• Happy MLK Day at PHS!

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas on 1/15/2022

    Greetings Panthers,

    Happy Friday!

    I know we ALL need this three day weekend, and I hope you utilize this time to rest, rejuvenate and get healthy! We look forward to seeing everyone again on Tuesday, 1/18/22.

    In honor of Monday’s MLK day holiday, I wanted to share a few of my favorite MLK quotes:

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    PHS Boys Soccer Wins Tournament!

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    PHS junior finishes 2nd in State Speech & Debate

    NEWS RELEASE

    For more information contact:
    Tamra Spence, Chief Communications Officer
    tamra.spence@pfisd.net
    David Wiechmann, Communications Specialist

    david.wiechmann@pfisd.net

    Kalu takes silver in State Super Congress

    January 13, 2022 – Pflugerville High School junior Kenneth Kalu represented the Panthers this week at the UIL Congress State Tournament and came home with a runner-up finish.

    This continues on recent success PHS has had in Speech & Debate events at the state level following a team state championship in Speech & Debate last May. Congress is under the Speech & Debate umbrella, but is an individual event.

    Kalu advanced through Tuesday’s preliminary Congress sessions to qualify for the final against 17 other finalists in 5A. He finished second with a score of 19 points from the judges, seven points behind the champion.

    PHS Speech & Debate coach Ronald Hester said Kalu entered the competition poised and ready.

    “I would just say that Kenneth was focused and very confident on both days. He finished first in his prelim room of 18 students and knew he would be in the mix on the final day,” Hester said. “One of his dear friends won first, and it was a special moment when they hugged one another afterward. Those moments are what UIL embodies and why I teach speech and debate.”

    Congress is an individual contest in a large group setting. It models the legislative process of democracy, specifically, the United States Congress. Within this mock legislative assembly competition, contestants draft legislation (proposed laws and position statements) submitted to the tournament, and they research the docket of bills and resolutions dealing with real-world social and political policies prior to the contest to prepare their speeches.

    At the tournament, students caucus in committees, deliver formal discourse on the merits and disadvantages of each piece of legislation and vote to pass or defeat the measures they have examined. Parliamentary procedure forms structure for the discourse, and students extemporaneously respond to others’ arguments over the course of a session.

    2022 UIL State Congress 5A Results

    PHS Wrestling:

    Senior Jacob Hanson won their recent tournament by pinning all his openers in the first period. Congratulations to Jacob and all of our athletes who competed!

    Parents of PHS Juniors (Class of 2023)

    On Wednesday, January 19 at 7 pm, Pflugerville High School will hold a special online event to help you better understand your child’s PSAT score report so that they can best prepare for the March 2 SAT school-day administration.  SAT scores are used for college admission and scholarship purposes.  By attending this session, you will learn:

    •         how to interpret the PSAT score report,
    •         how you can help your child prepare for the SAT
    •         about the College Board Opportunity Scholarship program. 

    There will also be a short question and answer portion near the end of the session. 

    To register for this event and get the attendance link via email, please fill out this form:  https://forms.gle/kg3HWqmpzZDUVmfA9

    High School Course Selection begins for 2022-2023:

    PHS students will be selecting their courses this month via their English classes for the next school year. Students will have the chance to review their selection and ask questions with their counselor during their English classes scheduled meeting date. Links to the PHS choice sheets and district course guide can be found on the PHS Counselors web page under that Academic Planning tab.

    PHS Counselor’s webpage: https://sarahcable20.wixsite.com/website

    Chromebook FAQ’s

    Missing/Damaged Charger?

    First, let Device Support/Help Desk know that you will be needing a replacement (Save this ticket #).

    Second, pay a replacement fee of $10 on Webstore's Technology Repair Fees section. You will be contacted.

    Common Issues

    •  Keyboard typing odd characters?  Click on the battery icon in bottom right corner.  Click on “Keyboard”.  Click on “US English”. 
    • Black monitor screen: Hold down the refresh button (circular arrow near ESC) and then tap the power button. Release everything and wait for about 20 seconds.
    • Other issues: Try a Powerwash: Hold down these 4 keys at the same time.  CTRL ALT Shift R      release and click "yes".
    • Won’t connect to school WiFi? See linked video. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1wTa_-WVIWrrprTygLgg8TqGdjbJTDmE6/view (1.47 min)
    • Sometimes the only answer is to delete cookies/cache—Go to 3 dots in top right corner and choose “More Tools”.
    • Weird lines on Monitor? It's cracked and needs to be replaced. See Mrs. Owen or Contact Device Support/Help Desk.

    For additional FAQs visit the Chromebook site.

    Lauralee Owen, PHS Librarian, DLL

    Office: 512-594-0571  Laura.Owen@pfisd.net

    A Word from the Library

    Texas Librarians’ Recommended Reading Lists

    Looking for interesting books to read?  The Texas Library Association has posted its 2022 lists of award winning titles for all ages and genres.  Además de eso, libros en espanol!  https://txla.org/tools-resources/reading-lists/

    FREE Digital Resources for PFISD students

    The Pflugerville Public Library offers FREE digital access to PFISD students.  Fill out this form and return your child’s campus librarian.  Extra forms are locate in the libraries.  https://bit.ly/3K4gAtU   For more information on digital resources, visit https://bit.ly/34Q2lsF

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    Most sincerely,

    Zack Kleypas
    Principal
    Pflugerville High School

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

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  • Great 1st Week Back at PHS!

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas on 1/7/2022

    Greetings Panthers,

    Happy Friday and Happy New Year!

    I hope everyone had a restful, relaxing, and safe holiday.

    It was great to wind down for a bit, but with the momentum we built before the break, we are going to waste no time getting right back to it!

    In fact, check out our Medical Terminology students pulling off a pretty intense dissection lab on the first day back!

    “We jumped right back into learning and did exploratory heart surgery in Medical Terminology today. Students were to try and identify all the structures of the heart we learned before break! They will follow up with a one page report with pictures on everything they found.” Mrs. Jennifer Ortegon-Feldsberg 

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    How cool is that!

    The Spring Semester at a High School:

    The Spring Semester is different at a high school. It is full of emotion as our seniors start to count down the days to graduation and start to realize each sport, event, tradition, etc. is their last. We also have the stress and excitement of preparing for and taking, high stakes testing like STAAR/EOC, AP exams, TSI, SAT/ACT, TELPAS, etc. 

    This is a good reminder to enjoy AND maximize every day this semester. Every day has a purpose in preparing students for their future and their graduation requirements. 

    Parents it is SO important to stay involved this semester. I know there are a ton of things going on in life, but checking grades and attendance in Skyward is a game changer. Please continue to hold those high expectations you have for years, as there is no time to slack.

    To that point, if you missed our welcome back students video that I sent out at the start of the week, and we showed in 1st period, below is a link. Please check that out as it has important basic expectation information that all students need to have:

    Welcome Back Students - Spring 2022.mp4 

    Coming Soon! “Twilight” After School Tutorial/Homework/Credit Repair:

    Let’s be honest, although many students did well virtually last year, many did not. At least not in all of their classes. We are still working to make up for “learning loss” which will honestly take a few years. However, not all of our students have a few years as they work towards graduation.

    Thus, we are starting a lab run by teachers and staff to provide a space for students to work on credit recovery courses, get tutorials, and other support they need. This lab will be open from 4:15pm-5:30pm and will include free food and bus transportation for students who are utilizing the space and time.

    We hope that you and your kiddo will take advantage of this support. Stay tuned for details.

    A Word from the PHS Nurses:

    Please remember that isolation time for a confirmed positive Covid case is still 10 days and quarantine time for an exposure is 14 days. Report all positive Covid cases to the school immediately and do NOT send your student to school if a Covid test is pending!!

    COVID Testing Sites

    Get Involved! UIL Academic Teams:

    A great way to get involved in school, that is sometimes forgotten, is one of our amazing UIL Academic Teams! 

    It is not too late to reach out to one of our contest sponsors for more information, meeting times and locations, and what the contest is all about. 

    Here is a list of what we offer:

    UIL Academic Contests and Sponsors

    Accounting

    Jennifer Persons – Room: B120

    Calculator

    Jennifer Persons – Room: B120

    Computer Applications

    Angela Wilson – Room:  C113

    Computer Science

    Jennifer Persons – Room: B120

    Copy Editing

    Cosey Carlisle  – Room: F208

    Current Issues & Events

    Marissa Stewart  – Room: E115

    Editorial Writing

    Cosey Carlisle  – Room: F208

    Feature Writing

    Cosey Carlisle  – Room: F208

    Headline Writing

    Cosey Carlisle  – Room: F208

    Informative Speaking

    Ron Hester       – Room: F101

    Lincoln-Douglas Debate

    Ron Hester       – Room: F101

    Literary Criticism

    Justin Elam       – Room: E207

    Mathematics

    Michael Putnam  – Room: B118

    News Writing

    Cosey Carlisle  – Room: F208

    Number Sense

    Michael Putnam  – Room: B118

    Persuasive Speaking

    Ron Hester       – Room: F101

    Poetry Interpretation

    Connor Hollis   – Room: F110

    Prose Interpretation

    Connor Hollis   – Room: F110

    Ready Writing

    Justin Elam       – Room: E207

    Science

    Angela Wilson – Room:  C113

    Social Studies

    Marissa Stewart  – Room: E115

    Spelling

    Justin Elam       – Room: E207

    Don’t wait long. The first tournament is on January 29th, 2022.

    Soccer Season:

    Soccer officially kicked off the season before the winter break! Both girls and boys are off to a great season. I want to give a special congratulations to Boys Head Coach Michael Nave for achieving his 100th win at PHS. That is an amazing achievement.

    Come check out our boys and girls teams this season at home or away. Here is a link to their schedules:

    PHS Mentor Program Needs More Mentees:

    We have worked hard to get volunteer mentors interested in helping support our students but now we need more mentees. Check out this message from Dr. Baker on the subject:

    Need for more students to participate in JAMII Mentoring Program

    When it comes to helping young people succeed, education experts and nonprofits are embracing the idea that a broad web of formal and informal role models is key.

    High school is a crucial time in young people's lives. In the years leading up to early adulthood, solid role models and positive influences can make a big difference in the future lives of adolescents. But not all high schoolers have parents or teachers who can serve as mentors.

    Serious risks like homelessness, suspension, early parenthood, and a lack of academic confidence threaten to derail poor, young Americans on their path toward high-school graduation. Yet stories like this one, and a growing body of research—including a study last year by America’s Promise Alliance, which found that students with social support are more likely to re-engage with school in the face of adversity.

    Fortunately, Pflugerville High School (JAMII) mentorship program can help fulfill a critical need in our communities. The JAMII Mentoring Program provides students with the opportunity to gain and refine important skills — such as problem-solving, interpersonal skills, and critical thinking — that can benefit them as they plan for college or enter the workforce.

    Dedicated to expanding opportunities for young people, JAMII has been connecting youths with quality mentors for more than 3 years. By pairing high school students with mentors in diverse fields and from diverse backgrounds, the program strives to level the playing field for all students.

    JAMII focus on their mentees' specific needs, such as setting academic and career goals, making healthy choices personally and socially, and thinking critically through problems. Because JAMII links students with mentors from local programs throughout the district, acceptance requirements are the same.

    The school-based program focuses on creating unique connections between mentors and mentees in an effort to help students reach their maximum potential. Matches meet once to twice a month at the student's school and typically engage in activities such as playing sports and games, doing crafts, and simply talking.

    Please send JAMII mentee applications to Dr. Luther Baker at luther.baker@pfisd.net 

    Copies are available in the front office as well.

    A Word from the Social Studies Department:

    Happy New Year! We are excited to be back from a well-deserved break!  I encourage you to all check your grades, make New Year’s resolutions that include goals for academic success, and begin this semester strong!

    Karen Hense, Social Studies Department Chair

    A Word from the College and Career Advisor - To the Class of 2022 & Families:

    I hope you all had an amazing break. First and Foremost, I am so incredibly proud of the work you are all did last semester towards your future. Keep visiting the College and Career Center with any assistance you may need. It is time to continue looking for scholarships, if you have not started already. Below are some helpful places to look for free aid for your next journey in education. Remember, scholarships are available for any type of post-secondary education (College/University/Trade School/Apprenticeships, etc.).

    Beginning, January 10th, 2022…The College and Career Center will be calling students in to complete the Austin Community College Application. If you are interested in Austin Community College, please respond to this email and let us know you would like a pass to complete this application. Please do not apply to ACC on Apply Texas. You need to use their specific application found on their website.

    New Scholarship Opportunities – Everyone should apply to ALL of the scholarships they may qualify for below

    Make sure you are completing Scholarship applications on your institutional website as well. Deadlines fast approaching.

    Please make sure that you email Mr. Howell any Scholarships you receive (even if you do not plan to attend that institution). We want to celebrate you!

    Nick Howell, College and Career Advisor

    A Word from the College and Career Advisor - To the Class of 2023 & Families:

    My name is Nick Howell and I am your College and Career Counselor! I look forward to the adventure we will have together over the next year and a half of your high school career. As we begin, I wanted to make sure you got an important update regarding PSAT, SAT, and a great scholarship opportunity.

    PSAT Scores are now available in your College Board account. If you have not had a chance yet, please log in to view your scores. Once you have viewed your scores, please create a Khan Academy and link your account with your College Board account. Khan Academy is a free study and tutoring tool with proven results. The Khan Academy method is well known to assist students in increasing their SAT score by building a personalized study/problem set based on your specific PSAT scores. Parents, you can also build an account using these steps. It will allow you to track your students’ progress and help them grow through the useful study tool.

    PHS will host a free SAT on March 2nd for all enrolled juniors (students wishing to enlist in the military can choose to take an ASVAB that day instead). Using Khan Academy will help your student do the best that they can on that test, as many Colleges/Universities will require and SAT and/or ACT for the Class of 2023. Your student will automatically be enrolled in this SAT.

    Once your student, completes the steps above, they can begin the College Board Opportunity Scholarship. This great scholarship opportunity is required of all juniors planning to attend a college, university, or trade school after high school. We have numerous winners every year, and it is very easy to complete all of the steps along your journey to college enrollment.

    Finally, if your student has not done so yet, please make sure they log into their SchooLinks account and mark the schools they are interested in as a “favorite”. This will help me invite them to specific opportunities throughout the next year and half. It is also a program they must be familiar with by the end of the year as it will be used to submit many documents to colleges next year.

    If you or your students have any questions for me, please do not hesitate to reach out. Our next big program, will be the Create Your Future College/Military Planning Night on March 3rd. This is a date change. Please mark your calendars!

    Nick Howell, College and Career Advisor

    A Word from the Parent Liaisons

    You are an important element in your student’s education. We want to make sure we are communicating effectively and meeting your needs. Please complete our brief survey to help us determine how we can improve.

    Thank you for your input!

    Kristen Hernandez, Parent Liaison

    A Word from the Library:

    Bored?  30 sites for students with free time on their hands

    Is your New Year’s Resolution to read more?  The 52 Book Club  Don’t forget about eBooks and Audiobooks on the District’s SORA app.  

     

    Most sincerely,

    Zack Kleypas
    Principal
    Pflugerville High School

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

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  • Welcome Back to the 2nd Semester at PHS!

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas on 1/4/2022

    Greetings Panthers,

    Happy New Year!

    It is hard to believe that tomorrow (Wednesday, Jan. 5th, 2022) is the start of the 2nd semester!

    We put together this brief video to help ensure you know what to do, where to go, and what to expect tomorrow. Please take a second to check it out:

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1DG-0r4Ci1HCVG5RCeVBcIaaSnCjmst8m/view?usp=sharing

     

    Most sincerely,

     

    Zack Kleypas
    Principal
    Pflugerville High School

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

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  • Happy Holidays from PHS!

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas on 12/17/2021

    Greetings Panthers,

    Happy Friday!

    Wow. Here we are at the end of the first semester. It is pretty incredible to think how far we have come in such a short amount of time. It wasn't but a few months ago that we prepared for 100% of our students to be on campus after over a year and a ½ of virtual school.

    We have celebrated countless successes and identified areas to continue to improve. That is to be expected. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support of our teachers, our staff, your students, and our campus as we have all worked to create our new normal.

    Congratulations to Our Videography Group:

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    Halo - Ciara Brown Colwell - 1st Place - Beginner - Time Exposure

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    Ciara Brown Colwell - 3rd Place - Beginner – Portfolio

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    Circus Ready - Ian Pacheco Diaz - 2nd Place Advanced Formal Portrait

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    King - Tony Cervantes - Honorable Mention - Beginner - Time Exposure

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    Manos - Kylie Busbee - Honorable Mention - Beginner - Time Exposure

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    Yellow Glow - Valerie Kaiser - Honorable Mention - Beginner Time Exposure

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    Congratulations to the PHS Tennis Teams:

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    1st Team All-District:

    • Katie Nguyen
    • Fa’ane’e Aulelava

    2nd Team:

    • Hailey Chau
    • Sophia Richter
    • Christine Nguyen
    • Bethany Wong
    • Emily Pearce
    • Vincent Chau
    • Calvin Ping

    Honorable Mention:

    • Danny Ho
    • Eric Ly
    • Nathan Nguyen
    • Antony Quach

    Newcomer of the Year:

    • Sophia Richter

    Coach of the Year:

    • Jeff Hartman

    A Word from the Library:

    Learn to Code

    Here are some great learning resources for students and adults that want to learn coding skills. 

    2022 Reading Challenge

    Is your New Year’s Resolution to read more?  Looking for a way to promote Self-Care?  Join the 52 Book List Reading Challenge.  Bookmark checklists are available in the library.

    Can’t find a book that meets the list?  Goodreads has a list for that!  https://www.the52book.club/2021/11/20/2022-goodreads-lists/  

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    A Word from the PHS Nurse: 

    Parents, please check the expiration date on your immunization exemptions. If they need to be renewed soon, now would be a good time to order the new form:

    School Immunization Exemption Information

    Many of you have received an email notifying you that there is no Online Health Information entered for your student. Please follow the instructions in the email and complete the Online Form. This is the nurse’s only source of emergency health information so it is VERY IMPORTANT.

    Donna Bartko, PHS Nurse

    A Word from the Parent Liaisons

    PfISD Parents and Families, please join us for our second webinar in the Parent and Family Empowerment Series.  January 12th from Noon to 1:00 pm.

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    Join Zoom Meeting:

     PHS Mentees Needed:

    The PHS JAMII Mentoring Program is taking application from 9th, 10th and 11th graders PHS students to participate in a mentoring program with adults for an opportunity to gain and refine important skills, such as problem-solving, interpersonal skills, and critical thinking, that can benefit students as they plan for college and/or enter the workforce. 

    Participants in the program will have an opportunity to attend an Austin Spurs Basketball game, a University of Texas Basketball game, visit colleges and universities throughout Texas, and professional job sites sponsored by the Texas workforce Commission. Please pick up applications at Student Services, PHS Front Desk or teacher referral. You can also click here and print out the form.

    A Word from the ELA Department:

    We are so proud of how hard our students have worked this semester. We know this school year has been challenging in many ways, but we also want to honor all of our students’ successes. Seeing students back in our classrooms, reading and writing with us has been such a joy. 

    I hope you and your families have a restful break and a happy holiday!

    Rebecca Cohen
    English Department Chair

    A Word from the PfISD Parent & Family Engagement Department

    Parents, are you unemployed or looking for a better career? Capital IDEA, a local nonprofit, is offering free education and job training for income-eligible adults. See below to find out how you could earn an associate degree or certification for a new career.

    Free Education-Parents-Bilingual_Flyer_Approved.pdf 

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    Most sincerely

    Zack Kleypas
    Principal
    Pflugerville High School

    "Keep improving, always, in all ways."

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  • Nearing Semesters End...

    Posted by Heike Cook on 12/10/2021 11:00:00 AM

    Greetings Panthers,

    Happy Friday!

    It is hard to believe that we are only one week away from the Christmas/Winter Break and the end of the first semester.

    I am so proud of the commitment of our teachers and the perseverance and grit of our students as they all returned to 100% in-person learning this school year. The minute the year started it was off to the races academically and with extra-curricular activities. 

    Before you know it we will be preparing for final exams and graduation. So hold on tight and let us enjoy how far we have come and prepare for the journey ahead.

    Next week is midterms and the last week before the holidays. We invite all students and staff to participate in our holiday spirit week (Thank you student class sponsors for the fun idea):

    • Monday: Wear your holiday Flannel!
    • Tuesday: Wear your Christmas/Holiday Socks!
    • Wednesday: White Out Winter Wonderland - wear white!
    • Thursday: Holiday Accessories day (where your Christmas/holiday hats/outfits)
    • Friday: Ugly Sweater Day!  

     

    The Elephant in the Room:

    It would be insensitive to start my blog this week without first addressing the elephant in the room… The social media post regarding guns/violence this week. Let me start by reiterating that there was never a time when a gun was found on campus or that a direct threat was being made towards PHS. Hopefully, you have had a chance to read the 3 emails regarding the situation to help clarify that. This was a situation when state and local news events, coupled with fake/false messages caused a heightened level of anxiety.

    It is completely understandable, especially due to recent events around the country and in the news for students, staff, and families to be concerned. I get it. Please know that at PHS we have numerous administrators, school resource officers, and a security guard who are always present in the halls and common areas greeting kids and helping monitor. In addition, every hallway has teachers who greet students at the door and monitor their classes. We utilize formal tips and anonymous alerts to constantly stay vigilant of potential issues. This is to say, we are present in all aspects of the school throughout the day because we know safety comes first. If kids and staff don't feel safe, learning cannot occur.

    Although the majority of situations we investigate are nothing more than a misunderstanding, an overheard joke between friends (that isn't funny), or some other false alarm, we investigate every report fully. If there is ever a direct threat or issue at PHS, I assure you information will be communicated to staff, students, and families. Clear, consistent, and timely communication is key to everyone's peace of mind and something that I do not take lightly.

    Please talk to your kiddos about the seriousness of falsifying information especially when used to cause fear/anxiety/panic and potentially compromise campus safety. Additionally, please continue to remind your kiddos to report suspicious situations to an adult or through our anonymous alerts on the website.

    Let's finish strong in our final week, and try to put this situation (or lack thereof) behind us.

     

    Anonymous Alerts:

    We encourage our students to follow our “See Something, Say Something” initiative and report any negative activity or threat to an adult on campus or use the Anonymous Alerts system. Anonymous Alerts allows for reporting of any negative activity on campus, including threats against the school, fights, bullying, drugs and more. Students, parents or other school personnel can simply visit the school’s website, and click on “Anonymous Alerts” at the top of the page.

    Anon alert

    Or, simply download the Anonymous Alerts mobile app. Visit our website for more information: http://www.pfisd.net/domain/1727.

     

    Congratulations to Girls Basketball:

    I had the honor of watching our girl’s basketball team compete in the Nancy Walling Tournament championship game Saturday evening. Our varsity girls battled hard and convincingly won the championship! Additionally, our JV team won consolation and our freshman team finished in second place in their brackets. It was a great weekend for girls basketball and makes me excited for the season!

    Note: Our boys are competing this week in a basketball tournament at PHS. Varsity won both games on Thursday and continued with games Friday (today) and Saturday!

     

    Congratulations to PHS Robotics:

    Team PHEAR 2021

    The Pflugerville High School Engineering and Robotics, (Team PHEAR) competed at the Texas Best Regional Robotics Championship December 2-4, 2021. The team placed 6th in their Division in the on-field challenge. The team fought through adversity to achieve their final placing.  Along with placing 6th in their Division Adrian Castillo-Hernandez captured the Top Gun award for the highest score in the Tournament. The team also won 2nd place for Workmanship (how well the robot was constructed). The overall placement is unknown at this time. If you see any of these students congratulate them on their accomplishments.

    Robotics

    (1st Row L to R) Keira Tran, Makayla Moreno, RAADE, Ngoc Tran, Lamisa Mahmud (2nd Row) Henry Lara, Judith Odu, Kevin Nguyen, Tristan Patrick, Warren Favors, Timothy Rubidoux II, Jenny Le (3rd Row) Alec Villarreal, Chitresh Tak, Norman Swanson, Mateo Gonzales, William Brooks, Vincent Nguyen, Favour Onafeso, Sabastian Hamilton (4th Row) Crystal Keck, Robert Barrera (Team Engineer), Adrian Castillo-Hernandez, Lambert Ike, Eric Ly, Christopher Riola

     

    Student Celebrations (Academic All-State):

    Pflugerville High School had three student-athletes named to the all-state academic teams. 

    To be nominated for Academic All-State, a student must be a senior student-athlete, trainer or manager in good standing with the team, of good moral character and have an overall grade-point average of 92 or above.

    Nominations must be made by the head coach of the prospective sport and the head coach must be a member of THSCA by Oct. 15. After nominations are submitted and the deadline has passed, the nominations are sent to THSCA for review. While the student might initially meet the criteria for nomination, that does not guarantee the student a spot on a team.

    The THSCA considers each student’s GPA, class rank, SAT and/or ACT score when reviewing the nominations. The students receive points based on each criteria. The total number of points they receive determines which team they are placed on. The classification of the school is not a factor, and there is no limit on how many players can make a team.

    Being named to the Elite Team is the highest honor a student can receive on the academic all-state teams. Students must have near-perfect scores in all categories to be named to the Elite Team in their respective sport. THSCA also names a first and second team along with honorable mention.

    For the full article, click here: https://www.pfisd.net/site/default.aspx?PageType=3&ModuleInstanceID=1130&ViewID=7b97f7ed-8e5e-4120-848f-a8b4987d588f&RenderLoc=0&FlexDataID=31922&PageID=1 

    Name

    School

    Team

    Xavier Osongo

    Pflugerville

    Honorable Mention

    Trey Snowberger

    Pflugerville

    2nd Team

    Jose Zapata

    Pflugerville

    Honorable Mention

     

    Coats for Kids (A Winning PHS Tradition):

    CONGRATS  PFLUGERVILLE HIGH SCHOOL STAFF & STUDENTS 

    Generosity is a very sought after trait, especially in our youth. Well, at PHS, we have yet again shown just how kind and generous our students are by raising the most coats donated in the annual Coats For Kids Central Texas Coat Drive competition.  

    PHS fearless Coats for Kids leader, and Ready Set Teach Teacher Ms. Kokes is the true hero for always facilitating this work. She and her students are no strangers to this recognition as they were recognized by KVET 98.1 for their 14th year in a row of having raised the most coats. I am so proud of Ms. Kokes and our kiddos.

    Ms. Kokes would also like to give a huge shout out to the Panther Baseball and Coach Freeze.  We couldn’t have done it without yall!

    Coats

     

    PHS Graduate Spotlight:

    Derrick S. - Howard University - Class of 2014; American University - Class of 2015 (PHS Class of 2010) was featured in a recent article on Advanced Placement Courses.

    Alumni

    What's Your AP Story?

    My AP story starts out with Pre-AP classes in middle school. I had some really amazing middle school teachers who encouraged my parents and me to consider pre-AP classes. I didn't know that would put me on a trajectory of taking a total of 8 AP exams in high school. From those exams, I earned more than a semester's worth of college credit. But again, I give most of the credit to my teachers. I had some amazing teachers who made the classes challenging, yet enjoyable. At the time, I didn't realize how I was being groomed for the rigor of college-level classes. I was already a critical thinker. I had extensive practice in justifying my solutions. I had developed writer's endurance. However, the benefit I enjoyed the most about taking AP was how it freed me to take unique classes in college. My earned college credits allowed me to take interesting classes like pilates and judo. College is all about exploring new things, and I would not have been able to do that without the additional college credits.

    What Are You Up To Now?

    I went to school at Howard University in Washington, D.C., and majored in mathematics so naturally, I was in the Math Club. Additionally, I tutored in the math lab and was a teacher's assistant for four years. I also joined my fraternity, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated. I loved teaching and tutoring so much that I decided to get my Master's in Math Education from American University in Washington, D.C. This will be my 8th year teaching mathematics in D.C. Public Schools.

    Fun Fact About Yourself

    Although I live in D.C., I am still a good ol' Texan! So any day of the week I'll take some smoked brisket or enchiladas!

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    There are SO many amazing PHS alumni we want to celebrate. Have a great story about an alumni? Email it to me at zachary.kleypas@pfisd.net 

     

    Save the Date (PfISD Graduation):

    The Board of Trustees made the decision that our 2022 graduation ceremonies will be held at the Pfield. All graduations will be held at 8:30 a.m. Below is the schedule for graduations this year. We will provide additional information in regards to the ceremonies at a later date. 

    • Tuesday, May 31 – Weiss HS
    • Wednesday, June 1 – Hendrickson HS
    • Thursday, June 2 – Pflugerville HS
    • Friday, June 3 – Connally HS
    • Saturday, June 4 – Bad weather make-up date 

     

    A Word from the College & Career Center:

    My name is Nick Howell and I am your College and Career Counselor! I look forward to the adventure we will have together over the next year and a half of your high school career. As we begin, I wanted to make sure you got an important update regarding PSAT, SAT, and a great scholarship opportunity.

    PSAT Scores are now available in your College Board account. If you have not had a chance yet, please log in to view your scores. Once you have viewed your scores, please create a Khan Academy and link your account with your College Board account. Khan Academy is a free study and tutoring tool with proven results. The Khan Academy method is well known to assist students in increasing their SAT score by building a personalized study/problem set based on their specific PSAT scores. Parents, you can also build an account using these steps. It will allow you to track your student's progress and help them grow through the useful study tool.

    PHS will host a free SAT on March 2nd for all enrolled juniors (students wishing to enlist in the military can choose to take an ASVAB that day). Using Khan Academy will help your student do the best that they can on that test, as many Colleges/Universities will require and SAT and/or ACT for the Class of 2023.

    Once your student completes the steps above, they can begin the College Board Opportunity Scholarship. This great scholarship opportunity is required of all juniors planning to attend a college, university, or trade school after high school. We have numerous winners every year, and it is very easy to complete all of the steps along your journey to college enrollment.

    Finally, if your student has not done so yet, please make sure they log into their SchooLinks account and mark the schools they are interested in as a “favorite”. This will help me invite them to specific opportunities throughout the next year and half. It is also a program they must be familiar with by the end of the year as it will be used to submit many documents to colleges next year.

    If you or your student have any questions for me, please do not hesitate to reach out. Our next big program, will be the Create Your Future College/Military Planning Night on February 3rd. Please mark your calendars!

    More from the CCC:

    I hope you all are having an amazing week. First and foremost, I am so incredibly proud of the work you are all doing for your future. Keep visiting the College and Career Center with any assistance you may need. It is time to begin looking for scholarships, if you have not started already. Below are some helpful places to look for free aid for your next journey in education. Remember, scholarships are available for any type of post-secondary education (College/University/Trade School/Apprenticeships, etc.).

    SchooLinks – This is the best resource as every local scholarship and most National Scholarships can be viewed in here.

    New Scholarship Opportunities – Everyone should apply to ALL of the scholarships they may qualify for below

    Make sure you are completing Scholarship applications on your institutional website as well. Deadlines fast approaching.

     

     

    Mental Health Training:

    We know that students (and adults) mental health needs have skyrocketed since the onset of COVID across the country. PHS Parent Liaisons are trying to stay ahead of the curve and support students and families with innovative ideas and resources gathered from a Mental Health Training. Please reach out to Ms. Kristen Hernandez or Dr. Luther Baker if you or your family need any help or have any questions, comments, or concerns about your child's experience at PHS. 

    Mental Health

     

    A Word from Our Social Worker:

    As we prepare for the holidays, please know that the holidays are not always as joyful for all of our students and families. Please see these helpful tips from Ms. Bowie, our school social worker.

    Social

     

    A Word from the Library:

    BOOK GIFT-GIVING GUIDES

    A favorite gift idea is a new book.  Check these lists for great book selections. 

    SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY, grades 4-12

    The Texas Center for the Book (TCFB) has launched the 2021-2022 Letters About Literature Texas contest, a program that invites students to respond to authors. Participants select a book, book series, essay, play, poem, short story, or speech that has made a lasting impact on their lives. They then write a personal letter to the author that reflects how they have been changed, inspired, or motivated by the work they selected. To learn more about the contest, how to submit and to view winning entries from previous years, visit www.tsl.texas.gov/lettersaboutliterature.

    The contest is open to Texas students in grades 4 - 12. All submissions for the 2021-2022 contest must be submitted through the online platform by 5:00 p.m., Dec. 17, 2021 (CST).  A permission form is required for all students who will be younger than 13 on Nov. 4, 2021. State winners receive $100 and will be honored at the 2022 Texas Library Association Conference.

     

    REMINDER: Midterm Bell Schedule - Tuesday, DECEMBER 13th - 17th

     Pflugerville High School 2021 Midterm Exam Schedule:

    E = Exam, C= Class

    Exam

    Semester Course Exam Exemptions (only applicable to semester long courses)

    Students in grades 11-12 who meet the criteria listed below may earn the opportunity to be exempt from one or more final exams for semester-long courses. Students may earn semester exemptions by achieving strong course grades and good attendance. 

    Final Exam Definition: A final exam is defined as the cumulative assessment for a semester course (at the end of the semester for .5 credit) and for a year-long course (at the end of the year for 1.0 credit courses).  

    Attendance: Attendance is considered individually for each course. An exemption from finals can be earned for each course taken.  

    The decision to take an exemption(s) is up to each student. Individual students must maintain the following: 

    For Semester Courses:

    Course grade of 90 or better and no more than  2 absences during the course OR

    Course grade of 80 or better and no more than 1 absence during the course

    Please keep in mind that students are not permitted to take midterm exams early.  If you have a student that will not be able to take their exam at the scheduled time, they should be given a 1 for their exam grade and will need to arrange a time with you to take the exam in January when we return.  After they take their exam in January, their teacher will submit a grade change for their grade.

    Most sincerely

    Zack Kleypas
    Principal
    Pflugerville High School

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

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  • Already December @ PHS!

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas on 12/3/2021

    Greetings Panthers,

    Happy Friday and welcome back!

    Celebrating Athletes Pflugerville Volleyball All District Awards 2021:

    District 18-5A

    • Kamryn Allen Academic All-District
    • Zahra Coates Academic All-District
    • Chasitee Collins Academic All-District
    • Dianna Greene Academic All-District
    • Taniah Jackson Academic All-District
    • Abby Lafollette Academic All-District
    • Jasmyn Lemuel Academic All-District
    • Addi Weeks Academic All-District 
    • Sophia Montenegro Co-Outstanding Defensive Player
    • Kamryn Allen First Team All-District
    • Zahra Coates First Team All-District
    • Jasmyn Lemuel First Team All-District
    • Camden Fredrickson Second Team All-District
    • Dianna Greene Second Team All-District
    • Addi Weeks Second Team All-District
    • Chasitee Collins Honorable Mention
    • Hannah Diaz Honorable Mention

    Note: Academic All State (90% or better grade point average overall from Freshmen year to start of Senior Season)

    • Kamryn Allen Academic All State
    • Zahra Coates Academic All State
    • Chasitee Collins Academic All State

    Panthers Visit Texas State:

    A group of upperclassmen who have applied to Texas State were given the opportunity to travel and tour the university with our very own Mr. Howell. It was an impactful experience and even some former Panthers showed up to provide tour and college info.

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    PHS is looking forward to providing seniors more opportunities in the future to other Texas Schools and even career locations. Stay tuned for more info!

    Last Day of ACE (for the Fall Semester)

    The last day of ACE will be this week on Thursday, 12/2/21. The bell schedule will change for the remainder of this semester for the following reasons:

    1. Adopt a Child – Friday, 12/3/21
    2. STAAR/EOC Retests – week of 12/6/21 – 12/10/21
    3. Midterms = week of 12/13/21 – 12/17/21

    Please read below for adjusted bell schedules.

    STAAR/EOC Retesting 

    Next week is all about retesting. We have more students than ever retesting due to the number of students who didn’t test last year due to virtual instruction. Testing will occur on Tuesday, 12/7/21 – Thursday 12/9/21 with make ups on Friday, 12/10/21.

    Adjusted Bell Schedules: Adjusted PHS Bell Schedule

    DECEMBER 3rd - 10th

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    DECEMBER 13th - 17th

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     Pflugerville High School 2021 Midterm Exam Schedule:

    E = Exam, C= Class

    Semester Course Exam Exemptions (only applicable to semester long courses)

    Students in grades 11-12 who meet the criteria listed below may earn the opportunity to be exempt from one or more final exams for semester-long courses. Students may earn semester exemptions by achieving strong course grades and good attendance. 

    Final Exam Definition: A final exam is defined as the cumulative assessment for a semester course (at the end of the semester for .5 credit) and for a year-long course (at the end of the year for 1.0 credit courses).  

    Attendance: Attendance is considered individually for each course. An exemption from finals can be earned for each course taken.  

    The decision to take an exemption(s) is up to each student. Individual students must maintain the following: 

    For Semester Courses:

    Course grade of 90 or better and no more than  2 absences during the course OR

    Course grade of 80 or better and no more than 1 absence during the course

    Please keep in mind that students are not permitted to take midterm exams early.  If you have a student that will not be able to take their exam at the scheduled time, they should be given a 1 for their exam grade and will need to arrange a time with you to take the exam in January when we return.  After they take their exam in January, their teacher will submit a grade change for their grade.

    A Word From our Lead Counselor:

    COURSE SELECTION FOR NEXT SCHOOL YEAR:

    Course Selection is just around the corner. High School students will submit their course selections for next year when we return from winter break. This year will be the first year we use SchooLinks for this process. Every student has an account in SchooLinks that provides many tools, like college searches, career exploration, resume writing and a place to record accomplishments. Students will also select courses via their SchooLinks account. ACE classes spent a day letting students explore their Schoolinks account. If you missed this day or would like to continue to explore all that is available, here are the instruction that were shared during ACE:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1tFYq2ywcIPtqSdqg8PfAE0fPQn0h2X1gy4xvImtOC6I/edit?usp=sharing

    Parents / Guardians will need to approve course selections via Schoolinks. Here are steps for parents/guardians to set up access: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1ktauc_cVxWATurN4TQtmMR_LmxnrMbfA-RE22PW4FmE/edit?usp=sharing

    (REMINDER) Student ID’s:

    School IDs were printed before Thanksgiving Break.  All students should be wearing their IDs.  The Grade levels are color coded.  Seniors – Blue, Juniors – Purple/Maroon, Sophomores – Red,  Freshmen – Yellow.  If a student did not get their ID printed, please have them come to the library. 

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    PHS Mentees Needed:

    The PHS JAMII Mentoring Program is taking application from 9th, 10th and 11th graders PHS students to participate in a mentoring program with adults for an opportunity to gain and refine important skills , such as problem-solving, interpersonal skills, and critical thinking, that can benefit students as they plan for college and/or enter the workforce. Participants in the program will attend the Austin Spurs Basketball games, The University of Texas Basketball games, visit colleges and universities throughout Texas, and professional job sites sponsored by the Texas workforce Commission. Please pickup applications at Student Services, PHS Front Desk or teacher referral. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1axRVr9zPCzU6fvrE9uoJmLNqSsxSxA3NfmPSlK-TUIk/edit

    From the Library

    Looking for some recipes for your next family/social gathering?  Check out the Robbie Smith Cookbook Collection in the PHS Library. 

    From NoPlace4Hate

    Back by popular demand, NP4H8 is compiling Holiday Videos.  Please encourage your students/team members/group members to create short TikTok-style videos to share their culture’s significant dates.  The deadline is Friday, Jan. 7.  Send/Share to Laura.Owen@pfisd.net.  For more info, visit https://sites.google.com/pfisd.net/phsnp4h8/home or see Mrs. Owen.

    From the District Literacy Lead:

    1.       Canvas gradebook and grading periods Reminder:
    •         View > Filter > Grading Periods
    •         If an assignment does not have a due date it will not display.
    1.       Skyward End-of Semester Reminder:
    1.   District December Tech Tips Newsletter.  https://www.smore.com/zq1p4
    •         Make sure to read through the Skyward section for information on finalizing grades for the semester.

    A Word from Dance:

    Please save the date for our First Annual Holiday Spectacular December 11th, 5:00pm at the PHS FAC. Come out to support our Lady Panthers Dance Team, PHS Dance Classes, PMS Dance Classes and other guest performers celebrate the winter season. Doors will open at 4:30pm and admission is FREE. 

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    The Pflugerville Public Library:

    The Pflugerville Public library wants to encourage parents of babies up to 2-year-olds to read with their little ones. Register to pick up a Little Pflugers tote with a few books, a parents’ guide to get you started and some swag.  Please visit https://bit.ly/3oU48D for more information.

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    Zack Kleypas
    Principal
    Pflugerville High School

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

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  • Happy Thanksgiving from PHS!

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas on 11/19/2021

    Greetings Panthers,

    Happy Friday and Happy Thanksgiving Break!

    I hope everyone is able to take some time to relax, refresh, and recharge! Whether you are traveling far or staying home, gathering with friends and family, or staying in, please be safe! 

    Basketball Season:

    Basketball season is well underway for both the girls and the boys. The boys are hosting a freshman tournament on campus Thursday and Friday and Varsity welcomes Marble falls tonight. The girl’s team will be home again on December 13th against the Round Rock Dragons.

    Girls Basketball was featured with tons of great pics in this article after their clutch 1 point win over Cedar Ridge the other night: Statesman Article

    For a full list of schedules, please check out our PfISD website, and specifically Rank One: Game Schedules 

    (Final Decision) Midterm Week:

    After a week of voting, it was a photo finish! Ultimately, Option A won out:

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    The main reasons were as follows: 

    1. Option B left some folks with 4 straight classes in a day and thus no conference period one day, and two on another.
    2. For students, particularly seniors, coming to school for 5th and 6th period at the end of the day and thus until 4:15 was problematic.

    Thus, here is our Fall 2021 Midterm Schedule:

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    2021 A & B  FINAL PHS Midterm Exam Schedule 

    Due to adjusted schedules after the break including the midterm schedule above and STAAR retakes, there will be no ACE on Dec. 6th – 17th

    Thus, starting Dec. 6th 1st and 5th period will start at 9:00 am every day for ALL STUDENTS.

    Code to College Free Opportunity:

    Our Winter Programming application is open for 3 more weeks. Please check out this flyer for more info: Winter 2022 - Flyer .pdf 

    The application closes on December 1st - we appreciate your support!

    Picture Order Forms:

    Quick online ordering for your student’s school picture can be done by visiting mylifetouch.com  with your student’s school ID number or the school picture ID:  EVT4BCMH4 

    Proofs will be sent home via your student’s social study classes.  Directions on how to order will also be included with these proofs.

    From the Librarian

    School IDs were printed this week.  Starting after Thanksgiving, all students should be wearing their IDs.  The Grade levels are color coded.  Seniors – Blue, Juniors – Purple/Maroon, Sophomores – Red,  Freshmen – Yellow.  If a student did not get their ID printed, please have them come to the library. 

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    A Word from the College and Career Center:

    I hope that you are excited for the upcoming break. First and foremost, I cannot tell you how incredibly proud I am of our students this year. Our Class of 2022 has submitted over 1200 college applications, made strides to enlist in the military, and even found an opportunity for passion within the workforce. These students have even earned over 1.5 million in scholarships thus far! What a truly amazing group of individuals. Below are some very important updates from the College and Career Center.

    College Applications (Class of 2022): Many college applications have an upcoming deadline of December 1st, 2021. If you/your student has not yet completed all of their college applications, please continue to work on these applications. Mr. Howell will be available via email during the Thanksgiving break. Colleges with important upcoming deadlines include (but are not limited to): University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M University, Texas State University, Texas Tech University, Texas A&M Corpus Christi, University of Houston, and many more. However, please wait on applying to ACC until January with Mr. Howell.

    Financial Aid Graduation Requirement (Class of 2022): Please remember that the State of Texas requires all graduating seniors to complete the 2022-2023 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the TASFA (if you qualify for this instead) in order to graduate from a PFISD high school. The deadline to complete this item is November 30th, 2021. If your family needs assistance completing this form, please email me directly. We will offer two more FAFSA nights to assist families in completing the form. Don’t forget that it will require your legal guardian’s 2020 tax information.

    Scholarships (Class of 2022): I am hopeful that your students have begun applying for scholarship opportunities, as there are many available. Colleges & Universities may require students to fill out an extra scholarship form that can be located on their website. The College and Career Counselors amongst the Pflugerville ISD High Schools have begun to put local scholarships in the SchooLinks program (under the Finances section). The SchooLinks page and the National Scholarship Page can assist you in finding opportunities

    Free College Tuition (All families) – Please remember if your family makes under $65,000/year and completes the Financial Aid Application in a timely manner during senior year, most public institutions in the State of Texas will offer you free tuition. For more information please reach out to Mr. Howell

    SchooLinks (All Families) – Students in 9th – 11th grade should be exploring all of the opportunities within PFISD’s new College & Career Readiness platform, SchooLinks. In this platform, they can explore different careers, colleges, and financial resources (such as scholarships). Please make sure that you/your student is going into the platform regularly and if they are considering college after high school….they should be marking schools they are interested in as a “favorite”. This will help the College & Career Center invite them to events that their specific college may be hosting.  

    Please remember that Mr. Howell is available via email to answer any questions that you may have during the Thanksgiving Break. Have a wonderful Holiday Season.

    Nick Howell
    College and Career Advisor
    Pflugerville High School
    (512) 594 – 0527

    Vaccine Opportunities:

     

     

    A Word from Our Lady Panthers Dance Team:
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    Most sincerely

     

    Zack Kleypas
    Principal
    Pflugerville High School

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

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  • Happy Friday @ PHS!

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas on 11/12/2021

    Greetings Panthers,

    Happy Friday!

    In honor of Veterans Day, please check out this quick video our Audio Video class created showcasing a few of the Veterans who currently are on our PHS staff: https://vimeo.com/manage/videos/644828300 

    Conclusion of Volleyball & Football Seasons:

    Congratulations to our Volleyball team for a great season that ended with a trip to the playoffs. I know our team would have loved for the season to have lasted a bit longer into the playoffs, but all good things must come to an end, and this season was a great journey! I had the honor of watching our lady panthers win a huge district final game against Weiss and battle hard in their playoff game against Lockhart. Please help me congratulate our athletes and their amazing leader Coach Langman, and all of our other coaches.

    Congratulations also to our football team. Injuries and a few close games made our final record far from what we had when we started the season, but it ended better than anyone could have written up; with a huge win against cross town rival Hendrickson High School in the annual “battle of the ville”.

    If you missed the game, it started off with a commanding 17-0 lead going into the 3rd/4th quarter. HHS mounted a comeback to take the lead 21-17. Our athletes, however, would not surrender without a fight. With 4 minutes left PHS set off down the field to finish what they started. Led by senior leader and running back EJ Oakmon, PHS dove into the endzone to take the lead with only 4 seconds left on the clock.

    The crowd went crazy, to say the least as PHS defeated Hendrickson in football for the first time in school history! I am super proud of the student section and the community for showing up and supporting our athletes. Our senior student leaders in the P-Crew did an awesome job setting the example for others all year long, and they were rewarded with an awesome ending.

    Congratulations to Coach Taylor and the many coaches that are involved in the season. Being a high school coach of any kind is no easy task and not for the faint of heart, especially for those involved in football season. There are countless hours spent with the team, watching films, and preparing for each week. Oftentimes, these coaches are the first to get to school and the last to leave. Please help me thank them for the sacrifices they make for our student athletes.

    Up Next: Basketball Season:

    We now embark on a much-anticipated basketball season! Girls and Boys have already begun practices and some scrimmages. Please check our website or the awesome PHS App to stay up to date with the season’s schedule. We hope you will come and enjoy the events!

    IMPORTANT NOTE: One of the blessings and curses of our indoor sports is that fans are close to the action! This makes for an exciting experience for everyone who attends as there is no bad seat in the house. However, basketball season, based on the nature of the sport, can, at some schools, lead to issues involving inappropriate/negative fan comments, statements, and lack of professionalism.

    I want to ask and encourage everyone to please come out and positively praise our athletes, coaches, and especially the hard working referees. It is easy to have opinions on close calls, or decisions made from the birds-eye view in the stands, but I want to remind everyone that feedback during the game is rarely appreciated, and never implemented (sorry but true).

    At Pflugerville High School, we ask all parents, community members, and students to model the great character we show during the school day during our extracurricular events while our guests (away team) are visiting. For many families, their experience at our sports event will be their only viewpoint on our campus, our students, and our communities. Let’s show them how great we are through great sportsmanship.

    Speaking of that, a personal favor that I ask is that we please make sure NOT to boo other teams or players, instead, let’s focus on building up our own team with positive praise.

    Let's have a great season and I hope to see you out at the games!

    Celebrating a “Silent Servant”:

    Senior Brianna O. was recognized on Wednesday for a prestigious award based on her community service. She currently has the most documented community service hours of any senior in the class of 2022. Brianna currently:

    • Volunteers every Tuesday and Thursday at Park Crest Middle School in their homework hotline tutorial service
    • Works with our English Second Language (ESL) program to tutor students whose first language may not be English
    • Serves as a summer Camp Counselor for her church
    • Spends her time visiting community living centers to visit individuals who are often forgotten (elderly & disabled individuals)
    • Participates in Kindness Matters week to honor teachers and staff (including custodians and bus drivers).
    • Managed our annual Blood Drive at PHS
    • Participated and Organized many different food pantry drives through her organizations
    • and much more.

    Additionally, Brianna is a strong leader on our campus and has been recognized nationally as a Hispanic & AP Scholar. As a recipient of the Silent Servant Award, Brianna received a beautiful glass plaque and a check for $500! Please help me congratulate Brianna.

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    P.S. Brianna is also incredibly involved with our Health Science program, so a celebratory picture with our skeleton friend only seemed fitting.

    Speech & Debate Celebration:

    Wednesday at Lexington High School, PHS students competed at the Region XIII Congress Meet.  Congratulations to our competitors! Below are the results:

    • Kenneth Kalu - Placed 3rd and qualified for the UIL State Meet on January 10 - 12th.
    • Derek Beck advanced to finals.
    • Cassidy Chaney competed in the preliminary round.

    This is an awesome start as we come back from last year's State Championship!

    Students We Want Your Opinion:

    It would be fast and easy for the principal and admin team to just pick a midterm schedule, and go.. But the impact of our choice barely affects us as admin, but has a great impact on students and teachers. Thus, we would like for students to cast their vote between two options. 

    Please take a moment to share your opinion via this form: Midterm Selection Form 

    Note: The form will close Wednesday, Nov. 17th, 2021.

    (Optional) COVID 19 Vaccine Opportunities:

    COVID vaccines are now available to persons ages 5 and up. PfISD has partnered with Austin Public Health and Travis County to provide vaccinations to our students at multiple locations across the district. Any staff member, eligible PfISD student, and members of staff and students' families are welcome to come and get vaccinated.

    All clinics will be available from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on the following dates:

    • Nov. 15 – Cele Middle School
    • Nov. 16 – Westview Middle School
    • Nov. 17 – Northwest Leadership Academy
    • Nov. 17 – Dearing Elementary School
    • Nov. 18 – Windermere Elementary School
    • Nov. 18 – Pflugerville Elementary School
    • Nov. 18 – Pflugerville Middle School
    • Nov. 29 – Wieland Elementary School
    • Nov. 29 – Dessau Middle School
    • Nov. 30 – River Oaks Elementary School
    • Dec. 1 – Timmerman Elementary School
    • Dec. 1 – Copperfield Elementary School
    • Dec. 2 – Ruth Barron Elementary School
    • Dec. 2 – Caldwell Elementary School

    * Middle schools not listed above will also hold vaccine clinics. Once dates have been set, they will be added to the Google form link for registration.

    In order to plan for the number of vaccines at each clinic, please complete this Google form .

    From the Library

    PFISD is dedicated to Digital Citizenship and CyberSafety.  Check out the new posters in the hallways for additional information on Cybersecurity on Social Media, Detecting Fake News, and Being a Good Digital Citizen.  

    Remind your students to never share their passwords, to not open unsolicited emails or texts, and to remember that everything they put on the internet is always there, even if it was deleted or hidden from view.  

    Shout out to Mr. Q’s Graphic Arts students for the posters on cyber-safety actions to report online hate on social media and online games.  Let Mrs. Owen know if you need copies inside your classrooms.  

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    A Word from Theater Arts:

    You won't want to miss our next Theatre Production! Auditions are being held after school in the FAC on Thursday, November 18th at 4:15 pm.

    Check out their cool promotional video to build some hype and anticipation for their next performance:

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Pu_L4WUkbuvO-Wzqal1RmIYECD8CyMbB/view?usp=sharing 

    (FREE) Code to College Opportunity:

    Our Winter Programming application is open for 3 more weeks and we need your support in getting our applications up! 

    Check out this flyer: Winter 2022 - Flyer .pdf 

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    The application closes on December 1st - we appreciate your support!

    Reminder: Join us THIS WEEK for the Mentor Orientation 

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    Most sincerely

     

    Zack Kleypas
    Principal
    Pflugerville High School

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

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  • It is November Already @ PHS!

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas on 11/5/2021

    Greetings Panthers,

    Happy Friday!

    Can you believe it is already November? With November comes the holiday seasons, but none more important than the one occurring on Thursday, Nov. 11th - Veterans Day. A sincere thank you to all of our Veterans who have demonstrated bravery in protecting and serving.

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    Another important holiday this month is none other than Thanksgiving! It is hard to believe we are only 10 school days away from our well deserved week long Thanksgiving Break. 

    Students, how will you maximize those next 10 days academically? Remember, when we come back from that break, we only have 3 weeks until the December holiday break. One of those weeks will involve midterms (stay tuned for that schedule). So time will fly by.

    Please make sure you are attending tutorials, turning in all of your work, studying for tests, and completing corrections and retakes as needed. 

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    PfISD Website Translation Feature:

    Did you know that you can view this blog and other PfISD web pages in different languages? Click on the language button on the top left of the screen and select your language.

    ¿Sabe que puede ver este blog y otras páginas web de PfISD en diferentes idiomas? Haga clic en el botón de idioma en la parte superior a la izquierda de la pantalla y seleccione su idioma.

    Bạn có biết rằng bạn có thể xem blog này và các trang web PfISD khác bằng các ngôn ngữ khác nhau không? Nhấp vào nút ngôn ngữ ở trên cùng bên trái của màn hình và chọn ngôn ngữ của bạn.

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    Project Jamii (Mentor Program):

    You may have seen on the news or social media the amazing story of a group of dads in Louisiana banning together to create “Dads on Duty” to be present, visible, and available in a school in which students were misbehaving (to an extreme).

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    Pflugerville High School does not need a Dads on Duty for the same reasons as that school, however, we do have a specific need for dads (and moms, and grandparents, and community members) who would be willing to spend thirty minutes to an hour each week to be a mentor for a student(s) here at PHS.

    If you do not know this about me yet, let me tell you that mentor programs are one of my favorite things! There are so many reasons, but I will just give you a few:

    1. In today's world, many students are not getting the time, attention, love, and support they need to thrive. That is not passing blame, but rather exposing an opportunity for a mentor.

    2. So many adults can think back to an official (or unofficial) mentor or person in their life who had a lasting impact on who they are today. Mentors can be that for our kids.

    3. I am of the mindset that there are no “bad kids” but there are many kids (especially post remote learning) who are making, have made, or could make “bad choices” that are going to impact their future, if not for a mentor to help intervene.

    At the previous middle school I was at, we had nearly 75 mentors who would visit with kids regularly to check in, hang out, ask how they are doing, help them think through and problem solve issues they are having, and most importantly just be there to listen and show them there is someone who believes in them. We called the program Project Jamii (Swahili for family and community). I am excited to announce,that we are bringing this same program to the students at PHS.

    All of this is what parents, teachers, counselors, admin, and other educators do daily, but I can tell you from experience, sometimes it takes an outside adult to help students see that the advice they are getting all around them is actually the right advice. That person could be you.

    So what am I asking for?

    I would LOVE more than anything else that anyone who has a desire to work with a young person and make a difference in their lives today and in their future, to please reach out to us by contacting one of our parent liaisons who leads our mentor program: Luther.Baker@pfisd.net

    Additionally, we are having a mentor orientation kick-off event on Thursday, November 18th, 2021 and all past and potential mentors are invited (please see the flyer below);

    Whether you have mentored officially or have no idea what it would take, I encourage you to reach out. We have easy to follow activity, ice breaker, and get to know your resources for those who are new to this type of work.

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    Here is the information for our mentor orientation:

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    Celebrating a Perfect Score:

    In case you missed it, PHS Senior Lamisa Mahmud scored a PERFECT SCORE on her College Board AP Research Exam. Check out this great article by district, celebrating her accomplishment:

    Pflugerville High School senior Lamisa Mahmud joined a rare club as she received notice from the College Board that she earned a perfect score on the AP Research Exam in May. She is one of just 375 students in the world to earn every possible point on the exam. 

    “Lamisa is an incredibly bright student. There is no question of that. However, earning a perfect score on a test of this caliber shows just how dedicated and intentional she is in her academic pursuits,” said Pflugerville High School Principal Zack Kleypas.

    AP exams are scored on a scale of 1 to 5, but it is possible to receive a 5 rating without a perfect score. Mahmud received maximum points in each section of the AP Research Exam, putting her in that rare group of perfect scores.

    Julia Levy has taught Mahmud since middle school and seen her academic growth. She is not surprised Mahmud has achieved everything she has set her mind to in school because she is a student with incredible drive and a vision for accomplishing her goals.

    “Lamisa is someone I have known and taught since 6th grade, so this recognition only affirms what I already know about her. She is curious about the natural world and knows how to systematically answer questions through data analysis,” Levy said. “To ask and answer one’s own questions requires patience, organization, creativity, and a humility to recognize the limitations within one’s own research work. Lamisa has quietly honed her research skills over many years, and her perseverance has contributed more to her success than anything I could have done for her as a teacher and research mentor.”

    With a student among such rare company is an opportunity to show other students what is possible through hard work and dedication on their academic path.

    “Having a student achieve this kind of recognition is such a great moment for Pflugerville High School and all of our teachers in Pflugerville ISD. Our staff devote their time and attention to students and their success, and having a student perform at this level is a testament to Lamisa and all of the many teachers who have impacted her learning along her journey. We are so proud of her and her accomplishment.”

    The academic environment at Pflugerville High School and PfISD helped fuel Mahmud along her journey. Levy said she hopes that seeing Mahmud get a perfect score on the AP Research exam will encourage other students to pursue some of the programs offered that they may have been tentative to give a try and begin to push themselves as well.

    “Pflugerville High School has a culture of positive risk taking when it comes to academics. We offer the advanced courses, help every student who wants to try them, and we have the ability to push the students as far as they are willing to trust us,” Levy said. “I think as other students learn of their peers’ successes, we may have some reluctant students give our advanced programs a try.”

    Acing exams is not the only thing Mahmud has been recognized for either.

    According to PHS college and career counselor Nick Howell, Mahmud is one of 100 finalists for the Piper Scholars Program. Schools must be invited to nominate students to the program that awards four-year scholarships to academically promising high school seniors in certain regions of Texas that need financial aid to attend their college of choice in Texas. Students must maintain at least a B average in college to remain in the program and continue to receive their scholarship.

    In addition to the district article, Lamisa was recognized with a segment on Kxan: Pflugerville HS student lands perfect AP exam score, joining elite global ranks

    Action Item: Student Climate Surveys:

    Students, please take a moment to share your thoughts and opinions with us by completing the survey during the Nov 1-12 window.

    NOTE: The link will be placed as a message on Canvas to make it easier for students to access

    Topics: Grit, Self-Efficacy, Growth Mindset, Social Awareness, Emotion Regulation

    Most sincerely

    Zack Kleypas
    Principal
    Pflugerville High School

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

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  • So Much to Celebrate at PHS!

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas on 10/29/2021

    Greetings Panthers,

    Happy Friday!

    There is so much to celebrate and be excited about at PHS! Let's get straight to it:

    Volleyball is Playoff Bound!

    PHS swept Weiss in three tightly-contested sets on Tuesday night (the last one was a nail biter!) to finish second in the district standings and bump Weiss to third.

    Hendrickson and PHS must await a tiebreaker match between Lockhart and Ann Richards to determine who their opponent will be in the first round. The first round of the playoffs is Monday and Tuesday.

    Band & Football:

    Our amazing PHS Band is participating in the Super Regional on Friday, November 5th. Our performance time is at 4 PM. The group will then travel back to Pflugerville for the halftime performance at the football game against Pflugerville in the Battle of the ‘Ville (You will NOT want to miss that game). This week PHS football travels to Georgetown.

    National Honor Society (NHS) Induction: 

    Wednesday night we celebrated our annual NHS induction ceremony. It was a beautiful event that honored some VERY deserving PHS students. These students are true examples of the four pillars of NHS: Leadership, Scholarship, Service, and Character. Please help me celebrate the following students and their amazing sponsors Ms. Matthews and Ms. Stewart:

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    Austin Chamber of Conference State of Education & Talent 2021:

    On Thursday, representatives from PHS, the other High schools, and district leadership were invited to the State of Education & Talent 2021 recognition ceremony.

    PHS received not one but TWO awards at the prestigious event!

    • Highest ApplyTexas Submission Rate by Enrollment for a High School Campus
    • Highest FAFSA Submission Rate by Enrollment for a High School Campus

    I am so proud of the work led primarily by our College and Career Advisor Nick Howell. These awards are in recognition of supporting our students in furthering their future in College, Career, and/or Military  Readiness. 

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    Here is a full list of award winners: State of Education and Talent 2021 

    Coats for Kids!:

    It is that time of year again – the annual coat drive!  Please donate any new or gently used coats or hoodies to any Ready Set Teach student, FCCLA member or Baseball player or simply bring them to the Front Office of PHS.   Let’s once again help keep kids in central Texas warm and retain our Coats For Kids CHAMPION title!

    Construction Projects Update:

    When we welcomed back students and staff in August, many updates and upgrades had been completed since the last time they were in the building. New hallway floors were added throughout the building, painting and tiling work was done to improve aesthetics, a new Ag facility was opened, new fencing was added in multiple parts of the exterior of the building, but not everything was complete.

    I am excited to share some updates on some recently finished projects and some that are progressing along beautifully:

    1. Our amazing band hall and theatre arts black box overhaul is a huge project, as seen by these two pictures from the exterior of the building. Included in this project are updates to the FAC restrooms and a new internal hallway to access the band and theatre arts spaces.

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           2. Our Dance Hall space is fully framed and awaiting flooring. The locker room associated with the space is nearly complete and sporting the beautiful Panther blue.

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           3. The health science classrooms are starting to look like classrooms! What was once a completely gutted space in between two currently functioning classrooms will be ready for teachers and students soon.


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             4. Murals and artwork can be found throughout the building from the cafeteria to the stairwells, to the lecture hall. School spirit and pride are hard to miss on these beautiful installations.

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    FREE Code 2 College Opportunity:

    I’m thrilled to start working with you and supporting Pflugerville High School students in applying to our Programming. 

    We are getting ready for our Winter Programming that will start in January. Our application is currently open and will close on December 1, 2021. We had 15 PHS students in our Fall Programming and are looking to increase that number by 25! 

    We also have launched an initiative called Vision 2024, where we aim to place 200 Black and Latinx women into STEM roles by the year 2024. Code2College Vision 2024 is focused on the identification, recruitment, preparation, and workforce placement of women who have the talent and potential, but historically and currently lack the access to pursue these high-need and high-wage careers. Students in this mentorship program will be paired with both technical and executive-level female mentors who are currently in the STEM field. 

    A Word from the Counselors: 

    AP Exams Information:

    All students taking AP exams this year need to be registered in MyAP(College Board) and Total Registration. Please make sure your tests match on both sites, if they do not, you run the risk of having tests dropped.

    Cost: $86 per test, or $15 per test if student qualifies for free/reduced lunch. There will be a $40 late fee per exam signed up/paid for after the deadline.

    Deadline: Students must be signed up in both sights with a  down payment of $40 per exam by Oct. 29th. Payment will be made through Total Registration.

    Students taking more than one exam and paying full price may apply for scholarship funds that will be awarded in November. Scholarship application: https://forms.gle/8bu8zkvbB8eyLYz97

    *There will be NO REFUNDS this year.*

    MyAP: https://myap.colleeboard.org/login  & Total Registration: www.totalregistration.net/AP/445500

    If you have questions, please contact the PHS AP Coordinators: sarah.cable@pfisd.net or Lindsay.saylorcarroll@pfisd.net

    If you have not yet applied for free or reduced lunch, please complete the form as soon as you can.  https://www.pfisd.net/Page/500

    Clarifying STAAR EOC (End-of-Course)

    2019-2020 School Year:

    If a student passed their STAAR tested class, then the State awarded a COVID-Waiver for the 2019-2020 school year.  This was ONLY for the 2019-2020 school year.  If a student did not pass the STAAR tested class, then the student has to take that STAAR to graduate.

    For example – a student takes English 1, Biology and Algebra 1 during the 2019-2020 school year and passes English 1 with a 78, Biology with an 84 and earns a 62 for Algebra 1.  The State awarded the COVID-Waiver for English and Biology but the student will now have to earn a passing credit for Algebra 1 and will need to take the Algebra 1 STAAR.

    2020-2021 School Year:

    All students must take the STAAR EOC.  Taking the STAAR EOC to graduate is NOT an option.  Parents/Guardians were given the option to send their virtual student(s) to campus to test in the Spring or to wait and take the STAAR EOC at a later date.  The option given was to postpone the STAAR until Summer 2021 or December 2021.

    Whether or not to take the STAAR to graduate is not an option – all STAAR EOC must be taken to graduate.

    Dr. Sara Butler, Assistant Principal, Testing/Intervention

    A Word from the Dance Department

    Do you love to dance and show school spirit? Consider auditioning for our Varsity Lady Panther Dance Team or JV Pfusion Dance Team. Mark your calendars for Wednesday Nov. 3rd at 6pm for our mandatory tryout interest meeting over Zoom. 

    Please have 1 guardian and the audition participant present over Zoom. All candidates must attend the meeting to be eligible to audition. If you miss the meeting please contact Coach Cortez. 

    Join Zoom Meeting

    Please join our Remind to receive the latest tryout information.

    • Remind 101
    • Text: @Dance2223
    • To: 81010

    -Coach Cortez, adriana.cortez@pfisd.net

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    FREE Thanksgiving dinner offered from Saffron Trust on 11/23/2021.

    Families must reserve order for meal in advance and must pick up on 11/23/2021. There are two pick-up locations: Pflugerville one is at the Abundant Life Church  1006 Old Austin Hutto Road Pflugerville, Tx 78660.  The other pickup site is in Austin, at Mt. Zion Baptist Church 1212 Harvey Street Austin, TX, 78702.

    This offer from Saffron Trust is open to anyone in the greater Pflugerville, Austin, Hutto, Round Rock area regardless of need or status. You can choose 1-5 single meals for you and your family members or a full meal that feeds 6. There is one order per family.  Families should register ASAP and be sure to choose pick up location. Meals will ONLY be available through reservations, no walk-ups.

    Directions to Church in Pflugerville due to construction: Old Austin Hutto Road is a one way street right now and you enter it by going north on it from Pecan Street. The church is on your left - go to the building where the big cross is directly over the doorway.

    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScjYRW7PKp2Za1PJRT0_bnmD8CNxNh3WqvxeLao2xkTKhaaJw/viewform

    For info on Saffron Trust: https://lnk.bio/saffrontrustorg/

    Ana Bowie, LMSW, Campus Social Worker

    Cena del día de acción de gracias gratis se ofrece de Saffron Trust el 11/23/2021.

    Las familias deben reservar la comida de antemano y deben recogerla el 11/23/2021. Hay dos lugares para recogerla:

    Pflugerville: Abundant Life Church, 1006 Old Austin Hutto Road, Pflugerville, TX 78660

    Austin: Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 1212 Harvey Street, Austin, TX 78702

    Esta oferta de Saffron Trust está abierta a cualquiera en el área metropolitana de Pflugerville, Austin, Hutto, Round Rock sin importar su necesidad o estatus. Puede escoger 1-5 comidas individuales para usted y los miembros de su familia o una comida familiar para 6 personas. Hay un pedido por familia. Las familias deben registrarse tan pronto como posible y asegurarse de escoger su lugar para recogerla. Las comidas estarán disponibles solamente por reservación, no habrá comidas extras disponibles ese día.

    Direcciones a la iglesia en Pflugerville por la construcción: La calle Old Austin Hutto Road es de sentido único ahora y se entra en dirección al norte de la calle Pecan Street. La iglesia está a la izquierda – vaya al edificio que tiene la cruz grande arriba de la puerta.

    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScjYRW7PKp2Za1PJRT0_bnmD8CNxNh3WqvxeLao2xkTKhaaJw/viewform

    Para más información sobre Saffron Trust: https://lnk.bio/saffrontrustorg/

    Ana Bowie, LMSW, Trabajadora social

    A Word from PHS Soccer:

    The Panther soccer team is conducting our annual spirit wear sale. The sale continues through November 5. We have shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, etc. including the official 2022 team shirt. See any soccer player or click the link below. Please support Panther soccer.

    Here is the link: https://gogearonline.com/panther-soccer-fr/products

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    Thanks,

    Michael Nave
    Head Boys Soccer Coach / Psychology / Sport Psychology / Sociology

    Most sincerely

     

    Zack Kleypas
    Principal
    Pflugerville High School

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

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