The district will be running weekly round-ups of Academic and Athletic events along with Campus Events/Activities on the district website in a new feature: "Around the 'Ville."
"Around the 'Ville" will be updated every Thursday with submitted information. The cut off to submit information for the weekly round-up will be Tuesday at 3 p.m. Any submissions received after 3 p.m. on Tuesday will run the following week. As timeliness is an issue, games, tournaments and activities submitted should not be more than two weeks old. ALL FORMS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY PfISD EMPLOYEES
Around the 'Ville 12-11-14Posted by Tamra Spence at 12/11/2014
PfISD requests community feedback on calendarPfISD has created a survey to gather community feedback regarding the school calendar. A central focus of the survey is the exchange of the day off for Columbus Day in October versus the entire week off at Thanksgiving. The district would appreciate input as staff begins planning for next year. The survey can be found online.Last week, Westview Middle School theatre arts students, taught by Jessica Evans, were awarded second place for their UIL One-Act Play performance. Additionally, the following students won individual awards: Amanda Kress, eighth grade, outstanding technician; Gabriel Lujan, seventh grade, all-star cast member; Gabby Martinez, sixth grade, honorable mention cast member; Jonathan Selvera, eighth grade, all-star cast member.Westview Middle School Music Department performs at capitolRepresentatives from the Westview Middle School band, choir and orchestra performed in the state capitol rotunda at noon on Wednesday, Dec. 10. The varsity choirs and orchestra and the flute choir played for an hour.Dessau Elementary participated in Pennies for Patients, a program that raises money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The school raised $3,000.90. The three classes that raised the most money got to throw water balloons at their teacher.
Fifth grade students at Rowe Lane Elementary will hold a holiday musical production Dec. 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria.
Around the 'Ville 12-5-14Posted by Tamra Spence at 12/5/2014Pflugerville ISD Superintendent of Schools Dr. Alex Torrez, PfISD Athletic Director Johanna Denson and Connally HS Principal Daniel Garcia presented Harvey with a plaque in recognition of her achievement.CHS Coach Harvey earns 500th winConnally High School varsity girls basketball coach Candi Harvey reached a significant milestone with her 500th high school coaching win at the Brock Lady Eagle Showcase Basketball tournament. Coach Harvey has been a coach for more than 34 years including time as head coach for two WNBA teams, the Utah Starzz and San Antonio Silver Stars. She was also a head coach at Texas A&M University as well as Tulane University and was named as the TGCA Class 4A/5A Coach of the Year in the state of Texas in 2010. Harvey was named varsity girls head coach at Connally High School in 2012.
PHS girls' basketball team hosting first Nancy Walling ClassicThe Pflugerville High School girls’ basketball team renamed its annual Pflugerville tournament the Nancy Walling Classic. The tournament involves freshman, JV and varsity teams and runs through 6. Before the game against the Australian National team on Thursday, Dec. 4, the Pflugerville team honored Coach Walling with a banner displayed in the gym.Amanda Lesikar (Hendrickson High School) will play volleyball at Baylor University.CHS senior basketball player Jaylen Shead signed a commitment to attend California Polytechnic University on a full scholarship.PfISD students sign letters of intentFive students from Pflugerville ISD have signed national letters of intent to play their sports in college. Amanda Lesikar (Hendrickson High School) will play volleyball at Baylor University. Laryssa Wills (Pflugerville High School) will play volleyball at the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor. Karissa Black (HHS) will play basketball for Nicholls State University. Ashleigh Cooper (HHS) will play basketball for Sam Houston State University. Jaylen Shead (Connally High School) will play basketball for California Polytechnic State University.Chef Patrick presents a chef jacket to Olivia Campbell at Riojas Elementary.Riojas student wins Aramark Recipe ContestOlivia Campbell, a fourth-grader at Riojas Elementary School, won the Aramark Recipe Contest. Chef Patrick awarded her a chef jacket, and her recipe will be made in all PfISD schools on Wednesday, Dec. 17. Chef Patrick will attend the morning announcement at Riojas for the next two Mondays to recognize Olivia's accomplishment.
PfISD middle school students place in regional band competition
Many PfISD middle school students were named to the Region 18 Band on Nov. 15. The students will perform during a public concert in January. The following students were named to the Region 18 Band:
Cele Middle School
Kristen Albert, bassoonAudrey Owen, French horn
Katy O'Brien, flute
Lexi Walker, flute
Jackie Venegas, flute
Marc Abdallah, oboe
Whitney Morris, B-flat clarinet
Noreen Griffin, B-flat clarinet
Jacob McJunkin, B-flat clarinet
Aidan Grivas, bass clarinet
Christopher Scarpato, bass clarinet
Sofia Valdespino, contra-bass
Madison Grant, contra-bass
Reem Fashho, alto saxophone
Kelechi Nwokocha, alto saxophone
Zachary Smith, tenor saxophone
Samuel Simcik, trumpet
Connor Rivers, trumpet
Valerie Hernandez, trumpet
Madison Kusano, trumpet
Connor Gaffney, French horn
David Clary, tenor trombone
Tilo Garcia, tenor trombone
Payton Jones, euphonium
Darien Cottar, tuba
Matthew Obermier, tuba
Alex Coronado, percussion
Josiah Kniep, percussion
Allen Huynh-duong, percussionMarc Duncan, percussion
Natalie Blackburn, flute
Elsie Wright, B-flat clarinet
Lisa Knight, B-flat clarinet
Alesia Cooley, contra-bass
Shani Coppedge, bassoon
Blake Nisely, tenor saxophone
Jordan Washington, cornet/trumpetBendy Medawar, cornet/trumpet
Puja Subedi, flute
Soomin Cho, flute
Abish Olvera, flute
Gabriel Nunez, cornet/trumpet
Jeremy Ryan, French horn
Christian Gilbert, tenor tromboneHunter Britton, tenor trombone
Eoin Peterson, tenor trombone
Around the 'Ville 11-20-14Posted by Tamra Spence at 11/20/2014
PHS newspaper, students honored with national awardsThe Panther Prowler newspaper was recognized as a 2014 NSPA Pacemaker winner. The paper is one of only five winners in the nation in the "Tabloid 16 or fewer pages" category. PHS also received two 2014 NSPA Multimedia Story of the Year awards. Senior Kennedy Huff's story, "From Farm to Table," received Honorable Mention in the Multimedia Feature category. "History of P-Crew," a story produced by 2014 PHS graduates Tung Duong, Katrina Bara and Brandy Garcia, received Honorable Mention in the Multimedia Sports category.Windermere Primary School First Grade Patriotic Music ProgramThe First Graders of Windermere Primary School presented an exciting and successful patriotic program including songs from the 1700s to today. The favorites were performed by First Graders using instruments, light sabers, flags, streamer stars, rockin' guitars and even glo-balls. This educational and entertaining event was enjoyed by students, parents and community members.
PfISD Superintendent Reads to Kids at Delco Primary (Facebook Gallery)Delco Primary students were all eyes and hears when Superintendent of Schools Dr. Alex E. Torrez stopped by to read “My Teacher Is a Monster! (No, I am not.),” by Peter Brown. The school presented a special book they made to the Superintendent as well as an official Delco Primary t-shirt.Students Honored at Cougar Pride breakfastConnally teachers and coaches nominated various students as outstanding students and invited the students and their parents to breakfast to honor them for a job well done.
Dual Language Potluck Dinner at Caldwell Elementary (Facebook Gallery)Dual Language students and their families came together to celebrate their hard work with some food and fun at Caldwell Elementary.Career Day at Windermere ElementaryStudents at Windermere Elementary learned just what it takes to be Superintendent of Schools when PfISD Superintendent Dr. Alex E. Torrez visited the school for Career Day. The students learned the major principles of being a successful leader including: be yourself, work hard and treat others how you want to be treated.
Anti-Bullying Pep Rally at Wieland Elementary (Facebook Gallery)
Pflugerville and Hendrickson High School students joined PfISD Superintendent of Schools Dr. Alex E. Torrez for an anti-bullying pep rally at Wieland Elementary. The celebration kicked off with Hendrickson football players and Pflugerville High School basketball players giving the kids advice on how to treat others. Members of the high school band and dance team then pumped up the crowd with a performance and the Superintendent followed up with some advice on making the school a great safe place to learn.
Around the 'Ville 11-7-14Posted by Tamra Spence at 11/7/2014
HHS Speech & Debate team ranked nationally
The National Speech & Debate Association has recognized the Hendrickson Speech & Debate for ranking 57th last year from more than 3,000 schools nationwide. This marks the third year in a row that Hendrickson has ranked in the Top 100 programs in the nation. The National Speech & Debate Association is the largest interscholastic speech and debate organization serving middle school, high school and collegiate students in the United States. “These students and coaches have demonstrated outstanding participation and achievement in speech and debate activities. We are pleased to honor them for their hard work and dedication,” NSDA Executive Director, J. Scott Wunn said. The HHS Speech and Debate team is coached by Kirsten Nash, Samin Agha and Mike Fisher.HHS students 'sign in' into AVID Program (Facebook Photo Gallery)An AVID Signing Ceremony is held in the Hendrickson High School Performing Arts Center each year to welcome incoming freshmen into the HHS AVID Family. Although many freshmen were involved in AVID in middle school, students are recognized for the 4-year commitment that they are embarking upon in high school. AVID is a program designed to guide, support, and push students to take rigorous courses, develop and maintain organization and studying strategies, as well as apply and be accepted into a four-year university. This year’s guest speaker was Coach Earl Cooper, a former NFL player, who spoke to students about being a pioneer. Being a pioneer involves the struggle of taking on new challenges, similar to those freshmen will encounter during their four years in high school. This was the largest freshman group to ever enter the program.Famous bilingual children’s author visits Caldwell ES (Facebook Photo Gallery)Bilingual children’s author, educator, and recording artist José-Luis Orozco performs at Caldwell Elementary.
Brookhollow ES teachers ‘thrill’ students, parents (Facebook Photo Gallery)Brookhollow Elementary School teachers organized a "Thriller" Flash Mob as part of its Power of Positive Students (POPS) rally. The POPS rally is designed as a celebration of student academic and social achievement and acknowledges students who are on the All A or A/B honor roll or who achieve perfect attendance.PMS students raise funds for books
Pflugerville Middle School Librarian MaryG Zell dressed up Goth for Halloween after PMS students beat their $1,800 goal for All4Books and raised a whopping $2,009! Thanks to PMS students, 2009 children in need will receive books.Author hosts storytime at Rowe Lane ES
Author Bernadette Nason brought stories to life for students at Rowe Lane Elementary.
Around the 'Ville 10-27-14Posted by Tamra Spence at 10/27/2014PfISD elementary and middle school classes will be dismissed early on Wednesday, Oct. 29. Elementary school students will be released at noon. Middle school students will be released at 12:45 p.m. Classes will resume at the regular time on Thursday, Oct. 30.CHS Tennis team places 4th at Area
The Connally High School tennis team won the district 17-5A Team Tennis championship and placed fourth place in the Area competition.
KLMS band nationally recognized
The Kelly Lane Middle School Wind Ensemble, directed by Cynthia Mixon, is a national winner in the Mark of Excellence/National Wind Band Honors project in the New Music Division. The band is also a commended winner in the AA Classification.
“The Kelly Lane band program strives for excellence each and every day,” PfISD Fine Arts Coordinator Chico Portillo said. “They have an extraordinary band staff and teach over 320 band students. The students’ ability to perform quality literature demonstrates the dedication of both the students and the teachers. This tradition of excellence is being recognized across the state as they continue to participate in rigorous events such as the National Wind Band Honors project.”The Mark of Excellence is a competition, entered by performance recordings, in which the top quarter are selected as national winners and the second quarter receive commended honors. This year 224 musical ensembles entered the competition.
PHS paper, students win journalism awards
The Pflugerville High School Panther Prowler has been named a 2014 Newspaper Pacemaker Finalist by the National Scholastic Press Association. The Prowler is one of 10 finalists in the nation in the “tabloid, 16 pages or fewer” category. This is the first time the Prowler, the PHS student newspaper for 34 years, has received this distinction.
PHS also has two 2014 NSPA Multimedia Story of the Year Award Finalists. Senior Kennedy Huff’s story, “From Farm to Table,” is a finalist in the Multimedia Feature category. “History of P-Crew,” a story produced by 2014 PHS graduates Tung Dung, Katrina Bara and Brandy Garcia, is a finalist in the Multimedia Sports category.Additionally, senior newspaper editor Antonija Antunovic received a Gold Circle Award from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. Antonija’s story, “Rethinking Birds and Bees,” placed third in the nation in the category of News Writing.
HHS journalism students win national recognition
Congratulations to Nyssa Kruse, co-editor of The Hawk newspaper for winning two Gold Circle awards from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. Nyssa was awarded third place in the nation for her Feature Design Portfolio, as well as a Certificate of Merit for Typography-Look of One Page for her spread "Failure."Additionally, recent graduate Bella Hernandez won a second place Gold Circle for her Great Gatsby cartoon.PHS hosts annual Ally Night
The Gay‑Straight Alliance organization at Pflugerville High School will host the 5th annual Ally Night on Wednesday, Oct. 29 from 6‑8:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center (FAC). Ally Night is an event open to the community and aimed towards educating, celebrating, and recruiting allies to the LGBTQIA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Intersex, and Asexual) community.Table exhibitors will be showcased from 6-6:30 p.m. and featured speakers are State Representative Celia Israel and SanghaLink founder Anna Weingart.Ally Night is one of the school’s three major anti‑bias campaigns for the 2014‑15 academic year. In addition, this special event will bring Pflugerville High School and its No Place For Hate© coalition one step closer towards designating the school as a No Place For Hate© campus according to the Anti‑Defamation League. The theme this year will focus on the Sensitivity of Coming Out.
Around the 'Ville 6-12-14Posted by Tamra Spence at 6/12/2014
Three Pflugerville High School students placed at the 2014 Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME) State Competition. Jennifer Han took first place in Biology AP and Donaji Medina took third place in biology AP. Faria Kazi took fourth place in physics, first place in statistics and earned a special award in the engineering design challenge.
Participants must be a part of an afterschool STEM program and qualify at a divisional competition in order to take part in the state competition. The qualifier for this region, the Capital Area Math and Science Competition was held at Welch Hall, UT Austin on Feb. 1 2014. About 150 students competed at the Capital Area Math and Science Competition and 33 advanced to the state level. Similar events were held across Texas and 300 students, all top-place finishers were invited to attend the State Competition in Fort Worth, at the Lockheed Martin campus. The events are offered free of cost to participants, with TAME covering the cost of transportation, housing, food and event registration.
Schools raise funds for local animal shelters
Third grade students were assigned a district social studies project to become entrepreneurs and create a small business to sell a project for a cause that they all could agree upon. This was also a writing project (with a concentration on persuasive writing) in which students wrote and delivered school-wide announcements, as well as visual advertising in the form of a take-home flyer for the community.The Third Grader Entrepreneurs at Copperfield Elementary ran a lemonade stand on field day, at the fifth grade dance, and on May 30. The result was, after expenses, (another concept our students had to come to understand), students raised $900 for the cause of their choice. As a grade level, the students voted to donate their earnings to three no-kill animal shelters: Pflugerville Animal Shelter, Austin Animal Shelter and the Williamson County Animal Shelter.
Riojas ESThird grade representatives at Riojas presented a check for $1,551.63 to the Pflugerville Animal Shelter. The money was raised from third grade market day at Riojas Elementary School, which required students to make items to sell in their “stores” and donate the profits to a charity. All third graders came up with a business plan, made the items they would sell, priced the items, figured out the profits after selling the items, marketed the items, made signs for their stores, and sold their items to the entire school on May 21.
During Rowe Lane ES Economic Fair, third graders collected $1,270.21, which was donated to the Pflugerville Animal Shelter.Brookhollow CPR trainingAt the end of the school year, Brookhollow Elementary took part in a nationwide activity to train fifth grade students in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). The campus was the only one in PfISD which took part in the program.
Student journalist recognized internationally for in-depth article
PHS senior Emily Munoz, editor-in-chief of the Panther Prowler Newspaper, has been awarded the Frank Keegan “Take No Prisoners” Award by Youth Journalism International (YJI). This is the highest honor a student can receive in the YJI News category. YJI recognized Emily for the in-depth story she wrote about academic dishonesty in the December issue of the Panther Prowler.
“Emily’s in-depth and hard-hitting story about rampant cheating in her Texas high school pulled no punches,” YJI judges said. “She snagged interviews not only with teachers who had a range of views on academic dishonesty, but with students, including one who admitted to cheating. She didn’t stop at the high school door, but pursued university officials and college students at two Texas universities. Going that extra distance served her high school readers. Her story educated them about how differently cheating is viewed and handled at the college level compared to what they see in their high school. Emily’s story represents the kind of tough journalism espoused by Frank Keegan, for whom this award is named.”
Emily and senior Alyssa Newman also placed 1st in the YJI Features Category for Team Reporting. Junior Kennedy Huff earned Honorable Mention in Column Writing.
PHS student film takes second in Young Filmmakers Festival
PHS advanced film students produced a short narrative this year called “For the Sake of Sanity.” The film, which was written and directed by PHS junior Erin Devany, has garnered several awards. It was named a state semifinalist in the inaugural UIL Young Filmmakers Festival. The film was also selected to the Austin Youth Film Festival and was shown at the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz Theater where it took second place, and Devany received $500.PHS Newspaper students take honors at state competitionPflugerville HS newspaper and broadcast students brought home many awards from the 2014 ILPC state journalism awards. The newspaper staff, the Panther Prowler, won a Bronze Star Award, which is the top honor a high school publication can receive in the state of Texas. The student broadcast, PTV, was one of eight high school broadcasts in the state to receive a Distinguished Merit rating.Newspaper and broadcast students also won several Individual Achievement Awards. Most significantly, senior Emily Munoz won a Tops in Texas Award; her story was voted the best in the state in the category of In-Depth News/Feature Story.Newspaper Individual Achievement Awards
- Emily Munoz—Tops in Texas and 1st Place in In-Depth News/Feature Story
- Emily Munoz—1st place in Feature Writing
- Staff—1st Place in Headlines
- Tim and Emily Fahey—2nd place in Feature Writing
- Antonija Antunovic and Paton LaBelle—2nd place in News Feature
- Jaclyn LaBelle—2nd place in Homepage Design
- Emily Munoz—3rd place in News Writing
- Emily Munoz—3rd place in Entertainment Feature
- Kennedy Huff—3rd place in Personal Opinion Column
- Lauren Amaro, Stephanie Nguyen-Okwu, Paton LaBelle—3rd place in News Feature
- Nguyet-Hang Truong—Honorable Mention in Computer Art
- Ed Herrera—Honorable Mention in General News Photo
- Eli Berke—Honorable Mention in Sports Action Photo
- Ed Herrera—Honorable Mention in Portrait
Broadcast Individual Achievement Awards
- Kennedy Huff, Aleksa Yandrisovitz, Audra Fletcher—1st place in General News/Feature/Sports Report Writing
- Eli Berke, Andrew Sharp, Tung Duong, Brad Guzman, Christian Campbell—1st place in Promotion/Commercial
- Lauren Hendricks, Priscilla Odreman, Gio Estrada—2nd place in Feature Story
- Kennedy Huff, Aleksa Yandrisovitz, Audra Fletcher—3rd place in General News Story
- Tung Duong, Katrina Bara, Christian Campbell—3rd place in Editing
- Tung Duong, Katrina Bara, Brandy Garcia—3rd place in Photography
Top students from Hendrickson and Connally High Schools attended the Business Professionals of America (BPA) 2014 National Leadership Conference, “Accelerate Your Future,” in Indianapolis, IN, April 30- May 4, 2014. Alexander Cramer and Hannah Meadows from Hendrickson High School and Edgar Saucedo from Connally High School joined over 5,000 other conference delegates from across the nation to participate in national level business skills competitions, workshops, general sessions, and the national officer candidate campaigns and elections.
Besides having the opportunity to excel, they experienced the city of Indianapolis, IN. “The conference is the culmination of a school year’s worth of business education and training which these students have received,” said Hendrickson High School chapter advisor, Abby Williford, who teaches Audio/Video Production. Alexander Cramer from HHS placed 5th in Computer Modeling. Edgar Saucedo from CHS placed 11th in PC Servicing & Troubleshooting and earned Microsoft Office Specialist: Access 2010, MTA: Security Fundamentals, and MTA: Windows OS Fundamentals certifications. Hannah Meadows from HHS competed in Digital Media Production. ”We are so proud of all of their accomplishments,” said Connally High School chapter advisor, Amanda Simpson.
Business Professionals of America is a national organization for high school, college, and middle school students preparing for careers in business and information technology. The organization’s activities and programs complement classroom instruction by giving students practical experience through application of the skills learned at school. Business Professionals of America acts as a cohesive agent in the nationwide networking of education and business and industry. BPA is contributing to the preparation of a world-class workforce through the advancement of leadership, citizenship, academic, and technological skills.
The Hendrickson High School Science Olympiad team competed in the state tournament at Texas A&M University. The team placed 9th out of 31 teams in the competition. The following individuals medaled in their events.
- 1st place Scrambler - Colton D’Ambra and Albert Felan
- 1st place Forensics - Mandi Palencia and Aeslyn Kail
- 2nd Place We Got Your Number - Colton D’Ambra and Dung Nguyen
- 4th place Water Quality - Vivian Huynh and Jaydin Ngo
Hendrickson student attends state journalism conference
Nyssa Kruse has been selected to represent the state of Texas at the 2014 Al Neuharth Free Spirit and Journalism Conference taking place at the Newseum. She will be receiving a $1,000 college scholarship and will attend the conference in Washington, D.C., in June.
Students attend Tomorrow’s Leaders luncheon with former First DaughterMembers of the PfISD speech & debate leader team had the privilege to hear former First Daughter Luci Baines Johnson during an Austin Community College luncheon about her father’s legacy during the civil rights and voting rights movements. Johnson, the younger daughter of President Lyndon Baines Johnson, was the keynote speaker at ACC’s sixth annual Building Tomorrow’s Leaders luncheon. Johnson used the occasion to compliment efforts within ACC’s Center for Public Policy and Political Studies, the only such center of its kind nationally at a community college.(Front Row) Dr. Alex Torrez; Christina Bui; Kirsten Nash, HHS Forensic Director; Josh Villarreal; and Rob Reyes, PISD Board Member(Back Row) Marcus Ayala; Nico Williams; Samin Agha, HHS Assistant Forensic Director; Zach Falkenbury; Jordan Rojas; and Danielle Williams
Around the 'Ville 5-1-14Posted by Tamra Spence at 5/1/20144th-8th graders invited to annual PHS Speech & Debate Team Round Robin Invitational Tournament
PISD will hold the second annual PHS Speech & Debate Team Round Robin Invitational Tournament on May 10 at PHS from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for 4th through 8th grade students. The cost of the event is $40 if postmarked by May 2. Events offered include oral reading, impromptu speaking, and individual debate. The resolution to be debated is “Single-gender classrooms would improve the quality of education in American public schools.” Oral Readers must bring prepared pieces in binders as per UIL Oral Reading Rules and Impromptu Speaking topics can be found at Impromptu Topics. Registration for the event begins at 8 a.m. and pizza will be provided for lunch with additional food and drinks available for purchase. An awards ceremony will be held in the cafeteria at 3:30 p.m.
Download the registration form here
Connally Boys Soccer 2014 All-State and All-Region Awards
Four Connally High School boys soccer players have been awarded All-Region and All-State awards from the Texas Association of Soccer Coaches Organization (TASCO).
HHS student wins top score in SA Livestock ShowMeredith Masi, a junior at Hendrickson High School, was named the top high individual at the statewide Consumer Decision Making Contest, sponsored by the San Antonio Livestock Show. Masi was awarded a $10,000 scholarship to any Texas university and a San Antonio Livestock Show belt buckle.
- John-Mathew Blay-Tofey (Forward): All Region 2nd team for Region 4
- Arturo Rangel (Defender): All Region 1st team for Region 4
- Trent Hurley (Forward): All Region 1st team for Region 4
- Ty Grubb (Goal Keeper): Honorable Mention All-State!
Masi competed against 153 senior 4-H and FFA students from across the state and earned a score of 388 out of 400. Her team won second overall team at the contest, with 47 teams competing. The Consumer Decision Making Contest consists of judging eight sets of products and providing reasoning to a set of judges.
Masi is a nine-year member of the Richland 4-H Club, and is the Travis County 4-H president and District 10 Parliamentarian.PMS student wins essay contestPflugerville Middle School student Gabby Floyd was surprised at her campus with the news that she was the grand-prize winning student from the recent SouthWest Water Company writing contest. A representative from SouthWest Water Company surprised Floyd with a $500 Visa gift card during English/Language Arts class. SouthWest Water Company serves the Pflugerville community with water and sewer services through Windermere Utility. Students submitted an essay that explains the importance of water in their community, state or world.
“We are thrilled that Pflugerville Independent School District participated in the contest for the second year in a row,” Gary Rose, director of operations, SouthWest Water Company, Texas Utilities, said. “We were able to give students another valuable opportunity to practice their writing skills while encouraging critical thinking about the importance of water as a resource.”
Seventh grade students from Pflugerville ISD middle schools submitted essays explaining the importance of water in their community, the state or world. The writing prompt and scoring rubric used for the contest followed the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) guidelines for expository essays. The essays were scored anonymously by a panel of PISD English Language Arts teachers.
“We are happy to once again participate in SouthWest Water Company’s writing contest,” said PISD English Language Arts Coordinator, Susan Diaz. “It gave our seventh grade students an opportunity to practice their writing skills before the STAAR test while analyzing a topic that is of the utmost importance in Texas.”
Floyd’s winning essay was published in the Pflugerville Pflag on April 16.
Film producer visits Pflugerville Middle School
Writer, actor, producer, and director David Fried recently paid a visit to the broadcasting class at Pflugerville Middle School. Fried is currently working as one of the producers on a new horror film, Found Footage 3D, that will be shooting this May and June in Austin.
“My students have a talent and love of film-making,” Cathy Bullard, PMS broadcasting teacher, said. “They amaze me with their creativity and skill! Many of them are thinking about a future career in the film industry, in front of and behind the camera.”
Fried shared plenty of insights for the students, answering questions regarding getting a job in the business and how long it takes to edit a movie. The students were excited by Fried’s visit, with many wanting to have a career in the film industry.
“Mr. Fried opened my eyes about the film industry, from what goes on around a set to how they get to even make a movie,” Colby Hinton said. “It gave me great ideas for my videos that I make already. He really helped me realize there’s a lot more to movies and I now have a greater appreciation for them and the people that make them.”
2014 Karate State Championships
The Westview Karate team competed in the KickStart State Championships in Bryan, Tx. The campus took a team of 28 competitors to Bryan and faced some of the best talent and athletes that have shown up in years. Westview shined bringing home 25 trophies and 8 State titles. Chuck Norris was in attendance and greeted all finalists personally. This year’s winners are:
- Westview Black belt mens teams took 2nd and 3rd place in State competition
- Westview Red belt women Capture the State Team fighting title!
- Roberto Bautista wins the state Title in Green Belt Kata
- Anthony Purcell wins the state Title in orange Belt Kata
- Elijah Black wins the state Title in 12-13 Gold Belt Kata
- Myles Walsh wins the state Title in 11-12 Gold Belt Kata
- Ethan Zavala 2nd in Black belt team Fighting
- Michael Burrell 3rd Black belt Team Fighting
- Ethan Wadbrook 3rd Black Belt Team Fighting
- Harold Manriquez 3rd Black Belt Team Fighting
- Eddie Manzano 2nd Black Belt Team Fighting
- Angel Lona 3rd in Orange belt Fighting.
- Joseph Cruz 2rd Black Belt Team Fighting and 3rd in Black belt Weapons
- Andre Tran 3rd Black Belt Fighting, 2nd Black belt team fighting, 2nd Black belt Weapons
- Taylor Casey State Champion Womens Red Belt fighting, State champion womens teams, 2nd red belt Weapons, 2nd red belt womens Kata
- Danielle Latourneau State champion womens team Fighting, 2nd red belt womens sparring
- Haley Baduesz State champion womens team
Around the 'Ville 3-28-14Posted by Tamra Spence at 3/28/2014
- Windermere Primary students performance highlights African studies
The 2nd Grade Specials Team at Windermere Primary School put on a fantastic integrated program for parents and students. The theme was Africa and the students acted, sang, provided artwork, and had physical education activities that coincided with a tour of many countries in Africa.
The students showed what they had learned about the culture of African countries by playing African children's games, making animals indigenous to Africa and singing songs in six different African languages. The P.E. department created jump rope and hula hoop routines to songs about the African jungle. The program also featured a tribute to the recently deceased South African president, Nelson Mandela.
The students learned so much and put on such an exciting performance that the students, parents and community members were educated as well as entertained. Special thanks to the teachers who created the show: Gaye Fisher, music teacher; Molly Wedge, art teacher; Carol Richardson, P.E. teacher; and Barbara Forbes, P.E. assistant.
- Connally Robotics invited to World Championship
There has never been a more exciting year for Robotics at John B. Connally High School. One of its teams, 4847 CHROME, has made its way through the qualifying rounds, regionals, and now super-regionals of FIRST Robotics Competition.
“We’ve had some close calls but they made us better,” Dilan Patel, CHROME’s team leader, said. “We have redesigned our robot a countless number of times. Any success we have is from hours and hours of hard work.”
At super-regionals, CHROME competed against the top 72 teams in the southeast, arguably the most difficult conference in the United States, and came out in second. They are now among the few teams invited to the World Championships held in ST. Louis this April. The team is currently fundraising to pay for the World Competition.
“We didn’t take the world championship into account when we planned our budget at the beginning of the year, but we’re confident in our ability to raise the remaining funds,” Chase Hinesman, CHROME’s lead programmer, said. “We might sell cookies during school lunches and we plan on going door-to-door asking for odd jobs."
Dilan and Chase are among seven team members going to St. Louis this April. Click here to donate to the robotics team. If anyone has any work for the students, contact Paul Crocker at Paul.Crocker@pfisd.net.
- 3 public meetings scheduled in April for May bond election
PISD will host three public forums in April to give community members an opportunity to learn about the 2014 bond proposition. Meetings will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria of the district’s three high schools:
- April 21 – Pflugerville High School
- April 22 – Hendrickson High School
- April 23 – Connally High School
The bond package, totaling $287 million, provides new instructional space for current capacity issues as well as future growth, addresses aging campuses and infrastructure, increases safety and security and provides technology for students and teachers.
The district has launched a website, www.pfisdbond.net, as a resource for more information about the proposed bond projects. Visit the website to learn more about bond projects by campus along with voting information and frequently asked questions. Contact 512.594.BOND with any questions regarding the upcoming bond election.
You must be a registered voter who resides within the school district’s boundaries in order to be eligible to vote in this election. The last day to register to vote to be eligible for the May 10 election is Thursday, April 10, 2014. Your application must be received in the Voter Registrar’s office or postmarked by this date. For voter registration go to www.pfisdbond.net and click on Voting.
Early voting begins April 28 and ends May 6. Mobile voting is available at the following PISD locations from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. on the day listed:
- 4/28 - Cele Middle
- 4/29 - Highland Park Elementary
- 4/30 - Dessau Elementary
- 5/1 - Northwest Elementary
- 5/1 - Pflugerville High
- 5/2 - Hendrickson High
- 5/5 - Connally High
- 5/6 - Rowe Lane Elementary
Election Day will be held Saturday, May 10, 2014 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. District Polling Locations include:
- PISD Administration Building
- Elementary Schools: Brookhollow, Caldwell, Copperfield, Dessau, Highland Park, Murchison, Northwest, Parmer Lane, River Oaks, Rowe Lane, Spring Hill, Wieland, Windermere ES
- Middle Schools: Cele, Park Crest
- High Schools: Connally, Hendrickson and Pflugerville
- Board Meeting held April 24
The Pflugerville ISD Board of Trustees will conduct its monthly regular meeting in the board room of the PISD administration building located at 1401 W. Pecan in Pflugerville on April 24 at 7 p.m. Board of Trustee Agendas and Minutes
- Windermere Primary students performance highlights African studies
Around the 'Ville 3-3-14Posted by Tamra Spence at 3/3/2014
- PHS Journalists place at statewide competition
PHS newspaper students were recognized with several awards as part of the 2013-14 Texas Association of Journalism Educators Clip Contest. This is an annual statewide competition featuring three ratings categories: Superior, Excellent and Honorable Mention.
Emily Munoz & Alyssa Newman—Feature Story
Anelia Gomez Cordova—Editorial Writing
Jaclyn LaBelle—General Column
Emily Munoz—In-Depth News Story
Anelia Gomez Cordova—Editorial Writing
Trenton Daeschner—Sports Feature
Emily Munoz—News Story
Kennedy Huff & Stephanie Nguyen-Okwu—News Story
Emily Munoz & Jaclyn LaBelle—Feature Story
Stephanie Nguyen-Okwu—Feature Story
Emily Fahey & Tim Fahey—Feature Story
Jaclyn LaBelle, Emily Munoz & Ed Herrera—In-Depth News Package
Emily Munoz—Entertainment Review
Jaclyn LaBelle—Double-Truck Design
Eli Berke—Sports Action Photo
Ed Herrera—Sports Feature Photo
Helina Craft—Sports Feature Photo
- Connally Debators top 8 in National Tournament
Congratulations to the Connally High School Debate Team. Ten students represented Connally at one of the most difficult tournaments in the nation. All competed brilliantly. Two, however, distinguished themselves by attaining the highest award we have received thus far at the Harvard Debate Tournament: quarterfinalists in JV Policy Debate. This means they were top 8 at a National tournament.
- Spring Break
Pflugerville ISD will be on Spring Break from Monday, March 10 through Friday, March 14. Classes will resume on Monday, March 17.
- PHS Journalists place at statewide competition
Around the 'Ville 12-20-13Posted by Tamra Spence at 12/20/2013
- PISD AVID Team presents at AVID National Conference
Our truly amazing AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) Team representatives – Ashley Stanky (Dessau MS AVID Teacher & Coordinator), Cathy Crain (DMS AVID Teacher), and Cheryll Milgrim (District CCR Coordinator) – presented a session titled “You Can’t Say Rigor without…GRRRRR!” at the AVID National Conference held in Grapevine, TX, Dec. 12-14. Their session provided an overview of how AVID has evolved at DMS from a single classroom to being embraced school-wide. Educators received informative, hands-on, concrete strategies that can help students transform their college and career aspirations into reality. Their session – one of 83 available – was very well attended and in such high demand that a third session was added on the final conference day! Kudos to the team for their hard work and for representing our district admirably! You did PISD proud!
- Winter Break
Pflugerville ISD will be on Winter Break from Monday, Dec. 23 through Tuesday, Jan. 7. Classes will resume on Wednesday, Jan. 8.
- PISD AVID Team presents at AVID National Conference