The district will be running weekly round-ups of Academic and Athletic events along with Campus Events/Activities on the district website in a new feature: "Around the 'Ville."

"Around the 'Ville" will be updated every Thursday with submitted information. The cut off to submit information for the weekly round-up will be Tuesday at 3 p.m. Any submissions received after 3 p.m. on Tuesday will run the following week. As timeliness is an issue, games, tournaments and activities submitted should not be more than two weeks old. ALL FORMS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY PISD EMPLOYEES
 

  • Around the 'Ville 6-12-14

    Posted by Tamra Spence at 6/12/2014
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    PHS students place at state science, engineering, math competition
    Three Pflugerville High School students placed at the 2014 Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME) State Competition. Jennifer Han took first place in Biology AP and Donaji Medina took third place in biology AP. Faria Kazi took fourth place in physics, first place in statistics and earned a special award in the engineering design challenge.

    Participants must be a part of an afterschool STEM program and qualify at a divisional competition in order to take part in the state competition. The qualifier for this region, the Capital Area Math and Science Competition was held at Welch Hall, UT Austin on Feb. 1 2014. About 150 students competed at the Capital Area Math and Science Competition and 33 advanced to the state level. Similar events were held across Texas and 300 students, all top-place finishers were invited to attend the State Competition in Fort Worth, at the Lockheed Martin campus. The events are offered free of cost to participants, with TAME covering the cost of transportation, housing, food and event registration.


    Schools raise funds for local animal shelters
    Copperfield ES
    Third grade students were assigned a district social studies project to become entrepreneurs and create a small business to sell a project for a cause that they all could agree upon. This was also a writing project (with a concentration on persuasive writing) in which students wrote and delivered school-wide announcements, as well as visual advertising in the form of a take-home flyer for the community.

    The Third Grader Entrepreneurs at Copperfield Elementary ran a lemonade stand on field day, at the fifth grade dance, and on May 30. The result was, after expenses, (another concept our students had to come to understand), students raised $900 for the cause of their choice. As a grade level, the students voted to donate their earnings to three no-kill animal shelters: Pflugerville Animal Shelter, Austin Animal Shelter and the Williamson County Animal Shelter.
     

    Riojas Animal Shelter Riojas ES
    Third grade representatives at Riojas presented a check for $1,551.63 to the Pflugerville Animal Shelter. The money was raised from third grade market day at Riojas Elementary School, which required students to make items to sell in their “stores” and donate the profits to a charity. All third graders came up with a business plan, made the items they would sell, priced the items, figured out the profits after selling the items, marketed the items, made signs for their stores, and sold their items to the entire school on May 21.
     
     
     
    RLES Animal Shelter Rowe Lane ES
    During Rowe Lane ES Economic Fair, third graders collected $1,270.21, which was donated to the Pflugerville Animal Shelter.

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     Brookhollow CPR training
    At the end of the school year, Brookhollow Elementary took part in a nationwide activity to train fifth grade students in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). The campus was the only one in PfISD which took part in the program.


    Student journalist recognized internationally for in-depth article
    PHS senior Emily Munoz, editor-in-chief of the Panther Prowler Newspaper, has been awarded the Frank Keegan “Take No Prisoners” Award by Youth Journalism International (YJI). This is the highest honor a student can receive in the YJI News category. YJI recognized Emily for the in-depth story she wrote about academic dishonesty in the December issue of the Panther Prowler.

    “Emily’s in-depth and hard-hitting story about rampant cheating in her Texas high school pulled no punches,” YJI judges said. “She snagged interviews not only with teachers who had a range of views on academic dishonesty, but with students, including one who admitted to cheating. She didn’t stop at the high school door, but pursued university officials and college students at two Texas universities. Going that extra distance served her high school readers. Her story educated them about how differently cheating is viewed and handled at the college level compared to what they see in their high school. Emily’s story represents the kind of tough journalism espoused by Frank Keegan, for whom this award is named.”

    Emily and senior Alyssa Newman also placed 1st in the YJI Features Category for Team Reporting. Junior Kennedy Huff earned Honorable Mention in Column Writing.


    PHS student film takes second in Young Filmmakers Festival
    PHS advanced film students produced a short narrative this year called “For the Sake of Sanity.” The film, which was written and directed by PHS junior Erin Devany, has garnered several awards. It was named a state semifinalist in the inaugural UIL Young Filmmakers Festival. The film was also selected to the Austin Youth Film Festival and was shown at the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz Theater where it took second place, and Devany received $500.

     
    PHS Newspaper students take honors at state competition
    Pflugerville HS newspaper and broadcast students brought home many awards from the 2014 ILPC state journalism awards. The newspaper staff, the Panther Prowler, won a Bronze Star Award, which is the top honor a high school publication can receive in the state of Texas. The student broadcast, PTV, was one of eight high school broadcasts in the state to receive a Distinguished Merit rating.
     
    Newspaper and broadcast students also won several Individual Achievement Awards. Most significantly, senior Emily Munoz won a Tops in Texas Award; her story was voted the best in the state in the category of In-Depth News/Feature Story.
     
    Newspaper Individual Achievement Awards
    • Emily Munoz—Tops in Texas and 1st Place in In-Depth News/Feature Story
    • Emily Munoz—1st place in Feature Writing
    • Staff—1st Place in Headlines
    • Tim and Emily Fahey—2nd place in Feature Writing
    • Antonija Antunovic and Paton LaBelle—2nd place in News Feature
    • Jaclyn LaBelle—2nd place in Homepage Design
    • Emily Munoz—3rd place in News Writing
    • Emily Munoz—3rd place in Entertainment Feature
    • Kennedy Huff—3rd place in Personal Opinion Column
    • Lauren Amaro, Stephanie Nguyen-Okwu, Paton LaBelle—3rd place in News Feature
    • Nguyet-Hang Truong—Honorable Mention in Computer Art
    • Ed Herrera—Honorable Mention in General News Photo
    • Eli Berke—Honorable Mention in Sports Action Photo
    • Ed Herrera—Honorable Mention in Portrait

    Broadcast Individual Achievement Awards
    • Kennedy Huff, Aleksa Yandrisovitz, Audra Fletcher—1st place in General News/Feature/Sports Report Writing
    • Eli Berke, Andrew Sharp, Tung Duong, Brad Guzman, Christian Campbell—1st place in Promotion/Commercial
    • Lauren Hendricks, Priscilla Odreman, Gio Estrada—2nd place in Feature Story
    • Kennedy Huff, Aleksa Yandrisovitz, Audra Fletcher—3rd place in General News Story
    • Tung Duong, Katrina Bara, Christian Campbell—3rd place in Editing
    • Tung Duong, Katrina Bara, Brandy Garcia—3rd place in Photography

     
    Students take part in the national business leadership conference
    Top students from Hendrickson and Connally High Schools attended the Business Professionals of America (BPA) 2014 National Leadership Conference, “Accelerate Your Future,” in Indianapolis, IN, April 30- May 4, 2014. Alexander Cramer and Hannah Meadows from Hendrickson High School and Edgar Saucedo from Connally High School joined over 5,000 other conference delegates from across the nation to participate in national level business skills competitions, workshops, general sessions, and the national officer candidate campaigns and elections.

    Besides having the opportunity to excel, they experienced the city of Indianapolis, IN. “The conference is the culmination of a school year’s worth of business education and training which these students have received,” said Hendrickson High School chapter advisor, Abby Williford, who teaches Audio/Video Production. Alexander Cramer from HHS placed 5th in Computer Modeling. Edgar Saucedo from CHS placed 11th in PC Servicing & Troubleshooting and earned Microsoft Office Specialist: Access 2010, MTA: Security Fundamentals, and MTA: Windows OS Fundamentals certifications. Hannah Meadows from HHS competed in Digital Media Production. ”We are so proud of all of their accomplishments,” said Connally High School chapter advisor, Amanda Simpson.

    Business Professionals of America is a national organization for high school, college, and middle school students preparing for careers in business and information technology. The organization’s activities and programs complement classroom instruction by giving students practical experience through application of the skills learned at school. Business Professionals of America acts as a cohesive agent in the nationwide networking of education and business and industry. BPA is contributing to the preparation of a world-class workforce through the advancement of leadership, citizenship, academic, and technological skills.


    Science Olympiad
    The Hendrickson High School Science Olympiad team competed in the state tournament at Texas A&M University. The team placed 9th out of 31 teams in the competition. The following individuals medaled in their events.
    • 1st place Scrambler - Colton D’Ambra and Albert Felan
    • 1st place Forensics - Mandi Palencia and Aeslyn Kail
    • 2nd Place We Got Your Number - Colton D’Ambra and Dung Nguyen
    • 4th place Water Quality - Vivian Huynh and Jaydin Ngo


    Hendrickson student attends state journalism conference
    Nyssa Kruse has been selected to represent the state of Texas at the 2014 Al Neuharth Free Spirit and Journalism Conference taking place at the Newseum. She will be receiving a $1,000 college scholarship and will attend the conference in Washington, D.C., in June.


    Students attend Tomorrow’s Leaders luncheon with former First Daughter
    Members of the PfISD speech & debate leader team had the privilege to hear former First Daughter Luci Baines Johnson during an Austin Community College luncheon about her father’s legacy during the civil rights and voting rights movements. Johnson, the younger daughter of President Lyndon Baines Johnson, was the keynote speaker at ACC’s sixth annual Building Tomorrow’s Leaders luncheon. Johnson used the occasion to compliment efforts within ACC’s Center for Public Policy and Political Studies, the only such center of its kind nationally at a community college.
     
    ACC luncheon  
    (Front Row) Dr. Alex Torrez; Christina Bui; Kirsten Nash, HHS Forensic Director; Josh Villarreal; and Rob Reyes, PISD Board Member
    (Back Row) Marcus Ayala; Nico Williams; Samin Agha, HHS Assistant Forensic Director; Zach Falkenbury; Jordan Rojas; and Danielle Williams
     
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  • Around the 'Ville 5-1-14

    Posted by Tamra Spence at 5/1/2014
    4th-8th graders invited to annual PHS Speech & Debate Team Round Robin Invitational Tournament
    PISD will hold the second annual PHS Speech & Debate Team Round Robin Invitational Tournament on May 10 at PHS from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for 4th through 8th grade students. The cost of the event is $40 if postmarked by May 2. Events offered include oral reading, impromptu speaking, and individual debate. The resolution to be debated is “Single-gender classrooms would improve the quality of education in American public schools.” Oral Readers must bring prepared pieces in binders as per UIL Oral Reading Rules and Impromptu Speaking topics can be found at Impromptu Topics. Registration for the event begins at 8 a.m. and pizza will be provided for lunch with additional food and drinks available for purchase. An awards ceremony will be held in the cafeteria at 3:30 p.m.
    Download the registration form here

    Connally Boys Soccer 2014 All-State and All-Region Awards
    Four Connally High School boys soccer players have been awarded All-Region and All-State awards from the Texas Association of Soccer Coaches Organization (TASCO).
    • John-Mathew Blay-Tofey (Forward): All Region 2nd team for Region 4
    • Arturo Rangel (Defender): All Region 1st team for Region 4
    • Trent Hurley (Forward): All Region 1st team for Region 4
    • Ty Grubb (Goal Keeper): Honorable Mention All-State!
     
    HHS livestock HHS student wins top score in SA Livestock Show
    Meredith Masi, a junior at Hendrickson High School, was named the top high individual at the statewide Consumer Decision Making Contest, sponsored by the San Antonio Livestock Show. Masi was awarded a $10,000 scholarship to any Texas university and a San Antonio Livestock Show belt buckle.

    Masi competed against 153 senior 4-H and FFA students from across the state and earned a score of 388 out of 400. Her team won second overall team at the contest, with 47 teams competing. The Consumer Decision Making Contest consists of judging eight sets of products and providing reasoning to a set of judges.

    Masi is a nine-year member of the Richland 4-H Club, and is the Travis County 4-H president and District 10 Parliamentarian.

     
     
    Southwest water PMS student wins essay contest
    Pflugerville Middle School student Gabby Floyd was surprised at her campus with the news that she was the grand-prize winning student from the recent SouthWest Water Company writing contest. A representative from SouthWest Water Company surprised Floyd with a $500 Visa gift card during English/Language Arts class. SouthWest Water Company serves the Pflugerville community with water and sewer services through Windermere Utility. Students submitted an essay that explains the importance of water in their community, state or world.

    “We are thrilled that Pflugerville Independent School District participated in the contest for the second year in a row,” Gary Rose, director of operations, SouthWest Water Company, Texas Utilities, said. “We were able to give students another valuable opportunity to practice their writing skills while encouraging critical thinking about the importance of water as a resource.”

    Seventh grade students from Pflugerville ISD middle schools submitted essays explaining the importance of water in their community, the state or world. The writing prompt and scoring rubric used for the contest followed the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) guidelines for expository essays. The essays were scored anonymously by a panel of PISD English Language Arts teachers.

    “We are happy to once again participate in SouthWest Water Company’s writing contest,” said PISD English Language Arts Coordinator, Susan Diaz. “It gave our seventh grade students an opportunity to practice their writing skills before the STAAR test while analyzing a topic that is of the utmost importance in Texas.”

    Floyd’s winning essay was published in the Pflugerville Pflag on April 16.

    PMS Film Film producer visits Pflugerville Middle School
    Writer, actor, producer, and director David Fried recently paid a visit to the broadcasting class at Pflugerville Middle School. Fried is currently working as one of the producers on a new horror film, Found Footage 3D, that will be shooting this May and June in Austin.

    “My students have a talent and love of film-making,” Cathy Bullard, PMS broadcasting teacher, said. “They amaze me with their creativity and skill! Many of them are thinking about a future career in the film industry, in front of and behind the camera.”

    Fried shared plenty of insights for the students, answering questions regarding getting a job in the business and how long it takes to edit a movie. The students were excited by Fried’s visit, with many wanting to have a career in the film industry.

    “Mr. Fried opened my eyes about the film industry, from what goes on around a set to how they get to even make a movie,” Colby Hinton said. “It gave me great ideas for my videos that I make already. He really helped me realize there’s a lot more to movies and I now have a greater appreciation for them and the people that make them.”

    2014 Karate State Championships
    The Westview Karate team competed in the KickStart State Championships in Bryan, Tx. The campus took a team of 28 competitors to Bryan and faced some of the best talent and athletes that have shown up in years. Westview shined bringing home 25 trophies and 8 State titles. Chuck Norris was in attendance and greeted all finalists personally. This year’s winners are:
    • Westview Black belt mens teams took 2nd and 3rd place in State competition
    • Westview Red belt women Capture the State Team fighting title!
    • Roberto Bautista wins the state Title in Green Belt Kata
    • Anthony Purcell wins the state Title in orange Belt Kata
    • Elijah Black wins the state Title in 12-13 Gold Belt Kata
    • Myles Walsh wins the state Title in 11-12 Gold Belt Kata
    • Ethan Zavala 2nd in Black belt team Fighting
    • Michael Burrell 3rd Black belt Team Fighting
    • Ethan Wadbrook 3rd Black Belt Team Fighting
    • Harold Manriquez 3rd Black Belt Team Fighting
    • Eddie Manzano 2nd Black Belt Team Fighting
    • Angel Lona 3rd in Orange belt Fighting.
    • Joseph Cruz 2rd Black Belt Team Fighting and 3rd in Black belt Weapons
    • Andre Tran 3rd Black Belt Fighting, 2nd Black belt team fighting, 2nd Black belt Weapons
    • Taylor Casey State Champion Womens Red Belt fighting, State champion womens teams, 2nd red belt Weapons, 2nd red belt womens Kata
    • Danielle Latourneau State champion womens team Fighting, 2nd red belt womens sparring
    • Haley Baduesz State champion womens team
    Additionally, the Pflugerville citywide all-star demonstration team, that is made up of students from every school in the district took third in the state competition.
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  • Around the 'Ville 3-28-14

    Posted by Tamra Spence at 3/28/2014
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    • Windermere Primary students performance highlights African studies
      The 2nd Grade Specials Team at Windermere Primary School put on a fantastic integrated program for parents and students. The theme was Africa and the students acted, sang, provided artwork, and had physical education activities that coincided with a tour of many countries in Africa.

      The students showed what they had learned about the culture of African countries by playing African children's games, making animals indigenous to Africa and singing songs in six different African languages. The P.E. department created jump rope and hula hoop routines to songs about the African jungle. The program also featured a tribute to the recently deceased South African president, Nelson Mandela.

      The students learned so much and put on such an exciting performance that the students, parents and community members were educated as well as entertained. Special thanks to the teachers who created the show: Gaye Fisher, music teacher; Molly Wedge, art teacher; Carol Richardson, P.E. teacher; and Barbara Forbes, P.E. assistant.

      WPS African performance



    • Connally Robotics invited to World Championship
      There has never been a more exciting year for Robotics at John B. Connally High School. One of its teams, 4847 CHROME, has made its way through the qualifying rounds, regionals, and now super-regionals of FIRST Robotics Competition.

      “We’ve had some close calls but they made us better,” Dilan Patel, CHROME’s team leader, said. “We have redesigned our robot a countless number of times. Any success we have is from hours and hours of hard work.”

      At super-regionals, CHROME competed against the top 72 teams in the southeast, arguably the most difficult conference in the United States, and came out in second. They are now among the few teams invited to the World Championships held in ST. Louis this April. The team is currently fundraising to pay for the World Competition.

      “We didn’t take the world championship into account when we planned our budget at the beginning of the year, but we’re confident in our ability to raise the remaining funds,” Chase Hinesman, CHROME’s lead programmer, said. “We might sell cookies during school lunches and we plan on going door-to-door asking for odd jobs."

      Dilan and Chase are among seven team members going to St. Louis this April. Click here to donate to the robotics team. If anyone has any work for the students, contact Paul Crocker at Paul.Crocker@pfisd.net.


    • 3 public meetings scheduled in April for May bond election
      PISD will host three public forums in April to give community members an opportunity to learn about the 2014 bond proposition. Meetings will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria of the district’s three high schools:
      • April 21 – Pflugerville High School
      • April 22 – Hendrickson High School
      • April 23 – Connally High School

      The bond package, totaling $287 million, provides new instructional space for current capacity issues as well as future growth, addresses aging campuses and infrastructure, increases safety and security and provides technology for students and teachers.

      The district has launched a website, www.pfisdbond.net, as a resource for more information about the proposed bond projects. Visit the website to learn more about bond projects by campus along with voting information and frequently asked questions. Contact 512.594.BOND with any questions regarding the upcoming bond election.

      You must be a registered voter who resides within the school district’s boundaries in order to be eligible to vote in this election. The last day to register to vote to be eligible for the May 10 election is Thursday, April 10, 2014. Your application must be received in the Voter Registrar’s office or postmarked by this date. For voter registration go to www.pfisdbond.net and click on Voting.

      Early voting begins April 28 and ends May 6. Mobile voting is available at the following PISD locations from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. on the day listed:
      • 4/28 - Cele Middle
      • 4/29 - Highland Park Elementary
      • 4/30 - Dessau Elementary
      • 5/1 - Northwest Elementary
      • 5/1 - Pflugerville High
      • 5/2 - Hendrickson High
      • 5/5 - Connally High
      • 5/6 - Rowe Lane Elementary
    Election Day will be held Saturday, May 10, 2014 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. District Polling Locations include:
    • PISD Administration Building
    • Elementary Schools: Brookhollow, Caldwell, Copperfield, Dessau, Highland Park, Murchison, Northwest, Parmer Lane, River Oaks, Rowe Lane, Spring Hill, Wieland, Windermere ES
    • Middle Schools: Cele, Park Crest
    • High Schools: Connally, Hendrickson and Pflugerville

    • Board Meeting held April 24
      The Pflugerville ISD Board of Trustees will conduct its monthly regular meeting in the board room of the PISD administration building located at 1401 W. Pecan in Pflugerville on April 24 at 7 p.m. Board of Trustee Agendas and Minutes

     

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  • Around the 'Ville 3-3-14

    Posted by Tamra Spence at 3/3/2014
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    • PHS Journalists place at statewide competition
      PHS newspaper students were recognized with several awards as part of the 2013-14 Texas Association of Journalism Educators Clip Contest. This is an annual statewide competition featuring three ratings categories: Superior, Excellent and Honorable Mention.

      Superior
      Emily Munoz & Alyssa Newman—Feature Story
      Anelia Gomez Cordova—Editorial Writing
      Jaclyn LaBelle—General Column

      Excellent
      Emily Munoz—In-Depth News Story
      Anelia Gomez Cordova—Editorial Writing
      Trenton Daeschner—Sports Feature

      Honorable Mention
      Emily Munoz—News Story
      Kennedy Huff & Stephanie Nguyen-Okwu—News Story
      Emily Munoz & Jaclyn LaBelle—Feature Story
      Stephanie Nguyen-Okwu—Feature Story
      Emily Fahey & Tim Fahey—Feature Story
      Jaclyn LaBelle, Emily Munoz & Ed Herrera—In-Depth News Package
      Emily Munoz—Entertainment Review
      Jaclyn LaBelle—Double-Truck Design
      Eli Berke—Sports Action Photo
      Ed Herrera—Sports Feature Photo
      Helina Craft—Sports Feature Photo


    • Connally Debators top 8 in National Tournament
      Congratulations to the Connally High School Debate Team. Ten students represented Connally at one of the most difficult tournaments in the nation. All competed brilliantly. Two, however, distinguished themselves by attaining the highest award we have received thus far at the Harvard Debate Tournament: quarterfinalists in JV Policy Debate. This means they were top 8 at a National tournament.


    • Spring Break
      Pflugerville ISD will be on Spring Break from Monday, March 10 through Friday, March 14. Classes will resume on Monday, March 17.
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  • Around the 'Ville 12-20-13

    Posted by Tamra Spence at 12/20/2013
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    • PISD AVID Team presents at AVID National Conference
      Our truly amazing AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) Team representatives – Ashley Stanky (Dessau MS AVID Teacher & Coordinator), Cathy Crain (DMS AVID Teacher), and Cheryll Milgrim (District CCR Coordinator) – presented a session titled “You Can’t Say Rigor without…GRRRRR!” at the AVID National Conference held in Grapevine, TX, Dec. 12-14. Their session provided an overview of how AVID has evolved at DMS from a single classroom to being embraced school-wide. Educators received informative, hands-on, concrete strategies that can help students transform their college and career aspirations into reality. Their session – one of 83 available – was very well attended and in such high demand that a third session was added on the final conference day! Kudos to the team for their hard work and for representing our district admirably! You did PISD proud!


    • Winter Break
      Pflugerville ISD will be on Winter Break from Monday, Dec. 23 through Tuesday, Jan. 7. Classes will resume on Wednesday, Jan. 8.
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  • Around the 'Ville 12-13-13

    Posted by Tamra Spence at 12/13/2013
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    • District hosts annual Spanish Spelling Bee
      Students from the district’s eight Dual Language Elementary Schools participated in the annual Dual Language Spanish Spelling Bee. Winners of the spelling bee were: First Place - Leylani Solorzano from River Oaks Elementary, Second Place - Odalys Yulissa Flores-Vázquez from Spring Hill Elementary, and Third Place - Anneth Mora-Guerrero from Spring Hill Elementary. The Dual Language Spanish Spelling Bee is an extension of the instructional program in PISD. The Bee is an opportunity for students who are part of the DLE program, which has a curriculum to facilitate and support the acquisition of academic Spanish, to engage in an advanced academic endeavor that aligns with the learning that happens in their classroom daily. Each Dual Language campus held its own Spelling Bee to determine its top three students to compete in the district Bee. “I am very proud of the work our students do to learn and master the academic languages of Spanish and English,” said Rebecca Embry, Advanced Academics Coordinator. Representing the campuses in the district Spelling Bee were:
      • Caldwell Elementary
        Jackie Moreno
        Lizbeth Muños
        Andrea Landinos
      • Copperfield Elementary
        Víctor Piñón
        Kimberly Rodríguez
        Lindsey Cajas-Calderón
      • Dessau Elementary
        Eric Cuellar
        Leslie Maya
        Edwin Torres
      • Highland Park Elementary
        Sofía Palacios
        Joseline Guzmán
        Jaquelin Carrillo-Robles
      • Parmer Lane Elementary
        Juan Ávila
        Yesenia Soto
        Diego García
      • River Oaks Elementary
        Leylani Solorzano - 1st Place
        Elizabeth Hernandez
        Scarlet Hernandez
      • Ruth Barron Elementary
        Alejandra González
        Nicole Ayala García
        Javier Tavira
      • Spring Hill Elementary
        Anneth Mora-Guerrero - 3rd Place
        Anna Victoria Vera
        Odalys Yulissa Flores-Vázquez - 2nd Place

        PISD Spanish Spelling Bee


    • HPES students, parents attend Academic Night
      Highland Park Elementary recently held its annual Academic Night event for students and parents. Students were invited to participate in Reading, Writing, Science, Math and Wellness activities. Teachers organized and supervised activities that support learning in fun, engaging, creative ways.

      HPES Academic Night


    • PHS students compete in statewide photo competition
      Pflugerville High School broadcast and film students were recently recognized with several awards at the ATPI Fall Photo Contest, a statewide competition which featured nearly 6,000 photo and video entries from 72 schools.
      • 1st Place in Advanced Video - News: Lauren Hendricks, Gio Estrada, Priscilla Odreman
      • 2nd Place in Advanced Video - Music: Daniel Ebomwonyi
      • 3rd Place in Advanced Video - Music: Selena Mattson, Brianna Dalke, Zach Givens, Andrew Sharp, Tung Duong, Garrett McBride
      • 3rd Place in Advanced Video - PSA/Advertisement: Eli Berke, Tung Duong, Andrew Sharp, Christian Campbell, Brand Guzman
      • 3rd Place in Advanced Video - Short Film: Andrew Sharp, Tung Duong, Brianna Dalke, Selena Mattson
      • Honorable Mention in Advanced Video - PSA/Advertisement: Justin Quarles, Ryan Foroughi, Alex Hilla
      • Honorable Mention in Advanced Video - Short Film: Tung Duong, Brianna Dalke, Andrew Sharp, Bailey Spratte, Garrett McBride, David De los Santos, Victor To, Elise Brown, Ben Fletcher, Kendra Sells, Eric Castro


    • Columbian visitors study CTE courses at Connally HS
      Connally High School hosted a group of visitors from the country of Columbia as part of a joint project between the University of Texas and school officials in Colombia. The visiting educators wanted to observe classes that integrated STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)/STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics). During their visit, several CTE courses were observed including geometry in construction, robotics, game design, video production and the culinary classes. A panel of students from the CTE classes shared their perspective about their pathway through the CTE courses. Many students spoke eloquently about the role their teachers played in their learning through practical experiences, especially the role not always succeeding in completing projects played in their learning. The culminating event was a Colombian-themed meal prepared by the culinary students.

      CHS Columbia Visit


    • Dessau ES annual Diversity Fair a success
      Dessau Elementary held its second annual Diversity Fair for students. Students learned about different cultures and participated in activities to highlight the variety of cultures present at the campus.

      DES Diversity Fair
    • Board Meeting held Dec. 19
      The Pflugerville ISD Board of Trustees will conduct its monthly regular meeting in the board room of the PISD administration building located at 1401 W. Pecan in Pflugerville on Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. Board of Trustee Agendas and Minutes


    • Winter Break
      Pflugerville ISD will be on Winter Break from Monday, Dec. 23 through Tuesday, Jan. 7. Classes will resume on Wednesday, Jan. 8.
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  • Around the 'Ville 11-20-13

    Posted by Tamra Spence at 11/20/2013
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    • PACE students create Fall Festival for elementary students
      PACE students held their annual Fall Festival for the district’s elementary special needs students on Oct. 31. The PACE students created activities that the participants could do regardless of the challenges they face, which included booths, games and a quiet room. For the PACE students, the festival was a great opportunity for them to think about other people and what they need. “It’s a great experience for our students to get outside, see other peers and really get a chance to generalize all the skills we have been working on all year long,” said an elementary teacher.
      PACE Fall Festival


    • PISD solicits input on Elementary #20 name
      Pflugerville ISD is seeking input from the community in naming the district’s 20th elementary school, scheduled to open in Fall 2014. The naming of a campus is a significant event, which in the past has served as a reflection of Pflugerville’s history and its citizens. Nominations for school names are being accepted via an online form found on the district’s website. All submissions will be forwarded to the PISD Board of Trustees for final approval.

      “We feel parent and community engagement is important to the process of naming schools as these schools belong to the communities they serve,” PISD Superintendent of Schools Dr. Alex Torrez said. “I invite our parents and community members to help us select a name which will reflect the proud academic history of Pflugerville ISD."

      According to board policy CW (local), buildings and facilities will be named for historical, geographical or community sites; significant individuals or families; significant state or national figures.

      Submit a Name for Elementary #20

    • Enroll now for PISD Winter Camp
      Pflugerville ISD will offer a Winter Camp for elementary students during a portion the district’s Winter Break. The camp, coordinated by the PISD Extended Day Program will run from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 23, 26, 27, 30 and Jan. 2-3 at Windermere Primary School.

      Students will take two field trips during the camp, one to the Austin Aquarium on Dec. 27 and one to Mel’s Lone Star Lanes on Jan. 3. The cost is $35 per day or $180 for all six days of camp. Registration is $25 per family, with the fee waived for current EDP families. Online registration will run through Dec. 13 with payment due on Dec. 13. For more information, contact the PISD Extended Day Program Office at 512-594-0148.

    • Board Meeting held Nov. 21
      The Pflugerville ISD Board of Trustees will conduct its monthly regular meeting in the board room of the PISD administration building located at 1401 W. Pecan in Pflugerville on Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. Board of Trustee Agendas and Minutes

    • Thanksgiving Break
      PISD offices and campuses will be closed for Thanksgiving Break from Wednesday, Nov. 27 – Friday, Nov. 29. Classes will resume on Monday, Dec. 2.
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  • Around the 'Ville 11-15-13

    Posted by Tamra Spence at 11/15/2013
    Around the ville  
     
    • Murchison ES holds literacy celebrations
      Kicking off the Murchison Elementary Literacy Celebrations will be a DREAM BIG READ stuffed animal library sleepover on Friday, Nov. 22 at 6:30 p.m. Murchison ES Pegasus, Kinder and 1st grade students will wear their jammies, hear a children's musical concert by Will Parker and then tuck in their special stuffed friend in the library for the night. Saturday morning they can pick up their stuffed friends and get a special treat. On Monday, Nov. 25 the campus will celebrate MES Literacy Night from 6:30-7:30 p.m. with visiting authors, Book Raffles, literacy stations in each classroom, flashlight reading in the gym, bookmark making, and special guests Curious George with his friend the Man in the Yellow Hat who will make us "bananas for books!"

    • Hendrickson HS ROTC holds 5-mile hike
      In order to celebrate the 238th Marine Corps Birthday and Veteran's Day, the MCJROTC unit at Hendrickson High School conducted a 5-mile hike. This year the campus had more than 230 cadets in the hike as well as more than 20 parents walking with the unit. The unit uses this event as its only fundraiser of the school year and was able to raise $8,400 total for the program. With the money raised, the ROTC is going to send cadets to the National Drill Competition, along with field trips during the Spring Semester.
      ROTC


    • Riojas choir performs at Veterans Day ceremony
      The Riojas Elementary School choir performed at the city's Veterans Day ceremony in Pfluger park by the Fallen Warrior statue at 11 a.m. Fifth grade essay contest winners also read their essays.
      Riojas choir


    • PISD solicits input on Elementary #20 name
      Pflugerville ISD is seeking input from the community in naming the district’s 20th elementary school, scheduled to open in Fall 2014. The naming of a campus is a significant event, which in the past has served as a reflection of Pflugerville’s history and its citizens. Nominations for school names are being accepted via an online form found on the district’s website. All submissions will be forwarded to the PISD Board of Trustees for final approval.

      “We feel parent and community engagement is important to the process of naming schools as these schools belong to the communities they serve,” PISD Superintendent of Schools Dr. Alex Torrez said. “I invite our parents and community members to help us select a name which will reflect the proud academic history of Pflugerville ISD."

      According to board policy CW (local), buildings and facilities will be named for historical, geographical or community sites; significant individuals or families; significant state or national figures.

      Submit a Name for Elementary #20

    • Destination ImagiNation Manager Training
      Approximately 65 Destination ImagiNation Team Managers attended a training at the PISD Administration building on Saturday, Oct. 26, including 27 who will be managing DI teams for PISD schools. The Destination ImagiNation program encourages teams of learners to have fun, take risks, focus and frame challenges while incorporating STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), the arts and service learning. Participants learn patience, flexibility, persistence, ethics, respect for others and their ideas, and the collaborative problem solving process. Teams work on solutions to a central challenge over the course of several months, and then present their solution at a tournament. The Capital Region Destination ImagiNation tournament will take place this year on Feb. 22, 2014 at Rouse High School in Leander. Teams that score in the top tier of their challenge advance to a state competition. The State Tournament this year will be held April 12, 2014, in PISD at Connally High School and Westview Middle School. The last team manager training opportunity will be Saturday, Nov. 17, 2013 in Leander. Click here for more information.

    • Enroll now for PISD Winter Camp
      Pflugerville ISD will offer a Winter Camp for elementary students during a portion the district’s Winter Break. The camp, coordinated by the PISD Extended Day Program will run from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 23, 26, 27, 30 and Jan. 2-3 at Windermere Primary School.

      Students will take two field trips during the camp, one to the Austin Aquarium on Dec. 27 and one to Mel’s Lone Star Lanes on Jan. 3. The cost is $35 per day or $180 for all six days of camp. Registration is $25 per family, with the fee waived for current EDP families. Online registration will run through Dec. 13 with payment due on Dec. 13. For more information, contact the PISD Extended Day Program Office at 512-594-0148.

    • Board Meeting held Nov. 21
      The Pflugerville ISD Board of Trustees will conduct its monthly regular meeting in the board room of the PISD administration building located at 1401 W. Pecan in Pflugerville on Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. Board of Trustee Agendas and Minutes

    • Thanksgiving Break
      PISD offices and campuses will be closed for Thanksgiving Break from Wednesday, Nov. 27 – Friday, Nov. 29. Classes will resume on Monday, Dec. 2.
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  • Around the 'Ville 11-7-13

    Posted by Tamra Spence at 11/7/2013
    Around the ville  
     
    • CHS Band takes 6th in State
      On Tuesday, Nov. 5, the Connally High School Marching Band competed in the UIL 4A State Marching Band Contest in the Alamodome in San Antonio with their show entitled "Green." After their preliminary performance, the band placed in the top 10 bands and advanced to the finals that evening. After a fantastic Finals performance, the Connally Band finished 6th overall. We are extremely proud of our students for an amazing 2013 marching season, and the honor of placing in the top 6 4A bands in the State of Texas. Special thanks to PISD Fine Arts Coordinator, Chico Portillo, and Connally High School Principal, Daniel Garcia for their support throughout this 2013 contest season.
      CHS Band


    • PISD solicits input on Elementary #20 name
      Pflugerville ISD is seeking input from the community in naming the district’s 20th elementary school, scheduled to open in Fall 2014. The naming of a campus is a significant event, which in the past has served as a reflection of Pflugerville’s history and its citizens. Nominations for school names are being accepted via an online form found on the district’s website. All submissions will be forwarded to the PISD Board of Trustees for final approval.

      “We feel parent and community engagement is important to the process of naming schools as these schools belong to the communities they serve,” PISD Superintendent of Schools Dr. Alex Torrez said. “I invite our parents and community members to help us select a name which will reflect the proud academic history of Pflugerville ISD."

      According to board policy CW (local), buildings and facilities will be named for historical, geographical or community sites; significant individuals or families; significant state or national figures.

      Submit a Name for Elementary #20

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  • Around the 'Ville 10-31-13

    Posted by Tamra Spence at 10/31/2013
    Around the ville  
     
    • All the Way to State
      The Connally High School Marching Band is headed to the UIL State Marching Band Contest in San Antonio on Tuesday, November 5th. The Cougar band was selected as one of four bands to advance to the state contest in the Alamodome based on their scores from the UIL Area Marching Contest at Gupton Stadium in Leander, Texas. The band will perform at 3:15 pm in preliminary competition for the UIL State Championship. The performance will be streamed live and click here for more information. Congratulations to band directors Matthew Atkinson, Anna Rodriguez, Jason Russell and the Connally band students for this wonderful achievement! We wish you the best of luck!
      CHS Band


    • Students attend youth summit
      On Friday, Oct. 25, students from across Pflugerville attended the "No Place for Hate Youth Summit." Students participated in a drumming activity and learned ways in which to start the respect conversation with their peers. They also learned how to become an ally for their peers who are in need of assistance.
      No Place for Hate


    • PCMS inducts new honor society members
      On Oct. 17, 32 Park Crest Middle School 8th graders were inducted into the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS). Students, parents, current National Honor Society (NHS) members, faculty and administrators gathered for the ceremony. Rudolph Metayer, President of the Austin Black Lawyers Association was the guest speaker at the induction.

      New NJHS members qualified for acceptance because of the high standards of excellence they achieved in all areas of their lives. As part of the ceremony, current Pflugerville NHS members described five areas in which the inductees are required to excel in order to become a member of the NJHS, they are: Scholarship, service, citizenship, character, and leadership. As a member of NJHS students will participate in community service activities on campus and in the community.
      NJHS


    • Caldwell ES parent, army captain presents flag to campus
      Captain Chris Talbert serves our country in the United States Army. Caldwell Elementary recently discovered a flag given by Capt. Talbert that flew over the Headquarters of Charlie Company 56th BSTB at Contingency Operating Base, Adder, Talli, Iraq in 2009. The framed flag with a personal letter from Capt. Talbert is proudly hanging in the office at Caldwell. Capt. Talbert is the husband of Caldwell staff member Carmen Talbert. Caldwell appreciates the service of all our service men and women and will be honoring them in a special Veteran’s Day Program Friday November 8, 2013.
      Caldwell ES Flag


    • Murchison celebrates walking, biking to school
      The population of Murchison ES swelled to around 1,200 last Wednesday for the campus’ yearly celebration of walking and biking to school. Students who walk and bike to school were joined by their neighbors, while bus riders and outlying area car riders were escorted around the school by HHS athletes and teachers. The Kelly Lane MS Volunteer Band helped students keep the beat and Hendrickson HS Hawk Cross Country, Boys Basketball, Girls Soccer and the ROTC Color Guard participants cheered for walkers and offered autographs. Participating community health advocates included school board members, military, police, parents, and health-based organizations' representatives.

    • Pflugerville Pfall Pfling UIL Invitational Tournament
      PHS is hosting our annual UIL Academic Invitational Tournament, the Pflugerville Pfall Pfling. Students from many of the Austin area schools have registered to compete in the UIL academic events. The speech and debate events are open to the public for viewing, but even though the academic events are not, results will be announced and posted throughout the day in the cafeteria. Elementary and middle school students interested in UIL competition are invited to observe. Click here for more information, including the schedule, host contact info, judging contracts, etc. We look forward to an exciting day of academic competition!

    • State FFA Officer Leadership Workshop for Hendrickson FFA
      The Texas State FFA President, Ryon Cox, and First Vice President, Shelby Eckhardt, visited Hendrickson High School on Monday, October 21 to conduct a leadership workshop for all Hendrickson FFA Members. FFA members learned valuable lessons on teamwork and mentoring. FFA is a national student leadership organization that makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. FFA members participate in many different leadership and career development events, community service and agricultural projects. The HHS agriculture department has two teachers and 281 students enrolled in agriculture science classes that include welding, floral design, horticulture science, advanced animal science and principles of agriculture, food and natural resources.
      FFA


    • HHS golf team competes at Hays CISD tournament
      The HHS Boys and Girls golf teams competed at a golf tournament hosted by Hays CISD and held at Plum Creek Golf Course. The girls team earned a score of 417 and tied for third. The boys team earned a score of 326 and earned 6th place. Blake Kirkham was a 5th place medalist with a score of 75 and Mallory Lovett earned 5th place with a score of 87.
      HHS Golf


    • PISD solicits input on Elementary #20 name
      Pflugerville ISD is seeking input from the community in naming the district’s 20th elementary school, scheduled to open in Fall 2014. The naming of a campus is a significant event, which in the past has served as a reflection of Pflugerville’s history and its citizens. Nominations for school names are being accepted via an online form found on the district’s website. All submissions will be forwarded to the PISD Board of Trustees for final approval.

      “We feel parent and community engagement is important to the process of naming schools as these schools belong to the communities they serve,” PISD Superintendent of Schools Dr. Alex Torrez said. “I invite our parents and community members to help us select a name which will reflect the proud academic history of Pflugerville ISD."

      According to board policy CW (local), buildings and facilities will be named for historical, geographical or community sites; significant individuals or families; significant state or national figures.

      Submit a Name for Elementary #20

    • First annual PTO Presidents’ Luncheon
      This event is hosted by the Wellness and PE/Health Education Departments. Our goal is to increase parental awareness of the wellness initiatives in PISD and to encourage parents to join in the healthy lifestyle choices that we ask of our students. We hope to increase individual, family, and community health and wellness. Dr. Torrez will join us and Aramark is catering. Nov. 7 from 12-1 p.m.

    • Destination ImagiNation Manager Training
      Approximately 65 Destination ImagiNation Team Managers attended a training at the PISD Administration building on Saturday, Oct. 26, including 27 who will be managing DI teams for PISD schools. The Destination ImagiNation program encourages teams of learners to have fun, take risks, focus and frame challenges while incorporating STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), the arts and service learning. Participants learn patience, flexibility, persistence, ethics, respect for others and their ideas, and the collaborative problem solving process. Teams work on solutions to a central challenge over the course of several months, and then present their solution at a tournament. The Capital Region Destination ImagiNation tournament will take place this year on Feb. 22, 2014 at Rouse High School in Leander. Teams that score in the top tier of their challenge advance to a state competition. The State Tournament this year will be held April 12, 2014, in PISD at Connally High School and Westview Middle School. The last team manager training opportunity will be Saturday, Nov. 17, 2013 in Leander. Click here for more information.
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