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    Tuesday, April 7, 2020


    Hello Phoenix Pfamily!

    We hope that the first week of "Remote Learning" was a smooth transition for you! Thank you for your patience as we work through the details of providing your student(s) with continued learning opportunities while the district is closed. Some parents have expressed frustration that they do not know how to navigate Google Classroom and/or some of the other online resources teachers have provided. Our intent is to make sure our students are okay, they have the resources they need, and to offer support to our parents as they now assume the majority responsibility for educating their student(s).

    If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out! We're happy to help! 

    Our staff is available via e-mail at the following times:

    Monday-Thursday, 10:00 AM - 1:30 PM

    Friday, 9:00 AM - 12:00 NOON

     

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    MEAL PICK UP INFORMATION UPDATES

    In response to current circumstances caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has authorized procedures to allow parents/guardians of participants in certain child nutrition programs to pick up meals for their children without the child present. This also applies to guardians of adult participants in CACFP Adult Day Care programs.

    Texas Department of Agriculture recently adjusted requirements for parents picking up meals without children present. Pflugerville ISD will begin going forward with TDA guidance starting Monday, April 6.

    What to expect at each meal distribution site:

    1. Be prepared to present one of the following through the window upon meal pick-up:
    • Official letter/email from school listing children enrolled
    • Individual student report cards
    • Attendance record from parent portal of school website
    • Birth certificate for children
    • Student ID cards
    1. Parents may not receive meals for other children.
    2. Each meal provided to parents on behalf of children must be documented by the organization.

     

    Wishing your family, and your loved ones, health and hope,

     

    Philip Clayton

    Principal

     

    Tuesday, March 31, 2020


    Greetings Phoenix Family,

    Thank you so much for all of your support while we face this challenge together. We have been working hard to get things in place to support you and your children. Below is more information regarding Instruction, Zoom Meetings, and Food Services.  I know it is a lot of information, but please be reassured we will get through this.  We do NOT want people stressing out, we just want to provide some resources during this very unique and challenging time. 

    Please be advised, that in accordance with orders from Governor Abbott, our projected return date to school at this moment will be Monday, May 4. 

    This is tentative as it still remains a very fluid situation with new information coming in not just daily, but by the hour. The district continues to discuss this matter with area government and health officials and will make every decision with the health and safety of our students and staff in mind as that is our top priority.

    INSTRUCTION:

    We will have three different processes in place to support our students. The first process will be online with live classrooms, recorded lessons that can be clicked on and watched and paper based lessons that can be picked up at the following locations every Monday.  Each campus will have a plastic bin for packet return. The bin will be placed on the sidewalk near where the cart is being placed and individuals can drop-off the completed packets. Second, PfISD has provided a remote learning program with sites and skills for the kids to work on. The site can be located here.  And last, the student's SEL teachers will be providing resources as well. Please have your student check their student email for more information.

    ZOOM MEETING OPT-OUT FORM

    The majority of our remote learning will continue to take place in google.classrom. However, teachers and staff have the opportunity to use Zoom as way to connect with your student to provide instruction and support. Zoom is the leader in modern enterprise video communications, with an easy, reliable cloud platform for video and audio conferencing, collaboration, chat, and webinars across mobile devices, desktops, telephones, and room systems. Before we begin educating with Zoom, we want to share some guidelines with you as well as provide you with the opportunity to opt your student out of live interactions. All meetings will be conducted under the established district guidelines which state:

    1. Students under the age of 18 should not go to zoom.us to create an account because minors are not permitted to create an account per Zoom’s Terms of Service.
    2. Teachers must establish live meeting norms and behavior expectations with participants at the beginning of the meeting.
    3. Parents/Guardians and Principals and/or Assistant Principals must be invited to every live meeting.
    4. Participants are required to sign in to attend meetings. Requiring this ensures that each meeting participant is monitored and identified.
    5. Live meetings must happen during the scheduled instructional framework times and be instruction specific.
    6. Live meetings must be recorded and saved, no exceptions.
    7. Private chat option must be disabled.
    8. Screen Sharing must be disabled.
    9. After the meeting starts, the meeting should be locked. When you lock the meeting, no new participants can join, even if they have the meeting ID and password.
    10. Expel a participant to remove anyone who is not supposed to be in the meeting or not abiding by established live meeting norms.
    11. Live interactions will be actively monitored and video will be disabled to block unwanted, distracting or inappropriate gestures on video.
    12. Live interactions will be actively monitored and participants muted or the mute all option will be used to block unwanted, distracting or inappropriate noise from the meeting.
    13. Teachers may use live interactions to provide small group instruction. Because of this, it will be impossible to protect students' participation in special programming. For example, a parent may sign into a live intervention class and witness other students receiving intervention services. This is equivalent to a parent requesting to observe a classroom in real-time.
    14. The Student Code of Conduct applies to all live interactions. Therefore, inappropriate behavior or viewing of inappropriate content while using live meetings will be reported to an Administrator immediately.
    15. Staff that witness any student being placed in a situation of danger, abuse, and/or neglect during a live meeting will follow Child Abuse and Neglect reporting policies.
    16. PfISD Acceptable Use Policies will be followed at all times.

    If you have concerns or questions about this opt-out form, please contact simply reach out to me prior to submitting the form. If you have more than one student, please complete one form for each student. 

    Here is the Opt-Out Form: Opt-Out Form - Hawk Team

    FOOD SERVICES

    Additionally, Food Services has also announced it will be mixing in new items on menus starting next week, including lunch items intended to heat and serve at home. Adjustments will be made to include basic heating best practices to be provided with each meal.  

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

    The office numbers are not being monitored, so please if you need to contact me please e-mail at philip.clayton@pfisd.net. We are here to serve you and support you. Please don't hesitate to contact me. If there is anything that drastically changes I will send out information immediately.

    Thank you so much for your continued support!

     

    Philip Clayton

    Principal

    Sunday, March 29, 2020


    Greetings Phoenix Family,

    I hope all is well with you and your families. I know this is a strange and trying time, but I believe we will be better and stronger once we get back to normalcy. Keep in mind that we want students to have access to materials and resources at home to enrich their learning, but not overwhelm them. 

    Here is some important information for you to know right now (please know this information is constantly changing but this is the most updated information as of 3/29/2020):

    • PfISD will remain closed through April 13th
    • Students—the criminal trespass document you signed is not in effect during the school closure so you can pick up food and instructional materials as needed
    • You can go to any of the below schools to pick up breakfast, lunch, and dinner meals (students do not have to be present for families to pick up meals):
      • Breakfast: 8 - 9 a.m.
      • Lunch: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    • Schools providing breakfast and lunch pick-up meals:
      • Pflugerville High School
      • Dessau Middle School
      • Kelly Lane Middle School (only breakfast and lunch pick-up available)
      • Park Crest Middle School 
      • Westview Middle School
      • Copperfield Elementary 
      • Northwest Elementary 
      • Pflugerville Elementary
      • Wieland Elementary
      • Windermere Elementary
    • You can also pick up paper packets for academic work if you are unable to use a computer—paper packets are available at all of the above campuses during the designated food pick-up times
    • OC is setting up Remind 101 for families: to join, go to remind.com/join/h8ee32
    • You can visit the following live website to see a comprehensive list of resources in Travis County—http://connectatx.org/
    • Please visit PfISD Remote Learning Supports for recommended learning resources for all grade levels.

    Please send me an email if you have any additional questions.  We are here for you.

     

    Philip H. Clayton

    Principal

     

     

     

    Wednesday, October 16, 2019


    Weekly Update (Oct. 15th - 18th)

    Students have demonstrated great effort this week and last week on the PSAT.  Kudos to our Amazing Assistant Principal, Melissa Thrash, for continuing to ensure all of our students get everything they need for multiple assessments throughout the year.  Her communication with 10 secondary campus testing coordinators has been outstanding and deserves high praise and recognition.

    Our current enrollment shows 92 students (70 high school and 22 middle school) and we have been very pleased with student behavior and their drive to earn incentives.

    We have tripled our enrollment for our Family Foundations class from 2018-2019 to our current school year.  We are now averaging right at 20 families every other Thursday night and parent feedback has been very positive.  Kudos to our Counselor, Alawan Thomas and our Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Alexandria Greagery for their positive energy and leadership on those evenings.

     

      

    Monday - October 7, 2019


    PSAT, SAT and Family Foundations

    We will be PSAT and SAT testing all 8th, 10th and 11th graders on Wednesday, October 9th (Middle School) and October 16th for High School. Seniors will take the SAT on October 16th on their home campus. Students have been working through practice problems the last week or so in preparation for success on this exam.

    Last Thursday Night, we had 23 families attend our Family Foundations night. This model is designed to bring families together through positive team building activities. Kudos to our Social Worker, Alex Greagary and Counselor, Alawan Thomas for leading this amazing group of parents and students.

    We currently have 84 total students enrolled and 15 of them are taking advantage of our student of the week and new incentive structure demonstrating stellar attendance, academic effort, behavior and dress code.