• Cougar Newsletter: Week of June 4, 2018

    Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 6/5/2018

    Parents,

    It’s hard to believe we’ve reached the end of the school year! Just three days to go! I wanted to send out a few reminders about our last few days together.   

    Things to Remember: Please see the information below for upcoming important events.  

    For more information: Please follow us on Twitter/Facebook; visit the Campus Website/Emails; and the Connally App

    • Spring 2018 STAAR EOC Results

    Results from the April and May STAAR EOC administrations (English 1, English 2, Algebra 1, Biology, and US History) will be available for parents by June 4th to access by logging into TEA Student Portal at www.texasassessment.com. For instructions on how to access these results please see the district webpage at http://www.pfisd.net.  

    • From the nurse’s clinic:
      All medication must be picked up by noon on June 6th from the nurse’s clinic.  Medications cannot be sent home with the student. All remaining medications will be disposed of on the last day of school. If you have any questions, please call us at 512-594-0835.  

    Thank you from the CHS nurses.

    • Final Exam Exemption – There has been a clarification of the sign and go practice that we used before and it did not meet the requirements for counting students present in class. Students will not be able to sign and go, and they must remain in class even if they are exempt. The change is due to the clarification of state attendance rules.     
    • Mandatory Graduation Practice will be on Tuesday, June 5 and Wednesday, June 6 in the Large Gym from 2-4 p.m.
    • Project Graduation 2018 –  June 9, 11 p.m. to  6 a.m. Registration and Tee Shirts will be $10 during all lunches only on Fridays until school is out!  Prices will go up so get your registration in early!
      A Sign-up-Genius has been set up to recruit volunteers for Cougar Celebration (set up 6/8/18, celebration 6/9/18).  We need a lot of volunteers to make it a success. We need students for set up on Friday and adults/parents on Saturday. Please publish and share the following link on all school media outlets and with students interested in volunteering.

    Thank you so much!

    Debbie Samoson

    www.SignUpGenius.com

    • Spring Final Exam Schedule (please see attached)
       
    • Cap and Gown distribution: Caps and Gowns were distributed today (5/15/18) to students who do not have obligations. Students who have obligations may come to the office to see Cindy Riola/Tamara Berding to pay their debts/turn in the items they still have.  Students who need to order a cap/gown may order online through May 20th. All orders after will take place at the Herff Jones office or on graduation day. To purchase online: www.ctrecognition.com  Reminder: Students are NOT allowed to decorate their caps and gowns for the ceremony.  Any decorated cap or gown will not be permitted to participate in the ceremony or they will have to purchase another cap or gown the day of the graduation.
       
    • Frank Erwin Center Clear Bag Policy – only one gallon clear bags and small clutch bags (no bigger than 4.5 inches by 6.5 inches) will be permitted at the graduation (please see attached flyer for more details)
       
    • Required Graduation Ceremony Attire –  Collared shirt, tie, and slacks with dress shoes for male students – Skirt, dress, or dress slacks with dress shoes for female students – No jeans, shorts, or athletic shoes – Appropriate shoes must be worn (no athletic shoes, work boots, flip flops, etc.) Within the guidelines of the CHS dress code and well groomed. Purses shall NOT be brought to the robing room as the student will NOT be able to carry them during the ceremony nor will they return to the robing room to retrieve them. 
       
    • CHS Graduation Ceremony will be held at the Frank Erwin Center on Saturday, June 9th at 10 a.m. – all students participating in the graduation ceremony will need to arrive at the CHS gym by 7:30 am.  Senior Contracts (containing necessary information) were distributed to students May 7th through May 9th and may be picked up in the main office – see Cindy Riola.
      (See attached Frank Erwin Center Parent Information Packet)

     

    • PROUD OF OUR COUGARS

    TAME has announced the 2018 scholarship winners.  Out of 18 statewide winners, 4 are from our district!  They are listed below and there is a link with more information.  Kudos to all of the very hardworking TAME sponsors:  Mary Plaisance at HHS, Deborah Kariuki at CHS and Ima Richburg at PHS.  Special thanks to Superintendent Killian for providing funding for transportation to our regional and state competitions. 

    • Cristofer Perez Monroy - Texas A&M University, Mechanical Engineering, Pflugerville HS
    • Christian Douglas - The University of Texas at Austin, Civil Engineering, Hendrickson HS
    • Nathnael Mekuria - The University of Texas at Dallas, Computer Engineering, Connally HS
    • Najat Omer - The University of Texas at Austin, Mechanical Engineering, Pflugerville HS

    https://www.tame.org

    Here’s a link to the official Dell blog post that was published regarding the HS internship program.

    https://blog.dell.com

    Once again, a MASSIVE thanks to everyone whose hard work and dedication made the inaugural run of the HS internship program such a huge success!

    • Senior Walk to our feeder elementary and middle schools:

    June 1 was SO much fun for our students. Approximately 200 CHS Seniors participated in the annual Senior Walk to our CHS feeder patter campuses. Our elementary and middle schools greeted our seniors with recreations of yellow brick roads, costumes, cookie cakes, cheering, music, seeing their old school, their teachers of long ago, popsicles, notes, poems, congratulation letters, signs, flowers, art projects, high fives, and hugs!  You all made all of our graduates feel special and loved. There are quite a few pictures out there and we are sharing just a few of them. 

    To our feeder schools: thank you for partnering with us to make this event special – Virginia Caudle; Andre Underwood; Jared Stevenson; Georgie Arenaz; Valerie Walker; Lizbeth Ruiz; Jeremy Lejeune; Kristina Carssow; Elia Diazortiz; Nathan Steenport; Aracely Suarez; Barry Miller; and Amanda Johnson – THANK YOU!! It was fun to look back at where this journey began now that the students’ time with us is coming to an end.

     

     

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  • Cougar Newsletter: Week of May 28, 2018

    Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 5/29/2018 9:00:00 AM

    Former President Obama said, “At its core, the nobility and the majesty of Memorial Day can be found in the story of ordinary Americans who become extraordinary for the simplest of reasons: They loved their country so deeply, so profoundly, that they were willing to give their lives to keep it safe and free.” 

    Memorial Day is the day we honor the service and sacrifice of our service members. We sometimes celebrate with parades, ceremonies while spending time with family and friends. Whatever way you chose to celebrate and honor our service members, our nation owes a great debt to all of our fallen heroes and we thank them and their families for the sacrifice. As you celebrated, I hope you were also able to help your students recharge and rest as we enter the last two weeks of the year.

    Let’s make these last two weeks good ones. Please ensure your child is aware of all of their upcoming obligations as it relates to final’s review and final exams. It is very important that your student is here every day as we end the semester.

    Things to Remember:

    Please see the information below for upcoming important events. 

    For more information: Please follow us on Twitter/Facebook; visit the Campus Website/emails; and the Connally App

    • From the nurse’s clinic:

    All medication must be picked up by noon on June 6 from the nurse’s clinic. Medications cannot be sent home with the student. All remaining medications will be disposed of on the last day of school. If you have any questions, please call us at 512-594-0835.  

    Thank you from the CHS nurses.

    •  Final Exam Exemption – There has been a clarification of the sign-and-go practice that we used before and it did not meet the requirements for counting students present in class. Students will not be able to sign and go, and they must remain in class even if they are exempt. The change is due to the clarification of state attendance rules. 

    •  Senior Walk – June 1, 2018 11:30-1:45 (feeder elementary schools and middle schools) Seniors must wear their cap and gown.

    •  2018 Pflugerville ISD Baccalaureate Service – June 3 (please see attached)

    •  Mandatory Graduation Practice will be on Tuesday, June 5 and Wednesday, June 6 in the Large Gym from 2-4 p.m. 

    •  Project Graduation 2018 – June 9

    11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Registration and Tee Shirts will be $10 during all lunches only on Fridays until school is out! Prices will go up so get your registration in early!

    I have created a sign up genius to recruit volunteers for Cougar Celebration (set up 6/8/18, celebration 6/9/18). We need a lot of volunteers to make it a success. We need students for set up on Friday and adults/parents on Saturday. Please publish and share the following link on all school media outlets and with students interested in volunteering.

    Thank you so much! 
    Debbie Samoson

    •  Spring Final Exam Schedule (please see attached

    •  Cap and Gown distribution: Caps and Gowns were distributed today (5/15/18) to students who do not have obligations. Students who have obligations may come to the office to see Cindy Riola/Tamara Berding to pay their debts/turn in the items they still have. Students who need to order a cap/gown may order online through May 20. All orders after will take place at the Herff Jones office or on graduation day. To purchase online: www.ctrecognition.com 

    Reminder: Students are NOT allowed to decorate their caps and gowns for the ceremony. Any decorated cap or gown will not be permitted to participate in the ceremony or they will have to purchase another cap or gown the day of the graduation.

    •  Frank Erwin Center Clear Bag Policy – only one gallon clear bags and small clutch bags (no bigger than 4.5 inches x 6.5 inches) will be permitted at the graduation (please see attached flyer for more details)

    •  Required Graduation Ceremony Attire – Collared shirt, tie, and slacks with dress shoes for male students; skirt, dress, or dress slacks with dress shoes for female students

    No jeans, shorts, or athletic shoes

    Appropriate shoes must be worn (no athletic shoes, work boots, flip flops, etc.)

    Within the guidelines of the CHS dress code and well groomed.

    Purses shall NOT be brought to the robing room as the student will NOT be able to carry them during the ceremony nor will they return to the robing room to retrieve them. 

    •  CHS Graduation Ceremony will be held at the Frank Erwin Center on Saturday, June 9 at 10 a.m. – all students participating in the graduation ceremony will need to arrive at the CHS gym by 7:30 a.m. 

    Senior Contracts (containing necessary information) were distributed to students May 7 through May 9 and may be picked up in the main office; see Cindy Riola

    (See attached Frank Erwin Center Parent Information Packet

    Proud of our Cougars 

    CHS athletes Thanks so much for allowing these athletes to help with field day! They were a huge help and we couldn't have done it without them.

    Go Cougars!

    PfISD Interns explore virtual reality At Dell

    Thirteen Pflugerville ISD students recently took part in a unique high school paid internship program, working on a virtual reality project at Dell with the support of the company’s product engineers.

    Qualifying students with biomedical, computer science and engineering backgrounds from Connally, Hendrickson and Pflugerville high schools worked at the Dell campus on Parmer Lane in Austin, alongside software developers in the Client Product Group – Software Engineering section.

    “The Dell internship experience has given seniors interested in computer science and engineering the opportunity to apply what they have learned while in high school to a real-world, business-supported project,” said Ryan Merritt, PfISD Career and Technical Education director. Students had to be at least 18 years old and have a class schedule allowing them to travel to Dell for at least two hours a day, three days a week.

    The six-week program began April 9. Dell officials noted the partnership with Pflugerville ISD was a prime opportunity to give back to the local community, while getting students excited about careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

    “As part of Dell’s 2020 Legacy of Good Plan, Dell is committed to putting technology and expertise to work where it can drive human progress,” said Ed Ward, senior vice president of engineering for Dell’s Client Product Group. “Dell has donated millions to STEM programs and has an active mentorship program. We believe it is our responsibility to prepare the next generation for the jobs of the future by enabling better access to technology, as well as developing the core skills and confidence to thrive in a digital world.” 

    While other internships may consist of making copies or running errands, the Dell/PfISD partnership challenged students to use their skillsets to create virtual reality content that would prompt real-world stimuli. Students used Dell Visor VR headsets and Dell G5 Gaming laptops while working in three teams, some working on hardware, others on art and graphics and others on virtual reality programming.

    The program culminated in final presentations May 17 in front of Dell product engineering leaders and PfISD administrators and board members. Students worked without the assistance of PfISD educators, but leaned heavily on skills previously acquired in high school classrooms, while picking up real-world proficiencies. Members of the winning team each received Dell G5 Gaming laptops. 

    “We knew going into this that we were going to be working with some of the top students at PfISD, but our engineers were blown away by how truly bright and dedicated these students are,” Ward said. “They’re leaps and bounds ahead of where I was at their age. It has been fun for our team to watch these fresh, young minds take on these challenges with such enthusiasm, and to propose ideas that none of us had even considered.”

    PfISD and Dell officials worked together for more than a year in planning details of the program.

    Dell interns

     

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  • Cougar Newsletter: Week of May 21, 2018

    Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 5/21/2018 10:00:00 AM

    Things to Remember: Please see the information below for upcoming important events. 

    For more information: Please follow us on Twitter/Facebook; visit the Campus Website/Emails; and the Connally App

    • Connally High School BrightBytes Survey — Pflugerville ISD will once again partner with BrightBytes, an educational research organization, to learn more about our technology use for student learning. In order to better show our growth over the past year and showcase the impact of our initiatives, we will refresh the data we collected in April 2017. Our goal is to gather metrics on technology access and skills, and on our school’s technology environment, to further understand the connection between technology use and student achievement. We will be asking students and parents to participate by providing input by completing a short questionnaire. 

    Our data collection window is set to run from May 21 – 25.

    One link is designed for students and the last link is designed for parents.
Your questionnaire links are listed below: 

    Your participation is important to us, and it provides us with a complete understanding of our district’s technology use.  

    • Final Exam Exemption – There has been a clarification of the sign and go practice that we used before and it did not meet the requirements for counting students present in class. Students will not be able to sign and go, and they must remain in class even if they are exempt. The change is due to the clarification of state attendance rules. 
    • Student/Staff Holiday on Monday, May 28
    • Senior Walk — June 1, 2018 11:30-1:45 (feeder elementary schools and middle schools) Seniors must wear their cap and gown.
    •  Mandatory Graduation Practice will be on Tuesday, June 5 and Wednesday, June 6th in the Large Gym from 2-4 p.m.
    • Project Graduation 2018 – June 9 from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Registration and T-shirts will be $10 during all lunches only on Fridays until school is out! Prices will go up so get your registration in early!
    • Spring Final Exam Schedule (please see attached)
    • Cap and Gown distribution: Caps and gowns were distributed today (5/15/18) to students who do not have obligations. Students who have obligations may come to the office to see Cindy Riola/Tamara Berding to pay their debts/turn in the items they still have. Students who need to order a cap/gown may order online through May 20. All orders after will take place at the Herff Jones office or on graduation day. To purchase online: www.ctrecognition.com  Reminder: Students are NOT allowed to decorate their caps and gowns for the ceremony.  Any decorated cap or gown will not be permitted to participate in the ceremony or they will have to purchase another cap or gown the day of the graduation.
    • Frank Erwin Center Clear Bag Policy — only one gallon clear bags and small clutch bags (no bigger than 4.5 inches by 6.5 inches) will be permitted at the graduation (please see attached flyer for more details)
    • CHS Graduation ceremony will be held at the Frank Erwin Center on Saturday, June 9 at 10 a.m. — all students participating in the graduation ceremony will need to arrive at the CHS gym by 7:30 a.m. Senior contracts (containing necessary information) were distributed to students May 7-9 and may be picked up in the main office — see Cindy Riola.

    Proud of our Cougars

    Mr. Hodge

    Joseph Hodge-PfISD Secondary Rookie Teacher of the Year

    Teachers 2018

    CHS Humanitarian of the Year-Johnna Rister; Joseph Hodge-Rookie teacher of the Year; Sheila Reed-Principal; 20 years of service - Richard Horn; CHS Teacher of the Year - Madeline Grader-Jones; 20 years of service Marlexa Phillips; 20 years of service - Jason Russell; 20 years of service - Connie Sinclair

    Esther Lovato

    Tennis: Coach Jacob Summy; Esther Lovato - 11th grade, Coach Vince Vizcaino, and Coach Jessica McCartney - Campus Girl’s Athletic Coordinator

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  • Cougar Newsletter

    Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 5/17/2018 8:00:00 AM

    Things to Remember: Please see the information below for upcoming important events. 

    For more information: Please follow us on Twitter/Facebook; visit the campus website/emails; and the Connally App

    • Academic Award Ceremony – Reminder: May 16 at 6 p.m. in the Performance Arts Center 
       
    • Final Exam Exemption – There has been a clarification of the sign and go practice that we used before and it did not meet the requirements for counting students present in class. Students will not be able to sign and go, and they must remain in class even if they are exempt. The change is due to the clarification of state attendance rules. 
       
    • Student/Staff Holiday on Monday, May 28
       
    • Mandatory Graduation Practice will be on Tuesday, June 5 and Wednesday, June 6 in the Large Gym from 2-4 p.m.
       
    • Senior Walk – June 4, 2018 11:30-1:45 (feeder elementary schools and middle schools) Seniors must wear their cap and gown. 
       
    • Project Graduation 2018 – June 9, 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Registration and T-shirts will be $10 during all lunches only on Fridays until school is out!  Prices will go up so get your registration in early!
       
    • Spring Final Exam Schedule (please see attached)
       
    • Cap and Gown distribution: Caps and gowns were distributed today (5/15/18) to students who do not have obligations. Students who have obligations may come to the office to see Cindy Riola/Tamara Berding to pay their debts/turn in the items they still have.  Students who need to order a cap/gown may order online through May 20. All orders after will take place at the Herff Jones office or on graduation day. To purchase online:www.ctrecognition.com Reminder: Students are not allowed to decorate their caps and gowns for the ceremony. Any decorated cap or gown will not be permitted to participate in the ceremony or they will have to purchase another cap or gown the day of the graduation.
       
    • Frank Erwin Center Clear Bag Policy—only one gallon clear bags and small clutch bags (no bigger than 4.5 inches x 6.5 inches) will be permitted at the graduation (please see attached flyer for more details)
        
    • CHS Graduation Ceremony will be held at the Frank Erwin Center on Saturday, June 9 at 10 a.m – all students participating in the graduation ceremony will need to arrive at the CHS gym by 7:30 a.m. Senior Contracts (containing necessary information) were distributed to students May 7 through May 9 and may be picked up in the main office – see Cindy Riola. 
       
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  • Cougar Newsletter: Week of Feb. 5

    Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 2/9/2018 10:00:00 AM

    Dear Cougar Family,

    Attached you will find the Parent Communication, Coffee with the Counselor dates, Proud Moments at CHS and Attendance Informational Resource (English/Spanish). Please check out the campus/district website and the Connally App for more cougar information. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook.  

    As always, thank you for your support.

    Sheila Reed
    Principal
    John B. Connally High School

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  • December STAAR information

    Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 1/29/2018 5:00:00 PM

    Below you will find information regarding the December STAAR EOC results and here you will find directions for accessing the parent portal for your child. If you need more information please contact Rachel Roepke, assistant principal for testing and intervention, 512 594-0800 or Rachel.roepke@Pfisd.net

    December STAAR EOC results: 

    STAAR Report Cards are now available for STAAR EOC for high school students who tested in December.

    You may access your child’s online STAAR Report Card, formerly known as the Confidential Student Report, by visiting the Texas Assessment website at www.TexasAssessment.com. Log into the system using your child’s unique Portal Access Code and date of birth. 

    What if I don’t know my child’s unique access code? 

    •  If your child has taken a STAAR test previously, and you have a STAAR Confidential Student Report, the access code is located at the bottom of that report. 

    •  For the convenience of PfISD parents, we have added the unique access code to the Focus Parent Portal. Log in to your account and choose “Child Info” from the “My Child” tab. You’ll see “Texas Assessment Data Portal” at the bottom of the menu on the left. Click this to access brief instructions, your child’s unique access code, a link to the state’s portal.

    •  You may also look up the unique access code online. To retrieve this code, go to the link stated above. Click on the “WHERE’S MY UNIQUE ACCESS CODE?” link found in the purple box on the Texas Assessment homepage.  This will redirect you to the Texas Assessment Data Portal where you will click on “Lookup Access Code” and complete the student information. Note: For most students, the PEIMS ID is the same as their Social Security number.

    Detailed instructions attached and are also available on the District’s website here: www.pfisd.net .

    Thank you,

    Sheila Reed
    Principal
    John B. Connally High School

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  • Cougar Newsletter: Week of Nov. 6, 2017

    Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 11/7/2017 7:00:00 AM

    Dear Cougar Family, 

    Attached you will find the Parent Communication and Coffee with the Counselor dates. Please check out the campus/district website and the Connally App for more information. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook. 

    As always, thank you for your support.

    Sheila Reed
    Principal
    John B. Connally High School

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  • Additional information: Week of 10-23-17

    Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 10/27/2017 7:00:00 AM

    Dear Cougar Family,

    I forgot to add two important documents to this week’s parent communication. Please see the attached documents regarding the Coffee With the Counselors and the flyer for the Baseball Garage Sale. Please visit the district and campus website and the Connally APP for more information. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook. 

    Thank you for your attention to this matter,

    Sheila Reed
    Principal
    John B. Connally High School

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  • Cougar Newsletter: Week of Oct. 23, 2017

    Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 10/24/2017

    Dear Cougar Family,

    We have just completed the first nine weeks of school and you should look for your child’s report card on Oct. 26. If for some reason you do not receive the report card, please contact us.   

    Attached you will find the Parent Communication, EMT news release, Holiday Bazaar information, Attendance information, and Autumn tips. Please check out the campus/district website and the Connally App for more information. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook. As always, thank you for your support.

    Thanks again,

    Sheila Reed
    Principal
    John B. Connally High School

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  • Cougar Newsletter: Week of Oct. 9, 2017

    Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 10/10/2017 7:00:00 AM

    Dear Cougar Family,

    Attached you will find the Parent Communication, the UIL Band Contest information, the PSAT Bell Schedule and The Pfield fan expectations. If you need more information, please visit our website, check us out on Facebook or Twitter and download the Connally App.

    Thank you for your commitment to our Cougar Family,

    Sheila Reed
    Principal
    John B. Connally High School

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