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Return to Learn: In-personPosted by Marcial Guajardo on 9/13/2020
Sept. 11, 2020
Greetings Connally Cougar Families!
Important Reminders for those returning for in-person learning on Monday, Sept. 14:
- Bring your Chromebook and charger with you. Use the protective sleeve and make sure you are careful with your backpack.
- Student IDs:
- 10-12 grade students should come with their IDs visible – this is a district expectation.
- 9th graders will be issued ID's in the first week
- Masks are mandatory – all students and teachers will wear masks during the day.
- Water Bottles – please send your student with a water bottle. All water fountains are disconnected, for safety, but bottle filling stations will be available for use.
- No outside food deliveries during the day for students. Students may eat in the cafeteria or bring their lunch. We will not accept food deliveries for students as we will limit people entering the campus for safety precautions.
- Students will social distance, sanitize, and wash hands frequently,
- Please review our Campus Safety Plan for Connally High School.
On Campus Bell Schedule
1st / 5th 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
2nd / 6th 10:35 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.
Lunches A lunch: noon to 12:35 p.m.
B lunch: 12:35 p.m. to 1:05 p.m.
3rd / 7th 1:10 p.m. to 2:40 p.m.
4th / 8th 2:45 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Code2CollegePosted by Marcial Guajardo on 8/31/2020
Apply to Code2College Fall 2020 Cohort by noon, Wednesday, Sept. 2
For the past five years, Code2College has provided free after-school coding education, mentorship, college access support and STEM industry exposure with companies like Google, Amazon, Facebook, Indeed and sixty other leading Tech firms hundreds of students in Pflugerville ISD.
This year, Code2College will be conducting all programming virtually and the only technical requirements for students are a laptop (or chromebook) and internet connection.
Code2College offers a great deal of benefits ranging from project-based coding instruction for beginners and intermediates, college scholarship opportunities, exposure to a variety of STEM industries and paid, technical summer internships with companies like RetailMeNot and H-E-B. In fact, Code2College has placed several of our high school students in these internships for years.
If interested, please apply no later than noon, Wednesday, Sept. 2. Applications will be reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis, so apply as early as possible as there are only 25 seats remaining.
NOTE: This program is offered at no cost to families.
ChromebooksPosted by Marcial Guajardo on 8/21/2020 9:00:00 AM
Aug. 21, 2020
School is in session. It is important that students have a device for their classes.
You still have a chance to pick one up. Chromebook pickup takes place each Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m. Please make appointments with Mr. Cervantes: 512-594-0907 or Joe.firstname.lastname@example.org
Stay safe Cougars!
CHS Update: Aug. 18Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 8/19/2020 3:00:00 PM
Connally Cougar Family,
Greetings! School has begun! Our first two days are behind us and our teachers are busy building great relationships with the students. Parents, please encourage you students to follow the block schedule each day and check in with their teachers. Attendance counts every day!
Students need a laptop or Chromebook to engage in the learning. If your student does not have a device yet, please come check one out.
- Chromebook distribution this week: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 3-5 p.m.
From Zoe Riemer, Student Press Adviser
Hello students and parents!
A year like no other means a yearbook like no other.
Rest assured that even if nothing else about this school year is normal, there will be a 20-21 Connally yearbook. The yearbook staff is geared up to cover this school year no matter where it takes place.
With that in mind, we need your help.
Where do we start? The first day of school.
Send me your first day pictures. We’d love to have photos of your CHS students on their first day, whether it is your traditional first day picture or a photo of them working from home.
Please email photos to the yearbook adviser email@example.com
Email the photos as attachments and be sure to identify the student by first name, last name and grade.
Be on the lookout for future photo requests. We appreciate your submitting photos for us while we are apart. Thank you!
Free Curbside Breakfast To All PfISD Enrolled Students
For Connally students, curbside meals will be available at Westview Middle School Monday through Friday 7-9 a.m. and 11 a.m. to noon.
Stay Safe Cougars!
Cougar Newsletter: March 29Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 3/30/2020 7:00:00 AM
March 29, 2020
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Thank you for your patience as we work through the details of providing your student(s) with continued learning opportunities while the district is closed. Tomorrow we will begin our remote learning opportunities. The administrators at CHS have been working together with our teachers to provide your student(s) with ongoing lessons. Each one of you, I am certain, have questions; therefore, we have designed the chart below to attempt to answer them.
Dear Parents and Guardians:
Teachers and staff have the opportunity to use Zoom as way to connect with your student to provide instruction and support. Zoom is the leader in modern enterprise video communications, with an easy, reliable cloud platform for video and audio conferencing, collaboration, chat, and webinars across mobile devices, desktops, telephones, and room systems.
Before we begin educating with Zoom, we want to share some guidelines with you as well as provide you with the opportunity to opt your student out of live interactions.
All meetings will be conducted under the established district guidelines which state:
1. Studentsc under the age of 18 should not go to www.zoom.us to create an account because minors are not permitted to create an account per Zoom’s Terms of Service.
2. Teachers must establish live meeting norms and behavior expectations with participants at the beginning of the meeting.
3. Parents/Guardians and Principals and/or Assistant Principals must be invited to every live meeting.
4. Participants are required to sign in to attend meetings. Requiring this ensures that each meeting participant is monitored and identified.
5. Live meetings must happen during the scheduled instructional framework times and be instruction specific.
6. Live meetings must be recorded and saved, no exceptions.
7. Private chat option must be disabled.
8. Screen Sharing must be disabled.
10. After the meeting starts, the meeting should be locked. When you lock the meeting, no new participants can join, even if they have the meeting ID and password.
11. Expel a participant to remove anyone who is not supposed to be in the meeting or not abiding by established live meeting norms.
12. Live interactions will be actively monitored and video will be disabled to block unwanted, distracting or inappropriate gestures on video.
13. Live interactions will be actively monitored and participants muted or the mute all option will be used to block unwanted, distracting or inappropriate noise from the meeting.
14. Teachers may use live interactions to provide small group instruction. Because of this, it will be impossible to protect students' participation in special programming. For example, a parent may sign into a live intervention class and witness other students receiving intervention services. This is equivalent to a parent requesting to observe a classroom in real-time.
15. The Student Code of Conduct applies to all live interactions. Therefore, inappropriate behavior or viewing of inappropriate content while using live meetings will be reported to an Administrator immediately.
16. Staff that witness any student being placed in a situation of danger, abuse, and/or neglect during a live meeting will follow Child Abuse and Neglect reporting policies.
17. PfISD Acceptable Use Policies will be followed at all times.
If you have concerns or questions about this opt-out form, please contact your campus administrator prior to submitting the form.
If you have more than one student, please complete a form per student.
Thank you again for your patience and understanding,
Associate Principal, Laura.firstname.lastname@example.org
9th grade Assistant Principal, Daryl Cardosa, Daryl.email@example.com
10th grade Assistant Principal, Monique Williams, Monique.Williams@pfisd.net
11th grade Assistant Principal, Daniel Andreano, Daniel.Andreano@pfisd.net
12th grade Assistant Principal A-L, Jillian Lampley, Lillian.firstname.lastname@example.org
12th grade Assistant Principal M-Z, Nancy Young, Nancy.email@example.com
Cougar Newsletter: March 22Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 3/23/2020 9:00:00 AM
We thank you for your continued patience as we embark on this uncharted territory during this global crisis. Pflugerville ISD has been closely monitoring updates from our local health department, Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the Texas Education Agency regarding COVID-19. The faculty and staff at Connally High School are anxious to get back to school to see you all, but until then, please stay healthy!
If you have any questions, the district has issued a number of answers to some of the most frequently asked questions. To view those questions and answers, visit: http://www.pfisd.net/FAQs
While the campus is closed for all events through April 3, Pflugerville ISD will provide free grab-and-go breakfast and lunch meals to all PfISD students at ten locations across the district beginning Monday, March 23. Grab-and-go meals will be available for curbside pickup at the following times (adjustments to this schedule may be made as needed, so please watch for updated communications). Please continue to monitor the district website for further information and updates www.pfisd.net/coronavirus.
Connally teachers are discussing how to continue learning for students during the closure and how we can best serve you during this never-before-seen event. Communication and learning will be via remote technology and instructional packets. Within the upcoming days, many of your teachers will begin to reach out to you and your student regarding how we will accomplish our student learning goals.
Some things each student can work on while they are away from school and awaiting assignments from their teachers are:
Read any book of their choice
Keep a journal of your days – What did you do? How do you feel?
Visit sites like: Khan Academy
AP Central: Read about the changes to the exam and practice apstudents.collegeboard.org
As we continue to receive more answers and directions, Connally High School will communicate with you all. If you have any questions, please contact me via email at Sheila.Reed@pfisd.net
Thank you again for your patience during this time,
Sheila Reed, Principal
John B. Connally High School
Cougar Newsletter: Feb. 8, 2019Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 2/8/2019 1:00:00 PM
Feb. 8, 2019
As we go about our daily routines, we can, at times, forget about our human frailties, and the adversities life can throw our way.
The Marble Falls girls soccer program recently suffered such a setback, with the loss of one of its players, Maribel Enriquez. It came some time before Marble Falls was to play Connally earlier this week.
Becoming aware of the situation, Connally head girls soccer coach Jessie McCartney could have chosen to simply let the teams play, and then move forward with their seasons. Connally’s team had not suffered the loss, and the easier choice would have been to avoid the grief already being felt by Marble Falls soccer coach Cory Maxwell and his players.
Instead, McCartney and her players chose to show their respects for their opponent’s fallen teammate. They held a moment of silence shortly before their game began on Tuesday, locking arms on the field with Marble Falls players. A Connally player assigned the same number as Enriquez asked to change to a different number, in her memory.
We thank you – soccer coaches McCartney, Michelle Melton and Andie Masanda and CHS soccer players – for your thoughtfulness and empathy toward others – an opponent on the field, of all people – as they suffered. There are lessons to be learned here, but more important is the fact that you already have learned one of the greatest lessons of all.
We ask all those in the Connally Community to applaud the efforts shown by our student-athletes and Coach McCartney, and for their time in reading a letter below from Marble Falls Coach Maxwell.
Connally High School Principal
Good morning, I am Coach Cory Maxwell at Marble Falls and I am the head girls soccer coach and I wanted to express and tell you all how impressed I am with your girls soccer program, coaches and especially the players.
Coach McCartney chatted with me Monday via text and before the game last night about what she and her players wanted to do to express and show their respect for our fallen player Maribel Enriquez, No. 12.
So after the National Anthem they wanted to circle up and lock arms and have a moment of silence. One of her players who wears 12 asked if she could wear another number so that the no. 12 was not on the field.
We can’t express how honored we are for this to happen. This shows us not only how Coach McCartney and her staff run the soccer program but how she teaches her kids that life is bigger than a game.
Marble Falls HS
Head Girls Soccer
Cougar Newsletter: Week of Sept. 3Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 9/4/2018 8:00:00 AM
Dear Cougar Family,
We had a great start to the new year. Our teachers prepared for days, participating in professional development and growth opportunities that undoubtedly contributed to our smooth start. I am extremely proud of the way the students have adjusted to being back on a schedule at school. With the upcoming weeks, students are expected to continue to follow the regular school routines — arrive on time and attend all scheduled classes, follow all rules and campus expectations, take advantage of intervention and tutorial opportunities and seek ways to get involved with the numerous activities on campus.
Our campus-wide interventions (PAWS) begin Tuesday, Sept. 4. Perfecting Academics With Support (PAWS) is designed to provide a structured time for all students to engage in an intervention based on data-driven needs or enrichment that challenges students to graduate college and career ready with personal, academic, career, and financial skills to accomplish their goals. This multi-step approach to providing interventions to students who struggle or need to be challenged is closely monitored. Results of this monitoring is used to make decisions about the need for further research-based instruction and/or intervention. Therefore, attendance of PAWS is mandatory. How do students know where to go for their PAWS class? PAWS Rosters will be posted in various hallway locations around the school.
Please also make note that we will host our annual Open House on Wednesday, Sept. 5 from 6-8 p.m. You can use FOCUS to access your students schedule or we will have staff outside the library to provide you with a paper copy of the schedule.
Agenda of Open House (Wednesday, Sept. 5 from 6 to 8 p.m.):
- At 6 p.m., parents will pick up their student’s schedule from the counselors (table out front of the library)
- At 6:15 p.m., Open House will start with a parent meeting with Ms. Reed in the PAC
- At 6:45 p.m., Parents/Students will go to teachers’ rooms.
This will be a “meet and greet” atmosphere. If you needs more time with the teacher, please schedule an appointment. Also, please sign the sign-in sheet. Every parent should leave the classroom with a course syllabus.
I have included a flyer with information from the Pflugerville ISD Social Work Services. They are hosting a presentation from the National Association on Mental Illness (NAMI) on Wednesday Sept. 12, at 6:30 p.m. in the Board Room of Pflugerville ISD located at 1401 W. Pecan 78660 entitled: “Let’s Talk – Starting the Mental Health Conversation with Your Teen.”
As always, thank you for your support of Connally High School because your support drives our success. We look forward to continuing to work with each of you to bring about positive results for our campus and community.
Below I have given you some links of other ways to stay informed of what is happening on the campus and to get more clarification to some of your questions.
If you are not already a member, I would love for you to consider becoming a member of the PTA (Parent Teacher Association) to help us make sound decisions affecting your student and the campus as a whole.
Ways to stay informed:
- Become a PTA member
- The Connally App
- The Connally website
- The Parent Portal
- The District/ Campus Notifications (subscribe)
- School Messenger
- Volunteer - for Campus Committees/Booster Clubs/Organizations
- Follow us on Twitter @JBConnallyHS
- Come visit us (please make sure you check in the front office).
- Last but not least, ask your student about their day.
Thank you for all you do,
John B. Connally High School
Cougar Newsletter: Week of June 4, 2018Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 6/5/2018
It’s hard to believe we’ve reached the end of the school year! Just three days to go! I wanted to send out a few reminders about our last few days together.
Things to Remember: Please see the information below for upcoming important events.
For more information: Please follow us on Twitter/Facebook; visit the Campus Website/Emails; and the Connally App
- Spring 2018 STAAR EOC Results
Results from the April and May STAAR EOC administrations (English 1, English 2, Algebra 1, Biology, and US History) will be available for parents by June 4th to access by logging into TEA Student Portal at www.texasassessment.com. For instructions on how to access these results please see the district webpage at http://www.pfisd.net.
- From the nurse’s clinic:
All medication must be picked up by noon on June 6th from the nurse’s clinic. Medications cannot be sent home with the student. All remaining medications will be disposed of on the last day of school. If you have any questions, please call us at 512-594-0835.
Thank you from the CHS nurses.
- Final Exam Exemption – There has been a clarification of the sign and go practice that we used before and it did not meet the requirements for counting students present in class. Students will not be able to sign and go, and they must remain in class even if they are exempt. The change is due to the clarification of state attendance rules.
- Mandatory Graduation Practice will be on Tuesday, June 5 and Wednesday, June 6 in the Large Gym from 2-4 p.m.
- Project Graduation 2018 – June 9, 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Registration and Tee Shirts will be $10 during all lunches only on Fridays until school is out! Prices will go up so get your registration in early!
A Sign-up-Genius has been set up to recruit volunteers for Cougar Celebration (set up 6/8/18, celebration 6/9/18). We need a lot of volunteers to make it a success. We need students for set up on Friday and adults/parents on Saturday. Please publish and share the following link on all school media outlets and with students interested in volunteering.
Thank you so much!
- Spring Final Exam Schedule (please see attached)
- Cap and Gown distribution: Caps and Gowns were distributed today (5/15/18) to students who do not have obligations. Students who have obligations may come to the office to see Cindy Riola/Tamara Berding to pay their debts/turn in the items they still have. Students who need to order a cap/gown may order online through May 20th. All orders after will take place at the Herff Jones office or on graduation day. To purchase online: www.ctrecognition.com Reminder: Students are NOT allowed to decorate their caps and gowns for the ceremony. Any decorated cap or gown will not be permitted to participate in the ceremony or they will have to purchase another cap or gown the day of the graduation.
- Frank Erwin Center Clear Bag Policy – only one gallon clear bags and small clutch bags (no bigger than 4.5 inches by 6.5 inches) will be permitted at the graduation (please see attached flyer for more details)
- Required Graduation Ceremony Attire – Collared shirt, tie, and slacks with dress shoes for male students – Skirt, dress, or dress slacks with dress shoes for female students – No jeans, shorts, or athletic shoes – Appropriate shoes must be worn (no athletic shoes, work boots, flip flops, etc.) Within the guidelines of the CHS dress code and well groomed. Purses shall NOT be brought to the robing room as the student will NOT be able to carry them during the ceremony nor will they return to the robing room to retrieve them.
- CHS Graduation Ceremony will be held at the Frank Erwin Center on Saturday, June 9th at 10 a.m. – all students participating in the graduation ceremony will need to arrive at the CHS gym by 7:30 am. Senior Contracts (containing necessary information) were distributed to students May 7th through May 9th and may be picked up in the main office – see Cindy Riola.
(See attached Frank Erwin Center Parent Information Packet)
- PROUD OF OUR COUGARS
TAME has announced the 2018 scholarship winners. Out of 18 statewide winners, 4 are from our district! They are listed below and there is a link with more information. Kudos to all of the very hardworking TAME sponsors: Mary Plaisance at HHS, Deborah Kariuki at CHS and Ima Richburg at PHS. Special thanks to Superintendent Killian for providing funding for transportation to our regional and state competitions.
- Cristofer Perez Monroy - Texas A&M University, Mechanical Engineering, Pflugerville HS
- Christian Douglas - The University of Texas at Austin, Civil Engineering, Hendrickson HS
- Nathnael Mekuria - The University of Texas at Dallas, Computer Engineering, Connally HS
- Najat Omer - The University of Texas at Austin, Mechanical Engineering, Pflugerville HS
Here’s a link to the official Dell blog post that was published regarding the HS internship program.
Once again, a MASSIVE thanks to everyone whose hard work and dedication made the inaugural run of the HS internship program such a huge success!
- Senior Walk to our feeder elementary and middle schools:
June 1 was SO much fun for our students. Approximately 200 CHS Seniors participated in the annual Senior Walk to our CHS feeder patter campuses. Our elementary and middle schools greeted our seniors with recreations of yellow brick roads, costumes, cookie cakes, cheering, music, seeing their old school, their teachers of long ago, popsicles, notes, poems, congratulation letters, signs, flowers, art projects, high fives, and hugs! You all made all of our graduates feel special and loved. There are quite a few pictures out there and we are sharing just a few of them.
To our feeder schools: thank you for partnering with us to make this event special – Virginia Caudle; Andre Underwood; Jared Stevenson; Georgie Arenaz; Valerie Walker; Lizbeth Ruiz; Jeremy Lejeune; Kristina Carssow; Elia Diazortiz; Nathan Steenport; Aracely Suarez; Barry Miller; and Amanda Johnson – THANK YOU!! It was fun to look back at where this journey began now that the students’ time with us is coming to an end.
Cougar Newsletter: Week of May 28, 2018Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 5/29/2018 9:00:00 AM
Former President Obama said, “At its core, the nobility and the majesty of Memorial Day can be found in the story of ordinary Americans who become extraordinary for the simplest of reasons: They loved their country so deeply, so profoundly, that they were willing to give their lives to keep it safe and free.”
Memorial Day is the day we honor the service and sacrifice of our service members. We sometimes celebrate with parades, ceremonies while spending time with family and friends. Whatever way you chose to celebrate and honor our service members, our nation owes a great debt to all of our fallen heroes and we thank them and their families for the sacrifice. As you celebrated, I hope you were also able to help your students recharge and rest as we enter the last two weeks of the year.
Let’s make these last two weeks good ones. Please ensure your child is aware of all of their upcoming obligations as it relates to final’s review and final exams. It is very important that your student is here every day as we end the semester.
Things to Remember:
Please see the information below for upcoming important events.
For more information: Please follow us on Twitter/Facebook; visit the Campus Website/emails; and the Connally App
- From the nurse’s clinic:
All medication must be picked up by noon on June 6 from the nurse’s clinic. Medications cannot be sent home with the student. All remaining medications will be disposed of on the last day of school. If you have any questions, please call us at 512-594-0835.
Thank you from the CHS nurses.
• Final Exam Exemption – There has been a clarification of the sign-and-go practice that we used before and it did not meet the requirements for counting students present in class. Students will not be able to sign and go, and they must remain in class even if they are exempt. The change is due to the clarification of state attendance rules.
• Senior Walk – June 1, 2018 11:30-1:45 (feeder elementary schools and middle schools) Seniors must wear their cap and gown.
• 2018 Pflugerville ISD Baccalaureate Service – June 3 (please see attached)
• Mandatory Graduation Practice will be on Tuesday, June 5 and Wednesday, June 6 in the Large Gym from 2-4 p.m.
• Project Graduation 2018 – June 9
11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Registration and Tee Shirts will be $10 during all lunches only on Fridays until school is out! Prices will go up so get your registration in early!
I have created a sign up genius to recruit volunteers for Cougar Celebration (set up 6/8/18, celebration 6/9/18). We need a lot of volunteers to make it a success. We need students for set up on Friday and adults/parents on Saturday. Please publish and share the following link on all school media outlets and with students interested in volunteering.
Thank you so much!
• Spring Final Exam Schedule (please see attached)
• Cap and Gown distribution: Caps and Gowns were distributed today (5/15/18) to students who do not have obligations. Students who have obligations may come to the office to see Cindy Riola/Tamara Berding to pay their debts/turn in the items they still have. Students who need to order a cap/gown may order online through May 20. All orders after will take place at the Herff Jones office or on graduation day. To purchase online: www.ctrecognition.com
Reminder: Students are NOT allowed to decorate their caps and gowns for the ceremony. Any decorated cap or gown will not be permitted to participate in the ceremony or they will have to purchase another cap or gown the day of the graduation.
• Frank Erwin Center Clear Bag Policy – only one gallon clear bags and small clutch bags (no bigger than 4.5 inches x 6.5 inches) will be permitted at the graduation (please see attached flyer for more details)
• Required Graduation Ceremony Attire – Collared shirt, tie, and slacks with dress shoes for male students; skirt, dress, or dress slacks with dress shoes for female students
No jeans, shorts, or athletic shoes
Appropriate shoes must be worn (no athletic shoes, work boots, flip flops, etc.)
Within the guidelines of the CHS dress code and well groomed.
Purses shall NOT be brought to the robing room as the student will NOT be able to carry them during the ceremony nor will they return to the robing room to retrieve them.
• CHS Graduation Ceremony will be held at the Frank Erwin Center on Saturday, June 9 at 10 a.m. – all students participating in the graduation ceremony will need to arrive at the CHS gym by 7:30 a.m.
Senior Contracts (containing necessary information) were distributed to students May 7 through May 9 and may be picked up in the main office; see Cindy Riola
(See attached Frank Erwin Center Parent Information Packet)
Proud of our Cougars
Thanks so much for allowing these athletes to help with field day! They were a huge help and we couldn't have done it without them.
PfISD Interns explore virtual reality At Dell
Thirteen Pflugerville ISD students recently took part in a unique high school paid internship program, working on a virtual reality project at Dell with the support of the company’s product engineers.
Qualifying students with biomedical, computer science and engineering backgrounds from Connally, Hendrickson and Pflugerville high schools worked at the Dell campus on Parmer Lane in Austin, alongside software developers in the Client Product Group – Software Engineering section.
“The Dell internship experience has given seniors interested in computer science and engineering the opportunity to apply what they have learned while in high school to a real-world, business-supported project,” said Ryan Merritt, PfISD Career and Technical Education director. Students had to be at least 18 years old and have a class schedule allowing them to travel to Dell for at least two hours a day, three days a week.
The six-week program began April 9. Dell officials noted the partnership with Pflugerville ISD was a prime opportunity to give back to the local community, while getting students excited about careers in science, technology, engineering and math.
“As part of Dell’s 2020 Legacy of Good Plan, Dell is committed to putting technology and expertise to work where it can drive human progress,” said Ed Ward, senior vice president of engineering for Dell’s Client Product Group. “Dell has donated millions to STEM programs and has an active mentorship program. We believe it is our responsibility to prepare the next generation for the jobs of the future by enabling better access to technology, as well as developing the core skills and confidence to thrive in a digital world.”
While other internships may consist of making copies or running errands, the Dell/PfISD partnership challenged students to use their skillsets to create virtual reality content that would prompt real-world stimuli. Students used Dell Visor VR headsets and Dell G5 Gaming laptops while working in three teams, some working on hardware, others on art and graphics and others on virtual reality programming.
The program culminated in final presentations May 17 in front of Dell product engineering leaders and PfISD administrators and board members. Students worked without the assistance of PfISD educators, but leaned heavily on skills previously acquired in high school classrooms, while picking up real-world proficiencies. Members of the winning team each received Dell G5 Gaming laptops.
“We knew going into this that we were going to be working with some of the top students at PfISD, but our engineers were blown away by how truly bright and dedicated these students are,” Ward said. “They’re leaps and bounds ahead of where I was at their age. It has been fun for our team to watch these fresh, young minds take on these challenges with such enthusiasm, and to propose ideas that none of us had even considered.”
PfISD and Dell officials worked together for more than a year in planning details of the program.
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