Principal's Blog 01/27/2023

Posted by Heike Cook on 1/27/2023

Greetings Panthers,


Happy Friday! 


Upcoming Important Dates:

  • 2/20 Planning & Prep Day/Student Holiday

  • 2/21 College/Military Enrollment Presentation

  • 3/01 School Day SAT or ASVAB

  • 3/06 Career Fair

  • 3/13-17 Spring Break

  • 3/20 Career Night

  • 4/07 Student/Staff Holiday/Bad Weather Day

  • 4/19 STAAR EOC - Eng I

  • 4/20 STAAR EOC - Eng II

  • 4/26 STAAR EOC - Bio

  • 4/27 STAAR EOC - US Hist

  • 4/27 College Night

  • 5/1 AP Testing - US Gov (am), Chemistry (pm), Span Lit (pm)

  • 5/2 AP Testing - Environmental Sci (am), Psychology (pm)

  • 5/3 AP Testing - Eng Lit (am) Comp Science A (pm)

  • 5/4 AP Testing - Human Geo (am), Macro Eco (am), Statistics (pm) AP Seminar (pm)

  • 5/5 AP Testing - Euro Hist (am), US Hist (am), Art History (pm) Micro Eco (pm)

  • 5/8 AP Testing - Cal AB (am), Cal BC (am), Comp Sic Prin (pm)

  • 5/9 AP Testing - Eng Lan (am), Physics C: Mech (pm), Physis C:Elec ( 2pm)

  • 5/10 AP Testing - Span Lang (am), Bio (pm)

  • 5/11 AP Testing - French Lang (am), World Hist Mod (am), Physics 1: Alg (pm)

  • 5/11 STAAR EOC - Alg I

  • 5/12 AP Testing - Music Theory (am), Physics 2: Alg (pm)

  • 5/20 Senior Prom - Miami Night

  • 5/24 (seniors) 1st Graduation Practice

  • 5/25 (seniors) 2nd Graduation Practice

  • 5/25 Last Day of School (Early Release)

  • 5/31 Graduation at the Pfield

Girls Basketball “Battle of the ‘Ville” Round 2:

On Tuesday, January 31st, 2023 the PHS girls basketball team will take on Hendrickson High School here at Pflugerville. The varsity girls are highly ranked on both sides. Last time, PHS came out victorious, but this will be no easy task to do again. Join us and support our girls in what is expected to be another exciting game!

State 5A Ranking:

  1. Lubbock Monterey (25-3)

  2. Mansfield Timberview (28-3)

  3. Wagner (19-4)

  4. Argyle (25-3)

  5. Pflugerville (24-5)

  6. Lubbock Cooper (21-6)

  7. Amarillo High (26-4)

  8. Hendrickson (24-5)

  9. Fulshear (23-5)

  10. Buda Hays (29-3)

Congratulations - PHS Swim:

This past Friday (Jan 20), the Panther Swim Team competed in our district swim meet at Georgetown. Of the 13 swimmers who competed, all 13 qualified for our regional meet in College Station on February 3, and the team placed 3rd overall.  Senior Tommy Gawlik broke his personal record in the 100 freestyle, swimming at 51.25 seconds, and Junior Armando Estrella broke his personal record for the 100 breaststrokes at 1 minute and 6.26 seconds.

Congratulations - PHS Girls Soccer:

Congratulations to our Varsity Lady Panther Soccer Team for winning their first district match Tuesday night! Way to go Panthers! Please come out and cheer on the women's soccer teams at our home field this Friday night at 5:30 and 7:15 as we take on Georgetown High School.

Congratulations - PHS Cheerleaders:

A Big Congratulations to the PHS Cheerleaders for winning 1st place in their division and for having the Highest Score of all the schools attending the competition this past weekend. Go PHS CHEER!!!

Congratulations - PHS HOSA

HOSA had a successful trip this past weekend to Seguin for Regional Competition!  

The following students made up the Biomedical Debate Team and are eligible to move on to State in April by placing 1st place at Regionals:  Kenneth Kalu, Praises Iheanacho, Honour Onafeso, and Jazhenia Pineda.  Congratulations to the following students who also represented the Pflugerville Panthers in the following categories:  Research Poster – Caitlyn Lammons and Health Career Photography – Angelina Gauna.  Pflugerville High School was well represented by these students. Please join us in congratulating them on a job well done!!!

Congratulations - PHS Wrestling:

This past weekend, the PHS Wrestling Team participated in the Girls Wilson-Cougarette Invitational and Boys Mabry Scramble at Comal Canyon High School in New Braunfels. 

The boys' team finished 13th out of 24 teams.  Sophomore Brissa Valle placed 1st in her weight class and improved to an 18-6 record on the season. Junior Juan Inciarte Fernandez placed 3rd in his weight class and improved to 13-4 on the season. Freshman Max Liao and Sophomores A’mahd Sias and Faavi Avulava placed 7th in their respective weight classes.  Congratulations to all our wrestlers for representing Panther Nation.

Congratulations - PHS Business Professionals of America (BPA):

On Saturday, January 14, 2023, Business Professionals of America had its regional conference competition and the following students have qualified to compete at BPA state in March:




Rayan Benhamou


Fundamental Accounting (100-S)

Asianna Rogers


Personal Financial Management (165-S)

Arianne Icaro


Fundamental Spreadsheet Applications (230-S)

Sabastian Hamilton


Database Applications (240-S)

Darby Garvis


Fundamental Desktop Publishing (400-S)

Nicholas Myrick


Fundamentals of Web Design (415-S)

Kevin Castaneda


Interview Skills (515-S)

Karim Benhamou


Personal Financial Management (165-S)

Ian Pacheco-Diaz


Graphic Design Promotion (410-S)

Marcus Flores


Fundamental Spreadsheet Applications (230-S)

Mia Gutierrez


Fundamental Desktop Publishing (400-S)

Chelsye Ornick


Payroll Accounting (125-S)

Sofia Tovar-Nieto


Health Administration Procedures (610-S)

Yareli Alvarez


Payroll Accounting (125-S)

February - Healthy Relationship Month:

A Word from Mr. Howell:

Good Evening Class of 2023 –

I hope that you are having a wonderful week. Quite a few scholarships have dropped this week and I wanted to make sure you all had the opportunity to apply. I would encourage each senior to log into their SchooLinks account and apply for as many opportunities as they may qualify for. Below are a few of the new ones. Please remember to list Mr. Howell as your counselor for any scholarship application and that scholarship committees want you to complete their application before the deadline. They do often advantage students that applied earlier vs. later.

Texas Leadership Scholars Program – Must be completed by February 1st. You must be attending one of the institutions listed here:

A+ Federal Credit Union Scholarship -Due February 3rd. Open to members of A+ Federal Credit Union

Texas Smoak Scholarship – Due February 16th.

Panthers Who Care Scholarship – Due March 1st. Preference is given to a senior who has not already gotten their tuition and fees covered by their chosen institution.  

El Amistad Scholarship – Due in March.

Scott Mentzer Memorial Scholarship – Due in March. Must be pursuing a degree in education

Capital City A&M Club Scholarship – Due in March. Must be attending Texas A&M University (College Station)

Christopher Ratliff Memorial Scholarship – Due in March. Must have participated in a Varsity Sport sometime during HS.      

Thomas Andrew Caswell & Rebecca Diaz Caswell Memorial Scholarship - Due in March. Must be a member of the PHS Band planning to attend the University of Texas at Austin.

 We have posted many more scholarship opportunities SchooLinks, and many more will be posted in the coming months. Please continue to check SchooLinks at least once a week for new opportunities. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Howell

Pflugerville High School is proud to announce The Spongebob Musical:

Friday, January 27, 2023

Saturday, January 28, 2023

Sunday, January 29, 2023 

7:00 pm - 8:45 pm

7:00 pm - 8:45 pm

2:00 pm - 3:45 

Click HERE for Tickets                                                 Click HERE for information

Congratulations - PHS Staff Plaque Recent Recipients:

Check out and help me congratulate our recent recipients:






Angie Wilson

Connor Hollis

Autumn Hendrickson

Brettany Kokes

Julia Levy

Jacqui Jacobs

Laura Owen

Nick Howell

Nick Howell

OD Wilson & Band

AnnMarie West

Autumn Hendrickson

Sarah Cable

Jessica Garcia

Chris Riola & Q Taylor

Mary Pennington

Travis Otwell

Raquel Coston

AnnMaria West

Robert Quarles

Michael Nave

Homer Leal

Ariana Padilla

Aja Segapeli

Nick Howell

Karen Hense



Tamika Fagan

Travis Otwell




Gem Scott

Sheri Permenter

A Word from PHS Dance Pfusion:

I have two events to share with teachers and our PHS Community. 

Austin Spurs Performance

The Varsity Pfusion Dance Team will be performing at the Austin Spurs Game Wednesday, Feb.8th. If anyone is interested in joining, use the link below to purchase discounted tickets.

Contest Showoffs

Feb.15th 6PM at Connally High School

A Word From the Library:

2nd Nine Weeks Update

The 2nd Nine Weeks was busy in the PHS library as the floor layout was redesigned.  There’s so much more space for students now!  Student volunteers are earning community service hours. See Mrs. Owen about volunteering. Many students opted to take a free book home for the holidays.  It’s still Winter, so Operation: Winter Reading is still happening in B Hall, behind the library.  The PHS library also joined with Weiss HS library to take students to the Texas Book Festival.  More opportunities are coming in the future—Stay tuned!


A Word from our Parent Liaison:

How PHS Families Can Support Student Health and Emotional Well-being

Strengthening PHS students’ connection with their families, schools, peers, and other adults is an important protective factor that can reduce the effects of stressful life events and teach skills to overcome them.

Strengthening PHS students’ connection with their families, schools, peers, and other adults is an important protective factor that can reduce the effects of stressful life events and teach skills to overcome them.

School connectedness and a healthy and supportive school environment go hand in hand. These protective factors can help PHS students engage in positive health behaviors and avoid multiple risk behaviors, get better grades, and improve mental health and emotional well-being.

Parents and families play a critical role, often being the first to help their children develop skills to recognize and manage emotions, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. When families and PHS work together, they can help create a healthy and supportive environment for our students to learn these skills at home and at school.

5 Things to KNOW and DO to Support Your Child’s Health and Emotional Well-being

KNOW: Parent engagement is an important part of PHS for school health. PHS supports collaboration between schools, families, and the community to improve children and adolescents’ health through cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development.

KNOW: PHS uses a variety of strategies to promote the health and emotional well-being of children and adolescents including:

·         Setting goals with parents for building strong relationships with peers and adults.

·         Providing education and opportunities to help families become actively involved in their children’s academic and school life.

·         Using effective classroom management and teaching methods to foster a positive learning environment.

·         Providing access to counseling, psychological, and social services.

DO: Get involved in the health decisions at school. Ask to be involved in parent organizations – such as the Campus Academic Advisory Committee, school health councils, or school health action teams – to help improve the health and emotional well-being of children and adolescents.

DO: Make communication with PHS a two-way street. Read the Principal’s Blog and attend parent-teacher-student conferences to learn what is going on at PHS. Ask PHS to provide educational opportunities for parents. Communicate regularly through emails, phone calls, or meetings to discuss your child’s grades, behavior, and accomplishments. Ask how PHS is supporting health and emotional well-being and what you can do at home to support OUR efforts.

DO: Implement simple strategies at home such as:

·         Take time to talk to your child and be an active listener.

·         Acknowledge and ask about your child’s feelings to model empathy.

·         Focus on your child’s strengths before talking about things they can do to improve their confidence.

·         Children learn what they see. Model positive coping skills to identify and manage stressful situations. For example, going for a walk or practicing deep breathing exercises can help.



Most sincerely,


Zack Kleypas
Pflugerville High School

“Keep improving, always, in all ways.”