• Hello Colts

    Posted by Kyndall Jirasek on 4/8/2018

    Hello Colts!

     

    We have some important information to share with you about what is going on at Cele.

     

    First, the Cele Choirs participated in the UIL Choir Contests last week.  Our kids did so very well.  The Men’s Choir and the Varsity Choir both took top honors!  Mrs. Newcomb and the kids have worked so very hard in preparation and they were ready when it came time to perform.  We are so proud that our kids have again proven to be the very best!

     

    Speaking of working hard in preparation, our students are urged to get a little smarter every day.  When it is time for our students to take the STAAR tests, we are confident they will do just fine.  We do not stress about STAAR testing and we do not worry about the results.  Instead, we place more emphasis on learning every day.

     

    Our 7th and 8th Graders will take STAAR tests this week.  On Tuesday, 7th Graders throughout the State of Texas will take the Writing STAAR test.  The 8th Graders will take the Reading STAAR test.  On Wednesday, 7th Graders in Advanced Math and 8th Graders in Pre-Algebra will take the Math STAAR.  We will not be anxious.  Instead, we will work hard and do our very best.  If our students will come to school rested and fed (or enjoy the free breakfast at school) then do their very best on the test, we will gladly accept the results of the STAAR.

     

    If your child is feeling anxiety about STAAR, please have them speak to me or to their Counselor.  Our students have worked too hard all year to be worried about the results of a single test.

     

     

    Now, on to more important topics:

    1.      The PTO is hosting a Spirit Night at the Good Luck Grill next Monday evening (April 16th).  If you’ve never eaten at the Good Luck Grill, you’re truly missing out!  I love their food and I hope to see you there.                    The address is 14605 FM 973 N which is about 7 minutes from Cele Middle School.

     

    2.      Parents of 6th Graders are strongly encouraged to update their child’s immunizations.  Students entering the 7th Grade are required to complete a number of immunizations.  As soon as possible, please send us the updated shot record.

     

    3.      There is a change in the date of the Algebra Test.  The students will take the required End Of Course (EOC) Exam, which is essentially a STAAR test, on Wednesday, May 9th.  The earlier date was incorrect.  Please do what you can to avoid scheduling appointments on this date if your child is enrolled in the Algebra class.  This does not apply to Pre-Algebra.

     

    4.      The 8th Grade Formal is Friday, May 18th.  We call this a “Formal” but I need to explain what we mean.  Students are encouraged to wear nice clothes; maybe the clothes they would wear to church or to a cousin’s wedding.  We do NOT want our students to buy a fancy prom dress or rent a tuxedo.  That is something we would rather save for high school prom.  Students are also discouraged from going as dates.  When students went as dates in the past, too much of their attention is on the date and they miss out on the fun their classmates are enjoying.  More details later but I wanted to explain before it was too late.  It is indeed one of the best events for our 8th Graders and certainly one of the most memorable.

     

    It will be another busy week and we know our Colts will continue to do well.  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 3/23/2018

    Hello Colts!

     

    We have several important items to share with you.

     

     

    Track and Field

    According to the National Weather Service, we can expect very bad weather next Tuesday and Wednesday.

     weather

     

    As a result, the PfISD District Track Meet has been moved to Monday evening.  The Field Events will begin at 4:00 and the 2400m race will begin at 4:30.  The other running events will begin at 5:30.  The entire event will be at Weiss High School.

     

     

    BAND

    Unfortunately, the band performance scheduled for Monday evening has been cancelled.  We hope we are able to reschedule to another date but that may not be possible with all the many events going on over the next two months.  We will be sure to give you ample warning before we reschedule.

     

     

    NO SCHOOL NEXT FRIDAY

    Just a reminder that we do not have school next Friday.  Students and Staff will have the day off and the district will be closed.

     

     

    STAAR DATES

    Just a reminder that students will take STAAR tests on the following dates.  Again, no stress!  This reminder is not intended to remind families to begin worrying, rather it is a plea to make sure your child is rested, fed and present on the following dates.  In fact, that would be terrific for every school day.  Thank you.

     

    April 10th – 7th Grade takes the Writing Test and 8th Grade takes the Reading test

                April 11th – 7th Graders in Advanced Math (Pre-Algebra) and 8th Graders in On Level Math take their Math test

                                        (Students in Geometry will also take the 8th Grade Math STAAR)

     

                May 8th – Students in Algebra (not Pre-Alg.) will take their Algebra Test (End-Of-Course)

                May 14th – 6th Grade & On Level 7th Grade will take the Math test

                May 15th – All 6th & 7th Grade will take the Reading test

                May 16th – 8th Grade will take the Science test

                May 17th – 8th Grade will take the Social Studies test

     

     

    Weiss Parent Information Night

    Parents are invited to Weiss High School on Wednesday, April 4th.  Please see the attached flyer.

     parent night

     

     

    I am constantly reminded that we have such terrific kids!  When I go to various concerts and shows such as Guys and Dolls, or to athletic events such as track meets, our kids work hard and perform exceptionally well.  I see the same thing in the classrooms!  Thank you for sending us the very best kids!

     

    Sincerely,

     

     

    Brian Ernest

    Principal, Cele

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  • Hello Colts

    Posted by Kyndall Jirasek on 3/19/2018

    Hello Colts!

     

    I hope that all of you had a terrific Spring Break and that you were able to enjoy some quality Family Time.

                           

    This week is the final week of the 3rd 9 Weeks and we will be working with our students to make sure their assignments are completed and turned in.  Please take a moment to check your child’s grades on FOCUS so that you know where they stand.

                                                              

     

    Please remember that we have a Study Lab after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Students can stay for an hour (until 4:45) and receive assistance from some of the world’s best teachers.  Really.  If you see that your child is behind in their work or need to bring up their grades, tell them to stay for Study Lab.

     

     

     

    STAAR Testing is just around the corner.  Below is a list of our STAAR dates.  But first…

     

    We do not love STAAR; I promise.  We also do not focus our attention on STAAR.  To be very clear, our goal is to make our students “…a little smarter every day…”.  When we are successful in achieving our goal, our students have no reason to feel anxious about STAAR.  We will continue to focus our energy on helping our students learn; STAAR scores will take care of themselves.  If your child expresses anxiety about STAAR, I need to know.  I will encourage them to focus their attention on learning and not on testing.  I will recommend to them that they get good rest the night before their test, that they eat a good breakfast that morning, and that they do their very best.  In fact, I encourage every kid to do that for every school day!

     

     

     

    That said, STAAR is a reality and we have to take the tests.  Please note that our 7th and 8th graders have STAAR testing in a few weeks.  It is important that we not schedule appointments or trips for these days.  When students are absent for a STAAR test, we are required to pull them aside when they return to school and administer the “make up” test.

                

    April 10th – 7th Grade takes the Writing Test and 8th Grade takes the Reading test

                April 11th – 7th Graders in Advanced Math (Pre-Algebra) and 8th Graders in On Level Math take their Math test

                                        (Students in Geometry will also take the 8th Grade Math STAAR)

     

                May 8th – Students in Algebra (not Pre-Alg.) will take their Algebra Test (End-Of-Course)

                May 14th – 6th Grade & On Level 7th Grade will take the Math test

                May 15th – All 6th & 7th Grade will take the Reading test

                May 16th – 8th Grade will take the Science test

                May 17th – 8th Grade will take the Social Studies test

     

    In the meanwhile, we will continue to do our best to make our students “…a little smarter every day…”.  Thank you so very much for sending us such terrific kids! 

     

     

    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 3/7/2018

    Hello Colts!

     

    Download Mulch order form here!

     

    I just ordered 10 bags of mulch to be delivered to my house!  I ordered it through the Weiss Band because:

                I paid only a little more than if I had picked it up from the store.

                They deliver!

                It is so easy!

                It is a great fundraiser for them and I get the mulch I need!

                We love those kids!

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  • Hello Colts

    Posted by Kyndall Jirasek on 3/6/2018

    Hello Colts,

     

    Just a few important notes about this week in the Cele Community.

     

    The musical production Guys and Dolls wraps up tomorrow night.  The students have worked very hard and the final show will indeed be terrific.  Wednesday night at 6:30 pm.  See you there!

     

    Colt Track & Field’s next meet is this Thursday at Weiss High School.  The first running event is the 2400 Meter Run at 4:30.  The Colts have been working very hard and will continue to do exceptionally well.

     

    Mott Elementary is hosting a celebration this Friday.  We are so excited for them that we are sending our Colt Band and Cele Cheer to help them celebrate.  We are so proud to work with our feeder elementary schools and we are so thankful that they are such terrific schools.

      

    One final note, we are working to improve our Attendance Rate.  The flu hit the Cele Community pretty hard but we are bouncing back.  I won’t bore you with the details but suffice it to say that we are but a few percentage points away from the goal that has been set for our campus.  Every little bit helps and we appreciate that our kids are regularly at school.

     

    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 2/20/2018

     

    There are so many great things going on at Cele these days! Our kids work so hard in preparation that they are regularly successful when it is time to perform. 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 many activities. We are so proud! 

    Student Safety 

    First, last and foremost! Nothing we do is more important than to provide a safe environment. Please know that Pflugerville ISD has been keenly aware of the importance of school safety long before the tragedies in Florida last week. We routinely practice a variety of drills, monitor our security systems and communicate with local law enforcement. Trust me when I say that school safety is our top priority. 

    Cele PTO Meets Tomorrow Night 

    The Cele PTO will hold its monthly meeting tomorrow evening at 7 PM in the Library. The entire community is invited. 

    Track Meet This Thursday 

    If the weather permits, our first track meet of the year will be this Thursday evening at Weiss High School. The field events and the 2400 meter run begin at 4:30. The rest of the running events begin at 5:30. We can usually expect the meet to end around 7:30 but it hard to say for sure. 

    Attendance 

    Thank you for helping Cele improve our attendance rate! Even though our community has been hit hard by the flu season, we have maintained strong attendance rates. As you know, kids who tend to be absent more tend to learn less and then struggle in high school. Additionally, PfISD’s funding and the Cele students’ performance ratings are strongly impacted by the Cele Attendance Rate. 

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


    Read It Forward 

    Cele Middle School has been one of the district leaders in the The Read It Forward Program each year since we opened. We encourage every one of our students to read House Arrest by K.A. Holt and take the simple 10 question quiz. Those who read the book and pass the quiz are invited to a huge party during a school day in March! 

    The RIF book this year is House Arrest by K.A. Holt and is a terrific story. To be honest, I wasn’t too sure about the title. Once I began reading, I truly did not want to stop! The lead character has a baby brother who was born with serious illnesses. He is a middle school student working hard to persevere in the face of repeated obstacles. Triumph through tremendous GRIT! 

    Please encourage your child to read the book; you’ll be glad they did. You should read it yourself! Our librarian has copies and you can get a paperback version inexpensively at Barnes and Noble or online. 

    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. 

    I Do Mean To Brag! 

    I want to brag on our Grade-Level Principals. They are not expected (or even allowed) to sit in their office and wait for the next problem to pop up. Instead, they spend their time in the classrooms and in the hallways. They make sure the teachers have what they need to be successful. Each of the three works very closely with their grade level to support the students and the staff. 

    The upside of this is that each grade level has their own administrator they can connect with as needed. They know their students and the students know them! This is a “school-within-a-school”, if you will. 

    There is however, a downside to this approach. Since they are not sitting in their office waiting for the next situation to flare up, they are rarely available for drop-in visitors. This is not to say that they are never available to speak to parents. Rather, they are never available for unexpected visitors. Please help us overcome this downside by scheduling meetings with them in advance. We trust that our parents will understand when they are not always available for a drop-in visitor. 

    Overall, this has been an extremely effective approach and is a key component to our students’ success. 


    The Cele Colts have demonstrated time and again that they can compete with any campus, in any event. Our students and staff work hard. As a result, our kids have that special swagger that comes from hard work in preparation. 

    In addition to the hard work and the resulting success, we try to help you raise terrific kids. 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. They are truly a reflection of tremendous parents! 

    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 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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