• Cele Update: Sept. 7

    Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 9/8/2020

    Colt Families,

    Happy Labor Day! For our students, this will be a three-day weekend followed by a three-day school week. Students will have the day off this Friday, and our Cele staff will be completing final preparations to welcome our first set of students back to in-person learning one week from today on Monday, Sept. 14.

    While at this time we are not able to bring back all of the students who wish to return, we are able to have approximately 300 students join us next week. Regardless of whether or not your child is selected for return on Sept. 14, parents of any student who was signed up for on-campus learning in the first nine-week period should receive one of two email messages from me tomorrow by noon. The email message will confirm whether or not your child will be included in our first group of in-person student learners.

    **Please Note: If you have a 7th grade student, you MUST provide updated Immunization records to our nurse before your child may come to campus. Details on immunization are at the bottom of this message.

    I am pleased to share that regardless of whether or not your child continues as an in-person learner or a remote learner, we have established an instructional model that will preserve our class and teacher assignments, with very few exceptions. A task force of Cele staff members conceived of a way to organize classroom instruction so that in-person learners and remote learners will follow the same “bell” schedule and be able to interact with their same teacher and classmates via Zoom, participate in the same lessons, and complete the same assignments on Google Classroom. We call it our Mirror Model, and while this does require additional coordination by your child’s teacher, the benefit is we are able to ensure more consistency for your child should he or she transition between online and in-person learning this year. More to come on this, but the short version is that there will be far more familiar than unfamiliar for each Colt on Sept. 14.

    There are some things that all our Colts will need to have in mind and in hand if returning to campus this year:

    • Chromebooks

    Each Colt will be issued a Chromebook upon enrolling for in-person learning if they have not already. This will be a necessary school resource, similar to textbooks in the past. In addition to caring for their new device, an expectation for our Colts is that they ensure they have their Chromebook fully charged at the start of each school day.

    • Wired Headphones

    Students will use their Chromebooks in class for communication and a variety of learning tasks. Headphones will be essential, and it is important that students use wired headphones that can plug into their Chromebooks. While Bluetooth/wireless air pods are popular, they may not work well in close proximity to multiple Bluetooth devices, sometimes lose their charge, and can create other issues for students in the school environment.

    • Water bottles

    To help ensure your child’s health, we are not using drinking fountains in the building. Instead, we have water bottle fillers for student use. Each Colt should bring his or her personal water bottle labeled with the student's name. A new expectation for our Colts is to arrive with their water bottles filled to start the day. Students may only bring water, as any other liquid has the potential for greater mess or damage if spilled.

    • Masks

    Masks will be worn the entire school day and on school buses except when students are eating at scheduled meal times, are engaged in vigorous exercise, or are playing a musical instrument. If your child has not worn a mask very often, for very long, or very recently, it is recommended that students start practicing this week and slowly build up. Start with wearing a mask for a 30-minute episode or a 30-minute activity without a bathroom break. Work up to a movie or another activity for an hour-and-a-half without taking a bathroom break. You know your child best, and we want you to be able to use time now to prepare our students to stay safe at school. See this link for more information on selecting, wearing, and cleaning masks.
     

    Read on for more details, 

    Ben

    Cele website
    Cele PTO FB Page

     

    Star 360 Assessments

    Parents, whether it gained your attention or not our students did an excellent job with a responsibility we’ve never placed upon them before. Nearly every Colt completed the Star 360 assessment, a critical beginning of the year assessment in reading and math, and they did so remotely. This is NOT the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR) test that comes at the end of the year, but it is important. Whether you helped proctor your child or your child completed it on his or her own, I am grateful and impressed. As of today, over 80% of our students completed their Reading assessment, and over 90% of our students completed their math assessment. We do need to have 100% of our students complete Star 360, so if you are not sure, please check to see if you received a message from either you child’s English Language Arts (ELA) teacher or Math teacher. This information is the basis for so much that we do to meet your child’s math and reading needs in the classroom, and we cannot afford to miss a single Colt.

    What if my child is absent from Virtual Learning?

    One of the benefits of Remote Learning is that students who are not well enough to be at school may still feel well enough to participate and stay caught up on their classes. Other times, a child may be too sick to participate or may need to miss a day of virtual school altogether. Any time a child is absent, parents must notify our Attendance Office within three business days, and the same day whenever possible. Virtual sick notes  or notes regarding a student’s absence may be emailed to our Attendance Specialist, Paula.Gonzales@pfisd.net. Ms. Gonzales also is your resource for any and all attendance-related questions. Save her email address for future reference; you never know when you may need it.

    Volleyball Tryouts:

    Please click here for information on volleyball tryouts.

    Meals During Remote Learning
    PfISD will provide food services to the greatest extent possible and allowable for PfISD enrolled students participating in virtual learning. District transportation will not be provided to curbside meal pick up locations.

    Curbside meals will be provided at standard prices, reduced prices, or free, depending on the student’s eligibility. Parents/guardians interested in applying for free or reduced meals must complete the USDA Income verification form online

    PfISD will continue to offer curbside meal pickup for enrolled PfISD students at the locations listed below. Students can pick up meals at any of the locations below, regardless of their home campus location Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. - 9 a.m. for breakfast and 11 a.m.-noon.

    • Copperfield ES, 12135 Thompkins Drive, Austin, TX 78753
    • Northwest ES, 14014 Thermal Drive. Austin, TX 78728
    • Pflugerville ES, 701 Immanuel Road, Pflugerville, TX 78660
    • Timmerman ES, 412 Swenson Farms BLVD, Pflugerville, TX 78660
    • Wieland ES, 900 Tudor House Road, Pflugerville, TX 78660
    • Windermere ES, 429 Grand Avenue PKWY, Pflugerville, TX 78660
    • Dessau MS, 12900 Dessau Road, Austin, TX 78754
    • Kelly Lane MS, 18900 Falcon Pointe BLVD, Pflugerville, TX 78660
    • Park Crest MS, 1500 North Railroad, Pflugerville, TX 78660
    • Westview MS, 1805 Scofield Lane, Austin, TX 78727

    All students, regardless of the campus they attend, will receive free breakfast. Regardless of whether the student qualifies for free or reduced meals, each student/parent/guardian must provide the following information during each daily meal pick up:

    • Student Name
    • Campus Name
    • ID Number
    • Grade 

    Students can come by themselves to pick up meals and/or a parent /guardian can come without the student to pick up meals. Students can pick up both breakfast and lunch at the same time. However, we are no longer able to provide weekend meals. Monthly meal menus can be found here. 

    Let’s Talk!

    We have a system in place within PfISD to answer questions to just about any topic under the sun: “Let’s Talk!” You are almost assured the fastest response time and the most up-to-date information when you direct your question here. Inquiries are monitored and directed to the best source and someone who is available to provide answers. Try it out here:

    Reminder: Immunization information for 7th Grade Parents

    Each incoming 7th grade student has vaccination requirements in Texas, and these requirements are part of state law:

    • TDAP
    • Meningococcal quadrivalent (MCV4) – one dose is required

    If your child has already received these vaccines, please submit an updated record as soon as possible by emailing Shots@PfISD.net, or mail a copy to the school, or fax to 512-594-3005.

     Thank you for your attention in this matter.

    Ben O’Connor

    Principal &
    Colt Country Champion
    Cele Middle School

     

     

     

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  • Return to campus

    Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 9/3/2020 12:00:00 PM

    Colt Families,

    A video presentation now is available regarding some of the most important measures we are implementing to ensure a safe return to campus.

    If you skip the presentation, please be advised of the following for your child:

    • all students will be required to wear masks
    • all students will need to bring a bag or way to secure their mask when eating
    • all students will need to bring a filled personal water bottle to campus
    • all students will be issued a Chromebook if they have not already
    • Please follow this link to view the presentation.
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  • Principal's Blog: Aug. 30

    Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 8/31/2020

    Colt Families,

    Thank you to those of you who were able to provide input at last week’s review of our Return to Learn plan. I will complete revisions of our plan this week and share the presentation for our Community. As you know, the safety of our students and staff is our first priority. I feel confident that we have been as thorough as we can be in designing a way that protects the health and wellness of our Colts while still ensuring that school is a fun, stimulating, welcoming place for our students to socialize with one another. That being said, I have received a number of inquiries from parents about whether they could change their request from on-campus to online learning for this 1st nine-week period. If you would like to change your registration preference to Online Virtual Learning for this nine-week period, please email our Registrar, Oralia.Gonzalez@pfisd.net

    I also have received some inquiries regarding changing registration preferences to On-Campus, In-Person learning for this nine-week period. That is not a request we can accommodate except in very unusual circumstances. When we open the doors of Cele on September 14, we only will be able to accommodate around 300 students. Currently, we have over 450 students who registered for on-campus learning when it becomes available. This means we will follow the PfISD guidelines to determine which students will be selected to return. I am awaiting responses to surveys so that I can make that determination and communicate confirmation to parents as quickly as possible.

    Additionally, I have included a survey below that is just for me. This let’s you share with me your level of confidence in whether you will opt to have your child in Online Virtual learning for most/all of the school year, or, if you prefer your child be on campus here in the building for most/all of the school year. You are not committing yourself to anything with this survey, but I may be able to create more continuity for your family if I have this information. Thank you for all your work and support to make the start of this school year the best it could be.

    Read on for more details,

    Ben
    Cele Website
    Cele PTO FB Page

    #CeleGrit  #CeleCompassion

     

    Return-to-learn Survey:

    Please complete this survey as soon as possible to help us prepare the best experience possible for your child. This is NOT a commitment on your part. You will have the opportunity before the start of each 9-week grading period to make your selection between on-campus and online learning, officially. Some schedule changes will be necessary as we prepare for learning in the building. Your responses to this survey may help me minimize schedule changes and teacher changes for your child throughout the year.

    Meals During Remote Learning
    PfISD will provide food services to the greatest extent possible and allowable for PfISD enrolled students participating in virtual learning. District transportation will not be provided to curbside meal pick up locations.

    Curbside meals will be provided at standard prices, reduced prices, or free, depending on the student’s eligibility. Parents/guardians interested in applying for free or reduced meals must complete the USDA Income verification form online. 

    PfISD will continue to offer curbside meal pickup for ENROLLED PfISD students at the locations listed below. Students can pick up meals at any of the locations below, regardless of their home campus location Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. - 9 a.m. for breakfast and 11 a.m.-noon.

    • Copperfield ES, 12135 Thompkins Drive, Austin, TX 78753
    • Northwest ES, 14014 Thermal Drive. Austin, TX 78728
    • Pflugerville ES, 701 Immanuel Road, Pflugerville, TX 78660
    • Timmerman ES, 412 Swenson Farms BLVD, Pflugerville, TX 78660
    • Wieland ES, 900 Tudor House Road, Pflugerville, TX 78660
    • Windermere ES, 429 Grand Avenue PKWY, Pflugerville, TX 78660
    • Dessau MS, 12900 Dessau Road, Austin, TX 78754
    • Kelly Lane MS, 18900 Falcon Pointe BLVD, Pflugerville, TX 78660
    • Park Crest MS, 1500 North Railroad, Pflugerville, TX 78660
    • Westview MS, 1805 Scofield Lane, Austin, TX 78727

    All students, regardless of the campus they attend, will receive free breakfast. Regardless of whether the student qualifies for free or reduced meals, each student/parent/guardian must provide the following information during each daily meal pick-up:

    • Student Name
    • Campus Name
    • ID Number
    • Grade 

    Students can come by themselves to pick up meals and/or a parent /guardian can come without the student to pick up meals. Students can pick up both breakfast and lunch at the same time. However, we are no longer able to provide weekend meals. Monthly meal menus can be found here. 

    Let’s Talk!

    We have a system in place within PfISD to answer questions to just about any topic under the sun: “Let’s Talk!” You are almost assured the fastest response time and the most up-to-date information when you direct your question here. Inquiries are monitored and directed to the best source and someone who is available to provide answers. Try it out here: https://www.pfisd.net/Page/7772

    Reminder:

    Immunization information for 7th Grade Parents

    Each incoming 7th grade student has vaccination requirements in Texas, and these requirements are part of state law:

    1. TDAP
    2. Meningococcal quadrivalent (MCV4) – one dose is required

    *If your child has already received these vaccines, please submit an updated record as soon as possible by emailing SHOTS@PFISD.NET, or mail a copy to the school, or fax to 512-594-3005.

    Thank you for your attention in this matter, and please feel free to reach out directly to Pflugerville ISD Health Services via SHOTS@PFISD.NET

     

    Ben O’Connor

    Principal &
    Colt Country Champion
    Cele Middle School

     

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  • Principal's Blog 08-23-20

    Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 8/24/2020

    Colt Families,

    It felt like a tremendous accomplishment wrapping up our first full week of school. As we transition from orienting our students to remote learning and teaching expectations, the balance of communication is back to our students. It will be a gradual release, but an axiom we live by is “students learn most when they are doing most of the talking.” All students have the opportunity to speak and write with their peers during our synchronous learning time because, more than ever, we are relying on student voice to measure engagement and understanding.. The benefits of classroom discussion are more than academic – we want our students to socialize while they wrestle with concepts and problems together. The educational experience we have designed cannot be realized only by completing work through Google Classroom. Until we are able to return face-to-face, synchronous learning time will be your child’s most powerful time of the day for many reasons.

    Speaking of returning to learn, we are solidifying plans, and campuses soon will share with their respective communities details of what school will entail once we return to the building. In the Update below there is an invitation to review and to provide input on Cele’s plan prior to implementation. I hope you will consider joining me for some conversation. There are also some aspects of the plan that will begin immediately, and one of which may be apparent within Skyward this week. We will be reworking our Advisory rosters in preparation for students returning to campus. If you notice your child’s Advisory period change, please do not be alarmed, and please know we are beginning a process that may continue up until we actually return to campus. I also anticipate schedule changes for other classes in order to accommodate the fact that once we return to on-campus learning, some of our teaching staff will transition to serving only students who are in the Remote Learning setting. Our Counselors and I are beginning that work this week; however, we intend to delay any changes until our return to campus and/or the end of a grading period.

    As it becomes necessary, we will make adjustments to schedules with the best interest of students in mind. We know there will be changes from one nine-week period to the other as families opt to transition from on-campus to online learning and vice-versa to meet their needs and comfort. Our aim is to use our most recent survey data to position ourselves to absorb those changes without disrupting student schedules down the road. Know that our teacher teams are very tightly aligned in their practices – this year more than ever – so that should students need to move from one teacher’s classroom to another, the educational experience will be more similar than different. Colt ideals and high expectations are universal here at Cele, and every one of our teachers is committed to providing each child with what he or she needs, no matter what! 

    Read on for more details,

    Ben

    Cele Website
    Cele PTO FB Page
    #CeleGrit  #CeleCompassion

     

    Return-to-learn In-Person Logistics:

    I would like to invite and gather names of parents and community members who would be interested in participating on a CMS committee to discuss and determine key logistics to make our return to in-person learning a safe experience. The committee will meet this Thursday, 8/27/20 from 4-6 p.m. via Zoom. If you are interested, please email me at Ben.Oconnor@pfisd.net and I will send you the Zoom information.

    If you are interested, but cannot make that date and time, no worries. After considering input from our committee all information will be communicated to the entire community with the opportunity for comments, questions, and feedback.

     

    Meals During Remote Learning
    PfISD will provide food services to the greatest extent possible and allowable for PfISD enrolled students participating in virtual learning. District transportation will not be provided to curbside meal pick up locations.

    Curbside meals will be provided at standard prices, reduced prices, or free, depending on the student’s eligibility. Parents/guardians interested in applying for free or reduced meals must complete the USDA Income verification form online

    PfISD will continue to offer curbside meal pickup for ENROLLED PfISD students at the locations listed below. Students can pick up meals at any of the locations below, regardless of their home campus location Monday through Friday from 7-9 a.m. for breakfast and 11 a.m. to noon.

    • Copperfield ES, 12135 Thompkins Drive, Austin
    • Northwest ES, 14014 Thermal Drive, Austin
    • Pflugerville ES, 701 Immanuel Road, Pflugerville
    • Timmerman ES, 412 Swenson Farms Blvd., Pflugerville
    • Wieland ES, 900 Tudor House Road, Pflugerville
    • Windermere ES, 429 Grand Avenue Parkway, Pflugerville
    • Dessau MS, 12900 Dessau Road, Austin
    • Kelly Lane MS, 18900 Falcon Pointe Blvd., Pflugerville
    • Park Crest MS, 1500 North Railroad, Pflugerville
    • Westview MS, 1805 Scofield Lane, Austin

    All students, regardless of the campus they attend, will receive free breakfast. Regardless of whether the student qualifies for free or reduced meals, each student/parent/guardian must provide the following information during each daily meal pick up:

    • Student Name
    • Campus Name
    • ID Number
    • Grade 

    Students can come by themselves to pick up meals and/or a parent /guardian can come without the student to pick up meals. Students can pick up both breakfast and lunch at the same time. However, we are no longer able to provide weekend meals. Monthly meal menus can be found here. 

    Let’s Talk!

    We have a system in place within PfISD to answer questions to just about any topic under the sun: “Let’s Talk!” You are almost assured the fastest response time and the most up-to-date information when you direct your question here. Inquiries are monitored and directed to the best source and someone who is available to provide answers. Try it out here: www.pfisd.net/Page/7772

    Immunization information for 7th Grade Parents

    Each incoming 7th grade student has vaccination requirements in Texas, and these requirements are part of state law:

    1. TDAP
    2. Meningococcal quadrivalent (MCV4) – one dose is required

    *If your child has already received these vaccines, please submit an updated record as soon as possible by emailing Shots@Pfisd.net, or mail a copy to the school, or fax to 512-594-3005.

     

    Thank you for your attention in this matter, and please feel free to reach out directly to Pflugerville ISD Health Services via shots@pfisd.net

    Ben O’Connor

    Principal &
    Colt Country Champion
    Cele Middle School

     

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  • Principal's Blog 8/17/20

    Posted by David Wiechmann on 8/17/2020

    Colt Families,

    I sincerely hope your child enjoyed getting to be in class as much as we enjoyed seeing our Colts last week. While not everything went according to plan, we learned where we needed to adjust, and by and large, I am very pleased with how the school year launched. Thursday and Friday our focus was similar to years past: attending to the work of establishing a strong foundation for our students. First and foremost, we wanted to connect with our Colts and meet their social and emotional needs. We had some “ice-breakers” and culture-building activities. Next, we wanted to help students feel successful with Zoom and Google Classroom. We took time to teach what our online etiquette will entail, what our norms and expectations will be, and ultimately how we all will operate using the online classroom. As digital natives, most of our kids already are pros, but if you feel like you could benefit from some inside knowledge, here is a Parent Quick Reference:https://www.pfisd.net/Page/7889

    One thing that confused students and parents was the schedule. Here is a link to the Virtual Learning Schedule for Cele.While the spiral-bound agenda we distributed to students has plenty of useful information, the bell schedule is not one of them. The schedule printed within the agenda no longer is accurate, and the paper copy we distributed at Chromebook distribution also contained errors. My sincere apologies for the confusion and frustration this caused. If you wish, you may find specific Office Hours and schedules by teacher using this CMS Orientation Guide.

    Lastly, while our Cele Colts were exceptional students and were models of respect and responsibility, we did have a few incidents in which access credentials to classrooms were shared with others who took the opportunity to join a classroom and use inappropriate language. Teachers and administrators were prepared for this possibility, acted quickly and professionally, and disciplinary actions as well as stricter setting protocols were applied. As we all navigate this learning space together, I want parents to be empowered with facts and updates – good, bad, and ugly – so that we can partner together and provide our students with the best educational experience possible. I sincerely appreciate the support and feedback so far and please do not hesitate to reach out to me or any of our staff with needs, questions, and suggestions.

    Read on for more details,

    Ben O'Connor
    Cele Website
    Cele PTO FB Page
    @CeleMS_PfISD
    #CeleGrit  #CeleCompassion

    Meals During Remote Learning
    PfISD will provide food services to the greatest extent possible and allowable for PFISD ENROLLED students participating in virtual learning. District transportation will not be provided to curbside meal pick up locations.

    Curbside meals will be provided at standard prices, reduced prices, or free, depending on the student’s eligibility. Parents/guardians interested in applying for free or reduced meals must complete the USDA Income verification form online. 

    PfISD will continue to offer curbside meal pickup for ENROLLED PfISD students at the locations listed below. Students can pick up meals at any of the locations below, regardless of their home campus location Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. - 9 a.m. for breakfast and 11 a.m.-noon.

    • Copperfield ES, 12135 Thompkins Drive, Austin, TX 78753
    • Northwest ES, 14014 Thermal Drive. Austin, TX 78728
    • Pflugerville ES, 701 Immanuel Road, Pflugerville, TX 78660
    • Timmerman ES, 412 Swenson Farms BLVD, Pflugerville, TX 78660
    • Wieland ES, 900 Tudor House Road, Pflugerville, TX 78660
    • Windermere ES, 429 Grand Avenue PKWY, Pflugerville, TX 78660
    • Dessau MS, 12900 Dessau Road, Austin, TX 78754
    • Kelly Lane MS, 18900 Falcon Pointe BLVD, Pflugerville, TX 78660
    • Park Crest MS, 1500 North Railroad, Pflugerville, TX 78660
    • Westview MS, 1805 Scofield Lane, Austin, TX 78727

    All students, regardless of the campus they attend, will receive free breakfast. Regardless of whether the student qualifies for free or reduced meals, each student/parent/guardian must provide the following information during each daily meal pick up:

    • Student Name
    • Campus Name
    • ID Number
    • Grade 

    Students can come by themselves to pick up meals and/or a parent /guardian can come without the student to pick up meals. Students can pick up both breakfast and lunch at the same time. However, we are no longer able to provide weekend meals. Monthly meal menus can be found here

    Let’s Talk!
    We have a system in place within PfISD to answer questions to just about any topic under the sun: “Let’s Talk!” You almost are assured the fastest response time and the most up-to-date information when you direct your question here. Inquiries are monitored and directed to the best source and someone who is available to provide answers. Try it out here:https://www.pfisd.net/Page/7772 

    Reminder:

    Immunization information for 7th Grade Parents
    Each incoming 7th grade student has vaccination requirements in Texas, and these requirements are part of state law:

    1. TDAP
    2. Meningococcal quadrivalent (MCV4) – one dose is required

    *If your child has already received these vaccines, please submit an updated record as soon as possible by emailing SHOTS@PFISD.NET, or mail a copy to the school, or fax to 512-594-3005. 

    Thank you for your attention in this matter, and please feel free to reach out directly to Pflugerville ISD Health Services via SHOTS@PFISD.NET

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  • Virtual Orientation: Aug. 11

    Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 8/11/2020 6:00:00 PM

    Hello Colts!

    Good Evening, and welcome to our first-ever virtual orientation. If you would like to skip the reading of this message and watch a video version instead, click here; then, return to the links at the bottom of this message to meet your teachers. Thank you for joining us tonight, and hopefully, many of you are joining us by way of your new Chromebook! These certainly are challenging times, but one thing we pride our selves on here at Cele is knowing how to show GRIT and rise to any challenge. We are going to do just that, together this school year.

    Parents, I know you have many questions, and both I and our PfISD leaders are committed to getting you the information you need to understand exactly how we are keeping students and staff safe, how online learning will work, and how we will manage transitions as the year progresses. You can count on my weekly emails to help you stay informed with the most important Updates at Cele. If you have not received an email from me for this past Sunday, please check to see if it was blocked by your email, and if not, please contact our front office staff so that we can connect you.

    One thing I want to clarify is our student schedule. This was shared by email and each teacher has included a schedule for his or her class in the Info Sheet. You will notice both synchronous and asynchronous times referenced in the schedule. “Synchronous” means the teacher and the students will be interacting online together, live, at the same time. Almost always, we will do this via Zoom. Zoom is the video conferencing platform that we used this past spring and will continue to use this year. “Asynchronous time” in the schedule means that a student will work independently. This could mean completing work, viewing a pre-recorded lesson, or other activities that are not dependent upon the teacher being present. Our commitment as we start online learning is to have synchronous, or live interactive time, at least for the first 20 minutes of each class period. We really want our students present for that first twenty minutes so that we can check in with one another and build our class community, clarify information, and provide additional instruction. I say “additional instruction” because we also will have the most critical instructional videos and resources available for students to access at any time. Also, please know that the first 20 minutes is the minimum amount of synchronous time your child can count on, and your child’s teacher may communicate additional synchronous times he or she will be working with your child. It really will depend on the needs of the class and your child, but we will communicate any changes to the schedule the week before it happens.

    Attendance is another important topic I want to address. During online learning, we will be taking attendance and each student must be present daily, not just because it is a good idea, but because it is legally required. Attendance works slightly differently in our online learning environment. The best thing students can do is show up each day during their synchronous time, and the teacher will mark your child present. We know that because of challenging situations at home, this will not be possible for all our families. It’s okay, if your child at least is working in his or her classes in a way that the teacher can see, for example, turning in assignments to Google Classroom for that day, the teacher will mark your child present, so long as it happens before midnight at the end of that day. Although we really hope that does not become a routine. One important thing to note: each student must be engaged in school eachday. Working ahead and completing work early does not change the requirement to be present each day. If you have questions about how this looks for a certain class, you can refer to the information sheet your child’s teacher provided or email him or her for any clarifications.

    For this evening, I encourage everyone first to watch the videos our teachers have put together. This is the best way to learn a bit about your teacher and the class before you have a chance to meet him or her virtually. The second place to go this evening is the Class Info link within our CMS Orientation Guide. Once you have looked over the Class Info sheet and listened to your teachers’ videos, you should have a good overview of the class and can head into some Zoom rooms for a quick meet and greet with each teacher. This evening’s Orientation really is more of a time for us to get to see one another before the pace of the school year once again takes hold. Our teachers know you have many teachers to see tonight, and please understand that while we will not have much time for one-on-one conversations with families over the next hour, we do want to develop a relationship with each family over the course of the next few weeks. Getting to know your child’s needs is the most critical information we need to do our part.

    Have a great evening, and Welcome to Cele!

    Link to Teacher Videos

    Link to Info Sheets and Teacher Zoom Rooms

     

    Ben O'Connor

     

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  • Cele Update: Aug. 9

    Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 8/10/2020

    Colt Families,

     

    The run up to this year’s first day of school has seemed a two-month, ultra-marathon run at a sprinter’s pace. We have some great things in store for your children, and while I would love to use this week’s update to share some of the cool things our teachers have been learning and practicing the past few days, I know you have urgent questions. Here they come – but first…

    If you are new to Cele – Welcome! You now are part of a very special place and an incredible community. Part of our communication system includes a weekly update from me sent the day before each new school week begins. You are receiving these emails automatically because you are listed as a parent/guardian of a current Cele student. If at any time you wish to unsubscribe to the weekly Update email, simply scroll to the bottom of the message and click Unsubscribe. Before you do, I hope you will reconsider. Often this will be the forum I use to share some of the most important things happening at Cele. 

    Speaking of, let’s get to some important Updates:

    Chromebook Distribution THIS Monday-Wednesday

    We will have a brand new Chromebook for every Cele student available for pick up this week. See the distribution times by grade level here. We will have stations separated along the main hallway of the building, spaced according to safety parameters. For this reason, masks and social distancing must be used and enforced. Anyone experiencing symptoms of Covid may not attend and is asked to contact the school for alternative arrangements. 

    While families are not obligated to take a Chromebook at this time, please know that students will be using Chromebooks at school when we return, and students will continue to access Google Classroom and Online Learning assignments throughout the year, regardless of whether the student is enrolled in virtual or on-campus learning. Also, we will be distributing our new Cele Agendas to every student. Even if you are not checking out a Chromebook, please come by to collect your student’s agenda. Teachers will be referencing the agenda in lessons.

    The agreement below must be signed and turned in during Chromebook pickup. If you do not have a printer at home, the agreement will be available at Cele. A parent or guardian may pick up the Chromebook without the student present, but we cannot distribute to a student alone. Please have an ID and your child’s district account number (for example, S1234567) ready  for inventory purposes. 

    Important Note: all student passwords were reset this weekend. Your child’s password will be in the default format:

    xMMDDPF!

    MM = Month

    DD = Day

    For example, a child born on September 19 will have a default password of: x0919PF!

    PfISD Student Chromebook Policy.pdf 

    PfISD Student Chromebook Policy Spanish.pdf 

    PfISD Student Chromebook Policy-Viet.pdf 

    Student Schedules

    As I mentioned in an earlier communication, we made schedule changes continually these past weeks in an effort to design a master schedule that is considerate of student and staff safety when we return to the building. Schedules now are set, and students should be able to access their schedules in Google Classroom or through Skyward. Parents, you also will be able to see your student’s schedule using the Parent Portal through Skyward, or, have your child open Clever and access Google Classroom with their Login Credentials, referenced above.

    Here is a link to Our Colt Virtual Learning Schedule, which will commence this Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020 at 8:20 a.m. As you look over the schedule, you will see that it provides time each day for students to interact with each of their teachers. Our Schedule during virtual learning will mirror our bell schedule during on-campus learning. The difference is students will have flexibility when engaging in asynchronous work or assignments. What parents will want to note is that all teachers will be interacting live with students at least for the first 20 minutes of each class period. Depending on the learning activity for the day, the remainder of class will be time for students to work independently, or, teachers may schedule time to work with individual students or small groups. Parents, you are asked to review our Live Interaction Privacy and Confidentiality expectations as well as how to opt-out.

    Advisory & Lunch

    You will notice in Google Classroom and in Skyward that your child has Advisory scheduled as one of his or her periods in the day. This period actually includes time for lunch and 20 minutes for Advisory. All 6th grade students have lunch and Advisory 4th period, all 7th grade students have it 5th period, and all 8th grade students have it 6th period. When you look at  Our Colt Virtual Learning Schedule, you will see that teachers may use the extra 20 minutes (Advisory) to meet with students. Students will not need to attend Advisory unless invited by a teacher for that day. When we return to learning on-campus, students will actually, physically attend Advisory with a teacher daily.

    Teacher Office Hours

    You will also see that the time before 1st period and after 8th period are Office Hours during which teachers are not committed to a scheduled class. Students and parents may email teachers to set up conferences during these times. Teachers also may have times available beyond these windows and will communicate so in a document shared during our virtual Orientation event Tuesday at 6 p.m.

    Attendance

    While we are in a Remote Learning setting and students will be learning asynchronously, attendance still must be recorded for each school day. During the first days of school, we are required by law to verify that all students enrolled at Cele actually are in attendance. In order to fulfill this obligation, we will be calling parents if students are not marked present in their first and second period classes by 10 a.m. It is very important that parents and students understand that daily interaction and engagement in school is required to receive credit for being present. Essentially, students will be counted present if they do at least one of the following each school day 1)  attend synchronously with a teacher, or 2) demonstrate progress on assignments to the teacher or within Google Classroom or Canvas, or 3) submits work or assignments in Google Classroom or Canvas. Of course, simply being present does not equate success. Students will need to remain engaged, work hard, and remain persistent in order to be successful. 

    Grading

    Last spring, we made some necessary adjustments to our grading practices in order to accommodate the vast array of needs and obstacles in our community. Thankfully, we are positioned to conduct teaching and learning at a high level. As such, our grading practices will revert to what they were prior to March. Details are outlined in the Instructional Grading and Reporting Guidelines. We will have high expectations for our Colts, and they will have the tools to meet or exceed those expectations.

    Virtual Orientation

    Ordinarily, we conduct Open House events after the first few weeks of school, but this year, we are connecting with parents and students before the first school day. Please join us this Tuesday, August 11, from 6:00 – 7:00 pm for a Virtual Orientation and Open House. Teachers will be sending essential information about their classes, their schedules, and their contact information, but this will be an opportunity to interact with your child’s teacher and to put a face with a name. Monday evening I will email out links to a document listing each teacher’s Zoom room for the Orientation and Open House. Parents and students are invited to come and go, popping in and out to classrooms just to say, “Hi!”

    Yearbook Distribution

    If you ordered a Cele Yearbook for 2019-2020, we will have it available for pick-up during Chromebook distribution Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday this week. We do have some yearbooks available for sale on site. The price is $50, and we must insist on exact change in cash only. This one is sure to become a collector’s item. First come, first served!

    Let’s Talk!

    I know there are many questions still unanswered, particularly about how things will run once we return to campus. In the coming weekly Updates, I will include more information pertaining to just that. For now, the focus will remain on what is essential to beginning in a remote learning environment. There is quite a lot to share regarding returning to campus, and there will be more to know with each passing week. There are two resources that you can access already to obtain the information available. First, the Fall 2020 Return to Learn web page, which includes an overview of our plans and outlines specifics with many practices. Second, we have a system in place within PfISD to answer questions to just about any topic under the sun: “Let’s Talk!” You are almost assured the fastest response time and the most up-to-date information when you direct your question here. Inquiries are monitored and directed to the best source and someone who is available to provide answers. Try it out here: https://www.pfisd.net/Page/7772 

    Looking forward to seeing all our 2020-2021 Colts virtually or in-person very soon!

     

    Ben

    Cele Website
    Cele PTO FB Page

    #CeleGrit  #CeleCompassion

     

    Reminder:

    Immunization information for 7th Grade Parents

    Each incoming 7th grade student has vaccination requirements in Texas, and we want to inform you with plenty of lead time that these requirements are part of state law. This means any current 7th grade student will not meet the state requirements for entering 7th grade until he or she receives the following vaccinations:

    1. TDAP
    2. Meningococcal quadrivalent (MCV4) – one dose is required

    *If your child has already received these vaccines, please submit an updated record as soon as possible by emailing SHOTS@PFISD.NET, or mail a copy to the school, or fax to 512-594-3005.

    PfISD understands that scheduling an appointment for vaccinations could be a challenge due to the current COVID-19 situation. Please act quickly and contact your pediatrician and schedule an appointment for a future date when their office is able to vaccinate. The law provides that students not in compliance with these requirements must be excluded from school until verification of the immunization is received or an original conscientious exemption from the Texas Department of Health, signed and notarized according to the provisions of the law, is provided to the school. Seventh grade students will not be given schedules nor be allowed to start school without proof of updated immunizations. Immunizations must have a stamp from the physician’s office. Thank you for your attention in this matter, and please feel free to reach out directly to Pflugerville ISD Health Services via SHOTS@PFISD.NET

     

    Ben O’Connor

    Principal &
    Colt Country Champion
    Cele Middle School

     

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