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Cougar Update: May 16Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 5/17/2022 6:00:00 AM
After a long week of EOC STAAR Testing and AP Testing, we are now preparing for final exams. It certainly has been a whirlwind of a year.
Attendance continues to be most important -- even though we are getting to the end. Grades are so important also! Students must earn a 70 or above to get credit in their classes. Please check your student's grades. We encourage all students to make an effort to finish strong!
STAAR EOC Scores
Beginning May 18-May 25, students and families will be informed of EOC results that result in “Did Not Meet Standard.” Students that do not meet standard on an STAAR EOC assessment will be provided the opportunity to attend the CHS High School End-of-Course (EOC) Preparation Program.
On June 16, online access of parents/guardians and student to view results with supporting information will be available.Parents will log into Skyward’s Family Access and select “Texas Assessment.”. If a student is testing for the first time in PfISD, this access through Skyward will not be immediately available. Please allow several days before this is set up. All results are also accessible at https://www.texasassessment.gov/families.html
Parents may request a printed copy of the .pdf STAAR Report Card from the campus where the student tested. The formmust be delivered to the front office of CHS; copies of the form will be available after June 16 at CHS.
Thanks for your support!
Cougar Update: April 28Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 5/1/2022 7:00:00 AM
Greetings Cougar Families,
STAAR testing, plus AP testing, is almost here. The week of May 9-13 will be a busy testing week. Below you will find important information.
STAAR tests are important for graduation. Please encourage your students to do their very best.
Important information about STAAR testing: https://tinyurl.com/EOC-Testing
Senior parents, please check your email. Important information is being shared via Zoom in parent meetings. Your invitation is in your email.
Please remember that attendance is very important. Attendance rates are extremely low. Students must attend their classes to get credit.
We appreciate your support!
Cougar Update: March 7Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 3/7/2022 7:00:00 AM
Greetings Cougar Families,
Starting tomorrow, CHS students will be required to obtain a tardy pass if they do not make it to class on time. Students will be admitted quickly to class by their teacher when they show the tardy pass. The tardy policy will give us documentation that will help us better communicate to parents and guardians.
Please encourage your student to get to class on time - they cannot learn when they are not in class.
One of our biggest challenges is student truancy. We want to build a culture of pride and learning and in the past couple of months, it has been a huge challenge to motivate students to get to classes.
Thanks so much for your support. Have a great week!
IMPORTANT UPCOMING EVENTS
We have three amazing workshops in the month of March brought to you at no cost!
Budget Basics presented by A+ Federal Credit Union: with inflation on the rise, and coming off a pandemic, budgeting is more important now than ever. A+FCU has partnered with Pflugerville ISD to help parents and families explore the basics of money management as well as showing you the “how-to’s” of a functional spending and savings plan.
Register here to secure your spot and receive zoom information A+FCU Budget Basics
Date: Tuesday, March 8, 2022
Time: Noon- 1:00 p.m. CST
Inside the Darkside of the Tobacco Industry and Drug Addiction presented by the Texas State Safety Center. This two-part training will feature research scientist Dr. Victor DeNoble, Ph.D. who was recruited by and worked for Phillip Morris Tobacco Company. Part one of the training exposes the dark side of working for a tobacco company and reveals discoveries of nicotine addiction while part two discusses how addiction can change the chemical makeup of the human brain as well as how the most frequently used addictive drugs, including marijuana, alcohol, cocaine, and methamphetamines affect the brain.
Register here to secure your spot and receive zoom information Inside the Darkside of the Tobacco Industry and Drug Addiction
Date: Wednesday, March 9, 2022
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. CST
HELP! My child is glued to their screen! Presented by Ensemble Therapy. Kate Mire, LSSP, NCSP, Parent Coach, will lead you through the latest research on screen time usage, help you prepare a family media plan to establish clear expectations for screens and explain how screens can be used as effective tools with children.
Register here to secure your spot and receive zoom information HELP! My child is glued to their screen!
Date: Tuesday, March 22, 2022
Time: Noon – 1:00 p.m. CST
From Dana Wilcott ~ PfISD Family Services Coordinator
The Pflugerville ISD College and Career Team would like to invite 9-11th grade families to our Create Your Future Night on March 8th, 2022. During this event, you will have the opportunity to meet various college & military representatives from 5:30 – 8:10 PM. The event will be held at Pflugerville High School for all PFISD families.
We will begin with a College & Military Fair from 5:30 – 6:30 PM where you will be able to talk to various institutions from across Texas and the Country. After the College Fair, we invite you to attend three sessions that will help you understand more about the College & Military Enrollment/Enlistment process. These presentations will be held by the experts themselves (College & Military Reps) and focus on various topics including (but not limited to):
General Application Tips & Tricks (deadlines, automatic admission, what to include in the app, where to apply, etc.)
How to Build a College Resume
Essay Writing Process
How to Enroll in Your Institution
The Benefits of an Out of State or Private Institution
The Benefits of Beginning at a Community College Etc.
Please park in any parking lot at Pflugerville High School and enter PHS from door number 40. These set of doors are located in the very front of our school. The doors will not open until 5:30 and we hope that you can stay to take advantage of the entire program.
We do encourage all 9-11th Grade Students to Attend the program as this is an opportunity to learn from the experts.
There is no need to register beforehand.
If you have any questions, please email Nick Howell (Pflugerville High School – College and Career) at Nicholas.Howell@pfisd.net
Cougar Update: Feb. 22Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 2/23/2022 7:00:00 AM
Greetings Cougar Parents,
- Please check your student's grades in Skyward, or ask your student to log into their CANVAS. This is the easiest way to see if assignments are being turned in.
- Attendance counts every day. Logging in and engaging in the lesson is the only way to be counted present. For those struggling with grades, please go to tutoring. Our teachers offer tutoring mornings and afternoons. The teacher tutoring hours will be posted in CANVAS. Please encourage your student to attend tutorial sessions.
- Truancy is our biggest challenge. Please encourage your student to get to class on time.
Code2College is trying to increase the number of Cougars in the program. Applications are currently open and will close on March 4th, 2022. We had 16 Cougars in our Winter Programming and are looking to increase that number to 25!
Please check out the following information:
- Winter Flyer (English and Spanish)
- Social Media Post
- Promotional videos (English and Spanish)
- Student application
- Vision 2024 Flyer
2020 – 2021 TEA School Report Cards, the Texas Academic Performance Reports (TAPR), and Federal Report Cards can be found here: https://www.pfisd.net/Page/450
Cougar Update: Feb. 7Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 2/8/2022 7:00:00 AM
We hope you and your families are safe and well. Get ready for the Spring semester -- it will go by very fast.
As long as your students are well and have no symptoms of illness, it is important that they attend regularly. We are working tirelessly to teach students responsibility and life skills of appropriately interacting with adults and each other. Please encourage your student to be responsible and get to classes on time. One of our biggest challenges is truancy. I encourage all parents to access Skyward and check grades and attendance. This is so important that graduation depends on it. Please encourage your students to engage in their learning. If they do not earn their credits, they will not graduate.
CHS PEER TUTORING CENTER
At the Peer Tutoring Center, CHS students will have the opportunity to access student tutors– of varying ages & academic backgrounds - who have experience in the same classes and subjects as their peers.
Peer tutors will be able to support CHS students in English, Math, Science, Social Studies, LOTE & tasks, including (but not limited to):
- understanding assignments & completing homework
- studying for quizzes/tests & supporting general study skills
- understanding tricky concepts
- writing assignments & projects
- navigating & completing makeup work
- using school & classroom technology tools
- SAT/ACT Prep – Math, Reading, & Writing
Tuesday and Thursday mornings (8:10 – 8:55)
Wednesday and Thursday afternoons (4:30 – 5:15)
We also have a late bus on Wednesdays for students who go to tutoring.
Austin is under a boil water notice for the time being. Please send your student with a water bottle for drinking.
CHS Community Sessions. (Make-up hours will be awarded.)
Stay safe out there.
Welcome BackPosted by Marcial Guajardo on 1/4/2022 8:00:00 AM
Greetings Cougar Families,
We look forward to welcoming our students back tomorrow.
A few tips to go over with your child prior to returning:
- Students will report to Advisory first thing in the morning to pick up their schedule.
- Please send your child with a properly fitted mask.
- Keep your child at home if they are experiencing COVID like symptoms.
- Students must bring a charged Chromebook to school every day.
If your child is sick or will be out tomorrow please let attendance know. COVID is unfortunately spreading throughout the city and if you have any doubt your child is ill please keep them home to keep the spread of germs minimal. While we want everyone at school, we cannot do that if we are sick. I also understand it's winter and we all will have some runny noses. Ensure that your child comes with a properly fitting mask so we can keep those germs away.
We can’t wait to see each and every one of them tomorrow and I hope you had a wonderful break!
Connally Update: Nov. 29Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 11/29/2021 7:00:00 AM
Greetings Connally Families,
I hope you had time to relax and enjoy family and friends this past week.
There are less than 15 days until we end our semester. It is so important that students are turning in their work, doing homework and putting in the time and effort to earn good grades. Earning passing grades counts as credits at the end of each semester. Attendance is a huge part of earning those credits. Please make sure your student is getting to school on time.
Check out this flyer – for more information about this great opportunity. Time is running out to sign up.
Cougar Update: Sept. 5Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 9/5/2021 7:00:00 AM
Greetings Cougar Families!
Welcome to a long weekend!
Our first fifteen days have been a bit challenging, but we are positive as we are diving into our learning. We have high expectations for all students and as we are now going on the third week, students should know their schedule and be able to get to class on time. Some are still adjusting to in-person learning after being at home during remote learning.
Parents, please check Skyward for grades and talk to your student about the learning in their classes. Our teachers offer morning and afternoon tutorials and we have Advisory period where students are able to ask for help, check grades, get tutoring, and build great relationships with their teacher. We also offer activities during advisory that will teach social/emotional awareness and understanding. We feel this is important as we all have felt the traumatic effects of the battle with Covid. Please encourage your student to take care of business and get their work turned in so they can earn good grades and gain credits necessary for graduation.
We have made some adjustments to our schedule and have increased our lunches from two to four; and things are running smoothly. All schools serve free breakfast and lunch, so we encourage everyone to eat. Increasing to four lunches has helped, and allows students plenty of time to get lunch.
Because we must follow State and Federal guidelines, please do not drop off food for students during lunch. High schools may not serve or provide access to competitive foods during meal periods in areas where reimbursable meals are served and/or consumed. Therefore, we cannot allow food to be delivered to students during lunch time.
Students should not order through Favor or a delivery service. We do not have the means to accommodate this, and will not deliver to classrooms. It also is in violation of the state and federal competitive foods guideline.
- Attendance is so important. Please send an email or note if your student becomes ill and has to be out.
- COVID safety protocols are still in place. We are doing our best to keep teachers and students safe by wearing masks and sanitizing regularly. We encourage you to also remind your students to wash their hands regularly and to use the hand sanitizer available all throughout the building. Thank you for your support.
On Wednesday, September 8, we will hold a virtual Open House from 6 – 7:30 p.m. You will be able to learn a bit about your student’s classes and also be able to click into an open zoom link to say hello to the teacher. More information coming. The teachers will be sending information through students Canvas and via email to you.
Make it a great week and enjoy the Monday Holiday!
Cougar News: Aug. 18Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 8/19/2021
We want your students to be successful and we want to provide a great education without distractions.
We will continue to follow the PFISD dress code established in 2016 until further notice. The school board has not adopted a new dress code policy at this time. All students will be expected to be in appropriate dress code.
Please refer to the district student handbook and dress code on the district website.
The link is here: PfISD Dress Code: 2021-22
The dress code includes but is not limited to:
- No hats, bonnets, doo rags
- No crop top shirts that show your navel. Shirts must touch your belt loops or waist band of your pants.
- No Spandex or yoga pants or bandage dresses
- No sagging
- No strapless shirts, bralettes, or crop tops
- Shorts and skirts must meet your mid-thigh.
- Dress code will be enforced throughout the day.
- Please do not arrive out of dress code.
- Dress code is posted on the walls to reduce any confusion.
Thank you for your support as we try to keep our expectations high and help all students gain a great education.
Cougar News: Aug. 12Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 8/13/2021 8:00:00 AM
We had a super day today to begin our 2021 - 2022 Academic School Year.
We have some exciting activities planned for Friday to build school community and spirit and to help students connect with our campus.
I hope students are excited to come back for the second day to meet the B Day teachers and close out our week with some fun.
Here is a great opportunity for students who may be interested in coding and computers.
Please check it out:
- Promotional videos (English and Spanish)
- Fall Flyer (Promotional Flyer & Social Media Post)
- Student Application Link – the deadline to apply for Fall classes is August 20th
- If your student did not show up today (first day), you will have to re-enroll them.
- Students should bring their Chromebooks every day - fully charged.
- We encourage bringing a water bottle. We have bottle fill stations around campus.
- Masks are highly encouraged, but are optional for faculty and students.
We believe in treating young adults like young adults. We believe that everyone can learn and we will encourage them to never give up.
We also believe in responsibility and accountability and will encourage the best behaviors and engagement in all classes.
We want to build great relationships with our students because we care about their future, and we will strive to be consistent, respectful, and fair.
Our goal is to create a unique culture of belonging for all students and our Connally family while we move each student toward graduation.
Thank you for helping us make Connally High School a great place for your students.
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