So Much to Celebrate at PHS!

Posted by Zachary Kleypas on 10/29/2021

Greetings Panthers,

Happy Friday!

There is so much to celebrate and be excited about at PHS! Let's get straight to it:

Volleyball is Playoff Bound!

PHS swept Weiss in three tightly-contested sets on Tuesday night (the last one was a nail biter!) to finish second in the district standings and bump Weiss to third.

Hendrickson and PHS must await a tiebreaker match between Lockhart and Ann Richards to determine who their opponent will be in the first round. The first round of the playoffs is Monday and Tuesday.

Band & Football:

Our amazing PHS Band is participating in the Super Regional on Friday, November 5th. Our performance time is at 4 PM. The group will then travel back to Pflugerville for the halftime performance at the football game against Pflugerville in the Battle of the ‘Ville (You will NOT want to miss that game). This week PHS football travels to Georgetown.

National Honor Society (NHS) Induction: 

Wednesday night we celebrated our annual NHS induction ceremony. It was a beautiful event that honored some VERY deserving PHS students. These students are true examples of the four pillars of NHS: Leadership, Scholarship, Service, and Character. Please help me celebrate the following students and their amazing sponsors Ms. Matthews and Ms. Stewart:

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Austin Chamber of Conference State of Education & Talent 2021:

On Thursday, representatives from PHS, the other High schools, and district leadership were invited to the State of Education & Talent 2021 recognition ceremony.

PHS received not one but TWO awards at the prestigious event!

  • Highest ApplyTexas Submission Rate by Enrollment for a High School Campus
  • Highest FAFSA Submission Rate by Enrollment for a High School Campus

I am so proud of the work led primarily by our College and Career Advisor Nick Howell. These awards are in recognition of supporting our students in furthering their future in College, Career, and/or Military  Readiness. 

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Here is a full list of award winners: State of Education and Talent 2021 

Coats for Kids!:

It is that time of year again – the annual coat drive!  Please donate any new or gently used coats or hoodies to any Ready Set Teach student, FCCLA member or Baseball player or simply bring them to the Front Office of PHS.   Let’s once again help keep kids in central Texas warm and retain our Coats For Kids CHAMPION title!

Construction Projects Update:

When we welcomed back students and staff in August, many updates and upgrades had been completed since the last time they were in the building. New hallway floors were added throughout the building, painting and tiling work was done to improve aesthetics, a new Ag facility was opened, new fencing was added in multiple parts of the exterior of the building, but not everything was complete.

I am excited to share some updates on some recently finished projects and some that are progressing along beautifully:

  1. Our amazing band hall and theatre arts black box overhaul is a huge project, as seen by these two pictures from the exterior of the building. Included in this project are updates to the FAC restrooms and a new internal hallway to access the band and theatre arts spaces.

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       2. Our Dance Hall space is fully framed and awaiting flooring. The locker room associated with the space is nearly complete and sporting the beautiful Panther blue.

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       3. The health science classrooms are starting to look like classrooms! What was once a completely gutted space in between two currently functioning classrooms will be ready for teachers and students soon.

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         4. Murals and artwork can be found throughout the building from the cafeteria to the stairwells, to the lecture hall. School spirit and pride are hard to miss on these beautiful installations.

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FREE Code 2 College Opportunity:

I’m thrilled to start working with you and supporting Pflugerville High School students in applying to our Programming. 

We are getting ready for our Winter Programming that will start in January. Our application is currently open and will close on December 1, 2021. We had 15 PHS students in our Fall Programming and are looking to increase that number by 25! 

We also have launched an initiative called Vision 2024, where we aim to place 200 Black and Latinx women into STEM roles by the year 2024. Code2College Vision 2024 is focused on the identification, recruitment, preparation, and workforce placement of women who have the talent and potential, but historically and currently lack the access to pursue these high-need and high-wage careers. Students in this mentorship program will be paired with both technical and executive-level female mentors who are currently in the STEM field. 

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 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:

*There will be NO REFUNDS this year.*

MyAP:  & Total Registration:

If you have questions, please contact the PHS AP Coordinators: or

If you have not yet applied for free or reduced lunch, please complete the form as soon as you can.

Clarifying STAAR EOC (End-of-Course)

2019-2020 School Year:

If a student passed their STAAR tested class, then the State awarded a COVID-Waiver for the 2019-2020 school year.  This was ONLY for the 2019-2020 school year.  If a student did not pass the STAAR tested class, then the student has to take that STAAR to graduate.

For example – a student takes English 1, Biology and Algebra 1 during the 2019-2020 school year and passes English 1 with a 78, Biology with an 84 and earns a 62 for Algebra 1.  The State awarded the COVID-Waiver for English and Biology but the student will now have to earn a passing credit for Algebra 1 and will need to take the Algebra 1 STAAR.

2020-2021 School Year:

All students must take the STAAR EOC.  Taking the STAAR EOC to graduate is NOT an option.  Parents/Guardians were given the option to send their virtual student(s) to campus to test in the Spring or to wait and take the STAAR EOC at a later date.  The option given was to postpone the STAAR until Summer 2021 or December 2021.

Whether or not to take the STAAR to graduate is not an option – all STAAR EOC must be taken to graduate.

Dr. Sara Butler, Assistant Principal, Testing/Intervention

A Word from the Dance Department

Do you love to dance and show school spirit? Consider auditioning for our Varsity Lady Panther Dance Team or JV Pfusion Dance Team. Mark your calendars for Wednesday Nov. 3rd at 6pm for our mandatory tryout interest meeting over Zoom. 

Please have 1 guardian and the audition participant present over Zoom. All candidates must attend the meeting to be eligible to audition. If you miss the meeting please contact Coach Cortez. 

Join Zoom Meeting

Please join our Remind to receive the latest tryout information.

  • Remind 101
  • Text: @Dance2223
  • To: 81010

-Coach Cortez,

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FREE Thanksgiving dinner offered from Saffron Trust on 11/23/2021.

Families must reserve order for meal in advance and must pick up on 11/23/2021. There are two pick-up locations: Pflugerville one is at the Abundant Life Church  1006 Old Austin Hutto Road Pflugerville, Tx 78660.  The other pickup site is in Austin, at Mt. Zion Baptist Church 1212 Harvey Street Austin, TX, 78702.

This offer from Saffron Trust is open to anyone in the greater Pflugerville, Austin, Hutto, Round Rock area regardless of need or status. You can choose 1-5 single meals for you and your family members or a full meal that feeds 6. There is one order per family.  Families should register ASAP and be sure to choose pick up location. Meals will ONLY be available through reservations, no walk-ups.

Directions to Church in Pflugerville due to construction: Old Austin Hutto Road is a one way street right now and you enter it by going north on it from Pecan Street. The church is on your left - go to the building where the big cross is directly over the doorway.

For info on Saffron Trust:

Ana Bowie, LMSW, Campus Social Worker

Cena del día de acción de gracias gratis se ofrece de Saffron Trust el 11/23/2021.

Las familias deben reservar la comida de antemano y deben recogerla el 11/23/2021. Hay dos lugares para recogerla:

Pflugerville: Abundant Life Church, 1006 Old Austin Hutto Road, Pflugerville, TX 78660

Austin: Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 1212 Harvey Street, Austin, TX 78702

Esta oferta de Saffron Trust está abierta a cualquiera en el área metropolitana de Pflugerville, Austin, Hutto, Round Rock sin importar su necesidad o estatus. Puede escoger 1-5 comidas individuales para usted y los miembros de su familia o una comida familiar para 6 personas. Hay un pedido por familia. Las familias deben registrarse tan pronto como posible y asegurarse de escoger su lugar para recogerla. Las comidas estarán disponibles solamente por reservación, no habrá comidas extras disponibles ese día.

Direcciones a la iglesia en Pflugerville por la construcción: La calle Old Austin Hutto Road es de sentido único ahora y se entra en dirección al norte de la calle Pecan Street. La iglesia está a la izquierda – vaya al edificio que tiene la cruz grande arriba de la puerta.

Para más información sobre Saffron Trust:

Ana Bowie, LMSW, Trabajadora social

A Word from PHS Soccer:

The Panther soccer team is conducting our annual spirit wear sale. The sale continues through November 5. We have shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, etc. including the official 2022 team shirt. See any soccer player or click the link below. Please support Panther soccer.

Here is the link:

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Michael Nave
Head Boys Soccer Coach / Psychology / Sport Psychology / Sociology

Most sincerely


Zack Kleypas
Pflugerville High School

“Keep improving, always, in all ways.”