PfISD Employee Express
April 6, 2023
In This Edition
- Upcoming Events & Holidays
- PfISD 2023-2028 DOI Public Posting
- 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
- Benefits Brief
- Employment Corner
- Staff Shout Outs
- CTE Corner
Upcoming Events & Holidays
School Library Month
Math Awareness Month
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
PfISD 2023-2028 DOI Public Posting
Passed during the 84th Legislative Session, HB 1842 allows Texas school districts to pursue the designation of ‘District of Innovation,’ a provision that enables traditional independent school districts to access many of the flexibilities that are currently available to open-enrollment charter schools. HB 1842 was also intended to generate greater flexibility, local control, and innovation to better meet the needs of Texas students. Through the development and approval of a “Local Innovation Plan,” a district may obtain certain exemptions from the Texas Education Code to advance their local strategic priorities.
On March 1, 2018, the Pflugerville ISD Board of Trustees approved its first District of Innovation (DOI) Plan. The 2022-23 District Academic Advisory Council (DAAC) convened in January and February 2023 to consider renewal of the district’s five-year DOI plan as well as other areas of innovation. The 2023-2028 PfISD Local Innovation plan is currently in its final draft with the DAAC who determined on February 20, 2023 its approval for recommendation to the Superintendent and Board of Trustees for their possible approval.
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.
We still have seats available in the Pegasus program at several campuses and are accepting applications. The purpose of the Pegasus Program is to provide onsite preschool for children of district staff members while also providing preschoolers with disabilities an opportunity to interact regularly with typically-developing peers.
Children of district employees serve as positive role models for the students identified with special needs. This research-based model benefits both groups by providing quality preschool instruction in a supportive, inclusive setting. Pegasus is open to district employees, substitutes, Aramark employees, and relatives of all three.
Visit https://www.pfisd.net/pegasus for more information or click on a link below.
Please contact Julie Schwarz at Julie.email@example.com or 512-594-0173 with any questions.
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.
Employees Assistance Program - EAP
PfISD understands that you and your family members may experience a variety of personal or work-related challenges. Through Optum EAP, you have resources, information, and short-term counseling that are fully confidential and at no cost to you.
Did you know…
· All employees
· Dependents of employees
· Members living in your household (including school-aged children)
Number of Sessions Included
· 3 face-to-face sessions per year/per member/per incident
· Counselors available 24/7 by telephone or video conference
Includes Topics Such As
· Childcare or eldercare services · Legal services
· Identity theft · Marital, relationship, or family problems
· Bereavement or grief counseling · Depression
· Relationships at home or work · Substance abuse and recovery
· Financial support · Weight control
· Consumer support
How to Access
· By Phone: 866-248-4094
· Online: www.liveandworkwell.com
· Website password: pfisd
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
THANK YOU TO OUR AMAZING PFISD STAFF MEMBERS FOR EVERYTHING THEY DO FOR OUR STUDENTS AND COMMUNITY!
Amber Grey of Pflugerville Elementary School (via Anonymous Mom & Dad ): Ms. Grey has built a positive foundation for my daughter. In her first year of school, she wants to be at school, in class, and learning every day. She wants to attend every afterschool event. When we do she finds her friends from Ms. Grey's class. We have new neighborhood friends from Ms. Grey's class. My child has had academic success in Ms. Grey's class. Thank you, Ms. Grey!
Sue Benyo of Athletics (via Anonymous): Sue is always working to help the Athletic Department find a way to balance their budget. She is a wizard with a calculator!
Andre Underwood of Kelly Lane Middle School (via Karen M.): He is absolutely amazing. He truly cares about his students and wants what’s best for them. I couldn’t have asked for a better mentor and 7th-grade principal for my daughter.
Kerim Peirce of Kelly Lane Middle School (via Karen M.): Mr. Peirce is genuinely concerned about the well-being of his students and he cares deeply about their mental health and how they’re feeling. He’s absolutely amazing.
Ms. Shannon of Bus Driver for Rowe Lane Elementary (via Rachael S.): We are so lucky to have Ms. Shannon as a bus driver. Her kind spirit makes the bus ride fun and safe for all the kids. She greets each kid by name and makes sure they all get home safely. She genuinely cares about our kids and they absolutely adore her.
Amanda Deaton of Murchison Elem - Music (via Paula P.): This year, we have had our 5th grader and our 1st grader perform in their grade-level music program. Ms. Deaton puts a lot of time and care into crafting the programs and getting the kids prepared and excited! They talk about it for weeks leading up to the performance date and are so proud of the final product. Ms. Deaton deserves a round of applause for getting full grade levels organized and in sync.
Kaila Anthony of Kelly Lane Middle School (via Karen M.): Kaila has made a significant impact on my daughter. She has encouraged my daughter and given her praises when she needed them and Coach Kaila had no clue how much of an impact she has made on my daughter.
Front Office Staff of Murchison Elementary (via Anonymous Mustang Mom): The Murchison front office ladies are amazing! Every one of them is welcoming to students, parents, teachers, substitutes, etc. They are always smiling, always helpful, always kind, always thankful, and so much more. Thank you ladies for always being such welcoming figures! Not to mention all of the behind-the-scenes things you do that the rest of us don’t see!! You’re appreciated!
Specials Teachers/Principals/Counselor/Librarian of Murchison Elementary (via Anonymous Mustang Mom): This group of ladies, who interact with our entire campus in one way or another, know every student in that building. They say hello to them by name, they know their personalities, their strengths, their needs, their siblings…
All of them treat each kiddo is an individual! That’s special!! Thank You.
Mr. Clayton, Ms. Henry, Ms. Arguello, and Ms. Roberts of Pflugerville Middle School (via anonymous): All of these adults take the time and effort to make sure that my child feels safe at her school. They immediately respond to my email concerns and follow up with me in a timely manner. The principal, counselor, special education coordinator, and assistant principal have a great handle on the needs of not just my student, but all of the students in the school. Thank you for your love and respect of our kiddos!
Mrs. Fisher of Brookhollow Elementary-teacher (via Charles): Mrs. Fisher is an awesome 1st grade teacher that truly embraces education to be fun and engaging with all of her students. She gets into each child's world that brings out the best in each child's strengths. Our son has come a long way in seeing school as fun and a safe place to learn. This has since empowered him to feel confident in his abilities to learn new material and actually excited about it! Thank you for helping our son catch up from pandemic obstacles that has pushed him to be successful for future success in school. Thank you for your dedication and hard work that you give to our students! So without hesitation Mrs. Fisher deserves all the accolades!
Jillian Rock, Jocelyn Breda and Jesus Galvan of Parmer Ln Elementary (via Veronica): I want to thank the 4th grade team for all the support and motivation they give my son Axel and all the students in general, they interact with the students in a way that makes them feel motivated and safe in their class. They are gentle and kind and are committed to helping children learn in a fun and modern way without neglecting the seriousness and responsibility that comes with it. Thank you 4th grade team.
Shelly Carr of Riojas (via Ms. Williams ): Ms. Carr is an outstanding teacher with patience for the little ones. Since my son has started at a new school he had to readjust and Ms.Carr has shown my son nothing but love, passion and the willingness for him to continue grow and learn.
Claudia Escalera and Susie Pugh of Dearing Elementary (via Maria G.): I would like to give lots of kudos to Ms. Claudia Escalera and Ms. Susie Pugh in the Special Education Department at Dearing Elementary. The attention they provide for my son is phenomenal. They are not just educators who pick up a monthly check. They actually care for my son and take care of his needs. Every day I am reminded of this at pickup with their daily communication of his day. We are so appreciative and would like for them to be recognized! THANK YOU!
Jonathon Gartmann of Park Crest (via Anonymous): Mr. Gartmann consistently provides a safe space for students to succeed. Both in the classroom and every afternoon after school students can be found practicing for demo team, black belt club, etc. He has created an environment where students support each other, encourage each other even though they actively compete against each other. I have witnessed my student grow in confidence, self-esteem, strength, and character over their time in Kickstart. I cannot thank Mr. Gartmann enough. And after seeing him this weekend at regionals with his students, and the way he supports them through EVERYTHING, I cannot say enough good things about him. He is an amazing educator who has inspired and encouraged so many students. There is a reason the program at Park Crest is so successful and it is 100% due to the environment and culture he has created with his students. I’m not sure he hears it enough. Thank you, Mr. Gartmann for all that you do for our kids.
Abbie Flax of Murchison Elementary (via Jessica G.): Ms. Flax does a wonderful job making learning fun! She creates fun and exciting ways to engage in learning so the kids don’t even realize they are learning they are having so much fun (I.e. glow day.) I appreciate her creativity and continuing to prepare the kids for the next grade.
Mrs. Minerva Singletary of Mott Elementary (via Jayme N.): Was my son’s teacher last year and still goes out of her way to say hi, greet him with a smile, and connect with him whenever she sees him or he visits her.
Jamie Caddell of Library at Delco ES (via Mrs. Franco): Ms. Caddell, thank youyou’re your thoughtfulness, and also for helping all our students with kindness and so much diligence!
Lisa Pasholk, Corey Soto, Scott Ford, Max Schoolar, Jeremy Watson of Hendrickson (via Anonymous): In celebration of Assistant Principal week, I want to give a big shout out the the best of the best. Each one of them contributes so much to the well being of our school. They roll up their sleeves and work hard to make sure students and staff are taken care of each day. Thank you all so much for making Hendrickson a great place to come to work.
Lisa Nguyen of Murchison Elementary (via Sridevi V): Ms. Nguyen goes above and beyond for her students. She trained her students exceptionally for Math Pentathlon. Almost all students won at least one game during the pentathlon event. She has innovative ideas in her teaching, so kids get excited about school daily. I’m just so thankful our son has her as his teacher.
Mrs. Singletary of 3rd-grade teacher, Mott Elementary (via Elizabeth F.): Mrs. Singletary has been such a collaborative partner throughout the school year. She goes above and beyond to support the students in her classroom and genuinely cares about each one. She is always open to options and feedback and advocates for her students. We are so thankful for all of the work you do to help your students succeed. Thank you isn't enough!
Jeff Hughes of Riojas Elementary School PE coach (via Brittany C.): He always goes above and beyond for all the kids and takes time away from his family to plan and set up great activities to keep our kids active. He is by far the best coach we have ever met. We are so grateful our kids have had the opportunity to have him teach them so many different sports and learn to love being active.
Nikki Herring of Riojas Elementary (via Amanda H.): She is an exemplary teacher who truly gives her all to teaching. She goes above and beyond to help her class love being at school and be successful students. Throughout the year, she has continually found ways to make the kids excited about what they’re learning. She communicates with parents regularly and is always willing to listen and help resolve any concerns that arise. She has a positive personality and always has a smile on her face. She has made a huge difference for my child this year. Thanks for all you do Mrs. Herring!
Misty Hagerman of Riojas Elementary (via Amanda H.): Mrs. Hagerman genuinely loves and cares about her students. She devotes herself to getting to know her students and helping them as much as possible, even if she’s only known them for a short amount of time. She puts her whole heart into her job and makes a huge difference in the lives of so many children.
Stephanie Sloan of Riojas Elementary (via Lauren W.): Ms. Sloan is always making 2nd grade fun. She provides lots of fun incentives such as her dressing up in a banana costume and having to sniff the kids' stinky feet after recess! And when they have a hard day, she's always there to support them. Thank you for being an excellent teacher!
Jennifer Guerra of Riojas Elementary (via Lauren W.): Ms. Guerra brings out the best in her students. My middle son has always been on his own timeline and his own agenda. He never really liked schoolwork and learning. Now he is begging me to take him to get more Jack and Annie books or Dog Man books. She pulled that out of him! She sees his strengths and helps him with his weaknesses. You know you're a good teacher when my son cries because he is worried a sub will be there instead of you. Thank you for being a great teacher!
Ms. S, Ms. Horton, Ms. Jojo, Ms. Korte, and Ms. Hodges (sub) of Riojas Elementary (via Lauren W.): This group of ladies has the biggest hearts! Many of them had my middle son and now they have my youngest. They are always there to comfort criers, patch up injuries and hug a kid who misses mom. And besides that, my son learns so much in that class! He saw my Coke can and said, "Mom I know what shape that is. It's a cylinder." He got a box of gifts for Easter, but it didn't say Easter on it so he asked me how to spell "Easter" and wrote it on the box so no one would open it until then. Not everyone can work with these tiniest learners, but you ladies are ROCKING IT! Thank you for being you! :)
Jonathan Gartmann of Kickstart-PCMS (via Melody R.): Mr. Gartmann inspires his students to do their best every day in learning new skills and developing the character traits that are the cornerstone to the Kickstart program - discipline, responsibility, kindness, respect, courage, dedication, honesty, and loyalty. He devotes many hours after school every day to the beginner, intermediate, and advanced demo teams along with the Black Belt Club. His choreography and level of difficulty really give the students great goals to strive for and they receive such a sense of pride and accomplishment as both an individual and as a team. The Kickstart is such an amazing opportunity to inspire students to be active and achieve their best in all their classes.
Melissa Shannon of Science-PCMS (via Melody R.): Ms. Shannon excels at making science accessible and interesting to her students and inspires them to want to know more.
Kenna Impson, Michael Hill, Steven Ray and Devon Guthrie of Mott Elementary (via Lauren K.): I want to shout out the admin staff at Mott Elementary (Kenna Impson, Michael Hill, Steven Ray and Devon Guthrie). This team keeps everything moving and has been immensely helpful to me over the last two years, as a new parent in the district. They can answer any question and know how to get everything done. Thank you for all that you do!!
PfISD Class of 2023 students are invited to participate in the PfISD Career and Technical Education (CTE) Summer Skilled Trades: Water Operator Academy. This academy is offered in partnership with several regional employers, and students who successfully complete the academy are guaranteed an interview for full-time employment, with career advancement opportunities.
Employer partners include:
Crossroads Utility Services
City of Round Rock
City of Manor
Students will be led through the Class D Water Operator training course by an industry-certified instructor, and participate in work-based learning experiences like site tours, guest speakers, hands-on lab activities, resume writing and interview skill workshops, and more. Upon successful completion, PfISD will pay for the student’s industry certification exam fee.
When? June 5 – June 29
Where? Pflugerville High School
Time? 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
PfISD transportation available
Interested students should apply by April 28: https://forms.gle/vYXP4H6SpTZUAqYe9
Natalie Johnson won 1st place in the high jump and the 100m hurdles. The Women's 4x100 relay placed third at the Elgin Relays. Jamal Abercrombia won first place in the 100m dash
Ethan To-Pham and Hoai Le qualified for Regionals after defeating Georgetown 6-0, 6-1
The regional tournament will be held Tuesday April 11 to Thursday April 13 in Willis, TX
The Cougars Soccer Team defeated LASA 3-2 in the Quarterfinal round of the playoffs in order to qualify for the Regionals Soccer Boys Semi-Final: Houston Wisdom (Home) v Pflugerville (Visitor) Friday, April 7, 2023 4:00 PM
Competed well in the Cedar Ridge relays last week. They are off this week and will be in the District Track meet next week at East View on 4/12 and 4/13
Split with Pflugerville last week and currently sits in 3rd place at 4-2 (16-4 overall). They play the District leader this week (Georgetown).
Javier Mora placed 1st at the Weiss Relays in the 800
Marcus Flores placed 3rd in the 800
Garren Mcafee placed 4th in the 200
The Panther Baseball Team had a big win against Hendrickson 2-1 and split the series.
Eva Gallegos finished 8th at the district meet and was named all district
Marshall Prout was named all district honorable mention
Luke Rose earned second team THSCA Academic All State
The Weiss Varsity Tennis team competed in district this past week and were Runner Up in total points for the Boys (Girls got 3rd). Fabiana Requena and Han Nguyen advanced to regionals in girls doubles and Mark Brugnara advanced to regionals in men’s singles
Freshman Thomas Botkin did a great job. Jordan Benjamin did well at the plate this week going 2-3 with 2 walks and 2 RBIs. Also helping on the offensive end was Bankhead, going 3-7 this week, and Kevin Bautista, going 2-5 with a pair of walks
The Wolves went 1-1 on the week starting with a big win against Hutto Tuesday night, 10-2
Ashley Vipond hit her second homerun of the season, and Jordynn Booe had 14 strikeouts on the night.
Peyton Morgan 1st 110H, 1st 300H, 4x200 2nd, 4x400 1st
Adrian Wilson HJ 1st
Chad Otutu Discus 2nd
P’ Ville Cup Standings
High School:HHS 728