Happy Friday from PHS!

Posted by Zachary Kleypas on 9/24/2021

Greetings Panthers,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PHS Annual Title 1 Parent Meeting:

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

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

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

Friday, October 8th - Optional Parent Conferences:

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

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

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

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

Stay tuned for the official sign up link next week.

(REMINDER): Homecoming Information:

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

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

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

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

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

Pfestival of Bands

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

The best part is…. it’s FREE!

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

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

Performance Order

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

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

A Word from our College and Career Counselor

Hello PHS Students & Families!

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Major Upcoming Deadlines:


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


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


Nick Howell

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


A Word from the Math Department:

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

Toby Day
Math Department Chair


A Word from our Parent Liaisons:

Parents and families, we need your input!


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


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


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


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


PHS Dance Clinic Opportunity:

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Tutorial Provider Information for Parents/Guardians

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

 

Most sincerely

 

Zack Kleypas
Principal
Pflugerville High School

“Keep improving, always, in all ways.”