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  • September 6, 2019

    Posted by Tamra Spence on 9/6/2019

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    A Note from Dr. Killian

    Welcome to the 2019-20 school year! I wanted to take a little time to share several of the things going on in the district along with a peek into planning underway. It’s been a fast-moving last 12 months and we have several things to share.

     First, student enrolment trends have been interesting. Last year, we projected that we would grow close to 800 students by the October 2018 Snapshot date. Snapshot is a date every year in October when the Texas Education Agency has us submit student enrollment numbers for the year. Numbers submitted at that time are used for campus and district report card information and year over year show our demographic trends. For UIL, those numbers are used to classify high schools every two years (ie A, AA, AAA, and so forth). After showing growth the year before, growth stalled in 2018-19 and we only grew 109 students. The impact was that we had increased staffing for the new students more than the students that actually showed up. We were able to adjust our budget and address the funding projections though. Demographic projections for this year still showed growth but were slowed by what transpired last year to a more conservative 233 additional students by the October 2019 Snapshot date. Well, surprise, 735 students have shown up already and we experienced increases and decreases in some surprising places. The past several weeks we have approved more and more teacher positions to address this growth along with having to surplus teachers on campuses where enrollment by grade levels didn’t add up.

    Despite what some think, economic considerations were not the main factor in moving staff this year. Funding is fine, the issue is getting a certified teacher to classrooms that only had substitutes or are over-crowded.  With unemployment at sub 4% levels across the state, the job market is very tight for staffing in all sectors. That has lead us to hold people to their contracts in 2019-20 for lateral moves because we can’t find suitable replacements. We want to be able to release staff that have job opportunities they want to explore, but our first duty is to provide certified staff for our kid’s classrooms. An employment contract works to not only protect staff for a year’s employment but also to protect our students.

    Speaking of shortages in staffing, in several areas, HR and staff recommended increases and adjustments to help attract and retain staff. A differential for hourly staff who serve in our special needs units was added for the new year. In addition to the record increases in pay, several stipends were adjusted. Stipends for special education teachers in behavior and Life skills units were added. Several stipends for extracurricular, academic, and co-curricular were increased as we reviewed market data for the region. We also took over funding UIL academic stipends at the district level but left the money that was previously used to pay for these stipends in the campus budgets.

    Additionally, we have aggressively increased bilingual teacher stipends to the highest in central Texas at $6,500 because that area of certification is a major shortage area for the state. The Human Resources department piloted a hiring pool for bilingual teachers, which was a big success. While we did have 6 Bilingual openings as recently as last week, we identified 6 existing positions that were currently in the district that had a low student to teacher ratios and transferred teachers to classrooms that currently have a substitute or large overcrowding. We don’t like to move teachers at any time, but we needed to get the staffing to the classrooms that needed relief. We are actually fully staffed with certified bilingual teachers in our classrooms!

    Finally, we wanted to share that this year’s raises were just the start. We believe we will be in a good position in the spring to give another solid raise, look at more stipends, investigate additional ways to reward staff and look at leading the market in more areas. PfISD appreciates all of you and it is our intent to make you a believer. We hope you have an energy-filled year. Thanks for being part of the Pfamily.

    In the best interest of children,

    Doug

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    HR Front Porch Initiative

    The Department of Human Resources is excited to begin our HR campus outreach initiative for the 2019-2020 school year! PfISD Human Resources will visit your campus on your assigned day in your staff lounge. During this time you will have the opportunity to visit with HR about a myriad of HR matters including any benefits, leave, or compensation questions. We are delighted to visit our district campuses and have a conversation on your "front porch." Please mark your calendars to come see us! 

    • Tuesday, Sept. 17:
      Connally HS, Northwest LA

    • Wednesday, Sept. 18:
      Parmer Lane ES, River Oaks ES

    • Thursday, Sept. 19:
      Hendrickson HS, Murchison ES

    • Friday, Sept. 20:
      Park Crest MS, Brookhollow ES

    • Tuesday, Sept. 24:
      Mott ES, Weiss HS

    • Wednesday, Sept. 25:
      Copperfield ES, Westview MS

    • Thursday, Sept. 26:
      Pflugerville MS, Spring Hill ES, Opportunity Center

    • Friday, Sept. 27,
      Pflugerville HS, Timmerman ES, PACE/PD

      

    District Updates Local Leave Policy

    The local leave policy DEC (LOCAL) was updated for the 2019-2020 school year with the following changes:

    Schedule of Limitations (Non-Discretionary Days)
    Unless specifically excused by the campus principal based on the effect of the employees’ absence on the educational program,  District operations, the availability of substitutes or as specified by District Regulations, medical certification shall be required for absences of all campus employees occurring under the following circumstances:”

    1. On the day before or after a school holiday;
    2. On the first or last day of a semester;
    3. On the days scheduled for end-of-semester or end-of-year exams;
    4. On days scheduled for state-mandated testing;
    5. On professional or staff development days.

    As specified by District regulations allows campus principals to approve 6% of campus total employees’ discretionary leave absence requests. 

    If prior approval is not secured for any of the above absences the employee’s pay will be docked at their daily rate the month after the occurrence. Documentation must be received during the current school year.

    Elimination of 10 Day Rule

    Employees will no longer need to provide documentation for going over 10 days in a year. (Excessive absenteeism guidelines will still apply.)

    Excessive Absenteeism

    • Absences in excess of ten days are considered to be excessive absenteeism.
    • Employees under approved Family and Medical Leave, Temporary Disability Leave, assault leave, jury duty, subpoena, bereavement leave, or an accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act are not considered when determining excessive absenteeism. Non-contract leave days (vacation days), are not counted when determining excessive absenteeism.

    Intermittent Family Medical Leave (FML) for care of newborn, adoption or foster placement

    • The District “shall not permit” intermittent FML for the care of newborn, adoption or foster placement.
    • Employees that qualify for FML must take their days in one continuous block of time up to 12 weeks.
    • Employees out for a serious medical condition for themselves or a family member may still take intermittent FML.


    Separation of Local and State Leave

    Local Sick Leave

    • Local sick leave may only be used for an employee or an immediate family member’s illness
    • Employees may not use local sick days for personal reasons

    State Sick Leave

    • Non-Discretionary or Unplanned leave – to be used for sick, bereavement, family emergency)

    State Personal Leave

    • Discretionary or planned leave – personal leave
    • Requires supervisor approval at least one week in advance via the appropriate planned leave approval form (two forms) and must indicate in AESOP notes that approval was obtained.
    • Maximum 3 consecutive workdays

     

    Less than Annual Appraisals

    The PfISD Board of Trustees approved DNA Local in August, which creates a "less than annual appraisal" option for teachers. Please view the attachments to learn more about this new option for our highly-qualified teachers. For those interested in the less than annual appraisal option, please review the eligibility criteria and submit the attached form to your principal no later than September 13th.

    Teacher Procedures | TTESS Deferment Form

     

    Get your Employee T-shirts and PfISD Straws!

    If you have not picked up your 2019 district t-shirt “We Are Family” and would still like one, email Suzi Meyer with your size and campus. Shirts are still available in Medium, Large and X-Large. Starting Oct. 1 we will begin selling them to the general public for $5.

    Be on the lookout for straws at your campus! The Community Relations department has purchased metal PfISD straws, complete with cleaning brushes, for all PfISD employees in an effort to show our appreciation for staff, and help our environment! Straws will be delivered to campuses soon.

     

    Support our PfISD students

    Don't forget you can show your PfISD employee badge and gain free entry into any Home Fine Arts production and athletic event. Support our PfISD students and view some great entertainment! Badges only work at events and activities in PfISD facilities and regular-season games (no playoff games). 

      

    Spring Hill ES awarded Foundation Grant!

    Congratulations to Spring Hill ES, which received a $10,000 grant from the Pflugerville Education Foundation during Convocation for their Reading Shark program! This is an annual Campus Grant given every Convocation. 

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    Help us share the great stories on Social Media!

    We’re excited to let you know about a new and easier way for you to submit photos and videos to the Community Relations Staff to use on social media.

    A new email account has been established to help streamline the process of submitting content. If you have photos, videos or other content ideas you think deserve to be on your campus or the district’s social media accounts, you can now email them to SocialMedia@pfisd.net

    This will help us collect more content from teachers, administrators and staff members in the trenches doing the great work to make this district so successful.

    How do I submit content?

    Email your photos or videos to SocialMedia@pfisd.net and include a short description of what is happening (who, what, when, where, why) and you MUST include the names of students who appear in the photos/videos. ** This is important so the Community Relations staff can check parental permissions before posting the content.** 

    We prefer that you send in no more than 4 photos at a time.

    Don’t know what to submit? Here are a few ideas:

    • Students interacting/working together for a learning activity
    • Students having fun learning (kids smiling is the best content of all!)
    • Students helping each other
    • Students being helpful in the classroom
    • Teachers being supportive
    • If it supports our mission, vision and core beliefs, send it our way.
    • 100 Social Media Ideas

     

    New Employee discount for EDP childcare in 2019-20

    As part of the 2019-20 budgeting process, Pflugerville ISD has implemented a discounted tuition rate for full-time employees. Employes will now pay $50 per child, per month for afterschool care. Previously, employees paid a rate of $140 per child, per month for afterschool care. Contact the EDP Office for registration information.

     

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    Board Bytes

    In the August Board Meeting, the Board adopted the 2019-20 Budget and approved a tax rate of $1.45 for the upcoming year. Click here for the Budget Presentation.

    To view the entire Board Meeting video, visit the district's YouTube page.

     

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    My Road My Future Campaign

    A group of students from Pflugerville High School will be recognized by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation for their work on a public service announcement contest this spring. The District and PfISD Police partnered with Travis Co. ESD #2 for the My Road My Future campaign to promote safe driving among teens. The group from PHS made a video emphasizing the dangers of texting while driving with an artistic twist and won the contest.

    The TDLR administers the Driver Education and Safety Program, and representatives from the organization contacted the District last week to praise the students for their work and invite them to be honored at this month’s Driver Training and Traffic Safety Advisory Committee meeting on Sept. 25.

    The students who participated in making the winning video were: Jacob Claxton, Michael Hornsby, Mac Bain, Lily Bitner, Alex Vo and Ava Carrasco. Their teacher David Robb and administrators from PHS will join them at the meeting when the students are honored.

    To learn more about the My Road My Future campaign and the see the winning video click HERE.
     

     

    coming soon

    • SHAC Meeting: Sept. 10
    • Board Regular Meeting: Sept. 26
    • Pflugerville Education Foundation Golf Tournament: Oct. 3

     

     

    Perk of the Month

    Wings 'N More Austin
    1200 W. Howard Lane, Austin
    Website:  http://www.wingsnmore-austin.com
    Contact:  Darrel Oribello (darrel@wingsnmore-austin.com) 512-989-6673
    Wings 'N More Austin is offering a free appetizer to all Pflugerville ISD employees on Monday nights. 

     

    To view more perks, visit The Pfair.

     

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  • May 2019

    Posted by Tamra Spence on 5/24/2019

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    A Note from Dr. Killian

    Just one more week to go in this school year, and while I know you're all going to miss your students, I'm sure you have begun the countdown to a well-deserved Summer break. This marks our last Employee Newsletter for the school year and I hope you have found it helpful and full of pertinent information, as well as a few celebrations of our staff and students. We will continue the newsletter next year starting in August, and we also have a few other ideas in the works to help with employee communication and interaction for the upcoming school year, so stay tuned!

    We know you are all waiting to hear about salary increases for the upcoming school year. We have also been watching the Legislature with bated breath to see what the financial impact will be to our district and staff so we can maximize what we can provide to our staff members. We are committed to recommend at least a 3% raise for all employees, based on our current fiscal situation. Please know that we value ALL of our employees, and we are waiting for the School Finance Bill because we hope to be more aggressive in our pay increase than surrounding districts, for both salary and hourly employees. Once the bill is passed, and we have had the opportunity to provide a recommendation to the Board of Trustees, we will provide additional information to staff. I know many of you will be on Summer break, but please plan on checking your email or the district website in early June for an update on district salaries.

    It has been a great year, and we have had some significant accomplishments, including the passage of a Bond and Tax Ratification Election which will help fund future growth in the district for the next several years. I am excited about where we are, and even more so for where we are going. I thank each of you for your hard work this year on behalf of our students and look forward to seeing you again in August to kick off another great school year!

    In the best interest of children,

    Doug

      

    Skyward Teacher Training

    PfISD will launch the new Skyward Student Information System for the 2019-2020 school year. All teachers will be required to either attend a training session or complete an online course. Plans are being finalized for training labs prior to the start of school. Teachers electing to complete an online course will still be required to submit their Gradebook setup for verification prior to the start of school.

     

    2019-2020 Employee Work Calendars

    The 2019-2020 Employee Work Service calendar has been approved and posted to http://www.pfisd.net/Page/782. Please email any questions to Human.Resources@pfisd.net.

     

    Last Day to Resign without Penalty

    The last day for contract employees to resign without penalty is July 2, 2019.  After July 2, resignations will not be accepted until the Superintendent of Schools accepts the resignation.  Educational Associates and other non-contract positions do not have this restriction.

     

    Employee Transfer Deadline

    The last day for employees to apply to be transferred within the district is June 7, 2019.

     

    New Employee discount for EDP childcare in 2019-20

    As part of the 2019-20 budgeting process, Pflugerville ISD has implemented a discounted tuition rate for full-time employees. Employes will now pay $50 per child, per month for afterschool care. Currently, employees pay a rate of $140 per child, per month for afterschool care. EDP will begin registration for the 2019-20 school year in the coming weeks.

     

    2019 Convocation Scheduled

    PfISD has scheduled its annual Convocation to kick off the 2019-20 school year on Thursday, Aug. 8 at Shoreline Church, 15201 Burnet Rd. in Austin. Convocation will run from 2-4 p.m.

      

     

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    Board Bytes

    In the May Board Meeting, the Board approved the addition of an Army JROTC program at Connally High School, renovations to the PACE building to accommodate the PfISD Police Department and Nursing Staff, and approval of acoustical treatment at the Rock Gym to better serve as a meeting and professional development site for district functions.

    To view the entire Board Meeting video, visit the district's YouTube page.

     

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    District hosts Employee Recognition Event

    Pflugerville ISD honored teacher and staff excellence as it hosted the 2019 PfISD Employee Recognition Banquet on Thursday in Pflugerville. 

    The evening was highlighted by the presentation of Teacher, Rookie Teacher, Humanitarian and Support Staff awards. The district also applauded its retirees, including those with more than 40 years in education.

    “This is my favorite event of the year,” said PfISD Superintendent of Schools Dr. Douglas Killian. “It’s an honor to recognize the amazing work being done by our incredible teachers and staff.” 

    Pflugerville Elementary math interventionist Susan Kruger was named District Elementary Teacher of the Year, while Melissa Brydson, a math teacher at Park Crest Middle School, captured the District Secondary Teacher of the Year award.

    Each received $600 from the Pflugerville Education Foundation, a laptop from Dell and a ring from Herff Jones.  

    Tito Saquiche of Mott Elementary was named District Elementary Rookie Teacher of the Year, while John Powell of Kelly Lane Middle School was named District Secondary Rookie Teacher of the Year. Saquiche is a first-grade teacher and Powell teaches Texas history. 

    They received $350 cash awards from PEF.  

    Margaret Olivarez of Copperfield Elementary and Sara Lucas of Hendrickson High School were named District Elementary Humanitarian and Secondary Humanitarian of the Year, respectively. Olivarez teaches third grade, while Lucas teaches social studies.

    Olivarez organized a T-shirt campaign that garnered the attention of colleges nationwide and led to an outpouring of free donations from various universities. Lucas for years has helped raise funds for cancer research through the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.

    They also received $350 cash awards from PEF. 

    Humanitarians of the Year are defined as staff members who represent the district in positive manners through interactions with parents, students and PfISD employees.

    Administrators and faculty at PfISD schools selected campus Teacher, Rookie Teacher and Humanitarian of the Year award winners, from which a panel of judges selected the district honorees. 

    District Support Staff of the Year award winners in six categories were announced, and 40 retirees were honored for their time in education. Of those, 16 employees retired with at least 30 years of service.

    All honorees received handmade, glazed ceramic pottery. 

    District Superintendent of Schools Dr. Doug Killian and PfISD Board of Trustees Vice-President Larry Bradley provided remarks at the event.    

    Below is a list of winners in their respective category, as well as retirees:

     

    Teacher of the Year (High School):

    • Brittany Slover (Connally)
    • Kirsten Nash (Hendrickson)
    • Heidi Reich (Pflugerville)
    • David Waldrop (Weiss)
    • Keith Gregory (PACE)
    • Eric Fitzgerald (Provan Opportunity Center)

    Teacher of the Year (Middle School):

    • Jamie Eckert (Cele)
    • Scott Cargile (Dessau)
    • Christie Garrett (Kelly Lane)
    • Melissa Brydson (Park Crest)
    • Jessica Rocha (Pflugerville)
    • Cristina Ferrari (Westview)

    Teacher of the Year (Elementary):

    • Meagan Lodzinski (Wieland)
    • Jordyn Johnson (Windermere Elementary)
    • Tania Gallegos (Windermere Primary)
    • Susan Kruger (Pflugerville)
    • Meghan Teenier (Riojas)
    • Lila Gomez (River Oaks)
    • Rebecca Detzel (Rowe Lane)
    • Kelsey Baird (Spring Hill)
    • Amber Peterson (Timmerman)
    • Mikaela Andres (Dessau)
    • Brianna Thompson (Highland Park)
    • Lorraine Huber (Mott)
    • Mary Katherine Higgins (Murchison)
    • Sarah Ameluxen (Northwest)
    • Brandy Hanson (Parmer Lane)
    • Mary Del Rosario (Barron)
    • Shari Griffith (Brookhollow)
    • Lisa Blancarte (Caldwell)
    • Dawn Grimes (Copperfield)
    • Leann Carnes (Dearing)
    • Irma Jaimes (Delco)

    Rookie Teacher of the Year (High School):

    • Maria Portillo (Connally)
    • Jacqueline Gonzalez (Hendrickson)
    • Morgan Moody (PACE)
    • Francisco Vicent (Pflugerville)
    • Kylie Koonce (Provan Opportunity Center)
    • Rebecca Crutchfield Krumrey (Weiss)

     Rookie Teacher of the Year (Middle School):

    • Kelsey Shoepe (Dessau)
    • John Powell (Kelly Lane)
    • Sarah Gallardo (Park Crest)
    • Kyle Ryan (Pflugerville)

     Rookie Teacher of the Year (Elementary):

    • Darby Shankle (Rowe Lane)
    • Mitchell Berg (Spring Hill)
    • Tia Birt (Timmerman)
    • Tiffany Nelson (Windermere Elementary)
    • An Nguyen (Wieland)
    • Lizah Vallincourt (Brookhollow)
    • Angela Smith (Copperfield)
    • Carolina Gonzalez (Delco Primary)
    • Ana Morales (Dessau)
    • Tito Saquiche (Mott)
    • Ashley Rodriguez (Pflugerville)

    Humanitarian of the Year (High School):

    • Joe Cervantes (Connally)
    • Sara Lucas (Hendrickson)
    • Elizabeth Slade (Pflugerville)
    • Patti Bergin (Weiss)
    • Julie Benitez (PACE)
    • Alexandria Anderson (Provan)

    Humanitarian of the Year (Middle School):

    • Margaret Dominguez (Cele)
    • Ryan Morris (Dessau)
    • Haley Honey (Kelly Lane)
    • Pamela Christian (Park Crest)
    • O.B. Barrs (Pflugerville)
    • Tammy Bland (Westview)

    Humanitarian of the Year (Elementary):

    • Gloria Valentin (Barron)
    • Taydra Cage (Brookhollow)
    • Jodi Witt (Caldwell)
    • Margaret Olivarez (Copperfield)
    • Dianna Gutierrez (Dearing)
    • Rebecca Bassett (Delco)
    • Brandi Spear (Dessau)
    • Anna Vazquez (Highland Park)
    • Sarah Boyle (Mott)
    • Patricia Baggerly (Murchison)
    • Audreya Valentine (Northwest)
    • Hilda Hernandez (Parmer Lane)
    • Samia Guerriche (Pflugerville)
    • Carrie Quinney (Riojas)
    • Judy Lau (River Oaks)
    • Denise Barela (Rowe Lane)
    • Susan Vandeloock (Spring Hill)
    • Tia Birt (Timmerman)
    • Susan VanDeWater (Wieland)
    • Krista Simonds (Windermere Elementary)
    • Kelly Gilbert (Windermere Primary)

     District Support Staff:

    • Brandy Ng (Aramark)
    • Billy Hartzell (Maintenance)
    • Eduardo Flores (Grounds)
    • Phat Tran (Support Staff of the Year)
    • Joseph Hernandez (Custodial)
    • Patrick Singleton (Technology)

    Retirees:

    • Rosie Alejandro
    • Anita Alvarado
    • Julia Barbour
    • Delma Barrientos
    • Kimberly Cannaday
    • Maria Castro
    • Virginia Caudle
    • Kimberly Combs
    • Susan Davidson
    • Juan Diaz
    • Cindy Drake
    • Susan Duffey
    • Pam Felkner
    • Richie Gamel
    • Patricia Gilbert
    • Donna Green
    • Dawn Grimes
    • Kimberly Grona
    • Trieu Huynh
    • Sharyl Jones
    • Rita King
    • Paula Lapree
    • Wendy Mackey
    • Raymond Mikolajczyk
    • Bonnie Newman
    • Mary Norman
    • Valerie Poerschke
    • Jerry Richey
    • Melanie Rios
    • Vivian Rodriguez
    • Larry Russell
    • Rafael Salcedo
    • Elida Sandoval
    • Sherri Sheffield
    • Janice Sikes
    • Robin Speer
    • Cherrie Taylor
    • Maria Tolleson
    • Mary Ann Tovar
    • Kim Winn

     

    Gomez Ramback named principal at Ruth Barron Elementary

    Pflugerville Superintendent of Schools Dr. Doug Killian announced the hiring of Natalia Gómez Ramback as the principal of Ruth Barron Elementary School on Friday.
     
    Gómez Ramback comes to Barron from Georgetown ISD where she has spent 16 years leading, growing and serving the community of GISD in a number of roles. Most recently she has been the principal at Dell Pickett Elementary since 2013.
     
    “I am excited to welcome Natalia Gómez Ramback to Pflugerville,” Killian said. “She brings a wealth of experience from another strong performing school district in our area and will be a great administrator for the next chapter at Ruth Barron Elementary.”
     
    While at Pickett Elementary, Gómez Ramback guided a team of more than 50 employees that collaborated to create a positive and productive learning environment for all students. As a bilingual educator and administrator, she was able to communicate with parents in both English and Spanish for most of the significant announcements and communications sent to parents and guardians.
     
    Gómez Ramback said she is looking forward to her new role and leading another campus with a student-centered culture and a unifying partnership among staff.
     
    “I believe that my passion and strong leadership skills will further the mission of PfISD to provide an inspiring, engaging and relevant educational experience that empowers students to reach their full potential as productive members of a diverse global community,” Gómez Ramback said. “I look forward to serving PfISD students and am enthusiastic about this new opportunity to strengthen Texas public schools.”
     
    Prior to her time as the principal of Pickett Elementary, Gómez Ramback served GISD as an assistant principal at Village Elementary, Frost Elementary and McCoy Elementary. She also taught Pre-K and second-grade bilingual classes at Frost Elementary and served as the campuses bilingual team leader.
     
    Gómez Ramback replaces Virginia Caudle, who is retiring at the end of this school year with 30 years of service in education.

     

    PfISD Students Participate in Page Program at State Capitol 

    As the 86th Texas Legislature session comes to an end next week, 20 students from Pflugerville ISD will look back on their participation in the process as pages in State Sen. Kirk Watson’s office. The senator welcomed budding students to work in his office and provided an experience that taught them about how our government works.
     
    “I really wanted to do this,” said Kiya Theobald, a seventh-grader at Kelly Lane Middle School. “I was really excited and I thought it was a once in a lifetime opportunity to do this. I was kind of nervous because I’d be doing important actions.”
     
    Those important actions included 3-hour shifts in the Texas Senate, where the pages assist as Senate messengers, observe committee hearings or work the Senate floor. 
     
    Kimberly Roark serves PfISD as its elementary social studies coordinator and helped the District find students for this year’s program. She said it is an opportunity for young students to see their government in action and what happens behind the scenes.
     
    “This is a wonderful chance for students to get an authentic lesson in civics by seeing some of the inner workings of our legislative system up close,” Roark said.
     
    Each elementary campus may nominate up to two fourth- or fifth-grade students. Each middle school campus may nominate up to two seventh-grade students. The students represented 10 PfISD schools: Cele Middle, Copperfield Elementary, Dessau Middle, Highland Park Elementary, Kelly Lane Middle, Park Crest Middle, Riojas Elementary, Spring Hill Elementary, Timmerman Elementary and Westview Middle.
     
    Sen. Watson said he looks forward to having students serve in his office each year. Their curiosity and passion for civil service is apparent in each student and he is happy to provide an opportunity for them to explore their interest in politics and government.
     
    “One of my favorite parts of serving in the Texas Senate is hosting students from all around my district to be pages during the legislative session,” Watson said. “I strongly believe that students living in the shadow of our wonderful Capitol ought to have a chance to spend time in it and see our state government up close and in action. So, I try to give this opportunity to as many kids as I can.”
     
    Cele Middle School seventh-grader Ja’Rohn Keyes said he enjoyed the program because it gave him a behind-the-scenes look into how our legislators work to write and pass bills at the Capitol during their session.
     
    “It’s a really fun thing to do. It may be nerve-racking at some times, but it really pays off in the end,” Keyes said. “The most interesting part of it was just being on the Senate floor and seeing all the other bills get passed, seeing all the senators and the talking – that was really the most interesting because of how everyone was talking so politely. It was really different.”
     
    Students were nominated by teachers who felt they would benefit from the program or represent their school well in such an important role in the program.
     
    Keyes’ teacher Michael Kelley said he nominated him for the program because Keyes has shown an interest in state government and would appreciate the rare opportunity to see it in action. Plus, Kelley has seen how the page program has catapulted others into a career in politics.
     
    “Early in my career I worked for three Texas state senators, during which time I met many former Senate pages who were inspired from their page experiences to return to work at the state Capitol,” Kelley said. “I hope Ja’Rohn will be similarly motivated from what he learned as a Senate page in the Watson Page Program to continue to pursue his goal of a public service career.”
     
    Kelly Lane Texas History teacher John Powell said he nominated Theobald because she has shown an interest in learning more about government and her work ethic in his classroom.
     
    “Kiya is a hardworking and conscientious student with a natural curiosity about history and the workings of our government, so she was an ideal candidate for Sen. Watson's page program,” Powell said.
     
    That curiosity paid off for Theobald and other students as she said she now feels more secure about decisions being made by the state legislature, after seeing senators debate bills in person and discuss both sides of the issues.
     
    Keyes echoed her sentiments and called it a valuable learning experience to see his government in action first-hand.
     
    “I never saw that type of stuff happen,” Keyes said. “So, the first time that I saw it was with my own eyes, so that’s like a completely different experience.”
     
    Both Theobald and Keyes said they would recommend participating in the page program to other students if they are given the opportunity. The chance to work in the Capitol and see how bills get passed was a learning experience you don’t get every day.
     
    The students also learned about professional business attire with boys required to wear a coat and tie if they were to be on the Senate floor. Girls could wear a dress, skirt or dress pants with a blouse.
     
    But they also learned comfortable shoes are a must.
     
    “You get a lot of exercise,” Theobald said. “I climbed like 30 floors of stairs and I got to see parts of the Capitol where visitors don’t get to go. It was just really cool.”

     
     

     

    coming soon

    • Staff and student holiday: May 27
    • Last Day of School: May 30
    • PACE Graduation: May 31
    • Graduation: June 1 at the University of Texas Frank Erwin Center (Hendrickson High School at 10 a.m., Connally High School at 1 p.m., Pflugerville High School at 3:30 p.m.)

     

     

    Perk of the Month

    Pflugerville Public Library
    1008 W. Pfluger St., Pflugerville
    Website: www.pflugervilletx.gov/library
    Contact: Daniel Berra (danielb@pflugervilletx.gov) 512-990-6377
    $25 yearly fee for non-residents waived for PfISD employees.

     

    Hip Hounds
    1912 Picadilly, Round Rock, 78664
    Website:  www.hiphounds.com
    Contact:  Michael Mayer (info@hiphounds.com) 512-989-6767
    10% discount for all PfISD employees as well as two nights of boarding or three days of daycare free for first-time clients.

     

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  • April 2019

    Posted by Tamra Spence on 4/25/2019

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    District gets Bond Rating Upgrade, Sells 2018 Bonds 

    Pflugerville ISD recently raised its bond rating to AA+, in time for its initial offering of $250 million in bonds from last year’s successful election.

    Standard and Poors on March 14 raised PfISD’s general obligation debt rating from AA to AA+, citing the district’s strong financial management practices and strong local economy, among other factors for the upgrade.

    “This rating is a testament to our district’s conservative handling of its budget and finances,” said PfISD Chief Operating Officer Ed Ramos. “Our board and administration continue to maintain great stewardship over its tax dollars. This also translates to millions of dollars in interest cost savings over the life of the bonds.” 

    The S&P AA+ rating bond rating places PfISD among a select group of only 20 school districts in Texas with the distinction. 

    The rating upgrade was part of a process that included the initial sale of bonds approved by voters in November 2018. The 2018 bond package, totaling $332 million, is slated to accommodate growth in student enrollment, update aging facilities and address evolving student programs. 

    Ramos on March 25-26 traveled to Dallas for the sale of $250 million in general obligation bonds. The district’s favorable bond rating and high demand for its bonds helped PfISD take advantage of approximately $1 million in interest savings. The district was also able to sell the bonds with no tax rate increase to the community. 

    PfISD has already begun moving forward to meet the growing demands that led to the 2018 bond election, putting bond monies into full planning and architectural designs on the proposed Elementary No. 22 and Middle School No. 7, as well as the full purchase of the district’s new bus fleet – 159 vehicles total.

    Some of the new vehicles have already arrived within the district, Blue Bird Buses each equipped with air-conditioning, heating, security cameras and seatbelts, among other features. The school district has also begun advertising new bus driver and monitor positions, each full-time and starting at $19 an hour, plus benefits. 

    Remaining bonds from the 2018 PfISD election are scheduled to be sold in late 2020. 

     

    Legislative Update

    As Pflugerville ISD works through the budget process for the upcoming school year, we are keeping an eye on the State Legislature and how any approved legislation could impact the district. We are pleased to confirm the district has currently earmarked funds to recommend a 3% raise for all staff members. However, we will wait to propose the salary increases until we have an approved finance bill by both the House and the Senate.
     
    As you are likely aware, the final results of the House and Senate school finance bills could be significant, and could dramatically impact the PfISD budget for the next several years. With this in mind, we will monitor the actions at the capital and keep you updated as the results become more clear. We plan to include the most current updated information in the next edition of the PfMonthly, so be sure to check back!

     

    New Employee discount for EDP childcare in 2019-20

    As part of the 2019-20 budgeting process, Pflugerville ISD has implemented a discounted tuition rate for full-time employees. Employes will now pay $50 per child, per month for afterschool care. Currently, employees pay a rate of $140 per child, per month for afterschool care. EDP will begin registration for the 2019-20 school year in the coming weeks.

     

    2019 Convocation Scheduled

    PfISD has scheduled its annual Convocation to kick off the 2019-20 school year on Thursday, Aug. 8 at Shoreline Church, 15201 Burnet Rd. in Austin. Convocation will run from 2-4 p.m.

     

    Teacher Committee Opportunities

    The Texas Education Agency (TEA) is encouraging highly-qualified Texas educators to apply to participate in TEA's Assessment Educator Committees.

    Texas educators—classroom teachers, higher education representatives, curriculum specialists, administrators, and regional education service center staff play a vital role in the test-development process. The involvement of these education professionals enables the development of high-quality assessments that accurately measure what Texas students have learned in the classroom.

    Thousands of Texas educators have served on one or more of the educator committees that are involved in the development of the Texas assessment program. These committees represent the state geographically, ethnically, by gender, and by type and size of school district. They include educators with knowledge of the needs of a variety of student populations, including students with disabilities and English learners (ELs).

    To apply to participate in these committees, educators should complete the Educator Committee Application Form at https://www.txetests.com/edc/. From the Committee Preference tab at the bottom of the application, select Assessment Educator Committee.

     

    2019 Teacher Institutes: Improving Instruction through Assessment

    TEA is now accepting applications for 2019 Teacher Institutes in mathematics, reading/language arts, science, and social studies. The summer institutes provide professional development aimed at building assessment literacy and understanding of the alignment of the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) program with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). Highly qualified Texas teachers and curriculum experts with current experience in the following grade levels and subjects are encouraged to apply.

    • English language arts and reading for grades 3–8 and English I and II
    • Mathematics for grades 3–8 and Algebra I
    • Science for grades 5 and 8 and Biology
    • Social studies for grade 8 and U.S. History Studies
    • Spanish language arts and reading for grades 3–5

    For more information regarding the 2019 Teacher Institutes, including a link to the application, please see the related TEA correspondence. Questions regarding teacher institutes may be directed toTeacherInstitutes@tea.texas.gov.

     

    Board Election - May 2019

    Pflugerville ISD will be hosting a regular election for school board Places 3, 4, and 5. PfISD had 5 candidates file for the three available seats. Filings were:

    • Place 3: Renae Mitchell
    • Place 4: Vernagene Mott
    • Place 5: Brian Allen, April Griffin, Charlie Torres
    Early voting runs from April 22-30, 2019. Election Day is Saturday, May 4, 2019. Don't forget to vote in the May election!
     
        

    PEF Offers Mini-Grants to Teachers

    Ninety-four percent of public school teachers say they spend an average of $479 of their own money on classroom supplies or training without reimbursement. PEF has a plan to help through Mini-Grants:

    • Only a 600-word project summary is required
    • $100-$500 per grant
    • Deadline the 28th of each month
    • The last funding of the 2018-2019 year will be available April 27 of the 2018-2019 school year.

    Apply today! Mini-Grant Criteria | Mini-Grant Application

     

    Teacher Professional Development

    Texas A&M University Texarkana has created webinars to help share information about the organization's Master Degree in instructional technology. 

    They have created a survey that teachers can complete to identify a date/time that they would be available to attend.  The survey can be accessed at the following address: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NCPZPMK

     

     

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    Did you know community members, staff and business partners developed a strategic plan for 2018-2023 that was approved in May 2018. Read about it here.

     

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    In the April Board Meeting, the district approved $4.6 million for English and Spanish Language Arts and Reading Materials as well as the first technology projects from the 2018 Bond. Areas targeted for upgrades include computers, network capacity, projectors and security and firewall protection. Additionally, the board approved Mike Brassfield as the new Executive Director of Transportation.

    To view the entire Board Meeting video, visit the district's YouTube page.

     

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    Dell Internship Program 

    Fifteen Pflugerville ISD students are taking part in a unique high school internship program at Dell with the support of the company’s product engineers.

    Qualifying students with computer science, health sciences and engineering backgrounds from Connally, Hendrickson and Pflugerville high schools have begun work at the Dell campus on Parmer Lane in Austin, alongside software developers in the Client Product Group – Software Engineering section.

    “Pflugerville ISD is excited to continue a partnership with Dell that provides PfISD high school seniors an opportunity to participate in an amazing work-based learning experience through a group project based on real Dell work,” said Traci Hendrix PfISD Career and Technical Education director. “Partnerships like this one are vital to the success of career and technical education [CTE] programs and we could not prepare students for life success without wonderful supporters like Dell.”

    PfISD and Dell officials worked together in the initial offering of the internship program last year. Thirteen PfISD students took part, working on a virtual reality project with the support of Dell product engineers.

    In order to participate, students must be at least 18 years old and have a class schedule allowing them to travel to Dell for at least two hours a day, three days a week. This year’s 10-week program began March 4. 

    PfISD students in the 2019 Dell internship program are:

    Connally High School

    • Josh Sedatole
    • Rosa Sosa-Lopez
    • Khoi Nguyen
    • Ali Al-Adhami
    • Lhilia Lopez
    • Enrique Bibb-Serrano
    • Neil Whitely
       

    Hendrickson High School

    • Yuvanesh Rajamani
    • Muskanben Vahora
       

    Pflugerville High School

    • Max Bledsoe
    • James “Randy” Hodges
    • Christian Gilbert
    • Adam Cox
    • Alan Garcia
    • Rumya K. Velu

     

    Ruckel named principal at Northwest Elementary

    Pflugerville ISD Superintendent of Schools Doug Killian announced the appointment of Tana Ruckel as the new Principal at Northwest Elementary School on Tuesday. Ruckel will begin her 25th year serving PfISD students with the start of the 2019-2020 school year and brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to Northwest Elementary.
     
    Ruckel has worked as a teacher, assistant principal and principal in PfISD at three different campuses before serving the Northwest Elementary community. Most recently, Ruckel has been the principal at Highland Park Elementary for the past seven years.
     
    Killian said he is pleased with Ruckel’s acceptance of the position and the job done by Tere Tidwell as an interim principal this semester while the District searched for a permanent replacement.
     
    “I am deeply appreciative of the great work performed by Tere Tidwell, who stepped up to lead the campus,” Killian said. “Ms. Tidwell's role has been vital in keeping the school moving forward and allowing our teachers and other staff members to continue our primary purpose – educating our students.
     
    “Ms. Ruckel is looking forward to working together with Northwest’s staff to build on the great things already happening at the campus and helping guide them to even more significant achievements.”
     
    Moving forward, Ruckel will split her time between Northwest Elementary and Highland Park Elementary while the district searches for her replacement at HPES. Tidwell will also continue to support the campus until Ruckel is at Northwest full-time.

     

    coming soon

    • Board of Trustees Workshop: May 2, at 6:30 p.m., PfISD Administration Building, 1401 W. Pecan St.
    • Regular Board of Trustees Meeting: May 16, at 7 p.m., PfISD Administration Building, 1401 W. Pecan St.
    • Staff and student holiday: May 27
    • Last Day of School: May 30
    • Graduation: June 1 at the University of Texas Frank Erwin Center (Hendrickson High School at 10 a.m., Connally High School at 1 p.m., Pflugerville High School at 3:30 p.m.)

     

    Perk of the Month

    Schlitterbahn Waterpark & Resort
    381 E. Austin St., New Braunfels
    Contact: Doug Carlile (dcarlile@schlitterbahn.com) 830-608-8532
    15% discount on park admission and resort stays.  Substantial discounts on season passes.
     
     
    Mt. Playmore
    13609 N IH 35, Austin
    Contact: Ben Huey (ben@mtplaymore.com) 512-989-8886
    10% off admissions and food.
     
     

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  • March 2019

    Posted by Tamra Spence on 3/29/2019

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    2019-2020 Employee Work Calendars

    The 2019-2020 Employee Work Service calendar has been approved and posted to  http://www.pfisd.net/Page/782Please email any questions to Human.Resources@pfisd.net.

    Additionally, teacher-related contracts will be provided to eligible employees in early May 2019.

     

    Attention Retirees!!

    If you plan to retire at the end of the current school year and want to be recognized at the May Employee Recognition banquet, you must notify your campus principal/dept. supervisor and the HR Dept. no later than April 12, 2019. The Employee Recognition Banquet will be held May 9 at the Courtyard by Marriott Austin Pflugerville and Pflugerville Conference Center.

     

    Skyward Teacher Survey

    PfISD will be moving to a new student and business information system in August 2019. While the Focus system provided enhanced features compared to our previous system, we believe that the new Skyward system will make it even easier for teachers to manage their Gradebooks through a stable environment. 

    The link below will take you to a survey we are conducting that will help us design a series of training options for district staff. We will also be recruiting teachers to help serve as trainers for the new Gradebook.

    We are working to provide training options in both online and face-to-face formats. We would like teachers to inform us of their preference as we know learning is different for everyone and we want to better serve your specific needs.

    Skyward Survey Link: https://goo.gl/forms/10xVkQt7zevB5vLg2

    You will be required to log in with your Google account so we can record your specific preference.

    We have extended the survey for one month. We will need to have your survey responses no later than Monday, April 15, 2019.

     

    Board Election - May 2019

    Pflugerville ISD will be hosting a regular election for school board Places 3, 4, and 5. PfISD had 5 candidates file for the three available seats. Filings were:

    • Place 3: Renae Mitchell
    • Place 4: Vernagene Mott
    • Place 5: Brian Allen, April Griffin, Charlie Torres
    Early voting runs from April 22-30, 2019. Election Day is Saturday, May 4, 2019. Don't forget to vote in the May election!
     
        

    PEF Offers Mini-Grants to Teachers

    Ninety-four percent of public school teachers say they spend an average of $479 of their own money on classroom supplies or training without reimbursement. PEF has a plan to help through Mini-Grants:

    • Only a 600-word project summary is required
    • $100-$500 per grant
    • Deadline the 28th of each month (February, March or April)
    • The last funding of the 2018-2019 year will be available April 27 of the 2018-2019 school year.

    Apply today! Mini-Grant Criteria | Mini-Grant Application

     

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    Did you know we have a staff directory that helps you search for staff contact information by category? http://www.pfisd.net/AdPhonebook/

     

    Board Bytes

     

    In the March Board Meeting, the annual TASB Salary Study was presented to the Board. Click here to view the TASB Presentation.

    To view the entire Board Meeting video, visit the district's YouTube page.

     

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    Teams advance to Destination Imagination Globals

    Creative Crayons  Two Pflugerville ISD teams have advanced to the Destination Imagination Global Finals tournament, scheduled for May 22-25 in Kansas City, Missouri.

    The multi-campus teams The Other Guys and Creative Crayons advanced to Destination Imagination Globals after competing at the Destination Imagination Texas Affiliate Tournament in Corpus Christi on March 22-23. The pair of teams, as well as the Electric Eagles of Dearing Elementary, moved onto the state tournament after competing at the Capital Region DI Regional Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 23, at Connally High School.

    Education nonprofit Destination Imagination annually hosts competitions in which school-aged contestants solve team challenges at regional and state/national levels to advance to the global stage. Challenge categories vary, based in science, technology, engineering, arts, math and service learning.  

    Top-tiered teams at state tournaments are invited to compete at Globals. 

    The Creative Crayons advanced in the Escape Artists, Elementary Level service learning category. Team members are from Caldwell Elementary (Gracen Ramirez, Will O’Connor and McKenna O’Connor), Mott Elementary (Frankie O’Shaughnessy) and Timmerman Elementary (Bryce Howard and Helga Mueller). Team managers are Dan and Louise Howard. 

    The Other Guys The Other Guys advanced in the Medical Mystery, Middle Level scientific category. Members are from Kelly Lane Middle (Victor Bendixen), Pflugerville Middle School (Rudolf Bendixen, Kenneth Kalu, Elena Howard, and Emma Edwards), Timmerman Elementary (Bryce Howard) and Windermere Elementary (Jameson Messer). Team managers are Rachelle Bendixen and Louise Howard.

    Destination Imagination is in its 20th year of hosting team challenge competitions. More than 150,000 students across the U.S. and in 30-plus countries annually participate in the DI Challenge Experience program. 

    The Legendary Apple Doom Skullz of Pflugerville Middle School and The Creative Crayons represented PfISD at Destination Imagination Global Finals last year.

    For more information, visit www.globalfinals.org .

     

     

    New Clear Bag Policy at The Pfield

    Pflugerville ISD Athletic Director Todd Raymond announced on Tuesday the implementation of a clear bag policy for events at The Pfield beginning in the 2019-20 academic year.
     
    The new clear bag policy is in line with current trends at sporting venues across the nation in an effort to improve the safety and security of those in attendance.
     
    “The safety of our students, parents and fans in attendance at our sporting events is our No. 1 priority at The Pfield,” Raymond said. “This clear bag policy will help us keep everyone in attendance at our football and soccer games safe.”
     
    Approved bags in the policy include clear bags that do not exceed 12 inches in length or height and 6 inches in width. A clear one-gallon plastic resealable plastic storage bag can also be used. A policy of one bag per person will be in place, as well.
     
    Bags must be clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and have a maximum of one logo imprint not exceeding 4.5 inches tall and 3.4 inches wide.
     
    The only non-clear bags that will be permitted into The Pfield under the policy are small bags no larger than the size of a hand, like a clutch with or without the strap.
     
    Backpacks, duffle bags, purses, large fanny packs, large tote bags, diaper bags and camera cases are among the non-approved bags at The Pfield beginning in August 2019.
     
    Exceptions to the clear bag policy will be made for credentialed media and those with necessary medical items after proper inspection at designated areas.
     
    Fans who recently attended sporting events at The University of Texas recently should be familiar with clear bag policies as UT Athletics implemented its own clear bag policy within the last two years.
     
    Universities across the nation have begun using clear bag policies at sporting events and school districts are beginning to follow suit in an effort to ensure a safe and secure environment at the games.
     
    Austin ISD, Lake Travis ISD and Hays CISD as just a few of the school districts in the area to announce clear bag policies within the past year. A number of San Antonio and Houston area school districts also implemented clear bag policies in 2018.
     
    For more information regarding the clear bag policy, please visit the PfISD Athletics page on the district website, where a link to a graphic depiction of approved and non-approved bags in more detail can be found.

     

    coming soon

    • Board of Trustees Workshop: April 4, at 6:30 p.m., PfISD Administration Building, 1401 W. Pecan St.
    • Staff and student holiday: April 19
    • Dr. Carol Fletcher Retirement Reception: April 24, 4:30-6 p.m. at Rock Gym
    • Regular Board of Trustees Meeting: April 25, at 7 p.m., PfISD Administration Building, 1401 W. Pecan St.
    • Graduation: June 1 at the University of Texas Frank Erwin Center (Hendrickson High School at 10 a.m., Connally High School at 1 p.m., Pflugerville High School at 3:30 p.m.)

     

    Perk of the Month

    Zaxby's Pflugerville
    1301 FM 685, Pflugerville
    Website: www.zaxbys.com 
    Contact: Leslie Patel (zaxbysfm685@gmail.com), 512-514-1646
    15% off dine in, drive thru and call in orders with valid ID. 
     
    Barnes & Noble Educator Appreciation Days
    Every Saturday and Sunday in April there are extra savings for educators. Receive 25% off books, toys, games, music, movies and more; 10% off cafe treats and a FREE tall Starbucks fresh brewed hot or iced coffee. 
     

    To view more perks, visit The Pfair.

     

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  • February 2019

    Posted by Tamra Spence on 2/28/2019

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    2019-20 PfISD budget and compensation

    Work has begun on the 2019-2020 budget process. The current proposed budget will recommend a 3% raise for all PfISD employees, a more significant increase than in past years. As you may recall, due to budgetary constraints last year, the district was only able to give a 1.5% pay increase, which did not include all employees. 

    Currently, there is legislation which includes a possible $5,000 raise for all Texas teachers. We are monitoring this closely prior to formally recommending the 3% raise. The rationale for this is we want to provide for our employees, while at the same time ensuring that we have a fiscally responsible budget that can be maintained over time. In Pflugerville ISD, with nearly 1,900 teachers, a $5,000 raise would be an estimated annual cost of $9.4 million to the district, which would drastically impact the budget and will play a big part in salary decisions for the next several years. We are excited about the potential of recommending a 3% raise and we will keep you in the loop as actions at the legislature progress.

     

    Skyward Teacher Survey

    PfISD will be moving to a new student and business information system in August 2019. While the Focus system provided enhanced features compared to our previous system, we believe that the new Skyward system will make it even easier for teachers to manage their Gradebooks through a stable environment. 

    The link below will take you to a survey we are conducting that will help us design a series of training options for district staff. We will also be recruiting teachers to help serve as trainers for the new Gradebook.

    We are working to provide training options in both online and face-to-face formats. We would like teachers to inform us of their preference as we know learning is different for everyone and we want to better serve your specific needs.

    Skyward Survey Link: https://goo.gl/forms/10xVkQt7zevB5vLg2

    You will be required to log in with your Google account so we can record your specific preference.

    We will need to have your survey responses no later than Friday, March 15, 2019 (the day before Spring Break).

     

    Summer School Positions

    Please note that the Human Resource Department will post Summer School teaching opportunities soon.  

     

    Board Election - May 2019

    Pflugerville ISD will be hosting a regular election for school board Places 3, 4, and 5. PfISD had 5 candidates file for the three available seats. Filings were:

    • Place 3: Renae Mitchell
    • Place 4: Vernagene Mott
    • Place 5: Brian Allen, April Griffin, Charlie Torres
    Early voting runs from April 22-30, 2019. Election Day is Saturday, May 4, 2019.
     
     

    Nominate a student volunteer for 2019 Student Heroes Award

    The State Board of Education (SBOE) is now accepting nominations for the 2019 Student Heroes Award.

    The Student Heroes Award program recognizes Texas public school students in prekindergarten through high school who voluntarily work to assist or benefit their fellow Texas students.

    Award requirements include the following:

    • The service, assistance or good deed must be voluntary and not part of any curriculum, graduation requirement, class, or community project.
    • The service, assistance or good deed must benefit other students in Texas, either individually or collectively.
    • The benefit may be to students of one campus, a district, or a community.

    Nominations will be accepted through 5 p.m. (DST) March 12.

    Recipients of the Student Heroes awards will be announced in May. A plaque will be awarded to each Student Hero by his or her State Board member.

     Nomination forms and program guidelines are available at https://tea.texas.gov/About_TEA/News_and_Multimedia/Awards/Student_Heroes_Award/

    or for more information please email heroes@tea.texas.gov.

     

    PfISD is seeking your input on the PfISD Instructional, Grading and Reporting Guidelines

    Please review to the PfISD Instructional, Grading and Reporting Guidelines then use this form to provide suggested edits, changes, and comments with rationales. Your input will be reviewed by a district-level committee. We are collecting emails with these responses in case we need to follow-up. All suggestions will be considered by the district committee but it may not be possible to adopt or implement all suggestions. This forum will be open through March 15, 2019.  Your input is valued and needed.

    Form:

    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf9yAk11C-SYi2gkpmyhdrQdiqFjPnEwCUn6bzBf2jOgW1uiA/viewform?usp=sf_link

       

    PEF Offers Mini-Grants to Teachers

    Ninety-four percent of public school teachers say they spend an average of $479 of their own money on classroom supplies or training without reimbursement. PEF has a plan to help through Mini-Grants:

    • Only a 600-word project summary is required
    • $100-$500 per grant
    • Deadline the 28th of each month (February, March or April)
    • Funding will be available March 27 and April 27 of the 2018-2019 school year.

    Apply today! Mini-Grant Criteria | Mini-Grant Application

     

    Employee Transfer Window Eliminated

    To provide our current campus employees with the most flexibility, PfISD has eliminated the previously used "transfer window." Effective this year, campus employees wishing to transfer will no longer be required to apply for transfers during the "transfer window." If an employee sees a job posted within the district they would like to apply for, they need only to inform their campus principal in writing prior to applying. Employees will be required to apply for interested vacancies via our online employment application system. Additionally, the last day for transfer will be moved up one week to June 7th.

    Employees who were involuntarily reassigned earlier this school year will have the first opportunity to transfer back to their previous campus.

     

    PfISD creates new Surplus Procedures

    In an effort to provide better service to our campus staff members, the district's procedures for Surplus staff have changed for the upcoming school year.

    Once a campus is aware that staff must be reassigned to another campus due to a decrease in student enrollment, it will begin a three-phase process to determine which staff members in the impacted grade level will be reassigned:

    1. Any volunteers from the specified grade level
    2. Seniority of staff in the grade level impacted
    3. In the event of a tie, a staff member's total years of seniority in PfISD and outside school districts will be factored in.

    Paraprofessional staff members are subject to the above rules as well. The Superintendent has ultimate discretion for movement of staff members. Any staff members currently under performance review will not be eligible to be reassigned.

      

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    Did you know our district offers an Employee Assistance Program? If you are struggling with grief, depression, work/life balance, relationship/family issues, weight control, etc. you can receive free in-person counseling for up to three visits per issue per year and 24/7 telephone support. http://www.pfisd.net/Page/5707

     

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    In the February Board Meeting, the Board approved:

    • The sale of approximately 250 million in bonds funded through the Nov. 2018 Bond Election
    • Additional Security Cameras to be Installed at Kelly Lane Middle, Park Crest Middle, and Pflugerville High Ag Barn 
    • Replacement of Fire Alarm System at Kelly Lane Middle School

    To view the entire Board Meeting video, visit the district's YouTube page.

     

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    District honors employees for years of service

    Pflugerville ISD hosted its 2019 Employee Service Awards Banquet at the Courtyard Marriott in February. 

    District staff and faculty members were honored for 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 years of service. Each honoree received handmade ceramic pottery.

    PfISD Board of Trustees President Vernagene Mott provided opening remarks. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Doug Killian served as guest speaker.

    In May, the district will honor its campus teachers of the year; Elementary, Rookie and Secondary Teachers of the Year; Support Staff of the Year; Humanitarians of the Year; and retirees.

    Employees honored

     

    Eleven students named to all-state band

    Pflugerville ISD placed 11 students on all-state band rosters this year.

    Weiss High School sophomore Shonn Olegario was named all-state for the second consecutive year. Olegario made Texas Music Educators Association All-State Sinfonietta Orchestra in tenor trombone.

    Seven Hendrickson High School students earned all-state recognition, including seniors Gihvon Bilal (clarinet) and Aidan Grivas (clarinet), who also were named all-state last year.

    Hendrickson sophomore Marc Abdallah (oboe) and senior Samuel Simcik (cornet/trumpet) were named to the TMEA All-State Philharmonic Orchestra, while junior Brayden Heath (flute), sophomore Hoang-Nghi Nguyen (oboe) and sophomore Mason Willy (euphonium) were named to the TMEA All-State Concert Band.

    From Pflugerville High School, sophomore Hannah Raymond (clarinet), senior Jordan Washington (cornet/trumpet) and sophomore Dylan Le tenor (trombone) were named to the TMEA All-State Concert Band.

    Pflugerville ISD band students participated in local auditions on Dec. 7-8, with top students advancing to regional auditions. From there, top students advanced to area auditions Jan. 12 in Duncanville, where all-state finalists from Region 26 were determined.

     

    coming soon

    • The Big Event community service project: March 8
    • Staff development/student holiday: March 15
    • Spring Break: March 18-22
    • Graduation: June 1 at the University of Texas Frank Erwin Center (Hendrickson High School at 10 a.m., Connally High School at 1 p.m., Pflugerville High School at 3:30 p.m.)

     

    Perk of the Month

    Spare Time Texas
    1724 FM 685, Pflugerville
    Website:  sparetimetexas.com
    Contact:  Melanie Johnson (melanie.johnson@sparetimetexas.com)  512-647-1700
    Buy $10.00 get $5.00 in the Arcade.
    Guests can also purchase laser tag with the $5.00 card.  Laser Tag is $4.99 during the week and $6.99 on the weekends.
    Show your PfISD badge for discount.

    To view more perks, visit The Pfair.

     

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  • January 2019

    Posted by Tamra Spence on 1/15/2019

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    New Employee Benefit - Teledoc!

    With your United Health Care medical plan you have access to care 24/7 with Virtual Visits. A Virtual Visit lets you see a doctor from your computer or mobile device without an appointment. 

    Virtual Visits are covered under your health plan benefits. The cost is covered at 100% if you are enrolled under the low, mid or high PPO plans and is $50 or less if you are enrolled under the High Deductible Health Plan.

    To learn more and start a visit, go to uhc.com/virtualvisits.com. You can also go directly to amwell.com or doctorondemand.com - or the AmWell or Doctor on Demand mobile apps.

    Tips for registering:

    1. Locate your member ID number on your UHC ID card.
    2. Have your credit card ready to cover any costs not covered by your health plan.
    3. Choose a pharmacy that's open in case you are given a prescription. 

     

    District will continue Block Schedule for 2019-2020 

    PfISD will continue to operate on a Block Schedule for all four high schools in the upcoming school year. Please note that there may be changes made within the block schedule as needed. 

     

    2018 Bond Update 

    Pflugerville ISD is currently on schedule to open Elementary School No. 22 in the 2020-21 school year.

    Middle School No. 7 is scheduled to open in the 2021-22 school year and Elementary No. 23 is expected to open in the 2022-23 school year. 

    Local voters in November authorized a $332 million bond package for PfISD, for projects to include construction of three new schools, the expansion of Delco Primary and Dessau Elementary, land purchases and renovations to other facilities. 

    For more information on the 2018 Pflugerville ISD bond propositions, visit http://www.pfisdbond.net.

      

    PEF Offers Mini-Grants to Teachers

    Ninety-four percent of public school teachers say they spend an average of $479 of their own money on classroom supplies or training without reimbursement. PEF has a plan to help through Mini-Grants:

    • Only a 600-word project summary is required
    • $100-$500 per grant
    • Deadline the 28th of each month (February, March or April)
    • Funding will be available February 28, March 27 and April 27 of the 2018-2019 school year.

    Apply today! Mini-Grant Criteria | Mini-Grant Application

     

    Presidential Award Nominations and Applications Now Open

    The 2018-2019 nomination window for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) program is now open. Teachers of grades 7-12 mathematics and science are encouraged to sign up to apply. High school teachers who teach a career and technical education (CTE) or technology applications course that can satisfy a mathematics or science graduation credit may apply under the appropriate category. The PAEMST awards are the nation's highest honors for teachers of mathematics and science. Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education. The National Science Foundation administers PAEMST on behalf of The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

    The 2018-2019 nomination window will close on March 1, 2019. The application window will be open until May 1, 2019. Teachers may sign up to apply or be nominated for the award at www.paemst.org. If you know great teachers, encourage them to join this prestigious network of professionals. In Texas, eligible teachers who submit a completed application by May 1, 2019 will receive 25 CPE hours.

    For questions, contact Jo Ann Bilderback, Liz Baker, or Luis Salinas at tx_paemst@tea.texas.gov or 512-463-9581.

     

    Employee Transfer Window Eliminated

    To provide our current campus employees with the most flexibility, PfISD has eliminated the previously used "transfer window." Effective this year, campus employees wishing to transfer will no longer be required to apply for transfers during the "transfer window." If an employee sees a job posted within the district they would like to apply for, they need only to inform their campus principal in writing prior to applying. Employees will be required to apply for interested vacancies via our online employment application system. Additionally, the last day for transfer will be moved up one week to June 7th.

    Employees who were involuntarily reassigned earlier this school year will have the first opportunity to transfer back to their previous campus.

     

    PfISD creates new Surplus Procedures

    In an effort to provide better service to our campus staff members, the district's procedures for Surplus staff have changed for the upcoming school year.

    Once a campus is aware that staff must be reassigned to another campus due to a decrease in student enrollment, it will begin a three-phase process to determine which staff members in the impacted grade level will be reassigned:

    1. Any volunteers from the specified grade level
    2. Seniority of staff in the grade level impacted
    3. In the event of a tie, a staff member's total years of seniority in PfISD and outside school districts will be factored in.

    Paraprofessional staff members are subject to the above rules as well. The Superintendent has ultimate discretion for movement of staff members. Any staff members currently under performance review will not be eligible to be reassigned.

     

    PHS to host AACTM Math Conference

    On Saturday, Jan. 26 PHS will host the AACTM math conference and will have over 200 math teachers in attendance, half of whom will be Pflugerville teachers, and many will serve as presenters. Good luck PfISD Math Teachers!

     

    Calling All Key Women Educators

    We are proud and excited to announce that Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, a professional honor society of key women educators, will be chartering a chapter for Pflugerville Educators on March 30, 2019. DKG’s mission is to promote professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education. If any of you may have been a member of DKG in a different state or chapter; it would be great to have you rejoin as one of our charter members. 

    We will have 2 informational meetings:

    • Saturday, Feb. 9, 2–4 p.m. at the home of Debby Krueger in the historic Kuempel Haus at 16422 Cameron Rd.
    • Tuesday, Feb. 19, 7-8 p.m. in the Board Room at the PfiSD Administration Building

    We invite and encourage those interested in DKG to check our website or call/email local members, Debby Krueger, 512-415-9811, or Genia Klein, 512-879-8176.

    We are looking forward to speaking with you about the 7 purposes of DKG, scholarships, and other benefits available to DKG members. Hope to see you at one of the meetings.

     

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    Did you know our district has a webstore? Instead of exchanging money with students and parents, work with the finance department to set up an account for t-shirts, rentals, donations, camps and more! https://pflugervilleisd.revtrak.net

     

    Board Bytes

     

    In the January Board Meeting, the Board approved updated attendance zones for the southeast portion of the district. Read more here. To view the entire Board Meeting video, visit the district's YouTube page.

     

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    Copperfield ES Teacher highlighted on Good Morning America

    Congratulations to Margaret Olivarez, a third-grade teacher at Copperfield ES, who was highlighted on Good Morning America in January for her efforts to inspire her students to dream big. Olivarez wrote to universities across the country asking for college t-shirts to give to her students. Her letters brought in enough t-shirts for every student on campus. Way to exemplify that Passionate Service we have here in PfISD Margaret! See the GMA story here.

     

    coming soon

    • PfISD Board of Trustees regular meeting: Feb. 21 at 7 p.m., PfISD Administration Building, 1401 W. Pecan St.
    • Staff development/student holiday: Feb. 18 
    • The Big Event community service project: March 8 *student participation forms are due Friday, Jan. 25. Click to view form.
    • Staff development/student holiday: March 15
    • Spring Break: March 18-22
    • Graduation: June 1 at the University of Texas Frank Erwin Center (Hendrickson High School at 10 a.m., Connally High School at 1 p.m., Pflugerville High School at 3:30 p.m.)

     

    Perk of the Month

    Camp Gladiator
    9185 Research Blvd., Austin
    Contact: Casey Nall (caseynall@campgladiator.com) 512-699-0365
    PfISD employees may receive up to 30% discount on monthly membership fees based on total employees enrolled. Current discount is 15%.

    To view more perks, visit The Pfair.

     

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