• Principal's Blog 09/30/2022

    Posted by Heike Cook on 9/30/2022

     

     

    Greetings Panthers,

     

    Happy Friday!

     

    It is hard to believe that September is almost over and we are already sliding into October. I have enjoyed the slightly cooler mornings and can’t wait for milder temperatures.

     

    We have so much going on at PHS that it can be hard to keep up! Check out the list of events below (this is constantly evolving so I will try and continue to keep you updated on this information (you can also check the PHS website calendar for updated information on the PfISD website).

     

    Please notice, as flyers and information specific to events are published, I have linked them directly to the information below for your convenience.

     

    Important Dates:

     

    09/27 Last Day of Prior Year Free & Reduced Lunch Qualification

    09/30 Varsity Football (PHS vs Killeen Chaparral)-Pink Out Pep Rally Schedule

    10/01 Financial Aid Application Open

    10/01 PfISD Engagement Conference

    10/3-7 Mental Health Awareness Week

    10/03 19th Annual Pfestival of Bands

    10/04 Financial Aid Night #1 (PHS Library)

    10/06 Varsity Football (PHS @ Waco University -Waco ISD Stadium)

    10/06 Picture Day for 9th, 10th, 11th graders through English Classes

    10/07 Picture Day for 9th, 10th, 11th graders through English Classes

    10/12 PSAT Day & ASVAB Testing

    10/13 End of the 1st 9-Weeks

    10/14 Student Holiday/Conferences

    10/14-16 Deutschen Pfest 

    10/19 PfISD CTE Pfuture Ready Night

    10/20 Varsity Football - Homecoming (PHS vs Elgin) - Pep Rally Schedule

    10/22 Fall Education Symposium

    10/22 Homecoming Dance (7 pm - 10 pm)

    10/28 Senior Portrait Day (more info to come)

    10/28 Varsity Football (PHS @ Rouse -Bible Stadium)

    10/28 Pflugerville MIDDLE SCHOOL Pfall Pfestival

    11/03 Graduation Cap/Gown Order day for seniors

    11/04 Varsity Football (PHS vs Connally) 

    11/21-25 Thanksgiving Break

    12/19-1/2 Winter Break 

    01/03 Student Holiday/Staff Prep Day

    01/06 AP Scholar Breakfast in the PAC foyer

    01/16 Student/Staff Holiday (MLK Day)

    02/20 Planning & Prep Day/Student Holiday

    03/01 School Day SAT & ASVAB Testing

    03/06 Career Fair

    03/13-17 Spring Break

    03/20 Career Night

    03/28 Create Your Future (Pfisd)

    03/28 Dual Credit Make Up TSI Testing

    03/31 End Senior Meetings

    04/07 Student/Staff Holiday/Bad Weather Day

    04/27 College Night

    04/28 Decision Day (Tentative Date)

    05/20 Senior Prom - Miami Night

    05/24 1st Graduation Practice

    05/25 2nd Graduation Practice

    05/25 Last Day of School (Early Release)

    Parent/Community Feedback Desired:

    Each year PHS partners with parents to create a set of goals and objectives regarding parent involvement. It culminates into two documents:

     

    These documents need to be updated, and we would love your feedback on any of the content using this easy and quick Google Form. Thanks in advance:

     

    Supporting Your Child as their Parent/Guardian:

    I have a few tips as we move into October 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 child's 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 bedtimes/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 hugely 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.

    Congratulations PHS Band:

    Our Panther Band just finished competing at the Capital City Marching Festival where they went from a 7th place preliminary performance to finishing in a 3-way tie for 3rd place! Congrats on the top finish!

    (ACTION ITEM) Friday, October 14th, 2022 - Parent Contact (phone call) Day:

    October 14th is a staff work 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.

    AM Times - Pflugerville High School October 14th - Parent Conferences 

    PM Times - Pflugerville High School October 14th - Parent Conferences 

    These links will close at 10 am on Thursday, October 13th 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.

    Free & Reduced Lunch Meal Application/CEP Campus Application:

    Please take note: the free meals that have been available to all students, regardless of their application status, are ending. In fact, they ended on 9/27/22 for any family who has not filled out a new application this school year.


    We had nearly 200 families who qualified last year who didn't fill out a form. That is nearly 10% of our students!

     

    Students who have previously been part of the free/reduced meal plan or newer students who enrolled in PfISD during the 2021-22 school year who may be eligible for the traditional program need to apply to continue receiving free or reduced meals at school this school year.

     A Word from the PHS Student Services / Counseling Department:

    In October, we will be sharing our Student Experience Survey with our classes during their ACE class. This survey is voluntary for students to complete. The data collected from the survey will be used to identify areas needing additional support for our students. If you wish to OPT OUT your student, please complete this form by October 15th.

    English Opt-Out or Spanish Opt-Out

    Click the links below if you would like to view the survey questions.

    English Student Experience Survey or Spanish Student Experience Survey

    Reminder: Family Event THIS Saturday:

     

    PSAT Day Information - October 12th, 2022:

    The annual PSAT testing is a great opportunity for high school students to experience a unique test format that will ultimately prepare them for taking the real SAT in their junior year. The SAT is used by colleges and universities as a metric for student readiness. It is a great way to earn scholarships and improve acceptance opportunities at desired universities.

    Not only that, it can also help students earn College, Career, or Military Readiness (CCMR) and allow them to be exempt from the TSI English and TSI Math exams with qualifying SAT scores. All that to say, the PSAT is a valuable tool and we hope that each student will prepare and do their very best on test day.

     

    Each student who will be taking the PSAT on October 12th will learn about the test and test day via this presentation in next week's ACE classes: (ACE 10/4) PSAT Day Overview

     

    This presentation will share information about the format of the test, what to bring to school that day, test day bell schedules, who takes which tests, and much more. I highly recommend you review this presentation with your kids and talk to them about the value of this assessment.

     

    Young Women in Leadership Group:

    Join the PHS Social Worker and Restorative Practice Facilitator as they begin the Young Women in Leadership Group here at PHS!

     

    We are seeking young women who exhibit positive leadership skills to be a part of our Leadership Empowerment Group.  

    • Interest Meeting Date:  Thursday, October 13, 4:15-4:45pm

    • Location: B103

     

     

    Save the Date - Central Texas Fall Education Symposium (hosted in PfiSD):

    Save the Date - PMS Pfall Pfestival:

    Reminder - PfISD - Staff Shout Outs:

    Want to give a PHS staff member a shout out? I promise it will make their day! Use the form below and each week your shout out could be shared with staff in the district newsletter! The district has created a Google Form share your positive shout out: Please click here for the Google Form. These Shout Outs will be included in upcoming issues of the Parent and Staff Newsletters.

    Prom Tickets:

    Seniors, ready to buy your prom ticket at a reduced price? Here is link to do so:  https://pflugervilleisd.revtrak.net/hs/pflugerville-high-school/phs-class-of-2023/#/v/phs-class-of-2023-prom-tickets 

     

    Most sincerely,

     

    Zack Kleypas
    Principal

    Pflugerville High School

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

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  • Principal's Blog 9/23/2022

    Posted by Heike Cook on 9/23/2022

     

    Greetings Panthers,

     

    Happy Friday!

    There are so many things to celebrate and so much going on at Pflugerville High School. I encourage you to pay special attention to the many “Save the Date” topics in this week's and last week’s blog. You won’t want to miss any of these great events!

     

    Congratulations - The Perfect Score:

    As a principal, I receive a lot of emails each week. However, it isn't too often I get one like the email below regarding AP scores. Our very own 2022 PHS graduate Keira Tran received a perfect score on her AP test. Details below.

    Dear Zachary Kleypas,

    I'm writing to share some exciting news about one of your students. Keira Tran's performance on the AP® Drawing Exam in May 2022 was so superior that it falls into a rather select category.

    As you know, Advanced Placement® Exams are scored on a scale of 1 to 5. Keira not only received the top score of 5, but was also one of only 343 students in the world to earn every point possible on the AP Drawing Exam, receiving the maximum score on each portion of the exam.

    This outstanding accomplishment is likely a direct reflection of the top-quality education being offered at Pflugerville High School. We applaud Keira's hard work and the AP teacher responsible for engaging students and enabling them to excel in a college-level course. 

    Trevor Packer
    Trevor Packer, Head of the Advanced Placement Program

    NOTE: Last year, 2022 graduate Lamisa Mahmud received a perfect score on her AP Research exam. Pretty impressive to have a perfect score at PHS two years in a row!

     

    Congratulations - PHS Choir:

    This past Saturday was the first round of TMEA State choir auditions.  9 PHS choir students advanced to round 2 on October 18th!

    Congratulations - PHS Band - Drumline:

    Pflugerville Percussion took First Place this weekend at the Dripping Springs Drumline Contest. They also took home the Best Tenors and Best Basses. Congratulations, Percussion!!

     

    Save the Date - Underclassman School Picture Day - October 6th & 7th

     

    CADY Photographers will be on campus Oct 6th & 7th to photograph all 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students.  This will be done via their English classes.  We will be sending information packets home with students this coming Monday and Tuesday, but just in case your student forgets or loses the flyer, please click HERE for a copy. NOTE:  Order now to save $10 on packages.  

     

    Save the Date - Homecoming Dance! - October 22nd

    Based on high interest from PHS students, we are bringing back the homecoming dance!

     

    This year’s homecoming football game will take place on Thursday, October 20th. All week we will be having dress-up themes that are fun to participate in. The actual dance will take place on Saturday night from 7-10 pm.

     

    This year's dance will host a DJ, decorations, food (for purchase), and more! Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. 

     

    The event is open to all PHS students (some restrictions apply). No outside guests/dates are allowed to this event.

     

    Stay tuned for more details to come including when and where to purchase your tickets. For now, just save the date so you can join us for the fun!

     

    Save the Date(s) - PfISD FAFSA/TASFA Pfinance Nights:

     

    Save the Date: PfISD Career & Technical (CTE) Fair:

    • What - Pfuture Ready: Learn.Play.Plan

    • When – October 19, 2022 (Wednesday); 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. (come and go)

    • Where – Hendrickson High School Cafeteria, Small Gym, E100 hallway

    • Who – the entire PfISD community (there’s even a PreK-5 career costume contest with prizes)

    • Why – to inform families and students about CTE programs, in-demand and emerging careers, planning for secondary and postsecondary success, and to have fun!

    There will be 3 activity groups, families can flow from one to the other based on their interests and time.

    • Learn: participate in presentations (see flyer for tentative topics)

      • if you know of a topic of interest to families around high school programs, postsecondary, or careers let me know

      • most presentations will repeat throughout the evening, each is about 20 minutes

    • Play: explore CTE programs with hands-on activities led by CTE teachers and CTE high school student ambassadors

    • Plan: visit with industry and postsecondary partners about career training programs and employment options

     

    Save the Date - HOSA Fundraiser - September 26th

    HOSA is sponsoring a fundraiser at Chipotle on Monday, September 26th from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm and would like to invite you to join us! Skip cooking…take a night off…and enjoy the break! Don’t forget to take a copy or picture of the flyer if you go inside…or you can use the code on the flyer to order online!!  Super simple!! Thank you for your support!!!!

    A Word from the College & Career Center:

    Good Evening Class of 2023 & Families –

    I hope that you are having a wonderful start to your senior year! Below, please find an important update regarding the College Application Process, Financial Aid Graduation Requirement, and a Career Certificate Opportunity. As always, please reach out to any member of our team with any questions you may have.

    Financial Aid Graduation Requirement – On October 1st, 2022 the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will open. The State of Texas requires all graduating students from a Texas High School to complete either the FAFSA or TASFA (if you qualify for this instead) in order to graduate (regardless of the student’s plans after high school). Your family will need to complete the FAFSA or TASFA for the 2023 – 2024 Aid Year, using tax information from their 2021 taxes. The deadline to complete the FAFSA or TASFA is November 30th, 2022. Please note that there is an opt-out opportunity, but you will need to speak with Mr. Howell to complete this. This is also one of the requirements that PHS Administration requires to be released from ACE.

    FAFSA Completion Documentation – Once you complete the 2023 – 2024 FAFSA, you will receive a confirmation email (to the student’s personal email). You will need to forward that confirmation email to Mr. Howell. If you are completing the TASFA instead (students without a SSN), pick up and bring back the completed forms from/to A-109. If you do not receive the confirmation email, please see Mr. Howell.

    FAFSA/TASFA Completion Assistance – We would be delighted to assist your family in completing the Financial Aid Requirement. The College & Career Team will host 4 Pfinance Your Future Workshops. During these workshops, your family will be able to receive assistance from experts in completing the application. These events will be held October 3rd – 6th  and you may register to attend any of the options regardless of the high school you attend. Please visit this Google Form to register.

    Career Certificate Program – Ms. Hendrickson (our amazing Career Counselor) is working on an opportunity for students interested in becoming an Electrician to begin their requirements over Spring Break. She will have more information soon, but if you (your student) is interested in this career field…this will be an amazing opportunity.

    College Applications – We are coming close to the start of the College Application Deadlines. We do encourage you to complete your college applications by September 30th, 2022 for many of our public institutions in the state. In particular, we strongly encourage that you complete the Texas A&M University application by the end of this month. They are a first come/first serve institution. This means that some of their majors do fill up around the beginning of October.

    College Application Completion Week – During the last week of September (September 25 – 30th), we encourage all members of the Class of 2023 to visit the College & Career Center to work and complete their College Applications. We will have candy ready and available for anyone that stops by to work on their apps! The College & Career Center is open from 8:00 – 4:30 AM daily.  

    Please reach out with any questions!

    Nick Howell

    College and Career Advisor

    Pflugerville High School

    (512) 594 – 0527

    RM #: A-109

    PHS CEEB Code: 445-500

    Code2College Opportunity:

    On September 7th and 14th, Code2College kicked off its 7th year of classes. We’ve officially opened our Winter 2023 Application for classes that start on January 9th. The deadline for students to apply is December 16th, 2022.

    Prom Tickets - Early Bird Special:

    “Attention Seniors! Prom tickets are now on sale for an early bird special! Buy it now for 60$ limited time offer! Prices will increase in the following months.

    A Word from our Parent Liaison:

    Pflugerville High School will travel to NASA Johnson Space Center

    Pflugerville High School priorities are aimed at preparing high school students, especially those at risk, to be college and career-ready when they graduate from high school. Pflugerville High School (PHS) will be touring NASA Johnson Space Center on October 25, 2022. NASA is supporting the dreams of students from traditionally underrepresented and underserved communities to enter careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

    PHS NASA Tour supports STEM Engagement at Johnson with many opportunities for K-16 students through experiential learning opportunities and STEM challenges. These activities are designed to increase students’ interest and involvement in STEM, improve their ability to participate in STEM studies and careers, and enhance their understanding of the value of STEM in their lives while engaging them in NASA’s mission.

    Student Opportunities

    High School Aerospace Scholars

    Texas High School Aerospace Scholars  (HAS) is an authentic STEM learning experience for Texas high school juniors to engage with NASA’s missions and become the next generation of explorers. HAS is a year-long commitment for Texas high school juniors which starts in the fall with a four-month online learning experience related to space exploration, earth science, technology, and aeronautics. The highest achieving students receive an invitation to a five-day gamified virtual summer experience (Moonshot) mentored by NASA scientists and engineers. During the virtual summer experience, students work in teams to plan an Artemis-themed mission to the Moon and Mars. Top teams from the virtual summer experience are invited to attend a two-day residential experience at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. HAS is an authentic learning experience for Texas high school juniors to engage with NASA’s missions and become the next generation of explorers.

    To learn more about NASA Programs and colleges, PHS College and Career Center offers course counseling activities that include providing students with pertinent information about the college experience, guidance on course taking, and assisting with the college search, application, and selection processes. Contextual skills and awareness are key components of students' college preparation and readiness and can include knowledge of collegiate academic, social, and cultural expectations and norms, in addition to knowledge of the requirements necessary to garner admission to a postsecondary institution (Conley, 2007).

    To deal with the real issue, PHS is providing a pre-college outreach that supports a wider menu of education and training opportunities for at-risk students.

    If your son or daughter is interested in participating in the NASA tour, please contact Dr. Luther Baker, Parent Liaison, luther.baker@pfisd.net, or call at (512) 594-0544.

    Please complete the attached Permission Application to be eligible for the NASA Tour on 10/25/22.

    Permission Slip: NASA TOUR APPLICATION PHS 

    From the Desk of the Parent Liaison: Hispanic Heritage Month

    Hispanic Heritage Month is an annual celebration of the history and culture of the U.S. Latinx and Hispanic communities. The event, which spans from September 15 to October 15, commemorates how those communities have influenced and contributed to American society at large.

    The term Hispanic or Latino (or the more recent term. Latinx) refers to a person’s culture or origin—regardless of race. On the 2020 Census form, people were counted as Hispanic or Latino, or Spanish if they could identify as having Mexican, Mexican American, Chicano, Puerto Rican, Cuban, or “another Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin.”

    Hispanic Heritage Month began as a commemorative week when it was first introduced in June of 1968 by California Congressman George E. Brown. The push to recognize the contributions of the Latinx community had gained momentum throughout the 1960s when the civil rights movement was at its peak and there was a growing awareness of the United States' multicultural identities. Brown, who represented East Los Angeles and a large portion of the San Gabriel Valley—both heavily populated by members of the Hispanic and Latinx communities—wanted to recognize the role played by those communities throughout American history.

    On September 17, 1968, Congress passed Public Law 90-48, officially authorizing and requesting the president to issue annual proclamations declaring September 15 and 16 to mark the beginning of National Hispanic Heritage Week and called upon the “people of the United States, especially the educational community, to observe the week with appropriate ceremonies and activities.” President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first Hispanic Heritage Week presidential proclamation the same day.

    Why Is the Date of Hispanic Heritage Month Important?

    The timing of Hispanic Heritage Month coincides with the Independence Day celebrations of several Latin American nations. September 15 was chosen as the kickoff because it coincides with the Independence Day celebrations of five “Central American neighbors,” as Johnson called them—Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Those five nations declared their independence from Spain on September 15, 1821.

    In his proclamation, Johnson also acknowledged Mexico, which declared its independence from Spain on September 16, 1810. Although not mentioned specifically by Johnson, Chile also celebrates its independence during that week (September 18, 1810 from Spain) and Belize, which declared its independence from Great Britain on September 21, 1981, was subsequently added to the list of nations specifically celebrated during what is now Hispanic Heritage Month.

    Hispanic Heritage Expands From a Week to a Month

    From 1968 until 1988, Presidents Nixon, Ford, Carter and Reagan issued the yearly proclamations, setting aside a week to honor Hispanic Americans. In 1987 U.S. Representative Esteban E. Torres of California proposed expanding the observance to cover its current 31-day period. Torres wanted more time so that the nation could “properly observe and coordinate events and activities to celebrate Hispanic culture and achievement.”

    In 1988, Senator Paul Simon (D-Illinois), submitted a similar bill that successfully passed Congress and was signed into law by President Ronald Reagan on August 17, 1988. And on September 14, 1989, President George H.W. Bush (who had been a sponsor of the original Hispanic Heritage Week resolution while serving in the House in 1968) became the first president to declare the 31-day period from September 15 to October 15 as National Hispanic Heritage Month.

    “Not all of the contributions made by Hispanic Americans to our society are so visible or so widely celebrated, however. Hispanic Americans have enriched our nation beyond measure with the quiet strength of closely knit families and proud communities,” Bush said.

    In the decades since, National Hispanic Heritage Month proclamations have been made by every sitting president of the United States. Hispanic Heritage Month 2022 will last from Thursday, September 15, 2022 through Saturday, October 15, 2022.

    Sources:

    • URL: https://www.history.com/topics/hispanic-history/hispanic-heritage-month 

    • National Hispanic Heritage Month

    • Hispanic Heritage Month, United States Census Bureau

    • The Creation and Evolution of the National Hispanic Heritage Celebration, United States House of Representatives

    • National Hispanic Heritage Month, Library of Congress

    • National Hispanic Heritage Month, 1989, The America Presidency Project

    • National Hispanic Heritage Week bill signed, Sep. 17, 1968, Politic

     

    Most sincerely,

     

    Zack Kleypas
    Principal

    Pflugerville High School

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

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  • Principal's Blog 09/16/2022

    Posted by Heike Cook on 9/16/2022

     

    Greetings Panthers,

     

    Happy Friday and Happy Hispanic Heritage Month!

    Hispanic Heritage Month

    I want to thank everyone who made it out to Open House Monday night! It was so great to see families back in person once again.

    If you weren't able to make it, that is perfectly fine too. I wanted to share some information from my “Principal’s Welcome” so you can get to know me, our counselor/office team, and PHS in general:

    22-23 PHS Open House - Principal's Welcome - Blog Edition 

    Save the Date: PfISD Parent & Pfamily Engagement Conference (October 1st):

    Save the Date - PfISD Pfestival of Bands (October 3rd):

    Senior Portraits Opportunity:

     

    Cady will be on campus on October 1st (Saturday) for Senior Portrait sessions from 10 am to 6 pm.  This will be an amazing opportunity to have portraits with various backgrounds taken at a one-stop location.  Please see the information below to book your session.  You can begin the booking process by going to  https://home.cady.com/

    Hover the cursor over the Seniors tab and click "schedule my photos".  Please click HERE to read more detailed instructions.  

     

    Please note:  For those students who only want their picture taken for the yearbook, there will be a separate date/time.  More information to come. 

     

    Save the Date: PSAT & SAT (October 12th):

    PSAT day is scheduled for Wednesday, October 12th. The PSAT is a timed, standardized test that measures students' skills in reading, writing, and math, similar to the SAT. Students who participate in this assessment gain an opportunity to practice question types and skills before taking the SAT and will receive scores to identify areas of strength/improvement. Additionally, juniors who take the PSAT have the potential to meet the National Merit Scholarship Program requirements. All PSAT test-takers will be connected with $300 million in scholarships.

    9th grade students who are enrolled in Geometry or Algebra 2 will take the PSAT 9. *Note: 9th graders who are not testing will be participating in activities with our counselors. All 10th and 11th grade students will take the PSAT/NMSQT. 

    Parents can access the PSAT 8/9 (9th grade)/PSAT/NMSQT (10th/11th) websites for testing information. Parents/students who do not have a College Board account should use this link to create one. Save your login information to access PSAT scores in December.  

    As a note, junior level students can receive incredibly prestigious recognition based on their scores on the PSAT/NMSQT. National Merit Scholar information can be found here: https://www.nationalmerit.org/s/1758/start.aspx?gid=2&pgid=61 

    Lastly, students are strongly encouraged to create a free Khan Academy account to practice SAT questions and receive a personalized practice plan. Students can use SAT questions to practice for the PSAT, since both exams are aligned.

    PHS Logos:

    To make a long story short… PHS has historically been known for its powerful [royal] blue and gold color scheme. Somehow, over time, the logo (and some colors used throughout the school) has shifted to navy blue. Navy blue is the color of HHS, NOT PHS. Thus, with the help of the communications department, we have been able to reimage our logos to reflect that tradition.

     

                             Wrong:                                                                                  Correct:

     

     


     

    We now have logos that have been digitized to the level of the other High Schools:

    Now, I will admit, we got a bit of slack on Facebook for some concerns/confusion over the “Gold Panther” so I want to set the record straight… we are NOT becoming the “Golden Panthers” :) The images above depict the school colors in a color scheme similar to the red wolf (WHS), green cougar (CHS) and blue hawk (HHS) (See below):

    If you are interested in using our new logo, please call Community Relations at 512 594 0092.

    Welcome Ms. Greer - Restorative Practices Facilitator:

    Greetings Pflugerville High School,

    My name is Ms. Teshia Greer, and I am your new Restorative Practices Facilitator. As a graduate of Pflugerville High School, I am so excited to reconnect with the Pflugerville community.  My passion derives from the African Proverb “It takes a village to raise a child”.  As a leader in education, it is my mission to help students reach their highest potential and provide a safe space to meet students where they are.

    My goals for this school year include: 

    1. Provide a safe space for students to be themselves.

    2. Provide strategies for students that will promote healthy relationships

    3. Build trusting relationships with students in order for them to feel safe, connected, and valued.

    I look forward to working in collaboration with you to best serve our students and families.

    Restorative Practices Facilitator Services

    Restorative Practices focus on building the community, repairing and strengthening relationships, and creating a just and equitable learning environment to prevent bullying and reduce peer conflict. The purpose of restorative circles allows the opportunity for students to voice their concerns, listen to their peers, and strengthen problem solving skills.

    Services provided:

    1. Entire classroom restorative circle

    2. Small group restorative circle (3-5 students)

    3. 1:1 Student Support with Ms. Greer

    4. Staff Restorative Circle

    Respectfully,

    Ms. Greer - Restorative Practices Facilitator F204

                        

    A Word from our College & Career Advisor: 

     

    PFISD will host our annual Pfinance Your Future Events in order to assist you with the required Financial Aid Application. Please remember that the State of Texas requires every student to complete the Mandatory FAFSA or TASFA application to graduate. This is also one of the requirements to get out of ACE  at the end of the 1st 9 weeks. During the events below, your family can receive assistance from experts with completing the Financial Aid application needed. Please scan the QR code and register even if you are not positive you are able to attend. You may attend any of the four evening events (regardless of HS attended). If you have any questions about this requirement or these events, please email me directly.

     

     

    Nick Howell

    College and Career Advisor

    Pflugerville High School

    (512) 594 – 0527

    RM #: A-109

    PHS CEEB Code: 445-500

    Class of 2026 T-Shirt Sales:

    Need to add some Blue & Gold to your wardrobe? Here are 2 great options that help support our PHS Class of 2026. Oct. 17th is the deadline to pre-order your shirt.

                     Pforever Shirt Order:                                          OR                            Panther Spirit Shirt Order:

                                                           

    REMINDER: Pflugerville High School JAMII Mentoring Program

    JAMII (Ja Mee a) (Swahili for family and community)

    How to participate:

    Mentors and mentees should submit an application by October 7, 2022. The application is attached to the announcement. The JAMII Coordinator will attempt to make appropriate matches, or, if no match is available through our program, will be placed on a waiting list.

    Luther.baker@pfisd.net  (512) 594-0544

                   English                                                    Spanish

                

      

    This year’s Deutschen Pfest will be held on October 14th-16th at Gilliland Park, here in Pflugerville.

     Students, if you would like to volunteer and get volunteer hours please see the link below:

    Sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0a4baaa72fa4f49-deutschen4

    Also, here is some more information on Deutschen Pfest https://deutschenpfest.com/

     

    Most sincerely,

     

    Zack Kleypas

    Principal

    Pflugerville High School

     

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

     

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  • Principal's Blog 09/09/2022

    Posted by Heike Cook on 9/9/2022

    Greetings Panthers,

     

    Happy Friday!

    REMINDER: Open House - Monday, 9/12/22 from 6-8pm + 5:30 special meeting:

    This year’s open house will be run a little differently than in years past. Instead of ringing bells and following a schedule, this year's event will be more fluid and will be a come-and-go setup. This relieves a lot of stress from families rushing over from work or with multiple students at PHS.

    The general breakdown is that it lasts from 6-8pm with a 5:30 presentation for parents to learn more about the three elections PfISD is holding in the upcoming November 8 election: an Attendance Credit Election, a Voter Approval Tax Rate Election and a Bond Election. For more information about the elections, please visit www.pfisd.net/election2022.

    Here is a more detailed schedule of Open House: 22-23 PHS Open House Schedule 

    Note: with this design/layout we ask that you please try and meet with each teacher to say hello and get to know their classroom and curriculum. If you have information you want to share about your child, we ask that you please ask the teacher when a better time would be. 

    Help Your Child & Help PHS:

    The annual Free & Reduced (FAR) lunch application is a traditional piece of the back-to-school paperwork (virtual form now). Students who had been receiving free lunch in the past, will soon be removed from that opportunity until they complete a new form. The qualifying form must be completed each school year.

    Why in the world would we complete an application if it is already free? Good question! By completing the FAR application, your family/child can become eligible for so many other benefits beyond just lunch. Those include but are not limited to:

    1. Two SAT & ACT Test Waivers in the Junior & Senior Year (Up to 4 on each test)

    2.  Most colleges offer fee waivers to students on Free/Reduced Lunch (unlimited)

    3. You may take AP exams at a reduced rate

    Additionally, the State of Texas accountability system compares PHS to “like schools” to produce the annual letter grade for the school. The more accurate the FAR counts, the more likely PHS is to be accurately rated. Please, if for no other reason, take a moment to complete the application to see if you qualify to help PHS showcase our achievements.

    Here is a link to the application form: MySchoolApps - Select District 

    Here are helpful instructions: How to Apply for FAR Application 

    A Word from Your Counselors:

    • Advanced & AP Drops – the official district window for Advanced and AP drops runs Sept 12-16th. Students who feel that they need to level down from an advanced course should request this change starting with their teacher. All Advanced & AP Teachers will have the district drop form. The form is completed by the teacher, student, parent and then is given to the counselor to complete and present to our Associate Principal for final approval. Changes will be approved based on need and availability. 

    • Senior Meetings – counselors will be meeting one on one with each senior during the month of September through their English classes. Seniors will review their transcript, credits, and all other graduation requirements with their counselor. A copy of the meeting and notes will be given to each senior at the time of their meeting.

    • Free Online Courses – Students are able to sign up right now for our Fall Free Online Courses. Each semester we offer this opportunity to students to be able to earn credit outside of the school day for free. Space is limited to 50 students each semester. Courses offered are: Health, Psychology and Sociology. To sign up, please use this google form.

    • AP Testing Information - All students in AP classes interested in taking the AP exam in May should be registering now for their exams. Students will need to register through MyAP and Total Registration. Please see the attached link for more information about exams, payments and scholarships. Students who would like to qualify for free/reduced lunch in order to receive the reduced exam price, will need to have their family complete the districts lunch application below as soon as possible.

    Volunteers Needed for the Chamber of Commerce Expo:

    The Chamber of Commerce needs volunteers (high school students only) for their Expo, Saturday, October 22nd. They have 20 available time slots from 7:30 am - 3:30 pm. Students can email Lindsey Howell at LHowell@pfchamber.com

    Let Children Know that Good Attendance Is Important:

    Attendance is a parent and student responsibility. Let your child know that you think attending school daily is important. Show them you are interested in their school activities and tell them that you want them to do well in school.

    • Good attendance habits start at an early age. Make sure your child goes to school regularly and on time. This helps them develop a positive view of school and the importance of attendance.

    • Discuss with your student the importance of arriving to school on time and reporting to class when dropped off.

    • Become involved in your child’s school life and school activities.

    • Take an interest in your child’s school work. Check homework for accuracy and completeness.

    • Read the school newsletter. Post the school calendar or notes on the refrigerator or in another prominent location to highlight school activities and important student information.

    • Do not provide inappropriate excuses for your child to miss school. Do not let them miss school for minor ailments – particularly those which would not prevent you from going to work.

    • Don’t expect or let older children stay home from school to babysit younger siblings.

    • Set good examples and enforce rules. Speak well of the school and support school staff.

    • Make a contract with your child to improve his/her attendance. Reward positive improvements.

    Opportunity to Make Some Money - Referees Needed:

    The Austin Basketball Officials Association (ABOA) needs one or two officials to work in our school’s 9th grade basketball games this season.  Games start at approximately 5 PM and pays an average of $75 for one game and $130 for two. Not bad for 2-3 hours of work. There are non-high school days opportunities at middle schools and weekend tournaments.

    There is an initial cost of around $200 for state/local registrations, uniforms, insurance, on-line testing, training, and materials. We are happy to provide On-court training for anyone who is interested.  The training is  scheduled in Round Rock on Mondays,  in Buda on Tuesdays or in Leander on Wednesdays starting September 12.

    More info is located on our recruiting site www.basketballofficials.com or contact kpatton85@ausitn.rr.com or by calling 512-680-4086.  Thanks for your help.

    Ken Patton

    Secretary/Varsity Assigner

    512-680-4086

     

    Save the Date - Parent & Engagement Conference:

     

    Pflugerville ISD invites you to join us for a Parent and Pfamily Engagement Conference. Child Care is available but is limited. Please register now to reserve your spot: https://bit.ly/3caZOgD

     

     

     

     

     

    Hey Seniors Families!

     

    CHS will be hosting a Financial Aid Presentation Night on Thursday, Sept. 15th from 6:30p-8:00p in the library.

     

    A rep from Texas A&M University will be presenting information for ALL seniors on the financial aid process and application. We will cover topics such as FAFSA/TASFA, grants vs. scholarships, and how to make college affordable.

     

    If you are interested in joining us for this presentation, please register here. Registration is not required to attend but we would love to send you a reminder! This event is open to all PfISD high schools.

     

    If you have any questions regarding this event, please email Molly Baca at molly.baca@pfisd.net

     

     

    Most sincerely, 

     

    Zack Kleypas
    Principal
    Pflugerville High School

     

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

     

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  • Gearing Up For A Three Day Weekend!

    Posted by Heike Cook on 9/2/2022

    Greetings Panthers,

     

    Happy Friday! It is hard to believe that it is already September and we have completed 3 weeks of school. With the start of September comes Labor Day weekend and no school on Monday, 9/5/22. Please be careful and safe over the long weekend!

     

    Things are really starting to speed up around here and there are a lot of important events coming up that I want to make sure you are aware of:

    Save the Date - College & Career Fair; Wednesday, 9/7/22:

    I hope that you will join us from 6-8pm as Pflugerville High School hosts the district wide College & Career Fair. This event is open to students of all ages and their families. It is NEVER too early to learn about the opportunities and experiences out there. We LOVE seeing our freshmen show up and talk to advisors.

    Fair

    Save the Date - First PHS Pep Rally: Thursday, 9/8/22:

    I am so excited to announce that we are bringing back pep rallies!!! They will coordinate with each Home Football game in the Spring. That means we will have one next week on the day of the Thursday night varsity game. 

     

    Pep Rallies are one of the many memorable experiences in High School (along with prom, homecoming, etc.). We are so excited to be able to bring these back for our students and want to make sure everyone knows and understands the expectations in order to make the event great and to ensure we can keep having them this year.

    Here is what you need to know:

    1. We will be on a Pep Rally schedule that day: PHS Bell Schedule 2022-23

    2. Students who arrive before 8:30am will be asked to wait in the cafeteria (like every day)

    3. At 8:30am students may head to the Big Gym to find their spot in the stands

    4. Students may stay in the cafeteria or library if they don't want to attend but may NOT wander the halls

    5. All teachers are involved in the event, so there will be no tutorials or the ability to wait in classrooms.

    6. The pep rally will end by 9:25am and students will be sent to their 1st period class

    Note:  Ms. Boyd is creating an informational presentation for staff and students that we will ask to show in ALL Ace classes next week. That will provide students with all the information they need!

    Save the Date - First Home Football Game: Thursday, 9/8/22:

    Next Thursday will be our first home football game of the year! We will be taking on Stoney Point HS at the Pfield.

    I REALLY hope everyone will come out and will pack the stadium to support PHS!

    Although many fans have been to the Pfield, I want to make sure everyone has the info they need to have an enjoyable night. Please see the image below for seating logistics.

    On the Home Side, there is a section close to the field (highlighted green) that is reserved ONLY for PHS students. The seats above the walkway (highlighted in yellow) are for all home fans. All fans supporting the visiting team will enter the opposite side of the stadium and sit in the visitor section.

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    • PHS Students:

    It is important to note that ONLY PHS students will be allowed to sit in the student sections. Siblings, relatives, or friends from other schools will be asked to sit in the top fan section. If you are a student and would prefer to sit with them, that is absolutely no problem, but you will be asked to sit with them in the upper fan section.

    In order to be allowed entrance into the student section, an administrator from PHS must verify you are a student. You can do so by providing a visual of your schedule in skyward (phone or paper copy) or with a copy of your PHS ID (if you have one). 

    Once verified you will be given a colored wristband that will grant you access in and out of the student section. Administrators will be located at the top entrances of the student section with wristbands, ready to assist you. I do advise students to arrive a bit earlier for this first game to ensure they get their wristband and the spot in the stands they prefer in time for the game!

    • Tickets: Pflugerville ISD ticket sales will be entirely online this year. Spectators will be provided electronic tickets and will have the option to print out tickets to be scanned at the gate. Cash transactions will be prohibited on gameday. Tickets will be available at: TICKETS - The Pfield.

    • Clear Bag Policy: Purses and backpacks are prohibited inside the Pfield. For a full explanation of what is allowed and what is not, please use this link: Athletics / Clear Bag Policy - The Pfield
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    • Pfield Rules & Expectations: celebrating our favorite teams look different depending on if we are at home, at a friend's house, or at the actual event. While attending an event in person at the Pfield, our goal is to ensure every fan has a positive experience and is able to cheer and support their team without issues. Certain items that enhance the volume of cheering at a “reasonable'' amount are allowed (please see the image below). Items that make so much noise that they could be a detriment to other fans' experience, make a large mess, or can negatively impact folks with certain health conditions are prohibited (please see below).

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    ***Students are encouraged to speak with campus administration prior to the game if they have ideas for enhancing their cheering experience. Ultimately, we want to support a safe and fun environment, but will be forced to remove individuals who create an environment that violates campus and district expectations. Our goal is ALWAYS to proactively work with students on their ideas.

    Save the Date - Open House; Monday 9/12/22:

    This year’s open house will be run a little differently than in years past. Instead of ringing bells and following a schedule, this year's event will be more fluid and will be a come-and-go setup. This relieves a lot of stress from families rushing over from work or with multiple students at PHS.

    The general breakdown is that it lasts from 6-8pm with a 5:30 presentation for parents to learn more about the three elections PfISD is holding in the upcoming November 8 election: an Attendance Credit Election, a Voter Approval Tax Rate Election and a Bond Election. For more information about the elections, please visit www.pfisd.net/election2022.

    Here is a more detailed schedule of Open House: 22-23 PHS Open House Schedule 

    Note: with this design/layout we ask that you please try and meet with each teacher to say hello and get to know their classroom and curriculum. If you have information you want to share about your child, we ask that you please ask the teacher when a better time would be. 

    Student Parking Passes:

    Attention all PHS drivers: The Front Office will be selling parking permits before and after school. Please know that we will begin ticketing starting Tuesday, September 7th. All vehicles parked on PHS property will need a parking permit except for our visitors who park in the visitor's parking lot.  

    You can either pick up an application in the front office or print one from the campus website by clicking HERE

    As a reminder, you will need to clear any fines and makeup hours before being able to purchase one. 

    • Please click HERE for the Parking Permit Application 

    • Please click HERE to see the PHS Student Parking Map.

    Student ID’s:

    As a reminder, we have been reminding, and reminding, and reminding students that they MUST wear their student ID around their necks daily. We have even reprinted ID’s for any students who say they don't have one.

    The time is quickly approaching when we will not be allowing students to enter class without an ID, as this is a state mandated requirement for all secondary students while at school. 

    Soon, if a student arrives at school without an ID around their neck they will be asked to have one made in the library, which will be a $5 fee assessed to their student account (similar to a lost textbook). 

    Please, please, please, help us remind your child to make it a habit to wear that ID every day. Pack it in their backpack right when they get home and make it a routine.

    Canvas Access for Parents

    Did you know that Parents and Guardians can create a Canvas account and sign up as an observer in Canvas? Observers can link their Canvas account to their student’s account so they can see assignment due dates, announcements, and other course content. Observers can view the course content but cannot participate in the course.

    This guide is for parents to set up a Canvas account to observe their students in their courses. To observe a student, you must have a student pairing code. The guide will show you how to get one and sign up for a parent account.

    Once you have an account, you can view student information through a Canvas Parent mobile app. Please use the written instructions below or this video to set up a parent/guardian Canvas account.

    Here are the full instructions: Parent/Guardian Instructions

    P-Crew Shirts for Sale:

    ATTENTION PANTHERS! P-Crew Shirts are on sale! Buy your shirt to show your school spirit!

    https://pflugervilleisd.revtrak.net/hs/pflugerville-high-school/phs-class-of-2023/#/v/phs-p-crew-t-shirt

     

     

    Parents - Photo ID Required:

    Parents & Guardians, I wanted to take a moment to remind you that a photo ID is required anytime you come to campus to check out your child and when you would like to have something delivered to your child (chromebook they left at home, lunch box, etc.). 

    I know this can be a hassle but safety is our top priority. This helps ensure that students are not checked out by the incorrect individual or someone who is not on their Skyward contact list and that items are not delivered to students by someone other than their own parents/guardians.

    Thank you for your help with this.

    A Word from our Parent Liaison - Coming Soon - PHS Goes to NASA:

    Pflugerville High School Students will tour The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Johnson Space Center

    Students from Pflugerville High School will be visiting the Johnson Space Center during the 2022-2023 school year thanks to a Title 4 federal grant and the Pflugerville ISD Education Foundation grant to see opportunities for experiential learning opportunities and STEM challenges. These activities are designed to increase students’ interest and involvement in STEM, improve their ability to participate in STEM studies and careers, and enhance their understanding of the value of STEM in their lives while engaging them in NASA’s mission.

    Johnson Space Center leads NASA efforts in human space exploration. JSC is the home of mission control. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is America’s civil space program and the global leader in space exploration. The agency has a diverse workforce of just under 18,000 civil servants, and works with many more U.S. contractors, academia, and international and commercial partners to explore, discover, and expand knowledge for the benefit of humanity.

    NASA also leads a Moon to Mars exploration approach, which includes working with U.S. industry, international partners, and academia to develop new technology, and send science research and soon humans to explore the Moon on Artemis missions that will help prepare for human exploration of the Red Planet. In addition to those major missions, the agency shares what it learns so that its information can make life better for people worldwide. For example, companies use NASA discoveries and technologies to create new products for the public. To ensure future success for the agency and the nation, NASA also supports education efforts in STEM with an emphasis on increasing diversity in our future workforce.

    PHS hopes that the tour, the first of its kind for our students, will in some cases, help stimulate broad academic, self-perception, and family and community changes. PHS hopes that it will lead to math and science improvements in student outcomes, including retention in STEM fields, improvement in academic performance, and college choices.

    For more information, please contact Luther.Baker@Pfisd.net

     

    Most sincerely, 

     

    Zack Kleypas
    Principal
    Pflugerville High School

     

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

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  • Another Successful Week of School!

    Posted by Heike Cook on 8/26/2022

    Greetings Panthers,

    Before we begin with this week's information, I want to thank all of the officers, first responders, admin team, and staff who responded so quickly to support the unexpected end of our school day today (Friday).

    I also want to thank all of our parents for your patience and understanding as we adjusted our dismissal procedures to make the best of a tough situation. 

    For the privacy of all involved, I am not going to share details of the accident that occurred in front of PHS at this time. 

    I do ask that you please extend your thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery for everyone involved.

     

    Now, on to this week's message:

     

    I had a great time visiting classrooms all across the campus this week and saw students analyze graphs and charts in statistics, discuss summer reading in ELA, play a zombie-themed safety game (which looked like a really fun way to learn about safety), run through fast-paced lay up drills in girls basketball, utilize chromebooks to submit assignments, discuss important facts about westward expansion in U.S. History, and much more! Great things are happening in the classrooms at PHS and students are really gearing up for some rigorous and challenging work that will prepare them academically for what lies ahead.

    I am always asked by parents how they can support their child in high school, while also giving them some space/freedom to advocate for themselves as young adults. Simple…. Parent portal:

    Parent Portal in Skyward:

     

    Parents, want to know the #1 way you can support your child now that they are in High School? Hold them accountable for their grades, attendance, tardies, and more. The best way to do this is to set up your alerts in Skyward Parent Portal to notify you when there is an issue or red flag (ex: grade below a 70 or absence/tardy recorded). Pllllllleeeeassssse make sure you set up your portal so you can keep an eye on your child’s progress.

    Directions for using the Parent Portal are found here:

    IMPORTANT - Student ID’s

    Thank you so much to Ms. Owen and Freshmen ELA for rolling 9th graders through the library to get new ID’s. 

    We have also been making announcements during breakfast and lunch and the announcements that ID’s will be required soon so that 10th-12th graders can get a new one if needed. Unfortunately, we still have a vast majority not wearing them. So, here is our plan:

    1. On Tuesday, we are going to make an announcement for all 1st period teachers to pause and have students complete a google form to indicate if a student does or DOES NOT have an ID. 

    2. We will use the list to identify which kids need a new ID and start that process.

    3. Once complete, they will be placed in teachers' mailboxes to hand out.

    4. From there, we will identify kids who still don't have them and send them to the library with a pass to get an ID.

    5. We will continue step 4 every day moving forward, and reassess our system as we go.

    As a reminder, wearing an ID, every day at school is NOT optional.

    Tardies:

    As we enter the 3rd week of school, kids are doing great at getting to class on time. Honestly, 95% of kids who are in the hallway after the tardy bell are students who are not working with a purpose. Those who are intentional, are learning their way around great! In order to help ensure students are in class on time to learn with their peers, we will begin counting tardies. Like most schools, one or two tardies is just a warning, however, excessive tardiness will result in consequences. If your child is having any difficulty finding their way we have administrators in every hallway so they can ask for help. We will gladly work with students who get lost or have a situation that arises, but for those who need some motivation to find the value of arriving to class on time, this is an important process.

    Solving the Long-Standing Traffic Jam:

    PHS & District admin are in communication with the city about some long term ideas to solve the issue of a very shallow main entrance loop and a congested pick/up drop off loop located by the gym, with a difficult light.

    While we work to discuss some long term solutions, you may have noticed we put out some cones to help separate directional patterns and create a longer loop instead of a 5 directional merge.

    The image below illustrates the yellow line where we are placing cones. This prevents cars coming from the student parking lot from making a left hand turn. Instead, we want everyone to utilize the full loop as seen below and enter either the left hand turn lane or the right hand turn lane. 

    As I watched morning and afternoon traffic patterns I already see a positive difference.

    We will be looking to install something more permanent in place of our orange cones as soon as we ensure the exact configuration.

     

    Free & Reduced Lunch Meal Application/CEP Campus Application:

    Please take note: the free meals that have been available to all students, regardless of their application status, are ending. Students who have previously been part of the free/reduced meal plan or newer students who enrolled in PfISD during the 2021-22 school year who may be eligible for the traditional program need to apply to continue receiving free or reduced meals at school this school year.

     

    Click HERE for a Free & Reduced Lunch Application.

     

    Senior Portraits:

     

    Parents, we have received a few questions about senior portraits since switching to a new vendor (CADY) this school year.

     

    They offer an OPTIONAL studio session for a $29 sitting fee for senior photos which includes 3 "scenes" (formal tux or drape, cap and gown, and casual pose) accompanied by a $29 voucher toward one of their photo packages.  The studio has a wide variety of options from a simple session to private photography options that include hair and makeup. 

     

    Also, Cady is assisting us to ensure no senior will be excluded from having his/her photo included in the yearbook due to financial need. There will be a day that Cady comes on campus late fall for a formal yearbook photo only, and those dates will be communicated sometime around late November.

     

    Senior parents, you should already be receiving emails from Cady regarding the scheduling process, but in case you are not, please visit www.cady.com for details regarding scheduling your senior session.

     

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    Important Information about Student Chromebooks:

    PFISD is moving towards placing Chromebook permissions onto the student’s Skyward profile. The parent/guardian must log in to the parent portal of Skyward and click the Chromebook Agreement icon to get to the online agreement.  The parent/guardian must agree to all four statements on the agreement.  The statements are as follows:

    • We accept the responsibilities as stated in the agreement for the care and use of the Chromebook.

    • We accept the responsibilities regarding the repair or replacement of the Chromebook.

    • I understand that if we leave the district and fail to check in the Chromebook and any related equipment, theft charges may be filed immediately upon the district’s knowledge of such an event.

    • We have read and acknowledge that the district is offering an option for student device insurance.

    If any of the previous statements are answered with a “No,” the student will not be assigned a Chromebook.  The parent/guardian can go back into the parent portal of Skyward and change their answers in order to comply and have a Chromebook issued to their student. 

    At the end of the 21-22 school year, parents were asked to log in to their parent Skyward portal to indicate if their student(s) had permission to check out a district-provided Chromebook for the 22-23 school year.  Even if the student already had a device checked out, the permission for this 22-23 school year must be renewed.  If the permission is not checked on the student’s Skyward profile by Oct. 1, 2022, the assigned Chromebook will be collected from the student. 

    If the student received their Chromebook in August 2022 using a signed paper form, the parent will still need to add the digital permission using the Skyward portal.  The Deadline is Oct. 1, 2022.

    If a student still needs a Chromebook, please add the permissions on their Skyward profile.  The student can then visit the library to check out their device before and after school, and during their lunch. 

    (Reminder) JAMII Mentoring Program - JAMII (Ja Mee a) (Swahili for family and community):

    Key design decisions will include:

    • Enrollment – by volunteer application and invitation

    • Mentoring style – will be traditional

    • Connection type – possibly 1:1 and group

    • Connection duration – typically weeks or months, or perhaps even just a single semester

    The real value of mentoring are the benefits available to mentees, such as:

    • Increased self-confidence

    • Increased self-awareness

    • Develop strong communication skills

    • Exposure to new and different perspectives

    • Learn to self-reflect

    • Improve goal-setting

    • Learn from other's experiences

    • Learn to ask good questions

    • Being supported by someone

    • Being advocated for

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    Save the Date - College & Career Fair (Sept. 7th):

    I hope that you will join us from 6-8pm as Pflugerville High School hosts the district wide College & Career Fair. This event is open to students of all ages and their families. It is NEVER too early to learn about the opportunities and experiences out there. We LOVE seeing our freshmen show up and talk to advisors.

    Save the Date - PHS Pfusion Dance Clinic (Sept. 10th):

    Does your kiddo like to dance? Then they won’t want to miss the amazing PHS Pfusion Dance clinic. Sign up with the QR code on the flyer below:

    A Word from the PHS Counselors:

    Students, are you interested in earning credit in Health, Psychology, or Sociology online? Hurry, spots are limited.

     

    Most sincerely, 

     

    Zack Kleypas
    Principal
    Pflugerville High School

     

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

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  • Great 1st Week at PHS!

    Posted by Zachary Kleypas on 8/19/2022

    Greetings Panthers,

    Well, the first week of the 22-23 school year is officially in the books! We have so much to be proud of and so much to be thankful for. I can tell you, I am so thankful to have your children back with us at school. Their energy and enthusiasm has instantly transformed this big building back into a school. They are the reason we do what we do!

    Before I begin with important information, announcements, shout outs, and more, please allow me to sincerely thank some PHS staff members who have gone above and beyond to prepare us for this school year.

    The start of this school year could not have been possible without the tremendous help of a few folks who often go unrecognized. Please help me thank our front office team:

    PfISD - Staff Shout Outs:

    Want to give a PHS staff member a shout out? I promise it will make their day! Use the form below and each week your shout out could be shared with staff in the district newsletter!

    We love our PfISD staff members and we know our parents do too! We want to provide an opportunity for our parents to publicly recognize and thank our staff members who serve our students, staff and the community. We have created a Google Form to provide information directly to us to share with our staff as a whole and let you see the difference you are making in a student's life every single day. Please click here for the Google Form.

    These Shout Outs will be included in upcoming issues of the Parent and Staff Newsletters. If a Shout Out directly references a student, we will not include the parent's name so as to protect the child's anonymity. If you are recognized in an anonymous Shout Out and want to learn the parent's name, please contact Tamra Spence at tamra.spence@pfisd.net.


    THANK YOU TO OUR AMAZING PFISD STAFF MEMBERS FOR EVERYTHING THEY DO FOR OUR STUDENTS AND COMMUNITY!

    3 Back to School Administrative Reminders:

    1. Dress Code: As we mentioned from day one, and have been reminding kids since they returned, we will be enforcing the dress code more strictly across all high schools in PfISD. 99% of kids did amazing from day one, but we are still seeing some crop top shirts. As a reminder, here is the PfISD dress code: PfISD Dress Code

    2. Student ID’s: All of our returning 10th-12th grade students were given an ID badge last school year along with a PHS lanyard. All of our freshmen will have an ID badge made during English class next week. If any 10th-12th grade students lost their ID badge, they need to visit the library this coming week to get a new one. As a reminder, the first badge this year  is free, and then students will have to pay $5.00 after that. Once all freshmen have a badge, we will start enforcing the State Mandate that all secondary students will be required to wear an ID badge.

    3. Food Deliveries: Due to security  adjustments, and to allow our front office staff the ability to focus on the main functions of their role and responsibilities, PHS will NOT be accepting food deliveries for students from outside food delivery companies (for example DoorDash, GrubHub, etc.) or from food vendors (Papa John's Pizza for example) during the school day.   

    Our campus provides lunch options for students in our school cafeteria, or students may bring their lunch from home.  If your student forgets their lunch at home, they may obtain a lunch at the campus, or the student’s parents may drop the lunch at the campus and we will do our best to get it to your student prior to their lunch time. 

    Families who would like to qualify for a free or reduced lunch may do so by completing the appropriate form.  These forms can be accessed on our district website on our Food and Child Nutrition Services web page. 

    If an outside food delivery company or food vendor comes to campus with a food delivery for a student, they will be turned away.  The campus will not be responsible for any of these food items.  Any concerns from students or parents regarding purchase costs and refunds will be redirected to the food delivery company or food vendor. Students who place food orders in violation of this regulation may receive disciplinary consequences.

    Cafeteria Menu App:

    Parents and students can get their school's cafeteria menus on their mobile devices with the Nutrislice app for free! 

     

    In a partnership with Aramark, the app will have menus for all PfISD campuses available. You can download the app from Apple's App Store or Google Play for Android devices. After downloading the app, you can search for Pflugerville Independent School District or your specific campus. Searching for the District listing will provide a list of every campus that can be clicked on to view that school's menu.

     

    You can also view the lunch menus online: https://pfisd.nutrislice.com/.

     

    Free & Reduced Lunch Meal Application/CEP Campus Application:

    The free meals program provided by the USDA and Texas Department of Agriculture for all PfISD students during the pandemic will end with the 2021-22 school year. Starting with the 2022-23 school year, students must complete the necessary form to receive free or reduced lunch. PfISD will continue to offer free breakfast at all campuses all school year.

    PfISD is encouraging families who feel they may qualify for the free/reduced meal program to complete the forms this year as it will give their students coverage for the first 30 days of next school year. Then, they must complete an application at the beginning of next school year to receive benefits all year long.

    Please take note: the free meals that have been available to all students, regardless of their application status, are ending. Students who have previously been part of the free/reduced meal plan or newer students who enrolled in PfISD during the 2021-22 school year who may be eligible for the traditional program need to apply to continue receiving free or reduced meals at school next school year.

    Click HERE for a Free & Reduced Lunch Application.

    PHS Teacher Tutorial Schedules:

    As students begin to receive assignments and grades, tutorials become an important part of the learning process. Sometimes, high school students think tutorials aren't for them, or that they are too cool to attend. However, I always tell kids that it is cool to go to tutorials, and that the kids with the highest GPA are actually the ones attending tutorials the most.

    Here is a list of all of our teachers and their tutorial times: 2022-2023 PHS Tutorial Schedule 

    Athletics Ticket Sales Online Only:

    PfISD ticket sales for athletics events will be entirely online this year. Spectators will be provided with electronic tickets, and will have the option to print out tickets to be scanned at the gate. Cash transactions will be prohibited on gameday.

     

    The move to electronic ticket sales eliminates the need to exchange and handle cash, and has been proven efficient.

     

    PfISD is also eliminating season ticket sales, as was done last year. Reserved seat tickets will also not be sold this football season. However, certain passes, including Gold Passes, which allow senior citizens free access to athletic and fine arts events, will be accepted.

     

    Spectators will be able to purchase tickets online as early as the Monday before each home game. Tickets will be available at 2022 GameDay Tickets: The Pfield.

    PfISD high school varsity teams will each play home games at The Pfield.

     

    Support the Senior Class of 2023:

    If you are interested in contributing, please use this link: https://pflugervilleisd.revtrak.net/hs/pflugerville-high-school/phs-class-of-2023/

    A Word from the PHS Parent Liaison:

    Every parent is his or her child's first teacher. Building relationships between home and school between parent, teacher, student, and the school community creates a network of caring adults to ensure that the needs of each student are met and that he/she has the support and services needed for academic success. Parent liaisons help build a strong home to school partnership.

     

    It can be challenging for parents to visit school during the workday and to know what educational support and family resources are available for them. Additionally, there are linguistic and cultural barriers that prevent parents from being fully engaged. Our families would be well served with a dedicated parent liaison actively reaching out to families in PHS.

     

    What is a parent liaison? A parent liaison is a dedicated school staff member who works at schools specifically to help parents get the information and assistance they need to support their children at home and to ensure their children’s success in school. A parent liaison’s primary responsibility is to build bridges of communication and work to remove cultural or linguistic barriers or other obstacles that can impede the home and school from working together.

     

    How do parent liaisons help parents? Parent liaisons help parents/guardians to navigate the complexities of the school system, be advocates for their children and access community resources and support. Parent liaisons support parents by:

    • Facilitating communication between home and school

    • Broadening teacher and staff understanding of each student, each student’s interests and needs

    • Sharing strategies to use in the home that support school success

    • Connecting parents with the school by providing information about the school and its programs

    • Arranging meetings between parents and school staff members, including arranging for an interpreter when necessary

    • Organizing parent forums that build upon parents’ strengths in supporting their children’s learning

    • Working with “focus families” identified by a student’s academic performance and/or perceived needs.


    Contact: Dr. Luther Baker, (512) 594-0544 or Email:
    luther.baker@pfisd.net  Pflugerville High School, 1301 W. Pecan Street, Pflugerville, Texas 78660

    PHS JAMII Mentoring Program:

    The PHS JAMII Mentoring Program helps to empower students in our school to make positive life choices that enable them to maximize their potential. The mentoring program uses adult volunteers to commit to supporting, guiding, and being a friend to a young person for a period of at least one school year. By becoming part of the social network of adults, parents and community members who care about the youth, the mentor can help youth develop and achieve positive academic, career, and personal goals.

    Mentor Role

    • Take the lead in supporting a young person through an ongoing, one-to-one relationship

    • Serve as a positive role model and friend

    • Build the relationship by planning and participating in activities together

    • Strive for mutual respect

    • Build self-esteem and motivation

    • Help set goals and work toward accomplishing them

    Time Commitment

    • Make a one school-year commitment

    • Spend a minimum of eight hours per month one-to-one with a mentee

    • Communicate with the mentee weekly

    • Attend an initial one-hour orientation session and an additional end of the year survey during each year of participation in the program

    • Attend optional mentor/mentee group events, mentor support groups, and program recognition events

    Participation Requirements

    • Be at least 21 years old

    • Reside in Central Texas metro area

    • Be interested in working with young people

    • Be willing to adhere to all PfISD program policies and procedures

    • Be willing to complete the PfISD volunteer application and screening process

    • Be dependable and consistent in meeting the time commitments

    • Be willing to communicate regularly with program staff, sign-in at the front entrance of school and take constructive feedback regarding mentoring activities

    • Have access to an automobile; have auto insurance and a good driving record

    • Have a clean criminal history

    • Not use illicit drugs


    Here are 3 Helpful Links related to Jamii:


    Free ACC ESL Courses:

    ACC's free ESL courses help non-native speakers learn basic English to support student goals for career advancement, college, High School Equivalency (HSE), and family and community.

    Students advance at their own pace through four levels of classes that teach writing, reading, listening, speaking, and pronunciation. Small class sizes and fun activities provide plenty of opportunities to practice what you learn.

    The application opens September 7, 2022 at 8 am. The application will close once all the slots are filled.

                         

    Apply at www.austincc.edu/esl

    You need to:

    • verify your email address

    • upload your government-issued ID

    • select a date for a virtual Orientation

    • Attend virtual Orientation

    • take a placement test and select a class

    Note: Classes start on October 17, 2022.

    No social security number? Visit an Adult Education office on or after September 7th to get an alternative number. We DO NOT Accept F1/F2, B1/B2 or J1/J2 visas. This includes expired, voided or canceled visas.

    Most sincerely,

     

    Zack Kleypas
    Principal
    Pflugerville High School

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

     

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  • A great start to the first day of school!

    Posted by Heike Cook on 8/16/2022

    Greetings Panthers Families!

     

    I hope you are having a great start to your day. 


    I just wanted to send a quick message to let everyone know that the start of the first day went really well! I know for many parents, especially my freshmen parents, it can be a bit stressful to send your kiddo off to high school. But fear not, they are here, in class, and doing great!

     

    In fact, by about 9:15am we had every student tucked into their first period class (or in the library resetting their password). That is pretty fast for a 5A high school!

     

    During 1st period every student is receiving their official paper schedule, lunch instructions, and information necessary for a successful rest of the day. 

     

    I want to thank you so much for tuning in to all of the prior communication because it was clear our kids came prepared for today!

     

    Finally, although we are thankful for a smooth start, we always want to know how we can improve. If you have any feedback at all, please do not hesitate to email me at Zachary.Kleypas@pfisd.net 

     

    This is the start of another great year!

    Most sincerely,

     

    Zack Kleypas

    Principal

    Pflugerville High School

     

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

     

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  • Back To School Update #2

    Posted by Heike Cook on 8/10/2022

    Greetings Panthers!

    We are only a few days away from the 1st day of school, and you probably have so many questions! This week’s principal blog is aimed to set students and families up for a successful first week of school starting on Tuesday, 8/16/22.

    If you can answer all of the questions below, you are probably ready for the 1st day of school:

    • How Can My Child Check Their 2022-23 School Schedule?

    • There was a time when we used to ask families to come by the campus to get a copy of their schedule or list of classes. We now have the technology with Skyward to streamline our processes.

    • Once you view your schedule, you have the ability to report issues by emailing your counselor (duplicate classes, incorrect classes, or no class at all during a particular period, for example). These issues are typically few and far between, but we would love to correct those prior to the first day of school.

    • It is important to note that some slight tweaks may occur between now and the first day of school. No fear, all students will get an official schedule on the first day of school.

    • Do I know what the bell schedule is?

      • Here is the official 22-23 Bell Schedule. 

    Note: ACE is listed as a 0 period right now, because it meets each day, but students will report to this class between 3rd and 4th period every A day AND between 7th and 8th period every B day.

    •  What time does my first class start?

      • The building opens each day at 8:05am. Students may enter through the front of the building (Door #43) only.  Bus Riders will be let in to the building at the bus loop.  Students may come in and wait in the cafeteria and eat breakfast, do homework, or hang out quietly with friends.

      • The 8:50am bell signifies students should start heading to their classes, if they have not already done so. (NOTE: I recommend all students arrive by this time to ensure adequate time to get to class on time)

      • All students should be ready to learn inside their classroom by 9:00am. (note: not parking their car, not walking in the front door or being dropped off). Learning starts at 9:00am.

    • What is ACE?

      • What is ACE?

        • Note: the first week(s) of ACE are geared towards exposing students to campus traditions, expectations, and much more! It will serve as a way to get all students re-acclimated to life on campus.

    • What time do the doors open to students each day?

      • As previously mentioned, our doors open at 8:05am each morning. Staff arrive at 8:00am thus allowing for proper supervision. 

      • Students are asked to go to the cafeteria or tutorials until the 8:50am bell rings to release all students to class.

    • If I am a car rider, where should I get dropped off?

      • NEW: we have two drop off loops to help with traffic flow. Parents, we have moved our special education buses to the side of the school now that construction is done to provide more room in the loop near the gym for you!

      • Morning Drop off Procedures.pdf 

    • If I drive, where do I park? Do I need a parking pass on the first day?

      • Here is a map to indicate student parking: PHS 2022-23 Parking Lot.pdf 

      • You do NOT need a parking pass on the first week of school. We will share parking pass information and when they will be required during the back-to-school ACE presentations.

    • Can I eat breakfast at school?

      • Absolutely! Please try to arrive before 8:50am to ensure you have plenty of time to go through the line and eat. 

      • Breakfast is still free for all students, every day (Note: Lunch is no longer free unless you qualify).

    • Where do I get my schedule?

      • It is ready and visible on Skyward: (note changes may still occur)

      • Having trouble with Skyward or your schedule? Email your counselor: Staff | PHS Student Services 

      • All students will be provided a paper copy in 1st period on the first day

      • 1st period rosters will be posted throughout the building to help if needed

    • What if I don't know where my classes are located in the building?

      • No problem, we have nearly 200 adults (staff) who are happy to help you find any and all classes. Tardies will not start at first, as we want to ensure students are comfortable navigating throughout the building.

    • What supplies should I bring on the first day?

      • I recommend you bring your chromebook and your charger (every day) as well as a binder or folders, paper, pencils, your backpack, and any other supplies you want. You will be told what supplies are needed for each class as you go.

    • Do I get a locker?

      • Yes! Every student is assigned a locker but you do not have to use it if you do not want to. Please note, with 5 minute passing periods you will not have time to visit it between each class (spending time at your locker, as seen on the disney channel, is not realistic - sorry, just sayin’). Students will be emailed their locker assignments and combinations this week.  

    • Can I bring a backpack?

      • Yes! Due to the necessity of bringing a chromebook, your charger, and other supplies we want students to be able to bring a backpack and take it to and from each class.

      • Please remember not to bring any prohibited items onto campus on yourself or in your backpack. Backpacks are subject to being searched by administrators if necessary.

    • Can I bring my lunch? What’s for lunch in the cafeteria? Can I go off campus for lunch?

      • You can definitely bring your lunch, and we have microwaves for you to use if you need it.

      • Please remember that you must complete a free & reduced lunch application again this year to qualify. Lunch costs money otherwise.

      • Free & Reduced Lunch Application: Food and Child Nutrition Services / Free and Reduced Meals Application 

      • Lunch Prices: Food and Child Nutrition Services / Meal Prices 

      • Only seniors can go off campus for lunch. It helps ensure a safe number of students leave campus at a time and is a nice reward for students during their senior year. NOTE: seniors are more than welcome to eat lunch in the cafeteria. 

      • CRITICALLY IMPORTANT TO MR. KLEYPAS: Seniors, when you return from lunch you MUST come through door 43 (the front door). For the safety of all students and staff, no students/visitors will be allowed to enter the building through other doors.

    • What is the dress code for school this year?

      • PfISD Dress Code 

      • Note: The dress code is adopted by the PfISD School Board and enforced by campuses. Please take a close look at the policy above as we will be working to enforce it this school year.

      • Some things that were not allowed years ago like hats and tights (for example) are now allowed. That being said, some things that students wore last year like crop tops and shirts that showed the stomach (for example) will not be allowed.

    • What time does school end?

      • 4:15pm (unless you have an afternoon off period or after school clubs/practice)

    • How am I getting home?

      • Bus riders - go to the parking lot on the F hall side (east side) of the building for pick up (same place you were dropped off by your bus)

      • Walkers can exit any door and head home.

      • Car riders should wait outside of the building for their parents

    • Can I just hang out in the building and wait for my ride?

      • No, unfortunately we cannot have students simply hanging out inside. 

      • If you want to stay, you must be with a teacher in tutorials.

    • Do I need an ID Badge for the first day of school?

      • ID badges are required for ALL high school students this year

      • Students who do not have a badge will have an opportunity to get one in the first few weeks of school.

      • They are required to get into athletic events like the football games at the field.

    • When are tutorials?

      • That will be based on your specific teachers. That information is shared with students during the first few weeks of school and will be posted on the website (more to come).

    Attendance Matters!

     

    Speaking of attendance - Showing up for the educational day has a big impact on a student’s academic success starting in kindergarten and continuing through high school. Even as children grow older and more independent, families play an important role in making sure students get to school safely every day and understand why attendance is so important for success in school and in life. We understand some absences can be unavoidable due to health issues or extenuating circumstances. We also know that when students miss too much school, regardless of the reason, it can cause them to fall behind academically. Your child is less likely to succeed if he or she is chronically absent—which means missing 15 or more days over the course of an entire school year. 

     

    Research shows:  

     

    • Children chronically absent in kindergarten and 1st grade are much less likely to read at grade level by the end of 3rd grade.  

    • By 6th grade, chronic absence is a proven early warning sign for students at risk for dropping out of school.  

    • By 9th grade good attendance can predict graduation rates even better than 8th grade test scores. 

     

    Here are a few practical tips to help support regular attendance:  

     

    1. Make sure your children keep a regular bedtime and establish a morning routine.  

    2. Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.  

    3. Ensure your students go to school every day unless they are truly sick  Avoid scheduling vacations or doctor’s appointments when school is in session.  

    4. Talk to teachers and counselors for advice if your children feel anxious about going to school.  

    5. Develop back up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, neighbor, or another parent to take your child to school. 

    Download Our PHS App:

    If you are not already using the PHS app, you are missing out on a GREAT resource to stay connected. Check out the image below for instructions on how to download the app on your phone using the QR code. To use a QR code, simply open your camera feature on your phone. Then, hold the camera over the QR (as if you are going to take a picture of it) BUT do NOT take a picture… simply hold it over the QR. A link will appear and will allow you to download the app.

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    For help connecting to the school, please reach out to our parent liaison Dr. Luther Baker at Luther.Baker@pfisd.net 

    Save the Date: Annual College & Career Fair

    My name is Nick Howell and I serve as your College & Career Advisor. Our team is here to help your family navigate the College, Career, and Military options available after high school. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with any questions you may have regarding your future!

    We would also like to extend an invitation and encourage all 9-12th grade families to attend our annual PFISD College Fair (Open to any Central Texas Students) on September 7th, 2022 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at Pflugerville High School. This is a great way for your family to begin exploring the great opportunities that await after high school. We currently have over 105 institutions signed up to attend. These institutions range from traditional 2/4 year colleges, trade schools and apprenticeships (cosmetology, automotive, electrical, etc.), and branches of the military (including national guard and ROTC).

    We encourage you to come out and speak with all of the great representatives (the number of institutions is growing daily) available to learn about your options. We will also have a college application workshop available to members of the Class of 2023 in the PHS Library during the event.

    We hope your family can make it (you can come and go as you please). Registration is not mandatory, but if you are interested in attending….please register below. You do not need to know if you will attend for sure.

    Register Here

     

    Safety Message from Dr. Killian - 8-5-22:

    Important Safety Information - Email from Dr. Killian 

    Most sincerely,

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  • Back To School Update #1

    Posted by Heike Cook on 8/3/2022

    Greetings Panthers,

    As we enter the annual back-to-school timeframe I am sure there are many questions circling around. I am committed to doing my very best to keep you informed on everything you need to know as we approach the highly anticipated first day of school.

    Specific First-day logistics will be shared between now and then. While schedules are currently not available for viewing, as there are still adjustments being made, you and your student will be able to view their schedule prior to the beginning of school.  All students will go to their first period class on the first day of school. 

    There will be more information to share but for now, please check out the information below for important updates:

    PfISD General Back to School Information:

    Please check out this link to the PfISD Website for important back to school info: Back-to-School 

    • New Student Registration

    • Pre-K Registration

    • Returning Student Verification

    • Bus Routes

    • School Supplies

    • Breakfast & Lunch Menus

    • Much more!

    How Does a High School Schedule Work?

    Unlike middle school, high school is on a “block schedule”. A block schedule means we have “A Day” and “B Day”, which divides their 8 classes into two days (A day = 1st thru 4th period, B day = 5th thru 8th period). 

    The first day of school is an A day, then a B day, then the next week starts A, B,… you get the pattern. Any time we have a holiday or a weekend the pattern is just paused and continued again when we return. Meaning if a week ends with an A day, Monday is a B day. If a week ends with a B day, Monday is an A day. NOTE: The only exception is at the end of the semester (December). We start the 2nd semester in January on an A Day. 

    Here is a copy of the 22-23 A/B Calendar: 22-23 A/B Calendar

    Additionally, here is a copy of the 22-23 District Calendar: 2022-2023 student - school calendar (great for ensuring you don’t plan holiday breaks before we get out or too long into when we return).

    Both of these calendars can be found on the PHS website anytime.

    2022-23 Bell Schedule:

    Here is the 2022-23 bell schedule. Please notice it is a bit different than in years past.

    PHS Bell Schedule 2022-23

    1st/5th (90 minutes)

    9:00 - 10:30

    2nd/6th (90 minutes)

    1st Lunch 10:35 - 11:05

    Class 10:35 - 11:20

    Class 10:35 - 12:05

    Class 11:05-12:35

    2nd Lunch 11:20 - 11:50

    Lunch (30 minutes)

    Class 11:50 - 12:35

    3rd Lunch 12:05 - 12:35

    3rd/7th (90 minutes)

    12:40 - 2:10

    ACE (25 minutes)

    2:15 - 2:40

    4th/8th (90 minutes)

    2:45 - 4:15

    NOTE: Please notice that ACE is no longer at the start of the day, but rather moved to a time between 3rd/7th and 4th/8th period.

    What is the ACE Class on the Schedule?

    ACE is a specific class assigned to every student. Every 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade student will have an ACE. This class meets EVERY DAY Monday thru Friday (with the exception of first day of school, Pep Rally days, testing days, and other “special” days). It is exempt from the A/B day rotation.

    At the start of school, this class will serve as a homeroom/advisory where we share important school expectations, traditions, celebrations, and more. It is also a great place for students to ask questions and get help with campus logistics and expectations.

    Eventually, it will transition (in task, not location/logistics) into a daily class period that supports students with intervention, enrichment, social emotional, study hall, and important announcements. Please check out this link for a visual of what all ACE entails:

    What is ACE?

    NOTE: later in the year there will be opportunities for seniors to be exempt from ACE by meeting certain school determined criteria. Please be on the lookout for more information regarding what these requirements are, how a student can become eligible, when it will begin, and what it means to be exempt from ACE. Until that time, all students are required to attend their assigned ACE every day, like any other class.

    Free School Supplies - Back to School Bash - School Supply Distribution:

    Upcoming event information for our annual Backpack & School Supply Distribution for currently enrolled PfISD students who qualify for free/reduced lunch program:

    • When: August 12, 2022 from 11 – 4pm

    • Where: The Rock Gym

    PfISD will be offering free haircuts at this event, as well. Families are encouraged to pre-register for attendance so we can ensure we have enough hairstylists and volunteers for each shift: https://forms.gle/qwRebXKDYebfSAtP8

    Action Item - Free & Reduced Lunch Applications:

    As many of you know, ALL students in PfISD received free breakfast & lunch last year as we returned from virtual learning. 

    Unfortunately, that will NOT be the case for the 2022-23 school year as the district no longer qualifies for that particular funding.

    That being said, it is as important as ever for families to complete the annual Free & Reduced lunch applications. Qualifying families will receive free or reduced lunch and breakfast once the form is completed and verified.

    This can be done using this link: https://www.pfisd.net/Page/500

    Code2College Opportunity for PHS Students:

    PHS partners with Code2College to provide FREE to students opportunities to learn how to code. Students who progress through their program can join internships and enhance their future career opportunities.

    NOTE: Students do NOT have to have prior coding experience and can back out later if they decide it is not for them.

    Check out these great resource for more information:

     

    FRESHMAN ORIENTATION

    As a reminder, we will have Freshman Orientation on Friday, August 12th.  Please read the blog below (submitted on 7/26) for more information.

     

    Most sincerely,

    Zack Kleypas
    Principal
    Pflugerville High School

    “Keep improving, always, in all ways.”

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