Happy Friday @ PHS!

Posted by Zachary Kleypas on 10/22/2021

Greetings Panthers,

Happy Friday!

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

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

New Bathroom Pass System:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BLUE lanyards are for upstairs

YELLOW lanyards are for downstairs

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

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One side will show:

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

The other side will show:

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

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

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A Word from Theatre Arts:

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

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

A Word from the Counselors

AP Exams Information:

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

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

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

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

*There will be NO REFUNDS this year.*

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

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

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

A Word from the Dance Department

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

Remind 101:

Text: @Dance2223

To: 81010

Adriana Cortez, Fine Arts Dance Team Coach

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

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

No Place for Hate Shirts!

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

PHS Track:

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

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

Senior Class Fundraiser - Canes

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

Attention Senior Parents - PANTHER CELEBRATION: 

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

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

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

  • Remind:  text @phspc22 to 81010


A Word from our College & Career Advisor:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nick Howell

PfISD marching bands earn Division I

All four schools advance to Area contest

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

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

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

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

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


Most sincerely


Zack Kleypas
Pflugerville High School

“Keep improving, always, in all ways.”