Principal's Blog 03/09/2023

Posted by Heike Cook on 3/9/2023

Greetings Panthers,


Happy Thursday! With Spring Break right around the corner, I wanted to get the weekly blog out to you a day early so you can check out all the great things happening at PHS before you begin your break.


Upcoming Important Dates:

  • 3/10 Pep Rally

  • 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

Friday, March 10th - Pep Rally

With basketball season ending and soccer closing out its season, it is time for our last pep rally of the school year!

On Friday, March 10th, 2023 we will have our last pep rally honoring boys and girls soccer, baseball, softball, and track.

Thus, we will be on our typical Pep Rally bell schedule.

PHS Student Survey:

Please take a brief moment to help us improve PHS by taking this survey: 

PfISD Student Survey - We Want EVERYONE’s Voice:

Please also take a moment to complete the climate survey to help make PHS even better!

  1. You will use your Student ID *without S” to access surveys at 

  2. You will select your preferred language from the drop-down menu

  3. You will click “Start Surveys” to begin

  4. You will complete the same survey three times, for 3 different teachers

  5. You must complete the surveys in a single sitting, as they do not auto-save

  6. At the completion of the surveys, you must hit the button to save and submit your answers

Once the submit button is clicked, you will see a thank you screen confirming your completion. 

IMPORTANT - Fentanyl Lessons & Opt Out Form

You may have heard that a nearby district, Hays ISD, has had multiple student deaths this year caused by Fentanyl. Although Hays is located on the other side of Austin, being connected by interstate 35 means if it is there, it is probably here too.


Pflugerville ISD has put together 4 mini lessons on the dangers of Fentanyl that students will hear in their social studies classes (or ELA for 11th graders) after spring break.

These lessons/videos are powerful and could save a life. We have provided a copy of the link to all four lessons for you to preview if you would like. Additionally, below is an opt out form if you would like for your child to go to the library or another classroom during these 15-20 minute mini lessons.



PHS Career Fair was a Huge Success:

Last week PHS hosted the districtwide Career fair and we want to thank everyone who volunteered and all of our students and families who attended.

Special thank you to all of the institutions and companies:


  • A+ FCU

  • ACC advanced manufacturing

  • ACC Continuing Education

  • ACC Surgical Technology

  • Air Force ROTC and The United States Air Force Academy

  • All Around Barber Shop

  • Amazon

  • Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts

  • Austin Community College

  • Austin Community College - Certificate Programs

  • Austin Community College - EMSP Department

  • Austin Community College - EMSP Department

  • Austin Community College Drama Department

  • Austin Community College- Business Office Technology Department

  • Austin Community College-Eastview

  • Austin Community College/Toyota T-TEN Program

  • Austin Dental Assisting Academy

  • Austin's Park

  • Bullock Texas State History Museum

  • Capital IDEA

  • Carleton College

  • Central South Carpenters and Millwrights Training Trust Fund

  • Central Texas Beauty College

  • City of Pflugerville Parks & Recreation

  • Code2College

  • College Hub at Foundation Communities

  • Colorado State University

  • Concordia University Texas


  • Goodwill Career and Technical Academy

  • Goodwill Central Texas

  • Google Fiber (GFiber)

  • Grand Canyon University

  • Graves Dougherty Hearon & Moody Law Office

  • I Am Ready Swim LLC

  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Worker Local 520

  • Kalahari Resorts & Conventions

  • Kelly Services

  • Koetter Fire Protection of Austin, LLC

  • Landpoint

  • Lauterstein-Conway Massage School

  • LCRA

  • Mississippi State University

  • Missouri S&T

  • Music Business, Performance + Technology at ACC

  • Nolan Ryan Foundation

  • Ohio Wesleyan University

  • Parker University

  • Photographer, Pat McCord

  • Raising Cane's

  • Round Rock Express Baseball Club

  • Samford University

  • Samsung Austin Semiconductor

  • Skillpoint Alliance

  • Southwestern University

  • Spare Time

  • St. Edward's University

  • Temple College

  • Texas A&M Corpus Christi

  • Texas A&M University

  • Texas Department of Criminal Justice

  • Texas Lutheran University

  • Texas National Guard

  • Texas State Technical College

  • Texas State University

  • The Department of Professional Photography at ACC

  • The University of Alabama

  • The University of Texas at Austin

  • The University of Texas System

  • Travis County 4-H CAPITAL

  • Travis County ESD No. 2/Pflugerville Fire Department

  • Travis County Transportation and Natural Resources

  • Travis County Work-Based Learning/ Summer Youth Employment Program

  • Tuskegee University

  • Typhoon Texas Waterpark

  • United States Army

  • United States Marine Corps

  • United States Naval Academy

  • Universal Technical Institute

  • University of Arkansas

  • University of Texas at Arlington

  • University of Texas at San Antonio

  • University of Wyoming

  • WGU Texas

  • YMCA of Central Texas

Congratulations - PHS Musical Wins Heller Awards:

Congratulations to the cast and crew of the SpongeBob Musical for 5 nominations for the Heller Awards for Young Artists, the greater Austin high school musical theatre awards. Wish PHS Theatre luck as they head to UIL One Act Play for their district competition this Thursday at Hendrickson High School.”

Nominations include:

  • Best Ensemble

  • Best Direction

  • Best Lighting Design

  • Best Featured Ensemble Category

  • Student Achievement Stage Management

Congratulations - Senior Football Signing Ceremony:

Congratulations to Senior JaQuori Sturm  who signed his letter of intent to play collegiate football at Texas Lutheran University

Congratulations - PHS Tennis: 

The tennis teams traveled to compete in the Seguin Invitational last week.  JT Washer and Danny Ho won the championship in doubles.  Vincent Chau also won 1st place in the singles.  The team came home with the 1st place overall team championship.  The tennis team travels to Leander this week.

Congratulations - Powerlifting:

This past weekend the Women’s Powerlifting Team competed in the Regional Powerlifting meet held in Elgin, TX.

Congratulations to

  • Sophia Macias placed 3rd in her weight class

  • Francis Lavea placed 3rd in her weight class

  • Ava Roberts placed 2nd  in her weight class, and an Outstanding Deadlift Award which qualifies her to compete at the State Powerlifting meet taking place in Frisco, TX on March

  •  18th

Good luck Ava! Raise The Bar!!

Congratulations - PHS Choir Solo & Ensemble:

Congratulations to our high school band and choir students who participated in the UIL region solo & ensemble contest. We are especially excited to celebrate the success of our students who earned division I (superior) ratings, and many of them will represent Pflugerville ISD at the state competition in May.


  • Connally HS Band: 10 superior ratings, 3 state solo qualifiers

  • Connally HS Choir: 12 superior ratings, 1 state solo qualifier

  • Hendrickson HS Band: 71 superior ratings, 16 state qualifiers (11 solos & 5 ensembles)

  • Hendrickson HS Choir: 7 superior ratings, 5 state solo qualifiers

  • Pflugerville HS Band: 62 superior ratings, 19 state qualifiers (10 solos & 9 ensembles)

  • Pflugerville HS Choir: 12 superior ratings, 4 state solo qualifiers

  • Weiss HS Band: 11 Superior ratings, 6 State Qualifiers ( 9 solos & 2 Ensembles)

  • Weiss HS Choir: 33 superior ratings, 22 state qualifiers (21 solos & 1 ensemble)

Congratulations - BPA Results:

Please congratulate the following students at the Business Professionals of America Leadership conference competition in Dallas, TX, this past weekend.

  • Sabastian Hamilton - 4th Place National Qualifier in Database Applications

  • Ian Pacheco Diaz - 5th Place National Alternate in Graphic Design Promotion 

  • Darby Garvis 8th Place National Alternate in Fundamentals of Desktop Publishing

  • Nicco Myrick 8th Place National Alternate in Fundamentals of Website Design

Sabastian Hamilton qualified for Nationals with a 4th place finish.  

Ian Pacheco finishes 5th and is a national alternate.  

Mark Your Calendar - Greater Pflugerville Job Fair:

A Word from No Place for Hate:

March is Women’s History Month.  No Place 4 Hate is celebrating the empowering ability of language and actions to lift women up.  All organizations are encouraged to also spread Serena Williams’ message: “We’re strongest when we cheer each other on.” 


April is Diversity Month.  We are bringing back Tie-Dye to Unify.  Until March 31, we will be selling White cotton NP4H PHS tshirts for $10.  In  April (exact date TBD), students and staff can visit the courtyard during all lunches to tie-dye their shirt.  (You can have it done for you for a donation).  Volunteers from other organizations are invited to help.  See Mrs. Owen in the library for more information.  NP4H Webstore and cash/check options.



Class of 2023 Yearbook Tributes:

Attention Seniors and Parents, it's time to reserve your space in the yearbook for Senior Tributes! This is a great way to celebrate your accomplishments and milestones. Please see the attached flyer for more information on how to get your ad in the yearbook. 

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

Christian Olmstead

Christine Zukotynski

Tamika Fagan

Travis Otwell

Stephanie Boyd

Blaise Cooper

Kimberly Jordan

Gem Scott

Sheri Permenter

Lynette Britton

Cortney Johnson

Mery Lizardo

Timisha Williams

Eric Permenter

Marissa Stewart

Demme Ivy

Rebecca Cohen

AnnMarie West

Jackie Bassett




Raquel Coston

Sarah Curry




Karen Kit





Emma Payne





Michael Mars








Most sincerely,


Zack Kleypas
Pflugerville High School

“Keep improving, always, in all ways.”