Letter from the Counseling Department

Greetings from the PHS Counseling Department!

 

We look forward to working collaboratively with parents and students throughout the 2019-2020 school year to make high school an enjoyable and positive experience. We encourage both parents (and most importantly – students) to feel free to email their counselor.   Counselors will return from summer break beginning July 29th. Please remember that this is an extremely busy time of year and that emails will be answered as soon as possible.  

STAAR EOC prep sessions and Summer retakes: Students who have not passed one of the STAAR End-of-Course (EOC) Exams (Biology, Algebra 1, English 1, English 2, U.S. History) will be given the opportunity to attend a prep session review (June 10th – June 21st) and then retake their STAAR exams this summer, June 24th – June 27th.  Both the review sessions and retakes will be at Weiss High School.  Additionally, if a student attends all 10 days of the prep session and attends the STAAR retests, then a Voucher to pay for 2nd session summer school will be awarded.  Prep sessions are free and will be from 8:30 to 12:30.  Bus transportation will be provided; routes are located at the Pflugerville ISD website (http://www.pfisd.net).  STAAR EOC exams are required by law for high school graduation.  Contact your counselor or Dr. Sara Butler if you have any questions. 

Want to check your students STAAR scores? Login into FOCUS, go to: My Child, Child Information, Texas Assessment Data and the access code is on the screen, copy code, go to Texas Assessment Portal and enter info.

Pantherpalooza:   9th Grade Orientation is scheduled for Tuesday, August 6th. Report to the FAC at the times listed below. Freshman students will need to provide a copy of a proof of residency, pick up their course selections, be assigned a locker, check out textbooks, and have Student ID’s made according to the schedule below:

 

                        8:30 AM                                  11:00 AM                                2:00 PM

Last Names:    A-K                                          L-T                                           U-Z, + all Band & Football Students

 

Please note: All freshmen will need to provide a copy of an updated proof of residency in order to begin classes at Pflugerville High School. This proof can be brought to the PHS campus during the summer (please check for operating hours) or during freshman orientation. Please see the PISD website for information on acceptable proofs of residency.

 

Student Course Selection/Book Pickup: Following is the schedule for all upperclassmen to pick up course selections and parking permits. Freshmen will pick up their course selections during orientation on August 6th.

Wednesday, August 7th

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM - Seniors

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM – Juniors                          ALL STUDENTS WILL PICK UP SCHEDULES

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM – Sophomores                 ON THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL IN THE SMALL GYM

 

Thursday, August 8th

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM - All Grades Welcome

 

Parking Permits: All students who park in the PHS parking lot are required to have a parking permit. Permit applications can be picked up/turned in before and after school at the front office during the school year. Completed applications must include a parent signature, a $20.00 application fee, and a copy of the student’s driver’s license and vehicle registration. Students caught without a parking permit may be ticketed and/or towed at owner’s expense. Parking in the administration parking lot starting next year (2019-2020) will not be allowed and student vehicles will be ticketed. There will be no assigned parking spaces. Parking will be on a first come first serve basis.

                       

 

Juniors and Seniors: College Entrance Exams – SAT and ACT: Students applying to four year colleges nationwide will need to take and submit an SAT or ACT score for admission purposes. Both the SAT and ACT are accepted by colleges and universities nationwide. Students can view test dates, register for test, and send their scores by visiting www.collegeboard.org (SAT) and/or www.actstudent.org (ACT). College Applications open August 1st, and applications and other required documents (ex. SAT/ACT scores) should be submitted by October 31st. PHS CEEB Code: 445500. All sophomores will take the PSAT in the fall and all juniors will take the SAT in the spring.  

 

Class Rank, GPA, and Transcript Requests: When applying for admission to college, it is generally the sixth-semester transcript (the transcript that includes spring-semester grades from the junior year) that the colleges consider for admission decisions.  Requests for official copies of transcripts are made in the Student Services Office and cost $2.00 for each transcript. ACT/SAT/PSAT scores are not included on the transcript. Generally, there is a 48-hour turnaround time for orders, except during the summer month.

 

Senior Athletes – Read this!: Students who plan to participate in Division I / II inter-collegiate athletics during their freshman year in college must complete an NCAA Initial Eligibility Clearinghouse registration. Prospective student athletes should access the registration materials by visiting www.eligibilitycenter.org and click on NCAA College-Bound Student Athletes. There is a fee that accompanies this registration unless the student qualifies for free/reduced lunch. IMPORTANT!!! Be certain to make a hard copy of the signature page and give it to your registrar so that an official copy of your transcript can be sent (no charge) to the Clearinghouse.

 

Selective Service: One of the most important responsibilities that a young man must fulfill as he enters adulthood is to register with Selective Service. Virtually every young man living in the U.S. must register with Selective Service when he turns 18. Men who fail to register become ineligible for important opportunities that can impact their entire lives, such as student loans, job training and government jobs. Most states also require men to be registered to renew their driver’s license. Federal law requires that males register with Selective Service within 30 days of their 18th birthday. You may register online at https://www.sss.gov/RegVer/wfRegistration.aspx by completing a form at the post office. 

Dual Credit – ACC Classes: Dual/Concurrent Enrollment (High School/College credit at ACC): All high school students are eligible to take Dual Credit or Concurrent enrollment courses provided by ACC. PHS students are charged an Out-of- District tuition rate of $150 per course unless the course is taken on a PFISD campus or the student qualifies for Free/Reduced Lunch. Dual/concurrent enrollment can potentially save families $1,000 or more in tuition and fees per course. Interested students must complete necessary steps for enrollment, please email christopher.haywood@pfisd.net for information. Mr. Haywood will keep summer hours and offer TSI testing Tues. – Thurs. from 9:30-12:30, with a $5 test charge; please email Mr. Haywood to schedule a testing date & time.

 

Message From Our Social Worker:   Mrs. Bowie is a Licensed Master Social Worker and has been working with youth and families for over 20 years. As the Campus Social Worker, she provides crisis intervention counseling to students and families. The types of situations that may require her involvement or assistance are: teen pregnancy or teen parenting, mental health concerns (such as depression or anxiety), teen dating violence, unaccompanied youth or displaced families, family violence or child abuse, grief and loss support, and drug and alcohol abuse. Assistance is available to students whose families are financially unable to provide school supplies. For counseling needs, parents should contact their student's academic counselor and if the situation requires the support of the Social Worker, the counselor will make the necessary referrals. Mrs. Bowie’s office hours at Pflugerville High School are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  She can be reached at 512-594-0539 or at ana.bowie@pfisd.net.

 

In Closing… We hope that everyone has a wonderful summer vacation! We look forward to seeing everyone back for the 2019-2020 school year! Be sure to watch the PHS website for updates and/or changes.  

 

PHS Counseling Team:        Alpha Split     Counselor                              Email Address

                                                   A-D               Christina Powell                      christina.powell@pfisd.net

                                                 E-J               Lindsay Saylor-Carroll            lindsay.saylorcarroll@pfisd.net

                                                   K-O              Mark Canales                          mark.canales@pfisd.net

                                                   P-R               Sarah Cable (Lead)                sarah.cable@pfisd.net

                                                   S-Z               Geminesse Scott                    geminesse.scott@pfisd.net

 

College & Career Advisor:   Christopher Haywood             christopher.haywood@pfisd.net

Social Worker:                      Ana Bowie                               ana.bowie@pfisd.net