PfISD Curriculum Newsletter

September 27, 2021

Important Dates

Sept. 27th - deadline to request CAST registrations (secondary science)

Sept. 30th - Initial session GR 3-5 Science Inquiry & Notebooks PD series

Oct. 7th - Initial session GR K - 2 Science Inquiry & Notebooks PD series

Oct. 8th - Optional STAR 360 in Freckle sessions

Oct. 22nd - District IC meeting

Jan. 3, 2022 - Conscious Discipline training for all Pre-K EA's

General Information

Submitted by Kimberly Roark

TEA is seeking classroom teachers, instructional coaches, campus and district content specialists, and campus administrators to serve on a variety of assessment-related committees in all STAAR-tested content areas and grade levels. To apply, educators should complete the Educator Committee Application Form.

Professional Learning

Submitted by Holly Galloway

We are excited to offer a professional learning opportunity for our teachers to discover the benefits of project-based learning and how to apply to their classroom. There are three pathways to support Project-Based Learning (PBL), see the Professional Learning Platform for descriptions and additional information about each pathway.

Please register on our Professional Learning Platform to participate. No experience with PBL is needed to join. The first session starts the week of September 27.

Pathway #1 1:1 Coaching Support: Elementary Section #19577, Secondary Section #19599

Pathway #2 Recharge Sessions: Section #19600

Pathway #3 Leadership Support: Section #19578

Multi-Tiered Systems of Support

MTSS Website


Submitted by Johnna Timi

Optional Course October 8: Getting Started with STAR 360 in Freckle

Course Description: This optional training follows our Back-to-School training, and will show teachers how they can assign practice by TEKS in a variety of ways (multiple choice, open response, exit tickets, quizzes, of printables)

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Submitted by Sarah Pratte

CHAMPS is a proactive, positive classroom management strategy that creates a clear and consistent instructional structure. The acronym defines five specific components that helps set behavior exceptions for any activity. The creator of the the CHAMPS Classroom Management System is Dr. Randy Sprick of Safe and Civil Schools. Watch this video to learn more.


  • Can students talk to each other during this activity or transition? What is the voice level?


  • How do students get their questions answered? How do they get your attention?


  • What is the task or objective? What is the expected end product? *Always start here when using in the classroom.


  • Can students move about? What is the level of movement requirement? (E.g., are they allowed to get up to sharpen a pencil?)


  • What does the expected student behavior look and sound like? How do students show they are fully participating?


  • When students meet CHAMPS expectations they will be successful!
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Social and Emotional Learning

Submitted by Mark Christie

The SEL 3 Signature Practices were developed in response to these commonly heard questions: “But what does SEL LOOK like?” and “How can we start doing SEL right now?”

The SEL 3 Signature Practices are one tool for fostering a supportive environment and promote SEL. They intentionally and explicitly help build a habit of practices through which students and adults enhance their SEL skills. While not an SEL curriculum, these practices are one concrete example of a way to help people understand and practice the goals of an overall systemic SEL implementation plan.

You can find more information about the SEL 3 Signature Practices (including the SEL 3 Signature Practices playbook) on the SEL tab on the MTSS website.

Email the district SEL Specialist, Mark Christie, if you have questions about one of these strategies or if you would like support implementing a strategy from the playbook.

Self-Care for Educators Book Study

We are excited to offer an opportunity to learn about self-care as educators. The past couple of years have been challenging and have amplified the need to take care of ourselves. Let’s learn a variety of ways to take care of ourselves together!

We will be using the book Take Time for You: Self-care Plans for Educators by Tina Boogren. This book study is for up to 30 teachers. Participants will receive the book, Take Time for You and a meditation app. Join us to explore building a self-care plan!

Here are the dates and times:

  • October 19, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
    • Introduction & Chapter 1
    • Self-Care Survey - Growth Check
    • Self-Care Plan & Reflection
    • Ten Percent Happier
  • November 30, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
    • Chapter 2 & 3
  • January 25, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
    • Chapter 4 & 5
  • March 1, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
    • Chapter 6 & 7
    • Self-Care Survey - Growth Check

Register on our Professional Learning Platform, Course #13500: Self-Care for Educators. Last day to register is 9/27. The space is limited to 30 staff members! All meetings will be on Zoom. If you have any questions, you may contact, SEL Specialist.

Canvas Corner

Submitted by Rachel Naugle

Teachers embraced Canvas as our primary platform for virtual learning last year for students in grades 2nd through 12th grade. The transition to Canvas allowed teachers to create a consistent experience for students across classes and provided parents with a tool to support their child’s education. Teachers made a significant investment to move materials and instruction to the platform, and Canvas will continue to be our learning management system for online and blended learning for students in grades 2nd through 12th grades for the 2021-22 school year. Teachers will be expected to continue to use Canvas to support personalized and blended learning opportunities for our students. Here is a full list of Canvas expectations for the 2021-22 school year.

A reminder that we have templates available for you to use to personalize your courses:
NEW Elementary Templates

NEW Secondary Templates

Math - Elementary

Submitted by Aressa Jones

Thank you to the Principals, Instructional Coaches, Host teachers, Substitutes, and Students for a great HMH Workshop. The model lessons, discussions, and hands-on activities were amazing. Ruth Barron, Northwest, and Brookhollow definitely have some amazing things going on in their classrooms.

I wanted to share a great resource for presenting your students with task problems. The following book is a great way to get students engaged in problem solving using a real world situation.
Axelrod, A., & McGinley-Nally, S. (2018). Pigs will be pigs: Fun with math and money. New York, NY: Aladdin Paperbacks. ISBN 0689812191

ELA - Elementary

Submitted by Jenny Olsen

Hello Pflugerville ISD! I have the privilege of serving as the district’s Elementary Language Arts Coordinator. I graduated from Pflugerville High School many years ago so I am excited to be back in Pflugerville ISD. I am looking forward to supporting and working alongside each of you in the implementation of the language arts curriculum.

I have taught in Round Rock ISD for the past 17 years, and taught my first two years in Tucson, Arizona. I have taught 1st, 2nd, 4th, and 5th grades. My experience teaching multiple grade levels allowed me to be able work with different grade level teams to develop grade level literacy plans to meet student needs. I thoroughly enjoyed working on creating curriculum and long term literacy goals and found that this is where my passion lies.

My undergraduate degree at University of Arizona was in Elementary Education. I earned my masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Literacy Studies from the University of Texas at Arlington. I consider myself to be a lifelong learner and am very passionate about learning all things related to literacy. I am always looking for more ways to grow myself in professional learning.

I believe that strong literacy skills are essential in developing lifelong learners. It is important for every student to develop and demonstrate effective reading and writing skills by participating in high quality literacy instruction. I want every elementary student in PFISD to see themselves as successful readers and writers.

I currently live in Round Rock with my significant other, Ryan, and my two children. My daughter Katelyn, is 12 and is in 7th grade. My son, Jacob is 15 and just started his sophomore year at Round Rock High School. We also have three dogs and two cats that keep us busy. We enjoy time with our extended family and friends, being outdoors, and watching movies. When I have downtime, you will find me reading a book. I am indeed a bookaholic.

I am looking forward to meeting everyone in person. I am here to support you in all things language arts throughout the year. It is going to be a great year!

Social Studies

Submitted by Kimberly Roark

Social Studies Opportunity
The State Board of Education will soon begin the review and revision of the TEKS for K-12 social studies. The SBOE is now accepting applications to serve on social studies TEKS review work groups. Submitted applications will be reviewed throughout the process. To apply and for more information regarding the TEKS review, please visit the Social Studies TEKS Review webpage.


Submitted by Sue Ann DeCuir

Elementary Level: Science Inquiry and Notebooks PD Series (all virtual) still has spots available for several campuses. The initial sessions are happening SOON.
GR 3 - 5: Sept. 20 (12:30 - 3:30)
GR K - 2: October 7 (12:30 - 3:30)
Please enter names on this spreadsheet

New ICs attend the entire series.
All ICs attend a special coaching session on Thursday, Nov. 18 (9:20 - 12:30).

Secondary Level: Requests for district to pay registration for CAST in November: I sent this link to department chairs so that each campus could request payment for one teacher registration. I have only received three requests. I need names by today if possible, but no later than Monday, 9/27 in order to process a PO for Early Bird pricing. Thanks!

PfISD Curriculum and Innovation

Phone: 512-594-0000