Back-to-School: News and reminders about the first day back on August 27
Nearly 20,000 Comal ISD students will head back to school in district-record numbers on August 27.
Comal ISD’s 28th and newest campus, Mountain Valley Elementary, is complete and ready to open. The campus, which is located off FM 306 near Sattler, is the third elementary in the Canyon Lake High feeder pattern joining Rebecca Creek and Startzville elementary schools.
The campus is located less than a mile past the intersection of FM 306 and FM 2673. The campus will alleviate projected high enrollments at both Rebecca Creek and Startzville elementary schools.
Mountain Valley Elementary has “green school” features such as a skylights that provide natural lighting in the library and hallways, rainwater harvesting silos with on-site storage, an energy conservation system that automatically adjusts lighting in the classroom, and a geothermal heating and cooling system.
“It’s a state-of-the art facility that will be an awesome environment for collaborative critical thinking teaching and learning,” said principal Dr. Kristi Kahil. “We already feel so welcome in this wonderful community. We want to build strong communication lines with our parents and students from day one.”
Comal ISD elementary school days will run from 7:45 a.m. until 2:45 p.m. Middle and high school runs from 8:30 a.m. until 3:55 p.m.
The district is adding additional early release Wednesdays to its schedule this school year. All students will be released at 1:15 p.m. on: Sept. 11, Sept. 25, Oct. 9, Oct. 23, Oct. 28, Oct. 29, Nov. 13, Dec. 11. Jan. 8, Feb. 12., and Mar. 19. Comal ISD is offering parents an option of enrolling their elementary students in the School Age Child Care-plus program on the above days from 1:15 p.m. until their normal release time of 2:45 p.m. The program costs $10 per day or $110 for the 11 early release days. Students will be treated to a snack and different games and activities will be planned. For more information, please visit www.comalisd.org and go to the Community Education home page, or call 830-221-2116.
Please remember to follow all school zone traffic laws. That means no speeding above the posted limit and no cell phone use or texting.
In addition, please keep a safe distance behind all school buses and be prepared to stop on either side of the road when a bus flashes its red lights and extends its stop sign to let students on or off the vehicle.
The recent Texas legislative session increased penalties for illegally passing a stop school bus. HB 1174 increases the fine for illegally passing a school bus effective September 1, 2013. The new penalty is not less than $500 or more than $1,200. It also increases the fine not less than $1,000 or more than $2,000 if the person is convicted of a second or subsequent offense within five years of the previous offense.
“Safety around school zones and school buses is a huge priority,” said Sgt. Rick Cardenas, of the Comal County Sheriff’s Department. “Nothing matters more than the safety of our children. The consequences of speeding or texting through a school zone, or trying to pass a bus with its red lights flashing, can be tragic. It’s very important to be an alert driver at all times, but especially when you’re near a school or a bus.”
In addition, please plan on extra travel time while driving to any of Comal ISD’s campuses on or near FM 306. There are numerous work and construction zones on FM 306.
Campus Open House and Meet-the-Teacher night information is also available.
To determine your child’s bus number and pickup and drop-off times, click on the “Boundaries and Buses” link on the left side of the district’s homepage, then click the “InfoFinder” link in the upper-left hand corner of the transportation page to find your student’s bus number, pickup and drop-off location and route. For transportation questions, please call 830-885-9800.
School menus, the option of online payment for student meals, and the 2013-14 academic calendar, can also be found on Comal ISD’s webpage by following the Back-to-School Information link.
Also, one of Comal ISD’s newest features is C-TIX.
Tickets for all district high school home sporting events are available online, through C-TIX, a button on the home page of the district website.
Comal ISD has partnered with TickeTracker, the leading provider of event tickets in the education market. This online process is convenient, easy and safe. There is a $1 convenience fee each time you use C-TIX. Not only will tickets to individual games be available, but also season ticket passes can be purchased.
“When tickets are bought from the comfort of your own home through C-TIX, they can be used at any gate, saving you the time of standing in long lines at the event,” said Belinda Raindl, Comal ISD Risk Management and Records Coordinator.
Other great resources that will help parents stay informed throughout the school year are Comal Shares (sign up for campus and district email updates by clicking the Comal Shares button on the district’s website homepage). Also, be sure to pick up a copy of the district newsletter, SchooLife Magazine, every month to find out more about what’s going on in Comal ISD.
IN PHOTO: Kindergarten teacher Denise Ramirez has a special helper, her daughter Camryn, as she prepares her classroom for the first day of school at Comal ISD’s newest campus, Mountain Valley Elementary. Camryn will also be attending the school as a 5th-grade student.