• Hello Colts

    Posted by Kyndall Jirasek on 11/2/2018

    Good afternoon, Colts

     

    If you know any veterans in this area, please encourage them to join us at Cele’s Veterans Day Ceremony next Friday, November 9th.  Details are on the attached flyer as well as on our campus website.

    Our Band, Choir and Cheer will also participate in the Pflugerville Ceremony in the Park on Monday, November 12th.

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  • Hello Colts

    Posted by Kyndall Jirasek on 10/22/2018

     

    Bond Election and TRE 

    Early voting began today, October 22nd and runs through November 2nd. Election Day is November 6th. Please be sure to express your opinion by voting! I will be going to vote today at the Rock Gym on Pecan because I want my voice counted. I hope you will vote as well. 

     

    The PTO Monster Bash 

    We are so thankful for our tremendous PTO. They do so many wonderful things for our school. The Monster Bash was a huge undertaking and our kids had a great time. 

    Please see the following note from our PTO: 

    Thank you to over 65 individuals and the following businesses for volunteering and/or sponsoring the 2018 Monster Bash! 

    American Legion Kerlin-Lyerly 154 – https:/m.facebook.com/PfAmericanLegion154 

    Baskin Robbins of Pflugerville Brain Chase - www.brainchase.com 

    Custom Solutions Construction & Central Texas Gutters – www.customsolutionsconstruction.com & www.facebook.com/customsolutionsconstruction 

    Doreck Design – www.doreckdesign.com

    Keller Williams Realty; Crystal Long, Realtor – https://m./facebook.com/crystallongatx/

    Kore Impressions – www.facebook.com/koreimpressions

    Life and Breath Photography – www.lifeandbreathphotography.com

    Pflugerville Orthodontics - www.pvilleortho.com

    Salt Light and Electric – http://saltle.com

    Shipley Donuts - Parmer Lane 

    The Beat Church – www.facebook.com/beatchurchtx 

    Vanity Photography – https://www.facebook.com/VanityPhotographyATX/ 

     

    Literacy Night 

    We are hosting Family Literacy Game Night this Wednesday evening. We will have numerous game-like activities to choose from and is sure to be a terrific time for the whole family. We’ve asked kids to try to bring their families with them. The fun begins at 6:00 and goes until 8:00 PM. Pizza will be served until we run out. Every Student A Little Smarter, Every Day 

     
    Football Games 

    The football teams play their final regular season games this Tuesday evening. The 7th Grade Teams will play at Pflugerville High School and the 8th Grade Teams will play at Cele. 

    Next week will be a bit different. The B Teams will play on Monday and the A Teams will play on Tuesday at sites yet to be determined. 

     

    Volleyball Games 

    The Lady Colt Volleyball teams will play their regularly scheduled games this Thursday and next Thursday. The PfISD Volleyball Tournament will be Saturday, November 3rd. The 7th Grade Teams will play at Hendrickson and the 8th Grade Teams will play at Pflugerville High School. The times have yet to be determined. 

     

    Veterans Day at Cele 

    The Cele Veterans Day Ceremony will begin at 10 AM on Friday, November 9th. We invite all Veterans to join us for this important occasion. If you are a Veteran, or you know a Veteran, we hope they will join us for the Ceremony. We are proud that our students learn of the significant contributions that our Veterans have made to our country. Our students work very hard to prepare for this ceremony and it is indeed a special event. 

    We also encourage the Cele Community to attend the Pflugerville Veterans Day Ceremony in the park on Monday, November 12th. The Cele Colts have a very special relationship with the Kerlin-Lyerly Post 154 of the American Legion. The members of Post 154 have been extremely supportive of Cele Middle School and we are proud that our Band, our Choir and Colt Cheer will again participate in the Pflugerville Ceremony. 

    We are enormously proud of our students. We have so many incredible kids who do so many awesome things. Of course, when we deal with middle school students, we will occasionally see unexpected behaviors. We help them learn from their mistakes and work hard to teach them to do better in the future. Thank you for sending us such terrific kids. Our Colts are indeed amazing! 

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

    Sincerely, 

    Brian Ernest 

    Principal, Cele

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  • Hello Colts

    Posted by Kyndall Jirasek on 10/10/2018

    Yard sign order form 


    There a numerous great things going on at Cele this month. A visitor this morning told me they were amazed at how polite our students are in the hallways. I agree! Thank you for sending us such great kids. 

     

    Football Tonight 

    Because the fields were all so wet and a huge thunderstorm was expected, last night’s football games were cancelled. 

    The 7th A and 8th A games have been rescheduled to the astroturf at PHS. I am terribly disappointed that the 7th & 8th B teams are not playing tonight but there simply is not enough astroturf in the district. My disappointment stems from the fact that this group of players works as hard as anybody and it bothers me that they will not be able to play this week---they’ve certainly earned it. I will apologize to the players; I’m sure they are disappointed as well. The same holds true for Colt Cheer who work very hard to be awesome and it is disappointing that they will not be able to perform this week. 

    If your child plays on the 7th A team, please note that their game is at 5:30 tonight. 

    Again, both teams play at Pflugerville High School. 

     

    Student Safety 

    Pflugerville ISD takes student safety very seriously. We regularly practice various lock-down drills, fire drills, etc. Yesterday was a Shelter Drill to prepare for severe weather. Please know that we do this to ensure student safety in the event of any emergency. 

    This past Friday and Monday were student holidays while our teachers attended Professional Development. We used the time to become better equipped to provide safety for the emotional needs of our students. It was a tremendous learning opportunity for our staff and was indeed time well spent. 

    Again, we take student safety very seriously. 

     


    The Monster Bash---This Friday 

    The Monster Bash is a fall festival hosted by our terrific PTO. We will have a haunted house developed by our Fine Arts students and plenty of games. 

    The event will be indoors so that we do not have to deal with the threat of bad weather. 

    The whole family is invited to join in. If you choose to drop off your Cele Colt, please be sure to pick them up by 8:30. The PTO and our Staff plan to leave by 8:45. 

    There is no cost for admission and each event cost 1 ticket. Students can buy 10 tickets for $10. 

    Students can buy a wristband for unlimited events for $20 tomorrow at lunch. The price goes up to $25 on Friday and $30 at the door. You can also buy them online at the PTO’s site https://squareup.com/store/cele-middle-pto 

    monster bash flyer

    Bond Election and TRE 

    Early voting begins October 22nd and runs through November 2nd. Election Day is November 6th. Please be sure to express your opinion by voting! 

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  • Hello Colts!

    Posted by Kyndall Jirasek on 10/1/2018

    Attachments

    Picture Orders


    Happy October! It is so amazing to see our students fully engaged in learning! We always want to remember that our goal is to make students a little smarter every day. I’ve observed that we are on the right track. We have terrific kids who work hard in class. Thank you for sending us such awesome kids. 

    Pfestival of Bands 

    The District’s Pfestival of Bands is tonight at the Pfield on Pecan Street. All PfISD middle school and high school bands will perform. Our Colt Band works hard and will be well represented at this annual event. The show starts at 7:00. 

    No School Friday, Oct. 5 and Monday, Oct. 8 

    Students will not have school this Friday nor next Monday so that teachers may attend Professional Development. Our PD will focus on meeting the social/emotional needs of our students as well as their academic needs. This will indeed be time well spent. 

    Bond Election and TRE 

    There are several important elections coming up. The deadline to register to vote is October 9th (next Tuesday). Please make sure you are able to express your valued opinion by registering to vote before the deadline. 

    Picture Day 

    Tomorrow (Tuesday, Oct. 2nd) is Picture Day for all students. Students wishing to purchase pictures will need to complete the form that was given to students last week and bring the payment when the photo is taken. I’ve attached a copy of the form to this email in case the envelope did not make it home. 

    Dianne Pursch will again be our school photographer and she always does a terrific job. So that we can prepare our yearbook, all students will take pictures, even if they are not purchasing any of the photos. 

    There will be a make-up day for absent students at some point in about a month. 

     
    Monster Bash! PTO 

    The Cele PTO is hosting the Monster Bash on Friday, October 12th. This is a terrific family event with games and activities for all ages. The Cele Theatre Arts Department is preparing the Haunted House and it will be better than ever! 

    Last year we had to make a few sudden changes related to the weather. As a result, we ended up with long lines and too few events. We are planning ahead this time around and we expect things to go much more smoothly. I look forward to seeing you there! 

    After School Study Lab 

    We will begin our after-school Study Lab next week. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, students will be able to go to the Study Lab after school for assistance with assignments, homework and make-up work. Students will also be able to use a computer during this time if necessary. 

    Parents will need to pick up their student at 4:45. There will be a bus available but please understand that the ONE tutoring bus will deliver kids to all parts of the Cele Community (about 55 square miles) and usually doesn’t finish until after 6 PM. 

    Colt GRIT 

    Please ask your child to tell you what “Grit” means to them. We want them to know that there will be time when the going gets tough and that we want them to keep working through the difficulties. Cele kids have tremendous GRIT! 

    Lost and Found 

    We are starting to see a number of items showing up in our Lost and Found. When the item has the student’s name, we are able to return the lost item. Please make sure your child’s jackets and water bottles has a name on them somewhere. 

     

     

    Again, we are blessed to work with such an awesome group of 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 on 9/26/2018

    Cele Yard Sign Order Form

    Colt Shirt Order Form


     

    Good evening! We are now six weeks into a terrific school year. The students are doing a great job of being both respectful and responsible. They make me very proud and I am thankful to be part of a community with so many awesome kids. 

     

    Bond Election and TRE 

    There are several important elections coming up. The deadline to register to vote is October 9th. Please make sure you are able to express your valued opinion by registering before the deadline. More details soon… 

     

    Picture Day 

    Next Tuesday (Oct. 2nd) is Picture Day for all students. The order envelope will go home tomorrow. Students wishing to purchase pictures will need to complete the form and bring the payment when the photo is taken. Dianne Pursch will again be our school photographer and she always does a terrific job. So that we can prepare our yearbook, all students will take pictures, even if they are not purchasing any of the photos. 

     

    Pfestival of Bands 

    The District’s Pfestival of Bands is Monday evening at the Pfield on Pecan Street. All PfISD middle school and high school bands will perform. Our Colt Band works hard and will be well represented at this annual event. The show starts at 7:00. 

     

    Monster Bash! PTO 

    The Cele PTO is hosting the Monster Bash on Friday, October 12th. This is a terrific family event with games and activities for all ages. The Cele Theatre Arts Department is preparing the Haunted House and it will be better than ever! 

    Last year we had to make a few sudden changes related to the weather. As a result, we ended up with long lines and too few events. We are planning ahead this time around and we expect things to go much more smoothly. I look forward to seeing you there!  

     
    Colt GRIT 

    We are working hard to develop our students’ GRIT. We emphasize hard work in preparation so that we can achieve success when it comes time to perform. This goes for fine arts and athletics as well as academics. Cele kids have great GRIT! 

     

    PfISD & Cele Cell Phone Policy 

    The Pflugerville ISD Board Policy restricts the use of cell phones and other electronics during the school day. Students are allowed to carry their phones but they should be out of sight and not in use. Occasionally, a teacher will allow students to use their phones instead of a school iPad/laptop but these are rare situations. 

    When a student has a cell phone in use during the school day, the teacher is to take the phone and send it to the office for the parent to pick up. After the first occasion, there is a $15 fee to reclaim the phone. 

    Unfortunately, there are times when a student’s phone is confiscated because they were texting a friend or family member. Please make sure your child understands that they are not to do this during the school day. 

    An even bigger problem arises when a student loans their phone to another student and the phone is then confiscated. Any assistance you can provide in advance is greatly appreciated. I am thankful that this is not generally a very big problem. 

     

    Lost and Found 

    We are starting to see a number of items showing up in our Lost and Found. When the item has the student’s name, we are able to return the lost item. Please make sure your child’s jackets and water bottles has a name on them somewhere. 

     

    College And Career Ready 

    Every Monday is College and Career Ready Day at Cele. We share ideas with our students about college, jr. college, trade or tech school or military service. Most importantly, we want our students to begin making plans for what they want to do after they graduate from high school. 

    My own post-high school plans changed dramatically shortly before high school graduation. Then, I went to college to prepare for a career in business. Four years after college, I went back to school to become an educator. That is to say, plans may change but we need to begin thinking about what we want to do after high school. 

    Of course, I’m still working on my plan to play in the NBA or win the Texas Lottery. In the meantime, we all need to have a back-up plan! Every Student A Little Smarter, Every Day 

     
    Homework? 

    We find that practicing what students have learned in class can be beneficial. However, we also find that assigning homework does not provide the type of academic growth we are seeking. Your child should occasionally have a small amount of homework but it should never be over-whelming. 

    If you feel that your child is not receiving enough homework, please trust that we are working very hard within the school day and using proven, high-yield strategies to ensure great learning. 

    If you feel that your child regularly has too much homework, I encourage you to meet with the teacher to determine why this is happening. 

     

    Colts Caught Reading 

    Every Thursday morning, we enjoy “Colts Caught Reading”. For about half an hour, the entire campus stops what we are doing and we read a book for personal pleasure. Currently, I am reading Out Of The Dust and I cannot wait for Thursday mornings! If your child is not looking forward to this quiet reading time, it is quite likely that they have the wrong book. We have been encouraging every student to talk to their Language Arts teacher or our amazing Librarian to find the right book. 

    There is a tremendous amount of research which indicates that students who read more tend to learn better. As this has become part of our culture, we will continue to provide this opportunity throughout the school year. 

    Again, I am so thankful to work with such an awesome group of 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 on 8/21/2018

    OPEN HOUSE

    The Cele Middle School Open House is this Thursday evening between 6:00 and 7:30 PM. Parents are invited to visit the campus and meet their child's teachers. We will use a "drop in" format so that parents can move about at their leisure.

     

    There will be a very large crowd and we know that parking is going to be very tight, especially at the beginning. Please keep in mind that this is not a time to have extended conversations with teachers. Instead, please meet them and introduce yourself before moving on to the next teacher. Our teachers are asked to keep the conversations very short so that they can meet as many parents as possible. Thank you in advance.

     

    MORNING ROUTINES

    The building opens at 7:55 am. We encourage all students to take advantage of the free breakfast that is provided in the Colt Cafe. We know that students experience greater academic success when they are fed.

     

    There is a bell at 8:15 for all students not yet in class. Instruction begins at 8:20 each morning.

     

    Parents who drop off in the mornings are urged to make sure their child is ready to go when they pull up in front of the school. The driveway will continue to be busy in the mornings and this simple step will help us make things go a bit more smoothly.

     

    EMAIL SPAM

    It turns out that many of the emails that are sent to me as a reply to the Memo end up in the spam folder.  I don’t really know why.  If you send a reply to this email, there is a good chance that I will never see it.  I apologize for any inconvenience.

     

    As always, 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 8/16/2018

    What a terrific first day!

    Hello Colts!

     

    Aside from a few bus problems this afternoon, it has been a terrific day!  The students were wonderful;  they’re such good kids!  The staff did a tremendous job today of taking good care of student needs.  Please know that our focus for the year is “Who I teach is far more important that What I teach”.  The Cele Team has rededicated ourselves to focusing our attention on students and their needs!  I am extremely confident that this will lead to another great school year as we strive to be a truly premier campus.

     

    We are a very large school, much different than two years ago.  While we’ve been able to accommodate the growth within the building, our driveway is not our best attribute.  Please know that parent pickup in the afternoons will continue to be challenging.  Of course, the first day of school is significantly different but we expect a lot of cars in the afternoons.  A huge “thank you” to the many, many patient parents who maintain their composure and don’t endanger children by taking a short cut through or around others.  Frustration and haste makes me worry about students’ safety.  Thank you!

     

    I hope you will join us for Cele Open House on August 23rd, one week from tonight.  We will use a drop-in format so you will not have to rush from class to class.  More details soon.  In the meanwhile, please be sure to ask your child what it means to have grit.  Ask them what “Colt Grit” means to them and ask them how they demonstrate their grit.  We have awesome kids and I think their answers will make you proud!

     

     

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

     

    Sincerely,

    Brian Ernest

    Principal, Cele

     

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  • Hello Colts

    Posted by Kyndall Jirasek on 8/9/2018

    The First Day of School is one week from today!

     

    First Day Procedures

    On the first day, we will send every student to their Grade Level Team Meetings.  We will tell them where to go when they walk in the door.  The doors open at 7:55 am.  If you would like to tell your child in advance, that is fine---6th Grade will go to the Colt Café, 7th Grade will go to the Gym (after they eat) and 8th Grade will go to the Stairway to Heaven.  Again, when they walk in the door, we will make certain that they can get to where they need to go throughout the day.  We’ve never lost one yet!  We’ll make it a great day and, as in the past, middle school gets out at 3:35 PM.

     

     

    Bus Routes

    When you 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 512.594.3000 and we’ll work it out together.

     

     

    School Supplies

    When I was an elementary principal, parents would drop off the supplies before the 1st day.  That doesn’t work as well for middle school.  Instead, please make sure your child has a pen and/or pencil as well as something to write on for the first day.  We’ll take care of the other supplies soon thereafter.

     

    Cele Middle School does not have lockers.  Really.  We do not expect our kids to carry textbooks around with them.  Therefore, we use text books that remain in the classroom.  Some classes may send a book home to leave there for the school year.  Mostly, we don’t rely too heavily on the textbooks.  Instead, we have been able to hire great teachers who utilize numerous other resources instead.  The bottom line is that your child will not have to carry a lot of books with them.

     

     

    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.

     

     

    Colt GRIT

    One of the important ingredients to Cele’s tremendous success has been our Colt GRIT.  Our kids simply work harder and it pays off in so many ways.  If you are new to Cele, you will hear about Colt GRIT all the time!  Be sure to remind your child, as often as possible, to work hard and be nice.  If they will work hard and be nice, success is so much easier.

     

    We are so very excited and can’t wait to see the kids, one week from today!

     

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  • Hello Colts

    Posted by Kyndall Jirasek on 8/9/2018

    Course Verification Pick Up for 7th & 8th Grade is this evening from 4:30 to 7:00 PM

     

    I strongly urge parents to wait until the lines have had a few minutes to die down.  To be very clear, parents will receive a list of classes the student will be enrolled in when school begins.  The actual schedule with room numbers and teacher names is not yet ready to print.  Those will be distributed when the child arrives at school on the first day.  Essentially, it is a list of classes that the student chose last spring.

     

    To make this a little easier, I’ve made a few notes.

    1. 7thGrade Immunizations---The State of Texas requires that 7th graders have an updated immunization record.  Without that, there is very little we are able to do.  I would suggest parents not come this evening if the shot record has not yet been updated.  We’ll gladly make copies this evening if you have the updated record.

     

    1. There will be a few lines this evening.  We’ll work hard to move the process along as fast as possible.
    2. If you receive this email, you will not need to wait in the Email List Line.
    3. If you would like to complete your Free/Reduced Lunch Application early, you can do so here  Free/Reduced

    -They have to be renewed each year.

                                                              iii.       If you would like to print the forms and fill them out at home this afternoon, they are listed below.  This will greatly reduce your time this evening.  Students who are new to Pflugerville and registered this summer have already completed these forms and should not wait in this line.

     

     

    Our staff is leaving as soon after 7:00 as possible to get home and watch the Big Brother Eviction Vote.  If you are not able to make it this evening, please call us over the next few days and we can help you out.

     

    It may be a bit hectic this evening but I expect that it will go well.  Again, we are so excited about the new year!

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  • Hello Colts

    Posted by Kyndall Jirasek on 8/8/2018

    Hello Colts!

     

    If you are receiving this email and your child no longer attends Cele Middle School, please scroll down to the bottom where is says “…UNSUBSCRIBE…”     Unfortunately, I am not able to remove email addresses from the list but you can do so when it arrives in your inbox.

     

     

    Tomorrow marks the official end of summer for the Cele Staff.  There are so many things going on at Cele tomorrow that we’ll all be in need of a restful weekend!  Specifically, tomorrow is Course Verification Pick Up Day.  Students’ parents may pick up a copy of the courses the student will take this fall.  Students are not permitted to pick up without their parents.

     

     

    6th Grade

    We have 6th Grade Camp and Course Verification Pick Up tomorrow morning at 8:30 AM.

     

    If you intend to send your child to 6th Grade Camp and have not yet registered, fear not!  You can sign up at the door.  There will most likely be a long line so I strongly suggest that you arrive shortly after 8.  If you would like to speed things up, please fill out the attached flyer before you get here.

     

    PROOF OF RESIDENCY FOR 6th GRADE (Does Not Apply to 7th & 8th)

    All 6th grade students are required to prove residency.  To do so, you will need to bring either a gas bill, a water bill, or an electric bill  AND a lease agreement or a mortgage statement along with a photo ID (Driver’s License).  If you can make copies before your get here, the process goes MUCH more quickly and we can scoot you through the line.  We will have copiers available but this is where the line tends to occur.

     

    7th Grade

    Course Verification Pick Up for 7th Grade is tomorrow from 4:30 to 7:00.  There generally is not a long line for 7th and 8th grade. 

     

    UPDATED IMMUNIZATIONS FOR 7th GRADE (7th Only)

    All 7th grade students are required to provide an updated copy of their immunization record.  If you have not yet provided us with an updated record, please bring a copy with you tomorrow afternoon.

     

    8th Grade

    Course Verification Pick Up for 8th Grade is tomorrow from 4:30 to 7:00.  There generally is not a long line for 7th and 8th grade.  Thankfully, 8th grade students do not need to provide any additional documentation.

     

     

    We look forward to seeing everybody tomorrow!

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