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Posted by Tamra Spence on 5/24/2019
A Note from Dr. Killian
Just one more week to go in this school year, and while I know you're all going to miss your students, I'm sure you have begun the countdown to a well-deserved Summer break. This marks our last Employee Newsletter for the school year and I hope you have found it helpful and full of pertinent information, as well as a few celebrations of our staff and students. We will continue the newsletter next year starting in August, and we also have a few other ideas in the works to help with employee communication and interaction for the upcoming school year, so stay tuned!
We know you are all waiting to hear about salary increases for the upcoming school year. We have also been watching the Legislature with bated breath to see what the financial impact will be to our district and staff so we can maximize what we can provide to our staff members. We are committed to recommend at least a 3% raise for all employees, based on our current fiscal situation. Please know that we value ALL of our employees, and we are waiting for the School Finance Bill because we hope to be more aggressive in our pay increase than surrounding districts, for both salary and hourly employees. Once the bill is passed, and we have had the opportunity to provide a recommendation to the Board of Trustees, we will provide additional information to staff. I know many of you will be on Summer break, but please plan on checking your email or the district website in early June for an update on district salaries.
It has been a great year, and we have had some significant accomplishments, including the passage of a Bond and Tax Ratification Election which will help fund future growth in the district for the next several years. I am excited about where we are, and even more so for where we are going. I thank each of you for your hard work this year on behalf of our students and look forward to seeing you again in August to kick off another great school year!
In the best interest of children,
Skyward Teacher Training
PfISD will launch the new Skyward Student Information System for the 2019-2020 school year. All teachers will be required to either attend a training session or complete an online course. Plans are being finalized for training labs prior to the start of school. Teachers electing to complete an online course will still be required to submit their Gradebook setup for verification prior to the start of school.
2019-2020 Employee Work Calendars
Last Day to Resign without Penalty
The last day for contract employees to resign without penalty is July 2, 2019. After July 2, resignations will not be accepted until the Superintendent of Schools accepts the resignation. Educational Associates and other non-contract positions do not have this restriction.
Employee Transfer Deadline
The last day for employees to apply to be transferred within the district is June 7, 2019.
New Employee discount for EDP childcare in 2019-20
As part of the 2019-20 budgeting process, Pflugerville ISD has implemented a discounted tuition rate for full-time employees. Employes will now pay $50 per child, per month for afterschool care. Currently, employees pay a rate of $140 per child, per month for afterschool care. EDP will begin registration for the 2019-20 school year in the coming weeks.
2019 Convocation Scheduled
PfISD has scheduled its annual Convocation to kick off the 2019-20 school year on Thursday, Aug. 8 at Shoreline Church, 15201 Burnet Rd. in Austin. Convocation will run from 2-4 p.m.
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In the May Board Meeting, the Board approved the addition of an Army JROTC program at Connally High School, renovations to the PACE building to accommodate the PfISD Police Department and Nursing Staff, and approval of acoustical treatment at the Rock Gym to better serve as a meeting and professional development site for district functions.
To view the entire Board Meeting video, visit the district's YouTube page.
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District hosts Employee Recognition Event
Pflugerville ISD honored teacher and staff excellence as it hosted the 2019 PfISD Employee Recognition Banquet on Thursday in Pflugerville.
The evening was highlighted by the presentation of Teacher, Rookie Teacher, Humanitarian and Support Staff awards. The district also applauded its retirees, including those with more than 40 years in education.
“This is my favorite event of the year,” said PfISD Superintendent of Schools Dr. Douglas Killian. “It’s an honor to recognize the amazing work being done by our incredible teachers and staff.”
Pflugerville Elementary math interventionist Susan Kruger was named District Elementary Teacher of the Year, while Melissa Brydson, a math teacher at Park Crest Middle School, captured the District Secondary Teacher of the Year award.
Each received $600 from the Pflugerville Education Foundation, a laptop from Dell and a ring from Herff Jones.
Tito Saquiche of Mott Elementary was named District Elementary Rookie Teacher of the Year, while John Powell of Kelly Lane Middle School was named District Secondary Rookie Teacher of the Year. Saquiche is a first-grade teacher and Powell teaches Texas history.
They received $350 cash awards from PEF.
Margaret Olivarez of Copperfield Elementary and Sara Lucas of Hendrickson High School were named District Elementary Humanitarian and Secondary Humanitarian of the Year, respectively. Olivarez teaches third grade, while Lucas teaches social studies.
Olivarez organized a T-shirt campaign that garnered the attention of colleges nationwide and led to an outpouring of free donations from various universities. Lucas for years has helped raise funds for cancer research through the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.
They also received $350 cash awards from PEF.
Humanitarians of the Year are defined as staff members who represent the district in positive manners through interactions with parents, students and PfISD employees.
Administrators and faculty at PfISD schools selected campus Teacher, Rookie Teacher and Humanitarian of the Year award winners, from which a panel of judges selected the district honorees.
District Support Staff of the Year award winners in six categories were announced, and 40 retirees were honored for their time in education. Of those, 16 employees retired with at least 30 years of service.
All honorees received handmade, glazed ceramic pottery.
District Superintendent of Schools Dr. Doug Killian and PfISD Board of Trustees Vice-President Larry Bradley provided remarks at the event.
Below is a list of winners in their respective category, as well as retirees:
Teacher of the Year (High School):
- Brittany Slover (Connally)
- Kirsten Nash (Hendrickson)
- Heidi Reich (Pflugerville)
- David Waldrop (Weiss)
- Keith Gregory (PACE)
- Eric Fitzgerald (Provan Opportunity Center)
Teacher of the Year (Middle School):
- Jamie Eckert (Cele)
- Scott Cargile (Dessau)
- Christie Garrett (Kelly Lane)
- Melissa Brydson (Park Crest)
- Jessica Rocha (Pflugerville)
- Cristina Ferrari (Westview)
Teacher of the Year (Elementary):
- Meagan Lodzinski (Wieland)
- Jordyn Johnson (Windermere Elementary)
- Tania Gallegos (Windermere Primary)
- Susan Kruger (Pflugerville)
- Meghan Teenier (Riojas)
- Lila Gomez (River Oaks)
- Rebecca Detzel (Rowe Lane)
- Kelsey Baird (Spring Hill)
- Amber Peterson (Timmerman)
- Mikaela Andres (Dessau)
- Brianna Thompson (Highland Park)
- Lorraine Huber (Mott)
- Mary Katherine Higgins (Murchison)
- Sarah Ameluxen (Northwest)
- Brandy Hanson (Parmer Lane)
- Mary Del Rosario (Barron)
- Shari Griffith (Brookhollow)
- Lisa Blancarte (Caldwell)
- Dawn Grimes (Copperfield)
- Leann Carnes (Dearing)
- Irma Jaimes (Delco)
Rookie Teacher of the Year (High School):
- Maria Portillo (Connally)
- Jacqueline Gonzalez (Hendrickson)
- Morgan Moody (PACE)
- Francisco Vicent (Pflugerville)
- Kylie Koonce (Provan Opportunity Center)
- Rebecca Crutchfield Krumrey (Weiss)
Rookie Teacher of the Year (Middle School):
- Kelsey Shoepe (Dessau)
- John Powell (Kelly Lane)
- Sarah Gallardo (Park Crest)
- Kyle Ryan (Pflugerville)
Rookie Teacher of the Year (Elementary):
- Darby Shankle (Rowe Lane)
- Mitchell Berg (Spring Hill)
- Tia Birt (Timmerman)
- Tiffany Nelson (Windermere Elementary)
- An Nguyen (Wieland)
- Lizah Vallincourt (Brookhollow)
- Angela Smith (Copperfield)
- Carolina Gonzalez (Delco Primary)
- Ana Morales (Dessau)
- Tito Saquiche (Mott)
- Ashley Rodriguez (Pflugerville)
Humanitarian of the Year (High School):
- Joe Cervantes (Connally)
- Sara Lucas (Hendrickson)
- Elizabeth Slade (Pflugerville)
- Patti Bergin (Weiss)
- Julie Benitez (PACE)
- Alexandria Anderson (Provan)
Humanitarian of the Year (Middle School):
- Margaret Dominguez (Cele)
- Ryan Morris (Dessau)
- Haley Honey (Kelly Lane)
- Pamela Christian (Park Crest)
- O.B. Barrs (Pflugerville)
- Tammy Bland (Westview)
Humanitarian of the Year (Elementary):
- Gloria Valentin (Barron)
- Taydra Cage (Brookhollow)
- Jodi Witt (Caldwell)
- Margaret Olivarez (Copperfield)
- Dianna Gutierrez (Dearing)
- Rebecca Bassett (Delco)
- Brandi Spear (Dessau)
- Anna Vazquez (Highland Park)
- Sarah Boyle (Mott)
- Patricia Baggerly (Murchison)
- Audreya Valentine (Northwest)
- Hilda Hernandez (Parmer Lane)
- Samia Guerriche (Pflugerville)
- Carrie Quinney (Riojas)
- Judy Lau (River Oaks)
- Denise Barela (Rowe Lane)
- Susan Vandeloock (Spring Hill)
- Tia Birt (Timmerman)
- Susan VanDeWater (Wieland)
- Krista Simonds (Windermere Elementary)
- Kelly Gilbert (Windermere Primary)
District Support Staff:
- Brandy Ng (Aramark)
- Billy Hartzell (Maintenance)
- Eduardo Flores (Grounds)
- Phat Tran (Support Staff of the Year)
- Joseph Hernandez (Custodial)
- Patrick Singleton (Technology)
- Rosie Alejandro
- Anita Alvarado
- Julia Barbour
- Delma Barrientos
- Kimberly Cannaday
- Maria Castro
- Virginia Caudle
- Kimberly Combs
- Susan Davidson
- Juan Diaz
- Cindy Drake
- Susan Duffey
- Pam Felkner
- Richie Gamel
- Patricia Gilbert
- Donna Green
- Dawn Grimes
- Kimberly Grona
- Trieu Huynh
- Sharyl Jones
- Rita King
- Paula Lapree
- Wendy Mackey
- Raymond Mikolajczyk
- Bonnie Newman
- Mary Norman
- Valerie Poerschke
- Jerry Richey
- Melanie Rios
- Vivian Rodriguez
- Larry Russell
- Rafael Salcedo
- Elida Sandoval
- Sherri Sheffield
- Janice Sikes
- Robin Speer
- Cherrie Taylor
- Maria Tolleson
- Mary Ann Tovar
- Kim Winn
Gomez Ramback named principal at Ruth Barron Elementary
Pflugerville Superintendent of Schools Dr. Doug Killian announced the hiring of Natalia Gómez Ramback as the principal of Ruth Barron Elementary School on Friday.
Gómez Ramback comes to Barron from Georgetown ISD where she has spent 16 years leading, growing and serving the community of GISD in a number of roles. Most recently she has been the principal at Dell Pickett Elementary since 2013.
“I am excited to welcome Natalia Gómez Ramback to Pflugerville,” Killian said. “She brings a wealth of experience from another strong performing school district in our area and will be a great administrator for the next chapter at Ruth Barron Elementary.”
While at Pickett Elementary, Gómez Ramback guided a team of more than 50 employees that collaborated to create a positive and productive learning environment for all students. As a bilingual educator and administrator, she was able to communicate with parents in both English and Spanish for most of the significant announcements and communications sent to parents and guardians.
Gómez Ramback said she is looking forward to her new role and leading another campus with a student-centered culture and a unifying partnership among staff.
“I believe that my passion and strong leadership skills will further the mission of PfISD to provide an inspiring, engaging and relevant educational experience that empowers students to reach their full potential as productive members of a diverse global community,” Gómez Ramback said. “I look forward to serving PfISD students and am enthusiastic about this new opportunity to strengthen Texas public schools.”
Prior to her time as the principal of Pickett Elementary, Gómez Ramback served GISD as an assistant principal at Village Elementary, Frost Elementary and McCoy Elementary. She also taught Pre-K and second-grade bilingual classes at Frost Elementary and served as the campuses bilingual team leader.
Gómez Ramback replaces Virginia Caudle, who is retiring at the end of this school year with 30 years of service in education.
PfISD Students Participate in Page Program at State Capitol
As the 86th Texas Legislature session comes to an end next week, 20 students from Pflugerville ISD will look back on their participation in the process as pages in State Sen. Kirk Watson’s office. The senator welcomed budding students to work in his office and provided an experience that taught them about how our government works.
“I really wanted to do this,” said Kiya Theobald, a seventh-grader at Kelly Lane Middle School. “I was really excited and I thought it was a once in a lifetime opportunity to do this. I was kind of nervous because I’d be doing important actions.”
Those important actions included 3-hour shifts in the Texas Senate, where the pages assist as Senate messengers, observe committee hearings or work the Senate floor.
Kimberly Roark serves PfISD as its elementary social studies coordinator and helped the District find students for this year’s program. She said it is an opportunity for young students to see their government in action and what happens behind the scenes.
“This is a wonderful chance for students to get an authentic lesson in civics by seeing some of the inner workings of our legislative system up close,” Roark said.
Each elementary campus may nominate up to two fourth- or fifth-grade students. Each middle school campus may nominate up to two seventh-grade students. The students represented 10 PfISD schools: Cele Middle, Copperfield Elementary, Dessau Middle, Highland Park Elementary, Kelly Lane Middle, Park Crest Middle, Riojas Elementary, Spring Hill Elementary, Timmerman Elementary and Westview Middle.
Sen. Watson said he looks forward to having students serve in his office each year. Their curiosity and passion for civil service is apparent in each student and he is happy to provide an opportunity for them to explore their interest in politics and government.
“One of my favorite parts of serving in the Texas Senate is hosting students from all around my district to be pages during the legislative session,” Watson said. “I strongly believe that students living in the shadow of our wonderful Capitol ought to have a chance to spend time in it and see our state government up close and in action. So, I try to give this opportunity to as many kids as I can.”
Cele Middle School seventh-grader Ja’Rohn Keyes said he enjoyed the program because it gave him a behind-the-scenes look into how our legislators work to write and pass bills at the Capitol during their session.
“It’s a really fun thing to do. It may be nerve-racking at some times, but it really pays off in the end,” Keyes said. “The most interesting part of it was just being on the Senate floor and seeing all the other bills get passed, seeing all the senators and the talking – that was really the most interesting because of how everyone was talking so politely. It was really different.”
Students were nominated by teachers who felt they would benefit from the program or represent their school well in such an important role in the program.
Keyes’ teacher Michael Kelley said he nominated him for the program because Keyes has shown an interest in state government and would appreciate the rare opportunity to see it in action. Plus, Kelley has seen how the page program has catapulted others into a career in politics.
“Early in my career I worked for three Texas state senators, during which time I met many former Senate pages who were inspired from their page experiences to return to work at the state Capitol,” Kelley said. “I hope Ja’Rohn will be similarly motivated from what he learned as a Senate page in the Watson Page Program to continue to pursue his goal of a public service career.”
Kelly Lane Texas History teacher John Powell said he nominated Theobald because she has shown an interest in learning more about government and her work ethic in his classroom.
“Kiya is a hardworking and conscientious student with a natural curiosity about history and the workings of our government, so she was an ideal candidate for Sen. Watson's page program,” Powell said.
That curiosity paid off for Theobald and other students as she said she now feels more secure about decisions being made by the state legislature, after seeing senators debate bills in person and discuss both sides of the issues.
Keyes echoed her sentiments and called it a valuable learning experience to see his government in action first-hand.
“I never saw that type of stuff happen,” Keyes said. “So, the first time that I saw it was with my own eyes, so that’s like a completely different experience.”
Both Theobald and Keyes said they would recommend participating in the page program to other students if they are given the opportunity. The chance to work in the Capitol and see how bills get passed was a learning experience you don’t get every day.
The students also learned about professional business attire with boys required to wear a coat and tie if they were to be on the Senate floor. Girls could wear a dress, skirt or dress pants with a blouse.
But they also learned comfortable shoes are a must.
“You get a lot of exercise,” Theobald said. “I climbed like 30 floors of stairs and I got to see parts of the Capitol where visitors don’t get to go. It was just really cool.”
- Staff and student holiday: May 27
- Last Day of School: May 30
- PACE Graduation: May 31
- 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.)
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