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  • Staff Update 03-25-20

    Posted by Tamra Spence on 3/25/2020

    Dear PfISD Pfamily, 

    It has been amazing to watch the response by you, your children, and our families to this new, temporary way of having school. Our social media has been flooded with images of our teachers, students, and staff pulling together to celebrate their school communities, even from home. Many campuses have been doing spirit weeks from home, teachers have held honk parades through neighborhoods and our food service workers have been handing out over 1,000 meals every day. Although it is a stressful time for everyone, it is always great to see the way our community pulls together during times of adversity.

    In accordance with the Shelter in Place orders issued by local entities, PfISD campuses and facilities will remain closed through April 13. We will await guidance from state and local officials to determine when schools will reopen.

    We want to take a second and apologize to staff. In this rapidly-changing situation we have been communicating as quickly and often as possible with both staff and parents. In our haste to provide information as soon possible, there have been instances where we have not provided information to staff prior to providing it to our parents and community. We will do our best in the future to provide information to our staff members ahead of time, whenever possible.

    Our District staff have been working the past two weeks to design instructional guidance for our teachers as we begin support at home. They have compiled a document for all staff to reference for curriculum, virtual classrooms and much more. Please visit the link below to view the full information: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1zCbti2s2F1Qf4r9lzjgwuvRY6THcf8IZXXCN7qX8XPQ/edit?usp=sharing

    Please remember this plan is a work in progress and we are committed to making improvements as we work through it. In the next few weeks, we'll find our groove with remote learning. It's okay if it takes you a while to feel like you've got this remote learning thing figured out. You're not alone. We'll get there together. It will be messy at first. Maybe for a while. Just remember to give grace and time to your co-workers, students and parents. Thank you.

    In the best interest of students,

    Doug

    Dr. Douglas Killian
    Superintendent

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  • FAQs

    Posted by Tamra Spence on 3/20/2020 9:00:00 PM

    The district has posted an FAQ page for parents and staff members to reference. We will continue to add more questions and answers as needed throughout the closure.

    PfISD FAQs

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  • Message from Dr. Killian

    Posted by Tamra Spence on 3/20/2020

    Good evening staff,

    I hope you are enjoying a much-needed break and have had the opportunity to spend time with family and friends. I wish our cabinet staff had more of a break. As you are aware, we have closed the school district facilities for next week, and the governor has followed suit by ordering a shutdown of all schools for the next two weeks. However, that does not mean we will not be working.

    Over the spring break, the cabinet staff and I have been on daily statewide and regional calls seven days a week, getting updates and information as well as meeting ourselves via conference calls. We have been trying to plan and get a handle on what operations will look like in the future, as well as determine what we can do going forward.

    We first tackled the question of pay. We know this is near and dear to everyone’s heart and certainly a need. Under policy, I am authorized to provide a week’s worth of pay continuation, and I have directed staff to continue paying under this authority. We will be having an emergency Board of Trustees meeting to authorize the continuation of pay in the following weeks. The Board of Trustees has been incredibly supportive during this time of uncertainty. You may be asking: how will I get paid? If you have direct deposit, you will receive your pay in your account as usual (see, payroll was great pushing for everyone to be on direct deposit, weren’t they). For those few staff members who still receive a paper check, it will be mailed to you. We, again, highly suggest that that you consider direct deposit.

    So, what does the closure of our buildings mean to all of us and our educational mission? As the commissioner shared, it must go on in some manner. So next week, our teachers will attempt to provide instruction to our 26,500+ students at home. I will let that sink in for a moment. And another moment. And another. Yes, for those of you adept in google classroom, have students over a certain age, or have abundant online resources to draw on, this might be easier than other areas or grade levels. The curriculum leadership staff have met and will be trying to help and support. We are NOT talking about composing the best online instructional lessons ever created. This is going to be messy, and we will learn as we go (for however long this lasts). We will give grace to staff and students alike in this process. Please hear me… give grace to fellow staff and students.

    We will be in uncharted waters for many of you and for what we will be trying to do. We are also not talking about delivering instruction on Monday morning. We will be taking several days to plan, create and struggle. We are hoping to get something out later in the week. Stay calm… we will learn and struggle together. It may only be low tech packets at first. Be smart with grades. Let’s not go crazy. Just basic grading. Maybe just get things turned in at first - that’s a battle won. I cannot stress this enough. Stay calm. Try and be supportive to staff and students alike.

    One thing we have already figured out: feeding kids. We have this thanks to wonderful planning by our food service and transportation staff this week. The first visible thing our district will do is start distribution points on Monday. We are going to have several sites. The FAQ site has these details:  Pflugerville ISD is providing free grab-and-go breakfast and lunch meals to students currently receiving free or reduced lunch at ten locations across the district beginning Monday, March 23. Grab-and-go meals will be available for curbside pickup at the following times (adjustments to this schedule may be made as needed, so please watch for updated communications).

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

    This program serves students attending any Pflugerville ISD school, grades pre-k through 12. Families can pick up meal’s curbside in the carpool lanes at the campuses listed below. Students must present in order to receive meals. 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. 

    • 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

    We will have food staff cook and deliver. As we go, we will adjust food supplies, potentially modify sites, and may add apartment complexes where lots of kids live. We will be asking staff to help with this. We may have a request for volunteers if needed. Obviously, if you have primary duties to conduct, those take precedence, if not, then we will have a request process if necessary. Stay tuned. 

    Next, we will ask for supervisors to check in with their staff (departments or campuses). They may assign you duties to complete, and they will also check on you personally. Remember, you are being paid and will be expected to work. This is NOT a vacation. You must be available to report to work with a two-hour notice. You are on regular duty hours. Remember, you should be practicing social distancing. Do not travel. If you need to take a day, regular leave requests are still required. Supervisors must approve. Supervisors, check in on your staff.

    The work will continue. Grass will need to be mowed. Copies made. Payroll processed. Data entered and lessons implemented. We will practice social distancing and the maximum rule of 10 in a location at any given time. We will handle these rules through your supervisors. We will schedule time through them if you need to come up and get something or accomplish a task. This is not a free for all. Your supervisors will strictly control access and scheduling. There will also be windows for many things. Windows for going up to the office. Windows for work at a specific location. Windows for getting things out to kids or parents. Be prepared to be asked to do things, or to be limited as to when and where you can do things.

    Connecting with students. Teachers, next week, we want you to reach out to your students or parents, both as groups and individually (I know many of you may have already started). Check-in with them through official media. Share that we will have assignments for them. Check if they are doing ok. Reassure them. Ask them to share if they need something. Connect staff resources to them if needed. As a side note, if you’re going to communicate with kids about COVID-19, don’t use media information. I have seen a bunch of junk (nice word for it) being shared online and in the media outlets. Use reputable science/health care information from health professionals. I’m talking about the CDC, WHO, national “medical/health care” facilities (John’s Hopkins, etc) and be critical consumers. I’ve had staff forward me junk from CNN, FOX, MSNBC, Twitter and Facebook posts from engineers, “experts” by their own declaration, and other non-medical non-cited materials. I get my information from entomologists, infectious disease specialist, and reputable organizations, not news organizations who need to sell ad time or social media “experts” who want followers. When your contact is limited at home, these folks can convince you that the sky is falling, but when you look out your window, you can see it is not. Why do you think people are buying up all the toilet paper? Really? Stay Calm. Be smart and be safe. Get contact info from your campus admin. You can also use clinic information sites like:

    We will be asking our social workers and counselors to contact kids too. We asked for communications and contact plans through leadership to keep our fragile kids connected. If you are having trouble getting in contact with specific children, contact administers, parent liaisons, truancy officers and APs to help make contact. Everyone keeps a contact log with students served and those to whom we have reached out.

    So, some of you may be thinking that connectivity may be a problem. Maybe hardware too. We are working on these issues. Thank you, technology, for that. We have ordered 100 hotspots for kids to start. Technology will be addressing the hardware/laptop issue for kids. For some of you who do not have a good laptop or desktop at home to accomplish your job, we may issue one. We have thought through that and have a request process for a device. Request forms are out. There will be a distribution process that honors our commitment to limiting contact at 10 or less people at a time. They will be issued based on a priority-need basis. We want you productive and if you don’t have the hardware, we will get it to you starting Monday. Here is the link to the check out form: https://forms.gle/gF6wrg55iSJ2cbQG8(you will need to use your District Google account, email address and password, to access). Process steps are forth coming.

    We have staff dedicated to PEIMS and data entry. These processes need to continue. One thing we will benefit from is the additional hourly staff who normally help with direct instruction, now helping with data input. Please contact your supervisor for assignments.

    Shipping/receiving will go on, so expect items to be shipped and received, but under our restrictions.

    There will be limited printing, too, and construction projects will go on with the limits imposed as well.

    What about special education? Good question. We are working on this. Of course, we will modify, and we will do whatever we can. We are working on what else we can provide with limited contact.

    Be patient. With 3,400 staff and a lot of you with more free time, expect that we are being bombarded - because we are. We will get to things as fast as we can. There is a place where we have started answering questions and keeping a record. Here is a link to these FAQs:  

    http://www.pfisd.net/site/Default.aspx?PageID=7669

    Think logically about the situation and be concerned with what we are doing now, not what may happen in the future. Concentrate on solving things in the here and now. We are getting questions about what comes next when kids come back. What about graduation? We will deal with that later. Now it is about making things work with the school buildings closed. We are out through April 3. STAAR is canceled for this year. We must do instruction now (the district will only receive funds from the state so long as we attempt to educate. We don’t educate, no funds for pay). Focus on those operations.

    We know you will have your struggles as well. Childcare will be one of them - especially while trying to work. As you learn to adjust, we will too.

    As much as we can, we will try to go on as normally as we can. There will be work. There will be instruction. Again, it will be messy at first. Maybe for a while. Just remember to give grace and time.

    Enjoy the remainder of your Spring Break.

    In the best interest of children,
    Douglas Killian, Ph.D.

     

    P.S. If you have missed any communications, the Communications Department has placed all the prior communications here: http://www.pfisd.net/domain/1882. At the top is the link to the Work from Home protocols. 

    Communications also have an excellent site with links and info at www.pfisd.net/coronavirus.

     

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  • Staff Update: 03-20-20

    Posted by Tamra Spence on 3/20/2020

     

    Work From Home Protocols

    Dear PfISD Staff,

    As many of you have heard, Governor Abbott issued orders yesterday that closed all Texas schools through April 3. While we anticipated we would have to close our campuses for an additional timeframe, it has been made clear that all school districts in Texas will be out through April 3. 

    However, although we will close our physical campuses, it is the expectation of government officials and TEA that all districts will provide some form of instructional support for students while they are home. Our Curriculum team and Educational Leadership team is working as we speak to determine how to roll out instructional support. As you know, this is an unprecedented situation so we are trying to determine how we can best meet the variety of needs of all of our students. 

    We are still working through what this instruction will look like, but our initial plan includes asking teacher groups to develop weekly lessons and identify resources by grade level or course for students to use at home, as well as physical paper packets. Teachers can certainly provide additional resources and learning experiences that go beyond this work. We hope to roll out the expectations for instruction by the middle of next week. In the meantime, we ask that you contact your families, check in on them, assess if there are any educational needs that we can help with, and let them know that instructional resources are on their way. Once a system is determined, we will communicate directly with campus principals and teachers. We will also provide a call out to all parents to let them know the options for instruction. If you are interested in helping develop weekly learning experiences for our students, please contact Dr. Holly Galloway directly.

    We have implemented our meal service for all PfISD students, and will provide breakfast and lunch at 10 locations across the district. At this time, all meal distribution will be handled by our food service personnel; but we want to thank all of the employees who have emailed and offered to serve as volunteers to support our students and their families.

    As we stated in earlier communications, all regular PfISD employees will continue to receive pay. Although we are shut down in a traditional sense, teachers and staff will be asked to work from home as their job capacity allows. We will have finance and accounting personnel working normal hours to ensure our business processes continue. We are also attaching some best practices and tips from Human Resources for working from home. For those who have difficulty fulfilling their normal, daily job duties, this is a great opportunity to look at your processes, clean up files, clean up data and emails and do those maintenance tasks we don’t normally have time to do.

    This is not the school year we all envisioned, but the silver lining is that this could give us the opportunity to take a different look at the educational process and possibly learn new methods to reach students even in times of adversity. 

    There are still many questions, and unfortunately not as many answers at this time. Please know that we are actively working to address all challenges and as soon as we have definitive answers, we will share them with you. This is an unprecedented situation and we are making the best decisions based on the information we have at the time.

    Our top priority remains the safety of our students and staff. We know this is a difficult time and we ask that you take care of yourselves and your families.

    In the best interest of children,

    Dr. Douglas Killian
    Superintendent

     

    Estimado personal de PfISD:

    Como muchos de ustedes han escuchado, el gobernador Abbott emitió ayer órdenes de cerrar todos las escuelas de Texas hasta el 3 de abril. Aunque anticipamos que tendríamos que cerrar nuestras escuelas por un tiempo adicional, se ha dejado claro que todos los distritos escolares de Texas estarán fuera hasta el 3 de abril.

    Sin embargo, aunque cerraremos nuestras escuelas físicas, es la expectativa de los funcionarios del gobierno y de TEA que todos los distritos proporcionen alguna forma de apoyo educativo a los estudiantes mientras están en casa. Nuestro equipo de Currículo y Liderazgo Educativo está trabajando en este momento para determinar cómo desplegar el apoyo de instrucción. Como saben, esta es una situación sin precedentes, así que estamos tratando de determinar cómo podemos cumplir mejor con la variedad de necesidades de todos nuestros estudiantes.

    Todavía estamos trabajando en cómo será esta instrucción, pero nuestro plan inicial incluye pedir a los grupos de maestros que desarrollen lecciones semanales e identifiquen recursos por nivel de grado o curso para que los estudiantes los usen en casa, así como paquetes de papel físicos. Los profesores pueden ciertamente proporcionar recursos adicionales y experiencias de aprendizaje que van más allá de este trabajo. Esperamos poder desarrollar las expectativas de instrucción para mediados de la próxima semana. Mientras tanto, les pedimos que se pongan en contacto con sus familias, que los consulten, que evalúen si hay alguna necesidad educativa en la que podamos ayudar, y que les hagan saber que los recursos de instrucción están en camino. Una vez que se determine el sistema, nos comunicaremos directamente con los directores y profesores de las escuelas. También llamaremos a todos los padres para informarles sobre las opciones de instrucción. Si están interesados en ayudar a desarrollar experiencias de aprendizaje semanales para nuestros estudiantes, por favor contacten directamente a la Dra. Holly Galloway.

    Hemos implementado nuestro servicio de comida para todos los estudiantes de PfISD, y proveeremos desayuno y almuerzo en 10 lugares en el distrito. En este momento, toda la distribución de comida será manejada por nuestro personal de servicio de alimentos; pero queremos agradecer a todos los empleados que han enviado un correo electrónico y se han ofrecido como voluntarios para apoyar a nuestros estudiantes y sus familias.

    Como señalamos en comunicaciones anteriores, todos los empleados regulares de PfISD continuarán recibiendo su sueldo. Aunque estamos cerrados en un sentido tradicional, se pedirá a los maestros y al personal que trabajen desde casa según lo permita su capacidad de trabajo. Tendremos personal de finanzas y contabilidad trabajando en horas normales para asegurar que nuestros procesos administrativos continúen. También enviaremos las mejores prácticas y consejos de Recursos Humanos para trabajar desde casa. Para aquellos que tienen dificultades para cumplir con sus obligaciones laborales diarias, esta es una gran oportunidad para ver sus procesos, limpiar archivos, limpiar datos y correos electrónicos y hacer esas tareas de mantenimiento que normalmente no tenemos tiempo de hacer. 

    Este no es el año escolar que todos habíamos previsto, pero el lado bueno es que esto podría darnos la oportunidad de echar una mirada diferente al proceso educativo y posiblemente aprender nuevos métodos para llegar a los estudiantes incluso en tiempos de adversidad.

    Todavía hay muchas preguntas, y desafortunadamente no tantas respuestas en este momento. Por favor, sepan que estamos trabajando activamente para abordar todos los desafíos y tan pronto como tengamos las respuestas definitivas, las compartiremos con ustedes. Esta es una situación sin precedentes y estamos tomando las mejores decisiones basadas en la información que tenemos en este momento.

    Nuestra mayor prioridad sigue siendo la seguridad de nuestros estudiantes y personal. Sabemos que es un momento difícil y les pedimos que se cuiden a sí mismos y a sus familias.

    En el mejor interés de los niños,  

    Dr. Douglas Killian
    Superintendente

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  • Important Staff Update

    Posted by Tamra Spence on 3/13/2020

    Dear staff,

    As students, families, and most staff prepare to enjoy a much-needed Spring Break, we know there are many questions and speculation about the Coronavirus and its impact on school operations. Our top priority remains the safety of our students and staff. During the break, our custodial and administrative teams will be hard at work, preparing for everyone's return. Classrooms and facilities will be deep cleaned and disinfected, and administrators will continue to monitor the latest developments in this unprecedented global health situation.

    Pflugerville ISD will continue to follow the recommendations of the Texas Department of State Health Services, Austin Public Health Authority, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

    In order to provide safe and clean facilities upon the return of our students and staff, we will be closing all district campuses and facilities as well as canceling all activities, effective at 10 p.m. on Saturday, March 14 through March 22. The only exception will be the Extended Day Program's Spring Break Camp being held at Spring Hill Elementary. We will continue to perform nightly cleaning at the campus and will do a deep cleaning on Friday after the camp is concluded.

    Again, we are continuously monitoring the situation in order to make the best decisions for the safety of our students and staff. Should we need to extend the district's Spring Break, an announcement will be made next week. IF PfISD makes the decision to close, the level of continued instruction will be determined at that time, based on the length of the closure, staff availability, and other technological factors. Contingency plans are being finalized and will be communicated IF the decision to close is made.

    Please note that in the event of a Spring Break extension, our intention is to continue to pay hourly and professional staff, pending board approval. As a paid extension, this would not be an additional vacation, and all staff must be able to report to work immediately upon request to perform necessary tasks. If you need anything from your office or classroom, please take it with you or pick it up by Saturday, March 14 as the buildings will be closed to all non-essential staff for cleaning.

    Although you have the right to travel anywhere you wish over Spring Break, please think of your fellow staff members and students and limit your travel as well as large social gatherings. Consistent with all public declarations, we discourage travel to areas where the Coronavirus is known to be prevalent. If one travels to any area designated as a Level 3 threat by the Centers for Disease Control, please notify your campus nurse upon return and understand you may need to self-quarantine for up to 14 days as advised by medical professionals. CDC Travel Advisories. Those who are medically compromised, please consult with your medical provider and follow their guidance. We want you to be safe. Our Human Resources Department has created an FAQ to help employees regarding employee quarantines. Employee FAQ

    We encourage staff to check their email for any updates. The opening or closing of schools will be shared via traditional email, as well as on social media and the district website. Please also verify that PfISD emails are not filtering into your Spam or Junk folders.

    We will continue to monitor this topic with local, state, and national health authorities during this rapidly changing situation and will implement protocols and systems as needed. 

    Although this is not the Spring Break we all envisioned, I do hope you get some rest and relaxation. We hope to see all of you healthy and recharged after the break. 

    In the best interest of children,

    Doug

    Dr. Douglas Killian
    Superintendent

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  • PfISD SALARY UPDATE: March 12

    Posted by Tamra Spence on 3/12/2020

    PfISD Staff,

    I'm happy to announce that tonight our Board of Trustees approved the district's compensation increases for the upcoming school year. Our district staff has been working hard since before the Winter Break to provide a recommendation to our Board prior to Spring Break. This early notice will allow our employees to plan and will help our district lead the upcoming hiring season. As I said previously, we looked at all of our numbers (enrollment projections, state and local funding, and state mandates) to determine the highest possible raise we could give employees.

    Last week the Board heard from a representative of Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) on the Salary Study. This Salary Study was conducted in the late Fall and early Spring and provided a comparison of PfISD with surrounding districts in Central Texas. We are excited to report that per the Salary Study, PfISD is currently within 99% of market value, or above, for all teachers - regardless of their years of experience. The initial salary study conducted by TASB projected a 2%, 2.5%, and 3% raise. Upon review, we knew we would be able to provide a 3% raise and asked TASB to further project a 3.5% and 4% raise in our attempt to provide the maximum increase possible for employees. However, after review, it was determined a 3% increase provided a considerable benefit to our employees while also maintaining the financial integrity of the district.

    In addition to the 3% salary increase approved, our Board approved a market adjustment to ensure all PfISD teachers are at 100% or more of the market, regardless of years of experience. 

    Teacher market

    Teacher Market Median (pdf)

    Additionally, I'm pleased to note that we were able to increase our Special Education EA pay substantially. Our SpEd EA's in the area of Behavior, Life Skills, and Communications received a pay grade increase from CP2 to CP4, which moves the starting salary from $13.78 to $16.09. We also increased the pay grade for IBC EA's from CP2 to CP5, increasing the starting salary from $13.78 to $17.86.

    At tonight's board meeting, trustees approved:

    • 3% increase at the midpoint for all employees, which translates to a $1,650 pay increase for teachers
    • Teachers with 4-21 years of experience will also receive a market adjustment
    • Teacher stipend increases
      • Bilingual: $7,000 ($7,500 for Vietnamese)
      • SpEd (Autism, Essential Academics, Behavior, Communications): $2,500
      • Secondary Math/Science: $1,000
      • Computer Science: $2,500
    • EA pay increase
      • Behavior, Life Skills, Communications: $16.09 starting pay
      • IBC: $17.86 starting pay
    • Auxiliary Staff: $12 starting pay
    • Clerical Staff: $13.50 starting pay

    Click here to view the complete presentation from the March 12 Board of Trustees Meeting.

    At PfISD, we value all employees and recognize the need to provide regionally competitive compensation. We are happy that we were able to offer a comprehensive salary package that positively impacts every employee. Additionally, we do not anticipate any increase in the cost of employee health benefits for the upcoming school year as we expect to continue providing fully-paid health insurance for all employees.

    We are fortunate to have a Board that is committed to our work and believes in the people who advance the vision, mission and beliefs of the district forward. Our tagline for PfISD is "Passionately Serving" and, in addition to encouraging you to provide passionate service to your students, parents and coworkers, our administrative team and Board Members have worked hard to passionately serve our employees and show our appreciation to you for everything you do. We look forward to a wonderful upcoming school year. 

    In the best interest of children,

    Doug

    Dr. Douglas Killian
    Superintendent

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  • SPECIAL UPDATE: March 6

    Posted by Tamra Spence on 3/6/2020

    As we have shared, district officials are working hard to provide a recommendation to the PfISD Board of Trustees regarding salary increases for the 2020-2021 school year. We remain on track, and last night the Board heard from a representative of Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) on the Salary Study. This Salary Study was conducted in the late Fall and early Spring and provided a comparison of PfISD with surrounding districts in Central Texas.

    We are excited to report that per the Salary Study, PfISD is within 99% of market value, or above, for all teachers - regardless of their years of experience. The study also provided three options for salary increases: 3%, 3.5%, and 4%. There is always room for growth, and we are committed to providing the largest pay increase possible based on state and local funding. Please click here to view a copy of the TASB presentation.

    The PfISD Finance department is working with the Budget and Compensation Committee and the Board of Trustees to build a 2020-2021 Budget, a considerable portion of which includes staff salaries and raises. The Board of Trustees is expected to approve raises and an overall compensation package at the March 12 Board Meeting.

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  • Feb. 28, 2020

    Posted by Tamra Spence on 2/28/2020

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    Board adopts new Public Comments Policy

    In an effort to maximize the efficiency of board meetings and in keeping in line with House Bill 2840, codified at Texas Government Code 551.007, the Pflugerville ISD Board of Trustees approved changes to its public comment policy during board meetings. These changes will take effect beginning at the March 5, 2020 Board workshop meeting.

    The policy change allows for public comments on any District-related topic during Board Workshop Meetings, while comments at Regular Board Meetings must pertain to items listed on that night’s meeting agenda. Under the previous policy, public comments were only allowed during Regular Board Meetings and were excluded from Board Workshops. 

    All community members wishing to participate in the public comments portion of meetings must fill out a form outside the Board Room and submit it to the Board Executive Assistant prior to the beginning of the meeting.

    The PfISD Board of Trustees values the opinions of its community members and encourages their feedback. If you have information you would like the board to be aware of, you may always contact the District directly. Board contact information is also available at the following link:

    http://www.pfisd.net/Page/206

     


     

    Mott, Cele boundaries, programs adjusted

    In an effort to alleviate extreme overcrowding at Mott Elementary and Cele Middle School, the Pflugerville ISD Board of Trustees approved boundary and program adjustments at the Feb. 20 board meeting. These adjustments will take effect in the 2020-2021 school year. For a the full list of recommendations, please visit the Boundary Adjustment webpage.

     


     

    Meet PfISD's Registered Dietician

    PfISD DIetician At Pflugerville ISD, we have a mix of new and tenured, young and experienced student and staff. Below is a spotlight on just one we’re proud to call a member of our Pfamily:

    Mary Katharine Crowley, registered dietitian, PfISD Food and Child Nutrition Services 

    Started in PfISD: 2019

    Education: master’s degree from Texas Women’s University

    Job duties:

    As the school district’s nutrition expert, Mary Katharine Crowley works to assure PfISD is meeting state and national nutritional guidelines.

    “Our responsibilities are to ensure nutritional compliance of everything that goes out on the line, from breakfast to afterschool snack to dinner,” Crowley said.

    She also works on nutrition education and with district Food and Child Nutrition Services staff on annual menu development. This includes the creation of dishes for students with specialized diets, such as those suffering from anaphylactic allergens.

    “We try to normalize the eating experience for them,” she added.

    Crowley notes the ever-changing nature of her occupation keeps it interesting.

    “It’s definitely something that I’m really proud to say I do,” she said. “It’s been challenging but also very rewarding.”

     


     

    Deadline to submit retirement notice for Employee Banquet

    If you are planning to retire at the end of the 2019-20 school year and would like to be honored at the Employee Awards Banquet, please notify your campus principal and Human Resources Dept. no later than Friday, April 17. This deadline date is only to ensure you will be invited/honored at the banquet. The Employee Awards Banquet will be Thursday, May 14, at 7 p.m. at the Courtyard by Marriott, Pflugerville.

      



    Curriculum Writers

    The Curriculum and Innovation team needs curriculum writers to write and refine our curriculum for 2020-2021. We need writers for all areas but we are specifically recruiting in the following areas:

    • ELA – 6-8 Curriculum Writing (adding resources); 9-12 Creating new Curriculum; K-5 adding updates to the new curriculum
    • SS – K-5 New Curriculum Writing

    The applications are open to the district and will require work after hours and on weekends. Compensation will be $31 an hour. 

     


     

    Assessment Design & Review Teams for 20-21

    We need to develop quarterly/9-week assessments for the 2020-2021 school year for:

    • ELA, PK-12
    • Math, PK-8, Algebra I, Geometry, GIC, Algebra II
    • Science, tested grades
    • Social Studies, tested grades

    In order to increase reliability and collaboration in creating the district is implementing two independent teams to design and evaluate the district-required assessments. This application is open to the district and will require work after hours and on weekends. Compensation will be $31 an hour. 

    Application: https://forms.gle/Q6Y4xvPtPYzSGcHN7

     


     

    Grading Guidelines Open Forum

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

    Please review 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 13, 2020.  Your input is valued and needed.

    Form: https://forms.gle/YTUWK31tF6MxMCc4A

     


    Tell me something good


    Funny things heard in PfISD 

     

    • Dessau Elementary - A 2nd-grade student approached me after recently seeing me in a campus video posted on YouTube a few years ago. He enthusiastically declared me an amazing movie star, then told me that, one day, he wants to be famous "just like me"!
    • Magda Benavidez, Caldwell DL - One morning while all our kindergarteners were lining up for Specials, one beautiful, young lady in the line started talking to me in “Spanish”. Her friend in front of her, had a look on his face of awe and started asking me, “What is she saying, what is she saying?!?!” I gave him a hug as I whispered, “I don’t understand, either!” I would be happy to have her in my class - she obviously has a love for the Spanish language!

    Share with us a funny or random comment from one of your students! 

       


       

    PEF

    Galaxy Gala raises $146k

    The Pflugerville Education Foundation hosted its annual gala on Feb. 1, raising $146,000. The event surpassed last year’s proceeds by over 38% thanks to all who helped make it a success! We would like to recognize the following schools for participating:

    Weiss performed during dinner and the Talent Show finalists took home $9,000 in cash prizes: Brookhollow Elementary won 1st;  Mott won 2nd; and Highland Park won 3rd in an exciting and entertaining show that our gala guests enjoyed.

    Thanks to all the campuses who participated in the gala baskets for the silent auction and congrats to the Riojas team, which won the $500 1st prize. Here is a list of schools who participated:

    • Ruth Barron Elementary
    • Dearing Elementary – tie for 3rd place; $100 grant
    • Delco Elementary
    • Dessau Elementary
    • Mott Elementary
    • Northwest Learning Academy
    • Pflugerville Elementary
    • Spring Hill Elementary – 2nd place; $200 grant
    • Riojas Elementary – grand prize winner of $500
    • Rowe Lane Elementary – tie for 3rd place; $100 grant
    • Windemere Elementary
    • Cele Middle School
    • Dessau Middle School
    • Kelly Lane Middle School
    • Pflugerville Middle School
    • Westview Middle School
    • Connally High School
    • Hendrickson High School

     

    Grant Information and Kudos

    PEF also congratulates the following Dec/Jan mini-grant winners:

    • Parmer Lane Elementary - Discovery Maker Stem Learning - $475.00
    • Spring Hill Elementary - PK Pfundamentals - $497.97
    • Pflugerville Elementary - Ukes for All - $487.26
    • Park Crest Middle School - Mats for Mindfulness - $423.15
    • Riojas Elementary - STEMSpace - $410.12

    The deadline to apply for mini-grants is the last business day of each month through April. Find the easy online grant application here. PEF’s “Sur-Prize Patrol” visits the winners on the third Thursday of each month.

    Applications for the Innovative Grants are available here and are due by March 31. For convenience, a grants training webinar is also available here. If you have any questions, please email the Foundation at tina.felan@pfisd.net

     

    Student, Staff Scholarships due March 31

    PEF will soon send information about scholarships to school counselors and PFISD staff and post information on its website.

    Luminary award nominations will be accepted in the near future. Two students from each high school campus and one from PACE will receive $1,000 scholarships each. They will be awarded in PEF’s annual Luminary.

     

    Building stronger schools with employee
    giving

    Thanks to each employee who generously participated in the Employee Giving campaign! Employee incentives have been delivered to the campuses. They were given to the front office and each gift is marked with the employee’s name. Congrats to Pflugerville Elementary School for winning the top participation prize. At PES, 70% of the staff participated. They will enjoy a catered BBQ lunch as their prize!

     


     

    A+ Education Foundation Grant Application Now Available

    A+ Education Foundation, a philanthropic arm of A+ Federal Credit Union, invites Central Texas Educators to apply for a 2020 A+ Education Foundation Grant of up to $1,500 to fund innovative programs for their students.

    “We’re excited to announce that the A+ Education Foundation is increasing the grant amount from $1,000 to $1,500 for this year,” Georgia Johnson, A+ Education Foundation President, said. “We are committed to growing our grant program and continuing to offer more assistance to educators as they provide innovative and interactive learning experiences for the students.”

    Since its inception in 2005, the A+ Education Foundation has awarded over $907,000 to 987 grant recipients in schools and districts across Central Texas. 

    Grant applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, May 31, 2020. Professionally-Certified Educators (grades Pre-K through 12) in the schools in the A+ Federal Credit Union’s field of membership may apply. Grant winners will be notified by July 15, 2020. Visit aplusfcu.org/grants to get started.

     


     

    PfISD Shirt District T-shirts for Sale

    Pflugerville ISD is selling "We are Family" shirts to the community. If you would like to purchase a district T-shirt, please stop by the PfISD Administration Building (1401 W. Pecan St.) reception area during office hours, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Shirts are $5 each, cash only.

    Currently, we only have medium, large (limited supply) and extra-large sizes available. Shirts will be sold until the supply runs out. There are no plans to order more shirts. Thank you for supporting PfISD.

     


     

       

    Board Bytes

    The Board of Trustees took action on a variety of items at the February regular meeting. Among other items, they approved Local Policy Update 114, boundary adjustments for Mott ES and Cele MS, expansion of District Fiber, and Student and Family surveys.

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

      

    coming soon

    • Board of Trustees Workshop: March 5
    • Board of Trustees Meeting: March 12
    • Staff Development/Student Holiday: March 13
    • Spring Break: March 16-20

     

    Perk of the Month

    Doggy Day Out Kennel & Daycare
    2 Locations:
    17808 Wilke Ridge Lane, Pflugerville, 512-202-3805
    20113 Keilman Lane, Pflugerville, 512-251-300
    Contact: Steve Corona (info@doggydayout.com
    Purchase 2 days of daycare get 1 free! (One time use only)
    All PfISD employees enjoy a 10% discount off any overnight boarding stay (holidays excluded).

    To view more perks, visit The Pfair.

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  • Jan. 31, 2020

    Posted by Tamra Spence on 1/31/2020

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    "Ownership does not require having an equity stake in the organization or holding an official position of leadership. It simply means facing problems head-on instead of blaming, complaining, procrastinating, or making excuses. Ownership is personal accountability in its purest form."

    Flipping the Switch

      

     

    2020-2021 Staffing, Budget work has begun

    Even before the end of the first semester, district staff have been planning and preparing for the 2020-2021 school year. Budget, compensation, and staffing work has already begun, and we anticipate sharing more detailed information starting in March. We also shared preliminary information with our Superintendent Support Council in January and will continue to keep them apprised of the process. 

    As always, we have to predict the funding we will receive, put aside dollars for student growth, state requirements, and then utilize what is left to provide the highest salary increase that we can afford for our 3,600+ staff members. At this time, we feel that the district is in a positive position to fund additional raises and address stipends. This year we will be taking a very close look at the salaries of a number of positions, including our auxiliary and hourly staff members.

    The district has contracted with the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) to conduct a staffing and salary study. The group will present their findings, along with any salary increase options, to the Board of Trustees in March.

    In March, prior to Spring Break, it is our goal to provide principals with their staffing allocations and have the Board approve a compensation package for the next school year. This will be earlier than in the past, and we hope it will give our district a head start on recruiting teachers and staff. As many of you know, there is a teacher shortage in the state, and we are competing with all districts, not just Central Texas, for the best and brightest.

    Please continue to read Dr. Killian's weekly newsletters and upcoming Employee Newsletters for more staffing and salary information.

     



    Curriculum Writers

    The Curriculum and Innovation team needs curriculum writers to write and refine our curriculum for 2020-2021. We need writers for all areas but we are specifically recruiting in the following areas:

    • ELA – 6-8 Curriculum Writing (adding resources); 9-12 Creating new Curriculum; K-5 adding updates to the new curriculum
    • SS – K-5 New Curriculum Writing

    The applications are open to the district and will require work after hours and on weekends. Compensation will be $31 an hour. 

     


     

    Assessment Design & Review Teams for 20-21

    We need to develop quarterly - 9week assessment for the 2020-2021 school year for:

    • ELA, PK-12
    • Math, PK-8, Algebra I, Geometry, GIC, Algebra II
    • Science, tested grades
    • Social Studies, tested grades

    In order to increase reliability and collaboration in creating the district is implementing two independent teams to design and evaluate the district required assessments. This application is open to the district and will require work after hours and on weekends. Compensation will be $31 an hour. 

    Application: https://forms.gle/Q6Y4xvPtPYzSGcHN7

     


     

    Grading Guidelines Open Forum

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

    Please review 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 13, 2020.  Your input is valued and needed.

    Form: https://forms.gle/YTUWK31tF6MxMCc4A

     


    Tell me something good


    Funny things heard in PfISD 

     

    • Mr. T, Northwest Leadership Academy - When our power went out at our school on 12/19/19 a 4th grader walked into the school and ask me if the power was out here too. I said "Yes". Then he said, his Mom said it was only their apartment because she's not very good at paying bills. I told him "Me Too!" and we laughed.

    Share with us a funny or random comment from one of your students! 

      


     

    NASCENT, UT recruiting teachers for Summer program

    The NASCENT Engineering Research Center and the CDCM MRSEC at the University of Texas at Austin are actively recruiting science, technology, engineering and math teachers (grades 2-12) from Austin ISD and surrounding areas to participate in the NASCENT Research Experiences for Teachers Program during the summer of 2020. Each summer, STEM teachers from local schools participate in a 7-week program where they work alongside faculty and graduate students, participating in graduate-level research projects within the field of engineering, physics, chemistry and materials science.  In addition to the research component, RET staff and faculty will guide teachers to develop and teach science/engineering-based lessons that connect current research in science/engineering to k-12 curricula in the classroom and promote science/engineering as an exciting career that allows k-12 students to apply their math and science education to real-world problems.

    Program Highlights:

    • Generous stipend: $6500 (summer) + $1500 (support of academic year implementation of lesson)
    • Hands-on research experiences with opportunities to present your work
    • Upon completion of their research inspired classroom lesson, teachers will have access to a $1500 materials grant to purchase supplies needed to launch and implement the lesson with their students
    • Educational seminars that include learning tours at local industry sites like Samsung and Dell
    • Access to UT professors in informal settings, such as lunch, and formal settings, such as research team meetings

    Short Program Video: RET Video (this video showcases the RET program at UT Austin. While it is titled K-5, it really gives a great overview of the program in general – even for middle school teachers)

    Applications are due February 3, 2020.

     

    Application Instructions:

    For Elementary School teachers in grades 2- 5 only --- CDCM MRSEC RET program and application instructions, please visit our website at https://mrsec.utexas.edu/research-experiences-teachers-info-apply . Interested teachers can also contact Risa Hartman (rhartman@che.utexas.edu) with any questions.

    For Middle/High School teachers --- NASCENT RET program and application instructions please visit our website at https://nascent.utexas.edu/research-program-teachers-program. Interested teachers can also contact Risa Hartman (rhartman@che.utexas.edu) with any questions.

     


       

    PEF

    PEF Mini-Grants awarded monthly!

    The deadline for Pflugerville Education Foundation mini-grants is the last day of each month (weekends included). Grants range between $100 and $500. Apply here

     

    Innovative Grants open Feb. 3

    PEF will issue a request for proposals for the Innovative Grants on Monday, Feb. 3. These grants range from $2,000 to $5,000. The deadline is Tuesday, March 31, 2020. The information will be posted on the PEF website at www.thepfoundation.org and we will also send an email to all Principals and Assistant Principals when the RFP is posted. A self-paced online training presentation will be available on February 17, 2020.

     

    PES wins Employee Giving Campaign!

    Congratulations! The school that won the most participation in the Building Stronger Schools Together Employee Giving Campaign is Pflugerville Elementary with 75% participation of their campus employees. PEF staff will contact PES to arrange for their prize.

     


     

    WHS teacher starts scholarship fund

    Dustin Thompson was the beloved husband of Laura Greer Thompson, a teacher at Weiss High School. He passed away unexpectedly on January 25, 2020. 

    Those who know Laura know she has been a dedicated teacher for over 20 years. Dustin often told Laura, "I wish I had a teacher like you when I was in school. Someone who cared about me the way you do about your kids."

    Laura can't think of a better way to honor Dustin's memory than to fund a scholarship for students where she teaches, Weiss High School. Laura's goal is to ease the financial burden of as many students as possible as they leave high school and begin their journey in trade schools or colleges.

    She has requested that in lieu of flowers and other remembrances for Dustin that donations are made to help the students she cares about so much. Dustin was so proud of the work Laura did and supported her dedication to her students. Please honor Dustin's memory this way. 

    "Dustin was giving, kind, authentic, and dependable. There is no better way to continue to honor him than to help a student go out into the world to make it a better place just like Dustin did.”

    The link to donate is as follows:  https://www.gofundme.com/f/the-dustin-r-thompson-memorial-scholarship-fund

    On behalf of Laura and the admin team here at WHS, we want to thank each and every one of you for all you are doing and will continue to do to support her during this difficult time.

     


     

    PfISD Shirt District T-shirts for Sale

    Pflugerville ISD is selling "We are Family" shirts to the community. If you would like to purchase a district t-shirt, please stop by the PfISD Administration Building (1401 W. Pecan St.) reception area during office hours, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Shirts are $5 each, cash only.

    Currently, we only have medium, large (limited supply) and extra-large sizes available. Shirts will be sold until the supply runs out. There are no plans to order more shirts. Thank you for supporting PfISD.

     


     

    Transportation Survey

    The PfISD Transportation department will be forwarding all Principals and Assistant Principals a "PfISD 2019-2020 Student Transportation Survey" to complete. You should receive the survey in your district email over the next several days. The purpose of the survey is to assess the quality of school bus transportation services provided to your school since July 2019 following the District's transition from contracted services. Through the survey, the department is attempting to identify areas of accomplishment as well as areas that may need improvement. It is our desire that the transportation services exemplify the highest levels of safety, courtesy, and professionalism for our Pflugerville family. 

     
    Thank you in advance for completing and submitting your responses no later than Friday, February 14, 2020.

     


       

    Board Bytes

    The Board of Trustees took action on a variety of items at the January regular meeting. Among other items, they approved multiple items to move forward on the construction of Elementary School #23 and Middle School #7 along with other Bond 2018 projects, Innovative Courses, and the annual computer replacement cycle. 

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

      

    coming soon

    • Board of Trustees Workshop: Feb. 6
    • Staff/Student Holiday: Feb. 17
    • Board of Trustees Meeting: Feb. 20
    • Board of Trustees Workshop: March 5
    • Board of Trustees Meeting: March 12
    • Staff Development/Student Holiday: March 13
    • Spring Break: March 16-20

     

    Perk of the Month

    Hutto Family YMCA
    200 Alliance Blvd., Hutto, TX  78634
    Website: www.ymcagwc.org
    Contact:  Robin Fontenot rfontenot@ymcagwc.org  512-846-2360
    Corporate Membership:  $0 Joining Fee
    See complete details:  Hutto YMCA Corporate Membership Information

    Adults (18+ yrs.)                                                  $34/monthly     $408/annually
    Couple (2 adults living in the same home)            $62/monthly     $744/annually 
    Family I  (1 adult & children up to 17 yrs.)        $62/monthly     $744/annually
    Family II (2 adults & children up to 17 yrs.      $66/monthly     $792/annually

     

    To view more perks, visit The Pfair.

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  • Dec. 19, 2019

    Posted by Tamra Spence on 12/19/2019

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    "Most of us have heard the saying 'Creativity is thinking outside the box.' There's a lot of truth in that, but to me true creativity is this: Succeeding within the box. Focusing on what we don't have is a waste of time and energy and kills motivation. To really make a difference, let's instead focus our energy on succeeding within the box."

    QBQ: The Question Behind the Question

      

     Happy holidays

     

    Happy Break!

    We look forward to seeing you back on Jan. 6 for a Planning and Prep day and we will welcome back students on Jan. 7.



    Instructional Rounds

    Last year we had six campuses (PHS, PCMS, DRES, WLES, TES, and CHS) participate in an Instructional Rounds pilot. In May, we briefly introduced the Instructional Round process to all campus administrators and heard from PCMS, DRES, and PHS regarding their experience with Rounds. Enthusiastically, we had three additional campuses (HHS, WHS, and SHES) join the Rounds process this year.

    As a quick reminder or introduction, Rounds are a disciplined way for educators to work together to improve instruction (City, Elmore, Fiarman, & Teitel, 2009). The practice combines three common elements of improvement: classroom observation, an improvement strategy, and a network of educators. Rounds are used by schools to enhance pedagogical skills and strengthen instructional practices throughout the district by looking for patterns, implementation of district initiatives and foundation practices. Rounds work is a part of our instructional model and is used to inform our collective teaching and learning. Within the next 3 years, all campuses will be trained and participate in Rounds work as a part of the continuous improvement process. Here are a few of the resources we shared in May as well:

    Our pilot work allowed us to develop district goals for our Rounds work. The goals of Instructional Rounds in PfISD are:

    • To learn with and through one another in a safe, supportive setting.
    • To deepen our understanding of the instructional core and its impact on improving student achievement at scale.
    • To have clarity around the district’s language of instruction.

    We have launched a district website that provides more information about our Rounds work and invites you to check it out from time to time. The website is https://sites.google.com/pfisd.net/pfisd-instructional-rounds/home. If you haven’t already joined us in this work, we hope you will soon!

     


     

    Help needed to build Embedded Assessments

    The Curriculum and Innovation department is recruiting classroom, special education, and intervention teachers to help build embedded assessments to support our students.  We are seeking individuals who would like to be considered to train on creating embedded support assessments. 

    Commitment:

    • Develop embedded supports in a content area and level (Elementary and Secondary) for the 19–20 year. 
    • Attend one half-day training on January 22, 2020.
      • Please choose either the morning or afternoon session
      • Register in True North as soon as possible.
        • Embedded Support Initial Training – January 22, 2020: Course #: 12192
        • Morning session: 8:30 am - 11:30 am – Section # 17513
        • Afternoon session: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm – Section # 17514
    • Agree to adjust your reviewed work based on feedback.

     

    Compensation:

    $31 per hour for up to 24 hours of work on embedding supports in assessments (non-contract hours).

     

    Initial Procedures:

    1. Complete the Google Form linked here or use the following URL to access the form: https://tinyurl.com/vzkdy5u.
    2. Set up payment for substitute:
      Ask your campus bookkeeper to label the sub for payment as: Embedded Support Training, Stephanie Harrison.
      This ensures finance will direct payment for your sub to C & I, rather than your campus.
    3. Work with your content coordinator on scheduling and workflow for assigned assessment(s).


    Tell me something good


    Funny things heard in PfISD 

     

    • Iris Bunton, Timmerman - When asked "What's a counselor's job?" I was told " A counselor CANCELS things."
    • Kyndall Jirasek, Admin (Community Relations) - While filming teacher of the year videos at Pflugerville Elementary School, a first-grade student came up to me, tickled my stomach, and said "squishy, squishy, squishy." 😂

    Share with us a funny or random comment from one of your students! 

      


     

    AESOP, Applitrack change passwords

    On Monday, January 6, 2020, Frontline will be upgrading Absence Management (AESOP), AppliTrack, and eSped to a single sign-on platform. The link will be updated on the District home page as well as distributed on launch day. The new ID will be your District email address and the password will be the same as your computer/PfISD google login password. On launch day, it will be important to attempt your initial login as soon as you are able. 

    Please note you will continue to use your existing phone login ID and Pin when using the phone system for Absence Management (AESOP). If you have any issues with getting set up, please contact the HR absence management team at 512-594-0033.

     


     

    Gala invite

    Gala Silent Auction Gift Basket Contest

     
    During our annual gala, we hold a silent auction to help raise additional funds to give to our District. Get together with your campus or teams, determine a theme, and fill your basket. All baskets are due to PEF by January 24, 2020.
     
    The school or department whose basket raises the most money at the Gala will win a grant! Three lucky winners will walk away with:
     
    1st Place: $500
    2nd Place: $300
    3rd Place: $100
     
      

      

    PEF

    PEF awards Mini-Grants!

    Congratulations to Pflugerville Elementary, Brookhollow Elementary, Rowe Lane Elementary and Hendrickson High School on winning mini-grants given out by the Pflugerville Education Foundation. The “SurPrize Patrol” made up of PEF Board Members visited each campus to surprise the winners in December. You could be a winner too! The deadline for mini-grants is the last day of each month (weekends included). Grants range between $100 and $500. Apply here

     


     

    Luminary Leadership

    Employee Giving Campaign Raises $59k

    A big thank you to all staff for a successful employee giving campaign! The participation and support of our District are heartwarming and appreciated. Our goal is to continue to grow and enhance and enrich the stellar education provide by our District.

    Preliminary results show that we had an outstanding campaign. So far we exceeded our budgeted campaign goal of $58,200, raising $59,000 to date. PEF Board and staff want to thank all of our inaugural Luminary Leadership Giving Circle Donors. To be a Luminary Leadership Giving Circle Member, donors make an annual contribution of $1,000 or more either monthly or by one annual gift. Our goal was 10. We have 13 donors.

    Our goal this year was to increase our campaign participation by at least 10%. We exceeded that! This year we had 148 brand new donors. We have just over 330 employees renewing their gifts for another year bringing the total to 478 staff participating. We promised a surprise to the school or department with the most participate by percentage of campus/dept. employees. We will be announcing that right after the break!

     


     

    PfISD Shirt District T-shirts for Sale

    Pflugerville ISD is selling "We are Family" shirts to the community. If you would like to purchase a district t-shirt, please stop by the PfISD Administration Building (1401 W. Pecan St.) reception area during office hours, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Shirts are $5 each, cash only.

    Currently, we only have medium, large (limited supply) and extra-large sizes available. Shirts will be sold until the supply runs out. There are no plans to order more shirts. Thank you for supporting PfISD.

     


     

    Discount Childcare for District Staff

    Pflugerville ISD, in partnership with YMCA of Greater Williamson County, on Oct. 28 will open its Northwest Elementary Child Development Center, offering discounted childcare for full-time district staff members. There is limited availability in the pilot program, with admission provided on a first-come, first-serve basis.

    Childcare, from ages 8 weeks to 3 1/2 years, will be provided from 6:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday at Northwest Elementary School, 14014 Thermal Drive, Austin. Discounted rates are listed below. Rates include breakfast, lunch and snack. 

    Payments will be deducted from the employee’s paycheck on the 27th of each month beginning Nov. 27, 2019 through June 27, 2020. Proration will occur based on the student's start date.

    To apply, download and complete the YMCA Childcare application and return it to your campus front office.

    Age

    Monthly Rate

       

    8 weeks to 18 months

    $700

    18 months to 3 years

    $625

    3 1/2-year-olds 

    $575

    For more information, please contact Phil Hooper at 512-615-7870.

     


       

    Board Bytes

    The Board of Trustees took action on a variety of items at the December regular meeting. Among other items, they approved the contract to provide expanded parking area at VMES and the construction of additional sidewalk access to the bus lanes at CMS, and received an update on the progress made towards goals regarding the strategic plan. 

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

      

    coming soon

    • Student Early Release: Dec. 20
    • Winter Break: Dec. 23-Jan. 3, 2020
    • Teacher Planning Day/Student Holiday: Jan. 6
    • PfISD SHAC Meeting: Jan. 14
    • Board of Trustees Meeting: Jan. 16
    • Staff/Student Holiday: Jan. 20

     

    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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