• Cougar Update: Sept. 5

    Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 9/5/2021 7:00:00 AM

    Greetings Cougar Families!

    Welcome to a long weekend!

    Our first fifteen days have been a bit challenging, but we are positive as we are diving into our learning. We have high expectations for all students and as we are now going on the third week, students should know their schedule and be able to get to class on time.  Some are still adjusting to in-person learning after being at home during remote learning.

    Parents, please check Skyward for grades and talk to your student about the learning in their classes.  Our teachers offer morning and afternoon tutorials and we have Advisory period where students are able to ask for help, check grades, get tutoring, and build great relationships with their teacher.  We also offer activities during advisory that will teach social/emotional awareness and understanding.  We feel this is important as we all have felt the traumatic effects of the battle with Covid.  Please encourage your student to take care of business and get their work turned in so they can earn good grades and gain credits necessary for graduation. 

    We have made some adjustments to our schedule and have increased our lunches from two to four; and things are running smoothly.  All schools serve free breakfast and lunch, so we encourage everyone to eat.  Increasing to four lunches has helped, and allows students plenty of time to get lunch.

    Because we must follow State and Federal guidelines, please do not drop off food for students during lunch.  High schools may not serve or provide access to competitive foods during meal periods in areas where reimbursable meals are served and/or consumed. Therefore, we cannot allow food to be delivered to students during lunch time.

    Students should not order through Favor or a delivery service.  We do not have the means to accommodate this, and will not deliver to classrooms.  It also is in violation of the state and federal competitive foods guideline. 

    • Attendance is so important.  Please send an email or note if your student becomes ill and has to be out.
    • COVID safety protocols are still in place.  We are doing our best to keep teachers and students safe by wearing masks and sanitizing regularly.  We encourage you to also remind your students to wash their hands regularly and to use the hand sanitizer available all throughout the building.  Thank you for your support.

    On Wednesday, September 8, we will hold a virtual Open House from 6 – 7:30 p.m.  You will be able to learn a bit about your student’s classes and also be able to click into an open zoom link to say hello to the teacher. More information coming.  The teachers will be sending information through students Canvas and via email to you.

    Make it a great week and enjoy the Monday Holiday!

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  • Cougar News: Aug. 18

    Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 8/19/2021

    Cougar families,

    We want your students  to be successful and we want to provide a great education without distractions.

    We will continue to follow the PFISD dress code established in 2016 until further notice.  The school board has not adopted a new dress code policy at this time.  All students will be expected to be in appropriate dress code.

    Please refer to the district student handbook and dress code on the district website.

    The link is here: PfISD Dress Code: 2021-22

    The dress code includes but is not limited to:

    • No hats, bonnets, doo rags
    • No crop top shirts that show your navel. Shirts must touch your belt loops or waist band of your pants. 
    • No Spandex or yoga pants or bandage dresses
    • No sagging
    • No strapless shirts, bralettes, or crop tops
    • Shorts and skirts must meet your mid-thigh.
    • Dress code will be enforced throughout the day.
    • Please do not arrive out of dress code.
    • Dress code is posted on the walls to reduce any confusion.

    Thank you for your support as we try to keep our expectations high and help all students gain a great education.

     

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  • Cougar News: Aug. 12

    Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 8/13/2021 8:00:00 AM

    Cougar Families,

    We had a super day today to begin our 2021 - 2022 Academic School Year.

    We have some exciting activities planned for Friday to build school community and spirit and to help students connect with our campus.  

    I hope students are excited to come back for the second day to meet the B Day teachers and close out our week with some fun.

    Here is a great opportunity for students who may be interested in coding and computers. 

    Code2Collge

    Please check it out:

     

    Important Reminders:

    • If your student did not show up today (first day), you will have to re-enroll them.
    • Students should bring their Chromebooks every day - fully charged.
    • We encourage bringing a water bottle.  We have bottle fill stations around campus.
    • Masks are highly encouraged, but are optional for faculty and students.

    We believe in treating young adults like young adults.  We believe that everyone can learn and we will encourage them to never give up.

    We also believe in responsibility and accountability and will encourage the best behaviors and engagement in all classes. 

    We want to build great relationships with our students because we care about their future, and we will strive to be consistent, respectful, and fair.

    Our goal is to create a unique culture of belonging for all students and our Connally family while we move each student toward graduation.

     

    Thank you for helping us make Connally High School a great place for your students.

    Go Cougars!

     

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  • Cougar News: Aug. 10

    Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 8/11/2021 7:00:00 AM

     

    Greetings Cougar Families,

    The summer is coming to an end, and I hope you have found some time to enjoy a bit of fun. 

    School starts on Thursday!  Thursday and Friday will be important days for our students.  To help all students become successful, we will go over important high school procedures and concepts so all students are prepared for in-person learning again.  Our goal is to continue to build a culture of responsibility and belonging where all students feel welcome and can learn in a caring and safe environment. 

    Our motto for the 2021-2022 school year is: Dare to Conquer   ~ We thank all of the students and Leaders who helped create our Motto! 

    Chromebook - password change ~ Students should be able to change their password and log into their school accounts now.  Please refer to the PFISD website if you need instructions.

    Absent on the FIRST DAY . . .

    Any student who is absent on the first day will be withdrawn. Our system automatically withdraws those students. Parents will need to re-enroll the student if they return after the first day.  We are sorry for any inconvenience, but this is a process we must follow.

    Parent Support Group –

    Connally High School will offer a Parent Support Group this year.  Please see the attached flyer: CHS PARENT SUPPORT GROUP POSTER.pdf 

    School supplies 

    Due to the variety of electives and other courses offered at the high school level, teachers will inform students of any specific needs for their course work on the first day of class. Students are expected to have their Chromebook, a notebook or paper and writing utensils.  Please bring Chromebooks every day! 

    Safety 

    Masks are highly encouraged, but are optional. The campus is equipped with sanitization materials and we will be cleaning and sanitizing throughout the day in all classrooms and the building. Students will be encouraged to use sanitizer, wash hands, and wipe down areas that they use during the day. Please have students bring their own water bottle to refill during the day at our filling stations.  Thank you for encouraging safe behaviors as we try to keep everyone safe and well.

    We look forward to a great start to this year.

    School starts --> Thursday, August 12, 2021 at 9 a.m.

    Go Cougars!

     

     

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  • Important Cougar Information

    Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 5/22/2021 9:00:00 AM

    ESSER III - American Rescue Plan Grant Stakeholder Input

    Please join us ~ the district needs your input.

    When:  Wednesday, May 26th

    Time:  4:30 via Zoom: 

    Join Zoom Meeting
    https://pfisd-net.zoom.us/j/87697407554

    Meeting ID: 876 9740 7554
    Passcode: ESSERMTG

     

    Summer School Opportunities

    Does your student(s) need credit recovery?

    Are your student(s) interested in taking acceleration courses to get ahead?

    Does your student(s) prefer in-person and/or virtual learning? 

    Does your student(s) work during the morning and interested in taking courses in the afternoon/evening? 

    Is your student an 8th grader that is interested in gaining a high school credit during the summer?

    Does your student(s) need support preparing to take STAAR EOC this summer?

    **If you answered YES to any of the following questions we would love to have your student visit their counselor for additional information on summer school registration.

    9th Grade Counselor – Keyla Ruiz, Keyla.Ruiz@pfisd.net

    10th Grade Counselor – Tiffany De La Cruz, Tiffany.Delacruz@pfisd.net

    11th Grade Counselor – Kevin Dawson, Kevin.Dawson@pfisd.net

    12th Grade Counselor – Marlexa Phillips, Marlexa.Phillips@pfisd.net

     

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  • Cougar Yearbooks

    Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 5/5/2021 8:00:00 AM

    2021 Yearbooks available for pick up

    When:  4:30 - 6:00 pm ~ Thursday and Friday (May 6 and 7)

    Where:  in front of Connally High School

    Whether you are virtual or in-person, swing by the school to pick up your book. 

    Please bring some form of photo I.D. 

    COVID protocols will be followed during yearbook distribution. 

     

    You can still pre-order the book online this week at https://www.balfour.com/student-info?smi=102116 

    Books are $65.

     

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  • Principal's Blog: May 3

    Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 5/4/2021 9:00:00 AM

    Cougar Families,

    Can you believe it is May?  We hope each of your families is well.  We are winding down the school year and looking toward graduation.  Many things are happening fast.

    Code2College

    Code2College Summer Sessions  ~  Summer flyer 

    For Seniors ~

    Prom – Saturday, May 8, 2021 – Cougar Stadium ~ 7 -11:00 p.m.

    Cap & Gown pick-up ~ May 11 - drive through in front of PAC

    Graduation ~  June 1, 2021 at 8:30 a.m.  at the PFIELD - (ticket information to come soon)

     

    All Students ~

    Please focus on your grades and attendance every day. Earning credits is NOT an option when we are aiming for graduation.

    IPR #8 will be mailed soon.

    Thank you for your support! 

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  • Principal's Blog: April 21

    Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 4/22/2021 7:00:00 AM

    Connally Community Connection

    Join us for a community discussion on: Understanding Grief: How to Support Yourself and Loved Ones

    Who: Erin Spalding, LCSW-S from the Christi Center

    What: A conversation on support for teens and families affected by grief

    When: Tuesday, April 27th on Zoom

    Many of our students and staff have been affected by the loss of a loved one this  year. We invite you to learn about the grieving process and where to seek additional services on coping with loss.

    Reach out to Mrs. Cantu for more information 512-594-0823 or register for zoom link at https://forms.gle/gMQ6tPKvPu5bQyoT9

    About the Christi Center

    They serve any child, teen, or adult who is grieving the death of a loved one.  We partner with schools, criminal justice agencies, civic and service organizations, businesses, churches and other community groups. We cross-refer with over 150 community agencies to ensure that we can meet the broad range of needs grieving families may have.  Our services are open and available to Austin and all of Central Texas, with group locations across the Austin area and in Williamson County. 

    CHS PROM is for seniors only, and we will follow safety guidelines and protocols to keep our students and staff safe.

    VIRTUAL PUBLIC DISPLAY OF INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS

    Pflugerville ISD is holding a virtual public display of instructional materials (textbooks and other instructional resources) offered for adoption in AP Science, AP Social Studies, and elective high school Social Studies courses. Community members are welcome and encouraged to review samples of materials and provide comments. Please use this information to access the materials and utilize the comment form to provide anonymous input and feedback. Materials can be viewed until April 23.

    Courses with instructional materials under consideration for adoption:

    • Biology AP
    • Chemistry AP
    • Physics AP
    • Human Geography AP
    • Macroeconomics AP
    • U.S. History AP
    • World History AP
    • Ethnic Studies: African American Studies
    • Ethnic Studies: Mexican American Studies
    • Sports Psychology

     

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  • Principal's Blog: April 6

    Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 4/9/2021 7:00:00 AM

    Cougar Families,

    We are on the downhill run. Only seven more weeks in this semester!

    We continuing to follow all safety protocols and encourage students to social distance and to always wear masks.

    Attendance is so important!  Whether your student is in-person or virtual, please ensure that he/she is attending classes daily and attendingevery period. If students are struggling, encourage them to attend tutorials with their teachers.  Every teacher is available to students for tutoring sessions. Students can access this information in Canvas and directly from the teachers during Zoom lessons. We want all students to succeed.

    Important Information:

    STAAR Testing

    Important STAAR dates:

    English 1 – April 27

    English 2 – April 29

    Make-ups for English April 28 and April 30

    Algebra 1, Biology, US History – May 10

    Students with multiple exams and make up May 11 – 14

    WE encourage all students to participate in state assessments.

    Graduation requirements for the state have not changed.  There is no waiver for STAAR testing ~ students must pass the five required state assessments to graduate.

    High school and middle school students enrolled in high school courses are responsible for passing STAAR end-of-course (EOC) exams in Algebra I, Biology, English I, English II, and U.S. History as required by the state for high school graduation.

    Students needing to take the STAAR assessment will recieve this letter from our testing coordinator, Mrs. Rachel Roepke.

    CHS STAAR Letter –.docx

    CHS Viet_ STAAR ENViet Sample Letter.docx

    Spanish CHS Letter.docx 

     

    We are proud of our cougars!  

    Cougars Doing Great Things!

     

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  • Principal Update: Make-up hours

    Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 3/8/2021 7:00:00 AM

    MAKE-UP OPPORTUNITIES:

    Some are having problems accessing the sign-up form, so below you will find individual links to the form and flyer. 

    Shara Ward, Parent Liaison, presents two opportunities in March.

    Flyer:    MAKEUP OPPORTUNITIES

    SIGN-UP FORM:  REGISTER HERE

    Zoom Info: (Included on the flyer)

    Topic: CHS Attendance

    Join Zoom Meeting

    https://zoom.us/j/7058299858?pwd=ZTlSbGdmZERyeWgrRTNaVUExb2F2QT09

    Meeting ID: 705 829 9858

    Passcode: CHS_p2021

     

    Have a great weekend!

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