Happy Friday @ PHS!

Posted by Zachary Kleypas on 9/17/2021

Greetings Panthers,

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

Happy Hispanic Heritage Month!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

One Month of School Reflection:

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

Supporting Your Child as their Parent/Guardian:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Homecoming Information:

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

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

A Word from the P-Crew:

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

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

Pfestival of Bands:

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

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

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A Word from our College & Career Center:

Good Evening PHS Class of 2022 Families & Students –

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

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

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

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

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

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

FYI - Out of School Tutorials Resource:

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

Most sincerely

 

Zack Kleypas
Principal
Pflugerville High School

“Keep improving, always, in all ways.”