Happy Friday @ PHS!

Posted by Zachary Kleypas on 11/12/2021

Greetings Panthers,

Happy Friday!

In honor of Veterans Day, please check out this quick video our Audio Video class created showcasing a few of the Veterans who currently are on our PHS staff: https://vimeo.com/manage/videos/644828300 

Conclusion of Volleyball & Football Seasons:

Congratulations to our Volleyball team for a great season that ended with a trip to the playoffs. I know our team would have loved for the season to have lasted a bit longer into the playoffs, but all good things must come to an end, and this season was a great journey! I had the honor of watching our lady panthers win a huge district final game against Weiss and battle hard in their playoff game against Lockhart. Please help me congratulate our athletes and their amazing leader Coach Langman, and all of our other coaches.

Congratulations also to our football team. Injuries and a few close games made our final record far from what we had when we started the season, but it ended better than anyone could have written up; with a huge win against cross town rival Hendrickson High School in the annual “battle of the ville”.

If you missed the game, it started off with a commanding 17-0 lead going into the 3rd/4th quarter. HHS mounted a comeback to take the lead 21-17. Our athletes, however, would not surrender without a fight. With 4 minutes left PHS set off down the field to finish what they started. Led by senior leader and running back EJ Oakmon, PHS dove into the endzone to take the lead with only 4 seconds left on the clock.

The crowd went crazy, to say the least as PHS defeated Hendrickson in football for the first time in school history! I am super proud of the student section and the community for showing up and supporting our athletes. Our senior student leaders in the P-Crew did an awesome job setting the example for others all year long, and they were rewarded with an awesome ending.

Congratulations to Coach Taylor and the many coaches that are involved in the season. Being a high school coach of any kind is no easy task and not for the faint of heart, especially for those involved in football season. There are countless hours spent with the team, watching films, and preparing for each week. Oftentimes, these coaches are the first to get to school and the last to leave. Please help me thank them for the sacrifices they make for our student athletes.

Up Next: Basketball Season:

We now embark on a much-anticipated basketball season! Girls and Boys have already begun practices and some scrimmages. Please check our website or the awesome PHS App to stay up to date with the season’s schedule. We hope you will come and enjoy the events!

IMPORTANT NOTE: One of the blessings and curses of our indoor sports is that fans are close to the action! This makes for an exciting experience for everyone who attends as there is no bad seat in the house. However, basketball season, based on the nature of the sport, can, at some schools, lead to issues involving inappropriate/negative fan comments, statements, and lack of professionalism.

I want to ask and encourage everyone to please come out and positively praise our athletes, coaches, and especially the hard working referees. It is easy to have opinions on close calls, or decisions made from the birds-eye view in the stands, but I want to remind everyone that feedback during the game is rarely appreciated, and never implemented (sorry but true).

At Pflugerville High School, we ask all parents, community members, and students to model the great character we show during the school day during our extracurricular events while our guests (away team) are visiting. For many families, their experience at our sports event will be their only viewpoint on our campus, our students, and our communities. Let’s show them how great we are through great sportsmanship.

Speaking of that, a personal favor that I ask is that we please make sure NOT to boo other teams or players, instead, let’s focus on building up our own team with positive praise.

Let's have a great season and I hope to see you out at the games!

Celebrating a “Silent Servant”:

Senior Brianna O. was recognized on Wednesday for a prestigious award based on her community service. She currently has the most documented community service hours of any senior in the class of 2022. Brianna currently:

  • Volunteers every Tuesday and Thursday at Park Crest Middle School in their homework hotline tutorial service
  • Works with our English Second Language (ESL) program to tutor students whose first language may not be English
  • Serves as a summer Camp Counselor for her church
  • Spends her time visiting community living centers to visit individuals who are often forgotten (elderly & disabled individuals)
  • Participates in Kindness Matters week to honor teachers and staff (including custodians and bus drivers).
  • Managed our annual Blood Drive at PHS
  • Participated and Organized many different food pantry drives through her organizations
  • and much more.

Additionally, Brianna is a strong leader on our campus and has been recognized nationally as a Hispanic & AP Scholar. As a recipient of the Silent Servant Award, Brianna received a beautiful glass plaque and a check for $500! Please help me congratulate Brianna.

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P.S. Brianna is also incredibly involved with our Health Science program, so a celebratory picture with our skeleton friend only seemed fitting.

Speech & Debate Celebration:

Wednesday at Lexington High School, PHS students competed at the Region XIII Congress Meet.  Congratulations to our competitors! Below are the results:

  • Kenneth Kalu - Placed 3rd and qualified for the UIL State Meet on January 10 - 12th.
  • Derek Beck advanced to finals.
  • Cassidy Chaney competed in the preliminary round.

This is an awesome start as we come back from last year's State Championship!

Students We Want Your Opinion:

It would be fast and easy for the principal and admin team to just pick a midterm schedule, and go.. But the impact of our choice barely affects us as admin, but has a great impact on students and teachers. Thus, we would like for students to cast their vote between two options. 

Please take a moment to share your opinion via this form: Midterm Selection Form 

Note: The form will close Wednesday, Nov. 17th, 2021.

(Optional) COVID 19 Vaccine Opportunities:

COVID vaccines are now available to persons ages 5 and up. PfISD has partnered with Austin Public Health and Travis County to provide vaccinations to our students at multiple locations across the district. Any staff member, eligible PfISD student, and members of staff and students' families are welcome to come and get vaccinated.

All clinics will be available from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Nov. 15 – Cele Middle School
  • Nov. 16 – Westview Middle School
  • Nov. 17 – Northwest Leadership Academy
  • Nov. 17 – Dearing Elementary School
  • Nov. 18 – Windermere Elementary School
  • Nov. 18 – Pflugerville Elementary School
  • Nov. 18 – Pflugerville Middle School
  • Nov. 29 – Wieland Elementary School
  • Nov. 29 – Dessau Middle School
  • Nov. 30 – River Oaks Elementary School
  • Dec. 1 – Timmerman Elementary School
  • Dec. 1 – Copperfield Elementary School
  • Dec. 2 – Ruth Barron Elementary School
  • Dec. 2 – Caldwell Elementary School

* Middle schools not listed above will also hold vaccine clinics. Once dates have been set, they will be added to the Google form link for registration.

In order to plan for the number of vaccines at each clinic, please complete this Google form .

From the Library

PFISD is dedicated to Digital Citizenship and CyberSafety.  Check out the new posters in the hallways for additional information on Cybersecurity on Social Media, Detecting Fake News, and Being a Good Digital Citizen.  

Remind your students to never share their passwords, to not open unsolicited emails or texts, and to remember that everything they put on the internet is always there, even if it was deleted or hidden from view.  

Shout out to Mr. Q’s Graphic Arts students for the posters on cyber-safety actions to report online hate on social media and online games.  Let Mrs. Owen know if you need copies inside your classrooms.  

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A Word from Theater Arts:

You won't want to miss our next Theatre Production! Auditions are being held after school in the FAC on Thursday, November 18th at 4:15 pm.

Check out their cool promotional video to build some hype and anticipation for their next performance:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Pu_L4WUkbuvO-Wzqal1RmIYECD8CyMbB/view?usp=sharing 

(FREE) Code to College Opportunity:

Our Winter Programming application is open for 3 more weeks and we need your support in getting our applications up! 

Check out this flyer: Winter 2022 - Flyer .pdf 

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The application closes on December 1st - we appreciate your support!

Reminder: Join us THIS WEEK for the Mentor Orientation 

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Most sincerely

 

Zack Kleypas
Principal
Pflugerville High School

“Keep improving, always, in all ways.”