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  • PfISD Staff Update: 4-13-21

    Posted by Tamra Spence on 4/13/2021

    Dear PfISD Staff,

    Only six weeks left in the school year. Wow! Looking back on what we have been able to accomplish together as a community this year makes me very proud of our teachers, staff, students and their parents. I am thankful for everyone’s flexibility to make adjustments and the creativity shown by everyone to find ways to make learning happen. I know everyone’s situation is unique, and it makes me happy to see how resilient our district has been. We really have done it together and we will finish this school year strong, together as well.

     

    Update to Returning to In-Person Learning
    As we enter into the school year's final stretch, we want to make you aware of a change in protocols for our method of instruction. Formerly, students were only able to switch to in-person learning at the end of a grading period but could move to online learning at any time. 

    In order to better support student learning and attendance needs, beginning this Friday, April 16, all students will have the option to switch to in-person learning at any time. Thank you, staff, for continuing to do whatever it takes to help our students be successful, even during these difficult times.

     

    District Assessment Plan Input 
    As we plan for the next school year, we are seeking input on the 2020-21 district assessments. Please review the district assessment process and calendar from 2020-21 below and then provide the Curriculum & Innovation Team with input on district assessments and calendar by clicking on the survey.

    Your input will be reviewed by campus and district leadership and utilized to develop the 2021-22 assessment plan and calendar.


    Becoming a Trauma-Skilled Schools District
    The pandemic has reinforced the concept that trauma-impacted students need relationships and experiences that reshape mindsets and build resiliency to succeed in school. As educators, we are increasingly aware of trauma’s existence and attempt to become more “trauma-informed” and “trauma-sensitive.” Action, however, not just information and sensitivity, is required if we are to reach, teach, and graduate this growing segment of our student population.

    As a result, PfISD is focusing on becoming a Trauma-Skilled Schools District. The process began with the designation of a Trauma-Skilled District Leadership Team. This team has participated in training to guide the district in the collaborative work to create a trauma-skilled district.

    What does a trauma-skilled district do?

    • It builds the capacity within PfISD to deepen the understanding of trauma
    • It creates strategies to foster resilience
    • It develops policies and procedures that support all students and staff
    • It establishes a culture that eliminates practices that may be detrimental to trauma-impacted students, such as punitive disciplinary practices
    • It does not identify trauma-impacted students; all students benefit from trauma-informed practices.  

    We Need Trauma-Skilled District Committee Members
    Our next step is to identify members of the PfISD community to serve on our steering committee. The steering committee members will be tasked with providing feedback and input to the Trauma-Skilled Schools Leadership Team and will be expected to meet with the Leadership team once a month. Ideally, we would like to have a committee of various experiences, backgrounds, and expertise to help shape our practices to serve our students best. We desire members who show leadership and passion related to creating a positive culture and climate in PfISD that fosters resilience and supports students and staff's well-being. For the model to be effective, our entire district must believe in the power of trauma-skilled practices. 

    We hope that the steering committee members will provide feedback to the leadership team while facilitating discussion among colleagues and spreading the message and benefits of trauma-skilled practices throughout their learning community.

    If you desire to serve on this committee and want to be considered, then please complete this form.

     

    Legislative Advocacy Page
    With the Texas State Legislature in session right now, it is another year in which public education could, and most likely, will be impacted by new bills passed at the state capitol. Funding for public schools and other agenda items that will affect our classrooms are sure to be discussed on the floor.

    Our Pflugerville Education Foundation wants our parents, staff and community to be as informed as possible and provide an avenue for them to easily advocate for our public schools. On the PEF’s website is now a link to a public education legislative advocacy page. This page will have information and links to bills being discussed at the legislature.

    I am excited about the ability to submit a form letter directly to our state representatives and senators from the site as well. The site includes forms letters that you can click on that are automated with information and language in support of public education in our state. All you have to do is input your name and address and it will be emailed directly to our elected officials showing your support of public education.

    Never before has supporting public education been more important as more and more changes come with each legislative session. I hope you will take some time to explore this website.

    PEF Legislative Advocacy site: http://www.thepfoundation.org/get-involved/#/

     

    PfISD following updated APH Quarantine Guidelines
    Pflugerville ISD will be following the updated recommendations from CDC and Austin Public Health regarding identified Close Contacts who are fully immunized and the need to quarantine.

    For the purposes of this guidance, people are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 2 weeks after they have received the second dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), or 2 weeks after they have received a single-dose vaccine (Johnson and Johnson (J&J)/Janssen).

    Fully vaccinated people may be able to refrain from quarantine and testing following a known exposure if they are asymptomatic.

    If you are deemed a close contact due to a direct exposure:

    Please complete the COVID-19 intake form. If you have received the full dose of a vaccine, you will need to submit a copy of your shot record to verify your dates of COVID immunization(s) and Human Resources will notify you if you are cleared to return to work early. You must be cleared by Human Resources, not your campus/department supervisor. Please do not return to work until you are cleared by Human Resources staff.

    Staff should always closely monitor themselves for symptoms after an exposure. If you develop symptoms, you should remain at home and seek the advice of your health provider for further testing.

    Staff COVID-19 Vaccine Update & Incentive Reminder
    APH has announced that they will make immunization appointments available for PfISD staff. The number of appointments is limited each week.

    If you HAVE NOT received any COVID immunization and are interested in going through APH, please complete the new survey link:https://forms.gle/g5kuUExiC4zVEjTS7

    APH will contact you with your appointment. We will be sending a NEW survey weekly. Due to the limited number of appointments available to PfISD staff, please keep completing the surveys until you receive your first dose. Surveys will close each Thursday at noon.

    If you are waiting on your second dose, APH will contact you with your appointment time, date, and location. PfISD does not schedule ANY appointment, it is all through APH.

    You must bring your School ID or a recent paystub to verify that you are a district employee.

    In addition to the APH availability, below are vaccine opportunities from Lone Star Circle of Care and Walmart.

    Lone Star Circle of Care in Pflugerville:
    1501 W. Pecan St. 
    Suite 102
    Pflugerville, TX 78660

    They are vaccinating staff with the Moderna vaccine. At the time of the first appointment, the second appointment will be scheduled.

    Time slots will be on Wednesday, April 21 or Friday, April 23. If interested or if you have any questions, please email Rachel Mercado, rmercado@lscctx.org directly to schedule an appointment.

    Walmart now has COVID-19 vaccine appointments available at local Walmart pharmacies. Eligible persons may call 1-833-886-0023 to schedule an appointment. Appointments are also available to eligible household members.  

    What do I bring to my Walmart appointment?  

    On the day of your appointment, please bring your ID, proof of vaccine eligibility if applicable, and insurance card (red, white and blue card if over 65) if you have one. Please plan to stay on-site for at least 15 minutes after your shot while they monitor you for allergic reaction. 

    PfISD also is now offering a $100 incentive to all PfISD employees who receive the vaccine thanks to a unanimous vote by our Board. This incentive is good through the end of our fiscal year on Aug. 31. As larger shipments of doses of the vaccine are being delivered across the country and access expands, we anticipate more employees who want the vaccine will be able to receive one before the end of August. Our hope is to boost immunity in our District by offering this incentive.

    Please click here to complete the form and to attach a copy of your vaccine confirmation for the COVID-19 vaccine stipend: https://forms.gle/QFFUC7fAXzXPu68j9Please do not complete this form until you have received both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Substitutes, temporary employees and student teachers are not eligible for the stipend. If you have any questions about the stipend, please contact Eva Davila at eva.davila@pfisd.net. 

    Please continue to socially distance as much as possible. Wear your mask. Wash your hands. We’re in the final phase of the school year. Keep pushing to improve yourself, your students, and your community in whatever way you can.

    Together we are strong. Together we are a Pfamily. Together we can do anything.

    In the best interest of children,
    Dr. Douglas Killian
    PfISD Superintendent of Schools

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  • Important PfISD Update: Staffing

    Posted by Tamra Spence on 4/13/2021

    Dear PfISD Staff,

    We know this has been a challenging year for our staff and we are truly sorry for all the changes and struggles each of you have had to endure. We still have one final impact we have to address. Our budget.

    As we said last week, the district faces a $5 million shortfall for the current school year and a $14 million shortfall for the 2021-2022 school year, both due to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent drop in student enrollment. (To learn more about this, please review the email from Wednesday, April 7, or view this short video from our Chief Operations Officer: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1B89YNGrN0h5M2pPJHtvdxkZKKdC8S1Ou/view.)

    We have evaluated all positions within the district to determine how best for us to move forward next year. Our priority for decreases was at the central office and support services level to minimalize the impact on our campuses. After those determinations were made, our Human Resources team worked with our principals to determine staff positions for next year, based on student enrollment. At this time, we are working to repurpose staff with each individual maintaining their employment. We are also not filling any current vacancies which have not been deemed critical. 

    After these evaluations and discussions with district and campus leaders, we have identified the following approximate position decreases:

    • Central Administration – 14% (plus 5% cut to department budgets)
    • Support Services – 5.5% (plus 5% cut to department budgets)
    • Campuses – 2%

    This week, our Human Resources department is working with Central Administration leaders to inform staff members whose job functions will change with the next school year. Additionally, HR personnel is meeting with principals this week to share what positions on campuses will be repurposed for the upcoming school year. Once principals are notified this week, they will begin notifying their directly impacted staff members through next week.

    We have done our best to look at all positions and resources thoroughly before making any decisions in order to minimize the impact on our classrooms, and our staff is working as quickly as they can to inform those affected.

    We understand this is a difficult time for everyone in our district, but know that we will get through it together, and we will continue to passionately serve our students to the best of our ability.

    In the best interest of children,
    Dr. Douglas Killian
    PfISD Superintendent of Schools

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  • PfISD Update on Change in Method of Instruction Policy

    Posted by Tamra Spence on 4/9/2021

    Dear PfISD Staff,

    As we enter into the school year's final stretch, we want to make you aware of a change in policy for our method of instruction. Currently, students are only able to switch to in-person learning at the end of a grading period but can move to online learning at any time. 

    In order to better support student learning and attendance needs, beginning April 16, all students will have the option to switch to in-person learning at any time. Thank you staff for continuing to do whatever it takes to help our students be successful, even during these difficult times. 

    In the best interest of children,
    Dr. Douglas Killian
    Superintendent

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  • PfISD Budget/Staffing Update

    Posted by Tamra Spence on 4/7/2021

    Dear PfISD Staff,

    As you are aware, the district is currently facing a budget shortfall for the current year and next year due to the COVID-19 pandemic – both from the drop in student enrollment as well as other expenses incurred due to safety measures in place to combat the pandemic and keep staff and students safe. For the current school year, we are looking at a $5 million shortfall, and for next year we are anticipating a $14 million budget shortfall.

    The loss in student enrollment is a double hammer, as it decreases the amount we will receive from the state for student enrollment next year (as we are not expected to reach our previous projections for 2021-2022) and it also caused PfISD to lose its status as a fast-growth district, which alone is a $6.1 million decrease. For more information on how these shortfalls came about, please view this short video from our Chief Operations Officer: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1B89YNGrN0h5M2pPJHtvdxkZKKdC8S1Ou/view.

    Though these shortfalls are no fault of our district, we must still take action to reduce our spending and balance our budget for the upcoming year. Our first step in this process was reducing all administrative departments by 5% earlier this year, and we will carry this over into the next budget year.

    We are now looking at positions within the district to determine which positions are necessary for us to move forward next year, starting with central office and support services positions in our attempt to minimalize the impact on our campuses. After those determinations have been made, we will then work with our principals to determine any staff positions which will be impacted. At this time, we are only looking to repurpose staff into necessary positions rather than cutting individual staff members. We expect to inform impacted staff members within the next few weeks.

    I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news, especially when it is due to a situation out of any of our control. Please be assured, we are doing everything in our power to reduce spending wherever available and minimize the impact on our students and our staff members. Additionally, we are also asking TEA and our legislature to appropriately fund public education in light of the hurdles we have faced this school year. This includes advocating for school districts to receive federal relief funds received by the state of Texas to assist schools with fully reopening. 

    I know this is a difficult thing to add on top of an already difficult year, but working together as a Pfamily and keeping our focus on passionately serving our students will continue to guide us as we move forward.

    In the best interest of children,
    Dr. Douglas Killian
    PfISD Superintendent of Schools

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  • Important Staff Feedback Needed on TIA Plan

    Posted by Tamra Spence on 4/6/2021

    Dear Pflugerville ISD Teachers & Staff,

    I would like first to thank all our teachers and staff who completed the survey conducted by our TIA Committee. This data was beneficial and provided information some of the subcommittees needed to complete their portion of our TIA Committee's charge to construct a potential TIA Designation System for PfISD. 

    In reviewing the data from this survey, the TIA Committee has determined that a weighted system of 60% Student Growth, 30% Teacher Observation, and 10% Optional Components would best suit a potential PfISD TIA Designation System.

    Three Optional Components received a lot of support from the survey: Teacher Leadership (57%), Teacher Attendance (60%), and Student Experience surveys (42%). Based on this feedback, the Committee recommends that Domain 4 scores be included under Optional Components along with Student Experience Survey responses. Again, Optional Components are only weighted at 10% of a teacher's total TIA rating. 

    Approximately 20% of respondents said they supported the Shared Teacher option. About 45% supported the Designated Teacher only option, and more than 34% said they would support whatever the Committee recommends. Those numbers made it clear to the Committee that awarding the designated teacher and not dividing up a small portion to other teachers was the staff's desire.

    Districts are allowed to hold a portion of the overall allotment for district use, such as professional development opportunities and program costs. The PfISD TIA Committee has decided to go with a 90%-10% model, giving the awarded teacher 90% of the allotment and holding 10% for professional learning and TIA program administrative costs (i.e., cost associated with the Panorama Student Experience survey platform). The survey showed overwhelmingly that this was the option our employees supported with more than 85% of the votes. 

    I believe the Committee's decisions to go with a 90%-10% stipend distribution and the 60%-30%-10% weighted plan fall in line with our teachers' and staff members' desires. 

    While the final decision to apply for a PfISD TIA system has not been made, the Committee was tasked with thoroughly investigating TIA and determining if it could fit within our District's mission and ultimately increase our teacher's compensation options. The Committee's final step is to present the plan to our teachers and solicit feedback before making a final recommendation to me. 

    If you have any questions about TIA, please visit our PfISD TIA website: https://www.pfisd.net/Page/8094. The Committee will update this site as more information becomes available. 

    The TIA Committee would like more feedback from our teachers and staff and has created a second survey. This survey will gauge your support for PfISD’s plan (the details of the plan are included in the survey) and help the Committee with its final recommendation to me. The deadline to complete this survey is April 13. Here is a link to the PfISD TIA Committee Second Survey:https://forms.gle/Aohw1hyWWiwuimyr6.

    Please review the information contained in the survey closely and provide us with your feedback as this will weigh into the District’s final decision of whether to implement the TIA system in PfISD. The survey will close on April 13.

    If you are unfamiliar with TIA, I invite you to please watch this 30-minute video from the TEA that explains TIA in detail to learn a little more: https://youtu.be/Q1no6VQ6a2 

    Thank you for taking the time to read this message and for completing this critical survey. Your feedback is crucial in helping our TIA Committee understand our teachers' views on TIA and how to build a model that best fits our District.

    Sincerely,

    Brandy Baker
    Chief Academic and Innovation Officer
    Pflugerville ISD

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  • PfISD Staff Update: 4-6-21

    Posted by Tamra Spence on 4/6/2021

    Dear PfISD Staff,

    I hope you all enjoyed a long weekend as we move into the last eight weeks of the year and are refreshed, recharged and ready to tackle the final push of the school year. From here out we have no more student or staff holidays. It is crunch time, and I know our principals, teachers and staff will bring passionate service to make sure our students close this school year strong.

    We are preparing to recognize our teachers, rookie teachers and humanitarians of the year from each of our campuses. Keep an eye out in your neighborhood for special yard signs recognizing these amazing staffers!

    Speaking of amazing staffers, this week is National Library Week. I would like to take a moment to thank all the librarians in the District for their dedicated work to provide a space for our students to explore the world of reading and discover their interests. Librarians play a key role in sparking an interest in reading and learning for our students and their work is a valuable part of the educational journey our students take in PfISD. 

    Employment Contracts
    School Board action regarding employment contracts is scheduled to occur at the April 15 regular school board meeting. Eligible district employees will receive their employment contract during the week of April 19 via the OEMS system. A notification via email will be sent to all qualifying employees.

    Teacher Student Learning Objectives (SLOs) Waiver Approved for 2021-2022
    Due to effects related to COVID-19, the PfISD Board of Trustees and the Texas Education Agency approved a SLO (student growth) waiver for PfISD teachers for the 2020-21 school year.  For this school year only, teachers during end of the year summative conferences will not be required to submit their teacher reflection on the SLO process or their End-of-Year Conference Student Growth Tracker to their appraiser.   Measuring student growth is a critical portion of the T-TESS appraisal system so the full SLO appraisal component is scheduled for the 2021-22 school year. 

    Student Chromebook/Device Return
    All checked-out student devices, except those to be used for Summer School, are to be returned to the district at the end of the school year.  Inventory is currently being compiled so that parents and guardians can verify serial number of devices checked out to students. Details for drop off and inventory mismatches will be provided in the coming weeks.

    Pre-K & Kindergarten Registration
    New student registration for pre-k and kindergarten students is coming up soon! If you have a student who will be entering pre-k or kindergarten at one of our elementary schools this fall, please visit our registration homepage for more information on requirements for pre-k.

    Pre-K/Kindergarten Registration: https://www.pfisd.net/Page/6207

    • Kindergarten registration is Wednesday, April 7, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Both Pre-K and Kindergarten registration will be available on Thursday, April 8, from 1-7 p.m.

    Please note, for parents registering a child for Carpenter Elementary, registration will be held at Weiss High School.

    Some campuses will be offering contactless packet pick-up registration, while others will have onsite in-person and contactless registration or onsite in-person by appointment AND contactless registration. Please visit our general registration page to see which option your campus is offering: https://www.pfisd.net/domain/23 

    Please note, if your kindergarten-aged child is currently attending pre-k in PfISD this year, your child is already enrolled at their zoned home campus. You may email the campus registrar to confirm.

    Transfer Window Open
    The In-District transfer window is currently open and closes this Friday, April 9 for any students wishing to attend a school outside of their home’s attendance zone. Parents will receive responses to their transfer requests beginning May 21.

    The Out-of-District transfer window opens April 12. Campuses should begin providing responses to transfer requests beginning May 28.

    For more information regarding both in-district and out-of-district transfers please visit our Student Transfer Information page:https://www.pfisd.net/domain/109.

    Staff COVID-19 Vaccine Update & Incentive Reminder
    APH has announced that they will make immunization appointments available for PfISD staff. The number of appointments is limited each week.

    If you HAVE NOT received any COVID immunization please complete this survey https://forms.gle/fTzoKtiapTrdbher7.

    APH will contact you with your appointment. We will be sending a NEW survey weekly. Due to the limited number of appointments available to PfISD staff, please keep completing the surveys until you receive your first dose. Surveys will close each Thursday at noon.

    If you are waiting on your second dose, APH will contact you with your appointment time, date, and location. PfISD does not schedule ANY appointment, it is all through APH. 

    You must bring your School ID or a recent paystub to verify that you are a district employee.

    In addition to the APH availability, Walmart now has COVID-19 vaccine appointments available at local Walmart pharmacies. Eligible persons may call 1-833-886-0023 to schedule an appointment. Appointments are also available to eligible household members. 

    What do I bring to my Walmart appointment?  
    On the day of your appointment, please bring your ID, proof of vaccine eligibility if applicable, and insurance card (red, white and blue card if over 65) if you have one. Please plan to stay on-site for at least 15 minutes after your shot while they monitor you for allergic reaction. 

    PfISD also is now offering a $100 incentive to all PfISD employees who receive the vaccine thanks to a unanimous vote by our Board. This incentive is good through the end of our fiscal year on Aug. 31. As larger shipments of doses of the vaccine are being delivered across the country and access expands, we anticipate more employees who want the vaccine will be able to receive one before the end of August. Our hope is to boost immunity in our District by offering this incentive.

    Please click here to complete the form and to attach a copy of your vaccine confirmation for the COVID-19 vaccine stipend: https://forms.gle/QFFUC7fAXzXPu68j9Please do not complete this form until you have received both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Substitutes, temporary employees and student teachers are not eligible for the stipend. If you have any questions about the stipend, please contact Eva Davila at eva.davila@pfisd.net.

    Please continue to socially distance as much as possible. Wear your mask. Wash your hands. We’re in the final phase of the school year. Keep pushing to improve yourself, your students, and your community in whatever way you can.

    Together we are strong. Together we are a Pfamily. Together we can do anything.

    In the best interest of children,
    Dr. Douglas Killian
    PfISD Superintendent of Schools

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  • PfISD Staff Update: 3-30-21

    Posted by Tamra Spence on 3/30/2021

    Dear PfISD Staff,

    And just like that, March is over. Although the 2020-2021 school year is unlike any I have seen in all my years in education, some things never change, including the rapid slide into summer after Spring Break. Only two short months left in this year and we still have a lot to accomplish for both students and staff.

    While we just returned from a long break, I hope you all enjoy the upcoming long weekend this week, and our last holiday of the school year. Friday is a Student/Staff Holiday for all, and Monday will be a Student Holiday and Planning & Prep Day for teachers and staff. Stay safe and please continue to socially distance, wash your hands and wear your mask.

    Planning & Prep Day, April 5
    There will be optional learning opportunities for teachers on the April 5 planning and preparation day. These offerings are not required. Here is the information for learning that is available on April 5.

    All staff will work from their duty location for the April 5 planning and prep day, with our safety protocols in place, i.e. physical distancing, masks, and handwashing. The planning and prep days are still designed by the teachers and can be used at their discretion for professional activities.

    Pre-K & Kindergarten Registration
    New student registration for pre-k and kindergarten students is coming up soon! If you have a student who will be entering pre-k or kindergarten at one of our elementary schools this fall, please visit our registration homepage for more information on requirements for pre-k.

    Pre-K/Kindergarten Registration: https://www.pfisd.net/Page/6207

    Please note, for parents registering a child for Carpenter Elementary, registration will be held at Weiss High School.

    Some campuses will be offering contactless packet pick-up registration, while others will have onsite in-person and contactless registration or onsite in-person by appointment AND contactless registration. Please visit our general registration page to see which option your campus is offering: https://www.pfisd.net/domain/232

    Please note, if your kindergarten-aged child is currently attending pre-k in PfISD this year, your child is already enrolled at their zoned home campus. You may email the campus registrar to confirm.

    Transfer Window Open
    The In-District transfer window is currently open and closes on April 9 for any students wishing to attend a school outside of their home’s attendance zone. Parents will receive responses to their transfer requests beginning May 21. 

    The Out-of-District transfer window opens April 12. Campuses should begin providing responses to transfer requests beginning May 28.

    For more information regarding both in-district and out-of-district transfers please visit our Student Transfer Information page:https://www.pfisd.net/domain/109.

    Virtual Spring College Night
    PfISD is excited to host its Spring 2021 College Night tonight from 6:30-8. This year’s event will be hosted virtually. All PfISD high school students in grades 9-11 are welcome to attend.

    If you are interested in attending the Virtual College Night, please register by using this Google Form. The deadline to Register is March 30. Please keep in mind that you will not receive a confirmation until the week before the event.

    During the event families can expect to learn all about the college application process. Counselors will discuss the topics listed below and allow for an interactive Q/A session.

    • General Tips & Tricks for Applying to College
    • Automatic vs. Holistic Review
    • SAT/ACT Test Scores (Including Test Optional Advice)
    • How to write a good essay/résumé
    • Letters of Recommendation
    • And so much more.

    The PfISD College and Career Team look forward to seeing you virtually at their annual event!

    TOY/HOY/Years of Service/Retirees Celebrations
    Due to the pandemic, we are unable to hold our typical banquets for our staff members in the Spring. We are working on several different ways to honor our staff members for the accomplishments and longevity – some virtual and some in-person.

    We have created campus-specific yard signs for each campus to give to their Teacher of the Year (TOY), Rookie Teacher of the Year (RTOY) and Humanitarian of the Year (HOY). Additionally, we will have posts created for each of these individuals to share on their campus social media sites. For our District TOYs, HOYs and RTOYs, we have created larger yard signs and we will create a small group to serve as a prize patrol to visit these staff members on their campus to surprise them with the news that they have won. We will video these surprises and create a video similar to last year’s video to play on our District YouTube channel and will be shared on our website and social media.

    For our Years of Service and Retirees, we will honor them with a webpage showcasing all of our staff members marking their work anniversaries and also create social media posts for their individual campus social media. We will be reaching out to these individuals to provide us with some Q&As that we can incorporate into the story. It would be fun if our teachers celebrating milestone anniversaries could send in a photo from your first year in PfISD, your favorite thing about working PfISD, how teaching/education has changed in your years here, your favorite memory from PfISD. We will also ask our campus principals to take photos/videos to send to us to compile into a large video honoring these staff members which we will showcase on our YouTube channel. 

    Additionally, we will have pottery for all of these winners that will be sent to campuses for distribution.

    I am disappointed that the pandemic has taken these events away from us as far as their traditional setting as it is one of my favorite banquets every year. Seeing the joy on our employees’ faces when they receive their pottery for years of service or being recognized as the Teacher of the Year for their campus is a special moment. I hope we can be back to normal next year, but am glad we can still find a way to honor these individuals virtually.

    Staff COVID-19 Vaccine Update & Incentive Reminder
    APH has announced that they will make immunization appointments available for PfISD staff. The number of appointments is limited each week.

    If you HAVE NOT received any COVID immunization please complete this survey https://forms.gle/XRVKkqYPVTUxtomv7.

    APH will contact you with your appointment. We will be sending a NEW survey weekly. Due to the limited number of appointments available to PfISD staff, please keep completing the surveys until you receive your first dose. Surveys will close each Thursday at noon

    If you are waiting on your second dose, APH will contact you with your appointment time, date, and location. PfISD does not schedule ANY appointment, it is all through APH.

    You must bring your School ID or a recent paystub to verify that you are a district employee.

    In addition to the APH availability, Walmart now has COVID-19 vaccine appointments available at local Walmart pharmacies. Eligible persons may call 1-833-886-0023 to schedule an appointment. Appointments are also available to eligible household members. 

    What do I bring to my Walmart appointment?  On the day of your appointment, please bring your ID, proof of vaccine eligibility if applicable, and insurance card (red, white and blue card if over 65) if you have one. Please plan to stay on-site for at least 15 minutes after your shot while they monitor you for allergic reaction. 

    PfISD also is now offering a $100 incentive to all PfISD employees who receive the vaccine thanks to a unanimous vote by our Board. This incentive is good through the end of our fiscal year on Aug. 31. As larger shipments of doses of the vaccine are being delivered across the country and access expands, we anticipate more employees who want the vaccine will be able to receive one before the end of August. Our hope is to boost immunity in our District by offering this incentive. 

    Please click here to complete the form and to attach a copy of your vaccine confirmation for the COVID-19 vaccine stipend: https://forms.gle/QFFUC7fAXzXPu68j9Please do not complete this form until you have received both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Substitutes, temporary employees and student teachers are not eligible for the stipend. If you have any questions about the stipend, please contact Eva Davila at eva.davila@pfisd.net

    2021 Graduations Update
    Speaking of events, our biggest and best one every year is beginning to come into view. Graduation dates have already been set and announced. They are provided again below as a refresher.

    At this time, we are planning to allow six tickets per graduate. This is subject to change as we could possibly allow for more or fewer tickets depending on the local status with regard to COVID cases and protocols.

    The graduation schedule is:

    • Connally – Tuesday, June 1
    • Weiss – Wednesday, June 2
    • Hendrickson – Thursday, June 3
    • Pflugerville – Friday, June 4
    • PACE – Friday, June 4 (11 a.m.)
    • Bad weather make-up date – Saturday, June 5

    All graduations will be held at The Pfield and begin at 8:30 a.m. We know there are many questions as to what the ceremonies will look like, but many decisions will be based on guidance from local and state health officials depending on the situation at that time. At this time, we are anticipating providing 6 tickets per graduate; however, that could change as we get closer to the date depending on health guidance at the time. We will provide additional information as soon as decisions are made.

    Athletics Update
    PfISD had a strong showing in the UIL Soccer Playoffs last week, and we have four teams competing in the second round tonight. Hendrickson Boys Soccer will host Magnolia West at The Pfield at 6 p.m. Weiss Boys Soccer is in the playoffs for the first time in school history and travel to take on Giddings. For the Girls, Hendrickson faces Magnolia in Brenham and PHS is on the road at College Station. 

    Good luck to our soccer teams in the postseason. 

    Also last week, we had Roman Anderson and Aiden Keith from Hendrickson competing at the state championship meet in weight lifting. They finished 4th and 7th, respectively in their weight divisions. Congratulations to these two young men for representing their school at the state meet!

    Please continue to socially distance as much as possible. Wear your mask. Wash your hands. We’re in the final phase of the school year. Keep pushing to improve yourself, your students, and your community in whatever way you can. If we all play our part, we can come together as a community to help slow the spread of COVID-19, and together we can make a difference.

    Together we are strong. Together we are a Pfamily. Together we can do anything.

    In the best interest of children,
    Dr. Douglas Killian
    PfISD Superintendent of Schools

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  • PfISD Staff Update: 3-23-21

    Posted by Tamra Spence on 3/23/2021

    Dear PfISD Staff,

    I hope you all returned to work this week refreshed and recharged after Spring Break! The final nine weeks of the school year are officially here, which means we will have all the usual things that make this time of year so busy, and exciting, at the same time. Some of those events just might look a little different than normal. 

    As we begin this final portion of the year, I ask that we all stay vigilant in our safety precautions for COVID. Many of our staff members have taken advantage of the opportunity to get vaccinated, and I appreciate your willingness to be vaccinated very much. However, just because vaccinations are increasing does not mean we can let down our guard. There is light at the end of the tunnel, but we are not there yet. Soon!

    Staff COVID-19 Vaccine Update & Incentive Reminder
    APH has announced that they will make immunization appointments available for PfISD staff. The number of appointments is limited each week.

    If you HAVE NOT received any COVID immunization please complete this survey https://forms.gle/KZ4wTF8198vsrUYx6.

    APH will contact you with your appointment. We will be sending a NEW survey weekly. Due to the limited number of appointments available to PfISD staff, please keep completing the surveys until you receive your first dose. Surveys will close each Thursday at noon.

    If you are waiting on your second dose, APH will contact you with your appointment time, date, and location. PfISD does not schedule ANY appointment, it is all through APH.

    You must bring your School ID or a recent paystub to verify that you are a district employee.

    In addition to the APH availability, Walmart now has COVID-19 vaccine appointments available at local Walmart pharmacies. Eligible persons may call 1-833-886-0023 to schedule an appointment. Appointments are also available to eligible household members.  

    What do I bring to my Walmart appointment? On the day of your appointment, please bring your ID, proof of vaccine eligibility if applicable, and insurance card (red, white and blue card if over 65) if you have one. Please plan to stay on-site for at least 15 minutes after your shot while they monitor you for allergic reaction. 

    PfISD also is now offering a $100 incentive to all PfISD employees who receive the vaccine thanks to a unanimous vote by our Board. This incentive is good through the end of our fiscal year on Aug. 31. As larger shipments of doses of the vaccine are being delivered across the country and access expands, we anticipate more employees who want the vaccine will be able to receive one before the end of August. Our hope is to boost immunity in our District by offering this incentive.

    Please click here to complete the form and to attach a copy of your vaccine confirmation for the COVID-19 vaccine stipend: https://forms.gle/QFFUC7fAXzXPu68j9. Please do not complete this form until you have received both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Substitutes, temporary employees and student teachers are not eligible for the stipend. If you have any questions about the stipend, please contact Eva Davila at eva.davila@pfisd.net.

    P-TECH Parent Meeting on Wednesday
    As we prepare to launch our P-TECH academies at Connally and Weiss next school year, there will be an informational meeting for parents on Wednesday at 6 p.m.

    This meeting is open to all parents of 8th graders (rising 9th graders) interested in learning more about the P-TECH academies regardless of which high school they are zoned to attend. Applications for the Computer Information and Technology Academy at CHS or the Pfuture Teachers Academy at WHS for rising 9th graders are currently being accepted.

    The meeting does require an RSVP so the District can have representatives from the Multilingual Department on standby for translation services if needed.

    Parents may RSVP with this link: https://forms.gle/mxa9Gn6ViGQoXEdF8

    Virtual Spring College Night

    PfISD is excited to announce its Spring 2021 College Night. This year’s event will be hosted virtually on Tuesday, March 30 from 6:30-8 p.m. All PfISD high school students in grades 9-11 are welcome to attend.

    If you are interested in attending the Virtual College Night, please register by using this Google Form. The deadline to Register is March 30. Please keep in mind that you will not receive a confirmation until the week before the event.

    During the event families can expect to learn all about the college application process. Counselors will discuss the topics listed below and allow for an interactive Q/A session.

    • General Tips & Tricks for Applying to College
    • Automatic vs. Holistic Review
    • SAT/ACT Test Scores (Including Test Optional Advice)
    • How to write a good essay/résumé
    • Letters of Recommendation
    • And so much more.

    The PfISD College and Career Team look forward to seeing you virtually at their annual event!

    Pegasus Enrollment
    The Pegasus Program offers a high-quality, caring and affordable pre-kindergarten experience to children of PfISD staff or their family members. In the program’s inclusive model, the 3- and 4-year-olds serve as positive “role models” for other students in the class who have disabilities. 

    Why choose Pegasus for your child? 

    Accessible, Dependable Care

    • Pegasus is open each day a teacher is on contract, from 7 a.m. until 5:15 p.m.
    • With locations at 11 PfISD campuses, you can choose the site most convenient for your commute.
    • Pegasus is open to 3- and 4-year-old children — or nieces, nephews, or grandchildren — of any PfISD staff member, guest educator, or Aramark employee.

    Quality Kindergarten Preparation

    • Each Pegasus classroom is led by a certified teacher who plans all learning experiences on regular school days. 
    • Each class is also staffed with highly qualified educational associates, one of whom will work with your child on critical foundational academic and social skills until 5:15. 
    • Pegasus follows the PfISD Prekindergarten curriculum and Texas Pre-K Guidelines to ensure well-rounded, rigorous instruction throughout the year. 
    • Instruction is differentiated based on individual needs and abilities. All 4-year-old role models are regularly assessed using the same Ready, Set, K! screener used in general education Pre-K classes. Three-year-old students are assessed using a checklist that tracks skills necessary for success the following year.
    • Want your preschooler to begin learning a second language? Our Pegasus Program offers two bilingual classrooms to jump-start their Spanish fluency.

    Fun Activities for the Whole Child

    • Every day offers a fast-paced, immersive schedule of individual and cooperative centers, circle time, small group activities, music and movement, recess, and more!
    • Students practice not only the academic skills necessary for Kindergarten success but also the equally-important social skills.
    • Daily snacks are included in the cost of tuition.

    Download this Flyer to learn more about the Pegasus Program, or watch this video to see Pegasus in actionWhen you’re ready to enroll your child, fill out the Pegasus Application. Open enrollment is being held until March 30th. 

    Pegasus 2021-2022 Parent Agreement

    If you have any questions, contact Julie Schwarz at 512-594-0173 or Julie.Schwarz@pfisd.net.

    Pre-K & Kindergarten Registration
    New student registration for pre-k and kindergarten students is coming up soon! If you have a student who will be entering pre-k or kindergarten at one of our elementary schools this fall, please visit our registration homepage for more information on requirements for pre-k. 

    Pre-K/Kindergarten Registration: https://www.pfisd.net/Page/6207

    • Pre-K registration is Tuesday, April 6, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Kindergarten registration is Wednesday, April 7, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Both Pre-K and Kindergarten registration will be available on Thursday, April 8, from 1-7 p.m.

    Please note, for parents registering a child for Carpenter Elementary, registration will be held at Weiss High School. 

    Some campuses will be offering contactless packet pick-up registration, while others will have onsite in-person and contactless registration or onsite in-person by appointment AND contactless registration. Please visit our general registration page to see which option your campus is offering: https://www.pfisd.net/domain/232

    Please note, if your kindergarten-aged child attended pre-k in PfISD in 2020-21, your child is already enrolled at their zoned home campus. You may email the campus registrar to confirm.

    Pam Yantis Memorial Service
    The PfISD community was deeply saddened by the loss of one of our PHS administrative assistants, Pam Yantis, just prior to Spring Break. Pam was a valued staff member at PHS and PfISD, where she served for many years.

    We have received information from Pam’s family regarding her memorial service.

    A celebration of life service will be held for Pam at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, March 27 at First Baptist Church of Pflugerville.

    Cyber Security Training
    Cybersecurity is one of the highest priorities to PfISD and we have seen a rise in attempts to steal data and money from our users in the past 24 months. In accordance with Texas House Bill 3834, PfISD has enrolled all employees in an online comprehensive Security Awareness Training. Each employee will receive an email from our training partner, KnowBe4, that provides a link to the required training and should take between 30-45 minutes to complete.

    The deadline for completion of the training is set for Friday, April 30. Thank you so much for your efforts in keeping our student and staff data safe. 

    PPE Stipend Reminder

    All qualifying full-time employees should have received a $500 stipend for PPE from the District on Friday, March 12. Qualifying part-time employees should have received $250. We encourage you to check your pay stub to ensure the stipend was included. Your work and dedication during these trying times is truly appreciated. 

     

    Athletics Update
    Spring is here, and that means lots of outdoor sports. Baseball, softball and track & field are in full swing… and so is golf!

    Keeping in line with the success of our fall and winter sports, our soccer teams had a great season and many are headed to the UIL Playoffs.

    Hendrickson Boys Soccer won the district championship and plays at Lockhart on Thursday night in the first round of the playoffs. Joining the Hawks in the playoffs are Weis and Pflugerville HS. Weiss takes on McCallum at House Park on Friday night, and PHS faces Northeast Reagan on Thursday also at House Park.

    On the girls’ side, PHS won the district title and enter the postseason ranked No. 4 in the state! They will host LASA on Friday night at Kuempel Stadium in the first round. Hendrickson takes on Ann Richards at The Pfield on Friday at 5 p.m. and Weiss will take on Anderson immediately following that match.

    We also have two student-athletes headed to the state championship in weightlifting from Hendrickson. Roman Anderson and Aiden Keithwill represent the Hawks at the meet in the 181-pound and 220-pound divisions, respectively. If you’re familiar with 1980s “Saturday Night Live”, you might get a chuckle out of knowing the coaches at Hendrickson call them Hans and Franz.

    Good luck to all these dedicated student-athletes in the postseason! 

    Please continue to socially distance as much as possible. Wear your mask. Wash your hands. We’re in the final phase of the school year. Keep pushing to improve yourself, your students, and your community in whatever way you can. If we all play our part, we can come together as a community to help slow the spread of COVID-19, and together we can make a difference. 

    Together we are strong. Together we are a Pfamily. Together we can do anything.

    In the best interest of children,
    Dr. Douglas Killian
    PfISD Superintendent of Schools

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  • Canvas Update and Professional Learning Opportunities

    Posted by Tamra Spence on 3/10/2021

    Congratulations and well-done PfISD! As we enter the 5 month since our launch of Canvas 90% of the 4,087 active courses have content. As we continue with the implementation of Canvas we have created a Quality Canvas Course Checklist to use as a self-assessment tool.

    On the March 12 planning and preparation day, there are optional learning opportunities. These are the available offerings. We are also launching a Canvas Course Best Practices for Remote and Concurrent Instruction on March 12. This course is designed to provide teachers and administrators with tools and resources to effectively teach both virtual and in-person students. Module 1: Student Engagement is published and the remaining Modules will be published on April 1.  

     PfISD Curriculum Team

     

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  • PfISD Staff Update 03-09-21

    Posted by Tamra Spence on 3/9/2021

    Dear PfISD Staff,

    Just a few more days and Spring Break is here. It is hard to imagine that when we return, we will be in the final stretch of the school year. This year has flown by! It also has gone very slowly at times. It’s funny how it can feel that way, but I guess we can attribute that to the uniqueness of a school year during a pandemic with a once-in-a-generation winter storm.

    Normally, this time of year, many of our students and staff are preparing to take advantage of the week off of school for Spring Break and head to the beach for some fun in the sun or the mountains to hit the slopes skiing. Unfortunately, this year many of those trips had to be canceled. It was just a year ago that we were canceling Spring sports. That was the beginning of the pandemic and just the first way it impacted our District.

    This year, if you are traveling for Spring Break, I ask that you remain vigilant in your social distancing practices, wear your masks and wash your hands frequently. May you have a safe trip and return healthy 

    I know some health and safety restrictions are being lifted in places, but PfISD will continue to use the safety measures we have had in place all school year. We know more people have access to vaccines now that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has added all teachers and school staff to the essential list to receive the vaccine. However, I believe that we need to have time for those wanting to get vaccinated to do so and allow those vaccines to become effective before lifting safety measures prematurely.

    If you’re staying home for Spring Break, I also wish you a joyful week off that is relaxing and safe. When we all return, we will jump right into our final nine-weeks grading period.

    Speaking of our final grading cycle, that means it is your final opportunity to update your child’s method of instruction if you would like to move from virtual learning to in-person. Each campus is handling method of instruction changes individually. If you have questions, please contact your principal or the campus registrar/student records specialist.

    PPE & Retention Stipends
    For employees who qualify to receive this stipend, it will be paid out this Friday, March 12. The amounts will be $500 for qualifying full-time employees and $250 for qualifying part-time employees. Your work and dedication during these trying times is truly appreciated. 

    Staff COVID Vaccine Update & Incentive
    APH has announced that they will make immunization appointments available next week for PfISD staff. The number of appointments is limited each week and is open to all Travis county public schools.

    Additionally, we have been informed that Travis County may also have appointments available this coming weekend. Vaccines through APH and Travis County are open to ALL school district employees. At this time we do not have information on Travis County vaccines but we will share with staff who fill out the survey as we receive the information.

    If you HAVE NOT received your first immunization and agree to NOT make an appointment to receive it through another provider, please complete the attached survey. If you plan to get a vaccine through UT Health, H-E-B, ARC, CVS etc., please do not complete this survey. Completing this survey puts you on the list for an appointment next week with APH.

    APH will contact you with your appointment. We will be sending a NEW survey weekly. Due to the limited number of appointments available to PfISD staff, please keep completing the surveys until you receive your first dose. APH will be holding clinics until all eligible staff/faculty have received the first dose.  Surveys will close each Thursday at noon. https://forms.gle/LTwzsd9CeYbAtyKT7

    If you are waiting on your second dose, APH will contact you with your appointment time/date/location. The district does not schedule ANY appointments, it is all through APH.

    You must bring your School ID or a recent paystub to verify that you are a district employee.

    APH will reach out to you directly with your appointment date/time/location.

    Here is a different opportunity to get a vaccine:

    Districts in Region 13 are eligible and just need to follow the link below. You would need to travel to the campus in Austin to get the vaccine.

    Directions: 

    Click on this Link  Scroll down to the section titled “How to request a COVID-19 Vaccination at UT Health Austin”. Click on “Eligible Education and Childcare Personnel.” Click on the “Click Here to access the COVID-19 Vaccination Request Form for Eligible Education and Child Care Personnel” and then fill out the form. Once filled out, as UT Health has vaccine and scheduling availability UT Health will send an email to the individual for them to sign up and schedule an appointment.

    Now that U.S. DHHS has added teachers and all school staff to the list to be immediately eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, our Community Relations team is in the process of compiling vaccine information along with Health Services and has created a page on our website dedicated to vaccine options and registration information: www.pfisd.net/COVIDVaccines. With so many options available, moving forward, we believe it will be easier for staff to have one location with all of our vaccine information and updates.

    Some of our staff may live in Williamson County, which has its own distribution plans. Others in Travis Country may have the option to sign up through APH. Several pharmacies in the area also are administering vaccines. Whatever you choose, we want you to have as much information as possible to help you get vaccinated.

    PfISD also is now offering a $100 incentive to all PfISD employees who receive the vaccine thanks to a unanimous vote by our Board. This incentive is good through the end of our fiscal year on Aug. 31. As larger shipments of doses of the vaccine are being delivered across the country and access expands, we anticipate more employees who want the vaccine will be able to receive one before the end of August. Our hope is to boost immunity in our District by offering this incentive.

    Please click here to complete the form and to attach a copy of your vaccine confirmation for the COVID-19 vaccine stipend: https://forms.gle/QFFUC7fAXzXPu68j9. Please do not complete this form until you have received both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Substitutes and temporary employees are not eligible for the stipend. If you have any questions about the stipend, please contact Eva Davila at eva.davila@pfisd.net.

    For those who have already received their first dose through one of the clinics we informed our staff of, we have received a number of questions regarding the second dose of the vaccine. All second appointments for the COVID vaccine will go through APH directly. They will be reaching out to you approximately one to two days before your second appointment to inform you of the date/time/location. The second appointment will occur between 26 and 45 days after your first dose. Due to the winter storm and the need to reschedule so many appointments, your second dose will most likely be closer to the 45 days.

    2021 Graduations
    We want to provide an update on this year’s Senior Graduation Ceremonies. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Frank Erwin Center is unable to commit the use of their facility for graduations at this time. As such, PfISD will hold all high school graduations at the Pfield the first week of June. The schedule is:

    • Connally – Tuesday, June 1
    • Weiss – Wednesday, June 2
    • Hendrickson – Thursday, June 3
    • Pflugerville – Friday, June 4
    • Bad weather make-up date – Saturday, June 5

    All graduations will begin at 8:30 a.m. We will also hold PACE graduation at the Pfield following one of the above graduation times; the date will be communicated in the coming weeks. We know there are many questions as to what the ceremonies will look like, but many decisions will be based on guidance from local and state health officials depending on the situation at that time. Currently, no determinations have been made regarding the number of tickets available to each graduating senior. We will provide additional information as soon as decisions are made. 

    Pegasus Enrollment
    The Pegasus Program offers a high-quality, caring and affordable pre-kindergarten experience to children of PfISD staff or their family members. In the program’s inclusive model, the 3- and 4-year-olds serve as positive “role models” for other students in the class who have disabilities. 

    Why choose Pegasus for your child? 

    Accessible, Dependable Care

    • Pegasus is open each day a teacher is on contract, from 7 a.m. until 5:15 p.m.
    • With locations at 11 PfISD campuses, you can choose the site most convenient for your commute.
    • Pegasus is open to 3- and 4-year-old children — or nieces, nephews, or grandchildren — of any PfISD staff member, guest educator, or Aramark employee.

    Quality Kindergarten Preparation

    • Each Pegasus classroom is led by a certified teacher who plans all learning experiences on regular school days. 
    • Each class is also staffed with highly qualified educational associates, one of whom will work with your child on critical foundational academic and social skills until 5:15. 
    • Pegasus follows the PfISD Prekindergarten curriculum and Texas Pre-K Guidelines to ensure well-rounded, rigorous instruction throughout the year. 
    • Instruction is differentiated based on individual needs and abilities. All 4-year-old role models are regularly assessed using the same Ready, Set, K! screener used in general education Pre-K classes. Three-year-old students are assessed using a checklist that tracks skills necessary for success the following year.
    • Want your preschooler to begin learning a second language? Our Pegasus Program offers two bilingual classrooms to jump-start their Spanish fluency.

    Fun Activities for the Whole Child

    • Every day offers a fast-paced, immersive schedule of individual and cooperative centers, circle time, small group activities, music and movement, recess, and more!
    • Students practice not only the academic skills necessary for Kindergarten success but also the equally-important social skills.
    • Daily snacks are included in the cost of tuition.

    Download this Flyer to learn more about the Pegasus Program, or watch this video to see Pegasus in actionWhen you’re ready to enroll your child, fill out the Pegasus Application. Open enrollment is being held until March 30th. 

    Pegasus 2021-2022 Parent Agreement

    If you have any questions, contact Julie Schwarz at 512-594-0173 or Julie.Schwarz@pfisd.net.

    Upcoming Budget Cycle
    The TEA announced a “hold harmless” response last week which would allow all school districts would receive their full funding based on enrollment projections for 2020-21, despite the drop in enrollment this school year due to COVID-19.

    In brief, before this announcement from the TEA, we were projecting a $9 million shortfall for the 2020-21 budget year. This shortfall was no fault of our own. I want to stress that. The shortfall was due to additional pandemic-related expenditures and the anticipated loss of funds due to lower student enrollment. This decision by the TEA restores $4 million to our budget; however, we still project a shortfall of $5 million shortfall due to other expenses incurred during the pandemic. To combat that shortfall, last Fall all of our administration departments cut their budgets by 5% and we also took a close look at any vacant positions to determine if they were essential to hire.

    Our Finance Department has won multiple awards for the work it does and has been recognized for the District’s strong financial management practices. I have complete faith in their ability to maintain our budget and plan for our uncertain future due to the pandemic.

    Over the next few weeks, we will provide updates on different aspects of the budget in little chunks rather than a full, long explanation of budgetary shortfalls or plans. We are exploring options on cutting our budget for next school year as we anticipate lower enrollment than projected. PfISD also lost its status as a fast-growth district, which means a loss of $6.1 million that we had been receiving annually while we had that designation. 

    Pre-K & Kindergarten Registration
    New student registration for pre-k and kindergarten students is coming up soon! If you have a student who will be entering pre-k or kindergarten at one of our elementary schools this fall, please visit our registration homepage for more information on requirements for pre-k.

    Pre-K/Kindergarten Registration: https://www.pfisd.net/Page/6207

    • Pre-K registration is Tuesday, April 6, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Kindergarten registration is Wednesday, April 7, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Both Pre-K and Kindergarten registration will be available on Thursday, April 8, from 1-7 p.m.

    Please note, for parents registering a child for Carpenter Elementary, registration will be held at Weiss High School.

    Some campuses will be offering contactless packet pick-up registration, while others will have onsite in-person and contactless registration or onsite in-person by appointment AND contactless registration. Please visit our general registration page to see which option your campus is offering: https://www.pfisd.net/domain/232

    Please note, if your kindergarten-aged child attended pre-k in PfISD in 2020-21, your child is already enrolled at their zoned home campus. You may email the campus registrar to confirm.

    Curbside Meal Changes THIS WEEK ONLY
    Due to a student holiday on Friday, March 12, Pflugerville ISD Food Services will move normally scheduled curbside food service to Thursday, March 11, on a one-time-only basis. Regular times and locations apply. 

    Curbside service will not take place during Spring Break next week, so those stopping by on March 11 will receive meals for 11 days.

    Curbside service will return to regular delivery times and locations each Tuesday and Friday at designated PfISD campuses on March 23.

    Legislative Corner
    With the return to school after Winter Break, immediately followed by the winter storm closures, you may have missed that the new Texas Legislative Session has begun. Already at the Capitol, bills are being written, debated and prepared that will undoubtedly have an impact on public education.

    In an effort to keep our community informed on what is happening this legislative session, we will be creating a “Legislative Corner” page on our website. This page will house information on what the Texas Legislature is working on. We hope to provide you with links and more so you can be informed and know how to contact your state representatives and senators regarding the issues at hand during the session.

    Until that site is complete, I invite you to explore the official site of the 87th Texas Legislature Regular Session here:https://capitol.texas.gov/Home.aspx

    I also wanted to thank U.S. Representative Pete Sessions for his service to our area. Our federal elected officials are also hard at work right now. Congressman Sessions recently met with members of our Board to discuss relevant issues facing our community and District. Sessions has expressed interest and intent to engage with groups and keep a pulse on local concerns.

    (L to R): Vernagene Mott, Cindy Gee, Rep. Pete Sessions, Brian Allen

    School Social Worker Week
    I want to take a moment to thank all of our school social workers. This week is National School Social Worker Week, and this team of dedicated individuals does many things for our students behind the scenes that many are not aware of. Social workers help in a number of ways, but one, in particular, is to assist our students and families in assessing their needs.

    Social workers on all our campuses work to make sure our students have what they need to be successful in the classroom and in life. They play a valuable role in our District and make an impact every day.

    In fact, Alex Greagrey at the Provan Opportunity Center recently received the Kathy Armenta Texas School Social Worker of the Year Award! Alex has leveraged her ability to develop positive relationships with her students into seeing them achieve success. Congratulations, Alex! Thank you for your passionate service.

    Don’t forget that Friday is a student holiday/teacher planning day. Please continue to socially distance as much as possible. Wear your mask. Wash your hands. If we all play our part, we can come together as a community to help slow the spread of COVID-19, and together we can make a difference.

    Together we are strong. Together we are a Pfamily. Together we can do anything.

    In the best interest of children,
    Dr. Douglas Killian
    PfISD Superintendent of Schools

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