Jan. 31, 2020

Posted by Tamra Spence on 1/31/2020

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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 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.