John B. Connally High School

PFLUGERVILLE INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT

  • Cougar Newsletter: Week of April 17, 2017

    Posted by Marcial Guajardo at 4/17/2017

    Dear Connally Family,

    The past three months could hardly have been more challenging. But let me thank you for your commitment and spirit to the work we do here at CHS. In the past three months, the teachers have proved once again how fundamentally strong CHS is. They continue to demonstrate that they are among the very best faculty and staff. They serve a diverse student body and do so with excellence.

    Our CHS community and families continue to push us towards new learning and innovative ways to reach students and raise achievement. Our Connally community support for our staff and students at all levels is unmatched. Such positive support and feedback from our students and the CHS community shows that our work is greatly appreciated.

    Here's a big “thank you” to you all for all you do to support the campus! 

    Attached you will find campus/district parent information and UIL accomplishments. 

    If you want to know more about Connally, subscribing to the listserv is not the only way. Check out other ways to get information:

    Stay Informed

    Other ways to be informed:

    • Become a PTO member www.chspta.org
    • Volunteer for campus committees
    • Come visit us
    • Last but not least, ask your student about their day. 

    Sheila Reed
    Interim Principal
    John B. Connally High School

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  • Cougar Newsletter: Week of April 10, 2017

    Posted by Marcial Guajardo at 4/10/2017

    Dear Connally Family,

    As the spring gets underway, we are reminded of the many things to appreciate about our Connally High School Community. It all begins with appreciating the relationships we build every day with our parents and community. We work together, in relationship with families, to fulfill our common purpose of providing excellence in each child’s education. This is a good time to reflect Connally’s school mission:

    The mission of John B. Connally High School is to provide quality learning experiences and to ensure that students are college- and career-ready while developing personal responsibility and values that will empower them to achieve to their fullest potential. 

    In collaboration with our families and community we value: Children, first and foremost; Safety and Security; Uniqueness and Diversity; High Expectations; College and Career Readiness; Learning as a Lifelong Process; and Equal Access to a Quality Education

    
Let us continue to work together, side by side, in fulfilling our mission of providing excellence in each child’s education.


    Attached you will find campus/district parent information regarding upcoming events and accomplishments. 

    Have a great week!

    Save the Date:

    Connally High School 20th Year Anniversary Celebration in conjunction with the Chico Portillo Performing Arts Center Dedication will be Wednesday, May 17, 2017. Anniversary Celebration, 5 p.m. Performing Arts Center Dedication, 6:30 p.m. 

    Volunteers needed:

    The PTA is in need of volunteers to help with Cougar Celebration. Parents of students in grades 9-11 are asked to contact the PTA if interested. PTA president is Lisa Rankine.  www.chspta.org

    Parent Leaders Needed for PTA Holiday Bazaar 

    Are you a CHS parent interested in making a difference in our school? The PTA is looking for great parents to help lead and manage the CHS Holiday Bazaar, their only fundraiser of the year that provides scholarships to our senior students! If you are interested, please email connallyhspta@gmail.com

    Scholarship Opportunity:

    Are you a senior at CHS who has a parent that is a paying member of our CHS PTA as of December 2016? If so, you may be eligible to apply for a $500 PTA Scholarship! Please go to www.chspta.org and click on “Scholarships” for more details! Please review the guidelines and if you qualify, apply before the noted deadline of April 28, 2017! Good luck!

    Spring Final Exams

    It would appear that spring final exams are not far away now. We wanted to outline our exemption process for our students, which is now attached. The administrative team has also worked ahead to develop the final exam schedule for those days and it is also attached for you and will be added to our website.

    ACC information

    See attached information from Ms. Quach-Vu regarding ACC enrollment once your student has applied.

    Stay Informed

    Other ways to be informed:

    • Become a PTO member www.chspta.org
    • Volunteer for Campus Committees
    • Come Visit Us
    • Last but not least, ask your student about their day 

    Sheila Reed
    Interim Principal
    John B. Connally High School

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  • Parent volunteers needed

    Posted by Marcial Guajardo at 4/7/2017

    Dear Connally Family,

    The Connally PTA does so many great things for our students, staff and the community and we are very grateful! The kindness and generosity that they have shown the staff and students throughout the year has come in part from the funds raised during their annual fundraising events. These events take an enormous amount of planning and organization in order for them to be a success. Therefore, the CHS PTA is asking for your assistance. Please see below opportunities where you can assist the PTA with the fundraising opportunities. 

    Volunteers needed:

    The PTA is in need of volunteers to help with Cougar Celebration. Parents of students in grades 9-11 are asked to contact the PTA if interested. PTA president is Lisa Rankine.  www.chspta.org

    Parent Leaders Needed for PTA Holiday Bazaar 

    Are you a CHS parent interested in making a difference in our school? The PTA is looking for great parents to help lead and manage the CHS Holiday Bazaar, their only fundraiser of the year that provides scholarships to our senior students! If you are interested, please email connallyhspta@gmail.com.

    Scholarship Opportunity:

    PTA Scholarships for Graduating Seniors!

    Are you a senior at CHS who has a parent that is a paying member of our CHS PTA as of December 2016? If so, you may be eligible to apply for a $500 PTA Scholarship! Please go to www.chspta.org and click on "Scholarships" for more details! Please review the guidelines and if you qualify, apply before the noted deadline of April 28, 2017! Good luck!

    Thank you, 

    Sheila Reed
    Interim Principal
    John B. Connally High School

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  • Cougar Newsletter: Week of April 3, 2017

    Posted by Marcial Guajardo at 4/4/2017

    Dear Connally Family, 

    Attached you will find campus/district Parent Information and UIL accomplishments. 

    If you want to know more about Connally, subscribing to the listserv is not the only way.  Check out other ways to get information:

    SAVE THE DATE:

    Connally High School 20th Year Anniversary Celebration in conjunction with the Chico Portillo Performing Arts Center Dedication will be Wednesday, May 17, 2017. The anniversary celebration begins at 5 p.m., while the Performing Arts Center dedication is at 6:30 p.m. (More details to come) 

    Stay Informed 

    Other ways to be informed:

    • Become a PTO member www.chspta.org
    • Volunteer for Campus Committees
    • Come Visit Us
    • Last but not least, ask your student about their day  

    Sheila Reed
    Interim Principal
    John B. Connally High School

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  • Cougar Newsletter: Week of March 27, 2017

    Posted by Marcial Guajardo at 3/28/2017 4:00:00 AM

    Dear Connally Family,

    Attached you will find campus/district parent information regarding testing, upcoming events and UIL accomplishments. 

    If you want to know more about Connally, subscribing to the listserv is not the only way. Check out other ways to get information:

    STARR TEST: March 28 English I and March 30 English II

    Stay Informed

    The Connally App - www.pfisd.net

    The Connally Website - www.pfisd.net

    The Parent Portal - www.pfisd.net

    The School Messenger - www.pfisd.net

    Other ways to be informed:

    • Become a PTO member
    • Volunteer for campus committees
    • Come visit us
    • Last but not least, ask your student about their day.

    Sheila Reed
    Interim Principal
    John B. Connally High School

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  • Cougar Newsletter: Week of March 13, 2017

    Posted by Marcial Guajardo at 3/14/2017

    Dear Connally Family, 

    Attached you will find campus/district parent information and FAFSA information from Ms. Quach-Vu, the college and career counselor.

    If you want to know more about Connally, subscribing to the listserv is not the only way. Check out other ways to get information:

    Stay Informed

    The Connally App – www.pfisd.net

    The Connally Website – www.pfisd.net

    The Parent Portal – www.pfisd.net 

    The School Messenger – www.pfisd.net 

    Other ways to be informed:

    • Become a PTO member
    • Volunteer for Campus Committees
    • Come Visit Us
    • Last but not least, ask your student about their day.

    Sheila Reed
    Interim Principal
    John B. Connally High School

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  • Cougar Newsletter: Week of March 6, 2017

    Posted by Marcial Guajardo at 3/6/2017

    Dear Connally Family, 

    Attached you will find campus/district parent information. If you want to know more about Connally, subscribing to the listserv is not the only way. Check out other ways to get information: 

    Stay Informed

    The Connally App - www.pfisd.net

    The Connally Website - www.pfisd.net

    The Parent Portal - www.pfisd.net

    The School Messenger - www.pfisd.net 

    Other ways to be informed:

    Become a PTO member

    Volunteer for Campus Committees

    Visit us.

    Last but not least, ask your student about their day.   

    Thanks,

    Sheila Reed
    Interim Principal
    John B. Connally High School

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  • Cougar Newsletter: Week of Feb. 27, 2017

    Posted by Marcial Guajardo at 2/28/2017

    Dear Connally Family, 

    Congratulations to the following dedicated faculty and staff members who are making a difference on our campus on a daily basis!

    Ten years of dedicated service to John B. Connally High School:

    • Jessica Cooper
    • Nicole DeLeon
    • Madeline Grader-Jones
    • Loreni Kerecman
    • Michael O'Dea
    • Charles Parr
    • Sabrina Ramirez
    • Paul Schumann
    • Jacob Summy
    • Leopold Tousant
    • Matthew Verdugo
    • Patricia Yanes

    Stay informed:

    Attached you will find campus/district parent information. If you want to know more about Connally, subscribing to the listserv is not the only way. Check out other ways to get information:

    The Connally App www.pfisd.net

    The Connally Website www.pfisd.net

    The Parent Portal www.pfisd.net

    The School Messenger www.pfisd.net

    Other ways to be informed:

    Become a PTO member.

    Volunteer for campus committees.

    Come visit us.

    Last but not least, ask your student about their day.  

    Sheila Reed
    Interim Principal
    John B. Connally High School

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  • Cougar Newsletter: Week of Feb. 20

    Posted by Marcial Guajardo at 2/21/2017

    Hello Connally Family,

    For those of you who do not know me, I am Sheila Reed the interim principal. I have been the associate principal here at Connally for the last nine years. Before coming to Connally, I was employed in AISD for 14 years – eight years as a high school assistant principal and seven years as an elementary teacher. 

    I know this has been a hard two weeks for all of us, but I am here to continue to serve the Connally community and to ensure that your students get the best quality education possible during this time. I will be sharing information regarding the campus/district with you to keep you informed and report our progress towards our goals. I look forward to meeting and talking with you as you visit the campus, at PTA meetings, athletic competitions, UIL events and other campus events.

    Thank you all for your continued support of Connally High School. 

    Community/Business/Parent representative needed

    The Board of Trustees adopted a Resolution that is the first step to exploring the possibility of Pflugerville ISD becoming a District of Innovation. At the March 2 Board Workshop, there will be a public hearing, and the Board will approve recommendations to appoint a district-wide committee to study and possibly develop a Plan of Innovation. If created, that Plan of Innovation will be taken to DAAC for their potential approval and recommendation to the Board.

    What do we know about the District of Innovation Opportunity?

    HB 1842 was passed during the 84th Texas Legislative Session in Spring 2015, and provides Texas Public School Districts the opportunity to be designated as Districts of Innovation.

    Districts of Innovation may be exempt from a number of state statutes and will have:

    ·      Greater local control as the decision makers over the educational and instructional model for students;

    ·      Increases freedom and flexibility, with accountability, relative to state mandates that govern educational programming; and

    ·      Empowerment to innovate and think differently.

    What do we need you to do?

    One Community/ Business/or Parent representative who is interested in working on this committee to let me know by Feb. 23 23, so that I can submit your name. 

    Board seeks your input for next Superintendent of Schools

    The Pflugerville ISD Board of Trustees has begun the search for the next Superintendent of Schools. 

    The position has been posted and will stay open for applications until March 16. Trustees will review all applications and make selections for candidates to interview during the last part of March. By early April, the Board will begin the interview process, with a final selection of a lone finalist later in April. There is a state-mandated, 21-day waiting period after naming a lone finalist before the Board can officially execute a contract. The Board hopes that the new Superintendent will enter the district on a full-time basis sometime in early summer.

    It is very important to the Board that staff and community have the opportunity to provide feedback on what qualities and characteristics that it would like to see in the next superintendent. With that in mind, there will be an open community forum on Wednesday, Feb. 22, from 4:30-7:30 p.m. in the PfISD Rock Gym (immediately next door to Timmerman Elementary at 700 W. Pecan St. in Pflugerville), where the community can provide input into the selection process. Staff will be on hand to take comments that will be provided to the Board of Trustees to assist them in the search process.

    The forum will have a come-and-go format to provide flexibility for community members who wish to participate. In addition, for those who cannot attend the forum or wish to provide online input, there is an online survey opportunity to provide input to the process as well. Visit the PfISD website (PfISD.net) beginning Friday, Feb. 17, and click the link that says “Superintendent Search.” All input will be shared with the Board.

    ACT Testing

    All juniors, including 10th graders who should be classified as Juniors, will be taking the ACT test on Feb. 28, 2017. If you have any questions regarding ACT testing, please contact Counselor Richard Tupper.

    Federal Report Card (NCLB)

    At the following links, you will find parent notification letters (English, Español) regarding the Campus Federal Report Card information.

    Sheila Reed
    Interim Principal
    John B. Connally High School

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  • Cougar Newsletter: Jan. 27, 2017

    Posted by Marcial Guajardo at 1/27/2017

    Eighth Grade Invasion

    This week we had well over 600 eighth graders in our building Wednesday exploring their choices of CHS’ vast CTE offerings. The aftermath of the event left me feeling both accomplished and optimistic. Accomplished because our district is insistent in having programs within our schools that meet the specific needs and interest of all students. For that reason, we offer a wide variety of programs that capture the interest of our students.

    The feeling of optimism is strong within me since Wednesday was a glimpse of what’s on the way. Those eighth graders were attentive, respectful, excited and inquisitive. That is a good recipe for success.

    The Write Stuff

    The Write Stuff is a district-wide opportunity for students (PK-12) to publish their writing in an anthology and participate in a writing workshop. The Write Stuff 2017 theme this year is “Through the Looking Glass”. 

    At the workshop, students will get a copy of the anthology in which their writing appears. Students will also have the opportunity to read their writing aloud to their grade-level peers, and spend time with a published author. 

    We are proud to say that 19 of Mr. Rogers’ creative writers were selected for The Write Stuff 2017! A total of 22 entries from CHS will be published in this year’s anthology! 

    Excellence in Attendance

    I was rightfully asked by my boss to create two goals to work on for the school year. One of those goals was to elevate CHS’ attendance rate. When I arrived here, our attendance rate was a contemptible 92.1 percent. Normal to good attendance rates range from 94.5 percent to 97 percent.

    The goal that I set for myself was 95 percent. However, I am just short at a more respectable 94.5 percent. I am not done yet as I still have a few months left in the year to affect this. Next week we are prepared to reward 308 Cougars with lunch passes that allow them to leave class 5 minutes early for lunch. Moves like this could very well bail me out. 

    This may not seem like a big deal to some. However the kids feel like they have won the lottery with these passes. Those five minutes gives them either a jump in the lunch line or for our drivers, an easy exit from the parking lot.

    The last time we did this, we offered a 10-minute head start for a week. However, our kids suggested that we consider doing the five minutes for two weeks. We listened and our period of perfect attendance rewards will begin on Jan. 30 and conclude on Feb. 10.

    Our criterion for awards was finding students present in every class for each day within the second grading period.

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