March 2019

Posted by Tamra Spence on 3/29/2019

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2019-2020 Employee Work Calendars

The 2019-2020 Employee Work Service calendar has been approved and posted to  http://www.pfisd.net/Page/782Please email any questions to Human.Resources@pfisd.net.

Additionally, teacher-related contracts will be provided to eligible employees in early May 2019.

 

Attention Retirees!!

If you plan to retire at the end of the current school year and want to be recognized at the May Employee Recognition banquet, you must notify your campus principal/dept. supervisor and the HR Dept. no later than April 12, 2019. The Employee Recognition Banquet will be held May 9 at the Courtyard by Marriott Austin Pflugerville and Pflugerville Conference Center.

 

Skyward Teacher Survey

PfISD will be moving to a new student and business information system in August 2019. While the Focus system provided enhanced features compared to our previous system, we believe that the new Skyward system will make it even easier for teachers to manage their Gradebooks through a stable environment. 

The link below will take you to a survey we are conducting that will help us design a series of training options for district staff. We will also be recruiting teachers to help serve as trainers for the new Gradebook.

We are working to provide training options in both online and face-to-face formats. We would like teachers to inform us of their preference as we know learning is different for everyone and we want to better serve your specific needs.

Skyward Survey Link: https://goo.gl/forms/10xVkQt7zevB5vLg2

You will be required to log in with your Google account so we can record your specific preference.

We have extended the survey for one month. We will need to have your survey responses no later than Monday, April 15, 2019.

 

Board Election - May 2019

Pflugerville ISD will be hosting a regular election for school board Places 3, 4, and 5. PfISD had 5 candidates file for the three available seats. Filings were:

  • Place 3: Renae Mitchell
  • Place 4: Vernagene Mott
  • Place 5: Brian Allen, April Griffin, Charlie Torres
Early voting runs from April 22-30, 2019. Election Day is Saturday, May 4, 2019. Don't forget to vote in the May election!
 
    

PEF Offers Mini-Grants to Teachers

Ninety-four percent of public school teachers say they spend an average of $479 of their own money on classroom supplies or training without reimbursement. PEF has a plan to help through Mini-Grants:

  • Only a 600-word project summary is required
  • $100-$500 per grant
  • Deadline the 28th of each month (February, March or April)
  • The last funding of the 2018-2019 year will be available April 27 of the 2018-2019 school year.

Apply today! Mini-Grant Criteria | Mini-Grant Application

 

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Did you know we have a staff directory that helps you search for staff contact information by category? http://www.pfisd.net/AdPhonebook/

 

Board Bytes

 

In the March Board Meeting, the annual TASB Salary Study was presented to the Board. Click here to view the TASB Presentation.

To view the entire Board Meeting video, visit the district's YouTube page.

 

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Teams advance to Destination Imagination Globals

Creative Crayons  Two Pflugerville ISD teams have advanced to the Destination Imagination Global Finals tournament, scheduled for May 22-25 in Kansas City, Missouri.

The multi-campus teams The Other Guys and Creative Crayons advanced to Destination Imagination Globals after competing at the Destination Imagination Texas Affiliate Tournament in Corpus Christi on March 22-23. The pair of teams, as well as the Electric Eagles of Dearing Elementary, moved onto the state tournament after competing at the Capital Region DI Regional Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 23, at Connally High School.

Education nonprofit Destination Imagination annually hosts competitions in which school-aged contestants solve team challenges at regional and state/national levels to advance to the global stage. Challenge categories vary, based in science, technology, engineering, arts, math and service learning.  

Top-tiered teams at state tournaments are invited to compete at Globals. 

The Creative Crayons advanced in the Escape Artists, Elementary Level service learning category. Team members are from Caldwell Elementary (Gracen Ramirez, Will O’Connor and McKenna O’Connor), Mott Elementary (Frankie O’Shaughnessy) and Timmerman Elementary (Bryce Howard and Helga Mueller). Team managers are Dan and Louise Howard. 

The Other Guys The Other Guys advanced in the Medical Mystery, Middle Level scientific category. Members are from Kelly Lane Middle (Victor Bendixen), Pflugerville Middle School (Rudolf Bendixen, Kenneth Kalu, Elena Howard, and Emma Edwards), Timmerman Elementary (Bryce Howard) and Windermere Elementary (Jameson Messer). Team managers are Rachelle Bendixen and Louise Howard.

Destination Imagination is in its 20th year of hosting team challenge competitions. More than 150,000 students across the U.S. and in 30-plus countries annually participate in the DI Challenge Experience program. 

The Legendary Apple Doom Skullz of Pflugerville Middle School and The Creative Crayons represented PfISD at Destination Imagination Global Finals last year.

For more information, visit www.globalfinals.org .

 

 

New Clear Bag Policy at The Pfield

Pflugerville ISD Athletic Director Todd Raymond announced on Tuesday the implementation of a clear bag policy for events at The Pfield beginning in the 2019-20 academic year.
 
The new clear bag policy is in line with current trends at sporting venues across the nation in an effort to improve the safety and security of those in attendance.
 
“The safety of our students, parents and fans in attendance at our sporting events is our No. 1 priority at The Pfield,” Raymond said. “This clear bag policy will help us keep everyone in attendance at our football and soccer games safe.”
 
Approved bags in the policy include clear bags that do not exceed 12 inches in length or height and 6 inches in width. A clear one-gallon plastic resealable plastic storage bag can also be used. A policy of one bag per person will be in place, as well.
 
Bags must be clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and have a maximum of one logo imprint not exceeding 4.5 inches tall and 3.4 inches wide.
 
The only non-clear bags that will be permitted into The Pfield under the policy are small bags no larger than the size of a hand, like a clutch with or without the strap.
 
Backpacks, duffle bags, purses, large fanny packs, large tote bags, diaper bags and camera cases are among the non-approved bags at The Pfield beginning in August 2019.
 
Exceptions to the clear bag policy will be made for credentialed media and those with necessary medical items after proper inspection at designated areas.
 
Fans who recently attended sporting events at The University of Texas recently should be familiar with clear bag policies as UT Athletics implemented its own clear bag policy within the last two years.
 
Universities across the nation have begun using clear bag policies at sporting events and school districts are beginning to follow suit in an effort to ensure a safe and secure environment at the games.
 
Austin ISD, Lake Travis ISD and Hays CISD as just a few of the school districts in the area to announce clear bag policies within the past year. A number of San Antonio and Houston area school districts also implemented clear bag policies in 2018.
 
For more information regarding the clear bag policy, please visit the PfISD Athletics page on the district website, where a link to a graphic depiction of approved and non-approved bags in more detail can be found.

 

coming soon

  • Board of Trustees Workshop: April 4, at 6:30 p.m., PfISD Administration Building, 1401 W. Pecan St.
  • Staff and student holiday: April 19
  • Dr. Carol Fletcher Retirement Reception: April 24, 4:30-6 p.m. at Rock Gym
  • Regular Board of Trustees Meeting: April 25, at 7 p.m., PfISD Administration Building, 1401 W. Pecan St.
  • Graduation: June 1 at the University of Texas Frank Erwin Center (Hendrickson High School at 10 a.m., Connally High School at 1 p.m., Pflugerville High School at 3:30 p.m.)

 

Perk of the Month

Zaxby's Pflugerville
1301 FM 685, Pflugerville
Website: www.zaxbys.com 
Contact: Leslie Patel (zaxbysfm685@gmail.com), 512-514-1646
15% off dine in, drive thru and call in orders with valid ID. 
 
Barnes & Noble Educator Appreciation Days
Every Saturday and Sunday in April there are extra savings for educators. Receive 25% off books, toys, games, music, movies and more; 10% off cafe treats and a FREE tall Starbucks fresh brewed hot or iced coffee. 
 

To view more perks, visit The Pfair.