HPES Parent Update

05/25/2020

From the Principal


Highland Park Parents,


This week marks our 10th week of Remote Instruction and our last week of the 2019-2020 school year. I am extremely proud of our students and of our staff!


Parents, I am thankful for your dedication, and your perseverance through this difficult time. Thank-you for keeping an open communication with us, and being available to support in a moments notice. This was not how we expected to end the school year but together we persevered through this difficult time! We love you, we appreciate you, and we miss you. Sending lots of love and hugs to our students and I wishing you a wonderful summer.


As always please do your best to keep yourself and your kiddos healthy!


Warm Regards,


Lizbeth Ruiz

Monday Morning Announcements

Morning announcements are a big deal to our bulldogs! We love to start our week with the pledges, weather forecast, birthdays, joke of the week, reminders, etc. We have figured out a way to video tape our morning announcements and put on the Highland Park Elementary School Facebook every Monday.

Principal Read Aloud

Please let our bulldog know I will be sharing the Monday Read Aloud on our campus Facebook! I hope they enjoy this weeks story!


Principal read aloud this week is "Dragons Love Tacos 2" written by: Adam Rubin and illustrated by: Daniel Salmieri

Incomplete Assignments

It is imperative that the students submit any missing assignments. Teachers have been entering a Pass (P) for submitted assignments that scored a 70 or higher, and an Incomplete (I) for missing assignments or assignments below a 70.


Per district grade promotion guidelines; Our Campus Problem Solving Support Team met last week to discuss students' progress, specifically those with multiple "Incomplete Assignments". We have put in place an accelerated plan to support the students and get the incomplete assignments submitted. These plans will be mailed home, and must be signed and returned to campus.


I urge you to please reach out to your child's teacher and ensure all grades are up to date. I have asked our teachers to be flexible with you, but we do need to hear from you so that together we can come up with a plan. Lets continue working together to help your children submit their assignments and finish this school year strong!

End of the Year Awards Curbside Pick-up This Week!

Our campus will be celebrating our students hard work and dedication with a Curbside Pick Up of End of the Year Awards and Ribbons this week! We do not want their accomplishments to go unnoticed. Parents you may also use this as another opportunity to pick up your child's personal belongings and drop off any remaining library books during this time.


In addition, our 5th grade parent committee has planned an off campus parade to celebrate our 5th graders directly after 5th Grade End of Year Curbside Awards.

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5th Grade Parent Committee Parade! (submitted by 5th Grade Parent Committee)

We will be celebrating our graduating 5th grade class of 2020. In the past we have a walk down the hall of the school where parents, teachers and students lined up to cheer on the graduating class. We have also included any graduating senior who attended Highland Park to walk with them. Since this is not an option this school year we will have a car parade to honor them on the 27th. We will meet in front of the school at after you pick up your child's End of the Year award at 4pm with our cars decorated and ready to go around 4:30pm. We would love to include any graduating Seniors who would like to attend. Please see images for parade route. Please come out to support our kids. They have worked so hard for this moment.
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Returning Students - Action Needed

Our online returning student verification process for the upcoming school year is now available. We are requesting that you complete two online forms for school year 20-21 using the Skyward Parent Portal: the Student Verification and the Student Health forms for SY 20-21.


The online forms will replace our traditional end-of-year paperwork and first day of school packets. If you will please log onto your Skyward Family Access account and complete the forms, we would appreciate it. We are requesting that you complete the forms by Friday, May 29.


If you need a Skyward Family Access account or have additional questions, please contact Skyward support at parentportal@pfisd.net or their campus registrar by email. Please include your name, your student’s name, and your student’s school on the email to the parent portal.

Please ensure that you log on using the Parent Portal and not the Student Portal. Families may translate the forms using Google Translate (instructions here).

District Laptop/Device Return

As the school year comes to a close, it is time to return all district laptops and/or hotspots that were borrowed during the district closure. For convenience and to ensure safety, parents or students, regardless of grade level, can return their laptops to ANY elementary campus between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. beginning Tuesday, May 26 through Friday, May 29. This will be a contactless delivery. Carts and Bins will be provided in the vestibules of each elementary campus for drop off. Please remember to bring all items checked out, including cables and bags. Students who register for summer school will be able to keep the device for the summer school session.

City of Pflugerville and PfISD announce joint initiative to provide books to students

The Pflugerville Public Library (PPL) and Pflugerville Independent School District (PfISD) are partnering to get books into the homes of local children through the Pflugerville Reads Project.

On Tuesday, May 26 from 8-9 a.m. and 11 a.m.-1 p.m. parents of PfISD students will be able to pick up a free book for each child in their household (while supplies last) when they stop by the following schools for curbside breakfast and lunch pick up:


  • Timmerman Elementary School
  • Dessau Middle School
  • Kelly Lane Middle School
  • Park Crest Middle School
  • Westview Middle School
  • Copperfield Elementary
  • Northwest Elementary
  • Pflugerville Elementary
  • Wieland Elementary
  • Windermere Elementary


The books for the Pflugerville Reads Project were collected through a combination of discounted bulk purchases and book donations from PfISD and PPL. The purchase of books was funded by the Friends of the Pflugerville Library, funds previously allocated to PPL programs, and a stipend granted to Cawthon by the 2020 Young Adult Reading Incentive Award.


As with meal curbside pickup, all personnel will be wearing gloves and masks to ensure their own safety and the safety of the families receiving books.

2019-2020 School Yearbooks

Due to the unforeseen circumstances and business closures our yearbook orders have been backed up. We are expecting to receive them in July, and will offer a curbside pick up option for parents. We apologize the inconvenience this causes.


If you did not get to order a yearbook, and would like to do so please click on the link: http://www.hpespto.org/shop

PfISD BrightBytes Survey

We are partnering with BrightBytes, an educational research organization, to learn more about you and your student’s 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 now until May 27, 2020. Please take a minute to complete your questionnaire before 05/27.


Your questionnaire links are listed below:


  • Highland Park Elem Students, Grades 3-5 ONLY
  • Highland Park Elem Parents & Guardians
  • District Weekend Meal Service

    Texas Department of Agriculture has approved Pflugerville ISD’s request to provide weekend meal service.

    PfISD meal delivery sites are:

    • Pflugerville High School (in front of the gym)
    • Dessau Middle School
    • Kelly Lane Middle School
    • Park Crest Middle School
    • Westview Middle School
    • Copperfield Elementary
    • Northwest Elementary
    • Pflugerville Elementary
    • Wieland Elementary
    • Windermere Elementary

    Weekend meals will be served at meal delivery locations from 8-9 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Friday beginning April 17. Meals will be provided curbside at the locations above.

    Children must be 18 years old or younger. Parents or guardians may pick up meals with or without children present, but identification will be required for children not present at pick-up.

    Parents/guardians may only pick up meals for their own children.

    Identification to be accepted will include:

    • Official letter/email from school listing children enrolled
    • Individual student report cards
    • Attendance record from parent portal of school website
    • Birth certificate for children
    • Student ID cards

    A Note from the Counselor; Anna Vazquez

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    MEET THE TEACHER & PARENT ORIENTATION DATES SET FOR 2020-2021

    Meet the Teacher night is scheduled for Tuesday August 11th: PK -2ND: 5:00-5:45 PM , 3RD-5TH: 5:45-6:30 PM


    Parent Orientation is scheduled for Thursday, August 27th: PK -2ND: 5:30- 6:15 PM , 3RD-5TH: 6:15-7:00 PM

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    PTO UPDATES!

    We are lucky to have such a wonderful PTO at our school who helps us in so many ways on a daily basis!!! Please consider joining this wonderful group of parents and join HPES Team!


    Application of Interest:


    Application of Interest Descriptions:



    Stay connected with the HPES PTO!


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    Grading Guidelines

    Just as we have transitioned from our brick and mortar buildings to our homes, this unprecedented situation has also caused us to reconsider and transition our grading policies, regulations, and guidelines to fit our new reality. After much discussion and careful thought, our Board of Trustees approved adjusted grading guidelines and policies for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. We believe these new guidelines will allow us to measure a students' mastery of the district curriculum, provide timely and meaningful feedback to students and parents, and allow for multiple opportunities for students to demonstrate mastery of learning while at home.

    A detailed outline of our COVID-19 grading guidelines can be found here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1_1EQXrcM_Vq-DpZW25nERzY3hoapxpyRcsJydp1_8yM/edit?usp=sharing.


    This outline will also be shared on our Remote Learning Website and the district's Coronavirus webpage.


    Highlights of the COVID-19 Grading Guidelines include:


    • PK-8 grade assignments/4th 9-weeks/semester grades will be evaluated using a Pass (P) or Incomplete (I) system.
    • 9-12 (including middle school courses that issue high school credits) assignments/4th 9-weeks/semester grades will receive numerical grades; grades below a 70 will earn an Incomplete (I).
    • The calculation of the grade point average and class rank for the classes of 2021, 2022, 2023, [and 2024 (note: for current eighth-graders taking high school-level courses, e.g., algebra)], will not include grades from the 2020 Spring semester.
    • For graduating Seniors, final GPA and class rank will be determined using final semester grades from Fall 2019.


    Again, there are more details outlined in the complete COVID-19 grading guidelines linked above. Please reach out to your campus Principals with questions or if you need support implementing these guidelines.

    Important Staff Contact Information

    Teachers and campus administrators have Google Voice accounts so that they can call parents. Many of us do not answer phone calls from numbers we do not recognize. (Trying to avoid telemarketers!) If a staff member calls you and you don't answer they will leave a message. Please check your messages. You can call the staff member back using that same phone number.


    Teachers are available to support distance learning from 9:00 - 12:00 Monday through Thursday. That entails answering questions, giving feedback, technical support, etc. During this time, they are required to be available to all students and parents in their class.


    In addition, teachers have designated virtual conference times set aside to conference with parents should the need arise. Please see conference times below:


    PK: 10:15 - 11: 05 a.m.

    Kinder: 11:00- 11:50 a.m.

    1st: 9:00-9:50 a.m

    2nd:11:00-11:50 a.m.

    3rd:1:30-2:20 p.m

    4th: 11:00- 11:50 a.m.

    5th:9:10- 10:00 a.m

    Intervention:1:00- 1:50 a.m.

    Special Education: 11:00-11:50 a.m

    Specials:11:00-11:50 a.m.


    If you would like to have a parent conference, please email your child's teacher and they can set up a conference with you.

    A note from our Librarian; Ms. Reyes

    Let's keep our students reading!! Click on the link below for some really great ideas in English and Spanish!


    https://docs.google.com/document/d/17QzoXavFZ_JgUDfkivGpF7qYD0PnvhkEpiDEkVIwuNE/edit?usp=sharing

    Section 504

    Section 504:

    All student plans have been emailed to parents. Do you have questions about the plan? Not sure what accommodations are? You may contact Anna Vazquez @ anna.vazquez@pfisd.net

    Special Education

    Students currently served under Special Education will continue services. Our Special Education team is collaboration with our classroom teachers to ensure that we are best serving each student. Emails and ARD invitations will come from Miranda Barcena. Please contact your child's teacher or our Assistant Principal Jesus Olivas at jesus.olivas@pfisd.net if you have questions.

    Gifted & Talented Information

    Parent notification letters have been mailed to students nominated for Gifted and Talented. Please check your mailbox this week for results. You may contact Anna Vazquez @ anna.vazquez@pfisd.net with questions.

    Backpack Pfriends:

    Students receiving Backpack Pfriends will have the option to pick up items Thursdays at any pick up location. You will need to verify your student’s name and campus to receive your items.

    Let's Talk Platform

    Our Let's Talk platform is designed for parents to ask questions or submit comments. It is up running and the district has received more than 100 questions and comments from our staff, parents, and students. It has buttons on the following topics: Payroll, Food Services/Meals, Technology, HR/Benefits/Leaves, Online Learning, Google Classroom and General Coronavirus Questions. Additionally, there is buttons for each campus to direct any questions or comments directly to the principal and the senior administrative associate a the campus. Click here to learn more about the system.

    Administrators are Dividing and Conquering

    HPES Families, we appreciate all the support and encouraging words we have received as we roll out distance learning. Nothing can replace face to face interactions with our young bulldogs but we are excited to see them be delighted to continue to learn and achieve greatness under these unprecedented circumstances. With that being said we still have over 700 kids and 80 staff to communicate via email with daily. Our administrative team has decided to divided and conquer so we can make sure everyone is taken care of in a timely manner. See below our new communication guide (this will help you get your questions and concerns to the correct administrator):


    Anna Vazquez: PPCD(Pegasus)/PK, and Office Staff

    Lizbeth Ruiz: Kinder, 1st Grade, Intervention team

    Gina Lochner: 2nd Grade and 3rd Grade

    Jesus Olivas: 4th Grade,5th Grade, and Special Education team


    If you reply to this HPES Parent Newsletter, please include your child's name and grade in your reply. I recently realized some of the correspondence was going to my spam inbox and I have fixed the issue. If you had sent me something and received no response, please email me once again. I am now checking my spam inbox daily as well. I try really hard to respond within 24 hours!


    Help your neighbors stay informed

    We have many email addresses and families that are on this email list, however, if you hear that someone is not receiving my emails or district emails, please send their email address and name to me at lizbeth.ruiz@pfisd.net. Spread the word! The more informed we are, the better!

    REMOTE LEARNING PACKET LOCATIONS

    Remote Learning Packets are now available via newspaper mailboxes at the following locations:


    Pflugerville High School

    Dessau Middle School

    Kelly Lane Middle School

    Park Crest Middle School

    Westview Middle school

    Copperfield Elementary

    Northwest Elementary

    Pflugerville Elementary

    Wieland Elementary

    Windermere Elementary


    They are placed at the grab-and-go meal locations across the district. Packets will be returned at the same locations from 8-9 am and 11 am – 1 pm on Mondays .

    Curbside Meals Update-

    Pflugerville ISD is providing free grab-and-go breakfast/lunch/ dinner meals to all PfISD students at ten locations across the district. Grab-and-go meals will be available for curbside pickup at the following times. Families can pick up meals curbside in the carpool lanes at the campuses listed below. Parents may pick up breakfast and lunch at the same time. For those who do not drive and need to walk to pick up the meal, you will be allowed to walk and pick them up to go. Access to enter the buildings will not be available.


    • Breakfast: 8 - 9 a.m.
    • Lunch: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.


    Texas Department of Agriculture recently adjusted requirements for parents picking up meals without children present. Pflugerville ISD will begin going forward with TDA guidance starting Monday, April 6.


    What to expect at each meal distribution site:


    1. Be prepared to present one of the following through the window upon meal pick-up:


    • Official letter/email from school listing children enrolled
    • Individual student report cards
    • Attendance record from parent portal of school website
    • Birth certificate for children
    • Student ID cards


    2. Parents may not receive meals for other children.


    3. Each meal provided to parents on behalf of children must be documented by the organization.


    • Pflugerville High School
      1301 W. Pecan Street
      Pflugerville, Texas 78660


    • Dessau Middle School
      12900 Dessau Road
      Austin, Texas 78754


    • Kelly Lane Middle School
      18900 Falcon Pointe Blvd.
      Pflugerville, Texas 78660


    • Park Crest Middle School
      1500 N. Railroad
      Pflugerville, Texas 78660


    • Westview Middle School
      1805 Scofield Ln.
      Austin, Texas 78727


    • Copperfield Elementary
      12135 Thompkins Drive
      Austin, Texas 78753


    • Northwest Elementary
      14014 Thermal Dr.
      Austin, Texas 78728


    • Pflugerville Elementary
      701 Immanuel Rd.
      Pflugerville, Texas 78660


    • Wieland Elementary
      900 Tudor House Rd.
      Pflugerville, Texas 78660


    • Windermere Elementary
      429 Grand Ave. Pkwy.
      Pflugerville, Texas 78660

    TROUBLE PICKING UP FOOD OR PACKETS FROM ONE OF THESE LOCATIONS?

    Please reply to the Highland Park Newsletter email. We will contact you to help find a solution so that your child will be able to get their meals and/or paper based learning.

    If you know of someone else who might be having difficulty going to pick up the food or paper based learning, please let us know as well.

    EDUCATING WITH ZOOM

    Teachers and staff have the opportunity to use Zoom as a way to communicate with your child(ren) to provide instruction and support through technology. Zoom is a leader in modern business video communications, with an easy and reliable cloud platform for video and audio conferencing, collaboration, chat, and webinars on mobile devices, desktops, phones, and room systems.


    As we start educating with Zoom, we want to share some rules with you and give you the opportunity to exclude your student from live interactions. All meetings will be held under district- established guidelines.


    Click this link and complete this form ONLY if you would like your child to opt out of zoom lessons. https://forms.gle/RiduyPKn5KmA3qEQ9


    In addition, some teachers have opted to use other district approved platforms to send pre-recorded lessons to students such as Class Dojo, Seesaw, Classtag, and Google Classroom. Please double check with your teacher on what platform they are using.

    PARENT ADVICE FOR MONITORING TECHNOLOGY

    Parents,


    Monitor, monitor, monitor your children's access using phones and computers during these next couple of weeks and beyond. Adults outside of education, with bad intentions, may be using this unprecedented online access to communicate with children. Students will also be reaching out to one another to connect during these uncertain times and we are not available to assist in monitoring these interactions and conflicts that arise.


    Suggestions for safe usage:


    • You should be able to access your child's technology at any time.
    • Check their last post, Tik Tok upload, Instagram dms and text, etc..., frequently.
    • Check their stored photos
    • Have online access in an open space such as the kitchen or living room - if a bedroom is the only option, the door should be open, and make the rounds frequently to check on their activity.


    Sending a student into a closed bedroom for hours with an unsupervised laptop or cell phone can be very dangerous for children. Let us know how we can help!

    ELECTRONIC DEVICE ACCESS

    If your student does not have access to an electronic device or Internet, please use one of the links below to apply for technology assistance.


    CANCELED EVENTS

    Due to the ongoing circumstances all scheduled activities related to Pflugerville ISD schools are cancelled during the school closure. This also includes all district and campus events and competitions.

    Access Clever at Home

    Clever is a portal that PfISD uses for students to access many educational resources.

    Go to PfISD.net>student tab>clever. The login is your student’s “s” number and password. Most students have this memorized by this point. If not, reach out to your child's teacher.


    Click on the link below to watch a video that will teach you how to access CLEVER from home!


    https://drive.google.com/open?id=1GwVgmDFWknECL6MzP5N3WT-DDO8haOvh

    FREE ONLINE READING RESOURCE TO USE AT HOME

    MYSTERY SCIENCE

    Great news. Mystery Science has opened up all their videos for distance learning. Your student can look at which videos are of interest, and there are some fantastic ones. Happy viewing.


    https://mysterydoug.com/

    https://mysteryscience.com/school-closure-planning

    FREE HOME ACCESS FOR STUDENTS TO ABC MOUSE, ADVENTURE ACADEMY & READING IQ DURING SCHOOL CLOSURES

    Age of learning is providing free resources while our campus is closed. All three programs can be used on tablets, computers, and smartphones. Click on the link below and follow the instructions.


    https://www.ageoflearning.com/school_closure_pdf/ParentLetter_AofL_SCHOOL7581.pd

    CHARACTER AND FITNESS VIDEOS AT HOME

    We hope this resource serves not only as a helpful diversion while the kids are home, but also as an opportunity for families to engage in character-building conversations while also staying active at home.


    http://boosterthoncharacter.com/

    Code: ONLINE


    * There’s no cost to register

    * 75 + streaming videos with character topics and fitness exercises (PBIS, SEL, STEAM, etc.)

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