Board of Trustees RecognitionsPosted by Tamra Spence at 1/10/2017 4:10:00 PM
Every month, the Pflugerville ISD Board of Trustees turn the spotlight on students and staff members in recognition of their hard work. Additionally, student leaders from one of the district’s 31 campuses are chosen to lead the Board and attendees in the Pledges of Allegiance to the United States and Texas.
Board Recognitions December 2016Posted by Steve Scheffler at 1/10/2017 4:00:00 PM
Wieland Elementary students Eric Luong, Theo Saldanha, and Catherine Vu led the pledge to the United States and Texas flags, respectively.
Parmer Lane Elementary was recognized for earning all possible STAAR distinctions from the Texas Education Agency for three consecutive years - from 2014-2016. Representing PLES were Cherrie Taylor, counselor; Noe Ortiz, assistant principal; Barry Miller, principal; and Irene Morales, instructional coach.
PfISD Employees of the Month for December were recognized. These awards went to (l. to r.) Carrie King, social studies teacher at Park Crest Middle School, and Lorrie Duarte, executive associate in Community Relations.
Board Recognitions November 2016Posted by Steve Scheffler at 12/7/2016 11:05:00 AM
Timmerman Elementary students Julia Mueller, Maddie Worley, Gabriel Cancino, and Martin Thai led the pledge to the United States and Texas flags, respectively.
The district's award-winners from the sixth competition at the State Special Olympics were honored at the Board meeting. Several Hendrickson HS students were recognized, including (l. to r.) swimmer Benji Garcia (4th place in 25-meter backstroke, 5th place in 25-meter freestyle, 5th place in 50-meter freestyle), golfer William Mullican (bronze medal), swimmer Dalton Anthony (2nd place in 25-meter freestyle, 3rd place in 50-meter freestyle), golfer Auggie Zippe (gold medal), golfer Daulton Swenson (silver medal), golfer Hiro Jones (silver medal), and golfer Dylan Teague (silver medal).
PfISD Employees of the Month were recognized. These inaugural awards went to (l. to r.) Jennifer Davis, staff accountant in the finance department, and Rebecca Wright, special education teacher at Timmerman Elementary.
PfISD's finance department was recognized for several recent awards, including the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Association of School Business Officials; and the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting (for the 7th consecutive year) from the Government Finance Officers Association. The department also achieved a Superior rating from the Texas Education Agency's 2016 School Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST). Pictured with the board (l. to r.) are Lisa Campbell, budget analyst; Mary Rabalais, business services director; Dr. Kenneth Adix, CFO; and Craig Pruett, director of purchasing.
Board Recognitions October 2016Posted by Steve Scheffler at 11/28/2016 12:00:00 PM
River Oaks Elementary students Mauro Cano Murillo, Quincy Edwards, Caroline Hernandez and Jayda Gangone led the pledge to the United States and Texas flags, respectively.
National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholars were recognized at the Board meeting. This included HHS students: Vanessa Gonzalez, Jaren Harris and Patricia Ramirez Santos; and PHS students: Jenae Laguna, Taylor Fanely-Luevano, and Jeremy Garcia.
Students earning National Merit Scholarship Program Semi-Finalist and Commended status were recognized at the Board meeting. This included Semi-Finalists Liz Ross (HHS) and Andrea Orji (PHS); and Commended students Noelle Bowers (HHS), Jagadesh Lagisetty (HHS), Dominique Tran (CHS); Angel Cheng (PHS), Arnold Icaro (PHS), Carli Jorgenson (PHS), Justine Le (PHS), Sahaj Shah (PHS), Emery Stokes (PHS), David Calabuig (PHS), and Angie Tsai (PHS).
Board Recognitions September 2016Posted by Steve Scheffler at 10/18/2016 3:25:00 PMNorthwest Elementary students Isabella Villareal, Joseph Schwartz, Fiti Pase, Deishalon Cook and Saniyah McLennan led the pledge to the United States and Texas flags, respectively. Also pictured with the Board (back row, center) is NWES principal Nathan Steenport.Amber Ham (front, center) from Connally HS was recognized for receiving A+ Education Foundation's 2016 Educator Grant for her grant entitled "Chopped Champions."
Board Recognitions June 2016Posted by Steve Scheffler at 6/27/2016 8:00:00 AMIn June, several middle school students were recognized by the Duke Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) for their achievements on the SAT and ACT tests. Present at the board meeting and qualifying for statewide recognition were Aditya Matey (Cele MS), Phillip Hissam (Dessau MS), Josh Manigsaca (Kelly Lane MS), Ethan McCullough (Kelly Lane MS), Josh Kruger (Park Crest MS), Drayden Philpott (Park Crest MS), Ethan Reid (Park Crest MS), Mateo Carlson (Pflugerville MS), Max Richter (Pflugerville MS), and Nicola Rowe (Pflugerville MS). Nicola qualified for both state and national level recognition.In June, Pflugerville ISD students were recognized for receiving numerous awards and honors at the Interscholastic League Press Conference competition. Present at the board meeting were Chris Hawkins (Pflugerville HS), first place in Entertainment Feature; Andre McDade (Pflugerville HS), third place, Sports Feature); and Angelynn Ragland (Pflugerville HS), third place in Cartoon. Additionally, the PHS journalism staff won a first place Individual Broadcast Achievement Award in Documentary, and the Panther Prowler newspaper received a Silver Star - the top honor a high school publication can receive in Texas. PHS students are taught by David Robb.
Board Recognitions May 2016Posted by Steve Scheffler at 5/23/2016 5:00:00 PMIn May, Copperfield Elementary students Jahaziel Hernandez, Cesar Mondragon, Mauricio Orozco, and Rosemary Vences led the audience in the pledges to start the meeting.The ExxonMobil Texas Science & Engineering Fair is an annual state science competition for students in grades 6-12. The Fair fosters an interest in science and engineering while offering a competitive setting in which students can showcase their research projects and set the stage for the rest of their academic careers. Two Pflugerville Middle School students placed first and second in their categories at The Fair: Coltrane Drexler, first place, microbiology; and Sage Dunlap, second place, mathematical sciences.
Each year thousands of schools in the United States participate in the National Geographic Bee. The contest is designed to encourage teachers to include geography in their classrooms. For the second year in a row, Zach Lucas from Brookhollow Elementary won the PfISD National Geographic Bee.
The Legendary Apple Doom Skullz team from Windermere Elementary is bound for the 2016 Destination Imagination Global Finals. Destination Imagination is aimed at fostering the development of creativity, problem-solving, critical thinking and collaboration. Student teams solve open-ended challenges through the use of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and fine arts. Legendary Apple Doom Skullz team members are fifth-graders: Rudolf Bendixen, Carmen Garcia, Elena Howard, Kenneth Kalu, Astrid Quezada, and Adam Taylor. The team is led by Adriana Enriquez-Garcia and Louise Howard.
Students from Pflugerville High School placed in the top three at the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America state competition and have advanced to nationals. Those PHS students are: Abby Jacobs, 2nd place, Chapter in Review Portfolio; Kristen Kaiser, 1st place, Interior Design; Avery Nauert, 1st place, Interior Design; Gabriela Townsend, 2nd place, Chapter in Review Portfolio; Hung Truong, 3rd place, Recycle and Redesign; Xuan Truong, 2nd place, Fashion Construction; Laura Vargas, 1st place, Interior Design; Evelyn Walline, 2nd place, Chapter in Review Portfolio. The students are taught by Amber Beasley and Jackie Pasquarella.
Pflugerville High School students represented PfISD very well by qualifying for several state and national debate tournaments. This included Stanley Akano – National Speech & Debate Association National Tournament; Carli Jorgenson – National Individual Events Tournament of Champions; Urielle Ndri – National Individual Events Tournament of Champions; Preston Nieves – National Extemp Tournament of Champions and National Speech & Debate Association National Tournament; Juliet Ume-Ezeoke – National Extemp Tournament of Champions and National Speech & Debate Association National Tournament. The students are coached by Liz Waldrop.
For the first time in Cougar history, the Connally High School boys’ soccer team advanced to the state tournament, finishing in third place. The team is: Kristopher Cedillo, Jeremy Cook, Jerson De La Rosa, Daniel Escobar, Jose Estrada, Luis Flores, Chris Garza, Mauricio Gonzalez Acosta, Erick Guzman, Ty Hurley, Gustavo Jacinto, Erik Jaimes, Fernando Jaimes, Julio Orozco, Jorge Perez, Kevin Ramirez, Jose Rodriguez, Josh Rowan, Marlon Salas, Luis Sierra, David Torres, Carlos Valdivia Velasco, Jacob Villanueva, Nicolas Villanueva, Luis Wences, and Tre Whitney. The students are coached by Ryan Ford, Guillermo Aguilar and Caleb Nies.
Two Pflugerville High School students qualified for the HOSA National Tournament. Taking second place at the state competition for Health Career Display are: Mary Le and Hung Troung. The students are taught by Bonnie Villarreal.
Board Recognitions April 2016Posted by Tamra Spence at 4/22/2016In March 2016, Pfugerville Elementary students Tyler Bushelle, Adela DeLaRosa, Jack Huval, Meagan Kingsley and Aidan Zollitsch led the audience in the pledges to start the meeting.Debate State, National Qualifiers
Students from Hendrickson High School qualified for several state and national debate tournaments.
- Marcus Ayala, National Speech & Debate Association Nationals Qualifier, Extemp Tournament of Champions Qualifier
- Brian Baker, National Speech & Debate Association Nationals Qualifier
- Robert Boley, Extemp Tournament of Champions Qualifier
- Christina Bui, UIL Policy & Debate 6A State Tournament Silver Medalist, National Speech & Debate Association Nationals Qualifier
- Pedro Casteneda, Texas Forensic Association State Tournament, Second Place, Poetry Interpretation
- Harmon Gamble, National Speech & Debate Association Nationals Qualifier
- Carlos Gregory, Ronald Reagan Great Communicator Debate National Tournament, Extemp Tournament of Champions Qualifier, Debate Tournament of Champions Qualifier, National Speech & Debate Association Nationals Qualifier
- Bryce Hann, National Speech & Debate Association Nationals Qualifier
- Khali McDuff-Sykes, National Speech & Debate Association Nationals Qualifier
- Cody Snow, UIL Policy & Debate 6A State Tournament Gold Medalist
- Ayu Sofyan, UIL Policy & Debate 6A State Tournament Silver Medalist, National Speech & Debate Association Nationals Qualifier
- Calvin Vu, Extemp Tournament of Champions Qualifier
- Nico Williams, UIL Policy & Debate 6A State Tournament Gold Medalist, National Speech & Debate Association Nationals Qualifier
- Elan Wilson, National Speech & Debate Association Nationals Qualifier, Debate Tournament of Champions Qualifier
Board Recognitions March 2016Posted by Tamra Spence at 3/25/2016In March 2016, Ruth Barron Elementary students Keturah LaPicca, Jason Leon, Jadyn Livingston, Karyme Lopez-Perez and Gabry Olalde led the audience in the pledges to start the meeting.National Merit Scholarship Program FinalistHendrickson High School Senior Caleb Whitmire has been named a National Merit Scholarship Program Finalist. Of approximately 1.5 million entrants each year, about 16,000 achieve semi-finalist status. Of those, only some 15,000 are named finalists in the program.Texas Association of Future Educators
Hendrickson High School students Anastashia Alfred and Megan Williams earned a second place finish at the Texas Association of Future Educators state competition. They advance to the national competition in June.UIL Film State Champions
Two films produced by Pflugerville High School students were screened at the Paramount Theatre as part of the UIL Young Filmmakers Festival State Finals. One of those films, “The Cliff,” placed first in state in Division 2 Animation. Students who worked on this film include: James Bailey, Milani Cruz, Juan Yruegas and Jose Perez. The students are taught by David Robb.
Board Recognitions February 2016Posted by Tamra Spence at 2/19/2016In February 2016, Highland Park Elementary students Pahola Esteves Salazar, Elian Garcia Gonzalez, Aiden Klumker, Javier Mora-Ortiz, Le’loni Mullen, Britnie Rodriguez led the audience in the pledges to start the meeting.TMEA All-State Performing EnsemblesFour Hendrickson High School students were selected for the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) All-State band. All-State is the highest honor a Texas music student can receive. All-State band members are selected from over 60,000 students from around the state to perform in one of 14 ensembles. Approximately 1,600 students are selected. All-State band members are: Aidan Grivas, 6A Bass Clarinet; Daniel Schulze, 6A Bassoon; Logan Seaton, 6A Clarinet; and Hannah Weber, 6A Trumpet. The students are under the direction of Garth Gundersen.