Board of Trustees RecognitionsPosted by Tamra Spence at 9/22/2017 10:05:00 AM
Every month, the Pflugerville ISD Board of Trustees turn the spotlight on students and staff members in recognition of their hard work. Additionally, student leaders from one of the district’s 31 campuses are chosen to lead the Board and attendees in the Pledges of Allegiance to the United States and Texas.
Board Recognitions September 2017Posted by Steve Scheffler at 9/22/2017 10:00:00 AM
In September 2017, Vernagene Mott Elementary students led the audience in the U.S. and Texas pledges to start the meeting. These students included Isiah Espinosa, Riley Impson, Danielle Ashford and Ethany Bowles.
In September 2017, representatives from the A+ Foundation presented three PfISD staff members with grants for educational projects. This included Jean Chambers (Hendrickson HS), David Mallon (Hendrickson HS), and Marsha Munoz (Highland Park).
In September 2017, Stantec Architecture (represented by Barry Nebhut) presented PfISD and Cele Middle School (represented by principal Brian Ernest) with the 2016 Livable Buildings Award from the Center for the Built Environment at the University of California - Berkeley. The award recognizes buildings that exhibit exceptional performance in occupant satisfaction, sustainability and overall design.
In September 2017, PfISD recognized its new district administrators to the Board. This included Gina Brown, assistant principal at Weiss HS, and Brandy Baker, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction.
Board Recognitions August 2017Posted by Steve Scheffler at 8/23/2017 2:40:00 PM
In August 2017, PfISD recognized its new elementary principals and assistant principals to the Board. This included Jesus Olivas (Spring Hill ES), Jared Stevenson (Wieland ES), Tristan Bragg (Windermere ES), Tammy Rebecek (Mott ES), Travette Jones (Murchison ES), Uyen Tran (Wieland ES), Angela Hodges (Windermere Primary), Jennifer Perez (River Oaks ES), Kisha Jackson-Thompson (Northwest ES), Brendy Dossey (Spring Hill ES), Lizbeth Ruiz (Delco Primary), Christi Siegel (Riojas ES), Camille Ramirez-Longoria (Spring Hill ES) and Jeremy Martorell (Extended Day Program).
In August 2017, PfISD recognized its new middle school principals and assistant principals to the Board. This included Melissa Thrash (Westview MS), Ruth Yamaguchi (Pflugerville MS), Richa Mohammad (Park Crest MS) and Sean Schobinger (Dessau MS).
In August 2017, PfISD recognized its new high school principals and assistant principals to the Board. This included Daniel Andreano (Connally HS), John Edwards (Connally HS), Sheila Reed (Connally HS), Monica Salas (Provan Opportunity Center), Melvin Crafter (Provan Opportunity Center), Emily Delgado (Pflugerville HS), Ameka Hunt (Pflugerville HS) and Ryan Hayes (Weiss HS).
In August 2017, PfISD recognized its new district administrators to the Board. This included Denise Kablaitis, executive director of health and safety; and Cara Schwartz, executive director of special education.
Board Recognitions May 2017Posted by Steve Scheffler at 5/25/2017 3:00:00 PM
In May 2017, Murchison Elementary students led the audience in the U.S. and Texas pledges to start the meeting. These students included (l. to r.) Joshua Gonzales, Zachary Gottschalk and Aurawyn Brunner.
Two PfISD Destination Imagination teams advanced to the Global Finals competition. From Timmerman Elementary School, the "Silent But Deadlies" team qualified for Global Finals in the Ready, Willing and Fable category. The team is Luna Garcia, Angelina Gawlik, Bryce Howard, Helga Mueller, and Frankie O'Shaughnessy.
Two PfISD Destination Imagination teams advanced to the Global Finals competition. From Pflugerville Middle School, the "Legendary Apple Doom Skullz" team qualified for the Global Finals in the Show and Tech category. The team is Elena Howard, Carmen Garcia, Rudolf Bendixon, Kenneth Kalu, and Astrid Quezeda.
Each year, PfISD counselors submit names of 7th grade students, based on qualifying TAKS scores, to the Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP). They are invited to take the ACT or the SAT as 7th graders. Duke TIP determines the qualifying scores for state recognition based on national percentile rankings. Qualifying for state recognition from Kelly Lane MS: Pranit Arya, Hannah Bailey, Marjorie Bracamontez, and Janessa Kumpati. Qualifying from Park Crest MS is Trey Snowberger. Qualifying from Pflugerville MS: Isabella Hopkins, Henry Lara, Lamisa Mahmud, and Zane Farrow. Qualifying from Westview Middle School is Anthony Rojas.
Four students from Pflugerville Middle School placed in the top three in their categories at the Austin Energy Regional Science Festival State Competition. Lamisa Mahmud, Ngoc Tran and Bethany Wong took second place in Cellular and Molecular Biology with their project "Characteristics of Transformed Drug Resistant E. coli." Bethany also earned a Broadcom Masters Award. Sage Dunlap took third place in Mathematics with her project "Clean Energy as a Catalyst for Economic and Environmental Growth."
Students from Pflugerville High School qualified for the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America National Competition. Nadia Islam's project was Chapter in Review Portfolio. Ferhana Ahmed's and Ailani Elizandro's project was Promote and Publicize FCCLA Occupational.
Four Hendrickson High School students received gold medals at the UIL State Art Visual Arts Scholastic Event competition. All four received the highest score possible. This included Savannah Contreras (AP Ceramics), Samuel Perales (Drawing 3), Rumor Stojek (Ceramics), and Amanda Usry (Ceramics 2).
PfISD Professional Employee of the Month for May, Bella Hooks (instructional coach at Park Crest MS) was recognized.
For the first time in Hendrickson HS history, an athletics team earned a state championship. The HHS girls soccer team won the 6A UIL State title by defeating Katy Tompkins 2-0 in the final match in Georgetown. Pictured are Makenna Garcia, Kiersty Shepherd, Maya Dossing, Kensley Martin, Madison Kusano, Juliana Rotan, Holly Buchanan, Brianna Binkowski, Christina Arteaga, Dalton Fish, Jenna Hartle, Kenzie Arrington, Ana Chittenden, Brooke Hebert, Kayla Geren, Riley Pfannenstiel, and Makayla Rodriguez. Head coach is Rennie Rebe. Assistant coaches are Jacob Stern and Sarah Cunningham. Athletic trainer is Scot Chambers.
Board Recognitions April 2017Posted by Steve Scheffler at 4/30/2017 8:50:00 AM
In April 2017, Rowe Lane Elementary students led the audience in the U.S. and Texas pledges to start the meeting. These students included Morgan Erickson, Lucas Lackey, Dylan Patrick, Sophia Piña, Ashlyn Rodriguez, Obi Ugboajah and Addi Villegas.
Connally HS students placed at the annual Texas Association of Future Educators State Conference. The students are Perla Estrada and Juliana Hedges (1st Place, Chapter Scrapbook); Juliana also placed 3rd in Project Visualize - Fundraiser; Gabby Chavez and Ada Vazquez, 1st Place, Bulletin Board; 2nd Place - Project Visualize - Leadership.
Students from PfISD high schools qualified for several state and national debate tournaments. From CHS: Anthony Kern, National Speech & Debate Nationals Qualifier. From HHS: Anshika Agrawal, Tournament of Champions Qualifier, Academic All-American; Brian Baker, National Speech & Debate Nationals Qualifier; Robert Boley, International Public Policy Forum Team, 17th in Nation; Siegen Bretzke, Academic All-American; Carlos Gregory, International Public Policy Forum Team, 17th in Nation; Bryce Hann, National Speech & Debate Nationals Qualifier, Tournament of Champions Qualifier; Cassidy Hayes, Tournament of Champions Qualifier, Academic All-American; Rene Otero, National Speech & Debate Nationals Qualifier, Tournament of Champions Qualifier; Sydney Stogel, Tournament of Champions Qualifier; Sofia Valdespino, National Speech & Debate Nationals Qualifier, Tournament of Champions Qualifier; Elan Wilson, International Public Policy Forum Team, 17th in Nation, Tournament of Champions Qualifier, Academic All-American, Texas Forensic Association State Champion in Policy Debate. From PHS: Juliet Ume-Ezeoke, Tournament of Champions Qualifier, National Speech & Debate Nationals Qualifier; Lori Woo, Tournament of Champions Qualifier; Stanley Akano, National Speech & Debate Nationals Qualifier; Hoden Abdi-Yusuf, National Speech & Debate Nationals Qualifier.
PfISD Employees of the Month for April, Suzanne Spieler-Huff (music teacher at Windermere ES) and Joyce Dilworth (registrar at Park Crest MS) were recognized.
Board Recognitions March 2017Posted by Steve Scheffler at 3/27/2017 5:00:00 PM
In March 2017, Windermere Elementary students (l. to r.) Jarynell Arando-Hiraldo, Natalia Castillo-Hernandez, Tobin Hagood, Sarina Patel and Dylan Webb led the audience in the U.S. and Texas pledges to start the meeting.
Two Pflugerville ISD high school seniors have earned National Merit Scholarship Finalist designation: Elizabeth Ross (Hendrickson HS) and Andrea Orji (Pflugerville HS). Of approximately 1.5 million entrants each year, only some 15,000 are named Finalists in the program.
Students from PfISD high schools placed in the top three at the Texas State German Competition. The Hendrickson HS Classical Ensemble team took first place. Team members were (l. to r.) Sawyer Cowan, Autumn Long and David Nichols. From Connally HS, Samantha Miller took third place in Needlework.
Students from Hendrickson HS were named to the Texas Music Educators' Association All-State Band. This included: Julius Calvert, Alexa Cherry, Bennett McCullough, Daniel Schulze, Logan Seaton, Declan Simpson and Hannah Weber. They are holding a framed drum cover from the HHS Band's participation in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade - 2016.
A film produced by five Pflugerville HS students placed third in the state in the Division 2 Documentary category of the UIL Young Filmmakers Festival. Students who worked on the film included (l. to r.): Arnold Icaro, Trinh Le, Emily Marshall, Ian McClure and An Nguyen.
The Pflugerville HS girls basketball team advanced to the UIL State tournament in San Antonio, placing third in the state for the 6A classification. The team includes Samariae Bonds, Sheridan Bostic, London Clarkson, Cortney Cross, Jasmin Gaskin, Taylor Govan-Williams, Khala Hanson, Aureana Hill, Kennedi Hodge, Kiera King, Starr Omozee, Britney Onyeje, Kayla Sparks, Jazmyn Stevens and Khiana Willis. Student assistants are Darlyn Alcorn, Anageli Balbino, Jeremy Lopez and Nancy Hidalgo. The team is coached by April Hundl, De DeShay and Kirk Wrinkle.
PfISD Employee of the Month for March, Kayla Scott, essential academics teacher at Ruth Barron ES was recognized.
PfISD Employee of the Month for March, Rhonda Pegoda, community relations specialist, was recognized.
PfISD Employee of the Month for February, Kayla Gossett, instructional coach at Westview MS, was recognized.
Board Recognitions February 2017Posted by Steve Scheffler at 2/21/2017 11:05:00 AM
In February 2017, Brookhollow Elementary students (l to r) Liam Rahman, Kylie Harris, Clint Smith, and Ashley Vipond led the audience in the U.S. and Texas pledges to start the meeting. BES principal Lisa Harris is far right.
Also, PfISD Employees of the Month for February were recognized. This included Melba Blakely, a member of the PfISD food services team; and Kayla Gossett, an instructional coach at Westview Middle School.
Board Recognitions January 2017Posted by Steve Scheffler at 1/31/2017 9:00:00 AM
In January 2017, Riojas Elementary students Bryson Bottom, Garrett Redden, Sara Randall, and Megan Blakeney led the audience in the U.S. and Texas pledges to start the meeting.
Pflugerville Mayor Victor Gonzales (center) read a proclamation to the Board members in honor of January 2017 School Board Recognition Month.
Board Recognitions December 2016Posted by Steve Scheffler at 12/31/2016 4:00:00 PM
Wieland Elementary students Eric Luong, Theo Saldanha, and Catherine Vu led the pledge to the United States and Texas flags, respectively.
Parmer Lane Elementary was recognized for earning all possible STAAR distinctions from the Texas Education Agency for three consecutive years - from 2014-2016. Representing PLES were Cherrie Taylor, counselor; Noe Ortiz, assistant principal; Barry Miller, principal; and Irene Morales, instructional coach.
PfISD Employees of the Month for December were recognized. These awards went to (l. to r.) Carrie King, social studies teacher at Park Crest Middle School, and Lorrie Duarte, executive associate in Community Relations.
Board Recognitions November 2016Posted by Steve Scheffler at 11/30/2016 11:05:00 AM
Timmerman Elementary students Julia Mueller, Maddie Worley, Gabriel Cancino, and Martin Thai led the pledge to the United States and Texas flags, respectively.
The district's award-winners from the sixth competition at the State Special Olympics were honored at the Board meeting. Several Hendrickson HS students were recognized, including (l. to r.) swimmer Benji Garcia (4th place in 25-meter backstroke, 5th place in 25-meter freestyle, 5th place in 50-meter freestyle), golfer William Mullican (bronze medal), swimmer Dalton Anthony (2nd place in 25-meter freestyle, 3rd place in 50-meter freestyle), golfer Auggie Zippe (gold medal), golfer Daulton Swenson (silver medal), golfer Hiro Jones (silver medal), and golfer Dylan Teague (silver medal).
PfISD Employees of the Month were recognized. These inaugural awards went to (l. to r.) Jennifer Davis, staff accountant in the finance department, and Rebecca Wright, special education teacher at Timmerman Elementary.
PfISD's finance department was recognized for several recent awards, including the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Association of School Business Officials; and the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting (for the 7th consecutive year) from the Government Finance Officers Association. The department also achieved a Superior rating from the Texas Education Agency's 2016 School Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST). Pictured with the board (l. to r.) are Lisa Campbell, budget analyst; Mary Rabalais, business services director; Dr. Kenneth Adix, CFO; and Craig Pruett, director of purchasing.