PfISD Employee Express
March 30, 2023
In This Edition
- Upcoming Events & Holidays
- Proposed changes to Texas A-F Accountability Ratings
- Boundary Adjustment
- Pre-K & Kinder Early Registration
- Retiree Employee Recognition Banquet Info
- Parent and Pfamily Engagement Workshop
- The Pfoundation Wants to Know
- Spirit Night
- P-TECH Application Deadline Extended
- Grant Opportunity
- Benefits Brief
- Employment Corner
- Staff Shout Outs
- CTE Corner
- Fine Arts
Upcoming Events & Holidays
School Library Month
Math Awareness Month
April 4: School Librarian Day / Board of Trustees Workshop Meeting
April 7: Student / Staff Holiday
April 11: Early Student Registration (Pre-K Only)
April 12: Parent & Family Engagement Workshop / Early Student Registration (Kinder only)
April 13: Early Student Registration (Pre-K & Kinder)
April 20: Board of Trustees Regular Meeting
Proposed changes to Texas A-F Accountability Ratings
The Texas Education Agency has announced expected significant changes to the A–F accountability process that will begin to impact students, schools, and districts in 2023. We anticipate these changes to the Accountability system will cause a decrease in ratings for schools and districts across the state. While the changes are still preliminary, districts across the state are preparing staff and the community for the changes, which are expected to be finalized in the summer 2023.
Changes to the system center around:
- STAAR testing
- College, Career and Military Readiness Evaluation
- Closing the Gap
- District Ratings
The Attendance Boundary Committee presented High School Plan 3 for consideration and possible approval to the Board of Trustees. The Committee did not bring any elementary attendance plans forward for consideration and approval. The Board approved the High School 3 plan for the 23-24 school year. You can review this plan here. The following expectations were approved along with high school plan 3:
- Bohls Place grandfathering remains intact and unchanged until the class of 2027
- Grandfather WHS Rising 11th (class of 2025) and 12th grade (class of 2024) students
- Close Out-of-District Transfers to WHS and HHS
- Approve In-District transfers on a case-by-case basis to WHS and HHS; ensuring 5A UIL threshold is not exceeded
The Board approved the Hidden Lake attendance boundaries Feb 2021. Hidden Lake attendance boundary adjustments go into effect for the 23-24 school year. Please review these adjustments here.
The district will send communication to impacted families. If you have questions about grandfathering or transfers, please feel free to contact Student Affairs at 512-594-0046. If you have questions about your attendance boundaries, please contact the Student Data Department at 512-594-9289.
Pre-K and Kindergarten New Student Registration
Retiree Employee Recognition Banquet Info
If you plan to retire at the end of the 2022-2023 school year and would like to participate in the Employee Recognition Banquet, please notify your campus or department administrator and contact the Human Resources Dept.
Please email your name, campus, and the total number of years in education to Suzi Meyer with the Community Relations Dept. We will add your name to the invitation list for the May banquet.
Parent and Pfamily Engagement Workshop
PfISD Parent & Family Engagement Presents: Sibling Rivalry
The PfISD Parent and Family Engagement Team invite you to join us for a virtual session on developmentally appropriate practices for siblings. You will learn to:
- Articulate the different sibling dynamics that occur in your home
- Channel sibling rivalry into more positive relations-building experiences
- Communicate clear family expectations the increase favorable behaviors
When: Wednesday, April 12th
Time: 12 -1 PM
This workshop will be led by Kate Curran Mire SSP, LSSP, NCSP & Ensemble therapy.
Register in advance by visiting bit.ly/pfeworkshops to receive the meeting link.
The Pfoundation Wants to Know!
The Pflugerville Education Foundation has contracted Foundation Innovation, LLC to work with us to plan for the future. Your answers as teachers and administrators of Pflugerville ISD are valuable to the planning session. The identities of those providing information will be kept confidential. The survey should only take 5-7 minutes of your time to complete.
Join us for a Spirit Night at Willie's Grill and Icehouse to help benefit the Pfoundation! Mention you are dining in support of the Pflugerville Education Foundation & Willie's will donate 15% of your check!
Where: Willie's Grill and Icehosue located on 19200 Colorado Sand Dr. Pflugerville, TX
When: Monday, April 3rd
Time: 11 AM - 10 PM
P-TECH Application Deadline Extended
New Deadline: March 31
Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools (P-TECH) are innovative open-enrollment academies that allow students to receive both a high school diploma and an industry credential and/or an associate degree at no cost.
- Industry-based certifications
- Hands-on work-based learning experiences throughout your high school career
Learn more and apply at pfisd.net/ptech
Teachers and Staff: The Foundation is seeking your grant applications to fund projects and/or programs that are innovative and stimulate students’ learning and creativity by enhancing the existing curriculum. Grants can be up to $2,000 for programs or projects initiated by an individual educator, and up to $5,000 for programs or projects initiated by teams or departments.
We currently have 3 applications.
Deadline: March 31, 2023
Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Did you know....
- VSP Vision benefits include essential medical eye care.
- Retinal screening for members with diabetes have a $0 copay for a screening.
- A $20 copay for additional exams and services, such as the treatment of pink eye, sudden changes in vision or to monitor ongoing conditions such as dry eye, diabetic eye disease, glaucoma, and more.
- Frame allowance with a $25 copay includes (every other calendar year):
- $195 featured frame brands allowance
- $175 frame alowance
- 20% savings on the amount over your allowance
- $175 Walmart/Sams Club frame allowance
- KidsCare (dependent children only) :One frame covered every calendar year.
- Lenses include:
- Single vision, lines bifocal, and lines trifocal lenses
- Impact-resistant lenses for dependent children
- KidsCare (dependent children only): One additional pair of lenses when needed (minimum prescription change required)
- Contacts -Instead of Glasses- (every calendar year):
- $175 allowance for contacts and contact lens exam (fitting and evaluation)
- 15% savings on a contact lens exam (fitting and evaluation)
Did you know that Pflugerville ISD has great opportunities for Nurses (RNs) on campus and Licensed Electricians? If you or anyone you know is skilled in these areas please consider joining the PfISD Pfamily!
Staff Shout Outs
We love our PfISD staff members and we know our parents do too! We want to provide an opportunity for our parents to publicly recognize and thank our staff members who serve our students, staff and the community. We have created a Google Form to provide information directly to us to share with our staff as a whole and let you see the difference you are making in a student's life every single day. Please click here for the Google Form.
These Shout Outs will be included in upcoming issues of the Parent and Staff Newsletters. If a Shout Out directly references a student, we will not include the parent name to protect the child's anonymity. If you are recognized in an anonymous Shout Out and want to learn the parent's name, please contact Tamra Spence at email@example.com.
THANK YOU TO OUR AMAZING PFISD STAFF MEMBERS FOR EVERYTHING THEY DO FOR OUR STUDENTS AND COMMUNITY!
Gina Wood of Riojas 3rd grade teacher (via Courtney K): Ms. Wood goes above and beyond for her students. She is encouraging, kind and makes learning fun. She is so creative in her teaching and how to keep kids engaged. I’m just so thankful our son has her as his teacher. He has moved mountains this year and so much of it is thanks to Ms.Wood.
Lauren Barrios of Caldwell Elementary (via Patti P.): Thank you, Ms. Lauren, for everything you’ve done for our son this past year. It was his first year in elementary school and you helped make the transition very smooth and enjoyable for him. We’ve really seen him grow in all subject areas and we appreciate you keeping him engaged and excited to learn. Thank you!
Coach Harvey of Murchison Elementary PE (via Audrey C.): Thank you for working so hard on field day and all the fun things that we do in PE!
Asante Malveaux of Murchison Elementary 2nd grade teacher (via Audrey C.): Thank you for helping us learn and caring about us!
Ms. Pema of Spring Hill Elementary (via Vicky A.): Ms. Pema has built an amazing relationship with her students. This school year my daughter has had to adapt to many changes since the original teacher left the classroom but Ms. Pema has continued to provide support to all her students. I am very grateful for everything she has done for my child. She is the reason why my child is excited for school each day.
Jerissa Krasnonosenkikh of Murchison Elementary (via Elisa G.): Mrs. Krasnonosenkikh is a treasure!! From the look of her classroom to the lessons she teaches, she makes school and learning fun, meaningful, and memorable. She has made fun themed days to accompany learning concepts that I know will stay with the kids for a long time. She also incorporates life lessons on things like responsibility, respect, and kindness. We are so thankful to have her as a teacher this year, she’s caring and absolutely one of the best!
Jessica Blevins of Pflugerville High School English Dept. (via Jason ): Mrs. Jessica Blevins is one of the most amazing teachers I have ever had. Although I don’t have her anymore as my teacher, she still continues to support me and the senior class for graduation and prom! She works tirelessly to make great things happen at PHS!
WE LOVE MRS. BLEVINS!
Grace Bohn of Pflugerville High School Theatre (via Anonymous ): Ms. Bohn is so great in everything she does and it’s very impressive especially at such a young age. Her devoted passion is a refreshing addition to the school and theatre program. Her ideas and her visions are outstanding for her field and she deserves to be praised for all of her work.
Jennifer Persons of Pflugerville HS - Math (via Steve B.): Ms. Persons is such a dedicated teacher! She runs a lot of the UIL events, teaches multiple math classes, and teaches computer science. She always has a smile, even when she might be tired from a long week of dealing with us students :) She is amazing at her job, so thank you Ms. Persons!
Mrs. Krasnonosenkikh of Murchison Elementary (via Anonymous ): My 3rd grader has grown so much under the care of Mrs. Krasnonosenkikh. She has challenged him and encouraged him to find his strengths and be himself! He looks forward to school and is coming out of his shell - we are grateful for her kindness and dedication to her students and their families.
Nicole Wuest of Pflugerville High School (via Anonymous ): Thank you, Ms. Wuest for being a teacher who is always there for her students and is actively helping us grow in our skills. Thank you for encouraging creativity and making your classroom a safe space where I know I can do the things I love without judgment.
Recently the Weiss HS Programming and Software Development program students were treated to a work-based learning experience at Samsung. The teachers built on a connection made during a summer teacher externship and set up the visit so students could learn about Samsung, plans for the fabrication lab being built in Taylor and the day-to-day operations getting a first-hand look at wafer production and automation. Students also interacted with Samsung professionals in a Q/A session learning more about how the Python programming language is used in their work.
The Programming and Software Development program of study guides students through four years of computer science courses with course options in Advanced Placement (AP) and traditional courses. Students learn various programming languages and can choose a specialization in cybersecurity, networking, or a specific programming language in their senior year. They also have an opportunity to complete an industry certification in their selected field, and can apply for a paid internship.
Weiss Choir had 32 student solos and 1 ensemble receive a superior rating (one) on their performance at the UIL Solo & Ensemble Contest. Twenty-One soloists and 1 ensemble qualified for state.
The UIL Concert and Sight-Reading Evaluation took place on March 6-8, at Georgetown HS. Each performing ensemble was evaluated by a panel of three judges in both concert and sight-reading phases.
The Weiss Varsity Mixed and NV Treble Choirs received sweepstakes – the highest honor given in the UIL Evaluation. To receive this honor, a Superior rating (one) was giving in both areas of performance and sight-reading.
Women’s Soccer finished as Area finalists and boys soccer finished the season as BI-District finalists. Congratulations on an amazing soccer season to both teams!
The Hendrickson track team competed in the McNeil Relays this past week and represented us well. They have one more track meet this week before the district finals.
The boys swept Bastrop last week to move to 3-1 in district play (2nd Place) and 15-3 overall
Jordan Benjamin had a great bounce-back start on the mound with a complete game 2-hitter for the win on Friday night. The offense throughout the week was led by Kevin Bautista, going 4-8 at the plate with 5 RBIs, and Jessie Hernandez, going 3-5 at the plate with 2 RBIs and 3 walks. Drew Deckard, Senior Manager, threw out the first pitch for the Wolves to spotlight Cerebral Palsy Awareness.
WHS 13 game unbeaten run came to an end last Thursday - Lost 1-0 in Robinson to Mansfield in the 6A Bi-District Playoffs
Darius Darks Sanders - 2nd 800m
Peyton Morgan - 1st 110H, 1st 300H, 4x200m - 2nd
Chad Otutu - 2nd discus
P’ Ville Cup Standings
High School:HHS 728