Cele Middle School

PFLUGERVILLE INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT

  • Hello Colts

    Posted by Kyndall Jirasek at 6/14/2017

    Hello Colts!

     

    I hope that your summer is off to a good start and that you are able to enjoy the extra time with the family. 

     

    STAAR scores are in and once again the Colts did a terrific job of demonstrating that when we work hard in class day in and day out, we don’t have to worry about the STAAR and the scores.  That said, I know you will want to know how your child performed.  In the past, the scores were sent home with the students before the school year ended.  However, the new system has the scores arriving long after the students are away for their summer vacation.

     

    Scores for the grade 6-8 STAAR soon will be made available for individual students and can be found by logging into the TEA student portal. Details regarding access are included below, and we also will send home Confidential Student Reports once school resumes this fall.

     

     

    To access the TEA Student Portal, parents will need to find their student’s unique access code.  This unique code may be found on the Confidential Student Report if your student has taken a STAAR test previously.  If this is not the case,  you soon should be able to obtain your student’s unique access by logging into the FOCUS Parent Portal.  It should be marked on the bottom left side of the page as Texas Assessment Data Portal.  If it is not yet posted, please check in later this week.  

     

    How to access the parent portal in Focus: http://www.pfisd.net/Page/5671

     

    A direct link to the TEA Student Portal:  https://txparentportal.emetric.net/login?returnUrl=/list

     

     

    Helpful documents:

     

    FOCUS parent portal user guide:

    http://www.pfisd.net/cms/lib/TX01001527/Centricity/Domain/98/PFISD%20Parent%20Portal%20FAQ.pdf

     

    The Texas Assessment Student Portal:

    http://www.pfisd.net/cms/lib/TX01001527/Centricity/Domain/1579/TASP%20Instructions%20for%20Focus.pdf

     

     

    Once again, we are extremely proud of the Colts’ performance on the tests.  Our kids have been working very hard and it shows.

     

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

     

     

    Brian Ernest

    Principal, Cele

     


    Good morning,

     

    As some of you have already recognized, the Texas Education Agency is reporting results a bit differently this year.  I do not have a brief explanation about why the change and what the goal may be.  However, I can help understand what the results mean.

     

    APPROACHES?  MEETS?  MASTERS?

    You may have noticed that there are a number of categories.  While “Meets” and “Masters” are fairly self-explanatory, the result labeled “Approaches” needs a little explanation.  The short version is that “Approaches” is passing but the TEA would like to see them perform at least a little better.  If your child is marked “YES” for Approaches, your child passed the STAAR test.

     

    PROGRESS MEASURE

    Cele Middle School does not focus on passing STAAR.  We work to help the students get a little smarter every day.  Results will take care of themselves and the kids experience MUCH less stress.  With that said, we pay more attention to the Progress Measure.  Students who earned a 1 on the Progress Measure have demonstrated that they have  made a year’s growth since last year’s test.  Students who earn a 2 on the Progress Measure have demonstrated that they have earned significantly more than a year’s growth since the test last year.     Obviously, there is no Progress Measure for tests they did not take last year: Writing, Social Studies and Science.

     

    At Cele, Progress Measure is where we hang our hat.  We want our students to get a little smarter every day.  When we are successful in this endeavor, we know that students often achieve a 2 on the Progress Measure.  When compared to similar middle school campuses around the State of Texas, we were the very top school last year: Number 1!  We do not have information about this year just yet but it sure looks like our Colts have been growing.

     

    PAPER COPIES

    Paper copies of the results will not be available until students return in August.  At that time, we will be sure to get them distributed appropriately.

     

     

    MORE THAN A NUMBER

    As I have stated repeatedly, our students are far more than a test score.  They are great kids who work hard regularly while being respectful and responsible.  Those students who appear to struggle with what we are learning will be provided with additional assistance so that every Colt can reach their full potential.

     

    Again, thank you for sending us such great kids and thank you for all you do to make Cele such a very special place.

     

    Brian

     

    Brian Ernest

    Principal, Cele

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  • Hello Colts

    Posted by Kyndall Jirasek at 5/15/2017

    Hello Colts! 

    May 15, 2017 

    Good morning, Colts! With slightly more than two weeks remaining in the school year, we are going to continue to be very busy. Please take a few minutes to read the following so that you will be in the know. 

    8th Grade Picture 

    Our 8th graders will take a group picture this Wednesday morning at the beginning of 1st period. We have asked the students to dress appropriately. Please see the attached flyer to order a copy of the picture. 

    KickStart Tournaments 

    Our Colts have done very well in KickStart this spring. We had many students earn a spot in the Regional Tournament. Three of our students earned a berth in the State Tournament with one of our kids winning a State Championship. Lydia and the other students have worked very hard to achieve this success and we are extremely proud. 

    School Supplies 

    First, please be sure your child has pens, pencils and paper to get through the last weeks of school. 

    The PTO is collecting unused school supplies. If you have any extra school supplies that you would like to donate, please have your child drop them off in the front office. We will have a box for the donations. 

    In August, the supplies will be distributed to teachers for kids who show up to school without sufficient materials. Thank you in advance for the kind gesture. 

    As you would expect, the Cele Staff is paying very close attention to our students and their needs. Please be sure to contact me or your child’s School Counselor if you have any questions or concerns. 

     

    8th Grade “Formal” 

    This Friday, May 19th. One of the most favorite events we have at Cele. The 8th grade students are asked to dress nicely for this dinner and dance. Sunday Best is perfect for attire. We do not want our kids to wear tuxedos or prom dresses. Again, “Sunday Best” is perfect. 

    We have been actively discouraging students from taking dates to the “Formal”. Any assistance with this will be greatly appreciated. This is a time to have great fun with our friends. Dates tend to interfere with this fun. Please assist me in discouraging your child from going with a date. Our students will have fun hanging out with the group. 

    We could use a little help with the arrangements. If you think you can help, please take a look at the following Sign-up Genius. 

    www.SignUpGenius.com/go/9040C4EAAAC23A13-masquerade1 

     

    STAAR Testing 

    The STAAR testing is completed. We will receive results at the end of this month. The results will be shared with students and parents as soon as we are able. 

     

    Deutschen Pfest Parade 

    The Deutschen Pfest Parade is this Saturday, May 20th. The highlight of the parade is, of course, the Cele Colt Band! Our Band will be joined by the Cheerleaders and several other groups. Please do all you can to make sure you get there early on Saturday morning, May 20th. I will set up my chair across the street from Hanovers’ at the intersection of Railroad and Main. This is the perfect place to see the Colts round the corner and play the school fight song! #ColtPride 

     

    8th Grade Graduation 

    Our 8th Grade Graduation Ceremony will be at Cele on Tuesday, May 30th. The evening ceremony will be in the Cele Café. We invite the 8th grade families to join us for this special occasion. Please know that it will indeed be very crowded. We do not purchase caps and gowns so students will be asked to dress nicely. Most of the girls will wear a nice dress. Most of the boys will wear slacks and a tie---I can certainly assist with talking them into a tie if you need help! This is such a terrific event and it normally lasts about one hour. 

    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 at 4/29/2017

    Good evening, Colts! With so many great things going on this time of year, it can be difficult to keep up. Please take a few minutes to read the following so that you will be in the know. 

    School Safety 

    Last week I asked for a little help with being cautious in the parking lot. It seems like we’ve seen a bit more patience this week. Thank you. We can still get better. 

    Teens Growing Up 

    I sent a memo out last week related to the Netflix show 13 Reasons Why. The bottom line is that the show itself seems to send an unintended message to teens. If you believe that your child is watching the series, please try to watch it with them or, at the very least, discuss it with them. Please know that if your child has not seen it, many of their friends have. 

    As you would expect, the Cele Staff is paying very close attention to our students and their needs. Please be sure to contact me or your child’s School Counselor if you have any questions or concerns. 

    Cele Stampede! 

    We look forward to seeing you at the Cele Stampede! Our annual 5K fun run is just around the corner on Saturday, May 6th. Once again, the cost to participate is minimal so that families can easily afford to join us. For $5 dollars, you get a ton of fun, a t-shirt and a hotdog. Good luck trying to find a better deal than that! 

    We have attached the registration form. 

    Please let us know if you would like to volunteer to help us put together this tremendous community event. christopher.gregory@pfisd.net 

    School Supplies 

    Again, this is a tough time of year for school supplies. Some students begin to run out and then do not have what they need to be successful in class. Please check that your child has enough paper, pens and pencils. Everything else should be fine.

     
    8th Grade “Formal” 

    Friday, May 19th. One of the favorite events we have at Cele. The 8th grade students are asked to dress nicely for this dinner and dance. Sunday Best is perfect for attire. We do not want our kids to wear tuxedos or prom dresses. Again, “Sunday Best” is perfect. The students will hear me say that many times; please don’t let them con you into something more  

    I am discouraging students from taking dates to the “Formal”. Any assistance with this will be greatly appreciated. This is a time to have great fun with our friends. Dates tend to interfere with this fun. Please assist me in discouraging your child from going with a date. Go with friends and have fun with the large group! 

    STAAR Dates 

    We continue to believe that STAAR testing, while it is indeed a reality, does not define us. We work very hard to educate our students and we will accept the results of the state tests. Please note the following dates and do all that you can to make sure your child is present on their test days. When students are absent, we are required to administer a make-up test when they return to school. 

    May 3 - Algebra 1 (this Wednesday) 

    May 8 - Math for all 6th and for 7th Graders in On-Level Math 

    May 9 - Reading for 6th and 7th Grade 

    May 10 - Science for 8th Grade 

    May 11 - Social Studies for 8th Grade 

    We hope to have all of the results back before the end of May. 

    Deutschen Pfest Parade 

    First of all, no Pflugerville resident should ever miss the Deutschen Pfest Parade. This year’s parade is on Saturday, May 20th. It is a great time for all. The highlight of the parade is, of course, the Cele Colt Band! Our Band will be joined by the Cheerleaders and several other groups. Please do all you can to make sure you get there early on Saturday morning, May 20th. My usual spot is across the street from Hanovers’ at the intersection of Railroad and Main. This is the perfect place to see the Colts round the corner and play the school fight song! #ColtPride 

    8th Grade Graduation 

    We will host our 8th Grade Graduation Ceremony on Tuesday, May 30th. The evening ceremony will be in the Cele Café. We invite the 8th grade families to join us for this special occasion. Please know that it will indeed be very crowded. We do not purchase caps and gowns so students will be asked to dress nicely. Most of the girls will wear a nice dress. Most of the boys will wear slacks and a tie---I can certainly assist with talking them into a tie if you need help! This is such a terrific event and it normally lasts about one hour. 

     
    You May Have Heard 

    Cele Middle School was visited by Officer Roy this week. Officer Roy is a PfISD Police Department K-9. He comes to the campus from time to time to help me make sure our students are safe. Officer Roy has visited our campus in the past and is invited to return again over the next couple of weeks. We very much want the students to know that Cele will continue to be a safe campus. In fact, you can trust that any behavior that threatens the safety of our campus or members of our community will be dealt with in a fair yet very serious manner. Each and every one of our students has the right to come to school without worrying about their safety and I will do my best to protect that right. 

    We are entering the final month of the school year. I don’t like to count the days because it makes me anxious that we are running out of time to accomplish all of the great things we have planned. We will continue to work hard and strive to make our students a little smarter every day. Our students work very hard and do it so frequently that it becomes the norm. The Cele teachers are committed to helping their students be successful. Cele is blessed with the most supportive parents. This is the combination that makes Cele a great place for kids. 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 at 4/21/2017

    Good afternoon, Colts! There are MANY great things going on; this is such a busy time of year. Please take a few minutes to read the following so that you will be in the know. 

     

    School Safety 

    I need a little help… 

    Please be extra careful dropping off and picking up. We have procedures in place but the reality is that there are times when parents simply do not follow the expectations. This is usually because somebody is in a hurry. I understand. However, we have to be careful not to harm one of our kids. 

    Please be very cautious when dropping off and picking up. This is particularly important in the afternoons when we have more students in a shorter period of time. Thank you. 

     

    STAAR Results For 7th and 8th Grade 

    The first round of STAAR scores are in and, as you would expect, our kids did extremely well. It is amazing what kids can do when they work hard to learn and then relax so they can do their very best at test time. 

    Our 7th graders in Advanced Math took their Math STAAR test in March and the results are in. Each 7th grader in Advanced Math received a letter explaining their performance on the test. 

    Our 8th graders in 8th Grade Math also took their Math STAAR in March. Your child received a letter yesterday. For the students who have not yet mastered the content, we called parents and discussed our plan to help the student become more successful. All 8th grade students received a letter yesterday. 

    All of the 8th grader took the STAAR Reading in March. Like math, all 8th graders received a letter yesterday. For any student who has not yet mastered the content, we called discussed our plan with the parents. 


    Cele Stampede! 

    We look forward to seeing you at the Cele Stampede! Our annual 5K fun run is just around the corner on Saturday, May 6th. Once again, the cost to participate is minimal so that families can easily afford to join us. For $5 dollars, you get a ton of fun, a t-shirt and a hotdog. Good luck trying to find a better deal than that! 

    We have attached the registration form. 

    Please let us know if you would like to volunteer to help us put together this tremendous community event. christopher.gregory@pfisd.net 

     

    School Supplies 

    This is an odd time of year for school supplies. Some students begin to run out and then do not have what they need to be successful in class. Please check that your child has enough paper, pens and pencils. Everything else should be fine. 

     

    8th Grade “Formal” 

    Friday, May 19th. One of the favorite events we have at Cele. The 8th grade students are asked to dress nicely for this dinner and dance. Sunday Best is perfect for attire. We do not want our kids to wear tuxedos or prom dresses. Again, “Sunday Best” is perfect. The students will hear me say that many times; please don’t let them con you into something more  

    I have been working to discourage students from taking dates to the “Formal”. This is a time to have tremendous fun with our friends. Dates tend to interfere with this fun. Please assist me in discouraging your child from going with a date. Go with friends and have fun with the very large group! 

     

    STAAR Dates 

    I will continue to believe that STAAR testing, while it is indeed a reality, does not define us. We work very hard to educate our students and we will accept the results of the state tests. Please note the following dates and do all that you can to make sure your child is present on their test days. When students are absent, we are required to administer a make-up test when they return to school. 

    May 3 - Algebra 1 

    May 8 - Math for all 6th and for 7th Graders in On-Level Math 

    May 9 - Reading for 6th and 7th Grade 

    May 10 - Science for 8th Grade 

    May 11 - Social Studies for 8th Grade 

    We hope to have all of the results back before the end of May.  

     


    Deutschen Pfest Parade 

    First of all, no Pflugerville resident should ever miss the Deutschen Pfest Parade. This year’s parade is on Saturday, May 20th. It is a great time for all. The highlight of the parade is, of course, the Cele Colt Band! Our Band will be joined by the Cheerleaders and several other groups. Please do all you can to make sure you get there early on Saturday morning, May 20th. My usual spot is across the street from Hanovers’ at the intersection of Railroad and Main. This is the perfect place to see the Colts round the corner and play the school fight song! #ColtPride 

     

    8th Grade Graduation 

    We will host our 8th Grade Graduation Ceremony on Tuesday, May 30th. The evening ceremony will be in the Cele Café. We invite the 8th grade families to join us for this special occasion. Please know that it will indeed be very crowded. We do not purchase caps and gowns so students will be asked to dress nicely. Most of the girls will wear a nice dress. Most of the boys will wear slacks and a tie---I can certainly assist with talking them into a tie if you need help! This is such a terrific event and it normally lasts about one hour. 

    We have little more than a month of school remaining. We will continue to work hard and strive to make our students a little smarter every day. Our students work hard. The Cele teachers are committed to helping their students improve. No school is blessed with more supportive parents than Cele. We will continue to work hard so that Cele can be a great place for kids. Thank you for all you do to make Cele such a very special place! 

    Sincerely, 

    Brian Ernest 

    Principal, Cele

     

    Check out the links below!

    GRIT Strength and Conditioning Camp 

    Cele Middle School Basketball Skills Camp

    Cele Middle School Volleyball Skills Camp

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  • Hello Colts

    Posted by Kyndall Jirasek at 4/12/2017

    Good afternoon, Colts! There are so many special events coming up in the next few weeks. I’ve attached a list of the events so that we all know what is coming next. 

    As you know, the final month of the school year is a busy time for STAAR testing. All of our students will be required to take at least two tests. Please know that our focus will continue to be student learning; getting a little smarter every day. We want our students to be able to demonstrate that they have indeed learned what we believe they have learned. We want to see our students be successful on their STAAR tests but please know this is not our primary target. We will not measure our students by a test score. Instead, we want to know that our children are getting “…a little smarter, every day”; it is about effort and growth (GRIT). The results of the tests do indeed matter but the overall growth of your child is far more important! 

    If you sense that your child begins to experience significant anxiety related to the testing, please instruct them to share that with me. We can certainly help them manage any such fears. 

     

    Cele PTO Meets Tonight 

    The April PTO meeting is scheduled for this evening, Wednesday, April 12th. We hope to see you there, in the Library, at 7 PM. 

     

    Cele on AMAZON 

    The FABULOUS Cele PTO has established a relationship with Amazon. The next time you order, please log into www.smile.amazon.com 

    You will be asked to register; it took me about 2 minutes. 

    After you register, every time you order a percentage will be donated to Cele! How about that!?! 

     

    No School This Friday 

    Pflugerville ISD schools will be closed this Friday so that students, staff and families may enjoy a long weekend. 

     
    Performing Arts 

    We are extremely proud of the Cele Fine Arts Department! Our students regularly earn Highest Honors when they go to competition. In Theatre, our students won the District One-Act Play and took several individual honors. In the UIL Regional Band Contest last week, our Cele Bands earned Sweepstakes which means they are the very best. The following day, the Colt Choirs earned Sweepstakes in both Varsity and Junior Varsity. As well, our Men’s Choir earned their highest ratings ever in their very first competition. Great kids working very hard to prepare. Terrific parents supporting their children as they work hard to be successful. Incredible teachers providing strong guidance and leadership. Such a powerful combination! Way to go Colts! 

     

    Athletics 

    Our athletes have been very successful this year, largely because they work so hard to prepare to be successful. Our kids have been very successful in each sport. Our students excelled in Volleyball and Football. Cele kids generally do very well in Basketball and we saw that again this year. Our teams did exceptionally well in the District Track Meet last week. We set numerous new records while taking home a pair of trophies. Most of our students recorded new Person Bests and we are extremely proud of the effort that went into creating this success. Our kids know to work very hard in preparation so that success takes care of itself when we go to competition. 

    The Soccer seasons begin today with games at KLMS. The girls always play first, at 5:00 PM. The boys always play 15 minutes later, usually at 6:15. Go Colts! 

     

    Cele Stampede! 

    We look forward to seeing you at the Cele Stampede! Our annual 5K fun run is just around the corner on Saturday, May 6th. Once again, the cost to participate is minimal so that families can easily afford to join us. For $5 dollars, you get a ton of fun, a t-shirt and a hotdog. Good luck trying to find a better deal than that! 

    We have attached the registration form. 

    Please let us know if you would like to volunteer to help us put together this tremendous community event. christopher.gregory@pfisd.net 

     

    8th Grade “Formal” 

    Friday, May 19th. One of the favorite events we have at Cele. The 8th grade students are asked to dress nicely for this dinner and dance. Sunday Best is perfect for attire. We do not want our kids to wear tuxedos or prom dresses. Again, “Sunday Best” is perfect. The students will hear me say that many times; please don’t let them con you into something more 

     


    STAAR Dates 

    I will continue to believe that STAAR testing, while it is indeed a reality, does not define us. We work very hard to educate our students and we will accept the results of the state tests. Please note the following dates and do all that you can to make sure your child is present on their test days. When students are absent, we are required to administer a make-up test when they return to school. 

    May 3 - Algebra 1 

    May 8 - Math for all 6th and for 7th Graders in On-Level Math 

    May 9 - Reading for 6th and 7th Grade 

    May 10 - Science for 8th Grade 

    May 11 - Social Studies for 8th Grade 

    We hope to have all of the results back before the end of May. 

     

    Deutschen Pfest Parade 

    First of all, no Pflugerville resident should ever miss the Deutschen Pfest Parade. This year’s parade is on Saturday, May 20th. It is a great time for all. The highlight of the parade is, of course, the Cele Colt Band! Our Band will be joined by the Cheerleaders and several other groups. Please do all you can to make sure you get there early on Saturday morning, May 20th. My usual spot is across the street from Hanovers’ at the intersection of Railroad and Main. This is the perfect place to see the Colts round the corner and play the school fight song! #ColtPride 

     

    8th Grade Graduation 

    We will host our 8th Grade Graduation Ceremony on Tuesday, May 30th. The evening ceremony will be in the Cele Café. We invite the 8th grade families to join us for this special occasion. Please know that it will indeed be very crowded. We do not purchase caps and gowns so students will be asked to dress nicely. Most of the girls will wear a nice dress. Most of the boys will wear slacks and a tie---I can certainly assist with talking them into a tie if you need help! This is such a terrific event and it normally lasts about one hour. 

    Our Cele Community continues to grow and our school will continue to be a great place for kids. Cele is blessed with hard-working students. With dedicated teachers and supportive parents, we can continue to be a premier school. 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,

     

    Cele Middle School is blessed to have an abundance of available technology for our students and staff.  Please help us guide our future technology use by completing the survey at the link below.  I was able to complete the survey in less than 5 minutes.  We greatly appreciate your assistance.

     

     

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  • Hello Colts

    Posted by Kyndall Jirasek at 3/8/2017

    Spring Break is just around the corner! There are many events packed into the next few months and we will work hard to keep you informed. 

    The last quarter of the school year is a busy time for STAAR testing. All of our students will be required to take at least two tests. Please know that our focus is truly on making our students smarter every day. We want our students to be able to demonstrate that they have indeed learned what we believe they have learned. We want to see our students be successful on their STAAR tests but please know this is not our primary target. We will not measure our students by a test score. Instead, we want to know that our children are getting “…a little smarter, every day”; it is about effort and growth (GRIT). The results of the tests do indeed matter but the overall growth of your child is far more important! 

    If you feel that your child is experiencing significant anxiety related to the testing, please instruct them to share that with me. I can certainly help them manage any such fears. 

     

    Cele PTO Meeting Rescheduled 

    The PTO meeting has been rescheduled to Thursday, March 23rd. We hope to see you there, in the Library, at 7 PM. 

     

    Cele on AMAZON 

    The FABULOUS Cele PTO has established a relationship with Amazon. The next time you order, please log into www.smile.amazon.com 

    You will be asked to register; it took me about 2 minutes. 

    After you register, every time you order a percentage will be donated to Cele! How about that!?! 

     

    No School Next Week 

    Students will not have school March 13th through March 17th. PfISD will be closed for Spring Break. 

     


    Teacher of The Year 

    We are very happy to CELEbrate our Teacher of the Year. Audrey Russell was selected by her peers as our most outstanding teacher this year. Mrs. Russell works with a tremendous 6th Grade Team and with the very talented Math Department. To be selected among so many truly great teachers is indeed an honor. We are very fortunate to have Mrs. Russell on the Cele Team. 

     

    Humanitarian of the Year 

    Our staff selected our Humanitarian of the Year and they have chosen Judy Griffith. Mrs. Griffith is our Senior Administrative Associate and leads our terrific Office Team. This award goes to the person who does so much for the overall good of our campus. With so many over-achievers, Mrs. Griffith is indeed a Star among Stars! 

     

    Theatre Musical! 

    At Opening Night last night, our students did a terrific job presenting the musical Into the Woods. We are so proud of our Fine Arts Department and the staff that makes it sensational. The work that Mrs. Kewley has done with her cast and crew is amazing! I strongly encourage you to join us this evening for the show which begins at 6:30 PM. You will be amazed by the talent of our students and you will see the result of many hours of hard work. We are so very proud! Every Student A Little Smarter, Every Day 

     


    Cele Stampede! 

    Mark your calendar for the Cele Stampede! Our annual 5K fun run is set for Saturday, May 6th. Once again, the cost to participate will be slight so that families can easily afford to join us. There will be plenty of information in the future. For now, we would like for you to reserve the date: the morning of May 6th. 

    Please let us know if you would like to volunteer to help us put together this tremendous community event. christopher.gregory@pfisd.net 

     

    STAAR Dates 

    STAAR testing, while it does not define us, is indeed a reality. Please note the following dates and do all that you can to make sure your child is present on their test days. When students are absent, we are required to administer a make-up test when they return to school. 

    March 28 - Writing for 7th Grade and Reading for 8th Grade 

    March 29 - Math for 7th Graders in Adv. (Pre AP) Math 

    Math for 8th Graders in Pre-Algebra and Geometry 

    May 3 - Algebra 1 

    May 8 - Math for all 6th and for 7th Graders in On-Level Math 

    May 9 - Reading for 6th and 8th Grade 

    May 10 - Science for 8th Grade 

    May 11 - Social Studies for 8th Grade 

    You’ll see that 6th grade students take 2 tests, 7th graders take 3 tests, and 8th grade takes all 4. 

    As the Cele Community continues to grow, our school continues to a great place for kids. Cele is blessed to have hard-working students, dedicated teachers and supportive parents. This is the recipe to developing a premier school. 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 at 2/7/2017

     

    February 7, 2017 

    What a great time to be a Colt! Our kids have been working hard and doing great things. The Colts know that when we work hard, we get better and become increasingly more successful. 

    As always, it is not about “passing” or “failing”, “winning” or “losing”. Rather, it is about getting “…a little smarter, every day”; it is about effort and growth (GRIT). It is the combination of great kids, tremendous parents, and dedicated teachers that makes Cele such a very special place. 

     

    UIL Academics District Champions! 

    The Cele Colts won both District Championships at the UIL Academics Tournament at Hendrickson High School this weekend. Our 6th Grade Team earned District Champs by a wide margin! The 7th/8th Grade Team won the other District Championship. 

    We are extremely proud of the hard work that went into earning these Championships. In fact, the hard work and determination is more significant than the victory itself. That said, it sure is nice to see Bolt the Colt hoisting the two trophies! 

     

    Basketball District Champions! 

    While Bolt was posing with the two new trophies, the 7th Grade Boys Basketball team was in the background en route to a 20-point win and a District Championship! The Colts won two Basketball District Championships this season and we are so incredibly proud. The banners will go up soon! 

     

    PTO Meeting This Wednesday 

    The Cele PTO will meet this Wednesday evening at 7 PM in the Cele Library. I hope to see you there. Every Student A Little Smarter, Every Day 

     
    Cele Stampede! 

    Mark your calendar for the Cele Stampede! Our annual 5K fun run is set for Saturday, May 6th. Once again, the cost to participate will be slight so that families can easily afford to join us. There will be plenty of information in the future. For now, we would like for you to reserve the date: the morning of May 6th. 

    At some point in the next few weeks we will ask for donations to help us offset some of the up-front costs. We will also ask for volunteers to help us put together this tremendous community event. 

    If you know of any community businesses that may want to partner with Cele, there are sponsorship opportunities. Additionally, we are looking for any type of wellness vendors who may be interested in setting up a table at the event; urgent care, dental care, fitness, blood pressure, BMI, student physicals… 

    For more information, please contact Candace McKinley at 512-594-3000. 

     

    Poetry Slam 

    Be sure to ask your 8th grader about their poetry. There will be a Poetry Slam at the very end of February. How exciting is that!?! 

     

    Read it Forward 

    I finished the book Ghost by Jason Reynolds and made a 100 on my quiz!  

    I shared this with the students and challenge them to do the same. I found the story to be very interesting. The main character is a boy with the nickname Ghost. Through hard work and determination (GRIT) he is able to put himself in a better situation. 

    Please encourage your child to read the book and take the quiz. I hope they will earn a 100! 

     

    No School on February 20th 

    Students will not have school on February 20th so that teachers can attend staff development. 

     
    Introduce a Girl To Engineering Day 

    Parents of Girl Colts… 

    There are tremendous opportunities for young ladies who are interested in any of the engineering fields. Unfortunately, there is a tendency to picture engineers as males and that is a problem. Cele has many extremely talented and bright female students and we are trying to open as many doors and opportunities as possible. 

    Please consider taking your daughter to the Girl Engineer Day at UT on Feb. 25th. This is a tremendous opportunity for your child. 

     

    Cheer Tryouts for Next Year 

    There is a very important meeting for parents of students interested in trying out for Cheer or Mascot for next year. The mandatory meeting is next Monday, February 13th, at 6:30 pm. Students are encouraged to see Mrs. Zarate (Rm. 734) or Mrs. Nash (Rm. 732) if they have any questions. Gymnastics experience and athleticism are important, but not nearly as important as character and spirit! 

     

    Staffing Changes-New AP 

    The needs of the district cannot be ignored and therefore Mr. Reyna (6th Grade AP) has moved to support KLMS. He began working there full-time last week. We are in a stable situation at Cele and will be fine while a new Assistant Principal transitions to our campus. I am very excited to share with you that Mario Ramos will be moving from Riojas to become our new 6th Grade Principal. I have known Mr. Ramos for several years and I know he will be a tremendous asset to our school. 

     

    School Dance this Friday 

    The Student Council is sponsoring a school dance this Friday. The hours are staggered for each grade level. 

    6th Grade 6:00 to 8:00 

    7th Grade 6:30 to 8:30 

    8th Grade 7:00 to 9:00 

    We strongly (STRONGLY) discourage dates. Students are encouraged to go and to have fun with friends. There will be nothing resembling “romance”. We will have good, clean fun! 

    The PTO will provide concessions so you may want to send your child with a few dollars for snacks. 

    Please pick up your child at the appropriate time. Don’t fall for the “I’ll call you when it is time to pick me up” trick.  Every Student A Little Smarter, Every Day 

     
    Cele 5th Graders-Our Next Colts! 

    The 5th graders have been preparing to become Colts. In the last two weeks, they have visited Cele Middle School, the Counselors visited them at their school, and we got to know each other at Parent Night. We are all very excited about the start of middle school but we have a lot of work to do this year. We asked the students to do their very best to be great 5th graders for the rest of this year. 

    Cele is blessed to have hard-working students, dedicated teachers and supportive parents. This trifecta has helped us as we work to be a premier school. 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 at 2/1/2017

    Hello Colts!

     

    Beginning next Tuesday, Cele Middle School will sponsor an after-school Study Lab on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Cele students will be able to complete homework, receive instructional assistance, catch up on missing work and use the school computers.  We will have several teachers available to assist students in all academic areas.

     

    Students will receive a light snack at 3:45 and the lab will be open until 5:00.

     

    We are working to provide a bus for those who cannot get picked up after school.  It is important to note that it may take an hour, or more, for all students to be dropped off.  This is certainly not the best option for most of our students.

     

    We are excited to provide this opportunity for our students.

     

    Sincerely,

     

    Brian Ernest

    Principal, Cele

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  • Hello Colts!

    Posted by Kyndall Jirasek at 1/19/2017

     

    We are already three weeks into the Spring Semester and things are moving very quickly. We have been busy with middle-of-the-year assessments so that we can check our students’ progress. Please keep in mind that our goal at Cele is to steadily grow our students. It is not about “passing” or “failing” any type of test. Rather, it is about getting “…a little smarter, every day”; it is about effort and growth (GRIT). We use these mid-year assessments to determine if your kids are learning what we believe we are teaching. We will use the results to adjust our instruction to best benefit our students. 

    As always, it is the combination of great kids, tremendous parents, and dedicated teachers. I am so very proud to be a Cele Colt! 

     

    Read it Forward 

    Cele Middle School is reading Ghost by Jason Reynolds. It is a very interesting story about a boy who was hanging out with the wrong crowd and had to make some tough decisions. Ultimately, he works hard (GRIT) to put himself in a better situation. 

    The Cele PTO has sponsored this project by purchasing 50 of these books for our library. Every student is encouraged to read the book, take the quiz and join us for a Read It Forward party. The students are very excited about the story and there is indeed a waiting list to check the book out. I will likely buy a copy at Barnes and Noble for $10 so that I can make notes in the margins and keep it for my own. This would make a nice, simple gift for a young Colt. 

     

    Presidential Inauguration 

    The Presidential Inauguration is tomorrow with the swearing in occurring at Noon, Eastern Time. Cele Middle School will not be showing the ceremony for a number of academic and logistical reasons. However, we STRONGLY encourage families to watch the rebroadcast together during the weekend.  


    Introduce a Girl To Engineering Day 

    Parents of Girl Colts… 

    There are tremendous opportunities for young ladies who are interested in any of the engineering fields. Unfortunately, there is a tendency to picture engineers as males and that is a problem. Cele has many extremely talented and bright female students and we are trying to open as many doors and opportunities as possible. 

    Please take a look at the attached flyer and consider taking your daughter to the Girl Engineer Day at UT on February 25th. This is a tremendous opportunity for your child. 

     

    Poetry Slam 

    Our 8th grade students will become young poets! There will be a Poetry Slam at the very end of February. Be sure to ask your 8th grader about their poetry. 

     

    Immunization Reviews 

    Looking ahead to the summer… 

    The State of Texas requires that students entering 7th grade have Tdap and Meningococcal vaccines before they begin their 7th grade school year. They highly recommend the HPV vaccination as well. 

    Parents of 6th graders may want to get a jump on this rather than waiting until summer. Please call our school nurse, Nurse Angela Benton RN-BSN, at 512-594-3035 if you have any questions. 

     

    Weiss Lane Construction/Improvements 

    The City of Pflugerville has begun construction on Weiss Lane. The first steps aren’t always very visible but I can report that it is in motion. The project is expected to take a little more than a year and a half. One of the first steps is to widen the bridges on Weiss Lane. The comprehensive project will eventually improve many of the problem areas we face along this thoroughfare. We will all likely have to make adjustments to our routes and schedules as we work through this period of growth. I will be certain to share any information I have as it becomes available. 

     

    Earbuds 

    Just a reminder that more and more of our campus technology includes an audio component. Cele will have headphones for the students to use as necessary. We will also have plenty of disinfectant wipes to help keep them as clean as possible. Students will be allowed/encouraged to use their own earbuds as appropriate. 

    If you choose to provide your child with earbuds for school, please do not send the high-end, expensive type. The earbuds available at 5 Below or any convenience store will work just fine. I will include earbuds on the school supply list next year. 

     


    Early Release, February 1st 

    Pflugerville Middle Schools will release at 12:45 on February 1st so that teachers can attend staff development. Bus riders should arrive home about 3 hours earlier than usual. 

    While we are on the subject, there will be no school on February 20th, again, so that teachers may attend further staff development. 

    There are a lot of special things going on at Cele Middle School. We have hard-working students, dedicated teachers and supportive parents. This trifecta has helped us as we work to be a premier school. 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 at 1/9/2017

     

    The New Year brings start of the Spring Semester. I hope that each family enjoyed quality time during the break. The students have hit the ground running and we are back to work. The second semester is usually very busy and this year is no different. 

    “Every student a little smarter, every day”. As always, it is the combination of great kids, tremendous parents, and dedicated teachers. What a great time to be a Cele Colt! 

     

    Report Cards 

    Students received their report cards during 6th period today and were instructed to take them home. Please check with your child. 

     

    8th Grade Parents 

    The High School Course Fair for students who will attend Weiss or Hendrickson is this Wednesday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Hendrickson High School. The Course Fair will help students make decisions about their elective classes. Except for Jr. ROTC and the newly created Fire Academy, all courses offered to HHS 9th and 10th grade students will be offered to Weiss students. This information will be helpful, but not mandatory, for the students as they prepare to begin high school. 

     

    No School Monday, January 16th 

    Pflugerville ISD schools will be closed on Monday, January 16th in observance of Martin Luther King Day. Cele will have no activities that day. 

     

    Immunization Reviews 

    Looking ahead to the summer… 

    The State of Texas requires that students entering 7th grade have Tdap and Meningococcal vaccines before they begin their 7th grade school year. They highly recommend the HPV vaccination as well. 

    Parents of 6th graders may want to get a jump on this rather than waiting until summer. Please call our school nurse, Nurse Angela Benton RN-BSN at 512-594-3035 if you have any questions.

     
    Spinal Screenings 

    Cele Middle School will conduct our required spinal screenings during the Spring Semester. Our nurse will conduct the screenings checking for signs of spinal problems such as scoliosis. Early recognition can make treatment much easier. Boys and girls will be screened separately and one at a time to respect our students’ privacy. If you do not wish to have your child screened for religious reasons, please contact our nurse, Nurse Angela Benton RN-BSN at 512-594-3035 as soon as possible. The deadline to file the exemption is January 20th. 

     

    Proposed Boundaries Changes 

    Pflugerville ISD has begun the process of adjusting the boundaries as we prepare to open Mott Elementary and Weiss High School in August. Parents are encouraged to visit the district website for information concerning the proposed new boundaries. Boundary Information 

    The final Community Input Session is tomorrow night, January 10th, at the PfISD Administration Building. The meeting begins at 6:30 PM. 

     

    Weiss Lane Construction/Improvements 

    The City of Pflugerville is set to begin construction on Weiss Lane later this month. The project is expected take about 20 months. One of the first steps is to widen the bridges on Weiss Lane. The comprehensive project will eventually improve many of the problem areas we face along this thoroughfare. We will all likely have to make adjustments to our routes and schedules as we work through this period of growth. I will be certain to share any information I have as it becomes available. 

     

    Earbuds 

    Pflugerville ISD has upgraded the level of instructional technology throughout the district. At Cele, this means that students will use desktops, laptops, and iPads fairly often. More and more of the instructional technology available includes an audio component. Cele will have headphones for the students to use as necessary. We will also have plenty of disinfectant wipes to help keep them as clean as possible. Students will be allowed to use their own earbuds as appropriate. 

    If you choose to provide your child with earbuds for school, please do not send the high-end, expensive type. The earbuds available at 5 Below or any convenience store will work just fine. I will include earbuds on the school supply list next year. 

     

    Early Release on Wednesday, February 1st 

    Pflugerville ISD schools will release early on Feb. 1st so that the staff can attend professional development. Middle schools will release at 12:45 and the students who ride the bus should get home about 3 hours earlier than usual. 


    We are so very thankful that the Cele Community has such terrific kids and supportive parents. Our dedicated staff will continue to work toward making each child a little smarter every day! 

     

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

    Sincerely, 

    Brian Ernest 

    Principal, Cele

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