Updates and Information for Week of January 4-8th

Posted by Philip Clayton on 1/8/2021

Happy New Year Panther Pfamilies!

It felt like the first day of school yesterday, with 130 more students joining us in-person. Based on our estimate, we had 350 students attending yesterday, in-person and on campus. I am happy to report that students were so awesome! We had students wearing their masks, physical distancing appropriately, and adhering to seating charts. They were reminded of the importance of all these new protocols during each lunch period and they listened well.

KUDOS to…..Our Teachers, Office Staff, Educational Associates, Support Staff, and Assistant Principals:

 I am most definitely a Proud Panther Principal in my first year here. All campus staff are required to be extremely flexible during any year, but this year takes the cake for sure. I have asked quite a bit from all of them the last few weeks and they have met the challenge every time. Like I said, I’m extremely proud and grateful we have such a tremendous Panther team! 

Mode of Instruction: PLEASE READ, as we need your help parents. In order to gauge our true enrollment of virtual and in-person learners, we need to know if your child’s Mode of Instruction (what you’ve declared to the school) does not match how they are actually learning this 9 weeks. I completely understand that you may have kept your child at home with the rise in COVID-19 cases, however we need you to contact us if you have chosen to keep your child home and we have been expecting them. Please contact Laceidra Moten, our registrar, at laceidra.moten@pfisd.net or 512 594-2037, if there is a discrepancy with the mode of instruction your child is receiving. 

8th Grade Invasion - Next Wednesday 1/13/21

      All 8th graders (virtual and in-person learners) will take a virtual tour provided by the amazing staff at Pflugerville H.S. next Wednesday. The students will get to preview the programs and pathways offered at PHS. We will be in touch with our virtual learners to provide the information they need to access/view videos provided from the high school.

PSAT Testing – Tuesday, 1/26/21

All 8th grade students will get one free PSAT assessment this year and it will be on January 26th. We will be sending a Google form for virtual students to sign-up to take the exam IN-PERSON on that day. 

Extracurricular events - have been cancelled for middle schools until further notice as we have moved to Stage 5 protocols with the rise in COVID-19 cases. When a decision is made to resume activities, all families will be notified by district staff. 

Bond and Building Renovation:

Attention Band and Choir Parents!! The Fine Arts Suite renovation is beginning near the end of January. We are expecting to have this addition completed before the new school year begins for 2021-2022. While we are excited to have an amazing new addition, we will experience some growing pains this semester. Our choir classes have moved into the main building for the semester and are now in two separate classrooms. The choir portable will be moved late next week to support the band students as the renovation begins. Band instruction will begin in the portables starting later this month. We will also be moving instruments to various locations that are not in student use over the next week to assist with a smooth transition. While this is not ideal, the growing pains will be well worth it as the design of the new addition is very similar to the brand new middle school currently under construction. 

Athletics: The athletic track has been completed and will be ready for use on Monday!!

Classroom Flooring: Over the holiday break, classroom carpet was removed and replaced with laminate flooring. It looks tremendous and will be much easier to clean on a consistent basis. Kudos to Arthur Carrasco and our PfISD facilities staff for making this happen in such a short time frame!  

Free Meals Continuing for the Spring Semester of 2021: 

As we start the Spring 2021 semester, breakfast and lunch meals will continue to be free, regardless of free/reduced/paid status for our students. This includes in-person and curbside learning, as well as anyone 18 or younger, via USDA allowances.  This does not include ala carte or extras.

I hope everyone has a safe and restful weekend. Go Panthers!! 

Sincerely,

 

Philip Clayton

Principal (512 594-2011)

Pflugerville Middle School

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