfisd.net. Bring a friend!

     

    Band Parent Meeting THIS Tuesday

    Band Parents are invited to join our directors this Tuesday, Aug. 27, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. to set the stage for the coming year.

     

    PTO Meeting THIS Wednesday

    Join us for our first PTO meeting of the year this Wednesday, Aug. 28, from 6-7 p.m. in the Library. Every parent at Cele Middle School automatically is a part of the PTO, and we could use as many voices and opinions as possible to set goals for the coming year.

     

    Volleyball Scrimmage THIS Wednesday & Thursday

    We are very proud of how hard our girls worked throughout tryouts last week. It was HIGHLY competitive, and I am very excited to see our Lady Colts compete this year. Get a preview this week as they scrimmage Kelly Lane and Park Crest – 7th grade plays Wednesday at Park Crest and 8th grade plays Thursday here at Cele. Games start at 5:30 p.m. this year, and you can find all athletic schedules at this link.

     

    AVID Parent Meeting THIS Thursday

    Our first AVID parent meeting of the year is this Thursday, August 29, from 6:00-7:30pm in the cafeteria. Mr. McCrea invites all parents of AVID students to come and meet families and learn more about what is in store for AVID this year.

     

    Theatre Rehearsal THIS Wednesday & Friday

    Theatre Rehearsal will run from 4:00-6:40pm this Wednesday and Friday and will continue on those days most weeks until the end of November. Ms. Kewley and Mr. Beseda encourage students to audition for One Act Play competition. 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students interested in auditions should see visit with a theatre teacher this week.

     

    Family Access to Skyward

    As you have probably already heard, Skyward is the new student information system (formerly FOCUS). Your child’s attendance (tardies and absences) as well as grades in all eight classes are linked in Skyward. Beginning the week of August 26, parents should receive an email from PfISD containing log in information. Please be on the lookout for that email. I want to emphasize that EVERY family should have Skyward access and be checking grades weekly.  Since students have seven different courses, this will be critical for staying up to date with current grades, test results, and other important assignment information.

     

    Campus Academic Advisory Committee (CAAC):

    Are you interested in learning more about the professional development plan at Cele? How about the accountability results? Intervention plans? Other important campus processes? If you answered yes to any of these questions then the CAAC would be a great committee for you to join. We are looking for parents, business representatives, and community members to join our team. If you are interested please simply email me at Ben.OConnor@pfisd.net

     

    PAGE Applications Open

    Pflugerville ISD parents of gifted learners are encouraged to apply to represent their campus feeder pattern as a Parent Adviser for Gifted Education (PAGE). PAGE’s will participate in district gifted advisory meetings; learn more about gifted education in Pflugerville ISD; share ideas to help continuously improve GT services districtwide. Interested parents should apply here. Applications are due by September 25, 2019. Applicants will be contacted to serve on the committee by September 30, 2019. The first meeting will be held on Monday, Oct. 28.

     

    Bus Routes

    We had tremendous improvement in departure times after one day, and I expect that to continue. To find your bus stop and pick up or drop off times, go to this link: Bus Routes

    You will be able to enter your address and find the necessary information about your child’s bus route. The routes are current. If you live on one of the Cele Community’s many brand new streets, you may not see your bus stop. If you experience this problem, please call us at 512.594.0450 and we’ll work it out together.

     

    Breakfast

    While the Number 1 best option is still “family time at the breakfast table”, that is often unrealistic.  Our Café provides a free breakfast for every student.  If breakfast at home doesn’t work for your family, please encourage your child to eat at school.  We find that it is so much more difficult to learn when we are hungry. For information on menus, how to set up an online lunch account, and how to apply for reduced price or free lunch, visit www.pfisd.net

    Ben O’Connor
    Principal & Colt Country Champion
    Cele Middle School

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  • Open House Tomorrow

    Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 8/21/2019 11:00:00 AM

    Colt Families,

     

    Tomorrow will be our first whole-school event of the year and we are very excited to welcome parents to visit with your child's teacher and see the classrooms. Our school has grown considerably since last year, and parking will be limited. I strongly encourage carpooling with friends, family, and neighbors if at all possible. 

    Open House TOMORROW Thursday, Aug. 22

    Parents are invited to visit classrooms between the hours of 6-8 p.m. this Thursday, Aug. 22. It is a come and go event to accommodate parent schedules. Parents may choose to visit in order of the child’s classes or drop in on a few teachers.

    Volleyball Parent Meeting TOMORROW

    Parents of volleyball students are asked to join the coaches from 5:00-5:30 p.m. in the gym to learn important information regarding this season. Questions may be directed to Candace.McKinley@pfisd.net

    Free and Reduced Price Lunch Applications

    These need to be resubmitted every year. Students have 30 days grandfathered at last year’s status, but it is very important to complete this application soon. Follow this link: www.myschoolapps.com, if you are unsure as to whether or not you might qualify, feel free to call (512)-594-0430. 

    Bus Routes

    We had tremendous improvement in departure times after one day, and I expect that to continue. As of yesterday, it seems our buses are on their way before our last car departs the car line. Our brand new buses are a safe, convenient, air-conditioned option available to every Cele student living within our attendance boundaries, and I strongly encourage all families to take advantage of this service if possible.

    To find your bus stop and pick up or drop off times, go to this link: Bus Routes You will be able to enter your address and find the necessary information about your child’s bus route.  The routes are current. If you live on one of the Cele Community’s many brand new streets, you may not see your bus stop. If you experience this problem, please call us at 512-594-0450 and we’ll work it out together.

    Breakfast

    While the Number 1 best option is still “family time at the breakfast table”, that is often unrealistic. Our Café provides a free breakfast for every student. If breakfast at home doesn’t work for your family, please encourage your child to eat at school. We find that it is so much more difficult to learn when we are hungry. For information on menus, how to set up an online lunch account, and how to apply for reduced price or free lunch, visit www.pfisd.net/Domain/92

    Robotics Team Recruitment!

    We are looking for students who enjoy inventing, building, coding, problem solving, working on teams and having fun. LEGO Robotics experience is a plus, but no experience is needed. If your child is interested, our first meeting is Monday, Aug. 26 from 3:35-5 p.m. in Room 815 with Ms. Molly.Kamper@pfisd.net. Bring a friend!

    See you Thursday! 

    Ben O’Connor
    Principal & Colt Country Champion

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  • Evacuation procedures

    Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 8/15/2019 4:00:00 PM

    Cele Families,
    Well, it has been a morning of firsts already. We had a great start to the day, and we also had an opportunity to practice our evacuation procedures during A Lunch today. Some food in one of our microwaves became too smoky, and our fire safety system did its job and sounded the alarm. My compliments to students and staff who responded perfectly when we evacuated the building briefly. My thanks to our fire department and PfISD police officers for quick action to ensure that all was well. Students are back in the building continuing a regular schedule.
    Our students have been so helpful to one another, and we are seeing many smiles today. While a fire evacuation drill was not part of our plan, I could not be more proud already of our Cele Team today!
     
    Ben O'Connor
    Cele Principal

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