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A weekly newsletter - May 8, 2020
A message from Ameka Hunt, Principal of PHS
Greetings Panther Families,
I hope this message finds you well. Best wishes to all the mothers out there for an amazing Mother's Day weekend. I'd also like to thank those of you who sent a special message to our teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week. Please continue reading the information included in this week's newsletter to stay connected with Pflugerville High School.
School Locker Items Pick-up and Textbook & Library Book Drop-Off
Seniors: Up-to-date information
Please click on “Class of 2020 News” link on the PHS website for daily updates:
Prom reimbursements have been credited back to credit cards and debit cards, if that was the form of payment for the ticket. Checks are being printed and being prepared to be sent to students mailing addresses. As soon as they are mailed we will update the “Class of 2020 News,” Remind and parent email.
PHS Assistant Principal
Class of 2020/CTE
Google Voice: 512.763.7114
Important reminder from our Counseling Staff
Seniors please check with your counselor if you have any make-up hours that need to be cleared.
Seniors also be on the lookout for an email from Mr. Howell with a Senior Survey….see below for details….
PHS College and Career Updates - FOR SENIORS
Good Evening Seniors,
I hope that each of you are having a wonderful week. I am hoping to ask a huge favor of you. Please take a look and complete the items below by May 12th, 2020.
Initial Senior Survey (Due May 12th) – Please fill out this short survey to help me serve you better as we end the school year. It will allow me to help you with finalizing college or military enrollment and address any other questions/needs you may have such as sending documents (TSI Scores, Transcripts, etc.), Understanding a Financial Aid Package, etc.
*This survey is Required*
Class of 2020 College and Career Posters – Please complete this form and upload an appropriate picture of yourself (with a solid color background) so we can create your very own individualized Senior Class of 2020 Poster by May 12th. We want to celebrate you, whether you plan to attend a College/University, Trade School, Military, or Join the Workforce. This poster is a gift from Pflugerville High School. We want to celebrate you and recognize your hard work and achievement. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Hampton at (512) 763-2492 or email at email@example.com
**URGENT, must submit by 4 pm on May 12. **
We’re proud of our Class of 2020 – Scholarship Info to date:
Keep up the great work. I know this is not how we hoped to finish the year, but I am so proud of each of you. Remember, I will always be here for you (even after you graduate). Stay in touch!
College and Career Advisor
Pflugerville High School
1301 W. Pecan Street
Pflugerville, TX 78660
Phone: (512) 763-2415 (This number will reach me during school closure)
RM #: A-103
PHS CEEB Code: 445500
Due to COVID-19 and the shelter in place orders, the distribution of the yearbook has been delayed. While there is currently no distribution date, there will be a yearbook!
You can still purchase a 2020 yearbook at www.jostensyearbooks.com. This is a year you are going to want to remember!
From our Department Chairs
We have just completed our 4th week of distance learning with grades. Please note that students with a grade of “I” have a missing assignment in the grade book. If you have any questions about grades, please contact your student’s English teacher. This week we have several messages for parents.
STAAR PARENTS: As a reminder, if your student passes his/her English I or II course for the year, due to the Covid-19 quarantine, the STAAR test that the student would have taken this year will be waived. For this reason it is imperative that parents and students are closely monitoring grades. If you have a question regarding what you are seeing on Skyward or on Google Classroom, please reach out to teachers.
AP PARENTS: AP tests begin next week. AP Literature (seniors) will take place on May 13th @1:00 pm; AP Language (juniors) will take place on May 20th @1:00 pm. Please make sure that your student has verified all information with College Board as this is how College Board will send student’s the testing ticket. Additionally, timed practice exams have been posted on YouTube to mimic the actual exam situation. Simply log onto YouTube, search Advanced Placement playlists, and click on the appropriate subject (AP Language or AP Literature.) Videos 29 and 31 under both courses offer practice tests.
Finally, LIBRARY information from Mrs Owen: Library Books and other campus materials can be dropped off on May 13th or 14th. See PHS website for details. If you owe fees (and if you have lost the book), you can pay through the Webstore found on the PFISD Student Tab. There are NO overdue fees, only lost book fees. If you turn in a book that you paid for this year, you will be refunded.
English teachers would like to thank you for your continued support in our ongoing distance learning situation. Teachers are seeing great work turned in from our diligent, hard-working students.
English Department Chair
SOCIAL STUDIES DEPARTMENT
This week the Social Studies teachers are excited to see so many of our students turning in work for the first time. Just as a reminder there is no late penalty this semester so please encourage your students to go back and complete any assignment they have not done yet. We need 7 grades to average for your 9 weeks average so make sure there are no missing or incomplete assignments in the grade book. Students can also resubmit test/quizzes or any assignment if the original grade was not passing.
If there is any confusion about assignments please reach out to teachers via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or through Google Classroom. We are here to help our students finish strong!
A special shout out to our Senior Class of 2020- your teachers want to see all of you at graduation which is just a few weeks away. It is time to get busy if you are behind so we can certify our Seniors for graduation.
Have a great Panther week!
PHS Social Studies Department Chair
We're Here to Help You!
Attention all students and parents:
We know you have many questions in regards to the remainder of the school year and we want to answer your questions in a timely manner. In order to do so, please communicate with the following as it pertains to your student:
12th Grade Assistant Principal: Crystal Keck - Crystal.Keck@pfisd.net
Asst Principal for Grades 9-11 Student's Last Name: A - Go: Argie Flores -
Assistant Principal for Grades 9-11 Student's Last Name: Gr - Pal: Sara Dardeau -
Assistant Principal for Grades 9-11 Student's Last Name: Pam - Z: Dr. Cristobal Saldana -
Counselor Student's Last Name: A - D: Christina Powell - Christina.Powell@pfisd.net
Counselor Student's Last Name: E - J: Lindsay Saylor-Carroll - Lindsay.Saylorcarroll@pfisd.net
Counselor Student's Last Name: K - O: Mark Canales - Mark.Canales@pfisd.net
Lead/Counselor Student's Last Name: P - R: Sarah Cable - Sarah.Cable@pfisd.net
Counselor Student's Last Name: S - Z: Geminesse Scott - Geminesse.Scott@pfisd.net
College/Career Counselor: Nicholas Howell - Nicholas.Howell@pfisd.net
SPED Coordinator: Valorie Salcido - Valorie.Salcido@pfisd.net
ARD Facilitator: Crystal Beck - Crystal.Beck@pfisd.net
LSSP: Becky Luquire - Rebecca.Luquire@pfisd.net
504 Coordinator: Margaret Wofford - Margaret.Wofford@pfisd.net
Social Worker: Ana Bowie - Ana.Bowie@pfisd.net
STAAR EOC Courses - Important Information (English & Español)
I wanted to check in and give you some information about STAAR EOC testing for the school year 2019-2020.
If your student is enrolled in a STAAR tested subject this school year, this email will pertain to them. STAAR tested subjects include English I, English II, Algebra I, Biology, and U.S. History.
Per TEA (Texas Education Agency):
- There will be no STAAR EOC administrations for both spring 2020 and summer 2020. These administrations have been waived by TEA.
- A student currently enrolled in a STAAR EOC class who is a first-time tester for the corresponding STAAR EOC is not required to take and pass the STAAR EOC as long as the STUDENT PASSES THE COURSE by August of 2020.
Please discuss this with your student and advise them of the importance of the Distance Learning assignments. These MUST be completed so that the grade they receive for this 4th nine weeks does not affect their ability to pass a STAAR tested subject. If they fail the class, they will repeat the class AND take the STAAR test for that class. Any questions please reach out to me.
Dr. Sara Butler
Assistant Principal: Testing/Intervention
Me estoy comunicando con usted para darle información acerca del examen STAAR EOC para el año escolar 2019-2020.
Si su estudiante está inscrito en un curso que tiene un examen relacionado con STAAR este año escolar, entonces este mensaje es para usted. Los cursos que tienen un examen relacionado con STAAR incluyen Inglés I, Inglés II, Álgebra I, Biología, e Historia de Estados Unidos.
Según el TEA (Agencia de Educación de Texas, por sus siglas en inglés):
- No habrá exámenes STAAR EOC en la primavera 2020 ni el verano 2020. Estos exámenes no serán aplicados este año escolar.
- Un estudiante que actualmente está inscrito en una clase que tiene un examen relacionado con STAAR y que por primera vez tomará el examen correspondiente con STAAR EOC no tiene que tomar y pasar el STAAR EOC siempre y cuando EL ESTUDIANTE PASE EL CURSO para agosto de 2020.
Por favor hable con su estudiante y déjele saber de la importancia de las asignaciones de Aprendizaje a Distancia. Estas asignaciones TIENEN QUE ser completadas para que la calificación que reciba para este período de 9 semanas no afecte su habilidad de pasar un curso que tiene un examen relacionado con STAAR. Si no pasa la clase, tiene que repetirla Y tomar el examen de STAAR para esa clase. Si tiene preguntas, por favor comunicarse conmigo.
Dr. Sara Butler
Ready for some fitness? It's LADDER TIME!
From our Dance/PE Coach, Dianna Martz:
10 squats w/ weights if you have them
10 pop squats no weights (modification is plie squats)
10 each leg jump lunges so that is 20 total (modification is rev lunges)
1 One legged squat on left leg (you can use one weight for added intensity)
1 one legged squat on right leg
1 floppy burpee
9 squats w/ weights
9 pop squats
9 each leg jump lunges so that is 18 total
2 One legged squat on left leg
2 one legged squat on right leg
2 floppy burpee
8 squats w/ weights
8 pop squats
8 each leg jump lunges so that is 16 total
3 One legged squat on left leg
3 one legged squat on right leg
3 floppy burpee
Keep this pattern up until you reach
1 squats w/ weights
1 pop squats
1 each leg jump lunges so that is 2 total
10 One legged squat on left leg
10 one legged squat on right leg
10 floppy burpee
Finish it with...
50 full sit ups
100 pop squats
100 MT Climbers (every other leg is one)
100 each leg front lunges
100 Jumping Jacks
Don't miss out - Download the PHS app today
Dear PHS Parents,
The School Info App for Pflugerville High School is a great way to stay connected and informed. Notifications are sent in real time for ever-changing situations. Be in the know—download the app today!
Click on the attached QR code or this link: http://siap.ps/eaedd6, or search for Pflugerville High School in the app store. Be sure to allow notifications so you get all the notifications and news feeds to keep current with what’s happening at PHS.
Let's Talk! with Pflugerville ISD
Our district is committed to engaging all stakeholders to support the education of our students. Strong relationships with staff, students, families and community members help us best meet the needs of all students and ensure their success.
We invite you to send us questions, concerns, suggestions, and/or compliments. Once you click on a topic below and make a submission through Let’s Talk!, the school district employee who can best address your comment will be notified. If you request a response, you will hear back from us in a timely manner.
Click here to connect to our District webpage and get answers to your questions.
Remote Learning Website
Please see the PFISD Remote Learning website for recommended learning resources for core contents in all grade levels. The district Paper-Based Instruction learning packets will also be available on this website for access and download.
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BrightBytes – survey for ALL students and parents
Dear Pflugerville High School Campus Community,
We are partnering with BrightBytes, an educational research organization, to learn more about you and your students’ technology access and use for learning.
The goal of this project is to gather data on technology access, skills, and your school’s technology environment, in order to understand the connection between technology use and student achievement.
Our data collection window is set to run from March 30 - May 27, 2020.
Each school is assigned three unique Technology and Learning Questionnaires. There is one designed for teachers and administrators; one designed for students, and one designed for parents.
Your questionnaire links are listed below:
Your participation and support is important to us and will make the difference between having a complete understanding of our school’s technology use versus a limited one.
Please let us know if you have any questions.
Victor Valdez, Chief Technology Officer
Kathryn Ives, Director Integration Services