• Happy Thanksgiving from PHS!

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas on 11/19/2021

    Greetings Panthers,

    Happy Friday and Happy Thanksgiving Break!

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

    Basketball Season:

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

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

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

    (Final Decision) Midterm Week:

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

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    The main reasons were as follows: 

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

    Thus, here is our Fall 2021 Midterm Schedule:

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    2021 A & B  FINAL PHS Midterm Exam Schedule 

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

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

    Code to College Free Opportunity:

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

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

    Picture Order Forms:

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

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

    From the Librarian

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

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    A Word from the College and Career Center:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Vaccine Opportunities:

     

     

    A Word from Our Lady Panthers Dance Team:
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    Most sincerely

     

    Zack Kleypas
    Principal
    Pflugerville High School

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

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  • Happy Friday @ PHS!

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas on 11/12/2021

    Greetings Panthers,

    Happy Friday!

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

    Conclusion of Volleyball & Football Seasons:

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

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

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

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

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

    Up Next: Basketball Season:

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Celebrating a “Silent Servant”:

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

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

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

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

    Speech & Debate Celebration:

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

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

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

    Students We Want Your Opinion:

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

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

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

    (Optional) COVID 19 Vaccine Opportunities:

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

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

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

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

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

    From the Library

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

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

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

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    A Word from Theater Arts:

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

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

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

    (FREE) Code to College Opportunity:

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

    Check out this flyer: Winter 2022 - Flyer .pdf 

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

    Reminder: Join us THIS WEEK for the Mentor Orientation 

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    Most sincerely

     

    Zack Kleypas
    Principal
    Pflugerville High School

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

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  • It is November Already @ PHS!

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas on 11/5/2021

    Greetings Panthers,

    Happy Friday!

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

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

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

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

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    PfISD Website Translation Feature:

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

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

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

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    Project Jamii (Mentor Program):

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    So what am I asking for?

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

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

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

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    Here is the information for our mentor orientation:

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    Celebrating a Perfect Score:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Action Item: Student Climate Surveys:

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

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

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

    Most sincerely

    Zack Kleypas
    Principal
    Pflugerville High School

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

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  • So Much to Celebrate at PHS!

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas on 10/29/2021

    Greetings Panthers,

    Happy Friday!

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

    Volleyball is Playoff Bound!

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

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

    Band & Football:

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

    National Honor Society (NHS) Induction: 

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

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    Austin Chamber of Conference State of Education & Talent 2021:

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

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

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

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

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

    Coats for Kids!:

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

    Construction Projects Update:

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

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

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

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

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


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

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    FREE Code 2 College Opportunity:

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

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

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

    A Word from the Counselors: 

    AP Exams Information:

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

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

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

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

    *There will be NO REFUNDS this year.*

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

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

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

    Clarifying STAAR EOC (End-of-Course)

    2019-2020 School Year:

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

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

    2020-2021 School Year:

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

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

    Dr. Sara Butler, Assistant Principal, Testing/Intervention

    A Word from the Dance Department

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

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

    Join Zoom Meeting

    Please join our Remind to receive the latest tryout information.

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

    -Coach Cortez, adriana.cortez@pfisd.net

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Ana Bowie, LMSW, Campus Social Worker

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Ana Bowie, LMSW, Trabajadora social

    A Word from PHS Soccer:

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

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

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    Thanks,

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

    Most sincerely

     

    Zack Kleypas
    Principal
    Pflugerville High School

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

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  • Happy Friday @ PHS!

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas on 10/22/2021

    Greetings Panthers,

    Happy Friday!

    This was a great week at PHS. Behind the scenes, our staff is reviewing the first 9-weeks data surrounding passing/failure rates, district 9 weeks assessments, and other formative assessments in order to make decisions for how to help students fill the gaps they have in their understanding. Please, please, please talk to your kiddos about the following:

    1. Practice focusing on conversations and tasks - coming off last year, this is a challenging task for our 90 minute class periods.
    2. Do your best - I know that sounds silly, but you would not believe the number of assignments, tasks, homework, and assessments that students don’t give their all on. 
    3. Ask questions - teachers and staff can’t know where a student's point of confusion is if they don't tell us, or show us through their work.
    4. Organize and prioritize - Life is busy! Helping students (and adults honestly) organize their day and their calendar and map out what must get done versus what we want to do is crucial to success. Being on an A/B block schedule can be beneficial to prioritizing, but is a new skill for many of our students.
    5. Attend School/Class - That seems like a no brainer, but we are noticing a lower attendance rate this year. It is very hard to be a part of the learning process when you aren’t in the classroom.

    New Bathroom Pass System:

    Speaking of being in class, we have noticed an increase in students moving throughout the hallway with passes but without a purpose/interest in getting from one place to another. We want to be able to honor students' requests to see the nurse, go to the office, and especially go to the bathroom. However, what we have noticed is that students are traveling across campus to find friends, stall from being in class, and/or use a restroom across campus to escape classroom tasks/expectations.

    This isn’t a brand new issue, or unique to PHS, but one that we can’t afford if we want to help students be successful. Thus, we wanted to share our new restroom pass system that will start Monday. I believe that for systems to be effective we must all not only understand the why, but the how:

    To be effective, we need EVERYONE on the same page, so please read below.

    Please see the attached pictures of the passes (lanyards) so that you know what they will look like. 

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    Prior to the passes (lanyards) being released to staff, there are a few items that we would like to note:

    1. The Bathroom Hall passes (lanyards) are ONLY to be used for bathroom use. 
    2. If a student is needing to go to the office, library, or nurse’s office, there are separate passes that need to be issued. 
    • As a reminder, a student should only come to the office during class time if the student has been called.  Checking on hours owed, absences, or other issues need to be done before/after school. 
    • If a student asks to go to Student Services (Counselors) and your class/lesson allows for them to leave, please be sure to send them with a GREEN pass. 

           3. The new bathroom passes are color coded to keep students from wandering to other hallways/bathrooms/locations

    BLUE lanyards are for upstairs

    YELLOW lanyards are for downstairs

            4. What will be shown on each side of the passes that are attached to the lanyard:

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    One side will show:

    1. the teacher’s name
    2. the teacher’s room number
    3. clipart that will change every 9 weeks
    4. an embossed seal to prove authenticity

    The other side will show:

    • the hallway the classroom is located
    • the hallway where the designated bathroom is located
    • a colored circle that will correspond with the designated bathroom sign


      5. Each bathroom will have a sign in a gold frame posted nearby that will show the color combos required for that specific bathroom.  In the picture provided, you can see the colors show:  Yellow Lanyard, Green Bathroom.  These colors match with the back of the pass (picture attached).

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    A Word from Theatre Arts:

    All for one and one for all! Come watch the PHS Theatre production of The Three Musketeers! Heroes, Comedy, and Sword fighting! What more could you want? The show is on October 22nd and 23rd at 7 pm and October 24th at 2 pm. Tickets are $5 for students and $7 for adults and can be bought at the link below! 

    Seating is reserved so get your tickets today! https://www.vancoevents.com/UJA

    A Word from the Counselors

    AP Exams Information:

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

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

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

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

    *There will be NO REFUNDS this year.*

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

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

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

    A Word from the Dance Department

    Mark your calendars, tryouts for our 2022-2023 teams are around the corner! Please join our Remind to receive the latest tryout information.

    Remind 101:

    Text: @Dance2223

    To: 81010

    Adriana Cortez, Fine Arts Dance Team Coach

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    STAY CONNECTED TO PHS WITH OUR APP

    Don't miss any important information from PHS. The School Info App for Pflugerville High School is a great way to stay connected and informed. Notifications are sent in real-time for ever-changing situations. Be in the know—download the app today!

    Click on this link: http://siap.ps/eaedd6, or search for Pflugerville High School in the app store. Be sure to allow notifications so you get all the notifications and news feeds to keep current with what’s happening at PHS. 

    No Place for Hate Shirts!

    Tie-Dye to Unify!  Get your No Place 4 Hate Tshirt for only $10, then join us for a FREE Tie-Dye party to make yours unique.  You can purchase your shirt on the PHS Webstore Revtrak for  NP4H8  or  at lunch in the cafeteria.   Shirts are white with black writing.  See Mrs. Owen or Ms. Cortez for more Details.  Sale closes Oct. 29

    PHS Track:

    The PHS Cross Country Team had an outstanding performance at the 18-5A District meet last Friday. Congratulations to medal winners Ariana Baldwin - 9th place / Var Girls, Samaia Reese - 7th place / JV Girls, and Marcus Flores - 5th place / Var Boys.

    All the Best to Ariana and Marcus as they advance to the UIL Region III 2-6A Championships in Huntsville, TX - Monday, Oct. 25.

    Senior Class Fundraiser - Canes

    Please come out and support the Senior Class of 2022 for a spirit night at Raising Cane's here in Pflugerville,  on Monday, October 25th from 5-8.  Before sure to say that you are supporting the PHS Senior Class of 2022 when you place your order so that we can receive a portion of your purchase.  The money donated back to us will go towards Senior prom.

    Attention Senior Parents - PANTHER CELEBRATION: 

    Panther Celebration is a group of senior parents who gather together each year to plan, fundraise, and coordinate things like project graduation (the event held the night of graduation). 

    The group is looking for any/all senior parents who are interested in learning more and/or helping. Please see the links below for more info.

     We are trying to get volunteers to raise money and help organize and throw the party. Thanks in advance! 

    • Remind:  text @phspc22 to 81010

     

    A Word from our College & Career Advisor:

    I hope this week has gone well. I want to begin by thanking everyone who attended our PFISD College Fair! It was great to see you all there. If you missed it, I will be hosting another opportunity in February or March. Below are some important updates.

    College Completion Week (Class of 2022) – We have quite a few College Application Deadlines on November 1st. In order for you to meet these deadlines, you should be applying next week. Due to this, I will be sending a pass throughout the week for students that may have an incomplete application. Feel free to stop in to receive assistance and get a piece of candy!

    Austin Community College Applications (Class of 2022) – Please do not complete the Austin Community College Application via the Apply Texas portal. ACC has an application directly on their website that will make sure you are not doing extra work. I also encourage waiting until January to complete the ACC application as it will make your life easier (I promise!). I will be hosting an application drive in January. Keep an eye out for more information.

    Career Counseling (Class of 2022) – Our Career Specialist from Workforce Solutions will be available in the College and Career Centers every Monday afternoon. Students should swing by A-109 to receive a pass to speak with Ms. Scriven about career opportunities after high school.

    SchooLinks (All families) – All students at Pflugerville High School should have registered for our new College & Career Planning software. This great tool will allow students and families to explore career and military options. Your student does have the ability to connect a parent into the system as well. Members of the Class of 2022 should be using this system to request college application materials be sent. You may visit the platform here.

    College Application Materials and Deadlines (Class of 2022) – We strongly encourage all students to complete their college applications by October 31st, 2021. This will allow students to meet multiple priorities and scholarship deadlines coming up (University of Texas at Austin, University of Houston, Rice University, Sam Houston State University, and many more) and be able to move on to applying for scholarships. The College Application includes the application form (Apply Texas, Common App, Coalition, etc.), submitting a high school transcript (or self-reporting grades) short answers, essays, resumes, and letters of recommendation. All of these items should be submitted by October 31st, 2021 for the best opportunity for admission and scholarships. Please remember that if you are on Free/Reduced Lunch, you may qualify to receive free college applications.

    My Brother’s Keeper (Class of 2023) – My Brother’s Keeper or MBK is an organization at PHS that assists young men of color through post-secondary success. The organization sponsor, Mr. Garcia will assist you with College, Military, or Career Enrollment. Mr. Garcia has begun recruiting students in the Class of 2023. If you are interested in joining this organization, please visit A-109 for more information. This is an additional support system for students.

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

    Nick Howell

    PfISD marching bands earn Division I

    All four schools advance to Area contest

    Oct. 20, 2021 – Months of preparation and practice came to fruition on Tuesday night for all four high school marching bands in Pflugerville ISD. At the UIL Region Marching Contest, Connally, Hendrickson, Pflugerville, and Weiss high schools each earned Division I ratings, making them eligible for the UIL Area Marching Contest this weekend.

    Hendrickson, Pflugerville, and Weiss each earned Sweepstakes, with all three judges awarding them a Division I rating. Connally High School received two Division I ratings and a Division II from the judges to earn an overall Division I rating for their performance.

    For Class 5A Area Marching Contest, judges will rank the bands’ performances, with the top two bands advancing to the UIL State Championship. If more than 15 bands qualify for the area competition, then one band for every five will advance to state.

    Entry to the UIL Class 5A Area Marching Contest at The Pfield on Saturday is $5 for all guests school age and above. The schedule for the contest will be finalized once certification of the entries is completed.

    You can find the schedule and results for the area competitions here: https://www.uilmusicregion18.com/area-dates-sites-and-schedules.html

     

    Most sincerely

     

    Zack Kleypas
    Principal
    Pflugerville High School

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

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  • Happy Friday from PHS!!!

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas on 10/15/2021

    Greetings Panthers,

    Happy Friday!

    Although we only had four days of school this week, our students and staff were busy! We successfully completed Testing Palooza which included PSAT and TSI testing as well as other important rotations/sessions.

    Additionally, our seniors had the opportunity to take their senior portraits on campus with Prestige Portraits if they had not already scheduled individual portraits.

    Note: Senior Portraits

    If you would like to schedule an additional senior appointment with Prestige Portraits to include more poses, outfits, and/or props than the one used for the yearbook, you may do so by making an appointment with this link: https://booknow.appointment-plus.com/176e1qnc/10  (Note: There is a sitting fee).

    Also, please be on the lookout for a postcard in the mail from Prestige for more information. 

    Senior parents, let the countdown begin. There are only 3 more 9 weeks in your kiddos K-12 educational career. I know, it is hard to believe! This year is always full of “The last ____” moments for our seniors. The last picture day. The last football game. The last homecoming. The last… you get it. 

    Cherish every moment, go to every PHS event, and spend as much time with friends and on school work/stuff. This year is all about moments and memories and we hope to make it a great experience for all of our seniors, and their families.

    Next week will be no disappointment in experiences either. In addition to our weekly athletic events we have the following:

    Tuesday, October 19th is the PfISD annual College & Career Fair, which is hosted right here at PHS at 7:00pm. This is an event our seniors won’t want to miss, but I also recommend all of our high school students attend to get a feel for the event AND start thinking more intentionally about their future.

    Then, on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday the much anticipated Three Musketeers performance is coming to PHS via our Theatre Arts department. Here are the details:

    A Word from Theatre Arts:

    All for one and one for all! Come watch the PHS Theatre production of The Three Musketeers! Heroes, Comedy, and Sword fighting! What more could you want? The show is on October 22nd and 23rd at 7 pm and October 24th at 2 pm. Tickets are $5 for students and $7 for adults and can be bought at the link below! 

    Seating is reserved so get your tickets today! https://www.vancoevents.com/UJA

    A Word from PfISD:

    The PfISD Board of Trustees has unanimously approved calling for a tax-rate election that would provide an additional $7.1 million in funding while still reducing PfISD property owners’ tax rate to the lowest rate in 21 years. 

    The purpose of a Voter-Approval Tax Rate Election is to ask the community to consider approving a tax rate to maximize state funding. The State of Texas gives school districts the ability to adopt 3 "Golden" pennies which maximizes state funding and cannot be recaptured by the State. The last time PfISD held a TRE was in 2018 which was approved by voters and netted the district an additional $4.1 million dollars from the state. The Voter Approved Tax Rate Election on November 2, 2021, would allow PfISD to adopt the last two pennies and net an additional $7.1 million in funding. Just to clarify, this is not a bond. 

    Here is a brief video that explains VATRE: What is a VATRE?

    Additionally, here is the link to the district page that explains VATRE :Election Information Link

     As you watch this presentation you might have questions and wonderings so we will provide opportunities for you to join us via a learning community webinar where this information will be shared live and opportunities for question and answers will be provided.

    The dates, time, and links are below for the webinar.

     

     

    PHS T-Shirt Sale Opportunities:

    To honor the rivalry between PHS and HHS, the junior class and cheerleaders will be selling battle of the Ville T-shirts for the November 5 game. Pre-order to guarantee your T-shirt size. Shirts not pre-ordered will be sold on a first come first serve basis. Battle of the ville shirts are $15 each, preorder by Wednesday, October 20th.

    The swim team is selling shirts this season! The shirts are $15 for short sleeve and $18 for long sleeve! Shirts will be on a 50/50 cotton blend in royal blue. You can order using this Google Form. They would be great to wear to a meet to support your favorite swimmers! 

    HOSA Food Drive:

    Have you ever wondered how YOU could help your community? HOSA has your answer! We are currently sponsoring a food drive for the Circle of Hope Community Center right here in Pflugerville! Your donation could feed a family today! Drop off your donations at rooms C113, D106, or D201 between now and November 4th . Every little bit helps!

    Kindness Month:

    The month of October is Kindness Month at PHS!  Practice acts of kindness throughout the month.  If you are involved in a  student organization, club or athletic  team please talk to your sponsor about participating in group activities to spread the act of kindness!

    Students, the GSA will be hosting their regular club meeting in the library after school on Oct  20th.  We will be working on our Kindness Matters Project, snacks will be provided.  We are also selling club shirts, bring $5.  

    A Word from AVID:

    Calling all Panthers!  Do you need help organizing your binder?  Want help getting the most out of your notes?  Do you need help earning make-up hours? Come to AVID club on Wednesdays from 4:20 – 5:00 with Mrs. Hendrickson in F112 to set yourself up for success!

    A Word from the P-Crew:

    The P-Crew is a group of senior leaders who attend various sports and events to inspire school spirit and cheer for PHS! They have come up with some themes for each PHS football game. Please see below and join us in the fun by partaking in each theme:

    • 10/15/21 - vs. Weiss (away @ Pfield) - Western
    • 10/21/21 - vs. Cedar Park (home) - Pink Out
    • 10/29/21 - vs. Georgetown (away) - Jerseys
    • 11/5/21 - vs. Hendrickson (home) - Neon

    Need Time to Complete some Credit Recovery?

    Afterschool Credit Recovery will be in F100 from 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm Monday thru Thursday. We are also offering Saturday Credit Recovery in F100 from 8:30 am to 11:30 am.   (after 8:30 students can enter the building from the east bus loop) Please knock on the door. 

    Need Your VOE? 

    Are you a Pflugerville High student wanting to get a driver's permit or license?  You will need to have a VOE (Verification of Enrollment) to take to the DPS office.  This VOE will verify that you are enrolled as a full time student,  attending 90% of your class periods, and that you have met all of your responsibilities (fees/fines and hours owed) with the school. Please follow the link below to order your VOE.  The Front Office will  email you once the VOE is ready to be picked up.  Please allow 2 full working days to process the request. 

    LINK TO THE VOE ORDER FORM 

    A Word from the Counselors: 

    AP Exams Information:

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

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

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

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

    *There will be NO REFUNDS this year.*

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

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

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

     A Word from the English Department

    Hello Panthers!

    As we start a new 9 weeks, we encourage your students to develop good organizational practices that will help them be academically successful. Here are some habits we recommend for students:

    • Filling out their agendas regularly
    • Creating a weekly to-do list to spread out their work to avoid becoming overwhelmed
    • Creating a study schedule to prepare over time rather than at the last minute
    • Setting alerts and reminders in their phones to help with deadlines
    • Emailing their teachers when they have questions
    • Forming study groups to prepare for assessments

    Your students are welcome to attend tutorials if they need support in developing these habits. We hope these habits will help your students reach their academic goals and end the semester successfully! 

    Rebecca Cohen
    English Department Chair


    Most sincerely

     

    Zack Kleypas
    Principal
    Pflugerville High School

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

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  • Happy 4 Day Weekend!

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas on 10/8/2021

    Greetings Panthers,

    Happy Friday!

    Reminder: No school on Monday, 10/11/21. Please take time to rest and relax after a busy first 9-weeks of school.

    Testing Palooza on Wednesday, October 13th:

    Wednesday will NOT be a normal scheduled day at PHS due to an exciting opportunity for students to take the PSAT/NMSQT, TSI, or participate in rotations based on their grade level.

    ALL panthers will have something to do that day, but please know students will not visit each of their classes and lunch times will be altered. It is highly encouraged that students bring a sack lunch or each in the cafeteria. Seniors can go off campus, but due to the adjusted schedule, it may throw off their normal routines. Here are some more details about what each grade level will get to do on that day.

    • 9th graders – if in AVID or Geometry; PSAT 8/9. If in Algebra 2 will take PSAT/NMSQT.  All other 9th doing AVID rotations.
    • 10th & 11th Graders – all will take PSAT unless 11th opted for TSI 
    • 12th Graders – TSI/ASVAB or Rotations through Howell.


    NOTE: It is really important that students arrive at school BY 9:00am (everyday, but this day included). Since I monitor the front A hallway each day, I am able to observe our late arrivals. Since the PSAT and other tests are timed tests, arriving in time is going to be critically important.

    We also recommend not scheduling doctors/dentist/appointments if possible.

    Finally, check out this link to College Board for information on the PSAT: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10/inside-the-test 

    Homecoming Champs & King & Queen:

    We started our Friday last week with an awesome Parade through the halls that included our drumline, dance team, cheerleaders, football team and volleyball team. It was great to feel the positive energy and celebrate our students!

    That evening nearly 800 students joined us in the stands to witness PHS beat the Leander Lions 78-24. The varsity volleyball team also got a big win against Weiss. To continue with the celebration, I’d like your help congratulating our 2021-22 PHS Homecoming King & Queen:

    • Mateo Gonzales and Alyssa Guerrero!

    Congratulations to the PHS Tennis Team!

    The tennis team qualified for the playoffs for the 4th year in a row this week.  They will face Anderson in the Bi-District round on Tuesday.  Be sure to congratulate them and wish them luck when you see them!

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    Congratulations to our Panther Pride Students:

    Panther Pride is a program by which our faculty members recognize students who exhibit leadership and good-will within the classroom and the PHS community. These students are recognized as demonstrating sincere efforts towards school success.  

    While we are not able to honor our Panther Pride recipients with the traditional honorary breakfast, we can continue to acknowledge them with a certificate, Panther Pride Pin, and public acknowledgment. It is our honor to announce the most recent members of our Panther Pride.  Please join us in congratulating the following students:

    • Sean Alvarado
    • Jaidelin Alvarado
    • Vance Andrade
    • Juan Pablo Avila Ramirez
    • Amy Cao
    • Takiya Carter
    • Victoria Castillo
    • Angel Castillo
    • Abdiel Colima
    • Pablo Correia Bello
    • Kristopher Delgado
    • Emily Duncan
    • Allison Gomez Munoz
    • Emma Holmes
    • Rhyan Jackson
    • Cahn Minh Le
    • Khoa Lee
    • Nicole Londoff
    • Jaden Mairena-Hollingsworth
    • Aneece Mayfield
    • Wilmer McDermoth
    • Armin Memic
    • Nicholas Myrick
    • Stephanie Nguyen
    • Armando Nunez
    • Xavier Onsongo
    • Emir Perez
    • Turner Prout
    • Bonnie Rawdon
    • Shaheed Rector
    • James Rogers
    • Katherine Sandoval
    • Travis Scharf
    • Imunique Sorrells
    • Priscilla Soto
    • D'marion Speller
    • Shayna Supernaw
    • Sofia Tovar-Nieto
    • Melodi Tyson
    • Jaydon Villarreal
    • David Vilorio Arrarez
    • Ethan Visness
    • Logan Vitale

    Free & Reduced Meals Applications

    Children need healthy and nutritious meals to learn and grow. Pflugerville ISD offers healthy meals every school day. 

    We REAAAALLLLY need your help by simply taking a moment to fill out the application for the free and reduced lunch program.

    SUPER IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

    The % of students who typically qualify for free or reduced lunch at PHS is roughly 50-55%. This year, we currently only have 35ish% of students signed up. We realize this is most likely because lunches are free for all students.

    However, if we don’t get more students to sign up this is going to tremendously negatively impact our campus!

    Free and reduced lunch applications are linked to the following things for campuses:

    1. Title 1 status
    2. Federal funds
    3. Accountability ratings
    4. Accountability comparison groups

    And much more!

    PLLLLLEEEASSSSE find the link below and take just a few moments to fill it out, even if you think you may not qualify.

    Check out this contest below and how you can help PHS win money for our school!

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    Students who have been accepted to the program in the past must reapply each school year to keep receiving the benefits.

    Pflugerville ISD utilizes online free and reduced applications exclusively to determine eligibility for the 2021-2022 school year (July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022). These online applications aim to reduce processing and notification times while reducing carbon footprint.

    Free and reduced-price meal applications for the 2021-2022 school year will be available on July 1, 2021.  

    Click Here For Application Instructions 

    English: Apply Now

    Español: Aplique Hoy

    Vietnamese: Tiến Trình Làm Đơn Bắt Đầu

    Fill out the form completely. For more information regarding the online application system, please contact Food Services at 512-594-0430 .

    Benefits Included

    • Breakfast entrées with up to two fruit sides and milk
    • Lunch entrées, with up to two fruit sides, two vegetable sides and milk
    • Two waivers for SAT fees
    • Four additional SAT score reports
    • SAT online course, discount $40.00
    • Two waivers for ACT fees
    • Four college application waivers

    A la carte items (packaged food products) are excluded, these include:

    • Pop-Tarts
    • Muffins
    • Chips
    • Crackers
    • Cookies
    • Ice Cream 
    • Bottled beverages 

    PfISD Charge Policy 

    •         Pflugerville ISD allows charging of reimbursable meals for negative account balances (-$6) with no replacement of meal items for breakfast and lunch. This does not include A La Carte items.  Efforts to collect negative account balances will continue.
    •         Please ensure your student has sufficient funds in their account, or are approved for the USDA National School Lunch (and breakfast) program.

    Questions? Please contact: PfISD Food Services (512) 594-0430

    AMAZING PHS Library:

    Has your child visited the library yet this year? If not, they should! Check out these statistics for the PHS Library:
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    Most sincerely

     

    Zack Kleypas

    Principal

    Pflugerville High School

     

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

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  • Happy Homecoming from PHS!

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas on 10/1/2021

    Greetings Panthers,

    Happy Friday!

    Congratulations to our 2021-22 PHS Class Officers:

    • The Freshman class officers are:
        • President : Duque Mekhi
        • Vice President: Gilci Escobar
             
    • The Sophomore class officers are:
        • President: Zion Moffett
        • Vice President: Jayson Gaston
        • Secretary: Ava Roberts
        • Treasurer: Makailyn Stringer
            
    • The Junior class officers are:
        • President: Jason Le
        • Vice President: Elaine Barrera
        • Secretary: Jenna Pham
        • Treasurer: Sidra Ogunrinade
        • Historian: Jonathan Pham           

    • The Senior class officers are:
      • President: Emily Sager
      • Vice President: Heidi Hughes
      • Secretary: Cheyenne Hatton
      • Treasurer: jasmine Acuna
      • Historian: Alex Ramirez
      • Social Coordinator: Marina Roth

    Homecoming:

    Our annual homecoming celebration continues at tonight’s football game located at the Pfield! Come join us at 7 pm for kickoff. The homecoming court will be announced at halftime and the band will perform after the game. Also, our varsity volleyball team competes at home in the PHS gym. It is a busy night! Unlike a normal game night, varsity volleyball will play first, followed by the freshmen & JV games.  This is done so that our varsity volleyball players can join the homecoming festivities at the Pfield.

    If you want to purchase tickets to the football game, please use the link on the athletics portion of the PHS website. For your convenience, it can be found at this link: Athletics / Tickets 2021-22

    As a reminder, here is a link to information shared in a prior blog about the expectations at the Pfield: Pfield Expectations - PHS Football Games 

    This document includes information about:

    1. Where to sit
    2. PHS Student expectations
    3. Tickets
    4. Clear Bag Policy
    5. Pfield Rules & Expectations - sound makers

    Students: This night is going to be incredibly special to our students, our athletes and programs, and many of our parents and community members.

    Unfortunately, there have been some issues at other football games this season (NOT PHS games), for other schools. Please remember to be respectful, kind, and cheer responsibly. It is always encouraged that any ideas/plans to celebrate in a unique way are discussed with campus admin prior to the game.

    Consequences for violating Pfisd and Pfield rules and expectations could include campus consequences, ejection from the game and all future games, and even more serious consequences.

    Sorry for sounding scary - but I want to be proactive in reminding you of what we expect of our Panthers so we do not make any of the poor choices students at other schools have made. Remember, what you do, say, and how you act in public and at events reflects our entire school. Think before you act, and be responsible.

    Let's have some fun tonight!

    (ACTION ITEM) Friday, October 8th, 2021 - Parent Contact Day:

    As mentioned in last week’s blog, Oct. 8th is a staff PD day and student holiday. On this day, staff will be available to make parent phone calls. There is no obligation to sign up, but if you are interested in speaking directly with one of your child’s teachers, please use the sign up genius link below.

    2021-22 PHS Parent Calls Sign Up Genius

    This link will close at 10 am on Thursday, October 7th so we can provide the sign up list to teachers in preparation for Friday’s calls.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: A small number of our teachers and staff are either going to be participating in other training/learning or out for that day for other reasons. If you do not see a teacher/staff you would like to schedule a call with, or if a particular teacher's sign up is full or the time you need is unavailable, please simply email that teacher/staff  to set up a date/time that works for both of you.

    Monday, October 11th, 2021 - School Holiday:

    Both students and staff will be off on Monday, October 11th. In addition, the front office and campus will be closed.

    Thursday, October 7th - End of the 1st 9 -weeks:

    It is hard to believe we are nearing the end of a 9 - weeks. Thursday is the last day and will mark another eligibility grain or loss snapshot. Students must be passing all of their classes to participate in their UIL activity. If they are failing any classes, their next chance to regain eligibility will be the next 3-week IPR.

    Rescheduled Picture Day:

    I want to start by sharing that we rescheduled picture day! Please mark your calendars for November 15th and November 16th as our picture days. Anyone who already placed orders for pictures with the company based on the original date, is good to go. More info to come for those who are interested in ordering pictures.

    Other Important Dates 

    The list below is constantly evolving and expanding. It can always be found on the “Daily Announcements” on the PHS Website:

    10/1 Financial Aid Applications Open

    10/1 PHS Tennis Boys/Girls Var/JV Fall Season vs Varsity District Tournament

    10/1 PHS Varsity Volleyball vs Weiss

    10/4-5 PHS Tennis Boys/Girls Var/JV Fall Season vs Varsity District Tournament

    10/6 PHS Varsity Volleyball vs Connally

    10/6 TSI Testing (Open to All Seniors)

    10/7 PHS XC - All @ Pro-Fit Last Chance Meet

    10/7 PHS Tennis Boys/Girls Var/JV Fall Season vs Vista Ridge JV

    107 PHS 9th - Gold Football @ Manor

    10/7 PHS JV - Gold Football vs Manor

    10/8 PHS Varsity Volleyball @ Elgin

    10/8 PHS Varsity Football @ Manor (Western Theme)

    10/8 Student Holiday/Staff Development

    10/11 Student/Staff Holiday

    10/12 PHS Tennis Boys/Girls Var/JV Fall Season @ Bi-District

    10/12 PHS Varsity Volleyball vs Hendrickson

    10/13 PSAT Day

    10/13 TSI Testing (Open to All Seniors)

    10/13 ASVAB Testing (Open to Juniors & Seniors)

    10/14 PHS Tennis Boys/Girls Var/JV Fall Season @ Leander JV

    10/14 PHS 9th - Gold Football @ Weiss

    10/14 PHS JV - Gold Football vs Weiss

    10/15 PHS Varsity Football @ Weiss (Blue Out Theme)

    10/15 PHS XC - All @ District 18-5A Meet

    10/15 PHS Tennis Boys/Girls Var/JV Fall Season @ Area

    10/15 PHS Varsity Volleyball @ Cedar Creek

    10/16 Financial Aid Saturday (Austin Chamber)

    10/19 PFISD College Fair (Pflugerville HS)

    10/21 PHS Varsity vs Cedar Park (Pink Out Theme)

    10/25-29 College Completion Week

    10/29 PHS Varsity Football @ G’Town (Jersey Theme)

    11/03 TSI Testing (Open to Dual Credit, Juniors & Seniors)

    11/05 PHS Varsity Football vs Hendrickson (Neon Theme)

    11/09 FAFSA Night

    11/16 TSI Testing (Open to Dual Credit, Juniors & Seniors)

    11/29-30 College Completion Days

    11/30 Financial Aid Completion Deadline

    12/01 Final College Completion Day

    12/07 STAAR EOC Eng I

    12/08 STAAR EOC Alg I, US Hist, Biology, Makeup

    12/09 STAAR EOC Eng II, Makeups

    12/10 STAAR Makeups

    12/13-17 Final Exam TSI Testing (English & Math Classes)

    1/12 TSI Testing (Open to all PHS Students)

    1/12 Eighth Grade Invasion

    1/13 Final Financial Aid Night

    1/25 TSI Testing (Open to all PHS Students)

    2/1-2 Scholarship Presentation (Senior English Classes)

    2/08 PHS Career Fair (Open to all Juniors & Seniors)

    2/10 TSI Testing (Open to all PHS Students)

    2/22 Begin Mandatory Senior Meetings

    2/24 TSI Testing (Open to all PHS Students)

    3/02 SAT TEST (Juniors)

    3/02 College Bus Trips (Sophomores)

    3/08-09 TSI Testing (Class Based)

    4/05 STAAR EOC Eng I

    4/06 STAAR EOC E1 Makeups

    4/07 STAAR EOC Eng II

    4/08 STAAR Makeups

    4/07 TSI Testing (Open to All PHS Students)

    4/11-14 Junior English Class Presentations

    4/22 Last Day for Senior Meetings

    4/26 College Night (FAC 6:00 – 7:30)

    4/28 Last College/Military Rep Visit

    4/29 Decision Day Celebration (Juniors & Seniors)

    5/2-13 AP Testing

    5/10 STAAR Eoc Alg I, US Hist, Biology

    5/11-13 EOC Makeups

    5/16-20 Final TSI Opportunity (Open to all PHS Students)

    5/17 Awards Night (FAC 6-7:30pm)

    5/23-24 Middle School College Fair

    05/25 1st Graduation Practice - Time TBD

    05/26 2nd Graduation Practice - Time TBD

    6/21 STAAR EOC Eng I, Alg I, US Hist, Biology

    6/22 STAAR Makeups

    6/23 STAAR EOC Eng II

     

    PHS Theatre Department Presents….:

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    From our School Nurse

    Please DO NOT send your student to school if you are waiting for the results of a Covid-19 test.  Wait until you get a NEGATIVE result and their symptoms have resolved!

    Donna Bartko, PHS Nurse

    Math Department

    Juniors!  You will be taking the PSAT on Oct 13, this is an opportunity to get college information and possible scholarships!  You can find practice problems on College Board or Khan Academy.

    Toby Day, Math Department Chair

    Social Studies Department

    Hello Panthers!

    As we are getting ready to end the first 9 weeks please make checking Skyward a regular part of your school experience.  Zero’s are devastating to an average!  As teachers begin to take their last grades for the 9 weeks make sure you are aware of class deadlines to turn in late work.  Also, make sure if you have questions about retests or make-up opportunities you get those answered.  Being back on campus is great, but still a change from last year.  Make sure you are staying informed and connected to all your classes so your grades can be as high as possible! 

    Beat Leander!
    Karen Hense, PHS Social Studies Department Chair

    Yearbooks

    Last year’s yearbooks have arrived!  If you ordered a yearbook and have not come to the office to pick it up, please have your student do so during your lunch.  If you didn’t order a yearbook but would like to, please click on the link below: PHS Yearbooks  

    From our College and Career Counselor

    Hello PHS Students & Families!

    Please take note of college visits coming up next week: College Visits (October 4th - October 7th)

    Please Use the QR Code outside Mr. Howell’s room or See Mr. Howell to sign up for these visits:

    • United States Naval Academy (Annapolis, MD) - Monday, October 4th, 2021 (1:15 PM)
    • Paul Quinn College (Dallas, TX) - Tuesday, October 5th, 2021 (9:30 AM)
    • University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus (Norman, OK) - Tuesday, October 5th, 2021 (1:15 PM)
    • Texas A&M University - Kingsville (Kingsville, TX) Wednesday, October 6th, 2021 (9:30 AM)
    • Lubbock Christian University (Lubbock, TX) - Wednesday, October 6th, 2021 (1:15 PM)
    • Swarthmore College (Swarthmore, PA) - Thursday, October 7th, 2021 (9:30 AM)
    • Princeton University (Princeton, NJ) - Thursday, October 7th, 2021 (1:15 PM)

    Nick Howell
    College and Career Advisor
    Pflugerville High School

    Parents – track your students’ progress in Skyward and Canvas

    You can find grades, attendance, class schedule and more in the Parent Portal in Skyward. If your email is registered in our system, you should be able to access the parent portal. Click here for instructions. (If you don’t have your username, you can click on “forgot user name or password” and follow the prompts.)

    For Canvas, you can create an account as an Observer to view assignment dues dates, announcements, and other course content. Our Technology Department has created instructions for creating a parent account, and they also have a video to go along with the instructions, click here.

    If you would like to download the Canvas app for easy access, click here for a PDF with links on where to download the iOS and Android apps for both Students and Parents: sharing

    If you experience any problems or have questions, please feel free to contact me for assistance.

    Kristen Hernandez
    Parent Liaison – Enlace para los Padres
    Kristen.hernandez@pfisd.net
    (512) 594-0583

    Stay Connected to PHS With our App

    Don't miss any important information from PHS. The School Info App for Pflugerville High School is a great way to stay connected and informed. Notifications are sent in real time for ever-changing situations. Be in the know—download the app today!

    Click on this link: http://siap.ps/eaedd6, search for Pflugerville High School in the app store or scan the QR code below. Be sure to allow notifications so you get all the notifications and news feeds to keep current with what’s happening at PHS.

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    Most sincerely

     

    Zack Kleypas
    Principal
    Pflugerville High School

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

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  • Happy Friday from PHS!

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas on 9/24/2021

    Greetings Panthers,

    As we settle into the school year, this week my focus has been on getting into the classroom and seeing teaching and learning in action.  As a new principal to the campus, although I have seen much of the daily work and spent a ton of time building relationships, I know the true reason we are in school is for the instructional time.

    Well, I am so proud to share that what I saw in our classrooms was nothing short of amazing. 

    I saw students in math solving complex equations, differentiating, solving real world problems dealing with financial literacy and compounding interest and my favorite thing; utilizing the unit circle (sorry, I get excited because I was a high school math teacher back in the day).

    I saw students learning about the importance of sanitation and issues like E Coli that can spread if we aren't being intentional and precise in the way we handle and store food. I saw students learning how to manipulate pictures and images by changing background colors and hues. I saw students critically, and respectfully debating complex issues with no right or wrong answer. I saw students preparing for intense speeches on foreign issues that are happening right now. 

    I had a blast watching a Spanish class use fly swatters to compete in who could find the right verb the fastest in a quiz review (I wish you could have seen the passion and energy in that classroom as they worked together). 

    I saw students engaging in writing and structured reading in ELA classes. I saw students creating and proudly showing off the ceramic sculptures they crafted, fired, and painted. I saw students in science creating learning about molecules and the periodic table. I saw students taking a trip outside to use scientific devices to measure light. I saw students in Physics calculating complex equations involving force and motion and students in environmental science tracking the weather and learning about biomes.

    I saw students in our essential academics class mastering shapes, colors, identifications and amazing social interactions. I visited with them at lunch as they enjoyed their meal and socialized with one another and their all star teachers.

    I saw students heading out to Kuempel stadium before the sun came up carrying large instruments to practice and prepare. I saw athletes in football preparing mentally and physically. I saw our basketball players gliding down the court as they worked on fast paced drills.

    I saw smiling. I saw collaboration. I heard communication. I heard laughing. I felt joy.

    This is what Pflugerville High School is all about. This is the positive energy that brings us to work every day. It was so great to see our kids and teachers in action and we will continue to do so all year long.

    PHS Annual Title 1 Parent Meeting:

    On Wednesday, September 29th you are invited to join us on zoom for our annual Title 1 parent meeting and Campus Academic Advisory Council (CAAC) meeting. The meeting will run from 5:30-6:30 pm and will discuss the following:

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    Attendance is 100% optional and a make-up date will be shared in the future for interested parents who are unable to attend.

    If you are interested and able to join us, simply send me an email at zachary.kleypas@pfisd.net and I will send you the necessary zoom information.

    Friday, October 8th - Optional Parent Conferences:

    On Friday, October 8th, students will enjoy a holiday while teachers and staff are on campus for a professional development day. Unlike other professional development days, this day is devoted to parent-teacher conferences. Since we are still operating as a closed campus to parents, due to COVID-19, these will be held virtually (phone or zoom).

    To coordinate all of these meetings, I will be sharing an important link with you next week where you can select your student’s teachers and their open time slots.

    Please note, each slot will be approximately 20 minutes long so that we can accommodate as many interested families as possible. You may sign up for as many or as few teachers as you would like to conference with.

    If you have any questions at all please do not hesitate to reach out.

    Stay tuned for the official sign up link next week.

    (REMINDER): Homecoming Information:

    Students and Staff can celebrate homecoming week (September 27- October 1) and show school spirit by dressing up for the Homecoming Spirit Days!

    • Maui Monday - Hawaiian attire
    • Tie-Dye Tuesday - Wear Tie-Dye 
    • Western Wednesday - Wear your best country attire
    • Twin time Thursday - Wear the same outfit as your BFF
    • PHS Pfan Pfriday - Get decked out in your Blue & Gold

    (REMINDER): A Word from the P-Crew:

    The P-Crew is a group of senior leaders who attend various sports and events to inspire school spirit and cheer for PHS! They have come up with some themes for each PHS football game. Please see below and join us in the fun by partaking in each theme:

    • 10/1/21 - vs. Leander (home) - Homecoming (see above)
    • 10/8/21 - vs. Manor (away) - Western
    • 10/15/21 - vs. Weiss (away @ Pfield) - Blue Out
    • 10/21/21 - vs. Cedar Park (home) - Pink Out
    • 10/29/21 - vs. Georgetown (away) - Jerseys
    • 11/5/21 - vs. Hendrickson (home) - Neon

    Pfestival of Bands

    We have finalized details on our annual Pfestival of Bands event hosted by PfISD Fine Arts! After canceling last year’s event, our Fine Arts Department is proceeding with a scaled-back version of the event this year scheduled for Sept. 27 at The Pfield.

    The best part is…. it’s FREE!

    This year’s event will be free to the public with no price for admission to see all four high schools perform their UIL contest shows. Gates open at 6 p.m. with the first performance slated for 7 pm.

    The event will be live-streamed for 7th and 8th grade band students who are not in person for the event.

    Performance Order

    • ·         Pflugerville High School – 7 p.m.
    • ·         Connally High School – 7:15 p.m.
    • ·         Weiss High School – 7:30 p.m.
    • ·         Hendrickson High School – 7:45 p.m.

    Please come to The Pfield on Sept. 27 to support these amazing students and see their performances. It is sure to be a spectacular evening!

    A Word from our College and Career Counselor

    Hello PHS Students & Families!

    I hope that you are having a great week. We have a couple of announcements and some wonderful programs coming up that I wanted to make sure you are aware of. If you have any questions about the information below or would like to set up a time to speak…please let me know. I would encourage all seniors to swing by the College and Career Center to make sure they know the process for each of their applications.


    Financial Aid Night (Class of 2022) –
    PHS will offer an opportunity for students and their families to receive assistance completing the mandatory Financial Aid Application to graduate on October 5th, 2021  (5:30 – 8:30 pm). This is an open house style and you do not need to be present the entire time. Please feel free to come at any time during the event, remember that the FAFSA typically takes 30-45 minutes. In order to register, please visit this Google Form. You will need to bring the 2020 tax information for your legal guardians to complete the FAFSA or TASFA. Please visit this website for more information on what to bring. Masks will be required.


    Financial Aid Graduation Requirement (Class of 2022) –
    All members of the Class of 2022 are required by State Law to complete the 2022 – 2023 FAFSA or TASFA. The application will not open until October 1st, 2021 and is due by November 30th, 2021. Completion of the Financial Aid Application is tied to getting out of the ACE period (if allowed). If you plan to do the FAFSA on your own, your student must email me the FAFSA Confirmation Email they receive immediately after submitting the 2022-2023 FAFSA or the completed TASFA (if you qualify for this option instead). If you have questions about this, please email me.


    PFISD College Fair (All Students & Families) –
    PFISD will host our annual College Fair on October 19th, 2021 from 7:00 – 8:30 pm at Pflugerville High School. We currently have 150 college, career, and military representatives from across the globe joining us for this opportunity. If you are interested in coming to the fair (even If you are not sure), please visit this Google Form to register. This is a great opportunity to speak with a college/military/career representative to learn more about the path to a student’s future! Masks are required.


    Transcript Requests (All Students) –
    There is a new process to request a high school transcript for a College/University. The student will need to use their SchooLinks account to mark a college complete, this will allow Mr. Howell to submit a transcript on their behalf. If your student does not know how to do that process, please have them see me as soon as possible. If you need a transcript for any other purpose, please email Mr. Howell and he will get it taken care of.


    Letter of Recommendation (Class of 2022) –
    Students needing a letter of recommendation should visit this website to complete the LOR Request Form. If they need a paper copy, it is available in the College and Career Center. They will need to send this to each teacher they are requesting the letter from and submit a request through their SchooLinks account. If they need a counseling letter, please have them get me this letter of recommendation form to Mr. Howell as soon as possible.


    Mr. Howell will be out of the office but available via email September 29
    th – October 1st


    Major Upcoming Deadlines:


    Questbridge Scholarship & Admission Program
    – September 28th (Strongly encourage students complete it by end of the weekend so Mr. Howell has time to do the counselor portion)


    Texas A&M University – Texas A&M University in College Station, TX strongly encourages students to complete their application by October 1
    st for most majors (October 15th for Engineering). Texas A&M University is first come/first serve with their majors and some programs begin to fill up in early October.


    Nick Howell

    College and Career Advisor
    Pflugerville High School
    (512) 594 – 0527
    RM #: A-109
    PHS CEEB Code: 445-500


    A Word from the Math Department:

    Juniors! You will be taking the PSAT on Oct 13, this is an opportunity to get college information and possible scholarships! You can find practice problems on College Board or Khan Academy.

    Toby Day
    Math Department Chair


    A Word from our Parent Liaisons:

    Parents and families, we need your input!


    We are preparing our Family Engagement Plan and School-Parent-Student Compact for the 2021-2022 school year. These plans are prepared in partnership with parents and families.


    The School-Parent-Student Compact is a written agreement designed to improve students’ academic success through the home and school working together. It provides support for students by enhancing effective communications between school and home.


    The Family Engagement Plan outlines our commitment to keeping families engaged in their children’s education. We encourage and need your input to the plan to reach our goals of communicating with parents and providing education and opportunities for parental involvement.


    We value your contribution to developing and reviewing these documents, so we would like to invite you to join our virtual Parent Focus Group on Tuesday, September 28, at 3:00 pm. Please sign up on
    this link if you would like to attend. The Zoom meeting information and sample documents will be sent by email the day before the meeting. Thank you for your support!


    PHS Dance Clinic Opportunity:

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    Tutorial Provider Information for Parents/Guardians

    Are you looking for a high quality tutoring program/place? This spreadsheet of TEA approved tutoring providers can be shared with parents and guardians who are interested in procuring tutoring services outside of the school day for their student(s). This resource provides a summary of each TEA vetted tutoring provider including the subject areas, grade levels, and other information to help parents/guardians make informed decisions on tutoring services. If you have any questions about the document please contact a member of the MTSS team for support.

     

    Most sincerely

     

    Zack Kleypas
    Principal
    Pflugerville High School

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

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  • Happy Friday @ PHS!

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas on 9/17/2021

    Greetings Panthers,

    Good Luck to our Volleyball teams tonight at HHS and our Speech and Debate kiddos this weekend!

    Happy Hispanic Heritage Month!

    Pflugerville High School is proud of our diversity within our campus. It is critically important to our success that students, staff, and families learn more about one another and celebrate and appreciate the various and different cultures. In PfISD, approximately 48% of our students are Hispanic! 

    Each year, National Hispanic Heritage Month is in September through October, celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens with ancestors from  Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

    September 15th is the anniversary of independence for  Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Mexico declared its independence on September 16th, and Chile on September 18th. Columbus Day is recognized on October 12th.

    The observance started in September 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon B. Johnson. In 1970, the Hispanic population of the United States was 9.6 million, constituting 4.7 percent of the nation's total population.

    In 1988, President Ronald Reagan expanded the length of the observance, establishing Hispanic Heritage Month. The Hispanic population that same year was 19.4 million, roughly 7.9 percent of the nation’s total population.

    Between July 1, 2011, and July 1, 2012, the number of Hispanics in America rose by 1.1 million. This number is nearly half of the approximately 2.3 million people added to the nation's population during this period.

    In 2060, the projected Hispanic population of the U.S. will be 128.8 million. According to this projection, Hispanics will constitute 31 percent of the nation's population.

    Generations of Hispanics have enriched every facet of our national identity, with traditions that reflect many diverse Hispanic/Latino ancestries. Moreover, Hispanics have shaped and strengthened the fabric of the United States through their public service.

    Hispanics have exerted a profound influence on our country through their strong commitment to family, faith, hard work, and public service. They have enhanced and shaped our national character with centuries-old traditions that reflect their multiethnic and multicultural customs.

    One Month of School Reflection:

    School started on August 12th, which means we are officially more than 1 month into school. It feels like just yesterday and yet it also feels like it has been about 6 months since we were preparing anxiously for the return of our students. If our first month of school is any indication of the rest of the school year, we have much to be excited about and much to continue to improve.

    Supporting Your Child as their Parent/Guardian:

    I have a few tips as we settle in and as we prepare for the long school year ahead

    1. Parents - talk to your kids about school. I know this may seem silly and possibly awkward for some families now that kids are in HS, but I can tell you from experience that it is one of the single most impactful things you can do to keep them engaged and motivated in school.

      1. Talk about grades - and follow up by reviewing their grades with them frequently in skyward.

      2. Talk about attendance & tardies - and again, follow up by reviewing their attendance in skyward.

      3. Talk to them about getting involved in clubs, sports, organizations, class opportunities, the college and career center and more - kids who are involved in school beyond their classrooms are typically more successful.

      4. Talk about their mental health - ask them “how are you feeling?” “What things are going well and what things are not?” “What things have you stressed, and how do you manage that stress?” “What can I help you with as your parent?”

      5. Talk about your expectations of them at school - believe it or not, sometimes kids act one way at home and another way at school (or the movies, or Target, or the park, etc.). Talk to them about how you want them to behave and engage in class. Simple things like asking questions when you need help, going to tutorials with your teachers, getting to class on time, being kind to others, etc.

      6. Talk to them about their future - high school is an amazing time in their lives and ends in the culmination of their K-12 educational career. What’s next? College? Career? Military? It is never too early to start talking to them about it and recommending they visit our College & Career Center located in the A-hallway to answer any questions they/you may have.

    2. Monitor your childs phones. I know this can be a tough one for many parents as you try to balance trust, responsibility, and still being the parent… but some parents would be shocked at what is on some students' phones these days. Now, of course, I am not talking about everyone, but do you know what your student is searching on their phone? Do you know what social media sites they use and what they do on those sites? Do you know who they are talking/texting and the things they are talking about? Take this suggestion however you would like, but be very wary of the things and the people they can access on their phones these days.

    3. Creating routines and schedules. Not all kids “love” structure, but all kids benefit from structure. Structure comes in the form of routines and schedules. This includes bed times/curfews and what time they should wake up. It also includes creating a designated time for fun vs. school work. Setting expectations that involve routines will pay off huge during their high school years, and beyond. *NOTE: On this subject, please help us by creating routines for kids to get to school on time. The number of students who are late to school (we start at 9:00 am) is quite alarming. Traffic, new routines, and other obligations can all get in the way, but being consistently late is an issue that keeps your kiddo from crucial parts of instruction.

    Homecoming Information:

    Students and Staff can celebrate homecoming week (September 27- October 1) and show school spirit by dressing up for the Homecoming Spirit Days!

    • Maui Monday - Hawaiian attire
    • Tie-Dye Tuesday - Wear Tie-Dye 
    • Western Wednesday - Wear your best country attire
    • Twin time Thursday - Wear the same outfit as your BFF
    • PHS Pfan Pfriday - Get decked out in your Blue & Gold

    A Word from the P-Crew:

    The P-Crew is a group of senior leaders who attend various sports and events to inspire school spirit and cheer for PHS! They have come up with some themes for each PHS football game. Please see below and join us in the fun by partaking in each theme:

    • 9/23/21 - vs. Anderson (away) - Hawaiian Theme
    • 10/1/21 - vs. Leander (home) - Homecoming (see above)
    • 10/8/21 - vs. Manor (away) - Western
    • 10/15/21 - vs. Weiss (away @ Pfield) - Blue Out
    • 10/21/21 - vs. Cedar Park (home) - Pink Out
    • 10/29/21 - vs. Georgetown (away) - Jerseys
    • 11/5/21 - vs. Hendrickson (home) - Neon

    Pfestival of Bands:

    Our annual Pfestival of Bands event hosted by PfISD Fine Arts is back! After canceling last year’s event, our Fine Arts Department is proceeding with a scaled-back version of the event this year scheduled for Sept. 27 at The Pfield.

    All four high schools will perform their UIL contest shows. More details will be provided as they are finalized.

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    A Word from our College & Career Center:

    Good Evening PHS Class of 2022 Families & Students –

    I hope that this email finds you well and the start of your school year has been phenomenal. I have enjoyed getting to know many members of the Class of 2022 thus far! Below, please find some important information about College, Military, and Career Enrollment. Please remember that if you or your student have any questions, you may email me or swing by A-109 (student). Students may also schedule a meeting with me by filling out this Google Form.

    College Application Process – The College Application Process has changed quite a bit this year for our students. However, many of our institutions remain test-optional but may have changed the process, and deadlines in which your student must turn in information. It is important that your student thoroughly read through each institution’s admission website to make sure they are turning in all materials needed. The entire application (including supporting documents) should be completed by October 31st, 2021 for most colleges. If your student is applying to Texas A&M University, please complete that application by the end of September.

    College Fee Waivers – If your student is on free or reduced lunch at PHS, they may qualify for free applications. Please have them swing by the College and Career Center (A-109) to learn more about this process.

    Financial Aid & Scholarships – Please remember that each student (and their family) must complete the 2022-2023 FAFSA or TASFA regardless of your plans after high school. The application will open October 1st, 2021 and must be completed by November 30th, 2021. For those students that are able and interested in getting out of the ACE period, we suggest completing this before the end of the 1st nine weeks. The College and Career Team will offer a Financial Aid Night on October 5th, 2021 to assist families in completing the FAFSA. More information coming soon. Please make sure your student is consistently viewing our Scholarship website for up-to-date opportunities and is continuing to complete the College Board Opportunity Scholarships. Students can see Mr. Howell for assistance.

    Military Enlistment – If your student is interested in enlisting in the military, please have them swing by A-109 to let me know. That way, I will be able to connect them with a recruiter, send necessary documents to the branch, and sign them up for our ASVAB Test on October 13th, 2021.

    Career Opportunities -  If your student is interested in career opportunities during/after high school, please have them swing by A-109. I will set them up with a meeting to speak with our Career Specialist from Workforce Solutions (Ms. Scriven).

    FYI - Out of School Tutorials Resource:

    Are you concerned about your child's academics and looking for tutorials beyond what the school provides? This spreadsheet of TEA approved tutoring providers is available for those who are interested in procuring tutoring services outside of the school day for their student(s). This resource provides a summary of each TEA vetted tutoring provider including the subject areas, grade levels and other information to help parents/guardians make informed decisions on tutoring services.

    Most sincerely

     

    Zack Kleypas
    Principal
    Pflugerville High School

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

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