• Cele Update: April 12

    Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 4/13/2020 7:00:00 AM

    Colt Families,

    There have been so many “firsts,” it’s hard to keep track! One thing that may help is that we have developed a landing page for Cele-specific, frequently asked questions and answers. Please take a look at this link and check back from time to time for updates. 

    Another first is that we are beginning to take grades for our students' classwork again. Our aim is to design assignments that are rich enough for our students to show their teachers what they have mastered, but without overwhelming our kids. We know the challenges at home are many, and we will work with each family to ensure each of our Colts continues to get a little smarter each day. 

    This past week we had fewer students logging in, and possibly that was partly to do with the fact that we have focused on empathy rather than accountability during the first few weeks of remote learning. Many of our students are doing a phenomenal job in this new online environment, and many of our students have not yet engaged. We know not every student and parent is able to log in between 10:00 and 1:30 when teachers are most available to assist and interact. If you have the ability, I strongly encourage you to have your child show you what they have done in each teacher’s Google Classroom. If for any reason you do not have the ability to do that, I strongly encourage you to send a quick email (or text using our teachers’ Google Voice account) to your child’s teachers for an update. Together, we can ensure your child is having the best learning experience possible.

    As a reminder, our schedule for the week will be the following:

     

    Monday

    Tuesday

    Wednesday

    Thursday

    Friday

    10:00 - 10:45

    1st Period

    5th Period

    1st Period

    5th Period

     

    10:45 - 11:30

    2nd Period

    6th Period

    2nd Period

    6th Period

     

    11:30 – 12:00

    Lunch

    Lunch

    Lunch

    Lunch

     

    12:00 - 12:45

    3rd Period

    7th Period

    3rd Period

    7th Period

     

    12:45 - 1:30

    4th Period

    Round Up*

    4th Period

    Round Up*

     

     

    Finally, some of you are wondering when is the best time to reach staff members with questions or for a conversation. Email or text works best for quick questions. Since our teachers are working to accommodate the varied schedules of as many students as possible, their day to day schedule is fluid. The easiest way to connect for a conversation would be to email the teacher directly and request a conference. We are happy to set something up.

    Make it a great week, Colts! #CeleGrit  #CeleCompassion

    Ben

    Cele Website
    Cele PTO FB Page
    @CeleMS_PfISD

     

    Assistance Requested

    Teachers play many roles in the lives of a child that often go unnoticed. In addition to ensuring the education of your child, teachers are trained and bear a shared responsibility to monitor a student’s overall well-being and to intervene on the child’s behalf as needs arise. I know that everyone is receiving weekly contact from at least one Cele staff member, usually your child’s second period teacher. By taking just a few minutes to respond, reply, or answer the call, you are helping us know we have reached each Colt. Our goal is to ensure we correspond with each family at least once per week and maintain the strongest bond we can with parents to help support our Colts. Thank you for letting us know all is well and any school needs.

    PfISD Now Uses Google Voice

    PfISD has activated Google Voice accounts for all teachers. This allows our teachers the ability to manage a separate phone number as part of their virtual office. In this day and age, we all receive plenty of unwanted phone calls from Robo-callers or scams. Please be aware that our teachers may be calling from an unfamiliar number (NOT a 512-594-30xx number), but they will immediately identify themselves. Also, teachers are able to send MMS/text messages from their Google Voice accounts. One more way we are staying connected! 

    Technology for Students and Tech Support

    The second deployment of student laptops will continue this week. Families who completed the technology survey should receive an email with instructions including the date, time, and location to pick up a laptop. Additionally, if your child has forgotten a password, or if you encounter an challenge with technology or the online learning platform, our PfISD Technology helpline is available. Simply call (512) 594-0212.

    BrightBytes Survey

    Parents, we would very much appreciate your family’s input regarding access and usage of technology. We collect this survey data each year for students, parents, and staff to help guide decisions and planning. Please review the information linked in this letter, and thank you in advance for your participation.

     

    Ben O’Connor
    Principal &
    Colt Country Champion

    Cele Middle School

     

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  • Cele Update: April 5

    Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 4/6/2020

    Colt Families,

    All in all, we had a pretty successful first week in our new format. There were some adjustments as we got up and running, but by and large, our students, parents, and teachers managed to connect and communicate more and more seamlessly as the week went on. Thank you for your patience and feedback to help us improve the experience for your family. Our goal at the moment is to continue providing the best possible education for your child while also paying very close attention to the social and emotional needs of all our kids. You can expect an email, call, or text from at least one staff member at Cele each week simply to check in with your family. If there is anything within our sphere of control that we could be doing to help your child or your family, that would be a great opportunity for you to share.

    As a reminder, our schedule for the week will be the following:

     

    Monday

    Tuesday

    Wednesday

    Thursday

    Friday

    10:00 - 10:45

    1st Period

    5th Period

    1st Period

    5th Period

     

    10:45 - 11:30

    2nd Period

    6th Period

    2nd Period

    6th Period

     

    11:30 – 12:00

    Lunch

    Lunch

    Lunch

    Lunch

     

    12:00 - 12:45

    3rd Period

    7th Period

    3rd Period

    7th Period

     

    12:45 - 1:30

    4th Period

    Round Up*

    4th Period

    Round Up*

     

    During each scheduled period, students will be able to engage with teachers in some form, usually through Google Classroom or email. We understand that each family’s situation will be different and that not all students will be able to keep to this schedule, and that is fine. We will do what we can to accommodate your needs. Please just reach out to your child’s teacher if you need assistance. If you need to complete school work using paper-based instruction, copies are available at each of the campuses where breakfast and lunch is distributed (see below for that list).

    During Round Up, teachers may schedule additional time with students, including for tutorial groups or to make up time that was missed during the week. If your child is not working with a teacher during this time, we are conducting Colts Caught Reading. We would like every Colt to be reading during this time. Our teachers and Mrs. Dominguez, our librarian, can recommend resources for free ebooks to supplement your home library.

    If you wish to post a positive comment about a Cele teacher to Twitter @CeleMS_PfISD, we would love to see and hear from you and share some good news into our Community. Smiles, laughter, and fun make a big difference in all our lives these days. 

     

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  • Cele Update: March 29

    Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 3/30/2020 11:00:00 AM

    Colt Families,

    We are SO ready to have a routine in place again this week, and I know from speaking with many of you that you and our students are ready as well. It has been said many times and many ways, but it bears repeating: this will be new for all of us. Wherever you and your family are with your ability to participate in remote learning this week, we are here to work with you and to find the right balance of educating your child while keeping stress low. Our objective will be to set our students up for success and build familiarity with new practices. We are going to proceed slowly at first and try to meet each student where he or she is. We are going to be patient and compassionate as we roll this out. As always, we care deeply about all of our Colts, and we are going to give you our very best effort and work hard to improve, little by little over time.

    We are not expecting parents to be homeschool teachers. No matter what your situation, you have plenty of responsibility without needing to take on your child’s education. One thing that I would ask is that you remind our students about etiquette online. Young people (and yes, even us adults at times) do not always behave online with the same respect and regard as when they are communicating in person. We have great kids, and I want to ensure these first few days are very positive and successful ones. Using respectful language and school-appropriate conduct is an expectation that remains in place even in this new format. We will help our students understand this, and if you could reinforce the expectation at home, I think it would help tremendously.

    As a reminder, our schedule for the week will be the following:

    Schedule  

     

    During each scheduled period, students will be able to engage with teachers in some form, usually through Google Classroom or email. We understand that each family’s situation will be different and that not all students will be able to keep to this schedule, and that is fine. We will do what we can to accommodate your needs. Please just reach out to your child’s teacher if you need assistance. If you need to complete school work using paper-based instruction, copies are available at each of the campuses where breakfast and lunch is distributed (see below for that list).

    During Round Up, teachers may schedule additional time with students, including for tutorial groups or to make up time that was missed during the week. If your child is not working with a teacher during this time, we are conducting Colts Caught Reading. We would like every Colt to be reading during this time. Our teachers and Mrs. Dominguez, our librarian, can recommend resources for free ebooks to supplement your home library.

    Finally, just as we did last week, we are encouraging our students to join staff members in wearing College and Military shirts tomorrow to help us strengthen our culture of college, career, and military readiness. If you wish to post to Twitter @CeleMS_PfISD, we would love to see and hear from you.

    Let’s make it a great week, Colts!

    Ben

    Cele Website

    Cele PTO FB Page

    @CeleMS_PfISD

     

    Technology for Students and Tech Support

    Parents, if you do not have a student device that your child can use while we are conducting remote learning, please complete this survey so that we can provide one:

    English          Spanish         Vietnamese

    Additionally, if your child has forgotten a password, or if you encounter an challenge with technology or the online learning platform, our PfISD Technology helpline is available. Simply call (512) 594-0212.

    2nd Period Teacher = Homeroom Teacher

    In order to facilitate a more streamlined home and school connection during our time in remote learning, each student’s 2nd period teacher will be acting as a “homeroom” teacher. One thing our homeroom teachers will do each week is check in with each family in 2nd period to determine if there are any student needs that can be met by the Cele Staff. Please consider your child’s 2nd period teacher as a point of contact for any difficulties your child is facing. Our goal is to ensure we correspond with each family at least once per week and maintain the strongest bond we can with parents to help support our Colts.

    Breakfast and Lunch Available EACH SCHOOL DAY

    PfISD has implemented a plan to distribute lunches to all children starting Monday, March 23 at ten campus locations across the District. Grab-and-go meals will be available for curbside pickup from 8-9 a.m. for breakfast and 11 a.m.-1 p.m. for lunch at the following locations: Pflugerville High School, Dessau Middle School, Kelly Lane Middle School, Park Crest Middle School, Westview Middle School, Copperfield Elementary, Northwest Elementary, Pflugerville Elementary, Wieland Elementary, and Windermere Elementary. This program serves students 18 and younger regardless of Pflugerville ISD residency or enrollment. Families can pick up meals curbside in the carpool lanes at the campuses listed below. Students must be present in order to receive meals. Parents may pick up breakfast and lunch at the same time. For those who do not drive and need to walk to pick up the meal, you will be allowed to walk and pick them up to go. Access to enter the buildings will not be available. 

    Opt Out Form to Disallow Video Conferencing

    This past week, in addition to preparing for distance learning, our teachers reached out to our Colt Families to connect and determine what our students might need for next week. If you indicated that you would NOT like your child to participate in live video conferencing with our teachers, here is the link to Opt Out while we are conducting remote learning:

    ONLY parents who DO NOT want their child using videoconferencing should complete the form.

    Opt Out Form

    Resources for talking with our kids about COVID-19

    We all respond to stress in different ways, and it can be very challenging as an who is navigating this territory to also attend to the emotional needs of our children. Following are a couple of resources that may help (some of the information pre-dates the actual outbreak, but the core talking points are relevant). In addition to these parent resources, our school counselors are here and available to assist if your child is having an unexpectedly difficult time coping. Monica.Guerra@pfisd.net (6th Grade), Sara.Moore@pfisd.net (7th Grade), and Stefanie.Zook@pfisd.net (8th Grade) are only an email away these next two weeks.

    National Association of School Psychologists: Talking to Children About COVID-19: A Parent Resource
    Child Mind Institute: Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus
     

    What to Know about Google Classroom

    Here is the Parents’ Guide to Google Classroom. The slideshow is generic, but it is similar to how a student will access Google Classroom, an online platform where students can retrieve and complete assignments for teachers. Many of our teachers already have used Google Classroom this year and in previous years, and many more will begin using it this week. We want parents to be familiar with this tool as well. If your child has access to a phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer with internet, wi-fi, or a data plan, he or she can access Google Classroom by using the same login information he or she uses on the school computers. If your child does not have access to a device and internet – no problem. We will have paper copies of classwork that we can make available. More information to come.

     

    Ben O’Connor

    Principal &
    Colt Country Champion
    Cele Middle School

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  • Cele Update: March 23

    Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 3/24/2020 9:00:00 AM

    Hello Colts,

    A few clarifications and information after fielding some questions from the community:

    Classwork Assignments

    Students will not be assigned work until later in the week. Teachers will be in contact and I will send a general announcement once we are ready to launch. There are many resources students have access to in the meantime to keep their skills sharp and to learn independently. If you would like your child to explore those resources, he or she can visit this site and log in using the same method they use at school. Ms. Dominguez also has created a list of ways students can access books during the next two weeks, also linked here.

    Instrument Pick-up

    Band students can come by the band hall tomorrow, Tuesday, March 24, from 10 a.m. to noon to pick up instruments. Parents should use the back entrance to the band hall (east side parking lot). Students will be allowed to enter the building one at a time to be sure we observe social distancing. Students will be asked to use hand sanitizer at the entrance to the band hall before entering and will be encouraged to use sanitizer again upon exiting and returning to vehicles. 

    Low-cost Home Internet Access

    One of our social workers was made aware of two opportunities for families to initiate low-cost or perhaps free in-home internet services. PfISD does not endorse these services, but I wanted to provide the information for your consideration:

    Comcast: To sign up, applicants can simply visit www.internetessentials.com. The website also includes the option to video chat with customer service agents in American Sign Language. There are also two dedicated phone numbers 1-855-846-8376 for English and 1-855-765-6995 for Spanish.

    Spectrum call: 844-488-8398

     

     

    Algunas aclaraciones e información después de responder algunas preguntas de la comunidad:

    Tareas de trabajo de clase

    A los estudiantes no se les asignará trabajo hasta más tarde en la semana. Los maestros se pondrán en contacto y enviaré un anuncio general una vez que estemos listos para el lanzamiento. Mientras tanto, hay muchos recursos a los que los estudiantes tienen acceso para mantener sus habilidades afiladas y aprender de forma independiente. Si desea que su hijo explore esos recursos, puede visitar este sitio e iniciar sesión utilizando el mismo método que usan en la escuela. La Sra. Domínguez también ha creado una lista de formas en que los estudiantes pueden acceder a los libros durante las próximas dos semanas, también vinculada aquí.

    Instrumento de recogida

    Los estudiantes de la banda pueden venir al salón de la banda mañana martes 24 de marzo de 10:00 a.m. a 12:00 p.m. para recoger instrumentos. Los padres deben usar la entrada trasera al salón de la banda (estacionamiento del lado este). Los estudiantes podrán ingresar al edificio de uno en uno para asegurarse de que observemos el distanciamiento social. Se les pedirá a los estudiantes que usen desinfectante de manos en la entrada de la sala de la banda antes de entrar y se les animará a usar desinfectante nuevamente al salir y regresar a los vehículos.

    Acceso a Internet en el hogar a bajo costo

    Uno de nuestros trabajadores sociales se dio cuenta de dos oportunidades para que las familias inicien servicios de internet en el hogar de bajo costo o quizás gratuitos. PfISD no respalda estos servicios, pero quería proporcionar la información para su consideración:

    Comcast: para inscribirse, los solicitantes pueden simplemente visitar www.internetessentials.com. El sitio web también incluye la opción de video chat con agentes de servicio al cliente en lenguaje de señas americano. También hay dos números de teléfono dedicados 1-855-846-8376 para inglés y 1-855-765-6995 para español.

    Spectrum: Llamada de: 844-488-8398

     

    Ben O’Connor

    Principal &
    Colt Country Champion
    Cele Middle School

     

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  • Cele Update: March 22

    Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 3/23/2020 8:00:00 AM

    Colt Families,

    I know that if you are receiving this message, you also likely have received several updates from Dr. Killian regarding how we will proceed as we protect our community from the spread of the coronavirus. First and foremost, I think I speak for every teacher at Cele in saying part of what has made the past ten days difficult is wondering how our many kids and families are doing at this time. Yes, we have been gearing up to keep instruction happening, but what is on the top of our minds is whether there are needs in our community that we can help meet.

    Within this week’s message, I am sharing resources about the basics: food, emotional well-being, and access to information. In the following days, we will communicate more specifics on what teaching and learning will look like outside the physical walls of Cele. Our teachers are simply amazing, and have been showing that Grit throughout the “break” this past week as they problem-solve and innovate to meet this challenge. I am so, so proud of this team, and our kids are so, so fortunate to have them in their lives.

    So you are aware, events and activities after school and outside of school, including any pending field trips or gatherings, have been canceled for one week following our return to school. As it stands today, that means we have canceled any events, activities, or trips through April 10. We are anticipating these events will not be rescheduled given the current environment and the busy schedule already in place for the remainder of the school year. I will keep you posted each week as the picture becomes clearer.

    The best location to check for ongoing updates is the PfISD web page maintained by our Health Services Department: http://www.pfisd.net/covid-19. Our Colt Team will be reaching out to students to help them feel connected to school as much as possible, so please keep an eye on your inbox for a message from our teachers.

    During this time, we will have to work extra hard to keep our community strong. One of the things we do each Monday as a staff is promote College, Career, and Military readiness by sporting our favorite College or Military t-shirt. We would love to encourage our students to do the same tomorrow, and if you are up for it, post a pic of your child or your family in college or military gear to Twitter using the hashtag #CeleGrit and tag @CeleMS_PfISD in the post. We would love to see our Colts again and start the day with some smiles!

    Stay safe and healthy Colts!

    Ben

    Cele Website
    Cele PTO FB Page
    @CeleMS_PfISD

     

    Breakfast and Lunch Available EACH SCHOOL DAY

    PfISD has implemented a plan to distribute lunches to all children starting Monday, March 23 at ten campus locations across the District. Grab-and-go meals will be available for curbside pickup from 8-9 a.m. for breakfast and 11 a.m.-1 p.m. for lunch at the following locations: 

    • Pflugerville High School,
    • Dessau Middle School,
    • Kelly Lane Middle School,
    • Park Crest Middle School,
    • Westview Middle School,
    • Copperfield Elementary,
    • Northwest Elementary,
    • Pflugerville Elementary,
    • Wieland Elementary, and
    • Windermere Elementary. 

    This program serves students 18 and younger regardless of Pflugerville ISD residency or enrollment. Families can pick up meals curbside in the carpool lanes at the campuses listed below. Students must be present in order to receive meals. Parents may pick up breakfast and lunch at the same time. For those who do not drive and need to walk to pick up the meal, you will be allowed to walk and pick them up to go. Access to enter the buildings will not be available.

     

    Need to Pick Up Medications? THIS Wednesday and Thursday

    In an effort to assist our parents, all campus nurses will be at their campuses on Wednesday and Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.to allow for a curbside medication pick up. A parent or guardian must pick up the medication and sign for it. We will only be offering curbside pickup in order to practice social distancing. Please be patient as all medications are locked up in the office, and each student’s medication must be retrieved individually from the office by the nurse.

     

    Resources for talking with our kids about COVID-19

    We all respond to stress in different ways, and it can be very challenging as an who is navigating this territory to also attend to the emotional needs of our children. Following are a couple of resources that may help (some of the information pre-dates the actual outbreak, but the core talking points are relevant). In addition to these parent resources, our school counselors are here and available to assist if your child is having an unexpectedly difficult time coping. Monica.Guerra@pfisd.net (6th Grade), Sara.Moore@pfisd.net (7th Grade), and Stefanie.Zook@pfisd.net (8th Grade) are only an email away these next two weeks.

    National Association of School Psychologists: Talking to Children About COVID-19: A Parent Resource
    Child Mind Institute: Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus
     

    What to Know about Google Classroom

    Here is the Parents’ Guide to Google Classroom. The slideshow is generic, but it is similar to how a student will access Google Classroom, an online platform where students can retrieve and complete assignments for teachers. Many of our teachers already have used Google Classroom this year and in previous years, and many more will begin using it this week. We want parents to be familiar with this tool as well. If your child has access to a phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer with internet, wi-fi, or a data plan, he or she can access Google Classroom by using the same login information he or she uses on the school computers. If your child does not have access to a device and internet – no problem. We will have paper copies of classwork that we can make available. More information to come.

     

    Yearbooks On Sale

    Well, this year certainly is one for the books! Parents and students are strongly encouraged to order yearbooks ASAP. Email Jacob.Coleman@pfisd.net for any additional information.

     

    Ben O’Connor

    Principal &
    Colt Country Champion
    Cele Middle School

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  • Cele Update: March 9

    Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 3/10/2020 7:00:00 AM

    Apparently there was an error in yesterday's message – hopefully we have better luck with this one:

    Colt Families,
    We have a four-day week ahead for our Colts, and our teachers will be hard at work on Friday honing our professional skills. Hope the time change is kind to your family and our students tomorrow morning.

    Read on for further details of the week ahead,
    Ben
    Cele Website
    Cele PTO FB Page
    @CeleMS_PfISD
     

    Yearbooks On Sale

    Parents and students are strongly encouraged to order yearbooks ASAP! See the flyer below and email Jacob.Coleman@pfisd.net for any additional information.

    Track & Field

    Cele students will head to Hendrickson High School this Wednesday, March 11, beginning at 4:30 p.m. Best of luck to our student-athletes competing this week.

    No School Friday

    We will not have school on Friday leading into Spring Break week. The teachers and staff will be on campus receiving important STAAR training as well as planning out the calendar of instruction, intervention, and enrichment for the remaining school year. It is hard to believe that when we come back from Spring Break our first round of state testing will be only two weeks away! Our students are READY!
     
    Spring Break

    Students and staff will be out for Spring Break from Monday, March 16 to Friday, March 20. We will all return to school on Monday, March 23. I hope you and your family are able to get some much-needed rest and relaxation.

    Late Bus now Available

    Parents, did you know that we have transportation available for Cele students who want to stay for tutorials or participate in clubs on Tuesday and Thursday?

    Cele students once again will have a late bus available to allow more students to take advantage of the assistance and opportunities offered after school. In order to be allowed on the bus, students must have made arrangements in advance with parents and a teacher to stay after school. A teacher will verify that the student was present for the planned activity. Students must know their regularly assigned bus number and their address.

    Buses will depart school at approximately 5 p.m., and travel time home will depend upon how many stops are required.

    Painless Fundraiser

    In PfISD, we are very fortunate to have financial support to meet the needs of our students’ education. We also have amazing teachers who become inspired throughout the year and ask to start initiatives, acquire new resources, organize student experiences, or begin new clubs. Our teachers are Forever Learners themselves and often request to attend professional learning conferences or trainings beyond what is expected of them, simply to benefit Cele. When those requests fall outside of what we have allocated in our annual budget, we make it happen with campus activity funds. These are generated primarily through community fundraising, and they are an invaluable part of making Cele such an exceptional school.

    Rather than asking students to sell items through a traditional fundraiser, which can be a burden at home and a distraction at school, we are trying a “painless fundraiser” this year. It really is quite easy all around. If you have the means and are moved to support us in bringing the best to our Cele students, simply donate here and fill in the amount you can contribute. It is even tax-deductible. Thank you to those who already made a donation, and thank you for the many ways you already support Cele.

     

    Ben O’Connor

    Principal &
    Colt Country Champion
    Cele Middle School


     

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  • Cele Update: Feb. 23

    Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 2/24/2020 7:00:00 AM

    Colt Families,
     
    As many of you read, followed, or heard, this past Thursday our School Board listened to final comments from our community and made adjustments to alleviate the rapid growth and unprecedented overcrowding at Cele. While the changes were necessary and will safeguard our ability to maintain an excellent educational experience for our Colts, our Cele Community will be affected in different ways. Below is a portion of the communication Dr. Killian sent out on Friday to clarify the steps to be taken:

    1. Cele will be a closed campus to future transfers and will adjust existing transfers with the exception of students of employees at Mott Elementary and Cele Middle School. Students that are on a programmatic transfer for Special Education will be allowed to remain at Cele.
    2. The Board elected to enforce a cap and transfer option for future students that move into the neighborhoods of Carmel, Sorento and Vine Creek that will go into effect on March 1. As a result of this, any new students moving into the neighborhoods of Carmel, Sorento, Vine Creek and Blackhawk (the area off Speidel Dr. between the green belt and Hodde Rd.) after March 1 will be zoned to attend Kelly Lane MS.
    3. The Board adjusted the physical zoning boundary for Cele. The Bohl’s Place neighborhood will now be zoned for Park Crest Middle School. Current Cele students and current 5th graders who live in Bohl’s Place will be grandfathered in for the 2020-21 school year. Those students who want to attend Cele MS must complete the district’s Transfer Application for tracking purposes. The transfer window will open in March. Those students who attend Cele next year will be given transfer priority for the following 2 years. Students who elect to attend Cele MS will not receive district transportation, in accordance with district transfer practices.
    4. Another physical zoning boundary adjustment was made regarding Cele and will send the impacted students to Dessau Middle School. The area south of Wells Branch Parkway, north of Howard Lane plus the additional area of future planned development in that area will feed into Dessau beginning with the 2020-21 school year.

    I understand that parents and students will receive this news in any number of ways depending upon your unique circumstances. As such, we are not presenting or communicating this information to our students here at school. We are monitoring students closely to see if any of our students may need additional emotional support due to the pending transition. If you feel your son or daughter could use some extra assistance – in any way – please feel free to reach out to any teacher, counselor, or administrator to share your thoughts.

    Read on for further details of the week ahead,

    Ben
    Cele Website
    Cele PTO FB Page
    @CeleMS_PfISD
     
    Cheer Tryouts
    Students interested in becoming a Colt Cheerleader or Mascot will need to have a parent in attendance at the Tryout Parent meeting, Thursday, March 5, at 6:00 pm. Questions may be directed to Alis.Fruia@pfisd.net
     
    Parent Connection Newsletter
    The February newsletter (Volume 16, 3rd Quarter), The Parental & Family Engagement Connection, is available in English, Spanish, German, Korean, and Vietnamese.    

    This edition of the newsletter includes articles about Fun Things During Spring Break, Nutrition for Kids, Kids and Exercise, Ways to Motivate Your Child, Teaching Children Personal Safety, Teaching Children Anger Management, and The Only Parenting Advice You Really Need.
     
    Track
    Fingers crossed for better weather as Cele students will take a second shot at competing in the first track meet of the season this Wednesday, February 26, beginning at 4:30 p.m.
     
    Pflugerville Chalk Pfest:
    Come join us for this awesome family event at the Pfield just down the street on March 7. Park Crest will have a team competing as will many other PfISD campuses. Come show us some love, I promise you will be amazed at the skills of our students.

    Late Bus now Available

    Parents, did you know that we have transportation available for Cele students who want to stay for tutorials or participate in clubs on Tuesday and Thursday?  Cele students once again will have a late bus available to allow more students to take advantage of the assistance and opportunities offered after school. In order to be allowed on the bus, students must have made arrangements in advance with parents and a teacher to stay after school. A teacher will verify that the student was present for the planned activity. Students must know their regularly assigned bus number and their address. Buses will depart school at approximately 5 p.m., and travel time home will depend upon how many stops are required.

    Painless Fundraiser

    In PfISD, we are very fortunate to have financial support to meet the needs of our students’ education. We also have amazing teachers who become inspired throughout the year and ask to start initiatives, acquire new resources, organize student experiences, or begin new clubs. Our teachers are Forever Learners themselves and often request to attend professional learning conferences or trainings beyond what is expected of them, simply to benefit Cele. When those requests fall outside of what we have allocated in our annual budget, we make it happen with campus activity funds. These are generated primarily through community fundraising, and they are an invaluable part of making Cele such an exceptional school. Rather than asking students to sell items through a traditional fundraiser, which can be a burden at home and a distraction at school, we are trying a “painless fundraiser” this year. It really is quite easy all around. If you have the means and are moved to support us in bringing the best to our Cele students, simply donate here and fill in the amount you can contribute. It is even tax-deductible. Thank you to those who already made a donation, and thank you for the many ways you already support Cele.

     

    Ben O’Connor
    Principal & Colt Country Champion

    Cele Middle School

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  • Cele Update: Feb. 17

    Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 2/18/2020 7:00:00 AM

    Colt Families, 

    I had the pleasure of attending the Pflugerville Education Foundation’s fundraising Gala this past Saturday. This past month was School Board Appreciation month, and between the hard working volunteers who make up our phenomenal school board and the hard work volunteers and donors who make up the PEF board, PfISD is in very good hands. In case you are unaware, PEF has provided well over $1,000,000 in grants to PfISD schools for, among other things, innovative teaching grants and assistance to first-year and new-to-PfISD educators. I am proud to say that those funds also are generated by staff donations, and Cele has the highest percentage of employee donors among all secondary campuses. We truly are fortunate to be raising our children in such a supportive community.

    This week is also Counselor Appreciation week. A HUGE shout out to our amazing Cele Counseling team. Ms. Guerra, Ms. Moore, and Ms. Zook are simply the best, and simply tireless when it comes to meeting the needs of students and staff. Much of their work crafting and organizing the student experience happens subtly and behind the scenes. You may not fully realize how integral their work is in the lives of our Colts, but I am grateful each day for their compassion and expertise. Our Counselors simply are the best! 

    In other news, Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow today, predicting an early spring. I’d have to agree based on this weekend, but make sure our Colts bundle up for Wednesday’s weather. Read on for details of the week ahead,

    Ben

    Cele Website
    Cele PTO FB Page
    @CeleMS_PfISD

     

    A Big Week for Band

    Cele band is nothing short of phenomenal, and if you would like another opportunity to see and hear for yourself, this week you are in luck. There is an informal Jazz Band Recital this Wednesday at 6 p.m. Additionally, our students will attend Winter Band Camp at Weiss both Thursday and Friday evenings, from 6 – 8 p.m. The Cele Jazz Band will travel to the Texas State University this Saturday. Give our band directors a pat on the back the next time you see them for providing such enriching opportunities for our Colts! 

    Basketball Schedule

    Cele boys and girls will take on Kelly Lane Middle School this week. The 8th grade girls and boys are scheduled to play at KLMS. The 7th grade boys and girls are scheduled to play here at Cele. All games, both home and away, begin at 5:30 p.m. Our Colts will round out their season with the District Tournament this weekend. Details for Athletics schedules can be found here.

    Late Bus now Available

    Parents, did you know that we have transportation available for Cele students who want to stay for tutorials or participate in clubs on Tuesday and Thursday? 

    Cele students once again will have a late bus available to allow more students to take advantage of the assistance and opportunities offered after school. In order to be allowed on the bus, students must have made arrangements in advance with parents and a teacher to stay after school. A teacher will verify that the student was present for the planned activity. Students must know their regularly assigned bus number and their address. Buses will depart school at approximately 5 p.m., and travel time home will depend upon how many stops are required.

    Painless Fundraiser

    In PfISD, we are very fortunate to have financial support to meet the needs of our students’ education. We also have amazing teachers who become inspired throughout the year and ask to start initiatives, acquire new resources, organize student experiences, or begin new clubs. Our teachers are Forever Learners themselves and often request to attend professional learning conferences or trainings beyond what is expected of them, simply to benefit Cele.

    When those requests fall outside of what we have allocated in our annual budget, we make it happen with campus activity funds. These are generated primarily through community fundraising, and they are an invaluable part of making Cele such an exceptional school. Rather than asking students to sell items through a traditional fundraiser, which can be a burden at home and a distraction at school, we are trying a “painless fundraiser” this year.

    It really is quite easy all around. If you have the means and are moved to support us in bringing the best to our Cele students, simply DONATE HERE and fill in the amount you can contribute. It is even tax deductible.

    Thank you to those who already made a donation, and thank you for the many ways you already support Cele. 

    Ben O’Connor
    Principal &
    Colt Country Champion
    Cele Middle School

     

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  • Cele Update: Feb. 9

    Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 2/10/2020 7:00:00 AM

    Colt Families,

    Wow! Such a busy weekend for our Colts! We had our University Interscholastic League competition at Pflugerville Middle School, our District Championship basketball tournaments at each high school, and some of our band students tried out for the Regional Jazz Band. I am happy to report that Cele had multiple top placements in UIL competition, was represented in the championship basketball game on three separate occasions, with 8th grade boys taking 1st for the B Team. To top it off, 8 students made the Regional Jazz Band, including 7th grade student Leron Seals – who earned first Chair! Remarkable, to say the least! 

    We are so very proud of our students and so grateful that you choose to make Cele your school home. Our teachers truly go well above and beyond to enrich the education of our kids in countless ways. If your child has not yet discovered a niche here at Cele beyond classroom academics, opportunities abound. Encourage your child to speak with any adult at Cele and we would be happy to share some of the incredible extracurricular activities available. 

    Read on for details of the week ahead.

    Ben

    Cele Website
    Cele PTO FB Page
    @CeleMS_PfISD

     

    Attention 8th grade Parents!

    You should have received a postcard in the mail for 8th grade appointments with the High School Counselor here at Cele Middle School the week of Feb. 18. If you need to reschedule your appointment time please email the 8th grade counselor at Stefanie.zook@pfisd.net or call the front office 512-594-3000. This is a time where you and your student can meet with the high school counselor and confirm your child’s course selection for 9th grade. 

    Book Fair this week

    Students will have the opportunity to visit the book fair in the library throughout the week. Don't miss the Edible Book Contest this Wednesday, Feb. 12, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. during Book Fair Evening Hours. Families are encouraged to shop with their children and participated in the contest. Entry forms are available in the Library and ALL entries will receive a free poster! Winners will receive a $10 Book Fair Gift Certificate!

    EF Tours in Café Monday

    If you would be interested in your student taking a trip to Panama in the Summer of 2021, there will be an informational meeting provided by EF Tours on Monday, Feb. 10, from 6-7 p.m. This is not a PfISD-sponsored event, but Cele students do have the opportunity to participate.

    Late Bus now Available

    Parents, did you know that we have transportation available for Cele students who want to stay for tutorials or participate in clubs on Tuesday and Thursday? Cele students once again will have a late bus available to allow more students to take advantage of the assistance and opportunities offered after school.

    In order to be allowed on the bus, students must have made arrangements in advance with parents and a teacher to stay after school. A teacher will verify that the student was present for the planned activity. Students must know their regularly assigned bus number and their address. Buses will depart school at approximately 5 p.m., and travel time home will depend upon how many stops are required. 

    Painless Fundraiser

    In PfISD, we are very fortunate to have financial support to meet the needs of our students’ education. We also have amazing teachers who become inspired throughout the year and ask to start initiatives, acquire new resources, organize student experiences, or begin new clubs. Our teachers are Forever Learners themselves and often request to attend professional learning conferences or trainings beyond what is expected of them, simply to benefit Cele.

    When those requests fall outside of what we have allocated in our annual budget, we make it happen with campus activity funds. These are generated primarily through community fundraising, and they are an invaluable part of making Cele such an exceptional school. Rather than asking students to sell items through a traditional fundraiser, which can be a burden at home and a distraction at school, we are trying a “painless fundraiser” this year.

    It really is quite easy all around. If you have the means and are moved to support us in bringing the best to our Cele students, simply DONATE HERE and fill in the amount you can contribute. It is even tax deductible.

    Thank you to those who already made a donation, and thank you for the many ways you already support Cele.

     

    Ben O’Connor
    Principal &
    Colt Country Champion
    Cele Middle School

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  • Cele Update: Feb. 2

    Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 2/3/2020 7:00:00 AM

    Colt Families,

    I had the pleasure of attending the Pflugerville Education Foundation’s fundraising Gala this past Saturday. This past month was School Board Appreciation month, and between the hard working volunteers who make up our phenomenal school board and the hard work volunteers and donors who make up the PEF board, PfISD is in very good hands. In case you are unaware, PEF has provided well over $1,000,000 in grants to PfISD schools for, among other things, innovative teaching grants and assistance to first-year and new-to-PfISD educators. I am proud to say that those funds also are generated by staff donations, and Cele has the highest percentage of employee donors among all secondary campuses. We truly are fortunate to be raising our children in such a supportive community.

    This week is also Counselor Appreciation week. A HUGE shout out to our amazing Cele Counseling team. Ms. Guerra, Ms. Moore, and Ms. Zook are simply the best, and simply tireless when it comes to meeting the needs of students and staff. Much of their work crafting and organizing the student experience happens subtly and behind the scenes. You may not fully realize how integral their work is in the lives of our Colts, but I am grateful each day for their compassion and expertise. Our Counselors simply are the best!

    In other news, Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow today, predicting an early spring. I’d have to agree based on this weekend, but make sure our Colts bundle up for Wednesday’s weather. Read on for details of the week ahead, 

    Ben

    Cele Website
    Cele PTO FB Page
    @CeleMS_PfISD

     

    A Big Week for Band

    Cele band is nothing short of phenomenal, and if you would like another opportunity to see and hear for yourself, this week you are in luck. There is an informal Jazz Band Recital this Wednesday at 6 p.m. Additionally, our students will attend Winter Band Camp at Weiss both Thursday and Friday evenings, from 6-8 p.m. The Cele Jazz Band will travel to the Texas State University this Saturday. Give our band directors a pat on the back the next time you see them for providing such enriching opportunities for our Colts!

    Basketball Schedule

    Cele boys and girls will take on Kelly Lane Middle School this week. The 8th grade girls and boys are scheduled to play at KLMS. The 7th grade boys and girls are scheduled to play here at Cele. All games, both home and away, begin at 5:30 p.m. Our Colts will round out their season with the District Tournament this weekend. Details for Athletics schedules can be found here.

    Late Bus now Available

    Parents, did you know that we have transportation available for Cele students who want to stay for tutorials or participate in clubs on Tuesday and Thursday? Cele students once again will have a late bus available to allow more students to take advantage of the assistance and opportunities offered after school. In order to be allowed on the bus, students must have made arrangements in advance with parents and a teacher to stay after school. A teacher will verify that the student was present for the planned activity. Students must know their regularly assigned bus number and their address. Buses will depart school at approximately 5 p.m, and travel time home will depend upon how many stops are required.

    Painless Fundraiser

    In PfISD, we are very fortunate to have financial support to meet the needs of our students’ education. We also have amazing teachers who become inspired throughout the year and ask to start initiatives, acquire new resources, organize student experiences, or begin new clubs. Our teachers are Forever Learners themselves and often request to attend professional learning conferences or trainings beyond what is expected of them, simply to benefit Cele. When those requests fall outside of what we have allocated in our annual budget, we make it happen with campus activity funds. These are generated primarily through community fundraising, and they are an invaluable part of making Cele such an exceptional school. Rather than asking students to sell items through a traditional fundraiser, which can be a burden at home and a distraction at school, we are trying a “painless fundraiser” this year. It really is quite easy all around. If you have the means and are moved to support us in bringing the best to our Cele students, simply Donate Here and fill in the amount you can contribute. It is even tax deductible. Thank you to those who already made a donation, and thank you for the many ways you already support Cele.

     

    Ben O’Connor
    Principal &
    Colt Country Champion
    Cele Middle School

     

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