January 2019

Posted by Tamra Spence on 1/15/2019

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New Employee Benefit - Teledoc!

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

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

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

Tips for registering:

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


District will continue Block Schedule for 2019-2020 

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


2018 Bond Update 

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

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

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

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


PEF Offers Mini-Grants to Teachers

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

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

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


Presidential Award Nominations and Applications Now Open

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

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

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


Employee Transfer Window Eliminated

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

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


PfISD creates new Surplus Procedures

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

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

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

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


PHS to host AACTM Math Conference

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


Calling All Key Women Educators

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

We will have 2 informational meetings:

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

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

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


Did you know header  

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


Board Bytes


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



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Copperfield ES Teacher highlighted on Good Morning America

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


coming soon

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


Perk of the Month

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

To view more perks, visit The Pfair.