- Pflugerville Independent School District
- Employee Newsletter
Oct. 25, 2019
Posted by Tamra Spence on 10/25/2019
"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."
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American Legion Veterans Scholarship for Professional Development
October 26 is the deadline for the American Legion Professional Development Scholarship to be awarded on November 8 during the Veteran’s Day event at the Pfield. Applicants must be Veterans or active duty Reserves or Guard. The $600 award can be used for the professional development of your choice. Apply here.
2020-2021 Academic Calendar Survey
The Pflugerville ISD instructional calendar is the result of a framework developed through collaboration between community, staff and district leadership. The framework is intended to balance the needs of all stakeholders, especially our students and teachers. Our District Academic Advisory Council (DAAC) is soliciting your feedback as part of their calendar development process. Please take a few minutes to complete this survey and to make sure your voice is considered.
PfISD Veterans to be honored Nov. 8
PfISD employees who served in the military will be honored on November 8 at The Pfield. All District Veterans will gain access to the football game on Nov. 8 and will also receive an extra ticket for a guest. Additionally, all District Veterans are invited to join us in the Team Store prior to the game for some refreshments. Please send an email to Suzi Meyer to RSVP for the game and reception before the game.
Open Enrollment is Here!
15 days left!! Employees will self-enroll online. You may log on to enroll through November 9, 2019. If you would like to review the plans prior to enrollment please view the Enrollment Guide for your options. You may enter the site as many times as you wish and make changes through November 9, 2019. You will not be able to make any changes to your plans after this date unless you have a qualifying life event.
HOW TO SELF-ENROLL
The online enrollment system you will use is TBX. If you have login or password issues, please contact the PfISD Benefits Department at 512-594-0026 or firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are waiving medical coverage you must still log on and decline coverage.
To enroll, simply follow these steps:
- Log in to www.tbx.benselect.com
- Click here to review “TBX How to Enroll Guide"
- Under User ID, enter your employee ID with three zeros before the number – example 000801001 or Social Security Number with no dashes. Do not use an e in front of your ID number.
- Under Personal ID Number (PIN), enter the last 4 digits of your Social Security Number and the last 2 digits of your birth year.
- Follow the steps displayed on the site and click “Next” to move on to the next section.
- Once you have completed all your elections on your benefits, you will be taken to a “Review/Sign Forms” screen. Click “Sign Form” after you have reviewed all of the forms to confirm your elections.
When enrolling, for clarification, “Lifetime Benefits Term” is permanent life insurance with Chubb Insurance. This is taking the place of Texas Life Insurance. “Voluntary Employee Life” is the term life plan taking the place of Lincoln Financial.
Enrollment assistance will be provided at the following sessions:
NOON - 6:00 PM
NOON - 6:00 PM
8:00 AM - Noon
Please contact the Benefits Department at email@example.com or 594-0026 if you have any questions.
District launches Superintendent Support Council
We are very excited this year to launch our first Superintendent Support Council! This group will serve as representatives for their campus with district leadership. Members will bring forward any questions or concerns from their campus directly to the Superintendent and the Executive Cabinet, and take answers and explanations back to their campuses every other month. We are very excited at the opportunity to provide a consistent method to listen to concerns at the campus/department level. Superintendent Support Council representatives are:
|Connally HS||Jessica Cooper|
|Hendrickson HS||Armando Garza|
|Pflugerville HS||Sarah Cable|
|Weiss HS||Jesse Molina|
|Cele MS||Cody Beseda|
|Dessau MS||Dane Lucas|
|Kelly Lane MS||Erik Vasquez|
|Park Crest MS||Kelley Weigand|
|Pflugerville MS||Becky Haluska|
|Westview MS||Travis Hagan|
|Barron ES||Marissa Gamez|
|Brookhollow ES||Christie Crouch|
|Caldwell ES||Lisa Trittin|
|Copperfield ES||Angela Smith|
|Dearing ES||Amy Richards|
|Delco ES||Meaghan Alvarez|
|Dessau ES||Lesley Roberts|
|Highland Park ES||Karen Lowther|
|Murchison ES||Kim Torres|
|Northwest ES||Kimberly Vollkommer|
|Mott ES||Katie Korte|
|Parmer Lane ES||Melissa Drexler|
|Pflugerville ES||Kelly Berry|
|Riojas ES||Rani Aishman|
|River Oaks ES||Andrew Gula|
|Rowe Lane ES||Lisa Cortina|
|Spring Hill ES||Brendy Dossey|
|Timmerman ES||Mimi Winkler|
|Wieland ES||Brooke Chambers|
|Windermere ES||Christopher Gregory|
|Police Dept.||Robert "Bobby" Wilson|
|Special Ed||Virginia Avalos|
Employee Years of Service
Click here to view a google form listing district employees with 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 or 35 years of service to PfISD at the end of the current year. If any staff member has a question about their years of service, the employee should to email their questions to Human.Resources@pfisd.net and reference the Years of Service list. In order to be recognized at the district's Employee Service Banquet, employees must confirm their years of service by Monday, Nov. 18.
PEF awards Mini Grants!
Congratulations to Parmer Elementary, Dessau Elementary and Spring Hill Elementary on winning the first 3 mini-grants of the new year given out by the Pflugerville Education Foundation. The “SurPrize Patrol” made up of PEF Board Members visited each campus to surprise the winners on October 17. 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.
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.
8 weeks to 18 months
18 months to 3 years
For more information, please contact Phil Hooper at 512-615-7870.
Employee Giving Campaign begins
Coming in November, each PFISD staff member will have the chance to participate in this year’s employee giving campaign. Watch for information coming to your home address, posters in schools, and fun rallies tentatively scheduled for the week of November 4-8. PEF has some cool new incentives this year and a special giving level, the Luminary Leadership Giving Society.
Thanks to the generosity of our PFISD family that contributed to the annual Employee Giving Campaign last school year, nearly $40,000 was raised to help support innovative projects that enhance the success of our students. One of the great incentives for participating in the campaign is that for each dollar pledged, half goes directly back to your campus. Your campus decides how to spend it! PEF calls it the Half-Back Program.
On October 22, PEF handed out Half-Back checks to principals and departments. Thank you to all who participated and congratulations on your success!
- Pflugerville HS - $540
- Connally HS - $360
- Hendrickson HS - $618
- Weiss HS - $930
- Provan OC - $60
- Pflugerville MS - $180
- Westview MS - $222
- Park Crest MS - $522
- Dessau MS - $1,020
- Kelly Lane MS - $756
- Cele MS - $810
- Pflugerville ES - $528
- Parmer Lane ES - $186
- Timmerman ES - $768
- Northwest ES - $168
- Windermere ES - $180
- River Oaks ES - $366
- Brookhollow ES - $312
- Spring Hill ES - $222
- Copperfield ES - $150
- Murchison ES - $522
- Delco PS - $60
- Caldwell ES - $552
- Rowe Lane ES - $336
- Highland Park ES - $240
- Wieland ES - $240
- Riojas ES - $750
- Barron ES - $564
- Dearing ES - $510
- Mott ES - $1,242
- Accountability, Special Education, Curriculum, Special Programs - $1,004.04
- Superintendent - $180
- Admin - $360
- Support Services - $150
- Technology - $708
- EDP - $858
PEF launches Campus Champions Program
PEF is launching a new Campus Champions Program. Each campus will have their very own PEF Board Campus Champion who will partner with the campus to share information about upcoming grants and programs. Campus Champions are excited to support your school in ways that are meaningful to your campus and to help support the success of principals, teachers, school staff and students! Starting in November, Campus Champions will be reaching out to Principals and Assistant Principals to say hello.
Help develop District Early Childhood, CCMR Plans
House Bill 3 (HB 3) amends Texas Education Code (TEC) to add Sec. 11.185 and 11.186 to include plans that target early childhood (EC) literacy and math proficiency and college, career, and military readiness (CCMR). School Boards are now required to adopt plans in early childhood literacy and math, as well as college, career, and military readiness. All plans are required to include:
Early childhood plans are required to include:
- annual goals for aggregate student growth on 3rd grade math and reading STAAR;
- annual targets for students in each group evaluated under closing the gaps domain;
- targeted professional development for classroom teachers in kindergarten through 3rd grade for campuses that the board identifies as not meeting the plan’s goals and that considers the unique needs of students in bilingual education or special language programs.
- annual targets that may be set for students in bilingual or ESL programs.
College, career, and military readiness plans are required to include:
- annual goals for aggregate student growth on CCMR readiness indicators evaluated under the student achievement domain; and
- annual targets for students in each group evaluated under closing the gaps domain.
Additional Information can be found below.
We would like to invite you to be a part of the district-level committee responsible for creating these plans. Schools should have all three required plans in place no later than the end of the 2019–2020 school year and should use the 2019–2020 school year to determine the best possible plan for their students. After-school meetings will begin in February and should terminate in March. Meeting dates are: Feb. 11, Feb. 25, and March 31 from 4:45-6:15 p.m. If you are interested in helping with this committee, please complete the following interest form on or before Nov. 15.
Help us share the great stories on Social Media!
We’re excited to let you know about a new and easier way for you to submit photos and videos to the Community Relations Staff to use on social media.
A new email account has been established to help streamline the process of submitting content. If you have photos, videos or other content ideas you think deserve to be on your campus or the district’s social media accounts, you can now email them to SocialMedia@pfisd.net.
This will help us collect more content from teachers, administrators and staff members in the trenches doing the great work to make this district so successful.
How do I submit content?
Email your photos or videos to SocialMedia@pfisd.net and include a short description of what is happening (who, what, when, where, why) and you MUST include the names of students who appear in the photos/videos. ** This is important so the Community Relations staff can check parental permissions before posting the content.**
We prefer that you send in no more than 4 photos at a time.
Don’t know what to submit? Here are a few ideas:
- Students interacting/working together for a learning activity
- Students having fun learning (kids smiling is the best content of all!)
- Students helping each other
- Students being helpful in the classroom
- Teachers being supportive
- If it supports our mission, vision and core beliefs, send it our way.
- 100 Social Media Ideas
The Board of Trustees took action on a variety of items at the October regular meeting. Among other items, they approved District Improvement and Campus Improvement plans, a budget amendment to accommodate growth, and the Erwin Center for graduations in 2020 - the first time PfISD will host 4 high schools with the addition of Weiss HS. The Board also heard about progress on bond project plans and designs.
To view the entire Board Meeting video, visit the district's YouTube page.
- DAAC Meeting: Nov. 4
- Board of Trustees Workshop: Nov. 7
- Board of Trustees Meeting: Nov. 21
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